It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- August 31, 2021 -----
** CANDYMAN: This weekend's only new wide release, the acclaimed R-rated revival of CANDYMAN, is beating expectations with the film on track to earn slightly over $20 million domestically in its opening weekend.
Taking $11 million on Friday (with Thursday night previews included), the film was shot on a budget of just $25 million and so should be into profit fairly quickly. Despite the critically positive reviews, the film managed only a B CinemaScore. Nia DaCosta helms the feature which serves as a spiritual sequel to the 1992 original. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Behind the Monsters: Shudder has officially granted a series order to a brand new documentary series titled Behind the Monsters, centering around cinematic horror icons including Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Candyman, Chucky, and Pinhead. The six-episode series is scheduled to make its debut on October 26, with episodes premiering weekly.
"In the history of film, only a handful of stars and characters like Mickey Mouse or Marilyn Monroe have risen to the heights of fame to become instantly recognizable the world over," Shudder's General Manager, Craig Engler said in a statement. "Yet somehow, a small group of monsters who got their start in low-budget horror movies have transcended their humble beginnings to become international pop culture icons. Behind the Monsters will tell the story of their unlikely rise to fame, from the ideas that inspired them to the indelible mark they've left on the world."
From Stage 3 Productions, Behind the Monsters hails from writers and directors Gabrielle Binkley, and Anthony Uro. The docuseries is expected to take a deep dive into cinematic horror icons. Each of the series' six episodes will focus on a single horror character. It will feature interviews with horror experts and the writers, directors, and actors from the original films that made each character the stuff of genre legends. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SOUND OF VIOLENCE: British label Dazzler Media will release on Blu-ray Alex Noyer's SOUND OF VIOLENCE (2021), starring Jasmin Savoy Brown, Lili Simmons, and James Jagger. The release will be available for purchase on August 30.
** BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL: RLJE Films has detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Chris Baugh's BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL (2021), starring Jack Rowan, Louisa Harland, John Lynch, Nigel O'Neill, and Michael Hough. The release will be available for purchase on September 21. Special Features and Technical Specs:
Filmmaker commentary. BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL - Short Film. Storyboards. The Making of BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL - Fetaurette. Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery by Louisa Harland. Optional English SDH and Spanish subtitles for the main feature.
** VIOLATION: RLJ Entertainment has detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Dusty Mancinelli and Madeleine Sims-Fewer's VIOLATION (2020), starring Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Anna Maguire, and Jesse LaVercombe. The release will be available for purchase on September 21.
Special Features and Technical Specs: Meet the Filmmakers - Featurette, Toronto International Film Festival Introduction and optional English subtitles for the main feature.
----- August 30, 2021 -----
** THE HILLS HAVE EYES 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 11/8 from Arrow Video. Brand new 4K restoration of the film, viewable with both original and alternate endings. 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in High Dynamic Range. Original lossless mono audio. Optional lossless 2.0 stereo and 7.1 remixes (original ending only). Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing and more!
** PHANTOM OF THE MALL: Coming to Blu-ray on 11/22 from Arrow Video. Three versions of the feature: Original Theatrical Cut, TV Cut and bonus composite "Phan Cut"! High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation. Original uncompressed mono audio on all cuts. Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing on all cuts.
** MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN: Coming to Blu-ray on 11/29 from Arrow Video. New 2K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films. 1080p Blu-ray presentations of four different versions of the film: the original 96-minute Italian and English export versions, the 90-minute French version, containing exclusive footage, and the 95-minute US version, containing alternate dubbing, re-ordered scenes and added visual effects.
** SALEM'S LOT remake: Bill Pullman's son Lewis Pullman has scored the lead role in the new film adaptation of Stephen King's best-selling novel SALEM'S LOT at New Line. Pullman will play author Ben Mears who returns to his childhood home of Jerusalem's Lot in search of inspiration for his next book – only to discover it is being preyed upon by a vampire, leading him to band together a ragtag group that will fight the evil presence.
David Soul played the part in the 1979 miniseries from Tobe Hooper, while Rob Lowe took on the part in a miniseries in the 2000s. Gary Dauberman (IT) wrote the script and is directing the feature project which will begin filming in September in Boston. James Wan, Roy Lee and Michael Clear will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEATH RIDER IN THE HOUSE OF VAMPIRES: Here's the trailer for the new Danzig horror spaghetti western film.
----- August 27, 2021 -----
** POSSESSION: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/6 from Umbrella Entertainment in Australia.
** EVIL DEAD TRAP 1 & 2: Both films are coming to Blu-ray in January from LE CHAT QUI FUME in France.
** LUZIFER: A man with the mental faculties of a child must save his mother, thereby becoming god and devil. Franz Rogowski and Susanne Jensen star in a horror drama, directed by Peter Brunner.
** KILLER PARTY: We cordially invite you this Halloween to a KILLER PARTY – the 1986 wild supernatural slasher cult fav – which makes its debut on the Blu-ray format in North America on Oct 26th! Coming from Shout! Factory.
** CRABS!: A horde of murderous crab monsters descend on a sleepy coastal town on Prom night, and only a ragtag group of outcasts can save the day.
----- August 26, 2021 -----
** NOSFERATU remake: Having broken through on filmmaker Robert Eggers' THE WITCH back in 2015, actress Anya-Taylor Joy is now reuniting with the helmer for another project. Eggers, who most recently directed THE LIGHTHOUSE and the currently in post-production THE NORTHMAN, is working on a remake of iconic 1922 silent horror film NOSFERATU which was loosely adapted from Bram Stoker's DRACULA.
It is not known what role Taylor-Joy will play in the reworking, but Eggers has been planning the project for years. Taylor-Joy, who'll be seen later this year in Edgar Wright's LAST NIGHT IN SOHO. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SLAPFACE and THE ADVENT CALENDAR: Shudder remains hard at work, bringing subscribers some of the best the festival circuit has to offer this year. Today we get news that they have acquired SLAPFACE and THE ADVENT CALENDAR. Both films are set to play during Arrow Video FrightFest which begins on Thursday in London, UK. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** EYES OF FIRE: Coming to Blu-ray 12/7 from Severin Films. The seminal American folk horror film, unavailable on home video for decades, now debuts in a new 4K restoration. A rogue 18th century preacher and his followers make their way downriver to establish a new settlement beyond the western frontier and encounter a forest enchanted by strange spirits that will bring an apocalyptic madness upon them.
** SUPERHOST: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** JUST BEYOND: Disney+ has released the first official photos for the upcoming anthology series adaptation of R.L. Stine's horror graphic novel JUST BEYOND. Expected to debut this Fall, the anthology series tells astonishing and thought-provoking stories of a reality just beyond the one we know. McKenna Grace, Lexi Underwood, Megan Stott and Cedric Joe co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- August 25, 2021 -----
** THE SADNESS: The city of Taipei suddenly erupts into bloody chaos as ordinary people are compulsively driven to enact the most cruel and ghastly things they can imagine. Murder, torture, and mutilation are only the beginning... A young couple is pushed to the limits of sanity as they try to reunite amid the violence and depravity. The age of civility and order is no more.
** HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON: Coming to Blu-ray on October 25th from 88 Films. From director Mario Bava, the Godfather of Italian horror comes HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON, a superlative early 70s slasher that places us and the erstwhile filmmaker back in the realm of the Gialli feature, a cinematic sub-genre he practically invented.
** THE GIRL WHO GOT AWAY: Here's the poster for the upcoming horror film.
** ZOMBIE HIGH: Coming to Blu-ray on November 15th from 88 Films. Virginia Madsen and Richard Cox star in this humorous thriller about the bizarre happenings that occur in a prestigious boarding school. It seems to Andrea Miller (Madsen) that the upperclassmen act like robots. They're the perfect students – dedicated, involved and loyal. Their clothes are perfectly pressed and their hair is perfectly styled. It seems that the teachers have something to do with this ingratiating behavior. And when Andrea, the new kid at school, sees her friends turning into clones, she starts to suspect the worst.
** WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE: Here's the teaser trailer for the upcoming four Amazon Prime Video films.
----- August 24, 2021 -----
** PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND: Here's the poster for the upcoming Sion Sono film starring Nicolas Cage.
** THE HOWLING 4K UHD: To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Joe Dante's horror classic THE HOWLING, STUDIOCANAL is thrilled to announce a brand new 4K restoration of the 1981 contemporary tale of timeless horror.
** NEW YEAR'S EVIL: Coming Soon on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics from a brand new 2K Master. The release will include newly commissioned art, reversible art of the original poster, all the previously produced extras from the Shout Factory release and more!
** JACK FROST & JACK FROST 2: Coming to Blu-ray on December 14th. High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature with audio 5.1 DTS-HD MA and more!
** BURIAL GROUND MASSACRE: The Larsen family currently owns Liberty Manor with only a cursory knowledge of its tortured past. Chief Tocho runs a low-level casino. He is a spiteful and vengeful man, who blames his tribe's predicament on the conquest of his ancestor's land and the curse of the ring. He hires a sociopath and fellow tribe member, Damon, to reclaim the ring, thereby eradicating the curse. Gratuitously sadistic in his quest, Damon enters the Manor during a party with the intent to brutally murder everyone.
----- August 23, 2021 -----
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Sacred Bones Records has released "Unkillable," the first single of the original soundtrack of HALLOWEEN KILLS by John Carpenter and his collaborators Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. The trio also composed the soundtrack for 2018's acclaimed soft-reboot and is back for the sequel. The movie comes to commercial theaters on October 15th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MIDNIGHT MASS: Netflix has released the teaser trailer for Mike Flanagan's newest horror limited series MIDNIGHT MASS, which is slated to make its debut on September 24. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DEADLY FRIEND: The much-requested-for Wes Craven horror/sci-fi favorite DEADLY FRIEND short circuits onto Blu-ray for the first time in time for Halloween! National street date for North America (Region A) is Oct 12th. This will be presented as a Collector's Edition and will come guaranteed with a slipcover in its first three months of release. Extras will be announced on a later date, but we can confirm today that there will be a new HD transfer of the film (same runtime & content as the prior "Twisted Terror" DVD) and interview with actress Kristy Swanson! Coming from Shout! Factory.
** ANATOMY & ANATOMY 2: Coming to Blu-ray 8/27 from JustBridge in Germany. Both films will come with 5.1 German/English Language options, a booklet, bonus and more.
** PREMUTOS THE FALLEN ANGEL: Coming to Blu-ray 12/14 from Unearthed Films.
----- August 20, 2021 -----
** PHANTASM: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/5 from WELL GO USA are both PHANTASM and PHANTASM II remastered.
** AMERICAN PSYCHO 4K UHD: The film arrives October 5th on 4K Ultra HD Steelbook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.
** KRAMPUS 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD later this year. Will contain both the Naughty Cut and Directors Cut.
** BLUE_WHALE: Based on actual cybercrimes that ripped across Eastern Europe and may have been responsible for over 130 deaths (along with the Japanese Momo hoax it inspired) BLUE_WHALE is the startling feature debut from writer/director Anna Zaytseva, whose shorts have won no less than 16 awards on the festival circuit.
** CANNIBAL HOOKERS: Coming soon to Blu-ray from Culture Shock Releasing. Donald Farmer and Caroline Kopko's loosely based remake to the 1987 S.O.V also directed by Donald. Kirsten escaped a religious cult but is still living a dangerous life, turning tricks in Hollywood to get by. She crosses paths with the notorious Cannibal Hookers and joins their man-eating ranks. A renegade priest and a bounty hunter are searching the dark recesses of Los Angeles for Kirsten and the cannibal hookers. Will Kirsten and her blood lusting friends survive their predators to prey.
----- August 19, 2021 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13th: Here's every kills in the FRIDAY THE 13th movies.
** BLOOD RED SKY: Netflix's BLOOD RED SKY, a mostly English language and German-made film nicknamed 'vampires on a plane' for its high concept premise, has proven a big success.
The streaming title is reportedly Netflix's most successful German content to date, film or TV, as more than 50 million households around the world are projected to watch it by next week (the streamer's standard 28-day measure). The film also reached the top ten in 93 countries. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** NIGHT OF THE ANIMATED DEAD: Revisit George A. Romero's 1968 horror classic in an altogether unprecedented presentation as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases NIGHT OF THE ANIMATED DEAD, a new, star-studded animated recreation of the horror classic coming September 21, 2021 to Digital and October 5, 2021 to Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD.
** CANDYMAN: Oscar winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend: Candyman. Filmmaker Nia DaCosta directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.
** INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE series: AMC has announced that Australian actor Sam Reid has been tapped for one of the leading roles in the upcoming series adaptation of Anne Rice's classic gothic horror novel INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- August 18, 2021 -----
** HELLRAISER reboot: As we know, THE NIGHT HOUSE director David Bruckner is taking the helm of a revival of the HELLRAISER franchise which is being made exclusively for Hulu. That franchise began with the 1987 original directed by author Clive Barker who wrote the novella "The Hellbound Heart" upon which that film is based. However nine sequels increasingly diluted it long past the point of direct-to-video exhaustion.
With the new one, Bruckner tells SFX Magazine that the plan is for a "small reimagining" which will stick closely to Barker's original material, but will offer a slightly updated approach:
"We can't say anything about it yet… But it is something that we are actively working towards, and it is a joy and a dream for a filmmaker like myself to dive into that world. All I'll say is that we are aiming to be as true as we can to the original material. The Hellbound Heart is also a primary source of inspiration, as well as the original film. But then it is something of a small reimagining."
This project is separate from HBO's planned TV series take on the property which David Gordon Green will direct the pilot of, Michael Dougherty and Mark Verheiden are on board as writers and Barker himself will executive produce. Barker's involvement in the movie, if any, is unclear at this time. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CUBE remake: The full trailer has been released by distributor Shochiku for the Japanese remake of the 1997 cult contained horror classic CUBE. Filmmaker Vincenzo Natali broke out with the original in which six people are trapped in a maze of cubed rooms designed to kill them. The survivors needs to work together to find a safe passage through the cubes while trying to figure out why they were put there.
Lionsgate has been planning a reimagining of the franchise but made little progress. Shimizu Yasuhiko helms this version which stars Suda Masaki, Okada Masaki, Tashiro Hikaru and Saito Takumi. Natali serves as a creative advisor while Tokuo Koji adapted the script for this new take and the trailer indicates its recreating the original fairly closely. The new CUBE will open in Japan on October 22nd.
** DON'T BREATHE 2: The sequel to 2016's well-regarded home invasion flick by Fede Alvarez, took $10.6 million at the box office last weekend. To put that in context the first film opened to $26.4 million five years ago. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHUCKY: CHILD PLAY'S creator Don Mancini took to Twitter to confirm that production on SYFY and the USA Network's long-in-development CHUCKY series has finally been completed, after more than five months of filming. The production wrap comes after the full trailer was released last month during Comic-Con@Home. The series is currently slated to make its long-awaited debut on October 12, just in time for the Halloween season. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SCREAM 4K UHD: In celebration of its 25th anniversary and just in time for Halloween, SCREAM will be released for the first time on 4K Ultra HD and in a newly remastered Blu-ray on October 19, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
25 years after its theatrical debut, SCREAM remains a wildly entertaining and terrifically terrifying cinematic experience. Directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, the film is a brilliant deconstruction of the horror genre that pays homage to the conventions of slasher films while upending them with clever twists and witty dialogue.
The new SCREAM 4K Ultra HD, Limited-Edition 4K Ultra HD SteelBook, and Blu-ray include a brand-new look back at the film and director Wes Craven, featuring archival behind-the-scenes footage and new interviews with stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette, as well as screenwriter Kevin Williamson and the directors and other cast members from the new installment in the franchise scheduled to premiere in theaters in 2022 from Paramount Pictures and Spyglass Media Group. The discs also include access to a Digital copy of the film and the legacy bonus content.
----- August 17, 2021 -----
** PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND: In the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber is sprung from jail by a wealthy warlord, The Governor, whose adopted granddaughter has run away. Strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct within five days if he doesn't find the missing girl, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman — and his own path to redemption. Starring Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Bill Mosley, Nick Cassavetes, Tak Sakaaguchi. Directed by Sion Sono.
** WHITE KNUCKLE: Gina Corano will star in a new horror thriller from NEAR DARK and HITCHER screenwriter Eric Red. The film is called WHITE KNUCKLE and is based on the Red's own novel. The film is being produced by Bonfire Legend who are behind some pretty stellar films like S. Craig Zahler's BONE TOMAHWAK, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99 along with VFW.
There's a killer on the road... He's a big rig truck driver who goes by the CB handle White Knuckle, and he's Jack the Ripper on eighteen wheels. For thirty years he has murdered hundreds of women in unimaginable ways, imprisoning them in a secret compartment in his truck, abducting them in one state and dumping their dead bodies across the country.
Dedicated FBI agent Sharon Ormsby is on a mission to hunt down and stop White Knuckle. She goes undercover as a truck driver with a helpful long hauler named Rudy in a cross-country pursuit that will ultimately bring her face-to-face with White Knuckle in a pedal-to-the-metal, high-octane climax on a highway to Hell. (thanks to QuietEarth.us)
** THE LAIR: Production has begun in Hungary on Neil Marshall's action/horror film THE LAIR starring Jonathan Howard, Charlotte Kirk and Jamie Bamber.
THE LAIR follows Sgt. Tom Hook as he is tasked with leading a unit to find Lt. Kate Sinclair after the Royal Air Force fighter pilot was shot down in Afghanistan. Pursued by insurgents, Sinclair has sought shelter in an abandoned bunker where she unwittingly releases the Ravagers – a half human-half alien man-made biological weapon. Hook and his team, accompanied by a handful of British SAS troops, must save Sinclair from insurgents and the Ravagers before they overrun the area and threaten the entire world.
"It's great to be back in the thick of the action with such a stellar cast and crew, and I'm thrilled to be shooting in Budapest again," said Marshall. "This movie really captures the mood and intensity of my early work, not to mention the blood and guts. I think horror and action fans are going to get a real kick out of THE LAIR." Check out Neil Marshall's Instagram for some photos. (thanks to QuietEarth.us)
** THE OLD WAYS: Official Selection at SITGES Film Festival in Sitges, Spain. When Cristina Lopez, a Mexican-American reporter, goes to her ancestral homeland of Veracruz for a story on witchcraft and faith healers, it's not long before she's kidnapped by locals. They claim that she is possessed by a demon and they must exorcise her before they can set her free. As she tries to find a way to escape, she slowly comes to believe that they may be telling the truth. So along with her captors and estranged cousin Miranda, her fight for survival turns into a fight for her soul.
** 3 FROM HELL 4K UHD: First there was HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. Then there was THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. Now, from writer-director Rob Zombie, comes the next blood-soaked chapter in the most violent crime saga in movie history — 3 FROM HELL. 3 FROM HELL arrives September 28 on 4K Ultra HD SteelBook from Lionsgate, exclusively at Best Buy.
----- August 9, 2021 -----
** TWO EVIL EYES 4K UHD: George Romero and Dario Argento's classic tale of horror and suspense gets the royal restoration treatment in 4K UHD courtesy of Blue Underground on August 24th.
** EVIL DEAD TRAP: The film will be available August 24, 2021 as a brand new 4K scan restoration for Blu-ray from Stephen Biro and Unearthed Films! A TV station employee takes a camera crew out to an abandoned factory to investigate a purported snuff film that was made there, only to end up running for her life.
** THE SHINING series: J.J. Abrams' THE SHINING spinoff series OVERLOOK is being shopped by producers Warner Bros. Television to other buyers after HBO Max decided not to move forward with the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The outlet reports the potential series has interested bidders, with Netflix as the front-runner to possibly land the project. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE RETALIATORS: An upstanding pastor uncovers a dark and twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter's brutal murder. A high-octane original soundtrack and cameos from some of the biggest names in rock music set the tone as this horror-thriller reveals a game of revenge played using a new set of rules.
** HELLBENDER: All set to have its world premiere at Fantasia next week the horror flick HELLBENDER was picked up by streaming service Shudder. They plan to release the film in all their territories - North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand - in early 2022.
In HELLBENDER, 16-year-old Izzy (Zelda Adams) suffers from a rare illness that has kept her isolated on a mountaintop with her mother (Toby Poser) her whole life. As Izzy begins to question her sickness, she pushes back against her confinement and secretly befriends Amber (Lulu Adams), another girl living on the mountain, but her newfound happiness is derailed after she eats a live worm as part of a juvenile game and finds an insatiable and violent hunger awakened within her. To understand the hunger, Izzy must learn the dark secrets of her family's past and the ancient power in her bloodline. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- August 6, 2021 -----
** PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND: RLJE Films has set a September 17th cinema and digital release date for the bonkers looking post-Apocalyptic western action horror feature which hails from Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono (THE SUICIDE CLUB). It stars Nicolas Cage along with Sofia Boutella, Bill Moseley, Ed Skrein, Nick Cassavetes, Tak Sakaguchi and Jai West. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CRIMES OF THE FUTURE: Filming has officially begun on David Cronenberg's CRIMES OF THE FUTURE with Tanaya Beatty, Scott Speedman and Nadia Litz set to join Viggo Mortensen, Laa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart in the cast. Cronenberg, working from his first original screenplay since eXistenZ in 1999, helms his deep dive into the near future where humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. While some embrace the potential of 'transhumanism,' others attempt to police it.
Mortensen says in a statement: "It feels like we've entered a story he collaborated on with Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs, if that were possible. We are being pulled into a world that is not quite like this or any other, and yet is one that feels strangely familiar, immediate and quite credible. I can't wait to see where we end up."
Shooting has kicked off in Athens, Greece where it will run until September. Welket Bungue, Don McKellar, Lihi Kornowski, Yorgos Karamichos and Yorgos Pirpassopoulos also star. Robert Lantos produces and NEON will handle U.S. distribution. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RENFIELD: Nicholas Hoult has been set to star as the title character in RENFIELD, Universal Pictures and Skybound Entertainment's upcoming feature about Dracula's infamous insane acolyte. Filmmaker Chris McKay is in negotiations to direct and produce this original pitch from THE WALKING DEAD author Robert Kirkman with Ryan Ridley penning the script.
The story will center around the character R.M. Renfield, an inmate at a lunatic asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions but is actually a servant of the Transylvanian vampire Count Dracula. Dwight Frye, Tom Waits, Peter MacNicol, Mark Gatiss, Klaus Kinski, Nonso Anozie and Samuel Barnett have all previously played the role on screen. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** EVIL DEAD RISE: Director Lee Cronin took to Twitter to share some new behind-the-scenes photos from the set of New Line Cinema's latest horror installment to Sam Raimi's EVIL DEAD films as filming continues in New Zealand. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- August 5, 2021 -----
** THE EXORCIST reboot: Following the recent news that Universal Pictures and Peacock have acquired the rights to Blumhouse Production's follow-up trilogy to William Friedkin's iconic horror film THE EXORCIST, Universal and Blumhouse have announced the studios will release the first of three films based on THE EXORCIST IP on October 13, 2023. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DON'T BREATHE 2: It's about to get dark. Watch the new restricted trailer for DON'T BREATHE 2 now. Get your tickets to see it exclusively in movie theaters Friday the 13th.
** MARGAUX: Jordan Buhat, Jedidiah Goodacre, Phoebe Miu and Lochlyn Munro have joined the horror-thriller MARGAUX currently filming in Vancouver. Steven C. Miller is directing from a script by Nick Waters and Chris Beyrooty. The story revolves around a group of college friends who are terrorized by a smart house's sinister AI during a weekend getaway. Richard Harmon, Madison Pettis and Vanessa Morgan co-star while Jamie Goehring and Brad Krevoy are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** OUTPOST: Coming to Blu-ray 9/1 from Umbrella Entertainmenté In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker.
----- August 4, 2021 -----
** Universal classic monsters 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 10/5 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment!
** SCREAM 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 10/19 from Paramount Home Entertainment is SCREAM 4K UHD Standard/Steelbook/Blu-ray.
** THE THING 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 9/20 from Universal UK.
** WITHOUT WARNING: Coming Soon on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics with a brand new 2K master. The release will include newly commissioned art, reversible art of the original poster, all the previously produced extras from the Shout Factory release and more.
** SESSION 9: A limited edition Blu-ray is coming soon from Second Sight Films.
----- August 3rd, 2021 -----
** DEEP RED 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in October from Arrow Video!
** DOG SOLDIERS 4K UHD: From Second Sight Films. After a few challenges to overcome we're happy to report the LTO tapes with our new 16mm neg 4K scan are now with our restoration team in the UK. Work is being scheduled but likely to be a few months to completion as still a lot to do and we'll be looking to release on 4K UHD / Blu-ray early 2022.
** MARTIN 4K UHD: From Second Sight Films. Originally planned as a Blu-ray only release many will know we had a change of mind and decided on a 4K UHD release as well. This meant going back to create the HDR grade and restoring in 4K which is now underway but will take some time. We're not expecting to release until early 2022 but we hope you'll agree worth the wait.
** Giallo essentials: Coming to Blu-ray in October from Arrow Video.
** THE NIGHT HOUSE: Searchlight Pictures has released the trailer for David Bruckner's forthcoming psychological horror film, starring Rebecca Hall. The video features Hall's character getting tormented by a powerful unseen force. Originally scheduled for a July 2021 release, the film is now been scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 20. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- August 2nd, 2021 -----
** THE LAIR: Filming has kicked off in Hungary on Highland Film Group's THE LAIR, a feature which sees THE DESCENT director Neil Marshall returning to the pure horror genre.
The story centers on Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Kate Sinclair on her final flight mission when her jet is shot down over one of the most dangerous rebel strongholds of Afghanistan. She finds refuge in an abandoned underground bunker where deadly man-made creatures – half-human, half-alien and hungry for human flesh – are awakened. Sinclair barely escapes and unknowingly leads the creatures back to a U.S. army base.
Jonathan Howard, Charlotte Kirk, Jamie Bamber, Leon Ockenden, Mark Strepan, Hadi Khanjanpour, Harry Taurasi, Kibong Tanji and Troy Alexander star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MAD GOD: Here's the trailer for the highly anticipated film.
** Horror Noire: Horror Noire is a follow-up to Shudder's acclaimed 2019 documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. Featuring new work from both established and emerging talents, this anthology will highlight six stories of Black horror and stream as a feature film on Shudder and AMC+ on October 14.
** BLEED WITH ME: Rowan, a vulnerable outsider, is thrilled when the seemingly perfect Emily invites her on a winter getaway to an isolated cabin in the woods. Trust soon turns to paranoia when Rowan wakes up with mysterious incisions on her arm. Haunted by dream-like visions, Rowan starts to suspect that her friend is drugging her and stealing her blood. She's paralyzed by the fear of losing Emily, but she must fight back before she loses her mind.
** ARMY OF THIEVES: Here's the poster for the upcoming prequel to ARMY OF THE DEAD.
----- July 30, 2021 -----
** HALLOWEEN movies 4K UHD: According to the Shout! Factory website, all the HALLOWEEN 4K UHD releases have been slightly delayed to October 5th.
** EVIL DEAD RISE: As production continues on EVIL DEAD RISE in New Zealand, franchise star and executive producer Bruce Campbell has revealed some new details about New Line Cinema's newest installment to Sam Raimi's EVIL DEAD films, confirming that he won't be reprising his iconic role as Ash Williams in the upcoming horror movie. This marks the first time that his character won't be appearing in an EVIL DEAD film, following his surprise cameo in 2013's Fede Alvarez-directed film.
Speaking with EW, Campbell also went on to tease that EVIL DEAD RISE will be entirely different from previous installments, revealing that it will mainly center around the infamous Necronomicon.
"People can actually call it what [they] want: Sequel, remake, reimagining. It really is just another EVIL DEAD movie," Campbell said. "It's book-centric. It's all about [the Necronomicon]. Where does this book wind up and what happens to it over the millennia? In this case, it's set in the city, it's no more cabin in the woods. It's entirely different, unsuspecting heroines who are going to save the day." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE LAST RITE: A supernatural horror feature film inspired by true events. It is the directorial debut from Writer/Director Leroy Kincaide.
** THE GIRL WHO GOT AWAY: Massena, New York. It's 1998, and a decade of terror comes to a close with the capture of Elizabeth Caulfield (Kaye Tuckerman), a serial killer who abducted and murdered the young girls she pretended were her own. All but one. Christina Bowden (Lexi Johnson) lives a lonely and unassuming existence until Caulfield escapes from prison. Under new investigation, the stories of Christina's past begin to unravel. There's good and evil in everyone, but as the lies are unearthed, Christina needs to choose a side before the darkness of her secrets swallows her whole.
----- July 29, 2021 -----
** LAMB: A24 has released a new full trailer for the Cannes-premiering Noomi Rapace-led LAMB with this one offering both a sinister and darkly comedic tone.
The folktale follows a childless couple in rural Iceland who makes an alarming discovery one day in their sheep barn. They soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature. While the teaser kept the 'child' hidden, the new trailer shows it off enough to make one curious, laugh at the audacity and feel a little chill over where it might go. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHUCKY: He's back! Here's the trailer for Chucky's new TV series, coming this Halloween.
** LILITH: A horror anthology follows the Demon Lilith who punishes men for their indiscretions against women.
** ON THE 3RD DAY: Cecilia and her son embark on a journey. On the third day, she is found wandering alone, not remembering what happened during this time. She is desperately looking for her son and finds herself wrapped in a brutal hunt, carried out by a religious fanatic, whom she faces off against. To her, he's a lunatic. To him, Cecilia is the enemy.
----- July 28, 2021 -----
** THE EXORCIST trilogy reboot: In a massive deal said to be worth over $400 million, Universal Pictures and Peacock have acquired the rights to Blumhouse Productions planned follow-up trilogy to William Friedkin's iconic horror feature THE EXORCIST.
David Gordon Green, who helmed 2018's HALLOWEEN revival and both its upcoming sequels, is also officially confirmed to have signed on to helm the first film in the planned new trilogy which will hit cinemas in late 2023.
Not only that, but actress Ellen Burstyn has also agreed to return to the franchise and will reprise her iconic role as Chris MacNeil over forty years since the original film debuted in 1973.
The new trilogy is a direct sequel to the original film though unlike the new HALLLOWEEN trilogy, which flat out ignores the events of every prior sequels, this will not need to so directly ignore that which came after.
Oscar nominee Leslie Odom Jr. also stars in the lead role of a father of a possessed child whose desperation leads him to track down Chris McNeil. Green will co-write the script with HALLLOWEEN writers Scott Teems, Danny McBride, and Petter Sattler. Blum, David Robinson, and James Robinson produce for Blumhouse and Morgan Creek Productions. The previous films were released by Warner Bros. Pictures. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DAY OF THE DEAD series: DAY OF THE DEAD follows a group of strangers trying to survive the first 24 hours of an undead invasion. This ode to George A. Romero's famous flesh-eaters reminds us that sometimes all it takes to bring people together is a horde of hungry zombies trying to rip them apart. It premieres this October on SYFY.
** TITANE: NEON has set an October 1st U.S. release date for TITANE, this year's Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner from French filmmaker Julia Ducournau (RAW). The extreme fantasy drama blends body horror, female revenge films, and car-obsession. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD: The series returns August 22 on AMC. Stream it August 15 on AMC+.
** THE HUNT FOR A KILLER: Premiering exclusively in North America and available as a full season binge on Sundance Now and AMC+ on Thursday, August 12th. THE HUNT FOR A KILLER is a story about a region left behind, class inequalities and social exclusion, but it's also a story about a man of integrity who pushed back against the authorities, revolted against corruption and never gave up.
----- July 27, 2021 -----
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Last year Blumhouse founder Jason Blum indicated that there were no real plans for further entries in the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise which helped launch his company. Now, six years after the last film in the series, we know that it is getting a full reboot. Speaking with Collider this week, Blum surprisingly confirmed that the still-untitled movie is in fact already finished: "The movie's done. Yeah, we did it."
Blum confirms the film has been directed by Will Eubank (UNDERWATER) and penned by Christopher Landon (HAPPY DEATH DAY) and why he changed his mind on bringing back the franchise is so they could do something new with it:
"Paramount wanted to continue PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, I probably would have left it alone. So they wanted to continue it, but I thought if they were gonna continue it, you gotta – it was tired, there was no way to continue the road that we'd been down.
So I really encouraged all the creative people involved to think of something new. A lot of people who are going to go see the new PARANORMAL ACTIVITY were 3 years old when the first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY came out, so they don't even know from those older movies. I thought if you were going to re-do it, you better really re-do it, not try and expand what we did all those years ago." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN III SEASON OF THE WITCH remake: Jason Blum of Blumhouse has revealed the company has no plans on rebooting the third film in the original series. Blum told Collider that they won't be taking the anthological approach again to the HALLOWEEN legacy:
"My shepherding of HALLOWEEN – hopefully not, but currently, it's done after the three movies. So you'll have to ask my partner-in-crime Malek Akkad who will do HALLOWEEN from now until the end of time… he may do that, but not for me. Too hard – well, I won't go into it, but I wouldn't do that with HALLOWEEN." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PET SEMATARY prequel: Pam Grier has joined the PET SEMATARY prequel which will debut exclusively on the Paramount+ service. Shooting will begin in August. The project will serve as an origin story to the Stephen King novel about a family that discovers a rather disturbing graveyard in the woods behind their home.
Grier joins a cast that includes Jackson White, Forrest Goodluck, Jack Mulhern, Natalie Alyn Lind and Isabella Star LeBlanc. The project marks the feature directorial debut of writer Lindsey Beer, while 2019 PET SEMATARY scribe Jeff Buhler is penning the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARMY OF THIEVES: In this prequel to Zack Snyder's ARMY OF THE DEAD, small-town bank teller Dieter gets drawn into the adventure of a lifetime when a mysterious woman recruits him to join a crew of Interpol's most wanted criminals, attempting to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.
** SLASHER FLESH & BLOOD: The film follows a wealthy, dysfunctional family that gathers for a reunion on a secluded island only to learn they'll be pitted against one another in a cruel game of life and death, all while being stalked by a mysterious masked killer. Nothing is what it seems and no one is safe as the tension – and body count – ratchets up. Premieres Sept. 12 on Shudder (US, UK/Ireland and Australia/New Zealand).
----- July 26, 2021 -----
** THE EXORCIST reboot sequel: A year ago, Morgan Creek Entertainment announced plans for a reboot of William Friedkin's iconic 1973 horror classic THE EXORCIST. The news was met with a lot of backlash, but things softened a bit when director David Gordon Green was hired to helm – Green coming off 2018's successful HALLOWEEN revival.
Green has now spoken to Total Film, via GamesRadar, and clarified that the movie isn't a reboot – rather a direct sequel to the original. In fact, it's a true sequel as unlike Green's HALLOWEEN this won't outright ignore the three other sequels out there:
"THE EXORCIST has been written. That was one of my pandemic projects. It's not inaccurate [that it will be a sequel to the original film]. I like all THE EXORCIST movies. And not only do I like them, I think they can all fall into the acceptable mythology for what I'm doing. It's not like I'm saying, 'Pretend that THE EXORCIST 2 never happened.' That's fine to exist. They're all fine to exist, and I enjoy all of them."
Green adds this one "is a lot of research, rather than just impulsive screenwriting." Morgan Creek has said in the past that they will never remake THE EXORCIST so this seems to follow that rule, aside from the short-lived FOX TV series in 2016. Blumhouse is co-producing the new film. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Jordan Peele's NOPE: Here's the poster for the upcoming horror film from Jordan Peel. The highly-anticipated new film is led by Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya alongside Keke Palmer, Oscar nominee Steven Yeun, and returning to screens for the first time in ages – Michael Wincott. Plot specifics are very much under wraps, though it's expected to be another psychological horror-thriller laced with social commentary.
The poster, teasing a dark saucer-shaped cloud trailing a kite string and hovering over a city in a mountainous region, confirms that the movie will open exactly a year from today – July 22nd 2022. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN ENDS: As we know the upcoming HALLOWEEN KILLS, David Gordon Greens follow-up to 2018's revival of the HALLOWEENfranchise, expands the scope of the first film into the "ultimate slasher movie". Those involved have talked up how this second of the planned 'sequel trilogy' gets many of the residents of Haddonfield involved as panic and anger in the wake of the first film's events sweep the citizenry into a frenzy of mob justice.
Danny McBride, co-writer of the new trilogy of films, tells Total Film Magazine that HALLOWEEN KILLS is just brutal:
"There's an incredible amount of killing in this movie. It's so bloody. It's wild. David [Gordon Green] just went for it. This is such a vicious sequel. It's relentless… The sequel is almost always where it s—s the bed. Or the monster is over-explained, or something happens that makes it into a joke. We really wanted to find a way to sidestep that."
The new film is being followed by HALLOWEEN ENDS coming out October next year which is expected to close the book on the story, and Producer Malek Akkad says that HALLOWEEN ENDS will be "way more contained" than HALLOWEEN KILLS. Green adds to the magazine that just as HALLOWEEN KILLS is deliberately different to the 2018 film, so HALLOWEEN ENDS will change things up again:
"I get engaged by doing something different. If I was just going to be repetitive, I would hand the reins off to someone else. When you have that opportunity within an established franchise, it's really fun to think about how you can show different tones and perspectives and evolve."
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis was also asked if these two films will be her last in the role of Laurie Strode and she says she thinks it will be:
"I would say, given what I know about the next movie, I think it will be the last time that I will play her. And I'm not saying something like, 'Oh, because I die!' It's nothing to do with that. I'm talking about emotionally what they have constructed. I think it will be a spectacular way to end this trilogy."
HALLOWEEN KILLS is releasing on October 15th 2021 while HALLOWEEN ENDS arrives October 14th 2022. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** UNDERWORLD + BLADE: Back in the early 2000s, the genre film scene had two successful R-rated film franchises involving vampires, lots of black leather or latex, and a whole bunch of blue filter – the Wesley Snipes-led BLADE and the Kate Beckinsale-led UNDERWORLD.
Both franchises are done and dusted now, though both its stars are still working with new films out this year. Beckinsale has the action-revenge thriller JOLT about to hit and during promotional rounds for that, she revealed a potential crossover was floated at one point.
Talking to Variety, she says Marvel's upcoming reboot effectively squashed the idea: "I really wanted them to do an UNDERWORLD BLADE mashup. What a duo that would be. I would definitely do that, but I think they just wanted to reboot BLADE as BLADE so they didn't go for it."
Beckinsale played the vampire assassin Selene from 2003 to 2016 and says she'll happily slip on the black skintight pants again if required: "I know exactly where they are. You never know who you want to impress."
BLADE meanwhile is being rebooted as part of the MCU with Mahershala Ali as the daywalker. Bassam Tariq was hired this week to direct. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 23, 2021 -----
** ARMY OF THE DEAD sequel: Filmmaker Zack Snyder's The Stone Quarry Productions banner has signed a two-year first-look film deal with Netflix which will include a direct sequel to this year's zombie heist film ARMY OF THE DEAD. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER: The Andre Ovredal directed film will debut on January 27th, 2023. Corey Hawkins, Liam Cunningham and David Dastmalchian star. It is based on an iconic chapter of Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula and follows a voyage from Carpathia to London of a merchant ship transporting fifty unmarked wooden crates. Strange events befall the doomed crew as they attempt to survive. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MALIGNANT: Following on from the first trailer for his top-secret new film MALIGNANT arriving the other day, director James Wan has now spoken about this return to the horror genre five years after his last visit with 2016's THE CONJURING 2.
The trailer keeps things fairly vague, only indicating that actress Annabelle Wallis plays a character who is experiencing terrifying visions which tie into a brutal killer. Talking to IGN, he touched upon the choice of title which is both vague and yet has several interpretations:
"I'm a big fan of titles that have multiple meanings, and with SAW, we felt there's one part of that that obviously refers to the visceral aspect of a tool, but at the same time, it touched a bit on what the voyeuristic aspect of the film was as well. And so with MALIGNANT, I just felt like this title really encompasses the tone of the film, the subject matter, which actually has a fair bit of medical horror attached to it. So it just felt appropriate."
One big difference between this and some of Wan's other works like THE CONJURING and INSIDIOUS is that there's no real jump scares, this is much more a creepy tonal work:
"Part of the reason, too, why I wanted to make MALIGNANT was that I want people to know that this is not a jump scare film. And I worked very hard to make a movie that doesn't really have my traditional jump scares because it's not that kind of a movie. And I feel like I know that people now associate me with demonic possessions, and haunted houses, and stuff like that. And so with that in mind, I knew I wanted to play with peoples' perception of me."
The killer is named 'Gabriel' and the specifics of the character are going to be very much under wraps until release because Wan wants to keep audiences guessing:
"My goal was to create a villain that you're not quite sure what it is. Is he a demon? Is he just a human serial killer or someone's figment of someone's imagination? Is he an imaginary friend that has come to life? It could be any of those things. And I think that's part of the fun with the film is trying to work out what the hell this thing is."
He also calls the film a homage to the more violent and visceral thrillers of the late 1970s/early 1980s and cites Dario Argento's OPERA and Brian DePalma's RAISIN CAIN and DRESSED TO KILL as specific examples:
"It's in the vein of [DePalma's] most outrageous whodunit vision. It's horror, but it's also a traditional thriller. It's psychological, it's serial killer, but it's also potentially a monster movie."
One odd inspiration is Disney's FROZEN as the film follows two sisters (Wallis, Maddie Hasson) trying to work out what is going on with one's strange powers:
"I joke that it's like the horror version of FROZEN. It really is. There's a horror version of FROZEN in that there is some of that sisterly camaraderie, but with a lot of crazy shit that happens around them." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com & IGN.com)
** THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP: According to the Deadline web site, HBO Max is currently in the process of developing a series adaptation of Grady Hendrix's newest horror novel THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP, with Oscar-winner Charlize Theron and IT films director Andy Muschietti attached to executive produce the project. Muschietti is also set to helm the pilot, while it's unclear if Theron is also considering to star in the project or not.
THE FINAL GIRL SUPPORT GROUP centers around a Los Angeles-based support group for six female survivors of different mass-murderer rampages, whose experiences inspired the slasher franchises that saturated horror cinema in the 1980s and '90s, earning them minor celebrity. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TEDDY: Twentysomething Teddy lives in a foster home and works as a temp in a massage parlor. Rebecca, his girlfriend, will soon graduate. A scorching hot summer begins. But Teddy is scratched by a beast in the woods: the wolf that local angry farmers have been hunting for months. As weeks go by, animal impulses soon start to overcome the young man. Directed by Ludovic Boukherma and Zoran Boukherma.
----- July 22, 2021 -----
** DEMONIC: Director Neill Blomkamp's upcoming film gets a terrifying, intense new trailer. A young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are revealed. DEMONIC will open in cinemas via IFC Midnight on August 20th, ahead of arriving via video on demand on August 27th.
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: As part of its quarterly earnings report, Netflix revealed that both Zack Snyder's ARMY OF THE DEAD pulled in big numbers for the service. The film reportedly had 75 million members worldwide checking out the film in its first four weeks of release.
The streamer reported 209.18 million global subscribers (and $7.34 billion in revenue) at the end of the quarter, meaning 36% of the user base checked out the film for at least two minutes of viewing time (long enough to demonstrate intentional choice). (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARMY OF THIEVES: Netflix plans to release the ARMY OF THE DEAD prequel film ARMY OF THIEVES in the fourth quarter of this year and a spinoff anime series later in 2022. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TARUMAMA: Sara and Óscar, a couple going through a marital crisis, decide to spend a week in a remote country cabin with their two children, Alicia and Tomás. The family tries to have a quiet time, but something strange happens there. There is a woman who prowls through the forest and cries uncontrollably looking for a baby she has just lost. This deeply affects the family who will have to stay together to survive this nightmare.
----- July 21, 2021 -----
** MALIGANT: James Wan returns to horror. In the film, Madison is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.
** THE ACCURSED: WILLY'S WONDERLAND helmer Kevin Lewis has been set to direct the horror tale THE ACCURSED which has been described as "if Sam Raimi and Dario Argento had a love child and James Wan was its uncle."
Sarah Grey stars as Elly, a young nurse whose estranged mother dies by suicide. Consumed by guilt, she accepts work from Alma (Mena Suvari) as a temporary caregiver to look after the comatose Ms. Ambrose (Meg Foster) in her isolated cabin. But Alma has nefarious plans for Elly and she soon is confronted with Mary Lynn (Alexis Knapp), a witch hunter hellbent on lifting the demonic curse that has plagued her family for generations. Elly learns that Ms. Ambrose has a history in the black arts, as well as a mysterious connection to her late mother. As she tries to unlock the truth with her friend Beth (Sarah Dumont), it becomes all too clear that Elly was lured to the cabin under false pretences.
Much of the behind-the-scenes team from WILLY'S WONDERLAND, a Nic Cage-led PVOD hit earlier this year, will also reunite on this film. Rob Kennedy (MIDNIGHT MAN penned the script while Marcus Englefield and George Lee produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR: The series arrives just in time for Halloween on Blu-ray and DVD October 12, 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment. THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR three disc Blu-ray and DVD sets feature all nine episodes, along with exclusive bonus content, including behind-the-scenes featurettes and in-depth audio commentaries with series creator and director Mike Flanagan, and directors Liam Gavin and Axelle Carolyn.
After an au pair's tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate's chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T'Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn't mean gone.
** BEHEMOTH: Joshua Riverton spent ten years working for a global chemical behemoth, notorious for their environmental negligence. When his daughter develops a mysterious illness, he steps forward as a whistle-blower, throwing his life into chaos. He's convinced that his company's negligence has made his daughter sick, and there are dark forces hiding the truth. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- July 20, 2021 -----
** More FEAR STREET: Netflix's FEAR STREET film trilogy has now completed its three-week run to excellent reviews (84%, 89% & 93% respectively on Rotten Tomatoes), along with seemingly being quite popular with the subscriber base.
In the wake of all the good news, director Leigh Janiak spoke with Indiewire about these coming-of-age horror films and was asked about the future of the franchise. She teases there are more Shadyside stories left to tell and there are grander expansion plans they could pursue should the fans support and respond to the idea:
"One of the exciting things about FEAR STREET is the fact that the universe is big and allows for a lot of space. One of the things that I talked about before I was hired was that we have a potential here to create a horror Marvel [Cinematic Universe], where you can have slasher killers from lots of different eras.
You have the canon of our main mythology that's built around the fact that the devil lives in Shadyside, so there's also room for everything else. I think that my hope is that audiences like it enough that we can start building out [more], we can think about what another trilogy would be, what stand-alones would be, what TV would be.
I don't even think about it like TV or movies exactly anymore. That's the great thing about Netflix and about what FEAR STREET is, which is kind of a hybrid new thing. I'm excited about the possibility of what else can happen."
The three films, shot back-to-back over a six month period, are an adaptation of R.L. Stine's best-selling horror series with each set in a different time period – 1994, 1978, and 1666. All three are now available to stream on Netflix. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Here's the cover for Total Film featuring Michael Myers.
** STAY OUT OF THE ATTIC: Coming out on August 17th on VOD, Digital, DVD and Blu-ray. A diverse group of ex-cons-turned-movers—played by Morgan Alexandria, Ryan Francis and Bryce Fernelius are convinced by their creepy client, Vern Muller, to pull an all-nighter for a generous pay bump. As the night progresses and rooms are cleared, they slowly uncover the horrors that exist inside his old Victorian mansion, including boobytraps, human experimentation, Nazi monsters and more. Will they survive the night?
** CHUCKY: Here's new photos from the upcoming series, which is scheduled to make its debut on October 12th, 2021.
----- July 19, 2021 -----
** TITANE wins Palme d'Or: The 2021 Cannes International Film Festival awards ceremony was hit by a bit of a snafu when jury president Spike Lee accidentally announced the winner of the Palme d'Or at the start of the night – not the end. RAW director Julia Ducournau's TITANE took home the top award. The film blends body horror, female revenge films, and car-obsession. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHUCKY: Chucky is the name, slashing is my game. watch your backs starting october 12th.
** THE WALKING DEAD: Every moment has led to this. The beginning of the end premieres August 22. Stream early on AMC+.
** ESCAPE ROOM TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: The film opened at the third spot at the box office and is expected to snag $8.6 million for the weekend.
----- July 16, 2021 -----
** FEAR STREET PART 3 1666: The origins of Sarah Fier's curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.
** THE LAST MATINEE: The audience attending the last showing of a horror film in a small downtown cinema are terrorized by a murderer who begins to pick them off, one by one. The only person to notice that something strange is going on is the projectionist's daughter.
** EVIL DEAD RISE: Mia Challis has joined Lily Sullivan and Alyssa Sutherland in writer/director Lee Cronin's EVIL DEAD RISE for HBO Max, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema and Ghost House Pictures.
In the new film, a road-weary Beth pays an overdue visit to her older sister Ellie, who is raising three kids on her own in a cramped Los Angeles apartment. The reunion is cut short by the discovery of a mysterious book deep in the bowels of Ellie's building, giving rise to flesh-possessing demons, and thrusting Beth into a primal battle for survival as she is faced with the most nightmarish version of motherhood imaginable.
Challis will play Jessica, an 18-year-old girl, who is obsessed with fashion and Instagram. Jessica loves to be the center of attention and is smarter than she lets on. Filmed on location in New Zealand, the film is being produced by Robert Tapert and executive produced by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell among others. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 15, 2021 -----
** Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo's KANDISHA: From the directors of INSIDE. It's summer break and best friends Amélie, Bintou and Morjana hang together with other neighborhood teens. Nightly, they have fun sharing scary stories and urban legends. But when Amélie is assaulted by her ex, she remembers the story of Kandisha, a powerful and vengeful demon. Afraid and upset, Amélie summons her. The next day, her ex is found dead. The legend is true and now Kandisha is on a killing spree— and it's up to the three girls to break the curse.
** The Monster Collection: A creature double-feature from the depths of the drive-in, The Monster Collection features two impressively comprehensive documentaries by Alexandre Poncet and Gilles Penso, Phil Tippett: Mad Dreams and Monsters, a portrait of the man behind some of the most recognizable movie creatures of the modern era, and The Frankenstein Complex, profiling the workaday wizards who turn rubber, latex, and resin into cinema's most memorable and terrifying creations.
** JACK FROST 2: Coming to Blu-ray 11/9 from MVD Rewind Collection. Jack, the chiller killer is back and he's mad as hell! When a laboratory experiment goes horrifically awry, the crystal killer is resurrected. This time around, Jack can't be killed by fire, bullets, or even anti-freeze. With revenge on his mind, Jack sets out to finish off his nemesis, Sheriff Sam, who is vacationing on a Caribbean island that is about to become a Winter Terrorland!
** JACK-O: You may recall last October Fred Olen Ray mentioned that restoration efforts for Steve Latshaw's JACK-O (1995) had been "promising", and hasn't spoken much about it since then. Happy to report that Fred and his team are planning to work on their own restoration of the film, after the camera negative has been transferred into HD in "about a month".
** EVIL: Paramount+ has renewed the horror crime series EVIL for a third season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The announcement comes only a few weeks following the former CBS show's Season 2 launch on the streamer on June 20. The outlet notes that the series has been one of Paramount+'s "top acquisition drivers with viewership growing week-over-week" compared to Season 1. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- July 14, 2021 -----
** THE EVIL DEAD: Sam Raimi's original 1981 microbudget cult classic THE EVIL DEAD is returning to theaters for its 40th anniversary later this year – specifically October 7th. Actor Bruce Campbell will deliver an exclusive introduction to audiences for the special limited screenings which will be brought to theaters everywhere by Fathom Events and Grindhouse Releasing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE THING 4K UHD: Coming out on 9/7 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Includes 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a digital copy of the film. Bonus materials features:
Disc 1 (4K UHD)
- Features High Dynamic Range (HDR10) for Brighter, Deeper, More Lifelike Color
- John Carpenter's The Thing: Terror Takes Shape
- Theatrical Trailer
- Feature Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Kurt Russell
- English DTS:X Master Audio
- French European DTS Digital Surround 5.1
- Latin Spanish DTS Digital Surround 2.0 Mono
- English SDH
- French Canadian
- Latin Spanish
Disc 2 (Blu-ray):
- U-Control: Picture in Picture
- Feature Commentary with Kurt Russell and Director John Carpenter
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
** KINGDOM ASHIN OF THE NORTH: This summer, a 92 minute thirst for blood begins.
** PERFUME THE STORY OF A MURDERER: Coming soon to Blu-ray from Paramount Home Entertainment. Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent.
----- July 13, 2021 -----
** TITANE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film from Julia Ducournau, director of RAW.
** NO MAN OF GOD: In 1980, Ted Bundy was sentenced to death by electrocution. In the years that followed, he agreed to disclose the details of his crimes, but only to one man. During the early days of the agency's criminal profiling unit, FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier met with the incarcerated Ted Bundy in the hopes of understanding the psychology of the serial killer and providing closure for the victim's families. As Hagmaier delves into Bundy's dark and twisted mind, a strange and complicated relationship develops that neither man expected. Based on actual transcripts of interviews between FBI analyst Bill Hagmaier and the incarcerated Ted Bundy.
** BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL: Coming to Blu-ray 9/21 from Shudder and RLJE Films. A crew of hardy road workers, led by a bickering Father and Son, must survive the night when they accidentally awaken an ancient Irish vampire.
** SNAPSHOT: Coming to Blu-ray 9/6 from 88 Films. Director Simon Wincer's slow burn psychological thriller, SNAPSHOT, melds character drama with moments of shocking violence and nail biting suspense. Featuring atmospheric scope photography by Vincent Monton and a pounding soundtrack from Brian May, Snapshot is a forgotten piece of Ozploitation and is proudly presented on Blu-ray by 88 Films, newly restored from its original 35mm camera negative.
** TRICK OR TREATS: Coming October 5th from Code Red DVD and distributed by Kino Lorber. This edition will feature;
- 2015 HD Master from the Original 35mm Camera Negative
- Audio Commentary with Stars Jackie Giroux, Peter Jason, Chris Graver and Cameraman R. Michael Stringer
- Audio Interview with Actor Steve Railsback
- Watch in "Katarina's Bucketlist" Mode
- Limited Edition O-Card
----- July 12, 2021 -----
** RIKI-OH STORY OF RICKY: Coming on Blu-ray on September 27th from 88 Films. The deluxe collector's edition contains;
- Rigid box with Brand New art by Kung Fu Bob
- Double-Sided Foldout Poster
- 40 Page Perfect bound Booklet
- 2.0 Cantonese LPCM Mono (Theatrical Mix)
- 2.0 Cantonese LPCM Mono (Home Video Mix)
- Remastered English Subtitles
- 2.0 English LPCM Mono
- 5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio
- Audio Commentary with Kim Newman and Sean Hogan
- Audio Commentary with Mike Leeder and Arne Venema
- Audio Commentary with Frank Djeng
- Audio Commentary with Audi Sorlie and Chris Ling
- Interview with Fan Sui-wong
- Hong Kong Trailer
- English Trailer
** CURS_R: Netflix has reportedly acquired the global rights to Toby Meakins' horror thriller CURS_R starring Asa Butterfield, Iola Evans and Eddie Marsan. Filming wrapped in the U.K. in April. Evans plays a young woman who plays an obscure, 1980s survival computer game in pursuit of an unclaimed prize. But the game curses her, and she's faced with dangerous choices and reality-warping challenges which could take her life. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SCREAM 5: Filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have tweeted out that the fifth film in the SCREAM franchise has finished post-production and is now fully complete – months ahead of its planned January 14th 2022 release. Shooting on the project wrapped back in November last year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** NIGHTMARE ALLEY: According to Film Ratings, Searchlight Pictures' forthcoming horror film adaptation of NIGHTMARE ALLEY has officially been given an R-Rating for "strong/bloody violence, some sexual content, nudity, and language," which teases the film's tone and vibe. The Guillermo del Toro-directed pic is still scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 3, 2021. Its current theatrical release date places Nightmare Alley against no direct competition. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** AMERICAN HORROR STORIES: FX Networks has released the official trailer for the first season of AMERICAN HORROR STORIES, the new AMERICAN HORROR STORY anthology spinoff series created by Ryan Murphy. The series will launch exclusively on FX on Hulu on Thursday, July 15. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- July 9, 2021 -----
** THE THING 4K UHD: Here's the Scandinavian artwork for the upcoming release.
** ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS: Coming to Blu-ray on 9/28 from Scream Factory!
** SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE: Raven Banner will handle the international sales of Shout! Studios' new horror flick SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE. Shout! still retains the rights for North America. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** BAGHEAD: THE WITCHER actress Freya Allen will star in the horror-thriller BAGHEAD which is set to shoot in Berlin and helmed by Alberto Corredor based on his 2017 short of the same name. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CYST: CYST is an old school monster movie in which an enthusiastic plastic surgeon will stop at nothing to patent his latest cyst-removal machine. What started out as Patricia (Eva Habermann) the nurse's last day turns into a battle for survival when the doctor's machine inadvertently turns a patient's tumour into a cyst-monster that terrorizes the office.
----- July 8, 2021 -----
** ARMY OF THIEVES: Netflix has premiered the first photo from ARMY OF THIEVES, the prequel to Zack Snyder's zombie heist feature ARMY OF THE DEAD which premiered the other month.
This looks more like an action heist film and sees the return of the somewhat kooky German safecracker Ludwig Dieter (Matthias Schweighöfer) who is paired with some new crewmates played by Nathalie Emmanuel, Ruby O. Fee, Guz Khan, and Jonathan Cohen. In the new film, small-town bank teller Dieter gets drawn into the adventure of a lifetime when a mysterious woman recruits him to join a crew of Interpol's most wanted criminals – attempting to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.
Schweighöfer also directs the new film which Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, and Dan Maag produce. The film premieres this Fall and joins an upcoming animated spin-off series also coming to the platform. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CONSECRATION: British horror director Christopher Smith (SEVERANCE) has set up the supernatural thriller CONSECRATION as his next effort at AGC Studios.
Smith will direct the project from a script he co-wrote with Laurie Cook with the story unfolding at a Scottish convent. Grace is a woman who travels to Mount Saviour Convent to investigate the suspicious death of her brother, a priest.
Once there, she uncovers murder, sacrilege and a disturbing truth about her own past. Cook, Xavier Marchand and Jason Newmark will produce the film which is currently casting. Shooting is set to begin later this summer in London and Scotland. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** STAR VEHICULE: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/5 from Unearthed Films.
** NIGHT OF THE BLOODY APES: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/19 from VCI Horror Movies. Double feature Blu-ray featuring a new 4K Restoration of the Uncut 35mm Camera Negatives in English version.
----- July 7, 2021 -----
** HALLOWEEN films on 4K UHD: Here's the covers for the upcoming Scream Factory edition including the just confirmed HALLOWEEN 5 THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS. All five films offer a new 4K Scan from the original negative, the first three approved by cinematographer Dean Cundey, along with all five scoring new Dolby Atmos tracks. Each UHD will offer two commentary tracks and regular Blu-rays with the same content along with previously released trailers, deleted scenes and featurettes.
** FEAR STREET PART 2 1978: Shadyside, 1978. School's out for summer and the activities at Camp Nightwing are about to begin. But when another Shadysider is possessed with the urge to kill, the fun in the sun becomes a gruesome fight for survival.
** THE PSYCHIC: Coming to Blu-ray on 7/15 from Shameless Films is Lucio Fulci's THE PSYCHIC. Both English & alternative Italian audio with new revised English subtitles and alternative LPCM & DTS-HD audio tracks.
** LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: HBO has decided not to renew creator Misha Green and executive producer Jordan Peele's supernatural horror drama LOVECRAFT COUNTRY for a second season, despite being well-received by critics and viewers. This cancellation comes after more than eight months since the Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-led series had wrapped up its 10-episode first season, which earned multiple nods including Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Television Series and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE ANTENNA: In a dystopian Turkey, the Government installs new networks throughout the country to monitor information. The installation goes wrong in a crumbling apartment complex and Mehmet (Ihsan Önal), the building intendant, will have to confront the evil entity behind the inexplicable transmissions that threaten the residents.
----- July 6, 2021 -----
** THE WALKING DEAD: The series returns for Season 11 on Sunday, August 22.
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: The film will hold an out-of-competition world premiere at this year's 78th Venice Film Festival. The screening will coincide with a Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award to be handed to actress Jamie Lee Curtis on September 8th just before the screening which is happening several weeks before the movie's global rollout on October 14th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Edgar Wright's highly-anticipated Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie-led psychological horror movie LAST NIGHT IN SOHO has been pushed back a week to October 29th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ALONE IN THE DARK: Coming to Blu-ray 9/14 from Scream Factory in a collector's edition!
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Coming to Blu-ray 8/30 from Second Sight Films.
----- July 5, 2021 -----
** HALLOWEEN movies 4K UHD: Many of the HALLOWEEN movies are coming to 4K UHD thanks to Scream Factory. John Carpenter's original is set for a September 28th release along with HALLOWEEN II, HALLOWEEN III SEASON OF THE WITCH and HALLOWEEN 4 THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS!
** THE HOWLING 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 9/22 from Studio Canal.
** Severin Films: Coming to Blu-ray in September from Severin Films! MIDNIGHT; scanned in 4K from the uncensored camera negative. THE FOURTH VICTIM; extended Cut, new 2K scan from the negative.
** THE FOREVER PURGE: The film opened at the third place at the Box Office with $12.75 million over the weekend and set for $15.86 million for the four-day – a low for the franchise which usually opens in the $20-30 million range.
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: The sequel took in $4.2 million at the Box Office, bringing its total up to $145 million.
** Killer Shorts contest: Calling all horror writers! The third annual Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition is accepting entries from July 1st, 2021.
The Killer Short Contest celebrates horror short screenwriters from around the world, connecting them with managers, producers, and filmmakers. The Top 10 scripts will be read by a star-studded panel of judges, with over $5,000 worth of prizes up for grabs including Final Draft 12 screenwriting software, Shudder subscriptions, career consultations, memberships to Stan Winston's School of Creative Arts, and a one-of-a-kind skull-shaped typewriter trophy, hand-sculpted and designed by celebrity FX artist Tyler Green. For more information, visit: KillerShortsContest.com
----- July 2nd, 2021 -----
** NIGHT OF THE ANIMATED DEAD: George A. Romero's classic 1968 feature NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is being reborn in illustrated form with the feature NIGHT OF THE ANIMATED DEAD.
Jason Axinn helms this animated adaptation of the classic and has enlisted a large cast to voice it including Josh Duhamel as Harry Cooper, Dule Hill as Ben, Katharine Isabelle as Barbara, James Roday Rodriguez as Tom, Katee Sackhoff as Judy, Will Sasso as Sheriff McClelland, Jimmi Simpson as Johnny and Nancy Travis as Helen Cooper.
Romero's 1968, low-budget film saw a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse under siege by the undead. The animated film is separate to a new feature Romero's widow, Suzanne Romero, is developing to conclude the main franchise.
Michael J Luisi, Ralph E. Portillo, Robert Feldman and Kevin Kasha produce and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release NIGHT OF THE ANIMATED DEAD this Fall on Blu-ray, DVD and digital. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Blue Underground 4K UHD: GOD TOLD ME TO and THE TOOLBOX MURDERS are coming to 4K UHD early next year!
** SEANCE: Coming to Blu-ray on 8/3 from RLJE Films. In SEANCE, Camille Meadows is the new girl at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls. Soon after her arrival, six girls invite her to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts their halls. But before morning, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they may have awakened.
** RISING WOLF: A young woman wakes, trapped, kidnapped in an elevator of a super high rise building at the mercy of her tormentors. This stylistic thriller, set in Shanghai, explores a young woman's instinct to survive in a situation out of her control. Trapped, without any form of escape, and cocooned in the belly of the beast, Aria is forced to adapt her thinking, her beliefs and her endurance. This is the first of the journeys that assault her mind and her senses, pinning her down in anguish only to emerge connected to abilities that define who she truly is.
----- July 1st, 2021 -----
** FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 10/26 from Paramount Pictures!
** THE THING 4K UHD: Here's the upcoming US 4K UHD Steelbook artwork.
** DON'T BREATHE 2: Sony Pictures has premiered the first trailer for the sequel to Fede Alvarez's well-reviewed 2016 horror feature DON'T BREATHE which made $157 million worldwide on a $10 million budget. The sequel is set in the years following the initial deadly home invasion, where Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) lives in quiet solace until his past sins catch up to him.
** DEMONIC: Here's the poster for Neill Blomkamp's upcoming horror film.
** THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER: Actor Javier Botet has been cast as Dracula in Amblin Partners' long-gestating seafaring horror-thriller THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER which is finally moving towards filming.
The story is inspired by a section of Bram Stoker's DRACULA novel in which a Russian schooner vessel named after the Greek goddess transports Dracula's coffin from Carpathia to London. The vampire picks off the crew one-by-one along the way until the ship washes up ashore in England with one raving-mad survivor. This will center its story around that journey.
David Dastmalchian, Liam Cunningham and Aisling Franciosi have also been cast as the ship's first mate, captain and a stowaway respectively. They join the previously cast Corey Hawkins. Also onboard are Jon Jon Briones, Stefan Kapicic, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Woody Norman, Martin Furulund, and Chris Walley. Zak Olkewicz penned the most recent draft of the script. Andre Ovredal directs the project which Bradley Fischer, Mike Medavoy and Arnold Messer will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 30, 2021 -----
** DEMONS 4K UHD: Lamberto Bava's Italian horror classics DEMONS and DEMONS 2 make their North American UHD debuts just in time for Halloween from Synapse Films!
Regarded by horror fans the world over as two of the greatest Italian horror films ever made, Lamberto Bava's DEMONS films are not only major cinematic nightmare fuel, but also hugely entertaining splatterfests of the highest order. Synapse's 2013 Blu-rays remain two of their most popular releases, and now they're bringing these favorites to 4K UHD and remastered Blu-ray in brand-new spectacular 4K restorations! These horrific splatter classics produced by Dario Argento have never looked or sounded better and are packed with hours of special features, making this the ultimate home video release of these horror favorites!
- New 4K restorations of both DEMONS and DEMONS 2 from the original 35mm camera negatives!
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations of both films in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
- Limited edition 0-Card/Slipcover packaging featuring new artwork by Juan José Saldarriaga and Chris MacGibbon
- Reproduction of the original movie ticket from Demons
- A special Demons 2 birthday party invitation
- Included fold-out poster of DEMONS artwork from Wes Benscoter
- Reversible cover art
- 4K UHD All-region playback
** CHILDREN OF THE CORN 4K UHD: Coming out on September 27th from Arrow Video. From the mind of celebrated horror author Stephen King, the man behind such classic terror tales as The Shining, Carrie, and It, comes one of his most chilling offerings yet.
** FEAR STREET PART I 1994: In 1994, a group of teenagers discovers that the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations may all be connected and that they may be the next targets. Based on R.L. Stine's best selling horror series, the trilogy follows the nightmare through Shadyside's sinister history.
** THE HUNTING: A story that takes place between disappearances and beasts that lurk in the dark, in a small town where you won't dare to go out after midnight. Lots of blood spilled and an investigator who will give his life to discover what really happens.
When a mysterious animal attack leaves a mutilated body in the forest, a conservative smalltown detective must enlist the help of an eager wildlife specialist to uncover the dark and disturbing truth that threatens the town.
** SUNDOWN THE VAMPIRE RETREAT: A new edition to the Vestron Video Collector's Series, the tongue-in-cheek vampire film SUNDOWN THE VAMPIRE RETREAT arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) August 17 from Lionsgate.
The road to Purgatory is paved with good intentions, and Count Mardulak (David Carradine) wouldn't have it any other way. He's seeking atonement for centuries of human carnage, which is why he's instructed Purgatory's vampire residents to slather on SPF 100 sunblock, pursue daytime activities…and drink only synthetic blood. But some vampires don't agree with Mardulak — they want the real thing — and if that means wooden bullets flying in a vampire civil war, so be it! This wild horror-comedy also stars Bruce Campbell, Maxwell Caulfield, M. Emmet Walsh, and John Ireland.
----- June 28, 2021 -----
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** THE DEEP HOUSE: Blumhouse has acquired INSIDE directing duo Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's new aquatic horror film THE DEEP HOUSE for the U.S. with plans to premiere it on EPIX. No release date has been announced at this time.
The film begins when a couple of YouTubers who specialize in underwater exploration videos go diving in a remote French lake and discover a house submerged in deep waters. Trapped with oxygen fading, they soon learn they are not alone in the house. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: The terrifying new chapter in the book of SAW comes home when SPIRAL arrives on Digital July 13 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand July 20 from Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures.
- Audio Commentary with Director Darren Lynn Bousman, Co-screenwriter Josh Stolberg, and Composer Charlie Clouser
- Audio Commentary with Producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg
- The Consequences of Your Actions: Creating Spiral
- Drawing Inspiration: Illustrated Trap Breakdowns
- Decoding the Marketing Spiral
- Theatrical Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
** DEVOLUTION: MAORI actor/director James Ashcroft has signed on to direct the film adaptation of WORLD WAR Z author Max Brooks' Bigfoot horror novel DEVOLUTION for Legendary.
The story sees a tech-focused, 'green' community in the deep forests of Washington State that is left isolated by a natural disaster. The social structure rapidly disintegrates as the members contend first with being cut off from the modern world and then with a pack of mysterious predators who turn out to be Sasquatches.
Ashcroft, whose horror film COMING HOME IN THE DAK premiered at Sundance this year to great acclaim and a quick Netflix acquisition, will also polish the script with his writing partner Eli Kent. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 25, 2021 -----
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: The Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn't over yet. Minutes after Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) left masked monster Michael Myers caged and burning in Laurie's basement, Laurie is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, believing she finally killed her lifelong tormentor.
But when Michael manages to free himself from Laurie's trap, his ritual bloodbath resumes. As Laurie fights her pain and prepares to defend herself against him, she inspires all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster.
The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael's first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Evil dies tonight.
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FX has released a brand new AMERICAN HORROR STORY Double Feature poster for the upcoming tenth season of Ryan Murphy's long-running horror anthology series. Season 10 is scheduled to make its return on Wednesday, August 25, nearly two years since 1984 concluded its 9-episode ninth season. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE series: AMC has officially ordered to series an adaptation of Anne Rice's INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE over a year following the company's acquisition to the rights of Rice's book series The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches. The story was previously adapted into a 1994 film starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, and Antonio Banderas, and was directed by Neil Jordan from a screenplay by Rice.
The series has been given an eight-episode order and is expected to debut in 2022 on AMC and AMC+. Emmy nominee Rolin Jones will write, showrun, and executive produce under his overall deal with AMC Studios. Oscar winner Mark Johnson, under his own overall deal with AMC Studios, will also executive produce. Anne Rice and Christopher Rice will serve as non-writing executive producers. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BONES AND ALL: The first photo has arrived from SUSPIRIA remake helmer Luca Guadagnino's 'cannibal love story' movie BONES AND ALL which sees him reuniting with his CALL ME BY YOUR NAME star Timothee Chalamet.
Chalamet and Taylor Russell play star-crossed young lovers surviving on the margins of society, who meet and join together for a thousand-mile odyssey through the back roads, hidden passages, and trap doors of Ronald Reagan's America. Despite their best efforts, all roads lead back to their terrifying pasts and to a final stand that will determine whether their love can survive their otherness. David Kajganich pens the script based on Camille DeAngelis' novel
The project also marks the first film Guadagnino has shot in America with shooting going on right now in the Ohio tri-state area. Mark Rylance, Andre Holland, Jessica Harper, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Gordon-Green, Francesca Scorsese and Chloe Sevigny co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 24, 2021 -----
** Brandon Cronenberg's INFINITY POOL: Alexander Skarsgard is set to star in POSSESSOR and ANTIVIRAL director Brandon Cronenberg's INFINITY POOL for NEON and Topic Studios.
The story follows a couple who are young, rich, in love, and on vacation. Their all-inclusive resort boasts island tours and gleaming beaches. However outside of the hotel gates waits something much more dangerous and seductive, beyond the edge of paradise. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CANDYMAN: Here's the new trailer! Oscar winner Jordan Peele unleashes a fresh take on the blood-chilling urban legend of Candyman. Filmmaker Nia DaCosta directs this contemporary incarnation of the cult classic.
** WOLF CREEK 3: A late 2021 South Australian shoot has been set for a third installment in the WOLF CREEK horror franchise with Rachele Wiggins taking over from Greg McLean in the director's chair. Duncan Samarasinghe penned the script while McLean, Bianca Martino and Kristian Moliere produce.
The new film sees an American family on a dream trip to the outback and soon draws the attention of notorious serial killer Mick Taylor (John Jarratt). Soon the couple's two children escape, only to be hunted by the infamous killer. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PET SEMETART 2: Jackson White is in final negotiations to join the cast of the PET SEMETART follow-up at Paramount. The new film is not a sequel to the 2019 adaptation of Stephen King's classic novel. Instead, it sounds like it could be a prequel as White's role will be that of Jud Crandall – the elderly character John Lithgow played in the 2019 film (and Fred Gwynne in the 1989 film).
Set to begin filming in August, Lindsey Beer wrote and will direct the latest script based on a draft by Jeff Buhler. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian will produce and the feature will debut exclusively on Paramount+. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** KINGDOM ASHIN OF THE NORTH: Tragedy, betrayal and a mysterious discovery fuel a woman's vengeance for the loss of her tribe and family in this special episode of KINGDOM.
----- June 23, 2021 -----
** FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN 4K UHD: Vinegar Syndrome just confirmed that they will release the film in Real 3D & 4K UHD, under exclusive, worldwide, license from its director and copyright holder, Paul Morrissey. Their edition, which has been newly scanned in 4K from the original, 35mm over-under, Stereoscopic camera negative (which has never been accessed for any other home video edition) is being restored by the 3-D Film Archive, LLC and looks absolutely stunning. It will be release later this year.
** TITANE: A metal highly resistant to heat and corrosion, with high tensile strength alloys, often used in medical prostheses due to its pronounced biocompatibility. From Julia Ducournau, director of RAW.
** WYRMWOOD APOCALYPSE: Arclight Films is set to handle worldwide distribution rights for the completed post-apocalyptic-thriller feature film WYRMWOOD APOCALYPSE, announced company Chairman Gary Hamilton. The film stars Jake Ryan, Luke McKenzie, Bianca Bradey, Jay Gallagher, Shantae Barnes-Cowan, Tasia Zalar, and Nicholas Boshier and is written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner from a script he co-wrote with Tristan Roache-Turner.
The film is the sequel to WYRMWOOD ROAD OF THE DEAD, which premiered at TIFF Midnight Madness to critical acclaim, was a part of Fantastic Fest and received the award for Best International Science Fiction Film at the prestigious Trieste Science+Fiction Festival and a nomination for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards and IFC Midnight theatrically released the film in the US. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** A QUIET PLACE PART III: Actor/filmmaker John Krasinski created this world but he is stepping back as director for the next outing – instead, he hired celebrated filmmaker Jeff Nichols to direct. Speaking with The Empire Podcast, Krasinski expressed great appreciation for Nichols:
"Truly the only person I had in mind when asked whether I would hand this off was Jeff. I think he's one of the best filmmakers, MUD is one of my favorite movies, and so real and intimate. It's exactly the sort of paints we're painting within A QUIET PLACE – very organic characters you fall in love with."
Krasinski teased he came up with the story "of the third one, the third instalment" which is what Nichols is directing. But he's played it quiet regarding the status of this new film and whether it's a spinoff or a third one with the Abbott family:
"Is it going to continue the Abbotts? Who knows! No, I will tell you that it is… I'm really excited about the third instalment because it's going to do something that we haven't done before."
The Krasinski-directed A QUIET PLACE PART II is currently playing in cinemas and will arrive on Paramount+ on July 12th. The Nichols-directed next film is due out in 2023. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 22, 2021 -----
** TILL DEATH: Emma (Megan Fox) is stuck in a stale marriage to Mark and is surprised when he whisks her away to their secluded lake house for a romantic evening on their 10th anniversary. But everything soon changes, and Emma finds herself trapped and isolated in the dead of winter, the target of a plan that gets more sinister at every turn.
** ROCK, PAPER AND SCISSORS: Jesus and Jose Maria are siblings living in a closed-off world constructed of strange games and relentless madness. When their half-sister Magdalena returns home to inquire about her share of their inheritance, a strange and bloody affair ensues.
** VAMPIR: After witnessing a crime in London and looking for a place to hide for a while, Arnaut is offered a job by charming yet ruthless local Vesna to look after a cemetery in a small remote village in Serbia. He soon starts to have nightmarish visions and is frequently visited by the mysterious older woman Baba Draga who guides Arnaut into the darkness. Only the village priest seems to be trying to keep him safe from the sinister intentions of the villagers.
** APPS: A new horror/fantasy anthology from Argentina and Chile. APPS will have its world premiere at the highly respected genre festival BIFAN next month
----- June 21, 2021 -----
** THE THING 4K UHD: John Carpenter's THE THING is coming to 4K UHD on 9/7!
** CANDYMAN: Here's a cool new poster for the upcoming sequel, reboot, remake.
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: The new film in the SAW franchise is coming home in a sleek 4K Steelbook on July 20th from Lionsgate.
** BLACULA remake: MGM, Bron and producers Deon and Roxanne Avent Taylor are teaming for a remake of 1972 blaxploitation horror classic BLACULA. The new version will be primarily set in a metropolitan city post-coronavirus pandemic. The story follows an ancient African prince who is cursed by Dracula after he fails to agree to end the slave trade.
Blacula is entombed and awakens two centuries later ready to avenge the death of his ancestors and of those responsible for robbing his people of their work, culture and heritage as they appropriated it for profit. Deon Taylor will direct the project, based on a script co-written with Micah Ranum. Roxanne Avent Taylor and Aaron L. Gilbert are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** GOODNIGHT MOMMY remake: Twins Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti have been hired to play the sons of Naomi Watts' character in the Matt Sobel-directed GOODNIGHT MOMMY remake at Amazon Studios. Filming just began in New Jersey.
The story follows two brothers who arrive at their mother's country home to discover her face covered in bandages – the result of recent cosmetic surgery. As her behavior grows increasingly erratic, the boys wonder if she is their mother at all? (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 18, 2021 -----
** SCREAM 5: Tyler Gillett, one of the Radio Silence team co-directing the upcoming fifth SCREAM movie, has confirmed that the new sequel in this beloved horror franchise is "picture locked" and will now move into other stages of post-production. Co-director Matt Bettinelli-Olpin also announced that the score is complete. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** EVIL DEAD RISE: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that young actors Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies, and Nell Fisher have been tapped to join New Line Cinema's forthcoming fifth installment to Sam Raimi's EVIL DEAD franchise. Further details about their respective characters are still being kept under wraps, but the outlet's sources note that the young trio might be playing siblings in peril. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** FEAR STREET: According to Film Ratings, Netflix's highly-anticipated film adaptations of R.L. Stine's classic YA horror novel series FEAR STREET have officially been given an R-rating from the MPAA. FEAR STREET PART 1 1994 is rated R for "strong bloody violence, drug content, language, and some sexual content," and FEAR STREET PART 2 1978 for "bloody horror violence, sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language throughout." The first two films were actually the only ones that were given a rating, but it's most likely that the final installment FEAR STREET PART 3 1666 would also be Rated R, due to its themes pertaining to witchcraft. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DOLLHOUSE: Emma Tammi has officially joined on to direct STXfilms' upcoming horror thriller. The film, which is being written by Michael Paisley (THE WITCHER), is set in the world of the upper echelon of New York City's fashion scene and is being described as a psychological thriller in the same spirit as Darren Aronofsky's Oscar-winning BLACK SWAN. The film will also star Selena Gomez, who was cast last year and is producing the film through her July Moon label as a starring vehicle. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** UZUMAKI: We know you've been waiting for UZUMAKI, and we have an update, but it's gonna be a little bit more of a wait - but it's gonna be amazing! Hear from the director himself, Hiroshi Nagahama, on where things stand.
----- June 17, 2021 -----
** SCREAM 4K UHD: Wes Craven's slasher will be getting a 4K UHD 25th anniversary edition supposedly on October 12th, 2021.
** BLOOD FOR DRACULA 4K UHD: Coming soon from Severin Films. Our edition features a UHD with a brand new master of the film, scanned from the original uncensored negative and colored in HDR for the first time ever. It also comes with a Blu-Ray, loads of special features (earlier teaser pic is Stefania Casini back at the original location of her biting), and the extended soundtrack on CD!
** THE NUN AND THE DEVIL: Coming soon to Blu-ray from 88 Films.
** EVIL DEAD The Game: Get your first look at EVIL DEAD The Game, narrated by Ash Williams himself, Bruce Campbell.
----- June 16, 2021 -----
GOREZONE is 23 years old today!
Twenty three years ago, the Internet was totally different. There was no Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter, no Smartphones... actually most people had never "surfed" the world wide web. Back in June 1998, I decided to start GOREZONE because of the lack of coverage for the horror genre on the Internet. There was tons of sites dedicated to STAR WARS and STAR TREK, yet apart from a few good horror sites such as HorrorMovies.com and HouseofHorrors.com, the net was leaving me wanting for more. GOREZONE was born as the first web site dedicated to daily horror news. 23 years later GOREZONE is still alive, independant and true to its original concept. Never sold out. Never gave up.
Twenty three years is a long time. Not surprisingly I remember the first day, working on my computer, creating the images in Photoshop and layout in Pagemill. I'd love to thank all the readers and everyone who helped the site through all these years! It means a lot to me. Thank you for believing in GOREZONE and making it the #1 source for bloody daily horror news!
----- June 15, 2021 -----
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Paramount's horror film in its third weekend has beaten Warner Bros. highly-publicized Jon M. Chu-directed, Lin-Manuel Miranda musical IN THE HEIGHTS for the top spot at the weekend box office, $11.7M to $11.4M. It is a defeat no one really saw coming. A QUIET PLACE PART II domestic running B.O. stands at $109M.
** GREAT WHITE: A blissful tourist trip turns into a nightmare for five passengers when their seaplane goes down near a shipwreck. Stranded miles from shore in an inflatable life raft, they find themselves in a desperate fight for survival as they try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing pack of sharks lurking just beneath the surface. Starring Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Tim Kano, Te Kohe Tuhaka and directed by Martin Wilson.
** THE BOY BEHIND THE DOOR: A night of unimaginable terror awaits twelve-year-old Bobby and his best friend, Kevin, when they are abducted on their way home from school. Managing to escape his confines, Bobby navigates the dark halls, praying his presence goes unnoticed as he avoids his captor at every turn. Even worse is the arrival of another stranger, whose mysterious arrangement with the kidnapper may spell certain doom for Kevin. With no means of calling for help and miles of dark country in every direction, Bobby embarks on a rescue mission, determined to get himself and Kevin out alive… or die trying.
----- June 14, 2021 -----
** THE TOXIC AVENGER remake: Kevin Bacon has joined the cast of the reboot of Troma Entertainment's THE TOXIC AVENGER in what is said to be a 'slick villain' role. Jacob Tremblay and Taylour Paige are also involved in the project which will shoot later this month in Bulgaria.
Macon Blair penned the script and directs the story of a struggling everyman (Peter Dinklage) who is pushed into a vat of toxic waste and transformed into a mutant freak. He goes from shunned outcast to underdog hero as he races to save his son, his friends, and his community from the forces of corruption and greed. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Netflix RESIDENT EVIL series: During today's Netflix Geeked Week, Netflix finally announced the main cast for their forthcoming live-action series adaptation of RESIDENT EVIL, based on Capcom's popular video game franchise. JOHN WICK star Lance Reddick, Ella Balinska, Adeline Rudolph, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, and Paola Nuñez have officially been tapped to star in the streamer's newest horror series. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LaLaurie Mansion film: SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW director Darren Lynn Bousman, THE CONJURING creators Chad and Carey Hayes, and Faster Horse Pictures are teaming for a new horror franchise about the LaLaurie Mansion. Bousman will direct the present day-set first film in a proposed series of movies about the infamous New Orleans property. Casting is already underway and studio and streamer interest is high on the project.
The house was made infamous by its resident Madame Lalaurie, a New Orleans socialite and serial killer who tortured and murdered numerous slaves there in the early 1800s. Her crimes were exposed following a house fire in 1834. She fled the city and was never arrested. On-screen, Kathy Bates portrayed LaLaurie in AMERICAN HORROR STORY COVEN.
The Hayes Brothers have written the screenplay in the house and the production will shoot portions of the film on-site as well. Public access to the property has not been possible since 1932. The stories in the franchise will unfold in multiple instalments covering the history of the house from recent events back to the origins of the house and its sinister owner. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEAD & BURIED 4K UHD: Coming out from Blue Underground on July 20th. Exclusive limited collector's edition includes 4K UHD Blu-ray, remastered Blu-ray, soundtrack CD, collectible booklet, reversible sleeve and three different 3D Lenticular slipcovers!
----- June 10, 2021 -----
** FEAR STREET: After a series of brutal slayings, a teen and her friends take on an evil force that's plagued their notorious town for centuries. Welcome to Shadyside.
** ABRAHAM'S BOYS: Tea Shop Productions has signed LUCKY writer-director Natasha Kermani to adapt and direct Joe Hill's action-horror short story ABRAHAM'S BOYS into a feature film.
Serving as something of a follow-up to Bram Stoker's DRACULA, the story follows Abraham Van Helsing's sons Max and Rudy who know nothing of their father's past and don't understand his overprotective attitude and strange behaviour. Making things worse, Abraham is becoming increasingly more unhinged, paranoid, and violent. The film will explore the boys' trauma through the eyes of a young Asian woman who is no stranger to death. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** EVIL: Paramount+ has released a new 30-second promo for the second season of its original horror series EVIL which is shifting to the streamer after debuting on CBS last season. The thirteen-episode new season is set for a June 20th launch with weekly episodes.
Katja Herbers, Mike Colter, Aasif Mandvi, Michael Emerson, Christine Lahti, and Kurt Fuller star in the series which hails from THE GOOD FIGHT creators Robert & Michelle King. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 9, 2021 -----
** CHRISTINE remake: Bryan Fuller is attached to make his feature directorial debut on a new film adaptation of Stephen King's CHRISTINE at Blumhouse Productions and Sony Pictures.
John Carpenter helmed the previous 1983 film adaptation of the early King book about a shy teenager who comes out of his shell after he buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury to fix up. The car however has a mind of its own, as well as a murderous past, and begins to change the young man and everyone around him in a dangerous fashion.
Fuller reportedly plans to keep the 1980s time period setting of the original story. He's also writing the script for the film which Vincenzo Natali and Steven Hoban will produce. The project is reportedly still in its early stages. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Rob Zombie's THE MUNSTERS: Rob Zombie has confirmed his long in the works film reboot of THE MUNSTERS is finally happening. The musician turned director of the likes of THE DEVIL'S REJECTS and the 2007 HALLOWEEN remake announced on his Instagram page Monday that the film is going forward via Universal Pictures' 1440 Productions division.
This very likely means the movie is a straight to Peacock effort as opposed to a theatrical release. Zombie's post says: "Attention Boils and Ghouls!. The rumors are true! My next film project will be the one I've been chasing for 20 years! THE MUNSTERS! Stay tuned for exciting details as things progress!"
The 1964 sitcom followed a family of friendly monsters who relocated from Transylvania to an American suburb. Both it and THE ADDAMS FAMILY remain pop culture icons, though THE MUNSTERS never made the leap to film before. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR MEET THE BLACKS 2: From Beverly Hills to the Chicago 'burbs, mayhem and hilarity seem to follow The Blacks wherever they go. After surviving a night of terror on the West Coast, (not-so) best-selling author Carl Black (Mike Epps) moves his family back to his childhood home in the Windy City where he hopes to find the peace and quiet he needs to write his new book. But when an eccentric neighbor (Katt Williams) moves in next door, Carl becomes convinced that the man is a vampire trying to take his family, and must team up with his oddball neighbors to save his career and their lives!
----- June 8, 2021 -----
** EVIL DEAD RISE: Filmmaker Lee Cronin (THE HOLE IN THE GROUND) has released the first photo from the set of New Line Cinema's revival of the EVIL DEAD franchise with EVIL DEAD RISE which has finally begun shooting in New Zealand. The Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell-produced project has been in development since last year and will star Australian actresses Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan as the new female leads.
The modern-day set urban horror film will take the franchise out of its classic woods setting and into the city for the first time. Two estranged sisters find their reunion cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival. The film is slated for an HBO Max release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE TANK: Filmmaker Scott Walker (THE FROZEN GROUND) will direct the creature feature THE TANK which will shoot in New Zealand in late summer. Oscar-winning special effects supervisor Richard Taylor and his team at WETA will create the creature effects.
The story follows a young family who inherits a remote and long-abandoned coastal property in Oregon, and awakens beneath it, a horde of ferocious and deadly creatures, that feed on the living. Happy Dog Entertainment and GFC Films are backing the project. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MOSQUITO STATE: Shudder has picked up the rights for MOSQUITO STATE, from Polish director Filip Jan Rymsza. MOSQUITO STATE premiered at Venice last year then went on to play in top genre festivals like Sitges and Tallin Black Nights. Shudder is already planning to premiere the film on their service on August 26th.
In MOSQUITO STATE, isolated in his austere penthouse overlooking Central Park, obsessive Wall Street data analyst Richard Boca (Beau Knapp) sees ominous patterns: His computer models are behaving erratically, as are the swarms of mosquitos breeding in his apartment, an infestation that attends his psychological meltdown. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** THE AMULET OF FEAR: An indie horror short movie, with 3D CGI visual effects, shot with zero budget, about a a girl who finds an ancient amulet which has the ability to conjure up fears of the man who owns it and when she begins to read an horror book by Stephen King called "The Creature" it will come to life beginning a frightening battle. The short was made by only two person, the director Andrea Ricca who did the scripting, shooting, acting, editing, special effects, 3d modellation and animation, and the actress Ludovica Ferraro.
** THE SPIRIT BOARD: Another indie horror short movie from Andrea Ricca. This is the story of a girl who moves to a new house and putting things back in place finds a Ouija board. In the evening he decides to have a séance and unwillingly recalls the spirit that lives in that house.
----- June 7, 2021 -----
** A QUIET PLACE PART III: Following a very strong weekend opening for A QUIET PLACE PART II, Paramount Pictures has set a March 31st 2023 release date for a third entry in the franchise. Director Jeff Nichols will take over from John Krasinki as director, with a story based on an idea by Krasinski.
Nichols reportedly handed in the script for the new installment a few days ago with rumors being that it will explore a different part of the same world of the two previous films – broadening the scope of the film. Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller and Krasinski are producing. The first film grossed a rather healthy $58 million over the Memorial Day weekend. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Horror at the Box Office: It use to be that the studios would space their horror movies apart on the schedule. It's not usual that one would open up immediately after the other for fear of cannibalizing the same audience. That didn't happen this weekend as New Line's THE CONJURING THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT opened to $24M, while Paramount's second weekend of A QUIET PLACE PART II took in $19.5M.
THE CONJURING THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT is the largest opening for an R-rated movie, and the third largest overall during the Pandemic. It's the 5th Warner Bros. release to rank No. 1 this year. The studio has spent ten weeks out of 23 in the No. 1 position during 2021. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** KINGDOM ASHIN OF THE NORTH: A special episode of the KINGDOM series will be available on Netflix on July 23rd. It will center around South Korean top actress Jun Ji Hyun's mysterious character who appeared in the last seconds of the second season finale. It will not only tell the story of the mysterious heir to the Northern Yeojin tribe village but will also finally reveal the origins of the resurrection plant that triggered the avalanche of tragic events that swept through Joseon and a woman abandoned by all – Ashin.
** ROOM 9: In theaters and on DVD July 20th - Michael Berryman, Scout Taylor-Compton, Brian Anthony Wilson. Long ago, Room 9 of the Johnson/Bedford Inn, located in a remote small town, was the site of a gruesome double murder. Decades later, with the town terrorized once again by a string of bloody ritual killings, a mysterious woman named Star arrives to investigate and suffers bizarre flashbacks related to the inn's slayings. Is she connected to the killings…or the inn's next victim?
----- June 4, 2021 -----
** Neill Blomkamp's DEMONIC: A trailer has been released for DISTRICT 9 writer-director Neill Blomkamp's newest feature – a supernatural horror thriller shot secretly during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last summer. The feature revolves around a young woman who unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed.
Carly Pope, Chris William Martin, Nathalie Bolt, and Michael Rogers star in the film from the South African-Canadian auteur. DEMONIC is set to be released in theaters on August 20th and VOD on August 27th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** M. Night Shyamalan's OLD: This summer, visionary filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan unveils a chilling, mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly … reducing their entire lives into a single day.
** GAIA: Mother we ask your forgiveness. Watch the official trailer for Jaco Bouwer's film. In Theaters 6.18 and On Demand 6.25.
** SON: After a mysterious group breaks into Laura's home and attempts to abduct her eight-year-old son, David, the two of them flee town in search of safety. But soon after the failed kidnapping, David becomes extremely ill, suffering from increasing psychosis and convulsions. Following her maternal instincts, Laura commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive, but soon she must decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. Directed by Ivan Kavanagh. Starring Andi Matichak, Emile Hirsch and Luke David Blumm.
** THE FOREVER PURGE: Here's a couple of cool characters posters for the upcoming film, which opens in theaters on July 2nd.
----- June 3rd, 2021 -----
** THE CONJURING THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT: Here's the final trailer. The film reveals a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.
** THE WALKING DEAD: The Whisperer war is upon us when Season Ten of THE WALKING DEAD arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD July 20 from Lionsgate. THE WALKING DEAD Season Ten, containing 22 episodes, stars Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Christian Serratos, Samantha Morton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, THE WALKING DEAD Season Ten Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the price of $80.99 and $70.98, respectively.
Winter has turned to spring, and the collected communities are grudgingly respecting the new borders imposed upon them by the ever-brutal Alpha. But having organized themselves into a militia-style fighting force, our group of survivors is prepared for battle – though they're keenly aware that the Whisperers, and the horde of dead they mingle with, pose a threat unlike any they've ever faced. Paranoia, propaganda, secret agendas, infighting – all of these will test the group, individually and collectively, with the survival of civilization in a world filled with the walking dead hanging in the balance.
** INITIATION: Go back to school if you dare…. Murder is trending when INITIATION arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD July 20 from Lionsgate. Social media turns sinister when Jon Huertas, Lochlyn Munro, Isabella Gomez, Froy Gutierrez, Bart Johnson, Yancy Butler, and Gattlin Griffith try to survive pledge week in this fun slasher film. INITIATION will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
During a university's pledge week, the carefree partying turns deadly serious when a star athlete is found impaled in his dorm. The murder ignites a spree of sinister social-media messages, sweeping the students and police into a race against time to uncover the truth behind the school's dark secrets…and the horrifying meaning of a recurring symbol: a single exclamation mark.
** AGNES: A nun's disturbing behavior sparks rumors of demonic possession at a remote convent. When a priest-in-waiting and his disillusioned mentor are sent to investigate, their methods backfire, leaving a wake of terror and trauma.
----- June 2nd, 2021 -----
** Scream Factory update: Coming to Blu-ray in August from Scream Factory.
A RETURN TO SALEM'S LOT (1987). Reluctantly, the amoral anthropologist, Joe Weber, leaves the vast and dangerous Peruvian jungles, to return to the United States and take care of his rebellious teenage son, Jeremy. As the estranged father and son embark on a bonding trip to Joe's hometown of Salem's Lot, Maine, to visit Aunt Clara's decrepit house, right from the start, strange occurrences are a dead giveaway that something evil has gotten hold of the town. Now, fresh, bright-red blood stains the seemingly peaceful community, and there's no telling what Joe and, especially, Jeremy, have gotten themselves into. Indeed, a return to Salem's Lot was a poor decision. Is there an escape from the town of terror?
THE BORROWER (1991). Aliens punish one of their own by sending him to earth. The alien is very violent, and when the body he occupies is damaged, he is forced to find another.
** Culture Shock Releasing update: Coming to Culture Shock Releasing are two never before on disc SOV films - STREETS OF DEATH (1988) & NIGHT RIPPER (1986) both directed by Jeff Hathcock.
In STREETS OF DEATH two serial killers disguised as student filmmakers start shooting snuff movies in which they torture and kill hookers and sell the tapes to a sleazy merchant.
In NIGHT RIPPER a masked killer named "Ripper" stalks and kills off models in very disturbing ways. A local photographer gets involved as one of the models he's photographed in the past becomes a victim.
** THE EVIL NEXT DOOR: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** CREATURES: Black Mandala has picked up the sales rights for the UK horror comedy CREATURES, directed by Tony Jopia. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- June 1st, 2021 -----
** DEXTER: America's favorite serial killer Dexter Morgan is back on Showtime in a new 10-episode limited series coming this fall. Starring Michael C. Hall. Watch the new Dexter Limited Series premiering in 2021.
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Paramount's film is crushing it, having grossed $19.3M on Friday, including $4.8M Thursday night previews. Saturday eased 22% to $15M. The studio's Sunday came in lighter than expected, but no big deal, as the numbers this past weekend were fantastic. A QUIET PLACE PART II grossed $13M yesterday, for a revised 3-day that is now at $47.4M and a $57M 4-day opening at 3,726 theaters for a $15,7K theater average. That's a number which isn't too far from the $60M which the John Krasinski-directed sequel was anticipated to do in its 3-day opening pre-pandemic! (thanks to Deadline.com)
** WEREWOLVES WITHIN: Here's the new poster for the upcoming film.
** MANIAC COP sequels 4K UHD: Both MANIAC COP 2 and MANIAC COP 3 are coming to 4K UHD from Blue Underground and here's a look at the artwork!