** HALLOWEEN sequel: In an interview with the The Wrap web site, producer Jason Blum makes a pledge that they will meet their intended October 2018 release. he tells that if it isn't: "You can kill me. You can behead me. You can chop my hand off, the prince of horror, you can cut my hand off. That's on the record."
** Stephen King's IT: New Line Cinema's IT dominated the box office a second straight weekend, grossing $60 million domestically for a two-week total of $218.7 million. That makes IT the largest-grossing film ever in September for North America. Internationally, the film opened in 10 additional markets and earned $60.3 million from 15,375 screens in 56 markets. This brings the overseas total to $152.6 million and worldwide sum to $371.3 million. The top international markets this weekend were Mexico ($13.8 million), the UK ($8.2 million), Australia and Russia ($4 million), and Brazil ($3.4 million). IT cost about $35 million to make. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SWEET TOOTH: New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to Nico van den Brink's Dutch horror short, SWEET TOOTH. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Nico van den Brink will direct the feature and have a "story by" credit. James Wan (SAW) and Chris Bender (FINAL DESTINATION) will produce.
The short premiered in July at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival and is described as follows: "centered on a woman who comes home to her large apartment tenement. Watching the news, she discovers that her neighbors — a mother and her two kids — have been killed, but then enters creep-zone territory when she begins to hear the laughter and running of the munchkins." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 18, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: Lionsgate and Millennium Films have released another new poster for LEATHERFACE, the upcoming prequel to THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. In Texas, years before the events of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE, in the early days of the infamous Sawyer family, the youngest child is sentenced to a mental hospital after a suspicious incident leaves the sheriffs' daughter dead. Ten years later, he kidnaps a young nurse and escapes with 3 other inmates. Pursued by authorities including the deranged sheriff out to avenge his daughter's death, the young Sawyer teen goes on a violent road trip from hell, molding him into the monster known now as Leatherface.
The film will mark the eighth overall entry in the franchise, which currently includes, in addition to Tobe Hooper's original, three sequels, a remake, a prequel to the remake and a modern-day "direct sequel." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DEAD BY DAYLIGHT Leatherface: The chainsaw killer from the classick TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE series is now available in the DEAD BY DAYLIGHT video game.
** JIGSAW: Lionsgate has released even more posters for the upcoming JIGSAW, the eighth film in the SAW horror franchise featuring the return of Tobin Bell. Like all of the films before it, JIGSAW will arrive just ahead of Halloween on October 27. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- September 15, 2017 -----
** Jamie Lee Curtis returns to HALLOWEEN: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.
Master of horror John Carpenter will executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema's current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum. Inspired by Carpenter's classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.
HALLOWEEN will be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the HALLOWEEN series since its inception. Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. HALLOWEEN will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures.
** BETTER WATCH OUT: This holiday season, you may be home, but you're not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion horror, babysitter Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) must defend her young charges (Levi Miller, Ed Oxenbould) when intruders break into the house one snowy night – or so she thinks.
** LORE: Based on real people and events, the podcast phenomenon comes to life with 6 terrifying stories from the Executive Producer of THE WALKING DEAD and the Executive Producer of THE X-FILES. Stream on Friday the 13th of October.
** 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 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of 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.
----- September 14, 2017 -----
** LES AFFAMÉS: Here's a clip for the highly hyped new French Canadian horror film from Robin Aubert.
** John Carpenter's CHRISTINE: The theme for CHRISTINE is available as a part of John Carpenter's 'Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998,' out October 20 on Sacred Bones Records.
** TRAGEDY GIRLS: Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot on the trail of a deranged local serial killer. After they manage to capture the killer and secretly hold him hostage, they realize the best way to get scoops on future victims would be to, you know, murder people themselves. As the @TragedyGirls become an overnight sensation and panic grips their small town, can their friendship survive the strain of national stardom? Will they get caught? Will their accounts get verified?
----- September 13, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN sequel: The upcoming film is set to be directed by David Gordon Green and from a script by Green and Danny McBride. Here's what John Carpenter had to say; "David and Danny both came to my office recently with [Blumhouse producer] Jason Blum and shared their vision for the new movie and …wow! They get it. I think you're gonna dig it. They blew me away."
Blumhouse will produce the project which Carpenter will be heavily involved in. Specifics of the story aren't clear beyond McBride insisting this isn't a reboot – rather one that just ignores the latter sequel mythology. The director confirmed during the Toronto Film Festival that the script is all done and the plan is to shoot the project this Fall with an October 2018 release targeted.
** Stephen King's IT sequel: As readers of the original novel know, most of the Losers' Club all move away from Derry, Maine with one notable exception: Mike Hanlon, who stays in the town as a gatekeeper for Derry and to bring the group back together 27 years later. Director Andy Muschietti says his version of the character will be a departure from the text, saying:
"I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he's a wreck…He's not just the collector of knowledge of what Pennywise has been doing in Derry. He will bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him. The only way he can do that is to take drugs and alter his mind."
It remains to be seen who will be cast as the adult versions of the characters in the sequel, with the outlet reporting that unknown actors could fill the shoes for the film. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Norwegian horror MONSTER: Starz have acquired rights to Norwegian serial killer limited series MONSTER ahead of its debut. Created by head writer Hans Christian Storrøsten and directed by Anne Sewitsky, the seven-episode series also boasts Jørgen Johansson as its lead cinematographer. Johansson is considered by many to be a major influential force in the Nordic Noir artistic movement. NRK Drama will handle production, with NRK's Lasse Greve Alsos serving as executive producer. (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
----- September 12, 2017 -----
** Stephen King's IT remake kills Box Office: The highly anticipated flick earned $123.1 million from 4,103 theaters, an average of $30,002 per location. Internationally, IT has earned $62 million from 10,665 screens in 46 markets, which is the biggest opening ever for a horror film. The worldwide total is already at $185.1 million. The top international markets were the UK with $12.3 million, Russia with $6.7 million, Australia with $5.9 million, Brazil with $5.6 million, Korea with $4.3 million and Spain with $3.1 million. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DAY OF THE DEAD remake: Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to a slate of films from Avi Lerner's Millennium Media, including DAY OF THE DEAD.
"Avi Lerner has long become synonymous with widely appealing action thrillers with marquee names like Antonio Banderas, John Malkovich and Adrien Brody and films with the pedigree of Day of the Dead," said Saban Films President Bill Bromiley. "This is perfectly in line with our acquisition strategy. Our audiences are starving for these types of films, and with this newly minted relationship we are thrilled to have a steady pipeline of these movies we can deliver to our audiences across the country."
DAY OF THE DEAD is a remake of George Romero's classick film, is directed by Hèctor Hernández Vicens, and stars Sophie Skelton. Written by Mark Tonderai and Lars Jacobson, DAY OF THE DEAD follows a small group of military personnel and survivalists who dwell in an underground bunker as they seek to find a cure in a world overrun by zombies. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** RED CHRISTMAS: Genre icon Dee Wallace stars in a critically acclaimed role as the stressed-out mother of a squabbling family, gathered together in a remote Outback estate on Christmas Eve. Their petty dramas threaten to blacken the holiday until a mysterious and deformed stranger appears at the door seeking bloody vengeance. The film will be available nationwide October 17th on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
** WATCH OVER US: A father and his young daughters move onto their grandfather's secluded farm following the breakup of their parents. But once there, they are soon plagued by paranormal events that reveal a deadly secret that has haunted the family for generations, and an evil force that demands they uphold a deadly promise made by their ancestors. Available on digital VOD everywhere nationwide 9/12/17.
----- September 11, 2017 -----
** 47 METERS DOWN sequel: The Hollywood Reporter brings word that this summer's sleeper hit is gearing up for a sequel. Director Johannes Roberts will return to write and direct the film, which will will add one more meter and be titled 48 METERS DOWN.
"We are so pleased by the huge success of 47 Meters Down, it totally exceeded all expectations,' said producer James Harris of The Fyzz Facility. "48 Meters Down will take the claustrophobia of cave diving and the thrill of shark encounters and move everything to the next level." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** DEMENTIA 13 remake: A vengeful ghost, a mysterious killer, and a family where everyone has a secret converge in one night of terror in this remake of Francis Ford Coppola's debut film.
** THELMA: A Norwegian student, Thelma, moves to Oslo where she falls in love. She soon discovers that she has inexplicable powers. Opens November 10th.
** THE PURGE prequel: Series creator James DeMonaco who has officially confirmed that the upcoming fourth entry will be titled THE PURGE THE ISLAND and will serve as a prequel. Speaking with the Vulture web site about the film, which he's not directing this time as Gerard McMurray will take over the reigns, he also explained something of the storyline which will be set on the very first 'Purge' night which takes place on Staten Island:
"I said it's the first experimental Purge, which I don't know if I was supposed to say, but now I've said it, so you have it. Next July 4, it'll be coming."
He also confirms the film will answer one obvious question – why in the world don't people just leave the cities during the annual night of government sanctioned crime. He says a big reason is a financial incentive:
"I was wondering how you get people to stay for the first Purge, and what they do is they start monetizing it. People from Staten Island can easily go to Brooklyn for the evening, so what they do is start promising very decent sums of money for the very poor people in the neighborhood. It becomes a monetization of murder and violence, incentivizing killing and keeping people around for them to be victims. So you see the inception of how grotesque the idea of the Purge is, and the manipulation upon the society." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- September 7, 2017 -----
** DRACUL: Paramount Pictures has acquired the rights to the prequel DRACUL with IT director Andy Muschietti possibly on board to helm, according to the Deadline web site. This is reportedly the first prequel authorized by the estate of DRACULA author Bram Stoker. DRACUL would re-team Muschietti with producers Barbara Muschietti and Roy Lee.
DRACUL was written by Dacre Stoker and J.D. Barker and is set in 1868. A 21-year-old Bram Stoker meets "an ungodly evil that he traps in an ancient tower all the while scribbling the events that led him there." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE LODGERS: The story of a sister and brother haunted by a secret curse that forces them to remain in the large estate home left to them by their dead parents. But when a young man who falls in love with the sister tries to free her, his attempt sets off a deadly chain reaction.
** A QUIET PLACE: Paramount Pictures announced yesterday that principal photography is underway on director John Krasinski's horror film, starring husband and wife John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. The film is set on a farm where a family has been terrorized by a ghostly being for some time. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Indonesian horror SATAN'S SLAVES: Here's the trailer for Joko Anwar's new film.
----- September 6, 2017 -----
** INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY: In the supernatural thriller, which welcomes back franchise standout Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the brilliant parapsychologist faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet: in her own family home. The film will arrive in theaters January 5, 2018.
** RAZORBACK: Russell Mulcahy's 1984 Australian monster film has received a 4K remaster ahead of a Blu-ray release this November 1st via Umbrella Entertainment. The film centers on a gigantic and vicious wild boar terrorizing the Australian outback, a 900 lb. beast that can rip a man in half and destroy a home in seconds and has set its sites on the small isolated community of Gamulla.
Sadly the disc will NOT include the gorier extended scenes, featured on the old Roadshow Home Video version, reinserted back into the film. Those original 35mm film elements are long lost, but an SD version of that VHS cut of the film is being included as a special feature. Melbourne's Roar Digital is behind the new 4K scan and restoration, and the disc will boast all-new extras including a discussion featurette produced by Cinemaniacs. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE SNOWMAN: 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.
----- September 5, 2017 -----
** LAISSEZ BRONZER LES CADAVRES: TIFF Vanguard veterans Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani weaponize their aesthetic proclivities into an all-out bombardment of sensational style as they methodically adapt every devilish detail from the cult novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette and Jean-Pierre Bastid. A gang of thieves absconding with 250kg of stolen gold arrives at the abode of a listless artist caught in a bohemian love triangle. The scenario quickly escalates into a desperate day-long firefight between cops and robbers throughout the remote ruins of a Mediterranean hamlet — and genre and art-house tropes collide in a relentless reverie of action spectacle, exquisitely photographed on Super 16mm film.
Pivoting from the giallo-inspired imagery that enveloped their previous films, Cattet and Forzani trade in their razor blade–laden gloves for the bullets and biker jackets that characterize the pulpy Italian poliziotteschi crime films of the '60s and '70s. Still persistent of course is the filmmakers' signature penchant for the haptic fetishization of the human body, here most sensorially depicted whenever the film allegorizes the dire straits of its characters via a silhouetted cast of "Fates" pantomiming all manner of delirious depravity to an Ennio Morricone tune.
Mixing in some sun-baked spaghetti western imagery for good measure, LET THE CORPSES TAN is a wicked distillation of action cinema's core cinematographic ingredients (from crash zooms to whip pans), now radically redeployed for maximum visceral impact and delivered like a celluloid shotgun blast to the synapses.
** FRIEND REQUEST: Popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has tons of friends, both on Facebook and IRL. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina's (Liesl Ahlers) online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone's shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura's profile. Even though it wasn't Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page, her Facebook friend count begins to dwindle as a result. When her real-life friends start dying mysterious, cruel deaths, Laura must figure out how to break the deadly curse before it's too late.
** ANOTHER WOLFCOP: A month has passed since the eclipse transformed hard-drinking Officer Lou Garou into the crime fighting hellion WolfCop. Although the Shape Shifters controlling the town have been extinguished, Woodhaven is far from returning to normal. Lou's liquor-fuelled antics and full moon outbursts are seriously testing his relationship with Officer Tina Walsh — the new Chief of Police. An old friend has mysteriously reappeared with a truly bizarre secret to share, and a homicidal new villain has emerged from the shadows looking to finish what the Shape Shifters started. To defeat this lethal adversary, it will take more than a lone wolf packing a pistol.
----- September 4, 2017 -----
** JEEPERS CREEPERS 3: For one night only via Fathom Events. On the last day of The Creeper's 23 day feeding frenzy, Sargent Tubbs teams up with a task force hell-bent on destroying the creature for good. The Creeper fights back in gory glory as his enemies get close to discovering his dark origins.
** Stephen King's IT sequel: Asked if the second part will have a higher budget, director Andres Muschietti not unsurprisingly responded: "Well, clearly I hope so". Muschietti has previously said that while the second half will focus on the adult versions of the characters in the present day, there will be scenes involving the kids as well as dialogue between the two timelines. There is also expected to be flashbacks throughout Derry's history, revealing numerous times IT's influence is seen in the community, and a visit to another dimension to face IT in its true form.
Muschietti's first film offers a more grounded conclusion, but he tells Yahoo Movies there's several reasons for this, and the second film will tackle the costly, FX-heavy and more otherworldly fight against the shapeshifting antagonist: "I really wanted to focus on the emotional journey of the group of kids. Getting in to that other dimension – the other side – was something that we could introduce in the second part.
In the book the perspective of the writing… is always with the Losers, so everything they know about Pennywise is very speculative and shrouded in obscurity, so I wanted to respect that mystery feeling of not knowing what's on the other side. I also wanted to leave something for the second half, so I didn't want to get in trouble with that – going into the macroverse or that transdimensional stuff – and keep it grounded, from the point of view of the kids.
There's another movie to expand into that. Also, there's a physical truth that it's a movie that has a budget. And I didn't want to get into a depiction of a realm that f—s up our budget, the creation of a world that will basically suck up half of our budget, and would have to sacrifice a lot of things. So basically it's a balancing act, but it's also intricately connected with the content, which is staying true to the emotional aspect of the book." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE CROW for Sony Pictures: Sony Pictures has picked up distribution rights to THE CROW reboot which was previously in the works at Relativity for almost a decade. Various directors and actors have been attached over the years, most notably Jason Momoa, Luke Evans and Jack Huston were linked to the title role.
The project's fate was in limbo following the company filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company emerged from Chapter 11 in April, but previously attached helmer Corin Hardy is no longer involved. The reboot is said to be a more faithful adaptation of the comic and follows a murder victim who returns from the dead, seeking vengeance on those who murdered him and his fiancee with the help of a mystical bird.
** NO DORMIRAS: In an abandoned psychiatric hospital, a theater company experiments with insomnia for the preparation of a stageplay. As the days without sleep go by, they cross new thresholds of perception, that expose them to the secrets of the place and the energies that inhabit it. When Bianca, a young actress , joins the cast, competing for the lead role, she must survive, not only the intensity of the work and her cast mates, but the unknown force that's pulling them towards a tragic outcome.