** HELLRAISER remake: In a recent interview with Collider, writer and producer David S. Goyer has finally opened up about Spyglass Media Group's upcoming HELLRAISER remake, confirming that production on the new horror film adaptation has already begun. Goyer also went on to described the Hulu film as "terrifying, and amazing," while also teasing the return of its "jaw-dropping," Cenobites, who are Pinhead's extra-dimensional demonic minions known for their extreme tortures of sadomasochism.
"I will say that we went back to the original novella for the source material, we're really honoring Clive's work," Goyer said. "I can say that David Bruckner is a genius. It's filming right now. The footage is terrifying and amazing, and the Cenobites are jaw-dropping." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE PURGE 6: As part of a recent interview with the Playlist Podcast, actor Frank Grillo has confirmed he's returning to the role of Leo Barnes for the upcoming sixth film in THE PURGE franchise. This year's fifth film THE FOREVER PURGE essentially seemed to end the series but filmmaker James DeMonaco admitted at the time he had an idea for a sixth one.
That seems to have flourished into a script as Grillo confirms to the podcast the film is happening and his character from the second and third films will be the focus:
"Committed! We committed to doing that – PURGE 6 with [James DeMonaco] directing. It's based on the Leo Barnes character. I'm excited. He's going to send me the script. He just finished it. So, yeah, I'm really psyched about that. I love doing the PURGE movies… I'm psyched, they called me and said James wanted to direct one more and I'm like, 'Don't even tell me. I'm in.'"
THE FOREVER PURGE opened in July and even with COVID restrictions, the film still managed to gross $77 million off an $18 million budget. It's currently available on VOD and hits disc at month's end. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY NEXT OF KIN: The upcoming seventh installment in the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise has scored the title PARANORMAL ACTIVITY NEXT OF KIN which has been granted an R rating by the MPAA "for violence and bloody images, and language throughout". The film will arrive on March 4th 2022. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SECRET OF SINCHANEE: Here's the poster for Steven Grayhm's upcoming paranormal thriller THE SECRET OF SINCHANEE. Vertical Entertainment will release the film on in select theaters, Digital HD and On Demand on October 8th. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 15, 2021 -----
** THERE'S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE: A high school senior (Sydney Park) and the rest of her new school's graduating class are being targeted by a masked killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the world. Based on The New York Times bestselling book by Stephanie Perkins. Directed by Patrick Brice.
** THE BLACK PHONE: Filmmaker Scott Derrickson's highly anticipated new horror feature THE BLACK PHON is set to have its world premiere later this month at Fantastic Fest ahead of its planned January 28th theatrical release.
In the film, a 13-year-old boy has been abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement. He soon starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims. Ethan Hawke, James Ransone, Jeremy Davies and Madeleine McGraw star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHHORII: Amazon Prime Video India has boarded CHHORII, the upcoming horror and social drama produced by CryptTV, India's Abundantia Entertainment and T-Series. The film stars Nushrratt Bharruccha in a blend of horror and social drama, telling the story of age-old societal beliefs and practices that give rise to tales of terror. Vishal Furia directed by the project, which is a remake of Furia's Marathi-language horror Lapachhapi. Mita Vashisht, Rajesh Jais and Saurabh Goyal also star. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE: Amazon Prime Video has released the official trailers for all four horror thrillers from Amazon Studios and Blumhouse Television's second installment of WELCOME TO THE BLUMHOUSE. The first two films, BINGO HELL and BLACK AS NIGHT, will be exclusively released on Prime Video on October 1, followed by MADRES and THE MANOR on October 8. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 14, 2021 -----
** DON'T BREATHE 2: Coming to 4K UHD/blu-ray on 10/26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Special features: Designing Deception (5 minutes), Friends & Filmmakers (5 minutes), Bad Man (Slang is Back) (3 minutes) and Extended Ending (1 minute).
** IN THE EARTH: Coming to Blu-ray in the UK on 10/25 (Region Free). From writer and director Ben Wheatley, IN THE EARTH is the story of a scientist and park scout who venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, the forest coming to life around them.
** RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY: The upcoming film, a whole new live-action adaptation of the horror game series, has been granted an R-rating by the MPAA due to "strong violence and gore, and language throughout". Kaya Scodelario, Avan Jogia, Tom Hopper, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Kamen and Neal McDonough co-star in the film which opens November 24th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DON'T WORRY DARLING: Actress-turned-director Olivia Wilde has confirmed a September 23rd 2022 official release date for New Line Cinema's crime drama horror DON'T WORRY DARLING. Wilde directs from a screenplay written by Katie Silberman based on a spec by Carey and Shane Van Dyke.
The psychological thriller is set in an isolated, utopian community in the 1950s California desert where a housewife uncovers a disturbing truth to her perfect life. Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, KiKi Layne, Gemma Chan, Douglas Smith and Nick Kroll star. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 13, 2021 -----
** ORPHAN FIRST KILL: Paramount Players has picked up the domestic rights to eOne and Dark Castle's horror thrillerORPHAN FIRST KILL. The film serves as a prequel to 2009's ORPHAN which was released by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Isabelle Fuhrman reprises her role from the original movie as Leena, a murderous sociopath who looks like a child due to a medical condition. Following an escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Leena comes to America impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy Connecticut family. But her new life as 'Esther' comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother (Julia Stiles) who will protect her family at any cost. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** NIGHTMARE ALLEY: Guillermo del Toro's dark thriller was originally set for a limited release on December 3rd and is now slated for a wide release on December 17th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SALEM'S LOT: New Line Cinema's adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror tale SALEM'S LOT has set a September 9, 2022 release date. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MALIGNANT: James Wan's costly $40 million horror film debuted in third place at the Box Office with just $5.57 million – soft considering horror has done fairly well during the pandemic. The film, which is also available on HBO Max, has scored good critical reviews and is being talked about for a third act twist, but audiences weren't enamored – giving the film a C CinemaScore. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com
** VHS MASSACRE TOO: Coming to Blu-ray on 1/18 from Troma. The last stand of the American exploitation film. In a post video store era, media consolidation has led to the censorship and near death of the independent and exploitation film industry. Joe Bob Briggs, Debbie Rochon, Lloyd Kaufman, and James Rolfe take us on an adventure that leads from the last Blockbuster video store in Bend Oregon to Troma Entertainment in New York, all in an effort to examine how history keeps repeating itself from the video store era to the modern streaming. This film is a follow-up to the award-winning VHS Massacre documentary.
----- September 10, 2021 -----
** I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 10/26 from Ronin Flix. This edition will feature a new 2021 4K HDR remaster done by Ronin Flix, English SDH Subtitles (feature presentations only) and all of the historical Ronin Flix Blu-ray special features.
** HALLOWEEN KILLS: Universal Pictures, Miramax, and Blumhouse have announced that the highly-anticipated HALLOWEEN KILLS: is set to debut day-and-date both in cinemas and on its Peacock streaming service on October 15th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** NO MAN OF GOD: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/25 from 101 Films. Bill Hagmaier (Elijah Wood), an agent in the FBI's Behavioural Analysis Unit, is assigned to probe the dangerous mind of convicted serial killer Ted Bundy (Luke Kirby) prior to his execution. Considered by his superiors to have little chance of gaining insight into the motives and actions of the guarded and evasive Bundy, Hagmaier nonetheless establishes a rapport with the killer, but with time running out before Bundy is given the chair, can Hagmaier get the answers he's looking for and gain closure for the victims' families?
** MODERN VAMPIRES: Coming soon to Blu-ray from Ronin Flix. A borderline fascistic Dr. Van Helsing unwittingly hires crack smoking gang-bangers to pursue the decadent vampires who secretly control Hollywood and the United States.
** FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: The series returns October 17th.
----- September 9, 2021 -----
** LAST NIGHT IN SOHO: Dreams really do come true. From the imagination of Edgar Wright, LAST NIGHT IN SOHO is only in theaters October 29th.
** MIDNIGHT MASS: This little island, so sleepy it might be dead. The isolated community on Crockett Island experiences miraculous events - and frightening omens – following the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. An original series from Mike Flanagan come to Netflix on September, 24th.
** THE NIGHT HOUSE: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/19. Special Features: What Happens at the Lake House – Take a deep dive with director David Bruckner and the cast to unearth the secrets of The Night House. From the design of the mind-bending set, to Rebecca Hall's haunted performance, witness how this chilling mystery was brought to life. Optional English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature.
** THE MONSTER: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/11 from Network Distributing in the UK. Also known as I DON'T WANT TO BE BORN, SHARON'S BABY and THE DEVIL WHITHIN HER.
----- September 8, 2021 -----
** BEYOND THE DOOR sequel EMBRYO: Back in 1974, director Ovidio G. Assonitis and actress Juliet Mills teamed up for the supernatural horror film BEYOND THE DOOR. Although two sequels to BEYOND THE DOOR have been released in the years since, both were sequels in name only; in fact, they were both original films that simply had the BEYOND THE DOOR title slapped on them by distributors. But now, 47 years later, Beyond the Door is set to receive a proper sequel, as Assonitis and Mills are re-teaming for BEYOND THE DOOR EMBRYO.
Thirty years after the events of the original and will see Mills reprise her role as Jessica Barrett. Her daughter — one of the twins born in the first movie — finds herself pregnant and fears, like her mother, that the true father might actually be the devil. Assonitis has written the screenplay for the sequel and will be producing it, with the hope being that it will go into production sometime next year. (thanks to JoBlo.com)
** KRAMPUS 4K UHD: The response to our recent announcement our upcoming UHD/Blu-ray was so positive and overwhelming that director Michael Dougherty kindly asked for a little more time to work on the release, which of course we agreed to! The new release date is December 7th and will be worth it.
** CANDYMAN: Nia DaCosta's reboot took the second spot at the Box Office with $10.5 million over the three day and an estimated $13.4 million across four days. That three-day is a drop of around 53% which is very solid for a horror movie. The film is headd well into profit – its domestic total of $41.9 million is way ahead of the movie's $25 million production budget. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 6, 2021 -----
** CENSOR 4K UHD: In association with Magnolia Pictures, Vinegar Syndrome will present the world 4K UHD Home Video debut of Prano Bailey-Bond's critically acclaimed, stunningly beautiful, and highly unnerving 35mm lensed psychological horror thriller, CENSOR, which includes stock footage from the Vinegar Syndrome vault including FROZEN SCREAM!
** COMING HOME IN THE DARK: Coming to Blu-ray on 11/9. A family's outing descends into terror when teacher Alan Hoaganraad, his wife Jill and stepsons Maika and Jordon explore an isolated coastline. An unexpected meeting with a pair of drifters – the enigmatic psychopath Mandrake and his accomplice Tubs – thrusts the family into a nightmare after the duo kidnaps them and embarks on a road trip to hell.
** CREEPSHOW Season 3: CREEPSHOW, the anthology series based on the 1982 horror comedy classic, is still the most fun you'll ever have being scared! A comic book comes to life in a series of vignettes, exploring terrors ranging from murder, creatures, monsters, and delusions to the supernatural and unexplainable. You never know what will be on the next page. Season 3 premieres September 23 on Shudder.
** MARTYRS LANE: In this unsettling ghost story, Leah, 10, lives in a large, old house with her family but can't quite work out why her mother seems so distant. At night she is visited by a mysterious guest, who might be able to give her some answers. With a new challenge every night, Leah is rewarded with bits of knowledge that, when pieced together, threaten to shine a dangerous light on both the truth in her nightmares and of the world she lives in. Written and directed by Ruth Platt. Starring Denise Gough, Anastasia Hille and Steven Cree. Premieres September 9 on Shudder.
** SÉANCE: Camille Meadows (Suki Waterhouse) is the new girl at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls. Soon after her arrival, six girls invite her to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts their halls. But before morning, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they may have awakened. Written and directed by Simon Barrett. Premieres Sept. 29 on Shudder.
----- September 2nd, 2021 -----
** MALIGNANT: From the director of THE CONJURING comes a new vision of terror. See MALIGNANT in theaters and streaming on HBO Max September 10th.
** CENSOR: Prano Bailey-Bond and her film CENSOR have appreciated enormous success since its world premiere at Sundance at the beginning of the year. Earlier this week, on home turf at FrightFest, Bond was awarded the 2021 Screen Genre Rising Star Award. Bond adds the win to the Méliès d'Argent she won at Imagine, the Denis-de-Rougemont Youth Award at Neuchâtel and Directors to Watch at Palm Springs. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** CUCKOO: NEON's upcoming horror feature CUCKOO has added four cast members to its ensemble with Oscar nominee and Emmy winner John Malkovich, Gemma Chan , Hunter Schafer, and Sofia Boutella set to headline the project. Details on the film are being kept under wraps. NEON will finance the project, which is expected to begin filming in April 2022. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PARANORMAL ACTIVITY reboot: Paramount Players have moved up the release of the new PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movie. Originally slated for an early 2022 release, the project will now be dropping in the next few weeks according to ViacomCBS Streaming's Chief Programming Officer Tanya Giles.
Giles says in a statement to the Deadline web site that both this "unexpected reimagining of the beloved horror franchise" and a documentary about the film's making will both be coming exclusively to the Paramount+ service "in time for Halloween".
Franchise producer Jason Blum has previously teased the new film is going to be effectively a complete reboot, saying: "I thought if you were going to re-do it, you better really re-do it, not try and expand what we did all those years ago."
Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert, and Henry Ayres-Brown star in the film which hails from director Will Eubank (UNDERWATER) and writer Christopher Landon (HAPPY DEATH DAY). (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Terror Vision releases: Here's the upcoming Blu-ray releases from Terror Vision.
KILLING SPREE (1987) – Blu-ray – Release date TBA
"A man suspects his wife of adultery and goes on a killing spree, eliminating all he believes are sleeping with her, but his victims don't stay dead
VIDEO VIOLENCE (1987) – Blu-ray – Release date TBA
"A husband and wife open a video store in a new town, and come to find out that the locals only rent horror films and the "occasional triple X'er", and make their own snuff videos."
NORWAY (2014) – Blu-ray – available in December
"Photophobic Zano arrives in the city for the very first time. The year is 1984 and Athens beckons. A vampire and a fine dancer, Zano quickly gets devoured by the dark underbelly of the capital city. All he really wants is a "warm" girl."
----- September 1st, 2021 -----
** TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: The next thundering roar of the chainsaw movie audiences will hear will be from Netflix. The streaming giant has picked up global rights to the latest installment of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE from Legendary Pictures.
David Blue Garcia directed the horror movie, which shot last year in Bulgaria and is produced by filmmaker Fede Alvarez and Rodolfo Sayagues via their Bad Hombre banner, as well as Kim Henkel, Ian Henkel, and Pat Cassidy of Exurbia Films, and Legendary Pictures.
The new movie takes place years after the shocking events of the original, in a setting where Leatherface hasn't been seen or heard from since. Per Netflix and Legendary, the film seeks to pick up where the Hooper and Kim Henkel film initially left off, bringing the most notorious horror franchise back to life in the same bold and provocative manner that it was first introduced to the world. (thanks to TheHollywoodReporter.com)
** KRAMPUS 4K UHD: We're celebrating Christmas a little early with our special announcement of Director Michael Dougherty's holiday horror hit KRAMPUS: THE NAUGHTY CUT—coming soon from us on 4K UHD & Blu-ray. National street date for North America (Region A) is Nov 16th. This will be presented as a Collector's Edition and will come guaranteed with a slipcover in its first three months of release.
** ELVIRA'S HAUNTED HILLS: The upcoming Blu-ray release will feature a brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative, new introduction by Elvira, Mistress of The Dark, audio commentary with actors Cassandra Peterson, Mary Scheer, Mary Jo Smith And Scott Atkinson, and Director Sam Irvin. Making-Of featurette, "Transylvania Or Bust" featurette, Elvira in Romania featurette, interview with actor Richard O'Brien, outtakes, photo gallery and optional English SDH subtitles for the main feature.
** RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY: The first photos have been released from RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY, the upcoming live-action reboot of the RESIDENT EVIL film franchise. IGN has premiered the first photos from the Johannes Roberts-directed film which aims to return to the 'terrifying roots' of the original games – particularly the first two – and essentially ignore the Milla Jovovich-led films.
The new film is set in 1998. Raccoon City was once the booming home of pharmaceutical giant Umbrella Corporation and is now a dying Midwestern town. The company's exodus left the city a wasteland… with great evil brewing below the surface. When that evil is unleashed, the townspeople are forever changed… and a small group of survivors must work together to uncover the truth behind Umbrella and make it through the night.
The cast includes Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Avan Jogia as Leon S. Kennedy, Hannah John-Kamen as Jill Valentine, Tom Hopper as Albert Wesker, Neal McDonough as William Birkin, Donal Logue as Chief Irons, Nathan Dales as Brad Vickers and Marina Mazepa as a terrifying Lisa Trevor. RESIDENT EVIL WELCOME TO RACCOON CITY will be releasing in cinemas on November 24th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)