** CHILD'S PLAY remake: MGM has released a teaser poster for the upcoming remake, which will be arriving in theaters next summer on June 21, 2019, Variety has confirmed. Aubrey Plaza and Brian Tyree Henry are headlining the new film, under the helm of filmmaker Lars Klevberg (POLAROID). Tyler Burton Smith wrote the screenplay based on the 1988 film. In the remake, Plaza stars as a mother who gives her son Andy, portrayed by Gabriel Bateman, a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. The new version of the killer doll won't be a doll possessed by a serial killer but will be a defective Buddy doll whose programming code was hacked so that he has no limitations to learning and also violence. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** HELL FEST: Experience a terrifying celebration of the horror genre when HELL FEST arrives on Digital December 28 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate.
A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground. On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?
Take home HELL FEST and go behind the scenes with an exclusive, never-before-seen featurette, "Thrills and Kills: Making HELL FEST." Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K Ultra HD combo pack, which includes Dolby Vision HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultravivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The HELL FEST 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
** FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S: Video game creator Scott Cawthon has revealed that Blumhouse and Universal Pictures' forthcoming live-action adaptation of his popular horror game FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S has been briefly delayed due to his dissatisfaction with the first script he had written. Cawthon also shared that the new script the he has been working on will be based on the first three FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S games.
"I had a script written," Cawthon wrote earlier in a Q&A thread. "Jason [Blum] liked it, and Chris Columbus liked it too, but I tossed it. I had a different idea for it, one that I liked better. I take responsibility for this delay; it's my fault. [I'm] determined to find the right story."
"I'm sticking to what I've always said… either the right movie gets made or no movie gets made… I hate delaying a project that's already seen so many delays, but I have to go with my instincts on what I think will be exciting and interesting, and what I think the fanbase will really want to see. If that means that I have to start over ten more times, then that's what I'm going to do. The good thing is that each attempt gets better and better, in my opinion. So, despite the delays, it's going in the right direction." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
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** CAM: From Blumhouse, the producer of GET OUT and UPGRADE comes CAM - a technology-driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn starring Madeline Brewer (HANDMAID'S TALE).
** THE HOARD: From indie horror studio Foresight Features and the creators of PONTYPOOL, MONSTER BRAWL and SEPTIC MAN comes their latest batshit horror/comedy THE HOARD. THE HOARD depicts the ill-fated effort of a group of Reality TV stars trying to produce a pilot episode for their comeback series "Extremely Haunted Hoarders". An ensemble comedy, a paranormal investigation, a hoarder intervention and a house-flipping misadventure, THE HOARD chronicles how the ultimate reality show turned into a deadly nightmare.
** ASTRAL: A detached university student faces the consequences of astral projection when he uses it to reconnect with his dead mother.
** LUCIFERINA: Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. Instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and perhaps, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself. The film will be available November 20th on Blu-ray and DVD in North America. On December 4th, the film will launch on Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.
** THE PURGE TV series: The Deadline web site reports that USA Network has officially renewed the movie spin-off series for a second season.
"USA Network is so proud to be the television home for the iconic franchise THE PURGE" NBC Universal's President of Entertainment Networks for Cable Entertainment, Chris McCumber said. "The partnership and creative trust of Jason Blum and everyone at Blumhouse Television and Universal Pictures ensured THE PURGE's successful transition from film to TV – and, along with Universal Cable Productions, we look forward to digging even deeper into the mythology in Season 2." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE: What happens when zombies corner two badass women? Brains get splattered...that's what.
** AURORA: The passenger ship Aurora mysteriously collides into the rocky sea, and threatens an entire island and a young woman and her sister's lives; they must survive to stay alive by finding missing dead bodies for a bounty, while at risk from visitors who seek shelter in their home.
** ZOO: Karen and John have lost the spark of married life the day they were notified that they were unable to conceive. Now they almost live like the walking dead, imprisoned by everyday life and on the verge of divorce. When the world is hit by a pandemic that really turns people into zombies, the couple have to lock themselves in their apartment, waiting for rescue. While the world outside is falling apart, they are forced to find their way back to each other and reclaim their lost love.
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** Arrow Video US - November 2018 Release Schedule: Arrow Video gets things started on November 13th with the release of THE WIZARD OF GORE from the wizard himself, Herschell Gordon Lewis. Montag the Magnificent wows audiences with his macabre magic act, but before long his volunteers start to wind up dead. Is Montag a modern day wizard or just your everyday serial killer? A TV talk show hostess investigates in this splatter classic! This release comes fully load with all the blood soaked special features you could want, including the addition of 1968's How to Make a Doll.
On November 20th audiences will get the chance to purchase Teruo Ishii's anthology, ORGIES OF EDO. This bloody entry takes viewers along for a ride featuring three stories each with a corrupt moral center. Politically incorrect, each tale is that of tragic heroines caught up in unspeakable violence. First pressings of this release will include an illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Tom Mes.
** Tempe Entertainment: Sad news as longtime B-movie production & distribution company calls it quits after 33 years. Rising from the ashes of Amsco Studios during post-production on THE DEAD NEXT DOOR in September 1988, The Suburban Tempe Company became a recognizable name in B-movie cinema over the decade that followed, producing ROBOT NINJA, SKINNED ALIVE, and a notorious shot-on-video "six pack" for Cinema Home Video before branching out on its own with movies like OZONE, THE SANDMAN, and POLYMORPH.
In 1991, Tempe Video was formed to market and distribute productions in house, paving the way to acquire movies from other producers alongside Alternative Cinema, a magazine dedicated to the burgeoning direct-to-video scene. After a brief hiatus from self-distribution with BLOODLETTING in 1997, the newly-christened Tempe Entertainment headed west for the most prolific chapter in the company's history.
** ALPHAS: FINAL DESTINATION 5 director Steven Quale is set to helm Voltage Pictures' aquatic thriller ALPHAS based on a screenplay by Frank Hannah. The story sees a school of great white sharks terrorize a coastal town and their only hope is a damaged killer whale who has been in solitary confinement for years after killing its trainer. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** DEAR DAVID: New Line has won a bidding war for the viral ghost story DEAR DAVID, written by former BuzzFeed writer Adam Elis, according to the Collider web site. It mentions that BuzzFeed Studios had partnered with It producer Dan Lin and his Rideback banner to produce the film back in June, but it still needed a distributor. After a prolonged negotiation period, New Line eventually beat out Paramount Players for the project. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
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** EVIL DEAD and DON'T BREATHE sequels: Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez first came to many people's attention when, for his first feature effort, he scored the chance to direct the high profile remake of EVIL DEAD. Much more brutal than the Sam Raimi directed trilogy, the new take on the property scored fairly good reviews and made back over five times its $17 million budget – a very good start. Things only got better with DON'T BREATHE, a high profile thriller about three friends trapped inside the house of a psychopathic blind war veteran. Nominated and winning several genre awards, the film scored very good reviews and went on to make $157 million worldwide from a $10 million budget.
Speaking with Movieweb, he touched upon a recent Twitter poll in which he asked whether people would rather see an EVIL DEAD or a DON'T BREATHE sequel, to which most responded more EVIL DEAD – a decision Alvarez seeming doesn't have much interest in:
"When I tweeted that I was interested in seeing what people prefer. We were having some internal debates about what people would be interested in most. Unfortunately, EVIL DEAD 2 won. Which, I guess I would have preferred DON'T BREATHE 2 to win because it's one of my own creations. Obviously EVIL DEAD has the bigger following. So that's what happened."
One key difference? EVIL DEAD 2 doesn't have a script whereas DON'T BREATHE 2 has a screenplay ready to go. Alvarez admits he's not sure how much involvement in either he'll have:
"…it doesn't mean that we won't make them. And that I make them might not be that I'm directing, but I might be producing. They're just ideas right now. Nothing to announce officially. We do have a script for DON'T BREATHE 2. That's the only difference. We don't have a script for EVIL DEAD 2. But we do have a script for DON'T BREATHE 2 that we wrote. Once I'm done with THE GIRL WITH THE SPIDER'S WEB we're gonna start thinking of ways to bring that story to the screen. Me directing or me producing. It really depends on the time that we'll have. I'm particularly excited about that because it's a really different sequel, when it comes to sequels. It's a very different approach and I'm excited about that." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE WALKING DEAD movies: AMC has announced the first projects in development from Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple for THE WALKING DEAD Universe. A series of AMC Studios Original Films, starring Andrew Lincoln and written by Gimple, are planned to continue the story of Rick Grimes, with the first expected to begin production as early as 2019.
In Lincoln's final appearance on the hit series THE WALKING DEAD, the character of Rick Grimes is mortally wounded and last seen being flown away by helicopter to an unknown destination. The first film will explore the story of where Rick is taken and what he faces in a new corner of the zombie apocalypse.
As part of Gimple's multi-year plan for THE WALKING DEAD Universe, there are other projects currently in development, including additional films, specials, series, digital content and more. Some of the stories will relate to THE WALKING DEAD as fans know it while others will be standalone stories that break into new creative territory.
"We have a lot on the horizon – starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I've ever met," said Gimple. "These films are going to be big evolutions of what we've been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features. We're starting with the first part of the continuing story of Rick Grimes, and there is much more on the way, featuring yet-unseen worlds of THE WALKING DEAD and faces from the show's past, as well as new characters we hope to become favorites, told by TWD veterans and emerging voices. We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that's captured our imagination for nearly a decade of the Dead."
"We believe this is a world and narrative with many possibilities and opportunities for character development and we're excited to expand the series into a franchise that can live across multiple formats," said David Madden, president of original programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. "For many years, fans have talked about things in the apocalypse they want to see and now we have an opportunity to explore those stories, beginning with the character who started it all, Rick Grimes." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** OVERLORD: In Theaters and Available for Pre-Order from PlayStation Store on November 9th.
** GRUDGE: Sony has released the first look at their upcoming reboot of THE GRUDGE franchise opening June 21st next year. Nicolas Pesce helms the film which stars INSIDIOUS alum Lin Shaye who earlier this year said: "It's the scariest movie I've ever been a part of, not even maybe. Not even maybe. And it's the scariest part I've ever had, bar none." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
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** NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD sequel: Fifty years on from the release of George A. Romero's iconic 1968 zombie film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, some of the key talent involved in it will return for a direct follow-up. Living Dead Media, the company which handles the rights to the original, have announced that they intend to release an official sequel billed as NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD PART II which is expected to arrive in 2019. In an official statement the company says:
"NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD's place on the Mt. Rushmore of horror films is known by most horror fans and people all over the world. But, unknown to most is that in the 1970's, the original writers and producers of Night of the Living Dead penned a sequel to their masterpiece. A sequel that inexplicably has gone unproduced for over forty years – until now. Living Dead Media has brushed away the dirt from this amazing follow up to a classic and brought together a great team to produce the new film."
Essentially it sounds like the film will be using 2018's HALLOWEEN as a template with the new film working as a direct sequel to the original and ignoring the numerous sequels that came after. George A. Romero's wife, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, had previously revealed that her late husband left behind forty or more scripts that hadn't been produced, though it's not clear if this project is one of those scripts she was talking about. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** A QUIET PLACE sequel: John Krasinski and Emily Blunt sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss the development of the story for the sequel to this year's acclaimed horror smash A QUIET PLACE, including an idea to dive into the past of the characters.
"In some ways, the idea of seeing who these people were before this all happened would be interesting, but I'm not quite sure because I think actually it's now what's the next chapter and what happens next," said Blunt, who plays the Abbott family matriarch. "I think people feel very invested in this family…. I think it's such an open book right now, and certainly for John who is lasering into something as we speak."
Krasinski, who helped with the rewrites on the first installment that he directed and starred in, originally had no interest in working on a sequel, but after finding a small idea for it, he found himself inspired and came up with further planning for the sequel.
"This is a world you can play in, this isn't just a character to remake…. it's actually a world, which is a whole different, very unique experience," Krasinski explained. "It's not like ALIEN or JAWS where the main villain is the thing you're repeating; it's an actual entire set of rules and the circumstance that the world has undergone that you can play in very different facets." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** IT Chapter Two: Director Andy Muschietti took to Instagram Friday to announce that filming has concluded for the highly-anticipated sequel to the 2017 horror hit, as IT Chapter Two which is set to hit theaters in September 2019!
** BLOODY BALLET: When a beautiful ballerina dancer, Adriana Mena (Kendra Carelli), lands the lead role in the upcoming Nutcracker performance, she's forced to face her demons as jealousy and tension begin to provoke the supernatural. Coming out November 13 from High Octane Pictures.
** RONDO: Paul, a troubled young veteran, is told by a psychiatrist that sex is the solution to his dependency and drinking problems. But things turns out otherwise as Paul and his sister are sucked into a criminal underworld where sex and murder are daily specials and revenge is served piping hot.
----- November 1st, 2018 -----
** THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT: The film takes place in 1970s USA. We follow the highly intelligent Jack (Matt Dillon) through 5 incidents and are introduced to the murders that define Jack's development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack's point of view. He views each murder as an artwork in itself, even though his dysfunction gives him problems in the outside world. Despite the fact that the final and inevitable police intervention is drawing ever near (which both provokes and puts pressure on Jack) he is – contrary to all logic – set on taking greater and greater chances. Along the way we experience Jack's descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and in-depth explanations of, for Jack, dangerous and difficult maneuvers.
** THE MEG sequel: Producer Catherine Xujun Ying has acknowledged that a sequel to this summer's giant prehistoric shark movie THE MEG is in the works. At present the film hasn't set any screenwriters and the project isn't officially greenlit by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Nevertheless, it seems to be happening. Speaking at the Los Angeles Skirball Center's U.S.-China Entertainment Summit, Ying says a sequel is "definitely the plan… it's still in the very early stages, but we're working on it. We're trying to keep it secret at this time."
Ying is also CEO of Gravity Pictures who was involved heavily in financing the movie which plays a big part in the chances of a sequel happening, as does producer Belle Avery having already bought the rights in perpetuity to all five of Steve Alten's books upon which it's based. Additionally there are reportedly discussions in place to create Meg theme park rides in China.
THE MEG is the most successful U.S.-Chinese co-production ever made to date, clocking in at $527.8 million worldwide. One advantage of a sequel is that it doesn't have to swallow the tens of millions spent over twenty years in development costs which the first film endured. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** LEPRECHAUN RETURNS: The film arrives on Digital and On Demand December 11 from Lionsgate. The deadly, wisecracking Leprechaun is back in all his gory glory. When the sorority sisters of the Alpha Upsilon house decide to go green and use an old well as their water source, they unwittingly awaken a pint-sized, green-clad monster. The Leprechaun wants a pot of gold buried near the sorority house, but first he must recover his powers with a killing spree—and only the girls of AU can stop him