The Week in Horror: ‘Friday the 13th’, ‘A Knock At The Cabin’, ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’, + more!

And we’re back, folks! With the winter winds of January howling outside, it’s time to do a little howling of our own in front of some horror content coming our way. Check out new stuff from Sean Cunningham, M. Night Shyamalan, and a whole lot more!

Sean Cunningham, of Friday the 13th fame, is working on a new reboot of the franchise (entirely separate from the Crystal Lake project for Peacock with screenwriter Victor Miller, Bryan Fuller, and A24 on board) according to a new scoop from Bloody Disgusting. Apparently a sequel to the original is possible and “should avoid any legal entanglements” which have been an obstacle until now. But in almost-equally big news, Cunningham is also working on both an original project called The Night Driver as well as a reboot of his 1985 horror, House.

His co-writer on the both projects, Jeff Locker, says that “The House reboot is both an update and reimagining of the classic series, centering around the birth of a haunted house. Lots of great scares and howl-at-the-screen laughs, plus we’re bringing back a few of your favorite monsters from the original for some really fun but equally terrifying kills.”

The Night Driver‘s director Jeremy Weiss says that that film is about “an everyday salesman who regularly drives across the country selling pharmaceuticals. One night on a backroad he encounters a madman who seems to be following him, leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. All he wants to do is make it home alive to his family at any cost; and by the time it’s over, he realizes that he’s either escaped the terror or it’s followed him home.” Stay tuned for more on all these projects!

We have a new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin, which hits theatres on February 3. This one gives us a bit more of a look at Dave Bautista’s character as he protects his family from armed invaders.

After a strong set of test screenings, it seems that the much-anticipated Stephen King adaptation, The Boogeyman from Rob Savage (Host) is now headed to theatres. The Hollywood Reporter says that while the film was originally set to debut on Hulu, “a surprisingly muscular test screening in December…made studio executives and producers reconsider their release strategy. (They also showed the movie to King, along with the new plans, who gave them a thumbs-up.)”

In King’s 1973 story (which also appears in 1978’s Night Shift), “Still reeling from the tragic death of their mother, a teenage girl and her little brother find themselves plagued by a sadistic presence in their house and struggle to get their grieving father to pay attention before it’s too late.”

The Boogeyman stars Sophie Thatcher (“Yellowjackets”), Chris Messina (Birds of Prey), David Dastmalchian (DuneThe Suicide Squad), Marin Ireland (Y: The Last Man, The Umbrella Academy), Vivien Lyra Blair (Bird BoxMr. Corman), and Madison Hu (Voyagers). Savage directs from a script by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, and Akela Cooper.

The Boogeyman comes to darkened, communal auditoriums on June 2.

Buzzy and beautiful debut feature from Takeshi Kushida, Woman of the Photographs has a new trailer ahead of it’s February 7 debut on the DREAD streaming service. Set in the world of digital photo manipulation, “The film follows a solitary and skilled digital photographer who begins a twisted romance with a model suffering from body dysmorphia and obsessed with appearing perfect in her photos.”

Woman in the Photographs stars Hideki Nagai, Itsuki Otaki, Toki Koinuma and Toshiaki Inomata, and is directed by Kushida. Check out the trailer here!

If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the newest installment of the Quiet Place franchise, Deadline reports that the newest addition to the cast of A Quiet Place: Day One, is Hereditary star Alex Wolff. He joins Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn on the project, which is directed by Michael Sarnoski (Pig). We have no plot details except that Day One is said to be a spinoff of the original series, from an original idea by John Krasinski and written by Jeff Nichols and Sarnoski.

Finally, one of the coolest and grossest queer horrors I saw last year, Swallowed, is headed for VOD and Digital on February 14th, and I can’t wait to watch it again. In the film from director Carter Smith (The Ruins), “After a drug run goes bad, two friends must survive a nightmarish ordeal of drugs, bugs and horrific intimacy in this body-horror thriller.”

Swallowed stars Jena Malone (The Ruins), Mark Patton (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge) in a show-stealing performance, Cooper Koch (They/Them), and Jose Colon. You can check out my review here ahead of the film’s release, and take a look at the trailer too!

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