Sl8n8 (Slaughter Night) (REVIEW)

"Sl8n8" is the really, really unfortunate name of a Dutch movie that's being marketed under the equally craptastic title "Slaughter Night" in the English-speaking world. Eight being “acht” in Dutch, the title is read “Slachtnacht” which translates to “Slaughter Night”. Clever? Not really, especially for the hordes of English-speakers who can't help but read the title as “Slate Nate”. So, a straight-to-DVD worthy name in the US, a silly post-”Se7en” numeral-incorporating name back home. Not a good start at all.

Horror Headlines 6/4/08

If you live in the US, tonight marks the television debut of NBC's "Fear Itself", which of course is the new incarnation of the "Masters of Horror" series formerly on Showtime. Show creator Mick Garris is long dropped out from the project, citing creative differences with NBC. Through all of this I'm still somehow excited for this, so expect some sort of write up from one or all of us tomorrow. So don't forget, tonight at 10/9c on NBC. See you there!

Here is the second trailer for "X-Files 2". The release is only about a month away. I've got to say that this movie is actually making me want to go back and revisit the show, but going through all 8 seasons (?) seems like a daunting task. Is it worth it?

Universal is planning a MUSICAL version of "Creature From the Black Lagoon" for it's Hollywood park. In some weird nonsensical way, this sounds like it could be fun. This is not (at this point anyways) going to effect Breck Eisner's planned reboot of the original film that is still in development at Universal.

Matthijs van Heijningen will be helming the Zack Snyder produced zombie film "Army of the Dead". This is the first news on this film in a while, which Snyder has described as "the ultimate Zombie movie". Snyder ("Dawn of the Dead", "300") definitely has the chops to pull it off, so maybe once he does it we can finally take a break from zombie films... please?

In Real People News: 

Man claims that within a month he will reveal a car to the world that runs mostly on water. Genius, create a car that runs on the one thing that's becoming almost as scarce in the world as gasoline. It's foolproof.

Good news! Icelandic residents have spotted the first Polar Bear in Iceland in nearly 20 years. The bad news however, is that police shot it.

On this day in history: 

1968: Seconds after Senator Robert F. Kennedy is shot dead by Sirhan Sirhan in a Los Angeles hotel, witnesses wrestle the Palestinian to the ground and grab his smoking .22-caliber revolver. Sirhan later claims to have been acting unconsciously, possibly the result of hypnotic brainwashing.

Guilty Pleasures: Mosquito

I was trying to find something to post on the blog today, and for no reason whatsoever the movie "Mosquito" popped into my head. The film was released in 1995 and directed by Gary Jones, a journeyman writer/director/producer who has worked on everything from "Evil Dead II" to Bruce Campbell's "Man with the Screaming Brain".

It stars Gunnar Hansen (the original Leatherface) and a bunch of random B movie actors, and revolves around an alien spaceship which crashes in a swamp. The mosquitoes feed on the bodies of the dead aliens, and predictably, they mutate and grow to be enormous.

The Planet (REVIEW)

A group of futuristic space mercenaries take on a risky mission transporting a dangerous convict through deep space. In transit they are attacked by a mysterious group of fighter ships and are forced to evacuate. Forced to crash land on “the Planet,” the soldiers set in to survival mode in hopes that somebody will soon notice they’re missing and come looking for them. In the meantime Mr. Convict is loose on the planet and soon, our mercs learn that there is more going on than they originally thought in the sandy hills surrounding their camp.

Horror Headlines 5/4/08

Mier Zarchi, director of "I Spit on Your Grave" has sold the remake rights to his controversial 1978 film to CineTel Films. The original is an infamous rape/revenge film, which is most famous for raising the hackles of Roger Ebert, who essentially suggested that it should be banned from showing in any theater EVER. Having seen it, I can say that while the film is certainly shocking, it's also pretty terrible, so I have no real problem with this being remade.

Apparently Pinhead was involved in one of the originally written endings of "Freddy vs Jason". The ending was apparently scrapped because the logistical problems it would have created with any potential sequels. Bummer, because it sounds pretty sweet to me.

I'm nervous to tell you about how "hardcore" this new movie "Martyrs" is, mainly because of how disappointed we were by "Frontier(s)"... but that said, here's a picture slideshow from "Martyrs", now showing at Cannes. Make judgments for yourself.

So here's the synopsis for Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell". Basically it deals with a young woman who scorns an old one, and then has some type of evil curse put on her. The rest of the film deals with her trying to reverse the curse. Hmmm, not sure what to think about that. The film stars Alison Lohman and Justin Long, and is set for release some time in 2009.

In Real People News: 

Ever wonder what it looks like when a motorist crashes into a bicycle race?. Wonder no longer (awesome still frame at the link).

Whatever you're chewing at the moment I suggest you finish before reading this. Okay, good. A Japanese man who was having surgery because he thought he had a cancerous growth, discovered that it was really a surgical towel that had been left inside of him 25 years ago. Wow, somebody has some 'splainin to do.

On this day in history: 

1939: After already having been turned away by Cuba, the SS St. Louis is also denied permission to land in Florida. So it is forced to return to Europe with its cargo of 963 Jewish refugees, most of whom will later die in Nazi concentration camps.

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