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Episode 77 - Rob Zombie's "Halloween"

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The crew finally throws down on Rob Zombie's Halloween. Let the deluge of hate mail begin!

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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.

In Real People News: 

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: Friday June 12th, 2009

Megan Fox tells MTV that Jonah Hex is going to be amazing. She also says that blah blah blah God damn she's hot.

More pics from Rob Zombie's "Halloween 2". I only post them because the director's cut of "Halloween" is our topic for discussion next week on the podcast, so I have to subject myself to it this weekend. I'm currently devising ways to try and stop the pain while it's playing. Suggestions welcome.

First stills from the Woody Harrelson zombie comedy "Zombieland", or as I like to call it, "a probably fun film that will most assuredly be the official zombie jumping the shark moment when historians look back to this time".

Marcus Nispel officially has the job directing the "Conan" remake. This has Schnaars really broken up, he was really hoping Brett Ratner would get the job.

Some bloody "Piranha 3D" pics. I'm marginally excited for this. I would say "really excited", but let's not forget that "Mirrors" wasn't supposed to be the funniest film of last year. It's hard to tell what will happen when Aja actually tries to be funny... he is French after all.

Neil Marshall is reportedly in talks to direct the "Predators" sequel for Robert Rodriguez. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go find my head because it just blew straight off my fucking shoulders.

In Real People News: 

Guy's arm gets cut off in bakery machine, employers make him work the rest of the day. When authorities finally found out, it was too late to attach the arm. Looks like someone's got some 'splainin to do.

I'm not an expert in human relations, but I'm guessing if you don't want to get your ass kicked by a cop, saying to them "fuck you pig, I'll shit all over you too. I'm going to throw shit in your mouth!" probably isn't the best way to achieve your goal.

Couple who missed downed Air France flight killed in car crash. You can't say Tony Todd didn't warn them in an unreasonably creepy voice.

On this day in history: 

1994: Nicole Brown Simpson and her male friend Ronald Goldman are savagely murdered in front of Simpson's condominium complex in Brentwood, California. The most plausible suspect turns out to be Nicole's estranged husband O.J., who is arrested for the crime a month later. We all pretty much know what happened after that.

Horror Headlines: Friday May 29th, 2009

Sam Raimi's latest horror film "Drag Me To Hell" opens everywhere today.

A look at H.G. Lewis' "Grim Fairy Tale", with interview and the first set of stills from the film. Looks like some splattery fun to me.

Now if you'll excuse me, I think I might require some "alone time" with the "Jennifer's Body" comic. That is all.

In Real People News: 

This is an X-Ray of a bullet lodged in someone's face for over 40 years. Not sure why she wanted it removed now, but it will make for one hell of a souvenir.

On this day in history: 

1806: Dueling over a horse racing wager, future President Andrew Jackson takes a bullet in the chest from fellow lawyer Charles Dickinson. The slug shatters two ribs and buries itself near his heart. Then it is Jackson's turn to fire, which manages to sever an artery and kill his opponent.

First "Halloween 2" Clip Lands

Not since “Beavis and Butthead” were on the air have I seen Rob Zombie on MTV this much. We’ve been getting updates from the set on what seams like a daily basis ever since the "Halloween" sequel was announced.. My guess is Zombie’s cashing in a big IOU for having to put up with Kurt Loader interviewing him every time Halloween rolled around for the past twenty years.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday May 27th, 2009

Here's a nice little BTS video from "Saw VI". Mostly fluff, but not a bad watch for a minute and a half. The newest installment lands this Halloween.

Van Damme comes to horror? After his next action film he says he's all set to star in "Breed", about "a village where strange things happen". Boy does that guy have a way with words. I'm sure this will turn out just great.

It doesn't have a wacky title, but today's Indie shoutout goes to "A Mannequin in Static". Go check out the trailer at the site, comes recommended from me.

Mezco snags the rights to "Halloween 2" toy production. They're usually a solid company when it comes to these things, so no worries here.

In Real People News: 

You can't help but feel at least a little sympathy for this North Caronlina woman who, faced with the huge medical bills of her 96 year old mother, decided the only thing she could do is abandon her at a Salvation Army. That is of course until you read on and find out that she immediately took a vacation to Disney World afterward. Kind of ruins the whole sympathy factor. Hope she enjoyed the rides.

You've heard of the jilted lover who decides to cut off her man's penis for revenge. Now I give you: jilted lover who ties firecrackers to her man's penis for revenge. Holy shit!

Did a BBC photographer capture an image of a ghost recently? Kind of hard to tell by the microscopic image on the site. Sort of just looks like dust to me.

On this day in history: 

1991: Cannibal killer Jeffrey Dahmer manages to convince Milwaukee police that the dazed naked boy found staggering on the sidewalk and bleeding from the ass is his drunken lover, instead of a 14-year-old boy struggling to fight the effects of date-rape drugs. The MPD officers chalk it up to a "homosexual lovers spat" and escort them both back to Dahmer's apartment. After the cops leave, Jeffrey strangles the boy, rapes his corpse, and eats some flesh from the carcass of his twelfth victim.

Horror Headlines: Friday May 22nd, 2009

Brett Easton Ellis is writing an original screenplay in the vein of horror, about "an awkward social outcast who takes hostage a group of peers who humiliated him, with grim results". Given Ellis' sensibilities, this could be a very dark project. Stay tuned for more.

Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights", "Spin City") has landed the role of Nancy's mother in Platinum Dunes' "A Nightmare on Elm St.", making her officially 100 times hotter than Nancy's mom in the original film.

"Saw VI" has officially wrapped filming, meaning we should start seeing the first stills/footage pretty soon.

MTV has a new still of Michael Myers in "Halloween 2" that I actually like. I figured that was newsworthy right there.

In Real People News: 

Mary Kay Letourneau and her husband (the one who was in sixth grade when they hooked up) are now doing bar appearances called "Hot For Teacher Night". Um... words escape me at the moment.

This guy is a serial killer of bunnies. Yes, you read that correctly.

On this day in history: 

337: Emperor Constantine dies. Although quite dead, his embalmed corpse continues to act as head of state, receving state dignitaries and daily reports from ministers as if nothing had changed. Constantine's macabre leadership continues through winter.

Horror Headlines: Thursday May 14th, 2009

Universal picks up the film rights to Dark Horse Comic's "The Secret", and have hired Scott Milam to write the adaptation of the 4 part comic. The plot essentially sounds like a revenge slasher to me, anyone read it?

Dreamworks grabs Tom Holland's classic horror film "Fright Night" for a remake, about "a teenager who discovers that his neighbors are vampires." The producers involved claim they will be attempting to retain the "horror/comedy" vibe of the original.

So, Rob Zombie says that's not the real "Halloween 2" poster that everyone reported on last week. Seems strange that he would only speak up on this after now, but I'm sure it has nothing to do with the universal hatred of the thing. Nah, that can't be it.

A film is in the works from producer Ed Bass ("While She Was Out") based on the true life story of female serial killer Belle Gunness, a classic "black widow" of a killer. He's got a little more optimistic outlook on things, describing it as "a woman looking for love and never quite finding it." I guess that's one way to look at it.

You may have to sit down for this one. Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent are attached to a "Jekyl and Hyde" adaptation directed by Abel Ferarra. There aren't enough synapses in my tiny pea brain to possibly make sense of that sentence. Looks like a job for the hive-mind to me.

In Real People News: 

If you're pregnant, drunk all the time, and awaiting drunk-driving charges, drinking a case of wine on the steps of the courthouse with a friend might be considered uncouth. Just saying.

Hey, turns out that video you're watching the internet really is someone's wife who's cheating on them. Which I suppose is not so fun if you happen stumble upon one starring your wife.

Hmmm, I would pay pretty good money to see Jesse Ventura waterboard Dick Cheney. I have a feeling I'm not alone on that one, either.

On this day in history: 

1610: Fanatical monk Francois Ravaillac jumps aboard the coach of King Henry IV and stabs him twice through the open window. Then the French monarch bleeds to death before medical help can reach him.

New "H2" Poster

So here we've got the new poster for Rob Zombies' “H2”. Or is it “Halloween 2” now? I’m so confused.

And it isn’t just the title that is throwing me off at this point. Based on the preview we saw a couple weeks back I’m making the assumption that that is Michael’s mother in the background, played by site favorite Sheri Moon Zombie. And based on her stance if I was going to make a guess as to what’s going on here, I’d say little Mike is late for dinner and Deborah is pissed.

"H2" Trailer Has Landed *UPDATED*

As promised, the trailer for Rob Zombie's "H2" landed over at Yahoo Movies today. We'll update this post as soon as we can get our hands on an embeddable version.

UPDATED: Now with video!

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