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  • Writer's pictureEric J. Cullen

Horrific Recap of September 26 - October 2, 2021

Welcome back to Horror Junket! I know you're as excited as I am, not because of what you are about to read but because the spookiest month of them all is in full effect. I'm so happy that it's October. Anyways, it's good to see you again for what should be another exciting Horrific Recap, having to do with most of what was horror from last week. If you haven't done so yet, go ahead and grab your fright pillow tightly—a little tighter now, as we dive into last week's horror starting with...


September 26 - Sunday

Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream Halloween event is in full swing with rides, sights and attractions that have been scaring folks as early as September 10.

Tampa's premiere Halloween event is the place to be for the spookiest month of them all, with 5 haunted houses, 8 scare zones and of course all the rides your racing heart can endure. With plenty of events for the children like a trick or treat trail and special events featuring their favorite characters from Sesame Street, there's fun for the whole family.

Tickets start at $42 with other options available such as unlimited admission tickets and vacation packages for those visiting from out of town.


September 27 - Monday

The official gameplay trailer for the upcoming Resident Evil 4 VR experience was released to YouTube today, and just when you thought RE4 couldn't get any scarier, well, you know what usually happens.

Available only on the Oculus Quest 2, Leon Kennedy will return once again to save the President's daughter in what should be a VR European nightmare. First released back in 2005, Resident Evil 4 has appeared on most every major console released throughout the years. Like Skyrim, Resident Evil 4 is the game that just won't faded away gracefully into video game history.

Resident Evil 4 VR will be available exclusively on the Oculus Quest 2 next month on October 21.

As the premiere date for the upcoming Chucky nears, those behind the killer doll television series have been dropping sneak peeks left and right. For your viewing pleasure, here is a look at Chucky and his return to school.

Brought to you by SYFY, USA Network and creator Don Mancini, Chucky will tell the next terror and wit-filled chapter in the story of Charles Lee Ray, and his new adventures with outcast teen, Jake Webber.

Starring Brad Dourif, Devon Sawa, Zackary Arthur, Carina Battrick and Jana Peck, Chucky will also see the return of franchise favorites like Alex Vincent, Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif and Christine Elise. Chucky will premiere on SYFY and USA Network next month on October 12.


September 28 - Tuesday

Salem Horror Fest begins in just a few days and you better believe that the scares will be present when doors open on October 1.

The Salem Horror Fest will once again provide two weekends of horror dedicated to short films, feature film premieres and special film presentations. Films featured will come from all over the world, created by artists from all wakes and stages of life. The event taking place in Salem, Massachusetts will be sponsored by the George A. Romero Foundation, along with other sponsors such as SYFY, Bloody Disgusting, The Satanic Temple and Rue Morgue.

25 feature films will premiere this year at Cinema Salem, the three-screened independent theater located in the Witch City Mall. A panel of 40 judges will be present at the event which will feature films like Miracle Valley, from Greg Sestero, The Free Fall directed by Adam Stilwell and Two Witches from Pierre Tsigaridis.

Salem Horror Fest will begin its live events on the weekend of October 1. The second week of the horror film event will begin on the weekend of October 8, with an online event scheduled for October 22. Passes for the event can be purchased, here.


September 29 - Wednesday

Slumber Party Massacre, the re-invented drill-killer remake that recently had its world premiere at Fantastic Fest this week, will be making another frightening premiere on SYFY next moth in October.

Directed by Danishka Esterhazy and written by Suzanne Keilly, Slumber Party Massacre is the re-imagining of the 1982 cult slasher film from Roger Corman. Holding on to much of the same premise as the original film, Slumber Party Masssacre this time around will have some minor tweaks.

Starring Hannah Gonera, Frances Sholto-Douglas, Mila Rayne, Alex McGregor and Reze-Tiana Wessels, Slumber Party Massacre will premiere on SYFY next month on October 16.


September 30 - Thursday

Seriously! Rob Zombie has been great with the updates on his latest film, a personal project of his, The Munsters.

Once again the hellbilly rocker, director and writer turns to Instagram to post the now complete exterior of the Munster family home. To a keen eye, one can see that the home was built to resemble, if not identically, the house from the original television series that sat at 1313 Mockingbird Lane.

It has been a pleasure to watch this house come together and really, kudos to Rob Zombie for being involved enough with his fans to detail such an awesome undertaking with the pictures that he has posted.

Any fans asking for a new Friday the 13th film for the last couple years have been met with nothing, this due to the horror franchise's rights being tied up in the legal system since 2018.

Well, all that could change now that the rights are out of appeals and back in the hands of creator, Victor Miller. Word comes from The Hollywood Reporter, that the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will allow Miller to retain the franchise's rights, in a decision that could allow for more projects featuring Jason Voorhees in the future.

Back in July, Corey Feldman revealed that he knew the outcome of the horror franchise's legal dispute. Feldman says that he was approached at a party explaining that guy he talked to, “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.”

Whether Corey Feldman had the inside scoop or not, the fact remains that Victor Miller owns the rights to Friday the 13th and Jason fans can look forward to seeing their favorite hockey mask wearing baddie return to theaters sometime in the next couple years.

Back 4 Blood nears its release date and just before its launch those behind the upcoming zombie shooter, drop some blood in the water by giving fans a launch trailer.

Bullets and zombie guts fly as the patriotic American song, "America the Beautiful" somberly plays, in the latest gameplay video from Back 4 Blood. Take control of one of eight players for a co-op experience that will bring those Left 4 Dead memories of old, rushing right back. Back 4 Blood is the latest first-person zombie shooter from Turtle Rock Studios, the peeps behind the platinum gaming hit, Left 4 Dead.

Back 4 Blood will feature the voice talents of Elias Toufexis, Abby Trott, Michelle C. Bonilla and horror's best queen of scream, Barbara Crampton. Coming to Xbox, Playstation and PC next month, Back 4 Blood will be available to play on October 12.


October 1 - Friday

It's official! The final trailer for Chucky is here and ready to get your October off to creep good start.

Packed with new story details and some long awaited cast reveals, the new Chucky series from SYFY, USA Network and Don Mancini, will take our favorite killer doll, Chucky on a new, yet continued adventure with socially outcasted teen, Jake Webber, reluctantly at his side.

The blood gets flowing later this month when Chucky premieres on SYFY and USA Networks on October 12 at 10/9c.

Elvira gets the NECA treatment with her very own 8" clothed figure that is set to release sometime next year.

In all her buxom glory, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, the fantastic hostess of terror, whose career has spanned over four decades, will be available for your figure collection, complete with tailored clothes and features and quite the assortment of accessories.

Elvira will come with an alternating head of Elvira winking. Accessories will include a skull candle holder and Elvira's chalice. NECA will provide a figure stand and of course Elvira's signature dagger, which can be placed into a loop on the belt.

Every horror collector's collection needs a queen. Be sure to pre-order now and secure that queen, when Elivra becomes available Q2 of 2022.


October 2 -Saturday

Scream fans, in attendance for the 25th anniversary screening of Wes Craven's Scream at the Prince Charles Cinema in London, will be treated to the official trailer for next year's fifth film in the franchise, Scream.

The already sold out screening will take place on October 11 and will be a treat for the audience, as they will be some of the earliest viewers to get a peek at what lies ahead for the much anticipated film.

Scream will see the return of the Woodsboro Three with the return of Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with returning star from Scream 4, Marley Shelton.


That's the end of the review, horror fans. Hopefully you're all refreshed on the horror that took place last week. If there was a pop quiz, well, you might get some of it right. At the very least, you're now ready for the week of horror that lies ahead. Thank you for stopping by Horror Junket today and don't forget to stop and take a look around, especially during October when everything is just a little bit spookier and scarier—like that bloodcurdling scream you might hear off in the distance. Take care, horror fans.

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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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