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Horror Icon Mini-Marathon: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN

One of the true but unspoken shames of the horror convention industry is that, if you make one horror film that is moderately well known, you will be able to live off that moderate level of fame for the rest of your life, signing autographs and paying the bills when you’re unable to continue a career or move into a more populous genre of film. William Friedkin may be one of the only film directors who made one of the most iconic horror films in American history, and has never in his career settled back on that comfort.

Horror Headlines: Tuesday October 2nd, 2012

I have no idea what to make of Nicolas Cage anymore. I do nothing but joke about him but every movie he comes out with I want to see. Take "I am Wrath" for instance, which has just landed "The Exorcist" director William Friedkin. The plot is pretty played out, a guy takes the law into his own hand after his wife is murdered, but Cage will be all kinds of nuts in it and make weird faces and I will love it. Even if it's awful. It's going to be awful.

"Sleeping With the Enemy" director Joseph Ruben has officially signed on to remake the 1945 Orson Welles classic "The Stranger". For those of you not familiar with the original the film focuses on a reformed serial killer who is reunited with his old partner who tries to convince him to start killing again. I don't know what it is but anytime I'm reminded of Julia Roberts I want to murder too. I think it's her face.

Elijah Wood has always been a creepy little SOB but I had no idea he was such a horror nut. But according to the internet, which never lies, the snaggled toothed one has partnered up to form The Woodshed, a new production company aimed at bringing horror to the masses. I don't really know how horror isn't already being brought to the masses but the company has already lined up a gaggle of flicks that it plans on dropping in the near future. It's weird that Kirsten Dunst and him never got together now that I think about it.

AJ Bowen and Barbara Crampton have both been confirmed for the upcoming Halloween comedy "Grow Up". Solid chance you can guess the premise of this one but just so we're all on the same page it focuses on a young man who refuses to let the joys of his youth end. Sounds like every person that reads or writes for this site. I think we've got a winner.

In Real People News: 

You're a gym teacher in NYC and a 6 year old just beat you up. It's got to be nothing but uphill from here.

I've seen a bunch of movies where people try to eat all the drugs they have before the cops bust them but I had no idea people in real life were stupid enough to try it. Congrats guy in Scranton PA who tried to eat a entire pot plant, you're now on the same level as those three burn outs from "Super Troopers".

Killer Joe (REVIEW)

William Friedkin’s accomplished films gleefully stomp on and dance around the limits of representation. His single-minded, questionably scrupled, mysoginist, white male crusaders in “The French Connection” and “To Live and Die in L.A.” represent some of the quintessential stuff of contemporary action heroes. “Cruising” still inspires its lion’s share of debate on whether the film should be regarded as homophobic fear mongering or as a once prophetic glimpse into the potential psychological consequences of violence against the male gay community.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

If you know one thing about me it's that I am a giant Greek mythology buff. Yes I know I've never mentioned it but I'm pretty sure you can tell just by looking into my eyes. They're so blue and dreamy. So the news that a film titled "Theseus" is in the works and will follow the zany antics of the warriors who battled and defeated (spoiler alert) the legendary minotaur has got me all in a tizzy. No real details are being released yet but Javor Gardev has already signed on to direct. Seriously check out my eyes sometime. You'll get lost in them.

I feel like I've written more about "The Exorcist" in the past month than I have my entire existence as a internet sensation. Granted I've only been the leader in internet content for about 2 years and during that time not much has happened so it kind of makes sense. So just to catch you up about a month ago a rumor was out that there was a tv show based on the film in the works. Then it came out that the show was BS but William Friedkin, who owns the rights to the story, was working on his own show. Now today he says that's actually crap too and the idea of a series based on an exorcism is awful. So now we're done with this. Until next week.

21 year old Matt Shively is the first name to be attached to "Paranormal Activity 4" which hits theaters on October 19th. He's reportedly playing the role of 'Alex' who I do not remember from any of the other films but honestly if I was forced at gun point to name anything other than "spooky ghost you can't see" I'd be dead right now.

Sigourney Weaver says James Cameron is going to shoot "Avatar 2" right along with 3 and 4 at the same time. In honor of this I will see those movies at the same time also. I'll set up 4 giant TV's, I'll toss in the original for good measure, and let the visuals blow my mind. I kid of course. I'm never going to watch those.

In Real People News: 

Here's a story, with video, of a guy dressed as Elmo running around the central park zoo screaming antisemitic nonsense. Ya know, for the kids.

What the hell is K-2? I need someone to explain this to me because a guy in Texas was high on it when he attacked his neighbors and then killed and ate his dog. I wonder if you could take that before going on one of those Fear Factor shows. If you'd eat a entire dog I'm sure you'd down half a cow's brain and jump through fire.

Bug (REVIEW)

"Bug" is a prime example how poor marketing can destroy a film's chances to find an audience. The ominous voice in the trailer drones, “They live in your blood... and they feed on your brain. This spring from the Academy Award winning director of the Exorcist comes the movie the Chicago Tribune calls 'one of the most disturbing horror movies imaginable.' Bug.”

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