Horror News 4/18/08

Here's a list of theaters that the French film "Frontier(s)" will be playing starting May 9th. Maybe once we see this we can finally discover why that pesky "S" is in parenthases.

The first still from Alexandre Aja's "Mirrors". It also made my day, because I had no idea that man's man Kiefer Sutherland is in it. Hey, you try watching 24 and not idealizing the guy after 1 episode. This one time he threatened to put a towel down someone's throat, wait until their stomach started to digest it, and then yank it out along with his insides. For those keeping score, yes it was the most badass thing ever.

And while doing some editing on "Mirrors", Aja is talking about his next project, the remake of "Piranha". He says, "“PIRANHA is going to be SUPER GORY. I think we can do something really scary and fun at the same time He then talks some about the 3D tech being used, "We were on the set of P2 talking about how excited we all were for AVATAR, when we started talking about how a true R-rated horror film in 3-D would be the ultimate experience, and immersion into a nightmare". I never thought I'd be excited for a "Piranha" remake, but I definitely am now!

In Real People News: 

If you're going to kill someone and then claim self defense, try to stop at the stabbing. Cutting the guy's head off and then torching him sort of ruins the deal.

Some Russian dude went out for a night of drinking recently, took a train home, slept all night and had breakfast before his wife noticed there was a knife in his back. Every time someone tries to tell me that the idea that Russians drink too much is an untrue stereotype, something like this comes along and proves me wrong in spectacular fashion. Thanks, Russia, for brightening up my Friday.

Did you guys know it's Spring Break Time? Well, it totally is... and this dude is going to celebrate by doing a super impressive gymnastics routine. The money shot is at about the :07 second mark, because you know I wouldn't be posting this unless it ended HORRIBLY.

On this day in history: 

1955: Nobel Prize recipient Albert Einstein dies in his hospital bed from a ruptured aortic aneurysm. Seven hours later, his brain is plunked into a jar of formalin and taken away by the pathologist. It will remain missing for 23 years.

Apocalypse Mixtape Part II

When I started this series I considered laying some ground rules excluding certain bands from the Mixtape because they're too easy and obvious and it would just be lazy to include them. I like The Misfits as much as anybody but do you really need me to single them out as having written some pretty decent horror-themed songs?

Horror Headlines 4/17/08

As reported in my blog yesterday, the word on the street now is that Clive Barker's "Midnight Meat Train" will not be getting a name change (previous speculation had them nixing the "Meat") and that it will indeed go theatrical, on August 1st, 2008. Great news for Barker fans, and those who were disappointed at the earlier rumors that it might have gone straight to DVD.

Rachel Panabaker has been cast as the female lead in the "Friday the 13th" remake. I'm less interested in that news than in the fact that she'll play the girlfriend of a "Rich, Alpha male". So, that's the person we're supposed to be sympathizing with? Whatever happened to just plain old non-rich people? This re-emerging obsession with the rich in pop culture is beginning to make me think that "The Fresh Prince" or "Silver Spoons" is about to make a comeback. I love 80's nostalgia as much as the next guy people, but this has gone too far.

I hadn't even heard the rumor, but Platinum Dunes is making the rounds to debunk the idea that the "Friday the 13th" remake will be PG-13. It's not... so stop spreading nasty rumors people. Nobody likes a liar.

The official title for the upcoming "X-Files" sequel is "X-Files: I Want To Believe". Meh, I get the connection but I actually liked "X-Files 2" better. I guess I'm just a grumpy bastard that's hard to please.

If you head on over to Reel Comix right now, you can check out The first 6 pages of "Halloween: Night Dance", Issue #3 which is about to hit stands everywhere. You know, I might have started reading comics if every comic book store I've ever lived near wasn't in the worst part of town possible. Whatup with that?

In Real People News: 

Some surgeons in the Philippines are in trouble after posting a video on Youtube featuring them removing a spray can from a man's ass, complete with them giggling in the background. Even better, it was reportedly up there because the man had made a remark to his partner about the size of his manhood. Yikes.

Okay, never mind. Rugby players are pretty much the most badass people on earth. I usually start off every morning with a video of someone hurting themselves (or others), so I figure I'll start bringing you one every day. Some people like puppies, some like flowers, I like videos of people being maimed. Hey, different strokes.

On this day in history: 

1965: The FBI Laboratory in Washington reports their inability to make out the vocals on the hit single "Louie Louie." Thus, the Bureau is unable to determine whether the record constitutes obscene matter.

Lions Gate puts the "Meat" back in "Train", plus possible theatrical date!

News is flying around this afternoon that a theatrical release date for "Midnight Meat Train", the latest short story adapted from Clive Barker, is back on and scheduled for August 1st.

Also as you'll notice, they are debunking reports that they've changed the name to "Midnight Train". I can't wait to watch "The Daily Show" the week that movie comes out. The jokes almost write themselves.

I'll keep my eye on the story and report more on it in the news tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, check out the full pic that surfaced today by clicking on the thumbnail at the top of this post.

Peeping Tom (REVIEW)

"Peeping Tom" is one of those films that's on the top 10 list of almost every horror director working today. It's also one of those films that I'd bet many of you have never seen before. Hell, I hadn't even heard about it until recently, so that tells you a lot. For it's time it was a groundbreaking film, and after seeing it I would venture to say that it still has the potential to be powerful even today.

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