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Episode 92 - "Zombieland"

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It's "Zombieland" time, bitches!

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Box Office Special - Checking in on "Activity"

Let the "Paranormal Activity" breakout story begin!

Box Office Special - Zombieland Needs No Bailout

After a little unscheduled break, the Box Office Special is back. And after a messy streak of flops, horror looks to be back too, with "Zombieland" flying out of the gates with a number one finish in its opening weekend. Let's catch up with a handy little chart:

Horror Headlines: Monday October 5th, 2009

"Zombieland" takes in a whopping $25 Million this weekend, placing the film firmly in the #1 spot for the box office! If Woody Harrelson isn't enough to draw you in, be sure to check out Mark's review if you've yet to see the film for yourself!

"Paranormal Activity" continues to make money and draw in fans. If the midnight releases are too late for you, the studio plans a full limited release this Friday October 9th! It will be playing in the same theaters as before, but now the film will be showing at all hours! "Paranormal Activity" took in roughly $525,000 this weekend on limited screens.

MTV announces that "My Super Psycho Sweet 16" will premiere this month on MTV. Sure, it's not music videos, but at least we get to see some annoying teens get muderlated as opposed to watching them try to date in awkward situations for a change! Watch for it October 23rd at 10pm Eastern.

Casting news continues to trickle out for the new 'American Anime' NOTLD remake, "Night of the Living Dead: Origins". Joining Danielle Harris in the titular role of Barbara will be Mos Def as Ben.

Rumors are starting to circulate that the next outing for Jason Vorhees in remake land will be shot in 3-D. However, Platinum Dunes Brad Fuller says the film has yet to be greenlit since there is no script as of now. One can only hope that a 3-D Friday the 13th might be less mediocre than the remake.

In Real People News: 

Maintaining his plea of innocence the entire time, a Florida man shoots a 22 gram bag of cocaine out of his ass while being searched. And to think, Eric left all this behind! (Thank you, I'm here all week! Remember to tip your waitresses.)

In an effort to promote healthy eating, The New York City Board of Education has banned all bake sales. Experts believe this may actually benefit schools as a bag of cookies now fetches a kingly $75 a bag on the black market.

Website Oddee.com releases a list of Top 10 Manliest Names. Among the list are Rad Heroman, Flex Plexico, and Casey Criswell.

On this day in history: 

1994 - Predicting that the world would soon end in an environmental disaster, homeopath Luc Jouret and 52 others belonging to his Order of the Solar Temple commit mass suicide near Cheiry, Switzerland and Montreal, Canada.

Horror Headlines: Wednesday September 23rd, 2009

This clip from "Zombieland" has a zombie clown in it... so that's pretty awesome.

See the upcoming premiere of Showtime's "Dexter" early in NY or LA. Lucky bastards.

Rumor has it that the "Nightmare on Elm St." trailer will be coming soon, with the possibility that it will be seen infront of prints of Columbia's "Zombieland" on October 2nd. Expect the internet version to show up just about that time.

In Real People News: 

When a pet store closes down, you would probably think that someone would, you know, take the animals out of it. In this case you'd be wrong.

Yup, "Tree Man" is really gross. Not recommended before breakfast.

You know when you read a news story, and all you can think is "this is not going to be good for horror fans"? Ya, THIS is one of those stories.

On this day in history: 

1939: Sigmund Freud commits suicide with the help of his personal physician, Max Schur. The culprit? A lethal dose of morphine.

Horror Headlines: Monday, August 24th, 2009

Due to the "shadowcast" phenomenon (think Rocky horror but with Goth kids), "Repo: The Genetic Opera" director Darren Lynn bousman has launched a website to keep the mythos going. He says this is a "life long project" for him, which I hope means they'll eventually do another version of the film, only this time not so terrible.

The release of "Zombieland" has been bumped up a week. You can now check out the Woody Harrelson zombie film on October 2nd.

"28 Weeks Later" director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is in talks to direct "Bioshock", the adaptation of the wildly popular videogame.

Todd Mcfarlane has officially started writing a new "Spawn" film. He says that it will be a standalone story, and he's shooting for an "R" rating.

The following is a "Rumble Trailer" for "The Final Destination" over at Break.com. Warning: the video does autoplay when you go there so watch those speakers at work. It's kind of a nifty little marketing thing though, so I recommend checking it out.

In Real People News: 

Hmmm... turns out we really do need our appendix's. And when you find out why, you'll wish you still had yours!

I'm not even sure where to start with this story. A man from Iowa was arrested recently after repeating a joke from a "Seinfeld" episode. Great series, of course, but not so much topical. The kicker? he's not the first Iowan to be fired for an old "Seinfeld" joke. What, is it like 1995 there?

On this day in history: 

1572: Troops loyal to the French crown alongside Catholic civilians massacre the Protestant Huguenots of Paris, estimates range between 20,000 and 100,000 deaths. At news of this carnage of this St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, a gleeful Pope Gregory XIII ordered celebrations and a medal to be struck.

Horror Headlines: Monday August 17th, 2009

This news was from Friday... Robert Downey Jr. is rumored to be in final talks to play the Vampire Lestat in a reboot of "The Vampire Chronicles" by Anne Rice. This had the web abuzz late last week. Since I have no attachment to the stories and have a man-crush on Downey, I'll pretty much be watching this no matter how it turns out.

NBC to adapt "Midnight Mass" comic into a TV series. The story follows a globetrotting couple who solve mysteries and "crimes of the supernatural".

Robert Rodriguez produced "Predators" (directed by Nimrod Antal) will officially begin shooting in September. The story centers on a group of people stuck on the Predator's homeland, which as you can guess doesn't go very well.

New "Zombieland" poster. Saw this trailer again this weekend in front of "District 9". Still looks fun.

In Real People News: 

So ya, as your kids prepare to go back to school, don't forget to teach them the intricacies of anal beer-bongs and snorting vodka shots. Oh you've never done that? Okay well maybe they can teach you then. That should be a fun conversation.

Wow, bitch sliced his throat over a glass of milk. That's some redneck shit right there.

On this day in history: 

1896: Bridget Driscoll, a 44-year-old mother of two, becomes the world's first automobile fatality when she steps in front of a car outside the Crystal Palace in London. At the coroner's inquest, Arthur Edsall states he had been driving at only 4 mph. The motorist also claims that when he saw the pedestrian, he rang his bell and shouted "Stand back!"

Horror Headlines: Wednesday August 12th, 2009

Frank Darabont is looking to shoot an adaptation of the graphic novel series "The Walking Dead", as a television series for AMC. That's one you don't hear every day.

Check out some decent "Zombieland" virals, each one containing a Zombieland "rule", brought to you by Woody Harrelson. Not the worst thing I've ever seen.

"2001 Maniacs: Beverly Hellbillys", the sequel to Tim Sullivan's "2001 Maniacs", has officially wrapped shooting. Expect to hear more from this project in the near future.

Do I want to see a horror/comedy called "Dahmer vs Gacey"? Well, no actually, I don't. But I'll let you make up your own mind.

In Real People News: 

Ah man, there are some things you just don't do, and groping Minnie Mouse is one of them. The Magic Kingdom definitely frowns upon that sort of thing.

Why is it that no matter what the story is, The Daily Mail finds a way to compare it to "Dr. Who"? What do you guys get like 1 television station over there?

Florida man arrested for child porn, blames it on his cat. Surprisingly, the authorities weren't convinced.

On this day in history: 

30 BC: Cleoptara, Queen of Egypt and former wife to Julius Caesar, commits suicide by means of venomous snakebite to the mammary gland.

Redband "Zombieland" Trailer

I think I have found my most anticipated film of the year and it has a lot to do with Woody Harrelson, a wiley cowboy type with a chainsaw, the backup cast that sports that awkward kid from "Adventureland", and two kickass bitches with hearts of gold, one of which you will recognize from "Little Miss Sunshine".

Horror Headlines: Wednesday July 15th, 2009

So the story is floating around today that "Harper's Island" on CBS is officially canceled. Of course, since it was basically a summer filler miniseries, I'm not sure how people thought it had a chance of being "picked up" anyway. Besides, wasn't everyone dead at the end? Oooops... spoiler!

"Anchor Bay" has picked up "Grace" for a DVD release and limited theatrical run. The indie has been blazing up the festival circuit lately, and Anchor Bay seems like a logical place for it to find a home. It's an extremely limited release, only hitting a few theaters in NY and LA, but if you live in those areas you just might have the chance to see it on the big screen. The film is about "a mother who brings her dead fetus to term, and gives birth to a child with an appetite for blood".

After numerous stumbles along the way, the comic adaptation "HACK/SLASH" has a new director. Frederik Bond will be replacing Todd Lincoln as the helmer. The film will supposedly begin shooting by the year's end. "HACK/SLASH" deals with a sexy young woman who travels the country, taking on homicidal maniacs and serial killers along the way.

"Zombieland" has a poster, and it's pretty sweet.

Hi-res pic of Linnea Quigley handing out Halloween candy in the "Night of the Demons" remake.

In Real People News: 

I've got a foolproof get-rich-quick scheme for you... all you have to do is have a cellphone and be able to act like a genie. I have no idea how to do that either, but I can't figure out everything for you. Take some initiative!

It seems like I shouldn't have to say this, but just to be safe... falling asleep in a recycling bin after a night of drinking is not a good idea. It will probably end up with you being dead.

I don't care if you are a "molecular gastronomist" - probably the most pretentious phrase I've ever had to type - you shouldn't be cooking with liquid nitrogen. It's a good way to lose both of your hands, like this dumbass.

On this day in history: 

1974: During a live broadcast of the Sarasota, Florida morning news program Suncoast Digest, newscaster Chris Chubbuck tells the audience: "In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: an attempted suicide." Then she blows her brains out with a .38 revolver.

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