The Week in Horror: ‘The Sadness’, ‘Hellraiser’, ‘The Nowhere Inn’, + more!

This week’s horror news seems tipped a little towards ultraviolence with a brand new trailer for Taiwanese zombie horror The Sadness and the reveal of a surely blood-soaked new project from Timo Tjahjanto. On the flip side, I’ve also got a new trailer for the confounding pseudo-documentary from St Vincent, and – sigh – another Mike Flanagan thing. Let’s check it out!

Timo Tjahjanto (Headshot) dropped some unreleased screenshots from The Night Comes For Us last week, but this week the filmmaker had even bigger news in store. On Instagram, Tjahanto let slip that he’s working on a new film that sounds like it’ll be an ultraviolent Christmas story of some kind?

Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill are listed as collaborators on the film, which should pique the interest of anyone that’s a fan of their previous projects, Sinister and Doctor Strange. We’re still not sure what this one is about, but it’s certainly in good hands. If you don’t want to wait for The Handover, Timo is also directing a segment in the upcoming V/H/S/94 anthology for Shudder, and is set to direct a remake of Train to Busan for James Wan.

Any fan of off-the-wall Canadian sci-fi horror is very familiar with Cube, the classic Escape Room-before-escape rooms-existed 1997 thriller from Vincenzo Natali. Well, fans of that movie are likely to know about the Japanese remake from Yasuhiko Shimizu, which is scheduled to release on October 22. Natali is an executive producer for this remake of Cube, which has a brand new trailer you can check out here!

David Bruckner (The Night House) is helming the new Hellraiser movie, and though rumours about casting have been the focus of the buzz from the film, the director provided this quote to SFX Magazine about the direction for his new adaptation:

“[I]t is a joy and a dream for a filmmaker like myself to dive into that world. All I’ll say is that we are aiming to be as true as we can to the original material. [Clive Barker’s original story] ‘The Hellbound Heart’ is also a primary source of inspiration, as well as the original film. But then it is something of a small reimagining and we are currently working on it.”

It sounds like the Hellraiser project will take a bit from both the original novel as well as the 1987 film, while putting it’s own twist on the Clive Barker tale. I can’t wait to see what Bruckner’s come up with for this.

St Vincent (Annie Clark) and Carrie Brownstein’s The Nowhere Inn premiered at Sundance 2020 to rave reviews, though no one – even those that have seen it – can seem to land on exactly what it is. Part rock documentary, part Portlandia-esque satire, and part Lynchian thriller, the film follows Brownstein as she seeks to produce a documentary about real-life friend Clark and her alter-ego St Vincent, before the entire thing spins into absurdity and, reportedly, terror. Audiences will finally get to see The Nowhere Inn when it’s released on September 17, but you can get a taste of this madness from the new teaser trailer here.

It’s been a week or two since we last checked in with Mike Flanagan, and wouldn’t you know it, he’s got a new project in the works. This one’s a series called Midnight Mass for Netflix, and it follows the story of a charismatic priest (Hamish Linklater) and a man with dark secrets (Friday Night Lights‘ Zach Gilford) who exacerbate divisions in an isolated community. Flanagan also released a personal letter that describes his connection to the story and the project:

Check out the the first teaser for Midnight Mass, which premieres on Netflix on September 24!

I’m pretty sure that the last trailer for Raven Banner’s The Sadness was the wildest trailer I saw that week, and this new promo blows it completely out of the water. I barely have words for how extreme this new spot is, but let’s just say that it puts the ‘red’ into ‘red-band trailer.’

We still don’t have release or distribution details for Rob Jabbaz’s debut feature, but I’m sure we should have both when the film premieres at the Fantasia Film Festival this month. In the meantime, take a look at perhaps “the most violent and depraved zombie movie” you’re likely to see this week or even this year.

Stay tuned for more details about The Sadness, because I certainly want to get a look at this very soon.

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