The Last Horror Blog: 'Polaroid,' 'Cult of Chucky,' 'Hatchet,' 'Wish Upon' and Home Video Picks

The Last Horror Blog: 'Polaroid,' 'Cult of Chucky,' 'Hatchet,' 'Wish Upon' and Home Video Picks

Jul 11, 2017


Summer is the time when blockbusters rule the day, but never fear! We have the latest on horror movies to devour along with what to anticipate in theaters and on home video. 

Horror News

New Polaroid trailer makes me feel old – You wanna know when you're officially getting old? When a ubiquitous camera like the old Polaroid turns up as an "antique" in a new Dimension horror film…

That's right, it's not a smartphone taking selfies in this new clip for Lars Klevberg’s Polaroid -- it’s a good ol' Instamatic. The feature, based on a short by Klevberg, finds a group of teens trying to stay alive after noticing they're being stalked by a supernatural menace in a series of Polaroid photos.

The film, which was written by Attack of the Show's Blair Butler, debuts on August 25. Check out the trailer (which features an appearance by X-Files fan favorite Mitch Pileggi) below.



Cult of Chucky trailer features everyone's favorite killer doll – It’s been a few years since we last heard from murderous Good Guys doll Chucky (home to the spirit of serial killer Charles Lee Ray), but the killer kids' toy is set to make his return this October in Cult of Chucky.

The latest installment in the franchise picks up where the last one left off – with Nica (Fiona Dourif) now in an insane asylum, convinced she was the actual murderer in the last film. Naturally, Chucky shows up to disprove that theory – and the body count rises.

This one's a bit of a love letter to the fans, which means we'll see some familiar faces return to the series. Andy (Alex Vincent) hero of the original film is back in action, as is Jennifer Tilly, who reprises her role as Tiffany, Chucky's love interest.

Take a look at the trailer below and see what you think. Cult of Chucky slices its way onto DVD and Blu-ray on October 3.


Adam Green celebrates 10 years of Hatchet with a new tour – While we haven't had a lot of impressive new slasher icons emerge since the late '80s, I think we can all agree that Victor Crowley is the rare exception. The maniacal madman featured in Adam Green's series of Hatchet films was a throwback to an earlier era – when American slasher cinema was gory, fun, and not filled with CGI effects.

It's hard to believe it's already been a decade since the film debuted (I’ve been writing about horror movies for what feels like a lifetime at this point…), but Green is celebrating the anniversary by taking the film on the road – with the catch that fans who come out and see it will be treated to some previously never before seen footage. Let's all hope it's gore!

The Hatchet anniversary tour is set to kick off in the UK, but fear not – more dates are going to be added. We’ll keep you posted as more venues are announced.


A Nightmare on Elm Street Reboot lives – In another story about a reboot absolutely no one was clamoring for, it looks like the Bastard Son of a Hundred Maniacs is still planning a return to the silver screen.

It feels like it's been forever since we’ve heard anything about a new A Nightmare on Elm Street film and after the underwhelming 2010 reboot, that was probably a good thing. They don't call New Line "The House that Freddy Built" for nothing, though – and while the studio seems determined to spin off The Conjuring franchise in every way imaginable, a Freddy reboot lives. Screenwriter David Leslie Johnson is still attached to the project, even though it could be a few years before we see the film in theaters.

Are you ready for more Freddy?


Horror on the Horizon

Not a lot of horror at the theater for the first part of July, which is unfortunate.

Despite what the title might lead you to believe, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara's A Ghost Story is not actually a horror film. Yes, it has a ghost in it (Affleck), but it's more of a drama. Affleck is a benevolent ghost, which pretty much tells you all you need to know about that.

The week of July 14 isn't much better – but there is the new War for the Planet of the Apes to check out. And, if you happen to live in select markets, you can catch Wish Upon – which is a new horror feature starring Ryan Phillippe, and about a girl who gets more than she bargained for when she finds a magic box that grants wishes.


Horror on Home Video

While there’s a dearth of good horror at the multiplex, there are some titles coming to DVD and Blu-ray worth checking out.

July 11 brings us a 2-disc special edition of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Pulse. I think this was originally slated to come out earlier this year, but should definitely be available this Tuesday, according to Amazon.

The other notable entry this week comes from our friends at Scream Factory, who are releasing Species: The Collector's Edition on 4k Blu-ray. The 2-disc set features lot of extras, and the movie still holds up pretty well, too.

Unfortunately, things are quieter during the week of July 18. There aren't any major horror releases, but you can check out the animated horror feature Resident Evil: Vendetta and Kong: Skull Island.

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