** THE STRANGERS sequels: Fourteen years since Bryan Bertino's creepy home invasion slasher film THE STRANGERS and four since its sequel, it looks as though that franchise is about to go much further.
Bloody Disgusting's The Boo Crew Podcast recently spoke with Roy Lee, the horror producer who helped get the original made. When he was asked about the possibility of another THE STRANGERS movie, the response was entirely unexpected: "I think the next three are in production next month with another filmmaker that people will know."
Lee didn't share any other details, and it's not clear who would handle the new films (Universal Pictures had the first, Aviron Pictures the second). Lee's next film is the raved-about AirBnB horror tale BARBARIAN, which hits cinemas next month. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ROOM 428: Brett and Drew Pierce (THE WRETCHED) have been set to write and direct the supernatural horror ROOM 428 at Screen Gems. THE BLACK PHONE team of director Scott Derrickson, screenwriter C. Robert Cargill and Sherryl Clark are on board to produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SISSY: Invited away on a hen's weekend, Sissy is stuck in a remote cabin with her high school bully...and a taste for revenge. Premieres September 29 only Shudder.
** RAVEN'S HOLLOW: West Point cadet Edgar Allan Poe and four other cadets on a training exercise in upstate New York are drawn by a gruesome discovery into a forgotten community where they find a township guarding a frightening secret. Premieres September 22 only Shudder.
** FLUX GOURMET: A dysfunctional sonic collective – a band devoted to the sounds of the culinary arts – navigates rivalries internal and external in this absurdly original feast for the senses. Premieres September 15 only Shudder.
** THE BLACK PHONE: To celebrate the home release of THE BLACK PHONE, here's some clips. Never talk to strangers. Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, in the most disturbing role of his career, stars in a new suspenseful thriller based on the short story by Joe Hill and from Blumhouse and director Scott Derrickson who brought you SINISTER and DOCTOR STRANGE. THE BLACK PHONE is available to own with captivating extras on Digital August 12, 2022 and on Blu-ray and DVD August 16, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
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** SAW X: Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are set to produce another installment, the tenth overall entry, of the SAW franchise, with the film due for release on October 27th 2023. Kevin Greutert (SAW VI and SAW THE FINAL CHAPTER) returns to direct the new entry with plot details kept under wraps. One thing that can be assured though, is all-new twisted traps and a new mystery to solve.
Commenting on the announcement, franchise producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules say: "We have been listening to what the fans have been asking for and are hard at work planning a movie that SAW aficionados and horror fans alike will love. And part of that is giving the reins to Kevin Greutert, director of SAW VI, which is still one of the fans' favorites in the entire series. More details will be revealed soon." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BONES AND ALL: From writer/director Luca Guadagnino comes this tale with Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell star as two young drifters on a liberating road odyssey. The pair search for identity and chase beauty in a perilous world that cannot abide their true natures (in the novel, they're cannibals).
** No more PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Blumhouse Productions CEO Jason Blum says the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise is done. Speaking with Variety and referring to the seventh film PARANORMAL ACTIVITY NEXT OF KIN which premiered last year, he says: "It has been enough already. That last PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movie was terrible".
There have been reports of another installment titled PARANORMAL ACTIVITY THE OTHER SIDE due for release next year, but franchise producer Oren Peli shot down that talk in a tweet this week, saying: "Those are not real sequels. We have nothing to do with them, and do not know these people who claim to be making these films."
Blum goes on to explain he would be interested in continuing the property only if a good filmmaker could come in with a new take that sparks interest, then goes on to compare it to Blumhouse's HALLOWEEN revival trilogy: "With HALLOWEEN, we only had the rights to three movies, so we said: HALLOWEEN ENDS! It ends for Blumhouse, at least. With other things, you just have this feeling it's time to put them to bed. It would come back if some director I love, like Scott Derrickson, said: 'I have a great idea for a PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movie'. But it's not something I want to do [at the moment]." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE EXORCIST reboot: Filmmaker David Gordon Green and his team that made the recent HALLOWEEN trilogy, the last of which releases this October, are moving on to do a similar revival idea for THE EXORCIST franchise. Blum gave an update on its progress:
"We are getting ready to make it. Hopefully, we will do the same thing with THE EXORCIST that we did with HALLOWEEN – make it in a way that's fresh and worth revisiting. And feels different enough so that people are happy we did it. [David] is very good at respecting intellectual property that already exists and putting a new spin on it." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** RESURRECTION: A woman's carefully constructed life is upended when an unwelcome shadow from her past returns, forcing her to confront the monster she's evaded for two decades. Premieres October 28 on Shudder (US & Canada).
** SHE WILL: An aging film star retreats to the Scottish countryside with her nurse to recover from surgery. While there, mysterious forces of revenge emerge from the land where witches were burned. Premieres October 13 only Shudder (US & Canada).
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** THE BLACK PHONE sequel: Filmmaker Scott Derrickson has confirmed that "a lot of conversation" is underway regarding a potential sequel to the supernatural child kidnap tale THE BLACK PHONE, which was released in June. Along with very good reviews, the Ethan Hawke-led film proved to be a massive box office hit for Blumhouse and Universal Pictures – taking in around ten times its reported $16-18 million budget.
Speaking with the Comic Book web site, the SINISTER and DOCTOR STRANGE helmer says: "There's already a lot of conversation, a lot of pressure being put on it. I mean, the movie cost $18 million, and it's going to ultimately make probably $160-170 million worldwide. So they want another one. Of course, they do." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** OUIJA SHARK 2: Here's the trailer for the upcoming sequel.
** MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH: Coming to Blu-ray on September 13th. The startling U.S. debut of Dutch writer/director Rene Daalder, originally released in 1976, MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH is a thriller about a high school transfer student who resorts to murder after being pushed too far by a trio of bullies. When it appears he has freed his fellow classmates from the rule of violent oppressors, the newfound power becomes too much and soon the bullied become the bullies.
The new release from Synapse features a high-definition 1080p remaster scanned, transferred and supervised by Daalder. The Blu-ray also contains a full course-load of special features including the brand-new documentary Hell in the Hallways: The Making of Massacre at Central High. Massacre at Central High stars Andrew Stevens, Derrel Maury, Kimberly Beck, Rainbeaux Smith, and Robert Carradine.
** MARGAUX: From Paramount Home Entertainment, watch the trailer for the sci-fi thriller MARGAUX starring Madison Pettis and Vanessa Morgan. What Margaux wants, she gets. As a group of seniors celebrate their final college days at a smart house, the house's highly advanced AI system, Margaux, begins to take on a deadly presence of her own. A carefree weekend of partying turns into a dystopian nightmare as they realize Margaux's plans to eliminate her tenants one way or another. Time begins to run out as the group desperately tries to survive and outsmart the smart home.
** THE LEGEND OF HAWES: Distribution Solutions, a division of Alliance Entertainment, announces the release of Archstone's horror-in-the-old-west, THE LEGEND OF HAWES coming to Digital September 13, 2022!
** LISA FRANKENSTEIN: Carla Gugino, Liza Soberano, Joe Chrest and Henry Eikenberry will star alongside Kathryn Newton and Cole Sprouse in Zelda Williams' debut horror-comedy film LISA FRANKENSTEIN at Focus Features. Diablo Cody penned the script which is in production in New Orleans.
Set in 1989, Frankenstein follows an unpopular high school student (Newton) who accidentally re-animates a handsome Victorian corpse (Sprouse) during a lightning storm and starts to rebuild him into the man of her dreams, using the broken tanning bed in her garage. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
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** Synapse Films 4K UHD update: Synapse Films plan to release JUST BEFORE DAWN (1981) and STREET TRASH (1987) on 4K UHD in the future.
** THE BLACK PHONE: THE BLACK PHONE is available to own with captivating extras on Digital August 12, 2022 and on Blu-ray and DVD August 16, 2022 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
THE BLACK PHONE comes with exclusive bonus content which includes deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast and crew, Derrickson's short film SHADOWPROWLER and a feature commentary by director, producer, co-writer Scott Derrickson.
** ALL MUST DIE: Gina is about to get married, and her friends "kidnap" her for a last all-out bachelorette party. They have rented a country house up in the woods,miles away from the nearest neighbor. A perfect setting for the horror-themed party. The plan is to give her a proper scare. Dressed in red latex,and all on her own, Gina has to complete a strange rebus. At first it's creepy but fun. But then things occur that can't possibly be a part of the game. Or is Gina about to lose her grip of reality? Available Now on VOD.
** POLTERGEIST 4K UHD: The 1982 classic horror film written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on September 20, it was announced by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Suburbanites Steve and Diane suddenly experience paranormal activity in their home. What starts off as minor excitement quickly turns into nasty ghostly encounters. The disappearance of their daughter Carol Anne forces the Freelings to bring in parapsychologists and a professional exorcist to exorcise their home. Directed by Tobe Hooper and featuring Oscar Nominated Visual Effects by Richard Edlund, Michael Wood and Bruce Nicholson, POLTERGEIST is one of the most entertaining horror films of its time.
** THE LOST BOYS 4K UHD: Directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Patric, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, THE LOST BOYS will be released on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital on September 20, it was announced by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
When their parents divorce, Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam Emerson (Corey Haim) move with their mother to their grandfather's house in a California town nicknamed, "The Murder Capital of the World." Soon after arriving, Michael gets involved with a hell-raising motorcycle gang of vampires with a charismatic leader (Kiefer Sutherland). When Sam becomes involved with the Frog Brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), who confess to being undercover Vampire hunters, he realizes it's up to them to save Michael and the rest of the town from the vampire gang.
** ASTONISHING TALES OF TERROR ROCKTAPUSSY!: Black Fawn Distribution has acquired the Canadian home video rights for the new film ASTONISHING TALES OF TERROR ROCKTAPUSSY! The horror-adventure-comedy is set for release this fall.
ASTONISHING TALES OF TERROR ROCKTAPUSSY! is a plucky, provocative, action-horror hybrid that combines the classic fun of a tomb raiding adventure with the cosmic horror of a creature feature. Brigitte Kingsley stars as an intrepid reporter with a take-no-guff attitude, whose pursuit of the truth only leads her to trouble. In the tradition of rowdy adventure comedies and campy grindhouse horror, ASTONISHING TALES OF TERROR ROCKTAPUSSY! is directed by Andrew Cymek and produced by the husband-and-wife team of Kingsley and Cymek.
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EVENT HORIZON 4K UHD review
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned... with someone or something new on-board.
I remember seeing this at the cinema when it first came out and hating it... thankfully now it actually aged better but sadly we will never see a director's cut since the footage has supposedly gone missing.
To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Paramount Pictures have released Paul W.S. Anderson's film on 4K UHD in a beautiful SteelBook edition, which comes in a transparent slipcover. It features a good 2:35:1 Dolby Vision and HDR10 transfer using a H.265 codec with native 4K (2160p) resolution. Multiples audio tracks are available with the English version in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) while the German, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese tracks are in Dolby Digital 5.1. Also available are English, English SDH, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish subtitles.
The film is also available on the second disc, which is a 2K Blu-ray. It features all of the extras such as The Making of Event Horizon - 5 Documentaries, The Point of No Return - the filming of Event Horizon with director commentary, Secrets – deleted & extended scenes with selectable director commentary, The Unseen Event Horizon, Theatrical Trailer and Video Trailer. There's also a commentary track by director Paul W.S. Anderson and producer Jeremy Bolt. Finally, there's a Digital code included.
Our copy was provided by Paramount Pictures.
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** THE EXORCIST reboot: Emmy winner Ann Dowd will join Leslie Odom Jr. and returnee Ellen Burstyn in the planned THE EXORCIST film continuation at Blumhouse, Universal and Peacock. Filmmaker David Gordon Green, who basically revived the HALLOWEEN franchise with the recent trilogy, is doing a similar thing here and will direct the planned first film in a new trilogy that serves as a direct sequel to William Friedkin's 1973 original. Universal and Peacock closed a $400 million deal a year ago to obtain the global rights to THE EXORCIST franchise. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SPIRIT HALLOWEEN The Movie: Donovan Colan, Dylan Martin Frankel and Jaiden J. Smith star as a group of boys who decide to spend a night at an abandoned Spirit Halloween store, only to find out that its products and animatronic creatures have come alive and set out to haunt them.
** NANNY: After successfully acquiring the rights to the film, Amazon Studios has finally set the release date for the upcoming theatrical and streaming debuts of Nikyatu Jusu's acclaimed horror-drama NANNY. The film had its world premiere earlier this year at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize Award. NANNY is scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 23, followed by a Prime Video premiere on December 16. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME: Coming October 18th from Kino Lorber Studio Classics.
----- August 3rd, 2022 -----
** Forgotten Giallo: Volume five of the Vinegar Syndrome box set is coming out this month!
** Vinegar Syndrome update: Looking further ahead, October and November are shaping up to be our best yet! In addition to the world UHD debut of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART II, this October will include the first ever Paul Naschy starring UHD, and Blu-rays of a truly demented international slasher, along with one more never-on-blu 80s gorefest, and that doesn't even include the horror themed Peekarama double feature or the two horror VSAs! November is also taking things to a new level, including our second Home Grown Horrors set along with the biggest pair of surprise titles we've had so far! Much more info to come in the next couple months.
** HISTORY OF THE OCCULT: Cinedigm announced that the Company has acquired all North American rights to one of the most successful Latin horror films of all times, HISTORY OF THE OCCULT, from FilmSharks. The film, which was successfully released across Latin America, Europe and Asia, is now ready to make its debut in the US & Canada this December.
** HOUSE OF DARKNESS: Driving home to her secluded estate after meeting at a local bar, a player out to score thinks his beautiful, mysterious date will be another casual hook-up," reads the film's synopsis. "While getting acquainted, their flirtation turns playful, sexy, and sinister. Hoping to get lucky, his luck may have just run out.
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** V/H/S/99: The horror anthology film series V/H/S is returning with a fifth entry just in time for Halloween, as Shudder has announced that V/H/S/99 will release on October 20, 2022. The new anthology film will once again feature a variety of new horror short films, all directed by some of the most renowned genre filmmakers working today, including Maggie Levin, Johannes Roberts, Flying Lotus, Tyler MacIntyre, and Joseph & Vanessa Winter. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** The Count Yorga Collection: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/25 from Arrow Video.
** Gothic Fantastico Four Italian Tales Of Terror: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/18 from Arrow Video. LADY MORGAN'S VENGEANCE, THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER, THE THIRD EYE and THE WITCH.
** THE INVISIBLE MANIAC: After teasing a future Blu-ray release of THE INVISIBLE MANIAC (1990) last June, Adam Rifkin commented recently that "good things come to those who wait". He also recorded a new audio commentary with Elijah Drenner (for an unnamed title) last month. Hopefully this release isn't too far off now.
** TWO WITCHES: Coming to Blu-ray on 10/18 from Arrow Video.
----- August 1st, 2022 -----
** HALLOWEEN 4K UHD collection: Here's a look at the upcoming 4K UHD box set and standalone releases of HALLOWEEN films from 1995 to 2002 from Scream Factory to be release on October 4th, 2022.
HALLOWEEN THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS (1.85:1, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Stereo, 88 min. (Theatrical Cut), 95 min. (Producer's Cut)). HALLOWEEN H20 TWENTY YEARS LATER (2.35:1, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Stereo, 86 min.). HALLOWEEN RESURRECTION (2.35:1, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Stereo, 94 min.).
** VIDEODROME 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 10/25 from Arrow Video. Brand new 4K restorations from the original camera negative by Arrow Films of both the full-length director's cut and the US theatrical cut, approved by director David Cronenberg.
** RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 4K UHD: Coming to 4K UHD on 10/18 from Scream Factory.
** TALES OF THE WALKING DEAD: Six original one-hour standalone episodes focused on both new and established characters within the walker apocalypse. Each episode has its own distinct tone and point of view -- but the stakes are high in each story, pushing new, indelible characters with relentless, life-threatening choices and situations. We get to see the apocalypse through different eyes, discovering more worlds, mythos, and mysteries of THE WALKING DEAD.
** THE RING: The film gets a 20th Anniversary Blu-ray Steelbook in October from Paramount Pictures.