The Week in Horror: ‘From Black’, ‘Attack of the Meth Gator’, Demi Lovato’s “Still Alive”, + more!

I’ve got horror trailers, TV previews, and even a music video in this week’s edition of The Week in Horror! And also…A meth gator.

In the new Shudder original horror from Thomas Marchese, From Black, “A young mother, crushed by guilt after the disappearance of her young son 5 years previously, is presented with a bizarre offer to learn the truth and set things right.” The film, which hits Shudder on April 28, stars Anna Camp (True Blood), Travis Hammer, Jennifer Lafleur, John Ales, and Richie Montgomery.

1999’s The Haunting, which is an adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic The Haunting of Hill House, is being released in a new 4K Ultra HD package from Scream Factory.

The package pre-order comes with an 18″ x 24″ exclusive poster of the original theatrical artwork.

In the film, which stars Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, Owen Wilson and Bruce Dern, “Dr. Marrow lures three subjects to the foreboding Hill House mansion for an experiment. But, from the moment of their arrival, as night descends, the study goes horrifyingly awry, and Hill House unleashes its supernatural wrath on the unsuspecting subjects.”

Preorders for The Haunting 4K are at Shout Factory now, ahead of a release date of May 30.

A new teaser trailer for the tv adaptation of David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers, starring Rachel Weisz hit the internet this week. The series for Amazon Prime, which hits the service on April 21, is said to be a modern take on the 1988 body horror which originally starred Jeremy Irons. The new version stars Britne Oldford, Poppy Liu, Michael Chernus, Jennifer Ehle, and Emily Meade. Check out the teaser here!

Sigh. I guess Asylum ‘mockbusters’ (shameless, legally-distinct ripoffs of blockbuster movies) are just something we have to live with. Hot on the heels of the wildly-successful Cocaine Bear, you knew Asylum was going to get in the ‘drugged up animal’ game. Well, uh, here it is.

Yup. Asylum tweeted the poster for Attack of the Meth Gator out this week, along with “Hold our bear…I mean bear. Coming for your life this summer.” I have no other information beyond that, but be honest: do you need any?

Tim Story’s whip-smart horror-comedy The Blackening, which I caught at TIFF this year and loved, has a brand new poster and trailer ahead of the film’s theatrical release on June 16th.

The film, which is based on 3Peat’s sketch for Comedy Central, is about a group of Black friends who gather for a Juneteenth weekend in a cabin in the woods and are forced into a killer’s deadly game. The Blackening stars Antoinette Robertson, Dewayne Perkins, Sinqua Walls, Grace Byers, X Mayo, Melvin Gregg, Jermaine Fowler, Yvonne Orji, and Jay Pharoah. Check out the new trailer here!

XYZ Films has scored North American distribution rights to Nick Kozakis’ Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism, which will have its world premiere at the Overlook Film Festival and which comes to VOD on April 6.

In Godless, “Lara is a woman tormented, torn between science and faith. Pushed by her husband to seek treatment from a congregation of zealots, a ruthless exorcist will try to save her soul by putting an innocent woman through hell.”

Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism stars Georgia Eyers, Dan Ewing, Tim Pocock, Rosie Traynor, and Eliza Matengu.

Scott Derrikson of The Black Phone and Doctor Strange fame has a new star-studded thriller in the hopper called The Gorge, and Deadline reports that the already-packed cast which includes Anya Taylor-Joy and Miles Teller will add Sigourney Weaver to its roster. We don’t have any details on the plot just yet, except that it’s an “action love story with genre-bending elements.” Apple Original Films is said to be attached to the project.

Disney isn’t where I typically go for horror, but if you’re looking for a great gateway horror for your kids or perhaps your more squeamish friends, the very spooky reboot of The Haunted Mansion is set to hit theatres this summer, on July 28. Years ago, Guillermo del Toro was set to adapt this story with Ryan Gosling attached, but that project fell apart.

2023’s reboot about a mother and son who recruit a group of ghost hunters and experts to cleanse their home of an apparition is directed by Justin Simien (Bad Hair) and stars LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Chase W. Dillon, Dan Levy, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jared Leto. Check out the trailer here!

With The Last of Us whetting our appetites for video game horror adaptations, Variety dropped the news this week that the horror game Dead By Daylight will be heading to the big screen from Atomic Monster (James Wan) and Blumhouse (Jason Blum). The game boasts about two million players per day, and while the project doesn’t have a director or writer yet, the idea of a perspective shift between the killer and their victims is pretty intriguing. Stay tuned for more on this one.

Finally, for Scream fans, Demi Lovato’s song “Still Alive”, which appears on the soundtrack for Scream 6, has a new music video out this week which features some new footage from the latest installment for the long-running horror franchise.

Scream 6 hits theatres on March 10.

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