STX Entertainment, who distributed The Gift, The Boy and Hardcore Henry, recently nabbed a possession thriller penned by Jeff Richard and Mark Bianculli.
Salem Village is described as an edgy period horror set fifteen years after the Salem witch trials. It begins when, “A young woman starts to show signs of possession. Desperate for the truth, the town’s elders put their faith into a man of science to uncover what is truly happening in Salem and put an end to the terrifying events plaguing the town.”
Salem Village draws comparisons to the Sundance smash, The Witch (pictured).
We’ve confirmed that Bethlehem‘s Yuval Adler is attached to direct for Global Produce’s Marc Schmuger and STX’s Sheroum Kim.
Blumhouse has optioned Boom! Studios’ graphic novel, “Curse,” that was written Michael Moreci (Roche Limit) and Tim Daniel (Enormous) and illustrated by Colin Lorimer and Riley Rossmo, Heat Vision reports.
“The story centers on a widowed father who is desperate and financially broken from trying to save his child from a rare illness. Seizing the opportunity to claim a reward offered for the capture of a killer in his rural community, he inadvertently captures a werewolf. The question then becomes whether the lycan will be the broken family’s reluctant savior or its final destroyer.”
The comic was notable as it featured a black protagonist, an uncommon occurrence in comic publishing, explains the site.
Boom!’s Adam Yoelin will executive produce the project. Jason Blum and Couper Samuelson will produce for Blumhouse, while Ross Richie and Stephen Christy will produce via Boom!
Fox has ordered “The Exorcist” to series, Deadline is reporting.
There’s no word on how many episodes we can expect, but the inaugural seasons are typically shorter with an extended order placed after a successful launch.
“The Exorcist,” penned by feature writer Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect, Fantastic Four), is described as a modern reinvention of the book, previously adapted into William Friedkin’s classic horror movie. It is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men — Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera) and Father Marcus Lang (Ben Daniels) — tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession and confronting the face of true evil.
Geena Davis will play Angela Rance. Naturally beautiful, regal and proud but weighed down by stress, Angela does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong.
Brianne Howey, Hannah Kasulka, and Kurt Egyiawan also star.
Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directed the pilot, which filmed right here in Chicago. He’s sort of the only reason I’m willing to give this a go, especially since it’s set to air on FOX (I don’t like most of their genre work; i.e. “The Following” and “Sleepy Hollow”).
When the Dead Island Definitive Collection releases on May 31, it’ll bring with it remasters of both Dead Island games and a 16-bit styled spin-off called Dead Island: Retro Revenge. The side-scrolling brawler embraces the series’ zany, over-the-top nature by trading the bloody first-person combat with arcade action, complete with combos, power-ups, super weapons and magic attacks. It also follows an eccentric man, named Max, who’s frighteningly intent on saving his cat from a zombie-infested California
For an unspecified amount of time, Retro Revenge will only be available as a part of the Definitive Collection. A standalone digital release is also coming (for $4.99), we just don’t know when yet.
That facial hair is so distracting.
Earlier today, we posted an exclusive deleted scene from Sony’s Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (review), which is now available on digital platforms and will be coming to blu-ray and DVD on May 31st. But if that scene didn’t convince you to check out the movie, then what about a 10-minute clip from the film?
That’s right, Sony Pictures Entertainment has released an extended look at the movie for all of those who many have missed it during its theatrical run. You can watch the clip below.
In the film, “A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield in order to conquer the undead once and for all.”
The upcoming HTC Vive VR shooter The Brookhaven Experiment is coming on June 22nd but there are already people showing off the demo and just how intense it can get. Considering that this game requires players to immerse themselves 100% both visually and aurally, it’s not surprising that some of these demonstration videos show the players reacting rather strongly to being beset upon at all sides by zombies.
Take for example Renate, who played through the first wave only to remove all hardware and refuse to go any further due to how visceral of a reaction she felt. You can watch a great video below that splitscreens her view of the game as well as how she acts in real life. It’s rather fascinating to see how her jittery nervousness is so wonderfully registered in the VR gameplay. Check out the video below and see everything in action!
Brookhaven is a VR survival shooter for the HTC Vive. Players will have to use the weapons and tools provided to survive ever more terrifying waves of horrific monsters in an attempt to figure out what caused the beginning of the end of the world, and, if they’re strong enough, stop it from happening.
From acclaimed producer J.J. Abrams and up-and-coming director Dan Trachtenberg, 10 Cloverfield Lane (read my review) debuts on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand June 14th from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film arrives two weeks early on Digital HD May 31st.
The Combo Pack includes Digital HD, commentary with director Dan Trachtenberg and producer J.J. Abrams, and over 30 minutes of special features. Take an extensive look behind-the-scenes with Abrams and the cast as they revisit the legacy of 2008’s Cloverfield, and discuss how 10 Cloverfield Lane went from script to production. Continue with a tour of the ominous bunker, see how the costume designer was challenged to create a homemade Hazmat suit, follow the production team and sound designers as they work on the movie’s epic finale, and hear the unique scores composed for each character. Plus, for a limited time only, get a bonus Digital HD copy of the original Cloverfield with the Blu-ray Combo Pack.
I think these extras are fine, normally, but 10 Cloverfield Lane has a secret history that us hardcore fans deserve a deeper look at. I want to know what the film looked like before the aliens were added. I want to know when they came to make it a Cloverfield spinoff. I want to know whose idea it was and how it was executed. I want to know everything. Anything less is disappointing.
“After a catastrophic car crash, a young woman (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) wakes up in a survivalist’s (John Goodman, Argo) underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. His theories are supported by a mysterious stranger who is in the bunker with them (John Gallagher, Jr., “The Newsroom”), but as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she’ll have to escape in order to discover the truth.”
Why are sharks the hot thing these days? Okay, let me correct myself because I’m actually really looking forward to The Shallows: Why are sharks that aren’t in water the hot thing these days? Just look at the Sharknado franchise, Ghost Shark, Shark Exorcist, etc, etc, etc…
If you thought the train of C-level shark “horror” films was coming to a close, you’re dead wrong as I’d like to introduce you to the latest schlock we can “look forward to”: Sky Sharks.
Just read this nonsense:
Deep in the ice of the Antarctic, a team of geologists uncover an old Nazi laboratory, still intact, where dark experiments had occurred. Unwittingly the geologists unleash upon the world a top-secret experiment the Germans had been working on – modified sharks that are able to fly, whose riders are genetically mutated, undead super-humans. The only thing that can stop them, and possibly save the world, is a military task force called “Dead Flesh Four“ – assembled from reanimated U.S. soldiers who fell in Vietnam.
Honestly, I think the filmmakers hopped on the shark bandwagon and then figured why not toss zombie Nazis into the mix. Not even Tony Todd, who for some reason is in the movie, is enough for me to want to watch this.
Sorry all. You know that I very rarely get so negative and heated but this is just frustrating. It’s movies like these that continually make people think less of horror. Additionally, because they’re cheap and so ridiculous, production companies can pump them out like clockwork, which means non-horror people see a majority of junk and, therefore, gloss over the diamonds in the rough, so to speak. I just hate seeing horror reduced to such nonsense when there is so much it has to offer.
Check out the trailer below and see for yourself.
Back in 1989, Marvel was all about A Nightmare on Elm Street. They had a magazine-style comic series that they were releasing which featured a brand new storyline of Dr. Juliann Quinn, a psychiatrist who is intent on investigating Springwood’s nightmare epidemic of the killer known as Freddy Krueger. She teams up with Allison Hayes, a young woman who was very nearly killed by Freddy, and the two of them vow to rid Springwood, and the world, of this evil once and for all.
While the concept sounds really interesting and the black-and-white art was quite striking at times (I get a serious Junji Ito vibe occasionally), the series was cut tragically short, lasting only two issues.
Writer Steve Gerber explained the reason for this cancellation in Issue #8 of “Reading For Pleasure” back in January 1990:
A note on the why’s and wherefore’s of the magazine’s cancellation (which, incidentally, was a major topic of discussion in the Comics relay a few months back). According to my best information, Marvel cancelled the book in anticipation of pressure from the various anti-violence advocate groups. A few weeks prior to the release of the first NIGHTMARE, there had been an article published in the New York Times decrying the level of violence in comic books. Apparently, that article—along with the picketing that took place outside theatres showing NIGHTMARE 5 in Los Angeles and elsewhere—was enough to make Marvel turn tail and run for cover.
Please note that this is DESPITE the fact that the NIGHTMARE magazine carried a “suggested for mature readers” warning and that NO DIRECT PRESSURE had actually been applied on Marvel.
The cancellation of NIGHTMARE is a textbook example of the “chilling effect” you hear so much about these days in discussions of free speech. The book was killed not because of it WAS criticized, but because the publishers FEARED it would be criticized.
This won’t be the last incident of its type, either. The impulse to censor—led by groups on both the left and the right, and fed by the innate cowardice of American business—is growing in this country. It’s something that anyone who reads for pleasure or edification ought to be aware of, and prepared to combat. In one of the great ironies of history, we have a situation in which the totalitarian nations of the world are on an inexorable march toward freedom, while their very model, the United States, is moving slowly, but dangerously, in the opposite direction. [Source]
While we were only graced with two issues (both of which can be read here), artist Joe Jusko released what would’ve been the cover art for a third issue and it’s a gloriously beautiful piece of work. It shows Freddy emerging from a fire that is fueled by music that parents probably feared gave their children the nightmares in the first place!
Enjoy the artwork below!
Michael and Peter Spierig are awesome filmmakers. I love their indie zombie flick Undead, not to mention their sci-fi vamp pic Daybreakers, as well as their paradox thriller Predestination, both starring Ethan Hawke.
Now, the duo are taking on the supernatural subgenre with Winchester, which is based on the world famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA.
The Spierigs have written the script and the film is set for financing by Diamond Pictures and Bullitt Entertainment, just in time for the Cannes market, Deadline reports.
“Winchester tells the strange and dramatic tale of Sarah Winchester, who was heir to the Winchester firearms fortune. Her husband and child died suddenly, and Sarah came to believe she had been cursed by the lethal legacy of the “gun that won the west” and all of those who ended up on the wrong end of the gun barrel. She consulted a medium, who sent her to San Jose in 1884 to begin a massive construction process that took 38 years and resulted in a 24,000-square-foot, 160-room Gothic mansion.“
The pic was developed by Imagination Design Works, which owns rights to the house and gave this film its only endorsement, which allows the film to shoot on the premises of the actual home.
Shooting will begin later this year in San Jose and Australia, although this project was announced back in 2014. Hopefully it actually gets off the ground this time…
Nicolas Winding Refn’s glamor horror The Neon Demon has finally received its theatrical release date as Amazon Studios will walk the runway Nationwide on June 24th.
Elle Fanning stars as ‘Jesse,’ an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles in hopes of breaking through. Her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising, Drive, Only God Forgives) with a screenplay co-written by NWR and Mary Laws, the film’s principal cast includes Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Karl Glusman (Stonewall), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road), Desmond Harrington (Dexter, Gossip Girl) Christina Hendricks (Drive), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix series).
Alessandro Nivola plays Nicolas, a fashion impresario who taps Elle Fanning as his muse.
“The Strain” returns to FX with a 10-episode season on Sundays at 10 PM ET/PT starting August 28th, the network announced.
“The Strain,” the acclaimed thriller from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, based off of the best-selling “The Strain Trilogy” by del Toro and Chuck Hogan, will begin its third season on FX on Sunday, August 28 at 10 PM ET/PT.
“As season three begins, New York City is a battleground. Written off by the federal government, the people of New York City must fight for survival on their own. The question is who will win? Humans or strigoi? Our heroes win victories, but are not winning the war. Beset by personal conflicts – betrayal, disappointment, paranoia – our group is splintering… Meanwhile, the Master is close to executing an irreversible transformation of the world. Is there still hope to save the city and humanity?”
The ensemble cast stars Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Natalie Brown, Miguel Gomez, Max Charles, Ruta Gedmintas, Rupert Penry-Jones, Samantha Mathis and Joaquín Cosío.
“The Strain” hails from Showrunner/Executive Producer/Director/Writer Carlton Cuse along with Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan. Gary Ungar, J. Miles Dale, Bradley Thompson, David Weddle and Regina Corrado also serve as Executive Producers. The Strain is produced by FX Productions.
IFC Midnight announced today that the company has acquired North American and Latin American rights to Irish writer-director Billy O’Brien’s adaptation of novelist Dan Wells’ supernatural-thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer (read our review), which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.
Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Max Records (Where The Wild Things Are) and Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad) star in the feature, “which charts the story of a teenage boy hunting for a supernatural serial killer in his snowbound mid-western town.”
“Sixteen-year old John Cleaver (Max Records) is dangerous, and he knows it. He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. Terrible impulses constantly tempt him, so for his own sake, and the safety of those around, he lives by rigid rules to keep himself “good” and “normal”. However, when a real monster shows up in his town he has to let his dark side out in order to stop it – but without his rules to keep him in check, he might be more dangerous than the monster he’s trying to kill. The film is based on the first installment in the John Wayne Cleaver trilogy, a popular book series written by Dan Wells.”
Nick Ryan, Robbie Ryan and Billy O’Brien of Floodland Pictures (The Summit) produced alongside The Tea Shop and Film Company’s (Tower Block) James Harris and Mark Lane.
O’Brien directed the awesome 2005 Isolation that took place on a remote Irish farm where five people become unwilling participants in an experiment that goes nightmarishly wrong. If you haven’t seen it yet, get on it STAT.
Time’s about to run out for those dumb horny teens, and they’re too sexed up to even realize it. Friday the 13th: The Game will be here in no time at all, and when it arrives, you can bet our man J.V. won’t waste any time making up for his decades-long hiatus from video games by unleashing a bloody Stabnado on every unfortunate soul he can find.
The game even has an official Steam page that you can visit right now. Bookmark it, study it, memorize its features, soak up its gameplay footage, stare deeply into its screens while methodically sharpening a machete — you know, the basic preparatory stuff we all do before purchasing a new horror game.
The PC specs haven’t been revealed yet, but according to the first announcement post on the shiny new Steam page, that’s because the “minimum specs are still iffy” right now. Stay tuned!
Friday the 13th: The Game releases this fall for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
The Alien films have been getting a lot of attention lately, what with Ridley Scott working on Alien: Covenant and Neil Blomkamp’s Alien 5 still a very likely possibility. Additionally, just a few weeks ago we were treated to “Alien Day”, in which theaters, art galleries, toy companies, record labels, and a whole lot more all celebrated the franchise that has brought us some of the very best in both science fiction and horror.
But how well do you know the series? How’s your knowledge when it comes to the little things that you may not necessarily pick up with each viewing?
Give yourself a test and challenge yourself with 20 questions below! I got 18 of them correct, so let’s see if you can beat my score!
We are t-minus just a few days until the official release of id Software’s reboot(?) of DOOM, the hyper violent shooter that, let’s be honest, if you’re on this site, you clearly know and love (or loathe).
The team at id has been out front with the game, showing it off at every possible opportunity, including a few recent high-profile demos. To be completely frank, the game looks amazing. The tech is, bar none, some of the most impressive seen anywhere, so the performance aspects of the game are not in question. The game was unleashed at a staggering 200 frames-per-second on an Nvidia GTX 1080 in a video captured by PC Gamer, and it looks, well, amazing.
And no question: DOOM is a storied series. It was a mega cash crop for id in the 90s, when it brought blazing-fast gameplay to the PC and beyond. Not just that, it also revolutionized what multiplayer could be.
However, we are twenty-three years removed from the original release — sorry; I meant TWENTY-THREE YEARS! — and the design decisions that made the original game special then are not necessarily what bring people to first-person shooters today. In fact, we are twelve years removed from the last proper DOOM game — the BFG Edition came out in 2012 — and the landscape for shooters has changed. Like plenty of people, I remember it as a hyper-fast shooter with an arena-based multiplayer component. For me, it’s just was DOOM is.
Some telltale signs of a troubled launch are beginning to show through the veneer of the highly-glossed visual appearance of the newest entry in the series. For example, the reaction to the DOOM open beta was less than enthusiastic. It wasn’t overwhelmingly hated, though a glaring majority found myriad problems with the game: loadouts, generic multiplayer, rough controls. The list goes on and on. It came off like a shooter you’d find being released with a guy named Master Chief or…whatever the characters in Call of Duty are called.
Now, I must, at this point, offer a very specific caveat: This might all just be fan-based outrage, a sense of nostalgia gone overboard, but there does seem to be something slightly…off about the new game, doesn’t there? There are plenty of monsters and whatnot, but it just doesn’t feel like DOOM, for some reason. Or maybe it’s hard to know what that should look like. Should there be an RPG-like upgrade system for the player? Are the finishers laid out in last year’s E3 presentation really the way to go for a series that needs to re-establish itself? What if the emphasis is on new-fangled gimmicks, instead of what made DOOM great?
It’s also easy to look back at previous successes to find examples of how to do a sequel / reboot right. Two years ago, Wolfenstein: The New Order surprised audiences with a streamlined but kick-ass throwback to the games of yore. While a few ameliorative aspects updated the game’s mechanics, it still felt like what players wanted a Wolfenstein game to feel like.
However, the expectations for a Wolfenstein sequel were low, at best. DOOM carries with it a cultural cache reserved only for the highest of echelons. And the complaints aren’t complete unfounded, either. The most damning appears to be linking the reboot to other first-person shooters, the grandchildren of the original FPS.
Certain Affinity, known for developing the multiplayer for Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Halo 4, is working on the DOOM multiplayer. Those who played the open beta complained that it played like a generic shooter, which is probably the worst thing you could say about this game. Eurogamer’s Ian Higton had this to say:
Rather than feeling like a throwback to days of old, the sad fact is Doom feels like a generic first-person shooter wearing a Doom skin. id has tried its best to appeal to two markets by adding modern mechanics to an arena shooter, but by doing so its [sic] alienated its core audience and produced a shooter modern gamers will find mediocre at best.
As if that weren’t enough, DOOM review copies won’t be available until launch day, on Friday. Not that it definitely means that the game is going to review poorly, but that’s been a depressing trend for games we’ve been excited about recently. Last week, Bethesda — the game’s publisher — released a statement explaining why they wouldn’t be providing copies before day and date:
DOOM is a robust game comprised of a single-player campaign, online multiplayer, and SnapMap. We believe all three elements are important parts of the complete DOOM experience, and are meant to be experienced as part of a complete package. The game’s SnapMap and multiplayer modes both require access to a server that won’t be live prior to launch, review copies will arrive on launch day
Granted, some fully broken games have been released recently, ones whose online presences were completely broken on the day of release, so it kind of sounds feasible, but then again, it’s almost certainly written in indecipherable PR-speak, so there’s no way to know for sure. Truth be told, it doesn’t bode very well for this, one of our favorite horror-shooter series of all time.
In a weird, almost ironic twist, series co-creator John Romero recently posted news of a Kickstarter that’s on hold until a playable demo is ready. It seems like the time for DOOM may be now, but it may also be a time for us to be given a hard look at what a series long in the tooth looks like when it can’t make the leap to modern consoles / PCs.
Speculation can just be that, at this point: speculation. With some pretty high-profile games going through very public growing pains / failures, it’s easy to begin lobbing grenades at this one. Still, id and Bethesda are finding themselves follwing the ‘middling review’ blueprint to a T, and I can’t help but hope that my worst fears here are wrong. We’ll find out on Friday.
John Carpenter Reissuing Classic Horror Themes on Vinyl: Releases “Escape From New York” Live Studio Performance
John Carpenter was always a man of dual worlds, mixing his love of cinema with his passion for music. He composed nearly every film he made, utilizing a synth style that has long since been emulated and honored by countless composers, bands, and artists.
These days, Carpenter has seemingly moved fully from directing to composing, releasing two albums, including the recent Lost Themes II (review), and now scheduling a live tour for later this year that will see him perform his music in countries around the world.
But while Carpenter may be looking towards the future, that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten his past. That’s why he’s decided to re-record four classic themes (Escape From New York, The Fog, Halloween, Assault on Precinct 13) with his band and release them as double A-side 12″ records.
“These 12″ releases include the themes to Halloween b/w Escape From New York and Assault on Precinct 13 b/w The Fog, newly rerecorded by Carpenter and his Lost Themes bandmates. May it serve as a bridge between the Horror Master’s legendary, still relevant past and his remarkable present.
Each double A-sided 12′ will be available in deluxe limited edition mylar mirrorboard sleeves and as picture discs.”
To celebrate these upcoming releases, both of which come out June 17th, Carpenter has released a live video performance of the Escape From New York theme.
27 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
28 Greece, Athens – Piraeus Academy
30 Denmark, Copenhagen – Koncerthuset – Koncertsalen
02 Spain, Barcelona – Primavera Sound
14 US, Seattle – Paramount
15 US, Portland – Arlene Schnitzer
17 US, Oakland – Fox Theatre
18 US, Los Angeles – Orpheum
19 US, Phoenix – Mesa Center for the Arts
21 US, Denver – Gothic Theatre
23 US, Austin – Moody Theatre @ ACL LIVE
24 US, Dallas – Majestic Theater
03 Iceland, Ásbrú ATP – Iceland
06 Switzerland, Neuchâtel – International Film Festival
08 US, New York – Playstation Theatre
09 US, Philadelphia – Keswick Theatre
10 US, Pittsburgh – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
12 US, Washington DC – Lincoln Theatre
15 US, Detroit – The Masonic Temple
16 US, Chicago – Thalia Hall
18 US, Milwaukee – Pabst Theatre
26 Italy, Turin – Today’s Festival
28 Italy, Rome – Auditorium Parco Della Musica / Santa Cecilia Hall
23 UK, Bristol – Simple Things Festival
28 UK, Manchester – Albert Hall
29 UK, Manchester – Albert Hall
31 UK, London – Troxy
We’ve teamed up with Northern England deathcore band Osiah to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for their track “Humanimals”, which comes from the upcoming album Terror Firma. Hailed as, “…the most torturous barrage of filth the UK has produced in recent years,” the video shows the band performing while covered in some kind of pestilence-like grossness while scenes of protests and riots are interspersed throughout.
The band tells BD:
On the album, “Humanimals” is the halfway point of the concept. There was a lot of stuff that went on beforehand, so the video had to subliminally imply (as did Dethronement) the principle, but basically;
We’ve raped and killed our way to the top of our food chain. We’ve built stone walls to hide in, told stories of religions and invented laws to moralise our destructive ways that we have imposed upon this Earth. People seem to think this is the way it has to be for us to survive, but it just proves what an ignorant disease we have become to this planet, human, but still very much animals….‘Humanimals.’
“A new beginning for horror films.”
Every few years a genre movie comes along that changes everything. Only, we’ve been waiting for that game-changer since the 2009 release of Paranormal Activity.
This all changes on September 16th, 2016 when Lionsgate leaves audiences lost in The Woods.
Bloody Disgusting readers already know director Adam Wingard, who helmed V/H/S and V/H/S/2 for Bloody Disgusting, not to mention the awesome The Guest and You’re Next. But when The Woods releases this fall, he will become a household name.
The Woods is written by his longtime collaborator Simon Barrett, and while many of the details are being kept submerged, it does “involve a group of college students on a camping trip who discover they are not alone.”
James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson star.
Lionsgate is starting the hype early, having just released the first teaser and poster for what will be known as “one of the scariest movies ever made.”
Yes, I’m putting my full weight behind The Woods in a way that I haven’t done since Paranormal Activity. It’s terrifying. It’s rattling. It’s next level.
That’s all you get for now, but to you should really click here for updates.
If you need an extra push, check this: Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge, The Strangers, It), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder and Jessica Wu (You’re Next, The Guest) are the producers.
I honestly can’t think of a sequel I’d be more interested in seeing than Beetlejuice 2. Yes, I’ve made it clear on a number of occasions that I’m not the biggest fan of director Tim Burton’s work after the 90’s, aside from Big Fish. But the thought of Winona Ryder and Michael Keaton reprising their charming roles as Lydia Deetz and Beetlejuice, respectively, just seems like a delightful journey that I’d happily undertake.
The rumor mill has been swirling for a while about when Burton might make the sequel his next project. But, so far, nothing concrete has emerged. And in a recent interview with Collider, it seems that not much has changed.
This is the thing, it’s something that I’m interested in, but there’s so many stories [online], dumping Michael Keaton for Johnny Depp and this or that, and I’ve talked to these people and they didn’t wanna hear this so they just made up a story. But the fact of it is I have talked to Michael and I have talked to Winona, I’ve talked to a few people. It’s something that I really would like to do in the right circumstances, but it’s one of those films where it has to be right. It’s not a kind of a movie that cries out [for a sequel], it’s not the Beetlejuice trilogy. So it’s something that if the elements are right—because I do love the character and Michael’s amazing as that character, so yeah we’ll see. But there’s nothing concrete yet.
So there we have it. It’s something Burton would like to return to if the opportunity presents itself but it’s not anywhere near being confirmed. Looks like we’ll just have to wait this one out until something certain comes down the pipeline.