It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.

----- February 17, 2017 -----

** TREMORS 6: Currently in production in Cape Town, South Africa, TREMORS 6 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant-worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the artic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid! (thanks to

** CATHY'S CURSE: On April 11th, Severin Films will unleash the fully-restored version of notorious Canadian "bad seed" shocker. Forget what you've seen in blurry bootlegs and crappy budget packs. This first- ever restoration of the depraved Canadian shocker is being hailed as the genre rediscovery of the year: In 1947, a young girl is roasted alive in a car accident. Thirty years later, her grown brother returns to their childhood home with his mentally unstable wife and sweet daughter Cathy. But when the dead aunt's vengeful spirit possesses the child, it will unleash an unnerving nightmare of creepy mediums, demonic dolls, and plenty of sick '70s foul-mouthed moppet mayhem.

Special features:
- Director's Cut
- Alternate U.S. Release Cut
- Tricks And Treats: An Interview with Director Eddy Matalon
- Cathy & Mum: Interview with Actress Randi Allen and Costume Designer Joyce Allen
- Audio Commentary on U.S. Cut by BirthMoviesDeath critic Brian Collins and Filmmaker Simon Barrett
- Introduction to Cinematic Void Screening At American Cinematheque by BirthMoviesDeath Critic Brian Collins

----- February 15, 2017 -----

** VIOLENT SHIT from Synapse Films: The notorious microbudget gore flicks from German moviemaker Andreas Schnaas are finally splattering their way onto DVD for the first time in North America.

Synapse Films gave Rue Morgue the scoop that it will release THE VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION, a three-DVD set, on April 11th. This "Five Film Collector's Shitition" contains remastered versions of Schnaas' first three SHIT flicks, plus VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE, in which Schnaas and fellow bloodmeister Timo Rose brought their screen villains together. Also included is the English-dubbed version of Schnaas' ZOMBIE '90: EXTREME PESTILENCE, along with VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE trailers, behind-the-scenes footage and premiere footage, with liner notes by filmmaker/German gore aficonado Ted Geoghegan (WE ARE STILL HERE). (thanks to

** DRIFTER: A pair of outlaw brothers are held captive in a desolate town run by a small family of psychotic cannibalistic lunatics and their sadistic Mayor.

----- February 14, 2017 -----

** HALLOWEEN: The hiring of Danny McBride and David Gordon Green to co-write and for the latter to direct the new HALLOWEEN film came as a surprise earlier last week. Both are known more for dark comedy work rather than horror, nonetheless they are interesting choices. Speaking with the Cinemablend web site in the wake of the announcement, McBride confirmed another surprise choice – that the new film won't be a straight-up remake. Rather it will take place after the events of the first two original films in the series which both took place across one night. McBride says:

"You know, it's not a remake. It's actually, it's gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we're focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.

Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. HALLOWEEN has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There's a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that."

The third film proved a standalone, the fourth and subsequent films took place at least a decade if not more later. Whether it will be a period piece set between the second and fourth films and will obey continuity, or whether it will just chuck out everything after the second, remains unclear. The new HALLOWEEN is currently targeting an October 18th 2018 release. (thanks to

** Stephen King's IT: Producer Dan Lin is currently doing press rounds for THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE and has spoken with the Collider web site about some of his upcoming projects, one of the key ones being the film adaptation of Stephen King's iconic horror tale IT. We've long suspected the films would have to be R-rated due to the source material, but there was always a chance the project would be a PG-13. Not so says Lin, saying the new film will keep the darker elements of the original novel that even the mini-series couldn't do:

"It is a rated-R movie. If you're going to make a 'Rated-R movie', you have to fully embrace what it is, and you have to embrace the source material. It is a scary clown that's trying to kill kids. So of course that's going to be a rated-R movie.

The kids are amazing. You very much get a STAND BY ME vibe as far as their camaraderie and the way they joke with each other and that they really care for each other. They do have a scary clown that's taken over the town of Derry, so it's going to be rated R."

The project has always been talked about as a two-part movie, with the first to focus on the kids. During production of the first installment though, not much was spoken about regarding the second one and it seemed like maybe those plans had been scrapped. Lin says the intention is still to do a second one and the production team has not wavered:

"Naturally that's the plan. If you look at the book, it's the part of the book that we have not yet explored. The book we really broke down into two parts. The first part is this movie and if audiences react to this movie in the way we hope they will and I think they will, then we'll be to tell the adult story as well."

As expected, it also means that if the first film bombs then the second one will be quietly abandoned. It also suggests that at least this first entry will be relatively self-contained. Andres Muschietti helms IT which is currently slated to hit cinemas in September. (thanks to

** Intervision Picture Corporation update: On April 11th, Intervision will release a double feature DVD with both DREAM STALKER and DEATH BY LOVE.

----- February 13, 2017 -----

** John Carpenter returns to HALLOWEEN: Directly from John Carpenter's official Facebook page. So you say you want a Revolution? You want to shake things up and bring back HALLOWEEN and make it rock again? Well so do I.

So here's the announcement you've all been waiting for: David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.

David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and… WOW. They get it. I think you're gonna dig it. They blew me away. I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool. And you'll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.

** WISH UPON: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film in which a teenage girl discovers a box with magic powers, but comes with a deadly price.

----- February 9, 2017 -----

** COLD PREY remake from WWE Studios: WWE Studios have secured the rights to remake Roar Uthaug's Norwegian slasher flick Cold Prey from 2006. WWE have also secured to option to purchase a re-write script written by Casey La Scala.

** IT COMES AT NIGHT: A new horror film from acclaimed filmmaker Trey Edward Shults. Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, and Christopher Abbott star in IT COMES AT NIGHT. A father will stop at nothing to protect his wife and son from a malevolent, mysterious presence terrorizing them right outside their doorstep.

** WORLD WAR Z sequel: A few days ago came the news that Paramount Pictures had, unsurprisingly, pulled its proposed WORLD WAR Z sequel from its June 2017 release date and has yet to set a new one. As the film had not yet gone into production, the only surprise with the move was that it took the studio this long to make it official.

Unlike the FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot however, which looks unlikely to come back, the studio is very keen on a follow-up to the 2013 original. So to, and here's the surprise, is filmmaker David Fincher. THR says the helmer has been rumored to be considering the project and is "very creatively interested in directing the movie" according to their sources.

Serving only as a loose adaptation of Max Brooks' acclaimed novel, the Marc Forster-directed first feature was a famously troubled production that underwent extensive reshoots. The result though ended up nabbing decent reviews and an impressive $540 million worldwide gross.

Should Fincher hop onboard it would see him re-team with his regular cohort Brad Pitt who starred in three previous Fincher films, budget is also reportedly not an issue as Fincher's plan would cost notably less than the original's $190 million budget.

The one dragging their heels on this apparently is Paramount chief Brad Grey who is not ready to greenlight the follow-up, and that's despite Skydance Productions co-producing and co-financing the film to help mitigate the risk. Should it go forward, a 2018 or more likely 2019 release would be targeted. (thanks to

----- February 8, 2017 -----

** FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot cancelled: Paramount Pictures announced that the new FRIDAY THE 13TH movie had been removed from its schedule, which usually means a film is looking for a new release date, but The Hollywood Reporter says that's not the case here. The reboot has been completely shut down and is not happening anymore, at least not at Paramount.

With less than six weeks to go before filming was to have started, the studio pulled the plug on the film, which was going to open in theaters on October 13, 2017. According to the trade, production company Platinum Dunes and director Breck Eisner received word of the move earlier yesterday. Production was going to start mid-March.

The new film features a script by Prisoners and Contraband writer Aaron Guzikowski. Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller previously spoke about where the script might take the beloved Jason Voorhees, saying:

"Aaron's story has great characters. You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we kind of started over and work our way forward. Origin-ish, but it's an origin that no one has seen before. Obviously Pamela's there, but it's a little bit different from what you've seen before." (thanks to

** WORLD WAR Z sequel: The film has been pulled from its June 9th 2017 release date and now is currently undated. This has been expected for many months as a director has yet to be found since J.A. Bayona's departure. The studio still intends to produce the film but a 2019 release is looking a likely prospect at this point. (thanks to

** THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER: From Writer/director Osgood Perkins (son of the late Anthony Perkins). The film that centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story—that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. The movie suspensefully builds to the moment when the two stories will finally intersect, setting the stage for a shocking and unforgettable climax. (thanks to

----- February 7, 2017 -----

** THE STRANGERS 2: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR director Johannes Roberts is set to take over the directorial reins of THE STRANGERS 2, the long-awaited sequel to Bryan Bertino's 2008 home invasion horror tale starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman.

The story follows a family whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and after the power goes out they decide to hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer. Under the cover of darkness three familiar masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit. BLOOM has taken international rights to the sequel which The Fyzz Facility Pictures and Relativity Media will produce.

Bertino will co-write the script with THE FOREST screenwriter Ben Ketai. The project is scheduled to begin shooting in the United States this summer. The first film grossed over $82 million worldwide. (thanks to

** A CURE FOR WELLNESS: Here's two new commercial from the upcoming film, which stars Dane DeHaan as an ambitious young executive who is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps.

** RINGS: The third film in THE RING series, finally hits screens after various setbacks. The F. Javier Gutierrez helmed film was, at one time, rumored to be a prequel to the original 2002 film (itself a remake of the acclaimed Japanese thriller RINGU). When production began though it was made clear that this was a sequel, but none of the original cast members including Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase or Martin Henderson would return.

In a new interview this week with CinemaBlend to promote the film, Gutierrez revealed that he had actually considering bringing back Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller, but it didn't happen and NOT for the reason you might expect:

"Well, at some point we were toying with the idea of Naomi Watts. It was a couple of moments that we were talking about that for a while. The problem is [that the studio] was concerned. There was concern about tying it too much to the previous one. So, it was not necessary. I mean, it would have been cool for the fans, probably. For the new audiences, they wouldn't care too much. It was kind of forced. We didn't want to force it too. Like, 'OK, they are putting Naomi Watts here too, because of The Ring.'"

Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brochere, Laura Wiggins, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Zach Roerig, Alex Roe, and Vincent D'Onofrio star in the film which includes Bonnie Morgan as Samara. Produced for a relatively economical $25 million, the film has already made $800,000 in its Thursday night previews and is on track for a $10-12 million haul domestically in its opening weekend. (thanks to

----- February 6, 2017 -----

** Arrow Video US - March 2017 release schedule: MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with two amazing releases tailor made for cult and horror fans.

Takashi Miike's DEAD OR ALIVE trilogy
Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence, and ending with a phallus-headed battle robot taking flight, Takashi Miike's unforgettable DEAD OR ALIVE Trilogy features many of the director's most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the DEAD OR ALIVE films cemented Miike's reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers.

Bonus Materials
- High Definition digital transfers of all three films
- Original stereo audio
- Optional English subtitles for all three films
- New interview with actor Riki Takeuchi
- New interview with actor Sho Aikawa
- New interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura
- New audio commentary for Dead or Alive by Miike biographer Tom Mes
- Archive interviews with cast and crew
- Archive making-of featurettes for DOA2: Birds and DOA: Final
- Original theatrical trailers for all three films
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Orlando Arocena

HOUSE Two Stories Limited Edition of 5000 units!
Step inside, we've been expecting you! At long-last, Arrow Video is proud to present the first two instalments of hit horror franchise House on Blu-ray for the first time! From the team that brought you FRIDAY THE 13TH, HOUSE and HOUSE II are era-defining horror classics - now newly restored and loaded with brand new extras!

- Brand new 2K restorations of House and House II: The Second Story
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- "The House Companion" limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the entire - - House franchise by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive material

- Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William - Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley
- Ding Dong, You're Dead! The Making of House - brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher, and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
- Stills Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers

- Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham
- It's Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story - Brand new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
- Stills Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer

** SHARKNADO 5: Syfy and The Asylum announced that Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will again star in SHARKNADO 5 (working title), reprising their roles as shark-fighting heroes Fin Shepard and April Wexler. Principal photography commenced February 2nd, in Bulgaria. The latest film in the hit global franchise, SHARKNADO 5 features the return of original cast member Cassie Scerbo as Nova, a bartender-turned-badass Sharknado fighter.

The film which sees the deadly weather phenomenon of shark-infested storms bombard cities around the world, will film in more than five countries, including the UK and Australia. Anthony C. Ferrante, who directed the first four films, is back to helm this latest installment, based on a script by Scotty Mullen. (thanks to

** THE CONJURING spinoff THE NUN: It will be directed by Corin Hardy, who previously directed the horror film THE HALLOW, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by IFC. (thanks to

** THE LURE: Here's the poster and Red Band trailer for the mermaid horror musical comedy.

----- February 3, 2017 -----

** OVERLORD: Julius Avery (SON OF A GUN) is set to direct the WWII supernatural thriller OVERLORD for Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot. The story follows two paratroopers who, after being shot down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion, discover that a sinister Nazi experiment has given rise to an additional, supernatural evil (suspected to be zombies).

The project is based on an original idea by Abrams and THE HUNGER GAMES screenwriter Billy Ray, Ray is providing the screenplay for the project which has been in the planning stages for nearly a decade. As with any Bad Robot production going forward that's an original genre work, the obvious question is – will OVERLORD become another CLOVERFIELD project? We'll have to wait and see. (thanks to

** OUR EVIL: Genre specialist, Jinga Films, the company that discovered A SERBIAN FILM, RABIES and THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME has just launched its Berlin Film Festival marketing campaign for Samuel Cunha Galli's supernatural thriller OUR EVIL (MAL NOSSO).

Set in the seedy underbelly of Sao Paulo, Brasil, an exorcist (Ademir Esteves) uses the dark web to employ a serial killer (Ricardo Casella) to protect his daughter (Laura Pepita) from demonic possession.

OUR EVIL - TRAILER (RED BAND) from Jinga Films on Vimeo.

** SISTERS OF THE PLAGUE: BrinkVision is releasing the horror thriller SISTERS OF THE PLAGUE on VOD and DVD February 14th. Jo (Josephine Decker) enjoys leading haunted house tours around New Orleans. But when her father moves into the house she shares with her girlfriend, terrifying supernatural things start really happening. Seeking a medium's help, Jo finds she is facing something way beyond her control. Jorge Torres-Torres' intensely creepy film echoes the cult classic POSSESSION in evoking horror from a fractured romantic relationship.

----- February 1st, 2017 -----

** FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot: The upcoming film is currently casting with plans to start production in March in Conyers, Georgia. No cast has yet been announced, but the production is said to be seeking twins to play the twelve-year-old version of Jason. The shoot will take place just a few miles from where the sixth film in the old franchise, one of its most well-regarded, was shot. (thanks to

** A CURE FOR WELLNESS: Here's some videos from the upcoming film directed by Gore Verbinski (THE RING). Dane DeHaan stars as an ambitious young executive who is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

----- January 30, 2017 -----

** THE BELKO EXPERIMENT: Orion Pictures and BH Tilt have revealed a new trailer for the upcoming film from writer/producer James Gunn and WOLF CREEK director Greg McLean. You won't believe what's worse than getting caught smoking weed at Belko Industries.

** CULT OF CHUCKY: Toronto born actress Grace Lynn Kung has joined the cast of CULT OF CHUCKY in the role of hard-edged Claire. The film is directed by franchise mastermind director Don Mancini and is currently shooting in Winnipeg, Canada. (thanks to

** Indonesian horror DANUR: Little Risa is lonely. Her father is working in a foreign country and her mother is kept busy between taking care of her sick grandmother in the hospital and her job as a public servant. So Little Risa is spending her school holiday mostly alone in her grandmother's big house. When her mother misses her 8th birthday, Little Risa wishes for a friend. As soon as she blows the candle, she hears a little boy singing...

That night, Little Risa meets three little Dutch boys playing hide-and-seek in her grandmother's closet. They introduce themselves as Peter, William and Janshen. Her wish for a friend has been granted threefold. She doesn't care that her mother can't seem to see her new friends, their friendship is real to her. Until one night her mother comes home with a paranormal and he opens her inner eye... Little Risa finally sees her friends in their true form.

9 years later. Risa is a teenager and she hasn't seen her childhood friends since that night. She has to return to her grandmother's house to take care of her until a replacement nanny arrives. Upon the nanny's arrival, strange things start to happen and Risa just might need her childhood friends more than ever.

** THE OUIJA BOARD SECRET: An independent short film, about a scary ouija seance, that was produced by only one person: the director Andrea Ricca who did the scripting, shooting, acting, editing, special effects, 3d modellation and animation. It tells of a man who, through a table "Ouija, try to make contact with the afterlife to communicate with his beloved, but the seance will not go as expected, revealing a terrible secret.

----- January 26, 2017 -----

** SAW LEGACY: Lionsgate (via Variety) has revealed that actresses Laura Vandervoort and Hannah Anderson have joined the SAW LEGACY cast. The new SAW movie will play its game on October 27, 2017, four days before Halloween. According to the trade, all of SAW LEGACY was already shot in November. (thanks to

** KRAMPUS director for GODZILLA sequel: Back in October, it was said that KRAMPUS director Michael Dougherty was in talks to direct GODZILLA KING OF MONSTERS. He is writing the film, and helming the picture was going to matter on approval of the script.

Well, it seems Warner Brothers have approved said script. Variety are reporting that Dougherty will be directing the film, which will continue to build on the Godzilla and King Kong universe. The film is set for a dated for Mar. 22, 2019. (thanks to

** BLOODY BITS: Featuring a collection of the best short films to play Toronto's critically acclaimed Blood In The Snow Film Festival, The Bloody Bits Shorts Compilation features the genre shorts "Dead All Night," "Greater Than," "Lively," "One More For The Road," "Seiren," "Tasha And Friends," and "Uncommon Enemies."

----- January 19, 2017 -----

** THE BELKO EXPERIMENT: In a twisted social experiment, a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogata, Colombia and ordered by an unknown voice coming from the company's intercom system to participate in a deadly game of kill or be killed. Here's the second trailer.

** CLOWNTERGEIST: Emma, a college student with a crippling fear of clowns, must come face to face with her worst fear when an evil spirit in the body of a clown is summoned terrorizing the town she calls home. One by one Emma and her friends receive a balloon with the exact time and date of when it will appear to kill them written on it. After receiving her balloon, Emma realizes that she has two days left to live, and must fight against the clock to find a way to survive.

** WISH UPON: Broad Green Pictures has just announced a June 30, 2017 release date. Twelve years after discovering her mother's suicide, 17-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe) and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can't help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she's always wanted and everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that she must get rid of the box, but finds herself unable and unwilling to part with her new-and-improved life – leading her down a dark and dangerous path. (thanks to

----- January 18, 2017 -----

** RAW: Everyone in Justine's family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she's a brilliant student starting out at veterinary school where she experiences a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her family principles and eats RAW meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge. RAW opens in theatres March 10, 2017.

** BORDERLINE: On the tenth year anniversary of their mother's death, two estranged sisters head to a mountain to scatter her ashes, but as they struggle to reconcile, their past begins merging into their present, causing them both to become increasingly paranoid.

----- January 16, 2017 -----

** Happy 69th birthday to John Carpenter: He is truely one of the great director and one of my all time favourite. He is also one of the main reason as to why I am such a diehard fan of cinema.

** RIP William Peter Blatty: William Peter Blatty was an American writer and filmmaker best known for winning the Oscar in 1973 for his screenplay, based on his own book that was published in 1971 which told the story of a child possessed by a demon in THE EXORCIST. Blatty not only wrote the original film, but he also directed the third instalment of the franchise.

** Arrow Video US - Jan/Feb 2017 release schedule:

Takashi Miike's BLACK SOCIETY TRILOGY on DVD and Blu-ray on January 24, 2017

After several years spent working almost exclusively in the direct-to-video world of "V-cinema" in Japan, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one's place in the world. His first films made specifically for theatrical release, and his first for a major studio, the "Black Society Trilogy" was the beginning of Miike's mature career as a filmmaker and they remain among the prolific director's finest works.

Set in the bustling Kabuki-cho nightlife neighborhood of Tokyo, Shinjuku Triad Society follows a mixed-race cop (Kippei Shiina, Outrage) struggling with private issues while hunting a psychotic criminal (Tomorowo Taguchi, Tetsuo the Iron Man) who traffics in children's organs. Rainy Dog, shot entirely in Taiwan, is about an exiled yakuza (Dead or Alive's Show Aikawa) who finds himself saddled with a son he never knew he had and a price on his head after the Chinese gang he works for decides to turn on him. Ley Lines moves from the countryside to the city and back, as three Japanese youths of Chinese descent (including The Raid 2's Kazuki Kitamura) seek their fortune in Tokyo, only to run afoul of a violent gang boss (Naoto Takenaka, The Happiness of the Katakuris).

Three of the most dramatically moving films created by the director, the "Black Society Trilogy" offers clear proof that Miike's frequent pigeonholing as a specialist in bloody spectacle is only one aspect of his filmmaking career, and taken as a whole, the films are among the finest works ever to deal with the way violence and brutality can unexpectedly destroy even the most innocent of lives.

Special Edition contents:
- High Definition digital transfers of all three films
- Original uncompressed stereo audio
- Optional English subtitles for all three films
- New interview with director Takashi Miike
- New interview with actor Show Aikawa (Rainy Dog, Ley Lines)
- New audio commentaries for all three films by Miike biographer Tom Mes
- Original theatrical trailers for all three films
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon

WE ARE THE FLESH on Blu-ray and DVD on February 14, 2017

A visionary and bizarre slice of Mexican art house cinema, We Are The Flesh is an extraordinary and unsettling film experience, a sexually charged and nightmarish journey into an otherworldy dimension of carnal desire and excess, as well as a powerful allegory on the corrupting power of human desire.

A young brother and sister, roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behaviour.

PSYCHOMANIA on Blu-ray + DVD on February 21

The United States gave motorcycle-mad cinemagoers Easy Rider, The Wild One and The Wild Angels. The United Kingdom gave them Psychomania, the tale of zombie bikers run amok is southern England. The Living Dead are a delinquent biker gang, fond of causing havoc on British roadways and making out in graveyards. Gang leader Tom (Nicky Henson) also has a Satanist for a mother, and when he discovers the secret of immortality, the name of his motley crew takes on a more literal meaning... Directed by Hammer veteran Don Sharp (The Kiss of the Vampire, The Devil-Ship Pirates) and co-starring Beryl Reid (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) and George Sanders (Village of the Damned), Psychomania is a wonderfully offbeat gem, outlandish and eccentric in equal measure.

Bonus Materials
- 2K restoration from preservation negatives
- High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
- Original 1.0 mono audio (uncompressed on the Blu-ray)
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Brand-new interview with star Nicky Henson
- Return of the Living Dead, an archive featurette containing interviews actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor
- Sound of Psychomania, an archive interview with composer John Cameron
- Riding Free, an archive interview with 'Riding Free' singer Harvey Andrews
- Hell for Leather, a brand-new featurette on the company who supplied the film's costumes
- Remastering Psychomania, a look at the film's restoration from the original 35mm black and white separation masters
- Theatrical trailer
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil

----- January 12, 2017 -----

** DEADTIME STORIES: Coming from Scream Factory on Blu-ray + DVD release, due out on February 28, 2017. The set is loaded with bonus features, including a new interview and new audio commentary with co-writer/director Jef Delman, and new interviews with actors Cathryn de Prume, Melissa Leo and Scott Valentine from '80s TV show Family Ties, which was initially the big selling point with this title.

Travel on a mysterious journey to a medieval world populated by blood-crazed witches, evil experiments and captive maidens. Then from the catacombs and dark caverns of medieval Europe, you'll plunge into modern suburbia and the adventures of a female jogger stalked by a savage werewolf. Finally, sensuality will become macabre, black comedy as you follow the trail of three bank robbers who share their country house hideaway with a sweet murderess. (thanks to

** XX: A new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark rocks her directorial debut with THE BIRTHDAY PARTY; Karyn Kusama (THE INVITATION, GIRLFIGHT) exorcises HER ONLY LIVING SON; Roxanne Benjamin (SOUTHBOUND) screams DON'T FALL; and Jovanka Vuckovic (THE CAPTURED BIRD) dares to open THE BOX. Award-winning animator Sofia Carrillo (LA CASA TRISTE) wraps together four suspenseful stories of terror featuring a cast including Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk.

----- January 11, 2017 -----

** SADAKO VS. KAYAKO: The vengeful spirits of THE RING and THE GRUDGE series face off in SADAKO VS. KAYAKO, streaming exclusively on Shudder from January 26th.

** BATES MOTEL Season 5: Norman is a good boy and nows how to keep his mother cool. Watch this sneak peek of the final season of "Bates Motel" premiere February 20 on A&E.

** RESIDENT EVIL THE FINAL CHAPTER: Here's the Killing Floor 360° Experience!

** WILD BEAST: On February 7th, Severin Films will release director Franco E. Prosperi's berserk druggie animal flick into the streets!

----- January 9, 2017 -----

** DEATH RACE 2050: Roger Corman's DEATH RACE 2050 is coming on DVD/Blu-ray Combo Pack on January 17th. It's the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who's half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.

** Portuguese horror THE FOREST OF LOST SOULS: Two strangers, Ricardo (Jorge Mota) and Carolina (Daniela Love) meet within the woods, each of them planning to commit suicide. After bumping into each other, the pair put off their deaths and explore the forest to see what they can find. The two of them begin to bond, however, one of them isn't who they seem to be

Imagined like a matryoska doll, the film is an unsettling horror tale inside of a coming of age drama, with a poetic drama about life giving away into a suspenseful "70s slasher-style" second act. Shot in a beautiful and haunting black and white in several locations of Northern Portugal and Zamora (Spain).

** THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS: The near future: humanity has been all but destroyed by a fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns its victims into flesh eating "hungries". Only a small group of children seem immune to its effects. At an army base in rural England, this group of unique children are being studied and subjected to cruel experiments. But one little girl, Melanie, stands out from the rest.

When the base falls, Melanie escapes along with Miss Justineau (Gemma Arterton), Sergeant Parks (Paddy Considine), Dr. Caldwell (Glenn Close) and two other soldiers. Against the backdrop of a blighted Britain, Melanie must discover what she is and ultimately decide both her own future and that of the human race.

----- January 5, 2017 -----

** CULT OF CHUCKY: Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic "tool" to facilitate his patients' group sessions — an all-too-familiar "Good Guy" doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn't crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky's now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child's Play, races to Nica's aid. But to save her he'll have to get past Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly), Chucky's long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.

** RINGS: A new chapter in the beloved RING horror franchise. A young woman becomes worried about her boyfriend when he explores a dark subculture surrounding a mysterious videotape said to kill the watcher seven days after he has viewed it. She sacrifices herself to save her boyfriend and in doing so makes a horrifying discovery: there is a "movie within the movie" that no one has ever seen before.

** THE BELKO EXPERIMENT: Here's the poster for the film will debut in theaters March 17, 2017.

----- January 4, 2017 -----

** A CURE FOR WELLNESS: An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

** SLENDER MAN: THE LOSERS director Sylvain White has been set to helm the horror film for Screen Gems. Slender Man is a lanky, faceless figure in a black suit and originated as an internet meme. It grew to fame following the reports that violent acts were being committed in his name. (thanks to

** BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN: A documentary coming to HBO. Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky, BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN covers all sides of this unusual ongoing case, drawing on an eerie array of Slenderman-inspired art, games and self-produced video, all culled from the Internet, along with heart-wrenching, unprecedented access to the two girls' families, courtroom testimony and interrogation-room footage. (thanks to

----- January 3rd, 2017 -----

** Menstrual horror TAMPOON: When Miranda makes bad decisions about her love life, a possessed TAMPON slips in to take care of business.

** WE ARE THE FLESH: After the end of the world, a young brother and sister roam an apocalyptic city looking for food and shelter. They take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit who makes them a dangerous offer to survive. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in a maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behavior.

** RINGS: Samara is back as Paramount Pictures reveals a terrifying new Rings poster for the continuation of the horror franchise that debuts in theaters on February 3. (thanks to

----- December 29, 2016 -----

** Stephen King's IT: New Line Cinema new adaptation is currently in post-production, and makeup effects artist Tom Woodruff has revealed a terrifying new Pennywise photo on his Instagram feed while New Line has released an official photo.

** PARASITES: Chad Ferrin's harrowing festival favorite will be available to rent or own in the US and Canada starting January 24th on iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Vudu and Xbox from 108 Media. The industrial barbarianism of downtown Los Angeles is equal parts player and punisher in this survive-at-all-costs tale of a group of friends who get lost in the seedy streets where they encounter a crazed gang of homeless derelicts that captures and maims them one-by-one. One lucky man escapes on foot, naked and unarmed, with a pack of depraved transients in pursuit, staying only seconds ahead. Clinging to sanity and reduced to helpless prey, with only instinct to guide him, can he survive this coliseum of horror?

----- December 21, 2016 -----

** A CURE FOR WELLNESS: An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure. From Gore Verbinski, the visionary director of THE RING, comes the new psychological thriller, A CURE FOR WELLNESS.

** THE AXE MURDERS OF VILLISCA: On a June night in 1912, eight people—a mother, father, their four children, and two guests—were murdered by an axe-wielding killer in the sleepy town of Villisca, Iowa, a case that remains unsolved to this day. 104 years later, Caleb (Robert Adamson) and Denny (Jarrett Sleeper), two friends who share an interest in ghost hunting, along with Jess (Alex Frnka), the new girl in school who's already got a reputation, sneak into the house where the infamous bloodbath occurred in hopes of recording paranormal activity. What the trio encounters is far more horrifying than anything they could have imagined. A century after the shocking crime that put Villisca on the map, a supernatural force is waiting to write the next chapter in the home's bloody history.

----- December 20, 2016 -----

** THE GATE Blu-ray: The 1987 Canadian horror film is set for release in a limited-edition on February 28 from Lionsgate, armed with all-new, never-before-seen featurettes and audio commentary. A must-have for all classic horror fans, THE GATElimited-edition is part of the much-hyped Vestron Video Collector's Series and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97 (US). (thanks to

** THE BYE BYE MAN: People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we're asking are wrong? What if the cause of all evil is not a matter of what… but who? Here's the official trailer!

** RESIDENT EVIL THE FINAL CHAPTER: Here's two clips from the upcoming film.

----- December 19, 2016 -----

** AMITYVILLE THE AWAKENING: Under three weeks before its scheduled launch, Dimension Films' supernatural horror thriller has been delayed again – this time a further six months.

The project has been plucked from a January 6th opening to a wide release on June 30th, right in the heart of Summer. Despite the delay, which would see the film opening a full two-and-a-half years after it was originally slated to hit cinemas, this is being seen as a show of support with the film now nabbing a prime piece of release schedule real estate.

Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Thomas Mann, Jennifer Morrison and Kurtwood Smith star in the Franck Khalfoun-helmed film which was shot in mid-2014 and was first slated for release in January 2015. It has since undergone numerous delays and reshoots. (thanks to

** JEKYLL: Director Ruben Fleischer (ZOMBIELAND) has been tapped to direct Lionsgate's feature adaptation of JEKYLL, based on the 2007 BBC miniseries written by Steven Moffat. Captain America himself, Chris Evans, is slated to play the lead character in the film, which has a script by Anthony Bagarozzii and Chuck Mondry. (thanks to

** HAVENHURST: A troubled young woman takes up residence in a gothic apartment building where she must confront a terrifying evil.

----- December 16, 2016 -----

** GODZILLA KING OF MONSTERS will be helmed by Michael Dougherty (KRAMPUS) and is currently scheduled for release on March 22nd 2019.

** Brazilian horror O RASTRO: Set against Brazil's roiling social unrest, it turns on a bright, recently-promoted doctor Joao who is tasked with coordinating the overnight transfer of patients when yet another public hospital is closed in Rio. When a young girl patient goes missing, he tries to locate her, and is gradually drawn into a world he wishes he had never entered.

----- December 14, 2016 -----

** A CURE FOR WELLNESS: Opening in theaters on February 17, 2017. An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

** WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHIND: Argentinian giallo enthusiasts Luciano and Nicolás Onetti (SONNO PROFONDO, FRANCESCA) have begun shooting a new horror film in the ruins of Epecuén, Argentina.

Epecuén was one of the most important touristic villages of Argentina. Thousands of people concurred, attracted by the healing properties of its thermal waters. On November 10th 1985, a huge volume of water broke the protecting embankment and the village was submerged under ten meters of salt water. Epecuén disappeared. Thirty years later, the waters receded and the ruins of Epecuén emerged exposing a bleak and deserted landscape. The residents never returned.

The plot revolves around a group of young people that take a trip to the ruins in order to film a documentary about Epecuén. Ignoring the warnings, and after a brief tour, they get stranded in the abandoned village. Contrary to what they thought, they begin to realize that they are really not alone. (thanks to

** RESIDENT EVIL THE FINAL CHAPTER: The upcoming sequel will be distributed in North America by Screen Gems in January 27, 2017.

----- December 13, 2016 -----

** THE WALKING DEAD: Following the intense winter finale, AMC has debuted the "Rise Up" promo for the second half of Season 7. THE WALKING DEAD will return on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 9/8c.

** RESIDENT EVIL THE FINAL CHAPTER: Here's two TV spots for the upcoming film.

----- December 12, 2016 -----

** THE BYE BYE MAN: People commit unthinkable acts every day. Time and again, we grapple to understand what drives a person to do such terrible things. But what if all of the questions we're asking are wrong? What if the source of all evil is not a matter of what…but who?

** PITCHFORK: Having recently shared a life-changing secret with his family, Hunter recruits his friends to come with him from New York to the farm where he grew up as he faces his parents for the first time. As the college students enjoy the fresh air of Michigan farm country, an older, more dangerous secret slowly emerges. While Hunter navigates a new place within his conservative family, a vicious creature from their past descends on the farm, putting the unsuspecting city kids in mortal danger. (thanks to

----- December 8, 2016 -----

** TRAIN TO BUSAN remake: French studio Gaumont is set to remake the hit Korean zombie film into English for the international market. Gaumont and Next Entertainment World announced the joint deal on Wednesday. The film premiered at Cannes and immediately attracted sales interest with the likes of Fox, Sony, Studiocanal and Europacorp all pursuing remake rights. Kim Woo-taek, CEO of NEW, said in a statement:

"We are more than happy to start our business with Gaumont, one of the greatest film companies with rich experience in terms of global projects. We hope this opportunity could let Korean films get more attention and be familiar with the audience all over the world."

Animator Yeon Sang-ho directed the film set inside a high-speed train from Seoul to Busan when a zombie outbreak kicks off. The film has grossed $80.5 million in Korea alone since its July release. The remake will be set in the U.S. with the production to shoot in Los Angeles. (thanks to

** FEVER: A fresh twist on the Leopold and Loeb theme, FEVER is a thoughtful drama about two high school students who impulsively murder a woman they just met.

----- December 7, 2016 -----

** KODOKU MEATBALL MACHINE: The splatter-filled sequel to Yudai Yamaguchi and Jun'ichi Yamamoto's MEATBALL MACHINE, which Nishimura created the original special effects for back in 2005. The twisted story, which melds cyberpunk sci-fi, fantasy, extreme gore, and comedy, carries on in Nishimura's latest blood-drenched riot, which will be released in 2017.

** RESIDENT EVIL THE FINAL CHAPTER: The upcoming film will be distributed in the U.S. by Screen Gems in January 27, 2017.

----- December 6, 2016 -----

** THE MUMMY behind-the-scenes: Watch Tom Cruise take you behind the scenes of the epic action-adventure THE MUMMY in theaters this summer. From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

** THE MUMMY explained: Quotes from director Alex Kurtzman have gone online about the Tom Cruise-led movie that explain some more about his intentions for the project. The film is famously the first Universal's planned shared universe featuring its monsters including the likes of The Invisible Man (Johnny Depp), Frankenstein (Javier Bardem) and more. At one time there was talk that DRACULA UNTOLD might serve that function, and a coda was built into it just for that possibility, but Kurtzman clarified that DRACULA UNTOLD has no involvement in this universe.

"It's not so much building a universe. It's 'Make a great Mummy movie.' Now, if in the context of making a great Mummy movie, you can plant the seeds for something else, fantastic. But the only way you can get there, is if those seeds can be planted organically and if can be part of THE MUMMY story, first and foremost."

In fact despite the talks of a linked universe, don't expect an eventual "Avengers"-style team-up movie is a guarantee even if the individual films are a success:

"There has to be some kind of unifying reason if you're going to do something like that. By the way, maybe they don't come together in one movie. We aren't necessarily going to do THE AVENGERS.

There might be reasons for this character and that character to come together because of storytelling, because that's what the story wants. The story is what drives the choices. If down the line there's a big reason to bring them together, great. But I promise you, we are not starting there.

You will come to understand is the Mummy exists in a continuum of monsters and have been around for potentially longer than we have. Part of why we wanted to start with The Mummy was she was one of oldest ones. She's 5,000 years old."

One key linking element will be Russell Crowe's Dr. Jekyll who effectively serves as the Nick Fury of this group – tying things together as his organization Prodigium is responsible for tracking the monsters:

"We wanted to understand the context of the Mummy in the larger world and we wanted to know that monsters had existed for millennium, and we knew as the story evolved, we wanted there to be an organization who had been cataloging them and been following them. We said, 'Well, we could make up a character who is going to be the voice or we could look to monster mythology and say, 'Is there a character who could organically fit into the story, that wouldn't detract from the Mummy story, but would in fact enhance it?'"

Kurtzman confirmed that as one of the architects of this new initiative, they're already designed new looks for the various monsters which will be fairly faithful to the classic designs:

"Creature from the Black Lagoon, Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Hunchback, Phantom of the Opera, Dr. Jekyll, The Mummy. I can go on and on. Wolfman. Universal owns the rights to [Frankenstein]'s bolts-in-the-neck, flat-top head, green face. So now you take all that away, and I'd say, "But it's still Frankenstein", you're going to go, "No, it's not." And if you ask a four-year old child to draw Frankenstein for you, they're going to draw bolts in the neck, flat-top head and green face. It is culturally embedded. That is the world we live in, it's not going away." (thanks to

----- December 5, 2016 -----

** THE MUMMY trailer and poster: Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: THE MUMMY. Also starring Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, and Russell Crowe.

** DRACULA UNTOLD and the Universal Cinematic Monster Universe: It's been unclear if DRACULA UNTOLD was going to be part of Universal's Monster Universe for some time. At one point, it most certainly seemed to be the plan, but its status has remained somewhat ambiguous since release.

It seems we have an official word on it now though. The Collider web site report that at a press event for the newly released trailer, THE MUMMY director Alex Kurtzman revealed that the underwhelming DRACULA UNTOLD won't be a part of this universe. When asked, he simply said: No. (thanks to

** STAKE LAND II: A new adventure set several years after the events in Stake Land, in which mankind must struggle to survive in the wake of a vampire apocalypse. When his home in New Eden is destroyed by a revitalized Brotherhood and its new Vamp leader, Martin finds himself alone in the badlands of America with only the distant memory of his mentor, the legendary vampire hunter Mister, to guide him. Roaming the wilderness of a steadily decaying country, Martin searches for the one man who can help him exact revenge.

The upcoming sequel is again starring Nick Damici and Connor Paolo. It will be available across digital platforms on February 7, 2017. The film will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD beginning February 14, 2017. (thanks to

----- December 2nd, 2016 -----

** THE MUMMY: Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization: THE MUMMY.

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess (Sofia Boutella) whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.

** THE BELKO EXPERIMENT trailer: From director Greg McLean (WOLF CREEK) and writer/producer James Gunn.

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