The Fear Monger: Death Note Rumors, Danny Trejo And A Kooky New Zealand Haunter
Good day, swearers off all things goody-goody. Horror wasn’t exactly blowing up theaters this past weekend, with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ruling over all. (To be fair, Apes had a few sequences that were more harrowing than the entirety of many Hollywood horrors.) TV fans have something to look forward to, though, with FX’s The Strain premiering. Plus, Snowpiercer hit VOD, and while it isn’t quite horror, it features some pretty horrific (and fantastic) situations, and needs your eyeballs.
Likewise, it wasn’t a huge week for horror news - but all horror news is good news in one way or another. Here are some of the week’s smaller stories. Picturehouse announced they’ll be releasing Adam Wingard’s thriller The Guest into theaters on September 17th, while Universal Home Entertainment is pushing the hyped found-footage werewolf horror WER straight to video on September 23, with a different VOD date to be announced. And fans of the hyper-indie comedic thriller Community Service: The Movie will be pleased to discover that director Joseph Kelly is following that film up with Bloody Island, which will move the action to an abandoned amusement park, because of course. Watch the film’s Kickstarter promo below.
And now, a story about that one guy who was crazy enough to remake Psycho.
Gus Van Sant Rumored to Helm Death NoteDeath Note, the extremely popular Japanese manga series from Tsugumi Ohba and artist Takeshi Obata, has seen just about every kind of adaptation possible within its home country, yet the U.S. still hasn’t presented a watered-down version to the world yet. We’d been waiting on Iron Man 3 director Shane Black to get it going after he joined the project back in 2011, but Black’s career has blown up all over again, and Tracking Board reported earlier this week that the Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant is taking over the project.
While his most prestigious films have been Good Will Hunting and Milk, Van Sant’s Elephant and Paranoid Park were excellent thrillers presented almost as non-thrillers, remaining nerve-wracking all the same. Death Note centers on a high schooler who finds a notebook that allows its possessor to kill anyone they wish, and the detective who aims to stop the teenager’s body-dropping new world order. It’s hard to think of two filmmakers with visions as different as Van Sant and Black, who wrote the current version of the screenplay with Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Let's wait and see how real this is before we start freaking out over what Death Note’s "last days" will bring us.
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