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This Week in Horror: Terror Returns to Texas, Classic Tales are Reinvented, Iconic Franchises Find New Life, and More!

We’re so excited to launch our Horror News division, where we’ll work hard to bring you the latest and greatest buzzworthy genre news each week — from theatrical trailers, to new VOD and streaming releases, to upcoming horror events and so much more. The inaugural edition of our weekly HORROR HEADLINES is jam-packed, so let’s get into it!

A SERIAL KILLER’S GUIDE TO LIFE (RELEASE DATE: 1/13/20)

It got the attention of horror fans at FrightFest, and now you can see what A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life is all about. What happens when a life coach who’s a killer (Poppy Roe) takes a woman who’s a self-help junkie (Katie Brayben) on a therapeutic road trip? See this film from Arrow Video on January 13 and find out!

THE TURNING (RELEASE DATE: 1/24/20)

Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) stars in an adaptation of the legendary Henry James story, “Turn of the Screw,” called The Turning.

GRETEL AND HANSEL (RELEASE DATE: 1/31/20)

The new Gretel and Hansel isn’t the Grimm Brothers story you’re used to seeing. Starring Sophia Lillis (It), this updated version takes some liberties with the classic tale. An element of witchiness creates a story that sees the witch (Alice Krige) trying to convert Gretel to the craft instead of cooking her up in a pot, and instead, subverting the story so that the witch wants to join forces with Gretel against Hansel. Intriguing and moody, according to the indeterminate period setting in the trailer.

BRAHMS: THE BOY II (RELEASE DATE: 2/21/20)

The Boy (2016) is a twisted story of a doll called Brahms and the nanny hired to care for him (Lauren Cohan, The Walking Dead). The sequel, titled Brahms: The Boy II, dropped a trailer this week. The first thing you’ll notice is that Katie Holmes (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) is the star of this installment. In the trailer, Holmes is Liza, mother to a disturbed young boy named Jude (Christopher Convery, Gotham), and she and her husband Sean (Owain Yeoman, The Belko Experiment) decide the family needs a change of scenery. They move into the Heelshire Mansion, unaware of the previous events that took place there. Jude digs Brahms up from the ground and creepiness ensues. Release date: February 21.

GUNS AKIMBO (RELEASE DATE: 2/28/20)

See Harry Potter in a different light when Daniel Radcliffe takes on the role of a game developer who somehow becomes an unwilling participant in live-streaming death matches. Samara Weaving (The Babysitter) stars opposite Radcliffe as a formidable foe. From writer/director Jason Lei Howden, the darkly comedic action sci-fi thriller Guns Akimbo made its World Premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Check out the cast and crew Q&A from TIFF below, and see the film on February 28.

A QUIET PLACE 2 (RELEASE DATE: 3/20/20)

A Quiet Place was a hit for many reasons; the unique storyline enthralled viewers with something a horror film had never done. Complete silence for the majority of the film enabled the actors to create suspense with their actions and expressions. A Quiet Place 2 picks up where the first movie left off, and the trailer didn’t give us much except that we know the Abbott family (led by Emily Blunt) is still in danger, and that the monsters may not be the same ones from the first film. Directed by John Krasinski, who proved himself a formidable director with the first installment.

ANTEBELLUM (RELEASE DATE: 4/24/20)

The trailer for Antebellum flashes back and forth between time periods ranging from Civil War times to today, making for an intriguing trailer. The story of an author (Janelle Monae) trapped in some kind of nightmare is purposely being guarded so fans don’t know what to expect. This tactic is simultaneously fascinating and frustrating! We’re glad to see the fabulous Gabourey Sidibe (American Horror Story) again, in any case.

Indie On Demand

THE ASSENT (RELEASE DATE: 1/10/2020)

Now on demand, The Assent is not your typical child possession movie. It combines an element of psychological terror with horror to produce a suspenseful film that blurs the lines between what’s real and what’s imagined. A single father’s young son may be possessed, but after enduring a trauma, they both have to come to terms with some scary issues. Watch it on VOD, and click here to read our full review. 

NATION’S FIRE (RELEASE DATE: 1/20/2020)

Nation’s Fire may be just the right film for the leadup to Women in Horror month. This movie focuses on a female motorcycle gang and its counterpart male biker gang, and when the woman’s son is killed and drugs are involved, both gangs jump in to get revenge in this action-packed film. See it on-demand on January 20.

Click here for our complete indie release calendar.