The Week in Horror: ‘Bhedia’, ‘Clown in a Cornfield’, ‘The Pack’, + more!

Better late than never, folks! I’ve been trapped in a creepy dungeon throughout Halloween but you know I wouldn’t leave you hanging for your weekly dose of horror news. This week, check out an Indian werewolf comedy, a sweet horror memorabilia auction, and big news about the Evil Dead franchise and a Friday the 13th prequel series!

If you’re super late on your Halloween planning, or super early to get the jump on next year’s spooky season, UK’s Propstore will be having a huge auction of film memorabilia this week that includes some pretty rare and cool horror props. The auction runs from this Thursday November 3rd to Sunday the 6th starting at 3pm GMT (that’s 11am EST) each day.

Some of the items up for grabs (if you have thousands of dollars in disposable income) include Jason’s mask from Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives, Freddy’s glove from Freddy vs Jason, Mike Myers’ mask from Halloween H20, the business cards from American Psycho, and much more. You can browse the whole collection and at least admire these treasures from afar, as some of them are expected to fetch upwards of $10,000 in the auction.

A new werewolf movie called Bhediya (Wolf) is being billed as “India’s first creature comedy.” It seems wild that a country with a such a long and rich filmmaking history is only starting to get into campy horror comedy, but better late than never I suppose.

In Bhediya, “Bhaskar gets bitten by a mythical wolf, and begins to transform into a creature himself. In order to find answers about his condition and turn himself back into a human he must then team with a group of ragtag buddies before it’s too late.”

The film stars Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Deepak Dobriyal, Abhishek Banerjee, and Paalin Kabak, and is directed by Amar Kaushik and written by Niren Bhatt. Check out the trailer here, ahead of a theatrical release on November 25, 2022. Aroo!

Speaking of wolves, a new thriller directed by Alexander Skarsgard called The Pack has signed Florence Pugh to star, according to Deadline.

The Pack “follows a group of documentarians who brave the remote wilderness of Alaska in an effort to save a nearly extinct species of wolves. When the crew is brought back together at a prestigious awards ceremony, tensions flare as a deadly truth threatens to unravel their work. The team lived through the harsh elements of the wild but will a secret they share survive the night?” Filming kicks off in March.

Deadline reports that Adam Cesare’s 2020 teen slasher novel Clown in a Cornfield is set for a big-screen adaptation from director Eli Craig (Tucker & Dale vs Evil).

In Clown in a Cornfield, Quinn Maybrook and her father have moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs, to find a fresh start. But what they don’t know is that ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out as quick as they can. Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.”

We got word that a big reveal from the new Evil Dead Rise film, which hits theatres on April 21, 2023 from Warner Brothers and New Line was set to come out today. I was personally hoping for a trailer, but this shot of the new Deadite turned out to be the big reveal.

“In the fifth Evil Dead film, a road-weary Beth pays an overdue visit to her older sister Ellie, who is raising three kids on her own in a cramped L.A apartment. The sisters’ reunion is cut short by the discovery of a mysterious book deep in the bowels of Ellie’s building, giving rise to flesh-possessing demons, and thrusting Beth into a primal battle for survival as she is faced with the most nightmarish version of motherhood imaginable.”

Evil Dead Rises stars Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies, Nell Fisher, Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan. Lee Cronin (The Hole in the Ground) directs.

Big news this week from Variety about a newly announced series from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal) called Crystal Lake, which is a prequel to Friday the 13th. Not only that, but the Peacock series will have the backing of indie studio darling A24.

Due to the legal battle between the original Friday the 13th‘s writer, Victor Miller, and the director, Chris Cunningham, Fuller and his showrunners will be able to tap into the events and characters of the first movie, including Jason’s mother and the Crystal Lake setting, but the adult Jason in the hockey mask will be off limits.

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