The Week in Horror: ‘Skinamarink’, ‘Bubba Ho-tep’, ‘Gen V’, ‘ Beau is Afraid’, + more!

We’re heading towards the holidays and the end of 2022, and it’s been one hell of a year for horror. But 2023 is coming on strong with some great new projects in the pipe, and I’m here for all of it. Check out all the news about what’s in store for spook-a-doodle fans this winter and beyond!

The divisive, sometimes-frustrating Canadian found-footage sensation, Skinamarink will be getting a theatrical release as well as a premiere on Shudder in 2023. I caught this one a while back and am still mulling it over, but I have to say that this kind of movie in a theatre will certainly be a unique experience. Variety reports that IFC Midnight will present the lo-fi film in theatres starting on January 13, 2023, with a release on Shudder later in the year.

Skinamarink is directed by Kyle Edward Ball and stars Lucas Paul, Dali Rose Tetreault, Ross Paul and Jaime Hill.

In Skinamarink, “Two children wake up in the middle of the night to find their father is missing, and all the windows and doors in their home have vanished. To cope with the strange situation, the two bring pillows and blankets to the living room and settle into a quiet slumber party situation. They play well worn videotapes of cartoons to fill the silence of the house and distract from the frightening and inexplicable situation. All the while in the hopes that eventually some grown-ups will come to rescue them. However, after a while it becomes clear that something is watching over them.”

Just in time for its 20th anniversary, cult classic Bubba Ho-tep will be getting a 4K Ultra HD release in February 2023 from Scream Factory. Director Don Coscarelli had this to say on Facebook:

“On and off for the last several months I’ve been working at a film restoration facility meticulously reviewing the original camera negatives from the Bubba Ho-tep shoot 20 years ago and overseeing their conversion frame by frame into a vivid new 4k master.

Watching the restoration unfold brought back a bunch of great memories of working with the talented cast. Rewatching all this footage was of course bittersweet as so many of our elderly cast are no longer with us, including the legendary Ossie Davis.

For all these reasons I’m thrilled to announce that Scream Factory will be releasing Bubba Ho-tep in 4k for the first time in February 2023 to preserve our little Elvis vs Mummy picture! What a way to celebrate and commemorate the 20th anniversary of our theatrical release.

Plus there are some awesome new supplemental features that I’m excited for you to see. It’s going to be big …. “like the size of my fist… the size of a peanut butter and banana sandwich.”

There are a few different options up for preorder for this release, which include autographed posters, enamel pins, slipcovers, and much more.

One of my personal favourite series of 2022, Showtime’s Yellowjackets is officially coming back next year with a premiere date of March 24, 2023. We got the first trailer and you can bet that I’m ready to go back to the woods for this one. Is Lottie still alive? Is Misty’s loyalty going to be tested again? Get ready, folks.

We also got our first trailer for Brandon Cronenberg’s much-anticipated Infinity Pool, which stars Mia Goth and Alexander Skarsgård.

In Infinity Pool, “While staying at an isolated island resort, James (Alexander Skarsgård) and Em (Cleopatra Coleman) are enjoying a perfect vacation of pristine beaches, exceptional staff, and soaking up the sun. But guided by the seductive and mysterious Gabi (Mia Goth), they venture outside the resort grounds and find themselves in a culture filled with violence, hedonism, and untold horror. A tragic accident leaves them facing a zero tolerance policy for crime”

Infinity Pool hits theatres on January 27, 2023.

Some of the biggest news this week was that one of my favourite Michael Mann movies and one of my favourite siege movies in general, The Keep (1983), may be headed towards a remake from Greg Nicotero. Writer F. Paul Wilson broke the news on Twitter:

In The Keep, a group of Nazi soldiers attempts to defend themselves from a demonic presence in 1941 Romania. It features a fantastic score by Tangerine Dream and stars Ian McKellan and Gabriel Byrne. It’s unclear whether Nicotero would go for a series or theatrical treatment, but you’ll definitely be hearing more about this one as the project moves along.

Deadline reports that AEW’s Chris Jericho, who recently had a cameo in Terrifier 2, will be heading up the cast of a wrestling-based horror movie called Dark Match, which will be shooting in Edmonton, Alberta. Dark Match is written and directed by Lowell Dean of Wolfcop fame, and Jericho will have an executive producer credit on the film. Steven Ogg, Michael Eklund, Ayisha Issa, Sara Canning, and Jonathan Cherry join Jericho in the cast.

In Dark Match, “a small-time wrestling company accepts a high-paying gig in a backwoods town, only to discover when they arrive that the community is run by a mysterious cult leader with devious plans for their match.” Filming is already complete, and at Dept 9 Studios in Edmonton.

If you thought that Gen V, the spinoff of The Boys, would be anything but an ultraviolent riot, well I think you’ll be sadly mistaken. The new series is set at a college for young-adult Supes that’s run by our favourite evil corporation Vought International. It’s “an irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive Supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities…part college show, part Hunger Games–with all the heart, satire, and raunch of The Boys.”

The series stars Jaz Sinclair, Chance Perdomo, Lizze Broadway, Shelley Conn, Maddie Phillips, London Thor, Derek Luh, Asa Germann, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Sean Patrick Thomas, Marco Pigossi, Clancy Brown, Alexander Calvert and Jason Ritter. Check out the brand new trailer for Gen V, which hits Amazon in 2023.

Finally, it looks as though Ari Aster’s Disappointment Blvd has a brand new title, and a poster to go along with it. In 2023, Aster will introduce us to Beau Is Afraid. No plot details yet (not that we’d expect them) but with this new title, speculation abounds that this will be based on Aster’s 2011 short film Beau, in which “A neurotic middle-aged man’s trip to visit his mother is delayed indefinitely when his keys are mysteriously taken from his door. He is subsequently haunted by an increasingly sinister chain of upsetting events. “

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