Christian Slater

Playback (REVIEW)

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“Playback” starts interestingly enough. A young man named Harlan Diehl walks around a country farmhouse with a video camera, filming recently slaughtered bodies (as we learn later, it’s Diehl’s adopted family being filmed and he’s the one who did the slaughtering). His camera then focuses on a little baby left untouched in the mayhem. Before we learn the reason for his murdering spree, however, he is gunned down by police officers. Would it surprise you to know that the baby survives?

Horror Headlines: Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Edward Furlong and Christian Slater finally in a movie together? Sign me up! Alright this may have happened before, I just can't remember. But this time it's called "The Awakened" and is about a young woman who returns to her home town to find her mother's killer. Apparently there's some sort of Jekyll & Hyde tie in also. Who cares though. Furter! Or Slatlong. I don't know, we'll work on it.

If there's one complaint I get about my news it's that there's not enough coverage of what's going on over at the Lifetime network. Well today is your lucky day bed burners because the good lady folk over there have decided to move forward with a new series based on Melissa de la Cruz's novel "The Witches of East End". For those of you who have never had your monthly visitor the story focuses on a mother and her two daughters who just so happen to be next in the long line of witches. Queue Sarah McLachlan.

Looks like Jackie Earle Haley is the latest name to be added to the cast of the upcoming "Robocop" remake. Rumor has it that Haley will be playing the role of Maddox, the main man who trains Robocop with his new skills. I can't even think of something stupid to say here. This seems like a perfectly reasonable casting selection. Well done, Hollywood people.

There's more horror themed shows coming to the little screen in the near future then you can shake a stick at and today we've got word there's one more. "Sleepy Hollow", based on the classic headless horseman tale, is being put together by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the same cats that brought you "Fringe". The project is still being pitched to the big wigs so it's not 100% locked in but if no one wants it I'm willing to toss a ten spot in and they can act it out in my living room.

In Real People News: 

A New Hampshire lab tech is in hot water after it was discovered he had been stealing a powerful anesthetic from his job and replacing it with saline. The kicker here? Apparently he had been using the needles and has given more than 30 people Hep C.

Here's a heartwarming story about a California man who is under arrest after he shot his own son. Why did he shoot his son you might ask? Well because he chose a Kenny Chesney song at karaoke. Seams reasonable enough.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

This past weekend I put a bunch of those plastic insulation things over the windows in our apartment. It's like my wife, child and I are now trapped in a giant bubble of warmth. My only worry now is what if a skunk ever breaks into our place and starts shooting his stink all over the place? What do we do? We can't open the windows! We'll be trapped breathing in skunk stink for the next 3 to 4 months. Oh god the living will envy the dead.

Mark this down, I am the first one to go on record as saying "Playback" is going to kick ass. Please keep in mind also I make this claim after doing zero research on the movie other than viewing the new trailer. But Christian Slater is in it and the movie's about some guy who filmed himself killing his family and then somehow mind travels into the body of some kid who watches the videos. Tell me that doesn't sound amazing? It's like "Shocker" meets "The Poughkeepsie Tapes" with a dash of some other movie I can't think of but will make me sound really legit once it comes to me.

"Chronicle" is a new flick about a group of boys who discover they have the power to move things... WITH THEIR MINDS! And what would any red blooded American teenage boy do if he got these powers? Figure out a way to look up girls skirts of course. Proof is in this new clip from the film. I hope I didn't spoil the end for you.

And here's a clip from "The Grey". A movie where Liam Neeson battles wolfs in the middle of the Alaska after his plane crashes. I don't know what it is but there's something about Liam Neeson telling a group of people to "be cool" that makes me feel like everything that's wrong in the world is going to be right. You ever get that? You will... you will.

Jamie Bell and Tilda Swinton look to be in talks to star in a new film from "Host" director Bong Joon-ho titled "Snow Piercer". Chris Evans is already on board for the flick which focuses on that last remaining people on earth who are trapped on a train after the second ice age comes. Because that's what people always say, when the end comes the only thing that will be left is cockroaches and trains. Or something like that.

In Real People News: 

If there's one thing I've learned in my 10+ years of working NYC it's people do not give a crap what's going on during their commute. If you need proof here's a story about a woman who gave birth yesterday on her NJ transit train while coming into the city. I don't know if any of you have ever been on the trains from NJ to NYC but honestly the back of a garbage truck is probably a more sanitary place to have a kid. Not an empty one either, a full garbage truck full of dirty baby dippers. Wouldn't that be ironic?

Haha Canada! You simple simple people. I kid, I love your maple syrup, I can't quit you. But a bunch of people up in the great north are pissed off after they bought fake iPad 2's from a number of different electronic stores in the Vancouver area. How did they know they were fake? Because they were made out of modeling clay. God I love maple syrup.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday July 12th, 2011

"I Saw the Devil" director Kim ji-Woon has lined up "The Last Stand" as his official entry into the world of English cinema. The movie will focus on drug lord trying to make his way down to Mexico and the sheriff hellbent on stopping him. Even better news it that Arnold Schwarzenegger himself will take on the role of said sheriff. Estaré de vuelta! According to Google that's "I'll be back" in Spanish.

Ray Liotta, Christian Slater and Ving Rhames in a straight to DVD thriller? Oh how the mighty have fallen. The movie is "The River Murders" and it's about a giant river that comes to life and murders people. Alright that's a lie, it's about a detective, played by Liotta, who is trying to hunt down a murderer who is taking out his ex-girlfriends one by one. I'm not sure I'd really work that hard to stop something like this. Sounds like someone's doing him a favor. Maybe send one of those Edible Arrangements.

Been waiting a long time for the next installment in the "Evil Dead" series? Well it looks like you might not have to wait much longer. Maybe. Word around campus is long time Sam Raimi collaborator and editor Bob Murawski has descended on Detroit to begin production on the film. If it's true it looks like the long delayed project could begin shooting sometime in the near future. If it isn't true I just look like I believe everything I read on the internet. Which I see absolutely no reason to stop doing.

Last week the internet was all abuzz with the rumor that Spike Lee might be hopping into the director's chair for the US remake of the Chan-wook Park's "Oldboy" and now it looks like he's officially been confirmed. So that happened. Feel free to go back to last week's news and read the hilarious jokes I put in the post about the rumor. I think there was something about America being awesome. Which of course is no joke. Rock, flag and eagle!

In Real People News: 

Michael Todd, bassist for the awful rock band Coheed and Cambria was arrested this past weekend after he stole Oxycontin from a Walgreen’s pharmacy. Now if only the rest of the band would be picked up on charges of making terrible music I could go to sleep a happy man tonight. So in summery, I hate Coheed and Cambria.

A 57 year old man in Ireland is under arrested after his girlfriend died of an apparently allergic reaction to dog sperm. Let that sentence sink in for a minute. Alright let's move on. The two apparently met in a bestiality chat room and eventually agreed to meet in order to let the lovely lass go to town with the gentleman's dog. Later on she developed a severe reaction to the "aftermath" and eventually died at a local hospital. Interesting part here, and I feel sick saying this, is that he's not under arrest because she died but rather for allowing the dog to have sex with her in the first place. It's a terrible way to get caught for the crime though.

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