Entries from September 2009 ↓

Jennifer’s Autopsy

I don't get all the Diablo Cody hate -- especially the sour grapes from unsold screenwriters. Her first screenplay became a hit film that grossed over 200 million dollars worldwide and netted her an Oscar... oh yeah, she used to be a stripper. What's the big deal?

'The dialogue in Juno was unrealistic and annoying!'
'She's just a flash in the pan!'
'Who calls themselves Diablo Cody?'
'She only gets attention because she's an attractive woman.'

Who cares!? Don't you have better things to do, you know, like writing? For the record, I didn't care for "Juno," but I think it's a good thing when *anyone* sells a spec that becomes a critical and commercial success. Increases our odds just a bit. Anyway, the film...

A botched human sacrifice transforms a bitchy teen into a bitchy, demonic teen who feeds on (mostly male) human flesh, and it's up to Jennifer's B.F.F. to stop her before it's too late. Not bad. A throwback to 80s B-movies. Kind of lacking in the suspense department. If you're going to turn the tables on the boys in a horror flick, go all the way. Break out all the old clichés and have fun with them -- I kept waiting for some big, macho football player to twist an ankle while attempting to run away from the hot monster-chick. All in all, Megan Fox doesn't embarrass herself. It's not the best role to showcase her skills, but who in their right mind would turn down the opportunity to star in a flick written by a screenwriter coming off an Academy Award?

Based on the names involved, the Box Office was a disappointment. But I wouldn't be so quick to start dancing on the grave of Cody's screenwriting career. People underestimate how hard it is to market a horror-comedy. With the exception of "Shaun of the Dead," most of the recent attempts have flopped. The trailer should have focused more on scares rather than one-liners. The "R" rating was a huge mistake -- probably the result of one too many (unnecessary) f-bombs. David Goyer's "The Unborn" (PG-13) had a 19 million dollar opening weekend with Odette Yustman (who?) as the lead -- not a good film, but they certainly knew how to sell the goods. JB's budget was around 16 million, so at the end of the day, the film will eventually make a profit. If the DVD has a commentary track with Cody and Kusama, I'll definitely check it out.

Oct 1, Boy Wears Dead Dog’s Face as Mask

Can anyone name the film where a boy kills his dog and his parents get mad at him? He puts on the dog's face as a mask and kills his father with a

Oct 1, The Mud Man

What TV horror movie from the late-70's or early 80's featured a mud man terrorizing people in the woods? (not Swamp

Oct 1, House Haunted by Witch Burned at the Stake

What is the title of a movie from the late-70's or early-80's where a couple buys a house that is haunted by a witch burned at the stake? The witch's

Oct 1, Killer Clown in 80’s Film

In the late-80's there was a film made about a man that dressed as a clown and went about killing people. I can't remember the title of the film or

Ghost House Underground Trailers and Stills

Arriving on DVD and Blu-ray October 6th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment are four new Ghost House Underground releases: The Thaw, Seventh Moon, The Children and Offspring. Below you'll find new images and trailer for all four films. Which ones are you looking forward to the most?

a moment of not horror

I've really been looking forward to Where the Wild Things Are (maybe not nearly as much as Mr. New Plaid Pants), although the book wasn't a massive integral part of my childhood. I don't know why, it just...wasn't. Maybe I was too old when I discovered it, or maybe it simply didn't resonate with me; whatever the case, I certainly have always had an appreciation of it, particularly Maurice Sendak's wonderful art.

Because of my disassociation from it, I don't have that "You're raping my childhood!" feeling that perhaps some of you have regarding Spike Jonze's efforts, or, alternately, "I can't wait to see my most favoritest book ever come to life!". No, I simply think it looks beautiful, engaging, and that it might be- don't laugh- a bit of movie magic. I mean, surely you've seen the trailer by now if it doesn't affect you somehow, you're probably an evil robot and I may have to report you to Bruce Willis or Harrison Ford.

The nail in the coffin labeled "Okay, I really can't wait for this movie!" was hammered into place today when I found out that the Wild Things soundtrack is by none other than Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It's streaming right here for your listening pleasure. I've officially got my anticipants on!

Ass-Kickin’ Cool New Images from ‘Zombieland’!

Columbia Pictures has provided Bloody Disgusting with your final batch of images from Zombieland (review), hands down one of the best films of the year. Below you can check out all of the new stills, one of which displays ol' Woody Harrelson kickin' some zombie ass. The action comedy arrives in theaters everywhere this Friday. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesnt have fears. If he did, hed kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, theyre about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.

News Bites: ‘Saw VI’ Phone App, ‘Twilight’-esque ‘Shiver’, ‘Death Bell’ Trailer

We've had quite a big morning when it comes to horror news, so we've jammed all the small bits into this one article. Below you can find out how to get a free Saw VI iPhone app where you can talk like Jigsaw, then you can read all about the new Twilight wannabe movie adaptation entitled Shiver, Sid Haig toplines a new horror anthology, Jesse Metcalfe gets Tortured and you'll see who won the Halloween Horror Nights shorts content. More as it comes in.

The Big ‘Comedown’ on Six Hooligans

Serotonin Films and AV Pictures are in pre-production for a new UK horror film entitled Comedown, which is to be directed by Menhaj Huda. Martin Compston (Red Mist) and Geoff Bell (Solomon Kane, Tormented) both star, alongside Adam Deacon, Duane Henry and Red Madrell. In the film, six teenage hooligans setting up the transmitter for a local pirate radio station at the top of an abandoned and decaying tower block, are targeted by a resident psychopath intent on exterminating the 'vermin' he perceives are besieging his home.

talkin’ ’bout mah generation

There are a number of horror films that I watched when I was a very impressionable age, and they helped mold me into the fan I am. I list a bunch of them over at AMC today...so read and weigh in what what made you YOU. Bad movies are just as valid as good ones!

Ah, my youth. Believe me, I love living in an age of instant access. A zillion channels on the TV, a DVR, DVD player, streaming movies, blah blah blah. I do miss the charm of something like Creature Double Feature, though...it helped make movies that much more special. Movie Loft, the Sunday Movie at Noon, and the like were events to look forward to- and there weren't many other choices available, so you'd watch whatever flick came on. It was definitely an education. And really, how awesome is this?

If there was any mystery as to why I am the way I am, I'm sure that 30 seconds would solve it!

‘Silent Hill’ and ‘Pulp Fiction’ Writer Sentenced in Fatal DUI Crash

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of Pulp Fiction has been sentenced to a year in jail for causing a fatal traffic crash in Southern California. Roger Avary, who was currently penning Silent Hill 2 for Columbia Pictures, was sentenced Tuesday in a Ventura court. He also received five years of probation. Avary pleaded guilty in August to gross vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving for the 2008 crash that killed a passenger in Avary's Mercedes in Ventura County. Authorities say Avary's car was traveling at more than 100 mph when it crashed into a telephone pole. Avary's wife was ejected from the vehicle and was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Avary and Quentin Tarantino share the 1995 Academy Award for writing Pulp Fiction. Drinking and driving, one thing that makes me sick to my stomach more than nearly anything else. Avary, you're a piece of sh*t.

Film Festival Follies: Toronto International Film Festival – Day 4,5 and 6!

We've got to move on, it's October and Halloween is almost here, so beyond the break you'll find the final three editions of Simon Barrett's "Film Festival Follies: Toronto International Film Festival", which cover all sorts of films including: Vengeance, Mother, The Horde, The Hole, Bitch Slap, Life During Wartime, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, My Dog Tulip, [Rec]2, Micmacs à Tire-Larigot, Soul Kitchen, and Valhalla Rising. These are greats read and I highly recommend taking some time to enjoy!

Sep 30, Big Blue Timid Monster in Closet

For the life of me I cannot find any information on a movie or short I saw on TV as a kid. A boy in a white bedroom goes to the closet and there's

Sep 30, Red Cape Causes Possession

Does anyone remember this 80’s film about a cape? A guy with a moustache in a red cape walks around and gets people to try on his cape. When they do,