Horror fans have more experience than most with the concept of resurrection. It seems to happen all of the danged time in our stories so most of us have been mentally preparing our whole lives to fend off those undead bastards when they get here.
But sometimes we actually want the dead to come back, don’t we? Especially if it’s horror franchise we love? Your mileage might vary but fans of PREDATOR, SPAWN and HELLRAISER have a lot to be excited about this week, and a lot to have mixed feelings about as well. There are some controversies afoot, dear readers, and some “iffy” ideas being floated out there.
You’ll read all about it — and watch some awesome new trailers, listen to cool new music and meet the new GHOSTBUSTERS villain — in this week’s Horror News Rundown. So read on… IF YOU DARE…
There’s a New HELLRAISER Movie, and Doug Bradley’s Not Happy About It
It’s been nearly 30 years since the movie HELLRAISER came out, teaching us all about magic puzzle boxes, sadomasochistic demons and the indivisibility of pain and pleasure. Since then there have been eight sequels and a comic book series, and for years now a remake has been in the works from one filmmaker or another.
And since HELLRAISER is such a popular, lucrative franchise you might think that we’d have heard about another sequel shooting as early as next month, but you would apparently be wrong. Scare Tissue found out about the new project from an interview with Heather Langenkamp, who starred in three NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies and will now co-star in the untitled new film.
Corroboration about the new project came from Doug Bradley himself, who played HELLRAISER’s trademark boogeyman Pinhead in eight of the nine films produced so far. Bradley sat out 2011’s HELLRAISER: REVELATIONS and he will sit out this one too, because — according to the actor’s official Facebook page — writer/director Gary Tunnicliffe didn’t trust him to read the screenplay without signing “a gagging order.”
Bradley also says that “Clive Barker is not involved with this in any way, shape or form,” much to the consternation of the fans. Official news about the film was still unavailable as of the writing of this article, including its title and projected release date, but the cat’s out of the bag and as such, that information will probably be forthcoming soon (and possibly even an official denial, especially after the controversy from Doug Bradley).
The New GHOSTBUSTERS Villain Has Been Right in Front of You All Along
Everyone has been so focused on the cast of the new GHOSTBUSTERS reboot (yes, yes, they’re all women, get over it because it’s the 21st century) that we haven’t spent a lot of time asking what the heck the movie is about, and who the actual villain is going to be. But this week we discovered that we didn’t even need to wonder, because he’s been in front of us the whole danged time.
That ghost on this new GHOSTBUSTERS poster? The one who’s been a staple of the franchise since its inception way back in 1984, but who has never actually been a character in the series? His name is “Rowan,” and apparently he’s the villain.
Yeah, our minds kind of blown too. The news came from Toy Fair, where an action figure of the bright white spectre had a villainous demeanor, prompting questions about why he’s finally getting his own toy now. Idle Hands asked why this ghost had more action figures than an outwardly villainous character named “Mayhem,” to which a representative replied, “I was told the bad guy is the logo-looking Ghost.”
If true (and that’s a big “if,” since it sounds like the source isn’t particularly confident themselves), let’s all give a slow clap to the new GHOSTBUSTERS for the clever idea, and hope they pull it off right. (Head on over to Idle Hands to see the pictures of the toys for yourself.)
And now, here is a teaser for the upcoming teaser trailer for GHOSTBUSTERS, because that’s how marketing works nowadays. Sigh…
Todd MacFarlane (Finally) Completes a New SPAWN Script
When Marvel’s most celebrated artists left the company to form Image Comics, few of their creations were as popular as SPAWN, a superhero from Hell created by Todd MacFarlane. The story of a mercenary who sells his soul to the devil for another chance at life on Earth, only to discover that the devil screwed him over, spawned (get it?) several comic book series, a game-changing toy line, an animated series and a 1997 live-action movie that nobody seems to like very much.
For years, Todd MacFarlane has been teasing a new SPAWN movie, and at Toy Fair New York, ComicBook.com learned firsthand that he has finished the script for the new film and plans to move forward with it in 2016.
The new SPAWN film, which clocks in at 183 pages (MacFarlane thinks it will get trimmed down to about 140) will be a horror movie, not a supehero movie. Todd MacFarlane told ComicBook.com that “In the background, there’s this thing moving around, this boogeyman. That boogeyman just happens to be something that you and I, intellectually, know is Spawn […] Will he look like he did in the first movie? No. Will he have a supervillain he fights? No. He’s going to be the spectre, the ghost.”
MacFarlane likens the new SPAWN movie to “THE DEPARTED meets PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, or something like that,” and plans to keep the budget low so he can direct the film himself.
Shane Black’s Predator is The Predator in THE PREDATOR
The official Facebook PREDATOR page lit up this week with an all-new poster for THE PREDATOR, the next film in the hit sci-fi franchise. The (rather busy) poster indicates that “You’ll never see him coming,” leaving out the fact that you can see him coming if he’s in a body of water, presumably because the designers ran out of space.
THE PREDATOR is set to be directed by Shane Black, who co-starred in the original 1987 classic and supplied the film with uncredited rewrites. Shane Black’s THE MONSTER SQUAD collaborator Fred Dekker is co-writing the script to THE PREDATOR, the plot of which is unknown. The film has been in development since 2014 and has no official production schedule or release date… yet.
Josh Bowman is Jack the Ripper in TIME AFTER TIME: The Series
One of the best time travel movies, and easily one of the best Jack the Ripper movies, is Nicholas Meyer’s sprightly TIME AFTER TIME, a 1979 comedy/thriller/sci-fi hybrid in which the notorious serial killer steals a time machine built by H.G. Wells and flees into the 1970s, forcing the author to travel forward in time himself in order to save the future. Malcolm McDowell played the naive and optimistic Wells, Mary Steenburgen plays the liberated and charismatic contemporary heroine, and David Warner plays Jack the Ripper like a kid who just got locked in a candy store.
It a strange idea for a movie, but nowadays that’s a pretty straightforward idea for a TV series, so ABC is currently developing TIME AFTER TIME as a new show from producer Kevin Williamson, the creator of SCREAM. Freddie Stroma (EXTRATERRESTRIAL) has already been cast as H.G. Wells in the series, and according to Deadline, Josh Bowman (REVENGE) has just cast as Jack the Ripper.
And whether this show is good or not, if one more person watches the original TIME AFTER TIME because of this, the world will be a better place.
Paramount Likes October 28, Puts RINGS On It
The latest sequel to the blockbuster J-horror remake THE RING was all set to come out on April 1, 2016, but it turns out that was just an April Fool’s joke. Paramount has pushed the sequel back to October 28th, where it will compete with the latest DA VINCI CODE sequel, INFERNO.
RINGS stars Alex Roe (THE 5TH WAVE) as a man who discovers the haunted video tapes from the original film, and then (we are assuming) gets haunted. Aimee Teegarden (SCREAM 4) and Bobby Galecki (THE BIG BANG THEORY) co-star in a film directed by J. Javier Gutierrez (BEFORE THE FALL) and co-written by Akiva Goldsman (WINTER’S TALE).
So yeah, that’s happening. Moving on…
Let This MIDNIGHT SPECIAL Trailer Shine Its Ever-Lovin’ Light on You
If you ever wanted to know what would happen if STARMAN had a baby with FIRESTARTER, you are a very strange person. But you are definitely going to want to check out this new preview for MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, the latest movie from acclaimed director Jeff Nichols (MUD).
The film stars Michael Shannon (99 HOMES) as the father of a boy with strange powers, who go on the run together to escape religious extremists and the government. Adam Driver (STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS), Kirsten Dunst (MELANCHOLIA) and Joel Edgerton (THE GIFT) co-star in the supernatural/sci-fi thriller/drama thing that looks, from this preview at least, pretty darned cool.
MIDNIGHT SPECIAL hits theaters on March 18, 2016.
Listen to John Carpenter’s Kick-Ass New Single, “Distant Dream”
I leave you with the newly released single from John Carpenter’s eagerly anticipated new album, JOHN CARPENTER’S LOST THEMES II. It kicks ass. The album comes out on April 15, 2016. You’re welcome.