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Horrific Recap of August 29 - September 4, 2021

Hey there horror fans and welcome back to Horror Junket for what should be a scare-filled Horrific Recap of the end of August and beginning of September. If you haven't done so yet, go ahead and grab hold of your fright pillow, squeeze it tight—tighter, as we turn back time a bit and revisit the horror of last week.


Sunday - August 29

Horror could be found at gamescom 2021 with the release of gameplay footage for the upcoming Dying 1983, from publisher 2P Games and developer Nekcom Entertainment.

The first person puzzle solving adventure game with aspects of horror sprinkled in, looks all kinds of dark and challenging. From the brief video I was able to gather that puzzles range in difficulty from deciphering photos with ease, to shooting at a tea kettle after some mental gymnastics.

Dying:1983 is the sequel to 2017's Dying: Reborn. At this time there is no known release date.


Monday - August 30

A few stills from the upcoming Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City have been released, giving fans a first look at the S.T.A.R.S. team and others.

Avan Jogia and Kaya Scodelario look good together as their characters Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, in what is one of three photos to be provided by Sony Pictures. Two other photos show the S.T.A.R.S. team members in what I believe to be the Spencer mansion, a very familiar setting to any one familiar with the 1996 video game.

Written and directed by Johannes Roberts, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will also star Tom Hopper, Neal McDonough, Donal Logue, Hannah John-Kamen and Robbie Amell.

Mel Brooks' comedic film based on the Bram Stoker classic novel—and the numerous film adaptations that followed—will finally get a 4K release with the help of horror favorite Scream Factory.

Dracula: Dead and Loving It takes a step up from its current DVD format, to finally shine bright on your 4K television sets. You'll be able to watch as Steven Weber gets doused with gallon after gallon of blood in all its red glory.

Written and directed by Mel Brooks, Dracula: Dead and Loving It is the famed director's last film. Starring the always hilarious Leslie Nielsen, Peter MacNicol, Amy Yasbeck and Lysette Anthony, Dracula: Dead and Loving It will be out on Blu-ray later this year on November 21.


Tuesday - August 31

The final trailer for Malignant arrives just before its release next month. I do recommend that you check it out, if not solely for the brief appearance by producer and director James Wan.

Malignant is the latest film from Wan. It is a gaillo-inspired personal project of the director's that will bring about a new type of terror. In the much anticipated film, a young woman is tormented by horrific visions that turn out to be quite real.

Malignant will star Annabelle Wallis, Mckenna Grace, George Young and Maddie Hasson. Be sure to check out Malignant when it arrives in theaters and on HBO Max, next month on September 10.


Wednesday - September 1

Shudder looks to get Halloween started early this year with 61 Days of Halloween beginning today, September 1.

The provider of screams has quite the line up ready for horror fans with mainstream horror ready to watch, along with some Shudder originals. Fans can check out Shudder newcomers Martyrs Lane, V/H/S/94, Horror Noire and The Medium, along with new episodes of Creepshow and The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.

There will be no shortage of horror this year with Shudder at the helm, providing the screams until the most spooky day/holiday of the year Halloween. Now excuse me while I go marinate with some pre-Halloween screams.


Thursday - September 2

Alfre Woodard joins the cast of Salem's Lot, the latest adaptation of author Stephen King's vampire novel, written and directed by Gary Dauberman.

Salem's Lot continues to round out the cast, having cast Lewis Pullman, Spencer Treat Clark, Makenzie Leigh and Bill Camp in the late part of August.

Still in pre-production, Salem's Lot will begin filming soon in Ipswich, Massachusetts.


Friday - September 3

More images have been released from the upcoming horror flick, Antlers, directed by Scott Cooper.

Starring Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Graham Greene, Amy Madigan and Jeremy T. Thomas, Antlers tells the horrifying story of a small town brother and sister, who realize that one of the sister's students might have an evil connection to an ancestral creature of legend.

Antlers was set to release some time ago but due to the COVID pandemic, the film was delayed. Antlers' day of premiere is almost here, when the film releases to theaters on October 29.


Saturday - September 4

Jena Malone stars in Carter Smith's latest horror project, Swallowed, and a first look at Malone's character has been provided by those behind the upcoming film.

Swallowed is the spiritual successor to Smith's short film, Bugcrush, a Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance in 2006. Swallowed will also star Mark Patton, Cooper Koch, Roe Pacheco and Jose Colon.


That's it for last week's horror news, horror fans. I hope it wasn't too much for you and that you're still left with somewhat of a pulse. If that's the case, I'll see you next week for another rundown of horror for the week that we're currently in—catch you up on all those ghouls and ghost stories out there. Until next time, take care, and don't forget to let your neighbors you support horror with a nice bloodcurdling scream; maybe in the middle of night? I'll leave that up to 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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