This Week in Horror: Get Invisible, Play a New Game with Jigsaw, Revisit Your Favorite Horror Game Franchises Onscreen and Spin Some Terrorizing Tunes!
2020 is shaping up to be a killer year for horror. Get caught up with everything coming to the big screen and your home screen via popular steaming services. Plus, get the latest breaking news about the biggest genre names.
BLOOD ON HER NAME (RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 28)
Blood On Her Name is the compelling and suspenseful story of a woman whose conscience weighs on her after trying to cover up an accidental death. If someone’s death was on your hands, would you try to cover it up or come clean? Find out what Leigh (Bethany Anne Lind, Doctor Sleep) does in the feature film debut of filmmaker Matthew Pope. This nerve-wracking nail-biter offers a unique story that’s dramatic and horrifying.
THE INVISIBLE MAN (RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 28)
The Universal classic gets an all-new look judging by the look we got (ahem) of The Invisible Man, written and directed by genre favorite Leigh Whannell. The new movie amps up the violence and is gunning for an “R” rating, which would definitely satisfy bloodthirsty horror fans! Take a look at the menacing new TV spot to see the Invisible Man deliver scares to the female lead, Elizabeth Moss, (The Handmaid’s Tale) that have her looking nuts!
THE VAST OF NIGHT (RELEASE DATE: MARCH 13)
This cool, highly anticipated film is a throwback to retro sci-fi flicks of the ‘50s. The story follows a switchboard operator and a radio DJ who discover a frequency that’s unknown. These two follow the sounds and embark on a frightening adventure that could change life as they know it. This film definitely has a vintage feel to it that is really fun. Compared to an episode of The Twilight Zone, this stylish movie is well-done and a must-see. It will be streaming on Amazon.
SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW (RELEASE DATE: MAY 15)
Chris Rock revives the Saw series with an all-new entry. The ninth Saw film gave us a trailer this week that had many fans excited, especially after seeing Samuel L. Jackson. Do we want to see Jackson play a game? Absolutely! There’s not a lot about the plot, which looks similar in tone to previous Saw films – detectives investigate murders that look like past Jigsaw killings (however, no Tobin Bell: is that good or bad?) Darren Lynn Bousman coming back on board to helm this film is definitely a good sign. How will this film fit into the Saw universe? See the first glimpse below.
RESIDENT EVIL SERIES COMES TO NETFLIX
Resident Evil isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, fans of the series will be stoked to see the upcoming release of a video game as well as the upcoming Resident Evil 3 remake releasing in April. A new Netflix series slated for April 2021 release will focus on Albert Wesker’s daughters living in the year 2036, when zombies have taken over a much smaller planet.
NEW SILENT HILL AND FATAL FRAME FILMS DEVELOPING
The new Fatal Frame movie is based on the Japanese video game (called Project Zero in Japan). Like the game, the setting of the story will take place in Japan. The haunted house game will likely make a seamless, spooky translation from game to screen. We’re also getting a new Silent Hill film that will be more in the vein of the original 2008 film and less like the lackluster 2012 movie. These are two projects that horror fans will no doubt be psyched about, and we can’t wait to hear more.
THE NIGHT HOUSE
Sundance was abuzz this year with talk about The Night House, which is being called the scariest ghost story movie in years. Packed with jump scares audiences won’t see coming, this David Bruckner-directed project stars Rebecca Hall. Reviews have likened this film to horror movies of the ‘70s, and since that era was one of the most amazing for horror films, that sets this movie up to be great! No release date yet but we are looking forward to hearing more.
What if you could twist nature to suit your own creative desires? That’s the plot of the imaginative short film Rebirth. Discover the dark side of creativity in this film that sees a man create something that was never meant to be.
Cult ‘90s favorite Idol Hands (Seth Green, Jessica Alba) gets the Scream Factory treatment in a brand-new Blu-ray that horror fans will definitely want to get their hand, um, hands, on. Once again, artist Laz Marquez (seriously, FOLLOW HIM on Instagram) knocks it out of the park with beautiful, limited edition killer slipcover artwork. Order early to get a poster, and enjoy tons of bonus features and extras. Revisit this hilarious film and you’ll remember why you loved it so much then. Preorder your copy right away to ensure you get a poster to add to your Scream Factory collection.
MY VALENTINE (RELEASE DATE: FEBRUARY 7)
Hulu’s Into the Dark series has produced some great horror films, and continuing the tradition of a film for each holiday, February’s release celebrates Valentine’s Day. My Valentine is a fun story of a pop star named Valentine whose identity and music are stolen by her ex, who is also her manager. He then creates a new pop star using Valentine’s art and his brand-new girlfriend, Trezzure. The three face up to their mistakes when they’re locked up together at a venue after it’s closed. Will Valentine take revenge? Check it out on Hulu!
BLOW THE MAN DOWN (RELEASE DATE: MARCH 20)
Easter Cove is a small fishing village on the coast of Maine packed with interesting people. Mary Beth and Priscilla are sisters dealing with their grief over losing their mother when they face violence with a stranger. Covering up a surprising crime means they will learn things about their town and the woman who is at the heart of it that they never knew, including scary and mysterious secrets. This quirky film combines an old-fashioned murder mystery with plenty of suspense. Watch it exclusively on Amazon this spring and see what Easter Cove is hiding.
MIXTAPE MASSACRE: ESCAPE FROM TALL OAKS
Are you into horror games? Then give Mixtape Massacre a play. This survival game takes place in the town of Tall Oaks, where slashers stalk the streets. Two to six players will do what it takes to escape with their lives, rescue victims, and protect the innocent from certain doom! The suburbs get scary in this meta co-op game, and there will only be one survivor – will it be you? Order your copy and get ready to run!
Remember the dizzying, tense soundtrack of Crawl? Don’t miss the chance to own your own copy of vinyl, which is the only way you’ll get this masterpiece in physical form. This creature feature was a hit this summer, and Quentin Tarantino said it was his favorite film of the year! The story of a father and daughter terrorized by killer alligators during a hurricane was masterfully brought to life by the thumping beats of this mesmerizing soundtrack. The music brings to mind the terror of the film, giving off serious Nine Inch Nails vibes. Add it to your collection of soundtracks on March 6, and preorder your copy here so you won’t miss out.
GRETEL & HANSEL ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Waxwork Records never disappoints vinyl fans, and they’ve released a brand-new soundtrack to the newly released film Gretel & Hansel. The film is a unique take on the old Grimm Brothers story starring It’s Sophia Lillis. The soundtrack was created solely by ROB, a French composer who plays every instrument himself sans the cello. Take a listen to this extremely magnetic and alluring album packed with gorgeous, spooky synthesizers that will entrance you and take you right back to the forest. It comes out in March. Click here to order.
A TALK WITH LEIGH WHANNELL
Horror mastermind Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious, Dead Silence) talked to Scream magazine about some pretty juicy stuff recently at a screening for The Invisible Man. Whannell shared updates about Upgrade 2, discussed the possibility of a Universal Monster universe, and talked about what horror films he’d love to see get the remake treatment. Read the interesting interview for yourself here!
MIKE FLANAGAN BRINGS MIDNIGHT MASS TO NETFLIX
It’s no secret that Mike Flanagan is killing it in the horror genre. He’s already brought us Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House, and Hush, and now he’s revealed details of his new Netflix series, Midnight Mass. This seven-episode series is about a pastor who comes to a small town, and upon his arrival, weird things start to happen. You’ll see some of Flanagan’s favorites (and ours) on the small screen again, including Henry Thomas (Hill House) and Alexandra Essoe (Doctor Sleep). There’s no release date yet, but we are eagerly awaiting his follow-up to Hill House, which is titled Bly Manor, and now we have to wait for yet another Flanagan fix. Hopefully, we’ll see both series’ soon! Bly Manor is slated for 2020 release; Midnight Mass will likely stream in 2021.
TONI COLLETTE IN NETFLIX’S PIECES OF HER
Toni Collette (Hereditary) has proved herself time and again to be a formidable actress, especially in the horror genre. The award-winning actress continues to slay in the new Netflix series, Pieces of Her. This will be eight episodes of terror and drama starring Collette as a woman who’s at the mall with her mom when the pair encounters violence and sets off a chain of events. It’s based on a novel by Karin Slaughter. Andrea (Collette) thinks she knows her mother – but until this event happens, she realizes she really never has. What if the mother you thought you knew so well turns out to be a completely different person hiding deep, dark secrets? Don’t miss it!
Stay tuned for more news as it develops.