It looks like Netflix is happy to stay in the Mike Flanagan business. The ever-busy horror director has signed on to make a 10-episode series based on Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House, which has been previously adapted for the big screen twice, once in 1963 and once in 1999. In both cases, it was retitled The Haunting. However, there are a few intriguing details about this project that make it seem like the culmination of…well, something.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Ladies and gentlemen: welcome to the Stephen King movie renaissance. With The Dark Tower arriving early next year, It nearing the end of principal photography, and a new version of The Stand continuously waiting in the wings, we’re about to be beset on all sides by cinematic adaptations of King’s most acclaimed work. And then there is the film version of Gerald’s Game that Oculus and Hush director Mike Flanagan has been wanting to make since 2014, which would bring one of the author’s less famous books to the screen. Unlike those other books, which are ultimately built around characters on straightforward quests that see them come face-to-face with evil, this novel is a tough nut to crack – it’s set entirely in one room and centers around a single character who must escape an agonizing (and adults only) predicament.
Gerald’s Game is the kind of horror movie that would have a hard time getting made by a traditional studio and released into a couple thousand theaters. So the news that it may go directly to Netflix makes perfect sense.
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UPDATE: Bloody Disgusting reports Oculus director Mike Flanagan is in talks to direct the Halloween remake. Nothing official has been revealed yet, but for now it sounds like he’s the man for the job. Not my first choice for the job, but Oculus is certainly an underrated horror flick, so this could be a good move. Our original story from late night on May 23rd follows.
Legends never die. After years of Dimension Films trying to figure out what to do with the Halloween franchise, the company lost the rights to the iconic horror series that started with John Carpenter‘s classic film. Out of nowhere a surprise announcement came from Blumhouse Productions revealing that they are teaming with Miramax to co-finance a new Halloween sequel. Before you get all bent out of shape about the franchise not knowing when to die, director John Carpenter will be on board the film as executive producer.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we fall in love with Nora Ephron, target a deaf woman for extermination, go for the gold in the most remote of locations, get into some really bad car trouble, and wonder at the talents of John Hawkes.
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Summit has been developing a film called Exorcism Diaries for a couple years, originally recruiting Barbara Marshall to write back in 2013, with other writers tackling it in the meantime. The film was originally said to be based on a book that purports to chronicle the true stories behind the film The Exorcist, and while that may be just a good marketing angle from Summit, we’ll always take a good exorcism movie.
Now Exorcism Diaries has an even better chance to be good, as the two people who made Starry Eyes, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, have been brought on to rewrite and direct. Read More »
Even though the horror flick Ouija, inspired by the spirit board that has been said to allow users to speak to people in the afterlife, wasn’t a massive hit at the box office last year, it still pulled in $100 million worldwide on a budget of just $5 million. That made it profitable enough for Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes and Hasbro to move forward with a sequel, which was announced back in January.
The first movie was absolutely terrible, and the paltry 7% on Rotten Tomatoes reinforces that. However, now there’s a chance that the sequel could be better with with Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan directing Ouija 2. Plus, one of his stars from the aforementioned superior psychological horror flick is coming with him. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Ouija 2 is officially happening. Universal has set Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard (Oculus) to script the board game-based horror sequel, which is now scheduled to arrive next year. Get more details on Ouija 2 after the jump. Read More »
Well, it’s official. Hollywood has apparently exhausted all of the classic horror remakes of the Seventies and Eighties because they’ve moved to the Nineties. Sony Pictures has begun to develop a remake of I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 hit originally written by Scream writer Kevin Williamson. The remake will be written and produced by Oculus filmmaker Mike Flanagan, based on the 1974 novel by Lois Duncan that inspired Williamson’s script. Sony wants the film on the fast track for release in 2016. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
A great many of Stephen King‘s stories have been adapted for the screen, some more than once. Today, it’s Gerald’s Game‘s turn to get the Hollywood treatment.
Oculus director Mike Flanagan has reportedly committed to making a Gerald’s Game movie his next film. The 22-year-old novel concerns a kinky sex game gone horribly awry. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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These days it feels like every horror movie can be easily categorized. Either it’s a possession movie, a found footage movie, a slasher movie or some inane combination. Finding something different is rare. Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus, at the very least, strives to be different. Combining elements from several subgenre columns into something that feels new and fresh, Oculus is the story of a brother and sister who try to destroy a haunted mirror that drives people to wild hallucinations, blurring lines between what’s real and what’s not.
Flanagan’s script is a psychological jumping bean as it hops wildly between multiple timelines, putting the audiences in the shoes of the characters, everyone totally unaware of precisely what’s going on. The whole thing has a fluid feeling that’s not exactly innovative, but exciting enough to potentially kick off a new franchise. Read more of our Oculus movie review below. Read More »