Horror Headlines 7/8/08

Someone felt so strongly that Tara Reid should have a role in Platinum Dunes remake of "A Nightmare on Elm St." that they started a petition. Well thank GOD someone took the time out to fight for Tara Reid, because I can't think of a single thing going on in the world that might benefit from this kind of attention. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go sell my laptop to a pawnshop so I can buy some gas.

A trilogy of films about the infamous "Yorkshire Ripper" are being made for television in the UK. They will be titled "1974", "1980", and "1983" respectively. Also, for hilarity's sake, check out the guy's mugshot here. Apparently he was part of some Russian breakdancing squad or something.

The hot rumor today is that George Romero will be directing the remake of the Spanish film "Timecrimes ("Los Cronos Crimines"). The good news is, it already has a writer in Timothy Sexton, who wrote the highly solid "Children of Men". That way, if he does actually get the project, I don't have to sit through any more "Diary of the Dead" like dialogue. That wouldn't be good for anyone.

The official site for "X-Files 2: I Want to Believe" has launched, and on it you can find some blogs where David Duchovny discusses sequel possibilities, thus proving my theory that he's going to milk this bad boy for all it's worth.

In Real People News: 

Residents in Tamil Nadu are are being paid to relieve themselves in toilets instead of the streets in order to clean the town up. With my fiber intake, this could mean paydirt. Sign me up! (if anyone knows where the hell this country is, please let me know)

Apparently the US Government wanted to drop VX and Sarin nerve gas on soldiers in Australia during the cold war, just to see what happened. If only "The Rock" had come out by then, Nicolas Cage could have explained it all to them. (BTW, Australian readers, I don't mean to make light of this story, but it's so disturbing that only a Nic Cage joke could snap me back to reality)

So remember those "rebate checks" the government gave us all a few months ago? Apparently people are spending them on porn. What's more American than VX gas and porn? I'll tell you my friend, NOTHING.

On this day in history: 

1932: Todd Browning's film "Freaks" debuts at the Rialto theater in New York City. The controversial film, cast almost entirely of real circus freaks, was banned in the UK for 30 years and is still an underground classic this year to this day.

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