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Saturday, August 8, 2015

SATURDAY NIGHT'S ALRIGHT FOR LINKING

Some late Saturday night shenanigans making news from the planet and beyond..

Typhoon hits Taiwan with the same force of Katrina.. The storm went on to make landfall in China.. Soudelor was the strongest storm on the planet so far in 2015.. At this point, at least 1 million are without power..

The eye of the drone.. the way we view earth--and photography in general--is changing. Thanks to drones.. and here are some photos to prove it..


More Yellowstone fear--a bear attacked a hiker and killed him.. and that has given rise to the media's ability to bring out the fear.. DAILY MAIL interviews an expert who says a nuclear hell on earth will hit the United States if Yellowstone blows..


From ZERO HEDGE: Dropping the bomb was never justified.. despite history textbooks saying it was needed to end the war.. it really was not.


The risk of making horror based on real events

Horror movie inspired by real Isla Vista killings sparks outrage, and a petition to stop the release


Director Shaun Hart writes, "While I do admit there is the connection of Santa Barbara, this film is not about Elliot Rodger" /// MORE..

20,000 sign petition to stop release of DEL PLAYA..


This type of event should have been expected..
It is one thing to make a series of films decades after real events--when most of those who suffered the consequences of the reality of horror in life are either expired or too old to fight, or even know about the pop culture incarnation of realistic bloody scenes.. But this film by Shaun Hart hits hard, and soon after events it is based off of played out..

Hart's horror flick DEL PLAYA focuses on a troubled college male who murders after being rejected by a woman. 

Then came a firestorm of controversy..
Then a petition to stop the release..
Then 20,000 + signatures.
And then this statement, in full, from Shaun Hart:


First and foremost, I would like to publicly apologize to everyone who has been offended in any way by our making of this film,” he wrote. “It was never our intent to monopolize on the tragic shootings in Isla Vista that took place last year. While I do admit there is the connection of Santa Barbara, this film is not about Elliot Rodger. The fictional character in the film is not meant to portray anyone in particular. It is meant to portray incidents that take place, not only in Santa Barbara, but across the country on a daily basis. Our intentions were not to make light of such a serious issue, but to engage our audience in an active discussion about bullying and violence.
“As a graduate of UCSB and a former resident of Del Playa, that day was a knife to my heart. For me, the actions of one individual tainted a lot of good memories of an innocent time and brought darkness to a place that should only be home to the hopes and dreams of the young. For all touched by the tragedy at DP, know this: I stand right there with you.

BLOODY MISTAKES AT BLOODY DISGUSTING

I have long believed that horror movies and professional wrestling are pop cultural examples of any given time or generation.. I have believed that, still do, and will always.

As an example, as quick as I can explain, Hulk Hogan was the hero of the 1980s. Pure. Americana.. vitamins. The secrets of the 80s era became known later, as did many secrets. But the bear was in the woods during the Reagan years, and flags were waving. All the while, Jason Vorhees was slashing his way through Camp Crystal Lake during the heyday of slasher flicks. But Jason wasn’t just a villain, he was commentary by filmmakers against the Christian Right. Jason was the ultimate judge and jury. Almost Godlike, some would say.. he killed those who had premarital sex and also teenagers who lost respect for adults. Fast forward to the 1990s, beer swigging Steve Austin became Stone Cold and the attitude of the Clinton years came into full swing.

After 9/11, the birth of the torture porn films took place. Torture was ripe in American society, with debates and Dick Cheney proclaiming the goodness of ‘techniques’ to inflict pain. In movie theaters, people watched torture in the SAW franchise films and many others, including just about any gut-wrenching (literally) flick from Rob Zombie involving houses and 1000s of corpses.

My actual interest in horror has been present since childhood. As a kid, Freddy Kreuger fascinated me as much as he scared me. The concept was genius. A dream killer.. Michael Myers and Halloween was one of my favorites, and still is. The thought of a silent killer in a William Shatner mask is horrifying alone, but add in John Carpenter’s cheap piano music that eventually became a classic and you have a match made in hell, or in this movie theater world, heaven.

While horror has evolved, I actually think it devolved. No, not just because of the remakes.. endless remakes.. and remakes of the remakes (New Line has announced that are re-re-making the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET film again, most likely since the 2010 incarnation was so awful).. I think horror has became a mockery of itself. Instead of scaring and carrying weighty issues, often societal commentary in Hitchcock or Romero style, we are treated to an endless supply of blood and gore. Without a point..
And sex.
Oh yes, the sex.

Before I get into the point of this post, I want to first say that if you really want to find creative horror—real creativity—look no further than independent filmmakers on YouTube who are busy offering up amazing short films that will scare the wits out of you. Some of them are 15 minutes.. others are two.. Either way they are amazing and fresh, not recycled nonsense like Hollywood shovels down our throats. But true scary little tales that will make you cringe if you watch them in the dark. As a matter of fact, queue a whole bunch up and play them on your SMART TV if you’re smart enough to have a SMART TV. Instead of a marathon of garbage and drivel, take an hour and watch a few short movies.. I recommend anything with Lotta Losten. Also films from SKYPEMARE.

Back to the point of the article (since I wrote over 500 words and have yet to get to it): Bloody Disgusting, the website I follow for horror news, did something awfully disgusting the other day.. so much so that I feel it deserves some attention.

In the interest of full disclosure, I am part time busy writing posts on NIGHT TERROR NEWS, what you see here, and also now and then updating a site called the HORROR REPORT. The HORROR REPORT has a long history, but it never quite made the fame charts in the horror world. While it focused on such film and entertainment, it also delved into the more realistic nature of the scary world. So it’s not a fan site.. Bloody-Disgusting.com is a far far far more popular site, perhaps one of the most popular in the horror website world. It’s unbeatable, even Mr. Dark at DREAD CENTRAL cannot hold a candle to the popularity of Bloody-Disgusting.
But that doesn’t mean Bloody-Disgusting is superior.

As a matter of fact, the site does a lot of the nonsense other sites do—turnoffs for me but clickbate for Facebook and Twitter. The lists. The ‘best ofs’ .. the top tens..

And a top ten they offered is exactly what I wanted to discuss.

The other day on BLOODY DISGUSTING posted August 4, a write at the site posted a story called “10 incredibly graphic sex scenes in horror movies (NSFW).Fair enough.. Sex and horror often go together, I suppose. But when you peruse the list, it’s not what you think.. Included with the list: The expected films like FRIDAY THE 13TH movies.. But so is the film ANTICHRIST, and SALO, OF THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM. And A SERBIAN FILM involving awful sex crimes to an infant. And LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, proclaiming that an “extended rape scene that is absolutely grueling.” And with that.. the floodgates of commentary on Facebook and the website opened.

People opined quickly that rape scenes being included with what was billed as a fun little list was icky… sickening.. over the top.. wrong.. One fan of the author, in the comments thread, lectured that it seemed as though the post celebrated rape. And even a few responses from the author, Trace Thurman, showed up. Like this statement,

“After reading the plethora of comments about the inclusion of the rapes, I take responsibility for not thinking about that aspect of rape vs sex. Those belong on a ‘most disturbing’ list.”

The thread and Facebook comments opened up a fierce argument, often nasty crude and cruel, between readers.. Is rape sex? By definition, perhaps, but it’s forced.. should it be included with ‘sex scenes,’ and for God sakes, why included the awful SERBIAN FILM on any list at all!?

The entire post seemed to blow up in all the wrong ways for BLOODY DISGUSTING. And it’s too late to just retract. The damage is done. Now it’s damage control time—with the author busy apologizing one by one to the commenters who seem most offended by the inclusion of such awful scenery in horror films.

I am not someone who proclaims any allegiance to the path of censorship. However I also think ethical standards should be adhered to for common sense reasons. The other day I saw someone going to work at a business location that deals with the public, and he was wearing a “Don’t Treat on me” shirt. While I believe he has the right to wear what he wants, I simply question the logic of someone who seems to want to pick a fight for no reason..

And in horror, as a viewer, I don’t want to see pets or babies abused. I don’t want to see the death of a child. I don’t even want to see graphic scenes. The R rated and X rated fans would call me a PG-13 wimp. I’m not completely a PG-13 fan either, but instead am more a horror of the most sort of person..

That or I am growing up. And as a parent and husband, simply take things a different way. Like the scene in the HILLS HAVE EYES remake when my wife and I literally wept at the scene where the father was crucified and burned in front of his family in an agonizing death sequence. I actually stopped watching horror for a while after that.

I feel somewhat bad for Trace Thurman, who now has to busily say sorry for his article and explain that often times sarcasm doesn’t come through very well. That being said, I think it was a mighty awful error to include scenes of graphic rape in a list that was advertised on Facebook with a photo featuring a pleasant looking women prior to the ‘deed being done.’

I also think it has led to some uncomfortable soul searching for horror fans who read the post, and responded in writing.

Once more, I don’t think censorship is an answer. Art needs to flourish and sometimes offend. That said, I think self-censorship is often intelligent. Especially when you’re writing a list about the top ten sex scenes in horror and somehow find it wise to include graphic rape.

The wild Donald Trump

The presidential race is amazingly entertaining .. 24 million people watching an early republican primary debate is almost unbelievable .. And now post debate commentary from Trump about Megyn Kelly saying blood was coming out her 'wherever' for him uninvited to a conservative event this weekend ...

Trump praise Drudge. He told CNN he wants 25% of their profits and that he won the debate..

This is much more entertaining than a reality show and as long as he's in the race ratings will continue to surge .. And the GOP will continue to live in a constant state of panic and fear with each poll showing Trump ahead that comes out..

A creepy weekend read: True crime and the people who clean up after it

Presented on CRACKED: Things you learn when cleaning a murder site..


There are some obvious horrid things in here--like the clean up after a body is found drained of blood in a bathtub.. and also some emotionally true things, like the fact those who find the body of someone who committed suicide are likely to do the same thing themselves..

This article is not presented with any form of glee.. instead it is a true and accurate portrayal of the rottenness and loathsomeness that life often has..

Read at your own mental risk..
And don't think for an instance that it's easy being someone who fights crime or discovers the victims of it..and especially that it's easy for someone to clean up after it.

It certainly is not.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Last nights guest on Art Bell professed that the earth is flat

He didn't give his full name but he was adamantly arguing that the round earth idea is misguided and false..
A flat earth..
Tell that to his beautiful sunset as it fades Westward and the night takes over ..




Sleepless in class

We all blame kids for not being alright.. Maybe they aren't getting enough sleep.

One new study claims that kids start school too early to get a good night of sleep and having s tough time in class..

Perhaps a reason among many others that a new growing generation of students need a whole new way of learning for the modern era.

The Salem witch convulsions

A good article to read on what may have been behind the Salem witch hysteria.. things like people convulsing and barking like dogs .. Things like mass hysteria.

Give it a read.. And wonder aloud to yourself whether any of this hysteria could easily happen again. Because it can. And in some places, still does on a daily basis ..

New Line lunacy

New Line Cinema is set to reboot the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Again. Five years after the failed attempt in 2010..

Details are scarce, but it appears that New Line is going back to the drawing board..

That in itself appears to be a veiled admission that the reboot from the second year of the Obama presidency didn't hit the mark..

Actually Freddy fans agree. The movie was a disaster, regardless of the stars who appeared..

I have no hope that the newest incarnation will be any different or better..

The original movie is 30 years old. And still, when you watch it, as good and creative as when it first appeared ..

Sometimes you should let classics be classics. Respect them and leave them alone.

I'm talking to you, POLTERGEIST remakers..

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Epic view of the moon transiting the earth


The video was released by NASA..
Comments on the YOUTUBE video are disabled.
But that does not mean other places aren't littered with comments.. such as this: Why aren't the clouds moving...?
You be the judge.


Sex with robots will be the norm in 50, days experts. I tend to think it will happen sooner.. Or already is.





Barf bags being handed out for a horror movie? Apparently the film BITE is so awful, there have been ambulances called to a screening, people vomiting, and one person fainting.. All good press in the horror world.

BLOODY-DISGUSTING website includes rape scenes in its listing of 'graphic sex' in horror movies.. This has caused a highly charged comment thread on both Facebook and the website that offered up the story. I am actually thinking a bit about writing more on this topic, stepping into the waters. I have some opinions on what the site has published.. and I am extremely uncomfortable with how they included graphic and horrid rape scenes in their listing which was originally portrayed as a fun roundup.. More on that coming soon ..


Breasts on Mars

Forget about water, Mars enthusiasts, searching like heck for any sign of something on Mars photos released by NASA, found breasts.
© NASA

We are being told by those who suspect strangeness on the red planet that a woman with large breasts and long hair was watching the Curiosity Rover when her image was captured..
 MORE HERE..

We have now been treated to Mars crabs, squirrels, Obama's statue.. just about everything on that rocky red sphere..


And now a woman with flowing hair standing on a rock...
The truth perhaps is out there. As are theories about the odd things being seen on the planet Mars..

"Free the bacon"

Kevin Bacon takes to the NET to demand more male nudity..]
His goal: Free the bacon..
MORE..

Monday, August 3, 2015

Lucy wants XENA

Lucy Lawless is positive about a XENA reboot.. she'd love to see it happen..

MORE..

“If there’s anything current going on, we’re not involved — we being me, Rob [Tapert and] Sam [Raimi],” she told EW.com on Friday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “But [NBC] could be doing it without us; they have the right to, don’t they? … I’d love to see it happen and I know that NBC wants to do it, but they’re just trying to find a way and a time.”
“I really couldn’t live that life,” she told the site. “I look back, I’ve got all sort of wear and tear from that lifestyle. That’s just what happens to human bodies when they get used a certain way a lot. I actually couldn’t do it. I’m 47, but there’s somebody great out there.”

Sunday, August 2, 2015

CRUISE CONTROL


CRUISING: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE SET FOR $50MIL WEEKEND / / / BUT FALLS BELOW PAST 'IMPOSSIBLE' OPENINGS
Mission: Impossible - 1996 wknd: $45M - 2015 Adjusted $72.6M.

Mission: Impossible II - 2000 wknd: $57.8M - 2015 Adjusted - $92.4M
Mission: Impossible III - 2006 wknd: $47.7M - 2015 Adjusted - $62.8M

This mission, ROGUE NATION, set for $55 mil.. It could have a strong Sunday...

It HAD a strong Sunday.. $65 mil for the weekend total..

Cruise showing he can still rock the box office..

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