Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House was a smash hit when it debuted on Netflix last October, but the series featured a very conclusive ending. Fortunately, Flanagan’s distinctive style for the franchise will live on with the announcement that The Haunting will return in the form of an anthology series in 2020. The next season will focus on Henry James’ 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw, and it will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. Given the incredible popularity and the positive critical response to Flanagan’s modern adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, feverous anticipation and lofty expectations will surely swell as we get closer to Bly Manor‘s release date.
Just one week after the season 2 debut of Starz American Gods, the fates have decreed (and that would be, of course, Starz, via Deadline) that the battle between the ancient and modern gods will continue for at least one more season. In addition, following along the lines of many timeless tales, the motif of the replacement of old gods for new ones will continue next season, as Chic Eglee will replace Jesse Alexander as showrunner for season three.
Carmi Zlotnik, the god that oversees programming at Starz, exuberantly announced the news, stating that “Audiences continue to worship at the altar of American Gods and we are excited to be able to announce to all the true believers that there is more of this fantastical series to come. With Chic (Eglee) at the helm, the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the undeniable talent of this dedicated cast and crew, we know that the show will continue to deliver on the vision and promise laid out in the novel.” read more
Ever since I’ve heard the buzz from last year’s Fantastic Fest, I’ve been looking forward to seeing One Cut of the Dead; thankfully, my anticipation was not in vain. Shot on a micro-budget of $25,000 by writer/director Shin’ichirô Ueda, One Cut of the Dead (or Kamera o Tomeru na!) stars Hamatsu Takayuki as Higurashi, the angry/violent director of a low-budget zombie film featuring teenagers Chinastu (Akiyama Yuzuki) and Ko (Nagaya Kazuaki).
When Higurashi becomes irate at the lack of energy he feels that he’s getting from his female lead Chinatsu, he violently stops the shoot and storms off after pushing Ko out of the way. While the cast is on a break, waiting for the director to cool off and come back to the shoot, the teens are having a chat session with makeup artist Nao (Syuhama Harumi) about local legends and curses when suddenly real zombies attack the set! read more
The first trailer for the upcoming horror film from Glass Eye Pix titled Depraved has been unleashed by the studio. In an exclusive post, Indiewire has unveiled the 34 second spot which combines the eerie imagery one would expect from a modern-day re-imagining of Frankenstein with the jump-cuts so popular with the horror genre. With this being the 200th anniversary of the Mary Shelley literary classic’s release (a year or two off, but who’s counting?), the timing is perfect for the iconic monster to make its triumphant return. And where better than in Brooklyn? read more
Straight from Deadline, the first installment to the 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street books series is set to begin production this month and has added Benjamin Flores, Jr. to the cast.
Fear Street is being planned as trilogy of films, the first of which is to be directed by Leigh Janiak who will also helm the third film in the series, while Alex Ross Perry will take on the second entry.
Flores, Jr. joins Kiana Madeira and Olivia Welch, both of whom were previously announced as the leads. He is said to play the character Josh, described as a bit of a loner, smart, kind and resourceful, who prefers internet chat rooms to high school and is obsessed with conspiracy theories. read more
Following the announcement of Nightbreed: The Ultimate Cabal Cut a few weeks ago, the updated version’s producers said it will run over three hours long and contain never-before-seen footage gathered from a variety of sources. Several images have been shared on the film’s official Twitter page and today a trailer has dropped!
Nightbreed follows Aaron Boone (Craig Sheffer), a troubled man who is haunted by terrifying nightmares of a subterranean city of monsters. He frequently visits a psychiatrist, Dr. Philip K. Decker (David Cronenberg), for help. What Boone doesn’t know is that Decker is really a masked serial killer. Decker frames Boone to take the blame for his murders and soon after Boone is killed by the police. He is brought back to life by the monsters of his dreams, known as the Nightbreed, who join Boone to stop Decker from killing again. read more
Sad news to pass along today as we have learned that Bill Creber, best known for his work on the Planet of the Apes franchise has passed away. According to Deadline, the 87-year old Oscar-nominated production designer died in LA on March 7 due to complications from pneumonia after a prolonged illness.
When Creber joined the 1968 film Planet of the Apes, his first task as art director was to design the ape city. He would stay with the series for their first three films.
Creber’s last film in the Planet of the Apes universe, Escape from the Planet of the Apes proved to be his favorite as he told Cinefantastique Magazine in the summer of 1972 issue “As much as I enjoyed the first film, my favorite project was the third one, and I think it was by far a better picture than the second one. What the second one lacked was the real relationship between the apes and the humans, and this is what ‘Escape’ had.” read more
According to Entertainment Weekly, fans are finally going to get the chance to see Jack Sawyer and Parkus (or Speedy Parker, if you prefer) venture across the Territories to save Queen Laura DeLoessian in a big screen version of Stephen King’s popular dark fantasy novel The Talisman which was co-written by Ghost Story author Peter Straub. Released in 1984, The Talisman has long been discussed as a potential film but, like many of King’s books, the length is always an issue. At 921 pages, The Talisman was King’s longest novel until he released an uncut edition of The Stand which went from 823 pages to 1,152. read more
Mezco Toyz’s One:12 Collective Jason Voorhees figure perfectly captures the iconic slasher from his very first appearance where he sported the signature hockey mask we’ve all grown to both fear and adore. Based on Jason’s clothing, makeup, and instruments of death featured in Friday the 13th Part III, the folks at Mezco have meticulously replicated every detail in such a small scale that it makes their undertaking seem almost impossible. Yet, somehow they did it, utilizing a variety of high quality materials and lifelike textures to bring this beast to life! read more
Preventing the Apocalypse is never an easy undertaking, especially when a demon and angel are forced to collaborate after that whole “battle for heaven” ordeal. This is, of course, the subject of the late Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 novel entitled Good Omens, and soon you will be able to enjoy their tale in a completely new medium on Amazon Prime on May 31.
Good Omens stars David Tennant as the devilish Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angelic Aziraphale. They are joined by Jon Hamm, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Sam Taylor Buck (as the juvenile Antichrist, Adam Young), and Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan himself. read more