The Week In Horror; Child’s Play, Stranger Things, Red Sonja, and Prom Night

Happy Sunday, Fiends! Looks like we’re ending the weekend on a good note, with a mostly positive opening weekend for MGM’s new Child’s Play remake. The box office was strong and people have been generally positive about the new direction. Plus, it sounds like it takes nothing away from Don Mancini’s still current and evolving Chucky saga, which is going to continue as a TV series with Brad Douriff returning to voice the little psycho. I think it’s actually cool to have a very different take on the series that doesn’t try to replace the original timeline. It gives the overall franchise an anthology feel. I’m going to try and get to the theater to see it for myself some time this week. How about you? Thoughts?

A new look at Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 3, premiering July 4th? Ok! It looks like the series is going big in the upcoming season.

Great news for fans of sword and sandal epics – Bryan Singer is OUT as director of Red Sonja and will be replaced by Jill Soloway. Bridget Nielsen portrayed the comic book heroine back in 1985, but there was never a sequel and the current bid to get a new film off the ground has been in development hell for several years, with Robert Rodriguez attached to write and direct at one point. Soloway created and produces Transparent and produced Six Feet Under, with other writing and directing credits under her belt, none of which gives us any clue to what she’ll bring to the world of Red Sonja, which I find rather exciting. We can sit back and wait to be surprised.

I’ve been trying to find time to talk about the new Prom Night original motion picture soundtrack for a couple of weeks and I keep getting busy with things, so let’s talk about it now! Composed by Paul Zaza and Carl Zitterer, the score for Prom Night was one of the film’s best features. The Canadian slasher, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen suffered from pace and editing issues, in my opinion. The movie has a good set up, a decent cast, a good looking killer, and some decent kills, but it dies on the vine from moving so damn slow that no tension is ever built. Not to mention that the killer gets his ass kicked through most of the movie, so even if he gets his intended victim in the end, he’s not terribly menacing for we the viewer. That said, the movie isn’t without merits. A good performance from a post-Halloween JLC being the brightest point. Zaza and Zitterer composed a beautiful Bernard Hermann-esque score for the film, which has been re-released by Perseverance Records, including the complete score, several tracks not used in the film, plus all the disco songs in the film as well as alternate songs that wound up being cut. I don’t consider the disco tracks as a selling point, with exception of the beautiful “Fade to Black,” which I consider a stellar track. It’s got a great cover painting by Max Spragovsky and liner notes by Gergely Hubai, who likes the movie more than I do. For my money, Hello, Mary Lou; Prom Night 2 is the superior film (and sequel in name only), but it’s worth seeing at least once and horror score collectors will definitely want the Zaza/Zitterer OST in their collection.

And finally, we get our first look at Hulu/Blumhouse’s Into the Dark entry for the 4th of July, Gigi Saul Guerrero’s Culture Shock, which features horror icon Barbara Crampton (You’re NextRe-Animator, Castle Freak). Guerrero has a hefty list of work behind her with Luchagore Productions, who have produced some amazing shorts, including the closing chapter of Dark Sky Films’ Mexico Barbaro. With Culture Shock, Guerrero and company take dead aim at America’s fascist immigration policies and plunge her heroine into a twisted nightmare that feels like it could go Get Out via Blue Velvet. I was sold on this movie before I saw the trailer, but that really sealed the deal. Premiers July 4th on Hulu. Check it out…

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