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Horrific Recap of December 26, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Updated: Jun 2, 2022

The Christmas holiday is over horror fans but horror never sleeps, and as we get closer to the new year, you can bet that more scares are on the way. How about these upcoming scares, for example? I won't take up too much time so lets get into it. Go ahead and grab that fright pillow of yours and grab it tight—tighter, as we dive into some of the horror that occurred last week.


December 26 - Sunday

Movie audiences in the year of 1973 never saw a more frightening Wednesday, than the one they would see on December 26.

What began as a very limited run in big cities, showing in only 24 theaters upon its release, The Exorcist would eventually be given a wide release within its first week. Theater-goers would wait in line for hours, some having read the 340 page novel, while others were there to take part in the buzz the film had generated.

Plagued by early reports of audience members feeling a sudden onset of nausea during some scenes, as well as claims of vomiting and fainting in some crowds, The Exorcist would grab almost $2 million in its first week. The film would go on to earn more than $112 million worldwide, becoming Warner Bros. highest-grossing film of all time.

The legacy the film has enjoyed since its release has been an enjoyable one to watch as a horror fan. Most recently fans of The Exorcist were told that a new trilogy from David Gordon Green was in the works, that would tell a new story in the universe created by the 1973 film. 2016 saw an Exorcist television series that picked up with Regan as an adult, played by Geena Davis, who would once again come face to face with the demon from her past.

There is more to come from The Exorcist, that is a fact, and those on the know are excited. Those just find out should be feeling that excitement as well, with more on the way, all starting from a film shown on this day in horror back in 1973.


December 27 - Monday

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set to make its digital debut early-early next year in January and for those with more patients than myself holding out for the physical release, here's what you can expect when your copy comes in February.

Fans of Ghostbusters: Afterlife can look forward to plenty of extras included in which ever physical copy of the film they pick up. Features like deleted scenes, behind-the-scenes footage and an in-depth look at how the special effects, and the Ecto-1, were created for Ghostbusters: Afterlife, will all be included.

Be sure to keep an eye out February 1, 2022 when Ghostbusters: Afterlife releases on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD. For those only interested in a digital copy of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, be sure to get your copy on January 4, 2022.


December 28 - Tuesday

Could Norman Reedus be the next Ghost Rider? Nothing has been confirmed yet...or has it?

He is no stranger to motorcycles so I can't say it's surprising to hear that Norman Reedus might be the latest actor being considered for the fiery, motorcycle-riding superhero, Ghost Rider.

Rumors of Ghost Rider's return to the big screen began as early as 2013 when the rights for Ghost Rider when from Sony to Marvel Studios. Though there were no plans to get a film started right away, Ghost Rider was still at the forefront of fan's minds, some wondering if he would maybe appear in one of the Netflix Marvel series.

If the rumor is true than we can hopefully see Johnny Blaze return to the big screen as early as next year. With The Walking Dead finishing up its final season next year, Norman Reedus might have the now to invest his effort into other projects and Ghost Rider would be the perfect venture for him.

Is Norman Reedus the next Ghost Rider? I will find out soon enough and when I do you will read about here at Horror Junket!