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Today is Election Day in the United States. If you’ve turned on the TV news, picked up a newspaper, or visited a news website, then you already know that today’s mid-term elections are amongst the most talked about in recent ages. Some of you will head out today to vote Republican or Democratic or even for a third-party candidate. Some of you won’t even bother to vote at all. Perhaps your reason to abstain stems from a general distrust for today’s politicians. Let’s face it; the whole political process has a stink to it akin to a pig wallowing in its own filth. For those of you who feel that way, I may have just found the candidate for you. I’ll just quote the synopsis as I really don’t think there’s any better way to explain it:

Melvin Babirusa for Senate! The cry goes out far and near, and it sounds suspiciously like the squeal of a pig. That’s because Melvin is a pig. He’s rude, obnoxious, and inconsiderate. He stuffs his face with lousy food, swears up a storm, lies like Pinocchio on crack, and accepts a bribe where ever and when ever possible. And believe it or not, things are about to get worse.

While taking a strip-joint break out on his campaign trail, Melvin picks up a curse after eating a plate of suspicious baby-back ribs. Groaning, writhing, and defecating Melvin transforms into a vicious warthog-man, who plows a furrow of death and destruction through the rural farming community of Haslet. It’s up to the heroic town Sheriff and his able Deputy to investigate the nasty goings on.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to distinguish between the nasty deeds of the warthog-man and those of the local idiots. But Mrs. Strickland knows. Can this righteous woman save her community? Will the not-so-right Reverend step in with his miraculous powers of prestidigitation? Will charming young Mary Beth, the diner waitress, keep abreast of the piggish manners exhibited by passing would-be senators? And what of Melvin? The good news is his poll numbers are up. The people seem to like him. They relate to his “every day Joe” persona. Will he win the election? People; be careful who you vote for. He might just bite you in the ass.

The movie-to-be is entitled Sooey! Sounds a bit Troma-esque (which can be either a good thing or a bad thing) but it definitely sounds like something so odd that I really want to see it happen. You don’t find too many films that fall into the horror-political satire hybrid, certainly not any that are based around human-warthog hybrids.

With any luck we’ll be hearing more about this bizarro sounding motion picture in the near future. According to Fantastic Films International’s website, shooting of $14 million production is set to begin sometime in early 2007. The campaign manager behind Sooey! is writer-director-producer Jurgen Heimann, who previously helmed the twisted puppet short Puphedz: The Tattle-Tale Heart, and had done various FX work on such Hollywood blockbusters as Hellboy, Blade II, Men in Black, Team America: World Police, and Robot Jox.

Robot Jox … He’s already got my vote!


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Go Christmas Caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer



Given that I personally have gone Christmas caroling with various lunatics hopped up on eggnog, what the hell… why not go Christmas caroling with The Killing of a Sacred Deer? Dig on this latest clip!

Look for the flick starring Colin Farrell (Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, In Bruges, 2009) and co-starring Oscar winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress, The Hours, 2003) to hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital on January 23rd. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.

Special features include “An Impossible Conundrum” featurette, and the package will be priced at $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen he has covertly taken under his wing.

As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.

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Which Monsters May Be Making Their TV Debut in Junji Ito Collection?



Studio Deen’s highly-anticipated anime anthology Junji Ito Collection has been building buzz, especially since its new teaser dropped weeks ago. Eagle-eyed fans who are well-acquainted with horror mangaka Junji Ito’s body of work will spot some familiar faces in the new trailer, brought to the small screen by showrunner Shinobu Tagashira.

So, who among Ito’s famous menagerie of monsters may be making an appearance in the show when it airs next year?

Oshikiri Toru

Oshikiri is the morally-questionable highschooler who begins to question his perception of reality in Hallucinations, a series of some loosely connected one-shots. Oshikiri’s a little on the short side, with an even shorter fuse. One thing he’s not short on is moneyas evidenced by his impressive, albeit creepy, mansion. We’ve yet to see which of his adventureswhich range from murder to parallel dimensionswill be his television debut.


The once-chatty Yuuko falls ill and sees her worst fears come to pass in Slug Girl, the famous one-shot whose brand of body horror is sure to feel like a distant cousin (or maybe a predecessor?) to Uzumaki‘s “The Snail” chapter. It offers little in the way of answers but is best enjoyed in all its bizarre glory.

The Intersection Bishounen

In Lovesick Dead, one of Ito’s longer standalone stories, an urban legend causes a rash of suicides when young girls begin to call upon a mysterious, black-clad spirit called the Intersection Bishounen. The custom catches on quickly among teenagers, out late and eager for him to tell them their fortune in life and love, since his advice is to die for. Literally.

Souichi Tsujii

A long-running recurring character in Ito’s manga (probably second only to Tomie herself), you’ll know Souichi by the nails he sucks on or sticks out of his moutha strange habit borne out of an iron deficiency. He’s an impish kid whose fascination with the supernatural makes him the odd man out in an otherwise normal family. The morbid pranks he likes to playfunny only to him—don’t do much to endear him to his peers or relatives, either.


The titular character in Fashion Model, Fuchi works as a professional model for her, shall we say, unique look and Amazonian stature. When she and another actress are hired by a crew of indie filmmakers, Fuchi shows them that she doesn’t like sharing the limelight. She also makes a cameo in a couple of Souichi’s stories, and in them he finds her genuinely attractive. Beauty, after all, is in the eye of the beholder.

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Nemo Rising Signing Happening at Dark Delicacies on December 23



Author C. Courtney Joyner will be signing copies of his new book Nemo Rising at Burkank’s Dark Delicacies horror store on Saturday, December 23 at 4pm. You can get the full details of the event and directions on Dark Delicacies’ website.

Nemo Rising will be a sequel to Jules Verne’s 1870 masterpiece Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and will see President Ulysses S. Grant recruiting the notorious Captain Nemo to destroy a gigantic sea monster which has been responsible for sinking ships. The gigantic eight-tentacled mollusc can be seen on the book’s cover below, and it looks like Nemo will have his work cut out for him.

Joyner also worked on the screenplays for the Full Moon films Doctor Mordrid and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, whilst his previous books include Hell Comes To Hollywood and the Shotgun series. If you can’t make it to the signing, Nemo Rising will be released in the US on December 26, and in the UK on January 13.

Nemo Rising Dark Delicacies Signing Details:
​Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26th, 2017.

JUST ANNOUNCED: On December 23rd at 4:00 PM, C. Courtney Joyner will sign copies of NEMO RISING at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California!

C. COURTNEY JOYNER is an award-winning writer of fiction, comics, and screenplays. He has more than 25 movies to his credit, including the cult films Prison, starring Viggo Mortensen; From a Whisper to a Scream, starring Vincent Price; and Class of 1999, directed by Mark Lester. A graduate of USC, Joyner’s first produced screenplay was The Offspring, which also starred Vincent Price. Joyner’s other scripts have included TV movies for CBS, USA, and Showtime. He is the author of The Shotgun western series and Nemo Rising.

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