The Week in Horror: ‘M3GAN’, ‘American Horror Story: NYC’, ‘Fright Night’, + more!

This week, we say goodbye to Jamie Lee Curtis’s Laurie Strode, say hello to M3GAN, and revel in a couple of sick home releases ahead of Halloween. All that and more in the Week in Horror!

We have our first trailer for Blumhouse’s M3GAN, which is a horror about a childlike android companion that develops a mind – and sinister motivations – of it’s own. Before you write this one off for it’s bugnuts premise, I’ll point out that M3GAN comes from Akela Cooper, the writer of the unexpectedly great Malignant and is directed by Gerard Johnstone, writer/director of the criminally underrated Housebound (2014). On that pedigree alone, I’m willing to give this a shot (and also because of the absolutely captivating cyborg TikTok dance in this trailer).

M3GAN stars Allison Williams and Violet McGraw, and comes to theatres on January 13, 2023 from Blumhouse.

If you missed Zach Cregger’s Barbarian in theatres (shame on you!) this fall, you’ll have a chance to experience what I think is one of mainstream horror’s biggest surprises of 2022 at home pretty soon. The offbeat horror will hit digital and VOD on October 25 with a host of intriguing bonus features, including a making-of feature called “Behind Barbarian” which features the cast, crew, and Cregger discussing the origins of the movie and the elements that make it so compelling. There’s also a bunch of deleted scenes, entitled “The Rat”, “Doug Extended”, “Tess Calls Marcus”, and “Bonnie”.

In Barbarian, “Arriving in Detroit for a job interview, a young woman books a rental home. But when she arrives late at night, she discovers that the house is double booked and a strange man is already staying there. Against her better judgement, she decides to spend the evening, but soon discovers that there’s a lot more to fear than just an unexpected house guest.”

Barbarian stars Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long, Richard Brake, Kurt Braunohler, and Georgina Campbell.

Speaking of home releases, the classic Fright Night (1985) has what has to be it’s definitive home release available now, in a 3-disc 4K UHD format. Included in the package is one of the best transfers of the original film yet, in 4K, as well as a massive number of extras that should satiate the bloodlust of any Fright Night fan. Included is:

  • 2.5 hour-long script read from the original cast and featuring guest stars like Mark Hamill as Peter Vincent.
  • Conversation with Bryan Fuller and Amanda Bearse on the queer themes in the film
  • Documentary on the novelization of Fright Night with writers John Skipp and Craig Spector, along with director Tom Holland
  • Featurettes on the storyboarding of the film
  • Unreleased spec trailer that’s said to be a “truer representation of the finished product”
  • 2016 documentary “You’re So Cool, Brewster! The Story of Fright Night”
  • “What is Fright Night” documentary

Some brand new images from the eleventh season of American Horror Story, which takes place in New York, dropped this week and reveals some of the cast. The first two episodes of the ten-episode season will hit FX on October 19 and every Wednesday with a release on Hulu the next day.

Zachary Quinto returns to AHS for the first time since “AHS: Asylum” as a character named Sam, and the cast also includes Joe Mantello, Billie Lourd, Russell Tovey, Leslie Grossman, Charlie Carver, Sandra Bernhard, Isaac Powell, Denis O’Hare and Patti LuPone. Take a look at these pretty character posters here!

Finally, all the buzz this week is about Halloween Ends, which BBP editor-in-chief Andy Burns loved to pieces. Whether you love it or not, it definitely puts a bow on David Gordon Green’s trilogy of movies and seems to wrap up the Michael Myers and Laurie Strode arc that started back in 1978. In an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week, the prolific actress Jamie Lee Curtis not only confirmed that her time in Haddonfield was over, but signed a questionable legal document attesting to it.

“I declare this is my last ‘Halloween’ movie. I, Jamie Lee Curtis, queen of scream, daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, mother of Lindsay Lohan, hereby swear under penalty of perjury that Halloween Ends will be the last ‘Halloween’ movie I will ever appear in. For all time, across all sequels and multiverses, enforceable by the Police Department of Haddonfield, Illinois.”

We’ll be sorry to see her go, but at least we’ll always have the memories of the greatest Final Girl to ever do it.

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