We’ve got a packed house in The Week in Horror with lots of curiously Netflix-centric announcements and previews. New series from Guillermo Del Toro, Tim Burton, and Mike Flanagan, updates on the new Predator prequel, a new Scream, and much more!
We’ve been hotly anticipating Tim Burton’s adaptation of The Addams Family’s Wednesday for Netflix, and this week we got the first teaser trailer for the series, starring Jenna Ortega as the eponymous original Goth daughter. Looking to capture similar vibes to Sabrina, the series is “a sleuthing, supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships.”
Check out the first look at the trailer here, ahead of the series release in the fall!
Speaking of Netflix teasers, we also got our first look at Mike Flanagan’s Midnight Club series for the streamer, which is based on the ultra-popular young adult book series by Christopher Pike. Flanagan directed several episodes of the series, but Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour (Black Box), Axelle Carolyn (“Bly Manor,” “Creepshow”), Viet Nguyen (“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”) Morgan Beggs (“Once Upon a Time”) and Michael Fimognari (To All the Boys: Always and Forever) stepped into the directors chair as well.
The cast of the series includes Iman Benson, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Annarah Cymone, William Chris Sumpter, Adia, Aya Furukawa, Sauriyan Sapkota, Matt Biedel, Samantha Sloyan, with Zach Gilford and Heather Langenkamp. Take a look at the new teaser here to get you ready for the series premiere on October 7!
Netflix is going hard in the paint when it comes to horror, as they also announced Guillermo Del Toro’s star-studded anthology series, Cabinet of Curiosities, which “is meant to challenge our traditional notions of horror.”
The series will bring eight stories, including two original stories by Del Toro himself, to life by some of the most exciting horror directors working today. Here’s a breakdown of all the episodes:
● Essie Davis (The Babadook), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) and Hannah Galway (Sex/Life) star in an episode written (based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro) and directed by Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
● Amadeus Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Mythic Quest), Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Luke Roberts (Ransom) will appear in an episode written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) (based on a short story by Michael Shea), and directed by David Prior (The Empty Man).
● Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen), Elpidia Carrillo (Euphoria), Demetrius Grosse (Fear The Walking Dead) and Sebastian Roché (The Man in the High Castle) star in an episode written by Regina Corrado (Deadwood; The Strain) (based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro); and directed by Guillermo Navarro (Godfather of Harlem; Narcos)
● Crispin Glover (River’s Edge) and Ben Barnes (Shadow and Bone) star in an episode written by Lee Patterson (Curve) (based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft) and directed by Keith Thomas (Firestarter)
● Peter Weller (Star Trek Into Darkness) stars in an episode directed by Panos Cosmatos (Mandy), who also writes along with Aaron Stewart-Ahn
● Mika Watkins (Origin) writes an episode (based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft) directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight); with cast to be announced
● David Hewlett (See) cast in an episode written (based on a short story by Henry Kuttner) and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Hannibal)
● Haley Z. Boston (Brand New Cherry Flavor) serves as writer of an episode (based on a short story by comic book author Emily Carroll) directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) with cast to be confirmed.
A new trailer for the Predator prequel, Prey, dropped this week too. The new movie comes out on August 5 and takes the franchise back 300 years to depict a battle between the Predators and a Comanche hunter.
Prey comes to Hulu on August 5 and stars Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Stormee Kipp (“Sooyii”), Michelle Thrush (“The Journey Home”), Julian Black Antelope (“Tribal”). Dan Trachtenberg directs from a script by Patrick Aison.
Bad news from the set of the sixth installment in the Scream series as Neve Campbell has left the project. The issue is said to be over salary, and co-star David Arquette weighed in, saying “A Scream movie without Sidney is kind of unfortunate, but I understand her decision. It’s all a business in a way, they have to balance all these elements to fit a budget and produce a film. I get it, she’s still alive! She [can] absolutely be in future ones, but I think it’s up to fans to call for that in the future. […] That is sudden, it’s a business, though. I respect her decision, for sure.”
Alice Krige stars in a new one called She Will, which has horror legend Dario Argento on as producer. The movie from IFC Midnight and Shudder, is the directorial debut of Charlotte Colbert and comes to threatres and digital on July 15.
In She Will, “Veronica Ghent (Krige), who after a double mastectomy, goes to a healing retreat in rural Scotland with her young nurse Desi (Kota Eberhardt). There she discovers that the process of such surgery opens up questions about her very existence, leading her to start to question and confront past traumas. The two develop an unlikely bond as mysterious forces give Veronica the power to exact revenge within her dreams.”
Finally, fans of 2020’s Becky will be happy to know that a sequel is in the works, entitled Becky 2: The Wrath of Becky. Lulu Wilson reprises the eponymous role, with Seann William Scott taking over for Kevin James as the film’s antagonist. Coming Soon reported that the new film will be coming from Quiver Distribution
“In the upcoming film, Becky has been living off the grid for two years,. She then finds herself going toe to toe against Darryl (Scott), the leader of a fascist organization, on the eve of an organized attack.”