The Week in Horror: ‘You Won’t Be Alone’, ‘Brooklyn 45’, + more!

It’s beginning to look a lot like…horror news? This week’s got updates about a brand new horror starring Noomi Rapace, Shudder’s newest original film, a killer Sundance 2022 lineup, and whole lot more!

Lamb was unquestionably one of the best horrors of 2021, and it’s star Noomi Rapace has her next project lined up in Goran Stolevski’s You Won’t Be Alone, according to Bloody Disgusting. The film will be the Austrailian-Macedonian director’s feature debut and co-stars Anamaria Marinca, Alice Englert (Ratched), Carloto Cotta, Félix Maritaud, and Sara Klimoska.

You Won’t Be Alone is set in an isolated mountain village in 19th century Macedonia, and “the film follows a young girl who is kidnapped and then transformed into a witch by an ancient spirit. Curious about life as a human, the young witch accidentally kills a peasant in the nearby village and then takes her victim’s shape to live life in her skin. Her curiosity ignited, she continues to wield this horrific power in order to understand what it means to be human.”

The film will make it’s debut at the Sundance Film Festival ahead of a theatrical run starting April 1, 2022. Check out the trailer!

Speaking of Sundance, the roadmap of some of the best horror of the year is usually laid out at that festival, and this year’s selections look outstanding. The festival runs from January 20-30, 2022 from Park City Utah. Here are some of the horror standouts:

Aaron Paul and Karen Gillan in DUAL by Riley Stearns, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

Dual / U.S.A. (Director and Screenwriter: Riley Stearns, Producers: Nate Bolotin, Aram Tertzakian, Lee Kim, Riley Stearns, Nick Spicer, Maxime Cottray) — After receiving a terminal diagnosis, Sarah commissions a clone of herself to ease the loss for her friends and family. When she makes a miraculous recovery, her attempt to have her clone decommissioned fails, and leads to a court-mandated duel to the death. Cast: Karen Gillan, Aaron Paul, Beulah Koale. World Premiere.

Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson appear in Something in the Dirt by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Aaron Moorhead.

Something in the Dirt / U.S.A. (Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Screenwriter: Justin Benson, Producers: David Lawson, Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson)  — When neighbors John and Levi witness supernatural events in their Los Angeles apartment building, they realize documenting the paranormal could inject some fame and fortune into their wasted lives. An ever-deeper, darker rabbit hole, their friendship frays as they uncover the dangers of the phenomena, the city, and each other. Cast: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead. World Premiere.

Laura Galán in PIGGY by Carlota Pereda, Courtesy of Sundance Institute

PIGGY / Spain (Director and Screenwriter: Carlota Pereda, Producers: Merry Colomer, David Atlan-Jackson) — Sara deals with constant teasing from girls in her small town. But it comes to an end when a stranger kidnaps her tormentors. Sara knows more than she’s saying and must decide between speaking up and saving the girls or saying nothing to protect the strange man who spared her. Cast: Laura Galán. World Premiere.

Maika Monroe in Watcher by Chloe Okuno, Courtesy of Sundance Institute.

Watcher / U.S.A. (Director: Chloe Okuno, Screenwriter: Zack Ford, Producers: Roy Lee, Steven Schneider, Derek Dauchy, John Finemore, Aaron Kaplan, Mason Novick) — A young woman moves into a new apartment with her fiancé and is tormented by the feeling that she is being stalked by an unseen watcher in an adjacent building. Cast: Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman, Ciubuciu Bogdan Alexandru. World Premiere.

Shudder’s latest original movie is Brooklyn 45, according to Deadline. Ted Geoghegan wrote and will direct the film, which began principal photography this month. Brooklyn 45 takes place on “a freezing evening in December 1945, as five military veterans gather together in the ornate parlour of a Brooklyn brownstone. Best friends since childhood, they have reunited to support their troubled host – but when his invitation for cocktails turns into an impromptu séance, the metaphoric ghosts of their past become all-too-literal.”

Brooklyn 45 is produced by Shudder, Hangar 18 Media, The Line Film Company, and Raven Banner Entertainment. It should hit Shudder in 2022.

While we’re on the topic of Shudder, the surprise Christmas hit for the streamer, Scare Package, is getting a sequel next year called, naturally, Scare Package II: Rad Chad’s Revenge. Creator Aaron B. Koontz dropped the big news on Twitter this week, including a teaser:

Keep an eye on this one, folks, and if you missed the original Scare Package, give it a shot over on Shudder!

Syfy’s Chucky series was one of the most unexpectedly great projects in 2021, and the network’s next move has them taking on an even weirder premise when it takes on…the Bring It On franchise? Syfy will premiere a new film in the Bring It On universe in Fall of 2022, but this time apparently it’s a slasher horror film now? Yeah, you heard me. Bring It On: Cheer Or Die, “follows a cheer squad as they practice their routines overnight in an abandoned school during Halloween weekend where one-by-one, the teens fall victim to a deranged assailant.”

Bring It On: Cheer or Die stars Missi Pyle, Kerri Medders, and Tiera Skovbye. Karen Lam directs from a script by Rebekah McKendry and Dana Schwartz from a story by Alyson Fouse.

Dread Central gave us perhaps the creepiest trailer this week, especially if you have a fear of clowns. Jack in the Box: Awakening is about a dying heiress whose brand new trinket, a mysterious box, has a bit of a bloodlust in the form of Jack, a captured demon. Olga must deliver six victims to Jack in order to spare her life. If you got a bit of a Hellraiser vibe from that, you aren’t alone.

Jack In The Box: Awakening comes to DVD, VOD, and Digital on January 18, 2022. It was written and directed by Lawrence Fowler and stars Matt McClure, James Swanton, Mollie Hindle and Nicola Wright. Check out the trailer for the movie, if you dare!

We got a couple of details about Timo Tjahjanto’s Train to Busan remake, called Last Train to New York this week, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting. One was that the film is being produced by Atomic Monster, aka James Wan’s studio, and the other is that Last Train to New York rolls into theatres on April 23, 2022. I’m not sure if this remake will do justice to Yeon Sang-Ho’s original, but if anyone can do it, it’s Timo Tjahjanto.

Finally, Co-writer and director Terence Krey (Graves) has a new film called An Unquiet Grave which is coming off a phenomenal festival run. Krey co-wrote the film with Christine Nyland (Worthless) and brings to life the tale of Jamie and his sister-in-law Ava, who try to resurrect Jamie’s wife after a tragic accident. Check out the trailer ahead of the film’s release next month!

RLJE Films will release An Unquiet Grave  on VOD, Digital HD and DVD on January 18, 2022.

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