This week in horror – News round up 19.12.20

This weeks horror news round up comes from Grace at Film Overload!

Wrong Turn trailer brings back The Foundation in the long awaited reboot

The Wrong Turn series has gone from one gritty horror released 17 years ago to a mass recognised franchise, with a seventh instalment being released next year. When news broke that the Wrong Turn series was to be continued fans immediately rejoiced, and it seems that they were right too as the new trailer for the upcoming flick promises a blood soaked thrilling chase.

The basic premise is simple, but effective; we see Jen (Charlotte Vega) alongside a group of friends who take on the brave decision of hiking the Appalachian Trail. But as with all the Wrong Turn movies the situation is never as it seems, as they are soon confronted by a disturbed group known as The Foundation. Quite interestingly this instalment will not just be another sequel, but instead a reimagining of the first film. Wrong Turn will be released in January 2021.

Ben Wheatley’s In the Earth releases teaser trailer

A teaser trailer for Ben Wheatley’s new horror ‘In the Earth’ has dropped, which shows us a hint into the foreboding slow burn terror that is sure to ensue. Quite aptly the film follows a virus based storyline in which we see a park scout and a scientist on a routine trip into the forest for equipment. However, the earth around them really does have a life of its own.

Wheatley’s environmental based horror is sure to please audiences as his two of his previous ventures into horror, Kill List (2011) and A Field in England (2013) both use rural settings as a unique storytelling device. Wheatley rather quietly filmed In the Earth throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, with a surprise announcement that the film will have its premiere in 2021 at the Sundance Film Festival.

FX developing Alien the TV show

When Ridley Scott’s Alien hit screens in 1979, it was an immediate hit with the film soon becoming a critically beloved classic. Its reputation has only continued to soar with a tv series being produced based off of the iconic sci-fi horror. Disney recently announced that writer Noah Hawley, whose previous credits include Fargo and Legion is set to recreate Scott’s terrifying vision of an undiscovered alien colony.

The series has been promised to be just as thrilling and fast paced as the original, with FX developing the series to pay homage to Scott’s vision as much as possible. An official release date has not been confirmed, but it is expected to be sometime next year.

New revenge horror Violation is set for a Shudder release

Shudder has acquired the rights for the new revenge horror Violation. The film is directed by Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli, with Sims-Fewer also starring as the brave Miriam who takes it upon herself to exact revenge. Violation promises a torturously emotive horror that tackles bold toxic topics involving sexual violence and gaslighting.

The film has received rave reviews so far, with Sims Fewer receiving the TIFF Rising Star award as well as the Sundance Film Festival 2021 picking it up for its international premiere.
Shudder will showcase Violation in New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Australia and the US next year.

This weeks article comes via Grace from Film Overload, you can check out more of her work here.


This week in horror – News round up 13.12.20

This weeks horror news round up comes from Grace at Film Overload!

Halloween Kills officially rated R, with Michael Myers promising a bloody Halloween

After the beloved Halloween franchise was rebooted in 2018, David Gordon Green was immediately signed to make another two films to continue Michael Myers’ sick game of fulfilment. And it seems that the upcoming Halloween Kills will bring us one of the most graphic entries throughout the entire series. The film has officially been rated R by the Motion Picture Association, which will not be suitable for anyone under the age of 18 due to violent images and grisly content.

The highly anticipated sequel will continue from where its predecessor left, with us following Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) as she battles the unstoppable Myers alongside Haddonfield residents in a vengeful mob style hunt. Also making an appearance are the characters of Tommy Doyle and Lindsay Wallace (Anthony Michael Hall and Kyle Richards) who featured heavily in the original 1978 as the children who Laurie babysat on the night where it all started.

Hocus Pocus 2 confirmed for a Disney+ release

Fans of the classic Halloween favorite rejoice as the long awaited Hocus Pocus 2 is finally announced. Since 1993 the Sanderson sisters have become cult classic characters, with the film garnering quite the successful reputation. Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages and Hairspray) is set to direct, alongside Shankman is Jen D’Angelo (Workaholics) who will be responsible for writing the sequel. Speaking of sequels, whether or not this will be a direct sequel with the story from the original being directly continued or not is yet to be revealed. But what we do know is that Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will reunite once again to wreak havoc upon the town of Salem.

Shudder brings the festivity to horror, with both Joe Bob Briggs and Creepshow Christmas special

Shudder embraces the Christmas season with both ‘A Creepshow Holiday Special’ and ‘Joe Bob Saves Christmas’ premiering on Shudder this December. Creepshow fans were given an animated special for Halloween, which generated mixed responses, but with restrictions easing the upcoming holiday special will return back to live-action filmmaking.

In a trailer released earlier this week we get a glimpse of all the chaos that ensues, with the plot revolving around one long segment ‘Shapeshifters Anonymous’. The story follows a troubled man seeking answers over his unusual situation… Greg Nicotero’s Creepshow Holiday Special premieres on Shudder on December 18th.

Festive horror is a difficult subject to tackle, so why not have the legendary Bob Briggs go through the best and the worst of the bunch in The Last Drive In Christmas special ‘Joe Bob Saves Christmas’. Little has been released about what films will be discussed, but firm contenders could be Black Christmas (Bob Clark, 1974), Silent Night, Deadly Night (Charles Sellier, 1984), and Christmas Evil (Lewis Jackson, 1980). The special premieres on Shudder on December 11th.

Neil Marshall’s new periodic horror ‘The Reckoning‘ set for a February 2021 release

Neil Marshall shook the horror genre with his incredibly influential film The Descent (2005), and his natural talent for creating claustrophobic environments plagued by evil forces is continued with his latest film The Reckoning which is set in early 17th century Britain; a time where both the plague and witch hunts were rife. Suitably the film follows a young woman as she is accused of being a witch after her husband’s passing.

Marshall carefully evokes terror through utilising the natural environment’s dark aesthetic to exaggerate the horror and provoke a sense of atmospheric inescapable dread. If the early rave reviews from Fantasia International Film Festival 2020 are anything to go by audiences are in for a treat for its release both theatrically and via VOD in early February 2021.

This weeks article comes via Grace from Film Overload, you can check out more of her work here.


This week in horror – News round up 05.12.20

This weeks horror news round up comes from Grace at Film Overload!

Peter Dinklage to star in The Toxic Avenger Remake

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is set to star in the upcoming Toxic Avenger remake. His role has not yet been revealed, but fans hope he stars as the film’s anti-hero lead. The Troma Entertainment produced classic was released in 1984 and was rather ignored until it eventually became somewhat of a cult hit, with multiple sequels and a TV series following.

The remake has been in talks since 2010, however after a series of setbacks the wheels have finally started turning as Macon Blair is set to write and direct. Blair made his directorial debut in 2017 with the gripping crime drama I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. What’s even more promising is that Troma founders Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz are producing the upcoming remake.

Suspiria co-writer and legendary Giallo star Daria Nicolodi tragically passes away

Daria Nicolodi was an iconic horror legend, with her talents breaching into both acting and writing. Nicolodi alongside her partner Dario Argento wrote the Italian classic Suspiria (1977). Continuing on from the success the two continued their collaboration with her starring in many Giallo staples including Tenebrae (1982), Opera (1987), and Phenomena (1985).

Gremlins 3 is in the works, with the script in finalisation stages

The Shocking Original Plan for Gizmo In 'Gremlins' - Bloody Disgusting

As with most cinema successes a chance of continuation is always in the works and Gremlins is no exception. The return of the beloved mogwai’s have been talked about for years, but this week we were given a promising hint that the series may soon turn into a trilogy, with Gremlins writer Chris Columbus revealing that an entire script has been written.

2020 marks 30 years since the last Gremlins film, but with this news it is definitely possible that Gizmo will soon return to our screens.

Horror royalty Robert Englund joins the cast of Stranger Things

Stranger Things has become one of the biggest television hits since it premiered on Netflix in 2016. With three seasons behind it’s belt and a fourth in the running it seems that even major stars such as Robert Englund couldn’t resist joining in on the action.

Englund is known for his role as the evil yet loveable Freddy Krueger in the classic A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven, 1984). His villainous triumph will only continue as he will play the convicted murderer Victor Creel. Stranger Things has returned to filming, with an expected release date sometime next year.

An exciting week for horror as Host gets a general release and Freaky hits VOD

Although 2020 has seen many productions come to a halt, an array of amazing films have still been released. Despite the short time that Freaky and Host experienced in cinemas it seems that avid viewers will get a chance to watch them yet again. The sensational superhit Host became a major success when it landed on Shudder earlier this year.

Since it’s release director Rob Savage and writers Jed Shepherd and Gemma Hurley have signed on to create three films with Blumhouse Productions. One of Blumhouse’s latest releases Freaky also came as quite the surprise, with rave reviews flooding its consensus.
If you didn’t get the chance to check these films out, Host will have a wide theatrical release on the 4th December and Freaky will be released via VOD on the 4th December.

This weeks article comes via Grace from Film Overload, you can check out more of her work here.