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The week in horror: Tobe Hooper passes away, Netflix releases + more

A horror legend passes away, discover the plot for Glass, find out what horrors Netflix will release in October and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

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Rest in peace, Tobe Hooper

Sad news out of Hollywood Sunday morning, as friends and fans revealed that director Tobe Hooper has passed away at the age of 74. Hooper became an instant horror legend with the release of the groundbreaking Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1974 (he also directed the film’s 1986 sequel).

He was also behind the camera for Poltergeist in 1982, which was a massive box office hit. On television, Hooper was responsible for adapting Stephen King’s vampire novel ‘Salems Lot as a critically and commercially successful miniseries in 1979.

Hooper also directed films Lifeforce and Invaders from Mars, along with episodes of Masters of Horror.

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Read the plot synopsis for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass

Unless you’ve been living under a very large rock, you’ve heard how M. Night Shyamalan’s recent hit film Split was in fact connected to the world of Unbreakable. Now, a third film, Glass, that will see the return of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson, along with Split’s James McAvoy, is set to begin shooting this October, for a January 18th, 2019 release date. This week saw the release of a synopsis for the highly-anticipated film:

Following the conclusion of SPLIT, GLASS finds David Dunn pursuing Kevin Wendell Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Elijah Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Split star Anya Taylor-Joy and American Horror Story’s Sarah Paulson round out the cast.

Stephen King’s 1922 comes to Netflix

This week Netflix announced a release date for 1922, the adaptation of the Stephen King novella. The film, directed by Zak Hilditch and starring Thomas Jane and Molly Parker, will debut October 20th, 2017. In 1922:

A simple yet proud rancher in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to participate.

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Play as Michael Myers or Laurie Strode in Dead By Daylight

For gamers who have dreamed of stalking teenagers as The Shape, and for those who have dreamt of eluding him as Jamie Lee Curtis, this week saw the release of a Halloween DLC pack for Dead By Daylight, the horror game that finds you playing the role of either slasher or prey. If you haven’t heard of about the game, here’s the description:

Dead by Daylight is an asymmetrical, multiplayer (4 vs 1) horror game where one player takes on the role of a savage killer, and the other four players become survivors frantically scurrying to avoid being caught, tortured and killed. Survivors play in third-person and have the advantage of better situational awareness. The Killer plays in first-person and is more focused on their prey.

The Survivors’ goal in each encounter is to escape the Killing Ground without getting caught by the Killer – something that sounds easier than it is, especially when the environment changes every time you play.

Netflix releases character posters for Stranger Things

We’re really not that far away from the second season of Stranger Things (the new one drops on Netflix October 27th). To keep the anticipation high, here are posters of all the main characters we can expect to see in Season 2, along with a synopsis:

It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

 

 

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About Andy Burns

Andy Burns is the Interactive Content Editor for SiriusXM Canada, and has been the Editor-In-Chief of the pop culture website Biff Bam Pop! since its inception in 2008. He is also a Staff Writer for Rue Morgue Magazine. Andy's book, Wrapped In Plastic: Twin Peaks, was published in 2015 by ECW Press. His next book, on Stephen King's The Stand, will be published by Cemetery Dance in 2018.

Posted on August 27, 2017, in Andy Burns, Andy Burns/Andy B, General, horror, The week in horror and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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