The Week In Horror: Bautista to Hunt Zombies, DCeased + More

So Pet Sematary opened wide this weekend and reviews have been incredibly mixed. Did you see it? Do you agree with our fearless leader, Andy Burns’ review or did you dig it? (I was a bad horror fan and saw Shazam. Hey, I have kids, besides it was great.) Well, even if this one adaptation didn’t land with you, horror marches forward.

Wrestler turned actor, Dave Bautista, will star in Zack Snyder’s return to the zombie genre, Army of the Dead. Most genre fans will remember Snyder’s big breakthrough hit was his remake of Dawn of the Dead. The new film will be set in Las Vegas, which is a quarantine zone, and Bautista will be part of a team of mercenaries crossing over into the city to pull off the ultimate heist. It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything non-super hero from Snyder, so the idea of him returning to balls-to-the-wall horror is interesting. Also, that this one is going forward, I hope that means his adaptation of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead won’t be.

Disney has kindly confirmed, in the wake of their terrifying wealth consolidation power move, that the Alien franchise will live on in the shadow of the almighty Mouse. This apparently includes the sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. Disney is no stranger to R-rated fare, going back to their subsidiary Touchstone Pictures. If they’re willing to keep Fox’s adult properties alive, Deadpool fans can probably breathe a sigh of relief. Because, ya know, that’s what’s important here.

DC Comics is set to release a new six issue mini series called DCeased in May. Written by Tom Taylor, the series will be about what happens when a techno virus goes biological and starts a zombie outbreak in the DCU. Each of the six covers will be mash-ups of DC heroes with classic horror movie posters. So far we’ve seen a Batman/Poison Ivy with A Nightmare on Elm Street, Superman with The Nun, and The Joker/Robin with IT. With Batman’s Detective Comics also hitting its landmark 1000th issue and this year marking Bats’ 80th anniversary since his debut in Detective Comics #14, DC is pulling out all the stops and DCeased looks like it could be fun as hell.

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