Horror Headlines 7/18/08

"Saw V" has been rated "R" by the MPAA, for "sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, language and brief nudity". I'm less surprised by this rating than I am the fact that they already have a cut of the film finished and in the can. These guys work fast!

Tom Savini to direct a film called "Voracious", about terrorists in Afghanistan who are breeding killer vampire bats. Yup, you read that right. It's to star horror hotties Debbie Rochon and Tiffany Shepis, as well as not-so-hottie Michael Berryman from the original "Hills Have Eyes". Savini's previous directing credits include 2004's "Chill Factor", and his 1990 remake of "Night of the Living Dead".

Plot details on Wes Craven's "25/8", which is apparently about a serial killer returning to kill 7 teenagers who were born on the night he died. Sounds interesting actually, and I'm sure we'll be finding out more because Craven will be attending Comic-Con next week. Let's just hope all those "Comic Book Guy(s)" tell him how stupid the name is.

Watchmen Trailer. Entertainment Weekly is calling this the "riskiest superhero movie ever". Can Zack Snyder pull it off? Who knows. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think.

"Diary of the Dead 2" begins filming this September, presumably so it can be finished in time to be eligible for the 2009 "Razzie Awards". The film will deal with a group of survivors from the first film who end up on a not-so-deserted island.

First (sort of) look at Jason Voorhees in the remake of "Friday the 13th". Can someone explain to me why it looks like he's wearing a fur coat with no shirt? Thanks.

In Real People News: 

Doing laundry sucks on a normal day, let alone one where you find an 8 foot snake hanging out in your laundry basket. Ya, that's enough to scar you for life right there.

Nike has has removed a set of shoes called "Air Stab" from the market in the UK because 15 teenagers have been stabbed to death in the country this year, marking an overall increase in knife violence in the Kingdom. This is probably a good idea, although one would have to question a shoe called "Air Stab" anyways, what the hell does that mean?

Two Texas teens are in trouble after digging up the corpse of a child who died in the 20's and converting his skull into a bong. JESUS CHRIST people, you can do the same thing with an apple and there's no desecration of a corpse involved. Kids these days...

On the science geek tip today, apparently some orchids are so slutty that wasps are able to actually mate with them, which of course has scientists puzzled. Apparently Darwin's followup to "Origin of the Species" was an entire book on the subject, so I guess I'm just out of the loop here. More info at the link.

On this day in history: 

1969: Driving home from a party on Chappaquiddick Island, Senator Ted Kennedy's car goes over the side of Dike Bridge and flips over into a pond. Kennedy manages to free himself from the automobile, but his passenger, one Mary Jo Kopechne, drowns. For some reason, Kennedy tells no one about the accident for at least an hour, and waits until the following morning to notify local police.

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