Oooooooh boy. You want horror news of the week? Just turn on the TV, fiends. To quote Chuck D of Public Enemy on Instagram this morning, “America is really fortunate that black people only want equality and not revenge.” I’m so furious right now that across the United States peaceful protests are being high jacked by bad actors (anti-government militias, white nationalists, and straight up trouble making racists.) The black community can’t even grieve the loss of another innocent man without being fucked with? “What’s this have to do with horror..?” I don’t know, ask Jordan Peele or George A Romero. I think Tobe Hooper and Kim Henkle had some thoughts on current affairs when they made Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Issa Lopez, Jenn Wexler, and Izzy Lee might have some thoughts for you. Or to quote Dr Rebekah McKendry of Shockwaves podcast, “Horror has always been a world of ‘far left wackos.’ So get the hell off our lawn, asshole!”
That said, let’s get current.
The best news I’ve heard this week? Ryan Gosling is set to star in a new Universal Wolfman film written by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo. After finally watching Leigh Whannell’s Invisible Man this week I’m all for anything Universal/Blumhouse wants to throw at us with these characters. I don’t know if Gosling will be playing the Wolfman, but I can see it. That would be interesting. It will be the first time we’ve seen the Wolfman since 2010’s Benicio Del Toro starring take on the character, which deserves a lot more love than it got. The original Lon Chaney Jr version still holds up wonderfully too.
From Brazil and debuting at this year’s virtual Chattanooga Film Fest, Skull; the Mask sounds really awesome;
In the year 1944, an artifact is used in a military experiment. The artifact is the Mask of Anhangá, the executioner of Tahawantinsupay, a Pre-Columbian God. The experience fails. Nowadays, the Mask arrives at Sao Paulo. The Mask possesses a body and starts to commit visceral sacrifices on vengeance for the incarnation of its God, initiating a blood bath. The policewoman Beatriz Obdias is in charge of the crimes, challenging her beliefs. A true mystical slasher film in the city of Sao Paulo.
Check out this insane, blood-drenched trailer, directed by Armando Fonseca and Kapel Furman…(I’m not seeing a release date yet, but I’ll keep you posted)