The Last Horror Blog: 'The Exorcist,' 'Corbin Nash: Demon Hunter,' 'Mandy' and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'The Exorcist,' 'Corbin Nash: Demon Hunter,' 'Mandy' and More

Mar 15, 2018

The Exorcist

Fox’s The Exorcist series may need the last rites – One of the biggest surprises of the past few years is how good Fox’s television series based on The Exorcist has turned out to be. If you skipped it thinking it would be a poorly conceived cash-in, let me assure you that I know where you’re coming from…but you’re also wrong.

The show bucked the odds and garnered a second season that ran late last year, but a Friday night time slot isn’t the best time to air, and the show’s viewership is down. That has Fox chairman Gary Newman making some ominous pronouncements.

The exec says the show is "on the bubble," which generally means that while a renewal could happen, it’s leaning towards unlikely. Newman acknowledges the show’s challenges in airing on Friday night (a night when many viewers are out doing other things), but will that be enough to get the series another shot? Let’s hope so, because The Exorcist is one of the best horror shows on television. 

 

Hellspawn beware – Corbin Nash: Demon Hunter is on the prowl in this new trailer – I’ll admit that Corbin Nash: Demon Hunter had kinda flew under my radar until this new trailer showed up earlier this week, but now that I’m aware of it, I’m happy to share.

Game of Thrones’ Dean Jagger stars as the titular character, a cop turned demon killer after he resurrects from the dead. That’s pretty cool, but what really has me intrigued is all the supporting actors in this thing; it’s got Malcolm McDowell, Rutger Hauer, Bruce Davison and Corey Feldman. That’s a lotta big names for a smaller-budgeted horror flick.

Check out the trailer below, then catch the full feature in select theaters and on VOD starting April 20.

 

Netflix reveals list of “movies too scary to finish” – When [REC] filmmaker Paco Plaza’s Veronica debuted on Netflix recently, some viewers found the movie (based on true events) "too scary to finish." That’s the kind of marketing buzz every horror director hopes to create.

It was with this in mind that Netflix decided to put together a list of other films currently streaming on the service that are so scary that viewers often tap out before the end credits roll. It’s a pretty interesting collection of titles, although I wonder if the real reason most people don’t finish is because they find the movies terrible as opposed to terrifying.

At any rate, here’s the list:

Cabin Fever

Carnage Park

México Bárbaro

Piranha

Raw

Teeth

The Conjuring

The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence

The Void

Jeruzalem

Watch these titles – if you dare.

 

Nicolas Cage thriller Mandy lands at RLJEMandy, an action thriller starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Beyond the Black Rainbow’s Panos Cosmatos, made quite the splash at Sundance earlier this year. Now comes news about when those of us who didn’t make it to the festival can finally see it.

Thanks to the folks at RJLE, the film is slated to hit theaters this summer, which is great news for those of you jonesing to see Cage go nuts. Seriously, the film tells the story of a man (Cage) hunting down the religious fanatics who slaughtered his one true love. That’s just ripe with potential for Cage to chew scenery in the way many of us have come to appreciate.

If the thought of Cage channeling his inner Shatner isn’t enough to sell you, then the fact that the feature is directed by Cosmatos should help you get off the fence. Beyond the Black Rainbow remains one of the most intriguing and bizarre films of the past few years, but don’t just take my word for it, check out the trailer below.

 

Horror on the Horizon

Pickings are pretty slim for the next two weeks on the theatrical front. If you somehow missed out on The Strangers sequel, this is a good time to go catch it.

If you live in select markets, you can see Demon House, another “based on a true story” tale of terror about a house that’s a portal to Hell. Here are the details.

As mass hysteria breaks-out over an alleged demonic possession in an Indiana home, referred to as a "Portal to Hell," "Ghost Adventures" host and paranormal investigator Zak Bagans buys the house, sight unseen, over the phone. He and his crew then become the next victims of the most documented case of demonic possession in US history...the "house of 200 demons." 

If you aren’t in one of the limited release markets, fear not. You can see Demon House on VOD this weekend as well.

The week of March 23 has no horror releases, but if you like giant robots versus crazy monsters, then you’re in luck. Pacific Rim Uprising debuts this week, with John Boyega taking a break from Star Wars in order to run around in a giant mech suit kicking monster ass. Take that, Godzilla!

 

Horror on Home Video

While things may be quiet at the multiplex, the next two weeks do offer up some great DVD and Blu-ray selections, so you’ll certainly have something to watch.

March 20 brings us Scorpion Releasing’s Blu-ray version Michele Soavi’s cult classic Italian chiller The Church. If you’ve never seen this atmospheric feature about demons taking over a cathedral, stop delaying and get on it.

Also releasing today is Well Go USA’s drool-worthy Definitive Remastered Edition of Takashi Miike’s wildly over-the-top classic, Ichi the Killer. The new Blu-ray is restored, features a commentary track from Miike himself, and includes the full, uncut 128-minute version of the film (which features 11 minutes of additional footage not featured in the R-rated US release), which makes it well worth picking up. This is one cult film that lives up to its infamous reputation.

Warning: Trailer is NOT SAFE FOR WORK!

Things aren’t quite as extreme for the week of March 27, but John Carpenter fans will be treated to two steelbook releases of classic films courtesy of our friends at Scream Factory.

Beloved titles Assault on Precinct 13 and Prince of Darkness street this week, and if you’ve not purchased them previously, now’s a good time to add them to your library. Carpenter may not make many films these days, but his older work is as good as it’s ever been, and these two titles are important entries in his filmography.

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