Horror Haul: ‘Insidious: Chapter 4’ Bumped to 2018, ‘King Kong’ Finally Getting Live-Action TV Series

Howdy, horror folks! After taking an Easter break, our regular Sunday Horror Haul is back with your weekly round-up and one-stop-shop for all things horror. This week in horror brings the news that Insidious fans are going to have to wait a little bit longer for Chapter 4, as the film has been pushed from October to early 2018. Elsewhere, a female-led, live-action King Kong series is in the works, David Oyelowo has boarded a Blumhouse time travel thriller from Mean Creek helmer Jacob Estes, and we get a very confusing look at Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson‘s Spring follow-up, The Endless.

For all the horror news we’ve already covered on the site, you can click through the links below. Then, check out other genre highlights from the week and finish it all up with a rundown of the week in horror movie trailers, and to get your horror fix right now, be sure to check ou the best horror movies on Netflix. Thanks for tuning in, and sound off in the comments with your thoughts, questions, and other horror musings.

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'Insidious: Chapter 4' Moves to 2018

Bad news, Insidious fans. You’re going to have to wait until next year to see the fourth chapter in the ongoing supernatural saga. Universal and Sony Pictures have bumped from the Halloween-friendly release date of October 20 to January 5, 2018. In its place, Universal will release Blumhouse’s Christopher Landon-directed Half to Death.

Insidious: Chapter 4 is directed by series newcomer Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) and sees the return of franchise staple Lin Shaye as Dr. Elise Rainier, the parapsychologist who tackles a haunting in her own family home this time around. The film is written by Insidious co-creator Leigh Whannell, who has scripted every Insidious film to date and made his directorial debut on Chapter 3. As always, Jason Blum, Oren Peli and co-creator James Wan produce.

Female-Led Live-Action 'King Kong' TV Series In the Works

MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television are riding the Kong resurgence with King Kong Skull Island, the first live-action TV series to feature the big beastie. The series, which is being described as a female-led survival story, comes from The Bye Bye Man screenwriters Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title and is based on is based on Merian C. Cooper’s King Kong and DeVito ArtWorks’ Skull Island. 

Per Deadline, “King Kong Skull Island is a serialized, contemporary continuation of the classic with a female-led, multicultural ensemble that delves into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins.”

“Jonathan and Stacy have taken a world that has enraptured audiences in all its many forms over the years and given it a contemporary, female-focused spin,” said MarVista CEO Fernando Szew.

“There’s clearly a deep and abiding interest in this timeless story. We love Stacy and Jonathan’s approach to this adaptation and look forward to partnering with MarVista as we bring this gripping tale of survival and adventure to life for a new generation of Kong fans,” said IM Global TV president Mark Stern

James Wan and Alexandre Aja Teaming for 'Smart House'

Lionsgate has scooped up Horns and The Hills Have Eyes director Alexandre Aja‘s next film, the James Wan-produced thriller Smart House.

Per Variety, Smart House is “a thriller about a family in the witness protection program placed in the custody of a state of the art, autonomous ‘smart house.’ When a group of assassins locates the family, the house goes into a lethal defense mode.”

“We are delighted that Smart House brings James Wan and Alex Aja back to Lionsgate for this cool, of-the-moment thriller,” said Lionsgate president of acquisitions and co-productions Jason Constantine. “We had the privilege of being involved with James’ directorial debut with ‘Saw’ and with Alex on one of his earlier films, ‘High Tension.’ The idea of combining their talents into one project for the first time is exciting for us and genre fans everywhere.”

'The Endless' Promo Makes You Wonder, WTF Is This Movie?

Tthe latest film from ResolutionSpring and V//H/S Viral filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead made its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival this week (where it earned a heap of praise), and in anticipation of the premiere, the filmmakers put together and absolutely confounding, absurd promo video that seems to have nothing at all to do with the film. But it worked. I am now eagerly anticipating this movie even though I have no real concept of what it’s about. Watch the teaser video above, and below you’ll find a clip from the actual film. Don’t expect to get many answers there either, though.

Here’s the logline, which also offers little in the way of answers. Revel in the WTF, folks.

THE ENDLESS is the story of two brothers who return to the deadly cult from which they fled a decade ago, to find that there might be some truth to the group’s otherworldly beliefs.

David Oyelowo Boards Blumhouse Time Travel Thriller

Mean Creek director Jacob Estes finally has a new film on the docket, a Blumhouse produced time travel thriller that is set to star Selma’s David Oyelowo. There’s not a lot to report on the film yet, as the logline is being kept underwraps, but Deadline reports that Jason Blum is producing, with Oyelowo is executive producing alongside Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Volturno and Jay Martin.

That’s not a lot to go on, but Mean Creek was a fantastic film, and the idea of a time travel film with a black protagonist leave a lot of interesting subjects on the table to be explored. It’s a subject that hasn’t been explored much outside of Octavia Butler‘s extraordinary novel Kindred, and a really good standup set from Louis C.K. Of course, since we don’t know anything about the film at this point, it’s possible that Only You could have nothing to do with race at all, but it’s certainly a promising and under-utilized story should the filmmakers chose to go that direction.

Trailer Trash: 'The Beguiled', 'Flesh of the Void'


“The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.


When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.


A young man and his four younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.


Nastya is a young woman who travels with her soon to be husband to his family home. Upon their arrival, she can’t help but think that the visit may have been a horrible mistake. She is surrounded by strange people and starts witnessing strange, terrible visions as his family prepares her for a mysterious traditional Slavic wedding ceremony. More than the wedding preparations, can she survive the next few days?


With Flesh of the Void, Sodom & Chimera Productions brings you a horribly disturbing and controversial experimental horror feature, visualizing what it could feel like if death really were the most horrible thing one can experience. The film was shot almost entirely on expired Super 8 film from the 80s (mostly Kodachrome) and is intended as a trip through the deepest fears of human beings, exploring its subject in a highly grotesque, violent, and extreme manner.

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