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.

Horror Headlines 6/3/08

I never thought there would be a news piece that would leave me speechless, then came this. Mel Brooks is thinking about producing a straight up horror film titled "PizzaMan". And apparently, his company BrooksFilms produced both 1980's "Fly" movies... Huh, guess you learn something new every day.

Bombshell rumor yesterday, as a tidbit made the rounds that Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, directors of "Inside" are in talks to direct "Halloween 2". This is a confusing story. The "Halloween" remake was ass, pure and simple, but "Inside" was freaking amazing. I'm also not really in favor of restarting the whole timeline of a franchise (now there will be two "Halloween 2's"?). Either way, this is intriguing news. More as it comes in.

Pictures from "Lost Boys 2: The Tribe". Nope, still not interested.

Alfred Molina and Ben Kingsley have been cast in Disney's "Prince of Persia" adaptation, alongside the already announced Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton. And the strange news continues...

Finally today, check out the long awaited Trailer for J.J. Abrams' TV show "Fringe". Enjoy folks.

In Real People News: 

I'm not sure what's more newsworthy, that a 14 year old girl was abducted using World of Warcraft, or that some guy who plays WoW actually left the house long enough to drive from Alabama to Idaho to pick her up. Who says those people don't have motivation.

Police in Colorado are searching for two robbers who robbed a convenience store while wearing thong underwear over their faces. Correct me if I'm wrong, but that wouldn't really obscure your face, would it? I would think that a pair of granny panties would work much better.

On this day in history: 

1998: The world's first fatal high-speed rail accident occurs when a train near Eschede, Germany derails and 101 people are killed.

Anno Dracula

You know that old saying "never judge a book by its cover"? Well, I do it all the time. Hell, I judge people by the covers of the books they're reading. Sometimes, though, a publisher tries to cash in on a trend by slapping a misleading cover on a book and trying to draw in the wrong crowd. This phenomenon is certainly not limited to books - a while back there were reports of people walking out of Sweeney Todd in droves because the trailer never really made it clear that Johnny Depp was going to be singing all through it.

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