Good day, horror fans. The scariest thing about this week might just be the complete lack of big horror releases in theaters. Arguably the biggest debut is Gregory Levasseur’s Egypt-set supernatural horror The Pyramid, but it wasn’t even given that wide of a berth. (It isn’t playing where I live, which may or may not be inside of a haunted pyramid.) There’s also Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Norwegian thriller Pioneer, but that’s got an even smaller release window. On the VOD front, December 5th saw the release of the thriller Poker Night, which stars Ron Perlman, Titus Welliver, Giancarlo Esposito and Ron Eldard. (Go watch The Babadook if you haven’t yet.)
In smaller news, Uwe Boll has taken to Indiegogo to try and fund the presumably violent sequel Rampage 3: No Mercy. (Why?) The highly anticipated sci-fi thriller Z for Zachariah, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine, will make its debut at next year’s Sundance Film Festival. And Monsters: Dark Continent writer Jay Basu has been tapped by Universal to join the monster-centric cinematic universe they’re trying to cook up, though no specific project was noted.
And now, to camp with all of you!
Next Friday the 13th May Hit the 1980s with a Familiar CharacterIt’s entirely possible that this next Friday the 13th movie is just going to be a string of rumors about a film that’s never really going to exist, with the "real" Jason Voorhees being the horror community’s curiosity. But if the movie WILL exist, then it might be set in the 1980s, and Jason’s mother Pamela may play an important part - but it won’t be a sequel or another reboot or anything. That was the completely coherent partial description given by Platinum Dunes producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form at Brazil’s comic con CCXP. Here’s how they put it, according to Omelete. (Note this is a website translation, so it sounds rather wonky.)
We wanted redeem the whole mood of the decade…Sex, drugs, always beautiful people dying; these things do not change. And we can develop more problematic relationship with the mother."
So this is basically going to be like a shadow version of the original film? I wasn’t too impressed with 2009’s story-free reboot, so I’m partially glad that Platinum Dunes has taken this long to vet a follow-up concept. There’s something exciting about the series going back into the 1980s, tethering it to the original timeline, despite the fact that it’ll probably be handled clumsily. There’s a huge guilty pleasure factor in potentially hearing "Kill her, Mommy," again on the big screen. At different points in this project’s lifespan, it was going to be a found-footage movie, and then it was going to incorporate 3D, so we’re taking these new details with a grain of salt. Luckily, the producer duo confirmed that this next Friday the 13th will push an R-rating when (or if) it comes out on November 13, 2015.