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Torture Porn, 14 Kids, Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 11, 2009 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | August 11, 2009 |

It’s fun to watch a train plow along in slow motion so that you can actually pick the precise point at which it jumps clean off the tracks.

According to an interview with SciFi Wire, Eli Roth is developing a sci-fi film called Endangered Species which he intends to make PG-13 instead of R. OK, that might force him to have a story besides “and then the dude cuts her boobs off,” we’re with you so far, Eli.

He goes on to say “I watched Close Encounters and Jurassic Park. Really, Close Encounters, that’s the movie. I love that movie.” Nice, dropping some good titles that illustrate science fiction done right, we’re still with you.

“I wanted to do something a little scarier, a little more Jurassic Park, Transformers, Cloverfield. I love those movies.”

Transformers? Ladies and gentlemen, the train has taken flight.

In other science fiction horror news, Fox will be airing a two hour special on Octomom on August 19th. Fox president of something (seriously how many of these do they have? Every trade news article quotes a different studio VP of something and they’re never seen again. I think studio VPs are made of spam, electrodes and spray tan but can only be used for three days before the maggots hatch and they’re melted down into cat food) Mike Darnell noted that Fox has put away a six-figure sum for Octomom’s children, “even though we have no legal obligation to do so.” Well, every time I do anything nice from now on, I’m going to emphasize that I did it despite a lack of legal obligation.

The world was a more innocent place back when crazy people did insane things like popping out 14 kids just for the chance of getting a mention in the grainy newsprint of the annual “Guiness Book of World Records.” Now they do it in order to cash in on tabloid celebrity. Money ruins everything.

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