** Darren Aronofsky's mother!: Here's yet another poster for the upcoming film.
** DEMON HUNTER: From Wild Eye Releasing comes DEMON HUNTER, writer-director Zoe Kavanagh's acclaimed horror-actioner, available on VOD August 15.
----- August 10, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: Here's the Green Band trailer for the upcoming film which premieres on DirecTV on September 21st followed by a limited theatrical release and wide VOD release on October 20th.
** PHOBIA: Here's the trailer for the upcoming Anglo Italo anthology about fears.
** Stephen King's IT: Here's a new photo of the upcoming film.
----- August 9, 2017 -----
** HALLOWEEN reboot remake sequel: Writer Danny McBride recently spoke with Cinema Blend about the movie; "You know, it's not a remake," Danny McBride said. "It's actually, it's gonna continue the story of Michael Myers in a really grounded way. And for our mythology, we're focusing mainly in the first two movies and what that sets up and then where the story can go from there."
McBridge says that the film will start with the first two movies and essentially let the continuity play out after that, which essentially makes it HALLOWEEN III.
"Green and I are definitely going to [do] a straight-up horror," Danny McBride said. "HALLOWEEN has always been one of my favorite movies of all time. There's a simplicity and an efficiency to that first one that I think allows the movies just to be scary as hell. And so Green and I, our approach is to get back to that."
** CULT OF CHUCKY: Here's the cover of the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release.
** Darren Aronofsky's mother!: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer star in mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky. See it in theatres 9.15.
----- August 8, 2017 -----
** THE DEAD NEXT DOOR 2K restoration: Tempe Entertainment announces the launch of its Blu-ray label Tempe Digital with the September 26 release of the 1990 landmark independent shocker THE DEAD NEXT DOOR. Priced at $29.95 SRP, this 2-Disc Collector's Edition includes the same Blu-ray from the company's limited (and now out of print) 3-Disc Ultimate Edition, along with an all-new DVD featuring a collectible slipcover and three new bonus features.
** Universal Dark Universe: In a recent interview with IGN, THE MUMMY director Alex Kurtzman was asked about his status on the Dark Universe franchise. The Dark Universe, for those who don't know, is the Marvel Studios-esque "shared universe" idea that Universal Pictures is trying with the classic "Universal Monsters" like Dracula, the Wolfman, the Invisible Man, and the aforementioned Mummy. This was intended to start with the Luke Evans-led DRACULA UNTOLD, but that proved to be a non-starter with unimpressive box office returns and a critical panning.
Alex Kurtzman was intended to be one of the creative directors of the franchise along with fellow director Chris Morgan. However, THE MUMMY (2017) was also received with a critical panning and disappointing box office profits. Despite this, Universal seems intent on forcing this thing to stumble onwards, possibly due to sinking money on special effects and actors like Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, and Johnny Depp.
When IGN asked Alex Kurtzman about his status in the Dark Universe series of films, he said, "You know the truth is, I don't know. I really don't know. I haven't really decided. Is the honest answer." That sounds like a frustrated and exhausted answer, which is understandable given that he's probably been fielding this question a lot lately and just had an expensive box office bomb on his hands.
They continued with asking him about how to know you're done with a franchise, to which Kurtzman said, "I have to stay interested in it. I have to feel like my passion is there for it. I think in the case of STAR TREK if your passion isn't there you shouldn't be doing it." (thanks to BleedingCool.com)
** CLOWNTERGEIST: Premiering on VOD September 12 from High Octane Pictures! Emma, a college student with a crippling fear of clowns, must come face to face with her worst fear when an evil spirit in the body of a clown is summoned terrorizing the town she calls home. One by one Emma and her friends receive a balloon with the exact time and date of when it will appear to kill them written on it. After receiving her balloon, Emma realizes that she has two days left to live, and must fight against the clock to find a way to survive.
----- August 7, 2017 -----
** FREDDY VS JASON 1997 teaser found: This was made six years before the movie would finally be released to theaters!
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: Overcoming heinous reviews, the Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey-led fantasy feature is set to come in at a modest $19.5 million for the three days, topping the box-office.
** Stephen King's PET SEMETARY remake: The early word on the new first film of a two-film adaptation of Stephen King's IT is excellent. Should it succeed, director Andres Muschietti and his sister and the film's producer Barbara Muschietti have hinted that they're keen to tackle other works in the King canon.
The pair already own the film rights to King's 1981 sci-fi horror short story THE JAUNT, but in an interview published yesterday by The Toronto Sun, Barbara Muschietti says there's one book they're particularly keen on adapting: "We're huge fans of PET SEMETARY. If we can get our hands on that and do the PET SEMETARY we want to do, that will be something. One day, maybe."
The 1983 novel deals with a family who moves into a house by a busy highway, while a nearby nature walk leads to a rundown animal cemetery and, further on, an ancient Indian burial ground which can bring things back to life (albeit changed). (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ANNABELLE CREATION: Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle. Here's a clip for the upcoming film.
----- August 3rd, 2017 -----
** DOWNRANGE: Stranded at the side of the road after a tire blowout, a group of friends become targets for an enigmatic sniper, in this wickedly entertaining bloodbath from Ryuhei Kitamura (VERSUS).
** Stephen King's IT: Here's an International trailer, featuring new scenes!
** LEATHERFACE: Here's a third poster for the upcoming film that will be released on DIRECTV on September 21, with a limited theatrical run and VOD release following on October 20.
----- August 2nd, 2017 -----
** MOTHER!: A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence. From filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, MOTHER! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer in this riveting psychological thriller about love, devotion and sacrifice. See it in theatres 9.15.
** MINDHUNTER: How do we get ahead of crazy if we don't know how crazy thinks? Two FBI agents (Jonathan Groff & Holt McCallany) set out on a sinister investigative odyssey to discover the brutal answers. MINDHUNTER. Coming to Netflix, October 13, 2017.
** Stephen King's IT: The British Board of Film Classification has announced that Andy Muschietti's IT, the upcoming first of a two-film adaptation of the iconic Stephen King novel, has a runtime of 135 minutes. The previous mini-series adaptation in 1990 ran 192 minutes, but the new IT film is essentially only half the book with a second film due to shoot early next year. That film will deal with the other half in which the kids have become adults (though there are expected to be flashback scenes with the same kids).
Barring the unexpected, the second film will have to clock in at no less than 85 minutes and more likely closer to the two-hour mark which would mean the pair together would run longer than the original mini-series by up to an hour. Clocking in at 1,140 pages, the book is one of King's larger works and so any adaptation needs a serious runtime to cover it. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE ICE CREAM TRUCK: Mary's husband gets relocated for work which allows her to move back to her suburban hometown. As her family ties up loose ends back home, Mary moves into their new house all alone and....waits. Yet in this idealistic world, something seems very odd. The Ice Cream Man, a symbol of youth and good times, starts killing some of her neighbors. Mary soon learns that the suburbs are scarier in more ways that she ever remembered.
----- July 31, 2017 -----
** WHEREOUT for A SERBIAN FILM director: Director Srdjan Spasojevic, along with his original co-writer of A SERBIAN FILM, Aleksandar Radivojevic, are beginning pre-production on a new film.
WHEREOUT is a supernatural bare-knuckle oater about a man determined to face mighty powers to protect the woman he loves. Driven onward by the sheer power of his own will, he fights through unknown worlds to defend the small remaining tract of their Utopian paradise. As the unrelenting battle unfolds, so strong is his purpose and so ferocious his resistance that the Universe itself will tremble. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LEATHERFACE: The upcoming reboot will be released on DIRECTV on September 21, with a limited theatrical run and VOD release following on October 20.
** Stephen King's IT trailer: New Line Cinema's horror thriller IT, directed by Andrés Muschietti, is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.
** THE DOMICILE: When Russell's wife accidentally dies in their home, his mental state goes from bad to one of utter despair. As the ghost of his dead wife awakens, her spirit becomes aware of the sordid details surrounding his unfaithfulness, enraging this supernatural being to haunt him in every horrifying way imaginable.
----- July 27, 2017 -----
** IT COMES AT NIGHT: 17-year-old Travis, secure within a desolate home with his protective and heavily armed parents (Joel Edgerton and Carmen Ejogo), watches his world abruptly change with the arrival of a desperate couple (Christopher Abbott and Riley Keough) and their young child. Panic and mistrust grow as the dangers of the outside world creep ever closer… but they may be nothing compared to the dangers within. Coming to Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD September 12 from Lionsgate.
** DEMENTIA 13 remake: Chiller Films have announced that they will be releasing a remake of the Francis Ford Coppola film in theaters on October 6, 2017 and on VOD and Digital HD on October 10, 2017. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE VAULT: Two estranged sisters are forced to rob a bank in order to save their brother. The heist begins smoothly, but mayhem ensues when the defiant bank manager sends them to a basement-level vault—home to something truly evil.
----- July 26, 2017 -----
** MY FRIEND DAHMER: Before Jeffrey Dahmer became a notorious serial killer, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school.
** Stephen King's IT: Stephen King's iconic work is such a dense and sprawling novel that doing it in a single film is near impossible. Warner Bros. Pictures realized this when planning the upcoming film adaptation, and so decided to split it into two.
The story is set in a small town in Maine, where seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a child-eating, sewer-dwelling monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). Much like the mini-series adaptation, the film was going to have the kids as the focus of the first film and the adult versions of those characters the focus of the second. However, talk of the second film seemingly dried up once production began last year.
Finally, a month-and-a-half out from the release of the first film, director Andres Muschietti has gone on the record about the second film and offers an update on plans for it. He tells Variety today: "We are doing that [two films]. We'll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids."
By that schedule filming would begin mid-2018. The first IT began filming June 2016 which would suggest the second film could be released on the same weekend as the first film but in 2019.
Muschietti also addressed the only major concern that has been raised by the very well-received first trailer – that is the film's handling of Pennywise. Judging by the footage so far he's only been seen as a mute and creepy presence, but the helmer says you'll also see the cute side to the character: "I wanted to stay true to the essence of the character. I knew that I didn't want to go the road of Tim Curry [who played Pennywise in the TV miniseries]. Bill Skarsgard caught my attention. The character has a childish and sweet demeanour, but there's something very off about him. Bill has that balance in him. He can be sweet and cute, but he can be pretty disturbing."
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor also star in the first film which opens September 8th. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: Here's two new posters for the upcoming film.
----- July 25, 2017 -----
** STRANGER THINGS Season 2 trailer: It's 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
** VAN HELSING: The upcoming reboot that will be a part of Universal Pictures' Dark Universe initiative is still going ahead. The studio is pressing forward with it, despite the underperformance of THE MUMMY reboot which took in $390 million worldwide.
The trade says because of that, the studio will be putting more time toward script development on Dark Universe movies and are also said to be eyeing Channing Tatum for the VAN HELSING movie as that project's script is now undergoing a final polish. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** GHOST HOUSE: A young couple, Jim and Julie, are vacationing in Thailand where Julie falls in love with photographing small shrines called "Ghost Houses" that are believed to give spirits shelter and comfort. A couple of British travelers take them into the countryside with the promise of showing Jim and Julie a ghost house graveyard where many of the shrines are discarded. After leaving the graveyard with a souvenir, Julie is increasingly plagued by visits from a malevolent spirit that threatens both her sanity and her life. After Julie is literally frozen in a state of terror, Jim must find a way to lift the curse before he loses Julie to the ghost world forever.
** PLAYING WITH DOLLS HAVOC: Here's the trailer for the just released new horror flick. When serial killer Havoc escapes from his prison, there is no holding back. He descends upon unsuspecting lovers in their cabin get away. The world's most brutal killer is loose and his thirst for blood cannot be stopped.
----- July 24, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: Here's the poster for the upcoming film. One of the highest grossing horror franchises of all time is back, taking the Jigsaw killer's signature brand of twisted scenarios to the next level.
** THE PURGE 4: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has found a director in Gerard McMurray, who helmed the Sundance favorite hazing drama BURNING SANDS that debuted on Netflix in March. Titled THE PURGE THE ISLAND, the fourth installment will be released on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** MOTHER: Darren Aronofsky's horror film had been pushed up a month from October 13th to September 15th. The film is about a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
** THE WALKING DEAD: It's all-out war in Season 8. Don't miss the Season 8 Premiere of THE WALKING DEAD, Sunday, October 22 at 9/8c on AMC.
----- July 21, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: Here's the trailer for the highly anticipated sequel to SAW.
** THE WALKING DEAD Season 8: AMC has released special Comic-Con art for THE WALKING DEAD, confirming that the show's 8th season and 100th episode will premiere on Sunday, October 22nd.
** INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS remake: According to the Deadline web site, Warner Bros. Pictures has hired hot screenwriter David Leslie Johnson of THE CONJURING 2 and the in-development THE CONJURING 3 to pen the latest Body Snatchers remake. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER: There are other worlds than these. Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world's most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.
----- July 20, 2017 -----
** LAISSEZ BRONZER LES CADAVRES: Here's the ultra cool poster for the next film from the directors of AMER and THE STRANGE COLOR OF YOUR BODIES TEARS.
** DEATH NOTE: Netflix has released the final poster in their series of DEATH NOTE character posters, this one featuring Margaret Qualley as Mia Sutton. Mia is the high school girlfriend of Light Turner, who embarks on a crusade alongside him to rid the world of evil with the Death Note. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** THE SNOWMAN: From director Tomas Alfredson (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN). Michael Fassbender plays a detective investigating the disappearance of a victim during the first snow of winter. He fears an elusive serial killer may be active again and with the help of a brilliant recruit (Rebecca Ferguson), the cop must connect decades-old cold cases to the brutal new one if he hopes to outwit this unthinkable evil before the next snowfall. J.K. Simmons, Val Kilmer, Chloe Sevigny, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, James D'Arcy and Jamie Clayton also star. The film is slated for an October 20th release.
** THE SHAPE OF WATER: From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.
----- July 18, 2017 -----
** LEATHERFACE: From the directors of INSIDE. The story will follow the titular character's evolution from teenage psychopath to face-removing cannibal. The catch is you have to guess which one as the story begins with a quartet of escaped criminally-insane mental patients and the nurse that they take hostage. The film premieres on DirecTV on September 21st followed by a limited theatrical release and wide VOD release on October 20th.
** DEATH NOTE: Here's a new poster for the upcoming Netflix film. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, DEATH NOTE follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
----- July 17, 2017 -----
** JIGSAW: Lionsgate (via Entertainment Weekly) has released a new photo from JIGSAW, the eighth film in the Saw horror franchise (formerly titled SAW LEGACY).
"Bodies are turning up, and they're linked to Jigsaw — or a Jigsaw copycat," said Peter Spierig. "The DNA of Tobin Bell is all over this film."
"We've got some pretty wild traps in the film — we don't shy away from the gore," says Michael Spierig. "It's such a perfect Halloween scarefest. It's perhaps not quite as vicious and more fun, which is something we tried to inject into it. But it's still full of good fun gore, that's for sure. And, on top of that, it's got a really great mystery, and there's very interesting twists. It's SAW for 2017."
JIGSAW will arrive just ahead of Halloween, debuting on October 27. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** 1974: Broad Green Pictures has announced plans for 1974, Casey La Scala's horror film inspired by true events about the house at the center of the famed AMITYVILLE HORROR. The house was host to one of the grisliest murders in American history when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family. A year later, a family moved into the house and then fled due to what was claimed to be paranormal activity.
Eli Roth and Todd Garner will produce and a production start date is still being determined. Numerous films about the incident have been made from 1979's original hit to the 2005 reboot with Ryan Reynolds. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
----- July 16, 2017 -----
** Rest in peace George A. Romero: Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD has died at 77, his family said.
Romero died today in his sleep following a "brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer," according to a statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. Romero died while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952's THE QUIET MAN, with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said.
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