Ok, let me preface this by saying that I, at one time, was a huge fan of Rob Zombie.  White Zombie is still one of my all-time favourite bands…EVER (there are two number one slots, WZ and Creedence Clearwater Revival), but he’s just been letting me down lately.  Three reasons, Educated Horses (shittiest metal album from Zombie ever), the Halloween Remake, and Halloween Remake 2 (though it hasn’t come out).

So let’s talk about the last reason, Variety dropped the bomb that RZ’s going to be directing and writing Halloween 2 (which they can’t actually title it unless they want legal issues with Paramount).  Ok, so yeah, it’s not fair to give the Halloween Remake Sequel (for now being titled only H2…stupid) any sort of shit because it hasn’t been made yet, but, I mean, come on, really?  First off, he said he had no intention in any way of doing a sequel, so he’s gone back on that, something to do with an assload of cash no doubt, Tyler Mane is going to be back as the man behind the mask, no surprise there.  I sort of hope they don’t bring back Scout Taylor Compton, though I think she’s contractually obligated and they’d have to explain that out or just outright ignore it, but she just thouroughly was a big pile of shittastic in the first flick. Horrible actress…horrible.

RZ’s mentioned in his blog a bit about it in that he’s not going to do a full-on remake of the original part 2, so, I wonder what he’s going to do.  I dunno, I don’t have much else to say about it at this point but I predict it’s going to suck. So, here’s a teaser poster and some teaser art from the flick, nabbed from the boils ‘n ghouls over at Shock Till You Drop:


Posted on 22nd December 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , , ,

Check out this little tidbit I snagged from the good boils ‘n ghouls over at Shock Till You Drop.  Making any dates for January 16th? According to this My Bloody Valentine 3D promo, you should! Check it out:

Sources say they’ve really pushed for a “Hard R” for this one, and I, for one, am definitely going to be checking this one out.  3D Horror? Hells Yes!


Posted on 22nd December 2008 by aaron in Personal - Tags: , , ,

Howdy Ho Dear Readers! If you’ve given two shits, you might’ve noticed that there haven’t  been any newer posts on the site of late. That’s because I could no longer access my neighbours’ internetz (hey, if you don’t secure it, you’re a dumbass). In any case, I guess they forgot to pay their bill or their ISP cut ’em off for over-the-limit bandwidth usage, heh, so I had to break down and get my own glorious 6mbps.  So BACKWOODS HORROR is back, and with it, the Thanksgiving spectacuLAR of THE BACKWOODS HORRORSHOW will finally be going up and possibly another one before or around Christmas.

Speaking of Christmas, it’s going to be a sour one here at ‘ol casa de Backwoods as I was officially canned from my job at GeekSquad for insubordination.  Fuckers. Ask a few questions and you’re fired; can’t have the drones thinking freely and all that jazz.  So, an open request…if anyone who works on a professional horror news and reviews site (i.e. can pay me) and needs another writer, let me know. Wouldn’t be a full-time gig, I realize, but every little bit helps pay the rent (and server costs, and bandwidth, etc. etc.)

Anyhow, expect new posts more frequently now.  Apologies for the absence.

Your friend in horror,
Aaron J. Howell


Posted on 10th December 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , , ,

Pics of Tater Sack Jason from SHOCK TILL YOU DROP:


How could I have missed this shit? I’ve been so wrapped up in not getting fired from my job I’ve completely missed the death of Forrest J. Ackerman. Sad, really…sad he’s gone, sad I missed it.  Here’s the obituary from the AP:

The following courtesy of the Associated Press:

Forrest J Ackerman, the sometime actor, literary agent, magazine editor and full-time bon vivant who discovered author Ray Bradbury and was widely credited with coining the term “sci-fi,” has died. He was 92.

Ackerman died Thursday of heart failure at his Los Angeles home, said Kevin Burns, head of Prometheus Entertainment and a trustee of Ackerman’s estate.

Although only marginally known to readers of mainstream literature, Ackerman was legendary in science-fiction circles as the founding editor of the pulp magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland. He was also the owner of a huge private collection of science-fiction movie and literary memorabilia that for years filled every nook and cranny of a hillside mansion overlooking Los Angeles.

“He became the Pied Piper, the spiritual leader, of everything science fiction, fantasy and horror,” Burns said Friday.

Every Saturday morning that he was home, Ackerman would open up the house to anyone who wanted to view his treasures. He sold some pieces and gave others away when he moved to a smaller house in 2002, but he continued to let people visit him every Saturday for as long as his health permitted.

“My wife used to say, ‘How can you let strangers into our home?’ But what’s the point of having a collection like this if you can’t let people enjoy it?” an exuberant Ackerman told The Associated Press as he conducted a spirited tour of the mansion on his 85th birthday.

His collection once included more than 50,000 books, thousands of science-fiction magazines and such items as Bela Lugosi’s cape from the 1931 film “Dracula.”

His greatest achievement, however, was likely discovering Bradbury, author of the literary classics “Fahrenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles.” Ackerman had placed a flyer in a Los Angeles bookstore for a science-fiction club he was founding and a teenage Bradbury showed up.

Later, Ackerman gave Bradbury the money to start his own science-fiction magazine, Futuria Fantasia, and paid the author’s way to New York for an authors meeting that Bradbury said helped launch his career.

“I hadn’t published yet, and I met a lot of these people who encouraged me and helped me get my career started, and that was all because of Forry Ackerman,” the author told the AP in 2005.

Later, as a literary agent, Ackerman represented Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and numerous other science-fiction writers.

He said the term “sci-fi” came to him in 1954 when he was listening to a car radio and heard an announcer mention the word “hi-fi.”

“My dear wife said, ‘Forget it, Forry, it will never catch on,'” he recalled.

Soon he was using it in Famous Monsters of Filmland, the magazine he helped found in 1958 and edited for 25 years.

Ackerman himself appeared in numerous films over the years, usually in bit parts. His credits include “Queen of Blood,” “Dracula vs. Frankenstein,” “Amazon Women on the Moon,” “Vampirella,” “Transylvania Twist,” “The Howling” and the Michael Jackson “Thriller” video. More recently, he appeared in 2007’s “The Dead Undead” and 2006’s “The Boneyard Collection.”

Ackerman returned briefly to Famous Monsters of Filmland in the 1990s, but he quickly fell out with the publisher over creative differences. He sued and was awarded a judgment of more than $375,000.

Forrest James Ackerman was born in Los Angeles on Nov. 24, 1916. He fell in love with science-fiction, he once said, when he was 9 years old and saw a magazine called Amazing Stories. He would hold onto that publication for the rest of his life.

Ackerman, who had no children, was preceded in death by his wife, Wendayne.

Thanks to SHOCK TILL YOU DROP for the Pic


What more to I have to say? Check it out below:

Sad to say it, I’m actually looking forward to this one. I mean, all of the subsequent Fridays were practically remakes of the second one, well the third if you want the hockey mask goodness. The problem, I think, is that, though the original fridays had a sort of humor to them, a sort of “good natured fun” aspect, even though, you know, there was violent killings ‘n all, that this one will probably lack. We’ll see.


Posted on 4th December 2008 by aaron in News - Tags: , ,

More news from the boils ‘n ghouls over at Shock Till You Drop has it on a very reliable tip that Rob Zombie will be coming back to direct the sequel to his shitty-ass remake of Halloween.  So, If you’re interested in that sort of thing, there you have it.  Here’s the full story:

Rob Zombie Returning for Halloween 2?
Source:Ryan Rotten, Managing Editor
December 2, 2008

Update – 11:59pm Pacific: Trancas International tells us they are sending out a press release regarding the sequel in the next day or so. It appears we may be on the money with this. This afternoon, I put in one call to one of Zombie’s reps and received a “no comment.” In regards to something of this nature, I fully understand that the producers would want to give it a proper break in the trade papers. So, if confirmation does indeed come down in the coming days, just remember where you read it first!

Too good to let slide until we get some hard facts, a morsel of info has come our way regarding a sequel to Rob Zombie’s Halloween.

It’s been widely reported at this point that Inside helmers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo have parted ways with Dimension Films and Trancas International’s proposed Halloween 2, leaving the door open to anyone. An insider phoned in this afternoon exclusively informing that Rob Zombie may reprise his duties as director and carry on the new Myers legacy that he forged with Tyler Mane behind the mask.

Where does that leave Tyrannosaurus Rex? Well, according to our source, the project is on hold for now since Halloween 2 is expected to start shooting in March. But questions remain: If this is true, has Zombie been at work on a story? Is a script complete? Will a script be complete by March? The man is busy hatching his new album, where’s his focus?

There’s much to consider.


Shock Till You Drop got their claws on the new cover art for the deluxe editions of the first 3 Friday flicks Paramout’s going to be releasing early February 2009 (to cash in on the remake of course). They also reported that a week later, on February 10th, 2009, they’ll be releasing the second season of FRIDAY THE 13th: THE SERIES (not that anyone cares because that show is boring as all hell).  Anyway, check out the keen new art:

Pretty cool. I’ll definitely be picking these up, and the fact that 3 will actually be in 3-D is just fucking amazing.  BUY ‘EM!


The fiends over at Shock Till You Drop have released the new poster for Platinum Dunes’ upcoming redux of FRIDAY THE 13th.  Check it out!

I’m sadly excited for this flick…