The Last Horror Blog: 'Hereditary,' 'The Ritual,' 'Deep Blue Sea 2' and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'Hereditary,' 'The Ritual,' 'Deep Blue Sea 2' and More

Feb 01, 2018


Sundance darling Hereditary gets a trailer and a release date – Many critics dubbed 2017 "The Year of the Horror Film" and the trend appears set to continue in 2018 if movies like A24’s Hereditary (above) are any indication.

Filmmaker Ari Aster’s debut earned rave reviews at Sundance earlier this month, and now the title has both a trailer and a wide release date set for this summer. Here’s the plot breakdown from the A24 site:

"When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell."

The film, which stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Millie Shapiro and Gabriel Byrne, will open in theaters on June 8. Until then, check out this trailer and let us know what you think.


Trailer for Netflix’s The Ritual reminds you that going into the woods is a bad ideaThe Ritual, Netflix’s adaptation of an Adam Nevill horror novel, is set to debut on the streaming service next month – and we’ve got the new official trailer to share with you today.

The feature centers on a group of friends who reconnect on a wilderness trip in the Scandinavian woods, but things go wrong when they get lost in the dense forest and become convinced they’re being stalked by something with bad intentions.

The film hits Netflix on February 9 and features performances from Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collie, Arsher Ali, and Sam Troughton. David Bruckner directs.


Deep Blue Sea 2 trailer showcases more smart sharks – I’m not sure anyone was actually asking for a sequel to Deep Blue Sea, Renny Harlin’s silly, modestly entertaining 1999 killer shark flick, but we’re getting one anyway.

The first trailer for the imaginatively titled Deep Blue Sea 2 has debuted, and oddly enough, it doesn’t look that bad. Sure, the new clip demonstrates that a lot of the sequel is basically a sort of rehash of the original (intelligent sharks get too smart for their captors’ good…), but the first film isn’t unwatchable or anything.

Here’s the synopsis:

"Shark conservationist Dr. Misty Calhoun (Danielle Savre) is invited to consult on a new, top secret project run by pharmaceutical billionaire Carl Durant (Michael Beach). When science meddles with the time-tested process of nature and nurture, the outcome can be deadly."

No word yet on a release date (it’s slated to air on SyFy sometime this year, while also getting a Blu-ray and DVD release), but have a gander at the trailer and see what you think.


Friday the 13th: The Game offers up new content this weekFriday the 13th: The Game may have had a rocky launch when it released last year, but the team behind the survival horror title have worked overtime in the past few months to make up for it. This week, they’re gifting players with some cool new content – and best of all, it’s free!

On January 30, players will be able to get a brand new map and a Jason – both based on the unfairly maligned Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning. The Pinehurst Youth Development Center will be a playable area in the game, and fans can take on the role of distraught medic turned fake Jason, Roy.

As someone who unabashedly loves A New Beginning (it’s great sleazy fun!), I’m totally excited about this. Grab it on January 30 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC versions of the game.


Horror on the Horizon

Only one new horror film releasing nationwide in the next two weeks, but it’s one people seem keenly interested in, at least.

Winchester opens on February 2, and features performances from Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, and Jason Clarke.

Loosely inspired by true events, the story focuses on Sarah Winchester’s ever-expanding house, which is built not out of craziness or a desire to have the biggest McMansion on her block, but to instead trap the ghosts of vengeful spirits killed by her family’s namesake guns.

The trailer doesn’t appear to break any new ground in the haunted house subgenre, but it still looks like it could be interesting. Catch it in theaters tomorrow.


Horror on Home Video

While things may be pretty quiet on the theatrical front, the next two weeks are overflowing with new DVD and Blu-ray releases you’re going to want to check out.

February 2 brings us the release of Tragedy Girls – one of my ten favorite horror films of 2017. This riff on slasher cinema is sure to delight fans of things like The Final Girls, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, and other great horror comedies.

Tuesday, February 6 sees the arrival of Adam Green’s latest Hatchet film, which finds Perry Shen’s character once again back in the Louisiana bayou to face off against the murderous Victor Crowley.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can catch Day of the Dead: Bloodline, which will attempt to retell the tale of George Romero’s beloved Day of the Dead.

February 13 opens with a Blu-ray release of Euro-horror classic The Blood Spattered Bride. Vicente Aranda’s gothic chiller is often cited amongst the greatest vampire flicks ever made, so if you love bloodsuckers, I highly recommend this one.

Scream Factory brings us a collector’s edition of Sam Raimi’s beloved Drag Me To Hell this week as well. If you miss the good ol’ days when Raimi made stuff like Evil Dead, this new two-disc set should provide a nice trip down memory lane.

If you’re looking for more Euro-horror, you’ll want to grab Amando de Ossorio’s Night of the Seagulls, which continues his Blind Dead series with the monstrous Knights Templar.

If you like your horror flicks more American, you’ll be pleased to know you can pick up Friday the 13th: The Ultimate Collection this week too. This set features all eight Paramount films (sorry, fans of Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X, etc…) in one set. Follow Jason’s bloody exploits as he slices his way through Crystal Lake…repeatedly.

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