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Horror Headlines: Tuesday June 11th, 2013

James Wan's "The Conjuring" will make it's big debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 21st. The film is supposedly based on a true story of two paranormal investigators who try to help a family being terrorized by an evil spirit. The film will then see a wide release on July 19th. I will be on a podcast shortly after that talking about how the whole thing is BS.

I've been holding off on seeing the Hammer classic "Dracula: Prince of Darkness" for 35 years because there has yet to be a US Blu-Ray release for the film. I know, it's weird that I would take a firm stance for so long considering that Blu-Ray hasn't even been around for 10 years. Well good news for me because the Christopher Lee blood sucker is finally coming our way thanks to Millennium Entertainment on September 3rd. I'll be chock full of commentary, behind the scenes features and other extras. I don't pretend to understand my madness.

Daniel Radcliffe doesn't have half the forehead that Christina Ricci has but still he's going to play Igor in Paul McGuigan's "Frankenstein". I'm not really sure why you need a big forehead for that but the film has been slapped with a October 17, 2014 release date so let's see how Radcliffe does with this bold casting move. Again I don't really know why Ricci's big forehead would make her a better choice but I stand by my statement.

Adam McKay , the guy who produced "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters", has let out that director Tommy Wirkola is being let loose to make the sequel as balls out as he'd like. I guess that also means if the follow up is a pile of doody it's all Wirkola's fault but let's look on the positive side here.

In Real People News: 

Apparently it's illegal to place a sex ad on Craigslist for your neighbor if she pisses you off. Thank god I found this out before the weekend.

What do you do when you're a youngster on the way to school and you spot a man having sex with a dog? You whip out your cell phone and record the whole thing for all to enjoy. At least that's what these kids in Detroit did. They eventually showed their school's secretary who called the police and the man was arrested but I like to think it made the rounds in homeroom before that. This is Detroit after all.

The Bloody Judge (REVIEW)

For most of Jesús Franco’s first 15 years of filmmaking he was contending with a powerful set of artistic limitations manifest most precisely in the fascist rule of Francisco Franco. While Jess, as he is more commonly known, left Spain for more habitable film production locales the specter of Franco’s rule seems to revel itself in the director’s oppositional, iconoclastic relationship with cinema censors.

The Wicker Tree (REVIEW)

Let’s start this off by saying I’m not going to spend a lot of time comparing Robin Hardy’s 1973 “The Wicker Man” with his latest film “The Wicker Tree”. Surely enough people out there have grouped “The Wicker Man” amongst films such as “Rosemary’s Baby”, “Don’t Look Now”, and many others as a paramount example of prestige horror. It’s a movie that many genre fans and critics point to as an “excuse” for genre films or to show horror detractors that, yes; these movies are worth their salt. But this isn’t a review of comparing this unofficial/spiritual “sequel” to its noteworthy ancestor.

My New Podcast: Welcome to 1951 Down Place!...

I've mentioned my love of Hammer flicks many times over on the Bloody Good Horror Podcast. I've never really gone in depth with this love affair on the air however. Seeing as I love to talk movies and books and such, why not bring in some friends to talk Hammer films? Luckily, I have two friends that love Hammer as much as I do, so I've joined forces with Derek, a.k.a.

Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (REVIEW)

There are certain names that are forever linked with the horror genre. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff will always be remembered for their work on the early Universal creature features. Where those two and Universal left off, Christoper Lee, Peter Cushing and Hammer picked up. Playing Dracula and Van Helsing respectively, Lee and Cushing will probably go down in the annals of the genre much like Lugosi and Karloff before them. So then how is it that a horror film, an anthology film no less, with both Cushing and Lee can go unremembered for so long?

Episode 164 - "The Resident"

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This week we talk about the latest film from Hammer studios, bearded night intruders, and Hilary Swank's controversial hotness.

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Retro Poster: "City of the Dead" (1960)

When a young college girl is pressured by her college professor (played by Christopher Lee) to visit a New England town to research witchcraft, she finds that the town is inhabited by a coven of witches and they need to sacrifice a virgin every year in order to keep a reincarnated witch alive. Known here in the US as as "Horror Hotel" the film interestingly shares certain similarities with the film "Psycho" which was released in the same year and just three months prior.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday January 12th, 2011

I'm like a little school girl for the movie "Priest" and the new trailer has got me all in a tizzy. I'm flustered, light headed and I think I may of started menstruating. Wait there's vampires in it? Oh man I'm going home pregnant!

The problem with being awful with names is that every time you read a headline about some guy's next film you get kind of excited. So when I read that David Ellis' next flick is going to be "The Briar Lake Murders" I got interested. Then I found out David Ellis is the guy who directed "Snakes on a Plane" and I realized this news is useless. So don't bother reading it.

Here's the new trailer for Hammer Film's "The Resident". What did I learn? Well Christopher Lee is still alive so that's nice. What was confirmed? Hilary Swank is in fact a man, which is not very nice. It's not very nice at all is it.

Just days after Joe Johnston admitted that "The Wolfman" kind of sucked there is now talk that the film could be up for an Oscar. Now before you go renting a tux I should point out that it's for best makeup which to be fair "The Time Machine" remake was nominated four years ago and only one person in the world liked that. If you promise not to keep it I'll let you borrow the DVD.

In Real People News: 

Holy mother of God why did no one get this on camera? An Italian man who was shot in the head got the bullet out the manliest way possible, he sneezed it out. I wonder if it made a bang when it came out, man I hope so.

Now I don't want to say I'm for crime and hurting people but if it's happening to a guy who's dressing up like a super hero and trying to fight bad guys, well then it's kind of funny. Phoenix Jones is just such a guy who thought he would be the next Superman but instead was held up at gunpoint and had his nose broken. See isn't that funny?

Horror Headlines: Friday January 7th, 2011

Naomi Harris, a relatively unknown actress who appeared in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films is being considered for a female in lead in Ron Howard's "Dark Tower" trilogy. Though you may not know the actress, the important thing to take away here is...they're finally casting the "Dark Tower" movies!

The trailer for John Carpenter's latest film "The Ward" is now onine! Amber Heard, John Carpenter and a ghost filled nut house? All signs point to something special.

In Real People News: 

Disagreeing over how to clear the snow on their adjoining properties, these two elderly Swedish men proceeded to beat each other with snow shovels until somebody managed to split them up. Bork bork bork.

After succumbing to illness in the confines of her home, a 68 year old Louisville woman was fed upon by her dogs for nearly 22 days.

On this day in history: 

1943 - Nikola Tesla dies. The inventor of alternating current, Tesla was driven mad by Edison and spent his final days trying to invent a death ray.

Netflix Streaming Friday - Week of October 21, 2010

A lot of movies get added to Netflix's Instant Stream every week. Luckily for you, I'm here to dig through what's new and highlight new releases that may be of interest to BGH readers. Halloween is right around the corner and Netflix is really ramping up the horror releases. Tons of stuff this week. And without further adieu, joining the ranks of the Instant Stream this week are:

Amityville II: The Possession (1982)
At the risk of losing some nerd-cred, I have to come clean: the only Amityville movie I've ever seen was "Part 3D". Checking this one out.

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