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Horror Headline: Thursday January 28th, 2009

Actress Zelda Rubinstein, best known for her role as Tangina in Tobe Hooper's classic "Poltergeist," died of natural causes on Wednesday. She was 76.

Have you longed to feel the rancid breath of a giant ape on your face as he leaps over your head to attack a rampaging Tyrannosaurus Rex? If so, you're in the luck. Filmmaker Peter Jackson has helped Universal Studios relaunch their "King Kong" theme park ride, which will open its doors this summer. Remember to pack your banana hammock.

The first trailer for Capcom's upcoming live-action adaptation of "Dead Rising" has appeared online. It's cheap, it's ugly, and it's extremely violent. In other words, I'm giddy with excitement.

Anchor Bay recently announced they have acquired the rights to Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo's "After Life," a new horror/thriller starring Christina Ricci, Justin Long, and Liam Neeson. When this thing will see the light of day is still anybody's guess.

In Real People News: 

What do 18 year-old female werewolves do for fun? For starters, they use pocket knives to severe the heads of lost dogs. Time permitting, they boil the skulls.

I'm no parent, but I'm pretty sure strapping your baby to the wall with duct tape isn't in the instruction manual. Neither is documenting the event with your digital camera.

When you're hanging out in the parking lot at the local mall, the last thing you expect is to be savagely attacked by a wandering cobra. Destro was not immediately available for comment.

On this day in history: 

1977 - Freddie Prinze commits suicide at the age of 23.

Horror Headlines: New Year's Even, 2009

Underground gore fanatic and influential genre film critic Chas. Balun has passed away at the age of 61. He will be missed. And if you haven't read "Horror Holocaust," do so immediately.

Good news for those who still read books: W.W. Norton & Co will release an english language adapation of Ryu Murakami's "Audition" in June of 2010. The book, of course, was the foundation for the Takashi Miike movie of the same name.

Inexplicably excited about the upcoming remake of "The Wolfman?" To help fuel your wavering interest, Universal has launched the official website, which comes complete with a trailer and an assortment of time-wasting materials. Don't pretend like you've got something better to do.

In Real People News: 

Funeral Home Management 101: When you're preparing to cremate a corpse, you might want to make sure you're deep frying the right dead guy. People tend to get upset about things like that.

The next time you and your family are suffering from boredom, try lighting yourselves on fire in front of a video camera. You might get a TV show.

On this day in history: 

1984 - Rick Allen, drummer for Def Leppard, loses his arm in a car crash.

Avenged Sevenfold Dummer Found Dead

Avenged Sevenfold drummer James Owen Sullivan, also known as "The Rev", was found dead yesterday in his home, apparently of natural causes. The 28 year old musician was a founding member of the California based metalcore group, which was in the process of recording their fifth album. Avenged Sevenfold had also recently recorded a version of Pantera's "Walk" for a tribute album being assembled by Zakk Wylde.

Horror Fans Remember Michael Jackson

Well, as I'm sure you've heard by now, Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop" passed away today after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home.

Based on reactions I'm witnessing on the various social networks I frequent, responses are decidedly lacking in nuance. Either people are acting as if a close personal relative has died, praising Jackson and ignoring his transgressions, or they're making crass jokes and focusing only on the bad things he's done. It seems to be that way with most things in life these days, and it's a shame.

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