It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- August 30, 2019 -----
** UNDERWATER: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** THE GOLDEN GLOVE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** IN FABRIC: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** THE WALKING DEAD: Here's a cool promo poster for the tenth season.
----- August 29, 2019 -----
** SAW 9: Back in July, Darren Bousman posted to Instagram that production for SAW 9 movie was officially underway. Now, just a few weeks later, Bousman returned to social media, (this time Twitter), to confirm that the ninth SAW film has wrapped production. Posing for a selfie in front of a blood-splattered wall, Bousman posted simply "That's a wrap!!!"
** MIDSOMMAR: From writer/director Ari Aster (HEREDITARY) and starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper, and Will Poulter. MIDSOMMAR the Director's Cut, featuring new scenes and extended footage — In theaters nationwide this weekend!
** TONE-DEAF: The film arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital), DVD, and Digital October 22 from Lionsgate. After being dumped by both her boss and her boyfriend, Olive (Amanda Crew) flees the city for the weekend and rents an ornate country house from an old-fashioned widower named Harvey (Robert Patrick). She's hoping for a few days of peace. What she gets is a weekend of sheer terror, as Olive awakens Harvey's darkest urges—and is plunged into a blood-soaked fight for her life.
----- August 28, 2019 -----
** HALLOWEEN KILLS find its Tommy Doyle: Variety is reporting that Anthony Michael Hall (THE BREAKFAST CLUB, WEIRD SCIENCE) has joined Jamie Lee Curtis in the horror sequel from Blumhouse and Universal.
Hall will play Tommy Doyle, who first appeared as a child in the original HALLOWEEN movie as one of the kids Laurie Strode (Curtis) was babysitting. The adult version of the character was previously played by Paul Rudd in HALLOWEEN THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS, the sixth movie of the original HALLOWEEN storyline. The new HALLOWEEN universe avoids those sequels, however, as the 2018 HALLOWEEN movie picks up the narrative after the 1978 film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LIMBO: Miramax, Barnyard Projects and Snoot Entertainment have given the green light to the horror thriller LIMBO with Matthew Jennison and Chris Peckover penning and Peckover directing. Tim Palen, Keith Calder and Jess Wu Calder will produce and shooting begins in January.
The story follows a young mother whose body becomes possessed by something evil, rendering her a disembodied spirt and a ghost in her own house. As this demonic double takes over her life and threatens her family, she must find a way to protect her loved ones while also finding a way back to her body. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MARIANNE: When a novelist realizes her terrifying stories are coming true, she returns to her hometown to face the demons from her past that inspire her writing.
** Arrow Video US - September 2019 release schedule: The frighteningly fun fall begins on September 17th with two releases. First up is Wes Craven's THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART II. While not quite the success of the groundbreaking first film, this early '80s sequel is a down-and-dirty B-grade flick that genre fans have grown to appreciate more of the years. As far as films with dog flashbacks go, THE HILLS HAVE EYES PART II may very well be the best. The second release hitting stands on September 17th is Alan Lado's classic giallo, WHO SAW HER DIE? George Lazenby and Anita Strindberg star as parents that search the streets of Venice hoping to find the black-veiled killer that murder their daughter. The film has received much praise for its style, which author Danny Shipka compared favorably to Nicolas Roeg's DON'T LOOK NOW. WHO SAW HER DIE? features a new 2K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative.
September 24th is a busy day as Arrow releases four new titles, beginning with a pair of Clive Barker classics. Roger Ebert famously declared 1987's HELLRAISER to have a "bankruptcy of imagination," but that didn't stop horror hounds everywhere from cherishing this undisputed masterpiece. Doug Bradley dons the needles for the first time as Pinhead in this mad tale about puzzles, cenobites, and a sadomasochistic underworld. In the film's sequel, HELLBOUND HELLRAISER II, we are taken deep into the depths of hell as Barker's universe of depravity is further explored. Both films hit Blu-ray shelves with brand new 2K restorations approved by director of photography Robin Vidgeon.
----- August 27, 2019 -----
** James Wan's SILVERCUP: British Greek-Chinese actor George Young has landed the male lead role opposite Annabelle Wallis in James Wan's top-secret new horror feature for Warner Bros. Pictures. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps as are the details of Young's character. Wan came up with the story with actress Ingrid Bisu and details of who will pen the script are still being worked out. Wan and Michael Clear will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEEP BLUE SEA 3: A new listing on the Production Weekly website indicates a third film in the DEEP BLUE SEA franchise is in the works for Netflix. This would follow on from last year's direct-to-video, low-budget sequel to Renny Harlin's 1999 cult classic about smart sharks. The listing indicates the project is in early development and so there is no indication as to who is going to be writing/directing or if any cast members will return. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEATH OF ME: Saban Films has acquired North American rights to Darren Lynn Bousman's film starring Maggie Q and Luke Hemsworth as a couple on an exotic holiday who awaken one morning with a hangover and no recollection of what transpired. When playing back the video of their previous night, they learn they participated in a ritual that somehow ended with the husband murdering the wife – though she's actually very much alive. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IN FABRIC: Peter Strickland's horror film will finally get a theatrical release via A24 on December 6th. Set during a department store's winter sale, Marianne Jean-Baptiste stars as a lonely divorcee who ends up cursed by a scarlet dress that corrupts their lives. Hayley Squires also stars. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- August 26, 2019 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequels: Speaking with Polygon this week, co-writer Danny McBride confirms that like the film's releases, the shoots will be spaced a year apart: "HALLOWEEN 2 starts filming in like three weeks. That's already off to the races. The script is almost finished for the third one. Hopefully that'll go at the same time next year."
Also this week, the original film's director John Carpenter has confirmed he's returning to do the score for both films after providing one for last year's revival. Speaking with ComicBook.com about his experience doing the music for the 2018 film, he says:
"I loved it, It was a lot of fun. And I'll do the score, do a new score. That's always fun… I'm on board. Let's go. Everybody, after HALLOWEEN (2018) was a big hit, everybody said, 'Oh, let's do it again,' So it was easy." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Kevin Bacon as Freddy Krueger: Robert Englund, the actor who played Krueger throughout the original eight-film run from Wes Craven's 1984 original to 2002's FREDDY VS JASON, appeared last weekend at the Monster Mania Con in New Jersey where Dead Entertainment (via Movieweb recorded his nearly one-hour panel which included a fan Q&A. Naturally Englund was asked if he'd ever return to the role to which he said:
"I'm not Freddy anymore, you guys. I could do one more, probably. If you guys held my ankles down, if you put yogurt on my butt, if you shot me up with Vitamin C… But here's the thing, I can't do eight more, you guys. So, we need a new actor that you guys believe in, and trust, and love, that can go the distance."
Thus came the inevitable follow-up question – whom does he think could play Freddy if they were to reboot or revive the property. He says he's heard one name rumored that he's happy to offer his support for:
"The rumor I've heard that I like is Kevin Bacon. Kevin loves horror. He's a real actor. He's a character actor. We need someone like that to take it on, and redo it, and redo it exploiting all of the new technology." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE GOLDEN GLOVE: From acclaimed filmmaker Fatih Akin comes a gruesome tale of notorious German serial killer Fritz Honka who haunted Hamburg's red light district in the 1970s. Based on the novel of the same name, THE GOLDEN GLOVE follows Honka as he frequents his favorite bar, the "Golden Glove," where schmaltzy German songs move the boozy bar hounds to tears and drinking is a reflex against pain and longing. There, Honka, a pitiful loser chasing after lonely women, keeps more than just secrets in the attic.
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Here's yet another teaser.
----- August 22, 2019 -----
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: THE FOG and HALLOWEEN III SEASON OF THE WITCH star Tom Atkins recently said that Charles Cyphers will return as sheriff Leigh Brackett in at least one of the flicks; "Chuck [Cyphers] is going to be in this next one. He was in a bunch of those early ones, the original and a bunch thereafter. So he's going to be in it." (thanks to JoBlo.com)
** Stephen King's THE GIRL WHO LOVED TOM GORDON: Stephen King's 1999 short novel is set to get a film adaptation which will be produced by George A. Romero's former wife Chris Romero, Roy Lee, Jon Berg and celebrated short film producer Ryan Silbert.
The story follows a young girl named Trisha McFarland who gets lost while hiking with her recently divorced mother and brother in the woods. Nine years old and scared of the dark, she winds up stumbling through the woods for days, wandering farther and farther from civilization even as she tries to make her way back.
As she walks, dehydration, hunger, and exhaustion cause her to hallucinate several people including her baseball player idol Tom Gordon. She also begins to believe that she's being stalked by a supernatural beast known as The God of the Lost – and her ordeal becomes a test of both her sanity and her ability to fight for life.
A search for a writer to tackle the script is underway. George A. Romero was initially involved in an adaptation in the early 2000s but the project stalled and Romero passed away in 2017. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRICK: RLJE Films have picked up Patrick Lussier's masked killer flick. TRICK stars Omar Epps, Kristina Reyes, Jamie Kennedy and horror icon Tom Atkins. RLJE will release TRICK in U.S. cinemas and on VOD and Digital on October 18th.
From the director of MY BLOODY VALENTINE and DRIVE ANGRY comes the next chapter of Halloween horror. When a small town is visited every Halloween by a masked madman, Detective Mike Denver (Epps) will stop at nothing to discover who he is and how to stop him. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** ANTLERS: In ANTLERS, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.
----- August 21, 2019 -----
** Alexandre Aja's interactive haunted house film: HIGH TENSION and CRAWL director Alexandre Aja has signed on to helm an untitled interactive haunted house movie for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners. Jeff Howard, Nick Simon, and Aja are penning the film based on an idea by Howard and Mike Flanagan (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE).
Kino Industries' CtrlMovie technology will work with Amblin to create the branched narrative project which will allow audiences to influence the storyline. Using a phone app, audience members will be able to vote in the cinema to decide what characters will do at pivotal points in the narrative. The plot, ending and run time will change depending on the audience's choices. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Here's two more teaser for the upcoming ninth season.
** UNDERWATER: The film follows a crew of underwater researchers who must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. Directed by William Eubank, UNDERWATER stars Kristen Stewart, T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel and John Gallagher Jr..
** CANDY CORN: Epic Pictures and DREAD are thrilled to release the brand new poster and trailer for Josh Hasty's feature film, CANDY CORN, coming to select US cinemas September 13th and releasing on VOD/Blu-ray September 17th!
It's the eve of Halloween in Grove Hill, Ohio. A traveling carnival is in town for the weekend and local outcast, Jacob Atkins, has been hired as one of the freaks in the event's main attraction, "Dr. Death's Side Show Spook House Spectacular." When a group of bullies target Jacob for their annual hazing, things go too far and he winds up dead. Now, Dr. Death has resurrected Jacob as an unstoppable killer to seek revenge on those who wronged him.
----- August 20, 2019 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: 47 METERS DOWN director Johannes Roberts is helming the new take on the property which is setup at Constantin Film and takes plenty of inspiration from 2017's RESIDENT EVIL game. Speaking with Screen Rant about where the project currently stands, he says:
"We are in active development of that at the moment. I pitched them a take, and they really loved it. So, we are just gearing up on that as we speak, really. I'm in the office all the time there. So, yeah, it's great. It's gonna be super scary. It's super, super scary. And it's just getting back to the roots of the game. I think, at the moment, I'm not really allowed to say much more than that. But it's gonna be a lot of fun."
No specific production or release dates for the film have yet been set. The previous six films cumulatively earned $1.2 billion worldwide. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE: The terrifying series will be available on Blu-ray and DVD October 15, 2019 and will include three extended episodes and director commentary. The 3-Disc Blu-ray and 4-Disc DVD sets feature all 10 episodes from the acclaimed first season, including, for the first time, three Extended Director's Cut episodes with never-before-seen content. The Blu-ray and DVD also include exclusive commentary by creator and director Mike Flanagan on four episodes.
** ITSY BITSY: Based on the centuries-old poem, a family moves into a secluded mansion where they soon find themselves being targeted by an ancient entity taking the form of a giant spider.
Kara, a private nurse and single mother, moves from the big city to the quiet countryside with her two children, 13-year-old Jesse and 8-year-old Cambria, to live with and take care of an elderly man with multiple sclerosis. Things seem normal enough until Jesse discovers a mysterious old relic in the old man's house, leading to unexpected and horrifying things coming to life.
** SEEDS: After a night of debauchery spirals out of control, Marcus retreats to his family home along the New England coast. Solitude is disturbed when his brother asks Marcus to look after his estranged nephew and niece. As days pass, solace escapes him; he feels baited by a dark force. Is he losing his mind or has something terrible burrowed deep within him? Incubating. Waiting until the climate is right. Haunted by his deepest fears, Marcus struggles not to succumb as he fights to protect Lily, his beloved niece from a monster that lies in wait.
----- August 19, 2019 -----
** THE BABYSITTER sequel: McG is set to return as director on a sequel to his Netflix horror-comedy feature THE BABYSITTER. The streaming service is fast-tracking the follow-up to the 2017 film which followed Cole (Judah Lewis), a love-stricken young man who yearns for his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving).
The film received mixed-to-positive reviews but has been popular enough on the service that this sequel was ordered. Casting is underway on the project and filming is set to begin in October and run through Thanksgiving. AMERICAN VANDAL showrunner Dan Lagana will pen the script, replacing Brian Duffield from the first film. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Here's the IMAX trailer!
** CANDYMAN reboot: Principal photography has officially begun in Chicago on the 'spiritual sequel' to the original 1992 horror film CANDYMAN with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld co-writing the script. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo lead the cast of the film which Nia DaCosta is directing for Monkeypaw Productions and MGM.
The story will return to Cabrini-Green housing projects of the original film, which have largely been gentrified in the years since. Tony Todd starred as the titular character in the original and won't be replaced with another actor according to DaCosta. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BLISS: A brilliant painter turns to anything she can to complete her masterpiece, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder.
----- August 14, 2019 -----
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1984: Here's a new teaser for the upcoming season.
** Quentin Tarantino's last film could be horror: Speaking with The Independent, Quentin Tarantino suggests his last effort could well be a horror movie. In fact the Spahn ranch scene in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD serves as a taster of what could be:
"If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth movie. I love horror movies. I would love to do a horror film. I do actually think that the Spahn Ranch sequence is the closest to a horror sequence. I do think it's vaguely terrifying. And I didn't quite realize how good we did it, frankly, until my editor told me. I made some reference about the killers walking up a hill… He goes, 'the Spahn Ranch sequence is a horror film… it's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE with a budget. It's like Brad Pitt is walking into THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. It's f–king terrifying.' I go, 'Wow, I'm glad! Really?!' Because I hadn't seen anything. And when I look at it, I think, 'Yeah, this is sorta like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE,' which is about as good a compliment as you can make." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE TROOP: E.L. Katz (CHANNEL ZERO) is attached to helm the James Wan-produced film adaptation of Nick Cutter's novel THE TROOP at Atomic Monster, JS Entertainment and Starlight Media. Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald are penning the script while Michael Clear will also produce.
weekend camping trip. When an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite, they become exposed to an aggressive otherworldly infection. The intruder is a carrier of a bioengineered nightmare and so begins a harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected… or one another. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** READY OR NOT: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film starring the beautiful Samara Weaving.
----- August 13, 2019 -----
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1984: Here's the very cool new poster for the upcoming season.
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: Zack Snyder has posted a new photo showing off some skeletons on the set of the project and praising Red Digital Cinema worker Jarred Land for building the new 8K digital cameras being used to shoot this action-horror movie. The story is set in Las Vegas after a zombie outbreak has taken over the United States. A group of mercenaries have decided to storm into town and pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. Snyder came up with the story on his own and hired Shay Hatten to write the script.
He will produce alongside wife Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, Ori Marmur, and Andrew Norman. Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Ana De La Reguera, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris D'Elia, Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Nora Arnezeder and Rich Cetrone star amongst others. Snyder has previously said he's been completely let loose to do what he wants with this project, far more than any of his other projects. ARMY OF THE DEAD is expected to hit Netflix sometime next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: The PG-13 thriller topped pre-weekend expectations and delivered an estimated $20.8 million this weekend. The $25 million production received a "C" CinemaScore from opening day audiences while playing to a weekend crowd that was 57% female and 54% of the overall audience was aged 25 or older.
** IT CHAPTER TWO: The sequel, which opens September 6th, continues the story 27 years later as the now grown up Losers Club reunite to stop Pennywise once and for all.
----- August 12, 2019 -----
** THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE: This year's Midnight Madness lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and with that comes the first photo from one of the more intriguing genre films of the year which will have its world premiere there – the Nicolas Cage-led film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's famed 1927 short story THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE.
The film marks the long-awaited return of Richard Stanley, the South African-born filmmaker of cult hits HARDWARE and DUST DEVIL who penned and was to direct 1996's film adaptation of H.G. Wells' THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU but was famously replaced by John Frankenheimer a week into filming. The resulting production was a monumental disaster of epic proportions.
Though he's helmed a few documentaries since then, this will mark his first return to narrative filmmaking since that week on 'Moreau'. The short story is set around a small Massachusetts town where years ago a meteorite crashed into local shrubland in the wild hills to the west. As a result, the 'blasted heath' is seen as cursed – poisoning every living thing nearby and driving both people and animals to insanity. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HAUNT: On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an "extreme" haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real.
** ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP: Here's the International trailer!
** 47 METERS DOWN UNCAGED: Here's a clip from the upcoming film.
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Here's a featurette and a clip from the upcoming film.
----- August 8, 2019 -----
** New horror film from HAPPY DEATH DAY creator: Writer-director Christopher Landon is re-teaming with small budget mastermind Jason Blum and his banner Blumhouse for a new original horror film. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps on the project, but it's believed that the film is focusing on a killer terrorizing a small town. While it's believed the film is set to be an original film, there are rumors beginning to circle that the film could be a previously existing IP being kept under wraps. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TABLES: All hell breaks loose on a peaceful retreat as a strange and violent force terrorizes Browsey Acres. The stipulations have changed for Ronda Rousey and friends in the brand new survival horror, TABLES.
** BLOODLINE: Evan (Seann William Scott) values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
** MARY: David (Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family's ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.
** HELLMINGTON: On June 6, 1985 Hellmington Asylum closed their doors for good. On June 6, 2009 it was re-opened as the very first Psychological Extreme Haunted House, where people could live out their own personal horror fantasies.
Willing participants would be pushed to their limits, blurring the lines between what's real and what's in your head. Katie Owens, a true horror fanatic and online blogger was invited as one of the first people to partake in the Hellmington experience.
Only Katie never left... that was 6 years ago, and her disappearance remains unsolved. Police reports stated no body was found, no suspicion of foul play and no evidence was discovered. After many years with no answers, a group of documentary filmmakers decide to join forces with the local police department to investigate and analyze the footage from that night.
----- August 7, 2019 -----
** EVENT HORIZON series: Amazon and Paramount Television are developing a TV series adaptation of Paul W.S. Anderson's super gory and still impressively production designed 1997 sci-fi horror film EVENT HORIZON. Philip Eisner penned the film in which a spaceship that disappeared after testing an experimental gravity drive re-appears years later in orbit around Neptune.
A rescue crew and the gravity drive's inventor are sent to investigate, only to discover that the ship traveled to a dimension outside of the known universe, one that's essentially Hell, and it infects the ship with a sinister sentience which leads to multiple gross deaths. Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Jack Noseworthy, Kathleen Quinlan, Sean Pertwee, Jason Isaacs and Joely Richardson starred. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARTIK: A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders until the boy befriends a mysterious man, Holton, who threatens to expose their horrifying family secret. As Holton gets closer to the truth, he must not only fight for the young boy's life, but for his own.
----- August 6, 2019 -----
** 47 METERS DOWN UNCAGED: The film follows the story of four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city, who quickly find themselves in a watery hell as their fun outing turns into heart-stopping fear when they learn they are not alone in the submerged caves. As they swim deeper into the claustrophobic labyrinth of caves they enter the territory of the deadliest shark species in the ocean.
** ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?: Nickelodeon is reimagining its chillingly beloved anthology ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? as a brand-new limited series premiering this October. Through three hour-long episodes, the series introduces an entirely new Midnight Society group of kids who tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life.
** James Wan's upcoming horror film: Having launched the SAW, INSIDIOUS, THE CONJURING franchises, all for fairly economical budgets, James Wan is going back to his indie horror roots with his next feature which has been set up at New Line. Following the untitled project's announcement last week, Wan has taken to social media this week to offer some photos from location scouting for the film which he and Ingrid Bisu are co-writing. Plot specifics, however, are under wraps.
In his posting he confirms he's returning to an older way of filmmaking with a thriller that's going to push its R-rating: "There's been a bit of speculation as to what my next project is… all I'll say is, I'm super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller. An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets. That's all I'll say for now." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SWALLOW: According to Variety, IFC Films has successfully acquired the North American theatrical distribution rights to Carlo Mirabella-Davis' SWALLOW. Starring Haley Bennett and Austin Stowell, the film had its world premiere back in April at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival where Bennett won the Best Actress Award at the festival.
"SWALLOW is one of the most provocative and timely films we have seen yet this year with a star turning performance from Haley Bennett," IFC Films' executive VP of acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco said. "We're thrilled to introduce Carlo Mirabella-Davis to U.S. audiences with this stunning first-time feature debut." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- August 5, 2019 -----
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Syfy reports that as part of an interview in a new issue of Total Film, director Andy Muschietti has revealed that author Stephen King himself was more hands-on this time out. In fact, he says when King read the first draft of the sequel, he made a few notes and also requested the addition of "one all-new scene" which the filmmaker dutifully included as "you don't tell Stephen King that he can't write IT."
That's not all though. The same outlet has revealed that the young actors who played the original Losers Club in the 2017 first chapter have undergone some digital de-ageing for the new film so as to look like they did in the first in the film's flashback sequences. Muschietti says this wasn't a last-minute aesthetic decision and was planned from early on: "From the beginning, we knew that that would be part of the budget – the visual effects to address that. So, we're going to de-age the kids."
** SATANIC PANIC: Sam's first day as a pizza delivery driver is not going according to plan. At the end of a long day and not enough tips, her last delivery turns out to be for a group of Satanists looking for someone to sacrifice. Now in a fight for her life, Sam must fend off witches, evil spells and demonic creatures, all while trying to keep her body – and soul – intact.
** THE PURGE 5: Everardo Gout has come on board to direct the next installment in THE PURGE franchise for Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Universal Pictures. James DeMonaco will return to write the latest movie which once again centers on a dystopian near future U.S. in the 12 hours per year in which all crime is legal. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are all on board to produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IN TALL GRASS: The first photo has arrived from the new Netflix film adaptation of Stephen King and Joe HIll's novella IN TALL GRASS. Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted star as Becky and Cal, two siblings en route to California who stop by a large grass field in Kansas.
Hearing a young boy calling for help somewhere nearby, the two venture in and discover that the grass holds more secrets than they could have ever imagined…and they may never find their way out again. Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson and Rachel Wilson co-star. The film will premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin at the end of September. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- August 1st, 2019 -----
** James Wan back to horror: Variety has brought word that modern horror master James Wan is returning to his genre roots for his next project before returning to the underwater world of AQAUMAN 2 with a secret film set up at New Line Cinema.
The film, whose plot is being kept under wraps, is being co-written by Wan and Ingrid Bisu, who starred in The Nun and who recently got engaged to the 42-year-old Australian director. Wan will also produce the film through his Atomic Monster banner alongside Michael Clear. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LITTLE MONSTERS: The film follows Dave (Alexander England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew's kindergarten class field trip after taking a serious liking to the fearless schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o). Dave's intentions are complicated by the presence of the world's most famous kids' show personality and competition for Miss Caroline's affections, Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad). One thing none of them bargained for, however, is a sudden zombie outbreak. Will Dave rise to the occasion and have a chance at Miss Caroline's heart, or will the zombies get there first?
** THE CHURCH: From director and writer Dom Frank. Starring Bill Moseley, Ashley C. Williams and Clint Howard, this church is being sold and God is not happy. When a pastor (Moseley) is tempted by money, a real estate developer moves into these holy grounds. But. something is not right and some of these characters will pay for their sins, in this exciting release
** GIRLS WITH BALLS: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** EERIE: Here's the trailer for the film starring Bea Alonzo and Charo Santos, and directed by Mikhail Red.
** THE ODD FAMILY: Zzongbie, a living dead who is not only harmless but also a walking dose of Viagra, is captured by the eccentric Park family. South Korean Zom-com THE ODD FAMILY has a ball reanimating the done-to-death conventions of the zombie flick.
----- July 30, 2019 -----
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Welcome to Camp Redwood. Good luck leaving alive. AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1984 premieres Sept. 18 on FX.
** BLAIR WITCH: Turn off the lights. Put on the headphones. Prepare for the curse of the Black Hills Forest!
** IT CHAPTER TWO: The upcoming film has been given an R-rating by the MPAA, the rating handed out for "disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material."
That's a harder rating than the previous film which scored an R-rating for the less intense "violence/horror, bloody images, and for language". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 29, 2019 -----
** I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER remake: SAW director James Wan has reportedly been quietly location scouting over the past week for the pilot of a TV remake of the 1997 slasher film I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER at Amazon Studios.
Jim Gillespie helmed the original film about four young friends (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr.) bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.
Prolific producer Neal H. Moritz, who produced the original, has signed a new three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television for his Original Film banner and new "young adult horror series" will be one of the first projects under that pact. Shay Hatten is writing the pilot. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: A new rumor indicates one of the previous film's survivors, the character of Tommy Doyle, could return. Doyle was one of the kids being babysat by Strode on that fateful night in 1978 when Myers attacked. Brian Andrews played him in the original, but the character is best remembered as the for being played by a young Paul Rudd in the sixth film HALLOWEEN THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS.
Even though that film is no longer part of the official timeline, the outlet says there were talks to try and bring Rudd back for the character but his scheduling commitments to the new GHOSTBUSTERS prevented it. Instead, a new actor has been cast but whom that might be remains unknown at this point. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Andy Muschietti's 2017 film adaptation of the kids half of IT clocked in at 2 hours 15 minutes, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect the upcoming IT CHAPTER TWO will come in around the same amount, if not a bit under.
That's not what's happened though as Muschietti, speaking with Digital Spy the other day, revealed that the new film comes in a full thirty minutes longer than its predecessor – clocking in at around 2 hours 45 minutes. On top of that, he says there have been zero complaints about the runtime either at test screenings or special sneak peeks:
"A movie is very different when you're writing the script and you're building a story compared to what the final product is. At the beginning, when you're writing and building the beats of the story, everything that you put in there seems very essential to the story. However, when you have the movie finally edited and it's four hours long, you realize that some of the events and some of the beats can be easily lifted but the essence of the story remains intact.
You cannot deliver a four-hour movie because people will start to feel uncomfortable – no matter what they see – but we ended up having a movie that is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the pacing is very good. Nobody who's seen the movie has had any complaint."
In fact, the eventual home video release sometime in the New Year will include even more material with producer Barbara Muschietti promising a director's cut is coming:
"We will put out a director's cut because this time it definitely merits it. We have some amazing scenes that didn't make it into the movie. You have to make choices sometimes and some things cannot be in this theatrical release but are definitely worthy of people seeing them at a later date."
Andy Muschietti also reassures fans that those edits weren't to tone down the film in any way, stressing there weren't any issues over scenes being too horrific to include: "Oh, no, everything that is too scary is in the movie." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 26, 2019 -----
** ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP: In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.
** IN TALL GRASS: CUBE director Vincenzo Natali's adaptation of Joe Hill and Stephen King's novella IN TALL GRASS starring Patrick Wilson will reportedly hit Netflix on October 4th. In the story, a young boy's cry for help instigates a sister and brother to venture into a vast field of grass in Kansas. they soon discover that there may be no way out. Laysla De Oliveira and Harrison Gilbertson co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequels: Last week came the big announcement that Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions would release two new sequels to 2018's successful revival of the HALLOWEEN franchise. HALLOWEEN KILLS would be released October 2020 and HALLOWEEN ENDS would open October 2021.
The films would see the return of director/co-writer David Gordon Green, writer Danny McBride and star Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as The Shape. Beyond that though, there wasn't much in the way of details available about what to expect.
The Collider web site has now spoken with Green and McBride at the HBO panel at today's TV Critics Association press tour and Green confirmed the films will shoot back-to-back:
"We start in September [and shoot them back-to-back] with a breather between. But they'll be out in two consecutive years, in 2020 and 2021. You get a breather this year, and then, for the next two years, it's gonna be crazy."
McBride confirms the story that runs through HALLOWEEN ENDS was thought up when they came up with the story for the 2018 film. When they began making the 2018 film, the original plan was for two movies, but they changed that once things got going:
"That was our plan. Relaunching it for just one, we wanted it to have a bigger story. We were originally going to even shoot them back to back, but as soon as we got it up and running, we took a look at ourselves and were like, 'You know what? We should make sure we can do one of them good, before we bite off trying to do three of them.'
So, we just put all of our efforts into trying to make the first one land. There was talk, right away, of us doing more of these. We just needed to get everybody aligned and see if everybody was down with the vision. Luckily, everyone is.
It's just a continuation of it. It's telling the story, moving forward. It's not another reinvention, or anything like that. It's this world that we've established, and then it continues beyond the events of the first one."
Green confirms that when they went back after last year's film came out, they realised they had enough story for two additional sequels and each will have 'strong, different narratives' that will bring the Laurie Strode and Michael Myers arc to a conclusion:
"We had ambitions of doing two, with some big ideas, and then decided that we should see if anybody liked one at a time, and if they liked the other one, then maybe we'd build on it. And then, when that was successful, our additional ideas that weren't integrated into that first one developed into two. We've written them, and we're ready to go.
They're never done telling the Frankenstein story, and at this point, Michael Myers is a classic movie monster. But our Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode/Michael Myers saga will be done. The fun of it is also seeing it end and knowing that it can. If you just keep trying to elongate it and milk it for all of the money, then that's boring." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 25, 2019 -----
** R.I.P. Rutger Hauer: Legendary actor Rutger Hauer has died at his home in the Netherlands at the age of 75 following a short illness.
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: It's 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind...but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying home.
** REBORN: A contemporary Frankenstein story about a stillborn baby girl brought back to life by an electrical storm before being abducted from hospital by a morgue attendant. On her sixteenth birthday, empowered with the gift to manipulate electricity, she escapes her captor and sets out to find her birth mother leaving a trail of destruction behind her.
----- July 24, 2019 -----
** IT COMES: The life seems perfect for Hideki who lives with his beautiful wife in his new suburban flat. One day, he is called by a colleague that a visitor comes to see him at his office. When he reaches the reception, Hideki is baffled to learn that the visitor is already gone leaving a memo of his unborn daughter's name "Chisa". Two years later, the colleague dies mysteriously and Hideki's house is attacked by a sinister presence. To protect his family, Hideki asks for help from a journalist Nozaki and a prestigious exorcist who performs a ritual to break an unknown spell. But they come to learn what they are dealing with is beyond their imagination.
** SWEET PAIN: In the film, "Carlo, a young music composer from a wealthy family, is going through an emotional crisis. When he moves to a new house he recalls the events that led to his condition: the moment he met Maria, his first marriage, his obsession with music, the infidelities and the brutal consequences of it. While the past returns in the form of memories, Carlo fights to recover his life, to hold on to his desire to compose music and to retain his sanity."
** DREADOUT: A group of social media-obsessed friends visit the last haunts of a cult — and open a portal into an alternate dimension! Kimo Stamboel (MACABRE, KILLERS) adapts the frightening Indonesian "survival" game as a diabolically entertaining horror film!
----- July 23, 2019 -----
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: A first look photo has arrived of ARMY OF THE DEAD, the Netflix zombie heist thriller which serves as the next film from 300 and SUCKER PUNCH director Zack Snyder.
Leading cast member Dave Bautista and other cast members shared an image of the entire cast, a group of mercenaries who will be venturing into the quarantined zombie-infected area of Las Vegas to pull off a daring robbery. Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Garret Dillahunt, Raül Castillo, Chris D'Elia, and Ana de la Reguera co-star. (thanks to DarkHorions.com)
** SAW: Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures have shifted the release date for the forthcoming ninth installment to the SAW film franchise from October 23, 2020, to May 15, 2020. Long-time franchise fan Chris Rock came up with the idea for the still-untitled reimaging, which is being described as "SAW on steroids." He'll star alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, and Marisol Nichols. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** DANIEL ISN'T REAL: A troubled college freshman, Luke, suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope.
** ARTIK: A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders until the boy befriends a mysterious man who threatens to expose everything.
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Here's another new poster for the upcoming film.
----- July 22, 2019 -----
** HALLOWEEN sequels: Universal Pictures has announced an October 16th 2020 release for HALLOWEEN KILLS and an October 15th 2021 release for HALLOWEEN ENDS respectively. A teaser announcement for the films teases that 'the saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode isn't over' and Jamie Lee Curtis' voice can be heard over it which suggests the actress is set to return for both.
The 2018 revival was directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley. Green will direct both 'Kills' and 'Ends', and both Green and McBride will co-write both scripts. However, the third writer spot will be a revolving door with Scott Teem replacing Fradley on 'Kills' and both Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier replacing Teem on 'Ends'. The projects are expected to be shot back-to-back with production to gear up relatively soon. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD films: Multiple back-to-back panels for AMC's THE WALKING DEAD and FEAR THE WALKING DEAD have just been held at San Diego Comic Con, with the biggest news being that the previously announced trio of films based on the property will not be telemovies – instead they're going to cinemas.
A 24-second teaser featured the helicopter, last seen carrying a near-death Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), flying off towards a city with the text "Rick Grimes Returns: Only in theaters". A tweet from the show's official account confirmed it, adding that the first of these untitled THE WALKING DEAD movies will be distributed by Universal Pictures. No release date has yet been determined.
Lincoln departed the flagship AMC drama during the ninth season with plans to reprise his role as the beleaguered former sheriff in three telemovies and AMC began the search for a financial partner to co-release the project. That has turned out to be Universal who are going to the cinemas with them.
As previously announced, former showrunner Scott Gimple is working on a multi-year plan for the franchise which includes additional films, specials, series, digital content and more. Some will relate to the show, others will be standalone stories that break into new creative territory. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CREEPSHOW TV series: CREEPSHOW, a Shudder Original Series premiering September 26. Based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, comes a new horror anthology series from the mind of The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero.
** CRITTERS ATTACK!: The film follows 20-year-old Drea (Tashiana Washington), who reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor's children Trissy (Ava Preston) and Jake (Jack Fulton), along with her own little brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel), Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter. Dee Wallace (E.T.), who starred in the original CRITTERS as Helen Brown, will sink her teeth into the franchise for a second time in the mysterious role of Aunt Dee.
----- July 19, 2019 -----
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, IT CHAPTER TWO brings the characters—who've long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 3: In the past week came a report that a potential third film was in development, but writer/director Christopher Landon has now taken to social media to shoot down those reports, saying on Twitter:
"Since I keep reading stuff about it, I'll say it loud: THERE IS NO HAPPY DEATH DAY 3 IN DEVELOPMENT. It's just a rumor…unless @netflix wants to pony-up and finish this trilogy, it just ain't happening." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE HOWLING remake: Toward the end of New Line ScareDiego session of IT CHAPTER TWO, the cast and director Andy Muschietti were asked by a fan in the crowd what other horror films they would remake next, and what titles they would refuse to touch. After naming THE SHINNING, ROSEMARY'S BABY and others, Muschietti said:
"If you remade THE HOWLING, that would be rad," Bill Hader to Muschietti (earlier in the evening, Hader delighted the crowd with his impersonation of Muschietti). Muschietti's suggestion of THE HOWLING was mere musing off a fan's question. he wasn't announcing anything. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** THE UNHEARD: CRAWL writers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen are set to pen and Chris von Hoffmann (MONSTER PARTY) will direct the horror feature THE UNHEARD for Burn Later Productions. Plot specifics are unknown. Andrew Corkin, David Bernon, Sam Slater, and Paul Bernon are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEATHCEMBER: An anthology film features twenty four segments that take a look at the dark side of the festive season. Twenty four short films by international directors with the most diverse ideas, styles and narrative formats, linked by short animated segments that deal with the Advent calendar itself. Behind each door, a new, viciously entertaining story awaits.
** THE DEEPER YOU DIG: In the aftermath of a roadside accident, the line between the living and the dead collapses for a mother, a daughter and a stranger. The shackles of grief are overwhelming in this harrowing DIY supernatural thriller.
----- July 18, 2019 -----
** CANDYMAN reboot: MGM and Universal's upcoming CANDYMAN sequel from producer Jordan Peele is reportedly scheduled to begin filming in Chicago in mid-August and run through to the early Fall. Chicago Tribune reported the news, saying the project will be shot entirely within the city and the story returns to the neighborhood where the legend began – the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (AQUAMAN) plays an artist who becomes obsessed with the legend of the serial killer in this 'spiritual sequel' to the 1992 horror classic, and original star Tony Todd is potentially going to appear in the project which is being directed by rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta from a screenplay by Peele and Win Rosenfeld. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: Writer/director John Krasinski has announced that filming has begun on the sequel. Paramount Pictures is backing the follow-up to 2017's acclaimed smash hit about a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threatens their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you. The film had minimal dialogue because silence is survival.
Emily Blunt returns alongside cast members Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds with John Krasinski set to write and direct again. They're joined by Cillian Murphy and Brian Tyree Henry this time out. Shooting is taking place in upstate New York locations near the Buffalo area including Akron and Olcott Beach. The new film has a release date of May 15th 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** FREAKS: Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what's really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn't so simple, the danger is very real.
** DOOM ANNIHILATION: On the darkest moon of Mars, scientists have found an ancient portal which allows teleportation throughout the universe. Considered to be mankind's greatest discovery, it's actually a gateway from hell, unleashing a swarm of demons looking to steal the souls of everyone who gets in their way. It's up to Lieutenant Joan Dark and an elite unit of Marines to destroy an ever-growing horde of bloodsucking and soul-stealing beasts and prevent them from taking over planet earth.
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE star Oliver Jackson-Cohen will play the title role in Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. The British thesp joins Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer and Storm Reid in this update on the classic Universal monsters character.
Plot details of this version are unknown, but this is the first film in the studio's shift in strategy following its abandoning its big-budget interconnected 'Dark Universe' concept in favor of standalone films with more modest budgets that embrace 'creative directors with distinctive visions'. Whannell penned the script and is directing the film which begins filming in Sydney, Australia this month ahead of a March 13th 2020 opening. Jason Blum will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 17, 2019 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the trailer!
** SAW: Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols are joining Chris Rock on screen in the upcoming next film in the SAW franchise which is tipped to be a minor reboot. Rock will play a police detective investigating a series of grizzly crimes with Jackson as his father. Minghella will play Rock's partner William Schenk while Nichols will play Rock's boss Capt. Angie Garza.
Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, says in a statement: "We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the SAW canon and we can't wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of SAW on full tilt." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: WESTWORLD's Hiroyuki Sanada, DEADWOOD's Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Chris D'Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighofer, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone have all joined the cast of Zack Snyder's zombie heist film at Netflix.
Dave Bautista leads the cast of the film which begins after 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.
Filming has just begun in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will later head to New Jersey to shoot on location in a casino in Atlantic City. Snyder is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Joby Harold and Shay Hatten. Deborah Snyder and Wesley Coller will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WRETCHED: The film tells the story of a teenager who realizes that he's living next door to an ageless, undying horror that threatens all he holds dear.
** BLOOD ON HER NAME: A woman's panicked decision to cover up an accidental killing spirals out of control when her conscience demands she return the dead man's body to his family.
----- July 16, 2019 -----
** EVIL DEAD sequel: Filmmaker Sam Raimi, out doing some promotional work for this week's alligator in a flooded house movie CRAWL which he produced, has revealed another chapter in the EVIL DEAD franchise is being considered for the big screen. He confirms a new film is currently in the early stages of development:
"I'd love to make another one. I don't think TV is in its future but we're talking about – Bruce [Campbell], Rob [Tapert] and myself – one or two different ways to go for the next movie. We'd like to make another EVIL DEAD feature and in fact we're working on some ideas right now.
Raimi has ideas in place for both a follow-up to the 2013 remake, or a new film sequel with Ash. Campbell previously said he was retiring from the role of Ash in 2018 and of that Raimi says:
"I would be thrilled if Bruce Campbell changed his mind about retirement, would come back for the original EVIL DEAD line. But if not, I'm very happy to work with, if Fede [Álvarez] would come back and make the sequel… but he's such a big shot now. He's so successful, an artist in demand, that I don't think he'd want to do that. But there's also a third possibility we're talking about… I think you may see some action on the EVIL DEAD movie in the next six months." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRIGHTBURN sequel: The James Gunn-produced superhero horror movie BRIGHTBURN opened earlier this year and pulled in $31 million from a $6 million budget, and that's despite mixed reviews.
Now, Gunn himself has confirmed over on Instagram that talks have already begun for a sequel. Asked this weekend by a fan if he could direct a BRIGHTBURN 2, Gunn replied: "I think I'm tied up for the next few years with [The] SUICIDE SQUAD and GUARDIANS [OF THE GALAXY VOL.3], but we're talking about the [BRIGHTBURN] sequel."
David Yarovesky helmed the first film from a script by Brian and Mark Gunn which was a subversive dark take on the Superman mythos. It also boasted an obvious setup for a potential sequel with other more sinister versions of superheroes running amok. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MOMO'S CHALLENGE: Orion Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment and producer Taka Ichise are teaming to develop a horror film based on Momo, the creepy sculpture that was the subject of the viral hoax MOMO'S CHALLENGE.
The sculpture by Japanese artist Keisuke Aiso was part of a 2016 gallery exhibit in Tokyo and is called Mother Bird, a bizarre visage appropriated last year by pranksters who concocted rumors about MOMO'S CHALLENGE – a game that purportedly encourages children to hurt themselves.
Orion's untitled Momo project may widen the story beyond the contemporary digital age. Vertigo's Roy Lee and Ichise previously produced THE GRUDGE and THE RING franchises together and Lee also produced IT. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DREAMKATCHER: Lin Shaye, Radha Mitchell and Henry Thomas are set to lead the cast of DREAMKATCHER currently shooting in Manhattan. Mitchell plays a therapist who travels upstate with her boyfriend (Thomas) and his orphaned son (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) who is tormented by nightmares of his dead mother.
When the husband is forced to return to the city, the therapist remains with the boy and they encounter a mysterious neighbor (Shaye) in the woods. Kerry Harris helms from a script by Dan V. Shea. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE OAK ROOM: Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment Inc., the filmmaking team behind such genre hits as I'LL TAKE YOUR DEAD, LET HER OUT, BITE and ANTISOCIAL have started production on their newest collaboration, THE OAK ROOM. Principal photography is set to commence in Burlington, Ontario this July. The film stars RJ Mitte, Peter Outerbridge and Ari Millen.
After taking some time off after his last film, director/producer Cody Calahan teamed up with writer Peter Genoway to adapt Genoway's stage play THE OAK ROOM into a feature length film.
----- July 15, 2019 -----
** CRAWL: The new Alexandre Aja film came out on top of the box office with a third-place haul of $12 million – an excellent result for a film that only cost $13.5 million and had very little marketing. The studio didn't pre-screen the film for critics which has been to their detriment as reviews from critics have been very solid – as has the audience reaction. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequels: Filmmaker David Gordon Green has decided to return and will direct not one but two sequels to it to be shot back-to-back. They are discussing releasing both films within the same month – suggesting a two-parter. Should that be the case then both would likely premiere in October 2020. Last year's film grossed a whopping $255 million globally from a $10-15 million budget. (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** DARK/WEB: Premiering July 19 on Amazon Prime, the final trailer has dropped for the 8-part sci-fi/horror anthology series. In the near future, the evolution of the internet has given way to a world in crisis; one where everyone's connected but no one is safe. Molly Solis, a cyber analyst, understood these dangers better than anyone and was determined to make a difference... until she disappeared. Now, friends and foes from her past are in a race against time to decipher cryptic messages she's left behind; tales that paint a grim picture of technology run amok. As the mystery deepens, they'll discover the stories, and Molly herself, may be concealing information that could change the world... or destroy it.
** BRIGHTBURN: BRIGHTBURN arrives on Digital August 6 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD August 20. What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and SLITHER presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
** PET SEMATARY remake: Actress Jeté Laurence ("Ellie") greeted fans at a chilling after-dark screening of PET SEMATARY surrounded by cats on July 9th at Koneko Cat Café in New York City. PET SEMATARY is now available on Digital, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD.
----- July 3rd, 2019 -----
** JACOB'S LADDER remake: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** DANIEL ISN'T REAL: Samuel Goldwyn Films and Shudder announced that they have acquired the North American rights for Adam Egypt Mortimer's film. Samuel Goldwyn Films will release it in U.S. cinemas and Shudder on it's streaming service late this year. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** GWEN: In the stark beauty of 19th Century Snowdonia a young girl, Gwen, tries desperately to hold her home together. Struggling with her mother's mysterious illness, her father's absence and a ruthless mining company encroaching on their land, a growing darkness begins to take grip of her home, and the suspicious local community turns on Gwen and her family.
** BLOOD PARADISE: This English-language, filmed-in-Swedish horror-thriller from first-time producer-director Andréa Winter and Patrick von Barkenberg will be released on DVD, Blu-ray (with extras) and on a selection of VOD platforms.
Reeling after her latest novel flops, best-selling crime writer Robin Richards (Andréa Winter) is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. Instead of relaxation, she comes across an assortment of peculiar and possibly dangerous characters. The beautiful and stylish young woman soon discovers just how dangerous farm life can be.
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the very cool poster for the upcoming sequel to HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE WALKING DEAD: Here's the cool San Diego Comic-Con promo art for the next season. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ENDZEIT - EVER AFTER: Carolina Hellsgård's chilling second feature follows two women fighting for their lives in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies a future Hellsgård presents as both horrific and hopeful.
** Fangoria: Fangoria said on Monday that it has named Rob Galluzzo as the Director of Acquisitions and Distribution. In his new position, he will handle film acquisitions and aid in the development of Fangoria's and parent company Cinestate's ever-expanding slate of original and acquired properties. (thanks to Deadline.com)
----- July 1st, 2019 -----
** HELLRAISER TV series: IT producer Roy Lee and READY PLAYER ONE producer Dan Farah have positioned themselves to bring to the small screen for the first time HELLRAISER, the iconic horror franchise anchored by the malevolent straight-out-of-hell villain, Pinhead. Those producers have joined forces with producer-rightsholders Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, who have controlled those TV rights since New World was sold in 1989. The feature rights are separately controlled by Spyglass, which isn't part of this configuration. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE breakout actress Victoria Pedretti will return as the lead in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the second installment of the Netflix horror anthology series from Mike Flanagan, Trevor Macy, Amblin TV and Paramount TV. Inspired by Henry James' psychological gothic horror novella "The Turn of the Screw," the story takes place almost entirely in an old country mansion. There, two young orphans are looked after by a young governess (Pedretti) by whom most of the story is narrated by. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANNABELLE COMES HOME: At the box offce, the film opened in second place with a further $20.4 million, the lowest opening for a THE CONJURING film to date, though with preview screenings on Tuesday last week it now sits at $31.2 million domestically. Internationally, it brought in a further $21.1 million. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: The film crashed hard at the box office, dropping 69.7% in its second weekend and fell from second place to eighth with a further $4.2 million. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DARLIN': A feral teenager is indoctrinated into strict religious care, unleashing the mother of all hell from the wild woman who raised her.
----- June 28, 2019 -----
** NEKROTONIC: A man who discovers that he is part of a secret sect of magical beings who hunt down and destroy demons in the internet. Starring Monica Belluci!
** SAW: The next installment in the SAW franchise, a semi-reimagining of the property, is reportedly gearing up to film next week according to director Darren Lynn Bousman. JIGSAW writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg penned the script for the new project which hails in part from comedian Chris Rock who came up with an idea to spin-off and expand the horror franchise's world. Rock not only gets a story credit but also stars.
Speaking on Twitter, Bousman says: "Start shooting the new Saw film in just a few days. Something I never thought I would be typing again! Gotta be honest. No one is ready for the insanity about to bleed out on screen!" Bousman directed the second through fourth films in the series. The new film will be released on October 23rd 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CASTLE FREAK remake: Clair Catherine, Jake Horowitz, Chris Galust, Kika Magalhães, Emily Sweet, Elisha Pratt, and Omar Brunsonvia are set to star in a remake of 1995 horror feature CASTLE FREAK which producers Full Moon Studios and Fangoria are backing.
The story follows the recently blinded Rebecca who travels to Albania with her boyfriend and their friends to manage her sudden inheritance of a castle from her long-lost-mother. Upon arrival, they learn that Rebecca's family harboured dark secrets with potentially cosmic implications. Corpses soon pile up, and Rebecca has to stay one step ahead of the castle, and her family's history.
Dallas Sonnier, Amanda Presmyk, Barbara Crampton, Justin Martell, Matt Manjourides and Charles Band produce. Shooting begins in Albania sometime next month. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LODGE: Here's the new trailer for the upcoming film starring Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, and Richard Armitage.
----- June 25, 2019 -----
** 28 DAYS LATER sequel: Out doing the promotional rounds for YESTERDAY, filmmaker Danny Boyle has confirmed he is working on another film in the 28 DAYS LATER franchise.
Speaking with The Independent, he says he and the first film's writer – EX MACHINA and ANNIHILATION filmmaker Alex Garland – are re-teaming for this third one which follows on from the 2002 original and the 2007 sequel 28 WEEKS LATER directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo:
"Alex Garland and I have a wonderful idea for the third part. It's properly good. The original film led to a bit of a resurgence in the zombie drama and it doesn't reference any of that. It doesn't feel stale at all. He's concentrating on directing his own work at the moment, so it's stood in abeyance really, but it's a you-never-know." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Veteran British actors Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp have joined Edgar Wright's film for Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Film4 and Working Title. Filming just began in and around London. Story details are under wraps, but is said to be a psychological horror with influences ranging from DON'T LOOK NOW and REPULSION.
Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Matt Smith, Rita Tushingham, Michael Ajao and Synnøve Karlsen co-star. Wright directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Nira Park, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: Harriet Dyer has joined the likes of Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid in Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN remake for Blumhouse-Universal. Filming begins in Sydney, Australia next month. Specifics of her role are unknown. Jason Blum is producing the project which opens March 13th next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE NIGHT SITTER: A con artist poses as a babysitter to steal from a wealthy occult enthusiast. One of the kids she's sitting unwittingly summons a trio of witches known as The Three Mothers.
** MUTANT BLAST: Maria, a fearless soldier, and TS-347, a man with superhuman strength, are being pursued by a military cell responsible for scientific experiments that have resulted in a zombie apocalypse. On the way, they will meet Pedro, a man with few ambitions and a great hangover. Together, they will try to escape to a safe place, but complications will cross their paths in the form of a nuclear bomb.
** JAWS: One of the original mechanical shark props used in Steven Spielberg's JAWS, affectionately nicknamed Bruce, has been 'fully transformed' in a new restoration project from Emmy winner Greg Nicotero, his studio KNB EFX, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures conservation team.
Bruce is the only surviving shark prop from the 1975 classic which famously had to deal with mechanical sharks constantly malfunctioning. In 2016, Bruce's owner Nathan Adlen bequeathed the shark to the Academy Museum – previously he'd been displayed at a junkyard.
The Academy Museum says this will be the fourth and final version of the shark which was made from the original model. It will be a part of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures which opens sometime after the Oscars in February 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: At the box office, the reboot came in second, snagging a solid $14 million which already goes above its cost-effective $10 million production budget. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE CRAFT remake: Cailee Spaeny is in negotiations to star in the contemporary reimagining of the 1990s cult hit THE CRAFT for Sony Pictures and Blumhouse. She marks the first cast member to sign on.
The story centers on Hannah, a high school outcast who falls into a friendship with three other young women and begins experimenting with witchcraft. They unleash a power that at first seems to solve problems in their lives but slowly consumes them with unforeseen costs.
Zoe Lister-Jones has been tapped to write and direct the new take which begins shooting in July. Blum, Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MIDSOMMAR: A24 has released a special promo trailer for its upcoming horror film MIDSOMMAR which offers even more of a creepy vibe than the previous ones. HEREDITARY helmer Ari Aster directs the story about a couple's vacation to a Swedish village which takes a sinister turn when the insular townspeople invite them into a series of rituals that render their pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving. The film opens everywhere July 3rd. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
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** HALLOWEEN remake sequel: Multiple sources told the Collider web site that Blumhouse's HALLOWEEN 2 is gearing up to start shooting after Labor Day with Universal to likely target an October 16th 2020 release – a date already set aside for an untitled Blumhouse project. Jamie Lee Curtis is highly likely to return as Laurie Strode, as are Judy Greer and Andi Matichak as Laurie's daughter and granddaughter. Talent deals have yet to close however.
David Gordon Green wrote the script for the follow-up and is expected to return, taking the helm again after directing last year's refresh. Blum, Malek Akkad and Bill Block will produce while Green, Curtis, Danny McBride, John Carpenter and Couper Samuelson are likely to executive produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Studio Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos unveiled at CineEurope that Paramount is working on the next entry in the franchise. Said Gianopulos, "We are partnering with uber horror producer Jason Blum to bring a new installment of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY." The project is currently in development. As-yet, there is no title, and details are being kept under wraps. The film would be the seventh in the nearly $900M worldwide grossing series. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** A QUIET PLACE 2: Paramount Pictures has announced that production has officially begun on the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2018 hit horror film. A family must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.
Emily Blunt returns alongside cast members Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, with John Krasinski set to write and direct again. Cillian Murphy and Brian Tyree Henry will also star. The first film opened in cinemas in April last year and grossed over $334 million worldwide from a $17 million dollar budget. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller produce the new one which opens May 15th 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRESPASSERS: Directed by: Orson Oblowitz. Starring: Angela Trimbur ,Zach Avery, Janel Parrish, Jonathan Howard, Fairuza Balk, Carlo Rota, Sebastian Sozzi, Joey Abril.
** IN MEMORY OF: The new film from director Eric Stanze (ICE FROM THE SUN, SCRAPBOOK, DEADWOOD PARK, RATLINE) debuted on Blu-ray last year. The award-winning film has now rolled out to VOD and is available via Amazon and Vudu.
A fever-dream horror road-trip adventure film, IN MEMORY OF is available on Blu-ray at the Wicked Pixel Cinema official website. The two-disc release includes a 93 minute making-of documentary, commentary track by director Eric Stanze, commentary track by actress Jackie Kelly, actor Jason Christ, and director Eric Stanze, a featurette on the film's original music score, and deleted scenes.
----- June 19, 2019 -----
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: John Krasinski's critical and commercial smash hit original horror film A QUIET PLACE worked in many ways due to some very careful world building. The film spent much of its time detailing how humans lived and functioned in this now dangerous world of silence populated by dangerous sound-detecting monsters, but barely touched upon anything about the origin of the monsters themselves.
The upcoming sequel however sounds like it will go into further detail as to said origins, with the new film's co-star Brian Tyree Henry telling The Observer this week:
"We'll see more of that family continuing to survive and finding out that they're not the only ones. And I think that we're also going to get a few answers to the origin of where and how this whole thing happened. I think that people want to know that. But I think you're just going to see another side of it…more of humanity that survived this thing in this next story."
Original film cast members Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe are returning as the Abbott family while Cillian Murphy is also joining the action. Further plot details however remain under wraps. A QUIET PLACE 2 opens March 20th next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AMITYVILLE 1974: The Wonderfilm Media Corporation announced that AMITYVILLE 1974 has been greenlit with filming to begin in November. The film will deal with the real-life rampage murders that would become the background story for author Jay Anson's 1977 bestseller THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and its many subsequent film adaptations.
Casey La Scala will direct from a script he wrote which shifts the focus back to the traumatic murders – when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family in a spree killing – that reputedly set the supernatural stage for the haunted-house legend. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE 3RD EYE 2: Here's the trailer for the new Indonesia horror film now available on Netflix.
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Here's yet another poster taking a stab at TOY STORY 4.
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** Another BLACK CHRISTMAS remake: The beautiful Imogen Poots is set to lead the second remake of BLACK CHRISTMAS for Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures. Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O'Grady, Lily Donoghue and Caleb Eberhardt will also star in the horror film which has already set a December 13th release date.
The original 1974 film is considered the first true slasher feature and starred the likes of Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder and John Saxon. It follows a female sorority who finds themselves being stalked by a menacing killer during the holidays.
The property was remade in 2006 by Dimension Films with Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the main roles. Sophia Takal is directing the new remake and co-wrote the script with April Wolfe. Jason Blum, Ben Cosgrove and Adam Hendricks will produce and shooting will take place in New Zealand. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DOCTOR SLEEP: The world will shine again. DOCTOR SLEEP only in Theaters November 8.
** READY OR NOT: The upcoming film follows a young bride (the beautiful Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband's (Mark O'Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Here's yet another poster for the upcoming remake.
----- June 16, 2019 -----
GOREZONE is 21 years old today!
Twenty one years ago, the Internet was totally different. There was no Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter, no Smartphones... actually most people had never "surfed" the world wide web. Back in June 1998, I decided to start GOREZONE because of the lack of coverage for the horror genre on the Internet. There was tons of sites dedicated to STAR WARS and STAR TREK, yet apart from a few good horror sites such as HorrorMovies.com and HouseofHorrors.com, the net was leaving me wanting for more. GOREZONE was born as the first web site dedicated to daily horror news. 21 years later GOREZONE is still alive, independant and true to its original concept. Never sold out. Never gave up.
Twenty one years is a long time. Not surprisingly I remember the first day, working on my computer, creating the images in Photoshop and layout in Pagemill. I'd love to thank all the readers and everyone who helped the site through all these years! It means a lot to me. Thank you for believing in GOREZONE and making it the #1 source for bloody daily horror news!
----- June 13, 2019 -----
** DOLLS: Dee Wallace (E.T., CUJO, THE HOWLING) stars in DOLLS, a new supernatural thriller from first-time feature director Cuyle Carvin that will be released on DVD and VOD in the U.S. on July 2.
** THEM THAT FOLLOW: Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Academy Award Winner Olivia Colman), a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father's church. Also starring Kaitlyn Dever, Jim Gaffigan, Thomas Mann, and Lewis Pullman.
** THE BLUE DOOR: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that THE BLUE DOOR horror short has been picked up by Amblin Partners. Paul Taylor, the director of the original short, will helm the feature film version of the story.
The short revolved around a nurse assigned to an elderly woman living in a dilapidated home. The nurse unwittingly becomes the focus of the dark entity that is connected to a secret blue door, that once opened, has devastating consequences. GAME OF THRONES Gemma Whelan starred as the caring nurse in the short film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DEADCON: The horrors and isolation of being a social media influencer run rampant when a collection of YouTube and Instagram stars soon discover there are things scarier than thousands of teenagers armed with phones asking for selfies.
----- June 11, 2019 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the teaser trailer for the upcoming film.
** DANIEL ISN'T REAL: Here's the poster for the upcoming horror movie directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer based on a script he co-wrote with Brian DeLeeuw and starring Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins, Sasha Lane, Hannah Marks, and Mary Stuart Masterson.
** BLAIR WITCH: Experience first-hand the toll that fear can take on the mind in an original story set in the BLAIR WITCH universe from the creative minds behind critically acclaimed LAYERS OF FEAR. Inspired by the lore of the genre defining film series, BLAIR WITCH is a first-person psychological horror game that studies your reactions to danger and stress.
** DYING LIGHT 2: This is Aiden. A survivor in an infected world. The fate of The City is in your hands. Coming Spring 2020.
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** ESCAPE ROOM 2: Sony Pictures has pushed back the sequel to August 14th 2020.
** SVALTA: Orion Pictures has successfully acquired the rights to comedic duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's horror pitch titled SVALTA which centers on family stuck on a foreign island. The film is co-written by Frost along with Stolen Picture's creative directors James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders.
"We are unbelievably excited to be partnering with Simon, Nick and Miles on Svalta," Orion Pictures President John Hegeman said. "The story is scary, awesome and crazy, and their unique voice is perfect for this movie. We can't wait to bring this to the big screen with them." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CANDYMAN reboot: Ian Cooper, a creative director at Jordan Peele's production company Monkeypaw, appeared at a producers panel the other day and was asked if the new film will deal with a social issue in a way their films like GET OUT and US did. He responded to the Deadline web site:
"We talk a lot about fans and the idea of appeasing fans and when you do that and how do you do that and when do you not do that. I think my issue with fandom is that it's really problematic. It's probably the most problematic thing facing the genre. It typically comes with a dogma that is abrasive and that is more resistant to change and permutation than you would think. I think what we're trying to do with CANDYMAN is both be mischievous in how we address the relationship to the first film but also be very satisfying.
What we're doing with CANDYMAN and how Jordan is crafting it on the page is going to be very exciting and rewarding to audiences that haven't seen the original film as well as people who've seen the original film. In a broad sense of the word, this film will stand alone if you've never heard of a film called CANDYMAN and will dovetail in a pretty complicated and interesting way to the original. In short, I think this will really fit in with what we're doing with US and did with GET OUT in a way that will be circuitous."
Cooper adds that the new "Candyman" has gone through various iterations whilst in development, including some "so high concept they're basically a Gus Van Sant film". Cooper would also not elaborate on original series star Tony Todd's potential involvement saying: "Tony Todd is just no comment, full stop." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
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** BLOOD MACHINES: The project has been acquired by Shudder. Here's the first teaser with the Original Music.
** THE DEAD DON'T DIE: Here's an international spot for the upcoming film.
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Here's yet another poster making fun of TOY STORY. Chucky returns to the big screen on June 21.
----- June 6, 2019 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Fans have been anxiously waiting for the return of Rob Zombie with the long-awaited sequel to 2003's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and 2005's THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, and the 54-year-old rocker/director took to Instagram to reveal that the first trailer will finally debut next week! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CANDYMAN reboot: The film is expected to commence production in Chicago, Illinois August 20 with hopes to wrap filming by September 20 — a short span of time to film, but as a relatively low-cost horror project it makes sense. Universal Pictures will release CANDYMAN theatrically in the U.S. on June 12, 2020. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNABELLE COMES HOME: The Warren Artifact Room - A 360 Experience!
** SATANIC PANIC: RLJE Films has acquired SATANIC PANIC, the latest pickup for the indie distributor of a pic from the recently relaunched Fangoria horror label. Hayley Griffith, Ruby Modine, Michael Polish, Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn star in the pic, which had its world premiere earlier this year at the Overlook Film Festival. It will now hit big screens and digital day-and-date September 6.
Chelsea Stardust directed the film, about a pizza delivery girl (Griffith) at the end of her financial rope who has to fight for her life – and her tips – when her last order of the night turns out to be for high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice. The story is by Grady Hendrix and Ted Geoghegan and Hendrix penned the script. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** ASHES: After a family's estranged aunt passes away, they're reluctant and creeped out to receive her cremated ashes. But when a series of supernatural misfortunes beset them, they'll have to go through Hell to be rid of her angry spirit.
----- June 4, 2019 -----
** CREEPSHOW TV series: David Arquette, Tricia Helfer and Dana Gould have joined Shudder's first longform original series – the series reboot of the CREEPSHOW anthology franchise. The new cast join Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito and Tobin Bell. In addition, Tom Savini will be helming an adaptation of Joe Hill's "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Here's the new trailer. CBS Films, Lionsgate and eOne will release SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK in theaters everywhere AUGUST 9, 2019.
** BLACK CIRCLE: The lives of two sisters change dramatically, since they were hypnotized by a mystical vinyl record from the 1970s. Starring Christina Lindberg from the Swedish cult classic THRILLER A CRUEL PICTURE. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)