It’s a jam packed week for horror news here, and I’ve got new trailers for the new one from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, a teaser of what David Bruckner’s Hellraiser has in store for us, and a new A24-backed film from Jane Shoenbrun. All that and much more in The Week in Horror!
My favourite filmmaker duo, Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, have their very buzzworthy and amazing-looking cosmic creepshow coming soon called Something In The Dirt, and we got the first trailer this week. This one’s been burning up the festival circuit and getting accolades from everywhere it’s screened. Starring Benson and Moorhead, the film tells the story of “two new neighbors [who] witness what seems to be a supernatural event in one of their apartments. At first terrified, they realize that documenting this phenomenon could provide them the lives they’ve always dreamed of.”
Speaking of cosmic horror, a new poster for the reboot of the V/H/S anthology series, V/H/S/99 also dropped this week, and it sure looks to me like the franchise is heading in a decidedly cosmic direction. This time around, the filmmakers behind the segments include Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down, The Strangers: Prey at Night), Vanessa & Joseph Winter (Deadstream), Maggie Levin (My Valentine, Black Phone), Tragedy Girls director Tyler MacIntyre, and Kuso‘s Flying Lotus.
Check out the poster here ahead of V/H/S/99‘s release on Shudder on October 20, 2022, and watch this space for our coverage as the film premieres at TIFF in a couple of weeks.
Damien Leone’s Terrifier and it’s villain Art The Clown have certainly amassed a significant fanbase in the last few years and the director is banking on that as his sequel Terrifier 2 is ready for release. Upping the ante from the original, a new and sinister presence had brought Art back to terrorize Miles County. The original Terrifier is mean enough that only recommend it to friends with several caveats, but I’d be lying if I said this extreme meanness doesn’t scratch a particular itch for me from time to time. Judge for yourself in the new trailer, which happens to open on my birthday (October 6) in theatres this year.
David Howard Thornton returns as Art the Clown. Terrifier 2 also stars Lauren LaVera, Elliott Fullamher, Samantha Scaffidi, Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and AEW’s Chris Jericho also have appearances.
We got some news about Halloween Kills from Laurie Strode herself, Jamie Lee Curtis, on Twitter this week. Namely that the finale for David Gordon Green’s trilogy of Halloween sequels will be coming to both theatres and streaming on Peacock on the same day – October 14, 2022. I’ll let Jamie Lee break it down for you, but I’m fully on board with this strategy of giving people the option.
Also on Twitter, we got a teensy taste of the new Hellraiser, from David Brucker which gives us a glimpse of Jamie Clayton as Pinhead. The film, which comes to Hulu on October 7, co-stars Drew Starkey, Odessa A’zion, Brandon Flynn, and Goran Visnijic. It’s said to be something of a reimagining of the original film, but borrowing more from Clive Barker’s original novel, The Hellbound Heart. Halloween’s David Gordon Green is also working on a Hellraiser series for HBO Max that has Barker on as executive producer.
After last week’s Black Mirror season 6 casting news, we got a couple of heavy hitters onboard this week, with Variety reporting that Salma Hayek and Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) are in talks to join a star-studded ensemble cast for the techno-horror anthology that already includes Kate Mara, Zazie Beetz, Josh Harnett, Rory Culkin, and Aaron Paul.
Fans of Sam Raimi that weren’t placated with his Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness this summer will be happy to know that the prolific horror director has a new action thriller coming, called Boy Kills World. Raimi acts as producer on the project, directed by Moritz Mohr and starring Bill Skarsgard. Also appearing as part of this insane cast are Jessica Rothe, Yayan Ruhian (John Wick 3, The Raid: Redemption), Andrew Koji (Warrior, Snake Eyes), Isaiah Mustafa (It: Chapter Two), Famke Janssen (The Postcard Killings), Sharlto Copley (District 9), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”), Brett Gelman (Stranger Things), Quinn Copeland (Punky Brewster), and Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti (Big Little Lies).
Take a look at the proof-of-concept trailer for Boy Kills World, which looks absolutely wild. Keep an eye out for this one as more details come out.
After Funny Games and The Ring, Naomi Watts sure has established a reputation for starring in horror remakes that may or may not have warranted them. Hopefully this isn’t the case with her remake of Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s 2014 horror Goodnight Mommy, which is a favourite of mine. The new version is directed by Matt Sobel from a script by Kyle Warren, and hits Amazon on September 16.
In Goodnight Mommy, “When twin brothers (Cameron and Nicholas Crovetti) arrive at their mother’s (Naomi Watts) country home to discover her face covered in bandages—the result, she explains, of recent cosmetic surgery—they immediately sense that something doesn’t add up. She sets strange new house rules, smokes in her bathroom, and secretly rips up a drawing they gave her—things their loving mother would never do. As her behavior grows increasingly bizarre and erratic, a horrifying thought takes root in the boys’ minds: The sinking suspicion that the woman beneath the gauze, who’s making their food and sleeping in the next room, isn’t their mother at all.”
In huge news on Twitter, director Jane Shoenbrun, who made huge waves last year with We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, shared the news from The Hollywood Reporter that her next film is in development. The new project, I Saw The TV Glow, which has A24 backing as well as Emma Stone’s production company Fruit Tree , just wrapped production. The film stars Justice Smith and Brigette Lundy-Paine, and features music from Lindsay Jordan, Fred Durst, Haley Dahl, and King Woman.
In I Saw The TV Glow, ” two teenage outcasts, played by Smith and Lundy-Paine, bond over their shared love of a scary television show. However, the boundary between TV and reality begins to blur after it is mysteriously canceled.” I cannot wait for this one.
Grady Hendrix-penned My Best Friend’s Exorcism has a brand new trailer this week ahead of it’s release on Amazon Prime on September 30. Elsie Fisher, Amiah Miller, Cathy Ang, and Rachel Ogechi Kanu star in the film, directed by Damon Thomas.
In My Best Friend’s Exorcism, “The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act…different. She’s moody. She’s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she’s nearby. Abby’s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries—and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?”
Take a look at the trailer here!
Finally, and speaking of exorcisms, I’ve reported on David Gordon Green’s Exorcist project before, but Indiewire dropped some pretty sweet news about Ellen Burstyn’s involvement in the film. According to Burstyn, the project is slated to release “in 2024, on the 50th anniversary of ‘The Exorcist,’ the original.” The sweet part is that the actor, who played Chris MacNeil in the original film, had a very specific requirement to reprise the role, which would turn out to benefit the future of film.
“You know, what happened was I’ve turned down many versions of ‘The Exorcist 2.’ I’ve said no every time,. This time they offered me a whole bunch of money and I still said no. And then they surprised me and they came back and said, ‘We doubled the offer.’ I said, ‘OK, let me think about this.’ I thought, ‘That’s a lot of money. Let me think about it…The next thought that came to mind was, ‘My price is a scholarship program for talented students at our master’s degree program at Pace University. That’s my price.’ So I then went back and upped their up and ended up getting what I want. And I’ve got a scholarship program for young actors.””
Keep an eye out for more on David Gordon Green’s The Exorcist, whose production continues through 2022.