The Week in Horror: ‘Maxxxine’, ‘Quicksand’, ‘The Artifice Girl’, + more!

This week’s edition of The Week in Horror has some interesting casting information for the new Ti West movie, news about the science fiction project of the year, and much more!

Probably the biggest news of the week is that the cast of Ti West’s Maxxxine, the third installment of the trilogy that includes X and Pearl, has been revealed. Joining Mia Goth’s Maxine, who was the only survivor of X and is heading to Hollywood in the 1980’s to make her name in the adult film industry, are some heavy hitters. Maxxxine‘s cast includes Micelle Monaghan, Lily Collins, Halsey, Elizabeth Debicki, Moses Sumney, Bobby Cannavale, Giancarlo Esposito, and Kevin Bacon.

Production on the film starts this month, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for a release date. We do know, however, that Goth told Variety that “It’s the best script of the three by far. It’s going be the best movie of the three.” I can’t wait.

Speaking of casting news, HBO’s IT prequel series, Welcome To Derry, announced the first names for its cast this week as well. According to Variety, Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), Chris Chalk (Perry Mason), Jovan Adepo (Watchmen), and James Remar (The Warriors) will all go back in time for a showdown with Pennywise.

Welcome to Derry is developed for TV by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, and Jason Fuchs. Andy will also direct the series premiere and several others. Fuchs is writing the the first episode of the series, based on a story by him and the Muschiettis. Andy directed both IT: Chapter One and IT: Chapter Two while Barbara and Fuchs were producers on those films.

Big fans of Skinamarink over here at BBP, and we’re happy to announce that Kyle Edward Ball’s film will hit Blu-Ray and DVD on June 20th from RJLE Films. Not a whole lot in the Special Features department, but I sure am interested in hearing what the Director’s Commentary is all about.

Included in the features are:

  • Audio commentary by writer-director Kyle Edward Ball and cinematographer Jamie McRae
  • Trailer

In the movie, which stars Lucas and Ross Paul, Jaime Hill, and Dali Rose Tetreault, “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.”

If you find yourself watching and rewinding that one scene from The Neverending Story that makes everyone else cry, you might be into a new Columbian film called Quicksand. This one is written by Matt Pitts (Westworld) and directed by Andrés Beltrán (Tarumama) will hit Shudder on June 23.

Quicksand stars Carolina Gaitán (Encanto) and Allan Hawco (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) as an American couple on the brink of divorce who travel to the country for a work conference. While on a hike through the rainforest, a storm causes them to become trapped in a pit of quicksand.

“Unable to move, it becomes a struggle for survival as they battle the elements of the jungle and a venomous snake in order to escape.”

James Wan’s Atomic Monster and Blumhouse will bring the supernatural thriller Night Swim to audiences in 2024, according to news this week. The film from Bryce McGuire is supposedly about “the hidden source of terror found in an iconic backyard swimming pool,” and is based on McGuire’s short film from 2014.

Night Swim stars Kerry Condon and Wyatt Russell, and is slated for release on January 5, 2024.

Finally, Franklin Ritch, makes his feature debut with The Artifice Girl and it’s already one of the most anticipated science fiction projects of the year. The film stars Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Terminator), David Girard, Tatum Matthews, and Sinda Nichols. The Artifice Girl is a story about an ultra-realistic and complex AI that goes rogue.

The Artifice Girl comes to theatres, digital, and on-demand on April 27 from XYZ Films. Check out the new trailer here!

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