Horror Headlines 3/17/08

Neil Marshall's "Doomsday" came in at #7 this weekend, picking up $4.7 million. The project was shot for $30,000 million. For roundtable discussion on the film featuring the entire crew, check the latest episode of our podcast

MGM slipped the news into a press release recently that one of it's upcoming projects is a remake of "Robocop". I'm out of witty jokes to accompany this remake news, so you'll have to come up with your own.

Dark Horse Comics has struck a deal with Universal, lasting 3 years, that gives Universal rights to make films out of it's various properties. Dark Horse has an eclectic catalog, and everything seems up for grabs, with the (of course) exception of series based on films whose rights are already owned by others (ie stuff like "Evil Dead" and "Star Wars").

Regal Cinemas have decided to ALLOW Red Band trailers to show in their cinemas again. The announcement was made last week. It's also important to note that the decision not to air the trailers was made by distributors in the first place, so this may begin to sway things back to the Red band material.

Gina Phillips is in talks to return to the "Jeepers Creepers" franchise, for the third film titled "Jeepers Creepers 3: The Creeper Walks Among Us". You may recall us mentioning a few weeks back that Victor Salva (writer/director of the first two) was full on into development for the third in the series. In related news, Gina Philliips career is officially in the crapper.

In Real People News: 

Before you read this story, or click on the link, please make sure you are done eating breakfast. Done? Okay, now check out this picture of an Indian baby with two faces. Holy hell! Predictably, the Indian people think she's a reincarnation of a God. I'm sure it couldn't have anything to do with the fact that they live next to China, the world's biggest polluter. No, you're right, it's a God.

Man arrested for lamp-post sex. I'll leave you for the rest of the morning to ponder the logistics of that.

On this day in history: 

1966: A U.S. submarine located a missing hydrogen bomb which had fallen from an American bomber into the Mediterranean off Spain.

Fright Night

Watched Fright Night over the weekend. I had never seen it, and so I figured it was time to catch up. I don't have a whole lot to say, largely because most of the themes have been thoroughly mined, and perhaps more successfully in other films. Some of the special effects were terrific, with a great sort of retro feel (for more discussion of why that's awesome check out Episode 18 of the podcast). One aspect of the film that really cracked me up was how they tried to sex up Amanda Bearse, who played the main love interest.

Muta's Mist, explained?

There's an entire Wikipedia article dedicated the The Great Muta's poison mist, and the meanings of the various colors. Though I always look way to far into these things, it brought to mind a portion from "The Unreal Story of Professional Wrestling," where an author of a book about the subject raised the point that with the exception of organized religion, we are a society that grew up with no real mythology, and that in a way, pro wrestling in its various forms embodies a modern day mythology.

Episode 19 - "Doomsday"


Gimps, cage fights and car chases... Oh, and Doomsday!

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Doomsday (REVIEW)

Doomsday, director Neil Marshall's long-awaited follow-up to The Descent, may not have received the rollout of your typical Hollywood blockbuster, but that doesn't mean it isn't the embodiment of all that those films aspire to be.

Indeed, as a movie wholly conceived and realized by a budding auteur, Doomsday is much more. With high concept action set-pieces, every conceivable type of combat, and a sly sense of humor, Doomsday easily ranks as one of the best sci-fi action films in recent memory.

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