Due to repeated internet connection issues effecting our Skype conversation this week, we only managed to get as far as discussing the news before throwing in the towel. Our planned ABCs of Horror episode has been moved to June, but please enjoy this “Mini-Macabre” episode for now.
Episode 135 – A Mini-Macabre
And we are suppose to be here today! After a tech issue imposed hiatus, Chris, Joe, and Jenny have returned with a ton of news items, some talk about the season premiere of Ash vs. Evil Dead and mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead, and we give a review of the new Netflix film, The Ritual.
Episode 129 – I Assure You, We’re Open!
Our next episode is a 2017 recap, and look forward to 2018’s horror entertainment. Don’t forget to participate in our latest contest. All you have to do it tell us some of your favorite horror-related things from last year. Until then here’s some bits of horror news from the week to hold you over.
The directing team that brought us “Turbo Kid” are taking us back in time to the Summer of ’84 in this trailer for their upcoming horror-thriller about a group of kids who suspect their neighbor is a serial killer.
People anticipating Fox’s horror-inspired “The New Mutants” will have to wait an extra ten months after yesterday schedule reshuffle. The new release date has been pushed back to February 22, 2019.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Paramount TV president Amy Powell revealed Bryan Fuller is currently helping them bring Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” to television. She states that all involved hope he decides to stay on as the showrunner.
While speaking to Entertainment Weekly Ryan Murphy confirmed Sarah Paulson will return for the 8th season of “American Horror Story”, and that the story will be set in the “near future.”
Per Variety, Hulu and Blumhouse Television have agreed on a first-of-its-kind deal for a monthly horror anthology. The series’ first season will feature one stand-alone episode per month for a year starting in October 2018.
Deadline is reporting Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” is being adapted as a television series. Ronan Bennett will be the showrunner with writers Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan and Marlon Smith handling the writing. While it’s currently in development with Channel 4 in the UK, the producers are looking to secure a broadcasting outlet in the U.S.
Howdy, Fright Fans! Chris here, taking up the news duties for Joe this week as we try to keep you all up to speed on what transpired in the world of horror entertainment this past week. Our next recording will be the second half of our STRANGER THINGS 2 recap, so we will be lacking in time to discuss the bulk of these items. Please check them out at your own pace. Thanks for reading us as well as the sites we pull our news from!
In an exclusive, Deadline reports the popular podcast “Welcome to Night Vale” is being developed for a television show for FX. Gennifer Hutchison, who’s currently an Executive Producer of “Better Call Saul”, will adapt the podcast for television via Sony Pictures Television. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of the Night Vale, will serve as executive producers on the series.
“We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the show, there will be plenty of time to become acquainted with “Welcome to Night Vale” before the television series begins. Night Vale revolves around the quirky town of Night Vale as narrated by community radio host Cecil Gershwin Palmer, with a revolving cast of characters. You’ll quickly learn why you should stay out of the town’s dog park, why librarians should be avoided, and why being a radio station intern may be the most dangerous profession in Night Vale.
This week we’ll be recapping the first five episodes of STRANGER THINGS Season 2, so there won’t be time for any news on the next recording. However, you can get your horror news fix right here…
- In an exclusive report Variety reveals Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, writers of “The Conjuring”, are teaming up with producer Joel Silver for an original horror film.
- The film adaption of Nickelodeon’s 1990s horror series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” is set for an October 11, 2019 release date. Matt Kaplan is producing with “IT” co-writer Gary Dauberman on board to tackle the script.
- The Los Angeles Film Critics Association awarded Best Cinematography to Dan Laustsen for “The Shape of Water.” The film also scored Sally Hawkins a Best Actress win, and Guillermo del Toro shared the Best Director win with Luca Guadagnino for “Call Me by Your Name.” Jordan Peele was also honored with Best Screenplay for “Get Out” to once again give the horror genre a strong showing at an awards ceremony.
- Andi Matichak has been cast in David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween film, in a role rumored to be the granddaughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode.
- A “World War Z” game is coming in 2018 from Saber Interactive and Paramount for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Check out the reveal trailer below…
- Deadline is reporting André Øvredal, director of “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” and “Trollhunter” has been hired to direct “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” at CBS Films.
- John Squires at Bloody Disgusting informs us “Victor Crowley”, the surprise fourth installment of Adam Green’s Hatchet franchise, will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on February 6, 2018.
- Per The Hollywood Reporter CBS All Access has officially given their “The Twilight Zone” reboot a series order. The series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Jordan Peele will be one of the executive producers, and will collaborate on the premiere episode.
- Netflix will release the new season of “Black Mirror” on December 29th, 2017. Check out the trailers for the six episode 4th season over at Bloody Disgusting.
Here’s a quick Friday recap of the happenings in the Horror World this week:
- Netflix has announced their critically-acclaimed, crime drama series “Mindhunter” will return for a second season.
- A third season for Netflix’s “Stranger Things” has also been officially announced this morning.
- In a recent interview, with my old home town’s Charleston City Paper, Danny McBride talks about his desire to focus on a sense of dread and tension over gore and ultra-violence for the new Halloween film.
- Deadline reported Michael Green & Bryan Fuller exited the Starz series “American Gods” this week, rumored to be over a budget dispute for Season 2.
- Variety announced the FOX series “Ghosted”, starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, has been picked up for six additional episodes and Paul Lieberstein is joining the show as the new executive producer and showrunner.
- While speaking with TimesTalks, Guillmero del Toro revealed his only real professional regret was declining an offer from Universal to take creative control over their Monsters in what would eventually become the “Dark Universe.”
- As first revealed during AMC’s “Talking Dead” this past Sunday night, Lennie James’ character Morgan will be crossing over from “The Walking Dead” to the spin-off “Fear The Walking Dead” in Season 4 of that series.
- Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment have set January 11, 2019 as the release date for their “Hellboy” reboot. The film stars David Harbour, Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Daniel Dae Kim with Neil Marshall as director.
- Per The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Williamson of “Scream” fame has made a straight-to-series order with CBS All-Access for “Tell Me A Story.” The concept is based off a show that aired on Spanish TV network Antena tres, from Marcos Osorio Vidal, Gustavo Malajovich and Hernan Goldfrid. “Tell Me A Story” will take familiar fairy tale characters and plots and twist them into a dark psychological horror-thriller.
- In an exclusive, Dread Central reported the documentary “The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees: The Making of the Final Friday” will give us a look at the making of Adam Marcus’ “Jason Goes To Hell” just in time for that film’s 25th anniversary.
Be sure to check out our latest episode early next week, where we’ll touch on some of these news items and more.