It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- January 31, 2019 -----
** Zack Snyder's ARMY OF THE DEAD: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Zack Snyder is set to return to the director's chair for the zombie flick ARMY OF THE DEAD! Snyder will produce the project with his partner and wife, Deborah Snyder, via their new company Stone Quarry, with plans to release on Netflix.
The plot, which was conceived by Snyder and written by Joby Harold, follows a man who recruits a group of mercenaries to pull off the ultimate heist amidst a zombie apocalypse. Apparently, Netflix took over the project from Warner Bros. where it had been in development since 2007. Word is the streaming service is sparing no expense with a budget reportedly as high as $90 million, according to the trade.
"There are no handcuffs on me at all with this one," Snyder told THR. "I thought this was a good palate cleanser to really dig in with both hands and make something fun and epic and crazy and bonkers in the best possible way."
"I love to honor canon and the works of art," Snyder said of his adaptations. "But this is the opportunity to find a purely joyful way to express myself though a genre. It will be the most kick-ass, self-aware — but not in a wink-to-the-camera way — balls-to-the-wall zombie freakshow that anyone has ever seen. No one's ever let me completely loose [like this]." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ZOMBIELAND sequel: The Deadline web site has brought word that actress Rosario Dawson is heading to the blood-filled world of ZOMBIELAND for the long-awaited and highy-anticipated sequel.
The original followed four strangers who meet on the road in the middle of the zombie apocalypse and, while initially at each other's throats, they soon come to bond with each other and form a close-bonded group. Harrelson played the violent cowboy Tallahassee, Eisenberg played geeky Columbus, with Stone and Breslin playing crafty sisters Wichita and Little Rock, all characters named after the locations they are heading to. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** NBA player Kyrie Irving's horror film: NBA player Kyrie Irving will both star in and executive produce an untitled horror movie currently set up at Imagine Entertainment.
The story deals with Oklahoma's Skirvin Hotel, opened in 1911, that has a reputation of being haunted. The hotel is frequented by travelling NBA teams, but some players refuse to stay there because of its reputation. The hauntings are said to have started in the 1930s after the hotel's owner had an affair with a chambermaid which led to the latter's death. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE HOLE IN THE GROUND: From A24. This horror-thriller isn't expected to be as high profile as A24's previous horror films release, with a DirecTV premiere in the next week or so, followed by a small theatrical run on March 1st.
The story follows a young mother and her son who move to a new town in the Irish countryside. After the son runs off and is found near a large and unexplained hole in the ground, the mother suspects something just isn't right with him – perhaps her little son has been replaced by some sort of imposter. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- January 30, 2019 -----
** CANDYMAN remake: Jordan Peele has reached out to GET OUT actor Lakeith Stanfield to star in the upcoming CANDYMAN reboot. First reported by the SuperBrosMovies web site, and later corroborated by Collider, the actor will not play the murderous hook-handed baddie, but is instead in talks to play a character named Anthony, "a young man in Chicago who is researching the urban legend known simply as Candyman." Production is expected to begin Spring 2019. Universal Pictures will release CANDYMAN theatrically in the U.S. on June 12, 2020. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CHILD'S PLAY TV series: The Deadline web site brings word that Syfy has landed the rights to franchise creator/writer Don Mancini's Chucky TV series. The CHILD'S PLAY series will focus on the doll possessed by serial killer Charles Lee Ray from the movies. Mancini recently revealed that the series will be set right after the events of the 2017 film CULT OF CHUCKY. The show will also go back to the roots of the series by involving children.
"I've long wanted to bring Chucky to television and Syfy is the perfect network for us. The show will be a fresh take on the franchise, allowing us to explore Chucky's character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format while staying true to the original vision that has terrorized audiences for over three decades now," Mancini said.
Chucky added: "In these troubled times, I believe it's my obligation as a horror icon to reach the widest possible audience, on TV. For over thirty years, I've been scaring the sh*t out of you. But now at Syfy, I look forward to really making a difference." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE PRODIGY: What's wrong with Miles? Watch this sneak peek to find out, and don't miss THE PRODIGY in theaters February 8.
** GOLEM: During an outbreak of a deadly plague, a young woman, Hanna, must save her tight-knit Jewish community from invaders. Turning to Jewish mysticism, she conjures a dangerous entity to protect her and her people. However, the powerful creature she summons may be far more evil than anything she could have ever imagined.
** ZOMBIELAND sequel: Here's the first official image released by Sony Pictures.
----- January 29, 2019 -----
** EXTREMELY WICKED: 1969. Ted (Zac Efron) is crazy-handsome, smart, charismatic, affectionate. And cautious single mother Liz Kloepfer (Lily Collins) ultimately cannot resist his charms. For her, Ted is a match made in heaven, and she soon falls head over heels in love with the dashing young man. A picture of domestic bliss, the happy couple seems to have it all figured out … until, out of nowhere, their perfect life is shattered. Ted is arrested and charged with a series of increasingly grisly murders. Concern soon turns to paranoia—and, as evidence piles up, Liz is forced to consider that the man with whom she shares her life could actually be a psychopath.
** THE DEVIL OUTSIDE: Robert is an innocent teenager, living a sheltered life in a Born Again Christian family with an insular world view dictated by his evangelising Mother. He lives in a fantasy world that soon changes when he starts school. Exposed to science and secularism he starts to realise the world is not what he'd previously thought. When Marcus, a devilish newcomer at his church, then befriends him Robert finds himself being led down a much darker path. Struggling with the fundamentals of his faith Robert discovers a dead body in the woods and believes he's had a sign from God.
** GRUDGE: Screen Gems' remake of the cult supernatural GRUDGE franchise has been delayed by over six months. Originally set for a June 21st release, it will now hit January 3rd next year. Nicholas Pesce helms the new GRUDGE which is being produced by Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures and is described as a new take on the 2004 American remake of the 2002 Japanese original JU-ON. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: Filmmaker Leigh Whannell has now signed on to direct a reboot of THE INVISIBLE MAN at Blumhouse and Universal Pictures. The project was originally slated to star Johnny Depp and was set to be a part of an interconnected series of films that began with the recent THE MUMMY remake. Not unlike Warners with its DC films, the studio has now ditched that 'Dark Universe' initiative in favor of standalone films.
That approach allows for filmmaker-driven projects based on their classic monsters legacy with no restrictions on budget, tone, or rating and with reigned in expectations. Depp will not appear in the new THE INVISIBLE MAN which Whannell is co-producing. The classic H.G. Wells story has been adapted for the screen several times, most notably James Whale's 1933 film and the quite book accurate 1980s British TV mini-series adaptation. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- January 28, 2019 -----
** Netflix's RESIDENT EVIL TV series: Netflix is developing a scripted series based on the hit action horror franchise. The series will be a Netflix global original. German production and distribution company Constantin Film, which is behind the RESIDENT EVIL movies loosely based on the Capcom video game series, is the studio. Search is underway for a showrunner to shepherd the adaptation. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** STAN AGAINST EVIL: The series creator and co-star Dana Gould has revealed on his podcast The Dana Gould Hour that the show has been cancelled at IFC.
"STAN AGAINST EVIL, I am sad to report, will not be returning for a fourth season," said Dana Gould. "It had a great run of three seasons. It's not coming back. Will it show up in some other form on some other network someday? Maybe. But right now, as we like to say, it's dead as Kelsey's nuts. I'm very proud of the show and its fantastic cast: John McGinley, Janet Varney, Nate Mooney, Deborah Baker Jr., our great directors, Eban Schletter our great music person, Autonomous F/X, all the people that worked on the show. I'm leaving a lot of people out. This isn't the official format for my thank you, but I thought everybody did a great job. The show's on Hulu, you can enjoy it. It ain't comin' back anytime soon, but that is -as they say- showbiz, and I'm already working on some other cool crap that will hopefully come your way." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE WALKING DEAD: Our survivors come face-to-face with a terrifying new threat when THE WALKING DEAD returns Sunday, February 10.
** HARPOON: Here's the poster and teaser trailer for Rob Grant's new horror comedy. With his perfect family and perfect upbringing, Richard (Christopher Gray) appears to have it all. So when he thinks that his long-term girlfriend, Sasha (Emily Tyra), and best-friend, Jonah (Munro Chambers), are having an affair, it sends him into a fit of rage that leaves Jonah a bloody mess. Once Jonah and Sasha convince Richard the allegations are false, Richard tries to buy back their trust by taking them out for a day-trip on his family's yacht.
Tension boils-over once out to sea, and, to make matters worse, the yacht's engine fails. Stranded without food and supplies, the trio must set aside their differences in order to survive. One part post-modern Edgar Allan Poe adaptation, one part Knife in the Water with the cast of Seinfeld, Harpoon is a wickedly humorous and bloody deconstruction of friendship and love.
----- January 24, 2019 -----
** Nicolas Cage in THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE: Academy Award winning actor Nicolas Cage (MANDY) has been tapped to star in SpectreVision's upcoming film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE, which will be directed and written by Richard Stanley.
"Lovecraft is the dark father of modern horror, and we have been searching for an adaptation that captures the true scope of his cosmic dread for years," SpectreVision's Daniel Noah said in a statement. "Richard Stanley – a wizard in his own right – will at long last bring Lovecraft's humbling power to the screen unfiltered." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Alexandre Aja's CRAWL: Paramount Pictures has set an August 23rd theatrical release date for the Kaya Scodelario-led horror film. Shawn Rasmussen and Michael Rasmussen penned the script which Alexandre Aja (HIGH TENSION) re-wrote. Craig Flores is also producing.
Alexandre Aja helms and Sam Raimi produces the project in which a young woman who, while struggling to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped inside a flooding house and fighting for her life against Florida's most savage and feared predators – alligators. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- January 23, 2019 -----
** LORDS OF CHAOS: A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the early 1990s results in a very violent outcome.
** MASTER OF DARK SHADOWS: MPI Media Group has reportedly completed production on the feature documentary celebrating the legendary Gothic daytime soap series and its visionary creator Dan Curtis. In 1966, the series attracted a massive youth audience as it shifted to the supernatural with the introduction of vulnerable vampire Barnabas Collins.
Shot in New York, LA and London, it includes interviews with key actors and filmmakers involved in the story of vampire Barnabas Collins and all the eerie goings-on at the gloomy Maine mansion Collinwood. Ian McShane narrates the work with talent like Alan Ball, Whoopi Goldberg, William F. Nolan, Herman Wouk, Ben Cross, Barbara Steele and various surviving members of the cast all appearing. David Gregory helms the project which is aiming for a Spring release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WILLARD: Coming on Blu-ray from Scream Factory on 2/26/19. Here's the final list of extras for our Blu-ray release of the 2003 rodent-filled remake starring Crispin Glover are as follows:
- NEW 2K Scan of the original film elements.
- NEW Audio Commentary with writer/director Glen Morgan and director of photography Robert McLachlan
- NEW Audio Commentary with animal trainers Mark Harden and David Allsberry of Animals for Hollywood
- NEW The Road to Willard – an interview with writer/director Glen Morgan
- NEW Destination Willard – an interview with director of photography Robert McLachlan
- NEW The Rat Trainer's Notebook – behind-the-scenes footage from Animals for Hollywood
- Audio Commentary with writer/director Glen Morgan, producer James Wong, actors Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey
- The Year of the Rat – a documentary on the making of WILLARD
- Rat People: Friends or Foes? – A Real Rat Documentary
- Deleted/Alternate Scenes with optional commentary
- Music Video BEN by Crispin Hellion Glover with optional commentary
- Behind-the-Scenes Footage and interviews from the electronic press kit
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
** THE GREEN INFERNO: Eli Roth's cannibalistic flick is coming to Scream Factory in an all-new Blu-ray Collector's Edition! Here are the early details we have at present time:
- National street date for U.S. only (Region A) is April 23rd
- Release will come with a slipcover (guaranteed for three months after its original release date).
- The newly-commissioned artwork pictured (and Director-approved) comes to us from Devon Whitehead (Valentine, Trick r Treat). This art will be front-facing and the reverse side of the wrap will the original theatrical poster design.
- Extras are still in progress and will be announced later in March. What we can confirm today is that will have an all-new in-depth lengthy interview with Roth and cast members. Additionally, any extras that were on the prior release of the film will be ported over.
- A unique surprise from us: Each release will come with a never-before-released CD soundtrack of the score by composer Manuel Riveiro and includes bonus tracks, which will make this a 2-disc set.
----- January 22, 2019 -----
** Dario Argento on SUSPIRIA remake: Several months after Luca Guadagnino's SUSPIRIA remake hit cinemas to divisive reviews, filmmaker and 1977 original helmer Dario Argento has finally offered an opinion on said remake after abstaining from weighing in.
Guadagnino took a very different approach to the material, making some bold choices that distinctly separated it from the original, and as a result Argento confirms to Radio Rai 1's Un Giorno da Pecora (via Indie for Bunnies) he wasn't a fan despite calling it more 'refined':
"It did not excite me, it betrayed the spirit of the original film: there is no fear, there is no music. The film has not satisfied me so much…. [Guadagnino] is a fine person…[He] makes beautiful tables, beautiful curtains, beautiful dishes, all beautiful" (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Edgar Wright's upcoming horror film: Filmmaker Edgar Wright looks to have finally decided upon his first post BABY DRIVER feature, telling Empire today that his next film is a psychological horror-thriller. The untitled film will shoot this summer from a screenplay co-written with Krysty Wilson-Cairns.
Wright says classics like REPULSION and DON'T LOOK NOW are the templates for this London-set film which boasts a female lead and will play things quite straight: "I realised I had never made a film about central London – specifically Soho, somewhere I've spent a huge amount of time in the last 25 years. With HOT FUZZ and SHAUN OF THE DEAD you make movies about places you've lived in. This movie is about the London I've existed in." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE BRAIN: The 80s VHS staple sci-fi/horror film arrives on Blu-ray for the first time with a planned date of April 30th!
Imagine a pulsating mass of gray matter, expanding in size and strength as it takes control of human minds and devours human bodies. It could never happen, right? Just watch Independent Thinking, starring Dr. Anthony Blakely (David Gale), a hot new TV program. But as the show's ratings continue to soar, so does the suicide and murder rate among its viewers. What they don't know is that Dr. Blake has teamed with an alien brain and plans to gain control of all humanity. From the Director of BLOODY BIRTHDAY. Extras are in progress and will be announced on a later date.
** THE MANITOU: Scream Factory will the 1978 infamous shocker on Blu-ray for the first time with a planned date of April 16th! Producer and directed by William Girdler (DAY OF THE ANIMALS) from the best-selling novel by Graham Masterton. Extras are in progress and will be announced on a later date. Reverse cover sleeve will feature alternative art.
What surgeons thought to be a tumor growing on the neck of patient Karen Tandy (Susan Strasberg) is actually a fetus growing at an abnormally accelerated rate. But when Karen reaches out to former lover and phony psychic Harry Erskine (Tony Curtis), she discovers that she is possessed by the reincarnation of a 400-year-old Native American demon. Now with the help of a modern-day medicine man (Michael Ansara), Erskine must survive this ancient evil's rampage of shocking violence and forever destroy the enraged beast known as THE MANITOU. Stella Stevens, Ann Sothern and Burgess Meredith co-star.
----- January 21, 2019 -----
** FINAL DESTINATION reboot: SAW sequel duo Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan will pen the script for a reboot of the FINAL DESTINATION franchise at New Line. The first movie in 2000 set up the premise – a character has a premonition of a deadly event, cheats his or her own death and saves several other lives in the process. Death, an invisible unstoppable force, then targeted the survivors one by one and took them out in increasingly elaborate kills.
Switching between more humorous and darker tones, the five films in the series grossed almost $700 million from relatively tight budgets. This is dubbed a 're-imagining' but plot specifics are under wraps. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BEHIND: Sam Raimi is returning to his roots. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director of such famed horror classics as THE EVIL DEAD will produce a feature length adaptation of the short film BEHIND for Lionsgate.
The film will be based on Angel Gomez's short about a recently divorced woman who suddenly begins to fear for her baby daughter's life, a fear that is exasperated after a creepy woman at a party proclaims she is being followed. Fearing her premonitions are turning to reality, the woman does everything she can to save the child from the oncoming evil. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PET SEMATARY remake: Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, PET SEMATARY follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family's new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall (John Lithgow), setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences.
** SUPERSTITION: From Scream Factory, the 80s supernatural gory horror film SUPERSTITION (also known as THE WITCH in some circles) on Blu-ray for the first time! Street date is planned for April 16th. Extras are in progress and will be announced on a later date. Reverse cover sleeve will feature alternative art.
Something horrible is happening at the old house on Mill Road. A series of ghastly accidents has occurred near the site where a witch drowned centuries earlier. But when an alcoholic minister and his family move into the cursed residence, an idealistic young priest (James Houghton) and a cynical police detective (Albert Salmi) start their own investigation into the unexplained violence. Has the daughter of Satan returned for a rampage of vengeance? Will the laws of the Church be strong enough to cast out this demon? And if evil has truly found a new home, is the entire neighborhood headed straight to hell?
** THE GRAVE OF THE VAMPIRE: The obscure 70s cult film (starring B-movie icon William Smith) arrives on Blu-ray for the first time with a planned date of April 16th! Extras and specs are in progress and will be announced on a later date.
The vampire Caleb Croft has awakened from his unholy slumber — with an insatiable lust for blood and the pleasures of the flesh. A brutal attack on a pair of lovers allows for his desire to be temporarily fulfilled ... but his unspeakable acts leave the woman pregnant with his child. Ignoring all advice, she gives birth to the progeny of their unwanted union: James — who will only drink blood from his mother's breast. As James matures, he learns of his father's true nature, and sets out to destroy him.
----- January 19, 2019 -----
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.
An interesting film but a rather useless remake of Dario Argento's masterpiece. Gone are the lush visuals of the original. Gone is the thunderous musical score by Goblin. This new version drags on forever, feeling the need to over explain everything. And the less said about the cgi gore, the better. Still when everything was over, I wasn't sure if I enjoyed it or not.
The Blu-ray edition comes with a digital code (available in the US only.) It feature a 1.85:1 (16x9) 1080p high definition transfer using a MPEG-4 AVC codec. The image looks great, with deep blacks and good color saturation. We get a loud, crisp and clear English Dolby Atmos audio track. English and Spanish subtitles are available. There are three featurettes on the disc; "The Making of Suspiria", "The Secret Language of Dance" and "The Transformations of Suspiria".
Our copy was provided by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
----- January 11, 2019 -----
** THE HOLE IN THE GROUND: Sarah (Seána Kerslake) moves her precocious son, Chris (James Quinn Markey), to a secluded new home in a rural town, trying to ease his apprehensions as they hope for a fresh start after a difficult past. But after a startling encounter with a mysterious new neighbour, Sarah's nerves are set on edge. Chris disappears in the night into the forest behind their house, and Sarah discovers an ominous, gaping sinkhole while searching for him. Though he returns, some disturbing behavioural changes emerge, and Sarah begins to worry that the boy who came back is not her son.
** Z-GOAT: The upcoming film is set to be an unabashed love-letter to old school genre efforts with practical effects and a killer monster costume.
** US: Universal Pictures will now open Jordan Peele's horror film a week later, March 22nd. The announcement comes in the wake of the film scoring its world Premiere at SXSW in the opening night slot of March 8th. Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Lupita Nyong'o plays a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her family for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, her paranoia elevates to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- January 7, 2019 -----
** OVERLORD: The film lands on Digital February 5, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD February 19, 2019 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Bonus features on 4K Ultra HD combo, Blu-ray combo & Digital:
The Horrors of War
- Death Above
- Death Below
- Death No More
- Brothers in Arms
The OVERLORD DVD includes the feature film in standard definition
** LORDS OF CHAOS: Here's a second tesser trailer. The film tells the true story about a group of young men from the band Mayhem who forged the rise of this upcoming musical genre that embraced violence, Satanism, and more – but things don't go as planned and soon tragic events take place.
----- January 4, 2019 -----
** JACOB'S LADDER remake: LD Entertainment has reportedly pulled the remake from their schedule. Originally slated for a February 1st release, no publicity material from the project, including stills or trailers, have been released which makes the delay not unexpected.
David M. Rosenthal directs the film which was shot back in 2016 and stars Michael Ealy, Guy Burnet, Karla Souza and Nicole Beharie in what's dubbed a "modern-day paranoid action thriller about two brothers". That's a very different description to Adrian Lyne's original 1990 film about a haunted Vietnam War veteran who attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation and hallucinations. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE PRODIGY: What's wrong with Miles? From the producer of EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE comes a new vision of unimaginable horror. Watch the full trailer for THE PRODIGY, starring Taylor Schilling and Jackson Robert Scott, in theaters February 8.
** LORDS OF CHAOS: A teenager's quest to launch Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo in the 1980s results in a very violent outcome. LORDS OF CHAOS tells the true story of True Norwegian Black Metal and its most notorious practitioners -- a group of young men with a flair for publicity, church-burning, and murder: MAYHEM. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- January 3rd, 2019 -----
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: Co-writer, director, and star John Krasinski talked about the upcoming sequel in an interview with The Playlist web site. Surprisingly it won't be dealing with anyone from the Abbot family this time around, and instead look at how the larger world has been impacted by these creatures that hunt using sound.
"The beauty of it is that it's the expansion of a world," said Krasinksi. "Most sequels are about the return of a villain or a hero, and you have to build a totally new story around your favorite hero or favorite villain. [With this sequel], we actually have the world to deal with. The world is actually the star of the movie. So, this set of circumstances – how the rest of the world is dealing with this apocalyptic tragedy – is the fun of it then. That's what drew me back."
"So here I am now writing it and we'll see if I end up directing it," Krasinski teased. "But it's an entertaining idea because I think for me, the cool part about this is, that it doesn't feel like a sequel." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE DRONE: A serial killer transfers his consciousness into a consumer drone right before he is killed, then flies off to terrorize newlyweds Rachel and Chris. The couple must fight to stop the insidious device before it destroys them both.
** KINGDOM: Directed by Kim Seung-Hun from a screenplay written by Kim Eun-Hee which was based on her webcomic series Land of the Gods. All episodes of season one will be available for streaming on January 25 on Netflix. The second season of the series is scheduled to begin its production in February 2019. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE PRODIGY: Orion Pictures has released a new poster for their upcoming supernatural horror movie. The film follows Sarah, a mother whose young son Miles' disturbing behavior signals that an evil, possibly supernatural force has overtaken him. Fearing for her family's safety, Sarah must grapple with her maternal instinct to love and protect Miles in favor of investigating what – or who – is causing his dark turn. She is forced to look for answers in the past, taking the audience on a wild ride; one where the line between perception and reality remains blurry. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- January 2nd, 2019 -----
** STRANGER THINGS Season 3: Here's a poster and new teaser for the upcoming season. Titles for the new episodes include: "Suzie, Do You Copy?, "The Mall Rats," "The Case of the Missing Lifeguard," "The Sauna Test," "The Source," "The Birthday," "The Bite" and "The Battle of Starcourt."
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U: Here's the second trailer for the upcoming sequel.
** ZOMBIELAND sequel: Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd have joined the cast of the sequel as fictional versions of themselves. Murray appeared in the first film as himself, the actor convincingly dresses as a zombie so he can blend in and still go out and do what he wants without being bothered. Ultimately he gets shot and so now may be returning as an actual zombie this time out.
** PET SEMETARY remake: Here's a new photo for the upcoming remake.
** Jordan Peel's US: Here's another new photo from the upcoming film.
----- December 27, 2018 -----
** MANDY's Panos Cosmatos and Nicolas Cage to team again: In an interview with the Heat Vision web site, the director explained why that is and hints they may re-team in the near future: "Yeah. We've talked. I know we would like to work with each other again… I just have a huge amount of admiration for him as a performer and his range of ability, and having this chance to work with him, I really wanted to tap into almost every aspect of his ability. And hopefully in a way that feels organic and integral to the movie. But I really didn't want to miss this opportunity to play with Nicolas Cage. I mean, how often do you get a Nicolas Cage action figure to play with?"
Cosmatos goes on to say he hasn't yet figured out what his next film is, but says he feels happy working in the low-budget realm as it allows him to: "do stuff that is a little bit more esoteric, and personal." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET reboot: The reboot of the A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET was a dud both critically and commercially, nevertheless talk of another reboot at New Line has persisted for years and picked up steam in 2015 when THE CONJURING 2 writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick was hired to pen the screenplay. Three years on there's been zero update on the film's progress until this week when Johnson-McGoldrick spoke with GameSpot and has weighed in on the reboot's status. It seems he's still attached to it, but there's little actual movement on it:
"It's still happening. Nothing is percolating just yet. THE CONJURING universe is sort of first and foremost on [New Line Cinema's] horror burner. Everybody wants to see Freddy again I think, so I think it's inevitable at some point." Johnson-McGoldrick, who co-wrote AQUAMAN, is currently working on THE CONJURING 3 which has been set for a 2020 release date. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Jordan Peele's US: Here the trailer for the film, opens March 15th 2019. The writer director had this to say; "It has been a labor of love," Peele stated in his intro to the trailer. "It is a horror film. I dedicated a lot of myself to create a new horror mythology and a new monster. I think that stories about monsters are one of our best ways at getting at deeper truths and facing our fears as a society."
"Very important for me was to have a black family at the center of a horror film," Peele added. "It's also important to note this movie, unlike GET OUT, is not about race. It is instead about something I feel has become an undeniable truth: That we are our own worst enemies."
----- December 26, 2018 -----
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: MGM and Orion have partnered with the effects company MastersFX to reimagine what the homicidal Chucky will look like. Now rebranded as the BUDDI doll, a contemporary version of the iconic Good Guys doll, will help redefine Chucky for a new age.
Though we don't get a clear look at the new Chucky just yet, MastersFX is using a mixture of practical on-set puppet work and digital FX enhancements to bring Chucky to life like never before. Todd Masters, founder of MastersFX, and his team took six weeks to prepare and assemble seven practical animatronic puppets, each with interchangeable arms and heads that perform a variety of required actions on set. The FX team, led by ace puppeteer Keith Arbuthnot, along with Mike Fields, Jason Ward and Josh Raymond each controlled a different part of the doll.
"Reconceiving a well-loved classic always feels like wading into tricky waters, however, Lars' fresh vision for this film turned what could have been a challenging process into a seamless and beautiful collaboration," said Masters. "MGM and Orion's CHILD'S PLAY is not a remake or retelling but a completely new style and concept and we believe that BUDDI fits with this vision perfectly." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE CONJURING 3: This is the first film of the main series that James Wan isn't directing, Wan is still heavily involved and producing that feature and recently told the Bloody Disgusting web site that the aim is to keep it as grounded as possible:
"It's not necessarily based on an artifact but it's based on one of the Warrens' case files… It's this guy who was on trial for committing a murder. I think it's the first time in America's history where the defendant used possessions as a reason, as an excuse.
All THE CONJURING films are based on the case files, so they're more based on the true story aspect of the real life Warrens. I think that's important. It's important that the mothership stays true to the inspiration of the real people. The spinoffs are where we get to have more fun and do weird and wonderful crazy things. The mothership of it being THE CONJURING films, we want it to come back to the real stuff." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE ISLE: A supernatural horror directed by Matthew Butler Hart. Synopsis: The Isle. Set in 1846, three sailors are shipwrecked on an uncharted island off the west coast of Scotland to find four lone inhabitants living in what was once a thriving community. As days pass for the promised supply ship to take them home, the sailors discover that not all is well on the seemingly friendly isle.
** THE RANGER: Black Fawn Distribution has acquired the Canadian home video rights to Jenn Wexler's festival favourite, the punk rock slasher flick THE RANGER. The deal was brokered by 79th & Broadway Entertainment's Andrew van den Houten, on behalf of the production companies Hood River Entertainment and Glass Eye Pix. Black Fawn Distribution's Blu-ray/DVD release of THE RANGER is set for January 22, 2019 and is packed with special features including audio commentary with members of the cast and crew, 5 making of documentaries, and more.
Directed by Jenn Wexler and penned by Wexler and Giaco Furino, THE RANGER follows a group of teen punks, who while on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority - an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.
----- December 20, 2018 -----
** Jordan Peel's US: In an interview with EW, the director writer said that the aim of the new film was: "[something] more firmly in the horror genre but still held on to my love of movies that are twisted but fun." Today the first photos from the film are out and come ahead of a new trailer which should launch soon after having been spotted in cinemas recently. The story is set in the present day and follows Adelaide and Gabe Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke) as they take their kids to Adelaide's old childhood beachside home in Northern California for the summer.
After a day at the beach with the Tyler family (led by Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), Adelaide – who's haunted by a lingering trauma from her past – becomes increasingly more paranoid that something bad will happen to her family. As night falls, the Wilsons see four figures holding hands and standing silently at the bottom of their driveway. While further specifics are under wraps, Peele did let slip the film's 'monsters' will be called 'The Tethered'. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** NOS4A2: Four decades ago, horror director Tobe Hooper terrified TV viewers with his 1979 adaptation of Stephen King's vampire novel SALEM'S LOT. Now AMC is hoping to chill spines in a similar fashion with this small-screen version of NOS4A2, the 2013 book from King's son Joe Hill, which reworked the traditional myth of the undead bloodsuckers.
The show stars Zachary Quinto as the ancient, supernaturally powered Charlie Manx, who periodically rejuvenates by feeding on the life forces of children as he transports them to a fantasy world he has created called Christmasland. "In the journey they become these ghoulish creatures, and Charlie Manx is fed with vitality and youth," says the actor. (thanks to EW.com)
** TERRIFIED: Oscar and Golden Globe winner Guillermo del Toro will be producing Fox Searchlight's horror movie TERRIFIED, the Deadline web site has confirmed. The movie is a remake of the 2017 Argentinian film ATERRADOS. Demián Rugna wrote and directed the original movie, and will also serve as director on the English-language version. Emmy and Independent Spirit Award winner Sacha Gervasi will pen the script. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE WALKING DEAD: AMC's Season 9B key art has been released, featuring a first look at Alpha (Samantha Morton), the leader of the Whisperers, a.k.a., the terrifying new villains introduced at the end of the first half of the season. The official synopsis for THE WALKING DEAD Season 9B reads: "The second half of THE WALKING DEAD Season 9 finds our groups of survivors, both old and new, continuing to deal with the impact of events that took place during the six years that have passed. Since the disappearance of Rick, many of these characters have become strangers to each other, and in some ways, strangers to themselves. What they do know is that they are in undeniable danger. They will soon realize the world just beyond does not operate as they thought.
The group's rules and ways of survival no longer guarantee their safety. A whole new threat has crossed their paths, and they soon discover it's unlike any threat they have encountered or endured before. The group will start to question what they think they see. What may appear to be normal in this post-apocalyptic world could actually be more disturbing and terrifying than when the apocalypse first broke out. All that is certain is the stakes are high and numerous." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- December 19, 2018 -----
** KINGDOM: In a kingdom defeated by corruption and famine, a mysterious plague spreads to turn the infected into monsters. The crown prince, framed for treason and desperate to save his people, sets out on a journey to unveil what evil lurks in the dark. KINGDOM coming to Netflix worldwide January 25.
** BRUTAL: A savage murderer is on the prowl in Japan. One by one, his victims fall but what is he searching for? The same thing a murderess is looking for. We are all looking for that special love of our lives and sometimes, we're willing to kill everyone to find that special someone. This is the tale of two people finding each other in the most vicious way possible.
** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: James Wan's (SAW) Atomic Monster is no longer producing the RESIDENT EVIL reboot. Wan had this to say: "They announce that I'm attached to a lot of stuff and a lot of them are not necessarily real. It's kind of annoying when things come and go, or things never came in the first place. I hate it when my projects get announced. It makes it seem like I'm attached to a lot of things when in fact I'm not necessarily doing so many things. A lot of my stuff just get announced and I don't want them to be announced but people love to announce them." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS: The French Christmas/action/horror film, is getting its first-ever U.S. theatrical run thanks to the American Film Genre Archive and the Alamo Drafthouse. The 1989 cult classic pre-dates Home Alone, and features two kids who are forced to defend their home from a deranged killer in a Santa costume.
The film disturbed both critics and the moviegoing public with its disturbing portrayal of the Christmas season. After becoming something of a sensation in France, the film went on to worldwide distribution. Except in America, where DIAL CODE SANTA CLAUS was only available as a VHS bootleg. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- December 18, 2018 -----
** ANNABELLE 3: Still Photographer Justin Lubin took to Instagram to reveal that production has officially wrapped on ANNABELLE 3 the sixth film in THE CONJURING Universe. Directed by Gary Dauberman, the film is set to debut July 3, 2019.
The untitled ANNABELLE 3 will once again center around the titular demon doll but this time she is already under the possession of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Mckenna Grace will play the role of Judy Warren, daughter of the paranormal investigating couple who is targeted alongside her two teen babysitters by the demonic doll after they bring it home into their artifact room. Madison Iseman and Katie Sarife are set to play Judy Warren's babysitters. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Nicolas Cage in Sion Sono's PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND: Doing a masterclass at Macao's 3rd International Film Festival and Awards, Nicolas Cage told Screen Anarchy that the film is so unique:
"I'm thrilled about it! It's unlike anything I've ever read before. It might be the wildest movie I've ever made, and that's saying something. It's out there. I wear a skintight black leather jumpsuit with grenades attached to different body parts, and if I don't rescue the governor's daughter from this state line where they're all ghosts and bring her back they're gonna blow me up. It's just crazy. It's way out there." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HIDE AND SEEK: Child actress Quinn McColgan has been cast as the daughter of Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jacinda Barrett's characters in CJ Entertainment's horror remake HIDE AND SEEK, which is currently filming in New York. Actor-director Joel David Moore is directing the redo of Next Entertainment World's 2013 hit which took more than $35M at the Korean box office. Moore adapted the screenplay from writer-director Huh Jung's original. Korean powerhouse CJ Entertainment, which is growing its U.S. footprint, developed the remake and is financing and producing the film. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** Jordan Peel's US: Here's the poster for the upcoming film, which is scheduled to be released on March 15th.
----- December 17, 2018 -----
** 2018 Horror Box Office: Among the this year's biggest success stories are three horror films. THE NUN (Cost: $22 million, Gross: $365 million), A QUIET PLACE (Cost: $17 million, Gross: $340 million) and HALLOWEEN (Cost: $10 million, Gross: $252 million).
** THE HOLE IN THE GROUND: The horror film has been picked up by indie studio A24, and now it's getting a limited theatrical release on March 1, 2019. The synopsis reads as follows: "Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that hides an enormous sinkhole. One night, Chris vanishes, and when he reappears he seems unharmed and unchanged. But, as his behavior grows increasingly disturbing, Sarah begins to fear that the boy who has returned may not be her son at all. THE HOLE IN THE GROUND weaves suspense, terror, and supernatural folklore into a richly evocative story about the primal fears of motherhood." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Inspired by one of the most terrifying children's book series of all time, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK follows a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town. Directed by André Řvredal. Written by Daniel Hageman & Kevin Hageman, Guillermo del Toro.
----- December 14, 2018 -----
** Sion Sono's PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND: Nicolas Cage has been set to star in PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND, a film that will mark the English-language debut of Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono (SUICIDE CLUB). Untitled Entertainment's Laura Rister, Eleven Arts' Ko Mori, Reza Sixo Safai of Black Light District Entertainment and XYZ Films' Nate Bolotin are producing. That pic is getting a summer theatrical release via RLJE Films.
Penned by Aaron Hendry and Safai, centers on notorious criminal Hero (Cage) who is sent to rescue an abducted girl who has disappeared into a dark supernatural universe. They must break the evil curse that binds them and escape the mysterious revenants that rule the Ghostland, an East-meets-West vortex of beauty and violence. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** Netflix buys ELI from Paramount: Ciaran Foy (SINISTER 2) directed the movie which centers around a boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder who discovers that the house he's living isn't as safe as he thought.
David Chirchirillo, Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing wrote the script. Intrepid Pictures' Trevor Macy produced Eli with John Zaozirny with Melinda Nishioka as EP. Charlie Shotwell, Lili Taylor, Max Martini and Sadie Sink star. ELI was a 2015 Black List horror script and Paramount was originally planning to release the film on Jan. 4 before undating it a few weeks ago. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?: DISTURBIA director D.J. Caruso is in talks to helm Paramount's feature adaptation of ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?. IT co-writer Gary Dauberman will produce alongside Matt Kaplan. The horror film is slated to be release on October 11, 2019. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- December 13, 2018 -----
** Peter Jackson horror films restored: Following the masterful restoration work done on the WW1 footage for his feature documentary "THEY WILL NOT GROW OLD, filmmaker Peter Jackson will be using some of that tech to help in a 4K restoration of his first four feature films. Jackson's work from 1996's THE FRIGHTENERS onwards is all readily available in HD and on Blu-ray, but the four films he did before that – alien invasion horror-comedy BAD TASTE, the raunchy puppet film MEET THE FEEBLES, the super gory BRAINDEAD and the Oscar-nominated psychological thriller HEAVENLY CREATURES – are not.
In fact, it's hard to find these titles in decent quality. Jackson opted to try out the 'Grow Old' tech on the old films to see how it would go in terms of restoring them. He tells Heat Vision: "I've decided to go back and do this to my old films – the first four I made, which I own but never re-released. I've done some tests on BRAINDEAD, where we took the 16mm negative and put it through our World War I restoration pipeline – and s–t, it looks fantastic!… I'm pretty keen to actually just get them back out there again. That's sort of my plan for now: to do a nice little box set – the early years! The naughty years!."
Jackson says BAD TASTE was in the most need of restoration, and not only will the picture quality be improved but the audio will be retooled into high definition sound. In addition, plenty of behind-the-scenes footage collected during the making of there early movies will be restored to assemble a documentary:
"I've always had video diaries being shot. So I've got about an hour or two of us shooting BAD TASTE, seven or eight hours of us shooting THE FEEBLES, 50 to 60 hours of us filming BRAINDEAD, and at least 70 hours of us doing HEAVENLY CREATURES. And it's not just people talking to the camera. It's actually a guy on the set filming us making the film. So there's some pretty interesting stuff there and none of it has ever been out."
Jackson also says he'd be open to doing splatter films again, adding that "it would be interesting to see how disgusting Fran [Walsh] and I could be in our older age… We know a little bit more about the world than we did then, so maybe our levels of disgusting could go into whole new places." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ESCAPE ROOM: The upcoming film is about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die. ESCAPE ROOM hits theaters on January 4th.
----- December 12, 2018 -----
** THE TOXIC AVENGER remake: Legendary has acquired the film rights to THE TOXIC AVENGER franchise from Troma Entertainment. Launched as a low-budget B-movie in 1984, the film series told the story of a boy who becomes a disfigured radioactive hulking mess after falling into a vat of toxic waste. He then uses his newfound form to fight villains. The original film generated three film sequels, a stage musical production, a video game and a children's TV cartoon. Troma's Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will serve as producers on the new take. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SUSPIRIA remake: The reimagining of the horror cult-classic arrives on Digital January 15 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) January 29 from Lionsgate. Young American dancer Susie Bannion arrives in 1970s Berlin to audition for the world-renowned Helena Markos Dance Company, stunning the troupe's famed choreographer, Madame Blanc, with her raw talent. When she vaults to the role of lead dancer, Olga, the previous lead, breaks down and accuses the company's female directors of being witches. As rehearsals intensify for the final performance of the company's signature piece, Susie and Madame Blanc grow strangely close, suggesting that Susie's purpose in the company goes beyond merely dancing. Meanwhile, an inquisitive psychotherapist trying to uncover the company's dark secrets enlists the help of another dancer, who probes the depths of the studio's hidden underground chambers, where horrific discoveries await.
- "The Making of Suspiria" Featurette
- "The Secret Language of Dance" Featurette
- "The Transformations of Suspiria" Featurette
** Jordan Peel's US: Following his massive success with GET OUT, comedian turned filmmaker Jordan Peele soon returns with his second directorial effort US about which little is known. Now, thanks to recent test screening invitations, a first plot synopsis for the film has gone online and goes for a very generic sounding home invasion film – but seems to be doing so deliberately. It reads as follows:
"A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (one of which is Elizabeth Moss). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited."
The film is expected to incorporate social commentary in the way GET US did, but it's not clear what said commentary will be about as such. US is scheduled to arrive in theaters on March 15th 2019. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- December 11, 2018 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: The James Wan-produced reboot of the hit video game film franchise, RESIDENT EVIL, has just found its writer and director in the form of Johannes Roberts, the man behind the 2017 survival horror hit 47 METERS DOWN, according to Variety. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PERFUME: Patrick Süskind's best-selling novel about smell, passion and serial killing gets a shocking contemporary spin. While in boarding school, a group of six become friends through their intense passion for scent. When one is brutally murdered years later, disturbing secrets about the group are revealed when the police investigates each as a suspect. PERFUME arrives on Netflix on December 21st.
** THE PATIENT WHO NEARLY DROVE ME OUT OF MEDECINE: According to Variety, Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency have purchased the horror project THE PATIENT WHO NEARLY DROVE ME OUT OF MEDECINE, with Ryan Reynolds set to produce through his Maximum Effort production company alongside Vertigo Entertainment.
The novella, written by Jasper DeWitt, was originally published on Reddit's No Sleep subreddit, a community for original horror stories. According to the report, tells the story of "an idealistic young doctor who tries to solve a mystery and heal its most difficult patient. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE WATCHER: The Deadline web site reports that streaming service Netflix has won an intense bidding war amongst six studios for the rights to THE WATCHER, an adaptation of an article published in The Cut section of New York magazine by Reeves Wiedeman. THE WATCHER told the story of a stalker terrorizing a family who move into their dream home.
The film, which is set to be directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman will tell the true story of the Broaddus family as they purchase a house in New Jersey for $1.3 million and the series of letters from an anonymous writer they receive, beginning with a welcome letter detailing the writer's history with the house that divulged some disturbing details regarding both and revealed he was watching the family, followed by several more intense letters reportedly written in blood. Despite going to the police for help, the writer's identity is still currently unknown and four years after having bought the house, the parents never moved their three children in and have only rented the property out after two failed attempts to raze the structure. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- December 10, 2018 -----
** BRIGHTBURN: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With BRIGHTBURN, the visionary filmmaker of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and SLITHER presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
** Nacho Vigalondo's POOKA!: This year's hottest Christmas gift is naughty, nice and will haunt your nightmares.
** 10 TO MIDNIGHT: Coming soon from Scream Factory. The sleazy 1983 slasher/action film starring Charles Bronson and a naked serial killer arrives next month in a packed Blu-ray upgrade. Details are as follows:
- NEW 4K Scan of The Original Camera Negative
- NEW Charlie's Partner – Interview with Actor Andrew Stevens
- NEW Producing Bronson – Interview with Producer Lance Hool
- NEW Remembering Bronson – Interview with Actor Robert F. Lyons
- NEW Undressed to Kill – Interview with Actress Jeana Tomasina Keough
- NEW Audio Commentary with Writer/Historian Paul Talbot (Author of Bronson's Loose! And Bronson's Loose Again!)
- Audio Commentary with Producer Pancho Kohner, Casting Director John Crowther, an Film Historian David Del Valle
- Theatrical Trailer
- Radio Spots
- Still Gallery
** BLOOD LAKE: Coming to Special Edition DVD on April 9 2019 from AGFA and Bleeding Skull Featuring a Brand new restoration! Tim Boggs 1987 lakeside Slasher BLOOD LAKE! BLOOD LAKE is the most fascinating -- and stupefying -- shot-on-video slasher that ever escaped from 1987. A group of unhinged party animals, including adolescent horn-dog Lil' Tony, embark on a weekend trip filled with Jet Skis, a keg of Busch, and an extended game of quarters. But look out! There's a supernatural killer on the loose who wears cowboy boots and a silk shirt with a rose stitched on it! Made by real-life friends from Oklahoma on a real-life vacation, BLOOD LAKE is a rewardingly lethal collision of '80s slasher video-vomit and twisted cinéma vérité madness. From false metal soundtrack hits to gratuitous scenes of people sleeping, this might be the only movie in history capable of receiving a stamp of approval from both David Lee Roth and Andy Warhol.
----- December 5, 2018 -----
** M. Night Shymalan's TALES FROM THE CRYPT: In an interview with Digital Spy director M. Night Shyamalan revealed that his reboot is no longer happening; "I think it's dead," he told the site. "We tried everything that we could. That was so mired in people that had rights to it… constantly mired from the original comic books to the people that did the original show and that was a very contentious era for that show and who was involved and all the stuff that had nothing to do with me, a generation before me." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SHRINE: Sam Raimi has signed on to produce a film adaptation of UK horror novelist James Herbert's novel SHRINE for Screen Gems. Veteran screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos is set to write and direct the film as well as produce with Raimi and Rob Tapert.
The story follows a disgraced journalist who tries to resurrect his career upon discovering a series of seemingly divine miracles in a small New England town. He soon learns that the so-called miracles may have a much darker source. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HIDE AND SEEK: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jacinda Barrett, Joe Pantoliano and Mustafa Shakir will lead the cast of Joel David Moore's horror-thriller remake of the Korean hit HIDE AND SEEK for CJ Entertainment. Filming begins this week in New York City.
Moore adapted the screenplay for the socially-minded horror which nods to the crisis in affordable housing and the growing chasm between rich and poor and follows a man searching for his long-lost brother who stumbles upon a secret world of squatters terrorizing the homes of unsuspecting tenants. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- December 4, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequel: Though not officially announced yet, a sequel to this year's HALLOWEEN is all but assured. The film brought in $252 million worldwide and became the highest grossing slasher film of all time. Now John Carpenter is ready to write the music for the sure-to-be-announced sequel. In an interview with Consequence of Sound, the filmmaker and musician said he couldn't wait to compose a score for the inevitable sequel.
"We'll be ready. We've all talked about it. We'll be ready," Carpenter revealed. He's also working on another compilation, Lost Themes III, but says his band needs a bit of a break. "The group is not intensely working on anything, but we'll get back together and do some more stuff. We need to rest now after HALLOWEEN and keep out of sight. We don't need to bug anybody now." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE SHINING sequel: Director Mike Flanagan (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE) took to Facebook to announce that production has officially wrapped on Warner Bros. Pictures' DOCTOR SLEEP, an adaptation of Stephen King's literary sequel to THE SHINING.
"So that's a wrap on DOCTOR SLEEP! It's been a long, crazy, truly unique experience. I read the novel as soon as it came out back in 2013, fascinated and moved by the epic story of Dan Torrance and Abra Stone, but I never imagined for a moment that I'd be the person to bring it to the big screen. It's been an honor to spend the last five months with this fantastic cast and crew, and to be trusted with Stephen King's extraordinary story. One of the highlights of my career, without a doubt." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** NECROLOGIES: One night, a horror-movie fan (Alexis Wawerka) sneaks into a graveyard. He is caught by a strange grave keeper (Jean-Claude Dreyfus). The young man tries to talk with him to gain some time before he calls the police. The keepershows him his "book of tombs" and tells him the most bizarre and frightening stories linked to these tombs. Six macabre stories, filled with rvil creatures and unearthly events, will lead them to the end of this dreadful night.
----- December 3rd, 2018 -----
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U: This Valentine's Day, death makes a killer comeback.
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: Actor and filmmaker John Krasinski is now just over six months into the writing process on the sequel to his acclaimed horror hit A QUIET PLACE. The first film follows a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threatens their survival. It opened in April and grossed over $334 million worldwide on a $17 million dollar budget, along with nabbing some of the best reviews of the year and the title is likely to feature on many 'Best of Year' lists. Speaking with Business Insider this week, Krasinski says the new film doesn't feel like a sequel:
"I don't even see it as a sequel. Emily [Blunt] actually blew my mind by categorizing it the correct way after I pitched it to her. She said, 'This isn't a sequel at all – this is the second book in a series of books. It's a widening of a world.' And I thought that's the best way to look at it. It doesn't feel like a sequel – it's a continuation of living in that world."
A few weeks ago in a separate interview, Krasinski saying he originally had no interest in working on the sequel until he had an idea followed it down a rabbit hole. Now he's changed his tune and is legitimately excited about where it's all going:
"I can't wait to get in there and keep writing and see what this movie wants to allow itself to be. And that will happen in the script process and the shooting and the editing. But I think what's cool about the second part of this movie is the same set of rules have to apply. I can't just introduce a world where you can make a ton of sound, and if I did, there would have to be a reason for it. So it's figuring out if there are smart and clever ways to do it."
Krasinski directed the first film and co-starred with his real-life wife Emily Blunt. Krasinski hasn't been confirmed to return as director as yet and no official production or release date for a sequel has been announced. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HELL FEST: The film now arrives to digital on December 21st on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate.
** THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: Lars von Trier's film debuted at Cannes this year to mixed reviews and a bunch of criticism about its brutality and violence. That was followed by an interesting marketing campaign that led to the announcement a few weeks ago about a unique release strategy.
IFC Films has the movie in North America and recently held a one-night-only screening of the full, uncensored director's cut of the film (the one from Cannes). That comes ahead of a trimmed by 80 seconds R-rated theatrical release along with two different versions on VOD (the director's cut if you purchase, the theatrical cut if you rent).
Now, in having done its one night only screening where it made a solid $200,000 in one night on 140 Screens, IFC has found itself in hot water for having violated some of the rules of the U.S. censors – the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
The MPAA has released a statement saying the release of an unrated director's cut so close to the film's 'official' release, and without a waiver from the group, is confusing for moviegoers and could lead to patrons mistakenly attending an unedited version thinking it's the R-rated cut.
As a result of the violation, IFC Films could find itself on the end of some fairly serious sanctions. IFC is now awaiting the decision of a hearing of the Classifications and Ratings Administration and could see the film's theatrical cut's R-rating revoked along with a several month suspension of the ratings process for other films from the distributor. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- November 30, 2018 -----
** Jordan Peele's CANDYMAN reboot: MGM has announced they've partnered with Monkeypaw Productions' Jordan Peele (GET OUT) and Win Rosenfeld to produce a re-imagining of the 1992 horror classic. Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta will direct from a screenplay by Peele and Rosenfeld. The film, a "spiritual sequel" to the original, returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
"We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind-blowing combination of Jordan, Win and Nia bring to the legend of CANDYMAN. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker's haunting and brilliant source material but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans," said Jonathan Glickman, MGM's President of Motion Picture Group.
"The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Alongside NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, CANDYMAN was a major inspiration for me as a filmmaker — and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting. We are honored to bring the next chapter in the Candyman canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker's legend," added Peele. Production is expected to begin Spring 2019. Universal Pictures will release CANDYMAN theatrically in the U.S. on June 12, 2020. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ZOMBIELAND sequel: Variety reports that the beautiful Zoey Deutch has signed on to star in the upcoming sequel, a follow-up to the acclaimed 2009 zombie comedy. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- November 27, 2018 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: While there's still no word on when it'll begin production, the reboot of the RESIDENT EVIL films is chugging along with writer Greg Russo revealing that a draft of the screenplay has been completed and turned into the studio.
James Wan is serving as a producer on the new take on the property with a director expected to be hired soon. Russo, who has also worked on the long-gestating MORTAL KOMBAT movie reboot, spoke with Discussing Film about how approached the reboot and said the recent and highly acclaimed video game RESIDENT EVIL 7 released last year served as the template:
"Obviously, I'm a huge fan of the franchise so to work on that was a lot of fun. And they've made six films before so when you come back to that and reboot it, you wanna do something different and not just rehash. For me it was very clear-cut that I wanted to go back and make it scary again like a horror film in terms of the classic James Wan style so that was the pitch, going back and looking what made the games scary in the first place so yeah, RESIDENT EVIL 7 was a bit of a touchstone for my draft."
Despite the work, Russo says his involvement in the project is done and so he's not sure what's going on with it now: "I worked on the reboot for about a year and then producer James Wan came in, my involvement on that project has kind of concluded, so I'm not sure what they'll really do with it, I submitted my draft to the producers and they were happy with it and ultimately they'll do what they will with the property but I'm currently not involved with that film."
Director Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich made six RESIDENT EVIL movies over a 15-year period, a franchise which was much more action than horror oriented which is what the game series was initially crafted as. Despite a critical drubbing, the six films have snagged a whopping $1.2 billion in revenue. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TERRIFIED (ATERRADOS): Guillermo del Toro is in talks to produce a English language remake of Demian Rugna's film. Because of his fascination with the paranormal, a police officer on the brink of retirement is asked to investigate a series of strange deaths happening doors apart from each other. There he meets a famed paranormal investigator who is looking into a disappearance in the area as well. Together, with another paranormal enthusiast, they look into these strange incidents and uncover a terrifying connection. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD: Here's the mid-season 9 official trailer!
----- November 26, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: The film will be available to buy digitally via Movies Anywhere on Dec. 28, then on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on Jan. 15th. Meanwhile, here's a deleted scene.
** JOHNNY Z: This is a film about a half human, half zombie named Johnny who's blood holds the cure to the zombie epidemic. After escaping Nordac, an experimental medical prison, Johnny comes under the guidance of a martial arts Grandmaster named Jonray who agrees under a dying wish to protect and embarks on a journey to find a missing doctor while battling his one personal demons.
----- November 19, 2018 -----
** Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios: Both are teaming to produce eight feature-length thriller features, from filmmakers of diverse backgrounds, to run worldwide on the streaming service. Amazon emphasized that the Blumhouse deal marks its first broad pact for feature-length productions that will be exclusive to Amazon's streaming platform worldwide. The projects are all said to be "elevated thrillers or stories with dark themes". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** FEAR STREET: Author R.L. Stine took to Twitter to confirm that the film adaptation of his popular YA horror book series FEAR STREET is still moving forward at 20th Century Fox. He made the announcement due to the fans' constant questions about the upcoming trilogy. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LEPRECHAUN RETURNS: Here's the trailer and second poster for the upcoming film, which comes out in theatre 11 December 2018.
----- November 15, 2018 -----
** MANIAC: The notorious horror classic... New 3 disc limited edition 4k restoration from original camera negative with 3D lenticular slipcover - Only 10,000 Available! This new edition features;
Disc 1 (Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:
- Audio Commentary #1 with Producer/Director William Lustig and Producer Andrew W. Garroni
- Audio Commentary #2 with Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:
- NEW! MANIAC Outtakes
- NEW! Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig
- Anna and the Killer - Interview with Star Caroline Munro
- The Death Dealer - Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
- Dark Notes - Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
- Maniac Men - Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
- The Joe Spinell Story
- Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel
- MANIAC Publicity
- MANIAC Controversy
- BONUS! MANIAC Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Jay Chattaway
- BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold
** THE SONATA: A young violinist unravels her long lost father's past, triggering dark forces that reach beyond her imagination...
----- November 13, 2018 -----
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: MGM has released a teaser poster for the upcoming remake, which will be arriving in theaters next summer on June 21, 2019, Variety has confirmed. Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry are headlining the new film, under the helm of filmmaker Lars Klevberg (POLAROID). Tyler Burton Smith wrote the screenplay based on the 1988 film. In the remake, Plaza stars as a mother who gives her son Andy, portrayed by Gabriel Bateman, a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. The new version of the killer doll won't be a doll possessed by a serial killer but will be a defective Buddy doll whose programming code was hacked so that he has no limitations to learning and also violence. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HELL FEST: Experience a terrifying celebration of the horror genre when HELL FEST arrives on Digital December 28 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate.
A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground. On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?
Take home HELL FEST and go behind the scenes with an exclusive, never-before-seen featurette, "Thrills and Kills: Making HELL FEST." Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K Ultra HD combo pack, which includes Dolby Vision HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultravivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The HELL FEST 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S: Video game creator Scott Cawthon has revealed that Blumhouse and Universal Pictures' forthcoming live-action adaptation of his popular horror game FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S has been briefly delayed due to his dissatisfaction with the first script he had written. Cawthon also shared that the new script the he has been working on will be based on the first three FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S games.
"I had a script written," Cawthon wrote earlier in a Q&A thread. "Jason [Blum] liked it, and Chris Columbus liked it too, but I tossed it. I had a different idea for it, one that I liked better. I take responsibility for this delay; it's my fault. [I'm] determined to find the right story."
"I'm sticking to what I've always said… either the right movie gets made or no movie gets made… I hate delaying a project that's already seen so many delays, but I have to go with my instincts on what I think will be exciting and interesting, and what I think the fanbase will really want to see. If that means that I have to start over ten more times, then that's what I'm going to do. The good thing is that each attempt gets better and better, in my opinion. So, despite the delays, it's going in the right direction." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- November 12, 2018 -----
** CAM: From Blumhouse, the producer of GET OUT and UPGRADE comes CAM - a technology-driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn starring Madeline Brewer (HANDMAID'S TALE).
** THE HOARD: From indie horror studio Foresight Features and the creators of PONTYPOOL, MONSTER BRAWL and SEPTIC MAN comes their latest batshit horror/comedy THE HOARD. THE HOARD depicts the ill-fated effort of a group of Reality TV stars trying to produce a pilot episode for their comeback series "Extremely Haunted Hoarders". An ensemble comedy, a paranormal investigation, a hoarder intervention and a house-flipping misadventure, THE HOARD chronicles how the ultimate reality show turned into a deadly nightmare.
** ASTRAL: A detached university student faces the consequences of astral projection when he uses it to reconnect with his dead mother.
** LUCIFERINA: Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. Instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and perhaps, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself. The film will be available November 20th on Blu-ray and DVD in North America. On December 4th, the film will launch on Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
** THE PURGE TV series: The Deadline web site reports that USA Network has officially renewed the movie spin-off series for a second season.
"USA Network is so proud to be the television home for the iconic franchise THE PURGE" NBC Universal's President of Entertainment Networks for Cable Entertainment, Chris McCumber said. "The partnership and creative trust of Jason Blum and everyone at Blumhouse Television and Universal Pictures ensured THE PURGE's successful transition from film to TV – and, along with Universal Cable Productions, we look forward to digging even deeper into the mythology in Season 2." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: What happens when zombies corner two badass women? Brains get splattered...that's what.
** AURORA: The passenger ship Aurora mysteriously collides into the rocky sea, and threatens an entire island and a young woman and her sister's lives; they must survive to stay alive by finding missing dead bodies for a bounty, while at risk from visitors who seek shelter in their home.
** ZOO: Karen and John have lost the spark of married life the day they were notified that they were unable to conceive. Now they almost live like the walking dead, imprisoned by everyday life and on the verge of divorce. When the world is hit by a pandemic that really turns people into zombies, the couple have to lock themselves in their apartment, waiting for rescue. While the world outside is falling apart, they are forced to find their way back to each other and reclaim their lost love.
----- November 7, 2018 -----
** Arrow Video US - November 2018 Release Schedule: Arrow Video gets things started on November 13th with the release of THE WIZARD OF GORE from the wizard himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis. Montag the Magnificent wows audiences with his macabre magic act, but before long his volunteers start to wind up dead. Is Montag a modern day wizard or just your everyday serial killer? A TV talk show hostess investigates in this splatter classic! This release comes fully load with all the blood soaked special features you could want, including the addition of 1968's How to Make a Doll.
On November 20th audiences will get the chance to purchase Teruo Ishii's anthology, ORGIES OF EDO. This bloody entry takes viewers along for a ride featuring three stories each with a corrupt moral center. Politically incorrect, each tale is that of tragic heroines caught up in unspeakable violence. First pressings of this release will include an illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Tom Mes.
** Tempe Entertainment: Sad news as longtime B-movie production & distribution company calls it quits after 33 years. Rising from the ashes of Amsco Studios during post-production on THE DEAD NEXT DOOR in September 1988, The Suburban Tempe Company became a recognizable name in B-movie cinema over the decade that followed, producing ROBOT NINJA, SKINNED ALIVE, and a notorious shot-on-video "six pack" for Cinema Home Video before branching out on its own with movies like OZONE, THE SANDMAN, and POLYMORPH.
In 1991, Tempe Video was formed to market and distribute productions in house, paving the way to acquire movies from other producers alongside Alternative Cinema, a magazine dedicated to the burgeoning direct-to-video scene. After a brief hiatus from self-distribution with BLOODLETTING in 1997, the newly-christened Tempe Entertainment headed west for the most prolific chapter in the company's history.
** ALPHAS: FINAL DESTINATION 5 director Steven Quale is set to helm Voltage Pictures' aquatic thriller ALPHAS based on a screenplay by Frank Hannah. The story sees a school of great white sharks terrorize a coastal town and their only hope is a damaged killer whale who has been in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEAR DAVID: New Line has won a bidding war for the viral ghost story DEAR DAVID, written by former BuzzFeed writer Adam Elis, according to the Collider web site. It mentions that BuzzFeed Studios had partnered with It producer Dan Lin and his Rideback banner to produce the film back in June, but it still needed a distributor. After a prolonged negotiation period, New Line eventually beat out Paramount Players for the project. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- November 6, 2018 -----
** EVIL DEAD and DON'T BREATHE sequels: Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez first came to many people's attention when, for his first feature effort, he scored the chance to direct the high profile remake of EVIL DEAD. Much more brutal than the Sam Raimi directed trilogy, the new take on the property scored fairly good reviews and made back over five times its $17 million budget – a very good start. Things only got better with DON'T BREATHE, a high profile thriller about three friends trapped inside the house of a psychopathic blind war veteran. Nominated and winning several genre awards, the film scored very good reviews and went on to make $157 million worldwide from a $10 million budget.
Speaking with Movieweb, he touched upon a recent Twitter poll in which he asked whether people would rather see an EVIL DEAD or a DON'T BREATHE sequel, to which most responded more EVIL DEAD – a decision Alvarez seeming doesn't have much interest in:
"When I tweeted that I was interested in seeing what people prefer. We were having some internal debates about what people would be interested in most. Unfortunately, EVIL DEAD 2 won. Which, I guess I would have preferred DON'T BREATHE 2 to win because it's one of my own creations. Obviously EVIL DEAD has the bigger following. So that's what happened."
One key difference? EVIL DEAD 2 doesn't have a script whereas DON'T BREATHE 2 has a screenplay ready to go. Alvarez admits he's not sure how much involvement in either he'll have:
"…it doesn't mean that we won't make them. And that I make them might not be that I'm directing, but I might be producing. They're just ideas right now. Nothing to announce officially. We do have a script for DON'T BREATHE 2. That's the only difference. We don't have a script for EVIL DEAD 2. But we do have a script for DON'T BREATHE 2 that we wrote. Once I'm done with THE GIRL WITH THE SPIDER'S WEB we're gonna start thinking of ways to bring that story to the screen. Me directing or me producing. It really depends on the time that we'll have. I'm particularly excited about that because it's a really different sequel, when it comes to sequels. It's a very different approach and I'm excited about that." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD movies: AMC has announced the first projects in development from Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple for THE WALKING DEAD Universe. A series of AMC Studios Original Films, starring Andrew Lincoln and written by Gimple, are planned to continue the story of Rick Grimes, with the first expected to begin production as early as 2019.
In Lincoln's final appearance on the hit series THE WALKING DEAD, the character of Rick Grimes is mortally wounded and last seen being flown away by helicopter to an unknown destination. The first film will explore the story of where Rick is taken and what he faces in a new corner of the zombie apocalypse.
As part of Gimple's multi-year plan for THE WALKING DEAD Universe, there are other projects currently in development, including additional films, specials, series, digital content and more. Some of the stories will relate to THE WALKING DEAD as fans know it while others will be standalone stories that break into new creative territory.
"We have a lot on the horizon – starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I've ever met," said Gimple. "These films are going to be big evolutions of what we've been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features. We're starting with the first part of the continuing story of Rick Grimes, and there is much more on the way, featuring yet-unseen worlds of THE WALKING DEAD and faces from the show's past, as well as new characters we hope to become favorites, told by TWD veterans and emerging voices. We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that's captured our imagination for nearly a decade of the Dead."
"We believe this is a world and narrative with many possibilities and opportunities for character development and we're excited to expand the series into a franchise that can live across multiple formats," said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "For many years, fans have talked about things in the apocalypse they want to see and now we have an opportunity to explore those stories, beginning with the character who started it all, Rick Grimes." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** OVERLORD: In Theaters and Available for Pre-Order from PlayStation Store on November 9th.
** GRUDGE: Sony has released the first look at their upcoming reboot of THE GRUDGE franchise opening June 21st next year. Nicolas Pesce helms the film which stars INSIDIOUS alum Lin Shaye who earlier this year said: "It's the scariest movie I've ever been a part of, not even maybe. Not even maybe. And it's the scariest part I've ever had, bar none." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- November 5, 2018 -----
** NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD sequel: Fifty years on from the release of George A. Romero's iconic 1968 zombie film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, some of the key talent involved in it will return for a direct follow-up. Living Dead Media, the company which handles the rights to the original, have announced that they intend to release an official sequel billed as NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II which is expected to arrive in 2019. In an official statement the company says:
"NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD's place on the Mt. Rushmore of horror films is known by most horror fans and people all over the world. But, unknown to most is that in the 1970's, the original writers and producers of Night of the Living Dead penned a sequel to their masterpiece. A sequel that inexplicably has gone unproduced for over forty years – until now. Living Dead Media has brushed away the dirt from this amazing follow up to a classic and brought together a great team to produce the new film."
Essentially it sounds like the film will be using 2018's HALLOWEEN as a template with the new film working as a direct sequel to the original and ignoring the numerous sequels that came after. George A. Romero's wife, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, had previously revealed that her late husband left behind forty or more scripts that hadn't been produced, though it's not clear if this project is one of those scripts she was talking about. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the development of the story for the sequel to this year's acclaimed horror smash A QUIET PLACE, including an idea to dive into the past of the characters.
"In some ways, the idea of seeing who these people were before this all happened would be interesting, but I'm not quite sure because I think actually it's now what's the next chapter and what happens next," said Blunt, who plays the Abbott family matriarch. "I think people feel very invested in this family…. I think it's such an open book right now, and certainly for John who is lasering into something as we speak."
Krasinski, who helped with the rewrites on the first installment that he directed and starred in, originally had no interest in working on a sequel, but after finding a small idea for it, he found himself inspired and came up with further planning for the sequel.
"This is a world you can play in, this isn't just a character to remake…. it's actually a world, which is a whole different, very unique experience," Krasinski explained. "It's not like ALIEN or JAWS where the main villain is the thing you're repeating; it's an actual entire set of rules and the circumstance that the world has undergone that you can play in very different facets." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** IT Chapter Two: Director Andy Muschietti took to Instagram Friday to announce that filming has concluded for the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2017 horror hit, as IT Chapter Two which is set to hit theaters in September 2019!
** BLOODY BALLET: When a beautiful ballerina dancer, Adriana Mena (Kendra Carelli), lands the lead role in the upcoming Nutcracker performance, she's forced to face her demons as jealousy and tension begin to provoke the supernatural. Coming out November 13 from High Octane Pictures.
** RONDO: Paul, a troubled young veteran, is told by a psychiatrist that sex is the solution to his dependency and drinking problems. But things turns out otherwise as Paul and his sister are sucked into a criminal underworld where sex and murder are daily specials and revenge is served piping hot.
----- November 1st, 2018 -----
** THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: The film takes place in 1970s USA. We follow the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack's development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack's point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. Along the way we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult maneuvers.
** THE MEG sequel: Producer Catherine Xujun Ying has acknowledged that a sequel to this summer's giant prehistoric shark movie THE MEG is in the works. At present the film hasn't set any screenwriters and the project isn't officially greenlit by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Nevertheless, it seems to be happening. Speaking at the Los Angeles Skirball Center's U.S.-China Entertainment Summit, Ying says a sequel is "definitely the plan… it's still in the very early stages, but we're working on it. We're trying to keep it secret at this time."
Ying is also CEO of Gravity Pictures who was involved heavily in financing the movie which plays a big part in the chances of a sequel happening, as does producer Belle Avery having already bought the rights in perpetuity to all five of Steve Alten's books upon which it's based. Additionally there are reportedly discussions in place to create Meg theme park rides in China.
THE MEG is the most successful U.S.-Chinese co-production ever made to date, clocking in at $527.8 million worldwide. One advantage of a sequel is that it doesn't have to swallow the tens of millions spent over twenty years in development costs which the first film endured. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LEPRECHAUN RETURNS: The film arrives on Digital and On Demand December 11 from Lionsgate. The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him