unnecessary remakes

Fourteen years ago Eli Roth burst onto the horror scene with the gory, darkly funny and memorable Cabin Fever. Since then the quality of his conbtributions to the horror community have been extremely varied but there is little doubt that this first entry is a shining star in a time period that was particularly depressing for horror. So it seems fitting in light of the backlash that he's gotten over the last few years that he is returning to produce what once made him one of our most promising young stars.

In case you missed it the first time around, a new feature trailer for Rick Jacobson's B-movie homage "Bitch Slap" has surfaced online. The film's selling point: cleavage. Lots and lots of cleavage.

Fans of the After Dark Horrofest, rejoice! The official website is now live, and packed with all sorts of time-wasting content. Whether or not this latest batch of indie horror is worth your precious time remains to be seen.

Indie director Larry Fessenden has reportedly walked away from New Line's remake of "The Orphanage." Here's hoping this derails the project altogether.

Are you starting to run out of things to do in "Borderlands?" If so, Gearbox has scheduled the release of the downloadable expansion pack "The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned" for November 24th,, which means you'll be able to slaughter mountains of zombies while scarfing plate after plate of Thanksgiving goodies.

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.