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John Cusack

WATCH THIS: A Movie Called ‘Frozen Ground’, Which Stars John Cusack, Nicolas Cage and … Vanessa Hudgens?

So I *vaguely* remember talking briefly about this movie way back in September of 2011, and by golly, it actually happened!

The film’s called ‘Frozen Ground’, and it’s based on the life of serial killer Robert Hansen (played by a man I love, John Cusack). Nicolas Cage is, obviously, if you’ve already watched the trailer, the cop who pursues Cusack’s character, and Vanessa Hudgens is the sweet, innocent … teenage stripper (?) who is abducted by the serial killer, and who eventually escapes—the first escapee from Hansen, and the escapee who put Hansen behind bars.

And while I know it’s a real story and all, it’s still a little too ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and ‘Kiss the Girls’ for me, but it’s got John Cusack. And Nicolas Cage. And I could even get past the whole Vanessa Hudgens thing, but only if there’s nudity. Because Vanessa Hudgens nudity is still pretty hot, even though it’s definitely pretty old.

Could we just maybe get some John Cusack nudes up in here this afternoon, maybe? Because that would make today a success.

Watch This: John Cusack Is Edgar Allan Poe in ‘The Raven’

Photo: John Cusack stars as Edgar Allan Poe in 'The Raven' (2012)

Here it is: the first official trailer for The Raven, starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe. Who! Incidentally! Is caught in the middle of a string of gruesome murders, each of them copycatted from a Poe suspense story. And IT’S UP TO EDGAR ALLAN POE TO STOP THE MYSTERIOUS MURDERER BEFORE THE MURDERER KILLS SOMEONE VERY CLOSE TO EDGAR ALLAN POE. That is what I deduced entirely from the trailer, like the masterly detective I am.

But I can’t believe how seriously this trailer takes itself! Usually I am thrilled by movie trailers; I want to go right out and watch the movie advertised, no matter how piss-poor the preview. But not this time, Poe! Instead, I am eyeing you warily! My mother told me to never trust a man with such manicured facial hair, and she was right. How can I take that goatee seriously? I ask you.

The trailer isn’t all bad. I can pick out “Pit and the Pendulum” and maybe “Masque of Red Death.” And I mean, I was a big fan of Sleepy Hollow, and I started to really enjoy From Hell upon seventh or eighth viewing. Hmm. Best guess: the mustache/goatee combo is supposed to trick us into thinking we’re watching Johnny Depp.

Image via Huffington Post.