To say that this week’s horror news is eclectic is an understatement. I’ve got some new photos from Edgar Wright’s Last Night In Soho, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s The Deep House, and trailers from The Forever Purge, Convent, and 100 Candles. Most excitingly, I have some scarily sweet news for you Frankenberry freaks about the return of three of breakfast’s most memorable horror icons. Let’s get into it!
Edgar Wright’s 1960’s-set Last Night In Soho is said to be a departure from the Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim director, and it looks like it’s heading directly in a very dark psychological horror direction. We have an early look at Thomasin McKenzie (Jojo Rabbit, Leave No Trace), in the film courtesy of an interview she did with Empire this week. She co-stars in Last Night in Soho with Anya Taylor-Joy, and the film will be released on October 29, just in time for Halloween.
Naomi Watts looks to make it three for three on great horror remakes, after her iconic performances in The Ring and Funny Games, with Goodnight Mommy. The Amazon project has commenced production in New Jersey with a very small cast and crew in accordance with COVID protocols. Goodnight Mommy is a remake of Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz’s film, which tells the tale of twin 12-year-old boys who grow suspicious of their mother, who has just undergone reconstructive surgery. If you haven’t seen it, the original film is a massive gutpunch, and the new version from Matt Sobel should be more of the same.
Dread Central’s horror distribution arm, Dread, has a new release called Queen of Spades that’s ready to drop in select theaters on June 11th, VOD on June 15th, and Blu-ray on June 29th.
“According to legend, an ominous entity known as the Queen of Spades can be summoned by performing an ancient ritual. Those brave enough draw a door and a staircase on a mirror, in darkness, and say her name three times. What happens next you must experience to believe. Four teenagers decide to summon the Queen of Spades as a joke. But they could never imagine the horrors this innocent prank has condemned them and their loved ones to. The evil entity won’t stop until she gets their souls.”
Check out the first trailer here!
If you’re any kind of horror fan, A24’s upcoming slasher film, Bodies, Bodies, Bodies should have you excited already, even though we don’t even have plot details yet. The fact that the movie stars Borat breakout Maria Bakalova and SNL alum Pete Davidson is reason enough to get hyped for this project, but the news from Deadline about the addition of one of my favourite actors, Halt and Catch Fire and Pushing Daisies‘ Lee Pace to the movie has me salivating for this one. The film will be directed by Halina Reijn and will also star Rachel Sennott (Shiva Baby), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Chase Sui Wonders (Daniel Isn’t Real), Myha’la Herrold (Modern Love) and Conner O’Malley (Palm Springs).
You know I love me some Parasite and some Bong Joon-Ho but even I was a little skeptical when it was announced that the Oscar-winning film would be adapted into a TV series for HBO by Adam McKay (The Big Short). McKay announced this week in an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that the new adaptation won’t be a remake but a new story in the same universe. Who knows what that means, but I’ll be there for it.
Coming to VOD and DVD across North America this Tuesday, May 18 is the supernatural anthology thriller 100 Candles. Distributor Devilworks is handling this release and the film’s synopsis sounds like a harrowing, twisted version of Jumanji:
100 Candles centers around a game that traps a group of friends, as they tell one another horror tales in front of a magical mirror, by candlelight. One story for every candle, they cannot leave the game until all candles are out; otherwise, they will fall victim to a witch’s curse.
Check out the trailer for the movie, which stars Amy Smart, George Blagden, Sibyl Gregory, and Dee Bradley Baker, right here:
I was a big fan of the Canadian horror Anything For Jackson earlier this year, and RLJE Films will be bringing the twisted exorcism tale to DVD and Blu-Ray next month on June 15. This was one of the most enjoyable surprises of the year for me, and I think will be a major crowd-pleaser. Check out the box art for the release here:
If you’ve been finding that your breakfast has been, shall we say, lacking in spookiness lately, we got news this week that General Mills will be mashing up it’s Monster cereal brands into one frightful package this year. The Unholy Trinity of Boo Berry, Count Chocula, and Frankenberry are joined by their lesser-known brethren, Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy in the new cereal, providing multicoloured marshmallow madness to your morning meal, even if you’re solidly of the ‘Honey Bunches of Oats’ age group.
We have a grip of new pics from Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s new underwater horror, The Deep House courtesy of Bloody Disgusting this week. The creators of the legendary French extremity film Inside and the skin-crawling haunted house thriller Livid are back with a story of two underwater explorers who uncover the secrets in an old submerged cabin. The film will be released in France on July 30, with no announced North American release strategy yet. But if you’re hankering for some Bustillo/Maury action before then, the pair will have a demon-centric horror called Kandisha coming to Shudder on July 22. In the meantime, check out these shots from The Deep House!
The Purge never ends…After months of hype for the final Purge movie, The Forever Purge, we got the first trailer for the film this week. It shows a group of rogue Purgers who want to keep the event going even after the national abolishment of the annual night of mayhem and debauchery. Check it out here.
That’s not the scariest trailer I saw this week, though. That dubious honour goes to the Thai horror The Convent, which has some of the most nightmarish imagery I’ve seen in a horror movie in some time. There’s something about a creature made up of dozens of eyes that fucks with me in ways I can’t quite explain, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg with this one. This film, directed by Wisit Sasanatieng, actually saw release in Thailand in 2015 under the title Run Phee, according to Bloody Disgusting. Check out the trailer for this supernatural spook-a-doodle, but don’t say I didn’t warn you…
The Convent will be released in North America by ITN Distribution, but we don’t have details about when just yet.