The New York Ripper (REVIEW)

In the up and down career of Lucio Fulci, "The New York Ripper" comes as something of a revelation. Right smack dab in the middle of Fulci's "can't lose" phase (1981), this ripper tale is a striking giallo that at times rivals the work of Dario Argento, a man Fulci will always be compared to.

Horror News 3/13/08

Is "Ginger Dead Man 2: Passion of the Crust" the best title ever? Yes, yes it is my friends. Also, the trailer's not too shabby either. I'm assuming if you enjoyed the original film, then this one will deliver more of the same (except Gary Busey, how dare they!). Plus, this time it's got 80's scream queen Michelle Bauer, so... it's got that going for it.

I'm not sure which is more shocking, that Sylvester Stallone has written a bio-pic about the late Edgar Allen Poe, or that someone reviewed it and liked it. I guess stranger things have happened, but to be honest I can't think of any off the top of my head.

This interview with the creature designer from "Cloverfield" reveals some previously unknown details about old Clovie, including the reason for those strange appendages on it's belly, and the motivation of those little "parasite" duders that fall from the creature. It's not huge news, unless you're a total nerd for this movie like me. Read on for more.

Naomi Watts has some thoughts on both the remake of "Funny Games" (in theaters this month) and "The Birds" (some time next year) that she's starring in. Despite the fact that she's becoming the remake queen, that lesbian scene in "Mulholland Drive" has bought her at least a few more years of amnesty in my eyes. So, check the link if you're interested.

In Real People News: 

A Dallas mother threw her two children, 6 and 8, off of an overpass during rush hour, and then proceeded to jump herself. The kicker? They all survived. I'm guessing Mother's Day is going to be a chilly affair this year.

On this day in history: 

1881: An anarchist from the radical group People's Will throws a bomb which disrupts Czar Alexander II's motorcade. After he thanks God for his deliverance, the anarchist yells "It is too early to thank God" and throws a second bomb, causing injuries from which Alexander bleeds to death.

Horror Headlines 3/12/08

Yesterday I was posting creepy midget videos, and today it's creepy trailers. At the link, find the new trailer for "The Strangers", a home invasion flick starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman. After many delays, this film will finally be hitting theaters May 30th of this year.

Perhaps to wash the taste of "Diary of the Dead" out of our mouths, this year will see a special HD theatrical release of Romero's "Night of the Living Dead", in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the film. There are no real details other than that, so keep your eyes peeled for more!

Sort of good news for the "Rosemary's Baby" remake today, Platinum Dunes has made a statement about their intentions, and it seems they are going to be very faithful to the original. They state, "Platinum Dunes plans to be meticulous with the remake, knowing it has been entrusted with a jewel from the Paramount library."

The clips are starting to roll in for "The Ruins", to be released April 4th. I don't know what it is about this flick, but every time I see the trailer I'm completely transfixed. I just have to know what the hell is going on. Hopefully I won't be disappointed when all is revealed.

Wait, Charlie Sheen is starring in a revenge themed horror flick from Twisted Pictures? That seems just crazy enough to work. You've gotta love Sheen, but I haven't really seen him in years, since I refuse to watch the comedic-abortion "Two and a Half Men"... so hopefully this will turn out to be watchable.

Finally today, I'm being told that the trailer for "The Lost Boys 2" was supposed to show up on this page (over at MTV Films) at 8am this morning. As of this moment, it's still not up, but you can check the link to see if it's there yet. As soon as I get a chance to see it you can be sure I'll chime in. Would you expect anything less?

In Real People News: 

Esquire is now my favorite magazine, because for this month's article on the scary corners of the interwebs, they force George Clooney to sit down and watch "2-girls, 1-cup". If you have no idea what I'm talking about, consider yourself lucky. And please, don't do a Google search.

The results are in, and it turns out that 1 in 4 American teenage girls have an STD. Jesus! That's it, if you need me, I'll be in my bubble.

On this day in history: 

1980: A Chicago jury finds John Wayne Gacy guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys. The next day, he is sentenced to death; after years on death row, Gacy is finally executed in May 10, 1994.

Carver (REVIEW)

A group of twenty somethings head out to Halcyon Ridge for a weekend camping trip. All seems normal as the foursome meets up and sets up camp. Upon arriving at the camp site, they are first greeted by the friendly bar proprietor of the small town who talks them into cleaning out his cabin in exchange for a night of free drinks.

Horror News 3/11/08

Neil Marshall's next film has been greenlit by Rogue Pictures, and it will be called "Sacrilege". The film, set in the Old West during the Gold Rush, is being described as "Unforgiven by way of H.P. Lovecraft, with that grim, gritty setting and a horror element nobody has seen before." I'm sold. Marshall's great with those small horror flicks based around that feeling of isolation, as both "The Descent" and "Dog Soldiers" proved. This Friday will see the release of his next film "Doomsday", so we'll soon find out if he's as good on a large scale as he is on a small one.

Here is the poster for a film called "Zombies Zombies Zombies!", with the tagline "Strippers VS Zombies".... not to be confused with Friday's story about "Zombie Strippers". I see a theme emerging here.

Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz") is out talking up his next project, an adaptation of the Marvel comic "Ant-Man". He has this to say about the project: "It’s going to be less overtly comedic than anything else I’ve ever done. It’s more of a full-on action adventure sci-fi film but with a comedic element – in the same spirit of a lot of escapist fare like that. It’s certainly not a superhero spoof
or pastiche and it certainly isn’t a sort of 'Honey I Shrunk The Kids' endeavor at all." I'm not saying they're scraping the bottom of the comic book barrel here, but what's next? Termite man?

Next up on the remake block? 1978's "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes". And in news that will make Mark's head explode, it's being written by the two doofs behind AskANinja.com. There are so many things wrong with this story it's hard to know where to start. The original film is one of the best low-budget masterpieces ever made, but I'm sure the remake will replace the wonderfully quaint giant tomatoes with some type of deplorable CGI... and really, who wants to see that? I realize it's funny that I'm getting worked up about this, but come on, it's Killer Tomatoes!

In Real People News: 

We can all rest easy, because The Vatican has released a new list of sins for the 21st century to steer clear of. THANK GOD, because when I woke up this morning my first thought was "Gee, I can't think for myself, I really wish someone sets me straight today"." On a related note, I plan on breaking at least 3 of these today. Stay tuned for more.

A Thai man has been arrested after killing 8 of his neighbors, reportedly because they wouldn't shut down their karaoke party. The song that set him off? "Country Roads" by John Denver (which for some bizarre reason is apparently a huge hit in Thailand). It's not every day that John Denver sends someone into a homicidal rage, but In all fairness, he did warn them that he would kill them if they didn't stop. There was one survivor, who was sober enough to have the idea of playing dead.

Oh, and finally today, it's official: The Governor of NY is a poon-hound. This is the part where all the self-righteous politicians (most of whom have done the same exact thing, trust me) come out of the wood work and spew some of the worst hypocrisy you've ever heard. Although I will say, he's got a pretty hot wife... it's not like he's married to this... in which case I'd have to say, I understand.

On this day in history: 

1669: After a series of warning earthquakes near Mount Etna, the largest volcano in Europe spectacularly erupts, destroying the Sicilian town of Nicolosi and killing 20,000 people.

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