The Week in Horror: ‘It Lives Inside’, ‘Apartment 7A’, ‘Empire V’, + more!

This week’s packed edition of The Week in Horror features a new trailer for the banned Russian horror Empire V, a new poster and release date for It Lives Inside, a sequel to Rosemary’s Baby, and more!

Bishal Dutta’s It Lives Inside from NEON is one of my most anticipated horrors of the year, and a new poster announces that it’ll finally make its way into our eyes on September 22.

The film, which stars Megan Suri, Neeru Bajwa, Mohana Krishnan, Vik Sahay, and Betty Gabriel draws on the experience of feeling like an outsider in a new country. “Sam is desperate to fit in at school, rejecting her Indian culture and family to be like everyone else. When a mythological demonic spirit latches onto her former best friend, she must come to terms with her heritage in order to defeat it.”

Time travel slasher Totally Killer from director Nahnatchka Khan and which stars Kiernan Shipka is set to be released soon from Blumhouse and Amazon. The film, which recently received an R rating for “bloody violence, language, sexual material, and teen drug/alcohol use” also stars Olivia Holt, Julie Bowen, and Randall Park.

Totally Killer “follows Jamie (Shipka) whose mom, Pam (Bowen) is terrorized by the resurgence of the Sweet Sixteen Killer—a masked maniac that slaughtered a group of teenage girls in the ‘80s. With the help of her friend Amelia (Kelcey Mawema), she travels back in time to 1987 and teams up with the teen version of her mom (Holt) to try and stop the killer.”

Carter Smith’s The Passenger has a new trailer ahead of its release on Digital and On-Demand on August 4. The film stars Kyle Gallner and “follows Randolph Bradley (Johnny Berchtold) who is perfectly content fading into the background, but when his coworker Benson (Gallner) snaps and goes on a violent killing spree, he’s forced to face his fears and confront his troubled past in order to find a way to survive.”

A Rosemary’s Baby prequel is currently in production from Relic director Natalie Erika James, and will star Julia Garner. The film is called Apartment 7A and is a Paramount production. In fact, production wrapped on the film back in October and is currently in the test screening phase. Alongside Garner is Diane Wiest and Amy Leeson, who takes over the Rosemary Woodhouse role from Mia Farrow. No word on a release, but smart money has Apartment 7A dropping before the end of the year.

Olga Kurylenko will star alongside Armand Assante in a new home invasion thriller called Misdirection, from director Kevin Lewis (Willy’s Wonderland).

Misdirection is about “a desperate couple (Kurylenko and Oliver Trevena), who have pulled off a string of high-end break-ins to pay off a mob debt. When they attempt to rob their latest victim, they find themselves caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse…”

Finally, a new Russian sci-fi horror called Empire V is set to premiere at this year’s Fantasia Festival, and it’s already got tons of buzz after being banned from release by the Kremlin. Empire V is the most recent film from director Victor Ginzburg to be banned by the Russian government, after 2011’s Generation P. The film is said to be an incisive social satire of Russian society.

In Empire V, “a 19-year-old Moscow nobody is turned into a vampire, and thereby becomes part of an elite and powerful echelon of society who have controlled humanity since time immemorial.”

The film stars Russian rapper Oxxymiron, who is himself no friend of the Kremlin, having been labeled a foreign agent after expressing his anti-war views. Co-starring with him are Pavel Tabakov, Taya Radchenko, Miron Fedorov and Vera Alentova.

Check out the trailer for Empire V ahead of its Fantasia premiere this month!

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