The Last Horror Blog: 'Suspiria,' 'Pumpkinhead,' 'Halloween,' 'Hereditary' and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'Suspiria,' 'Pumpkinhead,' 'Halloween,' 'Hereditary' and More

Jun 07, 2018

Suspiria

Check out the first trailer for Suspiria – I’m really trying to keep an open mind about Luca Guadagnino’s updating of Dario Argento’s Suspiria, but it’s tough. You really can’t improve something that’s already essentially perfect, so I’m not entirely sure why we needed a remake in the first place.

Concerns aside, we now have a new trailer for the upcoming film and it looks pretty intriguing. Guadagnino’s clip doesn’t resemble Argento’s film visually, but there are plenty of little nods to the original in the preview. Perhaps the hardest thing to accept here is the score; Goblin’s score is so synonymous with Suspiria that seeing this trailer with different music is oddly unsettling.

Will Guadagnino’s film live up to its inspiration? That seems unlikely, but we’ll find out for sure on November 2.

 

Pumpkinhead reboot lands a screenwriter – It’s been several years since Peter Block announced he’d landed the rights to the Pumpkinhead franchise and planned a reboot, but today we’ve got an update.

Deadline reports that S. Darko screenwriter Nate Atkins has sold a pitch for a horror film titled Saci (based on a Brazilian myth), which is pretty interesting, but buried further down in the article is this tidbit:

"Atkins is currently working on the Netflix rom-com sequel A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding and the horror reboot Pumpkinhead for producer Peter Block."

While there’s nothing more mentioned than that, I guess those of us who’d assumed Block’s reboot dreams were deader than Lance Henriksen’s kid in the original film owe the man an apology. FX guru Stan Winston made his directorial debut with Pumpkinhead, which has gone on to become a bonafide cult classic.

 

Help horror author Brian Keene – Author Brian Keene has had a storied career, publishing countless novels and comics, winning Stoker awards, and earning a Grandmaster award at the World Horror Convention a few years back. He’s also been a noted philanthropist, raising money for the less fortunate through his annual telethon for Scares That Care. Now, he needs the horror community’s help.

Brian, who’s been a friend of mine since we were both struggling to break into professional writing three decades ago, suffered third degree burns on his face and arm this week. As a writer, he doesn’t have health insurance and with a lengthy stay in a burn unit lying ahead, and the inability to write while he recovers, things are going to be tough financially.

You can help Brian weather the financial challenges ahead by donating to his GoFundMe account. In just a day, fans have raised nearly $35,000 to help pay for Brian’s recovery, but as anyone who’s spent days and weeks in a hospital knows, this is a proverbial drop in the bucket. So, if you have a few extra bucks to spare, please consider helping one of the best people in the horror community.

You can contribute here.

 

Halloween trailer debuts tomorrow – That’s right, after what seems like an eternity of waiting, we finally get our first official look at David Gordon Green’s Halloween reboot tomorrow.

To get everyone ready, the production released several images of Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Myers this week, along with this new teaser trailer for the trailer.

Halloween opens nationwide this October.

 

Horror on the Horizon

Finally, the horror drought at the box office has ended.

This Friday, June 8, you can head to your local theater to catch Hereditary, a film being hailed as one of the best horror features of the year. Here’s the plot breakdown:

"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."

This one is currently sitting at 98% on the TomatoMeter. Now the question is whether or not fans will love it as much as the critics.

Unfortunately, that’s it for horror on the big screen for the next two weeks, but hey, it’s nice to get something.

 

Horror on Home Video

Lots of new titles coming to home video over the next two weeks, so let’s just dive in.

June 12 brings us a 2-disc special edition set of Sasquatch-sploitation flick Abominable. I’m down to watch pretty much anything that has Jeffrey Combs in it, so this is a must see for me.

Darren Lynn Bousman is back this week, with his new feature The Devil’s Carnival, which is exactly what the title describes: a carnival in hell. This short film (with a 55 minute runtime) is a horror musical, sort of like Bousman’s Repo: The Genetic Opera. Check it out if you’re into that sort of thing.

The big release this week is clearly The Strangers: Prey at Night. Many of us thought the long-awaited sequel to Bryan Bertino’s The Strangers would never happen, but it did, and now you can catch it from the comfort of home if you missed it on the big screen earlier this year.

The week of June 19 is pretty light on horror fare, but there are a lot of sci-fi and cult titles on the docket.

The biggest of the bunch is Pacific Rim: Uprising –- the improbable sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s mechs vs. Kaiju summer release from a few years back. If you wanted more of that action, you’ll want to grab this disc.

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