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This Week in Horror: Jared Leto morphs into Morbius, Sabrina goes to hell, Terror Threads gets groovy, 3 From Hell screams onto Shudder, and more!

Last week’s News section got a great reception, and we’re horrifyingly happy you liked reading our take on horror happenings. Today, we’ve got lots more thrills and chills to bring you, so stay in the loop while we spill the blood of this week’s Horror Headlines.


Blumhouse’s version of Fantasy Island isn’t exactly like the story it’s based on, the television show of the same name that aired from 1977 to 1984. The story focuses on Mr. Roark, your host that welcomes you to a beautiful island where you can have an amazing life, but, as with most things that sound too good to be true, there is some fine print involved. What happens when your tropical island dreams turn into the scariest nightmares? You may be headed for a permanent vacation, and not the good kind. Fans of the show will likely notice that this Jeff Wadlow-directed version of Fantasy Island is missing one crucial component that made the series a success – Mr. Roark’s diminutive assistant, Tattoo. The movie stars Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, and Michael Pena. Embark for Fantasy Island on Valentine’s Day!


Disappearance at Clifton Hill stars Tuppence Middleton (Downton Abbey) who comes back to her hometown of Niagara Falls and her family’s business, a run-down, decrepit motel, once her mother passes away. Being there reminds the already troubled Abby of a horror she witnessed 25 years ago: the abduction of a young child. She never quite got over wondering what happened that day and decides to get to the bottom of the mystery in this moody, dark, and creepy film. She’s tackling personal demons as well as the monsters of real life as the lines between reality and fantasy blur and Abby unlocks the Falls’ buried secrets. Filled with twists and turns, this is a nightmarish psychological thriller that promises haunting unease.

GUNS AKIMBO (RELEASE DATE: February 28, 2020)

We mentioned this one last week, but now there’s an official trailer we can share! Daniel Radcliffe (The Harry Potter films) is seen in a new light in this fast-paced, thrilling, sci-fi action flick that puts Radcliffe’s character, Miles, in a situation he thought he’d never be in as a nerdy, bored video game developer. Miles sort of, accidentally ends up right in the middle of a live-streaming, gladiator-style death match that’s actually not a game – it’s reality. Though Miles may try to run, once he comes up against Nix (Samara Weaving, The Babysitter) who is a champ at the sport, he may find he’s out of options. This dark comedy from the same director who brought us the hilarious Deathgasm (Jason Lei Howden), promises an action-packed adventure with a dash of romance thrown in. We’re there just to see Harry Potter with guns. Everything else is gravy!


Shannan Gilbert is a 24-year-old who goes missing one night. As her mother Mari (Oscar winner Amy Ryan) stops at nothing to find her daughter, she falls down a rabbit hole that leads her to facts about her daughter that may be hard to face as well as puts her in the midst of a number of unsolved murders. Mari goes up against the police and the media as she goes on a journey of self-discovery during her search for truth and realizes there’s a bigger societal problem than just missing sex workers. Will she find Shannan? Tune into the Netflix original, Lost Girls, to find out. Inspired by the best-selling true crime book by Robert Kolker and directed by Oscar winner Liz Garbus, Lost Girls is based on the real-life murders, and this is one spooky serial killer story that may keep you awake at night. The crimes portrayed in the film are still being investigated, adding extra chills to this slasher saga – yes, the killer is still out there (you may want to watch with the lights on).


Jared Leto is an Oscar winner who has proven he can transform himself into all kinds of characters, and this time, he’s tackling the title character in Morbius, a film that focuses on a Marvel antihero with a bloody backstory. Michael Morbius is a genius, Nobel-awarded chemist who attempts to cure his own blood illness with an injection that instead turns him into a vampire. Morbius is part of the Spider-Verse, having been a friend as well as an enemy of Spider-Man throughout his appearances in the comics. How will Leto handle the transition from Joker to vampire? We can’t wait to see how this dark film turns out, and with the reputation of MCU movies, there are high expectations at stake. With the success of Venom (2018), expect to see more Marvel movies that focus on other characters from the Spider-Verse.

Indie On Demand

PARASITE (RELEASE DATE: January 28, 2020)

Parasite garnered stellar reviews from both critics and fans alike. This Korean “black fairytale” won the coveted Palme d’Or award at Cannes. Parasite has also made Academy Award history as the first Korean movie to score nominations for Best Foreign Film, Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and a Best Director nod for Bong Joon Ho. Described as a black comedy suspense thriller, this movie unravels the story of the upper-class Park family and their symbiotic relationship with the lower-class Kim clan. What some say is a commentary on social classes is one of the sharpest, most cleverly written films of the year. Catch this dramatic, symbolic, satirical story that defies genre on-demand and Blu-ray if you missed it at the theater, or rewatch this completely compelling movie again to brush up on your Oscar bets.

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Horror Happenings


Based in Austin, the Alamo Drafthouse is known for its love and support of horror films and frequently hosts events surrounding everything from big-name movies to lesser known genre gems. Now, in conjunction with the city’s Fantastic Fest film festival, a new series is spawned called Fantastic Fest Presents. They’ll bring horror movies to Alamo Drafthouse audiences boosted with bonuses like livestream Q&A sessions, visits from the stars of the films, and added movie extras. Fantastic Fest intends to take the films from their festival on a journey from debut to commercial release with special screenings around the country. The first film you can see is Come to Daddy starring Elijah Wood, who will be on hand at the LA location in an interview live-streamed to attendees in every city. Learn more and purchase tickets.

SXSW (March 13-22, 2020)

South by Southwest (SXSW), now in its 27th year, combines music, film, and interactive media to bring audiences a week-and-a-half of events that include concerts, conferences, and film festivals in Austin, Texas. You can catch 102 feature films and episodics, including a horror doc called Cursed Films that dives into the subject of some rumored cursed horror movie producti