• Eric J. Cullen

Horror Junket's Horrific Recap of June 13-19, 2021

Updated: Jul 24, 2021

What is up, horror fans and thank you for stopping by the site again, or maybe it's for the first time — either way, welcome. I'm excited to get last week's horror news to you because maybe it's the first time you're hearing it, or maybe this will all be a refresher for you. Either way thank for dropping by. I won't ramble on longer than I have to, so grab your pillow tight — a little tighter now, and lets recap last week's spooky news starting with...

 

Sunday - June 13


Nicknamed the busiest man in Hollywood, actor Ned Beatty has passed away Sunday from natural causes.


Beatty, who would rise to fame with his role as Bobby in the John Boorman thriller, Deliverance, would become a familiar face in Hollywood. Along with his well-known roles in drama and comedy, Ned Beatty would also appear in a handful of horror films such as Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Unholy, television's Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Haunting of Barney Palmer. Beatty would continue his work as an actor up until his last days. Ned Beatty passed at the age of 83.





Redfall has been announced by Bethesda and Xbox during their showcase at E3 2021, and the co-op, first-person shooter exclusive has me intrigued.


The game takes place within the island community of Redfall, which has been overtaken by vampires. It is up to you and three other players to shoot, carve and slay your path across the island — ridding it of its bloodsucking infestation. Redfall will release next Summer 2022, and will be available day one on Xbox Game Pass and in store for Xbox X/S.



S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl, a game fans have been waiting for, was brought up again during the Bethesda and Xbox Showcase, this time with an official gameplay trailer. It was a welcome treat to the eyes, especially after seeing the trailer during the Xbox Showcase last year.


The much anticipated sequel to the 2007 first-person shooter/survival horror game, has been in development for more than a decade now. It was cancelled back in 2012, sitting in limbo before being brought back to life in 2018. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will take players back to Chernobyl for all kinds of scavenging and mutant fighting fun — or dread, depending on how you look at it. Fans and newcomers the series can enter The Zone when S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl releases next year on April 28, available on PC and Xbox X/S.


 

Monday - June 14


Upcoming news from the spookier side of Shout! Factory this Monday. Scream Factory will be giving the Christopher Walken starring classic, The Dead Zone, the 4K treatment.


The Collector's Edition of the film will feature four audio commentaries from crew like director of photography Mark Irwin, associate producer Jeffrey Chernov and film historians Michael Gingold, Dr. Steve Haberman and Constantine Nasr.


But wait! There's more! Bonus features also include an interview with star Brooke Adams and a feature where horror director Mick Garris reflects on the 1983 film. Order the upcoming Collector's Edition of The Dead Zone early and you could receive an exclusive 18" x 24" poster, available while supplies last, so be quick and pre-order your copy here.



The official trailer for Great White was released upon the internet on Monday, less than a week before the most beach friendliest of seasons kicks off.


The Australian horror film will center around five seaplane passengers and their attempts to survive two great white sharks that have taken interest in them. Great White is directed by Martin Wilson and stars Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Tim Kano, and Te Kohe Tuhaka.


I will be happy viewing this film from the safety of my own home but a viewing on the waters of Huntington Beach may not be out of the question. Great White will hit streaming services and VOD next month, July 16.


 

Tuesday - June 15


Matt Bettinelli-Olpin took to Instagram on Tuesday to let those following closely know that scoring is complete on the upcoming Scream film.


The score for the latest entry in the slasher series, started by the late master of horror Wes Craven, is being composed by Brian Tyler. One of my favorite composers, Tyler is a master in his craft who has scored feature films such as, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and the Bill Paxton directed Frailty.


Director of the upcoming Scream, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin wrote within his post, saying, “Picture is locked and we just finished scoring on the Newman Stage! Thank you so much to all of the amazing artists who have worked so tirelessly on this movie.


Scream will be the fifth entry in the film series, and will once again bring the Woodsboro Trio together for another round of survival against Ghostface(s). Scream will release next year, January 14.



The new trailer for Dr. Death released Tuesday and will bring together quite a powerhouse of actors for its premiere season.


Dr. Death as a podcast in 2018, produced by Wondery and hosted by Laura Beil. The ten-episode production told the story of Texas surgeon Christopher Duntsch, who would go on to mutilate thirty-one of his patients and kill two during operation.


Joshua Jackson will star as the killer surgeon and will be joined by co-stars Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater for the show's eight episode run. Audiences can also expect a two-episode guest appearance by AnnaSophia Robb. The first season for Dr. Death will premiere on Peacock next month on July 15.



Earlier in the day Resident Evil arrived in Dead by Daylight, adding one more horror franchise to the mix with a roster that already includes Halloween, Saw and Stranger Things.


Leon Kennedy and Jill Valentine join the list of Survivors for the game, which also includes Laurie Strode, Ash Williams and candidate for Best Babysitter Steve Harrington. Resident Evil 3 baddie Nemesis joins the Killers lineup, a list already heavy with Michael Myers, Ghostface and the Demogorgon. Leon, Claire and Nemesis are now playable in Dead by Daylight available on Playstation, Xbox and PC.



Shudder's "Summer of Chills" is in full swing and the streamer of screams released a new video Tuesday, a reminder of the scares Shudder will continue to release throughout the summer months.


For those that would rather avoid the sun and stay in, a slew of new films will be available to keep you screaming with new tales of terror such as Caveat, The Call, Son and Jakob's Wife, starring one of the biggest names in horror, Barbara Crampton. Shudder is happy to give your summer the chills and shivers with many more premieres scheduled for release during the next two months.


 

Wednesday - June 16


The soon to come Italian horror film from Netflix, A Classic Horror Story has released its official trailer and it was fun to count the references to other horror titles.


The story told will find a group of five travelers in southern Italy, stranded in the woods after they crash their vehicle. After coming to their senses they realize that they are trapped with no way out and a cult that wants to keep in.


Directed by Roberto De Feo and Paolo Strippoli, the film will star Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Francesco Russo, Peppino Mazzotta, Will Merrick and Yuliia Sobol. Be sure to check out A Classic Horror Story when it releases on Netflix next month, July 14.



Elijah Wood is officially part of the Toxic Avenger reboot, though I swear this was announced not too long ago. He will join the already star-studded cast including Peter Dinklage, Jacob Tremblay and Kevin Bacon.


The reboot of the 1984 Troma cult classic has kept plot details well under wraps for now and it is my hope that the cast, or director Macon Blair, will drop some story details soon. Will this new film be able to live up to the original's depravity and comical, at times senseless violence? We shall see.



Evil Dead Rise adds three young faces to the cast with the addition of Gabrielle Echols, Morgan Davies, and Nell Fisher. They join Alyssa Sutherland and Lily Sullivan, for a new Evil Dead story that will be canon to the original trilogy started back in 1981. Lee Cronin will direct the upcoming Evil Dead Rise, with franchise originals Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell on board to executive produce the film.



Till Death, the upcoming film from Screen Media starring Megan Fox, has dropped a trailer and from first looks, it appears that Fox is in for the fight of her life.


Handcuffed to the dead body of her husband, she must run, hide and fight a group of men that are after diamonds and looking to do Megan Fox grave harm. Directed by S.K. Dale and written by Jason Carvey, the film also stars Callan Mulvey, Eoin Macken and Jack Roth. Till Death will release next month across VOD platforms, July 2.



Odessa A’Zion has been cast in the lead role for the upcoming Hellraiser reboot, and at this time the character's name seems to be Riley.


Talk of the film has jumped recently after news broke that the main baddie and fan favorite, Pinhead, is to be gender-swapped and in my opinion, this could work out favorably especially with another Hellraiser project in the works at HBO.


Hulu and Spyglass Media are developing the project with David Bruckner directing the feature film. The new Hellraiser reboot is based on a screenplay by Clive Barker, Ben Collins, David S. Goyer and Luke Piotrowski.


 

Thursday - June 17


Jennifer Carpenter and Mickey Rourke will star in She’s Still Here, an upcoming horror film written by Martin A. Gomez and directed by Anthony Gaudioso and James Gaudioso.


The story for She's Still Here will center around a widower who is being tormented by the spirit of his late wife. He turns to his nephew, a ghost hunter, for help against her vengeful spirit.


Still in pre-production, She's Still Here, will feature Mickey Rourke as Father Scott and Jennifer Carpenter will bring her role morphing abilities to the role of Olivia. I'm excited to see Carpenter onboard, especially if the role calls for work similar to what she accomplished in The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I await further news on She's Still Here, and I will be sure to keep you posted.



MGM, Bron and Hidden Film Group are underway with a reboot of Blacula, a classic when it comes to horror and a personal favorite of mine.


The film will be a modern reimagining of the 1972 horror classic, while at the same continuing the story from where Blacula's 1973 sequel, Scream Blacula Scream, left off. To stretch things even further, the rebooted film will also be set in today's post-COVID times. Did you get all that? Deon Taylor will direct the film he co-wrote with Micah Ranum, bringing Blacula back to a new audience.



The cast for Showtime's upcoming series, Let the Right One In, adds Madison Taylor Baez to its cast. Baez will play the role of Eleanor in what will be the second attempt to adapt John Ajvide Lindqvist's novel for TV.


Baez joins Demián Bichir, who was cast back in March and Anika Noni Rose, who joined up in April. Still in early production Showtime is eyeing a release in 2022 for the series.





Mommy has found her sons as casting news comes from the remake of Goodnight Mommy, a new take on the Austrian horror film from back in 2014.


Cameron Crovetti and Nicholas Crovetti will play Naomi Watts' sons in the remake written by Kyle Warren and being directed by Matt Sobel. Cameron and Nicholas could last be seen on Big Little Lies as Nicole Kidman's twin sons. Amazon Studios is behind the project that is currently filming as I write and I hope to hear more as the progress continues.