It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- July 31, 2018 -----
** CJ Entertainment launches horror label: CJ Entertainment is officially launching their specialty genre label called 413 Pictures that going forward will be releasing all of their English-language and local-language Asian movies in the genre. The goal behind this launch is to focus their creative interests on making great horror content that will appeal to both Asian and English audiences.
The name '413 Pictures' is derived from '4' being an unlucky number in Asia and '13' being an unlucky number in the U.S. and symbolizes how they hope to appeal to both Asian and Western markets by incorporating horror elements from both cultures with their future projects. The first films to be released under the 413 Pictures label in the U.S. will be HIDE AND SEEK (going into production this fall) and THE HOUSEMAID (going into production next year).
** THE NURSERY: The indie horror film will be released on DVD in North America on August 7, 2018, by Uncork'd Entertainment. The DVD will feature exclusive content and extras, including insightful audio commentary by the filmmakers, a "making of" featurette, and more.
** THE SHELTER: The critically acclaimed psychological thriller, starring iconic actor Michael Paré (STREETS OF FIRE), is now available for viewing around the world, thanks to its newfound home on Vimeo On Demand. The film is about a homeless man named Thomas (Michael Pare) who finds shelter for the night within a lavish abandoned two-story house. He eventually discovers that he is not alone and the premises won't let him leave.
----- July 27, 2018 -----
** SLENDER MAN: In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of SLENDER MAN. When one of them goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, HIS latest victim.
** THE BASEMENT: Mischa Barton stars in a unique new horror film from Brian M.Conley and Nathan Ives, premiering on digital from 9/15 from Uncork'd Entertainment.
Craig is abducted and wakes up in a basement. His captor, Bill, is a twisted serial killer who wishes to reenact his own capture, with Craig playing the part of Bill and Bill playing everyone else. As Bill tortures Craig, he cycles through a number of personas, all while Craig tries desperately to find a way into Bill's pathology in order to save himself.
** FACE OF EVIL: On July 4th, private Jay Williams returns home from the Middle East, but a mysterious epidemic breaks out and infects his friends at his party. On the road to salvation, Jay is joined by his ex-sergeant, who reveals chilling secrets leading to a conspiracy. The night has just begun, as they embark on a survival quest for the ultimate truth.
** SHEBORG: Daniel Armstrong's highly buzzed new horror film SHEBORG has picked up distribution via Wild Eye Releasing, who'll release the film in November.
----- July 26, 2018 -----
** STAN AGAINST EVIL Season 3: Stan's back, with more evil than ever before! SSTAN AGAINST EVIL 3 premieres this Halloween on IFC. Starring John C. McGinley.
** THE PURGE TV series: The 10 episode television event airs on USA Network on September 4th.
** Stephen King's FROM A BUICK 8: THE DEVIL INSIDE director William Brent Bell has been set to both pen and direct a film adaptation of Stephen King"s bestselling 2002 novel FROM A BUICK 8 at Hyde Park Entertainment.
The story centers around the rural town of Statler, Pennsylvania where state police have kept a mysterious 1954 Buick Roadmaster in the shed behind the barracks for over twenty years. The town is soon plagued by strange and supernatural events, with the Buick the cause as it's not so much a car as a door to another dimension. Ashok Amritraj will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** NIGHTFLYERS Season 1: Follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer -- a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain -- in the hope of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place they start to question each other -- and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.
----- July 25, 2018 -----
** Netflix's GHOUL: Here's the trailer for the chilling series about a prisoner who arrives at a remote military interrogation centre and turns the tables on his interrogators, exposing their most shameful secrets. You can fight the demons of this world but what about the ones that aren't?
** THEY HEAR IT: According to the Deadline web site, Legendary Entertainment and The Picture Company have secured feature rights to Julian Terry's 2018 horror short THEY HEAR IT. First time filmmaker Terry made the short specifically as a proof-of-concept for an eventual feature.
The high concept story is about an ominous presence that stalks the children of a small town by emitting a mysterious noise called The Sound that attracts younger people, presumably to their doom. While further details are being kept under wraps, the film is described as a cross between IT and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, and will be a lower-budget horror flick in the vein of MAMA and LIGHTS OUT. The Picture Company's Alex Heineman and Andrew Rona will produce THEY HEAR IT, with Jacob Chase executive producing. Jon Silk and Blake Avery will oversee for Legendary. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ASSASINATION NATION: Not safe for work, school, parents, or fragile male egos. ASSASINATION NATION is in theaters everywhere September 21.
** 3 AN EYE FOR AN EYE: A man and a woman kidnap her rapist in order to extract a confession from him. They need to get his confession on tape, because he has made up an alibi. Locked up in the basement of a remote home, he is unwilling to confess on camera and continues to assert his innocence. With time running out, how far are they willing to go for justice and what if they are wrong?
----- July 24, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: The Hollywood Reporter has done an extensive report on the film's making, confirming the crew went through approximately eighty drafts to get the film right. The film's director David Gordon Green spoke about the re-writing process:
"I go to the actors and get their feedback and we do read-throughs and rewrites and improvisations. I'm all about reworking. A script to me is always just a blueprint and then [we] feel our way through it, together.
There's some scenes that we'll say, let's not even use the script, we know point A and B, let's put it in our own words. I'd play music on set sometimes and just trying to keep it fresh, so it's not so overly rehearsed.
Every Saturday was rewrites for Sunday rehearsals so that I could feed off of what we learned that week or for what an actor's idea might have been or a skill set that we didn't know we had in front of us. So we were writing up until the very last week of production." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** M3GAN: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that producer Jason Blum and director James Wan are teaming up once again! Wan and Blum will partner up to produce the upcoming M3GAN, described as a "techno horror thriller" from director Gerard Johnstone (HOUSEBOUND) and writer Akela Cooper.
THR notes that the script script tells the story of "a brilliant toy company roboticist who uses artificial intelligence to develop M3GAN, a life-like doll programmed to emotionally bond with her newly orphaned niece. But when the doll's programming works too well, she becomes overprotective of her new friend… with terrifying results."
"I had such a great time working together with Jason on INSIDIOUS, a film that did a lot of good for both of us," Wan tells the outlet. "I don't forget where I started from and I'm grateful and appreciative of Jason. We've been looking for something to collaborate on again since." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HELL FEST: 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.
** THE WALKING DEAD: New world. New rules. THE WALKING DEAD returns for Season 9 on Sunday, October 7 at 9/8c.
** FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: There's no calm after the storm. FEAR THE WALKING DEAD returns Sunday, August 12 at 9/8c.
----- July 23, 2018 -----
** OVERLORD: Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot have released the first trailer. The film is coming to theaters on November 9, and its directed by Julius Avery and is based on an original idea by THE HUNGER GAMES screenwriter Billy Ray and J.J. Abrams. In the film, 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 as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation.
** RABID remake: Fangoria announced via Twitter that production on RABID has officially started, a remake of David Cronenberg's film of the same name released in 1977. It will be directed by the Soska Sisters (AMERICAN MARY). The remake has already been sold to 101 FILMS in the UK, Shout! Studios in the US and A71 in Canada. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CREEPSHOW TV series: Entertainment Weekly is reporting that make-up legend and THE WALKING DEAD executive producer Greg Nicotero is bringing George A. Romero and Stephen King's classic 1982 anthology film CREEPSHOW to the small screen via the horror streaming service Shudder. Nicotero will direct, executive-produce and supervise creative elements on the CREEPSHOW TV series.
Nicotero met his makeup effects mentor Tom Savini during a Pittsburgh set visit to CREEPSHOW, and later did makeup for Romero films such as DAY OF THE DEAD, MONKEY SHINES and LAND OF THE DEAD.
"CREEPSHOW is a project very close to my heart!" said Nicotero. "It is one of those titles that embraces the true spirit of horror… thrills and chills celebrated in one of its truest art forms, the comic book come to life! I'm honored to continue the tradition in the 'spirit' which it was created."
"CREEPSHOW is one of the most beloved and iconic horror anthologies from two masters of the genre, George A. Romero and Stephen King," Shudder general manager Craig Engler stated. "We're thrilled to continue their legacy with another master of horror, Greg Nicotero, as we bring a new CREEPSHOW TV series exclusively to Shudder members." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: Here's the full trailer!
** THE FOREST OF THE LOST SOULS: The psychological "coming of age" horror film, written and directed by directed by José Pedro Lopes, marks Wild Eye Releasing's first theatrical release. The film, which had its world premiere at the Fantasporto Film Festival on February 26, 2017, is scheduled to open in August.
----- July 20, 2018 -----
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Filming only began a few weeks ago on IT CHAPTER TWO, yet New Line Cinema showcased a brief behind-the-scenes featurette at a special screening at San Diego Comic-Con last night. The clip reportedly showed off a few new shots of Bill Skarsgaard as Pennywise the Clown, concept art showing some of his new guises including a withered old man and a giant blob, a shot of Bill Hader's Richie Tozier looking utterly terrified, and a few sound bites from people involved including director Andy Muschietti.
One very brief clip was shown, a glimpse of the scene in which the Losers' Club reunite after 27 years at dinner in a Chinese restaurant – a dinner that famously gets twisted into something quite dark. IT CHAPTER TWO opens on September 6th 2019. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANNABELLE 3: Filmmaker James Wan and IT and ANNABELLE CREATION scribe Gary Dauberman were on hand to confirm that a third ANNABELLE movie is in the works with Dauberman both penning and making his directorial debut. Dauberman said:
"I'm still finalizing the script, but it really picks up with the Warrens bringing ANNABELLE to the place where it can really no longer wreak havoc, which is their artifact room. But, of course, it turns out she can also wreak havoc there. And she really awakens the evil within that room and they target the Warrens' 10-year-old daughter, Judy. So, that's the set-up."
Wan then added a comparison that encapsulates the idea more simply: "ANNABELLE basically activates all the other haunted artifacts in that room. So, it's basically A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, with ANNABELLE!". This September sees the next THE CONJURING spin-off, THE NUN hit cinemas with plans still in place for a third THE CONJURING sometime down the line. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD Season 9: Here's the official San Diego Comic-Con teaser!
** CASTLE ROCK: A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, CASTLE ROCK combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King's literary career: CUJO, THE DARK HALF, IT and NEEDFUL THINGS, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. CASTLE ROCK is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: Here's the third teaser trailer!
----- July 19, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Here's a crazy cool San Diego Comic Con poster by acclaimed artist Bill Sienkiewicz. The Shape returns October 19th.
** THE NUN: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film, which is set for release on September 7.
** THE DEAD DON'T DIE: Focus Features has announced that Jim Jarmusch's new zombie comedy THE DEAD DON'T DIE has begun production. This is writer/director's third collaboration with Focus.
The cast is led by many past Jarmusch collaborators, including Academy Award nominee Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Academy-Award nominee Chloë Sevigny, Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, as well as Selena Gomez in her first Jarmusch feature. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DON'T LEAVE HOME: After recently unveiling her new sculptural exhibit on Irish urban legends, artist Melanie Thomas is contacted by Father Alistair Burke, a reclusive Irish priest who, legend has it, once painted the portrait of a young girl who later disappeared on the very day her image vanished from the painting. Now, summoned by Burke and his cohort to the Irish countryside for a special art commission, Melanie eagerly accepts the offer, never stopping to consider that some urban legends might be true. Being praised as "GET OUT with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (Indiewire), DON'T LEAVE HOME proves that not all mysteries should be solved.
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: The upcoming film will be released by Universal Pictures in North America on January 18, 2019, and by Buena Vista International abroad.
** Flesh and Blood The Hammer Heritage of Horror: Explore the most legendary horror studio of all time with this fascinating, frightening journey hosted by terror titans Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. England's most successful independent film company, the "fear factory" of Hammer Studios, has a history filled with feuds, censorship battles and streaks of luck both good and bad.
Now the legacy of horror returns, featuring interviews with such Hammer legends as Raquel Welch, Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Jimmy Sangster, Hazel Court, Martine Beswicke, Freddie Francis, Val Guest and Ray Harryhausen. This DVD also includes behind-the-scenes home movies and nonstop shock scenes from over 40 classic films.
----- July 18, 2018 -----
** AMERICAN PSYCHO: The cult favorite slasher comes to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (Plus Blu-ray and Digital) on September 25 from Lionsgate. I introduce to you Patrick Bateman, a wealthy bachelor who enjoys clubbing, having 5-star dinners, and killing sprees!
- New Audio Commentary with writer/director Mary Harron
- Previously Recorded Audio Commentary with writer/director Mary Harron
- Audio Commentary with writer Guinevere Turner
- Deleted Scenes with optional director Audio Commentary
- "The '80s: Downtown" Featurette
- "American Psycho: From Book to Screen" Featurette
** HEREDITARY: Lionsgate is proud to announce HEREDITARY starring Academy Award nominated Toni Collette, arriving on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on September 4. When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
- Deleted Scenes
- "Cursed: The True Nature of Hereditary" Featurette
- "Evil in Miniature" Photo Gallery
** Timo Tjahjanto's MAY THE DEVIL TAKE YOU: Alfie, a troubled young woman reluctantly reunites with her estranged father. Discovering that her coma-induced father has been hit by an unexplained disease, she herself starts to experience supernatural occurences. Alfie and her step siblings then venture into her father's abandoned villa; a place that might hold the answer to what has happened. Soon, they discover something terrifying, unwittingly unleashing a malevolent spirit that will send them into the edge of mayhem and despair.
** THE CRESCENT: The film follows a mother and her toddler son as they struggle to find spiritual healing after an unexpected death in the family. As they attempt to rebuild their bond, a mysterious force from the sea begins to haunt them. The film is a transcendent look at loss, grief and single parenting, told through the entrancing art of marbling and the eyes of a two-year-old.
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: The upcoming film will be released by Universal Pictures in North America on January 18, 2019, and by Buena Vista International abroad.
----- July 17, 2018 -----
** David Cronenberg on cinema: The amazing Canadian director recently received an honorary degree from OCAD University during which he gave a speech and ruminated upon the future of cinema and unlike some of the others, he has every intention of adapting as opposed to being rendered obsolete. Here's an excerpt via The Globe and Mail (via The Playlist):
"The painter Willem de Kooning said: 'Flesh is the reason oil paint was invented.' I say, the human body is the reason the cinema was invented. The face, the body, is its true subject, the most photographed object in cinema. Cinema is the body.
I'm here today because I've made some movies. However, because of the internet, Netflix, streaming, cinema is dissolving, the big screen is shattering into many little screens, and this is causing much stress amongst movie-nostalgia hardliners.
It does not matter to me. In fact, it pleases me. Because the human body is evolving, changing, and since the cinema is body, it makes sense that the cinema is changing, evolving as well. If movies disappeared overnight, I would not care. The cinema is not my life. Your art form cannot be your life. To say that it is, to make it be that, is to evade life itself. However, you will not do that, will you? No, I'm sure you won't." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPAWN: The Deadline web site reports that Jeremy Renner has officially joined the cast of the new SPAWN movie from Blumhouse Productions and Todd McFarlane. Renner will take on the role of Detective 'Twitch' Williams, the egg-headed private investigator that crosses paths with the demonic superhero from time to time. Jamie Foxx will take on the title role of Spawn for the reboot.
"As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts," McFarlane said. "I was lucky enough to land Jason Blum and then Jamie Foxx, and I knew the person on screen the most is this police officer, Twitch Williams. We needed as strong a person as possible because he will be the face of the film. I took my naïve Hollywood approach again, and said let's start at the top and work down. Jeremy was at the top. I'm a huge fan of his. The character doesn't need to be a bodybuilder or GQ handsome. I was looking for somebody who's a person you've met before; I needed someone who can pull off the grief of an average human being. I've seen Jeremy do that in more than a few of his movies. He was at the top of my list, just like Jamie."
Producer Jason Blum added: "Jeremy is the ideal choice for Twitch Williams. He radiates honesty, intelligence and a hard-working, everyman charisma, the same qualities that make Twitch such a compelling character." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Rob Zombie's THREE FROM HELL: Here's a new poster for the sequel to 2005's THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, itself a sequel to Zombie's feature film debut, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. The three characters went down in a blaze of glory at the end of the previous movie, ending plans for a continuing series at Lionsgate, which was eager in the mid-2000s for more horror franchises. It remains to be seen when the film will arrive in theaters or how the Firefly family will return from the grave.
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS grossed $17 million on a $7 million dollar budget back in 2005, and was a tremendous success on DVD. HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES grossed $12 million in 2003 after being first produced in 2000 for Universal and shelved for three years. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE MEG: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film.
----- July 16, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Here's a new poster from the highly anticipated sequel reboot remake.
** ZOMBIELAND 2: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the long-awaited sequel will finally come to fruition with all four original cast members returning. Production is set to begin in January 2019 with a release date scheduled for October 2019, just in time for the 10th anniversary of the original film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** UNFRIENDED DARK WEB: Here's a new trailer!
** GHOUL: Netflix and Blumhouse have announced that their new horror series GHOUL, an original Indian series, will be launched worldwide on the streaming service on August 24. The series will consist of 3 episodes and is produced by by Blumhouse, Ivanhoe Pictures, and Phantom Films.
Starring Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul, Ghoul is a chilling series about a prisoner who arrives at a remote military interrogation center and turns the tables on his interrogators, exposing their most shameful secrets. You can fight the demons of this world but what about the ones that aren't?
Netflix Director of International Originals Simran Sethi, said, "GHOUL is a thrilling horror series, both frightening and insightful. Its high production value, a chilling performance from Radhika Apte, and quality writing are sure to scare Indian and global audiences alike."
Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions added, "It has been a great experience working closely with Netflix and our partners at Phantom and Ivanhoe to produce GHOUL. This is Blumhouse's first foray into the horror genre in India and we're excited to share this project with horror enthusiasts around the world." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- July 6, 2018 -----
** SPAWN: Jeremy Renner could be geeking it up shortly with a new report indicating he's in line to play one of the lead characters in the upcoming SPAWN film at Blumhouse. That Hashtag Show, who first broke the news of Jamie Foxx's casting as the titular soldier of hell from the comics, indicates that THE AVENGERS actor is apparently up for the role of Detective Twitch Williams.
Twitch teams up with the supernatural antihero to track down his daughter's killer in the film. SPAWN creator and the film's director Todd MacFarlane has indicated in recent years this take on Spawn will use the titular character sparingly with Twitch to essentially serve as the lead. The project would mark the third major screen adaptation of the character following 1997's not well-regarded live-action film from New Line, and 1999's acclaimed HBO adult animated series. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Creator Don Mancini and producer David Kirschner, have declined involvement with the film remake and are instead focusing on the CHILD'S PLAY TV series. Its also confirmed that Brad Dourif, the voice behind the killer doll, will be returning as Chucky in the series and will not be involved with MGM's reboot. (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** THE MEG: Here's a clip from the upcoming film, which will debut in theaters on August 10, 2018.
----- July 5, 2018 -----
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Lars Klevberg (POLAROID) is set to direct the horror reboot from a script written by Tyler Burton (KUNG FURY 2) for MGM. David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith (IT) will produce. According to the Collider web site, the film will be a contemporary reboot involving a group of kids and a technologically-advanced doll in their world.
It remains to be seen how the big screen remake of the first film will factor into the franchise moving forward as the in-development TV series is set to continue the plot threads from the most recent film. Production on the CHILD'S PLAY remake is will begin this September in Vancouver. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE MEG: Here's another new poster for the upcoming film.
----- July 4, 2018 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13TH: The "FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise is in a state of limbo right now as the legal battle between producer Sean Cunningham and FRIDAY THE 13TH writer Victor Miller has yet to be settled. Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line currently have the distribution rights should another film go ahead, but we're a while off from that happening. Platinum Dunes, who produced the 2009 reboot of the series, has been trying to get further installments off the ground but never got them to work.
Despite the additional legal hurdles they face though, producer Andrew Form tells We Got This Covered that Platinum Dunes is still committed with keeping the franchise alive: "There's a lawsuit going on and the rights are a little messed up. But rest assured, we are doing everything we can to be involved with that and we wholeheartedly believe that another version, another incarnation of FRIDAY THE 13TH, needs to be made and brought out to the world.
We're gonna do everything we can to do it. Every year, we look at the schedule and say, 'When's the next FRIDAY THE 13TH? When can we have a movie ready?' We love Jason and we hope we can make another one. FRIDAY THE 13TH is the one for us, because we were so close to filming that version about a year and a half ago, and we loved the screenplay we had and we were so close on that one. I think that's the one out of everything we've done in the past… I think Jason is the one right now for us that we'd love to get our hands on."
The lawsuit is having an impact elsewhere with the recent FRIDAY THE 13TH video game cancelling all future DLC because of ongoing legal issues. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SUSPIRIA remake: One of the film's stars, Chloe Grace Moretz, has sung its praises and now it seems Luca Guadagnino's remake of the famed Dario Argento horror classic SUSPIRIA has another big fan – Quentin Tarantino. Guadagnino, coming off the big success of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, gave a recent interview to Italian outlet La Repubblica (via Screen Crush) and revealed he had shown Tarantino the new take on supernatural classic. The PULP FICTION filmmaker's reaction may not be what you expect:
"We've been friends since our jury duty at the Venice Film Festival. I was nervous but eager to hear his advice. We saw it at his place and his reaction warmed me. He was enthusiastic about it, in the end he was crying and hugged me. Because it's a horror movie but also a melodrama, my goal was to make you look at the horror without being able to take [your eyes off the screen] because you're captivated by the characters. Amazon is very happy."
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Mia Goth also star in the new SUSPIRIA which opens November 2nd via Amazon Studios. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LIFECHANGER: A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. Directed by Justin McConnell. Premiering July 20th, Fantasia Film Festival, International Premiere Frightfest London in August.
** THE FIRST PURGE: In theaters July 4. Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: THE FIRST PURGE.
** THE MEG: Here's two cool new poster for the upcoming film, which is due out in cinemas on August 10th.
----- July 3rd, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Actress Chloe Grace Moretz, spoke about her role in the film this week. Appearing at the Provincetown Film Festival, Moretz says asked to describe the film to which she responded: "This is a really big statement, but this is the closest to modern Stanley Kubrick I've ever seen. You're put into a world, which I can only describe it as being like THE SHINING in a lot of ways, where you're just encompassed in a filmmaker's brain and you're just implanted in there, and there's nothing like it that you will ever see."
Moretz plays a young woman named Patricia Hingle in the film, a girl seemingly on the run for much of it. Describing her character she says: "Here's the thing, it's so secretive that it's super locked down. It's secretive and I want it to be secretive because you guys are gonna be so shocked. It is WILD. It's crazy. I can say this, I speak German mainly in the movie. So you won't recognize me very well. I seem like a different person and I sound like a different person."
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Mia Goth also star in the film which opens November 2nd. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Stephen King's FIRESTARTER remake: Variety reports that the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's FIRESTARTER from Blumhouse and Universal has found its director in German filmmaker Fatih Akin. Akin is best known for IN THE FADE, the 2018 Golden Globe winner for "Best Foreign Language Film", as well as having won the Cannes' best screenplay award for THE EDGE OF HEAVEN. Akin will replace Akiva Goldsman, the Academy Award winning screenwriter behind A BEAUTIFUL MIND, who was reported to be directing the film last year.
Scott Teems (NARCOS) has already been tapped to write the screenplay adaption of the 1980 Stephen King novel about a young girl that can create fires with her mind as a result of secret experiments performed on her parents. In the story, the girl is forced to flee from a secretive group that wants to use her abilities, known only as "The Shop." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE PURGE TV series: USA Networks has revealed the first trailer for the upcoming THE PURGE TV series, from Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions THE PURGE will premiere Tuesday, September 4 at 10/9c on USA Network. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WELLINGTON PARANORMAL TV series: Sergeant Ruawai Maaka of the Wellington Police enlists the aid of Officers Minogue and O'Leary to tackle paranormal events in New Zealand's capital city. In a police reality show style, the 6 part series follows these kiwi cops as they investigate cases such as the demon possession of a teenager, a noise complaint at a haunted house and a blood bank robbery.
----- July 2nd, 2018 -----
** SUMMER OF '84: The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous. From the creators of TURBO KID! SUMMER OF '84 - In Select Theaters Starting August 10th.
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: It saved Paramount's bacon this year, and thankfully the studio knows not to rush things when it comes to maximising the success of John Krasinski's film. The film, which Krasinski both directed and co-starred in with his wife Emily Blunt, followed a family living a near silent life in a world where sound-sensitive creatures attack anything that makes loud noises, has grossed over $328 million worldwide along with some of the year's best reviews.
Almost immediately after release, talk of a follow-up began but Krasinski is busy with other directorial projects in the works and filming commitments on Amazon's JACK RYAN series which is about to begin production of its second season (the first debuts in August). Thankfully producer Andrew Form, speaking with Collider, says Paramount has every intention of not proceeding until Krasinski is ready:
"Oh [Krasinski is] definitely involved. We're lucky on this one. I've had movies where the studio says to you, 'Here's your date. Let's go!' and on this one we're not rushing anything, which is amazing. So we're gonna take our time, we're gonna figure out where to go, but there is no rush on it and we're just starting to talk about it. We're figuring out what everyone's involvement's gonna be and what the actual next movie's gonna be.
The first one is so special to us that we really want to take our time with this and not rush anything. It's such a special movie to us, the experience and everything. It's easy to rush these and we've made movies in the past where we've rushed them through and we've felt it, and we just don't wanna do it on this one. We really don't. We really just wanna take our time and as long as it takes, it takes. It has to be the right story, just like the first one. It just has to be." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE MONSTER SQUAD documentary WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS: This heartfelt documentary explores the power of cult film told through the lens of the 1987 classic THE MONSTER SQUAD and the impact it has on fans, cast and crew, and the industry.
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has surprised us with Touchstone Pictures releasing the first teaser poster for GLASS, his upcoming film which serves as a sequel to both 2000's UNBREAKABLE and last year's SPLIT.
The story brings back Bruce Willis as former college football prodigy turned invulnerable and superstrong David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson as fragile supervillain Elijah 'Mr. Glass' Price, and James McAvoy's dissociative identity ridden Kevin Wendell Crumb (aka. The Beast). Shyamalan says the film is set to have a panel at Comic-Con on July 20th with the first trailer likely to debut there. GLASS opens in cinemas on January 18th 2019. (thanks to DarkHoizons.com)
----- June 29, 2018 -----
** MANDY: Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire. Starring Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré with Richard Brake and Bill Duke. Directed by Panos Cosmatos.
** ASSASSINATION NATION: Odessa Young plays Salem high school senior Lily who spends her time in a haze of social media and partying. When the people of her town are targeted in a malicious data hack, all privacy is destroyed and lives are ruined as deadly secrets are exposed.
The small town turns on each other and descends into violent chaos as they hunt for the culprit. She and her friends must band together if they want to survive the night.
** WORLD WAR Z 2: Before he signed on to direct JURASSIC WORLD FALLEN KINGDOM, filmmaker J.A. Bayona was linked to another studio sequel tentpole film – the sequel to WORLD WAR Z at Paramount Pictures. Bayona, coming off acclaim for the likes of THE ORPHANAGE, was attached to WORLD WAR Z 2 briefly but ultimately left the Brad Pitt-led project to make 'Fallen Kingdom' instead – allowing for David Fincher to ultimately step in and take over the zombie tale.
Speaking with Den of Geek this week, Bayona revealed that though he thought WORLD WAR Z 2 had potential, he ultimately departed because the film's start date was approaching and he simply wasn't ready: "We were working on that project for around a year, and we had a great idea. We were very excited. We designed great set pieces, and we were very excited with the direction we were taking with the film, but somehow, we never found a way to connect it all together." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 27, 2018 -----
** Stephen King's THE BOOGEYMAN: Deadline web site is reporting that 20th Century Fox is closing a deal from screenwriters Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A QUIET PLACE) to adapt Stephen King's short story THE BOOGEYMAN for 21 Laps' producers Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen (STRANGER THINGS).
THE BOOGEYMAN follows a man who recently lost all his children to a creature lurking in the closet. The short story was published in 1973 and was released as part of King's Night Shift collection in 1978. Short filmmakers have adapted the short story in the past, but the horror pitch from 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps is the first time THE BOOGEYMAN has been adapted as a studio feature film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE WALKING DEAD OUR WORLD: A first-of-a-kind location based augmented reality mobile game will hit Apple App Store and Google Play on July 12!
Fight walkers on the streets, in the park, on your sofa, wherever and whenever you feel like it. You don't need to face the apocalypse alone; Rick, Daryl, Michonne and all your favorite characters from AMC's THE WALKING DEAD will fight by your side.
----- June 26, 2018 -----
** Netflix's CASTLEVANIA: CASTLEVANIA season 2 will be 8 episodes long, out sometime later this year.
** EVIL DEAD remake sequel: Filmmaker Fede Alvarez, currently at work on THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB ahead of its release this Fall, has revealed that he's interested in doing a sequel to his 2013 reboot of the EVIL DEAD franchise.
The first film cost $17 million and made $97.5 million worldwide, a sequel didn't happen but Alvarez went on to direct DON'T BREATHE which became a critical and commercial hit. Now, speaking with EW, Alvarez says as long as he and the original creatives can come up with a story to justify it, a new EVIL DEAD 2 could happen:
"Making my EVIL DEAD was an amazing experience, it was my first film. So, going back at some point will be a possibility. I mean, I'm really good friends with all those guys, with Bruce [Campbell], and Sam [Raimi], and Rob (Tapert). So, we always chat about it. The good news – and I think that's what sometimes people don't understand – is, none of those guys will make any of these movies just because they can, just because it's good business.
They will only make it if they believe they have some good story to tell. A lot of people say that in this industry, but most of the time it's not true. With those guys, all of us involved in those movies, we will just make them if we believe there's a story that has to be told, and is awesome, and is great, and we believe that it will be better than anything that will be done before in that world. [When] we find that story, when we all agree on what it is, it will probably happen." thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** NIGHTBREED TV series reboot: "The team at Morgan Creek is very excited to partner with Clive Barker, Syfy and Universal Cable Productions on NIGHTBREED for a unique, trenchant and no-holds-barred exploration of race relations in today's society," Morgan Creek president David Robinson told Deadline. "As a sophisticated twist on the classic graphic novel form, NIGHTBREED pits 'Humans' against persecuted monsters, using metaphor and parable to take on bias and prejudice with real-world consequences." The series is set to be written by JIGSAW screenwriter Josh Stolberg.
----- June 25, 2018 -----
** JASON GOES TO HELL spin-off: Twenty-five years after it was released, JASON GOES TO HELL director Adam Marcus has revealed he has an idea for a spin-off that would put the focus on Steven Williams' character Creighton Duke from the original. Duke was a bounty hunter with a large amount of knowledge of the history of Jason Voorhees, following Jason having killed his girlfriend at Camp Crystal Lake years earlier. Duke sought him out with the intent of killing the supernatural being permanently.
Jason ultimately killed him, but Duke was able to send him to hell nonetheless in the ninth of the official FRIDAY THE 13TH film. Speaking with Cinema Toast Crunch, Marcus says he hopes to go into production next year:
"I have a movie… you're the first ones I've talked about this to… that is a completely Creighton Duke-inspired movie. We're doing that next year. I can tell you that I'm talking with Steven Williams about this. I'm dead serious about this movie. It's something I've wanted to do for years. For me, that was the character that I gave a crap about. That's the guy that I adore. And, I'm tellin' ya, I have something up my sleeve that's gonna knock people out."
It's also believed the spin-off will not address Jason Voorhees at all, not unexpected considering the franchise is in a legal rights quagmire at present. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY The TV Series: Franchise creator Don Mancini announced on Twitter that CHILD'S PLAY The TV Series is officially in the works. Mancini's previous discussion said the film's story arc will continue with the series, marking a unique connection between a film and TV series. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** GET OUT sequel: Filmmaker Jordan Peele is reportedly considering the possibility of a direct sequel to last year's critical and audience smash hit and Best Picture nominee GET OUT. Speaking with Variety, producer Jason Blum offered a very short quote about the possibility of a GET OUT 2: "If Jordan wants to do a sequel, I'll do it in a second, but it has to come from Jordan Peele. I think he's flirting with the idea."
That follows on from a comment back in February in which Peele said: "I will definitely, seriously consider it. I love that universe and feel like there's more story to tell. I don't know what it is now, but there are some loose ends, if you know the movie."
Peele has already spoken about plans to do more socially-minded psychological thrillers in the same vein but involving different groups and subject matter. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Scream Factory Limited Edition Steelbooks: Three new Limited Edition Steelbooks are coming out soon from Scream Factory. As always, these are must own for collectors.
ARMY OF DARKNESS
DISC ONE (Theatrical Version)
- Medieval Times: The Making Of "Army Of Darkness" Featuring Interviews With Cast & Crew
- Original Ending
- Original Opening With Optional Commentary By Sam Raimi And Bruce Campbell
- Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary By Sam Raimi And Bruce Campbell
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Home Video Promo
DISC TWO (Director's Cut)
- Audio Commentary With Director Sam Raimi, Actor Bruce Campbell And Co-Writer Ivan Raimi
- Additional Behind-The-Scenes Footage From KNB Effects
- intage Creating The Deadites Featurette
- Vintage "Making Of" Featurette
- Extended Interview Clips With Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell And Robert Tapert
DISC THREE (International Cut)
- 4K Scan Of The International Inter-positive
- Television Version With Additional Footage (Standard Definition)
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Galleries With Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos From Production Designer Anthony Tremblay, Visual Effects Supervisor William Mesa And Special Make-Up Effects Artists Tony Gardner And KNB EFX, Inc. (Over 200 Stills)
- Still Gallery Of Props And Rare Photos From The Collection Of Super Fan Dennis Carter Jr.
- Storyboards For Deleted Or Alternate Scenes
- Vintage The Men Behind The Army Featurette
- NEW 4K Scans Of Both Versions Of The Film
- Audio Commentary With Director Tobe Hooper, Moderated By Tim Sullivan (Director's Cut Only)
- Audio Commentary With Make-up Effects Artist Nick Maley (Director's Cut Only)
- "Dangerous Beauty" – An Interview With Actress Mathilda May
- "Space Vampires In London" – An Interview With Director Tobe Hooper
- "Carlsen's Curse" – An Interview With Actor Steve Railsback
- Teaser And Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spot
- Still Gallery
- Audio Commentary With Director Joe Dante And Actors Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone And Robert Picardo
- Audio Commentary By Author Gary Bradner
- "Howling's Eternal" – An Interview With Executive Producer Steven A. Lane
- "Cut To Shreds" – An Interview With Editor Mark Goldblatt
- Interviews With Co-Writer Terence H. Winkless And Stop Motion Animator David Allen
- "Unleashing The Beast: The Making Of The Howling"
- "Making A Monster Movie: Inside The Howling"
- Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
- "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" – A Look At The Film's Locations
- Theatrical Trailer
- Still Gallery
----- June 22, 2018 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the very first poster for the sequel to 2005's THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, itself a sequel to Zombie's feature film debut, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. The three characters went down in a blaze of glory at the end of the previous movie, ending plans for a continuing series at Lionsgate, which was eager in the mid-2000s for more horror franchises. It remains to be seen when the film will arrive in theaters or how the Firefly family will return from the grave.
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS grossed $17 million on a $7 million dollar budget back in 2005, and was a tremendous success on DVD. House of HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES $12 million in 2003 after being first produced in 2000 for Universal and shelved for three years. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BODY CAM: Singer Mary J. Blige has signed on to star in the horror thriller for Paramount Players. The story focuses on several LAPD police officers who are haunted by a malevolent spirit that is tied to the murder of a black youth at the hands of two white cops, all of which are caught on a body cam video that was destroyed in a cover-up.
Blige will play an officer who becomes rocked by visions and begins to investigate the cover-up. Richmond Riedel penned the script with re-writes by Nicholas McCarthy and John Ridley. Said to be a tonal blend of GET OUT and END OF WATCH, Malik Vitthal helms the film which is being produced by Matt Kaplan. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 20, 2018 -----
** THE MEG: The upcoming film is coming to theaters on August 10, 2018.
** TAU: Netflix has released a new trailer for its original sci-fi horror feature TAU starring Gary Oldman as the voice of an AI-driven smart house that terrorizes its inhabitants in a horrifying game of cat and mouse. IT FOLLOWS star Maika Monroe plays a young woman living in a futuristic city who gets kidnapped and injected by a mysterious stranger and psychotic inventor (Ed Skrein).
She wakes up strapped to a chair in a strange house run by the artificial intelligence Tau. The inventor gives her a choice: do as the house says, or die. She attempts to escape by befriending the A.I. program that controls the house. TAU premieres on Netflix on June 29th.
----- June 19, 2018 -----
** UNFRIENDED DARK WEB: Here's the poster for the upcoming film, which will arrive in theaters on July 20, 2018.
** PET SEMETARY remake: Filmmaker Dennis Widmyer used his Twitter account to announce that production has started on the new film adaptation of Stephen King's 1983 novel PET SEMETARY at Paramount Pictures. Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch co-helm the movie in which Jason Clarke plays Dr. Louis Creed, a man who moves his family to a house by a busy road in rural Maine.
Nearby the local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed. Jeff Buhler adapted the script for the film which also stars John Lithgow and Amy Seimetz. PET SEMETARY opens April 19th 2019. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: What happens when a night of fun turns into a night of horror? Seven friends and a mysterious backpacker converge at a desolate ski lodge in the mountains and as the clock begins the countdown to the New Year, they discover that the end of the old year may be the end of all their years as they are systematically hunted down by ruthless masked men with a deadly agenda. The films comes out on VOD July 3.
----- June 15, 2018 -----
GOREZONE is 20 years old!
Twenty years years ago, the Internet was totally different. There was no Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter, no Smartphones... actually most people had never "surfed" the world wide web. Back in June 1998, I decided to start GOREZONE because of the lack of coverage for the horror genre on the Internet. There was tons of sites dedicated to STAR WARS and STAR TREK, yet apart from a few good horror sites such as HorrorMovies.com and HouseofHorrors.com, the net was leaving me wanting for more. GOREZONE was born as the first web site dedicated to daily horror news. 20 years later GOREZONE is still alive, independant and true to its original concept. We never sold out. Never gave up.
Since I'm French Canadian, I decided to have the whole site in both English and French. The very first news update talked about HALLOWEEN H20, a rumored FREDDY VS. JASON and the 1998 edition of the Fantasia Film Festival. The slasher resurrection was in full force "thanks" to SCREAM... horror was hot and mainstream again, something that hadn't happened since 1985!
The site was first hosted on Xoom.com, Geocities and later Horror Net, which offered me to host the site on their servers since they were fans of GOREZONE. Unfortunately, the site was sold and GOREZONE was without a home. That was 2001, and the time when I finally got the .NET domain!
Things got bigger and better, we moved to a more reliable server, cooler forum, a short lived fanzine was born and DVD CRYPT became the first DVD horror web site on the net. The very first GOREZONE forum was hosted on Inside The Web. Those who've been coming here for a long time must remember these wild and crazy threads over that forum. We sure all learned a lot from it!
Things got bigger and better, we moved to a more reliable server, cooler forum, a short lived fanzine was born and DVD CRYPT became the first DVD horror web site on the net. The very first GOREZONE forum was hosted on Inside The Web. Those who've been coming here for a long time must remember these wild and crazy threads over that forum. We sure all learned a lot from it!
Twenty years is a long time. Not surprisingly I remember the first day, working on my computer, creating the images in Photoshop and layout in Pagemill. I'd love to thank all the readers and everyone who helped the site through all these years! It means a lot to me. Thank you for believing in GOREZONE and making it the #1 source for bloody daily horror news!
----- June 14, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Variety reveals that actor Jake Gyllenhaal is partly responsible for the film happening. The actor is a family friend of Jamie Lee Curtis, and he convinced her to speak with the reboot's director David Gordon Green. Once she did, they reportedly hit it off immediately and the film went forward. Co-writer Danny McBride revealed to EW that at one time they were considering two films, but changed it to just one:
"We were going to shoot two of them back-to-back…Then we were like, Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. This could come out, and everyone could hate us, and we'd never work again. So, let's not have to sit around for a year while we wait for another movie to come out that we know people aren't going to like. So, we were like, Let's learn from this, and see what works, and what doesn't. But we definitely have an idea of where we would go [with] this branch of the story and hopefully we get a chance to do it." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** UNFRIENDED DARK WEB: Death wants some Face Time. From the Producer of GET OUT, THE PURGE and HAPPY DEATH DAY comes UNFRIENDED DARK WEB, in theaters July 20.
----- June 13, 2018 -----
** ARACHNOPHOBIA remake: James Wan (SAW, THE CONJURING) is producing an ARACHNOPHOBIA remake, based on the 1990 horror comedy film directed by Frank Marshall. The original movie centered around a species of South American killer spider that crosses the U.S. border in a coffin. Starring Jeff Daniels and John Goodman, the spider breeds and becomes a massive killer as a few brave souls try to track down the queen before the hybrid breed can take hold. Though technically a financial success, the film had a modest total at the domestic box office, bringing in $53.2 million, but has since become a cult classic.
James Wan recently completed AQUAMAN for DC and Warner Bros. and is finishing up post-production on THE NUN, Wan's latest installment in THE CONJURING universe which is set to premiere on September 7, 2018. Wan's upcoming projects also include the horror movie THE CHILDREN, a feature reboot of Stephen King's THE TOMMYKNOCKERS, a SWAMP THING TV series, and THE CROOKED MAN and THE CONJURING 3 — two additional installments of THE CONJURING franchise. James Wan's Atomic Monster Productions and Amblin Entertainment will produce the ARACHNOPHOBIA remake with a writer and director to be set. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE NUN: When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together they uncover the order's unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of the same demonic nun that first terrorized audiences in THE CONJURING 2, as the abbey becomes a horrific battleground between the living and the damned. Witness the darkest chapter of THE CONJURING Universe, in theaters September 7.
** THE UNSEEN: A man, who years earlier mysteriously abandoned his family and isolated himself in a small northern town, returns for one last chance to reconnect with his troubled daughter. When she goes missing, he risks everything to find her, including exposing the fact that he is becoming invisible.
----- June 11, 2018 -----
** THE CHANGELING: Severin Films is releasing Peter Medak's film on Blu-ray with a new HD transfer created from a 4K scan of the inter-positive film element. Special Features:
- Audio Commentary With Director Peter Medak and Producer Joel B. Michaels Moderated By Severin Films' David Gregory
- The House On Cheesman Park: The Haunting True Story Of THE CHANGELING
- The Music Of THE CHANGELING: Interview With Music Arranger Kenneth Wannberg
- Building The House Of Horror: Interview With Art Director Reuben Freed
- The Psychotronic Tourist: THE CHANGELING
- Master of Horror Mick Garris On THE CHANGELING
- Poster & Still Gallery
- TV Spot
** DARKNESS REIGNS: A film crew is ravaged by a demon in the unique new horror film, premiering from Wild Eye Releasing on VOD 7/10/18. Genre icon Casper Van Dien (STARSHIP TROOPERS) plays himself in a clever spookfest from Emmy nominee Andrew P.Jones about a group of filmmakers shooting a movie in a reportedly haunted hotel that are faced with an unfathomable demonic force that possesses and attacks both the crew and the film's star, Casper Van Dien. Will the film's director be able to escape with the paranormal proof he has captured, or will he succumb to the hellish plans of the demon who has surfaced?
** THE BLDG FIVE STORIES OF HORROR: The first teaser of this upcoming horror anthology is now here, check it out!
** Jamie Lee Curtis talks HALLOWEEN: "How f***ing crazy is this?" is literally the first thing Jamie Lee Curtis said to ComingSoon.net in an onset interview. Even she can't believe that we're all here, forty years after they made the first movie, and they're making another one. She'd put the franchise behind her for the second time in her life, but the phone rang once again.
"I thought HALLOWEEN H20 was the correct thing to do at the time," Curtis says, referencing the "20 years later" sequel she starred in back in 1998. "I liked it, then I had to be in that other thing just to conclude the story and then I truly thought I would not return to this but life is sweet. I was on vacation in June when I got this phone call that David wanted to speak to me."
Curtis reveals director David Gordon Green tried to pitch her on the idea first but she insisted on seeing the script herself, recalling she thought it was a "clever, modern way of referencing HALLOWEEN."
"It's a very interesting take on the movie because it references HALLOWEEN 1 in every way it can," Curtis says. "Stylistically, characterologically, visually, emotionally, it follows very similar themes but it's its own movie so it's a very clever mash-up, to use a young people's word, of the first movie in a retelling like a direct sequel but it's fascinating. When you see what they've come up with you'll be like 'Wow,' because it's a very modern and yet very true movie." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Director David Gordon Green, co-writer Danny McBride and producer Malek Akkad recently talked with ComingSoon.net about the upcoming film. When asked about the previous sequels, reboot and such; "Anyone who's a fan of any of these films will find nice little Easter Eggs acknowledging our salute to the filmmakers that have preceded us in the stories and mythologies as they've unfolded," director David Gordon Green said. "For us, it was a clean slate type of opportunity, where if there was a little inspiration or mirror image of something it's very subtle in the movie because we want to start fresh for a new generation but with great appreciation for the previous."
"I feel like it's almost one of the things like Batman or something," McBride says. "You see these different artists take on these iconic characters so I think it's kind of cool to see what different filmmakers will do with a property that is so well known. I would rather have that approach to Michael Myers than everyone just continuing some storyline and just trying to regurgitate these things. I think it's more interesting to have someone like David or Rob Zombie, these filmmakers that just come and put their own stamp on it for better or worse. I think that's a more interesting way for a franchise to stay alive than to just continue to beat the same drum over and over again."
As for series producer Malek Akkad, who has been with the franchise since he was a child as his late father spearheaded the entire thing, the idea of scrapping films he previously worked on both hurts a little and is kind of a relie
"It does and it doesn't (hurt). First, a little bit, you're always wondering what the fans' reaction to that is going to be and to be honest, the franchise has taken a lot of left turns…There are so many arcs in there that you can never satisfy them all, and I think what David and Danny and Jeff (Fradley, co-writer) have done has really cracked it in a way that the fans are going to love. The fans are going to love all the homages they put in the film, there are just so many little Easter Eggs and you know, just kind of touches to the original."
Without the sequels though, the new film is free of one of the biggest moving parts of the series: the familial relationship between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. Removing the "twist" of making the pair related which gave "reason" to Myers' killing spree now takes the shackles off a piece of continuity that should never have been added in the first place, and as McBride notes, makes it all scary again.
"I was pushing for that removal right off the bat," McBride says. "I just felt like that was an area where he wasn't quite as scary anymore, it seemed too personalized. I wasn't as afraid of Michael Myers anymore because I'm not his f***ing brother so he's not coming after me. Also you've seen it, so wouldn't it be interesting just to see what would happen if it wasn't that, and what does that open up for us if it wasn't this random killing that has affected this character, so it just seemed like new territory to bite off."
"We were trying to come up with what our take would be and really just found an original path that more or less takes the first one as our reality," Green adds. "(That film) kind of sets the tone for our story or history and then we jumped forty years into the future and we see how the world today responds to, was affected by, how we meet our characters in a different phase of their life under the reality of this traumatic event and have to come to terms with some of these issues horrifically, in many circumstances, how that is relayed and that's kind of the fun of how we launch off." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- June 6, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's the new poster for the upcoming film.
** HALLOWEEN: USA Today released a great piece on the upcoming film. Classic horror villain Michael Myers returns in a new HALLOWEEN. Unfortunately for him, so does Laurie Strode. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her "final girl" role for the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter's original 1978 fright fest. But in director David Gordon Green's follow-up (in theaters Oct. 19), the tables have turned a bit: Laurie has been preparing for a rematch with the iconic knife-wielding masked psycho, and when he stalks her again in suburban Haddonfield, Ill., she's as ready for him as he is for her.
In the first film — the actress' Hollywood debut — "she was running for her life," says Curtis, 59. "In this case, she is well-matched, she is prepared, she is focused. She will be the one people are standing behind when that moment comes, because she's the one ready."
Produced by horror guru Jason Blum, the new HALLOWEEN brings back Laurie and Michael but also leans into pop culture's current fascination with true crime (see also: Making a Murderer, Serial). A British documentary crew comes to the States to visit Michael in prison for a retrospective of the maniac's night of terror — "Someone has to bring a modern audience into a 40-year old movie," Curtis says — but their project becomes way more interesting when Myers escapes custody, retrieves his signature mask and seeks revenge on Laurie, with others naturally being part of his impressive career body count along the way.
In the decades following the fateful Halloween night that forever altered the former babysitter's life, Laurie has armed and prepped herself for Michael's inevitable return — to the detriment of her family, including daughter Karen (Judy Greer) and granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak).
"We're being very honest and truthful about that, how it would affectthe upbringing of her daughter, who has a lot of conflicts because of her mother's obsession with this incident, and her granddaughter, who's trying to connect" with Laurie, Green says.
Her community is also a little wary of Laurie. "It becomes a little bit 'The British are coming!' and everybody just gets tired of it," Curtis says. "It's the girl who cried Michael, and they're all like, 'Oh, my God, Laurie, shut the (expletive) up.' And that's why I like where we find her."
As for Michael (Nick Castle, the original Michael, and James Jude Courtney split the role), nothing has changed too radically, though his new mask is a bit more weathered and reflective of the antagonist's "authentic evolution" over four decades, Green says. "He's the essence of evil, so we don't want to get too much into the specifics of what makes him tick. So much of what makes the boogeyman horrifying to me is the mystery and almost cat-like mannerisms and curiosity of this character."
The HALLOWEEN franchise spawned seven sequels — plus a two-movie reboot from Rob Zombie — but Green has essentially thrown out all those in favor of establishing a fresh mythology built on the original 1978 movie. (Carpenter also returns as executive producer and composer.) When Green studied the franchise as a whole, he says, "I started finding limitations instead of opportunity, and thinking, 'If there was a little bit of a clean slate to take it in a direction I selfishly as a huge Halloween fan wanted, where would I go?' "
That streamlining was one of the main reasons Curtis signed on to return, and she finds the follow-up to be "simple, clean, scary and excellent." She also remains hugely proud of her character and this horror show.
"I recognize that it will be my biggest contribution," Curtis says. "Despite writing books for children, all of my advocacy, all of my politics, all of my own personal journey, my legacy will be HALLOWEEN." (thanks to USAToday.com)
** THE HARVESTER: Horror Equity Fund Inc. (HEF) is excited to announce they will be bringing the acclaimed graphic novel series THE RISE OF THE HARVESTER by Steve McGinnis to the screen and beyond! HEF CEO Marlon Schulman believes that the series has great franchise potential, and will be a "great ride for horror fans" throughout the world. HEF CCO and screenwriter Brian Herskowitz has penned THE HARVESTER screenplay which artfully deepens and expands the series.
McGinnis started illustrating at a young age where signs of his horror potential showed up even then. In the spring of 2012 Steve was commissioned to paint some images and posters for the Niagara Falls Comic-Con to honor the 1974 cast of the TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. The resulting TCM print was much beloved by the cast and crew and led to Steve being asked to do the same for NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. The masterfully illustrated graphic novels – RISE OF THE HARVESTER Book One and RISE OF THE HARVESTER Con of the Dead were released by SST to critical acclaim.
"Turning graphic novels from print art to a proper screenplay that flows can be tricky, but they did it seamlessly with respect to the original story. I am very pleased and excited to be collaborating with Horror Equity Fund on The Harvester Franchise. I foresee a very successful partnership between us while creating a new Slasher icon." Steve McGinnis.
"Steve's artwork is known throughout the Horror community and we are thrilled to be working with him. THE HARVESTER is poised to set a new standard for cinematic mayhem and destined to become a Horror Classic." HEF Team. HEF's mission is to establish the company as the premier destination for investors, fans, and content creators to join forces in making profitable horror properties in film, TV, gaming, live events and publishing. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** SATANIC PANIC: Fangoria has optioned SATANIC PANIC a spec from author and consumate gentleman Grady Hendrix. The author of Horrorstor, My Best Friend's Exorcism and Paperbacks From Hell, Hendrix wrote the spec with his MOHAWK co-writer Ted Geoghegan many blood moons before they collaborated on Geoghegan's latest film.
It's an After Hours-esque dark comedy in a supernatural setting. A pizza delivery girl at the end of her financial rope has to fight for her life — and her tips — when her last order of the night turns out to be high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- June 5, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake trailer: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up. SUSPIRIA arrives in theaters November 2. From director Luca Guadagnino. Starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Jessica Harper and Chloe Grace Moretz.
** LET THE CORPSE TAN: The classic giallo gets a modern update in Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzan's stylish homage to classic 1970s European crime thrillers with their hard violence and stylised shot composition.
The story is set on the Mediterranean coast at the height of summer and follows a gang hiding out in an abandoned Mediterranean seaside cliff ruin with 250 kgs of stolen gold. Along with dealing with a hypersexual female artist searching for inspiration who lives in the ruins, they must deal with surprise guests and two cops potentially compromising their plan.
The film is fairly unique in one way – no sound was recorded on set with the entire auditory landscape created over months in foley studios. The film kicks off a platform rollout in New York and Los Angeles on August 31st and the U.S. trailer for it has just been released. (thanks to DarkHoeizons.com)
** THE MIMIC: Following the acclaim for his first feature film HIDE AND SEEK, writer/director Huh Jung returns to the genre that made him famous with his sophomore horror-thriller THE MIMIC, generating terror on digital and Blu-ray June 12 from Well Go USA Entertainment.
Based on the mythological take "Tiger of Mt. Jang," where a legendary ghost that mimics humans, a woman takes in a lost girl she finds near the mysterious Mt. Jang and mystifying things begin to happen to her frightened family. THE MIMIC stars Yum Jung-Ah (TELL ME SOMETHING), Park Hyuk-Kwon (A TAXI DRIVER), Shin Rin-Ah (ODE TO MY FATHER), Heo Jin (THE WAILING), Kil Hae-Yeon (MISSING) and Lee Yool (HELLO MURDERER).
A classic Korean ghost story gets a horrifying new spin in THE MIMIC, as the mother of a missing child takes in a lost girl she finds in the woods and soon begins to wonder if she is even human.
** THE LIGHTHOUSE: Inspired by a terrifying true story, tells of two men trapped in an isolated lighthouse, surrounded by the deadly Irish sea, with both their minds ultimately pushed to the limits. Directed by Chris Crow, and nominated for five BAFTA awards including Best Director and Best Actor, winning Best Visual Effects, THE LIGHTHOUSE opens in select theaters July 6 and VOD July 10.
----- June 4, 2018 -----
** A QUIET PLACE: The box office hit debuts on Digital June 26, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD July 10 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The A QUIET PLACE Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese 5.1 Dolby Audio, and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The DVD in the Combo Pack is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 televisions with English 5.1 Dolby Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Audio, Portuguese Dolby Audio and English Audio Description and English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese subtitles. The Combo Pack includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as the following:
- Feature film in high definition
- Bonus Content:
- Creating the Quiet – Behind the Scenes of A QUIET PLACE
- The Sound of Darkness – Editing Sound for A QUIET PLACE
- A Reason for Silence – The Visual Effects of A QUIET PLACE
- Feature film in standard definition
** Alexandre Aja's CRAWL: The Hollywood Reporter has brings word that 26-year-old English actress Kaya Scodelario (THE MAZE RUNNER) has entered negotiations to star in the upcoming low-budget horror film for Paramount Pictures.
Helmed by Alexandre Aja, the man behind HAUTE TENSION, the film will follow a young woman in Florida trying to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, only to find herself trapped in a flooded house and fighting for her life against alligators. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SLENDER MAN: Distribution rights for the upcoming horror film are on the block following producers heated disagreements with Sony Pictures over its planned release. Basically Sony is pushing it as a low-budget, Blumhouse-esque release. Producers, however, are much more confident and want a wider release and bigger marketing push – and Sony is not willing to spend more on it.
So the producers have triggered a clause in their contract which allows them to solicit higher offers and have shown the film to several other studios and streaming giants. However, it is said those companies are also sceptical about the nearly completed picture's commercial potential.
This comes after Sony has already debuted a trailer and released posters and promotional images. The head of Sony's Screen Gems division wants to release the film, but the studio is also concerned about social media backlash. Joey King, Jaz Sinclair, and Julia Goldani Telles star in the film which presently remains set for an August 24th opening. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's some new posters for the upcoming film.
----- May 31, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: A month after its premiere at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the much talked about first trailer for the new HALLOWEEN looks set to be finally debuting online soon. David Gordon Green helms and co-wrote the new film with Danny McBride with the movie bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and original director John Carpenter to consult and provide the score. The film's Jason Blum has now taken to Twitter to confirm the trailer is going online in early June:
"I want to assure #Halloween fans that we hear you. We have read your comments. And I can assure you that early June will be a happy time for you or perhaps I should say for most of you."
This matches with a source in Australia which indicates the trailer will be launched online either this coming week or early next – either way it seems to be hitting sooner rather than later. The movie itself is slated to open in October. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** VOODOO: The upcoming film tells the story of an innocent southern girl, Dani, vacationing in Los Angeles to evade her increasingly complicated life. Once Dani arrives in Los Angeles, she learns that trying to escape her past is not as easy as she had hoped.
Samantha Stewart, Dominic Matteucci, Ruth Reynolds, Daniel Kozul, Ron Jeremy, and Lavelle Roby star in VOODOO, making its long-awaited DVD debut this September.
----- May 28, 2018 -----
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD: Lionsgate is proud to announce the third and final season of ASH VS EVIL DEAD, starring Bruce Campbell, arriving on Digital May 25 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD August 21. Ash, who – having gone from urban legend to hometown hero – discovers that he has a daughter. And, when Kelly witnesses a massacre with Ruby's fingerprints all over it, she returns to warn Ash and Pablo.
** THE LAST SHARKNADO IT'S ABOUT TIME: Our hero Fin (Ian Ziering) has battled sharks all over the globe, but in this last installment he will tackle the final shark-tier — time travel. In the ending moments of SHARKNADO 5: GLOBAL SWARMING, Fin was seen wandering alone on Earth after it was destroyed. Now he must travel back in time to stop the Sharknado that started it all. Will Fin and the gang be able to set everything right and save the world once and for all? A production of The Asylum, THE LAST SHARKNADO: IT'S ABOUT TIME is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, based on an original screenplay by Scotty Mullen.
** IT CAME FROM THE DESERT: A pulpy monster movie inspired by the cult classic 1980s video game IT CAME FROM THE DESERT, featuring rival motocross heroes and heroines, kegger parties in the desert, secret underground military bases...and of course giant ants!
----- May 23, 2018 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: The first photos from the set of Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL are out showcasing actors Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley, Sid Haig and Jeff Daniel Phillips in this third film in the 'Firefly Family' trilogy following HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS.
Zombie and Moseley will reprise their roles as Vera-Ellen 'Baby' Firefly and Otis Driftwood, with Sid Haig also returning as the iconic Captain Spaulding. Jeff Daniel Phillips will play Warden Virgil Dallas Harper. Danny Trejo, Clint Howard, Richard Brake, Dee Wallace and Austin Stoker also have roles in the film which has fans questioning how the trio at the heart of the film will survive following their deaths at the end of THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DOWN A DARK HALL: The upcoming film follows Kit, a difficult young girl sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School run by eccentric headmistress Madame Duret. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal. The film debuts in theaters, On Demand, and on iTunes August 17th!
** Universal Dark Universe: Universal's seemingly collapsed Dark Universe initiative – a linked monster movie cinematic universe – may still have some life left in it. Artist Robert Vargas posted on his Instagram account that he had a meeting with some of the folks at Universal who are in charge of what's left of the Dark Universe. They reportedly want Vargas to do some artwork for them related to 'monster things'.
Screenwriter Ed Solomon previously said the studio was reconfiguring their plans for the franchise moving forward. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LAKE VAMPIRE: This dark Venezuelan thriller was inspired by the real-life case of Zacarias Ortega, a serial killer who drank the blood of his victims. In 1975, when Ortega was captured and detained, he confessed he committed all his crimes to honor an alleged pact with the Devil, who made him immortal.
THE LAKE VAMPIRE follows author Ernesto Navarro (Sócrates Serrano), who tracks this mysterious blood-drinking serial killer (Eduardo Gulino), and as he becomes embroiled in the case, his obsession drives him toward the darkest of human nature.
----- May 17, 2018 -----
** ZOMBIELAND 2: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the screenwriting duo behind 2009's comedy horror hit ZOMBIELAND, told Vulture that they are hoping for an October 2019 release date for ZOMBIELAND 2, the highly-anticipated sequel that has taken some time getting off the ground. Reese and Wernick also confirmed that the original Zombieland cast will be returning.
Wernick commented: "We're going on the tenth anniversary of ZOMBIELAND. ZOMBIELAND came out October of 2009. We don't know what you get someone for their tenth anniversary, but it may be a ZOMBIELAND 2… The hope is that we're shooting that thing early 2019 for an October '19 release. With the original cast, by the way."
"We are sitting on information that we can't entirely share at this moment, but we can just say we think fans of ZOMBIELAND who have been hoping for a ZOMBIELAND 2, that we will grant their wish very, very soon," the writer added.
Set in a zombie post-apocalypse and filtered through a darkly comic lens, the original ZOMBIELAND hit theaters in 2009 and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as survivors attempting to outlast the living dead. The movie earned $102.4 million worldwide off a $23.6 million budget. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Umbrella Entertainment update: Umbrella Entertainment is excited to share the upcoming slate of releases from our BEYOND GENRES: WOLRDS ON FILM collector Blu-Ray range. After the release of Volume 3: Stuart Gordon's DAGON in July, we will be unleashing the following titles in 2018:
Newly restored from a 4K scan, Russell Mulcahy's outback animal rampage is unleashed in a brand new edition with newly commissioned special features!
SPIRITS OF THE AIR, GREMLINS OF THE CLOUDS
The debut feature from director Alex Proyas (DARK CITY, THE CROW), this post-apocalyptic vision arrives newly re-mastered from a 2K scan on Blu-Ray for the first time in the world.
NEXT OF KIN
"It literally is a horror film quite unlike any other … It has a very, very unique tone and the closest equivalent to this tone is THE SHINNING," - Quentin Tarantino. Tony Williams' unsettling horror tale set in a remote retirement home hits Blu-Ray newly remastered from a 4K scan and for the first time worldwide.
----- May 16, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Amazon Studios has released the first photos for their upcoming big screen remake of SUSPIRIA and announced that the new film will officially debut in theaters on November 2nd.
The studio has also released an updated version of the film's synopsis, which reads as follows: "As a darkness builds at the center of a world-renown dance company, its artistic director, a young American new to the troupe, and a grieving psychotherapist become entangled in a bloody, sighing nightmare." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BETWEEN WORLDS: Saban Films has announced they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to writer/director Maria Pulera's BETWEEN WORLDS, which stars Nicolas Cage, Penelope Mitchell, Franka Potente, and Hopper Penn. Eric Banoun and David Hillary produced alongside Pulera via their company Rise Up, LLC.
BETWEEN WORLDS follows Joe (Cage), a down-on-his-luck truck driver haunted by the memory of his deceased wife and child. He meets Julie (Potente) a spiritually gifted woman who enlists Joe in a desperate effort to find the lost soul of her comatose daughter, Billie (Mitchell). But the spirit of Joe's dead wife Mary proves stronger, possessing the young woman's body and determined to settle her unfinished business with the living. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SEQUENCE BREAK: A reclusive video arcade repairman (Chase Williamson) experiences bizarre biomechanical mutations and Cronenbergian hallucinations when a mysterious new arcade machine appears in his shop. Reality itself threatens to fracture as the young man works to solve its mystery - and overcome the new chaos that has entered his life.
----- May 15, 2018 -----
** Gaspar Noé's CLIMAX: Controversial director Gaspar Noé pushes the limits with all his films. This year he returns with CLIMAX, a new film shot over just two weeks and which just premiered at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes to reviews which dub it his "most focused achievement" and arguably his best work to date.
Set in the mid-1990s, the story follows twenty urban dancers engaged in a three-day rehearsal in a closed-down boarding school surrounded by forest. They decide to celebrate with one last party around a large sangria bowl when the atmosphere becomes charged and a strange madness will seize them the whole night. They succumb to their neuroses and psychoses on the way.
** Lars von Trier's THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: Filmmaker Lars von Trier, the man behind ANTICHRIST, has previously said his new film will be his most brutal film to date. Now, just as the film is debuting at Cannes, the film's first official trailer has gone online and boasts a lot of strong violence and gore. Matt Dillon stars as the titular Jack as we watch him develop into a serial killer.
The story follows him through five important killings and provides glimpses into his troubling coming-of-age experience. Uma Thurman and Riley Keough also star in the film which hits U.S. cinemas this Fall.
** HEREDITARY: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell. Written and directed by Ari Aster and produced by Lars Knudsen and Kevin Frakes, HEREDITARY is getting a wide release on June 8, 2018.
** F.E.A.R live action adaptation: Machinima, a division of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, announced a development deal with Greg Russo, the screenwriter of two highly-anticipated feature films based on iconic video game franchises: the forthcoming MORTAL KOMBAT from New Line Cinema and Screen Gems' RESIDENT EVIL.
Russo's initial project for Machinima will be a live-action adaptation based on Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's survival horror game F.E.A.R. (aka First Encounter Assault Recon) for online distribution. The deal was announced by Machinima General Manager Russell Arons as part of the company's ongoing commitment to working with elite talent to deliver premium content through Machinima Studios, the company's development unit. Under the pact, Russo will work closely with the Machinima Studios team to create and develop original premium programming for outside buyers.
"Greg is an inspired screenwriter who clearly loves gaming," said Arons. "To be able to bring his talents to Machinima Studios provides us an amazing opportunity to tackle action-packed series that are certain to appeal to our legions of millennial gamers and fans around the world."
"As a lifelong gamer, it's an absolute honor to partner with Machinima, the preeminent provider of digital content to gamers worldwide," said Russo. "F.E.A.R. holds a special place in my heart. I'm excited to bring my personal passion to this and future projects and can't wait to see where our partnership goes from here." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- May 14, 2018 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: Constantin Films is still working on their RESIDENT EVIL reboot, and Martin Moszkowicz added that one option they are looking at is a TV series. "For us, the main thing is to get it right creatively so people don't think it's more of the same. That's what it's all about these days, a fresh, different approach," he said. He also confirmed that Anderson will not return to direct. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Although they finished shooting back in February, the crew of the upcoming HALLOWEEN movie will be returning to Charleston, South Carolina to film a little more.
The film is reportedly going back to tweak the ending following a test screening shrouded in mystery, and while that might fuel doubt in some fans, there should be no concerns, as this has happened with many other films, including other releases from Blumhouse Productions, which is behind the eleventh installment in the long-standing horror franchise. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** RABID remake: Laura Vandervoort (JIGSAW) has been cast as the lead for RABID. The film is a remake of David Cronenberg's film of the same name released in 1977. The remake will be directed by the Soska Sisters.
RABID is written by Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska and John Serge, and led by the twin sister horror-movie directors that established a huge following with the 2012 slasher film AMERICAN MARY. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TREMORS TV series: We recently learned that Syfy had dropped plans for a TV series based on the films starring Kevin Bacon. The pilot for the series was directed by Vincenzo Natali, director of CUBE, and scripted by Andrew Miller. Here's the trailer!
** SUSPIRIA remake: Variety has reported that Italian distribution company Videa has picked up the rights to the movie to see it released in theaters. Videa holds most international rights to Argento's 1977 Italian horror classic. They co-produced the SUSPIRIA reimagining with Amazon and Guadagnino's own Frenesy Films shingle and have subsequently boarded as a distributor. Videa is planning a fall Italian release in tandem with Amazon's U.S. theatrical outing of Guadagnino's follow-up to CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, which has a starry cast toplining Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.
The movie is already getting a lot of buzz with original star Jessica Harper, who does play a role in this remake, saying on her facebook (via IndieWire) that it was brilliant.
I have seen this movie–the most brilliantly scary film I have ever seen. [Director] Luca [Guadagnino]'s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME does not prepare you for it, but throws into relief the director's brilliance and versatility. (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
** MIDSOMMER: Following its superb debut at Sundance, HEREDITARY director Ari Aster is re-teaming with A24 for his next horror film MIDSOMMER. Aster has written the script and will direct the story which centers on a young woman, already dealing with the death of her parents, who joins her boyfriend and his friends on a trip to Sweden. The group specifically head for a remote town with unique midsummer traditions, and things quickly go south from there. Filming aims to begin late summer or early fall. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- May 9, 2018 -----
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: In the wake of the major success of the horror film A QUIET PLACE, the nearly immediate announcement of a sequel by Paramount Pictures came as little surprise. Even so, the film's star and writer/director John Krasinski has revealed to Deadline web site he didn't expect such a response to his first horror film, one that he made as a stand-alone piece:
"It's only a short while since the movie came out, but already people are saying, 'We want to live in this world more,' which is really interesting. I'm surprised people aren't like, 'Nah, we know what this is, and we just want to leave it as it is.' To be perfectly honest, it was never really on my mind while we were making it. I never really thought of it as an expanded world; I always thought of it as a one-off.
Krasinski has not yet confirmed he will helm the next installment, but does discuss what he'd like to see in a sequel: "The thing that I loved in the movie, where my mind kept wandering as we were making it, was the question of who was on the other end of those fires, when the father lights the fire and in the distance those other fires light up. How did those people survive? How did that old man survive?
In the extreme these characters are going through, there's no room to think about that. They're there, there's an old man who's about to scream, they just have to deal with that. I think it would be interesting to see what's going on elsewhere at this same time."
** GONJIAM HAUNTED ASYLUM: Here's the trailer for the upcoming Korean horror film
** GREAT WHITE: Altitude Film Sales (47 METERS DOWN) is selling the Aussie shark thriller GREAT WHITE at Cannes this week and have revealed the first poster. Currently in pre-production ahead of a shoot later this year, Martin Wilson helms the film which follows how a tourist trip quickly turns into a nightmare when five passengers on a seaplane become stranded miles from shore.
In a desperate bid for survival, the group try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by the man-eating sharks lurking just beneath the surface. Michael Boughen penned the script. The film is produced by Michael Robertson and Neal Kingston who have made names for themselves producing Australian horror films over the past decade. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SHHHH: If you've ever wanted to kill someone talking or texting near you in a theater, this is the film for you! Harris (James Henderson) and his mother love the movies, but sometimes other audience members spoil things; when disruptive film-goers start dropping like flies, Harris finds himself confronting his past and questioning his sanity. This slasher comedy with an '80s vibe includes such familiar faces as Austin Stoker (ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13), Kitten Natividad (BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE ULTRA-VIXENS) and Troma Entertainment co-founder Lloyd Kaufman.
----- May 8, 2018 -----
** PET SEMETARY remake: Entertainment Weekly reports that Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner John Lithgow has joined the remake of Stephen King's PET SEMETARY as Jud Crandall. The role was previously played by the late Fred Gwynne in the 1989 adaptation of the book. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LOVECRAFT COUNTRY: Wunmi Mosaku, Jonathan Majors and Jurnee Smollett-Bell star in HBO's LOVECRAFT COUNTRY from Jordan Peele, J.J. Abrams, Misha Green and Warner Bros Television.
The story follows Atticus Black (Majors) as he joins up with his friend Letitia (Smollett-Bell) and his Uncle George to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America in search of his missing father. Thus begins a struggle to survive and overcome both the racist terrors of white America and the terrifying monsters that could be ripped from a Lovecraft paperback. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MONOCHROME: Thomas Lawes' film premieres on VOD and DVD this June from Gravitas Ventures. Starring BAFTA winner James Cosmo (TV's GAME OF THRONES), the killer-thriller focuses on a disillusioned young woman who becomes a serial killer targeting wealthy land-owners, forcing a brilliant detective to use his unusual neurological condition to track her down.
** THE NURSERY: From filmmakers Christopher A. Micklos and Jay Sapiro comes the story of a young woman whose run-of-the-mill Saturday night quickly turns into a confrontation with unspeakable horror! When Ranae, a college student babysits for a family with a tragic history, she finds herself stalked by a sinister presence and haunted by ghosts from her own past. Soon, she and her friends must confront the angry, evil spirit hunting them down one-by-one on a deliberate march towards its ultimate prey.
Emmaline Friederichs, Madeline Conway, and Carly Rae James Sauer star in the spookfest of the Summer THE NURSERY, available on VOD June 5 and on DVD August 7 from Uncork'd Entertainment.
----- May 3rd, 2018 -----
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 2: While it's been inevitable that Blumhouse would go forward with HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 after the first installment raked in close to $123M worldwide, casting is in place for a production start on May 10. Jessica Rothe is returning for the Christopher Landon-directed sequel as well as Israel Broussard.
Landon has reportedly said that the sequel will answer questions about the first installment's endless time loop. Rothe also mentioned that HAPPY DEATH DAY 2 will pick up where the first film left off in a "BACK TO THE FUTURE-like style." (thanks to Deadline.com)
** CRAWL for Alexandre Aja: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Paramount has tapped filmmaker Alexandre Aja to direct CRAWL, described as a self-contained (and low budget) thriller.
THR notes the film's script centers on a young woman who, while struggling to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped inside a flooding house, fighting for her life against Florida's most savage and feared predators (an alligator). Brothers Shawn and Michael Rasmussen (THE WARD) penned the original draft of the script which has since been re-written by Aja. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CANARIES: Ahead of the Marche du Film in Cannes (8th-17th May 2018), genre sales specialists Devilworks has revealed the first title in their Cannes lineup.
UK sci fi horror comedy CANARIES from Welsh writer/director Peter Stray is about a group of friends at a New Year's Eve bash in the Welsh Valley, who must fight against an invasion force of time travelling aliens.
** DOWNRANGE: Here's a new poster for the just released film from the director of VERSUS and MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, Ryuhei Kitamura. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)