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First things first, if you haven't seen You're Next yet, it's one of the best horror-thrillers in years and worth a watch. Once you're familiar with that film, you can prepare yourself for this first look at Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett's next film, an action-thriller titled The Guest. The film was just announced as one of the eight Park City at Midnight premieres at the Sundance 2014 in January, and these three new first look photos go hand in hand with that reveal. It's hard to piece together what exactly we're seeing, but these do present an interesting first look at what should be another kick ass film from Wingard and Barrett.
"If it's in a word, or it's in a look... you can't get rid of the Babadook." Well, what do we have here? One of the eight films announced in the Park City at Midnight category of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival is an Australian horror-thriller called The Babadook. The description doesn't sound like much, but these first photos say otherwise. It's about a single mother who battles with "her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house", but the coolest part is the little kid, Samuel - who's wearing some kind of catapult backpack and carrying a crossbow. All I know is that these photos look damn cool, I really want to see this because of 'em.
We got a tease of January's new found footage horror attempt The Devil's Due just in time for Halloween in October, and now a second trailer gives us another look at the film chronicling the genesis of a devilish baby. Zach Gilford and Allison Miller star as a couple who find themselves with a surprise pregnancy that begins tearing their family apart. The trailer begins in the aftermath of something terrible with Gilford being questioned by the police, sitting with blood on his face and clothes. It's weird that the 20th Century Fox logo doesn't show up until halfway through the trailer, but whatever. This looks like it could be spooky.
If you're a child of the 80s or even 90s, your nightmares might have been touched by Alvin Schwartz's grim and terrifying short horror story and urban legend collection Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Now those horror stories might come back to bite you in the ass as Deadline reports Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have just sold a pitch to CBS Films to adapt that very book. However, the film adaptation doesn't sound nearly as terrifying as the book seemed to be as a child. The story will follow a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life. Read on!
Just when you thought they couldn't pack 2015 (see here) with any more excitement, hype, sequels, restarts and reboots, Hollywood decides to toss another log on the fire. Word is Paramount, after getting their hands on the rights, is developing a brand new Friday the 13th movie. But this won't actually be a sequel to the 2009 remake directed by Marcus Nispel, instead it will be yet another new reboot of the Jason Voorhees horror franchise that first began back in 1980. Earlier in the year, we wrote about Warner Bros sharing the rights with Paramount, which has eventually lead to this latest reboot/iteration coming together. Read on!
Over the past few years, Hammer has returned to the horror game with films like Let Me In, The Woman in Black (which has a sequel on the way) and the forthcoming supernatural horror The Quiet Ones. Now they're adding one more project to the mix that feels appropriate for the forthcoming winter season. Hammer just sent over a press release announcing a new version of The Abominable Snowman, inspired by the iconic 1957 horror film from the company's archives. This new version comes from writers Matthew Read (Pusher) & Jon Croker (The Woman in Black sequel), and puts a modern spin on the tale.
Though director Joe Dante is responsible for campy genre classics like Gremlins, The Burbs and Piranha, over the past 20 years, he's struggled to find his footing again. His films include the likes of Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action and The Hole in 2009. This past year he's directed a few episodes of the CBS remake series "Hawaii Five-0," but now he's ready for the big screen again. The Wrap has word that Dante will direct the horror comedy Burying the Ex for Voltage Pictures. The film is written by Alan Trezza, based on his short film of the same name which follows a relationship gone wrong and the undead. Read on!
Briefly: Shortly after Insidious: Chapter 2 landed the #1 spot at the box office back in September, Film District, eOne & Sony announced they were planning on making Insidious: Chapter 3. Now that Focus Features has taken over FilmDistrict, THR repports new CEO Peter Schlessel has decided to release the next chapter in the horror franchise on April 3rd, 2015. Director James Wan started the franchise with writer Leigh Whannell, who will return to write the sequel. However, since Wan recently said he was done with horror films, we're wondering who will get in the director's chair, and which cast members will return too.
Back in August, we informed all the aspiring filmmakers out there that the filmmakers behind The ABCs of Death 2 were bringing back the contest for amateur filmmakers to become the 26th director in the long list of filmmakers on board this horror anthology sequel. Lee Hardcastle won the contest for his "T is for Toilet" segment, and this year, one lucky filmmaker will see their work hit the big screen for the letter "M." Well, the film arrives in 2014, and a winner needs to be crowned. Thankfully, the finalists have been narrowed down to just 12 filmmakers, and we've collected all of their shorts for your enjoyment below. Watch now!
The Creeper may live again, if a report from Shock Til You Drop is to be believed. During the American Film Market last week, the horror outlet stumbled on some news that there is some renewed interest and active movement on Jeepers Creepers 3, the next sequel in the moderately successful horror series from director Victor Salva. Apparently, one day of shooting has already been completed on the film, and Salva offered some juicy information off the record, but would only offer this tidbit for an actual quote, "There may finally be some very good news for those waiting for the third Jeepers film to go before the cameras."
On this episode of The Golden Briefcase Breakdown, hosts Tim & Jeremy are joined by guest Andy Triefenbach (from #176) of Destroy the Brain for a spoiler-filled discussion on John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and also briefly glaze over its subsequent sequels. The purpose of Breakdown episodes is to to ponder, discuss and challenge the films that we feel often need more than just a simple review. We breakdown the film to discuss plots and theories in order to better understand the director's vision and hopefully challenge our listeners at home to re-evaluate the way they watch cinema.
We've run the gamut of Evil Dead news lately. Recently, there were rumblings that director Fede Alvarez and writer Rodo Sayagues had fallen away from the remake sequel (until the director revealed that wasn't true), and Alvarez also revealed that Sam Raimi was lined up to direct Evil Dead 4, or what is now being called Army of Darkness 2. But all of this buzz started after Bruce Campbell talked about the potential sequel, joking about playing a geriatric Ash in the sequel. Now Campbell is denouncing all of the talk about Army of Darkness 2 in an interview with PopFix (via Shock Til You Drop) saying, "It's all Internet B.S."
I don't want to play this game anymore. Though it seemed like the Saw franchise had finally run its course after 2010's gimmicky Saw 3D, audiences should know that there's no killing a horror franchise in Hollywood. Bloody Disgusting has word that Lionsgate has been very actively developing Saw 8, continuing the franchise launched by the original horror film from James Wan and Leigh Wannell. Supposedly the studio is looking for a a new direction for the series, which sounds a little more in line with what our own sources have told us as there are rumblings that the studio might be looking to reboot the franchise instead.
It's the day after Halloween, but there's still some horror news showing up today. First of all, for anyone who is a fan of the 1983 slasher film Sleepaway Camp, Shout Factory will be releasing the original uncut version of the film on Blu-Ray for the first time next spring. And hot on the heels of that announcement, Deadline has word that Jeff Katz, a former executive of 20th Century Fox and New Line, has optioned the remake rights to the film from writer/director-turned-lawyer Robert Hiltzik, producer Michele Tatosian, and actress Felissa Rose. As expected, the horror story will be updated to take place in a modern setting.