Critical Flameout: Laura Kern on "Wicked Lake"

I was a little surprised to find a review for "Wicked Lake," a new horror release from Fever Dream, in this week's New York Times. I tend to be on top of the upcoming horror slate and here was something I hadn't heard peep about. Typically, that's a bad sign.

Critical Flameout

Like a lot of horror fans, I've learned to temper my expectations when wading into the review sections of mainstream publications. In general, genre films often get the short end of the stick when it comes to critical attention upon release, and the lower the marketing budget the lower the amount of attention that editors seem to pay. This is why sites like Bloody Good Horror exist, of course: to fill in the holes in coverage for niche film audiences.

Fear Itself 4 Review - In Sickness...

This is a review for Fear itself Episode #4, titled "In Sickness and in Health", Directed by John Landis.

(Jon missed the ep last night and my TV broke so, here's Casey with your weekly rundown)

"In Sickness and In Health"; Maggie Lawson stars as a young bride getting ready for her big day, James Roday her groom to be. As she gets ready for the ceremony a note is delivered to the priest to be given to her. As she steps aside to read her note, a shadow is cast over her wedding day; the card reads, "The Person You are Marrying is a Serial Killer".

Horror Headlines 6/27/08

Variety has announced this morning that a sequel to the Korean film "The Host" has been greenlit, and it will be shot in China (and Chinese). This is a departure of course from the original, which was shot in Korea(n). The article also talks about the dance that a filmmaker in China must do in order to not fall afoul of Chinese censors. Pretty interesting story that we'll definitely stay on top of.

Official "Deathrace" poster. The film from Paul W.S. Anderson hits everywhere August 22nd.

The lineup for the Fantasia Filmfest has been announced, and as usual, it's jampacked with horror stuff. Kind of makes me wish I still lived up North (it takes place in Montreal). The fest will take place in July.

August 14th, 2009 is the official release date for "Final Destination 4", in 3D. I'm guessing lots of people will die in wacky ways and stuff will fly at the audience. You may think I'm being sarcastic but that actually sounds pretty amazing.

So if you're looking forward to "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" like most of us are (good reviews + nonsensical shelving = excitement), than you might have another option. A DVD of the film will be released in the UK on July 21st, as well as a BluRay version. And don't worry about formatting, because most modern computers will play just about anything you throw into them so you should be able to check it out. I say screw whoever is holding the film back in the states, let's import!

It looks like a "Cloverfield" sequel may be on hold, at least for now. Probably a good idea to let the idea sit for a while, even though the first one was so kickass.

In Real People News: 

Britsh school boy hangs himself with his school tie because father takes away his Nintendo Wii game. This is natural selection at it's best people. And from reading all of these "real news" stories from the UK, I'm beginning to think that they're more fucked up than us Americans are... and that's a feat!

Thinking of committing suicide in your garage? That's so last year. This year, at least 18 people have committed suicide in our nations National Parks. If you have the motivation to drive out to the woods to find a nice spot to commit suicide, don't you have the motivation to perhaps make something of yourself? Just saying.

Women swapping sex for tunafish in Paupa New Guinea. Sometimes the stories just write themselves.

On this day in history: 

2001: Police arrest comedian Paula Poundstone in Malibu, California on charges of lewd conduct with a minor. Poundstone's pending criminal trial remains front page news for the next three months, until it is overshadowed by the World Trade Center attacks in September. Soon thereafter, she pleads guilty to a lesser charge, and the details of her indictment are never disclosed to the public.

Freakangels

Most of us love comic books. Who doesn't love FREE comic books?

Warren Ellis, scribe of many comic classics such as "Transmetropolitan" and "Planetary" joins forces with Avatar Press and artist Paul Duffield to bring us this weekly updated free comic in the post apocalyptic land of future London's Whitechapel district.

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