The Last Horror Blog: Doug Bradley's Return to Pinhead, Ron Howard Grabs 'The Last Days of Jack Sparks'

The Last Horror Blog: Doug Bradley's Return to Pinhead, Ron Howard Grabs 'The Last Days of Jack Sparks'

Mar 30, 2017

New It trailer takes the internet by storm – I’ve been on the fence about Andres Muschietti’s remake of Stephen King’s It since it was announced. The first photos of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown didn’t exactly win me over – but this week’s trailer debut has allayed at least a few of my fears.

The first trailer for the film debuted yesterday – and in it, we get an idea for how the multi-part adaptation is going to work. Muschetti will tell the story of Derry, Maine from the kids’ perspective first, then chronicle their return as adults to end the terror once and for all in the second film.

I’m not sure that’s the best approach, but fans of King’s voluminous 1,100 page novel will be pleased at how many nods there are to the source material in the new clip. At the very least, Muschetti’s adaptation looks much slicker and big budget than the old ABC miniseries.

We’ll have to wait until September 8 to find out of Muschetti and company can do the book justice, but until then let watch the trailer and let us know what you think.

 

Doug Bradley returns as Pinhead! – While Hellraiser fans have been clamoring for Doug Bradely to return to the iconic role of Pinhead in the series reboot, they may just have to settle for the next best thing – a photo op with the Pope of Hell in his full Pinhead make-up.

Bradley has revealed plans for what he’s calling “The Pinhead Experience” – a potentially one-time only event at the Mad Monster Party in Arizona this May. Similar to Robert Englund’s event last year (wherein he donned the Freddy make-up for “the last time ever…”), this appearance will allow fans the opportunity to see Bradley in the full Pinhead regalia. Bradley hasn’t said this is the last time he’ll do this sort of thing – but he also hasn’t committed to a full tour. So, if you want a photo with Pinhead, you better start making plans to get to Arizona.

Check out the video below.

 

Ciarán Foy wants to introduce you to EliCitadel director Ciarán Foy has come aboard to helm Broad Green Pictures’ psychological horror film Eli.

The project, based on a 2015 Black List script from David Chirchirillo, is about a young boy who finds himself trapped in a haunted clinic while undergoing treatment for a rare disease.

No word on casting yet, but Chirchirillo’s script will be rewritten by The Autopsy of Jane Doe scribes Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing.

Production is slated to get underway this summer. More details on this one as the project comes together.

 

Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment wants to chronicle The Last Days of Jack Sparks – Author Jason Arnopp’s novel The Last Days of Jack Sparks was one of the best genre books released in 2016. Sort of a “found footage” novel, it follows the title character – an acerbic writer – as he comes to grips with the fact that the supernatural may indeed be real. It’s a smart, entertaining book with a final act that is really something special.

Arnopp has now revealed – via his website – that Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment have acquired the film rights for the book. Details are scarce, but we do know that Arnopp is currently working on the screenplay. Expect more on this one soon.

If you missed The Last Days of Jack Sparks, it makes its paperback debut on April 4 courtesy of Orbit Books.

 

Horror on the Horizon

There are no major releases lurking outside the multiplex for the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to look forward to. Select markets will see some films that have been generating early buzz.

This Friday, March 31, sees the limited release of The Blackcoat’s Daughter – which finds two young women encountering creepy events at a boarding school where they’re alone over winter break. Kiernan Shipka and Lucy Boynton star.

April 7, meanwhile, brings us the release of Transfiguration – and the highly anticipated feature The Void.

Here’s the plot description for The Void – sounds and looks really intriguing.

“When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a local hospital with a barebones, night shift staff. As cloaked, cult-like figures surround the building, the patients and staff inside start to turn ravenously insane. Trying to protect the survivors, Carter leads them into the depths of the hospital where they discover a gateway to immense evil.”

Check out the latest trailer.

 

Horror on Home Video

There aren’t any major titles debuting on home video for the next two weeks, but at least the first week of April brings us Star Wars: Rogue One. Gotta find the silver linings…

April 11 is a little more interesting – thanks to your friends at Arrow Video. The company gives fright fans a new two-disc set featuring House and House II: The Second Story, as well as a two-disc set of Ricardo Freda and Mario Bava’s Caltiki: The Immortal Monster. I’m gonna tell you that you’ll want to grab that one immediately if you love classic Italian genre cinema.

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