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Horror Icon Mini-Marathon: SAM RAIMI

Some directors make low-budget horror films because they love the excitement, the transgression, and the lack of boundaries that are inherent in working with such an unregulated arena; some directors make low-budget features in the hope of creating a calling card for their skill and work their way up into big-budget, mainstream filmmaking. And there are those rare occasions when someone works in low-budget horror, gains the notoriety and mainstream success, and comes back to low-budget horror simply because they still love it. Sam Raimi is one of those rare occasions.

Celebrate Hagsploitation Tomrrrow Night in NYC

I've never heard the term Hagsploitation before today but I think I might like it. Basically it's in reference to those mean old birds we love to hate in some of our favorite horror films, and tomorrow night at the 92Y Tribeca Screening Room they'll finally get the praise they deserve, or demand if you will.

The event will feature clips from 9 different movies as well as an appearance by none other then Lorna Raver. She'll be discussing her role in "Drag Me To Hell" and hopefully explain what it was like to see herself on screen vomiting formaldehyde.

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Eric gave Drag Me To Hell an 8 out of 10 and the podcast crew liked it quite a bit themselves. Now's your chance to get your hands on Sam Raimi's return to horror if you haven't seen it yet!

Bloody Promo Clip From "Drag Me To Hell"

Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell" is a film that I've sort of soured on as time goes on. I gave it a pretty high score back when it was out theatrically, but the more I think about it the more I think it was a highly overrated film that benefitted tremendously from having Sam Raimi's name attached to it. Pretty fun? Yes. Amazing? Hardly.

Episode 76 - "Drag Me to Hell"

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Spoilers abound in our "Drag Me To Hell" episode, which shouldn't matter because surely you saw it opening weekend, Right?

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Drag Me To Hell (REVIEW)

There used to be two Sam Raimi's roaming this world. The first one, known to horror fans the world over, is the creator of the "Evil Dead" series, perhaps one of the most beloved trilogies in all of horror. It's a series of films that started out as dark, straight up scary, and through two sequels merged into full on Three Stooges inspired lunacy.

Win Advance Tickets to "Drag Me To Hell"!

Live in NY or LA? Stoked to see Sam Raimi's return to horror?

Unversal Pictures is giving away two tickets to an advance screening of "Drag Me to Hell" on Tuesday May 19th!

This contest is only in NY or LA so if you're in the area, good luck to ya!

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Horror Headlines: Friday May 8th, 2009

New in theaters today, J.J. Abrams "Star Trek". Meanwhile, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is in its second week. Now, on with today's horror news!

The UK version of "Gorezone" has the first official still from the "Children of the Corn" remake that lands on the Scifi channel this summer. He's got corn growing out of his eyes, people!

Catch 4 minutes from "Terminator: Salvation", before it hits theaters May 21st.

The third TV spot for "Drag Me To Hell" has officially landed. I'm still not convinced, but most of our readers seem to be, so I guess we'll find out on May 29th.

Darren Lynn Bousman to direct "Mother's Day" remake/trilogy. We've known he was doing the remake for a little while now, but in this press release comes the head-scratching information that they're shooting to make an entire trilogy out of the remake of the Charlie Kaufman directed TROMA classic. Want to know something even weirder? The film is being triple-produced by Twisted Pictures, The Genre Company, and get this, Brett Ratner's Rat Entertainment. Oh boy, I don't even know where to start with this story.

Keanu Reeves to star in "Jekyl", a modern day telling of "Jekyl and Hyde" for Universal. This is a stretch for him, considering it's out of his "robot/wooden alien" comfort zone. Can he still pull human off? Na, I didn't think so either.

In Real People News: 

I would say this is how you smuggle exotic birds onto a plane, but this guy got caught so not so much. Instead it's just a way to look like a dumbass on the internet, and be really mean on some birds. So, congrats on both counts, guy.

Time to feel girly... this 17 year old British girl drinks a litre of vodka and eight beers a day, meaning she could kick your ass in a drinking contest any time you're feeling brave. Of course, she's not exactly having fun while doing it, so what's really going on is I just made an unfunny joke about an even unfunnier story. Go me.

Afghanistan's ONLY pig was taken off display at the zoo so as to not panic visitors concerned about the Swine Flu. I have no idea why, but the thought of Afghanistan only having ONE pig made me laugh out loud this morning. You're welcome.

On this day in history: 

1902: Mt. Peleé erupts on the West Indies island of Martinique. A wall of superheated ash and rock cascades down the slopes, slamming directly into the community of Saint Pierre. The shockwave and intense heat even manage to destroy twenty ships in the harbor. Only two of the town's 28,000 residents survive the cataclysm.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday May 6th, 2009

Robert Rodriguez has found a writer for "Predators". His name is Alex Litvak, and he has never written a film that has actually been completed, with only one screenplay to his credit which is "currently in production". Um... sweet?

The full list of MTV Movie award nominations is out, and the biggest winner is "Twilight", which somehow garnered more nominations than "The Dark Knight". Also in the "huh?" category, "Prom Night's" Jonathan Skaech nominated for "Best Villian". If all it took for the nomination was to have five o'clock shadow and wear a baseball hat, I should be nominated like, every day.

The first two TV spots for "Drag Me To Hell" have shown up online. We're now just three weeks away from the theatrical release of Sam Raimi's return to horror.

The official plot synopsis for Rob Zombie's "H2" has been released, and while it's not a whole lot of new information, it does mention "an unlikely new hero", something which has not been discussed up until this point. My guess? He's referring to the now damaged Laurie Strode, who I can only expect Zombie is going to have go all "70's revenge movie" on Myers, because you know, that's what he does.

In Real People News: 

So, it's first thing in the morning, would you really like to see a "before and after" photo of the woman who got the world's first face transplant? It's your move, dear readers.

A Chinese woman accidentally bit her bosses penis off while giving him oral sex in a car recently. While engaged in the act, their car was hit by a reversing van, causing the ensuing jaw-clench. I'm guessing she might as well throw any hopes of a positive review out the window right now.

I knew cats were evil. Apparently half the world has been infected by the cat-parasite "Toxoplasma gondii", and it's affecting our personalities. Little bastards.

On this day in history: 

1937: Zeppelin Hindenberg explodes at Lakehurst NJ, leaving 36 dead and others seriously burned. A reporter witnessing the carnage coins the phrase "oh, the humanity!"

Horror Headlines: Friday April 17th, 2009

Sam Raimi's "Drag Me To Hell" has officially been rated PG-13. Apparently there are people surprised by this... haven't you seen the trailer?

Poster for that French zombie film "Mutants" I told you about last week. I'm sure it doesn't mean the same thing in English, but I was really intrigued by the words "PLUS TARD" on the poster. That's a new one.

Akroyd gives more details on "Ghostbusters 3". Apparently the "young recruits" we've mentioned will be "cadets" at some kind of academy. That is AWESOME. He also says that they are going to do everything they can to get Sigourney Weaver on board, who seems to be the last holdout in restarting the franchise.

The plot is pretty standard but the title isn't. Today's awesome indie title award goes to Albino Farm. That is all.

Ron Perlman says they'll probably be shooting "Bubba Nosferatu" this Fall. I still don't think he'll make a great Elvis, but since he's terrifying I'm pretty sure he wins every argument no matter what.

If you live in New York or Las Angeles, you will see a teaser for Rob Zombie's "H2" before "Crank 2" this weekend. If you're not in those areas, tough luck. You will see Amy Smart's boobs though, and that is the greatest gift anyone could ask for.

In Real People News: 

The founders of The Pirate Bay, one of the world's largest Torrent tracking sites, have been on trial for some time now in Sweden over the breaking of copyright law. Today the trial ended with each of the founders being fined 3.6 million each, and being sent to jail for one year. The case is expected to be appealed.

Moral of this story, don't try to rob a hairdresser in Russia. She's liable to beat your ass, tie you up, kidnap you and make you her sex slave for 2 days straight. Bet you didn't see that one coming.

Bush Administration memos on torture released by the Obama administration revealed today that they had authorized "putting insects inside a confinement box" as a method of interrogation. Who knew they were taking cues from Jigsaw and Fear Factor! And you thought they were culturally inept.

Just when I thought I had heard of all the most embarrassing ways to die, here comes British Comedian Mark Cassidy with this gem: Overdosing on nitrous oxide (laughing gas) while watching internet porn. [golf clap]

On this day in history: 

1965: The FBI Laboratory in Washington reports their inability to make out the vocals on the hit single "Louie Louie." Thus, the Bureau is unable to determine whether the record constitutes obscene matter.

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