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Horror Headlines: Tuesday May 19th, 2009

Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher" to be remade as "The Ushers", about a rich brother and sister living on Martha's Vineyard. Fans of the story know the basic gist, but it sounds like it's getting a modern, and decidedly annoying update. The film will be shot in 3D (?) by "Boogeyman" helmer Stephen Kay.

The CW greenlights "The Vampire Diaries", a crass attempt to cash in on the "Twilight" craze in television series form. The series comes from head writer Kevin Williamson ("Scream") and centers on a "young woman courted by two vampire brothers, one good, one evil". Sweet Jesus, it's hard to even type that without slamming your head on your desk.

Check out the first images and trailer from "The Shortcut", which is the first horror film from Adam Sandler's "Happy Madison" production company. The story centers on teens in a small town who decide to seek out the truth about a creepy old resident and the rumors that he was responsible for child abductions years earlier.

And along that same thread, here's the first trailer and stills for Stephen King's "Dolan's Cadillac". The film's directed by Jeff Beesley and stars Christian Slater, Emmanuelle Vaugier and Wes Bentley.

In Real People News: 

Students at William and Mary college break the "Thriller" dance record. I was just thinking about how the only good things you hear about Michael Jackson these days are only tangentially related through people dancing to Thriller. At least he's got that going for him, I guess.

I'm going to apologize ahead of time for linking to this story, but it's a slow news day and I couldn't avoid it. Father eats son's eyes. There, I did it. Are you happy?

On this day in history: 

1987: Chet Fleming files for a patent on his method for keeping a severed head alive. The mechanism includes blood filtering, pumping equipment, and nutrient supply. Ultimately, US Patent 4,666,425 is granted.

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