Horror Headlines: Friday June 26th, 2009

Hey there, gang! Louis here, wrangling this morning's news from BGH boss Eric's cold, baby-like hands, delivering it fresh to you as you waste your company's time and money.

In what amounts to “jumping the shark” for two icons of horror, Dynamite Entertainment has announced the four-issue limited series “Army of Darkness: Ash Saves Obama”. Apparently, the Necronomicon ends up in the White House and Deadite wackiness ensues. Maybe it's violent demon possessions and boom-sticking that's keeping Obama from crafting a plan for increased gay rights? Am I right, gays?? Can I get a what-what???

The remake of Larry Cohen's iconic mutant killer baby flick “It's Alive”, about, um, a mutant killer baby, starring unknown James Murray and the vapid Bijou Phillips, goes straight to DVD from First Look Pictures on October 6. First Look might as well be considered horror's charitable foster family, adopting such previously troubled horror movies as the “Day of the Dead” remake and Lindsay Lohan's pregnancy laffer “Labor Pains”, which I wish they had mashed “It's Alive” up with.

Is 2009 the year of Rob Zombie? For those of us with a mild distaste for Eric, let's hope so! Not only is the much anticipated “Halloween 2” coming soon, on September 22, Zombie's long-gestating animated comedy “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” finally makes it's way to the small-screen. El Superbeasto is based on a character from his short-lived anthology comic series and featuring the voices of Paul Giamatti, Sid Haig, Danny Trejo and everyone else you'd expect from Zombie. (In other Anchor Bay news, they're also releasing one of my childhood cables faves “Hardbodies” on August 18th. It's a one-way ticket to Boner City!)

In Real People News: 

A Connecticut church has come under fire for performing “gay exorcisms” on teens struggling with their homosexuality. Surprisingly enough, it's not a Catholic church...phew! Close one, guys! Hmmm...demons? Gays? Where's Ash??

An Oklahoma City woman pleaded “no contest” to prostitution charges after being accused of trading sex for a case of corn chips from a Frito Lay employee. Being from OKC myself, I can tell you from experience that you don't need a case of chips to get a Robinson Ave. hooker—a 99 cent grab bag'll work just fine. I guess you can say it's the best city in America to get “Frito Layed”!!! HAHAHAHA LOL FART.

On this day in history: 

In 1925, Charlie Chaplin's “The Gold Rush” premieres, thus creating a new type of pretentious comedy nerd who will swear up 'n' down that Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers will never be equaled to in the world of comedy and the fact that you think Will Ferrell is funny makes you a plebeian who is beneath them. (In the music world, see “fans of prog rock”.) Until next time, keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars!



Louis Fowler is a pop culture critic who is a frequent contributor to Bookgasm, Exploitation Retrospect, Bloody Good Horror, Paracinema Magazine, Carbon 14, Pop Syndicate and The Hungover Gourmet. He's also had pieces featured in mags like Hitch, Scars, Okay Magazine, Eyeball and Microcinema Scene. He has written for such newspapers as the Fort Collins NOW, Rocky Mountain Chronicle, Rocky Mountain Bullhorn and the Colorado Springs Independent.

He's also the award-winning host of DAMAGED Hearing, Tuesdays at 1 PM, MST, on 88.9 KRFC-FM in Fort Collins, CO.

He wears husky jeans.