The Week in Horror: ‘Sister Death’, ‘Mad God’, ‘Welcome to Derry’, + more!

Lots of news and new releases on the first The Week in Horror of April! Check out news about a prequel to Paco Plaza’s Veronica, a previously-unseen George A. Romero short film, and some hot new trailers.

Paco Plaza (Rec)’s Veronica was a big hit for the filmmaker and for Netflix, and was declared to be one of the scariest movies of 2018 when it was released. On the back of that movie’s success for the streamer, Veronica will now be getting a prequel called Sister Death on Netflix according to TerrorActo:

If you don’t speak Spanish, the plot of Sister Death, reads as follows:

“In post-war Spain, Narcisa (Bedmar), a novice with supernatural powers, arrives at an old convent converted into a girls’ school to become a teacher. As the days go by, strange events and the increasingly disturbing situations that torment her will end up leading her to unravel the terrible skein of secrets that surround the convent and lie in wait for its inhabitants.”

The movie focuses on the epynonymous Hermana Muerte, who was played by Consuelo Trujillo in Veronica.  Co-starring with Trujillo are Aria Bedmar, Almudena Amor and Maru Valdivielso. Plaza will direct from a script by Jorge Guerricaechevarria.

A religious retreat sounds scary enough to me, but in Christopher Moore’s Children of Sin, they might be even scarier. The film, which comes to Amazon Prime Video on April 22, stars Meredith Mohle, Cami Roebuck, Jo-Ann Robinson, and Faith Stanley.

In Children of Sin, “After being sent to a sinister religious retreat by their stepfather, two siblings fight to escape in order to save their mother from harm’s way.”

Check out the trailer here!

Robert Eggers’ star-studded Viking revenge movie, The Northman, has a brand new poster this week, showing off it’s massive cast. The roster includes Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicole Kidman, Claes Bang, Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Björk.

There’s plenty of bloody violence in the recently-released trailer for The Northman , which is “an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father’s murder” and comes to theatres on April 22.

Take a look at the new poster right here!

A never-before-seen short film from the creator of, you know, zombies George A. Romero will be screening virtually on April 12 through the University of Pittsburgh Libraries. Jacaranda Joe was shot back in 1994 and was acquired by the George A Romero Archival Collection in 2019.

The late Romero apparently wanted to see what audiences would think of horror in a documentary format, making it one of the first “found-footage” horror films, long before that term was coined. The story of the film, which you can read in the Twitter thread above, is that Romero wanted to make a Bigfoot film, but shelved the script due to a lack of funding. Later, he was looking for a short project to film and rewrote the Bigfoot script into what would become Jacaranda Joe. It’s said to be a fascinating look at what could have been, and a superb horror on it’s own. You can register to watch Jacaranda Joe for FREE via Zoom on April 12, via the University of Pittsburgh. The screening will be followed by a Q&A from some of the crew of the film.

According to Jeff Sneider’s blog The Ankler, HBO Max is working on a prequel tv series to the New Line/Warner Brothers IT films. The show will be called Welcome to Derry and “would likely explore the origin story of Pennywise the Clown as well as the dawn of the 27-year curse that haunts the small Maine town.” There’s lots of story left from Stephen King’s original novel that the movies didn’t cover, and some of the most interesting stuff in IT is the early days of Derry as described by the Mike Hanlon character.

Be warned that the show hasn’t officially been greenlit, but Sneider reports that writers have been “convened” on the project so that’s a good sign that it’s moving ahead.

In very exciting news for fans of Phil Tippett’s Mad God (my review here) Deadline reports that Shudder has secured the rights to the stop-motion masterpiece.

“In short, Phil Tippett is a genius, and there’s no better home for him and his visionary mind than Shudder,” said the streamer’s general manager, Craig Engler. “We’re proud to bring this sure-to-be timeless film to our members.”

“It’s been over 30 years, but thanks to the team at Tippett Studio we finally made the dream a reality,” added Tippett. “I’m proud to partner with Shudder on the release of Mad God, and it’s an honor that my original vision can now be shared with audiences across the country.”

Mad God will debut in limited theatres and on Shudder on June 16, 2022. I can’t wait to see this one again.

Lee Daniels and Mo’Nique last worked together on Daniel’s 2009 film, Precious, which earned Mo’Nique a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. According to Deadline, the two will reunite for Daniels’ new exorcism thriller for Netflix called Demon House. Mo’Nique will replace Octavia Spencer in the role of a social worker who uses exorcisms to assist a troubled family. Co-starring in the film, which Netflix paid around $65 million for in January, are Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Glenn Close, Rob Morgan (Don’t Look Up), Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things) and Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard).

“The House of 200 Demons”, Gary Indiana. Photo courtesy of John B. Stephens Photography/History Press

Obviously the Demon House project is in early days, but is especially compelling since it’s based on the true story of “Latoya Ammons and her three children [who] experienced strange incidents in their Gary, IN, home that grew progressively worse, with the children levitating, becoming violent with one another and speaking in growls and deep voices with no recollection afterward.”

Any horror fan will be excited to know that the beloved home video label that is responsible for keeping a shit-ton of horror classics alive with their physical releases, will present their collection in a new way with Scream Factory TV. It’s a 24/7 TV channel that will launch on April 15 and will include the following stone-cold classics:

  • Bad Moon
  • Black Christmas
  • Carnival Of Souls
  • The Cat O’ Nine Tails
  • Chopping Mall
  • Class Of 1984
  • Communion
  • The Company Of Wolves
  • The Crush
  • Dark Star
  • Day Of The Dead
  • The Exorcist III
  • Forbidden World
  • Galaxy Of Terror
  • House On Haunted Hill
  • Humanoids From The Deep
  • The Last Man On Earth
  • Magic
  • Night Of The Demons
  • Night Of The Living Dead
  • Nightbreed: Director’s Cut
  • Nosferatu
  • Piranha (1978)
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night: Part 2
  • Sleepaway Camp
  • The Slumber Party Massacre
  • The Stepfather
  • Willard
  • Witchboard
  • Witchery

You can check out the channel right here when it launches on the 15th, or on the Shout! Factory TV apps for Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, and Roku.

Ti West’s dirty slasher movie X from A24 has made close to $9 million at the box office after only a couple of weeks, and the bloody masterpiece is on it’s way home on May 22 with a release on Blu Ray and DVD on May 24, with a digital release sometime prior to that.

“Representing filmmaker Ti West’s long-awaited return to Horror, A24’s X arrives May 24 on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) and DVD, from Lionsgate. From critically acclaimed director Ti West (The Innkeepers, The Sacrament), the horror film stars Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness, Suspiria, Emma), Brittany Snow (Prom Night, Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2), Jenna Ortega (“You,” 2022’s ScreamThe Babysitter: Killer Queen) as well as Grammy Award® nominee Scott Mescudi (better known as Kid Cudi, Don’t Look Up).”

Special Features will include:

  • “That X Factor” Featurette
  • “The Farmer’s Daughters” Extended Scene

Finally, RJLE Films has a brand new trailer for Riley Stearns’ crazy Dual, starring Karen Gillan. In the film, “Upon receiving a terminal diagnosis, Sarah (Gillan) opts for a cloning procedure to ease her loss on her friends and family. When she makes a sudden and miraculous recovery, her attempts to have her clone decommissioned fail and lead to a court-mandated duel to the death. Now she has one year to train her body and mind for the fight of her life.”

If that doesn’t pull you into this wild premise, maybe the trailer will. Keep an eye out for this one before it hits theatres on April 15.

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