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Horrific Recap of June 20-26, 2021

What is up, horror fans and welcome back for another Horrific Recap presented by Horror Junket. It's good to see you and thank for dropping by. I'm excited to get last week's horror news to you so I won't ramble on longer than I have to. Go ahead and grab your pillow tight — a little tighter now, and settle in for a recap on what should be most of last week's horror news.


Sunday - June 20

It was Father's Day last Sunday and I can think of one son who didn't have a serial killer father to hug.

I don't know if Showtime's Dexter, shared the same thought but they took to Twitter to remind fans that Harrison, last seen in the care of Hannah McKay, was still on Dexter's mind after all these years.

It has been mentioned by some that no cast from the past would be returning, except for Michael C. Hall because, well — he has to, but that could all be a smokescreen. Nothing has been confirmed yet about any returns, though much has been denied. To be honest the only characters I would really like to see return would be Angel, Misuka and Deb — if that can be worked. Plot details for the upcoming ninth season of Dexter are mostly unknown but at least television's 'most charming serial killer' no longer has a beard.

Neal McDonough will appear in FX's upcoming season of American Horror Story, the next chapter in the hit horror TV series' anthology, that will feature two stories this time around. McDonough will appear as a character named Dwight Eisenhower — not the past President — for the show's tenth season.

Neal McDonough joins cast regulars Evan Peters, Leslie Grossman and Lily Rabe, along with newcomer to the series Macaulay Culkin, for the Ryan Murphy/Brad Falchuk television hit. McDonough can also be seen as William Birkin in the upcoming Johannes Roberts reboot of Resident Evil this November. American Horror Story: Double Feature will premiere the first episode of its tenth season on August 25.

David Harbour sat down with Collinder's Steve Weintraub to discuss his character Hopper and the upcoming fourth season of Netflix hit Stranger Things.

"He’s been, as we’ve seen, he’s in this Russian prison, so we get to reinvent him in a sense. He gets to have a rebirth from what he had become, and we’d always sort of planned this almost resurrection of you have Gandalf dies, Galdalf the Grey re-emerge, and I’m really interested in this resurgence of him."

Near the end of Stranger Things' third season, Hopper made the ultimate sacrifice. Fans, having already been struck a blow by Bob's death, were not ready to lose Hawkin's gruff but lovable police chief as well. The conclusion of the third season confirmed that Hopper was still with us, and that a fourth season would definitely include Eleven's stand-in father. Season 4 of the hit show will be out later this year...hopefully.

Jakob's Wife comes to Blu-Ray and DVD next month but you can check it out now on Shudder, as part of the horror streaming service's 'Summer of Chills'.

Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden play husband and wife in the Travis Stevens directed film, that finds Crampton's character of Anne, in an unhappy marriage. When she is bitten by The Master, played by Bonnie Aarons, the small-town wife of a preacher gets a new lease on life and an appetite for blood. Jakob's Wife will be available to own next month on July 20.

A new poster for the upcoming Candyman has been released and I can't wait to add it to my collection.

The poster dares you to say his name but anyone familiar with the legend of Candyman, knows you don't say his name five times in a row. Not unless you want a hook to rip your face off.

From director Nia DaCosta and producer Jordan Peele comes a reboot of the 1992 film, that would give a generation of children another name to be afraid of around mirrors. Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Colman Domingo, Vanessa Williams and the return of Tony Todd to the role he made famous, Candyman.

Coming to theaters later this summer, a new chapter to the tale of Candyman will be told and with the success of Jordan Peele's latest projects, my hopes are high for Candyman coming August 27.

German power metal band Helloween released their sixteenth studio album last week, and unfortunately I am just finding out about it two days later.

It's been more than six years since Helloween released their last album, My God-Given Right and this will be the first album since their 1988 album, Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part II, to feature Kai Hansen on guitars and vocals.

The new, self-titled album has 12 tracks which includes the bands two singles "Skyfall" and "Fear the Fallen," as well as 4 bonus tracks for further enjoyment. Be sure to keep an eye out next year when Helloween begins their United Forces Tour 2022, next year. For now, Helloween's self-titled album is available here.


Monday - June 21

Horror Movie Survival Guide, a weekly podcast that looks at the spookiest of movie genres from a survival point of view, takes a look at Survival of the Dead, the zombie flick with a western feel from writer and director George A. Romero.

Join hosts Julia Marchese and Teri Gamble as they give their in-depth and humorous opinions on Romero's 2009 film that includes feuding families, gunfights, horses and of course, zombies. Tune in for the laughs that these Final Girls provide as they watch Romero's least successful film in the Dead series he created.

Rue Morgue's 201st issue for July and August has arrived and it's filled with all the gore you could possibly want for your summer months.

Within the pages of issue #201, readers will be able to dive deep into Taiwan's latest film, pandemic horror The Sadness. They can also get their Candyman fix with a piece on the shadow puppetry used in the film.

Letters from fans, spotlights and many more pages of colorful gore await you in Rue Morgue's 201st issue, available where ever magazines are sold or here.

Vixen by Micheline Pitt, the LA-based design house offers clothing and accessories in the fashion of some of today's hottest horror brands.

Can't wait for the new Ghostbusters: Afterlife coming in November? I can hardly contain my excitement. Vixen by Micheline Pitt offers plenty of Ghostbusters apparel such as tees, dresses, button downs and even backpacks. Maybe Ghostbusters is not your thing, but Stephen King is? Try some clothing and apparel from the 2019 adaptation of Pet Sematary.

Terrifier: Book One has released and we get a look at the beautifully drawn, yet scary to look at cover featuring the star of Terrifier, Art the Clown.

While fans wait for Terrifier 2 to finish filming, they can read the comic adaptation of the first film from Damien Leone and illustrator Steve McGinnis.

The Terrifier tale of Art the Clown will be told in a three part series and sold on The Terrifier Shop for $30 each book here.

My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To will be available for horror fans to rent or own Friday.

The film tells the story of three siblings, one brother disabled and kept alive on blood provided to him by his more able-bodied siblings. My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To stars Patrick Fugit, Ingrid Sophie Schram and Owen Campbell. and will be available Friday, June 25 on VOD.


Tuesday - June 22

NECA announced some time ago that they would release a series of figures featuring the Universal Monsters.

Frankenstein's Monster was the first figure set for release in July, with the rest following later.

July is almost here and we get our first look at The Wolf Man, made popular by Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1941 film. The 7" scale figure is posable and features interchangeable body parts, giving fans and collectors the ability to change The Wolf Man back to his human form.

The Wolf Man will be available to own later this year in November. Frankenstein's Monster will be available next month while we wait on word about The Mummy and Dracula.

Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog is the crossover I never knew I wanted, until I saw this trailer released to Warner Bros. YouTube channel.

Scooby-Doo and the Gang wind up in Nowhere, Kansas, home of elderly couple Eustace and Muriel, and of course, Courage the Cowardly Dog. The two cartoon titans of terror must join forces to solve the mystery plaguing the small town, and end a huge cicada monster's reign of terror.

Coming soon to VOD from Cartoon Network and Warner Bros., Straight Outta Nowhere: Scooby-Doo! Meets Courage the Cowardly Dog will release on September 14.


Wednesday - June 23

A really cool poster for the upcoming horror film, Candyman was released June 20, and now those behind the film have released a second official trailer and it just hypes me up.

The reboot will touch on the lore of Daniel Robitaille, as well as bring about a new chapter in the Candyman story. Candyman will be in theaters later this summer on August 27.

Horror Movie Survival Guide is back with a new episode featuring Michael Doherty. This one ties in with their last episode from Monday about Survival of the Dead.

Hosts Julia Marchese and Teri Gamble sit down with Doherty, who worked closely with zombie director George A. Romero, as editor and producer for a few of the legend's films such as Land of the Dead and Diary of the Dead.

Treat yourself to zombie talk and extended commentary with the Horror Movie Survival Guide as they sit down with Michael Doherty. This episode and more can be found through Apple Podcasts.

The Gary Dauberman film adaptation of Salem's Lot moves forward in its development and it appears that Jake Gyllenhaal has been offer the lead role, if he so chooses.

The new project is being developed by New Line Cinema, James Wan and Dauberman and is still in its early stages. In my opinion, Gyllenhaal would be a great choice for the character of Ben Mears, a writer who returns to his part time childhood home, only to have to deal with a vampire that's moved into town. Stephen King fans await news on the upcoming film and the casting news that is sure to come.

Taking to his Instagram, Rob Zombie announced that he is in Budapest scouting locations for his latest project, The Munsters.

The hellbilly rocker, writer and director recently made news that he was tackling a personal project to him with a reboot of America's spookiest family, a task that had been undertaken once before. Thank God that never got off the ground.

I wish Rob Zombie all the luck in the world as he scouts locations for his next film. I really enjoyed the image he brought to his adaptation of John Carpenter's Halloween, and I can't wait to see how he re-imagines The Munsters.


Thursday - June 24

A new werewolf movie is almost upon us with the release of The Hunting's official trailer. The shapeshifting feature is written and directed by Mark Andrew Hamer who co-wrote the film with Heather Ryan and Terrance Ryan.

The film stars Peyton Hillis as Detective Connor Ryan, the protector of his small town, so when a grizzly murder occurs it is up to the detective to find the killer. Enlisting the help of wolf expert played by Joelle Westwood, the pair must find out what is threatening the town before things get worse. Joaquin Guerrero co-stars in The Hunting, available later this year.

SeaWorld's Spooktacular event returns this year with Halloween attractions and activities for both children and adults. Beginning September 18, the weekend event will run until the spookiest day of the year.

On any of those weekends children can enjoy SeaWorld while in costume and spend time with the sea creatures and some of Sesame Street's most loved characters. Kids can enjoy a trick-or-treat trail filled with candy, a dance party and more. When night hits though, it's time for the adults to have fun with SeaWorld's Howl-O-Scream. The spooky event will include three haunted houses and seven scare zones for those who think they can endure the night. Tickets for the event can be found here.

Hosted by Alamo Drafthouse and High Beam Events, Jaws on the Water is back this year at Volente Beach on Lake Travis.

There are some pandemic-era changes to the event this year, most notably the organizers were not able to create new collectible inner tubes for the audience to float in, so everyone is encouraged to bring their own tube or inflatable device."

"Doors to Volente Beach’s water park will open at 5:00pm, allowing for plenty of time for beach play, water slides, food and drink, and anticipation or dread for sundown before the movie commences. Capacity is more limited than in previous years to allow more space for social distancing between attendees. Tickets are expected to go fast, so get your fins, and get ready to welcome back summer!

Tickets can be purchased here.

Jackson White is attached to the upcoming untitled Pet Sematary film that will be written and directed by Lindsey Beer.

In the prequel to 2018's not-so-good adaptation of Stephen King's work, White will play a younger version of Jud Crandall, the man who would later befriend the Creed family and introduce them to terrors beyond their wildest imaginations. As development takes off, this won't be the last news we here from the upcoming prequel.


Friday - June 25

The story of the Winchester family appears to be far from over with news coming in that The CW is developing a prequel project with Jensen Ackles. The in-development show called The Winchesters will tell the early story of Sam and Dean's parents, John and Mary.

Ackles, his wife Danneel Ackles, along with their company Chaos Machine Productions and The CW, will tell the early story of how John and Mary met and how their lives would lead a similar path to that of their future offspring. Also onboard to executive produce and write is Supernatural veteran, Robbie Thompson.

Shudder renews its original series The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs for a fourth season, giving fans another year of one of horror's favorite hosts.

"I'm extremely excited to do another season of The Last Drive-In, especially since the family we've built up around the show keeps growing. In all my years of writing and performing, I've never felt so close to an audience," said Briggs.

The Last Drive-In concluded its third season this month, having had guests on the show like Bruce Campbell, Jeffrey Combs, and Eli Roth. The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs will be back again next year with its fourth season.

It's been about a year since AMC announced that they had bought the rights to two works by author Anne Rice, one body of work being The Vampire Chronicles.

We now get word that an Interview with the Vampire television series is in the works. Rolin Jones will serve many roles for the new series including creator, showrunner, and executive producer. Also executive producing are authors Anne Rice and Christopher Rice, who have been attached since rights were acquired last year.


Saturday - June 26

A new film is in the works based on the popular Disney ride, Tower of Terror. Scarlett Johansson and the House of Mouse hope to bring about a film, based on the Twilight Zone attraction that first opened at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 1994.

Like Pirates of the Caribbean, the Tower of Terror could be the next hit for Disney and this will be their second attempt to get a Tower of Terror project off the ground, the one announced back in 2015 having gone nowhere. Josh Cooley will write the film but there is no word yet on if he will direct. Still in early development, I am eager to to hear where this one goes.

Willy's Wonderland gets the comic book treatment with a prequel issue that is due out during the scariest month of them all.

Published by American Mythology Productions and created by G.O. Parsons, fans can tune-in and read a more fleshed out story that will give some more insight on Willy's Wonderland came to be.

The animatronic horror comedy starring Nicolas Cage as a janitor who takes no crap from FNAF wannabes, quickly ran through backstory about how the location and characters originated. It will be fun to see the new, upcoming comic book do that story more justice.

Being a prequel to the events in Willy's Wonderland, don't expect to see Nicolas Cage's Janitor splashed across the pages. We can be hopeful though, that we might get to see the grizzly demise of some past janitors, when the comic book comes out later this year in October.

And that leads us to the latest from Rob & Steve Riff On Horror, who chose Willy's Wonderland as the film to riff on this week.

The duo humorously chat and banter their way through the soon to be Nicolas Cage cult classic, bringing up certain subtitle usage while cheering on Cage's onslaught of animatronic baddies.

It was a good riff this week and I look forward to next week's episode of Rob & Steve Riff On Horror.


Well horror fans, that's last week according to the genre of horror. I hope you enjoyed the read and maybe learned something new. Be sure to stop by next week where I'll have a Horrific Recap of the horror occurring June 27 through July 3. Be sure to check out the rest of the site for some more horror gems and don't forget to scream every once in a while. 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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