The Week in Horror: ‘Twisted Metal’, ‘Lumberjack The Monster, ‘Poor Things’, + more!

We’ve got trailers from a couple of my favourite directors, news about a new installment of franchise that supposedly wrapped up a couple years ago, and whole lot more in The Week in Horror!

We’ve got a grip of new photos from Peacock’s Twisted Metal series, which is based on the classic 1995 game series on PlayStation. The series hits the Peacock streaming service on July 28 from Rhett Resse and Paul Wernick of Deadpool and Zombieland fame. Anthony Mackie stars as “a motor-mouthed outsider who is offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland.” Alongside Mackie are Neve Campbell, Thomas Haden Church, Stephanie Beatriz, Mike Mitchell, Tahj Vaughans, Lou Beatty Jr., as well as AEW’s Samoa Joe as Sweet Tooth, though that character is voiced by Will Arnett.

In a new update from Variety this week, The Purge creator James DeMonaco says that he’s finished a script for a new entry into the franchise “about eight months ago.” Despite the fact that 2021’s The Forever Purge, the fifth installment in the series, was marketed as the curtain call for The Purge, DeMonaco says that “It’s not completely different than previous movies, but it’s a new America that we’re entering into. In The Forever Purge, America kind of collapsed, and it’s really kind of mapped itself according to different ideologies. The states are based on sexuality, religion and ideology. So we’ve broken apart and the state of discord is at its worst. We enter The Purge in that world.”

The current plan is to have Frank Grillo reprise his role as Leo Barnes from The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year in this new, sixth film.

Final Destination creator Jeffrey Reddick is back with a new wedding-themed horror called Til Death Do Us Part.

In Til Death Do Us Part, “After running away on her wedding day, a bride-to-be must fight for survival against her former fiancé and his seven deadly groomsmen. In the ultimate horror showdown, the groomsmen soon discover that she has no intention of going back to the life she left behind.”

Til Death Do Us Part stars Cam Gigandet, Natalie Burn, and Jason Patric. A theatre release is scheduled for August 4, and you can check out the trailer here!

One of my favourite filmmakers, Takashi Miike, has a brand new film that pits a serial killer against a masked slasher villain. Lumberjack The Monster looks like Patrick Bateman vs Jason Voorhees, and I am completely here for it. The film stars Kazuya Kamenashi, Nanao, Riho Yoshioka, Shota Sometani, and Shido Nakamura.

In Lumberjack The Monster, “Akira Ninomiya (Kamenashi) is a remorseless lawyer who doesn’t hesitate to eliminate anyone who stands in his way. One night he is brutally attacked by an unknown assailant wearing a monster mask. Although he miraculously survives the assault, Ninomiya becomes fixated on finding the attacker and getting revenge. Meanwhile, a series of gruesome murders occur where the victims are found with their brains removed from their bodies. While police conduct an intensive investigation, Ninomiya seeks revenge against the assaulter. Who will uncover the truth first?!”

A December 1 release is set for the film in Japan, but we don’t have details on a North American release just yet.

A horror movie being produced by Cher is certainly unique enough, but what about one that brings together icons of horror Barbara Crampton, Bonnie Aarons, and Heather Lagenkamp? That’s the case with Little Bites, which is headed into production, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Little Bites stars Krsy Fox as Mindy, “a young widow and mother who tries to protect her daughter Alice (Elizabeth Caro) from a flesh eating monster named Agyar (Jon Sklaroff). Mindy has been secretly sacrificing her own life by allowing the creature to feast on her body as she keeps Alice hidden away at her grandmother’s house.”

Finally, my favourite trailer (and poster!) of the week is for Yorgos Lanthimos’ Frankenstein riff, Poor Things. We got a teaser a little while ago, but the new trailer has a more substantial looks at Emma Stone and Willem Dafoe, the latter of whom has undergone a stunning transformation.

Looking for all the world like a twisted version of Lanthimos’ period comedy The Favourite, which also stars Stone, Poor Things features some stunning imagery and a playful tone that has me sold right away. Along with Stone and Dafoe, Poor Things stars Ramy Youssef, Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Abbot, and Mark Ruffalo.

Poor Things is “the incredible tale and fantastical evolution of Bella Baxter (Stone), a young woman brought back to life by the brilliant and unorthodox scientist Dr. Godwin Baxter (Dafoe). Under Baxter’s protection, Bella is eager to learn. Hungry for the worldliness she is lacking, Bella runs off with Duncan Wedderburn (Ruffalo), a slick and debauched lawyer, on a whirlwind adventure across the continents. Free from the prejudices of her times, Bella grows steadfast in her purpose to stand for equality and liberation.”

Check out the trailer ahead of the film’s release this September the 8th!

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