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New Prometheus Trailer Is Intense

Ridley Scotts Prometheus, the anticipated spinoff/prequel/whatever to the classic film Alien, saw a new trailer hit mainstream media over the weekend. The trailer premiered at WonderCon, an annual convention celebrating science fiction, comic books, and motion pictures, in Anaheim, California.

The film takes place in the same universe as Scotts Alien franchise, though it is unclear whether Prometheus takes place before or after the series. As you can see in the trailer, Noomi Rapace wears the mantle of lead ass-kicking brunette, while Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, and Michael Fassbender act as her supporting team of space explorers.

As stated on MSN, Scott has been tight-lipped about the movie, but says a sequel should be in order should this one successfully scare the goo out of audiences.

Prometheus hits theaters on June 8, 2012, and we’re doing our best to create kickass corresponding Halloween costumes.

Prometheus

Expect 500+ Person Centipede in The Human Centipede 3

As the writer and director of both Human Centipede films, Tom Six may be the craziest man in Hollywood. And how does the craziest man in Hollywood up the ante with his third installment of The Human Centipede? By adding more people to the centipede, of course!

Two days ago Tom Six sent out this Tweet: #humancentipede3 will have a 500+ person pede. XXXXL American style!

The first film featured German actor Dieter Laster, who played a surgeon bent on creating a three-person human centipede. The second film starred Laurence Harvey as Martin, a parking lot attendant, who went one further and created a twelve-person centipede. There is no word of who will take the mantle of lead actor for the third installment. But at this rate, if there is a fourth film, we’ll likely see a human centipede long enough to wrap around the globe.

According to IMDB, Tom Six has cast himself as a supporting role for the final film of the trilogy. Filming starts this May and the American release will be sometime in 2013. I’m excited to see what kind of Halloween costumes come out after the film. “Gather up 499 friends and be the human centipede this Halloween!”

Scolopendra gigantea: The Giant Centipede

Since the world of Halloween costumes and horror movies is so slow today, we’re turning to Mother Nature for a quick thrill. Similar to the mind-blowing information of the Immortal Jellyfish, we now present you with another of nature’s wild creatures: Scolopendra gigantea.

Scolopendra gigantea

Let’s do it:

Imagine yourself trudging through the darkness of a South American cave. Bats swoop back and forth from the ceiling, their echolocation screeches bouncing off stone walls. Beneath every step squirms a carpet of black beetles, thousands of them climbing over each other, in search of dropped food.

A red snake-like creature, about a foot long, slinks out of a crevice and up the cavern wall. Hundreds of little legs keep it attached to the cold stone, and when it reaches the ceiling, it hangs like a limp length of rope, legs squirming in the air. Its antennae scan the environment for vibrations. And the first bat unlucky enough to swoop by, that hanging rope comes to life as if it were made of lightening – snatches the bat right out of the air, pumps it full of poison, and devours the bat’s flesh over the next two to three hours.

This creature is Scolopendra gigantea, the largest centipede currently alive, measuring approximately 10 inches long, though it is known to exceed 12 inches. It is also known as the Peruvian giant yellowleg centipede and Amazonian giant centipede.

Here’s a video of Scolopendra gigantea:

The Caribbean Journal of Science published a study on Scolopendra gigantea and its effects on bat populations, titled Predation by Giant Centipedes, Scolopendra gigantea, on Three Species of Bats in a Venezuelan Cave. If you have some time and want to creep yourself out, give the study a read. For the purpose of this article, though, we’ll look only at what they said about the centipede’s eating habits:

During the 30 min of observations, the centipede fed without interruption, carving a wound in the bat’s lower abdomen. The bat also had a second and smaller wound on the upper back, which probably represented the initial bite of the centipede. The wings were lax, the exposed flesh was bloodstained, and the pelage (coat) was clean.

The creature delivers its venom via modified pincer-like appendages. Although not fatal to humans, the toxic venom can cause some nasty symptoms, including severe swelling, chills, fever, weakness, and, in some cases, necrosis (premature death of skin cells). Similar to other creatures who use toxic venom to catch prey (snakes, spiders, etc.), Scolopendra gigantea consumes nearly every bit of a caught meal, which can take up to three hours, depending on the body size of the prey.

Scolopendra

So, if you find yourself within a South American cave and see something dangling from the ceiling, don’t grab onto it. Your body will be pumped full of poison and you will fall onto a carpet of beetles.

PS Euphoberia, an extinct genus of myriapod, was about four times as large as Scolopendra gigantea. Most experts believe Euphoberia is a primitive centipede. Imagine that: a 4-foot centipede. Horrifying!

Dark Shadows: Tim Burton and Johnny Depp

If you were alive during the 1960s, you may remember a day-time Gothic soap opera named Dark Shadows. The show featured werewolves, zombies, ghosts, witches, time travel, parallel universes, warlocks, man-made monsters, and all sorts of other supernatural Halloween costumes. Although the show originally aired in 1966, it did not attract true mainstream attention until one year later, when vampire Barnabas Collins joined the cast of characters.

Due to the shows day-time schedule, the show amassed more episodes (1,225) in its five-year lifespan than most other science-fiction/fantasy genre television shows, including Doctor Who and the entire Star Trek franchise. In 2007, Dark Shadows ranked #23 on TV Guides Top Cult Shows Ever list.

Dark Shadows Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp starring as Barnabas Collins.

Now, nearly fifty years later, the series is set to see a silver-screen revival, with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp leading the theatrical project. This is another of many films Burton and Depp have worked on together, previously including: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007),and Alice in Wonderland (2010).

The Dark Shadows cinematic release is scheduled for May 11, 2012 so only just around the corner. Not much is known about the actual plotline of the film, other than the general plot synopsisA gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Based on the cult TV series.

Dark Shadows Johnny Depp

And, of course, Depp has again taken to visually transforming himself for the role of a character. We saw him become madness and mayhem as the Mad Hatter, eccentricity and genius as Willy Wonka, and horror and despair as Sweeny Todd. Now Depp brings us the sophisticated elegance of a Victorian vampire, as Barnabas Collins.

But Depps thrill of becoming a character goes further than merely playing dress-up. In fact, Colleen Atwood, the woman behind Depps Barnabas Collins costume, says, [Depp] has it in contract that he gets to keep all his costumes.Each and every costume Johnny Depp has ever worn for a film is archived in his Santa Monica showroom.

Dark Shadows cast.

The cast.

Will the silver-screen adaptation of Dark Shadows attract the same cult status as the original series? Come May 11, 2012, we’ll find out.

Carnival Cruise Hosts First Horror Convention at Sea

Scheduled for April of 2012, Carnival Cruise is hosting the first horror convention at sea, the Tides of Torture cruise. The cruise will feature actors and stars from such slasher films as Hatchet 1 and 2, Zombies Halloween 1 and 2, Friday the 13th Part 2, and Machete.

The four-night cruise begins on April 12th, setting sail from Tampa, Florida, and features movie screenings, a scream queen contest, and a Dance of the Dead. Tickets start at $699 per person, and more details can be found at the Tides of Torture website.

tides of torture


Current expected guest list:

  • Doug Bradley (Hellraiser)
  • Tony Todd (Candyman; Final Destination 1, 3, 5; Hatchet 1 and 2)
  • Danielle Harris (Hatchet 2; Zombies Halloween 1 and 2; Halloween 4 and 5)
  • Kane Hodder (Hatchet 1 and 2; Friday the 13th 7, 8, 9, and 10)
  • Leslie Easterbrook (Zombies Halloween)
  • Brad Loree (Halloween Resurrection)
  • J LaRose (Insidious, Saw 3 and 4)
  • R.A. Mihailoff (Hatchet 2, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3)
  • Elise and Electra Avellan (Machete, Death Proof, Planet Terror)
  • Steve Dash (Nighthawks, Friday the 13th 2)
  • Ashley Williams (The Human Centipede)

If you love horror conventions, but are sick of standing in lines, surrounded by stale air and sweaty bodies, this convention is for you. Plus, where else can you grab some sun, spend time with prominent horror actors, and wear Halloween costumes, all for four whole days?