** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: The James Wan-produced reboot of the hit video game film franchise, RESIDENT EVIL, has just found its writer and director in the form of Johannes Roberts, the man behind the 2017 survival horror hit 47 METERS DOWN, according to Variety. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PERFUME: Patrick Süskind's best-selling novel about smell, passion and serial killing gets a shocking contemporary spin. While in boarding school, a group of six become friends through their intense passion for scent. When one is brutally murdered years later, disturbing secrets about the group are revealed when the police investigates each as a suspect. PERFUME arrives on Netflix on December 21st.
** THE PATIENT WHO NEARLY DROVE ME OUT OF MEDECINE: According to Variety, Twentieth Century Fox and New Regency have purchased the horror project THE PATIENT WHO NEARLY DROVE ME OUT OF MEDECINE, with Ryan Reynolds set to produce through his Maximum Effort production company alongside Vertigo Entertainment.
The novella, written by Jasper DeWitt, was originally published on Reddit's No Sleep subreddit, a community for original horror stories. According to the report, tells the story of "an idealistic young doctor who tries to solve a mystery and heal its most difficult patient. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE WATCHER: The Deadline web site reports that streaming service Netflix has won an intense bidding war amongst six studios for the rights to THE WATCHER, an adaptation of an article published in The Cut section of New York magazine by Reeves Wiedeman. THE WATCHER told the story of a stalker terrorizing a family who move into their dream home.
The film, which is set to be directed by Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman will tell the true story of the Broaddus family as they purchase a house in New Jersey for $1.3 million and the series of letters from an anonymous writer they receive, beginning with a welcome letter detailing the writer's history with the house that divulged some disturbing details regarding both and revealed he was watching the family, followed by several more intense letters reportedly written in blood. Despite going to the police for help, the writer's identity is still currently unknown and four years after having bought the house, the parents never moved their three children in and have only rented the property out after two failed attempts to raze the structure. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- December 10, 2018 -----
** BRIGHTBURN: What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With BRIGHTBURN, the visionary filmmaker of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and SLITHER presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
** Nacho Vigalondo's POOKA!: This year's hottest Christmas gift is naughty, nice and will haunt your nightmares.
** 10 TO MIDNIGHT: Coming soon from Scream Factory. The sleazy 1983 slasher/action film starring Charles Bronson and a naked serial killer arrives next month in a packed Blu-ray upgrade. Details are as follows:
- NEW 4K Scan of The Original Camera Negative
- NEW Charlie's Partner – Interview with Actor Andrew Stevens
- NEW Producing Bronson – Interview with Producer Lance Hool
- NEW Remembering Bronson – Interview with Actor Robert F. Lyons
- NEW Undressed to Kill – Interview with Actress Jeana Tomasina Keough
- NEW Audio Commentary with Writer/Historian Paul Talbot (Author of Bronson's Loose! And Bronson's Loose Again!)
- Audio Commentary with Producer Pancho Kohner, Casting Director John Crowther, an Film Historian David Del Valle
- Theatrical Trailer
- Radio Spots
- Still Gallery
** BLOOD LAKE: Coming to Special Edition DVD on April 9 2019 from AGFA and Bleeding Skull Featuring a Brand new restoration! Tim Boggs 1987 lakeside Slasher BLOOD LAKE! BLOOD LAKE is the most fascinating -- and stupefying -- shot-on-video slasher that ever escaped from 1987. A group of unhinged party animals, including adolescent horn-dog Lil' Tony, embark on a weekend trip filled with Jet Skis, a keg of Busch, and an extended game of quarters. But look out! There's a supernatural killer on the loose who wears cowboy boots and a silk shirt with a rose stitched on it! Made by real-life friends from Oklahoma on a real-life vacation, BLOOD LAKE is a rewardingly lethal collision of '80s slasher video-vomit and twisted cinéma vérité madness. From false metal soundtrack hits to gratuitous scenes of people sleeping, this might be the only movie in history capable of receiving a stamp of approval from both David Lee Roth and Andy Warhol.
----- December 5, 2018 -----
** M. Night Shymalan's TALES FROM THE CRYPT: In an interview with Digital Spy director M. Night Shyamalan revealed that his reboot is no longer happening; "I think it's dead," he told the site. "We tried everything that we could. That was so mired in people that had rights to it… constantly mired from the original comic books to the people that did the original show and that was a very contentious era for that show and who was involved and all the stuff that had nothing to do with me, a generation before me." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SHRINE: Sam Raimi has signed on to produce a film adaptation of UK horror novelist James Herbert's novel SHRINE for Screen Gems. Veteran screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos is set to write and direct the film as well as produce with Raimi and Rob Tapert.
The story follows a disgraced journalist who tries to resurrect his career upon discovering a series of seemingly divine miracles in a small New England town. He soon learns that the so-called miracles may have a much darker source. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HIDE AND SEEK: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jacinda Barrett, Joe Pantoliano and Mustafa Shakir will lead the cast of Joel David Moore's horror-thriller remake of the Korean hit HIDE AND SEEK for CJ Entertainment. Filming begins this week in New York City.
Moore adapted the screenplay for the socially-minded horror which nods to the crisis in affordable housing and the growing chasm between rich and poor and follows a man searching for his long-lost brother who stumbles upon a secret world of squatters terrorizing the homes of unsuspecting tenants. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- December 4, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequel: Though not officially announced yet, a sequel to this year's HALLOWEEN is all but assured. The film brought in $252 million worldwide and became the highest grossing slasher film of all time. Now John Carpenter is ready to write the music for the sure-to-be-announced sequel. In an interview with Consequence of Sound, the filmmaker and musician said he couldn't wait to compose a score for the inevitable sequel.
"We'll be ready. We've all talked about it. We'll be ready," Carpenter revealed. He's also working on another compilation, Lost Themes III, but says his band needs a bit of a break. "The group is not intensely working on anything, but we'll get back together and do some more stuff. We need to rest now after HALLOWEEN and keep out of sight. We don't need to bug anybody now." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE SHINING sequel: Director Mike Flanagan (THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE) took to Facebook to announce that production has officially wrapped on Warner Bros. Pictures' DOCTOR SLEEP, an adaptation of Stephen King's literary sequel to THE SHINING.
"So that's a wrap on DOCTOR SLEEP! It's been a long, crazy, truly unique experience. I read the novel as soon as it came out back in 2013, fascinated and moved by the epic story of Dan Torrance and Abra Stone, but I never imagined for a moment that I'd be the person to bring it to the big screen. It's been an honor to spend the last five months with this fantastic cast and crew, and to be trusted with Stephen King's extraordinary story. One of the highlights of my career, without a doubt." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** NECROLOGIES: One night, a horror-movie fan (Alexis Wawerka) sneaks into a graveyard. He is caught by a strange grave keeper (Jean-Claude Dreyfus). The young man tries to talk with him to gain some time before he calls the police. The keepershows him his "book of tombs" and tells him the most bizarre and frightening stories linked to these tombs. Six macabre stories, filled with rvil creatures and unearthly events, will lead them to the end of this dreadful night.
----- December 3rd, 2018 -----
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U: This Valentine's Day, death makes a killer comeback.
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: Actor and filmmaker John Krasinski is now just over six months into the writing process on the sequel to his acclaimed horror hit A QUIET PLACE. The first film follows a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threatens their survival. It opened in April and grossed over $334 million worldwide on a $17 million dollar budget, along with nabbing some of the best reviews of the year and the title is likely to feature on many 'Best of Year' lists. Speaking with Business Insider this week, Krasinski says the new film doesn't feel like a sequel:
"I don't even see it as a sequel. Emily [Blunt] actually blew my mind by categorizing it the correct way after I pitched it to her. She said, 'This isn't a sequel at all – this is the second book in a series of books. It's a widening of a world.' And I thought that's the best way to look at it. It doesn't feel like a sequel – it's a continuation of living in that world."
A few weeks ago in a separate interview, Krasinski saying he originally had no interest in working on the sequel until he had an idea followed it down a rabbit hole. Now he's changed his tune and is legitimately excited about where it's all going:
"I can't wait to get in there and keep writing and see what this movie wants to allow itself to be. And that will happen in the script process and the shooting and the editing. But I think what's cool about the second part of this movie is the same set of rules have to apply. I can't just introduce a world where you can make a ton of sound, and if I did, there would have to be a reason for it. So it's figuring out if there are smart and clever ways to do it."
Krasinski directed the first film and co-starred with his real-life wife Emily Blunt. Krasinski hasn't been confirmed to return as director as yet and no official production or release date for a sequel has been announced. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HELL FEST: The film now arrives to digital on December 21st on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate.
** THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: Lars von Trier's film debuted at Cannes this year to mixed reviews and a bunch of criticism about its brutality and violence. That was followed by an interesting marketing campaign that led to the announcement a few weeks ago about a unique release strategy.
IFC Films has the movie in North America and recently held a one-night-only screening of the full, uncensored director's cut of the film (the one from Cannes). That comes ahead of a trimmed by 80 seconds R-rated theatrical release along with two different versions on VOD (the director's cut if you purchase, the theatrical cut if you rent).
Now, in having done its one night only screening where it made a solid $200,000 in one night on 140 Screens, IFC has found itself in hot water for having violated some of the rules of the U.S. censors – the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
The MPAA has released a statement saying the release of an unrated director's cut so close to the film's 'official' release, and without a waiver from the group, is confusing for moviegoers and could lead to patrons mistakenly attending an unedited version thinking it's the R-rated cut.
As a result of the violation, IFC Films could find itself on the end of some fairly serious sanctions. IFC is now awaiting the decision of a hearing of the Classifications and Ratings Administration and could see the film's theatrical cut's R-rating revoked along with a several month suspension of the ratings process for other films from the distributor. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)