The horror genre is obviously great for instilling lifelong phobias in little kids or giving your date an excuse to snuggle in closer during the scary bits. But did you know that all that terror can also do wonders for your waistline? So claims one recent study, which found that 90 minutes of a scary movie could burn as many calories as a half-hour walk.

I can’t promise you that the research is scientifically sound and peer reviewed and all that stuff, so you should take the results with a grain of salt. As far as excuses to go to skip the gym and catch up on American Horror Story instead, though, you could do way worse. Hit the jump to read more and find out exactly which titles offer the best non-workouts.

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Texas is known for being flat, minimalistic but still incredibly beautiful and that’s certainly the theme of the posters for the 2011 Rolling Roadshow. This year, instead of going all across the country, the Alamo Drafthouse is keeping things close to home as they’ll travel across the Lone Star State and show Texas films set in Texas. Films such as Blood Simple, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Searchers, Red River and more. The posters premiered on Apple.com and, much like happened last year with Olly Moss, this year they were all done by one artist: Jason Munn. We’ve got all the images and schedule after the jump. Read More »

Feel like watching some of the biggest American films under the big skies of Texas? (I know Montana is the Big Sky state, but I’m briefly re-purposing the phrase.) For several years the Alamo Drafthouse has done a series of free, first come first seated screenings of famous films in locations featured in or related to the movies. There have been events like Close Encounters of the Third Kind at Devil’s Tower (pictured above), Deliverance in the North Georgia mountains, and The Warriors on Coney Island, complete with a scavenger hunt.

This year the Roadshow is targeting Texas in June, with ten screenings of Texas-appropriate films like Giant, No Country For Old Men, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more. The full schedule is after the break. As is often the case with Rolling Roadshow screenings, most of these are taking place well outside major metro areas, so you might have to make a trip just for the film. But that’s part of the point, right? Read More »

‘Takers’ Director to Helm ‘Leatherface 3D’?

Remember a couple years back, when Saw producers Twisted Pictures picked up the rights to make sequels to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from Platinum Dunes? Suddenly the idea of another Dunes sequel/remake didn’t seem like such an unappealing idea. But it is taking some time for Twisted to get a film together, and we haven’t heard much about the continuation or rejuvenation of the series with the exception of a screenwriting nugget last fall. Now a report says that the killer Leatherface is closer to coming back to life, via Takers director John Luessenhop. Read More »

Here’s a not-so tasty little tidbit that I’ll drop on your desk before scurrying off for the beginning of the Halloween weekend. Twisted Pictures, aka the folks behind Saw, haven’t forgotten that they were trying to make a new Texas Chainsaw Massacre film. I’d hoped they might forget but alas, someone wrote it on a post-it at the office. Now that the seventh and (probably not) final Saw film is out, it’s time to recall the story that really preached that “the saw is family.”

Two new writers have been brought on board: Adam Marcus and Debra Sullivan. The former directed Jason Goes to Hell for New Line almost twenty years ago, and the pair worked together on the Val Kilmer movie Conspiracy. What will they do to Leatherface? Read More »

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As it stands, this is a rumor at best and, more accurately, an informed online endorsement that could easily pick up steam amongst horror fans and online. Either way, it’s the weekend and the thought of Tobe Hooper, creator of Leatherface and director of 1974′s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and its huggable ’86 sequel, once again revving up the genre’s best ‘saw hadn’t crossed my mind. It should have. According to Shock’s Ryan Rotten, while attending a party for Saw IV, he saw Hooper hanging with TCM2‘s Bill Moseley and, more importantly, the team at Twisted Pictures. Dots connected, and Rotten has fully thrown his support behind Hooper’s possible involvement.

I know, oohlala. But as we reported (and as Russ understandably bemoaned), Twisted Pictures purchased the franchise’s rights from the metallic douches at Platinum Dunes. Twisted’s first installment, vaguely said to be a contemporary take and possibly a true third sequel ignoring Dunesentriesis already in development, with a screenplay by Stephen Susco (The Grudge). Moreover, it seems that Hooper’s new management, Evolution, shares L.A. offices with Twisted, and also reps Susco. So, why would Hooper directing be a good idea for the franchise, and business-wise, is it a smart one, since Hooper hasn’t directed a hit flick in a long time? We chime in after the jump. Let us know what you think…
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You want the rights to some of the classic horror franchises to escape the clutches of Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes? Be careful what you wish for.

A lot of people really don’t like the Platinum Dunes horror remakes. Easy enough to understand; hell, as far as I’m concerned there are only two real Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies, and they both have Tobe Hooper‘s name on the director’s card. But people who will see and complain about the Dunes films won’t even touch the Saw franchise. (Which leads me to wonder just who is seeing the Saw movies to make them successful. Damn kids!) Where does that leave fans of a series like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is now passing from Platinum Dunes into the hands of Saw‘s Twisted Pictures? More to the point, will we ever have to suffer through the marketing for a Texas ChainSAW Massacre? Read More »

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The gory image above is our first clear look at Laurie Strode, once again played by actress Scout Taylor-Compton, in H2: Halloween 2. Nice chipped teeth, eh? As you’ll recall, Strode is the (formerly) estranged sister of slasher Michael Myers, and according to horror visionaire Rob Zombie, “let’s just say this is the best part of her stay [at the hospital]. The worst is yet to come.” It will be interesting to see how Zombie’s sequel deviates from the original underrated 1981 follow-up, which was co-written and ghost-edited by The Shape’s creator, John Carpenter, and also set partially in a hospital to creepy effect. On his blog, Zombie has ended speculation about actor Malcolm McDowell reprising the pivotal character, Dr. Loomis, confirming that “he’s back and ready to deal with Big Mike.”As we’ve mentioned, H2 is due with the quickness this August and is now shooting in the state of Georgia.

After the jump: Hunter’s lengthy rant on the complete disappoinment and failure that was Marcus Nispel’s Friday the 13th, and Platinum Dunes’ annoying reign over horror icons vs. Rob Zombie’s polarizing Halloween and interpretation of Michael Myers. No friggin’ contest!

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