On this week’s Horror News Rundown we take a look into the future, as motion picture and television projects take shape before our eyes. A horror thriller that was completed years ago will finally see the light of day. A genre icon will be resurrected (for the umpteenth time) in an upcoming TV series, and a different genre icon will be resurrected (for the umpteenth time) in the cinemas. An underrated creepy classic will be remade by an Oscar-winning filmmaker.
These are promising times, but will these films and TV shows keep their promises? We’ll find out eventually. Until then, here’s the rundown…
Night Shyamalan Will Resurrect The Crypt Keeper
It’s been several months since TNT announced that they were rebooting the beloved TALES FROM THE CRYPT television series. All we’ve known for certain since then is that M. Night Shyamalan is producing the new show. We didn’t even know if The Crypt Keeper would be returning… until now.
In a roundtable at WonderCon, M. Night Shyamalan confirmed that “there will” be a new Crypt Keeper in his upcoming series. The animatronic zombie, voiced by the great John Kassir, was the only connective tissue in the HBO anthology series, introducing the episodes and movies with a ghoulishly bad sense of humor. (The Crypt Keeper was also played by Sir Ralph Richardson in the 1972 feature, but without any rotting flesh or terrible puns.)
Shyamalan also added that the new TALES FROM THE CRYPT would be episodic in nature, as opposed to having seasonal storylines a la AMERICAN HORROR STORY. “You know, I can’t say 100% but I’m thinking right now, where I am, if you’d asked me this six months ago I would have a different answer, but where I am right now it’s more individual BLACK MIRROR kind of stuff right now,” the filmmaker told Slash Film.
Just make sure you bring John Kassir back with you, M. Nigh Shyamalan… or we’ll have a BONE to pick with you. Eh-HEE-HEE-HEE-HEE-HEE-HEEEEEEE…!
Jason Voorhees Will Go Back in Time
No, the undead serial killer from the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies won’t fight a super scientist, steal a time machine and accidentally go back to the year he died, setting forth a series of events that could jeopardize the timeline but prevent the Voorhees murders. (Although that would be pretty cool too.)
In another update from WonderCon, producer Andrew Form commented about several rumors surrounding the long-awaited production. Form told Too Fab, “There is truth that this is period,” confirming reports that the next FRIDAY THE 13TH wouldn’t have a contemporary setting, but not confirming which time period they intended to use.
Form stated much more clearly that the 13th FRIDAY THE 13TH is “NOT found footage,” hopefully putting an end to that rumor once and for all. The film is currently set for a release on Friday, January 13th in 2017, which means that Andrew Form will need to get the movie in front of cameras in the near future. And that means that more news is bound to be on the way.
Stephen King’s CELL Returns from Hell
It’s been years – plural – since a motion picture adaptation of Stephen King’s novel CELL finished filming. It was hardly a small production. The film reunited 1408 stars John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson under PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 director Tod Williams, to tell the story of a horrifying apocalypse brought forth by cellular phone signals, which have driven the population violently insane.
After multiple attempts to release the film since production concluded, Saban Films announced this week that they have acquired CELL for distribution. They did not, however, announce when exactly they plan to show CELL to audiences, in theaters or otherwise, but we can expect — since they went to all the trouble of putting out a press release — that they intend to release the film in the near-ish future.
Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst Are THE BEGUILED
One of the great unsung classics from director Don Siegel is about to be sung again. In 1971, the director of the original INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS followed up his blockbuster cop drama DIRTY HARRY with a sleazy, disturbing Civil War thriller called THE BEGUILED. Clint Eastwood starred as a wounded Union soldier taken in by an all-girls school, who then proceeds to seduce his way through the school, pushing the teachers and students to the brink of insanity. It may not typically be categorized as a horror movie, but the shoe fits. THE BEGUILED is creepy as hell.
THE BEGUILED may not be Siegel’s most famous film, but it was his favorite, and now it’s getting a remake courtesy of Oscar-winner Sofia Coppola (LOST IN TRANSLATION), who has attached an impressive cast to the production. Nicole Kidman (THE OTHERS) will play the headmistress, Kirsten Dunst (MELANCHOLIA) will play one of the teachers and Elle Fanning (MALEFICENT) will play one of the students.
The male lead has yet to be cast, according to Tracking Board, but the studio is allegedly looking for “a Chris Pratt type,” since that’s the type every studio is looking for nowadays.
Bradley Cooper Wants to Go DEEPER
Max Landis, the son of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON director John Landis, has recently become one of the most successful screenwriters in Hollywood. His scripts have already been turned into successful (and not-so-successful) films like CHRONICLE, AMERICAN ULTRA and VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN, and his spec script for BRIGHT — a cop thriller with fantasy elements — has sold for more than $3 million, making it one of the biggest script transactions in Hollywood history.
And he’s not done yet, because Max Landis has another script that studios are bidding on: DEEPER, which would star Bradley Cooper (AMERICAN SNIPER) as a former astronaut enlisted to take a submersible to the lowest point in the ocean. As he sinks deeper and deeper, he encounters the supernatural.
Variety reports that DEEPER already has an intriguing filmmaker attached: Kornel Mundruczo, whose film WHITE GOD told the harrowing story of a violent stray dog uprising in Hungary.
Turn Out the Lights and Watch the LIGHTS OUT Trailer
One of the best online horror shorts has spawned its own feature film. David Sandberg’s LIGHTS OUT originally told the simple story of a woman, alone in her apartment, facing off against a ghost that can only move in total darkness. Warner Bros. enlisted Sandberg to expand that concept to a major theatrical release, and in the first trailer we get a good glimpse of how it’s turning out.
Watch the LIGHTS OUT preview to learn more about where this shy specter came from, and how it’s going to totally ruin the nights of Maria Bello (PRISONERS) and Teresa Palmer (WARM BODIES). The film blinks into theaters on July 22, 2016.
THE CONJURING 2 Promises Christmas Creeps
Not to be outdone, the latest trailer for THE CONJURING 2 also staked its claim on the summer blockbuster season this week. The supernatural sequel stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as Ed and Lorraine Warren, the real life paranormal investigators whose many disturbing cases are forming the basis of an intriguing new franchise for Warner Bros.
The latest preview for THE CONJURING 2 gives us a better understanding of the new movie’s plot, about a little girl who is becoming a conduit for evil, and reveals that James Wan’s latest supernatural thriller takes place on Christmas. Since the number of great Christmas horror movies is lower than you might think, we consider this to be very good news. (If THE CONJURING 2 turns out to be great, of course.)
Watch the preview and see the film in theaters on June 10, 2016!