It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- April 30, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Following their CinemaCon panel, where they debuted the first footage from the film, Amazon Studios has released the teaser poster for their upcoming big screen remake of SUSPIRIA.
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME director Luca Guadagnino steps behind the camera for the remake of Dario Argento's classic which features a script by David Kajganich. SUSPIRIA stars Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth and Jessica Harper of the original SUSPIRIA.
The new version of the film is described as follows: Susie Bannion, a young American woman, travels to the prestigious Markos Tanz Company in Berlin in the year 1977. She arrives just as one of the Company's members, Patricia, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. As Susie makes extraordinary progress under the guidance of Madame Blanc, the Company's revolutionary artistic director, she befriends another dancer, Sara, who shares her suspicions that the Matrons, and the Company itself, may be harboring a dark and menacing secret.
Footage screened for exhibitors reportedly had much of the crowd looking away in horror. Variety describes one scene featured which was set to a gentle melody:
"The scene finds Dakota Johnson practising ballet at a creepy dance company. Every pirouette she pulls off has gruesome consequences for another dancer in another studio – as Johnson practices, the other young woman is literally ripped apart, descending into a mess of broken bones, urine, spittle, and blood. It's intense, to put it mildly."
** STRANGER THINGS Season 3: Back to the Upside Down, nerds. STRANGER THINGS 3 is now in production.
** TREMORS TV series: Despite a lot of positive anticipation from fans regarding the series, star Kevin Bacon has announced that the small screen continuation of the TREMORS series has been dropped by SyFy.
The 59-year-old actor, who was set to reprise his role as Valentine "Val" McKee, took to his Instagram to report that the cable network has decided not to move forward on the pilot, which he calls "fantastic," and that he is disappointed his dream of returning to Perfection will not come to fruition. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNABELLE 3: Last week, an untitled THE CONJURING film was scheduled for a July 3, 2019 release by New Line Cinema. Now, we know that project is the third ANNABELLE movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Gary Dauberman, the writer behind the ANNABELLE movies, will make his directorial debut with the new film, which he is also writing. James Wan's Atomic Monster and the Peter Safran Co. are again producing the third Annabelle movie. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- April 29, 2018 -----
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** HALLOWEEN: Universal held its CinemaCon presentation and a full description of the HALLOWEEN trailer that was screened is up at io9. The clip reveals that what sets things off is someone making a documentary about a murderer – Michael Myers. They visit Myers in an institute and show him the mask to try and provoke a reaction.
Cut to the granddaughter of Laurie Strode explaining her grandmother has long been traumatized by the incident and that, despite rumors, Michael is not her brother. Jamie Lee Curtis then appears as Laurie who has been preparing in case Michael ever returned – she's trained up, has plenty of guns and has built her house full of secret passages and booby traps with one goal – when he eventually does escape she can kill him.
He does of course, and the trailer shows various incidents (set to Carpenter's theme). One is a girl in a toilet stall thinking a creep is trying to get in her cubicle, only for Michael to shower her with teeth from a man he just killed next door. Another scene has a babysitter trying to close the closet door of the young boy she's minding – only for Myers to pop out and grab her throat. The outlet describes the tone like this:
"What we gleaned from the trailer, as well as the presentation itself, is that this HALLOWEEN is going to be really scary. It uses modern tropes, like the true crime documentary, to tell a modern story of a woman who has been scared for forty years. A woman who had the worst night ever and since then has been dreading, but preparing, for it to happen again. And it does."
It's hoped the new trailer will go online in the next few weeks. An apparent report from a test screening went up the other week, but was quickly shot down when John Carpenter revealed not only had they not tested the film, but the film's rough cut has not yet been finished. Carpenter consulted on the film and is doing the score. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures is planning to make A QUIET PLACE sequel after the first movie opened three weeks ago to outstanding box office returns, giving the beleaguered studio a much needed shot in the arm. Since opening in theaters on April 6, it has grossed over $213 million worldwide on a $17 million dollar budget.
"We're already working with these guys on a sequel," studio chairman-CEO Jim Gianopulos said."If you told me five years ago that an almost silent film starring the very funny guy Jim from 'The Office' would have been a hit at Paramount, I would have said, 'Well, I should go work at Paramount.'" (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** OVERLORD: Its now confirmed, OVERLORD is not a CLOVERFIELD movie. It's Bad Robot's first R-rated movie. The film is coming to theaters on October 26, 2018, is directed by Julius Avery and is based on an original idea by THE HUNGER GAMES screenwriter Billy Ray and Abrams. In the film, set on the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion's success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CLOVERFIELD sequels: At CinemaCon, J.J. Abrams revealed that they are "developing a true, creative CLOVERFIELD sequel." And unlike THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX, which went to Netflix earlier this year, the next film will be getting a theatrical release. The other films in the series include CLOVERFIELD (2008) and 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE (2016). (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DOWNRANGE: The film arrived on the streaming service Shudder on April 26th. Today it opens in NYC at Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema. Director Ryuhei Kitamura will be attending midnight screenings on both the 27th and 28th! (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- April 24, 2018 -----
** A QUIET PLACE: Paramount's horror film returned to the top spot at the domestic box office last weekend with a further $22 million, bringing its three-week domestic gross to $132.4 million. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE MEG: Getting more excitement and attention than quite a few of his other films in recent years, the Jason Statham-led prehistoric shark thriller THE MEG hits this Summer and reaction to the first trailer the other week put the long-gestating film on many people's radar.
Based on Steve Alten's novel, the book was the first in a series and Statham tells EW that if audiences warm to it then there's room for a potential franchise: "I think it's like anything in this day and age — if it makes money, there's obviously an appetite to make more money. And if it doesn't do well, they'll soon sweep it under the carpet. But that's the way Hollywood works. Everyone tries to make a good film, and it lies in the hands of the audience. People are the ultimate decider; the audience is the decider of whether anything gets to be a sequel or not."
Statham plays diver Jonas Taylor who faces off with the 75-foot shark who has attacked and disabled a deep-sea submersible in the Pacific Ocean. Talking about his role, Statham says: "He gets brought in to save the crew at the bottom of the ocean that's confronted with this 75-foot shark. Taylor encountered this shark many years ago, but everyone thought he was crazy. Turns out, everybody was wrong!"
John Turteltaub is directing the film from a script by Dean Georgaris, Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber. THE MEG opens August 10th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PUPPET MASTER THE LITTLEST REICH: RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment, has acquired all North American rights to the horror movie. LJE Films plans to release the movie in theaters in August 2018.
In PUPPET MASTER THE LITTLEST REICH, recently divorced and reeling, Edgar (Lennon) returns to his childhood home to regroup his life. When Edgar finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother's room, he decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. Girl-next-door Ashley (Pellicer) and his comic book shop boss, Markowitz (Franklin), join Edgar for the doomed road trip. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by an evil as old as time. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- April 23, 2018 -----
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD cancelled: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Starz has cancelled ASH VS EVIL DEAD after three seasons. The April 29 Season 3 finale will serve as a series finale. Ratings on the show have dropped precipitously since its launch in 2015, which was cited as reason for the cancellation. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Jason Blum confirming on Twitter the long-running but not yet certain news – that John Carpenter is providing the score for the new ALLOWEEN this year. This would mark Carpenter's first full film score since 2001's GHOSTS OF MARS, he previously indicated he would probably provide the reboot soundtrack but wasn't quite sure at the time:
"I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I've made a deal to do the music… There are many options. I'll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I'll have to see the movie to see what it requires."
Blum doesn't provide specific details though in his tweet, only confirming Carpenter is onboard to do it. David Gordon Green helms the film which serves as a direct sequel to the 1978 original, bypassing the various sequels that came after. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her signature role of Laurie Strode who is now a grandmother. Speaking with Yahoo, she offered her take on the new film:
"And as soon as I read what David Green and Danny McBride had come up with … and the way that they connected the dots of the story, it made so much sense to me that it felt totally appropriate for me to return to Haddonfield, Ill., for another 40th-anniversary retelling. There was the idea of, 'What do you call it?' If I had had my druthers, I probably would've called it Halloween Retold. Because it's being retold. It's the original story in many, many, many ways. Just retold 40 years later with my granddaughter."
Andi Matichak takes on the role of said granddaughter opposite Curtis and Judy Greer as the young girl's mother & Laurie's daughter. Curtis also says she's seen a trailer and: "It's terrifying. They went full-tilt boogeyman. And I've never said that in my life, and I will say full-tilt boogeyman for the rest of the year as I go around talking about this." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE TOMMYKNOCKERS: Universal Pictures has won a competitive bidding war against Sony Pictures and Netflix for the film rights to Stephen King's novel.
The story focuses on a woodland town in Maine where long buried and recently unearthed alien spacecraft begins releasing an invisible gas that starts transforming the town's population into a hive-minded group of beings who become inventive technological geniuses as a side effect.
Those who are 'becoming' begin to lose their health and sanity, while the main character is an alcoholic poet who is immune to the ship's effects due to a steel plate in his head from a teenage ski accident.
The novel was the second best-selling King book of all time in its initial hardcover release. James Wan, Roy Lee and Larry Sanitsky will produce, but no director or writer is yet attached. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** OUTSIDE: Romola Garai is set to make her feature directorial debut on upcoming horror film OUTSIDE and has enlisted last year's breakout actors Alec Secareanu and Carla Juri along with acting legend Imelda Staunton in the lead roles. Matthew James Wilkinson will produce and filming kicks off this Fall.
The story follows a young male refugee traumatised by war who is brought to a dilapidated house in order to care for a woman and her dying mother. Falling in love with the younger woman he begins to suspect she is enslaved to a demon and resolves to fight it and rescue her… but all is not what it seems. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- April 19, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN poster: Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures have revealed the first poster for the new HALLOWEEN movie!
** ABRAKADABRA: This is the final film in the trilogy of Giallo films from the Onetti Brothers, Luciano and Nico. It first started with SONNO PROFONDO and later FRANCESCA.
ABRAKADABRA is about "Dante, The Great", a prestigious magician, who accidentally dies during a risky magic trick. Thirty-five years later his son Lorenzo, also a magician, presents a magic show in one of the most important theaters in the city. From then on, a series of murders will begin to take place and will attempt to incriminate him. Lorenzo must discover who and why seeks to involve him before it is too late.
** THE NUN: Warner Bros. has released a new teaser image for upcoming horror movie, a spinoff in THE CONJURING universe. THE NUN is set for release on September 7, 2018, and is a New Line Cinema presentation. It is produced by Atomic Monster and Safran Company and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- April 18, 2018 -----
** HEREDITARY: From Ari Aster and starring Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro – Coming June 8, 2018.
** Stephen King's PET SEMETARY remake: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Pictures is in talks with actor Jason Clarke to star in PET SEMETARY, a reboot of the Stephen King classic. Clarke will take the lead role of Dr. Louis Creed, originally portrayed by Dale Midkiff in the 1989 movie.
The film is an updated version of Stephen King's PET SEMETARY. The following is how the 1983 book is described: The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed's rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** IRUTTU ARAIYIL MURATTU KUTHTHU: Director Santhosh Jayakumar's upcoming feature appears to be a feature length musical horror-sex-comedy inspired by the YouTube fake trailer. In IAMK, a crew of Indian twenty-somethings led by Gautham Karthik head off to Pattaya in Thailand for some R'n'R, only to find that their beach bungalow is haunted by the ghost of a woman who died a virgin, but isn't letting that stop her from attempting to get her rocks off. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- April 16, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Film producer Jason Blum has revealed that he has seen the first cut of the upcoming HALLOWEEN sequel which sees the return of both Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter to the series. We know the new film will ignore all the previous sequels, serving as a direct follow-up to the 1978 film with Curtis returning as the original final girl Laurie Strode. Carpenter is consulting and reportedly working on the score, while David Gordon Green directs from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride.
Speaking with Digital Spy this week to promote TRUTH OR DARE, Blum discussed his reaction to the new HALLOWEEN: "I feel really good about it, I saw a cut of it two nights ago. I think David did a terrific job. He did everything I hoped he would do which is respect the DNA of the franchise and bring something totally new to it and we're really very very excited for people to see it. The most fun I had with [Carpenter] is I brought him to the set, and I was on the set with him and Jamie Lee Curtis, and boy that was pretty special, pretty amazing. It was a proper reunion." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IT Chapter 2: IndieWire has confirmed with producer Roy Lee that the upcoming Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema sequel IT Chapter 2 will begin filming in July in Toronto, the shooting location of the first IT.
"The script is still being finalized and the locations are currently being scouted in anticipation of shooting then," producer Roy Lee confirmed.
Academy Award-nominated actress Jessica Chastain is in talks to play the role of grown-up Beverly in IT Chapter 2, which would mark her second collaboration with director Andy Muschietti, having starred in his directorial debut MAMA. Sophia Lillis played the character in last year's horror hit.
The second part of IT will be written by Gary Dauberman, directed once again by Muschietti and will hit theaters on September 6, 2019. Bill Skarsgård is expected to return as the clown Pennywise for the sequel. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MARY SHELLEY: She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley—and the creation of her immortal monster—is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Raised by a renowned philosopher father (Stephen Dillane) in 18th-century London, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) is a teenage dreamer determined to make her mark on the world when she meets the dashing and brilliant poet Percy Shelley (Douglas Booth). So begins a torrid, bohemian love affair marked by both passion and personal tragedy that will transform Mary and fuel the writing of her Gothic masterwork. Imbued with the imaginative spirit of its heroine, Mary Shelley brings to life the world of a trailblazing woman who defied convention and channeled her innermost demons into a legend for the ages.
Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour and starring Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Bel Powley, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt & Stephen Dillane. The film opens in theaters May 25th and VOD June 1st.
----- April 12, 2018 -----
** THE MEG: Here's the International poster and second poster.
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: Soaring to the top of the box-office this weekend and scoring excellent reviews, John Krasinski's horror film A QUIET PLACE has been enough of a success that talk of a sequel has already begun. Funnily enough, it seems the film's scribes Bryan Woods and Scott Beck already have a handful of ideas for a follow-up. Speaking with Fandango, Beck says he and Woods have plenty of stories and set pieces they didn't use that could be tweaked for a sequel:
"There are so many discarded set pieces, too, just hiding out on Word documents on our computer. So, yeah, there are certainly so many stories you could tell. It's just really, at the end of the day, who are the characters in this and what does this situation mean to that dynamic?"
Kosinski himself also re-wrote the pair's script, making some adjustments such as the sand paths, but the most notable change was he ditched flashbacks that were in the original script. Producer Andrew Form tells Heat Vision:
"Initially, there were flashbacks where the characters talked. Also, the sibling's death was handled in a flashback. John was adamant that we get rid of it, making it present day and kept the urgency of the storytelling." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DAGON: The Vestron cult classic horror series continues with DAGON, coming to Blu-ray on July 24th with all new special features! H.P. Lovecraft's iconic tale comes to life when the Vestron Video Collector's Series releases the modern retelling of the horror classic DAGON on limited edition Blu-ray on July 24 from Lionsgate. Directed by horror mastermind Stuart Gordon and starring Ezra Godden, evil rises and a legend unleashes the rage of Hell after a yacht crashes on the Spanish coast and the survivors are forced to face their nightmares. Packed with all-new, never-before-seen special features, including interviews with Stuart Gordon and producer Brian Yuzna, as well as a conceptual art gallery from artist Richard Raaphorst, and featuring custom illustrated art, the restored and remastered Dagon limited edition Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.
----- April 11, 2018 -----
** THE MEG: A deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.
John Turteltaub (NATIONAL TREASURE) is directing the film from a screenplay by Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber, based on the New York Times best-selling book by Steve Alten. THE MEG will debut in theaters on August 10, 2018. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HEREDITARY: A24 has revealed a new poster for the familial horror film, which stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Gabriel Byrne. Written and directed by Ari Aster and produced by Lars Knudsen and Kevin Frakes, HEREDITARY is getting a wide release on June 8, 2018.
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: Orion Pictures has announced that the zombie Christmas musical will be opening in select theaters on December 7, 2018, with a nationwide rollout planned for subsequent weeks.
----- April 10, 2018 -----
** Platinum Dunes update: Having made their name on remakes of classic horror from THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE to FRIDAY THE 13TH to A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET production company Platinum Dunes is now stepping back from the remake trough. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller formed the company in the early 2000s and released numerous rehashes including THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and THE HITCHER amongst others, but have also had some original horror hits including THE PURGE and OUIJA films and this past weekend's smash hit A QUIET PLACE.
Speaking with CinePop this week, Fuller revealed the company is going to focus on original genre entertainment as their main focus going forward: "We've rebooted enough. We've done all of our [rebooted] horror movies. We're not going to be doing that anymore. For us, as a company, we're always looking for original material. And the idea of finding something original was important for us. We made a film where there's two to three minutes of talking in the movie, where sound is a full character, and it feels like audiences are really responding to those ingredients."
What that means for their long in the works remake of THE BIRDS is unclear. The company's upcoming projects include a live-action adaptation of DORA THE EXPLORER, a fourth film in THE PURGE franchise, and a TV series adaptation of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan books. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE: Paramount Pictures horror thriller opened in first place at the domestic box office with an impressive $50 million from 3,508 theaters, an average of $14,253 per theater. Made for just $17 million, the film received a B+ CinemaScore from audiences. Internationally, A QUIET PLACElaunched in 40 markets and grossed $21 million, for a global total of $71 million after one weekend. A QUIET PLACE was directed by John Krasinski, who also stars opposite his real-life wife Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, and Millicent Simmonds. In the film, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.
** NIGHTFLYERS: Based on George R. R. Martin's novella and set in the future on the eve of Earth's destruction, a crew of explorers journey on the most advanced ship in the galaxy, The Nightflyer, to intercept an alien spacecraft. One that might just hold the key to their survival.
** THE TOYBOX: The upcoming film is about an estranged family who go on a trip to the desert but become stranded by their RV, which is possessed by the spirit of a serial killer. Mischa Barton and Denise Richards star.
----- April 9, 2018 -----
** THE FIRST PURGE: Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.
To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.
** HALLOWEEN: Michael Myers' mask has undergone some changes over the course of the various films, starting out originally as a painted William Shatner mask to undergoing numerous tweaks in the sequels and remakes.
With the upcoming film, a direct sequel to the original 1978 movie which ignores all the other sequels, the plan is to both go back to the original and shake things up with a couple of ageing effects. Make-up artist Christopher Nelson spoke with Halloween News Daily and revealed how they approached the mask's look for the new film:
"The film takes place 40 years later, so you're not going to have that same mask, it's not going to be this pristine, beautiful thing that it was in 1978. You have to approach it from that standpoint.
I had forty-year-old masks that I studied and looked at how they broke down, how they wrinkled, how they did this and how they did that. I also took into account the context of the film. Where is the mask now and where has it been for these forty years? Without revealing anything, I took that into context. I had hundreds of photos and books.
I mostly really wanted to capture that feeling you got when you saw Michael Myers. I was also talking to [director] David [Gordon Green] about how we were going to shoot it, and being very careful about it, very strategic about it, looking back at [original film director John] Carpenter and [director of photography] Dean Cundey and how they did that. That's how I approached the mask.
I wanted to create the character of Michael Myers, not just the mask. You're not creating just a mask. You're creating a character. You're creating a feeling that you get that does have an expression.
The mask does have an expression, but also the mask looks completely different in every single angle it's ever been photographed at, and I wanted that feeling too. I wanted the feeling that when you saw Michael Myers, it morphs, it changes, it looks different from every single angle, like the original one did. I can safely say we accomplished that." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Sony Pictures has set the film for a August 16, 2019 release. Director Nicolas Pesce is reimagining THE GRUDGE with a new adaptation of the blockbuster supernatural thriller — titled GRUDGE — which he will direct for Ghost House and Good Universe. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has picked up worldwide rights. SPWA, Ghost House and Good Universe last collaborated on the hit thriller DON'T BREATHE. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Umbrella Entertainment's Beyond Genres: Umbrella Entertainment is proud to announce the launch of our curated range of Blu-ray releases, Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film. This series, starting with our June releases of Stuart Gordon and Brian Yuzna's seminal RE-ANIMATOR trilogy (RE-ANIMATOR, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR and BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR), and continuing with Gordon's cult Lovecraftian tale, DDAGON in July, will aim to shine a spotlight on films that offer more to their genres than the standard bag of tropes.
Each first-pressing release of the Beyond Genres collection will be packaged in an o-ring slip featuring exclusive artwork and reversible sleeves with poster and production art and will be strictly limited. From trailblazing cult movies previously lost to late-night television and the VHS graveyard to art-house classics that defy the expectations of their genres, the Beyond Genres: Worlds on Film collection will be a worthy addition to the shelves of any cinephile.
----- April 6, 2018 -----
** UPGRADE: After his wife is killed during a brutal mugging that also leaves him paralyzed, Grey Trace (Logan Marshall-Green) is approached by a billionaire inventor with an experimental cure that will "upgrade" his body. The cure — an Artificial Intelligence implant called STEM — gives Grey physical abilities beyond anything experienced and the ability to relentlessly claim vengeance against those who murdered his wife and left him for dead. From Leigh Whannell, visionary creator of SAW and INSIDIOUS, UPGRADE is in theaters 6/1.
** Guillermo del Toro update: Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that Fox Searchlight Pictures has signed a deal with Academy Award-winning director and writer Guillermo del Toro that covers live-action feature film projects to be written, produced, and/or directed by del Toro. Fox Searchlight is creating a new, soon to be named label which will serve as a home for projects in the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres, including those produced and curated by del Toro, whose films will be financed, marketed, and distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Del Toro said: "For the longest time, I've hoped to find an environment in which I can distribute, nurture and produce new voices in smart, inventive genre films and channel my own. In Fox Searchlight, I've found a real home for live-action production — a partnership based on hard work, understanding of each other and, above all, faith. After the wonderful experience I had with Fox Searchlight on THE SHAPE OF WATER, I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the relationship. I am more than grateful to Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew for their trust in me and for joining me on this adventure." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CARGO: Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, who helmed the original short, direct the film set right after a violent pandemic. A couple and their one-year-old daughter find their existence on a houseboat shattered by a violent attack which sees the wife killed and the husband infected and with just 48 hours before he transforms into one of the creatures. He sets out on a precarious journey to find a new guardian for his child with a flourishing Aboriginal tribe her best chance of survival. A young Indigenous girl becomes his only chance of safe passage into this sacred community. Netflix will release it worldwide on May 18th.
** DISEMBODIED: Scanned in 2k from the original negatives. The 90's VHS cult classic film is now on Blu-ray! The story of Connie Sproutz, a likeable young woman with the sad problem of a spore-generating deformity on her face which causes difficulties in her day-to-day life such as dissolving into a gelatinous mass anyone who is to be devoured by the neural parasite that inhabits her skull, which is empty due to the fact that she stores her brain in a jar beside her bed.
----- April 3rd, 2018 -----
** VAMPIRE CLAY: After studying in Tokyo, Kaori returns to Aina Academy to finish her prep classes for art school. Quickly outshining her jealous classmates, she soon becomes the star of the class when she discovers a bag of old, mysterious clay and uses it for sculpting assignments. Things begin to get strange, however, when students' projects are destroyed and one of Kaori's classroom rivals disappears. As the students uncover that the clay is possessed by a starving artist who died tragically in the building years ago, the school finds itself attacked by a gang of murderous, bloodthirsty clay "vampires." The monsters begin to impersonate - and subsequently devour - the students, thus answering the age-old question: can art be so bad that it kills?
** THE INHABITANT: One night, 3 edgy sisters break into the house of a very important senator to steal money he got from bribes. While doing it, they hear strange cries coming from the basement and decide to go down to investigate. Below, tied to a bed and with signs of having been brutally tortured, the 3 sisters find the paraplegic daughter of the senator begging them to release her; and the girls decide to help her. However, what they do not know is that the girl was not tortured, but is possessed by a powerful darkness that will be responsible for opening the gates of another world.
** HOUSE ON ELM LAKE: Director James Klass conjures up a holiday of horrors in a new Wild Eye Releasing release, premiering 4/10 on VOD. A young couple moves into a lake house that was the site of a ritual murder, and soon realize an ancient, dormant evil has awakened to prey upon them.
----- April 2nd, 2018 -----
** SHARKNADO 6: The upcoming and as-yet-untitled SHARKNADO 6 will be the last one in the Syfy franchise, according to TVLine. The final chapter in the battle against the sharks was greenlit by the cable network and will feature time travel. In SHARKNADO 6, Ian Ziering has to travel back in time to stop the first SHARKNADO. In addition to Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo and Vivica A. Fox will return to the franchise along with a number of cameos. Anthony C. Ferrante will once again direct the TV film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE TOMMYKNOCKERS: The Stephen King novel is set to be taken on for film treatment by James Wan (SAW) and Roy Lee, the producer behind IT. Here is the description of the 1987 horror novel.
Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she's found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship. Though exposure to the Tommyknockers who piloted the alien craft has detrimental effects on residents' health, the people of Haven develop a talent for creating innovative devices under its increasingly malignant influence.
THE TOMMYKNOCKERS is the second best-selling Stephen King book in its hardcover release. The book outsold IT. The miniseries starred Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger. There was talk of doing a miniseries version of the book back in 2013 for NBC. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A QUIET PLACE: Do not go quietly. Be the first to see A Quiet Place, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, in theatres Thursday night.
** REVENGE: Debut director Coralie Fargeat announces her stunning arrival, painting a crimson canvas of hypnotic beauty and bloody retribution in this razor-sharp feminist subversion of the revenge-thriller.
Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly––and viciously––intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge.
A white-knuckle tale of transgression and transformation, REVENGE gloriously blurs the lines of vengeance and survival while simultaneously delivering a ferocious dissection of gender and genre.
----- April 1st, 2018 -----
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** FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot: Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have revealed that they are dead-set on making the new film but reveal the current state of the project is still in limbo. Fuller says:
"One of the biggest heartbreaks of the last couple years was that we were about to make that movie and it fell apart. That still hurts. The fans reach out to us; Andrew doesn't really engage because he's not on Twitter, but I am and I hear from the fans and that's all they ask about. We get asked about that more than anything else. Fans think it's so simple, that if we want to make the movie we can go make it, and that's just not the case.
There are rights issues; originally, Warner Bros. owned the rights, then Paramount had them for a couple of years, and now I think the rights are reverting back to Warner Bros. At the same time, there's this on-going lawsuit with Victor Miller. If there's a lawsuit hanging over the rights, it's problematic, you can't really make the movie until that gets settled. And now the movie is at New Line, and we've made a lot of movies with those guys, but that's not our home studio anymore.
So the question is, [does New Line] want to make the movie with us? If they want to make that movie with us, we will drop what we're doing to make that movie. We had such a great experience making Friday the 13th, it was a dream come true to watch those movies as a kid and then be a part of it. So I don't really have a clear answer."
Aaron Guzikowski penned the draft for the second reboot, a script that was well-regarded and was to be used until the project collapsed just weeks from filming. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** FEAR THE WALKING DEAD Season 4: Here's the official trailer!
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Variety reports that INSIDIOUS star Lin Shaye is also joining the reboot. The actress will be starring alongside John Cho, Demian Bichir, and Andrea Riseborough. The project was written by Nicolas Pesce, who will also direct the film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CURE: Eureka Entertainment to release CURE, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's mesmerising and hypnotic psychological thriller, on home video for the first time in the UK on 23 April 2018 as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a Dual Format edition featuring a Limited Edition O-card [First 2000 copies only].
A series of murders have been committed by ordinary people who claim to have had no control over their horrifying actions. Following the only link – a mysterious stranger who had brief contact with each perpetrator and their victim – detective Kenichi Takabe (Kôji Yakusho) places his own sanity on the line as he tries to end the wave of inexplicable terror.
----- March 21, 2018 -----
** TRAIN TO BUSAN VR video game: The 2016 international hit TRAIN TO BUSAN is set to be adapted as virtual reality property – both a VR video game and a work of "location-based entertainment". Next Entertainment World's 'Contents Panda' division has reportedly signed a contract with Singapore's Vividthree Productions to adapt the zombie thriller. Vividthree will launch a static show in Singapore and Malaysia, and may then expand it globally.
The project is separate from the English-language remake in the works at Gaumont. The film's director, Yeon Sang-ho, most recently directed the superhero satire feature PSYCHOKINESIS which opened in January in South Korea and hits Netflix around much of the rest of the world on April 25th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** George R.R. Martin's NIGHTFLYERS: NIGHTFLYERS follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain – in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other – and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.
** WILDLING: A teenage girl's coming of age comes with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since birth, Anna (Bel Powley) has been raised in isolation by a man she knows only as Daddy (Chucky star Brad Dourif) who has done everything possible to conceal the truth about the girl's origins from her. But when the teenage Anna is suddenly thrust into the real world under the protection of no-nonsense police officer Ellen (Liv Tyler), it soon becomes clear that the young woman is far from ordinary. Unable to adjust to a normal life, Anna finds herself drawn instead to the wild freedom of the forest while struggling to resist the growing bloodlust that has awakened inside her. This moodily atmospheric thriller combines supernatural scares with a myth-like tale of self-discovery.
----- March 20, 2018 -----
** LEPRECHAUN RETURNS: The film finds the leprechaun revived in the modern day when a group of sorority girls unwittingly awaken him while tearing down a cabin to build a new sorority house. The new sequel is written by Suzanne Keilly (ASH VS EVIL DEAD) and directed by Steven Kostanski (THE VOID).
The cast is led by Taylor Spreitler as Lila, Pepi Sonuga as Katie, Sai Bennett as Rose, and Linden Porco as the leprechaun (replacing longtime star Warwick Davis). The film will also bring back a co-star from the original film in Mark Holton, who will reprise his role as Ozzie, the group's goofball friend almost killed by the leprechaun all those years ago. Additional co-stars include Emily Reid as Meredith, Oliver Llewellyn-Jenkins as Matt, and Ben McGregor as Andy.
** BOAR: The giant boar was a myth, a legend brought to life in a drunken pub tale. The thing about myths and legends, they are usually made up of partial truths, and in this case, complete and terrifying truths. Tearing a path of destruction through fencing and livestock, locals haven't a clue of the chilling death that lurks in the striking Australian outback.
----- March 19, 2018 -----
** THE DEVIL'S REJECTS sequel: Filmmaker Rob Zombie has officially confirmed that 3 FROM HELL, his follow-up to THE DEVIL'S REJECTS has begun shooting. The third chapter in the Firefly Family saga following 2003's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) and Otis (Bill Moseley) are back in the gory franchise new entry with plot specifics under wraps.
The previous film ended with the family driving directly into a hail of bullets, so how they'll return isn't clear. Zombie is reportedly negotiating with Saban Films and Lionsgate to bring his sequel to theaters and also releasing it on VOD. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Variety reports that actor John Cho (HAROLD & KUMAR) has joined the cast of the upcoming reboot of THE GRUDGE from Sony. Cho joins a cast that includes Demian Bichir and Andrea Riseborough. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PARTS UNKNOWN: The wrestling/horror movie will have its world premiere on June 9, 2018. Written, produced and directed by Boston Film Family CEO Richard Chandler, PARTS UNKNOWN is the story about how the infamous Von Strasser family (of professional wrestling fame) seek to violently reclaim their notorious status through supernatural means despite being blackballed by forces within the industry. The movie stars retired pro-wrestler/actor William DeCoff, pro-wrestling manager/actress Lizzie Havoc, and Boston Film Family alumni Alexandra Cipolla, Alexander Hauck, and Sarah Michelle.
----- March 13, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot remake sequel: As we know, David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's upcoming HALLOWEEN film will effectively ignore the events of all the other sequels and serve as a straight sequel to the 1978 original – including ditching the supernatural elements of the latter movies.
Speaking with Flickering Myth at SXSW though, McBride revealed why they made the decision to ignore the others and confirms there will be easter eggs throughout the new film shouting out to the other HALLOWEEN movies the new one ignores:
"This picks up after the first one. The HALLOWEEN franchise has kind of become a little bit of like choose your own adventure, you know like there's some many different versions, and the timeline is so mixed up, we just thought it would be easier to go back to the source and continue from from there. It was nicer than knowing you're working on HALLOWEEN 11, it just seemed cooler, 'we're making HALLOWEEN 2'. We do [reference the other movies]. For fans, we pay homage and respect to every HALLOWEEN that has been out there."
The new HALLOWEEN has wrapped filming ahead of an October release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WINCHESTER: The film is coming out on Digital April 17 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand May 1 from Lionsgate. The Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD includes a never-before-seen "making of" featurette, which includes cast and crew interviews, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.
** MY FRIEND DAHMER: Based on the acclaimed graphic novel about one of the most notorious serial killers ever. Its screenplay landed a spot on the coveted 'Black List', ranking it as one of the best un-produced screenplays (at the time) before becoming a hit movie. MY FRIEND DAHMER is coming to Blu-ray and DVD on April 10th.
----- March 12, 2018 -----
** UNFRIENDED DARK WEB: Blumhouse Productions used the SXSW festival to unveil UNFRIENDED DARK WEB, a sequel to the 2014 theatrical horror/thriller feature which is set entirely on computer screens.
The sequel, directed by THE GRUDGE remake scribe Stephen Susco, follows a twentysomething who finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop and is thrust into the deep waters of the dark web. Once again the story unravels in real-time, entirely on a computer screen.
Blum, Timur Bekmambetov and Majd Nassif return as producers on the new film which hasn't set a release date as yet. The first film grossed $64 million on a $1 million budget. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MANDY: RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment, has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly-anticipated MANDY, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos, the film stars Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache. RLJE Films plans to release MANDY in theaters in summer 2018 with an exclusive theatrical window.
In MANDY, outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** 4/20 MASSACRE: Premiering on VOD and DVD 4/3 from Film Chest, the first-ever "stoner slasher" movie pits today's hottest young stars, Jamie Bernadette and Justine Wachsberger, against cinema's next iconic movie monster in a frightening and funny comedy-thriller released just in time for the "The Official Holiday" for weed enthusiasts.
From writer/director Dylan Reynolds comes the story of five women who go camping in the woods to celebrate a friend's birthday over the 4/20 weekend. But when they cross the turf of an illegal marijuana growing operation they must struggle to survive the living nightmare.
** LIVING SPACE: A romantic holiday takes a sinister turn when Brad & Ashley's car breaks down in the German countryside. Forced to take refuge in an isolated farmhouse they thought to be abandoned, the couple quickly learn that the house holds a dark past. Thrust into a supernatural nightmare, the pair must battle malevolent forces lead by an undead Nazi general if they wish to survive the night.
----- March 8, 2018 -----
** BODIES BODIES BODIES: A24 has acquired the feature script BODIES BODIES BODIES, written by Kristen Ropuenian, author of the hugely popular New Yorker fiction story CAT PERSON. Upon its publication last December, CAT PERSON turned into a viral phenomenon, becoming the most read fiction story the New Yorker published throughout all of 2017.
BODIES BODIES BODIES is Kristen's first foray into the screenwriting space, and infuses a similarly fresh, incisive perspective into the horror genre, mixing together elements of shrewd character study, mystery and deep-seeded scares. This is A24's first spec purchase, and they are fast-tracking it for production. CAA brokered the deal. Ropuenian also just made a major seven figure deal with Scout Press for her next collection of stories. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** James Gunn returns to horror: Elizabeth Banks is reuniting with her SLITHER director James Gunn for an untitled horror film. Brian and Mark Gunn wrote the script for the film with the story specifics under wraps. Gunn is producing the movie with The H Collective which is fully financing and producing it.
David Yarovesky (THE HIVE) is directing the project which starts production in the spring. Banks is currently prepping her next directorial effort at Sony Pictures – the CHARLIE'S ANGELS reboot. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRAUMA and LUCIFERINA: Two wildly innovative horror films, first screened at Ventana Sur in Buenos Aires, have been acquired for distribution by Artsploitation Films who plan to release them in 2018, first in select film festivals followed by Blu-ray and VOD.
TRAUMA, directed by Lucio A. Rojas is a vicious and shocking tale which blends the dark history of 1970s Chile with a modern tale of horror. A boy is traumatized when he and his mother are tortured by the Nazi-like military dictatorship of Pinochet. Decades later a group of women venture to the idyllic countryside for a weekend of fun. But their outing soon turns nightmarish when a man and his son unleash their pent-up rage on them. A film which exposes the horrors of politics with the evil that can lie within the souls of ordinary men.
In LUCIFERINA, Argentinean Gonzalo Calzada directs a visually explosive film where religion, innocence, repressed sexuality and evil spectacularly collide. Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of mystical plant. There, instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and for the nun herself, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself.
----- March 6, 2018 -----
** THE GRUDGE reboot: Actress Andrea Riseborough is circling a role in THE GRUDGE, a reboot of the horror franchise currently in the works at Sony Pictures. Nicolas Pesce is re-writing and directing the project for Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures described as a new take on the 2004 American remake of the 2002 Japanese original JU-ON.
Takashi Shimazu helmed the 2004 film which follows an American nurse (Sarah Michelle Gellar) living and working in Tokyo who is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse – one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life. Costing $10 million, it grossed $187 million worldwide and led to two sequels. Riseborough is eyeing the role of a detective and young single mother. Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DESCENDANT: Jackson Robert Scott, who played Georgie in the IT remake, is joining Taylor Schilling in Orion Pictures' new and untitled horror movie previously known as DESCENDANT. Tripp Vinson is producing and filming begins this month in Toronto.
Nicholas McCarthy helms an original script by MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN scribe Jeff Buhler. Schilling plays a mother who, concerned about the disturbing behavior of her son (Scott), thinks something supernatural may be affecting him. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 5, 2018 -----
** WORLD WAR Z 2: Paramount Pictures has reportedly delayed (yet again) principal photography on the David Fincher-directed WORLD WAR Z sequel following this week's report of Brad Pitt confirming his reunion with Quentin Tarantino on that filmmaker's next film ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD at Sony Pictures.
The delay is said to be entirely due to Pitt, who stars in and produces WWZ2 and is key to the whole endeavour. Filming, which was to take place in the Summer, will now kick off in the Fall. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** UNDER THE SILVER LAKE: IT FOLLOWS writer/director David Robert Mitchell finally returns with UNDER THE SILVER LAKE which A24 has been sitting on for a little while. The distributor has now set a June 22nd limited theatrical release for the film which stars Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough and Topher Grace. The story follows a man who becomes obsessed with the strange circumstances of a billionaire mogul's murder and the kidnapping of a girl. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TERRIFIED: Grupo Mórbido, the Mexican distributor run by Mórbido Film Fest founder Pablo Guisa Koestinger, has struck a deal with Aura Films in Argentina to handle joint theatrical distribution in Latin America on paranormal horror TERRIFIED (ATERRADOS).
TERRIFIED stars Maxi Ghione, Norberto Amadeo Gonzalo and Elvira Onetto and centres on a police officer and an old friend who investigate a series of paranormal occurrences in homes. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- March 2nd, 2018 -----
** VERONICA: Paco Plaza's newest horror film was just released on Netflix!
** BLOOD FEST: Fans flock to a festival celebrating the most iconic horror movies, only to discover that the charismatic showman behind the event has a diabolical agenda. As attendees start dying off, three teenagers with more horror-film wits than real-world knowledge must band together and battle through every madman, monstrosity and terrifying scenario if they have any hope of surviving.
----- February 27, 2018 -----
** BLAIR WITCH TV series: Lionsgate is actively developing the BLAIR WITCH property for a TV series for their new project, Studio L. Studio L Executive Vice President Seth Laderman said in a statement:
"In today's fast-changing media landscape, Lionsgate is committed to creating and distributing various types of content for next generation audiences with some of the most exciting creative voices and innovative partners in our industry. The projects announced today signal our commitment to finding stand-out material, incubating new talent, and delivering authentic storytelling. We will also continue to cultivate and foster fresh opportunities with existing Lionsgate properties, all built around Studio L's low-risk, high-reward distribution model." (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
** 48 METERS DOWN: Prolific horror film director Johannes Roberts says that 48 METERS DOWN, his upcoming sequel to the surprise shark-themed hit 47 METERS DOWN, is not only going bigger but is looking to another classic horror film for inspiration – Neil Marshall's THE DESCENT. 47 METERS DOWN followed two young female divers trapped during a cage dive by hungry sharks. The film went on to make over $61 million worldwide from a budget of only $5.5 million.
The follow-up, due for release June next year, is being linked to the previous film only by theme. The story follows a group of spelunkers in Brazil who become trapped by sharks in submerged ruins, and Roberts describes it as:
"If I had to pitch it in a very simple way, I would describe it as THE DESCENT underwater. So it will be six or seven people trapped in the caves in Brazil, an underwater city… It'll all be cave diving which is the most terrifying thing I've ever done. I trained to do cave diving while I was shooting 47 in the Dominican Republic. It's beyond terrifying so it just seemed like a really great idea to make that the sequel."
The director also admits that most filming will take place in a water tank purely because it would be so dangerous to film otherwise. Roberts also helmed the horror sequel THE STRANGERS PREY AT NIGHT which opens later this year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** More INSIDIOUS: INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY, the fourth installment in the supernatural horror franchise, has reportedly now passed the $161.9 million global box-office take of the second film – turning it into the highest grossing movie of the franchise.
A fifth film will happen. It's not clear if series scribe Leigh Whannell will return to write the next installment and/or if Lin Shaye will reprise her role of Elise Rainier from the previous movies. Producer Jason Blum has previously confirmed an INSIDIOUS and SINISTER franchise crossover has been considered in the past. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- February 21, 2018 -----
** DEATHGASM director new film GUNS AKIMBO: DEATHGASM writer director Jason Lei Howden is working on a new film with Happy Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. Story follows Miles who spends his days in a dead-end job, pining for his beautiful ex-girlfriend Nova. His mundane existence is turned upside-down when he finds himself enrolled on a dark net website that forces complete strangers to fight in a city-wide game of death so that their gladiatorial battles can be live-streamed worldwide to a fanatical audience.
Contestants are chosen by a clandestine gang known as Schism, who handicap the weaker contestant to further stack the odds against them. Initially, Miles' lifetime of running from his problems pays off as he manages to elude his first opponent but when Nova is kidnapped, he must finally stop running and overcome his fears to fight for the girl he loves.
** THE SOULTANGLER: Alamo Drafthouse's American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, and Bleeding Skull!, the site and series of books dedicated to celebrating ultra-obscure genre movies, are excited to announce a March 13, 2018 release date for THE SOULTANGLER on DVD. After a successful run of limited edition releases with Mondo, the art boutique of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Bleeding Skull! has teamed up with AGFA to share wild horror and exploitation movies from the 1980s and 1990s with the world. THE SOULTANGLER is the first release in this ongoing partnership.
If RE-ANIMATOR was shot on Long Island for the price of a used car, THE SOULTANGLER would be the result. Insane genius Dr. Anton Lupesky has developed a drug that allows users to inhabit corpses and transform into rabid maniacs! Can reporter Kim Castle stop the carnage and save our species from annihilation?! This epic of outsider filmmaking is a dream-like wasteland that's punctuated with severed heads, evil beasties, and hooded slashers. Filmed in basements and garages, director Pat Bishow's earnest devotion to storytelling in the spirit of H.P. Lovecraft elevates THE SOULTANGLER beyond kitsch and into heavenly territory.
Special features include:
- Transferred from the original 1" master tapes!
- Unseen 62 minute alternate director's cut!
- Commentary track with director Pat Bishow!
- Behind the scenes footage!
- Trailers for THE SOULTANGLER and DEAD OF NIGHT TOWN!
- Music video for "Wow" by Hypnolovewheel!
- Liner notes by Bleeding Skull's Zack Carlson!
- Reversible cover art!
----- February 20, 2018 -----
** IT Chapter 2: Production on the follow-up to last year's smash hit Stephen King adaptation, is slated to begin this Summer ahead of a September 2019 release. Omega Underground reports that shooting is slated to begin June 18th with stage work to once again take place at Pinewood Toronto Studios. Filming would run through to October-November and once again include the Toronto/Port Hope area which stood in for the town of 'Derry, Maine'.
Gary Dauberman is penning the script for the follow-up and Bill Skarsgard is expected to return as Pennywise the clown. As previously reported, the film will adapt the other half of King's IT novel and be set three decades later with the grown-up versions of the original's kids. It's expected the child actors from the first will appear in flashbacks, but nothing has been officially confirmed in terms of the casting yet and none of the adult roles have yet been filled. Andres Muschietti is expected back as director. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** David Cronenberg's RABID remake: Shout! Studios has acquired the U.S. rights (digital, on-demand, broadcast, home entertainment and select SVOD specifically) to a remake of David Cronenberg's classic horror film RABID, which Back 40 Pictures, Telefilm Canada and Ontario Media Development Corporation will produce.
The story follows Rose, a young woman who, after an accident leaves her scarred beyond recognition, undergoes a radical untested stem-cell treatment. While it fixes Rose, the experimental transformation comes at a price – she must now feed on other's blood.
AMERICAN MARY filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska are helming the new take which they adapted the script for with John Serge. Michael Walker, Paul Lalonde, and John Vidette are producing and filming aims to begin in April. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE NUN: Warner Bros. is moving New Line's THE NUN from July 13, 2018 to September 7, 2018. The film stars Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Charlotte Hope, Ingrid Bisu and Bonnie Aarons.
When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest (Demian Bichir) with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows (Taissa Farmiga) are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in THE CONJURING, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TEDDY BEARS ARE FOR LOVERS: A short film executive produced by Joe Dante is set to hit the big screen. TEDDY BEARS ARE FOR LOVERS will be the directorial debut of Michael Bonvillain, who worked as the cinematographer for the hit series LOST and CLOVERFIELD. Based on the short film by David Ernesto Vendrell, Matthew Hawksworth and Almog Avidan Antonir, the short follows a 20-something Casanova who becomes haunted by the teddy bears he gave to his ex-girlfriends. Dante executive produced the short film which released in 2016 and he was reportedly flattered to be a part of an "offbeat comedy-horror project that has some affinities with GREMLINS." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 19, 2018 -----
** DEATHGASM sequel GOREMAGEDDON: Everyone loved DEATHGASM, so its no surprise that writer director Jason Lei Howden worked on a sequel DEATHGASM PART 2 GOREMAGEDDON. On his Instagram, Howden shared the photo suggesting a sequel. He also promised that it'll be even more bloody than the first film:
So I just finished this. There is literally more gore in the first 10 minutes than the entire first #deathgasm. If you kinda liked the first, this will make your head implode. If you thought the first Deathgasm was puerile, juvenile and dumb then Goremageddon will melt your face off and force you to barricade yourself inside, safe with some Terrance Malik and Coldplay.
** HALLOWEEN: A few weeks ago, Jamie Lee Curtis returned to the role that started her film career, showing off her first day on set of the new HALLOWEEN movie. Now, Curtis has taken to Instagram to reveal that she will soon be leaving Charleston, South Carolina, meaning she has wrapped on the film. Also here's a look at how Jamie looks like in the upcoming film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Bollywood Horror PARI: Slated to release on 2nd March, 2018. The film stars Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chatterjee, Rajat Kapoor & Ritabhari Chakraborty in pivotal roles. The film is directed by Prosit Roy, produced by Clean Slate Films, presented by KriArj Entertainment & Kyta Productions & will be released worldwide by Pooja Films.
** LARRY: The Deadline web site reports that Amblin Partners has acquired the rights to turn writer-director Jacob Chase's horror short, LARRY, into a feature-length film. The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce. The horror movie will be written and directed by Chase. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 13, 2018 -----
** 28 MONTHS LATER: Before he broke through with his directorial debut on EX MACHINA, filmmaker Alex Garland was best known as a screen writer of numerous cult hits including SUNSHINE, 28 DAYS LATER and 28 WEEKS LATER.
In regards to the latter, there have long been rumors of a 'trilogy capper' which would understandably be called 28 MONTHS LATER, though a rights dispute has caused some problems with the film's progression. Garland, out doing promotion for his new sci-fi film ANNIHILATION says he doesn't believe we'll see another film in the series.
He revealed in a recent AMA session that there previously have been 'kind of' plans about where the franchise could go, but right now he says: "[I] doubt it will ever happen". Garland has other work to occupy him in the future including his new eight-episode sci-fi series for FX, and he was also asked in the same session what comic he would like to be involved in a screen adaptation of to which he responded SWAMP THING. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MARROWBONE: Four siblings seek refuge in an old home after the death of their mother, only to discover that the house has another, more sinister, inhabitant, in this haunting directorial debut from Sergio G. Sánchez, screenwriter of THE ORPHANAGE.
** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S: The Deadline web site reports that Blumhouse and Universal have found a director for the long in-development FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S movie, enlisting Chris Columbus to write and direct the feature. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A QUIET PLACE: Here's the new trailer and poster for the upcoming film that Paramount Pictures will release on April 6.
----- February 12, 2018 -----
** CHILD'S PLAY TV series: The upcoming TV show comes to us from Don Mancini. Mancini told the Bloody Disgusting web that he and producer David Kirschner are in development on a CHILD'S PLAY TV series, and that the series was "deliberately set up at end of the last movie," and that the "tone is dark and disturbing." Brad Dourif, who voiced Chucky, will reportedly return for the series.
Kirschner told the site in a separate interview that the CHILD'S PLAY TV series is not a reboot, but a continuation of the story. He said of his relationship with Mancini, "I don't think there's a relationship that lasted this long. I'm incredibly excited about the series and to explore a world in which we've never done before." The series will reportedly have eight hour-long episodes. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE TERROR: Get a sense of the danger and dread at the heart of AMC's haunting, suspenseful new drama series, The Terror. Don't miss the two-hour series premiere Monday, March 26 at 9/8c.
----- February 8, 2018 -----
** Fourth CLOVERFIELD film: Paramount will release the upcoming 4th CLOVERFIELD movie (a World War II-set film tentatively titled OVERLORD) to Netflix as well, but according to TheWrap web site, the studio plans to stick to its theatrical release on October 26, 2018.
** TREMORS A COLD DAY IN HELL: The upcoming sequel will be out on May 1, 2018. Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant-worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the artic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!
** Drive-In Delirium: Just when you thought that you'd seen every pulse-pounding, blood-drenched, flesh-filled scrap of trailer trash comes this third stupefying serving of mind-numbing, skull-splitting retro movie madness!
Bulging with over 6 hours of non-stop sex, violence, vehicle destruction, cockamamie cosmic carnage (not to mention an overload of Bronson badassness) - DRIVE-IN DELIRIUM: THE NEW BATCH is a rip-roaring, off-road, high-def ruckus that proudly programs your Blu-ray player to DETONATE!
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** THE HOUSEMAID remake: The English language remake of Vietnam's highest grossing horror film of all time THE HOUSEMAID has been greenlit by CJ Entertainment, Korea's leading entertainment conglomerate, and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Fletcher will write the adapted screenplay.
THE HOUSEMAID is a Vietnamese film, written and directed by Derek Nguyen, produced by Timothy Linh Bui, which CJ Entertainment financed and produced. Released in 2016, the film was a massive hit with a story that explores racial and social themes through a period/romance/horror film. The remake will stay true to this concept, taking place in the deep South during the Reconstruction Era.
** CASTLE ROCK: From Stephen King and Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, CASTLE ROCK is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories. Starring André Holland, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgård, Melanie Lynskey and Scott Glenn.
** GET MY GUN: Premiering at the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival, GET MY GUN follows the story of a young woman, whom after surviving an assault, is left emotionally shattered and pregnant. Looking to forge ahead, she must tap into her basest survival instincts when a relentless stalker makes their intentions known. GET MY GUN is still making the festival rounds, and will be available on home video (and VOD) later this year.
** THE LULLABY: Chloe is overwhelmed by the birth of her first child. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of guilt and paranoia sends her into depression. With a heightened urge to protect her son, Chloe sees danger in every situation. She starts to hear voices, the humming of a childhood lullaby and sees flashes of a strange entity around her child. Convinced that the entity is real, Chloe will do everything in her power to protect her son. Is she haunted by evil or is it just the baby blues?
Reine Swart, Deànré Reiners, Thandi Puren, Brandon Auret, and Dorothy-Ann Gould star in a Darrell James Roodt film, opening in theaters across the U.S and available on VOD 3/2.
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** THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX: Following weeks of rumors regarding the next film, Netflix has revealed THE CLOVERFIELD PARADOX during the Super Bowl! The mysterious upcoming third CLOVERFIELD movie will no longer debut in theaters this April but instead debuted on Netflix last Sunday.
The plot for the new CLOVERFIELD movie is described as follows: "In the near future, a group of international astronauts on a space station are working to solve a massive energy crisis on Earth. The experimental technology aboard the station has an unexpected result, leaving the team isolated and fighting for their survival."
** THE WALKING DEAD: Finish the fight. THE WALKING DEAD returns Sunday, February 25 at 9/8c on AMC.
** A QUIET PLACE: Stay silent. Stay safe. Check out the big game spot for #AQuietPlace, starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. In theatres April 6, 2018.
** ANNIHILATION: Based on Jeff VanderMeer's best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, ANNIHILATION stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac. It was written and directed by Alex Garland (EX MACHINA).
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** John Carpenter on HALLOWEEN: In a recent interview with Rotten Tomatoes, he explains why he came back for this entry:
"You know, you know I talked about the Halloweens for a long time, the sequels — I haven't even seen all of them. I don't even know what really was there — but finally, it occurred to me: Well if I'm just flapping my gums here, talking about it, why don't I try to make it as good as I can? I could offer advice. I could talk to the director. I like the director very much. I like the script. So, you know, stop throwing rocks from the sidelines and get in there and try to do something positive."
Carpenter in the past has been quite vocal about his dislike of remakes of his work and famously slammed Rob Zombie's reboot. The new HALLOWEEN arrives October 19th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Blumhouse's MA: Octavia Spencer will join Luke Evans and Juliette Lewis in the upcoming horror film from Blumhouse Pictures. Spencer reunites with her THE HELP director Tate Taylor on the film which begins shooting next week in Mississippi. WORKAHOLICS scribe Scotty Landes penned the script. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RED EYE: The legend of Red Eye - a violently deranged masked murderer known to dwell in the backwoods of Black Creek, West Virginia - was a story that Gage Barker used to be told when he was a kid. When he finds out that there could be some truth behind the tale, he decides to film a documentary about the killer. He gathers a group of his friends and, with film equipment in tow, they go for a hike into the woods to seek him out. But, to what extent will they go to make this project a reality?
** NOVEMBER: In this tale of love and survival in 19th century Estonia, peasant girl Liina longs for village boy Hans, but Hans is inexplicably infatuated by the visiting German baroness that possesses all that he longs for. For Liina, winning Hans' requited love proves incredibly complicated in this dark, harsh landscape where spirits, werewolves, plagues, and the devil himself converge, where thievery is rampant, and where souls are highly regarded, but come quite cheap. With alluring black and white cinematography, Rainer Sarnet vividly captures these motley lives as they toil to exist—is existence worth anything if it lacks a soul?
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** THE FIRST PURGE: Universal Pictures and Blumhouse have released the teaser poster and trailer for the fourth film in the PURGE series which stars Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez and Marisa Tomei. The film opens in theaters on July 4.
** DEEP BLUE SEA 2: The feature-length film will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), as well as Digital. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition, a standard definition DVD and a digital version of the film. The DVD features the movie in standard definition. DEEP BLUE SEA 2 is rated R for creature violence and gore, and language. It comes out April 17, 2018.
** DEPRAVED: Larry Fessenden (HABIT), will direct a contemporary re-imagining of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein from his own script. The film centers on Henry, a field surgeon suffering from PTSD after combat in the Middle East, who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The creature he creates must navigate a strange new world and the rivalry between Henry and his conniving collaborator Polidori. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)