It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- July 31, 2019 -----
** GIRLS WITH BALLS: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** EERIE: Here's the trailer for the film starring Bea Alonzo and Charo Santos, and directed by Mikhail Red.
** THE ODD FAMILY: Zzongbie, a living dead who is not only harmless but also a walking dose of Viagra, is captured by the eccentric Park family. South Korean Zom-com THE ODD FAMILY has a ball reanimating the done-to-death conventions of the zombie flick.
----- July 30, 2019 -----
** AMERICAN HORROR STORY: Welcome to Camp Redwood. Good luck leaving alive. AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1984 premieres Sept. 18 on FX.
** BLAIR WITCH: Turn off the lights. Put on the headphones. Prepare for the curse of the Black Hills Forest!
** IT CHAPTER TWO: The upcoming film has been given an R-rating by the MPAA, the rating handed out for "disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material."
That's a harder rating than the previous film which scored an R-rating for the less intense "violence/horror, bloody images, and for language". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 29, 2019 -----
** I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER remake: SAW director James Wan has reportedly been quietly location scouting over the past week for the pilot of a TV remake of the 1997 slasher film I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER at Amazon Studios.
Jim Gillespie helmed the original film about four young friends (Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Freddie Prinze Jr.) bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.
Prolific producer Neal H. Moritz, who produced the original, has signed a new three-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television for his Original Film banner and new "young adult horror series" will be one of the first projects under that pact. Shay Hatten is writing the pilot. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: A new rumor indicates one of the previous film's survivors, the character of Tommy Doyle, could return. Doyle was one of the kids being babysat by Strode on that fateful night in 1978 when Myers attacked. Brian Andrews played him in the original, but the character is best remembered as the for being played by a young Paul Rudd in the sixth film HALLOWEEN THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS.
Even though that film is no longer part of the official timeline, the outlet says there were talks to try and bring Rudd back for the character but his scheduling commitments to the new GHOSTBUSTERS prevented it. Instead, a new actor has been cast but whom that might be remains unknown at this point. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Andy Muschietti's 2017 film adaptation of the kids half of IT clocked in at 2 hours 15 minutes, so it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect the upcoming IT CHAPTER TWO will come in around the same amount, if not a bit under.
That's not what's happened though as Muschietti, speaking with Digital Spy the other day, revealed that the new film comes in a full thirty minutes longer than its predecessor – clocking in at around 2 hours 45 minutes. On top of that, he says there have been zero complaints about the runtime either at test screenings or special sneak peeks:
"A movie is very different when you're writing the script and you're building a story compared to what the final product is. At the beginning, when you're writing and building the beats of the story, everything that you put in there seems very essential to the story. However, when you have the movie finally edited and it's four hours long, you realize that some of the events and some of the beats can be easily lifted but the essence of the story remains intact.
You cannot deliver a four-hour movie because people will start to feel uncomfortable – no matter what they see – but we ended up having a movie that is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the pacing is very good. Nobody who's seen the movie has had any complaint."
In fact, the eventual home video release sometime in the New Year will include even more material with producer Barbara Muschietti promising a director's cut is coming:
"We will put out a director's cut because this time it definitely merits it. We have some amazing scenes that didn't make it into the movie. You have to make choices sometimes and some things cannot be in this theatrical release but are definitely worthy of people seeing them at a later date."
Andy Muschietti also reassures fans that those edits weren't to tone down the film in any way, stressing there weren't any issues over scenes being too horrific to include: "Oh, no, everything that is too scary is in the movie." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 26, 2019 -----
** ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP: In the sequel, written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick and Dave Callaham, through comic mayhem that stretches from the White House and through the heartland, these four slayers must face off against the many new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as some new human survivors. But most of all, they have to face the growing pains of their own snarky, makeshift family.
** IN TALL GRASS: CUBE director Vincenzo Natali's adaptation of Joe Hill and Stephen King's novella IN TALL GRASS starring Patrick Wilson will reportedly hit Netflix on October 4th. In the story, a young boy's cry for help instigates a sister and brother to venture into a vast field of grass in Kansas. they soon discover that there may be no way out. Laysla De Oliveira and Harrison Gilbertson co-star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequels: Last week came the big announcement that Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions would release two new sequels to 2018's successful revival of the HALLOWEEN franchise. HALLOWEEN KILLS would be released October 2020 and HALLOWEEN ENDS would open October 2021.
The films would see the return of director/co-writer David Gordon Green, writer Danny McBride and star Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode and Nick Castle as The Shape. Beyond that though, there wasn't much in the way of details available about what to expect.
The Collider web site has now spoken with Green and McBride at the HBO panel at today's TV Critics Association press tour and Green confirmed the films will shoot back-to-back:
"We start in September [and shoot them back-to-back] with a breather between. But they'll be out in two consecutive years, in 2020 and 2021. You get a breather this year, and then, for the next two years, it's gonna be crazy."
McBride confirms the story that runs through HALLOWEEN ENDS was thought up when they came up with the story for the 2018 film. When they began making the 2018 film, the original plan was for two movies, but they changed that once things got going:
"That was our plan. Relaunching it for just one, we wanted it to have a bigger story. We were originally going to even shoot them back to back, but as soon as we got it up and running, we took a look at ourselves and were like, 'You know what? We should make sure we can do one of them good, before we bite off trying to do three of them.'
So, we just put all of our efforts into trying to make the first one land. There was talk, right away, of us doing more of these. We just needed to get everybody aligned and see if everybody was down with the vision. Luckily, everyone is.
It's just a continuation of it. It's telling the story, moving forward. It's not another reinvention, or anything like that. It's this world that we've established, and then it continues beyond the events of the first one."
Green confirms that when they went back after last year's film came out, they realised they had enough story for two additional sequels and each will have 'strong, different narratives' that will bring the Laurie Strode and Michael Myers arc to a conclusion:
"We had ambitions of doing two, with some big ideas, and then decided that we should see if anybody liked one at a time, and if they liked the other one, then maybe we'd build on it. And then, when that was successful, our additional ideas that weren't integrated into that first one developed into two. We've written them, and we're ready to go.
They're never done telling the Frankenstein story, and at this point, Michael Myers is a classic movie monster. But our Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode/Michael Myers saga will be done. The fun of it is also seeing it end and knowing that it can. If you just keep trying to elongate it and milk it for all of the money, then that's boring." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 25, 2019 -----
** R.I.P. Rutger Hauer: Legendary actor Rutger Hauer has died at his home in the Netherlands at the age of 75 following a short illness.
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: It's 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind...but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying home.
** REBORN: A contemporary Frankenstein story about a stillborn baby girl brought back to life by an electrical storm before being abducted from hospital by a morgue attendant. On her sixteenth birthday, empowered with the gift to manipulate electricity, she escapes her captor and sets out to find her birth mother leaving a trail of destruction behind her.
----- July 24, 2019 -----
** IT COMES: The life seems perfect for Hideki who lives with his beautiful wife in his new suburban flat. One day, he is called by a colleague that a visitor comes to see him at his office. When he reaches the reception, Hideki is baffled to learn that the visitor is already gone leaving a memo of his unborn daughter's name "Chisa". Two years later, the colleague dies mysteriously and Hideki's house is attacked by a sinister presence. To protect his family, Hideki asks for help from a journalist Nozaki and a prestigious exorcist who performs a ritual to break an unknown spell. But they come to learn what they are dealing with is beyond their imagination.
** SWEET PAIN: In the film, "Carlo, a young music composer from a wealthy family, is going through an emotional crisis. When he moves to a new house he recalls the events that led to his condition: the moment he met Maria, his first marriage, his obsession with music, the infidelities and the brutal consequences of it. While the past returns in the form of memories, Carlo fights to recover his life, to hold on to his desire to compose music and to retain his sanity."
** DREADOUT: A group of social media-obsessed friends visit the last haunts of a cult — and open a portal into an alternate dimension! Kimo Stamboel (MACABRE, KILLERS) adapts the frightening Indonesian "survival" game as a diabolically entertaining horror film!
----- July 23, 2019 -----
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: A first look photo has arrived of ARMY OF THE DEAD, the Netflix zombie heist thriller which serves as the next film from 300 and SUCKER PUNCH director Zack Snyder.
Leading cast member Dave Bautista and other cast members shared an image of the entire cast, a group of mercenaries who will be venturing into the quarantined zombie-infected area of Las Vegas to pull off a daring robbery. Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Garret Dillahunt, Raül Castillo, Chris D'Elia, and Ana de la Reguera co-star. (thanks to DarkHorions.com)
** SAW: Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures have shifted the release date for the forthcoming ninth installment to the SAW film franchise from October 23, 2020, to May 15, 2020. Long-time franchise fan Chris Rock came up with the idea for the still-untitled reimaging, which is being described as "SAW on steroids." He'll star alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella, and Marisol Nichols. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** DANIEL ISN'T REAL: A troubled college freshman, Luke, suffers a violent family trauma and resurrects his childhood imaginary friend Daniel to help him cope.
** ARTIK: A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders until the boy befriends a mysterious man who threatens to expose everything.
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Here's another new poster for the upcoming film.
----- July 22, 2019 -----
** HALLOWEEN sequels: Universal Pictures has announced an October 16th 2020 release for HALLOWEEN KILLS and an October 15th 2021 release for HALLOWEEN ENDS respectively. A teaser announcement for the films teases that 'the saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode isn't over' and Jamie Lee Curtis' voice can be heard over it which suggests the actress is set to return for both.
The 2018 revival was directed by David Gordon Green and written by Green, Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley. Green will direct both 'Kills' and 'Ends', and both Green and McBride will co-write both scripts. However, the third writer spot will be a revolving door with Scott Teem replacing Fradley on 'Kills' and both Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier replacing Teem on 'Ends'. The projects are expected to be shot back-to-back with production to gear up relatively soon. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD films: Multiple back-to-back panels for AMC's THE WALKING DEAD and FEAR THE WALKING DEAD have just been held at San Diego Comic Con, with the biggest news being that the previously announced trio of films based on the property will not be telemovies – instead they're going to cinemas.
A 24-second teaser featured the helicopter, last seen carrying a near-death Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), flying off towards a city with the text "Rick Grimes Returns: Only in theaters". A tweet from the show's official account confirmed it, adding that the first of these untitled THE WALKING DEAD movies will be distributed by Universal Pictures. No release date has yet been determined.
Lincoln departed the flagship AMC drama during the ninth season with plans to reprise his role as the beleaguered former sheriff in three telemovies and AMC began the search for a financial partner to co-release the project. That has turned out to be Universal who are going to the cinemas with them.
As previously announced, former showrunner Scott Gimple is working on a multi-year plan for the franchise which includes additional films, specials, series, digital content and more. Some will relate to the show, others will be standalone stories that break into new creative territory. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CREEPSHOW TV series: CREEPSHOW, a Shudder Original Series premiering September 26. Based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, comes a new horror anthology series from the mind of The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero.
** CRITTERS ATTACK!: The film follows 20-year-old Drea (Tashiana Washington), who reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor's children Trissy (Ava Preston) and Jake (Jack Fulton), along with her own little brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel), Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter. Dee Wallace (E.T.), who starred in the original CRITTERS as Helen Brown, will sink her teeth into the franchise for a second time in the mysterious role of Aunt Dee.
----- July 19, 2019 -----
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, IT CHAPTER TWO brings the characters—who've long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 3: In the past week came a report that a potential third film was in development, but writer/director Christopher Landon has now taken to social media to shoot down those reports, saying on Twitter:
"Since I keep reading stuff about it, I'll say it loud: THERE IS NO HAPPY DEATH DAY 3 IN DEVELOPMENT. It's just a rumor…unless @netflix wants to pony-up and finish this trilogy, it just ain't happening." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE HOWLING remake: Toward the end of New Line ScareDiego session of IT CHAPTER TWO, the cast and director Andy Muschietti were asked by a fan in the crowd what other horror films they would remake next, and what titles they would refuse to touch. After naming THE SHINNING, ROSEMARY'S BABY and others, Muschietti said:
"If you remade THE HOWLING, that would be rad," Bill Hader to Muschietti (earlier in the evening, Hader delighted the crowd with his impersonation of Muschietti). Muschietti's suggestion of THE HOWLING was mere musing off a fan's question. he wasn't announcing anything. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** THE UNHEARD: CRAWL writers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen are set to pen and Chris von Hoffmann (MONSTER PARTY) will direct the horror feature THE UNHEARD for Burn Later Productions. Plot specifics are unknown. Andrew Corkin, David Bernon, Sam Slater, and Paul Bernon are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEATHCEMBER: An anthology film features twenty four segments that take a look at the dark side of the festive season. Twenty four short films by international directors with the most diverse ideas, styles and narrative formats, linked by short animated segments that deal with the Advent calendar itself. Behind each door, a new, viciously entertaining story awaits.
** THE DEEPER YOU DIG: In the aftermath of a roadside accident, the line between the living and the dead collapses for a mother, a daughter and a stranger. The shackles of grief are overwhelming in this harrowing DIY supernatural thriller.
----- July 18, 2019 -----
** CANDYMAN reboot: MGM and Universal's upcoming CANDYMAN sequel from producer Jordan Peele is reportedly scheduled to begin filming in Chicago in mid-August and run through to the early Fall. Chicago Tribune reported the news, saying the project will be shot entirely within the city and the story returns to the neighborhood where the legend began – the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (AQUAMAN) plays an artist who becomes obsessed with the legend of the serial killer in this 'spiritual sequel' to the 1992 horror classic, and original star Tony Todd is potentially going to appear in the project which is being directed by rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta from a screenplay by Peele and Win Rosenfeld. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: Writer/director John Krasinski has announced that filming has begun on the sequel. Paramount Pictures is backing the follow-up to 2017's acclaimed smash hit about a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threatens their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you. The film had minimal dialogue because silence is survival.
Emily Blunt returns alongside cast members Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds with John Krasinski set to write and direct again. They're joined by Cillian Murphy and Brian Tyree Henry this time out. Shooting is taking place in upstate New York locations near the Buffalo area including Akron and Olcott Beach. The new film has a release date of May 15th 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** FREAKS: Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what's really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn't so simple, the danger is very real.
** DOOM ANNIHILATION: On the darkest moon of Mars, scientists have found an ancient portal which allows teleportation throughout the universe. Considered to be mankind's greatest discovery, it's actually a gateway from hell, unleashing a swarm of demons looking to steal the souls of everyone who gets in their way. It's up to Lieutenant Joan Dark and an elite unit of Marines to destroy an ever-growing horde of bloodsucking and soul-stealing beasts and prevent them from taking over planet earth.
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE star Oliver Jackson-Cohen will play the title role in Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. The British thesp joins Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer and Storm Reid in this update on the classic Universal monsters character.
Plot details of this version are unknown, but this is the first film in the studio's shift in strategy following its abandoning its big-budget interconnected 'Dark Universe' concept in favor of standalone films with more modest budgets that embrace 'creative directors with distinctive visions'. Whannell penned the script and is directing the film which begins filming in Sydney, Australia this month ahead of a March 13th 2020 opening. Jason Blum will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 17, 2019 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the trailer!
** SAW: Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols are joining Chris Rock on screen in the upcoming next film in the SAW franchise which is tipped to be a minor reboot. Rock will play a police detective investigating a series of grizzly crimes with Jackson as his father. Minghella will play Rock's partner William Schenk while Nichols will play Rock's boss Capt. Angie Garza.
Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, says in a statement: "We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the SAW canon and we can't wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of SAW on full tilt." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: WESTWORLD's Hiroyuki Sanada, DEADWOOD's Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Chris D'Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighofer, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone have all joined the cast of Zack Snyder's zombie heist film at Netflix.
Dave Bautista leads the cast of the film which begins after a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. A group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Filming has just begun in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will later head to New Jersey to shoot on location in a casino in Atlantic City. Snyder is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Joby Harold and Shay Hatten. Deborah Snyder and Wesley Coller will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WRETCHED: The film tells the story of a teenager who realizes that he's living next door to an ageless, undying horror that threatens all he holds dear.
** BLOOD ON HER NAME: A woman's panicked decision to cover up an accidental killing spirals out of control when her conscience demands she return the dead man's body to his family.
----- July 16, 2019 -----
** EVIL DEAD sequel: Filmmaker Sam Raimi, out doing some promotional work for this week's alligator in a flooded house movie CRAWL which he produced, has revealed another chapter in the EVIL DEAD franchise is being considered for the big screen. He confirms a new film is currently in the early stages of development:
"I'd love to make another one. I don't think TV is in its future but we're talking about – Bruce [Campbell], Rob [Tapert] and myself – one or two different ways to go for the next movie. We'd like to make another EVIL DEAD feature and in fact we're working on some ideas right now.
Raimi has ideas in place for both a follow-up to the 2013 remake, or a new film sequel with Ash. Campbell previously said he was retiring from the role of Ash in 2018 and of that Raimi says:
"I would be thrilled if Bruce Campbell changed his mind about retirement, would come back for the original EVIL DEAD line. But if not, I'm very happy to work with, if Fede [Álvarez] would come back and make the sequel… but he's such a big shot now. He's so successful, an artist in demand, that I don't think he'd want to do that. But there's also a third possibility we're talking about… I think you may see some action on the EVIL DEAD movie in the next six months." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRIGHTBURN sequel: The James Gunn-produced superhero horror movie BRIGHTBURN opened earlier this year and pulled in $31 million from a $6 million budget, and that's despite mixed reviews.
Now, Gunn himself has confirmed over on Instagram that talks have already begun for a sequel. Asked this weekend by a fan if he could direct a BRIGHTBURN 2, Gunn replied: "I think I'm tied up for the next few years with [The] SUICIDE SQUAD and GUARDIANS [OF THE GALAXY VOL.3], but we're talking about the [BRIGHTBURN] sequel."
David Yarovesky helmed the first film from a script by Brian and Mark Gunn which was a subversive dark take on the Superman mythos. It also boasted an obvious setup for a potential sequel with other more sinister versions of superheroes running amok. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MOMO'S CHALLENGE: Orion Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment and producer Taka Ichise are teaming to develop a horror film based on Momo, the creepy sculpture that was the subject of the viral hoax MOMO'S CHALLENGE.
The sculpture by Japanese artist Keisuke Aiso was part of a 2016 gallery exhibit in Tokyo and is called Mother Bird, a bizarre visage appropriated last year by pranksters who concocted rumors about MOMO'S CHALLENGE – a game that purportedly encourages children to hurt themselves.
Orion's untitled Momo project may widen the story beyond the contemporary digital age. Vertigo's Roy Lee and Ichise previously produced THE GRUDGE and THE RING franchises together and Lee also produced IT. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DREAMKATCHER: Lin Shaye, Radha Mitchell and Henry Thomas are set to lead the cast of DREAMKATCHER currently shooting in Manhattan. Mitchell plays a therapist who travels upstate with her boyfriend (Thomas) and his orphaned son (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) who is tormented by nightmares of his dead mother.
When the husband is forced to return to the city, the therapist remains with the boy and they encounter a mysterious neighbor (Shaye) in the woods. Kerry Harris helms from a script by Dan V. Shea. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE OAK ROOM: Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment Inc., the filmmaking team behind such genre hits as I'LL TAKE YOUR DEAD, LET HER OUT, BITE and ANTISOCIAL have started production on their newest collaboration, THE OAK ROOM. Principal photography is set to commence in Burlington, Ontario this July. The film stars RJ Mitte, Peter Outerbridge and Ari Millen.
After taking some time off after his last film, director/producer Cody Calahan teamed up with writer Peter Genoway to adapt Genoway's stage play THE OAK ROOM into a feature length film.
----- July 15, 2019 -----
** CRAWL: The new Alexandre Aja film came out on top of the box office with a third-place haul of $12 million – an excellent result for a film that only cost $13.5 million and had very little marketing. The studio didn't pre-screen the film for critics which has been to their detriment as reviews from critics have been very solid – as has the audience reaction. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequels: Filmmaker David Gordon Green has decided to return and will direct not one but two sequels to it to be shot back-to-back. They are discussing releasing both films within the same month – suggesting a two-parter. Should that be the case then both would likely premiere in October 2020. Last year's film grossed a whopping $255 million globally from a $10-15 million budget. (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** DARK/WEB: Premiering July 19 on Amazon Prime, the final trailer has dropped for the 8-part sci-fi/horror anthology series. In the near future, the evolution of the internet has given way to a world in crisis; one where everyone's connected but no one is safe. Molly Solis, a cyber analyst, understood these dangers better than anyone and was determined to make a difference... until she disappeared. Now, friends and foes from her past are in a race against time to decipher cryptic messages she's left behind; tales that paint a grim picture of technology run amok. As the mystery deepens, they'll discover the stories, and Molly herself, may be concealing information that could change the world... or destroy it.
** BRIGHTBURN: BRIGHTBURN arrives on Digital August 6 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD August 20. What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and SLITHER presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
** PET SEMATARY remake: Actress Jeté Laurence ("Ellie") greeted fans at a chilling after-dark screening of PET SEMATARY surrounded by cats on July 9th at Koneko Cat Café in New York City. PET SEMATARY is now available on Digital, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD.
----- July 3rd, 2019 -----
** JACOB'S LADDER remake: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** DANIEL ISN'T REAL: Samuel Goldwyn Films and Shudder announced that they have acquired the North American rights for Adam Egypt Mortimer's film. Samuel Goldwyn Films will release it in U.S. cinemas and Shudder on it's streaming service late this year. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** GWEN: In the stark beauty of 19th Century Snowdonia a young girl, Gwen, tries desperately to hold her home together. Struggling with her mother's mysterious illness, her father's absence and a ruthless mining company encroaching on their land, a growing darkness begins to take grip of her home, and the suspicious local community turns on Gwen and her family.
** BLOOD PARADISE: This English-language, filmed-in-Swedish horror-thriller from first-time producer-director Andréa Winter and Patrick von Barkenberg will be released on DVD, Blu-ray (with extras) and on a selection of VOD platforms.
Reeling after her latest novel flops, best-selling crime writer Robin Richards (Andréa Winter) is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. Instead of relaxation, she comes across an assortment of peculiar and possibly dangerous characters. The beautiful and stylish young woman soon discovers just how dangerous farm life can be.
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the very cool poster for the upcoming sequel to HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE WALKING DEAD: Here's the cool San Diego Comic-Con promo art for the next season. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ENDZEIT - EVER AFTER: Carolina Hellsgård's chilling second feature follows two women fighting for their lives in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies a future Hellsgård presents as both horrific and hopeful.
** Fangoria: Fangoria said on Monday that it has named Rob Galluzzo as the Director of Acquisitions and Distribution. In his new position, he will handle film acquisitions and aid in the development of Fangoria's and parent company Cinestate's ever-expanding slate of original and acquired properties. (thanks to Deadline.com)
----- July 1st, 2019 -----
** HELLRAISER TV series: IT producer Roy Lee and READY PLAYER ONE producer Dan Farah have positioned themselves to bring to the small screen for the first time HELLRAISER, the iconic horror franchise anchored by the malevolent straight-out-of-hell villain, Pinhead. Those producers have joined forces with producer-rightsholders Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, who have controlled those TV rights since New World was sold in 1989. The feature rights are separately controlled by Spyglass, which isn't part of this configuration. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE breakout actress Victoria Pedretti will return as the lead in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the second installment of the Netflix horror anthology series from Mike Flanagan, Trevor Macy, Amblin TV and Paramount TV. Inspired by Henry James' psychological gothic horror novella "The Turn of the Screw," the story takes place almost entirely in an old country mansion. There, two young orphans are looked after by a young governess (Pedretti) by whom most of the story is narrated by. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANNABELLE COMES HOME: At the box offce, the film opened in second place with a further $20.4 million, the lowest opening for a THE CONJURING film to date, though with preview screenings on Tuesday last week it now sits at $31.2 million domestically. Internationally, it brought in a further $21.1 million. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: The film crashed hard at the box office, dropping 69.7% in its second weekend and fell from second place to eighth with a further $4.2 million. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DARLIN': A feral teenager is indoctrinated into strict religious care, unleashing the mother of all hell from the wild woman who raised her.
----- June 28, 2019 -----
** NEKROTONIC: A man who discovers that he is part of a secret sect of magical beings who hunt down and destroy demons in the internet. Starring Monica Belluci!
** SAW: The next installment in the SAW franchise, a semi-reimagining of the property, is reportedly gearing up to film next week according to director Darren Lynn Bousman. JIGSAW writers Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg penned the script for the new project which hails in part from comedian Chris Rock who came up with an idea to spin-off and expand the horror franchise's world. Rock not only gets a story credit but also stars.
Speaking on Twitter, Bousman says: "Start shooting the new Saw film in just a few days. Something I never thought I would be typing again! Gotta be honest. No one is ready for the insanity about to bleed out on screen!" Bousman directed the second through fourth films in the series. The new film will be released on October 23rd 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CASTLE FREAK remake: Clair Catherine, Jake Horowitz, Chris Galust, Kika Magalhães, Emily Sweet, Elisha Pratt, and Omar Brunsonvia are set to star in a remake of 1995 horror feature CASTLE FREAK which producers Full Moon Studios and Fangoria are backing.
The story follows the recently blinded Rebecca who travels to Albania with her boyfriend and their friends to manage her sudden inheritance of a castle from her long-lost-mother. Upon arrival, they learn that Rebecca's family harboured dark secrets with potentially cosmic implications. Corpses soon pile up, and Rebecca has to stay one step ahead of the castle, and her family's history.
Dallas Sonnier, Amanda Presmyk, Barbara Crampton, Justin Martell, Matt Manjourides and Charles Band produce. Shooting begins in Albania sometime next month. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LODGE: Here's the new trailer for the upcoming film starring Riley Keough, Jaeden Lieberher, Lia McHugh, Alicia Silverstone, and Richard Armitage.
----- June 25, 2019 -----
** 28 DAYS LATER sequel: Out doing the promotional rounds for YESTERDAY, filmmaker Danny Boyle has confirmed he is working on another film in the 28 DAYS LATER franchise.
Speaking with The Independent, he says he and the first film's writer – EX MACHINA and ANNIHILATION filmmaker Alex Garland – are re-teaming for this third one which follows on from the 2002 original and the 2007 sequel 28 WEEKS LATER directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo:
"Alex Garland and I have a wonderful idea for the third part. It's properly good. The original film led to a bit of a resurgence in the zombie drama and it doesn't reference any of that. It doesn't feel stale at all. He's concentrating on directing his own work at the moment, so it's stood in abeyance really, but it's a you-never-know." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Veteran British actors Diana Rigg and Terence Stamp have joined Edgar Wright's film for Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Film4 and Working Title. Filming just began in and around London. Story details are under wraps, but is said to be a psychological horror with influences ranging from DON'T LOOK NOW and REPULSION.
Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Matt Smith, Rita Tushingham, Michael Ajao and Synnøve Karlsen co-star. Wright directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Krysty Wilson-Cairns. Nira Park, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: Harriet Dyer has joined the likes of Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge and Storm Reid in Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN remake for Blumhouse-Universal. Filming begins in Sydney, Australia next month. Specifics of her role are unknown. Jason Blum is producing the project which opens March 13th next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE NIGHT SITTER: A con artist poses as a babysitter to steal from a wealthy occult enthusiast. One of the kids she's sitting unwittingly summons a trio of witches known as The Three Mothers.
** MUTANT BLAST: Maria, a fearless soldier, and TS-347, a man with superhuman strength, are being pursued by a military cell responsible for scientific experiments that have resulted in a zombie apocalypse. On the way, they will meet Pedro, a man with few ambitions and a great hangover. Together, they will try to escape to a safe place, but complications will cross their paths in the form of a nuclear bomb.
** JAWS: One of the original mechanical shark props used in Steven Spielberg's JAWS, affectionately nicknamed Bruce, has been 'fully transformed' in a new restoration project from Emmy winner Greg Nicotero, his studio KNB EFX, and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures conservation team.
Bruce is the only surviving shark prop from the 1975 classic which famously had to deal with mechanical sharks constantly malfunctioning. In 2016, Bruce's owner Nathan Adlen bequeathed the shark to the Academy Museum – previously he'd been displayed at a junkyard.
The Academy Museum says this will be the fourth and final version of the shark which was made from the original model. It will be a part of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures which opens sometime after the Oscars in February 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: At the box office, the reboot came in second, snagging a solid $14 million which already goes above its cost-effective $10 million production budget. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE CRAFT remake: Cailee Spaeny is in negotiations to star in the contemporary reimagining of the 1990s cult hit THE CRAFT for Sony Pictures and Blumhouse. She marks the first cast member to sign on.
The story centers on Hannah, a high school outcast who falls into a friendship with three other young women and begins experimenting with witchcraft. They unleash a power that at first seems to solve problems in their lives but slowly consumes them with unforeseen costs.
Zoe Lister-Jones has been tapped to write and direct the new take which begins shooting in July. Blum, Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MIDSOMMAR: A24 has released a special promo trailer for its upcoming horror film MIDSOMMAR which offers even more of a creepy vibe than the previous ones. HEREDITARY helmer Ari Aster directs the story about a couple's vacation to a Swedish village which takes a sinister turn when the insular townspeople invite them into a series of rituals that render their pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving. The film opens everywhere July 3rd. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 20, 2019 -----
** HALLOWEEN remake sequel: Multiple sources told the Collider web site that Blumhouse's HALLOWEEN 2 is gearing up to start shooting after Labor Day with Universal to likely target an October 16th 2020 release – a date already set aside for an untitled Blumhouse project. Jamie Lee Curtis is highly likely to return as Laurie Strode, as are Judy Greer and Andi Matichak as Laurie's daughter and granddaughter. Talent deals have yet to close however.
David Gordon Green wrote the script for the follow-up and is expected to return, taking the helm again after directing last year's refresh. Blum, Malek Akkad and Bill Block will produce while Green, Curtis, Danny McBride, John Carpenter and Couper Samuelson are likely to executive produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Studio Chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos unveiled at CineEurope that Paramount is working on the next entry in the franchise. Said Gianopulos, "We are partnering with uber horror producer Jason Blum to bring a new installment of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY." The project is currently in development. As-yet, there is no title, and details are being kept under wraps. The film would be the seventh in the nearly $900M worldwide grossing series. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** A QUIET PLACE 2: Paramount Pictures has announced that production has officially begun on the sequel to the critically acclaimed 2018 hit horror film. A family must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.
Emily Blunt returns alongside cast members Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds, with John Krasinski set to write and direct again. Cillian Murphy and Brian Tyree Henry will also star. The first film opened in cinemas in April last year and grossed over $334 million worldwide from a $17 million dollar budget. Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller produce the new one which opens May 15th 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRESPASSERS: Directed by: Orson Oblowitz. Starring: Angela Trimbur ,Zach Avery, Janel Parrish, Jonathan Howard, Fairuza Balk, Carlo Rota, Sebastian Sozzi, Joey Abril.
** IN MEMORY OF: The new film from director Eric Stanze (ICE FROM THE SUN, SCRAPBOOK, DEADWOOD PARK, RATLINE) debuted on Blu-ray last year. The award-winning film has now rolled out to VOD and is available via Amazon and Vudu.
A fever-dream horror road-trip adventure film, IN MEMORY OF is available on Blu-ray at the Wicked Pixel Cinema official website. The two-disc release includes a 93 minute making-of documentary, commentary track by director Eric Stanze, commentary track by actress Jackie Kelly, actor Jason Christ, and director Eric Stanze, a featurette on the film's original music score, and deleted scenes.
----- June 19, 2019 -----
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: John Krasinski's critical and commercial smash hit original horror film A QUIET PLACE worked in many ways due to some very careful world building. The film spent much of its time detailing how humans lived and functioned in this now dangerous world of silence populated by dangerous sound-detecting monsters, but barely touched upon anything about the origin of the monsters themselves.
The upcoming sequel however sounds like it will go into further detail as to said origins, with the new film's co-star Brian Tyree Henry telling The Observer this week:
"We'll see more of that family continuing to survive and finding out that they're not the only ones. And I think that we're also going to get a few answers to the origin of where and how this whole thing happened. I think that people want to know that. But I think you're just going to see another side of it…more of humanity that survived this thing in this next story."
Original film cast members Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe are returning as the Abbott family while Cillian Murphy is also joining the action. Further plot details however remain under wraps. A QUIET PLACE 2 opens March 20th next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AMITYVILLE 1974: The Wonderfilm Media Corporation announced that AMITYVILLE 1974 has been greenlit with filming to begin in November. The film will deal with the real-life rampage murders that would become the background story for author Jay Anson's 1977 bestseller THE AMITYVILLE HORROR and its many subsequent film adaptations.
Casey La Scala will direct from a script he wrote which shifts the focus back to the traumatic murders – when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family in a spree killing – that reputedly set the supernatural stage for the haunted-house legend. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE 3RD EYE 2: Here's the trailer for the new Indonesia horror film now available on Netflix.
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Here's yet another poster taking a stab at TOY STORY 4.
----- June 18, 2019 -----
** Another BLACK CHRISTMAS remake: The beautiful Imogen Poots is set to lead the second remake of BLACK CHRISTMAS for Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures. Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O'Grady, Lily Donoghue and Caleb Eberhardt will also star in the horror film which has already set a December 13th release date.
The original 1974 film is considered the first true slasher feature and starred the likes of Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder and John Saxon. It follows a female sorority who finds themselves being stalked by a menacing killer during the holidays.
The property was remade in 2006 by Dimension Films with Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the main roles. Sophia Takal is directing the new remake and co-wrote the script with April Wolfe. Jason Blum, Ben Cosgrove and Adam Hendricks will produce and shooting will take place in New Zealand. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DOCTOR SLEEP: The world will shine again. DOCTOR SLEEP only in Theaters November 8.
** READY OR NOT: The upcoming film follows a young bride (the beautiful Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband's (Mark O'Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Here's yet another poster for the upcoming remake.
----- June 16, 2019 -----
GOREZONE is 21 years old today!
Twenty one years ago, the Internet was totally different. There was no Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter, no Smartphones... actually most people had never "surfed" the world wide web. Back in June 1998, I decided to start GOREZONE because of the lack of coverage for the horror genre on the Internet. There was tons of sites dedicated to STAR WARS and STAR TREK, yet apart from a few good horror sites such as HorrorMovies.com and HouseofHorrors.com, the net was leaving me wanting for more. GOREZONE was born as the first web site dedicated to daily horror news. 21 years later GOREZONE is still alive, independant and true to its original concept. Never sold out. Never gave up.
Twenty one years is a long time. Not surprisingly I remember the first day, working on my computer, creating the images in Photoshop and layout in Pagemill. I'd love to thank all the readers and everyone who helped the site through all these years! It means a lot to me. Thank you for believing in GOREZONE and making it the #1 source for bloody daily horror news!
----- June 13, 2019 -----
** DOLLS: Dee Wallace (E.T., CUJO, THE HOWLING) stars in DOLLS, a new supernatural thriller from first-time feature director Cuyle Carvin that will be released on DVD and VOD in the U.S. on July 2.
** THEM THAT FOLLOW: Deep in Appalachia, Pastor Lemuel Childs (Walton Goggins) presides over an isolated community of serpent handlers, an obscure sect of Pentecostals who willingly take up venomous snakes to prove themselves before God. As his devoted daughter, Mara (Alice Englert) prepares for her wedding day, under the watchful eye of Hope Slaughter (Academy Award Winner Olivia Colman), a dangerous secret is unearthed and she is forced to confront the deadly tradition of her father's church. Also starring Kaitlyn Dever, Jim Gaffigan, Thomas Mann, and Lewis Pullman.
** THE BLUE DOOR: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that THE BLUE DOOR horror short has been picked up by Amblin Partners. Paul Taylor, the director of the original short, will helm the feature film version of the story.
The short revolved around a nurse assigned to an elderly woman living in a dilapidated home. The nurse unwittingly becomes the focus of the dark entity that is connected to a secret blue door, that once opened, has devastating consequences. GAME OF THRONES Gemma Whelan starred as the caring nurse in the short film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DEADCON: The horrors and isolation of being a social media influencer run rampant when a collection of YouTube and Instagram stars soon discover there are things scarier than thousands of teenagers armed with phones asking for selfies.
----- June 11, 2019 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the teaser trailer for the upcoming film.
** DANIEL ISN'T REAL: Here's the poster for the upcoming horror movie directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer based on a script he co-wrote with Brian DeLeeuw and starring Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins, Sasha Lane, Hannah Marks, and Mary Stuart Masterson.
** BLAIR WITCH: Experience first-hand the toll that fear can take on the mind in an original story set in the BLAIR WITCH universe from the creative minds behind critically acclaimed LAYERS OF FEAR. Inspired by the lore of the genre defining film series, BLAIR WITCH is a first-person psychological horror game that studies your reactions to danger and stress.
** DYING LIGHT 2: This is Aiden. A survivor in an infected world. The fate of The City is in your hands. Coming Spring 2020.
----- June 10, 2019 -----
** ESCAPE ROOM 2: Sony Pictures has pushed back the sequel to August 14th 2020.
** SVALTA: Orion Pictures has successfully acquired the rights to comedic duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's horror pitch titled SVALTA which centers on family stuck on a foreign island. The film is co-written by Frost along with Stolen Picture's creative directors James Serafinowicz and Nat Saunders.
"We are unbelievably excited to be partnering with Simon, Nick and Miles on Svalta," Orion Pictures President John Hegeman said. "The story is scary, awesome and crazy, and their unique voice is perfect for this movie. We can't wait to bring this to the big screen with them." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CANDYMAN reboot: Ian Cooper, a creative director at Jordan Peele's production company Monkeypaw, appeared at a producers panel the other day and was asked if the new film will deal with a social issue in a way their films like GET OUT and US did. He responded to the Deadline web site:
"We talk a lot about fans and the idea of appeasing fans and when you do that and how do you do that and when do you not do that. I think my issue with fandom is that it's really problematic. It's probably the most problematic thing facing the genre. It typically comes with a dogma that is abrasive and that is more resistant to change and permutation than you would think. I think what we're trying to do with CANDYMAN is both be mischievous in how we address the relationship to the first film but also be very satisfying.
What we're doing with CANDYMAN and how Jordan is crafting it on the page is going to be very exciting and rewarding to audiences that haven't seen the original film as well as people who've seen the original film. In a broad sense of the word, this film will stand alone if you've never heard of a film called CANDYMAN and will dovetail in a pretty complicated and interesting way to the original. In short, I think this will really fit in with what we're doing with US and did with GET OUT in a way that will be circuitous."
Cooper adds that the new "Candyman" has gone through various iterations whilst in development, including some "so high concept they're basically a Gus Van Sant film". Cooper would also not elaborate on original series star Tony Todd's potential involvement saying: "Tony Todd is just no comment, full stop." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- June 7, 2019 -----
** BLOOD MACHINES: The project has been acquired by Shudder. Here's the first teaser with the Original Music.
** THE DEAD DON'T DIE: Here's an international spot for the upcoming film.
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Here's yet another poster making fun of TOY STORY. Chucky returns to the big screen on June 21.
----- June 6, 2019 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Fans have been anxiously waiting for the return of Rob Zombie with the long-awaited sequel to 2003's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and 2005's THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, and the 54-year-old rocker/director took to Instagram to reveal that the first trailer will finally debut next week! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CANDYMAN reboot: The film is expected to commence production in Chicago, Illinois August 20 with hopes to wrap filming by September 20 — a short span of time to film, but as a relatively low-cost horror project it makes sense. Universal Pictures will release CANDYMAN theatrically in the U.S. on June 12, 2020. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNABELLE COMES HOME: The Warren Artifact Room - A 360 Experience!
** SATANIC PANIC: RLJE Films has acquired SATANIC PANIC, the latest pickup for the indie distributor of a pic from the recently relaunched Fangoria horror label. Hayley Griffith, Ruby Modine, Michael Polish, Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn star in the pic, which had its world premiere earlier this year at the Overlook Film Festival. It will now hit big screens and digital day-and-date September 6.
Chelsea Stardust directed the film, about a pizza delivery girl (Griffith) at the end of her financial rope who has to fight for her life – and her tips – when her last order of the night turns out to be for high society Satanists in need of a virgin sacrifice. The story is by Grady Hendrix and Ted Geoghegan and Hendrix penned the script. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** ASHES: After a family's estranged aunt passes away, they're reluctant and creeped out to receive her cremated ashes. But when a series of supernatural misfortunes beset them, they'll have to go through Hell to be rid of her angry spirit.
----- June 4, 2019 -----
** CREEPSHOW TV series: David Arquette, Tricia Helfer and Dana Gould have joined Shudder's first longform original series – the series reboot of the CREEPSHOW anthology franchise. The new cast join Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito and Tobin Bell. In addition, Tom Savini will be helming an adaptation of Joe Hill's "By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain". (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Here's the new trailer. CBS Films, Lionsgate and eOne will release SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK in theaters everywhere AUGUST 9, 2019.
** BLACK CIRCLE: The lives of two sisters change dramatically, since they were hypnotized by a mystical vinyl record from the 1970s. Starring Christina Lindberg from the Swedish cult classic THRILLER A CRUEL PICTURE. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- May 31, 2019 -----
** DARK: The trilogy continues with season 2 on June 21st, only on Netflix.
** CANDYMAN reboot: Last year came word that filmmaker Jordan Peele is set to produce a refresh of 1992 cult horror franchise CANDYMAN for MGM and Universal Pictures. That original, an adaptation of Clive Barker's short story "The Forbidden," starred Virginia Madsen as a graduate student who explores the legend of Candyman (Tony Todd) while writing a thesis on urban legends.
The new film has been dubbed a 'spiritual sequel' to the original and returns to the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood. However there has been some confusion as to who is playing the Candyman himself in the film. We do know Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play an artist who becomes obsessed with the bloody legend, Teyonah Parris is his art dealer girlfriend. The other week, appearing at Nickel City Con in New York, Todd disclosed he has a role in the upcoming film in what sounds like a cameo honoring the original. He says:
"Out of the blue I got a phone call from Jordan Peele. We're still waiting for the contract, but the way he explained it to me was that it's gonna be applause-worthy moments. That's his words. No matter what happens with that, it's gonna just put renewed attention on the original." Nia DaCosta is slated to helm the film which will shoot later this year for a 2020 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** 47 METERS DOWN UNCAGED: Johannes Roberts is back in the director's chair for the sequel to 2017's surprise hit shark attack flick, in theaters on August 16, 2019.
** RAMPANT: A darkness looms over ancient Korea: murderous creatures known as Night Demons have overrun the country. Returning from a long imprisonment abroad, Prince Ganglim discovers that it will take the strength of his entire kingdom to stop the bloody rampage spreading across the nation in this fresh new take on zombie horror from the studios that brought you TRAIN TO BUSAN.
----- May 30, 2019 -----
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: British actress Ella Purnell has joined the cast of Zack Snyder's ARMY OF THE DEAD. Purnell plays Kate, the sister of Dave Bautista's character. Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi and Huma Qureshi also star. Snyder and Shay Hatten wrote the script for the project which follows a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas and a man assembling a group of mercenaries to pull off the greatest heist. Snyder and his wife Deborah Snyder are producing and filming begins in July. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TRAPPED ALIVE: One wintry night, pals Robin and Monica are making their way to a Christmas party when they're carjacked by a gang of crooks recently escaped from the local penitentiary. With the two young women taken as hostages, things take an even darker turn when their vehicle plummets down an abandoned mine shaft, trapping them underground with the dangerous crooks - and a mutant cannibal.
This new Arrow Video US release comes with a brand new 2K restoration from the original camera negative, 3 brand new audio commentary tracks, a brand new making-of documentary and more. Street Date: 06/04/19.
** 47 METERS DOWN UNCAGED: The film takes place in the backpacking mecca of Brazil, against the backdrop of the country's vibrant culture, party atmosphere and beautiful beaches. A group of five girls from different backgrounds and countries are united by their lust for life and adventure in the coastal metropolis of Recife. Looking to get off the well-worn tourist trail, they hear about a hidden underwater ruin from a local guide and seize the opportunity to discover their own Atlantis beneath the turquoise waves. Unbeknownst to them, the caves where the forgotten city lies are not completely uninhabited, and as they swim deeper into the submerged labyrinth of caves they enter the territory of the deadliest shark species in the ocean. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- May 29, 2019 -----
** ANNABELLE COMES HOME: Here's the second trailer.
** PARANORMAL: A third Middle Eastern series is coming from Netflix. PARANORMAL, which is based on the best selling books by late author Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, will mark the streaming service's first foray into Egyptian drama.
Set in the 1960s, Paranormal depicts the adventures of Dr. Refaat Ismail, a single hematologist who finds himself faced with a series of supernatural events. The series will be produced by both Mohamed Hefzy and Amr Salama, who is also the showrunner as well as the director. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- May 28, 2019 -----
** PERFECT: Produced and scored by Flying Lotus and executive-produced by Steven Soderbergh, PERFECT introduces Garrett Wareing as an emotionally-troubled young man. His mother (Abbie Cornish) sends him to a clinic, where modernist serenity whispers soothing promises of perfection. By planting plug-and-play characteristics directly into his own body, he is relieved of his dark, twisted visions, but his body pays the price for purity of mind. A festival favorite from writer and director Eddie Alcazar - one of Filmmaker's 25 to Watch.
** GAME OVER: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film directed by Ashwin Saravanan.
** GET MY GUN: As a follow-up to its physical (and theatrical) release, fans of GET MY GUN can now check out this gritty revenge thriller in all of its HD glory on select VOD platforms. Written and directed by Brian Darwas and produced Jennifer Carchietta, with a primarily female cast and crew. GET MY GUN, not only brings a new voice, but a new twist, to the revenge film; redefining what the subgenre means in the 21st century.
----- May 27, 2019 -----
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: The highly-anticipated sequel to the 2018 horror hit, which is being helmed by John Krasinski for the second time, is moving its release date up two months from its original May 15, 2020 to March 20! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE NIGHTINGALE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Orion Pictures has released TV spot for the upcoming reboot of CHILD'S PLAY, the clip offering preview of Chucky's killing spree. Mark Hamill stars as the voice of the killer doll in the film which is scheduled to hit cinemas on June 21st, while Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry co-star.
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Filmmaker Edgar Wright has taken to Instagram to reveal the first behind-the-scenes photo from the set at Focus Features and Working Title Films. The photo confirms that production has officially begun on the psychological horror-thriller which is said to be in the vein of DON'T LOOK NOW and REPULSION.
Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Matt Smith co-star. Wright co-wrote the script for the film with Krysty Wilson-Cairns while Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Wright will produce. Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- May 23, 2019 -----
** THE NIGHTINGALE: A meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance. From the director of THE BABADOOK.
** TITANOBOA: Constantin Film and JB Pictures are set to fast-track development on an as-yet-untitled action-horror movie about the re-emergence of the prehistoric Titanoboa. Essentially a film aiming to do for snakes what THE MEG did for sharks, the now extinct creature lived in Colombia and could grow up to 12.8 meters long and weigh over a metric tonne.
The project hails from much of the same producing team behind the smash RESIDENT EVIL movie series and recently finished shooting an adaptation of the "Monster Hunter" video game series. Tony Giglio is aboard to write the screenplay. Jeremy Bolt and Robert Kulzer are producing the film which will shoot in 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Here's another new poster for the upcoming film.
----- May 22, 2019 -----
** PET SEMATARY remake: The chilling new adaptation PET SEMATARY comes home on Digital June 25, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and Video-On-Demand July 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The Digital, 4K Ultra HD, and Blu-ray releases are packed with over 90 minutes of special features, including hair-raising deleted and extended scenes, a chilling alternate ending, a look at the main characters, behind-the-scenes footage, cast interviews and more.
After the Creed family relocates from Boston to rural Maine, they soon discover an ancient burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. When tragedy strikes, the grief-stricken father is driven by the cemetery's sinister power, setting off a perilous chain of events that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. Some secrets are best left buried in this twisted thriller.
** FREAKS: In this genre-bending psychological sci-fi thriller, a bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father's protective and paranoid control.
----- May 21, 2019 -----
** BRIGHTBURN: Elizabeth Banks, Jackson Dunn, David Denman, Meredith Hagner and Matt Jones star in the David Yarovesky-directed film which is released May 24th.
** JACOB'S LADDER remake: Vertical Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to the remake. According to a report from the Deadline web site, the deal means that DISH will premiere the remake during a brief window in July before the film opens in theaters the following month. This is a major development for the film, which has lingered in development hell for years. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE FEAR OF LOOKING UP: A female-driven revenge thriller with a twist, an exploration of grief, reality and dreams using the mechanics of a cop drama. Inspired by a heady brew of H.P. Lovecraft style cosmic horror the film hints at unimaginable universes, blended with detective noir.
** TRUE FICTION: Avery Malone, a lonely wannabe writer, gets her big break when she's hand-selected to assist her hero, reclusive author, Caleb Conrad. Whisked away to Caleb's remote estate, Avery is given her one and only task: participate in a psychological experiment in fear that will serve as the basis for Caleb's writing. Her stay soon turns dark when she finds herself the subject of Caleb's all-too-real horror novel.
----- May 20, 2019 -----
** Chris Rock's SAW: Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures have announced that they're returning to the lair of Jigsaw and all his treacherous traps with a brand new SAW movie, this time featuring a story conceived by none other than comedian Chris Rock.
"When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in," said Joe Drake, Chairman of Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group. "SAW is one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all-time and it's one of Lionsgate's most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous SAW films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise."
"I've been a fan of SAW since the first film in 2004," said Rock. "I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place." The new SAW film will be released on October 23, 2020. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE DEAD DON'T DIE: The greatest zombie cast ever disassembled starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat and Tom Waits. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. In Theaters June 14th.
** WITCHFINDER GENERAL remake: Vincent Price starred in the original as lawyer Matthew Hopkins who claims to have been appointed to the titular role during the English Civil War in the 17th century. Roger Corman co-produced the film based on Ronald Bassett's novel.
Several years ago came word of the project with DRIVE filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn attached to produce. Tied to that, several more names attached to the new remake have been revealed. The key new hires are THE ROAD helmer John Hillcoat who is slated to direct, while scribe Jon Croker is penning the script. Croker penned THE WOMAN IN BLACK sequel. Rupert Preston will also produce. No word as to when the project might happen as it's still in fairly early development from the sounds of it. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANNABELLE COMES HOME: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film.
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** THE PURGE: Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes have set a July 10th 2020 release date for an untitled new film in THE PURGE franchise. Creator James DeMonaco is returning to pen the script and Jason Blum is producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MIDSOMMAR: Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh star in the film as a couple who travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown, famed for its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic vacation soon turns into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
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** ZOMBIELAND 2 DOUBLE TAP: Sony Pictures has shifted around its late 2019 slate, moving back the theatrical release of ZOMBIELAND 2 DOUBLE TAP by a week to October 18th.
** BLOOD MACHINES: Two space hunters are tracking down a machine trying to free itself. After taking it down, they witness a mystical phenomenon: the ghost of a young woman pulls itself out of the machine, as if the spaceship had a soul. Trying to understand the nature of this entity, they start chasing the woman through space.
** THE 16TH EPISODE: Three YouTubers, each with their own inner demons, visit the mythical town of Casablanca. With their viewership down, they get invited to attend a satanic ritual and soon realize that maybe all their audience wants is to see them die.
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** BOOK OF LEAVES: Brad Anderson (THE CALL) is attached to direct horror BOOK OF LEAVES, which The Exchange will be launching in Cannes next week. The original screenplay by Jonathan Hirschbein (THE FIX) centers on a single mother and former nun who has lost her faith. When she is hired by the Vatican's General Council to appraise a 17th century monastery in ruins with a dark and violent past she discovers a deadly ancient manuscript called The Book of Leaves. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** DEMON EYE: The UK horror film has sold around Europe and Asia for sales outfit Devilworks following its U.S. release last month via Vertical Entertainment. Deals include Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Lighthouse Home Entertainment), Benelux and Scandinavia (TakeOne), UK and Eire (101 Films), Italy (CG Entertainment), Taiwan (MovieCloud) and Middle East (Gulf Film). The film is set for theatrical release in Turkey (Bir Film) and Philippines (Rafaella Films International).
The film tells the story of Sadie, who returns to her father's country house in the Moors following his mysterious death. There she discovers a cursed amulet which contains dark powers to unlock two deadly demons. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** THE CHILD REMAINS: An expectant couple's intimate weekend turns to terror as they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where infants and mothers were murdered.
** ZILLA AND ZOE: To win the contest of her dreams, Zoe will have to turn her sister's wedding into a horror film.
** THE DEAD DON'T DIE: Here's some characters posters for the upcoming film by Jim Jarmusch.
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** IT CHAPTER TWO: Here's the teaser trailer and poster for the upcoming sequel.
** THE LODGE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film, which Neon will release in U.S. cinemas this Fall.
** THE LOST BOYS TV series: Earlier this year, The CW ordered pilots based on THE LOST BOYS, Katy Keene and Nancy Drew. It's already been revealed that the latter two pilots were already successfully given series orders by the network. Despite the network approving the pilot's script, THE LOST BOYS series didn't get the same treatment. Deadline reports that The CW has given Catherine Hardwicke's series adaptation a chance to improve the original pilot with re-shoots and possibly changing some of the cast members.
Set in sunny seaside Santa Carla, THE LOST BOYS will follow the story of brothers Michael and Sam Emerson as they moved to Santa Carla with their mother Lucy after the unfortunate death of their father. However, things go wrong when the brothers soon find themselves being drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla's eternally beautiful and youthful undead. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MIDSOMMAR: It only happens every 90 years. July 3. Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.
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** HELLRAISER remake: Spyglass Media Group has announced their first project since launching back in March and will fast track a re-imagination of Clive Barker's 1987 horror classic HELLRAISER with David S. Goyer producing and writing. Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spyglass, made the announcement.
Over three decades, the HELLRAISER franchise has spawned ten films, graphic novels and merchandise. The original movie was based on Barker's novella The Hellbound Heart and followed the resurrection of Frank, who opens a door to another dimension and saw his body destroyed by the Cenobites, who are creatures from Hell that grant sadomasochistic pleasures to those who call upon them. The most notable of them is Pinhead (who is the face of HELLRAISER). Years later, Frank's brother Larry moves into their late mother's abandoned house with new wife Julia. He has an accident, which triggers Frank's resurrection, and soon enables the Cenobites to come forth again.
Spyglass will finance and develop the pic for worldwide theatrical distribution. Keith Levine will serve as a producer alongside Goyer, under the Phantom Four banner. Chris Stone, Vice President, Development & Production for Spyglass, will oversee the project.
Barber said, "Clive and I go back more than 30 years together. For generations, his brilliantly twisted and imaginative HELLRAISER haunted the minds of moviegoers with its searing imagery of Pinhead." He added, "David is the perfect storyteller to continue Clive's vision for a new theatrical version of HELLRAISER."
Goyer said, "I've been a fan of Clive's work since the original Books of Blood paperbacks and The Hellbound Heart novella. Having the chance to reimagine Pinhead and the Cenobites for a new audience is a nightmare-come-true. Gary is a true fan as well and we're committed to making something dark and visceral." (thanks to Deadline.com)
** SKY SHARKS: A team of Arctic geologists stumble across an abandoned laboratory in which the Nazis developed an incredible and brutal secret weapon during the final months of WW2. Deep in the ice, they accidentally awake a deadly army of flying zombie sharks ridden by genetically mutated, undead super-humans, who are unleashed into the skies, wreaking their bloodthirsty revenge on any aircraft that takes to the air.
An elite task force is assembled to take on this deadly threat and stop the Sky Sharks from conquering the air, but as time runs out, the task force realises they will have to fight fire with fire, and the stage is set for the greatest flying super-mutant zombie shark air battle the world has ever seen.
** THE LODGE: A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.
** THE WALKING DEAD: Star Norman Reedus took to Instagram to reveal that production has begun on the tenth season of AMC's long-running post-apocalyptic horror series. Season 10 is expected to premiere later this year on October with Danai Gurira only set to appear in a few episodes in a recurring role as she exits the series after seven seasons. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
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** CRITTERS ATTACK!: The feeding frenzy begins! Critters Attack!, the newest entry in the bloody, live-action, horror/sci-fi film series lands on earth on July 23, 2019, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital for $24.98 / $19.98 / $19.99 SRP. Fans can also watch the fur-ocious creatures' television debut on SYFY, scheduled to air in October.
** THE COLLECTOR 3: Actor Josh Stewart tweeted out a poster for THE COLLECTOR 3, which included the caption "Lock your doors." Stewart's character, Arkin, was the lone survivor of the Collector's wrath in the first film, a serial killer with a fondness for elaborately lethal traps used to collect his victims. (If this sounds familiar, the film was initially pitched as a SAW prequel). Stewart returned for THE COLLECTION, where he went toe-to-toe with the Collector and ultimately defeated him. While THE COLLECTION teased a third installment, it is not entirely clear yet where the third film will fit into the story. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
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** CRAWL: When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father. Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears. From HIGH TENSION director, Alexandre Aja.
** CHILD'S PLAY TV series: Franchise creator Don Mancini took to Twitter to confirm the window their aiming for with the upcoming CHILD'S PLAY TV series titled CHUCKY, revealing that it will likely be making its debut in 2020, exclusively on SYFY. The series will be set right after the events of the 2017 film CULT OF CHUCKY with Brad Dourif set to return as the voice of the iconic titular killer doll.
Mancini previously confirmed that the new series will have "a whole new world, a bunch of new characters" adding that it "involves children," with David Kirschner confirming they'd go back to the roots of the series:
"The only thing I think we can say is from the original film that Don wrote, CHILD'S PLAY, we are playing with that concept again, the idea of child's play," Kirschner said.
"We saw that after seven movies, how can we flip again?" Mancini added "So this time not by merely changing genre but by changing medium. This will give us a different kind of canvas, a much bigger canvas to explore characters and relationships." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WARM BODIES TV series: Lionsgate has signed a first-look film and television deal with acclaimed director Jonathan Levine. One of the projects already in development by Lionsgate Television is a WARM BODIES series adaptation with Levine's new production company, Megamix. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
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** DEODATO HOLOCAUST: A feature-length documentary about the life and career of Italian director Ruggero Deodato, who became a "master of horror" unintentionally after the controversy over his film CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST - a work whose violence nearly brought him to jail. DEODATO HOLOCAUST is the result of more than six hours of interviews and material shot by Brazilian journalist and independent filmmaker Felipe M. Guerra.
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Here's yet another poster for the upcoming film.
** US: Jordan Peele's film arrives on Digital on June 4, 2019, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on June 18, 2019.