The Last Horror Blog: 'Blair Witch Project' Heads to TV, 'Veronica' on Netflix, Stephen King's 'The Bone Church' and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'Blair Witch Project' Heads to TV, 'Veronica' on Netflix, Stephen King's 'The Bone Church' and More

Mar 01, 2018

Blair Witch Project

Lionsgate reveals plans for Blair Witch Project TV series – We’re fast approaching the 20 year anniversary of the original Blair Witch Project (above) and we might be celebrating with a new TV series based on the titular character.

Lionsgate has announced some of the first titles for its new digital content wing, Studio L, and the Eduardo Sanchez/Daniel Myrick creation is on the short list of projects in development.

Executive VP Daniel Laderman had this to say about the company’s foray into the digital arena:

"In today’s fast-changing media landscape, Lionsgate is committed to creating and distributing various types of content for next generation audiences with some of the most exciting creative voices and innovative partners in our industry. The projects announced today signal our commitment to finding stand-out material, incubating new talent, and delivering authentic storytelling. We will also continue to cultivate and foster fresh opportunities with existing Lionsgate properties, all built around Studio L’s low-risk, high-reward distribution model."

Details about the Blair Witch series are mostly non-existent at this point, but the title is included in a list of properties that Lionsgate intends to develop. Would you watch a series based on this franchise? I think the potential is there, for sure.

 

Paco Plaza’s Veronica debuts on Netflix – Filmmaker Paco Plaza’s latest film, a supernatural thriller titled Veronica, has been on my "pray for an American release" list for quite some time, so imagine my glee when news broke that it was going to debut on Netflix this week.

Plaza, half of the directorial team behind the [Rec] series of films, helms this new tale of terror about "a young woman who must protect her brother and sister after she attempts to bring back the spirit of their dead father through a Ouija board ritual."

The film is currently available to stream for Netflix subscribers. Check out the trailer below.

 

Stephen King takes us to The Bone Church – If you haven’t had enough adaptations of Stephen King properties yet (and I’ll be honest – I’m always up for more), then this is good news. King’s 2009 narrative poem The Bone Church is being adapted for television.

The poem (which you can read here) finds a bar patron recounting the tale of a failed expedition into the jungle, one where only he and a few others managed to survive.

No network details yet, but the project has been picked up by Chris Long and David Ayers. Long is a King veteran at this point, having executive produced the first season of Mr. Mercedes.

 

Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left gets special edition Blu-ray – Wes Craven may be gone, but his spirit lives on through the films he made during his career. Our friends at Arrow are set to pay tribute to his legacy this May with a spectacular looking Blu-ray release of the filmmaker’s unsettling classic, The Last House on the Left.

The new two-disc set will hit retailers on May 28. It’s chock full of extras, as this list clearly demonstrates:

LIMITED 2 X BLU-RAY EDITION CONTENTS

  • Three cuts of the film newly restored in 2K from original film elements

  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Paul Shipper

  • Double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork

  • 6 x lobby card reproductions

  • Limited edition perfect-bound book featuring new writing on the film by author Stephen Thrower

A tale of revenge inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, Craven’s early feature earned its cult classic reputation based on a harrowing performance from the late David Hess, shocking violence, and one of the greatest taglines in exploitation film history ("To avoid fainting, keep repeating 'it’s only a movie…':).

Cult film fans won’t want to miss out on this one…

 

Horror on the Horizon

There’s only one wide release title in the first two weeks of March, but it’s a doozy.

March 9 sees the long-awaited release of The Strangers: Prey at Night. I’ll be honest; I thought we’d never actually get a sequel to Bryan Bertino’s 2008 cult hit. But, after a seemingly never-ending series of false starts, rumors, missed release dates, and other tomfoolery, we’re finally getting to see the newest horrifying adventure of Man in the Mask, Dollface, and Pin-Up Girl.

Will it live up to expectations? Hard to say, but people are certainly excited to finally get a chance to see it.

 

Horror on Home Video

To help get you ready for the return of The Strangers, you can pick up a new collector’s edition of the first film on March 6 from our friends at Scream Factory. The new edition is only a single disc, but has lots of cool extras you’ll want to check out.

Meanwhile, Arrow has two noteworthy releases this week. First up, a 4K edition of Donnie Darko, which isn’t exactly a horror film, but has garnered quite the following over the years anyway.

Even more exciting, though, is a 4K version of Dario Argento’s The Cat O’ Nine Tails, one of the Italian auteur’s early giallo efforts. (It’s the middle entry in what’s dubbed his "Animal Trilogy.") The new Arrow release is loaded with extras, including new commentary tracks, new interviews with Argento and screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti, and English-translated script pages for the film’s original ending. If you love Euro-horror, you’re going to want to grab this.

Arrow has even more good stuff in store for the week of March 13. The company offers up new limited edition releases of George Romero’s The Crazies and Season of the Witch that fans will want to add to their collection.

If you missed out on the beautiful Synapse 4K release of Suspiria last year, don’t fret – a new two-disc set featuring the amazing transfer will be available this week. Seriously, this is the best Suspiria has ever looked and the package is overflowing with cool extras.

And finally, the second season of SyFy’s uber weird and extremely creepy horror series Channel Zero returns with No End House. If you’re not watching this show, you’re missing out on some of the most disturbing horror on TV; each season is unique, but totally unsettling.

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