** Pennywise The story of IT campaign: From digging into the historical and cultural phenomenon of coulrophobia (the fear of clowns) to Tim Curry's magical portrayal of Pennywise the Clown, to the impact Vancouver (aka "Hollywood North") had on this special made-for-tv miniseries, our project aims to tell a story heard by few and showcase a wealth of behind-the-scenes footage and photos seen by even fewer. You can support this project on Indiegogo.
** HALLOWEEN reboot: Here's another version of the poster for the upcoming reboot. (thanks to Collider.com)
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** CASTLEVANIA: In darkness, a hero returns. CASTLEVANIA, a Netflix original series, arrives July 7.
** WHAT THE WATERS LEFT BEHIND: Here's the trailer for the upcoming Argentinean film directed by Luciano Onetti and Nicolas Onetti.
** KUDZU ZOMBIES: Here's the trailer for the upcoming flick.
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** HALLOWEEN reboot poster: The Licensing Expo 2017 is underway in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center this week with early artwork and promo posters now on display for a number of films not scheduled for release until well into next year. Here's the one for the upcoming HALLOWEEN reboot. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** JEEPERS CREEPERS 4: After a fourteen year break since the last one, the third film in the JEEPERS CREEPERS saga is on the way and is targeting a release sometime later this year or early next year. The film has already wrapped production, and today comes word the creative team behind the third instalment is confident enough that a fourth film is already planned.
Actress Gina Phillips, reprising her role as Trish from the first film, tells Diabolique Magazine that the film's director Victor Salva has already written a fourth film which will pick up right after the events of the third: "The plan is for this stuff to go to the screen in the next JEEPERS CREEPERS movie. Victor has written what happens from the second after the conclusion of JEEPERS CREEPERS 3. I think that's all I'm allowed to say about it but he wrote in such detail and he had a lot of flashbacks to what happened over the years that it made it very easy for me."
"I got to see what will eventually happen to the character and he put enough flashbacks in there that I got to see what happened to her over the last 15 years. Let's just say, there's more to come…a lot has changed for Trish over the years. She's a mother; she's been through a lot.""
In the third film, Trish Jenner is now a rich and powerful woman who has a teenage son named Darry. She's also having a recurring nightmare in which he's killed by the Creeper. To prevent this from happening, Trish sets out on a final quest, with a small army in tow, to end the reign of terror of The Creeper (Jonathan Breck) once and for all. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE MUMMY reboot: Here's two new posters for the upcoming film.
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** George A. Romero's ROAD OF THE DEAD: The director has announced plans for a new NASCAR-esque zombie movie in the works that will be shopped at the Fantasia International Film Festival market this July.
Romero co-wrote the script with Matt Birman, who is slated to direct this project set on a remote island where zombie prisoners race cars in a modern-day Coliseum, all for the entertainment of affluent humans. Said to draw major inspiration from 1959's BEN-HUR, no further details are available at this time. Romero, Birman, Matt Manjourides and Justin Martell will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Milla Jovovich on RESIDENT EVIL reboot: Actress Milla Jovovich was asked about the reboot, and she had a remarkably candid response: "Okay, well good luck with that."
"I think a lot of people with these franchises kind of put the cart before the horse," Jovovich continued telling ComicBook.com. "There's a danger to that. They've been wanting to reboot RESIDENT EVIL for a long time, and listen: I love the RESIDENT EVIL world. I think it's a great property, I would do it if I was a producer."
But Jovovich had a heartfelt plea to the producers, and perhaps to all producers. "I think what made RESIDENT EVIL so special is that the people involved really loved what they're doing and really were fans of the game," she said. "I would suggest that you find people that have that same passion for the property before you talk about reboots. I think if you get into this kind of genre, people are very sensitive to fakes. There's some real fans in the sci-fi/action/horror world, and they're not idiots. They can smell when something is done because people love it and when something is done just to monetize an opportunity."
** WISH UPON: Twelve years after discovering her mother's suicide, 17-year-old CLARE SHANNON (Joey King) is bullied in high school, embarrassed by her manic, hoarder father JONATHAN (Ryan Phillippe) and ignored by her longtime crush. All that changes when her father comes home with an old music box whose inscription promises to grant its owner seven wishes.
While Clare is initially skeptical of this magic box, she can't help but be seduced by its dark powers, and is thrilled as her life radically improves with each wish. Clare finally has the life she's always wanted and everything seems perfect - until the people closest to her begin dying in violent and elaborate ways after each wish. Clare realizes that she must get rid of the box, but finds herself unable and unwilling to part with her new-and-improved life - leading her down a dark and dangerous path. Be careful what you wish for...
** Universal's Dark Universe: Christopher McQuarrie and David Koepp have reportedly come on board the initiative, while Bill Condon is confirmed to be directing BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN which Koepp will pen and which has set a February 14th 2019 release date. An actress has reportedly been chosen but hasn't been announced yet.
The initiative kicks off with THE MUMMY next month starring Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella and Russell Crowe. All three actors have teamed up with Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem for a portrait shot the studio released above for the announcement.
Bardem is set to play Frankenstein and Depp will play The Invisible Man in subsequent films currently in development under the stewardship of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan. On screen, they are linked by the mysterious multi-national organization known as Prodigium led by Crowe's enigmatic and brilliant Dr. Henry Jekyll.
Prodigium's mission is to track, study and—when necessary—destroy evil embodied in the form of monsters in our world. Working outside the aegis of any government, and with practices concealed by millennia of secrecy, Prodigium protects the public from knowledge of the evil that exists just beyond the thin membrane of civilized society…and will go to any length to contain it. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
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** RESIDENT EVIL reboot: A new version of the series is coming according to German production company Constantin Film's Martin Moszkowicz. The chairman of the board confirmed the news to Variety at the Cannes Film Festival last weekend.
James Wan (SAW) is set to produce from a screenplay by Greg Russo. According to Variety, the current plan is for this RESIDENT EVIL reboot to span six new films with an all new cast. Constantin Film is also producing alongside Wan's Atomic Monster. A search is currently underway to find the right director.
** Universal's Dark Universe - Monster Legacy: This is the official name of the long rumoured shared universe of monster movies from Universal.
** FEAR OF THE WALKING DEAD: Here's the teaser trailer for the upcoming third season.
** BESETMENT: After struggling to find employment, Amanda takes a hotel position in a small town where she ends up fighting for her life.
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** WYRMWOOD CHRONICLES OF THE DEAD: Here's seven minutes from the upcoming gore-soaked flick.
** J-Splatter's Noboru Iguchi GHOST SQUAD: Finally the newest film from the director of THE MACHINE GIRL, ROBOGEISHA and KARATE ROBO ZABORGAR]. Girls killed by evil boys come back from hell and fight as a Ghost Squad to revenge! Iguchi said " I made a film like a mixture of Jodorowsky's and Cronenberg's!"
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: Here's two posters for the upcoming film.
----- May 18, 2017 -----
** WE R ANIMALS: An r-rated adventure-horror-crime-fantasy-comedy... with animals.
** THE MUMMY: Tom Cruise headlines a spectacular, all-new cinematic version of the legend that has fascinated cultures all over the world since the dawn of civilization. Here's the new trailer!
----- May 17, 2017 -----
** Darren Aronofsky's MOTHER!: Here's the poster for the upcoming horror film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Domhnall Gleeson, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The story revolves around a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. The film opens on October 13th.
** Zac Efron as Ted Bundy: Zac Efron has signed on to play serial killer Ted Bundy in the upcoming indie film EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE, according to Variety. Voltage Pictures and Cota Films will produce and Joe Berlinger (METALLICA SOME KIND OF MONSTER is set to direct. The screenplay, which won the Nicholl Fellowship, was on the Black List is written by Michael Werwie.
The movie won't be from Bundy's point of view but from the POV of his girlfriend Liz. The two had an infamously dysfunctional relationship and the movie looks to explore that and how notoriously charming Bundy was.
*"I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time," said producer Nicolas Chartier. "From his dramatic turn in 'Paperboy' to his hilarious performance in 'Neighbors,' he continues to impress audiences and critics alike with his extraordinary versatility and range. We couldn't be more excited to see him in this amazing role."
** IT CAME FROM THE DESERT: Finnish production company Roger! Pictures has teamed with Cinemaware for an action horror comedy based on the classic 1980s video game about giant mutated ants in the New Mexico desert.
The first trailer for the film has finally arrived, courtesy of Raven Banner Entertainment, and can be seen below. Marko Makilaakso helms the film which hasn't yet set a release date.
----- May 15, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot: Since Danny McBride and David Gordon Green were announced as the creative force behind rebooting the HALLOWEEN franchise in February, there has been skepticism that they should be the duo to do it. While fans of horror are excited that John Carpenter will be back to produce, McBride and Green's catalogue together mostly consists of comedy projects.
While doing press for ALIEN COVENANT, McBride went on the Empire Film Podcast and talked a little about what their take is going to be:
Look at where the HALLOWEEN franchise has gone. There's a lot of room for improvement. David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original HALLOWEEN, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we're just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original."
And when talking about the original itself and making Michael "scary" again:
It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn't corny and it wasn't turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn't be killed. That stuff to me isn't scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen.
I think it's much more horrifying to be scared by someone standing in the shadows while you're taking the trash out as opposed to someone who can't be killed pursuing you." (thanks to BleedingCool.com
** SUMMER of '84 from TURBO KID creators: The horror-thriller is set in 1984 and centres on 15-year-old neighbourhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong who suspects his police officer neighbour might be the serial killer all over the local news. He and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon puts them in danger.
François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell of RKSS (Roadkill Superstar), known for 2015's TURBO KID, will direct the film that is set to go into production this July for an end-of-year release date.
** Christina Hendricks in THE STRANGERS 2: BLOOM has announced that Emmy Award-nominated actress Christina Hendricks is set to star in the long-gestating horror sequel, which follows a family whose road trip takes a turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park and after the power goes out they decide to hunker down for the night in a borrowed trailer. Under the cover of darkness three familiar masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test their every limit.
** TALL MEN: Terrence Mackleby claims bankruptcy after being over $80,000 in debt. His private world is turned upside down when Terrence is visited by strange demons and tall phantoms in business suits after he applies for a mysterious black credit card, in this nightmarish Holbrookian vision.
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