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In Case You Missed It: Battle Those Cold Weather, Winter Blues by Kicking Off 2018 With a Healthy Dose of Hot Horror News!

2017 went out with a bang in the presses, and 2018 is following suit; Between updates on Halloween, Slenderman, Hellraiser: Judgement, Day Of The Dead Bloodline, Insidious: The Last Key, a SAW escape room in Vegas, It, Alien: Awakening‘s fate unknown because Disney bought Twentieth Century FOX, Victor Crowley, Silence Of The Lambs‘ Jodie Foster reprising her role for a skit.

We also have updates on Ash VS Evil Dead, Fear The Walking Dead & The Walking Dead, Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina, Riverdale, and of course for the kiddos, Hotel Transylvania 3 and Goosebumps 2.

There’s just way to much to report in one setting, but I’m going to wiz through with you. Here are the highlights. 

COMING ATTRACTIONS

“HALLOWEEN” (2018) BEGINS FILMING; OG SHAPE ACTOR RETURNS!

Danny McBride’s and David Gordon-Green’s Halloween for Blumhouse has begun filming, with principal photography taking place in Charleston, South Carolina [source: Blumhouse, Comicbook.com].

The film is supposed to forfeit whatever work the other filmmakers (including John Carpenter) put out for Halloween 2-8, to “bring back the horror” yet dial back (or get rid of all together) the title antagonist’s (Michael Myer’s) supernatural ability.

Green and McBride’s Halloween reunites Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter with the infamous “boogeyman”, letting Curtis be the victim once more (as Laurie Strode) and Carpenter at head as executive producer.

Judy Greer is confirmed to star as Curtis’s on-screen daughter, Andi Matichak locked as Strode’s granddaughter with Ginny Gardner, Miles Robbins, Dylan Arnold and Drew Scheid also starring. Nick Castle from the original film, now in his 70s, has been confirmed to return to his infamous role, as Michael Myers. Miramax and Blumhouse Productions are co-financing the Halloween reboot.

Halloween still stalks it’s planned October 19th, release date. Could they pull it off? Hey, maybe, the original Halloween took about 20 days to film…and October is about 9 months away. There’s a chance folks that Michael will return 2018! Fingers crossed.

THREE YEARS LATER: “SLENDER MAN” MOVES FORWARD AT SONY; FATHER OF GIRL INVOLVED IN REAL-LIFE TALE SAYS “IT’S ABSURD.”

Sony is hammering away at their new flick based on the 2014 psychological phenomena that surrounded the fictional horror character, Slender Man, and the mentally-ill minds of two 12-year old girls whom stabbed their classmate in the woods. The pre-teens at the time, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser (now 15), blamed their actions on the fictional character, Slender Man, claiming the stabbing would serve him. Both girls, claim to not be responsible for their actions and are in fact mentally ill.

Per Insider: In December 2017, [Anissa] Weier was sentenced to 25 years in a psychiatric institution after pleading guilty to “being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide.” She claimed she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill. According to a report from CBS News, [Morgan] Geyser made a deal with prosecutors. She pleaded guilty to “attempted first-degree intentional homicide with the agreement that she isn’t criminally responsible and shouldn’t go to prison.”

Outraged, father to Weir, released this statement via Associated Press following the premier of the very first trailer (released Jan. 3) for Sony’s Slender Man, inspired by the above VERY REAL tale;

“It’s absurd they want to make a movie like this,” Weier said. “It’s popularizing a tragedy is what it’s doing. I’m not surprised, but in my opinion it’s extremely distasteful. All we’re doing is extending the pain all three of these families have gone through.”

Slender Man is a character birthed from a meme created by Erik Knudsen. The character is center to a myth that surrounds it, that boasts a certain horror on the public. Slender Man is said to be a tall, blank faced creature, whom is thought to be a “he”, abducts children often in forested areas and could cause psychological distress and torment.

The Sony Pics film invokes this myth with the tag-line “He Gets In Your Head Like a Virus”, with a plot centering around high-school girls facing the horror (instead of the younger girls in real life).

Synopsis: “In a small town in Massachusetts, four high school girls perform a ritual in an attempt to debunk the lore of Slender Man. When one of the girls goes mysteriously missing, they begin to suspect that she is, in fact, his latest victim.”

Slender Man is slated to premiere this May.

“DAY OF THE DEAD BLOODLINE” GETS NEW CLIP AND A TERRIBLE REVIEW

“The very year after zombiedom’s grand master [George A. Romero] passes, we get the stupid, zipless homage “Day of the Dead: Bloodline.” – Robert Abele Los Angeles Times

So it hasn’t been entirely that long since the Zom-Father, George A. Romero, passed away [July, 2017], it really hasn’t been. And now here comes a rehashing of his 1978 film Day Of The Dead, pushed ahead with the LATimes giving it an absolutely horrible review, which you could view above.

I don’t know, I liked the Dawn Of The Dead rehash. Maybe LATimes doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

Synopsis: “Fear goes viral in this terrifying retelling of George A. Romero’s zombie horror classic. Five years after an epidemic nearly wiped out the world’s population, Dr. Zoe Parker lives in an underground bunker among a small group of military personnel and survivalists, working on a cure while fighting armies of the undead. When a dangerous patient from Zoe’s past infiltrates the bunker, he just might hold the key to saving humanity… or ending it.”

Anyway, there’s a clip you could watch to hold y