I’ve said it, others have said it, and it’s true: 2019 is going to be another great year for horror in film, comics, and literature. Travis Stevens’ The Girl on the Third Floor and Dennis Windmyer and Kevin Kolsch’s reinterpretation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary have already premiered at SXSW to much fanfare. The latter premiered just last night and Twitter has some choice quotes:
“Vicious…Super brutal visuals…” @PNemrioff
“…encroaching dread of King’s novel are alive and well, but there are enough deviations to give diehard fans some welcome surprises.” @HalieghFoutch
“…holy hell do I respect how bananas it gets in the third act.” @thehorrorchick
“…has left me completely and utterly shook.” @notcapnamerica
This one is really high on my hype list, fiends. King’s novel remains one of the scariest and emotionally wrenching novels I’ve ever read and is probably still my favorite of all his novels.
Also having just premiered at SXSW is the newest entry into The Conjuring universe, The Curse of La Llorona. In Mexican folklore, La Llorona, or The Weeping Woman, was a mother who drowned her six sons and haunts the earth in Purgatorial mourning. To hear her cries is a sign of impending doom or danger. She also kidnaps and drowns wandering children. I’ve been seeing the title around without really having a chance to look into it more deeply, and I had no idea that it was the next film in the Conjuring. If you can deal with a kid-murdering ghost movie, La Llorna looks pretty damn good.
The director of Oldboy, Stoker, and Lady Vengeance, Park Chan-Wook, will take on the American western in The Brigands of Rattlecreek, based on a script from S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk, Brawl in Cell Block 99, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich). The screenplay originated back in 2006 and has been revived by Amazon Studio (they brought us the Suspiria remake last year). Production hasn’t even begun, but this is news worth getting excited about. In the meantime, Zahler’s next film Dragged Across Concrete, will premiere this year.
Our own Sachin Hingoo got a look at A.T. White’s Starfish, which we talked about here a couple weeks back. You can read his full review here. “Starfish is a mystery unraveled on tape and it aches to be solved…”
Oh, and I have to tease this. Larry Fessenden’s newest film, Depraved, debuts this week at What The?!? Fest, retelling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in modern-day Brooklyn. I’ll be interviewing Larry early this week! Look for that later this week ahead of the film’s premiere. For now though, check out the first trailer, which just dropped this week. This is a big one for me this year, as Frankenstein’s monster was my first favorite horror hero, going back to getting a Remco Frankenstein figure when I was three or four. I love not just Shelley’s novel but many, many of the various film adaptations and never get tired of a new one rolling out. But the fact that the director of Wendigo, The Last Winter, and Habit is behind this one makes it extra special.