Thursday, July 31, 2008

We are the Sprocket Holes vol. 33

Midnight Meat Train trailer



No Tickets Available For Lionsgate's Empty 'Train' Ride...

from BloodyDisgusting.com;

I've been sitting in the back seat watching the stories unfold regarding Lionsgate vs. Clive Barker about his film The Midnight Meat Train. We reported awhile back that the film was slated to open in limited theaters on August 1st, which is all fine and dandy, until I found out that the film is opening in dollar theaters... yeah, $1 theaters. "They're dumping it at mostly dollar theaters (the second run theaters, so it'll make even LESS money)," writes B-D reader Brian W. (one of a handful who wrote in). "It's playing at a Dollar Theater in Norwalk and Oklahoma and Idaho. Check MovieTickets.com if you don't believe me. " The question is, why does Lionsgate want the movie to make less money than it would normally in limited theaters? I'm going to investigate this further as something seems off. B-D readers are encouraged to report their findings below, good or bad. Note: Theater listings now inside...

Temeku Discount Cinema (Temecula,CA)
Cinemark Movies 10 (Cathedral City,CA)
La Mirada Dollar Movie 7 (La Mirada,CA)
Cinemark Movies 12 Lancaster (Lancaster,CA)
Bell Canyon Pavilions 8 (Phoenix,AZ)
Superstition Mall (Mesa,AZ)
Cinemark Movies 8 (Provo,UT)
Cinemark Valley Fair 9 (West Valley City,UT)
Cinemark Movies West 8 Cinema (Albuquerque,NM)
Cinemark Sugar House 10 (Salt Lake City,UT)
Cinemark Movies 8 Theatre (Albuquerque,NM)
East Pointe Movies 12 (El Paso,TX)
Cinemark Movies 12 (Springfield,OR)
Westgate Mall Cinema 6 (Amarillo,TX)
Gateway Movies 8 (Federal Way,WA)
Cinemark Movies 12 (Laredo,TX)
Cinemark Movies 16 (San Antonio,TX)
Northpark 7 (Oklahoma City,OK)
Robinson Crossing 8 (Norman,OK)
Crossroads Movies 8 (Oklahoma City,OK)
Cinemark Round Rock-Discount Movies 8 (Round Rock,TX)
Cinemark Movies 8 (North Richland Hills,TX)
Palace Theatre West (Wichita,KS)
Starplex Irving Cinema 10 (Irving,TX)
Movies 8 (Lewisville,TX)

From Clive Himself:

If you wish to see MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN in all its big screen glory at a THEATER near you, please do the following:

Cut and paste the message at the bottom of this post and e-mail it to:

1) investor relations at Lionsgate: keasterling@lionsgate.com

2) Lionsgate: general-inquiries@lionsgate.com

3) call Lionsgate at (310) 449-9200 and express your desire to see MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN get the release it deserves.

BE POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL! We do not want to piss them off, just want them to know how many fans out there would like to shell out their hard earned cash to see the most groundbreaking horror film of the past ten years in a real movie theater!

HERE'S A SAMPLE MESSAGE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE (or feel free to compose your own):

Dear Lionsgate,

As a long time Clive Barker fan, I am writing you to express my strong desire to see "The Midnight Meat Train" on the big screen.

Rumors are currently circulating that the film will only be released on a limited basis and I am very concerned that I will miss my opportunity to see the most highly anticipated Clive Barker film in over a decade in all of its big screen glory!

There are millions of horror fans like myself who have been disappointed by the recent trend towards watered down PG-13 horror movies. Clive's work represents a return to serious, thought provoking horror movies and with Ryuhei Kitamura at the helm, I am even more excited to experience this collaboration, as it was intended: in a packed theater with hundreds of other horror fans like myself!

I urge you to please give this film the release it deserves!

Many thanks,
YOUR NAME

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but don't worry... Lion's Gate is putting DISASTER MOVIE on the fast track to the box office.

fuck my life.

here's the letter i sent to Lion's Gate, copied and pasted from Clive Barker's message, with my additions highlighted;

Dear Lionsgate,

As a long time Clive Barker fan, I am writing you to express my strong desire to see "The Midnight Meat Train" on the big screen.

Rumors are currently circulating that the film will only be released on a limited basis and I am very concerned that I will miss my opportunity to see the most highly anticipated Clive Barker film in over a decade in all of its big screen glory! This is no way to treat a legend in the genre field, especially when much of the strength (and money) your studio generates relies on said field. Midnight Meat Train is a film many of us have been anticipating since the first Hellraiser film. It would be a shame for all involved if it wasn't given the respect and attention it so rightly deserves.

There are millions of horror fans like myself who have been disappointed by the recent trend towards watered down PG-13 horror movies and pointless retreads/remakes that contribute nothing to the canons they explore or the fans they exploit. Clive's work represents a return to serious, thought provoking horror movies and with Ryuhei Kitamura at the helm, I am even more excited to experience this collaboration, as it was intended: in a packed theater with hundreds of other horror fans like myself!

I urge you to please give this film the release it deserves!

Many thanks,

Nicholas Cacioppo


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Double You, Tea F. vol. 45























Pictured: The moment a man punched a girl off her feet during a Facebook water fight

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 7:07 PM on 31st July 2008


This is the moment a girl was punched off her feet during a water fight in a park in which nine people were arrested.

Nine people were arrested for assaulting police and affray at the event, which attracted 250 youngsters to Kensington Gardens, close to Princess Diana's former home.

It was intended as a fun way to cool down in the blistering heat, but tempers flared after the girl doused a young man with a fizzy drink.

After covering his T-shirt with the red liquid she ran away laughing, but her victim failed to see the funny side.

He chased her and punched her in the face, knocking her off her feet and leaving her helpless on the ground.

The attack happened at around lunchtime yesterday near the Serpentine in London's Hyde Park.

Gangs of youths then ran amok, threatening the public, flashing knives and causing riding school children as young as five to be thrown from their horses.

Police feared others were carrying knives after park users reported seeing men "flashing" their weapons.

One man, aged in his early 20s, was shot by police with an electric stun gun after he set his pitbull-type dog on an officer.

He and eight others were arrested for offences including attacking police, public disorder, affray and handling stolen goods.

Three children, aged between five and 12, who were riding past the brawl, were thrown when their horses became frightened. They suffered broken bones.

Paramedics took all three to hospital for injuries including suspected broken bones and concussion.

The terrifying scenes came two weeks after teenager Frederick Moody-Boateng was murdered having attended a similar water pistol fight in Holland Park.

About 300 teenagers had responded to the Facebook posting.

One man, who captured the events on camera, said the group had earlier been spoken to by police for disturbing people in the park.

He said: ‘About 10 minutes after the police left, the girl poured drink over this bloke. He was not happy and chased after her. She thought it was a game but he looked really angry.

‘When he caught up to her he just whacked her so hard - she was lifted completely off her feet. Hundreds of people saw it. It was shocking. He then just stood over her, threatening her until other people in the group pulled him away.’

Another witness said: 'This burly guy chased her and threw a punch square on to her face. It knocked her off her feet.

'There was a girl there who seemed to be the organiser of the event and she was in tears.'

The girl later staggered to her feet and was helped away by friends.

Other witnesses claimed hundreds of police, some with dogs, later descended on the park to disperse the youths.

Paramedics were called to Serpentine Road to treat some of the injured horseriders for suspected broken bones and concussion.

At 7.30pm a search cordon was put in place in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said several people became ‘hostile to police actions’, resulting in nine being arrested: four for assault on police, three for public order offences, one for affray and one for handling stolen goods.

All were men in their twenties and were taken to central London police stations.

Police are still trying to trace the thug responsible for the attack.

The incident happened on Wednesday, the same day Ministry of Justice figures revealed soaring levels of violence committed by under 18s.















Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Just Needed To Share vol. 16

"oh jeez he's not going to talk about being broke and jobless again is he?"

yes he is.

this has been the longest, most aggravating July ever. my anger peaked last week with several meltdowns culminating in what was perhaps the angriest show the Communion ever performed.

i'm at a loss again. i have 16 dollars in my wallet. i'm supposed to chip in for the studio rent, and i have no idea how i'm going to get any of it. i don't expect or wish for pity or even understanding, cause i know no one gives a shit...i know few are really pulling for me...everyone's got their own problems.

i can't sell anything, cause all anyone can afford is gas, food, and rent. those things have consumed all attentions and funds, leaving little to no room for a good DVD or a quality CD or a good book or a cathartic show... which is going to do more damage to our collective psyche then most are willing to admit. if all people are doing is working to keep food in their belly or fuel in the car or roofs above their heads, then there is no room for dreams...for fantasy... for hope. Those are found in films, books, music, shows.... they help us unwind, enable us to tap into our sub-conscious, and maybe even learn something about ourselves and the world around us. Necessity is important of course, but those things are in their own way a necessity...for our souls. for our sanity. Maybe it's just me, but pumping gas or eating a cheeseburger doesn't give me the same joy as watching Cemetery Man or discovering the music of Rose Kemp, the Paper Chase, or Infernal Stronghold and buying their respective records. That kind of happiness has been put aside and all we're left with is vague priorities that only serve to satisfy base level reptilian impulses.

Culture has become anemic. The imagination has been deadened. Big Business is knifing the intellectual like it was Kitty Genovese, and we're all just watching it happen and saying nothing... turning up the vulgar talk radio, anesthetizing ourselves with reality television, bad food, and cheap beer, covering our ears until so we can get to work in the morning and perpetuate routines, making sure rich people don't loose any money so we can get some of their table leavings and fashion some sort of quasi-bearable living from the scraps of their splendorous orgy.

Just needed to share.

We Are The Sprocket Holes vol. 32


from writer/director Karim Hussain's Myspace;

But creative freedom was the condition for the Mondo Macabro slate, so I came up with FILTHY, a project I've wanted to do for numerous years, first as a porno film and now as a dark social satire. It's a story about a rich woman going through menopause who falls in with a strange cult of pseudo-homeless people who are obsessed with causing their own absurd sexual revolution by stealing the garbage of the very rich and basically... Fucking their trash. Of course, this is a completely ineffective way to cause a revolution, but for these cultists, they're the Che Guevaras of un-hygenic sex. Yes, it's a very ironic, extreme and absurdist comedy.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

song for the week of 07/27/08

THE CHURCH - "Reptile"



Too dangerous to keep.
Too feeble to let go.
And you want to bite the hand.
Should have stopped this long ago.

Go now, you've been set free.
Another month or so you'll be gorging on me
With your lovely smile.
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail,
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scales
Like a real reptile.

Had you coiled around my arm.
How could you ever know
How I loved your diamond eyes?
But that was long ago.

Go now, you've been set free.
Another month or so you'll be poisoning me
With your lovely smile.
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail,
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scales
Like a real reptile.

And I should have believed Eve.
She said we had to blow.
She was the apple of my eye.
It wasn't long ago.

Go now, you've been set free.
Another month or so you'll be poisoning me
With your lovely smile.
I see you slither away with your skin and your tail,
Your flickering tongue and your rattling scales
Like a real reptile.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

U.S.A.! U.S.A.! vol. 9

Struggling Americans raiding 401(k)s

A study finds middle-class families are turning to retirement money to get through financial crises such as unemployment and medical emergencies.

By The Associated Press

Americans are raiding their already fragile retirement piggy banks to weather financial hardships such as unemployment, medical emergencies and buying a home.

And they're doing it even though borrowing a modest $5,000 can dramatically erode savings over time, according to a study released July 15 by the Center for American Progress.

The study found workers in 2004 had $31 billion in outstanding 401(k) loans, a fivefold increase from $6 billion in 1989. Between 1998 and 2004, an average of 12% of families with 401(k) plans borrowed from them.

"They don't necessarily pay penalties. But the penalty is that they have fewer retirement savings," said Christian Weller, an author of the study.

As economic conditions grow bleaker, the number of people dipping into retirement money will only rise, he added.

A $5,000 loan, for example, could cut retirement savings by 22% even if the loan is repaid without penalty, according to the study. That's assuming the person has a $40,000 salary and is five years into a 35-year career.

One reason people are increasingly using 401(k) plans as a crutch is because they're so easy to access compared to pensions and individual retirement accounts, or IRAs.

"The borrower acts like a bank to himself," Weller said.

Typically, borrowers can repay loans within five years without penalty. Loans for first-time homes must be repaid within 15 years to avoid penalties.

That doesn't mean people are raiding savings to go on shopping sprees. Middle-class families in particular are turning to retirement money to get through financial crises such as unemployment and medical emergencies, the study found.

When Rachel Hernandez took out a $7,000 loan from her retirement plan, for example, it was after her daughter was killed and she took time off to care for her grandchildren.

"I understood it was going to hurt my retirement, but it was something I had to do," said Hernandez, a 46-year-old resident of San Antonio, Texas. She was working as a reservation agent for Southwest Airlines at the time and it was the second time she borrowed from her 401(k); the first time was to buy a house.

"Obviously it's going to impact my retirement, but I'm glad I had the option," she said.

A survey of nearly 4,000 Americans across four generations found that most adults believe responsibility for a secure financial future is rapidly shifting to them.
People can typically borrow $50,000 or half the vested balance of their 401(k) accounts with extremely favorable interest rates. Failing to repay loans on time typically incurs a 10% excise tax and borrowers must also pay income tax.

Dipping into retirement money wouldn't be a problem if other sources of retirement income -- such as Social Security and pensions -- weren't drying up, Weller said. More people today are counting on 401(k) accounts to be their primary income source in retirement.

Yet a study by Hewitt Associates this month found four out five workers aren't socking away enough money into their 401(k) accounts to keep up their standard of living after retirement.

On average, employees are projected to replace just 85% of their income in retirement, compared with the 126% they would need when factoring in inflation, longer life spans and medical costs, the study by Hewitt found.

song for the week of 07/20/08

THE PAPER CHASE - "We Know Where You Sleep" (thanks Pudrick)



I’ve got you now, I’ll show you all
I’ll kick out the chair, let you dangle slow
In the back of the bus all of us
Like the coats in cloak rooms
And if you rise again, take a form I know
The river will boil, then overflow
And the houses you’re haunting
Will tremble with temporal hoodoo

I don’t know about you
But I am hellbent, I know what it is that I must do
Close your eyes when we kiss
‘Cause I’m prepared to set myself on fire for this

You will drop on all fours
Get down, show me what you’re good for
Sass mouth, pink bellied I perceive
And for this your naughty deed
I’m throwing you over my bony knee
So don’t cry, don’t scream good lord
You always knew what you’re in for
When my belt unbuckles so believe
You grubby little thing
I’m throwing you over my bony knee

In your tender place when you’re safe at home
There’s a tombstone that waits of your very own
While you’re rutting like beasts
In the sheets of my sterilized room
In your comfy bed, air-conditioned car
There are vapors and toxins to get you all
In the water you drink, in the air that you breath
In the soil under your shoe

I don’t know about you
But I am at peace, I know what it is that I must do
I hope you are sitting down, dear
Come hell or high water this sick world will know I was here

You will drop on all fours
Get down, show me what you’re good for
Sass mouth, pink bellied I perceive
And for this your naughty deed
I’m throwing you over my bony knee
So don’t cry, don’t scream good lord
You always knew what you’re in for
When my belt unbuckles so believe
You grubby little thing
I’m throwing you over my bony knee

We know where you sleep

Tuesday, July 22, 2008