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Horrific Recap of July 18 - July 24, 2021

Hey there, horror fans and welcome back to Horror Junket! It's really good to see you again and as always, thank you for dropping by because I'm excited to get last week's horror news to you, so, if you haven't done so already, go ahead and grab your pillow tight—a little tighter now, because things are about to get spooky as we recap some of last week's spookiest horror news.


Sunday - July 18

I Know What You Need, a short film in the works by Julia Marchese, adds more crew to the project.

Marchese will direct the upcoming short film, based off Stephen King's short story, first published in Cosmopolitan in September of 1976. The film will tell the twisted tale of love between Elizabeth and Ed, a kind of love that is not at all what it seems.

Bolen Miller and Brooklyn Wilde join I Know What You Need, Miller as first assistant director, and Wilde as production manager.

Alex Simon will bring his camera knowledge to I Know What You Need, as the film's cinematographer, joining fellow crewmembers Ethan Brookins, Louise Nessralla, Sam Krueger, Mark Pauley, Joshua F. Leonard, Cameron Pfeltz, Erin Bontempo, Samantha Nazzaro, Toni B. Elliot, and Jynnifer MacComber.

Working behind the scenes, Muskan Verma, Jamie DiCicco, David Jester and Leigh Doran will also be of help to I Know What You Need when filming begins next Sunday, July 25 in Bangor, Maine.

Old is the next film by director M. Night Shyamalan and it comes to theaters later this week on Friday.

Based on the graphic novel Sandcastle written by Frederick Peeters and Pierre-Oscar Lévy, Old will tell the thrilling tale of a family on vacation. Sandy beaches and blue water provide what should be fun in the sun but things turn puzzling when time, and its passing, is not what it seems.

Starring Gael García Bernal, Rufus Sewell, Vicky Krieps and Thomasin McKenzie, Old will be available to watch in theaters this coming Friday, July 23.


Monday - July 19

Stephen King and director Pablo Larraín were hosts to a very underwhelming AMA for their show Lisey's Story, today on Reddit, viewed here.

What should have been a fun, few hours spent answering questions—some submitted many hours before the AMA event—turned into a cluster you-know-what, that had some redditors comparing the event to a past AMA with Woody Harrelson.

Answering only thirty questions out of the hundreds that were submitted, the bestselling author, along with series director Pablo Larraín, spent a very brief time online answering questions, leading to a very disappointing interaction. Reddit AMA's, of course, share some of the blame—the events of beauty that AMA's used to be under Victoria's care, are surely beautiful memories of the past.

Lisey's Story stars Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Dane DeHaan and Joan Allen, and can be viewed on Apple TV+.


Tuesday - July 20

AMC's upcoming Interview with the Vampire series finds its director in Alan Taylor.

Taylor climbs onboard the vampire project, for what will be a new and slightly updated adaptation of Anne Rice's 1976 classic novel.

Alan Taylor has quite a few great directing credits under his belt, having done work for many HBO shows and AMC's hit Mad Men. The new vampire project was green lit in June of this year and continues forward with many details still underwraps.

Back 4 Blood drops a trailer that will feature all of the upcoming goodies PC players can expect to find when the game releases later this year.

The spiritual sequel to one of gaming's most loved zombie shooters, Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood will once again bring zombie onslaught—by bullet, blade, fist and oh, so many ways—to gamers across the globe, with a medley of new and unique ways to kill. This video will show you all that and more, if you're PC Master Race, of course—as for console, we'll see!

Back 4 Blood will be available for gamers on October 12.


Wednesday - July 21

The trailer for Demonic, my most awaited flick since Fried Barry, drops #onthisdayinhorror.

Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp, Demonic will star Carly Pope, Terry Chen, Nathalie Boltt and Chris William Martin, for a demonic mother and daughter tale, that includes my favorite horror element—demons, mhmm, Exorcist vibes.

IFC Midnight presents Demonic which will release later next month on August 20.


Thursday - July 22

The first poster for Jordan Peele's upcoming horror film Nope has arrived and it looks like a small town—some have said it's a village, possibly in the mountains—whatever it may be, it looks like they might be in for some big trouble, given the ominous and extraterrestrial cloud looming above it.

Peele, the master of horror behind Get Out, Us and television's latest take on The Twilight Zone, has written and will direct the upcoming film. Peele has produced Nope with his company Monkeypaw Productions, alongside Universal Pictures who have a good working relationship with the multi-talented director.

Not much is known about the story behind Nope, or the horrors that lie in wait for audiences but we do know that Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Michael Wincott and Steven Yeun, will be starring in the latest to come from Jordan Peele.

Still in pre-production, Nope is due out next year, July 22, 2022.

A sequel to zombie hit, Army of the Dead is very much a possibility, confirmed by director Zack Snyder.

Snyder's company Stone Quarry Productions, has signed a two year agreement with Netflix—among other titles that Snyder will be involved in, including a sequel to Snyder's recent zombie hit.

Still very much in early production, some speculate that the sequel to Army of the Dead, will pick up right where the first film left off...or, who knows? Definitely not I.


Friday - July 23

Paramount+ moves forward with their prequel to 2019's Pet Sematary, with Pam Grier joining the as-of-yet untitled work. The film will feature characters created by author Stephen King.

Grier joins the ever growing cast in the Lindsey Beer directed projected, which will also include Jackson White, who has been cast as younger Jud Crandall.

Plot details are unknown at this time but more news should be available when the film starts shooting next month in August.


Saturday - July 24

Those behind the Shudder hit Creepshow, reached out to Comic-Con and the fans with a spot on Comic-Con@Home.

Creepshow producer, writer and director, Greg Nicotero, along with series stars Michael Rooker and James Remar, delighted fans with talk of the upcoming third season for the show and what can be expected. Speaking about the role he plays, Rooker was able to give fans a peek into the Creepshow world he would be inhabiting.

“I’m an officer who guards the border, and folks are coming in, and I wanna go home,” Rooker teased. “But there are certain things that catch my attention that I can’t ignore, and I have to pull [her] aside and do a big interview and talk—and the rest becomes absolute mayhem and…fun stuff!”

Creepshow's third season kicks off later in the year on September 23.


Well, that's about it for horror this week. It's amazing to see all the new and emerging projects in horror come about as I write these, and the truth is, I am only writing about the tip of the iceberg when it comes to horror. Keep your eyes and ears open and you might be able to see more of what's coming, better than I can. Until next time, I hope you all are taking care and keeping safe, and if you ever find yourself alone in the dark, be sure to let out a long and bloodcurdling scream. You never know what may be out there.

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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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