The Last Horror Blog: 'The Grudge,' 'Nos4a2,' 'The Meg' and More Terror

The Last Horror Blog: 'The Grudge,' 'Nos4a2,' 'The Meg' and More Terror

Apr 12, 2018

The Grudge

The Grudge reboot gets a release date – I’m not sure that anyone was really clamoring for a reboot of the Japanese ghost series The Grudge, which was already Americanized once back in 2004 (above), but we're getting one anyway.

Sam Raimi and Bob Tapert are producing the new iteration for Ghost House and the feature will hit theaters on August 16, 2019. That release date is interesting -- if only because it's still in the summer window, where you don't find a ton of horror films -- but it's still in mid-August, a time when most of the big movies have already rampaged through the box office. 

I'm not sure whether this means Ghost House is expecting the film to do really well or what, but the recent release of Rings, which barely earned back its production budget here in America, though it did modestly better abroad, doesn't inspire a lot of confidence.

At any rate, we’ll find out next summer. Until then, enjoy a trailer for the 2004 film. Ah, 2004 – what a time to be alive.

 

Joe Hill’s Nos4a2 headed to AMC – Joe Hill might have been disappointed when Hulu passed on the pilot of his beloved comic series Locke and Key, but he's certainly got something to smile about this week – his novel Nos4a2 is headed to AMC in 2019.

Hill’s book focuses on a young woman who can find lost objects by building a sort of mental bridge that allows her to break the barriers of time and space. This bridge also leads her to Charlie Manx – a man with a similar ability who's kidnapping children and stowing them away in a place called Christmasland.

The book feels reminiscent of his father's It and should make for a compelling television drama. AMC skipped past the pilot phase and has ordered a 10-episode first season. Hill will co-executive produce the series.

 

This new The Meg trailer will keep you out of the water – Jason Statham has beat up a lot of men during the course of his career, but can he handle a gigantic prehistoric shark? We’ll find out this August, when The Meg hits theaters. To whet your appetite, here’s the new trailer.



Looks a little cheesy, but so was the book that inspired it. That being said, I'm down to watch Statham in pretty much anything at this point, so consider me onboard.

 

Three behind-the-scenes clips from A Quiet Place – John Krasinski's A Quiet Place has sure generated a lot of conversation this week – with most people loving it. The film was also a box office hit, pulling in roughly $50 million on its opening weekend.

If you still want more – here are three videos of behind-the-scenes footage featuring Krasinksi directing various scenes. It's nothing Earth shattering, but if you're interested in how movies are made, it's pretty cool.

 

Horror on the Horizon

Surprisingly enough, there’s actually horror in the theater this week.

Friday the 13th doesn’t see the return of Jason Voorhees (unfortunately), but it does see the arrival of Blumhouse's Truth or Dare, which finds a group of friends punished for telling lies or refusing dares.


 

If you’re in New York or Los Angeles, you can catch the limited release of Ghost Stories starting on April 20. I don't know much about this one, but here’s the plot breakdown.

"A debunker of all things paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) has devoted his life to exposing phony psychics and fraudulent supernatural shenanigans on his own television show. His skepticism is put to the test, however, when he receives a file of three chilling, inexplicable cases: a night watchman (Paul Whitehouse) haunted by disturbing visions as he patrols an abandoned asylum; an edgy young man (Alex Lawther) involved in a hellish car accident deep in the woods; and a wealthy former banker (Martin Freeman) visited by the poltergeist spirit of his unborn child. Even scarier: each of these macabre stories seems to have a sinister connection to Professor Goodman’s own life."

 

Horror on Home Video

Not a lot of straight "horror" on the home video docket on April 17, but you can pick up a few interesting titles.

Deep Blue Sea has a sequel now, in the imaginatively titled Deep Blue Sea 2. The new film finds another group of scientists being hunted down by super-smart genetically enhanced sharks. I'm sure it's no Jaws, but I'm always down for a good killer shark movie.


 

While I didn’t like Netflix’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot nearly as much as the original show (I feel like it tries too hard), there are still lots of funny moments in the first season. Now, you can pick up the reboot on Blu-ray and relive the past season's best moments.

April 24 sees the release of a lot of titles, but most of them are low-budget filler. You could check out The Bone Yard, or you could catch a young Tom Selleck in Daughters of Satan … and there’s a Troll 1 & 2 double pack, but the rest of the pickings are pretty slim.

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