The Last Horror Blog: 'Stranger Things,' 'Child's Play,' Celebrating Women in Horror

The Last Horror Blog: 'Stranger Things,' 'Child's Play,' Celebrating Women in Horror

Feb 15, 2018

Stranger Things

Third season of Stranger Things will have fewer episodes – Details about the upcoming third season of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things have been hard to come by. We know the new episodes are set to begin filming this April and now we know that this third season will be shorter than the second.

According to TVLine, the new season will feature eight episodes – the same number as the first season, but one less than the second season’s nine. That’s like one less hour of binging, but we’ll take eight episodes if that’s the best the Duffer Brothers can do.

About the only other thing we know at this point is that the main cast is returning for the new season, and that the story will jump to 1985 to make the young casts’ growing up feel more realistic.

No word yet on when season 3 will hit Netflix, but another October debut feels right.


Child’s Play TV series in the works – Apparently, you can’t keep a good killer doll down. Chucky, the murderous Good Guys toy and star of seven Child’s Play films, has been causing nightmares on the big screen since 1988. Now, he’s set to bring the thrills and chills to a television near you.

Creator Don Mancini and producer David Kirschner are hard at work developing the new series – which will continue the storyline established by the feature films. Plans are in place for a season of eight hour-long episodes, and the best news of all is that Brad Dourif will reportedly be returning to voice Chucky.

No word yet on where this show might eventually air (Shudder? SyFy? Netflix? All seem like viable options, as does a network like Starz), but we’ll keep you posted as more details emerge.


Celebrate Women in Horror Month with some free Shudder – February is Women in Horror Month, the one month out of the year where fright fans go out of their way to celebrate the contributions of women to the genre we love. To help celebrate this year, streaming service Shudder is offering a free month of its service (which is basically Netflix for horror fans if you didn’t already know) for new users.

Simply create an account and use the code WIHM9 at the sign up. You’ll get 30 free days of the service. Enjoy!


Kevin Williamson and Miramax unite to create horror movies – if you get the feeling that suddenly everything old is new again, this is only going to add to your sense of déjà vu…

Kevin Williamson, the writer behind the Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer franchises, has signed a new deal with Miramax Films wherein they’ll get first look at his new projects and use his horror knowledge to develop "elevated genre film content" in the coming years. Clearly, horror is big business again after an exceptional 2017 for genre film content

Of course, one has to wonder if tapping Williamson is really the smartest of moves – or just a shot in the dark attempt to recapture the magic of the postmodernist slasher boom he essentially spearheaded (one that eventually wore fans out…) -- but I’m willing to see where it goes.


Horror on the Horizon

Valentine’s Day is a day for romance, so it’s not particularly surprising that we aren't getting any wide release horror films over the course of the next two weeks.

In fact, there's nothing at all opening this Friday – but that’s probably okay, since everyone’s gonna run out to see Marvel’s Black Panther instead.

The following week is equally underwhelming, but at least there are two limited release titles opening – so folks in select markets will at least have some options. Oh, and we can't forget Annihilation – which isn’t exactly a horror film, but will probably interest many horror fans anyway.

Natalie Portman headlines that feature, which is based on the first book in a trilogy by author Jeff VanderMeer, finds the actress leading a team of women "into an area sealed off by the government for the last 30 years as an environmental disaster zone. A secret agency known as the Southern Reach has sent in 11 expeditions over those years to discover the truth about Area X, and those attempts were failures. She and her team find a pristine wilderness, but they also notice that the rules of nature and evolution seem to work a little differently, and the creature they find is dangerous."

Have a look at the trailer.

Meanwhile, zombie film The Cured opens on VOD, alongside The Lodgers on February 23 as well.


Horror on Home Video

Things are a little better on the Blu-ray front for the next two weeks, but just barely.

If you missed Nicolas Cage's Mom & Dad on VOD, or you loved it so much you wanted to own it, this Tuesday is your chance. If you love manic, crazy Nic Cage, you'll probably want to add this one to your library.

And while it's not horror (but is sort of horrible in a great way), I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that you can pick up a Blu-ray edition of The Master: The Complete Series today as well. Lee Van Cleef as a ninja, and Sho Kosugi? Classic ‘80s cheese.

We bid adieu to February the following Tuesday, with some interesting titles – headlined by The Gate II. That’s right, the little demon monsters are back in a sequel – because everything got a sequel back in those days…

The other big release this week is Scorpion Releasing’s new Blu-ray of Michele Soavi’s The Sect. If you love Euro-horror, you already know all about Soavi and his impressive body of work (The Church, Cemetery Man, etc.). The Sect is one of his harder to come by films, but was always well worth tracking down. Now, fans will be able to check it out in Blu-ray quality. That’s a good thing.

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