My Hanging Head of Shame

I have never been guilty of being the brightest bulb on the strand. In fact some might say I am one or two pork chops shy of a mixed grill.

In response to our illustrious leader's call for our personal top & bottom 5 of the horror-ish films released in 2008, I have 'discovered' that I am a total slacker. Clearly some of this slack is the reason I am here in the first place, but of the 37 films Eric listed, I have seen a grand total of...eight. Math was never my favorite subject but I can tell that is just plain SAD!

BGH Book Club: The Surgeon

When one lists the names of the “great” horror writers, Tess Gerritsen isn’t usually mentioned. However, after reading The Surgeon, I believe her name should be connected to the genre. I was drawn to Gerritsen’s book by the cover - black and red blotches of color outline the silhouette of a woman - a woman who, as the reader will learn, is prey for the very vicious serial killer that gives the novel its name.

Horror Headlines: Thursday December 11th, 2008

New pic from Terminator 4, and an interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger about how he saw some footage from it recently and was confused. You could take that as a bad sign, but he's probably confused by every day things so maybe it isn't such a big deal.

To coincide with debut of "The Day The Earth Stood Still" this Friday, December 12th, FOX is beaming the movie into space. There's something oddly tragic, yet fitting, that the first thing an alien race might see from us could be a Keanu Reeves film. Kind of just sums up society right? And let's put on our tin foil hats for a second and think this through. Shouldn't we be sending peaceful messages into space? What if some war-mongering race sees this and thinks it's real? Okay... foil hats off now.

The director of "Urban Legend" and "Valentine" is making his own nature run amok film with "Flies", about genetically mutated flies in Australia (his home country). I'm not sure it can top the genius of the 90's film "Mosquito"... but then again, few movies can.

More "My Bloody Valentine 3D" pics, this time with the villain in a few shots. He looks pretty much exactly as I had pictured him. After all, there's only so many things you can do with "coal miner in gas mask".

In Real People News: 

I would imagine accidentally getting to see the autopsy of a 14 year old girl you go to school with, WHILE ON A FIELD TRIP, might be a damaging experience. Just an observation.

I thought we were over this whole police officers shoving thing up people's asses thing. I mean really, in what kind of a civilized nation does this happen?

Methinks that carrying three charred monkeys in your suitcase on an international flight might be some kind of a health hazard. I guess I'm just nutty like that.

On this day in history: 

1960: In Palm Beach, Florida, retired postmaster Richard Pavlick chooses at the last moment not to ram John F. Kennedy's car and detonate his seven sticks of dynamite. Pavlick later explains that it was out of concern for Jackie: "I did not wish to harm her or the children... I decided to get him at the church or someplace later.

The Nuclear Edge--Theories, Ramblings

Pardon me if none of this goes anywhere.

I don't listen to the radio much these days. It doesn't offer me a lot. Most stations are playing today's streamlined and easily-digestable but ultimately flavorless pop/rock/alternative music that I find so mundane. Worse yet, some stations (mostly college, but some commercial,) have gone off the deep-end of indie culture and scraped the bottom of the nigh-unidentifiable-as-music bin just for the sake of sounding different. I'd almost rather listen to a lot of mainstream stuff.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday December 10th, 2008

Here is a take on "Scream 4" from one of the guys who wrote a script that apparently is actually being considered by producers. Man, I would rather see 12 direct to video sequels to Rob Zombie's "Halloween" directed by... Rob Zombie, than see another "Scream" movie. This is Dimension we're talking about though, so I shouldn't give them any ideas.

Full trailer for "Terminator Salvation" starring Christian Bale and directed by McG. Is it just me, or does Bale give anything he's in now an undeserved sense of legitimacy?

5 more hi-res stills from "Friday the 13th", which gets released this February nationwide. I'm going to take this opportunity to ask why every kid aged 8-18 these days has a douchey David Cassidy haircut. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go yell at some teenagers to "get off my lawn".

The release date for the "Wolfman" remake has been been pushed back AGAIN, from April 3rd 2009 to November 6th, 2009. The reason stated is ample time for "post production". I think in this case, considering all the flip flopping going on, we can translate that as "time to fix what we fucked up". How you mess up Benizio Del Toro as Wolfman is beyond me. Just have him grow a beard and let him run around eating small animals. Shit, that's what he does in his spare time anyways, it shouldn't be that hard.

In Real People News: 

Boy gets caught inside one of those mechanical arm vending machines filled with toys, and he lives in DARWIN, Australia. I didn't get a lot of sleep last night, so I would like to thank this story for writing itself.

AIDS patient jumps to his death, crashes on Honda Civic, lives to tell the tale. Owner of AIDS covered Civic? He just backed away slowly.

If you're going to steal someone's laptop, better make sure to put a piece of tape over the built in webcam first. Or better yet don't, it makes for for one hell of a real news story. (awesome "robbery in progress" picture at the link).

On this day in history: 

1993: Adolf Hitler is baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in a ceremony performed inside their London temple. Mormons use this strange retroactive baptismal ritual to ensure ancestors or other relatives may join them in heaven.

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