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PENNYWISE, TWIN PEAKS and THE FIRST OMEN – This Week’s Horror News Rundown

Clowns. Everyone loves to hate clowns. But what do you do when you have to find the most hateful clown imaginable? That’s a question we’re going to talk about on this week’s Horror News Rundown, which features a casting announcements, casting conundrums, remakes, prequels, sequels and a whole lot of DOOM!

Guess Who Joined the Cast of TWIN PEAKS?

Twin Peaks

Earlier this week Showtime announced that the TWIN PEAKS revival has finally finished production, in anticipation of a release in 2017, and while this may “noteworthy” it isn’t exactly “news,” since the production was bound end sooner or later.

What IS news is the fact that Showtime has released the full cast list for the new season of TWIN PEAKS, and it features several unexpected names that had either not been publicized previously, or not publicized nearly well enough.

Some of the unusual names on the list include musicians Oscar-winning composer Trent Reznor (who previously collaborated with series creator David Lynch on the LOST HIGHWAY soundtrack) and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. IRREVERSIBLE star Monica Bellucci will also make an appearance on the new series, as well as acting legend Richard Chamberlain and SCOTT PILGRIM himself, Michael CERA.

Also, be on the lookout for SCREAM alumni Matthew Lillard, former Jason Voorhees actor Derek Mears, and the list goes on and on and on. Check out the impressive credits for the series, and wait patiently for us in the red room as 2017 looms larger and larger on the horizon…

IT is Coming, But IT Needs a New Pennywise the Clown

Stephen King's It

The good news is that the motion picture adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, about a group of children doing battle with a supernatural clown monster and then returning to their home town as adults to finish the job, is finally back under way. The movie had been all set to go under the direction of TRUE DETECTIVE filmmaker Cary Fukunaga, but he eventually bowed out of the production altogether over budgetary concerns and creative differences. Filming is now expected to begin this summer under new director Andrés Muschietti (MAMA).

The bad news is that with only a couple of months to go, this new version of IT needs a new actor to play Pennywise the Clown, a role previously immortalized by the great Tim Curry (LEGEND) in Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 mini-series. The actor originally cast was Will Poulter (THE REVENANT), an outside-the-box choice if ever there was one, but the delays in the production have left the young actor unavailable to participate any longer. (Via Variety)

IT is currently scheduled to be released on September 18, 2017, but the film may be divided into two-parts due to the nature of the storyline, which takes place in two acts in two different timelines.

GOOSEBUMPS 2 is Gonna Goose Ya!

Goosebumps

One of the more pleasant surprises of 2015 was the movie GOOSEBUMPS, which could have been a pandering nostalgia throwback to those scary kids books but turned out to be a smart, likable horror comedy in the spirit of THE MONSTER SQUAD. The film was also a modest hit, grossing $148 million off of a $58 million budget. Those were respectable numbers but hardly the kind that guarantee a sequel.

Well, good news for GOOSEBUMPS fans: Sony Picture Entertainment has decided to go ahead with GOOSEBUMPS 2 after all! Jack Black, who played GOOSEBUMPS author R.L. Stine in the previous film (it turns out all those monsters were real) isn’t officially signed on for a sequel – yet – but director Rob Letterman (MONSTERS VS. ALIENS) and screenwriter Darren Lemke (JACK THE GIANT SLAYER) will be back for the follow-up.

The question is, will Rob Letterman make good on his promise and explain how, at the end of GOOSEBUMPS, the Invisible Boy managed to be inside of a closed cabinet and behind R.L. Stine simultaneously? He promised Blumhouse.com he would!

THE FIRST OMEN is Going to Be the 8th Version of THE OMEN

The Omen

Horror prequels don’t really have the best reputation. Sure, AMITYVILLE 2: THE POSSESSION is amazing and PUPPET MASTER III: TOULON’S REVENGE is arguably the best in the series, but beyond that? Neither of those two EXORCIST prequels blew audiences away, and the less said about THE THING, the better.

But 20th Century Fox thinks they’ve got it all figured out, and so we’re getting THE FIRST OMEN, a prequel to the hit franchise about Damian Thorne, the antichrist. Richard Donner’s 1976 classic spawned three sequels, one TV series, a TV movie remake and a theatrical remake, but we’re calling the prequel THE FIRST OMEN anyway. Just to spit in the face of semantics.

THE FIRST OMEN will be produced by David Goyer (THE FOREST) and written by Ben Jacoby (BLEED), but the most encouraging name currently attached to the project is director Antonio Campos, whose upcoming drama CHRISTINE (no relation to the John Carpenter movie) is one of the best movies of the year. Period.

The question remains, though: what happened before the events of THE OMEN? (Besides the wealth of human history, I mean.) Is this just going to be the story of how Satan took a bride? And wouldn’t that just be ROSEMARY’S BABY with another title?

The MPAA Cuts Kevin Smith Some Slack

Yoga Hosers

Last week we reported that Kevin Smith’s teen horror comedy YOGA HOSERS, which premiered at Sundance to mixed reviews (but I kinda liked it), had been slapped with an R-rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Kevin Smith took to the internet because he’s Kevin Smith and that’s what he always does, to explain the situation and declare that he was going to fight for his PG-13. But the MPAA is a famously callous and archaic organization that never cuts little films like YOGA HOSERS any slack.

But that’s just what they did anyway, to everybody’s surprise. Kevin Smith declared on Instagram that “They said they re-watched the movie and now agree that it is, indeed, a PG-13! I don’t have to cut anything out to secure the PG-13 rating either!”

That never happens folks. Let’s just say it’s been a really, REALLY lucky week for Kevin Smith.

Now that all the unpleasantness is out of the way, YOGA HOSERS can officially head to theaters on July 29, right after Comic-Con. If you want to see Kevin Smith’s new horror-comedy (about two teenagers who fight off an army of Nazi bratwursts) before July 29, Smith will be touring the film around the country. Here are the dates and cities (via Variety):

6/1 – New Orleans, LA at the Joy Theater
6/2 – Ponte Vedra, FL at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
6/6 – Houston, TX at The Houston Improv
6/12 – Columbus, OH at Studio 35 Cinema & Drafthouse
7/8 – Durham, NC at The Carolina Theatre
7/12 – San Jose, CA at The Improv
7/17 – San Francisco, CA at Cobbs Comedy Club

We See No Evil in Remaking SEE NO EVIL

Mia Farrow See No Evil

Not every horror movie remake is just an excuse to capitalize on a famous title. Case in point: SEE NO EVIL, a 1971 horror thriller that hardly anybody remembers, is now set to be remade by Screen Gems.

SEE NO EVIL has no relation to the WWE slasher series starring Kane, and it has even less to do with the Gene Wilder/Richard Pryor comedy SEE NO EVIL HEAR NO EVIL. The original film starred Mia Farrow as a blind woman who comes home to find her family murdered, and the killer is still in the house. Richard Fleischer (20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA) directed the original, from a screenplay by Brian Clemens (THE WATCHER IN THE WOODS).

Deadline reports that the remake will be written by Mike Scannell, who also wrote the upcoming horror thriller HE’S OUT THERE, directed by Dennis Iliadis (THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, 2009).

New DOOM, Meet the Old DOOM

Doom 2016

Fans of the influential DOOM video games are probably stewing in their own juices right now, waiting for Bethesda’s new installment to come out on May 13. But the folks at Bethesda are already revealing some of the game’s secrets online. (If you don’t want to learn about a cool Easter Egg, consider this a SPOILER ALERT.

It turns out that inside every level of the new DOOM is a level from the old DOOM, which you can unlock by finding a hidden lever, and then finding the door that lever unlocked. Gamers will be treated to old maps, in all their pixelated glory, with demons and pickups in their original, familiar locations.

IGN was given the scoop on this one. To watch the Easter Egg in action, check out the video below!

New DOOM, Meet Old DOOM

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