** TRAIN TO BUSAN VR video game: The 2016 international hit TRAIN TO BUSAN is set to be adapted as virtual reality property – both a VR video game and a work of "location-based entertainment". Next Entertainment World's 'Contents Panda' division has reportedly signed a contract with Singapore's Vividthree Productions to adapt the zombie thriller. Vividthree will launch a static show in Singapore and Malaysia, and may then expand it globally.
The project is separate from the English-language remake in the works at Gaumont. The film's director, Yeon Sang-ho, most recently directed the superhero satire feature PSYCHOKINESIS which opened in January in South Korea and hits Netflix around much of the rest of the world on April 25th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** George R.R. Martin's NIGHTFLYERS: NIGHTFLYERS follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain – in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other – and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.
** WILDLING: A teenage girl's coming of age comes with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since birth, Anna (Bel Powley) has been raised in isolation by a man she knows only as Daddy (Chucky star Brad Dourif) who has done everything possible to conceal the truth about the girl's origins from her. But when the teenage Anna is suddenly thrust into the real world under the protection of no-nonsense police officer Ellen (Liv Tyler), it soon becomes clear that the young woman is far from ordinary. Unable to adjust to a normal life, Anna finds herself drawn instead to the wild freedom of the forest while struggling to resist the growing bloodlust that has awakened inside her. This moodily atmospheric thriller combines supernatural scares with a myth-like tale of self-discovery.
----- March 20, 2018 -----
** LEPRECHAUN RETURNS: The film finds the leprechaun revived in the modern day when a group of sorority girls unwittingly awaken him while tearing down a cabin to build a new sorority house. The new sequel is written by Suzanne Keilly (ASH VS EVIL DEAD) and directed by Steven Kostanski (THE VOID).
The cast is led by Taylor Spreitler as Lila, Pepi Sonuga as Katie, Sai Bennett as Rose, and Linden Porco as the leprechaun (replacing longtime star Warwick Davis). The film will also bring back a co-star from the original film in Mark Holton, who will reprise his role as Ozzie, the group's goofball friend almost killed by the leprechaun all those years ago. Additional co-stars include Emily Reid as Meredith, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins as Matt, and Ben McGregor as Andy.
** BOAR: The giant boar was a myth, a legend brought to life in a drunken pub tale. The thing about myths and legends, they are usually made up of partial truths, and in this case, complete and terrifying truths. Tearing a path of destruction through fencing and livestock, locals haven't a clue of the chilling death that lurks in the striking Australian outback.
----- March 19, 2018 -----
** THE DEVIL'S REJECTS sequel: Filmmaker Rob Zombie has officially confirmed that 3 FROM HELL, his follow-up to THE DEVIL'S REJECTS has begun shooting. The third chapter in the Firefly Family saga following 2003's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Otis (Bill Moseley) are back in the gory franchise new entry with plot specifics under wraps.
The previous film ended with the family driving directly into a hail of bullets, so how they'll return isn't clear. Zombie is reportedly negotiating with Saban Films and Lionsgate to bring his sequel to theaters and also releasing it on VOD. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Variety reports that actor John Cho (HAROLD & KUMAR) has joined the cast of the upcoming reboot of THE GRUDGE from Sony. Cho joins a cast that includes Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PARTS UNKNOWN: The wrestling/horror movie will have its world premiere on June 9, 2018. Written, produced and directed by Boston Film Family CEO Richard Chandler, PARTS UNKNOWN is the story about how the infamous Von Strasser family (of professional wrestling fame) seek to violently reclaim their notorious status through supernatural means despite being blackballed by forces within the industry. The movie stars retired pro-wrestler/actor William DeCoff, pro-wrestling manager/actress Lizzie Havoc, and Boston Film Family alumni Alexandra Cipolla, Alexander Hauck, and Sarah Michelle.
----- March 13, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot remake sequel: As we know, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's upcoming HALLOWEEN film will effectively ignore the events of all the other sequels and serve as a straight sequel to the 1978 original – including ditching the supernatural elements of the latter movies.
Speaking with Flickering Myth at SXSW though, McBride revealed why they made the decision to ignore the others and confirms there will be easter eggs throughout the new film shouting out to the other HALLOWEEN movies the new one ignores:
"This picks up after the first one. The HALLOWEEN franchise has kind of become a little bit of like choose your own adventure, you know like there's some many different versions, and the timeline is so mixed up, we just thought it would be easier to go back to the source and continue from from there. It was nicer than knowing you're working on HALLOWEEN 11, it just seemed cooler, 'we're making HALLOWEEN 2'. We do [reference the other movies]. For fans, we pay homage and respect to every HALLOWEEN that has been out there."
The new HALLOWEEN has wrapped filming ahead of an October release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WINCHESTER: The film is coming out on Digital April 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand May 1 from Lionsgate. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD includes a never-before-seen "making of" featurette, which includes cast and crew interviews, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
** MY FRIEND DAHMER: Based on the acclaimed graphic novel about one of the most notorious serial killers ever. Its screenplay landed a spot on the coveted 'Black List', ranking it as one of the best un-produced screenplays (at the time) before becoming a hit movie. MY FRIEND DAHMER is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on April 10th.
----- March 12, 2018 -----
** UNFRIENDED DARK WEB: Blumhouse Productions used the SXSW festival to unveil UNFRIENDED DARK WEB, a sequel to the 2014 theatrical horror/thriller feature which is set entirely on computer screens.
The sequel, directed by THE GRUDGE remake scribe Stephen Susco, follows a twentysomething who finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop and is thrust into the deep waters of the dark web. Once again the story unravels in real-time, entirely on a computer screen.
Blum, Timur Bekmambetov and Majd Nassif return as producers on the new film which hasn't set a release date as yet. The first film grossed $64 million on a $1 million budget. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MANDY: RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment, has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly-anticipated MANDY, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, the film stars Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache. RLJE Films plans to release MANDY in theaters in summer 2018 with an exclusive theatrical window.
In MANDY, outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** 4/20 MASSACRE: Premiering on VOD and DVD 4/3 from Film Chest, the first-ever "stoner slasher" movie pits today's hottest young stars, Jamie Bernadette and Justine Wachsberger, against cinema's next iconic movie monster in a frightening and funny comedy-thriller released just in time for the "The Official Holiday" for weed enthusiasts.
From writer/director Dylan Reynolds comes the story of five women who go camping in the woods to celebrate a friend's birthday over the 4/20 weekend. But when they cross the turf of an illegal marijuana growing operation they must struggle to survive the living nightmare.
** LIVING SPACE: A romantic holiday takes a sinister turn when Brad & Ashley's car breaks down in the German countryside. Forced to take refuge in an isolated farmhouse they thought to be abandoned, the couple quickly learn that the house holds a dark past. Thrust into a supernatural nightmare, the pair must battle malevolent forces lead by an undead Nazi general if they wish to survive the night.
----- March 8, 2018 -----
** BODIES BODIES BODIES: A24 has acquired the feature script BODIES BODIES BODIES, written by Kristen Ropuenian, author of the hugely popular New Yorker fiction story CAT PERSON. Upon its publication last December, CAT PERSON turned into a viral phenomenon, becoming the most read fiction story the New Yorker published throughout all of 2017.
BODIES BODIES BODIES is Kristen's first foray into the screenwriting space, and infuses a similarly fresh, incisive perspective into the horror genre, mixing together elements of shrewd character study, mystery and deep-seeded scares. This is A24's first spec purchase, and they are fast-tracking it for production. CAA brokered the deal. Ropuenian also just made a major seven figure deal with Scout Press for her next collection of stories. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** James Gunn returns to horror: Elizabeth Banks is reuniting with her SLITHER director James Gunn for an untitled horror film. Brian and Mark Gunn wrote the script for the film with the story specifics under wraps. Gunn is producing the movie with The H Collective which is fully financing and producing it.
David Yarovesky (THE HIVE) is directing the project which starts production in the spring. Banks is currently prepping her next directorial effort at Sony Pictures – the CHARLIE'S ANGELS reboot. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRAUMA and LUCIFERINA: Two wildly innovative horror films, first screened at Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, have been acquired for distribution by Artsploitation Films who plan to release them in 2018, first in select film festivals followed by Blu-ray and VOD.
TRAUMA, directed by Lucio A. Rojas is a vicious and shocking tale which blends the dark history of 1970s Chile with a modern tale of horror. A boy is traumatized when he and his mother are tortured by the Nazi-like military dictatorship of Pinochet. Decades later a group of women venture to the idyllic countryside for a weekend of fun. But their outing soon turns nightmarish when a man and his son unleash their pent-up rage on them. A film which exposes the horrors of politics with the evil that can lie within the souls of ordinary men.
In LUCIFERINA, Argentinean Gonzalo Calzada directs a visually explosive film where religion, innocence, repressed sexuality and evil spectacularly collide. Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of mystical plant. There, instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and for the nun herself, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself.
----- March 6, 2018 -----
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Actress Andrea Riseborough is circling a role in THE GRUDGE, a reboot of the horror franchise currently in the works at Sony Pictures. Nicolas Pesce is re-writing and directing the project for Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures described as a new take on the 2004 American remake of the 2002 Japanese original JU-ON.
Takashi Shimazu helmed the 2004 film which follows an American nurse (Sarah Michelle Gellar) living and working in Tokyo who is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse – one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life. Costing $10 million, it grossed $187 million worldwide and led to two sequels. Riseborough is eyeing the role of a detective and young single mother. Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DESCENDANT: Jackson Robert Scott, who played Georgie in the IT remake, is joining Taylor Schilling in Orion Pictures' new and untitled horror movie previously known as DESCENDANT. Tripp Vinson is producing and filming begins this month in Toronto.
Nicholas McCarthy helms an original script by MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN scribe Jeff Buhler. Schilling plays a mother who, concerned about the disturbing behavior of her son (Scott), thinks something supernatural may be affecting him. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 5, 2018 -----
** WORLD WAR Z 2: Paramount Pictures has reportedly delayed (yet again) principal photography on the David Fincher-directed WORLD WAR Z sequel following this week's report of Brad Pitt confirming his reunion with Quentin Tarantino on that filmmaker's next film ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD at Sony Pictures.
The delay is said to be entirely due to Pitt, who stars in and produces WWZ2 and is key to the whole endeavour. Filming, which was to take place in the Summer, will now kick off in the Fall. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** UNDER THE SILVER LAKE: IT FOLLOWS writer/director David Robert Mitchell finally returns with UNDER THE SILVER LAKE which A24 has been sitting on for a little while. The distributor has now set a June 22nd limited theatrical release for the film which stars Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace. The story follows a man who becomes obsessed with the strange circumstances of a billionaire mogul's murder and the kidnapping of a girl. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TERRIFIED: Grupo Mórbido, the Mexican distributor run by Mórbido Film Fest founder Pablo Guisa Koestinger, has struck a deal with Aura Films in Argentina to handle joint theatrical distribution in Latin America on paranormal horror TERRIFIED (ATERRADOS).
TERRIFIED stars Maxi Ghione, Norberto Amadeo Gonzalo and Elvira Onetto and centres on a police officer and an old friend who investigate a series of paranormal occurrences in homes. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- March 2nd, 2018 -----
** VERONICA: Paco Plaza's newest horror film was just released on Netflix!
** BLOOD FEST: Fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda. As attendees start dying off, three teenagers with more horror-film wits than real-world knowledge must band together and battle through every madman, monstrosity and terrifying scenario if they have any hope of surviving.