** IT COMES AT NIGHT: 17-year-old Travis, secure within a desolate home with his protective and heavily armed parents (Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo), watches his world abruptly change with the arrival of a desperate couple (Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough) and their young child. Panic and mistrust grow as the dangers of the outside world creep ever closer… but they may be nothing compared to the dangers within. Coming to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 12 from Lionsgate.
** DEMENTIA 13 remake: Chiller Films have announced that they will be releasing a remake of the Francis Ford Coppola film in theaters on October 6, 2017 and on VOD and Digital HD on October 10, 2017. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE VAULT: Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem ensues when the defiant bank manager sends them to a basement-level vault—home to something truly evil.
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** MY FRIEND DAHMER: Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
** Stephen King's IT: Stephen King's iconic work is such a dense and sprawling novel that doing it in a single film is near impossible. Warner Bros. Pictures realized this when planning the upcoming film adaptation, and so decided to split it into two.
The story is set in a small town in Maine, where seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a child-eating, sewer-dwelling monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). Much like the mini-series adaptation, the film was going to have the kids as the focus of the first film and the adult versions of those characters the focus of the second. However, talk of the second film seemingly dried up once production began last year.
Finally, a month-and-a-half out from the release of the first film, director Andres Muschietti has gone on the record about the second film and offers an update on plans for it. He tells Variety today: "We are doing that [two films]. We'll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids."
By that schedule filming would begin mid-2018. The first IT began filming June 2016 which would suggest the second film could be released on the same weekend as the first film but in 2019.
Muschietti also addressed the only major concern that has been raised by the very well-received first trailer – that is the film's handling of Pennywise. Judging by the footage so far he's only been seen as a mute and creepy presence, but the helmer says you'll also see the cute side to the character: "I wanted to stay true to the essence of the character. I knew that I didn't want to go the road of Tim Curry [who played Pennywise in the TV miniseries]. Bill Skarsgard caught my attention. The character has a childish and sweet demeanour, but there's something very off about him. Bill has that balance in him. He can be sweet and cute, but he can be pretty disturbing."
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor also star in the first film which opens September 8th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: Here's two new posters for the upcoming film.
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** STRANGER THINGS Season 2 trailer: It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon 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.
** VAN HELSING: The upcoming reboot that will be a part of Universal Pictures' Dark Universe initiative is still going ahead. The studio is pressing forward with it, despite the underperformance of THE MUMMY reboot which took in $390 million worldwide.
The trade says because of that, the studio will be putting more time toward script development on Dark Universe movies and are also said to be eyeing Channing Tatum for the VAN HELSING movie as that project's script is now undergoing a final polish. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** GHOST HOUSE: A young couple, Jim and Julie, are vacationing in Thailand where Julie falls in love with photographing small shrines called "Ghost Houses" that are believed to give spirits shelter and comfort. A couple of British travelers take them into the countryside with the promise of showing Jim and Julie a ghost house graveyard where many of the shrines are discarded. After leaving the graveyard with a souvenir, Julie is increasingly plagued by visits from a malevolent spirit that threatens both her sanity and her life. After Julie is literally frozen in a state of terror, Jim must find a way to lift the curse before he loses Julie to the ghost world forever.
** PLAYING WITH DOLLS HAVOC: Here's the trailer for the just released new horror flick. When serial killer Havoc escapes from his prison, there is no holding back. He descends upon unsuspecting lovers in their cabin get away. The world's most brutal killer is loose and his thirst for blood cannot be stopped.
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** JIGSAW: Here's the poster for the upcoming film. One of the highest grossing horror franchises of all time is back, taking the Jigsaw killer's signature brand of twisted scenarios to the next level.
** THE PURGE 4: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has found a director in Gerard McMurray, who helmed the Sundance favorite hazing drama BURNING SANDS that debuted on Netflix in March. Titled THE PURGE THE ISLAND, the fourth installment will be released on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MOTHER: Darren Aronofsky's horror film had been pushed up a month from October 13th to September 15th. The film is about a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
** THE WALKING DEAD: It's all-out war in Season 8. Don't miss the Season 8 Premiere of THE WALKING DEAD, Sunday, October 22 at 9/8c on AMC.
----- July 21, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: Here's the trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to SAW.
** THE WALKING DEAD Season 8: AMC has released special Comic-Con art for THE WALKING DEAD, confirming that the show's 8th season and 100th episode will premiere on Sunday, October 22nd.
** INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS remake: According to the Deadline web site, Warner Bros. Pictures has hired hot screenwriter David Leslie Johnson of THE CONJURING 2 and the in-development THE CONJURING 3 to pen the latest Body Snatchers remake. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world's most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
----- July 20, 2017 -----
** LAISSEZ BRONZER LES CADAVRES: Here's the ultra cool poster for the next film from the directors of AMER and THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODIES TEARS.
** DEATH NOTE: Netflix has released the final poster in their series of DEATH NOTE character posters, this one featuring Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton. Mia is the high school girlfriend of Light Turner, who embarks on a crusade alongside him to rid the world of evil with the Death Note. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE SNOWMAN: From director Tomas Alfredson (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN). Michael Fassbender plays a detective investigating the disappearance of a victim during the first snow of winter. He fears an elusive serial killer may be active again and with the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, Chloe Sevigny, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, James D'Arcy and Jamie Clayton also star. The film is slated for an October 20th release.
** THE SHAPE OF WATER: From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.
----- July 18, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: From the directors of INSIDE. The story will follow the titular character's evolution from teenage psychopath to face-removing cannibal. The catch is you have to guess which one as the story begins with a quartet of escaped criminally-insane mental patients and the nurse that they take hostage. The film premieres on DirecTV on September 21st followed by a limited theatrical release and wide VOD release on October 20th.
** DEATH NOTE: Here's a new poster for the upcoming Netflix film. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, DEATH NOTE follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
----- July 17, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: Lionsgate (via Entertainment Weekly) has released a new photo from JIGSAW, the eighth film in the Saw horror franchise (formerly titled SAW LEGACY).
"Bodies are turning up, and they're linked to Jigsaw — or a Jigsaw copycat," said Peter Spierig. "The DNA of Tobin Bell is all over this film."
"We've got some pretty wild traps in the film — we don't shy away from the gore," says Michael Spierig. "It's such a perfect Halloween scarefest. It's perhaps not quite as vicious and more fun, which is something we tried to inject into it. But it's still full of good fun gore, that's for sure. And, on top of that, it's got a really great mystery, and there's very interesting twists. It's SAW for 2017."
JIGSAW will arrive just ahead of Halloween, debuting on October 27. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** 1974: Broad Green Pictures has announced plans for 1974, Casey La Scala's horror film inspired by true events about the house at the center of the famed AMITYVILLE HORROR. The house was host to one of the grisliest murders in American history when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family. A year later, a family moved into the house and then fled due to what was claimed to be paranormal activity.
Eli Roth and Todd Garner will produce and a production start date is still being determined. Numerous films about the incident have been made from 1979's original hit to the 2005 reboot with Ryan Reynolds. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 16, 2017 -----
** Rest in peace George A. Romero: Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has died at 77, his family said.
Romero died today in his sleep following a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer," according to a statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. Romero died while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952's THE QUIET MAN, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said.
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