Horror Headlines: Halloween, 2008!

Happy Halloween everyone. Whatever you end up doing tonight, we here at BGH hope you have a fun and safe holiday. And while you're at it, try scaring some kids in the process. That's the way we would want it.

Here are some totally useless pics of teenagers from the "Friday the 13th" remake. I would complain, but I know that pretty much every film has been filled with annoying stereotypes since the beginning, so I guess I don't really have a leg to stand on here.

Pics from Clive Barker's "Dread" adaptation, about a student who uses his own dreams as inspiration for his sick and twisted experiments in what scares people the most... namely, axe murdering clowns.

Check out the extended, 5 minute trailer for the remake of "The Day The Earth Stood Still", starring Keanu Reeves as a robot (natch) and Jennifer Connelly as (basically) his human love interest. I have to say, they're definitely going the Michael Bay route with this one, but since I'm not a devotee of the original, I'm excited to see how it turns out. And hey, look on the bright side, at least it doesn't have Will Smith in it.

Rob Schmidt's "Alphabet Killer" will actually have an advance screening in Rochester New York on November 7th, before going on a limited theatrical run. And of all the random places on earth, we actually have a writer there (hi, Mark!). So expect a review some time next week.

In Real People News: 

According to Corey Haim's official site, he has proposed to horror actress Tiffany Shepis, and she said yes. I'm just as baffled by this story as you are folks.

It's bad enough that a guy got caught banging a cow in this village in Jakarta, but the residents are also so uninformed on science that they think the guy knocked it up... so they killed it. Poor, defenseless cow, if you were American I'd be eating you right now.

A guy named Jesus Jihad has been sentenced in an Oakland courtroom for stabbing his wife. This is really surprising for a guy with such a peaceful name, don't you think?

Ever want to see a bird eat a rabbit? This is usually where I say "me neither", but this time I kind of did. You won't be disappointed.

On this day in history: 

1926: Illusionist Harry Houdini dies in room 401 of Grace Hospital in Detroit. The escape artist was killed by diffuse peritonitis, after having undergone an emergency appendectomy. Contrary to popular belief, the fatal appendicitis could not have been caused by a punch to the stomach.

Horror Headlines 10/30/08

Here are today's horror stories from All Hallow's Eve's... Eve!

Sam Mendez, director of one of my all time favorite films "American Beauty", has been tapped to direct an adaptation of the graphic novel "Preacher". The story is about a down and out Texas preacher who becomes possessed by an unnatural entity, namely what forms when an angel and a demon get all twisted up like a Schwartz. I know how much I hate it when my Schwartz gets twisted so I'm sure this story is all angsty.

Shocking, Rob Zombie hasn't even so much as written the script for his next film "T-Rex" yet, which just backs up my not reporting on all those random pieces of art he's released that basically amount to nothing. If I have to report on it every time Rob Zombie gets bored and picks up his box of crayons, I'd be here all frigging day.

Win autographed "Repo: A Genetic Opera" schwag by videotaping yourself singing one of the songs from the film. Everything you need, including lyrics can be found at the link.

Even more pics from "Splinter", which appears to be the horror community's darling indie film of the moment. The film is about a group of people who get trapped in a gas station with a parasite, and have to try to not become it's host. Magnet pictures will be releasing "Splinter" on a limited basis on October 31st, 2008.

Official trailer for Rob Schmidt's "Alphabet Killer", about the real life serial killer from Rochester, NY in the 70's.

Atari has stepped up to the block and purchased the release rights to the "Ghostbusters" videogame, along with the rights to "Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena", another movie to game adaptation that was lost in the shuffle when Activision merged with Vivendi Games. Atari plans to release "Ghostbusters" in summer 2009, to coincide with the original film's 25th anniversary. (PS - That still above is actually from the game. HOLY CRAP)

In Real People News: 

Is there anything more cruel and backwards than stoning a woman to death? I don't think so. The twist in this story is that the woman actually requested it, after having some extra-marital coitus which is apparently a no-no in Mogadishu.

If you're a police officer, you should really, seriously consider never eating out again. If you don't, you're likely to be served up a piping hot taint burger, like this guy was.

Woman in New Zealand finds mouse head in frozen beans. And in case you were wondering exactly what it was that was staring back at her, go ahead and click on that link. Go ahead, I dare you.

Some prudish movie-goers in Utah were pretty surprised on Friday when they sat down for "High School Musical 3" with their kids, but were treated to the teen sex comedy "Sex Drive" instead. I officially forgive "Sex Drive" for existing, because that's the greatest story ever.

Wait, you mean you wouldn't buy beer from a homeless man with a keg on the street? No no, it's okay, you see he's actually a secret agent.

On this day in history: 

1966: The Zodiac kills his first victim, 18-year-old Cheri Jo Bates, in the library parking lot of a community college in Riverside, California. Zodiac stabs her to death with a small knife, nearly decapitating Bates in the process.

Ok, Now WHERE is everyone GOING for Halloween?

As per Eric's blog post, many of you have thrown in possible costume suggestions for Halloween. Let's take it to the next step. After you get dressed up (or not) where are you going?

From Spain With Love

BLOODY MOON

Starring Olivia Pascal, Christopher Moosbrugger, Nadja Gerganhoff

Directed by Jesus Franco

Severin Films

Horror Headlines: Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

French director Pascal Laugier ("Martyr(s)") is in final negotiations to write and direct the "Hellraiser" remake. He also says that this is a "dream project" for him, and that he would "never" do anything to besmirch the name of the original.

Fango reports on a sweet throwback looking slasher called "Taken", about a masked killer with a sledgehammer stalking teenagers in an insane asylum.

Tobin Bell says "Saw" will go on forever. I'm considerably less disgusted by that statement than I would have been a week ago.

New American Trailer for the Spanish film "Timecrimes", about a man who finds a time machine and accidentally goes back in time an hour. The film is actually getting a limited theatrical release starting this Sunday, November 30th, and an American remake is currently in the works. (warning: trailer contains spoilers, LINK FIXED)

New images from Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell", a film that we haven't heard anything about in quite a while. Much to my surprise, the article describes it as a "horror comedy about a woman's desperate quest to break an evil curse". I must have missed the day when it was announced as a "horror comedy". Am I the only one that didn't know about the comedy part?

In Real People News: 

Just to offset all of the stories I report about murder and incest and cannibalism around here... every once in a while I have to throw something positive out. How about, dog risks life protecting kittens from deadly fire? There, that should fill the sappy quotient for quite some time, no?

It turns out that Vista is so annoying that Microsoft is already planning it's replacement, titled "Windows 7", to be released early within about a year. If I had to guess the reason, it would probably be that most businesses refused to put the product on their machines. Doesn't exactly bode well for the future of the OS if you ask me.

Vietnamese try to enact hilarious traffic rules including one that would ban people with "small chests" from riding motorbikes, which apparently make up for 90% of their traffic. Great article, and I also learned that the average Vietnamese person is 5 foot 4, which would officially make me... average! Man, I would move there except if this law passes I don't think I would be able to drive.

On this day in history: 

1929: The value of the New York Stock Exchange tumbles 11% in a widespread panic. Thousands of people lose their life savings as 16,410,030 shares change hands. Black Tuesday marks the beginning of the Great Depression.

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