It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- March 31, 2021 -----
** SAW: The upcoming Lionsgate edition of SAW (2004) in 4K UHD is coming out on May 4th, 2021.
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: Brash Detective Ezekiel 'Zeke' Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer's morbid game. Samuel L. Jackson co-stars as their police chief.
Darren Lynn Bousman helms the film from a script by Josh Stolberg & Pete Goldfinger based on a story by Rock who executive produces. Mark Burg and Oren Koules produce the film which opens May 14th.
** Troma Entertainment update: We at Troma Entertainment are proud to now be distributing the North American Pictures Library including MANIAC COP, FRANKENHOOKER, BASKET CASE 2 & 3, THE EXTERMINATOR, SHAKEDOWN, RED SCORPION and more of some of the most unique, iconic and entertaining, independent films of all time.
** ANYTHING FOR JACKSON: Coming to Blu-ray on June 15th from Shudder and RLJE Films. A bereaved Satanist couple kidnap a pregnant woman so they can use an ancient spellbook to put their dead grandson's spirit into her unborn child but end up summoning more than they bargained for.
----- March 30, 2021 -----
** THE NIGHT HOUSE: A year after it debuted at Sundance to strong reviews, Searchlight Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for the Rebecca Hall-led horror taleTHE NIGHT HOUSE opening in theaters on July 16th.
Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her, trying her best to keep herself together – but then the dreams come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house call to her, beckoning with a ghostly allure, but the harsh light of day washes away any proof of a haunting. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into his belongings, yearning for answers, only to find a mystery she's determined to resolve.
Sarah Goldberg, Stacy Martin, Evan Jonigkeit and Vondie Curtis-Hall co-star. David Bruckner (THE RITUAL) helms from a script by writers Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPUTNIK remake: Village Roadshow Pictures will team with Matt Reeves' 6th & Idaho production company and XYZ Films on an English-language remake of Russian sci-fi horror film SPUTNIK.
Set in the Soviet Union in the 1980s during the Cold War, the story follows a young female doctor who is recruited by the military to assess a cosmonaut who survived a mysterious space accident and returned to Earth with a dangerous organism living inside him.
Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Mikhail Vrubel, Alexander Andryushenko, Fedor Bondarchuk and Ilya Stewart will produce. Egor Abramenko helmed the film which was released in Russia in April 2020 and in North America by IFC. It was the first big Russian release to go straight to digital platforms during the lockdown and now marks the rare Russian film to get an English language remake. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** FOREST - I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE: Seven hypnotic and erratic fugue-like miniatures culminate in a psychological kaleidoscope of couples, families and friends, all connected by feverish dialogue and the ghosts of the absent. Magical realism that is both claustrophobic and wide open.
** AQUARIUM OF THE DEAD: Yes... you've read that right!
----- March 29, 2021 -----
** THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE 4K UHD: Dario Argento's giallo masterpiece is coming to 4K UHD on June 28th from Arrow Video.
- New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
- Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
- English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
- Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis, an interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger exploring the films themes and its relationship to both the giallo and Fredric Browns novel The Screaming Mimi
- The Power of Perception, a visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devils Advocates: Suspiria and The Giallo Canvas: Art, Excess and Horror Cinema, reflecting on the recurring theme of perception and the role of art in Argentos filmography
- Crystal Nightmare, an interview with writer/director Dario Argento
- An Argento Icon, an interview with actor Gildo Di Marco
- Evas Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi
- Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
- 2017 Texas Frightmare trailer
- Image galleries
- Illustrated collectors booklet featuring writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet
- Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
- Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
- Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
** A SERBIAN DOCUMENTARY: Coming from Unearthed Films. This is unlike any movie documentary before it. Curated from over 150 hours of behind the scenes footage with brand new, never-before-seen interviews with the cast and crew, this documentary is a must-have for any collector. A SERBIAN DOCUMENTARY will answer most, if not all of the questions out there.
Stephen Biro takes a deep dive into, A SERBIAN FILM, and shows what it was like, to make one of the most controversial films of the last decade. Sexy, comedic... and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, A SERBIAN DOCUMENTARY is one-of-a-kind and has to be seen, to be believed. Look for it at the end of the festival run in 2022.
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY reboot: Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert and Henry Ayres-Brown have joined the cast of the upcoming revival of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise at Paramount Players.
Set to debut on the Paramount+ service, the storyline is being kept under wraps and will serve as the seventh film in the franchise. It's the first since 2015's PARANORMAL ACTIVITY THE GHOST DIMENSION. Will Eubank (UNDERWATER) is directing from a script by Christopher Landon (HAPPY DEATH DAY). Jason Blum and Oren Peli will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: The Chris Rock-led relaunch of the SAW franchise which has been moved up a week and will now start hacking its way into limbs on May 14th. Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella co-star in the new entry. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IN THE EARTH: As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, the forest coming to life around them.
----- March 25, 2021 -----
** CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON remake: In an interview with Comic Book, THE WALKING DEAD producer Greg Nicotero claims that he and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez have been toying with remaking Universal Pictures' classic monster film.
"I think for any creature/monster kid, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is the quintessential monster movie," Nicotero said. "I think Robert Rodriguez and I always talk about like, 'Hey, man. Maybe we should co-direct a CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON movie,' because he and I have identical tastes. We love JAWS. We love THE THING. We love ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and BLADE RUNNER. We toy with the idea of like, 'Wouldn't it be cool if we remade CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON?' And I know they've been trying to do it forever, but, for me, that's the quintessential Universal Monster movie." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** IN THE EARTH: NEON has released the first set of posters for director Ben Wheatley's upcoming pandemic horror film.
** WITNESS INFECTION: Life is always been pretty protected for Carlo Serrelli. His father has kept him out of the deadly Mob business by giving him a job at the family dog groomers, while his younger brother Dominic has always done the dirty work.
All that is coming to an end as Carlo's father has to force him into an arranged marriage with the daughter of the rival, Miola family boss. Carlo's two best friends, Gina and Vince, vow to help him get out of this predicament, but they all get in way over their heads when a serious infection starts eating the town. The good news is that Carlo may not have to get married after all but the bad news is everyone might die.
----- March 24, 2021 -----
** THE INNKEEPER: Thai filmmaker Nattawut 'Baz' Poonpiriya will direct the English-language horror-thriller THE INNKEEPER for Starlight. Eakasit Thairath penned the script with filming to take place in the U.S and Thailand in 2022.
In THE INNKEEPER, the finding of Noah's disappeared twin brother in a desolate Thai hotel turns out to be the discovery of his own fear. Set against the backdrop of the Southeast Asian financial crisis in 1997, the film will evoke Poonpiriya's unique and exceptional visual storytelling.
** RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY: Here's the official teaser image for the upcoming reboot/remake.
** THEM: THEM is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. The first season, 1950s-set Covenant centers around a Black family who move from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family's idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.
** HALL: Black Fawn Distribution have just acquired Canadian rights to the viral zombie movie HALL and have the film slated for a Canadian VOD release on April 6, 2021. A physical release of the film will follow.
When a hotel hallway is ravaged by a mysterious virus, pregnant tourist Naomi is tragically thrust into the fight of her life. Forced to crawl her way past other helpless victims, Naomi crosses paths with Val - a young mother separated from her daughter. While keeping out of sight, Naomi and Val must navigate their way down the stretch of isolated carnage, before they become infected themselves.
----- March 23, 2021 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL: Filmmaker Johannes Roberts (47 METERS DOWN) has reportedly revealed that RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY will be the title of the upcoming reboot of the film series based on the popular video game franchise.
Revealing the information in an interview with IGN during this year's virtual edition of SXSW, this new feature adaptation of the popular Capcom video game series will be set in 1998 and is in no way connected to the previous films starring Milla Jovovich. The project is adapting the first two games in the series, so both the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City itself will be seen:
"Obviously, there is the RESIDENT EVIL [film] franchise and this movie doesn't have anything to do with that. It's a whole separate origin story based in the roots of the and the world of horror… We're not [making a remake]. We're going in a completely different [direction]… It was a real pleasure to be given the reins of a new franchise, hopefully, that really is its own thing.
The thing I loved about the games is they were just scary as hell and that is very much what I wanted. That atmosphere, it's rain, it's constantly dark, it's creepy. Raccoon City is kind of this rotten character in the movie and that sort of atmosphere in the games I wanted to put in [the film]."
The cast includes Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy and Neal McDonough as William Birkin with Donal Logue playing Chief Irons.
Roberts also says he's a huge John Carpenter fan and he's going for that aesthetic with the "claustrophobic siege movies" of his like ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and THE FOG being his direct inspiration. RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY is currently scheduled to arrive in cinemas on September 9th. The project is separate from Netflix's live-action series and the animated series "Infinite Darkness" which are both on the way. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET: Imaginarium Productions has optioned film rights to Catriona Ward's third novel THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET. The story follows Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street. An unspeakable secret binds them together, and when a new neighbor moves in, what is buried out there will come back to haunt them all. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DON'T PEAK: WANTED director and SEARCHING producer Timur Bekmambetov has come onboard to adapt a feature version of Julian Terry's horror short DON'T PEAK. Majd Nassif will produce. That short follows a young woman discovering a frightening monster within the Nintendo Switch video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a character intent on crossing into the real world. The project had its world premiere at SXSW Online. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 22, 2021 -----
** TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: MANDY actress Olwen Fouere will play the role of Sally Hardesty in the new feature being produced by Fede Alvarez. The project is a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper's 1970s original feature, ignoring all the other iterations of the franchise. Sally Hardesty was the 'final girl' – the sole survivor of the original movie last seen escaping on the back of a pickup truck covered in blood and hysterically laughing.
Actress Marilyn Burns played the role in the original, but she passed away in 2014 so the role had to be recast. Alvarez says the approach is similar to what they did in the EVIL DEAD remake – very old school effects, doing everything in-camera where possible, and the use of vintage lenses. David Blue Garcia helms the movie which stars Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Jacob Latimore, and Moe Dunford. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE BLACK PHONE: James Ransone will reunite with his SINISTER co-star Ethan Hawke and director Scott Derrickson on the new horror film THE BLACK PHONE for Blumhouse and Universal.
Based on a Joe Hill short story, the story concerns a kidnapped girl (Madeleine McGraw) who finds herself in a soundproof basement surrounded by the remains of other victims. When night falls, the antique – and disconnected – telephone in the room begins to ring with the calls from the dead. Hawke will play the kidnapper, Jeremy Davis and Mason Thames play the girl's parents. Ransone's role is under wraps beyond playing a character named 'Max'. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** JAKOB'S WIFE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** EYE OF THE CAT: Coming to Blu-ray in June from Indicator. Here's the Blu-ray special features;
- High Definition remaster
- Two presentations of the film: the theatrical version (102 mins), presented in High Definition; the TV version (102 mins), presented in Standard Definition
- Original mono audio
- Audio commentary with The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television editor Kevin Lyons (2021)
- Pussies Galore (2021): writer and critic Kim Newman on Eye of the Cat and the feline horror subgenre
- Original theatrical trailer
- Radio spot
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Kasandra O'Connell, archival articles and interviews, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.
- UK premiere on Blu-ray
- Limited edition of 3,000 copies
** Hammer Volume Six Night Shadows: Coming to Blu-ray in June from Indicator. This box set revives four consummate Hammer classics from the early sixties, exemplifying some of Hammer Films' best work in the horror and thriller genres. THE SHADOW OF THE CAT, CAPTAIN CLEGG, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and NIGHTMARE.
----- March 18, 2021 -----
** THE HEAD HUNTER: Coming to Blu-ray on April 12th from 101 Films! On the outskirts of a kingdom, in the shadows of a looming castle, a quiet but fierce medieval warrior protects the realm from monsters. The gruesome collection of trophy heads on the wall of his cabin is missing only one - the monster that killed his daughter. He travels wild expanses on horseback, driven by a thirst for revenge. When his chance for vengeance arrives, it's in a way far more horrifying than he ever imagined.
- How We Made Head Hunter - Commentary with director Jordan Downey and producers Kevin Stewart and Ricky Fosheim
- Why We Made Head Hunter - Commentary with writer-director Jordan Downey and writer Kevin Stewart
- Making of featurette
** Blumhouse and Epix: Both have set a new partnership that will see Blumhouse Television develop and produce eight horror/genre-thriller movies exclusively for the network.
The first in this venture will be writer-director Alex McAulay's A HOUSE ON THE BAYOU with casting now underway. That film follows a troubled couple and their preteen daughter who go on vacation to an isolated house in the Louisiana bayou to reconnect. When unexpected visitors arrive, their facade of family unity starts to unravel.
Shooting aims to begin in late Spring ahead of a December debut. Jason Blum will serve as executive producer on all the films with the remaining seven to debut in 2022. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Massacre Video: Massacre Video just licensed 10 films for a complete box set of a infamour horror splatter director.
** THE MIDNIGHT CLUB: DOCTOR SLEEP director Mike Flanagan took to Twitter to reveal that production on Netflix's upcoming series adaptation of Christopher Pike's horror novel THE MIDNIGHT CLUB has officially begun. The production start comes over a month since the series' casting announcement which includes A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET star Heather Langenkamp, who is set to portray the role of an enigmatic doctor that runs a hospice for young adults.
The series is one of the two upcoming horror projects that Flanagan has currently set up with the streamer, following the popular limited dramas THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. The second one is the Midnight Mass series which wrapped its production last year and is set to debut sometime this year. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PHOBIAS: Five dangerous patients, suffering from extreme phobias at a government testing facility, are put to the ultimate test under the supervision of a crazed doctor and his quest to weaponize fear.
----- March 17, 2021 -----
** LET THE RIGHT ONE IN TV series: After already being adapted for American audiences with Matt Reeves' 2010 pic LET ME IN, Swedish horror drama LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is finding new life once again as Showtime has ordered a pilot for a potential series with Oscar nominee Demián Bichir set to star.
The project is hailing from Andrew Hinderaker (PENNY DREADFUL), who will serve as showrunner should it go to series, and will executive produce alongside pilot director Seith Mann (HOMELAND), Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. Bichir will serve as producer on the pilot, with Showtime producing alongside Tomorrow Studios. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake reboot sequel: Over a year ago came word that EVIL DEAD remake and DON'T BREATHE director Fede Alvarez is set to produce a new TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE feature.
Tobe Hooper helmed the original 1974 feature which followed two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas. They end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.
The original spawned three sequels, then a 2003 reboot starring Jessica Biel that had major success. That reboot scored a 2006 prequel, then came a 2013 sequel and a 2017 prequel to the original film.
When this was announced, it appeared to be a direct sequel to the original 1974 film – ignoring all the others. Then in August, just one week into filming, directors Andy & Ryan Tohill abruptly exited the movie with David Blue Garcia taking over.
The filming was completed and is now in post. Now Alvarez confirmed the film's status and talked about the old school approach they used:
"It is a direct sequel, and it is the same character. It is old man Leatherface. Everything is classic, old school gags. A lot of the approach that we had with 'Evil Dead' – never VFX, to do everything on camera. It's a very old school approach to filmmaking. Vintage lenses… it's very similar to the original film."
Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Mark Burnham, Moe Dunford, Olwen Fouéré, Alice Krige, Jacob Latimore, Nell Hudson, Jessica Allain, Sam Douglas, William Hope, and Jolyon Coy star in the film which hasn't set a release date as yet. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com & Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** WATCHER: Maika Monroe (IT FOLLOWS), Karl Glusman and Burn Gorman have signed on to star in Chloe Okuno's psychological thriller WATCHER for Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Spooky Pictures. Shooting begins this month.
Monroe and Glusman play a young married couple who move into a new apartment in Bucharest just as a citywide panic is brewing over a possible serial killer on the loose. The wife becomes increasingly tormented by the belief she is being stalked by an unseen watcher in the adjacent building. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** JAKOB'S WIFE: Anne is married to a small-town minister and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with "The Master," she discovers bite marks on her neck, a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than ever. As Anne is increasingly torn between her enticing new existence and her life before, the body count grows and Jakob realizes he will have to fight for the wife he took for granted.
----- March 15, 2021 -----
** IN THE EARTH: Ben Wheatley's new horror film IN THE EARTH has been set for an April 30th theatrical only release by NEON. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SUICIDE FOREST VILLAGE: The film is the second entry in Toei's "Fear Village" series, which kicked off with the hit HOWLING VILLAGE in February 2020. The setting is the famous "Sea of Trees" on the flank of Mount Fuji, Japan's most widely known 'suicide spot'. Here Japan's horror maestro, director Takashi Shimizu, (THE GRUDGE series) spins a tale of madness and confusion featuring a deadly 'Catch the Child' Box, for which the internet warns not to search. (thanks to SciFiJapan.com)
** MVD Rewind Collection: MVD Entertainment Group is proud to announce the addition of five classic films to the MVD Rewind Collection with two of them being horror films; MORTUARY (1983) and THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW (1982).
MORTUARY (1983) - Synopsis: Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, Christie Parson decides to investigate to find out the truth. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where deadly secrets will be revealed.
The Special Edition Blu-ray features bonus material courtesy of Scorpion Releasing and includes:
- Interview with Composer John Cacavas
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Collectible Mini-Poster
- Limited Edition Retro Slip Cover – First pressing only
- Street Date: July 6, 2021
THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW - Synopsis: After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.
The Special Edition Blu-ray features bonus material courtesy of Scorpion Releasing and includes:
- High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio with LPCM 2.0 Stereo and alternate version of the film with director approved pre-credit sequence with mono audio
- Audio Commentary with director Mark Rosman
- Audio commentary with director Mark Rosman and stars Eileen Davidson and Kathryn McNeil
- Interviews with cast and crew including: Director Mark Rosman, stars Harley Jane Kozak, Eileen Davidson and Kathryn McNeil, Composer Richard Band and Producer Igo Kantor
- Original Pre-Credit Sequence
- Alternate ending storyboards
- TV Spots
- Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible Artwork
- Collectible Mini-Poster
- Limited Edition Retro Slip Cover – First pressing only
- Street Date: July 6, 2021
----- March 12, 2021 -----
** MEANDER: Gaia Weiss stars is in the film playing a woman who gets locked in series of strange tubes full of deadly traps.
** THE UNHOLY: The film follows Alice, a young hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick. As word spreads and people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hoping to revive his career visits the small New England town to investigate. When terrifying events begin to happen all around, he starts to question if these phenomena are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister.
** EMBRYO: The film will be released on Digital this April from Uncork'd Entertainment. Kevin and his girlfriend Evelyn are camping in the woods when she is abducted and impregnated by otherworldly beings. As the entity inside her begins to grow at a rapid rate, Evelyn's cravings can only be satiated by the taste of human flesh. When she brutally attacks a doctor, they go on the run to the big city where they can find help to remove the embryo that is slowly taking over Evelyn's body.
** COME PLAY WITH ME (JUEGA CONMIGO): The plot follows Sofía, an insecure young nanny who starts her new job taking care of two problematic kids. When their parents leave her alone with the children, they become victims of a demonic entity obsessed with playing children's games. Now Sofia will have to play the games and overcome her childhood fears in order to try to save them.
** THE SPINE OF NIGHT: This epic begins many years ago when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant and, as he falls to its darker temptations, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, there are many who stand against him. Among them are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer, winged assassins, and an undying guardian.
----- March 11, 2021 -----
** R.I.P. Norman J. Warren: English filmmaker Norman J. Warren (PREY, TERROR, INSEMINOID, BLOODY NEW YEAR and SATAN'S SLAVE) has passed away at 78 years of age.
** OXYGEN: A woman wakes up in a cryogenic unit with no memory. Quickly running out of oxygen, she must find a way to remember who she is in order to survive. From Alexandre Aja, director of HIGH TENSION and CRAWL.
** LEAP OF FAITH: RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to the documentary LEAP OF FAITH WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST from Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST will be released on VOD, Digital HD and Blu-ray on April 13, 2021.
----- March 10, 2021 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL: Here's the teaser poster for the upcoming film.
** THE PALE BLUE EYE: In a record-shattering deal at the European Film Market, Netflix has forked out a reported $55 million to pre-buy worldwide rights to the Christian Bale-led gothic horror-thriller THE PALE BLUE EYE. The project marks a re-teaming of Bale and his OUT OF THE FURNACE director Scott Cooper and is an adaptation of the Louis Bayard novel of the same name.
The "large-canvas whodunit" thriller revolves around the attempt to solve a series of murders that took place in 1830 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Bale plays the investigating veteran detective and is aided by a detail-oriented young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe (who went in to basically invent the detective fiction genre and was a major influence on sci-fi and horror). (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THIS BEAST: SONS OF ANARCHY creator and THE SHIELD writer Kurt Sutter has been set to write, direct and produce THIS BEAST for Blumhouse Productions and Netflix. Sutter will make his feature directorial debut on the project which Jason Blum and Carla Hacken will produce.
The story unfolds in an 18th century English village besieged by a mysterious and elusive beast that has slaughtered dozens of innocents and whipped up the villager's anxiety into a puritanical fanaticism. The impossible task of killing the beast falls to a lowly trapper who promises he can stop the carnage – a man with a deeply personal reason to wipe out the monster.
The story is reportedly inspired by the true story of The Beast of Gevaudan, a man-eating animal or animals (thought to be a wolf or wolf-dog hybrid) who terrorized a French village in the 1760s and killed up to several hundred people. This story was already made into a film, BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE UNHOLY: Screen Gems has set an April 2nd release date for the PG-13 rated supernatural horror feature THE UNHOLY directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos and based on the James Herbert novel SHRINE.
The story follows a young hearing-impaired girl inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick after a vision of the Virgin Mary. A disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) investigates and soon terrifying events begin to happen all around.
Katie Aselton, William Sadler, Cricket Brown, with Diogo Morgado and Cary Elwes also star while Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Spiliotopoulos produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MAKING MONSTERS: Christian Brand has a successful YouTube channel with over 10 million subscribers. His wife, Alison, is the unwilling star of their prank videos. The stars run into an old friend (Jesse) who invites them up to his place for a weekend. When they arrive, they discover Jesse is not there but his partner David is. The YouTube stars have a quiet dinner with David that turns into a night of partying and strange occurrences. The couple awakens to find that their phones are gone and their host is nowhere to be found.
----- March 8, 2021 -----
** CHUCKY TV series: As USA Network and SYFY continue to prepare for the start of the CHUCKY production, the Collider web site brings word that the long-in-development project has finally found the first actors to fill up the main cast. IDLE HAND and FINAL DESTINATION alum Devon Sawa has officially been tapped for a key role in Don Mancini's upcoming CHUCKY series. Joining him are Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Bjorgvin Arnarson, and Alyvia Alyn Lind, who are set to play the series' four young unnamed leads. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE TALISMAN: Stephen King and Peter Straub's fantasy horror novel THE TALISMAN is being adapted into a series with Oscar winner Steven Spielberg teaming up with the Emmy-nominated Duffer Brothers (STRANGER THINGS) to finally make the project a reality, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mark and Ross Duffer will executive produce the series adaptation that is being produced by Netflix in association with Spielberg's Amblin Television and Paramount Television. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MONSTROUS: Christina Ricci has scored the lead role in the supernatural thriller MONSTROUS by director Chris Sivertson and screenwriter Carol Chrest. Colleen Camp also stars. The story centers on a traumatized woman fleeing from her abusive ex-husband with her 7-year-old son. In their new, remote sanctuary they find they have a bigger, more terrifying monster to deal with. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE REQUIN: Film Bridge International has sold Le-Van Kiet's shark survival feature THE REQUIN to various global distributors with the Alicia Silverstone and James Tupper-led film slated for delivery in June. The story follows a couple on a romantic getaway in Vietnam, who find themselves stranded at sea after a massive tropical storm sweeps away their seaside villa. With the husband maimed and dying, the wife must fight the elements alone, while sharks circle below. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** GAIA: DECAL, the newly formed home entertainment distributor from NEON and Bleecker Street, has secured the North American rights to GAIA, a South African horror thriller directed by Jaco Bouwer. The pic, which is set to debut in the Midnight section of the upcoming virtual SXSW this month, is slated for a theatrical release this Summer.
Starring Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Anthony Oseyemi, and Alex Van Dyk, the plot follows a park ranger on a surveillance mission in a primordial forest who encounters two survivalists living a post-apocalyptic lifestyle. The boy and his philosophical father seem to have their own religion and a mysterious relationship to nature.
----- March 5, 2021 -----
** IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS PART II: Building on the hit 2019 superdoc that Forbes called "a scary good magnum opus," IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS PART II dives deeper into the fabled practical-effects decade of iconic and eclectic '80s horror movies that changed the course of film history. Packed with over four hours of brand-new interviews.
** THE BANISHING: From acclaimed genre director Chris Smith (SEVERANCE) comes the true story of the most haunted house in England. A young reverend and his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend and his wife are forced to confront their beliefs. They must turn to black magic by seeking the help of a famous Occultist...or risk losing their daughter.
** THE YELLOW WALLPAPER: The film is a dark and disturbing contemporary adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's well-known and controversial gothic feminist horror story about patriarchy and mental health. The film is a collaboration between partners Alexandra Loreth and Kevin Pontuti and stars Alexandra Loreth, Joe Mullins, Clara Hart, and Jeanne O'Connor. The film was written by Alexandra Loreth and Kevin Pontuti and directed by Pontuti. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Paramount Pictures has delayed its sequel yet again, this time moving it up from September 17th to May 28th. This marks the fifth change for the John Krasinski-directed feature which was originally slated to open almost one year ago today on March 20th 2020. It then shifted to September 4th, then April 2021, then September 2021 and now May 2021. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 3rd, 2021 -----
** SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT remake: Orwo Studios and Black Hanger Studios (JEEPERS CREEPERS REBORN) announced that they have acquired the remake rights to the seminal slasher film SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. The original film's producers Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead of Wonderwheel Entertainment will join Orwo in bringing an exciting new vision of this cult classic to modern movie audiences in 2022.
Wonderwheel says, "The continued desire for horror content and the ongoing success of the genre meant it was the perfect time to be able to offer up this chilling revival of the iconic title." Masi adds, "We are thrilled to be working with the original producers as well as Orwo and Black Hangar and are committed to honoring nostalgia for the original while offering surprises for new audiences to discover and embrace."
** ANATOMIA EXTINCTION: Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut this year from Error 4444. The story of a man who becomes infected by the Engineer and slowly mutates. Once infected, the Engineer's victims go on relentless murder sprees and it is made quite clear that this is seen as the only way to get the exploding population back under control.
** HYPNOTIC: Kate Siege, Jason O'Mara and Dule Hill have been set to star in Netflix's horror/thriller HYPNOTIC. Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote directs from a script co-written with Richard D'Ovidio. The story follows a young woman seeking self-improvement, who enlists the help of a renowned hypnotist. But after a handful of intense sessions, she soon discovers unexpected and deadly consequences. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE OTHER SIDE: Variety is reporting that Magnolia has acquired U.S. rights to the Swedish horror film THE OTHER SIDE (ANDRA SIDAN). The horror flick is the debut feature film from Oskar Mellander and Tord Danielsson, two filmmakers who have worked solely in television before this film.
The film follows a family of three — Shirin, her partner Fredrik and his 5-year old son — who move into a small-town duplex and begin to hear mysterious noises from a supposedly uninhabited part of the house. Shirin comes to realize that they are haunted by an evil that only she can stop. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** WITNESS INFECTION: Freestyle Digital Media has announced the cable, satellite and Digital HD release of WITNESS INFECTIO, from filmmaking team Carlos Alazraqui and Jill-Michele Melean and director Andy Palmer. The festival favorite living dead comedy will be available March 30th on a number of digital and cable platforms.
----- March 2nd, 2021 -----
** URBAN LEGEND The Complete Collection: The 4 disc set is coming soon from 88 Films. Featuring an 8-part documentary, behind-the-scenes footage, extended interviews from the eight-part documentary, archival making of featurette, gag reel, deleted scene, TV spots and more!
** HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP: Coming to Blu-ray 3/15 from 88 Films featuring a new 4K Scan from the original 35mm camera negative.
** THE QUEEN MARY: The beautiful Alice Eve has signed to star in the haunted ocean liner horror taleTHE QUEEN MARY, a movie that intends to be the first in a planned trilogy by Imagination Design Works.
The story is inspired by tales of hauntings aboard the famed multi-storied ocean liner which is now permanently docked in Long Beach, California where it receives two million visitors each year. How this will work as a multi-film project is unclear.
Gary Shore (DRACULA UNTOLD) will direct off of a screenplay written by Stephen Oliver, Tom Vaughan, and Shore. Mali Elfman, Brett Tomberlin, Nigel Sinclair, Nicholas Ferrall, Thorsten Schumacher, Lars Sylvest, Jason Newmark and Laurie Cook will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SEVENTH DAY: A renowned exorcist who teams up with a rookie priest for his first day of training. As they plunge deeper into hell on earth, the lines between good and evil blur, and their own demons emerge.
----- March 1st, 2021 -----
** THANATOMORPHOSE: TetroVideo has officially announced the release of Éric Falardeau's THANATOMORPHOSE (2012), for the first time on Blu-ray. The Canadian body horror film is scheduled to be released worldwide in March 2021 with English language and French, Italian, German and Spanish subtitles.
Discovering several bruises on her body after a night of rough sex, a young woman is shocked as, rather than heal itself, her body begins rotting from the inside out. She faces a terrifying and gory descent into a living death, as her putrefying body begins to fall off the bone.
** THE AMUSEMENT PARK: Shudder has acquired rights to George A. Romero's previously lost film which resurfaced in 2018. Restored in 4K, the 52-minute film will be made available in North America, U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand this summer. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WEREWOLVES WITHIN: Coming on the heels of his acclaimed directorial debut SCARE ME, Josh Ruben is returning to the horror-comedy world as IFC Films has acquired the rights to his star-studded adaptation of the Ubisoft VR game WEREWOLVES WITHIN and set it for a June theatrical release.
Written by Mishna Wolff and helmed by Ruben, the film centers on the small town of Beaverfield as a proposed gas pipeline creates divisions within the town and a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, with newly arrived forest ranger Finn and postal worker Cecily teaming up to try and keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BLOODTHIRSTY: The werewolf thriller about a rising singer who finds herself in a compromising position, has sold U.S. distribution rights to Brainstorm Media. It will release in theaters and on demand on April 23. The film, which premiered at the virtual Fantastic Fest Celebration, was directed by Amelia Moses. Wendy Hill-Tout wrote the script with her daughter, songwriter Lowell.
The story centers on Grey (portrayed by Lauren Beatty), a singer who relocates to a remote cabin to work on her second album with noted music producer Vaughn Daniels (Greg Bryk). But as her songwriting progresses, she starts to transform into a powerful, bloodthirsty beast. (thanks to Variety.com)
** GORDON HEMINGWAY & THE REALM OF CTHULHU: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY star Jonathan Majors is in talks to play the title role in GORDON HEMINGWAY & THE REALM OF CTHULHU at Netflix. Hank Woon penned the script which is set in East Africa in 1928 and centers on Hemingway (Majors), a roguish Black American gunslinger, who teams up with the elite warrior Princess Zenebe of Ethiopia to rescue the country's kidnapped regent from an ancient evil. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- February 25, 2021 -----
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. Starring Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Raúl Castillo, Michael Cassidy, and Garret Dillahunt.
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and PET SEMATARY sequels: ViacomCBS has announced major plans for their Paramount+ service which kicks off next week with the CBS All Access app being rebranded. The biggest announcement is that unlike WarnerMedia with their day-and-date plan for HBO Max, ViacomCBS will not be breaking the theatrical window. Previously reported on new installments in the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and PET SEMATARY franchises will head directly for the Paramount+ service as opposed to going theatrical. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** GORDON HEMINGWAY & THE REALM OF CTHULHU: Spike Lee has been set to produce the period feature GORDON HEMINGWAY & THE REALM OF CTHULHU for Netflix. Stefon Bristol will direct the project based on an original screenplay by Hank Woon and Fredrica Bailey.
Set in East Africa in 1928 the story follows roguish Black American gunslinger Gordon Hemingway who teams up with the elite warrior Princess Zenebe of Ethiopia to rescue the country's kidnapped regent from an ancient evil. Cthulhu of course is the famed cosmic entity creation of author H.P. Lovecraft.
Lee's DA 5 BLOODS producers Lloyd Levin and Beatriz Levin are also onboard while award-winning visual effects company Goodbye Kansas will lead visual effects. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CENSOR: Magnolia Pictures acquired the North American rights for Prano Bailey-Bond's video nasty horror flick CENSOR. Baily-Bond's debut film had its world premiere in the Midnight Section of the Sundance Film Festival and generated immediate buzz afterwards.
When film censor Enid (Niamh Algar) discovers an eerie horror that speaks directly to her sister's mysterious disappearance, she resolves to unravel the puzzle behind the film and its enigmatic director – a quest that will blur the lines between fiction and reality in terrifying ways. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- February 24, 2021 -----
** Ti West's horror film X: Just a few months after the project was first announced to be in development at indie powerhouse studio A24, Ti West's horror film X has continued to expand its ensemble roster with the addition of Brittany Snow, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Plot details are currently unknown at this time, but the film is said to be akin in tone and story to West's past horror films and the 40-year-old filmmaker is set to write and direct the project, which will include Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, Jenna Ortega and Mia Goth in its cast. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MR. THISFORTHAT: Thomas Mendolia will direct a feature film adaptation of his own horror short film MR. THISFORTHAT for Stars Collective. Michael Karr will pen the script while Peter Luo, Craig Flores and Alexandre Aja produce.
In the short, a girl from a broken home is visited in her closet by a mysterious creature who promises her anything she wants – at an irreversible price. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CREEPSHOW Season 3: Shudder has announced that they have officially given creator Greg Nicotero's hit anthology series CREEPSHOW an early third season renewal. The AMC-owned streamer also revealed that production on CREEPSHOW Season 3 has already started with Andrew Bachelor and Ethan Embry joining as the first confirmed guest-stars. This renewal comes ahead of the series' upcoming second season which is scheduled to make its debut on Thursday, April 1, 2021, on Shudder and on AMC+. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** JAKOB'S WIFE: Ahead of its world premiere at this year's South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), RLJE Films and Shudder have acquired the North American rights to the Barbara Crampton-starring horror-thriller JAKOB'S WIFE, with the former setting it for an April theatrical and VOD release date.
Directed by Travis Stevens (GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR) and co-written with Mark Steensland (THE SPECIAL) and Kathy Charles (CASTLE FREAK), the film centers on Anne, who is married to a small-town minister and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with "The Master," she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. As Anne is increasingly torn between her enticing new existence and her life before, the body count grows and Jakob realizes he will have to fight for the wife he took for granted. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 23, 2021 -----
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN remake: It has been more than two years since New Line Cinema successfully won the rights to the American remake of 2016's hit South Korean zombie film TRAIN TO BUSAIN in a competitive bidding war against major studios, and now it looks like the project is finally making some progress. According to the Deadline web site, acclaimed Indonesian filmmaker Timo Tjahjanto (MAY THE DEVIL TAKE YOU) is currently in negotiations to direct producer James Wan's long-in-development TRAIN TO BUSAIN remake. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CREEPSHOW Season 2: CREEPSHOW, the new anthology series based on the 1982 horror comedy classic, is still the most fun you'll ever have being scared! A comic book comes to life in a series of vignettes, exploring terrors ranging from murder, creatures, monsters, and delusions to the supernatural and unexplainable. You never know what will be on the next page...
** THE TOLL: When Cami orders a taxi service to take her to her father's country home, she's hoping for a quiet and uneventful ride. But a wrong turn by Spencer, her chatty driver, results in the car stalling on a dark and remote road. After several threatening and inexplicable occurrences, Cami and Spencer realize they are being watched—by an unseen presence that sees them as trespassers, and is ready to exact a deadly toll.
** LIKE DOGS: Genre specialist sales outfit Black Mandala has acquired the survival horror movie LIKE DOGS. Science can reach unimaginable limits when emotions come into play. LIKE DOGS, directed by Randy Van Dyke, follows a group of young scientists who lose their sanity in the quest to experiment with human behavior. Mengele's spirit haunts this story where there is also place for a furious rape revenge. A behavioral experiment treating humans like animals goes awry when a university student manipulates the research with deadly results. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** Marian Dora's CANNIBAL: TetroVideo has officially announced the limited collector's editions of Marian Dora's CANNIBAL(2006). The German extreme horror movie is scheduled to be released on DVD in March 2021 with 3 different limited collector's editions: the "Golden Edition", the "Ultralimited Edition" and the "Standard Edition".
Written, directed and produced by Marian Dora, Cannibal is the story of a mentally disturbed man with cannibalistic fantasies. He makes a deal with a suicidal man who agrees to let the cannibal eat him. Carsten Frank and Victor Brandl star. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- February 22, 2021 -----
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: Netflix has announced a May 21st premiere date for Snyder's $80 million or so budgeted ARMY OF THE DEAD which begins in the wake of a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. A group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighofer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raul Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone and Michael Cassidy all star in the project which Snyder dubs a "balls-to-the-wall zombie heist movie".
In addition, the streamer has released the film's official poster and announced that the first trailer will arrive this coming Thursday. Netflix is betting big on the property with both a prequel film and an anime series spin-off already in the works. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SLAXX: A possessed pair of jeans is brought to life to punish the unscrupulous practices of a trendy clothing company. Shipped to the company's flagship store, Slaxx proceeds to wreak carnage on staff locked in overnight to set up the new collection. Starring Romane Denis, Brett Donahue, Sehar Bhojani and Stephen Bogaert. Directed by Elza Kephart.
** KOKO-DI KOKO-DA: As an unhappy couple embark on a camping trip to find their way back to each other, a sideshow artist and his shady entourage emerge from the woods, terrorizing them, luring them deeper into a maelstrom of psychological terror and humiliating slapstick. Directed by Johannes Nyholm.
** BEAST WITHIN: Actor and producer Steven Morana makes his directorial debut with BEAST WITHIN, a lycanthropic whodunit centered around a gaming app launch party that takes a sudden turn when a murder is discovered. Morana stars in the lead role as August, the tech wonder turned action hero who must protect his guests when a mysterious predator crashes his big night. BEAST WITHIN will be available February 23 on DVD from Stonecutter Media, following a smash success as a cable and digital release in the fall.
** THE STYLIST: Arrow Video is excited to announce the March 1 release of Jill Gevargizian's The Stylist, the headliner of the March 2021 lineup of their subscription-based Arrow platform.
Based on Gevargizian's award-winning short of the same name, THE STYLIST reunites Gevargizian with the short's lead actor Najarra Townsend. Townsend stars as Claire, a lonely hairstylist who becomes obsessed with her clients... to their peril. Genre star Brea Grant joins the feature as Olivia, an unsuspecting bride who makes the deadly mistake of hiring Claire for her big day.
----- February 19, 2021 -----
** Jordan Peele's next horror film: While we may still be in the dark on what to expect from the Oscar winner's next genre project, the Collider web site has brought word that Jordan Peele has begun building the cast for his next horror film as Keke Palmer has signed on to star. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE BEING: Coming June 15th from Code Red DVD and distributed by Kino Lorber! A strange creature roams and kills people in the small town of Pottsville. Local cop, Detective Mortimer Lutz (Bill Osco) is on the case as the fiendish beast kills losers one by one in this classic 80s monster film!
- 2017 2K Scan of the Original Vault Elements
- Audio Commentary with Director Jackie Kong
- Audio Commentary with Star Johnny Dark
- Theatrical Trailer
- Region A/B/C
** THE STRANGENESS: Coming June 22nd from Code Red DVD and distributed by Kino Lorber. A group of young miners venture into the Gold Spike Mine in search of gold, even after being warned by old-time prospectors to stay away. The miners proceed into the caverns anyway and soon realize that there's no gold in these mines, but also that they're not alone. What they find is a horrific man-eating monster sliding through the caverns looking to fill its carnivorous appetite… it's feeding time and the miners are on the menu.
** COME TRUE: Looking for an escape from her recurring nightmares, 18-year-old Sarah (Julia Sarah Stone) submits to a university sleep study, but soon realizes she's become the conduit to a frightening new discovery. Dreams twist and nightmares come true in this mind-altering new work of science-fiction from Anthony Scott Burns (OUR HOUSE) that haunts the space between wakefulness and sleep. COME TRUE is an unforgettable cinematic dream well worth the submersion.
** LUCKY: Life takes a sudden turn for May (Brea Grant), a popular self-help book author, when she finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Every night, without fail he comes after her, and every day the people around her barely seem to notice. With no one to turn to, May is pushed to her limits and must take matters into her own hands to survive and to regain control of her life. Premieres March 4th on Shudder.
----- February 18, 2021 -----
** VIOLATION: With her marriage about to implode, Miriam returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law. But one evening a tiny slip in judgement leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling, and furious. Believing her only recourse is to exact revenge Miriam takes extreme action, but the price of retribution is high, and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel. Directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli. Premieres March 25th on Shudder.
** PSYCHO GOREMAN: The film is coming to Blu-ray and DVD in the U.S. on March 16th. RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, and Shudder, AMC Networks' streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural will release the horror/comedy, PG: PSYCHO GOREMAN, on DVD and Blu-ray on March 16, 2021.
** MAHAKAAL: Coming to Blu-ray from Massacre Video featuring a new 2K scan from the original camera negatives, with the coloring process already underway! A demon torments the family and friends of Anita in order to take revenge on his death, which was caused by her police-officer father. The rest of the movie is how Anita tackles the demon with the help of her boyfriend.
** PUZZLE: Coming to Blu-ray 6/8 from VCI Horror Movies. Duccio Tessari's PUZZLE (1974) featuring a new 4k Restoration from a 35mm Archival Print.
** Scream Factory update: We're going back again into our deep Roger Corman-produced vaults for more of his wild (and obscure) films on Blu-ray! Today we present three cult favorites that will only be available on our site at Shoutfactory.com and only 1,000 each will be manufactured. They're in stock and ready to ship now! TWICE DEAD (1988) and THE TERROR WITHIN (1989) and THE TERROR WITHIN II (1991).
----- February 17, 2021 -----
** SOUND OF VIOLENCE: Alex Noyer' slasher hroror film has been picked up by Gravitas Ventures for North America. A young girl recovers her hearing and gains synesthetic abilities after witnessing the brutal murder of her family. Finding solace in the sounds of bodily harm, as an adult, she pursues a career in music composing her masterpiece through gruesome murders. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Filmmaker John Carpenter has always fairly bluntly spoken his mind about not just his legendary work but the film industry in general. In an interview with the NME last week, Carpenter touched upon the upcoming HALLOWEEN KILLS which was originally scheduled to arrive in theaters last October but got delayed a year.
Intriguing while he talked up how "balls-out" the film is and how it's "the ultimate slasher movie" as he has before, he also says he isn't shocked by the idea that it may be sent directly to streaming either day-and-date or exclusively given the current state of filmgoing right now:
"These guys are making decisions that they consider in their best interests. This is what they see the future is going to be like and so to get these things out they think this is the best way to do it.
HALLOWEEN may be shared that way [streaming] because theatres are dead. It's just the reality right now. And it's a tragedy, but it's true. We just have to face it. The studio did contact David [Gordon Green, director] and I, and they had us put off the new one by a year in the hope that things got better. So we're still hoping it will get better."
Producer Jason Blum has remained adamant that HALLOWEEN KILLS will arrive on October 15th this year no matter what: "come hell or high water, vaccine or no vaccine. It is coming out" he says. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEAD & BURIED: The lenticular covers features THAT infamous scene! Deluxe 3-Disc Limited Edition coming this Summer from Blue Underground.
** SCREAM: Coming on June 8th from Code Red DVD and distributed by Kino Lorber. In SCREAM, a group of people on a rafting excursion happen upon a deserted town and decide to set up camp. Out of the blue, a murder occurs. It appears that the town is not as deserted as they originally thought, someone out there does not want them around and when they desperately try to escape, their rafts are destroyed. What possible hope of survival can they have now…
** THE LOVE BUTCHER: Coming on June 1st from Code Red DVD and distributed by Kino Lorber. A string of murders in a posh neighborhood has the police department stumped and the local press is breathing down their necks. Strangely, nobody notices that several victims share the same gardener, a bent, elderly man with a crippled arm named Caleb (Erik Stern).
----- February 16, 2021 -----
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY reboot: UNDERWATER director Will Eubank is teaming with HAPPY DEATH DAY and FREAKY writer/director Christopher Landon on a reinvention of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY supernatural horror franchise. Eubank will direct while Landon, who wrote the second through fifth PARANORMAL ACTIVITY films, will executive produce and pen the script for Paramount Players. Jason Blum of Blumhouse and Oren Peli are back as producers and Steven Schneider is back as executive producer.
The new film is said to be an "unexpected retooling" of the franchise. The previous films were all famously shot for cheap, using the once popular found footage technique with security cameras, phone cameras, nanny cams, etc. used. That technique is expected to remain in place. The six films came in at a cost of $28 million combined, but they were massive box-office generators and have made a total of nearly $900 million at the box-office. The new film has set a March 4th 2022 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** 29 NEEDLES: Unearthed Films announced the latest in its Too Extreme for Mainstream Line (TEFM), 29 NEEDLES is now available on Blu-ray and DVD for a limited 30 pre-order period, exclusively at www.UnearthedFilms.com. Each disc also comes with a bonus 11x17 poster of the cover of this brutal film. Pre-order is available until February 25, 2021, and then sales for the film will close. Due to the nature of Too Extreme for Mainstream films, these are not available through the usual commercial outlets.
** SON: Ivan Kavanagh's horror flick is coming to U.S. cinemas (wherever allowed), On Demand and Digital on March 5th. The release is being managed by RLJE Films and Shudder.
After a mysterious group of individuals breaks into Laura's home and attempts to steal her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. Breaut soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasingly sporadic psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts to save him, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive but soon, she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** ANIMALES HUMANOS: A married couple and their young daughter are terrified of the neighbors' dog, which ends up biting the girl. The dog is sacrificed to the desolation of its owners who saw it as their son. They enter the married couple's house at night to take revenge. What they want is justice: sacrifice the girl.
----- February 11, 2021 -----
** THE LAST OF US series: GAME OF THRONES alum Bella Ramsey has been cast in the coveted role of Ellie while THE MANDALORIAN star Pedro Pascal has signed on to star as Joel in the adaptation of the hit video game franchise. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PSYCHO GOREMAN: Here's a look at the upcoming Ultimate Edition from Raven Banner Entertainment. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** SCARE ME: The film is coming to Blu-ray and DVD from RLJE Films who has unveiled the full details and a March 2nd release date for the Shudder original horror-comedy.
- Director & Cinematographer Commentary
- Interviews with the Cast
- Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
- Make Cool Sh!t Podcast Episode 1: Scare Me
- Feel the Music, Feel the Light" Music Video
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 10, 2021 -----
** THE WALKING DEAD: Ahead of the premiere for the extended tenth season of THE WALKING DEAD, writer and producer Kevin Deiboldt took to Twitter to reveal that filming on the upcoming eleventh and final season of AMC's hit post-apocalyptic horror series has finally begun. The series will conclude its eleven season-run in 2022 with a two-year broadcast consists of 24 episodes. THE WALKING DEAD will then be followed by a new spinoff series centering around Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride's fan-favorite characters Daryl and Carol which is expected to air in 2023. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LA LLORONA: Accused of the genocide of Mayan people, retired general Enrique is trapped in his home by massive protests. Abandoned by his staff, the indignant old man and his family must face the devastating truth of his actions and the growing sense that a wrathful supernatural force is targeting them for his crimes. Coming to Digital on March 2, 2021.
** DEMENTER: The film follows Katie, a young woman who flees a backwoods cult and takes a job at a care center for special needs adults in her determination to do some good with her life. But despite her best intentions, Katie can't escape the signs that "the devils" are coming for Stephanie, a woman with Down syndrome she cares for, who keeps getting sicker despite Katie's rituals to ward off evil spirits.
** THE PARISH: A widow haunted by the gruesome death of her husband uproots her daughter and moves them to a peaceful rural town. Then the real nightmares begin when she and her daughter stumble upon a long-buried scandal. They team up with the town's priest after encountering a creepy young boy, a hostile janitor and a blood thirsty nun who will stop at nothing to protect the deadly secrets of The Parish.
** DEATH TRIP: Four friends take a cottage vacation in the dead of winter, seeking refuge from their busy urban lives, if only for one weekend. However, the few residents who remain in the secluded cottage town of Rideau Ferry don't seem to take kindly to strangers.
----- February 9, 2021 -----
** Scream Factory update: Coming in May to Blu-ray from Scream Factory.
** MEATBALL MACHINE: Coming to Blu-ray 4/12 from Terracotta Distribution in the UK!
** FREAKY and HAPPY DEATH DAY crossover: In an interview with writer and director Christopher Landon, here's what he had to say about the potential project;
"Well, look it's funny, like the crossover thing is certainly a fun idea and I think that people are very into this sort of shared universe concept. But, I really, first and foremost, had wanted and continue to want to make a third movie in the HAPPY DEATH DAY franchise just because I've wrote an idea. I didn't write the whole script, I'm not that crazy. But I had outlined a third movie because I really knew what I wanted it to be and it was sort of the conclusion to it. It was a trilogy for me, so it's a bummer that I haven't had the opportunity yet to make that movie and I know that Jessica Rothe really wants to do it.
In terms of a sequel to FREAKY, you know, I don't think it's ever gonna happen, because I honestly don't know if the studio has an appetite for a sequel. I think they're quite comfortable with it being a standalone movie, and to be honest, I am too, because we didn't really have an idea for a sequel. It wasn't like, "Oh, this has to be the continuation of this story," whereas with the HAPPY DEATH DAY movies they kind of had a whole life after after that, but you never know. You never know what can happen. I would love to see, you know, Millie and Tree in a movie together. But I just don't know what that movie is." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** NECROPATH: Encompassing many elements relating to issues happening in today's world, the Grindhouse-style piece tells of a mysterious virus, plague, and pharmaceutical drug conspiracy that erupts over a city causing a pandemic. In the midst of the chaos, a mentally deranged maniac seeks to fulfill continuous addiction and vengeful murder, despite the imminent demise of society happening around him. The story leads to a family being destroyed leaving an abandoned little girl to save her baby sister.
----- February 8, 2021 -----
** SAINT MAUD: A24's critically acclaimed horror film SAINT MAUD will be available exclusively on EPIX linear channels and streaming through the EPIX NOW app on February 12th.
The debut film from writer-director Rose Glass, SAINT MAUD is a chilling and boldly original vision of faith, madness, and salvation in a fallen world. Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient's soul — but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling. Starring Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lilly Frazer, Lily Knight, Marcus Hutton, Turlough Convery, and Rosie Sansom.
** CUBE remake: A mysterious cube. 6 men and women are suddenly trapped in Cube. It's unclear where this is, why they are trapped, whether there is an exit, whether they can survive, or what the room even is.
** M. Night Shyamalan's OLD: This summer, visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan unveils a chilling, mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly … reducing their entire lives into a single day.
** RESIDENT EVIL: With filming progressing smoothly and a star-studded cast attached to the project, Constantin Films and Sony Pictures' upcoming reboot of the RESIDENT EVIL film franchise has landed a release date of September 3rd.
The film is set to be an official origin story to Capcom's long-running survival horror video game franchise and will be set on an infamous night in Raccoon City in 1998 when the Umbrella Corporation unleashed hell upon the world and it was up to a select group of people to stop them. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DRACULA: Hot off her Golden Globe nomination for NOMADLAND, filmmaker Chloe Zhao has set her next project – tackling a very different film re-imagining of DRACULA for Universal Pictures.
Bram Stoker's original story and Universal's most famous 'classic monster'. Zhao will write, direct and produce the film through her production company Highwayman. The movie is said to explore themes she's regularly tackled in her work films – namely the overlooked or misunderstood living on society's fringes. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- February 5, 2021 -----
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: He's a legend, but one thing filmmaker John Carpenter is also famous for is his bluntness. Even when out promoting some other's remakes of his past works, such as 2005's terrible THE FOG, Carpenter made it very clear he was only involved for the money and famously said "no comment" when asked about the film's quality.
With HALLOWEEN he admits he's not seen a bunch of the sequels, and famously slammed Rob Zombie's reboot. Even 2018's well-regarded semi-reboot of the series his highest praise was along the lines of "this was as good as I've seen since we did the first movie."
Recently he sat down for an interview with EW to promote his latest album – "Lost Themes III: Life After Deat" – and spoke about the upcoming HALLOWEEN KILLS. The film serves as a direct sequel to the 2018 film. In both cases, Carpenter served as an executive producer and handled the score.
Yet while the 2018 film he was upbeat about, with HALLOWEEN KILLS he sounds downright enthusiastic saying: "It's brilliant. It's the ultimate slasher. I mean, there's nothing more than this one. Wow! Man."
This is similar to comments he made last year when discussing the film which he'd just seen saying: "It's the quintessential slasher film. It is so intense… oh my god…it even stuns me how incredible it is. [Director] David [Gordon Green] just did a great job. Can't wait to have you see it." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Error 4444: The first title coming from new Asian-centric genre label Error 4444 is ANATOMIA EXTINCTION (1995) the first film written/directed by Japan's splatter-king-in-chief Yoshihiro Nishimura, director of 2000s era classics such as TOKYO GORE POLICE and VAMPIRE GIRL VS. FRANKENSTEIN GIRL. Details on release date and more to come in the following weeks!
The story is about a man who becomes infected by the Engineer and slowly mutates. Once infected, the Engineer's victims go on relentless murder sprees and it is made quite clear that this is seen as the only way to get the exploding population back under control.
** DEAD & BURIED: From Blue Underground; "We've got your first look at one of the covers for the upcoming DEAD & BURIED Limited Edition, due this Summer. If you liked our ZOMBIE lenticulars, you'll really dig these!"
** MAGDALENA POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL: Coming to Blu-ray from Dark Force Entertainment. You are looking at the awesome collector's slipcover that glows in the dark. We can't show you the uncensored slip on here but when you order you'll not only get the uncensored slip but you'll also get the uncensored US version which actually has more than the supposedly uncensored German version. This movie is a genuine winner and is Exorcist-like scary.
** SHOCK: Here's the two trailers for the upcoming film from Jennifer Harrington.
----- February 2nd, 2021 -----
** TetroVideo: TetroVideo are releasing two more horror flicks on DVD; Scott Schirmer's 2016 flick PLANK FACE and Salvador Haidar's 2007 flick SNUFF 102. Both releases are limited to 150 copies and are all region even though TetroVideo is based out of Italy. You can order them here! (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** ALL THE MOONS: Filmax just completed work on the fantasy/vampire film ALL THE MOONS by director & co-screenwriter Igor Legarreta. The film stars Haizea Carneros, Josean Bengoetxea, & Itziar Ituño.
** NO REASON: Unearthed Films announced that it is releasing a new version of German Director Olaf Ittenbach's gorefest NO REASON on Blu-ray May 11, uncut and off a new scan from the master. This is the first Ittenbach title Unearthed is releasing in 2021, next will be PREMUTOS: THE FALLEN ANGEL.
----- February 1st, 2021 -----
** CLOVERFIELD sequel: British scribe Joe Barton has been hired to pen the script for another entry on the monster-fuelled CLOVERFIELD film franchise for Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot.
While it's the fourth film overall set in this universe, this will serve as much more of a direct follow-up to the original J.J. Abrams-produced and Matt Reeves-directed 2008 feature than either 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE or THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX were.
Unlike the 2008 film though, this will not be in the found footage format, but further details on this take are under wraps. Abrams and Hannah Minghella will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MALIGANT: James Wan's new horror movie has finally settled on a launch date with a September 10th release.
** LAST VOYAGE OF DEMETER: Corey Hawkins is set to star in the very long-gestating seafaring horror thriller LAST VOYAGE OF DEMETER for Amblin Partners. The story is inspired by a section of Bram Stoker's novel DRACULA in which a Russian schooner vessel named after the Greek goddess transports Dracula's coffin from Carpathia to London. The vampire picks off the crew one-by-one along the way until the ship washes up ashore in England with one raving-mad survivor. This will center its story around that journey.
Zak Olkewicz penned the most recent draft of the script. Andre Ovredal (SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK) directs the project which Bradley Fischer, Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer will produce the film which has been in development for nearly two decades. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THREE MIRRORS CREATURE'S FLASHES OF FLESH: And here it comes the raising collapse. And the unearthly awakening. A repossession. The voyage to light and spirit starts over. Ecstatic, sensorial, absolute. Flashing. Straight to an extreme and piercing choice of eternity.
----- January 29, 2021 -----
** WRONG TURN: The eerie backwoods journey begins when WRONG TURN arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD February 23 from Lionsgate.
Backwoods terror and never-jangling suspense meet when Jen (Charlotte Vega) and a group of friends set out to hike the Appalachian Trail. Despite warnings to stick to the trail, the hikers stray off course—and cross into land inhabited by The Foundation, a hidden community of mountain dwellers who use deadly means to protect their way of life. Suddenly under siege, Jen and her friends seem headed to the point of no return— unless Jen's father (Matthew Modine) can reach them in time.
** ADRIFT: REQUIEM FOR A DREAM alums Jared Leto and Darren Aronofsky (MOTHER!) are reportedly reuniting on a new feature titled ADRIFT with Jason Blum (GET OUT) attached to produce. Leto will star in the feature with Aronofsky set to direct and co-write.
ADRIFT is based on a short story by the same name written by Koji Suzuki, author of RINGU, and published in the short story collection DARK WATER. The story is set in the dead calm of the open sea, where a fishing boat discovers an abandoned yacht with a strange distress call. A deckhand agrees to take lone control of it while it's towed into port, but he soon discovers why the rest of his more experienced crew members call it a "Ghost Ship." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE BLACK PHONE: Four-time Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke is looking to keep his upcoming dance card full as the soon-to-be Marvel Cinematic Universe star has signed on to reunite with SINISTER co-writer/director Scott Derrickson and producer Jason Blum for their upcoming adaptation of THE BLACK PHONE.
Based on the 2004 novella of the same name from Joe Hill, who will also executive produce the film, the logline for the source material reads as follows:
Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945. Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town. Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he's an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing. John Finney is locked in a basement that's stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BONES AND ALL: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME actor Timothee Chalamet and director Luca Guadagnino are potentially re-teaming on the coming-of-age horror story BONES AND ALL. WAVES actress Taylor Russell is in talks to lead the film based on the novel of the same name by Camille DeAngelis.
The story follows Maren Yearly on a cross-country trip as she searches for the father she's never met in an attempt to understand why she has the urge to kill and eat the people that love her. No distributor is yet set, but filming aims to begin in April or May. Dave Kajganich penned the screenplay. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IN A FOREIGN TOWN: Recovering from a suicide attempt, a troubled man recalls a strange childhood journey to a town with no name—and the horrifying apparition that has followed him ever since. Check out the film here.
----- January 27, 2021 -----
** PSYCHO GOREMAN: Coming to Blu-ray 3/16 from Raven Banner in Canada is the Ultimate 3 Disc Limited Edition. Bonus Features:
- 3 Commentary Tracks Featuring Cast and Crew
- Behind The Scenes Featurettes
- FX Shop
- The Paladin Fight
- PG vs Pandora
- Hidden Easter Eggs
- New Trailer
- CD Sound Track (First Print Run Only)
- Double Sided Art (First Print Run Only)
- Limited Slip Case (First Print Run Only)
** AUTOPSY: Armando Crispino's 1975 giallo is coming to the upcoming February giallo boxset from Vinegar Syndrome.
** ESCAPE ROOM 2: After pulling the film from its schedule and setting it for an unspecified 2021 debut, Sony has announced its horror sequel ESCAPE ROOM 2 has found a new release on January 7, 2022, just three years after the original's release. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HONEYDEW: Strange cravings and hallucinations befall a young couple after seeking shelter in the home of an aging farmer and her peculiar son.
----- January 25, 2021 -----
** MEN BEHIND THE SUN: Coming soon from Massacre Video! We have received many emails/messages about our upcoming MEN BEHIND THE SUN restoration, specifically if we will be sharing the same master that was on the recent German and HK Blu-ray's. The answer is NO, we received the raw 4k scan files from the lab and have been working on our unique restoration of the film. We are doing new stabilization, restoration and color correction all mastered and finished in 4k. The aforementioned scan was finished at a HK lab and finished in HD.
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Paramount is once again moving the release date for its horror/thriller sequel. The John Krasinski-directed film will now open wide on September 17th – this marks the fourth release date the project has been given, its first being March 20th 2020, due to the ongoing pandemic. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE BABADOOK: Coming soon to 4K UHD from Second Sight Films.
** Eli Roth's HISTORY OF HORROR: The series has been renewed for a third season at AMC, with six episodes expected to launch later this year. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LIVE OR LET DIE: Through an outbreak of a virus, the human race has come near to extinction. The undead walks among the land and hunts the living. The very few that are left, aimlessly searching for a better tomorrow. The survivor and lone wolf Nick (Jan Bohlenschmidt) finds an old diary that contains a map, his last chance for hope to a safer sanctuary. After a bloody encounter with reckless John (Manuel Urbaneck), both get together and wander through the dead and destroyed land. Day after day it`s a hard fight of survival for their own lives until they realize that only one thing is clear: among the dead the survivors are the biggest threat!
----- January 22, 2021 -----
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: In a recent interview with Empire, SAW director Darren Lynn Bousman has opened up about the process of making Lionsgate's horror reboot. He revealed that David Fincher's 1995 SEVEN was one of the main inspirations that they've had when they were first conceptualizing the upcoming reboot.
"Chris came in with a thriller concept," Bousman said. "He pitched this very elaborate, dense idea. We wanted it to feel much more like SEVEN. But it has so many ties to the mythos of SAW."
He also confirmed that unlike previous SAW installments, SPIRAL will feature toned down gore and violence in order to highlight the film's story and character. "Gore and violence was the gimmick, I think. Gore and violence is no longer a gimmick – it just serves the story. This is much more about character, tension and fear." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WRONG TURN: Here's the second trailer for the upcoming reboot remake sequel.
** THE NIGHT HOUSE: David Bruckner's horror-mystery THE NIGHT HOUSE will debut July 16th, 2021. The film debuted last year to good reviews at Sundance. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANTLERS: Scott Cooper's supernatural horror tale ANTLERSwill arrive October 29th, 2021. The film was originally planning to release in April last year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** NIGHTMARE ALLEY: Guillermo del Toro's NIGHTMARE ALLEY will hit December 3rd, 2021.
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Edgar Wright's LAST NIGHT IN SOHO has moved by six months – now opening it on October 22nd, 2021.
----- January 20, 2021 -----
** DAY OF THE DEAD series: In a recent interview with the Bloody Disgusting web site, director Steven Kostanski has opened up about SYFY's upcoming series adaptation of George A. Romero's classic horror film DAY OF THE DEAD, confirming that the 10-episode series will indeed have some ties to the original 1985 film. Kostanski also revealed that he has already completed filming the first four episodes of the upcoming series.
"I actually wrapped up working on that back in December; I ended up shooting the first four episodes of the show. So it's a ten-episode series; it does have ties to the original movie. I can't go into too many specifics, unfortunately. I'm not really allowed to say much of anything," Kostanski said.
He also went on to share the process of making the episodes on a low-budget while also describe the project as weird and interesting, "It was a very scrappy, low budget affair, and I had a ton of fun making it. We got Masters FX to once again provide creature effects for it. So I can say that, at the very least, the zombies are super awesome. It's a very weird, interesting show, that I don't think is what people are going to be expecting. I had a ton of fun making it, and really utilized all my low-budget sensibilities to pull it off. It was another case of like, a very ambitious premise, with the bare minimum of resources. And I think that yielded a lot of great creativity from the team." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** FREAKY: From writer-director Christopher Landon (HAPPY DEATH DAY) and prolific horror producer Jason Blum, comes a horror-comedy about a stalker, a high school senior, and the brutal truth about surviving high school available on Digital on January 26 and on Blu-ray and DVD on February 9th.
** DARK WHISPERS: DARK WHISPERS - Volume 1 is Australia's first women's horror anthology. The feature film follows Clara, a young woman who inherits her mother's Book of Dark Whispers only to discover 10 disturbing tales within its pages. Each chapter reveals a new facet of the twisted human psyche... or the not-so-human... as the case may be. From the horror of grief to a share-house living disaster, existential dread to right-swiping vampires, there's something for all tastes; as long as those tastes are twisted.
----- January 18, 2021 -----
** WILLY'S WONDERLAND: Nicolas Cage stars in this FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S inspired horror film.
** THE BLACK PHONE: Jeremy Davies has joined the cast of SINISTER duo Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill's new horror film THE BLACK PHON based on a short story by Joe Hill. Shooting is expected to begin soon.
The story follows a kidnapped boy locked in a basement with a creepy, unconnected telephone that suddenly starts ringing. Since the kidnapper is the only adult in the story, Davies will be playing that character. Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw also star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** URBAN LEGEND Trilogy: Coming to Blu-ray on March 29th from 88 Films.
** TOXIC ZOMBIES: Charles McCrann's low budget horror film TOXIC ZOMBIES (BLOODEATERS, FOREST OF FEAR) is coming to Blu-ray from Massacre Video.
----- January 14, 2021 -----
** VORE GORE: Here's the teaser trailer for TetroVideo's upcoming VORE GORE, the extreme horror anthology about vorarephilic fantasies often connected with sexual masochism. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** VIOLATION: Pacific Northwest Pictures have picked up the rights to VIOLATION from filmmakers Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinell. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** TEN MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: Caroline Williams returns to the DJ booth for the first time since her star-making turn as Stretch in THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2. The film begins when veteran punk rock disc jockey Amy Marlowe (Williams) is bitten by a rabid bat on the eve of her final graveyard shift broadcast. When a raging storm traps Amy, her mysterious replacement, and the uneasy staff inside their small-town radio station, reality begins to fracture as they move further and further into the graveyard shift.
** A NIGHTMARE WAKES: A gothic period piece inspired by the torrid love affair of Mary and Percy Shelley and the creation of her famous novel, Frankenstein. As she creates her masterpiece, she gives birth to a monster. Starring Alix Wilton and Giullian Gioiello, written and directed by Nora Unkel.
** SPIRAL: In SPIRAL, a same-sex couple moves to a small town so they can enjoy a better quality of life as they raise their 16-year-old daughter. But nothing is as it seems in their picturesque neighborhood. And when they see that the folks next door are throwing a very strange party, being the new family in town suddenly feels extremely dangerous.
----- January 13, 2021 -----
** SAINT MAUD: A24 has announced that the acclaimed psychological horror pic SAINT MAUD is finally coming to audiences in select theaters on January 29th followed by a streaming premiere on Epix! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Netflix upcoming horror films: Coming out to the streaming service in 2021 are ARMY OF THE DEAD, FEAR STREET TRILOGY, NO ONE GETS OUT ALIVE, THERE'S SOMETHING INSIDE YOUR HOUSE and THINGS HEARD AND SEEN.
** I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER: Just a few months after getting the greenlight from the streaming platform, Amazon's series reboot of the horror franchise I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER has taken a big step forward as nine cast members have been attached.
Though character details are being kept close to the chest, the cast for the series is believed to be led by Madison Iseman with the rest of the roster including Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, Brooke Bloom and Bill Heck.
The series, based on the 1973 Lois Duncan novel, is being written and executive produced by Sara Goodman with Craig Macneill set to helm and executive produce the pilot and production expected to begin this month in Hawaii. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BLOODY HELL: The film follows a man with a mysterious past who flees the country to escape his own personal hell... only to arrive somewhere much, much, worse. In an effort to survive this new horror, he turns to his personified conscience. Together, they must race against time to free themselves from a twisted family hiding.
----- January 11, 2021 -----
** HAPPY DEATH DAY and FREAKY crossover: Both films were directed by Christopher Landon. Actress Jessica Rothe was recently asked about it in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter;
"I think that's totally the way to go because, as you said, [Kathryn Newton's character in FREAKY] embodies so much strength, power and twisted badass-ness in that role. I was so lucky to get to see it on opening weekend, and it has such fun, wild performances from both Kathryn and Vince [Vaughn]. So I agree with you that it totally needs to be a showdown of Tree versus Millie. And maybe Vince can make a cameo as a scream queen because he gave us scream queens a run for our money. He did a really good job."
** BAD BLOOM: Vera Farmiga will star in and produce the horror fairytale BAD BLOOM. Filming begins in the second half of 2021.
Bryce McGuire makes his feature directorial debut on the story which will portray a family living in isolation on a remote island to keep an unknown creature at bay. Their tightly-guarded reality begins to unravel when one of the children learns the monster they feared is not the monster they envisioned.
Renn Hawkey, Jon Rubinstein and Galt Niederhoffer will produce. Farmiga will soon be seen in the third main film in THE CONJURING franchise. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** John Carpenter's Alive After Death: Here's a new music video from the master of horror.
----- January 8, 2021 -----
** FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 4K: Looks like Robert Rodriguez teased a 4K release of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN in a recent interview with Forbes; "I just finished a color correction for a 4K version. It looks gorgeous. It was cool to see. I can't wait for that to come out to celebrate the anniversary," Rodriguez just told the site.
** Severin Films April titles: Alejandro Jodorowsky SANTA SANGRE in 4K UHD, GRIZZLY, Joe D'Amato's DEEP BLOOD and DAY OF THE ANIMALS.
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: The story takes place after a plague has been released from Nevada's Area 51, the U.S. government managing to contain it by building a wall around Las Vegas as it is overrun by zombies.
Dave Bautista plays the leader of a group of mercenaries who venture into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Tig Notaro, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighofer, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone also star.
Speaking with EW, Snyder says the film is more than meets the eye and will contain more emotional depth than you might expect:
"It is a full-blown, balls-to-the-wall zombie heist movie, so it's genre-on-genre in a great way. So you expect pure zombie mayhem, and you get that, 100 percent. But also you get these really amazing characters on a fantastic journey. It's going to surprise people that there's a lot of warmth and real emotion with these great characters."
He adds that the film will contain "metaphors about immigration, consumerism, and a jingoistic president." Snyder's last foray into zombies was his 2004 remake of DAWN OF THE DEAD which had some of the best notices of his career.
Netflix has already greenlit an anime spin-off series and is planning a prequel feature as well with Matthias Schweighofer helming. ARMY OF THE DEAD arrives on the service sometime in 2021. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SACRIFICE: After his mother's death, Isaac and his pregnant wife return to his birthplace on a remote Norwegian island to claim on unexpected inheritance. During their visit, the couple discover dark secrets from Isaac's past. Their pleasant trip quickly turns into a nightmare when Isaac and his wife encounter a sinister cult that worships a sea-dwelling deity.
** BRIGHT HILL ROAD: When a misstep after a workplace shooting puts alcoholic Marcy on leave, she heads out to see her sister in California. Halfway there, she stops for a couple of days at the Bright Hill Road Boarding House. The walls close in on the deeply troubled Marcy, as she loses touch with reality and comes face to face with the misdeeds of her sordid past.
----- January 7, 2021 -----
** Neil Marshall's THE RECKONING: A trailer is out today for THE DESCENT filmmaker Neil Marshall's new supernatural horror film THE RECKONING. The film hits cinemas and on demand on February 5th.
Charlotte Kirk plays a woman who, after losing her husband to the plague, is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England's most ruthless witch-hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee). Joe Anderson and Steven Waddington co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: A new photo is out from David Gordon Green's sequel which promises to be a scarier and bloodier follow-up to the 2018 film revival of the franchise. Speaking about it with Empire, he says: "This one gets right to the action. It's very aggressive. It's more efficient." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** James Wan's MALIGNANT: A month after it was announced that the film would receive a simultaneous theatrical and HBO Max release alongside Warner Bros. other films, James Wan's return to the horror genre MALIGNANT has now earned an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association for "Strong horror violence, gruesome images, and for language". (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE NIGHT: Following a tense night out with friends, Babak (Shabab Hossein), Neda (Niousha Jafarian) and their infant daughter find themselves spending the night in a hotel. As a malevolent energy torments the family, Babak and Neda's deeply guarded secrets are summoned from their dark hiding places. THE NIGHT will not end until they confront the truth within themselves.
----- January 6, 2021 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: Sony Pictures' reboot of the RESIDENT EVIL film franchise has officially wrapped its shoot – a fairly quick one considering it only began filming in early November. Set in the year 1998, the new film is ditching the Milla Jovovich-led films' action tone in favour of more classic horror tropes like the Capcom games themselves.
Johannes Roberts (47 METERS DOWN) helms the project which will be an origin story taking place in Raccoon City with Spencer Mansion to be a key location. The cast includes the dropdead gorgeous Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy, Neal McDonough as William Birkin and Donal Logue as Chief Irons.
The new film is set to arrive September 9th next year and comes in addition to the animated series which will be released next year on Netflix. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Stephen King's REVIVAL: While busy with a number of projects for both the big and small screen, fans have come to adore Mike Flanagan's adaptations of Stephen King's bibliography but after much excitement and development of bringing REVIVAL to the screen for Warner Bros., it appears that the project is now dead again. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS: Coming April 27th from Code Red DVD and distributed by Kino Lorber. This edition will feature a brand new HD master and theatrical trailer.