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Horrific Recap of July 25 - 31, 2021

Updated: Jun 2, 2022

Hey there, horror fans and welcome back! It's the start of a new week and that means it's time for another Horrific Recap, brought to you by Horror Junket. Thank you for dropping by because I'm excited to get a few of last week's horror tidbits to you, and 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 bump in the night as we recap some of last week's spookiest horror news.


Sunday - July 25

Well, today is certainly a good start to a week full of horror. Popping up on YouTube are three new trailers, for three upcoming shows, dealing with some of horror's biggest names and franchises. Get ready horror fans as we start this Sunday off with a bang!

Tired of seeing Ted Bundy pop up everywhere? So am I, and I'm going to start things off with television's favorite serial killer, Dexter Morgan.

Showtime thought it would be best for fans of Dexter to get some more plot details about the upcoming ninth installment of the series, as well as a solid release date too. Dexter: New Blood, returns later this year on November 7.

Move aside Andy, as the world of Child's Play welcomes ostracized teenager, Jake.

Jake—from the looks of it—is in over his head for what should be quite the bloody, new adventure in Chucky, a new series featuring Charles Lee Ray in Good Guy form. Behind the upcoming project are USA Networks, Syfy and of course Child's Play creator Don Mancini.

Plot details are still thin there should be no shortage of blood and violence when Chucky takes over your TV on October 12.

Syfy has been busy with many new works of horror lately and the world of George A. Romero has not gone unnoticed.

Released just ahead of the new Chucky trailer by mere moments, Day of the Dead had its own official trailer release on YouTube, with a sneak peek at the re-tooled telling of the George A. Romero, zombie classic.

Looking more like an original Syfy movie, Day of the Dead will tell the story of six strangers that will fight to survive the first 24 hours of the day the dead came back to life. Day of the Dead will be available from Syfy later this year in October.


Monday - July 26

Big news for the upcoming Exorcist film in the works—three films I should say, spearheaded by David Gordon Green.

Much like he's done with his recent entries for the Halloween franchise, Green looks to make three films that will expand on the timeline set forth by 1973's The Exorcist, directed by William Friedkin.

Universal Pictures joins David Gordon Green, having bought the rights to the upcoming three Exorcist films, in a deal worth $400 million. Many hands are involved in the upcoming Exorcist projects, including original franchise owners Morgan Creek Entertainment and Blumhouse Pictures' Jason Blum.

That's not all the big news for the upcoming Exorcist films, not even close. Ellen Burstyn, who did a fantastic job as Clair's mother in House of Cards, returns to the role of Chris MacNeil, a role she hasn't stepped into since filming The Exorcist back in 1973. More news is sure to come and maybe some more casting surprises, as David Gordon Green takes helm of The Exorcist franchise.


Tuesday - July 27

For those that can't wait until November and need some more Ghostbusters: Afterlife to hold them over—this guy right here—they can watch the second official trailer that just dropped.

Directed by Jason Reitman and starring Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon and Paul Rudd, Ghostbusters: Afterlife will be available in theaters November 11.


Wednesday - July 28

If Corey Feldman is correct, fans of a certain hockey masked slasher can expect to hear good news break, sometime soon, maybe in the near future?

“Interestingly enough, some guy came up to me at a party, this is true, two weeks ago, and said he has resolved the rights issues." Feldman continues to say, "He’s a lawyer, and he has resolved the rights issues around Friday the 13th, and that things are working out, and now they’ll be able to start making Friday the 13th movies again.“

I will take this information with a grain of salt, only because it was "some guy" that broke this news to Feldman, and not a named person. Still, fun news to hear and if those rights for the Friday the 13th franchise ever get themselves into the right hands, I have an idea for Jason that would be some blood-soaked fun.


Thursday - July 29

Some might call this a spoiler but honestly, what did you think they were going to look like?

Hasbro has revealed a new line of Ghostbusters: Afterlife action figures, just as hype for the film continues to ramp back up, after the premiere of their second official trailer earlier in the week.

Zeddmore, Venkman and Stantz take up the Ghostbusters uniform once again in these very lifelike figures, that will no doubt have any Ghostbusters fan scrambling for 'em. Collect them all and get a bonus figure in the upcoming line of Ghostbuster: Afterlife figures available later this year in November.


Friday - July 29

The latest season of Stranger Things nears completion, according to the show's producer Shawn Levy.

Fans of the breakout Netflix series, hold their breath—given most ST Fans binged the show's third season right when it landed on July 4, 2019. Now we all sit and wait for the show's fourth season.

"I shot in Lithuania right before the pandemic. We have filmed in Georgia, Lithuania and New Mexico, so suffice to say Season 4 is sprawling. It’s visually and narratively very ambitious, much more ambitious than the prior three seasons," says Levy, who continues on to say that, "The delay is due in large measure to COVID and the pace at which we have to work to do so safely, but it also happens to be the season that we chose to go much bigger. It’s the scale of this season and the multi-settings of Season 4."

Stranger Things continues with production on their latest season. It is scheduled to release sometime next year.


Saturday - July 31

Stephen King takes to YouTube to give fans a sneak peek reading of his latest novel, Billy Summers.

Enjoying a pleasant Maine day, King sits outdoors with his earpods in place, while the occasional birdsong and riff from the wind chime provide the video's soundtrack. For the next ten minutes, Stephen King reads the start of his soon-to-be-released novel, and I for one—of course—can't wait to get my hands on it.

Published by Simon & Schuster, Stephen King's next novel, Billy Summers will be out early next month on August 3.


Well that's it for horror news this week, folks. I'm glad you stuck around and hopefully this little write-up provided you with some new tidbits of horror; if not, I hope it was a good refresher. Until next week, keep safe, look out for each other and don't forget to yell out at the top of your lungs every once in a while. It's like therapy for the lungs and the neighbors will keep their distance. See you next week!

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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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