Debbie Michaud, Culture Editor
Event Horizon: I hate flying, so the idea of space frightens me anyway. But being adrift in space in the future with a disgruntled, blood thirsty, latin-speaking, burn-victim astronaut spirit absolutely terrified me. That and Candyman. That shit was scary.
Curt Holman, Staff Arts Writer
Some movies create horrors that follow you home, none more so than The Exorcist, William Friedkin’s notorious depiction of demonic possession. Linda Blair’s Regan transforms from a cute, normal little girl to a misshapen, all-knowing, possibly homicidal ghoul. The Exorcist's nightmarish sound design alone can fray a viewer's nerves, but the film violates the rule that what you don’t see is scarier than what you do, offering a glimpse of unimaginable, inexplicable evil and hostility made flesh. The Exorcist combination of stark fear and abhorrence proves so potent, even remembering it can scare you.
Dustin Chamber, Photographer
The Ring screwed me up bad in high school.
Over a month ago, A&E editor Debbie Michaud received a mysterious package in the mail.
Debbie and I have been keeping a close eye on the comments piling up on her post while trying to make our own deductions. Commenters NJgirl and cleo seem to have identified a crucial part of the puzzle: the code "UFO RSNQHDR" from the back of the letter can be translated to "TEN STORIES." The packages all also come with a $10 bill. As commenter guesswork notes, "biltmore apts., tree house, and the hotel where rechatin balanced his chair are all 10 stories."
We decided to hit the pavement about a week ago to try to follow this clue down the rabbit hole. Taking a tip from commenter eavres, who noted, "As someone that's read Gone with the Wind more times than I care to admit... I think Scarlett found $10 in the wallet of the Yankee soldier that she killed. It definitely has something to do with GWTW, though," we decided to check out the Margaret Mitchell House for leads.
As pro wrestling’s biggest event, WrestleMania, descends upon Atlanta this week, some of the industry’s tiniest grapplers were at Wild Bill’s last Tuesday, March 22 as Micro Championship Wrestling was there to film an episode of its upcoming TruTV series debuting this summer. Though competitors such as Blixx, Justice, Short Sleeve Sampson and the lucahdor-masked Demo (billed at 3 feet 5 inches and 75 pounds) are clearly outsized by the guys that will be doing battle this weekend, MCW also had one of the biggest wrestling stars of all time, Hulk Hogan, providing commentary during the matches. Joining Hogan were Nasty Boy Knobbs and MCW’s Johnny G (whose chainsaw-like voice was difficult to decipher), with wrestling legend Pat Tanaka (who looked a bit cumbersome as a regular-sized guy in a micro-sized ring) acting as referee.
Last weekend Blast-Off Burlesque presented Taboo-La-La, the first in its new film series since spinning off from the Silver Scream Spook Show. Only a week later, yet another Spook Show spawn comes to the Plaza Theatre with the return of Splatterday Night Live.
Atlanta, it seems, just can’t get enough of its bawdy burlesque girls. After last weekend's Southern Fried Burlesque Fest put on by the Syrens of the South, this weekend a new burlesque tradition begins as Blast-Off Burlesque hosts its new Plaza Theatre series Taboo-La-La.
The Jackass franchise, much like its self-destructive stars, never seems to stay out of commission for long. Friday, Jackass 3-D promises to treat three-dimensional special effects with the respect they deserve by launching body parts and bodily fluids in the audiences’ face.
Jackass originated as a beloved, reviled MTV series in 2000, so in the spirit of a 10th anniversary retrospective, which is your favorite prank or stunt from the following list?
Poll after the jump
On Tuesday, 20th Century Fox threw a Vampires Suck release party at the Dave & Buster’s at Discover Mills. In case you couldn’t deduce from its title, the film’s a riff on the Twilight series and the fanaticism the franchise has inspired.
“Twilight is about a girl choosing between necrophilia and bestiality — between a dead guy or a dog,” said Jeff Davis, who works at Netherworld Haunted House, which co-hosted the event. “ …and somehow parents let their children watch. We don’t really get it either.”
It may not have been the intention, but based on what we saw at the party, Vampires Suck seems to be helping the trend more than hurting it.
Even some Twi-hards couldn’t resist the parody and came out the party. Twenty-three-year-old Katie Quinn from Lawrenceville, for instance, moonlights as Bella Swan. Quinn surfs the web to track down Bella’s outfits and stocks up. Quinn mentioned she currently has four complete outfits — with jewelry — and some miscellaneous shirts, dresses, and other articles of clothing. It doesn’t stop there; her bedroom set down to the candles and action figures is copied straight from the Twilight films.
“I’m a Twi-hard, but if I can’t make fun of it, then what’s the point?”, she explains.
Indeed. Now where can we get one of those “Team I don’t give a @!*#” t-shirts.
Vampires Suck opens Friday, August 20 at area theaters.
Vampires Suck at Dave & Busters
Roger Ebert may have said it best in his review of The Human Centipede, which opens this Friday at the Plaza: "You don't want to be part of the Human Centipede at all, but you most certainly don't want to be in the middle."
Simply put, The Human Centipede is the story of mad scientist Dr. Heiter (German, of course) with a dream — to construct a human centipede by connecting victims mouth to anus via one long shared digestive tract. An impossible dream? Apparently not. The film is subtitled "The First Sequence," and only 12 of the 100 promised appendages are made good on here, so more will come from director Tom Six.
This is weird and disturbing and probably NSFW unless you work in Heiter's basement or at CL.
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