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The Week In Horror: Toy Fair ’18, Halloween, Serpent and the Rainbow, Predator


Toy Fair 2018 is on this week and there’s been a number of exciting announcements for kids and collectors, but for horror fans, NECA has added two figures to their retro line of Mego style figures: Captain Blake from John Carpenter’s The Fog and Herbert West from Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator. Amok Time toys had announced a small line of Re-Animator figures a few years ago in a six-inch line, but the only one that ever came out was a four-inch Herbert that came with Dr Hill’s severed head. It’s a great figure, perfect for experimenting on GI Joes captured by Cobra for unethical bio-medical practices, but in this day and age of high quality, detailed collectibles, it was disappointing not to get a larger, more detailed version.

NECA’s retro line has had a number of great figures, with amazing head sculpts and an array of accessories. My Friday the 13th Jason is one of the jewels of my horror collection. The NECA West figure beautifully captures Jeffery Combs’ likeness and comes with some gruesome accessories. Captain Blake is an even bigger surprise, especially since NECA tends to avoid things that are too niche because it can be a financial gamble. After saying no to figures from The Thing, getting a ghost pirate zombie from The Fog is out of left field and looks equally amazing.

The countdown to Halloween and Halloween begins as Jamie Lee Curtis has completed filming her scenes for the upcoming David Gordon Green/Danny McBride direct follow up to the original John Carpenter classic, which drops this October. According to Curtis, “it’s terrifying.”

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Wes Craven’s voodoo classic, The Serpent and the Rainbow. For my money, it’s Craven’s best film. As much as I love A Nightmare on Elm Street or The Hills Have Eyes, Serpent is just scarier (partly because its based on an actual investigation into voodoo practices by Wade Davis), more exotic, surprising, and beautiful. Scream Factory has a collector’s edition Blu-ray available at their website, highly recommended.

Excited about Shane Black’s upcoming Predator sequel?  Well, it’s been pushed back from August to September, which isn’t as extreme as the New Mutants getting pushed back nine frigging months, but still, doesn’t it feel like we’ve been waiting a while for a new Predator film?

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The Week In Horror: Victor Crowley is Here, ‘The Fog’ Has a Birthday + more


This past Tuesday, February 6, Adam Green’s shot-in-secret sequel to his gore fest horror comedy franchise Hatchet, landed on Blu-ray, digital, and VOD. Victor Crowley features the legendary Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th 7-X) returning to the title role to stalk a new batch of victims in his swamp. (You can read my full review.) Read the rest of this entry

The week in horror: ‘Hellraiser’, ‘The New Mutants’ + more

A new Hellraiser is on the way, The New Mutants gets delayed, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

Hellraiser: Judgement Trailer Released

In case you missed our post earlier this week, the first trailer for Hellraiser: Judgement was released this past week, and it didn’t look half bad. There are new Cenobites on display, and a new Pinhead actor in Paul T. Taylor.

Hellraiser: Judgement hits VOD on February 13th, 2018. Read the rest of this entry

The Week in Horror: Scream, American Horror Story + more

The Ghostface killer is coming to video games, American Horror Story looks to the future, and lots more, as we take a look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

Scream video game on the way?

It’s been more than 20 years since the Scream franchise entered the world, and now an industrious video game creator is hoping to bring the series to consoles and computers. According to Scream: The Video Game’s lead developer Brandon D. Santos,:

Scream: The Video Game is an asymmetric survival horror online multiplayer video game being developed by various independent video game developers – in association with Dimension Films, Miramax, Fun World, and MTV. It is the first and only commercial video game adaptation of the Scream horror films and TV series. One player takes control of the Ghostface killer, a masked psychopath whose true identity is hidden behind a rubber mask and black robe. The rest of the players control Victims. The goal of the game is to survive as long as possible while trying to determine the killer’s true identity. That’s about all we can tell you right now, as we are in the early stages of development. We appreciate your interest in the game and stay tuned for updates! 

A Kickstarter begins February 18th to support the game’s creation. You can find out more about Scream The Video Game here. Read the rest of this entry

The week in horror: The New Mutants, Mom and Dad + more

The next generation of mutants share an image, a trailer for Mom and Dad, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

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I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what dirextor Josh Boone is going to come up with for The New Mutants. The original trailer shows that the film is going full-tilt horror, which will be a brand new type of superhero film for the X-Men franchise. USA Today released a new image of the team, along with very short clips featuring the characters of Magik and Mirage, which you can check out below. The New Mutants hits theatres April 13th, 2018.

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Gerald’s Game director wants to take on more Stephen King adaptations

With Gerald’s Game proving to be a critical success for Netflix, director Mike Flanagan is considering what other Stephen King adaptations would be of interest to him. In an interview with expert King website Lilja’s Library, Flanagan revealed the following:

There are so many.But the ones I’d want to do the most are Doctor Sleep and Lisey’s Story. In both cases, it’s because I identify with the protagonists so much. Lisey’s Story is a stunning piece of work, a beautiful exploration of marriage. And who wouldn’t want to venture back into the world of Danny Torrance?

Mom and Dad trailer released

Mom and Dad stars Oscar winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las VegasRaising Arizona), Selma Blair (HellboyCruel Intentions), Anne Winters (“13 Reasons Why,” #RealityHigh), and Zackary Arthur (“Transparent,” The 5th Wave). Written and directed by Brian Taylor (CrankGhost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), the film marks his first solo effort as a writer.

Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair star in this pitch-black horror-comedy about a worldwide mass hysteria where, for 24 brutal hours, parents turn violently against their own children.

Your parents brought you into this world and they most certainly can take you out of it…even if they have to hunt you down first.

Mom and Dad had its World Premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and U.S. Premiere at Fantastic Fest 2017 to positive reviews.  The film is currently holding 85% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Momentum Pictures will be releasing Mom and Dad in select Theaters, VOD, and Digital HD on January 19th.

The week in horror: The Dark Tower, Sabrina + more

Stephen King talks about what went wrong with The Dark Tower, news on an IT Director’s Cut, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

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Stephen King on what happened with The Dark Tower

I’m a Dark Tower junkie, I have the Tower tattooed on my arm. What that means with regard to the adaptation from the summer is that I’m fairly forgiving of its many faults. Following its troubled birth, I knew that it wasn’t going to be the epic we all hoped for, so instead, I accepted it for what it was – a quick and dirty trip to the world of Roland Deschain and The Man in Black. Of course, Stephen King himself has his own opinions on why the film ultimately failed at the box office. He told Entertainment Weekly:

I liked everybody involved with that movie and I liked some of the casting choices for it. I liked Modi Wiczyk, the producer, the director, everybody. So you know I’m always careful what I say about it.

But I will say this, okay? The real problem, as far as I’m concerned is, they went in to this movie, and I think this was a studio edict pretty much: this is going to be a PG-13 movie. It’s going to be a tentpole movie. We want to make sure that we get people in there from the ages of, let’s say, 12 right on up to whatever the target age is. Let’s say 12 to 35. That’s what we want. So it has to be PG-13, and when they did that I think that they lost a lot of the toughness of it and it became something where people went to it and said, Well yeah, but it’s really not anything that we haven’t seen before.

There was a decision made, too, to start it pretty much in the middle, and when they actually made the movie I had doubts about it from the beginning, and expressed them, and didn’t really get too far. Sometimes when people have made up their mind, the creative team that’s actually going to go and shoot the movie, it’s a little bit like hitting your fist against hard rubber, you know? It doesn’t really hurt, but you don’t get anywhere. It just sort of bounces back. And I thought to myself, Well, people are going to be really puzzled by this, and they were. So there was some of that problem, too. Read the rest of this entry

The week in horror: Outlast 3, Jodie Foster + more

News on a third Outlast, Jodie Foster returns to a defining role, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

Outlast 3 updates and previous games to Switch

Outlast 2 was one of the scariest games I’ve played in a long time (you can read my review here), even if some fans didn’t enjoy it as much as the original. IN a facebook post this week, the game’s creator Red Band shared news on potential DLC, a third entry in the franchise, and the game being ported over to Nintendo Switch:

It’s time for a little status update from us.

First off, we wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that have bought Outlast 2 and have been supporting the studio for more than 5 years now. Red Barrels was nothing more than a dream, but with a lot of blood, sweat and beers it has now become a small, fully independent studio with a kickass team who can work miracles.

We strive to create unique experiences and take risks. Hopefully, we’ll manage to entertain you for years to come.

About the future, many of you have been requesting a DLC. While the first Outlast was made with the idea of a DLC in mind, that was not the case for Outlast 2. We’ve considered many options, but none of them felt appropriate for a DLC. Outlast 2 was created to make you feel like a rat in a maze, without any knowledge of what’s outside the maze.

We will, at some point, make an Outlast 3 and answers will be given. You can also check out The Murkoff Account’s epilogue. It takes places right after the events of the second game and offers some insight into the events in the game. (https://redbarrelsgames.com/comic-books/)

Currently we’re working on something a lot of you have been asking for… It won’t be a sequel to Outlast or Outlast 2, but it will be a distinct experience set in the Outlast universe. We can’t say more right now, we first need to make sure we can make it work.

Like I mentioned, we strive to be risk-takers and this one is a pretty big challenge. If all goes well, we’ll soon be able to reveal more.

In the meantime, the Outlast franchise will be released on the Nintendo Switch during the first quarter of 2018.

Cheers!

The Red Barrels Team

New Mutants meets A Nightmare on Elm Street

As Josh Boone’s New Mutants continues its slow burn promos leading up to the film’s April 2018 release, check out this brief moment featuring the character of Cannonball, which features verbiage usually associated with A Nightmare on Elm Stree:

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Jodie Foster returns as Clarice Starling

While Jodie Foster may have passed on returning to her Oscar-winning role as Clarice Starling for Hannibal, she had no problems firing up her accent for an appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The week in horror: Iron Maiden, World War Z + more

A metal icon gets the action figure treatment, World War Z gets a video game, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

Run to the hill for these Eddie figures

While we still wait for Iron Maiden to take their rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the band’s iconic mascot Eddie is getting the action figure treatment courtesy of Super7. These retro style figures are available now from Super7’s webstore. Each one is based on an Iron Maiden album or song: Powerslave, Killers, The Trooper and Aces High.

  • Powerslave Eddie comes with Egyptian crook and flail accessories
  • Killers Eddie comes armed with an axe accessory
  • Trooper Eddie comes with Union Jack and sword accessories
  • Aces High Eddie comes armed with a revolver accessory

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World War Z video game on the way

This week saw a trailer unleashed for a World War Z video game, due in 2018 from Saber Interactive and Paramount. There’s a definite familiarity to the images, which appear straight out of the divisive 2013 film (I liked it). According the press release, “The game centres on unique survivor stories and missions around the globe, including New York, Moscow, and Jerusalem. Use traps, barriers and the environment strategically to stay alive while unleashing a storm of firepower with a variety of weapons on the unrelenting hordes of the undead.”

World War Z will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives

Before I watched the trailer for the next Jurassic World film, I wasn’t sure if it would actually fit it here in the column. But, after watching? Wow – this is going to make lots of money, but it really feels like a massive creature feature to me. Yes, there is lots of running, but the foreboding words of the the returning Jeff Goldblum has got me very excited for Fallen Kingdom, which arrives in theatres June 22nd.

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment.  Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before.  Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The week in horror: Sabrina comes to Netflix, Friday the 13th + more

The creators of Riverdale are adapting Sabrina for Netflix, Friday the 13th gets a new Blu-ray set, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Comes to Netflix

Though Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had been developing a television version of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to go alongside Riverdale, which he is the creator and showrunner for, it turns Sabrina is actually heading to Netflix, complete with a two season pick-up. According to Variety, “The one-hour drama is based on the comic “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. The series is described as being tonally in the vein of horror classics like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist,” and will see Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.”

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Friday The 13th gets a new Blu-ray set

Jason Voorhees fans, mark February 13th, 2018 on your calendar. That’s when you can pick up the new Friday The 13th Ultimate Collection 8 Blu-ray set, which will compile the first 8 films in the venerable horror franchise.  Here’s a list of the goodies you’ll find in the set:

Trailers: – Theatrical Trailer
Commentary: “- Commentary by director Joe Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman
Commentary: – Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann with cast and crew
Commentary: – Commentary by director Tom McLoughlin with cast and crew
Commentary: – Commentary by Director Sean S. Cunningham with Cast and Crew
Commentary: – Fan Commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch
Other: – Inside “Crystal Lake Memories”
Other: – Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th
Other: – Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 5
Other: – Lost Tales From Camp Blood – Part 6
Other: – Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 4
Other: – The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II
Other: – The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part III
Other: – Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions
Other: – The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham
Other: – Friday the 13th Reunion
Other: – Jason Lives: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part VI
Other: – Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 2
Other: – New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part V A New Beginning
Other: – Slashed Scenes
Trailers: – Original Theatrical Trailer
Other: – Jason Forever
Other: – Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Other: – Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 1
Other: – Meeting Mr. Voorhees
Other: – Slashed Scenes
Other: – The Lost Ending
Other: Includes 2 pairs of 3D Glasses
Trailers: – Theatrical Trailer
Trailers: – Original Theatrical Teaser Trailer
Other: – The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part I
Other: – Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves
Trailers: – Original Theatrical Trailer

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The Houses October Built 2 comes to Blu-ray

My favourite new horror franchise is The Houses October Built, which melds found footage and real life stories to create a very unique experience. You can read my interview with the creators here. The sequel hit to the original hit VOD and theaters this past Halloween, and it’s now making its Blu-ray debut January 2nd, 2018 (happy birthday to me!). The Blu-ray will included the following special features:

Deleted scenes
Uncut projection scene
Portrait of a Scare Actor 2
“Halloween Spooks” music video.

 

The week in horror: Blind Boxes, Riverdale +more

Killer toys, a sweet visit to Riverdale, and more, as we look at some of the biggest stories from the week in horror.

Horror icons arrive in a new line of Blind Boxes

For the collectors out there, the bad news is you’re about to want a whole batch of awesome Horror Blind Box figures. The new line includes characters from The Exorcist, Friday The 13th, It and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Take a look at the images below and then start checking stores in December to get your hands on these.

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Halloween filming won’t start until January

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Now don’t panic, Halloween fans. Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to Haddonfield hasn’t been cancelled, just slightly delayed. The new Halloween film was supposed to begin filming in December, but for reasons unexplained the David Gordon Green helmed film won’t starting rolling until January. Films get delayed all the time and extras are still being sourced in South Carolina where the movie is supposed to be filming. A little delay never hurt anyone, has it?

Candyman comes to Riverdale

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Who else is watching Riverdale? Do you love it like I do? Well you might like it even more after this week’s episode, which finds the one and only Tony Todd of Candyman fame visiting the series, as we delve deeper into solving the murder of who the Black Hood is (Alice Cooper is a theory, as is Jughead’s notorious Serpents lawyer). Here’s the rundown for the episode:

The town remains on edge after a chilling letter from the Black Hood challenges the town’s residents to remain sinless for 48 hours, or he’ll strike again.

Meanwhile, Jughead and Archie’s friendship gets tested after Penny Peabody unexpectedly calls in a favor that Jughead owes her. Elsewhere, Betty and Veronica team up to investigate someone who Betty thinks could be the Black Hood killer. Finally, things take an unexpected turn for Josie when a secret admirer takes things one step too far.

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