The Last Horror Blog: 'The Dark Tower' Is a Sequel, Plus: What's New in Theaters and at Home

The Last Horror Blog: 'The Dark Tower' Is a Sequel, Plus: What's New in Theaters and at Home

Jun 23, 2017

Want to get all caught up on the latest in the world of horror? We got you covered.


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Stephen King’s The Dark Tower movie is a sequel! – Ever since the first trailer debuted for the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, fans have been speculating about how the film story ties into the books. Many worried that the trailer portrayed a tale radically different from the novels, and were bracing for disappointment.

Not so fast. While the film will be different from the books, it’s because (as some astute fans figured out…) it’s a sequel to the novels. Here’s what director Nik Arcel had to say in a recent interview:

“It is, in fact, a continuation. It is a canon continuation. That’s exactly what we intended and what Stephen King has signed off on.”

So, not only is this a continuation of Roland and the Man in Black’s story – it’s also gotten the blessing of Stephen King himself and is now canon. I was already pretty excited for this movie, but now I’m even more intrigued.

Can Arcel expand on King’s universe in a way that makes the hard-core fans happy? We’ll find out on August 4.



Check out short horror film Dawn of the Deaf – Director Rob Savage’s short film Dawn of the Deaf has generated a lot of buzz on the horror-film festival circuit, and now you can check it out for yourself without having to actually go to a fest or convention.

Dawn of the Deaf is a stylish chiller which echoes things like Stephen King’s Cell and indie hit The Signal. Here’s the official synopsis:

When a strange sound wipes out the hearing population, a small group of deaf people must band together to survive.

Watch the film below.

Dawn of the Deaf from Rob Savage on Vimeo.



True evil comes from within in this The Evil in Us trailer – It’s not officially summer until you’ve watched a movie where a bunch of teens set off for a remote location and find themselves trapped in a fight for survival – which is basically what happens in the upcoming release The Evil in Us.

Rather than encountering a masked madman with a wide range of powerful garden tools, the teens in this new feature from director Jason William Lee have to survive each other. I’ll let the synopsis explain…

“In The Evil In Us, six school friends meet up for a Fourth of July celebration on a remote island off the Washington coast for a weekend of fun and partying. But the good times quickly turn into a nightmare when they unknowingly take a new bio-active drug containing a virus that causes fits of psychotic rage. Only one girl, Brie (Bush), doesn’t take the drug and she alone must fight to stay alive as her friends slowly turn into bloodthirsty cannibals. Trapped on the island, Brie must endure the unimaginable in a desperate battle for survival.”

The film will make its U.S. DVD debut on July 4 – and it’s only available at Walmart. But really, what says “America!” more than a trip to Walmart on the Fourth of July?



Watch the creepy E3 trailer for Call of Cthulhu I’ve been following the development of Cyanide and Focus Home Interactive’s H.P. Lovecraft homage Call of Cthulhu for quite some time now, and today we’ve got a brand-new trailer from last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo to share with you.

The new clip for the game offers up everything you’d expect in a Lovecraftian experience: creepy cultists, bloody body parts, and an ever-present sense of cosmic horror. The title, which is being billed as sort of an explorative role-playing game, was inspired by the old Chaosium pen-and-paper RPG – which has us all pretty excited.

Call of Cthulhu (not to be confused with Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth – a title released over a decade ago) is slated for a PC and console release in late 2018. That’s a long way away, but after watching this clip I think you’ll find that the wait will be worth it.



Horror on the horizon

Not a whole lot to get excited about for the next two weeks in terms of theatrical releases. Two limited-release titles make their debuts, but that’s pretty much it.

The first is The Beginner’s Guide to Snuff, which finds two aspiring filmmakers crafting a snuff film that’s way too convincing for its own good. Mitchell Altieri directs.

June 30 sees the arrival of Darkness Rising from IFC. This haunted-house tale finds a young woman returning to the house she grew up in – the house where her mother went insane and tried to kill her – before it’s demolished. Naturally, the old evil still lingers…

You can catch Darkness Rising in select theaters and on VOD. Here’s a trailer.



Horror on Home Video

June 27 is shaping up to be a great week for horror releases on home video. We kick things off with The Autopsy of Jane Doe, a fantastic chiller set in a morgue and starring the inimitable Brian Cox. Seriously, this was one of the best fright flicks of last year. Grab a copy if you haven’t seen it.


Also on the docket this week is James Gunn’s Battle Royale-inspired The Belko Experiment, and the Criterion Blu-ray of Sam Peckinpah’s classic film Straw Dogs.

Unfortunately, the following Tuesday is July 4 – so there aren’t any noticeable releases. Since Americans will be out eating barbecue and shooting off small-ordnance explosives, no one wants to buy Blu-rays or something…

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