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Horror Headlines: Tuesday, May 15th, 2011

I've officially not slept in over 24 hours. Today's news might be an incoherent mess. My big fear here is actually that it will be my best to date and I'll have to start not sleeping for most of the week. I do this for you people! I'm starting to smell.

ABC has officially picked up the new series "666 Park Avenue" which focuses on a couple who tend to an apartment building full of spooky time happenings. Not going to lie I thought they had picked up the show months ago but what the hell do I know. I could be pulling your leg about this entire thing. Maybe there isn't even a show. Maybe ABC isn't even a real station!

Most of us know Caroline Williams as Stretch from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" but now the final girl has been cast in a new film titled "Contracted". The film is about a young woman who contracts what she thinks is your average run of the mill STD during a one night stand. Williams will play the girl's mother and confidant when that not so fresh feeling takes over.

BGH's own fancy lad Jon really loved "Daybreakers" so he'll be moistening up his pantaloons when he hears the news that the films directors, the Spierig Brothers, and Ethan Hawke are once again teaming up for a new film. Titled "Predestination", the film follows a secret Government agency who sends their grunts through time to stop murderers and terrorists. Pretty sure there's a new Bruce Willis movie titled "Looper" coming out with almost the same exact plot. I blame you, Jon.

The John Landis produced joint "Some Guy Who Kills People" will see it's way to a DVD release on July 3rd for your viewing pleasure. The DVD will be chock full of commentary, extra footage and the short that inspired the film about a man who snaps and takes out his anger on a group of High School bullies who captured and tortured him. There's also an ice cream parlor, so there's a little something for your sweet tooth, Hans.

In Real People News: 

If you're going to hold up an internet cafe maybe you should think about logging out of Facebook before you go pulling out the gun. Silly internet people.

Soooo 49 headless corpses were found a long the side of the road in Mexico and appear to be related to an ongoing drug war. Please plan your Spring Break festivities accordingly.

An American Werewolf in London (REVIEW)

The werewolf taps into those ever constant horror themes that can easily work in many given contexts: bodily control, the uncanny combination of human and inhuman forms, instinctual nature and astrological influences, fear of the “other” and abject within ourselves, infection and spread of disease, etc. Like any of the long-standing horror mythologies that have made their way into cinema the exemplary werewolf stories utilize this literal transformation of person into wolf for dual means.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday February 15th, 2011

I'm happy to be able to bring you all this important news today because I know how long you've all been waiting for this announcement; Fox Home Entertainment is making Wrong Turn 4. They're making a drastic turn in plot this time as we follow a group of snowboarders who get lost in blizzard and make a 'wrong turn'. Riveting, I can't wait!

Jason Mewes is making a name for himself in low budget horror, this time facing off against sea men. Oh wait, that's "The Watermen". Leading a bunch of friends on a million dollar dream boat for some deep sea fishing seems out of character for Mewes. His character name "Trailor" seems pretty fitting though.

John Landis spills the beans on an upcoming book he's working on with DK Publishing called "Monsters in the Movies". "It’s not about horror films, but it is about monsters in the movies so that means horror films, science fiction films, fantasy films—any film with a monster."

There's more zombies coming to your TV! The CW feels the need to jump on to the bandwagon with a pilot for "Awakening". The story centers on two combative sisters who come of age amid the beginning of a zombie uprising, so it should have loads of customary CW sassy-ness and a faboo fashion sense!

In Real People News: 

Since it's award season, I figured I would throw out one of my own to be festive. Therefore, the winner for most creative way to get out of paying for a pizza goes to; this New Orleans man who threw a cup of bleach into the delivery man's eyes, temporarily blinded him, and snatched his pizza! Your move, pizza guy!

These Miami pot growers were doing good keeping their operation under wraps. Then their grow lights overloaded the power in the house, causing an explosion that blew the roof off the building exposing their crop to God and everybody.

Netflix Streaming Friday - Week of October 29, 2010

Horror is a particularly cyclical genre of film. With the recent releases of films like "Grindhouse", "Black Dynamite", "Machete" and the announcement of "Hobo with a Shotgun", it would be a pretty fair statement to say that we're in the midst of a modern Grindhouse revival. Luckily for those of us looking for a history lesson, Netflix has recently added the documentary "American Grindhouse" to their Instant Stream. Featuring interviews with iconic Grindhouse stars/directors (including Joe Dante, John Landis, Herschell Gordan Lewis and Fred Williamson), "American Grindhouse" explores the original Grindhouse movement and should get any horror fan out there up to speed in time for the next modern Grindhouse release.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday February 23rd, 2010

John Landis has hit the director chair again, this time directing Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg in a new horror comedy entitled "Burke & Hare". With talent like that involved, how can you not be curious?

Remember Melissa Joan Hart? She's coming to the big screen for a taste of genre stardom, though not in the form of a cutesy witch. Instead, she'll be starring in the gruesome thriller "Nine Dead" alongside John Terry and John C. Victor.

There are rumblings about that anime fans favorite dhampir 'D' may be returning soon. Director Hideyuki Kikuchi has announced plans to bring "Vampire Hunter D" back once in again in both series form as well as a live action movie.

In what is sure to be only the tip of the marketing iceberg, some snapshots of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" have arrived online as well as a new one sheet giving us another look at the new Freddy.

In Real People News: 

German archaeologist Klaus Schmidt has uncovered something special; an ancient temple complex in southeastern Turkey. What makes it special? The ruins are believed to be a staggering 7,000 years older than the great pyramids and could quite possibly be the first structure ever built by mankind or the Goa'uld.

Police in Pooler, GA were called to the local Waffle House after reports of a man being beaten bloody by his ex-girlfriend with a high heeled shoe.

On this day in history: 

1996 - The "Freeway Killer" William G Bonin executed at San Quentin. For his last meal he chose two pepperoni and sausage pizzas, three coffee ice creams, and fifteen cans of Coca Cola totaling a rather unhealthy 6391 calories.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday January 20th, 2010

Everyone is a bit concerned about the upcoming US remake of "Let the Right One In". Director Matt Reeves says that "Let Me In" will be much darker and scarier than "Twilight".

The John Landis produced "Some Guy Who Kills People" has had a flurry of casting news. Among the list are Kevin Corrigan, Lucy Davis, Barry Bostwick and Karen Black.

Daniel Harris has posted some behind the scenes stills from her next feature, "Stakeland". Directed by Jim Mickle who last helmed "Mulberry St.", a director who has already shown that he knows vampires pretty well.

Actor Sam Tramell who portrays Sam Merlotte on HBO's "True Blood" gives About.com a few tidbits on season 3 of the show.

In Real People News: 

More than half of the people on Louisiana's sex offender list are prostitutes breaking the state's sodomy laws.

A former surgical technician is being sentenced to 20 years in prison for infecting thousands of patients with Hepatitis-C. Stealing the patient's syringes filled with fentanyl, she would refill the needles with saline solution and place the infected equipment back in the operating room.

On this day in history: 

1982 - Rock musician Ozzy Osbourne is hospitalized in Des Moines IA after he bites the head off of a dead bat.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday December 1st, 2009

John Landis steps into the producer's chair for a new serial killer movie aptly titled Some Guy Who Kills People. Even odder than the title, the film will be directed by "Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus" director Jack Perez.

The marketing machine for Breck Eisner's "The Crazies" remake is kicking into gear with two new viral marketing sites that just launched.

The first dates for the the midnight movie re-release of Sam Raimi's "Evil Dead" have been announced. While the list is small, more dates are expected to be announced soon.

New screenshots of the long delayed "Splatterhouse" game remake are now online. At first glance, it looks like the wait will be well worth it.

Need some Joel Schumacher directed horror? Then check out the official trailer for "Blood Creek".

In Real People News: 

A new meat eating pitcher plant has been discovered in the Phillipines. This bad boy is known to feast on rats.

The small Australian town of Docker River is suffering from an infestation. The town is being run down by thousands of marauding camels in search of water.

Japanese officials are on the hunt for 1,300 tubes of stolen bull semen. When interviewed, the Japanese bulls were rather excited about the prospect of replenishing the stock.

On this day in history: 

1947 - Aleister Crowley, the wickedest man in the world, dies in Hastings England at the age of 74.

Netflix Streaming: "Twilight Zone"

Today on the Netflix streaming block, the classic from 1983, "Twilight Zone: The Movie". Directed by both John Landis and Joe Dante, the film is known not only for the unfortunate events that happened on the set, but also for being a pretty kick-ass adaptation of the classic TV series. Just another in a long line of great horror gems available for free streaming from Netflix. So, what are you waiting for!

Four horror/sci-fi segments directed by four famous directors which are their own versions of classic stories from Rod Serling's landmark television series.

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