It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- January 31, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: From Jamie Lee Curtis' Instagram account. First shot. @halloweenmovie Halloween 40 years later. Same slate. Same Laurie. David Gordon Green directing from his script. Happy Halloween 2018 everyone. See you all 10/19/18 #halloweenmovie
** HEREDITARY: From Ari Aster and starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro – Coming June 8, 2018.
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
** THE CURED: The upcoming zombie film opens in cinemas and hits VOD simultaneously on February 23rd.
What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Pulsing with provocative parallels to our troubled times, The Cured is a smart, scary, and hauntingly human tale of guilt and redemption.
----- January 30, 2018 -----
** DEEP BLUE SEA 2: Shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre) is invited to consult on a new, top secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Michael Beach). When science meddles with the time-tested process of nature and nurture, the outcome can be deadly. Basically a remake of the Renny Harling cult classic.
** EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE: THE MAZED RUNNER actress Kaya Scodelario has joined the cast of Joe Berlinger's currently filming Ted Bundy-themed film at Voltage Pictures. Scodelario will be playing Carole Ann Boone, the ex-wife of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy (Zac Efron). Bundy had an ongoing relationship with Boone that lasted through his 1979 televised trial, which ultimately resulted in his death sentence.
Scodelario joins a cast that includes WESTWORLD alum Angela Sarafyan, Lily Collins and John Malkovich. Michael Werwie penned the Black List script while Ara Keshishian, Michael Costigan, Michael Simkin and Nicolas Chartier are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** UNSANE: Steven Soderbergh's new horror film was shot entirely on an iPhone. In theaters March 23rd. In UNSANE, a young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear–but is it real or is it a product of her delusion?
----- January 29, 2018 -----
** THE SHINING sequel: In the wake of the success of IT last year, Warner Bros. Pictures is doubling down on Stephen King adaptations and have enlisted Mike Flanagan to direct DOCTOR SLEEP, the follow-up to King's classic THE SHINING.
Published 36 years after THE SHINING, DOCTOR SLEEP follows an adult Danny Torrance from the original novel. Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep." There Dan meets Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE RITUAL: Netflix has released the trailer for their upcoming horror film THE RITUAL, the new film from David Bruckner (V/H/S).
When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect with one another. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise. With limited experience between them, a shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, Luke figures things couldn't possibly get any worse. But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artifacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the dry floors. The residue of old rites and pagan sacrifice for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. As the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn't come easy among these ancient trees…" (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MOHAWK: Dark Sky Films is set to release Ted Geoghegan's Native American revenge thriller MOHAWK theatrically on March 2nd with a simultaneous VOD and HD Digital release.
After one of her tribe sets an American camp ablaze, a young Mohawk warrior finds herself pursued by a contingent of military renegades set on revenge. Fleeing deep into the woods they call home, Oak and Calvin, along with their British companion Joshua, must now fight back against the bloodthirsty Colonel Holt and his soldiers - using every resource both real and supernatural that the winding forest can offer.
----- January 25, 2018 -----
** ICHI THE KILLER Blu-ray: Takashi Miike's ICHI THE KILLER (Koroshiya Ichi, 2001) has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in a stunning all-new digitally restored special edition debuting on Blu-ray March 20 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
** CHILDREN OF THE CORN RUNAWAY: The upcoming film arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, Digital, and On Demand March 13 from Lionsgate. It tells the story of young, pregnant Ruth, who escapes a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. She spends the next decade living anonymously in an attempt to spare her son the horrors that she experienced as a child. Ruth and her son end up in a small Oklahoma town, but something is following her. Now, she must confront this evil or lose her child.
Tokyo – January 18 2018: Tagruato has begun development on a revolutionary new energy technology in what Ceo Garo Yoshida called a technological great leap forward for our planet. This renewable technology will take at least 4 years to complete along with another six years International regulatory bodies to bring the powerful revolutionary energy source by April 18 2028
** Simon Pegg and Nick Frost' TRUTH SEEKERS: According to Variety, British comedy team Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are set to return to television with the paranormal series TRUTH SEEKERS. To be made through the pair's new production company Stolen Picture, TRUTH SEEKERS will be a half-hour comedy-horror series about a three-man paranormal investigation team, with each episode focusing on a different paranormal incident in a "monster-of-the-week" format.
"Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something," Pegg says. "It'll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It's a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. SHAUN OF THE DEAD was a very parochial story set in North London and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SAW comes to DEAD BY DAYLIGHT: Do you want to play a game?
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 3: Starz has released the full trailer along with the brand new poster for the horror-comedy series. The season premiere of the series on Sunday, February 25 at 9PM.
ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 3 finds Ash, having gone from murderous urban legend to humanity-saving hometown hero, discovering that he has a long lost daughter who's been entrusted in his care. When Kelly witnesses a televised massacre with Ruby's fingerprints all over it, she returns with a new friend to warn Ash and Pablo that evil isn't done with them yet. But evil will learn to never get in between a papa bear and his cub. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- January 17, 2018 -----
** JIGSAW sequel: Last year's JIGSAW, the eighth film in the SAW franchise, proved a hit – pulling in over $103 million worldwide from a $10 million budget. While it's the second lowest grosser of the series, it's still a hit and so it comes as little shock that Twisted Pictures is reportedly considering a ninth film in the series. JIGSAW is currently slated to hit digital download on February 19th and other home media formats on the 26th.
** First Albanian horror film BLOODLANDS: Here's the official teaser trailer for the Albanian horror film, BLOODLANDS. From the writer/director of the Australian revenge-thriller, THE HORSEMAN.
** CURSE OF THE WITCH'S DOLL: Adeline Gray's attempt to escape bombing in her home town leads her to a derelict, creepy manor in the woods. When Adeline's young daughter goes missing during a game of hide-and-seek, a series of inexplicable events lead her to believe a haunted doll holds a vengeful soul; the soul of a murdered Witch. As Adeline's desperate search for her daughter continues, it soon becomes clear; to have any hope of being reunited, she must defeat the curse of The Witch's Doll. Helen Crevel, Michelle Archer, Claire Carreno star in a Lawrence Fowler film CURSE OF THE WITCH'S DOLL on VOD 2/6, DVD 3/6 and SVOD on 6/5.
----- January 16, 2018 -----
** Pascal (MARTYRS) Laugier's GHOSTLAND: Following her aunt's death, Colleen and her two daughters – the eldest, Beth, totally locked-in and shy, finds comfort in the stories she invents in the books she writes, and Vera, way more open and self-confident, inherit her house. However, during their first night in this new home, murderers break-in, pushing Colleen to fight to save her daughters' lives. During this highly traumatic night, the girls' disparate personalities diverge even further. "Sixteen years later, Beth becomes a famous horror author with a perfect family and life in Chicago, while Vera can't cope, and loses her mind faced to an unshakable sense of paranoia. Daughters and mother finally reunite at the house where Colleen and Vera still live. It is only then that strange events begin to take place…
** GHOST STORIES: Phillip Goodman, professor of psychology, arch-skeptic, the one-man 'belief buster' – has his rationality tested to the hilt when he receives a letter apparently from beyond the grave. His mentor Charles Cameron, the 'original' TV parapsychologist went missing fifteen years before, presumed dead and yet now he writes to Goodman saying that the pair must meet. Cameron, it seems, is still very much alive. And he needs Goodman to find a rational explanation for three stories that have shaken Cameron to his core. As Goodman investigates, he meets three haunted people, each with a tale more frightening, uncanny and inexplicable than the last.
----- January 15, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Blumhouse Productions has announced that production has officially begun on the upcoming reboot, remake, sequel. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Curtis has previously appeared in four films in the series but the new film is ignoring all bar the original. The Shape to return on October 19, 2018.
** SUMMER OF '84: From the directors of TURBO KID. The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.
** VICTOR CROWLEY: The HATCHET franchise returns with the full-length trailer for VICTOR CROWLEY, the fourth film in the horror franchise. Director Adam Green helms the film set a decade after the events of the other movies in the franchise. A group of survivors from a plane crash must escape the newly resurrected Crowley.
** STAN AGAINST EVIL Season 3: IFC has announced that horror-comedy series STAN AGAINST EVIL has been picked up for a third season slated to air in the fall of 2018. Created by Dana Gould and starring John C. McGinley and Janet Varney, STAN AGAINST EVIL has grown its dedicated fan base since originally debuting in 2016, with The New York Times calling it a "gruesome, deadpan delight."
STAN AGAINST EVIL Season 2 concluded in November 2017 with Stan Miller (McGinley) and Sheriff Evie Barret (Varney) accidentally opening a portal into the past, allowing the 17th century demons to create new mayhem in their quaint town of Willard's Mill. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- January 11, 2018 -----
** INSIDIOUS crossover with SINISTER: Both film series belong to Blumhouse Productions and whilst out doing an interview to promote INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY, the fourth film in that particular series, producer Jason Blum was asked about a potential crossover.
Surprisingly he revealed the idea was something that had already been under consideration and could still happen. He tells CinePop: "I hope so. I want to. We almost did INSIDIOUS and SINISTER and I still feel like we might do that so, I think so. I think we're going to cross our worlds at some point. I don't know how yet but we're gonna try." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HELLRAISER JUDGMENT: The dreaded Pinhead returns in the next terrifying chapter of the classic Hellraiser series. Three detectives trying to stop a diabolical serial killer are sucked into a maze of otherworldly horror, where hellish denizens including the Auditor, the Assessor, and the Jury await to pass judgment. HELLRAISER JUDGMENT Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
** SULPHUR FOR LEVIATHAN: The newest blending of arthouse and horror from experimental filmmaker James Quinn. The film revolves around a nun, who suddenly finds herself progressively fantasizing about things that shouldn't be in her head, increasingly having to face her own doings of blasphemy, all leading up to something demonically dark and sinister. Portrayed in a surreal manner both in color and black and white, with a heavy focus on elegant cinematography, the film tells a satanic tale of unfulfilled desires, lust, blasphemy and existential dread, packed in a controversial and disturbing, but calm and poetic experience that is heavily inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky, with a touch of satanism.
** DAY OF THE DEAD BLOODLINE: The film arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital February 6 from Lionsgate. Fear goes viral in this terrifying retelling of George A. Romero's zombie horror classic. Five years after an epidemic nearly wiped out the world's population, Dr. Zoe Parker lives in an underground bunker among a small group of military personnel and survivalists, working on a cure while fighting armies of the undead. When a dangerous patient from Zoe's past infiltrates the bunker, he just might hold the key to saving humanity . . . or ending it.
** THE SANDMAN: The film comes to DVD on March 6 from Lionsgate. Madison is a little girl with the unfortunate ability to bring her nightmares to life. As death follows her close ones she realizes the Sandman in her nightmares is the real killer. Starring Haylie Duff and Tobin Bell, they must help Madison fight the monster to end the killings for good.
----- January 8, 2018 -----
** THE STRANGERS PREY AT NIGHT: A road trip to visit relatives takes a dangerous turn when a family arrives at a secluded mobile home park that's mysteriously deserted -- until three masked psychopaths show up. The film is set to debut March 9, 2018, almost ten years after the release of the original film.
** WINCHESTER: Helen Mirren stars as Sarah Winchester, a widow and heiress who built an epic, unending mansion – featuring dead-ends and staircases to nowhere – that she believes has become haunted by spectres who have a score to settle with the family who built their fortune on blood. The film opens on February 2nd.
** INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY: The film opened in second place in North America box office with an estimated $29.3 million from 3,116 theaters, an average of $9,392 per theater. With this weekend's opening, the nearly seven-year-old franchise has grossed more than $400 million worldwide, with INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY actually outperforming the opening weekend of the previous film, INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 3 ($22.6 million). INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY also began its international release with $20.1 million from more than 5,700 screens in 33 markets. Made for just $10 million, INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY received a B- CinemaScore from audiences. Directed by Adam Robitel, the film stars Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart, Caitlin Gerard, Kirk Acevedo, Javier Botet, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke, Tessa Ferrer, Ava Kolker, and Marcus Henderson. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BAD APPLES: It's Halloween night, and two "bad apples" decide to play some wicked tricks on the one house in a suburban cul-de-sac that is not celebrating Halloween. They terrorize a young couple in their home and these tricks become increasingly more sinister as the night progresses, finally ending in a Halloween the entire neighborhood will never forget. Brea Grant, Graham Skipper, Andrea Collins and Danielle Reverman star in a Bryan Coyne film, out 2/6 on VOD.
----- January 5, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot remake sequel: Omega Underground reports that a new casting call sent out for the upcoming HALLOWEEN has confirmed a start of filming in mid-January. Said casting call seeks extras of both genders and all ethnicities to play high school students. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRUTH OR DARE: A college student is haunted by a supernatural presence after being tricked into playing a game of 'Truth or Dare'. Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have released the first trailer and poster for the upcoming horror film that arrives in theaters April 27, 2018.
** Scream Factory update: This April we have a horrifying handful of obscure hidden gems to bring to the Blu-ray format for the first time ever! Our colorful assortment includes:
CRUCIBLE OF HORROR (1971) - This horrifying film tells the story of Edith (Yvonne Mitchell), a terrorized wife, who, along with her daughter, plots to kill her husband, Walter (Michael Gough), to end his abusive treatment of them. They poison him and make his death look like a suicide. But they didn't count on one thing: Walter isn't ready to die...
Street Date: April 10th
DAUGHTERS OF SATAN (1972) - Be careful what you witch for with this spellbinding thriller that delves into the realms of ancient covens and the conquistadors who loathe them. Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I.) delivers a commanding performance as James Robertson, an antique dealer living in Manila. James buys a Spanish painting dating back to 1592 from an art gallery ... because the painting depicts three witches being burned at the stake and one of the witches has an uncanny resemblance to James' wife, Chris. But the similarity turns out to be much more than a coincidence when Chris becomes possessed by the spirit of her evil doppelganger. She soon meets two local women who resemble the other two witches from the painting. The three decide to murder James, as he may be a descendant of the conquistador responsible for the burning of the original coven.
Street Date: April 24th
SUPERBEAST (1972) - Dr. Alix Pardee (Antoinette Bower) travels to the Philippines when she hears some people have been attacked by a humanoid creature. Once there, she finds that these beasts are the product of Dr. Bill Fleming (Craig Littler). Fleming is trying to cure criminals by genetically engineering their brains. These experiments are creating half-man, half-beasts. In a nod to The Most Dangerous Game, the beast are set loose and hunted by the doctor's evil benefactor.
Street Date: April 10th
FULL MOON HIGH (1981) - The problem of a typical high-school teenager takes on monstrous proportions in this comical send up of horror movies from legendary cult filmmaker Larry Cohen. The most important thing to quarterback Tony Walker (Adam Arkin, Halloween H20) is to win the big game against archrival Simpson High. But this plan soon changes when his ultra-right-wing dad (Ed McMahon) drags him along on a spy mission for the CIA. In Romania, Tony is bitten by a werewolf – and that's when things really start to get hairy! Now, whenever there's a full moon, he transforms into a growling beast that hungrily chases down beautiful girls. Cursed to live forever as a teenager with uncontrollable urges, Tony realizes he must find a way to the end this cycle of animalistic excess.
Street Date: April 10th
----- January 3rd, 2018 -----
** CLOVERFIELD multiverse film dated: The third in the series, has gotten yet another new release date. Paramount Pictures has confirmed that the film has moved from February 2, 2018 to April 20, 2018.
The film, known earlier as GOD PARTICLE is said to revolve around an American space station that, after an accident with a particle accelerator, suddenly finds that Earth has vanished altogether. Things get stranger when they then pick up traces of another space station nearby. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SLENDER MAN: The urban legend gets the feature film treatment. In theaters May 18, 2018.
----- December 29, 2017 -----
** MOM AND DAD: Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children. The film was first screened for Midnight Madness audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival and hits both limited release and VOD on January 19th.
** SUSPIRIA remake: Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has a lot of good will right now coming off the success of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, and he's going to need it as he recently had the audacity to remake Dario Argento's 1970s horror masterpiece SUSPIRIA. Despite a stellar cast including Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth and Chloe Grace Moretz, tackling such a beloved piece of work is bound to be controversial and the director is quite aware of the criticism he's already facing and spoke with The Guardian about his approach:
"Every movie I make is a step inside my teenage dreams, and SUSPIRIA is the most remarkably precise teenage megalomaniac dream I could have had. I saw the poster when I was 11 and then I saw the film when I was 14, and it hit me hard. I immediately started to dream about making my own version of it.
So in a way it makes me smile when I hear people say, 'How dare you remake SUSPIRIA. Typical commerce-driven mentality.' I was just a boy who had seen a movie that made him what he became. So that's how I am approaching it: a homage to the incredible, powerful emotion I felt when I saw it.
Do you stop watching Tristan and Isolde's mise-en-scene because Patrice Chereau's was so incredible? No, there will be a new one that will be fantastic. How many Hamlets have we experienced in our lifetimes that were fantastic? Human art is not about inventing originality, it's about finding a new point of view." (thnaks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- December 22, 2017 -----
** Netflix's DARK Season 2: Netflix has renewed its first German original production, Dark, for a second season. The acclaimed drama, created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, has resonated with audiences in Germany and around the world, including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Spain and France among other countries. Dark, a family saga with a supernatural twist, is now one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix, a German series that transcends borders to connect with audiences in every country.
Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President of International Originals for Netflix, said: "When we first heard about 'Dark,' we realized very early on that we hadn't seen anything like this show before — in Germany or anywhere else in the world. 'Dark' is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We're excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds."
Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese talking about the audience reception and the renewal of season two, added: "We are overwhelmed by the response to DARK and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience. Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unravelling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of DARK."
Producer Quirin Berg concluded: "Jantje Friese, Baran Bo Odar, our wonderful actors and our fantastic team have put an incredible amount of energy into making DARK a unique and gripping series. We thank all of those who have accompanied us on this path. And we thank Netflix for their trust and for the excellent cooperation. We are extremely happy that DARK has by now received such an overwhelming response, both in Germany and around the world, and we are particularly thrilled about the quick decision by Netflix to take it into a second season. We can hardly wait to continue telling the story!" (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** IT Extended Cut coming to Blu-ray: With the horror blockbuster IT now available on Digital and arriving on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack January 9, 2018 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, you'd think Stephen King fans would be satisfied. However, New Line Cinema will be giving the film an IT extended cut a few months later. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- December 21, 2017 -----
** Nick Castle returns as The Shape in HALLOWEEN: Forty years after he terrorized Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode in the original, actor Nick Castle is reprising the role of 'The Shape' – the masked killer Michael Myers in the new HALLOWEEN film.
A direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 original that ignores all the other sequels, Curtis reprises her role alongside Judy Greer and Andi Matichak as her onscreen daughter and granddaughter respectively.
Additionally, stunt performer and actor James Jude Courtney has also been cast to play Myers for select scenes. Castle shared the role with Tony Moran in the original. Carpenter will score, executive produce and serves as a consultant on the film which will be released on Friday, October 19th 2018. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WINCHESTER: CBS Films has released the poster for the upcoming film, which stars Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook and Angus Sampson. Set to debut in theaters on February 2, 2018. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CANNIBAL FARM: From filmmaker Charlie Steeds and starring Kate Marie Davies, Barrington De La Roche, David Lenik, Rowena Bentley, Toby Wynn-Davies, and Peter Cosgrove. The Harver family head out on an idyllic summer camping trip where they can bury past tensions and enjoy some family bonding. But when their camp is sabotaged by an unseen intruder in the night, they head to the nearby creepy old farm desperate for help, where vengeful farmer Hunt Hansen and his hideously deformed son aren't farming animals...
This January, fight to survive or get eaten alive! CANNIBAL FARM on VOD January 2 from High Octane Pictures.
----- December 18, 2017 -----
** THE STRANGERS PREY AT NIGHT: Here's a new poster for the film which is set to debut March 9, 2018, almost ten years after the release of the original film.
** THE BAD SEED remake: Rob Lowe is set to both direct and star in a gender-swapped remake of iconic 1956 horror film THE BAD SEED for Lifetime. Negotiations are underway with rights holders Warner Bros. Pictures for the project. The lead role will remain female, but the gender of the parent is being switched up. Nancy Kelly scored an Oscar nomination for her work in the original as the mother of a young daughter who is evil. That's being changed to a single father with Lowe in the r
In the story, a terrible event happens the young Emma's school and her father (Lowe) has to question everything he knows about her. Can he keep her involvement a secret or will he have to stop her from harming others? Barbara Marshall (WISH UPON) will pen the new take based on both the original film and the William Marsh novel source material. Casting is currently underway and production is looking at a start in early 2018. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SILENCE: Global Road Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to THE SILENCE. The film is based on the novel by the New York Times best-selling author Tim Lebbon, with plans to release it in 2018. The announcement was made by Rob Friedman, Chairman and CEO of Global Road Entertainment.
The film is about the story of a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for decades in the pitch darkness of a vast underground cave system, hunting only with their acute hearing. As the family seeks refuge in a remote haven where they can wait out the invasion, they start to wonder what kind of world will remain when they're ready to emerge. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- December 15, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: The sequel to the successful SAW series comes to Digital HD January 9 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD January 23 from Lionsgate. The police are investigating a new series of grisly murders that lead straight to the twisted mind of John Kramer, a man that has been dead for over a decade.
4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray special features:
- Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block
- "I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw" 7-Part Documentary
"A New Game"
"You Know His Name"
"Survival of the Fittest"
"Death by Design"
"The Source of Fear"
"The Truth Will Set You Free"
- "The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props" Featurette
** THE TURNING: Finn Wolfhard is set to star opposite Mackenzie Davis in the classic haunted house tale for Amblin Entertainment. An adaptation of Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw," which was previously brought to the screen in Jack Clayton's 1961 film THE INNOCENTS, the story follows a young woman hired as the governess to two orphans at a large country estate.
She soon becomes convinced that the country mansion they live in is haunted. Wolfhard will play one of the orphans. Jade Bartlett is penning the most recent draft from Chad & Carey Hayes' original script. Floria Sigismondi is on board to direct while Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee are producing with filming to begin early 2018. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE ENVELOPE: Here's the trailer for the just released Russian horror film.
----- December 14, 2017 -----
** INSIDE remake: From director Miguel Angel Vivas. Young mother-to-be Sarah is trying to rebuild her broken life: recently widowed in a shattering car crash that left her partially deaf, with her baby's birth uncomfortably long overdue and alone, unpacking in unfamiliar surroundings having just moved home. She can only just stay afloat. As night descends on her deserted suburban street, there's an unexpected arrival at the doorstep: Sarah receives a most unwelcome visitor.
** MANIAC COP remake: While it looks like the Nicolas Winding Refn remake is cancelled, check out this beautiful poster they made for it.
** INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY: Here's some of the posters for the upcoming film, which comes out January 5, 2018.
----- December 13, 2017 -----
** AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON remake: Last year, screenwriter Max Landis confirmed the rumours that he would be rebooting his own father's film. Now, the writer has offered an update on his progress and even teased some changes he may have already made. "Finishing my first draft of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON today," he wrote on Twitter. "Took me way longer than usual because every time I opened the Final Draft file my laptop would slam closed under the weight of my father's expectations."
A fan posed a question to Landis about a sequence in the original film, specifically about the village of East Proctor, its citizens, why they didn't attempt to stop the werewolf before the events of the film, and whether they knew him as a person or not. Landis replied: "Answering this question and the nature of the village's role in the plot in the second and third act as of now are the biggest changes I've made to the original structure… I always wondered about that Pentagram. Doing some fun stuff." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY: In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. In theaters January 5, 2018.
----- December 12, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's PET SEMATARY: A remake of the Stephen King classic, has been given a slot on April 19, 2019. The following is how the 1983 book is described as follows: The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed's rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: André Øvredal, director of THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE and TROLLHUNTERS, is set to helm the upcoming horror film SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, according to Deadline web site. The original plan was for Guillermo Del Toro to direct the pic, but instead he'll now produce with Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave. Back in late 2013, CBS Films nabbed the rights to develop Alvin Schwartz's beloved children's book anthology SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK into a feature film.
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK follows a group of teens who have to solve the mystery of the deaths occurring in their town. The most recent draft of the script was written by Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman. Production is set to begin next summer. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE HOUSEMAID: Eureka Entertainment to release THE HOUSEMAID, a refreshing update of the gothic-horror genre, as part of its new Montage Pictures range in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 19 February 2018. First-time director Derek Nguyen makes a captivating debut with THE HOUSEMAID.
Linh is a docile and hardworking poor orphaned girl who comes to Sa Cat seeking a housemaid job. Sebastien Laurent is a French captain and owner of the Sa Cat rubber plantation. For years, the massive mansion is rumoured to have ghosts, particularly those of Camille – Sebastien's late wife—and the mistreated plantation workers. Once Linh comes to Sa Cat, she begins to hear strange sounds, have frightening dreams, and witness bizarre occurrences. After some time, Linh and Captain Laurent become close to each other and develop a romance. However, their love soon awakens the vengeful souls of Sa Cat plantation.
----- December 11, 2017 -----
** ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?: Paramount Pictures have set their feature film adaptation of the '90s horror series ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? for October 11, 2019.
** HALLOWEEN: Andi Matichak has been cast in David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's HALLOWEEN, according to Deadline web site. The Blumhouse and Universal Pictures production also stars Judy Greer and Jamie Lee Curtis. Andi Matichak will play Allyson, the daughter of Greer's character. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CRYSTAL EYES (MIRADA DE CRISTAL): Buenos Aires, 1985. It's the first anniversary of the death of Alexis Carpenter, the unstable supermodel who died tragically when she was set on fire while closing a runaway show.
Lucia L'uccello - Editor-in-Chief of the most important magazine in Buenos Aires - chooses supermodels Eva Lantier and Irene del Lago to honor Alexis on the cover of the anniversary issues dedicated to the famous model. The night before the photo shoot, Alexis's original dresses that were going to be used by the models are stolen. From that moment, members of the important fashion magazine and the agency begin to disappear, one by one, at the hands of a stealthy, sinister female silhouette in a long black leather raincoat. Is someone seeking revenge? Or has Alexis returned from the grave?
----- December 4, 2017 -----
** STRANGER THINGS Season 3 confirmed: Netflix announced on friday that STRANGER THINGS Season 3 has been given the green light!
** HALLOWEEN reboot remake sequel: Comedian and writer Danny McBride has spoken some more about the HALLOWEEN film that he and director David Gordon Green are working on. As we know it's a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 original, one that ignores all the others, and sees Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the role of Laurie Strode. McBride tells Charleston City Paper that they also intend to keep the first film's focus on tension over gore:
"We're trying to. The original is all about tension. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) doesn't even know that Michael Myers exists until the last minutes of the movie. So much of it you're in anticipation of what's going to happen and the dread that Carpenter spins so effortlessly in that film, I think we were really trying to get it back to that. We're trying to mine that dread. Mine that tension and not just go for gore and ultra-violence that you see some horror movies lean on. To us, it was all about bringing back the creep factor and trying to find the horror in your own backyard, in our own homes." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- November 30, 2017 -----
** Jaume Balagueró's MUSE: Adapted from the novel Lady No. 13 by Jose Carlos Somoza, Jaume Balagueró's latest film is a return to the genre. The film stars Christopher Lloyd, Joanne Whalley, Elliot Cowan, Franka Potente, Ana Ularu, Manuela Vellés and Leonor Watling.
** SUMMER OF 84: The new film from the gang behind TURBO KID will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
** BETTER WATCH OUT: The film is arriving on DVD and Blu-ray on December 5. Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), has to defend their twelve-year-old son (Levi Miller) from strangers breaking into the house – only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.
** NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD REBIRTH: Written and directed by Roger Conners, this is a new version of the classic George A. Romero's film. A tense visit to their family burial site quickly escalates into a fight for survival when brothers Adam and John are randomly attacked by several unknown assailants.
----- November 23, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Production has been delayed for the 2018 HALLOWEEN remake/reboot/sequel until the upcoming January. The film, which is by David Gordon Green and co-written by comedic actor Danny McBride, was supposed to start shooting this past October.
** HAPPY DEATH DAY: The hits keep coming for Universal and Blumhouse with HAPPY DEATH DAY celebrating a $100M global milestone. Including yesterday's grosses, the latest collaboration between Uni and Jason Blum's micro-budget specialist Blumhouse has taken in $55.5M domestically and $44.6M at the international box office.
Overseas play has been particularly hair-raising in Korea with a terrific $7.5M through last Sunday. Brazil is next best with $4.3M, and the UK has made $3.7M. There are six international markets still to open, including Argentina and Russia.
** Quentin Tarantino's MANSON: Following the announcement of Sony Pictures landing the film last week and further details about the financial and contractual side of the agreement on the weekend, new plot details for Quentin Tarantino's ninth film have now emerged.
Vanity Fair has revealed the first plot details for the 1969-set movie from a source that reportedly has read the script. They explain a little what the story is about:
"Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino's upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor who's had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick – who's also his stunt double – is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson's cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- November 17, 2017 -----
** A QUIET PLACE: Silence is survival. Watch the teaser trailer starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. In theatres April 2018.
** THE STRANGERS PREY AT NIGHT: A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.
----- November 16, 2017 -----
** NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Criterion Blu-ray: Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is one of the great stories of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero's claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is back, in a new 4K restoration.
- New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero, coscreenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner
- New restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary R. Streiner, and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
- Night of Anubis, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film
- New program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez
- Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel
- New piece featuring Russo about the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start
- Two audio commentaries from 1994, featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor
Judith O'Dea, and more
- Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley
- New programs about the editing, the score, and directing ghouls
- New interviews with Gary R. Streiner and Russel W. Streiner
- Trailer, radio spots, and TV spots
- PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans
** THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Criterion Blu-ray: In this chilling adaptation of the best-selling novel by Thomas Harris, the astonishingly versatile director Jonathan Demme crafted a taut psychological thriller about an American obsession: serial murder. As Clarice Starling, an FBItrainee who enlists the help of the infamous Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter to gain insight into the mind of another killer, Jodie Foster subverts classic gender dynamics and gives one of the most memorable performances of her career. As her foil, Anthony Hopkins is the archetypical antihero—cultured, quick-witted, and savagely murderous—delivering a harrowing portrait of humanity gone terribly wrong. A gripping police procedural and a disquieting immersion into a twisted psyche, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS swept the Academy Awards (best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actress, best actor) and remains a cultural touchstone.
- New 4K digital restoration, approved by director of photography Tak Fujimoto, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary from 1994 featuring director Jonathan Demme, actors Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas
- New interview with critic Maitland McDonagh
- Thirty-five minutes of deleted scenes
- Interview from 2005 with Demme and Foster
- Inside the Labyrinth, a 2001 documentary
- Page to Screen, a 2002 program about the adaptation
- Scoring "The Silence," a 2004 interview program featuring composer Howard Shore
- Understanding the Madness, a 2008 program featuring interviews with retired FBI special agents
- Original behind-the-scenes featurette
- PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin along with, in the Blu-ray edition, a new introduction by Foster; an account of the origins of the character Hannibal Lecter by author Thomas Harris; and a 1991 interview with Demme
** Dario Argento's THE SANDMAN: The crowdfunding campaign was a huge success, exceeding with 119% to goal. With $195,633 raised by 1082 backers, THE SANDMAN was coming. Hopes were that it'd be released in time for Christmas the following year. It has now been three years since the initial announcement. Sadly, THE SANDMAN has yet to go into production.
In August of last year, IndieWire interviewed Argento. In regards to THE SANDMAN, he had this to say: "Iggy Pop keeps asking, 'How long do we have to wait on this film?' Honestly, it's not my fault. This film is a co-production by many different producers in different countries. They apparently can't agree on a number of things, including where to shoot, locations, things like that. It goes on and on. I know it's been dragging on. Time goes by and they haven't reached an agreement. I must say that I myself have been thinking about some other projects in the meantime. I still need to work on them, think about them." (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** Stephen King's IT: The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98 on January 9, 2018. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack also include a digital version of the movie in HD. Fans can also own IT via purchase from digital retailers beginning December 19, 2017.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of IT will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs of IT will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
Additionally, all the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, featurettes and deleted scenes, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed, or the digital movie is purchased from an UltraViolet retailer, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- November 15, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: The sequel reboot is coming back to the big screen next October. The film is co-written by Danny McBride, and over the weekend he gave some more insight into how they are reviving Michael Myers yet again. In speaking with Yahoo Movies, he talked about getting Jamie Lee Curtis involved, and a little about their approach in where this film relates to the rest of the franchise.
"We're kind of ignoring all the films past the first one," he says. "It picks up after the first one, but it's sort of an alternate reality. It's as if the first HALLOWEEN ended in a slightly different way."
Speaking of Laurie, McBride was also asked about bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis again: "We pitched to Carpenter, and he was into it, which kind of blew David and me away, but I still think nobody was really talking about Jamie. … I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it'd be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to. So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn't be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement."
"I just hope that we don't f*** it up and piss people off. This is such a diehard fan base. You don't want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on," McBride says. "We are diehard fans of HALLOWEEN. We're watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully that will line up with most fans."
** Quentin Tarantino's MANSON: As filmmaker Quentin Tarantino readies his next project, he has revealed that the film isn't going to center around the Manson family murders as previously reported. In the wake of the collapse of the Weinstein Company due to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at Harvey Weinstein, it was revealed Tarantino has recently been seeking funding for the film with the likes of Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio up for roles.
However story and plot specifics remained top secret with agency reps having to visit Tarantino's office to see the script which was completed almost half a year ago. Speaking with Indiewire this week, Tarantino says the main focus isn't on cult leader Charles Manson but rather a specific year: "It's not Charles Manson, it's 1969."
That's all the filmmaker would reveal about the film which, if it does include Manson, would likely only incorporate him for a few scenes at most as he was a key figure in that year along with Nixon taking office, the moon landing and the Vietnam War. Filming is likely targeting an early 2018 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?: Paramount Players (a new division at Paramount Pictures) is moving forward with a film based on the Nickelodeon series ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?, according to Variety. The script will be written by IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman. Matt Kaplan will produce the film.
The series involved standalone stories in each episode framed by a campfire involving a group of teens who called themselves the Midnight Society. The tales ranged from modern fairy tales to vampire and alien-themed tales.
The show was initially a Canadian series that got picked up by Nickelodeon and aired as part of its Saturday night block. Dauberman says the plan is to "honor the darker, scarier tone of the show" which was groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time.
----- November 14, 2017 -----
** BLOOD BAGS: A modern take on classic Italian horror cinema. The movie is written and directed by Emiliano Ranzan. Night. Two thieves, Tony and Alex, break into an old, seemingly abandoned mansion: while looking for something valuable to steal, they split. As he explores the ground floor, Tony, the older of the two, is assaulted and murdered by a mysterious presence.
** ZOMBILLENIUM: Zombillenium is an amusement park like no other: only genuine werewolves, vampires, zombies are employed there… for eternity. One day, Hector, a young compliance officer, comes to control the park's safety and threatens to shut it down. Francis, the vampire who manages the park, has no choice but to bite him to protect his business.
----- November 13, 2017 -----
** DARK: The disappearance of two kids in the German small-town of Winden opens abysses that turn the concept of time on its head. The question is not who has kidnapped the children...but when.
** TRUTH OR DARE: Universal Pictures has announced the release date for another horror film from Blumhouse with the release of TRUTH OR DARE now set for April 27, 2018. Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey lead the cast of the supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions where a harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANOTHER WOLFCOP: Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven's residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
----- November 8, 2017 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Shot earlier this year, the new take of Dario Argento's iconic original 1970s Italian film has people curious and concerned. Luca Guadagnino is not an obvious choice for the material, but his superb ability to stylishly paint sensory portraits with his scenes makes him a fascinating one. In a new interview with Criterion, the helmer says he's still got a few more months of post-production work to complete before the film is done:
"I have three months until I finish it. It's a very special film, and I'm proud of it. I wonder all the time how people will react to it, being that it is based on a masterpiece. I often find myself in the position of saying 'Oh, it's ridiculous!' when I hear stories that they want to remake a movie like 8 1/2, so I don't know if I'm going to be served the same dish.
I can say that my SUSPIRIA is a very personal film; it's like oxygen to me. When I saw the original movie thirty-two years ago, the emotion I felt was so strong, so mind-blowing, and so important to my upbringing. I wanted to investigate the experience I had watching that film." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Universal Dark Universe: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have departed their posts as masterminds behind the planned shared universe of classic monsters. Not only that, but the expensive offices set up on the studio lot for the franchise are now practically empty, and no new monster film has a release date, with only BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN going through a script overhaul. This move is not surprising, as director Kurtzman's kickoff film for Dark Universe, THE MUMMY, tanked at the domestic box office with a paltry $80 million and some of the worst reviews of star Tom Cruise's 36-year career.
----- November 3rd, 2017 -----
** THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT TV series: In an interview with the Diminishing Returns movie podcast, co-director Eduardo Sanchez revealed that THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT would be finding a new home on cable/streaming. Here's what Sanchez had to say: "For us, it's a very natural thing to go and say, 'Hey, let's do a frickin' Blair Witch show. You can say it's from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes."
Of course, the logical follow-up questions would be about the format. Will the series serve as a prequel or sequel to the films? Will it be an anthology series per episode or per season? Will it be filmed in standard format, or in the "found footage" format that the original film made popular again?
While definitely in favor of a move to television, Sanchez was purposefully cautious with his answers; making sure to keep them vague this early in the development process: "Well, you know, I can't really discuss. I think that the idea of a Blair Witch anthology has always been very – just a really interesting thing. You're close. You're in the ballpark. You know, and I think it might be one of those things that might be – you know – the more you think about it, you're like, 'That might be the perfect… a TV show.' You know? So, we'll see what happens, but I think that's the next big thing for Blair Witch. Probably TV." (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
** POLAROID: The film was recently moved from August 25, 2017 to Thanksgiving weekend, with a November 22 opening day. Now, the horror flick is being taken off this year's list of films and moved to an unspecified date in 2018.
** THE HERETICS: The upcoming film tells the pagan tale of Gloria (Nina Kiri), a young girl who is abducted by a troubled man (Ry Barrett) who claims that a cult is hunting her down. His goal is to protect her until sunrise but, while restrained, Gloria falls deathly ill. While her friends and family desperately search for her, the source of her illness becomes more apparent. She's not sick…she's changing.
A71 and Black Fawn Distribution have recently jointly acquired the Canadian rights from Breakthrough Entertainment to distribute THE HERETICS to horror fans across Canada. The film is expected to hit DVD and Blu-ray in early 2018. Directed by Chad Archibald, produced by Black Fawn Films.
----- November 2nd, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: In Texas, years before the events of the TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff's daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities, including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter's death, the Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.
The origins of the infamous TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE are finally revealed when LEATHERFACE arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD and Digital December 19 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Starring Stephen Dorff as a vengeful Texas sheriff and Lili Taylor as the Sawyer family matriarch, the legendary monster gets his mask after three asylum inmates escape and leave a blood-soaked trail. From French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE), the LEATHERFACE Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with never-before-seen special features, including deleted scenes, an alternate beginning and alternate ending, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
- "Behind the Bloody Mask: Making Leatherface" Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Alternate Opening
- "The Pit"
- "Trailer Confession"
- Alternate Ending
** PET SEMETARY remake: Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures has dug up two PET SEMETARY directors, Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, for the remake of the 1989 original. The pair are best known for their critically-acclaimed 2014 indie horror film STARRY EYES, as well as the anthology HOLIDAYS and MTV's SCREAM series. Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich have written the screenplay, and Alexandra Loewy is executive producing.
1408 scribe Matthew Greenberg was brought on to pen this new adaptation about a family who move to a small Maine town along a highway often used by high-speed trucks. Nearby lies a pet cemetery and further beyond that an ancient indian burial ground which can resurrect the dead, but those who come back aren't quite right. When the toddler son is killed in an auto accident, the grieving father uses that power – but at the cost of several lives and his own sanity.
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 3: Hope you studied your Necronomicon. Ash is back in session February 25 on STARZ.
** THE ART OF HORROR MOVIES: Multi-award winning horror and dark fantasy writer and editor Stephen Jones looks at the rich history of horror films, from their silent birth in the late nineteenth century to their full-blown explosion in the mid-century up to their present-day horrific, high-tech incarnations.
Through a series of informative chapters and fascinating sidebars profusely illustrated with over 600 rare images, including film posters, lobby cards, advertisements, promotional items, covers of tie-in books and magazines, and original artwork inspired by classic movies, this handsomely designed hardcover traces the development of the horror film from its inception, and celebrates the actors, filmmakers, and artists who were responsible for scaring the pants off successive generations of moviegoers!
----- November 1st, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: From Jamie Lee Curtis Twitter page: Some wounds never heal. Michael & I will see you all next Halloween 10/19/18.
** TRICK 'R TREAT and KRAMPUS update: A full decade on since its release, filmmaker Michael Dougherty's cult horror anthology film TRICK 'R TREAT could finally be getting a sequel after garnering such a strong following since its release.
The original followed four interconnecting stories on a single Halloween night as key characters faced the consequences of disrespecting tradition. Filmmaker Mick Garris spoke with Dougherty earlier this month on his podcast Post Mortem and the pair discussed the possibilities of a sequel. Dougherty, who recently wrapped filming of the sequel to 2014's GODZILLA reboot, says:
"My hope is that once [GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS] has been put to rest that I can dive back into [TRICK 'R TREAT 2]. It's currently the first week of October, so obviously my mind is drifting back to it. I would love to finish writing it in post-production [of GODZILLA], and then I'd love to make it my next project. But we'll see."
Dougherty followed up his original film with another holiday-themed horror tale KRAMPUS and in the same interview suggests the pair could be part of an interconnected universe:
"The films have certain common elements which I don't know if anyone has found them all. In my mind, two ancient deities who protect these quasi-mystical qualities will probably exist within the same universe and maybe get a drink and swap stories between holidays, and in [KRAMPUS], there are certain threads that connect them if you pay attention." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** William Friedkin talks THE EXORCIST and IT: In a new and lengthy interview with Indiewire, filmmaker William Friedkin has confirmed that he's never seen any of the other films or shows in THE EXORCIST franchise. Friedkin directed the first one, considered one of the greatest films of all time, while the follow-ups by other directors have yielded mostly divisive reaction. John Frankenheimer's second film was widely panned, but certainly was quite different and has garnered a few key fans over the years including Martin Scorsese.
William Peter Blatty's third one has grown a cult audience as well and is now often praised despite the various compromises it suffered – a director's cut of it hit disc last year. Both versions of the prequel-set fourth film were not well regarded, while the TV series has proven fairly well-received if poorly rated. Of all of them, Friedkin has only seen a bit of the second film:
"I never saw any of the EXORCIST films, not even Bill's [William Blatty, author of THE EXORCIST novel]. I saw a few minutes of THE EXORCIST II, but that was only because I was in the Technicolor lab timing a film that I had directed – I forget which one – and one of the color timers at Technicolor said, hey, we just made a print of THE EXORCIST II, would you like to have a look at it? I said OK. I went in, and after five minutes, it just blasted me. I couldn't take it. I thought it was just ridiculous and stupid. But that was only five minutes, so I can't make an ultimate judgement about it. It just seemed to me to have nothing to do with THE EXORCIST.
I know Bill [Blatty] did one, which was not meant to be called THE EXORCIST III. It was from another novel he'd written called 'Legion.' I had no interest. I loved Bill Blatty. I dedicated my documentary to him and we remained close friends to his death. But I know that he had to make a lot of compromises – he had to put an exorcism scene in there, which he never intended, so that the producers could call it THE EXORCIST III.
Of course horror these days is focused on other things, with this year's adaptation of Stephen King's IT becoming the most successful horror movie of all time at the box-office – not accounting for inflation. Friedkin reveals he has seen the film and really enjoyed it, but points out the film can't come close to the number of tickets sold by his original film:
"I thought it was a little bit over the top, but IT was really good. The clown was pretty scary stuff. I really like it. But here's the thing. It will never have as many admissions as THE EXORCIST in terms of people who came to see it. The price of a ticket when 'The Exorcist' came out was probably on average less than two dollars; I think today it's closer to nine.
Neither THE EXORCIST nor any of the other films that made a lot of money will ever have as many viewers as GONE WITH THE WIND. I think it cost 15 cents or a quarter to see. So you can't talk about how many people saw this more than something else because of the difference in the value of money. But it's kind of unusual for Warner Bros. to get behind a story like that because THE EXORCIST has been such an important film to them. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Still, I liked IT. I thought it was terrific." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AMITYVILLE THE AWAKENING bombs: The Weinstein Company released its first film since the Harvey Weinstein scandal this weekend – and it did not go well. The frequently delayed AMITYVILLE THE AWAKENING, announced in 2011, shot in early 2015 and finally released on Saturday, was pushed out by Weinstein's Dimension Films label on to just ten screens. The Blumhouse Productions title stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan and Bella Thorne and was already released for free on Google Play from October 12th, so the new film wasn't expected to do much business domestically.
The film came in 59th at the weekend box-office, raking in a total of $742 which means its per screen average sits at just $74 – one of the lowest PSAs for a new film ever recorded. To put that in comparison most films in the top ten had a per screen average (PSA) of $1,200-1,800, JIGSAW opened to a $5,525 PSA. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)