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Insidious: Chapter 4 Delayed Until January 2018

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.

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Lucy Hale Cast as Lead in Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare

According to Variety, star of Pretty Little Liars Lucy Hale has been cast in the lead role of Blumhouse Pictures Truth or Dare (not to be confused with Madonna’s 1991 documentary of the same name).  The film is being directed by Jeff Wadlow who is best known for Kick-Ass 2 and Cry_Wolf.

The film will, “… follow(s) a college student in Mexico who is conned into playing a supernatural version of Truth or Dare. The game doesn’t stop and follows her back home. The screenplay was written by Wadlow, Chris Roach (Non-Stop), and Jillian Jacobs from a story by Michael Reisz and Wadlow, Roach, and Jacobs.”

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Are January and February the New Dumping Ground for Horror Films?

In October, HNN noticed that horror films were strangely missing from the October schedule which usually capitalizes on the Halloween season and the audiences need for thrills and chills.  Initially, it appeared that the culprit was The Blair Witch, as studios hurried to move their films away from the expected blockbuster.  The result was more “trick than treat” however, as The Blair Witch was d.o.a. at the box office making a grand total of just under 21 million dollars.  

Looking at the release schedule for January and February, it appears that “the witch” may not be the only one to blame, as nine horror films will debut during the coldest and least profitable months of the year in 2017.  January and February are known to Hollywood executives as “dump months” which refers to the low expectations regarding the box office success of the films and the unwillingness of people to leave their homes during the winter months.  Films that are released in January and February are usually ones that did not perform well at test screenings, films without bankable stars, genre films, and films that are hard to categorize or defy traditional genre conventions.

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Jordan Peele’s Horror Film, GET OUT Gets Release Date and Trailer

A trailer has been released for Universal’s new horror film, Get Out. The film, which is written and directed by Key & Peele’s Jordan Peele, is set to be released in theaters on February 24th.

The trailer shows us Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) who are a young couple in love that have reached the meet-the-parents part of dating. Chris is a bit apprehensive about going because Rose has not told her parents that he is an African-American.

Social aspects seemed to be explored in the film as Rose hits a deer on the way to her parents and the officer asks Chris for his license. That seems to ratchet up the tension and set the tone for what comes next.

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Trailer For OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL

The trailer for Ouija: Origin of Evil has just hit the web. The sequel to the 2014 film Ouija, will premiere in theaters October 21. You can view the full press release below.

It was never just a game.  Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one.  In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home.  When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.

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John Carpenter & Jason Blum Partner for New HALLOWEEN

John Carpenter will executive produce a new Halloween film with Jason Blum and Blumhouse.  Malek Akkad (2007’s Halloween), with his Trancas banner, will also produce.   Blumhouse and Miramax are co-financing. 

Carpenter said “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”

Blum added, “Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have ???a special place in the hearts of all genre fans, and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together.”

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Blumhouse & Boom! Studios Developing Werewolf Thriller CURSE

Blumhouse is teaming up with Boom! Studios to develop Curse, a werewolf drama based on the graphic novel of the same name.   The book was written by Michael Moreci (Roche Limit) and Tim Daniel (Enormous) and illustrated by Colin Lorimer and Riley Rossmo.   Jason Blum (Blumhouse) is producing with Ross Richie and Stephen Christy (Boom! Studios). 

The story follows a desperate, broke, widowed father who is trying to save his child from a rare illness. Deciding to capture a killer for a bounty, he accidentally capture a werewolf, who will either become the family’s destroyer or reluctant savior.

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