the exorcist

Horror Icon Mini-Marathon: RONNY YU

It is often the case that the directors who have become synonymous with well-known films in the horror genre often had no interest or expectation to work in horror to begin with.

Horror Icon Mini-Marathon: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN

One of the true but unspoken shames of the horror convention industry is that, if you make one horror film that is moderately well known, you will be able to live off that moderate level of fame for the rest of your life, signing autographs and paying the bills when you’re unable to continue a career or move into a more populous genre of film. William Friedkin may be one of the only film directors who made one of the most iconic horror films in American history, and has never in his career settled back on that comfort.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

If you know one thing about me it's that I am a giant Greek mythology buff. Yes I know I've never mentioned it but I'm pretty sure you can tell just by looking into my eyes. They're so blue and dreamy. So the news that a film titled "Theseus" is in the works and will follow the zany antics of the warriors who battled and defeated (spoiler alert) the legendary minotaur has got me all in a tizzy. No real details are being released yet but Javor Gardev has already signed on to direct. Seriously check out my eyes sometime. You'll get lost in them.

I feel like I've written more about "The Exorcist" in the past month than I have my entire existence as a internet sensation. Granted I've only been the leader in internet content for about 2 years and during that time not much has happened so it kind of makes sense. So just to catch you up about a month ago a rumor was out that there was a tv show based on the film in the works. Then it came out that the show was BS but William Friedkin, who owns the rights to the story, was working on his own show. Now today he says that's actually crap too and the idea of a series based on an exorcism is awful. So now we're done with this. Until next week.

21 year old Matt Shively is the first name to be attached to "Paranormal Activity 4" which hits theaters on October 19th. He's reportedly playing the role of 'Alex' who I do not remember from any of the other films but honestly if I was forced at gun point to name anything other than "spooky ghost you can't see" I'd be dead right now.

Sigourney Weaver says James Cameron is going to shoot "Avatar 2" right along with 3 and 4 at the same time. In honor of this I will see those movies at the same time also. I'll set up 4 giant TV's, I'll toss in the original for good measure, and let the visuals blow my mind. I kid of course. I'm never going to watch those.

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Here's a story, with video, of a guy dressed as Elmo running around the central park zoo screaming antisemitic nonsense. Ya know, for the kids.

What the hell is K-2? I need someone to explain this to me because a guy in Texas was high on it when he attacked his neighbors and then killed and ate his dog. I wonder if you could take that before going on one of those Fear Factor shows. If you'd eat a entire dog I'm sure you'd down half a cow's brain and jump through fire.

Horror Headlines: Monday, June 25th, 2012

I bowled 2 and a half games Saturday night and today every joint in my body is in agony. I don't think I'm going to be ready for the Olympics.

Let it be heard and make it so my friends. "Curse Of Chucky", the next chapter in the "Child's Play" franchise is officially happening. Casting is just under way but Brad Dourif will be back to voice the little monster and Don Mancini will once again write and direct. It probably goes without saying but if Jennifer Tilly isn't in it I'm probably going to throw a little hissy fit and pound on my keyboard like a child.

I'm just going to come right out and say it. I use to watch "Ally McBeal". Not religiously or anything but when I was in college if it was on I wouldn't turn it off. Now that I've gotten that off my chest let's talk about how Calista Flockhart has joined the cast of the next season of "Dexter". Well at least for one episode. and I don't know what role she'll be playing. Maybe they'll have that dancing baby on too. Man that was adorable.

"I want to try to make the Heat of puppet movies." There's a sentence I never thought I'd read but that's how writer Todd Berger is looking at his new puppet murder mystery film "The Happytime Murders". He also went on to confirm that the film will be full on R-rated material, with all kinds of sex, murder and violence. Again this will all be puppets, but you know there's some sickos out there who probably pay a lot more then the price of a movie ticket to watch puppets do it so this should be exciting news for them.

Just in case you haven't had your morning coffee yet there's apparently a stage version of "The Exorcist" hitting L.A. sometime next month. Now before you go getting all up in arms the thing actually has some real names behind it. Brooke Shields will be playing Regan’s mother and there's also interest from the producers to get Malcolm McDowell in the role of Father Merrin. If things go well there's even talk of bringing the whole thing over to Broadway. Pea soup sales at the restaurants around the area are going to go through the roof.

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Here's a heartwarming story about a British girl who was awoken from a 3 month coma when an Adele song was played for her. I assume the first thing she said was, "blimey can you turn off that bloody awful wracket er? This taggers voice is like a bugger cat being murdered innit". The only reason I wrote about this was so I could make that joke. I hate Adele.

You always think you're safe leaving your kids with the same people that raised you but here's a story about a grandfather who took his grandson out on the town and got him a leg tattoo. In the grandfather's defense it was a family tradition and it was in Florida so you've got to figure this isn't that odd to see happening.

Horror Headlines: Friday, May 25th, 2012

Chances are most of you have checked out already for the long weekend so I kind of feel like I can say anything I want in the news today and no one will notice. Even if you actually showed up to work and are looking at this copy you're not really reading it. You're thinking of dry humping your best gal on the beach somewhere or whatever the hell it is you'll be doing this weekend. So here it goes... I've never understood why people like "Lord Of the Rings" and I've never found Angelina Jolie attractive. Alright let's do this.

The Spy Kid himself Mason Cook has signed on to play the role of young Eddie Munster in NBC's new series "Mockingbird Lane". For those of you not familiar with the show "Mockingbird Lane" is an updated and much darker retelling of the classic sitcom "The Munsters". One time when I was in middle school I tried to make it with a butter churn.

New Jersey's own Zoe Saldana has been added to the cast of "Machete Kills" and Danny Trejo himself has confirmed that he gets to put his mouth on her. How's that for news? I watched 3 seasons of "Glee" before I realized it was awful.

If there's one complaint I always hear about the classic film "The Exorcist" it's that the film is just too darn scary and needs to be watered down. Well good news for all those who hate awesome things the flick is being remade and for television. The show will be a ten part series and in all fairness with "Martha Marcy May Marlene" director Sean Durkin onboard I don't hate this idea as much as I thought I would. I illegally downloaded 3 Linkin Park songs that I have on my iPod when I run.

Derek Mears, who's been in every horror movie made in the last 15 years, only covered in make up... and Caroline Williams, who played Stretch in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2", have been added to the cast of the much anticipated "Hatchet 3". My first time was with a girl I met on the internet and never spoke to again after that night.

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Sometimes you've got to get the skid marks out and the only way to do that is to break into your neighbor's house and do your laundry. Sometimes that is.

In case you were wondering, Ted Kaczynski, better known as the Unabomber, will not be able to attend his 50th college reunion at Harvard. Ya know, cause of all the bombs and stuff he makes.

Horror Headlines: Monday October 24th, 2011

Hey are you watching "American Horror Story"?! No? Well I hate your stupid face! Sorry. I didn't mean that. But the FX show has been getting some decent buzz and now Mena Suvari and Kathleen Rose Perkins will both be guest starting on the show. Going to watch now? If you care about our relationship you will.

Teller, the one who doesn't talk in Penn & Teller, is creating a stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty's "The Exorcist" which will open in NY next year. The story will focus more on the questions of faith rather than the exoticism itself so it'll be a large change from the movie adaptation. There will also be no spoken parts. Should be interesting.... that last part is a lie.

Corey Feldman is in haunted Halloween attraction flick "Six Degrees of Hell" and I'm 99% sure I wouldn't be talking about it if he wasn't but here's a new trailer for the movie. Enjoy it. Or don't. I'm not the boss of you. And yes I know I've made the same joke before. Thanks for pointing out my flaws.

Bruce Dern leave "Lords of Salem". Bruce Davidson replace. Chris Knight join cast. He was Greg Brady.

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A California man won 100 bucks after he lubed himself up and squeezed his ass into one of those tiny toddler swings at a local playground. Of course then his friends ditched him and left him stuck in the swing for hours until someone finally called the fire department to come cut him out. 100 bucks though... a lot of money.

A Los Angeles man is under arrest after he was caught on camera abusing his infant son. The cameras were set up by his wife in an attempt to catch him cheating. So on the plus side he wasn't cheating.

What Spooks the Masters of Horror?

I recently came across an article published by Jason Zinoman of the NY Times discussing what makes horror fans and horror directors tick. With the increasing number of horror films that have been packed into the theater this summer, especially this month, its clear that horror movies have been in the mainstream eye a bit more so than usual. However, to many of us seasoned horror fans, we've seen so many throat slashing, stabbing and torture scenes that it takes a lot to truly scare us. With all that horror directors have seen and done with their own films, they are no different.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday December 29th, 2010

I have to say, based on the new images from the 3D flick "Behind the Walls" I thought I might be into it. Then I found out it's a French movie. Then I found out it's about a girl who travels to a spooky town to write a book. French and books don't add up to movie fun, they add up to boring cheese parties where you talk about novels. That's not fun for anyone.

After Dark Originals will hit theaters on January 28th and I couldn't be more excited. The festival will showcase 8 different films from the horror genre with different themes. What those are I'm not sure but the promo has a guy hammering nails into his hand so that's a positive. For us, not for him, it's got to suck for him.

Well this is heartwarming. "The Exorcist" has been added to the official National Film Registry by the The Library of Congress. Which means even after World War 3 there's going to be nothing left but cockroaches and "The Exorcist". Well those and apparently "Saturday night Fever" too but lets hope the bombs get that one.

UFO International productions, the same people that brought you "Lake Placid 3", have put out a long ass synopsis and poster for their new film "Vampire Nation". I refuse to read the plot of the film but my guess is it has something to do with a country overrun by vampires and the 80's pop star who I thought was dead that's going to fight them.

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Jesus has arrived my friends and he picked the roof of a Kansas City family's car as his landing spot. Just in case he isn't the actual messiah though the family is trying to find the rightful owner of the little bundle of heavenly joy. But still, I think he's here and we all better look busy.

If you're going to proclaim yourself as "Nurse of the Year" then you might want to avoid having a dinner in your own honor. Apparently you can go to jail for something like that. Good to know!

Horror Headlines: Friday October 8th, 2010

Dan Aykroyd delivered some positive news recently about the script writing process of the long awaited "Ghostbusters 3". Apparently him and the gang have created Bill Murry the "comic role of a lifetime". I'm guessing that means laser beam eyes that shoot seltzer water, because that would be crazy funny.

As if you needed another reason to visit Spanish Fort Alabama! "Halloween" will be showing in all its big screen glory for one night only along with a special Q&A session with Tony Moran (Michael Myers) and Brian Andrews (Tommy Doyle). So that's great news... for everyone in Spanish fort... Alabama.

William Peter Blatty and William Friedkin, the team behind "The Exorcist" are currently working on a new flick titled "Dimiter". The plot is full of large words that confused the hell out of me but you should know it's a supernatural thrill set in Jerusalem. I think there might be some split pea soup too.

Noomi Rapace of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" fame is apparently in talks to play a role in the upcoming "Alien" prequel. There's also about 70 other actresses in talks for the same role so I'm not sure if this is news or not. Let's go with yes because you're reading it. Sucka!

In Real People News: 

A group of German Catholics in Berlin are on the warpath to do away with Santa because they think he takes away from the true meaning of Christmas. There's nothing I can really say here that isn't going to be extremely offensive so I'm just going to let you put your own jokes together.

On this day in history: 

1974 – Franklin National Bank collapses due to fraud and mismanagement; at the time it is the largest bank failure in the history of the United States.

Horror Headlines: Monday August 23rd, 2010

Even I'm not old enough to have caught "The Excorcist" in theaters when it first came out but on September 30th, we can all run to the theater to catch the classic on the big screen once again. Coming out one week before the film is released on blu-ray, Fathom Events will be showing the director's cut of the film followed by a few of the special features from the upcoming disk release.

This past Saturday saw the first round of Emmy Awards at their Creative Arts Ceremony where the more technical awards are given before the broadcast. In a move that shouldn't be a surprise to any fans of the show, John Lithgow took home the Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his run as serial killer Arthur Mitchell on "Dexter".

Hoping to see Doug Bradley reprise his Pinhead role in the upcoming 9th sequel, "Hellraiser: Revelations"? I hate to burst your bubble but according to Doug himself, he doesn't plan on returning.

Need some more wrestling in your horror movies? Than check out this blurb on "Monster Brawl" which just began shooting. Starring wrestling stars Jimmy Hart and Kevin Nash, the film plans on showcasing a monster fight-club set up in an old graveyard. Which to be honest? Sounds kind of awesome.

In Real People News: 

A 24 year old mother to be was checked into the hospital when her doctor ordered her to be connected to a feeding tube due to severe vomiting from her pregnancy. When the assigned nurse confused the tubes connected to the young woman, she hooked her feeding tube up to her IV forcing her meals directly into the patients veins. The mix-up resulted in the death of both the mother and the unborn child.

On this day in history: 

1305 - Scottish patriot William Wallace ("Braveheart") hanged, disemboweled, drawn, and quartered. His head was displayed on London Bridge.

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