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Horror Headlines: Monday April 19th, 2010

This just in from the odd marketing department, Bloody Disgusting will be hosting the world premiere of Andrew Howard's "Pig" on their website tonight at 6pm PST. In an effort to encourage everyone to download, burn and pass the film around to their friends, the film makers have made a catchy retro DVD cover for you to print out and use as well.

Been waiting to chop into "Machete"? Good news for you then. The official release date for the Robert Rodriguez directed and Danny Trejo starring grindhouse throwback "Machete" has been set for September 3rd, 2010.

Interesting news for horror comics fans as DC announces an "X-Files" and "30 Days of Night" cross over event. As nice as the feral acting vamps were in the far north, I still don't think they stand a chance against the likes of Mulder and Scully!

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Human sacrifice? Yup, still happening. Indian officials have found the headless torso of a 25 year old male in front of the temple of Goddess Kali.

There is lots of disgusting organisms in the ocean. A recent consensus performed by a joint task force of US and Netherland scientists have discovered that there are many new life forms we were never aware of. Included in these findings was a large microbial mat made up of thousands of living micro-organisms. On it's own, this doesn't sound so bad. When the mat of living critters is the size of Greece? That's a little frightening.

On this day in history: 

1910 - Halley's comet reappears, last seen in 1835. The Earth passes safely through the comet's tail with no perceptible effect, not counting the death of Mark Twain.

Horror Headlines: Monday March 15th, 2010

Details have emerged for yet another franchise reboot; this time for "The Howling Reborn". Here's hoping for a Dee Wallace sighting.

Rumors abound this weekend that Joaquin Phoenix may be shedding his homeless side job to portray Edgar Allen Poe in "The Beautiful Cigar Girl".

Director Matt Reeves spoke with MTV giving details on "Cloverfield 2". In true MTV journalistic fashion, these details boil down to 'yah sure, we might do a sequel some day!'.

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A North Carolina man woke up this morning dealing with his possessive trust issues after being arrested for carving the word "MINE" in his girlfriend's stomach during a violent argument.

Evelyn Boyd decided that she needed to undertake a prayer fast to ask God for help for her husband, her city, the president and more. On the 26th day of her locking herself in her bedroom, her husband found her dead of apparent starvation and other complications due to the fasting.

On this day in history: 

1937 - H P Lovecraft dies from cancer and Bright's disease in Rhode Island.

Horror Headlines: Thursday March 4th, 2010

If you're planning to attend the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival this year, you should definitely check out the the so-called "First Look" screening of the Robert Rodriguez-produced, Nimrod Antal-directed action flick "Predators", a film I'm still on the proverbial fence about. Topher Grace and Adrien Brody? Really?

Speaking of Adrien Brody, talented direct Vincenzo Natali's highly-anticipated monster movie "Splice" is set to terrify audiences on June 4th. It's always nice to have a potentially nifty horror flick scheduled for a summer release.

Although I have my doubts as to whether or not this project will ever get off the ground, it would appear that Todd McFarlane is still spreading rumors that another "Spawn" film is in the works. I'm excited about the idea as much as the next nerd, but I'm not going to hold my breath. No sense setting myself up for soul-crushing disappointment.

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I know I'm supposed to write something extremely witty and marginally hilarious for these articles, but the headline provided for this seemingly innocent story about a drunk driver's encounter with law enforcement officials is funny enough on its own. Trust me on this one.

Although I've seen some incredibly strange things in my lifetime, I've never accidentally stumbled across a naked woman tied to a tree. My life suddenly feels inadequate, and I am ashamed of myself. I think I need to get out more.

On this day in history: 

1991 - Rodney King is brutally assaulted by several LAPD officers, an event which is caught on amateur video.

Horror Headlines: Monday January 25th, 2009

Want to kick off your Monday with some exciting rumors? How about the rumblings that there may be a 3-D "Gremlins" in our future?

A bidding war broke out over Robert Rodirguez directed "Machete" over the weekend with 20th Century Fox winning the battle... in the process, they've also locked up the rights to Rodriguez's future work.

New images from the upcoming "Piranha 3-D" have shown up online and they're suitably gruesome. Just a fair warning, mangled mammaries ahead!

Now that "Legion" has hit theaters, director Scott Stewart sits down to talk about his next Paul Bettany starring movie, "Priest". Let's hope it's more interesting than his last one.

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A cable TV exec charged with beheading his wife last year has come up with the clever defense that he cut her head off because she was mean to him.

A Chino Valley man has broken his parole by sexually assaulting his neighbor's dog. Might as well go out in style, I guess.

On this day in history: 

1947 - Al Capone dies in Florida, suffering from dementia caused by a long untreated case of syphilis.

Horror Headlines: Monday October 19th, 2009

Derek Mears, your current "Jason Voorhees", joins the cast of Robert Rodriguez's "Predators". Which makes sense, because he's just about the most terrifying human being I've ever seen. In real life that is, not so much in "Friday the 13th".

Paramount is Throwing 10 parties to celebrate this weekend's success of "Paranormal Activity". Find out how you can attend at the link.

Check out these early images from John Carpenter's big screen return "The Ward".

Scott Derrickson, director of "The Exorcism of Emily Rose", has signed on to direct the supernatural thriller "The Living".

Follow me on this one. A script that's been floating around called "Nightcrawlers", has officially gotten a director in Mike Mitchell. It also has a new name... "Monster Squad". Apparently the horror/comedy is being turned into a psuedo/not really remake of Fred Dekker's 80's classic. Here's more info.

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I always felt a little uncomfortable during drunk taxi rides. Now I know why.

When you hear the phrase "fireworks warehouse in India", you pretty much assume this is how it's going to end.

Oh Halloween... that wonderful time of year when dead bodies are mistaken for Holiday decorations. It's a horror fan's delight really.

On this day in history: 

1982: Maverick carmaker John DeLorean is arrested in Los Angeles with $24M worth of cocaine in his suitcase. The case is later thrown out of court when a judge rules that the FBI sting operation constituted entrapment.

Horror Headline: Monday September 25th, 2009

If "Survival of the Dead" goes well, George Romero plans to make more sequels. At this point, "beating a dead horse" doesn't even apply anymore.

Early concept art for "Night of the Living Dead: Origins", the so-called "3D American Anime" remake of the Romero classic. Although, someone a lot nerdier than me is going to have to explain to you what the hell that means.

Danny Trejo scores a role in Robert Rodriguez's "Predators".

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I don't know what kind of a person would complain about women taking their clothes off at an espresso bar, but I think it's safe to say that they're not very good Americans.

A great way to judge how terrible war can be, is by recalling the ways in which people try to get out of it..

Wow... this is just... wow.

On this day in history: 

1978: A nun at the Vatican discovers the lifeless body of Pope John Paul I, formerly Albino Luciani, in bed. The pontiff had been on the job only 33 days before unexpectedly dying in his sleep, after having taken some sort of pills with dinner. The church refuses to grant an autopsy.

Horror Headlines: Monday August 17th, 2009

This news was from Friday... Robert Downey Jr. is rumored to be in final talks to play the Vampire Lestat in a reboot of "The Vampire Chronicles" by Anne Rice. This had the web abuzz late last week. Since I have no attachment to the stories and have a man-crush on Downey, I'll pretty much be watching this no matter how it turns out.

NBC to adapt "Midnight Mass" comic into a TV series. The story follows a globetrotting couple who solve mysteries and "crimes of the supernatural".

Robert Rodriguez produced "Predators" (directed by Nimrod Antal) will officially begin shooting in September. The story centers on a group of people stuck on the Predator's homeland, which as you can guess doesn't go very well.

New "Zombieland" poster. Saw this trailer again this weekend in front of "District 9". Still looks fun.

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So ya, as your kids prepare to go back to school, don't forget to teach them the intricacies of anal beer-bongs and snorting vodka shots. Oh you've never done that? Okay well maybe they can teach you then. That should be a fun conversation.

Wow, bitch sliced his throat over a glass of milk. That's some redneck shit right there.

On this day in history: 

1896: Bridget Driscoll, a 44-year-old mother of two, becomes the world's first automobile fatality when she steps in front of a car outside the Crystal Palace in London. At the coroner's inquest, Arthur Edsall states he had been driving at only 4 mph. The motorist also claims that when he saw the pedestrian, he rang his bell and shouted "Stand back!"

Horror Headlines: Tuesday June 16th, 2009

The writer of "Sorority Row" and "Piranha 3D" updates his blog with news/thoughts on both films, both of which he feels are going to turn out really well. "Sorority Row" is apparently completely finished at this point, and according to him lives up to his original script, which as he says was "Scary. Funny. Tense. Stylish. Bloody. Sexy". I did actually get most of that from the trailer, so consider me excited.

Here are the specs for the new "Night of the Creeps" DVD, and damn, I have to say they're going all out with the special features. Once this one's off our list, what's the next big horror title that needs to be released on DVD? My other major one was "Phantasm II", but that one was also announced recently.

Just as I was ranting on the podcast last night about how much I dislike Rob Zombie's "Halloween", up popped the news on Twitter that the full official site for the sequel is now live. It was interesting timing, to say the least.

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When I hear these stories about Boy Scout Camp, it makes me thankful I dropped out after a year. Thank God I was a slacker as a kid.

Two cases of dead tadpoles raining from the sky have been reported in China recently. The funny thing is, that's probably the most normal thing that happened there today.

Man spontaneously revives a half an hour after being pronounced dead, then dies again two days later. Oooohhh, so close.

On this day in history: 

1959: While entertaining friends at his home, George Reeves, who played the title character in the original Superman TV series, goes upstairs to his bedroom and commits suicide with a 9mm German Luger.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday June 9th, 2009

Sometimes dreams do come true! Phantasm II is finally being released on DVD! September 15th is the date of history when we all finally get to hold the second coming of Reggie Bannister in our hands.

Word is out that Spitfire Pictures is going to remake the 1974 Hammer flick Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. No news on who will star in this kung-fu vampire camp fest, but Peter Cushing is dead, so what's the point?

As if you hadn't had enough "Trick 'r Treat" news this week, this ill-fated movie is also getting the graphic novel treatment and you can see the first five pages here.

If you were for some reason excited about the news yesterday that Robert Rodriguez is hoping for an extended 'Ahnold' cameo in his upcoming "Predator" flick, Rodriguez himself has come out to quash those rumors.

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Four West Virginia rednecks get in a fist fight in the middle of the road. Naturally, they're both struck dead by oncoming traffic. This is also known as 'thinning the heard'.

Fishing in Florida is always a relaxing way to pass the time, unless you're the Tampa man who hooked a live 8 foot missile.

A Spokane man leaves his bag of crystal meth at the checkout counter of Ziggy's hardware store after a supply run. Although he would have been in the clear if he just walked on, the man returned to the hardware store and asked if they had seen is lost drugs.

On this day in history: 

1934: Donald Duck makes his debut

Horror Headlines: Wednesday May 6th, 2009

Robert Rodriguez has found a writer for "Predators". His name is Alex Litvak, and he has never written a film that has actually been completed, with only one screenplay to his credit which is "currently in production". Um... sweet?

The full list of MTV Movie award nominations is out, and the biggest winner is "Twilight", which somehow garnered more nominations than "The Dark Knight". Also in the "huh?" category, "Prom Night's" Jonathan Skaech nominated for "Best Villian". If all it took for the nomination was to have five o'clock shadow and wear a baseball hat, I should be nominated like, every day.

The first two TV spots for "Drag Me To Hell" have shown up online. We're now just three weeks away from the theatrical release of Sam Raimi's return to horror.

The official plot synopsis for Rob Zombie's "H2" has been released, and while it's not a whole lot of new information, it does mention "an unlikely new hero", something which has not been discussed up until this point. My guess? He's referring to the now damaged Laurie Strode, who I can only expect Zombie is going to have go all "70's revenge movie" on Myers, because you know, that's what he does.

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So, it's first thing in the morning, would you really like to see a "before and after" photo of the woman who got the world's first face transplant? It's your move, dear readers.

A Chinese woman accidentally bit her bosses penis off while giving him oral sex in a car recently. While engaged in the act, their car was hit by a reversing van, causing the ensuing jaw-clench. I'm guessing she might as well throw any hopes of a positive review out the window right now.

I knew cats were evil. Apparently half the world has been infected by the cat-parasite "Toxoplasma gondii", and it's affecting our personalities. Little bastards.

On this day in history: 

1937: Zeppelin Hindenberg explodes at Lakehurst NJ, leaving 36 dead and others seriously burned. A reporter witnessing the carnage coins the phrase "oh, the humanity!"

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