Coming off of an unusually busy (and profitable) winter season, this summer’s slate of horror films brings some well-known franchises, properties, and directors, as well as some expensive and inexpensive gambles to your local multiplex. These films will not only be competing with each other for horror fans’ dollars, but they will naturally also have to contend with the usual high profile tent-pole action and super hero films. Let’s take a look at the upcoming releases and trailers below and please use this as your Horror News Network guide for the summer season:
Fans of The Predator are going to have to wait a little longer to get to da choppa! Fox’s film, which is directed by Shane Black, was originally scheduled to hit theaters on February 9th, 2018. The Wrap reports that the release date has now been pushed back to August 3rd, 2018. No reason was given for this delay.
The Predator began principal photography on February 20th, 2017. Since then, major talent like Yvonne Strahovski and Edward James Olmos have been added to the cast. Those announcements rolled in up until March 27th… a full month after cameras started rolling. Usually the core cast of a film is secured before principal photography begins. Now, two months into production, the release date has been pushed back by five full months. No one has come out and said that the production on the film has been troubled, but all of these developments are starting to add up.
Deadline reported today that 20th Century Fox outbid a number of rival studios to acquire Neil Cross’ first feature film Inside.
Cross is best known for the critically acclaimed BBC detective series Luther (starring Idris Elba). Inside “…will be produced by the Picture Company’s Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman. Fox expands its relationship with Cross, Rona and Heineman, who are in the middle of the Escape From New York remake that recently got Robert Rodriguez aboard to direct. Mike Ireland is the Fox exec on that project and will serve in that role on the new project.”
It’s finally here, gore whores! Like us, we know that you fellow lovers of chaos and carnage have been eagerly awaiting the release (or at least the release date) of the video game featuring the world’s most famous slasher: Jason Voorhees. Game creators Gun Media and IllFonic announced the news on Twitter today that Friday the 13th: The Game would be available for Xbox One, PS4 and Steam on May 26th, 2017.
Friday the 13th: The Game is a third-person horror/survival game that takes place at the legendary Camp Crystal Lake. Everything you see in the game is straight from the movies you love. You can play as Jason Voorhees or as a camper trying to survive the onslaught. The single-player part of the game is still on track for this summer.
Unfortunately, Insidious fans are going to have to spend a little more time in The Further, waiting for Chapter 4 to hit theaters! Variety reports that the film has been pushed back from its planned October 20th, 2017 released date to make way for Universal Pictures’ and Sony Pictures’ “darkly comic” murder mystery, Half to Death. Apparently, the studios felt that moviegoers wouldn’t want to see two horror films during the Halloween season! Both films come from Blumhouse, hot off its massive success with Get Out.
James Wan’s Saw and Alexandre Aja’s High Tension are two horror films which helped solidify Lionsgate as one of the premiere providers of edgy and intense new material in the early 2000’s, so it’s no wonder that the studio would be eager to work with these two filmmakers again on new material. That opportunity will soon be realized with today’s announcement that Lionsgate has acquired the rights to a new thriller entitled Smart House. Variety reports that the film is based on an original idea of James Wan, who will produce the film. Alexandre Aja will direct.
We’ve got some good news for fans of Fox’s The X-Files who couldn’t get enough of the 10-episode revival series which ran in early 2016! After a long period of planning and scheduling, Indie Wire reports that Fox plans to bring back the series for another 10 episodes during its 2017-2018 television season. Chris Carter, David Duchovny, and Gillian Anderson are all set to return for the upcoming project, and production will begin as early as this summer.
Here’s what Fox Broadcasting Company’s President, David Madden, had to say about the new series:
Deadline is reporting that Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez’s comic book Locke and Key is about to get a one hour pilot episode from Hulu to be directed by Dr. Strange’s Scott Derrickson.
Also involved in the project is the producer of Bates Motel and The Strain Carlton Cuse, who “…developed Locke & Key with Hill who wrote the script on spec. The finished script was sent to one director, Derrickson, who came on board right away and, if the pilot goes to series, is expected to stay with the show for the first season and direct multiple episodes before segueing to the Doctor Strange sequel.” Cuse will also serve as showrunner if the pilot turns into a series.
Jordan Peele’s debut film, Get Out, is probably not the horror movie you may have expected to see. However, I can tell you it is the horror movie we all need and deserved to see right now. I know what you’re thinking. “Calm down Batman. What do you know anyway?” Well, let me tell you what I know.
Recent “scary” movies to debut in late 2016 and into 2017 have not been very impressive by my personal standards. From the lackluster gore in 31, to the not-as-frightening-as-we-thought-they-would-be children of Ouija: Origin of Evil, recent films have given us striking visuals without coherent substance. What these films lacked in an original plot and development of their characters, they made up for in blood. We may have been shocked watching sociopathic clowns cut through hippie flesh with chainsaws, but we did not sympathize with their suffering. “Do you know what it feels like to be strangled to death?” sends chills up your spine when it emanates from a petite elementary school girl, but is that moment of terror worth watching a movie that gives us an unimpressive, and completely unoriginal, Nazi-background twist? We should want more from our horror movies. Instead of vibrant hues of crimson and demonic facial contortions, we need characters that demand empathy and stories that reveal rather than unravel. Hollywood films can not only provide shocking entertainment, but also be our best avenue for social commentary. Horror, I like to argue, displays the biggest triumphs through the darkest of places. My beef with these recent films is that they don’t provide that triumph, they just leave us hanging.
Get ready for the creepiest thing you’ll see on the internet all week….perhaps all year. Sodom & Chimera Productions has unleashed the first trailer for their upcoming buzzworthy film Flesh of the Void and it’s everything your nightmares should be made of. Not much is known at this time about the movie, which is being shot almost entirely on expired Super 8 film from the 80s (mostly Kodachrome) and it still currently in production. But none of that matters right now, as the new trailer drags you through a horrific and terrifying version of a Nine Inch Nails music video from the 90s. You can check out the trailer below.