The Week In Horror: Alex Aja’s ‘Oxygen’, Amazon’s ‘Them’, ‘The Spine of Night’, COCAINE BEAR + much more!

Happy Monday, horror fans! I’ve got some weird stuff for you this week, so strap yourselves in for…Ah, who am I kidding? Yes, I’ve got COCAINE BEAR news. But I’ve got other stuff too, like fantastic new trailers for The Spine of Night, Alex Aja’s Oxygen, a new poster for Ben Wheatley’s In The Earth, and much more! Also, yes, COCAINE BEAR.

Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Crawl) is back with a new sci-fi thriller called Oxygen. The film is about “a young woman (Mélanie Laurent, Inglourious Basterds), who wakes up in a cryogenic pod. She doesn’t remember who she is or how she ended up there. As she’s running out of oxygen, she must rebuild her memory to find a way out of her nightmare.” We’ve got the first trailer for Oxygen, which comes to Netflix on May 12.

Deadline reported that Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, The Shield) is writing and directing a new horror-tinged drama for Netflix called This Beast. Based on the true story of The Beast of Gevaudan, a creature that terrorized the French province in the 1700’s, the series will bring Sutter’s violent but deeply affecting “familial story sensibility” to this type of tale should be interesting to watch.

We have the first teaser trailer for a new Amazon horror anthology called Them. It looks to tap into some Lovecraft Country vibes, but I can’t help but notice a slight similarity between it’s poster and another recent one:

Maybe it’s just me. In any case, Them tells the story of Alfred and Lucky Emory, who “decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. The family’s home on a tree-lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.” The project stars Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Alison Pill, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Melody Hurd, and Ryan Kwanten and will be coming to Prime Video on April 9, 2021.

Murphy’s Multiverse reported that The Munsters will be receiving a new adaptation, with House of 1000 Corpses‘ Rob Zombie heading up the project. Zombie’s been a fan of the series for years so I think he’ll definitely aim to do it justice, and it’ll definitely be neat to see what he brings to the “altogether ooky” family. Production begins in Budapest in early May.

NEON Films will be bringing In The Earth, the new film from Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise, Sightseers) to theatres on April 30. The film is said to be one of the best new horrors of the year so far. In The Earth is a story of nature taking it’s revenge on mankind in a world gripped by a deadly virus, so expect a breezy, lighthearted comedy, I guess? You can check out the film’s first poster here.

Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian’s 2018 thriller Searching was maybe the first (and some might say only) great movie to be told entirely through the lens of social media. The film follows a desperate father (John Cho) looking for his missing daughter by backtracking through Facebook and other social networks to find out what her last days were like, and takes place entirely on a computer screen. Dread Central reports that the editors on that film are stepping into director roles for Searching 2, which will tell a new story in a similar fashion. The Invisible Man‘s Storm Reid is currently in talks for the lead.

Variety reports that production has just wrapped on The Breach, an indie horror by Raven Banner and Rue Morgue founder Rodrigo Gudiño and which has an interesting executive producer and score producer in Guns ‘n’ Roses’ guitarist Slash. The Breach is the story of John Hawkins, who’s about to retire as police chief of the small town of Lone Crow that is tucked away in the deep woods of northern Ontario. But “following the discovery of a gruesome body with uncanny injuries, he’s pulled into an investigation to solve the horrifying mystery, which evades explanation.” The Breach stars Allan Hawco (“Frontier,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”), Emily Alatalo (“Spare Parts”), Wesley French (“Through Black Spruce”), Natalie Brown (“The Strain”) and Adam Kenneth Wilson (“24 Hour Rental”).

Raven Banner’s The Breach

Corrinna Faith’s The Power looks like an awesome project which will be hitting Shudder on April 8. It takes place in 1974 London, where “Britain prepares for electrical blackouts to sweep across the country, trainee nurse Val (Rose Williams) arrives for her first day at the crumbling East London Royal Infirmary. With most of the patients and staff evacuated to another hospital, Val is forced to work the night shift, finding herself in a dark, near empty building. Within these walls lies a deadly secret, forcing Val to face both her own traumatic past and deepest fears in order to confront the malevolent force that’s intent on destroying everything around her.” You can check out the trailer here!

In 1985, it seemed that half the world was on cocaine. Well, in that year it wasn’t just humans that were skiing the Columbian slopes. In Kentucky, drug smuggler Andrew Thornton had his 70-pound duffle bag of nose candy pinched by a local black bear, who proceeded to consume the whole thing. Naturally, this story is ripe for a feature film adaptation, and Elizabeth Banks (Charlie’s Angels, Pitch Perfect 2) is on board to do just that. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Banks will begin shooting Cocaine Bear this summer, and I cannot fucking wait to see it. Until then, you can read the New York Times coverage of the incident.

Cocaine Bears aside, my favourite trailer this week, by far, was the ultraviolent teaser for Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King’s The Spine of Night, an animated feature in the style of Ralph Bakshi that immediately caught my attention when I looked through SXSW’s lineup for this year. The Spine of Night features voice acting by Lucy Lawless, Larry Fessenden, Richard E. Grant, and Joe Manganiello. The film premieres at SXSW this Thursday, and you can watch via the virtual festival if you’re in the US.

Have a great week, friends! We’ll be back with more news next Monday, but until then, keep your stashes well clear of COCAINE BEARS!

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