Film Junk » Horror Blog and Podcast Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:31:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Black Hole Adaptation Gets Dope Director Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:38:27 +0000 blackhole

After his indie film Dope took Sundance by storm back in 2015, Rick Famuyiwa quickly became a filmmaker in demand and yet we are still waiting for the project that will finally make him a household name. He was attached to direct The Flash for Warner Brothers but dropped out in 2016 due to creative differences. He currently has Son of Shaolin set up at Sony with Dwayne Johnson on board as a producer and he just landed a deal with Netflix for the vigilante superhero film Past Midnight starring Keanu Reeves. But most interesting of all, now he is about to take on a long-gestating adaptation of the Charles Burns graphic novel Black Hole. Hit the jump for more details.

According to THR, Rick Famuyiwa has signed on to write and direct Black Hole for New Regency and Plan B. Based on the award-winning graphic novel by Charles Burns, the story is set in the Pacific Northwest during the 1970s and revolves around a group of high schoolers who contract a mysterious sexually transmitted disease known as “the Bug.” The Bug causes bizarre physical mutations, prompting many of the teens to become social outcasts who run away from home and live in the woods.

The movie has been in development for many years now with David Fincher previously attached off and on over the past decade. Before that Alexandre Aja was supposed to direct from a script by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. Famuyiwa has some experience with coming of age stories but he hasn’t done anything in the realm of horror as of yet so it will be interesting to see if he can pull this off. Are you looking forward to a Black Hole movie?

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The Endless Trailer: More Lovecraftian Horror from the Directors of Spring Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:49:09 +0000 theendless

If you were a fan of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s 2015 film Spring, it sounds like their latest project should also very much be of interest to you. The movie is called The Endless and much like Spring it is a genre film that seems to defy easy categorization. The plot revolves around two brothers who decide to revisit the cult that they escaped from as children. But when strange and unsettling things start to happen, they find the cult’s wacky supernatural beliefs may not be so crazy after all. The Endless hits select theatres on April 6th and expands throughout the rest of the month; check out the full trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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Chris Columbus to Direct Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:45:46 +0000 fivenightsatfreddys

A few years ago, it was announced that the wildly successful mobile horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s would be heading to the big screen, although at the time it seemed like one of those properties that might get optioned without ever actually getting made. As it turns out, Warner Brothers and New Line failed to move forward with the movie and last March they let the rights lapse. That’s when Blumhouse swooped in to pick up the project instead. Now this week they have revealed that they have a pretty high-profile director lined up in the form of Chris Columbus. Blumhouse made the announcement via Twitter yesterday:

Five Nights at Freddy’s revolves around a night security guard working at a Chuck E. Cheese-like restaurant where the creepy animatronic creatures come to life. The series has been so successful that there are now six installments not to mention a series of novels, toys and other tie-in merchandise. Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist) was attached to direct back when Warner Brothers was working on the movie, but Columbus seems like a decent fit as well, having worked on plenty of slightly spooky genre stuff for a younger audience including Gremlins, The Goonies and the first two Harry Potter films. Most recently he directed Pixels starring Adam Sandler. Are you looking forward to a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie?

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Hereditary Trailer: A24 Brings the Latest Sundance Horror Hit to Theatres Tue, 30 Jan 2018 21:39:28 +0000 hereditary

If Blumhouse has become the most trusted name in low budget horror over the past few years, A24 has quietly been building up an audience of their own, perhaps leaning a little more towards the so-called “art-house horror” movement. One of their big 2018 releases just made a splash in the Midnight section at Sundance this month where it was declared unsettling, terrifying, disturbing and just about every other great adjective you could want for a horror flick. Hereditary stars Toni Collette as the matriarch of a family dealing with the recent loss of their grandmother, who find themselves descending into madness as they begin to unravel dark secrets about their ancestry. This is the feature debut of Ari Aster, who has previously written and directed several shorts, and it would seem to mark the introduction of a bold new talent. Hereditary co-stars Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff and Ann Dowd and it hits theatres on June 8th. Check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Mike Flanagan to Direct The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Fri, 26 Jan 2018 21:40:44 +0000 mikeflanagandrsleep

With the success of his recent Gerald’s Game adaptation for Netflix, director Mike Flanagan seems to have earned both the trust of Stephen King and the attention of studio execs. We are hearing this week that he has landed his first major studio project and it will be another genre flick based on King’s work. This time around, however, he will be dealing indirectly with one of King’s most well-known and beloved books as he adapts Doctor Sleep, the 2013 sequel to The Shining, for the big screen. The plot synopsis for the book is as follows:

“Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the King canon.”

As most people know, King was not a big fan of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which deviated in some significant ways from his original story. As such, Doctor Sleep may seem confusing to people who have only seen Kubrick’s film, which could present a tricky problem for Flanagan as he rewrites Akiva Goldsman’s original script. The premise is more rooted in fantasy than straight up horror. On a related note, Warners were previously developing a prequel to The Shining called The Overlook Hotel although we haven’t heard much about it for a few years now. Are you looking forward to a Doctor Sleep movie?

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David Bruckner’s The Ritual Trailer Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:32:18 +0000 theritual

After contributing to several noteworthy horror anthologies including The Signal, V/H/S and Southbound and also being attached to a Friday the 13th reboot for a while, director David Bruckner’s first feature-length project is finally upon us. The Ritual premiered at TIFF last year, followed by a U.K. theatrical release in October and now Netflix is about to release it to the rest of the world. Based on the novel by Adam Nevill, the movie revolves around four friends who travel to the Scandinavian wilderness for some adventure, only to find themselves lost and haunted by an ancient evil that still exists in the forest. It’s hard not to be reminded of The Blair Witch Project, albeit without the found footage trappings. The Ritual arrives on Netflix on February 9th; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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The Cured Trailer: Ellen Page Deals with the Aftermath of a Zombie Plague Thu, 25 Jan 2018 15:58:43 +0000 thecured

Much like zombies themselves, the zombie movie subgenre remains virtually impossible to kill. Every time we think zombies have become completely played out, someone invents yet another unique twist on this well-worn horror trope. This time around, it is Irish writer-director David Freyne who has introduced a new wrinkle to the equation: what if someone actually came up with a cure for the virus? You might think that is where the horror would end, but his movie seems to present a plausible scenario where everyone is on edge as the infected try to reintegrate into society. Not only is there plenty of guilt and anger, but there is also the fear that they could revert. The Cured stars Ellen Page, Sam Keeley (Monsters: Dark Continent, Burnt) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (The Infiltrator, Love/Hate) and it hits select theatres and VOD on Feb. 23rd. Check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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What We Do in the Shadows TV Reboot Coming to FX Tue, 23 Jan 2018 17:08:38 +0000 whatwedointheshadows

Taika Waititi may now be known as the director of Thor: Ragnarok but it was his lower budget Kiwi comedies that helped him land that blockbuster gig. In particular, the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (which he co-wrote and co-directed with Jemaine Clement) was a big hit and successful enough to spark development on a sequel (tentatively titled We’re Wolves) and a TV spin-off (Paranormal Event Response Unit). What we didn’t know until this week, however, is that there was another TV project in the works, this one seemingly an episodic reboot of the original film’s concept. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Deadline, FX has ordered to pilot a half-hour comedy series basedon the 2014 film What We Do in the Shadows. Jemaine Clement is attached as writer and executive producer while Waititi will direct and executive produce as well. Kayvan Novak (Four Lions), Matt Berry (The IT Crowd), Natasia Demetriou (Stath Lets Flats) and Harvey Guillen (The Internship) are all attached to star.

As noted, this is not to be confused with the previously announced spin-off series based on Wellington police officers Karen and Mike, which is coming to New Zealand channel TVNZ 2. The FX series appears to be a loose remake of the movie repackaged for a U.S. audience, although you have to wonder what is the point when so many people have already seen it. I suppose the concept could still make for a decent enough continuing comedy series, and at least Clement and Waititi are still involved even though they aren’t starring. Do you have any interest in a What We Do in the Shadows TV series?

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost to Produce Horror-Comedy Series Truth Seekers Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:30:25 +0000 truthseekers

It’s been a few years since Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost brought their Cornetto Trilogy to a conclusion with The World’s End, but at this point I think we’re all wondering the same thing: will they ever work together again? Although Edgar Wright has been striking out on his own with some different kinds of films, Pegg and Frost are taking steps to ensure that they will continue to work together for the foreseeable future. The duo have formed a production company called Stolen Picture that is currently developing several projects including a TV series called Truth Seekers. The show is a horror-comedy that revolves around a paranormal investigation team and Pegg has described it as follows:

“Each episode is going to be an adventure, a potential haunting or something… It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown. Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.”

They also have a horror-comedy film in post-production called Slaughterhouse Rulez about a fracking site that unleashes a demon. That project is being written and directed by Crispian Mills (A Fantastic Fear of Everything). It is unclear if Pegg and Frost have any involvement in either of these projects other than as producers, but they are also supposedly working on a partially improvised movie about “a fading double act who haven’t spoken for decades but reunite one last time” which seems intended for them to star in. Either way, it should be interesting to see what kinds of things they set up at their company and whether they all share their comedic sensibilities. Are you looking forward to more Simon Pegg and Nick Frost collaborations even if they don’t include Edgar Wright?

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Summer of ’84 Trailer: An ’80s-Centric Horror Movie from the Directors of Turbo Kid Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:21:18 +0000 summerof84

The success of Stranger Things has pretty much guaranteed that we are going to continue to see ’80s nostalgia served up on screen over the next few years. That being said, some people were doing ’80s-inspired work even before Stranger Things debuted… people like French-Canadian filmmakers Anouk Whissell, Francois Simard and Yoann-Karl Whissel (aka RKSS), who made a fun little film in 2015 called Turbo Kid. Now they are back with their latest film, Summer of ’84, which seems to be a combination of an Amblin adventure film and a slasher film with a little bit of Fright Night thrown in as well. The plot revolves around a group of 15-year-old kids who suspect that their police officer neighbor is actually a serial killer. Summer of ’84 will premiere at Sundance this month but it doesn’t have a release date yet; check out the first trailer after the jump and see what you think.

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Blumhouse Horror Anthology Series Coming to Hulu Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:46:43 +0000 blumhouse

Anthology TV shows are making a huge comeback as of late, thanks largely to the success of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror but also some recent genre anthology movies as well. In this case, we’re not talking about shows like American Horror Story or Fargo where each season is a new cast and story, we’re talking about the classic anthology format popularized by shows like The Twilight Zone, where each episode is completely standalone. The Twilight Zone itself is set to be revived with the help of Jordan Peele, while reboots of other shows like Tales from the Crypt and Amazing Stories are also in development. Now the highly successful purveyors of low budget horror Blumhouse Productions are getting into the game as well. Hit the jump for more info.

According to Variety, Hulu is teaming up with Blumhouse Television to bring an untitled horror anthology series to their slate of original programs. The show will consist of 12 self-contained stories but what is interesting is that instead of dropping all the episodes at once, they plan to release one per month and promote them all individually. The first episode is expected to premiere this October.

No creative team is attached as of yet, but this seems to make perfect sense for Blumhouse since they are already taking chances on young talent and unique ideas with their feature films. The Blumhouse name alone should be strong enough to sell this series. They also have a TV series in the works based on The Purge films while Hulu is already sort of dabbling in genre anthology stuff with the upcoming Stephen King-inspired series Castle Rock. Are you looking forward to a Blumhouse anthology series?

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Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare Trailer Thu, 04 Jan 2018 17:19:05 +0000 truthordare

With Insidious: The Last Key set to hit theatres this weekend, Blumhouse have debuted the first trailer for the next movie on their busy release calendar (not counting their upcoming Benji reboot… huh?). Truth or Dare is directed by Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2) and it revolves around a supernatural game of truth or dare where the punishment for refusing to follow through is death. It certainly sounds a bit similar to the recent films Cheap Thrills and Nerve, but of course this has the Blumhouse name on it… they’re even putting it right in the title now. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare stars Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Sophia Taylor Ali and Landon Liboiron and it hits theatres on April 27th. Check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.

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