It used to be that A-List actors and actresses only performed in a horror film or two on their way up to the top. Nowadays everyone wants in on the action, seeing as the genre has recently proven itself to be both lucrative and award-worthy. Two-time Academy Award nominated actress Jessica Chastain will play the grown-up Beverly Marsh in 2019’s It: Chapter 2, and now it’s likely that she will star alongside Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne in an upcoming thriller based on one of the most lethal real-life serial killers of all time.
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About John Evans
John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He's since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.
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Patrick Wilson- the actor known by horror fans for his unforgettable roles in films like Hard Candy, Insidious, and The Conjuring– will return to the world of horror in the form of a new project on Netflix. Titled, In The Tall Grass, the movie is based on a novella written by Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill.
Deadline reports that Wilson will star in the film, alongside Laysla De Oliveira (Needle in a Timestack) and Harrison Gilbertson (Picnic at Hanging Rock). The movie will be directed by Vincenzo Natali, who has most recently directed episodes of Westworld, American Gods, and Lost in Space. read more read more
There are a variety of essential scholastic books out there about the classic horror films of yesteryear, covering nearly every decade. However, there isn’t much out there when it comes to a decade that many horror fans wish they could forget: the 1990s. Whether it be the regurgitation or reinvention of the tropes of previous decades, the mainstreaming of the genre, or all of the relentless connections to the pop culture of the time, the horror films of the 1990s aren’t particularly loved by those who didn’t grow up with them. But I did grow up with them, and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into an analytical text featuring all of the (usually mediocre) flicks of my adolescence: The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle: Final Girls and a New Hollywood Formula by Alexandra West, published by McFarland (McFarlandBooks.com). The cover of West’s text features the wonderfully derivative poster art for Urban Legend, which is so generically similar to the more popular one-sheets of the time that it could almost be mistaken for a satirical work of art created for the book. But that was the 90s, right? There was Scream, and then there was everything else that tried to borrow from Scream. read more read more
As we near closer to the premiere of American Horror Story: Apocalypse on FX, the details of the series’ returning stars just keeps getting better and better! Just four days ago, we learned that Jessica Lange would be returning for Apocalypse; and today’s reveal means that even more actresses from the third season will return for the Murder House/Coven crossover.
Showrunner Ryan Murphy just announced via Twitter that Taissa Farmiga, Gabourey Sidibe, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, and Stevie Nicks will all appear in American Horror Story: Apocalypse. read more read more
Netflix has a new series coming out called Maniac. It’s not based on the ultra-violent 1980 William Lustig film, but it still looks pretty darn creepy! The series is co-written and directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the writer of It (2017) and the director behind the incredible first season of True Detective. In the new trailer, Stone’s and Hill’s characters appear to be participating in a pharmaceutical trial that’s going off the rails with unintended side effects. The result is a psychedelic, mind-bending thriller, with scenes crossing various genres and filmic styles: read more read more
Shane Black’s upcoming film, The Predator, boasts a massive ensemble cast, including Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Yvonne Strahovski, Sterling K. Brown, and Jacob Tremblay. Unfortunately, the film’s lengthy reshooting and editing proceeds means that one prominent member of the stellar cast will make it to the silver screen.
Edward James Olmost was cast in the role of a four-star general in the movie, but during a publicity interview for his new FX show, Mayans M.C., Olmos confirmed to /Film that his character will not appear in the final cut of The Predator: read more read more
Todd McFarlane- the legendary comic book artist behind the original character design of Venom- seems pretty hyped about how his creation will look in the upcoming Sony Pictures film starring Tom Hardy. In a new Facebook Live video, McFarlane praises the design of the character, such as his ape-like shoulders and imposing size. He also tweaks a screenshot taken from the new trailer for the film and makes a few adjustments to show his fans how the design could look more like his original work. McFarlane’s version features slightly different eyes and more gnarled teeth, with the back fangs being slightly more hidden by his cheeks. You can watch the entire process for yourself below: read more read more
American Horror Story’s eighth season may be called Apocalypse… but today’s news makes it seem like a better title may be Rebirth! In just one day, we’ve learned that fan-favorite and original star of the show, Jessica Lange, has returned to the series for Season Eight, and the franchise has been renewed for a tenth season before a single episode of the eighth one has hit the airwaves.
Variety reports that Sarah Paulson let it slip at the TCA summer press tour that Jessica Lange will indeed reprise her role as Constance Langdon in the Murder House/Coven crossover that begins this September. Lange “retired” from the series after Season Four, Freak Show, and at the time it didn’t seem likely that she would ever return. At this time, it’s unclear how large of a role Lange will play in the upcoming season; but Constance was arguably the star of the original Murder House season, so it’s likely that Lange will be prominently featured this season. read more read more
In the world of true crime, fewer are more infamous than Lizzie Borden, the prime suspect in the axe murders of her father and stepmother. The upcoming film, Lizzie, aims to tell the story of what happened to a modern audience. The film stars Chloë Sevigny as Ms. Borden and Kristen Stewart as Bridget Sullivan, Lizzie’s confidant and maid to the Borden family. The cast is impressive all-around, with supporting roles played by Kim Dickens, Fiona Shaw, and Denis O’Hare. The trailer for the film highlights Lizzie’s troubled relationship with her parents and the particularities of the Borden family, and it’s clear that the film is not interested in shying away from intense territory! read more read more
Alex Garland- the visionary writer/director behind such films as Ex Machina and Annihilation– is set to focus his attention on the small screen for an upcoming technological thriller project with FX.
Variety reports that FX has officially ordered an 8 episode run of Devs, a murder mystery which takes places within a nefarious big tech company. According to their report, the television series, “follows a young computer engineer, Lily Chan, as she investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, whom she believes are behind the murder of her boyfriend.” read more read more