----- August 14, 2018 -----

** SUSPIRIA remake: Here's a new photo from the upcoming film.

** HALLOWEEN remake: Here's a new photo from the upcoming film.

** NIGHT OF THE CREEPS: Eureka Entertainment to release Fred Dekker's NIGHT OF THE CREEPS, a simultaneously frightening and hilarious 80s horror classic, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition as part of the Eureka Classics range from 8 October 2018. Presented with a Limited Edition O-Card slipcase and booklet [First print run only].

When an alien experiment goes awry, it crashes to Earth in 1959 and infects a young college student. 27 years later, his cryogenically-frozen body is thawed out by fraternity pledges, and the campus is quickly overrun by alien creatures - whose victims come back as zombies! Fred Dekker's supremely enjoyable throwback chiller deftly combines classic horror and sci-fi elements with delicious humour and loving in-jokes.

Special features:
- Limited Edition O-Card slipcase [First Print Run Only]
- High-definition remaster of the director's cut
- Original stereo soundtrack and 5.1 surround audio options, presented in PCM and DTS-HD MA respectively on the Blu-ray
- Audio commentary by writer / director Fred Dekker
- Audio commentary by actors Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall and Jill Whitlow
- Thrill Me: Making Night of the Creeps - an hour-long series of video pieces on the making of the film featuring new interviews with cast and crew
- Tom Atkins: Man of Action featurette
- Video Interview with Fred Dekker
- Deleted Scenes
- Original theatrical ending
- Trivia track subtitles
- Theatrical trailer

** THE NUN: Warner Bros. has released a new poster for the upcoming horror movie THE NUN, a spinoff in THE CONJURING universe. THE NUN is set for release on September 7.

----- August 13, 2018 -----

** THE MEG: The film is dramatically outperforming expectations, bringing in an estimated $16.5 million on Friday, heading toward what could possibly be a $40 million debut. For a film that cost a whopping $130 million officially ($150 million unofficially), that's not good but the hope is the Chinese market will save the day in this battle of Jason Statham versus a giant prehistoric shark. The Chinese producer also supplied much of the film's funding so Warners won't be too hurt by this.

THE MEG has been in development hell for twenty years, but got picked up when Warners nabbed the rights in 2015 and hired Eli Roth onboard to direct. He then left with NATIONAL TREASURE helmer Turteltaub taking over and the joint U.S. Chinese production kicked off late 2016. The other day Turteltaub revealed that while he always wanted a 'fun' tone for the film, he had to make edits to cut it down to a PG-13 including cutting out almost all the blood from the movie including some completed digital effects shots.

In a new interview with Collider, the film's star Jason Statham revealed that the film's tone and rating had changed from what he signed up for: "Scripts totally different. There was so many different … sometimes you just go, 'How did it happen? How did it go from this to this to this to that?… I'm just saying it was radically different… Jon's interpretation of this is a fun end of summer [movie]. It's full of humor.

It's a little bit more directed to a different taste of what my own is in terms of I like more gory adult stuff. I'm a lot older but I can't speak for what this film could possibly speak to a younger audience."

When told it was still alot of fun, Statham replied: "Yeah but you go, 'Where's the f–king blood?' It's like, 'There's a shark'." The film is now out in cinema. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** 47 METERS DOWN THE NEXT CHAPTER: Entertainment Studios has released the first teaser for the sequel of 2017's film.

** SLAUGHTERHOUSE RULEZ: Welcome to Slaughterhouse, an elite boarding school where boys and girls are groomed for power and greatness...and they're about to meet their match. This ancient and ordered world is about to be shaken to its foundations - literally - when a controversial frack site on prized school woodland causes seismic tremors, a mysterious sinkhole, and an unspeakable horror to be unleashed. Soon a new pecking order will be established as the pupils and teachers alike become locked in a bloody battle for survival.

** SLICE: Here's the first posters for A24's pizza delivery boy slasher film.

----- August 12, 2018 -----

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----- August 9, 2018 -----

** THE FOG 4K restoration: John Carpenter's 1980 ghost story classic has undergone a full 4K restoration by StudioCanal and is returning to cinemas in time for Halloween this year. In the film, a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary when Reverend Malone (Hal Holbrook) stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie (Adrienne Barbeau) witnesses a mystical fire; and hitchhiker Elizabeth (Jamie Lee Curtis) discovers the mutilated corpse of a fisherman. A mysterious iridescent fog soon descends upon the village, and more people start to die

Made for a budget of just $1 million, the movie grossed $21 million at the box office and is very well reviewed, the same can't be said for the Tom Welling and Selma Blair-led 2005 remake which was widely panned. Eric Di Bernardo, Rialto Pictures' director of sales, spoke about the re-release saying: "THE FOG has been our most requested title for as long as we have handled the StudioCanal library here. It is Carpenter's most visually alluring film and we think it's been worth the wait."

The plan, for now, is to release the film at the Metrograph in New York, Landmark's Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles and the Music Box Theatre in Chicago starting on October 26th. Throughout Halloween week, the movie will also be screened at certain speciality theaters such as the Alamo Drafthouse. A 4K home video release isn't yet announced but will likely follow in coming months. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** The Official SAW Escape Experience: The Official SAW Escape is an immersive, multi-room (progressive) escape experience that brings to life twisted games inspired by the blockbuster SAW film franchise. Guests enter the historic Egan & Co. Meat Packing plant for an after-hours tour, only to find they are players in an elaborate game devised by the infamous Jigsaw killer and his disciples. By working together to combat their fears, venture far out of their comfort zones, and solve intricate puzzles, guests have the opportunity to win their freedom as they traverse the twists and turns of an entire factory of Jigsaw's games – one of the largest escape experiences in the world.

----- August 8, 2018 -----

** THE MEG: This week sees the release of Jon Turteltaub's giant prehistoric shark film which includes plenty of scenes of the huge beast chomping down on innocent swimmers off the Chinese coast. Speaking with the Bloody Disgusting web site, Turteltaub confirmed the film originally had too many R-rated gory scenes that had to be cut in order to keep the rating at PG-13. Not only were some of the scenes already filmed, but the digital effects were even complete for a number of them, only to be cut at the last minute:

"My wife is glad about it and I'm glad my kids can see the movie, but the number of really horrifying, disgusting and bloody deaths we had lined up that we didn't get to do is tragic… We shot or even did a lot of visual effects for (gory scenes)… We just realized there's no way we're keeping this PG-13 if we show this. It's too fun a movie to not let people who don't like blood and people who are under, say, fourteen years old into the theater. I was very hesitant to cut out a lot of blood and gore. I wouldn't have if I thought it was wrecking the story but it wasn't."

The film is being sold and lauded for its sense of fun far more than as a serious shark attack film, and Turteltaub says he was striving to keep that intact while editing the film. He also confirms there will be no director's or unrated cut for the home video release. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** THE FIRST PURGE: The fourth chapter in the thrilling franchise, arrives on Digital on September 18, 2018 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on October 2, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Bonus features:
- Deleted Scene
- A Radical Experiment - Cast and filmmakers discuss how THE FIRST PURGE expands on the themes of the franchise, making them more culturally relevant than ever before.
- Bringing the Chaos - Violence is inescapable in THE FIRST PURGE. Here we explore the elements that ramped up the action in the film and made it the most intense installment yet.
- The Masks of THE FIRST PURGE - A good disguise is a key part of a successful Purge night. In this featurette, we take a look at how the masks in the film added to the terror of THE FIRST PURGE.

** DEAD LOVE: Brandon is a young train engineer whose world is upended when his mother suddenly takes her own life. At the funeral home, he meets Fiona, a beautiful and mysterious mortician who takes a strong interest in him. Soon they discover they share a passion for music. And when Fiona serenades him with an ancient folk song, their lives become entwined for eternity. The film is making its VOD debut 8/21, followed by a DVD release in October.

----- August 7, 2018 -----

** THE EVIL DEAD 4K Ultra HD: The cult classic comes to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital) on October 9 from Lionsgate. Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with 4K, as well as Dolby Vision HDR, to bring to life the stunning cinematography of this supernatural horror film. 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.

** MONKEY SHINES: Eureka Entertainment to release MONKEY SHINES, George A. Romero's terrifyingly twisted thriller, on Blu-ray in the UK as part of the Eureka Classics range, in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition from 8 October 2018. Presented with a Limited Edition O Card slipcase [First print run only].

Special features:
- 1080p presentation of the film on Blu-ray
- DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 audio options
- Optional English SDH subtitles
- New and exclusive feature length audio commentary by Travis Crawford
- Audio Commentary with director George A. Romero
- An Experiment in Fear – The Making of Monkey Shines - a lengthy retrospective with George A. Romero, stars Jason Beghe and Kate McNeil, executive producer Peter Grunwald, and special effects legends Tom Savini, Greg Nicotero and Everett Burrell.
- Alternate Ending and Deleted Scenes
- Behind-the-scenes footage, original EPK featurette, vintage interviews and news reports
- Trailers and TV spots

** Blue Underground update: Here's the covers of their upcoming releases.

----- August 6, 2018 -----

** THE GRUDGE reboot: The upcoming reboot of the supernatural horror franchise THE GRUDGE has hit a snag. Taka lchise, producer of the original JU-ON franchise which inspired the 2004 U.S. remake and its sequels, has filed a breach of contract lawsuit. Production company Good Universe acquired the rights to the film and planned to develop it on the condition Ichise be given a producer credit and paid an agreed upon fee. The suit claims that despite the contract, Good Universe has not given Ichise a producer credit.

The lawsuit comes as production on the remake, simply titled GRUDGE, is underway and already well into filming. Nicolas Pesce helms the film which stars Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, John Cho, Lin Shaye, Jacki Weaver, Betty Gilpin, William Sadler, and Frankie Faison. The original dealt with a murder/suicide in a house in Japan, and the ghostly hauntings that followed. The remake, which again is being produced by Sam Raimi, is shifting to American suburbia. The new version opens August 16th 2019. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** MEET JIMMY: In the intense bidding war between major film studios, the Deadline web site is reporting that Paramount Pictures has won the rights to the short horror film, MMEET JIMMY. Paramount will work together with Platinum Dunes and The Picture Company to develop the horror short into a feature film.

MEET JIMMY was created by Dutch filmmakers David-Jan Bronsgeest and Tim Koomen. The short film is being compared to classic horror films like THE RING and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. The story revolves around a mysterious podcast that gives its listeners horrific consequences. Bronsgeest is set to be the film's director, while Shawn and Michael Rasmussen will be the ones who will the script alongside Koomen, who is also co-producer. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)

----- August 3rd, 2018 -----

** PUPPET MASTER THE LITTLE REICH: Edgar is recently divorced and returns to his childhood home where he finds a nefarious looking puppet in his deceased brother's room. He decides to sell the doll for some quick cash at a small-town convention celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the infamous Toulon Murders. All hell breaks loose when a strange force animates the puppets at the convention, setting them on a bloody killing spree that's motivated by an evil as old as time. In Theaters August 17th.

** Netflix's APOSTLE: London, 1905. Prodigal son Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) has returned home, only to learn that his sister is being held for ransom by a religious cult. Determined to get her back at any cost, Thomas travels to the idyllic island where the cult lives under the leadership of the charismatic Prophet Malcolm (Michael Sheen). As Thomas infiltrates the island's community, he learns that the corruption of mainland society that they claim to reject has infested the cult's ranks nonetheless – and uncovers a secret far more evil than he could have imagined. The film will premiere globally on Netflix on October 12, 2018.

** THE MEG: Here's another new poster for the upcoming film, which debuts in theaters on August 10.

----- August 1st, 2018 -----

** SUSPIRIA remake: It was announced on Twitter that the film will run 152 minutes long, exactly one hour longer than the original film's 92-minute runtime. SUSPIRIA debut in theaters on November 2.

** A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: Robert Englund who played villain Freddy Krueger has stated many times that he has no interest in reprising the character again, but appearing at a Summer Television Critics Association panel this week to promote Eli Roth's new "History of Horror" docu-series for AMC, Englund was asked how he would approach an 'Elm Street' reboot to which he said:

"If I had an Eli Roth budget I would have cast different actors to play Freddy for every potential victim, because Freddy is only alive in the imagination of his future victim. They would talk about it at a slumber party or in a locker room at school, or on the bus going home.

All we know about this Fred Krueger is he wears a hat, wears a red and green striped sweater and has a clawed hand. That's the specifics. At the end, it would be the ultimate victim and we see Freddy peel [his face] open and maybe it's yours truly revealed. And it's the essence of Freddy.

I don't think Freddy is an '80s villain. There's a huge nostalgia for the eighties for a variety of reasons, but so many horror films and characters transcend that decade." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)

** IT LIVES INSIDE: A chronic sleepwalker reads from a mysterious book that foretells his impending demonic possession. He then struggles to hold his family together as the ancient evil threatens to consume everything he holds dear. Rett Terrell and Alissa Rose Ford star in a Jeff Hall film, released August 7 on VOD and September 4 on DVD.

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