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----- January 31, 2024 -----

** THE WALKING DEAD THE ONES WHO LIVE: Here's the trailer for the upcoming series, which was supposed to be a theatrical film.

** The Coen Brothers return to horror: The Coen Brothers are reportedly set to team up for the first time since 2018 to create a horror movie described as "very bloody" and "horribly funny" by Ethan Coen. Ethan was speaking at a Master Class "in conversation" with film critic Kaleem Aftab in Tromso, Norway, that also featured Tricia Cooke. It is there that he confirmed he and brother Joel have already written a script for a horror movie that Ethan said is "a pure horror film, and it gets very bloody. If you like BLOOD SIMPLE, I think you'll enjoy it." Ethan does go on to note that while preparation for the film is done, they may have to wait for Joel to finish another project first before entering production. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER reboot: Country music star Dolly Parton produced the original Sarah Michelle Gellar-fronted series with her Sandollar Productions company, and co-produced the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYERy movie that starred Kristy Swanson and spinoff show ANGEL. Parton now claims a BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER reboot is on the cards.

Speaking to Business Insider, Parton spoke of a mysterious "they" working on a reboot of the beloved vamp-vanquishing show. "They're still working on that. "They're thinking about bringing it back and revamping it." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** TAROT: When a group of friends recklessly violates the sacred rule of Tarot readings – never use someone else's deck – they unknowingly unleash an unspeakable evil trapped within the cursed cards. One by one, they come face to face with fate and end up in a race against death to escape the future foretold in their readings.

----- January 29, 2024 -----

** BASKET CASE 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in April from Arrow Video. 4K restoration from the original 16mm negative by MoMA. 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible).

** IMMACULATE: Sydney Sweeney stars as Cecilia, an American nun of devout faith, embarking on a new journey in a remote convent in the picturesque Italian countryside. Cecilia's warm welcome quickly devolves into a nightmare as it becomes clear her new home harbors a sinister secret and unspeakable horrors. In theaters March 22nd.



** STOPMOTION: Ella Blake, a stop-motion animator struggling to control her demons after the loss of her overbearing mother, embarks upon the creation of a film that becomes the battleground for her sanity. As Ella's mind starts to fracture, the characters in her project take on a life of their own. Opening in theaters February 23rd.



** YOU'LL NEVER FIND ME: A thunderstorm brings a mysterious woman to Patrick's isolated mobile home. As the night unfolds, secrets and realities blur. Will she be able to leave? Or is something darker keeping her there? Get ready for YOU'LL NEVER FIND ME, coming to Shudder March 22nd.



----- January 26, 2024 -----

** SAW 4K UHD: Australian distributor Viavision is releasing a SAW Limited Edition 3D lenticular hardcase version of the iconic horror film on 4K UHD Blu-ray. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** PRESENCE: Indie distributor Neon has reportedly acquired the Steven Soderbergh-directed and David Koepp-scripted ghost story PRESENCE following its screening at the Sundance Film Festival. The story follows a family who moves into a suburban house and becomes convinced they are not alone – a supernatural presence is there and has taken an interest in the couple's daughter. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** MIDNIGHT PEEPSHOW: Here's the poster for the upcoming anthology.

** HISTORY OF EVIL: In the near future, war and corruption have plagued America and turned it into a theocratic police state. Against the oppression, ordinary citizens have formed a group called The Resistance. One such member, Alegre Dyer, breaks out of political prison and reunites with her husband Ron and daughter Daria. On the run from the militia, the family takes shelter in a remote safe house. But their journey is far from over, as the house's dark past begins to eat away at Ron, and his earnest desire to keep his family safe is overtaken by something much more sinister.

----- January 25, 2024 -----

** THE FACULTY 4K UHD: Coming soon to 4K UHD from Scream Factory.

** KRAZY HOUSE: Set in the 1990s, Krazy House follows religious homemaker Bernie and his sitcom family. When Russian workers in Bernie's house turn out to be wanted criminals, Bernie has to man up and save his imprisoned family, while slowly going crazy.

** IMMACULATE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film starring Sydney Sweeney, which will debut in theaters on March 22nd.

** LISA FRANKENSTEIN: Here's two posters from the upcoming film.



----- January 23, 2024 -----

** SPEAK NO EVIL remake: The James McAvoy-led Blumhouse thriller SPEAK NO EVIL has been pushed back from August 9th to September 13th. James Watkins (EDEN LAKE) helms this remake of the 2022 Danish psychological horror movie about a country house holiday turned nightmare. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** LONGLEGS: We've been waiting for her.

** THE DEMONIACS 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 4/22 from Indicator. Brand-new 4K HDR restoration from the original negative by Powerhouse Films.

** THE NUDE VAMPIRE 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 4/22 from Indicator. Brand-new 4K HDR restoration from the original negative by Powerhouse Films.

----- January 22, 2024 -----

** BIG BAD: Following his exit from SCREAM VII filmmaker Christopher Landon is now attached to direct the werewolf movie BIG BAD, based on the Chandler Baker short story, at Hidden Pictures and Lionsgate. Baker will adapt her own story from the anthology novel "Creature Feature" that follows a family of werewolves forced to scavenge after a mudslide. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SAW: To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Jigsaw's games, SAW 10-Film Collection 20th Anniversary Edition arrives on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital March 5 from Lionsgate. All 10 films from the franchise that created a new horror subgenre – including the latest chapter, SAW X – are collected here in one terrifying set. Rewind to the beginning when Jigsaw first springs his diabolically ingenious traps on the morally wayward, then travel his long road of pain all the way to Mexico in the newest entry's untold story of John Kramer's quest for a cancer cure, inspiring his most personal game yet.

** 28 YEARS LATER: Three major studios are reportedly in a fight to win the rights to Danny Boyle and Alex Garland's 28 YEARS LATER according to a new report at The InSneider. Boyle is attached to direct the first installment with Garland set to write all three, with both producing. The budget for each film is tipped to be in the $75 million range.

The new report indicates Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures, and Paramount Pictures are all in the mix with one pulling ahead as the current frontrunner – Warners. One source says they'd be surprised if the film landed at Paramount after Garland's collaboration with them on ANNIHILATION. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** IN A VIOLENT NATURE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.

----- January 19, 2024 -----

** A QUIET PLACE DAY ONE: HEREDITARY actor Alex Wolff says the upcoming A QUIET PLACE prequel spin-off, A QUIET PLACE DAY ONE, will serve as more of a drama than a horror film. Based on an original idea by John Krasinski, and written by Michael Sarnoski and Jeff Nichols, the film will not deal with the Abbott family storyline of the main films.

Instead it unfolds against the larger backdrop of the universe set up in the two prior films and will follow a New York City woman in her fight for survival against blind aliens who hunts people by sound. Wolff is joined by Lupita Nyong'o, Djimon Hounsou, Denis O'Hare and Joseph Quinn in the project which hails from filmmaker Michael Sarnoski who scored major critical acclaim for his Nic Cage-led 2021 film PIG which also starred Wolf

Speaking with Discussing Film, Wolff talked about the film's tone saying: "That's not a horror movie, not really. I might get in trouble for saying that. It's from the director of PIG, this film I did, so it's very... It's more a drama. It's weird going from a $2 million movie to a $100 million movie, and working with the same director and in the same proximity [as the other actors]. There's only about four or five characters in it. So it was kinda like making PIG, just on a massive scale." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** UNTIL DAWN: LIGHTS OUT helmer David F. Sandberg has signed a deal to direct a film adaptation of the PlayStation horror video game UNTIL DAWN at Sony's Screen Gems and PlayStation Productions. Blair Butler wrote the script with THE NUN writer/producer Gary Dauberman doing the most recent draft as well as producing alongside Lotta Losten, Roy Lee, Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan

Originally released in 2015, the story is set at an isolated mountain lodge. Eight friends try to stay alive with a mysterious killer on the loose as a mystery surrounding a long-ago mining cave-in features in the story. The film is said to be an "R-rated love letter to the horror genre, centering on an ensemble cast". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** MARTA IS DEAD: Italian game studio LKA, UK publisher Wired Productions, and Swedish film-production company Studios Extraordinaires have announced an exclusive partnership for a feature film adaptation of the video game.

Set in the picturesque yet war-ravaged landscape of Tuscany in 1944, MARTA IS DEAD weaves a haunting narrative against the backdrop of World War II. Players step into the shoes of Giulia, a young woman ensnared in a chilling mystery following the death of her twin sister, Martha. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** GREEN ROOM 4K UHD: Second Sight Films is bringing out a GREEN ROOM Limited Edition 4K UHD set packed with extras and encased in a stylish slipcase. The Limited Edition 4K UHD set will be available on March 18, 2024. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- January 18, 2024 -----

** BURIAL GROUND 4K UHD: Coming soon from Severin Film. Now featuring an all-new 4K scan and 4 hours of special features.

** DRACULA, PRISONER OF FRANKENSTEIN: Coming soon from Severin Film scanned in 4K from Spanish, French and German release prints to create the longest and most comprehensive version known to exist.

** BLOODMOON: Coming soon from Severin Film.

** LAST NIGHT AT TERRACE LANES: When a bloodthirsty cult invades a bowling alley on its final night of operation, a high schooler on a date from hell, must join forces with her survivalist dad to fend off the crazed murderers.

----- January 17, 2024 -----

** ANACONDA reboot: Four years ago, during the early days of the pandemic, came the news that Sony Pictures was reportedly developing a reimagining of the cult 1997 horror film ANACONDA. The studio had reportedly hired Evan Daugherty to pen the script. Then last year came ord that Tom Gormican was now writing the script.

Now, Jeff Sneider is reporting on The Hot Mic podcast that the new ANACONDA film will go the NEW NIGHTMARE meta route – with actors playing heightened versions of themselves as they film a new ANACONDA movie on location – before things get real and deadly. Sneider stresses that at least one key actor, if not actors, in question have not yet signed up for the project so things could change. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** GOAT: Actor Marlon Wayans and filmmaker Justin Tipping have boarded the Jordan Peele-produced sports horror feature GOAT at Universal Pictures. The project is the untitled one that Peele's Monkeypaw banner pulled from its planned September 2024 release a few weeks back.

Based on a pitch by Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie, the story centers on a promising young athlete and football player who is invited to train with a team's retiring star. As it's a psychological thriller/horror tale, expect that training to turn sinister. The young athlete character is being sought via screen tests, with Wayans to play the retiring GOAT (Greatest of All Time). (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** POSSESSOR 4K UHD: The upcoming Second Sights Films edition will be released on March 18, 2024. The packed set features a 4K UHD and Blu-ray version of the film, a mesmerizing slipcase, and a 120-page book. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE SEEDING: A man trapped in a desert canyon with a mysterious woman is held captive by feral children.

----- January 16, 2024 -----

** WEAPONS: Pedro Pascal has reportedly dropped out of BARBARIAN director Zach Cregger's WEAPONS over a scheduling conflict, according to a new post at The InSneider web site. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** ABIGAIL: After a group of would-be criminals kidnap the 12-year-old ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, all they have to do to collect a $50 million ransom is watch the girl overnight. In an isolated mansion, the captors start to dwindle, one by one, and they discover, to their mounting horror, that they're locked inside with no normal little girl.

** MIDNIGHT PEEPSHOW: Here's the trailer for the upcoming anthology.

** NO WAY UP: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.

----- January 15, 2024 -----

** FEAR STREET PART 4: Author R.L. Stine has confirmed that a fourth film based on his FEAR STREET line of books is in the works at streaming giant Netflix. In a posting on Twitter on Saturday, Stine shared the news saying: "I can finally announce that a new 'FEAR STREET movie is about to go into production for Netflix. It's based on my 'Fear Street' book, 'The Prom Queen.' Good news!".

Leigh Janiak helmed the films which all received very positive reviews. The new film will feature a new cast of characters and is based on the 1992 novel whose synopsis reads as follows:

"A spring night... soft moonlight... five beautiful Prom Queen candidates… dancing couples at the Shadyside High prom – these should be the ingredients for romance. But stir in one brutal murder – then another, and another – and the recipe quickly turns to horror. Lizzie McVay realizes that someone is murdering the five Prom Queen candidates one by one – and that she may be next on the list! Can she stop the murderer before the dance is over – for good?" (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** Neve Campbell and SCREAM VII: Back in June last year, Neve Campbell revealed she was set to leave the SCREAM franchise because she wasn't being properly compensated to return as Sidney Prescott for SCREAM VI. The filmmakers didn't recast, rather her character simply didn't show up in the feature. It didn't hurt the box-office though, the film making $169 million worldwide and becoming the top-grossing entry in the franchise in North America.

A seventh SCREAM was put into development but has faced numerous challenges and currently sits without the last two film's leading ladies (Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega) or director Christopher Landon with all having walked from the project.

One of the few ways the troubled production could get back on track would be to bring Campbell back, and the actress told Variety in Los Angeles that she could see herself returning "under the right circumstances". Either way, she hopes it continues:

"I honestly don't have no idea what their plans are. I know a lot has gone on around it and I'm sure they're spinning a little bit at the moment. These movies mean a lot to us and they mean a lot to the fans. I go to these conventions sometimes and I meet the fans and they're frantic about these films. They love them. These films mean a lot to them and these characters mean a lot to them. So even for their sake, I would love to see it continue." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE EXORCIST DECEIVER: Filmmaker David Gordon Green has exited THE EXORCIST DECEIVER, the upcoming sequel to last year's critical flop THE EXORCIST BELIEVER at Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. Made for a budget of $30 million, the film pulled in $137 million at the global box office in spite of scathing reviews. As Universal acquired distribution rights to the franchise for $400 million in June 2021, the intent is to proceed with a new trilogy of THE EXORCIST films. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** CLEARMIND: A darkly-comedic psychological thriller about a woman who uses her virtual reality therapy to exact revenge on her former friends.

----- January 12, 2024 -----

** R.I.P. Tisa Farrow: Her sister, Mia Farrow, posted yesterday that she passed away in her sleep on January 10th. She was in two horror films classics; ZOMBIE and ANTROPOPHAGUS. She then stepped away from film to become a nurse.

** 28 YEARS LATER: Twenty-four years after they unleased 28 DAYS LATER in cinemas, filmmakers Danny Boyle and Alex Garland are set to re-team for a revival of the series. THR reports that the pair are reuniting for 28 YEARS LATER, a new film that won't just be another sequel (ala 2007's 28 WEEKS LATER which they only produced). Instead, it is reportedly being lined up as the start of a potential whole new trilogy of films.

Boyle is attached to direct the first installment with Garland set to write all three, with both producing. The pair have publicly teased the idea of a potential sequel over the years but nothing ever seemed to go beyond the idea stage. Andrew Macdonald and Peter Rice would also produce. The budget for each film is tipped to be in the $75 million range. The package is reportedly expected to hit studios, streamers and other potential buyers later this week. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SMILE 2: Actor Lukas Gage has signed on to SMILE 2, the follow-up to the surprise 2022 horror hit from Paramount. Variety had the exclusive on the latest casting for the supernatural horror sequel. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** HERE FOR BLOOD: When his girlfriend, Phoebe, is swamped with college exams; Tom O'Bannon, a rowdy pro-wrestler struggling to make ends meet, agrees to fill in as a last-minute replacement for her well paying babysitting job. Tom arrives at an isolated family home where he meets the precocious 10-year-old Grace. What starts off as a quiet night of pizza and video games quickly spirals into bloody, violent chaos as Tom and Grace find themselves fighting for their lives when an otherworldly cult of masked intruders descend on the home.

** DEPARTING SENIORS: After being bullied, high school senior Javier develops psychic abilities which he must use to stop a mysterious killer targeting his classmates.



----- January 11, 2024 -----

** MONOLITH: While trying to salvage her career, a disgraced journalist begins investigating a strange conspiracy theory. But as the trail leads uncomfortably close to home, she is left to grapple with the lies at the heart of her own story.



** THE BLOB remake remake: Filmmaker David Bruckner (THE NIGHT HOUSE), who reimagined the HELLRAISER franchise in 2022, is attached to both write and direct a reimagining of THE BLOB for Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group. Story details about the new version are under wraps. David Goyer and Keith Levine are attached to produce.

The original 1958 film follows a red, amorphous and gelatinous alien lifeform that descends upon a rural Pennsylvania town and begins consuming anyone it comes into contact with – growing the more it eats and able to pull human victims into itself. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THERE IS A MONSTER: Jack is a successful photographer. One day he thinks he sees something in the shadows of his studio but blames it on the tequila he had the night before. Another day, while getting ready for bed, he's shocked to see something outside his bedroom window, the "monster". A frantic search outside with his wife Carol turns up nothing. But later the monster hovers over him as he sleeps, and the next day his speech isn't quite right. More attacks occur and he blames the monster for his troubles. His wife and best friend wonder if maybe he's losing his mind. But the damage being done to his body is very real.

** DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY: Santiago Mendoza is the best tabloid crime photographer in Mexico City, but his profession has made him insensitive and incapable of showing affection to his wife Marcela. One night, Santiago intercepts an emergency call and despite the police's warnings, he infiltrates a disturbing crime scene. Soon after, he begins to suffer a mysterious illness that makes him lose, one by one, his five senses. Without knowing what's wrong with him or why, Santiago must find a solution to this affliction, before the world he knows disappears completely.

----- January 10, 2024 -----

** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S sequel: Out promoting the new Jason Statham film THE BEEKEEPR in which he co-stars, actor Josh Hutcherson confirms a sequel to this year's successful game-to-film adaptation FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S is in the works. Speaking with Variety, he says they're "in the process right now of nailing down the story" and the studio wants to "get going as soon as possible":

"We hoped it would connect with audiences, but I don't think that anybody, even on our side of things, expected it to really connect the way that it did. I'm dying to get back on set. Emma Tammi, our director, was fantastic, and it was such a fun world to play in. I'm excited to see what they are doing next." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** Stephen King's THE SHINING: Coming to Blu-ray in March from Scream Factory.

** LONG LOST: Universal Pictures has purchased the short story package LONG LOST with Steven Spielberg set to produce through his Amblin Partners label. Colin Bannon, whose past film scripts have made the Black List seven times, penned the fifty-page short story and will adapt the script for the film which Simon Kinberg, Audrey Chon and Scott Glassgold will produce.

The story follows a recently married woman whose life is upended when her husband's long lost wife shockingly returns after she was believed to be dead. This sparks fears that she's hatching a sinister plan to reclaim what was once hers. The film is said to be in the vein of WHAT LIES BENEATH and ROSEMARY'S BABY. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** CHILD'S PLAY remake 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 3/19 from Scream Factory.

----- January 9, 2024 -----

** LISA FRANKENSTEIN: A coming of rage love story from acclaimed writer Diablo Cody about a misunderstood teenager and her high school crush, who happens to be a handsome corpse. After a set of playfully horrific circumstances bring him back to life, the two embark on a murderous journey to find love, happiness… and a few missing body parts along the way.

** WOLF MAN remake: Multiple Emmy-winning OZARK breakout star Julia Garner will team up with Christopher Abbott for Leigh Whannell's WOLF MAN at Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures. Whannell, who also helmed 2020's THE INVISIBLE MAN, which similarly adapted a classic Universal monster for the modern age, will helm the project which is being fast-tracked for an October 25th 2024 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** CARRIE remake 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in March from Scream Factory.

** OVER THE EDGE: Coming to Blu-ray in March from Shout Select.

----- January 8, 2024 -----

** Dario Argento Panico: Experience the world of Dario Argento like never before in Simone Scafidi's documentary. Stream it on Shudder starting February 2.

** Guillermo del Toro's DR. FRANKENSTEIN: Australian actor Jacob Elordi will replace Andrew Garfield as Frankenstein's monster in Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film. Garfield has had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with a lot of back-to-back projects on his plate including a Carl Sagan biopic.

Del Toro is reportedly planning to start shooting his long-gestating project in February. Elordi will join a cast that already includes Oscar Isaac, Christoph Waltz and Mia Goth. Unfolding in 19th century Eastern Europe, the film tells the story of Dr. Pretorious (Isaac), who needs to track down the monster (Elordi) – who is believed to have died in a fire forty years before – in order to continue experiments on him. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SHADOWZONE: Coming to Blu-ray on 5/7 from Full Moon.

** LONGLEGS: NEON has premiered a sinister teaser trailer for Oz Perkins' horror-thriller film LONGLEGS starring Maika Monroe and Nicolas Cage.

The film follows Lee Harker (Monroe), a talented new FBI agent, has been assigned to an unsolved case of a serial killer. As the investigation becomes more complicated and occult evidence is uncovered, Harker realizes a personal link and must act quickly to prevent another family murder. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** V/H/S 85: Coming to Blu-ray on 2/27 from Shudder and RLJE Films.

----- January 4, 2024 -----

** Blumhouse & Atomic Monster: Jason Blum's Blumhouse and James Wan's Atomic Monster production companies have completed their merger – over a year after the first news of their advanced talks to merge was reported back in November 2022. Blum announced the finalisation of the company's merger on social media, saying: "Our deal is... Done. Blumhouse and AtomicMonster have officially joined forces. The preeminent homes for horror are now under one roof."

The posting included a reel of their projects, bringing together Blumhouse's horror franchises like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, THE PURGE and HALLOWEEN with Atomic Monster's THE CONJURING, INSIDIOUS and SAW. The companies will continue to operate as separate labels, with each maintaining its own creative autonomy and brand identity. However, the alliance is expected to increase their combined output. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE FIRST OMEN: When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate. Create something to fear. Watch the new trailer for THE FIRST OMEN, only in theaters April 5.



** IT'S A WONDERFUL KNIFE: Coming to Blu-ray on 4/9 from Shudder / RLJE Films. After saving her town from a psychotic killer, Winnie Carruthers' life is less than wonderful. When she wishes she'd never been born, she finds herself in a nightmare parallel universe where without her, things could be much, much worse.

** SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY: With the world gripped by a deadly pandemic, science denier Glenn Rollins turns to an experimental vaccine as treatment for a lingering sickness. Much to the surprise of his doctor, wife, and friends, the remedy immediately fixes what ails him. But Glenn will soon discover the only thing more fatal than the virus... is the cure.

** MICKEY'S MOUSE TRAP: The first ever live action Mickey Mouse comedy horror feature film. Directed by Jamie Bailey. A Bailey Phillips Production. It's Alex's 21st birthday, but she's stuck at the amusement arcade on a late shift, so her friends decide to surprise her, but a masked killer dressed as Mickey Mouse decides to play a game of his own with them which she must survive.

----- January 3rd, 2024 -----

** M3GAN 2.0: Blumhouse producer Ryan Turek has confirmed that the killer doll sequel M3GAN 2.0 is now in development at the horror studio; "M3GAN 2.0 is underway. We haven't started shooting or anything like that. We're aiming towards that January release date that was set," Turek said. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** DEAD BY DAYLIGHT: Recently the Collider web site spoke with executive producer and feature film development V.P. Ryan Turek at Blumhouse Productions about what's coming for the company in the next few years. Asked what he's excited for that is not on people's radars, he says the film adaptation of the video game DEAD BY DAYLIGHT is one to get hyped for:

"I will say that one of the projects that I'm active on is DEAD BY DAYLIGHT, which is the video game adaptation of a game that's been around for, like, seven years. I look at that as the celebration of horror that the video game itself is.

What we've learned from FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S is, obviously, steer towards the fans and make a video game adaptation for the fans... That one I'm super excited about, and we're creatively mulling around what the way into it is." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SINGAPORE SLING: Coming to Blu-ray in March from Vinegar Syndrome.

** CORPSE MANIA 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in October from Vinegar Syndrome.

** HAUNTEDWEEN: Coming to Blu-ray in May from Vinegar Syndrome.

----- January 2nd, 2024 -----

** MaXXXine: The first reactions from a Burbank screening of Ti West's MaXXXine have emerged, giving us a clearer idea of what kind of horror it is. It's said that MaXXXine is a homage to Dario Argento and the sub-genre of Giallo, likening it to Lucio Fulci's THE NEW YORK RIPPER.

Set five years after the events of X, Mia Goth, once again portrays Maxine, who is now acting in a slasher film in the 1980s as Hollywood is being terrorized by a serial killer, known as the ''Night Stalker". Unfortunately for Maxine, the killer is fixated on her and starts to take out the people in her life. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** Forgotten Gialli Volume 6: Now available from Vinegar Syndrome, which features DEATH CARRIES A CANE, NAKED YOU DIE and THE BLOODSTAINED SHADOW.

** WHEN EVIL LURKS: Coming to Blu-ray on 3/26 from RLJE Films.

** THE HUMAN TRAP: The Korean horror thriller heads to Prime Video and other VOD streaming platforms in early January 2024. The film, also known as A TRAP, was first released in 2021, but didn't make its way overseas until earlier this year.

Two young couples go to a camping site for a getaway. Little did they know the risk they were getting into. Their idyllic vacation turns sour as the foursome gets forcibly taken to a makeshift medical lab where a deranged Christian doctor and his assistant plot disturbing medical experiments on the captive youths. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** Sci-Fi Chillers collection: Coming Soon on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

----- December 29, 2023 -----

** SHIVERS: Here's a look at the upcoming Blu-ray Steelbook edition.

** THE BEQUEATHED: Upon the bequeathing of the family burial ground. Ominous events begin to unfold.

** RESTLESS WATERS, SHIVERING LIGHTS: An idyllic getaway goes awry after a freak accident leaving teen Lidia and her father, Pablo to mourn the loss of the family matriarch by escaping to their isolated lighthouse where the paranormal flirts with their fragile dispositions while a troubled family friend stirs the pot on the periphery.

----- December 28, 2023 -----

** THE BLACK PHONE 2: In October came the news that a sequel was on the way with Scott Derrickson and his co-writer C. Robert Cargill returning to write the follow-up and would also produce alongside Jason Blum.

What wasn't so clear was if Derrickson would return to direct. Back in October, he told ComicBook.com: "It's possible. It's not a definite thing," before adding "I wouldn't make a THE BLACK PHONE sequel without Ethan [Hawke]. I don't think there'd be any point in doing that."

Last month Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies and Miguel Mora were all confirmed to be returning to the cast. This week, out promoting NIGHT SWIM, Blumhouse Productions producer Ryan Turek appears to have confirmed Derrickson is coming back to direct, telling the same outlet: "Yeah, Scott's coming back. I think it's too early to talk about anything else regarding that, but yeah [Derrickson's returning]." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SCALPER: Breaking Glass Pictures has announced the release date for its upcoming flick. This suspenseful film promises to take audiences on a heart-pounding journey into the mind of a masked killer known as "'The Scalper," leaving a trail of brutal murders in their wake. SCALPER will be released on digital platforms on January 16, 2024. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** PUNCH: The upcoming film comes to digital and VOD on January 16, 2023.

** THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS ZOMBIES: In a world that's deeply divided into zombie deniers and zombie believers, Carlotta (Luana Riberia), Colin (Rudy Barrow), and Paul (Rami Hilmi) are having a love triangle – only one of them is of the undead.

----- December 27, 2023 -----

** SCREAM VII: Director Christopher Landon had this to say on Twitter/X; "I guess now is as good a time as any to announce I formally exited SCREAM 7 weeks ago. This will disappoint some and delight others. It was a dream job that turned into a nightmare. And my heart did break for everyone involved. Everyone. But it's time to move on. I have nothing more to add to the conversation other than I hope Wes' legacy thrives and lifts above the din of a divided world. What he and Kevin created is something amazing and I was honored to have even the briefest moment basking in their glow."

** WEAPONS: BARBARIAN director Zach Cregger will reportedly begin shooting his new film WEAPONS in February and run through mid-April 2024. Pedro Pascal and Renate Reinsve are set whilst Brian Tyree Henry, Tom Burke, Austin Abrams, and June Diane Raphael are all rumored for the film The project is dubbed an "interrelated, multistory horror epic that tonally is in the vein of MAGNOLIA" but with rumored witchcraft elements. New Line Cinema will release the project theatrically. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SAW XI: A new interview with the film's producer Oren Koules in SFX Magazine (via Screen Rant) now appears to have cleared up one question – where SAW XI will sit in the very convoluted timeline of SAW. Not including the flashback moments, chronologically the films run JIGSAW, SAW, SAW X, SAW II, SAW III, SAW IV, SAW V, SAW VI, SAW THE FINAL CHAPTER, SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW. SAW XI sounds like it will slot in between SAW X and SAW II. Koules says:

"Cecilia is still alive, and Tobin and Shawnee are in a foreign country still. So that, to me, would be the natural place to take at least the next one."

Cecilia serves as the main antagonist of John Kramer's prequel story, the woman responsible for a fraudulent cancer cure which angers the dying Jigsaw (Tobin Bell). In the same interview producer Mark Burg says a sequel set after "Spiral," the furthest along entry in the timeline, isn't likely anytime soon: "Maybe one day we'll come back to doing a sequel. Chris Rock would love to do one, but our focus, because of the success and the response to SAW X, is SAW XI." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE: Director Stephen Chiodo, writer/producer siblings Charles and Edward, and the film's lead Grant Cramer have all been trying to get a sequel out there for many years. issues with rights blocked hopes of bringing that to fruition. But Chiodo hasn't given up hope for continuing with the story of the Killer Klowns. In an exclusive interview with SFX magazine, the director spoke about his plans to continue the film's legacy.

"My goal is to do an eight-part miniseries for streamers. We've got a great concept that continues the story of our main characters," said Chiodo in the interview. "We'll follow a new group of teenagers who come upon the clowns and meet a drunk living in his van – it's Mike Tobacco. There's a big invasion, and we end up on the clown planet."

Chiodo then goes on to talk about a potential new addition to the Klown world; "We have lots of great ideas about where this universe goes. You haven't even seen the clown animals on the clown planet yet. There's a whole world of things that we have in mind!" (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** ABERRANCE: Allen Media Group, has acquired the North American VOD rights to the Mongolian horror film. It will be available to rent/own on all digital HD internet, cable, and satellite platforms worldwide, as well as on DVD, starting on January 16, 2024 through Freestyle Digital Media. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- December 22, 2023 -----

** Jordan Peele's next film: Universal Pictures has reportedly removed writer/director Jordan Peele's new untitled fourth directorial effort from its planned Christmas Day 2024 release date.

The move isn't a huge shock. The project's date was set back in March when the film was originally aimed to film this past Summer. Then, the writer's and actors' strikes happened with little in the way of updates as to the film's fate. That Universal has now removed it from that date means it's not clear when we'll see it now, but hopefully, it will be shot next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** HELLRAISER Tetralogy 4K UHD: Arrow Video has announced a HELLRAISER Tetralogy 4K UHD set that will be released in early 2024. The chunky box set contains the first four films in the Clive Barker horror franchise, covering the first decade of the series that is still going to this day. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** PSYCHO The Story Continues 4K UHD: Arrow Video has revealed it will release a new PSYCHO boxset titled PSYCHO The Story Continues on 4K UHD Blu-ray next year. The story set up by one of the most iconic horror movies and villain of all time continues in these three sequels, each more terrifying than the next, and restored from the original camera negatives. PSYCHO – The Story Continues 4K UHD Blu-ray set will be released on February 26, 2024. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE STRANGERS CHAPTER 1: In an Instagram post, star Madelaine Petsch revealed the date for THE STRANGERS CHAPTER 1 as May 17, 2024. While on a road trip, a couple become the prey of mysterious masked strangers at their remote vacation rental. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- December 21, 2023 -----

** Dario Argento Panico: Shudder has announced it has acquired Simone Scafdi's Dario Argento Panico, a retrospective documentary and portrait of the Italian Giallo filmmaking icon behind such legendary films as SUPIRIA. The documentary will feature exclusive interviews with Argento himself and other acclaimed directors including Guillermo del Toro, Gaspar Noé, and Nicolas Winding Refn. Shudder will release it on the service in North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand on February 2nd. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S 2: Blumhouse and Universal are reportedly cooking up plans for another swift slice of FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S action soon as FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S 2 is set to begin filming in the Spring for a Halloween 2024 release. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** Radio Silence: READY OR NOT and SCREAM VI filmmakers Radio Silence (aka. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet) have reportedly wrapped production on their new untitled monster thriller at Universal Pictures. The project is said to be a unique take on Universal's classic monster lore and a standalone project.

The rumor is the project is inspired by 1936's DRACULA'S DAUGHTER and revolves around a group of kidnappers abducting young people – unaware they've bitten off more than they can chew. The cast list includes Melissa Barrera, Alisha Weir, Dan Stevens, Kevin Durand, Kathryn Newton, Angus Cloud, Will Catlett and Giancarlo Esposito. It has already set an April 19th 2024 release date. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** IMMACULATE: NEON has acquired North American rights to Michael Mohan's religious horror film IMMACULATE starring the dropdead gorgeous Sydney Sweeney. No release date has been set as yet Sweeney plays a woman of devout faith who is offered a new role at an illustrious Italian convent. But her warm welcome to the European countryside is soon interrupted as she discovers her new home harbors some dark and horrifying secrets. Simona Tabasco, Alvaro Morte, Benedetta Porcaroli and Dora Romano co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

----- December 20, 2023 -----

** DEAD END DRIVE-IN 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in March from Umbrella Entertainment.

** THE CHASER: Coming to Blu-ray in March from Umbrella Entertainment.

** THEM: Coming to Blu-ray in March from Umbrella Entertainment.

** THE BAT WHISPERS: Coming to Blu-ray on 3/12 from VCI.

----- December 19, 2023 -----

** DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS: A struggling prog-rock musician who can't catch a break in his struggle to make his prog-rock masterpiece album. No one takes him or his music seriously - his girlfriend, his boss, his neighbors - and things come to a head when a new neighbor from hell, Vlad (Alex Winter), moves into the apartment next door. In a confrontation with Vlad, William accidentally decapitates him and tries to dispose of the body. As William tries to go about his life and make his album, Vlad's corpse delights in tormenting William and he soon finds himself falling further into madness and impending doom.

** LACED: In a remote cabin on the evening of a record-breaking blizzard, a young woman plots to poison her abusive husband in order to end their toxic relationship once and for all. When the poison fails to kill him, she not only has to quickly concoct a backup plan, but also contend with her husband's increasing suspicion that his intensifying illness isn't wholly accidental. And with the unexpected arrival of her brother, her carefully crafted scheme threatens to spiral ever further out of control. Now trapped together as the snow piles up, double-crosses and horrifying secrets threaten to ensnare each of them in their own spiderwebs of deception.

** HE WENT THAT WAY: Set in 1964, Jacob Elordi plays 19-year-old serial killer Bobby who is picked up by a celebrity animal handler, Jim (Zachary Quinto), on a desolate stretch of Route 66 with priceless cargo in tow: Jim's chimpanzee and American TV darling Spanky. As stress between Bobby and Jim rises and their fiery personalities combust, the road only becomes more treacherous the farther they go. Australian filmmaker Jeffrey Darling, who sadly has since died in a surfing accident, makes his directing debut on the film. The film hits limited theaters on January 5th and VOD the following week. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** HELLHOUNDS: A pack of werewolves known as the Hellhounds wage a war against a fanatical order of werewolf hunters called the Silver Bullets. The Hounds and the Bullets now roam the country, appearing to the outside world as rival biker gangs. After all his brothers and sisters are wiped out by the Bullets, the last remaining Hellhound, Alias, embarks on a bloody quest of revenge. The hunt is on! The film will be released on digital platforms on January 9, 2024.

----- December 18, 2023 -----

** ORPHAN 3: Filmmaker William Brent Bell has confirmed that a third movie in the ORPHAN film series is in the works. Speaking with THR to promote his new film LORD OF MISRULE, Bell confirms a third one is on the way:

"As long as we get excited about the stories, there are so many directions to go, and we're developing a third one now. The franchise's rulebook has been opened up to where anything is possible. And knowing where we are in the process already, I'm extremely excited about the twists and turns that we have in store." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** TERRIFIER 3: Director Damien Leone has brought up some new details and confirmed others. In an interview with the Deadline web site, Leone was asked various questions about the 2024 sequel. First up, he was asked where they are in production, and he confirmed they will begin shooting in February of 2024.

"We are in pre-production right now. We're going to start shooting in two months, beginning of February. So, we're in the thick of it." Leone said, "We're assembling our crew; we're still casting; we're getting locations in order; special effects are being created; and we're still working on drafts. It could always be better and tighter: I never stop doing that all the way through production. I'm finally getting to the stage where I'm very excited about it. We're about to make a movie again, which is my childhood fantasy come true."

"The overall plot and structure of this franchise was pretty much cemented when I wrote Part 2, which is very comforting because it's kind of scary to be lost in the woods, and be scrambling, and trying to figure out if there is a satisfying conclusion down the line and I feel like I do have one."

"There are a few new major characters introduced in three, one in particular that it's too soon for me to announce... What I think I can say at this stage is that Chris Jericho is going to be returning. He's super excited. This one is going to pick up where Part 2 left off, in the insane asylum, so, you're going to see what transpires there, what mayhem unfolds, because seeing how Art and Victoria ended up, is so insane, and seeing how they get out of that situation and what happens next is going to be really wild. So, we have to get Chris back in there and see how he becomes a part of that situation." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** DARK WATER 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in March from Arrow Video.

** OUT OF DARKNESS: A small boat reaches the shores of a raw and desolate landscape. A group of six have struggled across the narrow sea to find a new home. They are starving, desperate, and living 45,000 years ago. First they must find shelter, and they strike out across the tundra wastes towards the distant mountains that promise the abundant caves they need to survive. But when night falls, anticipation turns to fear and doubt as they realize they are not alone. Terrifying sounds suggest something monstrous at large in this landscape, something that could kill or steal them away. As relationships in the group fracture, the determination of one young woman reveals the terrible actions taken to survive.



----- December 14, 2023 -----

** SMILE sequel: Naomi Scott has been set to star in the currently untitled sequel to its hit horror feature SMILE at Temple Hill and Paramount Pictures. A surprise runaway hit last year, Paramount ditched a planned straight-to-Paramount+ release for a theatrical launch and utilised a quite targeted and effective marketing campaign.

The switch resulted in a $217 million worldwide gross for a film made on a $17 million budget, a quite profitable venture for the studio. A sequel was subsequently put into development. Parker Finn wrote the script for the follow-up and will direct. Plot details for the sequel are under wraps, but the casting process is much more intense and high-profile for the film following the first movie's success. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE WOLF MAN remake: Christopher Abbott (POSSESSOR) will replace Ryan Gosling as the star in the new take on THE WOLF MAN at Blumhouse and Universal Pictures. 2020's THE INVISIBLE MAN filmmaker Leigh Whannell will direct the project which is now being fast-tracked and has set an October 25th 2024 release date.

Whannell was attached to the film several years ago but exited. Specifics of the story are under wraps but the tale reportedly follows a man whose family is being terrorized by a lethal predator. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** BAMBI THE RECKONING: From the minds behind WINNIE THE POOH BLOOD AND HONEY.

** TERRIFIER director's Ghost House Pictures project: Damien Leone has his hands full with TERRIFIER 3 at the moment, but once he's done with that. he has another film in the pipeline with Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures. Speaking to the Deadline web site, Leone was asked if TERRIFIER 3 was his next project, which he confirmed and added that there was something else on the cards.

"TERRIFIER is definitely my next one to shoot. I've also had a movie in development with Ghost House Pictures, Sam Raimi's production company," Leone says. "They reached out to me after the success of TERRIFIER 2, and we've had a lot of meetings, and they have one of my original horror ideas in development that they really want to get off the ground. So, that's been fun, a really fun collaborative process with that team."

The director goes on to mention a further project he could end up working on: one that's not horror, but a dream remake for Leone. "There are some other things. I might have the opportunity to write and direct one of my favorite exploitation films from the '80s. It's not a horror film, but it is an action sort of thriller revenge film from the '80s. That would be a dream come true." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- December 13, 2023 -----

** CRONOS 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in 2024. A mysterious device designed to provide its owner with eternal life resurfaces after four hundred years, leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

** SAW XI: The writing team for the past three entries in the SAW franchise will not be returning for next year's SAW XI. Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger penned JIGSAW, SPIRAL FROM THE BOOK OF SAW, and this year's SAW X, but Stolberg confirmed they would be handing the reins to a new writing team.

"Pete and I are sitting this chapter out" wrote Stolberg on Twitter/X. "Very excited to see this one as a fan of the franchise. I think people will be pleased with the team." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** ROADKILL: Vengeance rides the open road when a young woman encounters a renegade drifter and ends up in a fight for her life.

** FOUNDERS DAY: In this bold political slasher, a small town is shaken by a series of ominous killings in the days leading up to a heated mayoral election. As accusations fly and the threat of a masked killer darkens every street corner, the residents must race to uncover the truth before fear consumes the town.

----- December 12, 2023 -----

** SAW XI: Lionsgate's official Instagram account has been updated to announce that an eleventh film in its horror franchise SAW is on the way. A graphic posted on the page teases a September 27th 2024 release date for SAW XI with the tagline 'The Game Continues'. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SE7EN 4K UHD: The film is coming out as a Ultimate Collector's Edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook and a What's In The Box? Special Edition 4K Ultra HD Steelbook.



** SUNRISE: When an ex-cop named Fallon returns to the scene of a horrific crime, the residents of a rural town soon discover that this dark visitor is really a vampire who feeds on blood and fear. After he is befriended by a kind immigrant family, the instinctive killer is faced with a choice between revenge and redemption. Guy Pearce and Alex Pettyfer star in this thrilling tale penned by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Ronan Blaney.

----- December 11, 2023 -----

** THE CALLER: A customer service agent working from home is terrorized by a dissatisfied psychopathic caller.

** DRESSED TO KILL 4K UHD: Coming soon as a 3-disc limited collector's edition in mediabook.

** HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM: Coming to Blu-ray on 1/15 from STUDIOCANAL.

----- December 8, 2023 -----

** THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 4/9 from Celluloid Dreams.

** THE ABANDONED: Coming to Blu-ray on 4/9 from Unearthed Films.

** IN A VIOLENT NATURE: Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thrillers, and the supernatural, announced that the radical third-person slasher IN A VIOLENT NATURE will World Premiere at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. The debut feature film from writer and director Chris Nash will premiere in the Midnight Section.

----- December 7, 2023 -----

** BAGHEAD: Talk to the dead. Pay the price. From the producer of IT and BARBARIAN, meet BAGHEAD and watch the official trailer. Releasing internationally from January.

Following the death of her estranged father (Peter Mullan), Iris (Freya Allan) learns she has inherited a run-down, centuries-old pub. She travels to Berlin to identify her father's body and meet with The Solicitor (Ned Dennehy) to discuss the estate. Little does she know, when the deed is signed she will become inextricably tied to an unspeakable entity that resides in the pub's basement – Baghead – a shape-shifting creature that can transform into the dead. Two thousand in cash for two minutes with the creature is all it takes for desperate loved ones to ease their grief. Neil (Jeremy Irvine), who has lost his wife, is Iris' first customer. Like her father, Iris is tempted to exploit the creature's powers and help desperate people for a price. But she soon discovers breaking the two-minute rule can have terrifying consequences. Together with her best friend Katie (Ruby Barker), Iris must battle to keep control of Baghead and figure out how to destroy her, before she destroys them.

** THE SEEDING: When a hiker gets lost in the desert, a gang of feral children propelled by haunting legacies traps him in a sadistic battle for survival with a frightening endgame. In theaters and on digital January 26.

** THE BLOODY JUDGE 4K UHD: Jess Franco's landmark epic of violence NIGHT OF THE BLOOD MONSTER (aka THE BLOODY JUDGE), is coming to 4K UHD & Blu-ray on March 26, 2024!

** THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK 4K UHD: Coming soon to 4K UHD from Vinegar Syndrome.

----- December 6, 2023 -----

** WILLY'S WONDERLAND 4K UHD: Here's a look at the upcoming Shout Factory 4K UHD/4K Steelbook.

** PATRICK 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 2/20 from Indicator featuring a brand-new 4K HDR restoration from the original negative by Powerhouse Films.

** SUNFLOWER: According to The Hollywood Reporter, UNDERWORLD vet Scott Speedman has been tapped to join the SUNFLOWER cast for Lionsgate's upcoming horror thriller, which hails from LOVECRAFT COUNTRY creator Misha Green. Speedman will be joining previously announced leading stars Jurnee Smollett and Isabel May. Production is slated to begin in the spring of 2024 in South Africa. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS: Shudder has revealed the poster for its upcoming horror movie DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS, which premieres on Shudder on January 12, 2024.

William Brown (Jonah Ray Rodrigues), a neurotic, self-absorbed musician determined to finish his prog-rock magnum opus, faces a creative roadblock in the form of a noisy and grotesque neighbor named Vlad (Alex Winter). Finally working up the nerve to demand that Vlad keep it down, William inadvertently decapitates him. But, while attempting to cover up one murder, William's accidental reign of terror causes victims to pile up and become undead corpses who torment and create more bloody detours on his road to prog-rock Valhalla. DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS is a twisted splatter-comedy about a deranged journey of self-discovery full of goopy practical FX, a well-known ensemble cast, and LOTS of blood.

----- December 5, 2023 -----

** THE AMITYVILLE HORROR 4K UHD: Coming soon from 88 Films.

** I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER: Here's a look at the upcoming Walmart Exclusive Steelbook coming out on February 26, 2024.

** SANTA'S ISN'T REAL: After suffering a brutal attack on Christmas Eve, a young woman, Nikki, struggles to convince her friends that the assailant was none other than Ol' Kris Kringle. When Santa returns to terrorize the group in their remote cabin the next Christmas, Nikki and her friends must overcome disbelief as they fight to stay alive.

** A CREATURE WAS STIRRING: Faith (Chrissy Metz) keeps her troubled teenage daughter (Annalise Basso) on a tightly controlled regimen of experimental drugs, their only means of fending off a mysterious, terrifying affliction. But after two burglars (Scout Taylor-Compton, and Connor Paolo) attempt to rob the home on Christmas, they stumble upon a long-kept family secret—with monstrous consequences.

----- December 4, 2023 -----

** More EVIL DEAD: Bruce Campbell told the Collider web site; "We were very happy with what Lee Cronin did. He did a great job, to the point where he's going to be hard to employ again because everybody wants to use him now. So we'll see if we get him back or not! It's made the most money of any EVIL DEAD movie so far at $140 million. So, yeah, you bet your bottom dollar we're going to do a few more." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** SUITABLE FLESH: The film is getting a physical release on January 9, 2024. Psychiatrist Elizabeth Derby becomes obsessed with helping a young patient suffering extreme personality disorder. But it leads her into dark occult danger as she tries to escape a horrific fate.

** CHILDREN OF THE CORN 4K UHD: Here's a look at the upcoming Walmart Exclusive Steelbook.

** HOLLOW MAN: Here's a look at the upcoming Walmart Exclusive Steelbook coming out on February 26, 2024.

----- December 1st, 2023 -----

** THANKSGIVING sequel: Sony's TriStar Pictures and filmmaker Eli Roth are set to do a sequel to this year's horror hit THANKSGIVING which has grossed $30 million globally in its first two weeks and dropped just 31% in its second weekend – a rare feat for a horror film. In addition, the film holds an impressive 83% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes, making it Roth's highest rated film to date. TriStar Pictures has already set a 2025 release theatrically worldwide for the follow-up. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SWEET HOME 2: When the rules of the world evolve. The line between human and monster blurs. The end isn't here yet. SWEET HOME is back to captivate the world once again.

** THE ACTIVATED MAN: As Ors Gabriel struggles with the grief from losing his best friend and beloved dog to cancer, the trauma brings on strange visions only Ors can see. While he questions whether his mind has fractured or if it's actually real, a mysterious rise in murder-suicides takes hold of the city, and Ors becomes haunted by images of a shadowy figure known as 'The Fedora Man'. Through torments and terror, Ors must face his fears and confront 'The Fedora Man' as he uncovers dark secrets from his past, while finally embracing who he really is, and what he is meant to do.

** THE HITCHER: Coming to Blu-ray in February from Umbrella Entertainment.

** ONYX THE FORTUITOUS AND THE TALISMAN OF SOULS: Coming to Blu-ray on 12/19.

----- November 30, 2023 -----

** THE BLACK PHONE 2: Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies and Miguel Mora are all set to return for the sequel to 2022 horror hit THE BLACK PHONE. The SINISTER team of director Scott Derrickson and his co-writer C. Robert Cargill crafted the sleeper hit which pulled in over $161 million worldwide from a budget 1/10th that amount. Derrickson and Cargill are back for the sequel with Jason Blum producing. THE BLACK PHONE 2 has already set a theatrical release of June 27th 2025 has been set. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** NIGHT SWIM: What are you afraid of? NIGHT SWIM - only in theaters January 5.

** WILLY'S WONDERLAND 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD/4K UHD Steelbook on 2/13/2024.

** NOSFERATU remake: Another photo has arrived from Robert Eggers' new NOSFERATU movie, this one showcasing Nicholas Hoult as Jonathan Harker in the movie whilst a blurry Bill Skarsgard as Count Orlok is in the foreground. Lily-Rose Depp, Willem Dafoe and Aaron Taylor-Johnson co-star in this reimagining of F.W. Murnau's 1922 silent-era classic. It's dubbed an old-school horror film with the first trailer rumored to arrive next month as the film is set to release on December 25, 2024. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE EXORCIST BELIEVER 4K UHD: The sequel is coming to 4K UHD with a release date of December 19, 2023. The digital release date is December 1, 2023.

----- November 28, 2023 -----

** IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS Presents TERRORBYTES: A deep dive, retrospective documentary series covering the rich history, evolution and emotional core of the horror gaming landscape. Through separate episodes that each put a specific horror gaming topic under the microscope, viewers will be taken on a journey from video game horror's humble beginnings to its explosion of popularity today — exploring throughout the series such thematic ideas as why we love scary games, how the design sensibilities of horror gaming break away from and upend traditional video game power fantasies, how horror games both draw from and inspire other mediums, and more.

** ALLIGATOR & ALLIGATOR II 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD/Blu-ray on 1/29 from 101 Films.

** ANACONDA: Here's a look at the Walmart Exclusive Steelbook coming out February 6th, 2024.

** Massacre Video: Now available to pre-order are BLOODRAYNE 4K UHD, 555 and DARD DIVORCE.

----- November 27, 2023 -----

** INSIDE (À L'INTÉRIEUR): Coming to Blu-ray from Second Sight Films on 2/5.

** HIGH TENSION 4K UHD: Coming out on 3/20/2024 from ESC Distribution.

** NOSFERATU remake: Director Robert Eggers has opened up a bit more about his upcoming NOSFERATU remake, detailing the gothic nature of the film. Speaking to Empire, Eggers confirmed that the remake will be a horror film. He likened it to older, "gothic" films that don't really seem to exist nowadays.

"Yeah, it's a scary film. It's a horror movie. It's a Gothic horror movie," Eggers said. "And I do think that there hasn't been an old-school Gothic movie that's actually scary in a while. And I think that the majority of audiences will find this one to be the case." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S: The video game adaptation has become the highest-grossing Blumhouse release of all time with $283.1 million.

** INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in February from Arrow Video.



----- November 24, 2023 -----

** SCREAM VII: The saga surrounding the making of the next SCREAM film just keeps on taking new twists and turns in real-time it seems. In the wake of the reported exits of both Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega from the film over the past day, Variety is now reporting that the whole project is set to undergo a 'creative reset'.

James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick, the writers of the previous two installments which starred the actresses as sisters Sam and Tara Carpenter, will now work on a fresh draft to present to filmmakers. Though some set pieces may be preserved, the project is now seeking new protagonists. Original SCREAM leading lady Neve Campbell opted not to return for this year's SCREAM VI over a salary dispute, but the trade says producers are reportedly keen to see her reclaim her character of Sydney Prescott. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE BABYSITTER 3: A third film in THE BABYSITTER franchise is still happening says director and producer McG. McG helmed the 2017 Netflix comedy horror film which subsequently spawned a sequel titled THE BABYSITTER KILLER QUEEN. A third one has yet to be confirmed by the streamer.

In a new interview with ComicBook.com to promote his new family comedy FAMILY SWITCH, McG says he's still pushing for a third film: "Yeah, we're still talking about it. It was fun. The first movie, obviously, gave Samara Weaving to the world, and the second movie was Jenna Ortega. Hopefully we can answer the call and find a third star that reaches those lofty heights." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** Terror Vision: Now available to pre-order are THE NEWLYDEADS (1988) and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT WILL SCARE YOU (2020).

** Vinegar Syndrome: Here's their Black Friday titles revealed; eXistenZ (4K UHD), THE BLACK ROOM, UNTOLD STORY 2, A GUN FOR JENNIFER and REDNECK ZOMBIES.









----- November 23, 2023 -----

** Jenna Ortega out of SCREAM VII: Jenna Ortega is not expected to return for the upcoming seventh SCREAM film at Spyglass Media. Ortega and Melissa Barrera played sisters Tara and Sam Carpenter respectively in both 2022's fifth and this year's sixth film in the franchise.

Barrera was fired by Spyglass over her social media repostings on the Hamas-Israel conflict leading to intense emotional reactions online across social media and discussion boards. Despite the timing, Ortega's exit is for entirely different reasons – namely Netflix's WEDNESDAY. The trade indicates Ortega's exit was already in discussion before the actor's strike. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SCREAM VII: Director Christopher Landon has commented on the firing of the film's lead, Mellisa Barrera, over her Pro-Palestine stance. Although Landon has nothing to do with Barrera's exit from SCREAM VII, he naturally had fans asking him about it. So he responded on X (formerly Twitter);

"This is my statement: Everything sucks. Stop yelling. This was not my decision to make."

The understandably guarded response was met with disapproval from some quarters that support Barrera and Palestine, and the post has since been deleted with no further comment. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE RING Collection 4K UHD: Scream Factory's THE RING Collection release date has been pushed back to March 19, 2024 with the delay will allow the restoration team "to create the best possible brand-new 4K transfer of THE RING (2002), as supervised by Director Gore Verbinski." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** Severin Films: Here's a look at some of their upcoming releases.















----- November 22, 2023 -----

** THE BOOGENS 4K UHD: Coming on January 30th on 4K UHD and Blu-ray from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.

** SCREAM VII: Melissa Barrera will no longer star in the upcoming SCREAM VII at Spyglass according to THR. The actress has reportedly been dropped from the project after a series of social media posts in the wake of the Israel-Hamas War. Spyglass, the company behind the SCREAM franchise, had no comment for the trade. HAPPY DEATH DAY filmmaker Christopher Landon is taking on directing duties on SCREAM VII, replacing filmmakers Radio Silence who exited a while back. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** IT'S A WONDERFUL KNIFE: The modern twist on Frank Capra's seminal Christmas classic IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, will stream on Shudder and be available to rent on all digital platforms on December 1, 2023. Just in time to kick off your festive home viewing for the month. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** LOOP TRACK: Ian, a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown, disappears from the world and takes a hike in the New Zealand wilderness. His efforts to avoid other hikers are futile and he is drawn into their worlds, but he can never shake the feeling that they are being stalked by someone, or something, sinister. As Ian's paranoia grows, the other hikers become wary of him. He's cagey about his past, he never sleeps, and his anxiety leads him to make concerning claims. Far from society, Ian starts to question his own sanity before plunging into a bloody battle for survival.

----- November 21, 2023 -----

** NOSFERATU remake: Here's a first look at director Robert Eggers' new horror tale – a much-anticipated remake of F. W. Murnau's highly influential 1922 vampire classic NOSFERATU. Bill Skarsgård and Lily-Rose Depp co-star. Describing the title, Eggers says: "Yeah, it's a scary film. It's a horror movie. It's a Gothic horror movie. I do think that there hasn't been an old-school Gothic movie that's actually scary in a while. And I think that the majority of audiences will find this one to be the case." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com & Empire Magazine)

** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S: The haunting new horror film based on the video game series created by Scott Cawthon, will be available with never-before-seen bonus content on Digital November 28th 2023, and 4K UHD, Blu-rayT and DVD on December 12th 2023, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

** THANKSGIVING: Coming soon to Blu-ray from Sony.

** ADAMTINE: Wiip is adapting the horror graphic novel ADAMTINE into a feature film. Award-winning UK author Hannah Berry created the graphic novel in 2012, and will serve as Executive Producer on the project. Executive Producer Mark Roybal will produce the film alongside Paul Lee and Nate Winslow from Wiip. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** EVIL DEAD TRAP and EVIL DEAD TRAP II HIDEKI: Both films are coming out in Blu-ray in the UK on February 26, 2024.



----- November 20, 2023 -----

** THE CONVENT 4K UHD: The Limited Edition (4,000 units) UHD + Blu-ray Slipcover combo for THE CONVENT will go on sale at 11am EST on Friday, November 24, 2023 on Synapse Films web site.



** THANKSGIVING: Eli Roth-directed horror slasher THANKSGIVING took $3.8 million on opening day and is tracking for a decent $10 million opening weekend – not bad considering the tight $15 million production budget. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE FIRST OMEN: 20th Century Studios has released the first photo from THE FIRST OMEN, an upcoming psychological thriller prequel to Richard Donner's classic 1976 film and its two sequels. Nell Tiger Free, Tawfeek Barhom, Sonia Braga, Ralph Ineson and Bill Nighy star.

Arkasha Stevenson helms the new film in which a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church. She encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate. THE FIRST OMEN is set for a wide theatrical release on April 5th 2024. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** ABIGAIL: In 1976, troubled teen, Abigail and her mother move to a small Alabama town in hopes of escaping the girl's violent past. She befriends the boy next-door, Lucas, who is mercilessly bullied by a group of kids at school. Determined to help him seek revenge, Abigail takes matters into her own hands, but quickly spirals out of control. As Lucas begins to uncover the dark and twisted nature of his new friend, things take a deadly turn. Now, he must choose between standing by her side or stopping her before it's too late.

----- November 17, 2023 -----

** IMAGINARY: In theaters on March 8th.

** THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS remake: Ezra Claytan Daniels has signed on to write the screenplay for the remake of Wes Craven's 1991 horror feature THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS at Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions and Universal Pictures. Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A.J. Langer and Ving Rhames starred in the original which Craven wrote and directed, and produced. Peele and Win Rosenfeld serve as producers on the project which is still in early development stages several years after Peele was announced as being involved back in 2020. Peele is not expected to direct. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** WITCHFINDER GENERAL 4K UHD: Coming out on March 25th, 2024 from 88 Films.

** THE BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW 4K UHD: Coming out on March 25th, 2024 from 88 Films.

** COUNT DRACULA 4K UHD: Coming out on March 25th, 2024 from 88 Films.

----- November 16, 2023 -----

** THE SECT 4K UHD: Coming soon from Severin Films as a 4K UHD/Blu-ray/CD 3-Disc Set.

** THE LAST OF US Season 2: According to the Film & Television Industry Alliance, production on HBO's highly-anticipated THE LAST OF US Season 2 has been scheduled to begin on January 7, 2024. The listing also states that the horror drama's filming location will take place in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike, Season 2 was originally slated for a late 2023 filming start. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** IMAGINARY: From Blumhouse, the genre-defining masterminds behind FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S and M3GAN, comes an original horror film that taps into the innocence of imaginary friends – and begs the question: Are they really figments of childhood imagination or is something more terrifying lying just beneath?

When Jessica (DeWanda Wise) moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice (Pyper Braun) develops an eerie attachment to a stuffed bear named Chauncey she finds in the basement. Alice starts playing games with Chauncey that begin playful and become increasingly sinister. As Alice's behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.





** ONYX THE FORTUITOUS AND THE TALISMAN OF SOULS: Onyx the Fortuitous is struggling to find purpose with his soul-devouring side gig when he receives a coveted invitation to the mansion of his idol, Bartok the Great. Here, he joins Bartok and his mysterious delegation to raise the spirit of an ancient demon for a once-in-a-lifetime ritual.



----- November 15, 2023 -----

** NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in March from Le Chat Qui Fume. The 4th opus in the Temples of Amando de Ossorio saga, is coming to Blu-ray and 4K UHD in March 2024. This saga is unfortunately divided between several entitled people and we will pick them up little by little at this very moment. For this title, we're broken down the 4K scan done for the release of the American Blu-ray and we're currently restoring it in 4K. It's very complicated because the film has quite a strange light in the exteriors.

** RAIDERS OF THE LIVING DEAD: Coming soon to Blu-ray from Severin Films.

** FOUNDERS DAY: Dark Sky Films has acquired the rights to political slasher FOUNDERS DAY, and plans to release it early in 2024. The film is directed by Erik & Carson Bloomquist and tells the tale of a contemporary murder mystery set in a small town plagued by ominous killings on the eve of its tricentennial celebration and impending mayoral election. Who is behind it? As the body count racks up, it will no doubt become clear. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** MOON GARDEN: Coming to Blu-ray in Early 2024 from Oscilloscope Laboratories. When a little girl has a terrible accident and slips into a coma, she finds herself thrust into a darkly surreal industrial dreamworld. Haunted by a nightmarish spectre that feeds off her tears, she must follow her mother's radio-static voice to find her way back to consciousness.

Shot on expired 35mm film stock with vintage rehoused lenses, MOON GARDEN is a fantastical odyssey and a visionary, handcrafted, and fully practical work of art that shows how a child can shine light even in the darkest places.

----- November 14, 2023 -----

** TERRIFIER 3: In the third installment of writer/director Damien Leone's breakout horror film, Art the Clown is set to unleash chaos on the unsuspecting residents of Miles County as they peacefully drift off to sleep on Christmas Eve.

** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S: Blumhouse's FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S movie has moved into the Top 20 best-performing movies of 2023 as it passes a significant milestone at the box office. The video game adaptation, which had a budget of just $20 million and was released day and date on streaming service Peacock, passed the $250 million worldwide mark over the weekend. It's now the 18th best-performing movie of the year. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** THE SACRIFICE GAME: Trapped in boarding school for the holidays, Samantha and Clara's silent nights turn deadly as a murderous gang crashes their Christmas. Don't miss THE SACRIFICE GAME, premiering 12/8 on Shudder.

** IMAGINARY: Tom Payne, Betty Buckley, Taegen Burns, Pyper Braun, Matthew Sato and Veronica Falcón have been announced as joining DeWanda Wise in Jeff Wadlow's already completed horror-thriller IMAGINARY at Blumhouse and Lionsgate. The story centers on Jessica (Wise), who moves back into her childhood home with her family. Her stepdaughter Alice (Braun) soon develops a concerning attachment to a stuffed bear named Chauncey in the basement – a bear much more than a toy. The film opens in March. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

----- November 13, 2023 -----

** TERRIFIER and TERRIFIER 2 4K UHD: Signature is bringing Damien Leone's killer clown to a new level with the TERRIFIER 4K SteelBook set that will feature both films in 4K UHD.

** DOG SOLDIERS 4K UHD: Here's a look at the ucpoming 4K UHD Steelbook from PLAION on January 18th, 2024.

** OUT OF DARKNESS: The Stone Age survival horror movie OUT OF DARKNESS has locked in a February 9th 2024 theatrical release date via Bleecker Street. Safia Oakley-Green leads the cast of the film set 45,000 years ago about group of people crossing some tundra wastes to reach some distant mountains that will be their new home. When night falls, they realize they are not alone. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

----- November 10, 2023 -----

** CEMETARY MAN 4K UHD: Coming out soon from Severin Films as a 4K UHD/Blu-ray/CD 4-disc set.

** More FEAR STREET: Netflix is reportedly looking into expanding its FEAR STREET franchise beyond the original film trilogy with a new standalone film featuring new characters and storylines. Speaking at the grand reopening of the American Cinematheque at The Egyptian Theatre Hollywood, Netflix film chief Scott Stuber told the Collider web site that he wants to further explore the horror genre and their adaptations of the book series from GOOSEBUMPS author R.L. Stine.

Netflix premiered the entire original trilogy in July 2021, spreading the R-rated releases a week apart between each entry and turning the whole endeavour into a major hit that scored solid reviews. Stuber tells the outlet that with more than 50 books in the collection, they have no shortage of material to adapt:

"Obviously, there's a lot of books. There's one stand-alone that we're working on right now that we're once again trying to get the script right, but I like it very much, and so does the team. So I feel like if we can get that script right there would be a great kind of extension of that franchise."

Stuber adds the streamer hopes to create their own iconic horror character – essentially Netflix's version of Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Chucky or Jason Voorhees:

"If you look at its history, which I love horror, I'd like us to find our own Freddy Krueger, our own Jason, our own kind of iconic horror character, and we haven't really honed in on that yet. So the team is working hard on that because I think there's a real opportunity there." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** OPUS: A24 is set to finance and produce writer/director Mark Anthony Green's debut horror film, OPUS. Plot details are being kept under wraps for now, but the project is a horror film set around an iconic pop stars' return following his decades-long disappearance.

The film stars Emmy nominee Ayo Edebiri and Academy Award nominee and Emmy winner John Malkovich. Additional cast includes Emmy winner Murray Bartlett, Amber Midthunder, Stephanie Suganami, Young Mazino, and Tatanka Means. Academy Award and Emmy nominee Juliette Lewis is also in talks to join the cast. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** OMEN: Following Koffi's return to his birthplace after he has been ostracized by his family, 'Omen' explores the weight of beliefs on one's destiny through four characters accused of being witches and sorcerers, all of them intertwined and guiding each other into the phantasmagoria of Africa.

----- November 8, 2023 -----

** THE CHURCH 4K UHD: Coming out soon from Severin Films as a 4K UHD/Blu-ray/CD 3-disc set.

** IMAGINARY: DeWanda Wise will star in and executive produce IMAGINARY for Lionsgate and Blumhouse Productions. The film, which wrapped filming pre-strike, is set to be released on March 8th. Jeff Wadlow directs the film which was first teased with a sensory trailer in cinemas. While the trailer is mostly a black screen, a few visuals flash across the screen as the young narrator invites viewers to open their eyes. Among them: a missing child poster, some demonic figures and what appears to be a door-filled funhouse. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com & Variety.com)

** BJORN OF THE DEAD: Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has signed on to star in the horror comedy film BJORN OF THE DEAD which boasts an interesting premise. The story follows Bjorn, lead singer in the ABBA tribute band ABBAtoir, and his band mates Benny, Anni-Frid, and Agnetha. The group spend their weekends covering disco classics at depressing venues from old folk's homes to empty pubs.

They opt to join a Battle of the Bands-style competition for tribute bands at the nightclub The Niney Dimey. Soon after arriving however, they find themselves – along with the various other tribute acts – trapped in the club at the start of the apocalypse. Bjorn and his band must work together to save themselves, humanity, and the future of music. The film is expected to have numerous cameos from the world of both rock and heavy metal music.

SLAXX filmmaker Elza Kephart directs the project from a script by Austin Dickinson based on a story idea co-created by Andrew Prendergast. The latter two also produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** BAD CGI GATOR: Six college grads on Spring Break get a cabin in the swamplands of Georgia. Once there, they decide to throw their school laptops in a backyard lake in an act of youthful defiance, which unknowingly turns a lurking alligator into the dreaded and insatiable.

** Screenbound update: BLOOD FOR DRACULA and FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN are coming to the UK in December from Screenbound.



----- November 7, 2023 -----

** TERRIFIER 3: Director Damien Leone spoke to the JoBlo web site about how his opening scene of TERRIFIER 3 is so "controversial" that movie studios would never approve it.

"So mark my words, I guarantee you the first 5 minutes of this movie is going to be very controversial," said Leone. "But that's not even the big kill scene. So like that's why I was like, I need to just make this movie on my own, because it's just too… it's too insane."

Damien Leone continued to say that he met with Hollywood studios interested in developing a third movie. However, they had major concerns about the level of gore featured. Hearing their concerns and believing studios would be quick to turn down five pages of Leone's script was enough for him to realize it was in the best interest of the movie if he made it independently. This way, the horror film director can deliver to audiences the franchise's signature move of blood and guts. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** SVALTA: XYZ Films, Wayward Entertainment, and Resolute Films have wrapped production on the horror film SVALTA starring Nick Frost (SHAUN OF THE DEAD, HOT FUZZ) and Aisling Bea (THIS WAY UP) and directed by Steffen Haars (NEW KIDS TURBO). The film was shot in Tampere, Finland, with post-production now underway in the United Kingdom.

SVALTA, written by Nick Frost, follows a family on their summer vacation to a remote island where they discover a serial killer is on the loose. Unfortunately for them the locals have no interest in helping the stranded family. The title is taken from the name of the fictional island.

** PET SEMATARY BLOODLINES: The film arrives to buy on Digital December 5, 2023 and debuts on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD December 19 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Based on the untold chapter from Stephen King's bone-chilling novel PET SEMATARY, PET SEMATARY BLOODLINES follows a young Jud Crandall in 1969. The blood-curdling thriller stars Jackson White as Jud and an outstanding ensemble cast including Forrest Goodluck, Jack Mulhern, Henry Thomas, and Natalie Alyn Lind, with Pam Grier and David Duchovny.

PET SEMATARY BLOODLINES and PET SEMATARY (2019) will also be available in a 2-Movie Collection on Digital or DVD. Experience two generations of horror in this terrifying double feature, which makes a perfect gift for collectors and fans of Stephen King.

----- November 6, 2023 -----

** TERRIFIER 3: Art the Clown will return next year with TERRIFIER 3 set to arrive on October 25th – the third installment of Damien Leone's film series take place during Christmas as Art (David Howard Thornton) terrorises Miles County when its residents drift off to sleep on Christmas Eve. The recent second film earned a surprising $11 million on a $250,000 budget. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** IT prequel series: The HBO and Max IT prequel series WELCOME TO DERRY has floated away from a 2024 release window and into the storm drain of 2025. There's a lot of juggling of shows and schedules going on in part due to the SAG-AFTRA strike action, and the show based on the world of Stephen King's IT is among those to suffer a delay. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

** DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROWS 4K UHD: Coming soon to 4K UHD from VCI Horror Movies.

----- November 2nd, 2023 -----

** Sam Raimi's next horror film: Fourteen years after his last true horror film with 2009's DRAG ME TO HELL, filmmaking legend Sam Raimi is reportedly gearing up for his return to the genre with "Send Help" at Sony Pictures.

The project was first announced back in October 2019 as an untitled horror project and dubbed a blend of Stephen King's MISERY meets the Zemeckis/Hanks 2000 survivalist drama CAST AWAY. At the time plot specifics were under wraps, but 2009's FRIDAY THE 13th reboot writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon were attached to pen the script.

Now the World of Reel blog has landed apparent details (and title) for the film which has a completed script and is said to be a comedy-adventure horror about a woman named Linda and her irritating boss Bradley. On a business flight, their plane crashes on an island with only the two of them making it out alive. Linda has serious survival skills, which means she is Bradley's only hope to stay alive.

An early 2024 production start is planned. It joins another project Raimi is rumored to direct, namely a remake of Anthony Hopkins-led 1978 killer doll psychological horror film MAGIC. Producer Roy Lee let slip news of that project on a podcast a year ago. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL: IFC Films and Shudder announced that they have acquired the rights to Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Spooky Pictures' supernatural horror LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL. The rights will cover North America, UK and Ireland, with plans to release the film exclusively in theaters. The film will stream on Shudder at a later date. Written, directed and edited by Australian filmmakers Cameron and Colin Cairnes, the film stars David Dastmalchian who plays the charismatic Late-Night talk show host Jack Delroy, whose live broadcast unexpectedly unleashes evil into the nation's living rooms.

** THERE'S SOMETHING IN THE BARN: An American family fulfills their dream of moving back after inheriting a remote cabin in the mountains of Norway.

----- November 1st, 2023 -----

** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S: Peacock has announced that the FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S film has become the service's most-watched film or series ever in its first five days on the platform. The film surpassed previous record-holders like HALLOWEEN ENDS but a specific audience number was not cited. By the claims however, the film will likely appear on Nielsen streaming charts next month.

The news comes as the film smashed box office records, opening to $80 million domestically and $132.7 million globally to score the biggest horror film opening of 2023, the biggest Blumhouse global opening of all time, the second biggest opening weekend of all time for a film based on a video game, and the biggest opening weekend for a horror film directed by a woman. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** SALEM'S LOT remake: Warner Bros. Pictures is reportedly set to ditch theatrical release plans for its upcoming new adaptation of Stephen King's early novel SALEM'S LOT according to Variety. Instead, the studio is sending it straight to Warner Bros. Discovery's streaming platform Max. The film was originally slated for a September 9th 2022 release before being delayed to April 2023, then Fall 2023, and then pulled altogether from the calendar.

According to the trade, the move isn't seen as a reflection of the film's quality but rather to fill a content void over on Max that the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike has created. As SALEM'S LOT has been effectively finished for a year, it could be turned into an event premiere launch. A Warner Bros. spokesperson tells the outlet: "No decision has been made about the film's future distribution plans." To date, no promotional material from the film has been released. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** FALL sequels: Lionsgate's survival thriller FALL is set to become a full-on franchise as production company Capstone Studios has greenlit two sequels to the film. The first film's director and co-writer Scott Mann will return in those capacities on the third film, and will produce both. The films will reportedly be direct sequels, thus will bring back surviving original characters from the first film. Made on a $5 million budget, the film grossed close to $22 million at the box-office before a successful VOD release. Then it hit Netflix internationally in January where it scored Top 10 rankings in multiple territories and was a word-of-mouth success.

Mann says in a statement: "I am thrilled to be continuing the FALL journey and taking it to the next level. We've got a really special cinematic experience planned and I'm immensely grateful to my fellow producers for backing the vision. I'm also excited to be working with new collaborators as well as reuniting with the original gang, and obviously can't wait to be back filming thousands of feet up." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** OUT OF DARKNESS: Bleecker Street's survival horror thriller THE ORIGIN is undergoing a title change and will now be known as OUT OF DARKNESS. The Andrew Cumming-helmed film will hit cinemas on February 9th. The story unfolds 45,000 years ago and follows a group of six young women who have struggled across the narrow sea and tundra wastes to find a new home. When night falls, they realize they are not alone. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)



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