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The Raven (REVIEW)

The Raven

If a 19th-century serial killer/detective story based on the genre writing of Edgar Allen Poe feels like a weird match for a director whose previous credits include "Ninja Assassin" and work on virtually every Wachowski Brothers film, then director James McTeigue would probably suggest you take a pass on "The Raven." Likely imagined as a mix between Depp's "From Hell" and the Downey Jr "Sherlock Holmes" films, McTeigue's John Cusak vehicle manages to impersonate neither of those films well enough to pass muster.

Trailers: "The Raven" confounds

I love me some John Cusack as much as the next guy but ya, this looks terrible. Thankfully it still says "COMING SOON", so we won't have to sit through it for a good long while.

Posters: "The Raven" is still a mystery to me

"Coming soon" from the dude who brought you V For Vendetta, this weird Edgar Allen Poe movie starring John Cusack that no one seems to be able to make sense of. It's like Sherlock Holmes, only if he were actually Edgar Allen Poe, but not old and sad, more like young and emo. And he's tracking down a serial killer. Make sense yet? (click to enhance...)

Horror Headlines: Friday February 25th, 2011

You know what? It's Friday. I'm just going to go ahead and set your day on edge by making you watch this clip from "Predator: The Musical". You can thank me later.

Well it's about time. Lance Henriksen is writing an autobiography titled "Not Bad For a Hum". It's going to be published by comic scribe Steve Niles over at his Bloody Pulp Books imprint too. Finally, somebody besides Lance and myself think Lance is awesome enough to warrant an autobiography! For full details, be sure to visit the official site for Not Bad For a Human

Speaking of Steve Niles, this guy's on fire! According to a recent post at his website, the writer has announced he will be penning a comic version of "Nevermore", the one man stage play based on the life of Edgar Allen Poe that stars Jeffery Combs! Combs will be involved in the comic as well, so this will be one to watch. Well, one to watch if you're a Poe/Comic nerd like me.

This year's Saturn Awards nominee's are in and there's a fair share of genre flicks getting the nod this year. Among them are "Let Me In" and "Shutter Island" landing nominations for Best Horror Film, "Splice" for Best Science Fiction and "Twilight Eclipse" for Best Fantasy Film! Oh wait... should have read that list all the way through. At any rate, there are plenty of good horror films being nominated, so check out the full list at the Saturn Awards Site!

Since we're talking awards and I'm known around these parts as our official "P.R. Bear", I'd be remiss if I didn't take this moment in the spotlight for a reminder! The Bloody Good Horror Podcast has been nominated for a Rondo Award in the Best Horror Audio category! You should head over to the Rondo Awards site and cast your ballot for your favorite Podcast that's hosted by five guys named Eric, Mark, Jon, Joe and Casey! Not that I'm telling you who to vote for or anything...

In Real People News: 

We all think our jobs suck. The next time the man has you down though, be happy you're not this Durango Police officer who had a postal worker spit feces at him. Yes, 'spit feces'. From his mouth.

On this day in history: 

February 25th 1922 - Henri Landru, the notorious French serial killer known as "Bluebeard", guillotined for murdering ten women, and one boy. His motive was purely financial; by placing classified ads Landru lured selected women into his clutches, married them, and disposed of their bodies without a trace. While denying guilt to the end, a drawing given to his attorney had written on the reverse, "I did it. I burned their bodies in my kitchen oven".

Horror Headlines: Tuesday December 14th, 2010

How the hell is there already a trailer for "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"? Did it just get announced a couple weeks ago? maybe I'm wrong. But anyway this one looks very promising my friends! There's 0 Orlando Bloom's and countless zombies. Johnny Depp's dreamy pools of seduction he calls eyes and... zombies. I smell a winner here.

Here's another shot of John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in the upcoming film "The Raven". John looks legit but what is wrong with that freakin bird? It's got devil eyes! I don't trust that bird, it wants to snatch my soul and take it back to it's bird house and feed it to it's little devil bird chicks. We should move on.

With season 5 of "Dexter" in the books it's now time for Julia Stiles to look back and reflect on her season long run with everyone's favorite serial killer. For those of you who haven't watched the final episode yet don't worry, she doesn't spoil what happens.

If there is one thing you can say about porn stars it's that they are versatile. Case in point, one Miss Tori Black who plays a hooker down on her luck that gets more than she bargained for with a special client in the new straight to DVD flick "Half Moon". You see she's versatile because she... well she doesn't have to... well I can't imagine you see anything going into her... I don't know folks, if it aint broke don't fix it.

In Real People News: 

An inmate in California is demanding special meals in order to comply with his belief in the holiday of Festivus. This is awesome. I wonder if I can start asking for this on flights and demand that I get to wrestle the pilot.

You know how annoying it is when you're going through the drive-thru at a fast food joint and the guy working the speaker is being a real prick? Well here's a guy in Illinois who got fed up and tossed a dead squirrel through the window. Well played my friend.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday November 16th, 2010

Hey here's something awesome to kick off your Tuesday. It's three pricks who are taking your childhood memories and taking a big old crap on them. Some might also call it a video with the three guys that MTV has cast in their new "Teen Wolf" series. I like my description better though.

Mike White, who is apparently a director, has been chosen to make the moving pictures for the big screen adaptation of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies". Now before you go thinking this might be something to get worried about let me remind you that Mr. White wrote "Nacho Libre". So that's something, right?

Is this true? Pang Ho-Cheung's "Dream Home" is the first Japanese slasher flick? How the hell is that possible? What have they been doing for all these years? Dressing up like giant hamsters and having sex with each other? Oh wait, that's probably it so don't laugh. Don't laugh!

And here's your first look at John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe in "The Raven". Spoiler alert, it looks like John Cusack with a goatee and one leg. Alright the one leg thing is a lie but I figured the goatee wasn't really much so I spiced it up a bit. I'm sorry I hurt you like that.

In Real People News: 

Well if you're going to get arrested for a DUI then you might as well go the distance and piss on the police cruiser while you're at it. Anything else is really just half-assing it.

What's worse than getting a tattoo of your girlfriends name and then breaking up with her? Having her try to cut the tattoo of your neck rather than letting you live the rest of your life with it. That's a fact.

Horror Headlines: Monday August 30th, 2010

Not content to rest on his laurels, Tom Six has already begun filming "Human Centipede: Full Sequence". Per Six, they plan to finish filming by December and have the film in the Sundance Film Festival by January.

Neil Marshall is going to take you out to eat for his next film "Underground" as he explores the world of cannibalism and exclusive supper clubs. With Marshall's track record, I'll just go ahead and assume this flick will be alright.

John Cusack's going to play a troubled writer! Glad to see he's trying something new, right? This time around, it's not just any old troubled writer; Cusack's been cast as Edgar Allen Poe in an upcoming biopic. Don't worry film makers, we can just forget about genre veteran Jefferey Coombs who's been playing Poe on stage for the last two years to critical accolades.

James Cameron thinks that movies like "Piranha 3D" cheapen the 3D medium he worked so hard to breath new life into. I'd like to remind Mr. Cameron that he's the reason every damn movie coming out lately is trying to shoehorn 3D into it's tag lines. That, and I guess he forgot directing the original 3D "Piranha" film?

In Real People News: 

Paris Hilton was busted for coke possession in Las Vegas this past weekend. I guess all the Lindsday Lohan rehab news was stealing her thunder.

On this day in history: 

1859 - At the University of Göttingen, PhD candidate Albert Niemann isolates the alkaloid C17H21NO4 from leaves of the plant Erythroxylum coca. Niemann names his white, powdery discovery "cocaine" and observes firsthand its peculiarly strong anesthetic effect: "it benumbs the nerves of the tongue, depriving it of feeling and taste."

Horror Headlines: Tuesday December 22nd, 2009

Edgar Allan Poe's digital collection

Being one of the only horror writers still taught in classrooms, Edgar Allan Poe is the gateway for many people into the horror genre. I remember the first time I heard "The Tell-Tale Heart" in my 5th grade classroom, I was immediately sucked into the world of creepy dead things, ordering everything related to murder and ghosts in the scholastic magazines sent home and asking my mother if I could rent Vincent Price movies at the local video store.

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