Horror Headlines 4/1/08

Mick Garris is handing over the reins of the remake to the 1979 Australian vampire flick "Thirst" to Joe Dante (Gremlins), because he's readying himself for another Stephen King Adaptation, "Bag of Bones". For some ungodly reason I've actually seen "Thirst", which is about a race of vampires who essentially use humans as cows, only with blood replacing milk. The film is frigging atrocious, but the concept is great, which means that this one is actually perfect for a remake. Too bad Hollywood isn't going this route with most remakes. More as it comes in.

The viral campaign for "The Dark Knight" is impressive even to me, a person who is increasingly annoyed by these campaigns every day. The latest trick involves cellphones that were handed out to internet scoopers a while back, which are now ringing. Phones are either being called by The Joker, giving clues to a riddle, or Harvey Dent, soliciting your vote for district attorney. There is also a "Dent-Mobile", traveling the country trying to make the case to voters to elect Dent. Is anyone else creeped out by Heath Ledger calling people from beyond the grave? Jesus this film is going to be uncomfortable to watch... and I can't wait!

While sitting in with Night of the Living Podcast this weekend and interviewing Danny Trejo, he dropped the news that Robert Rodriguez will be working on "Machete" as his next project, and that he will in fact be directing. "Machete" is based on his fake "Grindhouse" trailer, which is about a betrayed Federale who decides to take revenge with a really, really big knife.

Senator Entertainment has picked up the North American distro rights to the Guillermo Del Toro produced flick "Splice", about scientists who manage to fuse human and animal DNA to create a beautiful yet dangerous "Chimera" type creature. The film is written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, who horror/sci-fi fans might remember from the very solid Direct to Video flick "Cube" from 2000. I would assume this news means we'll be hearing a release date real soon. I'll keep my ears to the ground. Meanwhile, the Del Toro directed "Hell Boy II" is still on track for it's July 11th release.

A BD scooper claims that Spielberg is contemplating remaking both "Duel" and "Jaws". I've never seen "Duel" so I can't speak on that idea, but I think you can all guess at how much I want to see a redux of "Jaws". At this point, I'm just waiting for the signal from Hollywood that I can stop bending over for remake after remake. I can't really see though from this position, so you'll have to keep your eyes open for me.

Tyler Perry to make a horror film? Okay, nevermind, a "Jaws" remake doesn't sound that bad. Oh, and let's start the pool now for how many times he'll work his name into the title.

In Real People News: 

Fireworks and lights fell onto the crowd Sunday at Wrestlemania in Orlando, Florida. Bonus points for anyone who can point me in the direction of the video. That, or the "Owen Hart incident"... I have to admit I kind of always wanted to see that too.

The son of one of Adolf Hitler's friends and president of Formula One Racing's governing body, is being asked to step down after video of him holding A Nazi style orgy has surfaced. Wait, what? So... many... jokes... to... make. Um... I smell the next "Grindhouse" trailer? I'm still exhausted from this weekend so that will have to do.

On this day in history: 

1793: Unsen volcano erupts, accompanied by several devastating earthquakes. The Japanese island is completely destroyed, killing approximately 53,000 inhabitants.

By The Numbers - Horror Hound Weekend

This weekend was a lot of things, and most have them have been said in Eric and Casey's blogs, so I decided to do a comprehensive breakdown of just what Horror Hound meant to me from a numerical standpoint. Keep in mind, these are approximations with an over/under of 6 or so beers.

Friday, March 28th

5 - The hour at which I awoke to turn over the new site.
0 - The number of delays I had on the way to Indy (this becomes important later).
1 - The number of times I nearly shit my pants when Casey, clad in a pink shirt, snuck up on me in the airport.

Coming Soon:

Coming soon from Night of the Living Podcast Productions, an endearing tale of love, murder, and conspiracy...

A Man and his Spider

Horror Headlines 3/31/08

Mark's stuck in Chicago, Casey's broken, Jon is still fancy and I somehow have a hangover even though I haven't had a drink in 36 hours... but we're still in one piece after Horror Hound Weekend. If Mark can make it back to New York some time soon, we should be able to get on with our browser testing this week so the site will be viewable in Internet explorer. Till then, don't forget to scroll down and check out our new blog section, where you can currently see all kinds of pictures and thoughts from Horror Hound Weekend. Finally, if you've come over from the old site, don't forget that you have to REREGISTER. Sorry for the inconvenience, looking forward to seeing you around.

Here's the first teaser poster for "The X-Files 2". Sorry for missing out on this on Friday. Thanks to site member AmazonAgent for the heads up.

The dude who played "Bubba" in "Forest Gump" has been cast in "Final Destination 4". Please GOD let his death involve shrimp.

BD has announced this morning that Derek Mears is in final talks to star as Jason Voorhees in Platinum Dunes remake of "Friday the 13th, being directed by TCM remake helmer Marcus Nispel. Mear's credits include both "Cursed" and "The Hills Have Eyes" remake. Based on the shot at the link, he may not need any makeup to play the deformed killer. The deal is not official but at this point it seems only a matter of time before everything is ironed out.

In Real People News: 

I have to say that the paranoia over hallucinagenic substances is generally pretty overblown. That said, sometimes it will make someone freak out, think his friend is a narcotics officer, and beat him about the face with a glass bong. When the bong broke, the dude took the glass shards and started to slash at his friend. Man, that's one impressive buzz-kill.

Another day, another botched Exorcism... this time in Texas. I see George W's intelligence level runs rampant in the lone star state.

And finally today, in a story we can all get behind... Danish women have won the right to swim topless. With all that's wrong in this world, it's nice to know that some people still have a head on their shoulders (and boobies in their faces!).

On this day in history: 

1991: Danny Bonaduce arrested for assault after he fought with a transvestite prostitute. No contest, 750 hours community service.

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