• Eric J. Cullen

Horrific Recap of October 31 - November 6, 2021

Updated: Jan 18

It's another week gone by and sadly it is the end of October, the spookiest month of them all. I hope all you horror fans had a great Halloween because I kid you not, the Christmas music is sure to start anytime now. Before all that horrible holiday cheer begins, I have another Horrific Recap for you, so let's hurry up and get into before the Mariah Carey singing starts up. Go ahead and grab that fright pillow tight now, as we get into it with some of the horror that occurred last week...beginning with Halloween.


 

October 31 - Sunday



Happy Halloween!


I have no horror news to report except for the scares I woke up to looking in the mirror this morning. AHHHH!!


The spookiest day of the year is here and gone but the screams will hopefully carry on to next year. I hope everyone had a safe holiday and my good wishes extend out to all you kids—I hope you all got enough candy to give you a stomachache for days to come.


 

November 1 - Monday



Good news for Hocus Pocus fans! Actor Doug Jones will be returning to the role of Billy Butcherson for the much anticipated sequel, Hocus Pocus 2.


Ex-boyfriend to Winifred, eldest of the witchy Sanderson sisters, Billy was the zombie brought back to life in the 1993 Disney film, to assist the sisters in their pursuit of three youngsters. Bad guy turned good, Billy would help the youngsters, along with Binx the black cat, to defeat the witch sisters and save the day.


Doug Jones is well known for the many characters he has played in films like The Shape of Water, Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth. The return of his character Billy Butcherson is endearing to fans who truly enjoyed the zombie with a heart from the first film.


 

November 2 - Tuesday



Rob Savage will direct the upcoming horror film The Boogeyman, the feature being adapted from a short story by horror author Stephen King.


20th Century and Hulu will join Savage, along with 21 Laps Entertainment in bringing the short story to life as a two hour feature film, penned by Mark Heyman from an original draft by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods and Akela Cooper.


Production on The Boogeyman will begin in winter of this year and go into the spring of 2022, with no word yet of shooting locations, casting or release dates.





Earlier today the trailer for Morbius, Marvel's anti-hero who first saw light within the Spider-man comics, hit YouTube with a dark and exciting preview of the superhero vampire played by real life vampire, Jared Leto.


Stricken with a rare blood disease, biochemist Michael Morbius tries in vain to cure his affliction but instead winds up giving himself—in my opinion—awesome vampire powers.


Directed by Daniel Espinosa and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, Morbius will also star Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Tyrese Gibson and Jared Harris. Sure to get your blood pumping, Morbius will be available in theaters next year, January 28.


 

November 3 - Wednesday


Photo by Gage Skidmore

Taika Waititi will direct Disney's next park attraction feature film, Tower of Terror with Scarlett Johansson still onboard to star and produce. Waititi and Johansson know how to work movie magic, proving so in 2019's award-winning Jojo Rabbit, a film severely let down by the Oscars that year.


John August and Josh Cooley will write the film and so far plot details for Tower of Terror are still very much unknown at this time. What is known is that this film will not be a remake of the 1997 The Wonderful World of Disney episode Tower of Terror that starred Steve Guttenberg, Kirsten Dunst and Lindsay Ridgeway.


Disney has been on a hot streak with adapting its amusement park attractions into films. Pirates of the Caribbean was a phenomenal hit worldwide and Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt has done very well.


 

November 4 - Thursday



Those behind the latest entry in the Scream franchise want to keep your hype for the film sky high, doing so by releasing a small featurette of the soon to come fifth film in the series.


The attendance will be high and so should the body count for the film that totes, "it's always someone you know," as it's tagline. Like anything Scream related at this time, this short video should help ease the pains of waiting until Scream hits theaters on January 14.





Another film with a lot of hype around it is Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, a film that is based on the first two video games in the horror gaming franchise.


Dropping on YouTube today is the Nightmare trailer for the upcoming Johannes Roberts' film, a name that maybe takes its origin from a level of difficulty available in some of the older Resident Evil titles. Whether that's the case or not, the Nightmare trailer is still packed with enough nightmare fuel to get you excited for Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, which releases later this month on November 24.


 

November 5 - Friday



Shudder has picked up the rights for They Live in the Grey, making the film a Shudder Original.


Written and directed by Abel Vang and Burlee Vang, They Live in the Grey will tell the story of a social worker who must help a family when they come under the attack of a deadly, supernatural entity.


Starring Michelle Krusiec, Madelyn Grace, Audrey Moore and Ken Kirby, They Live in the Grey is still in post production with a release date that could be some time next year.


 

November 6 - Saturday



Another sneak peek at Stranger Things 4 is here and you can watch it on YouTube!


The latest season of Stranger Things goes to California for a new start in the sunny state, with spring break right on the horizon.


Will Eleven and the Byers family be returning to Hawkins for a quick visit back home? What are Lucas and Max up to? Is Lucas' sister going to be back? All of that and more will be answered when Stranger Things 4 premieres on Netflix next year.


 

Well that's it for last week's horror, folks. I truly hope you had a Happy Halloween and it is my hope that the upcoming Christmas holiday doesn't get you down too much. Just remember, it may be November but come Sunday, I'll have another Horrific Recap for you with all the creeps and scares that occurred this coming week in horror. If that ain't enough to help you out, might I suggest letting out a shrill and bloodcurdling scream in the middle of the night. That might be enough to perk your spirits up and give your neighbors a much unexpected fright. Until next time.

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