Thursday, May 31, 2012

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Warm Bodies Book Review


Having Twilight author, Stephanie Meyer, applaud your work on the cover of your debut novel--which happens to be about romance and zombies--isn't exactly an awesome selling point for horror fans. When I initially saw the cover of Warm Bodies and read the premise, I brushed the book off as awful paranormal romance trash that would ruin my favorite horror subgenre. However, upon finally reading the novel, I was pleasantly surprised by the characters, the themes, and the new zombie world created by the author.

Warm Bodies is the first novel for Isaac Marion and it was initially self-published on the author's website. The story is an interesting one and can be described as paranormal romance, however, the book itself is much deeper than its designated category makes it seem. Although the story is paranormal and has a romantic element to it, it is more about humanity and what it means to take life for granted.

The story opens with R, a zombie who has no idea who he really is. He can speak few words and he cannot read much or remember his name but he does have feelings and compassion for what is going on in the world around him. He has a zombie friend, M, and is given a wife as well as two zombie children for the pair to raise. However, something is missing for the young zombie and he can't quite figure out what it is--until he eats Perry Kelvin.

On a routine raid for food, R and his hoard of zombies find a group of survivors and attack. R feasts on a young boy, Perry Kelvin, and from the moment he bites into his brain, he begins reliving the boys memories, the most important one being the memories of his relationship with his girlfriend, Julie. Immediately feeling something new and exciting, R becomes connected to his victim's girlfriend and rescues her from being eaten, eventually taking her back to his living quarters.

At first Julie is very standoffish, which is to be expected in her situation, and it made me question how the character would be willing to have an important relationship with the zombie character. However, as I continued reading and learned more about the characters and their lives, everything became clear to me and it made sense how the pair could create a bond, despite their unusual situation.

Marion writes with ease and he created a beautiful yet flawed world which made me stop and really think about how awesome I have it (as of right now). The characterization is spot-on and I found myself picturing exactly what each person looked like and knew exactly what they would say in a given situation.

Julie is a strong-minded character with a mouth like a truck driver and I absolutely loved her for that. She was real, flawed, but completely optimistic despite the dire situation and declining world around her. Unlike Bella in Twilight, there is a reason to love this girl and to fight for her because she is the girl you would want by your side, for more reasons than one: she is the best friend, the girl next door, and the girl who could totally kick your ass if need be while simultaneously chugging some brewskis. And she actually has a mind of her own! Who knew that girls could think for themselves!

Even the zombie character, R, is sympathetic despite the fact that he's a zombie and he killed Julie's love. The author developed R perfectly, showcasing just how heartbreaking his story is, making you root for him and hope that he will get his second chance at life. R has many redeeming qualities as well, such as his selflessness in regard to Julie and his determination to change his ways, which only furthers the readers love for the character.

Warm Bodies doesn't simply just focus on the relationship between Julie and R, it paints a picture of the post-apocalyptic world that they live in, showcasing exactly how much of a toll the new world takes on each individual within it. We learn about Perry through his memories and we witness the decline of a family relationship with Julie and her stone-faced father.

The reader is taken into the mind of the zombie and given a peak at the world that they live in along with the humans. We are shown that they are still like us, only dead, and they are having just as hard a time dealing with the world as the Living are. In comparison, Marion shows the world that the Living are rebuilding and the awful circumstances surrounding them.

I hate to describe it as paranormal romance because people will automatically assume it's a story about a dumb broad who starts banging a dead guy. And they would be DEAD wrong (pun intended). The story allows the reader to see this world where we are all headed if we don't stop and soak in all that we have now. People kill the Earth and never stop to appreciate their surroundings and if one keeps taking something for granted, they eventually will lose it.

It's a beautiful story about relationships, life, and death. It's a story about humanity as well as the loss of it and how to regain it back again. It's not about a stalker-vampire and feminine werewolf being in love with a dull girl. It's not about another dull girl being completely controlled and abused by a rich man in an "amazing" relationship. It's a real story about real people and real issues--just with zombies.

Warm Bodies is being made into a film to be released 2013, starring Teresa Palmer as Julie and a newcomer as R. However, the production team behind the Twilight saga is behind the film and it seems as though they are really pushing the romance aspect of the story. Plus, I'm not really sure how well the complex world of the book will play out on screen, especially since a lot of what the reader is given is through memories and thoughts. We'll see, I guess.

The book is beyond a paranormal romance novel; it is the study of relationships and humanity. The story and its characters are engrossing from start to finish and I can guarantee upon completion of the story, you will think differently about your life. It is a very creative and different approach to the zombie subgenre and it was done respectfully and well. I recommend this story to anyone looking for an interesting zombie read.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Notorious Killer Kids


Usually when a horrific murder happens people assume that the crime was done by an adult. Afterall, children are innocent creatures who would never commit a disturbing act, right? In some cases, authorities and the community have been shocked to discover that some of the most vicious acts were made by kids under the age of 18. In response to my fascination of young murders, as well as the television series Killer Kids, I decided to compile a list of whom I believe to be some of the worst murderous offenders under the legal drinking and voting ages.

10.) Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker

The teen girls, who's story inspired the Peter Jackson film, Heavenly Creatures, bonded over a shared history of bodily ailments and quickly became best friends. The pair's friendship turned obsessive and when their parents feared that the pair were lesbians, they did everything they could to keep the girls a part. When Hulme was informed that she would be sent to live in South Africa, the two girls devised a plan that would keep them together. On June 22, 1954, Hulme and Parker went to the park with Parker's mother, Honora, where they bludgeoned her to death with a brick wrapped in a stocking. The girl's first told authorities that the woman accidentally fell and hit her head, however, upon examination of the body, police realized that the woman was murdered. The young girls were put on trial and sent to prison for 5 years, later moving on to lead successful lives. Hulme went on to a be a successful crime novelist (Anne Perry) in America while Parker opened up a children's riding school. Well, it's nice to know that killing someone won't hinder your career and dreams!

9.) Eric Smith

This lovely young man is probably the prime example of ginger's having no soul. Smith was 13 years old when he decided to take out his frustrations on an adorable 4 year-old boy, Derrick Robie. Smith, who was constantly bullied for his appearance, lured Robie into a secluded location near his home in New York where he proceeded to drop two boulder's onto the boy's head, undress him, and then sodomize him with a stick. The boy died of the trauma to his head as well as asphyxiation. Two days after his death, Smith confessed to the crime and was sentenced to life in prison. Smith has been denied parole several times, most recently this month. Umm, all I know is this: Smith most definitely met his karma for taking the life of the helpless little boy and more importantly, he's probably been sodomized with things far worse than a stick while in jail. Every day is "Kick a ginger day" while in there and he's prime rib!

8.) Joshua Phillips
This case really shows you what fear can cause somebody to do. The then 14 year-old boy from Florida was playing baseball with his 8 year-old neighbor, Maddie Clifton, when he accidentally hit her in the eye with the bat. When Maddie preceded to scream, Phillips dragged her into his room for fear of getting in trouble. While inside, the young boy strangled the girl with a phone cord for 15 minutes, hit her over the head with a bat, and stabbed her 11 times. Following the murder, the 14 year-old stuffed Maddie under his waterbed where she stayed for an entire week. She was discovered by Phillips' mother while cleaning and the young boy was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. The argument was that Phillips did everything in a panic for fear that his overbearing father would punish him but uhhh, his actions were a little overboard, don't you think? Now Phillips probably wishes that his strict father was still the only man he has to fear.

7.) Jon Venables and Robert Thompson

The murder of James Bulger is the perfect lesson in never leaving your child alone while out shopping--or anywhere for that matter. On February 12, 1993, when Mrs. Bulger left her 2 year-old son outside a shop in England, he fell prey to two demented 10 year-old boys who were looking to cause some trouble. Jon Venables and Robert Thompson kidnapped the toddler and carried him to his final destination, dropping him on his head several times and being witnessed by 38 different people along the way. The dangerous duo brought Bulgar to a railway where they threw paint into his eye, threw rocks and pebbles at him, stomped on him, undressed him, and placed a boulder on his head before placing him onto the railway to later be hit by a train. Surveillance footage showed the boys abducting the toddler and they were arrested for the crime and put into custody until the age of 18 and then placed on lifelong license--whatever that means. In 2010, Venables violated his probation and was sent to prison. It's probably only a matter of time before Thompson does something again as well. Thank God I don't live in England!

6.)Melinda Loveless

One thing is for sure--girls are crazy bitches, no matter what their age. That craziness is amped up even further when love is involved and for 12 year-old Shanda Sharer, she fell for the wrong girl. The jealousy-filled crime was led by the psychotic pre-teen, Melinda Loveless, and her three friends who hadn't even known their victim. When Loveless became jealous of her ex-girlfriend's newest relationship with a pretty girl, Sharer, she vowed to make the girl pay. Insisting that she just wanted to scare Sharer with a knife, Loveless convinced Toni Lawrence, Hope Rippey, and Laurie Tackett to drive her to the young girl's home where they lured her into the car with false claims that her girlfriend was waiting for her. Once inside the car, Sharer was held at knife point by Loveless and taken to a remote location where she was beaten and strangled until she lost consciousness. The girl was then kept in Tackett's trunk where she was tortured for hours and was stabbed in the chest several times by Loveless and Tackett. By the end of the night, the girls brought Sharer to a final location where they burned her alive and then the group went to McDonald's for breakfast, making jokes about how Sharer's body resembled their breakfast sausage. Well, I'm sure Loveless wishes that she was having some sausage rather than the countless amount of tacos and broomsticks she will be having until 2020.

5.) Alyssa Bustamante
Ugh, this little bitch gives a bad rep to horror fans--just look at her! Disgusting, right? And in more ways than one. This little C-WORD (which I never use because I HATE it, however, it perfectly describes her). When the then 15 year-old wanted to have some fun and spice up her mediocre life, she decided that she was going to kill someone. Her victim was 9 year-old Elizabeth Olten whom she stabbed, strangled, and slit the throat of. Following the horrific crime, Alyssa Bustamante casually wrote about the experience in her journal calling it "ahmazing" and a "pretty enjoyable" experience--yes, in those exact childish words. The moron clearly kept her journal so it could be used against her as evidence and sure as shit, it was. The girl simply "wanted to know what it would be like to kill someone" and she succeeded. Now she will know what it's like to be vulnerable and assaulted when she rots in hell.Go screw yourself you clown--or should I have said "Woo woo"?

4.) Martin Puccio and the Broward County 7

These Florida kids are a little older than most of the other cases previously discussed but they were all very, very young intellectually. When 20 year-old Martin Puccio met 18 year-old Lisa Connelly, she helped convince him that he should kill his best friend, Bobby Kent, for his horrible mistreatment. When the obviously mentally imbalanced and insecure Connelly wanted to spend more time with her new boyfriend, she set Kent up with her whore of a friend, Ali Willis (17). However, the relationship didn't work out and Connelly had to devise another plan to rid Kent from her and Puccio's lives for good. The manipulative Connelly told Ali that Kent was planning on killing her baby and that she wanted to discuss a plan to kill him. So, Ali went to Connelly's house with two friends, 17 year-old Donny Semenac and 18 year-old Heather Swallers, where they were greeted by self-proclaimed hitman, Derek Kaufman. Together, the group of teens discussed how they would get rid of Kent and his bullying ways for good. On July 14, 1993, the group lured Kent to a secluded construction site with the thought of having sex with Ali. Instead of having sex, Kent was stabbed repeatedly and beat over the head with a baseball bat. Puccio, Semenac, and Kaufman all received life in prison while the remaining members of the group had reduced sentences. Moral of the story?
Be careful who your friends are and when you think you REALLY want to have sex, masturbate instead--it could save your life.

3.)Jesse Pomeroy

This lovely bastard hails from the classy location of Charlestown, Massachusetts--you know, the place filled with the lowlifes depicted in The Town? Yup, this guy lived pretty close to where I'm from (well, in the same state!) and he was as psychotic as they come. They always say that Lynn is the "City of Sin" but I'm pretty sure that Charlestown is the breeding ground for lunatics. Case and point: Between 1871-1872 Jesse Pomeroy, then 12, attacked several young boys in the Boston area but was never arrested. In 1874, when the boy was 14, he murdered 10 year-old Katie Curran and disposed of her remains in his mother's basement. Around this time, the mutilated body of 4 year-old Horace Millen was found in the Dorchester Bay area. Pomeroy became the youngest person convicted of murder in the first degree in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Oh, don't worry Pomeroy--I'm sure you won't be the only one on that list for much longer.

2.) Dnepropetrovsk Maniacs

Whenever I think about this case I can't help but shudder out of fear, disgust and sadness all in one. In 2007, two 19 year-old men committed some of the most vicious acts in the Ukraine, further reminding me why I would never want to go there. Viktor Sayenko and Igor Suprunyuk (what a sexy name) decided that they wanted to make some fast cash and in today's society the best way to do that is to perform lude acts on film. I mean, look at the guys of Jackass and pretty much every other douche on YouTube and Break, right? Anyway, the twisted bastards wanted to make something good; they didn't want to just do silly acts with no depth. No, they wanted to murder people--because that's so much friggin better?! The individuals, along with one other accomplice, senselessly murdered 33 people over a short-span of time before eventually being caught and the worst part is that they filmed most of their crimes. The men beat individuals, murdered cats, and even cut a fetus from a woman's belly. Although most of their crimes were severe, the most notorious of the spree was the death of Sergei Yatzenko whose murder was filmed and leaked onto the internet. The scariest thing about all this was that the boys had absolutely no remorse--they were seen and heard laughing throughout their video recordings as if what they were doing was just another day in the park. Both of the attackers were sentenced to life in prison but somebody needs to send them to a Hostel where they will be tortured and murdered for fun.

1.) Daphne Abdela

There's nothing worse than an entitled little brat--unless you're an entitled little brat with some serious anger issues. When 15 year-old Daphne Abdela was out drinking one night in Central Park with friend, Christopher Vasquez, the pair decided to attack and rob a passerby. According to Abdela, it was Vasquez who stabbed the 44 year-old stranger--at least 50 times--before slicing his throat. The deranged young couple robbed the man of whatever he had and Abdela ordered Vasquez to gut their victim. Abdela wanted the victim gutted so that he would sink when they threw him into the lake. When authorities investigated further, they discovered that the victim wasn't a stranger to Abdela, he was a friend she had known from rehab. An altercation had occurred between the man and Vasquez prior to the assault which was described as one of the worst things that the officers had ever seen. The body was discovered with multiple stab wounds, an almost severed wrist, and his intestines hanging from his body. Abdela tried to manipulate and lie her way out of the situation--because she is an evil little bitch--however, she sabotaged herself with an "anonymous" phone call made to police near her home. The girl served her time but guess what--she's out now and she's probably lurking Central Park like an evil troll, waiting for her next victim.


Monday, May 28, 2012

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Zombie Outbreak in Miami


The zombie apocalypse has finally begun, folks. We all knew it was inevitable--at least, I did--we just didn't think that it would start so soon. I guess that's how these disasters and outbreaks usually happen though, right? The chaos broke out Saturday, May 26, in Miami when a naked man was shot after eating the face of another person. Welp, I guess it's time to gather my zombie survival group together!

The Miami Herald reported that around 2pm Saturday, shots were heard after a women flagged down an officer regarding two men fighting with each other outside of their offices. According to witnesses, the attacker was a naked man who was mauling the victim.

Witnesses told reporters that the officer ordered the attacker to back away and when he ignored the warnings he was shot. The attacker continued to eat the victim despite being shot, resulting in the officer firing several more rounds before finally killing the naked man. The victim was then flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital Ryder Trauma Center for critical injuries.

Following the incident, Armando Aguilar of the Fraternal Order of the Miami Police, made a statement regarding the case. He stated that when the officer ordered the attacker to stop, the attacker growled and continued to eat the man. The attacker feasted on the victim's nose and eyeballs (WTF?!) and the officer was forced to shoot him several times until he was dead.

Okay, so it's not exactly the start of a zombie apocalypse but it sounds pretty damn close. The attacker fit the description of a zombie, minus the dead part, but he got the whole cannibalism thing down pact. Plus, it took several bullets before he actually died and the fatal shot was probably one to the head. In my opinion, that's a zombie!

Deep down, some part of me really wants a zombie apocalypse to start--we need to wipe off all the worthless shlubs that are currently wasting our air space one way or the other. And I know zombies like it's my job--I'm pretty sure I could survive.

I guess now I'll just have to patiently wait for the next odd case to pop up. In the meantime, I will be preparing my survival kit.


Thursday, May 24, 2012

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Stephen King and Son Joe Hill Collaborating


Back when Stephen King was trying to make it big in the publishing world, he was submitting his short stories to magazines and making whatever he could off of them to support his family. Now, genre and writing mags aside, the days of fiction stories in magazines are almost extinct. Thanks to Esquire magazine and their upcoming Fiction for Men series, original fiction pieces are making a comeback and horror master, Stephen King, is collaborating with son, Joe Hill, to produce a new original story, In the Tall Grass.

According to King's website, the new story will be published in two parts to be featured in Esquire's June/July issue, with a conclusion in August. The father-son duo aren't the only ones getting in on the action; writers Lee Child and Colum McCann will also publish works in the June/July issue of the mens magazine.

There aren't many details on the story but it will most likely be weird and filled with aliens or some ridiculous twist. Additional short stories by Aaron Gwyn, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Jess Walter will also be featured in the Fiction for Men series, which is only available for print and iPad editions.

I am really excited that they are bringing back fiction work to magazines but a little disappointed that the works are only from already established authors. Hopefully, the magazine will expand it's fiction series and allow for submissions--they need to think about the struggling artists out there too (Like me. I have loans to pay, son!).

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

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Woodhaven Productions Greenlights 'Self Storage'


Although Rhode Island may be having some issues with Curt Schilling and his game company (at least he won the Sox's the World Series, right?!), they are doing very well in the horror department all thanks to Chad A. Verdi's Woodhaven Productions. The film company has just green-lit it's third horror film, Self-Storage, which will star Jonathan Silverman.

Woodhaven Productions had success early on with it's first horror film, Inkubus, which has sold over 100,000 DVDs and had over 100 million buys VOD. Verdi told Dread-Central, "Inkubus is just the beginning for Woodhaven...we’ll be following up with our second horror film, Infected, starring William Forsythe and Michael Madsen, who battle zombies to the death."

While the production company waits to release Infected on Halloween 2012, it will begin production on Self-Storage in July in East Greenwhich, RI. The film will star Silverman, who previously starred in Inkubus, and will be directed by newcomer, Tom Denucci, who briefly discussed the project with me here.

Self-Storage tells the story of Jake, a night security guard at a highly secure self-storage facility. When Jake invites his friends to his work for a giant booze-filled party, he discovers that the place has some dark secrets. Madness will surely ensue and I cannot wait!

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Lin Shaye Joins Hell Hunters


Lin Shaye is my hero. The actress has proved that she can be hilarious (and disgusting) in comedies like There's Something About Mary and Kingpin and she's also showed horror fans her serious side in films like Insidious. The versatile actress has just added another horror project to her resume and has signed on to star in the upcoming television series, Hell Hunters, which also stars Bill Mosley and Michael Berryman.

According to a press release, Shaye will star as a disgusting and demented grandmother to one of the main characters in the series.Hmm, I'm sensing a pattern in the characters that she plays--she's always crazy or disgusting.

The show, created by Lawrence Donini, is an action/horror thriller that will follow two childhood friends, played by Mosley and Berryman, who decide to become the vigilante characters in a horrific comic book they read. Hell Hunters is still in early development so there aren't many details on the project as of now but it sounds like the perfect series for FEARnet, don't you think?
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True Blood Announces it's New Showrunner


With the fifth season of True Blood quickly approaching, HBO has finally announced who will take over for current showrunner, Allan Ball, if the show is renewed for a sixth season. Co-executive producer, Mark Hudis, will become showrunner of the hit vampire series as a part of an overall deal he made with the network.

Deadline reports of the producer's promotion and explains that it is a part of a two-year deal which includes a development component. Hudis is no stranger to the steamy series; he has been working as executive producer for season 4 and the upcoming season 5.

The new showrunner previously worked with Ball on the CBS series, Cybil, and the pair also wrote for AdWeek. Although Ball is stepping down as the head of the series, he will remain as a consultant if the show does get renewed--and why wouldn't it?

True Blood season 5 premieres June 10 at 9pm on HBO.
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Zombie Outlaw Review


I don't know who decided that Zombies were cool--but whoever it was, I'd like to have their babies. There can never be enough of zombies and there are so many different takes on the subgenre, it can be overwhelming. On the comic front, The Walking Dead is clearly one of the most popular zombie-horror comics, mostly due to its real-life drama mixed with horrific violence. However, if you are looking for a more lighthearted approach to the zombie craze, the indie comic series, Zombie Outlaw may be perfect for you.

The comic series was created in 2010 by artist Benny Jordan and writer Brian Apodaca who met while in high school. The pair had always wanted to work together and one year at Comic Con, they fully realized what they wanted to do with their ideas.

Sharing a love for the 80's Troma classic, The Toxic Avenger, and the equally campy, Night of the Creeps, only helped the friends to envision their comic, Zombie Outlaw, even more. Zombie Outlaw takes place at Irvine State University and follows students, Matt Naismith and Will Simers, who unwittingly unleash the zombie outlaw from his tomb beneath the library.

When developing their college-aged characters, Jordan and Apodaca were inspired by actors Jay Baruchel and Kat Dennings for Matt and KT. One can assume that Matt is totally geeky and socially awkward while simultaneously being strong-willed and determined to fight against evil. Each character falls into the typical archetype found in most horror--the geek, the brains, and the girl that every guy wants.

Although the beginning of the series wasn't exactly new or original, revolving around a cliche love angle, it did become more interesting once the boys learn about the zombie outlaw's history and actually free him. The artwork is much more cartoonish than what readers typically see in The Walking Dead and it sets the tone of the series immediately, letting us know not to take things so seriously. The writer of the series explains, "Our comic has a lighthearted tone, and clearly doesn't take itself too seriously. There are Zombies, but the point of the story is not rooted in that. There is cartoon violence, gore, and action, but at heart there is also romance,college-based humor, and small nods to reality peeking out behind corners here and there."

I would have preferred the series to be a lot more darker and serious because I think that the writers could have done a lot more with the storyline. Clearly the University has a dark past and it would be much more entertaining to see this in a serious way rather than a lighthearted one. But, the writers chose to make it humorous and that's fine too because it's different than what readers normally see. My problem with this is that a lot of the humor seems to come from recycled jokes that aren't too funny, and that can take away from the reading experience. My suggestion: use more risque jokes that will offend people--nothing sells better than a bit of controversy, am I right?

I was only given the opportunity to review the first issue and it's very hard to judge an entire series based off of it's debut. There is still so much room for the artist and writer to grow and to really develop and learn who their characters are, and I think that they will definitely find their groove in later issues of the series. The fact that the two creators behind the comic self-published and put everything together themselves, makes me applaud them and root for them. Although I wasn't particularly wowed by the first issue, I wasn't totally let down either. I will definitely keep an eye out for future issues and give them a chance--you should too!

To find more information about Zombie Outlaw and its creators, visit http://www.zombieoutlaw.com/ or tweet @Cap_Midnight.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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The Orphan to Travel to Italy



The Orphan did for adoption what Jaws did for swimming in the ocean and Isabelle Furhman's performance as the sadistic girl is the biggest reason for that. Now, the young actress has landed the lead role of Suzie in the upcoming remake of the 1977 Dario Argento classic, Suspiria.

Variety reports that Furhman has been chosen as the shy and timid dancer who travels to Europe to attend a prestigious dance academy with a dark secret. The remake is being directed by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) from a script he co-wrote with Chris Gebert. Production on the film will begin in September.

I know that a lot of die-hard fans are probably pissed that this remake is even being made but there's really nothing that can be done about it now. I think that Furhman is a great choice because she has proved that she can act and she does resemble Jessica Harper, who played the original Suzie.

How do you feel about this casting news?
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Michael Biehn and Xavier Gens the New Dream Team?


I like Michael Biehn and I enjoy Xavier Gens so naturally I would love to have a horror-threesome with them and the two have happily obliged. The duo are teaming up for the horror flick, The Farm, which is a part of a 3-picture deal of grindhouse-style movies.

According to Variety, Biehn and Gens, who previously worked on the post-apocalypse thriller The Divide, are teaming up to work on The Farm. The film is being produced by Biehn's wife, Jennifer Blanc Biehn, Michael Teicher, and Avi Federgreen of Federgreen Entertainment. Production on the project will begin early next year in Canada.

The movie will center around a war veteran who must face his inner demons while simultaneously fighting off evils from taking over his farm. So basically it's Biehn's character from The Divide, just in a different setting.

Starring alongside Biehn are Danielle Harris, Blanc-Biehn, Ivan Gonzalez and Courtney B. Vance. The other two films in the deal are Up and Down, directed by Carlo Rizzo, and The Predicator, directed by Greg Morin.

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I Want to Get Stranded in Space With Christian Slater


I will use any excuse to post about Christian Slater and lucky for me and my slight obsession, the actor is signed on to star in the upcoming sci-fi/horror, Stranded, directed by Roger Christian--so, I don't need an excuse; I have a legitimate reason! The film is currently being brought to Cannes by Canadian production company, Cinemavault.

Excuse me for a slight few seconds while I fantasize about Slater arching those eyebrows of his and reciting lines from Pump Up The Volume seductively in my ear...

Um, anyways...Bloody-Disgusting reported about the project (not sure if they were the initial source, but who cares) which will follow a mysterious infection that takes over a space station in the future. Hopefully, (and by hopefully I mean it friggin better) it will have a lot more Slater screen time than his last horror, Playback.

Honestly, I would love to be stranded in space with you Christian. I don't care if you're old enough to be my father (sort of).

There aren't many details about the film but when they do arise I will obviously let you know.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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John Locke is Still Up to No Good


Horror is finally starting to get the recognition that it deserves and production companies have realized that the genre can deliver quality programming as well as a devoted fan base. ABC picked up the new horror series, 666 Park Avenue, and will air it Sundays this Fall. The network just debuted an official trailer and the series looks like it has many secrets that are sure to be dragged out for several seasons--if it actually makes it past its debut.

The show is based on a book series by Gabriella Pierce and has been adapted for the small screen by David Wilcox (Fringe) who will also be an executive producer with Leslie Morganstein (The Vampire Diaries) and Mathew Miller (Chuck, Human Target). The series stars Rachel Taylor, Dave Annabelle, Vanessa Williams, Terry O'Quinn and more.

The synopsis for the upcoming series is as follows: At the ominous address of 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours. Everyone has needs, desires, and ambition. For the residents of The Drake, these will all be met, courtesy of the building’s mysterious owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn). But every Faustian contract comes with a price. When Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, are offered the opportunity to manage the historic building, they not only fall prey to the machinations of Doran and his mysterious wife, Olivia (Vanessa Williams), but unwittingly begin to experience the shadowy, supernatural forces within the building that imprison and endanger the lives of the residents inside. Sexy, seductive, and inviting, The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its residents, tempting them through their ambitions and desires, in this chilling new drama that’s home to an epic struggle of good versus evil.

Check out the first official trailer below. What do you think?

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JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke About to Start a Revolution


Face it--the apocalypse is IN right now and due to the success of shows like The Walking Dead, it's most likely not going to stop anytime soon. The newest addition to the post-apocalypse craze, Revolution, is sure to bring something different to the table and with names like JJ Abrams and Eric Kripke attached to the project, the series is sure to become a fan favorite. The series, which will air Mondays this fall on NBC, has just released it's official trailer.

The series follows a group of people who have been coping with a world without electricity for 15 years. Although, not a typical post-apocalyptic horror with zombies, the idea of actually losing something that individuals rely on on a daily basis is truly horrifying. NBC gives a brief summary of the series:

"Our entire way of life depends on electricity. So what would happen if it just stopped working? Well, one day, like a switch turned off, the world is suddenly thrust back into the dark ages. Planes fall from the sky, hospitals shut down, and communication is impossible. And without any modern technology, who can tell us why? Now, 15 years later, life is back to what it once was long before the industrial revolution: families living in quiet cul-de-sacs, and when the sun goes down lanterns and candles are lit. Life is slower and sweeter. Or is it? On the fringes of small farming communities, danger lurks. And a young woman’s life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who mysteriously – and unbeknownst to her – had something to do with the blackout. This brutal encounter sets her and two unlikely companions off on a daring coming-of-age journey to find answers about the past in the hopes of reclaiming the future. ”

The pilot was directed by Jon Favreau and stars Billy Burke and Breaking Bad's former badass, Giancarlo Esposito. Check out the first trailer below!

Monday, May 14, 2012

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Julianne Moore is About to Get Cray Cray


When a director is looking for the perfect actress to play a psychotic bitch, I think I'd probably be a little insulted if I was immediately their first choice. Well, I doubt Julianne Moore was upset about being considered for the role in the upcoming remake of Carrie because she has just finalized the deal for her role as Margaret White. Moore will star alongside Chloe Moretz who will take on the title role in the upcoming Kimberly Pierce horror.

Deadline confirms that Moore will play the overbearing mother of Carrie White and I believe that she is the perfect choice (Thank God she doesn't have to do her horrible Boston accent for the part). Now producers are looking at Gabriella Wilde to play Sue Snell, the popular girl with heart. The role was originally played by Amy Irving.

The newest adaptation of the Stephen King classic is set for a release date of March 15, 2013.
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Rob Zombie Movie News


While a bootleg trailer of his upcoming horror, Lords of Salem, makes its rounds on the internet, Rob Zombie opened up about two other possible horror projects fans are hoping to see. The rocker-turned-director confirmed that Werewolf Women of the SS will not happen and Tyrannosaurus Rex isn't happening anytime soon.

In a chat with Screen Crush, Zombie explained, "Werewolf Women of the SS’ was just what it was, it was a fake trailer for a Quentin Tarantino movie. That’s all it was ever suppose to be, it was never going to be a full movie. ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ is a script that I wrote, that I have but it’s not planned anytime soon. We finished ‘Lords of Salem’ and I’ll be doing music for the next year and a half within that year in a half maybe we’ll do ‘Tyrannosaurus Rex’ maybe not. I don’t know what the next movie is – we’ll figure that out."

Bummer. I know that a lot of horror fans were looking forward to Werewolf Women of the SS, myself included. However, with Lords of Salem coming out later this year, I most likely won't be disappointed. At least I'll be getting my Zombie fix either way.

Are you sad about Zombie's latest confirmations?
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True Blood Season 5 Trailer is Here



Finally after months of teasing us with boring screenshots and snippets that showed us absolutely nothing, True Blood fans finally have an official trailer for season 5! The upcoming season premieres June 10 on HBO and it looks like it's going to be an awesome season.

The trailer gives us a longer look at the vampire government, The Authority, and it looks like Sookie will team up with Bill and Eric to stand up against them. Christopher Meloni looks as badass as ever but it will be weird seeing him without Olivia Benson by his side.

The trailer also gave me a slight boner the moment I saw Sookie seductively sitting on Alcide's lap, ready to make-out. UM, FINALLY. Can Sookie PLEASE end up with him? He's hot as hell and he's somewhat human. On another note, it looks like things are going to get a little more exciting for Jason and if I'm not mistaken, it looked like his eyes changed color--indicating he may turn into the Panther he was supposed to last season.

Ah, so much eye candy for Trubies to drool over. Check out the trailer below and tell me what you think!


Friday, May 11, 2012

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Chloe Moretz to Play a Zombie


Can Chloe Moretz do no wrong? She is on the fast track to becoming horror's biggest scream queen and one of Hollywood's biggest stars, appearing in what seems like ten movies a year. The young actress has taken on dark roles in Let Me In and most recently starred as a werewolf in Dark Shadows. Next, the new Carrie White will play a zombie in the horror flick, Maggie, which will begin production in September.

Variety reports that the 15 year-old actress will play the title role in the horror which follows a father, played by Paddy Considine, and daughter during a zombie apocalypse. Moretz' character becomes infected with the zombie virus and unlike other zombie films, the virus acts slowly and takes several months to take effect. The film will revolve around Maggie as she deals with her fate along with her family.

You had me at Zombie so I am definitely going to see this--Chloe is just an added bonus. Are you excited about her newest project?

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Friday the 13th Documentary Finds a Narrator


I live and breath horror (clearly) so you can imagine how insanely excited I become over horror documentaries. It's interesting and fun to see behind the scenes of some of my favorites and to hear insight from the stars and directors of the films as well. In 2010, we were given the in-depth look into the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise with the awesome doc, Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, and now horror fans can expect a similar documentary on Friday the 13th titled, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th! The upcoming film has just announced Corey Feldman as narrator and star.

Dread-Central reports that Feldman, who played Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, will guide the audience through the documentary as Heather Langenkamp did in Never Sleep Again. Several new interviews are currently being filmed for the horror production.

The film's director, Dan Farrands, told Dread, "We are thrilled to have Corey as the star of the show...His presence truly legitimizes this project as the definitive documentary on the Friday the 13th legacy. The whole team is excited to see this come together to give fans the retrospective that they deserve."

Crystal Lake Memories is being produced by the same team that brought us Never Sleep Again, which was four hours long and included many special features and extended interviews. The documentary is a must own for all horror fans, especially fans of Freddy Kreuger. With Never Sleep Again as a fine example, I can safely assume that Crystal Lake Memories will be just as awesome.

Are you excited about this Friday the 13th project?
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The Best Mom's in Horror


Mother's are one of the most important people in your life, or at least they should be. Afterall, your relationship with your mother, good or bad, reflects on how you will establish relationships with others in the future. Mother's have the ability to create an exceptional child or create an absolute lunatic and what other place showcases this better than horror? Since Mother's Day is right around the corner, I wanted to take the time to make a list to honor the best mother's in horror. Happy Mother's Day, ladies!

10.)Laurie Strode--H20


I think if Josh Hartnett was my son I would kill myself. Why, you ask? Because he is so damn hot, it would be absolute torture for me to be his mother. Just kidding (sort of). Well, in Halloween H20, not only does Laurie Strode have an incredibly hot son to deal with, she has that whole killer-brother thing going on for her, which has made her just a tiny bit crazy. Laurie is obviously overbearing and overprotective of her son and who wouldn't be after going through what she did at the hands of a family member? Except, her son kind of hates her for it and just wants to be free to do what he wants. This is the best case of where you should always listen to your mother because when Laurie's son decides to disregard her orders and party with his friends, uncle Michael comes back to finish what he started. Don't worry though, Josh--your mom is Laurie-Friggin-Strode; she's the reigning Scream Queen of Horror...she can handle anything. And she does, all without breaking a sweat.

9.)Mrs. Loomis--Scream 2


I'm not even going to pretend like Mrs. Loomis in Scream 2 isn't crazy. In fact, she is fucking crazy and she has a little problem with accepting things as they are. After the death of her son, Billy, she goes cray-cray and decides to seek revenge on the woman who killed him--Sidney Prescott. Uh, Mrs. Loomis, did you forget that your son killed a whole bunch of kids and then tried to kill Sidney? He had it coming. Obviously, Mrs. Loomis doesn't like to admit the truth, in fact, Billy did all those killings out of his love for his mother. So, the best thing for her to do is to take over where he left off. That is dedication at its finest.

8.)Sarah--Inside


Pregnancies bring many risks for any expectant mother but many wouldn't expect to be stalked and attacked the night before their delivery. The night before she is scheduled to have a C-section, Sarah is awoken in the middle of the night when a pair of scissors cut into her pregnant belly. Frightened and hurt, she realizes that she is in the company of a crazy woman hell bent on taking her child. However, Sarah does not go down without a fight as she does her best to protect her unborn child while simultaneously fighting off a crazy lady. Hey lady, get your own damn baby!

7.)Estelle Collingwood--The Last House on the Left (72)


Mother's are known to be protective of their young and when Mrs. Collingwood's daughter is murdered by a gang of hoodlums--who happened to stumble upon her home--she seeks revenge in the most brutal of ways. A woman's greatest power is her sex appeal and the ability to exploit it to her advantage...and that's exactly what Mrs. Collingwood does when she avenges her daughter's death. When one of the criminals thinks he's about to get some mouth love from the lovely mother, he's in for a big surprise when instead, she bites his penis off. UM, BEST REVENGE EVER? Yes.

6.)Mama Firefly--House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects


Everyone wishes that their mom was as badass as Mama Firefly. Although slightly crazy, the woman of the Firefly clan was really more like a protective mother bear who wanted to keep her family safe. Sure, it involved killing people but at least it was done all in good spirit, right? Mama Firefly was so dedicated to her kids that she wanted to continue protecting them by taking her own life once she was caught. Her plan didn't exactly work but at least she tried. It's the thought that counts!

5.)Rosemary Woodhouse--Rosemary's Baby


Every woman's dream is to one day have a baby with the man that she loves. After finally becoming pregnant with her husband--in a drunken stupor--Rosemary starts experiencing weird things. She soon realizes that it wasn't her husband who got her pregnant and that the baby she is carrying is the spawn of Satan. When Rosemary gives birth, she does what any loving mother would do and embraces the child with open arms, despite the fact that it isn't human. I guess when life gives ya lemons, make lemonade--and that's exactly what Rosemary did.

4.)Wendy Torrance--The Shining


Oh, Wendy...you really did try to make things work, you truly did. It's not your fault that the hotel you and your family were staying in caused your husband to lose his mind. When things get life-threatening for Wendy and her son, the normally timid and quiet mom steps up to the plate and fights for both of their lives. Not only does she confront Jack with a baseball bat, she defends herself with a big 'ol kitchen knife as well. She makes sure to get her son to safety before thinking of herself and that right there is a real mother. Selflessness is the best quality anyone could have.

3.)Rachel Keller--The Ring


What would you do if someone you loved watched a video that would kill them seven days later? In The Ring, supermom Rachel goes out of her way to solve a long-running mystery in order to save her stupid son from his impending doom. Rachel willingly puts herself into danger as she investigates the creation of the cursed video, knowing very well she could get hurt. However, her unconditional love for her son, who doesn't even have the decency to call her mom, proves strong enough and she fights for his life until the very end. Kids everywhere can only hope that their mom would fight off Samara for them--have you seen that little bitch? TERRIFYING.

2.)Margaret White--Carrie


I said I would make a list of the best moms in horror--I didn't say that they had to be the best moms. Margaret White is probably one of the worst mom's in horror because her over-religious babble bull drove her sheltered daughter over the edge. If it wasn't for Margaret's babying and punishing, Carrie probably never would have been as weird and naive as she was, therefore, she would have had friends and never would have used telekinesis to kill her fellow students at prom. Oh well. In her own way, Margaret was only trying to keep her daughter safe. However, someone needed to keep Mrs. White safe from herself. RIP mofo.

1.) Mrs. Voorhees--Friday the 13th


Considerably the greatest mom in horror, Pamela Voorhees was only trying to avenge the death of her son--and who could blame her? Voorhees was the initial killer in the Friday the 13th series, which showcased horny camp counselors meeting their doom at Camp Crystal Lake. You see, the counselors were too busy having sex when they should have been paying attention to poor Jason, who accidentally drowned on their watch. Years later, Mrs. Voorhees vowed to teach the counselors a lesson and a legend was born. Here's to you, Mrs. Voorhees, the mother we all wish that we had.

Monday, May 7, 2012

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The Last Exorcism Sequel News


Back in 2010 Eli Roth presented audiences with the found-footage horror, The Last Exorcism, which I happened to really enjoy. A lot of people didn't like the ending and wah, wah, wah, but it was a case where an ambiguous ending worked for me and made the film a lot more creepier, as opposed to the too-abrupt ending of The Devil Inside. Anyway, news broke earlier this year that there was going to be a sequel and supposedly the next film will involve a halfway house, a love story, and a group of renegade Reverends. Umm...really?

Bloody-Disgusting reports that the movie will indeed be a sequel and it will follow Ashley Bell's character, Nell Sweetzer, as she adjusts to life in a halfway house 6 months after the events of the first film. Apparently, Nell realizes that the demon is still after her, which is odd considering the baby daddy never sticks around. Among the demon-shenanigans, Nell falls in love with a boy named Chris...hmm how do you tell someone that you pushed out the child of Satan? Those hemorrhoids alone must be hell (hehe).

Along with the romantic arc of the sequel, Nell will also be chased by a group of rogue Reverends who are trying to kill her and there will be a twist never seen before in an exorcism movie.

Guys, I don't know about this--it sounds awful. I really enjoyed the first one because it was simple and somewhat informative on the subject of exorcisms. It seems as though the sequel is going in a completely different direction, making it sound like an entirely different film altogether. I am happy that Bell is returning as Nell but I am not sure how much her acting will save the movie this time around.

What are your thoughts?

Friday, May 4, 2012

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My Favorite Horror Movies Based on True Stories


It seems like now more than ever movies are casually using the terms, "based on a true story," before the beginning of their film, in hope of gaining buzz and interest over the movie. More often than not, said films are hardly based on actual events, rather they use snippets of certain things to be able to present the story as true. However, there are several horror movies that have been based on real-life stories, making them all the more terrifying. In lieu of my recent viewing of The Reef, which was based on a real-life shark attack, I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite horror movies based on true stories. Enjoy!

10.)Open Water

I really, really dislike the ocean and this film is one of the reasons why. You will never catch me snorkeling with friends off of the Great Barrier Reef--or anywhere else--because not only is it stupid (Um swimming with sharks? No thanks), you may just get left behind by your tour group like the couple in Open Water. The film is based on the 1998 case of married couple, Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who were mistakenly left behind by their charter boat while diving near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The couple, who were apparently experienced divers, were left in the middle of the ocean when the boat company they were using miscounted how many people they had aboard. It took the company two full days before they realized that the Lonergan's were missing and by the time a search party was sent out, the couple was nowhere to be found. The movie depicts the couple struggling to survive in shark infested waters--like WICKED infested--and eventually coming to their end at the jaws of the ocean's predator. The film literally made me hyperventilate because it combined two of my fears, sharks and drowning, and knowing that it was based on something that actually happened. Don't go snorkeling, people--it could kill you.

9.) The Mothman Prophecies

Technically this could be just considered a myth but I really believe that this Richard Gere thriller provided some good evidence to support the sightings of the Mothman creature. The film follows Gere's character as he searches out the legendary Mothman in Point Pleasant, Pennsylvania, following his wife's death. When he arrives at the town he learns much more than he bargained for and becomes a part of one of the most devastating events in the state. The movie follows the real events that occurred in Point Pleasant between November 15, 1966 to December 15, 1967, where people in the town continued to report of seeing the red-eyed monster momentarily before a negative event occurred. People believe that the supernatural creature came to warn them of the Silver bridge collapse which claimed the lives of 46 people. Many people have claimed to see the Mothman and if you do ever get a glimpse of the foreboding creature--run.

8.)The Amityville Horror

There were so many elements behind this story which made people closely consider the history of the houses they were about to purchase. It all began with the Amityville murders which took place at 112 Ocean Avenue in Amityville, New York on November 13, 1974. Reportedly sick of being abused by his overbearing father, Ronald DeFeo decided to seek revenge by shooting him and his mother, and later killing his four siblings. Thirteen months later, George and Kathy Lutz moved into the home with their family and began experiencing serious paranormal activity. The family fled from the home after 28 days and then wrote a book about their ordeal, describing the activity that happened to them. Many people argue that the whole thing was a publicity stunt and that the Lutz's never experienced anything but one this is for sure, I'm never going into that house either way. 

7.) From Hell

Unsolved mysteries are always so enticing and also frustrating, especially in the case of Jack the Ripper, who briefly terrorized London in 1888. In From Hell, starring Johnny Depp, the audience is taken back to this time in a re-imagining of what happened and given a possible answer to the long-running mystery. The film showcases the murders of the prostitutes that the Ripper brutally butchered during that time and explains that he was a free Mason who was helped by the police to keep him unidentified. Whether or not the identity of the killer was true or not, the film was still terrifying with it's unrelenting images of the crime scenes, making you truly feel for the poor girls who were killed. Moral of the story? If you are rich, you can get away with anything.

6.) The Exorcism of Emily Rose

As if dealing with the regular problems of going through puberty isn't hard enough, imagine how much worse your youth would be like if you suddenly became possessed by the Devil. The Exorcism of Emily Rose is based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, a 16 year-old German girl who began having unexplainable convulsions and started hearing demonic voices that told her she was damned and that she would rot in hell. Initially the girl and the family sought medical treatment but once they decided that she was possessed, they immediately contacted a priest for help, taking her off all medicine The young girl had 67 exorcisms performed on her and she refused to eat. After a year of practically starving herself while undergoing exorcisms, Michel finally died in her sleep of starvation and dehydration, weighing just 68lbs. The film took a different approach to the possession story and showed the court case that followed the girl's death, displaying testimonies and evidence provided in the case against priests, Father Ernst Alt and Father Arnold Renz. The story is heart wrenching story about a young girl's struggle and the movie really made you question religion and reality.

5.) Borderland

Why must young people go into foreign countries? We're Americans--we stand out! And that's not a good thing. More importantly, why the hell would you want to go to Mexico?! Borderland follows three American friends who have just finished college and decided to be reckless in Mexico City. Just like in horror movie fashion (except this actually happened too), the three friends go out partying one night and one of them gets kidnapped and murdered. The film follows the true story of Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo, a cult leader and drug dealer who kidnapped 21 year-old Mark Kilroy while he was on Spring Break. Unfortunately, Kilroy happened to be perfect for one of the cult's sacrificial ceremonies and he was murdered with a machete after trying to escape. Authorities raided Constanzo's ranch, expecting only to find drugs, but discovered several burned and dismembered bodies which were used in religious sacrifices. The film is completely terrifying because so many young people carelessly vacation and put themselves in danger without even realizing it. The fact that this actually happened makes vacationing seem a whole lot scarier. Um, I'm happy vacationing on my couch, thanks.

4.) Jaws

I have a love/hate relationship with sharks. I like to watch them on my TV screen but I have an absolute fear of ever running into one during a swim in the ocean. Yes, Jaws terrified beach-goers everywhere and continues to make me hesitate before going past my ankles in water at the sandy wasteland. The film is based on shark attacks that occurred on the Jersey Shore in 1916, killing 4 people and leaving one seriously injured. Too bad those attacked weren't the cast members of The Jersey Shore--then we would be thanking that shark. There have been many theories as to what kind of shark kept attacking swimmers during that fateful week, many believing it to be a Great White. So, Steven Spielberg decided to scare the crap out of everyone by putting this story to life in New England. Great, that's where I am from. Go screw yourself Spielberg.

3.) Wolf Creek

Have you ever been held down and tickled? You know that overwhelming fear that comes over you when you realize that you can't move or do anything to stop your attacker? Well, the situations in Wolf Creek were kind of like that except the villain totally wasn't tickling his victims--he was paralyzing them. Wolf Creek follows three tourists backpacking through the Outback who "unexpectedly" get into some car trouble. Lucky for them, a friendly stranger comes along at the right moment, all too eager to help. They end up getting drugged and wake up to find that they are going to be killed. The movie is based on the real life SEPARATE crime cases of Bradley John Murdoch and Ivan Milat. Murdoch was a mechanic who murdered two British tourists while Milat committed the "backpack murders." The backpack murders are an insanely terrifying story; Milat kidnapped 7 people and brought them into the woods where he would paralyze them before torturing them. What's worse--being paralyzed and tortured for hours or being brutally killed immediately? Umm...option C please.

2.)The Girl Next Door

Isn't the first rule of parenting to keep your children safe and away from strangers? Well, apparently Sylvia Likens' parents didn't give a crap who they handed her over to and that carelessness got their daughter killed. Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door is based on the 1965 abuse case of Likens in the hands of her neighbor, Gertrude Baniszweski--whom the family hadn't even known when they asked the woman to watch their two daughters. For some reason Baniszweski had a strong hatred toward Sylivia and tortured her until she inevitably died. Sylvia was tied up and beaten in Gertrude's basement while the neighborhood children participated and watched. The poor girl was even raped with foreign objects and burned with cigarettes. To make matters worse, Baniszweski barely did any time for it. The film, based on Ketchum's book of the same name, focused on a neighborhood boy who knew what was going on to Sylvia and did nothing about it until it was too late. The story is a testament to the kind of sick people that we have living in this country and is the perfect reason for why a zombie apocalypse needs to happen. Babysitter wanted? I don't think so, bitch.

1.)The Exorcist

The Devil is a sonofabitch. The classic horror film, The Exorcist, showcases just how dangerous and powerful the evil man downstairs is as it details the possession of an innocent girl. The film, which is the horror I am most scared of and cannot watch (at least, I haven't in many years), tells the story of 12 year-old Regan as she transforms from a happy, young girl to a foul-mouthed demon possessed monster. The story is completely terrifying because it plays on a fear that something can take complete control over you while you have absolutely no say. The movie is based on the true story of Roland Doe, which is a pseudonym given by the Catholic Church. Apparently, Roland was very close to his aunt, a spiritualist who introduced him to Ouija boards. Once his aunt died, Roland began experiencing paranormal activity including moving furniture and unexplained noises. Eventually, Roland began to lose control over himself and need an exorcism. In my opinion, the film is one of the scariest of all time because of its effects, subject matter, and true history. Uh note to self: don't ever play with a Ouija board.

There are other horror movies based on true stories but these are my favorites. The above films resonated with me and stirred me up enough to the point where I couldn't stop thinking about the true story behind each one of them. What true horror stories effected you the most?

Thursday, May 3, 2012

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My Favorite Scream Kings


When I sat down and thought about men in horror, I realized that hardly anyone ever writes about Scream Kings. Yes, females are the driving force in horror but there are several memorable male characters as well. So, in honor of the often overlooked male performances in the genre, I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite Scream Kings.

10.) Billy Zane

This bald beauty is the love of my life--he just doesn't know it yet. The actor's earliest role was in the campy, it came from outer-space horror, Critters, where he played the horny and doomed boyfriend. Later on in his career he would go on to star in one of my favorite horror movies, Demon Knight, where he played the charismatic and manipulative demon terrorizing a group of people. His role in the Tales From the Crypt horror is one of my favorite's because he played it with swiftness and ease, perfectly combining humor with serious/intimidating bad guy. He made you feel as though one minute you could be besties and in the next he could totally rip your heart out--literally--if he wanted to. Unfortunately, Zane's stardom never grew brighter and he has been left to B-movies often featured on Syfy. But that's okay, Billy--I still love you!

9.) Michael Biehn

Mr. Biehn was pretty damn good looking back in the day and he still is now except, he's old as hell. BUT he's still appealing in the horror/sci-fi world. The actor gained geek praise for his most notable roles, The Terminator and Aliens, and he has been building up his nerd cred ever since. Biehn's roles have secured him as a bonafide badass, most recently showcasing his awesomeness in films like Planet Terror and The Divide. The actor exudes a confidence and toughness that makes him so damn likeable while on and off the screen. All I know is this: if the world were ending, I'm pretty sure that I would want him on my side. He could definitely take care of me and then some (whatever that means).

8.) Bill Mosley

Bill Mosley has been around for a long time in the horror world but a lot of people didn't seem to notice him until his amazing role as Otis Firefly in Rob Zombie's A House of 1000 Corpses. The horror vet's first big horror role was as Chop-Top in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2--which besides the leatherface radio station scene, was forgettable. But Mosley's character stood out among the rest because he played crazy so well. The actor was in several movies following this performance, such as the remake of Night of the Living Dead, however, it wasn't until 2003 that horror fan's were introduced to one of the best character's in the genre. Mosley reprised his role as Otis in The Devil's Rejects, the much improved sequel to Corpses, and stunned audiences with his unrelenting performance of a psychopath. The actor has done several horror movies since but none of the roles seem to top his performance as Otis. That's okay though; horror fans will continue to bow down to him at conventions year after year for giving us an awesome character to fawn over.

7.) Kyle Gallner

It seems that Kyle Gallner has been popping up on the big screen a lot lately--because he is awesome. The young actor first started off in TV with a reoccurring role on Veronica Mars. Although the show was far from horror, his character was the epitome of a horror bad guy. His character was multi-dimensional, often appearing shy and timid, until we later find out just how evil he truly was. Following this role, Gallner continued making guest appearances on shows, and eventually popped up on one of my favorite episodes of my favorite shows, Medium. Galler guest starred on an episode, The Boy Next Door, where he once again played someone who fully concealed  his evilness to the outside world. With his ability to switch from super nice to totally insane in an instant, it is clear that Gallner is one to watch. The young star has finally been appearing in big screen movies, most recently the forgettable remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, where he did his best to make the movie watchable. The actor, who makes you feel sympathetic for him just by gazing into his slanted, sad eyes, also had an awesome performance as a horny teen in Red State. I can't wait to see more of Gallner in the future. He's gonna be big!

6.) Jared Padalecki

Jared Padalecki is inhumanly beautiful, making him completely irresistible for girl's to watch. Clearly, the producers behind Supernatural knew this and were smart enough to cast him as one half of the Winchester brothers. For 7 seasons we have been able to watch his character mature and evolve into someone completely different than who we started with. Other than starring in an awesome TV show, Padalecki has also popped up in horror remakes, House of Wax and Friday the 13th. The actor is perfect at playing the sensitive type that girls wish actually existed, mixed with the tough guy who could totally protect you from bad guys. Ultimately, he's the perfect human specimen who puts all other men to shame.

5.) Jensen Ackles

Ah, the other half of the unbreakable and beautiful Winchester brothers. Ackles has mainly focused his acting on the small screen, guest starring on show's like Dark Angel and Smallville, where he gained nerd cred and a devoted fan base. His fanbase only grew much, much bigger once he landed the role of tough-guy Dean on Supernatural. Thanks to the success of his horror series, the actor was able to easily transition into film when he starred in the remake, My Bloody Valentine. The actor plays the brooding, tough-yet-sensitive guy to a tee. And I want him to be my boyfriend.

4.) AJ Bowen

I'm not sure why but AJ Bowen has been randomly popping up in my dreams. Hmm...maybe it's because he's so dreamy? Hehe. Anyway, the actor is quickly becoming my favorite in horror ever since seeing his performance as Lewis in The Signal. He played a complete nutcase in the film but even though he was doing horrible things and ruining things for the two main characters, he was so hard not to like! It's very hard to play an evil character that people are supposed to hate, yet end up absolutely loving, and Bowen does that effortlessly. The actor followed up this performance with a small role in Ti West's House of the Devil where again he played a psycho, but a different, more subtle psycho. Bowen appears in my favorite scene of the movie, involving a gun and a fateful question, "Are you not the babysitter?" The way he randomly appears, presenting himself as harmless, only to casually shoot a girl in the head as if it were nothing was completely terrifying. I actually think I should probably be afraid of AJ Bowen.

3.) Malcolm McDowell

Is it weird that I get a total boner for this old bastard? I'm sorry, but I'm not sorry. McDowell is an icon in my eyes, appearing in one of the most classic and terrifying films, A Clockwork Orange. Some may argue that the film isn't exactly a horror but when you look at everything that the movie discusses and the violence that it showcases in the process, it is a horror. McDowell's character is probably one of the scariest in film because he's so unhinged and hell bent on causing chaos in a world he doesn't approve of. His character was so real and he was someone you could easily run into on the street, which made it all the more terrifying. I can't look at McDowell without picturing the infamous "Singin in the Rain" scene, which he delivered perfectly. Most recently, McDowell took on an iconic character, Dr. Sam Loomis, in the Rob Zombie remakes of Halloween. A lot of people have their own opinions on how well the film was or not but one thing is for sure, McDowell made Loomis his own, almost making you completely forget about Donald Pleasance's performance. I said almost.

2.) Robert Englund

Robert Englund took a horror movie bad guy and took it to another level. He made Freddy Krueger an actual person with a personality while simultaneously violently murdering teens in A Nightmare on Elm Street. In the earlier films of the series, Englund was completely terrifying because he was unrelenting--he didn't care how much you begged for your life or pleaded with him, he was still going to butcher you with his knife-fingers. Later on in the series he became more comedic but Englund still made the character memorable. Englund is actually a respectable actor with serious background and training, but he doesn't seem to come off as pompous or douchey whenever he appears in the genre that made him famous. In every horror film he has done since the Nightmare series, the actor always seems to have fun with his roles, bringing everything he has to his performances. How can one not love the man who brought Fred Krueger to life?

1.) Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell is a B-movie God and horror fans everywhere can agree that he is awesome in all that he does. He first caught our eyes in his iconic role of Ash in The Evil Dead, where he played a guy who picked the wrong cabin to stay in while camping. Campbell made the character so memorable through the way that he performed, physically throwing himself into the role. His acting isn't simply just dialogue between characters; Campbell brings his entire self and body into the performance, making for an unforgettable show. The actor is funny and on top of everything, he seems very relatable and approachable, which fans love. This guy clearly loves what he does and he's not ashamed of his B-movie status, rather he embraces it and embraces the fans who love him. Oh, what a guy.

There are so many other male actors who are memorable in horror, most notably Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi, however, I wanted to make a more modern list of my favorites. Who are some of your favorite Scream Kings in the genre?

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