The Last Horror Blog: 'Ash vs. Evil Dead,' 'Halloween,' 'World War Z' Sequel and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'Ash vs. Evil Dead,' 'Halloween,' 'World War Z' Sequel and More

Apr 26, 2018

Ash vs. Evil Dead

Starz cancels Ash vs. Evil Dead and Bruce Campbell is done – Starz has pulled the plug on Ash vs. Evil Dead, revealing that the final episode of the third season (airing this Sunday) will be the swan song for the fan favorite show.

Even more disappointingly, it’s apparently the swan song for Bruce Campbell as lovable doofus Ash. When fans took to social media, begging places like Netflix to give the series a new lease on life, Campbell quickly killed the dream with the following statement:

"Good people, Evil Dead fans everywhere, I bid you a heartfelt farewell playing Ash - the character I took acting lessons with for 39 years. I am hereby retiring from that portrayal. It’s time. I followed Ash from his formative years thru his mid-life crisis and decline. What a thrill! What a privilege!

We had a great resurgence with the help of Starz (kudos not jeers, folks). They made it possible for 15 more hours of Evil Dead-ness in your life - the equivalent of 10 more features!

Is Ash dead? Never. Ash is as much a concept as a person. Where there is evil in this world, there must be one to counter - man or woman, it matters not.

Thanks for watching. Love, Bruce."

If anyone’s earned the right to hang up their chainsaw for good, it’s Bruce Campbell – but it’s hard not to be sad to think this is the end of the line for one of horror’s most beloved heroes.

 

CinemaCon fans get first look at Halloween – David Gordon Green’s updating of Halloween just debuted its first footage at CinemaCon, and the early buzz is overwhelmingly positive.

Green’s film, which jettisons pretty much all of the canon established in the sequels, finds Jamie Lee Curtis once again squaring off against Michael Myers. While the footage hasn’t made it online (yet…), critics who got a sneak peek at the new clip describe it as “terrifying,” and star Curtis says it’s “going to scare the living sh*t out of all of you.” Yeah, we’re in…

What we’ve gleaned about the story is that it takes place decades after the original film – where Myers was re-committed after being shot by Dr. Loomis at the end of that classic feature. A documentary crew comes around – and, well, you can probably guess that everything goes wrong from there.

Expect a lot more on Halloween between now and the film’s October 19 release date.

 

World War Z sequel NOT filming this fall after all – Rumors circulated earlier this year that the sequel to World War Z could begin filming as early as fall 2018 – but it turns out that those rumors are completely incorrect.

David Fincher is slated to direct the follow up to the 2013 action-horror feature, and that’s at least partially responsible for the delay. Fincher is knee-deep in preparations for the season 2 of his Netflix series Mindhunter, and that will keep him busy for the next few months.

However, even if Fincher’s schedule was clear, it wouldn’t really matter. Reports indicate that while some location scouting has been done, the film’s script is still not completed, and Brad Pitt has potential scheduling conflicts as well.

So, scratch World War Z 2 off your calendar for now. Better luck next year, maybe…

 

Netflix acquires werewolf drama The Order – If we’ve learned one thing in the past few years, it’s that Netflix isn’t afraid to spend money. The company has shifted from a movie rental and streaming service into a full-fledged content creator with a slew of original shows and movies in their library.

The latest title to join the list is The Order, a new werewolf series that will have a 10-episode first season on the streaming platform at a date to be determined later.

Jake Manley, Sarah Grey, Matt Frewer, Sam Trammell, and Max Martini will headline the series, which is being developed by Nomadic Pictures (the company behind the Van Helsing and Ghost Wars television shows on SyFy). Read on for the plot details…

"College freshman Jack Morton joins a fabled secret society called The Order. He is thrust into a world of magic, monsters, and intrigue. As Jack goes deeper, he uncovers dark family secrets and an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts."

 

Horror on the Horizon

The good news is, we finally get Avengers: Infinity War this week. The bad news is that we get not one single solitary horror film at the theater for the next two weeks. Blockbuster season is about to be upon us, and that usually means you’re not going to see a lot of horror movies on the big screen until after the temperatures start to drop.

 

Horror on Home Video

Things aren’t a whole lot better on the home video front, but May 1 brings us the Blu-ray release of Winchester – and while the film didn’t do well at the box office, perhaps it will find a more appreciative audience on disc.

Two other items of interest are available on this date.

If you haven’t had enough of the graboids, or you just want to keep Michael Gross employed, you can check out Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell today.

Meanwhile, if you love Italian genre cinema, Sergio Martino’s classic crime film The Violent Professionals is available too. If you’re not familiar with Martino’s work, he gave us Torso, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, and many other great films.

May 8 brings us one notable genre title – the Amicus anthology film The House that Dripped Blood. This one features an A-list cast, including Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Ingrid Pitt; it's based on stories by Psycho scribe Robert Bloch.

Also available this week: It’s a double-dose of women in prison! Caged Fury and Violence in a Women’s Prison both debut today. The latter film is another entry in the Italian “Black Emanuelle” series, which finds Laura Gemser going undercover in a women’s prison. This is pretty much exactly what you’d expect from Bruno Mattei and Claudio Fragasso project, with the added bonus of all the sleaze now being in HD. What a time to be alive…

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