Horror Headlines: Monday January 5th, 2009

Well, it's the first full week of 2009, and also the start of this year's horror releases with David Goyer's "The Unborn" coming out this Friday the 9th. Our latest podcast episode will be recorded tonight, so you'll be seeing it in your podcatchers tomorrow morning. Barring any issues, it should see the return of the long-absent Jon Schnaars. Hope to see you there! In the meantime, on with the show.

Even more pics from "Terminator Salvation". McG's new trilogy-starter gets released May 22nd, which puts it square at the beginning of the summer Blockbuster season.

"H2" (or "Halloween 2") has a release date of August 28th, 2009. That puts it on Labor Day weekend, the exact time two years ago when the first one was released. Since that is not typically a big movie weekend (most people in the US are at BBQ's that weekend), the film broke weekend records with only about 30 mill in box office. I guess they're trying to bank on that again. The buzz is also that they were afraid of going up against "Saw VI" on Halloween, which says a lot for a film that shares it's name with the Holiday.

Also of note, Danielle Harris is rumored to be in final talks to return for "H2". Harris of course starred in both "Halloween 4" and "Halloween 5", and was a big surprise addition to the cast of the original "Halloween" remake. She went on in many ways to give the most stand out performance in the film.

Pics from Chan Park-Wook's vampire film "Thirst" have hit the web. The synopsis is pretty convoluted, but essentially it's about a priest who survives a deadly disease by becoming undead, and the ensuing mystery and love triangle that unfolds when his flock start to believe he has religious healing powers.

In Real People News: 

So wait... terrorists are going to try and use bugs to kill us? All they would need to get me is a big hairy spider... I'd probably have a heart attack on the spot. But ya, this is actually way more complicated and scary than that.

Underage girl calls in her own DUI. If only all drunks were this smart, or stupid... I guess it depends on how you look at it.

Researcher believes that Stonehenge was built as an ancient concert hall, citing odd acoustic attributes as proof. Since I prefer conspiracy theories to hard science, I'm sticking with UFO landing pad hypothesis.

On this day in history: 

1998: Congressman Sonny Bono dead from blunt force trauma to his head after a direct collision with a pine tree at Heavenly Valley Ski Area.

Patrick Lussier Talks My Bloody Valentine 3D

Patrick Lussier cut his teeth in the genre by serving as editor on the entire "Scream" series, and has since worked on such films as "The Eye", "White Noise 2" and "Darkness Falls". Now he's teamed up with Lions Gate and together they're getting ready to unleash a 3D "My Bloody Valentine" remake onto the unsuspecting public. Here's what happened when we sat down to talk about it.

We talked about it, and my first reaction was wasn't that the film where someone gets killed with wiener water?

So you guys ended up getting the R rating without any real problems. Were you at all concerned?

Well, with any R rated film it's a thing right? You're wanting to make sure that you're leaning over the edge but not falling into it.

Top 10 Films I Watched in 2008

Lists abound lately! And I feel... left out. I didn't see a chunk of new releases in '08. The horror options just didn't interest me. At 12 bucks a pop, I can't go willy-nilly into just any flick at the local cinema. Plus, I'm a super snob that isn't into watching subpar American dreg with urban teens. I mean... never mind.

So here is my somewhat comprehensive list of the best films I viewed (for the first time) in '08.

10. Female Trouble - Best John Waters flick EVER!

BGH Book Club: Come Closer

Unlike horror movies, horror writing -- be it novels, short fiction, or what have you -- doesn't really have a high powered hype machine to drive consumers to hot new content. In fact, if the part of the web devoted to championing obscure or independent horror movies is a Panzer tank, the part of the web that champions new or rising horror writers is something akin to a stroller full of recyclables being pushed by a decrepit homeless person.

The Sword--Gods of the Earth review

Figured I should get this up before I see the band live in a few weeks.

Throwback. That's the only word that comes to mind when I'm listening to The Sword's album "Gods of the Earth." Close your eyes and it's easy to picture the music coming from a van circa 1977 with dragons and wizards and whatnot painted on the side in dramatic action. The album sways at points between the soundtrack to a Renaissance festival and some headbanging, adrenaline charged mosh pit fuel.

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