** NOS4A2: Based on Joe Hill's bestselling novel of the same name, it tells the story of Charlie Manx, a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – an icy, twisted Christmas village of Manx's imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Manx finds his whole world threatened when a young woman in New England discovers she has a dangerous gift.
** MA: One day, she is asked by Maggie, a new teenager in town, to buy some booze for her and her friends, and Sue Ann sees the chance to make some unsuspecting, if younger, friends of her own. She offers the kids the chance to avoid drinking and driving by hanging out in the basement of her home. But there are some house rules: One of the kids has to stay sober. Don't curse. Never go upstairs. And call her "Ma." But as Ma's hospitality starts to curdle into obsession, what began as a teenage dream turns into a terrorizing nightmare, and Ma's place goes from the best place in town to the worst place on earth.
** THE INVISIBLE MAN remake: With Univeral Pictures' failed Dark Universe experiment behind them, the studio is moving in a new direction when it comes to breathing new cinematic life into its classic roster of monsters. Enter Jason Blum, who spoke with the Collider web site about his take on THE INVISIBLE MAN, and how writer/director Leigh Whannell (INSIDIOUS) helped push it forward.
"I don't believe in saying 'We're going to do movies about this' and then trying to find a movie about it," Blum explained. "So, I didn't believe in going and saying 'I want to do all these movies'' and then try to find directors to do them. We have a director we've also done six or seven movies with, pitched us this spectacular idea about Invisible Man. We told him to write it, he wrote it, then we took it to the studio and said 'We'd love to do this and this is what we would do with it,' and they said yes.
"It was like the Blumhouse version of THE INVISIBLE MAN, it's a lower-budget movie. It's not dependent on special effects, CGI, stunts. It's super character-driven, it's really compelling, it's thrilling, it's edgy, it feels new. Those were all things that felt like they fit with what our company does. And it happened to be an Invisible Man story, so it checked both boxes. And we responded to it because I think Leigh is just an A+ director." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
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** THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIG FOOT: Since WWII, Calvin Barr has lived with the secret that he was responsible for the assassination of Adolf Hitler. Now, decades later, the US government has called on him again for a new top-secret mission. Bigfoot has been living deep in the Canadian wilderness and carrying a deadly plague that is now threatening to spread to the general population. Relying on the same skills that he honed during the war, Calvin must set out to save the free world yet again. Starring Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner, Caitlin FitzGerald and Ron Livingston, THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIGFOOT follows the epic adventures of an American legend that no one has ever heard of.
** GRUDGE reboot: Originally slated for this year and pushed to January next year, the film's main selling point is the return of the franchise and its "reimagining" by impressive rising filmmaker Nicolas Pesce (PIERCING). Pesce recently spoke with EW about the project, offering some new details and saying this one is less spook story and more gritty police thriller with a real SE7EN style vibe:
"It's a very different take on THE GRUDGE than you know it from the past. We see what's doing well now and it is these kind of smarter, more nuanced horror stories, and that's what this is going to be. We're trying to update it for contemporary sensibilities, and we have an unbelievable cast, and I think it's going to be something very different.
There's a thousand GRUDGE movies out there, and we wanted to figure out a way to kind of put a new, fresh spin on it, and it's going to be exciting. The movie is set up a lot more like SE7EN, that sort of movie. There's a cop drama that drives the whole thing, and Andrea [Riseborough] is the lead detective on this new case that they've come upon and is the driving force through the movie. She's incredible. She's in absolutely everything and, when you see her act, you know why."
Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, Jackie Weaver, John Cho, William Sadler, Demian Bichir and Frankie Faison co-star in the new GRUDGE which opens January 3rd 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ: The British horror comedy, starring SHAUN OF THE DEAD's Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is getting a UK Blu-ray release on March 11, 2019. Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness…and they're about to meet their match.
This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations – literally – when a controversial frack site on prized school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole, and an unspeakable horror to be unleashed. Soon a new pecking order will be established as the pupils and teachers alike become locked in a bloody battle for survival.
** THE HOUSE: Artsploitation Films will release Norwegian director Reinert Kiil's horror film THE HOUSE (original language title, HUSET) March 5th. Artsploitaiton Films' president Raymond Murray said, "It may have taken a few years for the film to get to American audiences but I am sure horror fans as well as arthouse film-lovers will enjoy this creepy, thought-provoking ghost story."
Set in the frozen wilderness of Norway during WWII, 2 German soldiers escort a Norwegian soldier and prisoner of war but the weather is taking a toll on them. They find an empty house near the forest where they finally can get some rest. However, what seems to be a warm and welcoming shelter turns much more sinister and deadly. They begin to wonder if they have somehow have stepped into a sort of psychological hell from which there may be no escape.
----- February 12, 2019 -----
** Stephen King's CREEPSHOW TV series: Greg Nicotero, whose work has most famously appeared on AMC's THE WALKING DEAD, is finally getting his CREEPSHOW series off the ground. The six-episode season, which will eventually air on Shudder, has kicked off production in Atlanta, Georgia. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE GOLDEN GLOVE: Here's the trailer for the upcoming serial killer flick.
** THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA: La Llorona. The Weeping Woman. A horrifying apparition, caught between Heaven and Hell, trapped in a terrible fate sealed by her own hand. The mere mention of her name has struck terror around the world for generations. In life, she drowned her children in a jealous rage, throwing herself in the churning river after them as she wept in pain.
Now her tears are eternal. They are lethal, and those who hear her death call in the night are doomed. La Llorona creeps in the shadows and preys on the children, desperate to replace her own. As the centuries have passed, her desire has grown more voracious ... and her methods more terrifying.
** Jordan Peel's US: In an interview with Rolling Stone, Academy Award winner Jordan Peele revealed that his forthcoming social thriller film US is actually inspired by one of his favorite THE TWILIGHT ZONE episodes titled MIRROR IMAGE. Starring veteran actress Vera Miles, MIRROR IMAGE tells the story of a young career woman named Miss Barnes, who suddenly encounters her doppelganger while waiting for the bus. She later becomes convinced that the her look-alike is an evil entity from a parallel universe who's out to eliminate and replace her.
"It's terrifying, beautiful, really elegant storytelling, and it opens up a world. It opens up your imagination," Peele said about the episode. Peele is set to executive produce and host CBS All Access' upcoming reboot of THE TWILIGHT ZONE which is currently on production.
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, US stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband Gabe, and their two children for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is about to befall her family.
After spending a tense beach day with their friends, the Tylers, Adelaide and her family return to their vacation home to discover the silhouettes of four figures standing in their driveway. US pits an ordinary American family against a terrifying and uncanny opponent: doppelgängers of themselves. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 11, 2019 -----
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: The wait is over, your best friend has arrived. From the producers of IT comes CHILD'S PLAY, in theaters June 21.
** RABID remake: Film Mode Entertainment racked up sales at the European Film Market in Berlin for RABID, the Soska Sisters' reimagining of David Cronenberg's 1977 namesake cult classic. RABID stars Laura Vandervoort and Ben Hollingsworth and is the latest feature directed by the "Twisted Twins" — aka the Soska Sisters.
The cast includes former pro wrestler CM Punk, the sixth longest reigning WWE champion of all time, as well as a cameo by his wife AJ Lee, a WWE superstar in her own right as well as a New York Times bestselling author. The remake was written by Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska and John Serge, and led by the sibling horror directors who established a following with their 2012 slasher AMERICAN MARY. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD: The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that Danai Gurira (BLACK PANTHER), the acclaimed star who has portrayed Michonne on the AMC apocalypse series THE WALKING DEAD since the second season, will be exiting the series after seven seasons.
The actress has signed a new deal to appear in a more limited capacity for the recently ordered tenth season, reportedly set only to appear in a handful of episodes before exiting one of the network's flagship franchises and transitioning to the upcoming trilogy movie spin-offs featuring Andrew Lincoln in the lead role as Rick Grimes. The 40-year-old actress' character has been romantically linked with Grimes since season six. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE BOY 2: STXfilms has released a first look teaser photo of the horror sequel THE BOY 2, starring Katie Holmes. Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into the estate, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: It's l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind...but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying tome.
----- February 9, 2019 -----
A small group of American soldiers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that's crucial to the invasion's success. But what they find is unlike anything the world has ever seen.
A surprisingly fun and effective World War II zombie flick. Lots of action and some gore. Featuring the beautiful Mathilde Ollivier. This was originally rumoured to be part of the CLOVERFIELD universe.
The Blu-ray edition comes with a digital code (available in the US only). It feature a 2.40:1 (16x9) 1080p high definition transfer using a MPEG-4 AVC codec. The film was shot digitally and looks stunning. It has deep rich black and perfect color saturation. We get a thunderous, loud, crisp and clear English Dolby Atmos audio track along with a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit). The audio separation is amazing and delivers the perfect sonic mayhem for such film. There are also German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1. audio tracks along with multiples subtitles such as English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish. This is the total package!
This edition has two discs. As for the extras, they are featured on the second disc. The Horrors of War has many subjects such as; Creation, Death Above, Death on the Ground, Death Below, Death No More, Brothers in Arms. It comes with a slipcover case.
Our copy was provided by Paramount Pictures.
----- February 8, 2019 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequel: The Collider web site reports that screenwriter Scott Teems is in talks to pen the script for a sequel to 2018's HALLOWEEN movie for Blumhouse. Teems previous credits include the TV shows RECTIFY and NARCOS MEXICO, on the feature side he's penned the FIRESTARTER reboot for Blumhouse as well.
Released last October to critical acclaim and huge box office success, 2018's HALLOWEEN brought in over $250 million at the worldwide box office, making it the highest grossing slasher film of all time. It was voted Best Horror Film of 2018 by the readers of GOREZONE.
** PET SEMATARY remake: They don't come back the same. Based on Stephen King's terrifying novel. In theatres April 5, 2019.
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U: Here's a clip from the upcoming sequel.
** THE WALKING DEAD: Showrunner Angela Kang posted a video on her Instagram announcing that THE WALKING DEAD has been renewed for Season 10.
----- February 7, 2019 -----
** WORLD WAR Z sequel no more: David Fincher's upcoming sequel has reportedly been scrapped by Paramount Pictures, the studio reportedly pulling the plug on the project last night says The Playlist web site.
The Brad Pitt-led project has been in development for some time with Fincher promising he and his team would make the film for less than the $190 million budget of the original 2013 film (and that was before its costly reshoots).
However the studio dragged its heels on the project, reluctant to commit fully even as the project began staffing up for the project to be shot in five different countries along with a six-month shoot in Atlanta. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** EXTREMELY WICKED: Netflix has reportedly paid $9 million to score the rights to the biopic of serial killer Ted Bundy starring Zac Efron in the role. The film, which premiered last week at Sundance, was the subject of a bidding war that involved other studios including STX and Lionsgate. Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, John Malkovich and Haley Joel Osment co-star.
The streamer is expected to release the film in the Fall to compete in the awards race. The film's director Joe Berlinger also helmed the Bundy documentary CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER which recently began streaming on Netflix and has reportedly been a hit. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Ahead of the trailer premiere later this week, MGM and Orion have released a new teaser image for the CHILD'S PLAY remake. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE NIGHT HOUSE: Rebecca Hall is set to star in THE NIGHT HOUSE, an independent horror thriller from producer David S. Goyer, Variety has confirmed. The film follows a widow who begins to uncover her recently deceased husband's disturbing secrets. David Bruckner (THE RITUAL) will direct from a script penned by Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** US: Here's the new poster. In the film, a mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (including Elizabeth Moss). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited." The film is scheduled to hit theaters on March 22.
----- February 6, 2019 -----
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Here's a cool viral video for the upcoming film.
** ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake: UPGRADE writer/director Leigh Whannell has set to pen the upcoming remake. The original was set in a future where the U.S. had become a totalitarian theocratic police state and the island of Manhattan is now a walled-off maximum security prison. Imprisoned former Special Forces officer Robert 'Snake' Plissken (Kurt Russell) has twenty-four hours to go in, rescue the U.S. President who is being held by the city prison's most dangerous crook, and get out again. There's no plan in place for Whannell to direct at this point. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Here's the trailer for the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film helmed by Andre Ovredal and based on the children's book series of same name by Alvin Schwartz. Dan and Kevin Hageman penned the script and the film is on track for an August 9th release.
Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Abrams and Gabriel Rush star in the film about a group of young people attempt to solve a mystery that involves a series of spectacularly horrific deaths in their small hometown.
** ANGEL OF DUST: The Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and Ghostface Killah are teaming up to produce the suspense/horror film ANGEL OF DUST, per a report from the Deadline web site. RZA, the ringleader of the global hip-hop group, will also direct the picture.
"The creative collaboration of RZA and Ghostface has stood the test of time through our music. Now the opportunity to put our creative energies together onto the silver screen has arisen and I'm turbo charged," said RZA, before adding "Bong Bong!"
"It's a blessing to partner with Oscar-nominated producer Shaun Redick and Impossible Dream Entertainment, and to be doing business with my brother, RZA directing is a dream come true. Putting all these great minds to work together will be legendary," Ghostface Killah said. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 5, 2019 -----
** Stephen King's THE STAND TV series: Long in-development as a feature film, the Deadline web site reports that CBS All Access has given a 10 episode order to THE STAND, based on Stephen King's novel. Josh Boone, who has been developing the project for years, will team up with SEAL Team EP Ben Cavell for the adaptation, which he will also direct.
"I'm excited and so very pleased that THE STAND is going to have a new life on this exciting new platform," said King. "The people involved are men and women who know exactly what they're doing; the scripts are dynamite. The result bids to be something memorable and thrilling. I believe it will take viewers away to a world they hope will never happen."
"I read THE STAND under my bed when I was 12, and my Baptist parents burned it in our fireplace upon discovery," added Boone. "Incensed, I stole my Dad's FedEx account number and mailed King a letter professing my love for his work. Several weeks later, I came home to find a box had arrived from Maine, and inside were several books, each inscribed with a beautiful note from god himself, who encouraged me in my writing and thanked me for being a fan. My parents, genuinely moved by King's kindness and generosity, lifted the ban on his books that very day. I wrote King a cameo as himself in my first film and have been working to bring THE STAND to the screen for five years. I've found incredible partners in CBS All Access and Ben Cavell. Together with Stephen King, Owen King, my longtime producing partners Knate Lee and Jill Killington, we plan to bring you the ultimate version of King's masterwork." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SHADOW IN THE CLOUD: The beautiful Chloe Grace Moretz (LET ME IN) has joined the WW2-set action horror film SHADOW IN THE CLOUD from Chinese-New Zealand director Roseanne Liang. Moretz will play Captain Maude Gardner, who boards a B-17 Flying Fortress clutching a black radio bag with top-secret contents and orders authorizing her transport.
As she puts up with jeers from the leery, all-male crew, strange happenings begin to occur and they realize that something is lurking within the shadows. Crushed between an oncoming Japanese ambush and an evil prowling within, Maude must push her limits to save the hapless crew and to protect her mysterious cargo.
Max Landis (BRIGHT) penned the script and the project is being introduced to buyers at the European Film Market by Endeavor Content. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger, Kelly McCormick and Tom Hern will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE TURNING: Universal Pictures has announced that THE TURNING, the upcoming adaptation of the horror novella of a similar name by Henry James, will be hitting the big screen on January 24, 2020 after it was removed from its original February 22 release date.
Based on Henry James's famous novella The Turn of the Screw (a source of several movie adaptations, including THE INNOCENTS), the story revolves around a young woman who becomes the nanny of two orphans who live in a haunted country mansion. Wolfhard will play one of the orphans. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PIERCING: From the director of THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, PIERCING marks another visceral chapter in Nicolas Pesce's filmmaking career. A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute.
----- February 4, 2019 -----
** THE BABADOOK's director next horror film: Following her break out with THE BABADOOK, filmmaker Jennifer Kent returns this year with the colonial Tasmania-set revenge thriller THE NIGHTINGALE which has just screened at Sundance and has caused quite a stir with its shocking violence.
Kent is already looking towards the future though and, speaking with the Bloody Disgusting web site, she confirmed that she is working on something with Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro:
"Look, we've got something on the boil. I'm not being secretive but I'm not sure I can talk about it. It's something scary and I really admire him and his work. I think he's a true artist so I'm excited to know more. We're in [the] early stages of that."
What form that project will take, be it for film or television, isn't clear. Del Toro is currently working on his stop-motion PINOCCHIO film for Netflix. Kent's THE NIGHTINGALE will be released by IFC Films in cinemas and on VOD this year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Jordan Peele's US: Coming to cinemas on March 15th. A mother and father take their kids to their beach house, expecting to enjoy time with friends, but their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some visitors arrive uninvited.
** THE BOY 2: Following the box office success of its predecessor, STX Films and Lakeshore Entertainment have announced that the sequel to the 2016 horror film THE BOY officially began production in Vancouver, British Columbia on Monday, January 28, with William Brent Bell returning to helm and Stacey Menear returning to pen the script.
Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into the estate, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DEEPER: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Golden Globe winner Idris Elba is in talks to star in DEEPER, a supernatural sci-thriller from MGM written by Max Landis (BRIGHT) and directed by Baltasar Kormakur (ADRIFT). The story centers on a disgraced astronaut, to be played by Elba, who is on a deep-sea dive exploring a newly discovered trench but soon finds himself confronted by a sinister and dangerous force. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: CBS Films and Lionsgate will release SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK in theaters AUGUST 9, 2019. Directed by André Øvredal. Inspired by one of the most terrifying children's book series of all time, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town.
----- February 1st, 2019 -----
** Warner Bros. upcoming horror films: Warner Bros. announced a whole batch of release dates, including two high profile films; Robert Zemeckis' THE WITCHES remake, which will open October 16, 2020, and THE SHINNING sequel DOCTOR SLEEP, which has jumped from its original January 24, 2020 release to the more promising slot of November 8 of this year. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CANDYMAN remake: Tony Todd, the original 1992 Candyman, hasn't been approached by Jordan Peele to appear in his new re-imagining of the franchise. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Todd said that "I know he's a fan. We're waiting just like the rest of the world. I'm hoping I will appear in the film in some form of fashion. Wouldn't that make sense? But it's Hollywood, so I won't take it personally if for some reason it doesn't work out."
Todd seems like he's keeping a positive attitude towards his potential cameo, adding "If this new one is successful, it will shed light back on the original. I think the subject matter is more important than any individuals. And I mean that."
The actor reprised the role in the original film's two sequels as well: 1995's CANDYMAN FAREWELL TO THE FLESH (directed by future Oscar-winner Bill Condon) and 1999's direct-to-DVD CANDYMAN DAY OF THE DEAD. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** AMONG THE SHADOWS: Kristy Wolfe (Charlotte Beckett) is a Brussels private eye descended from werewolves who must go to work when her uncle Harry Goldtsone is murdered in a politically-motivated attack. Patricia Sherman (Lindsay Lohan), the wife of European Federation President Richard Sherman, hires Wolfe to investigate Goldstone's killing, as he was her husband's campaign manager. Wolfe finds bodies falling all over city and must use her innate instincts to unravel the case and stay alive long enough unmask the conspiracy." The film is directed by Tiago Mesquita, and co-stars Gianni Capaldi and Dominik Madani. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LIFECHANGER: A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. Directed by Justin McConnell. Premiering July 20th, Fantasia Film Festival, International Premiere Frightfest London in August.
** CANNIBAL CLUB: Otavio and Gilda are a very wealthy couple of the Brazilian elite who have the habit of eating their employees. Otavio owns a private security company and is a notable member of The Cannibal Club. When Gilda accidentally discovers a secret from Borges, a powerful congressman and the Club's leader, her and her husband's lives are in grave danger. The film hits theaters March 1st and will be available On Demand March 5th.