It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- June 30, 2020 -----
** Arrow Video US - July 2020: Coming out July 7th is ZOMBIE FOR SALE. This zom-com from first-time Korean director Lee Min-jae is the story of a giant pharmaceutical company's experiment gone wrong. The result? A revitalised zombie with the power of youthful life. This hilarious release includes a Q&A with Min-jae, audio commentary, and more.
Also on July 7th is BLACK RAINBOW from legendary British director Mike Hodges. Rosanna Arquette stars as a medium that witnesses a hitman killing a whistleblower in her latest vision. The hitman becomes aware of this and places the medium on his list. This release features a brand new restoration approved by Hodges.
** IMPETIGORE: After surviving a murder attempt in the city, Maya, a down-on-her-luck young woman, learns that she may inherit a house in her ancestral village. With her friend Dini, Maya returns to the village of her birth, unaware that the community there has been trying to locate and kill her to remove the curse that has plagued the village for years. As she begins to discover the complicated reality about her past, Maya finds herself in a fight for her life. Starring Tara Basro, Ario Bayu, Marissa Anita, Christine Hakim, Asmara Abigail, directed by Joko Anwar.
** LEGIONS: From Argentine filmmaker Fabien Forte. LEGIONS follows an incarcerated man who must summon his powers of sorcery to escape and rescue his daughter from danger.
** THE TERROR INFAMY: AMC's critically acclaimed original anthology series THE TERROR INFAMY The Complete Second Season arrives on Blu-ray and DVD August 18 from Lionsgate. World War II-era Japanese-Americans on Southern California's Terminal Island are menaced by a "bakemono," or, folkloric specter. Suffering forced evictions and imprisonment after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Terminal Islanders are hounded by prejudice and injustice, as well as bad omens and bizarre deaths. One of them, Chester Nakayama, decides to take on the malevolent entity, journeying to realms of evil in both the present…and the distant past.
** CANDYMAN: This September, Oscar winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend that your friend's older sibling probably told you about at a sleepover: CANDYMAN. Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta (LITTLE WOODS) directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.
----- June 29, 2020 -----
** THE BEACH HOUSE: Starring Liana Liberato, Noah Le Gros, Jake Weber and Maryanne Nagel, directed by Jeffrey A. Brown. Escaping to a family's beach house to reconnect, Emily and Randall find their off-season trip interrupted by Mitch and Jane Turner, an older couple acquainted with Randall's estranged father. Unexpected bonds form as the couples let loose and enjoy the isolation, but it all takes an ominous turn as increasingly strange environmental phenomena begin to warp their peaceful evening. As the effects of an infection become evident, Emily struggles to make sense of the contagion before it's too late.
** BENNY LOVES YOU: After the accidental death of his parents, Jack must sell his family home and start a new life. Cleaning out the house, Jack trashes his family belongings including his beloved childhood stuffed animal, Benny. It's a move that turns deadly as Benny springs to life with one goal in mind, protect Jack at all cost!
** METAMORPHOSIS: In this inventive and knowing new take on demonic possession, Joong-Su, an exorcist, must face a demon he tragically failed to defeat in the past when it targets his brother's family next. The demon assumes the form of different family members to sow confusion and distrust, destroying the unit from within. With his loved ones in peril, Joong-Su must face the demon again, at the risk of his own life. Starring Bae Sung-Woo, Sung Dong-Il and Jang Young-Nam. Directed by Hong-Seon Kim.
** Universal & Blumhouse Dark Universe: Universal originally planned the Dark Universe initiative which would revive their classic monsters franchises in a shared universe. The failure of that plan saw the studio scratch that approach and turn to producer Jason Blum for low-cost and more standalone works based on the properties.
The initiative was successful with its early effort in the form of Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN and soon after several projects were announced. The Den of Geek web site spoke with Blum recently and asked whether the Dark Universe plan has been retooled and is being retrofitted for these films. Blum says no:
"We have no plans to do that. The way Universal is handling them is they're just kind of looking at each one individually as one-offs. But I personally love them and we had a great experience on THE INVISIBLE MAN, and I'd love to do more for sure."
The Ryan Gosling-led new THE WOLFMAN and Karyn Kusama's new take on DRACULA are both in the works with Blum confirming Kusama is the only attached player at present to DRACULA. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 26, 2020 -----
** George A. Romero's lost film: New York and Los Angeles-based arthouse genre sales company Yellow Veil Pictures have acquired the worldwide sales rights for THE AMUSEMENT PARK, the formerly lost film from iconic filmmaker George A. Romero, at this week's virtual Cannes market.
Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Romero, THE AMUSEMENT PARK was restored in 4k by IndieCollect in New York and is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker's early artistic capacity and style, and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The film was originally commissioned by the Lutheran Society to raise awareness about ageism and elder abuse, however, Romero conceived of what was perhaps his wildest, most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older. The film stars MARTIN's Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies, and humiliations of aging in America manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SPARE PARTS: Here's the trailer and poster for the upcoming film. In a godforsaken bar in the middle of nowhere – an all-girl punk band, Ms. 45, rip the stage apart with their punk spirit. Their performance impresses an enthusiastic fan who lures the girls into a trap, sedates them and starts… customizing them. The four wake up with an axe, drill or chainsaw attached to one arm and are forced to fight gladiator-style, in an arena style auto-wrecking yard for the amusement of the Emperor and his sadistic townsfolk. The women must now truly band together and use all of their talents if they're going to get out alive.
** INITIATION: Saban Films have acquired the rights to John Berardo's film. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** BUTCHERS: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** THE VELOCIPASTOR sequel: The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that a sequel is in development. The next film, titled OUTBACK DRACULA, will be a spiritual successor to the first and will be set in the 1880s Australia and follow a psychic, lesbian schoolteacher as she teams up with the world's greatest adventurer to find her missing girlfriend and to defeat Dracula and his Golden Army of the Undead. Steere says the film will have "the same insane, anything-goes tone" as its predecessor and that it has managed to "substantially increase" the budget in comparison to the last one and that he has co-written the script with Jesse Gouldsbury, who is producing alongside Steere. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- June 25, 2020 -----
** EVIL DEAD RISE: Franchise star and producer Bruce Campbell has confirmed some details and offered up some new ones. The official name is now EVIL DEAD RISE and it will be a standalone film with a whole new setting far from the previous films' infamous forest cabin.
Campbell tells the outler: "We're getting a new draft in. I don't think anything will happen until 2021. Full bore ahead, we're very excited about it. A whole, new ballgame. No more cabin in the woods." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Netflix's THE HILLS HAVE EYES FOR YOU: Filmmaker Eli Craig (TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL) has signed on to direct. BEHIND THE MASK THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON co-writer David Stieve penned the film with plot details under wraps. In a statement, producer Dan Farah says it is a: "fresh and fun love story set against the backdrop of an elevated horror comedy". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RUN RABBIT RUN: Nearly two weeks after the Emmy-winning actress signed on to star in the project, Daina Reid's horror-thriller RUN RABBIT RUN starring Elisabeth Moss (THE INVISIBLE MAN) has been acquired by STX Entertainment in the first major deal from the virtual Cannes market, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BLACK WATER ABYSS: John Ridley and Sarah Smith penned the sequel to BLACK WATER, which revolves around a group of friends who explore a remote cave system deep in the forests of Northern Australia when a tropical storm hits. As rising floodwaters trap them deep below the surface, something even deadlier emerges from the darkness – killer crocodiles.
----- June 23, 2020 -----
** SUPERDEEP: Here's a new trailer for Arseny Syuhin upcoming horror film. 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.
** V/H/S 94: The "sequel" to the original V/H/S franchise is being written, developed and produced by David Bruckner (THE NIGHT HOUSE), who previously worked on the first film in the series on the highly-acclaimed segment AMATEUR NIGHT, which was spun off into the well-received horror-thriller SIREN in 2016. The reboot will also feature the return of filmmaking collective Radio Silence, who directed the "10/31/98" segment of the first film and also worked alongside Bruckner on the well-received horror anthology SOUTHBOUND. The READY OR NOT filmmakers, who were recently confirmed to be helming the next film in the SCREAM franchise, will produce the film alongside Bruckner. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE HALLOWEEN TREE: Warner Bros. Pictures in the process of developing a film adaptation of author Ray Bradbury's novel titled THE HALLOWEEN TREE with Will Dunn attached to write the screenplay. The film will be co-production between Warner Bros. and production company 42 while Charlie Morrison is set to oversee the project.
First published in 1972, THE HALLOWEEN TREE follows the story of Tom and his schoolmates, who went out together to go trick-or-treating on Halloween. However, when they their plans for Halloween night have changed when they instead go investigate the strange happenings in their small town. Then, their friend Pip gets suddenly abducted by a powerful demon from the Land of the Dead. With the help of an unlikely ally, a mysterious figure named Moundshroud, Tom and his pals must journey into the Land of the Dead to save their friend. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE CULLING: David F. Sandberg is returning to the horror genre to helm the religious thriller THE CULLING at Lionsgate. The film, which is coming from Stephen Herman's spec script, will follow a troubled priest who confines himself to a remote cabin in the middle of the woods where he attempts to make a last stand against the demon that terrorized his family when he was a child. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DUST: British actor Claire Foy (THE CROWN) is set to star in the self contained psychological horror feature DUST. Foy will play a young mother on a remote farmhouse in 1930s Oklahoma trapped by increasingly stifling dust storms. She takes extreme measures to protect her family while haunted by her past. Will Joines and Karrie Crouse (PROPAGATION) are to direct from a script from Crouse. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 18, 2020 -----
** HELLRAISER back to Clive Barker: Entertainment lawyer Larry Zerner, who has been on top of the FRIDAY THE 13TH lawsuits over the years, has posted a legal document on Twitter indicating Clive Barker has apparently sued for a declaratory judgment to allow him to get back his rights to his book "The Hellbound Heart" which launched the famed HELLRAISER franchise.
Zerner adds that: "Barker's termination (if effective) would not take place until December 19th 2021. If the producers can get a new movie out before then, they would be legally in the clear. Just nothing new after that date."
Zerner says Barker would get back his rights in the underlying story he wrote and also the rights in first script. He would not get any rights in things that were in any of the sequels that were added.
In April came news that HBO has ordered a TV series based on the property with David Gordon Green directing the pilot, while Michael Dougherty and Mark Verheiden are penning the screenplays. Producer David Bruckner is also developing a new film take on the property. For now it's unclear if or how either project's development will be affected. Changes to copyright law in 1976 means that many iconic horror franchises from the late 70s and 80s will soon enter issues over rights that could shift hands back to their creators. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WHISPERING CORRIDORS 6: Korea's Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) has just announced the program for its 24th edition. Kicking off the event will be WHISPERING CORRIDORS THE HUMMING, the sixth entry in the long-running and acclaimed franchise that kicked off the K-horror boom back in 1998. Kim Seo-hyung of THE VILLAINESS takes on the lead role as a woman who returns as a vice principal to a school she was a student at, where mysterious events start to unfold. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** DEEP BLUE SEA 3: From director John Pogue (THE QUIET ONES), comes the killer third installment of the shark franchise. Starring Tania Raymonde, Nathaniel Buzolic, Emerson Brooks, Bren Foster & Reina Aoi. On Digital 7/28 and Blu-ray 8/25.
** CANDYMAN: Anthony, a socially pronounced artist in Chicago who researches the urban legend of Candyman. After investigating the killer's last known whereabouts, strange killings begin to occur around Anthony. The protagonist will serve a role similar to that of Helen Lyle, the main character of the original movie.
----- June 17, 2020 -----
** DAUGHTERS OF DARKNESS: Here's the cover for the upcoming Blue Undeground release coming this Fall.
** CREEPSHOW series: AMC's horror-focused streaming service Shudder has ordered a full set of scripts for a potential third season. In an official statement, Shudder general manager Craig Engler revealed that the new script order comes as a contingency plan for showrunner Greg Nicotero and the writers room to help "get as far ahead as possible" with a potential third season while they wait to resume shooting amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
"CREEPSHOW continues to be near and dear to my heart and having the opportunity to continue the legacy by developing season 3 gives me the chance to work with some of the best storytellers and artists in the business," Nicotero said in a statement. "The stories we have in the pipeline for season 2 are even more outrageous, more fun and capture the spirit of what George A. Romero and Stephen King started in the '80s." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HORRORSTÖR: New Republic Pictures has successfully acquired the rights to author Grady Hendrix's novel titled HORRORSTÖR, which is centered around a haunted IKEA-like furniture store. The production company is planning to adapt the horror comedy novel into a feature.
"I wrote HORRORSTÖR to be simultaneously funny and scary, while paying tribute to the retail warriors who staff our big box stores." Hendrix said in a statement. "Having the opportunity to adapt my novel into a movie is a dream come true. I couldn't be more excited about taking an audience and trapping them overnight with me in the flatpack hell that is Orsk — the ultimate haunted house, full of Infinite aisles, murderous ghosts, and incomprehensible faux-Scandinavian names."
First published in 2013, Horrorstör is set in Cleveland, Ohio where employees of Orsk furniture superstore have been experiencing something strange about their workplace. Every morning, they arrive to find broken Kjerring bookshelves, shattered Glans water goblets, and smashed Liripip wardrobes. However, the security cameras are not picking up the unusual things happening at night that's why the store managers are already panicking especially when their sales are being affected by this. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WITH TEETH: Malin Akerman has signed on as executive producer and have a key role in the horror film WITH TEETH which also stars Lydia Hearst, Kara Hayward and Jack Donnelly. K. Asher Levin directs from the script he co-wrote with Zack Imbrogno.
The story follows a group of superstar Internet influencers who are drawn to a reclusive billionaire's mansion only to find themselves trapped in the lair of a horrifyingly evil vampire. The only way out is to be saved by a famous online gamer (Hayward) and an old school vampire hunter set in his ways. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN sequel PENINSULA: The film takes place four years after the outbreak of zombies that were chasing protagonists on a train speeding south to Busan. The Korean peninsula is devastated and Jung-seok, a former soldier who has managed to escape overseas, is given a mission to go back and unexpectedly meets up with survivors. Here's the trailer in glorious 8K!
----- June 16, 2020 -----
GOREZONE is 22 years old today!
Twenty two years ago, the Internet was totally different. There was no Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter, no Smartphones... actually most people had never "surfed" the world wide web. Back in June 1998, I decided to start GOREZONE because of the lack of coverage for the horror genre on the Internet. There was tons of sites dedicated to STAR WARS and STAR TREK, yet apart from a few good horror sites such as HorrorMovies.com and HouseofHorrors.com, the net was leaving me wanting for more. GOREZONE was born as the first web site dedicated to daily horror news. 22 years later GOREZONE is still alive, independant and true to its original concept. Never sold out. Never gave up.
Twenty two years is a long time. Not surprisingly I remember the first day, working on my computer, creating the images in Photoshop and layout in Pagemill. I'd love to thank all the readers and everyone who helped the site through all these years! It means a lot to me. Thank you for believing in GOREZONE and making it the #1 source for bloody daily horror news!
----- June 15, 2020 -----
** BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN: Filmmaker David Koepp recently spoked to the Collider web site, as he was attached to BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, one of the film's in Universal's now aborted Dark Universe initiative. That version had Angelina Jolie rumored for the title role with Bill Condon attached to helm from Koepp's script. The project seemed to collapse three years ago, but Koepp has been quietly reviving it:
"That was one thing I did during quarantine – I brought back BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN into a place where I kind of always wanted it to be. Universal was very gracious to let me try again. Because they had geared up and shut down famously in the Dark Universe fiasco. Well, not fiasco, but disappointment.
So I have a version now and they have a version that we all really like. I think they're talking to directors now. It's not the great big, $150 million extravaganza with giant movie stars. It's not as scaled down as INVISIBLE MAN but much more reasonable, doable thing, with, I think, a really cool idea and it"s all present day." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILDREN OF THE CORN remake: After making headlines last month for continuing to film on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia despite the COVID-19 lockdown laws imposed throughout the country, producer Lucas Foster has confirmed that production has officially wrapped on director Kurt Wimmer's upcoming remake of the 1984 horror film CHILDREN OF THE CORN.
"We're thrilled to be able to announce the completion of principal photography with Elena, Kate, Callan and Bruce who lead our cast on this reimagining of Stephen King's timeless short story," Foster said in a statement. "We'd like to thank our cast and crew for their unrivalled professionalism, banding together to work to bring this movie to life. It was incredibly important to us to us to keep our production alive and to keep people employed and productive for as long as we could do so safely, during this crisis. We accomplished that – no one got sick and we all figured out how to work together as a team to do our jobs while keeping our cast, crew and workplace, safe and secure. We'd also like to thank Screen NSW, Safe Work NSW and all those vendors and suppliers who worked with us as valuable partners during the shoot to ensure the health and safety of our cast and crew was protected." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** RELIC: The film tells the story of Edna (Robyn Nevin), an elderly and widowed matriarch who goes missing, and her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) who must travel to their remote family home to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna.
----- June 12, 2020 -----
** RUN RABBIT RUN: Elisabeth Moss will re-team with Daina Reid on the supernatural thriller RUN RABBIT RUN. Hannah Kent wrote the script while Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw will produce. Moss plays a fertility doctor forced to make sense of the increasingly strange behavior of her young daughter Mia and must soon challenge her own beliefs and confront a ghost from her past. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE BRIDE: Jessica M. Thompson has been set to helm the horror thriller THE BRIDE for Screen Gems. Emile Gladstone will produce. Blair Butler penned the original script which will follow the story of a young woman who attends a lavish destination wedding, unaware of the horrors that await. Thompson will revise said script. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LAURA HASN'T SLEPT: Paramount Pictures will turn Parker Finn's horror short LAURA HASN'T SLEPT into a theatrical feature. Finn will pen and direct for Temple Hill. Caitlin Stacey stars as a young woman desperate to rid herself of a recurring nightmare. She seeks help from her therapist to confront the terror. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 11, 2020 -----
** THE EVIL DEAD: Grindhouse Releasing just announced that the 1981 cult classic will officially be returning to drive-in theaters this summer. Set to premiere across the country, the first screening is scheduled on Saturday night, June 13 at Pride's Corner Drive-In in Westbrook, Maine. More dates and locations are yet to be announced. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE CHANGELING remake: Finnish director Anders Engström has signed on to helm producer Joel B. Michaels' update; "I am overjoyed at having the unique opportunity to reimagine an updated version of the iconic film THE CHANGELING that I produced so many years ago," Michaels said in a statement. "It's flattering to know that it proved to have inspired a rash of filmmakers that paid homage to the original film. I am excited to be working with Anders Engström who will bring his own contemporary vision to the film." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BLACK WATER ABYSS: Screen Media has picked up North American rights to Australian flick BLACK WATER ABYSS a sequel to 2007 horror film BLACK WATER about people trapped up a mangrove swamp tree by a killer crocodile. Jessica McNamee, Luke Mitchell, Amali Golden, Benjamin Hoetjes and Anthony J. Sharpe co-star in the Andrew Traucki-directed film which will get a day-and-date release on August 7th.
John Ridley and Sarah Smith penned the sequel which revolves around a group of friends who explore a remote cave system deep in the forests of Northern Australia when a tropical storm hits. As rising floodwaters trap them deep below the surface, something even deadlier emerges from the darkness – killer crocodiles. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 10, 2020 -----
** THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE: Coming out on 9/1 from Synapse Films! A three disc (1 Blu-ray, 1 DVD and 1 CD) Limited Steelbox edition. Only 6000 units produced. Special features includes:
- Exclusive new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative
- New 5.1 English stereo surround remix made exclusively for the Synapse Films release
- Two audio commentaries featuring authors and film scholars Troy Howarth, Nathaniel Thompson and Bruce Holecheck
- Restoration of the true original English language theatrical mono mix
- Jorge Grau - Catalonia's Cult Film King (89 mins.) – This extensive feature-length documentary explores the life and films of director Jorge Grau (Blu-ray exclusive)
- The Scene of the Crime - Giannetto De Rossi in Discussion from Manchester (16 Mins.) (Blu-ray exclusive)
- Giannetto De Rossi - Q&A at the Festival of Fantastic Films, UK (43 Mins) (Blu-ray exclusive)
- Theatrical trailer, TV spots and radio spots
- Newly translated removable English SDH subtitles
- Liner notes booklet featuring writing from Spanish film scholar, Dr. Nicholas Schlegel
- Exclusive CD soundtrack of the haunting original score by Giuliano Sorgini
- Exclusive Steelbook artwork by Wes Benscoter
- Poster of Wes Benscoter's Steelbook artwork
** EVENT HORIZON: Scream Factory has announced that they are working on a new Blu-ray release of Paul W.S. Anderson's 1997 sci-fi horror film to be release on September 29th. The film deals with a mission to find a lost starship in orbit of Neptune with a stellar drive that accidentally opens a gateway to dimension of pure evil. Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Kathleen Quinlan and Jack Noseworthy starred.
The film was rushed through post-production, Anderson effectively only having four weeks to edit and complete the film. His 130 minute rough cut was overly long and test screened to poor reaction including reports of audience members fainting. Paramount made him cut the film to just 96 minutes, including removal of some of the gore such as a longer version of the 'blood orgy' video of the old crew, and the end montage during Weir & Miller's confrontation. Cut footage also included more character building scenes.
Hopefully there was something as this new releases promises not just a whole new scan of the film, but extras that might include some of the deleted footage:
"New extras are in progress and will be announced on a later date. We can confirm today that we are doing a new 4K scan of the film! As for any much-inquired-about additional footage (in addition to what's be presented on prior releases), we are looking into it as best we can. We welcome any leads you may have alongside our efforts." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AL MORIR LA MATINEE: Paris-based sales co Reel Suspects has added Uruguay-Argentina horror film AL MORIR LA MATINEE (English title TBD) to its line-up ahead of the Cannes Virtual Marche. Directed by Maximiliano Contenti, the Spanish-language movie is set in a Montevideo movie theatre, following events after a silent killer enters the venue's final screening. The young girl in charge of the screening will have to face the threat to save her life and that of the present audience. Luciana Grasso and Ricardo Islas lead the cast. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** BREEDER: The Deadline web site has the exclusive trailer for the Danish horror directed by Jens Dahl, whose credits including writing the 1996 crime thriller PUSHER, which launched the career of Nicolas Winding Refn.
The film tells the story of a renowned health supplement company, run by a ruthless businesswoman, which is selecting and abducting young women as part of an experiment bio-hacking babies' DNA to enable her clients to reverse the ageing process. When Mia goes to investigate, she finds herself trapped, branded and tortured in a grim underground facility. (thanks to Deadline.com)
----- June 9, 2020 -----
** EVIL DEAD NOW: Irish filmmaker Lee Cronin, who helmed 2019's acclaimed horror spooker THE HOLE IN THE GROUND, has been set as the writer and director of the next EVIL DEAD film. Actor Bruce Campbell, who has played the lead character of Ash Williams in the film and TV series, spoke with Empire this week who asked him about the current status of a new film in the franchise. He confirmed both Cronin's involvement and a new title:
"We're just getting off the phone with Lee Cronin, who is writing and directing the next EVIL DEAD. It's called EVIL DEAD NOW. Sam [Raimi] handpicked Lee – he did a cool movie called THE HOLE IN THE GROUND. We're going to get that sucker out as soon as practical."
Cronin also directed an episode of Sam Raimi's new Quibi anthology horror series 50 STATES OF FRIGHT so has experience working with Raimi. Campbell confirms the new film isn't a follow-up to the original continuity across his three films and TV series, nor does it sound like a direct sequel to Fede Alvarez's 2013 remake. Rather it'll be its own thing:
"From this point forward, they kind of have to stand on their own. Which is fine. And liberating. You could have different heroes, different heroines in this case. This one's gonna be a little more dynamic. We just want to keep the series current. And the mantra, really, is that our heroes and heroines are just regular people. That's what we're going to continue." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN rerelease: An extended version of Yeon Sang-ho's masterpiece is heading to theaters in various Asian territories.
** YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFT: From Blumhouse Productions, Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried star as a couple seeking a restful vacation on an isolated edge of the world only to discover that secrets demand a reckoning … and travel with you.
** DRACULA: Director Karyn Kusama had settled on a deal with Blumhouse Productions on a new adaptation of Bram Stoker's DRACULA for the studio. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay are penning the script which, like Leigh Whannell's recent THE INVISIBLE MAN, is expected to be a stand-alone, modestly budgeted genre feature based on the literary classic.
Kusama recently spoke with the Stephen King podcast The Kingcast (via SYFY) and says her project is not only a loyal adaptation, but it will eliminate one aspect that has often been heavily emphasised in earlier adaptations but barely exists in the book – romanticism:
"It's a fairly faithful adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel. I think something that gets overlooked in the adaptations of Dracula in the past is the idea of multiple voices. In fact, the book is filled with different points of view. And the one point of view we don't get access to, and all most adaptations give access to, is Dracula himself. So I would just say in some respect, this is going to be an adaptation called Dracula, but it's perhaps not the same kind of romantic hero that we've seen in the past… in past interpretations of Dracula." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 8, 2020 -----
** Ari Aster update: HEREDITARY and MIDSOMMAR director Ari Aster has revealed that he's at work on his next feature which he's dubbing a "nightmare comedy". In addition, he says "all I know is that it's gonna be four hours long" though it's not clear if he's joking. Aster was speaking at the Associated Students Program Board at UC Santa Barbara.
This follows on from comments last year where he teased his next project would either be "a zonky nightmare comedy or a big, sickly domestic melodrama". Whatever the case his film is expected to arrive sometime in 2021. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CANDYMAN reboot: Some recent Twitter activity from actor Tony Todd has suggested that Nia DaCosta's upcoming CANDYMAN revival film could be hitting both cinemas and VOD on September 25th. The project was originally slated to open next weekend, but was then pushed back to that early Fall date due to global health concerns. Universal Pictures, who has been spearheading the Premium VOD push with thanks to TROLLS WORLD TOUR, is releasing it and so there's been understandable questions as to whether a non-tentpole film like CANDYMAN will follow a similar path.
Now, during a conversation with a fan, Tony Todd echoed excitement for the Jordan Peele-produced film but then did something more. A fan said "I wish they'd day-and-date this, I want to see/support it, but there's no way I'm sitting a theater any time this year" to which he replied "9-25-20 bamn".
Subsequently, Todd retweeted a statement from the fan asking if he had just confirmed that the film would be hitting VOD on September 25th. For now, nothing seems off the table when it comes to the way films are released in the next few months – especially lower-mid budget films like this. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Vanessa Williams, Rebecca Spence and Todd himself co-star in the new CANDYMAN which serves as a new sequel to the original 1992 feature. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN sequel PENINSULA: Well Go USA has released two brand new posters for Yeon Sang-Ho's highly-anticipated TRAIN TO BUSAIN sequel PENINSULA. The South Korean zombie thriller is set four years later and follows a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland and must now relive the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 4, 2020 -----
** BECKY: Spunky and rebellious, Becky (Lulu Wilson) is brought to a weekend getaway at a lake house by her father Jeff (Joel McHale) in an effort to try to reconnect. The trip immediately takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick (Kevin James), suddenly invade the lake house.
** LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: From Misha Green, LOVECRAFT COUNTRY premieres this August on HBO.
** CREATURES: A group of astronomy students get more than they bargained for after finding an injured alien who is being targeted by a group of bloodthirsty alien CREATURES!
** OUIJA SHARK: A group of teenage girls summon an ancient man-eating shark after messing with a spirit board that washes up on the beach. An occult specialist must enter the shark's realm to rid this world of the deadly spirit ghost once and for all.
----- June 1st, 2020 -----
** THE WOLFMAN: Ryan Gosling is reportedly circling a new take on the Lon Chaney Jr. led 1941 monster movie THE WOLFMAN at Universal Pictures. Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo penned the script for the update of the classic, this one intended to be a starring vehicle for Gosling.
Unlike the 2010 remake with Benicio del Toro and Emily Blunt, this one will be set in contemporary times with Gosling playing an anchorman who gets infected. The tone is said to be a dark satire of media akin to NIGHTCRAWLER. No director is currently attached. The film follows on from the success of THE INVISIBLE MAN earlier this year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHHORI: Crypt TV, the horror brand co-founded by Jack Davis and Eli Roth and backed by Blumhouse, has unveiled its first Indian production in the form of Hindi horror remake CHHORI. Last year, Crypt TV partnered with Mumbai-based outfit Abundantia Entertainment, run by former Viacom18 Motion Pictures exec Vikram Malhotra, to produce content for the Indian market. This project is the first to get the green light under that deal.
Bollywood actress Nushrat Bharucha will lead cast on the film, which is a remake of Marathi-language horror LAPACHHAPI. Vishal Furia, who directed and wrote the original, will reprise his role on the new project. Abundantia's Malhotra and Crypt's Davis are producing. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** MURDER MANUAL: Creepy, terrifying chapters from our book of horror include a little girl's journey from a world of nightmares into the nightmare of reality, a gay couple's romantic getaway in Palm Springs that turns murderous, a young woman whose rideshare turns deadly, and a girl who is held captive by a circus that must be rescued by her husband.
** Blue Underground 4K releases: Blue Underground has unveiled its next two releases as Lucio Fulci's 1981 slasher THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETARY and 1982 giallo THE NEW YORK RIPPER! Both of them in 4K UHD and tons of extras. The combo packs are set to hit shelves on August 25th.
----- May 27, 2020 -----
** RUN SWEETHEART RUN: After making its debut at Sundance Film Festival this year, Blumhouse Productions and Automatik's upcoming supernatural horror film has found its home as Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the project.
The film, written and directed by Shana Feste, centers on single mother Shari as she decides to brush away her previous hesitations and try out the dating scene once again after being urged on by one of her co-workers. After her boss sets her up on a blind date with Ethan, she's thrilled as he initially proves to be charming and magnetic but the night becomes a nightmare as things turn sinister and she must find a way to escape, navigating the streets of L.A. after hours on foot.
"As crazy as audiences may find the film protagonist's experience, I wrote and directed a film that is based on a very personal story for me and I'm thrilled that a global audience will have the chance to see it soon on Amazon Prime," Feste said in a statement. "I'm also grateful to my friends at Universal and Blumhouse for their unending support of the film." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TWO HEADS CREEK: A timid butcher and his drama-queen twin sister adventure to Australia in search of their birth mother, but the seemingly tolerant townsfolk are hiding a dark, meaty secret.
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Originally slated for a September 25th opening this year, the movie will now arrive domestically in North America on April 23rd 2021. Edgar Wright co-wrote the script for the film with Krysty Wilson-Cairns with post-production still underway according to Wright. Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Wright will produce.
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith star in the psychological horror-thriller which will take place in London's Soho district and be inspired by classic films like REPULSION and DON'T LOOK NOW. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Universal's Dark Universe: Three years ago this week, Universal Pictures published a photo of a group of stars like Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem – the line-up of names they had set aside for their planned Universal classic monster shared continuity initiative "Dark Universe".
Of course, the failure of the Cruise-led THE MUMMY reboot scuttled those plans very publicly and the studio abandoned the idea. Instead they are now pursuing standalone, cost-effective, auteur-driven works based on the properties with Leigh Whannell's acclaimed psychothriller take on THE INVISIBLE MAN launching earlier this year.
Another on the way is Paul Feig's DARK ARMY feature and Feig recently spoke with Collider to offer an update on how the project is going. He says he has now completed two separate drafts of the film and it's one of the best scripts he ever written:
"Universal, they're not quite sure what they're doing right now because THE INVISIBLE MAN did really well on a very micro budget, and my movie's a little more expensive than that. So I'm hoping to God we get to make it, because I just absolutely love it. I'm so thrilled with it.
I love those movies of the 30s, the James Whale movies, [and] BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, I still think is one of the greatest films of all time. So I want that tone because those movies were very fun. They treated them seriously, but you also know they were also having a lot of fun with them, so there are a lot of extreme characters in them and funny side characters. That's what I want, I never wanted to make a horror movie. I want to make a true monster movie." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- May 22, 2020 -----
** CHILD'S PLAY series: After nearly over four months since SYFY had officially given a series order to Don Mancini's Chucky series, the original franchise creator has finally opened up about the forthcoming CHILD'S PLAY series. Speaking with Syfy Wire, Mancini has confirmed that the long-in development adaptation will indeed feature new characters and the return of some cast members from the previous films.
"With this TV show, our mission has been to preserve the straightforward scariness of the original film or the first couple of films," Mancini said. "But at the same time, continue on with this ever-expanding tapestry of consistent story that we've spun over the course of seven movies and 30-some years. I think fans are really gonna love to see the new characters that we introduce into this realm and just to see how they came off of our classic characters. Not just Chucky, but some of the others that you may be hoping to see. There's a good chance they may turn up."
In addition, he has also teased some new details about the titular killing doll, revealing that fans will get to see the iconic character with a new different goal for the horror series. "I think the prospect of seeing Chucky sharpen his skills and add to his toolbox, some of the technical goodies that we have at our disposal now, that's something I think people will find pretty interesting. It's so important to give Chucky new weapons, new strategies, and new targets, new goals. Chucky has a different goal in the TV show than he's ever had before and it's specifically something that is designed to evoke something that's going on in the zeitgeist today." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** GOOD BAD & UNDEAD: Peter Dinklage will play the vampire hunter Van Helsing and Jason Momoa is set for a newly avowed non-lethal vampire in the action-adventure GOOD BAD & UNDEAD at Legendary. The two GAME OF THRONES actors star in the story where Van Helsing has developed an uneasy partnership with Momoa's vampire who has taken a vow never to kill again. Together they run a scam from town to town, where Van Helsing pretends to vanquish the vampire for money.
But when a massive bounty is put on the vampire's head, everything in this dangerous world full of monsters and magic is now after them. The project has been dubbed Bram Stoker's MIDNIGHT RUN. Max Barbakow will helm and produce based on an original idea by Mark Swift & Damian Shannon. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RELIC: The film tells the story of Edna (Robyn Nevin), an elderly and widowed matriarch who goes missing, and her daughter Kay (Emily Mortimer) and granddaughter Sam (Bella Heathcote) who must travel to their remote family home to find her. Soon after her return, they start to discover a sinister presence haunting the house and taking control of Edna.
** THE RENTAL: Two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying on them. Before long, what should have been a celebratory weekend trip turns into something far more sinister, as well-kept secrets are exposed and the four old friends come to see each other in a whole new light. Dan Stevens and Alison Brie star in this unnerving and sophisticated debut thriller from Dave Franco (NEIGHBORS, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, THE DISASTER ARTIST).
----- May 21, 2020 -----
** PSYCHO GOREMAN: RLJE Films and Shudder, both companies under the AMC Network umbrella, have acquired at least the North American rights for Steve Kostanski's PSYCHO GOREMAN. The film was set to have its world premiere at SXSW earlier this year.
Written and directed by THE VOID's Steven Kostanski, the film revolves around siblings Mimi (Nita-Josee Hanna) and Luke (Owen Myre), who unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord (Matthew Ninaber). 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. Adam Brooks also stars.
** ANTEBELLUM: Originally slated for an April 2020 release, the film has now been pushed back to August 21.
** Stephen King's THE STAND: Check out Vanity Fair's first look at the upcoming limited series adaptation heading to CBS All Access later this year.
----- May 19, 2020 -----
** SCREAM 5: David Arquette will reprise his role as Sheriff Dewey Riley in the upcoming SCREAM film series revival. Spyglass Media Group announced Monday that filming is expected to begin later this year in Wilmington, North Carolina once safety protocols are in place. Directors Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (READY OR NOT) are helming the reboot from a script by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick.
Plot details for the reboot are under wraps, though conversations are said to be underway with other legacy cast members to join the film. Arquette says in a statement: "I am thrilled to be playing Dewey again and to reunite with my SCREAM family, old and new. SCREAM has been such a big part of my life, and for both the fans and myself, I look forward to honoring Wes Craven's legacy." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** COME PLAY: Focus Features is shaking things up in its upcoming release schedule as many theaters are still currently shut down due to the global health crisis and one project seeing a change is Jacob Chase's horror film COME PLAY starring Gillian Jacobs and Azhy Robertson, which is being pushed back from its original July 24 release to October 30th. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** NOT ALONE HERE: Following last month's release of the short horror film titled SHADOWED, director David F. Sandberg delivers another terrifying short film titled NOT ALONE HERE which again stars his frequent collaborator and wife Swedish actress Lotta Losten. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MR. VAMPIRE: Eureka Entertainment to release MR. VAMPIRE, Ricky Lau's influential and genre bending horror-comedy, presented from a brand new 2K restoration making its worldwide debut on Blu-ray as part of the Eureka Classics range from 20 July 2020. The first print-run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase and Collector's Booklet.
In a career-making performance, the late Lam Ching-ying is Master Kau, expert on all matters of the supernatural. When Kau and his two bumbling students, Man Choi (famous comedian Ricky Hui) and Chou (Chin Siu-ho), exhume a corpse for reburial, things go frighteningly and hilariously awry when the cadaver is revealed to be a hopping vampire. With the undead on the loose, Master Kau is blamed for the chaos, and must work with his students to put the spirits to rest before the vampire's own granddaughter (80s Hong Kong action icon Moon Lee) gets bitten. Fighting the vampires with everything from sticky rice to filing down the bloodsucker's fangs, the trio must defeat an increasing number of ghoulish dangers.
- Limited Edition O-CARD Slipcase with new artwork by Darren Wheeling [2000 units]
- PLUS: A Collector's Booklet featuring new writing on the film [2000 units]
- 1080p presentation from a brand new 2K restoration
- Original Cantonese audio (original mono presentations)
- English dub track produced for the film's original European home video release
- English dub track produced for the film's original American home video release
- Newly translated English subtitles
- Brand new and exclusive feature length audio commentary by Asian film expert Frank - Djeng (NY Asian Film Festival)
- Alternate end credits
- Archival interview with Chin Siu-hou [40 mins]
- Archival interview with Moon Lee [15 mins]
- Archival interview with Ricky Lau [12 mins]
- Original Hong Kong Trailer
----- May 18, 2020 -----
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Edgar Wright psychological horror tale has been pulled off the release schedule by Focus Features. Originally slated for September 25th, it will now open sometime in 2021. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE FOREVER PURGE: The fifth film in Universal's dystopian horror franchise, has been indefinitely delayed from its July 10th release.
** FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS: The film, co-directed by Reese Eveneshen & Gabriel Carrer, "follows the story of Romina, a nurse and single mother, who returns home after a long shift to find a maniac sheltering in her house with a barely living hostage. With the clock ticking on solving the mystery, waves of violent intruders descend upon the neighbourhood and besiege the home. The only way she can survive this cat-and-mouse scenario is to become just as vicious as everyone else."
** HEKS: A grieving British girl unravels her murdered mother's secrets connected to a South African witch doctor's curse. She wants to put an end to this haunting hex by traveling to South Africa, but instead it casts her deeper into sinister depths.
** SCARECROWS: Black Fawn Distribution has acquired the Canadian rights to SCARECROWS. The company has also announced that it has moved up the digital release of the film by three months. SCARECROWS is set to debut on all major Canadian digital VOD platforms next Tuesday, May 19, 2020. The film has already become a sleeper hit in one of horror's most interesting sub-genres.
----- May 14, 2020 -----
** JU-ON ORIGINS: The legendary Japanese horror franchise that has become a smash hit worldwide gets its first drama adaptation. In the Netflix Original Series JU-ON ORIGINS, the story based on a truth more terrifying than fiction returns. Can the people haunted by this house escape from its curse? And what kind of grim incident occurred in this cursed house in the past?
** SCARE PACKAGE: Shudder, AMC Networks' horror-tinged streaming service, has announced that it has acquired all rights in its territories to horror comedy SCARE PACKAGE from creators Aaron B. Koontz and Cameron Burns and features the directorial debuts of Noah Segan and Baron Vaughn. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SCHOOL SPIRITS: A girl relocates to a small town only to find it inhabited by ghosts. A struggle against a bad spirit ensues to keep the town's children safe.
** AMC and Anne Rice: AMC Networks announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Anne Rice's major literary works, The Vampire Chronicles Series and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches Series, encompassing 18 titles, including such beloved and celebrated works as Interview With The Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned and The Witching Hour.
AMC Networks will hold the comprehensive rights for this world renowned and globally coveted intellectual property to develop for its own television networks and streaming services under the AMC Studios umbrella, as well as external partner licensing, with Anne Rice and son Christopher Rice serving as executive producers on all series and films. Together, The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair series have sold more than 150 million copies worldwide. Rolin Jones, who recently signed an overall development deal with AMC Studios, will be directly involved in developing projects based on the Rice catalog for television.
"There is no shortage of content in today's competitive environment, but proven IP that has captivated millions of fans around the world is something very special and rare, and that is what Anne Rice has created," Sarah Barnett, president of AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios, said in a statement. "These remarkable stories and characters are massive in their appeal and we are privileged to take over stewardship of these legendary works and collaborate with a talent like Rolin Jones to find ways for new generations of fans to experience these worlds."
"It's always been my dream to see the worlds of my two biggest series united under a single roof so that filmmakers could explore the expansive and interconnected universe of my vampires and witches," Anne Rice said in a statement. "That dream is now a reality, and the result is one of the most significant and thrilling deals of my long career." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- May 12, 2020 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13TH: Revisit one of the most influential horror movies of all time with the 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook of FRIDAY THE 13TH, debuting on June 16, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Originally released in May of 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.
** BODY CAM: While investigating the bizarre murder of a fellow officer, veteran Renee Lomito (Mary J. Blige) discovers a mysterious figure in their body cam footage. Haunted by visions of the event, she suspects something supernatural is targeting the cops in her unit. Now, in a race against time to find the one person she thinks can stop these killings, Renee uncovers a sinister secret among the police force surrounding the shooting and cover up of an unarmed youth.
** SHIRLEY: Renowned horror writer Shirley Jackson is on the precipice of writing her masterpiece when the arrival of newlyweds upends her meticulous routine and heightens tensions in her already tempestuous relationship with her philandering husband. The middle-aged couple, prone to ruthless barbs and copious afternoon cocktails, begins to toy mercilessly with the naïve young couple at their door.
** THE DEEPER YOU DIG: When a girl is senselessly murdered, she proves that love won't stay buried. Directed by Toby Poser & John Adams.
----- May 11, 2020 -----
** Stephen King's REVIVAL: DOCTOR SLEEP writer/director Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy are reuniting for a third Stephen King adaptation – this time the 2014 novel REVIVAL at Warner Bros. Pictures. The novel dealt with the relationship between a heroin addicted musician and a dubious faith healer with a hidden agenda. The minister is obsessed with trying to find a way to communicate with his departed wife and child but ends up connecting to a Lovecraftian horror.
Flanagan is writing the script with an option to direct while both will produce. THE NEW MUTANTS helmer Josh Boone previously tried to adapt the material but that project never coalesced. Boone remains at work on the new THE STAND mini-series adaptation. Still, the duo, who were behind the critically acclaimed Netflix series HAUNTING OG HILL HOUSE, were able to engender a following for the movie post-release and nab REVIVAL as a King follow-up. This is the third King project for the team, which also took on GERALD'S GAME. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD: Like any major film or TV production, the pandemic has shut down THE WALKING DEAD for now. That hasn't stopped it though as according to director Greg Nicotero, both the TV series and the planned upcoming film that will see Andrew Lincoln return to the fold are all still active. Speaking to Syfy, Greg Nicotero says many of the show's writers are still working in the downtime to tweak or finish the scripts as that's a job that can be easily done from home:
"From what I understand from Mr. Gimple, the script is well underway. I've looked at a couple of early drafts, but I haven't seen anything lately, but from what I understand they're digging away at it. One thing about this kind of situation is people that work at home… you know, writers… they're able to take advantage of this time, and it's a good time.
I have a feeling that when people push the play button again, there's going to be a lot of material that's going to be ready to go, because everyone's getting scripts, and getting stuff just right to the point where they can get it ready before you start shooting. I think there's going to be a lot of busy people, hopefully… hopefully in a few weeks?"
Scott M. Gimple, the former showrunner of the main series turned shepherd of the whole franchise, has previously said he intends the film to heighten the stakes for Rick Grimes whilst at the same time serving as a kind of LOGAN-esque swan song works entirely on its own. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BETAAL: While on a mission to displace the natives of Campa forest in order to build a highway, Sirohi and his squad unwittingly unleash the curse of Betaal mountain that wreaks havoc on the people and threatens to end civilization as we know it.
** BECKY: Spunky and rebellious, Becky (Lulu Wilson) is brought to a weekend getaway at a lake house by her father Jeff (Joel McHale) in an effort to try to reconnect. The trip immediately takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick (Kevin James), suddenly invade the lake house.
----- May 7, 2020 -----
** SCREAM 5: Actress Neve Campbell has confirmed she has been approached about a fifth SCREAM film and "we're having conversations" with the filmmakers. The franchise has been handed over to filmmakers Matthew Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the duo behind last year's acclaimed horror comedy READY OR NOT. This will mark the first SCREAM film without the late Wes Craven at the helm and Campbell said she was initially "really apprehensive" about that.
Campbell tells the Rotten Tomatoes web site she's now not against the idea, but understandably there's logistical issues to deal with: "We're having conversations – I have been approached about it. The timing's a bit challenging because of COVID. You know, we only started the conversation maybe a month and a half ago, so it's going to take some time to figure out how it's all going to work out... We're negotiating, so we'll see.
The two directors wrote me a very touching letter about Wes Craven and how he was such an inspiration to them and how they really want to honor him, and that meant a great, great deal to me. So we'll see. Hopefully we can all see eye to eye on the project and find a way to make it."
Campbell played Sidney Prescott in all four previous films and Campbell says she remains "so grateful for these films. I love Sidney Prescott. It's always fun for me to step back in her shoes." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILDREN OF THE CORN remake: A new film adaptation of Stephen King's iconic short story CHILDREN OF THE CORN is currently in production in Australia, the film shoot managing to keep working throughout the coronavirus epidemic.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that the film's Lucas Foster and director Kurt Wimmer have been continuing to work on the film on the outskirts of Sydney – even with lockdown measures imposed across Australia since March 23rd. A combination of outdoor locations, local cast and crew, and status as an independent production have meant it was not subject to studio-based furloughs and shutdowns. The shoot also worked closely with state film board Screen NSW and regional health-and-safety body Safework NSW to design the production's protocols. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRAHMS THE BOY II: The film is now available on Digital and On Demand, and on Blu-ray and DVD on May 19 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The bonus features includes an alternate ending, deleted and alternated scenes.
** THE WALKING DEAD WORLD BEYOND: Despite production being shut down on many Hollywood projects amidst global health concerns, AMC has confirmed that post-production is running smoothly and the series is still on track to make its fall premiere date. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- May 4, 2020 -----
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: The Chris Rock-starring SAW revival film has now taken the May 21st 2021 date – delayed a full year from its original May 2020 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANTEBELLUM: The Janelle Monae-led horror film originally set for April, will now hit theaters on August 21st. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Based on the 2016 novel by Matt Ruff of the same name, debuts this August on HBO. The series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father (Michael Kenneth Williams). This begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback.
** RIP John Lafia: John Lafia, who directed the horror film CHILD'S PLAY 2 and co-wrote CHILD'S PLAY, died by suicide this week in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner's office. He was 63.
----- May 1st, 2020 -----
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 3: In a recent interview, actress Jessica Rothe talked about a possible third film. In looking at the second film and how it paved the way for a third outing, the 32-year-old star noted that while active development may not be underway on the project, that hasn't stopped writer/director Christopher Landon from preparing the story.
"I would love if we had the opportunity to complete the trilogy. I know that Chris has it all mapped out in his genius brain, but I also know that we only want to complete it if we get to do it right."
With the goal of ensuring Landon, Rothe and the rest of the cast get to complete the trilogy story arc in the way they want to do it, she is prepared to wait as long as it takes for the project to come together, especially if it means getting to be like one of the most iconic horror heroines.
"I think it's just a question of seeing if the opportunity for that exists in the world. But the funny thing is I have a feeling whether it's now or in five years or ten or twenty, if we pull a Jamie Lee Curtis from HALLOWEEN and Tree comes back as a badass 50-year-old, I know that we will get to tell the rest of the story. I love Tree, I love that character so much and I feel very, very grateful to have been a part of that." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON: Christy Hall has been hired to pen a film adaptation of Stephen King's 1999 novel for Village Roadshow Pictures. Jon Berg is producing the project alongside Roy Lee, Christine Romero and Ryan Silbert.
The story follows 12-year-old Trisha McFarland who strays from the path while she and her recently divorced mother and brother take a hike along a branch of the Appalachian Trail. Lost for days with only her portable radio for comfort, she fantasises the titular Boston Red Sox relief pitcher will save her. Something dangerous may also be tracking Trisha through the dark woods, something very hungry. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE BRIDGE CURSE: Here's the trailer for the upcoming Taiwanese horror film.
** Arrow Video US - May 2020 release schedule: Arrow Video continues to provide home video connoisseurs with exactly what they want - an eclectic line of releases that only they can deliver. May is no different with an exciting lineup of must-own titles hitting shelves on May 26th!
When treasure hunter Frye (James Earl Jones) accidentally awakens an ancient sea monster that has been lying dormant on a Greek island, the inhabitants are forced to resume the practice of sacrificing virgins in order to placate the demonic creature. Meanwhile a couple, Neil and Sherry, arrive on the island in search of Neil's missing sister, Madeline.
The Woman is the last surviving member of a clan of feral cannibals that has roamed the American wilderness for decades. When country lawyer Chris Cleek stumbles upon her whilst hunting in the woods, he decides to capture and "civilize" her with the help of his all-American family, including his wife Belle and daughter Peggy. The Cleeks soon learn that hell hath no fury like The Woman scorned.
----- 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)