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This Week in Horror: Expand your toy collection, celebrate April Fool’s Day, Shudder and Chill with tons of new releases, and much more!

It’s a seriously buzzworthy week of horror news, with a killer collection of new releases, must have horror merchandise, more great reasons to stay in and stream, and lots of highly anticipated productions in the works.

RUN (RELEASE DATE: MAY 8, 2020)

You’ve no doubt seen the talented Sarah Paulson as a fixture on American Horror Story. Now, check her out as an overbearing mom who has basically raised her daughter in complete isolation and the horrors that come along with that. Run is a suspenseful film that tells a story of a daughter just beginning to uncover the secrets her mom has been keeping,

THE GREEN KNIGHT (RELEASE DATE: MAY 29, 2020)

The Green Knight is a new, fresh take on the legendary tale of King Arthur. This fantasy film introduces us to Sir Gawain, who is Arthur’s nephew. Gawain has to complete a quest that pits him up against ghosts, thieves, and other villains in order to get to the Green Knight and fight him to prove his worth to his family.

THE GOONIES PILOT

This isn’t a remake or a reboot – it’s an interesting twist on the ‘80s classic, though. It’s the story of a teacher who returns to her hometown and helps a group of students fulfill their dream of creating a shot-for-shot remake of The Goonies. It will be seen on Fox, and it’s said to be a “love letter” to the film as well as an inspiring story about following your dreams.

MORE CRAFT NEWS

Jason Blum’s reboot of The Craft is done shooting. All that’s been said is that the film isn’t so much of a ‘remake’ as it is a ‘reimagining,’ and that it’s been updated to tell a more timely, relevant story. The film stars actors Cailee Spaeny, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, Zoey Luna, Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan, and David Duchovny. There’s no release date or trailer yet – let’s hope one materializes soon.

ORPHAN PREQUEL COMING

Orphan is a creepy 2009 movie about a young girl who terrorizes her adoptive family. Turns out, she’s actually a 30-year-old woman, and she’s nuts. The plot sounds deranged, but the movie is actually pretty awesome. Now, we find out that we’re getting a prequel to Orphan so we can see what pint-sized con woman Esther was up to before the events of Orphan took place. Simply titled Esther, the film will be helmed by director William Brent Bell, who also directed The Boy, The Boy 2, and The Devil Inside. The plot will focus on how Esther escaped from the insane asylum and managed to get from Russia to the US, terrorizing families in her wake and leaving murder behind.

Orphan

LULLABY FROM DIRECTOR OF ANNABELLE

John R. Leonetti will begin shooting Lullaby this spring. Leonetti, who directed Annabelle, will lead star Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones) in this story about a mom who accidentally conjures Lilith while singing her baby a lullaby she found in an old book. Oops! Gotta hate when that happens.

ELI ROTH TO DIRECT BORDERLANDS

Video game fans rejoiced this week when the news dropped that Eli Roth would direct a movie version of the popular video game Borderlands. Video game films are popular right now, and there’s also an upcoming Uncharted film, and with the success of movies about Pikachu and Sonic, filmmakers are thinking now’s the time for more video game adaptations, and fans couldn’t be happier.

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CAMP COLD BROOK (RELEASE DATE: AVAILABLE NOW)

Genre favorite Danielle Harris (Hatchet 2 and 3, Halloween 4 and 5) and Chad Michael Murray (House of Wax) star as producers of a sinking reality show called Haunt Squad. As a last-ditch effort to avoid cancellation, the two decide to film an episode at Camp Cold Brook, the site of a real-life horror 20 years earlier when a group of campers met their untimely demise in the lake. The pair may get more than they bargained for at the haunted campsite. (Peep Courtney Gains in the trailer!)