The Last Horror Blog: New 'Halloween' Mood; Watch 'Day of the Dead: Bloodline' Trailer

The Last Horror Blog: New 'Halloween' Mood; Watch 'Day of the Dead: Bloodline' Trailer

Dec 07, 2017

Halloween

Danny McBride says new Halloween will capture the mood of the original – I’m not entirely sold on David Gordon Green and Danny McBride’s new Halloween film, and considering how the franchise has been handled over the past four decades, that’s probably a fair position to take. It’s not that I don’t want to love new Halloween movies, it’s that the body of work in the past 40 years inspires a lot of skepticism.

That being said, McBride and Green seem to have a distinct vision in mind for their new film – and are clearly inspired by Carpenter’s original. McBride elaborated in a recent interview:

"The original is all about tension," McBride says. "Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) doesn’t even know that Michael Myers exists until the last minutes of the movie. So much of it you’re in anticipation of what’s going to happen and the dread that Carpenter spins so effortlessly in that film, I think we were really trying to get it back to that. We’re trying to mine that dread. Mine that tension and not just go for gore and ultra-violence that you see some horror movies lean on. To us, it was all about bringing back the creep factor and trying to find the horror in your own backyard, in our own homes."

I’m not getting my hopes up, but this statement is good news. Filming on Halloween is set to commence in early 2018.

 

Day of the Dead: Bloodline trailer brings the gore – I’ve still not fully come to terms with the passing of George Romero earlier this year, but the zombie auteur lives on through films inspired by his work. The latest, a second remake of his seminal Day of the Dead, has just released a new trailer.

Day of the Dead: Bloodline is an updated and expanded version of Romero’s Day of the Dead. It should look familiar to fans of that film (why yes, that is Bub the zombie wandering around…) while also attempting to break new ground. Oh, and if this red band clip is any indication, they didn’t skimp on the gore.

While I’m conflicted about anyone remaking Romero’s films in the wake of his passing, I will say that this trailer makes Bloodline look better than I thought it would when it was first announced. Will it be good? We’ll find out next year. Until then, enjoy this NOT SAFE FOR WORK trailer.

 

Boogeyman director Ulli Lommel passes away – Some big name genre icons have been taken away from us in 2017 and we’ve got another to add to the list. Director Ulli Lommel has passed away at the age of 72. The Internet is reporting the cause of death as heart failure.

Lommel was a prolific genre filmmaker, best known for his cult classic 1980 film The Boogeyman. The director helmed a number of direct to video features in recent years (most of them not very good), but his early work certainly left an indelible imprint on the genre.

Rest in peace.

 

Ridley Scott promises more robots and less Xenomorphs in next Alien movie – When Ridley Scott announced he was coming back to the Alien franchise, geeks the world over were excited. After seeing his films, most of us are less excited. After reading today’s news, I find myself wishing Scott had just left well enough alone.

The director (who just celebrated his 80th birthday) is talking about his next Alien prequel – and his take on it is not good if you love the idea of Alien movies being about Xenomorphs. 
Scott assures everyone that another movie is coming, despite the disappointing box office performance of this year’s Alien: Covenant, and that the new movie will feature more robots and less aliens.

"We are [going to make another], we are," Scott said. "I think what we have to do is gradually drift away from the alien stuff. People say, 'You need more alien, you need more face pulling, need more chest bursting,' so I put a lot of that in Covenant and it fitted nicely. But I think if you go again you need to start finding another solution that's more interesting. I think AI is becoming much more dangerous and therefore more interesting."

Look, I’m all for creative expression, but the movies are called Alien, not Robot. I’m not sure why it’s so hard for them to get this franchise right – the concept seems pretty simple – and yet here we are, talking about robots.

How do you guys feel about this? Are you as disappointed as I am, or are you all onboard for more of Michael Fassbender’s David?

 

Horror on the Horizon

As we creep ever closer to Christmas, there’s still a dearth of horror movies in theaters for the next two weeks – but there are two titles that horror fans will almost assuredly want to check out even though they’re not really horror films.

The first is The Shape of Water, which opens tomorrow in select markets and is helmed by genre icon Guillermo del Toro. Here’s a plot breakdown:

"An other-wordly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Her life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment."

Here’s the trailer (which features an F-bomb that makes it NOT SAFE FOR WORK). Early buzz for The Shape of Water has been positive and I’m always excited to see new work from Guillermo del Toro.

 

And, of course, the week of December 15 sees the release of a little sci-fi flick called Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I wonder how that will do?

 

Horror on Home Video

There’s not a lot of ghoultide cheer on the home video front for the next fortnight, either, but there are a few discs sure to make your last minute holiday wishlist.

December 12 brings us the latest season of Game of Thrones, which features an undead army, so it’s got enough horror to land on the list here. This season was a bit of a mess in my opinion, but still well worth watching.

The real highlight of the week, though, is Arrow’s new Blu-ray releases of House and House 2 – and if you thought I was talking about the show with the cranky doctor, you’re reading the wrong column.

These horror comedies have developed cult followings over the years and Arrow has packed the new releases with enough extras to keep you busy for at least a week. If you love these movies, picking up these discs is a no-brainer.

 

December 19 brings us several notable releases.

First up is Mario Caiano’s mostly forgotten giallo, Eye in the Labyrinth. The Code Red release features a brand new master, so I’m guessing the film is going to look better than it ever has before. Giallo enthusiasts (and Sybil Danning fans) won’t want to miss this one.

Also releasing this week is Leatherface, an unnecessary origin story for one of slasher cinema’s most revered killers. The film has been available on VOD for over a month, but if you missed it or just wanted to own a copy, here’s your chance.

And finally, we’ve got the release of Darren Aronofsky’s absolutely insane mother!. I think the less you know about mother! going into it, the better, so I’ll just share a trailer and tell you to check out the film. You might love it, or you might hate it, but it’s definitely worth the experience.

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