It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- November 30, 2018 -----
** Jordan Peele's CANDYMAN reboot: MGM has announced they've partnered with Monkeypaw Productions' Jordan Peele (GET OUT) and Win Rosenfeld to produce a re-imagining of the 1992 horror classic. Rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta will direct from a screenplay by Peele and Rosenfeld. The film, a "spiritual sequel" to the original, returns to the neighborhood where the legend began: the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
"We cannot wait for the world to see what the mind-blowing combination of Jordan, Win and Nia bring to the legend of CANDYMAN. They have created a story that will not only pay reverence to Clive Barker's haunting and brilliant source material but is also thoroughly modern and will bring in a whole new generation of fans," said Jonathan Glickman, MGM's President of Motion Picture Group.
"The original was a landmark film for black representation in the horror genre. Alongside NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, CANDYMAN was a major inspiration for me as a filmmaker — and to have a bold new talent like Nia at the helm of this project is truly exciting. We are honored to bring the next chapter in the Candyman canon to life and eager to provide new audiences with an entry point to Clive Barker's legend," added Peele. Production is expected to begin Spring 2019. Universal Pictures will release CANDYMAN theatrically in the U.S. on June 12, 2020. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ZOMBIELAND sequel: Variety reports that the beautiful Zoey Deutch has signed on to star in the upcoming sequel, a follow-up to the acclaimed 2009 zombie comedy. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- November 27, 2018 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: While there's still no word on when it'll begin production, the reboot of the RESIDENT EVIL films is chugging along with writer Greg Russo revealing that a draft of the screenplay has been completed and turned into the studio.
James Wan is serving as a producer on the new take on the property with a director expected to be hired soon. Russo, who has also worked on the long-gestating MORTAL KOMBAT movie reboot, spoke with Discussing Film about how approached the reboot and said the recent and highly acclaimed video game RESIDENT EVIL 7 released last year served as the template:
"Obviously, I'm a huge fan of the franchise so to work on that was a lot of fun. And they've made six films before so when you come back to that and reboot it, you wanna do something different and not just rehash. For me it was very clear-cut that I wanted to go back and make it scary again like a horror film in terms of the classic James Wan style so that was the pitch, going back and looking what made the games scary in the first place so yeah, RESIDENT EVIL 7 was a bit of a touchstone for my draft."
Despite the work, Russo says his involvement in the project is done and so he's not sure what's going on with it now: "I worked on the reboot for about a year and then producer James Wan came in, my involvement on that project has kind of concluded, so I'm not sure what they'll really do with it, I submitted my draft to the producers and they were happy with it and ultimately they'll do what they will with the property but I'm currently not involved with that film."
Director Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich made six RESIDENT EVIL movies over a 15-year period, a franchise which was much more action than horror oriented which is what the game series was initially crafted as. Despite a critical drubbing, the six films have snagged a whopping $1.2 billion in revenue. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TERRIFIED (ATERRADOS): Guillermo del Toro is in talks to produce a English language remake of Demian Rugna's film. Because of his fascination with the paranormal, a police officer on the brink of retirement is asked to investigate a series of strange deaths happening doors apart from each other. There he meets a famed paranormal investigator who is looking into a disappearance in the area as well. Together, with another paranormal enthusiast, they look into these strange incidents and uncover a terrifying connection. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD: Here's the mid-season 9 official trailer!
----- November 26, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: The film will be available to buy digitally via Movies Anywhere on Dec. 28, then on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on Jan. 15th. Meanwhile, here's a deleted scene.
** JOHNNY Z: This is a film about a half human, half zombie named Johnny who's blood holds the cure to the zombie epidemic. After escaping Nordac, an experimental medical prison, Johnny comes under the guidance of a martial arts Grandmaster named Jonray who agrees under a dying wish to protect and embarks on a journey to find a missing doctor while battling his one personal demons.
----- November 19, 2018 -----
** Blumhouse Television and Amazon Studios: Both are teaming to produce eight feature-length thriller features, from filmmakers of diverse backgrounds, to run worldwide on the streaming service. Amazon emphasized that the Blumhouse deal marks its first broad pact for feature-length productions that will be exclusive to Amazon's streaming platform worldwide. The projects are all said to be "elevated thrillers or stories with dark themes". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** FEAR STREET: Author R.L. Stine took to Twitter to confirm that the film adaptation of his popular YA horror book series FEAR STREET is still moving forward at 20th Century Fox. He made the announcement due to the fans' constant questions about the upcoming trilogy. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LEPRECHAUN RETURNS: Here's the trailer and second poster for the upcoming film, which comes out in theatre 11 December 2018.
----- November 15, 2018 -----
** MANIAC: The notorious horror classic... New 3 disc limited edition 4k restoration from original camera negative with 3D lenticular slipcover - Only 10,000 Available! This new edition features;
Disc 1 (Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:
- Audio Commentary #1 with Producer/Director William Lustig and Producer Andrew W. Garroni
- Audio Commentary #2 with Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:
- NEW! MANIAC Outtakes
- NEW! Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig
- Anna and the Killer - Interview with Star Caroline Munro
- The Death Dealer - Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
- Dark Notes - Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
- Maniac Men - Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
- The Joe Spinell Story
- Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel
- MANIAC Publicity
- MANIAC Controversy
- BONUS! MANIAC Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD by Jay Chattaway
- BONUS! Collectable Booklet with new essay by Michael Gingold
** THE SONATA: A young violinist unravels her long lost father's past, triggering dark forces that reach beyond her imagination...
----- November 13, 2018 -----
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: MGM has released a teaser poster for the upcoming remake, which will be arriving in theaters next summer on June 21, 2019, Variety has confirmed. Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry are headlining the new film, under the helm of filmmaker Lars Klevberg (POLAROID). Tyler Burton Smith wrote the screenplay based on the 1988 film. In the remake, Plaza stars as a mother who gives her son Andy, portrayed by Gabriel Bateman, a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. The new version of the killer doll won't be a doll possessed by a serial killer but will be a defective Buddy doll whose programming code was hacked so that he has no limitations to learning and also violence. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HELL FEST: Experience a terrifying celebration of the horror genre when HELL FEST arrives on Digital December 28 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate.
A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground. On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?
Take home HELL FEST and go behind the scenes with an exclusive, never-before-seen featurette, "Thrills and Kills: Making HELL FEST." Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K Ultra HD combo pack, which includes Dolby Vision HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultravivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The HELL FEST 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S: Video game creator Scott Cawthon has revealed that Blumhouse and Universal Pictures' forthcoming live-action adaptation of his popular horror game FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S has been briefly delayed due to his dissatisfaction with the first script he had written. Cawthon also shared that the new script the he has been working on will be based on the first three FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S games.
"I had a script written," Cawthon wrote earlier in a Q&A thread. "Jason [Blum] liked it, and Chris Columbus liked it too, but I tossed it. I had a different idea for it, one that I liked better. I take responsibility for this delay; it's my fault. [I'm] determined to find the right story."
"I'm sticking to what I've always said… either the right movie gets made or no movie gets made… I hate delaying a project that's already seen so many delays, but I have to go with my instincts on what I think will be exciting and interesting, and what I think the fanbase will really want to see. If that means that I have to start over ten more times, then that's what I'm going to do. The good thing is that each attempt gets better and better, in my opinion. So, despite the delays, it's going in the right direction." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- November 12, 2018 -----
** CAM: From Blumhouse, the producer of GET OUT and UPGRADE comes CAM - a technology-driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn starring Madeline Brewer (HANDMAID'S TALE).
** THE HOARD: From indie horror studio Foresight Features and the creators of PONTYPOOL, MONSTER BRAWL and SEPTIC MAN comes their latest batshit horror/comedy THE HOARD. THE HOARD depicts the ill-fated effort of a group of Reality TV stars trying to produce a pilot episode for their comeback series "Extremely Haunted Hoarders". An ensemble comedy, a paranormal investigation, a hoarder intervention and a house-flipping misadventure, THE HOARD chronicles how the ultimate reality show turned into a deadly nightmare.
** ASTRAL: A detached university student faces the consequences of astral projection when he uses it to reconnect with his dead mother.
** LUCIFERINA: Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. Instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and perhaps, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself. The film will be available November 20th on Blu-ray and DVD in North America. On December 4th, the film will launch on Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
** THE PURGE TV series: The Deadline web site reports that USA Network has officially renewed the movie spin-off series for a second season.
"USA Network is so proud to be the television home for the iconic franchise THE PURGE" NBC Universal's President of Entertainment Networks for Cable Entertainment, Chris McCumber said. "The partnership and creative trust of Jason Blum and everyone at Blumhouse Television and Universal Pictures ensured THE PURGE's successful transition from film to TV – and, along with Universal Cable Productions, we look forward to digging even deeper into the mythology in Season 2." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: What happens when zombies corner two badass women? Brains get splattered...that's what.
** AURORA: The passenger ship Aurora mysteriously collides into the rocky sea, and threatens an entire island and a young woman and her sister's lives; they must survive to stay alive by finding missing dead bodies for a bounty, while at risk from visitors who seek shelter in their home.
** ZOO: Karen and John have lost the spark of married life the day they were notified that they were unable to conceive. Now they almost live like the walking dead, imprisoned by everyday life and on the verge of divorce. When the world is hit by a pandemic that really turns people into zombies, the couple have to lock themselves in their apartment, waiting for rescue. While the world outside is falling apart, they are forced to find their way back to each other and reclaim their lost love.
----- November 7, 2018 -----
** Arrow Video US - November 2018 Release Schedule: Arrow Video gets things started on November 13th with the release of THE WIZARD OF GORE from the wizard himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis. Montag the Magnificent wows audiences with his macabre magic act, but before long his volunteers start to wind up dead. Is Montag a modern day wizard or just your everyday serial killer? A TV talk show hostess investigates in this splatter classic! This release comes fully load with all the blood soaked special features you could want, including the addition of 1968's How to Make a Doll.
On November 20th audiences will get the chance to purchase Teruo Ishii's anthology, ORGIES OF EDO. This bloody entry takes viewers along for a ride featuring three stories each with a corrupt moral center. Politically incorrect, each tale is that of tragic heroines caught up in unspeakable violence. First pressings of this release will include an illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Tom Mes.
** Tempe Entertainment: Sad news as longtime B-movie production & distribution company calls it quits after 33 years. Rising from the ashes of Amsco Studios during post-production on THE DEAD NEXT DOOR in September 1988, The Suburban Tempe Company became a recognizable name in B-movie cinema over the decade that followed, producing ROBOT NINJA, SKINNED ALIVE, and a notorious shot-on-video "six pack" for Cinema Home Video before branching out on its own with movies like OZONE, THE SANDMAN, and POLYMORPH.
In 1991, Tempe Video was formed to market and distribute productions in house, paving the way to acquire movies from other producers alongside Alternative Cinema, a magazine dedicated to the burgeoning direct-to-video scene. After a brief hiatus from self-distribution with BLOODLETTING in 1997, the newly-christened Tempe Entertainment headed west for the most prolific chapter in the company's history.
** ALPHAS: FINAL DESTINATION 5 director Steven Quale is set to helm Voltage Pictures' aquatic thriller ALPHAS based on a screenplay by Frank Hannah. The story sees a school of great white sharks terrorize a coastal town and their only hope is a damaged killer whale who has been in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEAR DAVID: New Line has won a bidding war for the viral ghost story DEAR DAVID, written by former BuzzFeed writer Adam Elis, according to the Collider web site. It mentions that BuzzFeed Studios had partnered with It producer Dan Lin and his Rideback banner to produce the film back in June, but it still needed a distributor. After a prolonged negotiation period, New Line eventually beat out Paramount Players for the project. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- November 6, 2018 -----
** EVIL DEAD and DON'T BREATHE sequels: Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez first came to many people's attention when, for his first feature effort, he scored the chance to direct the high profile remake of EVIL DEAD. Much more brutal than the Sam Raimi directed trilogy, the new take on the property scored fairly good reviews and made back over five times its $17 million budget – a very good start. Things only got better with DON'T BREATHE, a high profile thriller about three friends trapped inside the house of a psychopathic blind war veteran. Nominated and winning several genre awards, the film scored very good reviews and went on to make $157 million worldwide from a $10 million budget.
Speaking with Movieweb, he touched upon a recent Twitter poll in which he asked whether people would rather see an EVIL DEAD or a DON'T BREATHE sequel, to which most responded more EVIL DEAD – a decision Alvarez seeming doesn't have much interest in:
"When I tweeted that I was interested in seeing what people prefer. We were having some internal debates about what people would be interested in most. Unfortunately, EVIL DEAD 2 won. Which, I guess I would have preferred DON'T BREATHE 2 to win because it's one of my own creations. Obviously EVIL DEAD has the bigger following. So that's what happened."
One key difference? EVIL DEAD 2 doesn't have a script whereas DON'T BREATHE 2 has a screenplay ready to go. Alvarez admits he's not sure how much involvement in either he'll have:
"…it doesn't mean that we won't make them. And that I make them might not be that I'm directing, but I might be producing. They're just ideas right now. Nothing to announce officially. We do have a script for DON'T BREATHE 2. That's the only difference. We don't have a script for EVIL DEAD 2. But we do have a script for DON'T BREATHE 2 that we wrote. Once I'm done with THE GIRL WITH THE SPIDER'S WEB we're gonna start thinking of ways to bring that story to the screen. Me directing or me producing. It really depends on the time that we'll have. I'm particularly excited about that because it's a really different sequel, when it comes to sequels. It's a very different approach and I'm excited about that." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD movies: AMC has announced the first projects in development from Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple for THE WALKING DEAD Universe. A series of AMC Studios Original Films, starring Andrew Lincoln and written by Gimple, are planned to continue the story of Rick Grimes, with the first expected to begin production as early as 2019.
In Lincoln's final appearance on the hit series THE WALKING DEAD, the character of Rick Grimes is mortally wounded and last seen being flown away by helicopter to an unknown destination. The first film will explore the story of where Rick is taken and what he faces in a new corner of the zombie apocalypse.
As part of Gimple's multi-year plan for THE WALKING DEAD Universe, there are other projects currently in development, including additional films, specials, series, digital content and more. Some of the stories will relate to THE WALKING DEAD as fans know it while others will be standalone stories that break into new creative territory.
"We have a lot on the horizon – starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I've ever met," said Gimple. "These films are going to be big evolutions of what we've been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features. We're starting with the first part of the continuing story of Rick Grimes, and there is much more on the way, featuring yet-unseen worlds of THE WALKING DEAD and faces from the show's past, as well as new characters we hope to become favorites, told by TWD veterans and emerging voices. We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that's captured our imagination for nearly a decade of the Dead."
"We believe this is a world and narrative with many possibilities and opportunities for character development and we're excited to expand the series into a franchise that can live across multiple formats," said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "For many years, fans have talked about things in the apocalypse they want to see and now we have an opportunity to explore those stories, beginning with the character who started it all, Rick Grimes." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** OVERLORD: In Theaters and Available for Pre-Order from PlayStation Store on November 9th.
** GRUDGE: Sony has released the first look at their upcoming reboot of THE GRUDGE franchise opening June 21st next year. Nicolas Pesce helms the film which stars INSIDIOUS alum Lin Shaye who earlier this year said: "It's the scariest movie I've ever been a part of, not even maybe. Not even maybe. And it's the scariest part I've ever had, bar none." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- November 5, 2018 -----
** NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD sequel: Fifty years on from the release of George A. Romero's iconic 1968 zombie film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, some of the key talent involved in it will return for a direct follow-up. Living Dead Media, the company which handles the rights to the original, have announced that they intend to release an official sequel billed as NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II which is expected to arrive in 2019. In an official statement the company says:
"NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD's place on the Mt. Rushmore of horror films is known by most horror fans and people all over the world. But, unknown to most is that in the 1970's, the original writers and producers of Night of the Living Dead penned a sequel to their masterpiece. A sequel that inexplicably has gone unproduced for over forty years – until now. Living Dead Media has brushed away the dirt from this amazing follow up to a classic and brought together a great team to produce the new film."
Essentially it sounds like the film will be using 2018's HALLOWEEN as a template with the new film working as a direct sequel to the original and ignoring the numerous sequels that came after. George A. Romero's wife, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, had previously revealed that her late husband left behind forty or more scripts that hadn't been produced, though it's not clear if this project is one of those scripts she was talking about. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the development of the story for the sequel to this year's acclaimed horror smash A QUIET PLACE, including an idea to dive into the past of the characters.
"In some ways, the idea of seeing who these people were before this all happened would be interesting, but I'm not quite sure because I think actually it's now what's the next chapter and what happens next," said Blunt, who plays the Abbott family matriarch. "I think people feel very invested in this family…. I think it's such an open book right now, and certainly for John who is lasering into something as we speak."
Krasinski, who helped with the rewrites on the first installment that he directed and starred in, originally had no interest in working on a sequel, but after finding a small idea for it, he found himself inspired and came up with further planning for the sequel.
"This is a world you can play in, this isn't just a character to remake…. it's actually a world, which is a whole different, very unique experience," Krasinski explained. "It's not like ALIEN or JAWS where the main villain is the thing you're repeating; it's an actual entire set of rules and the circumstance that the world has undergone that you can play in very different facets." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** IT Chapter Two: Director Andy Muschietti took to Instagram Friday to announce that filming has concluded for the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2017 horror hit, as IT Chapter Two which is set to hit theaters in September 2019!
** BLOODY BALLET: When a beautiful ballerina dancer, Adriana Mena (Kendra Carelli), lands the lead role in the upcoming Nutcracker performance, she's forced to face her demons as jealousy and tension begin to provoke the supernatural. Coming out November 13 from High Octane Pictures.
** RONDO: Paul, a troubled young veteran, is told by a psychiatrist that sex is the solution to his dependency and drinking problems. But things turns out otherwise as Paul and his sister are sucked into a criminal underworld where sex and murder are daily specials and revenge is served piping hot.
----- November 1st, 2018 -----
** THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: The film takes place in 1970s USA. We follow the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack's development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack's point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. Along the way we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult maneuvers.
** THE MEG sequel: Producer Catherine Xujun Ying has acknowledged that a sequel to this summer's giant prehistoric shark movie THE MEG is in the works. At present the film hasn't set any screenwriters and the project isn't officially greenlit by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Nevertheless, it seems to be happening. Speaking at the Los Angeles Skirball Center's U.S.-China Entertainment Summit, Ying says a sequel is "definitely the plan… it's still in the very early stages, but we're working on it. We're trying to keep it secret at this time."
Ying is also CEO of Gravity Pictures who was involved heavily in financing the movie which plays a big part in the chances of a sequel happening, as does producer Belle Avery having already bought the rights in perpetuity to all five of Steve Alten's books upon which it's based. Additionally there are reportedly discussions in place to create Meg theme park rides in China.
THE MEG is the most successful U.S.-Chinese co-production ever made to date, clocking in at $527.8 million worldwide. One advantage of a sequel is that it doesn't have to swallow the tens of millions spent over twenty years in development costs which the first film endured. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LEPRECHAUN RETURNS: The film arrives on Digital and On Demand December 11 from Lionsgate. The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him
----- October 31, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: In limited release, Luca Guadagnino's arthouse remake of SUSPIRIA opened in just two cinemas but pulled in a stellar $179,806. That gives it a per screen average of $89,903 which is the highest recorded for a film released in 2018 to date. Amazon Studios will test audiences' reaction to the arty gore with a rollout into 250 locations next weekend, followed by an expansion into more cities in its third outing.
** John Carpenter and Shudder: These days filmmaker John Carpenter is happily enjoying his retirement, movie making no longer holding much interest as instead he's playing video games and making music.
He did come back out to play a little this year, serving as a consultant, producer and crafting the entire score for the new HALLOWEEN. Now he's also done a little side job – he's created a musical theme for the horror streaming service Shudder.
Laced with his trademark synth sound, Carpenter has come up with two versions which you can hear below. One is a full theme at nearly two minutes, the other a five-second version for interstitials featuring the Shudder logo. The new theme makes its debut today during a 24-hour streaming marathon of Carpenter's original HALLOWE
In a press release, Shudder GM Craig Engler says: "We wanted to create a one-of-a-kind audio identity for Shudder and the first person we thought of was John Carpenter. We approached John and to our delight, he was enthusiastic about the idea and came up with an iconic theme that will enchant and thrill Shudder members every time they hear it."
This follows on from recent comments by Carpenter hinting that a TV series based on Carpenter's 1987 film PRINCE OF DARKNESS could be on the way at Shudder.
----- October 29, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN sequel: With the new HALLOWEEN scoring strong reviews, a stellar $76 million domestic opening last weekend and a likely second weekend in the top spot with a further $32 million estimated, it comes as little surprise that talk of another potential film in the franchise has been swirling for the past few days.
First up, co-writer Danny McBride tells Deadline he's in the process of coming up with an idea: "We definitely have ideas of what we would do. [We] have thoughts and ideas of what we could possibly do. We hadn't invested a ton of time on them, but now we're being asked to figure it out. There are definitely talks on whether we will do more of them and we're just trying to see what best makes sense."
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis tells Empire Australia that she's up for coming back but on one condition: "If David Gordon Green called me up and said let's do another Halloween, I would do another HALLOWEEN... because he did such a beautiful job creating this movie."
Producer Jason Blum tells The Wrap web site he's keen to get to work on a follow-up: "It's hard to make a great movie, period, and I always say, make a great movie first and we'll figure out a franchise after. Of course we would want to make a sequel, in fact, we're dying to make a sequel... there are a lot of people that have to be in the same mindset as us. Nothing's been set in stone, but we're certainly going to try." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DARK HARVEST: New Regency has acquired the film rights to Norman Partridge's award-winning horror novel DARK HARVEST and have set Michael Gilio to pen the film while Matt Tolmach (VENOM) will produce. The story is set on Halloween in 1963 in a small Midwestern town where teenage boys eagerly square off with the butcher knife-wielding October Boy and escape a dead-end future in the one-horse town. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 26, 2018 -----
** GRUDGE reboot: Director Nicolas Pesce's GRUDGE will hit theaters on June 21, according to the Deadline web site. This moves its release date up almost two months from its original slate of August 16. Pesce's film is a remake of the 2004 film THE GRUDGE, which is itself a remake of the 2002 Japanese film JU-ON THE GRUDGE. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE BOY 2: STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment have announced their latest joint venture, THE BOY 2, a follow up to the successful horror-thriller feature THE BOY (2016), which starred Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans. Katie Holmes will headline the cast in the role of Liza. William Brent Bell will return to direct the sequel. Principal photography will begin in Victoria, British Columbia on January 14th, 2019. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE: The launch of THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE on Netflix has proven a hit both with critics and audiences. It's also a limited event series by design as opposed to an ongoing one, so creatively there's no need for a second season.
That said if Netflix should order one, the show's creator Mike Flanagan confirms it will focus on completely different characters so as not to undo the careful work of the first season which admittedly has little resemblance to the Shirley Jackson novel upon which it is based. Speaking with EW, Flanagan said:
"I don't want to speculate too much about season two until Netflix and Paramount and Amblin let us know if they want one. What I will say, though, is that as far as I've ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told. It's done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different.
I love the idea of an anthology as well. But to me, I felt like the Crains have been through enough, and we left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it. We toyed with a cliffhanger ending and we toyed with other ideas, but ultimately, in the writers' room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family.
I think more than anything, the show is about haunted places and haunted people, as Steve says, and there's no shortage of either. So, there's any number of things we could do, in or out of Hill House." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 25, 2018 -----
** NIGHT OF THE COMET remake: Roxanne Benjamin (SOUTHBOUND) will be penning the remake of the cult-horror comedy NIGHT OF THE COMET for Orion Pictures, the Deadline web site has confirmed. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CRITTERS and KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE remakes: Syfy is reportedly in talks for the remake rights to the Chido Brothers' two 1980s cult sci-fi/horror/comedy classics – CRITTERS and KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE. The plan is to reportedly make new films based on the properties.
The original CRITTERS followed what happens when strange fuzzy malevolent little fur balls from outer space crash land on the farm of a family who must fend them off. KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE follows teens who discover a pack of murderous aliens who look very much like circus clowns. Both films were notable for their practical creature effects and dark comedy. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HEREDITARY director next film: A24 announced that HEREDITARY director Ari Aster's next horror film, a story about a vacation gone violently wrong, will hit theaters on August 9 of next year. HEREDITARYtook audiences by storm when it hit theaters in June of this year, so A24 is hoping that summer audiences will react as well to his as-yet-untitled follow-up.
While it doesn't have a title, the film will star Jack Reynor, Florence Pugh as "a couple that travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult," as reported earlier this summer.
Aster also told The Hollywood Reporter some details about it back in June. "I'm in pre-production for my next film which will be shooting in Hungary," said Aster. "A24 is doing that as well, and that is technically a horror film. It's Scandinavian folk horror. That is the only other horror movie I have. And I'm pretty sure that's going to be it for a long time." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE PURGE: The franchise continues to have impressive legs at the box office, and has even spawned a TV series, but that hasn't stopped series creator James DeMonaco from crafting what he believes would be a fitting end to the bloody saga.
Speaking in an interview with EW, DeMonaco explained the next entry will likely be the last. "I have it in my head. I think I'm going to write it. I think it's a great way to end it all. We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I'm very excited. When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 24, 2018 -----
** TRICK: DRIVE ANGRY director Patrick Lussier and co-writer Todd Farmer are re-teaming for the horror thriller TRICK for Revek Entertainment. The story follows an elusive serial killer who descends upon a small town annually and is responsible for gruesome murders year after year, each in different jurisdictions and seemingly unrelated.
No one believes this could be the same killer, but Detective Mike Denver (Dermot Mulroney) has faced Trick once before – he shot and killed him. Or so everyone keeps telling him. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's yet another song from the upcoming film.
** ROSEMARY'S BABY 50th Anniversary Edition: In celebration of the film's release in 1968, Paramount Home Media has released a brand new trailer for ROSEMARY'S BABY 50th Anniversary Edition, which is available now on Digital.
----- October 23, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: With a staggering, $77.5 million debut, Universal and Blumhouse's HALLOWEEN topped the weekend with the second largest October opening weekend of all-time. The film, which carries a tiny, $10 million production budget, features Jamie Lee Curtis in her iconic role of Laurie Strode.
Overall, it played to a crowd that was 53% male and 59% were age 25 or older, The film should play well over the coming weeks, especially with its namesake holiday just around the corner. (thanks to BoxOfficeMojo.com)
** LeBron James for FRIDAY THE 13TH: NBA superstar LeBron James and his Springhill Entertainment production company label are currently in talks with Vertigo Entertainment to produce a reboot of the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise.
Vertigo produced last year's IT along with THE RING and THE GRUDGE franchises. James, who is already attached to produce the SAPCE JAM sequel, is a huge horror fan and has released FRIDAY THE 13TH-themed sneakers in the past.
What's not clear in the report is how or when. The franchise has been caught in a legal quagmire for much of this year, though that cleared up a little the other week when it was announced that the original film's screenwriter Victor Miller won a summary judgment against the producers (who are appealing) which grant Miller U.S. rights to the property. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Robert Englund back as Freddy Krueger: On ABC's The Goldbergs this Wednesday.
** THE PRODIGY: There's something wrong with Miles. Watch the first trailer for THE PRODIGY, coming to theaters February 8, 2019.
----- October 22, 2018 -----
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U: Universal Pictures has released the official poster for Blumhouse's sequel to HAPPY DEATH DAY, starring returning cast members Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard. Made for just under $5 million, the first film grossed $122.6 million worldwide. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: Star, director, and co-writer John Krasinski will be writing the upcoming sequel, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The highly-anticipated follow-up is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 15, 2020. Krasinski spoke at a Q&A in Los Angeles at the Silver Screen Theatre, saying that he initially told Paramount to do the sequel with somebody else since he "had this small idea for a sequel, but I didn't think it would go anywhere."
"They heard some pitches, and I told [Andrew Form, producer] about this little idea," said Krasinski. "And he told me to think about it a little longer. And then I thought, 'This might really work.' So, I'm currently writing the sequel." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** ESCAPE ROOM: In the film, six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to find the clues or die. Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, and Yorick van Wageningen co-star. Coming to theaters on January 4, 2019 from Sony Pictures.
----- October 18, 2018 -----
** THEY LIVE sequel: Filmmaker John Carpenter has seemingly teased the possibility of a follow-up to his iconic 1988 feature THEY LIVE. The 1950s-inspired but 1980s set paranoia sci-fi tale starred wrestler Roddy Piper as a drifter who finds sunglasses that reveal the 'real world' – aliens are already living amongst us and use subliminal techniques to enforce subjugation.
Famed for its satirical humor, social commentary, and the extended fight scene between Piper and Keith David, the movie very specifically commented on the era of Reaganomics. Even so, it's a property that is certainly adaptable for the Trump-era – be it a full on reboot or a sequel.
Out doing promotion for the new HALLOWEEN this week, Carpenter himself spoke with the Den of Geek web site and confirmed that DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES director Matt Reeves was set to direct at one point: "There was a feature film. It was a feature film called RESISTANCE, written by, oh, the guy who did the Apes movies. Matt Reeves. But then he moved on."
Asked how Carpenter himself would approach a modern-day take on THEY LIVE, the master filmmaker says: "Well, I'm not gonna tell you about that, because it might be closer to reality than you think…. The sequel is, well, we'll see. We'll just have to see."
The director also recently teased a potential TV series take on his 1987 feature PRINCE OF DARKNESS for horror streaming service Shudder, but says that one is "not ready to go yet". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ABRAKADABRA: Here's the very cool poster for the upcoming film from directors Luciano and Nicolás Onetti.
** THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA: New Line Cinema has released the official poster art for producer James Wan's next horror feature, directed by Michael Chaves. The film follows social worker Anna Garcia in 1973 Los Angeles as she begins diving in to one of her cases and finds foul play at the hands of a supernatural force, which she finds has similarities to the force terrorizing her family. She looks for help from a local faith healer when the entity, La Llorona, attaches itself to her and will stop at nothing to take her children. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Doing promotion for HALLOWEEN this week, actress Jamie Lee Curtis has been fairly brutally honest about her past history with the franchise and how she's churned out some not so great entries in the past: "The real stamp of approval is John Carpenter's, not mine. Because I made a couple of [rubbish] ones. Did you see Resurrection?! HALLOWEEN II wasn't great. H20 was okay. Resurrection is a piece of [crap]. But the seal of approval was John Carpenter." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
Meanwhile, John Carpenter, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green on the iconography of Michael Myers' mask.
----- October 17, 2018 -----
** WRONG TURN remake: Constantin Film will be remaking the West Virginia cannibal franchise with original writer Alan B. McElroy returning to write the script and Mike P. Nelson set to direct. The upcoming remake will update the time period and plot for timely purposes and to add some social context to the film. The plot is "a cross-country hiking expedition puts a group of friends in the land of an inclusive society, where the soon discover they are under a different rule of law, and may not be the victims they throught they were." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Neil Marshall's THE RECKONING: MoviePass Films has greenlit THE DESCENT director Neil Marshall's horror film, starring Charlotte Kirk. THE RECKONING is a female-driven story that is set around the witch hunts and the great plague in England in 1665. The movie follows Evelyn Haverstock (Kirk), a young widow, haunted by the recent suicide of her husband Joseph, who is falsely accused of being a witch by her jealous Landlord, Squire Pendleton, after she rejects his unwanted advances. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNABELLE 3: The Deadline web site is reporting that Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will reprise their roles as The Warrens in the upcoming third installment in the ANNABELLE franchise! This will mark the first time paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren have appeared in the spinoffs for newly-filmed footage. The film is scheduled for a July 3, 2019 release by New Line Cinema. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CHILD'S PLAY TV series: Speaking at the 2018 Screamfest, writer Don Mancini along with producer David Kirschner offered more details about the forthcoming CHILD'S PLAY TV series which is still currently in development. Mancini confirmed that the series will be set right after the events of the 2017 film CULT OF CHUCKY.
"We deliberately ended Cult with a bunch of cliffhangers to set up a TV series," Mancini said (via the Bloody Disgusting web site). "Because there are so many different threads now, television could best accommodate that so that was done intentionally. At the same time, we have a whole new world, a bunch of new characters which we can say nothing about."
Mancini also said that the new series "involves children," with Kirschner confirming they'd go back to the roots of the series: "The only thing I think we can say is from the original film that Don wrote, CHILD'S PLAY, we are playing with that concept again, the idea of child's play," Kirschner said. "I'll let you guys fill in the pieces of that."
"We saw that after seven movies, how can we flip again?" Mancini added "So this time not by merely changing genre but by changing medium. This will give us a different kind of canvas, a much bigger canvas to explore characters and relationships." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 16, 2018 -----
** DAY OF THE DEAD Ultimate Edition: In horror maestro, George A. Romero's gruesome follow-up to the acclaimed DAWN OF THE DEAD the esh-eating undead have wiped out every last vestige of the civilized world and now outnumber the living 40,000-to-one! Hidden deep within a forti ed underground missile silo an isolated and increasingly unstable ragtag group of scientists and soldiers continue to work to nd a cure for this unstoppable plague. Tensions soon escalate between a maniacal bloodthirsty military leader and a borderline mad scientist, sparking a climactic assault on the bunker by thousands of zombies... one nal battle for humanity's survival.
Featuring a HD master never before seen in Australia, The DAY OF THE DEAD Ultimate Edition collects a slew of bonus material onto a Blu-ray and DVD set. Packed with vintage behind-the-scenes and making-of material; TV spots, trailers, interviews with cast and crew and multiple audio commentaries, The DAY OF THE DEAD Ultimate Edition is jammed with content for fans of George Romero's 1985 gut-ripping classic. Coming out November 7th from Umbrella Entertainment.
** EVIL DEAD 2 on 4K Ultra HD: Ash returns to battle the demonic unliving in the horror classic EVIL DEAD 2, arriving on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) December 11 from Lionsgate.
4K ULTRA HD special features:
- NEW "Bloody and Groovy, Baby!" – A Tribute to Sam Raimi's EVIL DEAD 2 Featurette
- Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell, co-writer Scott Spiegel, and special make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero
BLU-RAY special features:
- Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell, co-writer Scott Spiegel, and special make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero
- "Swallowed Souls: The Making of EVIL DEAD 2" Featurette
- "Cabin Fever – A 'Fly on the Wall' Look Behind-the-Scenes of EVIL DEAD 2" Featurette
- "Road to Wadesboro: Revisiting the Shooting Location with Filmmaker Tony Elwood" Featurette
- "EVIL DEAD 2: Behind-the-Screams" Featurette
- "The Gore The Merrier" Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Galleries
** THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE: Death is only the beginning. THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE in theaters November 30th.
** HALLOWEEN: Here's another track from John Carpenter for the original motion picture soundtrack, out 10/19.
----- October 15, 2018 -----
** PET SEMATARY remake: Here's the International poster for the upcoming film.
** THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE: Sony Pictures has released the official poster for their upcoming horror movie, which will arrive in theaters on November 30, 2018.
** SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ: Fight for your bloody life with Finn Cole and Asa Butterfield. SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ At Cinemas October 31st.
** BONEHILL ROAD: From legendary underground filmmaker Todd Sheets comes a howlingly terrifying werewolf movie for Halloween, BONEHILL ROAD! Emily and Eden Stevens escape one violent situation only to dive head first into another. Terrified and alone they are stranded in the dark woods only to be chased into a horrific scene in a house or horrors. They must work together to get out alive. But what is worse? What is on the inside or out?
Linnea Quigley, Gary Kent, and David E. McMahon star in BONEHILL ROAD, out from Wild Eye Releasing this week on DVD and on Digital soon.
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's yet another song from the upcoming soundtrack. Available on XL Recordings, October 26th.
----- October 11, 2018 -----
** WORLD WAR Z sequel: It has been languishing in development for years, but it appears as if the sequel to 2013's WORLD WAR Z is still happening. David Fincher remains attached to direct the film and re-team with his SE7EN star Brad Pitt on the project. At last report he's taking his time to get the script right with the help of screenwriter Dennis Kelly.
Fincher's commitments to the second season of Netflix's MINDHUNTER and Pitt's to Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD however stopped any chance of filming this year, but producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner told Variety this week that the project has set a June 2019 start of filming date and both Pitt and Fincher are still attached.
Kleiner added that they're still working with Kelly on the sequel's script to get it right. It's not clear if the new film will go back to use elements from the original Max Brooks novel which the original film barely touched upon. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ELVIRA: Cassandra Peterson's iconic character Elvira has been the subject of two films, both of which were some time ago. Yet the former horror host with a unique look and personality remains very popular with horror fans, so much so Peterson has expressed a desire to bring back the character once again for a new film.
Appearing at a Q&A session at Salem Horror Fest to celebrate the 30th anniversary screening of 1988's "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark," Peterson says she's written a full treatment and is currently in the process of shopping it around.
Should it be picked up, it more than likely will be for a streaming service and won't be in cinemas. Streaming outlet Shudder recently brought former horror host Joe Bob Briggs back, presenting several films to fans in a 24-hour marathon, but it proved so popular it wound up crashing the service. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PET SEMATARY remake: Here's the trailer! Paramount Pictures' adaptation will be directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch and is written by Jeff Buhler, the showrunner for Syfy's upcoming horror science fiction series, NIGHTFLYERS, based on the George R.R. Martin novella. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing along with Mark Vahradian and Steven Schneider.
** APOSTLE: From writer and director Gareth Evans, APOSTLE premieres on Netflix this Friday. Are you ready for it?
** SUSPIRIA: Here's two new posters for the upcoming remake. Amazon Studios is bringing SUSPIRIA to theaters in NY and LA on October 26, expanding November 2nd.
----- October 10, 2018 -----
** George A. Romero's unused scripts: When George A. Romero passed away last year, he left behind a legacy of horror unmatched by anyone in the horror movie business. Now, it seems that his legacy can live on even longer. Talking to ComicBook.com, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, Romero's widow, said that the late, prolific writer has anywhere between 40 and 50 unpublished screenplays.
With this abundance of untold stories from one of the architects of modern horror, Desrocher-Romero said that "George was a prolific writer. He loved to write, and we have 40, 50 scripts that he's written, and a lot of it is very good. He had a lot to say, and he still does, because I'm gonna make sure that he does. It's my mission."
Still, not everything the late auteur left behind were horror movie scripts, it turns out. There's his unfinished novel Road of the Dead, which is still reportedly in development, as well as a film he shot in 1973. "We're gonna restore it, and we're gonna show it to Romero cinephiles," said Desrocher-Romero. "It's a scary movie, but it's not a horror movie, and it's about ageism. Anyway, he has a cameo in it, and it'll be fun. And we'll show the movie, or get it distributed. It'll be a project that the foundation's gonna do. I think it's the first project we're gonna do actually." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PET SEMATARY remake: Here's the poster for the upcoming remake, based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King.
** SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ: With these two in charge, it's bound to end up in a bloody mess. At Cinemas October 31.
----- October 9, 2018 -----
** OVERLORD: Here's a new trailer! Julius Avery helms the film which is set on the eve of D-Day. A group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion's success, but soon begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. In theatres 11.9.18.
** Warner Bros. upcoming horror films: Warner Bros. Pictures has made it official that their New Line label will book every post-Labor Day weekend for the next four years through 2022. The studio had such success with the launches of IT last year and THE NUN this year in those slots, they've now staked a claim there with IT CHAPTER TWO on September 6th 2019, an untitled THE CONJURING film on September 11th 2020, and untitled films for September 10th 2021 and September 9th 2022. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PET SEMATARY remake: EW has posted up an extensive report about the film which recently wrapped production, and includes the first official photos from the movie starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow. The story follows a doctor (Clarke) who moves his family out of the big city to the country. He discovers that they have moved near a pet cemetery that resides next to an ancient American-Indian burial ground.
When their toddler son is killed in an auto accident, the father takes the boy's body to the burial ground, where it is resurrected but is not quite right. Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch helm the new film and discussed their new version of the 'Zelda' scene which remains one of the original 1989 adaptation's big scares. Widmyer says:
"It's more accurate to the book, I'll just say that. In the original movie, it's a 21-year-old guy in drag playing it, and in the book, as you recall, it's a 10-year-old girl. You go, 'How do you top Zelda?' It was big and scary and awesome, but if you think about the reality of the Zelda situation, what that would do to a family, with her wasting away in this bedroom, and a younger sister being frightened of her older sister's debilitating illness, that on its own is pretty scary." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 8, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have released a New York Comic Con exclusive poster for HALLOWEEN designed by none other than comic book artist Todd McFarlane! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: Orion Pictures has released a limited edition NYCC poster for their upcoming zombie musical, opening in select theaters on November 30, and expanding nationwide on December 7. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's yet another for the upcomin film, which officially debut in theaters on November 2nd.
----- October 5, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's another track of the soundtrack for the upcoming film.
** THE CONJURING 3: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that director James Wan is stepping away from THE CONJURING franchise for its upcoming third entry. Director Michael Chaves, coming off the upcoming THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, will step behind the camera for THE CONJURING 3. Wan will remain on board the project as a producer and will act as a "godfather" for the series.
"While working closely with Chaves on THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, I got to know him as a filmmaker," said Wan. "Chaves' ability to bring emotion to a story, and his understanding of mood and scares make him a perfect fit to direct the next CONJURING film.
"I am a huge fan of THE CONJURING films," Chaves added. "The movies are the rare combination that deliver both tremendous heart and awesome scares. It is both a total thrill and absolute honor to be working with James and the gang at New Line again." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Miramax has just released three new clips from the upcoming film.
** LIGHT AS A FEATHER: An innocent game of "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board" goes wrong when the five teen girls who played start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they're being targeted – and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own.
----- October 4, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Here's a cool new poster for the upcoming film.
** THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL: A behind-the-scenes look at director Mike Flanagan and the process of filming ghosts for the upcoming film, which will premiere on Netflix Friday, October 12th.
** CASTLE ROCK: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has revealed the details for the Blu-Ray and DVD versions of CASTLE ROCK The Complete First Season, which is set to hit shelves on January 8, 2019! The first season include all 10 one-hour episodes of the season, as well as a slew of bonus materials, listed below:
Blood on the Page (New Featurette)
A Clockwork of Horror: Merging the styles of Stephen King & J.J. Abrams (New Featurette)
Inside the Episode: Severance
Inside the Episode: Habeas Corpus
Inside the Episode Local Color
Inside the Episode: The Box
Inside the Episode: Harvest
Inside the Episode: Filter
Inside the Episode: The Queen
Inside the Episode: Past Perfect
Inside the Episode: Henry Dever
Inside the Episode: Romans
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 3rd, 2018 -----
** Arrow Video US - October 2018 releases: We have officially entered fall which means it's finally time to get those Halloween decorations up to the scare the neighbors and enjoy pumpkin spice variations of your favorite treats. More importantly, it's that time of year when you gather 'round the television with your closest friends and watch the spookiest of movies. This Halloween you're going to want to invite over your good friends Arrow.
For those looking to stay in the horror realm without watching only horror, then perhaps it's best you start with SCHLOCK from John Landis and hitting Blu-ray on October 16th. This raucous comedy pays loving tribute to monster movies of the past as it follows a prehistoric ape named Shlock on a rampage throughout southern California. This genre mashup launched the career of Landis and makeup effects wizard Rick Baker and now it will finally have a proper home video release. The new Blu-ray comes with a brand-new 4K restoration and monster-sized list of special features that includes an audio commentary with both Landis and Baker.
DEADBEAT AT DAWN
If you like your horror gory and raw, then Arrow Video has just what you need. Releasing October 23rd is Jim Van Bebber's blood-soaked cult classic, DEADBEAT AT DAWN. This is the story of Goose, a gang leader trying to go straight until his girlfriend is brutally murdered by his rivals. Now pulled back into the world he was desperately trying to escape, Goose is hell-bent on getting retribution. This 80's gem comes with a new 2K restoration and is decked out with plenty of bonus content featuring Van Bebber discussing his outrageous career.
Looking for some Italian horror? Then you'll want to be at your local video store on October 30th to snag a copy of Sergio Martio's masterpiece, TORSO. This heart pounding giallo about a sex craved maniac prowling the streets of Perugia looking for his latest victim is a personal favorite of Quentin Tarantino's and with good reason. With copious amounts of violence and a vicious game of cat and mouse, Torso is sure to meet your Halloween needs. This new Blu-ray features a brand-new 2K restoration of both the 94-minute Italian cut and the 90-minute English cut.
** THE UNNAMABLE: Coming to Blu-ray and DVD October 23rd from Unearthed Films. Restored as a beautiful 4k scan and color corrected from the original negative
College students from Miskatonic University who retreat to an early 18th-century mansion for a weekend of lust are stalked by a fatalistic female in this horror film taken from a story by H.P. Lovecraft. The demon delights in tearing the limbs off her human victims to carry out a centuries-old family curse. Bloody graphic violence and nudity is combined with some campy comedy.
** TRAUMA: Artsploitation has announced the North American release of the shocking Chilean horror film TRAUMA. The third feature from director Lucio A. Rojas, TRAUMA has screened at Horror Hound Film Festival, the Vancouver Badass Film Festival de Canada, Morbido Film Fest and the Optical Theatre Festival in Italy, where Rojas took home the award for Best Film. Rojas hits hard with TRAUMA, a cinematic depiction of the horrors committed by the Pinochet regime and the visceral cycle of abuse that followed its fall. TRAUMA will be available October 23rd on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
** HALLOWEEN: Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
----- October 2nd, 2018 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13TH: Screenwriter Victor Miller has prevailed in a legal battle over the franchise. Miller aimed to take advantage of a provision of copyright law that allows authors to terminate a grant of rights and reclaim ownership 35 years after publishing. The film's producers alleged that Miller wrote FRIDAY THE 13TH as a work-made-for-hire after film series producer Sean Cunningham came up with an idea to capitalize on the success of the then-recently released horror film HALLOWEEN. They asserted that Miller's termination notice was ineffective.
Miller's attorney Marc Toberoff argued that while the screenplay was clearly commissioned as part of a motion picture, there never was any writing instrument as required by law spelling out the screenplay was a work-made-for-hire. U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill has now granted summary judgment in favor of Miller and against the producers, saying the screenplay wasn't a work for hire, not prepared within scope of employment, and that labor law doesn't require holding that screenwriter was an employee. Instead, Miller was an independent contractor.
The decision has been pending for almost a year now, and the uncertainty over ownership has reportedly interfered with new sequels being made as well as tie-in works like video games. Miller's victory suggests he will control rights inside the United States while producers control rights outside the domestic market where termination recapture isn't applied. If no settlement occurs and any appeal is unsuccessful, there could be future legal battles over trademarks and character use – but Underhill says the producers "may be able to stake a claim" to hold an independent copyright for the adult Jason character which is very different to the boy of Miller's screenplay. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Netflix's MALEVOLENT: Brother and sister team Angela (Florence Pugh) and Jackson (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) are nothing more than scam artists. Preying on the grief stricken and the vulnerable, they convince the bereaved that Angela has the ability to contact the dead. It's a simple con, until Mrs. Green (Celia Imrie) summons the pair to her home -- the orphanage that was once stage to a string of murders of young girls -- and Angela grows less and less certain of what's actually real. The fake paranormal investigators suffer the ultimate reality check when they are confronted by the true horrors and terrifying past that lie hidden within the haunted orphanage.
** ANTLERS: Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced in Vancouver, British Columbia for the horror thriller ANTLERS. Directed by Scott Cooper, the film is written by Henry Chaisson & Nick Antosca with revisions by Scott Cooper, from the short story The Quiet Boy by Antosca.
In Antlers, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ: Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness...and they're about to meet their match. This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations - literally - when a controversial frack site on prized school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole, and an unspeakable horror to be unleashed. Soon a new pecking order will be established as the pupils and teachers alike become locked in a bloody battle for survival.
----- October 1st, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN TV series: David Gordon Green's HALLOWEEN sequel/remake hits theaters in three weeks, possibly kick-starting a brand new franchise, but that hasn't stopped producer Malek Akkad from developing the long-in-the-works TV series.
"You know, it's something that we've had for a long time and I definitely want to see it done," Akkad told Bloody Disgusting. "When we started doing it… this was in development about a decade ago. At the time, I think the thought was we don't want to cannibalize the theatrical. Let's keep it as a theatrical event movie. If that starts flowing down, we would address TV. Nowadays, we all know, TV is pulling out ahead of theatrical in a way that surprised everybody, certainly me."
The producer didn't reveal any specific plot details the show would follow, except to say Michael Myers would return, but teased that it "wouldn't look anything like your traditional HALLOWEEN movie" and that there "are a lot of other characters but used in different and interesting ways." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Rue Morgue spoke to actor Bill Mosely about his return to the character of Otis Driftwood in Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL, the third movie in the Firefly family trilogy.
"All of the people who loved HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and DEVIL'S REJECTS are going to have a luau of excitement and happiness when they see 3 FROM HELL," Moseley said. "It's going to be a crowdpleaser. From what I've heard from Rob, he's very happy and excited about what he's got, and it's chockablock with gratuitous violence , which is great, because lately there have been a lot of good horror movies that just don't have a lot of that. I mean, the violence is skillful, it's effective, but it's not gratuitous, and that's what I think the fans are missing. I think we just want a lot of violence for violence's sake—decapitations, shotguns to the face, just general ass-kickin' stuff that we're not really getting much of these days." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNABELLE 3: CAPTAIN MARVEL actress Mckenna Grace has scored the key role of Judy, Ed and Lorraine Warren's young daughter in the upcoming third film in the ANNABELLE series at New Line.
Judy becomes a target of the demonic doll Annabelle in the film which will also involve two teenage babysitters and will be primarily set in the Warrens' home. No word as yet if Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson will reprise their roles as the Warrens.
Filming begins next month with additional casting coming together now. The still-untitled film uses a screenplay by Gary Dauberman who will make his directorial debut. James Wan and Peter Safran will produce the film which opens July 3rd 2019. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 28, 2018 -----
** TRAIN TO BUSAN remake: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that New Line Cinema has won the bidding war and will produce the film. James Wan, via his production company Atomic Monster, and Gary Dauberman will be producing the film. Dauberman is on board to write the script for the remake. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: The earliest tracking figures are in for the new David Gordon Green-directed HALLOWEEN and the film is headed for a massive box-office opening on October 19th. Box-Office Pro reports that the film, which boasts a tight budget of only $10 million, is on track for a domestic opening weekend in the $50-$85 million range. The film is reportedly tracking well ahead of recent horror-thriller films like SPLIT and A QUIET PLACE which opened to $40M and $50M respectively. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Eli Roth's History of Horror: Fear comes in many forms. What scares you? Don't miss the series premiere on Sunday, Oct. 14 at midnight/11c.
** THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: Here's new posters for director Lars von Trier's upcoming film.
----- September 27, 2018 -----
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U: Universal Pictures has set a February 14th 2019 wide release date for the upcoming sequel HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, a follow-up to the 2017 horror hit from Blumhouse Pictures. The first film followed a college student (Jessica Rothe) who slips into a horrific time loop as she relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer's identity.
It earned $123 million worldwide from a production budget of $4.8 million, and both Rothe and co-star Israel Broussard return for the next outing while Suraj Sharma and Sarah Yarkin join the cast. Christopher Landon pens and directs the follow-up. Production got underway in May on the sequel and Jason Blum, Angela Mancuso, John Baldecchi and Samson Mucke are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN remake: The Deadline web site reports that a competitive bidding war is currently happening between major Hollywood studios for the rights package to an American remake of the 2016 hit Korean zombie film TRAIN TO BUSAIN. Among those bidding for the film are New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate Films and Screen Gems. Following the commercial success of THE NUN, Gary Dauberman is set to write the horror remake's script with James Wan producing. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MAD HEIDI: From the producer of IRON SKY comes MAD HEIDI – the first Swissploitation film.
** HELL FEST: Here's the new trailer and poster for the upcoming film. A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.
** HALLOWEEN: Here's the EW cover featuring Jamie Lee Curtis.
----- September 26, 2018 -----
** MANDY: Panos Cosmatos' crazy horror film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on October 30th!
** Indonesian horror DREADOUT: The 1st horror film based on Indonesia's most terrifiying horror video game.
** I'LL TAKE YOUR DEAD: William has a simple job: he makes dead bodies disappear. Through circumstances out of his control, his little farm house in the country has become a dumping ground for the casualties of the gang related murders in the nearby city. His daughter Gloria has become used to the rough looking men dropping off corpses and is even convinced that some of them haunt their house. After a woman's body is dumped at the house, William begins his meticulous process when he realizes that she's not actually dead. As the gang activity increases, William patches up the woman and holds her against her will until he can figure out what to do with her. As they begin to develop an unusual respect for each other, the woman's murderers get word that she's still alive and make a plan to finish what they started.
** BLESSED ARE THE CHILDREN: Traci Patterson (Kaley Ball), an adrift 20-something who's still reeling from the death of her father and her breakup with an abusive fiancé (Jordan Boyd), discovers that she's pregnant. With the help of her friends, Erin and Mandy (Arian Thigpen, Keni Bounds), she decides to terminate her pregnancy, but quickly after leaving the clinic, she begins seeing and hearing things - shapes in the corner of her eye, strange noises in the middle of the night, and ghoulish figures stalking her every move. Is it guilt or are Traci and her friends in grave danger?
----- September 25, 2018 -----
** John Carpenter's PRINCE OF DARKNESS TV series: Sitting down with the Consequence of Sound web site, the topic of a potential show came up during the interview when discussing negotiations currently going on with the horror/supernatural streaming service Shudder.
"We're talking to them about doing a theme, and maybe doing a show for them. What would you think about PRINCE OF DARKNESS as a TV show?"" Carpenter said. When asked for more details, and told the idea was 'bad ass,' Carpenter responded: "Well, maybe. Maybe not. I don't know. I'm not going to tell you." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
** COBWEB: Roy Lee and Jon Berg are in advanced negotiations to produce Chris Thomas Devlin's horror-thriller COBWEB for Lionsgate. The story follows a boy whose abusive parents have always told him the voices he hears in the walls of his house are only in his head. But when he discovers that they're real, he conspires to let them out.
----- September 24, 2018 -----
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM) announced that its contemporary reboot of the horror franchise CHILD'S PLAY, featuring everyone's favorite evil doll Chucky, has just begun principal photography. And here's the first look at the new Chucky! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Robert Englund back as Freddy: The sixth season of ABC's The Goldbergs will feature an amazing guest appearance from none other than horror icon Robert Englund, who will don the Freddy Krueger mantle once more in the show's Halloween episode in October.
The episode fittingly titled "Nightmare on Elk Avenue" centers on the fears of the show's teenage protagonist, Adam, after seeing A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET when it premiered way back in 1984. Enter Englund, who will reprise his iconic role for what he calls "a spooky valentine to the fans." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MILK: The Collider web site reports that director James Wan will produce a feature-length adaption of Santiago Menghini's horror short MILK. The acclaimed short, about a teen with an overbearing mother who starts to realize reality might not be what it seems, did well on the festival circuit earlier this year, even winning the Midnight Shorts Jury Award at SXSW earlier this year.
Menghini will direct the feature-length movie, with Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski penning the script. Menghini will retain a "story by" credit in the final film. Wan's Atomic Monster partner, Michael Clear, will produce alongside Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment. Judson Scott will oversee the project on behalf of Atomic Monster. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** INTO THE DARK: The year of fear begins Oct. 5. 12 months. 12 tales.
----- September 21, 2018 -----
** LIGHT AS A FEATHER: An innocent game of "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board" goes wrong when the five teen girls who played start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they're being targeted – and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own. From Hulu, AwesomenessTV and Wattpad, all 10 episodes of LIGHT AS A FEATHER streaming October 12, on Hulu.
** IN FABRIC: Variety brings word that A24 has bought the North American distribution rights to IN FABRIC, a horror-thriller film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and is part of the second wave of programming at this year's Fantastic Fest, making its U.S. debut on September 21. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CAROUSHELL: Based on a script by Rudzinski and Aleen Isley, the horror/comedy tells of a sentient carousel unicorn that gets pushed too far by a brat. The unicorn breaks free of his spinning prison to go on a revenge-driven murder spree on his way to kill the kid. Steve Rimpici, Sé Marie and Haley Madison star.
----- September 20, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Listen to John Carpenter "The Shape Returns" song from the soundtrack to the upcoming film.
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Aubrey Plaza (LEGION) and Emmy nominee Brian Tyree Henry are in talks to star as the leads in the remake of the classic killer doll story, CHILD'S PLAY, the Collider web site has confirmed.
The remake from MGM and director Lars Klevberg (POLAROID) will completely redo the killer doll's origin. The new version of the killer doll won't be a doll possessed by a serial killer but will be a defective Buddy doll whose programming code was hacked so that he has no limitations to learning and also violence. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's another poster for the upcoming film, which debuts in theaters on November 2nd.
** THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE: On October 12th, you're expected. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE is a modern reimagining of the iconic novel, about 5 siblings who grew up in the most famous haunted house in America.
----- September 19, 2018 -----
** Netflix's APOSTLE: The promise of the divine is but an illusion. From Gareth Evans, writer and director of THE RAID franchise, comes APOSTLE. A Netflix film starring Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen — premieres October 12.
** BRUTAL RELAX: Raúl, a professional expert in audio-visual scams, receives a singular assignment: he has to verify the authenticity of a video that shows the shocking disappearance of three members of a family. The life of the protagonist will break down as he approaches the disturbing reality of what happened.
** HALLOWEEN: Here's another trailer for the upcoming film.
----- September 18, 2018 -----
** HATCHET sequels: The Horror Channel UK reports that Victor Crowley will return for future HATCHET sequels, despite the fact the character was torn to shreds by an airplane engine in the most recent film. But, if horror movies have taught us anything, it's that you can never count a murderous villain out, even in death.
"A major reason why the HATCHET sequels have succeeded is that they were planned out from the very start," Green said. "In the first film, I actually showed some of the weapons that Victor Crowley wouldn't actually use until the later films and I held back crucial elements of his mythology to be revealed later on down the road. Of course, it was also a risky move given that there was no way of knowing if I'd ever get to make the sequels."
He continued, "Originally I had only planned for HATCHET to be a trilogy, but when I decided to bring 'Victor Crowley' back for more I planned out another complete roadmap for where it could all go. With the success of VICTOR CROWLEY it looks like I'll once again be able to make the sequels I have planned. I've been able to stay in love with Victor Crowley because I only head back into his swamp when I'm ready to do so. Given that HATCHET is a cult franchise and not a studio property, my crew and I have always been able to make each film only when we want to. The "Hatchet Army" has always been willing to patiently wait until I'm ready. Not every filmmaker has such a luxury and I have never taken it for granted." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ABRAKADABRA: Dante, The Great", a prestigious magician, accidentally dies during a risky magic trick. Thirty-five years later his son Lorenzo, also a magician, presents a magic show in one of the most important theatres in the city. From then on, a series of murders begins to take place that will seek to incriminate him. Lorenzo must discover who and why seeks to involve him before it is too late…
** UNDERWORLD: It made her an action star, but British actress Kate Beckinsale says she's done with the UNDERWORLD franchise and won't be suiting up as the vampire Selene again. Speaking with Variety, she was asked straight up if she'd do another UNDERWORLD film. Her response was equally straight and blunt: "I wouldn't return. I've done plenty of those."
Beckinsale played the role five times in the six-film franchise, starting with 2003's first film and ending with last year's UNDERWORLD BLOOD WARS. In fact, Beckinsale is done with blockbuster filmmaking it would seem, calling working on some of those big films the worst experiences in her life:
"I've done indie movies where I'm sitting on a piece of folded carpet and it was wonderful. I've done great big movies that were the worst misery of my life. It all depends. At university, I studied Russian and French. I never studied drama, so I always felt like from the beginning of my career that it was an apprenticeship. That freed me up to try a lot of things. It gave me a lot of latitude. I started out in the indie space. I never anticipated doing one of those heavy-weight, very physical franchise things. It was scary to see myself on movie posters on the side of every single bus."
The UNDERWORLD franchise's creator and director Len Wiseman, also Beckinsale's ex-husband, stated last year that he is currently developing a TV series spin-off.
** THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE: Three years ago came word that SpectreVision, an indie horror production company, planned to produce a film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's famed short story THE COLOUR OUT OF SPACE.
Set in the wild hills west of Arkham in Massachusetts, the story follows a narrator who pieces together the story of a 'blasted heath', an area where many years ago a meteorite crashed. As a result, the life force of anything living nearby is drained. Yet at the same time flora grows huge and strange, whilst animals are deformed and humans either go insane or die.
At the time Richard Stanley, who hadn't helmed a film since the disastrous production that was 1996's "The Island of Dr. Moreau," was slated to direct and pen the screenplay with plans to shoot in early 2016. That didn't happen and now, in an interview this week with Birth.Movies.Death, SpectreVision's co-founder Josh C. Waller says they are still moving forward with it:
"It's moving along. We announced that we were going to be doing it, what, three years ago? Let's just say that we're getting a lot closer. Significantly closer. Like, it's coming up, so I will be busy with Richard on set with that sometime in the near future." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 17, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN re-release: John Carpenter's original 1978 slasher classic HALLOWEEN is returning to cinemas beginning September 27th with plans for a release on over 1,000 screens three weeks before the 2018 reboot arrives on October 19th.
Spotlight Cinema Networks, Compass International Pictures and Trancas International Films are teaming for the re-release which includes the film restored and remastered digitally under the supervision of original cinematographer Dean Cundey.
Carpenter says in a statement: "I'm thrilled to have the original make its way back into theaters, as we prepare for the release of the sequel. Having both back in theaters this fall is remarkable." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ZOMBIELAND sequel: With the release of VENOM only a few weeks away, the film's director Ruben Fleischer has begun doing early press for the film and once his media commitments are finished he'll turn his attention towards the long in the works ZOMBIELAND sequel.
That film, set to arrive a decade after the original post-apocalyptic horror comedy, got the green light back in July and Fleischer has given an update to Fandango on where things are right now – barely containing his excitement that it is finally set to happen at last:
"I'm thrilled. We're already actually starting ZOMBIELAND. I've been scouting and storyboarding and getting it going, and to get to work with that cast again is just an absolute dream come true. It's been really exciting starting to think about that movie, and to get to work with Emma, Jesse, Woody and Abigail once again is truly a dream come true. Yeah, we're just at the very early stages, but we have an amazing script, and we're going to start shooting in Georgia in January."
Fleischer helms from a script from original writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and the project is slated to open October 11th next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD The Complete Collection: All three seasons of the critically acclaimed series arrives in one groovy package to Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD on October 16.
Season 1 Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Special features:
- "Inside the World of Ash" Featurette
- "How to Kill a Deadite" Featurette
- "Best of Ash" Featurette
- Audio Commentaries
Season 2 Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Special features:
- "Season 2 First Look" Featurette
- "Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead" Featurette
- "Up Your Ash" Featurette
- "Women Who Kick Ash" Featurette
- "Puppets Are Cute" Featurette
- "Dawn of the Spawn" Featurette
- "Bringing Henrietta Back" Featurette
- "The Delta" Featurette
- "How to Kill a Deadite" Featurette
- "Fatality Mash-Up" Featurette
- Audio Commentaries
Season 3 Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Special features:
- "Season Overview" Featurette
- "Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead" Featurette
- Audio Commentaries
** OVERLORD: Here's a second poster. The film will debut in theaters on November 9.
----- September 13, 2018 -----
** FUCK YOU ALL THE UWE BOLL STORY: The question at the center of Uwe Boll's story has existed since early on in his career: Is Uwe the worst filmmaker of all time? FUCK YOU ALL THE UWE BOLL STORY is a documentary that explores the unique life and career of the notorious renegade filmmaker. Through personal interviews with Uwe Boll himself, the people who have worked faithfully alongside him, his harshest critics and everyone in-between, this film offers an entertaining and somewhat shocking portrait of this lightning rod of the film industry.
** THE CONJURING 3: In an interview with Cinema Blend, producer Peter Safran revealed that they are planning to begin production next year for upcoming third installment of Warner Bros. Pictures' THE CONJURING. He also added that they are hoping to release THE CONJURING 3 in 2020.
"It's actually coming along great. David Leslie Johnson is working on the screenplay, and I feel pretty confident they will have that one up and running next year." Safran said.
Last year, it was confirmed that THE CONJURING 3 is in the process of development at Warner Bros. Pictures with THE CONJURING 2 screenwriter David Leslie Johnson returning to write the third film. THE CONJURING Universe creator James Wan (SAW) and Peter Safran are producing the film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PRESIDENT EVIL: A parody of the original HALLOWEEN film, PRESIDENT EVIL sees Michael Myers disguised as Trump as he gets about suburbia, hell-bent on killing minorities.
----- September 12, 2018 -----
** CANDYMAN remake: GET OUT filmmaker Jordan Peele is rumored to be attached to produce a remake of iconic 1992 horror film CANDYMAN via his Monkey Productions company reports the Bloody Disgusting web site.
The rights to the franchise have reportedly become available and it's unclear who currently holds them, the films based on Clive Barker's short story "The Forbidden". Bernard Rose helmed the original in which anyone who says Candyman five times while looking into a mirror will see him appear and be killed by his rusty metal hook. Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen starred.
Two sequels followed but the franchise has been dead since 1999. At the present time, there is no word on whether or not if Peele intends to direct. He is currently filming his new original thriller US for a 2019 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN sequel: Reviews out of the Toronto International Film Festival for the new HALLOWEEN have been quite strong, so much so that talk of a sequel is already churning. Of course the film, a direct sequel to the 1978 original that ignores the seven other sequels, has to open first and be a success.
Additionally there's the complication that the film's producer Jason Blum has previously indicated they aren't planning the sequel. This week, whilst speaking at the festival, Blum clarified those comments saying they weren't correct and his Blumhouse production banner is open to a follow-up:
"No, I think that got a bit screwed up. I'd love to do sequels, and I hope we do a sequel and we will do a sequel if the movie performs. We're not going to decide if we do a sequel or not until we see the reaction to this movie. But I really hope to make it."
While Blumhouse has dominated the horror genre for the past few years with numerous one-off films and franchises, this represents their first attempt at rebooting a pre-existing franchise. The film's co-writer Danny McBride has also previously revealed that they have an idea for a sequel should the opportunity arise to do one. HALLOWEEN is set to open nationwide on October 19th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** POLAROID: The Deadline web site reports that Netflix is working to acquire the rights to the new Lars Klevberg horror movie POLAROID. Initially, TWC (via Lantern Entertainment) had POLAROID slated for a Thanksgiving launch last year on October 4. The very next day, the New York Times ran their expose on Harvey Weinstein. Despite the fact that marketing and promotional materials were made for POLAROID by the end of the month, TWC had first moved the film to 2018 before pulling it from their schedule indefinitely. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** STRANGE NATURE: This September, It's man versus nature when wrestling superstar John Hennigan and acclaimed actor Stephen Tobolowsky play 'leapfrog' with mutated amphibians in Ojala Productions' highly-anticipated eco-thriller.
By moving in with her estranged hermit father in the backwoods of a small town, Kim (Lisa Sheridan) and son Brody find themselves in the middle of a horrendous phenomenon where deadly offspring mutations spread from animals to humans.
----- September 11, 2018 -----
** GOODNIGHT MOMMY remake: An English-language adaptation has officially been ordered with David Kaplan, producer of the indie horror hit IT FOLLOWS, set to produce for Animal Kingdom, according to the Deadline web site. Filming is set to begin in the third quarter of 2019 with Matt Sobel, the director of the well-received 2015 Sundance drama TAKE ME TO THE RIVER, helming the remake and Kyle Warren (LETHAL WEAPON) penning the script based on their vision for the film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Here's the International trailer!
** ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: Music. Christmas. Zombies. In theaters this holiday season.
** THE NUN: Warner Bros. Pictures' film has scared the competition away around the world and set a franchise record for THE CONJURING series. Opening to $53.5 million domestically, the prequel added another $77.5 internationally for a worldwide total of $131 million. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 7, 2018 -----
** Happy birthday Dario Argento!
** ASSASSINATION NATION: Here's the new trailer and poster for the upcoming film.
** THE WALKING DEAD: AMC has released the official synopsis and key art for the upcoming ninth season premiering on Sunday, October 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Last season brought the culmination of "All Out War," which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan's life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values of his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group.
Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick's steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors.
As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's yet another poster for the upcoming film.
----- September 6, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Here's the new poster for the upcoming film, which will hit the theaters on October 19.
** A SPRIGGAN: The Deadline web site reports that actor John Boyega (STAR WARS) will serve as an executive producer on the upcoming UK fantasy/horror flick A SPRIGGAN. The movie is being directed by Keir Burrows, with Josephine Rose as producer. Boyega joins the project via his company Upper Room Productions, which also co-produced the PACIFIC RIM sequel alongside Lionsgate.
"I'm really excited to be joining A SPRIGGAN and the team behind it. In my producing projects, I'm looking for film-maker driven, world-building, cinematic pieces, and have found in Josephine Rose another producer who shares that creative vision and commercial ambition. We're looking forward to working with Keir Burrows to explore the monsters of real-life through a dark, twisted, fairy-tale world of the Spriggan," said Boyega about the film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BETTER OFF ZED: For the last decade, Guy (Graham Sibley) has worked a mentally and physically demanding 60-hour week, a soul-crushing daily grind that has frayed his nerves; while his wife Paige (Christine Woods), a free spirit with multiple fine arts degrees to her name, has spent their marriage chasing creative inspiration.
When the zombie apocalypse arrives, Guy is ecstatic: no more grueling work, no more monotony, no more hopeless future. He spends his days in idyllic splendor, living life in the moment… while Paige snaps into survival mode and takes on the role of pragmatist, figuring out how to secure their perimeter and stretch out their food supply, while following news reports for any glimmer of hope that they might be able to escape. The couple—in essence—has switched places. And in this new dynamic, all of the small fissures pressured beneath the surface of their relationship finally crack open, forcing them to deal not only with Armageddon, but with a potentially far more horrifying reality… each other.
BETTER OFF ZED serves as a metaphor for the claustrophobia of modern living and modern relationships, as well as the struggle for the inner artist in all of us. It also explores the question, are you with the right partner to face the end with? The film is available through SP Releasing on iTunes, Amazon, DirectTV, GooglePlay, Sony PSN, Walmart and other outlets throughout the US.
** HALLOWEEN: The new trailer is here! Universal Pictures will release Trancas International Films, Blumhouse Productions and Miramax's Halloween on Friday, October 19, 2018. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
** SUSPIRIA remake: Radiohead composer Thom Yorke shared a song from the upcoming soundtrack, which will be available on XL Recordings, October 26th.
** THE MEG: Here's a look at the visual effects by Scanline VFX, Sony Pictures Imageworks with some action of ZIVA VFX tool to create THE MEG!
----- September 4, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: There was applause and whistling, and there were also boos and walkouts at the press screening, and so Luca Guadagnino's SUSPIRIA premiered at the Venice Film Festival to the exact kind of reaction you'd expect a 2.5 hour brutal, gory, slow-burn arthouse horror title would get. That includes the actual premiere itself where it received an eight-minute standing ovation.
Reviews seem to be similarly split – wildly divisive with some labelling it a masterpiece, others calling it a self-serious bore. All say this new take on Dario Argento's 1977 supernatural classic is completely different to Argento's garishly excessive and neon-soaked fever dream original, and many are labelling it "this year's MOTHER!" in terms of the likely reactions. thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DACHRA: Yassmine, a Tunisian journalism student, and her two male buddies set out on a university assignment to solve the cold case of Mongia, a woman found mutilated 25 years ago, now imprisoned in an asylum, suspected of witchcraft. As they pursue their investigation, the three friends stumble into the archaic and ominous world of Dachra, an isolated countryside compound filled with goats, silent women, mysterious drying meat and steaming pots. They're welcomed to stay overnight by the jovial yet menacing cult leader, but when Yassmine discovers Dachra's secrets, she must escape before she is consumed.
----- September 3rd, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: The recent trailer for Luca Guadagnino's upcoming remake of SUSPIRIA suggests the film will be going beyond the original movie's brief and delve into the 'Three Mothers' mythology that was spread across Dario Argento's films.
Argento's original films revolved around three powerful witches – Mater Tenebrarum (Mother of Darkness), Mater Lachrymarum (Mother of Tears) and Mater Suspiriorum (Mother of Sighs) – with each only appearing once in one of three of his films – 1977's SUSPIRIA, 1980's INFERNO and 2007's THE MOTHER OF TEARS.
The original SUSPIRIA worked effectively as a standalone, but with the new film's much roomier 152-minute runtime it begs the question as to whether there will be setups or hints for a sequel in this. Guadagnino tells Deadline that he's certainly open to the possibility:
"At the beginning we were going to title the movie SUSPIRIA: Part One but we didn't want to give the impression of something that couldn't stand alone. Truthfully, I'd be interested to explore the origin of Madame Blanc and Helena Markos and also the future of Suzy Bannion in the world. So maybe. We'll have to see how the movie goes."
He also confirms there's an after-credits sequence – one in which a "character is looking forward towards something". The question is whether the film will be profitable enough to do a sequel. Costing a quite economical $20 million, the film doesn't have to make much to be a hit – but the long runtime filled with what is reportedly some truly disturbing and unrelenting horrific imagery will probably prevent the film from being widely embraced even if the critics adore it. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SEEDS: Trevor Long (OZARK, KILLING THEM SOFTLY) stars in this psycho-sexual fairytale about battling inner demons and selfish desires. SEEDS explores the human struggle with right and wrong and the often blurry line that separates love and weakness and a man from a monster. SEEDS investigates the idea of damnation, redemption and that there is a presence of order by a governing energy in all things. The screenplay was written by Steven Weisman; based on an original story by Owen Long.
** GONJIAM HAUNTED ASYLUM: Based on the local legends and stories of people who've visited the real-life abandoned hospital, GONJIAM HAUNTED ASYLUM follows the crew of a horror web show who plan to stream live from inside the asylum. To attract more viewers, the show's host arranges some scares for the team, but as they move further into the nightmarish old building, they begin to encounter much more than expected. GONJIAM HAUNTED ASYLUM, terrorizing on digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD September 18 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
** JOHNNY GRUESOME: High school students Eric Carter and Johnny Grissom are best friends. Johnny is a heavy metal rebel nicknamed "Johnny Gruesome" by his classmates. When Johnny is murdered while on a drunken joyride, his killer persuades Eric and Johnny's girlfriend to help him make the murder look like an accidental death. Johnny returns from the grave as a murderous, wisecracking zombie hell bent on revenge. From Uncork'd Entertainment, JOHNNY GRUESOME on VOD 10/16 and DVD 1/1/2019.