** IT CHAPTER TWO: Because every 27 years evil revisits the town of Derry, Maine, IT CHAPTER TWO brings the characters—who've long since gone their separate ways—back together as adults, nearly three decades after the events of the first film.
** HAPPY DEATH DAY 3: In the past week came a report that a potential third film was in development, but writer/director Christopher Landon has now taken to social media to shoot down those reports, saying on Twitter:
"Since I keep reading stuff about it, I'll say it loud: THERE IS NO HAPPY DEATH DAY 3 IN DEVELOPMENT. It's just a rumor…unless @netflix wants to pony-up and finish this trilogy, it just ain't happening." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE HOWLING remake: Toward the end of New Line ScareDiego session of IT CHAPTER TWO, the cast and director Andy Muschietti were asked by a fan in the crowd what other horror films they would remake next, and what titles they would refuse to touch. After naming THE SHINNING, ROSEMARY'S BABY and others, Muschietti said:
"If you remade THE HOWLING, that would be rad," Bill Hader to Muschietti (earlier in the evening, Hader delighted the crowd with his impersonation of Muschietti). Muschietti's suggestion of THE HOWLING was mere musing off a fan's question. he wasn't announcing anything. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** THE UNHEARD: CRAWL writers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen are set to pen and Chris von Hoffmann (MONSTER PARTY) will direct the horror feature THE UNHEARD for Burn Later Productions. Plot specifics are unknown. Andrew Corkin, David Bernon, Sam Slater, and Paul Bernon are producing. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEATHCEMBER: An anthology film features twenty four segments that take a look at the dark side of the festive season. Twenty four short films by international directors with the most diverse ideas, styles and narrative formats, linked by short animated segments that deal with the Advent calendar itself. Behind each door, a new, viciously entertaining story awaits.
** THE DEEPER YOU DIG: In the aftermath of a roadside accident, the line between the living and the dead collapses for a mother, a daughter and a stranger. The shackles of grief are overwhelming in this harrowing DIY supernatural thriller.
----- July 18, 2019 -----
** CANDYMAN reboot: MGM and Universal's upcoming CANDYMAN sequel from producer Jordan Peele is reportedly scheduled to begin filming in Chicago in mid-August and run through to the early Fall. Chicago Tribune reported the news, saying the project will be shot entirely within the city and the story returns to the neighborhood where the legend began – the now-gentrified section of Chicago where the Cabrini-Green housing projects once stood.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (AQUAMAN) plays an artist who becomes obsessed with the legend of the serial killer in this 'spiritual sequel' to the 1992 horror classic, and original star Tony Todd is potentially going to appear in the project which is being directed by rising filmmaker Nia DaCosta from a screenplay by Peele and Win Rosenfeld. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: Writer/director John Krasinski has announced that filming has begun on the sequel. Paramount Pictures is backing the follow-up to 2017's acclaimed smash hit about a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threatens their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you. The film had minimal dialogue because silence is survival.
Emily Blunt returns alongside cast members Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds with John Krasinski set to write and direct again. They're joined by Cillian Murphy and Brian Tyree Henry this time out. Shooting is taking place in upstate New York locations near the Buffalo area including Akron and Olcott Beach. The new film has a release date of May 15th 2020. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** FREAKS: Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what's really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn't so simple, the danger is very real.
** DOOM ANNIHILATION: On the darkest moon of Mars, scientists have found an ancient portal which allows teleportation throughout the universe. Considered to be mankind's greatest discovery, it's actually a gateway from hell, unleashing a swarm of demons looking to steal the souls of everyone who gets in their way. It's up to Lieutenant Joan Dark and an elite unit of Marines to destroy an ever-growing horde of bloodsucking and soul-stealing beasts and prevent them from taking over planet earth.
** THE INVISIBLE MAN: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE star Oliver Jackson-Cohen will play the title role in Leigh Whannell's THE INVISIBLE MAN for Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. The British thesp joins Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Harriet Dyer and Storm Reid in this update on the classic Universal monsters character.
Plot details of this version are unknown, but this is the first film in the studio's shift in strategy following its abandoning its big-budget interconnected 'Dark Universe' concept in favor of standalone films with more modest budgets that embrace 'creative directors with distinctive visions'. Whannell penned the script and is directing the film which begins filming in Sydney, Australia this month ahead of a March 13th 2020 opening. Jason Blum will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 17, 2019 -----
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the trailer!
** SAW: Samuel L. Jackson, Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols are joining Chris Rock on screen in the upcoming next film in the SAW franchise which is tipped to be a minor reboot. Rock will play a police detective investigating a series of grizzly crimes with Jackson as his father. Minghella will play Rock's partner William Schenk while Nichols will play Rock's boss Capt. Angie Garza.
Joe Drake, Chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, says in a statement: "We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the SAW canon and we can't wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of SAW on full tilt." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: WESTWORLD's Hiroyuki Sanada, DEADWOOD's Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Omari Hardwick, Chris D'Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Matthias Schweighofer, Samantha Win and Rich Cetrone have all joined the cast of Zack Snyder's zombie heist film at Netflix.
Dave Bautista leads the cast of the film which begins after a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas. A group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Filming has just begun in Albuquerque, New Mexico and will later head to New Jersey to shoot on location in a casino in Atlantic City. Snyder is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Joby Harold and Shay Hatten. Deborah Snyder and Wesley Coller will produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WRETCHED: The film tells the story of a teenager who realizes that he's living next door to an ageless, undying horror that threatens all he holds dear.
** BLOOD ON HER NAME: A woman's panicked decision to cover up an accidental killing spirals out of control when her conscience demands she return the dead man's body to his family.
----- July 16, 2019 -----
** EVIL DEAD sequel: Filmmaker Sam Raimi, out doing some promotional work for this week's alligator in a flooded house movie CRAWL which he produced, has revealed another chapter in the EVIL DEAD franchise is being considered for the big screen. He confirms a new film is currently in the early stages of development:
"I'd love to make another one. I don't think TV is in its future but we're talking about – Bruce [Campbell], Rob [Tapert] and myself – one or two different ways to go for the next movie. We'd like to make another EVIL DEAD feature and in fact we're working on some ideas right now.
Raimi has ideas in place for both a follow-up to the 2013 remake, or a new film sequel with Ash. Campbell previously said he was retiring from the role of Ash in 2018 and of that Raimi says:
"I would be thrilled if Bruce Campbell changed his mind about retirement, would come back for the original EVIL DEAD line. But if not, I'm very happy to work with, if Fede [Álvarez] would come back and make the sequel… but he's such a big shot now. He's so successful, an artist in demand, that I don't think he'd want to do that. But there's also a third possibility we're talking about… I think you may see some action on the EVIL DEAD movie in the next six months." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BRIGHTBURN sequel: The James Gunn-produced superhero horror movie BRIGHTBURN opened earlier this year and pulled in $31 million from a $6 million budget, and that's despite mixed reviews.
Now, Gunn himself has confirmed over on Instagram that talks have already begun for a sequel. Asked this weekend by a fan if he could direct a BRIGHTBURN 2, Gunn replied: "I think I'm tied up for the next few years with [The] SUICIDE SQUAD and GUARDIANS [OF THE GALAXY VOL.3], but we're talking about the [BRIGHTBURN] sequel."
David Yarovesky helmed the first film from a script by Brian and Mark Gunn which was a subversive dark take on the Superman mythos. It also boasted an obvious setup for a potential sequel with other more sinister versions of superheroes running amok. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** MOMO'S CHALLENGE: Orion Pictures, Vertigo Entertainment and producer Taka Ichise are teaming to develop a horror film based on Momo, the creepy sculpture that was the subject of the viral hoax MOMO'S CHALLENGE.
The sculpture by Japanese artist Keisuke Aiso was part of a 2016 gallery exhibit in Tokyo and is called Mother Bird, a bizarre visage appropriated last year by pranksters who concocted rumors about MOMO'S CHALLENGE – a game that purportedly encourages children to hurt themselves.
Orion's untitled Momo project may widen the story beyond the contemporary digital age. Vertigo's Roy Lee and Ichise previously produced THE GRUDGE and THE RING franchises together and Lee also produced IT. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DREAMKATCHER: Lin Shaye, Radha Mitchell and Henry Thomas are set to lead the cast of DREAMKATCHER currently shooting in Manhattan. Mitchell plays a therapist who travels upstate with her boyfriend (Thomas) and his orphaned son (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) who is tormented by nightmares of his dead mother.
When the husband is forced to return to the city, the therapist remains with the boy and they encounter a mysterious neighbor (Shaye) in the woods. Kerry Harris helms from a script by Dan V. Shea. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE OAK ROOM: Black Fawn Films and Breakthrough Entertainment Inc., the filmmaking team behind such genre hits as I'LL TAKE YOUR DEAD, LET HER OUT, BITE and ANTISOCIAL have started production on their newest collaboration, THE OAK ROOM. Principal photography is set to commence in Burlington, Ontario this July. The film stars RJ Mitte, Peter Outerbridge and Ari Millen.
After taking some time off after his last film, director/producer Cody Calahan teamed up with writer Peter Genoway to adapt Genoway's stage play THE OAK ROOM into a feature length film.
----- July 15, 2019 -----
** CRAWL: The new Alexandre Aja film came out on top of the box office with a third-place haul of $12 million – an excellent result for a film that only cost $13.5 million and had very little marketing. The studio didn't pre-screen the film for critics which has been to their detriment as reviews from critics have been very solid – as has the audience reaction. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HALLOWEEN reboot sequels: Filmmaker David Gordon Green has decided to return and will direct not one but two sequels to it to be shot back-to-back. They are discussing releasing both films within the same month – suggesting a two-parter. Should that be the case then both would likely premiere in October 2020. Last year's film grossed a whopping $255 million globally from a $10-15 million budget. (thanks to Bloody-Disgusting.com)
** DARK/WEB: Premiering July 19 on Amazon Prime, the final trailer has dropped for the 8-part sci-fi/horror anthology series. In the near future, the evolution of the internet has given way to a world in crisis; one where everyone's connected but no one is safe. Molly Solis, a cyber analyst, understood these dangers better than anyone and was determined to make a difference... until she disappeared. Now, friends and foes from her past are in a race against time to decipher cryptic messages she's left behind; tales that paint a grim picture of technology run amok. As the mystery deepens, they'll discover the stories, and Molly herself, may be concealing information that could change the world... or destroy it.
** BRIGHTBURN: BRIGHTBURN arrives on Digital August 6 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and DVD August 20. What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister? With Brightburn, the visionary filmmaker of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and SLITHER presents a startling, subversive take on a radical new genre: superhero horror.
** PET SEMATARY remake: Actress Jeté Laurence ("Ellie") greeted fans at a chilling after-dark screening of PET SEMATARY surrounded by cats on July 9th at Koneko Cat Café in New York City. PET SEMATARY is now available on Digital, Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD.
----- July 3rd, 2019 -----
** JACOB'S LADDER remake: Here's the trailer for the upcoming film.
** DANIEL ISN'T REAL: Samuel Goldwyn Films and Shudder announced that they have acquired the North American rights for Adam Egypt Mortimer's film. Samuel Goldwyn Films will release it in U.S. cinemas and Shudder on it's streaming service late this year. (thanks to ScreenAnarchy.com)
** GWEN: In the stark beauty of 19th Century Snowdonia a young girl, Gwen, tries desperately to hold her home together. Struggling with her mother's mysterious illness, her father's absence and a ruthless mining company encroaching on their land, a growing darkness begins to take grip of her home, and the suspicious local community turns on Gwen and her family.
** BLOOD PARADISE: This English-language, filmed-in-Swedish horror-thriller from first-time producer-director Andréa Winter and Patrick von Barkenberg will be released on DVD, Blu-ray (with extras) and on a selection of VOD platforms.
Reeling after her latest novel flops, best-selling crime writer Robin Richards (Andréa Winter) is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. Instead of relaxation, she comes across an assortment of peculiar and possibly dangerous characters. The beautiful and stylish young woman soon discovers just how dangerous farm life can be.
** Rob Zombie's 3 FROM HELL: Here's the very cool poster for the upcoming sequel to HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE WALKING DEAD: Here's the cool San Diego Comic-Con promo art for the next season. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ENDZEIT - EVER AFTER: Carolina Hellsgård's chilling second feature follows two women fighting for their lives in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies a future Hellsgård presents as both horrific and hopeful.
** Fangoria: Fangoria said on Monday that it has named Rob Galluzzo as the Director of Acquisitions and Distribution. In his new position, he will handle film acquisitions and aid in the development of Fangoria's and parent company Cinestate's ever-expanding slate of original and acquired properties. (thanks to Deadline.com)
----- July 1st, 2019 -----
** HELLRAISER TV series: IT producer Roy Lee and READY PLAYER ONE producer Dan Farah have positioned themselves to bring to the small screen for the first time HELLRAISER, the iconic horror franchise anchored by the malevolent straight-out-of-hell villain, Pinhead. Those producers have joined forces with producer-rightsholders Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, who have controlled those TV rights since New World was sold in 1989. The feature rights are separately controlled by Spyglass, which isn't part of this configuration. (thanks to Deadline.com)
** THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR: THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE breakout actress Victoria Pedretti will return as the lead in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the second installment of the Netflix horror anthology series from Mike Flanagan, Trevor Macy, Amblin TV and Paramount TV. Inspired by Henry James' psychological gothic horror novella "The Turn of the Screw," the story takes place almost entirely in an old country mansion. There, two young orphans are looked after by a young governess (Pedretti) by whom most of the story is narrated by. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANNABELLE COMES HOME: At the box offce, the film opened in second place with a further $20.4 million, the lowest opening for a THE CONJURING film to date, though with preview screenings on Tuesday last week it now sits at $31.2 million domestically. Internationally, it brought in a further $21.1 million. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** CHILD'S PLAY remake: The film crashed hard at the box office, dropping 69.7% in its second weekend and fell from second place to eighth with a further $4.2 million. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DARLIN': A feral teenager is indoctrinated into strict religious care, unleashing the mother of all hell from the wild woman who raised her.