The Week In Horror: John Carpenter, Slender Man, Puppet Master, Torso, and City of the Living Dead

Hello, fiends, it’s time for your Week in Horror! I’ve had my head buried in work all week and barely looked up to see what was going on, so let’s be surprised together!

John Carpenter still shows no signs of slowing down. Not only is he acting as executive producer on the October’s new Halloween film, but he’s also scoring the film and on Halloween he will return to the stage in L.A. for a special live performance with his group, before heading to Europe for another leg of his Anthology tour. I caught Carpenter in Syracuse and it was a fantastic show. Really special. So if you get a chance, don’t miss the Horror Master when he comes to your town!

Tour Dates;

Oct 10: Amsterdam, NL @ Tivolivredenburg Grote Zaal
Oct 11: Paris, FR @ Salle Pleye
Oct 13: Barcelona, ES @ Auditorium Sitges
Oct 14: La Rochelle, FR @ La Sirene
Oct 16: London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
Oct 18: Newcastle, UK @ Tyne Theatre
Oct 19: Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Oct 21: Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
Oct 31: Los Angeles, US @ Palladium
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Sony’s The Slender Man finally got a trailer this week. You might remember a teaser from January. I don’t, but that’s fine. Based on the Creepy Pasta, The Slender Man is one of the more popular characters to have been built up from internet/Reddit culture and is the basis of an HBO documentary about a true crime case involving some obsessed teenage girls and the attempted murder of a classmate. In the Sony film, four friends try to debunk the Slender Man myth, but then one of them goes missing…Slender Man hits theaters August 10th.
Arriving August 17th is the latest in the Puppet Master series, The Littlest Reich-directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund from a script by S Craig Zahler. The eleventh(?) entry will star Barbara Crampton, Thomas Lennon, Jenny Pellicer, and Udo Kier. Apparently the puppets still will a few tricks up their tiny sleeves, as The Littlest Reich promises to be as gory and shocking as it is fun.
Arrow video had two huge announcements this week; Sergio Martino’s Torso is getting a 2k special edition, while Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead aka Gates of Hell gets not only a restoration, but similar to last years The Hills Have Eyes, will come packed with a booklet, lobby cards, and a two sided poster featuring both of the film’s titles and artwork. Both films are absolute classics of Italian cinema. In Martino’s case, I would recommend starting with All the Colors of the Dark or Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key if you’re not already familiar with his work, but in Fulci’s case, The Beyond is the only better film to start with than City, to me the two films are Fulci’s best.
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