The Week in Horror: ‘Midnight Mass’, ‘Escape the Undertaker’, John Carpenter’s ‘Rampage’, + more!

I’m in the middle of a cinematic smorgasbord with the Toronto International Film Festival swirling around town, but the horror news starts comin’ and it don’t stop comin, so let’s hit the ground running, shall we?

If you, like me, were a fan of Alex Aja’s alligator thriller Crawl, you’ve probably been itching for more. Well, until Aja gets that sequel off the ground, a film from China called Crazy Tsunami might scratch your reptilian itch. In Crazy Tsunami, “A sudden tsunami came as a shock, trapping Jiang Peng and his daughter, Jiang Xiao Hu, in Chinatown of Southeast Asia. The two of them, with other inhabitants, took a brace to fight against the terrible monster that followed. However, after the life-and-death struggle, they found surprisingly a man-made calamity instead of a natural disaster.” Spoiler alert, that calamity is a cacophony of crazy crocodiles. Here’s the trailer!

Without the benefit of crowds during the past year, AEW, Impact, and other wrestling organizations employed innovative ways to keep the action going without the roar of rabid fans punctuating their matches. One of these innovations was the ‘cinematic match’, in which the wrestling action was pre-taped on a set with various movie magic flourishes. WWE did a number of these cinematic endeavours as well, and in an unsurprising turn of events, is producing one called Escape The Undertaker for Netflix which will release on the streaming platform on October 5. The film will have various interactive elements, likely similar to Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and You vs. Wild, and stars the eponymous Taker matching wits with the beloved and ultra-popular faction, The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, and Big E).

In Escape The Undertaker, ““The Undertaker has set a trap for the decorated tag team The New Day at his mansion. What they don’t know: The Undertaker’s mansion is an extreme Haunted House, packed to the brim with supernatural challenges. It’s up to viewers to decide the fate of these three poor souls trying to survive the wrath of The Undertaker.” Take a look at the first few images from Escape The Undertaker, courtesy of Netflix!

Oh, look who’s back — Mike Flanagan. Here’s the new trailer for his new thing, Midnight Mass. It looks pretty rad and is coming to Netflix!

Adam Nevill’s The Ritual is one of my favourite horror novels of the last few years, and David Bruckner’s adaptation for Netflix was an awesome surprise. Nevill’s novel No One Gets Out Alive is next up to be adapted for Netflix by director Santiago Menghini from a script by Jon Croker and Fernanda Coppel. The film will star Cristina Rodlo (Miss Bala) and Marc Menchaca (The Outsider), and is about [a]n immigrant (Rodlo) in search of the American dream [who] is forced to take a room in a boarding house, where she finds herself in a nightmare she can’t escape.”

Check out the trailer for No One Gets Out Alive, which drops on Netflix on September 29.

The new John Carpenter joint just dropped! From the soundtrack to Halloween Kills comes a heater called ‘Rampage’ and it slaps. The menacing new track can be found in the movie, of course, but you’ll also be able to preorder the soundtrack here. Give ‘Rampage’ a listen!

Finally, the creators of Netflix’s The Killing series is back with the unassumingly-titled The Chestnut Man. The Danish series is “set in a quiet suburb of Copenhagen, where the police make a terrible discovery one blustery October morning. A young woman is found brutally murdered in a playground and one of her hands is missing. Next to her lies a small man made of chestnuts. The ambitious young detective Naia Thulin (Danica Curcic) is assigned to the case, along with her new partner, Mark Hess (Mikkel Boe Følsgaard). They soon discover a mysterious piece of evidence on the chestnut man – evidence connecting it to a girl who went missing a year earlier and was presumed dead – the daughter of politician Rosa Hartung (Iben Dorner).”

The Chestnut Man is based on a novel by Søren Sveistrup and will be coming to Netflix on September 29. Take a look at the teaser trailer here for what is sure to be a nutty good time.

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