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A Horrific Recap of July 10 - 16, 2022

Hey there horror fans and welcome back to Horror Junket. I'm glad you did because I have a spooky new Horrific Recap for you, packed with all kinds of horror that occurred last week. The July heat is on the rise and holding, but if you've been reading along with these Horrific Recaps, then you know you can stop by Horror Junket anytime for a few chills. I won't waste anymore of your time, let's get into it by taking a trip back to Sunday, July 10, and check out some of the scares that occurred then.


July 10 - Sunday

Not too much by the looks of it, but I sure do have some big news for you still!

Starting up here in just a bit, Nite Shift Video, the Indiana based horror podcast, has put together a Horror Movie Monster Draft, a scary movie drafting event that will be featured on Instagram and TikTok. Cleveland of Nite Shift Video has wrangled together a bunch of horror podcasters, including yours truly -- I don't have a podcast just yet -- for what should be an amazing horror movie showdown, that is already a few months in the works.

Beginning later in the summer months, The Horror Movie Monster Draft will present two horror movie choices to fans and followers, movies chosen by one of over 30 participating horror podcasts in a three-round draft, that will go head-to-head until one horror movie reigns supreme. The scary movie showdown will play out into the month of October -- just in time for the spookiest holiday of them all.

For those that want to follow along and take part in the horror draft madness, be sure to add @HorrorMovieMonsterDraft on Instagram and TikTok.


July 11 - Monday

Sad news for those that were looking forward to watching Salem's Lot this year, it has just been announced that the release date for the latest adaptation of the Stephen King vampire novel, has been pushed back to next year and will instead see a theatrical premiere in April of 2023.

Originally eyeing a theatrical release this September, those behind the film have said that COVID related setbacks, including the decision to add extra days for filming, have led to the unfortunate decision to push the film back.

Salem's Lot will tell the story of Ben Mears, an author returning to the small town he grew up in, only to find out that a vampiric presence has taken over the town of Jerusalem's Lot. Written and directed by Gary Dauberman, Salem's Lot will star Lewis Pullman, Spencer Treat Clark, William Sadler, Alfre Woodard, Makenzie Leigh, and Pilou Asbæk.

Salem's Lot is currently still in post-production, and I must say that I commend the decision to delay the film. I would rather wait for a good film, then settle for a rushed, bad one. Salem's Lot will enjoy its new theatrical premiere next year on Friday, April 21, 2023.


July 12 - Tuesday

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has joined the production of Skill House, the rapper/producer/entrepreneur joining the film as a producer and actor.

Currently filming in Los Angeles, the social media/influencer slasher flick Skill House, from writer and director Josh Stolberg, will take a satirical, blood-soaked look at those who try to achieve fame through popular social media apps like Instagram and TikTok.

Curtis Jackson joins Instagram hit Bryce Hall, MMA fighter/model Paige VanZant, actress Leah Pipes, and actor Neal McDonough, for what is already shaping up to be a humorous and bloody horror feature. Produced by Proxima Media and G-Unit Film & Television, Skill House will wrap up filming in just a few weeks before heading into post-production.

As an added note, those curious about Skill House should follow creator Josh Stolberg on either his Instagram or TikTok, where he posts fun, sometimes bloody behind the scenes peeks for his fans.

What Josiah Saw gets an official trailer today, that is currently available to watch on YouTube.

The psychological horror film dealing with family history is directed by Vincent Grashaw and written by Robert Alan Dilts. Produced by Randomix Productions, What Josiah Saw made its world premiere back at Fantasia in August of last year, before it was quickly acquired by Shudder.

Starring Robert Patrick, Nick Stahl, Kelli Garner, Tony Hale and Jake Weber, What Josiah Saw will tell the story of a broken family, who come together at their farmhouse after two decades, only to pay for the sins in their past. What Josiah Saw will enjoy its Shudder premiere next month on Thursday, August 4.

Stranger Things once again picks up a couple Emmy nominations this year, including Outstanding Series, Outstanding Music Supervision, and Outstanding Special Visual Effects, but there is one name glaringly missing from this year's nominations, and that is Sadie Sink in the Best Actress category.

I won't act like Stranger Things 4 is the best season in the series, it's not, but when I first saw early snippets of the show, I knew that Max was going to really shine, and why shouldn’t she? Max was already one of the best additions to the show, and the inclusion of her character has only brought about some of the best plotlines in the Stranger Things story, so far. It's been amazing to watch Max’s transformation across the seasons, and the character’s friendship in a time of need for Eleven, mixed with Max’s own incredible and personal losses, add some much-needed emotional depth to a series that has a habit of killing off short-lived characters that pack an emotional punch.

It won’t happen this year but there is still a chance for the actress to nab a nomination at next year's Emmy Awards, where the last two episodes of Stranger Things 4 will be up for consideration. Good luck to all the other nominations currently up for Emmy consideration, I hope you win.


July 13 - Wednesday

I've been following along with the latest reboot of The Munsters since the beginning, and those lucky few that have followed along with me in these Horrific Recaps, know that I am really looking forward to this upcoming Rob Zombie flick.

Of course my anticipation builds with the release of The Munsters' official trailer today, and it looks like the film is ready to bring some colorful, family friendly fun to our September. The Munsters will tell the story of how Lily met Herman and will focus on a love story between the ghoulish pair, before they become the happy, ghoulish family of 1313 Mockingbird Lane. I'll admit, the way The Munsters was filmed makes it look like the picture on a TV that has motion blur turned off, but my excitement is still peaked for what should be an enjoyable return for the spooky sitcom family.

Written and directed by Rob Zombie, The Munsters will star Jeff Daniel Phillips, Sheri Moon Zombie and Daniel Roebuck. Many others like Dee Wallace, Cassandra Peterson and Jorge Garcia have joined the cast as well, for what should be a Munsters film that brings back a lot of the characters from the original 1960's sitcom.

A new poster for the upcoming Lifetime Original movie, The Bad Seed Returns, finds its way to fans via actress Mckenna Grace, who took to her Instagram to post the pi

No longer a child, Emma is now a high schooler in the care of her aunt, and she still harbors a mind for violence in this sequel to the 2018 Lifetime Original movie. Still an expert at playing innocent, Emma has more deadly tricks up her sleeve, and it appears a new girl at school might know Emma's secret.

Starring Mckenna Grace, who also serves as producer and co-writer for the film, The Bad Seed sequel will also star Michelle Morgan, Ella Dixon, Benjamin Ayres, and Patty McCormick, for a Lifetime premiere that occurs Labor Day on Monday, September 5.


July 14 - Thursday

Tales of the Walking Dead is all set for its August premiere, but before that happens, those from the show and over at AMC have a sneak peek for fans, with the release of some stills from the upcoming Walking Dead spin-off.

Created by Scott M. Gimple and Channing Powell, Tales of the Walking Dead will be the fourth television series set in the post-zombie apocalyptic universe. Changing up the format a bit, the show will be an anthology series that will follow a mix of survivors, new and old, as they navigate life in a world full of the undead. Hindered as well by humans held to no law or moral bounds, our new cast of characters will bring about some fresh, new voices for a series that will include a talented and humorous cast.

Starring Terry Crews, Parker Posey, Olivia Munn, Anthony Edwards, Jillian Bell, and Jessie T. Usher, Tales of the Walking Dead will premiere on AMC on Sunday, August 14.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? returns to Nickelodeon with its third season, and an all-new Midnight Society, for a spooky tale with an even spookier setting.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island will premiere with its first two episodes later this month, introducing viewers to a new crew of scary storytellers, as well as an unsettling island location, and the creepy hotel they just happen to be vacationing at. New Midnight Society members will include Telci Huynh, Luca Padova, Dior Goodjohn, Chance Hurstfield, Conor Sherry, and Julian Curtis, who will help unravel the mysteries and spooky occurrences on Ghost Island.

Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Ghost Island premieres in just a few weeks on Nickelodeon, later this month on Saturday, July 30.


July 15 - Friday

For those that didn't want to watch The Black Phone in theaters, you can now enjoy the scares from the safety of your own home, by streaming the film to your living room, or where ever you enjoy your home movie experience, starting today on various streaming platforms.

Released last month back on June 24, The Black Phone has introduced movie audiences to The Grabber, a masked serial killer with a proclivity towards abducting teenage boys. Having become this summer's most chilling movie monster, you can now experience the terror first hand when you rent or buy The Black Phone today.

Directed by Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote the film with C. Robert Cargill, based on the short story by author Joe Hill, The Black Phone stars Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, and James Ransone.


July 16 - Saturday

Resident Evil made its series premiere on Netflix yesterday, and so far, I'm two episodes away from being done with the show. I'll finish the rest of the first season, but unfortunately, I will not be returning to the series should it get the green light for a second season.

For those expecting even a mediocre Resident Evil adaptation, I am sorry to say that Netflix's new series offers none of that. This new Netflix series is "Resident Evil" by name and characters only, the story being a disjointed mashup of two timelines, one set in the post-apocalyptic future, and the other set in the world before all the madness, where high school drama fitting a CW profile was more likely to kill you then a mutated zombie was.

Lance Reddick is a fantastic actor, and I've been watching him act since his days as Mobay on Oz and Lt. Daniels on The Wire. This man's acting can only carry the show so much. I've read all the complaints about changing the race of Albert Wesker, but the flaw is not because they changed the character's race, like I said, Lance Reddick is a great actor, it's because the character is not younger, or the real Albert Wesker for that matter.

I have more to say, but for the sake of this Horrific Recap, I'll keep this mini-review brief. I went in with low expectations and I still came out disappointed with Netflix's new series, Resident Evil. It was a blend of so-so plots and confusing timelines, sprinkled with slow character growth that ultimately does Resident Evil in, and given Netflix's dire need to cut back on projects and focus on subscription growth, I wouldn't be surprised to see this one succumbs to the "cancellation virus".


Well, horror fans, I hope that wasn't too scary for you. That's another Horrific Recap down, with another one coming your way at the beginning of next week on Sunday. Until then, stop by Horror Junket every once in a while, where you can read up on horror and events happening all throughout this current week. I'll see you next week for another Horrific Recap but until then take care of yourselves and others.

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ERIC J. CULLEN is a writer currently residing in California. A fan of horror since childhood, Eric spends his free time developing Horror Junket, writing screenplays, HODLING, as well as producing films in the horror genre. Eric is currently the future owner of a 1958 Plymouth Fury.

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