The Last Horror Blog: 'Halloween,' 'Bird Box,' 'Friday the 13th,' 'Escape Room' and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'Halloween,' 'Bird Box,' 'Friday the 13th,' 'Escape Room' and More

Oct 25, 2018

Halloween

Halloween opens strong – David Gordon Green’s Halloween opened strong this past weekend, pulling in over $77 million in box office receipts. Star Jamie Lee Curtis took to social media to do a little boasting about it.

The film had the second biggest October opening ever, only falling to this month’s Venom, which pulled in roughly $80 million. Seems likely that we’re about to see at least one more Halloween movie.


Bird Box trailer teases a terrifying future – Josh Malerman’s novel Bird Box is one of the best horror stories I’ve read in the past few years. The good news is there’s still time for you to read it before Netflix brings it to the screen this December.

This is the third high profile horror novel adaptation Netflix has pulled off in the past year or so (Gerald’s Game and The Ritual are the others) and this one looks to be the most promising of all. Check out the synopsis and trailer below, then mark your calendars, because Bird Box debuts on December 21.

"When a mysterious force decimates the world's population, only one thing is certain: if you see it, you take your life. Facing the unknown, Malorie finds love, hope and a new beginning only for it to unravel. Now she must flee with her two children down a treacherous river to the one place left that may offer sanctuary. But to survive, they'll have to undertake the perilous two-day journey blindfolded. Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock leads an all-star cast that includes Trevante Rhodes, with Sarah Paulson, and John Malkovich in Bird Box, a compelling new thriller from Academy Award® winner Susanne Bier."


Lebron James in talks to produce Friday the 13th reboot – While it’s been almost ten years since we’ve had a new Friday the 13th film, and the franchise is still tied up in legal drama, we might be getting a new Jason movie from an unlikely source.

Bloody-Disgusting reports that Lebron James’ Springhill Entertainment is in talks to partner with Vertigo Entertainment to produce a Friday reboot. Though the last film in the franchise was also a reboot, this weekend’s success of Halloween almost assuredly has Hollywood execs rushing about trying to revive long dormant franchises. Who better than Jason Voorhees, who’s spent years at the bottom of Camp Crystal Lake?

I would hold off on lining up to buy tickets, as we’ve been down this road before, but at least news of some movement on a new installment is a step in the right direction.


Escape or die in new Escape Room trailer – Escape rooms are everywhere these days, but what if you were locked in the room and it was life or death?

That’s the premise of Escape Room, a new thriller from Adam Robitel. Robitel, as you may recall, directed the cult hit The Taking of Deborah Logan a few years back. The new feature finds a group stuck in an escape room where they must figure out the clues in order to escape with their lives. It’s got a sort of Saw-esque vibe, just minus Jigsaw.  

Escape Room opens on January 4, but until then you can check out the trailer below.


Horror on the Horizon

While Halloween is just a few short days away, there aren’t any horror films debuting in wide release theatrically this week. So, if you haven’t gone to see Halloween yet, this is your chance!

By the time the calendar flips to November, horror films are usually gone, giving way to the holiday season and its bevy of family films, Oscar contenders and other distinctly non-horror titles. That’s not the case this year, though.

November 2 brings us the long-awaited wide release of Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria. (It opens in New York and Los Angeles theaters tomorrow.) The remake of Dario Argento’s Italian horror masterpiece has earned a lot of positive reviews after festival showings, but will mainstream audiences take to it? We’ll find out.

 

Horror on Home Video

The deluge of horror DVD and Blu-ray releases keeps coming in the last week of October, with several notable titles hitting retailers on October 30.

Horror fans who haven’t yet seen Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy – wherein Nic Cage goes totally bath*t insane – can remedy that this week.

Also on the docket this week is Arrow’s Special Collector’s Edition of Sergio Martino’s classic giallo Torso, and new 4K and remastered versions of Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

November 6 brings us the home video debut of Slender Man – which didn’t find much of an audience at theaters, but maybe will find some love on Blu-ray.



Scream Factory also brings us two new releases this week.

First up, another version of John Carpenter’s The Thing, only this time it’s in a nice steelbook cover. I don’t know how many versions of The Thing I need to own, but this one looks pretty great.

They follow that up with a special collector’s edition of Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers. While Sleepwalkers wasn’t a big box office hit and hasn’t really gone on to achieve cult status, it is nice to get what will surely be the definitive version of the film on Blu-ray, complete with the usual assortment of out-of-this-world extras Scream Factory includes with their releases.

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