Good day, horror fans. In normal January fashion, there isn’t a whole lot going on when it comes to horror, even though most other genres have theatrical presences right now. Just about the only new feature out there is Spike Lee’s cursed Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, which came out exclusively on Vimeo this past week, ahead of its theatrical release in February. As well, Adam Wingard’s stellar revenge thriller The Guest hit VOD this week, so if you have yet to catch up with that gem, now’s the best time.

In smaller news, that high school teacher that showed her classes The ABCs of Death was found guilty of four felony counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. The New Zealand horror mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows has one of the more questionable Kickstarter campaigns I’ve ever seen, in that it’s to fund a U.S. theatrical release, and it’s at least $150 to get a ticket to a screening, and you have to pay your way to either New York or Los Angeles. And though this isn’t film news, BBC Three has cancelled the acclaimed post-zombie drama In the Flesh, which sucks.

And now, an unnecessary sequel has now become an even more unnecessary remake.

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The Ring Sequel is Actually a Reboot
Remember when A Beautiful Mind and Winter’s Tale screenwriter Akiva Goldsman signed on to write The Ring 3 some months back? Well it turns out not to be a sequel at all, but just another adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s 1991 novel - and it’s now called Rings. RINGS! David Loucka (The House at the End of the Street) and Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek) also had early passes at the screenplay, though it isn’t clear how much of their work will be in the shooting script. It also has a new star in Matilda Lutz, according to TheWrap.

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Lutz, an Italian actress best known for her role on the show Fuoriclasse, will lead this new look at a mother and son haunted by a possessed videotape that kills you after you watch it, as directed by F. Javier Gutierrez. It’s really hard to imagine where this film can go that will feel at all different - much less superior - to Gore Verbinski’s Americanized take on Hideo Nakata’s 1998 horror Ringu. I enjoy the concept of Samara and her tech-based supernatural powers, but The Ring 2 was enough to ruin it all for me. Here’s hoping Lutz has what it takes to elevate whatever story will be told here.

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