• Eric J. Cullen

Horrific Recap of June 20-26, 2021

Updated: Aug 24, 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.