The Week in Horror: ‘Haunted Mansion’, ‘All You Need is Death’, ‘Five Nights At Freddys’, + more!

A new Irish horror, the latest in Disney’s adaptations of rides (still waiting on Ari Aster’s Teacups), a couple of much-anticipated trailers and a whole lot more here in The Week in Horror!

A fun new horror from Samuel Bodin, creator of Netflix’s Marianne directs a new horror from Lionsgate called Cobweb. The film is set to hit theatres on July 21.

In Cobweb, “Eight-year-old Peter is plagued by a mysterious, constant tap, tap from inside his bedroom wall – a tapping that his parents insist is all in his imagination. As Peter’s fear intensifies, he believes that his parents (Lizzy Caplan and Antony Starr) could be hiding a terrible, dangerous secret and questions their trust. And for a child, what could be more frightening than that?”

Cobweb stars Lizzy Caplan, Antony “Homelander” Starr, Cleopatra Coleman, and Woody Norman. Bodin directs from a screenplay by Chris Thomas Devlin.

If you’ve been enjoying Amazon’s Dead Ringers as much as I have, you’ll be happy to know that another Cronenberg property is headed for a small-screen adaptation. This time, it’s Scanners and will be landing on HBO. The project, based on Cronenberg’s 1981 film, will be headed up by William Bridges, Emmy-winning writer of the USS Callister episode of Black Mirror as well as Yann Demange who directed the pilot for HBO’s Lovecraft Country. Demange will direct from a script by Bridges.

In Scanners, “A scientist trains a man with an advanced telepathic ability called “scanning” to stop a dangerous Scanner with extraordinary psychic powers from waging war against non scanners.”

An exciting debut feature from Ireland’s Paul Duane called All You Need Is Death is making the rounds at Cannes, being repped by XYZ Films. The film has some serious folk horror vibes, and Duane has put together a short list of films that influenced All You Need is Death on Letterboxd. Anything with DNA from Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Pulse, Michael Fischa’s Death Spa, Andrzej Lulawski’s Possession, among other classics has my stamp of approval.

In All You Need is Death, “A young couple, who are a part of a mysterious, secret organization, travel at night with the desire to discover forbidden knowledge. They believe that living, modern alchemy is contained in old, forgotten songs. When they find an elderly, mysterious woman who sings songs that have never been heard before, they open the door to an ancient evil and madness.” The film stars Olwen Fouéré (Mandy, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), Charlie Maher (Blue Lights), Simone Collins (The Last Duel) and Gary Whelan (The Contract). We should be getting this one late this year, with XYZ handling the release. In the meantime, check out this sick poster!

A new horror from Bleecker Street called The Origin will unleash terror from the Paleolithic period, which is 45,000 years before anyone even heard of Dracula, Leatherface, or Barney. The film, which is set for a release late this year ” follows a disparate gang of early humans who band together in search of a new land. But when they suspect a malevolent, mystical being is hunting them down, the clan is forced to confront a horrifying danger they never imagined.”

Andrew Cumming directs The Origin from a script by Ruth Greenberg. The film stars Safia Oakley-Green, Chuku Modu, Kit Young, Iola Evans, Luna Mwezi, Arno Luening, Rosebud Melarkey and Tyrell Mhlanga. Look for this one this winter.

After last week’s leak, we finally have the official release of the Five Nights at Freddy’s trailer which is sure to rack up all the views. Emma Tammi (The Wind) directs this adaptation of Scott Cawthon’s video game, which stars Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Kat Conner Sterling, Mary Stuart Masterson and Matthew Lillard.

Check out the trailer here which is set to hit theatres on October 27!

The newest film from Ted Geoghegan, Brooklyn 45, is currently making the festival rounds ahead of its release on Shudder on June 9. The film stars Anne Ramsay, Ron E. Rains, Jeremy Holm, Larry Fessenden, Ezra Buzzington, and Kristina Klebe and is co-produced by Raven Banner.

In the 1945-set Brooklyn 45, “Five military veterans gather in the ornate parlor of a Brooklyn brownstone. Best friends since childhood, they’ve reunited to support their troubled host. But when his invitation for cocktails turns into an impromptu séance, the metaphoric ghosts of their past become all too literal. Trapped in their host’s lounge, the Greatest Generation now finds themselves put to one final test, with their only route to freedom being more bloodshed.”

Check out the new trailer ahead of the film’s release on Shudder!

It seems like any and everyone is getting into the shark movie have, and if, for some reason, Gene Simmons of KISS producing one is some kind of selling feature for you, you’ll be excited about Renny Harlin’s Deep Water. What actually does get me excited is that Harlin’s Deep Blue Sea is a personal favourite in the bitey fish genre, and if Deep Water is anything like that, I’m on board.

Deep Water is about “an eclectic group of international passengers whose plane, en route from Los Angeles to Shanghai, is forced to make an emergency landing in shark-infested waters. The terrified group is forced to work together and overcome their differences if they hope to escape their sinking plane and the frenzy of sharks drawn to the wreckage.”

Deep Water is the first film from a new production company from Simmons and Gary Hamilton, called, wait for it, Simmons/Hamilton Productions. Harlin says to Variety , “I’ve had my greatest success when working with planes or sharks. Getting to combine those two of my favorite thriller elements in a character-driven action adventure is a dream come true. I can’t wait to take the audience on the scariest plane ride of their lives. Gene and Gary both are my old friends and I’m excited to rock ’n’ roll through the friendly skies with them.”

Finally, Disney’s big-screen adaptation of its Haunted Mansion ride is set to hit theatres on July 28 and we’ve got a new trailer for the star-studded spook-a-doodle. The film is directed by Justin Simien and stars LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Rosario Dawson, Winona Ryder, Dan Levy, Hasan Minhaj, and Danny DeVito , with Jamie Lee Curtis as Madame Leota and Jared Leto as the Hatbox Ghost.

“In this mysterious adventure, a doctor (Dawson) and her 9-year-old son (Chase Dillon), looking to start a new life, move into a strangely affordable mansion in New Orleans, only to discover that the place is much more than they bargained for. Desperate for help, they contact a priest (Wilson), who, in turn, enlists the aid of a widowed scientist-turned failed-paranormal expert (Stanfield), a French Quarter psychic (Haddish) and a crotchety historian (DeVito).”

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