The Last Horror Blog: 'Goosebumps 2,' 'Halloween,' 'Pet Sematary'

The Last Horror Blog: 'Goosebumps 2,' 'Halloween,' 'Pet Sematary'

Oct 11, 2018

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

You can tell Halloween is right around the corner because we’ve got multiple horror movie releases over the next two weeks.

Tomorrow (October 12) kicks off with the release of Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (above), a sequel to the surprisingly good first Goosebumps film. There are more supernatural shenanigans afoot in this new entry, which finds two kids unwittingly raising a little hell when they find a lost R.L. Stine manuscript that was never meant to see the light of day.

Also opening this weekend is Bad Times at the El Royale, which is more a thriller than a horror film, but did earn a lot of praise after playing Fantastic Fest recently. Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, and Jon Hamm headline a tale about seven strangers, each with a secret to bury, who meet at Lake Tahoe's El Royale, a rundown hotel with a dark past. Over the course of one fateful night, everyone will have a last shot at redemption ... before everything goes to hell. 

Things really kick into high gear on October 19. That’s the day we finally get to see David Gordon Green’s Halloween.

Jamie Lee Curtis is back to battle Michael Myers one more time in the new film, made with not only John Carpenter’s blessing, but his input. Let’s hope it lives up to expectations.

 

Horror News Bites

New Pet Sematary trailer proves sometimes dead is better – The remake of Mary Harron’s Pet Sematary (based on a classic Stephen King novel) isn’t due out until April 2019, but it’s October and that’s a great time to release a trailer for a horror movie.

Starry Eyes filmmakers Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch are tackling the update. While it looks very similar to the earlier film, there’s some creepy new stuff in the mix as well. Hell, I’ll go watch this just to see John Lithgow as Jud Crandall.

Check out the trailer below and see what you think. Read everything we know about the film here

 

George Romero left more than 40 scripts and one unfinished film behind – It’s still hard for me to accept that filmmaker George Romero is gone, but while his physical self may have passed into the great beyond, his work remains. That’s even better to consider, now that we’ve learned Romero had more than 40 finished – and unfilmed – scripts in his possession at the time of his passing.

Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, the late director’s widow, had this to say in a recent interview: "George was a prolific writer. He loved to write, and we have 40, 50 scripts that he's written, and a lot of it is very good. He had a lot to say, and he still does, because I'm gonna make sure that he does. It's my mission."

If that isn’t impressive enough, it turns out there’s a lost Romero film floating around out there, one that very few people have seen. His wife describes it this way: "We have a film that he shot in 1973 that most people haven't seen. A handful of people have seen this film. … We're gonna restore it, and we're gonna show it to Romero cinephiles.

"It's a scary movie, but it's not a horror movie, and it's about ageism. Anyway, he has a cameo in it, and it'll be fun. And we'll show the movie, or get it distributed. It'll be a project that the foundation's gonna do. I think it's the first project we're gonna do actually."

With this news, and reports that Road of the Dead is still in development, it looks like Romero fans still have things to look forward to as we come to terms with the passing of the king of zombie cinema.

 

RIP Scott Wilson – Veteran character actor Scott Wilson passed away this past weekend after a battle with leukemia. He was 76.

Wilson was best known to horror fans as Hershel on AMC’s The Walking Dead, one of the main characters on the show for several seasons. Fans will also likely remember him from his portrayal of Eugene in Behind the Mask: The Rise and Fall of Leslie Vernon.

Rest in peace, Mr. Wilson; you will be missed.

 

Stan Against Evil Season 3 trailer – We may have lost Ash vs. Evil Dead (damn you, Starz!), but IFC’s Stan Against Evil is still alive and kicking. If you’ve not seen it, you’re missing out.

Season 3 kicks off on Halloween, and New York Comic Con attendees got a look at the new trailer for the upcoming shows. The good news for you is that you didn’t have to be at NYCC to see it; we’ve got it for you right here.

Check out a synopsis for the new season first, then watch the trailer below: "The new season picks up immediately after the Season 2 finale, with Stan and Evie back in Willard’s Mill dealing with the consequences of Stan traveling through time to save his dead wife Claire. In doing so, he inadvertently opened a portal between the Land of the Living and the Land of the Dead…allowing evil forces to truly take over the town and even some of its inhabitants. Although always the skeptic at first, Stan must work with Evie to once more save the town – even if it means making a literal deal with the devil."

 

Horror on Home Video

Lots of new releases are headed our way on Blu-ray over the next 14 days.

First up, October 16 brings us Ash vs. Evil Dead: The Complete Series. Starz may have ended the show sooner than many of us wanted, but you can relive it in all its gory glory next Tuesday.



That’s not the only thing coming out on that day; you can also score copies of Ruggero Deodato’s Cut and Run, a special edition release of beloved anthology film Trilogy of Terror, and Arrow’s Blu-ray release of the underseen John Landis film Schlock.

October 23 pulls no punches, so I hope your wallet is ready!

First off, we’re treated to two new Blu-ray versions of Stephen King classics. Vestron brings us Maximum Overdrive, while Scream Factory gifts us with a collector’s edition of Creepshow. You can’t go wrong with either of these.

Scream Factory isn’t done, though. Also releasing this week is cult classic Night of the Demons, which gets a Blu-ray steelbook edition that's sure to please devoted fans.


Fede Alvarez’s unrated version of Evil Dead is also out this week, so if you’re ready for more gory Kandarian demon action, this is a good pickup. Finally, Arrow brings us a new collector’s edition set of Jim Van Bebber’s low-budget masterpiece, Deadbeat at Dawn. That’s quite the haul!

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