It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- April 13, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's THE MIST TV series: The trailer and poster are here for Spike's new original scripted THE MIST, based on the classic Stephen King novella of the same name.
THE MIST centers around a small town family that is torn apart by a brutal crime. As they deal with the fallout an eerie mist rolls in, suddenly cutting them off from the rest of the world and, in some cases, each other. Family, friends and adversaries become strange bedfellows, battling the mysterious mist and its threats, fighting to maintain morality and sanity as the rules of society break down. From TWC-Dimension Television, THE MIST series stars Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney, Danica Curcic, Okezie Morro, Luke Cosgrove, Darren Pettie, Russell Posner, Dan Butler, Isiah Washington, Jr. and Frances Conroy.
** BLACKENSTEIN: On May 30th, Severin Films, in association with Xenon Pictures and Vinegar Syndrome, invites you to experience Mary Shelly's horror classic through a Vietnam-shattered, micro-budget, entrail-smothered lens. After years of lifeless home video presentations, Severin is proud to re-animate this lumbering monster with an immaculate transfer of the rarely seen original theatrical cut AND a new assembly of the home video release version, Frankensteined together from the best existing elements.
Special Features include:
- Theatrical Release Version (78 Mins.) and Video Release Version (87 Mins.)
- Monster Kid: Interview with Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri's Sister, June Kirk
- Archive News Broadcast On The Murder Of Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri
- Producers / Directors / Actors Ken Osborne And Robert Dix Remember Writer / Producer Frank R. Saletri
- Bill Created Blackenstein: Interview With Creature Designer Bill Munns
- Theatrical Trailer
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Arrow Video US - May 2017 release schedule: May sees the release of a fantastic slate of cult cinema from Arrow Video, with a healthy mix of giallo, cult crime and gore to keep fans happy.
BRAIN DAMAGE Limited Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] (May 9th)
From Frank Henenlotter, the man behind such cult horror favourites as BASKET CASE and FRANKENHOOKER, comes BRAIN DAMAGE - the ultimate head-trip, now finally on Blu-ray!
Meet Elmer. He's your local, friendly parasite with the ability to induce euphoric hallucinations in his hosts. But these LSD-like trips come with a hefty price tag. When young Brian comes under Elmer's addictive spell, it's not long before he finds himself scouring the city streets in search of his parasite's preferred food source - brains!
THE CLIMBER [Blu-ray + DVD] (May 16th)
After shooting cult favorites FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN and BLOOD FOR DRACULA in Europe, Joe Dallesandro spent much of the seventies making movies on the continent. In France, he worked with auteurs like Louis Malle and Walerian Borowczyk, and in Italy he starred in all manner of genre fare from poliziotteschi to nunsploitation.
THE CLIMBER follows in the tradition of gangster classics such as The Public Enemy and Scarface as it charts the rise and inevitable fall of small-time smuggler Aldo (Dallesandro). Beaten and abandoned by the local gang boss after he tries to skim off some profits for himself, Aldo forms his own group of misfits in order to exact revenge.
EVIL ED Limited Edition [Blu-ray + DVD] (May 30th)
A blood-soaked love letter to the splatter films of the '80s, video rental favorite EVIL ED returns in a brand-new Special EDition featuring an extended cut of the feature and hours of stomach-churning bonus features!
Mild-mannered film technician Edward enjoys his job. That is, until he finds himself transferred from his regular post to the "Splatter and Gore department", where he's forced to edit hours upon hours of grisly video nasty footage. Traumatized by the onscreen violence, Ed starts to lose his grip on reality - with ghastly (and bloody) consequences.
----- April 12, 2017 -----
** WILLARD and BEN Blu-ray/DVD: We are proud to announce the final list of specs/extras on our two rat-infested cult classics WILLARD and BEN, which are both making their long-awaited Blu-ray and DVD debuts on May 16th.
• NEW 4K scan of the original camera negative (DTS Master Mono)
• NEW audio commentary with actor Bruce Davison
• NEW interview with actor Bruce Davison
• Original Theatrical Trailer
• Original TV Spot
• Original Radio Spots
• Still Gallery
• NEW HD transfer of the best surviving archive print (DTS Master Mono)
• NEW audio commentary with actor Lee Montgomery
• NEW interview with actor Lee Montgomery
• Original Theatrical Trailers
• Original TV Spots
• BEN/WILLARD Double Feature Trailer and TV spot
• Original Radio Spot
• Still Gallery
** Netflix THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE: According to Deadline web site, Netflix is teaming up with acclaimed genre director Mike Flanagan (OCULUS), Steven Spielberg's Amblin TV and Paramount TV to make a series based on Shirley Jackson's classic 1959 novel THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE. The streaming giant has given a direct-to-series order for the untitled Haunting series, which will consist of 10 episodes.
----- April 11, 2017 -----
** SHARKNADO 5: The upcoming sequel premiere hits the cable network on Sunday, August 6 at 8 pm, where we'll see the return of Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as Fin Shepard and April Wexler, battling a tornado full of sharks once again. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DARK WATERS: Severin Films is releasing the Mariano Baino film on Blu-ray on April 11th! Experience the modern Nunsploitation masterpiece from co-writer/director Mariano Baino as you've never seen or heard it before: When a young Englishwoman attempts to discover her mysterious connection to a remote island convent, she will unlock an unholy communion of torment, blasphemy and graphic demonic depravity. Louise Salter (INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE) stars in this "stunning and horrifying debut" (Digitally Obsessed) – filmed on location along the grim Ukraine coast – now transferred in HD from the original 35mm negative and featuring over 4 hours of startling Special Features.
** S&M LES SADIQUES: The Jess Franco homage stars Sandra Bourdonnec as Sandra, a Sadean dominant figure who manipulates teenage runaway Marie (Nadine Pape) into commiting an atrocious act of violence to prove her fidelity. Kevin Kopacka co-stars as Corrado, a naive musician whose chance intrusion tips the already twisted relationship between the two women further off balance. Veteran New German Wave actor Harry Baer makes a cameo as uncle Franz. Set in wintry Berlin and partially scored with Daniel White cues familiar from 1970's and 1980's Eurociné and Jess Franco films.
** THE MUMMY: Here's another new poster for the upcoming film.
----- April 7, 2017 -----
** WOLVES AT THE DOOR: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the film on Digital HD on April 18th. The film stars Elizabeth Henstridge, Katie Cassidy and Jane Kaczmarek in a fictionalized riff on the horrific Tate/Labianca murders at the bloody hands of Charles Manson's minions at the finale of the 1960s. Four friends gather at an elegant home during the Summer of Love, 1969. Unbeknownst to them, deadly visitors are waiting outside. What begins as a simple farewell party turns to a night of primal terror as the intruders stalk and torment the four, who struggle for their lives against what appears to be a senseless attack.
** POOL PARTY MASSACRE: Blair Winthorpe and her friends don't know it yet, but they are about to have the WORST POOL PARTY EVER!
----- April 6, 2017 -----
** GET OUT: The film is set to arrive on Digital HD on May 9, 2017 and on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack and On Demand on May 23, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), a young white woman, have been dating for several months, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate at her family's upstate home with parents Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford). At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
** THE PURGE TV series: Blumhouse Television is developing THE PURGE TV series with Universal Cable Productions and franchise creator James DeMonaco, with the series set to air on both USA and S
Regarding the announcement, Jason Blum said: "Over the past few years, we have been working to build Blumhouse Television into an independent studio so we can have the autonomy to work with the best storytellers and give them freedom to create the best dark genre programming. It is a dream that day is here. Julian and his team at ITV are remarkable partners and we can't wait to kick things off with THE PURGE and Secure and Hold. We are excited that with the launch of this new studio, we are expanding our partnership with NBCUniversal by growing THE PURGE franchise into a television series and are grateful for their incredible support of Blumhouse overall." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE BLACK ROOM: Check out the trailer for the upcoming film starring Natasha Henstridge, Lin Shaye, Lukas Hassel, Augie Duke and a great supporting cast of genre favorites including James Duval, Dominique Swain and Tiffany Shepis.
Paul and Jennifer Hemdale have just moved into their dream house. But their happy marriage is about to be put to the test as they slowly discover the secret behind the black room in the cellar. Something else is already living in their new home and it is growing stronger every day. THE BLACK ROOM will be opening in theaters on April 28th and will hit VOD May 9th via Cleopatra Entertainment.
----- April 5, 2017 -----
** Bong Joon-Ho's PARASITE: South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho (THE HOST) returns this year with the Netflix original film OKJA, but it looks like he's already developing his next project. AsianWiki (via The Playlist web site) reports that Bong's go to actor Song-Kang Ho will re-team with him on the feature PARASITE. All that's been revealed about the project is that it will 'revolve around a family going through a disturbance'. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS: Sony Pictures has won the rights to the graphic novel. Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late '60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen's investigation takes us back to Anka's life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.
** ANTISOCIAL 2: Years after having her newborn child stolen from her, Sam (Michelle Mylett) searches the world infested with infected users from the Social Redroom website. After befriending a young girl named Bean, Sam is captured and locked in a facility dedicated to finding a cure for the Redroom Virus. Trapped and tortured, Sam tries to escape the facility before an impending update on the Redroom site hits 100% and unleashes its final phase of attack.
** VOICE FROM THE STONE: Set in 1950s Tuscany, Voice from the Stone is the haunting and suspenseful story of Verena, a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy who has fallen silent since the sudden passing of his mother.
----- April 4, 2017 -----
** THE MUMMY: Here's the new trailer for the upcoming reboot/remake.
** ANNABELLE CREATION: Here's the brand new trailer! Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.
** PHOENIX FORGOTTEN: 20 years after three teenagers disappeared in the wake of mysterious lights appearing above Phoenix, Arizona, unseen footage from that night has been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition.
----- April 3rd, 2017 -----
** THE MUMMY: Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension. THE MUMMY opens in theaters June 9.
** ANNABELLE CREATION: The upcoming film tells the tale of a dollmaker and his wife who, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. Very soon, however, they become the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.
** THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE: The film makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut as a Walmart exclusive on May 2nd, 2017, from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. The Blu-ray + DVD Combo will be then available everywhere June 27th, 2017.
It's just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until an unidentified, highly unusual corpse arrives. Discovered buried in the basement of the home of a brutally murdered family, the young Jane Doe — eerily well-preserved and with no visible signs of trauma — is shrouded in mystery. As they work into the night to piece together the cause of her death, the two men begin to uncover the disturbing secrets of her life. Soon, a series of terrifying events make it clear: this Jane Doe may not be dead. The latest from TROLL HUNTER director André Øvredal. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- March 30, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's IT remake teaser trailer: Here's the teaser trailer! When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
** ANNABELLE CREATION: Director David F. Sandberg's (LIGHTS OUT) revealed that the ANNABELLE sequel has a new title, ANNABELLE CREATION. The follow-up to 2014's hugely-successful ANNABELLE, which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters, is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who also partnered so effectively on THE CONJURING flicks, the series that first dragged the grinning, possessed little plaything to screens.
ANNABELLE sequel tells the tale of a dollmaker and his wife who, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home. Very soon, however, they become the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A DARK SONG: A heartbroken woman and recluse occultist perform an ancient, dark ritual to bring her child back to life – but missteps have consequences and unknown evils are unleashed.
----- March 29, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's IT: Warner Bros. Pictures has released the poster and new photos from Andres Muschietti's film adaptation, which opens September 8th. The story follows a group of teenagers in Derry, Maine who are attacked by the malevolent force in the guise of a clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) who takes the form of your worst fear. The first of a two-film saga, this focuses on the teenagers whereas the second will follow them as adults thirty years later.
** ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK remake: Robert Rodriguez has been at least in talks (and may already be set) to direct the upcoming remake of the John Carpenter classic reports The Tracking Board and Deadline web site. The original was set in a future where the U.S. had become totalitarian theocratic police state and the island of Manhattan is now a walled off maximum security prison. Imprisoned former Special Forces officer Robert 'Snake' Plissken (Kurt Russell) has twenty-four hours to go in, rescue the U.S. President who is being held by the city prison's most dangerous crook, and get out again.
LUTHOR creator Neil Cross is penning the script for the new version which changes things up – the mission is now eleven hours, the person to retrieve is the villainous heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation, and there's the added complication of a major hurricane approaching. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman will produce while Carpenter will serve as an executive producer. Production is slated to begin later this year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 28, 2017 -----
** DEATH NOTE: What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies? We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
** THE EYES: Some say we are only as sick as our secrets but what if our government really knew those secrets? What if they've watched every move we've made and our secrets aren't really hidden? In The Eyes, six strangers with unspeakable pasts wake up imprisoned in an abandoned warehouse and discover they are being forced to participate in an evil governmental experiment. Five must die. One can live. And they have two hours to decide amongst themselves who survives. The clock is ticking and if they don't decide… they ALL die. The Eyes shows us that someone is always watching.
** RUPTURE: The film follows Renee Morgan (Noomi Rapace), a single mom, who is deathly terrified of spiders. While in route to meet up with a friend, she is violently abducted by a group of strangers. After enduring intense yet strange questioning and examinations, some about her fear of spiders, Renee soon discovers that she is now the subject of an underground experiment. Her captors explain to her that she has a genetic abnormality that can potentially allow her to "rupture" and reveal her alien nature. Renee must find a way to escape before it is too late.
----- March 27, 2017 -----
** MANIAC COP remake: Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn has finally been given the green light to move forward on his long in the works remake of cult 1988 exploitation classic. Variety reported that the film is finally 100% a go, set to shoot this summer in LA with Wild Bunch on board to handle world sales. Prescience MA's Merlin Funds will be financing the film, which is being produced by Winding Refn and Børglum's Copenhagen-set banner Space Rocket Nation, along with Bold Films.
** Stephen King's IT: Here's a new photo from the film, which is set to be released in two parts with Part One focusing on the group of teens called the Losers Club, while Part Two is set around the repercussions on these characters as adults. Stephen King's IT will be released on September 8, 2017.
** CREEPOZOIDS: The bloody trash classic is coming out soon via Band's Full Moon Features for the first time on Blu-ray (streeting April 11th), remastered and restored from the original 35mm camera negative and armed with a new 5.1 surround sound mix. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WISH UPON: Twelve years after discovering her mother's suicide, 17-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father Jonathan (Ryan Phillippe) and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes. While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can't help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she's always wanted and everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that she must get rid of the box, but finds herself unable and unwilling to part with her new-and-improved life – leading her down a dark and dangerous path.
----- March 22, 2017 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Production on Luca Guadagnino's remake of Dario Argento's 1977 classic SUSPIRIA is over. Filming on the project took place in Italy from September through December, was halted for much of January and then resumed until it wrapped the other week.
Filming is now officially done, with the director hard at work in post confirms Cineuropa. This suggests the film could be ready in time to premiere during the Fall film festival season. Amazon has already acquired international distribution rights to the movie, and recently courted buyers at the European Film Market. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** KILLER CAMPOUT: The upcoming film (starring Roger Yawson) centers on two youth counselors who bring a group of emotionally troubled teens deep into the woods for a weekend of solitude and confrontational therapy. The trip soon turns deadly when the group is terrorized by a cannibalistic hermit with a thirst for blood!
----- March 21, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER poster: The first poster has arrived for the film adaptation of the Stephen King fantasy novel series which opens in cinemas July 28th. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey star in the film which is adopting the novel tagline of "there are other worlds than these" for its campaign. Nikolaj Arcel helms the project.
** BLOOD FEAST remake: Director Marcel Walz''s remake will be hitting U.S. theaters on April 28th from Medallion Releasing.
** THE HERETICS: THE HERETICS features a young girl who is abducted by a man. After he claims that a malicious cult is in pursuit of her, he makes it his mission to protect her until sunrise. While restrained, the young girl falls deathly ill. Her friends and family begin to search for her, but the source of her illness becomes more and more apparent: She's not sick…she's changing.
----- March 17, 2017 -----
** LAISSEZ BRONZER LES CADAVRES: From the directors of AMER and THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODY'S TEARS. The Mediterranean summer: blue sea, blazing sun….and 250 kg of gold stolen by Rhino and his gang! They had found the perfect hideout: an abandoned and remote hamlet now taken over by a woman artist in search for inspiration. Unfortunately surprise guests and two cops compromise their plan: the heavenly place where wild happenings and orgies used to take place turns into a gruesome battlefield….Relentless and mindblowing.
** BRAZILIAN horror O RASTRO: Here's a new trailer!
----- March 15, 2017 -----
** THE FLY remake: A new take on THE FLY is in development at 20th Century Fox. The Deadline web site reports that J.D. Dillard, who makes his feature film directorial debut with next month's SLEIGHT, is in talks to direct THE FLY remake for the studio. Dillard would also provide the screenplay with his writing partner, Alex Theurer. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE VAMPIRE BAT: The Film Detective, in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive, presents THE VAMPIRE BAT like never seen before – digitally mastered from new 35mm film elements preserved by the Archive – flying onto Blu-ray and DVD April 25. This stylized and macabre tale was directed by Frank R. Strayer, who spins a thrilling tale from Hugo-nominated screenwriter Edward T. Lowe, that will have you craving more films from the first Golden Age of Horror!
The film is presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 1.33 and Dolby Digital sound. Restored from a 35mm composite acetate fine grain master and a 35mm nitrate print, UCLA's restoration recreates the sensational Gustav Brock color sequence, unacknowledged and unseen since first run.
** MAYHEM: A dangerous virus, one that prevents the infected from controlling their inhibitions, is discovered in a corporate law building, the very same firm that recently cleared an infected man on murder charges. When a quarantine is issued and the building goes on lockdown, all hell breaks loose inside, while a disgruntled employee (Steven Yeun) and an irate client (Samara Weaving) must fight and even kill their way to the top to "have a word" with the corrupt executives who wronged them before time runs out.
----- March 13, 2017 -----
** Arrow Video US - April 2017 release schedule: MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with several titles for April 2017. On April 18th comes THE NIGHT EVELYN CAME OUT OF THE GRAVE (Blu-ray and DVD) and THE RED QUEEN KILLS SEVEN TIMES (Blu-ray and DVD), two giallo chillers from director Emilio P. Miraglia which were previously only available in the limited edition box set entitled Killer Dames. Miraglian blends the grisly whodunnit of the giallo with gothic and supernatural elements to create some truly unique chills in tales of revenge from beyond the grave and killer curses. Also out in April are the following; CALTIKI THE IMMORTAL MONSTER [Blu-ray + DVD] (April 11th), DONNIE DARKO Limited edition [Blu-ray + DVD] (April 18th) and HOUSE: TWO STORIES Limited edition [HOUSE 1 & 2] on Blu-ray (April 11).
** HOUNDS OF LOVE: In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer couple John and Evelyn White. After an innocent lapse in judgment, Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted by the disturbed couple. With her murder imminent, Vicki realizes she must find a way to drive a wedge between Evelyn and John if she is to survive. Hounds of Love is an exercise in expertly-crafted tension, offering a bold, challenging debut Young.
** DIG TWO GRAVES: A supernatural thriller about the generational violence that plagues a small, backwoods town, set in the 1970s, DIG TWO GRAVES asks "how far would you go to save those you love?"
** THE BELKO EXPERIMENT: Here's some new posters for the upcoming film.
----- March 9, 2017 -----
** POLAROID: Dimension Films has started production on the horror film, directed by and based on the award-winning short by Lars Klevberg. High school loner Bird Fitcher has no idea what dark secrets are tied to the Polaroid vintage camera she stumbles upon, but it doesn't take long to discover that those who have their picture taken meet a tragic end.
** Scream Factory's The Paul Naschy Collection: The Blu-ray box set will include five films from Paul Naschy career; VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES, HORROR RISES FROM THE TOMB, BLUE EYES OF THE BROKEN DOLL, NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF and HUMAN BEASTS. The set is scheduled to street June 20th.
----- March 8, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's IT: Today comes word via producer Seth Grahame-Smith that Stephen King has seen the new IT and passed on a message:
"Steve asked me to pass along that he saw a screening of IT today and he wanted to let everybody know that they should stop worrying about it as the producers have done a wonderful job with the production."
Production wrapped in September last year on the first part of IT which Andres Muschietti is helming and which is rumored to begin production shortly on the second film in Toronto. The first IT hit cinemas in September. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK: Cinespectral Films just announced their plans to release the 1988 cult comedy for the first time ever on Blu-ray, in glorious all-new restored High Definition. Limited to just 3,000 copies, this strictly limited Dual-Format 3-disc collector's edition is packed with all-new special features and never-before-seen archive material.
When famed TV horror hostess Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) quits her job after being sexually harassed by the station's new owner, she forms a plan to start her own show in the heart of Las Vegas. Upon learning that her great aunt Morgana has passed away, Elvira travels to the town of Falwell to claim her inheritance, only to soon find herself stranded in town when her Macabre Mobile's engine blows up. Once the stuffy locals get an eyeful of the scream queen's ample assets, all hell busts loose! Will she become Las Vegas' next big dance sensation or will she get burned alive at the stake?
The 3-disc mediabook packaging is available with a choice of three variant front-cover designs: the original theatrical artwork, the promotional press-kit artwork, and an all-new commissioned retro-inspired piece by German horror director Andreas Marschall. Special metal foil printing on all three artworks is also present and each numbered set is certified by a holographic sticker. Each variant is limited to just 1,000 units.
The bilingual 60-page bound-in fully illustrated booklet features English texts by Sam Irvin and Patterson Lundquist, along with never-before-seen production stills and dazzling international artwork. This material will only be featured as part of the exclusive edition. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- March 7, 2017 -----
** MEG: Warner Bros. Pictures has pushed Jon Turteltaub's giant shark film MEG back by five months. Originally set for a March 2nd 2018 bow, the film will now open late Summer – specifically August 10th 2018. The plan is also for a 3D and Imax release of the Jason Statham and Li Bingbing-led film adaptation of the Steve Alten novel.
In the film a deep-sea submersible – part of an international undersea observation program – has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew-and the ocean itself-from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below… bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.
Cliff Curtis, Rainn Wilson, Ruby Rose, Robert Taylor, Masi Oka, Jessica McNamee, Page Kennedy, Olafur Darri Olafsson and Sophia Shuya Cai co-star. Dean Georgaris and Jon Hoeber & Erich Hoeber penned the script while Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Belle Avery and Colin Wilson are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Thai horror SIAM SQUARE: Here's the trailer!
** SHE KILLS: From writer/director Ron Bonk. Sadie's life is destroyed when a vicious gang called "The Touchers" targets her for their sadistic fantasies after witnessing her sexy but innocent naked frolicking in a nearby field. On her wedding night they attack her and her husband Edward, brutalizing both of them. But during the attack the virgin bride discovers a dangerous secret about her body - she is cursed with the legendary "Fire Crotch", a condition where Satan has laid claim to her vagina. After visiting her fortune teller friend Casparella, a space exorcism is attempted on her meat flaps, but it only ends up unlocking secret hidden powers inside her. Her hatchet wound becomes lethal, her most deadly weapon in her thirst for revenge against The Touchers and her fight against lustful men everywhere!
** ATTACKED ON SET: A group of young, hot new actors and crew move production to a new studio in a remote area of a Midwest town. All of your favorite characters are here! Little did they know but the killer has a score to settle when everyone on set is stranded in the remote studio with a van that has run out of gas and no cell phone service. No one is immune, not even the tree hugger, land developer or news crew covering a nearby construction project infringing on the habitat of an endangered bird species. Just when you catch your breath from steamy on set encounters, you will be gasping for air when the killer picks off the crew one by one and carves up their bodies for his own deviant pleasures. Just when you believe all is lost, the heroics of the local cop changes the plans of the killer (or is he acting alone?).
----- March 6, 2017 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Photos popped up over the weekend of actress Tilda Swinton on the Berlin set of Luca Guadagino's remake of Dario Argento's iconic 1977 masterpiece over at British newspaper The Sun.
Dakota Johnson stars as an American ballet student who transfers to a prestigious dance academy in Germany. After a series of murders take place, she later realises that the academy is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural. No release date has yet been set.
** Stephen King's IT part II: Before it began production, those involved in the new two-film adaptation of Stephen King's IT were always quite clear that it was a two-parter with the kids the focus of the first film and the adult versions of those characters the focus of the second. Production on the first part ran from June to September last year, and there has been little talk of the second part filming from those involved beyond comments that it is on the way.
Now, a new listing on My Entertainment World suggests that shooting on that second part is slated to begin March 17th under the secret title "Accordion". The filming location is listed as Toronto where the first part was also shot. The story is set in a small town in Maine, where seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a child-eating, sewer-dwelling monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor star as the kids in the first part with the trailer for it coming shortly ahead of the first film's release on September 8th. The second part hasn't scheduled a release date yet. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti are producing both films. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WIZARD OF OZ: A horror film set in the universe of THE WIZARD OF OZ is in the works at New Line Cinema, according to THR. The script is in early development, but will be based on the universe created by L. Frank Baum in his 1900 novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." The book was, of course, turned into the 1939 classic film THE WIZARD OF OZ starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan Ray Bolger, Burt Lahr and Margaret Hamilton. There were 13 sequels to the first novel, and the first book was turned into a Broadway musical in 1902. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MY FRIEND DAHMER: Entertainment Weekly has the first photo from the upcoming film MY FRIEND DAHMER, adapting the comic of that same name by cartoonist Derf Backderf, who actually grew up as a childhood friend of the famous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. The photo shows actor Ross Lynch, formerly of Disney Channel series Austin & Ally and Disney made-for-TV movie series Teen Beach Movie, looking less like a teen heartthrob and more "hauntingly similar" to the actual teenage Dahmer, according to statements relayed from Beckderf and other childhood friends of the killer by director Marc Meyers. (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
----- March 1st, 2017 -----
** Bong Joon-ho's OKJA: Four years after SNOWPIERCER, Korean master Bong Joon-ho is on the cusp of releasing his next high concept sci-fi opus OKJA. Netflix is backing the $53 million project, and has just launched the first teaser in Korea.
Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano and more star alongside several Korean actors in the English and Korean language film, including lead An Seo-hyun, who plays Mija, a young girl trying to protect a large creature from the grips of a multi-national corporation.
Netflix will release the film in June through its global online service, but there have been hints that the film may receive a theatrical release in some markets, including Korea. Many predict that the film could debut at Cannes in May.
** SPLIT: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment announced that SPLIT will be available on Digital HD on April 4, 2017 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on April 18, 2017. Kevin Crumb's (James McAvoy) fractured mind has revealed 23 personalities, but one remains dangerously submerged, set to materialize and dominate the others. McAvoy delivers "the role of his career" (Peter Debruge, Variety) as Kevin reaches a war for dominance among all those that rage within him, threatening his stability and impacting the survival of everyone around him.
----- February 28, 2017 -----
** RIP Bill Paxton: Last weekend, actor Bill Paxton underwent heart surgery and had complications post-op and suffered a fatal stroke. Paxton played in some of the most memorables genre films such as WEIRD SCIENCE, ALIENS, NEAR DARK, PREDATOR 2 and even directed FRAILTY.
** PIRANHA reboot: It looks like a "third" film in horror franchise is on the way. Producer Hisako Tsukaba is currently working on a new movie in the series which is targeting a 2018 release.
Titled SUMMER OF THE PIRANHA, and also going by the title PIRANHA JPN, the new project looks to be planned predominantly for Japanese audiences. The project is already in the pre-production stages, but no plot details have been provided beyond the fish with very sharp teeth being involved. (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** GET OUT earned an impressive $30.5 million from 2,891 theaters, an average of $10,976 per location at the box office. Directed by Jordan Peele, the latest Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions collaboration received an A- CinemaScore from audiences. GET OUT marks Blumhouse's eighth film to open No. 1 at the North American box office, and its sixth film to open to more than $30 million. The film, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, and Catherine Keener, was made for just $4.5 million. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS: The film arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and Digital HD April 25 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Six-time Academy Award nominee Glenn Close stars alongside Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine in this story of society's breakdown after the outbreak of an unprecedented plague. THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 27, 2017 -----
** RAW: Here's the poster for Julia Ducournau's film.
** CASTLEVANIA on Netflix: The Netflix series is already planned for at least two seasons. Season one will debut on an as-of-yet undetermined date with season two set to follow in 2018. Adi Shankar, who is producing the Netflix CASTLEVANIA series alongside Fred Seibert and Kevin Klonde, has promised a "super violent" take on the source material. What's more, the show is being scripted by Warren Ellis, best known as the creator of comic book series like Transmetropolitan and Planetary.
"It's going to be dark, satirical, and after a decade of propaganda it will flip the vampire sub-genre on its head," Shankar posted on Facebook when he first announced the series back in 2015.
"Furthermore," he added earlier this month, "I personally guarantee that it will end the streak and be the western world's first good video game adaptation." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE DEVIL'S CANDY: A not-so-average family wrestles with Satan in a house from hell in this heavy metal-charged shocker from the director of The Loved Ones. Diehard metalhead and struggling artist Jesse (Ethan Embry) moves with his wife (Shiri Appleby) and daughter (Kiara Glasco) to a middle-of-nowhere Texas town, unaware that the new house they got for an unbelievable deal comes with a grisly history. Disturbing demonic goings-on culminate with the appearance of Ray. He's the home's former resident, and he's here to do the Devil's bidding. The cranked-to-eleven soundtrack blasts Metallica, Slayer, Pantera.
----- February 23, 2017 -----
** AUGUST UNDERGROUND director is back: The 8th feature film from filmmaker Fred Vogel - THE FINAL INTERVIEW - tells the story of veteran newscaster, Oliver Ross (Grainger Hines), who visits Western Penitentiary for a live interview with death row inmate, and infamous Pittsburgh murderer, Darius Tidman (Damien Marusack) mere hours before his scheduled execution. Oliver, the show's director, Rhonda Cox (Diane Franklin), and the rest of "The Ross Perspective" crew set up at the jail and begin the live broadcast. By the end of the interview Oliver and his crew discover there is a lot more to this murderer than meets the eye.
** JEEPERS CREEPERS 3: Brandon Stacy has joined the cast of a third JEEPERS CREEPERS feature which is currently filming in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Gina Philips reprises her role as Trish from the first film sixteen years on since its release. Trish is now afraid the Creeper (Jonathan Breck) will take her son the same way it took her brother.
Her solution is to go after the Creeper herself. Stacy will star as a police deputy who leads a group of people in pursuit of the monster. Writer-director Victor Salva returns to helm the new film, and no word on a release date as yet. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT 2: Director and co-screenwriter Anthony Brownrigg continues the storyline of the original 1973 film directed by his late father S.F. Brownriggand released as THE FORGOTTEN. This 2016 sequel which Brownrigg tags a "supernatural thriller" is set forty years later when the only known survivor of a mass murder returns to the institution where the grisly killings took place, his presence triggering a series of increasingly disturbing events.
The film was produced by David Rennke (Source Productions) and Daniel Redd (RDM Productions) and is currently available on all major VOD outlets as well as a special edition 2-disc Blu-ray that features the original film for the first time on Blu-ray.
----- February 22, 2017 -----
** Shimizu Takashi's LITTLE NIGHTMARES: The JU-ON director is back with a new horror film.
** DEVIL IN THE DARK: From director Tim J. Brown (THE CRADLE), DEVIL IN THE DARK will be released March 7th via On Demand/Digital platforms.
When estranged brothers Adam and Clint attempt to reconnect over a week-long hunting trip in remote British Columbia, they find the tables turned by a mysterious presence lurking in the forest. Convinced that they are now besieged by a supernatural presence, the siblings begrudgingly agree on only one thing: they will have to put aside their differences and work together if they plan on making it out these dark woods alive. There's no escape from this.
----- February 20, 2017 -----
** UNTITLED NEXT PURGE CHAPTER: Universal Pictures announced that UNTITLED NEXT PURGE CHAPTER will be released on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. On Independence Day, 2018, experience the next terrifying chapter in our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE CONJURING spin-off THE NUN: New Line Cinema has set a July 13, 2018 release date for THE CONJURING spin-off THE NUN. Written by Gary Dauberman and James Wan, and produced by Wan and Peter Safran, THE NUN will be the second THE CONJURING spinoff after ANNABELLE, which itself has a sequel coming on August 11, 2017. THE CONJURING films and ANNABELLE have already earned a combined $895 million worldwide. Costing just $20 million to make, THE CONJURING earned $318 million worldwide in 2013. The sequel, made for $40 million, grossed $320 million globally. ANNABELLE, which cost less than $7 million, earned $257 million in 2014. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE DEVILS CANDY: A struggling painter is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into their dream home in rural Texas, in this creepy haunted-house tale.
** STORAGE: When moving boxes into a cellar storage a man and his daughter confronts a mysterious being. Soon their ordinary afternoon turns into a desperate struggle for survival trapped in the building catacombs below.
** THE VOID: When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a barebones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover a gateway to immense evil. The film will release on VOD and theatrically on April 7th from Screen Media Films.
----- February 17, 2017 -----
** TREMORS 6: Currently in production in Cape Town, South Africa, TREMORS 6 will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Jamie Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant-worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the artic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CATHY'S CURSE: On April 11th, Severin Films will unleash the fully-restored version of notorious Canadian "bad seed" shocker. Forget what you've seen in blurry bootlegs and crappy budget packs. This first- ever restoration of the depraved Canadian shocker is being hailed as the genre rediscovery of the year: In 1947, a young girl is roasted alive in a car accident. Thirty years later, her grown brother returns to their childhood home with his mentally unstable wife and sweet daughter Cathy. But when the dead aunt's vengeful spirit possesses the child, it will unleash an unnerving nightmare of creepy mediums, demonic dolls, and plenty of sick '70s foul-mouthed moppet mayhem.
- Director's Cut
- Alternate U.S. Release Cut
- Tricks And Treats: An Interview with Director Eddy Matalon
- Cathy & Mum: Interview with Actress Randi Allen and Costume Designer Joyce Allen
- Audio Commentary on U.S. Cut by BirthMoviesDeath critic Brian Collins and Filmmaker Simon Barrett
- Introduction to Cinematic Void Screening At American Cinematheque by BirthMoviesDeath Critic Brian Collins
----- February 15, 2017 -----
** VIOLENT SHIT from Synapse Films: The notorious microbudget gore flicks from German moviemaker Andreas Schnaas are finally splattering their way onto DVD for the first time in North America.
Synapse Films gave Rue Morgue the scoop that it will release THE VIOLENT SHIT COLLECTION, a three-DVD set, on April 11th. This "Five Film Collector's Shitition" contains remastered versions of Schnaas' first three SHIT flicks, plus VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE, in which Schnaas and fellow bloodmeister Timo Rose brought their screen villains together. Also included is the English-dubbed version of Schnaas' ZOMBIE '90: EXTREME PESTILENCE, along with VIOLENT SHIT 4.0: KARL THE BUTCHER VS. AXE trailers, behind-the-scenes footage and premiere footage, with liner notes by filmmaker/German gore aficonado Ted Geoghegan (WE ARE STILL HERE). (thanks to Rue-Morgue.com)
** DRIFTER: A pair of outlaw brothers are held captive in a desolate town run by a small family of psychotic cannibalistic lunatics and their sadistic Mayor.
----- February 14, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: The hiring of Danny McBride and David Gordon Green to co-write and for the latter to direct the new HALLOWEEN film came as a surprise earlier last week. Both are known more for dark comedy work rather than horror, nonetheless they are interesting choices. Speaking with the Cinemablend web site in the wake of the announcement, McBride confirmed another surprise choice – that the new film won't be a straight-up remake. Rather it will take place after the events of the first two original films in the series which both took place across one night. McBride says:
"You know, it's not a remake. It's actually, it's gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we're focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there.
Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror. HALLOWEEN has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There's a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that."
The third film proved a standalone, the fourth and subsequent films took place at least a decade if not more later. Whether it will be a period piece set between the second and fourth films and will obey continuity, or whether it will just chuck out everything after the second, remains unclear. The new HALLOWEEN is currently targeting an October 18th 2018 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Stephen King's IT: Producer Dan Lin is currently doing press rounds for THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE and has spoken with the Collider web site about some of his upcoming projects, one of the key ones being the film adaptation of Stephen King's iconic horror tale IT. We've long suspected the films would have to be R-rated due to the source material, but there was always a chance the project would be a PG-13. Not so says Lin, saying the new film will keep the darker elements of the original novel that even the mini-series couldn't do:
"It is a rated-R movie. If you're going to make a 'Rated-R movie', you have to fully embrace what it is, and you have to embrace the source material. It is a scary clown that's trying to kill kids. So of course that's going to be a rated-R movie.
The kids are amazing. You very much get a STAND BY ME vibe as far as their camaraderie and the way they joke with each other and that they really care for each other. They do have a scary clown that's taken over the town of Derry, so it's going to be rated R."
The project has always been talked about as a two-part movie, with the first to focus on the kids. During production of the first installment though, not much was spoken about regarding the second one and it seemed like maybe those plans had been scrapped. Lin says the intention is still to do a second one and the production team has not wavered:
"Naturally that's the plan. If you look at the book, it's the part of the book that we have not yet explored. The book we really broke down into two parts. The first part is this movie and if audiences react to this movie in the way we hope they will and I think they will, then we'll be to tell the adult story as well."
As expected, it also means that if the first film bombs then the second one will be quietly abandoned. It also suggests that at least this first entry will be relatively self-contained. Andres Muschietti helms IT which is currently slated to hit cinemas in September. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Intervision Picture Corporation update: On April 11th, Intervision will release a double feature DVD with both DREAM STALKER and DEATH BY LOVE.
----- February 13, 2017 -----
** John Carpenter returns to HALLOWEEN: Directly from John Carpenter's official Facebook page. So you say you want a Revolution? You want to shake things up and bring back HALLOWEEN and make it rock again? Well so do I.
So here's the announcement you've all been waiting for: David Gordon Green and Danny McBride are joining the project to complete the creative team. David and Danny will write the script together and David will direct. I will continue in my executive producer role to consult and offer my advice and feedback as needed.
David and Danny both came to my office recently with Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and… WOW. They get it. I think you're gonna dig it. They blew me away. I might even do the music. Maybe. It could be kind of cool. And you'll get to see it in theaters on October 19th, 2018.
** WISH UPON: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film in which a teenage girl discovers a box with magic powers, but comes with a deadly price.
----- February 9, 2017 -----
** COLD PREY remake from WWE Studios: WWE Studios have secured the rights to remake Roar Uthaug's Norwegian slasher flick Cold Prey from 2006. WWE have also secured to option to purchase a re-write script written by Casey La Scala.
** IT COMES AT NIGHT: A new horror film from acclaimed filmmaker Trey Edward Shults. Joel Edgerton, Riley Keough, and Christopher Abbott star in IT COMES AT NIGHT. A father will stop at nothing to protect his wife and son from a malevolent, mysterious presence terrorizing them right outside their doorstep.
** WORLD WAR Z sequel: A few days ago came the news that Paramount Pictures had, unsurprisingly, pulled its proposed WORLD WAR Z sequel from its June 2017 release date and has yet to set a new one. As the film had not yet gone into production, the only surprise with the move was that it took the studio this long to make it official.
Unlike the FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot however, which looks unlikely to come back, the studio is very keen on a follow-up to the 2013 original. So to, and here's the surprise, is filmmaker David Fincher. THR says the helmer has been rumored to be considering the project and is "very creatively interested in directing the movie" according to their sources.
Serving only as a loose adaptation of Max Brooks' acclaimed novel, the Marc Forster-directed first feature was a famously troubled production that underwent extensive reshoots. The result though ended up nabbing decent reviews and an impressive $540 million worldwide gross.
Should Fincher hop onboard it would see him re-team with his regular cohort Brad Pitt who starred in three previous Fincher films, budget is also reportedly not an issue as Fincher's plan would cost notably less than the original's $190 million budget.
The one dragging their heels on this apparently is Paramount chief Brad Grey who is not ready to greenlight the follow-up, and that's despite Skydance Productions co-producing and co-financing the film to help mitigate the risk. Should it go forward, a 2018 or more likely 2019 release would be targeted. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- February 8, 2017 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot cancelled: Paramount Pictures announced that the new FRIDAY THE 13TH movie had been removed from its schedule, which usually means a film is looking for a new release date, but The Hollywood Reporter says that's not the case here. The reboot has been completely shut down and is not happening anymore, at least not at Paramount.
With less than six weeks to go before filming was to have started, the studio pulled the plug on the film, which was going to open in theaters on October 13, 2017. According to the trade, production company Platinum Dunes and director Breck Eisner received word of the move earlier yesterday. Production was going to start mid-March.
The new film features a script by Prisoners and Contraband writer Aaron Guzikowski. Platinum Dunes' Brad Fuller previously spoke about where the script might take the beloved Jason Voorhees, saying:
"Aaron's story has great characters. You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we kind of started over and work our way forward. Origin-ish, but it's an origin that no one has seen before. Obviously Pamela's there, but it's a little bit different from what you've seen before." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WORLD WAR Z sequel: The film has been pulled from its June 9th 2017 release date and now is currently undated. This has been expected for many months as a director has yet to be found since J.A. Bayona's departure. The studio still intends to produce the film but a 2019 release is looking a likely prospect at this point. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER: From Writer/director Osgood Perkins (son of the late Anthony Perkins). The film that centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story—that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. The movie suspensefully builds to the moment when the two stories will finally intersect, setting the stage for a shocking and unforgettable climax. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 7, 2017 -----
** THE STRANGERS 2: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR director Johannes Roberts is set to take over the directorial reins of THE STRANGERS 2, the long-awaited sequel to Bryan Bertino's 2008 home invasion horror tale starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman.
The story follows a family whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and after the power goes out they decide to hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer. Under the cover of darkness three familiar masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit. BLOOM has taken international rights to the sequel which The Fyzz Facility Pictures and Relativity Media will produce.
Bertino will co-write the script with THE FOREST screenwriter Ben Ketai. The project is scheduled to begin shooting in the United States this summer. The first film grossed over $82 million worldwide. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A CURE FOR WELLNESS: Here's two new commercial from the upcoming film, which stars Dane DeHaan as an ambitious young executive who is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps.
** RINGS: The third film in THE RING series, finally hits screens after various setbacks. The F. Javier Gutierrez helmed film was, at one time, rumored to be a prequel to the original 2002 film (itself a remake of the acclaimed Japanese thriller RINGU). When production began though it was made clear that this was a sequel, but none of the original cast members including Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase or Martin Henderson would return.
In a new interview this week with CinemaBlend to promote the film, Gutierrez revealed that he had actually considering bringing back Naomi Watts as Rachel Keller, but it didn't happen and NOT for the reason you might expect:
"Well, at some point we were toying with the idea of Naomi Watts. It was a couple of moments that we were talking about that for a while. The problem is [that the studio] was concerned. There was concern about tying it too much to the previous one. So, it was not necessary. I mean, it would have been cool for the fans, probably. For the new audiences, they wouldn't care too much. It was kind of forced. We didn't want to force it too. Like, 'OK, they are putting Naomi Watts here too, because of The Ring.'"
Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brochere, Laura Wiggins, Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Zach Roerig, Alex Roe, and Vincent D'Onofrio star in the film which includes Bonnie Morgan as Samara. Produced for a relatively economical $25 million, the film has already made $800,000 in its Thursday night previews and is on track for a $10-12 million haul domestically in its opening weekend. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- February 6, 2017 -----
** Arrow Video US - March 2017 release schedule: MVD Entertainment Group furthers the distribution of Arrow Video in the US with two amazing releases tailor made for cult and horror fans.
Takashi Miike's DEAD OR ALIVE trilogy
Beginning with an explosive, six-minute montage of sex, drugs and violence, and ending with a phallus-headed battle robot taking flight, Takashi Miike's unforgettable DEAD OR ALIVE Trilogy features many of the director's most outrageous moments set alongside some of his most dramatically moving scenes. Made between 1999 and 2002, the DEAD OR ALIVE films cemented Miike's reputation overseas as one of the most provocative enfants terrible of Japanese cinema, yet also one of its most talented and innovative filmmakers.
- High Definition digital transfers of all three films
- Original stereo audio
- Optional English subtitles for all three films
- New interview with actor Riki Takeuchi
- New interview with actor Sho Aikawa
- New interview with producer and screenwriter Toshiki Kimura
- New audio commentary for Dead or Alive by Miike biographer Tom Mes
- Archive interviews with cast and crew
- Archive making-of featurettes for DOA2: Birds and DOA: Final
- Original theatrical trailers for all three films
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Orlando Arocena
HOUSE Two Stories Limited Edition of 5000 units!
Step inside, we've been expecting you! At long-last, Arrow Video is proud to present the first two instalments of hit horror franchise House on Blu-ray for the first time! From the team that brought you FRIDAY THE 13TH, HOUSE and HOUSE II are era-defining horror classics - now newly restored and loaded with brand new extras!
- Brand new 2K restorations of House and House II: The Second Story
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- "The House Companion" limited edition 60-page book featuring new writing on the entire - - House franchise by researcher Simon Barber, alongside a wealth of archive material
- Audio commentary with director Steve Miner, producer Sean S. Cunningham, actor William - Katt and screenwriter Ethan Wiley
- Ding Dong, You're Dead! The Making of House - brand new documentary featuring interviews with Steve Miner, Sean S. Cunningham, Ethan Wiley, story creator Fred Dekker, stars William Katt, Kay Lenz, and George Wendt, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Barney Burman, Brian Wade, James Belohovek, Shannon Shea, Kirk Thatcher, and Bill Sturgeon, special paintings artists Richard Hescox and William Stout, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
- Stills Gallery
- Theatrical Trailers
HOUSE II: THE SECOND STORY
- Audio commentary with writer-director Ethan Wiley and producer Sean S. Cunningham
- It's Getting Weirder! The Making of House II: The Second Story - Brand new documentary featuring interviews with Ethan Wiley, Sean S. Cunningham, stars Arye Gross, Jonathan Stark, Lar Park Lincoln, and Devin DeVasquez, composer Harry Manfredini, special make-up and creature effects artists Chris Walas, Mike Smithson, visual effects supervisor Hoyt Yeatman, and stunt coordinator Kane Hodder
- Stills Gallery
- Theatrical Trailer
** SHARKNADO 5: Syfy and The Asylum announced that Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will again star in SHARKNADO 5 (working title), reprising their roles as shark-fighting heroes Fin Shepard and April Wexler. Principal photography commenced February 2nd, in Bulgaria. The latest film in the hit global franchise, SHARKNADO 5 features the return of original cast member Cassie Scerbo as Nova, a bartender-turned-badass Sharknado fighter.
The film which sees the deadly weather phenomenon of shark-infested storms bombard cities around the world, will film in more than five countries, including the UK and Australia. Anthony C. Ferrante, who directed the first four films, is back to helm this latest installment, based on a script by Scotty Mullen. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE CONJURING spinoff THE NUN: It will be directed by Corin Hardy, who previously directed the horror film THE HALLOW, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by IFC. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE LURE: Here's the poster and Red Band trailer for the mermaid horror musical comedy.
----- February 3, 2017 -----
** OVERLORD: Julius Avery (SON OF A GUN) is set to direct the WWII supernatural thriller OVERLORD for Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot. The story follows two paratroopers who, after being shot down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion, discover that a sinister Nazi experiment has given rise to an additional, supernatural evil (suspected to be zombies).
The project is based on an original idea by Abrams and THE HUNGER GAMES screenwriter Billy Ray, Ray is providing the screenplay for the project which has been in the planning stages for nearly a decade. As with any Bad Robot production going forward that's an original genre work, the obvious question is – will OVERLORD become another CLOVERFIELD project? We'll have to wait and see. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com
** OUR EVIL: Genre specialist, Jinga Films, the company that discovered A SERBIAN FILM, RABIES and THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME has just launched its Berlin Film Festival marketing campaign for Samuel Cunha Galli's supernatural thriller OUR EVIL (MAL NOSSO).
Set in the seedy underbelly of Sao Paulo, Brasil, an exorcist (Ademir Esteves) uses the dark web to employ a serial killer (Ricardo Casella) to protect his daughter (Laura Pepita) from demonic possession.
** SISTERS OF THE PLAGUE: BrinkVision is releasing the horror thriller SISTERS OF THE PLAGUE on VOD and DVD February 14th. Jo (Josephine Decker) enjoys leading haunted house tours around New Orleans. But when her father moves into the house she shares with her girlfriend, terrifying supernatural things start really happening. Seeking a medium's help, Jo finds she is facing something way beyond her control. Jorge Torres-Torres' intensely creepy film echoes the cult classic POSSESSION in evoking horror from a fractured romantic relationship.
----- February 1st, 2017 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13TH reboot: The upcoming film is currently casting with plans to start production in March in Conyers, Georgia. No cast has yet been announced, but the production is said to be seeking twins to play the twelve-year-old version of Jason. The shoot will take place just a few miles from where the sixth film in the old franchise, one of its most well-regarded, was shot. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A CURE FOR WELLNESS: Here's some videos from the upcoming film directed by Gore Verbinski (THE RING). Dane DeHaan stars as an ambitious young executive who is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.