EARLY PREVIEW: WEREWOLVES WITHIN JUNE 25, 2021

Where have all the bad wolves gone? Since the 2010 economic debacle that was, “The Wolfman,” the amount of Werewolf productions over the last decade have been few and far between. Production cost of creating a proper beast, coupled with the fear that not even iconic actors Anthony Hopkins, and Benicio Del Toro not being able to carry a furry film, have kept the big studios from taking any financial risk in the popular sub-genre. Recently, the critical success of, “The Wolf of Snow Hollow,” and initial talks of rebooting, “The Howling,” in the form of a Netflix television series, have sparked a much-needed boom to our favorite moon trolling beast. From IFC films this June comes, “Werewolves Within.” Based off of the popular video game, a plot of whodunit and whatdunit plus a terrific quickly paced trailer, has filmgoers excited for some new Lycan lore. The small town of Beaverfield is at odds with one another, as a proposed gas pipeline causes political upheaval. Add to that a massive snowstorm and the already antsy residents are ready to go crazy from cabin fever. The tempers rise as the temperature drops, and the town starts to point fingers and guns as a madman apparently exacerbates the situation by offing the citizens. With each gruesome discovery, the townsfolk realize the man may be a mystical beast and may be someone among them. In what looks like a hairy version of “The Thing,” “Werewolves Within” has the tension filled plot to match the productions early synopsis of being a horror/comedy. With talented comedians such as, Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub heading the film, the audience can expect some laughs along the line as everyone attempts to find out who the wolf in skin clothing is. Mixing comedy with horror is a tricky thing. While the likes of, “Shaun of the Dead” rise from the grave to become cult classics, others such as the recent, “The Dead Don’t Die,” fail miserably to link the two popular genres. Will “Werewolves Within” take its place among the high moon with popular fur films, “Ginger Snaps,” “Dog Soldiers,” and “Late Phases.” Or be another toothless effort like, “Blood and Chocolate,” Red Riding Hood,” and “Werewolf Rising.” Tune into Video on Demand on June 25 and find out.


THINGS HEARD AND SEEN (NETFLIX)

There is nothing better in the spring time for horror fans than opening the windows, letting the cool air whip through your home, and watching a deeply engrossing slow burn horror film. Actress Amanda Seyfried takes her second stab at the supernatural after the debacle that was, “You Should Have Left.” Not even celebrated co-star Kevin Bacon and a built-in fan base from the novel of similar name, could salvage that snooze fest. Eerily similar plot lines and once again based off of a best-selling novel, Netflix is releasing “Things Heard and Seen,” on April 30 th on all of their worldwide streaming services. When a celebrated Manhattan artist (Seyfried) moves her family to Hudson Valley, she slowly suspects a darkness descending upon her new home as well as developing sinister sensations coming from her husband. A search for answers commences as the history of the town, her new rural home, and husband’s dark past allude to supernatural suspicions. Based on the critically acclaimed novel, “All Things Cease to Appear,” by Elizabeth Brundage, “Things Heard and Seen” has all the makings of an atmospheric masterpiece. Big screen legend Karen Allen joins Seyfried, James Norton, and Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham. Giving the film some tremendous acting chops. The problem with great written works being adapted to film is that most readers revel in slow burn, deeply intricate plots. Film fans prefer a quickly paced production. Academy award nominated directors Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman will attempt to deliver an intricate plot, while keeping audiences glued to the small screen with perfectly timed tempo. Ghost stories are one of the most intricate and hardest productions to deliver on. While celebrated supernatural works like, “Poltergeist” and “The Amityville Horror,” both scared and excited the public, most films in this sub-genre fail to deliver the goods. The key to success appears to be mixing the atmospheric written word with enough shock scares to keep the adrenaline pumping. While Netflix is often lambasted by horror hounds for lack of content. The media juggernaut has put out some tremendous original horror over the last few years. “The Babysitter,” “The Ritual,” and “Bird Box,” are a few modern classics that joined the streaming giant’s horror T.V hits such as, “Sabrina” and “Hemlock Grove.” Will “Things Heard and Seen” be a new original gem or just another poor ghost to keep in the closet like, “You Should Have Left.” Tune in to Netflix on April 30 th to find out.


GREAT WHITE: SUMMER 2021

The entire planet is overdue for a much-needed trip to a sandy beach with cooling crystal clear water to wash away the medical and economically horrors of the past year. While visions of sunny days and moonlit strolls above the surface of the sea may seem soothing, what lies beneath has always instilled a primal fear in all humans. Author, Peter Benchley, captured the horrors of the deep with his immortal classic novel, “Jaws.” The film adaption of “Jaws” has become one of the most iconic summer blockbusters of all time and sprung a slew of terror beneath the surface films for over forty years. Terrific outings such as: “The Shallows,” “Bait,” and “Open Water,” have come close to bringing the tense atmosphere of the deadly tide as “Jaws” did long ago. Sadly, productions such as, “Sharknado,” “Shark Night,” and even, “Jersey Shore Shark Attack,” while fun to view, have failed to capture the hidden horrors that lurk below. RLJE films will be taking us down under this summer with the release of the newest attempt at shark in the sea horror, “Great White.” Seeking a deserted beach getaway, five passengers become stranded on an island and must attempt to make it to civilization before they run out of supplies. There is the small problem of man-eating sharks swarming in the waters that lead to safety. An early trailer shows a super strong cast fighting off multiple savage sharks. The cast behind this feature are no strangers to underwater productions. “Great White” stars “Piranha 3DD” actress Katrina Bowden, Kimi Tsukakoshi “Riptide,” and Aaron Jakunbenko “Tidelands.” Veteran writer Michael Boughen “Dying Breed,” brings an ocean of experience to the script while Martin Wilson makes his directorial debut. “Great White” is slated to chomp its way to a limited release this summer and swim its way to Shudder (RLJE’s parent partner) in 2022. Will this newest fin film bring back the tense paranoia of the dangers of the deep, or be another floundering flop the size of a megalodon? Audiences will find out by swimming to the theatre this summer.


Evil Dead Rise 

By Lance Reedinger

EVIL DEAD RISE The fifth entry in the Evil Dead franchise will officially begin shooting later this year. New Zealand will once again be home to the production as was the case for the three season Starz Evil Dead series. While the shoot location will be familiar to the production, the film itself will take a turn out of the woods. “Evil Dead Rise” will be set in an urban surrounding and is strongly rumored to take place in a massive skyscraper. Executive producer and Hollywood icon Sam Raimi has hand selected celebrated indie director Lee Cronin to helm the film. Cronin’s critically acclaimed film, “The Hole in The Ground” put the Irish artist on Raimi’s radar. Raimi rose to fame himself with the original “Evil Dead,” which was one of the first massive indie horror hits of all time. The 1981 original was praised for its dark and creative atmosphere, gaining cult status quickly and a fan base that has lasted for forty years. Bruce Campbell became a horror icon with his portrayal of Ash Williams. Campbell brought strength, comedy, and charisma to the lovable anti-hero through the first three films in the series. In 2013, the team behind the original turned the franchise over to Uruguayan writer/director Fede Alvarez. Fans were ready to bash the new reboot before it was released, fearing that without Campbell in the film, nor Raimi directing, it would be another modern soft horror flop. Alvarez, a huge fan of the series, proved everyone wrong. “Evil Dead: 2013” was a masterclass of macabre film making. The film loosely tied in the with the previous entries, was intelligently written with psychological subtext, and did not hold back on the blood. Actress Jane Levy gave a fantastic physical and emotional performance as new hero Mia. The reboot was not only accepted as canon but adored by a legion of fans both old and new to the series. Not only praised in the horror community but mainstream film goers came out in droves. Box office receipts totaled nearly one hundred million dollars, five times the films budget. The success of the reboot got Campbell and Raimi back together again, this time for the small screen. Wanting to give Ash a proper send off, the team went to Starz network for a three-season spectacular with “Ash v The Evil Dead.” The series tied up loose ends to the original plot and gave Ash a hero’s finale. At the conclusion of the series, Campbell stated that he was officially hanging up the saw. Rumors ran rampant the last couple of years, but in 2020 Raimi broke the news that the franchise would return. Over the last year, there was more questions than answers. Would Ash be back one more time? Will Ash’s daughter take over the family business? Will Mia be back? The only finite answers so far are: Campbell will not be in the film and Jane Levy will not reprise her role as Mia. Levy, who went to hell and back during her performance, stated that the role did a bit of personally psychological damage. We do know that Raimi has an eye for talent and if Cronin can come up with something close to what Alvarez put out, the horror world is in for some dynamite deadite fun!


SPRING/SUMMER 2021 RELEASE SCHEDULE

Godzilla vs. Kong has already raked in over 130 million in the first few days of release. These gigantic numbers have eased studio fears over sending their larger budgeted productions to the big screen. As mass vaccines continue to be distributed and theatres start to open, eagerly anticipated films have begun to get official release dates. Get ready to butter up your popcorn, fill up your soft drinks, and devour the newest films from the big boys. (Butcher Media has pulled all dates from official studio release formats. All dates are subject to change. Please use official distribution companies web sites for daily information on film release dates.)

MORTALK KOMBAT: APRIL 23, 2021 Based off of the juggernaut video game series, started by Midway in 1992, this updated version is a reboot from the fantastic 1995 film version. Legendary director James Wan helms the film with promises of a brutal and action-packed production. Wan better keep the fist pumping as the film’s run time comes in close to two hours long. Will this new update springboard a series of franchise films, or be another forgettable entry like the 1997 sequel to the original? Find out on April 23.

SPIRAL: FROM THE BOOK OF SAW: MAY 14, 2021 Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson headline this entry into one of the highest grossing and critically acclaimed franchises of all time. Rock both wrote and produced the film, bringing his noted passion for the Saw series to another level. The early details tell of a sadistic mastermind taking out a bloody form of creative justice, something all too familiar to the region from past horrors. Will this passion project bring the tense atmosphere and originality of the first film, or be just another torture porn plotless adventure? Come play the game again on May 14.

A QUIET PLACE 2: MAY 28, 2021 Writer/Director/Actor, John Krasinski gave the world a terrific out of this world tale with the original. “A Quiet Place” shot out of the economic stratosphere, rocketing in around 350 million dollars. The film was praised for the tense atmosphere, terrific physical performances, and bold new concept. An alien design that was less than stellar was the only blight on this invasion piece, but audiences still clamored for more. The surviving members of the Abbott family return to avoid and fight of both human and alien dangers. Krasinski returns and with promises of more details of the apocalyptic event. With iconic actors Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou joining the fight, we can all look forward to this sequel hitting the screens on May 28.

THE FOREVER PURGE: JULY 9, 2021 After a few forgettable sequels and short-lived television series, the team behind The Purge have high hopes on giving the fans a climatic cinematic ending. Based on a story where a few immigrants flee a Mexican cartel only to end up in a town that decides to keep the purge going well after the final whistle. The original film was literally a few years before its time and stood as an early precursor to the economic division the United States is currently entangled in. Will the conclusion break barriers and serve as another metaphoric masterpiece or become just another sloppy sequel? Head back to the theater on July 9 th to find out.

CANDYMAN: AUGUST 27, 2021 The most highly anticipated horror film of the season swarms in late this summer. After several delayed release dates due to the international pandemic, MGM will be releasing this spiritual sequel to the big screen August 27 th . There has been no bigger name in the macabre as Jordan Peele the last few years. The Oscar winner steps in as producer on this iconic updated entry to the series. Nia DaCosta has fought hard to keep the picture from a streaming release, stating that the film will be best enjoyed in a theatrical setting. Based on the Clive Barker short novella, “The Forbidden,” “Candyman,” was one of the first horror films to thrive in a minority urban setting. We are headed back to the now gentrified Cabrini Green area, where a young black artist’s imagination brings back the legend. From the fantastic trailers to early praise, everything around this film is pointing to a sweet treat. As fans strive to get back to normal and back in the cushy seats of the theatre, we at Butcher Media will keep updating these productions and more over the course of solidified release dates. Check back weekly on The Spotlight for new dates on both films and series hitting the big screen and streaming services..


Army Of The Dead

By Lance Reedinger

Film maestro Zachary Synder’s recut version of “Justice League” has been all the talk in the entertainment world over the last week. Sadly, the unexpected death of his daughter forced Synder to exit the film during post production and the completed version by Joss Whedon left the massive Marvel fanatics begroaning the choppy finished product. Synder returned to the film and presented the world a much more concise and structured film. Synder’s salivating fans will not have to wait long for his next film, the eagerly anticipated “Army Of The Dead” hits Netflix May 21 st , 2021. Known for his work in portrayals of comic icons, Synder made his mark with the 2004 remake, “Dawn Of The Dead.” The zombie hit was a critical and financial smash, brining in over one hundred million in box office receipts. Though 2002’s “28 Days Later” first introduced the world to fast moving zombies, it was Synder’s brutal visual style that had viewers fearing the undead. The opening scene is regarded as one of the best ever in horror cinema. Along with “Resident Evil,” “Dawn of the Dead” created a tidal wave of zombie film, television, and literature that has still not hit a crescendo. Just when you thought everything has been done in the world of zombie entertainment, “Army Of The Dead” deals audiences a new card. An early teaser trailer and plot reveal tell the tale of sin city under an undead siege. As the hoard take over the city, a group of mercenaries take advantage of the lockdown to attempt to pull off the heist of a lifetime. Early scenes from the teaser have Synder stepping up to the corpse craps table, rolling out stunning visuals, snappy dialogue, and an all star hard as a coffin nail cast. Retired wrestling star Dave Bautista headlines the tough group of capers along with Michael Cassidy, Kiroyoki Sanada, and Garret Dillahunt. If Mr. Romero gave the world an immortal classic with a budget of one hundred grand, we can only imagine what Mr. Synder will give us when this seventy-million-dollar production streams worldwide. - Lance Reedinger


THE COLLECTOR 3: THE COLLECTED 

By Lance Reedinger

In 2009, the team behind the “Feast” films and “Saw IV” gave the horror world a terrific new icon. Writer/Director Marcus Dunstan presented, “The Collector.” The film was both terrifying and visually stunning, quickly gaining cult status and a fanatical fan base. A smart script, original set piece kills, and fantastic performances were splattered over the big screen like blood shed from The Collector himself. It was all nearly not to be. Dimension produced the film but wanted a very limited direct to DVD release. Producer Mickey Liddell believed in the product and purchased the film to release in theaters. “The Collector” was no blockbuster but pulled in a small seven figure return and Liddell was ready to further fund the series. In 2012, Dunstan and his writing partner Patrick Melton, along with celebrated anti-hero actor Josh Stewart returned for the eagerly anticipated sequel, “The Collection.” While the first film went for a slower paced intimate atmosphere, the sequel went for an action-packed fright frenzy. Fans rejoiced in the return of The Collector and Arkin as their torture feud continued. This time in an abandoned hotel filled with intricate traps and zombie like minions that bend to the will of The Collector. Once again, the second film in the series was celebrated by fans but only turned a mild profit. Another twisting and titillating ending left everyone begging and pondering, would we get to see what has happened to the devilish duo? In early 2018, news broke that series creators Dunstan and Melton would be bringing our favorite bug boy back, along with Josh Stewart and Emma Fitzpatrick reprising their roles. As if the allure of the entire films heroes were not enough, it was announced that genre legend Tom Atkins would join the cast. Early details speak of Atkins character only having his words to battle The Collector. Atkins talked his way out of a cult of Celtic warlocks in “Halloween 3,” but can the ultimate smooth operator dial his way out of this one? While details are being kept tighter under wraps than a butterfly in a glass case, the early stills from the set tell a story of Arkin being under arrest and The Collector coming to brutally bail him out. After a delay in filming due to the international pandemic, it is rumored that filming wrapped up this winter and the much-anticipated film is looking at a December 2021 release. Keep checking in to Butchermedia.com for consistent updates on “The Collected” and other happenings in the horror world. - Lance Reedinger


Terrifer 2

By Lance Reedinger

If there is one thing the horror hounds have been howling for, it is the emergence of new icons. Producer/Director Damien Leone gave the world one in 2016 with the world-wide introduction of Art the Clown. This was not Art’s first appearance. Previously showing up in Leone’s “All Hallows’ Eve,” which was based on prior shorts, but it was “Terrifier” that put the crazed clown on the map. Premiering in 2016 and eventually picked up by Dread Central in 2018, word of mouth spread quickly that a there was a new clown in town. When the film hit media giant Netflix, Art was all over the place. “Terrifier” went from cult horror modern classic to mainstream sensation. Leone was praised for the style and atmosphere that put the slasher film a cut above the rest. Actor David Howard Thornton became an overnight sensation with his portrayal of Art. Thornton created a creepy and intimidating stalker with his phenomenal physical performance. Cloaked in makeup, but with no mask, Thornton’s expressions and daunting movements through the film were a work of acting genius. Several original creative kills only added to the lore of the work and sawed its legacy into the hearts of the horror world. After so much praise and Art apparently resurrected at the end of the film, only one questioned was asked. When will there be a sequel? In Early 2019, news broke that Leone had finished a first draft of the sequel’s script. Shortly after, an Indiegogo campaign offered the public a chance to be a part of the party. Leone raised funds to shoot what he calls one of the most mind- blowing scenes in horror history. The Covid-19 pandemic hit right at the end of principal photography and halted production in April 2020. On July 24, 2020, the team behind the sequel dropped a minute long teaser trailer which gained over Eight-Hundred Thousand views on YouTube. An original release date to the much- anticipated sequel of October 2020 passed and Leone gave assurances that production would be finalized by early 2021 and then pitched to distributors. Once again, “Terrifier 2” has been privately funded through Indiegogo and private investors, giving the terror team unlimited creative freedom. As of March 2021, the film is listed as in post-production and seeking distribution options. With a massive fan base, no holds barred brutal trailer, and the addition of genre icons, Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and Tamara Glynn, (Halloween 5) the film should be on a fright fest fast track to release. - Lance Reedinger


Killer Klowns From Outerspace 2?

By Lance Reedinger

In 1988 the Chiodo Brothers released what is arguably one of the biggest cult followed films of all time with, “Killer Klowns from Outer Space.” A 50’s style homage to B-Movies should have been swallowed in the horror sea during the same year as releases such as: “Child’s Play,” “Friday the 13 th part 7,” “Halloween 4,” and “Hellraiser 2.” Instead, the film was celebrated for its eloquent absurdity, fantastic special effects, and inventive visuals. The film has stood the test of time, with a fanatical fan base spanning three decades. Rumors of a sequel to a television series have spun through the digital web over the last couple years. Here is a timeline of news and notes on a follow up to our favorite cotton candy crazies. -2012: Grant Cramer, who famously portrayed the town drunk in the original had stated that a preliminary treatment would have him return to mentor young street performers who mush fight the returning Klowns upon their return. -2016: Summary from Stephen Chiodo: The team is looking into producing a ‘requel’- a sequel and a remake. The project takes part in over four parts, focusing on new people who are experiencing the phenomenon of a Klown invasion. This project was pushed towards a long arch series for cable television. -2018: SYFY network enters into talks to acquire the rights to Killer Klowns from Outer Space. -2019: After 21 st Century Fox was acquired by Disney, it was revealed that Fox intended on developing a sequel to Killer Klowns from Outer Space, but the project was dumped by Disney along with 200 other projects. - 2021: Fresh off of a collaboration with Netflix with the animated film, (Alien Xmas,) the streaming service giants have expressed interest in Killer Klowns. In conclusion it is a good news bad news situation. MGM owns the rights to the film, so with momentum, any service can stream or produce a new film or series. Bad news, that will require a massive amount of pre-sale interest from the fanatical fan base. With Mr. Stephen Chiodo eager to continue the outer space circus saga, it appears to be up to the fans to bring back the bozos from outer space. -Lance Reedinger

Silent Night Bloody Night (Reboot)

By Lance Reedinger


Growing studio giants Orwo and Black Hanger have been busy. The team behind the new “Jeepers Creepers: Reborn” has acquired the remake rights to the legendary and controversial film “Silent Night, Deadly Night.” Bringing back original producers Scott Schneid and Dennis Whitehead. The 1984 cult classic sent shockwaves through cinemas with its controversial plot revolving around: a killer Santa Claus, rape themed subtext, and disparaging imagery featuring the Catholic church. All of the negative heat the film captured turned the box office into a ten- day inferno. “Silent Night, Deadly Night” pulled in nearly 2.5 million during its limited release, outgrossing “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and setting up financing for four sequels. Despite being lambasted by conservative America and critics, this yuletide terror flick found cult status among the horror world. Attempting to capitalize on the financial success of other iconic horror remakes, Anchor Bay distributed a quickly forgotten vague version of the original in 2012. Filled with decent set piece kills, comedic undertones, and iconic actor Malcolm McDowell, the reboot failed to resonate with fans of the original or pull in the new age horror hounds. Inspiring comments from the new team would lead to believe this new adaption will play closer to the plot of the original series. Producer Anthony Masi has stated: “We are thrilled to be working with the original producers as well as Orwo and Black Hangar and are committed to honoring nostalgia for the original while offering surprises for new audiences to discover and embrace.” The fans have heard this all before in the current cinematic age thumped with reboots, remakes, and reimaginings. There is light at the top of the smoke-filled chimney. Producers Schnied and Whitehead showed tremendous bravery in creating and releasing the original. In the face of cancel culture and politically correct critique, hopefully this dynamic duo can once again unleash another controversial cinematic classic.-- Lance Reedinger


Jeepers Creepers 4 

By Lance Reedinger

Fresh off their horror theme park release “Willy’s Wonderland,” Screen Media has purchased the worldwide rights to the newest installment in the Jeepers Creepers franchise. Said to be titled, “Jeepers Creepers: Reborn,” the film is currently in post-production and slated for release in the fall of 2021. An entire new team is behind the latest sequel. Finnish director Timo Vuorensola (“Iron Sky”) is helming the film, with a screenplay developed by Sean-Michael Argo (“Sineaters.”) Jack Seal (“Quantum of Solace”) and Michael Ohoven (“The Devil’s Rejects”) step in as producers. Long gone is controversial creator and director Victor Salva. No information is available on the terms upon which the rights have been sold. Salva’s last stab at the franchise was overshadowed by his daunting past. “Jeepers Creepers 3” was lambasted by audiences and critics alike. Several of the action sequences had to be shot in daylight instead of dark, taking away the atmospheric thrill of the night. The allure of finding out the true past of the creeper was cut short with a minor vision from iconic actress Meg Foster and brief description from Stan Shaw, who put in a great performance as a tough as nails sheriff. Despite some great creeper action and a fantastic twisting ending, that tied all three films together, it was apparent that the dark history of Salva would overshadow any future films. This new outing is both set and filmed in Louisiana, a slight trip to the west from the original setting of rural Florida. Chase and Laine are heading to a horror festival. Laine begins to experience strange visions about the location and presence of an ancient evil, similar to Derry and Minxie in the previous films. As the fright fest explodes so does Laine’s visions and the fans looking to get pics with their favorite horror icons may be in for a selfie slaughter. “Reborn: Jeepers Creepers 4” sound like a bloody good time. With a talented team behind the production and a horror filled sub plot, the film already has fans in a frenzy. Sadly, many have waited a long time to see Trish (Gina Philips) and Taggart (Ray Wise) take on the creeper for a final showdown. Much like the final sequence, that storyline appears buried in a barn house. Since the production has been clouded in mystery, perhaps we will get a glimpse of the heroes from the previous entries. No word yet from either actor Jonathan Breck or the production team on if the performer will return in his portrayal of the creeper. With so much time before release, speculations will run rampant, but the cult following of the creeper is more than stoked for his return. -Lance Reedinger


For the most part, the Mortal Kombat reboot has assembled exactly the sort of roster you’d expect from an action-driven martial arts fantasy, with the ensemble filled out by a number of actors boasting extensive experience in dealing with intricate fight choreography. Leading man Lewis Tan is a former stuntman that’s spent years training in multiple disciplines, Raiden’s Tadanobu Asano is a veteran of effects-heavy blockbusters having appeared in the likes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Thor franchise, Battleship and Midway, Liu Kang star Ludi Lin used to be a Power Ranger, while Shang Tsung actor Chin Han has shown up in The Dark Knight, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Skyscraper and Independence Day: Resurgence. Continuing the trend, The Raid‘s Joe Taslim is a lifelong judo practitioner that’s ideal for Sub-Zero, Jax’s Mehcad Brooks is no stranger to action after spending years on Supergirl, and Hiroyuki Sanada has long since established himself as Hollywood’s go-to guy when it comes to finding a grizzled Japanese badass, making him the ideal fit for Scorpion. First Mortal Kombat Reboot Photos Tease A Bloody Brawler1 of 8 PrevNext Suffice it to say, it’s a solid cast and so far, at least, it looks like they’re all doing a fantastic job of bringing their characters to life. Yes, the first trailer for the movie dropped earlier this morning, giving us a glimpse at a number of the aforementioned fan favorites, and the internet just can’t get enough of the footage.


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No Time To Die

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 Constantine 2

A follow-up to the 2005 movie starring Keanu Reeves, is in the works according to Peter Stormare, who played Lucifer in the original film. Stormare, who has also appeared in Fargo, Armageddon, American Gods, John Wick: Chapter 2, and a number of video games including Destiny and Destiny 2, was a standout in the DC comics adaptation. Despite being panned by critics and comic book fans alike upon release, Constantine has been re-evaluated in recent years, especially since Reeves has experienced a major career resurgence due to the John Wick franchise. Rumors of a sequel to the Reeves version have swirled for years, but they seemed to be squashed when it was announced J.J. Abrams was producing a reboot at Warner Bros. Despite this, Reeves and director Francis Lawrence, who went on to helm a number of the Hunger Games movies, hinted that if a sequel were ever to be greenlit, they'd both be keen to return to make it, with producer Akiva Goldsman adding that he'd make a sequel tomorrow at this year's Comic-con@Home. Now, Stormare has seemingly confirmed Constantine 2 is in fact happening. He has posted an image of himself as Lucifer in Constantine on Instagram with the accompanying caption "Sequel In The Works." Stormare is the first person directly involved to confirm plans for a sequel, and hopefully, his post is correct, though it would be strange if the actor was posting without having at least been contacted to reprise his role. You can see the Instagram post announcing the news below:

If Stormare is in fact correct about the sequel, the news is huge for fans of the original. Constantine has long been seen as ripe for a sequel, and with Reeves returning to his action-sci-fi roots with the John Wick franchise, as well as reprising the role of Neo in The Matrix 4, now is the perfect time to put a sequel into production. There have been hints in recent months that DC and WB might be considering making Constantine 2, with a video released at DC FanDome seeming to confirm the original movie is part of the DC movie multiverse alongside other properties like Watchmen. Hopefully, whenever Constantine 2 is made, the director and star are allowed to make it a hard R. The first film was given an R-rating despite the director and producers working hard to make it PG-13, a decision that Lawrence said screwed its chances of doing well at the box office. But, as seen with Logan, Deadpool and Deadpool 2, the appetite for more adult-themed superhero movies is greater these days, and a bloody, violent R-rated Constantine 2 would be perfect for the source material. Hopefully, more official news about the sequel is released soon, including confirmation of Reeves' casting.


The Conjuring The Devil Made Me Do It

In normal circumstances, we wouldn’t update readers that a studio hasn’t changed a film’s release date, but these are troubled times. Warner Bros. Pictures updated the production notes for “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” over the weekend and re-confirmed that the film is slated to haunt theaters, IMAX, and HBO Max on June 4th. The studio recently shifted the release dates for other films like “Godzilla vs. Kong” and the animated/live-action comedy “Tom & Jerry,” but “The Conjuring 3” is sticking with a summer release date.Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson returned to the franchise to star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, with Michael Chaves directing. The movie also features Ruairi O’Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook, and Julian Hilliard. “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” is the seventh film in the “Conjuring” Universe, which has grossed more than $1.8B worldwide. The franchise includes the first two “Conjuring” films, as well as “Annabelle” and “Annabelle: Creation,” “The Nun,” and “Annabelle Comes Home.” “The Conjuring” hit theaters in 2013, bringing in $319M worldwide. The franchise expanded with “Annabelle” in 2014, which made $257M. “The Conjuring 2” was released in 2016, bringing in $320M, followed by “Annabelle: Creation” in 2017, which made $306M. “The Nun” was released in 2018 and made $365M globally, and “Annabelle Comes Home” hit theaters in 2019 and brought in $231M for the studio. “The Devil Made Me Do It” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, and opens in theatres and IMAX nationwide on June 4, 2021, and will be available on HBO Max for 31 days from its theatrical release. The studio’s description for the movie reads, “‘The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It’ reveals a chilling story of terror, murder, and unknown evil that shocked even experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational cases from their files, it starts with a fight for the soul of a young boy, then takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before, to mark the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense.”ames Wan and Peter Safran produced the project, who have collaborated on all the “Conjuring” Universe films. Chaves directed from a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, working from a story he wrote with James Wan. Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Clear, Judson Scott and Michelle Morrissey served as executive producers on the project. You can keep track of the ongoing box office delays, and check on the new release dates that have been confirmed by the studios.


SPIRAL

In the famous words of Jigsaw: “Want to play a game?” Lionsgate is bringing the “Saw” horror movie franchise back to the big screen this year in a surprising new way thanks to “Spiral,” which the studio is billing as coming from “the book of ‘Saw.'” The new film is from executive producer Chris Rock, who also came up with the story for the project. Rock stars as a police detective investigating a string of sadistic murders targeting cops. The supporting cast includes Samuel L. Jackson and Max Minghella. Lionsgate’s official synopsis for “Spiral” reads: “A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in ‘Spiral,’ the terrifying new chapter from the book of ‘Saw.’ Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Jackson), brash detective Ezekiel “Zeke” Banks (Rock) and his rookie partner (Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game.” RELATED Anya Taylor-Joy, Robert De Niro, Chris Rock, Mike Myers, and More Join David O. Russell's New Film Chris Rock Sounds Off on Hating Civil Rights Movies: 'They Make Racism Look Very Fixable' The jury is still out on whether or not the horror franchise’s iconic serial killer Jigsaw (previously played by Tobin Bell) will return, but the first trailer for the movie guarantees there will be no shortage of wicked killing devices and sharp blades to cut off limbs. Isn’t that what everyone wants in a “Saw” movie? “Spiral” is directed by franchise veteran Darren Lynn Bousman, who wrote and directed 2005’s “Saw II” and directed sequels “Saw III” and “Saw IV.” The script was penned by “Jigsaw” writer Josh Stolberg and Peter Goldfinger. “Spiral” marks the ninth installment in the long-running “Saw’ franchise, which got its start in 2004 with the original film directed by James Wan. There was a new installment of “Saw” every year between 2004 and 2010, before the franchise took a seven-year hiatus and returned in 2017 with “Jigsaw.” The franchise has proved lucrative at the box office for Lionsgate. Seven of the eight released “Saw” films have grossed over $100 million worldwide. “Saw II” remains the top domestic grosser with $87 million. Lionsgate will open “Spiral” in theaters nationwide May 15. Watch the first official trailer for the horror movie below.


Halloween Kills

2020 was a wild one, and the entertainment industry came to a screeching halt when sets and theaters around the world were shut down. One of the many movies which were pushed back a full year was David Gordon Green's Halloween Kills. The slasher sequel was meant to be released this past October, before Blumhouse pulled it in hopes of making a box office haul in 2021. The legendary John Carpenter recently spoke about the movie's quality, and definitely made it sound like it's worth the wait. John Carpenter changed the film world with his 1978 original Halloween movie, starting a slasher property that has never been far from theaters. He's given his blessing to the current trilogy, even writing the music for David Gordon Green's 2018 installment. Halloween Kills was completed ahead of its original release date, and Carpenter's description of the movie will make fans very happy. As he put it, It's brilliant. It's the ultimate slasher. I mean, there's nothing more than this one. Wow! Man. Talk about high praise. It sounds like David Gordon Green and Danny McBride really outdid themselves with Halloween Kills. Everything we've heard from the set has teased a much bigger scope, as well as a massive bodycount. And now if John Carpenter is to be believed, the delayed project is the "ultimate slasher." Is it October yet? John Carpenter's comments to EW are definitely exciting, although it makes the extra year of waiting for Halloween Kills all the more painful. While not much is known about the movie's contents, the second installment in the current trilogy is seemingly gearing up to be a horror version of The Avengers. Various characters from Carpenter's original movie will return, as Haddonfield arms up to take on The Shape themselves. Perhaps it's this formation of characters that makes Halloween Kills feel like the ultimate slasher to John Carpenter. Joining Jamie Lee Curtis are original Halloween actors Kyle Richards, Nancy Stephens, and Charles Cyphers who are all reprising their roles forty years later. Additionally we'll meet adult versions of the characters Tommy Doyle and Lonnie Elam, played by Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Longstreet respectively. While we haven't been treated to a full trailer, some limited footage from Halloween Kills has been released to help satiate the fandom. In it we see the mob violence of Haddonfield, as every character is armed to the teeth now that Michael Myers is back. Check it out below. 2018's Halloween focused largely on Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode, and the trauma she experienced in the decades since surviving her fateful encounter with The Shape. We saw how this affected her family, although her obsession ultimately paid off when Michael managed to escape his transport from Smith's Grove. But he seemingly survived Laurie's basement trap, and will be back for blood in Halloween Kills. As we get closer to Halloween Kills' release this coming fall, fans are no doubt going to become more vocal about wanting to see a full trailer. And while there are some moviegoers who might be worried about the sequel getting delayed again, Jason Blum has expressed his commitment to putting out the sequel this October no matter what. Halloween Kills is currently set to arrive in theaters on October 15th. In the meantime, check out our 2021 release list to plan your next movie experience.


   Young Guns 3

‘Young Guns 3’ is saddling up with original stars Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland and others. That’s according to John Fusco, who wrote the first 2 instalments. ADVERTISING Fusco tweeted the news on Jan 15th. For those having trouble picturing what a 21st century Young Guns would look like, he’s posted a Spaghetti Western style concept poster with the title ‘Guns III – Alias: Billy The Kid’. The word ‘Young’ is obscured by bullet holes, showing a lot of water has passed under the bridge since audiences last met these characters. Accompanied by the tagline “Some legends never die”, the image heralds in Fusco’s words “the continuation of the Billy the Kid saga”. He adds, “and you’re going to love where it goes”. As for where that is, commentators are naturally assuming the action will pick up during (real name) Henry McCarty’s later years. 1988: From left to right, actors Casey Siemaszko , Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez, Lou Diamond Phillips and Dermot Mulroney star in the film ‘Young Guns’. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) 1988: From left to right, actors Casey Siemaszko , Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Emilio Estevez, Lou Diamond Phillips and Dermot Mulroney star in the film ‘Young Guns’. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Not that McCarty had any later years. In real life he died, shot down in 1881 aged just 21. Principal players Estevez, Sutherland (“Doc” Scurlock) and Lou Diamond Phillips (José Coby Frey Chavez y Chavez) are into their fifties. However the movies indicated the Western legend was very much alive, chiming with a long-held belief that he faked his demise. Website JoBlo notes Fusco name checks some actors, “even stars whose characters died in the first two”. Alongside those previously mentioned are Christian Slater, who appeared in Part 2 as “Arkansas” Rudabaugh. There are new faces in the frame also. Fusco tags Guardian of the Galaxy Chris Pratt, plus character actor Vincent D’Onofrio, himself no stranger to franchises via ‘Men In Black’ and ‘Jurassic World’ (where he performed with Pratt). JoBlo highlights the pair’s involvement in the 2016 ‘Magnificent Seven’ remake, speculating a crossover could be on the blood-spattered cards. Lou Diamond Phillips has acknowledged the news on his Twitter account. Movieweb writes this is “seemingly confirming his involvement”. 1988: Actors Kiefer Sutherland and Emilio Estevez star in the film ‘Young Guns’. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) 1988: Actors Kiefer Sutherland and Emilio Estevez star in the film ‘Young Guns’. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) Fusco takes a trip down memory lane with 2 additional images posted on Twitter. One from the making of ‘Young Guns II’ and another with Estevez standing in front of what looks like the Kid’s grave. Easily dismissed by some as The Brat Pack Meets The Wild West, ‘Young Guns’ (1988) was a serious attempt to tell the story of Billy The Kid. The movie follows the burgeoning gunslinger as he fought during the Lincoln County War. The film proved a hit, making over $45 million. ‘Young Guns II’ arrived in 1990. Future stars Viggo Mortensen and Bradley Whitford were among the supporting cast. In the sequel, Estevez played the roles of both Billy and Brushy Bill Roberts. Roberts was a true life figure who told people he was the Kid in 1950. The plot featured Billy and gang The Regulators. Musician Warren G is also included in Fusco’s tweet – he referred to ‘Young Guns’ in 1994 track ‘Regulate’ with Nate Dogg. The outlaw’s legacy clearly struck a chord… his Twitter handle is @regulator. Will he be contributing to the soundtrack? Jon Bon Jovi cameoed in ‘Young Guns II’ and wrote the hit song ‘Blaze of Glory’. Estevez reportedly wanted Bon Jovi’s ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ but instead got a whole new track for the movie. The posse have since gone their separate ways and onto other things. Estevez is a noted director as well as actor. Sutherland continues making movies and achieved major small screen fame as Jack Bauer in ‘24’. Diamond Phillips is currently starring in hit TV drama ‘Prodigal Son’ and released a sci-fi novel last year to some acclaim. As well as writing ‘Young Guns’, John Fusco provided screenplays for adventure film ‘Hidalgo’ (with Mortensen) and Netflix’s ‘The Highwaymen’ with Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson.