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Horrific Recap of August 15 - 21, 2021

Hey there, horror fans and welcome back to Horror Junket for another Horrific Recap! It's the start of a new week and that means I got a few of last week's horror tidbits for you, and of course, if you haven't done so already, go ahead and grab your pillow tight—a little tighter now, because things are about to get all 'turn for the worse' scary up in here, as we recap some of last week's spookiest horror news. Let's go!


Sunday - August 15

FX Network and those behind the upcoming Alien television series, are in no rush to start production, instead they will take things slow and aim for a more realistic release window that blows past 2022.

According to FX Network president John Landgraf, "We want to get it right, and we’re going to take whatever time it takes to do that." Landgaf continued to say, "I have optimism that this show may well roll out in 2023."

With a second wave of COVID rearing its ugly head, those behind the project might have the right mindset taking things slow. Noah Hawley will write and act as showrunner for the untitled Alien project, Hawley already having success with Fargo, which had its season 4 premiere in 2020.


Monday - August 16

MVD Rewind Collection will bring Jack Frost and Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman, up-to-date—Jack Frost for the second time—with a new Blu-ray release packed with some extra goodies like interviews and commentary.

These two straight-to-video cult classics, with covers that haunted the horror sections of late 90s and early 2000s video rental stores, were written and directed by Michael Cooney and starred Scott MacDonald in the evil snowman role. These new Blu-ray releases will include new featurettes and audio commentary with the director, along with the original theatrical trailers for both films.

Jack Frost and Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman are up for pre-order now and will be available on Blu-ray when the Christmas season—yuck!—is in full swing on December 14.


Tuesday - August 17

Samantha Mathis and Henry Thomas join the upcoming Pet Sematary prequel, currently in development at Paramount Players.

The cast of the Pet Sematary prequel, written and directed by Lindsey Beer, continues to grow with the recent additions of Mathis and Thomas. They will star alongside Pam Grier and Jackson White who joined the cast in late June.

Plot details are still underwraps, so are production details but when all is said and done, the completed Pet Sematary prequel will stream exclusively to Paramount+.


Wednesday - August 18

Fandango gives fans of the upcoming Candyman film, a small taste of the blood and scares that are to come when the film releases later this month.

If you've seen any of the earlier promotional material for Candyman, then you've been warned not to say his name five times in the mirror.

Curious to know what happens to those that don't listen? This brief clip will put those questions to rest, when you see the bloody results of what happens when you say, "Candyman, Candyman, Candyman, Candyman..."

Candyman is back later this month with a new chapter of horror in the series, from Jordan Peele and director Nia DaCosta. Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo and Tony Todd, Candyman will release later this month on August 27.


Thursday - August 19

Shining Vale, the upcoming horror comedy series from Starz and producer Courteney Cox, gives viewers their first look with the release of a couple pictures from the series.

Shining Vale will tell the story of Pat Phelps, a woman who barely holds it all together as she falls further from fame. After an infidelity, the Phelps family move from the city to a murder house in a small town. Pat is alone in sensing the oddness of the new place but that all later changes for the family, when the demons of the house become more real.

Shining Vale will also star Mira Sorvino, Greg Kinnear, Judith Light and Sherilyn Fenn. At this time there is no news of a release date for Shining Vale first episode.


Friday - August 20

Coming in October and just in time for the spookiest holiday of them all, Day of the Dead, will enjoy its series premiere on Syfy.

Inspired by the work of late zombie great, George A. Romero, Day of the Dead is written by Scott Thomas and Jed Elinoff, who will also serve as series showrunners.

Day of the Dead will focus on a group of six strangers, as they struggle to survive their first 24 hours in a zombie uprising. With a look that can only be described as Syfy original movie, without calling it low budget, Day of the Dead will bring a new original story to the zombie franchise.

Day of the Dead will star Keenan Tracey, Daniel Doheny, Natalie Malaika, and Morgan Holmstrom, and will premiere on Syfy this coming spooky season on October 15.


Saturday - August 21

Rob is joined by Dwight for this week's episode of Riffing On Horror, the duo sitting down to enjoy a riff on V/H/S.

An anthology of short films come together to make up V/H/S, created by Brad Miska and Bloody Disgusting. Featuring some growing names in horror like Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, directors of the upcoming fifth entry in the Scream franchise, as well as Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, two minds behind 2016's Blair Witch.

You can catch Riffing On Horror's Live show every Saturday at 9:00pm EST, on Twitch, here.


Well folks, all I can say is thank you for tuning in to this week's Horrific Recap brought to you by Horror Junket. I've definitely had my hiccups here for the last month, going back into July, not checking the right boxes when it comes to publishing these things. So, if you've missed your Horrific Recap over the last month, I do apologize from the bottom of my heart. All I ask is that you tune in next week for one of Horror Junket's fine weekly—and sometimes horrific—recaps of last week's horror. I'll be seeing you.

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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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