The Week in Horror: ‘Final Girl Support Group’, ‘Swallowed’, ‘Clickbait’, ‘Behemoth’, + more!

This week’s horror news has all the hot scoops on Julia Ducournau’s Palme D’Or winning film Titane, queer horror from Carter Smith, an adaptation of Grady Hendrix’s new novel, and a sweet new creature feature with some insane practical effects!

Horror novel The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix (Mohawk, Satanic Panic) was only released last week, but is already getting great reviews and is about to become a series on HBO Max, according to Deadline. Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti will be teaming with Charlize Theron to bring the project to life, with Andy directing the pilot episode.

In Hendrix’s novel, “Lynette is a real-life final girl who survived a massacre. For more than a decade, she’s been meeting with five other final girls and their therapist in a support group for those who survived the unthinkable, working to put their lives back together. Then one woman misses a meeting, and their worst fears are realized—someone knows about the group and is determined to rip their lives apart again, piece by piece.”

If you were under a rock this week, you may have missed the news that Julia Ducournau became the first solo woman director (and second woman, after Jane Campion was a co-winner in 1993) to win the prestigious Palme D’Or, the top prize for film at Cannes. Her film, Titane, which is only her second feature, is maybe my most anticipated movie of the year. No small feat in a year that includes Dune and Halloween Kills!

Titane is genre and gender-bending horror film about body modification and what it means to be human, and it’s coming to theatres on October 1. I don’t know about you, but I’ll be there on opening day.

Josh Boone’s 2020 adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand (I hear there’s a pretty good book out about it) is coming to Blu-ray on October 5, but that version of the classic and timely story about a plague-ravaged America won’t be coming alone! Bloody Disgusting reported this week that both Boone’s adaptation and the Emmy-winning 1994 miniseries, starring Molly Ringwald, Gary Sinise, and Rob Lowe, will also be part of the package.

No word on any special features, but we’ll keep you posted closer to release.

Adrian Grenier (Entourage) is left at the mercy of the internet in a new Netflix limited series called Clickbait. Netflix dropped the teaser for the series this week, which is directed by Brad Anderson (The Sinner) and written by Christian White.

In Clickbait, “Nick Brewer (Adrian Grenier) is a loving father, husband, and brother, who one day suddenly and mysteriously disappears. A video appears on the internet of the badly beaten Nick holding a card that says “I abuse women. At 5 million views, I die”. Is this a threat or confession? Or both? As his sister (Zoe Kazan) and wife (Betty Gabriel) rush to find and save him, they uncover a side of Nick they didn’t know existed. An eight-episode limited series told from revolving points of view, Clickbait is a compelling, high stakes thriller that explores the ways in which our most dangerous and uncontrolled impulses are fueled in the age of social media, revealing the ever-widening fractures we find between our virtual and real-life personas.”

Check out the trailer ahead of the miniseries premiere on August 25!

Deadline reported this week that acclaimed playwright Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop, White Girl In Danger) will be working on a new project with Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar) for A24. This is separate from Aster’s Disappointment Blvd, which is also in development. No details on this yet, but Jackson’s pedigree combined with Aster is a delicious prospect.

A new film called Swallowed marks the return of Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge star Mark Patton. If you slept on the horror documentary Scream, Queen, currently streaming on Shudder and which recounts Patton’s experience on the set of Freddy’s Revenge and the film’s reception, fix that! It’s one of the most compelling horror documentaries I’ve seen, and really inspired me to revisit that film with a fresh perspective.

Back to Swallowed, though. Bloody Disgusting reports that Carter Smith (The Ruins) is directing, and the film co-stars Smith’s The Ruins lead, Jena Malone. Swallowed is the first project in Smith’s queer horror series, All The Dead Boys and has been described as “slimy wild queer horror nightmare of a movie.” I can’t wait to check this one out, and will definitely have more for you when the film is closer to release.

With films like Psycho Goreman and Skull: The Mask being two of my favourite movies this year, I’m overjoyed that practical effects in horror are having something of a moment right now. Adding to that ever-expanding lineup of gross-out effects is Peter Sefchik’s directorial debut, a creature feature called Behemoth.

In Behemoth, “Joshua Riverton spent ten years working for a global chemical behemoth, notorious for their environmental negligence. When his daughter develops a mysterious illness, he steps forward as a whistle-blower, throwing his life into chaos. He’s convinced that his company’s negligence has made his daughter sick, and there are dark forces hiding the truth.

“When given the chance to confront his old boss, Dr. Woeland, he allows a standoff to escalate into violence, and Josh is shot in the process. Now Josh is on the run, eating painkillers, and holding Woeland hostage. Josh demands answers about his daughter’s illness, but with each passing moment around Woeland, Josh’s grasp on reality begins to unravel.

“Is it the painkillers, or is Woeland more than he seems? Are the dark forces all in Josh’s head, or has he stumbled into a terrifying league of evil?”

Behemoth releases on digital on August 27, but you can get a sneak peek at the trailer here!

Jordan Peele has certainly been busy, and he revealed the poster for his newest film, called NOPE, which will be released almost exactly a year from now, on July 22, 2022. No details on the plot yet (and the poster doesn’t exactly give any hints), but the poster confirms that Daniel Kaluuya, Steven Yeun, and Keke Palmer will all star.

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