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----- May 31, 2024 -----

** THE DEMON DISORDER: Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural, announced the acquisition of THE DEMON DISORDER from special effects master Steven Boyle (THE MATRIX trilogy, THE HOBBIT trilogy, KING KONG). The streamer also released the trailer for the highly anticipated film, which marks Boyle's feature directorial debut. Starring John Noble, Charles Cottier, Christian Willis, and Dirk Hunter, the film will make its exclusive streaming debut on Shudder in Fall 2024.

The Australian demonic family drama centers on Graham, a man haunted by his past since the death of his father and the estrangement from his two brothers. Jake, the middle brother, contacts Graham claiming that something is horribly wrong: their youngest brother Phillip is possessed by their deceased father. Graham reluctantly agrees to go and see for himself. With the three brothers back together, they soon realize they are unprepared for the forces against them and learn that the sins of their past will not stay hidden. But how do you defeat a presence that knows you inside and out? An anger so powerful it refuses to stay dead?

** NEVER LET GO: From visionary director Alexandre Aja (HAUTE TENSION) and producers of STRANGER THINGS comes NEVER LET GO. In this new psychological thriller, as an evil takes over the world beyond their front doorstep, the only protection for a mother, played by Academy Award Winner Halle Berry, and her twin sons is their house and their family's protective bond. Needing to stay connected at all times – even tethering themselves with ropes – they cling to one another, urging each other to never let go. But when one of the boys questions if the evil is real, the ties that bind them together are severed, triggering a terrifying fight for survival.

** JURASSIC EXORCIST: A reluctant priest is sent back into time to perform an exorcism on an evil dinosaur who has been summoned by Satanic forces to destroy modern day earth.

** SHARK EXORCIST 2 UNHOLY WATERS: Just when you thought it was safe to back in the water (or church), Shark Exorcist's possessed, flesh-eating demon shark is back! This time, no one is safe, especially the priest who swears to stop Hell's ultimate evil.

** BIGFOOT EXORCIST: A demonic cult has summoned the ultimate beast, Bigfoot, to prowl the mountains and slaughter innocent victims. But when Claude is attacked by the creature, the curse of Bigfoot is passed down to him. Now Claude turns into a hairy, fanged beast at night, thirsty for warm blood. Only the power of a nun trained in exorcism can hope to set Claude free from this nightmare.

----- May 30, 2024 -----

** Mike Flanagan for THE EXORCIST: Blumhouse has made official that which is already out there: filmmaker Mike Flanagan is writing, directing and producing "a radical new take" on THE EXORCIST in a new film with the genre producer and Morgan Creek.

This all comes in the wake of the last movie, THE EXORCIST BELIEVER, flailing at the box office with $65.5 million. U.S./Canada and $136.2 million worldwide, this after NBCUni, Peacock, Blumhouse bought the rights from Morgan Creek back in July 2021 for $400 million. David Gordon Green, the director of that movie, withdrew from the next installment.

The next movie here about demon-possessed people and the Jesuit priests that wrangle them is billed as "an all-new story set in THE EXORCIST universe and is not a sequel to 2023's THE EXORCIST BELIEVER per the press release. Pic will be produced by Trevor Macy on behalf of Intrepid Pictures and Flanagan via his new Red Room Pictures banner. John Scherer will also be working on the film on behalf of Intrepid. (thanks to Deadline.com)

** THE MUMMY prequel: The industry scooper, Daniel Richtman, reports in a post on Patreon that THE MUMMY will be resurrected again in prequel form. He writes, "THE MUMMY prequel movie now in development at Universal with Wes Tooke (MIDWAY, THE RESCUE) writing the script." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** A QUIET PLACE DAY ONE: According to Film Ratings, the Motion Picture Association has granted A QUIET PLACE DAY ONE a PG-13 rating for "terror and violent content/bloody images." The Lupita Nyong'o led prequel movie is currently slated to hit the theaters on June 28th. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMITYVILLE: Two bounty hunters searching for a wanted man find themselves in the newly built town of Amityville, where nothing is what it seems and evil lurks right under the surface. Soon they are fighting for their lives and souls against a centuries old demonic force that destroys everything it encounters.

----- May 29, 2024 -----

** THE SUBSTANCE: A spine-tingling new film from Coralie Fargeat, starring Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley and Dennis Quaid.

** I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER sequel: Jennifer Love-Hewitt has revealed she is in talks to reprise her role as Julie James in the latest I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER movie. She disclosed the news in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight. In the interview, Love-Hewitt explained its early days of talks. It's also been a bit overwhelming, if exciting, for her.

"It's in the cooker, let me just say that. I've done a couple of preliminary phone calls. I keep getting these messages from people going, 'We're so excited!' I'm like, 'Okay, but the train is moving really fast, and I haven't gotten there yet.' But it's nice to know that people are excited at the possibility. Honestly, it's wild to even think about. Truly, if it comes together, I don't even know how I'm gonna feel except extremely overwhelmed and grateful" said the actress. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** JAWS 3 4K UHD: Coming out as a limited edition Steelbook on 7/23/2024.

** JAWS 3-movie collection: Coming to 4K UHD on 7/23/2024.

----- May 28, 2024 -----

** FRIDAY THE 13th: After the legal rights wrangle between Sean Cunningham, Victor Miller, and Horror Inc. left Camp Crystal Lake lying destitute for many years, the franchise lives on in separate ways, with Horror Inc and Victor Miller creating a Jason Universe and Sean Cunningham keeping film rights. Cunningham was speaking at Texas Frightmare Weekend. There, he participated in a panel reuniting the director and producer of FRIDAY THE 13th with original star Adrienne King and FX legend Tom Savini.

Cunningham apparently didn't get into any of the grubby war of rights for the franchise, but explained that studios are less likely to take a punt on a horror movie with a decent budget in a post-pandemic world without assurances it can do well in theaters.

While Cunningham did not mention any particular studio when discussing this, New Line is the name still most likely associated with making a new FRIDAY THE 13th movie. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE BLACK PHONE sequel: Scott Derrickson returns for this sequel, which has been delayed and will now open October 17th 2025. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** INSIDIOUS CHAPTER 6: Sony has announced an August 29th 2025 release date for the sixth main entry in the supernatural horror franchise INSIDIOUS. Details of the project are under wraps, but it is separate from the Mandy Moore and Kumail Nanjiani-led spin-off film THREAD AN INSIDIOUS TALE, which is also in the works. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** 28 YEARS LATER: Sony Motion Pictures Group chairman Tom Rothman is in Cannes and spoke with the Deadline web site about the industry and where things stand with various upcoming Sony Pictures projects. He was asked if Oscar winner Cillian Murphy will be back on screen in the first of Danny Boyle's 28 YEARS LATER films. Rothman confirms he will be:

"Yes, but in a surprising way and in a way that grows, let me put it that way. This is Danny at his best, combined with a very commercial genre." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** Umbrella Entertainment: Here's the two horror releases for September 2024.



----- May 27, 2024 -----

** MY BLOODY VALENTINE remake #2: Blumhouse Productions is reportedly developing a second remake of 1981's Canadian slasher feature MY BLOODY VALENTINE. George Mihalka directed the original in which a decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true.

The film spawned a 3D remake in 2009 which saw SUPERNATURAL star Jensen Ackles, DAWSON'S CREEK alum Kerr Smith and Jaime King co-starring and which shifted the action to Pennsylvania. The Patrick Lussier-directed film grossed $100.7 million worldwide on a budget of $14 million. No word on what the plot or cast of the new version might be as it seems to be very early days yet. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE SUBSTANCE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film, which Mubi acquired the distribution rights and will release on September 20, 2024.

** TERRIFIER 3: Legendary FX artist Tom Savini will play a role in Damien Leone's festive slasher sequel. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** 28 YEARS LATER: Filming is underway on Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle's 28 YEARS LATER, the long in the works sequel to his viral zombie movie. Filming is taking place across the northeast of England with The BBC reporting that film crews have been seen all over the area including Newcastle, Kielder Forest and a large contingent on Holy Island for the past three weeks.

Hundreds of people from the island have responded to a call for extras to play a hoard of rage-filled 'zombies' in crowd scenes being shot there. Filming is expected to continue throughout the Summer. The project marks a reunion of celebrated filmmakers Boyle and Alex Garland who are directing and writing the film respectively. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** NOUS, LES ZOMBIES: Here's the poster for the upcoming film from the trio behind TURBO KID.

----- May 24, 2024 -----

** I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER sequel: Sony Pictures announced that its new I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER film will be released in cinemas on July 18th 2025. At least two of the original four stars are expected to return for the new entry which hails from director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson. Freddie Prinze Jr. is a confirmed one, though there seems to be confusion as to whether Jennifer Love Hewitt or Sarah Michelle Gellar is the other with the former linked a year ago, the latter in the new piece. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** M3GAN 2.0: Blumhouse and Universal's upcoming horror film M3GAN 2.0 has been delayed again with a new date of June 27th 2025 set – pushed back from May 16th 2025. It marks the second delay for the film which was originally slated for a January 2025 release. Allison Williams and Violet McGraw are both reprising their roles. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** HATCHET The Complete Collection: Coming out on June 25th is a 5-disc Blu-ray Limited Edition Steelbook featuring all 4 films for the first time ever from Dark Sky Films.

** PETER PAN'S NEVERLAND NIGHTMARE: The upcoming film will follow Wendy Darling as she tries to track down her brother Michael, who has been abducted by a villainous Peter Pan.

** Peril & Distress 4K UHD: Coming July 30th on 4K UHD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics. 2019 UHD SDR masters by StudioCanal from a 4K scan of the 35mm original camera negatives.

----- May 23, 2024 -----

** THE STRANGERS CHAPTER 1 4K UHD: The Walmart exclusive 4K UHD SteelBook edition has a release date of July 23, 2024.

** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S 2: Blumhouse and Universal have set an official release date for FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S 2 with that game-to-film sequel set to hit cinemas on December 5th 2025. That's just over two years since the first film opened in October 2023 and made $291 million worldwide. No director or cast is yet confirmed for the sequel which will shoot this summer. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE SCURRY: FALLOUT star Ella Purnell has joined the cast of the currently shooting UK comedy-horror THE SCURRY. Purnell will play a park attendant who must use her unique skills to survive a band of deranged killer squirrels.

The main story follows two pest controllers called to a country park café to investigate a routine vermin problem, only for an avalanche of the lethal squirrels to descend at nightfall – wreaking mayhem on the staff and visitors in the park.

Filmmaker Craig Roberts is directing the project while Tim Telling penned the script. True Brit Entertainment will co-produce and distribute in the UK. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** INSANE LIKE ME?: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.

** SPIRAL: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/8 from Ronin Flix.

----- May 22, 2024 -----

** Jason Universe: IGN reports that Horror, Inc. is expanding the franchise into a new era with the announcement of Jason Universe. New FRIDAY THE 13th 'activations' will span entertainment, games, immersive experiences, merchandise and more with announcements to be made across the year.

Robert Barsamian, President of Horror, Inc., says in a statement: "For decades, Jason shocked and thrilled audiences who kept coming back for more. We're excited to work with Victor Miller and Marc Toberoff on new projects we'll announce in the coming months."

Barsamian is an executive producer on CRYSTAL LAKE and served in the same capacity on 2017's FRIDAY THE 13th The Game. Miller was the screenwriter of the original FRIDAY THE 13th movie and reclaimed the domestic rights to the film in 2021. The new official site for this initiative is up at Jasonuniverse.com. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)**

** RETURN TO SILENT HILL: The first official photo is out of Pyramid Head in RETURN TO SILENT HILL, the new film in the franchise which sees 2006's SILENT HILL director Christophe Gans returning to helm. Jeremy Irvine and Hannah Emily Anderson star in which a mysterious letter from Mary calls James back to Silent Hill, he finds a once-recognizable town transformed by an unknown evil. No release date has yet been set. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** LONGLEGS: Here's another poster ahead of the film's theatrical release on July 12, 2024. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** ACORNS: Reports have emerged that Glen Powell is set to star in ACORNS, J.J. Abrams's next movie, which is seemingly a supernatural thriller. Production Weekly has a listing for ACORNS that reveals the plot involves "a young married couple struggling to survive against a supernatural entity."

No production date has been set for ACORNS, but Warner Bros. is reportedly close to winning the rights to produce it. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** FALL 2: Acclaimed horror and thriller directors Michael and Peter Spierig are set to direct FALL 2, the second installment in the blockbuster FALL Franchise, it was announced by Capstone Studios' CEO Christian Mercuri. Scott Mann, who directed and co-wrote the first film, is returning to co-write FALL 2 with Jonathan Frank.

Following the hugely successful survival thriller FALL released in 2022 by Lionsgate, FALL 2 will reunite producers Mark Lane and James Harris of Tea Shop Productions, Capstone's Christian Mercuri, David Haring, and Scott Mann via the Flawless banner. Dan Asma, John Long, and Roman Viaris will also reunite as Executive Producers alongside Capstone's Ruzanna Kegeyan. Capstone will finance the sequel, with FALL 2 set to begin shooting in June 2024.

In late 2023, Capstone Studios greenlit both FALL 2 and FALL 3 under the franchise. Mann will return to write and direct the third installment.

"We're extremely excited to helm the second instalment of this franchise and bring to life another nail biting, vertigo inducing thrill ride," said the Spierig Brothers.

Mann added, "I am so proud to hand over the reins to the Spierigs, two highly respected genre directors whose addition will undoubtedly make this follow-up even more of a must-see experience than we already knew it would be. I can't wait for Flawless to work alongside them, and the rest of our fantastic filmmaking team, to take the Fall franchise to epic new heights." (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)

----- May 21, 2024 -----

** MAXXXINE: Here's the new poster for the highly anticipated new film.

** LONGLEGS: As many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

** THE POSSESSION AT GLADSTONE MANOR: The official cast for Umbrelic Entertainment's upcoming horror movie THE POSSESSION AT GLADSTONE MANOR, has been announced, featuring leading stars Caylee Cowan and Charlotte Kirk. Lin Shaye, Jesse Metcalf, Darren Weiss, Barbara Crampton, and William Mapother have also been tapped for the project, which has already started its production in Kansas City. In addition to starring, Cowan and Crampton are also serving as executive producers. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** WOLFLAND: Pierce Brosnan is set to play a legendary werewolf hunter in WOLFLAND, an upcoming horror-thriller from his son, Sean Brosnan. Written by Brosnan the Younger and Matt D'Elia.

In this epic odyssey, a young teenager's sister is viciously attacked and shows signs of a transformation, he leaves his small village in search of a legendary werewolf hunter who can reverse the gruesome curse. When he finds the "legend", Devlin, slumped against a bar and in no mood for ghost stories, Delvin takes the kid's money and agrees to hunt down this phantom monster, only to find themselves in a deadly whirlwind of carnage. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)

** NIGHTMARE BEACH 4K UHD: Coming July 16th on 4K UHD from Kino Lorber.

----- May 17, 2024 -----

** 28 YEARS LATER: Danny Boyle's 28 YEARS LATER film has reportedly set a June 20th 2025 release date. That's 22 years after it premiered in the U.S. in June 2003. Jodie Comer, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ralph Fiennes are set to star in this sequel to 28 DAYS LATER and 28 WEEKS LATER with plot specifics under wraps.

Alex Garland is penning the film which serves as the first of a new trilogy of movies with Nia DaCosta in talks to direct the second film. Boyle and Garland are producing, as is Bernie Bellew, Andrew Macdonald and Peter Rice. Garland is expected to pen the two sequels. Filming on the project began in Northumberland on May 7th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** KEEPER: Osgood Perkins will follow up on Nicolas Cage's serial killer thriller LONGLEGS with KEEPER, starring Tatiana Maslany. Neon, who is distributing LONGLEGS, has acquired the rights to KEEPER, who will also star POSSESSOR's Rossif Sutherland.

KEEPER follows a couple as they escape for a romantic anniversary weekend at a secluded cabin. When Malcolm (Sutherland) suddenly returns to the city, Liz (Maslany) finds herself isolated and in the presence of an unspeakable evil that unveils the cabin's horrifying secrets. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** YOU LOOSE YOU DIE: WWE superstar Charlotte Flair is set to make her acting debut in the horror movie YOU LOOSE YOU DIE, starring alongside Emmy-nominated SIX FEET UNDER actor Freddy Rodriguez, in the project which will be directed by Carlos Suarez in his directorial debut.

According to the Deadline web site, the movie centers on the sociopathic tech expert Mr. Fantastik (played by Rodriguez). Mr. Fantastik runs a popular series on the dark web with two other unhinged techies, Ms. Perfect (played by Flair) and Mr. Creep (Anthony Alvarez). As part of this show, thousands of viewers vote on the games and challenges that prisoners participate in. If the prisoners are unlucky enough to lose, those viewers vote on the weapons that the sociopaths use to kill them. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE HERMIT: Los Angeles-based Scatena & Rosner Films has acquired worldwide rights to horror film THE HERMIT starring Lou Ferrigno as a cannibalistic pig farmer. They will be launching sales on the chiller, which is now in post, at the Cannes Marché du Film.

THE HERMIT is directed by U.S. based Italian helmer Salvatore Sclafani and produced by Los Angeles and New York based Gerry Pass via his Chrome Entertainment shingle in tandem with Sclafani's First Child Prods.

Dragged on a vacation to the woods, two self-absorbed teens named Lisa and Eric, played by Malina Weissman and Anthony Turpel, venture off trail, stumble across a farm, go in, see animal heads hanging from the wall and "fight for their lives against an unstoppable cannibal pig farmer," the synopsis says. (thanks to Variety.com)

** THE MOOR: Chris Cronin's acclaimed British horror THE MOOR will be heading to UK Cinemas 14th June and on Digital HD 1st July.

----- May 16, 2024 -----

** BLACK CAB: SHAUN OF THE DEAD star Nick Frost play an erratic cab driver, with Synnøve Karlsen and. Luke Norris playing couple who find their jovial black cab driver is not taking them home. Trapped on a desolate, supposedly haunted road, they are faced with their captor's true intentions. Shudder plans to debut BLACK CAB on the platform in North America, UK-Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, later this year. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)

** IN A VIOLENT NATURE: IFC Films and Shudder have revealed Chris Nash's unconventional slasher IN A VIOLENT NATURE will officially be unrated, which means viewers are likely to be treated to a brutal, gruesome ride. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)



** 7 METERS DOWN THE WRECK: A third installment in the shark horror series, is in the works from veteran horror director Patrick Lussier according to the Deadline web site. Series creator Johannes Roberts has co-written 47 METERS DOWN THE WRECK alongside Ernest Riera, having written the previous two entries. FilmNation is looking to launch worldwide sales at Cannes next week.

The story will follow a father who is determined to rebuild his relationship with his daughter as they bond during a scuba dive in beautiful tropical waters while exploring a famous shipwreck. Soon after their descent, their master diver had an accident, leaving them alone and unprotected inside the labyrinth of the wreck. As tensions rise and oxygen dwindles, the pair must use their newfound bond to escape the wreck and the relentless barrage of bloodthirsty great white sharks. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** EYES OF THE ABYSS: Variety is reporting that it has sold to Uncork'd Entertainment ahead of its market screening at Cannes during the Blood Window Showcase.

The film follows the journey of a soldier who awakens aboard a warship. Surrounded by corpses and haunted by fragmented memories, she navigates a perilous journey, confronting adversaries and fighting for survival. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)

** WEAPONS: BARBARIAN director Zach Cregger's new horror film WEAPONS will launch in cinemas on January 16th 2026. Josh Brolin, Julia Garner, Alden Ehrenreich, Austin Abrams and Benedict Wong star with story details under wraps. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

----- May 15, 2024 -----

** STREET TRASH: According to a follow up on a publication from Gorezone on X (Twitter), director Ryan Kruger confirmed that the upcoming STREET TRASH is more of a sequel than a remake.

** Ti West's NIGHT BUSINESS: Zac Efron is reportedly in talks to star in Ti West's NIGHT BUSINESS based on the cult classic graphic novel. Nathaniel Halpern is adapting the script.

Dubbed a 1980s-trash-culture homage, the project is set at a time when an extremely violent knife-wielding killer is on the loose and targeting exotic dancers. Only one man is determined enough to stop this psychopath: Johnny Timothy. Can he stop the killer before more innocent victims have to die? (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** FRANKIE FREAKO: Raven Banner will launch International sales at the Cannes Market for Steven Kostanski's latest feature, FRANKIE FREAKO. Kostanski's previous feature PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN premiered at SXSW and gathered a cult following worldwide. Shout! Studios has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to FRANKIE FREAKO with Raven Banner Releasing handling Canadian distribution.

FRANKIE FREAKO is Kostanki's homage to the practical-FX-driven little monster horror-comedies of the 80's such as GREMLINS 2 and GHOULIES 3. It tells the story of workaholic yuppie Conor Sweeney (star of THE EDITOR) whose perfect life is turned upside down when he accidentally unleashes a trio of tiny trouble-makers into his home, led by the maniacal rock-n-roll party monster FRANKIE FREAKO. It's a race against time as Conor must defeat the rambunctious ruffians and clean up their trail of destruction before his wife returns from her weekend work trip, all while going on an unexpected journey of self-discovery. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)

** THE FIST OMEN: The film will be available to rent or own on digital platforms, such as Prime Video, Apple TV and Fandango at Home, starting on May 28. It will then be followed by the horror prequel's exclusive streaming debut on Hulu on May 30. As for its physical release, the R-rated movie will officially be arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on July 30. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** PINOCCHIO CARVED IN DARKNESS: Oceana Studios (TERRIFIER 2) has revealed the fairy tale horror movie PINOCCHIO CARVED IN DARKNESS, which it is presenting to the Cannes Film Market, according to Variety. The movie will be directed by Joona Tena and written by Paulie Siegel.

The film sees woodcarver Geppetto carve a puppet resembling his recently deceased son from a block of wood discarded at a crime scene and cursed by Agatha, the priestess of a dark cult. As Pinocchio turns into a vengeful killer, a teen named Charlie and his mother Nancy arrive in the town looking for a fresh start. Meanwhile, a detective named Georgina starts investigating Agatha's crimes. The characters intertwine with some tragic consequences. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- May 14, 2024 -----

** R.I.P. Roger Corman: The legendary independent filmmaker and renowned "King of the B-movies," has died at the age of 98. Corman passed away on Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, surrounded by family. Over time he directed 55 films and produced around 385 films over a career spanning nearly sixty years.

** FRIDAY THE 13th series CRYSTAL LAKE: Bryan Fuller revealed on Instagram to reveal he was no longer involved with the project.

"Adapting classic horror is something I have some experience with," wrote Fuller. "These shows require a vision that elevates and transforms, as well as delivers what audiences have come to expect, which is an ambitious and risky endeavor. It requires people to take the leap with me."

"When it works, as with HANNIBAL, the results can be powerful for the storytellers and the audience. I couldn't be more proud of the work my co-showrunner Jim Danger Gray and I were able to accomplish with our brilliant writing staff despite the challenges we faced."

"For reasons beyond our control, A24 has elected to go a different way with the material. We hope the final product will be something FRIDAY THE 13th fans all over the world will enjoy."

Despite the prequel premise of the show, Fuller claimed it was "Less of a prequel series and more of "a pre-remake-uel series," which suggested a reimaging of the franchise beyond Jason's origins.

Bryan Fuller was involved as writer, showrunner, and executive producer, with original FRIDAY THE 13th writer Victor Miller producing with Marc Toberoff, Rob Barsamian, and A24. Original star Adrienne King had signed up for a recurring role in the series. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE SUBSTANCE: Ahead of Coralie Fargeat's THE SUBSTANCE debuting at Cannes, Mubi has picked the body horror movie. Mubi is a distributor, production banner, and streamer for arthouse films and has the rights for North America, the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria, Turkey, India, Latin America, and Benelux, where it will be released theatrically this year. Mubi's The Match Factory will handle all other territories.

The film stars Demi Moore, Margaret Qualley, and Dennis Quaid. The film is set to premiere at Cannes Film Festival, and the Cannes website offers up some details on what to expect from the movie.

"Have you ever dreamed of a better version of yourself? You should try this new product: The Substance. It changed my life. With The Substance, you can generate another version of yourself, younger, more beautiful, more perfect… Just share the time. One week for one, one week for the other. A perfect balance of seven days. Easy, isn't it?

"If you follow the instructions, what could go wrong?" (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** QUIET PLACE DAY ONE: Here's the second trailer for the upcoming film.

** THE PROFANE EXHIBIT: Coming to Blu-ray on 9/24 from Unearthed Films.

----- May 13, 2024 -----

** HUMANIST VAMPIRE SEEKING CONSENTING SUICIDAL PERSON: Drafthouse Films has announced it will bring horror comedy to theaters next month. The film is directed by Ariane Louis-Seize from a script she wrote with Christine Doyon. It's set to hit theaters in New York and LA starting June 21, 2024, then will be followed by a nationwide rollout. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE 4K UHD: Coming July 16th on 4K UHD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

** POPPY PLAYTIME: Legendary has reportedly closed an aggressive deal with Mob Entertainment to develop and produce a live-action film adaptation of the horror video game POPPY PLAYTIME. Legendary beat out several others to develop and produce the film along with Mob Entertainment and Angry Films' Don Murphy and Susan Montford.

The first person video game has the player starring as a former employee of a faded toy brand who, thanks to a cryptic letter, is drawn back to an abandoned facility only to quickly discover it has become home to a host of toys that have taken on a life of their own. Players have to decipher clues, solve puzzles and use gadgets to unravel the mystery and get out alive before the toys like Huggy Wuggy, Mommy Long Legs, and CatNap catch up to them.

The first chapter of the game hit Steam in 2021 and snagged over 12 million players across PC and mobile. The game became a merchandising phenomenon with Huggy Wuggy plushies everywhere. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE LOOMING: A24, Square Peg and Causeway Films will team up with debut filmmaker Masha Ko to adapt her horror short THE LOOMING, which premiered at Sundance this year. Ko will write and direct the movie. A24 will produce alongside Square Peg's Ari Aster, Lars Knudsen, and Tyler Campellone and Causeway Films' Samantha Jennings and Kristina Ceyton. A24 is to finance and handle worldwide releases.

When a virtual home assistant speaker, Luna, picks up the strange noise Chester has heard in his house, he realizes that it may not be a symptom of dementia. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE BREED remake: The 2006 horror film THE BREED is getting a remake, with SHAZAM! actress Grace Caroline Currey set to star. According to Variety, Currey will be headlining the project, which will be directed by brothers Sean and Bryan Furst. The original Nicholas Mastandrea-directed film, which Wes Craven co-produced, will be receiving an "unconventional reimagining," per Variety's report. The filmmaking brothers will also serve as the remake's producers through their Curmudgeon Films company. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- May 10, 2024 -----

** David Cronenberg's THE SHROUDS: Here's the poster for the highly anticipated film.

** HANDLING THE UNDEAD: On a hot summer day in Oslo, the dead mysteriously awaken, and three families are thrown into chaos when their deceased loved ones come back to them. Who are they, and what do they want? A family is faced with the mother's reawakening before they have even mourned her death after a car accident; an elderly woman gets the love of her life back the same day she has buried her; a grandfather rescues his grandchild from the gravesite in a desperate attempt to get his daughter out of her depression. Handling the Undead is a drama with elements of horror about three families, a story about grief and loss, but also about hope and understanding of what we can't comprehend or control.





** THE CARPENTER'S SON: Nicolas Cage, FKA Twigs, Noah Jupe and Souheila Yacoub are all set to star in Egyptian-American filmmaker Lotfy Nathan's horror-tinged young Jesus film THE CARPENTER'S SON.

The dark story follows a family hiding out in Roman Egypt. The son (Jupe), known only as 'the Boy', is driven to doubt by another mysterious child and rebels against his guardian, the Carpenter (Cage), revealing inherent powers and a fate beyond his comprehension. As he exercises his own power, the Boy and his family become the target of horrors, natural and divine. The work has reportedly taken inspiration from the apocryphal Infancy Gospel of Thomas which recounts the childhood of Jesus and dates back to 2 A.D. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** BEZEL: Over six tumultuous decades, three unwitting guests of a cursed New England home stumble upon a sinister secret dwelling beneath its floors - an eternal witch with an insatiable thirst for the souls of the living.

----- May 9, 2024 -----

** THE BLACK BELLY OF THE TARANTULA 4K UHD: Coming soon to 4K UHD and Blu-ray from Celluloid Dreams.

** George A. Romero's DIARY OF THE DEAD: The film is getting a Blu-ray SteelBook release from Lionsgate. The release date has been set for July 2, 2024. The SteelBook will be released exclusively through Walmart, and will retail for $24.99 when it releases in July. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** DANGEROUS ANIMALS: Sean Byrne, director of cult horror gems THE DEVIL'S CANDY and THE LOVED ONES, is back with an unusual spin on the slasher movie titled DANGEROUS ANIMALS. The film features Hassie Harrison, Jai Courtney, and Josh Heuston. Byrne looks to continue with a playful attitude to horror tropes by giving us a serial killer movie with a twist.

In DANGEROUS ANIMALS, Zephyr (Harrison), described as a savvy and free-spirited surfer, is abducted by a shark-obsessed serial killer (Courtney). Held captive on his boat, she must figure out how to escape before he carries out a ritualistic feeding to the sharks below. The only person who realizes she is missing is new love interest Moses (Hueston), who goes looking for Zephyr, only to be caught by the deranged murderer as well. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE HANGMAN: Here's the trailer for the new horror film.

** WILD EYED AND WICKED: In her attempt to strike back at the medieval creature that's haunted her family for generations. She must reconnect with her estranged father, a disgraced history professor, and learn how to draw upon a time of steel and blade when armor-clad knights rode out and dueled monsters to the death.

----- May 8, 2024 -----

** A24 out of FRIDAY THE 13th series: First announced in 2022, CRYSTAL LAKE was set to take place before the events of the film series and was being executive-produced by HANNIBAL's Brian Fuller and being made for Peacock. However, Jeff Sneider reported that A24 had pulled the plug on the show. The only upside is that it's unclear whether this is permanent or temporary.

"I'm hearing that A24 has pulled the plug on RYSTAL LAKE, its planned Peacock series based on the FRIDAY THE 13th franchise featuring masked killer Jason Voorhees," Wrote Sneider for his The InSneider blog.

"It's unclear whether this is a permanent decision or a temporary one, as A24 had no comment. Perhaps Peacock will help the trades shed more light on this project, which was announced back in 2022." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** 11817: French filmmaker Louis Leterrier, who is best known for his work on action movies such as TRANSPORTER and FAST X, has officially signed on to direct the upcoming sci-fi horror movie titled 11817.

"Directing projects where the audience gets behind the characters has always been my focus," Leterrier said in a statement. "However complex, flawed, and heroic, we identify with them as we live through their journey. It's what excites me about 11817's wholly original concept and the family at the heart of our story. This is an experience that movie audiences won't forget." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** WEAPONS: According to the Deadline web site, Marvel vet Benedict Wong, Oscar nominee Amy Madigan, and Austin Abrams have been cast in the upcoming horror thriller WEAPONS, which hails from New Line Cinema. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** BROOKLYN 45: Vinegar Syndrome is releasing Ted Geoghegan's supernatural post-war chiller on Blu-ray. This special limited edition slipcover (designed by Chris Barnes) is limited to 1,000 units and is only available on Vinegar Syndrome's website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** NEW LIFE: A mysterious woman on the run, and the resourceful fixer assigned to bring her in. Their two unique stories inextricably link, as the stakes of the pursuit rise to apocalyptic proportions.

----- May 7, 2024 -----

** M3GAN 2.0: Actress Ivanna Sakhno has landed a leading role in M3GAN 2.0 at Atomic Monster and Blumhouse. Akela Cooper and Gerard Johnstone developed the story for the follow-up. Sakhno will star alongside Allison Williams and Violet McGraw, who will both be reprising their roles as Gemma and Cady, respectively. The film has already set a May 2025 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE STRANGERS reboot: Filmmaker Renny Harlin has confirmed to Variety that THE STRANGERS CHAPTER 2 is set to be released in September or October this year. The date announcement comes less than two weeks ahead of THE STRANGERS CHAPTER 1 hitting United States theaters on May 17th. Harlin adds the trilogy's concluding entry will be released at "the beginning of next year".

Madelaine Petsch, Froy Gutierrez, Rachel Shenton, and Gabriel Basso star in the first film which reimagines Bryan Bertino's 2008 home invasion horror film. That starred Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a couple terrorised by three psychopathic masked strangers. Harlin tells the trade this reconception of the original into a new trilogy of three 90-minute films was part of the appeal:

"If it had been a straight remake or a sequel, I wouldn't have done it at this point of my life. I have such respect for the original film and am somewhat intimidated by the quality of it. Simply doing a sequel or remake didn't appeal to me, but this was such an opportunity to have four and a half hours of a case study of victims of a violent crime and the perpetrators and what makes them tick and how it affects a person who goes through this."

He adds that a 4.5-hour single film supercut of the entire new trilogy is being discussed as a possibility to be released after all three films have come out:

"It's in our heads. This is definitely what we want to do. We want to cut together the full arc. We know exactly how to do it, then we'll create a movie and see who are those diehard fans who will come to the movie theater for four and a half hours. I don't know if we need to have an intermission so people can get some food and go to the bathroom, but I definitely want to have that event and see if people take four and a half hours of dread and fear and terror and despair." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** INSANE LIKE ME?: The upcoming film debuts on Cable and Digital VOD June 4, 2024, including Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, Fandango At Home, Comcast, Dish, and DirecTV. The film is a supernatural thriller about a combat veteran who returns home after a tour of duty overseas. He becomes the lead suspect in his girlfriend's disappearance and is subsequently wrongly convicted and incarcerated. Nine years later he is released from the mental asylum, he returns home to find the truth and settle the score.

** THE HANGMAN: From Epic Pictures' specialty horror label DREAD comes THE HANGMAN, a terrifying tale of the sinister secrets hiding in the hills of rural Appalachia. THE HANGMAN will have a limited theatrical run beginning May 31, and on June 4 the film will be available to rent or purchase on video-on-demand (VOD). The film will be available to pre-order on Apple iTunes beginning May 10.

** ABIGAIL: The horror-fan-favorite director duo, Radio Silence, returns to deliver a new vision of vampires in ABIGAIL, available for the first time exclusively on digital platforms where you can buy or rent beginning tomorrow, May 7, 2024, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin & Tyler Gillet elevate the vampire genre challenging expectations at every blood-stained corner.

----- May 6, 2024 -----

** A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4K UHD: Coming soon to 4K UHD/4K UHD Steelbook from Warner Brothers.

** Julia Ducournau's next film: RAW and TITANE director Julia Ducournau's next film is titled ALPHA. She'll direct and write the project. Details on the film are scarce, but we do know that it will star Golshifteh Farahani and Tahar Rahim. In a statement from FilmNation Entertainment and Charades, we learned that this will be Ducournau's "Most personal, profound work yet" (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** SCREAM VII: Actress Neve Campbell famously dropped out of appearing in SCREAM VI over a pay dispute with the studio. The actress, who played Sidney Prescott across the five previous films, says she wasn't being properly compensated to return and so the filmmakers just didn't include her character. In a new interview with People, she explains the offer she got and why she walked away from the sixth film:

"I honestly don't believe that if I were a man and had done five installments of a huge blockbuster franchise over 25 years that the number that I was offered would be the number that would be offered to a man. I'm really grateful that the studio heard me when I talked about pay discrepancy and when I talked about [SCREAM VI negotiations] not feeling respectful.

When they first approached me [for SCREAM VII], I thought, 'I don't know what respectful looks like to them. We might be in very different places.' But they started out in a strong place, so that was lovely. It feels nice to have put that out into the world and to have been listened to and to have made a difference in that way. I hope other people get that opportunity too." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: Put on the mask and rev the chainsaw - Leatherface returns to slaughter in pinball form! Aim your shots and use all your skills to take out your victims in one of the most brutal pinball tables ever created.

----- May 3rd, 2024 -----

** FLESH OF THE GODS from MANDY director: Kristen Stewart and Oscar Isaac are set to star in the vampire film FLESH OF THE GODS. The project hails from celebrated MANDY director Panos Cosmatos who will helm, while Adam McKay and Betsy Koch are producing this new feature.

Set in Los Angeles during the 1980s, the story follows a married couple, Raoul (Isaac) and Alex (Stewart), who descend each evening from their luxury skyscraper condo and head into an electric nighttime realm of LA. When they cross paths with a mysterious and enigmatic woman and her hard-partying cabal, Raoul and Alex are seduced into a glamorous, surrealistic world of hedonism, thrills, and violence.

Cosmatos says in a statement: "Like Los Angeles itself FLESH OF THE GODS inhabits the liminal realm between fantasy and nightmare. Both propulsive and hypnotic, Flesh will take you on a hot rod joy ride deep into the glittering heart of hell."

Se7EN scribe Andrew Kevin Walker is penning the script based on a story by Cosmatos and Walker. Isaac and Gena Konstantinakos also produce. Filming aims to begin later this year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE EXORCIST BELIEVER sequel: In a surprising new report, The Insneider web site has revealed that celebrated creator/director Mike Flanagan is in talks to direct the next THE EXORCIST film at Blumhouse and Universal Pictures.

Universal famously snagged the rights to the franchise for $400 million in June 2021 with the intent being to proceed with a new trilogy of THE EXORCIST films like they did with HALLOWEEN in 2018 – even enlisting that trilogy's director David Gordon Green to helm at least the first film THE EXORCIST BELIEVER which released last year. That film, which serves as a direct sequel to the original William Friedkin classic and ignored the sequels, was at least profitable – making $137 million from a $30 million budget. However it was poorly received by critics and audiences with no real interest in any more. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE POPE'S EXORCIST sequel: Producer Jeff Katz has revealed that a sequel to the 2023 Russell Crowe-led supernatural film THE POPE'S EXORCIST is officially in the works. Speaking on X, Katz said: "Amorth Nation – I just got the call. IT'S OFFICIALLY HAPPENING!!! 'E un seguito, amici miei.' [It's a sequel, my friends.] Thank you to the amazing ThePopesExorcist fans. You made this happen. Gas up your Lambretta – and get ready to ride."

Julius Avery directed the first film which made $77 million from an $18 million budget and was inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist of the Vatican. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** TERRIFIER 3: The upcoming sequel will now open in theaters nationwide on October 11th!

----- May 2nd, 2024 -----

** M. Night Shyamalan's TRAP: Here's the first poster for the upcoming film, which arrives in theaters nationwide on August 9, 2024.

** BRING HER BACK from TALK TO ME directors: A24 will once again team up with TALK TO ME's Danny and Michael Philippou for a new horror movie starring Sally Hawkins titled BRING HER BACK. The plot of BRING HER BACK is currently unknown, but the film adds to the projects the Philippous are already developing, with a TALK TO ME sequel and a documentary project inspired by their own journey into the world of international underground deathmatch wrestling. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** SILENCE OF THE PREY: In a desperate bid to secure a future for her child, an undocumented immigrant mother takes a caretaker job. Unbeknownst to her, the elderly man conceals a horrifying truth - she's the next item on the menu.

** MIND BODY SPIRIT: Breathe. Find your center… before it finds you. Available on digital May 7.

----- May 1st, 2024 -----

** LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL: Coming on September 4th on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment.

** MAXXXINE: Here's a new still from the upcoming film.

** WEAPONS: According the the Deadline web site, Alden Ehrenreich has been tapped to join the WEAPONS cast for New Line Cinema's upcoming horror movie. The film will be written and directed by Zach Cregger, who's best known for 2022's BARBARIAN, which served as his feature directorial debut. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** George A. Romero's BRUISER 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in July from Indicator.

----- April 30, 2024 -----

** ROSEMARY'S BABY prequel: Paramount Pictures' psychological thriller APARTMENT 7A, a prequel to Roman Polanski's famed 1968 horror feature ROSEMARY'S BABY, will go straight to Paramount+ this Halloween. The film was shot back in mid-late 2022 and underwent reshoots back in April & May last year in what has been described as a troubled production.

Natalie Erika James (RELIC) helms the film set in New York in 1965 and follows a struggling young dancer who suffers a devastating injury. She finds herself drawn in by dark forces when a peculiar, well-connected, older couple promises her a shot at fame. It has been reported that the young character, Terry Gionoffrio, is the woman who dies at the beginning of ROSEMARY'S BABY. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** HAPPY DEATH DAY 3: Actress Jessica Rothe has offered an update on a third entry in the HAPPY DEATH DAY franchise. The first film was released in 2017 and follows college student Tree Gelbman, who is murdered on her birthday and starts reliving the day repeatedly.

The film scored good reviews and made over $125 million from a $4.8 million budget. The less well-received sequel, which had more of a sci-fi bent than the slasher film of the first, made $64.4 million from a $9 million budget. Out promoting her role in the upcoming action feature BOY KILLS WORLD, Rothe says that filmmaker Chris Landon has an idea for a third film set. She tells the Screen Geek web site:

"I can say Chris Landon has the whole thing figured out. We just need to wait for Blumhouse and Universal to get their ducks in a row. But my fingers are so crossed. I think Tree [Gelbman] deserves her third and final chapter to bring that incredible character and franchise to a close or a new beginning."

Landon has previously teased the film's title being HAPPY DEATH DAY TO US. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS: Shudder is releasing Josh Forbes film on DVD on May 12, 2024.

** THE COMPLEX FORMS: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.

----- April 29, 2024 -----

** Next EVIL DEAD director: Francis Galluppi has been set to write and direct the next EVIL DEAD at Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert's Ghost House Pictures. No specifics of the plot are available and no other personnel involved have been revealed as it's said to be early days according to the Deadline web site who broke the news.

The project is said to be an original story that Galluppi developed and brought to Raimi and team who sparked to the idea. In a statement, Rami says: "Francis Galluppi is a storyteller who knows when to keep us waiting in simmering tension and when to hit us with explosive violence. He is a director that shows uncommon control in his feature debut."

The film will follow on from the most recent film, the standalone EVIL DEAD RISE which grossed more than $147 million worldwide last year. The project is also not to be confused with INFESTED director Sebastien Vanicek's new spin-off of the franchise which is also in the works. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** 28 YEARS LATER: Ever since it was announced, one of the biggest questions lingering over the upcoming 28 YEARS LATER trilogy at Sony Pictures would be if Oscar-winner Cillian Murphy would return. Murphy starred in the original 28 DAYS LATER as a bicycle courier (Cillian Murphy) who wakes from a coma to discover the world had been overrun with fast-moving zombies following the outbreak of a virus.

Murphy will be executive producing the new trilogy but his onscreen involvement has been in question. Now, The InSneider web site (via World of Reel) is reporting that Murphy will indeed appear – just not like you might think. The new report suggests Murphy won't be seen in the Boyle-directed first film. Rather, he will first appear in a small role/borderline cameo in the second film of the trilogy before going on to having a major role in the third.

The project marks a reunion of celebrated filmmakers Danny Boyle and Alex Garland who are directing and writing the first film respectively. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE INVISIBLE MAN remake sequel: Appearing on the latest episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, actress Elisabeth Moss says a sequel to Leigh Whannell's 2020 film THE INVISIBLE MAN is still be considered. She says they are "closer than we've ever been to cracking it, and I feel very good about it, and we are very much intent on continuing that story." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL: The Screen Rant web site reports that according to Shudder, the film's April 19th streaming debut on the SVOD platform broke the record for the streamer's biggest opening weekend ever. The movie has reportedly already become the most watched release on both Shudder and AMC+, surpassing prior record holders WHEN EVIL LURKS and V/H/S/99 in their first full weeks. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

----- April 26, 2024 -----

** THE EXORCISM: A troubled actor who begins to unravel while shooting a supernatural horror film. His estranged daughter, Lee, wonders if he's slipping back into his past addictions or if there's something more sinister at play.



** STREAM: The release date is set for August 21, 2024, with a North American theatrical release via Iconic Events Releasing. Michael Leavy, director of the film, was a producer, actor, and AD on TERRIFIER 2. The director of TERRIFIER 2, Damien Leone, serves as producer and works on effects for STREAM. Composer Paul Wiley and producer Phil Falcone are also along for the ride.

Here's the synopsis; As the Keenan's try to bring their family closer together, they unwittingly enter themselves into a game of life or death. With four deranged killers patrolling the halls of their hotel and competing for the most creative kills, the odds are definitely stacked against them. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** KILL ME: XYZ Films has revealed Charlie Day and Allison Williams will star in the offbeat murder mystery movie KILL ME by director Peter Warren. Written and directed by Peter Warren, KILL ME features Day in the role of Jimmy, who wakes up in a bathtub after having tried to kill himself. Or, at least, that's what it looks like to his friends and family. Jimmy is pretty sure he didn't do it… Maybe. Together with Margot (Williams), the 911 operator who took his call, Jimmy sets out on a mission to solve a vitally important whodunit: did someone try to kill him, or are they chasing the specter of depression? (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE LITTLE MERMAID: MSR Media International has picked up the 1837 classic tale by Hans Christian Anderson to receive a sinister spin. It will be directed by Leigh Scott and stars Lydia Helen, Mike Markoff, and Jeff Denton. The trailer is available on the official web site. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- April 25, 2024 -----

** WEAPONS: Multiple Emmy winner Julia Garner will star opposite Josh Brolin in BARBARIAN filmmaker Zach Cregger's new horror feature WEAPONS at New Regency. Cregger wrote the top-secret script, which has been dubbed an "interrelated, multistory horror epic that tonally is in the vein of Magnolia" and revolves around missing kids and witchcraft. Filming on the project is set to begin mid-May in Atlanta. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** 28 YEARS LATER: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ralph Fiennes and previously rumored Jodie Comer have all reportedly boarded the first film in upcoming 28 YEARS LATER trilogy at Sony Pictures. The project marks a reunion of celebrated filmmakers Danny Boyle and Alex Garland who are directing and writing the film respectively. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE RITUAL: Al Pacino and Dan Stevens are set to team up for the exorcism horror film THE RITUAL at XYZ Films. Based on a true story, the story follows two priests – one questioning his faith (Stevens) and one reckoning with a troubled past (Pacino) – who put aside their differences to save a possessed young woman in a dangerous series of exorcisms.

The film is based on the story of Emma Schmidt, an American woman whose demonic possession culminated in harrowing exorcisms. Her case remains the most thoroughly documented exorcism in American history. Ashley Greene and Abigail Cowen co-star in the film which David Midell directs and co-wrote with Enrico Natale. Natale, Andrew Stevens and Mitchell Welch produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** WINNIE THE POOH II BLOOD AND HONEY: Here's a first look at the just announced action figure!

----- April 24, 2024 -----

** THE WATCHERS: From producer M. Night Shyamalan comes THE WATCHERS, written for the screen and directed by Ishana Night Shyamalan and based on the novel by A.M. Shine. The film follows Mina, a 28-year-old artist, who gets stranded in an expansive, untouched forest in western Ireland. When Mina finds shelter, she unknowingly becomes trapped alongside three strangers who are watched and stalked by mysterious creatures each night.

** FACELESS AFTER DARK: Following her breakout success as the star of a killer clown horror flick, Bowie now finds herself struggling to capitalize on its success. But when she is suddenly held hostage by an unhinged fan posing as that same killer clown, horror becomes her reality as she fights to survive the night and escape before he completes his sinister plan to recreate the film's fatal plot.

** THE EXORCISM: Vertical has officially acquired the North American distribution rights to Russell Crowe's upcoming meta horror movie, THE EXORCISM, formerly titled THE GEORGETOWN PROJECT. It is now scheduled to make its theatrical debut on June 7.

"THE EXORCISM follows Anthony Miller (Crowe), a troubled actor who begins to unravel while shooting a supernatural horror film. His estranged daughter (Ryan Simpkins) wonders if he's slipping back into his past addictions or if there's something more sinister at play," reads the synopsis. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- April 23, 2024 -----

** WINNIE THE POOH BLOOD AND HONEY 2: From Umbrella Entertainment. We head down the bloodstained brick road to find the wicked new slasher WINNIE THE POOH BLOOD AND HONEY 2 with a custom illustrated "kids" book and a honeypot of NEW extras including a commentary, deleted and behind-the-scenes, and more!

** FOUNDERS DAY: In this satirical political slasher from the Bloomquist Brothers, a small town is shaken by a series of ominous killings in the days leading up to a heated mayoral election. As accusations fly and the threat of a masked killer darkens every street corner, the residents must race to uncover the truth before fear consumes the town.

** THE DEVIL'S BATH: The film will hit the horror streaming service Shudder on June 28, 2024. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** WILD EYED AND WICKED: Gravitas Ventures has acquired the worldwide rights to the fantasy horror movie, which digital and cable on-demand release has been set for June 11, 2024, in the US, with worldwide details still unconfirmed. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- April 22, 2024 -----

** SE7EN in 8K: David Fincher recently restored his iconic 1995 neo-noir thriller SE7EN to full 8K resolution ahead of the 4K premiere on IMAX at the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles this past Friday and a 4K UHD disc release which at the time of writing is still listed for May 3rd this year on Amazon – though has been delayed to 2025 according to other outlets.

To make the restoration possible, he and his frequent post-production collaborator Peter Mavromates reunited to scan the original camera negative in 8K and then remastered it at that level. Color corrections, retouches, and VFX were also rendered in 8K, but then were downsampled to 4K because there is currently no distribution chain for 8K.

Speaking with the Indiewire web site, about the intent of the restoration, Fincher says the aim of the work was to retain the original 1995 intent and style of each scene – even if he sees scenes he would do differently now such as close-ups framed far too tightly he says. Yet there were also some tiny errors that simply don't work in the 4K HDR age that had to be fixed. Fincher says:

"It is what it is, warts and all. And some of it is spectacular and some of it is stuff that I would change or fix today, but I didn't want to mess with that. There's a lot of imperfections, there's a lot of things that you just don't see on film. When people say they love the look of film, what they're talking about is chaos, entropy, and softness. Now, of course, we live in an HDR world where you get those kinds of very deep, rich, velvety blacks for free. And we had to negotiate that fine line between what to fix or not. So we attempted to go back in and fix to make it match. And kind of repaint stuff and just take out water spots and little edge flashes. And some of it is impossible to get it to match, certainly by today's standards." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT: The trio of stars from 1999's original THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT have come together and issued a public proposal to Lionsgate in the wake of that studio recently announcing a partnership with Blumhouse for a reboot of the franchise. In a statement released Saturday, actors Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard and Michael Williams asked Lionsgate for retroactive and future residual payments, 'meaningful consultation' on any future BLAIR WITCH projects, and an annual $60,000 grant to "unknown/aspiring genre filmmakers" trying to make their first feature.

The new project will mark the second reboot of the property, and fourth film overall, and the trio say those other films were "not made with significant creative input from the original team" resulting in box-office and critical disappointments. The trio also included a statement from the directors and producers of the 1999 original film in support of them saying "we celebrate our film's legacy, and equally, we believe the actors deserve to be celebrated for their enduring association with the franchise." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THRILL RIDE: Director Ryuhei Kitamura is set to helm the rollercoaster thriller. THRILL RIDE will tell the story of a group of people, including two young women, who are trapped upside down on a roller coaster taken over by a mysterious saboteur threatening to drop them all one by one to their deaths. Production on the movie is targeting the fourth quarter of 2024 at Bulgaria's Pro Cinema Studios. It's being written by Chad Law and Christopher Jolley. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** Guillermo del Toro's FRANKENSTEIN: Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's long-gestating FRANKENSTEIN film adaptation is currently in the midst of production. This weekend he has shared a behind-the-scenes photo from the movie via his official X account, the shot sees him alongside cinematographer Dan Laustsen and a fellow actor on the set of the movie.

The shot seemingly confirms the inclusion of the Captain Walton framing device from the original Mary Shelley novel. The book begins and ends at the North Pole in the 18th century where a ship is stuck in pack ice. Much of the original story is told in flashback as Dr. Victor Frankenstein, whom the ship's crew found on a drifting ice floe, recounts to the captain of the ship what happened and his pursuit of the creature he created. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

----- April 19, 2024 -----

** Brad Dourif retires: Actor Brad Dourif has said he is effectively retired from acting with one notable exception, he'll keep voicing a legendary killer doll. Speaking with JoBlo.com's Tyler Nichols, Dourif confirmed he only came back to play Chucky in the television series, which is almost at the end of its third season, for his daughter and co-star Fiona Dourif and creator Don Mancini, whom he considers family. Brad Dourif, now 74, started playing Chucky in 1988's Child's Play and has returned to voice the character for six more movies and three seasons of the television show. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** M. Night Shyamalan's TRAP: A father and teen daughter attend a pop concert, where they realize they're at the center of a dark and sinister event

** LONGLEGS: Ever since she was a little girl she wanted to catch a killer.

** REFUGE: From director Renny Harlin. Coming out on April 19th.

----- April 17, 2024 -----

** Blumhouse's BLAIR WITCH: The production designer for THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT has lamented the original team's lack of involvement with Blumhouse's upcoming reboot. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben Rock states that "they haven't talked to any of us" and says, "It's bittersweet" that those handling the franchise have consistently left the original team in the cold when making new entries such as BLAIR WITCH 2 BOOK OF SHADOWS and Adam Wingard's 2016 sequel BLAIR WITCH.

"I do think that what has happened twice now was that the original creators were overlooked, and other people were brought in, all of whom were good," said Rock about the last two sequels. "But neither one of the sequels connected with audiences the way they wanted it to connect. And so it might at least be worth talking to some of the original creators."

There's been a growing animosity between rights holders Lionsgate and the original BLAIR WITCH team. Joshua Leonard, one of the stars of that film, said, "At this point, it's 25 years of disrespect from the folks who've pocketed the lion's share (pun intended) of the profits from OUR work, and that feels both icky and classless." This was in response to discovering news of the reboot from a friend who shared a media report of it featuring a still of Leonard in THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT despite his lack of involvement.

Rock harbors no ill will towards Blumhouse, but hopes it doesn't reboot the series without consulting those who launched it to begin with. He remains unsure trying to replicate the original will be a successful venture, saying, "I don't know how you outdo what we did. But I care about the franchise, so whoever does it, I hope they handle it with care." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** IMMACULATE: The film is now available to rent or buy on digital platforms. It will then be released on Blu-ray and DVD starting on June 11. The physical release will also include feature bonus commentary by director Michael Mohan. At the moment, the film has already garnered a worldwide gross of $21 million at the box office against a reported budget of $9 million. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** SOMETHING IN THE WATER: Five friends reunite for a wedding in the Caribbean. The day before the ceremony they go out on a boat to party and accidentally head into shark infested waters. Now they must face their fears and fight for survival in the open waters.

----- April 16, 2024 -----

** TERRIFIER 3: The filming has concluded on Damien Leone's upcoming festive slasher sequel, ensuring unhappy holidays for Miles County residents. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** READY OR NOT 2: The Radio Silence team of directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and their producer partner Chad Villella have declared their planned sequel to their 2019 darkly funny horror thriller READY OR NOT to be a total "banger".

The other week came the news that INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY and ESCAPE ROOM director Adam Robitel is reportedly attached to direct the project with Gillett and Bettinelli-Olpin this time only producing. The trio have been working on a sequel to the original for years and confirm to Entertainment Weekly that they're hoping it will get made. Gillett says:

"It's getting figured out. That's what we'll say: READY OR NOT 2 is getting figured out. What we can say is that there is a script that is an absolute f—ing banger of a sequel. And however it gets made, and in whatever capacity we are helping get it made, we are so excited that it's happening. That movie is truly the love of our creative lives in a lot of ways." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** CHUCKY Season 4: The possibility of CHUCKY Season 4 receives an update from creator Don Mancini, who revealed that he's already pitched a fourth installment of the horror series.

"There's very little I can say about that," the CHILD'S PLAY franchise creator said. "I can't tell you my idea for Season 4, but I'm really excited about it. I already pitched it to the network. So fingers crossed because it's something I really like to do."

Mancini added: "I think it's really fun, new, and again, another left turn in terms of what we've been doing so far. We don't know the status of the show yet. So again, fingers crossed that we will get picked up, right?" (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** Massacre Video update: Now available to pre-order at the Massacre Video web site.

----- April 12, 2024 -----

** SCARY MOVIE reboot: Paramount Pictures is teaming with FAST AND FURIOUS producer Neal H. Moritz to resurrect the SCARY MOVIE film franchise. The next feature in the series will go into production this Fall with plans for a theatrical release in 2025.

The first four films released between 2000 & 2006 with the fifth in 2013 being the franchise weakest entry commercially. The new entry is also part of the Paramount's first look partnership with Miramax with the latter set to fully finance whilst Paramount handles distribution. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** 28 YEARS LATER 2: Filmmakers Danny Boyle and Alex Garland are set to return to the universe they created in 2000's 28 DAYS LATER with the upcoming 28 YEARS LATER which will begin filming shortly. Once again Boyle will direct and Garland will write the film which will mark the first in a new trilogy of films based on the property. Sony Pictures scored the rights to the franchise in a heated bidding war – committing to a trio of movies, each with a reported $60 million budget and a guaranteed theatrical release.

Now, the Deadline web site is reporting that CANDYMAN remake director Nia DaCosta is in talks to direct the second film of the trilogy which Garland will write and which he, Boyle, Bernie Bellew, Andrew Macdonald and Peter Rice will produce. According to the trade, the reason they are locking in a director so soon is that the plan is for the second film to shoot immediately after the first. Thus it's likely news of the third film's director won't be that far away either. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** UNDER PARIS: Sophia, a brilliant scientist comes to know that a large shark is swimming deep in the river. From French filmmaker Xavier Gens.

** HUNTING FOR THE HAG: Three young women venture deep into the woods of central Illinois to hunt for a local legend known as The Hawthorne Hag. Led by aspiring documentary filmmaker Tara Cordell, the girls set out to capture The Hag on camera for the first time. But within this forest, other, more sinister dangers are lurking.

----- April 11, 2024 -----

** Blumhouse to reimagine BLAIR WITCH: Lionsgate and Blumhouse Productions have signed up for a multi-film deal that will see the latter horror and thriller genre label reimagining Lionsgate IP. Lionsgate film chair Adam Fogelson and Blumhouse chief Jason Blum co-announced the news with Fogelson saying in a statement:

"There is no one better at this genre than the team at Blumhouse. We are thrilled to kick this partnership off with a new vision for BLAIR WITCH that will reintroduce this horror classic for a new generation." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SPEAK NO EVIL remake: When an American family is invited to spend the weekend at the idyllic country estate of a charming British family they befriended on vacation, what begins as a dream holiday soon warps into a snarled psychological nightmare.

** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S sequel: In the wake of last year's massive box-office success with their video game-to-film adaptation FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse are understandably gearing up for a sequel. Universal President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution, Jim Orr, used the studio's CinemaCon presentation in Las Vegas to announce that FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S 2 is in the works for release in Fall 2025. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** GHOULIES II 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 7/9/24 from MVD.

----- April 10, 2024 -----

** SAW XI: The upcoming film remains in the development phase and so it is being delayed a year – from September 27th this year to September 26th 2025. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** MAXXXINE: Here's the first poster for the highly anticipated sequel.

** M. Night Shyamalan's TRAP: Warner Bros. Pictures is delaying M. Night Shyamalan's newest film TRAP by a week – pushing it from August 2nd to August 9th. Josh Hartnett stars in the film about a father and teen daughter who attend a pop concert, where they realize they're at the center of a dark and sinister event. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** Cavity Colors Dario Argento collection: We're very honored & excited to announce The Films of Dario Argento - Officially Licensed Collection Series! THE BIRD WITH THE CRYTAL PLUMAGE, SUSPIRIA, PHENOMENA, DEEP RED, TENEBRAE, the list goes on! Dario Argento's stylish, shocking, and imaginative storytelling has made an immeasurable impact on the horror genre & cinema as we know it. Get ready for an ongoing series of officially licensed tees, long sleeves, tie-dyes, enamel pins, and more to celebrate this incredible library of films, kicking off with our first collection coming in April.

----- April 9, 2024 -----

** ABIGAIL: After a group of would-be criminals kidnap the 12-year-old ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, all they have to do to collect a $50 million ransom is watch the girl overnight. In an isolated mansion, the captors start to dwindle, one by one, and they discover, to their mounting horror, that they're locked inside with no normal little girl.



** CUCKOO: Reluctantly, 17-year-old Gretchen leaves her American home to live with her father, who has just moved into a resort in the German Alps with his new family. Arriving at their future residence, they are greeted by Mr. König, her father's boss, who takes an inexplicable interest in Gretchen's mute half-sister Alma. Something doesn't seem right in this tranquil vacation paradise. Gretchen is plagued by strange noises and bloody visions until she discovers a shocking secret that also concerns her own family.

** LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film.

** Ryan Coogler's horror film: Jack O'Connell and Delroy Lindo have both signed on for director Ryan Coogler's new period horror film at Warner Bros. Pictures. Little is officially known about that project, which is rumored to be set in the Jim Crow-era South and possibly involves both vampires and Southern supernatural traditions. The film's star, Michael B. Jordan, is rumored to be playing twin brothers in the film. O'Connell is playing a villain, while Lindo's part is top secret though it is said to have a musical element to it. The new film will score a theatrical release, including an IMAX run, on March 7th 2025. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

----- April 8, 2024 -----

** MAXXXINE trailer: In 1980s Hollywood, adult film star and aspiring actress Maxine Minx finally gets her big break. But as a mysterious killer stalks the starlets of Hollywood, a trail of blood threatens to reveal her sinister past. MAXXXINE opens in theaters on September 16, 2024.

** 28 YEARS LATER: With production set to begin next month on Danny Boyle and Alex Garland's 28 YEARS LATER, it looks to have found one of its stars. Jodie Comer is in talks to star in the belated follow-up to 28 DAYS LATER and 28 WEEKS LATER. It's going to be the first in a trilogy of movies for Sony and has a $60 million budget. There's rumors of original star Cillian Murphy reprising his role from 28 DAYS LATER, but that's yet to be confirmed. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** IMAGINARY: The film will release digitally via electronic sell-through on May 7, 2024, and will arrive on Blu-ray, DVD, and digitally a week later, on May 14, 2024. The digital version of the film will cost $14.99 for people to own, while the Blu-ray and DVD will cost $39.99 and $29.96, respectively. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE MUMMY: Universal Pictures has premiered the official poster and trailer for the recently announced 25th anniversary re-release of Stephen Sommers' 1999 film THE MUMMY.



----- April 5, 2024 -----

** George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD: Returning to North American theatres & drive-ins! DAWN OF THE DEAD was first released overseas in 1978 then had its Gala North American premier in Pittsburgh on April 12th, 1979, then began it's theatrical roll-out across the U.S.A. on April 13th, 1979 (so we get to celebrate the anniversaries of this immortal cult classic twice).

** Maggie Gyllenhaal's THE BRIDE: Here's a first glimpse of Christian Bale and Jesse Buckley in Maggie Gyllenhaal's Frankenstein movie THE BRIDE has emerged. Jamie Lee Curtis (who is Gyllenhaal's godmother) revealed camera test images of Buckley and Bale as the monstrous pair on Instagram.





** BAMBI THE RECKONING: We follow Xana (Roxanne McKee) and her son Benji (Tom Mulheron) who find themselves in a car wreck and soon hunted down by the vicious killing machine, Bambi.

** NIGHTWATCH DEMONS ARE FOREVER: Shudder has revealed a sequel to 1994 horror thriller NIGHTWATCH called NIGHTWATCH DEMONS ARE FOREVER, with original star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau reprising his role. Ole Bornedal also returns to direct, and other original stars also rejoin the story. Shudder will begin streaming the sequel on May 17, 2024. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- April 4, 2024 -----

** HELLRAISER reboot sequel: Producer Keith Levine has offered an update on the sequel to Hulu's 2022 HELLRAISER reboot, saying there has been some early movement. Speaking with the ComicBook web site, he says:

"We are trying to do a follow-up and there have been conversations. I can't exactly say where we're at in those conversations, but [David] Bruckner is involved in those conversations and we spent a lot of time and energy, I think relaunching that world.

A lot of brainpower going into crafting the Cenobite design, figuring out how we're going to pull them off, and we learned so much. And I think moving forward, we love that all that knowledge is sort of banked and that time has been spent. So we think that moving forward and going into another movie is just going to be even crazier and even more awesome. So yeah, that's something we're definitely hard at work on, and hope we will have more news soon." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** WOLF MAN remake: The werewolf horror film from director Leigh Whannell is being pushed back three months. That film, which recently began shooting, will now open January 17th 2025 rather than the Halloween 2024 release originally planned. Christopher Abbott stars as a man whose family is stalked by a dangerous predator. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE WOMAN IN THE YARD: Blumhouse's THE WOMAN IN THE YARD which was set for theatrical release on January 10th 2025 has been removed from the calendar. Jaume Collet-Serra (THE SHALLOWS) helms the film that stars Danielle Deadwyler but plot specifics are under wraps. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** ANACONDA Chinese remake: Here's the trailer.

** CUCKOO: Following its world premiere at the release 2024 Berlin International Film Festival, the film is now scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 3.

----- April 3rd, 2024 -----

** WINNIE THE POOH BLOOD & HONEY 3: Jagged Edge Productions confirms that a third film is coming in an exclusive announcement on Variety, Rhys Frake-Waterfield and Scott Chambers of Jagged Edge Productions have set the ball rolling for a third entry. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** Guillermo Del Toro update: Guillermo Del Toro has revealed on X (Twitter) he's been working on new 4K transfers for four of his movies; "CRIMSON PEAK, then CRONOS, BLADE II and finally MIMIC all in the next year or so. I am done with the color timing of 3 out of the 4."

** Courteney Cox in SCREAM VII: Courteney Cox is reportedly in talks to reprise the role of Gale Weathers in the seventh movie of the SCREAM franchise. SCREAM creator and writer Kevin Williamson will direct this outing with the Cox hiring news coming just two weeks after original franchise lead Neve Campbell announced she was coming back as Sidney Prescott. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** Luc Besson's Dracula: Director Luc Besson has confirmed his Dracula movie has begun filming in Finland with stars Caleb Landry Jones and Christoph Waltz. The adaptation, which Besson revealed recently, will closely follow Bram Stoker's classic tale.

"I've started already. I'm gonna make another movie with Mr. Caleb Landry Jones and Mr. Christoph Waltz — Dracula. I started a few days ago in Lapland in the north. We'll probably finish at the end of July." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE STRANGERS CHAPTER 1: Here's some characters posters for the upcoming film.





----- March 28, 2024 -----

** FEAR STREET PROM QUEEN: Ariana Greenblatt has joined the cast that will feature India Fowler, Suzanna Son, Fina Strazza, David Iacono, Ella Rubin, and Chris Klein, with Lili Taylor and Katherine Waterston. It is being executive produced by Yvonne Bernard, Joan Waricha, Jane Stine, and Caroline Pitofsky for Chernin Entertainment. The producers are Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and for Chernin Entertainment, Kori Adelson.

"Prom season at Shadyside High is underway and the school's wolfpack of It Girls is busy with its usual sweet and vicious campaigns for the crown," reads the official logline. "But when a gutsy outsider is unexpectedly nominated to the court, and the other girls start mysteriously disappearing, the class of '88 is suddenly in for one hell of a prom night." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** CHUCKY sequel: As the CHUCKY TV show is about to continue its third season, creator Don Mancini confirms the killer doll will return to the big screen in a new CHUCKY movie. Speaking on the Scream Dreams podcast with Barbara Crampton, Mancini stated he's in "the early stages of working on a new CHUCKY movie". He had also spoken to DJ Suss One, where he explained it would work in tandem with the television show. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** MUTE WITNESS 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in June from Arrow Video.

** Shameless Films update: We're delighted to announce the upcoming release of not one, but two, new releases from Shameless! This Easter, Shameless presents two new additions to your Blu-Ray collection: Luigi Bazzoni's FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON and Giulio Berruti's KILLER NUN. Two distinctive thrillers that epitomise the essence of Italian genre cinema from the dynamic 1970s era.



----- March 26, 2024 -----

** Caitlin Cronenberg's HUMANE: A global environmental collapse forces world leaders to take extreme measures to reduce earth's population. Directed by Caitlin Cronenberg.

** MISTER SLEEP: A deranged serial killer called Mister Sleep, survives prison execution and is reborn as a terrifying and unstoppable force of nature who unleashes savage and bloody revenge on a group of insomnia patients participating in a new drug trial - a group who he believes have stolen his memories. His relentless thirst for revenge sets him on a collision course with the man who sent him to death row and his young daughter, who is part of the group testing the new medicatio

** DEATH MACHINE: Coming May 21st from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

----- March 25, 2024 -----

** THE SOUL EATER: Here's the poster for the new film from the directors of INSIDE (À L'INTÉRIEUR).

** SE7EN: The TCM Classic Festival will be taking place in Los Angeles on April 18-21. The event will screen the world premiere of a brand-new restoration of the 1995 film SE7EN, the dark crime thriller starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Director David Fincher will be there personally to unveil the film in IMAX. (thanks to JoBlo.com)

** IMMACULATE: The Sydney Sweeney-led nun horror film IMMACULATE took $2 million at the box office on Friday and is headed for a $5 million opening weekend overall in fourth place. Critics reviews are good and the film cost under $10 million to produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL: IFC release LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL which took $1.1 million at the box office on Friday and will take $2.9 million overall in its opening weekend which should see it take sixth place. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

----- March 21, 2024 -----

** Vestron Video update: Coming to Walmart on May 14th, 2024 are THE GATE and LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM.



** IN A VIOLENT NATURE: Delve into the wilderness where an undead horror awakens. IN A VIOLENT NATURE flips the script on traditional slashers, inviting you to witness the rampage from the monster's eyes. Seize the bone-chilling experience in theaters starting May 31st.

** BAGHEAD: The supernatural horror BAGHEAD, from director Alberto Corredor, will make its exclusive debut Friday, April 5 on Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Produced by STUDIOCANAL and The Picture Company, BAGHEAD is a full-length feature adaptation of Corredor's indie short of the same name and will debut as part of the streamer's "Halfway to Halloween" annual, monthlong horror-thon lineup. The film will also be available to stream on AMC+.

** LISA FRANKENSTEIN: The Blu-ray is set for release on July 30, 2024.

** Ryan Coogler's vampire movie: The film will get the IMAX treatment when it hits theaters on March 7, 2025. The mysterious movie, which sees Coogler reunite with frequent collaborator Michael B. Jordan, was picked up by Warner Bros. last month. Filming is expected to begin next month in New Orleans. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- March 19, 2024 -----

** POOHNIVERSE MONSTERS ASSEMBLE: From Jagged Edge Productions and ITN Studios, the makers of WINNIE THE POOH BLOOD AND HONEY, bring you a new cinematic world titled The Twisted Childhood Universe. The new chilling cinematic universe will feature previously announced stand-alone films BAMBI THE RECKONING, PETER PAN'S NEVERLAND NIGHTMARE and PINOCCHIO UNSTRUNG and introduce new characters such as Sleeping Beauty, The Mad Hatter, and Rabbit from WINNIE THE POOH BLOOD AND HONEY. All of these characters will culminate in the upcoming film POOHNIVERSE MONSTERS ASSEMBLE in 2025 when the monsters join forces to takedown the world.

Producer of Jagged Edge Productions Rhys Frake-Waterfield explains, "It will be complete carnage. We are heavily influenced by FREDDY VS JASON and THE AVENGERS. We would love to see a horror movie where the villains group together and are going after their survivors. We have some incredible set pieces in mind and some sequences I think will truly shock people. The movies we are working on now as stand alones are all building towards POOHNIVERSE MONSTERS ASSEMBLE."

Scott Chambers, Producer of Jagged Edge Production, adds "Similar to THE AVENGERS we will follow Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Owl, Piglet, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, Bambi, The Mad Hatter, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell joining forces to wreak havoc. We are working with a larger scale budget on this one and are excited for what the future will hold. When you see the stand alone movies you will see the easter eggs hinting toward the crossover. Some of the villains also will not see eye to eye which will allow for some carnage within the group in some epic sequence of monster vs monster."

** EXTRANEOUS MATTER: The extraneous matter" (strange tentacled creatures), appear out of nowhere in front of two couples who are not getting along, former lovers, and factory workers and affects their thoughts and lives. Creature-filled Japanese weirdness, coming on March 19th 2024.



** ALL YOU NEED IS DEATH: A young couple, who are a part of a mysterious, secret organization, travel at night with the desire to discover forbidden knowledge. They believe that living, modern alchemy is contained in old, forgotten songs. When they find an elderly, mysterious woman who sings songs that have never been heard before, they open the door to an ancient evil.



----- March 18, 2024 -----

** GHOULIES remake: Director/Co-Writer Luca Bercovici and Producer/Co-Writer Jefery Levy have obtained the domestic rights to their 1984 B-horror hit and are planning new films. After a four-film run over a ten-year period and begins with a young man and his girlfriend moving into the man's old mansion home, where he becomes possessed by a need to control ancient demons.

Berovci and Levy have a new trilogy planned and detailed their vision in a press release.

"Drawing upon their unmatched expertise and unwavering passion, Levy, Bercovici, and Theo Lemasters are set to unveil a series of projects that will keep audiences wallowing in filthy horror fun for many years to come. The team is expanding the GHOULIES universe beyond the silver screen with a book series that will plunge readers into the darkest depths of the GHOULIES universe.

Fans can look forward to bringing home a piece of the GHOULIES universe with an exclusive line of figures, apparel, and collectibles for every devotee of the delightfully demonic GHOULIES. Jefery Levy, Luca Bercovici, and Theo Lemasters are poised to unleash an unparalleled wave of horror fun. Stay tuned as the GHOULIES revival takes the world by storm, redefining fear and fun, with intentions to leave an indelible mark on the horror genre." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** MALIGNANT lawsuit: James Wan's Atomic Monster has settled a MALIGNANT lawsuit that claimed the movie plagiarized a writer's original script. Writer and director Adam Cosco claimed in his MALIGNANT lawsuit for copyright and breach of contract that the horror movie stole from his screenplay LITTLE BROTHER, which bears many similarities. Cosco alleged that Blumhouse's Ryan Turek had handed Wan the screenplay and subsequently Wan had used it as basis for MALIGNANT.

Cosco moved to dismiss the case after reaching an undisclosed agreement to resolve the lawsuit. The judge had already sided with Atomic Monster before the settlement, saying the lawsuit was intended to suppress Atomic Monster's free speech and that Cosco could not provide any proof the defendants had ever had access to the script. Cosco had been seeking at least $150,000 for violations of copyright law, breach of implied contract, and restitution. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** WOLF MAN remake: Jason Blum has shared a picture of director Leigh Whannell on the first day of filming for Blumhouse's WOLF MAN adaptation. Whannell is on his second classic Universal Monster adaptation, having successfully modernized THE INVISIBLE MAN in 2020 with Elizabeth Moss. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- March 14, 2024 -----

** THE FIRST OMEN: Experience the most terrifying movie of the year, only in theaters April 5th.



** SALEM'S LOT remake: The fate of New Line's new film adaptation of Stephen King's early novel SALEM'S LOT has finally been revealed. Warner Bros. Discovery has announced it will debut the vampire thriller on the streaming service Max later this year. No date was given, but a fourth quarter release is reportedly likely. There has long been speculation the Gary Dauberman-directed film was a title that would become a vaulted tax write-off like BATGIRL, but that's not the case it seems.

Lewis Pullman stars as author Ben Mears, a man who returns to his hometown of Jerusalem's Lot only to find it is slowly being taken over by vampires. Alfre Woodard, Bill Camp, William Sadler, Makenzie Leigh, John Benjamin Hickey, Pilou Asbæk, Jordan Preston Carter, and Spencer Treat Clark also star. Veteran horror scribe Gary Dauberman wrote and directed the movie which James Wan produced. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN: Coming to Blu-ray on 7/3 from Umbrella Entertainment.

** Ozploitation Rarities Volume 1: A collection of three films are coming to Blu-ray on 7/3 from Umbrella Entertainment. LADY STAY DEAD, FINAL CUT and CROSSTALK.

----- March 13, 2024 -----

** Neve Campbell joins SCREAM VII: The actress, who sat out the sixth film over a salary dispute with producer Spyglass, announced on Instagram that she's back. In addition, she's bringing franchise creator Kevin Williamson with her as he is set to direct the new entry.

Guy Busick, who wrote the two most recent films, will return and take over writing duties from James Vanderbilt. The hiring seemed inevitable after the disastrous mess early plans for SCREAM VII became last Fall when Spyglass fired recent franchise star Melissa Barrera over social media comments. With her exit, her on screen sister Jenna Ortega was also out whilst then recently attached director Christopher Landon also departed. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SMILE 2: During a recent interview with the Screen Rant web site, THE WHITE LOTUS star Lukas Gage confirmed that production on Paramount Pictures' upcoming SMILE 2 has finally been completed. Gage also teased director Parker Finn's "fresh" story for the horror thriller sequel, while praising the filmmaker's knowledge about the genre. The film is currently slated to arrive in theaters on October 18, 2024.

"I just wrapped. We finished in upstate New York. It's gonna be really good. I'm really excited for everyone to see that one," Gage shared. "Doing a lot of sequels, it feels like, this year. The year of the sequel. I hope you like it. Parker Finn, the director of that, it was crazy how much he knows this genre of movies and how he was able to recreate it and make it fresh. It was such a cool formula to follow. How did nobody think to do that creepy smile face? My smile face is so good." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** BUTCHER BAKER NIGHTMARE MAKER 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 5/28 from Severin Films.

** THE GREAT ALLIGATOR 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 5/28 from Severin Films.

----- March 12, 2024 -----

** HALLOWEEN TV series: The previously announced HALLOWEEN television series will be a complete 'creative reset' according to Miramax's Marc Helwig. Miramax Television won a major bidding war for the television rights to the franchise in October last year with Malek Akkad's Trancas International Films develop and co-producing a TV series based on the property.

The series is being pegged as a potential launcher for a new HALLOWEEN cinematic universe spanning film and television. Miramax already owns the film rights to the franchise, so it makes such possibilities easier. Speaking with the Deadline web site, Helwig offered an update on how it's progressing and confirms it's a full reboot with no ties to the recent film trilogy:

"The foundation of it is the original film, the John Carpenter movie, the characters of that film, and perhaps a group of characters that we haven't really focused on that much in recent film versions or even in a number of them. It's a creative reset completely and going back to the original film, as opposed to spinning out of any of the more recent film adaptations."

No writer is yet attached to the work, but Helwig says the series is very much on the fast track and important to them: "It's a big priority for us. We've had lots of exciting conversations in recent months with a number of really talented people, and I think we'll have a pretty good idea of what we're going to be doing very soon. We're hoping to lock down the creative team very soon." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** WINNIE THE POOH BLOOD AND HONEY: Rhys Frake-Waterfield's ultra low-budget horror film WINNIE THE POOH BLOOD AND HONEY swept this year's Razzie Awards celebrating the worst in film over the year. The title won worst picture, director, screenplay, screen couple for 'Pooh & Piglet', and worst remake/rip-off/sequel – easily beating everyone else. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE DEVIL'S HONEY 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 5/28 from Severin Films.

** CATHY'S CURSE 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 5/28 from Severin Films.

----- March 11, 2024 -----

** LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL: Here's the trailer and poster for the highly anticipated new film.



** FINAL DESTINATION 6: Filming is officially underway on a sixth installment of the FINAL DESTINATION franchise which is likely targeting a 2025 release to celebrate the franchise's 25th anniversary next year. Long time franchise producer Craig Perry is back to produce alongside Jon Watts, Sheila Hanahan Taylor, and Dianne McGunigle. Perry revealed the news of the film going into production on social media, saying:

"After a long, hard slog through the pandemic and the strikes, Day One is finally in the can. 2025 will mark the 25th anniversary of the release of the first installment in the franchise. To honor the occasion with another worldwide theatrical release (in IMAX, no less) is a rare and wonderful thing." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** BAGS OF LIES: Desperate to save his dying wife, Matt turns to The Bag, an ancient relic with dark magic. The cure demands a chilling ritual and strict rules. As his wife heals, Matt's sanity unravels, facing terrifying consequences.

** DEAD MAIL: On a desolate, Midwestern county road, a bound man crawls towards a remote postal box, managing to slide a blood-stained plea-for-help message into the slot before a panicking figure closes in behind him. The note makes its way to the county post office and onto the desk of Jasper, a seasoned and skilled "dead letter" investigator, responsible for investigating lost mail and returning it to its sender. As he investigates further, Jasper meets Trent, a strange yet unassuming man who has taken up residence at the men's home where Jasper lives. When Trent unexpectedly shows up at Jasper's office, it becomes clear he has a vested interest in the note, and will stop at nothing to retrieve it.

----- March 8, 2024 -----

** STREET TRASH remake: Here's the poster for the upcoming remake by the director of FRIED BARRY, Ryan Kruger.

** WILD ZERO 2: Do you remember WILD ZERO? Now we have a plan to make WILD ZERO 2! WILD ZERO 2 will be produced through crowdfunding. We use Kickstarter. We are preparing a zombie program.



** ARCADIAN: In a near future, normal life on Earth has been decimated. Paul and his two sons, Thomas and Joseph, have been living a half-life – tranquility by day and torment by night. Every night, after the sun sets, they face the unrelenting attacks of a mysterious and violent evil. One day, when Thomas doesn't return home before sundown, Paul must leave the safety of their fortified farm to find him. A nightmarish battle ensues that forces the family to execute a desperate plan to survive.

** THE EXORCIST DECEIVER: The sequel to last year's critical flop THE EXORCIST BELIEVER is still progressing at Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. Made for a budget of $30 million, the sequel pulled in $137 million at the global box office in spite of scathing reviews. As Universal acquired distribution rights to the franchise for $400 million in June 2021, the intent is to proceed with a new trilogy of THE EXORCIST films.

Speaking with The Direct web site to promote IMAGINARY, producer Jason Blum says the plan is still to "definitely" make another movie: "We are definitely going to make another Exorcist movie, but I wanted more time to figure out what it would be. I have no idea what it's going to be yet." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

----- March 7, 2024 -----

** MAXXXINE: The highly anticipated sequel to X and PEARL will come out on July 5th, 2024.

** FINAL DESTINATION 6: Production for the sixth installment of Final Destination, which will mark the horror franchise's 25th anniversary, is now underway. Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein will be directing the next installment called FINAL DESTINATION BLOODLINES from Guy Busick and Lori Evans Taylor's script, with Craig Perry serving as one of the producers alongside Jon Watts, Sheila Hanahan Taylor, and Dianne McGunigle. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** INFESTED (VERMINES): Shudder has released a U.S. trailer and poster for Sébastien Vanicek's film. The French horror sees an infestation of deadly spiders in an apartment building and is set to begin streaming on Shudder on April 26, 2024.



** SNOW VALLEY: In this unpredictable mystery comedy, a newly engaged couple's swank ski weekend goes horribly awry, when an unexpected guest arrives and the house's dark supernatural forces begin to rise on the anniversary of a tragic event.

----- March 6, 2024 -----

** HUMANE: IFC Films and Shudder have acquired the U.S. rights for HUMANE; the debut film from Caitlin Cronenberg, daughter of horror icon David Cronenberg. A theatrical release date has also been confirmed. Caitlin Cronenberg is primarily an artist and photographer, but makes her directorial debut with a dark dystopian satire. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** FRIGHT 4K UHD: Kino Lorber is releasing a FRIGHT 4K UHD & Blu-ray for Peter Collinson's 1971 British horror movie starring Susan George. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE WATCHERS: Warner Bros has revealed a small change in the release date for Ishnana Night Shyamalan's thriller. The trailer for the film arrived earlier last week with a release date of June 7, 2024, but now it's been pushed back a week to June 14, 2024. That gives it a Father's Day release date. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** Scream Factory: Here's the artwork for the upcoming May 2024 Scream Factory titles.

----- March 5, 2024 -----

** YETI: Sony Pictures and Picturestart have won an auction for YETI, a survival horror movie spec script from Peter Gaffney. The story takes place deep in the mountains, where an avalanche unleashes something primeval from the glacial ice: a father and his daughter battle to survive a merciless predator who blends in with the snow. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** VICIOUS: The Doka Fanning-led horror-thriller VICIOUS has set an August 8th 2025 release date. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** REDNECK VS. ALIENS: Michael Kallio (director of Anchor Bay release DINNER WITH LEATHERFACE) has partnered with seasoned filmmaker James WilderHancock to establish the genre-centric banner Modern Classic Pictures and create the genre-blending movie REDNECK VS. ALIENS.

Not much is known about the film at this stage, but the synopsis tells us that three adventure-seeking hillbilly buddies make enemies with the wrong alien brood, inadvertently igniting a war of the worlds. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE HOUSES OF DOOM: This limited 4 Blu-ray/2 CD set is now available from Cauldron Films.

----- March 4, 2024 -----

** THE STRANGERS CHAPTER 1: After their car breaks down in an eerie small town, a young couple (Madelaine Petsch and Froy Gutierrez) are forced to spend the night in a remote cabin. Panic ensues as they are terrorized by three masked strangers who strike with no mercy and seemingly no motive in THE STRANGERS CHAPTER 1, the chilling first entry of this upcoming horror feature film series.



** FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot: Speaking with the Collider web site to promote "IMAGINARY, Jason Blum reaffirmed his desire for the project when asked what would be the one film he wishes he could greenlight right now:

"FRIDAY THE 13TH is what I would do. It's not a Blumhouse project, but I'm trying to will it into being one. It's just a piece of IP I've always loved. And James Wan and Atomic Monster are very passionate about it, and I think we would have them shepherd it for us. That would be a lot of fun."

The property will be back soon though with Bryan Fuller's prequel TV series CRYSTAL LAKE on the way via A24 and Peacock – but it's not clear what the team can get away with on screen that won't hit rights issues. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** WOLF NIGHT: Multiple studios are reportedly bidding on WOLF NIGHT, a new Platinum Dunes project to be helmed by Jonathan Liebesman (WRATH OF THE TITANS). Will Honley and April Maguire wrote the script fo what is said to be "DISTRICT 9 by way of THE PURGE – but with werewolves". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SWEET MEATS: Bobby Sweet is a country music legend and has been the world-renowned face of 'Sweet Meats' since establishing his first restaurant with his wife in 1978. How did his restaurant take off so quickly, and what makes the meat so darn sweet? Sometimes a 'secret ingredient' should stay that way. They always say, 'You'd be disgusted if you knew what you were really eating!' They might be right.





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