The Week In Horror: Child’s Play, Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, The Haunting of Hill House, The Exorcist II, Halloween

Hidy-ho, fiend-erinos! Time for your weekly dose of horror news. We got a killer doll, a killer house, a killer class load, and a killer sequel. Oh and a killer novelization!

File this under ‘Eh.’ MGM has revealed some details about their Mancini-less, Douriff-less Child’s Play remake. Chucky will not be the product of a serial killer using voodoo to possess a doll, instead Chucky will be a robot intentionally programmed to have no inhibition. Ok, whatever. In the meantime Don Mancini is moving forward with his Child’s Play TV series with more movies planned as well. If you’ve read me any length of time, you know I’m never anti-remake for the sake of being anti-, but considering how good the last two Child’s Play films have been and that all the principal players are still involved, I find the move by MGM baffling. It sounds like this remake could just be its own thing. Hell, it might be good, who knows?

Coming October 12th to Netflix is Mike Flanagan’s 10 episode adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House.

A modern reimagining of Shirley Jackson’s iconic novel, The Haunting of Hill House explores a group of siblings who, as children, grew up in what would go on to become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, and forced back together in the face of tragedy, the family must finally confront the ghosts of their past — some of which still lurk in their minds while others may actually be stalking the shadows of Hill House. Created, directed and executive-produced by horror mastermind Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus, Gerald’s Game), The Haunting of Hill House is a complex family drama wrapped in a chilling horror story. Trevor Macy serves as executive producer alongside Flanagan. Meredith Averill acts as co-showrunner and executive producer. Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank executive produce, as well.

Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Timothy Hutton, Elizabeth Reaser, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel and Victoria Pedretti star, as well as Lulu Wilson, McKenna Grace, Paxton Singleton, Violet McGraw and Julian Hilliard.

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is launching a LA branch to compliment their New York and London branches;

“The new LA branch will be co-directed by Miskatonic founder Kier-La Janisse with scholars Elric Kane and Rebekah McKendry, both of the Shock Waves podcast. Classes will begin on September 13th with a monthly pilot season, starting with a masterclass with filmmaker Don Coscarelli (PHANTASM, BUBBA HO-TEP, JOHN DIES AT THE END) – whose new book True Indie: Life and Death in Filmmaking is due out October 2 – moderated by Blumhouse’s Ryan Turek. The season will continue with a class on aquatic horror by filmmaker and Miskatonic LA co-director Rebekah McKendry, PhD, author David J. Skal expanding on ideas from his book The Horror Show about the ways medical crises such as Thalidimide and AIDS were manifested in horror cinema, and filmmaker Rodman Flender with a breakdown and analysis of the Murder Set Piece in horror.”

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – LA
Dates: Thursdays, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Venue: Philosophical Research Society
Address: 3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles
Prices: $12 advance / $15 on the door / $40 Full semester pass

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – NYC
Dates: Tuesday September 11, Saturday October 13, Thursday October 25, Tuesday November 13, Tuesday December 11
Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
Venue: Film Noir Cinema (Note: Oct 25thclass at Paley Center for Media)
Address: 122 Meserole, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Prices: $12 advance / $15 on the door / $50 Full semester pass

The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London
Dates: Thursdays, September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13
Time: 7:00pm-10pm
Venue: Horse Hospital
Address: Colonnade, Bloomsbury, London
Prices: £10 advance / £11 on the door / £8 concs / £35 Full semester pass

From Scream Factory, on September 25th, the controversial and maligned The Exorcist II; The Heretic comes to special edition Blu-ray. Starring Linda Blair, reprising her role of Reagan from the original William Friedkin classic, John Boorman’s daring sequel has long been derided by fans, but now that we’ll get an extended cut on the best possible format, we’ll all get a chance to re-evaluate it’s worth.

DISC ONE (118 minute Cut): 
  • NEW 2K scan from original film elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary with director John Boorman
  • NEW Audio Commentary with project consultant Scott Bosco
  • NEW What Does She Remember?aninterview with actress Linda Blair
  • NEW interview with editor Tom Priestley 
DISC TWO (102 minute Cut): 
  • NEW 2K scan from original film elements
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Mike White of The Projection Booth blog
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Still Galleries – Color and B&W Stills, Behind-the-Scenes, Deleted Scene photos, Posters and Lobby Cards

One of my favorite discoveries of the last couple of years has been the original novelizations of Halloween 1, 2, and written by Dennis Etchison. What he adds to those three brilliant films in prose is priceless and really deepens the narratives. We don’t see many novelizations these days, but Blumhouse and Halloween 2018 are bringing them back! The new novelization will be written John Passarella. Listen, I asked if the new book would keep Etchison’s work intact, but as of press time, no one responded to my dumb fan boy Tweet. So we’ll just mark that ‘TBD.’


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