This week’s horrors come in the form of new stuff from Rose Glass, a scary tale from the cutthroat world of country music from Brea Grant, a fresh composition from John Carpenter, and the All Elite Wrestling stars give their scary movie picks. All that and more in The Week in Horror!
In some of the more exciting horror news of the week, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Saint Maud director Rose Glass has her next project lined up, and it’s a romantic thriller starring Kirsten Stewart called Love Lies Bleeding. And yes, it’s being backed by A24 and Film4.
Glass will direct from a script co-written with Weronika Tofilska and will “delve into the pressure-laden world of competitive bodybuilding, where a female bodybuilder develops the extreme qualities it takes to succeed.”
Peacock’s Firestarter film is coming to theatres and the streaming service on May 13 from Blumhouse and director Keith Thomas. We got the news this week that John Carpenter himself is doing the score, which is available for preorder here. You can hear the first track, ‘End Titles’ right here, and it sounds like exactly what I want from a Carpenter production.
The score is available digitally on May 13, and Vinyl, CD and even a cassette format are planned for October 14 from Sacred Bones.
M. Night Shyamalan’s fifteenth feature film, Knock At The Cabin kicked off production this week in anticipation of a February 3, 2023 release. It’s got a curiously good cast with Dave Bautista, Rupert Grint, Jonathan Groff, and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
We don’t have plot details for this one, but rumour is that it’s an apocalyptic home invasion horror. Either way, with that cast, this could be fun at least.
We’re big fans of All Elite Wrestling (AEW) around here, and it’s always cool when that intersects with other media, especially horror. The Dead Meat Podcast over on YouTube is having AEW talents like Malakai Black, Nyla Rose, and Jade Cargill on to talk about their favourite horror movies over the next couple of weeks. There’s some extremely cool selections on here, but I think we can all agree that Orange Cassidy opining on Event Horizon is at the top of the heap.
You can check out the Chris Jericho episode, on the fantastic Sleepaway Camp 2, right here:
Brea Grant’s new movie, a horror set against the backdrop of the Nashville country music scene called Torn Hearts, has a brand new trailer this week. Focusing on Katey Sagal’s aging star with a murderous streak, it’s one of the best things I’ve seen in some time.
In Torn Hearts, “Two friends, rising artists on the brink of a big break, will do just about anything to realize their dream – including a pilgrimage to the legendary and reclusive Harper Dutch’s mansion in the hopes she’ll record a song with them. While their life-long idol seems intent to help, the visit devolves into a twisted series of mental and physical torment as the pair discover Harper—and each other—may have other motives. With no other choice and desperate to record a song, the duo must go to dangerous lengths to prove their dedication to their dream of becoming Nashville’s next country music stars.”
Torn Hearts comes to digital on May 20 from Blumhouse and Epix.
I’ve been following Christina Ricci’s new movie Monstrous for some time, and it’s got a brand new trailer ahead of it’s release on demand and in theatres on May 13.
The sea monster vibes are strong with this one, which is set in the 1950’s and is directed by Chris Silvertson. In Monstrous, “a terrifying new horror awaits Laura (Christina Ricci) and her seven-year-old son Cody when they flee her abusive ex-husband and try to settle into a new life in an idyllic and remote lakeside farmhouse. Still traumatized, their physical and mental well-being are pushed to the limit as their fragile existence is threatened.”
On the heels of V/H/S/94, which is one of the most successful releases for the Shudder streaming service to date, we may be getting a new retro-themed installment of the found-footage anthology. Freddie Rodriguez posted an Instagram shot of himself in a screamingly-80’s suit and pompadour hairstyle with the tags #VHS85 and #Shudder.
If horror has an Avengers, it’s probably either Freddy/Jason/Leatherface/Michael or the Universal Monsters; Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, and The Mummy. The latter dominated theatres from the 1920’s to the 1960’s, and pre-dated colour film. Well, a dedicated fan and artist named Goatboy has painstakingly retouched some of the original movies and colourized them. The result is some of the most beautiful art the genre has produced. Check these out, and there’s lots more on Goatboy’s page above!
Finally, we have this week’s creepiest trailer, which is for Rob Savage’s (Host) DASHCAM. You won’t get too much from this found footage teaser in terms of plot, but you’ll definitely get the feel of the kinds of scares you’re in for.
We caught DASHCAM at TIFF this year (check out Andy’s review) and it’s definitely one you’ll want to keep an eye on. In the movie,
“In the midst of lockdown, musician Annie has been livestreaming with her fans, taking their comments, and turning them into rap lyrics as she drives around downtown Los Angeles. Exasperated by her pandemic lifestyle, Annie escapes to the UK to visit her old band mate Stretch, livestreaming the whole way. Her arrival and behavior incite contempt from Stretch’s girlfriend, and she causes chaos when tagging along on his food delivery job.
After an argument, Annie runs off with Stretch’s car and phone, using them to take over his food pickups where she encounters a stranger who asks her for a delivery of a different kind: a frail elderly woman called Angela who is being followed by someone looking to do her harm. Annie identifies with Angela’s plight and with the added incentive of an envelope of cash, she agrees to deliver Angela to a safe address out of town.
Annie and Stretch soon find themselves caught up in a twisted plan with sinister forces at work, and as the night progresses and the chaos builds, they must fight for their lives against a supernatural creature intent on making Annie its new host.”
Rob Savage’s DASHCAM hits theatres and VOD on June 3.