There is no doubt we are living in the age of the reboot. It seems that every time you see a trailer or read a headline about the latest news on upcoming projects the result is almost alarmingly similar. Here comes another remake of an old movie or TV show. Sometimes it makes you wonder why someone would want to redo something that seemed perfect the first time around. It feels like a lot to live up to, and not every endeavor succeeds. Would it not make much more sense to revisit a title that perhaps failed to meet its full potential? There are many examples out there that if given a proper update could go from cult classic to exemplary. That is why the news of Amazon’s next nostalgic endeavor getting the TV series treatment is one everyone should be paying attention too. Paul W.S. Anderson’s gloriously gruesome film Event Horizon could very well become Prime’s next best series.
Haunted Houses have been a significant part of both Halloween and horror movies for as long as I can remember. They have become a ritual with people of all ages, from kids to grown adults. Everyone seems to get excited about experiencing the illusion of risking one's life to survive walking through a living nightmare. While some events, like Halloween Horror Nights, seem extremely real, there is always the relief of escape with the night ending with everyone still breathing. But what if that was not the case? Movies like Bloodfest and Hellfest show the beloved haunted tradition taking a very gory and fatal turn. This type of horrific cinematic experience seems to be rising in popularity within the genre. And now, two of the writers from A Quiet Place, Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, have written and directed a haunted house film that is being described as "extreme."
Amazon is shifting its programming strategy into focusing on more significant budgeted projects and event-style series. This is a move to try and fill the gap that HBO’s Game of Thrones has left. The new plan makes a lot of sense as many fans are looking for the next big fantasy series to obsess over. And while most expected Prime’s Lord of the Rings series to accomplish this when it inevitably arrives, Carnival Row may fill that void come this Labor Day Weekend. The show has already been renewed for a second season well before the first episode has aired. So it would seem that this dark fairy tale has a shot of standing out amongst the wave of series that will try to take back the Iron Throne from HBO. And from the looks of the first season’s full trailer, this visually stunning, romantic, grisly murder mystery could quickly become a solid contender.
Jordan Peele shocked audiences in 2017 with his Academy Award-winning horror masterpiece Get Out. The film launched his career into the stratosphere. Then he quickly silenced all the haters and naysayers when he avoided the dreaded sophomore slump with yet another fantastic tale of terror. The man created a two-hour scare-fest out of the idea that we are our own worst nightmare. Us starred Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke who took their kids on vacation only to be attacked by doppelgängers of themselves. Watching the trauma-inducing story was scary enough, but for those that actually do want to live the experience, well, be careful what you wish for, because Universal Studios has answered your prayers. Us is making its way to Halloween Horror Nights for another attempt at a sadistic Hands Across America endeavor.
Sony has been on the hunt for some time now to find a suitable auteur of cinema to helm the sequel to one of their biggest 2018 films. Venom, the antihero movie that kicked off the studios Sony Universe of Marvel Characters, grossed an impressive $865 million at the box office. The film starred Tom Hardy, Riz Amed, and Michelle Willams. Venom was not well-received by critics, and it is far from perfect overall. Many things need to be addressed to get this sequel right and keep the franchise going. So, the news of who they got to direct the highly anticipated sequel is cause for some serious celebration.
Zombies are the best. Love them or hate them; they continue to be a hot commodity in the entertainment industry. From comic books to TV shows to mobile games to the big screen, like all the stories they occupy, they are everywhere. And while some would argue that the genre is getting stale and mundane, mediocre carbon copies continue to be churned out year after year; I feel that this claim is not quite accurate. A good chunk of titles released about cannibal corpses are easily dismissed, but to say that nobody is trying anything new in the world of reanimated cadavers entertainment is unbelievably incorrect. Films like The Girl with All The Gifts and TV shows like iZombie are great examples of unique takes on the idea of the dead coming back to life. And those are not the only ones, even films that are hits at Sundance and SXSW are breeding new life into the undead genre. If you haven’t yet, you absolutely need to check out the trailer for the Australian horror-comedy Little Monsters.