One of the staples of any horror movie section at your local video store in the 1980’s was the Douglass Cheek cult-classic C.H.U.D.(which stood for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers). This perennial favorite of grind house fans was released in 1984 (when grind house cinemas actually still existed) and featured a surprising level of talent such as John Heard, Daniel Stern, Kim Griest, and a brief appearance by John Goodman as a police office at a diner in one of his first on-screen appearances.
New horror film Don’t Breathe shattered all studio expectations and predictions with estimates placing the film over $26 million for the weekend.
Studios predicted a conservative $11-12 million dollar debut, while prognosticators called for $15 million at the weekend box office.
Don’t Breathe ended Suicide Squad’s run as box office champ at the three week mark and looks to add to the total over the upcoming Labor Day weekend, which features no competition in the form of new, wide screen studio releases. Don’t Breathe more than doubled Suicide Squad’s second place ranking, as DC Comics anti-hero team finished with an estimated $12 million in ticket sales. read more
After an eleven-year hiatus, The Ring saga literally returns to the well with the release of the Rings trailer! The spot begins with a young woman ripping her television off the wall to stop the all too familiar black & white video of a faceless girl climbing out of a well and walking toward the camera.
Paramount Pictures released the 2 1/2 minute trailer this week. The clip serves as a primer for the legend of the “ring’. We are reminded that there exists a disturbing video that people watch and, once they do, their phone will ring. They will hear an eerie voice saying, “Seven days.” The viewer will then die seven days after watching the video. read more
According to Screen Daily, a restored version of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead will premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31st to September 10th. The critically-acclaimed horror cult classic, originally released in 1978, was Romero’s second entry into his often-imitated series of innovative zombie films (along with Night of the Living Dead, Day of the Dead, Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead and Survival of the Dead).
The new version of Dawn will be shown at a midnight screening on September 2nd in high definition 4K, a meticulous remaster that also brought the Phantasm film franchise back to life recently in July. read more
Justin Kroll of Variety is reporting that Doug Liman will direct the long gestating Justice League Dark feature, now titled Dark Universe.
Justice League Dark was originally conceived as a Guillermo del Toro project in 2012. del Toro has been updating progress on the film ever since, but due to a large number of projects on his plate, it appears that Liman will step into del Toro’s directing shoes. It is unclear how much of del Toro’s pre-production work, including a “story Bible” that outlined character designs and contained extensive notes on the dark side of the D.C. universe, will be salvaged or if Liman and Warner Brothers will go in a different direction. read more
Relativity Pictures released the first trailer for the upcoming Kate Beckinsale thriller The Disappointments Room today. The film also stars Lucas Till (X-Men Apocalypse), Gerald McRaney (House of Cards) and Michela Conlin (Bones) and will be released in theaters nationwide on September 9th, 2016.
The film centers on typical “don’t open that locked room” horror motifs and Kevin Polowy of Yahoo! Movies uncovered the meaning behind the film’s title, stating that “Historically, the film’s title refers to rooms that families in the 19th century would use to hide children with disabilities, which might provide some clues to what poor Dana (Beckinsale) and clan will be contending with once she unlocks it.” read more
In celebration of it’s 10th anniversary, Showtime is asking fans to vote for their favorite episodes of Dexter, the top ten of which will be featured in an on-air marathon October 1st. The acclaimed serial killer series premiered on Showtime October 1, 2006 and spawned eight seasons. The drama centered around the life of Dexter Morgan, a blood-splatter expert for Miami Metro police by day and serial killer, with his own sense of morality, by night.
The cast included Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Aimee Garcia, Desmond Harrington, Erik King, C.S. Lee, Geoff Pierson, Lauren Vélez, David Zayas and James Remar. Over the course of it’s run, the series earned a Peabody Award, along with 25 Emmy® and 10 Golden Globe® Award nominations. Michael C. Hall won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for his role as Dexter. The Writers Guild of America named it one of the best written series of all time. read more
The late summer, buzz-heavy horror film Don’t Breathe is currently tracking to defeat three week champ Suicide Squad at the box office this weekend.
According to Meriah Doty of the Wrap, Don’t Breathe (the second feature film directed by Fede Alvarez) is tracking at close to 13 million dollars, which should be enough to defeat Suicide Squad in its fourth weekend at the box office.
The film currently sits at 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and a creative advertising campaign targeting the youth market that fuels horror movie box office and the tech industry with a 10-second Snapchat video ad that allows users to access the full 90-second “Don’t Breathe” 360 degree video. read more
Deadline is reporting that Madeline McGraw, who played Ambers Barnes in Season 1 of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast, will not only return for Season 2 but in a much larger role.
Amber Barnes, the daughter of series lead Kyle Barnes, was seen in a smaller, recurring role throughout the first season; it wasn’t until the season finale that it was revealed just how important to the story she may become.
Outcast, which marks the third television series for Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead & Fear the Walking Dead) follows the journey of Kyle Barnes, a man who has been plagued by demonic possession his whole life. While trying to find answers to his dilemma he uncovers something far worse. read more
Syfy is turning the classic Van Helsing story on his head, with a female in the lead role of its new series which is premiering September 23. Hollywood has been stirring controversy with its gender change ups recently, most notably with the all-female cast of Ghost Busters. In the new Syfy series Kelly Overton stars as the bad ass Vanessa Helsing, whose unique blood makes her immune to vampires, but also able to turn vamps into humans with her own bite. With her exceptional abilities, Helsing must lead humanity in the battle against the vampires read more