Over the past few weeks, I’ve been seeing a lot of horror-related stuff popping up in the news, and I felt like this would be the best place to organize my thoughts and share with you all. It’s safe to say it’s been an interesting time for horror, with the rise in recent successful horror films, such as It Follows, Get Out, Hereditary, and Halloween (2018). It’s also been a great time to be a fan of the genre as a whole, given the popularity of conventions and similar shows.
New Trailer for Pet Sematary Remake
This was a pleasant surprise, seeing the first trailer for the new rendition of Stephen King’s story about resurrection gone wrong. Pet Sematary isn’t a film I thought I’d be excited about, but the direction this remake seems to be taking is certainly interesting. Not that the original wasn’t dark, but with the latest iteration of Stephen King’s IT, I’m glad that this one is taking its own, more serious route. And the visuals look great—the animal masks worn by the children in what looks like a ceremony for a dead pet are creepy as hell. It’s safe to say I’m in!
First Still from Hellboy (2019)
Honestly, I am on the fence about a reboot to the Hellboy franchise. It feels like there should have been more to del Toro’s story of the red devil, lead by Ron Perlman. I enjoyed those films. But I do like the idea of Stranger Things’ David Harbour donning the horns, and he certainly looks the part. Upon out first look at the new Hellboy, I’ll say I was happy. It’s clear they’re going for a grittier take, which seems odd given del Toro’s already gritty repertoire. This first official still shows us the titular anti-hero in action, running down a hallway. To be blunt, his torso seems a bit large compared to his legs. But that could just be the camera angle! I think I’ll have more of an opinion on this upcoming project once we get a trailer.
Candyman Film Announcement
Okay, so Candyman scared the crap out of me as a kid. I know the film has spawned sequels, and I know they didn’t necessarily add up to the first (it’s rare that sequels ever do), but the Clive Barker adaptation definitely holds up. It was announced recently that Jordan Peele is co-writing the script to an upcoming sequel, possibly a “loose” sequel, at that. I’m intrigued to see where Monkeypaw Productions and MGM take this story. At the very least, let’s hope that Tony Todd is somehow attached! There’s no way his performance can be topped. But if he gives his blessing, I’ll still have faith in another installment.
Child's Play (2019) News
It was revealed recently that Child’s Play is another film receiving the reboot treatment (I see a theme in this blog post!), and mind you, this is a franchise that not only recently had a sequel released, but is also currently being produced into a television series. It’s unclear how one project will affect the other. I’m not the biggest fan of Child’s Play, as I don’t find Chucky scary—I don’t find most dolls scary, for that matter. Even as a kid, I wasn’t bothered by the first film, so I can’t say that news of a remake necessarily upsets me. What makes me happy, however, is the fact that it is set to come out on June 21, 2019… the same day as Toy Story 4. If that isn’t perfect marketing, I don’t know what is. And the studio put out some rather creepy fake advertisements online for the new “Buddi” doll, chock-full of new technology upgrades. Again, we’ll see what the eventual trailers give us. But right now, all I’ll totally agree with is the casting choice of Aubrey Plaza. I’m in it just for her!
What do you think about this latest batch of horror news? Are you over the remakes and reboots? Or are you just glad that the younger audiences get to experience the characters we know and love in a new light? Let’s discuss!
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