On this week’s episode of Collider Nightmares (August 2, 2016) Clarke Wolfe, Perri Nemiroff, Jon Schnepp, Mark Reilly will discuss the following:
- Split Trailer from M. Night Shyamalan and Blumhouse Productions
- Lights Out sequel announced; will continue to explore the film’s shocking ending
- Phantasm: Remastered, Ravager coming to theaters
- New episodes of Black Mirror coming to Netflix in October
- American Horror Story season 6: The Lost Colony of Roanoke?
- Monster of the Week: Tales from the Crypt artist Jack Davis dies
- Twitter questions
After the successful partnership of writer/director M. Night Shyamalan and mega producer Jason Blum last fall with the dark comedy thriller The Visit, it only makes sense that the duo would join forces yet again to make audiences scream and hopefully conquer the box office. Last week we were treated to the first trailer for Split, the latest chiller from Shyamalan and Blum starring X-Men’s James McAvoy and The Witch’s Anya-Taylor Joy. In what looks like a truly bonkers performance, McAvoy stars as a man named Kevin who seemingly has kidnapped three teenage girls. Kevin has a split personality with 23 people living in his body, one of which has the intention of ruling the others. Split is in theaters on January 20, 2017.
In the least shocking news of the week, the financial success and critical praise of New Line’s Lights Out has warranted a sequel which will include original director David F. Sandberg. Made on a budget of about $5M, Lights Out has already grossed over $60M between domestic and international box office. Sandberg has hinted at what fans could expect from the follow up and that includes the ramifications from the first film’s shocking ending.
BOY!!! This week Entertainment Weekly provided an update on J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot’s 4K restoration of Don Coscarelli’s cult-classic Phantasm. It appears that both Phantasm: Ravager, the fifth and final film in the franchise directed by David Hartman, and the restored Phantasm: Remastered will be making their way into theaters. EW reports that Phantasm: Remastered will screen in cinemas on Sept. 24 as part of the first Art House Theater Day. Phantasm: Ravager will be released in theaters and via digital HD on Oct. 7. Phantasm: Remastered and HD restorations of both 1994’s Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead and 1998’s Phantasm IV: Oblivion will also be released on cable and digital platforms that day (and with Shout! Factory’s recent remaster of 1988’s Phantasm 2, fans will have all the Phantasm films available in HD). Later in the year, the films will be released individually on Blu-ray and DVD as well as in a collector’s edition set.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX!?
Finally! An update on the long awaited new episodes of Black Mirror. Last week at the TCA’s here in Los Angeles, the Netflix panel revealed that six new hour long episodes of the science fiction anthology will hit the streaming platform on October 21. Including cast members like Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Wyatt Russell and Madeline Brewer, among others, Black Mirror will also boast the directing talent of previous Black Mirror director Owen Harris, Woman in Black director James Watkins, and 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg.
Do we have a break in the American Horror Story season six case?! Premiering in just a few weeks, the theme for the new season of the FX smash hit has still yet to be announced. However, a handful of new teasers have come online and photos taken on the set appear to provide some major clues including one word that die hards will remember from the inaugural season: Croatoan. The word refers to the tribe of Native Americans located in North Carolina during the time of the colony of Roanoke; it was the only clue left behind after an entire town seemingly disappeared without a trace. TMZ, which snapped the photos, also reports that they have seen cast members wearing “Pilgrim-era clothing.” Ryan Murphy had previously teased that this season would combine children and opera, so could that have been a misdirect? Is this scene part of a flashback? We’ll find out on September 14 when Lady Gaga, Sarah Paulson, and the others return to the series.
Film-to-TV adaptations are clearly all the rage nowadays, especially when it comes to horror. This week there was news on two popular genre titles coming to television: a season three trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn and a US release date for a six-part series based on Greg McLean’s independent favorite Wolf Creek. While Wolf Creek already aired in Australia back in May to positive reception, it’s coming to the states October 14 on Pop, formerly known as the TV Guide Network. McLean co-directed the series and welcomed back John Jarratt as Mick Taylor. As for Dusk season three, the Gecko’s return and so does Robert Rodriguez; who sits in the director’s chair once again. Dusk’s ten episode third season arrives on El Rey on Tuesday, September 6.
MONSTER OF THE WEEK
Last week iconic comic book artist Jack Davis passed away at the age of 91. The AV Club reports that Davis was the “last surviving artist from the EC horror comics imprint.” Davis was one of the founding cartoonists of MAD and the Atlanta native drew for UGA’s off-campus comedy paper “Bullsheet,” The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Coca-Cola, and more. The AV Club notes, “Davis took over the Crypt-Keeper stories in 1951, providing a much more wretched, disgusting looking character than Al Feldstein’s previous iteration of the character as well as illustrating the Crypt-keeper’s origin story in Lower Berth! (No. 33). Davis himself made a cameo—alongside most of the EC staff—in the Tales From The Crypt story Kamen’s Kalamity (No. 31). According to editors Gaines, Feldstein, and Harvey Kurtzman, he was was one of the fastest artists they had on the team.” EC Comics influenced countless writers, directors, and producers including Stephen King, George Lucas, John Landis, George Romero, John Carpenter, RL Stine, Joe Dante and Steven Spielberg just to name a few.