It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- September 21, 2017 -----
** THE DEVIL'S RAIN: The film is coming to Blu-ray from Severin Films. Each copy of the movie comes with reversible cover art and limited, numbered edition slipcase (only 1500 units) with alternate artwork will be available exclusively from the Severin webstore. Special Features:
- Audio Commentary With Director Robert Fuest
- Confessions Of Tom – Interview With Actor Tom Skerritt
- The Devil's Makeup – Interview With Special FX Artist Tom Burman
- 1975 Archive Interview With Actor William Shatner
- First Stop Durango – Interview With Script Supervisor Ana Maria Quintana
- Consulting with the Devil – A Conversation with the High Priest & High Priestess of the Church of Satan
- Hail Satan! – Interview With Anton LaVey Biographer Blanche Barton
- Filmmaker / Horror Collector Daniel Roebuck On The Devil's Rain
- On Set Polaroid Gallery Of Script Supervisor Ana Maria Quintana, Accompanied By Radio Spots
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Poster/Still Gallery
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE 13TH FRIDAY: When a female refugee discovers an ancient demonic device that opens the gateway to another realm, she unleashes a dark entity that poses as her daughter. After many failed attempts to have the church explain the creation of her worst nightmares, she learns that the house is cursed by an enraged spirit that died on Friday the 13th. And now a group of thrill seeking friends unknowingly unleash its wrath and damn their souls.
** THE EXORCIST Season 2: Jeremy Slater, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, and John Cho talk about the characters and what to expect on the new season of THE EXORCIST, premiering SEP 29 at 9/8c on FOX!
** DEAD ANT: When the "one-hit-wonder" glam-metal band "Sonic Grave" embark on a trip to coachella in hopes of a comeback, their peyote trip pit stop in Joshua Tree incites an "unworldly" viscous attack, and they must "rock" themselves out of harms way.
----- September 19, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN sequel: In an interview with the The Wrap web site, producer Jason Blum makes a pledge that they will meet their intended October 2018 release. he tells that if it isn't: "You can kill me. You can behead me. You can chop my hand off, the prince of horror, you can cut my hand off. That's on the record."
** Stephen King's IT: New Line Cinema's IT dominated the box office a second straight weekend, grossing $60 million domestically for a two-week total of $218.7 million. That makes IT the largest-grossing film ever in September for North America. Internationally, the film opened in 10 additional markets and earned $60.3 million from 15,375 screens in 56 markets. This brings the overseas total to $152.6 million and worldwide sum to $371.3 million. The top international markets this weekend were Mexico ($13.8 million), the UK ($8.2 million), Australia and Russia ($4 million), and Brazil ($3.4 million). IT cost about $35 million to make. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SWEET TOOTH: New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to Nico van den Brink's Dutch horror short, SWEET TOOTH. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nico van den Brink will direct the feature and have a "story by" credit. James Wan (SAW) and Chris Bender (FINAL DESTINATION) will produce.
The short premiered in July at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival and is described as follows: "centered on a woman who comes home to her large apartment tenement. Watching the news, she discovers that her neighbors — a mother and her two kids — have been killed, but then enters creep-zone territory when she begins to hear the laughter and running of the munchkins." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 18, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: Lionsgate and Millennium Films have released another new poster for LEATHERFACE, the upcoming prequel to THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. In Texas, years before the events of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriffs' daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with 3 other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter's death, the young Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster known now as Leatherface.
The film will mark the eighth overall entry in the franchise, which currently includes, in addition to Tobe Hooper's original, three sequels, a remake, a prequel to the remake and a modern-day "direct sequel." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DEAD BY DAYLIGHT Leatherface: The chainsaw killer from the classick TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE series is now available in the DEAD BY DAYLIGHT video game.
** JIGSAW: Lionsgate has released even more posters for the upcoming JIGSAW, the eighth film in the SAW horror franchise featuring the return of Tobin Bell. Like all of the films before it, JIGSAW will arrive just ahead of Halloween on October 27. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 15, 2017 -----
** Jamie Lee Curtis returns to HALLOWEEN: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema's current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum. Inspired by Carpenter's classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.
HALLOWEEN will be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the HALLOWEEN series since its inception. Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. HALLOWEEN will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures.
** BETTER WATCH OUT: This holiday season, you may be home, but you're not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.
** LORE: Based on real people and events, the podcast phenomenon comes to life with 6 terrifying stories from the Executive Producer of THE WALKING DEAD and the Executive Producer of THE X-FILES. Stream on Friday the 13th of October.
** THE SHAPE OF WATER: From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.
----- September 14, 2017 -----
** LES AFFAMÉS: Here's a clip for the highly hyped new French Canadian horror film from Robin Aubert.
** John Carpenter's CHRISTINE: The theme for CHRISTINE is available as a part of John Carpenter's 'Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998,' out October 20 on Sacred Bones Records.
** TRAGEDY GIRLS: Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves. As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?
----- September 13, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN sequel: The upcoming film is set to be directed by David Gordon Green and from a script by Green and Danny McBride. Here's what John Carpenter had to say; "David and Danny both came to my office recently with [Blumhouse producer] Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and …wow! They get it. I think you're gonna dig it. They blew me away."
Blumhouse will produce the project which Carpenter will be heavily involved in. Specifics of the story aren't clear beyond McBride insisting this isn't a reboot – rather one that just ignores the latter sequel mythology. The director confirmed during the Toronto Film Festival that the script is all done and the plan is to shoot the project this Fall with an October 2018 release targeted.
** Stephen King's IT sequel: As readers of the original novel know, most of the Losers' Club all move away from Derry, Maine with one notable exception: Mike Hanlon, who stays in the town as a gatekeeper for Derry and to bring the group back together 27 years later. Director Andy Muschietti says his version of the character will be a departure from the text, saying:
"I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he's a wreck…He's not just the collector of knowledge of what Pennywise has been doing in Derry. He will bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him. The only way he can do that is to take drugs and alter his mind."
It remains to be seen who will be cast as the adult versions of the characters in the sequel, with the outlet reporting that unknown actors could fill the shoes for the film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Norwegian horror MONSTER: Starz have acquired rights to Norwegian serial killer limited series MONSTER ahead of its debut. Created by head writer Hans Christian Storrøsten and directed by Anne Sewitsky, the seven-episode series also boasts Jørgen Johansson as its lead cinematographer. Johansson is considered by many to be a major influential force in the Nordic Noir artistic movement. NRK Drama will handle production, with NRK's Lasse Greve Alsos serving as executive producer. (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
----- September 12, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's IT remake kills Box Office: The highly anticipated flick earned $123.1 million from 4,103 theaters, an average of $30,002 per location. Internationally, IT has earned $62 million from 10,665 screens in 46 markets, which is the biggest opening ever for a horror film. The worldwide total is already at $185.1 million. The top international markets were the UK with $12.3 million, Russia with $6.7 million, Australia with $5.9 million, Brazil with $5.6 million, Korea with $4.3 million and Spain with $3.1 million. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DAY OF THE DEAD remake: Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to a slate of films from Avi Lerner's Millennium Media, including DAY OF THE DEAD.
"Avi Lerner has long become synonymous with widely appealing action thrillers with marquee names like Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich and Adrien Brody and films with the pedigree of Day of the Dead," said Saban Films President Bill Bromiley. "This is perfectly in line with our acquisition strategy. Our audiences are starving for these types of films, and with this newly minted relationship we are thrilled to have a steady pipeline of these movies we can deliver to our audiences across the country."
DAY OF THE DEAD is a remake of George Romero's classick film, is directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, and stars Sophie Skelton. Written by Mark Tonderai and Lars Jacobson, DAY OF THE DEAD follows a small group of military personnel and survivalists who dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** RED CHRISTMAS: Genre icon Dee Wallace stars in a critically acclaimed role as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance. The film will be available nationwide October 17th on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
** WATCH OVER US: A father and his young daughters move onto their grandfather's secluded farm following the breakup of their parents. But once there, they are soon plagued by paranormal events that reveal a deadly secret that has haunted the family for generations, and an evil force that demands they uphold a deadly promise made by their ancestors. Available on digital VOD everywhere nationwide 9/12/17.
----- September 11, 2017 -----
** 47 METERS DOWN sequel: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that this summer's sleeper hit is gearing up for a sequel. Director Johannes Roberts will return to write and direct the film, which will will add one more meter and be titled 48 METERS DOWN.
"We are so pleased by the huge success of 47 Meters Down, it totally exceeded all expectations,' said producer James Harris of The Fyzz Facility. "48 Meters Down will take the claustrophobia of cave diving and the thrill of shark encounters and move everything to the next level." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DEMENTIA 13 remake: A vengeful ghost, a mysterious killer, and a family where everyone has a secret converge in one night of terror in this remake of Francis Ford Coppola's debut film.
** THELMA: A Norwegian student, Thelma, moves to Oslo where she falls in love. She soon discovers that she has inexplicable powers. Opens November 10th.
** THE PURGE prequel: Series creator James DeMonaco who has officially confirmed that the upcoming fourth entry will be titled THE PURGE THE ISLAND and will serve as a prequel. Speaking with the Vulture web site about the film, which he's not directing this time as Gerard McMurray will take over the reigns, he also explained something of the storyline which will be set on the very first 'Purge' night which takes place on Staten Island:
"I said it's the first experimental Purge, which I don't know if I was supposed to say, but now I've said it, so you have it. Next July 4, it'll be coming."
He also confirms the film will answer one obvious question – why in the world don't people just leave the cities during the annual night of government sanctioned crime. He says a big reason is a financial incentive:
"I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it. People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims. So you see the inception of how grotesque the idea of the Purge is, and the manipulation upon the society." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 7, 2017 -----
** DRACUL: Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to the prequel DRACUL with IT director Andy Muschietti possibly on board to helm, according to the Deadline web site. This is reportedly the first prequel authorized by the estate of DRACULA author Bram Stoker. DRACUL would re-team Muschietti with producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.
DRACUL was written by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker and is set in 1868. A 21-year-old Bram Stoker meets "an ungodly evil that he traps in an ancient tower all the while scribbling the events that led him there." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE LODGERS: The story of a sister and brother haunted by a secret curse that forces them to remain in the large estate home left to them by their dead parents. But when a young man who falls in love with the sister tries to free her, his attempt sets off a deadly chain reaction.
** A QUIET PLACE: Paramount Pictures announced yesterday that principal photography is underway on director John Krasinski's horror film, starring husband and wife John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The film is set on a farm where a family has been terrorized by a ghostly being for some time. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Indonesian horror SATAN'S SLAVES: Here's the trailer for Joko Anwar's new film.
----- September 6, 2017 -----
** INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY: In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. The film will arrive in theaters January 5, 2018.
** RAZORBACK: Russell Mulcahy's 1984 Australian monster film has received a 4K remaster ahead of a Blu-ray release this November 1st via Umbrella Entertainment. The film centers on a gigantic and vicious wild boar terrorizing the Australian outback, a 900 lb. beast that can rip a man in half and destroy a home in seconds and has set its sites on the small isolated community of Gamulla.
Sadly the disc will NOT include the gorier extended scenes, featured on the old Roadshow Home Video version, reinserted back into the film. Those original 35mm film elements are long lost, but an SD version of that VHS cut of the film is being included as a special feature. Melbourne's Roar Digital is behind the new 4K scan and restoration, and the disc will boast all-new extras including a discussion featurette produced by Cinemaniacs. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SNOWMAN: Michael Fassbender plays a detective investigating the disappearance of a victim during the first snow of winter. He fears an elusive serial killer may be active again and with the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one.
----- September 5, 2017 -----
** LAISSEZ BRONZER LES CADAVRES: TIFF Vanguard veterans Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani weaponize their aesthetic proclivities into an all-out bombardment of sensational style as they methodically adapt every devilish detail from the cult novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid. A gang of thieves absconding with 250kg of stolen gold arrives at the abode of a listless artist caught in a bohemian love triangle. The scenario quickly escalates into a desperate day-long firefight between cops and robbers throughout the remote ruins of a Mediterranean hamlet — and genre and art-house tropes collide in a relentless reverie of action spectacle, exquisitely photographed on Super 16mm film.
Pivoting from the giallo-inspired imagery that enveloped their previous films, Cattet and Forzani trade in their razor blade–laden gloves for the bullets and biker jackets that characterize the pulpy Italian poliziotteschi crime films of the '60s and '70s. Still persistent of course is the filmmakers' signature penchant for the haptic fetishization of the human body, here most sensorially depicted whenever the film allegorizes the dire straits of its characters via a silhouetted cast of "Fates" pantomiming all manner of delirious depravity to an Ennio Morricone tune.
Mixing in some sun-baked spaghetti western imagery for good measure, LET THE CORPSES TAN is a wicked distillation of action cinema's core cinematographic ingredients (from crash zooms to whip pans), now radically redeployed for maximum visceral impact and delivered like a celluloid shotgun blast to the synapses.
** FRIEND REQUEST: Popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has tons of friends, both on Facebook and IRL. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina's (Liesl Ahlers) online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone's shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura's profile. Even though it wasn't Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page, her Facebook friend count begins to dwindle as a result. When her real-life friends start dying mysterious, cruel deaths, Laura must figure out how to break the deadly curse before it's too late.
** ANOTHER WOLFCOP: A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou's liquor-fuelled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh — the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.
----- September 4, 2017 -----
** JEEPERS CREEPERS 3: For one night only via Fathom Events. On the last day of The Creeper's 23 day feeding frenzy, Sargent Tubbs teams up with a task force hell-bent on destroying the creature for good. The Creeper fights back in gory glory as his enemies get close to discovering his dark origins.
** Stephen King's IT sequel: Asked if the second part will have a higher budget, director Andres Muschietti not unsurprisingly responded: "Well, clearly I hope so". Muschietti has previously said that while the second half will focus on the adult versions of the characters in the present day, there will be scenes involving the kids as well as dialogue between the two timelines. There is also expected to be flashbacks throughout Derry's history, revealing numerous times IT's influence is seen in the community, and a visit to another dimension to face IT in its true form.
Muschietti's first film offers a more grounded conclusion, but he tells Yahoo Movies there's several reasons for this, and the second film will tackle the costly, FX-heavy and more otherworldly fight against the shapeshifting antagonist: "I really wanted to focus on the emotional journey of the group of kids. Getting in to that other dimension – the other side – was something that we could introduce in the second part.
In the book the perspective of the writing… is always with the Losers, so everything they know about Pennywise is very speculative and shrouded in obscurity, so I wanted to respect that mystery feeling of not knowing what's on the other side. I also wanted to leave something for the second half, so I didn't want to get in trouble with that – going into the macroverse or that transdimensional stuff – and keep it grounded, from the point of view of the kids.
There's another movie to expand into that. Also, there's a physical truth that it's a movie that has a budget. And I didn't want to get into a depiction of a realm that f—s up our budget, the creation of a world that will basically suck up half of our budget, and would have to sacrifice a lot of things. So basically it's a balancing act, but it's also intricately connected with the content, which is staying true to the emotional aspect of the book." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE CROW for Sony Pictures: Sony Pictures has picked up distribution rights to THE CROW reboot which was previously in the works at Relativity for almost a decade. Various directors and actors have been attached over the years, most notably Jason Momoa, Luke Evans and Jack Huston were linked to the title role.
The project's fate was in limbo following the company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company emerged from Chapter 11 in April, but previously attached helmer Corin Hardy is no longer involved. The reboot is said to be a more faithful adaptation of the comic and follows a murder victim who returns from the dead, seeking vengeance on those who murdered him and his fiancee with the help of a mystical bird.
** NO DORMIRAS: In an abandoned psychiatric hospital, a theater company experiments with insomnia for the preparation of a stageplay. As the days without sleep go by, they cross new thresholds of perception, that expose them to the secrets of the place and the energies that inhabit it. When Bianca, a young actress , joins the cast, competing for the lead role, she must survive, not only the intensity of the work and her cast mates, but the unknown force that's pulling them towards a tragic outcome.
----- August 31, 2017 -----
** ANOTHER WOLFCOP: Vortex Words + Pictures have just announced a new partnership with A71 Entertainment and Black Fawn Distribution to release the outrageously funny horror sequel to theaters in Canada this December, followed by a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital home entertainment release through A71 and Black Fawn in 2018. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE MUMMY: Believe it or not: Tom Cruise's THE MUMMY has hit the magic sequelizer number--$400M+ worldwide. China is the #1 market w/ $91M. Universal Dark Universe might go forward after all.
** BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99: A former boxer named Bradley (Vince Vaughn) loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to end. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This improves his situation until the terrible day that he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, Bradley is badly hurt and thrown in prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.
----- August 30, 2017 -----
** Lucio Fulci's THE DEVIL'S HONEY: Severin Films is bringing the film uncut on September 26th. Additionally, a limited numbered edition slipcase (only 1000 units) with alternate NSFW artwork will be available exclusively from the Severin webstore.
Special Features Include:
- The Devil's Halsey: An Interview with Actor Brett Halsey
- Wild Flower: An Interview With Actress Corinne Cléry
- Producing Honey: An Interview With Producer Vincenzo Salviani
- The Devil's Sax: An Interview With Composer Claudio Natili
- Stephen Thrower on The Devil's Honey
- Fulci's Honey: An Audio Essay by Troy Howarth – Author of "Splintered Visions – Lucio Fulci And His Films"
- Alternate Opening
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** STRANGER THINGS Season 2: Here's lots of new character posters for the second season, which will hit Netflix on October 27, 2017, just in time for Halloween. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- August 29, 2017 -----
** HOUSEWIFE: Holly's childhood was a nightmare—at age 7, she watched her mother kill her sister and father. Twenty years later, Holly's dreams remain plagued by that painful memory. An unexpected reunion with an old friend further complicates matters, introducing Holly to a strange cult-like group that follows a celebrity psychic, one who takes a special liking to Holly. And because of him, her worst nightmares become shockingly real.
** THE ATONING: While they are haunted by ghostly apparitions, two parents try to protect their young son from a dark secret that could destroy their family.
** THE HOUSE OCTOBER BUILT 2: Recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton – a group who take "extreme haunt" to another level – five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a new terror begins.
----- August 28, 2017 -----
** RIP Tobe Hooper: The underrated horror director best known for helming THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE died Saturday in Sherman Oaks, Calif. He was 74. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office said it was reported as a natural death. Willard Tobe Hooper was born in Austin, Texas and taught college before starting out in documentaries. He is survived by two sons.
** Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA 4K: Here's the first look at the much anticipated release from Synapse Films.
- Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
- Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector's o-card sleeve, featuring
artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris
- Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector's edition
containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored
Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with
color correction supervised and approved by Suspiria Director of
Photography, Luciano Tovoli
- Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the
theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96
- Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
- Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho,
David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
- Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute Suspiria visual essay
written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
- Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from Suspiria
- A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of Suspiria – All-new anniversary
retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
- Olga's Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
- Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
- Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American
Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek
Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr.
- "International Classics" English "Breathing Letters" opening credit
sequence from U.S. release version
- Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable
via seamless branching
- Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English
- Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language
- Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin's Suspiria motion picture soundtrack,
containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977
** DEATH NOTE sequels: If director Adam Wingard's new film on Netflix proves popular, then you can expect a sequel. Speaking with THR, Wingard says Netflix wants to make at least two films if enough people watch the first one: "When I went to Netflix initially, I pitched it as at least a two-film series, maybe three, knowing this was the origin story. We definitely designed the film so it plays a closed loop. Sequels are never guaranteed. They have to be earned…
…At the end of the day, there are a lot of places to explore where to take Light. And ultimately the series is sort of about almost his downfall as a character. This is sort of the beginning of it or the origin of it. There are definitely lots of places to go, and we know generally where we would take it. Hopefully people will watch it and Netflix will order a sequel. They definitely are ready to. They just need people to watch it."
** THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS: Cate Blanchett is in negotiations to join Jack Black in an adaptation of John Bellairs' 1973 gothic horror novel THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS for Amblin Entertainment. Eli Roth is directing the tale which follows a recently orphaned boy who moves in with his uncle (Black) who turns out to be a very average witch.
Soon the boy finds himself in a world of magic and danger, especially when he discovers a clock inside the walls of his house that is designed to bring about doomsday. Blanchett will play Mrs. Zimmerman, the uncle's neighbor and best friend who is also a witch. Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and Eric Kripke will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- August 24, 2017 -----
** HATCHET reboot VICTOR CROWLEY: The film will hit select U.S. theaters in October 2017 as part of Dark Sky Films' "Victor Crowley Road Show", wherein writer/director Adam Green (and other cast) will travel with and introduce the film at special one-night screening events across America. Internationally, the film is slated to bow at festivals worldwide – it will receive its international premiere this Saturday, August 26th at FrightFest in London, England. Adam Green and Kane Hodder will be in attendance for the gala screening. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot: HANNIBAL TV Series writer and producer Nick Antosca was working on a version of the script that came very close to production before eventually getting scrapped. While speaking to Bloody Disgusting web site this week, Antosca detailed what his FRIDAY THE 13TH movie would have been about. He confirms his work was still only a first draft, and he discussed what projects influenced his approach:
"The Paramount FRIDAY THE 13TH movies. Plus JAWS, a little bit. We just wanted to make a classic Jason movie, with kids at camp who get slaughtered, and great kills and some characters you actually enjoy hanging out with til they die.
David Bruckner and I talked about how to make a consistent Jason throughout our movie, but nod to the different Jasons. I prefer supernatural Jason, personally. And I loved the imagery of him under the water.
We just accepted from the beginning that we would have to pick and choose elements of the mythology to make a coherent one within one movie. It's obviously not consistent over the course of the franchise, but you have a lot to work with. We adjusted the timeline a bit to make sense."
Antosca also confirmed that the plan was to have the reboot take place in the 1980s. However Paramount underwent a regime change and Antosca left the project which was finally yanked altogether from the schedule earlier this year after the dismal failure of RINGS. Antosca explains why his take didn't make any progress:
"I know Platinum Dunes was ready to go, they were enthusiastic. I heard various things, Paramount changed their mind about the 80's setting, they wanted more mythology. Also, there was some corporate changeover in the ranks there, and the people who were in charge when I was hired were no longer there. The new folks may have wanted to put their own stamp on it. It happens. I was curious to see the version they did make, and I was disappointed when that fell apart too. It shouldn't be that hard to make a FRIDAY THE 13TH movie." (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** BESETMENT: Amanda Millard, struggling and desperate for a job, takes a position at a hotel in a small town in Oregon. It's a creepy, back country kind of town but owners Mildred Colvin and her son Billy seem nice enough at first. It's not long before Amanda discovers their real intentions, and her struggle to make a living becomes a nightmarish battle for survival. The film premiered on VOD June 6 and the DVD release is locked for September 5th from Uncorked Entertainment. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** NO DORMIRAS: In an abandoned psychiatric hospital, a theater company experiments with insomnia for the preparation of a stageplay. As the days without sleep go by, they cross new thresholds of perception, that expose them to the secrets of the place and the energies that inhabit it. When Bianca, a young actress, joins the cast, competing for the lead role, she must survive, not only the intensity of the work and her cast mates, but the unknown force that's pulling them towards a tragic outcome.
----- August 23, 2017 -----
** STRANGER THINGS Season 3 & 4: Series creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, have told the Vulture web site that STRANGER THINGS Season 3 is already a go, and a fourth and final season may be in the cards as well.
"We're thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out," says Ross. "They're going to have to get the f*ck out of this town! It's ridiculous! I don't know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year," Matt added of where the story might go.
** JACKALS: Set in the 1980s, an estranged family hires a cult deprogrammer to take back their teenage son from a murderous cult, but find themselves under siege when the cultists surround their cabin, demanding the boy back.
** LITTLE EVIL: Meet Gary. He just married Samantha, the woman of his dreams. There's one problem, his stepson is the antichrist. Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly star in the Netflix horror comedy from the director of TUCKER AND DALE VS. EVIL Coming to Netflix September 1.
** BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99: BONE TOMAHAWK writer/director S. Craig Zahler is back with a new genre film, which is coming out in theaters on Oct. 6, 2017.
** SLAUGHTER HIGH: Arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray uncut on October 31 from Lionsgate. A high school prank gone wrong comes back to haunt the offenders during their five-year high school reunion. From the makers of FRIDAY THE 13TH, SLAUGHTER HIGH includes all-new special features, including the "Going to Pieces" and "My Days at Doddsville" featurettes, an audio commentary with co-writers/directors George Dugdale and Peter Litten, and more! Restored and remastered, the limited-edition Vestron Video Collector's Series SLAUGHTER HIGH Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.
----- August 22, 2017 -----
** NOSFERATU remake for THE WITCH director: Actress Anya Taylor-Joy (SPLIT) is in negotiations to join the cast of the upcoming NOSFERATU remake, according to Variety. Robert Eggers, who directed Taylor-Joy in the 2015 film THE WITCH, will both direct and write the remake of the 1922 classic horror film for Studio 8. Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus will produce. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WISH UPON: The film will make its debut on Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD on October 10th. The Blu-ray Combo Pack also includes the Director's Unrated Cut, featuring footage not seen in the theatrical release. Bonus materials on WISH UPON include "I Wish: The Cast Share What They Would Wish" (all formats except VOD), "Attic Tour with Joey King" (all formats except VOD), "Directing Darkness: John Leonetti and Cast Talk About Developing a Horror Film" (Blu-ray and Digital exclusive), and "Motion Comics: Lu Mei's Curse and Arthur Sands Reveal The Stories Behind The Previous Owners Of The Box" (Blu-ray and Digital exclusive).
** A DARK SONG: The film will be available on Blu-ray on DVD September 5th, 2017 from Scream Factory in conjunction with IFC Midnight. A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.
** JIGSAW: Here's many cool new teaser posters for the upcoming film.
----- August 21, 2017 -----
** THE CONJURING Universe: After just one week in theaters around the globe, New Line Cinema's ANNABELLE CREATION has taken in more than $110 million, not only opening in the #1 spot in numerous markets, including North America, but quickly boosting filmmaker James Wan and producer Peter Safran's THE CONJURING universe of films over the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. In making the announcement, Kroll said, "We are thrilled with the success of ANNABELLE CREATION and enormously proud to continue bringing this hugely popular THE CONJURING franchise to theaters everywhere. We congratulate our colleagues at New Line Cinema, our astute marketing and distribution teams, and everyone who put their collective creative energies together to tell such wonderfully frightening stories for movie audiences around the world to enjoy."
Toby Emmerich, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, stated, "This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of New Line, and without question the horror genre has always been an integral and important part of the company's DNA. While the genre has certainly evolved over the decades, watching the critical and commercial success of THE CONJURING universe has been truly spectacular and I am incredibly proud of all the talented people involved in making this happen."
Together, New Line's Richard Brener, President, Production, and Carolyn Blackwood, President, Content, Strategy & Operations, noted, "James Wan has a proven ability to tap into the minds of horror fans in a way few can. To reach this benchmark with just four films is truly remarkable. On behalf of everyone at New Line, we couldn't be more excited for him, producer Peter Safran, and all the filmmakers who were so instrumental in making each of these movies so successful." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: Following the conclusion of SPLIT, GLASS finds Dunn (Bruce Willis) pursuing Crumb's (James McAvoy) superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price (Samuel L. Jackson) emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum.
** JEEPERS CREEPERS 3: The upcoming sequel is set to score a limited release next month. Clocking in at 100 minutes, the film will hit September 26th with an announcement (and likely trailer) imminent.
** JIGSAW: Here's the new International poster for the upcoming sequel, which comes out on October 27.
** George Romero Limited Edition 6-Disc Box Set: Coming October 24th from Arrow Video is the George Romero "Between Night and Dawn" Limited Edition 6-Disc Box Set [Blu-ray + DVD].
Limited Edition Contents:
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx
- Limited Edition 60-page booklet featuring new writing on the films
THERE'S ALWAYS VANILLA
- Brand new 2K restoration from the original negative
- Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
- Brand new interviews with actors Judith Ridley and Richard Ricci, producer Russ Streiner and - sound recordist Gary Streiner
- Digging Up the Dead - The Lost Films of George A. Romero - archive interview with Romero looking at his early films There's Always Vanilla and Season of the Witch Trailer
SEASON OF THE WITCH
- Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
- Alternate extended cut
- Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
- When Romero met Del Toro - celebrated filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro sits down with George Romero for this candid career-spanning conversation
- The Secret Life of Jack's Wife - archive interview with actress Jan White
- Alternate Opening Titles
- Brand new 4K restoration from original film elements
- Brand new audio commentary by Travis Crawford
- Romero Was Here - featurette revisiting The Crazies filming locations in Evans City, PA
- Never Before Seen BTS footage
- 2016 Q&A with Lynn Lowry from Abertoir Film Festival
- Alternate Opening Titles
----- August 11, 2017 -----
** Darren Aronofsky's mother!: Here's yet another poster for the upcoming film.
** DEMON HUNTER: From Wild Eye Releasing comes DEMON HUNTER, writer-director Zoe Kavanagh's acclaimed horror-actioner, available on VOD August 15.
----- August 10, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: Here's the Green Band trailer for the upcoming film which premieres on DirecTV on September 21st followed by a limited theatrical release and wide VOD release on October 20th.
** PHOBIA: Here's the trailer for the upcoming Anglo Italo anthology about fears.
** Stephen King's IT: Here's a new photo of the upcoming film.
----- August 9, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot remake sequel: Writer Danny McBride recently spoke with Cinema Blend about the movie; "You know, it's not a remake," Danny McBride said. "It's actually, it's gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we're focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there."
McBridge says that the film will start with the first two movies and essentially let the continuity play out after that, which essentially makes it HALLOWEEN III.
"Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror," Danny McBride said. "HALLOWEEN has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There's a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that."
** CULT OF CHUCKY: Here's the cover of the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release.
** Darren Aronofsky's mother!: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer star in mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky. See it in theatres 9.15.
----- August 8, 2017 -----
** THE DEAD NEXT DOOR 2K restoration: Tempe Entertainment announces the launch of its Blu-ray label Tempe Digital with the September 26 release of the 1990 landmark independent shocker THE DEAD NEXT DOOR. Priced at $29.95 SRP, this 2-Disc Collector's Edition includes the same Blu-ray from the company's limited (and now out of print) 3-Disc Ultimate Edition, along with an all-new DVD featuring a collectible slipcover and three new bonus features.
** Universal Dark Universe: In a recent interview with IGN, THE MUMMY director Alex Kurtzman was asked about his status on the Dark Universe franchise. The Dark Universe, for those who don't know, is the Marvel Studios-esque "shared universe" idea that Universal Pictures is trying with the classic "Universal Monsters" like Dracula, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man, and the aforementioned Mummy. This was intended to start with the Luke Evans-led DRACULA UNTOLD, but that proved to be a non-starter with unimpressive box office returns and a critical panning.
Alex Kurtzman was intended to be one of the creative directors of the franchise along with fellow director Chris Morgan. However, THE MUMMY (2017) was also received with a critical panning and disappointing box office profits. Despite this, Universal seems intent on forcing this thing to stumble onwards, possibly due to sinking money on special effects and actors like Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, and Johnny Depp.
When IGN asked Alex Kurtzman about his status in the Dark Universe series of films, he said, "You know the truth is, I don't know. I really don't know. I haven't really decided. Is the honest answer." That sounds like a frustrated and exhausted answer, which is understandable given that he's probably been fielding this question a lot lately and just had an expensive box office bomb on his hands.
They continued with asking him about how to know you're done with a franchise, to which Kurtzman said, "I have to stay interested in it. I have to feel like my passion is there for it. I think in the case of STAR TREK if your passion isn't there you shouldn't be doing it." (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
** CLOWNTERGEIST: Premiering on VOD September 12 from High Octane Pictures! Emma, a college student with a crippling fear of clowns, must come face to face with her worst fear when an evil spirit in the body of a clown is summoned terrorizing the town she calls home. One by one Emma and her friends receive a balloon with the exact time and date of when it will appear to kill them written on it. After receiving her balloon, Emma realizes that she has two days left to live, and must fight against the clock to find a way to survive.
----- August 7, 2017 -----
** FREDDY VS JASON 1997 teaser found: This was made six years before the movie would finally be released to theaters!
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: Overcoming heinous reviews, the Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey-led fantasy feature is set to come in at a modest $19.5 million for the three days, topping the box-office.
** Stephen King's PET SEMETARY remake: The early word on the new first film of a two-film adaptation of Stephen King's IT is excellent. Should it succeed, director Andres Muschietti and his sister and the film's producer Barbara Muschietti have hinted that they're keen to tackle other works in the King canon.
The pair already own the film rights to King's 1981 sci-fi horror short story THE JAUNT, but in an interview published yesterday by The Toronto Sun, Barbara Muschietti says there's one book they're particularly keen on adapting: "We're huge fans of PET SEMETARY. If we can get our hands on that and do the PET SEMETARY we want to do, that will be something. One day, maybe."
The 1983 novel deals with a family who moves into a house by a busy highway, while a nearby nature walk leads to a rundown animal cemetery and, further on, an ancient Indian burial ground which can bring things back to life (albeit changed). (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANNABELLE CREATION: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle. Here's a clip for the upcoming film.
----- August 3rd, 2017 -----
** DOWNRANGE: Stranded at the side of the road after a tire blowout, a group of friends become targets for an enigmatic sniper, in this wickedly entertaining bloodbath from Ryuhei Kitamura (VERSUS).
** Stephen King's IT: Here's an International trailer, featuring new scenes!
** LEATHERFACE: Here's a third poster for the upcoming film that will be released on DIRECTV on September 21, with a limited theatrical run and VOD release following on October 20.
----- August 2nd, 2017 -----
** MOTHER!: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, MOTHER! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice. See it in theatres 9.15.
** MINDHUNTER: How do we get ahead of crazy if we don't know how crazy thinks? Two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff & Holt McCallany) set out on a sinister investigative odyssey to discover the brutal answers. MINDHUNTER. Coming to Netflix, October 13, 2017.
** Stephen King's IT: The British Board of Film Classification has announced that Andy Muschietti's IT, the upcoming first of a two-film adaptation of the iconic Stephen King novel, has a runtime of 135 minutes. The previous mini-series adaptation in 1990 ran 192 minutes, but the new IT film is essentially only half the book with a second film due to shoot early next year. That film will deal with the other half in which the kids have become adults (though there are expected to be flashback scenes with the same kids).
Barring the unexpected, the second film will have to clock in at no less than 85 minutes and more likely closer to the two-hour mark which would mean the pair together would run longer than the original mini-series by up to an hour. Clocking in at 1,140 pages, the book is one of King's larger works and so any adaptation needs a serious runtime to cover it. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE ICE CREAM TRUCK: Mary's husband gets relocated for work which allows her to move back to her suburban hometown. As her family ties up loose ends back home, Mary moves into their new house all alone and....waits. Yet in this idealistic world, something seems very odd. The Ice Cream Man, a symbol of youth and good times, starts killing some of her neighbors. Mary soon learns that the suburbs are scarier in more ways that she ever remembered.
----- July 31, 2017 -----
** WHEREOUT for A SERBIAN FILM director: Director Srdjan Spasojevic, along with his original co-writer of A SERBIAN FILM, Aleksandar Radivojevic, are beginning pre-production on a new film.
WHEREOUT is a supernatural bare-knuckle oater about a man determined to face mighty powers to protect the woman he loves. Driven onward by the sheer power of his own will, he fights through unknown worlds to defend the small remaining tract of their Utopian paradise. As the unrelenting battle unfolds, so strong is his purpose and so ferocious his resistance that the Universe itself will tremble. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LEATHERFACE: The upcoming reboot will be released on DIRECTV on September 21, with a limited theatrical run and VOD release following on October 20.
** Stephen King's IT trailer: New Line Cinema's horror thriller IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti, is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.
** THE DOMICILE: When Russell's wife accidentally dies in their home, his mental state goes from bad to one of utter despair. As the ghost of his dead wife awakens, her spirit becomes aware of the sordid details surrounding his unfaithfulness, enraging this supernatural being to haunt him in every horrifying way imaginable.
----- July 27, 2017 -----
** IT COMES AT NIGHT: 17-year-old Travis, secure within a desolate home with his protective and heavily armed parents (Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo), watches his world abruptly change with the arrival of a desperate couple (Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough) and their young child. Panic and mistrust grow as the dangers of the outside world creep ever closer… but they may be nothing compared to the dangers within. Coming to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 12 from Lionsgate.
** DEMENTIA 13 remake: Chiller Films have announced that they will be releasing a remake of the Francis Ford Coppola film in theaters on October 6, 2017 and on VOD and Digital HD on October 10, 2017. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE VAULT: Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem ensues when the defiant bank manager sends them to a basement-level vault—home to something truly evil.
----- July 26, 2017 -----
** MY FRIEND DAHMER: Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
** Stephen King's IT: Stephen King's iconic work is such a dense and sprawling novel that doing it in a single film is near impossible. Warner Bros. Pictures realized this when planning the upcoming film adaptation, and so decided to split it into two.
The story is set in a small town in Maine, where seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a child-eating, sewer-dwelling monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). Much like the mini-series adaptation, the film was going to have the kids as the focus of the first film and the adult versions of those characters the focus of the second. However, talk of the second film seemingly dried up once production began last year.
Finally, a month-and-a-half out from the release of the first film, director Andres Muschietti has gone on the record about the second film and offers an update on plans for it. He tells Variety today: "We are doing that [two films]. We'll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids."
By that schedule filming would begin mid-2018. The first IT began filming June 2016 which would suggest the second film could be released on the same weekend as the first film but in 2019.
Muschietti also addressed the only major concern that has been raised by the very well-received first trailer – that is the film's handling of Pennywise. Judging by the footage so far he's only been seen as a mute and creepy presence, but the helmer says you'll also see the cute side to the character: "I wanted to stay true to the essence of the character. I knew that I didn't want to go the road of Tim Curry [who played Pennywise in the TV miniseries]. Bill Skarsgard caught my attention. The character has a childish and sweet demeanour, but there's something very off about him. Bill has that balance in him. He can be sweet and cute, but he can be pretty disturbing."
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor also star in the first film which opens September 8th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: Here's two new posters for the upcoming film.
----- July 25, 2017 -----
** STRANGER THINGS Season 2 trailer: It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
** VAN HELSING: The upcoming reboot that will be a part of Universal Pictures' Dark Universe initiative is still going ahead. The studio is pressing forward with it, despite the underperformance of THE MUMMY reboot which took in $390 million worldwide.
The trade says because of that, the studio will be putting more time toward script development on Dark Universe movies and are also said to be eyeing Channing Tatum for the VAN HELSING movie as that project's script is now undergoing a final polish. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** GHOST HOUSE: A young couple, Jim and Julie, are vacationing in Thailand where Julie falls in love with photographing small shrines called "Ghost Houses" that are believed to give spirits shelter and comfort. A couple of British travelers take them into the countryside with the promise of showing Jim and Julie a ghost house graveyard where many of the shrines are discarded. After leaving the graveyard with a souvenir, Julie is increasingly plagued by visits from a malevolent spirit that threatens both her sanity and her life. After Julie is literally frozen in a state of terror, Jim must find a way to lift the curse before he loses Julie to the ghost world forever.
** PLAYING WITH DOLLS HAVOC: Here's the trailer for the just released new horror flick. When serial killer Havoc escapes from his prison, there is no holding back. He descends upon unsuspecting lovers in their cabin get away. The world's most brutal killer is loose and his thirst for blood cannot be stopped.
----- July 24, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: Here's the poster for the upcoming film. One of the highest grossing horror franchises of all time is back, taking the Jigsaw killer's signature brand of twisted scenarios to the next level.
** THE PURGE 4: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has found a director in Gerard McMurray, who helmed the Sundance favorite hazing drama BURNING SANDS that debuted on Netflix in March. Titled THE PURGE THE ISLAND, the fourth installment will be released on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MOTHER: Darren Aronofsky's horror film had been pushed up a month from October 13th to September 15th. The film is about a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
** THE WALKING DEAD: It's all-out war in Season 8. Don't miss the Season 8 Premiere of THE WALKING DEAD, Sunday, October 22 at 9/8c on AMC.
----- July 21, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: Here's the trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to SAW.
** THE WALKING DEAD Season 8: AMC has released special Comic-Con art for THE WALKING DEAD, confirming that the show's 8th season and 100th episode will premiere on Sunday, October 22nd.
** INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS remake: According to the Deadline web site, Warner Bros. Pictures has hired hot screenwriter David Leslie Johnson of THE CONJURING 2 and the in-development THE CONJURING 3 to pen the latest Body Snatchers remake. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world's most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
----- July 20, 2017 -----
** LAISSEZ BRONZER LES CADAVRES: Here's the ultra cool poster for the next film from the directors of AMER and THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODIES TEARS.
** DEATH NOTE: Netflix has released the final poster in their series of DEATH NOTE character posters, this one featuring Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton. Mia is the high school girlfriend of Light Turner, who embarks on a crusade alongside him to rid the world of evil with the Death Note. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE SNOWMAN: From director Tomas Alfredson (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN). Michael Fassbender plays a detective investigating the disappearance of a victim during the first snow of winter. He fears an elusive serial killer may be active again and with the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, Chloe Sevigny, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, James D'Arcy and Jamie Clayton also star. The film is slated for an October 20th release.
** THE SHAPE OF WATER: From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.
----- July 18, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: From the directors of INSIDE. The story will follow the titular character's evolution from teenage psychopath to face-removing cannibal. The catch is you have to guess which one as the story begins with a quartet of escaped criminally-insane mental patients and the nurse that they take hostage. The film premieres on DirecTV on September 21st followed by a limited theatrical release and wide VOD release on October 20th.
** DEATH NOTE: Here's a new poster for the upcoming Netflix film. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, DEATH NOTE follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
----- July 17, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: Lionsgate (via Entertainment Weekly) has released a new photo from JIGSAW, the eighth film in the Saw horror franchise (formerly titled SAW LEGACY).
"Bodies are turning up, and they're linked to Jigsaw — or a Jigsaw copycat," said Peter Spierig. "The DNA of Tobin Bell is all over this film."
"We've got some pretty wild traps in the film — we don't shy away from the gore," says Michael Spierig. "It's such a perfect Halloween scarefest. It's perhaps not quite as vicious and more fun, which is something we tried to inject into it. But it's still full of good fun gore, that's for sure. And, on top of that, it's got a really great mystery, and there's very interesting twists. It's SAW for 2017."
JIGSAW will arrive just ahead of Halloween, debuting on October 27. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** 1974: Broad Green Pictures has announced plans for 1974, Casey La Scala's horror film inspired by true events about the house at the center of the famed AMITYVILLE HORROR. The house was host to one of the grisliest murders in American history when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family. A year later, a family moved into the house and then fled due to what was claimed to be paranormal activity.
Eli Roth and Todd Garner will produce and a production start date is still being determined. Numerous films about the incident have been made from 1979's original hit to the 2005 reboot with Ryan Reynolds. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 16, 2017 -----
** Rest in peace George A. Romero: Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has died at 77, his family said.
Romero died today in his sleep following a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer," according to a statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. Romero died while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952's THE QUIET MAN, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said.
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** SHARKNADO 5: Here's the poster for the upcoming sequel.
** Stephen King's MR. MERCEDES: From Executive Producers Stephen King, David E. Kelley and Jack Bender comes the story of a demented serial killer who taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails. This forces the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again.
** Stephen King's IT: Here's some cool concept art and photos from the upcoming film.
----- July 12, 2017 -----
** STRANGER THINGS Season 2: The second season will hit Netlix on October 27, 2017. The second season is set a year after Will's return, and everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins. It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
** PUPPET MASTER AXIS TERMINATION: The upcoming film will be released via Full Moon's Amazon Channel and on Blu-ray and DVD later this year. In this final chapter of the Axis Saga - which began with Axis of Evil and continued with Axis Rising - everyone's favorite pint-sized puppet anti-heroes- Blade, Pinhead, Tunneler, Jester, Six Shooter, and Leech Woman - join forces with a secret team of psychics working as Allied Operatives.
Teaming up with Toulon's bloodthirsty marionettes, these unlikely allies face off against a new pack of evil Nazis and their even more malevolent Axis Puppets in a showdown that will decide the future of the free world!
** THE DARK TOWER: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King'sTHE DARK TOWER, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world's most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
----- July 11, 2017 -----
** Xavier Gens' Lovecraftian horror COLD SKIN: The director of FRONTIER(S) has a new horror film coming out soon.
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Nicolas Pesce has joined THE GRUDGE reboot as both a writer and director for Ghost House Pictures, according to the Deadline web site. Sarah Michelle Gellar starred in the 2004 American version as an exchange student who moves to Tokyo and finds herself tormented by spirits of the dead. Gellar returned for a 2006 sequel, but not for the third film, which went direct to home video. Two sequels followed in the American series and twelve films overall were made in the original Japanese JU-ON franchise. The 2004 film cost $10 million and grossed $187 million worldwide.
** THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES: Ten years since the trailer first hit the next, John Erick Dowdle's found footage THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES is finally arriving with Scream Factory announcing a Blu-ray and DVD release for October 10th this year.
The faux documentary consists of footage taken from the private video collection of a prolific serial killer who filmed his many murders. It screened at both the Tribeca Film Festival and Butt-Numb-athon to not just bad but outright angry reactions.
Dowdle went on to direct the REC remake QUANRANTINE and the well received AS ABOVE, SO BELOW. THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES did briefly appear on VOD in 2014 only to soon vanish again with no reasons given. Now we'll finally be able to see for ourselves this October. Here's a trailer to remind you what it's about.
** BONEJANGLES: While transporting the legendary killer Bonejangles, a group of police break down in a town cursed with monsters, and must release him to survive!
----- July 10, 2017 -----
** John Carpenter at Universal Cable Productions: Horror legend John Carpenter has inked a new deal with Universal Cable Productions (UCP) to executive produce new scripted programming for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. According to Variety, Carpenter and UCP are already in production on TALES FOR A HALLOWEEN NIGHT, an adaptation of Carpenter's graphic novel anthology for Syfy. They are still looking for a writer for the adaptation.
Carpenter said of the deal: "I'm excited to partner with Universal Cable Productions on this venture into television. … On one hand it's a return home to Universal where I have fond memories, and on the other it's a step into the future with great new creative partners in programming."
Dawn Olmstead, executive vice-president of development at UCP, said: "John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams. … We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP."
** JIGSAW: Here's the poster for the upcoming sequel.
** Zack Snyder's DAWN OF THE DEAD remake Blu-ray: Coming soon from Scream Factory. The Blu-ray release will be branded as a "Collector's Edition" that will come with a slipcover (guaranteed for three months after its original release date). The newly-commissioned front-facing artwork you see pictured comes to us from Nathanael Marsh. The reverse side of the wrap will showcase the original theatrical poster art design. Bonus features & specs are still in progress and will be announced sometime in September but we can confirm today that this will be a 2-disc set and will sport new extras (including interviews with Ty Burrell, James Gunn, Jake Webber, David Anderson & Heather Langenkamp Anderson) plus the theatrical and unrated versions of the film. Official street date is 10/24/17.
----- July 7, 2017 -----
** George A. Romero's LAND OF THE DEAD: Coming soon from Scream Factory. The project is still in progress but here's what we can tell you so far:
- The Blu-ray release will be branded as a "Collector's Edition" (of course!) that will come with a slipcover.
- The newly-commissioned front-facing artwork you see pictured comes to us from The CRP Group (Rabid, Firestarter, Serial Mom). The reverse side of the wrap will showcase the original theatrical poster art design.
- Bonus features & specs are still in progress and will be announced sometime in September but we can confirm that this will be a 2-disc set and will include new extras plus the theatrical and unrated versions of the film.
- Official street date is 10/24/17.
** ANOTHER WOLFCOP: Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven's residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: The Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, roams an Old West-like landscape where "the world has moved on" in pursuit of the man in black. Also searching for the fabled Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world.
----- July 4, 2017 -----
** Director talks DEATH NOTE: The most notable element of director Adam Wingard's take on DEATH NOTE is that the story is relocated from Japan to the United States. Speaking with IGN recently about the decision to use an American setting, Wingard says that the story simply couldn't be ported to anywhere in the world without fundamental adjustments to the core concept:
"In the early stages of the film I was reading all of the manga, really just looking at how does any of this translate to the United States. Ultimately, DEATH NOTE is such a Japanese thing. You can't just say let's port this over and it's all going to add up. They're two different worlds completely.
It's one of those things where the harder I tried to stay 100% true to the source material, the more it just kind of fell apart… You're in a different country, you're in a different kind of environment, and you're trying to also summarize a sprawling series into a two-hour long film."
The result was that the themes of the original manga had to be reconsidered from an American perspective: "Ultimately, whenever I say it's about America, I'm looking at it like, what are the main kind of core issues going on in America, what are the things that people chalk up to conspiracy theories? What kind of weird underground programs does the government have? How do these work in the world of DEATH NOTE."
DEATH NOTE is officially slated to be released on the streaming network on August 25th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SOUND FROM THE DEEP: A mystery/horror short film inspired by works of H.P. Lovecraft. An international research group is searching natural resources from the newly melted waters of Arctic Ocean. They pick up a strange underwater sound from far north. Thinking it might be natural gas, they start their journey to the uncharted waters. Soon they begin to understand the true nature of the sound.
----- July 3rd, 2017 -----
** AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON remake: Late last year came word that CHRONICLE writer Max Landis, son of famed filmmaker John Landis, was set to both pen and direct a remake of his father's iconic classic AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON. Not a peep more has been heard about the project since then, until the younger Landis appeared on The Rugged Man podcast this week and discussed some more details. First up he seems surprisingly demure regarding the chances of the remake moving forward and his ultimate goals with it:
"We'll see if I can do it. We'll see if I can pull it off. We'll see if they even make it. My goal is I feel like all of the best remakes focus on one thing in the original movie, take a lot of the images of the original and then remix that really tightly. With American Werewolf I'm doing that, but I'm also just gonna try and do American Werewolf as best I can. We'll see. I can't make no promises."
One thing he is happy to discuss though is a desire to approach the film from a very practical FX angle and to only apply CG judiciously in certain areas: "The thing I would do with CGI, were I directing this film, would be leg movement, and I would have the entire wolf's face, back and body be practical, and then I would fully CGI the legs for organic movements. If you remake American Werewolf and the transformation scene isn't practical, you have f–ked up." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEEP BLUE SEA sequel: Syfy is reportedly at work on a direct-to-TV sequel to Renny Harlin's 1998 killer shark movie. The Moviehole web site reports the project is shooting in Cape Town with Darin Scott directing and Michael Beach starring.
The story follows Dr. Klaus Van Etten who experiments on bulldog sharks, despite protests from marine experts. The sharks soon get free and cause havoc.
** OPEN WATER 3 CAGE DIVE: Three friends filming an audition tape for an extreme reality show, take part in shark cage diving, only to be left in great white infested waters, turning their recording into life and death.
** BLOOD FEAST remake: The horror film has been moved again, this time to July 28th. The good news is that BLOOD FEAST will now expand via Regal Entertainment to over 500 US markets on over 7300 screens in the US and via Cineplex Entertainment to over 160 locations in Canada. The bad news is that to achieve this wider release, the super-gory flick had to be "modestly edited" to get an MPAA approved R rating. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)