The Last Horror Blog: 'Child's Play' Reboot on Its Way

The Last Horror Blog: 'Child's Play' Reboot on Its Way

Jul 05, 2018

Child's Play

Child's Play reboot in the works – A few months back, we told you that Child's Play creator Don Mancini was working on a television series based on the 1980s horror favorite. Now comes news that MGM is looking to reboot the entire Child's Play franchise, and that they'd like to begin shooting in … September!

Mancini's TV series (which is considered canon to the original films) is still in the works, but this new film, which features a "technologically advanced" killer doll, will apparently co-exist alongside it. David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith are attached as producers on the project, while Tyler Burton Smith will pen the screenplay. 

Beyond that, we don’t know a whole lot about the project, though it appears that MGM is serious about Chucky. Will the doll even be named Chucky in a reboot? Will Brad Dourif provide the voice? We have no idea at the moment, but we’ll keep you in the loop as details come to light.

 

Book of Monsters trailer looks fun – Dark Rift Films’ new horror comedy Book of Monsters is slated to make its world premiere at Frightfest later this year, but today we’ve got the first teaser trailer for the film and it looks pretty great.

“Sophie’s 18th birthday party becomes a bloodbath when six terrifying monsters descend upon her house, intent on devouring the party guests and killing anyone who tries to leave. As her school friends are torn apart and eaten, Sophie must rally a band of misfits and take up arms to send their party crashers back to hell. To survive the night, Sophie will face her destiny; monsters are real – and she’s the only one who can stop them.”

Check out the Not Safe For Work trailer below, and expect more on this one after it debuts.

 

Scream Factory announces The House on Haunted Hill Blu-ray- – William Malone’s 1999 remake of The House on Haunted Hill has garnered quite the cult following over the years. I’m not entirely sure why – if only because I personally didn’t love it all that much – but it’s always nice to see other fans get something they’ve clamored for.

That’s exactly what’s happening now that Scream Factory has announced a new Collector’s Edition version of the film slated for release this October. Details for the disc haven’t been revealed (expect those in September), but we do know that the old DVD's special features will be included, alongside new supplemental material. 

 

Scream Factory announces Trick ‘r Treat special edition – Clearly, this week is all about Scream Factory announcements. While I’m not a particularly huge fan of the aforementioned House on Haunted Hill, I absolutely love Trick ‘r Treat – so news that it’s getting a special Collector’s Edition version is exciting.

The package is slated for an October 9 release date, and here are the details we know so far:

-- This will be branded as a "Collector’s Edition" that will come with a slipcover (guaranteed for three months after its original release date). U.S. and Canada territories (Region A).

-- New extras and specs are still in progress and will be announced later in September. Extras from the previous DVD and Blu-ray release will be ported over and more new interviews are underway. We’re happy to report that director Michael Dougherty is very-much involved!

-- The newly-commissioned artwork pictured is director-approved and comes to us from Devon Whitehead. This art will be front-facing and the reverse side of the wrap will be a theatrical art alternative that Mr. Dougherty asked if we could include.

You can preorder this bad boy directly from Scream Factory now!

 

Horror on the Horizon

We’re into July, which is not usually a great time for horror releases, but lo and behold there’s actually one this week.

While some people will argue as to whether or not The Purge is still a horror franchise, I think it’s definitely close enough for inclusion here, and besides, it’s not like you’ve got 20 other options this week.

The First Purge opened on Wednesday, but if you didn’t catch it yet, now’s a good time to make up for your oversight.

Naturally, this prequel goes back to explore the origins of the very first Purge, a government-sanctioned event where all crime is legal for 12 hours. Oddly enough, this feels less and less like fiction with each passing day.

And…that’s it for mainstream horror releases for the next two weeks, unless you count Hotel Transylvania 3 (I am not counting Hotel Transylvania 3). What’s really depressing about this is there’s a Friday the 13th in July, so why did no one schedule a horror movie for that weekend?

 

Horror on Home Video

Things are at least slightly better on DVD. July 10 brings us the Blu-ray debut of critical darling A Quiet Place, which finds John Krasinski and his family trying to be silent to avoid capturing the attention of monsters with super-sensitive hearing.

This week’s other big release is Mondo Macabro’s uncut Blu-ray edition of cult classic Who Can Kill a Child? Here’s the plot breakdown:

"An English tourist couple rents a boat to visit the island of Almanzora, just off the southern Spanish coast. When they arrive, they find the island apparently empty of adults. There are only children, who don't speak but just stare at the strangers with eerie smiles on their faces. The English couple soon discovers that all the island’s children have been possessed by a mysterious force, a kind of madness which they can pass from one to another, and which makes them attack and murder their elders, who can't defend themselves because, of course, nobody can kill a child…"

July 17 offers up even more goodies. Underappreciated ‘80s B slasher Doom Asylum is coming to Blu-ray from our friends at Arrow. This is a must-own for ‘80s trash cinema aficionados. Just go buy it now and thank me later.

While it’s not a horror movie, Joaquin Phoenix’s You Were Never Really Here is certainly harrowing. You can pick up a copy this week, too.

And finally, we wrap things up with a beloved giallo from one of the form’s masters, Sergio Martino.

Martino’s The Case of the Scorpion’s Tail isn’t quite as revered as Torso or Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, but it’s still pretty great. Check out the trailer below.

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