It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- April 28, 2020 -----
** Daft Punk & Dario Argento: Daft Punk is set to collaborate with famed Italian genre film director Dario Argento for his next film OCCHIALI NERI (BLACK GLASSES). Speaking to Repubblica (via The Film Stage), Argento says the band are admirers of his work and they called him saying "we want to work with you".
Argento says he expects that they will be sending him their first tracks soon and will visit Rome when it's possible to travel. He says the pair think Argento's script for his new film is one of his "most interesting".
Argento calls it his return to crime films: "It's the adventure, in the nocturnal Rome, of a Chinese girl and child. In the second part, the escape takes them into the rocky, bushy countryside of Lazio. [It's] different from the sweetness of the Tuscan valleys, but for me beautiful."
They hope to begin shooting in September. The project will mark Daft Punk's first release since 2013's RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES and first soundtrack since TRON LEGACY a decade ago. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HELLRAISER at HBO: While David Bruckner (THE NIGHT HOUSE) is busy developing a new film for the Clive Baker horror franchise, HBO has struck a deal with producers Dan Farah (READY PLAYER ONE) and Roy Lee (IT) for a series adaptation of HELLRAISER.
Lee and Farah acquired the TV rights rights to the long-running horror franchise last June and now the plan is to created a continuation and expansion of the previously established HELLRAISER mythology, with Pinhead still remaining the center of the universe alongside the demonic Cenobites while not acting as a remake of the 1987 film that was written and directed by Barker himself.
The series is set to be scripted by genre masterminds Mark Verheiden (DAREDEVIL) and Michael Dougherty (TRICK 'R TREAT), with David Gordon Green (HALLOWEEN) attached to direct the pilot and several other early episodes should it get picked up for a full season. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** RELIC: Promising "a fresh and terrifying twist on the notorious haunted-house tale," RELIC stars Emily Mortimer and Bella Heathcote as Kay and Sam, respectively, a mother and her daughter who rush home after Edna (Robyn Nevin), Kay's mother (and Sam's grandmother, of course) inexplicably disappears. Then, Kay and Sam find "clues of her increasing dementia scattered around the house in her absence." (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- April 27, 2020 -----
** HELLBOUND: TRAIN TO BUSAIN Korean writer/director Yeon Sang-ho is continuing his partnership with Netflix, who streamed his runaway hit, to develop the upcoming horror series HELLBOUND.
Based on the Korean webtoon HELL, the series will tell the story of surviving under social chaos as a group of supernatural beings appear and condemn people to Hell, while a new religious group interprets them as the will of the divine. What unfolds through this crisis is an intense and highly-charged story about people who survive under conditions of utter social chaos. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DRACULA: Actor Sebastian Stan recently talked about his work with Karyn Kusama. The inevitable question was asked – as Kusama has just landed the new take on DRACULA for Universal Pictures, would he be interested? He says:
"I already emailed her about that. I said, 'You know I'm from Romania, right?' and she goes, "Yes, yes, it's very early — and there's a pandemic. Hopefully, we'll see you in four years.'" (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPELL: The horror thriller has been pulled from Paramount Pictures schedule altogether. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MORGUE: Here's a new trailer for the Paraguayan horror film.
** DIABLO ROJO PTY: Genre distributor The Horror Collective is thrilled to announce that it has acquired North American rights to DIABLO ROJO PTY, as exclusively reported by The Hollywood Reporter. The first Panamanian horror film, it was directed by Sol Moreno, marking her feature directorial debut.
----- April 24, 2020 -----
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK sequel: Andre Ovredal has closed a deal to return as director on the sequel to the young-skewing PG-13 horror hit for eOne and Paramount Pictures. The first film's scribes Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman will return to pen the script based on a story by Guillermo del Toro who produced the first film.
Based on Alvin Schwartz's series of stories, that movie was set in 1968 in a small American town where a young girl turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that transcended time. The book is then discovered by a group of teenagers. The first film opened in early August and grossed $105.8 million worldwide. The story for the sequel is being kept under wraps. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR: Series creator/director Mike Flanagan (DOCTOR SLEEP) has responded to a fan on Twitter with an update on the second season of his horror anthology;
"Going great. Still on schedule, we wrapped before the shutdown and post production has carrying on from home. The show is shaping up wonderfully, I'm thrilled with it. At the moment no reason to think it'll be pushed. @netflix will announce the release date when they're ready." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** INTO THE DARK: A pregnant woman's life is upended when she realizes someone close to her has darker plans for her and the baby.
** ABRAKADABRA: The final installment of the Onetti Brothers' giallo trilogy is coming to digital and Blu-ray in North America. For fans of the physical media Cauldron Films is releasing a limited run Blu-ray of 1000 copies in mid May. It sounds like a cool release with a CD soundtrack with music by Luciano Onetti, behind the scenes, postcards with promotional artwork and more. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- April 21, 2020 -----
** RIP Joel M. Reed: The director of the 1976 cult classic BLOODSUCKING FREAKS, has passed away at the age of 86 after contracting COVID-19. He also directed NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES and BLOOD BATH.
** MVD update: MVD Entertainment Group is proud to present a new collection of digital releases to keep us going until we can return to normal. All titles listed below are available digitally and physically.
From the producers of THE GRUDGE and THE RING!
A woman's life is thrown into chaos after a freak car accident sends her husband and brother-in-law into comas. Thrills arrive after the brother-in-law wakes up, thinking he's his brother.
Release Your Beast!
A group of friends break into an abandoned house for a weekend of partying only to discover a mad scientist in hiding ... who just happens to need subjects to try out his new monster-making formula. When some of that serum turns one of the group into a hungry, murderous were-beast, all hell breaks loose and everyone is on the menu.
I warned you not to bowl tonight!
A bowling night will turn into a bloody death match for a team of teenagers, as a deranged serial killer is taking them down one by one.
** FINDING EDEN: The earth is dying, and those still alive must fight to survive within the wake of unrivaled disasters. Adam is one of those men. He protects his family at all costs, but when they're suddenly taken; he stops at nothing to rescue them from the evils of the new world.
** CRY HAVOC: An ambitious young reporter is granted an interview with one of the FBI's most wanted. While entering his compound she finds one of his prized possessions, a serial killer who murders at call, called HAVOC. Her only hope is a rogue police man searching for his daughter.
** 12 HOUR SHIFT: It's 1999 and over the course of one 12 Hour Shift at an Arkansas Hospital, A Junkie Nurse (Angela Bettis), Her Scheming Cousin (Chloe Farnworth) and a group of black market Organ-Trading criminals (Mick Foley, David Arquette, Dusty Warren) start a heist that could lead to all of their demise.
----- April 20, 2020 -----
** RIP Philippe Nahon: The French actor died yesterday following health problems and being infected with Covid-19. Nahon was best known for his roles in French horror and thriller films, including I STAND ALONE, THE ORDEAL, THE PACK and HIGH TENSION.
** JAWS: Steven Spielberg's classic is coming to 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever on June 2nd. The 45th Anniversary Limited Edition release includes a 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital code of the film along with over three hours of bonus features and a 44-page booklet with introductions, rare photos, deleted scenes, set outtakes, storyboards and more. The release will also be include all three main forms of HDR: Dolby Vision, HDR10+ and HDR 10 along with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack.
** THE LODGE: NEON has revealed the release date for THE LODGE Blu-ray and Digital release. Directed by Veronika Franz, the Riley Keough, and Jaeden Martell-led psychological horror film is scheduled to be released on May 5 on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** AN EVIL TALE: A family discovers they are the victim of a centuries old curse when a rare relic is discovered near their home. They must join forces with a paranormal investigator to battle this evil force that has possessed everything around them.
----- April 17, 2020 -----
** BLOOD MACHINES: The film follows two space hunters tracking down a machine trying to free itself. After taking it down, they witness a mystical phenomenon: the ghost of a young woman pulls itself out of the carcass, as if the spaceship had a soul. Trying to understand its nature, they start chasing the woman through space.
** CANDYMAN: The upcoming reboot of the CANDYMAN franchise sees GET OUT and US director Jordan Peele serving as co-writer and producer with Nia DaCosta (LITTLE WOODS) directing the horror feature. Judging from marketing materials and social media talk though, Peele's name is the one being used to help sell the film and so recently he spoke with Empire about why he chose not to step behind the camera as director for this and why he thinks DaCosta is a better fit.
Peele says he was working on US when the film was planned out and so scheduling issues prevented him from getting more onboard. He doesn't regret it though, quite the opposite: "Quite honestly, Nia is better to shoot this than I am. I'm way too obsessed with the original tales in my head. I probably wouldn't be any good. But Nia has a steady manner about her which you don't see a lot in the horror space. She's refined, elegant, every shot is beautiful. It's a beautiful, beautiful movie. I'm so glad I didn't mess it up."
The new film picks up in the present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini Green towers were torn down. Anthony (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend (Teyonah Parris) move into a loft in the now gentrified neighboorhood, and a chance encounter with an old-timer exposes Anthony to the true story behind Candyman.
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Tony Todd and Vanessa E. Williams co-star in this 'spiritual sequel' which Peele says is "definitely a sense of taking ownership, and telling a black story about black people." He goes on to say: "It was very important for all of us to have our main character be black, and for this experience to be through the black lens. Let's make sure we change the lens now." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CREEPSHOW: RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to Shudder's, AMC Networks' streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, CREEPSHOW Season 1, which releases on May 19, 2020 on Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray.
The six episodes were directed by Greg Nicotero, Tom Savini, John Harrison, Rob Schrab, David Bruckner and Roxanne Benjamin. These releases contain extensive bonus materials including over 3 hours of interviews, featurettes and behind-the-scenes footage, audio commentary tracks with the cast and crew for each of the episodes, and a 24-page comic art booklet. (thanks to QuietEarth.us)
** Z: A couple is shaken to the core when their eight-year-old son begins hanging out with a creepy and ominous imaginary friend.
** YOU DIE: A young student finds an app on her phone that lets her see ghosts through its camera, but it also carries a deadly curse.
----- April 15, 2020 -----
** 16 STATES: DON'T BREATHE and EVIL DEAD remake filmmaker Fede Alvarez is attached to direct the pandemic horror film 16 STATES which has been won by Lionsgate and Vertigo Entertainment. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra penned the script about a mother trying to reach her family at the center of a zombie pandemic. Requa and Ficarra have been working on the project since last year, but world events caught up to the script. Roy Lee, Miri Yoon, Requa, Ficarra, Alvarez, Shintaro Shimosawa, Rodolfo Sayagues and Charlie Gogolak are all producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE RENTAL: Just over a year after the film's announcement, IFC Films has announced that it has acquired the U.S. rights to Dave Franco directorial debut, THE RENTAL, starring Golden Globe nominee Alison Brie (GLOW) and Dan Stevens. The film follows two couples as they embark on a weekend getaway to a seemingly perfect house they've booked online, but what begins as a celebratory weekend for the four close friends turns into something far more sinister as secrets they've kept from each other are exposed and they realize they may not be alone. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BEHIND YOU: Two young sisters, sent to live with their estranged Aunt, find that all the mirrors in her house are covered or hidden. When one of the sisters happens upon a mirror in the basement, she unknowingly releases a malicious demon that had haunted her mother and aunt years ago.
----- April 14, 2020 -----
** SALEM'S LOT: ANNABELLE COMES HOME helmer Gary Dauberman has closed a deal to direct the new film adaptation of Stephen King's iconic 1975 vampire novel SALEM'S LOT at New Line. The 1975 novel follows a writer who returns to his hometown to write about an abandoned mansion which was just bought by a mysterious man. He soon realises that townspeople are slowly being turned into vampires, and the writer bands together with a ragtag group to stop their spread.
Dauberman was already onboard the project as screenwriter while James Wan, Roy Lee and Mark Wolper are producing. He wrote both chapters of the IT films and four of THE CONJURING spin-offs. SALEM'S LOT was previously adapted as a telemovie by Tobe Hooper in 1979 and a mini-series starring Rob Lowe in 2004, but neither is considered a particularly definitive adaptation. Epix is currently developing a prequel series titled JERUSALEM'S LOT which has Adrien Brody attached. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ALL OF US ARE DEAD: Netflix has announced plans for ALL OF US ARE DEAD, a series based on the popular webtoon NOW AT OUR SCHOOL. The story focused on a group of high school students who are faced with an extreme crisis situation when they become trapped in their school, while a zombie virus spreads like a wildfire. The source material webtoon has been successful in Korea and also well-received in Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan as digital comics have seen significant uptake. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** RIP Nobuhiko Obayashi: The influential Japanese film director, has died. He passed at 82 from cancer that was revealed in 2016 as terminal. The website for his latest film said he died late on Friday. In 1977 he released his most popular film, the horror comedy HOUSE. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** WE SUMMON THE DAKRNESS: The dark-humored horror-thriller WE SUMMON THE DAKRNESS comes to Blu-ray and DVD June 9 from Lionsgate. This film is now available on Digital and On Demand. This 2019 Fantastic Fest fan favorite stars Alexandra Daddario, Keean Johnson, Maddie Hasson, Amy Forsyth, Logan Miller, Austin Swift, and Johnny Knoxville. The WE SUMMON THE DAKRNESS Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
On the way to a heavy metal concert, Alexis (Alexandra Daddario) and two girlfriends hear a news report of a local murder believed to be tied to a series of satanic killings. After the show, the girls invite three guys to join them at the estate owned by Alexis's father, a fire-and-brimstone preacher (Johnny Knoxville). What starts as a party suddenly turns dark and deadly in this devilishly entertaining thriller that mixes tongue-in-cheek humor with nail-biting suspense.
----- April 13, 2020 -----
** CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST: The fourth entry into the CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST series is a video game! It is an interactive horror graphic adventure made with Unity, with the direction and script of Ruggero Deodato, the original drawings of Solo Macello, in which the player will take control of different characters, to reveal, little by little, the background that led them to a desperate expedition to the virgin jungles of Borneo. And of course, get to discover the end of the story, destined to shake from the foundations every certainty acquired during the game. CANNIBAL will be available from November 2020 for Nintendo Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC and mobile.
** HELLRAISER reboot: David Bruckner (THE RITUAL) has been set as director of the upcoming reboot of the HELLRAISER franchise at Spyglass Entertainment. Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski are penning the script from a story by David Goyer. Goyer will produce through his Phantom Four studio alongside Keith Levine.
The original 1987 film was based upon Clive Barker's novella "The Hellbound Heart" and made a tidy $14 million off a $1 million budget. The film, and subsequent series, dealt with a puzzle box that called forth the cenobites (demons from Hell). The series was famous for its often extreme, yet imaginative gore. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE FOREVER PURGE: The fifth and final film in THE PURGE series has scored a name – THE FOREVER PURGE. Not much is known about the film other than it takes the Purge out of its usual metropolitan setting while still dealing with class and race issues like the previous films have. The film is currently slated for a July 10th release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WILLY'S WONDERLAND: Some newbehind-the-scenes photos from the set of the Nicolas Cage-led horror thriller WILLY'S WONDERLAND have gone online, showcasing a first look at the evil animatronic puppets of the movie. Cage will play a quiet drifter tricked into a janitorial job at a condemned amusement park. He's soon forced to spend the night there and is pulled into a living nightmare as the threatening animatronic characters come to life. He must fight his way from one monster to another to survive until morning and get out of the park.
A similar premise has been the basis of the successful FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S video game series. G.O. Parsons penned the script while Cage, Grant Cramer, Jeremy Davis and Danny Roth and Mike Nilon will produce. Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, Ric Reitz and Chris Warner co-star in the film which Kevin Lewis (THE DROP) directs. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com and 3CFilmReview)
----- April 9, 2020 -----
** THE OTHERS remake: Sentient Entertainment has scored the remake rights to Alejandro Amenabar's 2001 supernatural spooker THE OTHERS which starred Nicole Kidman. The plan is to reinvent and modernize the story and the new take has reportedly already attracted significant interest from A-list talent and studio backers.
The original film was a period tale in which a war widow hides her children away in an isolated and always curtained mansion due to them having xeroderma pigmentosum, a rare disease characterized by extreme photosensitivity. The arrival of three mysterious servants unlocks the house's terrifying secrets. The film not only scored awards nominations, it was a big hit and made over $200 million at the global box-office. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TALES OF HALLOWEEN: Cult filmmakers and familiar genre faces come together to bring you the ultimate Halloween film event with horror anthology TALES OF HALLOWEEN.
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: The film will become available to own on Digital May 12, 2020, and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD on May 26, 2020, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
----- April 8, 2020 -----
** DARK HARVEST: The feature adaptation of horror novel DARK HARVEST has been set for September 24, 2021, by MGM. The movie, which was previously set up at New Regency. Based on Norman Partridge's novel, is set on Halloween in 1963 and centers around the October Boy aka Ol' Hacksaw Face aka Sawtooth Jack. Whatever the name, everybody in this small Midwestern town knows who he is. He rises from the cornfields every Halloween, a butcher knife in his hand, and makes his way toward town, where gangs of teenage boys eagerly await their chance to confront the legendary nightmare. Both the hunter and the hunted, the October Boy is the prize in an annual rite of life and death. Pete McCormick knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future in this one-horse town. He's willing to risk everything, including his life, to be a winner for once. But before the night is over, Pete will look into the saw-toothed face of horror–and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CRAVE: Universal Pictures has picked up the film rights to bestselling author Tracy Wolff's young adult vampire novel CRAVE. The paranormal fantasy follows a human girl who finds herself in the midst of a conflict between warring factions when she falls for a vampire prince, Jaxon Vega. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD WORLD BEYOND: Looks who's back!
** THE PERISHED: The film is now available on various Video On Demand platforms. Directed by Paddy Murphy, the official tagline gets right to the point: "While recovering from an abortion, a young woman is tormented by the spirits of the unborn...who seek a mother." Courtney McKeon stars as the young woman; Fiach Kunz, Paul Fitzgerald and Lisa Tyrrell also star. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- April 7, 2020 -----
** THE WALKING DEAD: Maggie returns!
** FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Fear season 6 ad during TWD Ep 1015.
** HAUNTERS: A heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about people who sacrifice everything to create the most popular and polarizing haunted houses for Halloween - from boo-scare mazes to a controversial new subculture of extreme terror experiences.
----- April 6, 2020 -----
** CANDYMAN: Originally slated for a June 12th release, the film is now targeting a September 25th opening. The newest entry in the horror franchise is dubbed a 'spiritual sequel' to the original rather than a reboot and returns to Cabrini Green – the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Shudder: Recently the niche horror film-themed streaming service Shudder changed their regular one-week free trial promotion to a one-month free trial one. The new promo was done because a lot of people have been stuck at home self-isolating and looking for things to watch.
Well it turns out to have been a smash hit as Shudder general manager Craig Engler tells EW it "is by far the most successful promo code in Shudder history," leading to record numbers of subscribers and viewership going through the roof – they're even seeing above Halloween-level interest in horror at this time.
In fact according to their statistics, subscribers are actually demanding more pandemic-themed programming right now even with world events going on. Engler says: "The number one request I get personally is to add more pandemic programming to the service."
Shudder is continuing to urge fans to subscribe to the service with the 'SHUTIN' promotion code which allows the free access for a month option. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** 50 STATES OF FIGHT: Sam Raimi brings us a horror anthology with terrifying tales from every state. Coming to Quibi this April.
** SHADOWED: LIGHTS OUT director David F. Sandberg has used his time in self-isolation to craft the three-minute short film with the help of his spouse, actress Lotta Losten. The story follows a woman, stuck in her home, who is being haunted by something and the project is dubbed a sort-of companion piece to the original LIGHTS OUT short.
----- April 3rd, 2020 -----
** TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS PENINSULA: Four years after South Korea's total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his post-apocalyptic world. Jung-seok, a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: The film which was originally slated for late April, will now debut on September 4th.
** 0.0Mhz: Members of a paranormal exploration club go to an abandoned house in the remote small town to prove the existence of a ghost using radio frequency-based technology. Unfortunately, the young students unwittingly become the ghost's host.
** THE HAUNTED: Arriving at an isolated house for her first nightshift, young carer Emily (Sophie Stevens) is left alone to face a terrifying vengeful spirit in this disturbingly clever, psychological horror. THE HAUNTED will release on May 22, 2020.
** Scream Factory update: Scream Factory has taken to Twitter to unveil a full list of new titles coming to Blu-ray in special editions this summer. Stephen King's 1990 horror film GRAVEYARD SHIFT clocks in on Blu-ray this July! An all-new Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of 1962's THE KISS OF THE VAMPIRE this Summer! And THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN as a Collector's Edition. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- April 1st, 2020 -----
** Arrow Video US: Releasing on April 7th is BEYOND THE DOOR, Ovidio G. Assonitis' brilliant play on THE EXORCIST. Juliet Mills stars as a young pregnant housewife from San Francisco that becomes possessed by a demonic being. Roger Ebert labeled the film as "scary trash," which may have been intended as an insult, but will certainly make the ears of genre fans the world over perk up with excitement. Limited to just 3,000 copies, this release includes the uncut English export version, DEVIL WITHIN HER, as well as Italy POSSESSED, a brand-new documentary on Italian exorcism films.
On April 21st, Arrow is proud to release WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE! This horror-comedy hybrid and feature debut from writer/director Kirill Sokolov is sure to leave viewers laughing at the most inappropriate times. Praised by Rob Hunter of Film School Rejects as "a goddamn delight," WHY DON'T YOU JUST DIE! is a tale of bloody mayhem that puts a group of terrible people in one room together and unleashes them. This one is not to be missed!
Arrow brings April to close on April 28th with their highly anticipated Blu-ray release of ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK. The queen of horror makes her feature film debut as she travels to Massachusetts to claim an inheritance after quitting her job. This release includes a brand-new 4K restoration scanned from the original film elements and a bountiful bosom of special features.
** VIVARIUM: There's no escape. Watch Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots fight for their sanity in VIVARIUM, arriving on Digital March 27 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD May 12 from Lionsgate.
Tom and Gemma (Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots) are looking for the perfect home. When a strange real-estate agent takes them to Yonder, a mysterious suburban neighborhood of identical houses, Tom and Gemma can't wait to leave. But when they try to exit the labyrinth-like housing development, each road takes them back to where they started. Soon, they realize their search for a dream home has plunged them into a terrifying nightmare, in this taut thriller filled with white-knuckle suspense.
** FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Prepare to go back into the land of the dead in FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 5, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD May 19 from Lionsgate.
Heading into Season 5, the group's mission is clear: locate survivors and help make what's left of the world a slightly better place. With dogged determination, Morgan Jones leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community, and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts. But trust won't be easily earned. Their mission of helping others will be put to the ultimate test when the members of the group find themselves in uncharted territory, forced to face not just their pasts but also their fears. It is only by facing those fears that the group will discover an entirely new way to live, one that will leave them forever changed.
** R.I.P. Krzysztof Penderecki: Influential Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki reportedly died on Sunday at his home in Krakow at the age of 86. He reportedly passed away after a long and serious illness. One of the most prolific composers of his time, his work has been adapted for some of the most famous film soundtracks there are including THE EXORCIST and THE SHINING. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 31, 2020 -----
** FANTASY ISLAND: The remake will be coming to disc on May 12th with deleted scenes and an unrated edition, the latter of which will include an optional commentary with director Jeff Wadlow and cast. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRAHMS THE BOY II: STX Films and Lakeshore Entertainment have announced that the Katie Holmes-led film is coming to Digital HD early and will be available at the lower price of $9.99 on April 3rd. That film made $20 million from its $10 million budget at the box-office before the shutdown. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS: Just over a month after landing the beautiful Margaret Qualley to lead the psychological horror film, Scott Cooper's A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS has been acquired by STXfilms in a seven-figure deal. The film, which is being rewritten and directed by Cooper, follows Meredith "Merry" Barrett, a 23-year-old woman who recounts to a journalist the horrifying events that saw her family publicly torn apart 20 years ago by her sister's bizarre actions that blur the lines between schizophrenia and demonic possession. It's based on the 2015 novel of the same by Paul Tremblay, which won the Bram Stoker Award for Novel the same year. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** EVIL LITTLE THINGS: A young boy finds a mystical toymaker with stories to tell. The first is of a leprechaun seeking revenge on a defenseless family. The second is of a doll who works evil on her fragile owner. The toymaker gives the boy a clown named Giggles. Clowns are supposed to be the guardians of happiness, right? These Evil Little Things will cause you many sleepless nights.
----- March 30, 2020 -----
** Severin Films: On May 26, Severin Films is releasing a hat trick of seminal international horrors: Italian Giallo maestro Sergio Martino's masterpiece THE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH with giallo queen Edwige Fenech, the original Indonesian haunting masterpiece SATAN'S SLAVE, and long thought lost German mind melter HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND are all making their glorious high definition US disc debuts packed with bonus features! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** POSSESSOR: Neon has picked up Brandon Cronenberg's POSSESSOR which scored rave reviews at Sundance earlier this year. Andrea Riseborough stars as a corporate agent who works for a "secretive organization using brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies and commit assassinations for high-paying clients. No release date has yet been set. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SAINT MAUD: A few weeks ahead of the highly-anticipated psychological horror's wide release, A24 has chosen to indefinitely delay the theatrical debut of SAINT MAUDamidst global theater shutdowns. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A NUN'S CURSE: On a weekend trip, a group of friends are forced to seek shelter inside an abandoned prison where a nun named Sister Monday had once been assigned. During her time at the prison, Sister Monday was suspected of killing prisoners who were serving out their sentences but before she could be questioned, she disappeared. Once inside the prison, they will learn the terrifying truth.
----- March 25, 2020 -----
** R.I.P. Stuart Gordon: Cult filmmaker Stuart Gordon has passed away at the age of 72. A cause of death has not yet been attributed. Gordon is best known for his work in horror, helming such classics as the H.P. Lovecraft adaptations RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND. He is survived by his wife, daughters Suzanna, Jillian and Margaret Gordon, four grandchildren and his brother, David George Gordon. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD: With just under three weeks left until the planned season 10 finale of THE WALKING DEAD, AMC has taken to the hit show's Twitter account to break the news to fans that due to concerns of the global coronavirus outbreak, post-production on the season finale can not be completed and therefore will need to wrap the season early with plans to air the finale at a later date. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SOME KIND OF HATE: Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln's life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassments start all over again. Only this time, someone is watching – a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge.
** POWERBOMB: An indie horror thriller that was independently financed. Directed by B.J. Colangelo and R. Zachary Shildwachter, the film focuses on an amateur wrestling circuit, in which one fan wants to be part of the action. But, this fan takes things too far when he kidnaps and tortures one of his idols. Now, reality must face fantasy - in a true test of wills. Indican Pictures will release this exciting feature this April 14th, 2020.
----- March 24, 2020 -----
** ABOMINABLE: A research team embarks on a journey to obtain a plant that can advance medical research by centuries. While stumbling upon clues of the previous expedition, they discover that a Yeti creature lurks within the Himalayan mountains and will do anything to protect its terrain. On DVD and Digital April 14 from Uncork'd Entertainment.
** THE PERISHED: THe film tells the story of a young Irish woman named Sarah Dekker (award-winning actress, Courtney McKeon) who finds herself dealing with an unwanted pregnancy, her subsequent abortion, and the consequences of a judgemental society. It will be coming out on April 7th in North America through US distribution company The Horror Collective.
** 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?
----- March 23, 2020 -----
** THE PLATFORM: Inside a vertical prison system, inmates are assigned to a level and forced to ration food from a platform that moves between the floors. Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, this is a twisted social allegory about mankind at its darkest and hungriest.
** THE WALKING DEAD WORLD BEYOND: AMC has announced that they are postponing the premiere of their new spinoff series. Originally set to launch on Sunday, April 12, the first season had already finished filming, with only a few episodes remaining in post-production. The show was pushed to an indefinite date later this year due to the current COVID-19 fallout, which has resulted in post-production pipelines being delayed and crucial ad buys pulled. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS: The film follows a group of friends heading to a heavy metal concert in the Midwest. Along the way, they meet a trio of seemingly fun-loving guys and eventually head off to a secluded country home for an afterparty. What should be a night of fun and youthful debauchery may instead take a dark, deadly turn. With killers on the loose, can anyone be trusted?
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN sequel PENINSULA: Some new photos are out from the $16 million follow-up to 2016's international hit zombie action feature TRAIN TO BUSAIN. Korean director Yeon Sang-ho returns for the film which is set in the same universe, but it doesn't continue the story and has different characters.
The story takes place four years after the first film. Government authority has been decimated and there is nothing left except the geographical traits of the location. Gang Dong-won stars as a former soldier who previously managed to escape the now zombie-infested wasteland of the Korean peninsula. Now he's been sent back with a crew on a mission to retrieve something and discovers there are more non-infected survivors still alive. Lee Jung-hyun, Lee Re, Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-jae, Koo Kyo-hwan and Lee Ye Won co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 19, 2020 -----
** ZOMBIE and MANIAC on 4K UHD Blu-ray: Blue Underground is proud to present critically acclaimed restorations of ZOMBIE and MANIAC in true 4K Ultra High Definition with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix, bursting at the seams with hours of new and archival extras.
"We put a lot of time and work into restoring films like MANIAC and ZOMBIE," said William Lustig, President of Blue Underground. " We're thrilled that fans can now view them at home in true 4K Ultra HD, with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range and new Dolby Atmos audio mixes."
Disc 1 (4K UHD Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:
- Audio Commentary #1 with Troy Howarth, Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
- Audio Commentary #2 with Star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater
- When The Earth Spits Out The Dead - Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Guillermo del Toro Intro
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:
- Zombie Wasteland - Interviews with Stars Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson & Al Cliver, and Actor/Stuntman Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
- Flesh Eaters on Film - Interview with Co-Producer Fabrizio De Angelis
- Deadtime Stories - Interviews with Co-Writers Elisa Briganti and (Uncredited) Dardano Sacchetti
- World of the Dead - Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Production & Costume Designer Walter Patriarca
- Zombi Italiano - Interviews with Special Make-Up Effects Artists Gianetto De Rossi & Maurizio Trani and Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi
- Notes on a Headstone - Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi
- All in the Family - Interview with Antonella Fulci
- Zombie Lover - Award-Winning Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro talks about one of his favorite films
Disc 1 (4K UHD Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:
- Audio Commentary #1 with Producer/Director William Lustig and Producer Andrew Garroni
- Audio Commentary #2 with Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:
- MANIAC Outtakes
- Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig
- Anna and the Killer - Interview with Star Caroline Munro
- The Death Dealer - Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
- Dark Notes - Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
- Maniac Men - Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
- The Joe Spinell Story
- Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel
- MANIAC Publicity
- MANIAC Controversy
** FREDDY VS JASON sequel: Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the writers of the classic 2003 blood fest, wants a sequel (via Twitter); "We still want to get it made! We would always love to do another one," the duo tweeted. "But it's always good to get fresh eyes on the material, no? We've had our day. We've written for Jason more than any other writer, I think. Let someone new come in and give it fresh blood!"
** REFLECTIONS ON THE LIVING DEAD: Tempe Digital announces the May 26 release of vintage zombie documentary on Blu-ray and DVD, with the music score released separately May 22 on soundtrack CD, digital download, and streaming providers.
Originally released in 1993 as NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 25th Anniversary Documentary, the new Blu-ray and DVD editions have been fully remastered from the original standard-definition source material, updated with an interview with actress Judith O'Dea ("Barbara") and stunning new cover art by Alex Sarabia and Carlo Chable.
Tempe Entertainment is proud to present a feature-length documentary on the making of the horror classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, produced with the cooperation of the film's producers, Image Ten. Gathered together for the first time in twenty-five years are director George A. Romero, co-writer John A. Russo, and producers Russell W. Streiner and Karl Hardman, who come together for a once-in-a-lifetime roundtable discussion on the making of the film and its impact in the decades since first release. Supplementing this material are interviews with Hardman and partner Marilyn Eastman on the film's unique makeup, music and sound effects, plus celebrity filmmakers Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, Sam Raimi, and others who were inspired by this legendary classic.
The new Blu-ray release takes advantage of higher-bitrate H.264 video encoding and (for feature only) DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo sound. Rather than consume disc space by upscaling the original standard-definition source material, this release adds vintage and new bonus features including audio commentary and the complete, unedited 101-minute roundtable for the first time ever.
** New horror for Artsploitation Films: Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of two new genre films: THE DEAD ONES, an American Indie horror directed by Jeremy Kasten and the award-winning sci/fi-horror DEAD DICKS. Both will be released later this summer on DVD/Blu-ray and VOD/Streaming.
----- March 18, 2020 -----
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: Lionsgate has delayed the release of Chris Rock's new SAW franchise film of May 15th with no new date announced.
** IN THE TRAP: A secluded man who's convinced an evil force wants to take possession of his soul has his beliefs tested after an alluring woman enters his life.
** 1BR: After leaving behind a painful past, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment only to discover that her surprisingly welcoming neighbors may harbor a dangerous secret.
----- March 17, 2020 -----
** FINAL DESTINATION reboot: Franchise creator Jeffrey Reddick and producer Craig Perry have revealed details on the new film. Reddick feels that describing the next installment as a reboot "is probably too strong of a word," as it gives the connotation that the filmmakers are "going to change everything," but assures that it's definitely a FINAL DESTINATION movie.
"The concept behind it is unique," Reddick describes. "Craig is the master of coming up with crazy openings and set pieces. He's told me a couple of things that happen in this one and it's going to be a lot of fun. It's not going to feel like a cash-grab FINAL DESTINATION film."
Perry revealed that the film is going to toy with being set in the world of first responders, including EMTs, firemen and police, those who "deal with death on the front lines every day and make choices that can cause people to live or die," as well as teasing that audiences will never "look at a revolving door in the same way again."
"We rely on their good judgment, expertise and calm demeanor," Perry said. "So why not put those people in the nightmare situation where every choice can bring about life and death — but now for themselves? We're thinking that world might be an interesting way into a FINAL DESTINATION movie, and one which can also generate unique set pieces in a very credible way." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BEHIND YOU: Two young sisters, sent to live with their estranged Aunt, find that all the mirrors in her house are covered or hidden. When one of the sisters happens upon a mirror in the basement, she unknowingly releases a malicious demon that had haunted her mother and aunt years ago.
** 50 STATES OF FRIGHT: From Executive Producer Sam Raimi. Coming in April. Only on Quibi.
** MIDNIGHT MASS: After ABC and WarnerMedia announced the halting of production on numerous series, Mike Flanagan (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE) took to Twitter to reveal that not only has Netflix delayed production on his upcoming horror series MIDNIGHT MASS, but also on all other scripted productions at the streaming service amidst global concerns of the coronavirus. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- March 16, 2020 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13TH 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook: Revisit one of the most influential horror movies of all time with the 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook of FRIDAY THE 13TH, debuting on May 5, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Originally released on May 9, 1980, FRIDAY THE 13TH captured audiences' imaginations and permeated our collective psyche. The film spawned one of the longest-running and most successful horror franchises in film history with 11 subsequent movies and, 40 years later, the iconic machete-wielding killer continues to haunt, fascinate and terrify new generations.
The FRIDAY THE 13TH Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook features artwork from the original movie poster and includes the uncut, unrated version of the film, as well as access to a digital copy of the original theatrical version. Plus, plunge deeper into the film with previously released bonus content including commentary, interviews with cast and crew, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. FRIDAY THE 13TH follows a group of young counselors preparing for the reopening of Camp Crystal Lake, where a boy drowned years earlier. One by one, the counselors are stalked by a mysterious and violent killer. The film stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, and Kevin Bacon.
** SCREAM reboot: The READY OR NOT directing team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, aka. Radio Silence, have reportedly been hired to helm the SCREAM film franchise revival at Spyglass. The new film, the fifth in the series, follows a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes. Original series scribe Kevin Williamson is currently attached as executive producer on the project.
The first film in 1996 was the highest-grossing slasher movie of all time until it was finally dethroned by the 2018 HALLOWEEN revival. Three sequels followed with the second film held in high esteem. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: Lionsgate has released a new poster for the new entry in the SAW horror franchise and one that was conceived by and stars comedian Chris Rock and which opens May 15th. Brash Detective Ezekiel 'Zeke' Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer's morbid game. Samuel L. Jackson co-stars. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Award-winning creator Ryan Murphy took to Instagram to share a brand new poster for the upcoming tenth season of FX's long-running horror anthology series, hinting the new season's mystery theme which also seemingly confirms the story's beach setting. Golden Globe and Emmy winner Sarah Paulson will be returning for Season 10 as its central character following her absence during the last season. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Paramount Pictures is pushing back John Krasinski's film due to the coronavirus pandemic. Krasinski himself made the announcement on social media, saying that with the outbreak on it wasn't a good time for people to gather in cinemas to see the horror film and the plan is to wait to release it when people can see it together. No new date has yet been specified. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 11, 2020 -----
** Blumhouse's DRACULA: According to The Hollywood Reporter, after scoring big with THE INVISIBLE MAN, Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions is sinking its teeth into another classic movie icon — none other than the big guy himself, DRACULA. The production company has tapped Karyn Kusama to direct the film, which will be a moderately budgeted picture.
Per the report, Blumhouse hopes to put a modern spin on the legendary Count with the film taking place in contemporary times. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, who worked with Kusama on DESTROYER and THE INVITATION, are currently working on the script. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A QUIET PLACE: Here's the gorgeous 4K Steelbox edition that is coming out today! If they hear you, they hunt you. In this terrifyingly suspenseful thriller, a family must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) Abbott are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back.
** SEA FEVER: The crew of a fishing ship fight for survival against an unknown species after becoming marooned at sea.
** INFECTION: A father embarks on a journey to rescue his son during an epidemic outbreak of a new rabies virus in Venezuela.
** BLOOD QUANTUM: Opening in theatres across Canada March 27.
----- March 9, 2020 -----
** RIP Max Von Sydow: The legendary actor Max Von Sydow, who appeared in films and TV series including THE EXORCIST, FLASH GORDON, Dario Argento' SLEEPLESS and GAME OF THRONES, has died at the age of 90. His family announced "with a broken heart and infinite sadness" that the Swedish-born actor died on Sunday.
** MALIGNANT: According to the Deadline web site, rising young star McKenna Grace has been tapped to join Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema's forthcoming horror film MALIGNANT, which reunites Grace with THE CONJURING universe creator James Wan, who have previously worked together in last year's ANNABELLE COMES HOME. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Universal Pictures and James Wan's Atomic Monster are teaming to produce an original horror thriller inspired by the studio's monster-movie legacy. The story will focus on a group of teenagers who discover that a neighbor is building a monster in his basement – a monster which soon gets loose. Robbie Thompson (SUPERNATURAL) is writing the script and Wan is aboard to produce.
Much like his regular cohort Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN, it's expected this will be another stand-alone, filmmaker-driven effort rather than an interconnected universe one. Whether it's a Blumhouse Production or not isn't clear, though producer Jason Blum has recently suggested a desire to reinvent Frankenstein in a similar way – could this be that film?
The Wan-directed MALIGNANT opens later this year and just announced McKenna Grace as a cast member. Also on the way is the Wan-produced THE CONJURING THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT and the MORTAL KOMBAT reboot early next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 5, 2020 -----
** THE LAST OF US: According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO and Sony Pictures Television are teaming up to develop a series adaptation of THE LAST OF US, based on PlayStation's popular survival horror video game of the same name. The project will mark PlayStation Productions' first television series with award-winning Chernobyl creator Craig Muzin set to pen the adaptation alongside Neil Druckmann. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HONEYDEW: Set in rural New England, where strange cravings and hallucinations befall a young couple after seeking shelter in the home of an aging farmer and her peculiar son.
** KINGDOM Season 2: Some will fall. Some will rise. Blood will spill. A bloody war between the living and the dead that no one can escape! The fate of Joseon hangs in the balance.
** ANTEBELLUM: Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late. In theaters April 24, 2020.
** SEEK: Directed and co-written by Aaron Morgan. Two sisters have been driving all night when they come across a dilapidated roadside park and bathroom. Horrific events follow when one of them stumbles upon a strange message and a mischievous resident that wants to play a terrifying game.
----- March 4, 2020 -----
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Christopher Landon (HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U) is returning to the franchise to pen the upcoming seventh installment. In an interview on The Evolution of Horror podcast, Jason Blum answered a request for an update on the seventh installment, whose release date is a year away, to which he replied that Landon, the "showrunner" of the series, is coming back to the series, while confirming it will not be titled PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 7. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PSYCHO GOREMAN: Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord. Using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia.
** THE OTHER LAMB: For her entire life, the cult she was born into has been all that teenage Selah (Raffey Cassidy) has known. Along with a band of similarly cloistered young women she lives seemingly unstuck in time, cut off from modern society in a remote forest commune presided over by a man called Shepherd (Michiel Huisman), a controlling, messiah-like figure with a frightening dark side. But when her insular world is rocked by a series of nightmarish visions and disturbing revelations, Selah begins to question everything about her existence—including her allegiance to the increasingly dangerous Shepherd. Awash in images of primal, dreamlike dread, this provocative fable is a haunting vision of adolescent awakening and revolt.
** THE FURIES: The film is now available on Demand, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray today. 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.
** VICIOUS FUN: Life comes terrifyingly close to imitating art in VICIOUS FUN, the new horror-comedy from Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films in partnership with Turner Latin America's new movie banner, Particular Crowd. The film follows Joel, a caustic 1980's film critic for a national horror magazine, who finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming the next victim.
----- March 2nd, 2020 -----
** DAY OF THE DEAD series: SyFy has given a 10-episode order for a DAY OF THE DEAD series, based on George A. Romero's 1985 film of the same name. The series is written by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas (THE BANANA SPLITS MOVIE), who will also act as showrunners. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: The film exceeded expectations with a $29 million opening weekend to take the #1 spot at the domestic box office. Overseas it took in another $20.2 million to bring its grand total to $49.2 million worldwide.
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN sequel PENINSULA: Here's the poster for the highly anticipated film.
----- February 28, 2020 -----
** CANDYMAN: For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror.
** David Cronenberg update: Filmmaker David Cronenberg has been radio silent for six years, his last film being 2014's MAP TO THE STARS. Netflix recently passed on a mini-series based on his novel CONSUMED, though he's shopping the scripts for the first two episodes around. He's also working on a 'very personal' film script but there's no word on if that will ever get produced. Cronenberg did pop up in headlines last year in Venice when he presented a restoration of his 1996 vehicular erotic thriller feature CRASH.
This week he revealed he's still working hard to get projects made with several pots on the boil, but adds that he won't be distraught if he ends up retiring from filmmaking altogether: "Whichever one happens first, I'll do. No matter whether you're in Canada or not, with independent film, it's difficult to get anything made. The more unusual a film is, the more resistance you'll face. It's been a long, difficult process even in the era of streaming or whatever. You're accumulating possible investors, people lose interest, more investors. You talk to maybe Canal+ or a broadcaster, and you wait, and you hope.
As I said in Venice when we were showing the restoration of CRASH, if I never make another movie, that's perfectly OK. People were upset by that, but it's true. If one of these projects gets greenlit, I'll become obsessed again, throw myself into it completely as I always have. But I don't feel the desperation to create that I used to when I was a young man trying to make a name for myself. I wanted to get all my ideas on screen, and now, I have. I don't know if this is a Buddhist or Zen way of thinking. All I know is that it's a nice place to be." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: The Motion Picture Association of America has handed out an R-rating for the upcoming SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW starring Chris Rock, continuing the tradition of every film in the franchise having this rating. The reasoning given is for "sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, pervasive language, some sexual references and brief drug use". The film hits cinemas May 15th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CURSED FILMS: This five-part documentary series reveals the events that haunted these producIons through interviews with experts, witnesses and the cast, directors and producers who lived through the real-life events. Were these films really cursed, as many believe, or just the victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances?
** DARK COLORS: After a young girl's drawings are transformed into living monsters made of crayon and glitter, her older brother leads a mission into the woods to destroy them. A supernatural horror short from Red Giant and writer/director Seth Worley.
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Here' another poster for the upcoming sequel.
----- February 27, 2020 -----
** SAINT MAUD: From writer/director Rose Glass and starring Morfydd Clark and Jennifer Ehle. SAINT MAUD — April 3rd.
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: The sequel is slated to hit the theaters on March 20, 2020.
** PALLU PADAMA PAATHUKA: The Indian zom-com is scheduled to hit theaters on March 13th.
** SCRATCH: On the night of a double murder, a mysterious patron of a roadside diner has a date with the Devil.
----- February 26, 2020 -----
** CANDYMAN: Here's the poster for the upcoming reboot. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo and Tony Todd co-star in the film which opens June 12th.
** THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE follow-up season, THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, has just wrapped production according to creator and showrunner Mike Flanagan. The new season is primarily an adaptation of Henry James' THE TURN OF THE SCREW and other works by the author, and will debut on Netflix later this year.
Flanagan writes: "That's a wrap on THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. Congratulations to the cast and crew, the familiar faces and the new, and congratulations to the filmmakers who came on board to make this season their own." Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas and Catherine Parker co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DARK HARVEST: MGM is teaming with filmmaker David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) on a film adaptation of Norman Partridge's acclaimed 2007 novel DARK HARVEST, the studio picking up the project from New Regency. Michael Gilio is penning the script while Michael De Luca, 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)
** THE WALKING DEAD WORLD BEYOND: The series will focus on the first generation to grow up during the zombie apocalypse.
----- February 25, 2020 -----
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN sequel: PENINSULA, the follow-up to 2016 cult zombie action film TRAIN TO BUSAIN, has locked down multiple international distribution deals with Well Go USA taking North America, Studio Canal nabbing the UK, and Purple Rain getting it in Australia and New Zealand.
Yeon Sang-ho, who helmed the 2016 film, returns for the new one which will be a "thought-provoking post-apocalyptic story about people fighting to escape land ruined by disaster". The story unfolds four years after the ending of 'Busan' and is not a direct sequel – rather it's another story set in the same 'universe'.
The action follows a former soldier who has managed to escape the devastated Korean peninsula, but on a mission to go back into the territory he is surprised to find survivors. The film also has a $16 million budget, double that of the original which grossed $90 million worldwide and scored rave reviews.
PENINSULA was also sold to France (ARP SAS), Latin America (BF Distribution), In-flight (Emphasis), Philippines (Pioneer Films), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam (Clover Films), Hong Kong (EDKO), Japan (Gaga Corp), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Germany, Benelux (Splendid Film), Thailand (Sahamongkol Film) and India (Kross Pictures).
The project began filming in June last year and is currently in postproduction. It will be released in Korean theaters in the summer and potentially overseas before year's end. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WALLY'S WONDERLAND: The first photo has been released from Kevin Lewis' film that sounds like a spin on FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S. Nicolas Cage plays a quiet drifter who is tricked into a janitorial job at a now condemned amusement park. He finds himself trapped in the abandoned family entertainment center populated by demonic-possessed animatronics and must fight for survival. Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, Ric Reitz and Chris Warner co-star in the film and shooting is currently underway in Atlanta. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRAHMS THE BOY II: The film generated $6 million last weekend at the box office, which matched expectations. Budgeted at $10 million, it should do well enough to be profitable. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Here's the poster for the upcoming sequel to hit the theaters on March 20, 2020.
----- February 21, 2020 -----
** ORPHAN prequel ESTHER: William Brent Bell (THE DEVIL INSIDE) has signed on to helm ESTHER, the prequel to Jaume Collett-Serra's thriller ORPHAN which was infamous for its ambitious big twist reveal.
The film will serve as a prequel, showing Lena's brilliant escape from a Russian psychiatric facility. She then travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Her new life as Esther however comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RUN: They say you can never escape a mother's love... but for Chloe, that's not a comfort — it's a threat. There's something unnatural, even sinister about the relationship between Chloe (newcomer Kiera Allen) and her mom, Diane (Sarah Paulson). Diane has raised her daughter in total isolation, controlling every move she's made since birth, and there are secrets that Chloe's only beginning to grasp. From the visionary writers, producers and director of the breakout film SEARCHING, comes a suspense thriller that shows that when mom gets a little too close, you need to RUN.
** SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: Virgil Films is releasing Tyler Jensen and Roman Chimienti's new documentary on DVD and Digital HD in March.
----- February 20, 2020 -----
** RIP José Mojica Marins - Coffin Joe: Brazil's first horror film icon, José Mojica Marins passed away on February 19, 2020. He was 83. Thank you Coffin Joe for the horrorfying memories.
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: In the wake of the success of Blumhouse's revival of the HALLOWEEN franchise in 2018, two follow-ups were announced – HALLOWEEN KILLS for 2020 and HALLOWEEN ENDS for 2021. With a trilogy planned and a third film all set to happen, it is understandable to think that the filmmakers might end the second film on a cliffhanger, or essentially make both films as one giant story split in half across two movies.
Speaking with io9 this week, producer Jason Blum says he and director David Gordon Green wanted to make sure HALLOWEEN KILLS stood on its own and wouldn't feel like 'the middle part of a large story' and draws a comparison to Peter Jackson's THE TWO TOWERS:
"I worried about it until I saw [the second one]. And David [Gordon Green] worried about it. That it would feel like, remember LORD OF THE RINGS? Like you weren't getting [the full story]? It doesn't feel like that at all. [It] feels like a complete movie. There's a first, second, and third act. It has a big end. You still know from the end of the second movie where the third movie is going, but the second movie ends in a totally satisfying way. So it doesn't feel like, you know, that LORD OF THE RINGS issue that they had."
Blum says that HALLOWEEN KILLS is finished and production is getting underway on 'Ends'. HALLOWEEN KILLS opens October 16th whilst HALLOWEEN ENDS will debut October 15th 2021. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- February 19, 2020 -----
** THE SUPERDEEP: The Kola Superdeep Borehole is the most large-scale secret object of the country. In 1984, inexplicable sounds like the screams of many voices were recorded at a depth of more than 12 kilometers. In the wake of these events the object was closed. A small research team went down below the surface to find out what secret the world's deepest borehole was hiding. What they have found turned out to be the greatest threat in history. And the future of humanity is in their hands.
** KINGDOM Season 2: Here's the trailer with English subtitles.
** LORD OF MISRULE: THE BOY filmmaker William Brent Bell is set to direct contemporary folk-horror LORD OF MISRULE, which Bankside is launching world sales on at the EFM. Tom de Ville (THE QUIET ONES) has scripted the commercially-minded genre project, whose plot, on paper, has echoes of THE WICKER MAN. Casting is underway with shoot planned for summer 2020.
Set in a small town in the English countryside, the film will follow a desperate search for the young daughter of the town's new minister. The girl goes missing during a Solstice Festival. The closer the locals and police get towards finding the girl, the more secrets from the town's past emerge. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** FANTASY ISLAND: Blumhouse's reinvention garnered $21.6 million worldwide at the Box Office for the three-day which is below expectations. Costing just $7 million to make, it'll still clear a nice profit – but it's not a potential franchise for the producer. Reviews for that film have been scathing with just an 8% score on Rotten Tomatoes. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- February 17, 2020 -----
** Universal's DARK ARMY: Emmy nominee Paul Feig revealed that he had already finished writing the first draft of the script. Now Feig has finally shared a new update about the status of his monster movie, revealing that he is currently rewriting his first draft and is hoping that DARK ARMY can be his next film or the film after that.
"I wrote a draft and got thoughts from the studio, and now I'm in the middle of a rewrite on that right now," Feig said during his interview with Collider web site. "And so hopefully that'll be my next movie. If it's not, it'll be the one after whatever I do next. But yeah, I'm very excited about it, too. It's just, you want to get it right."
When asked about Universal's previously announced monster projects, Feig praises the studio's new smart direction in finding ways to bring new modern iterations of the classic monsters. "It's really smart, because I mean, I can't wait for INVISIBLE MAN, but that looks like a straight-up great horror movie, you know? But then the fact that I just read that they're going to do this like monster musical, and that's great, too. I mean, the monster world is just so great. It's nice to see it just kind of get interpreted a million different ways. So I'm excited about mine and about whatever else they're going to do." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS: Scott Cooperis set to direct the psychological horror starring Margaret Qualley. An adaptation of Paul Tremblay's Bram Stoker Award-winning horror novel, the story begins when eight-year-old Merry's older sister exhibits signs of an indeterminate and terrifying affliction which causes her family to slowly tear itself apart.
Two decades later, Merry is confronted with her family's traumatic past when Rachel, a journalist with a similarly haunted past, delves into the case, causing Merry to relive and reconsider the devastating memories of her childhood. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HONEYDEW: The New England-set horror starring Steven Spielberg's son Sawyer Spielberg in his introductory role, is heading to Berlin, with New York/L.A.-based arthouse genre sales company Yellow Veil Pictures having acquired world sales rights. The film comes from director Devereux Milburn and producers Dan Kennedy and Alan Pierson. Yellow Veil will begin presales at this month's European Film Market in Berlin. (thanks to HollywoodReporter.com)
** THE GRUDGE: The film arrives on Digital March 10 and on Blu-ray and DVD March 24. The evil curse is coming home! Watch our protagonist become the next cursed victim, as she tries to protect her son from the horrors of THE GRUDGE. Bonus materials:
- "The Cast of the Cursed" featurette: Take an inside look at the evil that lurks behind the doors at 44 Reyburn Dr., as key creatives and cast members explore The Grudge characters and discuss their experience working with Writer/Director Nicolas Pesce.
- "Designing Death" featurette: From a slightly paler version of themselves to being completely mangled and rotted, to the incredible death scenes; like Faith Matheson's (Lin Shaye) epic leap off of the staircase, explore the character make-up design process and the film's visual look involved in creating the myriad of ghosts caught in the grips of THE GRUDGE!
- "Easter Egg Haunt" featurette: Join Writer/Director Nicolas Pesce as he brings to light the plethora of hidden Easter Eggs throughout the film which are homages to the previous works in the JU-ON franchise.
- Extended Scenes & Alternative Ending Experience the scenes too disturbing for theaters, like Peter Spencer's terrifying encounter in the attic of 44 Reyburn Dr., or the uncovering of the gruesome truth behind the Landers' family deaths.
** DreadOut 2: Here's the trailer for what looks to be an amazing horror video game!
----- February 13, 2020 -----
** WEREWOLVES WITHIN: Michael Chernus has joined the cast and Josh Ruben has been set to helm WEREWOLVES WITHIN, a film adaptation of the classic game. The film is set in a small Vermont town when a massive blizzard isolates it from the rest of the world. Simmering resentments boil over as the oddball townspeople are one by one picked off by a mysterious creature who is hiding amongst them.
Chernus will play Pete, an overly friendly sleaze married to Trish and who does not share her beliefs as staunchly. Sam Richardson co-stars while screenwriter and author Mishna Wolff adapted the script. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN: Coming off from the critical and commercial success of Greta Gerwig's LITTLE WOMEN, Variety brings word that Academy Award-nominated producer Amy Pascal has been exploring ways to bring a new life to Universal Pictures' long-in development reboot film of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Last summer, Pascal decided to move her overall production deal to Universal from Sony Pictures.
"Amy expressed interest in being involved with BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and just as the studio has done with numerous other filmmakers, we empowered her to explore a new vision for the Universal monster character and come back with a new and inventive take," The outlet's Universal Pictures source said. "Nothing has been solidified in an official capacity." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE DEAD LANDS: The series features a murdered Maori warrior, Waka Nuku Rau (Te Kohe Tuhaka), who's sent back to the world of the living to redeem his sins. But the world Waka returns to is ravaged by a breach between Life and the Afterlife as the spirits of the newly dead now stalk the land and hunt the living.
----- February 12, 2020 -----
** MEMORIES OF MURDER: With Bong Joon-ho's PARASITE having won the Best Picture Oscar, people who've never seen any of Bong's other work or Korean cinema in general are now apparently keen to dip their toes in the water. The good news is almost all of Bong's films are readily available. PARASITE, THE HOST AND MOTHER are all available to rent on iTunes, Google Play and/or Vudu, same with SNOWPIECER and OKJA which are also on Netflix. Even his first film BARKIN DOGS NEVER BITE is on Shudder and Amazon.
The big exception though is also, arguably, his most acclaimed work – 2003's true crime tale MEMORIES OF MURDER which follows the story of the first real-life serial killer in South Korea. The film made headlines last year when authorities announced they have discovered the identity of the killer after years of investigation.
The film isn't on Blu-ray and isn't on any of the major services aside from so-so-quality DVD rips on YouTube and PopcornFlix. Now PARASITE distributor NEON has announced that they have acquired the distribution rights to the film and a planning a new U.S. theatrical re-release and Blu-ray. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** URBAN LEGEND: Colin Minihan has been set to write and direct URBAN LEGEND for Screen Gems which is being fast-tracked. Casting is now underway and Mike Medavoy and Benjamin Anderson will produce. The story will center on a diverse cast of college students as they navigate a series of bizarre deaths that resemble urban legends linked to the darkest corners of social media. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRAHMS THE BOY 2: Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.
** HABIT: Written and directed by Simeon Halligan; starring Elliot James Langridge and Jessica Barden.
----- February 11, 2020 -----
** KINGDOM Season 2: The new season is coming out in March.
** COME TO DADDY: Elijah Wood is back to star in COME TO DADDY, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD March 24 from Lionsgate. Norval Greenwood (Elijah Wood), a privileged man-child, arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn't seen in 30 years. He quickly discovers that not only is Dad a disapproving jerk, but he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him. Now, hundreds of miles from his cushy comfort zone, Norval must battle with demons both real and perceived in order to reconnect with a father he barely knows.
** FREAKMAKER Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray: Over forty years after Todd Browning's FREAKS shocked audiences, director Jack Cardiff and writer/producer Robert D. Weinbach return to the circus sideshow. Starring Donald Pleasence, Tom Baker, exploitation great Brad Harris and Michael Dunn.
Not satisfied with the pace of natural selection in driving evolution, a deranged biologist decides to create his own genetically engineered mutations. With the promise of using his experiments to "cure" them, Dr. Nolter enlists members of the local Freakshow to help him kidnap students from a nearby college to use as human guinea pigs.
Using the same techniques that he developed mixing the DNA of plants and animals, he begins crossbreeding plants and humans with unpredictable results. One by one his failed experiments are cast off to the circus until the freaks have had enough and seek their bloody revenge.
- Blu-Ray All Region
- New Scan from an archival 35mm print framed at 1:66:1
- Commentary with Producer/Writer Robert D Weinbach and actor Brad Harris.
- Audio Interview with Jack Cardiff
- Trailer and TV Spot
- Still Gallery with Isolated Score
- English SDH Subtitles
- Running Time Approx. 92m
----- February 10, 2020 -----
** Yet another TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE reboot: Legendary has closed a deal with Ryan and Andy Tohill (THE DIG) to direct the latest reboot of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE franchise. Tobe Hooper helmed the original 1974 feature which followed two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas. They end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.
The original spawned three sequels, then a 2003 reboot starring Jessica Biel that had major success. That reboot scored a 2006 prequel, then came a 2013 sequel and a 2017 prequel to the original film. Chris Thomas Devlin will pen the script while Fede Alvarez and Rodolfo Sayagues are producing the new take which is a straight reboot with the Tohill's take said to be "violent, exciting and so depraved that it will stay with you forever" according to Alvarez. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHUCKY TV series: Speaking with Page Six, Jennifer Tilly revealed that production on the series is expected to begin this coming summer; "I'm so excited," Tilly said. "Chucky is very near and dear to my heart. All over the world, everywhere I go, I step off a plane to a country I didn't even know existed, and they know one word, and that word is 'Chucky,' and they want a hug."
"Don Mancini, who created Chucky 30 years ago, is the writer on this series, so it's the original Chucky. A little bird told me that I am going to be a part of it." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MONSTER MASH: Universal Pictures is developing a monster-themed musical based on the famed 1962 song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. Plot details are being kept under wraps but is likely to revolve around the studio's classic monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein. Black List writer Will Widger will pen the script and Marty Bowen will produce. Grammy-nominated music video director Matt Stawski, who helmed CeeLo Green's "F— You" music video in 2010, penned the original treatment for the project and will direct. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: You can't escape what you can't see.
----- February 7, 2020 -----
** THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES: PKM Productions has successfully won the rights to author Grady Hendrix's supernatural horror novel with plans to turn it into a series as part for Amazon Studios with Patrick Moran producing. A spiritual sequel to MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM, the story is set in 1990s suburban Charleston where a Southern housewife and her women's book club team up to protect their community from a mysterious and handsome stranger James Harris who turns out to be a Dracula-esque figure. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** From SAW to SPIRAL: Here's a great recap of the whole series from IGN.
** THE MOTHMAN LEGACY: Small Town Monsters has released the first trailer for THE MOTHMAN LEGACY, the latest from cryptid documentarian Seth Breedlove. The new trailer gives audiences a glimpse into some of the dark, haunting landscapes captured around West Virginia, along with sound clips from witnesses interviewed for the new film.
----- February 6, 2020 -----
** TURBO KID sequel: Following TURBO KID's release, directors Yoann-Karl Whissell, Anouk Whissell, and François Simard revealed that they were developing a sequel, which would take place immediately after the events in the first film. Turns out they haven't ruled out the idea and gave a little update on their intentions to the Boo Crew podcast over at the Bloody Disgusting web site.
"Well look, that's been a long time coming... There's a script for TURBO KID 2. We want to make it, that's all I can say." He went on to say: "It's really a case of finding the backers [financiers] because it's way more ambitious. It's kind of like ROAD WARRIOR's step up from MAD MAX. It's sort of that kind of ambition… you need a little bit more money than we had for the first film. They want to make that a dream project."
Meanwhile, here's the prequel to our favorite friendship unit, Apple. Follow her in her adventure from the other side of the Wasteland, right before her memorable encounter with the Kid! (thanks to QuietEarth.us)
** A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET reboot: Elijah Wood revealed that there are some ANOES franchise rights complications, with New Line Cinema appearing to hold the rights to the character of Freddy Krueger while creator Wes Craven's estate has opened up taking pitches for a new installment. It is unclear if either party own the rights to the film or if they are public domain. With the rights all tangled up in various directions, Wood says that he and producing partner Daniel Noah haven't talked with anyone just yet, but that "it'd be fun to get a shot at it" and responded with a smiling but resounding "no" when asked if he could see himself in the role of Freddy. He then offered an interesting plan for the character.
"You have to bring Robert Englund back for one more film," Wood enthused. "I think, especially if you're going to open up a new franchise and take it in different directions, you have to establish it with him and then you can move on. I don't think it's interesting to tell the same story over and over again, we don't need another origin story of Freddy Krueger, I don't think it should even really be so much about Freddy."
Wood continued to describe his favorite film in the franchise as 1994's NEW NIGHTMARE, the final installment in the original series, which he calls "fantastic" and laments that fans don't give it "nearly enough love" compared to other installments.
"SCREAM owes a real debt to NEW NIGHTMARE," said Wood. "That was the first time the notion of referencing horror movies in another horror movie was possible, it had never really been done before." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ASYLUM TWISTED HORROR AND FANTASY TALES: Brandon prepares to give his last stand-up comedy show. As his stories and jokes pass, the public begins to cheer up. But at that precise moment Brandon will realize that these stories have a strong relationship with his past. More than he imagines.
----- February 5, 2020 -----
** RIP Dyanne Thorne: The American actress, stage performer and vocalist was known for her stage work in Las Vegas and as the lead actress in the ILSA film franchise of the 1970s. She sadly passed away last January 28, 2020.
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, and written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger. This is the ninth installment in the SAW franchise.
** IDLE HANDS: Scream Factory has announced a May 12th release date for a collector's edition Blu-ray edition of 1999's comedy horror IDLE HANDS. Devon Sawa stars as a channel-surfing, junk-food-munching, couch-potato burn-out who can't control the murderous impulses of his recently possessed hand. Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba, Vivica A. Fox and Jack Noseworthy co-star.
----- February 4, 2020 -----
** SILENT HILL and FATAL FRAME: French filmmaker Christophe Gans has revealed that development has begun on two game-to-film adaptations, one of which is a third SILENT HILL film based on the celebrated video game series. Gans helmed the 2006 original film adaptation which has grown a cult audience since its release, however he handed the second film over to new writer and director Michael J. Bassett with that 2012 follow-up not well received and which Gans admits he never saw.
In an interview with Allocine, Gans revealed he and producer Victor Hadida are working on the two game-to-film adaptations. The first is PROJECT ZERO (aka. FATAL FRAME), a haunted house tale which will take place in Japan. He then says: "we're also working on a new SILENT HILL. The project will always be anchored in this atmosphere of a small American town, ravaged by Puritanism. I think it's time to make a new one." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Here's the Superbowl TV spot along with a new featurette about the film's making. A QUIET PLACE PART II opens March 20th.
** NIGHTMARE ALLEY: Searchlight Pictures has officially announced that principal photography has begun on Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of William Gresham's acclaimed novel NIGHTMARE ALLEY. del Toro and Kim Morgan penned the film which follows the exploits of Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), a ruthless hustler who learns the tricks of the carny trade and uses them to establish himself as a spiritual guru. Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman, David Strathairn, Richard Jenkins and Holt McCallany. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: What you can't see can hurt you. Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal's classic monster character.