It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- March 31, 2020 -----
** FANTASY ISLAND: The remake will be coming to disc on May 12th with deleted scenes and an unrated edition, the latter of which will include an optional commentary with director Jeff Wadlow and cast. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRAHMS THE BOY II: STX Films and Lakeshore Entertainment have announced that the Katie Holmes-led film is coming to Digital HD early and will be available at the lower price of $9.99 on April 3rd. That film made $20 million from its $10 million budget at the box-office before the shutdown. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS: Just over a month after landing the beautiful Margaret Qualley to lead the psychological horror film, Scott Cooper's A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS has been acquired by STXfilms in a seven-figure deal. The film, which is being rewritten and directed by Cooper, follows Meredith "Merry" Barrett, a 23-year-old woman who recounts to a journalist the horrifying events that saw her family publicly torn apart 20 years ago by her sister's bizarre actions that blur the lines between schizophrenia and demonic possession. It's based on the 2015 novel of the same by Paul Tremblay, which won the Bram Stoker Award for Novel the same year. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** EVIL LITTLE THINGS: A young boy finds a mystical toymaker with stories to tell. The first is of a leprechaun seeking revenge on a defenseless family. The second is of a doll who works evil on her fragile owner. The toymaker gives the boy a clown named Giggles. Clowns are supposed to be the guardians of happiness, right? These Evil Little Things will cause you many sleepless nights.
----- March 30, 2020 -----
** Severin Films: On May 26, Severin Films is releasing a hat trick of seminal international horrors: Italian Giallo maestro Sergio Martino's masterpieceTHE STRANGE VICE OF MRS. WARDH with giallo queen Edwige Fenech, the original Indonesian haunting masterpiece SATAN'S SLAVE, and long thought lost German mind melter HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND are all making their glorious high definition US disc debuts packed with bonus features! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** POSSESSOR: Neon has picked up Brandon Cronenberg's POSSESSOR which scored rave reviews at Sundance earlier this year. Andrea Riseborough stars as a corporate agent who works for a "secretive organization using brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies and commit assassinations for high-paying clients. No release date has yet been set. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SAINT MAUD: A few weeks ahead of the highly-anticipated psychological horror's wide release, A24 has chosen to indefinitely delay the theatrical debut of SAINT MAUDamidst global theater shutdowns. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A NUN'S CURSE: On a weekend trip, a group of friends are forced to seek shelter inside an abandoned prison where a nun named Sister Monday had once been assigned. During her time at the prison, Sister Monday was suspected of killing prisoners who were serving out their sentences but before she could be questioned, she disappeared. Once inside the prison, they will learn the terrifying truth.
----- March 25, 2020 -----
** R.I.P. Stuart Gordon: Cult filmmaker Stuart Gordon has passed away at the age of 72. A cause of death has not yet been attributed. Gordon is best known for his work in horror, helming such classics as the H.P. Lovecraft adaptations RE-ANIMATOR and FROM BEYOND. He is survived by his wife, daughters Suzanna, Jillian and Margaret Gordon, four grandchildren and his brother, David George Gordon. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD: With just under three weeks left until the planned season 10 finale of THE WALKING DEAD, AMC has taken to the hit show's Twitter account to break the news to fans that due to concerns of the global coronavirus outbreak, post-production on the season finale can not be completed and therefore will need to wrap the season early with plans to air the finale at a later date. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SOME KIND OF HATE: Relentless bullying has turned Lincoln's life into a nightmare. But he soon learns the true meaning of terror when he is sent to a remote school for troubled teens and the harassments start all over again. Only this time, someone is watching – a teenage girl named Moira who was driven to suicide by vicious bullying years ago. When Lincoln accidentally summons Moira from the grave, he unleashes a vengeful and unstoppable force on a mission of blood-soaked revenge.
** POWERBOMB: An indie horror thriller that was independently financed. Directed by B.J. Colangelo and R. Zachary Shildwachter, the film focuses on an amateur wrestling circuit, in which one fan wants to be part of the action. But, this fan takes things too far when he kidnaps and tortures one of his idols. Now, reality must face fantasy - in a true test of wills. Indican Pictures will release this exciting feature this April 14th, 2020.
----- March 24, 2020 -----
** ABOMINABLE: A research team embarks on a journey to obtain a plant that can advance medical research by centuries. While stumbling upon clues of the previous expedition, they discover that a Yeti creature lurks within the Himalayan mountains and will do anything to protect its terrain. On DVD and Digital April 14 from Uncork'd Entertainment.
** THE PERISHED: THe film tells the story of a young Irish woman named Sarah Dekker (award-winning actress, Courtney McKeon) who finds herself dealing with an unwanted pregnancy, her subsequent abortion, and the consequences of a judgemental society. It will be coming out on April 7th in North America through US distribution company The Horror Collective.
** SLAUGHTERHOUSE SLUMBER PARTY: What started as the debauched annual slumber party for a tight knit group of gal pals becomes a fight for their lives when supernatural evil threatens to destroy the world–and even worse, ruin the one night of the year the ladies get to have a nude pillow fight. Trapped by magic, surrounded by evil, and very underdressed, will they survive the night? Or will this slumber party become a slaughterhouse?
----- March 23, 2020 -----
** THE PLATFORM: Inside a vertical prison system, inmates are assigned to a level and forced to ration food from a platform that moves between the floors. Directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, this is a twisted social allegory about mankind at its darkest and hungriest.
** THE WALKING DEAD WORLD BEYOND: AMC has announced that they are postponing the premiere of their new spinoff series. Originally set to launch on Sunday, April 12, the first season had already finished filming, with only a few episodes remaining in post-production. The show was pushed to an indefinite date later this year due to the current COVID-19 fallout, which has resulted in post-production pipelines being delayed and crucial ad buys pulled. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS: The film follows a group of friends heading to a heavy metal concert in the Midwest. Along the way, they meet a trio of seemingly fun-loving guys and eventually head off to a secluded country home for an afterparty. What should be a night of fun and youthful debauchery may instead take a dark, deadly turn. With killers on the loose, can anyone be trusted?
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN sequel PENINSULA: Some new photos are out from the $16 million follow-up to 2016's international hit zombie action feature TRAIN TO BUSAIN. Korean director Yeon Sang-ho returns for the film which is set in the same universe, but it doesn't continue the story and has different characters.
The story takes place four years after the first film. Government authority has been decimated and there is nothing left except the geographical traits of the location. Gang Dong-won stars as a former soldier who previously managed to escape the now zombie-infested wasteland of the Korean peninsula. Now he's been sent back with a crew on a mission to retrieve something and discovers there are more non-infected survivors still alive. Lee Jung-hyun, Lee Re, Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-jae, Koo Kyo-hwan and Lee Ye Won co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 19, 2020 -----
** ZOMBIE and MANIAC on 4K UHD Blu-ray: Blue Underground is proud to present critically acclaimed restorations of ZOMBIE and MANIAC in true 4K Ultra High Definition with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix, bursting at the seams with hours of new and archival extras.
"We put a lot of time and work into restoring films like MANIAC and ZOMBIE," said William Lustig, President of Blue Underground. " We're thrilled that fans can now view them at home in true 4K Ultra HD, with Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range and new Dolby Atmos audio mixes."
Disc 1 (4K UHD Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:
- Audio Commentary #1 with Troy Howarth, Author of Splintered Visions: Lucio Fulci and His Films
- Audio Commentary #2 with Star Ian McCulloch and Diabolik Magazine Editor Jason J. Slater
- When The Earth Spits Out The Dead - Interview with Stephen Thrower, Author of Beyond Terror: The Films of Lucio Fulci
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Guillermo del Toro Intro
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:
- Zombie Wasteland - Interviews with Stars Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson & Al Cliver, and Actor/Stuntman Ottaviano Dell'Acqua
- Flesh Eaters on Film - Interview with Co-Producer Fabrizio De Angelis
- Deadtime Stories - Interviews with Co-Writers Elisa Briganti and (Uncredited) Dardano Sacchetti
- World of the Dead - Interviews with Cinematographer Sergio Salvati and Production & Costume Designer Walter Patriarca
- Zombi Italiano - Interviews with Special Make-Up Effects Artists Gianetto De Rossi & Maurizio Trani and Special Effects Artist Gino De Rossi
- Notes on a Headstone - Interview with Composer Fabio Frizzi
- All in the Family - Interview with Antonella Fulci
- Zombie Lover - Award-Winning Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro talks about one of his favorite films
Disc 1 (4K UHD Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras:
- Audio Commentary #1 with Producer/Director William Lustig and Producer Andrew Garroni
- Audio Commentary #2 with Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell's Assistant Luke Walter
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:
- MANIAC Outtakes
- Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig
- Anna and the Killer - Interview with Star Caroline Munro
- The Death Dealer - Interview with Special Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Savini
- Dark Notes - Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway
- Maniac Men - Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky
- The Joe Spinell Story
- Mr. Robbie: Maniac 2 Promo Reel
- MANIAC Publicity
- MANIAC Controversy
** FREDDY VS JASON sequel: Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, the writers of the classic 2003 blood fest, wants a sequel (via Twitter); "We still want to get it made! We would always love to do another one," the duo tweeted. "But it's always good to get fresh eyes on the material, no? We've had our day. We've written for Jason more than any other writer, I think. Let someone new come in and give it fresh blood!"
** REFLECTIONS ON THE LIVING DEAD: Tempe Digital announces the May 26 release of vintage zombie documentary on Blu-ray and DVD, with the music score released separately May 22 on soundtrack CD, digital download, and streaming providers.
Originally released in 1993 as NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD 25th Anniversary Documentary, the new Blu-ray and DVD editions have been fully remastered from the original standard-definition source material, updated with an interview with actress Judith O'Dea ("Barbara") and stunning new cover art by Alex Sarabia and Carlo Chable.
Tempe Entertainment is proud to present a feature-length documentary on the making of the horror classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, produced with the cooperation of the film's producers, Image Ten. Gathered together for the first time in twenty-five years are director George A. Romero, co-writer John A. Russo, and producers Russell W. Streiner and Karl Hardman, who come together for a once-in-a-lifetime roundtable discussion on the making of the film and its impact in the decades since first release. Supplementing this material are interviews with Hardman and partner Marilyn Eastman on the film's unique makeup, music and sound effects, plus celebrity filmmakers Wes Craven, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, Sam Raimi, and others who were inspired by this legendary classic.
The new Blu-ray release takes advantage of higher-bitrate H.264 video encoding and (for feature only) DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo sound. Rather than consume disc space by upscaling the original standard-definition source material, this release adds vintage and new bonus features including audio commentary and the complete, unedited 101-minute roundtable for the first time ever.
** New horror for Artsploitation Films: Artsploitation Films has announced the acquisition of two new genre films: THE DEAD ONES, an American Indie horror directed by Jeremy Kasten and the award-winning sci/fi-horror DEAD DICKS. Both will be released later this summer on DVD/Blu-ray and VOD/Streaming.
----- March 18, 2020 -----
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: Lionsgate has delayed the release of Chris Rock's new SAW franchise film of May 15th with no new date announced.
** IN THE TRAP: A secluded man who's convinced an evil force wants to take possession of his soul has his beliefs tested after an alluring woman enters his life.
** 1BR: After leaving behind a painful past, Sarah scores the perfect Hollywood apartment only to discover that her surprisingly welcoming neighbors may harbor a dangerous secret.
----- March 17, 2020 -----
** FINAL DESTINATION reboot: Franchise creator Jeffrey Reddick and producer Craig Perry have revealed details on the new film. Reddick feels that describing the next installment as a reboot "is probably too strong of a word," as it gives the connotation that the filmmakers are "going to change everything," but assures that it's definitely a FINAL DESTINATION movie.
"The concept behind it is unique," Reddick describes. "Craig is the master of coming up with crazy openings and set pieces. He's told me a couple of things that happen in this one and it's going to be a lot of fun. It's not going to feel like a cash-grab FINAL DESTINATION film."
Perry revealed that the film is going to toy with being set in the world of first responders, including EMTs, firemen and police, those who "deal with death on the front lines every day and make choices that can cause people to live or die," as well as teasing that audiences will never "look at a revolving door in the same way again."
"We rely on their good judgment, expertise and calm demeanor," Perry said. "So why not put those people in the nightmare situation where every choice can bring about life and death — but now for themselves? We're thinking that world might be an interesting way into a FINAL DESTINATION movie, and one which can also generate unique set pieces in a very credible way." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BEHIND YOU: Two young sisters, sent to live with their estranged Aunt, find that all the mirrors in her house are covered or hidden. When one of the sisters happens upon a mirror in the basement, she unknowingly releases a malicious demon that had haunted her mother and aunt years ago.
** 50 STATES OF FRIGHT: From Executive Producer Sam Raimi. Coming in April. Only on Quibi.
** MIDNIGHT MASS: After ABC and WarnerMedia announced the halting of production on numerous series, Mike Flanagan (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE) took to Twitter to reveal that not only has Netflix delayed production on his upcoming horror series MIDNIGHT MASS, but also on all other scripted productions at the streaming service amidst global concerns of the coronavirus. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- March 16, 2020 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13TH 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook: Revisit one of the most influential horror movies of all time with the 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook of FRIDAY THE 13TH, debuting on May 5, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Originally released on May 9, 1980, FRIDAY THE 13TH captured audiences' imaginations and permeated our collective psyche. The film spawned one of the longest-running and most successful horror franchises in film history with 11 subsequent movies and, 40 years later, the iconic machete-wielding killer continues to haunt, fascinate and terrify new generations.
The FRIDAY THE 13TH Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook features artwork from the original movie poster and includes the uncut, unrated version of the film, as well as access to a digital copy of the original theatrical version. Plus, plunge deeper into the film with previously released bonus content including commentary, interviews with cast and crew, and behind-the-scenes featurettes. FRIDAY THE 13TH follows a group of young counselors preparing for the reopening of Camp Crystal Lake, where a boy drowned years earlier. One by one, the counselors are stalked by a mysterious and violent killer. The film stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, and Kevin Bacon.
** SCREAM reboot: The READY OR NOT directing team of Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, aka. Radio Silence, have reportedly been hired to helm the SCREAM film franchise revival at Spyglass. The new film, the fifth in the series, follows a woman returning to her home town to try to find out who has been committing a series of vicious crimes. Original series scribe Kevin Williamson is currently attached as executive producer on the project.
The first film in 1996 was the highest-grossing slasher movie of all time until it was finally dethroned by the 2018 HALLOWEEN revival. Three sequels followed with the second film held in high esteem. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: Lionsgate has released a new poster for the new entry in the SAW horror franchise and one that was conceived by and stars comedian Chris Rock and which opens May 15th. Brash Detective Ezekiel 'Zeke' Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer's morbid game. Samuel L. Jackson co-stars. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Award-winning creator Ryan Murphy took to Instagram to share a brand new poster for the upcoming tenth season of FX's long-running horror anthology series, hinting the new season's mystery theme which also seemingly confirms the story's beach setting. Golden Globe and Emmy winner Sarah Paulson will be returning for Season 10 as its central character following her absence during the last season. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Paramount Pictures is pushing back John Krasinski's film due to the coronavirus pandemic. Krasinski himself made the announcement on social media, saying that with the outbreak on it wasn't a good time for people to gather in cinemas to see the horror film and the plan is to wait to release it when people can see it together. No new date has yet been specified. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 11, 2020 -----
** Blumhouse's DRACULA: According to The Hollywood Reporter, after scoring big with THE INVISIBLE MAN, Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions is sinking its teeth into another classic movie icon — none other than the big guy himself, DRACULA. The production company has tapped Karyn Kusama to direct the film, which will be a moderately budgeted picture.
Per the report, Blumhouse hopes to put a modern spin on the legendary Count with the film taking place in contemporary times. Matt Manfredi and Phil Hay, who worked with Kusama on DESTROYER and THE INVITATION, are currently working on the script. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A QUIET PLACE: Here's the gorgeous 4K Steelbox edition that is coming out today! If they hear you, they hunt you. In this terrifyingly suspenseful thriller, a family must navigate their lives in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn (Emily Blunt) and Lee (John Krasinski) Abbott are determined to find a way to protect their children at all costs while they desperately search for a way to fight back.
** SEA FEVER: The crew of a fishing ship fight for survival against an unknown species after becoming marooned at sea.
** INFECTION: A father embarks on a journey to rescue his son during an epidemic outbreak of a new rabies virus in Venezuela.
** BLOOD QUANTUM: Opening in theatres across Canada March 27.
----- March 9, 2020 -----
** RIP Max Von Sydow: The legendary actor Max Von Sydow, who appeared in films and TV series including THE EXORCIST, FLASH GORDON, Dario Argento' SLEEPLESS and GAME OF THRONES, has died at the age of 90. His family announced "with a broken heart and infinite sadness" that the Swedish-born actor died on Sunday.
** MALIGNANT: According to the Deadline web site, rising young star McKenna Grace has been tapped to join Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema's forthcoming horror film MALIGNANT, which reunites Grace with THE CONJURING universe creator James Wan, who have previously worked together in last year's ANNABELLE COMES HOME. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Universal Pictures and James Wan's Atomic Monster are teaming to produce an original horror thriller inspired by the studio's monster-movie legacy. The story will focus on a group of teenagers who discover that a neighbor is building a monster in his basement – a monster which soon gets loose. Robbie Thompson (SUPERNATURAL) is writing the script and Wan is aboard to produce.
Much like his regular cohort Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN, it's expected this will be another stand-alone, filmmaker-driven effort rather than an interconnected universe one. Whether it's a Blumhouse Production or not isn't clear, though producer Jason Blum has recently suggested a desire to reinvent Frankenstein in a similar way – could this be that film?
The Wan-directed MALIGNANT opens later this year and just announced McKenna Grace as a cast member. Also on the way is the Wan-produced THE CONJURING THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT and the MORTAL KOMBAT reboot early next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 5, 2020 -----
** THE LAST OF US: According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO and Sony Pictures Television are teaming up to develop a series adaptation of THE LAST OF US, based on PlayStation's popular survival horror video game of the same name. The project will mark PlayStation Productions' first television series with award-winning Chernobyl creator Craig Muzin set to pen the adaptation alongside Neil Druckmann. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HONEYDEW: Set in rural New England, where strange cravings and hallucinations befall a young couple after seeking shelter in the home of an aging farmer and her peculiar son.
** KINGDOM Season 2: Some will fall. Some will rise. Blood will spill. A bloody war between the living and the dead that no one can escape! The fate of Joseon hangs in the balance.
** ANTEBELLUM: Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late. In theaters April 24, 2020.
** SEEK: Directed and co-written by Aaron Morgan. Two sisters have been driving all night when they come across a dilapidated roadside park and bathroom. Horrific events follow when one of them stumbles upon a strange message and a mischievous resident that wants to play a terrifying game.
----- March 4, 2020 -----
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Christopher Landon (HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U) is returning to the franchise to pen the upcoming seventh installment. In an interview on The Evolution of Horror podcast, Jason Blum answered a request for an update on the seventh installment, whose release date is a year away, to which he replied that Landon, the "showrunner" of the series, is coming back to the series, while confirming it will not be titled PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 7. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PSYCHO GOREMAN: Siblings Mimi and Luke unwittingly resurrect an ancient alien overlord. Using a magical amulet, they force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia.
** THE OTHER LAMB: For her entire life, the cult she was born into has been all that teenage Selah (Raffey Cassidy) has known. Along with a band of similarly cloistered young women she lives seemingly unstuck in time, cut off from modern society in a remote forest commune presided over by a man called Shepherd (Michiel Huisman), a controlling, messiah-like figure with a frightening dark side. But when her insular world is rocked by a series of nightmarish visions and disturbing revelations, Selah begins to question everything about her existence—including her allegiance to the increasingly dangerous Shepherd. Awash in images of primal, dreamlike dread, this provocative fable is a haunting vision of adolescent awakening and revolt.
** THE FURIES: The film is now available on Demand, Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray today. Rebellious high school students Kayla and her best friend Maddie find themselves abducted by a sinister presence. Kayla wakes up in a box in the middle of a forest with no idea how she got there, and no idea of Maddie's whereabouts. She soon realizes she is not alone – men in terrifying masks are stalking six other young women in the woods. As the threat of more killers closes in, Kayla races to save as many girls as she can. But when the girls turn on each other, Kayla's killer instinct is unleashed, and she does whatever it takes to survive and seek revenge on her abductors.
** VICIOUS FUN: Life comes terrifyingly close to imitating art in VICIOUS FUN, the new horror-comedy from Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films in partnership with Turner Latin America's new movie banner, Particular Crowd. The film follows Joel, a caustic 1980's film critic for a national horror magazine, who finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in with his homicidal surroundings or risk becoming the next victim.
----- March 2nd, 2020 -----
** DAY OF THE DEAD series: SyFy has given a 10-episode order for a DAY OF THE DEAD series, based on George A. Romero's 1985 film of the same name. The series is written by Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas (THE BANANA SPLITS MOVIE), who will also act as showrunners. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: The film exceeded expectations with a $29 million opening weekend to take the #1 spot at the domestic box office. Overseas it took in another $20.2 million to bring its grand total to $49.2 million worldwide.
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN sequel PENINSULA: Here's the poster for the highly anticipated film.
----- February 28, 2020 -----
** CANDYMAN: For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror.
** David Cronenberg update: Filmmaker David Cronenberg has been radio silent for six years, his last film being 2014's MAP TO THE STARS. Netflix recently passed on a mini-series based on his novel CONSUMED, though he's shopping the scripts for the first two episodes around. He's also working on a 'very personal' film script but there's no word on if that will ever get produced. Cronenberg did pop up in headlines last year in Venice when he presented a restoration of his 1996 vehicular erotic thriller feature CRASH.
This week he revealed he's still working hard to get projects made with several pots on the boil, but adds that he won't be distraught if he ends up retiring from filmmaking altogether: "Whichever one happens first, I'll do. No matter whether you're in Canada or not, with independent film, it's difficult to get anything made. The more unusual a film is, the more resistance you'll face. It's been a long, difficult process even in the era of streaming or whatever. You're accumulating possible investors, people lose interest, more investors. You talk to maybe Canal+ or a broadcaster, and you wait, and you hope.
As I said in Venice when we were showing the restoration of CRASH, if I never make another movie, that's perfectly OK. People were upset by that, but it's true. If one of these projects gets greenlit, I'll become obsessed again, throw myself into it completely as I always have. But I don't feel the desperation to create that I used to when I was a young man trying to make a name for myself. I wanted to get all my ideas on screen, and now, I have. I don't know if this is a Buddhist or Zen way of thinking. All I know is that it's a nice place to be." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: The Motion Picture Association of America has handed out an R-rating for the upcoming SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW starring Chris Rock, continuing the tradition of every film in the franchise having this rating. The reasoning given is for "sequences of grisly bloody violence and torture, pervasive language, some sexual references and brief drug use". The film hits cinemas May 15th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CURSED FILMS: This five-part documentary series reveals the events that haunted these producIons through interviews with experts, witnesses and the cast, directors and producers who lived through the real-life events. Were these films really cursed, as many believe, or just the victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances?
** DARK COLORS: After a young girl's drawings are transformed into living monsters made of crayon and glitter, her older brother leads a mission into the woods to destroy them. A supernatural horror short from Red Giant and writer/director Seth Worley.
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Here' another poster for the upcoming sequel.
----- February 27, 2020 -----
** SAINT MAUD: From writer/director Rose Glass and starring Morfydd Clark and Jennifer Ehle. SAINT MAUD — April 3rd.
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: The sequel is slated to hit the theaters on March 20, 2020.
** PALLU PADAMA PAATHUKA: The Indian zom-com is scheduled to hit theaters on March 13th.
** SCRATCH: On the night of a double murder, a mysterious patron of a roadside diner has a date with the Devil.
----- February 26, 2020 -----
** CANDYMAN: Here's the poster for the upcoming reboot. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo and Tony Todd co-star in the film which opens June 12th.
** THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE follow-up season, THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, has just wrapped production according to creator and showrunner Mike Flanagan. The new season is primarily an adaptation of Henry James' THE TURN OF THE SCREW and other works by the author, and will debut on Netflix later this year.
Flanagan writes: "That's a wrap on THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. Congratulations to the cast and crew, the familiar faces and the new, and congratulations to the filmmakers who came on board to make this season their own." Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas and Catherine Parker co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DARK HARVEST: MGM is teaming with filmmaker David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT) on a film adaptation of Norman Partridge's acclaimed 2007 novel DARK HARVEST, the studio picking up the project from New Regency. Michael Gilio is penning the script while Michael De Luca, Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl are producing.
The story is set during Halloween of 1963 in a small Midwestern town where teenage boys eagerly square off with the butcher knife-wielding October Boy who is the prize in an annual rite of life and death. One teen, Pete McCormick, knows that killing the October Boy is his one chance to escape a dead-end future, but by night's end he will look into the saw-toothed face of horror – and discover the terrifying true secret of the October Boy. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD WORLD BEYOND: The series will focus on the first generation to grow up during the zombie apocalypse.
----- February 25, 2020 -----
** TRAIN TO BUSAIN sequel: PENINSULA, the follow-up to 2016 cult zombie action film TRAIN TO BUSAIN, has locked down multiple international distribution deals with Well Go USA taking North America, Studio Canal nabbing the UK, and Purple Rain getting it in Australia and New Zealand.
Yeon Sang-ho, who helmed the 2016 film, returns for the new one which will be a "thought-provoking post-apocalyptic story about people fighting to escape land ruined by disaster". The story unfolds four years after the ending of 'Busan' and is not a direct sequel – rather it's another story set in the same 'universe'.
The action follows a former soldier who has managed to escape the devastated Korean peninsula, but on a mission to go back into the territory he is surprised to find survivors. The film also has a $16 million budget, double that of the original which grossed $90 million worldwide and scored rave reviews.
PENINSULA was also sold to France (ARP SAS), Latin America (BF Distribution), In-flight (Emphasis), Philippines (Pioneer Films), Taiwan (Movie Cloud), Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam (Clover Films), Hong Kong (EDKO), Japan (Gaga Corp), Spain (A Contracorriente Films), Germany, Benelux (Splendid Film), Thailand (Sahamongkol Film) and India (Kross Pictures).
The project began filming in June last year and is currently in postproduction. It will be released in Korean theaters in the summer and potentially overseas before year's end. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WALLY'S WONDERLAND: The first photo has been released from Kevin Lewis' film that sounds like a spin on FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S. Nicolas Cage plays a quiet drifter who is tricked into a janitorial job at a now condemned amusement park. He finds himself trapped in the abandoned family entertainment center populated by demonic-possessed animatronics and must fight for survival. Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, Ric Reitz and Chris Warner co-star in the film and shooting is currently underway in Atlanta. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRAHMS THE BOY II: The film generated $6 million last weekend at the box office, which matched expectations. Budgeted at $10 million, it should do well enough to be profitable. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Here's the poster for the upcoming sequel to hit the theaters on March 20, 2020.
----- February 21, 2020 -----
** ORPHAN prequel ESTHER: William Brent Bell (THE DEVIL INSIDE) has signed on to helm ESTHER, the prequel to Jaume Collett-Serra's thriller ORPHAN which was infamous for its ambitious big twist reveal.
The film will serve as a prequel, showing Lena's brilliant escape from a Russian psychiatric facility. She then travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Her new life as Esther however comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RUN: They say you can never escape a mother's love... but for Chloe, that's not a comfort — it's a threat. There's something unnatural, even sinister about the relationship between Chloe (newcomer Kiera Allen) and her mom, Diane (Sarah Paulson). Diane has raised her daughter in total isolation, controlling every move she's made since birth, and there are secrets that Chloe's only beginning to grasp. From the visionary writers, producers and director of the breakout film SEARCHING, comes a suspense thriller that shows that when mom gets a little too close, you need to RUN.
** SCREAM, QUEEN! MY NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: Virgil Films is releasing Tyler Jensen and Roman Chimienti's new documentary on DVD and Digital HD in March.
----- February 20, 2020 -----
** RIP José Mojica Marins - Coffin Joe: Brazil's first horror film icon, José Mojica Marins passed away on February 19, 2020. He was 83. Thank you Coffin Joe for the horrorfying memories.
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: In the wake of the success of Blumhouse's revival of the HALLOWEEN franchise in 2018, two follow-ups were announced – HALLOWEEN KILLS for 2020 and HALLOWEEN ENDS for 2021. With a trilogy planned and a third film all set to happen, it is understandable to think that the filmmakers might end the second film on a cliffhanger, or essentially make both films as one giant story split in half across two movies.
Speaking with io9 this week, producer Jason Blum says he and director David Gordon Green wanted to make sure HALLOWEEN KILLS stood on its own and wouldn't feel like 'the middle part of a large story' and draws a comparison to Peter Jackson's THE TWO TOWERS:
"I worried about it until I saw [the second one]. And David [Gordon Green] worried about it. That it would feel like, remember LORD OF THE RINGS? Like you weren't getting [the full story]? It doesn't feel like that at all. [It] feels like a complete movie. There's a first, second, and third act. It has a big end. You still know from the end of the second movie where the third movie is going, but the second movie ends in a totally satisfying way. So it doesn't feel like, you know, that LORD OF THE RINGS issue that they had."
Blum says that HALLOWEEN KILLS is finished and production is getting underway on 'Ends'. HALLOWEEN KILLS opens October 16th whilst HALLOWEEN ENDS will debut October 15th 2021. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- February 19, 2020 -----
** THE SUPERDEEP: The Kola Superdeep Borehole is the most large-scale secret object of the country. In 1984, inexplicable sounds like the screams of many voices were recorded at a depth of more than 12 kilometers. In the wake of these events the object was closed. A small research team went down below the surface to find out what secret the world's deepest borehole was hiding. What they have found turned out to be the greatest threat in history. And the future of humanity is in their hands.
** KINGDOM Season 2: Here's the trailer with English subtitles.
** LORD OF MISRULE: THE BOY filmmaker William Brent Bell is set to direct contemporary folk-horror LORD OF MISRULE, which Bankside is launching world sales on at the EFM. Tom de Ville (THE QUIET ONES) has scripted the commercially-minded genre project, whose plot, on paper, has echoes of THE WICKER MAN. Casting is underway with shoot planned for summer 2020.
Set in a small town in the English countryside, the film will follow a desperate search for the young daughter of the town's new minister. The girl goes missing during a Solstice Festival. The closer the locals and police get towards finding the girl, the more secrets from the town's past emerge. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** FANTASY ISLAND: Blumhouse's reinvention garnered $21.6 million worldwide at the Box Office for the three-day which is below expectations. Costing just $7 million to make, it'll still clear a nice profit – but it's not a potential franchise for the producer. Reviews for that film have been scathing with just an 8% score on Rotten Tomatoes. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- February 17, 2020 -----
** Universal's DARK ARMY: Emmy nominee Paul Feig revealed that he had already finished writing the first draft of the script. Now Feig has finally shared a new update about the status of his monster movie, revealing that he is currently rewriting his first draft and is hoping that DARK ARMY can be his next film or the film after that.
"I wrote a draft and got thoughts from the studio, and now I'm in the middle of a rewrite on that right now," Feig said during his interview with Collider web site. "And so hopefully that'll be my next movie. If it's not, it'll be the one after whatever I do next. But yeah, I'm very excited about it, too. It's just, you want to get it right."
When asked about Universal's previously announced monster projects, Feig praises the studio's new smart direction in finding ways to bring new modern iterations of the classic monsters. "It's really smart, because I mean, I can't wait for INVISIBLE MAN, but that looks like a straight-up great horror movie, you know? But then the fact that I just read that they're going to do this like monster musical, and that's great, too. I mean, the monster world is just so great. It's nice to see it just kind of get interpreted a million different ways. So I'm excited about mine and about whatever else they're going to do." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** A HEAD FULL OF GHOSTS: Scott Cooperis set to direct the psychological horror starring Margaret Qualley. An adaptation of Paul Tremblay's Bram Stoker Award-winning horror novel, the story begins when eight-year-old Merry's older sister exhibits signs of an indeterminate and terrifying affliction which causes her family to slowly tear itself apart.
Two decades later, Merry is confronted with her family's traumatic past when Rachel, a journalist with a similarly haunted past, delves into the case, causing Merry to relive and reconsider the devastating memories of her childhood. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HONEYDEW: The New England-set horror starring Steven Spielberg's son Sawyer Spielberg in his introductory role, is heading to Berlin, with New York/L.A.-based arthouse genre sales company Yellow Veil Pictures having acquired world sales rights. The film comes from director Devereux Milburn and producers Dan Kennedy and Alan Pierson. Yellow Veil will begin presales at this month's European Film Market in Berlin. (thanks to HollywoodReporter.com)
** THE GRUDGE: The film arrives on Digital March 10 and on Blu-ray and DVD March 24. The evil curse is coming home! Watch our protagonist become the next cursed victim, as she tries to protect her son from the horrors of THE GRUDGE. Bonus materials:
- "The Cast of the Cursed" featurette: Take an inside look at the evil that lurks behind the doors at 44 Reyburn Dr., as key creatives and cast members explore The Grudge characters and discuss their experience working with Writer/Director Nicolas Pesce.
- "Designing Death" featurette: From a slightly paler version of themselves to being completely mangled and rotted, to the incredible death scenes; like Faith Matheson's (Lin Shaye) epic leap off of the staircase, explore the character make-up design process and the film's visual look involved in creating the myriad of ghosts caught in the grips of THE GRUDGE!
- "Easter Egg Haunt" featurette: Join Writer/Director Nicolas Pesce as he brings to light the plethora of hidden Easter Eggs throughout the film which are homages to the previous works in the JU-ON franchise.
- Extended Scenes & Alternative Ending Experience the scenes too disturbing for theaters, like Peter Spencer's terrifying encounter in the attic of 44 Reyburn Dr., or the uncovering of the gruesome truth behind the Landers' family deaths.
** DreadOut 2: Here's the trailer for what looks to be an amazing horror video game!
----- February 13, 2020 -----
** WEREWOLVES WITHIN: Michael Chernus has joined the cast and Josh Ruben has been set to helm WEREWOLVES WITHIN, a film adaptation of the classic game. The film is set in a small Vermont town when a massive blizzard isolates it from the rest of the world. Simmering resentments boil over as the oddball townspeople are one by one picked off by a mysterious creature who is hiding amongst them.
Chernus will play Pete, an overly friendly sleaze married to Trish and who does not share her beliefs as staunchly. Sam Richardson co-stars while screenwriter and author Mishna Wolff adapted the script. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN: Coming off from the critical and commercial success of Greta Gerwig's LITTLE WOMEN, Variety brings word that Academy Award-nominated producer Amy Pascal has been exploring ways to bring a new life to Universal Pictures' long-in development reboot film of BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. Last summer, Pascal decided to move her overall production deal to Universal from Sony Pictures.
"Amy expressed interest in being involved with BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and just as the studio has done with numerous other filmmakers, we empowered her to explore a new vision for the Universal monster character and come back with a new and inventive take," The outlet's Universal Pictures source said. "Nothing has been solidified in an official capacity." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE DEAD LANDS: The series features a murdered Maori warrior, Waka Nuku Rau (Te Kohe Tuhaka), who's sent back to the world of the living to redeem his sins. But the world Waka returns to is ravaged by a breach between Life and the Afterlife as the spirits of the newly dead now stalk the land and hunt the living.
----- February 12, 2020 -----
** MEMORIES OF MURDER: With Bong Joon-ho's PARASITE having won the Best Picture Oscar, people who've never seen any of Bong's other work or Korean cinema in general are now apparently keen to dip their toes in the water. The good news is almost all of Bong's films are readily available. PARASITE, THE HOST AND MOTHER are all available to rent on iTunes, Google Play and/or Vudu, same with SNOWPIECER and OKJA which are also on Netflix. Even his first film BARKIN DOGS NEVER BITE is on Shudder and Amazon.
The big exception though is also, arguably, his most acclaimed work – 2003's true crime tale MEMORIES OF MURDER which follows the story of the first real-life serial killer in South Korea. The film made headlines last year when authorities announced they have discovered the identity of the killer after years of investigation.
The film isn't on Blu-ray and isn't on any of the major services aside from so-so-quality DVD rips on YouTube and PopcornFlix. Now PARASITE distributor NEON has announced that they have acquired the distribution rights to the film and a planning a new U.S. theatrical re-release and Blu-ray. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** URBAN LEGEND: Colin Minihan has been set to write and direct URBAN LEGEND for Screen Gems which is being fast-tracked. Casting is now underway and Mike Medavoy and Benjamin Anderson will produce. The story will center on a diverse cast of college students as they navigate a series of bizarre deaths that resemble urban legends linked to the darkest corners of social media. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRAHMS THE BOY 2: Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.
** HABIT: Written and directed by Simeon Halligan; starring Elliot James Langridge and Jessica Barden.
----- February 11, 2020 -----
** KINGDOM Season 2: The new season is coming out in March.
** COME TO DADDY: Elijah Wood is back to star in COME TO DADDY, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD March 24 from Lionsgate. Norval Greenwood (Elijah Wood), a privileged man-child, arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn't seen in 30 years. He quickly discovers that not only is Dad a disapproving jerk, but he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him. Now, hundreds of miles from his cushy comfort zone, Norval must battle with demons both real and perceived in order to reconnect with a father he barely knows.
** FREAKMAKER Deluxe Limited Edition Blu-ray: Over forty years after Todd Browning's FREAKS shocked audiences, director Jack Cardiff and writer/producer Robert D. Weinbach return to the circus sideshow. Starring Donald Pleasence, Tom Baker, exploitation great Brad Harris and Michael Dunn.
Not satisfied with the pace of natural selection in driving evolution, a deranged biologist decides to create his own genetically engineered mutations. With the promise of using his experiments to "cure" them, Dr. Nolter enlists members of the local Freakshow to help him kidnap students from a nearby college to use as human guinea pigs.
Using the same techniques that he developed mixing the DNA of plants and animals, he begins crossbreeding plants and humans with unpredictable results. One by one his failed experiments are cast off to the circus until the freaks have had enough and seek their bloody revenge.
- Blu-Ray All Region
- New Scan from an archival 35mm print framed at 1:66:1
- Commentary with Producer/Writer Robert D Weinbach and actor Brad Harris.
- Audio Interview with Jack Cardiff
- Trailer and TV Spot
- Still Gallery with Isolated Score
- English SDH Subtitles
- Running Time Approx. 92m
----- February 10, 2020 -----
** Yet another TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE reboot: Legendary has closed a deal with Ryan and Andy Tohill (THE DIG) to direct the latest reboot of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE franchise. Tobe Hooper helmed the original 1974 feature which followed two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas. They end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths and must survive the terrors of Leatherface and his family.
The original spawned three sequels, then a 2003 reboot starring Jessica Biel that had major success. That reboot scored a 2006 prequel, then came a 2013 sequel and a 2017 prequel to the original film. Chris Thomas Devlin will pen the script while Fede Alvarez and Rodolfo Sayagues are producing the new take which is a straight reboot with the Tohill's take said to be "violent, exciting and so depraved that it will stay with you forever" according to Alvarez. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHUCKY TV series: Speaking with Page Six, Jennifer Tilly revealed that production on the series is expected to begin this coming summer; "I'm so excited," Tilly said. "Chucky is very near and dear to my heart. All over the world, everywhere I go, I step off a plane to a country I didn't even know existed, and they know one word, and that word is 'Chucky,' and they want a hug."
"Don Mancini, who created Chucky 30 years ago, is the writer on this series, so it's the original Chucky. A little bird told me that I am going to be a part of it." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MONSTER MASH: Universal Pictures is developing a monster-themed musical based on the famed 1962 song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. Plot details are being kept under wraps but is likely to revolve around the studio's classic monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein. Black List writer Will Widger will pen the script and Marty Bowen will produce. Grammy-nominated music video director Matt Stawski, who helmed CeeLo Green's "F— You" music video in 2010, penned the original treatment for the project and will direct. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: You can't escape what you can't see.
----- February 7, 2020 -----
** THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB'S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES: PKM Productions has successfully won the rights to author Grady Hendrix's supernatural horror novel with plans to turn it into a series as part for Amazon Studios with Patrick Moran producing. A spiritual sequel to MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM, the story is set in 1990s suburban Charleston where a Southern housewife and her women's book club team up to protect their community from a mysterious and handsome stranger James Harris who turns out to be a Dracula-esque figure. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** From SAW to SPIRAL: Here's a great recap of the whole series from IGN.
** THE MOTHMAN LEGACY: Small Town Monsters has released the first trailer for THE MOTHMAN LEGACY, the latest from cryptid documentarian Seth Breedlove. The new trailer gives audiences a glimpse into some of the dark, haunting landscapes captured around West Virginia, along with sound clips from witnesses interviewed for the new film.
----- February 6, 2020 -----
** TURBO KID sequel: Following TURBO KID's release, directors Yoann-Karl Whissell, Anouk Whissell, and François Simard revealed that they were developing a sequel, which would take place immediately after the events in the first film. Turns out they haven't ruled out the idea and gave a little update on their intentions to the Boo Crew podcast over at the Bloody Disgusting web site.
"Well look, that's been a long time coming... There's a script for TURBO KID 2. We want to make it, that's all I can say." He went on to say: "It's really a case of finding the backers [financiers] because it's way more ambitious. It's kind of like ROAD WARRIOR's step up from MAD MAX. It's sort of that kind of ambition… you need a little bit more money than we had for the first film. They want to make that a dream project."
Meanwhile, here's the prequel to our favorite friendship unit, Apple. Follow her in her adventure from the other side of the Wasteland, right before her memorable encounter with the Kid! (thanks to QuietEarth.us)
** A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET reboot: Elijah Wood revealed that there are some ANOES franchise rights complications, with New Line Cinema appearing to hold the rights to the character of Freddy Krueger while creator Wes Craven's estate has opened up taking pitches for a new installment. It is unclear if either party own the rights to the film or if they are public domain. With the rights all tangled up in various directions, Wood says that he and producing partner Daniel Noah haven't talked with anyone just yet, but that "it'd be fun to get a shot at it" and responded with a smiling but resounding "no" when asked if he could see himself in the role of Freddy. He then offered an interesting plan for the character.
"You have to bring Robert Englund back for one more film," Wood enthused. "I think, especially if you're going to open up a new franchise and take it in different directions, you have to establish it with him and then you can move on. I don't think it's interesting to tell the same story over and over again, we don't need another origin story of Freddy Krueger, I don't think it should even really be so much about Freddy."
Wood continued to describe his favorite film in the franchise as 1994's NEW NIGHTMARE, the final installment in the original series, which he calls "fantastic" and laments that fans don't give it "nearly enough love" compared to other installments.
"SCREAM owes a real debt to NEW NIGHTMARE," said Wood. "That was the first time the notion of referencing horror movies in another horror movie was possible, it had never really been done before." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ASYLUM TWISTED HORROR AND FANTASY TALES: Brandon prepares to give his last stand-up comedy show. As his stories and jokes pass, the public begins to cheer up. But at that precise moment Brandon will realize that these stories have a strong relationship with his past. More than he imagines.
----- February 5, 2020 -----
** RIP Dyanne Thorne: The American actress, stage performer and vocalist was known for her stage work in Las Vegas and as the lead actress in the ILSA film franchise of the 1970s. She sadly passed away last January 28, 2020.
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, and written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger. This is the ninth installment in the SAW franchise.
** IDLE HANDS: Scream Factory has announced a May 12th release date for a collector's edition Blu-ray edition of 1999's comedy horror IDLE HANDS. Devon Sawa stars as a channel-surfing, junk-food-munching, couch-potato burn-out who can't control the murderous impulses of his recently possessed hand. Seth Green, Elden Henson, Jessica Alba, Vivica A. Fox and Jack Noseworthy co-star.
----- February 4, 2020 -----
** SILENT HILL and FATAL FRAME: French filmmaker Christophe Gans has revealed that development has begun on two game-to-film adaptations, one of which is a third SILENT HILL film based on the celebrated video game series. Gans helmed the 2006 original film adaptation which has grown a cult audience since its release, however he handed the second film over to new writer and director Michael J. Bassett with that 2012 follow-up not well received and which Gans admits he never saw.
In an interview with Allocine, Gans revealed he and producer Victor Hadida are working on the two game-to-film adaptations. The first is PROJECT ZERO (aka. FATAL FRAME), a haunted house tale which will take place in Japan. He then says: "we're also working on a new SILENT HILL. The project will always be anchored in this atmosphere of a small American town, ravaged by Puritanism. I think it's time to make a new one." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Here's the Superbowl TV spot along with a new featurette about the film's making. A QUIET PLACE PART II opens March 20th.
** NIGHTMARE ALLEY: Searchlight Pictures has officially announced that principal photography has begun on Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of William Gresham's acclaimed novel NIGHTMARE ALLEY. del Toro and Kim Morgan penned the film which follows the exploits of Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), a ruthless hustler who learns the tricks of the carny trade and uses them to establish himself as a spiritual guru. Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman, David Strathairn, Richard Jenkins and Holt McCallany. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: What you can't see can hurt you. Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss stars in a terrifying modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal's classic monster character.
----- January 30, 2020 -----
** FANTASY ISLAND: Every fantasy comes at a price. In theaters Valentine's Day.
** MEMETIC: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Ross Richie and Stephen Christy are set to produce MEMETIC, a horror-thriller feature which has been setup at Lionsgate and is based on the Boom! Studios comic by James Tynion IV. The comic explores the idea of a weaponized meme, a meme named 'Good Time Sloth' which becomes a viral sensation. A half-day later, everyone who saw it from the President to the coffee shop barista become 'screamers' – succumbing to a murderous rage. Some prove to be immune to the meme and the story centers on a young man, color-blind, who tries to navigate society's fall into an apocalypse as he tried to find his boyfriend. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SWALLOW: Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.
----- January 29, 2020 -----
** THE THING remake FROZEN HELL: Blumhouse and Universal Studios are teaming for FROZEN HELL, a new version of the original story that yielded both Howard Hawks' 1951 feature THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD and John Carpenter's iconic 1982 film THE THING. Both films, and the 2011 prequel to the Carpenter movie, all tie back to WHO GOES THERE? – a 1938 novella penned by John W. Campbell Jr. for Astounding Science Fiction magazine.
In 2018, John Betancourt announced the discovery of FROZEN HELL, an expanded and never-before-seen novel-length version of the story. It seems Campbell's novella was actually an abridged version of an original novel he wrote which had to be shortened for publication – losing a bunch of backstory and context in the process.
As a result, the original manuscript remained unknown and unpublished for decades. Betancourt took to Kickstarter to fund the release of the novel – a story that deals with a team of scientists in Antarctica who discover and are terrorized by a monstrous, shape-shifting alien entity.
This week, Betancourt and producer Alan Donnes offered an update on the fully-funded project. Betancourt says on Kickstarter: "The movie will be from Universal and Blumhouse. Everyone is super excited about it, and it's being fast-tracked."
Donnes said in a now apparently hidden Facebook post: "It's official. I received my signed contract and first check. I am executive producing a remake of THE THING but with additional chapters of John Campbell's groundbreaking novel, FROZEN HELL, that had been lost for decades. Now, for the first time ever, Campbell's full vision will be realized on the big screen. The new film will include the very best of RKO's THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, John Carpenter's classic THE THING and both books, FROZEN HELL and WHO GOES THERE?". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CLOWNPOCALYPSE: Production company 3BlackDot and filmmaker Eli Roth are working on CLOWNPOCALYPSE, a transmedia horror project to encompass a feature film, video game, live event, short-form series, and merchandise. Roth and James Frey have been plotting the project for some time while Philip Gelatt will write the screenplay. A search for a director is underway ahead of filming later this year.
The story begins when a tech genius CEO with a dark hidden agenda releases a massively popular social media photo filter. Suddenly, millions of attention obsessed users are mutated into psychotic clowns. A group of young delinquents go on a horrific journey to take down the CEO behind the madness, and restore the world to its normal kind of crazy.
Roth says in a statement: "For years I've had people tell me 'You can't do that in a game, it's too insane' and I finally found partners who said, 'Let's take this a step further.' It feels like we're making a game, movie and live experience with no parental supervision or studio to tell us to tone it down, and that's the only way to create something spectacular and memorable. This will be a big, fun, scary event for gamers, movie fans, and people who love live events. The CLOWNPOCALYPSE is coming. Get ready."
Roth, James Frey, Reginald Cash, Mitchell Smith and Zennen Clifton will produce and the intent is to have audiences engage in the world of CLOWNPOCALYPSE through the film, a multi-player console game with an AR driven mobile component, and a live event with supporting online content and merchandise. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ONE MISSED CALL Trilogy: Coming on 2/25/20 from Arrow Video is the multi-disc set. In the first installment in the trilogy, student Yoko receives a phone message from her future self, ending with her death scream. Two days later, she dies in a rail collision. As the phone curse spreads, Yoko's friend Yumi joins forces a detective whose sister met the same gruesome fate. Mimiko's curse continues to wreak bloody havoc in two sequels - ONE MISSED CALL 2 and ONE MISSED CALL FINAL.
- High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations
- Lossless Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 soundtracks
- Optional English subtitles
- New audio commentary on ONE MISSED CALL by Miike biographer Tom Mes
- The Making of ONE MISSED CALL, an hour-long archival documentary on the film's production
- Archival interviews on ONE MISSED CALL with actors Ko Shibasaki, Shinichi Tsutsumi and Kazue Fukiishi, and director Takashi Miike
- Archival interview on ONE MISSED CALL with director Takashi Miike
- Archival footage from the ONE MISSED CALL premiere
- Live or Die TV special
- A Day with the Mizunuma Family
- ONE MISSED CALL alternate ending
- The Making of ONE MISSED CALL 2, a half-hour archival documentary on the film's production
- Gomu, a short film by ONE MISSED CALL 2 director Renpei Tsukamoto
- ONE MISSED CALL 2 deleted scenes
- ONE MISSED CALL 2 music video
- The Making of ONE MISSED CALL FINAL, an hour-long archival documentary on the film's production
- Maki and Meisa, an archival behind-the-scenes featurette on ONE MISSED CALL FINAL with actresses Maki Horikita and Meisa Kuroki
- Behind the Scenes with Keun-Suk Jang, an archival featurette with ONE MISSED CALL FINAL's South Korean star
- The Love Story, a short film tie-in for ONE MISSED CALL FINAL
- Candid Mimiko, an archival location tour with the series' iconic villain
- Theatrical trailers and TV spots
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Matt Griffin
----- January 28, 2020 -----
** ANACONDA reboot: Columbia Pictures is reportedly developing a reimagining of the cult 1997 horror film ANACONDA and have hired Evan Daugherty (TOMB RAIDER) to pen the script.
The 1997 original followed a documentary film crew in the Amazon that comes across an obsessed Paraguayan hunter (Jon Voight) looking to find a legendary anaconda. The hunter derails the expedition for his own purpose, with the filmmakers now forced to contend with a murderous madman and a giant snake that will squeeze the life out of them and swallow them whole.
Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Kari Wuhrer and Jonathan Hyde starred as the boat crew. No producer is attached to the new version at this stage with Sony said to be wanted to take a THE MEG-style approach – taking a B-movie concept and will 'eventize it' with a much larger scope and budget. The original launched a franchise, including one theatrical sequel and three direct-to-home releases, and has proven to be one of the most profitable titles in Sony's library. (thnaks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE NIGHT HOUSE: Searchlight Pictures is close to a major $12 million worldwide distribution deal for THE RITUAL director David Bruckner's supernatural thriller THE NIGHT HOUSE following strong reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival.
The first major sale of the fest, Rebecca Hall stars as widow Beth, a woman reeling from shock over her husband's sudden death in the pair's lakeside home. A series of disturbing dreams become increasingly real, as Beth unearths a ghostly presence in her home that vanishes during the day. An ongoing investigation through the house (and their marriage) turns up strange secrets and a mystery she must solve. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SEVENTH DAY: Guy Pearce and Mexican actor Vadhir Derbez will star in the horror tale THE SEVENTH DAY, the story of a renowned exorcist who teams up with a rookie priest for his first day of training.
Stephen Lang will co-star as the serious and deeply pious archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of New Orleans. Keith David is Father Louis, a mentor to Father Peter in his youth. Brady Jenness is Charlie Giroux, a young boy accused of a heinous crime while allegedly under the influence of demonic possession. Chris Galust will play young Father Peter and Robin Bartlett will play New Orleans social worker Helen.
Filming kicks off next month in Dallas and New Orleans. Justin P. Lange is directing from his own script. Dallas Sonnier, Amanda Presmyk, Kimberly Hwang and Chelsea Davenport produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHIND: The town of Epecuén was flooded on November 10th, 1985 and was deep underwater for over 30 years. When the waters receded, the town was still intact and stayed deserted, at least so they thought. A group of young filmmakers takes a trip to the ruins to film a documentary. Ignoring the warnings, they get stranded. One by one they soon find that you don't have to go to Texas for a massacre.
----- January 27, 2020 -----
** VIVARIUM: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** ZOMBI CHILD: Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead only to be sent to the living hell of the sugarcane fields. In Paris, 55 years later, at a prestigious all-girls boarding school, Melissa, a young Haitian teenager, confesses an old family secret to a group of new friends - never imagining that this strange tale will convince a heartbroken classmate to do the unthinkable.
** NIGHTMARE ALLEY: Production is officially underway on filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's next directorial effort NIGHTMARE ALLEY. The PAN'S LABYRINTH director is tackling this film noir adaptation of the William Lindsay Gresham novel which follows a corrupt con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money.
Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, David Strathairn, Willem Dafoe, and Holt McCallany star. J. Miles Dale produces while Dan Laustsen serves as cinematographer. NIGHTMARE ALLEY will be released by Searchlight Pictures and hasn't set a release date as of yet. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LOCKE & KEY: Carlton Cuse, the executive producer of Netflix's upcoming LOCKE & KEY series adaptation, says that the show's staff is currently in the midst of penning the second season even though it hasn't been greenlit as yet. The ten-episode first season is set to premiere on February 7th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- January 24, 2020 -----
** SAW 9: The title for the Chris Rock reboot of the horror franchise is rumoured to be SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW. Darren Lynn Bousman helms the film which also stars Samuel L. Jackson as the father of Rock's detective character. Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols co-star in the film which opens May 15th.
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Paul Rudd has passed on a blessing to his replacement, THE BREAKFAST CLUB actor Anthony Michael Hall, in the role of Tommy Doyle in the upcoming HALLOWEEN KILLS.
Doyle was one of the kids being babysat by Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) on that fateful night in 1978 when Michael Myers attacked in the original John Carpenter 1978 film classic HALLOWEEN. Brian Andrews played him in the original, but the character is best remembered for being played by a young Paul Rudd in the sixth film HALLOWEEN CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS.
Logically when it was announced that director David Gordon Green was following up 2018's HALLOWEEN revival with the upcoming HALLOWEEN KILLS, and that an adult Tommy Doyle would appear, fans were keen at the prospect of Rudd returning for the role. Trouble is Rudd is in high demand these days. Instead, Hall stepped into the role and he tells Cinema Blend about Rudd's message to him:
"So one day, [director] David Gordon Green texts me when I'm off – I wasn't shooting that day – and he goes, 'Yeah, I got a call from Paul Rudd, and he sends his best and he gave you his blessings – he's really excited that you're playing the part.' I never met Paul Rudd but I thought that was really nice."
How Doyle fits into the story isn't clear as yet. HALLOWEEN KILLS will be released on Friday, October 16th and will be followed a year later by HALLOWEEN ENDS on Friday, October 15th 2021. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WEREWOLVES WITHIN: Sam Richardson will star in Josh Ruben's horror-comedy WEREWOLVES WITHIN based on the famous game. Screenwriter and bestselling author Mishna Wolff will pen the project. The story is set in a fictitious medieval town where a werewolf is attacking the townspeople. In a Mafia-style format, the players of the game must guess who among them is the werewolf in disguise. Jason Altman, Margaret Boykin, Andrew Lieberman, Matt Miller, Natalie Metzger, and Benjamin Wiessner will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** VIVARIUM: Here's the poster for the film, which will open in select theaters on March 27th.
----- January 22, 2020 -----
** COLOR OUT OF SPACE: After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.
** LOCKE & KEY: Co-creators Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriquez— join showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill — to talk about the graphic novels' journey from comic to screen. LOCKE & KEY debuts on Netflix on February 7.
** HARPOON: Black Fawn Distribution is pleased to announce that the company has acquired Canadian physical home video rights for the critically acclaimed genre film HARPOON. Black Fawn Distribution will bring the release home on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 with a special 2-disc collector's edition of the film that will feature a slew of special features, stunning new artwork and a limited-edition retro slipcase.
** FEEDBACK: On DVD February 18, this new take on the home invasion movie follows Dolan Jarvis, the host of a successful late-night radio show, whose whole life changes after armed men burst into the studio and take him and his entire show hostage, forcing them to read from a prefabricated script and exposing a scandal that could destroy Jarvis' life.
----- January 21, 2020 -----
** Glen Danzig's VEROTIKA: Cleopatra Entertainment is set to release the film on VOD February 25, 2020 while a Blu-ray release is planned for March 3, 2020.
** MORGUE remake: BIRD BOX writer Eric Heisserer will produce an English-language version of Hugo Cardozo's Paraguayan film MORGUE. The writer of other faves like sci-fi thriller ARRIVAL and LIGHTS OUT will produce under his Chronology banner.
After hitting someone with his car and fleeing the scene, a freelance security guard is assigned to cover a night shift at the hospital where he discovers the body of his victim in the morgue. As the night progresses, he is tormented by his guilt… or something more sinister. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** VISE: Shimizu's debut feature centers on Manriki (Saitoh Takumi), a beautician with a dubious moral compass who deploys unconventional methods of plastic surgery and facial reconfiguration. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- January 20, 2020 -----
** DON'T BREATHE sequel: Co-writer Rodo Sayagues has been promoted to director for the sequel to 2016's surprise horror thriller hit DON'T BREATHE. Fede Alvarez helmed and co-wrote the original film with Sayagues who will make his directorial debut on the follow-up. Stephen Lang is set to reprise his role of the deadly Blind Man. The story will be set several years after the home invasion of the first movie, the Blind Man living in quiet solace until his past sins catch up to him.
Sayagues and Alvarez, who also co-wrote Alvarez's 2013 EVIL DEAD remake, are once again writing the script and filming begins in April. Alvarez, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce. The first DON'T BREATHE was a critical and box office success, generating $157 million worldwide from a budget of only $10 million. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD WORLD BEYOND: The new series expands the universe of THE WALKING DEAD, delving into a new mythology and story that follows the first generation raised in a surviving civilization of the post-apocalyptic world. Two sisters along with two friends leave a place of safety and comfort to brave dangers, known and unknown, living and undead on an important quest. Pursued by those who wish to protect them and those who wish to harm them, a tale of growing up and transformation unfurls across dangerous terrain, challenging everything they know about the world, themselves and each other.
** DARK ARMY: Director Paul Feig appeared at the Television Critics Association and talked about his next film, the monster mashup movie DARK ARMY, which sees various Universal classic monsters coming together. Of that project, Feig offers this update:
"I've written the first draft and now I've got some notes from the studio and I'm doing a rewrite right now. Another genre, another genre to have fun with, to treat seriously but also to make fun and have a good time with. I'm in a rewrite and hoping it will go forward. You never know in this business." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- January 16, 2020 -----
** SAW 9: One of the more unexpected film projects in 2020 is the upcoming reboot of SAW. Not because it's another SAW film, that's not a surprise in and of itself, but rather the involvement of comedian Chris Rock. The new film is based on an idea from Rock who both penned the story treatment and stars in the film which otherwise is seemingly committed to being much like the other movies in this saga including the enlisting of SAW 2-4 director Darren Lynn Bousman to helm this ninth installment.
Speaking with Collider this week whilst out promoting the fourth season of FARGO at the Television Critics Association, Rock says the film came about due to a chance meeting with the head of Lionsgate and the aim is to still deliver the horror whilst adding a tiny bit more levity:
"There are so many movies that I've watched and gone, 'Three jokes would have made that movie a lot better.' You know what I mean? A lot of times, you can get comedy in things, if it's grounded, without it changing the movie, per se. Just like that story that BEVERLY HILLS COP was written for Sylvester Stallone. Eddie Murphy was hired at the last minute, and they made kind of the same movie, but it was grounded with just a little here, here and here. So, SAW is really scary and really bloody. It's a SSAW movie. But every now and then, you take a little air out. It's gonna be good."
Rock also says a big reason to do the film was an opportunity to do something different. Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella co-star in the new film which opens in cinemas on May 15th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** 10-31: Gigi Saul Guerrero will direct the horror thriller 10-31 for Orion Pictures. The story is about a young woman who takes her niece and nephew trick-or-treating and discovers a note inside a candy wrapper informing her there's a killer loose on her block.
The script was written by Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble, based on a story by Laurie Ashbourne and screen story by Kathy Charles. Eli Roth is producing alongside Roger Birnbaum through their Arts District Entertainment, and John Zaozirny through Bellevue Productions.
** A QUIET PLACE: Director John Krasinski's sensationally gripping smash hit A QUIET PLACE arrives in a brand new, collectible Mondo X Steelbook 4K Ultra HD Combo on March 10, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Relive the incredible tension and suspense of the original thriller before its highly anticipated sequel debuts in theaters on March 20th.
This Mondo X SteelBook collaboration #038 features exclusive artwork inspired by Matt Ryan Tobin's atmospheric poster highlighting the film's iconic red string lights. The 4K Ultra HD Combo includes behind-the-scenes footage exploring the exceptionally unique sound design, the riveting visual effects, and how the cast and crew created the movie's distinctive atmosphere both on set and on film. The 4K Ultra HD Disc also boasts a Dolby Atmos soundtrack and Dolby Vision.
The Blu-ray in the 4K Ultra HD Combo includes over 30 minutes of 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
** SAINT MAUD: Here's another poster for the upcoming film.
----- January 14, 2020 -----
** CHUCKY TV series: After landing the rights to original franchise creator Don Mancini's CHILD'S PLAY series last year, Syfy has finally given a straight-to-series order the long-in development horror series titled CHUCKY, centering on the iconic titular serial killer doll. On top of executive producing, Mancini, who had also written the original film franchise, is set to write the series adaptation and will serve as the showrunner and first episode's director.
"The character Don and David created has terrified audiences for over 30 years. The longevity and legacy of Chucky speaks to the creative storytelling and the loyal fans the film series has collected over the years," President of Entertainment Networks – USA & SYFY, Chris McCumber in a statement (via The Futon Critic). "We are excited to once again partner with Nick and UCP on this new SYFY series, and are incredibly proud to bring Chucky to television for the first time with the original creators." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: Universal Pictures' forthcoming remake has officially been given an R-rating from the MPAA for "some strong bloody violence, and language." Starring Two-time Emmy and Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen, the Leigh Whannell-directed film will be making its debut on February 28. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** UNDERWATER: At the Box Office, the Kristen Stewart-led flick, which cost $50 million earned an estimated $7 million and received poor reviews overall from critics and audiences. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEATH TRAP: Six friends on Halloween night in '99 crash their car and cross paths with sadistic Baptist zealots. Directed by Deandra Spinner.
----- January 10, 2020 -----
** THE HOWLING remake: IT director Andy Muschietti confirmed in a recent Q&A panel, that he will tackle a new adaptation of the werewolf film classic for Netflix. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Ryan Murphy's anthology horror series has been renewed for an additional three seasons at FX, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Fans can look forward to Season 11, 12, and 13 of the Murphy and Brad Falchuk-produced series while production continues on Season 10, which is expected to premiere this year. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CIUDAD MALDITA: Here's the trailer for the upcoming South Korean horror anthology.
** THE MARSHES: In the middle of nowhere is a labyrinthine marshland teetering on the verge of extinction. Dr Pria Anan is committed to saving it, using diligence and reason to fight the forces that threaten its existence. With the help of rival Ben and assistant Will, Pria is certain she is in control. But soon fear manifests in the form of a horrifying evil, forcing the team to abandon their efforts to save the marsh and focus on saving themselves.
----- January 9, 2020 -----
** BRAHMS THE BOY II: Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into a guest house on the estate where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms. Katie Holmes stars in STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment's, BRAHMS THE BOY II, alongside Christopher Convery, Owain Yeoman and Ralph Ineson. William Brent Bell returns to direct BRAHMS THE BOY II. The producers are Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Eric Reid, Gary Lucchesi, and Richard Wright in addition to Matt Berenson, Jim Wedaa and Roy Lee.
** LOCKE & KEY: Coming to Netflix on February 7, 2020. Based on the best-selling graphic novels, LOCKE & KEY follows 3 siblings who, after the murder of their father, move to their ancestral home only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities.
----- January 8, 2020 -----
** THE WALKING DEAD movie: Former series showrunner Scott M. Gimple, who now runs the franchise's direction overall, is the one spearheading the upcoming film and spoke with Entertainment Weekly about how it will relate back to the main show:
"We are going to continue to tell Rick's story, and we are going to discover so much of the world through that story. Rick will be challenged in different ways that, in some ways, everything that he's been through has sort of prepared him for. It's a much larger world than one that he had been operating in, and that was challenging in and of itself. Now things are heightened, and just as we're going to the movies – and it is the movies proper, suitably widescreen – we're going to be filling that screen with a brand new world."
Don't expect it soon though. Gimple tells the outlet the project is still in scripting stages and is still being worked on with a director not yet secured. He then adds:
"The scale is bigger and the budget is bigger, and it's THE WALKING DEAD, but heightened, both in the narrative themes, but also in just what we see onscreen. I say heightened, but I should also say it's also very different. It's not going to be the exact same thing we saw on television, just larger. We are going in some wild new directions.
Movies are a different beast than television. Television is like, boom, we're done. Movies, to calibrate an hour and a half, two hours is no joke, and it's been a lot of fun, but it's a real challenge and we take it very seriously for the fans. We really want to deliver them something special, something worth their trip to the movies. We're trying to be very deliberate and deliver something new." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** EXTRACURRICULAR: Four overachieving high school friends have a secret pastime: planning and executing murders. But when one of their plans goes shockingly awry, the relationship between the group is put to the test.
** THE ASSENT: After a series of disturbing supernatural events in his home, Joel, a young single father, comes to suspect that his young son may be possessed.
** DARK PLACE: Five simmering horror tales using impactful, electrifying, pushing new boundaries in narrative and story lines, DARK PLACE focuses on "desire to unpack race relations and examine the impact endured by the Australian indigenous inhabitants through the eyes of the new generation of Australian filmmakers.
----- January 6, 2020 -----
** EVIL DEAD sequel: Half a year ago, back when the well-reviewed CRAWL hit cinemas, filmmaker Sam Raimi suggested he had some ideas regarding the future of the EVIL DEAD franchise and we'd have to wait a while before he could share more. Raimi and star Bruce Campbell's last forays into that world were the Fede Alvarez-directed 2013 film reboot and Starz's ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD series which ran for three seasons.
With THE GRUDGE reboot now in cinemas, Raimi is back out on the press circuit and sadly the famed filmmaker doesn't have much in the way of new news about the status of another film beyond an obvious desire to do one and that something is in the works right now. Speaking on Reddit, he offered this update:
"Bruce, Rob [Tapert] and I are working with a young filmmaker who is writing a new EVIL DEAD story that he will direct. As for me… I would love to direct a new EVIL DEAD movie… but I'd really like to do it with Bruce. And he says he's retired the character. I hope not." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MON MON MON MONSTERS: A group of classmates doing community service discover two flesh-eating creatures hiding in an old building. One of the creatures is able to escape, but they capture the other one, torturing her while trying to learn what she really is. It soon becomes clear that the first creature's escape has dire consequences, as she hunts them down and stops at nothing to free her sister.
----- January 3rd, 2020 -----
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family (Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe) must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence. Forced to venture into the unknown, they quickly realize that the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path.
** LUZ: A young cab driver fleeing from the grasp of a possessed woman, whose confession could endanger the lives of everyone who crosses her path.
** GRETEL AND HANSEL: On January 31, witness the terrifying untold story of the classic tale. Sophia Lillis stars in Gretel & Hansel, coming to theaters everywhere.