The Last Horror Blog: 'It,' John Carpenter's Music Video, 'Lore' Trailer and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'It,' John Carpenter's Music Video, 'Lore' Trailer and More

Sep 14, 2017

It

Pennywise murders the box office as It sets records – Stephen King’s had a big year, with multiple TV shows and films based on his books hitting the screen. He’s apparently saved the best for last, as Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of his novel It not only dominated at the box office, it posted the highest opening weekend numbers in genre history.

The film pulled in $123.1 million in the US, and $185 million globally. The previous record holder for a horror film, Paranormal Activity 3, opened with $52.6 million.

That’s impressive – but what’s even more astonishing is that film is now the second highest opening film of the year, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy 2The film is a huge success for New Line and Warner Bros., as It had a production budget of only $35 million.

Will It buck horror film trends (which often see a precipitous drop in box office receipts in their second week of release), or will it continue to break records? We’ll have to wait until Monday to know for sure – but for now, savor the fact that a horror film is shining in the spotlight.

 

John Carpenter is back with new Christine music video – it’s been far too long since we’ve seen new movies from horror icon John Carpenter – but the director is back this week and he’s brought along a nifty music video featuring one of his most iconic characters.

In preparation for this October’s release of John Carpenter Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, we bring you this music video for his Christine theme.

Carpenter’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel features a pristine Plymouth Fury that’s possessed by evil. In the new video, it’s good to see things haven’t really changed much – as the cherry red car prowls dark city streets ominously before finding its potential prey.

Carpenter not only works behind the camera – he cameos in the video as well. 
Sure, this isn’t the new feature film we’ve all been dying for, but it’s good to see Carpenter making movies again – even if they’re really just music videos.

 

Lore trailer promises a creepy good time – I’ve somehow missed out on the Lore podcast (which has won all kinds of awards over the past few years), but I expect to be catching up with the show soon, when it makes the jump from podcast to Amazon Prime Video series this October. After watching this trailer, I suspect many of you will be joining me. Here are some details from the recent press release Amazon sent out:

Lore, featuring Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Kristin Bauer van Straten (True Blood), Adam Goldberg (FargoHolland Roden (Teen Wolf), Colm Feore (House of Cards) and Campbell Scott (The Amazing Spider-Man), combines documentary footage, narration, historical mixed media and cinematic scenes to bring to life terrifying, but true stories. Celebrating the origins of the horror genre, Lore explores the real-life tales behind pop culture’s most legendary horror myths, such as vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls.”

The first season will run for six episodes – all released at once for your binge-watching pleasure – and debuts on Friday, October 13. Until then, have a peek at this clip.

 

IFC acquires distribution rights to The Cured – It’s always nice to report good news from the Toronto International Film Festival and it’s hard to get more “good news” than learning that a new film has been picked up for distribution to a wider audience.

Today’s news reveals that IFC has acquired the rights to The Cured, a new zombie movie featuring Inception’s Ellen Page and directed by first time feature-helmer David Freyne. No word yet on a release date, but here’s the trailer and plot synopsis:

“The film unfolds in the aftermath of a devastating virus which transformed the infected into zombie-like monsters. Mankind is struggling to rebuild societies deeply divided between the uninfected and those who did succumb to the virus and are still haunted by their violent actions. In this backdrop, the rise of a terrorist movement threatens to plunge the world into chaos again.”


 

Horror on the Horizon

Horror season is cycling into full swing – we had the debut of It last week, and this week brings us Darren Aronofsky’s mother!. The film features performances from Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem and Ed Harris. Here’s the official plot breakdown:

"A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence." 

Early buzz for the film has been overwhelmingly positive – could we have two big horror releases in September? We’ll find out this weekend.

The week of September 22 doesn’t have any major releases, but we do have two limited releases that should appeal to fans.

First up is Friend Request – another movie pointing out the evils of social media. Check out this synopsis:

“Enjoying college life as a popular student, Laura shares everything with her more than 800 friends on Facebook. But one day, after accepting a friend request from a social outcast named Marina, Laura’s life is cursed, and her closest friends begin dying cruel deaths. Before her time is up, Laura must solve the mystery behind Marina and her Facebook profile, in order to break the deadly spell.”

Also opening this weekend in select markets is The Houses That October Built 2. Don’t know what it’s about? We’ve got you covered:

"Recovering from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton – a group who take 'extreme haunt' to another level – five friends decide they must face their fears in order to move on. Heading back out on the road to visit more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing again and a new terror begins… "

 

Horror on Home Video

Things are looking pretty good on the home video front for the next two weeks, too.

September 19 brings us a 4k version of cult classic Starship Troopers, releasing alongside ‘80s slasher flick Sweet Sixteen. The real highlight, though, is the 4k and Blu-ray release of Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The following week brings us even more high profile titles.

Catch up last year’s creepy weird series Channel Zero with the full first season, Candle Cove, which is available this Tuesday. Also releasing this week are indie hit The Devil’s Candy, cult classic The Dead Next Door, and Jess Franco’s Killer Barbys.

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