This week’s update has a Universal Monsters focus, with not one, not two, but three Dracula-focused projects and a riff on Frankenstein. Some great trailers and some really great goop round out The Week in Horror!
A24’s Talk To Me from director duo Danny and Michael Phillippou was the talk of the horror town this week. The story of a party game involving a conjuring that goes very, very wrong has a brand new trailer this week.
In Talk To Me, “a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand; they become hooked on the new thrill until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.” The film stars Sophia Wilde, Miranda Otto, Alexandra Jensen, Joe Bird, Otis Djanji, and Zoe Terakes.
Check out the trailer for Talk to Me ahead of its release this summer on July 28!
Fans of our favourite scream queen this side of Jenna Ortega, Mia Goth, will be happy to know that the X, Pearl, and Maxxine star will be heading to the MCU. True to form, though, Goth will stay within her horror roots with a turn in Yann Demange’s reboot of Blade, which stars Mahershala Ali as the eponymous vampire hunter. According to Above the Line’s Jeff Sneider, Goth will be playing “Lilith” in the film, as in Lilith Drake, the daughter of Dracula. The film is currently set to hit theatres on September 6, 2024.
Speaking of Dracula’s daughter, The Hollywood Reporter announced this week that Scream 2022, Scream 6, and Ready or Not creators Radio Silence (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villella) will be working on a new horror for Universal. Details are being kept pretty secret, but Dracula’s Daughter was at one point a working title for the project. That centred on “a group of kidnappers who abduct a band of young people, one of whom ends up being [Dracula’s Daughter]. Woe then befalls the kidnappers.” More on this one as details emerge from their coffin!
New Zealand director Scott Walker and Bloody Disgusting bring a fresh new creature feature called The Tank to select theatres on April 21 and a digital release on April 25.
“Set in the 1970s, The Tank is a story about a young family who awakens a horde of creatures. ” The project features creature effects from Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop, and it shows. Regina Hegemann stars as The Creature. Check out this very goopy trailer!
One of the most exciting Frankenstein riffs I’ve seen in quite some time, Bomani J. Story’s The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster is heading to theatres, on-demand, and digital on June 9, and the film finally has a new trailer.
In The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster, “Vicaria is a brilliant teenager who believes death is a disease that can be cured. After the brutal and sudden murder of her brother, she embarks on a dangerous journey to bring him back to life.”
The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster is directed by Bomani J. Story and stars Laya DeLeon Hayes, Denzel Whitaker, Chad L. Coleman, Reilly Brooke Stith, and Keith Holliday. Check out the trailer ahead of the film’s release in a couple of months!
Finally, Andre Øvredal of The Troll Hunter, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and The Autopsy of Jane Doe fame is heading to the high seas with a horror based on a chapter from Bram Stoker’s Dracula called ‘The Captain’s Log’. The Last Voyage of the Demeter will star Corey Hawkins, Aisling Franciosi, and Woody Norman, and the trailer is one of the best things I’ve seen all week.
Øvredal describesThe Last Voyage of the Demeter as “a horror epic…It’s a big journey across Europe from Varna to the English coast, and it’s a haunted house at sea, like Alien on the ocean in 1897, but with Dracula as the Alien. ” The film is set to hit theatres on August 11, but you can get this trailer in your eyes right now!