** CRUST: Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired the gross, surreal horror comedy CRUST by Sean Whalen, with a release planned for this year. A depressed has-been child actor and owner of a dingy laundromat, becomes powerfully vengeful when his collection of lone socks transforms into a protective, cute, murderous monster named Crust.
** DREAM STALKER: Coming to Blu-ray in March from Terror Vision. Welcome to the world of Brittney Meredith, a young fashion model in demand. She has it all; youth, beauty, and a handsome fiancé named Ricky. Tragedy strikes when Ricky is killed in a motocross accident. Brittney has only Ricky's precious gift, a music box, to remember his undying love. The world and dreams of Brittany quickly change to nightmares, as Ricky comes back to pledge his eternal love for her once more. Ricky goes on a murderous rampage to have Brittney all to himself. As he gets closer to fulfilling his deadly desire, Brittney must figure out a way to stop her fatal nightmares…but, in your dreams no one hears you SCREAM!
** THE DEVIL'S BATH: Set in rural Austria in 1750, the film stars Anja Plaschg, the up-and-coming singer and composer known as Soap & Skin. Plaschg plays Agnes, a young married woman who feels oppressed in her husband's world, which is devoid of emotions and limited to chores and expectations. A pious and highly sensitive woman, Agnes falls into a deep depression, before committing a shocking act of violence that she sees as the only way out of her inner prison. From the directors of the original GOODNIGHT MOMMY.
** EASTER BLOODY EASTER: When a bloodthirsty Jackalope starts a fluffy murder-spree at Easter time, a Texas housewife fights to the death to save her husband and discover the creature's true identity before her town is destroyed forever.
----- February 21, 2024 -----
** Luc Besson's Dracula: Christoph Waltz and Caleb Landry-Jones are in talks to star in filmmaker Luc Besson's new adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula for his EuropaCorp label. A synopsis for the film reads this as telling the story of 15th-century Prince Vladimir, who cursed God following the death of his beloved wife and is turned into a vampire. Later, in 19th century London, he discovers his wife's doppelgänger and dooms himself by pursuing her. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** TITAN: According to the Deadline web site, Kiana Madeira (FEAR STREET) and Jessica Rothe (HAPPY DEATH DAY) have been tapped for the leading roles in the upcoming TITAN movie, which is being described as an action-adventure horror thriller. The project is currently in pre-production, with casting still underway.
"The film is set against the backdrop of Brazil's Curuca River in the present day. When a team of young doctors embark on a local humanitarian mission through the Amazon rainforest, it soon becomes clear that not everyone – or everything – is happy to see them," reads the synopsis. "Their arrival draws the attention of an ancient predator, the Boiúna. This ancient killer, dominant on land and water, clashes to reclaim the jungle. The ensuing fight for survival blurs the roles of hunter, prey, and hero." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ODDITY: Shudder, the premium streaming service for horror, thrillers, and the supernatural has announced that the supernatural spectacleODDITY by writer-director Damian McCarthy (CAVEAT) will world premiere at SXSW in the Midnighter Section.
ODDITY follows a blind medium who uncovers the truth behind her sister's death with the help of a frightening wooden mannequin. The film is written and directed by McCarthy and stars Gwilym Lee, Carolyn Bracken, Caroline Menton, Tadhg Murphy, Steve Wall, Jonathan French, and Joe Rooney. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** INVADER: The upcoming film follows a young woman who arrives in the Chicago suburbs and begins to suspect that something terrible has happened to her missing cousin, but soon realizes that her greatest fears don't even begin to scratch the surface.
----- February 20, 2024 -----
** Christopher Nolan's horror film: During a Q&A in an event in London, Christopher Nolan was asked whether he would consider making a straight-up horror film to which he says he would love to do it – but he has to find a great central idea to get him onboard:
"I think horror films are very interesting because they depend on very cinematic devices, it really is about a visceral response to things and so, at some point, I'd love to make a horror film. But I think a really good horror film requires a really exceptional idea. And those are few and far between. So I haven't found a story that lends itself to that.
But I think it's a very interesting genre from a cinematic point of view. It's also one of the few genres where the studios make a lot of these films, and they are films that have a lot of bleakness, a lot of abstraction. They have a lot of the qualities that Hollywood is generally very resistant to putting in films, but that's a genre where it's allowable." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARCADIAN: RLJE Films has acquired the Nicolas Cage survival thriller. RLJE Films has picked up the rights for North America, UK, Ireland, and Australia, and will release the film in theaters on April 12, 2024. It makes it premiere at next month's SXSW. It will stream on AMC+ and Shudder at a later date. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** KRAKEN: The ScreenDaily web site reported that Danish sales outfit TrustNordisk have joined on board to handle international sales for the project that is currently in pre-production. The film to be directed by Pal Oie will follow a marine biologist who discovers the eponymous mythical monster while doing research near Norway's deepest fjord. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** BLACKOUT: Charley's secret is he thinks he's a werewolf. He can't remember the things he's done but the papers report random acts of violence taking place at night in this small upstate hamlet. Now the whole town must rally to find out what is tearing it apart: mistrust, fear, or a monster that comes out at night. Directed by Larry Fessenden.
----- February 19, 2024 -----
** THE WATERHOUSE: The feature debut of writer-director Samuel Clemens' horror, THE WATERHOUSE has revealed the poster The film was produced by Agam Jain, George Clemens and Fernando Ruiz for Take The Shot Films, and James Kermack and Julien Loeffler for Featuristic Films. THE WATERHOUSE weaves a tale of three thieves who have just stolen a priceless painting. They arrive at a secluded safe house by the sea to discover their fourth accomplice missing. Was one of them responsible, or is there a more sinister presence lurking at the water's edge?
** STING: After raising an unnervingly talented spider in secret, 12-year-old Charlotte must face the facts about her pet—and fight for her family's survival—when the once-charming creature rapidly transforms into a giant, flesh-eating monster. Exclusively in theaters April 12th.
** ABIGAIL: According to Film Ratings, Universal Pictures' upcoming supernatural comedy ABIGAIL has officially been given an R-rating by the Motion Picture Association for "strong bloody violence and gore throughout, pervasive language and brief drug use." The film is scheduled to arrive in theaters on April 19. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SMILE 2: The upcoming film has added two more names to its growing cast with the announcement of Raul Castillo & Miles Gutierrez-Riley joining the sequel to the surprise horror hit at Paramount. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 16, 2024 -----
** Anchor Bay Entertainment is back: Umbrelic Entertainment co-founders Thomas Zambeck and Brian Katz announced the launch of its new distribution arm, Anchor Bay Entertainment. The founders aim to curate a new library of films for distribution, projects that range from new release genre films, undiscovered treasures, cult classics, and remastered catalog releases.
We had an opportunity to take the name of a beloved genre film brand, one we feel a personal connection to, for our new company," says Zambeck. "This is a new venture, unaffiliated with any previous incarnations. We aim to honor the history and spirit of the past as we look for interesting films that break the mold, and will be discovered by new generations for years to come."
Anchor Bay Entertainment will distribute the following upcoming films:
ABRUPTIO is the first of its kind feature horror film, enacted entirely with lifelike puppets in realistic settings, taking nearly eight years to complete from script to post-production. Set to release in Q2, ABRUPTIO was written and directed by Evan Marlowe.
To release this fall is DINNER WITH LEATHERFACE, the anticipated documentary on Gunnar Hansen, the actor who portrayed the character Leatherface in the 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Friends, colleagues, filmmakers, and fellow actors share personal stories and discuss the dichotomy between the maniacal chainsaw-wielding character Hansen played on-screen and the very intelligent, creative, soft-spoken man he actually was in real life. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** Bret Easton Ellis' RELAPSE: AMERICAN PSYCHO author Bret Easton Ellis is set to make his directorial debut on the elevated horror film RELAPSE. Joseph Quinn stars in the film as Matt Cullen, a man who checks into rehab after witnessing a horrific death during a drugged-up party.
Adrian Guerra and Simon Wallon will produce the project which will be teased at the EFM with a sizzle reel. The news comes as Ellis' latest book THE SHARDS, a semi-autobiographical serial killer novel, has been optioned by HBO for a mini-series. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** 88 Films 4K UHD update: Coming in June from 88 Films!
** M3GAN 2.0: The sequel to Blumhouse M3GAN, originally set for January 17th 2025, has been pushed back four months to a new May 16th 2025 release date. Original M3GAN stars Allison Williams and Violet McGraw will reprise their roles as Gemma and Cady respectively. In addition, screenwriter Akela Cooper will also return for the sequel which will be produced by horror masters James Wan and Jason Blum via their now combined Atomic Monster and Blumhouse Productions labels. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD THE ONES WHO LIVE: It's a love story that will never die.
----- February 15, 2024 -----
** SASQUATCH SUNSET: Only In Select Theaters April 12. Nationwide April 19.
** CLUB ZERO: At an international boarding school, an unassuming, yet rigorous, Miss Novak (Mia Wasikowska) joins the teaching staff to instruct a new class on "conscious eating." Her impressionable teenage students each have their own reasons for joining the class – to improve fitness, reduce their carbon footprint, or get extra credit. Although early lectures focus on mindful consumption, Miss Novak's discussions soon become increasingly disordered and extreme. A suspicious headmistress, concerned parents and the failing health of her students lead everyone to question the inscrutable Miss Novak's motivations for teaching the class. As a few devoted pupils fall deeper under her cult-like tutelage, they are given a new, even more sinister goal to aspire to – joining the ominous "Club Zero."
** NIGHT SHIFT: While working her first night shift at a remote motel, a young woman, Gwen Taylor (Phoebe Tonkin), begins to suspect that she is being followed by a dangerous character from her past. As the night progresses, Gwen's isolation and safety, however, are made all the more worse when she starts to realize that the motel might also be haunted. In Theaters & VOD March 8th, 2024.
** THE DEVIL'S BATH: Shudder has announced the acquisition of THE DEVIL'S BATH, the highly anticipated film from Austrian horror auteurs Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala (GOODNIGHT MOMMY), ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in Competition. Shudder has picked up all rights in North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
The German-language, psychological thriller is set in 1750 Austria, where deep forests surround villages. Agnes, a deeply religious woman, has just married her beloved, but her mind and heart soon grow heavy as her life becomes a long list of chores and expectations. Day after day, she is increasingly trapped in a murky and lonely path leading to evil thoughts, until the possibility of committing a shocking act of violence seems like the only way out of her inner prison. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 14, 2024 -----
** THE EVIL DEAD spin-off: Earlier last week came the news that rising French filmmaker Sebastien Vanicek (VERMINES) would direct and co-write a new spin-off in THE EVIL DEAD franchise. Speaking to French site Konbini recently, Vanicek discussed his plans for the new film and says a big draw for him was that he has full creative control of the work. Of this overall sixth film in the series, he says the movie will boast a bit of a French flavour and will not hold back in any way:
"If all goes well, it will be a film with a French twist, with a central French character. I want to do my post-production in France with my teams. It will be in English, eh, but with one or more French characters who speak English. I told the studio that I wanted to make a nasty film, a film that hurts, from which you come away tested. I'm going to put all the horror I have inside, it will be cathartic, and if I haven't ruined my career and I can continue to make films behind it, I will move on to something other than horror! In any case, this film will feel like France; I will never let go of this country; I intend to bring it with me."
Vanicek also spoke about working with Sam Raimi, saying he's a dream producer to work with: "What's crazy is that he guaranteed and protects us to give us 100% creative freedom. That's all that mattered to me, to not get eaten up by a big studio and get released from the project. Sam Raimi is really the only producer in the United States who has control over his franchise. So when he tells me: 'It's your vision that takes precedence, I'm here to ensure it is preserved', it's reassuring." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE CONJURING IV: Michael Chaves is in negotiations to direct what is being seen as the fourth and final outing of THE CONJURING franchise at New Line and Warner Bros. Pictures. Chaves helmed both the prior 2021 third instalment, THE CONJURING THE DEVIL MADE ME DO IT and last year's successful spin-off sequel, THE NUN II.
David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, who co-wrote the third instalment with James Wan, penned the screenplay whilst Wan will produce with Peter Safran. Plot details are under wraps but, once again, will follow supernatural investigators Ed and Lorrain Warren. Actors Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are expected to return for the film which will shoot this summer in Atlanta. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BELOW 4K UHD: Coming Soon to on 4K UHD from Kino Lorber Studio Classics from a brand new HDR Dolby Vision master.
** THE OMICRON KILLER: A copycat serial killer goes on a rampage to prove he's even more deadly than the original. The media re-dubs him The Omicron Killer.
----- February 13, 2024 -----
** THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE remake: Dario Argento has sold the remake rights to his first three films, here's the promo poster for the first, which has a totally different story to the classic original.
** SASQUATCH SUNSET: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
** Christian Bale joins FRANKENSTEIN remake: Christian Bale has revealed he's soon due to join the filming of Maggie Gyllenhaal's FRANKENSTEIN movie and will be shaving his head for the occasion. The film, being made with Warner Bros. after Netflix pulled out, is set to start filming in the coming weeks, and Bale is playing Frankenstein in a story set in 1930's Chicago that focuses on his search for love that ultimately leads to the creation of a reanimated bride. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** SMILE 2: The upcoming sequel has added to its cast, with the Deadline web site reporting that Dylan Gelula is set to appear in the upcoming horror sequel. Gelula will star in the film alongside previously announced stars Naomi Scott, Lukas Gage, Kyle Gallner, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot and details for the film, as well as various characters, are unknown at this time, so fans will have to wait for more information as we get closer to the film's planned October 18, 2024 release. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 9, 2024 -----
** LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL: A live television broadcast in 1977 goes horribly wrong, unleashing evil into the nation's living rooms. Opening in theaters March 22.
** CUCKOO: Reluctantly, 17-year-old Gretchen leaves her American home to live with her father, who has just moved into a resort in the German Alps with his new family. Arriving at their future residence, they are greeted by Mr. König, her father's boss, who takes an inexplicable interest in Gretchen's mute half-sister Alma. Something doesn't seem right in this tranquil vacation paradise. Gretchen is plagued by strange noises and bloody visions until she discovers a shocking secret that also concerns her own family.
** HALLOWEEN II: Coming soon from Via Vision Entertainment. Limited Edition 3D Lenticular Hardcase + Art Cards! Experience the fan-favourite Television Cut, upscaled to high-definition Blu-ray for the first time worldwide for this release.
** HALLOWEEN III: Coming soon from Via Vision Entertainment. Limited Edition 3D Lenticular Hardcase + Art Cards! Experience the fan-favourite Television Cut, upscaled to high-definition Blu-ray for the first time worldwide for this release.
----- February 8, 2024 -----
** A QUIET PLACE DAY ONE: Discover why our world went quiet.
** TOGETHER: Picturestart and Tango have signed up Alison Brie and Dave Franco to star in Michael Shanks upcoming feature-length horror movie TOGETHER. Details are scarce on the story, but we do know that The film is about the horror of co-dependency told "in a unique way". (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** PALETTE: The feature-length directorial debut of Zach Straus, has now added Hunter Schafer and Noomi Rapace to the cast of the psychological horror thriller. In PALETTE, Schafer is Dolly, a woman suffering from extreme synesthesia, a rare condition through which she is able to hear colors. She is recruited into a secretive, cult-like industry of color design, where she discovers the dark reality of what it takes to make the world's greatest hues. Rapace will play the company's enigmatic executive Latrice. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Ryan Coogler's vampire film: Warner Bros. Pictures is the one to have landed CREED and BLACK PANTHER filmmaker Ryan Coogler's next feature film – an untitled period vampire thriller starring Michael B. Jordan according to THR. Coogler wrote the script and will direct. He'll also produce alongside Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian are also producing. Specifics of the plot are under wraps but it's an original work and is said to have franchise potential. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- February 7, 2024 -----
** KILLING FOR CULTURE: Severin Films has optioned the adaptation rights to KILLING FOR CULTURE, the cult classic nonfiction exploration of death on film written by David Kerekes and David J. Slater. Slated to adapt and direct the feature is Kier-La Janisse. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** WINNIE THE POOH BLOOD AND HONEY 2: Deep within the 100-Acre-Wood, a destructive rage grows as Winnie-the-Pooh, Piglet, Owl, and Tigger find their home and their lives endangered after Christopher Robin revealed their existence. Not wanting to live in the shadows any longer, the group decides to take the fight to the town of Ashdown, home of Christopher Robin, leaving a bloody trail of death and mayhem in their wake. Winnie and his savage friends will show everyone that they are deadlier, stronger and smarter than anyone could ever imagine and get their revenge on Christopher Robin, once and for all.
** IMAGINARY: In theaters March 8th! Starring DeWanda Wise, Tom Payne, Taegen Burns, Pyper Braun, with Veronica Falcon, and Betty Buckley. When Jessica (DeWanda Wise) moves back into her childhood home with her family, her youngest stepdaughter Alice (Pyper Braun) develops an eerie attachment to a stuffed bear named Chauncey she finds in the basement. Alice starts playing games with Chauncey that begin playful and become increasingly sinister. As Alice's behavior becomes more and more concerning, Jessica intervenes only to realize Chauncey is much more than the stuffed toy bear she believed him to be.
** CUCKOO: Directed by Tillman Singer, who helmed LUZ. Little is known about CUCKOO but the basic premise is as follows. On a trip to the German Alps with her father and stepmother, Gretchen discovers that the resort town where they're staying hides sinister secrets. She's then plagued by strange noises and frightening visions of a woman pursuing her. The film will be hitting theaters on May 3, 2024. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- February 6, 2024 -----
** THE EVIL DEAD spin-off: Rising French filmmaker Sebastien Vanicek (VERMINES) has been set as co-writer and director of a new spin-off of THE EVIL DEAD franchise. The project has been set up at Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert's Ghost House Pictures, which produces the franchise. Details regarding the film's storyline are under wraps. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SAW XI: Kevin Greutert, who directed the sixth, seventh and tenth entries in the SAW franchise, will return for the upcoming eleventh film SAW XI at Lionsgate. The film expected to see Tobin Bell returning as John Kramer/Jigsaw in this new installment to be released on September 27th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LONGLEGS: Here's a new trailer for the highly anticipated new horror film.
** LOVELY, DARK, AND DEEP: Here's the poster for the upcoming film.
----- February 2nd, 2024 -----
** IN A VIOLENT NATURE: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** AMELIA'S CHILDREN: When Edward's search for his biological family leads him and his girlfriend Ryley to a magnificent villa high in the mountains of Northern Portugal, he is full of excitement at meeting his long-lost mother and twin brother. Finally, he will discover who he is and where he comes from. But nothing is as it seems, and Edward will soon learn that he is linked to them by a monstrous secret. Written and directed by Gabriel Abrantes.
** HISTORY OF EVIL: A family on the run from corruption takes refuge in a safe house with an evil past. What unfolds next will shake you to your core. Starring Paul Wesley and Jackie Cruz don't miss HISTORY OF EVIL, premiering February 23 on Shudder.
----- February 1st, 2024 -----
** LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP: A psychological horror that centers on Lennon (BARBARIAN), who seizes the opportunity to assume the coveted role of a back-country ranger at a remote outpost. While adapting to her solitary existence in the wilderness, she becomes aware of a lurking, sinister presence. Driven by the need for answers, Lennon embarks on a journey through the ominous terrain, seeking to unveil the long-standing mystery that has haunted her since childhood.
** 28 YEARS LATER: Cillian Murphy, who broke through as the lead of 28 DAYS LATER, is returning as an executive producer and The Hollywood Reporter indicates Murphy could also possibly act in the project – but details are under wraps. Part of the reason director Danny Boyle went with Sony is studio head Tom Rothman, who founded Fox Searchlight in the 1990s and worked with Boyle on eight of his films. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LONGLEGS: Here's multiple posters for the upcoming film!