The Week In Horror: ‘Attack The Block’, RL Stine’s ‘Fear Street’, ‘Censor’, + more!

It got real hot and sticky out here all of a sudden, and normally that’d be a great excuse to get this sweaty skinsuit into the air-conditioned paradise of a movie theatre. But it’s still lockdown, folks, so you and I will just have to tough it out with the promise of some great horror projects to come in the future. Stay frosty with details about new sequels to Pet Sematary, Crawl, and Attack The Block, and trailers for RL Stine’s Fear Street trilogy and the buzzworthy Censor.

Veteran screenwriter Lindsay Beer is set to make her directorial debut with a sequel to 2019’s reimagining of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. The new film’s plot details are still a secret, according to Deadline, who broke the news. Beer has written several high-profile screenplays, including Chaos Walking, Transformers: The Last Knight, and is writing a live-action Bambi adaptation for Disney.

RL Stine’s Fear Street trilogy of films for Netflix has a new trailer! The three movies will be released over three weeks and take place in three different time periods – 1666, 1978, and 1994 – in the same Ohio town with a macabre shared history. Maya Hawke and Gillian Jacobs are set to appear, and Stine said in a statement to Bloody Disgusting that “the book series is rated PG…But the movies are rated R.” The trilogy will premiere on Netflix on July 2, July 9, and July 16.  Check out the trailer!

The 25th annual Fantasia Film Festival, which comes from Montreal every summer, has released it’s first wave of films, according to Deadline. The festival will run from August 5 to 25th and features new work from Richard E Bates (Excision, Tone Deaf, Trash Fire), Sean A Smith (The Crescent), Mickey Reece (Climate of the Hunter), and an even greater focus on Japanese films and filmmakers than prior years. We’ll have a deeper dive into the Festival as more of the lineup is announced.

Alexandre Aja’s Crawl was one of the best surprises on offer from horror in the last couple of years, with a riveting performance by Kaya Scodelario and a bunch of very agitated alligators. In an interview with Bloody Disgusting’s Boo Crew podcast this week, Aja revealed that a sequel is very much in the cards and early discussions have been underway for some time. It may not centre around Scodelario’s Haley, though, as Aja says that “the story of Haley is a really strong one, but I believe that Crawl is about nature taking back its due, and kind of like… more hurricane driven, man versus animal. So maybe it will be another story altogether. We’re looking for that human story right now, that will be as strong as the one in the first one. To make the second one legit.”

The weirdest trailer of the week has some competition, but I think the winner is the teaser for a mockumentary from St Vincent and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia) called The Nowhere Inn. It’s a metafictional film about Brownstein making a rock documentary about the artist, but the project takes a turn into a psychological thriller. The Nowhere Inn will be released in theatres and VOD on September 17, but you can take a peek at the teaser here:

Dread Central reports that Discovery+ has scored an anthology series from Eli Roth and paranormal investigator Zak Bagans called The Haunted Museum. The series will consist of eight one-hour episodes and a two-hour special. The series synopsis sounds very interesting:

The Haunted Museum will present the frightening and hellish tales behind the spooky relics on display in Bagans’ Las Vegas museumvia scripted shorts produced by Roth and his team, and with featured commentary from Bagans himself. Bagans’ extensive collectibles, numbering in the thousands, are exhibited across the 30-room, 14,000-square-foot mansionThey span from paranormal legends and true crime to Hollywood pop culture and haunted history.

The series will launch exclusively on the Discovery+ streaming service later this year.

The talk of the horror community has been the Sundance premiere of Censor, which has been getting incredible reviews.

Britain, 1985. When film censor Enid discovers an eerie horror that speaks directly to her sister’s mysterious disappearance, she resolves to unravel the puzzle behind the film and its enigmatic director – a quest that will blur the lines between fiction and reality in terrifying ways. Steeped in glorious 1980s aesthetics, Censor is a bloody love letter to the VHS ‘video nasty’ horror classics of the past.

The film will be released in theatres on June 11, with a VOD release a week later on the 18th. Check out the first trailer here!

By far the biggest news for me this week was the big announcement from Deadline that Joe Cornish and John Boyega are reuniting for a sequel to the breakout hit, Attack The Block. The original film launched Boyega’s career and saw his character, Moses, defending the London streets against a roving gang of malicious aliens. Cornish is writing and directing, and Boyega returns as Moses.

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