It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- June 29, 2018 -----
** MANDY: Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire. Starring Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré with Richard Brake and Bill Duke. Directed by Panos Cosmatos.
** ASSASSINATION NATION: Odessa Young plays Salem high school senior Lily who spends her time in a haze of social media and partying. When the people of her town are targeted in a malicious data hack, all privacy is destroyed and lives are ruined as deadly secrets are exposed.
The small town turns on each other and descends into violent chaos as they hunt for the culprit. She and her friends must band together if they want to survive the night.
** WORLD WAR Z 2: Before he signed on to direct JURASSIC WORLD FALLEN KINGDOM, filmmaker J.A. Bayona was linked to another studio sequel tentpole film – the sequel to WORLD WAR Z at Paramount Pictures. Bayona, coming off acclaim for the likes of THE ORPHANAGE, was attached to WORLD WAR Z 2 briefly but ultimately left the Brad Pitt-led project to make 'Fallen Kingdom' instead – allowing for David Fincher to ultimately step in and take over the zombie tale.
Speaking with Den of Geek this week, Bayona revealed that though he thought WORLD WAR Z 2 had potential, he ultimately departed because the film's start date was approaching and he simply wasn't ready: "We were working on that project for around a year, and we had a great idea. We were very excited. We designed great set pieces, and we were very excited with the direction we were taking with the film, but somehow, we never found a way to connect it all together." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 27, 2018 -----
** Stephen King's THE BOOGEYMAN: Deadline web site is reporting that 20th Century Fox is closing a deal from screenwriters Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A QUIET PLACE) to adapt Stephen King's short story THE BOOGEYMAN for 21 Laps' producers Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen (STRANGER THINGS).
THE BOOGEYMAN follows a man who recently lost all his children to a creature lurking in the closet. The short story was published in 1973 and was released as part of King's Night Shift collection in 1978. Short filmmakers have adapted the short story in the past, but the horror pitch from 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps is the first time THE BOOGEYMAN has been adapted as a studio feature film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE WALKING DEAD OUR WORLD: A first-of-a-kind location based augmented reality mobile game will hit Apple App Store and Google Play on July 12!
Fight walkers on the streets, in the park, on your sofa, wherever and whenever you feel like it. You don't need to face the apocalypse alone; Rick, Daryl, Michonne and all your favorite characters from AMC's THE WALKING DEAD will fight by your side.
----- June 26, 2018 -----
** Netflix's CASTLEVANIA: CASTLEVANIA season 2 will be 8 episodes long, out sometime later this year.
** EVIL DEAD remake sequel: Filmmaker Fede Alvarez, currently at work on THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB ahead of its release this Fall, has revealed that he's interested in doing a sequel to his 2013 reboot of the EVIL DEAD franchise.
The first film cost $17 million and made $97.5 million worldwide, a sequel didn't happen but Alvarez went on to direct DON'T BREATHE which became a critical and commercial hit. Now, speaking with EW, Alvarez says as long as he and the original creatives can come up with a story to justify it, a new EVIL DEAD 2 could happen:
"Making my EVIL DEAD was an amazing experience, it was my first film. So, going back at some point will be a possibility. I mean, I'm really good friends with all those guys, with Bruce [Campbell], and Sam [Raimi], and Rob (Tapert). So, we always chat about it. The good news – and I think that's what sometimes people don't understand – is, none of those guys will make any of these movies just because they can, just because it's good business.
They will only make it if they believe they have some good story to tell. A lot of people say that in this industry, but most of the time it's not true. With those guys, all of us involved in those movies, we will just make them if we believe there's a story that has to be told, and is awesome, and is great, and we believe that it will be better than anything that will be done before in that world. [When] we find that story, when we all agree on what it is, it will probably happen." thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** NIGHTBREED TV series reboot: "The team at Morgan Creek is very excited to partner with Clive Barker, Syfy and Universal Cable Productions on NIGHTBREED for a unique, trenchant and no-holds-barred exploration of race relations in today's society," Morgan Creek president David Robinson told Deadline. "As a sophisticated twist on the classic graphic novel form, NIGHTBREED pits 'Humans' against persecuted monsters, using metaphor and parable to take on bias and prejudice with real-world consequences." The series is set to be written by JIGSAW screenwriter Josh Stolberg.
----- June 25, 2018 -----
** JASON GOES TO HELL spin-off: Twenty-five years after it was released, JASON GOES TO HELL director Adam Marcus has revealed he has an idea for a spin-off that would put the focus on Steven Williams' character Creighton Duke from the original. Duke was a bounty hunter with a large amount of knowledge of the history of Jason Voorhees, following Jason having killed his girlfriend at Camp Crystal Lake years earlier. Duke sought him out with the intent of killing the supernatural being permanently.
Jason ultimately killed him, but Duke was able to send him to hell nonetheless in the ninth of the official FRIDAY THE 13TH film. Speaking with Cinema Toast Crunch, Marcus says he hopes to go into production next year:
"I have a movie… you're the first ones I've talked about this to… that is a completely Creighton Duke-inspired movie. We're doing that next year. I can tell you that I'm talking with Steven Williams about this. I'm dead serious about this movie. It's something I've wanted to do for years. For me, that was the character that I gave a crap about. That's the guy that I adore. And, I'm tellin' ya, I have something up my sleeve that's gonna knock people out."
It's also believed the spin-off will not address Jason Voorhees at all, not unexpected considering the franchise is in a legal rights quagmire at present. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY The TV Series: Franchise creator Don Mancini announced on Twitter that CHILD'S PLAY The TV Series is officially in the works. Mancini's previous discussion said the film's story arc will continue with the series, marking a unique connection between a film and TV series. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** GET OUT sequel: Filmmaker Jordan Peele is reportedly considering the possibility of a direct sequel to last year's critical and audience smash hit and Best Picture nominee GET OUT. Speaking with Variety, producer Jason Blum offered a very short quote about the possibility of a GET OUT 2: "If Jordan wants to do a sequel, I'll do it in a second, but it has to come from Jordan Peele. I think he's flirting with the idea."
That follows on from a comment back in February in which Peele said: "I will definitely, seriously consider it. I love that universe and feel like there's more story to tell. I don't know what it is now, but there are some loose ends, if you know the movie."
Peele has already spoken about plans to do more socially-minded psychological thrillers in the same vein but involving different groups and subject matter. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Scream Factory Limited Edition Steelbooks: Three new Limited Edition Steelbooks are coming out soon from Scream Factory. As always, these are must own for collectors.
ARMY OF DARKNESS
DISC ONE (Theatrical Version)
- Medieval Times: The Making Of "Army Of Darkness" Featuring Interviews With Cast & Crew
- Original Ending
- Original Opening With Optional Commentary By Sam Raimi And Bruce Campbell
- Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Sam Raimi And Bruce Campbell
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Home Video Promo
DISC TWO (Director's Cut)
- Audio Commentary With Director Sam Raimi, Actor Bruce Campbell And Co-Writer Ivan Raimi
- Additional Behind-The-Scenes Footage From KNB Effects
- intage Creating The Deadites Featurette
- Vintage "Making Of" Featurette
- Extended Interview Clips With Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell And Robert Tapert
DISC THREE (International Cut)
- 4K Scan Of The International Inter-positive
- Television Version With Additional Footage (Standard Definition)
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Galleries With Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Production Designer Anthony Tremblay, Visual Effects Supervisor William Mesa And Special Make-Up Effects Artists Tony Gardner And KNB EFX, Inc. (Over 200 Stills)
- Still Gallery Of Props And Rare Photos From The Collection Of Super Fan Dennis Carter Jr.
- Storyboards For Deleted Or Alternate Scenes
- Vintage The Men Behind The Army Featurette
- NEW 4K Scans Of Both Versions Of The Film
- Audio Commentary With Director Tobe Hooper, Moderated By Tim Sullivan (Director's Cut Only)
- Audio Commentary With Make-up Effects Artist Nick Maley (Director's Cut Only)
- "Dangerous Beauty" – An Interview With Actress Mathilda May
- "Space Vampires In London" – An Interview With Director Tobe Hooper
- "Carlsen's Curse" – An Interview With Actor Steve Railsback
- Teaser And Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spot
- Still Gallery
- Audio Commentary With Director Joe Dante And Actors Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone And Robert Picardo
- Audio Commentary By Author Gary Bradner
- "Howling's Eternal" – An Interview With Executive Producer Steven A. Lane
- "Cut To Shreds" – An Interview With Editor Mark Goldblatt
- Interviews With Co-Writer Terence H. Winkless And Stop Motion Animator David Allen
- "Unleashing The Beast: The Making Of The Howling"
- "Making A Monster Movie: Inside The Howling"
- Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
- "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" – A Look At The Film's Locations
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
----- June 22, 2018 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the very first poster for the sequel to 2005's THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, itself a sequel to Zombie's feature film debut, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. The three characters went down in a blaze of glory at the end of the previous movie, ending plans for a continuing series at Lionsgate, which was eager in the mid-2000s for more horror franchises. It remains to be seen when the film will arrive in theaters or how the Firefly family will return from the grave.
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS grossed $17 million on a $7 million dollar budget back in 2005, and was a tremendous success on DVD. House of HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES $12 million in 2003 after being first produced in 2000 for Universal and shelved for three years. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BODY CAM: Singer Mary J. Blige has signed on to star in the horror thriller for Paramount Players. The story focuses on several LAPD police officers who are haunted by a malevolent spirit that is tied to the murder of a black youth at the hands of two white cops, all of which are caught on a body cam video that was destroyed in a cover-up.
Blige will play an officer who becomes rocked by visions and begins to investigate the cover-up. Richmond Riedel penned the script with re-writes by Nicholas McCarthy and John Ridley. Said to be a tonal blend of GET OUT and END OF WATCH, Malik Vitthal helms the film which is being produced by Matt Kaplan. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 20, 2018 -----
** THE MEG: The upcoming film is coming to theaters on August 10, 2018.
** TAU: Netflix has released a new trailer for its original sci-fi horror feature TAU starring Gary Oldman as the voice of an AI-driven smart house that terrorizes its inhabitants in a horrifying game of cat and mouse. IT FOLLOWS star Maika Monroe plays a young woman living in a futuristic city who gets kidnapped and injected by a mysterious stranger and psychotic inventor (Ed Skrein).
She wakes up strapped to a chair in a strange house run by the artificial intelligence Tau. The inventor gives her a choice: do as the house says, or die. She attempts to escape by befriending the A.I. program that controls the house. TAU premieres on Netflix on June 29th.
----- June 19, 2018 -----
** UNFRIENDED DARK WEB: Here's the poster for the upcoming film, which will arrive in theaters on July 20, 2018.
** PET SEMETARY remake: Filmmaker Dennis Widmyer used his Twitter account to announce that production has started on the new film adaptation of Stephen King's 1983 novel PET SEMETARY at Paramount Pictures. Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch co-helm the movie in which Jason Clarke plays Dr. Louis Creed, a man who moves his family to a house by a busy road in rural Maine.
Nearby the local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed. Jeff Buhler adapted the script for the film which also stars John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz. PET SEMETARY opens April 19th 2019. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: What happens when a night of fun turns into a night of horror? Seven friends and a mysterious backpacker converge at a desolate ski lodge in the mountains and as the clock begins the countdown to the New Year, they discover that the end of the old year may be the end of all their years as they are systematically hunted down by ruthless masked men with a deadly agenda. The films comes out on VOD July 3.
----- June 15, 2018 -----
GOREZONE is 20 years old!
Twenty years 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. 20 years later GOREZONE is still alive, independant and true to its original concept. We never sold out. Never gave up.
Since I'm French Canadian, I decided to have the whole site in both English and French. The very first news update talked about HALLOWEEN H20, a rumored FREDDY VS. JASON and the 1998 edition of the Fantasia Film Festival. The slasher resurrection was in full force "thanks" to SCREAM... horror was hot and mainstream again, something that hadn't happened since 1985!
The site was first hosted on Xoom.com, Geocities and later Horror Net, which offered me to host the site on their servers since they were fans of GOREZONE. Unfortunately, the site was sold and GOREZONE was without a home. That was 2001, and the time when I finally got the .NET domain!
Things got bigger and better, we moved to a more reliable server, cooler forum, a short lived fanzine was born and DVD CRYPT became the first DVD horror web site on the net. The very first GOREZONE forum was hosted on Inside The Web. Those who've been coming here for a long time must remember these wild and crazy threads over that forum. We sure all learned a lot from it!
Things got bigger and better, we moved to a more reliable server, cooler forum, a short lived fanzine was born and DVD CRYPT became the first DVD horror web site on the net. The very first GOREZONE forum was hosted on Inside The Web. Those who've been coming here for a long time must remember these wild and crazy threads over that forum. We sure all learned a lot from it!
Twenty 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 14, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Variety reveals that actor Jake Gyllenhaal is partly responsible for the film happening. The actor is a family friend of Jamie Lee Curtis, and he convinced her to speak with the reboot's director David Gordon Green. Once she did, they reportedly hit it off immediately and the film went forward. Co-writer Danny McBride revealed to EW that at one time they were considering two films, but changed it to just one:
"We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back…Then we were like, Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we'd never work again. So, let's not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren't going to like. So, we were like, Let's learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn't. But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** UNFRIENDED DARK WEB: Death wants some Face Time. From the Producer of GET OUT, THE PURGE and HAPPY DEATH DAY comes UNFRIENDED DARK WEB, in theaters July 20.
----- June 13, 2018 -----
** ARACHNOPHOBIA remake: James Wan (SAW, THE CONJURING) is producing an ARACHNOPHOBIA remake, based on the 1990 horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall. The original movie centered around a species of South American killer spider that crosses the U.S. border in a coffin. Starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman, the spider breeds and becomes a massive killer as a few brave souls try to track down the queen before the hybrid breed can take hold. Though technically a financial success, the film had a modest total at the domestic box office, bringing in $53.2 million, but has since become a cult classic.
James Wan recently completed AQUAMAN for DC and Warner Bros. and is finishing up post-production on THE NUN, Wan's latest installment in THE CONJURING universe which is set to premiere on September 7, 2018. Wan's upcoming projects also include the horror movie THE CHILDREN, a feature reboot of Stephen King's THE TOMMYKNOCKERS, a SWAMP THING TV series, and THE CROOKED MAN and THE CONJURING 3 — two additional installments of THE CONJURING franchise. James Wan's Atomic Monster Productions and Amblin Entertainment will produce the ARACHNOPHOBIA remake with a writer and director to be set. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE NUN: When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in THE CONJURING 2, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. Witness the darkest chapter of THE CONJURING Universe, in theaters September 7.
** THE UNSEEN: A man, who years earlier mysteriously abandoned his family and isolated himself in a small northern town, returns for one last chance to reconnect with his troubled daughter. When she goes missing, he risks everything to find her, including exposing the fact that he is becoming invisible.
----- June 11, 2018 -----
** THE CHANGELING: Severin Films is releasing Peter Medak's film on Blu-ray with a new HD transfer created from a 4K scan of the inter-positive film element. Special Features:
- Audio Commentary With Director Peter Medak and Producer Joel B. Michaels Moderated By Severin Films' David Gregory
- The House On Cheesman Park: The Haunting True Story Of THE CHANGELING
- The Music Of THE CHANGELING: Interview With Music Arranger Kenneth Wannberg
- Building The House Of Horror: Interview With Art Director Reuben Freed
- The Psychotronic Tourist: THE CHANGELING
- Master of Horror Mick Garris On THE CHANGELING
- Poster & Still Gallery
- TV Spot
** DARKNESS REIGNS: A film crew is ravaged by a demon in the unique new horror film, premiering from Wild Eye Releasing on VOD 7/10/18. Genre icon Casper Van Dien (STARSHIP TROOPERS) plays himself in a clever spookfest from Emmy nominee Andrew P.Jones about a group of filmmakers shooting a movie in a reportedly haunted hotel that are faced with an unfathomable demonic force that possesses and attacks both the crew and the film's star, Casper Van Dien. Will the film's director be able to escape with the paranormal proof he has captured, or will he succumb to the hellish plans of the demon who has surfaced?
** THE BLDG FIVE STORIES OF HORROR: The first teaser of this upcoming horror anthology is now here, check it out!
** Jamie Lee Curtis talks HALLOWEEN: "How f***ing crazy is this?" is literally the first thing Jamie Lee Curtis said to ComingSoon.net in an onset interview. Even she can't believe that we're all here, forty years after they made the first movie, and they're making another one. She'd put the franchise behind her for the second time in her life, but the phone rang once again.
"I thought HALLOWEEN H20 was the correct thing to do at the time," Curtis says, referencing the "20 years later" sequel she starred in back in 1998. "I liked it, then I had to be in that other thing just to conclude the story and then I truly thought I would not return to this but life is sweet. I was on vacation in June when I got this phone call that David wanted to speak to me."
Curtis reveals director David Gordon Green tried to pitch her on the idea first but she insisted on seeing the script herself, recalling she thought it was a "clever, modern way of referencing HALLOWEEN."
"It's a very interesting take on the movie because it references HALLOWEEN 1 in every way it can," Curtis says. "Stylistically, characterologically, visually, emotionally, it follows very similar themes but it's its own movie so it's a very clever mash-up, to use a young people's word, of the first movie in a retelling like a direct sequel but it's fascinating. When you see what they've come up with you'll be like 'Wow,' because it's a very modern and yet very true movie." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Director David Gordon Green, co-writer Danny McBride and producer Malek Akkad recently talked with ComingSoon.net about the upcoming film. When asked about the previous sequels, reboot and such; "Anyone who's a fan of any of these films will find nice little Easter Eggs acknowledging our salute to the filmmakers that have preceded us in the stories and mythologies as they've unfolded," director David Gordon Green said. "For us, it was a clean slate type of opportunity, where if there was a little inspiration or mirror image of something it's very subtle in the movie because we want to start fresh for a new generation but with great appreciation for the previous."
"I feel like it's almost one of the things like Batman or something," McBride says. "You see these different artists take on these iconic characters so I think it's kind of cool to see what different filmmakers will do with a property that is so well known. I would rather have that approach to Michael Myers than everyone just continuing some storyline and just trying to regurgitate these things. I think it's more interesting to have someone like David or Rob Zombie, these filmmakers that just come and put their own stamp on it for better or worse. I think that's a more interesting way for a franchise to stay alive than to just continue to beat the same drum over and over again."
As for series producer Malek Akkad, who has been with the franchise since he was a child as his late father spearheaded the entire thing, the idea of scrapping films he previously worked on both hurts a little and is kind of a relie
"It does and it doesn't (hurt). First, a little bit, you're always wondering what the fans' reaction to that is going to be and to be honest, the franchise has taken a lot of left turns…There are so many arcs in there that you can never satisfy them all, and I think what David and Danny and Jeff (Fradley, co-writer) have done has really cracked it in a way that the fans are going to love. The fans are going to love all the homages they put in the film, there are just so many little Easter Eggs and you know, just kind of touches to the original."
Without the sequels though, the new film is free of one of the biggest moving parts of the series: the familial relationship between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. Removing the "twist" of making the pair related which gave "reason" to Myers' killing spree now takes the shackles off a piece of continuity that should never have been added in the first place, and as McBride notes, makes it all scary again.
"I was pushing for that removal right off the bat," McBride says. "I just felt like that was an area where he wasn't quite as scary anymore, it seemed too personalized. I wasn't as afraid of Michael Myers anymore because I'm not his f***ing brother so he's not coming after me. Also you've seen it, so wouldn't it be interesting just to see what would happen if it wasn't that, and what does that open up for us if it wasn't this random killing that has affected this character, so it just seemed like new territory to bite off."
"We were trying to come up with what our take would be and really just found an original path that more or less takes the first one as our reality," Green adds. "(That film) kind of sets the tone for our story or history and then we jumped forty years into the future and we see how the world today responds to, was affected by, how we meet our characters in a different phase of their life under the reality of this traumatic event and have to come to terms with some of these issues horrifically, in many circumstances, how that is relayed and that's kind of the fun of how we launch off." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- June 6, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's the new poster for the upcoming film.
** HALLOWEEN: USA Today released a great piece on the upcoming film. Classic horror villain Michael Myers returns in a new HALLOWEEN. Unfortunately for him, so does Laurie Strode. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her "final girl" role for the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter's original 1978 fright fest. But in director David Gordon Green's follow-up (in theaters Oct. 19), the tables have turned a bit: Laurie has been preparing for a rematch with the iconic knife-wielding masked psycho, and when he stalks her again in suburban Haddonfield, Ill., she's as ready for him as he is for her.
In the first film — the actress' Hollywood debut — "she was running for her life," says Curtis, 59. "In this case, she is well-matched, she is prepared, she is focused. She will be the one people are standing behind when that moment comes, because she's the one ready."
Produced by horror guru Jason Blum, the new HALLOWEEN brings back Laurie and Michael but also leans into pop culture's current fascination with true crime (see also: Making a Murderer, Serial). A British documentary crew comes to the States to visit Michael in prison for a retrospective of the maniac's night of terror — "Someone has to bring a modern audience into a 40-year old movie," Curtis says — but their project becomes way more interesting when Myers escapes custody, retrieves his signature mask and seeks revenge on Laurie, with others naturally being part of his impressive career body count along the way.
In the decades following the fateful Halloween night that forever altered the former babysitter's life, Laurie has armed and prepped herself for Michael's inevitable return — to the detriment of her family, including daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).
"We're being very honest and truthful about that, how it would affectthe upbringing of her daughter, who has a lot of conflicts because of her mother's obsession with this incident, and her granddaughter, who's trying to connect" with Laurie, Green says.
Her community is also a little wary of Laurie. "It becomes a little bit 'The British are coming!' and everybody just gets tired of it," Curtis says. "It's the girl who cried Michael, and they're all like, 'Oh, my God, Laurie, shut the (expletive) up.' And that's why I like where we find her."
As for Michael (Nick Castle, the original Michael, and James Jude Courtney split the role), nothing has changed too radically, though his new mask is a bit more weathered and reflective of the antagonist's "authentic evolution" over four decades, Green says. "He's the essence of evil, so we don't want to get too much into the specifics of what makes him tick. So much of what makes the boogeyman horrifying to me is the mystery and almost cat-like mannerisms and curiosity of this character."
The HALLOWEEN franchise spawned seven sequels — plus a two-movie reboot from Rob Zombie — but Green has essentially thrown out all those in favor of establishing a fresh mythology built on the original 1978 movie. (Carpenter also returns as executive producer and composer.) When Green studied the franchise as a whole, he says, "I started finding limitations instead of opportunity, and thinking, 'If there was a little bit of a clean slate to take it in a direction I selfishly as a huge Halloween fan wanted, where would I go?' "
That streamlining was one of the main reasons Curtis signed on to return, and she finds the follow-up to be "simple, clean, scary and excellent." She also remains hugely proud of her character and this horror show.
"I recognize that it will be my biggest contribution," Curtis says. "Despite writing books for children, all of my advocacy, all of my politics, all of my own personal journey, my legacy will be HALLOWEEN." (thanks to USAToday.com)
** THE HARVESTER: Horror Equity Fund Inc. (HEF) is excited to announce they will be bringing the acclaimed graphic novel series THE RISE OF THE HARVESTER by Steve McGinnis to the screen and beyond! HEF CEO Marlon Schulman believes that the series has great franchise potential, and will be a "great ride for horror fans" throughout the world. HEF CCO and screenwriter Brian Herskowitz has penned THE HARVESTER screenplay which artfully deepens and expands the series.
McGinnis started illustrating at a young age where signs of his horror potential showed up even then. In the spring of 2012 Steve was commissioned to paint some images and posters for the Niagara Falls Comic-Con to honor the 1974 cast of the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. The resulting TCM print was much beloved by the cast and crew and led to Steve being asked to do the same for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. The masterfully illustrated graphic novels – RISE OF THE HARVESTER Book One and RISE OF THE HARVESTER Con of the Dead were released by SST to critical acclaim.
"Turning graphic novels from print art to a proper screenplay that flows can be tricky, but they did it seamlessly with respect to the original story. I am very pleased and excited to be collaborating with Horror Equity Fund on The Harvester Franchise. I foresee a very successful partnership between us while creating a new Slasher icon." Steve McGinnis.
"Steve's artwork is known throughout the Horror community and we are thrilled to be working with him. THE HARVESTER is poised to set a new standard for cinematic mayhem and destined to become a Horror Classic." HEF Team. HEF's mission is to establish the company as the premier destination for investors, fans, and content creators to join forces in making profitable horror properties in film, TV, gaming, live events and publishing. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** SATANIC PANIC: Fangoria has optioned SATANIC PANIC a spec from author and consumate gentleman Grady Hendrix. The author of Horrorstor, My Best Friend's Exorcism and Paperbacks From Hell, Hendrix wrote the spec with his MOHAWK co-writer Ted Geoghegan many blood moons before they collaborated on Geoghegan's latest film.
It's an After Hours-esque dark comedy in a supernatural setting. A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life — and her tips — when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- June 5, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake trailer: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up. SUSPIRIA arrives in theaters November 2. From director Luca Guadagnino. Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper and Chloe Grace Moretz.
** LET THE CORPSE TAN: The classic giallo gets a modern update in Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzan's stylish homage to classic 1970s European crime thrillers with their hard violence and stylised shot composition.
The story is set on the Mediterranean coast at the height of summer and follows a gang hiding out in an abandoned Mediterranean seaside cliff ruin with 250 kgs of stolen gold. Along with dealing with a hypersexual female artist searching for inspiration who lives in the ruins, they must deal with surprise guests and two cops potentially compromising their plan.
The film is fairly unique in one way – no sound was recorded on set with the entire auditory landscape created over months in foley studios. The film kicks off a platform rollout in New York and Los Angeles on August 31st and the U.S. trailer for it has just been released. (thanks to DarkHoeizons.com)
** THE MIMIC: Following the acclaim for his first feature film HIDE AND SEEK, writer/director Huh Jung returns to the genre that made him famous with his sophomore horror-thriller THE MIMIC, generating terror on digital and Blu-ray June 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
Based on the mythological take "Tiger of Mt. Jang," where a legendary ghost that mimics humans, a woman takes in a lost girl she finds near the mysterious Mt. Jang and mystifying things begin to happen to her frightened family. THE MIMIC stars Yum Jung-Ah (TELL ME SOMETHING), Park Hyuk-Kwon (A TAXI DRIVER), Shin Rin-Ah (ODE TO MY FATHER), Heo Jin (THE WAILING), Kil Hae-Yeon (MISSING) and Lee Yool (HELLO MURDERER).
A classic Korean ghost story gets a horrifying new spin in THE MIMIC, as the mother of a missing child takes in a lost girl she finds in the woods and soon begins to wonder if she is even human.
** THE LIGHTHOUSE: Inspired by a terrifying true story, tells of two men trapped in an isolated lighthouse, surrounded by the deadly Irish sea, with both their minds ultimately pushed to the limits. Directed by Chris Crow, and nominated for five BAFTA awards including Best Director and Best Actor, winning Best Visual Effects, THE LIGHTHOUSE opens in select theaters July 6 and VOD July 10.
----- June 4, 2018 -----
** A QUIET PLACE: The box office hit debuts on Digital June 26, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD July 10 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The A QUIET PLACE Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese Dolby Audio and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following:
- Feature film in high definition
- Bonus Content:
- Creating the Quiet – Behind the Scenes of A QUIET PLACE
- The Sound of Darkness – Editing Sound for A QUIET PLACE
- A Reason for Silence – The Visual Effects of A QUIET PLACE
- Feature film in standard definition
** Alexandre Aja's CRAWL: The Hollywood Reporter has brings word that 26-year-old English actress Kaya Scodelario (THE MAZE RUNNER) has entered negotiations to star in the upcoming low-budget horror film for Paramount Pictures.
Helmed by Alexandre Aja, the man behind HAUTE TENSION, the film will follow a young woman in Florida trying to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, only to find herself trapped in a flooded house and fighting for her life against alligators. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SLENDER MAN: Distribution rights for the upcoming horror film are on the block following producers heated disagreements with Sony Pictures over its planned release. Basically Sony is pushing it as a low-budget, Blumhouse-esque release. Producers, however, are much more confident and want a wider release and bigger marketing push – and Sony is not willing to spend more on it.
So the producers have triggered a clause in their contract which allows them to solicit higher offers and have shown the film to several other studios and streaming giants. However, it is said those companies are also sceptical about the nearly completed picture's commercial potential.
This comes after Sony has already debuted a trailer and released posters and promotional images. The head of Sony's Screen Gems division wants to release the film, but the studio is also concerned about social media backlash. Joey King, Jaz Sinclair, and Julia Goldani Telles star in the film which presently remains set for an August 24th opening. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's some new posters for the upcoming film.
----- May 31, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: A month after its premiere at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the much talked about first trailer for the new HALLOWEEN looks set to be finally debuting online soon. David Gordon Green helms and co-wrote the new film with Danny McBride with the movie bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and original director John Carpenter to consult and provide the score. The film's Jason Blum has now taken to Twitter to confirm the trailer is going online in early June:
"I want to assure #Halloween fans that we hear you. We have read your comments. And I can assure you that early June will be a happy time for you or perhaps I should say for most of you."
This matches with a source in Australia which indicates the trailer will be launched online either this coming week or early next – either way it seems to be hitting sooner rather than later. The movie itself is slated to open in October. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** VOODOO: The upcoming film tells the story of an innocent southern girl, Dani, vacationing in Los Angeles to evade her increasingly complicated life. Once Dani arrives in Los Angeles, she learns that trying to escape her past is not as easy as she had hoped.
Samantha Stewart, Dominic Matteucci, Ruth Reynolds, Daniel Kozul, Ron Jeremy, and Lavelle Roby star in VOODOO, making its long-awaited DVD debut this September.
----- May 28, 2018 -----
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD: Lionsgate is proud to announce the third and final season of ASH VS EVIL DEAD, starring Bruce Campbell, arriving on Digital May 25 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD August 21. Ash, who – having gone from urban legend to hometown hero – discovers that he has a daughter. And, when Kelly witnesses a massacre with Ruby's fingerprints all over it, she returns to warn Ash and Pablo.
** THE LAST SHARKNADO IT'S ABOUT TIME: Our hero Fin (Ian Ziering) has battled sharks all over the globe, but in this last installment he will tackle the final shark-tier — time travel. In the ending moments of SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING, Fin was seen wandering alone on Earth after it was destroyed. Now he must travel back in time to stop the Sharknado that started it all. Will Fin and the gang be able to set everything right and save the world once and for all? A production of The Asylum, THE LAST SHARKNADO: IT'S ABOUT TIME is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, based on an original screenplay by Scotty Mullen.
** IT CAME FROM THE DESERT: A pulpy monster movie inspired by the cult classic 1980s video game IT CAME FROM THE DESERT, featuring rival motocross heroes and heroines, kegger parties in the desert, secret underground military bases...and of course giant ants!
----- May 23, 2018 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: The first photos from the set of Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL are out showcasing actors Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig and Jeff Daniel Phillips in this third film in the 'Firefly Family' trilogy following HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS.
Zombie and Moseley will reprise their roles as Vera-Ellen 'Baby' Firefly and Otis Driftwood, with Sid Haig also returning as the iconic Captain Spaulding. Jeff Daniel Phillips will play Warden Virgil Dallas Harper. Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Richard Brake, Dee Wallace and Austin Stoker also have roles in the film which has fans questioning how the trio at the heart of the film will survive following their deaths at the end of THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DOWN A DARK HALL: The upcoming film follows Kit, a difficult young girl sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School run by eccentric headmistress Madame Duret. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal. The film debuts in theaters, On Demand, and on iTunes August 17th!
** Universal Dark Universe: Universal's seemingly collapsed Dark Universe initiative – a linked monster movie cinematic universe – may still have some life left in it. Artist Robert Vargas posted on his Instagram account that he had a meeting with some of the folks at Universal who are in charge of what's left of the Dark Universe. They reportedly want Vargas to do some artwork for them related to 'monster things'.
Screenwriter Ed Solomon previously said the studio was reconfiguring their plans for the franchise moving forward. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LAKE VAMPIRE: This dark Venezuelan thriller was inspired by the real-life case of Zacarias Ortega, a serial killer who drank the blood of his victims. In 1975, when Ortega was captured and detained, he confessed he committed all his crimes to honor an alleged pact with the Devil, who made him immortal.
THE LAKE VAMPIRE follows author Ernesto Navarro (Sócrates Serrano), who tracks this mysterious blood-drinking serial killer (Eduardo Gulino), and as he becomes embroiled in the case, his obsession drives him toward the darkest of human nature.
----- May 17, 2018 -----
** ZOMBIELAND 2: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the screenwriting duo behind 2009's comedy horror hit ZOMBIELAND, told Vulture that they are hoping for an October 2019 release date for ZOMBIELAND 2, the highly-anticipated sequel that has taken some time getting off the ground. Reese and Wernick also confirmed that the original Zombieland cast will be returning.
Wernick commented: "We're going on the tenth anniversary of ZOMBIELAND. ZOMBIELAND came out October of 2009. We don't know what you get someone for their tenth anniversary, but it may be a ZOMBIELAND 2… The hope is that we're shooting that thing early 2019 for an October '19 release. With the original cast, by the way."
"We are sitting on information that we can't entirely share at this moment, but we can just say we think fans of ZOMBIELAND who have been hoping for a ZOMBIELAND 2, that we will grant their wish very, very soon," the writer added.
Set in a zombie post-apocalypse and filtered through a darkly comic lens, the original ZOMBIELAND hit theaters in 2009 and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as survivors attempting to outlast the living dead. The movie earned $102.4 million worldwide off a $23.6 million budget. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Umbrella Entertainment update: Umbrella Entertainment is excited to share the upcoming slate of releases from our BEYOND GENRES: WOLRDS ON FILM collector Blu-Ray range. After the release of Volume 3: Stuart Gordon's DAGON in July, we will be unleashing the following titles in 2018:
Newly restored from a 4K scan, Russell Mulcahy's outback animal rampage is unleashed in a brand new edition with newly commissioned special features!
SPIRITS OF THE AIR, GREMLINS OF THE CLOUDS
The debut feature from director Alex Proyas (DARK CITY, THE CROW), this post-apocalyptic vision arrives newly re-mastered from a 2K scan on Blu-Ray for the first time in the world.
NEXT OF KIN
"It literally is a horror film quite unlike any other … It has a very, very unique tone and the closest equivalent to this tone is THE SHINNING," - Quentin Tarantino. Tony Williams' unsettling horror tale set in a remote retirement home hits Blu-Ray newly remastered from a 4K scan and for the first time worldwide.
----- May 16, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Amazon Studios has released the first photos for their upcoming big screen remake of SUSPIRIA and announced that the new film will officially debut in theaters on November 2nd.
The studio has also released an updated version of the film's synopsis, which reads as follows: "As a darkness builds at the center of a world-renown dance company, its artistic director, a young American new to the troupe, and a grieving psychotherapist become entangled in a bloody, sighing nightmare." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BETWEEN WORLDS: Saban Films has announced they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer/director Maria Pulera's BETWEEN WORLDS, which stars Nicolas Cage, Penelope Mitchell, Franka Potente, and Hopper Penn. Eric Banoun and David Hillary produced alongside Pulera via their company Rise Up, LLC.
BETWEEN WORLDS follows Joe (Cage), a down-on-his-luck truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and child. He meets Julie (Potente) a spiritually gifted woman who enlists Joe in a desperate effort to find the lost soul of her comatose daughter, Billie (Mitchell). But the spirit of Joe's dead wife Mary proves stronger, possessing the young woman's body and determined to settle her unfinished business with the living. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SEQUENCE BREAK: A reclusive video arcade repairman (Chase Williamson) experiences bizarre biomechanical mutations and Cronenbergian hallucinations when a mysterious new arcade machine appears in his shop. Reality itself threatens to fracture as the young man works to solve its mystery - and overcome the new chaos that has entered his life.
----- May 15, 2018 -----
** Gaspar Noé's CLIMAX: Controversial director Gaspar Noé pushes the limits with all his films. This year he returns with CLIMAX, a new film shot over just two weeks and which just premiered at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes to reviews which dub it his "most focused achievement" and arguably his best work to date.
Set in the mid-1990s, the story follows twenty urban dancers engaged in a three-day rehearsal in a closed-down boarding school surrounded by forest. They decide to celebrate with one last party around a large sangria bowl when the atmosphere becomes charged and a strange madness will seize them the whole night. They succumb to their neuroses and psychoses on the way.
** Lars von Trier's THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: Filmmaker Lars von Trier, the man behind ANTICHRIST, has previously said his new film will be his most brutal film to date. Now, just as the film is debuting at Cannes, the film's first official trailer has gone online and boasts a lot of strong violence and gore. Matt Dillon stars as the titular Jack as we watch him develop into a serial killer.
The story follows him through five important killings and provides glimpses into his troubling coming-of-age experience. Uma Thurman and Riley Keough also star in the film which hits U.S. cinemas this Fall.
** HEREDITARY: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell. Written and directed by Ari Aster and produced by Lars Knudsen and Kevin Frakes, HEREDITARY is getting a wide release on June 8, 2018.
** F.E.A.R live action adaptation: Machinima, a division of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, announced a development deal with Greg Russo, the screenwriter of two highly-anticipated feature films based on iconic video game franchises: the forthcoming MORTAL KOMBAT from New Line Cinema and Screen Gems' RESIDENT EVIL.
Russo's initial project for Machinima will be a live-action adaptation based on Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's survival horror game F.E.A.R. (aka First Encounter Assault Recon) for online distribution. The deal was announced by Machinima General Manager Russell Arons as part of the company's ongoing commitment to working with elite talent to deliver premium content through Machinima Studios, the company's development unit. Under the pact, Russo will work closely with the Machinima Studios team to create and develop original premium programming for outside buyers.
"Greg is an inspired screenwriter who clearly loves gaming," said Arons. "To be able to bring his talents to Machinima Studios provides us an amazing opportunity to tackle action-packed series that are certain to appeal to our legions of millennial gamers and fans around the world."
"As a lifelong gamer, it's an absolute honor to partner with Machinima, the preeminent provider of digital content to gamers worldwide," said Russo. "F.E.A.R. holds a special place in my heart. I'm excited to bring my personal passion to this and future projects and can't wait to see where our partnership goes from here." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- May 14, 2018 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: Constantin Films is still working on their RESIDENT EVIL reboot, and Martin Moszkowicz added that one option they are looking at is a TV series. "For us, the main thing is to get it right creatively so people don't think it's more of the same. That's what it's all about these days, a fresh, different approach," he said. He also confirmed that Anderson will not return to direct. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Although they finished shooting back in February, the crew of the upcoming HALLOWEEN movie will be returning to Charleston, South Carolina to film a little more.
The film is reportedly going back to tweak the ending following a test screening shrouded in mystery, and while that might fuel doubt in some fans, there should be no concerns, as this has happened with many other films, including other releases from Blumhouse Productions, which is behind the eleventh installment in the long-standing horror franchise. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** RABID remake: Laura Vandervoort (JIGSAW) has been cast as the lead for RABID. The film is a remake of David Cronenberg's film of the same name released in 1977. The remake will be directed by the Soska Sisters.
RABID is written by Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska and John Serge, and led by the twin sister horror-movie directors that established a huge following with the 2012 slasher film AMERICAN MARY. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TREMORS TV series: We recently learned that Syfy had dropped plans for a TV series based on the films starring Kevin Bacon. The pilot for the series was directed by Vincenzo Natali, director of CUBE, and scripted by Andrew Miller. Here's the trailer!
** SUSPIRIA remake: Variety has reported that Italian distribution company Videa has picked up the rights to the movie to see it released in theaters. Videa holds most international rights to Argento's 1977 Italian horror classic. They co-produced the SUSPIRIA reimagining with Amazon and Guadagnino's own Frenesy Films shingle and have subsequently boarded as a distributor. Videa is planning a fall Italian release in tandem with Amazon's U.S. theatrical outing of Guadagnino's follow-up to CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, which has a starry cast toplining Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.
The movie is already getting a lot of buzz with original star Jessica Harper, who does play a role in this remake, saying on her facebook (via IndieWire) that it was brilliant.
I have seen this movie–the most brilliantly scary film I have ever seen. [Director] Luca [Guadagnino]'s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME does not prepare you for it, but throws into relief the director's brilliance and versatility. (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
** MIDSOMMER: Following its superb debut at Sundance, HEREDITARY director Ari Aster is re-teaming with A24 for his next horror film MIDSOMMER. Aster has written the script and will direct the story which centers on a young woman, already dealing with the death of her parents, who joins her boyfriend and his friends on a trip to Sweden. The group specifically head for a remote town with unique midsummer traditions, and things quickly go south from there. Filming aims to begin late summer or early fall. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- May 9, 2018 -----
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: In the wake of the major success of the horror film A QUIET PLACE, the nearly immediate announcement of a sequel by Paramount Pictures came as little surprise. Even so, the film's star and writer/director John Krasinski has revealed to Deadline web site he didn't expect such a response to his first horror film, one that he made as a stand-alone piece:
"It's only a short while since the movie came out, but already people are saying, 'We want to live in this world more,' which is really interesting. I'm surprised people aren't like, 'Nah, we know what this is, and we just want to leave it as it is.' To be perfectly honest, it was never really on my mind while we were making it. I never really thought of it as an expanded world; I always thought of it as a one-off.
Krasinski has not yet confirmed he will helm the next installment, but does discuss what he'd like to see in a sequel: "The thing that I loved in the movie, where my mind kept wandering as we were making it, was the question of who was on the other end of those fires, when the father lights the fire and in the distance those other fires light up. How did those people survive? How did that old man survive?
In the extreme these characters are going through, there's no room to think about that. They're there, there's an old man who's about to scream, they just have to deal with that. I think it would be interesting to see what's going on elsewhere at this same time."
** GONJIAM HAUNTED ASYLUM: Here's the trailer for the upcoming Korean horror film
** GREAT WHITE: Altitude Film Sales (47 METERS DOWN) is selling the Aussie shark thriller GREAT WHITE at Cannes this week and have revealed the first poster. Currently in pre-production ahead of a shoot later this year, Martin Wilson helms the film which follows how a tourist trip quickly turns into a nightmare when five passengers on a seaplane become stranded miles from shore.
In a desperate bid for survival, the group try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by the man-eating sharks lurking just beneath the surface. Michael Boughen penned the script. The film is produced by Michael Robertson and Neal Kingston who have made names for themselves producing Australian horror films over the past decade. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SHHHH: If you've ever wanted to kill someone talking or texting near you in a theater, this is the film for you! Harris (James Henderson) and his mother love the movies, but sometimes other audience members spoil things; when disruptive film-goers start dropping like flies, Harris finds himself confronting his past and questioning his sanity. This slasher comedy with an '80s vibe includes such familiar faces as Austin Stoker (ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13), Kitten Natividad (BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRA-VIXENS) and Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman.
----- May 8, 2018 -----
** PET SEMETARY remake: Entertainment Weekly reports that Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner John Lithgow has joined the remake of Stephen King's PET SEMETARY as Jud Crandall. The role was previously played by the late Fred Gwynne in the 1989 adaptation of the book. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Wunmi Mosaku, Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-Bell star in HBO's LOVECRAFT COUNTRY from Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams, Misha Green and Warner Bros Television.
The story follows Atticus Black (Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. Thus 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. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MONOCHROME: Thomas Lawes' film premieres on VOD and DVD this June from Gravitas Ventures. Starring BAFTA winner James Cosmo (TV's GAME OF THRONES), the killer-thriller focuses on a disillusioned young woman who becomes a serial killer targeting wealthy land-owners, forcing a brilliant detective to use his unusual neurological condition to track her down.
** THE NURSERY: From filmmakers Christopher A. Micklos and Jay Sapiro comes the story of a young woman whose run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror! When Ranae, a college student babysits for a family with a tragic history, she finds herself stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past. Soon, she and her friends must confront the angry, evil spirit hunting them down one-by-one on a deliberate march towards its ultimate prey.
Emmaline Friederichs, Madeline Conway, and Carly Rae James Sauer star in the spookfest of the Summer THE NURSERY, available on VOD June 5 and on DVD August 7 from Uncork'd Entertainment.
----- May 3rd, 2018 -----
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 2: While it's been inevitable that Blumhouse would go forward with HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 after the first installment raked in close to $123M worldwide, casting is in place for a production start on May 10. Jessica Rothe is returning for the Christopher Landon-directed sequel as well as Israel Broussard.
Landon has reportedly said that the sequel will answer questions about the first installment's endless time loop. Rothe also mentioned that HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 will pick up where the first film left off in a "BACK TO THE FUTURE-like style." (thanks to Deadline.com)
** CRAWL for Alexandre Aja: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Paramount has tapped filmmaker Alexandre Aja to direct CRAWL, described as a self-contained (and low budget) thriller.
THR notes the film's script centers on a young woman who, while struggling to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped inside a flooding house, fighting for her life against Florida's most savage and feared predators (an alligator). Brothers Shawn and Michael Rasmussen (THE WARD) penned the original draft of the script which has since been re-written by Aja. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CANARIES: Ahead of the Marche du Film in Cannes (8th-17th May 2018), genre sales specialists Devilworks has revealed the first title in their Cannes lineup.
UK sci fi horror comedy CANARIES from Welsh writer/director Peter Stray is about a group of friends at a New Year's Eve bash in the Welsh Valley, who must fight against an invasion force of time travelling aliens.
** DOWNRANGE: Here's a new poster for the just released film from the director of VERSUS and MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, Ryuhei Kitamura. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- April 30, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Following their CinemaCon panel, where they debuted the first footage from the film, Amazon Studios has released the teaser poster for their upcoming big screen remake of SUSPIRIA.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME director Luca Guadagnino steps behind the camera for the remake of Dario Argento's classic which features a script by David Kajganich. SUSPIRIA stars Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth and Jessica Harper of the original SUSPIRIA.
The new version of the film is described as follows: Susie Bannion, a young American woman, travels to the prestigious Markos Tanz Company in Berlin in the year 1977. She arrives just as one of the Company's members, Patricia, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. As Susie makes extraordinary progress under the guidance of Madame Blanc, the Company's revolutionary artistic director, she befriends another dancer, Sara, who shares her suspicions that the Matrons, and the Company itself, may be harboring a dark and menacing secret.
Footage screened for exhibitors reportedly had much of the crowd looking away in horror. Variety describes one scene featured which was set to a gentle melody:
"The scene finds Dakota Johnson practising ballet at a creepy dance company. Every pirouette she pulls off has gruesome consequences for another dancer in another studio – as Johnson practices, the other young woman is literally ripped apart, descending into a mess of broken bones, urine, spittle, and blood. It's intense, to put it mildly."
** STRANGER THINGS Season 3: Back to the Upside Down, nerds. STRANGER THINGS 3 is now in production.
** TREMORS TV series: Despite a lot of positive anticipation from fans regarding the series, star Kevin Bacon has announced that the small screen continuation of the TREMORS series has been dropped by SyFy.
The 59-year-old actor, who was set to reprise his role as Valentine "Val" McKee, took to his Instagram to report that the cable network has decided not to move forward on the pilot, which he calls "fantastic," and that he is disappointed his dream of returning to Perfection will not come to fruition. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNABELLE 3: Last week, an untitled THE CONJURING film was scheduled for a July 3, 2019 release by New Line Cinema. Now, we know that project is the third ANNABELLE movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Gary Dauberman, the writer behind the ANNABELLE movies, will make his directorial debut with the new film, which he is also writing. James Wan's Atomic Monster and the Peter Safran Co. are again producing the third Annabelle movie. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- April 29, 2018 -----
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** HALLOWEEN: Universal held its CinemaCon presentation and a full description of the HALLOWEEN trailer that was screened is up at io9. The clip reveals that what sets things off is someone making a documentary about a murderer – Michael Myers. They visit Myers in an institute and show him the mask to try and provoke a reaction.
Cut to the granddaughter of Laurie Strode explaining her grandmother has long been traumatized by the incident and that, despite rumors, Michael is not her brother. Jamie Lee Curtis then appears as Laurie who has been preparing in case Michael ever returned – she's trained up, has plenty of guns and has built her house full of secret passages and booby traps with one goal – when he eventually does escape she can kill him.
He does of course, and the trailer shows various incidents (set to Carpenter's theme). One is a girl in a toilet stall thinking a creep is trying to get in her cubicle, only for Michael to shower her with teeth from a man he just killed next door. Another scene has a babysitter trying to close the closet door of the young boy she's minding – only for Myers to pop out and grab her throat. The outlet describes the tone like this:
"What we gleaned from the trailer, as well as the presentation itself, is that this HALLOWEEN is going to be really scary. It uses modern tropes, like the true crime documentary, to tell a modern story of a woman who has been scared for forty years. A woman who had the worst night ever and since then has been dreading, but preparing, for it to happen again. And it does."
It's hoped the new trailer will go online in the next few weeks. An apparent report from a test screening went up the other week, but was quickly shot down when John Carpenter revealed not only had they not tested the film, but the film's rough cut has not yet been finished. Carpenter consulted on the film and is doing the score. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures is planning to make A QUIET PLACE sequel after the first movie opened three weeks ago to outstanding box office returns, giving the beleaguered studio a much needed shot in the arm. Since opening in theaters on April 6, it has grossed over $213 million worldwide on a $17 million dollar budget.
"We're already working with these guys on a sequel," studio chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos said."If you told me five years ago that an almost silent film starring the very funny guy Jim from 'The Office' would have been a hit at Paramount, I would have said, 'Well, I should go work at Paramount.'" (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** OVERLORD: Its now confirmed, OVERLORD is not a CLOVERFIELD movie. It's Bad Robot's first R-rated movie. The film is coming to theaters on October 26, 2018, is directed by Julius Avery and is based on an original idea by THE HUNGER GAMES screenwriter Billy Ray and Abrams. In the film, set on the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion's success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CLOVERFIELD sequels: At CinemaCon, J.J. Abrams revealed that they are "developing a true, creative CLOVERFIELD sequel." And unlike THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, which went to Netflix earlier this year, the next film will be getting a theatrical release. The other films in the series include CLOVERFIELD (2008) and 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (2016). (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DOWNRANGE: The film arrived on the streaming service Shudder on April 26th. Today it opens in NYC at Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema. Director Ryuhei Kitamura will be attending midnight screenings on both the 27th and 28th! (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- April 24, 2018 -----
** A QUIET PLACE: Paramount's horror film returned to the top spot at the domestic box office last weekend with a further $22 million, bringing its three-week domestic gross to $132.4 million. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE MEG: Getting more excitement and attention than quite a few of his other films in recent years, the Jason Statham-led prehistoric shark thriller THE MEG hits this Summer and reaction to the first trailer the other week put the long-gestating film on many people's radar.
Based on Steve Alten's novel, the book was the first in a series and Statham tells EW that if audiences warm to it then there's room for a potential franchise: "I think it's like anything in this day and age — if it makes money, there's obviously an appetite to make more money. And if it doesn't do well, they'll soon sweep it under the carpet. But that's the way Hollywood works. Everyone tries to make a good film, and it lies in the hands of the audience. People are the ultimate decider; the audience is the decider of whether anything gets to be a sequel or not."
Statham plays diver Jonas Taylor who faces off with the 75-foot shark who has attacked and disabled a deep-sea submersible in the Pacific Ocean. Talking about his role, Statham says: "He gets brought in to save the crew at the bottom of the ocean that's confronted with this 75-foot shark. Taylor encountered this shark many years ago, but everyone thought he was crazy. Turns out, everybody was wrong!"
John Turteltaub is directing the film from a script by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber. THE MEG opens August 10th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PUPPET MASTER THE LITTLEST REICH: RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment, has acquired all North American rights to the horror movie. LJE Films plans to release the movie in theaters in August 2018.
In PUPPET MASTER THE LITTLEST REICH, recently divorced and reeling, Edgar (Lennon) returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother's room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. Girl-next-door Ashley (Pellicer) and his comic book shop boss, Markowitz (Franklin), join Edgar for the doomed road trip. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by an evil as old as time. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- April 23, 2018 -----
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD cancelled: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Starz has cancelled ASH VS EVIL DEAD after three seasons. The April 29 Season 3 finale will serve as a series finale. Ratings on the show have dropped precipitously since its launch in 2015, which was cited as reason for the cancellation. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Jason Blum confirming on Twitter the long-running but not yet certain news – that John Carpenter is providing the score for the new ALLOWEEN this year. This would mark Carpenter's first full film score since 2001's GHOSTS OF MARS, he previously indicated he would probably provide the reboot soundtrack but wasn't quite sure at the time:
"I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I've made a deal to do the music… There are many options. I'll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I'll have to see the movie to see what it requires."
Blum doesn't provide specific details though in his tweet, only confirming Carpenter is onboard to do it. David Gordon Green helms the film which serves as a direct sequel to the 1978 original, bypassing the various sequels that came after. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her signature role of Laurie Strode who is now a grandmother. Speaking with Yahoo, she offered her take on the new film:
"And as soon as I read what David Green and Danny McBride had come up with … and the way that they connected the dots of the story, it made so much sense to me that it felt totally appropriate for me to return to Haddonfield, Ill., for another 40th-anniversary retelling. There was the idea of, 'What do you call it?' If I had had my druthers, I probably would've called it Halloween Retold. Because it's being retold. It's the original story in many, many, many ways. Just retold 40 years later with my granddaughter."
Andi Matichak takes on the role of said granddaughter opposite Curtis and Judy Greer as the young girl's mother & Laurie's daughter. Curtis also says she's seen a trailer and: "It's terrifying. They went full-tilt boogeyman. And I've never said that in my life, and I will say full-tilt boogeyman for the rest of the year as I go around talking about this." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE TOMMYKNOCKERS: Universal Pictures has won a competitive bidding war against Sony Pictures and Netflix for the film rights to Stephen King's novel.
The story focuses on a woodland town in Maine where long buried and recently unearthed alien spacecraft begins releasing an invisible gas that starts transforming the town's population into a hive-minded group of beings who become inventive technological geniuses as a side effect.
Those who are 'becoming' begin to lose their health and sanity, while the main character is an alcoholic poet who is immune to the ship's effects due to a steel plate in his head from a teenage ski accident.
The novel was the second best-selling King book of all time in its initial hardcover release. James Wan, Roy Lee and Larry Sanitsky will produce, but no director or writer is yet attached. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** OUTSIDE: Romola Garai is set to make her feature directorial debut on upcoming horror film OUTSIDE and has enlisted last year's breakout actors Alec Secareanu and Carla Juri along with acting legend Imelda Staunton in the lead roles. Matthew James Wilkinson will produce and filming kicks off this Fall.
The story follows a young male refugee traumatised by war who is brought to a dilapidated house in order to care for a woman and her dying mother. Falling in love with the younger woman he begins to suspect she is enslaved to a demon and resolves to fight it and rescue her… but all is not what it seems. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- April 19, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN poster: Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures have revealed the first poster for the new HALLOWEEN movie!
** ABRAKADABRA: This is the final film in the trilogy of Giallo films from the Onetti Brothers, Luciano and Nico. It first started with SONNO PROFONDO and later FRANCESCA.
ABRAKADABRA is about "Dante, The Great", a prestigious magician, who accidentally dies during a risky magic trick. Thirty-five years later his son Lorenzo, also a magician, presents a magic show in one of the most important theaters in the city. From then on, a series of murders will begin to take place and will attempt to incriminate him. Lorenzo must discover who and why seeks to involve him before it is too late.
** THE NUN: Warner Bros. has released a new teaser image for upcoming horror movie, a spinoff in THE CONJURING universe. THE NUN is set for release on September 7, 2018, and is a New Line Cinema presentation. It is produced by Atomic Monster and Safran Company and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- April 18, 2018 -----
** HEREDITARY: From Ari Aster and starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro – Coming June 8, 2018.
** Stephen King's PET SEMETARY remake: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures is in talks with actor Jason Clarke to star in PET SEMETARY, a reboot of the Stephen King classic. Clarke will take the lead role of Dr. Louis Creed, originally portrayed by Dale Midkiff in the 1989 movie.
The film is an updated version of Stephen King's PET SEMETARY. The following is how the 1983 book is described: The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed's rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** IRUTTU ARAIYIL MURATTU KUTHTHU: Director Santhosh Jayakumar's upcoming feature appears to be a feature length musical horror-sex-comedy inspired by the YouTube fake trailer. In IAMK, a crew of Indian twenty-somethings led by Gautham Karthik head off to Pattaya in Thailand for some R'n'R, only to find that their beach bungalow is haunted by the ghost of a woman who died a virgin, but isn't letting that stop her from attempting to get her rocks off. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- April 16, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Film producer Jason Blum has revealed that he has seen the first cut of the upcoming HALLOWEEN sequel which sees the return of both Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter to the series. We know the new film will ignore all the previous sequels, serving as a direct follow-up to the 1978 film with Curtis returning as the original final girl Laurie Strode. Carpenter is consulting and reportedly working on the score, while David Gordon Green directs from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.
Speaking with Digital Spy this week to promote TRUTH OR DARE, Blum discussed his reaction to the new HALLOWEEN: "I feel really good about it, I saw a cut of it two nights ago. I think David did a terrific job. He did everything I hoped he would do which is respect the DNA of the franchise and bring something totally new to it and we're really very very excited for people to see it. The most fun I had with [Carpenter] is I brought him to the set, and I was on the set with him and Jamie Lee Curtis, and boy that was pretty special, pretty amazing. It was a proper reunion." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IT Chapter 2: IndieWire has confirmed with producer Roy Lee that the upcoming Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema sequel IT Chapter 2 will begin filming in July in Toronto, the shooting location of the first IT.
"The script is still being finalized and the locations are currently being scouted in anticipation of shooting then," producer Roy Lee confirmed.
Academy Award-nominated actress Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the role of grown-up Beverly in IT Chapter 2, which would mark her second collaboration with director Andy Muschietti, having starred in his directorial debut MAMA. Sophia Lillis played the character in last year's horror hit.
The second part of IT will be written by Gary Dauberman, directed once again by Muschietti and will hit theaters on September 6, 2019. Bill Skarsgård is expected to return as the clown Pennywise for the sequel. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MARY SHELLEY: She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley—and the creation of her immortal monster—is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father (Stephen Dillane) in 18th-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth). So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channeled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.
Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour and starring Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Bel Powley, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt & Stephen Dillane. The film opens in theaters May 25th and VOD June 1st.
----- April 12, 2018 -----
** THE MEG: Here's the International poster and second poster.
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: Soaring to the top of the box-office this weekend and scoring excellent reviews, John Krasinski's horror film A QUIET PLACE has been enough of a success that talk of a sequel has already begun. Funnily enough, it seems the film's scribes Bryan Woods and Scott Beck already have a handful of ideas for a follow-up. Speaking with Fandango, Beck says he and Woods have plenty of stories and set pieces they didn't use that could be tweaked for a sequel:
"There are so many discarded set pieces, too, just hiding out on Word documents on our computer. So, yeah, there are certainly so many stories you could tell. It's just really, at the end of the day, who are the characters in this and what does this situation mean to that dynamic?"
Kosinski himself also re-wrote the pair's script, making some adjustments such as the sand paths, but the most notable change was he ditched flashbacks that were in the original script. Producer Andrew Form tells Heat Vision:
"Initially, there were flashbacks where the characters talked. Also, the sibling's death was handled in a flashback. John was adamant that we get rid of it, making it present day and kept the urgency of the storytelling." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DAGON: The Vestron cult classic horror series continues with DAGON, coming to Blu-ray on July 24th with all new special features! H.P. Lovecraft's iconic tale comes to life when the Vestron Video Collector's Series releases the modern retelling of the horror classic DAGON on limited edition Blu-ray on July 24 from Lionsgate. Directed by horror mastermind Stuart Gordon and starring Ezra Godden, evil rises and a legend unleashes the rage of Hell after a yacht crashes on the Spanish coast and the survivors are forced to face their nightmares. Packed with all-new, never-before-seen special features, including interviews with Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna, as well as a conceptual art gallery from artist Richard Raaphorst, and featuring custom illustrated art, the restored and remastered Dagon limited edition Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.
----- April 11, 2018 -----
** THE MEG: A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.
John Turteltaub (NATIONAL TREASURE) is directing the film from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the New York Times best-selling book by Steve Alten. THE MEG will debut in theaters on August 10, 2018. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HEREDITARY: A24 has revealed a new poster for the familial horror film, which stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Gabriel Byrne. Written and directed by Ari Aster and produced by Lars Knudsen and Kevin Frakes, HEREDITARY is getting a wide release on June 8, 2018.
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: Orion Pictures has announced that the zombie Christmas musical will be opening in select theaters on December 7, 2018, with a nationwide rollout planned for subsequent weeks.
----- April 10, 2018 -----
** Platinum Dunes update: Having made their name on remakes of classic horror from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE to FRIDAY THE 13TH to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET production company Platinum Dunes is now stepping back from the remake trough. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller formed the company in the early 2000s and released numerous rehashes including THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and THE HITCHER amongst others, but have also had some original horror hits including THE PURGE and OUIJA films and this past weekend's smash hit A QUIET PLACE.
Speaking with CinePop this week, Fuller revealed the company is going to focus on original genre entertainment as their main focus going forward: "We've rebooted enough. We've done all of our [rebooted] horror movies. We're not going to be doing that anymore. For us, as a company, we're always looking for original material. And the idea of finding something original was important for us. We made a film where there's two to three minutes of talking in the movie, where sound is a full character, and it feels like audiences are really responding to those ingredients."
What that means for their long in the works remake of THE BIRDS is unclear. The company's upcoming projects include a live-action adaptation of DORA THE EXPLORER, a fourth film in THE PURGE franchise, and a TV series adaptation of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE: Paramount Pictures horror thriller opened in first place at the domestic box office with an impressive $50 million from 3,508 theaters, an average of $14,253 per theater. Made for just $17 million, the film received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. Internationally, A QUIET PLACElaunched in 40 markets and grossed $21 million, for a global total of $71 million after one weekend. A QUIET PLACE was directed by John Krasinski, who also stars opposite his real-life wife Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds. In the film, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.
** NIGHTFLYERS: Based on George R. R. Martin's novella and set in the future on the eve of Earth's destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept an alien spacecraft. One that might just hold the key to their survival.
** THE TOYBOX: The upcoming film is about an estranged family who go on a trip to the desert but become stranded by their RV, which is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. Mischa Barton and Denise Richards star.
----- April 9, 2018 -----
** THE FIRST PURGE: Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.
To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
** HALLOWEEN: Michael Myers' mask has undergone some changes over the course of the various films, starting out originally as a painted William Shatner mask to undergoing numerous tweaks in the sequels and remakes.
With the upcoming film, a direct sequel to the original 1978 movie which ignores all the other sequels, the plan is to both go back to the original and shake things up with a couple of ageing effects. Make-up artist Christopher Nelson spoke with Halloween News Daily and revealed how they approached the mask's look for the new film:
"The film takes place 40 years later, so you're not going to have that same mask, it's not going to be this pristine, beautiful thing that it was in 1978. You have to approach it from that standpoint.
I had forty-year-old masks that I studied and looked at how they broke down, how they wrinkled, how they did this and how they did that. I also took into account the context of the film. Where is the mask now and where has it been for these forty years? Without revealing anything, I took that into context. I had hundreds of photos and books.
I mostly really wanted to capture that feeling you got when you saw Michael Myers. I was also talking to [director] David [Gordon Green] about how we were going to shoot it, and being very careful about it, very strategic about it, looking back at [original film director John] Carpenter and [director of photography] Dean Cundey and how they did that. That's how I approached the mask.
I wanted to create the character of Michael Myers, not just the mask. You're not creating just a mask. You're creating a character. You're creating a feeling that you get that does have an expression.
The mask does have an expression, but also the mask looks completely different in every single angle it's ever been photographed at, and I wanted that feeling too. I wanted the feeling that when you saw Michael Myers, it morphs, it changes, it looks different from every single angle, like the original one did. I can safely say we accomplished that." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Sony Pictures has set the film for a August 16, 2019 release. Director Nicolas Pesce is reimagining THE GRUDGE with a new adaptation of the blockbuster supernatural thriller — titled GRUDGE — which he will direct for Ghost House and Good Universe. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has picked up worldwide rights. SPWA, Ghost House and Good Universe last collaborated on the hit thriller DON'T BREATHE. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Umbrella Entertainment's Beyond Genres: Umbrella Entertainment is proud to announce the launch of our curated range of Blu-ray releases, Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film. This series, starting with our June releases of Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna's seminal RE-ANIMATOR trilogy (RE-ANIMATOR, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR and BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR), and continuing with Gordon's cult Lovecraftian tale, DDAGON in July, will aim to shine a spotlight on films that offer more to their genres than the standard bag of tropes.
Each first-pressing release of the Beyond Genres collection will be packaged in an o-ring slip featuring exclusive artwork and reversible sleeves with poster and production art and will be strictly limited. From trailblazing cult movies previously lost to late-night television and the VHS graveyard to art-house classics that defy the expectations of their genres, the Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film collection will be a worthy addition to the shelves of any cinephile.
----- April 6, 2018 -----
** UPGRADE: After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will "upgrade" his body. The cure — an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM — gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead. From Leigh Whannell, visionary creator of SAW and INSIDIOUS, UPGRADE is in theaters 6/1.
** Guillermo del Toro update: Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that Fox Searchlight Pictures has signed a deal with Academy Award-winning director and writer Guillermo del Toro that covers live-action feature film projects to be written, produced, and/or directed by del Toro. Fox Searchlight is creating a new, soon to be named label which will serve as a home for projects in the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres, including those produced and curated by del Toro, whose films will be financed, marketed, and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Del Toro said: "For the longest time, I've hoped to find an environment in which I can distribute, nurture and produce new voices in smart, inventive genre films and channel my own. In Fox Searchlight, I've found a real home for live-action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith. After the wonderful experience I had with Fox Searchlight on THE SHAPE OF WATER, I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the relationship. I am more than grateful to Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew for their trust in me and for joining me on this adventure." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CARGO: Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, who helmed the original short, direct the film set right after a violent pandemic. A couple and their one-year-old daughter find their existence on a houseboat shattered by a violent attack which sees the wife killed and the husband infected and with just 48 hours before he transforms into one of the creatures. He sets out on a precarious journey to find a new guardian for his child with a flourishing Aboriginal tribe her best chance of survival. A young Indigenous girl becomes his only chance of safe passage into this sacred community. Netflix will release it worldwide on May 18th.
** DISEMBODIED: Scanned in 2k from the original negatives. The 90's VHS cult classic film is now on Blu-ray! The story of Connie Sproutz, a likeable young woman with the sad problem of a spore-generating deformity on her face which causes difficulties in her day-to-day life such as dissolving into a gelatinous mass anyone who is to be devoured by the neural parasite that inhabits her skull, which is empty due to the fact that she stores her brain in a jar beside her bed.
----- April 3rd, 2018 -----
** VAMPIRE CLAY: After studying in Tokyo, Kaori returns to Aina Academy to finish her prep classes for art school. Quickly outshining her jealous classmates, she soon becomes the star of the class when she discovers a bag of old, mysterious clay and uses it for sculpting assignments. Things begin to get strange, however, when students' projects are destroyed and one of Kaori's classroom rivals disappears. As the students uncover that the clay is possessed by a starving artist who died tragically in the building years ago, the school finds itself attacked by a gang of murderous, bloodthirsty clay "vampires." The monsters begin to impersonate - and subsequently devour - the students, thus answering the age-old question: can art be so bad that it kills?
** THE INHABITANT: One night, 3 edgy sisters break into the house of a very important senator to steal money he got from bribes. While doing it, they hear strange cries coming from the basement and decide to go down to investigate. Below, tied to a bed and with signs of having been brutally tortured, the 3 sisters find the paraplegic daughter of the senator begging them to release her; and the girls decide to help her. However, what they do not know is that the girl was not tortured, but is possessed by a powerful darkness that will be responsible for opening the gates of another world.
** HOUSE ON ELM LAKE: Director James Klass conjures up a holiday of horrors in a new Wild Eye Releasing release, premiering 4/10 on VOD. A young couple moves into a lake house that was the site of a ritual murder, and soon realize an ancient, dormant evil has awakened to prey upon them.
----- April 2nd, 2018 -----
** SHARKNADO 6: The upcoming and as-yet-untitled SHARKNADO 6 will be the last one in the Syfy franchise, according to TVLine. The final chapter in the battle against the sharks was greenlit by the cable network and will feature time travel. In SHARKNADO 6, Ian Ziering has to travel back in time to stop the first SHARKNADO. In addition to Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo and Vivica A. Fox will return to the franchise along with a number of cameos. Anthony C. Ferrante will once again direct the TV film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE TOMMYKNOCKERS: The Stephen King novel is set to be taken on for film treatment by James Wan (SAW) and Roy Lee, the producer behind IT. Here is the description of the 1987 horror novel.
Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she's found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship. Though exposure to the Tommyknockers who piloted the alien craft has detrimental effects on residents' health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating innovative devices under its increasingly malignant influence.
THE TOMMYKNOCKERS is the second best-selling Stephen King book in its hardcover release. The book outsold IT. The miniseries starred Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. There was talk of doing a miniseries version of the book back in 2013 for NBC. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A QUIET PLACE: Do not go quietly. Be the first to see A Quiet Place, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, in theatres Thursday night.
** REVENGE: Debut director Coralie Fargeat announces her stunning arrival, painting a crimson canvas of hypnotic beauty and bloody retribution in this razor-sharp feminist subversion of the revenge-thriller.
Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly––and viciously––intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge.
A white-knuckle tale of transgression and transformation, REVENGE gloriously blurs the lines of vengeance and survival while simultaneously delivering a ferocious dissection of gender and genre.
----- April 1st, 2018 -----
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