serial killers

Dear Mr. Gacy (REVIEW)

There’s a fascination with serial killers that runs through us all. You could turn on your television right now and it probably wouldn’t take long to find a program about a serial killer, be it a detective drama, a documentary, a tabloid show, a movie or maybe even the news. For most of us the fascination only runs deep enough to watch them on tv or read a book about them, but there is a subgroup of people who are so enthralled with real life killers that they want to connect with them. You hear anecdotal stories all the time about mass murderers who get fan mail, photographs and marriage proposals while incarcerated but “Dear Mr. Gacy” is the true story of a boy who made more of a connection with a notorious murderer than he ever could have dreamed.

"Dexter" Season 4 Trailer is Here!

The time is drawing near folks. The start of Showtime's "Dexter" is nearly upon us! Season 3 brought us a plethora of near misses and new hurdles for Dexter to jump, now he gets even more new problems to deal with. Namely? Fatherhood!

Below you will find the Season 4 trailer highlighting the fun that's in store. For myself as a fan, this season looks to be playing out pretty damn well. You'll find the introduction of new characters, new puzzles for Dexter to face and a whole lot more. And John Lithgow having sex. Yah, that happened.

Horror Headlines: Friday May 22nd, 2009

Brett Easton Ellis is writing an original screenplay in the vein of horror, about "an awkward social outcast who takes hostage a group of peers who humiliated him, with grim results". Given Ellis' sensibilities, this could be a very dark project. Stay tuned for more.

Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights", "Spin City") has landed the role of Nancy's mother in Platinum Dunes' "A Nightmare on Elm St.", making her officially 100 times hotter than Nancy's mom in the original film.

"Saw VI" has officially wrapped filming, meaning we should start seeing the first stills/footage pretty soon.

MTV has a new still of Michael Myers in "Halloween 2" that I actually like. I figured that was newsworthy right there.

In Real People News: 

Mary Kay Letourneau and her husband (the one who was in sixth grade when they hooked up) are now doing bar appearances called "Hot For Teacher Night". Um... words escape me at the moment.

This guy is a serial killer of bunnies. Yes, you read that correctly.

On this day in history: 

337: Emperor Constantine dies. Although quite dead, his embalmed corpse continues to act as head of state, receving state dignitaries and daily reports from ministers as if nothing had changed. Constantine's macabre leadership continues through winter.

The Chaser (REVIEW)

One of the movies that has gained the most acclaim in the South Korean film industry's recent rise to prominence is Bong Joon-ho's “Memories of Murder”. The film was based on the true story of the first recorded serial killer case in Korea and the often shocking ineptitude of the Korean police. Na Hong-jin's debut feature “The Chaser” seems to beg to be compared to “Memories of Murder”.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday March 7th, 2009

The poster for Richard Kelly's "The Box" (link fixed) features a big, terrifying picture of... Cameron Diaz's face. Yikes.

The remake of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" is on hold while they see how "The Wolfman" remake does. The creature design is already done, and at this point they're just waiting for the go-ahead from the studio.

Radha Mitchell seems genuinely upset in this interview that although a sequel to "Silent Hill 2" is in development, the original director probably won't return. Which leads me to believe she never actually saw the original film, which was a steaming pile of the highest order.

If you're interested, there's two new "H2" videos floating around this morning. You know, in case you really wanted to hear an interview with a 19 year old girl about a sequel to a remake to a film that she had probably never seen or heard of before signing on to star in it. Who wouldn't want to do that?

Fangoria is holding a massive movie prop auction that you can actually watch and participate in online. Fancy that!

In Real People News: 

That truck driver who just cut you off on the highway? You might not want to fuck with him, because the FBI thinks there's a good chance he might be a serial killer. Not sure why it took them this long to come to that conclusion, but at least it's confirmed my irrational fear of truck drivers.

Remember when you saw that gang of roving kids in "Hostel" films and thought, "bullshit"? Ya, maybe Eli Roth is smarter than we thought.

Boy found dead in industrial sized oven, burnt to a crisp. Police could not confirm or deny reports that they were looking for a 6-inch tall Gingerbread man who sounds like Gary Busey.

There aren't adequate words to describe the sheer stupidity of the "Twilight" religion, so I'm not even going to try.

On this day in history: 

1970: The X-rated movie Midnight Cowboy wins the Oscar for Best Picture.

Horror Headlines: Thursday April 2nd, 2009

Let me see if I have this straight. Twitch Film's April Fool's story was about a Special Edition of "Mimic"? Aren't April Fool's pranks supposed to be funny? Or you know, at least interesting?

IFC has picked up the rights to Laurel K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter" series for a television show. Think "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets "True Blood", only with worse writing. Try wrapping your head around that one for a while.

Some pics from Thomas Jane's "Dark Country", a film in which he is serving as both writer and director. The story concerns "a couple en route from Las Vegas that are forced to deal with a body out in the desert, making their honeymoon one hellish ride". Tom Jane being the nerd-friendly guy that he is, I've got high hopes for this project. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he's referring to it as a "3D Noir Supernatural Thriller". Daddy like.

In Real People News: 

Apparently bored with beating the shit out of prisoners, a County Sherriff upped the ante recently by feeding a prisoner a bologna sandwich, and then showing him a cell-phone pic of another prisoner's junk resting on the same sandwich. That seems awful elaborate to me, but I guess the job could get kind of boring after a while.

Hey there teenagers... if some old guy is nice enough to buy you beer and party at his house - creepiness aside - don't light his crotch on fire. It's just bad form and probably ensures he's not going to do it again... assuming he'll ever be able to walk again that is.

I'm sure there have been Indonesian serial killers who have released books before. Not positive, but it seems likely. A collection of pop songs on the other hand, I'm betting that's never happened before. As far as strange foreign pop music though, I'm sure it will never top this gem, but then again what could.

On this day in history: 

1459: Vlad the Impaler impales thousands of merchants and burghers of the town of Brasov, in Transylvania. Some estimate as many as 30,000 impalements, but it was probably more on the order of 2,000.

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