The Week In Horror: Ben Wheatley’s ‘In The Earth’, ‘Event Horizon’, ‘Slaxx’ + more!

What a week! The birds are singing, the bees are stinging, and it really feels like spring is, um, springing. With all the rain and generally overcast weather we’ve had around these parts, it’s starting to look uncharacteristically spooky out there, which means it’s time for some more horror news! We’ve got details on Ben Wheatley’s new woodsy folk horror, In The Earth, details about that new Special Edition Blu-Ray of Event Horizon, and I’d like to tell you about the haunted pants movie I watched this week!

While everyone was fixated on James Gunn’s awesome trailer for The Suicide Squad this week, my favourite trailer was for Ben Wheatley’s mind-trippy folk horror, In The Earth.

The film stars Ellora Torchia (Midsommar), Hayley Squires, Joel Fry, and Reece Shearsmith. Wheatley shot this micro-budget thriller almost entirely in secret during quarantine , and the film’s synopsis suggests that the pandemic plays into the theme of the film:

“As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep into the forest for a routine equipment run. Through the night, their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the heart of darkness, the forest coming to life around them.”

In The Earth will be released in theatres on April 23 from NEON.

Our good pal Izzy Lee wrote up an awesome review of Scream Factory‘s new special edition Blu-ray of one of my favourite horrors, Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon for Screen Anarchy. This looks like the definitive edition of the underrated cult classic sci-fi horror, which unfortunately does not include the infamous lost footage and alternate ending (which appear to have vanished into the sands of time) but contains several featurettes and ‘making of’ mini-docs to tide over any fan of the film. Izzy runs down what’s included and what isn’t, and inspired me to pick up a copy for myself.

If you haven’t watched it yet, Shudder’s In Search of Darkness is yet another in their lineup of fantastic horror documentaries. In Search covers 1980’s horror in such a thorough way that even it’s four hour running time couldn’t touch on everything that made that decade so important. Well that’s about to be rectified with a new four hour sequel called In Search of Darkness Part II, which features interviews from Robert Englund, Tom Savini, and many more. It’ll debut on Shudder on April 26.

We love Amelia Moses around these parts, so it was great to see that her new werewolf thriller, Bloodthirsty, is already getting great buzz ahead of it’s release in limited theatres and VOD on April 23. The film is about a musician who isolates to work on her new album, but begins to experience unusual, werewolf-y changes in herself. You can take a look at the trailer here:

Deadline reported this week that the new Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted) film, called Profile, will be released in theatres on May 14. Bekmambetov produced Unfriended and Searching, both of which take place completely on computer screens, and Profile is a similar thriller. The film is about a journalist who goes undercover with an extremist group and stars Shazad Latif (Star Trek: Discovery) and Valene Kane (Rogue One). It’ll have a theatre release on May 14.

SLAXX!

Because of it’s release on VOD this week, I got to revisit one of my favourite selections from this year’s Fantasia Festival, Elza Kephart and Patricia Gomez’s Slaxx. Do not even think about @-ing me, this was one of the most screamingly funny and enjoyable horror comedies I saw over the last year, and it is so much more than ‘a movie about haunted pants’ suggests. Watch it now, or keep it in your back pocket for National Canadian Film Day on April 21.

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