** OVERLORD: Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot have released the first trailer. The film is coming to theaters on November 9, and its directed by Julius Avery and is based on an original idea by THE HUNGER GAMES screenwriter Billy Ray and J.J. Abrams. In the film, 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 as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation.
** RABID remake: Fangoria announced via Twitter that production on RABID has officially started, a remake of David Cronenberg's film of the same name released in 1977. It will be directed by the Soska Sisters (AMERICAN MARY). The remake has already been sold to 101 FILMS in the UK, Shout! Studios in the US and A71 in Canada. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** CREEPSHOW TV series: Entertainment Weekly is reporting that make-up legend and THE WALKING DEAD executive producer Greg Nicotero is bringing George A. Romero and Stephen King's classic 1982 anthology film CREEPSHOW to the small screen via the horror streaming service Shudder. Nicotero will direct, executive-produce and supervise creative elements on the CREEPSHOW TV series.
Nicotero met his makeup effects mentor Tom Savini during a Pittsburgh set visit to CREEPSHOW, and later did makeup for Romero films such as DAY OF THE DEAD, MONKEY SHINES and LAND OF THE DEAD.
"CREEPSHOW is a project very close to my heart!" said Nicotero. "It is one of those titles that embraces the true spirit of horror… thrills and chills celebrated in one of its truest art forms, the comic book come to life! I'm honored to continue the tradition in the 'spirit' which it was created."
"CREEPSHOW is one of the most beloved and iconic horror anthologies from two masters of the genre, George A. Romero and Stephen King," Shudder general manager Craig Engler stated. "We're thrilled to continue their legacy with another master of horror, Greg Nicotero, as we bring a new CREEPSHOW TV series exclusively to Shudder members." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: Here's the full trailer!
** THE FOREST OF THE LOST SOULS: The psychological "coming of age" horror film, written and directed by directed by José Pedro Lopes, marks Wild Eye Releasing's first theatrical release. The film, which had its world premiere at the Fantasporto Film Festival on February 26, 2017, is scheduled to open in August.
----- July 20, 2018 -----
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Filming only began a few weeks ago on IT CHAPTER TWO, yet New Line Cinema showcased a brief behind-the-scenes featurette at a special screening at San Diego Comic-Con last night. The clip reportedly showed off a few new shots of Bill Skarsgaard as Pennywise the Clown, concept art showing some of his new guises including a withered old man and a giant blob, a shot of Bill Hader's Richie Tozier looking utterly terrified, and a few sound bites from people involved including director Andy Muschietti.
One very brief clip was shown, a glimpse of the scene in which the Losers' Club reunite after 27 years at dinner in a Chinese restaurant – a dinner that famously gets twisted into something quite dark. IT CHAPTER TWO opens on September 6th 2019. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANNABELLE 3: Filmmaker James Wan and IT and ANNABELLE CREATION scribe Gary Dauberman were on hand to confirm that a third ANNABELLE movie is in the works with Dauberman both penning and making his directorial debut. Dauberman said:
"I'm still finalizing the script, but it really picks up with the Warrens bringing ANNABELLE to the place where it can really no longer wreak havoc, which is their artifact room. But, of course, it turns out she can also wreak havoc there. And she really awakens the evil within that room and they target the Warrens' 10-year-old daughter, Judy. So, that's the set-up."
Wan then added a comparison that encapsulates the idea more simply: "ANNABELLE basically activates all the other haunted artifacts in that room. So, it's basically A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, with ANNABELLE!". This September sees the next THE CONJURING spin-off, THE NUN hit cinemas with plans still in place for a third THE CONJURING sometime down the line. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD Season 9: Here's the official San Diego Comic-Con teaser!
** CASTLE ROCK: A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, CASTLE ROCK combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King's literary career: CUJO, THE DARK HALF, IT and NEEDFUL THINGS, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. CASTLE ROCK is an original suspense/thriller — a first-of-its-kind reimagining that explores the themes and worlds uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: Here's the third teaser trailer!
----- July 19, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Here's a crazy cool San Diego Comic Con poster by acclaimed artist Bill Sienkiewicz. The Shape returns October 19th.
** THE NUN: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film, which is set for release on September 7.
** THE DEAD DON'T DIE: Focus Features has announced that Jim Jarmusch's new zombie comedy THE DEAD DON'T DIE has begun production. This is writer/director's third collaboration with Focus.
The cast is led by many past Jarmusch collaborators, including Academy Award nominee Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Academy-Award nominee Chloë Sevigny, Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, as well as Selena Gomez in her first Jarmusch feature. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DON'T LEAVE HOME: After recently unveiling her new sculptural exhibit on Irish urban legends, artist Melanie Thomas is contacted by Father Alistair Burke, a reclusive Irish priest who, legend has it, once painted the portrait of a young girl who later disappeared on the very day her image vanished from the painting. Now, summoned by Burke and his cohort to the Irish countryside for a special art commission, Melanie eagerly accepts the offer, never stopping to consider that some urban legends might be true. Being praised as "GET OUT with Catholic guilt in the Irish countryside" (Indiewire), DON'T LEAVE HOME proves that not all mysteries should be solved.
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: The upcoming film will be released by Universal Pictures in North America on January 18, 2019, and by Buena Vista International abroad.
** Flesh and Blood The Hammer Heritage of Horror: Explore the most legendary horror studio of all time with this fascinating, frightening journey hosted by terror titans Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. England's most successful independent film company, the "fear factory" of Hammer Studios, has a history filled with feuds, censorship battles and streaks of luck both good and bad.
Now the legacy of horror returns, featuring interviews with such Hammer legends as Raquel Welch, Veronica Carlson, Caroline Munro, Ingrid Pitt, Jimmy Sangster, Hazel Court, Martine Beswicke, Freddie Francis, Val Guest and Ray Harryhausen. This DVD also includes behind-the-scenes home movies and nonstop shock scenes from over 40 classic films.
----- July 18, 2018 -----
** AMERICAN PSYCHO: The cult favorite slasher comes to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (Plus Blu-ray and Digital) on September 25 from Lionsgate. I introduce to you Patrick Bateman, a wealthy bachelor who enjoys clubbing, having 5-star dinners, and killing sprees!
- New Audio Commentary with writer/director Mary Harron
- Previously Recorded Audio Commentary with writer/director Mary Harron
- Audio Commentary with writer Guinevere Turner
- Deleted Scenes with optional director Audio Commentary
- "The '80s: Downtown" Featurette
- "American Psycho: From Book to Screen" Featurette
** HEREDITARY: Lionsgate is proud to announce HEREDITARY starring Academy Award nominated Toni Collette, arriving on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and DVD on September 4. When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.
- Deleted Scenes
- "Cursed: The True Nature of Hereditary" Featurette
- "Evil in Miniature" Photo Gallery
** Timo Tjahjanto's MAY THE DEVIL TAKE YOU: Alfie, a troubled young woman reluctantly reunites with her estranged father. Discovering that her coma-induced father has been hit by an unexplained disease, she herself starts to experience supernatural occurences. Alfie and her step siblings then venture into her father's abandoned villa; a place that might hold the answer to what has happened. Soon, they discover something terrifying, unwittingly unleashing a malevolent spirit that will send them into the edge of mayhem and despair.
** THE CRESCENT: The film follows a mother and her toddler son as they struggle to find spiritual healing after an unexpected death in the family. As they attempt to rebuild their bond, a mysterious force from the sea begins to haunt them. The film is a transcendent look at loss, grief and single parenting, told through the entrancing art of marbling and the eyes of a two-year-old.
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: The upcoming film will be released by Universal Pictures in North America on January 18, 2019, and by Buena Vista International abroad.
----- July 17, 2018 -----
** David Cronenberg on cinema: The amazing Canadian director recently received an honorary degree from OCAD University during which he gave a speech and ruminated upon the future of cinema and unlike some of the others, he has every intention of adapting as opposed to being rendered obsolete. Here's an excerpt via The Globe and Mail (via The Playlist):
"The painter Willem de Kooning said: 'Flesh is the reason oil paint was invented.' I say, the human body is the reason the cinema was invented. The face, the body, is its true subject, the most photographed object in cinema. Cinema is the body.
I'm here today because I've made some movies. However, because of the internet, Netflix, streaming, cinema is dissolving, the big screen is shattering into many little screens, and this is causing much stress amongst movie-nostalgia hardliners.
It does not matter to me. In fact, it pleases me. Because the human body is evolving, changing, and since the cinema is body, it makes sense that the cinema is changing, evolving as well. If movies disappeared overnight, I would not care. The cinema is not my life. Your art form cannot be your life. To say that it is, to make it be that, is to evade life itself. However, you will not do that, will you? No, I'm sure you won't." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPAWN: The Deadline web site reports that Jeremy Renner has officially joined the cast of the new SPAWN movie from Blumhouse Productions and Todd McFarlane. Renner will take on the role of Detective 'Twitch' Williams, the egg-headed private investigator that crosses paths with the demonic superhero from time to time. Jamie Foxx will take on the title role of Spawn for the reboot.
"As a first time director, I wanted to surround myself with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts," McFarlane said. "I was lucky enough to land Jason Blum and then Jamie Foxx, and I knew the person on screen the most is this police officer, Twitch Williams. We needed as strong a person as possible because he will be the face of the film. I took my naïve Hollywood approach again, and said let's start at the top and work down. Jeremy was at the top. I'm a huge fan of his. The character doesn't need to be a bodybuilder or GQ handsome. I was looking for somebody who's a person you've met before; I needed someone who can pull off the grief of an average human being. I've seen Jeremy do that in more than a few of his movies. He was at the top of my list, just like Jamie."
Producer Jason Blum added: "Jeremy is the ideal choice for Twitch Williams. He radiates honesty, intelligence and a hard-working, everyman charisma, the same qualities that make Twitch such a compelling character." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Rob Zombie's THREE FROM HELL: Here's a new poster for the sequel to 2005's THE DEVIL'S REJECTS, itself a sequel to Zombie's feature film debut, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES. The three characters went down in a blaze of glory at the end of the previous movie, ending plans for a continuing series at Lionsgate, which was eager in the mid-2000s for more horror franchises. It remains to be seen when the film will arrive in theaters or how the Firefly family will return from the grave.
THE DEVIL'S REJECTS grossed $17 million on a $7 million dollar budget back in 2005, and was a tremendous success on DVD. HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES grossed $12 million in 2003 after being first produced in 2000 for Universal and shelved for three years. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE MEG: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film.
----- July 16, 2018 -----
** HALLOWEEN: Here's a new poster from the highly anticipated sequel reboot remake.
** ZOMBIELAND 2: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the long-awaited sequel will finally come to fruition with all four original cast members returning. Production is set to begin in January 2019 with a release date scheduled for October 2019, just in time for the 10th anniversary of the original film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** UNFRIENDED DARK WEB: Here's a new trailer!
** GHOUL: Netflix and Blumhouse have announced that their new horror series GHOUL, an original Indian series, will be launched worldwide on the streaming service on August 24. The series will consist of 3 episodes and is produced by by Blumhouse, Ivanhoe Pictures, and Phantom Films.
Starring Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul, Ghoul is a chilling series about a prisoner who arrives at a remote military interrogation center and turns the tables on his interrogators, exposing their most shameful secrets. You can fight the demons of this world but what about the ones that aren't?
Netflix Director of International Originals Simran Sethi, said, "GHOUL is a thrilling horror series, both frightening and insightful. Its high production value, a chilling performance from Radhika Apte, and quality writing are sure to scare Indian and global audiences alike."
Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions added, "It has been a great experience working closely with Netflix and our partners at Phantom and Ivanhoe to produce GHOUL. This is Blumhouse's first foray into the horror genre in India and we're excited to share this project with horror enthusiasts around the world." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- July 6, 2018 -----
** SPAWN: Jeremy Renner could be geeking it up shortly with a new report indicating he's in line to play one of the lead characters in the upcoming SPAWN film at Blumhouse. That Hashtag Show, who first broke the news of Jamie Foxx's casting as the titular soldier of hell from the comics, indicates that THE AVENGERS actor is apparently up for the role of Detective Twitch Williams.
Twitch teams up with the supernatural antihero to track down his daughter's killer in the film. SPAWN creator and the film's director Todd MacFarlane has indicated in recent years this take on Spawn will use the titular character sparingly with Twitch to essentially serve as the lead. The project would mark the third major screen adaptation of the character following 1997's not well-regarded live-action film from New Line, and 1999's acclaimed HBO adult animated series. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Creator Don Mancini and producer David Kirschner, have declined involvement with the film remake and are instead focusing on the CHILD'S PLAY TV series. Its also confirmed that Brad Dourif, the voice behind the killer doll, will be returning as Chucky in the series and will not be involved with MGM's reboot. (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** THE MEG: Here's a clip from the upcoming film, which will debut in theaters on August 10, 2018.
----- July 5, 2018 -----
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Lars Klevberg (POLAROID) is set to direct the horror reboot from a script written by Tyler Burton (KUNG FURY 2) for MGM. David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith (IT) will produce. According to the Collider web site, the film will be a contemporary reboot involving a group of kids and a technologically-advanced doll in their world.
It remains to be seen how the big screen remake of the first film will factor into the franchise moving forward as the in-development TV series is set to continue the plot threads from the most recent film. Production on the CHILD'S PLAY remake is will begin this September in Vancouver. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE MEG: Here's another new poster for the upcoming film.
----- July 4, 2018 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13TH: The "FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise is in a state of limbo right now as the legal battle between producer Sean Cunningham and FRIDAY THE 13TH writer Victor Miller has yet to be settled. Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line currently have the distribution rights should another film go ahead, but we're a while off from that happening. Platinum Dunes, who produced the 2009 reboot of the series, has been trying to get further installments off the ground but never got them to work.
Despite the additional legal hurdles they face though, producer Andrew Form tells We Got This Covered that Platinum Dunes is still committed with keeping the franchise alive: "There's a lawsuit going on and the rights are a little messed up. But rest assured, we are doing everything we can to be involved with that and we wholeheartedly believe that another version, another incarnation of FRIDAY THE 13TH, needs to be made and brought out to the world.
We're gonna do everything we can to do it. Every year, we look at the schedule and say, 'When's the next FRIDAY THE 13TH? When can we have a movie ready?' We love Jason and we hope we can make another one. FRIDAY THE 13TH is the one for us, because we were so close to filming that version about a year and a half ago, and we loved the screenplay we had and we were so close on that one. I think that's the one out of everything we've done in the past… I think Jason is the one right now for us that we'd love to get our hands on."
The lawsuit is having an impact elsewhere with the recent FRIDAY THE 13TH video game cancelling all future DLC because of ongoing legal issues. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SUSPIRIA remake: One of the film's stars, Chloe Grace Moretz, has sung its praises and now it seems Luca Guadagnino's remake of the famed Dario Argento horror classic SUSPIRIA has another big fan – Quentin Tarantino. Guadagnino, coming off the big success of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, gave a recent interview to Italian outlet La Repubblica (via Screen Crush) and revealed he had shown Tarantino the new take on supernatural classic. The PULP FICTION filmmaker's reaction may not be what you expect:
"We've been friends since our jury duty at the Venice Film Festival. I was nervous but eager to hear his advice. We saw it at his place and his reaction warmed me. He was enthusiastic about it, in the end he was crying and hugged me. Because it's a horror movie but also a melodrama, my goal was to make you look at the horror without being able to take [your eyes off the screen] because you're captivated by the characters. Amazon is very happy."
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Mia Goth also star in the new SUSPIRIA which opens November 2nd via Amazon Studios. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LIFECHANGER: A murderous shapeshifter sets out on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves. Directed by Justin McConnell. Premiering July 20th, Fantasia Film Festival, International Premiere Frightfest London in August.
** THE FIRST PURGE: In theaters July 4. Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: THE FIRST PURGE.
** THE MEG: Here's two cool new poster for the upcoming film, which is due out in cinemas on August 10th.
----- July 3rd, 2018 -----
** SUSPIRIA remake: Actress Chloe Grace Moretz, spoke about her role in the film this week. Appearing at the Provincetown Film Festival, Moretz says asked to describe the film to which she responded: "This is a really big statement, but this is the closest to modern Stanley Kubrick I've ever seen. You're put into a world, which I can only describe it as being like THE SHINING in a lot of ways, where you're just encompassed in a filmmaker's brain and you're just implanted in there, and there's nothing like it that you will ever see."
Moretz plays a young woman named Patricia Hingle in the film, a girl seemingly on the run for much of it. Describing her character she says: "Here's the thing, it's so secretive that it's super locked down. It's secretive and I want it to be secretive because you guys are gonna be so shocked. It is WILD. It's crazy. I can say this, I speak German mainly in the movie. So you won't recognize me very well. I seem like a different person and I sound like a different person."
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, and Mia Goth also star in the film which opens November 2nd. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Stephen King's FIRESTARTER remake: Variety reports that the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's FIRESTARTER from Blumhouse and Universal has found its director in German filmmaker Fatih Akin. Akin is best known for IN THE FADE, the 2018 Golden Globe winner for "Best Foreign Language Film", as well as having won the Cannes' best screenplay award for THE EDGE OF HEAVEN. Akin will replace Akiva Goldsman, the Academy Award winning screenwriter behind A BEAUTIFUL MIND, who was reported to be directing the film last year.
Scott Teems (NARCOS) has already been tapped to write the screenplay adaption of the 1980 Stephen King novel about a young girl that can create fires with her mind as a result of secret experiments performed on her parents. In the story, the girl is forced to flee from a secretive group that wants to use her abilities, known only as "The Shop." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE PURGE TV series: USA Networks has revealed the first trailer for the upcoming THE PURGE TV series, from Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions THE PURGE will premiere Tuesday, September 4 at 10/9c on USA Network. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WELLINGTON PARANORMAL TV series: Sergeant Ruawai Maaka of the Wellington Police enlists the aid of Officers Minogue and O'Leary to tackle paranormal events in New Zealand's capital city. In a police reality show style, the 6 part series follows these kiwi cops as they investigate cases such as the demon possession of a teenager, a noise complaint at a haunted house and a blood bank robbery.
----- July 2nd, 2018 -----
** SUMMER OF '84: The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous. From the creators of TURBO KID! SUMMER OF '84 - In Select Theaters Starting August 10th.
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: It saved Paramount's bacon this year, and thankfully the studio knows not to rush things when it comes to maximising the success of John Krasinski's film. The film, which Krasinski both directed and co-starred in with his wife Emily Blunt, followed a family living a near silent life in a world where sound-sensitive creatures attack anything that makes loud noises, has grossed over $328 million worldwide along with some of the year's best reviews.
Almost immediately after release, talk of a follow-up began but Krasinski is busy with other directorial projects in the works and filming commitments on Amazon's JACK RYAN series which is about to begin production of its second season (the first debuts in August). Thankfully producer Andrew Form, speaking with Collider, says Paramount has every intention of not proceeding until Krasinski is ready:
"Oh [Krasinski is] definitely involved. We're lucky on this one. I've had movies where the studio says to you, 'Here's your date. Let's go!' and on this one we're not rushing anything, which is amazing. So we're gonna take our time, we're gonna figure out where to go, but there is no rush on it and we're just starting to talk about it. We're figuring out what everyone's involvement's gonna be and what the actual next movie's gonna be.
The first one is so special to us that we really want to take our time with this and not rush anything. It's such a special movie to us, the experience and everything. It's easy to rush these and we've made movies in the past where we've rushed them through and we've felt it, and we just don't wanna do it on this one. We really don't. We really just wanna take our time and as long as it takes, it takes. It has to be the right story, just like the first one. It just has to be." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE MONSTER SQUAD documentary WOLFMAN'S GOT NARDS: This heartfelt documentary explores the power of cult film told through the lens of the 1987 classic THE MONSTER SQUAD and the impact it has on fans, cast and crew, and the industry.
** M. Night Shyamalan's GLASS: Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has surprised us with Touchstone Pictures releasing the first teaser poster for GLASS, his upcoming film which serves as a sequel to both 2000's UNBREAKABLE and last year's SPLIT.
The story brings back Bruce Willis as former college football prodigy turned invulnerable and superstrong David Dunn, Samuel L. Jackson as fragile supervillain Elijah 'Mr. Glass' Price, and James McAvoy's dissociative identity ridden Kevin Wendell Crumb (aka. The Beast). Shyamalan says the film is set to have a panel at Comic-Con on July 20th with the first trailer likely to debut there. GLASS opens in cinemas on January 18th 2019. (thanks to DarkHoizons.com)