With Terrifier 2 looking to unseat most of the box office competition this weekend, it’s pretty clear that scary stuff is on most people’s minds as we head into Spooky Season. The Week in Horror features some info about a Santa Claus horror, The Simpsons tackling Stephen King, and some very exciting V/H/S news!
If you missed Mia Goth giving one of the horror (or any) performances of the year in Ti West’s Pearl, you’ll have a chance to rectify that mistake when the movie comes home to Blu-Ray, Digital, and DVD on November 15 from Lionsgate and A24.
The release will include a Walmart-exclusive special edition with new artwork, and all editions will feature some interesting-looking special features:
- “Time After Time” Featurette
- “Coming Out of Her Shell: The Creation of Pearl” Featurette
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
Pearl is the prequel feature for West’s X, and was co-written by West and Goth while in quarantine for the filming of X in New Zealand. In the movie, “Trapped on her family’s isolated farm, Pearl must tend to her ailing father under the bitter and overbearing watch of her devout mother. Lusting for a glamorous life like she’s seen in the movies, Pearl’s ambitions, temptations, and repressions all collide in the stunning, Technicolor-inspired origin story of X’s iconic villain.”
A Santa Claus-themed slasher called Violent Night starring Stranger Things and Black Widow star David Harbour has a brand new trailer this week. Violent Night comes to theatres on December 2, just in time for you and your loved ones to experience what looks like Santa meets Die Hard before the holidays.
“When a team of mercenaries breaks into a wealthy family compound on Christmas Eve, taking everyone inside hostage, the team isn’t prepared for a surprise combatant: Santa Claus (David Harbour) is on the grounds, and he’s about to show why this Nick is no saint,”
Check out the trailer here!
Back to Halloween vibes, the annual “Treehouse of Horror” episode of The Simpsons is getting upsized this year with two horror-themed specials instead of one. One of those episodes uses it’s entire runtime spoofing Stephen King’s IT. “When an evil, shape shifting, unfunny clown starts eating the children of Kingfield, Young Homer and his friends must band together to destroy it, or die trying in the all-new “Not It” episode.” Check out some images from the episode here, featuring the whole cast as their Castle Rock counterparts.
The Simpsons “Not It” airs on FOX on October 23 at 8pm EST.
The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has a new director, and in a surprising move, The Wind‘s Emma Tammi is on board.
Tammi will co-write the script with the creators of the 2014 game, Scott Cawthon and Seth Cuddeback, with creature design being handled by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. Filming on Five Nights At Freddy’s is set to start next February for Blumhouse.
Neil Marshall is heading back to his sci-fi horror roots with The Lair, a new film from RJLE Films and Shudder, which will stream the movie in 2023. In The Lair, “Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Kate Sinclair (Charlotte Kirk) is shot down over Afghanistan and finds refuge in an abandoned underground bunker where deadly man-made biological weapons – half human, half alien – are awakened.”
Kirk stars alongside Jonathan Howard (Thor: The Dark World), and Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica). Look for this one on Shudder!
Finally, in a couple of incredibly exciting news bits that should have V/H/S fans jumping out of their seats (for different reasons than usual), we got a brand new trailer for V/H/S/99 out of the New York City Comic-Con this week.
I caught this at TIFF, and I think it’s possibly the strongest overall entry into the franchise yet. And it’s no doubt with the group of directors that signed up for this one; Maggie Levin (Into The Dark: My Valentine), Johannes Roberts (Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City), Flying Lotus (Kuso), Tyler MacIntyre (Tragedy Girls) and Joseph & Vanessa Winter (Deadstream).
V/H/S/99 will be released exclusively on Shudder on October 20th.
But that wasn’t all, because Shudder dropped some even bigger news that evening. The streamer revealed via Twitter that the next installment of V/H/S is coming next year. V/H/S/85 features segments directed by David Bruckner (Hellraiser, The Night House), Scott Derrickson (The Black Phone), Gigi Saul Guerrero (El Gigante), Natasha Kermani (Lucky), and Mike P. Nelson (Wrong Turn). I can’t wait to see what this group puts together.