Good day, horror fans. It was not the best week for releases on any front… unless you wanted to count the horrors of biblical history featured in Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. Rivers have rarely run redder. Maybe Christian Bale will play a Southern space pilot in the next Prometheus movie.

In smaller news, the Mo Brothers’ insanely violent thriller Killers is getting a U.S. release on January 23, 2015 on VOD and in limited theaters. The acclaimed 2011 Japanese horror Birthright is getting an American remake. And Todd Lincoln’s segment for V/H/S Viral, which was left out of the released version for some yet-to-be-explained reason, is going to debut for the film’s DVD release on February 17, 2015.

And now, the greatest Hallo-mas present ever.

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You Can Own the Babadook Book!
At the black heart of Jennifer Kent’s nightmarish The Babadook is a woman’s inability to commit herself 100% to a motherhood haunted by tragedy. But the flick gets its more visceral scares from a children’s pop-up book, where the shadowy Babadook makes his presence known. Mega-fans of the acclaimed thriller who have $80 to plunk down will be jazzed to find out that physical copies of Mister Babadook can be pre-ordered through this website, as a way of crowdfunding the project. And don’t worry about this being a pricy cash-grab by some big studio. Jennifer Kent and illustrator Alex Juhasz, who created the handmade book used in the film, are behind the project, which has easily exceeded the initial goal of 2,000 buyers.

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$80 seems like a lot of money for a book – it’s $60 for the book itself with a flat $20 shipping fee – but this will probably be the only publishing that the book gets. And the company Insight Editions, who are known for their quality pop-up books, will be creating each book to the highest standard. Once people are hand-gluing things into books, you know where part of that money is going. Plus, Juhasz will be expanding the story within Mister Babadook, adding pages that weren’t seen in the film. Beyond getting an actual copy of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy used in the novels, this sounds like the best pop culture tie-in book I can think of. If only I hadn’t been haunted by a freaky ass two-dimensional creature last week.

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