The Week in Horror: Orca The Killer Whale, Pacific Rim, All the Moons, Blade

Hi, fiends! Welcome back to your weekly dose of horror news highlights from around the web.

I have no idea who won the Super Bowl, because I re-watched Orca the Killer Whale, instead. A really nice print is streaming on Amazon and there’s also a very nice blu and DVD with extras. If you’ve never seen Orca, let me preface by saying that it is NOT the Jaws knock off its reputation would have you believe. The comparisons are inescapable of course, but the movie does a good job of dispelling them quite early in the morning. It has one of the best Richard Harris performances and has a very nuanced and compelling story. There are shades of Moby Dick along with some indigenous lore mixed in, along with one of the most traumatizing PG moments ever filmed. So, yea, recommended. Anyway, I only mention the Super Bowl, because I knew I would be dealing with commercials this morning and we’ll get to that right after the Scream Factory Blu-ray trailer for Orca.

The two excellent Pacific Rim movies get their continuation in a new anime series on Netflix dropping on March 4th. This isn’t the first time Netflix has dipped its toes into original animated kaiju content, Pacific Rim The Black follows on the heels of Godzilla and Ultraman, which have both dropped on the streaming platform in recent years. PCTB looks like a lot of fun with some high quality animation.

A new film from Spain which gets US distribution soon that I’m completely excited about, is All the Moons, which looks a bit like a 19th century Let the Right One In with the magical qualities of a Guillermo del Toro film. It begins in an orphanage in the midst of war, where a young girl is mortally wounded and left to die, but she’s saved by a vampire and learns to live a whole new life, until a kindly man takes her in and tries to bring back her humanity. The is a gorgeous trailer and I have a feeling it’ll be one of my favorite films of the year.

It’s worth mentioning that the Mahershala Ali Blade film has found a writer in Watchmen TV series scribe Stacy Osei-Kuffour, who has also worked on Hunters. Focusing on their commitment to diversity, Disney sought out only black writers, but the fact that a black woman landed the job is very interesting and I’m excited to see what kind of dynamic she brings to the story. I love the Wesley Snipes films, but lets face it, Blade can be a bit one note in that series. I’m hoping Osei-Kuffour can add some emotional depth to the character.

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