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.

Men kissing more offensive than "A graphically severed human head"

According to last week's poll on What They Play a site dedicated to 'informing' parents about video games from a rating standpoint declared that "A man and woman having sex" was the most offensive thing that you could put in a video game. Two men kissing, a graphically severed human head and multiple f-bombs followed, respectively.

Horror Headlines 4/16/08

And the "Midnight Meat Train" saga continues... this time BD is reporting that a recent test screening scored through the roof, and it has raised hopes that the film may go theatrical. You can also check out a new sweet still from "Train" here.

IGN has a new poster for Uwe Boll's "Postal", and it's just as offensive as you've come to expect stuff from this movie to be. And yes, I'm going to continue to report on this movie to the chagrin of well, everyone. You can see this one May 23rd of this year, opposite "Indiana Jones and the Aging Action Star". You can guess which theater I'll be in.

Gillian Anderson will be in next month's Maxim Magazine as promotion for "The X Files 2". Wow, they're really pulling out all the stops for this one aren't they? Disappointing spread and interview at the link.

Matthew Bright ("Freeway") will be directing "The Manson Girls", which we previously reported will be starring Lindsay Lohan and her unfortunately ginger complexion.

In Real People News: 

Zombies raising money to help fight Cancer? I had no idea they were so philanthropic.

So, a woman, posing as a man, has been arrested after the urine of his/her five year old child (that he/she used for a drug test) came back positive for Cocaine and Opiates. Got all that? Ya, me either, but it all sounds pretty messed up.

Yet another high school attack video has surfaced online recently. In this video, at the link, check out some butch chick attacking a high school student with a metal chair, all WWE style. And so ends todays slate of morbidly curious stories.

On this day in history: 

1943: Chemist Albert Hofmann inadvertently experiences the world's first acid trip when a tiny quantity of lysergic acid diethylamide accidently seeps through the skin of his finger. After leaving work early, he went home and settled into "a not unpleasant intoxicated condition." Then he had solid two hours of visual hallucinations: "I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors." It will be another three days before Hofmann gets up the courage to swallow 250 micrograms and ride his bicycle home.

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