The lazy days of summer are beginning to fade, and fall is quickly approaching. Here are the latest updates from the Halloween and horror community to get you inspired for the season ahead.
Blair Witch: The marketing team behind this film pulled a fast one on horror fans when they announced that the upcoming film The Woods was actually a sequel to the 1999’s The Blair Witch Project and would be titled Blair Witch. What gets us most excited for this is the creative team behind the project. The film is another collaboration from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett who we know from V/H/S, The Guest, and our personal favorite, You’re Next. With those two at the helm, there’s no doubt this film is a must see. Blair Witch is set to hit screens September 16th.
31: We’ve been waiting on this one since 2014, and Zombie has been teasing fans with character stills and production photos over the past few weeks to generate buzz. The film is set for a limited theatrical release on September 16th.
Rings: This sequel to 2002’s The Ring is coming our way soon with a trailer said to be released later this week. The film from Paramount Pictures will hit theaters on October 28th.
It: Another image was released via Entertainment Weekly for the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. In the picture, we see the new Pennywise, played this time by actor Bill Skarsgard, in his full clown suit. It is scheduled for release on September 8, 2017.
Now in Theaters
If you’re looking for a scary trip to your local cinema this week, be sure to check out David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out or Fede Alvarez’s Don’t Breathe. Although we haven’t had the chance to see them yet for ourselves, both films are getting positive reviews online. After listening to an interview with director Fede Alvarez (who also directed 2013’s Evil Dead) on the Blumhouse podcast Shock Waves, we can’t wait to see Don’t Breathe when it opens this weekend.
For the past few weeks, everyone has been buzzing over the new Netflix original series Stranger Things. The show starring Winona Ryder has overwhelmingly positive reviews with a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, and those who have seen it seem to have fallen head over heels for the nostalgic send up of the 1980s. Tune in to Netflix now to binge-watch all 8 episodes.
We’re 8 episodes into season 2 of Scream and are having a blast with this show. As diehard fans of the Scream film franchise, we were reluctant to give this series a chance. The first season wasn’t bad, but season 2 is delivering plenty of entertainment to keep viewers hooked. In the second season, each episode gets its title from a beloved horror film, and the plot thickens with enough twists to keep us wondering who will survive and who’s behind the Brandon James mask this time around.
Season 6 of American Horror Story will premiere on September 14th, and audiences have been treated with several promos for the upcoming season over the past few weeks. It was revealed that all but one of the teaser trailers released for the show’s sixth season were misdirects, and the creative team behind the anthology series said fans won’t find out the theme for season 6 until the first episode premieres. FX hasn’t officially confirmed any details, but fans theorize season 6 will involve a mix of the colonial time period and the present day.
When it was announced, many expressed hesitation about FOX turning The Exorcist into a television series. With Geena Davis joining the cast, we’re curious to see what they do with the property. The Exorcist premieres September 23rd on FOX.
FOX is also bringing fans another iconic genre favorite this fall with a televised remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Kenny Ortega (director of Hocus Pocus and High School Musical) is at the helm with Laverne Cox taking over the role of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, famously played by Tim Curry in the 1973 original. Curry is set to cameo, so fans of the original musical are eager to see how this update compares. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will air on October 20th on FOX.
With Halloween almost 2 months away, seasonal shops like Spirit Halloween are opening up, and Halloween items are slowly creeping into retail stores. We’ve been keeping our eyes peeled, and we’ve heard the best store to visit to get an early glance at this year’s Halloween merchandise is Michaels. The home craft store already has their shelves stocked with plenty to feast your eyes upon for Halloween 2016.
We spotted this year’s autumn collection from Glade already, and we couldn’t help but try out their latest seasonal scents. This year’s signature collection includes 3 scents: Rich Pumpkin Dream, Spiced Apple Magic, and Wondrous Autumn Nights.
AMC announced the dates of this year’s FearFest will be October 16th-October 31st. The program schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but the network plans to showcase over 60 films and scary shows during the annual television event which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Under the new name Freeform, ABC Family (which changed its name to Freeform back in January) confirmed they still plan to keep the 13 Nights of Halloween tradition going this year. The schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but the network will air spooky themed television and films October 19th-31st.
Kimberly J. Brown, star of the fan favorite Halloweentown, debuted the cover art for a Halloween-themed children’s book titled Poppin’s Pumpkin Patch Parade. The book will be co-authored by Brown and Diane Yslas and will be available to purchase through Brown’s website this fall. For more information, visit KimberlyJBrown.com.
Tickets have gone on sale for 2016’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios theme parks in Hollywood, CA and Orlando, FL. The annual event kicks off on September 16th this year and will feature attractions based on horror icons from American Horror Story, The Exorcist, Krampus, Freddy vs. Jason, Halloween, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
We hope that’s enough to satisfy your Halloween and horror cravings until the season kicks into high gear. What Halloween and horror news is getting you pumped for this year’s Halloween season? Share your updates with us below!
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