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Horrific Recap of June 27-July 3, 2021

What is up, horror fans and welcome back to the site, 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 27

You know summer is in full effect when, one—the heat is cranked to blazing and two, Discovery announces the return of Shark Week. That's right. You can watch from the safety of your own home as those braver than I am, interact with some of the planet's most terrifying creatures.

Join Snoop Dogg, Eli Roth, William Shatner and Robert Irwin, as they explore the world of great whites, hammerheads, tiger sharks and more, in a week filled with all kinds of highlights and sharp-toothed interactions and encounters.

Shark Week will kick off on July 11 with Crikey! It’s Shark Week featuring Robert Irwin at 8pm. Shark Week will come to an end on July 18 with Shark Academy at 10pm.

The Boy Behind the Door has me intrigued. The film will tell the story of friends Bobby and Kevin, played by Lonnie Chavis and Ezra Dewey, who are kidnapped by a stranger and locked away in a house in the middle of nowhere. When Bobby manages to escape and makes a break for it, he realizes that he can't leave his best friend behind.

The Boy Behind the Door is directed by David Charbonier and Justin Powell, who both wrote the film as well. The Boy Behind the Door will release on Shudder towards the end of next month, July 29.


Monday - June 28

Junji Ito has created a short tie-in manga for Robert Egger's film The Lighthouse, which will release in Japan next month, July 9.

The Lighthouse was released to U.S. audiences back in November of 2019. The film stars Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, as two lighthouse keepers that slowly lose their grip on reality. The short comic will be given to attendees of the film as a way to promote the film that was halted from its release in Japan due to the COVID pandemic. The comic will be 8 pages long and will accompany the release of The Lighthouse in Japan on July 9.

From South Korea comes a new horror film, The 8th Night, presented by Netflix. The 8th Night is directed by Tae-Hyung Kim and will star Sung-min Lee, Park Hae-Joon and Kim Yoo-Jeong.

The 8th Night will tell the story of an axe wielding monk, who takes it upon himself to hunt down a malevolent spirit, that will surely bring about Earth's doom if it is not stopped. The 8th Night will premiere on Netflix this coming Friday, July 2.

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Sydney Lemmon joins the Universal/ Blumhouse reboot of Firestarter as Charlie McGee's mother, Vicky. Lemmon joins Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong, who will make up the rest of the McGee family, Andy and young Charlie.

Gloria Reuben and Michael Greyeyes will star as well, Greyeyes playing Shop asset and hitman John Rainbird. The upcoming film will be directed by Keith Thomas and based off the Scott Teems adaptation of the novel written by Stephen King. Filming continues for the movie in Toronto, Ontario.

Ghost Adventures returns to the discovery+ and the Travel Channel next month. The paranormal show will return for its 22nd season, and begs the question, are there anymore ghosts out there to find?

If there is a paranormal entity or a haunting, these guys will find it as Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley, return to investigate more bumps in the night. Be sure to tune into discovery+, where Ghost Adventures will premiere next month on July 22, and at a later date on Travel Channel.


Tuesday - June 29

Demons and Demons 2 will be getting a 4K and Blu-ray release from Synapse Films. The Lamberto Bava directed films, presented by master of horror Dario Argento, are staples when it comes to Italian horror.

The special limited edition will include two versions of each film, one in English and one in Italian. Included will also be plenty of features, commentary and interviews, including one interview with famed horror director, writer and producer Dario Argeto.

A limited number of copies will be available so the chances of this new Demons I & II special edition could run out. Be sure to pre-order here, and get your copy secured. Demons I & II will be available to fans later this year on October 19.

A spooky new pinball game is coming out and it is sure to make you scream. Spooky Pinball , the company behind some great pinball table builds, will be bringing pinball wizards and horror fans a John Carpenter's Halloween pinball game, based off the 1978 film.

Not too many details are known yet about the upcoming game that should feature all kinds of Halloween related music, dialog and tid bits. A price has not been revealed yet. If going off the price of other Spooky Pinball tables is accurate, pinball wizards old and new can expect to spend around $500 for their new Halloween pinball addition. I will be on the lookout for one of these and if you are interested as well, check them out, here.

Chapelwaite is a soon to come show from Epix that will bring you more Stephen King, assuming you haven't had enough already—like that's even possible.

Chapelwaite will star Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody, Jennifer Ens and Sirena Gulamgaus, in a tale about a recent widower, who moves his small family to Preacher's Corner, a small town in Maine.

The upcoming series is based off the Stephen King short story "Jerusalem's Lot", which appeared in1978's Night Shift, a collection of short stories from the bestselling author. Chapelwaite will premiere on Epix towards the end of summer on August 22.


Wednesday - June 30

The Venice Film Festival is where fans of the movie Halloween will want to be at on September 8, when Jamie Lee Curtis receives her Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award, and Halloween Kills has its premiere.

Since getting her start in the 1978 classic, Halloween, Jamie Lee Curtis has paved a career in Hollywood that, dare I say, rivals that of even her famous parents, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. She would make such an impression on horror, that she would earn the title of Scream Queen, a moniker that now applies to many women across the horror genre.

The Venice Film Festival will honor Jamie Lee Curtis, at the out of competition premiere of Halloween Kills on September 8.

The official trailer for Don't Breathe 2 is out and the Blind Man is back, but this time it is not to terrorize home intruders, but to track down someone close to him.

From Fede Alvarez and Rodo Sayagues, comes the sequel to 2016's Don't Breathe, which will show a softer side to Norman Nordstrom, as he plays protector to a young girl he rescued as an infant. When she is kidnapped, the burden rests upon Norman's shoulders to find her.

Don't Breathe 2 will be directed by Rodo Sayagues instead of Fede Alvarez and will star Stephen Lang, Madelyn Grace and Brendan Sexton III.

Sitting down with Den of Geeks, producer Jason Blum opened up abut the upcoming Exorcist movie in production and the people behind it.

It was revealed last year that Blumhouse would be taking on a reboot of The Exorcist, and this had some fans worried that those behind the project, would ruin what is considered by many 'the scariest movie of all time.'

“I think it’s going to pleasantly surprise all the skeptics out there. We had a lot of skeptics about Halloween and David turned them around, and I think he’s going to turn it around with The Exorcist,” says Blum.

I have no reason to doubt Jason Blum at this time, and David Gordon Green has done an amazing job with the Halloween franchise. If the new Exorcist film means a new chapter in the series, hopefully featuring Linda Blair and Ellen Burstyn, then I will be one of the first to check it out.


Thursday - July 1

Javier Botet is Dracula in the upcoming film, The Last Voyage of the Demeter, the film based off a small part in Bram Stoker's famed novel, Dracula.

Directed by André Øvredal and written by Zak Olkewicz, The Last Voyage of the Demeter will star Javier Botet who joins Corey Hawkins, David Dastmalchian, Aisling Franciosi and Liam Cunningham.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter will tell the story of the doomed merchant ship that unknowingly carries the casket of Dracula. The ship, setting sail from Transylvania arrives in London with no one onboard left alive. The film is currently in production with filming taking place in Berlin and Malta. More news is sure to come as the film moves further along in production.

Noah Hawley, working with FX, will hopefully bring Xenomorphs to Earth, in his new Alien series slated for television audiences.

During an interview with Vanity Fair, Hawley did mention that Ellen Ripley, a staple to the Alien franchise, would not be making an appearance. “It’s not a Ripley story,” Hawley said. “She’s one of the great characters of all time, and I think the story has been told pretty perfectly, and I don’t want to mess with it.”

Still in early development, the new series will take a look at Earth's functions in the Alien universe, specifically those involved with Weyland, and those that the company tends to make a percentage off of. With two episodes written so far, those behind the upcoming Alien television series expect it to be ready around Spring of 2022.


Friday - July 2

Hitting bookshelves soon, Puppet Master Complete: A Franchise History, is sure to be any Puppet Master fan's best companion while the watch the franchise they love.

From Nat Brehmer comes the ultimate Puppet Master guide that will cover the history of horror's favorite murderous puppets. The upcoming book will cover the more than 30 year history of the puppet series that was started in the 1980's by Charles Band.

Puppet Master Complete: A Franchise History will be available later this year and is currently available for pre-order now, here.

The HBO hit show Lovecraft Country, which had a phenomenal premiere, will not be returning for a second season. The show that left a lot of loose threads, and plenty of room to have a second season, will not get that opportunity.

Lovecraft Country was a breakout hit with some great performances coming from Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett, Courtney B. Vance and Michael Kenneth Williams. Director Misha Green ith the run of the first season utilizing most of the source material, and the deaths of some big characters, Lovecraft Country still had plenty of room to create a second season even if they had nothing to adapt it from.


Saturday - July 3

If you can write horror, this competition is for you. The third annual Killer Shorts Horror Short Screenplay Competition will begin accepting entries, starting this month, with the cut-off being in December.

Earlybirds will enjoy a reduced entry fee until the end of September. Judges will include industry professionals Gigi Saul Guerrero, Joe Bob Briggs and Barbara Crampton. Get writing that horror and see if you have what it takes to produce the screams.

Night of the Living Dead gets animated with a new film coming from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Night of the Animated Dead, a new take on the George A. Romero classic, will be directed by Jason Axinn and based off the work written by Romero and co-writer John Russo. The animated feature includes an all-star cast with voice work provided by Josh Duhamel, Dulé Hill, Katharine Isabelle, Jimmi Simpson and Katee Sackhoff. This should be an interesting take on the zombie horror classic and I can't wait until its release, later this year on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital.


Well folks, I just want to say, thank you again for stopping by the site this week. I hope this little write-up helped to inform you of most of the horror news going on out there—and let me tell you, there is a lot! Until next time, keep cool in these summer days and of course, don't forget to scream every once in a while—it really clears the head, you know?

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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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