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Universal Shares ‘Halloween’ Deleted Scene

Mere weeks before the home video release of the latest entry in the Halloween franchise, an early glimpse of one of the special features is now streaming on YouTube.

From Universal Home Entertainment’s YT channel, the deleted scene features Aaron Korey (Jefferson Hall) and Dana Haines (Rhian Rees), the documentary filmmakers who are researching the masked killer Michael Myers, during a pretty solid faux scare.

Reprising her iconic role from the original 1978 film, Jamie Lee Curtis comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked killer who has haunted her since narrowly escaping the night he went on a killing spree forty years prior on Halloween night. read more

Blumhouse TV to Team with Amazon Studios

Deadline is reporting that Amazon Studios has teamed with Blumhouse Television to release eight horror films which will all be connected thematically. The movies will be created by a variety of filmmakers and will be released through Amazon Prime Video.

Amazon’s, Jennifer Salke said: “Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.” read more

‘The Purge’ TV Series to Return for a Second Season

Deadline is reporting that USA Network has renewed The Purge TV series for a second season. Based on the popular film franchise from Blumhouse, the series has been USA’s highest rated drama of the season, averaging 2.3 million viewers. Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, stated “The partnership and creative trust of Jason Blum and everyone at Blumhouse Television and Universal Pictures ensured The Purge’s successful transition from film to TV – and, along with Universal Cable Productions, we look forward to digging even deeper into the mythology in Season 2.” read more

Halloween Series Producer Talks Possible Television Series

In 2016 Halloween series producer Malek Akkad’s company Trancas International Films was reported to be developing a television series based on the slasher films, and now Akkad said it is still in the works.

According to Akkad, the TV series has actually been in development for much longer than the early reports.

“You know, it’s something that we’ve had for a long time and I definitely want to see it done,” Akkad said. “When we started doing it… this was in development about a decade ago. At the time, I think the thought was we don’t want to cannibalize the theatrical. Let’s keep it as a theatrical event movie. If that starts flowing down, we would address TV. Nowadays, we all know, TV is pulling out ahead of theatrical in a way that surprised everybody, certainly me.” read more

Release Date Announced for ‘Happy Death Day 2U’

Valentine’s Day will be very bloody in 2019 thanks to Universal and Blumhouse as Deadline is reporting that Happy Death Day 2U is set to premiere on February 14, 2019.

Back in May we reported that actors Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard would reprise their roles in the horror sequel with Christopher Landon returning to the director’s chair.

Happy Death Day was released on October 13, 2017 with a budget of just $4.6 million. The film received generally positive reviews and became known as the horror version of Groundhog Day. Happy Death Day was the ultimate “cherry on top” of 2017 for Blumhouse as it raked in $122.6 million at the box office. Previous hits in 2017 for Blumhouse included the award-winning Get Out and Split. read more

New Trailer for ‘Halloween’ has Arrived

We’re just six weeks away from the release of Blumhouse’s new Halloween. Directed by David Gordon Green and written by him, Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride, Halloween is a direct sequel to the original 1978 John Carpenter classic. Disregarding all sequels, this latest Halloween takes place 40 years since the events of the 1978 film and finds a “Sarah Connor”-ish Laurie Strode preparing for an end-of-the-world-style showdown with her former attacker, and best-friend slayer, Michael Myers. read more

James Wan and Jason Blum to Produce Killer Robot Doll Film ‘M3GAN’

James Wan may be getting a lot of attention for his upcoming DC Universe film Aquaman, but the man best known for scaring people with creepy dolls is back in the saddle with his new project M3GAN (and, you guessed it, it is about a terrifying doll that comes to life).  

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on the eve of SDCC 2018, where it was learned that Jason Blum and Wan will begin production of the film this fall.  Wan will not be directing the film and instead, “Gerard Johnstone, who directed the Australian horror movie Housebound, is on board to helm the project, which has a script by Akela Cooper, a writer-supervising producer who has worked on Luke Cage and American Horror Story.”  read more

‘Unfriended: Dark Web’ Will Screen With Two Different Theatrical Endings

Taking a page from 1985’s classic mystery-comedy ClueUnfriended: Dark Web will screen with two different endings this weekend.  In true mystery fashion, it also appears that the producers were not planning on revealing this detail until after people paid to see the film.  Which one will you get?  Only the projectionist knows!

According to IndiewireUnfriended: Dark Web (which takes place entirely on a computer screen) “…premiered at South by Southwest earlier this year, and no mention of an alternate ending was made then. Blumhouse’s latest offering appears to have either added the new conclusion or simply saved it for theatrical audiences, though that’s yet to be confirmed.” read more

Jeremy Renner Will Play Detective Twitch Williams in New ‘Spawn’ Film

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn film is shaping up to be a lot more promising than initially expected, as it was announced today by Deadline that Jeremy Renner has been cast as Detective Twitch Williams, alongside Jamie Foxx as the title character in the upcoming film.

McFarlane told Deadline that he “… wanted to surround (him)self with the most talent and the most skilled people I can on all fronts. I was lucky enough to land Jason Blum and then Jamie Foxx, and I knew the person on screen the most is this police officer, Twitch Williams. We needed as strong a person as possible because he will be the face of the film. I took my naïve Hollywood approach again, and said let’s start at the top and work down. Jeremy was at the top. I’m a huge fan of his. The character doesn’t need to be a bodybuilder or GQ handsome. I was looking for somebody who’s a person you’ve met before; I needed someone who can pull off the grief of an average human being. I’ve seen Jeremy do that in more than a few of his movies. He was at the top of my list, just like Jamie.” read more

‘The First Purge’ Director Gerard McMurray: The Horror News Network Interview

The Purge series has become a perennial summer experience for horror fans.  When The Purge was released in 2013, it surprised many, taking in almost $90 million world-wide on a reported three million dollar budget.  Due to the popularity of the film, the sequel (The Purge: Anarchy) was fast tracked for the summer of 2014,  and performed even better at the summer box office ($111 million world-wide).  Two years later, The Purge: Election Year continued the winning streak and yet again, topped the previous entries in terms of ticket sales ($118 million world-wide). read more