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Horror Headlines: Monday February 1st, 2010

Ti West prepares to head behind the camera once again, this time with a spooky tale of a haunted hotel in "The Innkeepers".

Jessica Alba finds herself headlining a controversial horror film that was the last to be picked up at the recent Sundance Film Festival. Alba left part way through the first screening of "The Killer Inside Me", leaving director Michael Winterbottom to field angry questions as to why it was necessary to show such gratuitous violence towards women.

The Syfy Channel continues its legacy of "high quality" films as it prepares to revisit some classic fairy tales, with a twist. Slated for remakes are "Little Red Riding Hood", and "Hansel and Gretel".

Daniel Craig will be exchanging his dapper "Bond" trappings for a set of spurs as he signs on to headline Jon Favreau's big screen adaptation of "Cowboys & Aliens".

Scout Taylor-Compton rambles on via YouTube about why she doesn't want to play Laurie Strode in a Zombie-less "Halloween 3". She never mentions if anyone has actually ASKED her to.

In Real People News: 

A Japanese man strikes five people with his truck, then gets out and stabs twelve more. All of this to take out his frustration from being bullied by trolls on his favorite internet forum.

A Chicago woman is suing the Metra train company, claiming that after using one of their on board toilets, she was sprayed with her own feces upon flushing. Um, gross.

On this day in history: 

2003 - The Space Shuttle Columbia blows up on re-entry.

Trailer: Ti West's "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever"

What a coincidence. The same week we review Ti West's "House of the Devil", his forsaken horror film "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever" finally has a trailer land online. Word is that West had a falling out with Lionsgate over the film. Combine that with the fact that this is coming out about 5 years after anyone cares, and you have to wonder if it will even make a blip on horror fan's radars. Still, it's polar opposite material from "House", so I'm intrigued to see how West (and the Editors at Lionsgate) handle it.

Episode 99 - "House of the Devil"

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Joe joins us this week and we're all a bit divided over Ti West's "House of the Devil".

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The House Of The Devil (REVIEW)

Anyone who has suffered through any of my reviews on this site is probably aware of the fact that modern mainstream horror and I simply do not get along. In fact, I'm so brutally disenchanted with the genre right now that I often wonder why, exactly, I continue to waste my precious time and remaining brain cells on films that do nothing more than insult my intelligence. Perhaps this jaded point-of-view is true source of my recent cinematic funk, derailing the respective experiences long before the opening credits begin to roll.

"The House Of The Devil" Director Hosts Live Twitter Chat

There's been a lot of buzz around the film "The House Of The Devil" and after showing at numerous festival it finally gets a release date this weekend, even if it is a limited one. So in honor of that the writer and director of the film, Ti West, will take part in a live twitter chat this coming Thursday from 11 to 12pm PST. Question one, what the hell kind of name is Ti? From there I am pretty open.

A Clip From "House of the Devil"

I've got a clip here from Ti West's "House of the Devil". West landed on my radar a few years ago with his shockingly impressive indie film "The Roost". He was then hired to direct "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever", which he has since disowned due to meddling from Lionsgate. This is his next original project, which has gotten mixed reaction so far on the festival circuit. The quality of "The Roost" is enough to keep me tuning in to see what he has in store for the future.

Horror Headlines: Thursday October 8th, 2009

Brad Anderson, of "Session 9" fame, has signed on to direct "The Living and the Dead" for Solipsist films. The story is about a "monstrous character who engages in the 19th century version of snuff theater, luring innocent poeple in a Grand Guignol of flesh and blood".

"Paranormal Activity" producers ready to sell spec for "The Jealous One".

I'm just as surprised as this guy is that Syfy has yet to make a film about the Mongolian Deathworm. Looks like we're both getting our wish?

Check out the trailer for Rob Hall's web series "Fear Clinic". Hall is fresh off his direct to video slasher "Laid To Rest". This new series will be airing exclusively on FearNET.

In Real People News: 

You may have thought that owning 80 cats had something to do with the fire that destroyed this woman's home, but you'd be wrong... it was actually a colony of ants who were nesting around an electrical outlet. That is some seriously impressive hygiene, right there.

Tough guys think they're going to beat up on a couple of fellas in drag, turns out they're cage fighters on a "fancy dress stag night" out with friends. Fierce ass-kicking ensues.

This is officially the first time I've ever heard of someone being murdered over a BAM-BAM pendant. Or really, anything BAM-BAM related. He must have been a huge Flinstones fan.

People trying support local farmers by buying locally grown marijuana in California are putting financial hurt on Mexican drug cartels. Go Mom & Pop!!

On this day in history: 

1966: Lysergic Acid (LSD) is enrolled on the list of controlled substances.

"House of the Devil" Red Band Trailer

The only things I caught in this red-band trailer for "House of the Devil" that weren't in the first trailer we saw some months ago are all the good press quotes, but it's worth seeing this stuff again. This movie looks awesome, a real throwback (in the best sense) to the supernatural horror that was the genre staple in the 60s and 70s until slashers took over. I know where I'll be on Halloween!

Horror Headlines: Thursday September 3rd, 2009

Ti West says "Cabin Fever 2" isn't really worth seeing. And he's the director, so that's probably not a good thing.

"Paranormal Activity", a film shot entirely from the POV of security cameras in a couple's haunted home, has been given an R rating by the MPAA. No word on release date yet, but this one has been gaining buzz on the festival circuit for a while now, so hopefully we'll hear more soon.

Check out the creature from "Pandorum" in this clip from the film, which gets released September 25th. I haven't heard a lot on this in terms of quality, but it looks highly solid to me.

In Real People News: 

This story is kind of like how Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci call themselves "The Wet Bandits" in "Home Alone". Only I guess this guy would call himself "The Poop Bandit". Doesn't have quite the same ring to it.

Of all the things that would leave a scar on a 9 year old mind, I'm thinking seeing a man climb out of the hole beneath a toilet is probably pretty high up there.

On this day in history: 

1941: At Auschwitz, the Germans conduct a live trial on 600 Russian POWs and 298 sick prisoners to test the lethality of an insecticide known as Zyklon-B. It turns out to be extremely effective at killing people.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday July 21st, 2009

Cool new motion poster for "Saw VI". This seems to be the new studio trend and I like it, except of course for the incredibly obnoxious music that you can't control. Might want to do something about that, guys.

The Syfy channel's remake of "Children of the Corn" will debut in September... just in time for harvest!

No one's sure exactly how it is going to happen, but news was reported yesterday that the original "Saw" is going to be converted into the new "Real-D" 3D technology. Would you pay to see the film again in a theater, with the new spin?

I can't possibly imagine that this is the first still from "Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever", a film that seems like it's been in development for about 6 years now, but that's what the internet tells me. It was directed by a talented guy named Ti West, which is good, but all of the delays and the behind the scenes rumors do not give me hope.

"The Strangers 2" begins filming in September. Any ideas for a subtitle? How about "The Strangers 2: Even Strangier".

In Real People News: 

Woman shoots husband, uses the old "I was trying to release demons from his crotch defense". Ahhhhh yes, THAT defense, it's the first thing they teach you at law school.

This guy holds the record for witnessing the most executions in history. I bet he gets a lot of chicks.

On this day in history: 

1981: In Milwaukee, George Carlin is arrested for obscenity and disorderly conduct for performing his "Seven Dirty Words" routine in front of a group of wheelchair-bound children. He is released after posting $150 bail.

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