The Week in Horror: ‘Amityville Moon’, ‘ Blood Conscious’, ‘The Black Phone’, ‘CRABS!’ + more!

This week’s horror news covers stuff from TV (Yellowjackets), a movie that scared the pants off an audience at CinemaCon last week (The Black Phone), not one but two home invasion flicks, and…CRABS?! Well, get those pincers ready, because here we go.

Crabs? CRABS! Writer-director Pierce Berolzheimer’s debut feature tells the story of a sleepy coastal town that’s infected by – yes – monstrous crabs. Raven Banner premiered the film at the UK Frightfest last Thursday and we’ll be sure to let you know when we have wide release details. Crabs! (don’t forget that exclamation point) stars Jessica Morris, Dylan Riley Snyder, Robert Craighead and Allie Jennings. There’s no shortage of blood (and seafood) in the film’s trailer, so if this is your bag, you’ll be very happy to be catching these Crabs!

PS: Crabs!

Rob Zombie isn’t the only one adapting the classic horror sitcom, The Addams Family. Tim Burton’s also spinning up a series for Netflix based on the Wednesday Addams character called – wait for it – Wednesday. Jenna Ortega stars as the titular Addams, Catherine Zeta-Jones as the matriarch Morticia, Luis Guzman as Gomez, and Deadline reported this week that they’ll be joined by an amazing set of co-stars, including Thora Birch (Ghost World), Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel and Oates), Hunter Doohan, Georgie Farmer, Moosa Mostafa, Emma Myers, Naomi J. Ogawa, Joy Sunday, Percy Hynes White, and Jamie McShane.

Thomas J. Churchill’s The Amityville Moon looks like it should scratch the itch of fans of werewolf horror, practical effects, and the Amityville franchise all at once. The film tells of a religious school where it’s students are being held captive by deranged priests and nuns, all of whom are being terrorized by a werewolf. Check out the trailer for The Amityville Moon ahead of the film’s release on VOD and DVD on October 5 from Lionsgate.

Universal’s CinemaCon was held last week, and one of the buzziest topics to come out of that event was the trailer for Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke and based on Joe Hill’s 2004 short story. The Blumhouse horror sets up a story about a mysterious black-clad, white-face-painted Hawke who abducts children, locking them in “a basement that’s stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with [them] is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead.” We don’t have access to the trailer, which was showed exclusively to CinemaCon attendees, but we’re told that Hawke has said that The Black Phone had dethroned Derrickson’s Sinister as the “scariest movie he’s ever worked on.” Everything about this sounds amazing, and you can bet that there’ll be more details ahead of the film’s release on January 28, 2022.

Miles Doleac (Hallowed Ground, The Dinner Party) has a new film that delves into Celtic lore with Demigod. The film riffs on the myth of Cernunnos, a horned polytheistic god. Demigod stars Rachel Nichols, Doleac, Lindsay Anne Williams, Elena Sanchez, and Jeremy London. In the film, “Nichols plays Robin, a woman who travels with her husband (Yohance Myles) to Germany’s Black Forest upon learning that her huntsman grandfather has died and left her all his worldly possessions. Upon arrival, a terrifying secret forces her to reckon with her family’s past and a mysterious ritual she thought was the stuff of fairy tales.”

Check out the trailer for Demigod here ahead of the film’s theatrical and VOD release on October 15!

Patrick Brice is following up his surprise hit Creep films with a new project called There’s Someone Inside Your House, a film based on young-adult author and New York Times bestseller Stephanie Perkins’ novel of the same name. The film stars Sydney Park, Théodore Pellerin, Asjha Cooper, Dale Whibley, Jesse LaTourette, Diego Josef, Burkely Duffield, Sarah Dugdale, William MacDonald, Andrew Dunbar and Markian Tarasuik. In There’s Someone Inside Your House, “A high school senior (Sydney Park) and the rest of her new school’s graduating class are being targeted by a masked killer intent on exposing their darkest secrets to the world.” The film will be released on Netflix on October 6.

I love a good home invasion thriller, especially one that upends the traditional formula. In Adam Salky’s (I Smile Back) new film, Intrusion, a couple played by Logan Marshall-Green (Upgrade) and Freida Pinto (The Path) deal with the aftermath of such an invasion. The film comes exclusively to Netflix on September 22, and we’ve got the first trailer right here:

In Timothy Covell’s Blood Conscious, a pair of siblings defend their home from a mass shooter (Nick Damici) who has already killed their parents. Covell’s film “takes place the day after a slasher film…But instead of opening on the lone survivor of a campground massacre, we focus on the family who finds him,” [Covell] says. “[This] set[s] in motion a chain of paranoia that leads to even more bloodshed over the course of the ensuing night.”

Check out this clip from Blood Conscious, courtesy of Dread Central. The film is currently available on VOD and streaming platforms from Dark Sky Pictures.

Finally, switching gears to TV horror, one of the most anticipated new series this year is Showtime’s Yellowjackets from Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson of Narcos fame. It’s a psychological horror series that is star-studded both in front of and behind the camera, starring Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci, and Juliette Lewis. Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body, Destroyer) is on board to direct the pilot episode, so to speak.

Yellowjackets is the saga of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.”

Yellowjackets will debut on Showtime on November 19, and you can check out the harrowing first trailer here:

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