The Week in Horror: ‘Others’, ‘The Substance’, ‘The Fetus’, + more!

Just because Halloween’s over, doesn’t mean that horror takes a back seat. This week’s edition of The Week in Horror has news about a new movie from Revenge director Coralie Fargeaut, and the first trailer for Shelly Duvall’s first movie in 20 years. I’ve also got a heart-wrenching short horror film from Toronto’s Casey House about the stigma against people living with HIV that you should set aside some time for this week. All that and more in this week’s compendium of horror news!

If you’re as big a fan of Coralie Fargeat as I am from her incendiary feature debut Revenge, you’ll be pleased to know that the director has wrapped shooting on her newest feature, The Substance this week. The film stars the late Ray Liotta, Demi Moore, and Margaret Qually. We don’t have a ton of detail on the plot except that it’s said to be an explosive body horror. Check out the pictures that Fargeat posted from set this week, and we’ll keep you updated as the film creeps closer to release.

Bryan Fuller of Hannibal fame made some waves last week with the announcement that he’d be working on a prequel series for Friday the 13th for Peacock, but the writer/director is also keeping busy with a new horror movie called Dust Bunny, which will reunite him with his Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen. The Hollywood Reporter wrote this week that “Dust Bunny will tell the story of an eight-year-old girl who enlists the help of her intriguing neighbor to kill the monster under her bed that she believes ate her family. ” It’s said to be a  “throwback to the family horror films of the 80s.”

A new werewolf horror called The Forest Hills has been making waves over the last couple of weeks as it’s the first movie starring Shelly Duvall (The Shining) in over twenty years. The film co-stars Edward Furlong and The Howling‘s Dee Wallace, and is written and directed by Scott Goldberg.

The movie follows a hiker named Rico (Chiko Mendez) who suffers from horrific visions during a hike in the Catskills mountains. Furlong will play Billy, possibly a werewolf ,who convinces Rico that he may have wolfy powers beyond his imagination. It’s said that most of the effects will be done practically, especially the transformations. Take a look at the first trailer for The Forest Hills here!

Scream fans will be excited to find out that the release of the sixth installment of the series has been pushed earlier by a couple of weeks and will now hit theatres on March 10, 2023. The news was released on Twitter this week, possibly by Ghostface themselves.

If you were a fan of the underdog success Terrifier 2 this year, its final girl Lauren Levera has her next project lined up. LaVera will star alongside Bill Moseley (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects) in The Fetus, from director Joe Lam. In The Fetus, “a couple struggles to learn the truth about the origins of their unborn child– a supernatural entity that emerges from the body.”

Find out more about The Fetus and keep track of the film on the official website!

Finally, if you’re not familiar with Casey House, it’s a specialty hospital here in Toronto that focuses on individuals living with HIV/AIDS. In addition to providing treatment and medical counselling, the institution is committed to advocating for the dismantling of stigma and barriers against those living with the disease. Part of their efforts include a new 20-minute short film from director Bensimon Byrne called Others. The film tells the stories of several individuals affected by HIV that are cast out and prejudged by society. Horror, I’ve always felt, is uniquely capable of tackling difficult social struggles like these, and the film cuts to the heart of how isolating daily life can be for those individuals that suffer from HIV. Check out the trailer for Others here, and head over to to watch the full short and to learn more about the film’s production and the other important work being done over at Casey House.

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