The Week In Horror: ‘The Medium’, Macon Blair’s ‘Toxic Avenger’, Eli Roth’s ‘Borderlands’, + more!

It’s another hot, sticky week that’s only seven days removed from John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place: Part 2 burning up the box office. This week, I’ve got news about that, a new trailer for Thai horror The Medium, exciting news about Macon Blair’s Toxic Avenger reboot, and much more!

“The Rules Are Broken” in this new, Western-themed final installment of The Purge. As the clock ticks down to the theatrical premiere of The Forever Purge on July 2, we have some brand new and utterly spooktacular posters for the film, which put the series hallmark creepy masks on display. Check them all out here before rampaging your way into a cinema for the film’s debut.

Mickey Reece’s Climate of the Hunter is one of the most unsung little gems of the past couple of years, and the prolific indie director’s followup, Agnes, is set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival next month. The film stars Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Molly Quinn (Doctor Sleep) and is said to be about priests attempting to exorcise a demon from a nun named Sister Agnes. Check out the chilling trailer ahead of the film’s premiere.

The Illuminerdi broke the news this week that Macon Blair’s Toxic Avenger reboot has signed Elijah Wood in the lead villain role. Joining the cast along with Jacob Tremblay (Room) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Wood will play a character named Bob Garbinger, described as:

Bob Garbinger (40-50) – Leonine hair and eerie plastic surgery. Evil head of the shady company Garb X. He has no regard for the well being of anyone but himself and embarks on a murderous spree to become as powerful as Toxie. His ego is bolstered by his standing amongst the towns official but in reality he lives in fear of the underworld gang he’s indebted to.

The Toxic Avenger is perhaps the most well-known classic ‘midnight movie’ from 1985. The synopsis for the film reads as follows:

Based on the 1984 cult classic of the same name. Set in a fantasy world following Winston, a stereotypical weakling who works as a janitor at Garb-X health club and is diagnosed with a terminal illness that can only be cured by an expensive treatment that his greedy, power hungry employer refuses to pay for. After deciding to take matters into his own hands and rob his company, Winston falls into a pit of toxic waste and is transformed into a deformed monster that sets out to do good and get back at all the people who have wronged him.

It’s a classic story you’ve heard time and time again. “An extremist group travels back in time to assassinate Christ before the Crucifixion. The fate of the world now depends on a genius with no faith…and a man who has lost his.”

That’s the pitch for Black Easter, an unlikely Christian movie that looks to be fun instead of preachy, though I’m not sure how many converts it’ll make when the credits roll. Dread Central chatted with filmmaker Jim Carroll (not that one), who had this to say: ““My goal with Black Easter was to create a movie that was not only highly entertaining and filled with excitement at every twist and turn but one that also leaves the audience with a taste of the Gospel in a way that they don’t feel like they’re being lectured to.”

I don’t know about all that, but Black Easter has picked up a number of accolades from the festivals where it’s been screened, and looks to be a wild ride. Take a peek at the trailer here ahead of it’s premiere on Amazon Prime on June 24:

Eli Roth’s Borderlands continues production and we got a sneak peak of Cate Blanchett’s character, Lilith, courtesy of a tweet from Jamie Lee Curtis this week. Check out her silhouette as the video game adaptation rolls on, with more to come later:

One of the best trailers I saw this week was for Thai horror The Medium, from Banjong Pisanthanakun, the director of the seminal supernatural film, Shutter. According to Variety, The Medium is ” the story of a shaman’s inheritance in the poor Isan region of Thailand. And where the spirit that appears to be possessing a family member might not be the benevolent goddess they believe it to be.” Take a look at the trailer here ahead of a release in July:

I guess A Quiet Place: Part 2 did pretty well last weekend, huh? Earning 58 million dollars in theatres over Memorial Day, with another 20 million dollar expected take this weekend is definitely a way to get a sequel greenlit, and that’s exactly what Variety is reporting. The outlet confirms that Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud) has written and will be directing this third movie from John Krasinski’s script concept, and that it’s more of a spinoff than an actual continuation of the main story. The project is expected to land in 2023.

Black Sunday and The Medium have some wacky trailers this week, but even they don’t have anything on The Changed, a very scary-looking Body Snatchers-esque thriller where  “a group of ordinary people band together in a suburban home to battle imposters who have replaced their families, friends, and neighbors.” The film stars Candyman’s Tony Todd, and I don’t know about y’all but when he says, in the trailer, that “there’s nothing to worry about,” I find it hard to believe. Bloody Disgusting revealed the trailer this week and it looks extremely chilling. No word on a release for The Changed just yet, but we’ll keep you posted!

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