It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- October 31, 2019 -----
** CREEPSHOW TV series: Shudder has renewed Greg Nicotero's horror anthology series, based on the Stephen King and George A. Romero classic, for a second season, Slash Film has confirmed. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WALLY'S WONDERLAND: Nicolas Cage is set to star in THE DROP director Kevin Lewis' WALLY'S WONDERLAND, a genre film that sounds like a take on the premise of the video game FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S.
Cage will play a janitor, forced to spend the night in a twisted amusement park where he is pulled into a living nightmare as the threatening animatronic characters come to life. Cage's janitor has to fight his way from one monster to another to survive until morning and get out of the park.
G.O. Parsons penned the script while Cage, Grant Cramer, Jeremy Davis and Danny Roth and Mike Nilon will produce. Landafar Entertainment, JD Entertainment, Saturn Films, Almost Never Films & Screen Media Ventures are backing the project which will shoot in January. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DARK ARMY: Director Paul Feig is keen to return to the genre and will do so soon with the full-on monster horror film at Universal Pictures. After the collapse of the Dark Universe initiative which attempted to combine the classic Universal Monsters films like Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, etc. into a massive shared universe, the studio has abandoned that idea for smaller budgeted but more interesting projects like Leigh Whannell's already shot THE INVISIBLE MAN.
DARK ARMY is one of those projects and is said to be in line with classic Universal Monsters films rather than modern jump-scare horror films. Speaking about his aims for the project, Feig tells Coming Soon this week:
"Horror movies to me now represent slasher and that kind of thing, which I don't enjoy at all. I loved those old movies like FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN is probably one of the greatest movies of all-time. I love that movie so much, and there are some things from that movie that I'm using in this new movie DARK ARMY.
But I really want to do a James Whale-ish, modern-day version of a monster movie that is about these characters. What I love about monsters is they're outsiders, it's just the most extreme version of outsiders. Frankenstein is one of the most sympathetic characters ever to be put on the screen, even though he does terrible things. He's just looking for acceptance and love…I want to bring that ookie spooky feel back to movies, but with these monsters, you root for and understand at the same time."
Feig also confirms he's finished the first draft of the script and turned it into the studio who loved it, now it has to get the green light from the higher-ups. Feig hopes to make the film as soon as he can should it be given the go-ahead. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 30, 2019 -----
** THE BLOB: Here's the cover for the upcoming Scream Factory release.
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: In an interview with Empire, writer-director Edgar Wright has revealed the first details on his upcoming horror film, giving us a much better idea on what to expect for the film's plot. He also confirmed that the movie will be set in the 1960s' London with Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy set as leads.
"There's something I have in common with the lead character in that I'm afflicted with nostalgia for a decade I didn't live in," Wright said in his interview with the outlet. "You think about '60s London – what would that be like? Imagine if you knew everything you knew now, and went back. I'm taking a premise whereby you have a character who, in a sort of abstract way, gets to travel in time. And the reality of the decade is maybe not what she imagines. It has an element of 'be careful what you wish for'."
"I realised I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I've spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years," Wright told Empire about the movie. "With HOT FUZZ and SHAUN OF THE DEAD, you make movies about places you've lived in. This movie is about the London I've existed in." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DRACULA: Coming out on 11/26/19 from Scream Factory. Here's the extras revealed for the upcoming Collector's Edition release of DRACULA (1979)!
Disc one: Desaturated color timing
- NEW Introduction By Director John Badham
- NEW King Of My Kind – An Interview With John Badham
- NEW What Sad Music – An Interview With Writer W.D. Richter
- NEW Dracula's Guest – An Interview With Camera Assistant Jim Alloway
- NEW Interview With Editor John Bloom
- NEW Interview With Make-Up Artist Peter Robb-King
- NEW Interview With Hair Stylist Colin Jamison
- NEW Interview With Assistant Director Anthony Waye
- NEW Interview With Production Manager Hugh Harlow
- Audio Commentary With Director John Badham
The Revamping Of Dracula Featurette
Disc two: Original theatrical color timing
- NEW 4K Scan Of The Best Available Original Film Elements
- NEW Introduction By Director John Badham
- NEW Audio Commentary By Film Historian/Filmmaker Constantine Nasr
- Theatrical Trailer
- Radio Spots
- Still Gallery
** The LaLauraurie Mansion: From the creators of THE CONJURING franchise, Chad and Carey Hayes, and Faster Horse Pictures' Cindy Bond and Doug McKay in tandem with Michael Whalen, a team with experience working on THE ZODIAK, SHUTTER ISLAND and THE BLACK SWAN, comes a new horror film franchise based on the infamous house and property known as The LaLaurie Mansion – one of the most haunted houses in the world. Despite there being no public access inside the property since 1932 (for a reason!), thousands of people travel to New Orleans each year just to get a roadside glimpse of the notorious home. It has captured the imagination and curiosity of everyone who's heard its disturbing story.
The stories will unfold in multiple installments covering the history of the house from recent horrific events of modern day all the way back to the terrifying origins of the house's history and its crazed owner, Madame Delphine LaLaurie. Though well known in popular culture the infamous Madame LaLaurie has never been given the detailed, extensive deep dive that this film has planned, including the exclusive right to the home itself.
----- October 29, 2019 -----
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Set in the United States, the movie follows a detective (Andrea Riseborough) who investigates a serious of suspicious deaths all stemming from one house. The 2020 reboot also stars John Cho, Andrea Riseborough, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye and Demian Bichir.
** LITTLE JOE: The film follows Alice (Emily Beecham), a single mother and dedicated senior plant breeder at a corporation engaged in developing new species. She has engineered a special crimson flower, remarkable not only for its beauty but also for its therapeutic value: if kept at the ideal temperature, fed properly and spoken to regularly, this plant makes its owner happy. Against company policy, Alice takes one home as a gift for her teenage son, Joe. They christen it 'Little Joe.' But as their plant grows, so too does Alice's suspicion that her new creation may not be as harmless as its nickname suggests.
** DRACULA: From the makers of SHERLOCK, Claes Bang stars as Dracula in this brand new mini-series inspired by Bram Stoker's classic novel.
----- October 28, 2019 -----
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the home video release of IT CHAPTER TWO which will arrive on Digital HD on November 19th followed by a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD debut on December 10th. Sadly there are no deleted/extended scenes on this initial release or any mention of director Andy Muschietti's previously discussed extended director's cut of both films. The 4K UHD release will come with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
** WELCOME TO THE CIRCLE: Trapped in a maze of demented mind games and deadly supernatural rituals, their only chance of survival seems an impossible task: Escape The Circle.
** THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC: Kimo Stamboel, one half of Indonesian directing duo The Mo Brothers (MACABRE) directs this remake of classic Indonesian horror film THE QUEEN OF BLACK MAGIC (RATU ILMU HITAM) from a script by Joko Anwar (SATAN'S SLAVES).
----- October 26, 2019 -----
** PET SEMETARY
Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.
An unnecessary remake that relies mostly on the original film and cheap scares.
The Blu-ray edition comes with a digital code (available in the US only). The film was shot digitaly and it looks superb in its original 2.39:1 (16x9) 1080p high definition transfer using a MPEG-4 AVC codec. There are various audio tracks available including English Dolby Atmos, English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), German, Spanish, French, French (Canadian), Italian and Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1. There are English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish subtitles available.
This edition has two discs. The first one is the Blu-ray disc with the film and lots of extras including an all new alternate ending, seven deleted and extended scenes and more for a total of about 90 minutes of bonus content. The second disc is a DVD with the film. It comes with a slipcover case.
Our copy was provided by Paramount Pictures.
----- October 24, 2019 -----
** ANTLERS: In ANTLERS, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.
** SEANCE: Dark Castle Entertainment, HanWay Films and Ingenious Media are partnering on horror film with Suki Waterhouse set to star in the film which serves as YOU'RE NEXT scribe Simon Barrett's directing debut.
Set in an all-girls boarding school haunted by a vengeful spirit, Waterhouse plays Camille, a young woman who arrives at the Fairfield Academy following one of the student's untimely and violent death. The film is in pre-production and will begin to shoot on location in Canada in November. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MAKING MONSTERS: When a celebrity couple famed for their YouTube scare-prank channel are invited to a friend's converted church in the countryside for a weekend getaway, a series of startling events unfold that spiral them into an inexplicable nightmare.
----- October 23, 2019 -----
** MALIGNANT: Filmmaker James Wan's horror film has set an August 14th release date with New Line to release the Atomic Monster film on that date. Production is currently underway in Los Angeles. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: Zack Snyder has used his choice of social media platform, Vero, to announce that his Netflix zombie heist movie has wrapped filming. Dave Bautista leads the cast of the film which begins after a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. A group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Chris D'Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighofer, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone star while Joby Harold and Shay Hatten penned the script. The budget is rumored to be in the $70-90 million range. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CREEPSHOW TV series: The TV series is setting records for AMC's Shudder. Since its September 26 premiere, 54% of all members on Shudder's direct-to-consumer platforms have viewed an episode of the anthology series according to the premium streaming service.
Additionally, Shudder says the first episode had more minutes streamed in its opening weekend (September 26-29) than any title in the service's history. The first week of the anthology series also set a record for total minutes streamed on the service and is bringing in record numbers of new members, according to Shudder. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film which, will hit theaters on January 3rd, 2020, from Sony and Screen Gems.
----- October 22, 2019 -----
** RABID remake: Here's the poster and trailer for the upcoming remake.
** Fabrice du Welz's ADORATION: From the director of CALVAIRE (THE ORDEAL).
** THE FARE: When a charming woman named Penny climbs into his taxi, Harris finds himself entranced. That is, right up until she disappears from the back seat without a trace. As he desperately tries to make sense of what happened, he resets his meter and is instantly brought back to the moment she first climbed into his cab. He and Penny find themselves trapped in an endlessly looping ride that changes their lives forever.
** RED LETTER DAY: While adjusting to a new life in a quiet suburban community, a recently divorced mother and her two teens receive mysterious red letters instructing them each to kill or be killed. As the bloodshed begins, they find themselves in a race against time to protect the ones they love from the people they thought they knew.
** DEERSKIN: A man's obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.
----- October 21, 2019 -----
** Sam Raimi's untitled horror film: Sam Raimi and Sony Pictures are teaming for a currently untitled horror film which hails from FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon. The project is dubbed a blend of Stephen King's MISERY meets the Zemeckis/Hanks 2000 survivalist drama CAST AWAY, but plot specifics are under wraps.
Raimi will direct and produce with Zainab Azizi also producing. The project would mark Raimi's first horror feature in a decade – his last one being 2009's DRAG ME TO HELL. Raimi previously worked with Shannon and Swift on a long-in-development Bermuda Triangle project which is currently at Skydance. Raimi recently produced Alexandre Aja's very well received CRAWL which hit home video this week. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRICK: On Halloween night in 2015, Patrick "Trick" Weaver massacred his classmates at a costume party. After being arrested, he managed to escape police custody, but not before being shot five times by Detective Mike Denver. Everyone believes Trick must be dead, but when a masked killer reappears the following Halloween, and every Halloween after that, they realize the nightmare is not over. With Trick wreaking havoc and killing people in increasingly terrifying ways, Denver will stop at nothing to finish what he started and bring the carnage to an end
** Stephen King's THE OUTSIDER: An eleven-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.
As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King's propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.
** ESCAPE ROOM 2: Holland Roden, Indya Moore, Thomas Cocquerel, Carlito Olivero will join Isabelle Fuhrman and returnees Taylor Russell and Logan Miller in the upcoming ESCAPE ROOM sequel for Sony Pictures. Adam Robitel is on board to direct the psychological thriller followup, which was penned by Bragi F. Schut. The sequel's plot is under wraps and the film is slated to open August 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP: Sony's new horror comedy delivered on the high end of industry expectations, bringing in an estimated $26.7 million for the three-day weekend. Notable in this day and age, it also debuted higher than its predecessor, as it outperformed the $24.7 million opening for ZOMBIELAND. Of course, given that film opened ten years ago it isn't exactly an apples-to-apples comparison. The film received a "B+" CinemaScore from opening day audiences and played to a crowd that was 57% male — which is almost the exact opposite compared to the first film — and 56% of the overall audience was aged 25+.
Internationally, ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP debuted in one market last weekend and is now playing in 17 overseas markets where it grossed $5 million this weekend for a cume that currently stands at $5.3 million. The UK led all markets with a $1.7 million performance this weekend followed by Australia with a $1.3 million debut. Looking ahead, the film will open in Russia, Brazil and Mexico next weekend followed by openings in France (Oct 30), Germany (Nov 7), South Korea (Nov 13), Italy (Nov 14) and Japan (Nov 22). (thanks to BoxOfficeMojo.com)
----- October 18, 2019 -----
While attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, a young woman finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.
A fun yet predictable killer creature flick from the director of High Tension. Plus one for the casting of the beautiful Kaya Scodelario.
The Blu-ray edition comes with a digital code (available in the US only). It feature a 2.39:1 (16x9) 1080p high definition transfer using a MPEG-4 AVC codec. The film looks great with rich black and great color saturation. We get a very good English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track (48kHz, 24-bit) but nothing spectacular especially since sometimes the dialogues are actually left behind in the mix and we barely understand what the actors are saying. There are also Spanish, French, Japanese, Potuguese and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 audio tracks along with multiples subtitles such as English, English SDH, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Malay, Mandarin (Simplified) and Thai.
This edition has two discs. The first one is the Blu-ray disc with the film and bonus bites such as an all new motion comic of alternate opening along with deleted and extended scenes for a total of over 45 minutes of bonus content, impressive! The second disc is a DVD with the film. It comes with a slipcover case.
Our copy was provided by Paramount Pictures.
----- October 17, 2019 -----
** NIGHT OF THE CREEPS 2: Writer-director Fred Dekker recently talked about the possibility of a sequel with the original cast: "I would like to see Detective Ray Cameron become resurrected somehow. And Fred Dekker and I, every time we see each other, we talk about that. And he's determined to do a sequel with the three kids and myself. I mean they're no longer kids, they're all in their 50's, but they're all still kicking and healthy and looking good. I would love to do that again. I love Detective Ray Cameron." (thanks to JoBlo.com)
** THE CRAFT remake: X-FILES actor David Duchovny has joined the upcoming remake of for Blumhouse, Red Wagon Entertainment and Sony Pictures. Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Christine Taylor, Rachel True, and Skeet Ulrich starred in the original about a newcomer at a Catholic prep high school who falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and wage curses against those who tick them off.
** The original 1996 feature lead to a wave of young female empowerment meets witch-themed other works. The new take will star Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna and Nicholas Galitzin. Zoe Lister-Jones is writing, directing, and executive producing the new version while Jason Blum, Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing. Andrew Fleming, who directed and co-wrote the original film, is executive producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SHED: Stan and his best friend Dommer have put up with bullies their entire lives. All of that changes when Stan discovers he has a murderous vampire living in his shed. Seeing the bloodshed and destruction the monster is capable of, Stan knows he has to find a way to destroy it. But Dommer has a much more sinister plan in mind.
** THE LIGHTHOUSE: Here's the latest poster for the new film from the director of THE WITCH.
----- October 16, 2019 -----
** Stephen King's THE STAND: Heather Graham has joined the cast of CBS All Access' upcoming event series adaptation of Stephen King's THE STAND. Graham will play Rita Blakemoor, a wealthy woman who is ill-prepared for the end of the world and attempts to escape superflu-infested New York City. Graham joins previously announced cast like James Marsden, Amber Heard, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Eion Bailey, Katherine McNamara, Hamish Linklater, Alexander Skarsgard and Whoopi Goldberg. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MOST EVIL: Daniel Robbins has signed on to direct the horror tale at Orion Pictures. Benjamin and Paul China are penning the script while Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger will produce. The story follows a group of twentysomethings who take a business tycoon's daughter hostage in a failed robbery attempt and realize they're in over their heads when the girl turns out to not be as innocent as she appears. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RATTLESNAKE: The story follows a mother and daughter on a cross-country road trip. When her daughter is bitten by a rattlesnake, the mother finds herself taking an unthinkable deal to try and save her daughter's life.
** UNDERWATER: Here's the new poster for the upcoming film starring Kristen Stewart, Jessica Henwick, T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel, and John Gallagher Jr. with the film opening January 10th.
----- October 14, 2019 -----
** MANIAC COP remake: According to the Deadline web site, HBO has given a series order for Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming reboot of MANIAC COP, based on William Lustig's 1988 cult classic film. Refn will serve as an executive producer through his byNWR Originals banner along with John Hyams.
"I've always been a devoted admirer of John Hyams," Refn said. "We've been talking about a re-imagining of the MANIAC COP films for a number of years, but as we continued to work on the material, we found ourselves wanting to explore the world we were creating in greater depth. Turning MANIAC COP into a series will allow us to realize our wildest ambitions and to reach an enormous audience though partners HBO and Canal+. This show will be an unadulterated, action-packed horror odyssey. Given the current state of the world, though, MANIAC COP will also be a strong commentary on the decline of civilization". (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DANIEL ISN'T REAL: Troubled college freshman Luke suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope. Charismatic and full of manic energy, Daniel helps Luke to achieve his dreams, before pushing him to the very edge of sanity and into a desperate struggle for control of his mind -- and his soul.
** EXTRA ORDINARY: The film tells the story of Rose, a sweet and lonely small town driving instructor who must use her supernatural 'talent' to save the daughter of a local man from a washed up rock-star looking to use her in a satanic pact that will reignite his fame.
** THE VAST OF NIGHT: Set at the dawn of the space-race, the film takes place over the course of one night in 1950s New Mexico where a young switchboard operator and a radio DJ uncover a strange frequency that could change their lives, their small town, and all of Earth… forever.
----- October 11, 2019 -----
** THE BLACK OCTOPUS: Here's the teaser for EL PULPO NEGRO, the upcoming Spanish language miniseries.
** TENNESSEE GOTHIC: When a dim-witted widower and his teenage son offer a beautiful young woman refuge on their farm, their living situation escalates from hysterical comedy to maddening horror once they discover she's not who she says she is.
** CASTLE ROCK: Hulu has released a new poster season 2 of their Stephen King series CASTLE ROCK, featuring Lizzy Caplan as one of King's iconic characters Annie Wilkes. The series is scheduled to return on Wednesday, October 23, exclusively on Hulu. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 10, 2019 -----
** DOCTOR SLEEP: Here's the new poster for the upcoming sequel to THE SHINING.
** THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE: Here's the deluxe limited edition steelbook with the exclusive action figure, which will be out January 21st! Order from ShoutFactory.com. Limited to 2,000 copies.
** THE GRUDGE remake reboot: Sony Pictures has premiered the first poster for THE GRUDGE, the reboot of the American remake of the famed Japanese supernatural horror series. Lin Shaye, Demian Bichir, Andrea Riseborough, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Jacki Weaver and Frankie Faison co-star in the film opening January 3rd. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DAYBREAK: So what's life like in the apocalypse? It's never what you'd expect. Find your tribe, grab your swords, and get ready to take on some Ghoulies. DAYBREAK comes to Netflix on October 24.
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Here's some behind-the-scenes photos from the upcoming film.
----- October 8, 2019 -----
** Park Chan-wook's THE AX: Celebrated Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook has set the comedy horror film THE AX as his next project. The film is a remake of Greek-French director Costa Gavras' 2005 film of the same name based on a novel by Donald Westlake.
The story follows a chemist who is made redundant due to outsourcing. Two years later and still unemployed, he devises a solution – to genuinely eliminate his competition. The project would follow on from Park's 2016 erotic thriller THE HANDMAIDEN and the espionage-themed John le Carre mini-series adaptation THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL last year.
Speaking in Busan on Sunday, Park said: "I've not yet started filming, but I wish to make this film as my masterpiece. I want to remake this French-language film into an English-language one, and Gavras and his wife have the filming rights, and they are producers of my project. I've been working with Gavras family for years." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP: A decade after Zombieland became a hit film and a cult classic, the lead cast (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin, and Emma Stone) have reunited with director Ruben Fleischer and the original writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.
** ELI: As a last resort to cure their son's auto-immune disorder, the Millers move into a sterile manor during his treatments. Eli is tormented by terrifying visions — deemed hallucinations — but something sinister may lurk within these walls.
** SPUTNIK: Here's the trailer for the upcoming horror sci-fi flick.
** PORTALS: Created by Chris White, the film is set around a series of worldwide blackouts — after which millions of mysterious cosmic anomalies appear everywhere across the planet. While many flee from the sentient objects, some people are drawn toward — and into — them with horrifying consequences.
----- October 7, 2019 -----
** Bong Joon-ho returns to horror: With his darkly comic thriller PARASITE not only scoring some of the year's best reviews but winning the Palme D'or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, it's a great time to be Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho.
As the film continues to garner serious awards buzz ahead of its U.S. theatrical release next week, the MEMORIES OF MURDER and THE HOST helmer sat down with the Collider web site this week and teased that he's already planning his next directorial efforts with two more films already planned – a Korean horror movie and an English-language, true story-inspired drama:
"I had a great time working on PARASITE so I want to work on films on the scale of PARASITE and MOTHER, one in Korean and one in English. The Korean project is kind of like a horror film. Of course, I'm working on it so the genres will all be mixed but if you had to choose one genre it would be along the lines of horror. And for the English project, it began with a news article I randomly came across on CNN in 2016. It's a small realistic drama piece."
Bong also shared more details on the horror project during a Q&A at the University of Texas last week, at that time saying: "I don't know if you can call it horror, because in all my films the genre is ambiguous. But if you have to describe it, it's 'horror-action' and a disaster that happens in Seoul. I've had this idea since 2001, so I've been developing it for 18 years, and now I have an obsession. I really do have to shoot this movie… To give you one hint, it's not a film you can shoot in NYC or Chicago: it only works if all the pedestrians on the street have the same skin tone." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: In a recent interview with WMMR, director Zack Snyder has confirmed the release date of his upcoming feature ARMY OF THE DEAD, revealing that the zombie apocalypse movie is expected to debut next winter, exclusively on Netflix. Snyder has also shared more details on the film, further explaining its plot and setting.
"The movie takes place in Las Vegas," Snyder said. "A zombie plague hits Vegas, and they're able to contain the virus to the city – they build a wall out of shipping containers. And then the city falls. And six years later, one of the casino owners hires this group of zombie soldiers to go get his money that he left in a safe in the casino." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ESCAPE ROOM sequel: ORPHAN star Isabelle Fuhrman has been tapped to join in Sony Pictures' upcoming sequel, a follow-up to this year's psychological horror film ESCAPE ROOM. Fuhrman will be joining original cast members Taylor Russell and Logan Miller, who are set to reprise their roles as Zoey and Ben, respectively. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE WALKING DEAD UNIVERSE: Get a first look at a new series from the world of THE WALKING DEAD. Coming Spring 2020.
----- October 3rd, 2019 -----
** THE COLLECTED: After seven long years of waiting, THE COLLECTOR franchise is finally returning with the upcoming threequel THE COLLECTED, which is coming along together quickly as the original writers and director Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton have been sharing behind-the-scenes photos of the antagonist, and now returning star Josh Stewart has taken to Twitter to show off his return as Arkin! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** 10-31: According to Variety, HOSTEL and CABIN FEVER director Eli Roth is set to produce the horror film 10-31 for Orion Pictures. The film hails from Office Uprising screenwriters Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble, who based their script on a short story written by Laurie Ashbroune and Kathy Charles.
The films follows a young woman who takes her niece and nephew trick-or-treating and discovers a note inside a candy wrapper that says there's a killer loose on her block. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HELL HOUSE: According to the Deadline web site, Stefanie Scott, Odessa Adlon, and Jess Weixler have joined the indie thriller from director Andrew Gori. Per the report, the story follows "the complicated relationship between small town high school peers Dawn and Makayla in the Deep South, on the eve of a religious-themed Halloween attraction or 'hell house' grand opening, and the various townspeople who try to keep the two apart, with disastrous results." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY: What started as the debauched annual slumber party for a tight knit group of gal pals becomes a fight for their lives when supernatural evil threatens to destroy the world–and even worse, ruin the one night of the year the ladies get to have a nude pillow fight. Trapped by magic, surrounded by evil, and very underdressed, will they survive the night? Or will this slumber party become a slaughterhouse?
----- October 1st, 2019 -----
** STRANGER THINGS 4: We're not in Hawkins anymore.
** Arrow Video US - October 2019 releases: On October 1st, the month's first release comes in the form of THE PREY. This early '80s effort about a group of teens attacked by a disfigured killer while camping in the Rocky Mountains has been languishing on VHS for over thirty years. Arrow has rescued this cult classic, presenting it with a brand new 2K restoration and 3 different cuts. Slasher enthusiasts everywhere are going to want this one immediately.
Director Giulio Berruti's KILLER NUN is one of the holiest of sisters that make up the loving and gratuitously crude community that is nunsploitation. Anita Ekberg stars as Sister Gertrude, a nun lured into the world of drugs and perversion. This cult classic and "video nasty" comes to Blu-ray with a new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative that shines this sleaze up quite nicely. The film hits shelves on October 15th.
The month comes to the close with 4 must-have releases on October 29th. Leading the way, and just in time for Halloween, is the John Landis classic AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. In what is arguably the greatest werewolf movie ever made, David Naughton stars as an American tourist attacked by a vicious creature while hiking in the Yorkshire Moors. The jaw-dropping, Oscar-winning special effects from the legendary Rick Baker are restored in 4K using the original camera negative and approved by Landis. This release comes with so many special features you'll need a whole lot of big teeth to chew on them all.
Hideo Nakata almost single-handedly helped launch the J-Horror boom in the late '90s with RINGU, the film Sight & Sound called a "timeless terror". Now fans can own this creepy flick about the cursed VHS tape with a brand new 4K restoration approved by DP Junichiro Hayashi. If one VHS tape isn't enough to quench your thirst for technological terror, then the RINGU Collection may be more your speed. This boxset includes the original film alongside the sequel RINGU 2, the eerie origin story RINGU 0, and the "lost sequel", Jôji Iida's RASEN - also known as THE SPIRAL.
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Actress Nancy Stephens' Nurse Marion Chambers will be back. She first appeared in the original film as she and Dr. Loomis head to Smith's Grove to check in on infamous antagonist Michael Myers, nearly being killed by the man as the two investigate the chaos of a group of patients lingering around the outside gates in the rain. She would return for the first sequel HALLOWEEN II. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 30, 2019 -----
** CANDYMAN reboot: A while back came word from original CANDYMAN actor Tony Todd himself that he is returning to the franchise for the upcoming Jordan Peele-produced new entry – a film described as more of a 'spiritual sequel' than a reboot of the series. How Todd would be involved wasn't clear though as, at the time, it wasn't expected that he would play the titular character again. Now reports that Todd will indeed reprise his role as the CANDYMAN in the new film.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II leads the cast of the project which is being helmed by Nia DaCosta from a script co-written with Peele. The film returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SUPPRESSION: Iwan Rheon and Erin Richards have joined J.Mackye Gruber's thriller-horror feature. Joseph Baker wrote the screenplay while Tom Large, Daniel Caltagirone, Georgia Gwynne Gruber and Andrew Baird are producing. Rheon and Stephanie Leonidas play a grieving couple who are given an alternative treatment to suppress their violent urges. Filming began yesterday in North Wales. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** INCIDENT AT FORT BRAGG: Writer-director Osgood Perkins has been tapped by Lionsgate to direct the supernatural thriller. The films was sold to the studio by writers Evan Turner and Harrison Query, though their script has since been updated by Jeff Buhler. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ECHOES OF FEAR: After inheriting her grandfather's home due to his sudden death, Alysa returns to her childhood house to make the necessary repairs in order to sell it. But as she begins packing her grandfather's belongings, something inside the house starts spooking her. Even her pet mouse senses a presence. And now, within the secret rooms and hidden crawlspaces beneath the estate, Alysa realizes that she must confront the mystery of her grandfather's past and the evil that hides inside his house.
----- September 27, 2019 -----
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: John Krasinski has confirmed that filming on A QUIET PLACE PART II which has been underway since mid-July, has wrapped production and posted a photo of himself and wife Emily Blunt at work.
Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou star in the follow-up to the 2018 horror suspense hit which Krasinski himself has previously said will explore the larger world in which the story unfolds. The film is currently targeting a March 20th 2020 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE BABYSITTER sequel: Netflix has handed out a green light for the sequel to the horror-comedy feature THE BABYSITTER with much of the original cast returning.
Bella Thorne, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee, Andrew Bachelor, Judah Lewis, Emily Alyn Lind, Ken Marino, Leslie Bibb, Carl McDowell, and Chris Wylde are all set to reprise their roles for the sequel with original director McG also set to return. The key role that's not certain to be returning at this point is Samara Weaving, who played the evil Babysitter in the first film.
Set two years after Cole (Lewis) defeated a satanic cult led by his babysitter, he tries to forget his past and focus on surviving high school. When old enemies unexpectedly return, Cole will once again have to outsmart the forces of evil. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SHED: In the film, "Stan lives with his abusive grandfather and tries to protect his best friend from high school bullies. When he discovers a murderous creature has taken refuge inside his tool shed, he tries to battle the demon alone until his bullied friend discovers the creature and has a far more sinister plan.
** THE MORTUARY COLLECTION: On the cusp of retirement, an eccentric mortician recounts several of the strangest stories he's encountered in his long career, but things take a turn for the phantasmagorical when he learns that the final story… is his own.
** MORGUE: FilmSharks, Guido Rud's Buenos Aires-based remake rights specialist, says it already has multiple distribution offers on the table for the movie, which could see remake interest too. Rud told us, "This film has strong remake and distribution potential. Horror is very welcome in markets such as U.S., Japan, Germany, Latin America, Spain and large parts of Asia. This film is a unique gem and it will do well for us." (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- September 26, 2019 -----
** THE COLLECTED: Co-writer Patrick Melton took to Twitter to share the first set photo from the upcoming threequel of the hit horror series THE COLLECTED, which teases the return of the menacing antagonist The Collector to the big screen. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** 47 METERS DOWN UNCAGED: The film arrives on Digital 4K Ultra HD October 29 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand November 12 from global content leader Lionsgate. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
DVD & Blu-ray special features:
- Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Johannes Roberts, Producer James Harris, and Writer Ernest Riera
- Diving Deeper: Uncaging 47 Meters Down
** ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP: Here's some new posters for the upcoming film.
----- September 25, 2019 -----
** MALIGANT: Filmmaker James Wan's new horror feature, his tenth directorial effort, has scored the title of MALIGANT from New Line Cinema and has begun filming. Wan, who has posted a photo of the clapper for the first scene in the movie to be shot, co-wrote the script with his fiance Ingrid Bisu. The film stars the likes of Annabelle Wallis, Jake Abel, George Young, Maddie Hasson, Michole Briana White and Jacqueline McKenzie.
Plot details are under wraps, one possibility though is it's an adaptation of Wan's own 2011 graphic novel "Malignant Man" about a man who discovers a cancerous tumor he has is actually a parasite that gifts him with supernatural abilities. At the same time, he must deal with an evil secret society hidden underneath the skin of mankind. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WOUNDS: Disturbing and mysterious things begin happening to a New Orleans bartender after he picks up a phone left behind in his bar.
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: The film arrives on Digital October 22 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand November 5 from global content leader Lionsgate. The highly anticipated film adaptation of the iconic book series brings the thrills and chills of some of Alvin Schwartz's scariest stories to life.
4K UHD, Blu-ray and Digital special features:
- "The Bellows Construct" Featurette
- "Creature from the Shadows" Featurette
- "Mood Reels" Featurette
- "Behind-the-Scenes Trailers: Set Visits" Featurette
- "Dark Tales" Featurette
- "Retro Horror" Featurette
----- September 24, 2019 -----
** RIP Sid Haig: Sid Haig has died at the age of 80, his wife of 12 years Susan L. Oberg has confirmed. The American actor, film producer, and musician passed away on Saturday and his family have asked for "privacy and time to mourn". The film star will forever be remembered for portraying Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's horror films. His spouse announced the tragic news in view of his 130,000 Instagram followers with a heartbreaking upload.
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: The film played for a limited three-night run earlier this month and grossed nearly $2 million, popular enough that it will return for a fourth showing on October 14th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DUST: Village Roadshow Pictures has optioned author Charles Pellegrino's late 1990s environmental horror novel DUST and have hired Dan Berk and Robert Olsen to adapt it for the screen.
The story follows maverick paleobiologist Richard Sinclair, who is one of the first to suspect the truth: that a series of random episodes are symptoms of a chain reaction triggered by a die-off of the world's insects. As the old-world order collapses, Sinclair and a small group of scientists embark on a race against time. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 23, 2019 -----
** CREEPSHOW: Based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, comes a new horror anthology series from the mind of THE WALKING DEAD executive producer Greg Nicotero.
** SWEETHEART: Jenn finds herself completely alone on a small tropical island after her boat goes down. By day, every ounce of her strength, cunning, and courage is strained simply to find food, outlast the elements, and survive. But as the sun sets, Jenn's waking nightmare inexorably grows into terror, when a malevolent force comes to stalk the jungle for prey. From Blumhouse comes a thrilling twist on the castaway genre.
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Nicolas Pesce, the director handling the upcoming reboot of THE GRUDGE franchise, says you shouldn't confuse the new film with other lazy horror remakes. In the film, Andrea Riseborough plays a cop who finds herself involved in a case that leads her to a cursed home. Demian Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin, Lin Shaye, and Jacki Weaver co-star. THE GRUDGE will be released in cinemas on January 3rd 2020. Speaking to EW whom also has a few first-look photos from the feature, Pesce says the franchise isn't a typical haunted house feature, but rather about how any house can become cursed:
"The beauty of THE GRUDGE franchise, both the American and Japanese iterations, is it's an anthology series. Every movie is a different story of different characters having different interactions with this curse. In today's age where we're remaking everything, I thought it would be fun to dive into THE GRUDGE universe where we don't have to remake anything, but rather a new chapter in this canon.
It's not your traditional haunted house movie where you pull up to a creepy, Gothic-looking house and go, 'oh god that's haunted'. A motif of all the ['Grudge'] films, especially this one, is that behind the most normal kind of house, inside the most normal-seeming life, there can be something horrifying – whether it's real and grounded, or something otherworldly and terrifying, it can happen anywhere, behind any door, to anyone. It's unique to this story and philosophically terrifying." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MEMORIES OF MURDER: The South Korean serial killer who inspired celebrated filmmaker Bong Joon-ho's 2003 masterpiece film has been identified three decades later. The Guardian reports that the Gyeonggi Nambu Provincial Police Agency says a suspect, Lee Chun-jae, has been identified as the previously unknown 'Korean Zodiac Killer' who allegedly raped and murdered ten women from 1986 to 1991.
The police linked the man to three of the unsolved murders using DNA evidence from one of his victim's underwear. The suspect is currently incarcerated for raping and murdering his sister-in-law in 1994 and sadly can't be tried for the killings as the statute of limitations expired in 2006. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 20, 2019 -----
** Another TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: Fede Alvarez, who previously directed DON'T BREATHE and 2013's EVIL DEAD remake, will produce the upcoming TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE movie from Legendary Entertainment. Last year, Legendary announced they would be developing new Chainsaw films inspired by Tobe Hooper's 1974 original THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, as well as potential TV series. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** 3 FROM HELL home releases: Rob Zombie's diabolical trio returns when 3 FROM HELL arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, Digital, and On Demand October 15 from Lionsgate. Written and directed by Rob Zombie, the film follows three of the director's most vicious creations as they leave a trail of corpses in their wake.
4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital special features:
- Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Rob Zombie
- "To Hell and Back: The Making of 3 From Hell" Featurette (4-Part Documentary Available on 4K and Blu-ray Only; Part 1 Available on DVD)
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequels: While we didn't get another this year, last year's HALLOWEEN revival was such a success that it's slated to deliver not one but two follow-ups that will be out in the witching months of October 2020 and October 2021. Jamie Lee Curtis will be reprising her role of Laurie Strode for both films, dubbed HALLOWEEN KILLS and HALLOWEEN ENDS, and whilst appearing at the Saturn Awards recently she was asked by Collider why she was so excited to return to the role.
She indicates it was because the 2018 revival was about "trauma" and how her interest in that element will continue in the new sequels which expand the scope of the theme beyond the Strode family: "What I love that David [Gordon Green] and Danny [McBride] and company did is they connected the dots for forty years, now they're going back to really unpack the first movie, bringing back all those characters whose lives were affected by what happened in 1978."
Curtis also promises a "sensational" trilogy capper which is a deeper examination of violence in our society: "...And then the last movie is the sort of cultural phenomenon of violence, that's what the third movie ultimately is, a very powerful examination of violence. It comes at it from a slightly different way. You'll like it…. If you believe in me at all, I promise you what David Gordon Green has come up with as a way to complete this trilogy is sensational." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 19, 2019 -----
** IN THE TALL GRASS: Based on the novella by Stephen King and Joe Hill, when siblings Becky and Cal hear the cries of a young boy lost within a field of tall grass, they venture in to rescue him, only to become ensnared themselves by a sinister force that quickly disorients and separates them. Cut off from the world and unable to escape the field's tightening grip, they soon discover that the only thing worse than getting lost is being found. Written and directed by Vincenzo Natali.
** ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP: Here's a vignette with the cast of the upcoming sequel.
** A NIGHT OF HORROR NIGHTMARE RADIO: Rod leads a radio show dedicated to horror. Until suddenly the announcer begins to receive strange calls from a child who desperately asks for help. At first thinks that it is a bad joke until he discovers that this is not the case. These calls hide a dark secret. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- September 18, 2019 -----
** CRAWL: Producer Sam Raimi (EVIL DEAD) and director Alexandre Aja (HIGH TENSION) deliver CRAWL to Digital September 24, 2019 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand October 15 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
The Digital and Blu-ray releases are loaded with over 45 minutes of thrilling special features, including an exclusive motion comic of the film's alternate opening. Plus, check out deleted and extended scenes, a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible visual effects, interviews with cast and crew, and an "Alligator Attacks" compilation that highlights the bone-crunching alligator sequences.
Bonus features for the Blu-ray and Digital edition
- Intro to Alternate Opening
- Alternate Opening
- Deleted and Extended Scenes
- Beneath Crawl
- Category 5 Gators: The VFX of Crawl
- Alligator Attacks
** DAYBREAK: Following an eclectic group of survivors as they navigate this strange and treacherous world, DAYBREAK is described as part samurai saga, part endearing coming-of-age story, and part Battle Royale. The series stars Colin Ford, Sophie Simnett, Austin Crute, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Matthew Broderick, and Krysta Rodriguez, and premieres globally on Netflix on October 24.
** Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN: Filmmaker Rob Zombie took his shot at rebooting the HALLOWEEN franchise back in 2007 to film that scored poor reviews but made enough that a 2009 sequel was greenlit and made. Both films were released by Dimension Films, which means they were under the control of Bob and Harvey Weinstein and in a recent interview with Forbes to promote 3 FROM HELL, Zombie revealed that the experience of shooting both films was awful with him being micromanaged throughout both productions:
"Making HALLOWEEN with the Weinsteins was a miserable experience for me, and so I was very reticent to do the second one. I did do the second one, and I thought, 'Okay, well the first one was a miserable experience, but it did well, so maybe it'll be easier the second time?' It was worse. Oh my God. I felt like they weren't trusting me on the first one because they wanted to make sure it was a hit and now they weren't trusting me not to f–k up their hit.
They would show me scenes from HALLOWEEN to try and make a point and I'd be like, 'Yeah, I know. I made that movie. Why do you show me that like I've never seen it before?'. We made a behind the scenes documentary for the making of HALLOWEEN. That has somehow gotten lost in the vaults. That shows how messed up everything was and what was going on when we were making those movies." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 17, 2019 -----
** LITTLE MONSTERS: A washed-up musician teams up with a teacher and a kids' show personality to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies.
** IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON: In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook), hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer who mysteriously resurfaces every nine years. But when the killer's crimes begin to defy all scientific explanation, Lock's obsession with finding the truth threatens to destroy his career, his family, and possibly his sanity. Directed by Jim Mickle and also starring Michael C. Hall and Cleopatra Coleman, IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON is a genre-blending psychological thriller that examines the power of time, and how its passing can either bring us together or tear us apart.
** THINGS HEARD & SEEN: The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that First Reformed star Amanda Seyfried has entered talks to lead the cast of Netflix's upcoming supernatural horror-thriller. The film, set to be co-written and co-directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, follows a young couple who move to a farm near a small town in upstate New York, only to discover their new home is cursed by the murder of its former owners and while dark secrets are revealed about their past, the husband and wife's marriage is revealed to have dark secrets of its own. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ELI: Here's the poster for the upcoming Netflix horror film.
----- September 16, 2019 -----
** BLOOD MACHINES: Here's the official trailer for one of my most anticipated film of the year!
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1984: FX has released the official opening credits for the ninth season of its horror anthology series from producer Ryan Murphy premiering September 18th. The new season draws much inspiration from 1980s slasher films and introduces the villain 'Mr. Jingles'.
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the poster for the upcoming horror film.
** COUNTDOWN: In COUNTDOWN, when a young nurse (Elizabeth Lail) downloads an app that claims to predict exactly when a person is going to die, it tells her she only has three days to live. With time ticking away and death closing in, she must find a way to save her life before time runs out. In theaters October 25, 2019.
** Netflix upcoming horror films: On September 27th comes Jim Mickle's IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON starring Boyd Holbrook as a Philadelphia police officer who struggles with a lifelong obsession to track a mysterious serial killer whose crimes defy explanation. Michael C. Hall, Cleopatra Coleman and Bokeem Woodbine co-star.
On October 4th comes the Vincenzo Natali-directed Stephen King adaptation IN THE TALL GRASS starring Patrick Wilson, James Marsden, Laysla De Oliveria, and Harrison Gilbertson. The film follows a brother and sister venturing into a Kansas field after hearing a young boy crying out for help, only to find there may be no escape from said field.
On October 11th is FRACTURED, the Brad Anderson-directed thriller starring Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe and Stephen Tobolowsky. An unfortunate accident at a truck stop means a man has to rush his daughter to the nearest hospital for a broken arm, but when his family disappears he soon finds himself in a frantic fight to discover what happened.
On October 18th is ELI, the Ciaran Foy-directed horror tale of a young boy who is undergoing treatment for a rare disease at a secluded clinic, which becomes a haunted prison with no way out. Charlie Shotwell, Lili Taylor, Sadie Sink and Kelly Reilly co-star.
Finally, on October 25th comes RATTLESNAKE the Zak Hilditch-directed story of a single mother who accepts the help of a mysterious woman after her daughter is bitten by a rattlesnake – and soon makes an unthinkable deal with the devil to repay the stranger. Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi and Emma Greenwell co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 13, 2019 -----
** SUSPIRIA: Dario Argento's iconic horror classic is coming to 4K Ultra HD disc with an exclusive new 4K HDR restoration from the original uncut, uncensored 35mm Italian camera negative by Synapse Films. There's also the original theatrical 4.0 English LCRS sound mix presented in DTS-HD MA along with a new Dolby Atmos remix. There's two audio commentaries, a 30-minute visual essay, a new anniversary retrospective, a featurette and more are also included. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WRONG TURN reboot: Filming has officially begun in Ohio for Constantin Films' new WRONG TURN movie, based on the long-running horror franchise that centers on a group of cannibals in West Virginia as they hunt down those who dare to trespass their area. The film will be led by Spanish-British actress Charlotte Vega (THE LODGERS). (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DARK HARVEST: David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) has been set to direct horror tale for New Regency which is based on Norman Partridge's 2006 novel. Michael Gilio will pen the script while Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl are producing.
The story is set during Halloween of 1963 in a small Midwestern town where teenage boys eagerly square off with the butcher knife-wielding October Boy who is the prize in an annual rite of life and death. One teen, Pete McCormick, knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future, but by night's end he will look into the saw-toothed face of horror – and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 12, 2019 -----
** ZOMBIE BROTHER: Todd Strauss-Schulson is in talks to direct the film for STX Films and Tencent Pictures. The film will be based on the popular Chinese manga which has scored billions of views via digital comics and animated series episodes spun off from the property.
The film version will follow a Chinese character who leads a ragtag team of New Yorkers in a fight to stay alive during a zombie apocalypse. Alex Rubens has written the script with contributions from Ryan Engle. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPELL: Omari Hardwick is in final negotiations to star in the upcoming horror-thriller at Paramount Players. Hardwick plays a man who crashes his plane while en route to rural Appalachia with his family for a funeral, and awakens to find himself totally alone and without his bearings.
Relieved to be discovered by a seemingly kind elderly couple, he has no way of knowing the dark machinations that lie in wait as he is pulled deeper and deeper into a sinister world. Mark Tonderai will helm from a script by Kurt Wimmer who will produce along with Gordon Gray, Morris Chestnut and Brian Wilkins. The film opens August 28th 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's a clip from the upcoming film.
----- September 10, 2019 -----
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Pennywise opened softer than expected at the weekend box-office with the sequel taking in a superb $91 million domestically and a further $94 million internationally for a global debut of $185 million! That said, the sequel was down compared to the 2017 original by a notable margin of 27% – the first film debuting to $123 million two years ago. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IT prequel: In an interview with EW, Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård revealed that he would only be open to reprising his role as the evil shape-shifting clown if the story is right for the character.
"It would have to be the right type of approach to it," Skarsgård said. "The book ends where the second movie ends, so that is the final chapter of this story. There is this interesting aspect of going back in time before all this happened. There might be a story there that might be worth exploring. Obviously that would be a story that's not in the book, it would be a freestanding story, but obviously within the same universe. So, there might be something interesting out of it. I think it would be fun." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Robert Longstreet will reprise his role of Lonnie Elam in 1978's HALLOWEEN for the upcoming film for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. In the original, Lonnie bullied young Tommy Doyle and in the 2018 revival he is mentioned as being the drug addict and delinquent father of Cameron, the boyfriend of Allyson Nelson (Andi Matichak) – granddaughter of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). HALLOWEEN KILLS will be released on October 16th 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LIGHTHOUSE: Director Robert Eggers (THE WITCH) shot the film in a 1.19:1 aspect ratio on 35mm negative, Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe star as lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s where things quickly take a turn for the creepy.
----- September 9, 2019 -----
** THE COLLECTED: Tom Atkins (THE FOG) is now in talks for a starring role. The sequel was first announced in May with the reveal that franchise star Josh Stewart would return, debuting a teaser poster for the film. Original writers and director Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan will also be returning to pen and helm the project. The gorgeous Emma Fitzpatrick will be reprising her role from the previous installment, THE COLLECTION. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DOCTOR SLEEP: Still irrevocably scarred by the trauma he endured as a child at the Overlook, Dan Torrance has fought to find some semblance of peace. But that peace is shattered when he encounters Abra, a courageous teenager with her own powerful extrasensory gift, known as the "shine." Instinctively recognizing that Dan shares her power, Abra has sought him out, desperate for his help against the merciless Rose the Hat and her followers, The True Knot, who feed off the shine of innocents in their quest for immortality.
Forming an unlikely alliance, Dan and Abra engage in a brutal life-or-death battle with Rose. Abra's innocence and fearless embrace of her shine compel Dan to call upon his own powers as never before—at once facing his fears and reawakening the ghosts of the past.
** IT: While his previous comments have indicated it as more of a flight of fancy, IT director Andy Muschietti now says that there is actual movement on a proposed single 'supercut' of both chapters of IT – one that would involve a re-edit of the picture, the inclusion of deleted material and some new scenes.
Speaking with ET Online, Muschietti says: "We're in talks with the studio to make a supercut, which is basically the two movies edited together with all the material that is not in the released versions. And yeah, there are a couple of scenes that I want to shoot to make this a new experience."
Specifically, he says there are two sequences he has yet to shoot that he would like to add – "one thing is from the novel and the other thing is not… I want to be a little cryptic about it."
The two films clock in at 135 minutes and 165 minutes respectively – totalling five hours. Muscietti estimates his supercut will be extended the story to "around" six-and-a-half hours and is open to potentially doing it in a more series-like format such as what Quentin Tarantino did turning an extended THE HATEFUL EIGHT cut into a four-episode series: "People can choose how to see it, all in one or, you know, making little pauses, or bingeing! Maybe it's divided in episodes. People now, they binge a series for 10 hours of viewing, so it wouldn't surprise me." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** COLOR OUT OF SPACE: RLJE Films has announced they've acquired the North American theatrical distribution rights to SpectreVision's COLOR OUT OF SPACE. Starring Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage and based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, the film will have its world premiere this Saturday, September 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival.
"We're beyond excited to be reteaming with SpectreVision and XYZ Films for COLOR OUT OF SPACE," RLJE Films' Chief Acquisitions Officer, Mark Ward said. "Nicolas Cage unleashes another memorable performance – an incredible follow up off the heels of MANDY." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 6, 2019 -----
** GRETEL & HANSEL: The story you know hides a dark secret. From visionary director Oz Perkins comes a terrifying new twist on a classic tale.
** BLACK CHRISTMAS remake #2: Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood. Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O'Grady) prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one.
As the body count rises, Riley and her squad start to question whether they can trust any man, including Marty's beta-male boyfriend, Nate (Simon Mead), Riley's new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt) or even esteemed classics instructor Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes). Whoever the killer is, he's about to discover that this generation's young women aren't about to be anybody's victims. This December, on Friday the 13th, ring in the holidays by dreaming of a BLACK CHRISTMAS.
** THE WRATH: In this supernatural creeper set in 14th century Korea, a curse is killing the sons of the kingdom's highest-ranking official. When the final son dies, his pregnant widow, Ok-bun, must face vicious family politics and the vengeful spirit descending on the household. A remake of 1986 Korean horror essential, WOMAN'S WAIL, THE WRATH is elegant horror with funhouse chills.
** THE FURIES: Rebellious high school students Kayla and her best friend Maddie find themselves abducted by a sinister presence. Kayla wakes up in a box in the middle of a forest with no idea how she got there, and no idea of Maddie's whereabouts. She soon realizes she is not alone – men in terrifying masks are stalking six other young women in the woods. As the threat of more killers closes in, Kayla races to save as many girls as she can. But when the girls turn on each other, Kayla's killer instinct is unleashed, and she does whatever it takes to survive and seek revenge on her abductors.
----- September 4, 2019 -----
** KILLER SOFA: Francesca always attracted weirdos. When one of her stalkers is found dead, she looks for comfort from her best friend, Maxi. Meanwhile, Maxi's grandfather, Jack, a disgraced Rabbi, comes across a reclining chair containing a Dybbuk inside. Jack and his voodoo sorceress partner try to find out where the recliner has been delivered while exploring Jack's newfound gift for communicating with the other world. Meanwhile the reclining chair becomes enchanted by Francesca and starts committing crimes of passion.
** ALONG CAME THE DEVIL 2: After receiving an unsettling voicemail, Jordan (Wiggins) returns home, looking for answers, only to find her estranged father and even more questions. A demonic force has attached itself to the town and no one is safe. The only one who seems to know anything is the small town's Reverend.
** REPLACE: How far would you go to live forever? Afflicted with a dermatological disease, young and beautiful Kira discovers that she can replace her skin with that of other girls. Helped by her lover, she plots a murder and the victim becomes her donor, but when the disease returns, she is forced to find more victims.
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Here's some new posters for the highly anticipated sequel.
----- September 2nd, 2019 -----
** IT CHAPTER 3: In the wake of the success of 2017's IT, director Andy Muschietti has found his name attached to several upcoming projects with any of them potentially serving as his next directorial effort following the release of IT CHAPTER TWO next week. He spoke with io9 about the possibility of a third IT film, one that would go beyond the novel's events, however he admits there are zero plans for such a possibility at present:
"There is a whole mythology to the book though. Mythology is something that always has opportunities to explore. It has been on Earth for millions of years. He's been in contact with humans for hundreds of years, every 27 years. So you can imagine the amount of material. It's always exciting to think of eventually exploring this mythology. But, for now, there's nothing on the table." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Actress/producer Kyle Richards is confirmed to be reprising her role of Lindsay Wallace, one of the two kids Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode was babysitting in the original 1978 HALLOWEEN, for the upcoming sequel to the 2018 revival and tenth film overall in the series. Richards said last year she got in touch with the film team for the 2018 revival to request a return engagement:
"I really wanted to be so badly, and I've never done this in my life. I literally reached out and said, 'Can I be in it in any capacity? I'll be an extra. I'll do anything.' But they didn't think that it was going to fit in with the story or something." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** From HAPPY DEATH DAY director: Kathryn Newton and Vince Vaughn are in talks to star in an untitled body-swapping thriller for Blumhouse Productions. The project is HAPPY DEATH DAY director Christopher Landon's new film which follows a teenager (Newton) who, after swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer (Vaughn), discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Werewolf western from Guillermo del Toro: Rising young filmmaker Issa Lopez is teaming with the legend that is Guillermo del Toro on a werewolf western flick with Lopez directing and del Toro producing. Lopez's Spanish-language horror tale TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is currently in a limited release ahead of a larger rollout. Set against Mexico's devastating drug wars, the story follows a group of orphaned children armed with three magical wishes, running from the ghosts that haunt them and the cartel that murdered their parents.
Of the project with del Toro though, Lopez tells EW: "We're prepping a werewolf movie, a supernatural Western. It's a werewolf-Western! I'm super excited. He has the script, I wrote it, he loves it, and we're gearing up to make it."
She goes on to say: "The thing is, there's not really that many brilliant, brilliant werewolf movies. AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is the big one. I think it's time to revisit. It's about revisiting the essence of what it is, which is trying to contain the beast in you. It's as simple as that, and I think that's perfectly relatable with humankind, and particularly the moment that we're living in." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Filmmaker Edgar Wright has wrapped principal photography on his next feature, the psychological thriller and in the process has released the first photo from it. Specifics of the plot are under wraps beyond its obvious influences like REPULSION and DON'T LOOK NOW. The film opens September 25th 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- August 30, 2019 -----
** UNDERWATER: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** THE GOLDEN GLOVE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** IN FABRIC: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** THE WALKING DEAD: Here's a cool promo poster for the tenth season.
----- August 29, 2019 -----
** SAW 9: Back in July, Darren Bousman posted to Instagram that production for SAW 9 movie was officially underway. Now, just a few weeks later, Bousman returned to social media, (this time Twitter), to confirm that the ninth SAW film has wrapped production. Posing for a selfie in front of a blood-splattered wall, Bousman posted simply "That's a wrap!!!"
** MIDSOMMAR: From writer/director Ari Aster (HEREDITARY) and starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, and Will Poulter. MIDSOMMAR the Director's Cut, featuring new scenes and extended footage — In theaters nationwide this weekend!
** TONE-DEAF: The film arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital October 22 from Lionsgate. After being dumped by both her boss and her boyfriend, Olive (Amanda Crew) flees the city for the weekend and rents an ornate country house from an old-fashioned widower named Harvey (Robert Patrick). She's hoping for a few days of peace. What she gets is a weekend of sheer terror, as Olive awakens Harvey's darkest urges—and is plunged into a blood-soaked fight for her life.
----- August 28, 2019 -----
** HALLOWEEN KILLS find its Tommy Doyle: Variety is reporting that Anthony Michael Hall (THE BREAKFAST CLUB, WEIRD SCIENCE) has joined Jamie Lee Curtis in the horror sequel from Blumhouse and Universal.
Hall will play Tommy Doyle, who first appeared as a child in the original HALLOWEEN movie as one of the kids Laurie Strode (Curtis) was babysitting. The adult version of the character was previously played by Paul Rudd in HALLOWEEN THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS, the sixth movie of the original HALLOWEEN storyline. The new HALLOWEEN universe avoids those sequels, however, as the 2018 HALLOWEEN movie picks up the narrative after the 1978 film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LIMBO: Miramax, Barnyard Projects and Snoot Entertainment have given the green light to the horror thriller LIMBO with Matthew Jennison and Chris Peckover penning and Peckover directing. Tim Palen, Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder will produce and shooting begins in January.
The story follows a young mother whose body becomes possessed by something evil, rendering her a disembodied spirt and a ghost in her own house. As this demonic double takes over her life and threatens her family, she must find a way to protect her loved ones while also finding a way back to her body. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MARIANNE: When a novelist realizes her terrifying stories are coming true, she returns to her hometown to face the demons from her past that inspire her writing.
** Arrow Video US - September 2019 release schedule: The frighteningly fun fall begins on September 17th with two releases. First up is Wes Craven's THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART II. While not quite the success of the groundbreaking first film, this early '80s sequel is a down-and-dirty B-grade flick that genre fans have grown to appreciate more of the years. As far as films with dog flashbacks go, THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART II may very well be the best. The second release hitting stands on September 17th is Alan Lado's classic giallo, WHO SAW HER DIE? George Lazenby and Anita Strindberg star as parents that search the streets of Venice hoping to find the black-veiled killer that murder their daughter. The film has received much praise for its style, which author Danny Shipka compared favorably to Nicolas Roeg's DON'T LOOK NOW. WHO SAW HER DIE? features a new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative.
September 24th is a busy day as Arrow releases four new titles, beginning with a pair of Clive Barker classics. Roger Ebert famously declared 1987's HELLRAISER to have a "bankruptcy of imagination," but that didn't stop horror hounds everywhere from cherishing this undisputed masterpiece. Doug Bradley dons the needles for the first time as Pinhead in this mad tale about puzzles, cenobites, and a sadomasochistic underworld. In the film's sequel, HELLBOUND HELLRAISER II, we are taken deep into the depths of hell as Barker's universe of depravity is further explored. Both films hit Blu-ray shelves with brand new 2K restorations approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon.
----- August 27, 2019 -----
** James Wan's SILVERCUP: British Greek-Chinese actor George Young has landed the male lead role opposite Annabelle Wallis in James Wan's top-secret new horror feature for Warner Bros. Pictures. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps as are the details of Young's character. Wan came up with the story with actress Ingrid Bisu and details of who will pen the script are still being worked out. Wan and Michael Clear will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEEP BLUE SEA 3: A new listing on the Production Weekly website indicates a third film in the DEEP BLUE SEA franchise is in the works for Netflix. This would follow on from last year's direct-to-video, low-budget sequel to Renny Harlin's 1999 cult classic about smart sharks. The listing indicates the project is in early development and so there is no indication as to who is going to be writing/directing or if any cast members will return. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEATH OF ME: Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Darren Lynn Bousman's film starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth as a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife – though she's actually very much alive. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IN FABRIC: Peter Strickland's horror film will finally get a theatrical release via A24 on December 6th. Set during a department store's winter sale, Marianne Jean-Baptiste stars as a lonely divorcee who ends up cursed by a scarlet dress that corrupts their lives. Hayley Squires also stars. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- August 26, 2019 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequels: Speaking with Polygon this week, co-writer Danny McBride confirms that like the film's releases, the shoots will be spaced a year apart: "HALLOWEEN 2 starts filming in like three weeks. That's already off to the races. The script is almost finished for the third one. Hopefully that'll go at the same time next year."
Also this week, the original film's director John Carpenter has confirmed he's returning to do the score for both films after providing one for last year's revival. Speaking with ComicBook.com about his experience doing the music for the 2018 film, he says:
"I loved it, It was a lot of fun. And I'll do the score, do a new score. That's always fun… I'm on board. Let's go. Everybody, after HALLOWEEN (2018) was a big hit, everybody said, 'Oh, let's do it again,' So it was easy." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Kevin Bacon as Freddy Krueger: Robert Englund, the actor who played Krueger throughout the original eight-film run from Wes Craven's 1984 original to 2002's FREDDY VS JASON, appeared last weekend at the Monster Mania Con in New Jersey where Dead Entertainment (via Movieweb recorded his nearly one-hour panel which included a fan Q&A. Naturally Englund was asked if he'd ever return to the role to which he said:
"I'm not Freddy anymore, you guys. I could do one more, probably. If you guys held my ankles down, if you put yogurt on my butt, if you shot me up with Vitamin C… But here's the thing, I can't do eight more, you guys. So, we need a new actor that you guys believe in, and trust, and love, that can go the distance."
Thus came the inevitable follow-up question – whom does he think could play Freddy if they were to reboot or revive the property. He says he's heard one name rumored that he's happy to offer his support for:
"The rumor I've heard that I like is Kevin Bacon. Kevin loves horror. He's a real actor. He's a character actor. We need someone like that to take it on, and redo it, and redo it exploiting all of the new technology." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE GOLDEN GLOVE: From acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin comes a gruesome tale of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka who haunted Hamburg's red light district in the 1970s. Based on the novel of the same name, THE GOLDEN GLOVE follows Honka as he frequents his favorite bar, the "Golden Glove," where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing. There, Honka, a pitiful loser chasing after lonely women, keeps more than just secrets in the attic.
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Here's yet another teaser.
----- August 22, 2019 -----
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: THE FOG and HALLOWEEN III SEASON OF THE WITCH star Tom Atkins recently said that Charles Cyphers will return as sheriff Leigh Brackett in at least one of the flicks; "Chuck [Cyphers] is going to be in this next one. He was in a bunch of those early ones, the original and a bunch thereafter. So he's going to be in it." (thanks to JoBlo.com)
** Stephen King's THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON: Stephen King's 1999 short novel is set to get a film adaptation which will be produced by George A. Romero's former wife Chris Romero, Roy Lee, Jon Berg and celebrated short film producer Ryan Silbert.
The story follows a young girl named Trisha McFarland who gets lost while hiking with her recently divorced mother and brother in the woods. Nine years old and scared of the dark, she winds up stumbling through the woods for days, wandering farther and farther from civilization even as she tries to make her way back.
As she walks, dehydration, hunger, and exhaustion cause her to hallucinate several people including her baseball player idol Tom Gordon. She also begins to believe that she's being stalked by a supernatural beast known as The God of the Lost – and her ordeal becomes a test of both her sanity and her ability to fight for life.
A search for a writer to tackle the script is underway. George A. Romero was initially involved in an adaptation in the early 2000s but the project stalled and Romero passed away in 2017. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRICK: RLJE Films have picked up Patrick Lussier's masked killer flick. TRICK stars Omar Epps, Kristina Reyes, Jamie Kennedy and horror icon Tom Atkins. RLJE will release TRICK in U.S. cinemas and on VOD and Digital on October 18th.
From the director of MY BLOODY VALENTINE and DRIVE ANGRY comes the next chapter of Halloween horror. When a small town is visited every Halloween by a masked madman, Detective Mike Denver (Epps) will stop at nothing to discover who he is and how to stop him. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** ANTLERS: In ANTLERS, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.
----- August 21, 2019 -----
** Alexandre Aja's interactive haunted house film: HIGH TENSION and CRAWL director Alexandre Aja has signed on to helm an untitled interactive haunted house movie for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners. Jeff Howard, Nick Simon, and Aja are penning the film based on an idea by Howard and Mike Flanagan (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE).
Kino Industries' CtrlMovie technology will work with Amblin to create the branched narrative project which will allow audiences to influence the storyline. Using a phone app, audience members will be able to vote in the cinema to decide what characters will do at pivotal points in the narrative. The plot, ending and run time will change depending on the audience's choices. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Here's two more teaser for the upcoming ninth season.
** UNDERWATER: The film follows a crew of underwater researchers who must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. Directed by William Eubank, UNDERWATER stars Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel and John Gallagher Jr..
** CANDY CORN: Epic Pictures and DREAD are thrilled to release the brand new poster and trailer for Josh Hasty's feature film, CANDY CORN, coming to select US cinemas September 13th and releasing on VOD/Blu-ray September 17th!
It's the eve of Halloween in Grove Hill, Ohio. A traveling carnival is in town for the weekend and local outcast, Jacob Atkins, has been hired as one of the freaks in the event's main attraction, "Dr. Death's Side Show Spook House Spectacular." When a group of bullies target Jacob for their annual hazing, things go too far and he winds up dead. Now, Dr. Death has resurrected Jacob as an unstoppable killer to seek revenge on those who wronged him.
----- August 20, 2019 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: 47 METERS DOWN director Johannes Roberts is helming the new take on the property which is setup at Constantin Film and takes plenty of inspiration from 2017's RESIDENT EVIL game. Speaking with Screen Rant about where the project currently stands, he says:
"We are in active development of that at the moment. I pitched them a take, and they really loved it. So, we are just gearing up on that as we speak, really. I'm in the office all the time there. So, yeah, it's great. It's gonna be super scary. It's super, super scary. And it's just getting back to the roots of the game. I think, at the moment, I'm not really allowed to say much more than that. But it's gonna be a lot of fun."
No specific production or release dates for the film have yet been set. The previous six films cumulatively earned $1.2 billion worldwide. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE: The terrifying series will be available on Blu-ray and DVD October 15, 2019 and will include three extended episodes and director commentary. The 3-Disc Blu-ray and 4-Disc DVD sets feature all 10 episodes from the acclaimed first season, including, for the first time, three Extended Director's Cut episodes with never-before-seen content. The Blu-ray and DVD also include exclusive commentary by creator and director Mike Flanagan on four episodes.
** ITSY BITSY: Based on the centuries-old poem, a family moves into a secluded mansion where they soon find themselves being targeted by an ancient entity taking the form of a giant spider.
Kara, a private nurse and single mother, moves from the big city to the quiet countryside with her two children, 13-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Cambria, to live with and take care of an elderly man with multiple sclerosis. Things seem normal enough until Jesse discovers a mysterious old relic in the old man's house, leading to unexpected and horrifying things coming to life.
** SEEDS: After a night of debauchery spirals out of control, Marcus retreats to his family home along the New England coast. Solitude is disturbed when his brother asks Marcus to look after his estranged nephew and niece. As days pass, solace escapes him; he feels baited by a dark force. Is he losing his mind or has something terrible burrowed deep within him? Incubating. Waiting until the climate is right. Haunted by his deepest fears, Marcus struggles not to succumb as he fights to protect Lily, his beloved niece from a monster that lies in wait.
----- August 19, 2019 -----
** THE BABYSITTER sequel: McG is set to return as director on a sequel to his Netflix horror-comedy feature THE BABYSITTER. The streaming service is fast-tracking the follow-up to the 2017 film which followed Cole (Judah Lewis), a love-stricken young man who yearns for his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving).
The film received mixed-to-positive reviews but has been popular enough on the service that this sequel was ordered. Casting is underway on the project and filming is set to begin in October and run through Thanksgiving. AMERICAN VANDAL showrunner Dan Lagana will pen the script, replacing Brian Duffield from the first film. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Here's the IMAX trailer!
** CANDYMAN reboot: Principal photography has officially begun in Chicago on the 'spiritual sequel' to the original 1992 horror film CANDYMAN with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld co-writing the script. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo lead the cast of the film which Nia DaCosta is directing for Monkeypaw Productions and MGM.
The story will return to Cabrini-Green housing projects of the original film, which have largely been gentrified in the years since. Tony Todd starred as the titular character in the original and won't be replaced with another actor according to DaCosta. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BLISS: A brilliant painter turns to anything she can to complete her masterpiece, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder.
----- August 14, 2019 -----
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1984: Here's a new teaser for the upcoming season.
** Quentin Tarantino's last film could be horror: Speaking with The Independent, Quentin Tarantino suggests his last effort could well be a horror movie. In fact the Spahn ranch scene in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD serves as a taster of what could be:
"If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth movie. I love horror movies. I would love to do a horror film. I do actually think that the Spahn Ranch sequence is the closest to a horror sequence. I do think it's vaguely terrifying. And I didn't quite realize how good we did it, frankly, until my editor told me. I made some reference about the killers walking up a hill… He goes, 'the Spahn Ranch sequence is a horror film… it's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE with a budget. It's like Brad Pitt is walking into THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. It's f–king terrifying.' I go, 'Wow, I'm glad! Really?!' Because I hadn't seen anything. And when I look at it, I think, 'Yeah, this is sorta like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE,' which is about as good a compliment as you can make." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE TROOP: E.L. Katz (CHANNEL ZERO) is attached to helm the James Wan-produced film adaptation of Nick Cutter's novel THE TROOP at Atomic Monster, JS Entertainment and Starlight Media. Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald are penning the script while Michael Clear will also produce.
weekend camping trip. When an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite, they become exposed to an aggressive otherworldly infection. The intruder is a carrier of a bioengineered nightmare and so begins a harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected… or one another. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** READY OR NOT: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film starring the beautiful Samara Weaving.
----- August 13, 2019 -----
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1984: Here's the very cool new poster for the upcoming season.
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: Zack Snyder has posted a new photo showing off some skeletons on the set of the project and praising Red Digital Cinema worker Jarred Land for building the new 8K digital cameras being used to shoot this action-horror movie. The story is set in Las Vegas after a zombie outbreak has taken over the United States. A group of mercenaries have decided to storm into town and pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. Snyder came up with the story on his own and hired Shay Hatten to write the script.
He will produce alongside wife Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, Ori Marmur, and Andrew Norman. Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Ana De La Reguera, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris D'Elia, Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Nora Arnezeder and Rich Cetrone star amongst others. Snyder has previously said he's been completely let loose to do what he wants with this project, far more than any of his other projects. ARMY OF THE DEAD is expected to hit Netflix sometime next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: The PG-13 thriller topped pre-weekend expectations and delivered an estimated $20.8 million this weekend. The $25 million production received a "C" CinemaScore from opening day audiences while playing to a weekend crowd that was 57% female and 54% of the overall audience was aged 25 or older.
** IT CHAPTER TWO: The sequel, which opens September 6th, continues the story 27 years later as the now grown up Losers Club reunite to stop Pennywise once and for all.
----- August 12, 2019 -----
** THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE: This year's Midnight Madness lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and with that comes the first photo from one of the more intriguing genre films of the year which will have its world premiere there – the Nicolas Cage-led film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's famed 1927 short story THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE.
The film marks the long-awaited return of Richard Stanley, the South African-born filmmaker of cult hits HARDWARE and DUST DEVIL who penned and was to direct 1996's film adaptation of H.G. Wells' THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU but was famously replaced by John Frankenheimer a week into filming. The resulting production was a monumental disaster of epic proportions.
Though he's helmed a few documentaries since then, this will mark his first return to narrative filmmaking since that week on 'Moreau'. The short story is set around a small Massachusetts town where years ago a meteorite crashed into local shrubland in the wild hills to the west. As a result, the 'blasted heath' is seen as cursed – poisoning every living thing nearby and driving both people and animals to insanity. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HAUNT: On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an "extreme" haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real.
** ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP: Here's the International trailer!
** 47 METERS DOWN UNCAGED: Here's a clip from the upcoming film.
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Here's a featurette and a clip from the upcoming film.
----- August 8, 2019 -----
** New horror film from HAPPY DEATH DAY creator: Writer-director Christopher Landon is re-teaming with small budget mastermind Jason Blum and his banner Blumhouse for a new original horror film. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps on the project, but it's believed that the film is focusing on a killer terrorizing a small town. While it's believed the film is set to be an original film, there are rumors beginning to circle that the film could be a previously existing IP being kept under wraps. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TABLES: All hell breaks loose on a peaceful retreat as a strange and violent force terrorizes Browsey Acres. The stipulations have changed for Ronda Rousey and friends in the brand new survival horror, TABLES.
** BLOODLINE: Evan (Seann William Scott) values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
** MARY: David (Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family's ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.
** HELLMINGTON: On June 6, 1985 Hellmington Asylum closed their doors for good. On June 6, 2009 it was re-opened as the very first Psychological Extreme Haunted House, where people could live out their own personal horror fantasies.
Willing participants would be pushed to their limits, blurring the lines between what's real and what's in your head. Katie Owens, a true horror fanatic and online blogger was invited as one of the first people to partake in the Hellmington experience.
Only Katie never left... that was 6 years ago, and her disappearance remains unsolved. Police reports stated no body was found, no suspicion of foul play and no evidence was discovered. After many years with no answers, a group of documentary filmmakers decide to join forces with the local police department to investigate and analyze the footage from that night.
----- August 7, 2019 -----
** EVENT HORIZON series: Amazon and Paramount Television are developing a TV series adaptation of Paul W.S. Anderson's super gory and still impressively production designed 1997 sci-fi horror film EVENT HORIZON. Philip Eisner penned the film in which a spaceship that disappeared after testing an experimental gravity drive re-appears years later in orbit around Neptune.
A rescue crew and the gravity drive's inventor are sent to investigate, only to discover that the ship traveled to a dimension outside of the known universe, one that's essentially Hell, and it infects the ship with a sinister sentience which leads to multiple gross deaths. Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Jack Noseworthy, Kathleen Quinlan, Sean Pertwee, Jason Isaacs and Joely Richardson starred. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARTIK: A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders until the boy befriends a mysterious man, Holton, who threatens to expose their horrifying family secret. As Holton gets closer to the truth, he must not only fight for the young boy's life, but for his own.
----- August 6, 2019 -----
** 47 METERS DOWN UNCAGED: The film follows the story of four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city, who quickly find themselves in a watery hell as their fun outing turns into heart-stopping fear when they learn they are not alone in the submerged caves. As they swim deeper into the claustrophobic labyrinth of caves they enter the territory of the deadliest shark species in the ocean.
** ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?: Nickelodeon is reimagining its chillingly beloved anthology ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? as a brand-new limited series premiering this October. Through three hour-long episodes, the series introduces an entirely new Midnight Society group of kids who tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life.
** James Wan's upcoming horror film: Having launched the SAW, INSIDIOUS, THE CONJURING franchises, all for fairly economical budgets, James Wan is going back to his indie horror roots with his next feature which has been set up at New Line. Following the untitled project's announcement last week, Wan has taken to social media this week to offer some photos from location scouting for the film which he and Ingrid Bisu are co-writing. Plot specifics, however, are under wraps.
In his posting he confirms he's returning to an older way of filmmaking with a thriller that's going to push its R-rating: "There's been a bit of speculation as to what my next project is… all I'll say is, I'm super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller. An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets. That's all I'll say for now." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SWALLOW: According to Variety, IFC Films has successfully acquired the North American theatrical distribution rights to Carlo Mirabella-Davis' SWALLOW. Starring Haley Bennett and Austin Stowell, the film had its world premiere back in April at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival where Bennett won the Best Actress Award at the festival.
"SWALLOW is one of the most provocative and timely films we have seen yet this year with a star turning performance from Haley Bennett," IFC Films' executive VP of acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco said. "We're thrilled to introduce Carlo Mirabella-Davis to U.S. audiences with this stunning first-time feature debut." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
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** IT CHAPTER TWO: Syfy reports that as part of an interview in a new issue of Total Film, director Andy Muschietti has revealed that author Stephen King himself was more hands-on this time out. In fact, he says when King read the first draft of the sequel, he made a few notes and also requested the addition of "one all-new scene" which the filmmaker dutifully included as "you don't tell Stephen King that he can't write IT."
That's not all though. The same outlet has revealed that the young actors who played the original Losers Club in the 2017 first chapter have undergone some digital de-ageing for the new film so as to look like they did in the first in the film's flashback sequences. Muschietti says this wasn't a last-minute aesthetic decision and was planned from early on: "From the beginning, we knew that that would be part of the budget – the visual effects to address that. So, we're going to de-age the kids."
** SATANIC PANIC: Sam's first day as a pizza delivery driver is not going according to plan. At the end of a long day and not enough tips, her last delivery turns out to be for a group of Satanists looking for someone to sacrifice. Now in a fight for her life, Sam must fend off witches, evil spells and demonic creatures, all while trying to keep her body – and soul – intact.
** THE PURGE 5: Everardo Gout has come on board to direct the next installment in THE PURGE franchise for Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Universal Pictures. James DeMonaco will return to write the latest movie which once again centers on a dystopian near future U.S. in the 12 hours per year in which all crime is legal. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are all on board to produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IN TALL GRASS: The first photo has arrived from the new Netflix film adaptation of Stephen King and Joe HIll's novella IN TALL GRASS. Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted star as Becky and Cal, two siblings en route to California who stop by a large grass field in Kansas.
Hearing a young boy calling for help somewhere nearby, the two venture in and discover that the grass holds more secrets than they could have ever imagined…and they may never find their way out again. Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson and Rachel Wilson co-star. The film will premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin at the end of September. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
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** James Wan back to horror: Variety has brought word that modern horror master James Wan is returning to his genre roots for his next project before returning to the underwater world of AQAUMAN 2 with a secret film set up at New Line Cinema.
The film, whose plot is being kept under wraps, is being co-written by Wan and Ingrid Bisu, who starred in The Nun and who recently got engaged to the 42-year-old Australian director. Wan will also produce the film through his Atomic Monster banner alongside Michael Clear. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LITTLE MONSTERS: The film follows Dave (Alexander England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew's kindergarten class field trip after taking a serious liking to the fearless schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o). Dave's intentions are complicated by the presence of the world's most famous kids' show personality and competition for Miss Caroline's affections, Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad). One thing none of them bargained for, however, is a sudden zombie outbreak. Will Dave rise to the occasion and have a chance at Miss Caroline's heart, or will the zombies get there first?
** THE CHURCH: From director and writer Dom Frank. Starring Bill Moseley, Ashley C. Williams and Clint Howard, this church is being sold and God is not happy. When a pastor (Moseley) is tempted by money, a real estate developer moves into these holy grounds. But. something is not right and some of these characters will pay for their sins, in this exciting release