The Week in Horror: ‘Serpent of Death’, ‘Black Mirror’, Night Bitch’ + more!

This week’s horror news covers a brand new season of the beloved Black Mirror, snakes, mermaids, and even a woman who thinks she’s turning into a dog. Check it all out here!

The good folks behind the dystopian tech-thriller Black Mirror are at it again, and confirmed to Variety this week that a sixth season of the horror series is currently in production. We’re three years removed from the last three-episode installment of Black Mirror, which starred Anthony Mackie, Tahta Abdul-Mateen II, Miley Cyrus, Topher Grace, and Andrew Scott. Variety confirms that this new season will consist of more episodes than that one, keeping with the format of self-contained cinematic installments.

I’m always down for a good mermaid horror (shoutout to The Lighthouse and The Lure) so you know I was excited to see that Christine Chen and writer Camille Gladney are taking on aquatic themes for their new film called Erzulie.

In the movie, “a reunion between four friends quickly goes awry when they find themselves face to face with Erzulie: the swamp mermaid goddess.”

Erzulie stars Zoe Graham, Elizabeth Trieu, Courtney Olivier, Diana Rose, Leila Annastasia Scott, and Jason Kirkpatrick. Expect a release on digital platforms on June 14 from Gravitas Ventures.  

If there’s anything I like more than mermaids, and there isn’t much, it’s giant snakes. This Tuesday May 24, a giant snake movie called Serpent of Death comes to Digital and DVD and I am here for it.

In Serpent of Death, “a group of people traveling by boat along a river makes the startling discovery of a new breed of mutated snake that has become the king of the jungle. With its enormous size and quick speed, they quickly realize that their weapons may be no match for this deadly creature.”

Serpent of Death is directed by Lin Zhenzhao and stars Karen Huang, Yue Zheng, Meili Xi, and Yong Yang. Slither up to preorder the DVD here, and check out the trailer to whet your appetite for all this snake action!

In a new film called Cordelia (unfortunately not a spinoff of my favourite character from Buffy The Vampire Slayer), a woman begins to fear a mysterious new neighbour and his intentions. In writer-director Adrian Shergold’s film, “Cordelia (Antonia Campbell-Hughes), a young woman living in London, meets her mysterious and alluring neighbor Frank (Johnny Flynn) for the first time. But she quickly becomes suspicious of his motives. With her twin sister away for the weekend, Cordelia is left alone and overcome with paranoia. She begins to unravel and sink back into past traumas the more that Frank tries to charm his way into her life, becoming a danger to herself and others.”

Keep an eye out for Cordelia, which should be hitting VOD and Digital very soon.

Kit Harrington will play the famous monster in a new Frankenstein story called Mary’s Monster based on the life of Mary Shelley. Clara Rugaard will star as Shelley with Farren Blackburn (“Daredevil”) directing from a screenplay by Deborah Baxtrom.

In an interview with Variety, Harington says that “Mary’s Monster is a brilliantly original and fascinating script and I’m relishing the idea of depicting the unique part of The Monster, an embodiment of Mary Shelley’s psyche. I’m excited by Farren’s vision and passion for the project.”

In maybe this week’s best title for a film, Amy Adams has signed up for an intriguing new horror from Hulu called Night Bitch, which ” tells the story of a woman thrown into the stay-at-home routine of raising a toddler in the suburbs, who slowly embraces the feral power deeply rooted in motherhood, as she becomes increasingly aware of the bizarre and undeniable signs that she may be turning into a canine.”

The project is based on a novel by Rachel Yoder and will be directed by Marielle Heller (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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