Greetings horror fans! We here at Bro knows are proud to bring you the first edition of our new weekly segment, “This Week In Horror.” This is where we summarize all the latest horror movie news for you to digest. We will touch on some of the bigger announcements, as well as a focus on independent horror news. Join us every Thursday for the latest updates on all things brutal and grotesque.
Trailer Spotlight for the upcoming Wish Upon
This seems like a solid contemporary take on the classic Monkey’s Paw tale. This time, the malevolent item is a music box that grants 7 wishes, but at what cost? Starring Joey King and Ryan Phillipe, this certainly seems like an interestingly fresh take on an old story. It’ll be nice to see King lead a film, and Phillipe has been pretty great in his indie film endeavors the last few years. The trailer itself is great. It gives clear insight to the plot and teases something wicked, but doesn’t reveal all of it’s cards just yet.
Wish Upon is set for release June 30th this year.
Trailer Spotlight for Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled
While this may not necessarily be a horror film, the first trailer for The Beguiled reveals a sinister tone. The tease at the end of the trailer would suggest that there are more malevolent forces at work than would be originally discerned. With an Allstar cast in Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Kirsten Dunst, The Beguiled is sure to be an epic. Set just after the civil war, a wounded soldier is found near an all girls school led by Kidman. The women take in the man and nurse his injuries, but the insulated group become infatuated with this stranger, and per the trailer, at least two of them begin an affair with him. Coppola says her iteration of the novel from which thesis based, will differ slightly in tone. She had stated that she wanted this to be a display of the dynamic shift as a man is introduced to a group of secluded girls. The trailer is breathtaking, and while the movie may not be as thrilling as represented by this marketing, it’s still pretty eerie.
The Beguiled is slated for a June 30th release date, this year.
Trailer Spotlight for the A24 horror film It Comes at Night
A24 has been knocking it out of the park for a while now. 2016 saw amazing films like Moonlight, 20th Century Women and American Honey, all of which were in the top of our Best Films of 2016 list. So when A24 drops any news, it will be met with excitement. The first teaser trailer for the upcoming horror film It Comes at Night, starring Joel Egerton and Riley Keough has officially dropped and it is insanely creepy. Now there is no confirmation on whether this is loosely based on the Creepypasta of the same name, but the teaser is visually stunning. There appears to be some malevolent forces at work, but nothing is directly alluded to, and there is no distinct information surrounding the plot. This is just a grouping of chilling imagery, and it works.
It Comes at Night is set to release on August 25th, this year.
Suspiria Remake is more like a soft reboot?Fans of the Dario Argento classic witch slasher, Suspiria, can rejoice over news surrounding the long awaited remake/reboot/sequel or whatever it might be. Apparently the remake is less remake an more reboot, and is definitely happening. There is a new director, and this is perhaps the best news of all. Luca Guadagnino (A Bigger Splash) is going to be helming the project. Guadagnino is a fantastic filmmaker and his presence means that this will not be reduced to a strict retelling, but will be more an artful reimagining. Bloody Disgusting recently met up with actress Mia Goth, who will be playing Sara in the reboot, and she revealed some awesome new intel.
Bloody Disgusting: In regards to the upcoming ‘Suspiria’ remake, is there anything you can tell us about Luca’s approach to witches and witchcraft as opposed to Dario Argento’s?
Mia Goth: “Well what I can say about that is I think people are going to be really pleasantly surprised to realize that it’s really not a remake at all. I think people are going to be really shocked. It’s a nod of the hat to Dario Argento and his version of ‘Suspiria’, but we really do take it to a completely different place”.
Bloody Disgusting: How so?
Mia Goth: “Well, if I say that then I think I’m going to be giving a lot away, but like Luca’s got a real eye for aesthetic, like he’s a really tasty person, like he really knows what he wants and I think it’s going to be visually stunning”.
This sounds pretty fantastic, and Suspiria is rip to be reimagined. Let’s face it, the movie is 40 years old, and there isn’t really a way to rent or buy this film digitally. You literally have to seek out a physical copy, and so most people have not seen this movie, and don’t understand how innovative it and Argento was.
The Suspiria remake will star Dakota Johnson as Susie Bannon, Chloe Grace Moretz as Patricia, Tilda Swinton as Madame Blanc, Mia Goth as Sara, and Jessica Harper from the original film making her cameo as Anke. No production start date as of yet, but hopefully they get shooting on this soon. And they better bring Goblin back to do a modernized version of the phenomenal score from the original.
The Strangers 2 is actually happening?
Speaking of sequels, reboots, or whatever. The Strangers 2 is happening.. Why? Well thats an answer we will never understand. The long awaited sequel to the successful 2008 home invasion movie that saw some creepy figures stalking a poor couple simply “because you were home.” There has been a script written for close to 7 years, so it’s a complete mystery as to why this has taken so long. The original grossed $89 million on just a $9 million dollar budget, and was cirtically well received. While the scripts apparently great and there is a new director attached in Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door).
Plot wise, The Strangers 2 centers on a traveling family who become trapped inside a borrowed trailer within a remote mobile home park after a trio of masked psychos attacks. One assumes these are the same trio of assailants from the original film, but the reported plot summary doesn’t explicitly confirm that fact. That synopsis doesn’t make any sense. The original film saw an organic unfolding. The characters were going to a childhood home and these masked figures just showed up. So now were going to a mobile home? Why? This just feels so forced and like a complete cash grab, not to mention that they are about 7 years to late. It’s doubtful that they will be able to capitalize on any of success of the original, since no one really remembers it anymore.
No release date has been set as of yet, but the film is reportedly going into production with filming to begin this summer.
Indie Horror Update! Feature trailer for folk horror film Dogged hits the web.. Info and pics from the upcoming Gregory Lamberson directed Johnny Gruesome.
Dogged is the upcoming crowd funded horror film based on the short of the same title. Written and directed by Richard Rowntree, this is a folk horror film that sees ominously masked individuals reeking havoc on a man who has just returned to his hometown. The trailer casts vibes of genre films like The Wicker Man,and has a very stylized approach. The short, for which this is based, is award winning, and we had the pleasure of seeing it this past November, at the Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival. No word on when this film will have a release, but based on Rowntree’s social media, it is likely we will get to see the feature at this years Buffalo Dreams.
In other indie horror news, B-movie icon, Gregory Lamberson (Killer Rack, Slime City, Slime City Massacre) has finished production on his upcoming film Johnny Gruesome, based on his novel of the same name. Rue Morgue recently published the details of their set visit. Right off the bat, Rue Morgue writer April Snellings, commends Lamberson and his team for their hospitality, which if you’ve met the iconic filmmaker, is not much of a surprise. The visit did bare some fruit for the eager fans, who are bursting at the seems to get a glimpse of the titular character. A whole slew of images hit the web by way of the horror publication, and if you follow Johnny Gruesome’s FaceBook page, their are always new updates and tid bits to be had.
A few fun and interesting pieces of info came by way of Lamberson, who highlights the use of practical effects vs digital:
“A lot of practical effects will be used to transform Anthony into Johnny Gruesome.. Craig Lindberg, an old friend from my NYC days, heads the effects department. He’s worked on a lot of TV shows and was part of a team that won an Emmy for SNL. I have a talented visual effects artist, Chris Cosgrave, who’s sort of a jack-of-all-trades and is helping me with some design work as well as incidental CG.”
For those that have seen Lamberson’s prior projects, understand the mans justifiable fondness for practical make up effects. His latest, Killer Rack, saw star Jessica Zwolak outfitted with a massive set of Lovecraft inspired breasts. For fans of the novel, this is a dream come true, and for fans of Lamberson’s work, this film can’t get here soon enough. No official release date has been set, and unfortunately no trailer (what gives man?!), but be sure to follow the films FB page for constant updates.
The film stars Anthony De La Torre as the titular character, as well as Byron Brown, Aprilanne, Michael DeLorenzo, Chris Modrzynski and Kim Piazza. Check out the synopsis for the Johnny Gruesome novel from Amazon below, along with all the images from the Rue Morgue piece.
Johnny Grissom—nicknamed “Johnny Gruesome” by his high school classmates—is a heavy metal hellion who loves to party, watch horror movies, and get into fights. One winter night, Johnny’s car, The Death Mobile, is discovered submerged beneath the icy surface of Willow Creek, with Johnny’s waterlogged corpse inside. The townspeople believe that his death was accidental. But soon the murders begin—horrible acts of violent vengeance that hint at a deepening mystery and terror yet to come. A headless body is discovered at the high school, a priest is forced to confront his own misdeeds, and a mortician encounters the impossible. The sound of a car engine and maniacal laughter fill the night, and one by one, Johnny’s enemies meet a grisly demise. The students at Red Hill High School begin to fear for their lives—especially Johnny’s closest friends, who all harbor a dark secret.