** WORLD WAR Z sequel: It has been languishing in development for years, but it appears as if the sequel to 2013's WORLD WAR Z is still happening. David Fincher remains attached to direct the film and re-team with his SE7EN star Brad Pitt on the project. At last report he's taking his time to get the script right with the help of screenwriter Dennis Kelly.
Fincher's commitments to the second season of Netflix's MINDHUNTER and Pitt's to Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD however stopped any chance of filming this year, but producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner told Variety this week that the project has set a June 2019 start of filming date and both Pitt and Fincher are still attached.
Kleiner added that they're still working with Kelly on the sequel's script to get it right. It's not clear if the new film will go back to use elements from the original Max Brooks novel which the original film barely touched upon. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ELVIRA: Cassandra Peterson's iconic character Elvira has been the subject of two films, both of which were some time ago. Yet the former horror host with a unique look and personality remains very popular with horror fans, so much so Peterson has expressed a desire to bring back the character once again for a new film.
Appearing at a Q&A session at Salem Horror Fest to celebrate the 30th anniversary screening of 1988's "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark," Peterson says she's written a full treatment and is currently in the process of shopping it around.
Should it be picked up, it more than likely will be for a streaming service and won't be in cinemas. Streaming outlet Shudder recently brought former horror host Joe Bob Briggs back, presenting several films to fans in a 24-hour marathon, but it proved so popular it wound up crashing the service. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PET SEMATARY remake: Here's the trailer! Paramount Pictures' adaptation will be directed by Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch and is written by Jeff Buhler, the showrunner for Syfy's upcoming horror science fiction series, NIGHTFLYERS, based on the George R.R. Martin novella. Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing along with Mark Vahradian and Steven Schneider.
** APOSTLE: From writer and director Gareth Evans, APOSTLE premieres on Netflix this Friday. Are you ready for it?
** SUSPIRIA: Here's two new posters for the upcoming remake. Amazon Studios is bringing SUSPIRIA to theaters in NY and LA on October 26, expanding November 2nd.
----- October 10, 2018 -----
** George A. Romero's unused scripts: When George A. Romero passed away last year, he left behind a legacy of horror unmatched by anyone in the horror movie business. Now, it seems that his legacy can live on even longer. Talking to ComicBook.com, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, Romero's widow, said that the late, prolific writer has anywhere between 40 and 50 unpublished screenplays.
With this abundance of untold stories from one of the architects of modern horror, Desrocher-Romero said that "George was a prolific writer. He loved to write, and we have 40, 50 scripts that he's written, and a lot of it is very good. He had a lot to say, and he still does, because I'm gonna make sure that he does. It's my mission."
Still, not everything the late auteur left behind were horror movie scripts, it turns out. There's his unfinished novel Road of the Dead, which is still reportedly in development, as well as a film he shot in 1973. "We're gonna restore it, and we're gonna show it to Romero cinephiles," said Desrocher-Romero. "It's a scary movie, but it's not a horror movie, and it's about ageism. Anyway, he has a cameo in it, and it'll be fun. And we'll show the movie, or get it distributed. It'll be a project that the foundation's gonna do. I think it's the first project we're gonna do actually." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PET SEMATARY remake: Here's the poster for the upcoming remake, based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King.
** SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ: With these two in charge, it's bound to end up in a bloody mess. At Cinemas October 31.
----- October 9, 2018 -----
** OVERLORD: Here's a new trailer! Julius Avery helms the film which is set on the eve of D-Day. A group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion's success, but soon begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation. In theatres 11.9.18.
** Warner Bros. upcoming horror films: Warner Bros. Pictures has made it official that their New Line label will book every post-Labor Day weekend for the next four years through 2022. The studio had such success with the launches of IT last year and THE NUN this year in those slots, they've now staked a claim there with IT CHAPTER TWO on September 6th 2019, an untitled THE CONJURING film on September 11th 2020, and untitled films for September 10th 2021 and September 9th 2022. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PET SEMATARY remake: EW has posted up an extensive report about the film which recently wrapped production, and includes the first official photos from the movie starring Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz and John Lithgow. The story follows a doctor (Clarke) who moves his family out of the big city to the country. He discovers that they have moved near a pet cemetery that resides next to an ancient American-Indian burial ground.
When their toddler son is killed in an auto accident, the father takes the boy's body to the burial ground, where it is resurrected but is not quite right. Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch helm the new film and discussed their new version of the 'Zelda' scene which remains one of the original 1989 adaptation's big scares. Widmyer says:
"It's more accurate to the book, I'll just say that. In the original movie, it's a 21-year-old guy in drag playing it, and in the book, as you recall, it's a 10-year-old girl. You go, 'How do you top Zelda?' It was big and scary and awesome, but if you think about the reality of the Zelda situation, what that would do to a family, with her wasting away in this bedroom, and a younger sister being frightened of her older sister's debilitating illness, that on its own is pretty scary." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- October 8, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have released a New York Comic Con exclusive poster for HALLOWEEN designed by none other than comic book artist Todd McFarlane! (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: Orion Pictures has released a limited edition NYCC poster for their upcoming zombie musical, opening in select theaters on November 30, and expanding nationwide on December 7. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's yet another for the upcomin film, which officially debut in theaters on November 2nd.
----- October 5, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's another track of the soundtrack for the upcoming film.
** THE CONJURING 3: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that director James Wan is stepping away from THE CONJURING franchise for its upcoming third entry. Director Michael Chaves, coming off the upcoming THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, will step behind the camera for THE CONJURING 3. Wan will remain on board the project as a producer and will act as a "godfather" for the series.
"While working closely with Chaves on THE CURSE OF LA LLORONA, I got to know him as a filmmaker," said Wan. "Chaves' ability to bring emotion to a story, and his understanding of mood and scares make him a perfect fit to direct the next CONJURING film.
"I am a huge fan of THE CONJURING films," Chaves added. "The movies are the rare combination that deliver both tremendous heart and awesome scares. It is both a total thrill and absolute honor to be working with James and the gang at New Line again." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HALLOWEEN: Miramax has just released three new clips from the upcoming film.
** LIGHT AS A FEATHER: An innocent game of "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board" goes wrong when the five teen girls who played start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they're being targeted – and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own.
----- October 4, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Here's a cool new poster for the upcoming film.
** THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL: A behind-the-scenes look at director Mike Flanagan and the process of filming ghosts for the upcoming film, which will premiere on Netflix Friday, October 12th.
** CASTLE ROCK: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has revealed the details for the Blu-Ray and DVD versions of CASTLE ROCK The Complete First Season, which is set to hit shelves on January 8, 2019! The first season include all 10 one-hour episodes of the season, as well as a slew of bonus materials, listed below:
Blood on the Page (New Featurette)
A Clockwork of Horror: Merging the styles of Stephen King & J.J. Abrams (New Featurette)
Inside the Episode: Severance
Inside the Episode: Habeas Corpus
Inside the Episode Local Color
Inside the Episode: The Box
Inside the Episode: Harvest
Inside the Episode: Filter
Inside the Episode: The Queen
Inside the Episode: Past Perfect
Inside the Episode: Henry Dever
Inside the Episode: Romans
(thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- October 3rd, 2018 -----
** Arrow Video US - October 2018 releases: We have officially entered fall which means it's finally time to get those Halloween decorations up to the scare the neighbors and enjoy pumpkin spice variations of your favorite treats. More importantly, it's that time of year when you gather 'round the television with your closest friends and watch the spookiest of movies. This Halloween you're going to want to invite over your good friends Arrow.
For those looking to stay in the horror realm without watching only horror, then perhaps it's best you start with SCHLOCK from John Landis and hitting Blu-ray on October 16th. This raucous comedy pays loving tribute to monster movies of the past as it follows a prehistoric ape named Shlock on a rampage throughout southern California. This genre mashup launched the career of Landis and makeup effects wizard Rick Baker and now it will finally have a proper home video release. The new Blu-ray comes with a brand-new 4K restoration and monster-sized list of special features that includes an audio commentary with both Landis and Baker.
DEADBEAT AT DAWN
If you like your horror gory and raw, then Arrow Video has just what you need. Releasing October 23rd is Jim Van Bebber's blood-soaked cult classic, DEADBEAT AT DAWN. This is the story of Goose, a gang leader trying to go straight until his girlfriend is brutally murdered by his rivals. Now pulled back into the world he was desperately trying to escape, Goose is hell-bent on getting retribution. This 80's gem comes with a new 2K restoration and is decked out with plenty of bonus content featuring Van Bebber discussing his outrageous career.
Looking for some Italian horror? Then you'll want to be at your local video store on October 30th to snag a copy of Sergio Martio's masterpiece, TORSO. This heart pounding giallo about a sex craved maniac prowling the streets of Perugia looking for his latest victim is a personal favorite of Quentin Tarantino's and with good reason. With copious amounts of violence and a vicious game of cat and mouse, Torso is sure to meet your Halloween needs. This new Blu-ray features a brand-new 2K restoration of both the 94-minute Italian cut and the 90-minute English cut.
** THE UNNAMABLE: Coming to Blu-ray and DVD October 23rd from Unearthed Films. Restored as a beautiful 4k scan and color corrected from the original negative
College students from Miskatonic University who retreat to an early 18th-century mansion for a weekend of lust are stalked by a fatalistic female in this horror film taken from a story by H.P. Lovecraft. The demon delights in tearing the limbs off her human victims to carry out a centuries-old family curse. Bloody graphic violence and nudity is combined with some campy comedy.
** TRAUMA: Artsploitation has announced the North American release of the shocking Chilean horror film TRAUMA. The third feature from director Lucio A. Rojas, TRAUMA has screened at Horror Hound Film Festival, the Vancouver Badass Film Festival de Canada, Morbido Film Fest and the Optical Theatre Festival in Italy, where Rojas took home the award for Best Film. Rojas hits hard with TRAUMA, a cinematic depiction of the horrors committed by the Pinochet regime and the visceral cycle of abuse that followed its fall. TRAUMA will be available October 23rd on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
** HALLOWEEN: Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
----- October 2nd, 2018 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13TH: Screenwriter Victor Miller has prevailed in a legal battle over the franchise. Miller aimed to take advantage of a provision of copyright law that allows authors to terminate a grant of rights and reclaim ownership 35 years after publishing. The film's producers alleged that Miller wrote FRIDAY THE 13TH as a work-made-for-hire after film series producer Sean Cunningham came up with an idea to capitalize on the success of the then-recently released horror film HALLOWEEN. They asserted that Miller's termination notice was ineffective.
Miller's attorney Marc Toberoff argued that while the screenplay was clearly commissioned as part of a motion picture, there never was any writing instrument as required by law spelling out the screenplay was a work-made-for-hire. U.S. District Court Judge Stefan Underhill has now granted summary judgment in favor of Miller and against the producers, saying the screenplay wasn't a work for hire, not prepared within scope of employment, and that labor law doesn't require holding that screenwriter was an employee. Instead, Miller was an independent contractor.
The decision has been pending for almost a year now, and the uncertainty over ownership has reportedly interfered with new sequels being made as well as tie-in works like video games. Miller's victory suggests he will control rights inside the United States while producers control rights outside the domestic market where termination recapture isn't applied. If no settlement occurs and any appeal is unsuccessful, there could be future legal battles over trademarks and character use – but Underhill says the producers "may be able to stake a claim" to hold an independent copyright for the adult Jason character which is very different to the boy of Miller's screenplay. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Netflix's MALEVOLENT: Brother and sister team Angela (Florence Pugh) and Jackson (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) are nothing more than scam artists. Preying on the grief stricken and the vulnerable, they convince the bereaved that Angela has the ability to contact the dead. It's a simple con, until Mrs. Green (Celia Imrie) summons the pair to her home -- the orphanage that was once stage to a string of murders of young girls -- and Angela grows less and less certain of what's actually real. The fake paranormal investigators suffer the ultimate reality check when they are confronted by the true horrors and terrifying past that lie hidden within the haunted orphanage.
** ANTLERS: Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that principal photography has commenced in Vancouver, British Columbia for the horror thriller ANTLERS. Directed by Scott Cooper, the film is written by Henry Chaisson & Nick Antosca with revisions by Scott Cooper, from the short story The Quiet Boy by Antosca.
In Antlers, a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ: Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness...and they're about to meet their match. This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations - literally - when a controversial frack site on prized school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole, and an unspeakable horror to be unleashed. Soon a new pecking order will be established as the pupils and teachers alike become locked in a bloody battle for survival.
----- October 1st, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN TV series: David Gordon Green's HALLOWEEN sequel/remake hits theaters in three weeks, possibly kick-starting a brand new franchise, but that hasn't stopped producer Malek Akkad from developing the long-in-the-works TV series.
"You know, it's something that we've had for a long time and I definitely want to see it done," Akkad told Bloody Disgusting. "When we started doing it… this was in development about a decade ago. At the time, I think the thought was we don't want to cannibalize the theatrical. Let's keep it as a theatrical event movie. If that starts flowing down, we would address TV. Nowadays, we all know, TV is pulling out ahead of theatrical in a way that surprised everybody, certainly me."
The producer didn't reveal any specific plot details the show would follow, except to say Michael Myers would return, but teased that it "wouldn't look anything like your traditional HALLOWEEN movie" and that there "are a lot of other characters but used in different and interesting ways." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Rue Morgue spoke to actor Bill Mosely about his return to the character of Otis Driftwood in Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL, the third movie in the Firefly family trilogy.
"All of the people who loved HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and DEVIL'S REJECTS are going to have a luau of excitement and happiness when they see 3 FROM HELL," Moseley said. "It's going to be a crowdpleaser. From what I've heard from Rob, he's very happy and excited about what he's got, and it's chockablock with gratuitous violence , which is great, because lately there have been a lot of good horror movies that just don't have a lot of that. I mean, the violence is skillful, it's effective, but it's not gratuitous, and that's what I think the fans are missing. I think we just want a lot of violence for violence's sake—decapitations, shotguns to the face, just general ass-kickin' stuff that we're not really getting much of these days." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNABELLE 3: CAPTAIN MARVEL actress Mckenna Grace has scored the key role of Judy, Ed and Lorraine Warren's young daughter in the upcoming third film in the ANNABELLE series at New Line.
Judy becomes a target of the demonic doll Annabelle in the film which will also involve two teenage babysitters and will be primarily set in the Warrens' home. No word as yet if Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson will reprise their roles as the Warrens.
Filming begins next month with additional casting coming together now. The still-untitled film uses a screenplay by Gary Dauberman who will make his directorial debut. James Wan and Peter Safran will produce the film which opens July 3rd 2019. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)