Universal pictures has found release dates for two films from their Legendary slate while Open Road has moved one of their more intriguing films to Halloween.
- Writer/director Dan Gilroy‘s Nightcrawler moves from October 17th to October 31st.
- Director Michael Dougherty‘s Krampus will open on November 25, 2015.
- The Nic Mathieu-helmed Spectral will appear on screens on August 12th, 2016.
Hit the jump for more on these release date changes.
First up is Nightcrawler, which became one of my most anticipated movies of the year the instant I saw the trailer a month or two back. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the film along with Rene Russo and Bill Paxton and, although it’s not a horror movie, it certainly seems creepy enough to open on Halloween. Here’s the official synopsis:
NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
Next up is Krampus on November 25th, 2015. The film comes from Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty and is therefore my most anticipated of the four or so Krampus movies in various stages of production. A November release date implies a bit of confidence that this thing could potentially play through the holidays. Based on the ancient legend of a pagan demon who punishes the wicked, Legendary Pictures’ film was co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shields.
Finally we have Nic Mathieu’s Spectral which will be released in 3D on August 12th, 2016. James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Max Martini and Bruce Greenwood will star in the action thriller that tracks an elite Spec Ops team on a mission to take down an aggressive phantom threat that cannot be explained.