It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- November 30, 2017 -----
** Jaume Balagueró's MUSE: Adapted from the novel Lady No. 13 by Jose Carlos Somoza, Jaume Balagueró's latest film is a return to the genre. The film stars Christopher Lloyd, Joanne Whalley, Elliot Cowan, Franka Potente, Ana Ularu, Manuela Vellés and Leonor Watling.
** SUMMER OF 84: The new film from the gang behind TURBO KID will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
** BETTER WATCH OUT: The film is arriving on DVD and Blu-ray on December 5. Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), has to defend their twelve-year-old son (Levi Miller) from strangers breaking into the house – only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.
** NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD REBIRTH: Written and directed by Roger Conners, this is a new version of the classic George A. Romero's film. A tense visit to their family burial site quickly escalates into a fight for survival when brothers Adam and John are randomly attacked by several unknown assailants.
----- November 23, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Production has been delayed for the 2018 HALLOWEEN remake/reboot/sequel until the upcoming January. The film, which is by David Gordon Green and co-written by comedic actor Danny McBride, was supposed to start shooting this past October.
** HAPPY DEATH DAY: The hits keep coming for Universal and Blumhouse with HAPPY DEATH DAY celebrating a $100M global milestone. Including yesterday's grosses, the latest collaboration between Uni and Jason Blum's micro-budget specialist Blumhouse has taken in $55.5M domestically and $44.6M at the international box office.
Overseas play has been particularly hair-raising in Korea with a terrific $7.5M through last Sunday. Brazil is next best with $4.3M, and the UK has made $3.7M. There are six international markets still to open, including Argentina and Russia.
** Quentin Tarantino's MANSON: Following the announcement of Sony Pictures landing the film last week and further details about the financial and contractual side of the agreement on the weekend, new plot details for Quentin Tarantino's ninth film have now emerged.
Vanity Fair has revealed the first plot details for the 1969-set movie from a source that reportedly has read the script. They explain a little what the story is about:
"Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino's upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor who's had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick – who's also his stunt double – is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson's cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- November 17, 2017 -----
** A QUIET PLACE: Silence is survival. Watch the teaser trailer starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. In theatres April 2018.
** THE STRANGERS PREY AT NIGHT: A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.
----- November 16, 2017 -----
** NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Criterion Blu-ray: Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is one of the great stories of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero's claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is back, in a new 4K restoration.
- New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero, coscreenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner
- New restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary R. Streiner, and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
- Night of Anubis, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film
- New program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez
- Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel
- New piece featuring Russo about the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start
- Two audio commentaries from 1994, featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor
Judith O'Dea, and more
- Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley
- New programs about the editing, the score, and directing ghouls
- New interviews with Gary R. Streiner and Russel W. Streiner
- Trailer, radio spots, and TV spots
- PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans
** THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Criterion Blu-ray: In this chilling adaptation of the best-selling novel by Thomas Harris, the astonishingly versatile director Jonathan Demme crafted a taut psychological thriller about an American obsession: serial murder. As Clarice Starling, an FBItrainee who enlists the help of the infamous Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter to gain insight into the mind of another killer, Jodie Foster subverts classic gender dynamics and gives one of the most memorable performances of her career. As her foil, Anthony Hopkins is the archetypical antihero—cultured, quick-witted, and savagely murderous—delivering a harrowing portrait of humanity gone terribly wrong. A gripping police procedural and a disquieting immersion into a twisted psyche, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS swept the Academy Awards (best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actress, best actor) and remains a cultural touchstone.
- New 4K digital restoration, approved by director of photography Tak Fujimoto, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary from 1994 featuring director Jonathan Demme, actors Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas
- New interview with critic Maitland McDonagh
- Thirty-five minutes of deleted scenes
- Interview from 2005 with Demme and Foster
- Inside the Labyrinth, a 2001 documentary
- Page to Screen, a 2002 program about the adaptation
- Scoring "The Silence," a 2004 interview program featuring composer Howard Shore
- Understanding the Madness, a 2008 program featuring interviews with retired FBI special agents
- Original behind-the-scenes featurette
- PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin along with, in the Blu-ray edition, a new introduction by Foster; an account of the origins of the character Hannibal Lecter by author Thomas Harris; and a 1991 interview with Demme
** Dario Argento's THE SANDMAN: The crowdfunding campaign was a huge success, exceeding with 119% to goal. With $195,633 raised by 1082 backers, THE SANDMAN was coming. Hopes were that it'd be released in time for Christmas the following year. It has now been three years since the initial announcement. Sadly, THE SANDMAN has yet to go into production.
In August of last year, IndieWire interviewed Argento. In regards to THE SANDMAN, he had this to say: "Iggy Pop keeps asking, 'How long do we have to wait on this film?' Honestly, it's not my fault. This film is a co-production by many different producers in different countries. They apparently can't agree on a number of things, including where to shoot, locations, things like that. It goes on and on. I know it's been dragging on. Time goes by and they haven't reached an agreement. I must say that I myself have been thinking about some other projects in the meantime. I still need to work on them, think about them." (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** Stephen King's IT: The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98 on January 9, 2018. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack also include a digital version of the movie in HD. Fans can also own IT via purchase from digital retailers beginning December 19, 2017.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of IT will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs of IT will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
Additionally, all the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, featurettes and deleted scenes, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed, or the digital movie is purchased from an UltraViolet retailer, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- November 15, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: The sequel reboot is coming back to the big screen next October. The film is co-written by Danny McBride, and over the weekend he gave some more insight into how they are reviving Michael Myers yet again. In speaking with Yahoo Movies, he talked about getting Jamie Lee Curtis involved, and a little about their approach in where this film relates to the rest of the franchise.
"We're kind of ignoring all the films past the first one," he says. "It picks up after the first one, but it's sort of an alternate reality. It's as if the first HALLOWEEN ended in a slightly different way."
Speaking of Laurie, McBride was also asked about bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis again: "We pitched to Carpenter, and he was into it, which kind of blew David and me away, but I still think nobody was really talking about Jamie. … I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it'd be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to. So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn't be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement."
"I just hope that we don't f*** it up and piss people off. This is such a diehard fan base. You don't want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on," McBride says. "We are diehard fans of HALLOWEEN. We're watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully that will line up with most fans."
** Quentin Tarantino's MANSON: As filmmaker Quentin Tarantino readies his next project, he has revealed that the film isn't going to center around the Manson family murders as previously reported. In the wake of the collapse of the Weinstein Company due to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at Harvey Weinstein, it was revealed Tarantino has recently been seeking funding for the film with the likes of Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio up for roles.
However story and plot specifics remained top secret with agency reps having to visit Tarantino's office to see the script which was completed almost half a year ago. Speaking with Indiewire this week, Tarantino says the main focus isn't on cult leader Charles Manson but rather a specific year: "It's not Charles Manson, it's 1969."
That's all the filmmaker would reveal about the film which, if it does include Manson, would likely only incorporate him for a few scenes at most as he was a key figure in that year along with Nixon taking office, the moon landing and the Vietnam War. Filming is likely targeting an early 2018 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?: Paramount Players (a new division at Paramount Pictures) is moving forward with a film based on the Nickelodeon series ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?, according to Variety. The script will be written by IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman. Matt Kaplan will produce the film.
The series involved standalone stories in each episode framed by a campfire involving a group of teens who called themselves the Midnight Society. The tales ranged from modern fairy tales to vampire and alien-themed tales.
The show was initially a Canadian series that got picked up by Nickelodeon and aired as part of its Saturday night block. Dauberman says the plan is to "honor the darker, scarier tone of the show" which was groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time.
----- November 14, 2017 -----
** BLOOD BAGS: A modern take on classic Italian horror cinema. The movie is written and directed by Emiliano Ranzan. Night. Two thieves, Tony and Alex, break into an old, seemingly abandoned mansion: while looking for something valuable to steal, they split. As he explores the ground floor, Tony, the older of the two, is assaulted and murdered by a mysterious presence.
** ZOMBILLENIUM: Zombillenium is an amusement park like no other: only genuine werewolves, vampires, zombies are employed there… for eternity. One day, Hector, a young compliance officer, comes to control the park's safety and threatens to shut it down. Francis, the vampire who manages the park, has no choice but to bite him to protect his business.
----- November 13, 2017 -----
** DARK: The disappearance of two kids in the German small-town of Winden opens abysses that turn the concept of time on its head. The question is not who has kidnapped the children...but when.
** TRUTH OR DARE: Universal Pictures has announced the release date for another horror film from Blumhouse with the release of TRUTH OR DARE now set for April 27, 2018. Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey lead the cast of the supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions where a harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANOTHER WOLFCOP: Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven's residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
----- November 8, 2017 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Shot earlier this year, the new take of Dario Argento's iconic original 1970s Italian film has people curious and concerned. Luca Guadagnino is not an obvious choice for the material, but his superb ability to stylishly paint sensory portraits with his scenes makes him a fascinating one. In a new interview with Criterion, the helmer says he's still got a few more months of post-production work to complete before the film is done:
"I have three months until I finish it. It's a very special film, and I'm proud of it. I wonder all the time how people will react to it, being that it is based on a masterpiece. I often find myself in the position of saying 'Oh, it's ridiculous!' when I hear stories that they want to remake a movie like 8 1/2, so I don't know if I'm going to be served the same dish.
I can say that my SUSPIRIA is a very personal film; it's like oxygen to me. When I saw the original movie thirty-two years ago, the emotion I felt was so strong, so mind-blowing, and so important to my upbringing. I wanted to investigate the experience I had watching that film." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Universal Dark Universe: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have departed their posts as masterminds behind the planned shared universe of classic monsters. Not only that, but the expensive offices set up on the studio lot for the franchise are now practically empty, and no new monster film has a release date, with only BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN going through a script overhaul. This move is not surprising, as director Kurtzman's kickoff film for Dark Universe, THE MUMMY, tanked at the domestic box office with a paltry $80 million and some of the worst reviews of star Tom Cruise's 36-year career.
----- November 3rd, 2017 -----
** THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT TV series: In an interview with the Diminishing Returns movie podcast, co-director Eduardo Sanchez revealed that THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT would be finding a new home on cable/streaming. Here's what Sanchez had to say: "For us, it's a very natural thing to go and say, 'Hey, let's do a frickin' Blair Witch show. You can say it's from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes."
Of course, the logical follow-up questions would be about the format. Will the series serve as a prequel or sequel to the films? Will it be an anthology series per episode or per season? Will it be filmed in standard format, or in the "found footage" format that the original film made popular again?
While definitely in favor of a move to television, Sanchez was purposefully cautious with his answers; making sure to keep them vague this early in the development process: "Well, you know, I can't really discuss. I think that the idea of a Blair Witch anthology has always been very – just a really interesting thing. You're close. You're in the ballpark. You know, and I think it might be one of those things that might be – you know – the more you think about it, you're like, 'That might be the perfect… a TV show.' You know? So, we'll see what happens, but I think that's the next big thing for Blair Witch. Probably TV." (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
** POLAROID: The film was recently moved from August 25, 2017 to Thanksgiving weekend, with a November 22 opening day. Now, the horror flick is being taken off this year's list of films and moved to an unspecified date in 2018.
** THE HERETICS: The upcoming film tells the pagan tale of Gloria (Nina Kiri), a young girl who is abducted by a troubled man (Ry Barrett) who claims that a cult is hunting her down. His goal is to protect her until sunrise but, while restrained, Gloria falls deathly ill. While her friends and family desperately search for her, the source of her illness becomes more apparent. She's not sick…she's changing.
A71 and Black Fawn Distribution have recently jointly acquired the Canadian rights from Breakthrough Entertainment to distribute THE HERETICS to horror fans across Canada. The film is expected to hit DVD and Blu-ray in early 2018. Directed by Chad Archibald, produced by Black Fawn Films.
----- November 2nd, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: In Texas, years before the events of the TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff's daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities, including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter's death, the Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.
The origins of the infamous TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE are finally revealed when LEATHERFACE arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD and Digital December 19 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Starring Stephen Dorff as a vengeful Texas sheriff and Lili Taylor as the Sawyer family matriarch, the legendary monster gets his mask after three asylum inmates escape and leave a blood-soaked trail. From French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE), the LEATHERFACE Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with never-before-seen special features, including deleted scenes, an alternate beginning and alternate ending, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
- "Behind the Bloody Mask: Making Leatherface" Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Alternate Opening
- "The Pit"
- "Trailer Confession"
- Alternate Ending
** PET SEMETARY remake: Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures has dug up two PET SEMETARY directors, Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, for the remake of the 1989 original. The pair are best known for their critically-acclaimed 2014 indie horror film STARRY EYES, as well as the anthology HOLIDAYS and MTV's SCREAM series. Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich have written the screenplay, and Alexandra Loewy is executive producing.
1408 scribe Matthew Greenberg was brought on to pen this new adaptation about a family who move to a small Maine town along a highway often used by high-speed trucks. Nearby lies a pet cemetery and further beyond that an ancient indian burial ground which can resurrect the dead, but those who come back aren't quite right. When the toddler son is killed in an auto accident, the grieving father uses that power – but at the cost of several lives and his own sanity.
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 3: Hope you studied your Necronomicon. Ash is back in session February 25 on STARZ.
** THE ART OF HORROR MOVIES: Multi-award winning horror and dark fantasy writer and editor Stephen Jones looks at the rich history of horror films, from their silent birth in the late nineteenth century to their full-blown explosion in the mid-century up to their present-day horrific, high-tech incarnations.
Through a series of informative chapters and fascinating sidebars profusely illustrated with over 600 rare images, including film posters, lobby cards, advertisements, promotional items, covers of tie-in books and magazines, and original artwork inspired by classic movies, this handsomely designed hardcover traces the development of the horror film from its inception, and celebrates the actors, filmmakers, and artists who were responsible for scaring the pants off successive generations of moviegoers!
----- November 1st, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: From Jamie Lee Curtis Twitter page: Some wounds never heal. Michael & I will see you all next Halloween 10/19/18.
** TRICK 'R TREAT and KRAMPUS update: A full decade on since its release, filmmaker Michael Dougherty's cult horror anthology film TRICK 'R TREAT could finally be getting a sequel after garnering such a strong following since its release.
The original followed four interconnecting stories on a single Halloween night as key characters faced the consequences of disrespecting tradition. Filmmaker Mick Garris spoke with Dougherty earlier this month on his podcast Post Mortem and the pair discussed the possibilities of a sequel. Dougherty, who recently wrapped filming of the sequel to 2014's GODZILLA reboot, says:
"My hope is that once [GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS] has been put to rest that I can dive back into [TRICK 'R TREAT 2]. It's currently the first week of October, so obviously my mind is drifting back to it. I would love to finish writing it in post-production [of GODZILLA], and then I'd love to make it my next project. But we'll see."
Dougherty followed up his original film with another holiday-themed horror tale KRAMPUS and in the same interview suggests the pair could be part of an interconnected universe:
"The films have certain common elements which I don't know if anyone has found them all. In my mind, two ancient deities who protect these quasi-mystical qualities will probably exist within the same universe and maybe get a drink and swap stories between holidays, and in [KRAMPUS], there are certain threads that connect them if you pay attention." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** William Friedkin talks THE EXORCIST and IT: In a new and lengthy interview with Indiewire, filmmaker William Friedkin has confirmed that he's never seen any of the other films or shows in THE EXORCIST franchise. Friedkin directed the first one, considered one of the greatest films of all time, while the follow-ups by other directors have yielded mostly divisive reaction. John Frankenheimer's second film was widely panned, but certainly was quite different and has garnered a few key fans over the years including Martin Scorsese.
William Peter Blatty's third one has grown a cult audience as well and is now often praised despite the various compromises it suffered – a director's cut of it hit disc last year. Both versions of the prequel-set fourth film were not well regarded, while the TV series has proven fairly well-received if poorly rated. Of all of them, Friedkin has only seen a bit of the second film:
"I never saw any of the EXORCIST films, not even Bill's [William Blatty, author of THE EXORCIST novel]. I saw a few minutes of THE EXORCIST II, but that was only because I was in the Technicolor lab timing a film that I had directed – I forget which one – and one of the color timers at Technicolor said, hey, we just made a print of THE EXORCIST II, would you like to have a look at it? I said OK. I went in, and after five minutes, it just blasted me. I couldn't take it. I thought it was just ridiculous and stupid. But that was only five minutes, so I can't make an ultimate judgement about it. It just seemed to me to have nothing to do with THE EXORCIST.
I know Bill [Blatty] did one, which was not meant to be called THE EXORCIST III. It was from another novel he'd written called 'Legion.' I had no interest. I loved Bill Blatty. I dedicated my documentary to him and we remained close friends to his death. But I know that he had to make a lot of compromises – he had to put an exorcism scene in there, which he never intended, so that the producers could call it THE EXORCIST III.
Of course horror these days is focused on other things, with this year's adaptation of Stephen King's IT becoming the most successful horror movie of all time at the box-office – not accounting for inflation. Friedkin reveals he has seen the film and really enjoyed it, but points out the film can't come close to the number of tickets sold by his original film:
"I thought it was a little bit over the top, but IT was really good. The clown was pretty scary stuff. I really like it. But here's the thing. It will never have as many admissions as THE EXORCIST in terms of people who came to see it. The price of a ticket when 'The Exorcist' came out was probably on average less than two dollars; I think today it's closer to nine.
Neither THE EXORCIST nor any of the other films that made a lot of money will ever have as many viewers as GONE WITH THE WIND. I think it cost 15 cents or a quarter to see. So you can't talk about how many people saw this more than something else because of the difference in the value of money. But it's kind of unusual for Warner Bros. to get behind a story like that because THE EXORCIST has been such an important film to them. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Still, I liked IT. I thought it was terrific." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AMITYVILLE THE AWAKENING bombs: The Weinstein Company released its first film since the Harvey Weinstein scandal this weekend – and it did not go well. The frequently delayed AMITYVILLE THE AWAKENING, announced in 2011, shot in early 2015 and finally released on Saturday, was pushed out by Weinstein's Dimension Films label on to just ten screens. The Blumhouse Productions title stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan and Bella Thorne and was already released for free on Google Play from October 12th, so the new film wasn't expected to do much business domestically.
The film came in 59th at the weekend box-office, raking in a total of $742 which means its per screen average sits at just $74 – one of the lowest PSAs for a new film ever recorded. To put that in comparison most films in the top ten had a per screen average (PSA) of $1,200-1,800, JIGSAW opened to a $5,525 PSA. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 31, 2017 -----
** DEAD RINGERS and NIGHTBREED remake: Morgan Creek Productions is set to rebrand itself as Morgan Creek Entertainment Group and has announced ambitious plans which include reboots of its library titles across television, features and digital. Amongst the sixty film works owned by Morgan Creek that are said to be under consideration are DEAD RINGERS and NIGHTBREED. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** 48 METERS DOWN: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, the theatrical distribution division of Byron Allen's global media company Entertainment Studios, announced it has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to 48 METERS DOWN from The Fyzz Facility. 48 METERS DOWN is the official sequel to 2017's highest-grossing independent movie, the Mandy Moore/Claire Holt shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which has grossed over $58 million worldwide to date. 48 METERS DOWN is slated for worldwide theatrical release on June 28, 2019. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DAWNING OF THE DEAD: While a virus that causes the dead to reanimate brings the world to its knees, the scientist responsible entrusts his cataclysmic findings to Katya Nevin, a troubled ex-war correspondent turned anchor-woman at W.W News. While she and the rest of her crew witness the collapse of society via video feeds from around the globe, a deadly special agent climbs the building floor by floor, his only goal to ensure her silence. Armed only with information and an indomitable will to live, Katya must overcome her crippling anxiety and learn to lead in order to make it out of the studio and into a terrifying new world where only the dead survive.
----- October 30, 2017 -----
** THE DEVIL'S REJECTS sequel: Rob Zombie is confirmed to be directing a follow-up to the 2005 film, which itself was a part sequel/part spin-off of his 2003 debut movie HOUSE OF 10,000 CORPSES. That said, the film is relatively standalone and follows Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), Otis (Bill Moseley), and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) with the characters ultimately driving into a shootout in which they all perish.
Specifics of the story are unclear at this point be it whether it's a direct sequel, prequel, spin-off or something else. Zombie has been teasing a return to the franchise for over a year now, but hasn't confirmed until this week. (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** Quentin Tarantino's MANSON: Quentin Tarantino is reportedly making studio executives go through a complicated process to bid for his new film about Charles Manson. The Wrap web site reports that William Morris Endeavor are shopping around his upcoming ninth feature film which will deal with the Manson murders – the tragedy and cultural phenomenon of his cult and the famous victims of their violence.
The likes of Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures are all interested, but in order to bid the studio execs have to go to WME's Beverly Hills offices to see the script in person. The agents then present deal points to allow the studios to bid for the theatrical rights. No streaming giants are said to be under consideration, only full theatrical distributors. A second round of discussions will be set where the studios can pitch Tarantino directly as well. Secrecy is high on this likely due to the early script for his previous film THE HATEFUL EIGHT leaking online which upset the director to the point he almost abandoned the project. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** JIGSAW at the box office: The revival of the dormant SAW franchise with this eighth entry, looks set to take the top spot – but only with a quiet $16 million estimate for the weekend. That's the second lowest opening ever for a SAW movie, behind only SAW VI (which happens to be my favourite of the sequel) at $14 million.
** SHE: A mysterious woman wakes up bloody in the forest and finds herself being pursued by armed men. As this violent chase continues, the truth behind why they are all there will be revealed.
----- October 25, 2017 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: While filmmaker Luca Guadagnino will be nabbing more accolades in coming months for his romantic drama CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, the director has already shot his immediate next project and is still tweaking it in post-production. That project? The remake of Dario Argento's iconic horror classic SUSPIRIA . Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, Chloe Grace Moretz, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper star while Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke provides the score.
Beyond that, it remains under tight wraps. Speaking with Allocine (via The Playlist) this week, Swinton explained her decision to star in the film and says that Guadagnino has come up with a fresh take on the material: "It's another version, not a remake. It's important to say it because we are ardent admirers of the film of Dario Argento, and it is impossible to [remake] this film. I accepted [it] because it will be a completely different movie! It's inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions.
It's semantics, of course, but I think people really have to understand that this is not a remake, because the word 'remake' gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what [we're trying to do]. It's going to sound a bit grandiloquent, but it's like when Francis Bacon [painted] 'Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X.' This is not a remake of Velazquez. It's the biggest compliment, because it's like saying to the original: 'You inspired us with these ideas, not because you failed, but because it was strong enough [that we can take it away] and work in a different space.'"
So essentially it's not a remake so much as a reimagining inspired by the original and one that will likely be very different to the Argento classic. The film is targeting a release sometime in 2018. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WINCHESTER THE HOUSE THAT GHOSTS BUILT: Here's the trailer for the upcoming flick.
** The Amicus Collection: Severin Films has announced the December 5 release of The Amicus Collection Blu-ray, a terrorizing triple feature of ghastly tales from the twisted side of the Thames, newly remastered and packed to the brim with special features. The Amicus Collection is a limited, numbered edition release of only 3500 units.
ASYLUM Special Features:
- Two's A Company: 1972 On-set report from BBC featuring Interviews With Producer Milton Subotsky, Director Roy Ward Baker, Actors Charlotte Rampling, James Villiers, Megs Jenkins, Art Director Tony Curtis and Production Manager Teresa Bolland
- David J. Schow on Robert Bloch – Featurette
- Fiona Subotsky Remembers Milton Subotsky – Featurette
- Inside The Fear Factory Featurette with Directors Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis and Producer Max J. Rosenberg
- Audio Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Camera Operator Neil Binney
- Theatrical Trailer
AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS Special Features
- The Haunting Of Oakley Court – Featurette with Allan Bryce, Author of "Amicus: The Friendly Face Of Fear", and David Flint, Author of "Ten Years Of Terror", visit the classic horror film location
- Audio Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Actress Stephanie Beacham
- Audio Commentary with Star Ian Ogilvy
- Archive Audio Interview with Actor Peter Cushing By Denis Meikle
- Horror Journalist Denis Meikle Recalls And Now The Screaming Starts – Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
- Radio Spot
THE BEAST MUST DIE Special Features
- And Then There Were Werewolves – Audio Essay By Horror Historian Troy Howarth
- Audio Commentary with Director Paul Annett
- Directing the Beast:
- Theatrical Trailer
THE VAULT OF AMICUS Special Features
- Over An Hour of Amicus Trailers
- Audio Commentary With British Horror Film Writers Kim Newman & David Flint
Phil Nutman Audio Interview with Milton Subotsky – Audio Interview With Accompanying - Stills / Posters
- Jonathan Sothcott Audio Interview with Max Rosenberg – Audio Interview With - Accompanying Stills / Posters
- Bonus Amicus TV spots
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 24, 2017 -----
** STRANGER THINGS: Here's the new and final poster for the upcoming second series, which airs on Netflix this friday!
** WINCHESTER THE HOUSE THAT GHOSTS BUILT: CBS Films has released the first teaser poster for the upcoming film Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook and Angus Sampson star in the film, which is set to debut in theaters on February 2, 2018. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 23, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN returns to cinema: John Carpenter's 1978 classic HALLOWEEN returns to theaters worldwide this October! See the film that defined a genre and launched an iconic franchise the way is was meant to be seen, on the big screen. Plus, catch an exclusive interview and retrospective with the legendary master of horror, John Carpenter. Introducing the film, this special bonus explores the history of the film and the indelible influence Halloween has had on not only the horror genre, but the entire film industry. Carpenter explains why the film is meant for the big screen, the influences that inspire his filmmaking and how Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of all time.
There's no better way to experience the movie that brought Michael Myers into nightmares everywhere and launched the career of the original "scream queen" Jamie Lee Curtis, than in cinemas, digitally restored and remastered by the original cinematographer. Check your local listing.
** WORLD WAR Z sequel: Director David Fincher recently had this to say about the upcoming film; "I worked on a show for HBO that didn't see the light of day and at the same time was doing [MINDHUNTER], and then did [MINDHUNTER], and I've been working for about a year now with Dennis Kelly on WORLD WAR Z… We're hoping to get a piece of material that's a reason to make a movie not an excuse to make a movie."
** Stephen King's IT Chapter Two: The film adaptation of the first half of Stephen King's IT looked to be a hit before it's release, but then it turned into one of the biggest movies of the year and certainly the biggest film of its genre with a $631 million worldwide gross at the box-office. As a result, IT Chapter Two quickly moved forward as the project has become a top priority for New Line. Adapting the second half of the book, the new film will deal with the adult versions of the characters but have flashbacks involving the kids again.
Whichever time period they choose, Pennywise the Clown won't change with actor Bill Skarsgard reprising his role for the second volume. Speaking with IGN recently, Skarsgard says expect the sequel to shake things up a bit: "The first movie worked so well at what it is trying to do, I think, and ultimately that is the kids' story, and you follow these kids and you sort of fall in love with these kids. And the second one will be the adult story. And I think the right way to do it is to make that movie actively different.
I think there might be worth exploring sort of the psychological aspects of horror, but also maybe the sort of cosmological existence of this being. What is he, and where does he come from? And, you know, it's hardly answered in the novel, either. I mean, it's very abstract.
And I kind of like that. It could be almost a sort of surrealistic sort of psychedelic trip if you go into the mind of Pennywise. And if you've read the novel you know that they do actually go into his mind. Or they go into this transdimensional place, and they sort of beat him in this place. Which might be interesting, what that place would be, and what would it look like. There's opportunities, I think, and I'm excited for it."
Skarsgard also participated in a Reddit AMA the other week and revealed one scene too disturbing to include – one set in the 17th century in which he in pre-Pennywise garb forces a mother to listen as he eats her newborn baby. IT Chapter Two is set for release September 6th 2019. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 18, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: Lionsgate has released a new featurette and two TV spots from the upcoming JIGSAW, the eighth film in the SAW horror franchise. Featuring the return of Tobin Bell, the new film will arrive just ahead of Halloween on October 27.
** SPAWN: Todd McFarlane's SPAWN reboot is gearing up to head into production soon, a reportedly $10 million Blumhouse production that will both avoid origin story elements and go light on showcasing much of its titular soldier of hell on screen. In the comics Al Simmons was a Special Ops soldier who was murdered in the line of duty because he was growing a conscience. In exchange for seeing his wife again on Earth, he was turned into the disfigured Hellspawn (a general in the Devil's army) and sent back to the surface.
McFarlane, who is putting some of his own money into the film, is keeping costs tight to ensure he gets to direct it, and it gets to have a hard R-rating which suits the material it is based on. In terms of avoiding the origin story elements he tells Yahoo: "I always come back to JAWS — not that I have a shark in Spawn! But that shark was enormous. And at anytime in the movie, did they tell me why the shark was so damn big? No! Did it matter to me? No!
All that mattered was that it was big and in the same vicinity as humans. Or John Carpenter's THE THING: where do the aliens come from? I don't know! What was its reason for taking over bodies? I don't know! It just was. I'm OK without an origin. Just give me a compelling story, scare the shit out of me from time to time, and I'm along for the ride."
The film is currently in pre-production with the budgeting phase about to begin. McFarlane says they're also trying to sell it as a pre-distribution deal that would guarantee a solid theatrical release and an opening date likely sometime in late 2018 or more likely 2019. He also says the plan is to do 85-90% of the film with practical effects. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 17, 2017 -----
** STRANGER THINGS: Here's the final trailer for the highly anticipated second season. The world turns Upside Down on October 27.
** Box Office: HAPPY DEATH DAY easily topped the weekend box office with an estimated $26.5 million from 3,149 theaters, an average of $8,415 per location. In fourth place, New Line Cinema's IT brought in another $6 million its sixth weekend in theaters and has now collected $314.9 million in North America. Overseas, the horror hit added $10.4 million from 5,185 screens in 65 markets. The international total is now $315.7 million and worldwide total is now up to $630.6 million. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HAPPY DEATH DAY sequel: With the movie exceeding expectations at the box-office, it comes as little surprise that this weekend's HAPPY DEATH DAY could be getting a follow-up. Director Christopher Landon, out doing press for the film, tells Cinema Blend that he's already planned out a sequel to the movie and one which would tackle one key question that first doesn't resolve – namely why is this "Groundhog Day"-style time loop happening to the protagonist in the film:
"It's more than a discussion. I know what it is. I know what it is. But I can't talk about it. And that's not a cop out! It's a genuine 'If.' If we have the amazing fortune of getting to make another one of these, that's what that movie is about. I felt that often, when I think it's the origin story, the first movie, that often the answer to the question is less interesting than the question itself. And I think that's a principle that happens a lot in these kinds of movies.
So rather than getting bogged down in a bunch of exposition that nobody really wants to care about or wants to hear, I was more interested in just sort of seeing how she approaches her dilemma, and how she tries to not only solve her own murder, but also how she changes as a person. That's where I wanted to spend my time." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 16, 2017 -----
** John Carpenter to score HALLOWEEN: With his greater involvement in the new chapter of his iconic classic, it comes as little surprise that filmmaker John Carpenter has confirmed he will be providing the score for the upcoming new HALLOWEEN film. As previously reported, the film will ignore the events of all the sequels, including potentially the second film, to serve as a direct follow-up to the first. Jamie Lee Curtis is returning as Laurie Strode in the new film set forty years after the events in Haddonfield in 1978.
Carpenter is serving as both an executive producer and advisor on the new film which David Gordon Green is directing and co-wrote with Danny McBride. Carpenter has indicated the pair have been keeping him very involved in the new film, and in a new interview with Billboard (via Syfy) this week he lets slip he's likely returning to score: "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." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RED CHRISTMAS: A mother must protect her family on Christmas Day from a demented stranger who is hell-bent on tearing them apart.
** KEEP WATCHING: Sony Pictures, Screen Gems and Voltage Pictures have released the new trailer and poster for the horror thriller Keep Watching, which will debut in theaters for one night only this Halloween, October 31 at 10pm!
A family imprisoned by intruders is forced to play a terrifying game. As the night unfolds, the game's mysterious rules become clear, and the family realizes their nightmare is being streamed live to riveted viewers all over the world, who are compelled to KEEP WATCHING…not knowing if what they're seeing is real, or staged.
----- October 12, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot follows first film: Those in charge of the upcoming new HALLOWEEN film, namely director/co-writer David Gordon Green and co-writer/producer Danny McBride, have previously indicated that the new entry is ignoring most of the sequels in the series in favour of a follow-up to the John Carpenter-directed original.
Carpenter is famously getting involved again in the franchise, having sat out the series in any capacity since the third film. In a recent Q&A via Stereogum, he opened up and addressed Jamie Lee Curtis' involvement and surprisingly revealed the film will only acknowledging the first movie in the series:
"[Jamie Lee Curtis] talked to the director. Her part was written into the script and they had this idea — it's kind of a… I don't know how to describe it. It's almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one, and it pretends that none of the other [sequels] were made. It's gonna be fun. There's a really talented director and it was well-written. I'm impressed."
The news is a surprise. The third film is a standalone feature not tied to the series, and the fourth onwards are set years later, so both can effectively be ignored without issue.
The second on the other hand is inexorably tied to the first film and showcases the second half of the same night, picking up on the first film's cliffhanger ending. It was also penned, produced and scored by Carpenter who also did some reshoots of director Rick Rosenthal's work so it was hardly lacking his involvement.
If this is the case though, then Laurie last saw Michael fall from a second storey window after being shot by Dr. Loomisin 1978. It renders Michael more human, as the character didn't become effectively immortal to injuries that would kill normal men until the second.
It also effectively renders his blood relationship to Laurie in the mythology void because that story element didn't come into play until the sequel. The new HALLOWEEN returns to cinemas on October 19 next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** STRANGERS PREY AT NIGHT: Here's the first official photo from the upcoming sequel, which will be released on March 9, 2018. A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 11, 2017 -----
** THE CHILDREN: Variety is reporting that actress Linda Cardellini has been cast as the lead in New Line Cinema's THE CHILDREN, the latest horror flick from producer James Wan (SAW). The film appears to be unrelated to Wan's burgeoning THE CONJURING Universe movies.
Cardellini will play a social worker investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children whose own family may also be in jeopardy. Michael Chaves will direct THE CHILDREN from a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. James Wan will produce through his Atomic Monster, whose Michael Clear will executive produce. Gary Dauberman is also a producer. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PANDORA: In a world where things have very much gone to pot for mankind, survivors have banded together in a resistance that attempts to fight off their oppressors. A military outfit is sent to explore an underground facility in search of Pandora – a half-breed of shadows and man – who may become an unlikely savior to mankind, but at what cost?
** HOSTILE: After a worldwide epidemic, most of the planet's population is killed. Only a few thousand have survived and are struggling to find food and shelter. But they're not alone: they have to hide from strange creatures that go hunting at night.
Juliette, a young woman whose life has taught her to handle things on her own, is the only one in her group to have the guts to go anywhere near cities to find food. But, on her way back to the camp one afternoon, she loses control as she's driving and wakes up upside down, stuck in her car with a broken leg, in the middle of the desert and it's... nighttime.
----- October 10, 2017 -----
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY reboot: Blumhouse Productions has reportedly expressed an interest in rebooting the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise. Beginning as a no-budget indie film on the festival circuit in 2007.
By 2015 and sixth film, the shine had definitely worn off. Even so, the combined films to date were all done for a total of $28 million and have made just shy of $900 million at the worldwide box-office for both Blumhouse and Paramount Pictures.
Speaking with Cinepop this week, producer Jason Blum has revealed that his company is very interested if writer Chris Landon, who penned the middle four films of the series along with DISTURBIA and Blumhouse's new film HAPPY DEATH DAY, comes to them with a pitch: "PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is on hiatus, but if Chris over here, who's done four PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies – if he has an idea to reboot it, we're very open to hearing it." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CASTLE ROCK: Enter the chilling world of Castle Rock, the new Hulu Original drama series from Executive Producer J.J. Abrams and the mind of Stephen King.
** THEY REMAIN: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film starring William Jackson Harper and Rebecca Henderson, written and directed by Philip Gelatt.
----- October 9, 2017 -----
** NEKROMANCER for Monica Bellucci: Monica Bellucci has signed on to star in Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner's new film, NEKROMANCER. Kiah will direct while his brother produces along with Andrew Mason and Troy Lum producing for Hopscotch Features. They previously did the horror film WYRMWOOD.
"Monica Bellucci brings her wonderful talents and considerable glamour to our production and we are thrilled to have her on board working alongside this group of exciting up-and-coming actors," said Kiah Roache-Turner and the producers.
"Kiah and Tristan are among the most exciting new talents in this genre and we're delighted to be working with such bold new filmmakers," said Mason and Lum. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** STAN AGAINST EVIL Season 2: STAN AGAINST EVIL follows Stan Miller (John C. McGinley), a perpetually disgruntled former sheriff of a small New England town who was forced into retirement. Stan has trouble relinquishing his authority to Evie Barret (Janet Varney), the tough and beautiful new sheriff in town, but they form an unlikely alliance when both begin to realize things are not quite right in their quaint New England town. Together, they valiantly fight a plague of unleashed demons that have been haunting the town, which just happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning.
** SPAWN: Speaking last week at New York Comic Con, comic creator and soon-to-be-filmmaker Todd McFarlane opened up about the long in-development SPAWN reboot that he'll be directing. According to the Deadline web site, McFarlane revealed that pre-production on the film will begin just after the Christmas holiday, with cameras set to start rolling in February. McFarlane reiterated that the film will be "dark and R-rated," even going so far as to say that it would be a harder R than DEADPOOL.
McFarlane also revealed that the budget for the film will be a meager $10 million, an atypical budget for a superhero film (which range into the hundreds of millions at Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios) but par for the course for Blumhouse Productions (who specialize in lower-budget features anywhere from $100k to $10 million). With such a smaller scale film, the money for which McFarlane himself is at least partially putting up, allows the filmmaker to share more content with fans from the set, which he promises to do every day of production.
"I'm spending my own money," he said at NYCC. "So who cares if it doesn't work out. It's a $10 million budget movie, and (a studio) would just get a 22-year-old punk director. I just want to be the old punk directing it."
First appearing in 1992's SPAWN #1, the character quickly became the symbol for 1990s comics dark and brutal antiheroes. His Hellspawn powers allow him to teleport, shape shift, and utilize a variety of weapons (notably chains) in combat. SPAWN previously made the leap to the big screen in 1997 with Michael Jai White in the title role and then on television as an HBO animated miniseries, titled Todd McFarlane's SPAWN. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 5, 2017 -----
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 3: The highly-anticipated 10-episode third season of Starz Original horror-comedy series ASH VS EVIL DEAD will premiere on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9PM ET/PT.
** BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN postponed: The Deadline web site brings word that the film has officially been postponed by Universal as rewrites on the script continue from screenwriter David Koepp.
"After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN," the studio said in a statement. "None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together. Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again, and we all look forward to continuing to work on this film together."
** Netflix DARK: The disappearance of two kids in the German small-town of Winden opens abysses that turn the concept of time on its head. The question is not who has kidnapped the children...but when.
----- October 4, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Judy Greer is in talks to join Jamie Lee Curtis in the Halloween cast, according to EW. Greer would play Karen Strode, the daughter of Curtis' character. Jamie Lee Curtis will return to the franchise that kicked off her career and she will once again be playing the iconic role of Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers.
** THE BABYSITTER: Netflix presents human sacrifice with hot people. THE BABYSITTER slashes to Netflix October 13.
----- October 3rd, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Producer Jason Blum is currently out doing press for Blumhouse's new horror project HAPPY DEATH DAY and discussed the company's most high profile upcoming project with the Coming Soon web site. The upcoming HALLOWEEN reboot, which sees David Gordon Green helming from a script by himself and Danny McBride. Most importantly though it brings back Jamie Lee Curtis to the franchise, and has the involvement of original film director John Carpenter.
In recent years Carpenter's name has been on remakes of several of his most famous works as an executive producer, but in those cases he's had no real involvement. That's not the case here insists Blum: "We don't take any big steps without his approval, so for instance hiring David and Danny he approved. He approved their pitch, he approved their first script. He approved bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis.
So anytime we make a big creative turn he's involved with that and we don't do it without his blessing. We went to him and asked him to be involved. There was no contractual, financial or any other obligation to have him on this movie. We went back and asked him to join us again." (thanks to ComingSoon.net & DarkHorizons.com)
** DEATH ON SCENIC DRIVE: Gabriel's new surreal effort follows the same type of madness when a young woman (Stephanie Ash) is consumed by an entity that transforms her into a blood-thirsty version of death. This new unnerving sense of identity transforms her as she begins a nightmarish path of gruesome violence against a family and local farmer (Ry Barrett).
** ZOMBIES: When the world is in shambles, plagued by a zombie outbreak, only the strong will survive, but just how much determination will it take? Will Luke and his crew have enough ambition and ammunition to outlive the undead?
** STRANGER THINGS Season 2: Here's yet another cool poster.
----- October 2nd, 2017 -----
** Stephen King update: With IT passing the $500 million mark at the box-office, it's a good month to be a fan of Stephen King. Speaking with the Vulture web site recently about other adaptations of his works coming down the pipeline, King reveals that two of his most iconic early works are looking to score new adaptations soon:
"There's talk about doing THE STAND as an extended TV series, possibly for Showtime or CBS All Access. And there's been some interest in developing SALEM'S LOT as a feature, probably because people are saying, 'Well, we took an old miniseries called IT and turned it into a phenomenon, so maybe we can do it with something else.' Nothing succeeds like excess!"
Attempts to turn THE STAND into a feature is something that's been in the works for a while now with director Josh Boone working on a movie adaptation – a project that hasn't had much movement recently. The property was previously adapted for TV in the 1990s as a mini-series.
SALEM'S LOT was done as a telemovie by Tobe Hooper in 1979 and a mini-series starring Rob Lowe in 2004, but neither is considered a particularly definitive adaptation. King also says there's talk about an animated feature adaptation of one of his other works, and while it looks like that one might happen – he won't reveal what it is. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** STRANGER THINGS: The Duffers and executive producer Shawn Levy have now said that it might go beyond four seasons, according to EW. Levy told the site, "Hearts were heard breaking in Netflix headquarters when the Brothers made four seasons sound like an official end, and I was suddenly getting phone calls from our actors' agents. The truth is we're definitely going four seasons and there's very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely."
In addition, we're learning a little bit more about Season 2. Millie Bobbie Brown, who plays Eleven on the series, told EW she'll be cussing this season. She said, "I didn't have much more vocabulary but the things I did have to say were really fun. There's one curse word this season which was really different and funny." We're also reportedly going to meet Barb's dad in Season 2, and the murder of the fan favorite character played by Shannon Purser will be addressed. "Especially this season, Barb's a big part of Nancy's story line and that drive to — I don't know how to say it otherwise — to find justice," Natalia Dyer who plays Nancy told the site.
We're also learning about the spider-like "shadow monster" that we've seen in Season 2 photos. Jeff Duffer told EW, "There's an H.P. Lovecraft sort of approach, this inter-dimensional being that is sort of beyond human comprehension. We purposely don't want to go too much into what it is or what it wants."
The upcoming second season is set a year after Will's return, and everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins. It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNABELLE CREATION: The horror hit sequel is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 24th, but you can own it early on Digital starting October 17th. LIGHTS OUT director David F. Sandberg's follow-up to 2014's hugely successful ANNABELLE managed to scare up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:
- The Horror Continues
- Horror Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer
- Director's Commentary
- Directing Annabelle
- Deleted Scenes Featurette
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 29, 2017 -----
** 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).
** THE MIST TV series: Spike has canceled the series THE MIST after one season, according to Variety. The show premiered on June 22 and ended Season 1 on August 24.
** JIGSAW: Here's an IMAX poster for the upcoming sequel/reboot. The eighth film in the SAW horror franchise, featuring the return of Tobin Bell, will arrive just ahead of Halloween on October 27.
----- September 27, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's IT Chapter II: New Line Cinema has given the release date of the horror sequel, which will make its debut on September 6, 2019 and will be shown in IMAX.
** AMITYVILLE THE AWAKENING: The film arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD, Digital HD and On Demand November 14 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The story follows Belle (Bella Thorne) and her family move into a new house, but when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house, Belle begins to suspect her mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) isn't telling her everything. She soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
----- September 26, 2017 -----
** UNDERWORLD TV series: Franchise creator Len Wiseman is bringing the horror series to television with his production company Sketch Films and Sony Television. "The series will be a pretty big departure from the films," Wiseman tells the outlet. "I don't want to say it's more adult, but it's definitely less comic book in its tone and character." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Stephen King's 1922: Life is rarely fair. Based on the novella by Stephen King, comes a new Netflix Film, 1922. Premieres October 20th, only on Netflix.
** MANIAC COP remake: The proposed remake of genre great Larry Cohen's film appears to be dead. The original film followed a former highly decorated cop who was framed by his department and eventually murdered in prison. His hatred makes him come back to life, where he stalks New York and murders both guilty and innocent alike.
DRIVE director Nicolas Winding Refn has spent years trying to get a remake off the ground and it was confirmed in March the project had received a greenlight from a script by Ed Brubaker. That's not the case anymore Cohen tells Birth.Movies.Death, saying the project isn't moving ahead after all – and he's not unhappy about it: "As far as I know, that's not happening anymore, and if it is, they might be trying to keep it a secret, as they'd owe me $250,000. Ed Brubaker wrote the script, and I've read the script, and it's not very good. Ed Brubaker is a very good writer of comic books, I think. But if he's written a good script for a movie, I haven't read it.
I wrote six new scenes for the picture, based on what I'd read. And, had I written the whole script, the movie would probably be happening, as the script would be good. I wrote three films for Bill Lustig, though they changed a lot of [MANIAC COP 3] and Bill got fired from it… and I would've written the fourth movie, had they asked. But they didn't, and now it's not getting made." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** GREMLIN: Adam receives a mysterious box from a relative containing a creature that will kill everyone he cares about. The only way to be rid of the curse is to give the box to someone he loves. As the ominous timer on the box counts down to its end, he can only imagine the horrors that await. Does he give the box away to save his family, or unleash a monster upon humanity? He can't destroy it. He can't escape it. He can only give it to someone he loves.
Extras on the DVD include audio commentary with writer director Bellgardt, lead actor Adam Hampton, producer Josh Mckamie and Producer Andy Swanson, three deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes featurette that takes a look at the making of the movie. The film premieres on DVD October 3rd from Uncork'd Entertainment.
----- September 25, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's IT is the grossing R-rated horror film: The film adaptation of half of Stephen King's iconic novel IT has pushed past THE EXORCIST to become the highest-grossing R-rated horror film domestically after just two weeks in release. IT has earned $236.3 million stateside, passing the $232.9 million haul of THE EXORCIST including that film's two re-releases combined into the original's gross. These figures aren't adjusted for inflation though.
The film is also now the ninth highest-grossing R-rated release in history and the highest-grossing September release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** STRANGER THINGS Season 2: Here's a cool new poster for the upcoming season, which will hit the streaming service on October 27, 2017, just in time for Halloween.
** BEYOND THE SEVENTH DOOR: Severin Films and Intervision Picture Corporation will soon release BEYOND THE SEVENTH DOOR on DVD. Special Features:
– Audio Commentary With Writer/Director B.D. Benedikt and Actor Lazar Rockwood, moderated by Paul Corupe (Canuxploitation.com)
– Beyond Beyond the 7th Door: Interviews With Writer/Director B.D. Benedikt, Actor Lazar Rockwood, and Canuxploitation.com's Paul Corupe
– The King of Cayenne: An Appreciation of Legendary Toronto Eccentric Ben Kerr
** ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: First look at the upcoming zombie Christmas musical ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE from director John McPhail.
----- September 24, 2017 -----
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** THE DEVIL'S RAIN: The film is coming to Blu-ray from Severin Films. Each copy of the movie comes with reversible cover art and limited, numbered edition slipcase (only 1500 units) with alternate artwork will be available exclusively from the Severin webstore. Special Features:
- Audio Commentary With Director Robert Fuest
- Confessions Of Tom – Interview With Actor Tom Skerritt
- The Devil's Makeup – Interview With Special FX Artist Tom Burman
- 1975 Archive Interview With Actor William Shatner
- First Stop Durango – Interview With Script Supervisor Ana Maria Quintana
- Consulting with the Devil – A Conversation with the High Priest & High Priestess of the Church of Satan
- Hail Satan! – Interview With Anton LaVey Biographer Blanche Barton
- Filmmaker / Horror Collector Daniel Roebuck On The Devil's Rain
- On Set Polaroid Gallery Of Script Supervisor Ana Maria Quintana, Accompanied By Radio Spots
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Poster/Still Gallery
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE 13TH FRIDAY: When a female refugee discovers an ancient demonic device that opens the gateway to another realm, she unleashes a dark entity that poses as her daughter. After many failed attempts to have the church explain the creation of her worst nightmares, she learns that the house is cursed by an enraged spirit that died on Friday the 13th. And now a group of thrill seeking friends unknowingly unleash its wrath and damn their souls.
** THE EXORCIST Season 2: Jeremy Slater, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, and John Cho talk about the characters and what to expect on the new season of THE EXORCIST, premiering SEP 29 at 9/8c on FOX!
** DEAD ANT: When the "one-hit-wonder" glam-metal band "Sonic Grave" embark on a trip to coachella in hopes of a comeback, their peyote trip pit stop in Joshua Tree incites an "unworldly" viscous attack, and they must "rock" themselves out of harms way.
----- September 19, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN sequel: In an interview with the The Wrap web site, producer Jason Blum makes a pledge that they will meet their intended October 2018 release. he tells that if it isn't: "You can kill me. You can behead me. You can chop my hand off, the prince of horror, you can cut my hand off. That's on the record."
** Stephen King's IT: New Line Cinema's IT dominated the box office a second straight weekend, grossing $60 million domestically for a two-week total of $218.7 million. That makes IT the largest-grossing film ever in September for North America. Internationally, the film opened in 10 additional markets and earned $60.3 million from 15,375 screens in 56 markets. This brings the overseas total to $152.6 million and worldwide sum to $371.3 million. The top international markets this weekend were Mexico ($13.8 million), the UK ($8.2 million), Australia and Russia ($4 million), and Brazil ($3.4 million). IT cost about $35 million to make. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SWEET TOOTH: New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to Nico van den Brink's Dutch horror short, SWEET TOOTH. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nico van den Brink will direct the feature and have a "story by" credit. James Wan (SAW) and Chris Bender (FINAL DESTINATION) will produce.
The short premiered in July at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival and is described as follows: "centered on a woman who comes home to her large apartment tenement. Watching the news, she discovers that her neighbors — a mother and her two kids — have been killed, but then enters creep-zone territory when she begins to hear the laughter and running of the munchkins." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 18, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: Lionsgate and Millennium Films have released another new poster for LEATHERFACE, the upcoming prequel to THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. In Texas, years before the events of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriffs' daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with 3 other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter's death, the young Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster known now as Leatherface.
The film will mark the eighth overall entry in the franchise, which currently includes, in addition to Tobe Hooper's original, three sequels, a remake, a prequel to the remake and a modern-day "direct sequel." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DEAD BY DAYLIGHT Leatherface: The chainsaw killer from the classick TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE series is now available in the DEAD BY DAYLIGHT video game.
** JIGSAW: Lionsgate has released even more posters for the upcoming JIGSAW, the eighth film in the SAW horror franchise featuring the return of Tobin Bell. Like all of the films before it, JIGSAW will arrive just ahead of Halloween on October 27. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 15, 2017 -----
** Jamie Lee Curtis returns to HALLOWEEN: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema's current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum. Inspired by Carpenter's classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.
HALLOWEEN will be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the HALLOWEEN series since its inception. Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. HALLOWEEN will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures.
** BETTER WATCH OUT: This holiday season, you may be home, but you're not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.
** LORE: Based on real people and events, the podcast phenomenon comes to life with 6 terrifying stories from the Executive Producer of THE WALKING DEAD and the Executive Producer of THE X-FILES. Stream on Friday the 13th of October.
** THE SHAPE OF WATER: From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.
----- September 14, 2017 -----
** LES AFFAMÉS: Here's a clip for the highly hyped new French Canadian horror film from Robin Aubert.
** John Carpenter's CHRISTINE: The theme for CHRISTINE is available as a part of John Carpenter's 'Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998,' out October 20 on Sacred Bones Records.
** TRAGEDY GIRLS: Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves. As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?
----- September 13, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN sequel: The upcoming film is set to be directed by David Gordon Green and from a script by Green and Danny McBride. Here's what John Carpenter had to say; "David and Danny both came to my office recently with [Blumhouse producer] Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and …wow! They get it. I think you're gonna dig it. They blew me away."
Blumhouse will produce the project which Carpenter will be heavily involved in. Specifics of the story aren't clear beyond McBride insisting this isn't a reboot – rather one that just ignores the latter sequel mythology. The director confirmed during the Toronto Film Festival that the script is all done and the plan is to shoot the project this Fall with an October 2018 release targeted.
** Stephen King's IT sequel: As readers of the original novel know, most of the Losers' Club all move away from Derry, Maine with one notable exception: Mike Hanlon, who stays in the town as a gatekeeper for Derry and to bring the group back together 27 years later. Director Andy Muschietti says his version of the character will be a departure from the text, saying:
"I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he's a wreck…He's not just the collector of knowledge of what Pennywise has been doing in Derry. He will bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him. The only way he can do that is to take drugs and alter his mind."
It remains to be seen who will be cast as the adult versions of the characters in the sequel, with the outlet reporting that unknown actors could fill the shoes for the film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Norwegian horror MONSTER: Starz have acquired rights to Norwegian serial killer limited series MONSTER ahead of its debut. Created by head writer Hans Christian Storrøsten and directed by Anne Sewitsky, the seven-episode series also boasts Jørgen Johansson as its lead cinematographer. Johansson is considered by many to be a major influential force in the Nordic Noir artistic movement. NRK Drama will handle production, with NRK's Lasse Greve Alsos serving as executive producer. (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
----- September 12, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's IT remake kills Box Office: The highly anticipated flick earned $123.1 million from 4,103 theaters, an average of $30,002 per location. Internationally, IT has earned $62 million from 10,665 screens in 46 markets, which is the biggest opening ever for a horror film. The worldwide total is already at $185.1 million. The top international markets were the UK with $12.3 million, Russia with $6.7 million, Australia with $5.9 million, Brazil with $5.6 million, Korea with $4.3 million and Spain with $3.1 million. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DAY OF THE DEAD remake: Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to a slate of films from Avi Lerner's Millennium Media, including DAY OF THE DEAD.
"Avi Lerner has long become synonymous with widely appealing action thrillers with marquee names like Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich and Adrien Brody and films with the pedigree of Day of the Dead," said Saban Films President Bill Bromiley. "This is perfectly in line with our acquisition strategy. Our audiences are starving for these types of films, and with this newly minted relationship we are thrilled to have a steady pipeline of these movies we can deliver to our audiences across the country."
DAY OF THE DEAD is a remake of George Romero's classick film, is directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, and stars Sophie Skelton. Written by Mark Tonderai and Lars Jacobson, DAY OF THE DEAD follows a small group of military personnel and survivalists who dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** RED CHRISTMAS: Genre icon Dee Wallace stars in a critically acclaimed role as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance. The film will be available nationwide October 17th on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
** WATCH OVER US: A father and his young daughters move onto their grandfather's secluded farm following the breakup of their parents. But once there, they are soon plagued by paranormal events that reveal a deadly secret that has haunted the family for generations, and an evil force that demands they uphold a deadly promise made by their ancestors. Available on digital VOD everywhere nationwide 9/12/17.
----- September 11, 2017 -----
** 47 METERS DOWN sequel: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that this summer's sleeper hit is gearing up for a sequel. Director Johannes Roberts will return to write and direct the film, which will will add one more meter and be titled 48 METERS DOWN.
"We are so pleased by the huge success of 47 Meters Down, it totally exceeded all expectations,' said producer James Harris of The Fyzz Facility. "48 Meters Down will take the claustrophobia of cave diving and the thrill of shark encounters and move everything to the next level." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DEMENTIA 13 remake: A vengeful ghost, a mysterious killer, and a family where everyone has a secret converge in one night of terror in this remake of Francis Ford Coppola's debut film.
** THELMA: A Norwegian student, Thelma, moves to Oslo where she falls in love. She soon discovers that she has inexplicable powers. Opens November 10th.
** THE PURGE prequel: Series creator James DeMonaco who has officially confirmed that the upcoming fourth entry will be titled THE PURGE THE ISLAND and will serve as a prequel. Speaking with the Vulture web site about the film, which he's not directing this time as Gerard McMurray will take over the reigns, he also explained something of the storyline which will be set on the very first 'Purge' night which takes place on Staten Island:
"I said it's the first experimental Purge, which I don't know if I was supposed to say, but now I've said it, so you have it. Next July 4, it'll be coming."
He also confirms the film will answer one obvious question – why in the world don't people just leave the cities during the annual night of government sanctioned crime. He says a big reason is a financial incentive:
"I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it. People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims. So you see the inception of how grotesque the idea of the Purge is, and the manipulation upon the society." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 7, 2017 -----
** DRACUL: Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to the prequel DRACUL with IT director Andy Muschietti possibly on board to helm, according to the Deadline web site. This is reportedly the first prequel authorized by the estate of DRACULA author Bram Stoker. DRACUL would re-team Muschietti with producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.
DRACUL was written by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker and is set in 1868. A 21-year-old Bram Stoker meets "an ungodly evil that he traps in an ancient tower all the while scribbling the events that led him there." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE LODGERS: The story of a sister and brother haunted by a secret curse that forces them to remain in the large estate home left to them by their dead parents. But when a young man who falls in love with the sister tries to free her, his attempt sets off a deadly chain reaction.
** A QUIET PLACE: Paramount Pictures announced yesterday that principal photography is underway on director John Krasinski's horror film, starring husband and wife John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The film is set on a farm where a family has been terrorized by a ghostly being for some time. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Indonesian horror SATAN'S SLAVES: Here's the trailer for Joko Anwar's new film.
----- September 6, 2017 -----
** INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY: In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. The film will arrive in theaters January 5, 2018.
** RAZORBACK: Russell Mulcahy's 1984 Australian monster film has received a 4K remaster ahead of a Blu-ray release this November 1st via Umbrella Entertainment. The film centers on a gigantic and vicious wild boar terrorizing the Australian outback, a 900 lb. beast that can rip a man in half and destroy a home in seconds and has set its sites on the small isolated community of Gamulla.
Sadly the disc will NOT include the gorier extended scenes, featured on the old Roadshow Home Video version, reinserted back into the film. Those original 35mm film elements are long lost, but an SD version of that VHS cut of the film is being included as a special feature. Melbourne's Roar Digital is behind the new 4K scan and restoration, and the disc will boast all-new extras including a discussion featurette produced by Cinemaniacs. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SNOWMAN: Michael Fassbender plays a detective investigating the disappearance of a victim during the first snow of winter. He fears an elusive serial killer may be active again and with the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one.
----- September 5, 2017 -----
** LAISSEZ BRONZER LES CADAVRES: TIFF Vanguard veterans Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani weaponize their aesthetic proclivities into an all-out bombardment of sensational style as they methodically adapt every devilish detail from the cult novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid. A gang of thieves absconding with 250kg of stolen gold arrives at the abode of a listless artist caught in a bohemian love triangle. The scenario quickly escalates into a desperate day-long firefight between cops and robbers throughout the remote ruins of a Mediterranean hamlet — and genre and art-house tropes collide in a relentless reverie of action spectacle, exquisitely photographed on Super 16mm film.
Pivoting from the giallo-inspired imagery that enveloped their previous films, Cattet and Forzani trade in their razor blade–laden gloves for the bullets and biker jackets that characterize the pulpy Italian poliziotteschi crime films of the '60s and '70s. Still persistent of course is the filmmakers' signature penchant for the haptic fetishization of the human body, here most sensorially depicted whenever the film allegorizes the dire straits of its characters via a silhouetted cast of "Fates" pantomiming all manner of delirious depravity to an Ennio Morricone tune.
Mixing in some sun-baked spaghetti western imagery for good measure, LET THE CORPSES TAN is a wicked distillation of action cinema's core cinematographic ingredients (from crash zooms to whip pans), now radically redeployed for maximum visceral impact and delivered like a celluloid shotgun blast to the synapses.
** FRIEND REQUEST: Popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has tons of friends, both on Facebook and IRL. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina's (Liesl Ahlers) online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone's shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura's profile. Even though it wasn't Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page, her Facebook friend count begins to dwindle as a result. When her real-life friends start dying mysterious, cruel deaths, Laura must figure out how to break the deadly curse before it's too late.
** ANOTHER WOLFCOP: A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou's liquor-fuelled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh — the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.
----- September 4, 2017 -----
** JEEPERS CREEPERS 3: For one night only via Fathom Events. On the last day of The Creeper's 23 day feeding frenzy, Sargent Tubbs teams up with a task force hell-bent on destroying the creature for good. The Creeper fights back in gory glory as his enemies get close to discovering his dark origins.
** Stephen King's IT sequel: Asked if the second part will have a higher budget, director Andres Muschietti not unsurprisingly responded: "Well, clearly I hope so". Muschietti has previously said that while the second half will focus on the adult versions of the characters in the present day, there will be scenes involving the kids as well as dialogue between the two timelines. There is also expected to be flashbacks throughout Derry's history, revealing numerous times IT's influence is seen in the community, and a visit to another dimension to face IT in its true form.
Muschietti's first film offers a more grounded conclusion, but he tells Yahoo Movies there's several reasons for this, and the second film will tackle the costly, FX-heavy and more otherworldly fight against the shapeshifting antagonist: "I really wanted to focus on the emotional journey of the group of kids. Getting in to that other dimension – the other side – was something that we could introduce in the second part.
In the book the perspective of the writing… is always with the Losers, so everything they know about Pennywise is very speculative and shrouded in obscurity, so I wanted to respect that mystery feeling of not knowing what's on the other side. I also wanted to leave something for the second half, so I didn't want to get in trouble with that – going into the macroverse or that transdimensional stuff – and keep it grounded, from the point of view of the kids.
There's another movie to expand into that. Also, there's a physical truth that it's a movie that has a budget. And I didn't want to get into a depiction of a realm that f—s up our budget, the creation of a world that will basically suck up half of our budget, and would have to sacrifice a lot of things. So basically it's a balancing act, but it's also intricately connected with the content, which is staying true to the emotional aspect of the book." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE CROW for Sony Pictures: Sony Pictures has picked up distribution rights to THE CROW reboot which was previously in the works at Relativity for almost a decade. Various directors and actors have been attached over the years, most notably Jason Momoa, Luke Evans and Jack Huston were linked to the title role.
The project's fate was in limbo following the company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company emerged from Chapter 11 in April, but previously attached helmer Corin Hardy is no longer involved. The reboot is said to be a more faithful adaptation of the comic and follows a murder victim who returns from the dead, seeking vengeance on those who murdered him and his fiancee with the help of a mystical bird.
** NO DORMIRAS: In an abandoned psychiatric hospital, a theater company experiments with insomnia for the preparation of a stageplay. As the days without sleep go by, they cross new thresholds of perception, that expose them to the secrets of the place and the energies that inhabit it. When Bianca, a young actress , joins the cast, competing for the lead role, she must survive, not only the intensity of the work and her cast mates, but the unknown force that's pulling them towards a tragic outcome.