The Week In Horror: Clowns, Carnivals, and Haunts

How did you guys like our Week of Rob Zombie? Did you go back and rewatch any of his films leading up to the release of 3 From Hell? Did any of your opinions change? We also just had a Friday the 13th under a full moon. I treat every Friday the 13th like a mini Halloween and always rewatch one of the F13 films. This time, I revisited my all-time least favorite film from my favorite franchise, Jason Takes Manhattan. I haven’t watched this damn film since 1989, that’s how much I hate it. Man, it’s even worse than I remember. It’s objectively bad in so many ways and should absolutely be struck from canon. That’s it, I declare it. Jason Goes to Hell is now the new part 8 and Manhattan never happened. But what other horrors did this week hold? Let’s explore…

Well, I had to wait until week two, but I saw IT Chapter 2 last night. Like a lot of people, I really didn’t care for part two of the TV movie and I thought the book got pretty convoluted as well. I’ll be damned if I didn’t love Andy Muschietti’s take, though. The cast was absolutely fantastic and, not to take away anything from the rest of the cast, but Bill Hader was amazing. It was really cool to see Swamp Thing’s Andy Bean playing Stanley, also. I really loved Chapter One and I think Chapter Two actually lives up to it and far exceeded my expectations.

In casting news, Toni Collette (Hereditary) has joined the cast of Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation of the crime noir, Nightmare Alley. Based on the 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham and adapted the following year, Nightmare Alley is about the sleaze and darkness of a low rent carnival. Collette will play a mentalist, joining Rooney Mara, Bradley Cooper, and Cate Blanchett.

 

Chalk it up to lack of advertising? I completely forgot Haunt was opening this week and I’ve seen almost no coverage on it. I was reminded this morning when a random Twitter user posted the beautiful poster. So, yea… this movie is out in theaters and VOD and looks really good.

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