The Trailers of TIFF (part one)

The Toronto International Film Fest has become possibly the most genre-friendly major film festival, with many major international genre movies getting their North American debut. Last year at TIFF North American audiences got their first look at Inside, Frontiers and Takeski Miike's latest, Sukiyaki Western Django.

This year there's an equally strong international genre presence at TIFF. Here's a few film that might be worth a blip on your radar.

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Horror Headlines 9/11/08

So, remember when McG and the makers of "Terminator Salvation" hired another jacked Austrian dude who sort of looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger to take his place? Well, rumors are now flying that Arnie's face will be digitally placed over that dude's, and he has recently recorded voiceovers to be placed in post. Wow, so the Governator might be in the film after all huh? Take that, rest of the world, our Governors are frigging Terminators! Only in America folks. Also, I apparently missed the rumor that McG has said the film may possibly be rated R, which has actually peaked my interest for this whole thing.

Speaking of our beloved ratings organization, "Repo: A Genetic Opera" has been given an R rating by the MPAA. Despite how awkward some of the clips have been, I'm still endlessly intrigued by how this will turn out. Also, kudos to the readers if they can find out if this is the first ever R rated musical to be released theatrically (albeit, limited).

The same company that did "Prom Night" is now moving forward with a remake of "The House on Sorority Row", and have cast Rumor Willis (the giant chinned offspring of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore) and Briana Evigan (the hot chick from "Step up 2 Tha Streets", the trailer for which seemed to be in front of every horror film last year). I'll let you make your own judgments about this project based on the information provided.

"The Scream Awards" air on SpikeTV on Tuesday, October 21st, and you can see the nominees at the link. Also there, the board of advisers who chose the nominees, which I must say is rather impressive (think Wes Craven, Kevin Smith, etc...), and they've done a great job of honoring the films our readers have admired most this past year.

In Real People News: 

Kids defecating on the bathroom floor in your school? No problem, just rub their noses in it like dogs. Oh, on second thought, maybe that's not the greatest idea.

If you're going to murder someone, it's probably best to not construct a photo essay and then leave the memory card out for investigators to find. Just saying.

Woman in Budapest rushed to hospital after part of a screwdriver gets lodged in her lung during a dental examination. Also news, dentists in Budapest use screwdrivers. YIKES.

On this day in history: 

1991: Boxer Mike Tyson is arrested for raping Desiree Washington in an Indianapolis hotel room. After his conviction and three years spent behind bars, Tyson continues to maintain his innocence, telling one reporter: "I just hate her guts... I really wish I did now... now I really do want to rape her."

Dennison Ramalho

Dennison Ramalho is a lesser exposed voice within the horror scene, but a pretty distinctive one if his “Amor Só de Mãe” (Love from Mother Only) is any indication. It’s a tight little 20 minute vision of end times which are brought about through the act of matricide. What really worked well for me was Dennison's firm grounding of the story within a Brazilian milieu; one that manages to be both believable and slightly surreal.

Horror Headlines 9/10/08

Rachel Miner has joined the cast of "The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelation", which will be screening at this year's After Dark Horror Fest. And oh yeah, they're still filming and it comes out in January. I just want you to know how rushed it is so you can avoid it when it comes out. And don't worry, wherever crappy filmmakers are getting rid of sequel numbers to try and fool you, we'll be there to put those little bastards right back in for you.

Okay Christine, I'm totally interested in "Bitch Slap" now. And it has nothing to do with the hot picture of Zoe Bell at the link. For more information on the movie including a pretty kickass trailer, visit the "Bitch Slap's" official site.

Quentin Tarantino has picked his female lead for his WWII flick "Inglorious Bastards", and she's a hot french chick you've never heard of. At least he's moved on from Uma Thurman, her freaky toes in "Kill Bill" still haunt my nightmares.

Attention, makers of "iMurders", it's been a LONG time since it was cool to put the letter 'i' at the beginning of anything, let alone a movie title. I would have read the story to find out what's going on with the flick but I stopped at the title, and the poster, complete with blood dripping mouse. Of course if it's all a spoofy type thing, I'd be no board with that. Does someone want to find out and let me know in the comments? It would be much appreciated.

Kevin Smith's next film will be "Red State", which he describes as a "total horror-political-psychological movie without a funny line in it..." I've always rooted for Smith, and although I have my doubts about his ability to accomplish what he wants to with this movie, I'll be behind it all the way. So, go Kevin!

Brittany Snow has signed on to the adaptation of the videogame "CLOCK TOWER". Oh brother, I'm sure this is going to spark many intelligent conversations on her last horror film, "Prom Night". You just watch.

In Real People News: 

American Airlines ships corpse to wrong country, attempts to charge family to have it sent to the right place. And you think I'm paranoid because I refuse to check baggage. They can't even get a dead body to the right place, what makes you think they can handle ordinary bags?

Korean man buys house at auction, visits twice before moving in, and only after that notices the previous owners dead body swinging from a pipe in the kitchen. He had seen the body twice before, but claims he thought it was a "mannequin", because the kitchen was so well ventilated that the body was dried out like a mummy and did not smell. Let's not even get into the fact that he thought it was normal for a "mannequin" to be hanging from a pipe in his kitchen.

Just another in a long list of reasons why I will never take public transportation in a city... you have to worry about the dude next to you bludgeoning you with the claw end of a hammer. We should get this guy together with the dude who beheaded a guy on that bus in Canada. He's probably the only person on earth who this guy would actually be able to relate to.

On this day in history: 

1977: Convicted torture-killer Hamida Djandoubi, an immigrant from Tunisia, becomes the last person executed by France when he is guillotined (!) in Marseilles.

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