The future is going to be a pretty scary place. That’s why we have the weekly Horror News Rundown, where we give you all the most important news stories about the horror genre in one handy-dandy place, every single Friday. And this week is a big one, because we’ve got new television series based on classic horror films, the long-awaited announcement of a second season of that show everybody likes, a promising development for a new horror drama and an important clarification about a news story that’s been making the rounds everywhere else lately.
So sit back, put your reading eyes in, and let’s get started!
Netflix Announces STRANGER THINGS Season 2 Because Obviously
This week in “obviously,” Netflix announced that they had given the green light to a second season of STRANGER THINGS, one of the most talked about shows in years, a shining beacon to our collective nostalgia, and a crossover horror success. (I didn’t care for it.)
But best of all, the announcement came with a glorious and enigmatic tease, with the show’s beloved title screen and a series of strange words that appear to be the “chapter” titles for the upcoming season. And since each of those chapter titles is intentionally vague and illusory, it doesn’t count as a spoiler to list them here:
THE BOY WHO CAME BACK TO LIFE
THE PUMPKIN PATCH
THE SECRET CABIN
THE LOST BROTHER
It’s fun to speculate, so start pondering what those titles might mean. “THE BOY WHO CAME BACK TO LIFE” probably refers to Will Byers, but does “THE PUMPKIN PATCH” mean we’re getting an official Halloween episode of STRANGER THINGS? Does someone lose a brother? And who’s had a secret freakin’ cabin this whole time? Seems like it would have been a good place to hide Eleven last season, doesn’t it?
STRANGER THINGS will return for its second season sometime in 2017.
TNT Lets LET THE RIGHT ONE IN… In
Adapting popular films into serialized television series is a big business nowadays, so it usually comes as no surprise when a network green lights a series based on films like THE EXORCIST, or THE MIST or what have you. But when TNT announced this week that they were producing a series based on Tomas Alfredson’s acclaimed child vampire drama LET THE RIGHT ONE IN… yeah, we have to admit we didn’t see that one coming.
LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is the story of a young boy who befriends a vampire who has been living as a child for centuries, and whose current caretaker is an elderly man who won’t be able to do the job much longer. What follows is a weird and intimate drama, spiked by moments of shocking violence, and very few elements of the series seem like familiar fodder for a basic cable show.
But that’s just what we’re getting. Jeff Davis (TEEN WOLF, CRIMINAL MINDS) is adapting the screenplay from the original novel, and will also act as the show’s executive producer along with Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements (AQUARIUS) and Hammer Films CEO Simon Oakes, who also produced the 2010 remake LET ME IN. (Source: Coming Soon)
Amazon Has a Case of the TREMORS
Kevin Bacon seems increasingly interested in the world of television lately. After making a splash with his serial killer cult series THE FOLLOWING, he is now starring in the Amazon pilot I LOVE DICK, and he’s helping put together a television series based on TREMORS which – we learned earlier this week – is now headed for the Amazon streaming service as well.
“We’re at Amazon. We’re still waiting for a draft, but I’m 100% on board with that,” Kevin Bacon told Collider. “It’s great. It’s a super cool idea. They went and made a bunch of sequels to the movie. I want to put those aside because, first of all, I wasn’t in them. But what I was really interested in was taking this guy and, 25 years later, seeing what happened to him, to his dreams, and to his life. Andrew Miller, who’s writing the script, came up with this really, really interesting take on it, and I think it could be a lot of fun.”
Fans of the TREMORS sequels – all of which are pretty darned entertaining – are probably going to be disappointed to learn that their cast of characters and storylines are being abandoned, and it’s interesting that Kevin Bacon doesn’t mention the fact that there already was a TREMORS television series in 2003. Then again, more TREMORS has always been a good thing so far, so let’s hope Bacon knows what he’s doing and Amazon helps produce another great installment in the franchise.
GHOSTBUSTERS Has a “New” Title on Blu-ray
Somehow the world kept spinning after Paul Feig’s GHOSTBUSTERS came out this summer. The filmmaker’s reboot of the blockbuster horror comedy, which featured a cast of all-female Ghostbusters instead of all-male ones, was met with a lot of controversy upon its release, and it didn’t exactly set the box office on fire. But perhaps it will find a bigger audience on home video, where many people were surprised to discover that the title isn’t GHOSTBUSTERS anymore: it’s GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL.
It’s seems like an arbitrary change at this point in the game, particularly since branding was never the film’s biggest problem. But in point of fact, GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL was always the film’s moniker. The subtitle just didn’t appear until the closing credits, as Paul Feig explained to io9 earlier this summer.
“It was basically the studio realizing for the video catalogs, and that kind of thing, [there would be] two GHOSTBUSTERS,” Feig explained, necessitating a new subtitle to keep the two movies differentiated. “I just said, ‘Don’t put it on the front of the movie. If you put it on the end, I don’t care.’”
So yes, GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL is coming to Blu-ray on October 11, 2016, with special features and extended scenes. But it’s the same movie, and it even has the same title (sort of). I guess you could say this barely qualified as news, but at least we’ve cleared up all the confusion.
A MONSTER CALLS Moves To Awards Season
The last few months of every year are usually filled with potential awards contenders, the serious dramas, classy biopics and inspirational sagas that seem likely to get nominated for the Best Picture Oscar when the time comes. Only a few horror movies have ever made it into the running for the year’s top prize – including THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE EXORCIST and THE SIXTH SENSE – and it looks like the producers of A MONSTER CALLS think their film might have a shot too.
The latest film from J.A. Bayona (THE ORPHANAGE) is slated to premiere next week at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was originally scheduled to hit theaters during the Halloween season, on October 21, 2016. Those plans changed this week, when Focus Features moved the horror-themed drama to a more Academy Awards-friendly December 23, 2016 limited release date, with a nationwide expansion scheduled for January 6, 2017. (Source: Coming Soon)
A MONSTER CALLS is the story of a young boy with a sick mother who journeys into a world of monsters in order to escape his very real plight, and deal with them in an allegorical manner. The film has been written by Patrick Ness, who also wrote the original novel on which A MONSTER CALLS is based.
Adam Scott and Craig Robinson Are GHOSTED
With THE X-FILES back and practically as zeitgeisty as ever, it was probably only a matter of time before a new wave of knockoffs started seeing the light of day. But it turns out that 20th Century Fox is leading the charge themselves with GHOSTED, a supernatural comedy series about a skeptic, a believer and a vast supernatural conspiracy. Craig Robinson (HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) and Adam Scott (HOT TUB TIME MACHINE 2) are slated to star.
Tom Gormican, the writer/director of the romantic comedy THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, is producing and scripting GHOSTED, which Deadline describes as “a sort of comedic X-FILES. GHOSTED centers on Leroy Wright (Robinson), a cynical, hilarious skeptic, and Max Allison (Scott), a genius “true believer” in the paranormal, who are hired by the Underground Investigative Service to look into the rampant “unexplained” activity in Los Angeles — all while uncovering a larger mystery that could threaten the existence of the human race.”
Let’s just hope GHOSTED does a little better than FREAKYLINKS, HOLLYWEIRD, or all of the other X-FILES knockoffs that have mostly been forgotten by history.
PHANTASM REMASTERED Gets a Masterful New Poster
It’s a good time to be a PHANTASM fan. Not only is the hallucinogenic horror franchise getting a brand new installment with PHANTASM RAVAGER on October 7, 2016, but the original PHANTASM has been remastered in 4K, and will be re-released in theaters on September 24 and on Blu-ray on October 7 as well.
And a new release demands a new poster, so take a look at this fabulous new one-sheet from artist Aaron Lea! We don’t have much else to say about this one other than the poster looks awesome, the original PHANTASM is awesome, and we can’t wait to see it again.