The Last Horror Blog: 'Happy Death Day' Sequel Gets Titled, 'Train to Busan' Remake on Its Way

The Last Horror Blog: 'Happy Death Day' Sequel Gets Titled, 'Train to Busan' Remake on Its Way

Sep 27, 2018

Happy Death Day

Happy Death Day 2 U nails down release dateHappy Death Day (above) was a surprise horror hit last year and now it’s getting a sequel. You’ll be able to relive the excitement of horror’s version of Groundhog Day on Valentine’s Day 2019.

Stars Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard return for the sequel, which picks up right where the first film ended. Director Christopher Landon is also back.

In an interview earlier this year, Rothe said: "The sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn’t even say it’s just a horror movie because it’s a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn’t get explained, and it elevates everything."

Read more about the sequel, recently titled Happy Death Day 2 U, here.

 

James Wan and Gary Dauberman take a Train to Busan – Multiple studios have been interested in remaking Korean zombie film Train to Busan, but it appears that New Line has the inside track, and that James Wan and Gary Dauberman will be involved.

Reports indicate that Wan will produce the film, while Dauberman will write the script for a North American remake of Yeon San-ho’s 2016 hit. As we heard last month, Yeon is also reportedly at work on a sequel.

Wan and Dauberman are hot commodities when it comes to Hollywood genre flicks. Wan gave us the Saw franchise and Dauberman penned the scripts for It and The Nun, among others; he will direct the third film in the Annabelle series next month.

Whether the world needs a Train to Busan remake is up for debate, but if it does come to pass, at least talented people are involved at this point.

 

John Carpenter teases Prince of Darkness series – If you’re not subscribed to Shudder, you’re missing out. The "Netflix for Horror Fans" is full of great horror films and very affordable. Now they could be teaming up with John Carpenter for a new series.

Carpenter spoke with Consequence of Sound and dropped this bombshell: "We’re talking to them about doing a theme, and maybe doing a show for them. What would you think about Prince of Darkness as a TV show?"

After that, he walked it back a bit: "Well, maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know. I’m not going to tell you. I’m not going to tell you."

It’s definitely an interesting idea; here’s to hoping it comes to fruition. More Carpenter is always a good thing.

 

Unrated Evil Dead remake coming for Halloween – Fede Alvarez’s remake of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead isn't talked about often enough. Alvarez had the unenviable task of remaking a cult classic, without the iconic Bruce Campbell, and he managed to pull it off.

The film is returning to Blu-ray this October in a new two-disc unrated release. That’s right, there’s five more minutes of footage in the unrated cut!

Evil Dead hits retailers on October 23.

 

Horror on the Horizon

We bid adieu to September this week, with one horror title debuting at the multiplex.

Slasher flick Hell Fest opens in theaters tomorrow (Friday, September 28). This one's kinda flown under the radar, but I’m always up for a stalk and kill flick set in an amusement park. The official synopsis tells us: "A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show."

Here’s the trailer – it’s NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

And with that, we’re officially into October. And, the first weekend of the greatest month of the year is … completely underwhelming.

There’s only one new release this week, and it’s a limited one. Knuckleball does have one thing going for it, though: it’s got Michael Ironside in it. That’s always a plus. If you’ve been craving a horror version of Home Alone, this might be the title for you.

Here’s the breakdown: "Alone, and targeted on an isolated farm, 12 year old Henry finds himself at the center of a maelstrom of terror, and a dark family legacy, when his secretive grandfather dies suddenly in the night."

Oh, and Venom opens next week (Friday, October 5), giving one of Spider-Man’s archenemies his very own potential franchise.

 

Horror on Home Video

October gets off to a better start on home video.

October 2 brings us a notable number of new releases, including Wolf Cop: Wolf Pack, which re-releases both cult hits in one package.

If werewolves aren’t your thing, there’s always Michael Myers. October is Myers month, and things kick off with a new steelbook edition of Rob Zombie’s wildly divisive update of Halloween.


 

But wait, there’s more! Also releasing this coming Tuesday are The First Purge and Tales from the Hood 2. Ah, October – it’s like Christmas in the fall for horror fans.

October 9 brings us another batch of treats, including two highly anticipated titles from Scream Factory.

Trick ‘r Treat and The House on Haunted Hill both release that week. The former is a bonafide holiday classic making its Blu-ray debut that’s absolutely worthy of Halloween night viewing. The latter is a minor cult classic that’s a remake of a Vincent Price favorite.

If you’re missing supernatural smartass John Constantine, then you’ll be happy to know that the wisecracking occult detective is back in a new animated adventure this week. Constantine: City of Demons was originally a web series, and it ties into the same world created in NBC’s short-lived live action series from a few years back.

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