point horror anthology series

Point Horror, a series of young adult horror books penned by authors like R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, is headed to the small screen. HBO Max is developing a Point Horror anthology series. Each episode of the show will be inspired by one of the original books, complete with a “nostalgic nod to the 1990s” – the era in which the books originated.  Read More »

doctor sleep sequel

Doctor Sleep was expected to be a big hit for Warner Bros., and the studio had such high hopes that they were already planning a sequel. But as the saying goes, life comes at you fast, and while The Shining follow-up garnered positive reviews, the box office returns have been a major disappointment. So what happens now? We don’t know. But we do have some idea of what kind of sequel director Mike Flanagan was planning.

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Doctor Sleep Jack Torrance Scene

The most important scene in Doctor Sleep isn’t in the trailers. You won’t find a glimpse of it in the marketing. And a recognizable actor, who appears exclusively in this scene, has been left out of just about every cast list. It’s all by design, of course. Because the most important scene in Doctor Sleep is a big swing from writer/director Mike Flanagan, one that he knew would prove controversial with horror fans. Somehow, it works. Heck, it’s even the scene that convinced author Stephen King to give the movie his blessing.

I was able to speak with Flanagan and his longtime producer Trevor Macy about the scene, their conversations with King, the casting of that actor, and more. There are major spoilers for Doctor Sleep from this point on.

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Fantasy Island trailer

Fantasy Island, the 1970s TV series that starred Ricardo Montalbán and Hervé Villechaize, is headed to the big screen – with a twist. The folks at Blumhouse are behind the movie, and their involvement should give you a hint as to what type of adaptation this is going to be. Yes, that’s right: it’s a Fantasy Island horror movie. The first Fantasy Island trailer below gives you a hint of the weirdness to come.

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hocus pocus 2

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • The original witches from Hocus Pocus will apparently be back for the sequel.
  • Halloween Kills has wrapped, so let’s all look at Anthony Michael Hall!
  • Ghostbusters 2020 has also wrapped, but here’s one more casting announcement.
  • Remember Jon Heder? He’s back, appearing in a new Tremors sequel.

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paranormal activity 7 release date

Two sure-to-be-terrifying films have been set for release dates by Paramount Pictures. First: Paranormal Activity 7 (which will probably end up with a title like Paranormal Activity: Ghost Zone or something dumb like that) will haunt audiences in March of 2021. Then, scariest of all, a new My Little Pony movie (spooooky!) will arrive in September of 2021.

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Doctor Sleep Q&A

As director Mike Flanagan has risen to become one of the most distinctive voices working in modern horror, he’s always had one man in his corner: producer Trevor Macy. The two have collaborated on Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake, Gerald’s Game, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and The Haunting of Hill House and their partnerships continues with Doctor Sleep.

I was able to sit down with Macy to discuss how they received Stephen King’s blessing to make a sequel to The Shining, how his creative process with Flanagan works, and how he views himself as an “audience’s producer.”

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doctor sleep review

With Doctor Sleep, writer/director Mike Flanagan finds himself serving three masters. First, there’s Stanley King, who penned The Shining and its literary sequel, the subject of this new film. Then there’s Stanley Kubrick, whose iconic 1908 film adaptation of The Shining has legions of fans but remains hated by King himself. And then there’s Flanagan himself, the impressive filmmaker behind The Haunting of Hill House, Gerald’s Game, Hush, and more, whose distinctive voice blends chills with honest sentimentality.

I attended an early screening of Doctor Sleep in Estes Park, Colorado, home to the famous Stanley Hotel, the place where a young Stephen King was inspired to write The Shining in the first place. And the real miracle is this: Flanagan has made a movie that is a direct sequel to Kubrick’s film, a loving tribute to King’s original vision, and, most importantly, a proper Mike Flanagan movie through and through.

Shortly before I sat down to interview Flanagan, I learned that he was staying in the famously haunted Room 428 (AKA “The Cowboy Room”)  at the Stanley Hotel, the same room I had stayed in prior to his arrival. Figuring this would be my only chance to talk to a noteworthy horror director about our experiences in the same haunted room, I used that to break the ice.

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the unsound movie

 David F. Sandberg is set to make a return to the horror genre with The Unsound, a horror film that Netflix has acquired in a heated bidding war. Based on the BOOM! Studios graphic novel by Cullen Bunn and Jack T. ColeThe Unsound movie follows a psychiatrist who returns to the insane asylum where her mother once worked and is now a patient. Read More »

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SpectreVision is about to release Color Out of Space, a big, weird H.P. Lovecraft adaptation starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Richard Stanley. But it might not be the last Lovecraft film the production company unleashes. According to founders Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah, a Lovecraft trilogy is being planned, with hopes for a Dunwich Horror movie next.

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