It's here in the Archives section that you will find the news of the last three months.
----- December 29, 2017 -----
** MOM AND DAD: Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children. The film was first screened for Midnight Madness audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival and hits both limited release and VOD on January 19th.
** SUSPIRIA remake: Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has a lot of good will right now coming off the success of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, and he's going to need it as he recently had the audacity to remake Dario Argento's 1970s horror masterpiece SUSPIRIA. Despite a stellar cast including Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth and Chloe Grace Moretz, tackling such a beloved piece of work is bound to be controversial and the director is quite aware of the criticism he's already facing and spoke with The Guardian about his approach:
"Every movie I make is a step inside my teenage dreams, and SUSPIRIA is the most remarkably precise teenage megalomaniac dream I could have had. I saw the poster when I was 11 and then I saw the film when I was 14, and it hit me hard. I immediately started to dream about making my own version of it.
So in a way it makes me smile when I hear people say, 'How dare you remake SUSPIRIA. Typical commerce-driven mentality.' I was just a boy who had seen a movie that made him what he became. So that's how I am approaching it: a homage to the incredible, powerful emotion I felt when I saw it.
Do you stop watching Tristan and Isolde's mise-en-scene because Patrice Chereau's was so incredible? No, there will be a new one that will be fantastic. How many Hamlets have we experienced in our lifetimes that were fantastic? Human art is not about inventing originality, it's about finding a new point of view." (thnaks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- December 22, 2017 -----
** Netflix's DARK Season 2: Netflix has renewed its first German original production, Dark, for a second season. The acclaimed drama, created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, has resonated with audiences in Germany and around the world, including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Spain and France among other countries. Dark, a family saga with a supernatural twist, is now one of the most-watched entirely non-English shows on Netflix, a German series that transcends borders to connect with audiences in every country.
Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President of International Originals for Netflix, said: "When we first heard about 'Dark,' we realized very early on that we hadn't seen anything like this show before — in Germany or anywhere else in the world. 'Dark' is a testament that great storytelling transcends geography. We're excited that our members around the globe are captivated by the mysterious world of Winden, and will now be able to continue to see how the story unfolds."
Showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese talking about the audience reception and the renewal of season two, added: "We are overwhelmed by the response to DARK and are thrilled that our story has been a success with a global audience. Viewers have been captivated by the secrets of our protagonists and have taken delight in unravelling the various puzzles that the story presents. To know that we will now embark on our next journey is, for us showrunners, a dream come true. And our fans can be sure that we have plenty of surprises in store for the second season of DARK."
Producer Quirin Berg concluded: "Jantje Friese, Baran Bo Odar, our wonderful actors and our fantastic team have put an incredible amount of energy into making DARK a unique and gripping series. We thank all of those who have accompanied us on this path. And we thank Netflix for their trust and for the excellent cooperation. We are extremely happy that DARK has by now received such an overwhelming response, both in Germany and around the world, and we are particularly thrilled about the quick decision by Netflix to take it into a second season. We can hardly wait to continue telling the story!" (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** IT Extended Cut coming to Blu-ray: With the horror blockbuster IT now available on Digital and arriving on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack January 9, 2018 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, you'd think Stephen King fans would be satisfied. However, New Line Cinema will be giving the film an IT extended cut a few months later. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- December 21, 2017 -----
** Nick Castle returns as The Shape in HALLOWEEN: Forty years after he terrorized Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode in the original, actor Nick Castle is reprising the role of 'The Shape' – the masked killer Michael Myers in the new HALLOWEEN film.
A direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 original that ignores all the other sequels, Curtis reprises her role alongside Judy Greer and Andi Matichak as her onscreen daughter and granddaughter respectively.
Additionally, stunt performer and actor James Jude Courtney has also been cast to play Myers for select scenes. Castle shared the role with Tony Moran in the original. Carpenter will score, executive produce and serves as a consultant on the film which will be released on Friday, October 19th 2018. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WINCHESTER: CBS Films has released the poster for the upcoming film, which stars Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook and Angus Sampson. Set to debut in theaters on February 2, 2018. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CANNIBAL FARM: From filmmaker Charlie Steeds and starring Kate Marie Davies, Barrington De La Roche, David Lenik, Rowena Bentley, Toby Wynn-Davies, and Peter Cosgrove. The Harver family head out on an idyllic summer camping trip where they can bury past tensions and enjoy some family bonding. But when their camp is sabotaged by an unseen intruder in the night, they head to the nearby creepy old farm desperate for help, where vengeful farmer Hunt Hansen and his hideously deformed son aren't farming animals...
This January, fight to survive or get eaten alive! CANNIBAL FARM on VOD January 2 from High Octane Pictures.
----- December 18, 2017 -----
** THE STRANGERS PREY AT NIGHT: Here's a new poster for the film which is set to debut March 9, 2018, almost ten years after the release of the original film.
** THE BAD SEED remake: Rob Lowe is set to both direct and star in a gender-swapped remake of iconic 1956 horror film THE BAD SEED for Lifetime. Negotiations are underway with rights holders Warner Bros. Pictures for the project. The lead role will remain female, but the gender of the parent is being switched up. Nancy Kelly scored an Oscar nomination for her work in the original as the mother of a young daughter who is evil. That's being changed to a single father with Lowe in the r
In the story, a terrible event happens the young Emma's school and her father (Lowe) has to question everything he knows about her. Can he keep her involvement a secret or will he have to stop her from harming others? Barbara Marshall (WISH UPON) will pen the new take based on both the original film and the William Marsh novel source material. Casting is currently underway and production is looking at a start in early 2018. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SILENCE: Global Road Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to THE SILENCE. The film is based on the novel by the New York Times best-selling author Tim Lebbon, with plans to release it in 2018. The announcement was made by Rob Friedman, Chairman and CEO of Global Road Entertainment.
The film is about the story of a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species who have bred for decades in the pitch darkness of a vast underground cave system, hunting only with their acute hearing. As the family seeks refuge in a remote haven where they can wait out the invasion, they start to wonder what kind of world will remain when they're ready to emerge. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- December 15, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: The sequel to the successful SAW series comes to Digital HD January 9 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD January 23 from Lionsgate. The police are investigating a new series of grisly murders that lead straight to the twisted mind of John Kramer, a man that has been dead for over a decade.
4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray special features:
- Audio Commentary with Producers Mark Burg, Oren Koules, and Peter Block
- "I Speak for the Dead: The Legacy of Jigsaw" 7-Part Documentary
"A New Game"
"You Know His Name"
"Survival of the Fittest"
"Death by Design"
"The Source of Fear"
"The Truth Will Set You Free"
- "The Choice is Yours: Exploring the Props" Featurette
** THE TURNING: Finn Wolfhard is set to star opposite Mackenzie Davis in the classic haunted house tale for Amblin Entertainment. An adaptation of Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw," which was previously brought to the screen in Jack Clayton's 1961 film THE INNOCENTS, the story follows a young woman hired as the governess to two orphans at a large country estate.
She soon becomes convinced that the country mansion they live in is haunted. Wolfhard will play one of the orphans. Jade Bartlett is penning the most recent draft from Chad & Carey Hayes' original script. Floria Sigismondi is on board to direct while Scott Bernstein and Roy Lee are producing with filming to begin early 2018. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE ENVELOPE: Here's the trailer for the just released Russian horror film.
----- December 14, 2017 -----
** INSIDE remake: From director Miguel Angel Vivas. Young mother-to-be Sarah is trying to rebuild her broken life: recently widowed in a shattering car crash that left her partially deaf, with her baby's birth uncomfortably long overdue and alone, unpacking in unfamiliar surroundings having just moved home. She can only just stay afloat. As night descends on her deserted suburban street, there's an unexpected arrival at the doorstep: Sarah receives a most unwelcome visitor.
** MANIAC COP remake: While it looks like the Nicolas Winding Refn remake is cancelled, check out this beautiful poster they made for it.
** INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY: Here's some of the posters for the upcoming film, which comes out January 5, 2018.
----- December 13, 2017 -----
** AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON remake: Last year, screenwriter Max Landis confirmed the rumours that he would be rebooting his own father's film. Now, the writer has offered an update on his progress and even teased some changes he may have already made. "Finishing my first draft of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON today," he wrote on Twitter. "Took me way longer than usual because every time I opened the Final Draft file my laptop would slam closed under the weight of my father's expectations."
A fan posed a question to Landis about a sequence in the original film, specifically about the village of East Proctor, its citizens, why they didn't attempt to stop the werewolf before the events of the film, and whether they knew him as a person or not. Landis replied: "Answering this question and the nature of the village's role in the plot in the second and third act as of now are the biggest changes I've made to the original structure… I always wondered about that Pentagram. Doing some fun stuff." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY: In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. In theaters January 5, 2018.
----- December 12, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's PET SEMATARY: A remake of the Stephen King classic, has been given a slot on April 19, 2019. The following is how the 1983 book is described as follows: The road in front of Dr. Louis Creed's rural Maine home frequently claims the lives of neighborhood pets. Louis has recently moved from Chicago to Ludlow with his wife Rachel, their children and pet cat. Near their house, local children have created a cemetery for the dogs and cats killed by the steady stream of transports on the busy highway. Deeper in the woods lies another graveyard, an ancient Indian burial ground whose sinister properties Louis discovers when the family cat is killed. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: André Øvredal, director of THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE and TROLLHUNTERS, is set to helm the upcoming horror film SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, according to Deadline web site. The original plan was for Guillermo Del Toro to direct the pic, but instead he'll now produce with Sean Daniel, Jason Brown and Elizabeth Grave. Back in late 2013, CBS Films nabbed the rights to develop Alvin Schwartz's beloved children's book anthology SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK into a feature film.
SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK follows a group of teens who have to solve the mystery of the deaths occurring in their town. The most recent draft of the script was written by Kevin Hageman and Dan Hageman. Production is set to begin next summer. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE HOUSEMAID: Eureka Entertainment to release THE HOUSEMAID, a refreshing update of the gothic-horror genre, as part of its new Montage Pictures range in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 19 February 2018. First-time director Derek Nguyen makes a captivating debut with THE HOUSEMAID.
Linh is a docile and hardworking poor orphaned girl who comes to Sa Cat seeking a housemaid job. Sebastien Laurent is a French captain and owner of the Sa Cat rubber plantation. For years, the massive mansion is rumoured to have ghosts, particularly those of Camille – Sebastien's late wife—and the mistreated plantation workers. Once Linh comes to Sa Cat, she begins to hear strange sounds, have frightening dreams, and witness bizarre occurrences. After some time, Linh and Captain Laurent become close to each other and develop a romance. However, their love soon awakens the vengeful souls of Sa Cat plantation.
----- December 11, 2017 -----
** ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?: Paramount Pictures have set their feature film adaptation of the '90s horror series ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? for October 11, 2019.
** HALLOWEEN: Andi Matichak has been cast in David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's HALLOWEEN, according to Deadline web site. The Blumhouse and Universal Pictures production also stars Judy Greer and Jamie Lee Curtis. Andi Matichak will play Allyson, the daughter of Greer's character. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CRYSTAL EYES (MIRADA DE CRISTAL): Buenos Aires, 1985. It's the first anniversary of the death of Alexis Carpenter, the unstable supermodel who died tragically when she was set on fire while closing a runaway show.
Lucia L'uccello - Editor-in-Chief of the most important magazine in Buenos Aires - chooses supermodels Eva Lantier and Irene del Lago to honor Alexis on the cover of the anniversary issues dedicated to the famous model. The night before the photo shoot, Alexis's original dresses that were going to be used by the models are stolen. From that moment, members of the important fashion magazine and the agency begin to disappear, one by one, at the hands of a stealthy, sinister female silhouette in a long black leather raincoat. Is someone seeking revenge? Or has Alexis returned from the grave?
----- December 4, 2017 -----
** STRANGER THINGS Season 3 confirmed: Netflix announced on friday that STRANGER THINGS Season 3 has been given the green light!
** HALLOWEEN reboot remake sequel: Comedian and writer Danny McBride has spoken some more about the HALLOWEEN film that he and director David Gordon Green are working on. As we know it's a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 original, one that ignores all the others, and sees Jamie Lee Curtis returning to the role of Laurie Strode. McBride tells Charleston City Paper that they also intend to keep the first film's focus on tension over gore:
"We're trying to. The original is all about tension. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) doesn't even know that Michael Myers exists until the last minutes of the movie. So much of it you're in anticipation of what's going to happen and the dread that Carpenter spins so effortlessly in that film, I think we were really trying to get it back to that. We're trying to mine that dread. Mine that tension and not just go for gore and ultra-violence that you see some horror movies lean on. To us, it was all about bringing back the creep factor and trying to find the horror in your own backyard, in our own homes." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- November 30, 2017 -----
** Jaume Balagueró's MUSE: Adapted from the novel Lady No. 13 by Jose Carlos Somoza, Jaume Balagueró's latest film is a return to the genre. The film stars Christopher Lloyd, Joanne Whalley, Elliot Cowan, Franka Potente, Ana Ularu, Manuela Vellés and Leonor Watling.
** SUMMER OF 84: The new film from the gang behind TURBO KID will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.
** BETTER WATCH OUT: The film is arriving on DVD and Blu-ray on December 5. Set in a quiet American suburb on a snowy evening on the lead up to Christmas, Ashley (Olivia DeJonge), the regular babysitter for Deandra (Virginia Madsen) and Robert Lerner (Patrick Warburton), has to defend their twelve-year-old son (Levi Miller) from strangers breaking into the house – only to discover that this is far from a normal home invasion.
** NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD REBIRTH: Written and directed by Roger Conners, this is a new version of the classic George A. Romero's film. A tense visit to their family burial site quickly escalates into a fight for survival when brothers Adam and John are randomly attacked by several unknown assailants.
----- November 23, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Production has been delayed for the 2018 HALLOWEEN remake/reboot/sequel until the upcoming January. The film, which is by David Gordon Green and co-written by comedic actor Danny McBride, was supposed to start shooting this past October.
** HAPPY DEATH DAY: The hits keep coming for Universal and Blumhouse with HAPPY DEATH DAY celebrating a $100M global milestone. Including yesterday's grosses, the latest collaboration between Uni and Jason Blum's micro-budget specialist Blumhouse has taken in $55.5M domestically and $44.6M at the international box office.
Overseas play has been particularly hair-raising in Korea with a terrific $7.5M through last Sunday. Brazil is next best with $4.3M, and the UK has made $3.7M. There are six international markets still to open, including Argentina and Russia.
** Quentin Tarantino's MANSON: Following the announcement of Sony Pictures landing the film last week and further details about the financial and contractual side of the agreement on the weekend, new plot details for Quentin Tarantino's ninth film have now emerged.
Vanity Fair has revealed the first plot details for the 1969-set movie from a source that reportedly has read the script. They explain a little what the story is about:
"Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino's upcoming movie focuses on a male TV actor who's had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick – who's also his stunt double – is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson's cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- November 17, 2017 -----
** A QUIET PLACE: Silence is survival. Watch the teaser trailer starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski. In theatres April 2018.
** THE STRANGERS PREY AT NIGHT: A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.
----- November 16, 2017 -----
** NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Criterion Blu-ray: Shot outside Pittsburgh on a shoestring budget by a band of filmmakers determined to make their mark, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, directed by horror master George A. Romero, is one of the great stories of independent cinema: a midnight hit turned box-office smash that became one of the most influential films of all time. A deceptively simple tale of a group of strangers trapped in a farmhouse who find themselves fending off a horde of recently dead, flesh-eating ghouls, Romero's claustrophobic vision of a late-1960s America literally tearing itself apart rewrote the rules of the horror genre, combined gruesome gore with acute social commentary, and quietly broke ground by casting a black actor (Duane Jones) in its lead role. Stark, haunting, and more relevant than ever, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD is back, in a new 4K restoration.
- New 4K digital restoration, supervised by director George A. Romero, coscreenwriter John A. Russo, sound engineer Gary R. Streiner, and producer Russell W. Streiner
- New restoration of the monaural soundtrack, supervised by Romero and Gary R. Streiner, and presented uncompressed on the Blu-ray
- Night of Anubis, a never-before-presented work-print edit of the film
- New program featuring filmmakers Frank Darabont, Guillermo del Toro, and Robert Rodriguez
- Never-before-seen 16 mm dailies reel
- New piece featuring Russo about the commercial and industrial-film production company where key Night of the Living Dead filmmakers got their start
- Two audio commentaries from 1994, featuring Romero, Russo, producer Karl Hardman, actor
Judith O'Dea, and more
- Archival interviews with Romero and actors Duane Jones and Judith Ridley
- New programs about the editing, the score, and directing ghouls
- New interviews with Gary R. Streiner and Russel W. Streiner
- Trailer, radio spots, and TV spots
- PLUS: An essay by critic Stuart Klawans
** THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS Criterion Blu-ray: In this chilling adaptation of the best-selling novel by Thomas Harris, the astonishingly versatile director Jonathan Demme crafted a taut psychological thriller about an American obsession: serial murder. As Clarice Starling, an FBItrainee who enlists the help of the infamous Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter to gain insight into the mind of another killer, Jodie Foster subverts classic gender dynamics and gives one of the most memorable performances of her career. As her foil, Anthony Hopkins is the archetypical antihero—cultured, quick-witted, and savagely murderous—delivering a harrowing portrait of humanity gone terribly wrong. A gripping police procedural and a disquieting immersion into a twisted psyche, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS swept the Academy Awards (best picture, best director, best screenplay, best actress, best actor) and remains a cultural touchstone.
- New 4K digital restoration, approved by director of photography Tak Fujimoto, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Alternate 5.1 surround soundtrack, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary from 1994 featuring director Jonathan Demme, actors Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas
- New interview with critic Maitland McDonagh
- Thirty-five minutes of deleted scenes
- Interview from 2005 with Demme and Foster
- Inside the Labyrinth, a 2001 documentary
- Page to Screen, a 2002 program about the adaptation
- Scoring "The Silence," a 2004 interview program featuring composer Howard Shore
- Understanding the Madness, a 2008 program featuring interviews with retired FBI special agents
- Original behind-the-scenes featurette
- PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin along with, in the Blu-ray edition, a new introduction by Foster; an account of the origins of the character Hannibal Lecter by author Thomas Harris; and a 1991 interview with Demme
** Dario Argento's THE SANDMAN: The crowdfunding campaign was a huge success, exceeding with 119% to goal. With $195,633 raised by 1082 backers, THE SANDMAN was coming. Hopes were that it'd be released in time for Christmas the following year. It has now been three years since the initial announcement. Sadly, THE SANDMAN has yet to go into production.
In August of last year, IndieWire interviewed Argento. In regards to THE SANDMAN, he had this to say: "Iggy Pop keeps asking, 'How long do we have to wait on this film?' Honestly, it's not my fault. This film is a co-production by many different producers in different countries. They apparently can't agree on a number of things, including where to shoot, locations, things like that. It goes on and on. I know it's been dragging on. Time goes by and they haven't reached an agreement. I must say that I myself have been thinking about some other projects in the meantime. I still need to work on them, think about them." (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** Stephen King's IT: The film will be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98 on January 9, 2018. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the theatrical version in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc also featuring the theatrical version. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack also include a digital version of the movie in HD. Fans can also own IT via purchase from digital retailers beginning December 19, 2017.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of IT will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range, and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen — frame by frame. Also, the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and Blu-ray discs of IT will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
Additionally, all the special features, including interviews with filmmakers, featurettes and deleted scenes, can be experienced in an entirely new, dynamic and immersive manner on tablets and mobile phones using the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App, available for both iOS and Android devices. When a Combo Pack is purchased and the digital movie is redeemed, or the digital movie is purchased from an UltraViolet retailer, the Warner Bros. Movies All Access App allows users to watch the movie and simultaneously experience synchronized content related to any scene simply by rotating their device. Synchronized content is presented on the same screen while the movie is playing, thus enabling users to quickly learn more about any scene, such as actor biographies, scene locations, fun trivia or image galleries. Also, users can share movie clips with friends on social media and experience other immersive content. The Movies All Access app is available for download on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- November 15, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: The sequel reboot is coming back to the big screen next October. The film is co-written by Danny McBride, and over the weekend he gave some more insight into how they are reviving Michael Myers yet again. In speaking with Yahoo Movies, he talked about getting Jamie Lee Curtis involved, and a little about their approach in where this film relates to the rest of the franchise.
"We're kind of ignoring all the films past the first one," he says. "It picks up after the first one, but it's sort of an alternate reality. It's as if the first HALLOWEEN ended in a slightly different way."
Speaking of Laurie, McBride was also asked about bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis again: "We pitched to Carpenter, and he was into it, which kind of blew David and me away, but I still think nobody was really talking about Jamie. … I think everyone was kind of on the mindset of it'd be a grab to get her, but no one really knew if we would be able to. So Dave and I just busted our ass on this script to really make that Laurie Strode character something she wouldn't be able to say no to. When we finished the script, we sent it to her, and she said she was in. So we just flipped out. We were over the moon about her involvement."
"I just hope that we don't f*** it up and piss people off. This is such a diehard fan base. You don't want horror fans being your enemies because they show up at your house with masks on," McBride says. "We are diehard fans of HALLOWEEN. We're watching all the sequels and where things have taken left turns here and there that maybe bites for fans, and at least trying to deliver what we would have wanted to see. Hopefully that will line up with most fans."
** Quentin Tarantino's MANSON: As filmmaker Quentin Tarantino readies his next project, he has revealed that the film isn't going to center around the Manson family murders as previously reported. In the wake of the collapse of the Weinstein Company due to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at Harvey Weinstein, it was revealed Tarantino has recently been seeking funding for the film with the likes of Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio up for roles.
However story and plot specifics remained top secret with agency reps having to visit Tarantino's office to see the script which was completed almost half a year ago. Speaking with Indiewire this week, Tarantino says the main focus isn't on cult leader Charles Manson but rather a specific year: "It's not Charles Manson, it's 1969."
That's all the filmmaker would reveal about the film which, if it does include Manson, would likely only incorporate him for a few scenes at most as he was a key figure in that year along with Nixon taking office, the moon landing and the Vietnam War. Filming is likely targeting an early 2018 release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?: Paramount Players (a new division at Paramount Pictures) is moving forward with a film based on the Nickelodeon series ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?, according to Variety. The script will be written by IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman. Matt Kaplan will produce the film.
The series involved standalone stories in each episode framed by a campfire involving a group of teens who called themselves the Midnight Society. The tales ranged from modern fairy tales to vampire and alien-themed tales.
The show was initially a Canadian series that got picked up by Nickelodeon and aired as part of its Saturday night block. Dauberman says the plan is to "honor the darker, scarier tone of the show" which was groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time.
----- November 14, 2017 -----
** BLOOD BAGS: A modern take on classic Italian horror cinema. The movie is written and directed by Emiliano Ranzan. Night. Two thieves, Tony and Alex, break into an old, seemingly abandoned mansion: while looking for something valuable to steal, they split. As he explores the ground floor, Tony, the older of the two, is assaulted and murdered by a mysterious presence.
** ZOMBILLENIUM: Zombillenium is an amusement park like no other: only genuine werewolves, vampires, zombies are employed there… for eternity. One day, Hector, a young compliance officer, comes to control the park's safety and threatens to shut it down. Francis, the vampire who manages the park, has no choice but to bite him to protect his business.
----- November 13, 2017 -----
** DARK: The disappearance of two kids in the German small-town of Winden opens abysses that turn the concept of time on its head. The question is not who has kidnapped the children...but when.
** TRUTH OR DARE: Universal Pictures has announced the release date for another horror film from Blumhouse with the release of TRUTH OR DARE now set for April 27, 2018. Lucy Hale and Tyler Posey lead the cast of the supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions where a harmless game of "Truth or Dare" among friends turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie—or refuse the dare. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANOTHER WOLFCOP: Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven's residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel.
----- November 8, 2017 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Shot earlier this year, the new take of Dario Argento's iconic original 1970s Italian film has people curious and concerned. Luca Guadagnino is not an obvious choice for the material, but his superb ability to stylishly paint sensory portraits with his scenes makes him a fascinating one. In a new interview with Criterion, the helmer says he's still got a few more months of post-production work to complete before the film is done:
"I have three months until I finish it. It's a very special film, and I'm proud of it. I wonder all the time how people will react to it, being that it is based on a masterpiece. I often find myself in the position of saying 'Oh, it's ridiculous!' when I hear stories that they want to remake a movie like 8 1/2, so I don't know if I'm going to be served the same dish.
I can say that my SUSPIRIA is a very personal film; it's like oxygen to me. When I saw the original movie thirty-two years ago, the emotion I felt was so strong, so mind-blowing, and so important to my upbringing. I wanted to investigate the experience I had watching that film." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Universal Dark Universe: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan have departed their posts as masterminds behind the planned shared universe of classic monsters. Not only that, but the expensive offices set up on the studio lot for the franchise are now practically empty, and no new monster film has a release date, with only BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN going through a script overhaul. This move is not surprising, as director Kurtzman's kickoff film for Dark Universe, THE MUMMY, tanked at the domestic box office with a paltry $80 million and some of the worst reviews of star Tom Cruise's 36-year career.
----- November 3rd, 2017 -----
** THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT TV series: In an interview with the Diminishing Returns movie podcast, co-director Eduardo Sanchez revealed that THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT would be finding a new home on cable/streaming. Here's what Sanchez had to say: "For us, it's a very natural thing to go and say, 'Hey, let's do a frickin' Blair Witch show. You can say it's from the original creators and we can bring in a whole bunch of interesting directors to direct episodes."
Of course, the logical follow-up questions would be about the format. Will the series serve as a prequel or sequel to the films? Will it be an anthology series per episode or per season? Will it be filmed in standard format, or in the "found footage" format that the original film made popular again?
While definitely in favor of a move to television, Sanchez was purposefully cautious with his answers; making sure to keep them vague this early in the development process: "Well, you know, I can't really discuss. I think that the idea of a Blair Witch anthology has always been very – just a really interesting thing. You're close. You're in the ballpark. You know, and I think it might be one of those things that might be – you know – the more you think about it, you're like, 'That might be the perfect… a TV show.' You know? So, we'll see what happens, but I think that's the next big thing for Blair Witch. Probably TV." (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
** POLAROID: The film was recently moved from August 25, 2017 to Thanksgiving weekend, with a November 22 opening day. Now, the horror flick is being taken off this year's list of films and moved to an unspecified date in 2018.
** THE HERETICS: The upcoming film tells the pagan tale of Gloria (Nina Kiri), a young girl who is abducted by a troubled man (Ry Barrett) who claims that a cult is hunting her down. His goal is to protect her until sunrise but, while restrained, Gloria falls deathly ill. While her friends and family desperately search for her, the source of her illness becomes more apparent. She's not sick…she's changing.
A71 and Black Fawn Distribution have recently jointly acquired the Canadian rights from Breakthrough Entertainment to distribute THE HERETICS to horror fans across Canada. The film is expected to hit DVD and Blu-ray in early 2018. Directed by Chad Archibald, produced by Black Fawn Films.
----- November 2nd, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: In Texas, years before the events of the TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriff's daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with three other inmates. Pursued by authorities, including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter's death, the Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster now known as Leatherface.
The origins of the infamous TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE are finally revealed when LEATHERFACE arrives on Blu-ray (plus Digital), DVD and Digital December 19 from Lionsgate. The film is currently available On Demand. Starring Stephen Dorff as a vengeful Texas sheriff and Lili Taylor as the Sawyer family matriarch, the legendary monster gets his mask after three asylum inmates escape and leave a blood-soaked trail. From French filmmakers Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE), the LEATHERFACE Blu-ray and DVD are loaded with never-before-seen special features, including deleted scenes, an alternate beginning and alternate ending, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.
- "Behind the Bloody Mask: Making Leatherface" Featurette
- Deleted Scenes
- Alternate Opening
- "The Pit"
- "Trailer Confession"
- Alternate Ending
** PET SEMETARY remake: Variety is reporting that Paramount Pictures has dug up two PET SEMETARY directors, Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, for the remake of the 1989 original. The pair are best known for their critically-acclaimed 2014 indie horror film STARRY EYES, as well as the anthology HOLIDAYS and MTV's SCREAM series. Jeff Buhler and David Kajganich have written the screenplay, and Alexandra Loewy is executive producing.
1408 scribe Matthew Greenberg was brought on to pen this new adaptation about a family who move to a small Maine town along a highway often used by high-speed trucks. Nearby lies a pet cemetery and further beyond that an ancient indian burial ground which can resurrect the dead, but those who come back aren't quite right. When the toddler son is killed in an auto accident, the grieving father uses that power – but at the cost of several lives and his own sanity.
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 3: Hope you studied your Necronomicon. Ash is back in session February 25 on STARZ.
** THE ART OF HORROR MOVIES: Multi-award winning horror and dark fantasy writer and editor Stephen Jones looks at the rich history of horror films, from their silent birth in the late nineteenth century to their full-blown explosion in the mid-century up to their present-day horrific, high-tech incarnations.
Through a series of informative chapters and fascinating sidebars profusely illustrated with over 600 rare images, including film posters, lobby cards, advertisements, promotional items, covers of tie-in books and magazines, and original artwork inspired by classic movies, this handsomely designed hardcover traces the development of the horror film from its inception, and celebrates the actors, filmmakers, and artists who were responsible for scaring the pants off successive generations of moviegoers!
----- November 1st, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: From Jamie Lee Curtis Twitter page: Some wounds never heal. Michael & I will see you all next Halloween 10/19/18.
** TRICK 'R TREAT and KRAMPUS update: A full decade on since its release, filmmaker Michael Dougherty's cult horror anthology film TRICK 'R TREAT could finally be getting a sequel after garnering such a strong following since its release.
The original followed four interconnecting stories on a single Halloween night as key characters faced the consequences of disrespecting tradition. Filmmaker Mick Garris spoke with Dougherty earlier this month on his podcast Post Mortem and the pair discussed the possibilities of a sequel. Dougherty, who recently wrapped filming of the sequel to 2014's GODZILLA reboot, says:
"My hope is that once [GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS] has been put to rest that I can dive back into [TRICK 'R TREAT 2]. It's currently the first week of October, so obviously my mind is drifting back to it. I would love to finish writing it in post-production [of GODZILLA], and then I'd love to make it my next project. But we'll see."
Dougherty followed up his original film with another holiday-themed horror tale KRAMPUS and in the same interview suggests the pair could be part of an interconnected universe:
"The films have certain common elements which I don't know if anyone has found them all. In my mind, two ancient deities who protect these quasi-mystical qualities will probably exist within the same universe and maybe get a drink and swap stories between holidays, and in [KRAMPUS], there are certain threads that connect them if you pay attention." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** William Friedkin talks THE EXORCIST and IT: In a new and lengthy interview with Indiewire, filmmaker William Friedkin has confirmed that he's never seen any of the other films or shows in THE EXORCIST franchise. Friedkin directed the first one, considered one of the greatest films of all time, while the follow-ups by other directors have yielded mostly divisive reaction. John Frankenheimer's second film was widely panned, but certainly was quite different and has garnered a few key fans over the years including Martin Scorsese.
William Peter Blatty's third one has grown a cult audience as well and is now often praised despite the various compromises it suffered – a director's cut of it hit disc last year. Both versions of the prequel-set fourth film were not well regarded, while the TV series has proven fairly well-received if poorly rated. Of all of them, Friedkin has only seen a bit of the second film:
"I never saw any of the EXORCIST films, not even Bill's [William Blatty, author of THE EXORCIST novel]. I saw a few minutes of THE EXORCIST II, but that was only because I was in the Technicolor lab timing a film that I had directed – I forget which one – and one of the color timers at Technicolor said, hey, we just made a print of THE EXORCIST II, would you like to have a look at it? I said OK. I went in, and after five minutes, it just blasted me. I couldn't take it. I thought it was just ridiculous and stupid. But that was only five minutes, so I can't make an ultimate judgement about it. It just seemed to me to have nothing to do with THE EXORCIST.
I know Bill [Blatty] did one, which was not meant to be called THE EXORCIST III. It was from another novel he'd written called 'Legion.' I had no interest. I loved Bill Blatty. I dedicated my documentary to him and we remained close friends to his death. But I know that he had to make a lot of compromises – he had to put an exorcism scene in there, which he never intended, so that the producers could call it THE EXORCIST III.
Of course horror these days is focused on other things, with this year's adaptation of Stephen King's IT becoming the most successful horror movie of all time at the box-office – not accounting for inflation. Friedkin reveals he has seen the film and really enjoyed it, but points out the film can't come close to the number of tickets sold by his original film:
"I thought it was a little bit over the top, but IT was really good. The clown was pretty scary stuff. I really like it. But here's the thing. It will never have as many admissions as THE EXORCIST in terms of people who came to see it. The price of a ticket when 'The Exorcist' came out was probably on average less than two dollars; I think today it's closer to nine.
Neither THE EXORCIST nor any of the other films that made a lot of money will ever have as many viewers as GONE WITH THE WIND. I think it cost 15 cents or a quarter to see. So you can't talk about how many people saw this more than something else because of the difference in the value of money. But it's kind of unusual for Warner Bros. to get behind a story like that because THE EXORCIST has been such an important film to them. It's the gift that keeps on giving. Still, I liked IT. I thought it was terrific." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** AMITYVILLE THE AWAKENING bombs: The Weinstein Company released its first film since the Harvey Weinstein scandal this weekend – and it did not go well. The frequently delayed AMITYVILLE THE AWAKENING, announced in 2011, shot in early 2015 and finally released on Saturday, was pushed out by Weinstein's Dimension Films label on to just ten screens. The Blumhouse Productions title stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Cameron Monaghan and Bella Thorne and was already released for free on Google Play from October 12th, so the new film wasn't expected to do much business domestically.
The film came in 59th at the weekend box-office, raking in a total of $742 which means its per screen average sits at just $74 – one of the lowest PSAs for a new film ever recorded. To put that in comparison most films in the top ten had a per screen average (PSA) of $1,200-1,800, JIGSAW opened to a $5,525 PSA. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 31, 2017 -----
** DEAD RINGERS and NIGHTBREED remake: Morgan Creek Productions is set to rebrand itself as Morgan Creek Entertainment Group and has announced ambitious plans which include reboots of its library titles across television, features and digital. Amongst the sixty film works owned by Morgan Creek that are said to be under consideration are DEAD RINGERS and NIGHTBREED. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** 48 METERS DOWN: Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, the theatrical distribution division of Byron Allen's global media company Entertainment Studios, announced it has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to 48 METERS DOWN from The Fyzz Facility. 48 METERS DOWN is the official sequel to 2017's highest-grossing independent movie, the Mandy Moore/Claire Holt shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which has grossed over $58 million worldwide to date. 48 METERS DOWN is slated for worldwide theatrical release on June 28, 2019. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DAWNING OF THE DEAD: While a virus that causes the dead to reanimate brings the world to its knees, the scientist responsible entrusts his cataclysmic findings to Katya Nevin, a troubled ex-war correspondent turned anchor-woman at W.W News. While she and the rest of her crew witness the collapse of society via video feeds from around the globe, a deadly special agent climbs the building floor by floor, his only goal to ensure her silence. Armed only with information and an indomitable will to live, Katya must overcome her crippling anxiety and learn to lead in order to make it out of the studio and into a terrifying new world where only the dead survive.
----- October 30, 2017 -----
** THE DEVIL'S REJECTS sequel: Rob Zombie is confirmed to be directing a follow-up to the 2005 film, which itself was a part sequel/part spin-off of his 2003 debut movie HOUSE OF 10,000 CORPSES. That said, the film is relatively standalone and follows Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig), Otis (Bill Moseley), and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie) with the characters ultimately driving into a shootout in which they all perish.
Specifics of the story are unclear at this point be it whether it's a direct sequel, prequel, spin-off or something else. Zombie has been teasing a return to the franchise for over a year now, but hasn't confirmed until this week. (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** Quentin Tarantino's MANSON: Quentin Tarantino is reportedly making studio executives go through a complicated process to bid for his new film about Charles Manson. The Wrap web site reports that William Morris Endeavor are shopping around his upcoming ninth feature film which will deal with the Manson murders – the tragedy and cultural phenomenon of his cult and the famous victims of their violence.
The likes of Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures are all interested, but in order to bid the studio execs have to go to WME's Beverly Hills offices to see the script in person. The agents then present deal points to allow the studios to bid for the theatrical rights. No streaming giants are said to be under consideration, only full theatrical distributors. A second round of discussions will be set where the studios can pitch Tarantino directly as well. Secrecy is high on this likely due to the early script for his previous film THE HATEFUL EIGHT leaking online which upset the director to the point he almost abandoned the project. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** JIGSAW at the box office: The revival of the dormant SAW franchise with this eighth entry, looks set to take the top spot – but only with a quiet $16 million estimate for the weekend. That's the second lowest opening ever for a SAW movie, behind only SAW VI (which happens to be my favourite of the sequel) at $14 million.
** SHE: A mysterious woman wakes up bloody in the forest and finds herself being pursued by armed men. As this violent chase continues, the truth behind why they are all there will be revealed.
----- October 25, 2017 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: While filmmaker Luca Guadagnino will be nabbing more accolades in coming months for his romantic drama CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, the director has already shot his immediate next project and is still tweaking it in post-production. That project? The remake of Dario Argento's iconic horror classic SUSPIRIA . Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, Chloe Grace Moretz, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper star while Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke provides the score.
Beyond that, it remains under tight wraps. Speaking with Allocine (via The Playlist) this week, Swinton explained her decision to star in the film and says that Guadagnino has come up with a fresh take on the material: "It's another version, not a remake. It's important to say it because we are ardent admirers of the film of Dario Argento, and it is impossible to [remake] this film. I accepted [it] because it will be a completely different movie! It's inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions.
It's semantics, of course, but I think people really have to understand that this is not a remake, because the word 'remake' gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what [we're trying to do]. It's going to sound a bit grandiloquent, but it's like when Francis Bacon [painted] 'Study after Velázquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X.' This is not a remake of Velazquez. It's the biggest compliment, because it's like saying to the original: 'You inspired us with these ideas, not because you failed, but because it was strong enough [that we can take it away] and work in a different space.'"
So essentially it's not a remake so much as a reimagining inspired by the original and one that will likely be very different to the Argento classic. The film is targeting a release sometime in 2018. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** WINCHESTER THE HOUSE THAT GHOSTS BUILT: Here's the trailer for the upcoming flick.
** The Amicus Collection: Severin Films has announced the December 5 release of The Amicus Collection Blu-ray, a terrorizing triple feature of ghastly tales from the twisted side of the Thames, newly remastered and packed to the brim with special features. The Amicus Collection is a limited, numbered edition release of only 3500 units.
ASYLUM Special Features:
- Two's A Company: 1972 On-set report from BBC featuring Interviews With Producer Milton Subotsky, Director Roy Ward Baker, Actors Charlotte Rampling, James Villiers, Megs Jenkins, Art Director Tony Curtis and Production Manager Teresa Bolland
- David J. Schow on Robert Bloch – Featurette
- Fiona Subotsky Remembers Milton Subotsky – Featurette
- Inside The Fear Factory Featurette with Directors Roy Ward Baker, Freddie Francis and Producer Max J. Rosenberg
- Audio Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Camera Operator Neil Binney
- Theatrical Trailer
AND NOW THE SCREAMING STARTS Special Features
- The Haunting Of Oakley Court – Featurette with Allan Bryce, Author of "Amicus: The Friendly Face Of Fear", and David Flint, Author of "Ten Years Of Terror", visit the classic horror film location
- Audio Commentary with Director Roy Ward Baker and Actress Stephanie Beacham
- Audio Commentary with Star Ian Ogilvy
- Archive Audio Interview with Actor Peter Cushing By Denis Meikle
- Horror Journalist Denis Meikle Recalls And Now The Screaming Starts – Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer
- Radio Spot
THE BEAST MUST DIE Special Features
- And Then There Were Werewolves – Audio Essay By Horror Historian Troy Howarth
- Audio Commentary with Director Paul Annett
- Directing the Beast:
- Theatrical Trailer
THE VAULT OF AMICUS Special Features
- Over An Hour of Amicus Trailers
- Audio Commentary With British Horror Film Writers Kim Newman & David Flint
Phil Nutman Audio Interview with Milton Subotsky – Audio Interview With Accompanying - Stills / Posters
- Jonathan Sothcott Audio Interview with Max Rosenberg – Audio Interview With - Accompanying Stills / Posters
- Bonus Amicus TV spots
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 24, 2017 -----
** STRANGER THINGS: Here's the new and final poster for the upcoming second series, which airs on Netflix this friday!
** WINCHESTER THE HOUSE THAT GHOSTS BUILT: CBS Films has released the first teaser poster for the upcoming film Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Sarah Snook and Angus Sampson star in the film, which is set to debut in theaters on February 2, 2018. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 23, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN returns to cinema: John Carpenter's 1978 classic HALLOWEEN returns to theaters worldwide this October! See the film that defined a genre and launched an iconic franchise the way is was meant to be seen, on the big screen. Plus, catch an exclusive interview and retrospective with the legendary master of horror, John Carpenter. Introducing the film, this special bonus explores the history of the film and the indelible influence Halloween has had on not only the horror genre, but the entire film industry. Carpenter explains why the film is meant for the big screen, the influences that inspire his filmmaking and how Halloween became the highest grossing independent film of all time.
There's no better way to experience the movie that brought Michael Myers into nightmares everywhere and launched the career of the original "scream queen" Jamie Lee Curtis, than in cinemas, digitally restored and remastered by the original cinematographer. Check your local listing.
** WORLD WAR Z sequel: Director David Fincher recently had this to say about the upcoming film; "I worked on a show for HBO that didn't see the light of day and at the same time was doing [MINDHUNTER], and then did [MINDHUNTER], and I've been working for about a year now with Dennis Kelly on WORLD WAR Z… We're hoping to get a piece of material that's a reason to make a movie not an excuse to make a movie."
** Stephen King's IT Chapter Two: The film adaptation of the first half of Stephen King's IT looked to be a hit before it's release, but then it turned into one of the biggest movies of the year and certainly the biggest film of its genre with a $631 million worldwide gross at the box-office. As a result, IT Chapter Two quickly moved forward as the project has become a top priority for New Line. Adapting the second half of the book, the new film will deal with the adult versions of the characters but have flashbacks involving the kids again.
Whichever time period they choose, Pennywise the Clown won't change with actor Bill Skarsgard reprising his role for the second volume. Speaking with IGN recently, Skarsgard says expect the sequel to shake things up a bit: "The first movie worked so well at what it is trying to do, I think, and ultimately that is the kids' story, and you follow these kids and you sort of fall in love with these kids. And the second one will be the adult story. And I think the right way to do it is to make that movie actively different.
I think there might be worth exploring sort of the psychological aspects of horror, but also maybe the sort of cosmological existence of this being. What is he, and where does he come from? And, you know, it's hardly answered in the novel, either. I mean, it's very abstract.
And I kind of like that. It could be almost a sort of surrealistic sort of psychedelic trip if you go into the mind of Pennywise. And if you've read the novel you know that they do actually go into his mind. Or they go into this transdimensional place, and they sort of beat him in this place. Which might be interesting, what that place would be, and what would it look like. There's opportunities, I think, and I'm excited for it."
Skarsgard also participated in a Reddit AMA the other week and revealed one scene too disturbing to include – one set in the 17th century in which he in pre-Pennywise garb forces a mother to listen as he eats her newborn baby. IT Chapter Two is set for release September 6th 2019. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 18, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: Lionsgate has released a new featurette and two TV spots from the upcoming JIGSAW, the eighth film in the SAW horror franchise. Featuring the return of Tobin Bell, the new film will arrive just ahead of Halloween on October 27.
** SPAWN: Todd McFarlane's SPAWN reboot is gearing up to head into production soon, a reportedly $10 million Blumhouse production that will both avoid origin story elements and go light on showcasing much of its titular soldier of hell on screen. In the comics Al Simmons was a Special Ops soldier who was murdered in the line of duty because he was growing a conscience. In exchange for seeing his wife again on Earth, he was turned into the disfigured Hellspawn (a general in the Devil's army) and sent back to the surface.
McFarlane, who is putting some of his own money into the film, is keeping costs tight to ensure he gets to direct it, and it gets to have a hard R-rating which suits the material it is based on. In terms of avoiding the origin story elements he tells Yahoo: "I always come back to JAWS — not that I have a shark in Spawn! But that shark was enormous. And at anytime in the movie, did they tell me why the shark was so damn big? No! Did it matter to me? No!
All that mattered was that it was big and in the same vicinity as humans. Or John Carpenter's THE THING: where do the aliens come from? I don't know! What was its reason for taking over bodies? I don't know! It just was. I'm OK without an origin. Just give me a compelling story, scare the shit out of me from time to time, and I'm along for the ride."
The film is currently in pre-production with the budgeting phase about to begin. McFarlane says they're also trying to sell it as a pre-distribution deal that would guarantee a solid theatrical release and an opening date likely sometime in late 2018 or more likely 2019. He also says the plan is to do 85-90% of the film with practical effects. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 17, 2017 -----
** STRANGER THINGS: Here's the final trailer for the highly anticipated second season. The world turns Upside Down on October 27.
** Box Office: HAPPY DEATH DAY easily topped the weekend box office with an estimated $26.5 million from 3,149 theaters, an average of $8,415 per location. In fourth place, New Line Cinema's IT brought in another $6 million its sixth weekend in theaters and has now collected $314.9 million in North America. Overseas, the horror hit added $10.4 million from 5,185 screens in 65 markets. The international total is now $315.7 million and worldwide total is now up to $630.6 million. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HAPPY DEATH DAY sequel: With the movie exceeding expectations at the box-office, it comes as little surprise that this weekend's HAPPY DEATH DAY could be getting a follow-up. Director Christopher Landon, out doing press for the film, tells Cinema Blend that he's already planned out a sequel to the movie and one which would tackle one key question that first doesn't resolve – namely why is this "Groundhog Day"-style time loop happening to the protagonist in the film:
"It's more than a discussion. I know what it is. I know what it is. But I can't talk about it. And that's not a cop out! It's a genuine 'If.' If we have the amazing fortune of getting to make another one of these, that's what that movie is about. I felt that often, when I think it's the origin story, the first movie, that often the answer to the question is less interesting than the question itself. And I think that's a principle that happens a lot in these kinds of movies.
So rather than getting bogged down in a bunch of exposition that nobody really wants to care about or wants to hear, I was more interested in just sort of seeing how she approaches her dilemma, and how she tries to not only solve her own murder, but also how she changes as a person. That's where I wanted to spend my time." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 16, 2017 -----
** John Carpenter to score HALLOWEEN: With his greater involvement in the new chapter of his iconic classic, it comes as little surprise that filmmaker John Carpenter has confirmed he will be providing the score for the upcoming new HALLOWEEN film. As previously reported, the film will ignore the events of all the sequels, including potentially the second film, to serve as a direct follow-up to the first. Jamie Lee Curtis is returning as Laurie Strode in the new film set forty years after the events in Haddonfield in 1978.
Carpenter is serving as both an executive producer and advisor on the new film which David Gordon Green is directing and co-wrote with Danny McBride. Carpenter has indicated the pair have been keeping him very involved in the new film, and in a new interview with Billboard (via Syfy) this week he lets slip he's likely returning to score: "I am an executive producer and it looks clear to me that I've made a deal to do the music…There are many options. I'll be consulting with the director to see what he feels. I could create a new score, we could update the old score and amplify it, or we could combine those two things. I'll have to see the movie to see what it requires." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RED CHRISTMAS: A mother must protect her family on Christmas Day from a demented stranger who is hell-bent on tearing them apart.
** KEEP WATCHING: Sony Pictures, Screen Gems and Voltage Pictures have released the new trailer and poster for the horror thriller Keep Watching, which will debut in theaters for one night only this Halloween, October 31 at 10pm!
A family imprisoned by intruders is forced to play a terrifying game. As the night unfolds, the game's mysterious rules become clear, and the family realizes their nightmare is being streamed live to riveted viewers all over the world, who are compelled to KEEP WATCHING…not knowing if what they're seeing is real, or staged.
----- October 12, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot follows first film: Those in charge of the upcoming new HALLOWEEN film, namely director/co-writer David Gordon Green and co-writer/producer Danny McBride, have previously indicated that the new entry is ignoring most of the sequels in the series in favour of a follow-up to the John Carpenter-directed original.
Carpenter is famously getting involved again in the franchise, having sat out the series in any capacity since the third film. In a recent Q&A via Stereogum, he opened up and addressed Jamie Lee Curtis' involvement and surprisingly revealed the film will only acknowledging the first movie in the series:
"[Jamie Lee Curtis] talked to the director. Her part was written into the script and they had this idea — it's kind of a… I don't know how to describe it. It's almost an alternative reality. It picks up after the first one, and it pretends that none of the other [sequels] were made. It's gonna be fun. There's a really talented director and it was well-written. I'm impressed."
The news is a surprise. The third film is a standalone feature not tied to the series, and the fourth onwards are set years later, so both can effectively be ignored without issue.
The second on the other hand is inexorably tied to the first film and showcases the second half of the same night, picking up on the first film's cliffhanger ending. It was also penned, produced and scored by Carpenter who also did some reshoots of director Rick Rosenthal's work so it was hardly lacking his involvement.
If this is the case though, then Laurie last saw Michael fall from a second storey window after being shot by Dr. Loomisin 1978. It renders Michael more human, as the character didn't become effectively immortal to injuries that would kill normal men until the second.
It also effectively renders his blood relationship to Laurie in the mythology void because that story element didn't come into play until the sequel. The new HALLOWEEN returns to cinemas on October 19 next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** STRANGERS PREY AT NIGHT: Here's the first official photo from the upcoming sequel, which will be released on March 9, 2018. A family's road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family's every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 11, 2017 -----
** THE CHILDREN: Variety is reporting that actress Linda Cardellini has been cast as the lead in New Line Cinema's THE CHILDREN, the latest horror flick from producer James Wan (SAW). The film appears to be unrelated to Wan's burgeoning THE CONJURING Universe movies.
Cardellini will play a social worker investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children whose own family may also be in jeopardy. Michael Chaves will direct THE CHILDREN from a script by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. James Wan will produce through his Atomic Monster, whose Michael Clear will executive produce. Gary Dauberman is also a producer. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PANDORA: In a world where things have very much gone to pot for mankind, survivors have banded together in a resistance that attempts to fight off their oppressors. A military outfit is sent to explore an underground facility in search of Pandora – a half-breed of shadows and man – who may become an unlikely savior to mankind, but at what cost?
** HOSTILE: After a worldwide epidemic, most of the planet's population is killed. Only a few thousand have survived and are struggling to find food and shelter. But they're not alone: they have to hide from strange creatures that go hunting at night.
Juliette, a young woman whose life has taught her to handle things on her own, is the only one in her group to have the guts to go anywhere near cities to find food. But, on her way back to the camp one afternoon, she loses control as she's driving and wakes up upside down, stuck in her car with a broken leg, in the middle of the desert and it's... nighttime.
----- October 10, 2017 -----
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY reboot: Blumhouse Productions has reportedly expressed an interest in rebooting the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise. Beginning as a no-budget indie film on the festival circuit in 2007.
By 2015 and sixth film, the shine had definitely worn off. Even so, the combined films to date were all done for a total of $28 million and have made just shy of $900 million at the worldwide box-office for both Blumhouse and Paramount Pictures.
Speaking with Cinepop this week, producer Jason Blum has revealed that his company is very interested if writer Chris Landon, who penned the middle four films of the series along with DISTURBIA and Blumhouse's new film HAPPY DEATH DAY, comes to them with a pitch: "PARANORMAL ACTIVITY is on hiatus, but if Chris over here, who's done four PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies – if he has an idea to reboot it, we're very open to hearing it." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CASTLE ROCK: Enter the chilling world of Castle Rock, the new Hulu Original drama series from Executive Producer J.J. Abrams and the mind of Stephen King.
** THEY REMAIN: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film starring William Jackson Harper and Rebecca Henderson, written and directed by Philip Gelatt.
----- October 9, 2017 -----
** NEKROMANCER for Monica Bellucci: Monica Bellucci has signed on to star in Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner's new film, NEKROMANCER. Kiah will direct while his brother produces along with Andrew Mason and Troy Lum producing for Hopscotch Features. They previously did the horror film WYRMWOOD.
"Monica Bellucci brings her wonderful talents and considerable glamour to our production and we are thrilled to have her on board working alongside this group of exciting up-and-coming actors," said Kiah Roache-Turner and the producers.
"Kiah and Tristan are among the most exciting new talents in this genre and we're delighted to be working with such bold new filmmakers," said Mason and Lum. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** STAN AGAINST EVIL Season 2: STAN AGAINST EVIL follows Stan Miller (John C. McGinley), a perpetually disgruntled former sheriff of a small New England town who was forced into retirement. Stan has trouble relinquishing his authority to Evie Barret (Janet Varney), the tough and beautiful new sheriff in town, but they form an unlikely alliance when both begin to realize things are not quite right in their quaint New England town. Together, they valiantly fight a plague of unleashed demons that have been haunting the town, which just happens to be built on the site of a massive 17th century witch burning.
** SPAWN: Speaking last week at New York Comic Con, comic creator and soon-to-be-filmmaker Todd McFarlane opened up about the long in-development SPAWN reboot that he'll be directing. According to the Deadline web site, McFarlane revealed that pre-production on the film will begin just after the Christmas holiday, with cameras set to start rolling in February. McFarlane reiterated that the film will be "dark and R-rated," even going so far as to say that it would be a harder R than DEADPOOL.
McFarlane also revealed that the budget for the film will be a meager $10 million, an atypical budget for a superhero film (which range into the hundreds of millions at Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios) but par for the course for Blumhouse Productions (who specialize in lower-budget features anywhere from $100k to $10 million). With such a smaller scale film, the money for which McFarlane himself is at least partially putting up, allows the filmmaker to share more content with fans from the set, which he promises to do every day of production.
"I'm spending my own money," he said at NYCC. "So who cares if it doesn't work out. It's a $10 million budget movie, and (a studio) would just get a 22-year-old punk director. I just want to be the old punk directing it."
First appearing in 1992's SPAWN #1, the character quickly became the symbol for 1990s comics dark and brutal antiheroes. His Hellspawn powers allow him to teleport, shape shift, and utilize a variety of weapons (notably chains) in combat. SPAWN previously made the leap to the big screen in 1997 with Michael Jai White in the title role and then on television as an HBO animated miniseries, titled Todd McFarlane's SPAWN. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 5, 2017 -----
** ASH VS EVIL DEAD Season 3: The highly-anticipated 10-episode third season of Starz Original horror-comedy series ASH VS EVIL DEAD will premiere on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 9PM ET/PT.
** BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN postponed: The Deadline web site brings word that the film has officially been postponed by Universal as rewrites on the script continue from screenwriter David Koepp.
"After thoughtful consideration, Universal Pictures and director Bill Condon have decided to postpone BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN," the studio said in a statement. "None of us want to move too quickly to meet a release date when we know this special movie needs more time to come together. Bill is a director whose enormous talent has been proven time and again, and we all look forward to continuing to work on this film together."
** Netflix DARK: The disappearance of two kids in the German small-town of Winden opens abysses that turn the concept of time on its head. The question is not who has kidnapped the children...but when.
----- October 4, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Judy Greer is in talks to join Jamie Lee Curtis in the Halloween cast, according to EW. Greer would play Karen Strode, the daughter of Curtis' character. Jamie Lee Curtis will return to the franchise that kicked off her career and she will once again be playing the iconic role of Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers.
** THE BABYSITTER: Netflix presents human sacrifice with hot people. THE BABYSITTER slashes to Netflix October 13.
----- October 3rd, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Producer Jason Blum is currently out doing press for Blumhouse's new horror project HAPPY DEATH DAY and discussed the company's most high profile upcoming project with the Coming Soon web site. The upcoming HALLOWEEN reboot, which sees David Gordon Green helming from a script by himself and Danny McBride. Most importantly though it brings back Jamie Lee Curtis to the franchise, and has the involvement of original film director John Carpenter.
In recent years Carpenter's name has been on remakes of several of his most famous works as an executive producer, but in those cases he's had no real involvement. That's not the case here insists Blum: "We don't take any big steps without his approval, so for instance hiring David and Danny he approved. He approved their pitch, he approved their first script. He approved bringing back Jamie Lee Curtis.
So anytime we make a big creative turn he's involved with that and we don't do it without his blessing. We went to him and asked him to be involved. There was no contractual, financial or any other obligation to have him on this movie. We went back and asked him to join us again." (thanks to ComingSoon.net & DarkHorizons.com)
** DEATH ON SCENIC DRIVE: Gabriel's new surreal effort follows the same type of madness when a young woman (Stephanie Ash) is consumed by an entity that transforms her into a blood-thirsty version of death. This new unnerving sense of identity transforms her as she begins a nightmarish path of gruesome violence against a family and local farmer (Ry Barrett).
** ZOMBIES: When the world is in shambles, plagued by a zombie outbreak, only the strong will survive, but just how much determination will it take? Will Luke and his crew have enough ambition and ammunition to outlive the undead?
** STRANGER THINGS Season 2: Here's yet another cool poster.
----- October 2nd, 2017 -----
** Stephen King update: With IT passing the $500 million mark at the box-office, it's a good month to be a fan of Stephen King. Speaking with the Vulture web site recently about other adaptations of his works coming down the pipeline, King reveals that two of his most iconic early works are looking to score new adaptations soon:
"There's talk about doing THE STAND as an extended TV series, possibly for Showtime or CBS All Access. And there's been some interest in developing SALEM'S LOT as a feature, probably because people are saying, 'Well, we took an old miniseries called IT and turned it into a phenomenon, so maybe we can do it with something else.' Nothing succeeds like excess!"
Attempts to turn THE STAND into a feature is something that's been in the works for a while now with director Josh Boone working on a movie adaptation – a project that hasn't had much movement recently. The property was previously adapted for TV in the 1990s as a mini-series.
SALEM'S LOT was done as a telemovie by Tobe Hooper in 1979 and a mini-series starring Rob Lowe in 2004, but neither is considered a particularly definitive adaptation. King also says there's talk about an animated feature adaptation of one of his other works, and while it looks like that one might happen – he won't reveal what it is. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** STRANGER THINGS: The Duffers and executive producer Shawn Levy have now said that it might go beyond four seasons, according to EW. Levy told the site, "Hearts were heard breaking in Netflix headquarters when the Brothers made four seasons sound like an official end, and I was suddenly getting phone calls from our actors' agents. The truth is we're definitely going four seasons and there's very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely."
In addition, we're learning a little bit more about Season 2. Millie Bobbie Brown, who plays Eleven on the series, told EW she'll be cussing this season. She said, "I didn't have much more vocabulary but the things I did have to say were really fun. There's one curse word this season which was really different and funny." We're also reportedly going to meet Barb's dad in Season 2, and the murder of the fan favorite character played by Shannon Purser will be addressed. "Especially this season, Barb's a big part of Nancy's story line and that drive to — I don't know how to say it otherwise — to find justice," Natalia Dyer who plays Nancy told the site.
We're also learning about the spider-like "shadow monster" that we've seen in Season 2 photos. Jeff Duffer told EW, "There's an H.P. Lovecraft sort of approach, this inter-dimensional being that is sort of beyond human comprehension. We purposely don't want to go too much into what it is or what it wants."
The upcoming second season is set a year after Will's return, and everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins. It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNABELLE CREATION: The horror hit sequel is coming to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 24th, but you can own it early on Digital starting October 17th. LIGHTS OUT director David F. Sandberg's follow-up to 2014's hugely successful ANNABELLE managed to scare up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The Blu-ray Combo Pack contain the following special features:
- The Horror Continues
- Horror Shorts: Attic Panic and Coffer
- Director's Commentary
- Directing Annabelle
- Deleted Scenes Featurette
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)