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This week in horror – 24.07.21

First Look: James Wan’s Malignant 

James Wan has certainly built up a stellar reputation within genre cinema, with titles such as Saw (2004) and The Conjuring (2013) being created under his name. Wan’s latest venture is Malignant, which follows Madison, who is constantly terrorised by terrifying visions of ghastly murders, but when she unearths a sinister secret it is revealed that these dreams are in fact realities.

The trailer released just this week hints at a looming intense thrill focusing on developing a close character study whilst ensuring plenty of scares are had. Malignant has been described as a supernatural slasher, which is certainly a bold take. Audiences will be able to make up their own minds on this new exciting descent into madness when it hits cinemas in September 2021. 

Ari Aster to direct new A24 horror 

Ari Aster has been a hot topic within the last couple of years as both Hereditary (2018) and Midsommar (2019) exceeded expectations. Earlier this year it was revealed that Aster would be directing Disappointment Boulevard, a heavy drama following the story of an entrepreneur. There was definitely a mixed reception over his next voyage drifting away from horror, but now it has been revealed that he hasn’t abandoned the genre just yet as he joins forces with the aesthetically beloved A24 to direct another unsettling film. However, unlike his other films, he will not be penning the script, instead, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael R. Jackson will be writing this untitled project. Little detail has been released as the production is at the earliest stage possible, but be sure to check back here in the future for further information. 

Julia Ducournau receives the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival for new body horror ‘Titane’ 

Julia Ducournau is the first solo woman to win the most prestigious award at Cannes Film Festival. It’s not the first time the French director has turned heads as her 2016 film Raw received great acclaim. Winning her the award is Titane, a disturbing body horror that centers on Alexia (Agathe Rousselle), who has a metal plate installed in her head after a tragic car accident when she was younger, but her true story lies within her sexual desires for automotive vehicles. Titane is beyond transgressive as it has been likened to Cronenberg’s early filmography through its courageous and zealous exploration into the human psyche. The eccentrically driven film will be available theatrically and via VOD later this year. 

The Final Girl Support Group TV series to be directed by Andy Muschietti 

Grady Hendrix’s novel The Final Girl Support Group was only published this month, but already HBO has picked the novel up to be adapted into a TV series. The project already has It (2017) director Andy Muschietti tied to direct the pilot, with his production company ‘Double Dream’ also co-producing the show alongside Charlize Theron.

The Final Girl Support Group is sure to please horror audiences as it takes on one of the genres most quintessential topics, the final girl. The novel follows a group of women who meet up in their support group to discuss the horror movie-like events that they have miraculously survived through, but when one of them doesn’t show up they suspect that something sinister must be at play. 

Waxwork records unveil exclusive Fear Street soundtrack vinyls 

Waxwork Records are known for their specialisation of cult and genre cinema soundtrack releases. To add to their repertoire is the Fear Street trilogy soundtrack featuring the score composed for all three films. The vinyl’s embody the film’s neon-lit aesthetic, with bright pink, green, and blue covering the exterior.

Also included in the release are liner notes by Leigh Janiak, the writer and director of Fear Street, as well as new and exciting artwork by the very talented Sam Gilbey, who has clearly been inspired by the iconic 1990s covers of R.L. Stine’s original Fear Street novels in which the trilogy is based on. The vinyl package is available to pre-order right now at https://waxworkrecords.com/products/fear-street

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This week in horror – 10.07.21

First look: New images released from the Slumber Party Massacre remake 

Slumber Party Massacre is one of horror’s lesser-known trilogies, with its reputation still living on mainly via its cult status. Earlier last year news began to circulate about this slasher gem being remade, and it was not long until these rumours were confirmed as Shout! Studios announced that an official remake was in the works.

Recreating the sleepover based slasher is Danishka Esterhazy, known for The Banana Splits Movie (2019). Joining Esterhazy is writer Suzanne Keilly, who has written an episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead, and the screenplay for Leprechaun Returns (2018). The remake acts similarly to the original having been directed and written by women (Amy Holden Jones and Rita Mae Brown), but this is not the only essence remaining true to the original 1982 classic, as it has been revealed that the new slasher will follow a contemporary perspective, whilst still gorging in all the gruesome twists and turns. 

Scream Factory releases the Halloween movies on 4K Ultra HD 

Scream Factory is known for their ambitious and creative physical media releases, especially their exciting limited edition runs of horror favourites. Just this week it was revealed that the Halloween franchise would be joining the Scream Factory’s calibre as they release the first five Halloween films on 4K Ultra HD. The exclusive cover work hones in on Michael Myers terrifying look, accompanied with the autumnal iconography that makes Haddonfield’s on-screen appearances so timeless. Each film release comes with an array of extra features, including a 4K scan from the original negatives, audio commentary from Jamie Lee Curtis & John Carpenter, theatrical trailers, tv spot & radio spot footage, deleted scenes, alternative endings, additional commentary from Rick Rosenthal, behind the scenes action featuring location tours, and a brand new accompanying Dolby Atmos Track. 

Halloween 1-5 will be released on the 28th September 2021. 

Lovecraft Country has been disappointedly cancelled 

Lovecraft Country was an amalgamation of lovecraftian horror and mysterious drama, with craftful performances and innovative writing seeping throughout every episode. However, it seems that this was not enough to keep Lovecraft Country on air as HBO will no longer continue its development. After the commendable first series a second was already in the midst, titled Lovecraft Country: Supremacy, which would have delved deep into a fictionalised America where the country would evolve into a segregated sovereign state. There has been no news as to whether any streaming sites, including Netflix have picked it up for further continuation. 

 George A. Romero’s abandoned Goosebumps script has been archived

It is undeniable that George A. Romero’s legacy has continued long after his passing, with his previously unreleased film The Amusement Park only receiving a release this year. The presence of Romero’s continuing work has only been furthered as the University of Pittsburgh Library System’s Horror Studies group has unearthed an undeveloped script based on R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps novels. Of course, the material that Romero would use as an adaptation source was the zombie-based book Welcome to the Dead House (1992), which focuses on siblings Amanda and Josh Benson as they move into an old eerie house situated in the creepy town of Dark Falls. Romero closely followed R.L. Stine’s work rather than run with the basic outline, but in his archetypal style, he transgressed vital plot elements further, including the essences of hierarchy within work-towns, where townspeople’s independence withers to corporate superiority. 

More details can be found at the University of Pittsburgh Library System’s Horror Studies website: https://horrorstudies.library.pitt.edu/content/george-romeros-goosebumps

Youtuber and film critic Chris Stuckmann set to direct upcoming horror ‘Shelby Oaks’

Chris Stuckmann is a pillar in the online horror community with his honest and entertaining reviews and film commentary captivating audiences, and amassing nearly 2 million YouTube subscribers. Stuckmann has recently made a deal with production company Gotham Group to develop a handful of horror scripts. His first project under them will be Shelby Oaks, which is based in the early 2000s and follows a missing group of ghost hunters named The Paranormal Paranoids. Aaron B. Koontz (The Pale Door) will be producing alongside Ashleigh Snead (Scare Package), and Cameron Burns (Camera Obscura). Shelby Oaks is quickly gaining traction as although filming has not yet begun, a viral marketing strategy has already started creating hype. A series of ‘found footage’ clips are being slowly released showing The Paranormal Paranoids in a mission gone wrong.

Production begins in late 2021. 


Scream 5
has wrapped production 


It seems that nearly everybody has been eagerly waiting for the new Scream movie release, now we’re one step further as director’s Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett have announced that production has finally finished after months of filming via an Instagram post showing Scream 5’s title screen card in an ultra flash editing suite. Although the stages of release are nearing we still have a little bit more to wait as the theatrical release date is scheduled for January 22nd 2022. The film will follow the franchise’s typical structure, with Scream 5 following on from its predecessor (Scream 4, 2011).

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

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This week in horror – 04.06.21

Norman Nordstrom is back in the latest Don’t Breathe 2 trailer 

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It seems like forever ago when it was revealed that Fede Álvarez’s 2016 home invasion horror Don’t Breathe would be getting a sequel. However, the long wait was worth it as Dont Breathe 2 will finally be released in August. Following the announcement of the release date was the highly anticipated trailer which dropped just this week. The trailer does reveal a hefty portion of the film, with a running time of nearly three minutes, but what the clips most excitedly show is the change of character. Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang), who mercilessly protected his property and the secrets that lie within it in the predecessor seems to now be the victim, as we see him fight in vengeance over intruders attempting to abduct his adopted daughter, Phoenix (Madelyn Grace). 

Dont Breathe 2 will be released on the 13th August 2021. 

The Exorcist remake is officially happening 

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It can be accurately said that The Exorcist is possibly one of the most universally well known horror films ever. Since it’s 1973 release The Exorcist’s reputation has only grown into worldwide success. Now, it has been officially revealed that Blumhouse Productions will be bravely producing this fan favorite. Blumhouse has made an effort to gain over the very negative presence that has stuck with the news of William Friedkin work being regenerated by enlisting David Gordon Green as the director, who successfully tackled Halloween (2018), and the upcoming Halloween Kills. So far The Exorcist has spawned four sequels, but Blumhouse’s upcoming project will abandon any continuation from the sequels, with the new film only following directly from the original. 

Werewolves Within adaption from Josh Ruben opens with beaming reviews 

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Josh Ruben released the delightfully frightful Scare Me early last year, which gained immediate praise from fans and critics alike. Soon after it was revealed that Ruben would be directing Werewolves Within, an adaption of the 2016 video game of the same name. The premise follows Finn (Sam Richardson) and Cecily (Milana Vayntrub) as they attempt to restore harmony and unmask the secret behind a mysterious being that has started to terrorize the small town of Beaverfield. Michael Chernus, Michaela Watkins, Cheyenne Jackson, George Basil, Sarah Burns, Catherine Curtin, Wayne Duvall, Harvey Guilen, Rebecca Henderson also feature in the film. Similarly to Ruben’s preceding film Scare Me, Werewolves Within is an exciting combination of classic scares and hilarious comedy which only certain talents can achieve so well. So it’s of no surprise that the film has received such attention already. 

Werwolves Within is released via VOD on July 2nd 2021. 

Iconiq Studios unveils new American Psycho figure 

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American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman has become a horror household name, as his eccentric and delirious persona has certainly left its mark across cinema. Iconiq Studios has officially released a marvelously detailed figure of Bateman, including various accessories and alternative pieces. The ultra exciting figure is brimming with precise detail including that terrifying menacing grin that Bateman wears so well. The release comes standard with the infamous pinstripe suit, but for variation includes a full length blazer coat, briefcase, headphone set (for all of his Huey Lewis and the News listening), three extra pairs of hands, knife, phone, watch, nail gun, axe, blood splatter piece, two business cards, and most importantly that clear raincoat.

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This week in horror – 27.06.21

Full Candyman trailer is finally unleashed

Candyman has been the word on everyone’s lips since it’s teaser trailer release late last year, and now that buzz has only heightened with the brand new trailer released earlier this week showing Nia DaCosta’s take on revamping the iconic Candyman franchise. The Jordan Peele produced film brings Candyman back to where it all started with Tony Todd returning to his iconic role, but as the trailer reveals, this reboot will be far from anything we’ve already seen as it’s more of a spiritual sequel than a direct continuation. Scenes of inner turmoil, forgotten communities, and frightful legends all make an appearance, with the brief clips revealing a new Candyman with a strong message taking the forefront on societal constructions.

Universal Pictures releases Candyman on the 27th August. 

V/H/S/94 set for a late summer release on Shudder

News recently broke of a fourth installment in the V/H/S saga. V/H/S/94 is the upcoming horror showcasing exciting talent within the genre, with the anthology essence creating something for everyone. The ‘94’ essence is a direct nod to the year that handheld cameras came about, which means that we’ll probably be in for a nostalgic ride into horrors most absurd short films. V/H/S/94 will be curated in the franchises typical anthology method, with the segments being directed by Ryan Prows, Chloe Okuno, and Jennifer Reeder. It has not been disclosed whether this list will continue, but we do know that it won’t be long until we find out as the official premiere will be held on Shudder late this summer. 

Filming is wrapped on Mainframe Pictures latest horror ‘She Came from the Woods’

It has been revealed that Ten Minutes to Midnight creators Erik and Carson Bloomquist will be adapting their 2017 short film ‘She Came from the Woods’ into a feature film. The film focuses upon a group of camp staff members conjuring an old legend on the final day of camp in 1987. Already the film has an impressive lineup, with Adam Weppler who starred in Ten Minutes to Midnight reuniting with Bloomquist, alongside Cara Buono (Stranger Things), Clare Foley (Gotham), Spencer List (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), Ehad Berisha (Billions), Juliana Davis (The Post), and William Sadler (The Shawshank Redemption). Mainframe Pictures (founded by the Bloomquist brothers) has announced that production has just wrapped, with post production stages commencing shortly. 

Halloween Kills is one step closer to its release with the new trailer dropping this week

When it was announced years ago that David Gordon Green would be delivering the eleventh movie in the Halloween franchise, fans of the classic horror were not overly happy with yet another entry, however once Halloween (2018) was released the consensus changed entirely as the series went back to its roots for the first time since the early 1980s. So it’s safe to say that the long awaited Halloween Kills is one of this year’s most anticipated films.

After continued delays due to restrictions, the full trailer has finally been released. Although Michael Myers was left burning in Laurie’s trapped basement, the trailer shows Myers rising from the flames to go on yet another murderous rampage. The official release date is the 15th October, perfect timing for All Hallows’ Eve. 

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

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The best horror films and shows streaming right now

Have you found yourself aimlessly scrolling across streaming services looking for something just right, but you always end up chucking on your usual comfort movie? Well look no further! Here is our compiled list of the best devilishly dark gems across all of your favorite sites.

Netflix 

1- The Invitation (Karyn Kusama, 2015)

In the sunset-stricken mansions of Hollywood Hills lies one of horror’s most foreboding, menacing and cryptically creepy dinner parties, as we see an awkward gathering twist into a fatal soiree. We follow Will (Logan Marshall-Green), and his girlfriend Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi), as they travel to Will’s ex-wife Eden’s (Tammy Blanchard) house for a dinner party to reacquaint with old friends, but Eden and her new husband David (Michiel Huisman) have alternative plans for the evening.

What makes The Invitation so inviting is Kusama’s favouring of subtle terror that gradually unease’s the senses, rather than numerous jump scares to affect the audience. This allure of anxious situations melts throughout the film, with our own irrational thoughts about unsteady situations guiding our emotional response. The Invitation is doused in secrets, and for this reason I will remain brief, but I can reveal that this film will tease your own experiences with grief, guilt and denial to create an experience that stays with you long after watching.

2- Creep (Patrick Brice, 2014)

Creep has soared across the genre, earning itself quite the reputation, however it is nowhere near discussed enough. The entanglement of a character-based study filmed using the found-footage technique is not to be underestimated, as Creep has some of modern horror’s most spine tingling moments. The film follows Aaron (Brice), who accepts a quick job to be Josef’s (Mark Duplass) videographer for the day. Josef has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour and wants to make a video diary for his unborn child with his wife Angela, in the form of living on past his death.

Brice toys with Josef’s motives, with the audience not being sure whether he really is this hopeless being or whether he hides a much darker secret. Either way, we know that something is not right. The film is coy with its exposition and is actually rather quiet as the narrative primarily focuses on Josef’s ambiguous speeches. Creep has since gone on to produce an equally effective sequel, and a third film is in the running.

3- Extra Ordinary (Enda Loughman & Mike Ahern, 2019)

Filmed and set in rural Ireland is Ahern and Loughman’s directorial debut, Extra Ordinary, which is a hilarious take on the classic ghost possession story. The film focuses on Rose (Maeve Higgins), a lonely driving instructor who possesses unique supernatural powers. However, her abilities have remained dormant ever since an unfortunate accident killed her father. This is until one day when the helpless Martin (Barry Ward) contacts her to banish the spirit of his annoying dead wife.

Extra Ordinary is blessed with the unusual cinematic grant to equally tackle its horror components just as much as the humour. The film packs a weighty punch, allowing for an extremely memorable watch. To meet the film’s devilishly delightful vocations is the performances by both Higgins and Ward, who together form the ideal ghostbusting duo. Extra Ordinary drives on the line of quirky situations, irreverent laughs, and most importantly good old fashioned scares.

4- American Mary (Jen and Sylvia Soska, 2012)

Gruesome body horror and ruthless revenge plots meet in the Soska sisters’ flesh hungry tale of alternative lifestyles. The film centers upon desperate surgical student Mary (Katharine Isabelle), who after struggling with debts decides to use her skills to perform extreme body modification surgeries. But, after a horrific assault, she uses her new found side hustle to seek revenge.

American Mary is as eccentric as it sounds, as marginalised subjects such as body modifications are a major driving force in the film’s innate spell of forcing the audiences to gaze upon a scary but dream-like world. The film is set in modern day, but the drastic appearances cast an air of hypnotizing bewilderment. Alongside this is the gorefest that the Soska’s do not shy away from, resulting in a perplexing, macabre, and grisly enactment of the defiance of societal norms

5- Black Summer (created by Karl Schaefer and John Hymams, 2019-) 

The slow drawling zombies of horror classics are point blank terrifying, but what’s even worse is when these human hungry beasts are rapid and chaotic. This terrifying combination is horrifically exhibited in Black Summer, Netflix own take on a post apocalyptic world. Rooted at the heart of Black Summer is a treacherous tale of a mothers love, as we follow Rose (Jamie King), who has been separated from her daughter in the midst of the zombie attacks. But, Rose rises up and struggles through a miserable journey in a bid to find her lost child. Across the two seasons the show swarms off and dips into additional sub plots, forcing the viewer to not pause for one moment. Furthering the hecticness is the frenzied camera work that avoids stillness, keeping the story fresh and alert. 

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1- The Woman in Black (James Watkins, 2012)

The Woman in Black belongs to the revival of Hammer Productions, who of course is infamous for the classic gothic horror of the 1950s through to the 1970s. Walking in Hammer’s archaic tales of haunted manors and troubled characters is Watkins’ take on the horror novel of the same name written by Susan Hill. The film follows Arthur (Daniel Radcliffe), a widowed lawyer who is sent to an isolated village in 20th century England to retrieve documents from a decaying estate. However, Arthur soon discovers that the manor is haunted by a vengeful ghost who will stop at nothing to claim back what was stolen from her. The eerie setting is beyond terrifying, with the mansion featuring some of horror’s most traditional elements, including dark hallways, ghostly reflections in windows, and creepy children.

2- Splinter (Toby Wilkins, 2008) 

2008 was a year that saw films such as The Strangers, Lake Mungo, Eden Lake, and Let the Right One in regenerate the market, but one film that has seemed to slip under the radar is Wilkins exploration into contained horror, Splinter. This gem follows a young couple who become trapped in a petrol garage with a strange spiked creature that infects and almost reanimates its victims into spiky sharp beings. The story rings familiar, a young romance under threat from an anonymous force, but Splinter frays from conventions and takes the unpredictable route every time. 

3- The Woman (Lucky McKee, 2011)

Lucky McKee has delivered some quality films for the genre, including May (2002) and All Cheerleaders Die (2013), but The Woman is possibly his most determined and ruthless film to burst out of his filmography. We follow the last remaining survivor of a cannibalistic tribe (Pollyanna McIntosh), who lives in the northeast coast, which is the same ground that the misogynistic lawyer and ‘family man’ Chris Cleek (Sean Bridgers) uses to hunt. It’s not long until Chris abducts this woman and holds her hostage for his own selfish needs.

The Woman is a powerful film that explores the fragmentation of the modern day American Dream, and the ricocheted shrapnel the comes loose when a family suffers from an internal dispute. This heavy narrative is richly involved, but do not let this fool you, McKee infuses an audacious soundtrack that keeps the film exciting, alongside this is the outstanding performances from Bridgers, McIntosh, and Angela Bettis. 

4- The Clovehitch Killer (Duncan Skiles, 2018) 

The Clovehitch Killer remains one of the most chilling depictions of a killer within the home. The film focuses upon Tyler Burnside (Charlie Plummer), a 16 year old boy from a strict Christian family. His life is brimming with church goings, family dinners at the table, and Scout Troop meetings. However, the harmony is brutally disrupted when Tyler begins to suspect that his role model father, Don (Dylan McDermott), is behind the murders that have plagued their small town. Based on a true story of the BTK Killer is a heartbreaking tale of deceit, destroyed relationships, and the slow developments of how repressed contradictions can make people reach their limits. The ‘look’ of the film is monotonous, with a dull colour palette and mundane situations making the harrowing storyline standout amongst the ordinary. 

5- The Rental (Dave Franco, 2020)

The Rental seemed to come out of nowhere, with its toned down production allowing for a pleasant surprise. And although it was met with a fair amount of acclaim, it is still vastly criticised and unappreciated. We follow two couples as they embark on a weekend getaway to an ocean rental house. All is well, besides the landlord being rather old fashioned, however this is the least of their concerns, as they soon realise that their every move is being watched. The Rental plays on the old gimmick of voyeurism, with our instinctual fear of being watched being constantly delved into throughout the film. However, Franco does not solely rely upon this to envelope the narrative, instead there is a heavy subplot of mistrust, that not only furthers the tension, but also makes the film risky and memorable. 

Shudder

1- Super Dark Times (Kevin Phillips, 2017) 

Super Dark Times is a film that brews slowly, and takes its time to haunt the viewer. Nothing is drastically viscous, gory, or even wrenching, instead it plays on inner trauma through adhering primarily to a character driven story. When a disastrous incident accidently occurs, we see a close knit group of teenage boys suffer from grief, jealousy, and paranoia. The 1996 suburban setting provides a film drenched with nostalgic iconography and a deep atmospheric tone. The general synopsis is not entirely far from typical, but what heightens the intrigue is how the events play out. Nothing is bountiful, yet the ominous foreboding outcome leaves us hooked to the very end. 

2- Spiral (Kurtis David Harder, 2019) 

Spiral takes its presence to the extreme, with the film not shying away from the brutality that the LGBT+ community undergoes, particularly in isolated small towns. The film centres on a same- sex couple who move into a beautiful suburb with their teenage daughter, the backlash is prominent, but events are truly turned up a notch when they suspect that their neighbourhood harbours a sinister secret. Spiral has been continuously labelled as ‘Get Out meets Hereditary’, and although these are stellar films, Spiral rides on its own entirely unique path. The film is a slow burner right through to the bone, with looming presences and tormenting heights simmering throughout. 

3- Prevenge (Alice Lowe, 2016)

Prevenge is an incredible example of the fear of motherhood evoked onscreen. This subject is not often tackled within horror, but Lowe proves that pregnancy is not something that cinema should only use as a minor subplot. Prevenge follows Ruth (Lowe), a pregnant widow who believes that her unborn child is telling her to kill those who played a role in her husband’s death. The general storyline of who her victims are and what they did to contribute to her loss is not really explored, with Lowe focusing solely on Ruth’s slow descent into complete madness. The film is brutally transgressive as it refuses to downplay the grief one experiences when going through a life changing event alone, especially when this was not the plan. 

4- Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (Xavier Burgin, 2019)

Horror Noire is a documentary film that is based upon the book titled Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present” written by Robert R. Means Coleman. The film takes a careful look at the connection between how horror cinema has evolved and African-American history. Horror Noire examines how the lack of diversity seen across the industry is not only detrimental to performers and creators, but also how the genre’s history negatively portrays black people. Adding to the documentary’s exploration is the focus upon how the genre has only recently seen new additions to diversity, with the films Get Out (2017), Attack the Block (2011), and The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) being discussed. 

5- Creepshow (2019-) 

The Creepshow films have been fan favourites since the first release in 1982. Creepshow the tv series has a total of two seasons (with the latest only being released this year), and two special episodes. The Creepshow legacy was brought back to life in 2018 when special effects legend Greg Nicotero (known for his work on Army of Darkness, Scream, and The Walking Dead), announced that he will be producing the new show which streams on Shudder. In true form the show has stuck to what made George A. Romero’s take on Stephen King’s work so well, through the ideal mix of menacing humour and amusingly nightmarish themes.

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

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This week in horror – 20.06.21

Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes headline new culinary horror film, The Menu

Anya Taylor-Joy has been one of the most exciting up and coming stars who has left a superior mark in horror, with her performance in The Witch (2016) being at the center stage of the film’s success. Now, she has been cast as one of the lead characters in the new horror following a young couple as they travel to a quiet island to dine in a lavishly exclusive restaurant.

Accompanying Taylor-Joy is Ralph Fiennes, who will play the mysterious chef. Fiennes is a Hollywood accolade, known for his roles in Schindler’s List (1993), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and the lead antagonist in the Harry Potter films. The Menu’s development had reached a brief halt early last year as the supposed director Alexander Payne dropped ties with the production, however since then Mark Mylod has been announced as the director for this very exciting film. 

Chucky tv series releases an exclusive teaser trailer 

Everyone’s favourite doll Chucky is back in one of the franchise’s most courageous roles yet. An exclusive trailer for the new tv series following Chucky and Tilly teases their typical killer antics. Both Brad Douriff and Jennifer Tilly reprise their roles as they star in the show that follows directly from the original films. The teaser is certainly brief, but enough to make Chucky fan’s shiver in anticipation. The direct continuation from the original films will allow for a deep character based study, where we get to learn more about the motives of Chucky, as well as create a longer timeframe to meet old and new acquaintances from his wild life. 

Toxic Avenger remake progresses through the development stage 

News broke of a remake of the cult classic, The Toxic Avenger late last year, and although the details were sparse, casting information has been announced. Kevin Bacon is officially the latest cast member to be confirmed, he will be starring alongside Peter Dinklage, Jacob Tremblay, and Taylour Paige. Dinklage will lead as the protagonist who transforms from a meak outcast into a deformed mutant, whilst battling off a ring of criminals. Walking in the steps of Toxic Avenger creators, Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz is Macon Blair, who directed the acclaimed I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017), and appeared in Green Room (2015), The Florida Project (2017), and I Care Alot (2020). 

New film in The Conjuring Universe to be directed by Darren Lynn Bousman

Darren Lynn Bousman has helped frame the Saw franchise, with the latest installment released this year ‘Spiral’, gaining rapid success. And now it seems that he will work his charm on another horror franchise, The Conjuring Universe. The film will follow the infamous tale of the LaLaurie Mansion, which still sits in New Orleans in the French Quarter. The house has a rather sinister history as it housed one of history’s most brutal serial killers. Due to the historical element, the film will only partially be filmed inside the house, with the rest in alternative locations. 

Highly anticipated horror, The Night House finally gets a release date

The Night House has been brewing up a storm ever since it entered production in early 2019. The film follows Beth (Rebecca Hall), a widow who remains stricken with grief. To occupy herself she stays at a lake house that her husband had built her. However, it’s not long until the disturbing dreams and visions begin… The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24th of last year, but due to restrictions a wider theatrical release was halted. That is until it was released by Searchlight Pictures that the official release date will be August 20th of this year. 

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

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This Week in Horror – 11.06.21

Rob Zombie brings The Munsters back to life with his latest announcement 

Love or hate him Rob Zombie has certainly built up an outstanding reputation within horror. Zombie’s clear devotion to the absurd was truly exhibited with his directorial debut, House of 1000 Corpses (2003). Since then his filmography boasts instantaneous hits such as The Devil’s Rejects (2005) and Halloween (2007). And his latest project is possibly one of the most exciting yet, recently Zombie announced that he will be bringing one of horror’s favorite families back to the screen, the beloved Munsters.

Zombie will be writing and directing this upcoming film, which is not too much of a surprise as he has stated multiple times that he has been trying to obtain the production rights for twenty years. With the announcement being so recent, little has been confirmed, however, we are sure to see some familiar faces including Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Mosely, and Ken Foree. 

Stephen King’s Christine remake gets the green light to go ahead 

Stephen King has been at the top for decades now, with his novels being adapted over eighty times. His 1983 novel Christine, following a sinister car with a mind of its own, has already been made into a feature film the same year of the book’s release. Now, as with many successful films, a remake is in development. Bryan Fuller will direct and pen the script, who you may know as the creator of the acclaimed show, Hannibal.

Blumhouse Productions is producing Fuller’s retake on this killer car story, which may or may not drive closer to the original book in comparison to John Carpenter’s classic. There were many deviations that Carpenter took that swayed away from King’s original, including the car’s evilness deriving from its creation rather than its former owner. So it will be very interesting to see if we get a direct remake of the film, or if we’ll finally get to see a straight adaptation from the book. 

New Shaun of the Dead book reveals everything you’ve ever wanted to know about one of the best zombie movies

 
You’ve Got Red on You: How Shaun of the Dead Was Brought to Life is an entire book dedicated to the efforts and craftsmanship that went into creating an absolute cult classic. Amongst the 424 pages are exclusive interviews from the director Edgar Wright, alongside cast interviews from the likes of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Lucy Davis, Bill Nighy, and Kate Ashfield.

Even more exciting is the behind-the-scenes action that we will get an insight into for the first time. Exclusive set photos, never-before-seen storyboards, and commentary from film fans such as Quentin Tarantino, Max Brooks, Greg Nicotero, and Eli Roth will all be making a keen appearance in You’ve Got Red on You. 

You’ve Got Red on You is available for pre-order for an October 19th release.

MDS unveils exclusive talking Pennywise figure 

Mezco Toyz brings us one of the most exciting horror figures yet, with Tim Curry’s Pennywise being brought to life in megascale form. The collectible stands at 15” tall and is equipped with a discreet button on the back that when pressed will play six iconic Pennywise quotes, including the fan favourite “They all float and when you’re down here with me, you’ll float too!”. Alongside this are eleven points of precise details, such as the bright red hair, massive clown shoes, multicoloured suit, and that menacing dark grin. 

Pre-orders are currently open for a release later this year.

What We Do in the Shadows season 3 dates confirmed

Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s 2014 mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows became beloved by both fans and critics almost instantly, with the tv series based upon the film seeing similar success. The spin-off show will return to screens in September, where they will be picking up straight where they left off from season two’s intense cliffhanger. From the sounds of it, all of the familiars will be returning for the third season, including Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), Laszlo Cravensworth (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch), and Guillermo De la Cruz (HarveyGuillén). Filming has already been completed as production wrapped on May 3rd. 

Season three is set for a September 2nd release.

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This week in horror – 4.6.21

Upcoming Megan Fox horror Till Death gets an official release date

Megan Fox’s return to horror has been highly anticipated ever since it was announced early last year that S.K. Dale had cast Fox in his new thrilling horror. Till Death follows Emma (Fox), a shaken woman who has been handcuffed to her dead husband thanks to a malicious revenge plot.

The already horrific events soon take a turn for the worst as she has to race against two killers who are en-route to ‘deal’ with her as well. Straight away the key story elements ring similar to Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Stephen King’s original novel, Gerald’s Game. However, Dale along with writer, Jason Carvey, promises that Till Death will not work on a subliminal note, instead favouring a full-throttle thrill, promising the audience as a film to remember. 

Distributors Screen Media have announced an official release date of July 2nd this year.

Hellraiser reboot heads directly to Hulu’s streaming service

Who would’ve thought that Clive Barker’s 1987 horror based on sadomasochistic creatures would become a massive franchise with a total of 10 films behind its belt, alongside comic books, novels, and video games?

Now, the franchise is expanding yet again with the latest Hellraiser set for a direct VOD release, with streaming giant Hulu being the first to pick up the distribution rights. Plot details have been kept sorely secretive, but we do know that the acclaimed David Bruckner will be behind the director’s chair yet again. His previous credits include segments in both V/H/S and Southbound, as well as bringing Adam Nevill’s novel The Ritual to life on the big screen. 

Horror legends, Tony Todd and Tobin Bell join forces in the highly anticipated sci-fi horror, The Bunker 

Tony Todd is best known for his villainous role in the Candyman films, with Tobin Bell also portraying the antagonist in the Saw franchise. And now these two horror icons will team up to tackle aliens from a mysterious planet in The Bunker.

The film revolves around an alien invasion and an underground bunker, where we’ll follow a scientist as they must concoct a bio-weapon to prevent the aliens in their tracks before they rule dominance over earth. The upcoming exploration into the extraterrestrial is currently in production. Todd and Bell’s official roles have not yet been announced, but we do know that they will co-lead the film, alongside Chelsea Edmundson, who had a brief role as the Bride in Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead. 

Season 4 of horror TV show ‘Slasher’ set for a Shudder release

The Canadian-American horror series has made quite the name for itself, with news of the fourth season being very welcomed amongst fans of the anthology-style show. So far across three seasons we have seen a mysterious serial killer tackle a small town in the brilliant first season, following is season 2 where we see a crew of camp counselors return to a campground where they murdered a fellow counselor, and lastly, season 3 follows a group of neighbours who neglected to help during a murder that happened in front of their complex during the summer solstice period.

The fourth season will surround a mishmash wealthy family with their own share of inner turmoil, all the while being killed off one by one on a secluded island. Officially titled Slasher: Flesh and Blood, the latest instalment will be released via Shudder in an early August premiere date. What’s even more exciting is the fact that the one and only David Cronenberg stars as the ruthless head of the family, in what seems like a combination of Ready or Not, Knives Out, and Friday the 13th. 

A Quiet Place Part II comes back with a silent bang as it tops the box office within days of its release 

A Quiet Place rushed through cinema with ease with the first installment taking in nearly $350 million since its 2018 release. News of its sequel was announced within days of A Quiet Place being released, so let’s just say that the success of the sequel was imminent. However, as with many films due to be released in 2020, restrictions forced the film to suffer from multiple delays. The wait seems to have luckily paid off as Part II has smashed the box office worldwide as the growing total is currently at $83 million, within just a week of its release. To meet this is the rapid acclaim that John Krasinski’s apocalyptic vision has gained, with both critics and audiences admiring the portrayal of a family struggling with literal monsters, as well as praising the addition of Cillian Murphy’s character. 

Clown documentary Behind the Sightings finally unveils trailer and an official release date 

The 2016 clown crazes went above and beyond, with numerous videos going viral of creepy clowns stopping cars on dark roads, meeting strangers at lift entrances and most frighteningly there were ‘rumours’ that people were using the prank knowledge of these videos to commit immoral deeds without people thinking they were being serious… 

Adding to the film’s fright factor is the mysterious background of Behind the Sightings. Supposedly, this found footage ‘docu’ is real, as we follow an actual couple documenting the clown epidemic. Typically the notice of true stories is an obvious marketing technique, but Behind the Sightings have taken a step outside the box and created such a genuine and secretive portrayal that have convinced many that the film is 100% non-fiction.

Eager viewers will finally get to decide for themselves whether this is true or not, with the DVD and VOD release date scheduled for July 7th

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This week in horror – 29.05.21

Spiral: From the Book of Saw cements it’s place as one of the most successful Saw films

Sprial: From the Book of Saw drove in heaps of hype even before its release, with fans buzzing about seeing the Jigsaw Killer back in action. However, Sprial scrapped the previous films and continued in a new direction in attempts to reinvent the franchise.

Despite mixed reviews, it seems that Darren Lynn Bousman has succeeded in doing so as box office figures reveal that it topped the theatrical charts and has racked up enough profit to make the entire Saw franchise gross over $1 Billion total. Pushing Spiral’s success even more is the announcement of its streaming debut. At home audiences will be able to watch Spiral in perfect time for Halloween, as Starz has picked up the film for an early October release. 

Check out our review of Spiral here

Netflix announces Fear Street trilogy

Streaming giant Netflix is no stranger to criticism for its lack of attention to horror, every week we see a plethora of dramas and comedies be spun out, yet the horror section remains bare in comparison. And it seems that this feedback has finally gotten back to them, as earlier this week it was announced that a “Fear Street” trilogy will be coming very soon. Goosebumps author R.L. Stine is known for his PG horror novels, including the Fear Street series.

Netflix will take on this trilogy by creating three separate film set at different times. Fear Street Part I is set in 1994, with the others based in 1978 and 1666. Little has been released concerning plot details, but what we can gather is that Part I takes inspiration from 90s teen horrors, such as Scream. Part II delves into a cabin/ summer camp environment, possibly emulating early 80s hits including Friday the 13th. And then finally we have Part III, which goes way back in time and certainly gives off The Witch vibes.

Fear Street Part I premiers on July 2nd. 

New Evil Dead movie begins production

The Evil Dead set audiences ablaze in 1984 with its inventive take on possession horror. Since then the franchise has seen two sequels, a very successful remake and a tv series. So its no surprise that Sam Raimi’s innovative direction is back once again. Evil Dead Rise brings back Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi as executive producers. Alongside them is Lee Cronin who will direct the upcoming hit.

Cronin’s credentials include a segment in the anthology horror Minutes Past Midnight and the A24 gem The Hole in the Ground. Production will commence shortly in New Zealand and even more excitingly Evil Dead Rise will not be based in the traditional wood setting, but instead a city landscape. 

Last Night in Soho’s highly anticipated trailer shows a promising descent into the disturbed  

Last Night in Soho has been the talk of the town since its announcement in 2019, and with restrictions it seems that fans have been waiting a lifetime to see Edgar Wright’s latest exploration into psychological horror. The film is set to follow in the footsteps of the genre’s most acclaimed thrillers, including Don’t Look Now and Repulsion.

The first trailer was released earlier this week and audiences already can’t get enough of Anya Taylor-Joy and Matt Smith in this frightful tale of delusion, distrust and madness. Despite the trailer being rather cryptic (possibly a hint to the film’s aura) Last Night in Soho alludes to the importance of time transference, with a keen focus on psychedelic themes.

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This week in horror – 14.05.21

The controversial 1970s film ‘Faces of Death’ set for a remake from Cam creators 

The 1978 mondo film Faces of Death set audiences roaring upon its release. Never had viewers come across such so-called ‘filth’, with the UK hastily adding it to the infamous Video Nasty list. Now, we have not only become rather desentized to such material, but often there is a keen rejoice in praising once-controversial films.

The remake will follow the original closely but with a modern spin; the story will follow a young woman whose job it is to moderate and cleanse an internet streaming site of obscene material, but she soon stumbles across a channel showcasing snuff films. It is now her responsibility to uncover whether these gruesome clips are genuine murders, or some amateurs attempting to gain online fame. The remake will see a reunion of Daniel Goldhaber and Isa Mazzei who collaborated together in another online-based horror, Cam (2018). 

1980s documentary series In Search of Darkness announces a Part III

In Search of Darkness brought together all things holy within the horror world; featuring the genre’s most beloved icons, including Caroline Williams, Tom Savini, Robert Englund, Bill Moseley, Doug Bradley, Barbra Crampton and Kane Hodder. After a successful Part II, which acted as a continuation of this 1980s extravaganza, it was announced that a third entry into this documentary series is in development.

The new doc brings about a whole new wave of excitement, as they are welcoming fans to contribute with an official tweet inviting 1980s horror aficionados to help the creators in what movies and topics they want covered. It was made clear from Part I that the four-hour long film would be entirely inclusive to all areas of the genre, with discussions ranging from cult classics to the more unknown films to come from this iconic era. 

Check out our review for In Search of Darkness Part II 

George A. Romero’s lost film ‘The Amusement Park’ is restored for a summer Shudder release 

Romero’s legacy has pioneered the genre, not only due to his revolutionary zombie films including Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead, but also due to his avid adventurous filmmaking that always manages to keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Shudder has released an official trailer for his supposed ‘lost’ film The Amusement Park which will finally get a wide release this summer.

Filmed in 1973 was one of Romero’s most underweighted and controversial films, with it not even garnering a release. The Lutheran Society had contacted Romero about making a film on ageism and elder abuse, however due to its gruesome content it was shelved for over 40 years. It had a miniscule premiere in 2018, but audiences will finally get to see what is known as one of the most ‘Romero-esque’ films he ever made. 

DC set to release horror comics centring around The Conjuring franchise

Comic book powerhouse ‘DC’ recently announced their latest project and new venture into the horror universe, The Conjuring comics. The new line of comics will attempt to reach further than their usual audiences by drawing in horror and thriller fans as new readers. The first issue titled The Conjuring: The Lover, will be released as a prelude to the upcoming film The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, and follows a young college student who is dealing with a bad romantic experience paired with poor grades and mounting pressures, however she soon feels an uneasy presence that is holding an evil power over her life.

As the first issue shows, the comics will follow a clear character-driven study, with the horror arising from emotional and personal issues. The limited series will help majorly set up the above mentioned third Conjuring movie, with writer David Leslie johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2) co-writing the first issue with Rex Ogle. 

John Carpenter and Sandy King Carpenter announces new podcast collaboration with Realm 

Horror legend John Carpenter has brought us classics such as Halloween, The Thing and They Live, and now an official three series podcast released via Realm. Carpenter will collaborate with his wife Sandy King Carpenter, who has acted as a script supervisor on multiple projects including, Sixteen Candles, Big Trouble in Little China and Prince of Darkness. Together they revealed that their three shows Roanoke Falls, Angels to Some and Furnace will have a scattered release with Roanoke Falls being released first in October this year, with the other two series being released in late 2022.

Details have remained tightly guarded, but what we do know is that each series will follow different areas of horror, ranging from serial killers and the paranormal to sci-fi frights.

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