This Week in Horror News

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.

 

 

 

Episode 122 – Field Trip Fun – Part 2

For our final episode of 2017, Joe’s been a man about town again and returned with several recordings for us.

Segment 1 – Takashi Miike at the Nuart Theater on 11/3 after a screening of BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL.

Segment 2 – Barbara Magnolfi at the Nuart Theater on 11/18 before a midnight screening of the 4K restoration of SUSPIRIA.

Segment 3 – Q&A with Guillermo Del Toro, Octavia Spencer, and Doug Jones on 12/9 at the Landmark Theater after a screening of THE SHAPE OF WATER.

Enjoy!

Episode 122 – Field Trip Fun – Part 2

This Week in Horror News [12/22/17]

By Joe Meyers

Hello, Fright Fans! We’re off for the next two weeks (although there will be another “Field Trip” episode available on, or around, New Year’s Day), but here’s some horror-related news items to keep you “in the know”:

 

  • Netflix renews German original series DARK for a second season. “DARK is set in a German town in present day where the disappearance of two young children exposes the double lives and fractured relationships among four families. In ten, hour-long episodes, the story takes on a supernatural twist that ties back to the same town in 1986. Written by Jantje Friese and directed Baran bo Odar (Who Am I – No System is Safe), DARK is a chilling mystery-drama-series: an intricate puzzle full of twists. Slick camerawork and realistic performances enhance a textured web of curious characters, all of whom have a connection to the town’s troubled history, whether they know it or not.” This is one I’ve not had the chance to watch for myself yet, but hope to binge at some point soon.

 

  • At the end of Season 1 Fox’s “The Exorcist” was on the bubble for renewal due to its ratings. At the end of Season 2 series creator Jeremy Slater tells Entertainment Weekly that the series is once again in limbo. This time it’s due to the uncertainty surrounding the recent 20th Century Fox/Disney deal.

 

 

  • Elvis is back in the IDW comic series “Bubba-Ho-Tep and the Cosmic Blood-Suckers.” This comic book prequel to the original story by Joe R. Lansdale, adapted in a 2002 film starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis, is co-written by Lansdale with Joshua Jabcuga, and illustrated by Todd Galusha. The story revolves around President Nixon tasking “the King” with taking on extraterrestrials. Watch for issue one in March 2018.

 

 

  • While we’re still waiting on the “What We Do In The Shadows” sequel “We’re Wolves” fans of  will get a return to that world in the new spinoff television series “Wellington Paranormal.” Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement bring back Shadows’ police unit members Mike Minogue and Karen O’Leary to hunt ghosts, werewolves and to deal with demonic possessions. Six 30-minute episodes are due to air in mid-2018, but there’s no firm release date for countries outside of New Zealand at this time.

 

  • Deadline reports that Amazon will pass on all three of its 2017 Fall Pilot Season Shows. This includes “Sea Oak”, a zombie comedy starring Emmy-winner Glenn Close. Close was to play Aunt Bernie, who died in a home-invasion only to return as a zombie hellbent to to “get the life she never had.”

 

  • The 1956 psychological horror film, “The Bad Seed” is scheduled for a remake at Lifetime. Rob Lowe will direct and star in the movie, as the father of young girl who just may be the “personification of evil.”

 

  • “Another WolfCop” filmmaker Lowell Dean shares his thoughts on the future of the franchise in an interview with Tom Holland’s Terror Time. As a huge fan of the first film, who’s dying to see the sequel when it’s available, I hope we get more down the line.

 

 

  • While Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” is expanding nationwide today, you may also currently catch Part 2 of “Trollhunters”, his wonderful animated series, on Netflix.

 

  • As briefly mentioned on our “Stranger Things” Season 2 recap episodes, David Harbour revealed to Variety that Season 3 might not be released until 2019. 

 

  • The sixth installment of the “Tremors” film franchise will be titled “Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell”, and it’s set for a may 2018 release. Burt Gummer actor, Michael Gross, also revealed that he will not appear in the now filming “Tremors” television series, and Kevin Bacon’s character, Valentine McKee, will not appear in the film.

 

That wraps up this week’s horror news. Check back with us this time next week for another recap of the happenings in the wonder world of horror.

Making His List & Checking It Twice: Chris’s Top Ten Christmas Horror Films

Feliz Navidad, Fright Fans! Here’s hoping your days are merry and bright as we wind our way through the holiday season. And what better way to celebrate than to watch some great Christmas-themed horror films! From the darkly funny to the just plain dark, I’ve put together a top ten list of my personal favorites to provide some suggestions and inspiration for your own festive viewing. In no particular order, let’s get things started!

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

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This classic seasonal-slasher made quite a bit of controversy back in its day, both for its ad campaign and for the bashing it gave the Catholic church. Young Billy is traumatized first by seeing a man dressed as Santa kill his parents, and then by the nuns in the orphanage he and his brother are sent to. Fast forward to 18-year-old and buff Billy who finally snaps and goes on a slaying spree, punishing those who have been naughty.

A Christmas Horror Story (2015)

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As anyone who listens to the show knows, I’m a sucker for anthology films. Add in the Christmas spirit and William Shatner as a radio show host helping link the stories, and you have a delightfully dark Canadian offering that became an instant favorite for me when I saw it for the first time last year. The four interwoven tales involve zombie elves, changelings, haunted schools, and (as the poster shows) Krampus, and each is a great stand alone as well. If you haven’t seen this one yet, it’s currently on Netflix in the US at the time of this posting.

Krampus (2015)

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Speaking of Krampus, the first time I ever heard of this european folk tale was from a Christmas short done for The Venture Bros. cartoon. The idea of essentially an “anti-Santa” seemed kinda cool. It was only a couple of weeks back that I finally watched this Christmas creation from Mike Dougherty. As one of the hugest fans of Trick ‘r Treat, I had been meaning to watch this before now, but it was more than worth the wait.

As the extended family begrudgingly draws together for Christmas, young Max has lost his faith in Santa and Christmas because of all of the fighting and failing family dynamics. Max and his family soon find themselves on the naughty list as Der Krampus comes calling. Some nice twists and surprises in this one, and the minions of Der Krampus are creepy as hell!

Gremlins (1984)

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Anyone who doesn’t agree that this is a Christmas classic is someone you should reconsider associating with. Seriously. Can you really find any faults with this film? With Joe Dante’s direction and Chris Columbus’s writing, Gremlins is pitch perfect in playing out as a monster movie for the holidays. Add in a dash of Phoebe Cates telling the urban legend-ish tale of why she hates Christmas, and you have many genuinely dark moments in what is often seen as a lighthearted movie.

Better Watch Out (2017)

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This is the newest movie on this list since:
1) It was released in October of this year, and 2) I saw it only 5 days ago.
I was genuinely surprised by the directions this film took me in a story that made me laugh, cringe, and even jump once or twice. Tweenage Luke has been crushing on his babysitter, Ashley, for a while now. As Ashley prepares to leave town for school, Luke sees it as one final chance to show her how he feels when Ashley comes over one last time while his parents (played wonderfully yet briefly by Virginia Madsen and Patrick Warburton) go out for the night to a Christmas party. But a potential home invasion puts a kink in Luke’s plans.

Now the trailer for this gave me an “R-Rated Home Alone” vibe when I saw it several months back. Man, did this turn out to be so much more and in the best ways possible. I highly recommend giving this one a viewing, fright fans.

Christmas Evil (1980)

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From Better Watch Out, we go next to film that has the alternate title of You Better Watch Out. Another 80’s classic, inspired in its own way from the “holiday slasher” boom created by John Carpenter’s Halloween, Christmas Evil tells the tale of Harry Stadling. As a child, Harry was obsessed with Santa Claus. Cue the childhood trauma of his little brother telling him Santa’s not real and then seeing Santa (Daddy) groping Mommy by the tree later that night. We then jump to an adult Harry who is still obsessed with all-things Christmas and even works in a toy factory. But after one too many episodes of abuse from his naughty co-workers and neighbors, Harry flips and begins his own rampage of rewards for the good and retribution for the wicked.

This film was great fun to watch because of all the of “Hey! It’s that guy/lady from that thing!” moments for all of the random actors and actresses in this from before they became well-known. Also, not enough can be said about Brandon Maggart’s performance as Harry. You really believe in him, even after he snaps and starts killing. He just has such an earnestness about him as his falls further into his psychosis.

Body (2015)

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Here’s another new edition to my list. I love finding new-to-me and fairly unknown films like this. Three college friends, Holly, Cali, and Mel, get bored during Christmas break and venture off to an empty mansion that Cali says is owned by her rich uncle. All is not what it seems, and then the girls are found in the house by the groundskeeper (played by Larry Fassenden). Accidents will happen, but lies and fear of jail compound and complicate things. At only 74 minutes (and about 5 of those are credits), this plays out as a tight little thriller with many brutal and tense moments.

The Children (2008)

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Set in the British countryside, a family gathers over the Christmas break for fun and feasting. Soon that all turns to fear as the aforementioned children begin showing signs of illness. Beyond just your basic cold, this infection leads the kiddos to try to kill the adults! Well done creepy kid movies always wig me out a bit, and this is one of the better ones of this millenia. Again, as with all the films on this list, I highly recommend it.

Rare Exports (2010)

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I do believe this was the first Finnish film I had ever seen, and I instantly fell in love with the mannerisms, the dark humor, and general tone of this great film. Set in remote Finland, a corporate archeological dig on Christmas Eve makes a terrible discovery and release Santa Claus from an ancient burial mound. Enter Rauno, a local reindeer butcherer, and his son Pietari, who find many of the reindeer being killed, presumably by wolves. But it’s so much more than that, which makes for a fun and entertaining story. You will never look at the Santa Claus legend, or that of his “elves,” the same way ever again after watching this one.

Black Christmas (1974)

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Last but surely not least, we have a certified classic. This one sets the tone and technique for the vast multitude of slasher films that came after it, including Halloween. A sorority house with a handful of girls who didn’t go home for the holidays is stalked by a crazed killer. To this day, “Billy” remains one of the most creepy and demented killers out there for me. Never fully seeing his face but frequently hearing his psychotic raging, director Bob Clark crafted a brilliant film that shows you just enough. And apparently making one Christmas classic wasn’t enough for Mr. Clark. Nine years later, he would take us home for the holidays again with a more mainstream seasonal favorite: A Christmas Story.

As an extra treat, here are a few honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut for me but are still worth a watch:

Santa’s Slay (2005) – Starring Bill Goldberg (yes, the pro-wrestler) as Santa. Chock full of quippy one-liners and the murder of a whiny Fran Drescher in the first 5 minutes.

Tales From The Crypt (1972) – Another great anthology film from Amicus Studios, the segment “And All Through The House” featuring Joan Collins would later be remade as an episode of HBO’s Tales From The Crypt TV series.

Sint (Saint) (2010) – In this offering from the Netherlands, Saint Nicholas (Sinterklaas) is portrayed as a murderous bishop who returns on every full moon December 5th to kill anyone in his path. I didn’t really dig it, but I have several friends that do.

Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 (1987) – “GARBAGE DAY!!” . . . Need I say more?

Have any of your own favorites that didn’t make my list? Share them in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

On that note: “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night. “

An Early Christmas Treat Added To The Archives!

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Seasons Greetings, Fright Fans! To give everyone a chance to share in the Christmas spirit and the spirits in general over the coming holiday weekend, we decided to post some of the archiving episodes out of order and give you one of our personal faves from last year.

With that, we give you Episode 77: “Dreaming Of A Tight Christmas.” This is our intoxicated commentary track for that Christmas horror classic, SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT we recorded last year. Enjoy!