Horror Headlines: Tuesday December 30th, 2008

The plot of "Jack Brooks Monster Slayer 2" will involve Jack attempting to retire from... what else, Monster Slaying, only to be sucked back in for one big job trying to stop a man who is attempting to summon a legion of demons. Considering how much we all enjoyed the original, and the fact that this one will have a bigger budget and therefore more monsters, I can't see anything wrong with this news.

Speaking of plots, here's the plot for that WWII horror flick I told you about the other day called "Devil's Commandos". The info comes from writer and mega-horror fan Todd Farmer, who tells us that the film is about a group of commandos sent on a rescue mission in WWII, who end up having to fight Satan's Army. Sweeeeet.

Trailer for "Perkins 14", one of the After Dark Horrorfest selections for 2009. The indie film festival which opens in select areas on January 9th.

Sweet new "My Bloody Valentine 3D" pics. We're at the point now (two weeks from release) where we should be seeing material for this every day now. And since I'm fully sucked up in the hype machine, expect me to continue bringing it to you.

In Real People News: 

Lighting yourself on fire does not impress the ladies. Making a note of that now, in case I forget.

Just how far do those laser pointers reach, anyways? Apparently, far enough to mess with pilots while they're trying to land planes. Wow, that kid must have had seriously amazing aim. And I'm sure this story being all over the internet won't give anyone any ideas.

Rap originated in the medieval taverns of Scotland, and not The Bronx or Brooklyn... which makes it considerably less cool.

On this day in history: 

1903: The worst theater fire in US history occurs at the Iroquois Theater in Chicago, killing 602. Most of the exits were locked; no fire drills had ever been conducted; and no water was available for extinguishing the fire. But, a prominent sign displayed above the entrance to the edifice read: "Absolutely Fireproof".

Nuno Cera

The intersection between art and horror is a well worn, Centuries old path. Our passion hereabouts is largely the film side of the marriage. As horror film fans we seem to bemoan as much as we praise; and with good reason. It is difficult to craft a 90 minute work of art that communicates the language of horror in all the varied ways that we have learned to speak it.

ATTN: BGH Gamers!

This weekend, I decided to give into the hype and purchase "Left 4 Dead" for the XBOX 360 (my system of choice, if you haven't noticed). Although I wasn't sure what to expect from the demo, I've decided that I made a great decision. However, I've also decided that playing alone, while fun, will get old, and I have no interest in playing against/with people I don't know.

Horror Headlines: Monday December 29th, 2008

In reaction to fan uproar about a report that Mrs Voorhees (Nana Visitor) and young Jason would be cut from Platinum Dunes "Friday the 13th" remake, producer Brad Fuller recently announced that both characters would indeed be in the final cut of the film. This of course is all part of their "make you love us even though we're remaking one of your favorite films ever" campaign... that I have to begrudgingly admit is kind of working.

The official site for the "My Bloody Valentine" remake is up and running and apparently in full effect. Considering that we're little more than two weeks away from the release, this seems kind of late to the game, no?

There is a theme running through all these stills for "The Unborn". Well, three themes actually, Odette Yustman screams a lot, she needs someone to buy her an umbrella, and this movie has a lot of "scary" kids in it. In fact, all of the "ooh look at those creepy kids" pictures are starting to sour me on the whole thing. Kids are never scary unless it's on the context of "hey, I missed my period and we're going to have KIDS". So unless your movie is about that, get rid of them.

Thomas Jane to write/direct a horror-thriller set in World War II titled "Devil's Commandos". I think a vein just exploded in my head from all that awesomeness.

In Real People News: 

How is it that I made a super sweet mix CD for Christmas this year and missed the song "Barack The Magic Negro? I guess if I was friends with Chip Saltsman - candidate for the Republican National Committee Charimanship - he would have emailed me that hotness like a year ago.

CIA bribes Afghan tribal chieftains for support with Viagra, among other things. I've been sitting here for 10 minutes trying to come up with a pun here, and the best I can do is "Taliboner". Feel free to humiliate me with your own in the comments.

On this day in history: 

1991: Jack Ruby's pistol, used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald, sells at auction at Christie's for $220,000.

Real People News: Man Shoots Movie Talker

Eric may or may not have been thinking about including this in his next headline post but it was too good for me to wait on...

A man angry that a family was talking during a movie threw popcorn at the son and then shot the father in the arm, according to police in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
James Joseph Cialella was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges.

James Joseph Cialella was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges.

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