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----- 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.







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