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.

Box Office Special - Put the Kiddies to Bed, The Strangers Dropped

It's been a month and a half, but horror was back in theaters around the country this week. And as we all probably suspected, audiences turned out in droves. Behind some positive buzz and catchy, creepy marketing, "The Strangers" pulled in $20 million, good enough for third on the weekend behind "Coitus in Urban Environs" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of a Bunch of Crazy Alien Conspiracy Whackos."

Podcast downloading issues

The Podcast downloads are being especially squirrely today, so I just wanted to post to say that I'm aware of it. After Mark gets back from tour next week it will be first on his list of things to fix, so just hang in there for a few more weeks.

In the meantime, the full download should run about 1:30. If you're having troubles, I'd suggest waiting until tomorrow, Tuesday seems to be the sort of "Magic" day to download.

Episode 29 - "The Strangers"


Jon and I do our best to describe the quality of "The Strangers".

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Horror Headlines 6/2/08

We finally have some specific deets (possibly spoiler ridden) for J.J. Abrams new TV show "Fringe", which looks to be something of a mix between "The X Files" and "Lost". The show is starring Joshua Jackson, who I'm willing to give a chance despite the fact that he starred in "Shutter". Hell, he was actually good, too bad the film was as mediocre as humanly possible. Regardless, Abrams hasn't let us down yet so it's safe to say that everyone around these parts is pretty excited for this.

Production has finally begun on the Stephen King adaptation of "Dolan's Cadillac". The film follows a man who seeks revenge on a mob boss after the death of his wife, and stars Christian Slater (whoo!) and Wes Bentley.

Behind the scenes video from Alexandre Aja's "Mirrors" for you to check out. It's essentially a tour of a stage from the film narrated by star Kiefer Sutherland. The film also stars POA Amy Smart and will be hitting theaters this August 15th.

Courtesy of the UK release of "Diary of the Dead", you can now upload your own picture and zombify it!. Expect me to be messing with this feature later in the day. I smell a new Avatar.

Steve Niles will be adapting his comic book "Wake the Dead" for the big screen. Niles describes the work as a modern day "Frankenstein", and says he'll have more hand in the production than he did on "30 Days of Night".

In Real People News: 

I suppose if you want to hide your cocaine stash while crossing the border, fashioning a Cocaine Jesus is a pretty damn good idea. Of course, it didn't really work, but you have to give them points for coming up with one of the most blasphemous things EVER.

Jurors in a Tampa court room forced to watch the entirety of hardcore porn film "Max Extreme 20". The description at the link actually made me gag a little so that's pretty impressive. They're expected to be subjected to even more hardcore porn as the trial goes on, at the behest of the defense. Their strategy is that it will desensitize the jurors to soften their judgment on the obscenity charges. Ya, not sure if it's going to work but it forces reporters to fashion descriptions of some of the most hardcore shit I've ever heard of, so for the record I'm behind this idea.

On this day in history: 

1996: Ray Combs, host of television's Family Feud, hangs himself with his bedsheets at Glendale Adventist Hospital. Combs was on a 72 hour suicide watch... Which apparently, wasn't very effective.

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