** Rob Zombie's MEET THE MUNSTERS: Since Halloween is rapidly approaching it is the perfect time to MEET THE MUNSTERS! Direct from the set in good old Hungary. Rob Zombie presents Herman, Lily and The Count sitting in front of the newly completed 1313 Mockingbird Lane.
** SCREAM: One of the more unexpected decisions on the film front this year is the one to name the upcoming fifth SCREAM film simply SCREAM, and not SCREAM 5 to make it in line with the previous three sequels. The title change was revealed with the recent poster and trailer for the film, raising the obvious question as to why the decision was made. The film is not a remake, nor is it a 'ignore the prior' sequels revival like 2018's HALLOWEEN.
Speaking with US Magazine, original SCREAM writer and series producer Kevin Williamson has revealed that there is a strategy behind why they opted to ditch the number: "Well, it was always SCREAM 5 because it's the fifth one. So I think we just threw that name out, but I don't think they ever seriously were going to call it a SCREAM 5. I don't think anybody wanted to see the number five after something. You'd have to ask them – Paramount or whoever, but I think taking the 5 off and calling it SCREAM [works] because it's brand new.
There's the legacy cast, and how they infuse this new world and there's this whole new generation and a new cast of characters that are extremely fun. I think it was a great cast. It's an amazing group of kids and young talent and they're very, very good. They pop off the screen, and now our Sidneys and our mature characters who enter into it, they're the adults. It works really really well."
While the three key cast members of the originals are returning, the title change could set the stage for sequels focusing on some of the new faces should it do well. SCREAM hits theatres on January 14th 2022. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** GREAT WHITE: Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced that GREAT WHITE will be available exclusively to stream on the platform starting on Thursday, November 18, 2021. As a Shudder exclusive, the platform will be the only subscription service that will carry the film in the U.S. and Canada.
GREAT WHITE stars Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Tim Kano, and Te Kohe Tuhaka. Written by Michael Boughen, the film was featured directorial debut of Martin Wilson.
** DEATH GAME: From the Grindhouse Releasing newsletter; "Our incredible deluxe Blu-ray release of Peter S. Traynor's DEATH GAME is now complete and on track for early 2022 release! We will begin taking pre-orders soon for a limited collector's edition exclusively available through our website. Stay tuned for the artwork, specs, street date, and watch for DEATH GAME screening in theaters starting in November!"
** DEVIL STORY: Coming to Blu-ray in November from Pulse Video in France. Presented in both its original French language soundtrack and its English dub track.
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** CENSOR: To European filmmakers few awards are as important in the genre community as the Méliès d'Or Awards. Sitges hosted the Méliès d'Or awards ceremony and rewarded Prano Bailey-Bond's CENSOR the Best European Feature Film award, the Méliès d'Or. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: The follow-up to 2018's revival of the slasher franchise, is coming in well ahead of expectations. Going into the weekend, the film was projected to be headed for a $35-40 million opening weekend. Estimates now however have been raised to $50.2 million following a $22.8 million Friday haul for the film. The number is being described as the highest opening for a theatrical-day-and-date
The higher number comes despite the film scoring mixed/weak reviews with critics (and a B- CinemaScore from audiences), and the movie being simultaneously available on Peacock's premium subscription tiers. The small size of Peacock's premium userbase is seen as an upside here, the title's theatrical run likely not being impacted much by the day-and-date release while also driving new subscriptions for the streamer which at $4.99 for one month is considerably cheaper than a film ticket. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE KINDRED: Coming to Blu-ray Steelbook on 12/14 from Synapse Films. THE KINDRED in a limited-edition (3,500 pieces). Region free + New 4K restoration of the complete, unrated version of the film, presented in 1080p 1.78:1 widescreen with DTS-HD MA 5.1 Stereo Surround audio and the original theatrical 2.0 mono sound.
** HIRUKO THE GOBLIN: Coming to Blu-ray from Mondo Macabro. This early pop-fantasy-horror film from iconic director Shinya Tsukamoto has been restored in 2K and is getting its first ever HD release. Region A locked North American Blu-ray premiere. 1080p presentation of 2K restoration from the OCN. Japanese audio with optional English subtitles.
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD with an anticipated release date of 1/25.
----- October 15, 2021 -----
** Coffin Joe remake: The ScreenDaily web site is reporting that One Eyed Films have signed remake deals for two new Coffin Joe films. One will be made in the U.S. with those fine lads at SpectreVision and one is happening in Mexico.
Coffin Joe, the horror character created by late Brazilian filmmaker Jose Mojica Marins, is to return to screens through two separate film projects – one English-langugage from the US, the other Spanish-language from Mexico.
SpectreVision, the US genre production outfit founded by Elijah Wood with directors Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, has signed an option for an English-language reboot of the character. One Eyed has also set a Spanish-language feature, which is at script stage, written by Mexican filmmakers Lex Ortega and Adrian Garcia Bogliano. Ortega will direct the film, which will reimagine a Mexican history for the character. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** V/H/S/94: V/H/S/94 is the biggest movie premiere in Shudder history, with more members watching its debut in its opening weekend than any prior movie premiere on the service. Shudder's commissioned original reboot of the acclaimed found footage franchise is just as big a hit with critics as with Shudder members: currently 96% Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes®, making it one of the best reviewed horror releases of the year.
** SHUT-IN: The film stars Rainey Qualley as a young single mother who is held captive along with her two children by a violent ex as she plots their escape before it's too late.
** PREMUTOS: The Extended Director's Cut of Olaf Ittenbach's PREMUTOS is available December 14, 2021 on Blu-ray (for the first time in the US) and also on DVD from Unearthed Films! Premutos is the first of the fallen Angels, even before Lucifer. His goal is to rule the living and the dead. His son should pave the way for him to return. A young man begins to suffer from visionary flashbacks - of the past lives he lived. On his father's birthday, a case containing an old book is found in their garden, which was hidden by a Warlock in 1943. When the young man touches with the book, he mutates into a monster and awakens an army of zombies, ready to bring back the fallen angel, Premutos.
----- October 14, 2021 -----
** THE BLACK PHONE: Director Scott Derrickson returns to his terror roots and partners again with the foremost brand in the genre, Blumhouse, with a new horror film. Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer's previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn't happen to Finney.
** HALLOWEEN KILLS 4K UHD: Here's a look at the upcoming Best Buy exclusive steelbox release.
** I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: MVD and Ronin Flix have partnered to bring their fan favorite line of collectible Blu-rays to retail and are celebrating the wickedest of holidays with the release of Meir Zarchi's controversial 1978 feature film, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (aka DAY OF THE WOMAN) and it's official sequel, I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE DEJA VU on Blu-ray October 15th. Featuring a new 4K scan and restoration of Meir Zarchi's uncut 35mm I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE original camera negative, newly restored DTS-HD master audio mono and 5.1 surround, these two Blu-rays are prime examples of the work Ronin Flix does to carefully curate, restore and preserve cult movies for fans around the world.
** VIRGIN WITCH: Coming to Blu-ray on 12/6 from Screenbound Entertainment. Christine gets her big chance at modeling when she applies at Sybil Waite's agency. Together with Christine's sister Betty they go to a house in the country for the weekend for a photo shoot. Sybil has lured Christine to the castle for more than modeling: she is recruiting a virgin for induction into a witch's coven, led by the owner of the castle, Gerald. To their surprise, Christine is more than eager to join the coven, but begins her own secret battle for control.
** THE MOVIES THAT MADE US: Season 3 is now available on Netflix and it features episodes dedicated to horror classics such as HALLOWEEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET.
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** SCREAM 5: Paramount Pictures has debuted the trailer, the first photos and poster for SCREAM, the fifth entry in the horror-comedy franchise that began back with Wes Craven's 1996 original.
The 2022 sequel reunites surviving members of the original cast, including the core trio of Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with SCREAM 4's Marley Shelton along with some newcomers to the franchise.
Those include Jenna Ortega as Tara, Melissa Barrera as Sam, Jack Quaid as Richie, Jasmin Savoy Brown as Mindy, Mikey Madison as Amber, Mason Gooding as Chad, Kyle Gallner as Vince, Sonia Ammar as Liv, and Dylan Minnette as Wes. READY OR NOT directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett helm the new entry which will open on January 14th 2022. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Are you ready for a trip into the past? From the imagination of Edgar Wright, prepare for the "dark and delicious". In cinemas October 29.
** RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY: Here's the International trailer.
** THE FAMILY: The Busan International Film Festival will be hosting the World Premiere of THE FAMILY, a beautifully shot and deeply disturbing genre film by creative duo Dan Slater (director, co-writer) and Adam Booth (producer, co-writer) of West FILM.
The film delves into brooding and unpredictable family ethics. The feature redefines the notion of terror and explores psychological and physical trauma in a genre-bending sinister tale. Raised to fear what lurks beyond the borders of their farm, a young family must free themselves from the tyrannical rule of their merciless Father and Mother.
----- October 11, 2021 -----
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY NEXT OF KIN: A documentary filmmaker follows Margot (Emily Bader), as she heads to a secluded Amish community in the hopes of meeting and learning about her long-lost mother and extended family. Following a string of strange occurrences and discoveries, she soon realizes this community that welcomed them into their home might be hiding something sinister.
** SAINT MAUD: The French horror film is finally getting a US Blu-ray release but no official date yet.
** EL PÁRAMO: Lucia and her son live far from society in a flat area where there is almost no life. The small family unit formed by mother and son receives hardly any visitors, and their goal is to develop a peaceful existence. At first they succeed, but the appearance of a mysterious and violent creature that begins to haunt her little house will put the relationship that unites them to the test.
** XPIATION: Coming to Blu-ray on 2/8 from Unearthed Films. In a large isolated cellar, a mysterious aristocratic woman begins torturing a man while videotaping it. The torture escalates as we find out the secrets the man holds inside of him. Pleasure and pain are all on the menu as we find out the full meaning of The Trilogy of Death.
----- October 8, 2021 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY: Returning to the origins of the massively popular RESIDENT EVIL franchise, fan and filmmaker Johannes Roberts brings the games to life for a whole new generation of fans. In RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY, once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation, Raccoon City is now a dying Midwestern town. The company's exodus left the city a wasteland… with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, a group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.
** HELLRAISER remake: Jamie Clayton, a transgender actress, has been cast as Pinhead in Hulu's HELLRAISER reboot. Clayton takes over a role originally played by Doug Bradley across multiple films. Clive Barker, who created the original novella "The Hellbound Heart" and directed the original "Hellraiser" film, has also come on board as producer.
Odessa A'zion, Brandon Flynn, Goran Visnjic, Drew Starkey, Adam Faison, Aoife Hinds, Selina Lo and Hiam Abbass co-star in the film which has already wrapped filming. Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski penned the script from a story by David S. Goyer. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE DEEP HOUSE: Deep below the surface of a seemingly tranquil remote lake lies a perfectly preserved family home. When a young influencer couple sets out to explore the submerged house to capture uncharted content for their social media followers, their dive turns into a nightmare as they discover a sinister presence. With limited oxygen supply and time running against them, the couple must find a way to escape the underwater house of horrors before it's too late.
** MANSION OF THE DOOMED: Full Moon is super stoked to be prepping the Blu-ray and DVD premiere of most lurid and unsettling exploitation films of all time, presented now for the FIRST TIME EVER fully uncut and remastered from the recently uncovered original 35mm negative!
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** Mario Bava's SHOCK: A postcard for Mario Bava's SHOCK (1977) aka BEYOND THE DOOR II has been found in the Arrow Video Yokai Monsters set so expect an official announcement soon.
** THE MEDIUM: A documentary team follows Nim, a shaman based in Northern Thai, the Isan area, and encounters her niece Mink showing strange symptoms that seem to be of inheritance of shamanism. The team decides to follow Mink, hoping to capture the shaman lineage passing on to the next generation, but her bizarre behavior becomes more extreme. From director Banjong Pisanthanakun and producer Na Hong-jin. Winner Best Film, Bucheon International Film Festival 2021.
** BOSTON STRANGLER: 20th Century Studios has set Keira Knightley to star in the Matt Ruskin-directed film BOSTON STRANGLER for Scott Free and LuckyChap Entertainment. Knightley plays Loretta McLaughlin, the first reporter to connect several murders and break the story of the Boston Strangler.
She and fellow reporter Jean Cole challenged the sexism of the early 1960s to report on the city's notorious serial killer and worked to keep women informed. They pursued the story at great personal risk and discovered corruption that cast doubt on the strangler's identity. Filming begins in December in Boston with Ridley Scott, Kevin Walsh, Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LAST RITE: Lucy, a study from home medical student and sleep paralysis victim, moves in with her boyfriend and finds out all is not as it seems, when she falls pray to a demonic force hell bent on ripping her apart from within. Torn between sanity and the unknown, Lucy is left with no alternative but to contact a local priest, Father Roberts for help.
With time running out and the dark force consuming her from inside, Father Roberts is forced to make a choice, do the right thing and get the church involved, or help Lucy by conducting his own exorcism against the will of the church.
** YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER: Variety has reported that TIFF Midnight Madness selection YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER, the debut feature film from Kate Dolan has been picked up by Magnet Releasing for North America.
"YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER is a fantastically realized journey into one's most primal fear," said Magnolia Pictures President Eamonn Bowles in a statement. "This is a spectacular directorial debut by Kate Dolan." (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- October 6, 2021 -----
** CHUCKY series: In the new CHUCKY television series, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos after a vintage 'Good Guy' doll turns up at a suburban yard sale. Soon, everyone must grapple with a series of horrifying murders that begin to expose the town's deep hypocrisies and hidden secrets. Meanwhile, friends and foes from Chucky's past creep back into his world and threaten to expose the truth behind his mysterious origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster.
** THE SEED: Shudder announced that they have acquired the worldwide rights for Sam Walker's debut feature film, dubbed a black comedy creature feature, THE SEED. THE SEED will have its world premiere at Beyond Fest next week then will come to the streaming service on all its territories (NA, UK, IRE, AUS and NZ) in early 2022. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** RAGING GRACE: Shudder has announced that they will debut an original film, Paris Zarcilla's "contemporary spin on gothic horror" RAGING GRACE on their streaming service in early 2022 across all territories (NA, UK, IRE, AUS and NZ). (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** ROW 19: Russian distributor Central Partnership announced that Well GO USA acquired North American rights for the thriller ROW 19 from director Alexander Babaev. ROW 19 opens in Russia on November 11th; no word from Well GO USA what their plans are yet.
A young female doctor and her 6-year-old daughter are on an overnight flight in a violent storm. When passengers on the half-empty plane inexplicably begin to die, the woman's grip on reality weakens and she is forced to relive her worst childhood nightmare. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** HYPNOTIC: A young woman seeking self-improvement enlists the help of a renowned hypnotist, but after a handful of intense sessions, soon discovers unexpected and deadly consequences.
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** NOBODY SLEEPS IN THE WOODS TONIGHT PART 2: The sequel is coming to Netflix on October 27th.
** THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER: The long-gestating THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER is now a reality as principal photography has officially wrapped on this new feature spin on a famous section of Bram Stoker's novel DRACULA.
That section detailed a Russian schooner vessel named after the Greek goddess which transports Dracula's coffin from Carpathia to London. The vampire picks off the crew one-by-one along the way until the ship washes up ashore in England with one raving-mad survivor. The cast includes Corey Hawkins, Liam Cunningham, David Dastmalchian, Aisling Franciosi, Jon Jon Briones, Stefan Kapicic, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Woody Norman, Martin Furulund, Chris Walley and 6'7 actor Javier Botet as Dracula.
Zak Olkewicz penned the script while Andre Ovredal directs. Amblin Entertainment tweeted out a photo of the wheel of the doomed ship from the set. THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER opens in cinemas on January 27th 2023. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TEENAGE EXORCIST: Coming soon to Blu-ray from Makeflix are both TEENAGE EXORCIST (1991) and THE CHANNELER (1991). Featuring an All-Star cast headlined by legendary Scream Queen, Brinke Stevens (HAUNTING FEAR), Eddie Deezen (GREASE), Robert Quarry (COUNT YORGA, VAMPIRE) and Michael Berryman (HILLS HAVE EYES). THE CHANNELER stars action star, Richard Harrison (MEDUSA AGAINST THE SON OF HERCULES), Dan Haggerty (GRIZZLY ADAMS) and Brenda James (SLITHER).
** JUST BEYOND: Witches. Aliens. Ghosts. Enter a world of fantasies and fears in JUST BEYOND, an original series streaming October 13 only on Disney+.
** BAD BEN BENIGN: Arriving October 26 from Breaking Glass Pictures, BAD BEN BENIGN picks up where we left off as Tom Riley wanders out of the woods behind his home on Steelmanville Road, where he once again finds himself dealing with evil forces and possibly the most powerful demon he has ever faced! The film will be available on DVD and VOD, platforms including iTunes/Apple TV, Google Play, Xbox, Vudu, Vimeo, and through local cable & satellite providers.
----- October 4, 2021 -----
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Blumhouse Productions has the Jamie Lee Curtis-led HALLOWEEN KILLS set to hit both cinemas and streamer Peacock on October 15th and is on track to hit at least $50 million.
News of the day-and-date Peacock release surprised many and left some obvious questions. Speaking with Collider, producer Jason Blum recently revealed it wasn't Universal that asked for it – he himself made the decision:
"It was my idea to do it. [Peacock] didn't approach me. I approached them. I, like everyone else, am a big believer in the theatrical experience. I think eventually I think there should be windows.
I think Universal's strategy of the three-week window is a great strategy, but I had a bad distribution experience with FREAKY. That movie is a great movie, and it didn't get seen because the distribution of it got all twisted up. My fault.
I didn't want to go through that experience again. I didn't want to have a movie that I'm really proud of that I think is great and have there be an excuse why people didn't see it. So I'm the one who pitched Universal. And then I pitched Jamie and David, and it was my idea. I stand behind it. I'm glad that we're doing it." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Vinegar Syndrome update: Coming to Blu-ray in October from Vinegar Syndrome/Partner labels. THE LAUGHING DEAD, TICKS (4K UHD), THE GRAVE, SUMMER OF 84 (4K UHD) and more!
** UNDEAD: Coming to Blu-ray on 11/3 from Umbrella Entertainment. Limited-edition O-ring packaging with exclusive new artwork and special features.
** THE VAMPIRES LOVERS: Coming to Blu-ray on December 21st from Shout! Factory/Scream Factory.
** A HOUSE ON THE BAYOU: In an effort to reconnect and mend their relationship, Jessica and John Chambers seek an idyllic getaway with their daughter Anna to a remote mansion in rural Louisiana. When suspiciously friendly neighbors show up for dinner uninvited, the weekend takes a sinister turn as the fragile family bond is tested and dark secrets come to light.
----- October 1st, 2021 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13th rights: Victor Miller is set to reclaim the domestic rights to the franchise from the producer. Four decades after penning that influential horror flick, which prompted numerous sequels, he's scored an important legal victory that may frighten Hollywood producers. On Thursday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a win for him in a copyright termination battle. As a result, he's set to reclaim the domestic rights to the franchise. Click here for all the details.
** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S: Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum has confirmed that filmmaker Chris Columbus is no longer attached to the movie adaptation of the killer animatronics-themed video game series FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S. Blum didn't indicate who may have replaced him but says the delays with the movie have been about getting the script right with multiple versions having been crafted, but the project remains active and he's confident it will eventually be made. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SALEM'S LOT remake: Pilou Asbæk has scored the pivotal antagonist role in the new adaptation of Stephen King's second novel SALEM'S LOT at New Line Cinema. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE GIRL IN THE WOODS: Set in the Pacific Northwest, the film follows Carrie's escape from her mysterious, cult-like colony that guards the world from monsters hidden behind a secret door within the woods.
** Umbrella Entertainment: Coming to Blu-ray/4K/DVD in November from Umbrella Entertainment are THE BEAST (LA BÊTE) (1975), DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM: ULTIMATE DUSK-TIL-DAWN-TIL-DUSK TRAILER MARATHON, THE BABADOOK (2014) 4K ULTRA HD and COMING HOME IN THE DARK (2021).