The Week in Horror: ‘Uzumaki’, Emma Tammi’s ‘Dollhouse’, ‘PIG’, ‘V/H/S 94’ + more!

Hello friends! It’s been a big week for vampires, horror anthologies, and…Pigs I guess? I’ve got news about a sick new remaster of a classic vampire tale, the new project from Emma “The Wind” Tammi, an update on Adult Swim’s Uzumaki adaptation, and much more! Come check it out!

Stopmotion is a new film starring The Nightingale‘s Aisling Franciosi, and is about a stop-motion animator whose characters begin to come to life. According to Deadline, who broke the news, Franciosi ” will play Ella Blake, a stop-motion animator struggling to control her demons after the loss of her overbearing mother, who embarks upon the creation of a film that becomes the battleground for her sanity. As Ella’s mind starts to fracture, the characters in her project take on a life of their own.” The film will be directed by Robert Morgan (the short film Bobby Yeah), and this will be his first full-length feature.

Shark-centric terror Great White is coming to theatres and VOD on July 16 from Shudder and RJLE Films. It may not be another Jaws, but the trailer looks like a ton of fun. Great White stars Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Tim Kano and Te Kohe Tuhaka. Check out the trailer here!

Bloody Disgusting reported that Studio71 is back with another installment of the iconic horror anthology franchise V/H/S. Called V/H/S ’94 and being released on Shudder, the new film is being backed by series veteran David Bruckner (The Night House, The Ritual) and he’s assembled an Avengers-like team of directors for this one. The roster of filmmakers includes Timo Tjahjanto (The Night Comes For Us), Jennifer Reeder (Knives and Skin), Chloe Okuno (Watcher), Ryan Prows (Lowlife), Simon Barrett (Godzilla vs Kong, The Guest), and Radio Silence (Ready or Not, Scream 5). Also, Bloody Disgusting, who is acting as a producer on the film, revealed that Greg Anderson of the band Sunn O))) will be doing the score. This is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Maybe the craziest news of the week was centered around a new poster and trailer for the Nicholas Cage revenge thriller, Pig. The film features Cage as a reclusive truffle hunter and former celebrity chef who has to go back to the big city in order to track down his prized pig. John Wickish, perhaps, but I’m pretty excited for this one.

That’ll do, Nic. That’ll do.

I literally squealed like a prized pig when Hiroshi Nagahama, director of the upcoming adaptation of Junji Ito’s classic manga Uzumaki for Adult Swim, dropped an update on YouTube this week. Because of the pandemic, the project has undergone a few delays but we were able to get a small taste of what the series will look like, and it is absolutely stunning. I feel like I’ve been waiting for Uzumaki for years, so a few more months won’t be a big deal when the final product looks anything like this teaser. Check it out here!

Ryan Murphy is back with more American Horror Story! In addition to American Horror Story: Double Feature which debuts on FX and Hulu on August 25, a new spinoff of one-hour self-contained episodes called American Horror Stories will be released on July 15. The new series will be run by Murphy, with Sarah Paulson directing an episode and Danny Trejo starring in another. Check out the teaser from the AHS Twitter feed!

Emma Tammi’s The Wind (now playing on Shudder) is one of my favourite feature debuts from the past few years. The pioneer-set horror is a stunning, stark period piece that has perhaps the strongest sense of place I’ve seen in some time. Tammi is back to work on a new film, Deadline reports, called Dollhouse which is set in the New York City fashion industry and will star Selena Gomez. It seems like an exciting project and I can’t wait to see how Tammi’s keen eye will adapt a story set in modern times.

If you were a fan of nurse-centric horror The Power (also on Shudder), and you should be, you might be interested to know that there’s a new spooky hospital to worry about in the upcoming anthology, The Devil’s Tail. The film’s six segments are all directed by women filmmakers – Taz Pereyra, Carlota Martínez Pereda, Samantha Timms, Nicole Goode, Erica Scoggins, and Laurel Vail. In The Devil’s Tail, “a young nurse begins her shift at an old city hospital. After a strange apparition appears, one of the oldest nurses tells her that a patient, Mr. Moore, entered the hospital a few years ago. His body was completely burned after a fire. Mr. Moore was operated on urgently by the doctors. But no one wanted to assist him. The pain and drugs had driven him mad… One night one of the nurses went to his room but his bed was empty… Nothing was heard from him anymore. A bell interrupts the story. The call comes from Mr. Moore´s room…” Sounds pretty damn unnerving, and the trailer does nothing to change my opinion on that! Take a look here, if you dare.

The mysterious A Classic Horror Story from Netflix has been all the buzz around my horror circles lately, with no one really knowing what it is or what it’s about. The Italian film has been described as some sort of mashup between Ari Aster’s Midsommar and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Well, the film will be released on July 14 on the prolific streaming service, and we’ve got the first trailer here. To say that it’s confounding is perhaps an understatement.

Kathryn Bigelow’s seminal vampire tale Near Dark is a confluence of horror, western, and a tender family drama and, most of all, it’s a stone-cold classic. That’s why it’s been such a tragedy that this important piece of horror history is basically unavailable anywhere. It’s been out of print for years in physical form, and no streaming service has it in their library as of this writing. It was with this in mind, then, that I squealed like a goddamned pig for the third time this week when Geek Gab News reported that Studio Canal would be releasing Near Dark in a new remaster in 4K on Blu Ray and UHD. You can bet your fangs that I’ll be picking this one up.

Note that this artwork won’t be the final version and is likely fanart.

Speaking of vampires, I was excited to find out that William Crane’s classic 1972 film, Blacula, will be getting a reimagining from MGM with Deon Taylor (The Intruder) set to direct. Variety reports that the new film will be set in modern times, and reinvigorates the franchise as a direct followup to 1973’s Scream Blacula Scream. In Taylor’s new update, “Blacula is an ancient African prince who is cursed by Dracula after he fails to agree to end the slave trade. Blacula is entombed and awakens 200 years later ready to avenge the death of his ancestors and of those responsible for robbing his people of their work, culture and heritage as they appropriated it for profit.” Definitely stay tuned for more details about this one!

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