“[Rec]” has a fairly ingenious hook- the early stages of a zombie outbreak filmed in the suddenly hot found footage style of “The Blair Witch Project” that was recently reanimated by “Cloverfield”. The only problem with this ingenious hook is that “[Rec]” is the third film in two years to follow the same premise. It might have a hard time shaking the association with “The Zombie Diaries” and “Diary of the Dead” but “[Rec]” justifies its existence by using its chosen format well and having a handful of undeniably scary moments.

The Force in the Flesh

I'm an unabashed fan of many nerdy things, including "Star Wars". The thing is, there's always been a line I won't cross. Thankfully for us internet rubberneckers, there are plenty out there that will!

Hence the new book, The Force in the Flesh Star Wars Inspired Body Art by Shane Turgeon.

Horror Headlines 5/14/08

Rumor Mill: Paul Thomas Anderson is rumored to be interested in directing the upcoming adaptation of METAL GEAR SOLID, the popular stealth video game series. At this point it's based solely on a remark by one of the Japanese producers, so take it with a grain of salt. Anderson of course is currently a Hollywood darling after the success of last year's "There Will Be Blood".

Sweet new poster for "The Strangers", that makes it look more like an 80's slasher than ever. Masked killers will always make my day.

Wow, it turns out that there will be no remake of "The Gate", but an actual direct sequel called "The Gate: 20 Years Later". Being one of my guilty pleasures from my childhood, it's cool to see one of these reduxes actually being called a sequel. That said, it should be interesting to see how they update the story, considering in the film the gates of Hell are opened by playing a record backwards, and most kids today don't even know what those are. Hell, I'm 25 and I've probably used a record player twice. The film is being directed by Randall William Cook, who has won multiple Oscars for his effects work on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Whoa, that's a weird twist.

Finally today, in news that will make Jon's morning, David Cronenberg is reportedly in the running to direct the remake of the Spanish film "Timecrimes". Nothing is set in stone yet, but this is certainly interesting.

In Real People News: 

As scary as it is, I still love these thieves who just want to cuddle with their victims before running off with their stuff. Hey, they could be doing a lot worse things.

Due to a flood of FOIA requests, UFO files in the UK from 1978 to 1987 will be slowly released over the next 4 years, starting today. Now, I don't want to be a total conspiracy theorist here, but if they did have evidence of alien visits, do you really think they would let it out? Just saying.

Spice girl Geri Halliwell rewrites the bible. Hey, it couldn't be any worse than the first time around, am I right?

On this day in history: 

1610: Fanatical monk François Ravaillac jumps aboard the coach of King Henry IV and stabs him twice through the open window. Then the French monarch bleeds to death before medical help can reach him.

I sit on you

This is what I do This is what I do This is what I do I sit on you.

Just a reminder that Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Season 1's out! Insomniacs rejoice!

Box Office Intrigue!!! (Speed Racer Estimates Fudged)

When we were talking about the box office returns during Sunday's podcast, I mentioned that "Speed Racer" had a little trouble beating out "What Happens in Vegas" also known as "Ashton vs. Cameron (ZOMG, *winky face*)!" The numbers were eerily close when the estimates were published at Box Office Mojo on Sunday afternoon, but Speed and Co. took home second place by a margin of about $.2 million (estimates have been updated, but "Vegas" was at $20 million, with "Racer" at $20.2 or so).

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