** Chris Rock's SAW: Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures have announced that they're returning to the lair of Jigsaw and all his treacherous traps with a brand new SAW movie, this time featuring a story conceived by none other than comedian Chris Rock.
"When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in," said Joe Drake, Chairman of Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group. "SAW is one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all-time and it's one of Lionsgate's most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous SAW films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise."
"I've been a fan of SAW since the first film in 2004," said Rock. "I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place." The new SAW film will be released on October 23, 2020. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE DEAD DON'T DIE: The greatest zombie cast ever disassembled starring Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, ChloŽ Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Sara Driver, RZA, Selena Gomez, Carol Kane, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat and Tom Waits. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. In Theaters June 14th.
** WITCHFINDER GENERAL remake: Vincent Price starred in the original as lawyer Matthew Hopkins who claims to have been appointed to the titular role during the English Civil War in the 17th century. Roger Corman co-produced the film based on Ronald Bassett's novel.
Several years ago came word of the project with DRIVE filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn attached to produce. Tied to that, several more names attached to the new remake have been revealed. The key new hires are THE ROAD helmer John Hillcoat who is slated to direct, while scribe Jon Croker is penning the script. Croker penned THE WOMAN IN BLACK sequel. Rupert Preston will also produce. No word as to when the project might happen as it's still in fairly early development from the sounds of it. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANNABELLE COMES HOME: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film.
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** THE PURGE: Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes have set a July 10th 2020 release date for an untitled new film in THE PURGE franchise. Creator James DeMonaco is returning to pen the script and Jason Blum is producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MIDSOMMAR: Jack Reynor and Florence Pugh star in the film as a couple who travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown, famed for its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic vacation soon turns into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
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** ZOMBIELAND 2 DOUBLE TAP: Sony Pictures has shifted around its late 2019 slate, moving back the theatrical release of ZOMBIELAND 2 DOUBLE TAP by a week to October 18th.
** BLOOD MACHINES: Two space hunters are tracking down a machine trying to free itself. After taking it down, they witness a mystical phenomenon: the ghost of a young woman pulls itself out of the machine, as if the spaceship had a soul. Trying to understand the nature of this entity, they start chasing the woman through space.
** THE 16TH EPISODE: Three YouTubers, each with their own inner demons, visit the mythical town of Casablanca. With their viewership down, they get invited to attend a satanic ritual and soon realize that maybe all their audience wants is to see them die.
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** BOOK OF LEAVES: Brad Anderson (THE CALL) is attached to direct horror BOOK OF LEAVES, which The Exchange will be launching in Cannes next week. The original screenplay by Jonathan Hirschbein (THE FIX) centers on a single mother and former nun who has lost her faith. When she is hired by the Vatican's General Council to appraise a 17th century monastery in ruins with a dark and violent past she discovers a deadly ancient manuscript called The Book of Leaves. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** DEMON EYE: The UK horror film has sold around Europe and Asia for sales outfit Devilworks following its U.S. release last month via Vertical Entertainment. Deals include Germany, Austria and Switzerland (Lighthouse Home Entertainment), Benelux and Scandinavia (TakeOne), UK and Eire (101 Films), Italy (CG Entertainment), Taiwan (MovieCloud) and Middle East (Gulf Film). The film is set for theatrical release in Turkey (Bir Film) and Philippines (Rafaella Films International).
The film tells the story of Sadie, who returns to her father's country house in the Moors following his mysterious death. There she discovers a cursed amulet which contains dark powers to unlock two deadly demons. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** THE CHILD REMAINS: An expectant couple's intimate weekend turns to terror as they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where infants and mothers were murdered.
** ZILLA AND ZOE: To win the contest of her dreams, Zoe will have to turn her sister's wedding into a horror film.
** THE DEAD DON'T DIE: Here's some characters posters for the upcoming film by Jim Jarmusch.
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** IT CHAPTER TWO: Here's the teaser trailer and poster for the upcoming sequel.
** THE LODGE: Here's the poster for the upcoming film, which Neon will release in U.S. cinemas this Fall.
** THE LOST BOYS TV series: Earlier this year, The CW ordered pilots based on THE LOST BOYS, Katy Keene and Nancy Drew. It's already been revealed that the latter two pilots were already successfully given series orders by the network. Despite the network approving the pilot's script, THE LOST BOYS series didn't get the same treatment. Deadline reports that The CW has given Catherine Hardwicke's series adaptation a chance to improve the original pilot with re-shoots and possibly changing some of the cast members.
Set in sunny seaside Santa Carla, THE LOST BOYS will follow the story of brothers Michael and Sam Emerson as they moved to Santa Carla with their mother Lucy after the unfortunate death of their father. However, things go wrong when the brothers soon find themselves being drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla's eternally beautiful and youthful undead. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MIDSOMMAR: It only happens every 90 years. July 3. Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that render the pastoral paradise increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster comes a dread-soaked cinematic fairytale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.
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** HELLRAISER remake: Spyglass Media Group has announced their first project since launching back in March and will fast track a re-imagination of Clive Barker's 1987 horror classic HELLRAISER with David S. Goyer producing and writing. Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spyglass, made the announcement.
Over three decades, the HELLRAISER franchise has spawned ten films, graphic novels and merchandise. The original movie was based on Barker's novella The Hellbound Heart and followed the resurrection of Frank, who opens a door to another dimension and saw his body destroyed by the Cenobites, who are creatures from Hell that grant sadomasochistic pleasures to those who call upon them. The most notable of them is Pinhead (who is the face of HELLRAISER). Years later, Frank's brother Larry moves into their late mother's abandoned house with new wife Julia. He has an accident, which triggers Frank's resurrection, and soon enables the Cenobites to come forth again.
Spyglass will finance and develop the pic for worldwide theatrical distribution. Keith Levine will serve as a producer alongside Goyer, under the Phantom Four banner. Chris Stone, Vice President, Development & Production for Spyglass, will oversee the project.
Barber said, "Clive and I go back more than 30 years together. For generations, his brilliantly twisted and imaginative HELLRAISER haunted the minds of moviegoers with its searing imagery of Pinhead." He added, "David is the perfect storyteller to continue Clive's vision for a new theatrical version of HELLRAISER."
Goyer said, "I've been a fan of Clive's work since the original Books of Blood paperbacks and The Hellbound Heart novella. Having the chance to reimagine Pinhead and the Cenobites for a new audience is a nightmare-come-true. Gary is a true fan as well and we're committed to making something dark and visceral." (thanks to Deadline.com)
** SKY SHARKS: A team of Arctic geologists stumble across an abandoned laboratory in which the Nazis developed an incredible and brutal secret weapon during the final months of WW2. Deep in the ice, they accidentally awake a deadly army of flying zombie sharks ridden by genetically mutated, undead super-humans, who are unleashed into the skies, wreaking their bloodthirsty revenge on any aircraft that takes to the air.
An elite task force is assembled to take on this deadly threat and stop the Sky Sharks from conquering the air, but as time runs out, the task force realises they will have to fight fire with fire, and the stage is set for the greatest flying super-mutant zombie shark air battle the world has ever seen.
** THE LODGE: A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancť's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.
** THE WALKING DEAD: Star Norman Reedus took to Instagram to reveal that production has begun on the tenth season of AMC's long-running post-apocalyptic horror series. Season 10 is expected to premiere later this year on October with Danai Gurira only set to appear in a few episodes in a recurring role as she exits the series after seven seasons. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
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** CRITTERS ATTACK!: The feeding frenzy begins! Critters Attack!, the newest entry in the bloody, live-action, horror/sci-fi film series lands on earth on July 23, 2019, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital for $24.98 / $19.98 / $19.99 SRP. Fans can also watch the fur-ocious creatures' television debut on SYFY, scheduled to air in October.
** THE COLLECTOR 3: Actor Josh Stewart tweeted out a poster for THE COLLECTOR 3, which included the caption "Lock your doors." Stewart's character, Arkin, was the lone survivor of the Collector's wrath in the first film, a serial killer with a fondness for elaborately lethal traps used to collect his victims. (If this sounds familiar, the film was initially pitched as a SAW prequel). Stewart returned for THE COLLECTION, where he went toe-to-toe with the Collector and ultimately defeated him. While THE COLLECTION teased a third installment, it is not entirely clear yet where the third film will fit into the story. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
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** CRAWL: When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father. Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears. From HIGH TENSION director, Alexandre Aja.
** CHILD'S PLAY TV series: Franchise creator Don Mancini took to Twitter to confirm the window their aiming for with the upcoming CHILD'S PLAY TV series titled CHUCKY, revealing that it will likely be making its debut in 2020, exclusively on SYFY. The series will be set right after the events of the 2017 film CULT OF CHUCKY with Brad Dourif set to return as the voice of the iconic titular killer doll.
Mancini previously confirmed that the new series will have "a whole new world, a bunch of new characters" adding that it "involves children," with David Kirschner confirming they'd go back to the roots of the series:
"The only thing I think we can say is from the original film that Don wrote, CHILD'S PLAY, we are playing with that concept again, the idea of child's play," Kirschner said.
"We saw that after seven movies, how can we flip again?" Mancini added "So this time not by merely changing genre but by changing medium. This will give us a different kind of canvas, a much bigger canvas to explore characters and relationships." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** WARM BODIES TV series: Lionsgate has signed a first-look film and television deal with acclaimed director Jonathan Levine. One of the projects already in development by Lionsgate Television is a WARM BODIES series adaptation with Levine's new production company, Megamix. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
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** DEODATO HOLOCAUST: A feature-length documentary about the life and career of Italian director Ruggero Deodato, who became a "master of horror" unintentionally after the controversy over his film CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST - a work whose violence nearly brought him to jail. DEODATO HOLOCAUST is the result of more than six hours of interviews and material shot by Brazilian journalist and independent filmmaker Felipe M. Guerra.
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: Here's yet another poster for the upcoming film.
** US: Jordan Peele's film arrives on Digital on June 4, 2019, as well as on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on June 18, 2019.