** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: The first photos from the set of Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL are out showcasing actors Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig and Jeff Daniel Phillips in this third film in the 'Firefly Family' trilogy following HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS.
Zombie and Moseley will reprise their roles as Vera-Ellen 'Baby' Firefly and Otis Driftwood, with Sid Haig also returning as the iconic Captain Spaulding. Jeff Daniel Phillips will play Warden Virgil Dallas Harper. Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Richard Brake, Dee Wallace and Austin Stoker also have roles in the film which has fans questioning how the trio at the heart of the film will survive following their deaths at the end of THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DOWN A DARK HALL: The upcoming film follows Kit, a difficult young girl sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School run by eccentric headmistress Madame Duret. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal. The film debuts in theaters, On Demand, and on iTunes August 17th!
** Universal Dark Universe: Universal's seemingly collapsed Dark Universe initiative – a linked monster movie cinematic universe – may still have some life left in it. Artist Robert Vargas posted on his Instagram account that he had a meeting with some of the folks at Universal who are in charge of what's left of the Dark Universe. They reportedly want Vargas to do some artwork for them related to 'monster things'.
Screenwriter Ed Solomon previously said the studio was reconfiguring their plans for the franchise moving forward. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LAKE VAMPIRE: This dark Venezuelan thriller was inspired by the real-life case of Zacarias Ortega, a serial killer who drank the blood of his victims. In 1975, when Ortega was captured and detained, he confessed he committed all his crimes to honor an alleged pact with the Devil, who made him immortal.
THE LAKE VAMPIRE follows author Ernesto Navarro (Sócrates Serrano), who tracks this mysterious blood-drinking serial killer (Eduardo Gulino), and as he becomes embroiled in the case, his obsession drives him toward the darkest of human nature.
----- May 17, 2018 -----
** ZOMBIELAND 2: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the screenwriting duo behind 2009's comedy horror hit ZOMBIELAND, told Vulture that they are hoping for an October 2019 release date for ZOMBIELAND 2, the highly-anticipated sequel that has taken some time getting off the ground. Reese and Wernick also confirmed that the original Zombieland cast will be returning.
Wernick commented: "We're going on the tenth anniversary of ZOMBIELAND. ZOMBIELAND came out October of 2009. We don't know what you get someone for their tenth anniversary, but it may be a ZOMBIELAND 2… The hope is that we're shooting that thing early 2019 for an October '19 release. With the original cast, by the way."
"We are sitting on information that we can't entirely share at this moment, but we can just say we think fans of ZOMBIELAND who have been hoping for a ZOMBIELAND 2, that we will grant their wish very, very soon," the writer added.
Set in a zombie post-apocalypse and filtered through a darkly comic lens, the original ZOMBIELAND hit theaters in 2009 and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as survivors attempting to outlast the living dead. The movie earned $102.4 million worldwide off a $23.6 million budget. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Umbrella Entertainment update: Umbrella Entertainment is excited to share the upcoming slate of releases from our BEYOND GENRES: WOLRDS ON FILM collector Blu-Ray range. After the release of Volume 3: Stuart Gordon's DAGON in July, we will be unleashing the following titles in 2018:
Newly restored from a 4K scan, Russell Mulcahy's outback animal rampage is unleashed in a brand new edition with newly commissioned special features!
SPIRITS OF THE AIR, GREMLINS OF THE CLOUDS
The debut feature from director Alex Proyas (DARK CITY, THE CROW), this post-apocalyptic vision arrives newly re-mastered from a 2K scan on Blu-Ray for the first time in the world.
NEXT OF KIN
"It literally is a horror film quite unlike any other … It has a very, very unique tone and the closest equivalent to this tone is THE SHINNING," - Quentin Tarantino. Tony Williams' unsettling horror tale set in a remote retirement home hits Blu-Ray newly remastered from a 4K scan and for the first time worldwide.
----- May 16, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Amazon Studios has released the first photos for their upcoming big screen remake of SUSPIRIA and announced that the new film will officially debut in theaters on November 2nd.
The studio has also released an updated version of the film's synopsis, which reads as follows: "As a darkness builds at the center of a world-renown dance company, its artistic director, a young American new to the troupe, and a grieving psychotherapist become entangled in a bloody, sighing nightmare." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BETWEEN WORLDS: Saban Films has announced they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer/director Maria Pulera's BETWEEN WORLDS, which stars Nicolas Cage, Penelope Mitchell, Franka Potente, and Hopper Penn. Eric Banoun and David Hillary produced alongside Pulera via their company Rise Up, LLC.
BETWEEN WORLDS follows Joe (Cage), a down-on-his-luck truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and child. He meets Julie (Potente) a spiritually gifted woman who enlists Joe in a desperate effort to find the lost soul of her comatose daughter, Billie (Mitchell). But the spirit of Joe's dead wife Mary proves stronger, possessing the young woman's body and determined to settle her unfinished business with the living. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SEQUENCE BREAK: A reclusive video arcade repairman (Chase Williamson) experiences bizarre biomechanical mutations and Cronenbergian hallucinations when a mysterious new arcade machine appears in his shop. Reality itself threatens to fracture as the young man works to solve its mystery - and overcome the new chaos that has entered his life.
----- May 15, 2018 -----
** Gaspar Noé's CLIMAX: Controversial director Gaspar Noé pushes the limits with all his films. This year he returns with CLIMAX, a new film shot over just two weeks and which just premiered at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes to reviews which dub it his "most focused achievement" and arguably his best work to date.
Set in the mid-1990s, the story follows twenty urban dancers engaged in a three-day rehearsal in a closed-down boarding school surrounded by forest. They decide to celebrate with one last party around a large sangria bowl when the atmosphere becomes charged and a strange madness will seize them the whole night. They succumb to their neuroses and psychoses on the way.
** Lars von Trier's THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: Filmmaker Lars von Trier, the man behind ANTICHRIST, has previously said his new film will be his most brutal film to date. Now, just as the film is debuting at Cannes, the film's first official trailer has gone online and boasts a lot of strong violence and gore. Matt Dillon stars as the titular Jack as we watch him develop into a serial killer.
The story follows him through five important killings and provides glimpses into his troubling coming-of-age experience. Uma Thurman and Riley Keough also star in the film which hits U.S. cinemas this Fall.
** HEREDITARY: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell. Written and directed by Ari Aster and produced by Lars Knudsen and Kevin Frakes, HEREDITARY is getting a wide release on June 8, 2018.
** F.E.A.R live action adaptation: Machinima, a division of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, announced a development deal with Greg Russo, the screenwriter of two highly-anticipated feature films based on iconic video game franchises: the forthcoming MORTAL KOMBAT from New Line Cinema and Screen Gems' RESIDENT EVIL.
Russo's initial project for Machinima will be a live-action adaptation based on Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's survival horror game F.E.A.R. (aka First Encounter Assault Recon) for online distribution. The deal was announced by Machinima General Manager Russell Arons as part of the company's ongoing commitment to working with elite talent to deliver premium content through Machinima Studios, the company's development unit. Under the pact, Russo will work closely with the Machinima Studios team to create and develop original premium programming for outside buyers.
"Greg is an inspired screenwriter who clearly loves gaming," said Arons. "To be able to bring his talents to Machinima Studios provides us an amazing opportunity to tackle action-packed series that are certain to appeal to our legions of millennial gamers and fans around the world."
"As a lifelong gamer, it's an absolute honor to partner with Machinima, the preeminent provider of digital content to gamers worldwide," said Russo. "F.E.A.R. holds a special place in my heart. I'm excited to bring my personal passion to this and future projects and can't wait to see where our partnership goes from here." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- May 14, 2018 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: Constantin Films is still working on their RESIDENT EVIL reboot, and Martin Moszkowicz added that one option they are looking at is a TV series. "For us, the main thing is to get it right creatively so people don't think it's more of the same. That's what it's all about these days, a fresh, different approach," he said. He also confirmed that Anderson will not return to direct. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Although they finished shooting back in February, the crew of the upcoming HALLOWEEN movie will be returning to Charleston, South Carolina to film a little more.
The film is reportedly going back to tweak the ending following a test screening shrouded in mystery, and while that might fuel doubt in some fans, there should be no concerns, as this has happened with many other films, including other releases from Blumhouse Productions, which is behind the eleventh installment in the long-standing horror franchise. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** RABID remake: Laura Vandervoort (JIGSAW) has been cast as the lead for RABID. The film is a remake of David Cronenberg's film of the same name released in 1977. The remake will be directed by the Soska Sisters.
RABID is written by Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska and John Serge, and led by the twin sister horror-movie directors that established a huge following with the 2012 slasher film AMERICAN MARY. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TREMORS TV series: We recently learned that Syfy had dropped plans for a TV series based on the films starring Kevin Bacon. The pilot for the series was directed by Vincenzo Natali, director of CUBE, and scripted by Andrew Miller. Here's the trailer!
** SUSPIRIA remake: Variety has reported that Italian distribution company Videa has picked up the rights to the movie to see it released in theaters. Videa holds most international rights to Argento's 1977 Italian horror classic. They co-produced the SUSPIRIA reimagining with Amazon and Guadagnino's own Frenesy Films shingle and have subsequently boarded as a distributor. Videa is planning a fall Italian release in tandem with Amazon's U.S. theatrical outing of Guadagnino's follow-up to CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, which has a starry cast toplining Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.
The movie is already getting a lot of buzz with original star Jessica Harper, who does play a role in this remake, saying on her facebook (via IndieWire) that it was brilliant.
I have seen this movie–the most brilliantly scary film I have ever seen. [Director] Luca [Guadagnino]'s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME does not prepare you for it, but throws into relief the director's brilliance and versatility. (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
** MIDSOMMER: Following its superb debut at Sundance, HEREDITARY director Ari Aster is re-teaming with A24 for his next horror film MIDSOMMER. Aster has written the script and will direct the story which centers on a young woman, already dealing with the death of her parents, who joins her boyfriend and his friends on a trip to Sweden. The group specifically head for a remote town with unique midsummer traditions, and things quickly go south from there. Filming aims to begin late summer or early fall. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- May 9, 2018 -----
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: In the wake of the major success of the horror film A QUIET PLACE, the nearly immediate announcement of a sequel by Paramount Pictures came as little surprise. Even so, the film's star and writer/director John Krasinski has revealed to Deadline web site he didn't expect such a response to his first horror film, one that he made as a stand-alone piece:
"It's only a short while since the movie came out, but already people are saying, 'We want to live in this world more,' which is really interesting. I'm surprised people aren't like, 'Nah, we know what this is, and we just want to leave it as it is.' To be perfectly honest, it was never really on my mind while we were making it. I never really thought of it as an expanded world; I always thought of it as a one-off.
Krasinski has not yet confirmed he will helm the next installment, but does discuss what he'd like to see in a sequel: "The thing that I loved in the movie, where my mind kept wandering as we were making it, was the question of who was on the other end of those fires, when the father lights the fire and in the distance those other fires light up. How did those people survive? How did that old man survive?
In the extreme these characters are going through, there's no room to think about that. They're there, there's an old man who's about to scream, they just have to deal with that. I think it would be interesting to see what's going on elsewhere at this same time."
** GONJIAM HAUNTED ASYLUM: Here's the trailer for the upcoming Korean horror film
** GREAT WHITE: Altitude Film Sales (47 METERS DOWN) is selling the Aussie shark thriller GREAT WHITE at Cannes this week and have revealed the first poster. Currently in pre-production ahead of a shoot later this year, Martin Wilson helms the film which follows how a tourist trip quickly turns into a nightmare when five passengers on a seaplane become stranded miles from shore.
In a desperate bid for survival, the group try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by the man-eating sharks lurking just beneath the surface. Michael Boughen penned the script. The film is produced by Michael Robertson and Neal Kingston who have made names for themselves producing Australian horror films over the past decade. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SHHHH: If you've ever wanted to kill someone talking or texting near you in a theater, this is the film for you! Harris (James Henderson) and his mother love the movies, but sometimes other audience members spoil things; when disruptive film-goers start dropping like flies, Harris finds himself confronting his past and questioning his sanity. This slasher comedy with an '80s vibe includes such familiar faces as Austin Stoker (ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13), Kitten Natividad (BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRA-VIXENS) and Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman.
----- May 8, 2018 -----
** PET SEMETARY remake: Entertainment Weekly reports that Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner John Lithgow has joined the remake of Stephen King's PET SEMETARY as Jud Crandall. The role was previously played by the late Fred Gwynne in the 1989 adaptation of the book. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Wunmi Mosaku, Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-Bell star in HBO's LOVECRAFT COUNTRY from Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams, Misha Green and Warner Bros Television.
The story follows Atticus Black (Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. Thus begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MONOCHROME: Thomas Lawes' film premieres on VOD and DVD this June from Gravitas Ventures. Starring BAFTA winner James Cosmo (TV's GAME OF THRONES), the killer-thriller focuses on a disillusioned young woman who becomes a serial killer targeting wealthy land-owners, forcing a brilliant detective to use his unusual neurological condition to track her down.
** THE NURSERY: From filmmakers Christopher A. Micklos and Jay Sapiro comes the story of a young woman whose run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror! When Ranae, a college student babysits for a family with a tragic history, she finds herself stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past. Soon, she and her friends must confront the angry, evil spirit hunting them down one-by-one on a deliberate march towards its ultimate prey.
Emmaline Friederichs, Madeline Conway, and Carly Rae James Sauer star in the spookfest of the Summer THE NURSERY, available on VOD June 5 and on DVD August 7 from Uncork'd Entertainment.
----- May 3rd, 2018 -----
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 2: While it's been inevitable that Blumhouse would go forward with HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 after the first installment raked in close to $123M worldwide, casting is in place for a production start on May 10. Jessica Rothe is returning for the Christopher Landon-directed sequel as well as Israel Broussard.
Landon has reportedly said that the sequel will answer questions about the first installment's endless time loop. Rothe also mentioned that HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 will pick up where the first film left off in a "BACK TO THE FUTURE-like style." (thanks to Deadline.com)
** CRAWL for Alexandre Aja: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Paramount has tapped filmmaker Alexandre Aja to direct CRAWL, described as a self-contained (and low budget) thriller.
THR notes the film's script centers on a young woman who, while struggling to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped inside a flooding house, fighting for her life against Florida's most savage and feared predators (an alligator). Brothers Shawn and Michael Rasmussen (THE WARD) penned the original draft of the script which has since been re-written by Aja. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CANARIES: Ahead of the Marche du Film in Cannes (8th-17th May 2018), genre sales specialists Devilworks has revealed the first title in their Cannes lineup.
UK sci fi horror comedy CANARIES from Welsh writer/director Peter Stray is about a group of friends at a New Year's Eve bash in the Welsh Valley, who must fight against an invasion force of time travelling aliens.
** DOWNRANGE: Here's a new poster for the just released film from the director of VERSUS and MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, Ryuhei Kitamura. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)