Mrs. Voorhees Coming to New Friday the 13th

The new Friday the 13th will be taking place in the 1980’s, and is said to have both Jason and Pamela Voorhees.  Though it is unclear if she will just be a hallucination again, or if we will get to see some mother/son bloody bonding time. 

David Bruckner is attached as director, you may know him from V/H/S.  They also took the time to crush the rumor that the film will be pg13.  “There is no PG-13 version in the world of Jason Voorhees.”.

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Universal Monsters Reboot Begins With The Mummy

June 24, 2016 is the date set for the reboot of The Mummy, the first confirmed film of a shared Universal Monster universe.  Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, The Amazing Spider Man) is set to direct.

After The Mummy, another film from the shared universe will be released April 2017, though it’s unannounced which monster (or monsters) it will feature.  Rumor has it that the recently released Dracula Untold is part of the shared universe, though it is unconfirmed.  Kurtzman and Chris Morgan (the two in charge of this new shared universe) were brought in to consult on Dracula Untold, so there is that backing the rumor.  If the rumor proves true, that makes Luke Evans as the first of the new Universal monster.

I love the idea of bringing back all of the Universal monsters, but I am concerned about who they will get to play the roles once held by the legends such as Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr.  Let me know what you think of the reboot, and who you think could fill the role of any of the Universal monsters.

Upcoming Horror: The Pyramid

October has come and gone, and with it the majority of new horror releases for the year.  The Pyramid comes to theaters December 5th, bringing us something to look forward to in theater.  Directed by Gregory Levasseur (High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes) and produced by his usual collab. partner Alexandre Aja.  The story follows a team of archaeologists as the explore a newly found pyramid.  As they delve deeper into the labyrinth, they realize two things. That they’re lost within the maze like pyramid, and that they’re not alone down in the dark tombs.

The Pyramid Trailer

Cenobites Rejoice! Hellraiser Reboot

For years there have been talk of a remake of the Hellraiser series.  Freddy, Jason, Leatherface and Michael all got their remakes.  Chucky’s is in the works, and now, Pinhead will be joining the Horror classics that are getting a reboot.  Dimension Films have been releasing several direct to video sequels over the past decade, keeping the rights to the Hellraiser series, and (barely) keeping the series in the mind of the fans.  But this may have all been worth it, as the new reboot will be written/directed by Clive Barker.  Will we finally get another good Hellraiser film?  Tell me what you think below.

Leatherface, another Texas Chainsaw Massacre Prequel

Many horror fans probably saw 2006’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and were left disappointed.  A prequel to the 2003 remake, it had decent blood and gore but few scares.  On top of that, there was a poor attempt at the story, and contained new twists to the well known story.

Having seen this, I was a little concerned when I saw that there was going to be another Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel.  ‘Leatherface’ will take place before the original 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and will focus on his formative teenage years.  It was recently announced that Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo are attached to the project as directors.  These two are prominent French directors that are known for helping to usher in a new wave of French horror. They should bring good storytelling to the franchise while maintaining the gore and dark and gritty nature expected with Texas Chainsaw Massacre.  If things go as they’re looking, ‘Leatherface’ may be the first film in the franchise to do it right since the 2003 remake.

Halloween: The Complete Collection on Bluray

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This came in the mail yesterday just in time for a nice Halloween marathon.  It has all of the original films plus the Rob Zombie remakes.  Each disc contains some extra features as well, commentaries, behind the scenes and trailers.  The remakes also have some blooper reels that are worth a watch. 

The ten discs are placed into two cases that then slide into the box pictured above.  I picked this up on sale on the walmart website for $75. It’s a great collection to have.

If you’re a huge fan of the Halloween franchise, you may want to check out the complete deluxe edition collection.  For an extra $40 or so, you can get the 15 disc version.  It includes the television versions of some of the films.  Honestly, the only difference that might make the deluxe edition worth it is the Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (producer’s cut), a version previously only available as a bootleg.  I would only recommend getting the deluxe edition if you need the best collection, or if you feel that you HAVE to see the producer’s cut, but have an aversion to bootlegs.

Either way, having all of the Halloween films on bluray is a great addition to any horror fan’s collection. 

Ten Years Ago: 2004 in Horror

Tomorrow Saw returns to theaters for it’s 10 year anniversary. This got me thinking about what else has been out for 10 years, and there are some big movies celebrating 10 years this year. Here are a few, and the impact they have had on the genre.

Saw: since the first film, it continued to release a new film every Halloween season for seven years. (A trend later picked up by Paranormal Activity). Saw was directed by James Wan, who along with a few other directors (collectively deemed the Splat Pack) brought a grittier, gorier type of horror to the masses.

The Grudge: a personal favorite of mine, this continued the wave of American remakes of foreign horror movies, and paved the way for many more. A great ghost story to watch late at night, I recommend checking out the original Japanese series as well.

Shaun of the Dead: some wonderful horror-comedy. I would say this was around the beginning of the current zombie craze everyone has been in. It has some great references in it, and is always good for a laugh.

Dawn of the Dead (remake): a good remake of a classic zombie film. This along with the last entry and a few others brought zombies back as a horror staple. (Not to mention the great rendition of ‘Down with the Sickness’)

These are just some of the great horror films that came out in 2004. There is another that I really enjoyed that I will got into detail with tomorrow. What do you think, was 2004 a good year for horror?