TheWrap breaks some shocking allegations Monday evening stating that a new laboratory report lends credence to what actress Brittany Murphy’s father has long suspected: that she and her husband died not of natural causes, but of poisoning by someone out to kill them.
“It’s a bona fide report,” the lab’s general manager, Denny Seilheimer, told TheWrap. “It was our client’s prerogative to release the report. That’s all I can tell you.”
Murphy’s father, Angelo Bertolotti, didn’t accept the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office conclusion that the Sin City and Clueless star and husband Simon Monjack died of natural causes — pneumonia and anemia — five months apart. He sued to gain access to her hair samples, and hired Seilheimer’s private lab, the Carlson Company, to look for signs of poisoning. READ MORE
In a decision revealed Wednesday, New Zealand’s censor, the Office of Film and Literature Classification, banned Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac (read our review), starring Elijah Wood, from general screening in New Zealand, saying it can’t be shown outside of film festivals. The ruling also means the movie can’t be distributed on DVD at a later date, reports THR.
A remake of William Lustig’s grindhouse cult classic from 1980, the film was directed by Khalfoun (P2). It opened in the U.S. last month courtesy of IFC Midnight and had its world premiere at Cannes in 2012. It’s due to screen next at the New Zealand International Film Festival, running July 26-Aug. 11.
Explaining the ruling, Ant Timpson, a programmer for the New Zealand fest said in a statement that the OFLC had declared that “the POV nature of the film mixed with the psychopathic behavior of actor Elijah Wood is more than disturbing, that it’s potentially dangerous in the hands of the wrong person — that is, a non-festival-goer.”
Neil Foley of Monster Pictures, the film’s Australia-based distributor, said in a post on the company’s website: “Banning the film beyond festival screenings is an insult to the intelligence of the adult population of New Zealand and does little more than to serve as an open invitation to illegally pirate the film.”
“We will explore every option to have the banning revoked, but at this stage it [isn’t] looking good,” he added. READ MORE
There are things on the internet that defy the possibility of explanation. Things that make one raise an eyebrow and simply say, “Okay. You win.” Today brought me one of those moments. Below is a video of a human-esque “person” on their way to some undisclosed location whilst dancing to Meshuggah‘s “Straws Pulled At Random”. I can’t really explain anything else as it’s just one of the most bizarre and hilarious videos I’ve seen in a while. Check it out! READ MORE
We’re back from vacation. The 40oz. Of Horror Podcast was absent last week, but with good reason — Chad was MIA while visiting Eli Roth’s Goretorium. Is it worth the cost of admission? Chad has the answer.
Are Netflix original series worthy of marathon viewings? Chad and James go toe-to-toe and duke it out over original on-demand television — what is your opinion?
In WTF News, we talk about a company who will mail your enemies… well, something brown and smelly. And of course we have tons of horror news to catch you up.
Also, we must apologize for the drunken shitshow that was last episode. If you were drinking along, sorry for your hangover.
Like 40oz. Of Horror on Facebook. READ MORE
The tsunami that engulfed northeastern Japan two years ago has left some survivors believing they are seeing ghosts,” reports Yahoo!.
“In a society wary of admitting to mental problems, many are turning to exorcists for help. Tales of spectral figures lined up at shops where now there is only rubble are what psychiatrists say is a reaction to fear after the March 11, 2011, disaster in which nearly 19,000 people were killed.
‘The places where people say they see ghosts are largely those areas completely swept away by the tsunami,‘ said Keizo Hara, a psychiatrist in the city of Ishinomaki, one of the areas worst-hit by the waves touched off by an offshore earthquake. ‘We think phenomena like ghost sightings are perhaps a mental projection of the terror and worries associated with those places.‘
Hara said post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) might only now be emerging in many people, and the country could be facing a wave of stress-related problems.” MORE INSIDE. READ MORE
I wish I were talking about getting on their hands and knees and scrubbing toilets…
I just came across the most ridiculous article over at the Adelaide now that reports that locals have regularly been hiring
scam artists psychics to clean their newly purchased homes, not to mention that sellers are using it as a tool to help sell their product.
Adelaide psychics say home-owners are using their services to help sell their homes and demand for house cleansings from new home buyers is also on the rise, states the paper.
South Australian Psychic of the Year 2013 Barry Gray said home buyers often enlisted his help after moving in and finding that “something doesn’t feel right” (what doesn’t feel right is wasting hard-earned money on this crap).
“It’s often children, the younger members of the family, who might say ‘I saw a woman in my room’ just after their family has moved into a house,” he said.
“Other times, it’s people saying they feel like they are being watched or a room feels cold or just not right.”
The question is, are these psychics taking advantage of locals, or giving them peace of mind? I go with the former. Entire story here.
This April, DC Comics plans to add a bit more WTF to their titles. For the month of April, DC books will all have a “WTF Certified” cover scheme. This means that the New 52 titles will feature big and sweet gatefold covers, with the hidden right half revealing some surprising images.
The full concept of the scheme was revealed today with the full cover for “Detective Comics” #900, a special issue by John Layman and Jason Fabok that features an army of Manbats and the tagline “What Is The 900?” Check it below. READ MORE
Some serious shit is going down in Montreal that could have a ripple effect on the countries support of the horror genre, and could also infringe on our basic human rights.
While I personally hate mean-spirited/realistic horror, often (and wrongly) dubbed “torture porn,” I respect every filmmaker’s right to make the film they want. At the end of the day, what ends up on screen is fantasy, and only someone who is mentally ill would take it any other way.
Law official in Montreal have stepped way out of bounds in the arrest of local indie filmmaker and special effects artist Remy Couture, who is charged with “corrupting morals through the distribution, possession and production of obscene materials” in a case that explores the boundaries of artistic expression, reports both National Post and Toronto Sun. He could get up to two years in prison.
It was reported that on December 12, a seven-woman, five-man jury watched in silence as hundreds of photos and a pair of videos that depict gruesome murders, torture, assaults and necrophilia with female victims were shown. The jury is tasked with deciding if the material in question is obscene and dangerous and could actually incite anyone to act out what they see, as the Crown contends. READ MORE
Avant-garde music collective The Residents have unveiled an Ultimate Box Set in celebration of their 40th anniversary. The set includes 100 Residents related products, including each release, all DVDs, each of the CD-ROM projects, and a limited edition Top Hat/Eye mask. Oh, and everything is packed inside of a 28 cubic ft. refrigerator. The price tag is a cool $100,000 and only ten of these are being made. They go on sale Dec. 25th, 2012, so if you happen to have that kind of cash burning a hole in your pocket and you’re the biggest Residents fan this side of the Mississippi, go forth and conquer. Otherwise, look on in shock.
Oh, and one other thing: the band has announced that there will be a 1-of-a-kind box that will be sold as well. The contents are completely under wraps but there is a price tag attached: $5 million dollars. I don’t know what’s in there but unless it’s a contract giving the rights to the masters to the purchaser, I can’t see how it would be worth it.
You can watch a video for the Ultimate Box Set below. READ MORE
Alright, I’m gonna chalk this story up as one of the more crazy yet awesome things I’ve read. And Vinyly is a company that will take your cremated remains and mix the ashes into vinyl records (up to 30) with whatever choice of music you desire. These vinyl records are then given to friends, relatives, enemies, whomever you so desire after they are completed. However, this process is NOT cheap. Packages start at £3000, which is just over $4,700, and this only allows for a total of 24 minutes (12 minutes per side). The company also doesn’t assume responsibility for any copywritten material that is submitted.
Personally, I think this is a very creepy yet awesome idea. On top of being able to give people a taste of your personal favorite/most important music, can you imagine the horror movie plots that could come from this? Poster tagline right here: “She thought she’d hear his soul. She never expected to fight for her own.”
What about you readers? Would you do this? READ MORE
I’ve been trying to follow the upcoming election pretty closely but it’s not easy. The media is too busy turning everything the Republican candidates do into a circus while at the same time angling on how weak President Obama is. So what is a person to do?
Turns out Lamb Of God
vocalist Randy Blythe thought the same thing and decided to take matters into his own hand. “How?” you ask? By running for President Of The United States Of America, that’s how. In a long, profanity-laden blog post on Tumblr
, Blythe begins outlining his platform for how he will handle being the Commander-In-Chief, including being shot on the first day of his term
. No joke.
Below are some excerpts along with a link to the post.
Okay, I need some help here people: I just saw this awesome video of a band covering Skrillex‘s Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites. Trouble is, I have absolutely no idea what the bass and the guitar are doing at certain points in the song. It’s not what notes they are playing or the chords, it’s how the hell are they making those sounds??? Just check out the bass around :56 seconds as well as the guitar around 1:25. I’m really curious to know the technology behind those sounds. Hell, I’m kinda tempted, once I know what it is, to throw it into one of my project guitars just to have some fun.
Check out the video after the jump and help me out!
No offense to any of you guys that like this stuff, but Necronos looks like something I will never, ever watch. I’m not big into August Underground or any of those flicks, which is exactly what Marc Rohnstock’s film looks like. Check below for some NSFW stills and see if you have a better constitution than I do.
Necronos, one of the mightiest minions of the devil himself has come to earth to create an invincible army of the undead under leadership of barbaric demons, called Berzerkers. To achieve his goal Necronos needs numerous often very macabre and difficult to come by ingredients. So Satan sends him two assistants to achieve his goal – Goran, a Blood Demon and footman loyal to Necronos as well as The Mighty Witch to locate the chosen one – a virgin witch.
When I stumbled across this I immediately decided it was newsworthy, but I honestly can’t decide whether I think it’s interesting because it showcases a certain individual’s ironclad diligence or because it saddens me deeply. On one hand this is a pretty incredible feat, or at least I think it is as I seem to be one of about five people who never actually played World of WarCraft. On the other hand, I can’t imagine how much time it took to do something like this. All the hours spent sitting at a computer, clicking away and turning WoW into more of an endurance test than a game.
First, why don’t I take a second to fill you in so you can decide whether this is a big win or a depressing look at one gamer’s social life. So there’s this Night Elf Druid who likes gathering resources on the Feathermoon server. Sounds innocent enough, until you find out that this specific Night Elf reached level 85 exclusively by gathering resources. No completing quests, killing monsters, or getting married (I’m assuming those are the major things players do in WoW). The official WoW magazine even gave the player a congratulatory shout out on Twitter. Now who doesn’t read this story and instantly think of Make Love, Not WarCraft? READ MORE
In far less serious, but far more humoring news today publisher Image Comics have announced plans to release yet another horror themed holiday title this December entitled “SANTA CLAUS VS THE MARTIANS”. Yes. You read that correctly. I had to go back a few times myself. The book is aptly set to drop December 1st, but below you can get the first details on this oddball title.
WRITTEN BY: Benito Cereno
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: James Harren
COVERS BY: Nate Bellegarde.
“For centuries, one man has patrolled the night, rewarding the good and punishing the wicked, protecting children from all manner of dangers. So, when a mysterious canister falls from the sky and crash lands in the peaceful English countryside, only Father Christmas can put an end to the threat of invasion from the Red Planet! An epic battle spanning three centuries and two planets!”
“SANTA CLAUS VS THE MARTIANS” Drops December 1st From Image Comics! (MSRP-$3.50)
In a crazy Monday morning awakening, marketwatch is saying that Disney will be acquiring Marvel Entertainment fo4 $4 billion dollars. If you haven’t spit out your coffee all over the screen…just think of the awesome/horrible crossovers that now can be done. I would love to see a directors cut of Marvel Zombies 4 where deadpool’s decapped head is actually Walt Disney instead and he is a zombie for Cuban children. It’ll be bigger than the bible. What do you think would be a good crossover?