Our friends across the pond will finally be able to revel in Tom Six's gruesome sequel to last year's intestinal favorite, "The Human Centipede."
Part two — which hits US theaters this Friday — was banned in Britain due to "sexual violence" and other atrocities. UK censors have approved the movie's release after making 32 cuts, which amounted to removing 2 minutes 37 seconds of footage. Some of the gory details that were axed include the "graphic sight of a man's teeth being removed with a hammer; graphic sight of lips being stapled to naked buttocks." In a statement, Eureka — the movie's overseas distributor — said they feel " … that the storyline has not been compromised and the level of horror has been sustained." UK horror fans will have to let us know if they agree with that or not.
Click through to read our dissection of the best in this week's horror news.
David Cronenberg Wrote a Sequel to "The Fly"?
David Cronenberg is busy promoting his latest film "A Dangerous Method," but the "Videodrome" director took time out of his busy schedule to have a chat with Shock Till You Drop and shared some interesting news. A few years ago, word circulated that Cronenberg would be rebooting "The Fly" — his 1986 remake of the 1958 film about a scientist who accidentally transforms himself into the pesky insect — for 20th Century Fox. ""The Fly" is not exactly a remake, it's sort of a sequel, kinda. Yeah, that was a thing. I've written a script of that, and I don't know if that's going to really happen, but that has to do with Fox," Cronenberg told Shock. File this news under, "Holy #@!$, I need to see this movie as soon as possible!" Hopefully Fox gets their act together soon.
Summit Trades Sparkling Vamps For Ghosts "In The Flesh"
"Twilight Saga" producers are eyeing up a new trend for Summit Entertainment. They're moving away from mopey teen vampires with abs that kill to … ghosts. (With abs? That mope? Probably.) "In the Flesh" is based on Laura Whitcomb's paranormal tale "A Certain Slant of Light," which centers on a troubled young woman who died 130 years ago. She starts a ghostly romance with another spirit who teaches her how to jump from mortal body to body. Sounds kinda like more of the same, but without fangs. Yay or pass?
Rob Zombie's "Lords of Salem" Cast Takes Shape
While it was no shocker that Rob Zombie's "The Lords of Salem" would star his beloved, Sheri Moon Zombie, other casting news has us pretty pumped for the director's latest. So far the list of names is looking tasty and includes heavyweights like Bruce Dern (who will play an author) and Meg Foster (who plays the leader of Salem's secret coven of witches). Now we can add "The Howling" and "E.T.'s" Dee Wallace to the list. The actress will play a self-help guru named Sonny. "Lords" follows a DJ named Heidi who receives a mysterious package in the mail that entices her to visit Salem, Massachusetts. Diabolical destruction follows once she arrives in the spooky city. Zombie's flick starts shooting in less than two weeks.
Nobody Loves "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"
Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Mia Wasikowska, and Scarlett Johansson have all said no to "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies." Now, Blake Lively joins them as the latest starlet to turn down the part. The news comes as no surprise, since the film — based on the walking dead opus by Seth Grahame-Smith — has struggled since the beginning (losing its star and going through several directors before landing on Craig Gillespie, to name a few hurdles). "Buffy" writer Marti Noxon recently signed on to fix the script, which will hopefully entice the right actress to take the lead in the 19th century flesh-munching saga.
More "Paranormal Activity 3" Viral Goodies
Paramount has been keeping up with their viral marketing/grassroots campaign for the "Paranormal Activity" series since the first film. They've been delivering mysterious packages with VCRs and videocassettes to various folks across the globe, teasing the third film's terrifying storyline. Ain't it Cool News premiered a new, fifth viral clip that provides an additional snapshot of what 1988 was like for young Katie (from the first and second films) and her sister Kristi. Check it out over here before the supernatural fave arrives in theaters on October 21.