The biggest horror TV shows in the world might be joined by the weirdest horror TV show in history, but we’re getting ahead of ourselves. This week on the Horror News Rundown we’re looking at hit shows, exciting upcoming blockbusters, clowns… and klowns? Read on, if you dare…
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: You Know, For Kids!
We’re still waiting patiently (or not-so patiently) for AMERICAN HORROR STORY creator Ryan Murphy to reveal the theme of the show’s upcoming sixth season. After a haunted house, an insane asylum, a freak show, a coven of witches and a creepy hotel, what the heck is even left, anyway?
Murphy revealed at PaleyFest (via Deadline) that the showrunners haven’t quite decided yet. “The interesting thing about the next season,” Murphy said, “is that we’ve been working on two ideas at once, which we’ve never done.”
But that doesn’t mean that the next season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY is completely up in the air. Murphy added that horror “often deals with the innocence of children, and their wide-eyed way into it. Both (Season 6) ideas we’re working with have elements of children.”
AMERICAN HORROR STORY has had elements of children before, and it doesn’t seem to go very well for those kids most of the time. (Except for the alien babies in ASYLUM. They got cushy jobs, apparently.)
THE WALKING DEAD Season Finale is Seriously Long
Zombie fans can’t seem to get enough of THE WALKING DEAD, so they’ll be pleased to hear that the show’s upcoming sixth season finale will be 50% longer than a typical episode, just like the finale to season five.
The 90-minute finale, which promises (like all WALKING DEAD episodes) to feature “holy crap” cliffhangers and probably some gruesome deaths, airs April 3 from 9pm-10:30pm, so set your DVRs accordingly. You won’t want to miss this.
KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE: The Series?!
Zombies make good television. Supernatural entities make good television. But what about KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE? The 1998 cult classic from the Chiodo Brothers may be coming to a small screen in your living room, if the filmmakers are to be believed.
“Right now we are currently pursuing a long arch series for cable,” director Stephen Chiodo told Adam Green’s Movie Crypt podcast. “We wondered, ‘Should we do a sequel to the first one, or do a remake?’ We came up with a ‘requel’ – it’s a sequel and a remake.”
“We’ve been developing this for a while. It’s a trilogy in four parts.” Stephen Chiodo describes the series as being about a new cast of characters trying to survive in the killer klown invasion, in which cast members from the original film occasionally make appearances to tie the two incarnations together and explain what happened between the original film and the new show.
Whether or not a network actually wants to make a KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE television series isn’t entirely clear. But if they made it, we’d definitely watch it. Wouldn’t you?
CLOWN is Finally Coming to the U.S.
Speaking of killer clowns, but this time the accurately-spelled variety, American horror audiences are finally going to get a glimpse at the long-delayed movie CLOWN in June. The film was produced by Eli Roth (GREEN INFERNO) and directed by Jon Watts (MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN), but despite that impressive pedigree it hasn’t been released in America, even though it’s been readily available in Europe for years.
CLOWN stars Andy Powers as a father who puts on a clown costume to entertain at his son’s birthday party, but soon discovers that the outfit won’t come off. And it’s starting to become a part of him. And that’s not a good thing, especially since the film is in the horror genre.
Audiences will finally get a load of CLOWN on June 17, 2016 when Watts’ film finally arrives in select theaters and VOD.
Shane Black Makes Big Promises About THE PREDATOR
The alien hunters we call “Predators” have been some of the most recognizable movie monsters for years, but writer/director Shane Black (IRON MAN 3) wanted more than just another quick cash-in for his upcoming sequel THE PREDATOR. In an interview with Thrillist he said he was “reluctant” about the project at first, and had bigger ambitions.
“I said, ‘Look. You guys at Fox, I mean, I enjoy these movies, but we’ve been churning out these AVP whatever, they each cost a certain amount of money, they’re okay, but there’s no effort to elevate them or make them any kind of event.’ They’re just sort of another PREDATOR. ‘Oh, there’s another one that came out.’”
It was only after Fox offered to change the franchise and “really treat it with as much of an event status, or as much hoopla as we would the ALIEN prequel” that Shane Black became interested. He clarified that the studio plans to “spend a bunch of money” on THE PREDATOR, and that they intend to “make it really scale, spectacle.”
Shane Black rose to prominence in the 1980s writing hit action movies, and did rewrites on the original PREDATOR while he was on the set, co-starring in the film. We’ll see what he has in store for us with THE PREDATOR in 2018!
JACOB’S LADDER Will Rise Again
One of the most acclaimed, terrifying and influential horror films of the 1990s is getting the remake treatment. The new version of JACOB’S LADDER, a surreal thriller starring Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran whose world seems to be tearing itself apart, will be directed by David M. Rosenthal, the director of THE PERFECT GUY. Michael Ealy, who starred in that 2015 stalker thriller, will reunite with Rosenthal to star in the film. (Via Bloody Disgusting)
Adrian Lyne’s original film continues to terrify to this day, although it doesn’t have quite the pop culture status it deserves. (Even though it inspired the hit SILENT HILL video games, which themselves spawned a new breed of survival horror.) In fact, many modern audience members seem unaware of the original film’s existence, so if a remake – even a not terribly good one – raises awareness of how awesome JACOB’S LADDER already is, that’ll be a win for everybody.
ANNABELLE vs. Dwayne Johnson
The sequel to the prequel to THE CONJURING, about a killer doll named Annabelle, will be released on May 19, 2017 (via Dread Central). That’s a serious summer release date, especially considering that the first ANNABELLE wasn’t one of the most popular horror movies of the last few years, and it’s going to pit the supernatural thriller against the upcoming BAYWATCH movie, which stars Dwayne Johnson as David Hasselhoff’s burger-eating beach hero Mitch Buchanan.
Who will win the hearts and minds of audiences? We’ll find out in 2017 but we’re guessing it’s probably Dwayne Johnson. That dude is HUGE.