the thing

It goes without saying that John Carpenter, the composer, writer, and director of some of the most well-known and well-received films in the horror and science-fiction genres, is a horror icon. There is dispute, however, on which films people would consider to be included in his classic or iconic canon. Though “Halloween” and “The Thing” are readily mentioned, with occasional nods to “They Live” and “The Fog” included by real fans, often the rest of his body of work is overlooked or discounted.

Where do I start in explaining how amazing this night was? The chance to watch “The Thing” on 35 millimeter film, in a packed theater, with John Carpenter in attendance to do some Q&A? I’m in.

Len Wiseman has signed on to direct a remake of "The Mummy". Not the real one, the shitty Brendan Frasier one. I'd like to just cut to the chase and see the movie where him and Paul W.S. Anderson team up to make a movie entirely about their wives running in slow motion. Just think of the possibilities.

Winona Ryder was asked this past weekend at Fantastic Fest whether or not she was excited about the idea of possibly being in "Bettlejuice 2", and her response was to sarcastically roll her eyes and say "ya, that would be great..." See, she's in character already! Ya, this is going to go well.

Check out the alternate ending to "The Thing" remake. All this reminds me of is that "The Thing" remake was so forgettable, I couldn't even tell you what happened in the original ending. So, success?

A Vatican newspaper has slammed the Italian release of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" because it "mishandles the delicate questions raised by... the battle eternal between good and evil in yet another attempt to steak the secret of immortality". So, for the record, the people ruled by a pedophile protector in a funny hat who believe a guy lives in the sky constantly judging you... they think "Promtheus" gets God all wrong. Noted.

The BGH crew debates the finer points of evolutionary biomechanics...

Mary Elizabeth Winstead in "The Thing"

When the trailer first dropped for "The Thing" remake -- ahem, prequel -- the standard remake reaction of, "My God!" instead was replaced with something more like a "Hmmmm..." Though it was clear that director Matthijs van Heijningen relied heavily on Carpenter's film, itself a remake, for inspiration, there appeared to be enough juice left in this concept to support a full fledged predecessor to the 1982 classic. Now, with Heijningen's film opened, it's safe to say that those with initial hesitations should feel at least partially justified.

About a week before season 5 ended Showtime started promoting season 6 of
"Dexter" but on October 6th we finally get some new action. In preparation of this event the Show people have released a brand spanking new promo clip and I'm not going to lie Mos Def and Colin Hanks have my sexy parts all a buzz with excitement. Not in a weird way. A completely natural way. Get your mind out of the gutter.

"Warm Bodies" is a book by Mr. Isaac Marion about a zombie in love with a living girl and it looks like good old John Malkovich has signed on to a play the role of the bad guy in the big screen adaptation. I've never read the book so that's all I got. Please note your bill does not include tip.

Oh you go to hell Hollywood. You go to hell and die! It looks like there's some rumblings in the valley that the next installment of the "Friday the 13th" series is being reworked to use found footage. Nothing's been confirmed yet and a script hasn't been sold so let's all hold hands and pray this doesn't happen. Why yes I do use moisturizer. Thank you for noticing.

I don't think anyone knows what to make of "The Thing" prequel yet but if the new clip that was just released is any indication it looks like the flick will be loaded with crappy jump scares. Well alright maybe some people know what to make of it. The rest of us are still trying to figure out how to watch a video on this stupid iPad. It's like a really expensive coaster.

The typical reaction when I mention parasites is for a small shudder to course though the listener's body and some kind of verbal reaction such as, "Oh man, gross!" But really, are they so bad? They just want to be inside you. Uh...wait, they just want to live off of you. Er... they don't eat much?

Winter. I think it’s a safe assumption that we’re all sick of it. The groundhog sacked up and braved his shadow so spring is on the horizon. Let’s not forget that we’re in the middle of February though. Sure, we’re seeing 50 degree temps in central Indiana but Mother Nature could turn around and slap us with another foot of snow at any moment and nobody would really be surprised.

The bleakness of winter is wearing us all down, so why not bolster that depression with 10 Winter Horror Flicks?


Frozen

In the above snapshot, Mary Elizabeth Winstead ("Scott Pilgrim vs The World") plays Kate Lloyd, a grad student who joins an expedition to Antarctica and discovers a frozen alien life form and... well you know what happens next. A prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name, the 2011 film will take place right before the first film, with the original Norwegian crew that discovered the alien. The film is set to release in theaters October 14, 2011.

Apparently Cory Feldman and most of the cast of "The Goonies" would love to see a sequel happen. Wait, is this news? Of course they would. The kid who played Data has been giving out handies under a bridge for the last 20 years. Of course they'd like to see a sequel. Is Chunk still alive? I'm sorry I even brought this up, ignore the whole thing.

I have no desire to talk about "Scream 4" but these new photos raise so many questions. Are these actually just screen shots from the old movies? Who's that boy that looks like the cheerleader from "Heroes"? Why in the holy living hell hasn't someone put Wes Craven in an old folks home yet? We may never know.

Get ready guys, here's the first look at Amanda Seyfried in "Red Riding Hood". Let me be the first to applaud the creators of the film for not cheapening things by putting her in some scantily clad outfit. No, you guys stayed true to the kids story and covered her from head to toe. Maybe go to the next level and put her in a burlap sack. That'll show em!

Ah boy this can't be good. "The Thing" prequel, which was originally set for an April 29th 2011 release date has been updated to TBD. After searching my computer's calender for a good 30 minutes I then looked up what TBD meant. Well, first I went to Taco Bell and got dinner but then I looked it up. I think we're done here.