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MURDER CAN BE SO MUCH FUN
HorrorâŚ the excitement that gets fuelled by bloodcurdling screams, blood and gore, the slicing and dicing of helpless, unwilling victimsâŚ ahâŚ I cherish it. Off course that isnât the only reason why horror is horror. The psychopaths that do all the killing becomes household names (well in my house anyway) and we, the fanatics that praise them every time they go postal on their unsuspecting victims, treasure the memorable overuse of corn-syrup in film.
SKG Films is currently working on two projects and one of them is named âAbolitionâ which is written and directed by Mike Klassen. This particular film is taking the supernatural side of the horror genre specifically into account. Abolition is about the question, âWhat if your next door neighbour is the end of the world?â Joshua, the protagonist in the story, is burdened by the anti-Christ (sounds a little familiar, doesnât it?) and itâs about all the good and bad things about having this supernatural âproblemâ.
Now all of the following is supposed to be on the hush-hush, but Iâm generous with my knowledge and I enjoy spreading rumours when it comes to gore. After doing some of my infamous ninja-investigating that always seem to get me into some or other trouble (especially with the neighbours) I found out that a few intriguing people could join the cast of âAbolitionâ.
We all know this little devil, and we all know that actress Linda Blair has not only the talent, but also the knowledge of how to get scary if and when the director says: âGo into âpossession-modeââ. Lucky for us, Linda hasnât gone soft yet. Rumour has it that Blair is currently in talk with SKG Films as to join the cast of âAbolition”, which means I am already jumping up and down with excitement. Itâs about time she did something supernatural againâŚ
And wait there is more!
Reggie Bannister, from the âPhantasmâ Series might also be linked to âAbolitionâ. So far the details are kept under wraps (even from me), but Iâll keep you up to date as to whether or not things progress into the area we want them to progress in (hysterical screaming, blood dripping off of the walls, obscene cussing and cursing while masturbating with a crucifixâŚ that type of stuff).
Iâm not done with SKG Films quite yet thoughâŚ The other film SKG Films is working on may be titled âBitterâ, but things donât look very bitter for SKG Films. Writer/Director Jason Armstrong, who has recently completed production on â48 Hours in Purgatoryâ, has taken on a new challenge and after snooping aroundâŚ well I came across some very interesting things you might find appealing, especially if you follow the careers of infamous psychopaths from the industry.
Now, although âBitterâ isnât classified as a horror film, it is quite intriguing to find out that some of the cast members come from the horror genre. Take Chris Carnel for instanceâŚ you may remember Carnel from âMy Bloody Valentine (3D)â as that super scary dude who walks around with a pickaxe and then kills the drunken, horny teenagers who intrudes his cave for some âalone-timeâ. Well pretty soon heâll be seen in âBitterâ.
In my opinion, âThe Minerâ had some real creative kills, which begs the questionâŚ will there be more? So far nothing has officially been released on the plotline, except that:
âItâs a drama/action story about two women facing up to their choices and reactions to the tragedy that life sometimes is.â
It kind of makes you wonder, doesnât it? Especially with the testimony of an already announced cast member, Annemijn Nieuwkoop, who has stated on the site that she had been hitting the gym hard, because it isnât simply a difficult role mentally, but also physically? However I am very sneaky and I found out that there might (and this is a very uncertain might), but there might be some scenes that could get us die-hard horror fanatics a little excited.
Chris Carnelâs involvement on the film is going to be a supporting role and he will also be the fight and stunt coordinator, which is good, considering he has been in quite a few flicks where stunt doubles were needed. (The question remains, will there be enough blood to satisfy us?) He has also been involved in other films you might know, such as âThe Craziesâ, âHatchet 1 & 2â, âDevilâs Rejectsâ etcâŚ making this definitely news-worthy (in my books anyway)
Even though thatâs basically all we have on the web concerning âBitterâ, donât think I didnât put my contacts to the test.
According to sources familiar with the film/company, Kane Hodder or more infamously known as the frightening Jason Voorhees from the original âFriday the 13thâ is said to be having discussions with SKG Film officials to join the cast! (If that doesnât light up your faces, then I donât know what will).
The film isnât set to shoot until September/October 2010, but maybe, just maybe, it is worth the wait. Especially with two thrilling babes (Annemijn Nieuwkoop and Jennifer Polansky) and two extraordinarily terrifying actors that has kept our nightmares on due-course.
John Marksâ novel âFanglandâ is now going to be made for the silver screen by John Carpenter, the legendary director, who have films like âChristineâ and âJohn Carpenterâs Vampiresâ, to name but a few, under his belt. Other names linked to the movie are Sriram Das (âVeronica Decides to Dieâ) and Jason Blum (âParanormal Activity 2â) who will be producing the film. If that isnât enough, it seems that two-time Academy Award winner, Hilary Swank has signed up to do âFanglandâ and will play the character Evangeline HarkerâŚ this is all good and well, but if someone could please enlighten meâŚ when did Swank turn to horror? Isnât she supposed to be more into the drama scene?
Either way, I trust John Carpenter, so only time will tell if his decision was a good oneâŚ or not.
Freddy, Michael, Jason, Chucky, Jigsaw and the likes, may have a new buddy, of similar sinister intentions, joining them very soon and with the name Vernie James, he might fit in perfectly. Whoâs Vernie? Well heâs the new serial killer that Saw 2, 3 and 4 director, Darren Lynn Bousman is currently trying to bring to light in the highly anticipated film, âNinetyâ for Oxymoron and Blue Star Entertainment. Working alongside writer Scott Millam for the second time, who recently completed their first co-film named âMotherâs Dayâ.
Apparently Vernie is going to be one of those psychopaths with ambition, which means he is really going to get his hands dirty while he goes loco from one victim to the next and with his goal set on ninety (hence the title of the film) people, we can expect a lot of bodies in a short amount of time, which just makes me go all warm and tingly inside. According to bloodydisgusting.com Vernie James will commit 90 murders in 90 minutes. (Can I get a hell yeah?) Christopher Mallick, William Sherak and Jason Shuman are also onboard for producing the film, which will be enhanced in post-production into 3D. Again, this sounds like an awesome concept and I cannot wait to see the carnage that always seem to follow in films where Bousmanâs name is attached to.
The movie is scheduled to start shooting this summer in New Mexico, but so far no cast has been made available to the public.
In the beginning God created man and He saw that it was goodâŚ and as man continued to evolve, man created horror films and man saw that this was good. And as horror evolved, the concept of remaking the Holiest of Holy Horror Relics dawned on man and the public said: âWhy God do you taunt us so?â
I have watched many remakes and I am sure many of the readers have too, but out of every ten remakes, only one is worthy of being classified better than the original and this is the theory concerning all genres! However in recent years it became apparent that Horror has become the Remake Capital of Hollywood. Contemporary Horror films, such as âThe Nightmare on Elm Streetâ, âHalloweenâ and âThe Omenâ, only a few ones I can name from the top of my head right this minute, has already been remade. Now, even more classics will be enhanced, changed and âbetteredâ for a 22nd Century audience. Among the horror flicks getting revamped are âThe Blobâ and âCHUDâ, which Rob Zombie has signed up to direct. This is a questionable decisionâŚ After âHalloweenâ and âHalloween 2â walked through Rob Zombieâs âimpressiveâ directing skills, we ended up with a remake where Michael Meyers has an identity-complex. Donât get me wrong, Rob Zombie is one cool guy when it comes to music and original concepts in the film industry, but I didnât know whether or not Michael Meyers was supposed to be truer to his original, guiltless, psychopathic, homicidal self or if he was supposed to be an insane kid with problems? So we got stuck with an in between âI-donât-know-what-I-amâ version by Rob Zombie.
If that wasnât enough to make me get worried, I came across a few other remakes of our holier than holy classics. Rumour has it that âPoltergeistâ will be remade! Oh yes, the cursed film, written by Steven Spielberg and released in 1982, will get a facelift (I think I hear the cries from all around the world as horror fanatics realise that nothing is sacred in Hollywood). This surprised my inner-demon into a new, completely different chamber in my psyche. So far only a release date on imdb.com has been set for 2013, but the shock was still tremendous, especially for a die-hard âPoltergeistâ fan.
In other remake newsâŚ You might remember the classic 1963 film, âAlfred Hitchcockâs: The Birdsâ where the birds start attacking people, pecking their eyes out and pecking at the peoples flesh until the birdies basically gnawed bones? Well it may also be in line to get a revamp. There isnât much to report on the remake rumours as of yet, but names like Naomi Watts, of âKing Kongâ fame, has already been thrown around as to star in it and according to screenhead.com sheâs on board. No word yet as to which character Watts is going to play, and it doesnât matter actually, simply because I personally banned the movie in my own mind.
QUICK NEWS REGARDING SEQUELS
Remember that interesting movie, with some startling things going on, named âParanormal Activityâ? Well donât think those bastard demons are gone just yet, because âParanormal Activity 2â is currently being worked on and Tod âKipâ Williams is set to direct it. It opens October 22nd according to deadline.com and is going to be up against some tough competition seeing that âSaw 3Dâ starts around the same time. âParanormal Activity 2â is written by Michael Perry, produced by Oren Peli (the dude who directed the first one) and a couple of other trigger-happy executive producers have already been confirmed, namely Jason Blum (currently working on âNinetyâ), Akiva Goldsman (producer of âConstantineâ) and Steven Schneider (unaccredited executive producer of the first âParanormal Activityâ). My question isâŚ will this sequel live up to the first film, regardless of the dreaded âsequel curseâ or will it fail because of our own high expectations?
Michael Keaton seems to be just as interested as Geena Davis to make a sequel to Tim Burtonâs âBeetlejuiceâ, but even though there has been talk since 1990 for a sequel, nothing has come to light yet. Apparently Burton had already written a script (imdb.com) but it just wasnât top-notch enough for him. HmmmâŚ maybe Keaton and Davis think Mr Burton is lazy or something, itâs not like he hasnât brought out any other high-grossing films since then *note the sarcasm*. Anyhow I think they just want to salvage some form of an acting career, therefore they keep badgering at the poor man for a sequel. Please correct me if Iâm wrong, butâŚ TIM BURTON DOESNâT DO SEQUELS!!
Talking about salvaging acting careers, how about the news that Megan Fox has been replaced by Rosie Huntington Whitley for the third instalment of âTransformersâ? Maybe Fox decided on acting classes or something, God knows sheâs gorgeous, but acting classes could really help Fox in the long run.
Speculations of a âGremlins 3â movie has been made over and over again, but so far nothing has come to light as to whether or not there will actually be a sequel to âGremlins 2: The New Batchâ. Time and time again these rumours start and simply get dismissed later on, but with all the attention focused on the 1980âs and all the movies we loved from yesteryear, a sequel is inevitable. At some point someone will start with the flick and as MarketSaw (movie blog) announced somewhere in January 2010 â[Gremlins 3] is in early stages with still lots of hurdles to pass, but it is being developedâ.
Okay, so if that is true, my question is, will it be in the dreaded 3D or will it stays true to its original self? Apparently horrorfilms.com thinks that it could very well be in 3DâŚ However no need to get your panties in a bunch just yet, nobody has confirmed this, but as soon as they do, weâll start protesting in front of the set (sounds right, right?).
OTHER NIFTY STUFFâŚ
THE GAMING INDUSTRY
Cover Art for âDead Space 2â has been released by âEA Gamesâ as to tease us even more for the upcoming action/horror game, which is only due for release next year! However thatâs cool with us, as long as we can kill more âNecromorphsâ in the not too distant future.
âF.E.A.R 3â has been set for release in the fall 2010, but we canât wait anymore for the paranormal horror first-person shooter game. Basically, or rather in my own terms, it is: âshoot the crap out of anything and everything and create as much havoc as possible.â Iâm one of those people who like to create havoc and unleash my fury, and the âF.E.A.Râ franchise has helped me to unleash it in a contained environment, without too many real-live casualties, so thatâs aye okay with me. To make matters even more âyummyâ, âF.E.A.R 3â had consultations with John Carpenter and critically acclaimed horror comic and script writer Steve Niles (â30 Days of Nightâ) according to dreadcentral.com, making Monique a very happy girl.
I just canât wait to test it out!
âDisturbedâ is set to release their new album called âAsylumâ in August and they have an extended clip of the song, âAnother way to dieâ on their Myspace page! Take a listen at the following link and tell us what you thinkâŚ http://www.myspace.com/disturbed
I canât be unbiased in the case, because Iâm a huge fan of Disturbed ever since they did âDown with the Sicknessâ, but leave a comment with your own views on the clip so that I can see whether or not I should change my taste in musicâŚ or if I should get my hearing checkedâŚ
âKORN III: Remember who you areâ is dropping July 13th, but a music video of the song, âOildale (Leave me Alone)â, which features on the album has already been making the rounds on youtube.com. It seems theyâve come to the conclusion that going back to their roots is the best thing for the band and I quite agree. After a few CDâs that was way too commercialised in the industry, they lost the essence of who they were (or that is my personal opinion), maybe this time around theyâll go back to what we expect of them.
In other news I thought you should know. âStone Sourâ new album release date has been revealed! According to âMetal Hammer Magazineâ the album, âAudio Secrecyâ can be expected on September 6th, but the track âMission statementâ, from the album, is available for free download since June 10, for our enjoyment. Yay!
Now I donât live in the U.S.A, in fact I live in sunny South Africa, but even some of the people here would rather embrace the dark side, than the âgoody-two-shoeâ sun. Iâm one of them, just if you were wondering. However I did find something I would have loved to attend, but again the whole âIâm-on-another-continentâ thing is kind of getting in the wayâŚ So if you are in New York, then donât forget to go and buy your tickets for the New York Asian Film Festival. Tickets are already on sale and it will run from 25 June â 8 July. The full schedule is available at http://subwaycinemanews.com/ and it hosts a few good onesâŚ Let me know how it went down.
Other things thatâs all Asian and which I think is a good idea is the rumours of the TV show, âSupernaturalâ, being converted into a Japanese anime! Sam and Dean Winchester are going to be seen in an animated 22-episode season, with not only remakes of the best episodes, but also with some âoriginal episodes which is not seen in the live-action version.â as Anime News Network suggests. Anyway, Eric Kripke (the creator of Supernatural) is credited as the anime projectâs creator, alongside Masao Maryuyama (Madhouse co-founder) as the executive producer while Naoya Takayama (Night Head, Liar Game) is supervising the scripts and Takahiro Yoshimatsu (Trigun) is the character designer. I say yay, what say you?
And on that noteâŚ I bid thee farewell until the next time our paths cross.
âAnd there we wereâŚ 5 against 5000âŚ and boy did we f*** up those 5â