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Hatchet II

Director: Adam Green
Cast:   Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Tom Holland, R.A. Mihailoff, Parry Shen, AJ Bowen, Alexis Peters

1 October
Hatchet II

A spry little independent slasher film with slaughter to spare, the first installment in the murderous misadventures of bayou mutant Victor Crowley was a gory little groove. Now, writer/director Adam Green is back to revisit the pug ugly psychopath, and he’s bringing an army along to fight the find. Reminiscent of sequels like Aliens, the story expands the mythology while giving last girl Marybeth (now played by Halloween honey Danielle Harris) a group of hunters capable of taking down the terror. Of course, the beefy brute will have something splattery to say about such revenge. Arterial spray ensues.


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Life As We Know It

Director: Greg Berlanti
Cast: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel, Josh Lucas, Christina Hendricks, Jean Smart

8 October
Life As We Know It

The continuing efforts to make Katherine Heigl the next Meg Ryan continue unabashed, this time with a cloying little effort about unlikely godparents who must come together to care for their suddenly orphaned godchild. Sounds like the makings of a serious drama, until you realize that some of the instant parent stuff is being played for laughs—oversized slapstick laughs. Believing she knows best about where her career should be going, Heigl is an executive producer here. She was also one on the awful The Ugly Truth, which should tell you a little about her decision making process. 


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My Soul to Take

Director: Wes Craven
Cast: Max Thieriot, Nick Lashaway, Zena Grey, Denzel Whitaker, Trevor St. John, Shareeka Epps

8 October
My Soul to Take

Wes Craven is back—though not in the sleazoid exploitation mode than actually made his career. Balancing somewhere between Scream and such post-Nightmare on Elm Street fare as Shocker, we just might have a new horror icon in the making. The Reaper is a fabled serial killer hell bent on murdering the seven children born on the night he supposedly died. The kids, now teens, all know of the campfire tale, but few believe it to be true—that is, until a 3D bloodbath begins. Here’s hoping that Craven can recapture that old school scary maestro magic. The genre surely needs it right about now.

Since deciding to employ his underdeveloped muse muscles over five years ago, Bill has been a significant staff member and writer for three of the Web's most influential websites: DVD Talk, DVD Verdict and, of course, PopMatters. He also has expanded his own web presence with Bill a place where he further explores creative options. It is here where you can learn of his love of Swindon's own XTC, skim a few chapters of his terrifying tome in the making, The Big Book of Evil, and hear samples from the cassette albums he created in his college music studio, The Scream Room.

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