The Last Horror Blog: 'Suspiria,' 'Halloween,' 'The Demonologist' and More

The Last Horror Blog: 'Suspiria,' 'Halloween,' 'The Demonologist' and More

Dec 06, 2018


Behind-the-scenes Suspiria video is awesome – We don’t have a Blu-ray release date for Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria yet, but we do have this awesome new video showing how prosthetics artist Mark Coulier created some of the film’s most gruesome effects. Check it out below, and check back for more details about the film’s home video debut, which is surely on the horizon.

(Note: SPOILERS in video below.)


John Carpenter up to write another Halloween score – Look, we’re getting another Halloween at some point. While a sequel hasn’t been officially announced, I’d bet my house and car that Blumhouse is hard at work figuring out Michael Myers’ next kill campaign. And though nothing is official yet, at least one guy involved with David Gordon Green's film is ready for more: John Carpenter.

Carpenter served as a producer on the latest entry, but he also wrote the score and is enjoying a sort of second career as a rock star. The filmmaker reveals he’d love to come back and score another movie. He 
told Consequence of Sound: "We’ll be ready. We’ve all talked about it. We'll be ready."  

I hope he’s willing to come back as a producer as well. I mean, if we’re getting more unnecessary Halloween sequels, I’d like for Carpenter to at least be involved.


The Demonologist looks like Hellblazer…sort of – I’m still disappointed that Constantine was cancelled over at NBC a few years back, but this new indie film, The Demonologist, looks to cover similar ground, albeit with a slightly lower budget.

Director J.M. Stelly’s film doesn’t have a release date that I can find, and some of the effects look a little dubious, but sometimes that adds to a low-budget film’s charm … and I’m a sucker for films with characters like occult detective Harry D’Amour in them, so maybe this will wind up being fun. Read on for the plot synopsis and the trailer.

"A detective is haunted by nightmares of his past and visions he cannot understand. When he investigates a string of brutal murders, he discovers a Cult that worships the four King Demons of Hell, who plan on bringing them forth to destroy the Earth. He must stop the Cult from starting the Apocalypse and finally come to grips with his birthright and destiny as The Demonologist."


Horror on the Horizon

Well, there’s not a single new horror movie opening in theaters over the next two weeks. Welcome to the holidays! Guess you’ll have more time to get all that gift shopping done...


Horror on Home Video

Fortunately, there are some horror movies coming out on Blu-ray over the next two weeks, so it’s not like Santa forgot all the gorehounds this holiday season.

The big highlight of December 11 is clearly Blue Underground’s new 3-disc special edition release of Bill Lustig’s slasher classic Maniac. This new 4K remaster is loaded with goodies, and belongs under the tree of your sleazy slasher-loving movie friend. Look at this long list of extras (verbiage courtesy of Blue Underground):

-- WORLD PREMIERE! New 4K Restoration from the recently discovered 16mm original camera negative!

-- 3-Disc Set (Blu-ray + Blu-ray + CD) includes High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) Widescreen 1.85:1 feature presentation + another Blu-ray PACKED with additional bonus material + Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD with MANIAC score by Jay Chattaway

-- Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD (English); 2.0 DTS-HD (English); Dolby Digital 2.0 (Castellano, Français, Italiano, Deutsch)

-- Subtitles: English SDH, Français, Español, Português, Deutsch, Italiano, Dansk, Suomi, Nederlands, Svenska, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Thai

-- Audio Commentary #1 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig and Co-Producer Andrew W. Garroni

-- Audio Commentary #2 with Co-Producer/Director William Lustig, Special Makeup Effects Artist Tom Savini, Editor Lorenzo Marinelli, and Joe Spinell assistant Luke Walter

-- NEW! Maniac Outtakes Featurette

-- NEW! Returning to the Scene of the Crime with William Lustig

-- Anna and the Killer Interview with Star Caroline Munro (13:08)

-- The Death Dealer Interview with Special Makeup Effects Artist Tom Savini (12:11)

-- Dark Notes Interview with Composer Jay Chattaway (12:13)

-- Maniac Men Interview with Songwriters Michael Sembello and Dennis Matkosky (10:38)

-- Mr. Robbie: 'Maniac 2' Promo Reel (7:28)

-- The Joe Spinell Story (49:12)

-- NEW! Collectable Booklet with new essay by author Michael Gingold

-- MANIAC PUBLICITY: 'Paul Wunder' Radio Interview with William Lustig, Joe Spinell, and Caroline Munro (19:11), William Lustig on 'Movie Madness' (47:18), Joe Spinell at Cannes (0:44), Joe Spinell on 'The Joe Franklin Show' (13:13) and Caroline Munro TV Interview (2:54)

-- MANIAC CONTROVERSY: A selection of archival broadcast TV news clips, interviews and reactions to the film. (41:15)

-- Theatrical Trailers

-- TV Spots

-- Radio Spots

Hear that? That’s the sound of me throwing my credit card at the screen.

(Note: trailer is not safe for work.)

You can get into the holiday spirit this week with a new Blu-ray release of Silent Night, Deadly Night 2, snag a copy of The Mangler (based on a Stephen King short story and featuring Robert Englund) or revisit Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4.

December 18 doesn’t have nearly as many releases as the previous week, but it does have Hammer’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness, which features Christopher Lee as The Count. This one belongs in any serious horror fan’s collection.

Also available this week is Eli Roth’s The House with a Clock in its Walls. Jack Black headlines this one, which is a vast departure from Roth’s regular fare. Check out the trailer below.

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