** THE BABYSITTER sequel: McG is set to return as director on a sequel to his Netflix horror-comedy feature THE BABYSITTER. The streaming service is fast-tracking the follow-up to the 2017 film which followed Cole (Judah Lewis), a love-stricken young man who yearns for his babysitter Bee (Samara Weaving).
The film received mixed-to-positive reviews but has been popular enough on the service that this sequel was ordered. Casting is underway on the project and filming is set to begin in October and run through Thanksgiving. AMERICAN VANDAL showrunner Dan Lagana will pen the script, replacing Brian Duffield from the first film. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Here's the IMAX trailer!
** CANDYMAN reboot: Principal photography has officially begun in Chicago on the 'spiritual sequel' to the original 1992 horror film CANDYMAN with Jordan Peele and Win Rosenfeld co-writing the script. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo lead the cast of the film which Nia DaCosta is directing for Monkeypaw Productions and MGM.
The story will return to Cabrini-Green housing projects of the original film, which have largely been gentrified in the years since. Tony Todd starred as the titular character in the original and won't be replaced with another actor according to DaCosta. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** BLISS: A brilliant painter turns to anything she can to complete her masterpiece, spiraling into a hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder.
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** AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1984: Here's a new teaser for the upcoming season.
** Quentin Tarantino's last film could be horror: Speaking with The Independent, Quentin Tarantino suggests his last effort could well be a horror movie. In fact the Spahn ranch scene in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD serves as a taster of what could be:
"If I come up with a terrific horror film story, I will do that as my tenth movie. I love horror movies. I would love to do a horror film. I do actually think that the Spahn Ranch sequence is the closest to a horror sequence. I do think it's vaguely terrifying. And I didn't quite realize how good we did it, frankly, until my editor told me. I made some reference about the killers walking up a hill… He goes, 'the Spahn Ranch sequence is a horror film… it's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE with a budget. It's like Brad Pitt is walking into THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. It's f–king terrifying.' I go, 'Wow, I'm glad! Really?!' Because I hadn't seen anything. And when I look at it, I think, 'Yeah, this is sorta like THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE,' which is about as good a compliment as you can make." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** THE TROOP: E.L. Katz (CHANNEL ZERO) is attached to helm the James Wan-produced film adaptation of Nick Cutter's novel THE TROOP at Atomic Monster, JS Entertainment and Starlight Media. Noah Gardner and Aidan Fitzgerald are penning the script while Michael Clear will also produce.
weekend camping trip. When an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite, they become exposed to an aggressive otherworldly infection. The intruder is a carrier of a bioengineered nightmare and so begins a harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected… or one another. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** READY OR NOT: Here's a new poster for the upcoming film starring the beautiful Samara Weaving.
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** AMERICAN HORROR STORY 1984: Here's the very cool new poster for the upcoming season.
** ARMY OF THE DEAD: Zack Snyder has posted a new photo showing off some skeletons on the set of the project and praising Red Digital Cinema worker Jarred Land for building the new 8K digital cameras being used to shoot this action-horror movie. The story is set in Las Vegas after a zombie outbreak has taken over the United States. A group of mercenaries have decided to storm into town and pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. Snyder came up with the story on his own and hired Shay Hatten to write the script.
He will produce alongside wife Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, Ori Marmur, and Andrew Norman. Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Theo Rossi, Ana De La Reguera, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chris D'Elia, Garret Dillahunt, Raul Castillo, Nora Arnezeder and Rich Cetrone star amongst others. Snyder has previously said he's been completely let loose to do what he wants with this project, far more than any of his other projects. ARMY OF THE DEAD is expected to hit Netflix sometime next year. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: The PG-13 thriller topped pre-weekend expectations and delivered an estimated $20.8 million this weekend. The $25 million production received a "C" CinemaScore from opening day audiences while playing to a weekend crowd that was 57% female and 54% of the overall audience was aged 25 or older.
** IT CHAPTER TWO: The sequel, which opens September 6th, continues the story 27 years later as the now grown up Losers Club reunite to stop Pennywise once and for all.
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** THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE: This year's Midnight Madness lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and with that comes the first photo from one of the more intriguing genre films of the year which will have its world premiere there – the Nicolas Cage-led film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's famed 1927 short story THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE.
The film marks the long-awaited return of Richard Stanley, the South African-born filmmaker of cult hits HARDWARE and DUST DEVIL who penned and was to direct 1996's film adaptation of H.G. Wells' THE ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU but was famously replaced by John Frankenheimer a week into filming. The resulting production was a monumental disaster of epic proportions.
Though he's helmed a few documentaries since then, this will mark his first return to narrative filmmaking since that week on 'Moreau'. The short story is set around a small Massachusetts town where years ago a meteorite crashed into local shrubland in the wild hills to the west. As a result, the 'blasted heath' is seen as cursed – poisoning every living thing nearby and driving both people and animals to insanity. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** HAUNT: On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an "extreme" haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real.
** ZOMBIELAND DOUBLE TAP: Here's the International trailer!
** 47 METERS DOWN UNCAGED: Here's a clip from the upcoming film.
** SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK: Here's a featurette and a clip from the upcoming film.
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** New horror film from HAPPY DEATH DAY creator: Writer-director Christopher Landon is re-teaming with small budget mastermind Jason Blum and his banner Blumhouse for a new original horror film. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps on the project, but it's believed that the film is focusing on a killer terrorizing a small town. While it's believed the film is set to be an original film, there are rumors beginning to circle that the film could be a previously existing IP being kept under wraps. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** TABLES: All hell breaks loose on a peaceful retreat as a strange and violent force terrorizes Browsey Acres. The stipulations have changed for Ronda Rousey and friends in the brand new survival horror, TABLES.
** BLOODLINE: Evan (Seann William Scott) values family above all else, and anyone who gets between him, his wife, and newborn son learns that the hard way. But when it comes to violent tendencies, it seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.
** MARY: David (Academy Award Winner Gary Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family's ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.
** HELLMINGTON: On June 6, 1985 Hellmington Asylum closed their doors for good. On June 6, 2009 it was re-opened as the very first Psychological Extreme Haunted House, where people could live out their own personal horror fantasies.
Willing participants would be pushed to their limits, blurring the lines between what's real and what's in your head. Katie Owens, a true horror fanatic and online blogger was invited as one of the first people to partake in the Hellmington experience.
Only Katie never left... that was 6 years ago, and her disappearance remains unsolved. Police reports stated no body was found, no suspicion of foul play and no evidence was discovered. After many years with no answers, a group of documentary filmmakers decide to join forces with the local police department to investigate and analyze the footage from that night.
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** EVENT HORIZON series: Amazon and Paramount Television are developing a TV series adaptation of Paul W.S. Anderson's super gory and still impressively production designed 1997 sci-fi horror film EVENT HORIZON. Philip Eisner penned the film in which a spaceship that disappeared after testing an experimental gravity drive re-appears years later in orbit around Neptune.
A rescue crew and the gravity drive's inventor are sent to investigate, only to discover that the ship traveled to a dimension outside of the known universe, one that's essentially Hell, and it infects the ship with a sinister sentience which leads to multiple gross deaths. Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Jack Noseworthy, Kathleen Quinlan, Sean Pertwee, Jason Isaacs and Joely Richardson starred. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** ARTIK: A comic book obsessed serial killer teaches his son how to get away with a series of brutal murders until the boy befriends a mysterious man, Holton, who threatens to expose their horrifying family secret. As Holton gets closer to the truth, he must not only fight for the young boy's life, but for his own.
----- August 6, 2019 -----
** 47 METERS DOWN UNCAGED: The film follows the story of four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city, who quickly find themselves in a watery hell as their fun outing turns into heart-stopping fear when they learn they are not alone in the submerged caves. As they swim deeper into the claustrophobic labyrinth of caves they enter the territory of the deadliest shark species in the ocean.
** ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK?: Nickelodeon is reimagining its chillingly beloved anthology ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK? as a brand-new limited series premiering this October. Through three hour-long episodes, the series introduces an entirely new Midnight Society group of kids who tell a terrifying tale about the Carnival of Doom, only to have the events of the story come to life.
** James Wan's upcoming horror film: Having launched the SAW, INSIDIOUS, THE CONJURING franchises, all for fairly economical budgets, James Wan is going back to his indie horror roots with his next feature which has been set up at New Line. Following the untitled project's announcement last week, Wan has taken to social media this week to offer some photos from location scouting for the film which he and Ingrid Bisu are co-writing. Plot specifics, however, are under wraps.
In his posting he confirms he's returning to an older way of filmmaking with a thriller that's going to push its R-rating: "There's been a bit of speculation as to what my next project is… all I'll say is, I'm super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller. An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets. That's all I'll say for now." (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** SWALLOW: According to Variety, IFC Films has successfully acquired the North American theatrical distribution rights to Carlo Mirabella-Davis' SWALLOW. Starring Haley Bennett and Austin Stowell, the film had its world premiere back in April at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival where Bennett won the Best Actress Award at the festival.
"SWALLOW is one of the most provocative and timely films we have seen yet this year with a star turning performance from Haley Bennett," IFC Films' executive VP of acquisitions and productions Arianna Bocco said. "We're thrilled to introduce Carlo Mirabella-Davis to U.S. audiences with this stunning first-time feature debut." (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
----- August 5, 2019 -----
** IT CHAPTER TWO: Syfy reports that as part of an interview in a new issue of Total Film, director Andy Muschietti has revealed that author Stephen King himself was more hands-on this time out. In fact, he says when King read the first draft of the sequel, he made a few notes and also requested the addition of "one all-new scene" which the filmmaker dutifully included as "you don't tell Stephen King that he can't write IT."
That's not all though. The same outlet has revealed that the young actors who played the original Losers Club in the 2017 first chapter have undergone some digital de-ageing for the new film so as to look like they did in the first in the film's flashback sequences. Muschietti says this wasn't a last-minute aesthetic decision and was planned from early on: "From the beginning, we knew that that would be part of the budget – the visual effects to address that. So, we're going to de-age the kids."
** SATANIC PANIC: Sam's first day as a pizza delivery driver is not going according to plan. At the end of a long day and not enough tips, her last delivery turns out to be for a group of Satanists looking for someone to sacrifice. Now in a fight for her life, Sam must fend off witches, evil spells and demonic creatures, all while trying to keep her body – and soul – intact.
** THE PURGE 5: Everardo Gout has come on board to direct the next installment in THE PURGE franchise for Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Universal Pictures. James DeMonaco will return to write the latest movie which once again centers on a dystopian near future U.S. in the 12 hours per year in which all crime is legal. Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form are all on board to produce. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
** IN TALL GRASS: The first photo has arrived from the new Netflix film adaptation of Stephen King and Joe HIll's novella IN TALL GRASS. Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted star as Becky and Cal, two siblings en route to California who stop by a large grass field in Kansas.
Hearing a young boy calling for help somewhere nearby, the two venture in and discover that the grass holds more secrets than they could have ever imagined…and they may never find their way out again. Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson and Rachel Wilson co-star. The film will premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin at the end of September. (thanks to DarkHorizons.com)
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** James Wan back to horror: Variety has brought word that modern horror master James Wan is returning to his genre roots for his next project before returning to the underwater world of AQAUMAN 2 with a secret film set up at New Line Cinema.
The film, whose plot is being kept under wraps, is being co-written by Wan and Ingrid Bisu, who starred in The Nun and who recently got engaged to the 42-year-old Australian director. Wan will also produce the film through his Atomic Monster banner alongside Michael Clear. (thanks to ComingSoon.net)
** LITTLE MONSTERS: The film follows Dave (Alexander England), a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew's kindergarten class field trip after taking a serious liking to the fearless schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o). Dave's intentions are complicated by the presence of the world's most famous kids' show personality and competition for Miss Caroline's affections, Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad). One thing none of them bargained for, however, is a sudden zombie outbreak. Will Dave rise to the occasion and have a chance at Miss Caroline's heart, or will the zombies get there first?
** THE CHURCH: From director and writer Dom Frank. Starring Bill Moseley, Ashley C. Williams and Clint Howard, this church is being sold and God is not happy. When a pastor (Moseley) is tempted by money, a real estate developer moves into these holy grounds. But. something is not right and some of these characters will pay for their sins, in this exciting release