The Last Horror Blog: 'Friday the 13th,' 'The Terror,' ''Monsters' and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'Friday the 13th,' 'The Terror,' ''Monsters' and More

Jan 18, 2018

Friday the 13th

Blumhouse teases Friday the 13th reboot – Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Pictures has been responsible for many of the most noteworthy mainstream horror releases of the past few years – and their next big project is the highly anticipated reboot of John Carpenter’s slasher classic, Halloween.

However, that’s not the only big name franchise Blum and his team have their eye on – if they had their way, they’d love to tackle the other sultan of slash, Jason Voorhees, too. Blum tells MovieWeb about it in a recent interview: "You know, I really wanted to do Friday the 13th. I would love to do that movie. Maybe someday we’ll get do to that one."

This is probably music to most fans’ ears – as Jason has languished in cinematic exile since Platinum Dunes’ successful reboot way back nearly 10 years ago. For whatever reason, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have been unable to get a new F13 film off the ground, despite their 2009 entry (above; helmed by Marcus Nispel) taking in an impressive $92 million dollars.

Before you get too excited, keep in mind that this is just Blum wishing for something. There’s no real project happening here that anyone is aware of – but the idea of Blumhouse tackling Friday the 13th is certainly intriguing. At this point, I think we can all agree that we just want to see Jason back on the big screen one way or another…

 

AMC’s The Terror looks amazing in new trailer – Dan Simmons’ novel The Terror is one of my favorite books of all-time, so I was pretty excited when it was announced that AMC had acquired the rights to develop it for television. And based on this new trailer for the ten-episode show, things appear to be shaping up really well.

"Inspired by a true story, The Terror centers on the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into uncharted territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope, and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated, and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other."

The series, which features performances from Tobias Menzies, Ciaran Hinds and Jared Harris, is set to debut on Monday, March 26.

 

Stream Monsters for free through Amazon Prime – Cult classic anthology series Monsters is one of my favorite shows from my misspent youth. (It ran in syndication, often alongside Tales From the Darkside, in countless markets from 1988 through 1991.) It was campy, occasionally creepy, low-budget late night entertainment.

The series got a DVD release back in 2014, but if you didn’t pick it up, don’t fret – Amazon Prime has you covered.

Monsters is now available for streaming for Prime members as part of Amazon’s video streaming library. That’s right – you can watch all 72 episodes from the comfort of your couch right now.  I know what I’m going to be doing this weekend…

 

Horror on the Horizon

Two new films get theatrical releases tomorrow, January 19, but both are only available in select markets.

First up is IFC Midnight’s The Midnight Man, which features Lin Shaye, Robert Englund and Gabrielle Haugh in a tale where young people unwittingly summon a supernatural monster with a taste for blood.

Also opening this week is Nic Cage’s Mom and Dad, a tale wherein parents go crazy and start trying to kill their kids. Looks like a great opportunity for Cage to chew the scenery, if nothing else.

January wraps up with one more limited release, Patrick Magee’s Primal Rage – a story about a young couple menaced by Bigfoot as they travel across the Pacific Northwest. If you love a good Sasquatch-sploitation flick, you’re going to want to check this one out.

 

Horror on Home Video

January 23 brings us two notable Blu-ray releases.

Scorpion debuts their new Blu-ray release of Dario Argento’s classic slasher film Opera, which finds a young understudy stalked by a psycho killer when she’s unexpectedly thrust into the lead role in a production of Macbeth. This is one of Argento’s last truly great films – let’s hope the presentation here is up to snuff.

Also available this week, Jigsaw brings the Saw franchise back from the dead. If you’ve been missing Jigsaw’s elaborate murders, this should make you happy.

January 30 has one noteworthy new release – yet another version of cult classic gore flick Re-Animator, this time from our friends at Arrow Video.

The new two disc set is chock full of extras, so if you’ve been holding out on picking this gem up on Blu-ray, now’s probably a good time to take the plunge.

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