It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- May 28, 2021 -----
** ESCAPE ROOM TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS: This is the sequel to the box office hit that terrified audiences around the world. In this installment, six people unwittingly find themselves locked in another series of escape rooms, slowly uncovering what they have in common to survive…and discovering they've all played the game before.
** FALSE POSITIVE: After months of trying and failing to get pregnant, Lucy (Ilana Glazer) and Adrian (Justin Theroux) finally find their dream fertility doctor in the illustrious Dr. Hindle (Pierce Brosnan). But after becoming pregnant with a healthy baby girl, Lucy begins to notice something sinister through Hindle's gleaming charm, and she sets out to uncover the unsettling truth about him, and her own "birth story." As if getting pregnant weren't complicated enough…
** WEREWOLVES WITHIN: Here's the new trailer for the upcoming film.
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures have announced that SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW will launch exclusively on Starz on October 8th in the first U.S. pay window. In addition, the film will reportedly hit PVOD platforms in Canada on June 1st, just over two weeks after it debuted in cinemas on May 14th. The film has so far earned just $23.5 million worldwide after nearly two weeks in cinemas. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- May 27, 2021 -----
** EVIL DEAD RISE: It's official, a new film in the EVIL DEAD franchise is on the way with EVIL DEAD RISE at the franchise's original home with New Line Cinema. Though franchise star Bruce Campbell won't appear, the new film builds off the original trilogy rather than the 2013 reboot. The story follows two estranged sisters (Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan) whose reunion is cut short by flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival.
The new installment will be released directly on HBO Max in the U.S., on Canal Plus in the U.K. and Metropolitan in France. Sam Rami will serve as an executive producer along with Campbell and Robert Tapert. Filmmaker Lee Cronin (THE HOLE IN THE GROUND) was hand-picked by Raimi and Campbell to write and direct the film which will be shot on location in New Zealand. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE DEEP HOUSE: Here's the trailer for the upcoming horror film from the directors of INSIDE.
** BONES & ALL: Oscar winner Mark Rylance will join Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell in Luca Guadagnino's cannibal romance horror film adaptation of Camille DeAngelis' novel BONES & ALL.
Russell plays a young woman on a cross-country trip as she searches for the father she has never met in an attempt to understand why she has the urge to kill and eat the people that love her. Dave Kajganich penned the screenplay and production is currently underway. No distributor is yet set. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY: In a recent Twitch live stream, actor Robbie Amell has confirmed that he's currently back on the set of Sony Pictures and Constantin Films' RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY to start filming the reshoots for the upcoming reboot film. This comes five months after the new film adaptation completed its principal photography. It is currently scheduled for a November 24, 2021, theatrical release. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Severin Films Summer 2021 releases: Here's the upcoming horror releases from Severin Films.
THE EUROCRYPT OF CHRISTOPHER LEE brings together five of these Lee classics - the 1964 gothic shocker CRYPT OF THE VAMPIRE; the 1964 cult hit CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD co-starring an unknown Donald Sutherland; 1962's celebrated SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE DEADLY NECKLACE; 1967's lurid favorite THE TORTURE CHAMBER OF DR. SADISM and the rarely-seen 1963 oddity CHALLENGE THE DEVIL - with the 24 surviving episodes of the 1971 Film Polski anthology series THEATRE MACABRE hosted by Lee, all remastered from original negative materials with over 10 hours of trailers, rare promos, audio commentaries & vintage interviews, plus the CASTLE OF THE LIVING DEAD soundtrack and an all-new 88-page book by Lee biographer Jonathan Rigby.
His mind-blowing work as an FX artist has included everything from Frank Henenlotter's BRAIN DAMAGE and FRANKENHOOKER to Matthew Barney's CREMASTER CYCLE. And for SKINNED DEEP, his 2004 debut as writer/producer/director, Gabe Bartalos created this "demented gift from the B-Movie Gods" (Bloody Good Horror) about a rural clan of psychotic freaks, the killing spree "that takes us places and shows us things we've never seen before" (Dread Central) and the final girl that may be their depraved undoing. Warwick Davis (LEPRECHAUN) and Jason Dugre (SAINT BERNARD) star - with an appearance by fandom legend Forrest J. Ackerman - in this "brutal, bloody forgotten masterpiece" (Morbidly Beautiful) featuring music by Captain Sensible of The Damned, now scanned uncut in 2K from the original negative for the first time ever.
In 1976, Montreal filmmaker Denis Héroux - future director of THE UNCANNY and Oscar®-nominated producer of ATLANTIC CITY - adapted the true story of Chicago mass murderer Richard Speck to war-torn Belfast, where a disturbed Vietnam vet drifter (Mathieu Carrière of MALPERTUIS and BILITIS fame) brutalizes a dorm full of student nurses in BORN FOR HELL. Re-edited by its video distributor and released as NAKED MASSACRE, Héroux's harrowing director's cut has remained unseen in America until now. Debra Berger (THE INGLORIOUS BASTARDS), Leonora Fani (GIALLO IN VENICE), Christine Boisson (EMMANUELLE), Ely Galleani (BABA YAGA) and Carole Laure (SWEET MOVIE) co-star in this "uncompromising and unfathomably grim work of art" (Video Basement), scanned in 2K from an uncut 35mm print discovered in The National Archives of Canada.
----- May 26, 2021 -----
** HELLRAISER remake: Hulu has reportedly picked up Spyglass Media's reboot of the HELLRAISER franchise. The project is separate from the HBO Max TV series in development with Michael Dougherty, Mark Verheiden David Gordon Green involved.
David Bruckner (THE RITUAL) helms this new film adaptation of Clive Barker's "The Hellbound Heart" and its tale of the puzzle box known as the Lament Configuration that can summon hell's denziens the Cenobites to our world. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Edgar Wright's psychological thriller about a young girl, passionate in fashion design, who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it appears, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences…
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: In the U.S., online ticket retailer Fandango revealed that advance ticket sale stats for the long-awaited A QUIET PLACE PART II next Friday are strong and industry estimates have pegged the film as pulling in around $40-50 million over the four-day Memorial Day holiday. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CENSOR: When film censor Enid (Niamh Algar) discovers an eerie horror video that speaks directly to her sister's mysterious disappearance, she resolves to unravel the puzzle behind the film and its enigmatic director – a quest that will blur the lines between fiction and reality in terrifying ways.
----- May 25, 2021 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13th 8-Movie Collection: This set will include eight feature films plus hours of special features and will be available on August 10th from Paramount Home Entertainment.
Get ready for the only FRIDAY THE 13th of the year on August 13th with this to-die-for collection, which includes newly remastered versions of the first four films in one of the most influential and successful horror franchises in cinematic history. This must-have set for fans of heart-stopping horror is gushing over with hours of previously released special features including slashed scenes, making of featurettes, killer commentaries and much, much more. The set also includes access to digital copies of all eight movies, including the "uncut" edition of the original FRIDAY THE 13th.
** Kevin Bacon and TREMORS: As part of a new Esquire profile piece published this past week, actor Kevin Bacon says he has zero interest in doing sequels to any of his earlier films. There is one notable exception though – 1990's TREMORS.
The creature feature remains a cult classic, loved for its colorful characters, monster worm mayhem and comedy along with great chemistry between Bacon and co-star Fred Ward. The numerous, mostly direct-to-video sequels though were not well regarded and Bacon wasn't involved (Ward only appearing in one).
Universal approached Bacon several years ago about making more of the films direct-to-video, he declined. Five years ago, Bacon himself tried to ignite interest – approaching Blumhouse about a reboot or revival:
"We were around the 25-year anniversary. I went to Blumhouse, and they were totally into the idea. Universal didn't want to remake it as a feature and also maybe because it didn't work as a feature the first time. So we put it aside. Then they came back to me and said, 'What would you think about doing it as a series?'"
The series was shopped around, eventually landing at SyFy but didn't make it to air. Cut to today and Bacon says he's still very much up for another go as he says it's the only film of his he has ever rewatched since its premiere:
"It was one film of mine that I wanted to revisit that character. I don't look back at all… I would still love to do it, believe me. Maybe it needs to be the 30th anniversary or the 35th. We'll keep going." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SAW: The SAW franchise hit a major milestone this weekend that put the Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures horror franchise in elite company. SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW, which stars Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson, was once again the No. 1 film in North America. The success of the latest entry also brought the SAW franchise past the $1 billion mark.
Lionsgate reports that the estimated cume is now at $1,000,799,533. SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW is the sixth film in the popular franchise to take the top spot in North America. It brought in $4.55 million from 2,991 theaters, which raises its total to an estimated $15.827 million in the region. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Edgar Wright's psychological thriller about a young girl, passionate in fashion design, who is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it appears, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
----- May 24, 2021 -----
** Kino Lorber buys Artsploitation Films: Kino Lorber is pleased to announce that it has concluded an agreement to acquire renowned distributor Artsploitation Films from its owner and president Ray Murray. Mr. Murray and other members of his team will remain involved to help grow the business as a division and brand of Kino Lorber.
** VICIOUS FUN: Coming to Shudder! Joel, a caustic 1980s film critic for a national horror magazine, finds himself unwittingly trapped in a self-help group for serial killers. With no other choice, Joel attempts to blend in or risk becoming the next victim.
** AN UNQUIET GRAVE: Coming to Shudder!A year after losing his wife in a car crash, Jamie convinces her sister, Ava, to return with him to the site of the accident and help him perform a strange ritual. But as the night wears on, it becomes clear that he has darker intentions.
** SUPERDEEP: Coming to Shudder! The Kola Superdeep borehole is the largest Russian secret facility. In 1984, at the depth of more than 7 miles below the surface, unexplained sounds were recorded, resembling the screams and moans of numerous people. Since these events, the object has been closed. A small research team of scientists and military personnel had gone down below the surface to find out the secret that the world's deepest borehole was hiding. What they have found poses the greatest threat that humanity has ever faced. Now the future of the world is in their hands.
** CAVEAT: Coming to Shudder! Lone drifter Isaac accepts a job to look after his landlord's niece, Olga, for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there's a catch: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms. Once Olga's uncle, Barrett leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behavior as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house.
----- May 21, 2021 -----
** THE LAST MAN ON EARTH: Coming August 31st from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.
- New Audio Commentary by Richard Harland Smith
- TRAILERS FROM HELL with Joe Dante
- Richard Matheson Storyteller
- 2 TV Spots
- Alternate Ending
- Italian Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
- Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase (2500)
** THE RAVEN: Coming August 31st from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.
- Audio Commentary by Film Historian David Del Valle
- Corman's Comedy of Poe: An Interview with Producer/Director Roger Corman
- Richard Matheson: Storyteller
- TRAILERS FROM HELL with Mick Garris
- Theatrical Trailer
- Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase (2500)
** PROPHECY: Eureka Entertainment to release PROPHECY, a thrilling and unflinching creature feature from the director of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, on Blu-ray for the first time ever in the UK from 16 August 2021. Presented as part of the Eureka Classics range with a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase and Collector's Booklet [First Print Run of 2000 copies only].
Robert Foxworth and Talia Shire star as a doctor and his wife who travel to Maine to research the impact of the lumber industry on the local environment. They begin to investigate a succession of mysterious and terrifying events: ecological freaks of nature and a series of bizarre and grisly human deaths. Something unimaginably horrible waits in the woods. Something unwittingly created by man, that will become an uncontrollable, merciless machine of destruction.
----- May 20, 2021 -----
** CRAWL 2: Filmmaker Alexandre Aja was already doing well for himself with movies like HIGH TENSION, THE HILLS HAVE EYES and PIRANJA 3D remakes. But 2019's creature feature CRAWL was something of a breakthrough for him, the movie scoring strong reviews and overcoming a lack of promotion to result in a $92 million box-office haul off a $13-15 million budget.
Talking to the Bloody Disgusting web site this week whilst promoting the French-language sci-fi mystery thriller OXYGEN, Aja says he's talking "nonstop" to make a CRAWL sequel happen and right now the team is trying to find a way into the story. He indicates whatever it is it likely won't involve Kaya Scodelario's Haley again, rather be more of a thematic/scenario follow-up:
"I think the story of Haley is a really strong one, but I believe that CRAWLCrawl is about nature taking back its due, and kind of like… more hurricane-driven, man versus animal. So maybe it will be another story altogether…. [we're] looking for that human story right now, that will be as strong as the one in the first one. To make the second one legit."
Set in the middle of a coastal community being hit by a tropical hurricane, a young woman races to her father's house to find him – only to find herself and the injured dad trapped in a slowly flooding basement with at least two hungry alligators. It's not clear if the first film's writers Michael and Shaw Rasmussen would be back, but he says the creative team is "putting together a really, really fun take". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RESIDENT EVIL INFINITE DARKNESS: Netflix has released the full trailer for RESIDENT EVIL INFINITE DARKNESS, an original computer graphic anime series based on the celebrated video game franchise which arrives July 8th.
This series us Leon S. Kennedy (Nick Apostolides) fighting zombies in the White House, while Claire Redfield (Stephanie Panisello) investigates a mysterious drawing that could indicate a zombie outbreak was happening on the other side of the planet. Both are ultimately linked.
Eiichiro Hasumi helms the series which aimed to replicate live-action filming compositions as much as possible, and Hasumi advocates the show should be binged in one sitting. The series is not to be confused with the live-action film RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY which is on the way later this year. The game franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** FEAR STREET: Netflix has announced that the upcoming trilogy of movies based on R.L. Stine's FEAR STREET book series will premiere over three consecutive weeks this July. FEAR STREET PART 1 1994 hits July 2nd, FEAR STREET PART 2 1978 arrives July 9th, and FEAR STREET PART 3 1666 hits July 16th. Unlike Stine's kid-centric GOOSEBUMPS films, these are rated R.
Leigh Janiak directed the interconnected films that unfold over three different time periods across three centuries – all in the fictional town of Shadyside, Ohio. Things begin with a group of teenagers who discover that the terrifying events that have haunted their town for generations may all be connected – and they may be targeted next.
The trilogy was originally set up at Fox and was slated to debut theatrically, Netflix acquired the property last year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- May 19, 2021 -----
** THE HUNGER remake: Angela Robinson (DEBS) is in final talks to direct a remake of Tony Scott's famed 1983 erotic vampire film THE HUNGER for Warner Bros. Pictures. Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie and Susan Sarandon starred in the original which was based on a novel by Whitley Strieber. It dealt with a love triangle between a doctor, who specializes in sleep and aging research, and a vampire couple. Jessica Sharzer (NINE PERFECT STRANGERS) is writing the script for the new version. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HARD ROCK ZOMBIES: Coming soon from Livid Media is Krishna Shah's 1985 film. DVD specs, extras, street date and full art work to be revealed soon.
** BASKIN: Coming to Blu-ray at the end of this month from Raven Banner Entertainment in Canada.
- 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
- Original Short Film
- Behind the Scenes Featurette
- Turkish with English subtitles
** AMITYVILLE POLTERGEIST: Arriving May 18 on DVD and VOD from Breaking Glass Pictures, AMITYVILLE POLTERGEIST follows a young man who accepts a caretakers position, but soon finds that the house is not as empty as it appears. Soon, doors begin to slam, steps begin to creep, and the house's true inhabitants come out to play.
From writer-director Calvin McCarthy and starring Parris Bates, Sydney Winbush, J. Rebecca Morse, and Jon Hall, the film will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Playstation, Vudu, FandangoNOW, and local cable & satellite providers, as well as DVD.
----- May 18, 2021 -----
** PET SEMATARY sequel: Lindsey Beer has signed on to direct the follow-up to 2019's new adaptation of Stephen King's best-seller PET SEMATARY at Paramount Players. The highly in-demand screen writer will make her directing debut on the project which she wrote based on a draft by Jeff Buhler.
The 2019 film followed a family, who after tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead. The new film will debut exclusively on the Paramount+ service with Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian to produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ATTACK THE BLOCK sequel: Ten years after it launched their careers, actor John Boyega and filmmaker Joe Cornish are reuniting for a sequel to 2011's modern cult classic ATTACK THE BLOCK.
The original followed a ragtag group of friends who find themselves defending their UK council estate from glowing toothed aliens. Both have expressed a desire to do a sequel for a few years now. Cornish returns to write, direct and will produce alongside Boyega, Nira Park and James Wilson. Studiocanal, Film4, Complete Fiction Pictures and UpperRoom Productions are backing the project. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE BRIDE: GAME OF THRONES alum Nathalie Emmanuel and TRON LEGACY Garrett Hedlund are set to star in Screen Gems' upcoming contemporary horror thriller THE BRIDE, according to the Deadline web site. The movie is inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula and tells the story of a young woman who is courted and swept off her feet only to realize a gothic conspiracy is afoot. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HISTORY OF THE OCCULT: FilmSharks has nabbed the worldwide and remake rights of the Argentine horror film. Filmed in black and white and set in the 1980s, HISTORY OF THE OCCULT takes place during the last broadcast of the #1 news show on TV, "60 Minutes Before Midnight." A band of journalists are racing against time to convince the lead guest, Adrian Marcato, to expose a conspiracy that connects their corrupt government to an actual coven. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- May 17, 2021 -----
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Here's a new image from the upcoming film.
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: There were a lot of new films arriving in cinemas and on streaming on Friday, but not a lot of interest from audiences willing to brave cinemas to see them. Hopes were SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW would score up to $15 million, and while it did come first it underwhelmed at just $8.7 million for the three days. To put that in comparison even the worst opening SAW film to date, SAW VI still managed to snag over $14 million in its opening weekend. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: Zack Snyder's zombie heist movie fell below box office projections despite good reviews. Hopes were a $1.5-2 million bow, it made just $780,000. Still that apparently marks the biggest theatrical opening for a Netflix movie to date. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BUTCHER, BAKER, NIGHTMARE MAKER: Coming August 3rd from Code Red DVD and distributed by Kino Lorber.
- 2017 2K Scan from the Original Camera Negative
- Audio Commentary by Producer/Writer Steven Breimer and Co-Writer Alan Jay Glueckman, Moderated by Mondo Digital's Nathaniel Thompson
- Audio Commentary by Jimmy McNichol
- On Camera Interviews with Stars Jimmy McNichol and Susan Tyrrell, Actor Steven Eastin, Make-Up Artist Allan A. Alpone and Producer Steve Breimer
- Reversible Night Warning Art
- Limited Edition O-Card Slipcase
- Theatrical Trailer
----- May 13, 2021 -----
** THE FOREVER PURGE: One night is not enough. In theaters July 2.
** Blue Underground update: The MANIAC COP 2 4K master is finished. Now in the midst of completing restoration on MANIAC COP 3. New Dolby Atmos mix scheduled for next week. We should have the release date set and final details announced soon. Oh, and work is getting underway for 2 new, unannounced 4K UHD releases!
** DON'T GO IN THE HOUSE: Coming soon to Blu-ray from Severin Films.
** GIRLS SCHOOL SCREAMERS: Coming soon from Vinegar Syndrome! Details and release date to come.
** JAKOB'S WIFE: Coming to Blu-ray 7/20 from RLJE Films and Shudder. Anne, married to a small-town Minister, feels her life has been shrinking over the past 30 years. Encountering "The Master" brings her a new sense of power and an appetite to live bolder. However, the change comes with a heavy body count.
----- May 12, 2021 -----
** BODIES, BODIES, BODIES: Lee Pace will join BORAT sequel breakout Maria Bakalova and Pete Davidson in the A24 slasher film BODIES, BODIES, BODIES. In addition, Rachel Sennott, Chase Sui Wonders, and Conner O'Malley will round out the cast of the film which already includes Amandla Stenberg and Myha'la Herrold. Halina Reijn is set to direct what's being dubbed a "secret slasher" with plot details under wraps. Shooting is slated to kick off next week with A24 fully financing and producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING: IFC Midnight have picked up Sean King O'Grady's feature film debut, the horror flick WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING. His debut will have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 15th in the Midnight Section. IFC Midnight plans to release the film in North America later this year.
WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING follows Melissa and her family as they seek shelter from a storm and become trapped. With no sign of rescue, hours turn to days and Melissa comes to realize that she and her girlfriend Amy might have something to do with the horrors that threaten to tear her family - and the entire world - apart. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** THE FUNERAL HOME: Bernardo is an undertaker. He runs his mortuary business in the same house where he resides. In the front he has his clients. And in the back, his dysfunctional family lives amongst coffins, wreaths and mischievous supernatural entities that visit on a daily basis. They attribute the paranormal manifestations to the dead bodies from their mortuary work. Find the real source of all this madness will be their quest, but they might find a terrifying truth.
THE FUNERAL HOME had its world premiere at Canada's Fantasia Film Festival, and was part of the festivals: FrightFest in UK, Sitges in Spain and recently Fantasporto in Portugal, collecting great critics by media and horror fans. Recently released in cinemas in Russia, now the film hits SHUDDER, available in US, CA, UKI, ANZ, and reaching more territories soon. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** NO REASON and HANGER: Coming soon from Unearthed Films. Uncut and off a new scan from the master, Olaf Ittenbach's gorefest, NO REASON has never looked better. NO REASON has a release date of May 11,2021. The late Ryan Nicholson directed the savage exploitation film, HANGER, starring Dan Ellis, Lloyd Kaufman and Debbie Rochon. Nicholson's HANGER releases June 22, 2021.
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Paramount Pictures is reportedly in a pay dispute with actors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in regards to the upcoming horror sequel A QUIET PLACE PART II according to Bloomberg. The trade reports that the couple's contract for the film compensates them based on the film's box-office performance – Blunt has the lead role while Krasinski penned and directs.
Last week Paramount made it official that they've cut the film's theatrical run down from the previous standard of 90 days to 45 days, after which time the title will go directly to their Paramount+ service.
The actors and the film's producers (including Michael Bay) are now reportedly concerned that much of the potential audience will instead wait for the film to be available for home viewing – especially as cinemas are still fairly quiet on the domestic front. The situation is not unlike the issue Warners faced with its decision to have its entire 2021 slate premiere simultaneously in cinemas and on HBO Max. In that case, compensation payouts quickly quelled any disputes over the move.
The key difference here? According to the publication, discussions are ongoing and so far the studio has rebuffed them. Officially, ViacomCBS has no contractual obligation to pay extra. With the 90 day window now effectively obliterated in favor of variable arrangements on a film-by-film basis, the industry is trying to figure out the future of movie deals. Old school deals relying on box-office results are less likely to be offered in the future in favor of larger upfront payouts that streamers like Netflix and Amazon currently employ.
The original A QUIET PLACE collected $341 million in ticket sales worldwide in 2018 from a $20 million budget. The sequel was expected to be one of the studio's biggest movies of 2020 until the pandemic hit and the film was postponed three times. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- May 10, 2021 -----
** FACES OF DEATH remake: Legendary Entertainment has picked up the rights to 1978 cult classic FACES OF DEATH with plans for a reboot that will potentially launch a franchise.
The original adopted a faux-documentary structure and followed a pathologist exploring gruesome ways to die via footage purportedly culled from around the world. The film had its desired effect – being banned in multiple countries and generating a money-making hit that spawned sequels and imitators. When the VHS boom happened shortly after, its success only grew.
The new take revolves around a female moderator of a YouTube-like website whose job is to weed out offensive and violent content and who herself is recovering from serious trauma. She stumbles across a group that is recreating the murders from the original film and now, in this digital age of online misinformation, she has to wonder are the murders real or fake?
Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber (CAM) will write and direct the new version while Susan Montford and Don Murphy will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TIME CUT: HAPPY DEATH DAY writer-director Chris Landon is set to produce TIME CUT for ACE Entertainment. Hannah Macpherson will direct from a script by Michael Kennedy and Sono Patel. Madison Bailey and Antonia Gentry will lead the project which is dubbed BACK TO THE FUTURE meet SCREAM and will begin shooting this June in Canada. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: Director Zack Snyder dissects the trailer for his new film.
** 100 CANDLES: A sinister game traps a group of friends, that tell one another horror stories in front of a magical mirror. One candle, one nightmare, there are 100 to go; they cannot leave the game, otherwise a witch's curse will fall upon them.
----- May 7, 2021 -----
** George A. Romero's THE AMUSEMENT PARK: Shudder has set a June 8th premiere date for horror director George A. Romero's legendary 'lost' film. The film was recently discovered and restored in 4K by IndieCollect, the George A. Romero Foundation and producer Suzanne Desrocher-Romero.
Originally commissioned by the Lutheran Society as a project that would showcase the issues of elder abuse and ageism, Romero used the topics to create a film about an elderly man that finds himself disoriented and isolated as his struggles are manifested in roller coasters and large crowds.
** THE HITCHER: From Second Sight Films; "Following some speculation we can confirm we will be releasing THE HITCHER on Blu-ray! We would have loved to release a 4K, however original elements are missing or no longer exist and this therefore won't be possible. We've searched via several film archive associations with worldwide members plus other routes. Only prints exist, and then very rarely. We will be using the existing master taken from a print which is in the best condition we have seen. However, further restoration work is being done on the master to address several issues that we can improve upon, including some image warping caused by rips/tears. Hours will be spent in manual restoration for further dirt and scratch removal, splice removal, improved stability and flicker repair. We are also re-grading to balance colour given the print source. We aim to give THE HITCHER the best possible presentation it has ever had."
** 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.
----- May 6, 2021 -----
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Paramount Pictures has released a brief teaser promising a new 'final trailer' for the long-delayed sequel which is finally coming to cinemas on May 28th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Chris Lowell (GLOW) has been added to the cast of the feature adaptation of MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM, inspired by the cult-hit novel by Grady Hendrix. Lowell will join the previously announced Elsie Fisher (EIGHT GRADE), who is headlining an ensemble cast that includes Amiah Miller, Cathy Ang, and Rachel Ogechi Kanu. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CAVEAT: Shudder announced that Damian Mc Carthy's feature debut CAVEAT will be released in all their territories on June 3rd. That covers the U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
Lone drifter Isaac (Jonathan French) accepts a job to look after his landlord's niece, Olga (Leila Sykes), for a few days in an isolated house on a remote island. It seems like easy money, but there's a catch: he must wear a leather harness and chain that restricts his movements to certain rooms. Once Olga's uncle, Barrett (Ben Caplan) leaves the two of them alone, a game of cat and mouse ensues as Olga displays increasingly erratic behavior as a trapped Isaac makes a series of horrific discoveries in the house. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** FUNHOUSE: Down and out backup singer and celebrity ex-husband Kasper is invited to compete in the Funhouse, an online 'Big Brother' style reality show. To rebrand his image and tarnished reputation, Kasper reluctantly accepts the offer. Together with 7 other C-list celebrities from around the globe he will compete for the prize of 5 million dollars. At first, the Funhouse is just as the name suggests, full of wild times, budding friendships, love connections and brewing rivalries. To everyone's surprise, the fun quickly turns into misery when the first challenge leaves one of the contestants brutally murdered.
----- May 5, 2021 -----
** RIKI-OH THE STORY OF RICKY: Coming to Blu-ray on August 16th from 88 Films. Director Lam Ngai Kai brings us a tour de force story of incarceration and injustice laced with super charged action sequences and mounting prison-based tension. Set in the year 2001, where all correctional facilities have been privatised, martial artist Ricky finds himself victim to the corrupt system when he is found guilty of the manslaughter of an infamous crime boss. Once in jail he must fight for his own survival when he is thrown into a world of enemies vying for his blood.
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: It has been announced that Zack Snyder's zombie film ARMY OF THE DEAD will play exclusively in U.S. cinemas starting on May 14th – one week prior to its Netflix release on May 21st.
Cinemark, one of the country's biggest theater chains, has agreed to play the movie in an arrangement that marks the first-ever Netflix film to score a wide release at a major theater chain. The film will be shown at 200 Cinemark locations and roughly 600 theaters in total. Main rivals AMC and Regal will NOT be showing the film. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** H.P. Lovecraft's THE DEEP ONES: The bizarre world of H.P. Lovecraft comes to life by combining monster movie thrills with dark body horror. The film arrives on DVD & Digital June 15th.
----- May 3rd, 2021 -----
** TWILIGHT OF THE DEAD: Suzanne Romero, the wife of the late film director George A. Romero, is currently seeking meetings with directors for a fifth and final feature in Romero's signature zombie film series. Titled TWILIGHT OF THE DEAD, Suzanne Romero says she has been developing the script with three screenwriters for the past few years and is ready to meet with directors on the project.
Her husband was quietly developing this concluding chapter before his death in 2017 and intended it to be his final statement on the genre. The story is set in a decimated world in which life has all but disappeared, but there may still be hope for humanity.
It follows on from Romero's various originals including 1968's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, 1978's DAWN OF THE DEAD, 1985's DAY OF THE DEAD and 2005's LAND OF THE DEAD. While he directed two more zombie films after that – 2007's DIARY OF THE DEAD and 2009's SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD – he doesn't consider them part of the same overarching story.
He wrote the treatment for TWILIGHT OF THE DEAD with Paolo Zelati. After his death, Zelati asked Suzanne Romero for permission to continue and brought on screenwriters Joe Knetter and Robert L. Lucas to help.
Zelati says: "Everything started with my question to him: 'Where do the zombies go at the end of LAND OF THE DEAD?' It is no secret that Diary and Survival were not the way he envisioned the series ending, and George knew it very well. TWILIGHT OF THE DEAD was his goodbye to the genre he created and wanted to go out with a powerful film."
Suzanne Romero says: "I gave him my full blessing as long as I could be there every step of the way for it to remain true to George's vision. We had a solid treatment and the beginning of the script. I can 100% say that George would be incredibly happy to see this continue. He wanted this to be his final stamp on the zombie genre…. while someone else will carry the torch as the director, it is very much a George A. Romero film." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE CAT O' NINE TAILS 4K UHD: Coming in July from Arrow Video.
- New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
- Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
- English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- Audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
- Nine Lives, an interview with co-writer\/director Dario Argento
- The Writer O Many Tales, an interview with co-writer Dardano Sacchetti
- Child Star, an interview with actress Cinzia De Carolis
- Giallo in Turin, an interview with production manager Angelo Iacono
- Script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time
- Original Italian, international and US theatrical trailers
- Illustrated collectors booklet featuring an original essay on the film by Dario Argento, and writing by Barry Forshaw, Troy Howarth and Howard Hughes
- Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
- Six double\-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
- Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
** ONE CUT OF THE DEAD remake: OSS 117 director Michel Hazanavicius and actor Romain Duris are teaming up for a French remake of the low-budget Japanese horror-comedy ONE CUT OF THE DEAD.
The story deals with a film crew that appears to encounter real zombies while making a zombie movie – at least that's what they think at first. Titled COMME Z locally and FINAL CUT internationally, production on the new film has begun on the outskirts of Paris. Duris will play the director of a B-movie falling into chaos and who seems to be the only one invested with the necessary energy to keep the film afloat.
Hazanavicius' wife and Oscar nominee Berenice Bejo (THE ARTIST) has also joined the cast, as has their daughter Simone Hazanavicius. Gregory Gadebois, Finnegan Oldfield, Matilda Lutz, Sebastian Chassagne, Raphael Quenard, Jean-Pascal Zadi, Lyes Salem, and Luana Bajrami co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LAST OF US TV series: Shortly after it first came out, a film adaptation of Naughty Dog's critically acclaimed video game THE LAST OF US was in the works. Then it spent years languishing in development hell at Screen Gems and Sony, frozen until HBO came in and picked up the property as a TV series that things finally got underway on the adaptation.
So why could they never get it to work as a movie? Game director Neil Druckmann, who wrote the proposed film and is heavily involved in the series that is being produced, tells Script Apart podcast (via IGN) that the film never worked because it fixated on action set-pieces:
"When I worked on the movie version, a lot of the thinking and notes were like 'how do we make it bigger? How do we make the set pieces bigger?' It didn't work for THE LAST OF US and I think that's ultimately why the movie wasn't made.
Our approach for THE LAST OF US was 'Let's make it as an indie film'. Let's approach it as an indie film team, the way it's shot, the way how small and intimate it feels. And with the show, we get to lean into that even more because we don't have to have as many action sequences as we do in the game."
That fits the material which is a combat and stealth-based survival game with a strong narrative praised more for its nuanced storytelling and characters than its big action set-pieces.
It also fits in line with the directors like Kantemir Balagov, Jasmila Zbanic and Ali Abbasi who have been hired to helm the episodes of the series. Druckmann says they've also managed to ditch one aspect of the game that makes no sense – the tutorial aspect:
"In the game, there are certain mechanics for pacing purposes. You have to engage those mechanics every once in a while, you need enough combat to train those mechanics. And you can throw all that out [for the TV show] because now we're in a different medium. Let's play to the strengths of this medium."
Druckmann writes the series with Craig Mazin (CHERNOBYL) while Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey are set to star. Filming is slated to kick off in July. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- April 30, 2021 -----
** David Cronenberg's CRIMES OF THE FUTURE: It has now been confirmed that Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux are to play the leads in David Cronenberg's next directorial effort CRIMES OF THE FUTURE. The project boasts the same name as one of his first features and marks not only his first directing project in seven years but also his first original screenplay since 1999's eXistenZ.
While the title may be the same, the official synopsis sounds quite different to that early film although is very much in line with the sci-fi body horror stylings the Canadian filmmaker made his name on from.
The story is set in the not-so-distant future where humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings, causing human evolution to metamorphose with 'Accelerated Evolution Syndrome' (AES) spreading fast. While some embrace the limitless potential of transhumanism, others attempt to police it. Saul Tenser is a performance artist who has embraced AES, sprouting new and unexpected organs in his body. Tenser has turned the removal of these organs into a real-time theatre spectacle. But with both the government and a strange subculture watching him, Tenser is forced to consider what would be his most shocking performance of all.
Scott Speedman, Welket Bungue, Don McKellar and Lihi Kornowski will also star while Robert Lantos will produce. Filming is slated to begin in Greece in August and NEON will distribute the film in the United States. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE FEAST: The Welsh-language revenge horror film THE FEAST has been picked up by IFC Midnight for North American distribution. The company plans a Thanksgiving 2021 release. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** Zack Snyder's ARMY OF THE DEAD: Filmmaker Zack Snyder has released ten colorful character posters for his upcoming Netflix zombie heist feature. Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Tig Notaro, Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ana de la Reguera, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone star in the project which will stream globally May 21st on Netflix.
----- April 29, 2021 -----
** Neill Blomkamp's DEMONIC: From the director Neill Blomkamp of DISTRICT 9 and ELYSIUM, a young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades old rift between mother and daughter are revealed.
** ESCAPE ROOM 2: Sony and Adam Robitel's horror flick ESCAPE ROOM 2 has been moved up six months to a July 16th 2021 release. The move back comes not long after the already-completed film was delayed nearly a year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE MEG sequel: Doing early press for Guy Ritchie's armored truck crime thriller WRATH OF MAN, actor Jason Statham has confirmed he will be back for the sequel to the giant shark feature THE MEG. Speaking with the Collider web site, Statham says that the studio is planning to start filming the project early next year and can't wait to finally get to work with the film's director Ben Wheatley:
"We're gonna start shooting in January if I get my dates right. Ben Wheatley is the director. I'm very excited to work with him. I'm thrilled to get going. Its been a while. We've been waiting around for the right scripts to come in and the right director to turn up, and we've got all those things, and they're all stacked up now.
[Wheatley's] great. We have a great shorthand already. We've got similar taste. I like his movies. I think he's a brilliant director. I think we've got a good shot at making something good."
2018's THE MEG, which sees a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark that was previously thought to be extinct re-emerge, hauled in a worldwide gross of over $530 million. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- April 28, 2021 -----
** THE BLACK PHONE: Universal and Blumhouse Productions announced that the upcoming horror thriller THE BLACK PHONE officially has a release date, with the company targeting January 28, 2022, as its release date. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SOUND OF VIOLENCE: Coming to VOD May 21st. Alexis recovered her hearing after witnessing the brutal murder of her family when she was ten. The visceral experience awakened synesthetic abilities in her and started her on an orphaned path of self-discovery through the healing tones of brutal violence. She goes on to pursue a career teaching and experimenting to find new sounds. She is supported and loved by her roommate Marie who is unaware of the dark secrets behind Alexis' unique music and the part she unknowingly plays. Faced with the likelihood of losing her hearing again, Alexis escalates her pursuit of her masterpiece through gruesome sound experiments and devastating designs. She won't let anything stop her, not even love.
** BAPHOMET: Cleopatra Entertainment will release the Satanic horror film BAPHOMET starring Dani Filth, the lead singer of Cradle of Filth, on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital June 8th.
The film tells the tale of an American family (the Richardsons) celebrating their daughter's pregnancy, but things begin to go awry when Satanic cult leader, Henrik Brandr unexpectedly visits their ranch. Henrik offers to pay the family a large sum for ownership of their land, claiming it is sacred to his congregation. Jacob Richardson, the father, rejects the offer due to the sentimental value of his ranch. Henrik, displeased, begins to put curses on the Richardsons, trying to force them off of their own land - even if it means murdering them. After suffering unexplainable tragedies created by the curses, the Richardsons seek help from Marybeth, a white witch high priestess. They soon discover a terrible secret about their house, revealing why their land is so scared to the cult. They realize that they must protect their house from the cult at all costs, and a violent battle between good and evil ensues.
----- April 27, 2021 -----
** THE BABADOOK: Coming from Second Sight Films on June 21st as a 4K UHD/Blu-ray dual format box set including 150 page hardback book with new essays, archive interview with Jennifer Kent, behind-the-scenes-stills and original book illustration concepts, plus 6 art cards.
** DEMENTIA PART II: Suzanne wasn't always this confused. She wasn't always dead either - When an ex-con takes a job as a handyman for an unstable elderly woman to avoid a parole violation, it becomes a choice he may regret.
** THE CONJURING THE LOVER: The new comics imprint DC Horror is set to launch with THE CONJURING THE LOVER, a five-issue limited series is described as a prelude to the upcoming film THE CONJURING THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT.
It expands the tragic story of Jessica, a college freshman returning to campus after winter break with a lot on her mind – including the undeniably unnerving feeling of being watched. She soon comes to realize that something evil has made her its target, and it will not rest until it has her in its unholy grip. But why did this sinister presence set its sights on a seemingly normal college freshman?
The comic series will also "feature backup stories that further explore the mysteries of the artifact room of Lorraine and Ed Warren from THE CONJURING universe."
The new film sees Lorraine and Ed Warren (Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson) investigate the case of Arne Cheyenne Johnson, a young man on trial for murder who claims demonic possession forced him to kill. The comic is penned by the film's screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick along with Rex Ogle and features art by Garry Brown. Both the comic and new film launch on June 4th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- April 26, 2021 -----
** AMERICAN PSYCHO and SAW TV series: It has been 21 years since the theatrical release of Mary Harron's cult classic AMERICAN PSYCHO, and now Lionsgate Television chairman Kevin Beggs has confirmed that the studio is currently in the process of developing a TV series adaptation of the Christian Bale-led black comedy slasher movie.
Speaking with the Deadline web site, Beggs also went on to tease the potential TV spinoff of James Wan and Leigh Whannell's SAW franchise, revealing that it's one of the many titles they're planning to explore for television. Understandably, Beggs wasn't able to give away further details about the potential project, but the outlet brings word that Lionsgate TV is reportedly still in early talks for the long-rumored SAW TV series and that Mark Burg and Oren Koules' Twisted Television would be involved.
"We've just wrapped up DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, which was a really good experience. BLINDSPOTTING is coming up. AMERICAN PSYCHO is in development. We're always exploring what we can do in television with something like the SAW franchise, so that's a conversation," Beggs said. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** George A. Romero's MARTIN 4K UHD: From Second Sight Films. Following a lot of discussions and some logistical delays over the past year we finally have more news on MARTIN. Originally intended as a Blu-ray only release we are now going ahead with a 4K UHD as well. This means going back to the original scan and a new restoration in 4K which will take some time. We hope for a late summer release and will keep you posted. Thanks for everyone's patience on this one.
** THE CONJURING THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT: Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga return as paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren in the film and their fight for the soul of a young boy takes them beyond anything they'd ever seen before.
The case marked the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense. Ruairi O'Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard co-star in the film which has been dubbed the biggest and darkest entry in the franchise to date.
** WEREWOLVES WITHIN: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
----- April 23, 2021 -----
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: Here's the poster for the upcoming horror film.
** FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS: Here's the poster for the upcoming horror film. Romina, an overworked nurse and single mother, returns home from her late shift on Halloween night to find Chris, a forlorn maniac, hiding out with Alan, a bruised and beaten hostage. As an unexpected wave of violent intruders descend upon the neighbourhood and lay siege to her home, the trio soon realize the only way out of the situation is to become as violent as everyone else.
** THE CONJURING THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT: According to Film Ratings, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema's long-awaited third installment of THE CONJURING films titled THE CONJURING THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT has officially been given an R-rating from the MPAA for "terror, violence and some disturbing images." This comes ahead of the Michael Chaves-directed horror feature's upcoming simultaneous theatrical release and HBO Max debut on Friday, June 4. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DETENTION: Gotham-based distributor Dekanalog has added the acclaimed Taiwanese festival favorite DETENTION to their bustling 2021 slate, with plans to release the award-winning film in theatres and virtual cinemas nationwide on October 8th. The film, from director John Hsu, marks the distributor's second genre release following the Tunisian horror favorite DACHRA, which Dekanalog will bow on July 9th. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- April 22, 2021 -----
** TWO EVIL EYES 4K UHD: Coming on August 24th from Blue Underground!
- Critically acclaimed restoration now in true 4K ultra high definition with Dolby Vision HDR and a new Dolby Atmos audio mix
- Limited Edition embossed slipcover featuring original artwork by the late, great Enzo Sciotti (First Pressing Only!)
- Audio: English (Dolby Atmos, 2.1 DTS-HD); French (1.0 DTS-HD)
- Subtitles: English SDH, Français, Español
- Region Free
- Packed with hours of Extras
Disc 1 (4K UHD Blu-ray) Feature Film + Extras
- Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, Author of "Murder By Design: The Unsane Cinema of Dario Argento"
- Theatrical Trailer
- Poster & Still Gallery
Disc 2 (Blu-ray) Extras:
- Two Masters' Eyes – Interviews with Directors Dario Argento & George Romero, Special Make-Up Effects Supervisor Tom Savini, Executive Producer Claudio Argento, and Asia Argento
- Savini's EFX – A Behind-the-Scenes look at the film's Special Make-Up Effects
- At Home With Tom Savini – A personal tour of Tom Savini's home
- Adrienne Barbeau on George Romero
- Before I Wake – Interview with Star Ramy Zada
- Behind The Wall – Interview with Star Madeleine Potter
- One Maestro And Two Masters – Interview with Composer Pino Donaggio
- Rewriting Poe – Interview with Co-Writer Franco Ferrini
- The Cat Who Wouldn't Die – Interview with Assistant Director Luigi Cozzi
- Two Evil Brothers – Interview with Special Make-Up Assistant Everett Burrell
- Working With George – Interview with Costume Designer Barbara Anderson
** TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD: Don May from Synapse Films offers new details on the upcoming TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD Blu-ray to Rue Morgue.
"TOMBS was one of those situations where we inherited a previous scan and restoration that I was not able to supervise myself," May says. "I had to do some fixes, some color corrections and other things to bring the movie up to our usual standards of quality, and finally it's done."
Both the longer Spanish and shorter English cuts will be included, and a third that May describes as "the nightmare I caused for myself. I got the bright idea to do a hybrid version; I said, 'Why don't we put the English track over the longer Spanish edition, and where the Spanish one has extra footage and dialogue, we just cut to the Spanish and put subtitles on it.' So we have the long version mostly in English with 15 or 20 minutes in Spanish, with optional subtitles. I didn't realize till after I started it that it would be a massive pain in the ass, but we're doing it. It'll be interesting for the fans to have the opportunity to see it that way, and it's weird, because there are scenes in English with just one or two lines of dialogue in Spanish, and you get to see what the people who first put the movie out in the U.S. decided to cut."
"We've got three commentaries," May says, "including one by [historian/author] Troy Howarth and one by Lone Fleming, the star of the film, which is awesome. We also have a commentary by Rod Barnett and Troy Guinn, who do the NaschyCast podcast, which is a lot of fun."
And there's more: "We've got the infamous REVENGE FROM PLANET APE opening [slapped on the film in the '70s by a duplicitous distributor attempting to tie it in with the PLANET OF THE APES franchise], and an amazing documentary on the Spanish zombie genre that's a follow-up to the one on the LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE Blu-ray, by the same people [director Naomi Holwill et al.].
Also, we always try to do a CD for our special editions, and there has never been an official soundtrack CD of TOMBS OF THE BLIND DEAD, probably because the original elements are not separated and they can't be found or whatever. But we're doing a heavy-metal tribute CD for TOMBS. There's a band called Hooded Menace whose first few albums were basically love letters to the BLIND DEAD films, so we've got a couple of tracks from them. Lee Dorrian from Napalm Death had another band called Cathedral, who did a song called 'Tombs of the Blind Dead,' and he's letting us have that for the CD. And collectors who are into horror soundtracks and limited-edition vinyl will know the band Zoltan, who have done John Carpenter and PHANTASM tribute albums, and they did a record with their own takes on the themes for the four main BLIND DEAD films, so we're going to have those. The CD is going to be awesome. We've got a few other surprises in store as well." We'll keep you posted on further details and the release date!
** WEREWOLF WITHIN: When a killer terrorizes the snowed-in residents of a small town, it falls to the new forest ranger to find out who - or what - lurks among them in this hilarious horror whodunnit.
** Alexandre Aja's OXYGEN: Liz is running out of oxygen and time, in order to survive she must find a way to remember who she is. May 12th on Netflix.
----- April 21, 2021 -----
** SEANCE: Camille Meadows is the new girl at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls. Soon after her arrival, six girls invite her to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts their halls. But before morning, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they may have awakened.
** THE OAK ROOM: During a raging snowstorm, a drifter returns home to the blue-collar bar located in the remote Canadian town where he was born. When he offers to settle an old debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story, the night's events quickly spin into a dark tale of mistaken identities, double-crosses and shocking violence.
** VIRTUAL REALITY: FilmSharks in Argentina have picked up the worldwide rights for the sci-fi horror flick VIRTUAL REALITY (REALIDAD VIRTUAL) from director Hernan Filndling and his co-writer Laura Prado Mendez. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** FRIED BARRY: Fried Barry, a Ryan Kruger thing, follows the story of a drug-addled degenerate who, after yet another bender, gets abducted by aliens. Barry takes a backseat as his alien visitor assumes control of his body and takes it for a joyride through Cape Town. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as Barry's alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind. Premieres May 7th on Shudder.
** THE HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN: Another lovely day begins in Castle Frightenstein! Unearthed Films announced, in collaboration with Frightenstein Enterprises International, Trimuse Entertainment, and The Big Pieces Company, it will release all 130 digitally re-mastered episodes of the iconic Canadian cult series THE HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN. The announcement kicks-off a celebration of the series' 50th anniversary, all leading up to a digital release on major U.S. platforms and the release of special collector's edition Blu-rays of all 130 episodes later this year.
THE HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN was also a groundbreaking format at the time. The comedic-horror format represented a different concept in children's programs. As producer Riff Markowitz described it, it's a modular concept with each segment roughly 5 minutes long and an entity in itself. Vincent Price linked the segments together.
----- April 20, 2021 -----
** THE MEG sequel: After more than two decades in development, THE MEG finally came to the screen in the form of a Jason Statham-led PG-13 rated vehicle in 2018. Expectations were not high and reviews were so-so, but the Statham vs. 75-foot prehistoric shark film was a big hit – grossing over half a billion dollars at the global box office which made a sequel likely.
Cut to British director Ben Wheatley (KILL LIST) being hired a while back to direct the film, taking over from NATIONAL TREASURE helmer Jon Turteltaub. Wheatley is a more eccentric and darker choice so, naturally, there's been an expectation he may be taking the franchise into more serious and potentially more R-rated territory.
However, Wheatley tells the ComicBook.com web site that he intends to honor what has come before and cites his work on the first two episodes of Peter Capaldi's run on DOCTOR WHO as an example of him working within the set parameters of a franchise:
"A lot of it is respecting THE MEG, and trying to make sure it's a great Meg film. And as you can see from the movies I've made, they're not necessarily, it's not … when you go and do DOCTOR WHO, I don't completely change it because I wanted to do it. I didn't want to necessarily make it something completely different that nobody recognized, you know? So there's that element of back and forth."
Wheatley also promises some epic action sequences for the film, saying the large budget gives him the chance to go a bit wild:
"It's an opportunity to do action on such an insanely large scale, that it's just unbelievable. From doing FREE FIRE, which was, I thought, was all my Christmases came at once in terms of action, this is just unbelievable. And just doing the storyboards for it, just thinking and going, 'Oh,' it's just … I feel a heavy responsibility for it, to make sure that it kind of delivers on all the, to all the big shark fans out there." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LET THE RIGHT ONE IN TV series: Anika Noni Rose (DREAMGIRLS) has scored a leading role opposite Demian Bichir in Showtime's vampire drama pilot LET THE RIGHT ONE IN based on John Ajvide Lindqvist's 2004 novel and its subsequent 2008 film.
Bichir plays a man who, along with his 12-year-old daughter, finds their lives changed forever when she was turned into a vampire. Rose pays a single mother and homicide detective whose son befriends the girl. Andrew Hinderaker serves as showrunner. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DAY SHIFT: Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx are teaming for the vampire-hunter film DAY SHIFT at Netflix. Foxx plays a San Fernando Valley blue collar dad whose pool cleaning job is a front for his real income – working for an international union of vampire hunters.
Meagan Good, Karla Souza, Dave Franco, Steve Howey, Scott Adkins and C.S. Lee star. J.J. Perry directs from a script by Tyler Tice and Shay Hatten while Chad Stahelski produces. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** FOR THE SAKE OF VICIOUS: Romina, an overworked nurse and single mother returns home from her late shift on Halloween night to find a maniac hiding out with a bruised and beaten hostage. When an unexpected wave of violent intruders descends upon her home, the trio realize the only way out of the situation is to work together and fight for their survival.
** GOODBYE HONEY: Dawn, a truck driver, pulls into a state park to get some sleep when she is ambushed by Phoebe, a young woman who claims she is fleeing from an abductor. Dawn is wary of Phoebe's story, leading to a struggle that leaves her phone broken, the keys missing, and nothing but darkness between them and help. As the night progresses, it becomes clear they are not alone. Bonding over a shared history of trauma, Dawn and Phoebe realize they must learn to trust each other if they want to survive a night full of unexpected twists and violent turns.
----- April 19, 2021 -----
** SCREAM: Radio Silence, the directors of the upcoming SCREAM franchise installment, confirmed that in addition to having multiple scenes prepped in scripts given to actors they actually shot multiple versions as well. (thanks to ComingSoon.net & Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: An official R rating has been handed out to the upcoming TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE reboot, the rating cited for "strong bloody horror violence and gore, and language." The new film serves as a direct sequel to the 1974 original, ignoring all the others since.
David Blue Garcia directs using a screenplay penned by Chris Thomas Devlin, while Fede Alvarez produces. Mark Burnham, Olwen Fouere, Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Moe Dunford, Alice Krige and Jacob Latimore co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RENFIELD: Filmmaker Chris McKay is in negotiations to direct and produce the monster movie RENFIELD at Universal Pictures at Skybound Entertainment. The story will center around the character R.M. Renfield, an inmate at a lunatic asylum who was thought to be suffering from delusions but is actually a servant of the Transylvanian vampire Count Dracula.
A figure in Bram Stoker's original novel, the role has been played by the likes of Dwight Frye, Tom Waits, Peter MacNicol, Mark Gatiss, Klaus Kinski, Nonso Anozie and Samuel Barnett on screen. This take is based on an original pitch from THE WALKING DEAD author Robert Kirkman with Ryan Ridley penning the script. Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SEASON OF PASSAGE: Universal Pictures has snapped up a feature film adaptation of Christopher Pike's 1993 sci-fi horror novel THE SEASON OF PASSAGE. THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE creator and DOCTOR SLEEP director Mike Flanagan will direct, produce and co-write the screenplay with James Flanagan.
The original book centers around a U.S. manned expedition to Mars which follows in the wake of a Russian one that went missing before them. Were they simply dead, or did something else happen to them? The terror starts long before any of them ever leave the ground as vivid nightmares and unexplainable dread of the 'dead' planet rise up. Dr. Lauren Wagner, an admired and respected member of the crew, hears voices inside entreating her to love them. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** GREAT WHITE: A blissful 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 a menacing terror lurking just beneath the surface.
----- April 16, 2021 -----
** THE TOXIC AVENGER remake: Jacob Tremblay (DOCTOR SLEEP) is set to co-star with Peter Dinklage in Macon Blair's new reimagining of Troma's iconic low-budget THE TOXIC AVENGER franchise at Legendary.
When a struggling everyman is pushed into a vat of toxic waste, he is transformed into a mutant freak who must go from shunned outcast to underdog hero as he races to save his son, his friends and his community from the forces of corruption and greed.
Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will serve as producers on the new take which follows in the wake of multiple films, a stage musical production, a children's cartoon TV series and a Marvel comic. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE remake: Three decades after the theatrical release of Amy Holden Jones' groundbreaking THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, the Deadline web site brings word that SYFY has successfully acquired that distribution rights to Shout! Studios' modern remake of the 1982 classic slasher film. Production on the upcoming film recently wrapped in South Africa and is currently expected to make its debut later this year.
"We're thrilled to partner with Syfy on THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE. Ever since we acquired the New Horizon Picture library, encompassing 270 Roger Corman films, we've been looking for opportunities to co-develop new content and remakes. We look forward to combining our efforts and hope this is just the start of a long and rewarding relationship," Shout!'s founders and CEOs Bob Emmer and Garson Foos said in a statement. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE DEAD ZONE: Coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory. We see in the future that we're going to present you with an upgraded version of Stephen King's and David Cronenberg's THE DEAD ZONE on Blu-ray this Summer! Here are the early details we have at current time to share:
- National street date for North America (Region A) is July 27th.
- This will be presented as a Collector's Edition and will come guaranteed with a slipcover in its first three months of release.
- The newly commissioned artwork pictured comes to us from artist Hugh Fleming. This art will be front-facing, and the reverse side of the wrap will feature the original theatrical artwork.
- Extras will be announced on a later date but we can confirm today that there will be a new HD transfer of the film!
** HOUSE OF WAX: Coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory. Get ready to prey, slay and display this Summer with an all-new definitive Blu-ray edition of the appreciated 2005 remake of HOUSE OF WAX! Here are the early details we have at current time to share:
- National street date for North America (Region A) is July 13th!
- This will be presented as a Collector's Edition and will come guaranteed with a slipcover in its first three months of release.
- The newly commissioned artwork pictured comes to us from artist Joel Robinson. This art will be front-facing, and the reverse side of the wrap will feature the original theatrical artwork.
- Extras will be announced on a later date. However, we can confirm already that there is a new HD transfer created specifically for this release and a new interview with actress Paris Hilton.
** A STRANGER IS WATCHING: Coming to Blu-ray from Scream Factory. Back in 1982 Director Sean S. Cunningham followed up his original FRIDAY THE 13TH classic with the underrated thriller A STRANGER IS WATCHING. And it's now coming to Blu-ray for the first time in North America on July 20th!
This terrifying film follows a psychopath as he imprisons a little girl and a famous reporter in the dank maze of tunnels beneath New York City's Grand Central Station. He first wants to collect a ransom … and then murder his captives. His victims' only hope is their own wits – and the aid of homeless people who roam this urban netherworld.
** CHAMBER OF HORRORS: Coming to Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. Do you dare to enter the CHAMBER OF HORRORS? The 1966 gimmicky guilty pleasure arrives on Blu-ray for the first time in North America on July 27th. Extras to be announced on a later date but we can confirm at this time that we will have an all-new HD transfer of the film!
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** ARMY OF THE DEAD: From filmmaker Zack Snyder, ARMY OF THE DEAD takes place following a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas in ruins and walled off from the rest of the world. When Scott Ward (Dave Bautista), a former zombie war hero who's now flipping burgers on the outskirts of the town he now calls home, is approached by casino boss Bly Tanaka (Hiroyuki Sanada), it's with the ultimate proposition: break into the zombie-infested quarantine zone to retrieve $200 million sitting in a vault beneath the strip before the city is nuked by the government in 32 hours. With little left to lose, Ward takes on the challenge, assembling a ragtag team of experts for the heist. With a ticking clock, a notoriously impenetrable vault, and a smarter, faster horde of Alpha zombies closing in, only one thing's for certain in the greatest heist ever attempted: survivors take all.
** SKULL THE MASK: In this splatter-filled supernatural slasher, a Pre-Columbian artifact contains the spirit of Anhangá, the executioner of the god Tahawantinsupay. Whoever wears the masked is possessed by Anhangá and compelled to commit sacrifices to resurrect his god. It's up to a museum assistant and a policewoman to stop the slaughter before the ritual is completed. A throwback treat for fans of '80s slashers and gory practical effects.
** EVIL DEAD TRAP: The wild and crazy Japanese horror film is coming to Blu-ray on 8/24 from Unearthed Films!
** BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF: Coming to Blu-ray from Shout! Factory. We're bring out the beast this Summer with Christophe Gans' BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF on Blu-ray! Here are the early details we have at current time to share:
- National street date for North America (Region A) is July 27th.
- This is a 2-Disc set, will be presented as a Collector's Edition and will come guaranteed with a slipcover in its first three months of release.
- The newly commissioned artwork pictured comes to us from artist Adam Stothard. This art will be front-facing, and the reverse side of the wrap will feature the original theatrical artwork.
- Extras will be announced on a later date.
** Jess Franco/Andrea Bianchi's ANGEL OF DEATH: Coming to Blu-ray on 8/10 from Full Moon Features from an uncut master culled from the original 35mm camera negative.
** EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS: Look what's crawling onto Blu-ray this Summer: Giant spiders go on a rampage in EIGHT LEGGED FREAKS arriving on Blu-ray for the first time in North America on July 20th!
----- April 14, 2021 -----
** SAW: Here's the trailer for the upcoming 4K UHD release of SAW.
** Francis Lee's horror film: After breaking through with the critically acclaimed GOD,s OWN COUNTRY, actor Josh O'Connor and filmmaker Francis Lee (AMMONITE) will reunite for a new horror feature. In a profile for Esquire, Lee revealed that O'Connor will lead the project described as "a 20th century-set horror movie with strong elements of 'class and queerness', about a sad young man alone in an epic wilderness."
The project is reportedly an adaptation of a novel, but Lee won't say what novel it is for the moment. In an interview with The Film Stage last year, Lee says his aim was to "make a really, really f–king scary horror film." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WHISTLER CAMP: Multiple Oscar-nominated screenwriter and PENNY DREADFUL creator John Logan will make his feature directorial debut on the horror feature WHISTLER CAMP for Blumhouse Productions.
The project, which is currently casting, is described as a queer empowerment story set at a conversion therapy camp. No doubt the kids will fight back against camp counselors engaging in this discredited and abusive practice which in the past used methods ranging from ice pick lobotomies to electric shock.
Jason Blum and Michael Aguilar will produce with Ryan Turek is the creatively overseeing the film for Blumhouse. Logan is also penning the script. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM: The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that the long-in-the-works adaptation of Grady Hendrix's horror novel MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM is in full swing at Endeavor Content, with Elsie Fisher headlining an ensemble cast that includes Amiah Miller, Cathy Ang and Rachel Ogechi Kanu, the latter making her feature debut. Fisher will portray Abby, a high school sophomore who suspects her best friend Gretchen (Miller) may be demonically possessed. The movie is now in production, and is expected to land at Amazon Studios. (thanks to ComingSoon.net
** HONEYDEW: Strange cravings and hallucinations befall a young couple after seeking shelter in the home of an aging farmer and her peculiar son.
----- April 12, 2021 -----
** R.I.P. Giannetto De Rossi: One of the legends of horror makeup and special effects, has passed away at the age of 79. De Rossi had worked as a makeup artist on films since the 1960s, but interestingly, his early work was as a "traditional" makeup artist on "normal" films directed by some of the greatest movie legends in Italian history. Everything changed when he was approached by director Joe D'Amato for the film EMANUELLE IN AMERICA.
He was the master FX artist on LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE, RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS, KILLER CROCODILE 1 and 2 (the latter he directed), CANNIBAL APOCALYPSE, THE BEYOND, HIGH TENSION and the one which cemented his seat of honor in horror movie history - ZOMBIE.
** R.I.P. Enzo Sciotti: One of the most beloved and prolific Italian horror movie poster artists, has passed away at the age of 76. Sciotti was born in Rome to a family of painters, including his father, Emanuele Sciotti. Sciotti began to draw and paint at a young age.
His key arts for the likes of TENEBRAE, DEMONS, TWO EVIL EYES, ANTHROPOPHOGOUS, PHENOMENA, CAT IN THE BRAIN, THE BEYOND, HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, THE DEVIL'S HONEY, MANHATTAN BABY, PAGANINI HORROR, BEYOND DARKNESS and more!
** THE FOREVER PURGE: The film has change date and is now schedule for a July 2nd, 2021 release. Franchise creator James DeMonaco did not return to the to the director's chair for the film, which he confirmed to Entertainment Weekly in 2018 and that it would be the finale, but he still act as screenwriter for it while Everardo Gout, award-winning director of DAYS OF GRACE, helmed.
"I think it's a great way to end it all," DeMonaco previously told EW. "We want to end it all, I think, in this one, and I'm very excited. When I came up with the idea and pitched it to everybody, they seemed psyched, and I think it will be a really cool ending, how we take this one home." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE DJINN: The story follows a mute twelve-year-old, Dylan Jacobs, as he discovers a mysterious book of spells inside his new apartment. Grieving the loss of his mother, and feeling isolated from everyone except for his father, Dylan performs a ritual that promises to deliver his heart's desire: to have a voice. But he soon discovers that every gift has a toll when a sinister djinn arrives to collect his soul. Now trapped in his new home with nowhere to hide, Dylan must find a way to survive until the stroke of midnight or pay the ultimate price.
** THE RECKONING: After losing her husband during the Great Plague, Grace Haverstock (Charlotte Kirk) is unjustly accused of being a witch and placed in the custody of England's most ruthless witch hunter, Judge Moorcroft (Sean Pertwee). Forced to endure physical and emotional torture while steadfastly maintaining her innocence, Grace must face her own inner demons as the Devil himself starts to work his way into her mind.
----- April 9, 2021 -----
** SAW X: Twisted Pictures, the production company behind the SAW film franchise, are reportedly in active development on a tenth movie in the horror franchise. The latest issue of Production Weekly shows that a new film named SAW X is in active development at the studio with Oren Koules and Mark Burg once again producing.
Though considered to be in active development, the studio could well postpone or cancel it should the Chris Rock-led SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW underperform. That film is currently slated to hit cinemas on May 14th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Fantasia International Film Festival: Here's the 25th anniversary edition poster. The opening film will be BRAIN FREEZE from Julien Knafo. Click here for more details.
** ON THE 3RD DAY: Cecilia and her son embark on a journey. On the third day, she is found wandering alone, not remembering what happened during this time. She is desperately looking for her son and finds herself wrapped in a brutal hunt, carried out by a religious fanatic, whom she faces off against. To her, he's a lunatic. To him, Cecilia is the enemy. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- April 8, 2021 -----
** GOODNIGHT MOMMY remake: Having led the English-language remakes of Japanese horror hit THE RING and FUNNY GAMES, Naomi Watts is adding another foreign horror film redux to her belt. Watts is set to star in and executive produce the English-language remake of Austrian 2014 film GOODNIGHT MOMMY at Amazon Studios, Animal Kingdom and Playtime.
The Austrian entry for the best foreign-language film at the Academy Awards that year, the original follows twin brothers who, when sent to stay with their mother, are surprised to find her swathed in bandages from a recent procedure.
As her behaviour grows increasingly erratic and unusual, they become convinced she is an imposter and suspicion sets off a roller-coaster of emotional mind games and misunderstandings – ending with irreparable and heartbreaking consequences.
Matt Sobel is directing from a script by Kyle Warren. David Kaplan, Joshua Astrachan, Valery Guibal and Nicolas Brigaud-Robert are producing.
"My favorite films are those that invite the audience to step inside their protagonist's journey," Sobel said in a statement. "In our re-imagining of GOODNIGHT MOMMY, fear of abandonment — and the dreadful realization that those close to us may not be who they seem — create an immersive nightmare, with visceral sensations front and center. I can't wait to create this heart-stopping story with Amazon and the peerless Naomi Watts." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com & ComingSoon.net)
** MOTHER LAND: Over a decade since his last film with NEVER LET ME GO, acclaimed filmmaker Mark Romanek will make a long-awaited return with the horror feature MOTHER LAND at Lionsgate and 21 Laps. The film follows a family that has been haunted by an evil spirit for years. Their safety and their surroundings come into question when one of the children questions if the evil is real.
Kevin Coughlin & Ryan Grassby penned the script while Shawn Levy & Dan Cohen are producing. Romanek rose to fame as a legendary music video director and then broke out into film with 2002's ONE HOUR PHOTO. He was signed on to direct both THE WOLFMAN and THE STRANGERS but ultimately dropped out of both. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BODIES, BODIES, BODIES: On the heels of landing both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her breakout role in BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM, Maria Bakalova has already lined up another big project by joining Amandla Stenberg in A24's BODIES, BODIES, BODIES.
Though plot details are being kept close to the chest by the studio, sources bring word that the film is being described as "a secret slasher film" that has Halina Reijn currently set in the director's chair at the studio, who has quietly been developing the package over the past several months and waiting for schedules to come together with a cast list that has become incredibly busy in recent months. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CHUCKY TV series: SYFY and USA Network have released a brand new teaser for Don Mancini's upcoming CHUCKY series, warning viewers the iconic slasher toy is coming back for more terror. The video, which you can check out below, features a behind-the-scenes look at the process of making the titular killer doll as the series is set to use robotics to bring the iconic villain to life.
----- April 7, 2021 -----
** THE LAST OF US TV series: According to CBC Canada, HBO is planning to start production on their highly-anticipated live-action series adaptation of THE LAST OF US this coming summer on July 5 in Calgary, Alberta. Filming is expected to be wrapped next year on June 8, 2022. This comes after GAME OF THRONES alums Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey were officially enlisted to portray the leading roles of Joel and Ellie, respectively. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED: Corin Hardy (THE NUN) will direct the Sam Raimi-produced film EVERY HOUSE IS HAUNTED. Jason Pagan & Andrew Deutschman penned the script. The story follows an insurance investigator tries to debunk claims that a couple's death was caused by a haunted house, but his doubts are challenged by a psychic and the mysterious occurrences he witnesses with his own eyes.
The project is primarily an adaptation of the Ian Rogers short story THE HOUSE ON ASHLEY AVENUE and was shopped around this week with Netflix coming out top over a number of bids. Zainab Azizi and Roy Lee will also produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DAY SHIFT: Dave Franco, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Oliver Masucci, Steve Howey and C.S. Lee will join Jamie Foxx in J.J. Perry's DAY SHIFT at Netflix. Tyler Tice penned the script with Shay Hatten doing re-writes, while Chad Stahelski and Jason Spitz will produce.
The story follows a hard-working blue-collar dad (Foxx) who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted daughter, but his mundane San Fernando Valley pool-cleaning job is a front for his real source of income: hunting and killing vampires. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SAM & MATTIE MAKE A ZOMBIE MOVIE: What happens when two best friends with Down syndrome rally their hometown of Providence to help realize their dream of making a horror film? The documentary SAM & MATTIE MAKE A ZOMBIE MOVIE captures this inspiring story of unfiltered optimism and barrier breaking, overflowing with gallons of fake blood and DIY spirit. Gravitas Ventures will release SAM & MATTIE MAKE A ZOMBIE MOVIE April 6th on a number of digital and cable platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, Spectrum and Cox.
----- April 6, 2021 -----
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: Here's the new poster for the upcoming Zack Snyder zombie heist film. In select theaters May and on Netflix May 21.
** Alex Garland's MEN: ANNIHILATION and EX MACHINA writer/director Alex Garland's new horror feature MEN has begun filming this week. A24 is distributing the film starring Jessie Buckley and involves her character solo vacationing in a large house in the English countryside following her ex-husband's death. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD: THE WALKING DEAD has unveiled the date that Season 11 will begin on August 22nd. This will mark the final season for the main series, though of course there's a Carol and Daryl series coming after that. And the long-discussed Rick Grimes movie. And undoubtedly more. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BLOODTHIRSTY: Grey is an indie singer who is having visions that she is a wolf. When she gets an invitation to work with notorious music producer Vaughn Daniels at his remote studio in the woods she begins to find out who she really is.
** IN A FOREIGN TOWN: Based on the stories of acclaimed author Thomas Ligotti, a troubled man recalls a strange childhood journey to a town with no name and the horrifying apparition that has followed him ever since.
----- April 2nd, 2021 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY: The film reboot has been pushed back nearly three months – moving from September 3rd to November 24th. The delay comes as one of the film's stars, actor Tom Hopper has talked up the project's faithfulness to the original two games. This is much more of a horror tale than the loosely based six-film action film franchise that came before this and is set in Raccoon City in 1998.
This will show both the Spencer Mansion and the city itself, the settings of the first and second games respectively, with Hopper telling the Collider web site that the Spencer Mansion recreation is so detailed that "it was a bit like going into one of those VR things… that's what it was like; it was like playing the game."
Hopper S.T.A.R.S. police force leader Albert Wesker and says his character for example is more grounded and real than the version from the games, as is the setting.
"I feel like the Wesker in the game obviously has that [Agent] Smith from THE MATRIX type idea. I wanted him to be a bit more three-dimensional than that and have a moral high ground. It's not just as cut and dry as it is in the game.
When I started reading it, it really felt more like a script from a game, from one of the games. It felt immersive, and it felt dirtier. It felt like Raccoon City was a grim place to be, and I immediately felt like it was a world that I related to more than anything. I've seen towns like this in America. That's what excited me about it that it felt relatable, I think." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Neill Blomkamp's DEMONIC: On the heels of the South African filmmaker revealing that he had begun development on a follow-up to his 2009 hit sci-fi pic DISTRICT 9, IFC Midnight has announced that it has acquired the rights to Neill Blomkamp's forthcoming supernatural horror film.
The film, written and directed by Blomkamp, centers on a young woman who unleashes terrifying demons when the supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed. The project marks Blomkamp's first foray into the horror genre, with his long-in-development fifth mainline installment of the ALIEN franchise languishing in development limbo as 20th Century and Disney continue to determine a path forward for the sci-fi series. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CHUCKY TV series: Creator Don Mancini took to Twitter to share a new teaser confirming that production on SYFY and USA Network's long-in development CHUCKY series has finally begun after getting delayed last year due to the ongoing pandemic. In his post, Mancini also revealed that the project is targeting to make its debut this fall. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Jordan Peele's next horror film: Oscar nominee Steven Yeun (THE WALKING DEAD) is in negotiations to join Oscar winner Jordan Peele's new project at Universal Pictures. Yeun would join recently announced Keke Palmer who is set and Daniel Kaluuya who is also in negotiations to star. Peele will pen, direct and produce the film through his Monkeypaw Productions banner.
Ian Cooper also produces the feature with plot details being kept under tight wraps. All that's known is that Universal will release the film on July 22nd 2022 – their third collaboration with Peele following GET OUT and US. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THINGS HEARD & SEEN: A Manhattan couple moves to a historic hamlet in the Hudson Valley and come to discover that their marriage has a sinister darkness, one that rivals their new home's history. Based on the acclaimed novel by Elizabeth Brundage.
----- April 1st, 2021 -----
** Severin Films: Here's their highly anticipated upcoming releases:
- DEEP BLOOD [Blu-ray] and [DVD] (4/27)
- SANTA SANGRE [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + CD] and [Blu-ray] (5/18)
- DAY OF THE ANIMALS [Blu-ray] and [DVD] (5/18)
- GRIZZLY [Blu-ray] and [DVD] (5/18)
** THE HANDS OF ORLAC: Eureka Entertainment is set to release THE HANDS OF ORLAC, Robert Wiene's triumphant work of sinister German Expressionism starring Conrad Veidt, on Blu-ray for the first time on home video in the UK as part of The Masters of Cinema Series on June 14th, 2021. The first print run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase.
Reuniting the star and director of DAS CABINET DES DR. CALIGARI, THE HANDS OF ORLAC is a deliciously twisted tale that blends grand guignol thrills with the visual and performance styles of German Expressionism. Based on a novel by medical-horror novelist Maurice Renard, it charts the mental disintegration of a concert pianist (Conrad Veidt) whose hands are amputated after a train crash, and replaced with the hands of an executed murderer. When Orlac's father is murdered by the dead man's hands, Orlac begins a steady descent towards madness.
** ENCOUNTER OF THE SPOOKY KIND: Eureka Entertainment to release ENCOUNTER OF THE SPOOKY KIND, the unique ground-breaking action-horror comedy from legendary director Sammo Hung, presented on Blu-ray (a worldwide debut of this brand-new 2K restoration on home video) for the first time in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range from June 21st, 2021. The First Print Run of 2000 copies will feature a Limited-Edition O-card Slipcase, Collector's Booklet and Reversible Poster.
Sammo Hung plays Courageous Cheung, a man well known in his local village for his lack of fear. His reputation is soon put to the test after he is tricked into spending the night in a temple full of spirits, zombies, and vampires!
** THE SPINE OF NIGHT: The film has been bought for North America shortly after its world premiere at SXSW this month. Even less surprising is that it was RLJE Films and Shudder who have acquired it. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: Here's some promo images from the upcoming SAW sequel reboot.
----- March 31, 2021 -----
** SAW: The upcoming Lionsgate edition of SAW (2004) in 4K UHD is coming out on May 4th, 2021.
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: 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 as their police chief.
Darren Lynn Bousman helms the film from a script by Josh Stolberg & Pete Goldfinger based on a story by Rock who executive produces. Mark Burg and Oren Koules produce the film which opens May 14th.
** Troma Entertainment update: We at Troma Entertainment are proud to now be distributing the North American Pictures Library including MANIAC COP, FRANKENHOOKER, BASKET CASE 2 & 3, THE EXTERMINATOR, SHAKEDOWN, RED SCORPION and more of some of the most unique, iconic and entertaining, independent films of all time.
** ANYTHING FOR JACKSON: Coming to Blu-ray on June 15th from Shudder and RLJE Films. A bereaved Satanist couple kidnap a pregnant woman so they can use an ancient spellbook to put their dead grandson's spirit into her unborn child but end up summoning more than they bargained for.
----- March 30, 2021 -----
** THE NIGHT HOUSE: A year after it debuted at Sundance to strong reviews, Searchlight Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for the Rebecca Hall-led horror taleTHE NIGHT HOUSE opening in theaters on July 16th.
Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her, trying her best to keep herself together – but then the dreams come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house call to her, beckoning with a ghostly allure, but the harsh light of day washes away any proof of a haunting. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into his belongings, yearning for answers, only to find a mystery she's determined to resolve.
Sarah Goldberg, Stacy Martin, Evan Jonigkeit and Vondie Curtis-Hall co-star. David Bruckner (THE RITUAL) helms from a script by writers Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPUTNIK remake: Village Roadshow Pictures will team with Matt Reeves' 6th & Idaho production company and XYZ Films on an English-language remake of Russian sci-fi horror film SPUTNIK.
Set in the Soviet Union in the 1980s during the Cold War, the story follows a young female doctor who is recruited by the military to assess a cosmonaut who survived a mysterious space accident and returned to Earth with a dangerous organism living inside him.
Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, Mikhail Vrubel, Alexander Andryushenko, Fedor Bondarchuk and Ilya Stewart will produce. Egor Abramenko helmed the film which was released in Russia in April 2020 and in North America by IFC. It was the first big Russian release to go straight to digital platforms during the lockdown and now marks the rare Russian film to get an English language remake. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** FOREST - I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE: Seven hypnotic and erratic fugue-like miniatures culminate in a psychological kaleidoscope of couples, families and friends, all connected by feverish dialogue and the ghosts of the absent. Magical realism that is both claustrophobic and wide open.
** AQUARIUM OF THE DEAD: Yes... you've read that right!
----- March 29, 2021 -----
** THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE 4K UHD: Dario Argento's giallo masterpiece is coming to 4K UHD on June 28th from Arrow Video.
- New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
- Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
- English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
- Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis, an interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger exploring the films themes and its relationship to both the giallo and Fredric Browns novel The Screaming Mimi
- The Power of Perception, a visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devils Advocates: Suspiria and The Giallo Canvas: Art, Excess and Horror Cinema, reflecting on the recurring theme of perception and the role of art in Argentos filmography
- Crystal Nightmare, an interview with writer/director Dario Argento
- An Argento Icon, an interview with actor Gildo Di Marco
- Evas Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi
- Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
- 2017 Texas Frightmare trailer
- Image galleries
- Illustrated collectors booklet featuring writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet
- Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
- Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
- Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
** A SERBIAN DOCUMENTARY: Coming from Unearthed Films. This is unlike any movie documentary before it. Curated from over 150 hours of behind the scenes footage with brand new, never-before-seen interviews with the cast and crew, this documentary is a must-have for any collector. A SERBIAN DOCUMENTARY will answer most, if not all of the questions out there.
Stephen Biro takes a deep dive into, A SERBIAN FILM, and shows what it was like, to make one of the most controversial films of the last decade. Sexy, comedic... and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish, A SERBIAN DOCUMENTARY is one-of-a-kind and has to be seen, to be believed. Look for it at the end of the festival run in 2022.
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY reboot: Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert and Henry Ayres-Brown have joined the cast of the upcoming revival of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise at Paramount Players.
Set to debut on the Paramount+ service, the storyline is being kept under wraps and will serve as the seventh film in the franchise. It's the first since 2015's PARANORMAL ACTIVITY THE GHOST DIMENSION. Will Eubank (UNDERWATER) is directing from a script by Christopher Landon (HAPPY DEATH DAY). Jason Blum and Oren Peli will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: The Chris Rock-led relaunch of the SAW franchise which has been moved up a week and will now start hacking its way into limbs on May 14th. Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella co-star in the new entry. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IN THE EARTH: As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, the forest coming to life around them.
----- March 25, 2021 -----
** CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON remake: In an interview with Comic Book, THE WALKING DEAD producer Greg Nicotero claims that he and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez have been toying with remaking Universal Pictures' classic monster film.
"I think for any creature/monster kid, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is the quintessential monster movie," Nicotero said. "I think Robert Rodriguez and I always talk about like, 'Hey, man. Maybe we should co-direct a CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON movie,' because he and I have identical tastes. We love JAWS. We love THE THING. We love ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and BLADE RUNNER. We toy with the idea of like, 'Wouldn't it be cool if we remade CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON?' And I know they've been trying to do it forever, but, for me, that's the quintessential Universal Monster movie." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** IN THE EARTH: NEON has released the first set of posters for director Ben Wheatley's upcoming pandemic horror film.
** WITNESS INFECTION: Life is always been pretty protected for Carlo Serrelli. His father has kept him out of the deadly Mob business by giving him a job at the family dog groomers, while his younger brother Dominic has always done the dirty work.
All that is coming to an end as Carlo's father has to force him into an arranged marriage with the daughter of the rival, Miola family boss. Carlo's two best friends, Gina and Vince, vow to help him get out of this predicament, but they all get in way over their heads when a serious infection starts eating the town. The good news is that Carlo may not have to get married after all but the bad news is everyone might die.
----- March 24, 2021 -----
** THE INNKEEPER: Thai filmmaker Nattawut 'Baz' Poonpiriya will direct the English-language horror-thriller THE INNKEEPER for Starlight. Eakasit Thairath penned the script with filming to take place in the U.S and Thailand in 2022.
In THE INNKEEPER, the finding of Noah's disappeared twin brother in a desolate Thai hotel turns out to be the discovery of his own fear. Set against the backdrop of the Southeast Asian financial crisis in 1997, the film will evoke Poonpiriya's unique and exceptional visual storytelling.
** RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY: Here's the official teaser image for the upcoming reboot/remake.
** THEM: THEM is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. The first season, 1950s-set Covenant centers around a Black family who move from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family's idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.
** HALL: Black Fawn Distribution have just acquired Canadian rights to the viral zombie movie HALL and have the film slated for a Canadian VOD release on April 6, 2021. A physical release of the film will follow.
When a hotel hallway is ravaged by a mysterious virus, pregnant tourist Naomi is tragically thrust into the fight of her life. Forced to crawl her way past other helpless victims, Naomi crosses paths with Val - a young mother separated from her daughter. While keeping out of sight, Naomi and Val must navigate their way down the stretch of isolated carnage, before they become infected themselves.
----- March 23, 2021 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL: Filmmaker Johannes Roberts (47 METERS DOWN) has reportedly revealed that RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY will be the title of the upcoming reboot of the film series based on the popular video game franchise.
Revealing the information in an interview with IGN during this year's virtual edition of SXSW, this new feature adaptation of the popular Capcom video game series will be set in 1998 and is in no way connected to the previous films starring Milla Jovovich. The project is adapting the first two games in the series, so both the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City itself will be seen:
"Obviously, there is the RESIDENT EVIL [film] franchise and this movie doesn't have anything to do with that. It's a whole separate origin story based in the roots of the and the world of horror… We're not [making a remake]. We're going in a completely different [direction]… It was a real pleasure to be given the reins of a new franchise, hopefully, that really is its own thing.
The thing I loved about the games is they were just scary as hell and that is very much what I wanted. That atmosphere, it's rain, it's constantly dark, it's creepy. Raccoon City is kind of this rotten character in the movie and that sort of atmosphere in the games I wanted to put in [the film]."
The cast includes Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy and Neal McDonough as William Birkin with Donal Logue playing Chief Irons.
Roberts also says he's a huge John Carpenter fan and he's going for that aesthetic with the "claustrophobic siege movies" of his like ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and THE FOG being his direct inspiration. RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY is currently scheduled to arrive in cinemas on September 9th. The project is separate from Netflix's live-action series and the animated series "Infinite Darkness" which are both on the way. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET: Imaginarium Productions has optioned film rights to Catriona Ward's third novel THE LAST HOUSE ON NEEDLESS STREET. The story follows Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the end of an ordinary street. An unspeakable secret binds them together, and when a new neighbor moves in, what is buried out there will come back to haunt them all. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DON'T PEAK: WANTED director and SEARCHING producer Timur Bekmambetov has come onboard to adapt a feature version of Julian Terry's horror short DON'T PEAK. Majd Nassif will produce. That short follows a young woman discovering a frightening monster within the Nintendo Switch video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a character intent on crossing into the real world. The project had its world premiere at SXSW Online. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 22, 2021 -----
** TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: MANDY actress Olwen Fouere will play the role of Sally Hardesty in the new feature being produced by Fede Alvarez. The project is a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper's 1970s original feature, ignoring all the other iterations of the franchise. Sally Hardesty was the 'final girl' – the sole survivor of the original movie last seen escaping on the back of a pickup truck covered in blood and hysterically laughing.
Actress Marilyn Burns played the role in the original, but she passed away in 2014 so the role had to be recast. Alvarez says the approach is similar to what they did in the EVIL DEAD remake – very old school effects, doing everything in-camera where possible, and the use of vintage lenses. David Blue Garcia helms the movie which stars Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Jacob Latimore, and Moe Dunford. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE BLACK PHONE: James Ransone will reunite with his SINISTER co-star Ethan Hawke and director Scott Derrickson on the new horror film THE BLACK PHONE for Blumhouse and Universal.
Based on a Joe Hill short story, the story concerns a kidnapped girl (Madeleine McGraw) who finds herself in a soundproof basement surrounded by the remains of other victims. When night falls, the antique – and disconnected – telephone in the room begins to ring with the calls from the dead. Hawke will play the kidnapper, Jeremy Davis and Mason Thames play the girl's parents. Ransone's role is under wraps beyond playing a character named 'Max'. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** JAKOB'S WIFE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** EYE OF THE CAT: Coming to Blu-ray in June from Indicator. Here's the Blu-ray special features;
- High Definition remaster
- Two presentations of the film: the theatrical version (102 mins), presented in High Definition; the TV version (102 mins), presented in Standard Definition
- Original mono audio
- Audio commentary with The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television editor Kevin Lyons (2021)
- Pussies Galore (2021): writer and critic Kim Newman on Eye of the Cat and the feline horror subgenre
- Original theatrical trailer
- Radio spot
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity material
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Kasandra O'Connell, archival articles and interviews, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.
- UK premiere on Blu-ray
- Limited edition of 3,000 copies
** Hammer Volume Six Night Shadows: Coming to Blu-ray in June from Indicator. This box set revives four consummate Hammer classics from the early sixties, exemplifying some of Hammer Films' best work in the horror and thriller genres. THE SHADOW OF THE CAT, CAPTAIN CLEGG, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and NIGHTMARE.
----- March 18, 2021 -----
** THE HEAD HUNTER: Coming to Blu-ray on April 12th from 101 Films! On the outskirts of a kingdom, in the shadows of a looming castle, a quiet but fierce medieval warrior protects the realm from monsters. The gruesome collection of trophy heads on the wall of his cabin is missing only one - the monster that killed his daughter. He travels wild expanses on horseback, driven by a thirst for revenge. When his chance for vengeance arrives, it's in a way far more horrifying than he ever imagined.
- How We Made Head Hunter - Commentary with director Jordan Downey and producers Kevin Stewart and Ricky Fosheim
- Why We Made Head Hunter - Commentary with writer-director Jordan Downey and writer Kevin Stewart
- Making of featurette
** Blumhouse and Epix: Both have set a new partnership that will see Blumhouse Television develop and produce eight horror/genre-thriller movies exclusively for the network.
The first in this venture will be writer-director Alex McAulay's A HOUSE ON THE BAYOU with casting now underway. That film follows a troubled couple and their preteen daughter who go on vacation to an isolated house in the Louisiana bayou to reconnect. When unexpected visitors arrive, their facade of family unity starts to unravel.
Shooting aims to begin in late Spring ahead of a December debut. Jason Blum will serve as executive producer on all the films with the remaining seven to debut in 2022. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Massacre Video: Massacre Video just licensed 10 films for a complete box set of a infamour horror splatter director.
** THE MIDNIGHT CLUB: DOCTOR SLEEP director Mike Flanagan took to Twitter to reveal that production on Netflix's upcoming series adaptation of Christopher Pike's horror novel THE MIDNIGHT CLUB has officially begun. The production start comes over a month since the series' casting announcement which includes A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET star Heather Langenkamp, who is set to portray the role of an enigmatic doctor that runs a hospice for young adults.
The series is one of the two upcoming horror projects that Flanagan has currently set up with the streamer, following the popular limited dramas THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE and THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. The second one is the Midnight Mass series which wrapped its production last year and is set to debut sometime this year. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PHOBIAS: Five dangerous patients, suffering from extreme phobias at a government testing facility, are put to the ultimate test under the supervision of a crazed doctor and his quest to weaponize fear.
----- March 17, 2021 -----
** LET THE RIGHT ONE IN TV series: After already being adapted for American audiences with Matt Reeves' 2010 pic LET ME IN, Swedish horror drama LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is finding new life once again as Showtime has ordered a pilot for a potential series with Oscar nominee Demián Bichir set to star.
The project is hailing from Andrew Hinderaker (PENNY DREADFUL), who will serve as showrunner should it go to series, and will executive produce alongside pilot director Seith Mann (HOMELAND), Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. Bichir will serve as producer on the pilot, with Showtime producing alongside Tomorrow Studios. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE remake reboot sequel: Over a year ago came word that EVIL DEAD remake and DON'T BREATHE director Fede Alvarez is set to produce a new TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE feature.
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.
When this was announced, it appeared to be a direct sequel to the original 1974 film – ignoring all the others. Then in August, just one week into filming, directors Andy & Ryan Tohill abruptly exited the movie with David Blue Garcia taking over.
The filming was completed and is now in post. Now Alvarez confirmed the film's status and talked about the old school approach they used:
"It is a direct sequel, and it is the same character. It is old man Leatherface. Everything is classic, old school gags. A lot of the approach that we had with 'Evil Dead' – never VFX, to do everything on camera. It's a very old school approach to filmmaking. Vintage lenses… it's very similar to the original film."
Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Mark Burnham, Moe Dunford, Olwen Fouéré, Alice Krige, Jacob Latimore, Nell Hudson, Jessica Allain, Sam Douglas, William Hope, and Jolyon Coy star in the film which hasn't set a release date as yet. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com & Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** WATCHER: Maika Monroe (IT FOLLOWS), Karl Glusman and Burn Gorman have signed on to star in Chloe Okuno's psychological thriller WATCHER for Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Spooky Pictures. Shooting begins this month.
Monroe and Glusman play a young married couple who move into a new apartment in Bucharest just as a citywide panic is brewing over a possible serial killer on the loose. The wife becomes increasingly tormented by the belief she is being stalked by an unseen watcher in the adjacent building. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** JAKOB'S WIFE: Anne is married to a small-town minister and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with "The Master," she discovers bite marks on her neck, a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than ever. As Anne is increasingly torn between her enticing new existence and her life before, the body count grows and Jakob realizes he will have to fight for the wife he took for granted.
----- March 15, 2021 -----
** IN THE EARTH: Ben Wheatley's new horror film IN THE EARTH has been set for an April 30th theatrical only release by NEON. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SUICIDE FOREST VILLAGE: The film is the second entry in Toei's "Fear Village" series, which kicked off with the hit HOWLING VILLAGE in February 2020. The setting is the famous "Sea of Trees" on the flank of Mount Fuji, Japan's most widely known 'suicide spot'. Here Japan's horror maestro, director Takashi Shimizu, (THE GRUDGE series) spins a tale of madness and confusion featuring a deadly 'Catch the Child' Box, for which the internet warns not to search. (thanks to SciFiJapan.com)
** MVD Rewind Collection: MVD Entertainment Group is proud to announce the addition of five classic films to the MVD Rewind Collection with two of them being horror films; MORTUARY (1983) and THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW (1982).
MORTUARY (1983) - Synopsis: Convinced that her father's death was not accidental, Christie Parson decides to investigate to find out the truth. Her sleuthing draws her to a local mortuary, where deadly secrets will be revealed.
The Special Edition Blu-ray features bonus material courtesy of Scorpion Releasing and includes:
- Interview with Composer John Cacavas
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Collectible Mini-Poster
- Limited Edition Retro Slip Cover – First pressing only
- Street Date: July 6, 2021
THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW - Synopsis: After a seemingly innocent prank goes horribly wrong, a group of sorority sisters are stalked and murdered one by one in their sorority house while throwing a party to celebrate their graduation.
The Special Edition Blu-ray features bonus material courtesy of Scorpion Releasing and includes:
- High Definition (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio with LPCM 2.0 Stereo and alternate version of the film with director approved pre-credit sequence with mono audio
- Audio Commentary with director Mark Rosman
- Audio commentary with director Mark Rosman and stars Eileen Davidson and Kathryn McNeil
- Interviews with cast and crew including: Director Mark Rosman, stars Harley Jane Kozak, Eileen Davidson and Kathryn McNeil, Composer Richard Band and Producer Igo Kantor
- Original Pre-Credit Sequence
- Alternate ending storyboards
- TV Spots
- Theatrical Trailer
- Reversible Artwork
- Collectible Mini-Poster
- Limited Edition Retro Slip Cover – First pressing only
- Street Date: July 6, 2021
----- March 12, 2021 -----
** MEANDER: Gaia Weiss stars is in the film playing a woman who gets locked in series of strange tubes full of deadly traps.
** THE UNHOLY: The film follows Alice, a young hearing-impaired girl who, after a supposed visitation from the Virgin Mary, is inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick. As word spreads and people from near and far flock to witness her miracles, a disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hoping to revive his career visits the small New England town to investigate. When terrifying events begin to happen all around, he starts to question if these phenomena are the works of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister.
** EMBRYO: The film will be released on Digital this April from Uncork'd Entertainment. Kevin and his girlfriend Evelyn are camping in the woods when she is abducted and impregnated by otherworldly beings. As the entity inside her begins to grow at a rapid rate, Evelyn's cravings can only be satiated by the taste of human flesh. When she brutally attacks a doctor, they go on the run to the big city where they can find help to remove the embryo that is slowly taking over Evelyn's body.
** COME PLAY WITH ME (JUEGA CONMIGO): The plot follows Sofía, an insecure young nanny who starts her new job taking care of two problematic kids. When their parents leave her alone with the children, they become victims of a demonic entity obsessed with playing children's games. Now Sofia will have to play the games and overcome her childhood fears in order to try to save them.
** THE SPINE OF NIGHT: This epic begins many years ago when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant and, as he falls to its darker temptations, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, there are many who stand against him. Among them are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer, winged assassins, and an undying guardian.
----- March 11, 2021 -----
** R.I.P. Norman J. Warren: English filmmaker Norman J. Warren (PREY, TERROR, INSEMINOID, BLOODY NEW YEAR and SATAN'S SLAVE) has passed away at 78 years of age.
** OXYGEN: A woman wakes up in a cryogenic unit with no memory. Quickly running out of oxygen, she must find a way to remember who she is in order to survive. From Alexandre Aja, director of HIGH TENSION and CRAWL.
** LEAP OF FAITH: RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to the documentary LEAP OF FAITH WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST from Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. LEAP OF FAITH: WILLIAM FRIEDKIN ON THE EXORCIST will be released on VOD, Digital HD and Blu-ray on April 13, 2021.
----- March 10, 2021 -----
** RESIDENT EVIL: Here's the teaser poster for the upcoming film.
** THE PALE BLUE EYE: In a record-shattering deal at the European Film Market, Netflix has forked out a reported $55 million to pre-buy worldwide rights to the Christian Bale-led gothic horror-thriller THE PALE BLUE EYE. The project marks a re-teaming of Bale and his OUT OF THE FURNACE director Scott Cooper and is an adaptation of the Louis Bayard novel of the same name.
The "large-canvas whodunit" thriller revolves around the attempt to solve a series of murders that took place in 1830 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Bale plays the investigating veteran detective and is aided by a detail-oriented young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe (who went in to basically invent the detective fiction genre and was a major influence on sci-fi and horror). (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THIS BEAST: SONS OF ANARCHY creator and THE SHIELD writer Kurt Sutter has been set to write, direct and produce THIS BEAST for Blumhouse Productions and Netflix. Sutter will make his feature directorial debut on the project which Jason Blum and Carla Hacken will produce.
The story unfolds in an 18th century English village besieged by a mysterious and elusive beast that has slaughtered dozens of innocents and whipped up the villager's anxiety into a puritanical fanaticism. The impossible task of killing the beast falls to a lowly trapper who promises he can stop the carnage – a man with a deeply personal reason to wipe out the monster.
The story is reportedly inspired by the true story of The Beast of Gevaudan, a man-eating animal or animals (thought to be a wolf or wolf-dog hybrid) who terrorized a French village in the 1760s and killed up to several hundred people. This story was already made into a film, BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE UNHOLY: Screen Gems has set an April 2nd release date for the PG-13 rated supernatural horror feature THE UNHOLY directed by Evan Spiliotopoulos and based on the James Herbert novel SHRINE.
The story follows a young hearing-impaired girl inexplicably able to hear, speak and heal the sick after a vision of the Virgin Mary. A disgraced journalist (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) investigates and soon terrifying events begin to happen all around.
Katie Aselton, William Sadler, Cricket Brown, with Diogo Morgado and Cary Elwes also star while Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Spiliotopoulos produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MAKING MONSTERS: Christian Brand has a successful YouTube channel with over 10 million subscribers. His wife, Alison, is the unwilling star of their prank videos. The stars run into an old friend (Jesse) who invites them up to his place for a weekend. When they arrive, they discover Jesse is not there but his partner David is. The YouTube stars have a quiet dinner with David that turns into a night of partying and strange occurrences. The couple awakens to find that their phones are gone and their host is nowhere to be found.
----- March 8, 2021 -----
** CHUCKY TV series: As USA Network and SYFY continue to prepare for the start of the CHUCKY production, the Collider web site brings word that the long-in-development project has finally found the first actors to fill up the main cast. IDLE HAND and FINAL DESTINATION alum Devon Sawa has officially been tapped for a key role in Don Mancini's upcoming CHUCKY series. Joining him are Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Bjorgvin Arnarson, and Alyvia Alyn Lind, who are set to play the series' four young unnamed leads. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE TALISMAN: Stephen King and Peter Straub's fantasy horror novel THE TALISMAN is being adapted into a series with Oscar winner Steven Spielberg teaming up with the Emmy-nominated Duffer Brothers (STRANGER THINGS) to finally make the project a reality, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mark and Ross Duffer will executive produce the series adaptation that is being produced by Netflix in association with Spielberg's Amblin Television and Paramount Television. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MONSTROUS: Christina Ricci has scored the lead role in the supernatural thriller MONSTROUS by director Chris Sivertson and screenwriter Carol Chrest. Colleen Camp also stars. The story centers on a traumatized woman fleeing from her abusive ex-husband with her 7-year-old son. In their new, remote sanctuary they find they have a bigger, more terrifying monster to deal with. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE REQUIN: Film Bridge International has sold Le-Van Kiet's shark survival feature THE REQUIN to various global distributors with the Alicia Silverstone and James Tupper-led film slated for delivery in June. The story follows a couple on a romantic getaway in Vietnam, who find themselves stranded at sea after a massive tropical storm sweeps away their seaside villa. With the husband maimed and dying, the wife must fight the elements alone, while sharks circle below. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** GAIA: DECAL, the newly formed home entertainment distributor from NEON and Bleecker Street, has secured the North American rights to GAIA, a South African horror thriller directed by Jaco Bouwer. The pic, which is set to debut in the Midnight section of the upcoming virtual SXSW this month, is slated for a theatrical release this Summer.
Starring Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Anthony Oseyemi, and Alex Van Dyk, the plot follows a park ranger on a surveillance mission in a primordial forest who encounters two survivalists living a post-apocalyptic lifestyle. The boy and his philosophical father seem to have their own religion and a mysterious relationship to nature.
----- March 5, 2021 -----
** IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS PART II: Building on the hit 2019 superdoc that Forbes called "a scary good magnum opus," IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS PART II dives deeper into the fabled practical-effects decade of iconic and eclectic '80s horror movies that changed the course of film history. Packed with over four hours of brand-new interviews.
** THE BANISHING: From acclaimed genre director Chris Smith (SEVERANCE) comes the true story of the most haunted house in England. A young reverend and his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend and his wife are forced to confront their beliefs. They must turn to black magic by seeking the help of a famous Occultist...or risk losing their daughter.
** THE YELLOW WALLPAPER: The film is a dark and disturbing contemporary adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's well-known and controversial gothic feminist horror story about patriarchy and mental health. The film is a collaboration between partners Alexandra Loreth and Kevin Pontuti and stars Alexandra Loreth, Joe Mullins, Clara Hart, and Jeanne O'Connor. The film was written by Alexandra Loreth and Kevin Pontuti and directed by Pontuti. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** A QUIET PLACE PART II: Paramount Pictures has delayed its sequel yet again, this time moving it up from September 17th to May 28th. This marks the fifth change for the John Krasinski-directed feature which was originally slated to open almost one year ago today on March 20th 2020. It then shifted to September 4th, then April 2021, then September 2021 and now May 2021. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- March 3rd, 2021 -----
** SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT remake: Orwo Studios and Black Hanger Studios (JEEPERS CREEPERS REBORN) announced that they have acquired the remake rights to the seminal slasher film SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. The original film's producers Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead of Wonderwheel Entertainment will join Orwo in bringing an exciting new vision of this cult classic to modern movie audiences in 2022.
Wonderwheel says, "The continued desire for horror content and the ongoing success of the genre meant it was the perfect time to be able to offer up this chilling revival of the iconic title." Masi adds, "We are thrilled to be working with the original producers as well as Orwo and Black Hangar and are committed to honoring nostalgia for the original while offering surprises for new audiences to discover and embrace."
** ANATOMIA EXTINCTION: Making its worldwide Blu-ray debut this year from Error 4444. The story of a man who becomes infected by the Engineer and slowly mutates. Once infected, the Engineer's victims go on relentless murder sprees and it is made quite clear that this is seen as the only way to get the exploding population back under control.
** HYPNOTIC: Kate Siege, Jason O'Mara and Dule Hill have been set to star in Netflix's horror/thriller HYPNOTIC. Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote directs from a script co-written with Richard D'Ovidio. The story follows a young woman seeking self-improvement, who enlists the help of a renowned hypnotist. But after a handful of intense sessions, she soon discovers unexpected and deadly consequences. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE OTHER SIDE: Variety is reporting that Magnolia has acquired U.S. rights to the Swedish horror film THE OTHER SIDE (ANDRA SIDAN). The horror flick is the debut feature film from Oskar Mellander and Tord Danielsson, two filmmakers who have worked solely in television before this film.
The film follows a family of three — Shirin, her partner Fredrik and his 5-year old son — who move into a small-town duplex and begin to hear mysterious noises from a supposedly uninhabited part of the house. Shirin comes to realize that they are haunted by an evil that only she can stop. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** WITNESS INFECTION: Freestyle Digital Media has announced the cable, satellite and Digital HD release of WITNESS INFECTIO, from filmmaking team Carlos Alazraqui and Jill-Michele Melean and director Andy Palmer. The festival favorite living dead comedy will be available March 30th on a number of digital and cable platforms.
----- March 2nd, 2021 -----
** URBAN LEGEND The Complete Collection: The 4 disc set is coming soon from 88 Films. Featuring an 8-part documentary, behind-the-scenes footage, extended interviews from the eight-part documentary, archival making of featurette, gag reel, deleted scene, TV spots and more!
** HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP: Coming to Blu-ray 3/15 from 88 Films featuring a new 4K Scan from the original 35mm camera negative.
** THE QUEEN MARY: The beautiful Alice Eve has signed to star in the haunted ocean liner horror taleTHE QUEEN MARY, a movie that intends to be the first in a planned trilogy by Imagination Design Works.
The story is inspired by tales of hauntings aboard the famed multi-storied ocean liner which is now permanently docked in Long Beach, California where it receives two million visitors each year. How this will work as a multi-film project is unclear.
Gary Shore (DRACULA UNTOLD) will direct off of a screenplay written by Stephen Oliver, Tom Vaughan, and Shore. Mali Elfman, Brett Tomberlin, Nigel Sinclair, Nicholas Ferrall, Thorsten Schumacher, Lars Sylvest, Jason Newmark and Laurie Cook will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SEVENTH DAY: A renowned exorcist who teams up with a rookie priest for his first day of training. As they plunge deeper into hell on earth, the lines between good and evil blur, and their own demons emerge.
----- March 1st, 2021 -----
** THANATOMORPHOSE: TetroVideo has officially announced the release of Éric Falardeau's THANATOMORPHOSE (2012), for the first time on Blu-ray. The Canadian body horror film is scheduled to be released worldwide in March 2021 with English language and French, Italian, German and Spanish subtitles.
Discovering several bruises on her body after a night of rough sex, a young woman is shocked as, rather than heal itself, her body begins rotting from the inside out. She faces a terrifying and gory descent into a living death, as her putrefying body begins to fall off the bone.
** THE AMUSEMENT PARK: Shudder has acquired rights to George A. Romero's previously lost film which resurfaced in 2018. Restored in 4K, the 52-minute film will be made available in North America, U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand this summer. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WEREWOLVES WITHIN: Coming on the heels of his acclaimed directorial debut SCARE ME, Josh Ruben is returning to the horror-comedy world as IFC Films has acquired the rights to his star-studded adaptation of the Ubisoft VR game WEREWOLVES WITHIN and set it for a June theatrical release.
Written by Mishna Wolff and helmed by Ruben, the film centers on the small town of Beaverfield as a proposed gas pipeline creates divisions within the town and a snowstorm traps its residents together inside the local inn, with newly arrived forest ranger Finn and postal worker Cecily teaming up to try and keep the peace and uncover the truth behind a mysterious creature that has begun terrorizing the community. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** BLOODTHIRSTY: The werewolf thriller about a rising singer who finds herself in a compromising position, has sold U.S. distribution rights to Brainstorm Media. It will release in theaters and on demand on April 23. The film, which premiered at the virtual Fantastic Fest Celebration, was directed by Amelia Moses. Wendy Hill-Tout wrote the script with her daughter, songwriter Lowell.
The story centers on Grey (portrayed by Lauren Beatty), a singer who relocates to a remote cabin to work on her second album with noted music producer Vaughn Daniels (Greg Bryk). But as her songwriting progresses, she starts to transform into a powerful, bloodthirsty beast. (thanks to Variety.com)
** GORDON HEMINGWAY & THE REALM OF CTHULHU: LOVECRAFT COUNTRY star Jonathan Majors is in talks to play the title role in GORDON HEMINGWAY & THE REALM OF CTHULHU at Netflix. Hank Woon penned the script which is set in East Africa in 1928 and centers on Hemingway (Majors), a roguish Black American gunslinger, who teams up with the elite warrior Princess Zenebe of Ethiopia to rescue the country's kidnapped regent from an ancient evil. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)