The Last Horror Blog: 'Overlord,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'The Meg' and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'Overlord,' 'The Walking Dead,' 'The Meg' and More

Nov 08, 2018

Overlord

Overlord comes from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production imprint, and while it doesn’t look like a straight horror film, it definitely has some horror elements. Here's the trailer and some plot details for the thriller, which opens in theaters everywhere on Friday, November 9:

"On the eve of D-Day, a group of American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission crucial to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their target, they begin to realize there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than a simple military operation."

 

Latest Horror News

Andrew Lincoln isn’t done with The Walking Dead – Ratings for Season 9 of The Walking Dead continue to slump, but that isn’t stopping AMC from bringing everyone more stories from the universe created in Robert Kirkman’s iconic comic book series.

While fans have been speculating for months about how Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes character would exit the show (with death being the top vote getter), it turns out that Rick isn’t really leaving at all -- he’s just moving on to a series of made-for-television films set in The Walking Dead universe. Showrunner Scott Gimple explains.

"We have a lot on the horizon – starting with a new epic featuring one of the greatest leading actors in television history and one of the best people I’ve ever met. These films are going to be big evolutions of what we’ve been doing on the show, with the scope and scale of features.

"We’re starting with the first part of the continuing story of Rick Grimes, and there is much more on the way, featuring yet-unseen worlds of The Walking Dead and faces from the show’s past, as well as new characters we hope to become favorites, told by TWD veterans and emerging voices. We want to break new ground with different, distinct stories, all part of the same world that’s captured our imagination for nearly a decade of the Dead."

I’m not a huge fan of The Walking Dead – I tuned out a few seasons ago when it seemed obvious that the show wasn’t really going anywhere – but I know people still love it. The question now is, are there enough Walking Dead die-hards left to make the creation of an expanded universe feasible? Current ratings leave me in doubt.

 

Victim #17 is a Scream fan film with a twist – It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a new movie in the Scream universe, but that’s about to change with a new fan film titled Victim #17.

I won’t spoil it, but this is another horror short that subverts expectations in a pretty nifty way. Director Andrew Berger's film is one for the fans and totally not for profit, which is basically how he gets away with using an iconic character like Ghostface in his short.

While the film isn’t quite on par with Wes Craven’s work -- that’s no slight to Bergerjust, since few filmmakers could compete with Craven in any arena -- it’s still a pretty silly and entertaining way to kill 10 minutes. Check it out below.

 

Fan-made sequel to Jason Lives in the works – We may not be getting a new official Friday the 13th movie any time soon, but, hey, at least the fans are doing their part to keep the franchise alive.

Fan film Friday the 13th: Vengeance raised over $40,000 on Kickstarter recently, and is now prepping for production. The film is billed as a sequel to fan favorite entry Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives and will bring Jason’s father into the fold. In a nice touch for the fans, C.J. Graham, the actor who played Jason in Jason Lives, will be donning the mask once again. Here's the official plot breakdown:

"Vengeance takes place roughly thirty years after the events of Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI. The story begins with Elias Voorhees, Jason’s father, returning to Crystal Lake and a string of grisly murders that soon follows his arrival.

"After hearing the news of the most recent killings, Tommy Jarvis then goes missing, which leaves it up to his daughter Angelica Jarvis to rise to the challenge of not only finding her father, but also finding a way to destroy his old nemesis Jason Voorhees in the process. Armed with knowledge never previously known about Jason, Angelica may prove to be his greatest threat yet, which culminates in an epic showdown of Jarvis vs. Voorhees."

The money raised isn’t a lot to make a movie, but the premise sounds pretty cool. We'll keep you posted on this one.

 

Horror on Home Video

November 13 is jam-packed with new horror Blu-ray releases; there are so many, I can’t even list them all. I’m not sure why this many discs are coming out this week, but if you’re a collector, maybe consider a second mortgage.

The highlight of the week is the Blu-ray release of The Meg. This Jason Statham versus a giant prehistoric shark movie was a summer release, but if you missed it in theaters, here’s your chance to remedy that.


Other notable releases this week include a new Blu-ray release of Christopher Lee's The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Lucio Fulci’s Perversion Story, and Arrow’s release of H.G. Lewis' The Wizard of Gore. It's a solid release day, for sure.

November 20 isn’t quite so packed, but if you need to stock up on discs to help you survive Thanksgiving, there are some options.

My top pick of the week is Scream Factory’s new Collector’s Edition Blu-ray of Bernard Rose’s amazing urban horror film Candyman. This film, based on a Clive Barker short story, gets the full-on Scream Factory treatment, with a new remaster and a boatload of extras. Just go get it now.


Scream Factory could have stopped there and called it a week. But oh no … the company has even more in store for you, because this is the week both Urban Legends films get spiffy new Blu-ray releases as well.

And finally, if you’re feeling adventurous, Artsploitation has a new release this week as well, a presumably 'nasty nun' flick called Luciferina. I don’t know much about this one, but as a lover of nunsploitation cinema, I’m interested in seeing more. Here's the synopsis: 

"Argentinian Gonzalo Calzada directs a visually explosive film where  religion, innocence, repressed sexuality and evil spectacularly collide. Natalia is a 19-year-old novice who reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father.

"But when she meets up with her sister and her friends, she decides instead to travel the jungle in search of a mystical plant. There, instead of pleasure, they find a world of Black Masses, strange pregnancies, bloody deaths and for the nun herself, a sexually violent clash with the Devil himself."

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