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Horror Headlines: Monday November 15th, 2010

Apparently Cory Feldman and most of the cast of "The Goonies" would love to see a sequel happen. Wait, is this news? Of course they would. The kid who played Data has been giving out handies under a bridge for the last 20 years. Of course they'd like to see a sequel. Is Chunk still alive? I'm sorry I even brought this up, ignore the whole thing.

I have no desire to talk about "Scream 4" but these new photos raise so many questions. Are these actually just screen shots from the old movies? Who's that boy that looks like the cheerleader from "Heroes"? Why in the holy living hell hasn't someone put Wes Craven in an old folks home yet? We may never know.

Get ready guys, here's the first look at Amanda Seyfried in "Red Riding Hood". Let me be the first to applaud the creators of the film for not cheapening things by putting her in some scantily clad outfit. No, you guys stayed true to the kids story and covered her from head to toe. Maybe go to the next level and put her in a burlap sack. That'll show em!

Ah boy this can't be good. "The Thing" prequel, which was originally set for an April 29th 2011 release date has been updated to TBD. After searching my computer's calender for a good 30 minutes I then looked up what TBD meant. Well, first I went to Taco Bell and got dinner but then I looked it up. I think we're done here.

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Just a thought here. If you're going to be chosen as the guy who actually goes to buy the lottery ticket for a group of co-workers, maybe don't buy the tickets at a porno shop. Because god forbid you actually win and you have to go back to the store. Just a thought.

Now this guy is bad ass. A man in Connecticut was shot twice at a deli and before he called the hospital he actually went home and ate his sandwich. I assume it was meatball or something, those things suck when they get cold.

The Thing (REVIEW)

When a team of roughnecks staffing a remote Antarctic outpost come into contact with a strange alien life form that infects and mimics the appearance of its host, things begin to quickly spin out of control as no one can be sure of who has been infected and who remains clean. Led by McCready (Kurt Russell), the survivors attempt to cleanse their research station. Suspicions mount though, and between claustrophobia and the brutal elements, options begin to dwindle.

Horror Headlines: Thursday April 8th, 2010

I'm still not totally sold on the idea of a prequel to "The Thing", regardless of the flick's potential. To help bolster interest, the very first photo from the set of the film has been released to the general public, but to be quite honest, there's really not a whole lot to look at. Unless, of course, you like random buildings and snow.

When things slow down at work for a moment, take some time today to properly investgate the brand spanking new trailer for SyFy's Mega Piranha. The film stars Barry Williams and Tiffany. How could things possibly go wrong?

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Remember that movie "Weekend at Bernies"? Well, two German women attempted to recreate this seminal 80's classic by boarding an airplane in Berlin with their dead relative in tow. As sad as it may sound, I'm impressed by their tenacity, not to mention their obvious lack of common sense.

Just when you thought it was safe to vacation in Australia, the dreaded tree-climbing, blood-drinking snakehead fish shows up to ruin the proverbial party. If this isn't a marketing gimmick, then it should be.

On this day in history: 

1988 -- Reverend Jimmy Swaggart quits the ministry after coming clean about his involvement with a prostitute.

Horror Headlines: Monday February 8th, 2010

"The Descent 2" is finally scheduled for release here in the states, but it will not be getting a theatrical release. Heading straight to DVD, look for the sequel on April 27th.

Bill Murray confirms that he will be in "Ghostbusters III" but wishes he was dead for doing so. That is to say, he will only go back if he gets to play a ghost.

It appears the prequel for "The Thing" is moving forward, as Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton have been cast for the film.

Kevin Smith has decided that if you want to see his first horror film "Red State", you're going to have to help pay for it.

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Some Australian folks kidnap their neighbor and force her to eat feces and urine because they thought she was a witch. At least they weren't smart enough to remember the whole 'burning at the stake' thing.

The Philippines are facing a rash of violence; drunk men are breaking into fist fights and stabbings after arguing over karaoke renditions of "My Way".

On this day in history: 

1924: Gee Jong is the first man to die in the gas chamber, at Nevada State Prison in Carson City.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday January 13th, 2009

A few more minor details have been released regarding the momentum building behind "The Thing" prequel. Ever wonder what that little alien bugger looked like before it met R.J. MacReady? Sounds like we might find out.

Not to be content with a TV Series that was already working well in its current form in the UK, The Syfy Channel have announced plans to re-do the popular "Being Human" series.

Dark Sky Films have snatched up the rights to Adam Green's "Hatchet 2". Whether or not you loved or hated the first film, Dark Sky sees a franchise in their future.

In news you never thought you'd hear, a sequel to Dee Snider's "Strangeland" is officially being made. Even weirder, "Strangeland II: The Disciple" will be co-starring Robert Englund!

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Australian Stephen Gough is facing life behind bars. No, not for bloody murder; for refusing to wear clothes in public.

A Charlotte man plummets 20 stories to his death. This was more shocking until it was revealed that the man was attempting to jump from one 29th story balcony to another.

On this day in history: 

1943 - Hitler declares "Total War"

Horror Headlines: Monday January 4th, 2010

Mark Pellington, director of "The Mothman Prophecies" and "Arlington Road" _blank" target="_blank">has been slated to direct the US remake of "The Orphanage".

Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. will begin filming in March on his big budget prequel to John Carpenter's "The Thing". Merging directly with the original film, the prequel will concentrate on the Norwegian camp who's final survivors were found in the original film.

As Adam Green plows ahead on his two new features "Frozen" and "Hatchet 2", you can follow along on his freshly minted production blog.

Quirk books is so happy with their recent "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" success that they've announced a print sequel for March entitled "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls".

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A middle school teacher is facing charges after restraining an 11 year old student with zip ties.

A jittery police officer tazes a man after being struck by the assailant's forearm. The thing is, the assailant was in the midst of an insulin shock induced seizure.

Retro Trailer: The Thing (1982)

Winter weather has hit the United States this week reminding us all that it is in fact, December! Sure, many folks will look at the layers of snow and cold weather and think warm happy thoughts of a white Christmas and all that jazz. When I stepped out side this morning to the balmy 7 degree wind chill, the only thoughts that entered my frozen brain was that I needed Kurt Russell to save me from alien creatures from beyond the stars. So of course, John Carpenters "The Thing" seems like an appropriate retro trailer to kick off the frigid weekend!

"The Thing" Prequel Starting to Sound Good

"The Thing" is an iconic film, and like many genre fans it's a pretty important one for me (the John Carpenter take, anyhow). I was dismayed to hear of a remake being greenlit, but I had a little more faith when I head Ronald D. Moore (creator of the excellent "Battlestar Galactica" reimagined series) was writing it as a prequel instead of a remake.

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