** CUBE remake: Lionsgate is reportedly starting over on its planned remake of Vincenzo Natali's 1997 microbudget sci-fi/horror cult classic CUBE.
The studio is reportedly scrapping never-realized plans it outlined in 2015 and accepting new pitches for the rebooted take on CUBE. Roy Lee and Jon Spaihts were originally linked to produce. The original followed five strangers trapped in a series of seemingly endless trap-rigged cubes. It was enough of a success to spawn a sequel and a prequel and more recently a Japanese remake released last year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com & Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** Vinegar Syndrome update: The rest of 2022 will only up the ante with Blu-ray debuts of SHRIEK OF THE MUTILATED, more 80s horror, more Hong Kong genre cinema, our first Jess Franco release, more Euro-horror, further installments of Forgotten Gialli and Home Grown Horror (slasher edition!), and UHD debuts of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE II along with plenty of other horror and exploitation treats on Blu-ray and UHD.
** HUESERA: In HUESERA, Valeria's (Natalia Solián) joy at becoming pregnant with her first child is quickly taken away when she's cursed by a sinister entity. As danger closes in and relationships with her family become fractured, she's forced deeper into a chilling world of dark magic that threatens to consume her. A group of witches emerge that could be her only hope for safety and salvation, but not without grave risk.
----- May 25, 2022 -----
** John Carpenter's THE THING: Fathom Events and Universal Pictures are teaming up for an over 800 screen re-release of John Carpenter's THE THING in cinemas, in time for the film's 40th anniversary next month.
Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, T. K. Carter, David Clennon and Richard Dysart lead the cast as members of a team of researchers in a remote facility in Antarctica. The group find themselves being hunted by an alien that takes the form of its victims.
The re-release will also treat fans with vintage, behind-the-scenes footage from the making-of documentary "The Thing: Terror Takes Shape". The re-release screens on two days – June 19th and June 22nd with showtimes at 3pm and 7pm. Ticket purchases will happen at the Fathom Events website or at participating theaters box offices. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER: Universal Pictures has once again pushed back THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER, its long gestating horror film based on an iconic chapter within Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Originally slated for January 27th 2023, the film will now open nearly seven months later on August 11th 2023. After spending many years in development, the film was shot and is finally on the way with first look footage recently screened for exhibitors.
The story centers on the merchant ship Demeter, chartered to carry fifty unmarked wooden crates from Carpathia to London, only for its doomed crew to endure strange events – stalked each night by a merciless presence onboard. Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, Liam Cunningham, David Dastmalchian, Jon Jon Briones, Stefan Kapicic, Nikolai Nikolaeff and Javier Botet co-star. Andre Øvredal helms from a script by Bragi F. Schut, Stefan Ruzowitzky and Zak Olkew. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** NIGHTBITCH: In a major deal said to be worth over $25 million, Searchlight Pictures has acquired Annapurna's darkly comic neo-horror film NIGHTBITCH to star Amy Adams and be directed by Marielle Heller.
Heller penned the script based on Rachel Yoder's acclaimed debut novel which tells of a stay-at-home mother raising a toddler in the suburbs who embraces the feral power deeply rooted in motherhood. She also becomes increasingly aware of the bizarre and undeniable signs that she may be turning into a canine. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SCURRY: Clay Epstein's Film Mode Entertainment and Luke Sparke's Sparke Films announce the brand new genre-raising horror film, SCURRY. Barry Pepper will take on a lead role with further casting announcements to come. The film will be directed by Luke Sparke.
"We're thrilled to be working with Luke and the Sparke Films team on yet another stellar feature film that raises the genre bar as well as the project's commercial viability around the world," said Epstein. "The addition of Barry Pepper and his adept talent, along with his massive global following starting with films like SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and THE GREEN MILE to more recent titles with box-office earnings exceeding the $1B mark all add immense value to SCURRY."
In SCURRY, the city is under attack by a monstrous threat. Two strangers, a family man with everything to live for (Pepper) and a criminal with nothing to lose, find themselves trapped below ground during the chaos. Badly injured and with limited resources, they must navigate a treacherous, narrowing tunnel in hopes of finding an exit before they bleed out. Fear and desperation consume them as the threat closes in and they soon discover they have more to fear than each other.
----- May 24, 2022 -----
** Alex Proyas SISTER DARKNESS: Director Alex Proyas is returning to his indie roots with the horror-thriller SISTER DARKNESS. Dubbed a "macabre female-driven fever dream of revenge and gothic terror," the story unfolds in the U.K. in the 1930s where the newly wed but unhappy Alice stumbles across her doppelganger Isla. Isla's existence is a mystery seeped in a tale of bloody retribution against her oppressors, the hellish supernatural nightscape and a dreaded uprising against the deceitful aristocracy.
Heretic Foundation, Mystery Clock Cinema, and 108 Media are backing the project which will shoot in Australia in late 2022/early 2023. The project will boast $35 million budget and will be shot using a fully virtual production process that was developed by Proyas' VFX studio Heretic Foundation. He says in a statement:
"SISTER DARKNESS will be a milestone in the use of virtual production at this scale and Heretic's talented team will allow us to establish production values at much higher levels in this budget range than ever before thought achievable. This is the future of filmmaking."
Proyas penned the script which is said to be heavily inspired by U.K. horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s are big influences along with iconic films such as THE INNOCENTS and THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE LIVING DEAD AT MANCHESTER MORGUE: Coming to Blu-ray on June 7th from Synapse Films featuring an exclusive new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative.
** THE EMBALMER: Coming to Blu-ray in 2023 from AGFA. A deranged mortician preys on a group of teenage friends in a desperate attempt to obtain their bodily fluids needed to bring his family back to life.
** FEAR THE WALKING DEAD: Here's the trailer for season 7 final episode.
----- May 19, 2022 -----
** I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 9/26 from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment in the UK as a 3-disc collector's edition.
** MOLOCH: 38-year-old Betriek lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands. When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night, Betriek sets out to find an explanation. The more she digs, the more she becomes convinced that she is being hunted by something ancient. Premieres July 21 on Shudder.
** TOTALLY KILLER: Kiernan Shipka, Julie Bowen, Randall Park and Olivia Holt will lead the cast of the horror-comedy slasher feature TOTALLY KILLER at Amazon Prime Video and Blumhouse Television.
Filming has just kicked off in Vancouver on the feature that follows Jamie (Shipka) whose mom, Pam (Bowen), is terrorized by the resurgence of the Sweet Sixteen Killer – a masked maniac that slaughtered a group of teenage girls in the 1980s. With the help of her friend Amelia (Kelcey Mawema), Jamie travels back in time to 1987 and teams up with the teen version of her mom (Holt) to try and stop the killer.
Lochlyn Munro, Charlie Gillespie, Stephi Chin-Salvo, Anna Diaz, Jeremy Monn-Djasgnar, Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Ella Choi, Kelcey Mawema, Liana Liberato, Nathaniel Appiah and Jonathan Potts also star. Nahnatchka Khan is directing while and Jen D'Angelo penned the screenplay based on an original script by David Matalon and Sasha Perl-Raver. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** KEEPING COMPANY: From 1091 Pictures, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, Inc. company, KEEPING COMPANY is a horror comedy starring Jacob Grodnik, Ahmed Bharoocha, Devin Das, Gillian Vigman, Andy Buckley, Rex Lee and more!
A fateful chain of events begins to unravel after two brash insurance salesmen go knocking on the wrong door and find themselves trapped inside of a serial killer's basement, putting their lives and their jobs on the line.
----- May 18, 2022 -----
** POLTERGEIST 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD in October!
** THE REEF STALKED: RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, and Shudder, AMC Networks' streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, have acquired the North American rights to the horror film, THE REEF STALKED. The film will be released In Theaters, on Digital/VOD and streaming on Shudder on July 29, 2022.
After her sister's murder, Nic, her younger sister and two friends seek solace through a Pacific island kayaking adventure. Hours into the trip the women are stalked by a shark and must band together, face their fears and save each other. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** REVEALER: Shudder, AMC Network's premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, has acquired REVEALER, the feature debut from Emmy Award-winning director Luke Boyce. The film, which made its U.S. premiere at Kansas City's Panic Fest, stars Caito Aase who won the fest's Audience Award for Best Actress and Shaina Schrooten and will be available exclusively on Shudder in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on Thursday, June 23.
** BAGMAN: Sam Claflin will star in the Colm McCarthy-directed supernatural thriller BAGMAN for Lionsgate. John Hulme penned the script whilst Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing. The story centers on a father who struggles against his deepest inner fear when his childhood monster once again returns to haunt him. Only this time the fight isn't for himself; it's for his family. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- May 17, 2022 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13th PART II 4K UHD: Coming soon to 4K UHD.
** EVIL DEAD The Game: Here's the launch trailer for the just released video game.
** THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE: Here's the official trailer for the upcoming video game.
** DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS: Shudder, AMC Networks' streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, and RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, announced their partnership on the newest Shudder Original Film, DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS. From music-video and commercial director Josh Forbes and starring Jonah Ray Rodrigues and Alex Winter who also produce, DESTROY ALL NEIGHBORS will have a day-and-date release in theaters and on Shudder in 2023. The film, which is also produced by Russell Sanzgiri, is from an original script written by Mike Benner, Jared Logan, and Charles Pieper.
** WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHIND SCARS: An Anglo-American indie rock band winds up stranded in Epecuén, where their internal conflicts and the bad luck of their tour quickly lose importance before the hell that awaits them. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
----- May 16, 2022 -----
** FRIDAY THE 13th 4K UHD: The original FRIDAY THE 13th comes to 4K Ultra HD on September 13, 2022, in time for Halloween viewing. One of the most iconic horror films of all time, FRIDAY THE 13th launched the long-running and wildly popular franchise, which has grossed over $466 million worldwide. The 4K Ultra HD release features HDR-10 and Dolby Vision® and includes both the theatrical and unrated versions of the film, access to a digital copy, and extensive legacy bonus content.
** SCREAM 6: SCREAM 4 actress Hayden Panettiere is returning to the franchise, the actress closing a deal to reprise her character in the upcoming sixth entry at Spyglass Media and Paramount Pictures. Panettiere played Kirby Reed, a teen in Woodsboro who rises to hero status by the end and is now a survivor. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MONSTROUS: Coming to Blu-ray on 7/5. A traumatized woman (Christina Ricci) flees her abusive ex-husband with her 7-year-old son, but in their new, remote sanctuary they find they have a bigger, more terrifying monster to deal with.
** UNHUMAN: The dead will have this club for breakfast. Blumhouse Television and Epix bring you the story of a high school field trip gone bloody awry. Seven misfit students must band together against a growing gang of unhuman savages. The group's trust in each other is tested to the limit in a brutal, horrifying fight to survive and they must take down the murderous zombie-creatures… before they kill each other first. Available on Digital June 3rd.
** THE PASSENGER (LA PASAJERA): Here's the Red Band trailer. A group of strangers sharing a ride have their trip interrupted when the driver hits a woman hiking in the dark of night. They decide to help her, but quickly learn that something is wrong and that they shouldn't have let her in at all.
----- May 13, 2022 -----
** Jess Franco 4K UHD: Blue Underground are working on two 4K UHD titles from director Jess Franco.
** GINGER SNAPS trilogy: Coming to Blu-ray on 8/17 from Via Vision Entertainment.
** THE MESSENGERS: Coming to Blu-ray on 8/17 from Via Vision Entertainment.
** RESIDENT EVIL: Nothing eventful ever happens in the peaceful New Raccoon City. The legendary franchise RESIDENT EVIL brings its battle for survival to Netflix on July 14th.
** THE SACRIFICE GAME: Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streamer for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, and Red Sea Media announced that production will begin next week on 1970s supernatural horror THE SACRIFICE GAME, written by Jenn Wexler and Sean Redlitz and set to be directed by Wexler, to star Mena Massoud, Olivia Scott Welch, with Gus Kenworthy and Chloë Levine, who also starred in Wexler's THE RANGER Shudder has taken all rights to the film in its territories, while Red Sea Media, Inc. has acquired international.
The film, which begins principal photography May 9, 2022, is set at a girls' boarding school over Christmas break, 1971, where Samantha and Clara, two students staying behind for the holidays, must survive the night against uninvited visitors.
** THE OMEN prequel: 20th Century Studios has set Arkasha Stevenson (LEGION) to direct THE FIRST OMEN, a prequel to the iconic 1976 horror film THE OMEN.
That film and its sequels center around Damien Thorn, a young child replaced at birth by his American diplomat father, unbeknownst to his wife, after their biological child dies shortly after birth. A series of mysterious events and violent deaths occur around the family and Damien enters childhood, they come to learn he is the prophesied Antichrist.
The film was such a success it spawned two theatrical sequels following a teenage and then adult Damian. There was also a widely panned TV movie spin-off, a big-budget 2006 remake of the first film, and a 2016 short-lived TV series reimagining. This is expected to serve as a direct prequel to the original. Stevenson and her writing partner Tim Smith will also rewrite the script while David S. Goyer and Keith Levine are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** David Cronenberg's THE SHROUDS: David Cronenberg will reunite with Vincent Cassel for his next film, which the story centers on Karsh (Cassel), an innovative businessman and grieving widower, who builds a device to connect with the dead inside a burial shroud.
His revolutionary business is on the verge of breaking into the international mainstream when several graves within his cemetery are vandalized and nearly destroyed, including that of his wife. While he struggles to uncover a clear motive for the attack, the mystery of who wrought this havoc, and why, will drive Karsh to reevaluate his business, marriage and fidelity.
Cronenberg will write as well as direct the film while Said Ben Said, Martin Katz and Michel Merkt will produce. Filming is set to begin in March next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN: Coming to Blu-ray on 7/6 from Umbrella Entertainment.
** THE LOVE WITCH: Coming to Blu-ray on 7/6 from Umbrella Entertainment.
** DEAD KIDS: Coming to Blu-ray on 7/6 from Umbrella Entertainment.
----- May 11, 2022 -----
** Alexandre Aja's MOTHER LAND: HIGH TENSION director Alexandre Aja is teaming with Oscar winner Halle Berry for MOTHER LAND at 21 Laps and Lionsgate. The story will chart the story of a mother and her twin sons who have been tormented by an evil spirit for years. When one of the boys questions whether the evil is real, the family's sacred bond is broken, and it becomes a fight for survival.
The project is expected to go into production next year with STRANGER THINGS producing alum Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen and Dan Levine also onboard. The script was written by MEAN DREAMS scribes Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SCREAM 6: Melissa Barrera, Jasmon Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, and Jenna Ortega are all set to reprise their roles in the upcoming sixth installment in the iconic horror film franchise. Not too much is known about the film as of yet, but Variety noted that the film will focus on the four leaving the town of Woodsboro behind and attempting to start a fresh chapter, although that's unlikely to be successful.
Production on the sixth film is set to begin in early summer 2022, with the film targeting a March 31, 2023 release date. Alongside the returning cast, SCREAM 6 will also see the directors of SCREAM return, with Radio Silence's Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett stepping back into the franchise after the success of the fifth film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** EVENT HORIZON 4K UHD: Here's a look at the upcoming steelbook edition.
** GHOULIES: GHOULIES and GHOULIES 2 are coming to Blu-ray on 7/6 from Umbrella Entertainment.
** X: Here's the covers of the upcoming 4K UHD edition coming out September 2nd.
----- May 10, 2022 -----
** Dario Argento's DARK GLASSES: Coming to Blu-ray on 7/29 in Germany.
** EVIL DEAD TRAP 2: Coming to Blu-ray on 9/12 from Unearthed Films.
** THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 4K UHD: The film is is receiving a standard edition on May 20th from Turbine.
** THE BAT: Coming to Blu-ray on 9/27 from The Film Detective is the 1959 film, THE BAT.
----- May 9, 2022 -----
** THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 2 4K UHD: Coming to 4K Ultra HD in 2022 from Vinegar Syndrome!
** CRIMES OF THE FUTURE: As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission – to use Saul's notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.
** EVENT HORIZON 4K UHD: Coming soon to 4K UHD from Paramount Home Entertainment. A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned... with someone or something new on-board.
** X 4K UHD: Coming soon to 4K UHD from Capelight Pictures.
** YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER: Coming to Blu-ray on 6/21 from Magnet Releasing.
----- May 6, 2022 -----
** PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES: Coming July 26th from Kino Lorber Studio Classics from a brand new 2K master.
** MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH: Coming soon from Synapse Films.
** GLORIOUS: Shudder, AMC Network's premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, has acquired rights to Rebekah McKendry's GLORIOUS starring Ryan Kwanten and Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons. The film, an official selection of the Fantasia International Film Festival, will be available exclusively on Shudder in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand on Thursday, August 18.
** BONES AND ALL: David Fincher's go-to composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross have confirmed they're working on the score for SUPIRIA remake director Luca Guadagnino's new cannibal romance drama BONES AND ALL. Ross revealed the pair have completed their work on the film in the official Nine Inch Nails Discord forum (via Far Out Magazine), but didn't elaborate further. Outside of Fincher, the pair have worked on such films as BIRD BOX and Pixar's SOUL.
Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell lead the coming-of-age romance horror film also starring Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg, Andre Holland, Jessica Harper and Chloe Sevigny.
Speaking with Fantastic Man recently, Guadagnino promised it will be an extremely romantic movie: "I like to think that BONES AND ALL is an extremely romantic movie, addressing the romanticism that lies within us and within relationships in general. Of course, there's the literal aspect of it being a movie about cannibal lovers, which is extreme in many ways, but I think the more extreme aspect of the movie is the intensity of the feelings that these people go through – the impossibility of love." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- May 5, 2022 -----
** CRIMES OF THE FUTURE: David Cronenberg's new film is coming to DVD and Blu-ray on August 9th.
** STUDIO 666: Coming to Blu-ray on 5/24 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
** THE RIGHTEOUS: A unique and darkly engaging spiritual thriller, strikingly shot in black and white, THE RIGHTEOUS tells the story of Frederic (Henry Czerny) a grieving man struggling with his faith, who helps an injured young man, Aaron Smith (Mark O'Brien) who stumbles onto his property one night, claiming to be lost in the woods. Frederic and his wife (Mimi Kuzyk) invite the man to stay for the night, but Frederic soon begins to have doubts about this enigmatic stranger's story - and his motives for being there. When Aaron asks Frederic to commit an unspeakable deed, it becomes clear that the man is not who he seems, and has been sent to test the very limits of Frederic's existence.
----- May 3rd, 2022 -----
** HOUSE ON THE EDGE OF THE PARK 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD from 88 Films. Two low-life punks invite themselves to a party at a posh villa and after being taunted by their snobbish hosts, hold everyone hostage and subject them to various forms of mayhem.
** SPECIES 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 7/26 from Scream Factory. A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.
** ALL ABOUT EVIL: Coming to Blu-ray in June from Severin Films. A mousy librarian inherits her father's beloved but failing old movie house. In order to save the family business she discovers her inner serial killer - and a legion of rabid gore fans - when she starts turning out a series of grisly shorts. What her fans don't realize yet is that the murders in the movies are all too real.
** WATCHER: As a serial killer stalks the city, Julia – a young actress who just moved to town with her boyfriend – notices a mysterious stranger watching her from across the street in this terrifying thriller.
** THE PASSENGER (LA PASAJERA): After its worldwide premiere in the Sitges Film Festival's Official Selection, and its participation in the Morbido Film Festival in Mexico, the Donostia Horror Film Week, the Fancine of Malaga, the Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival and the Isla Calavera Festival in the Canary Islands, and its premiere throughout Spain at the end of February this year, THE PASSENGER arrives on the American continent: It participated in the Seattle International Film Festival on April 24th, and will enter the U.S. theaters on June 3rd, the first feature film in common of Raul Cerezo, renowned Spanish short filmmaker of the fanterror genre and Fernando Gonzalez Gomez (Estandar, 2021). Shot entirely in Navarra, THE PASSENGER is a production of Persons Films, La Dalia Films, SG Producciones and Eye Slice Pictures.
----- May 2nd, 2022 -----
** TENEBRAE 4K UHD Arrow Video: Coming to 4K UHD 7/18 from Arrow Video.
** TENEBRAE 4K UHD Synapse Films: Coming to 4K UHD on 7/26 from Synapse Films.
** HELL HIGH: Here's the slipcover for the upcoming Arrow Video edition.
** ALLEGORIA: RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, and Shudder, AMC Networks' streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural have acquired the North American rights to the horror film, ALLEGORIA, ahead of its world premiere at Panic Fest. The film will be released on VOD, Digital and streaming on Shudder on August 2, 2022.
** OFFSEASON: Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced that OFFSEASON will be available exclusively to stream on the platform starting on Friday, June 10, 2022. As a Shudder exclusive, the platform will be the only subscription service that will carry the film in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.