Horror Headlines: Friday, November 21st, 2008

The good news is it's Friday. The better news is that next week is a short one for us Americans, as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. No Horror releases until December, but until then we're here every day to tide you over with the days horror news. So, on with the show!

"Venus Fixer" is a film about a cop and a holocaust survivor working together to track down a serial killer in post WWII Berlin. Being a horror fan and a history nerd, I'm into this one. The story is based on a book by J.C. Pollack.

"Underworld: Rise of the Lycans" has snagged a big fat "R" rating from the MPAA, for "bloody violence and some sexuality". Add "Doomsday" star Rhona Mitra to that equation, and you could have a decent little flick.

Although it was strictly "through the grapevine", as they say, Fango is claiming a little birdie has told them that Universal will be delaying "The Wolfman" remake yet again, this time bumping it from its April release date.

"Stingy Jack" is this week's awesome sounding indie picture. It involves a town that has banned Halloween for 50 years because of a tragedy that occurred, and what happens when a family moves in and refuses to let the holiday go. Spookiness ensues. Check their official site at the link, this one appears to be one to keep an eye on.

Warner Bro's has delayed Richard Kelly's film "The Box" yet again, this time pushing it back to next November. The story, based on the Richard Matheson short story "Button, Button", is about a couple who receives a box with a button inside, along with an ominous message. If they press the button, they will receive 1 million dollars, but someone they do not know will die. With 24 hours to make their decision, true humanity rears its ugly head. Kelly of course is no stranger to studio treachery, going through plenty of it with his mind-bending cult classic "Donnie Darko".

After Dark Horrorfest fills the 8th slot this year with a Korean language film called "Voices". Wow, I know I've hated on this fest in the past, but this move gives me a new found respect for them. Imagine that, a foreign film in American theaters... that's a new one!

Timothy Olyphant starring in George Romero's remake of "The Crazies" is one of the best ideas I've ever heard... cause you know, he's kind of crazy. Also, he's sort of like the poor man's Skeet Ulrich... which I guess would make him the welfare recipients' Johnny Depp. Or maybe not... what was I talking about again?

In Real People News: 

This pic of a two-faced kitten is just more evidence for my thesis that all cats are evil... and yet, it's still strangely cute. NO... MUST LOOK AWAY.

This pain index for insect stings on Wikipedia is the strangest thing I've seen all week. Except for, you know, the two headed kitten.

So, I'm assuming "Lynx Deoderant" is the UK equivalent of "Axe" here in the us (aka what douchebags smell like). Well... a 12 year old boy accidentally killed himself with it by spraying too much in an enclosed area. See people, this is the consequence of those commercials that would lead you to believe taking a bath in this shit will make the ladies love you.

On this day in history: 

1997: Lead singer of INXS Michael Hutchence found hanged in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Sydney Australia. Police have denied that his death was due to Autoerotic Asphyxiation.

Awesome Things On Etsy #5

I haven't posted anything awesome in a while. That's because 1) I haven't been able to find anything, well, awesome and 2) I can't seem to pull myself away from my Angel box set (just figured I'd give you some insight into my life). SO! Without further ado, I give you
knitted Ash.

The Nuclear Edge--Art show?

So last weekend, my friend asked me if I would volunteer to help out his charity art auction. Being the decent guy that I am, I gladly told him I would. So there I was, helping set up, having a good time, marveling at the wonder that is a chocolate fountain, when a few pieces of art in my hand caught my eye.

(By the way, me at an art show is a huge mismatch. Still, it was great to be able to help out.)

Anyway, I got talking to Dan, the artist, and we discussed how he came up with his art, which he described roughly as follows:

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It's almost time for Thanksgiving, and that means that MonstersHD is gearing up for their THANKSGIVING DAY OF THE DEAD spectacular. This year that means a zombie movie marathon if you're one of the lucky people who receives the channel. If you don't however, this Thanksgiving will also mark the online debut of both Howard Kurtzman's "The Rage", and George Romero's zombie classic "Day of the Dead".

Horror Headlines: Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Two stills from the "Last House on the Left" remake, which officially looks too slick to me to even come close to following along the lines of Craven's original. Given the young, semi-famous cast, it's also hard to believe that the intensity will remain. What do you guys think?

Directors Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor have dropped out of the "Jonah Hex" adaptation over our old buddy, "creative differences". So, looking for a directing gig? They're looking for a summer 2009 release, so better get your resume in fast!

Check out the trailer for "Run! Bitch Run!", the latest in the recent wave of low budget 70's exploitation style shockers to come from the depths of the underground. Unless of course you're at work, in which case I would definitely recommend waiting until you get home. Consider yourself warned.

DVD artwork for "His Name Was Jason", the documentary that will be released just in time for the "Friday the 13th" remake in February. It will not be part of the new box set, but will retail all by it's lonesome.

A "Ghostbusters" ride is in the works at Universal Studios for next summer, which will mark the 25th anniversary of the film.

In Real People News: 

If you continue to pleasure yourself in between bouts of wrestling with police officers who are trying to stop you, you're either on some serious drugs, or just really dedicated. Or maybe, I suppose, a touch of both.

And another live taken by Viagra... as a 70 year old woman killed her husband with a machete because she suspected him of having affairs. I would have just congratulated the guy for being able to handle that kind of action at his age, but that's just me.

On this day in history: 

1977: Hillside Strangers, Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono Jr, abduct, abuse, and kill three women: Kristina Weckler, Sonja Johnson, and Dolores Cepeda. The two killers would dress as Los Angeles police officers to gain the women's confidence.

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