The Week in Horror: ‘V/H/S/94’, ‘A Savannah Haunting’, ‘The Black Phone’, ‘ Twisted Metal’ + more!

It’s been a minute, what with all the Film Festival’in we’ve been doing around here, but The Week in Horror is back with news about V/H/S/94, the new Let The Right One In series, and a whole lot more! It’s almost spooky season so let’s get it!

The much-anticipated fourth entry into the V/H/S anthology series, entitled V/H/S/94, will be out on Shudder next month in time for spook-a-doodle season, and there’s a new trailer online to give you a glimpse of the carnage to come! Returning filmmakers Simon Barrett (Séance) and Timo Tjahjanto (May the Devil Take You Too, The Night Comes For Us) in addition to newcomers Jennifer Reeder (Knives & Skin), Ryan Prows (Lowlife) and Chloe Okuno (Slut) all produce segments for the package.

In V/H/S/94, “after the discovery of a mysterious VHS tape, a brutish police swat team launch a high intensity raid on a remote warehouse, only to discover a sinister cult compound whose collection of pre-recorded material uncovers a nightmarish conspiracy.” Have a look at the trailer here!

William Mark McCullough’s feature debut, A Savannah Haunting, follows in the footsteps of Chucky and Annabelle with that creepy doll spookiness we all love. McCullough’s film sets itself apart, though, by touching on the racial strife in Savannah, Georgia’s history and telling a story that his family actually experienced firsthand. Bloody Disgusting took a deep dive into the film, which “is about a mother grappling with her guilt stemming from the tragic drowning of her youngest daughter. When a family moves to Savannah, Georgia to distance themselves from the tragedy, the mother slowly grows to believe she is being haunted by her dead daughter. They discover a more sinister force may be at work as ties to Savannah’s brutal slave history and its long connection with Voodoo are revealed, but it may be too late for their family to survive.”

McCullough went back to the actual home where the hauntings took place in order to shoot A Savannah Haunting, A full-length documentary about the making of the film may also be in the cards. You can check out the trailer for A Savannah Haunting right here, ahead of it’s release in 2022!

I Know What You Did Last Summer is coming to TV on October 15 in a new series for Amazon. James Wan (Malignant), who’s having a bit of a moment, is behind the project which will be based directly on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan instead of the 1997 thriller. Check out this official teaser for the series!

The new Paranormal Activity film has a new name! Blumhouse’s upcoming film will be coming to Paramount+ this fall and will be called Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin. The thriller will be directed by William Eubank (Underwater) and written by series veteran Christopher Landon (Freaky). We also found out that Next of Kin has been rated R for, as you might expect, “violence and bloody images”

In some of the most personally exciting news this week, it was announced by Deadline that Anthony Mackie (Synchronic, Falcon & The Winter Soldier) will be starring in the small-screen adaptation of one of my favourite games, Twisted Metal! The Playstation Productions series will star Mackie as John Doe, who has no memories of his previous life but is charged with delivering a sensitive package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland crawling with nefarious characters, each sporting a bizarre vehicle crafted from junked-out parts. Expect to see the demented clown Sweet Tooth and his weaponized ice cream truck, as well as no shortage of laughs as Twisted Metal is based on a concept from Deadpool writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick. Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai) leads up the series and will be the head writer.

Bruce Campbell and Devon Sawa tangle with some twisted individuals of their own in the new horror-comedy Black Friday, which is premiering at Fantastic Fest. Casey Tebo directs the film, which sees Sawa and Campbell as toy store owners that are besieged by rabid Black Friday shoppers and I’m frankly surprised that this hasn’t been used as a horror movie concept before.

In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, Sawa confirmed that the team behind Black Friday “relied on old-fashioned filmmaking. Robert Kurtzman, the SFX team, has all prosthetics. It’s like you walk onto where we’re shooting and there’s rooms of like heads, and a whole team of people painting, and we got hydraulic bubbles. I’m sure there’s going to be a few where they’re gonna have to do CGI because there’s some car throwing and all this stuff, but we’re back in old school prosthetic world.”

Check out the first image from Black Friday, and we’ll keep you posted on the release!

Casey Tebo’s Black Friday

 The Let The Right One In series adaptation for Showtime is now underway and after a successful pilot pitch, Bloody Disgusting reports that Showtime has ordered a 10-episode run for the classic vampire story. Let The Right One In will be produced by Andrew Hinderaker (Away), and directed by Seith Mann (Homeland). Demian Bichir (The Nun) stars alongside Anika Noni Rose, Grace Gummer, Madison Taylor Baez, Kevin Carroll, Ian Foreman and Jacob Buster.

“The series version centers on Mark (Bichir) and his daughter Eleanor (Baez), whose lives were changed forever 10 years earlier when she was turned into a vampire. Locked in at age 12, perhaps forever, Eleanor lives a closed-in life, able to go out only at night, while her father does his best to provide her with the human blood she needs to stay alive.”

Finally, one of the buzziest horrors of the year has Ethan Hawke as a masked kid-killer in The Black Phone, from Scott Derrikson of Sinister and Doctor Strange fame. This Blumhouse project has been getting a ton of great reviews from Fantastic Fest and I can’t wait to see how dark it gets. The Black Phone is based on a story by Joe Hill (In The Tall Grass, Creepshow) and will be released in theatres on January 28, 2022. Check out the creeptacular poster, featuring one of the most unsettling masks I’ve seen, this side of Michael Myers!

Joe Hill’s The Black Phone

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