The Fear Monger: M. Night Syamalan's Micro Horror, Turkish Boogeymen And Zombeavers' Oscar Campaign
Happy March, stokers of all things flammable. Where I live, itís Mardi Gras season, so the mood is a little more festive than the usual dripping darkness. Plus, red velvet king cake. So forgive me if I sit back and stare into space while you read through the following pages. If you read through the whole article, youíll find out about some genuinely interesting things happening in in the genre, and there will be king cake for you at the end. The king cake is not a lie.
Because I love Stephen King and because upcoming adaptations of his works are currently plentiful, here are a couple of tidbits about that. Blumhouseís Mercy, starring Dylan McDermott and Mark Duplass, isnít leaving Universalís shelf anytime soon, and theyíre considering tinkering with reshoots on The Strangersís director Bryan Bertinoís thriller Mockingbird, but nothing is confirmed. Not a good sign of quality. Now feast on this first image from Tod Williamsí adaptation of Kingís manic horror Cell, starring John Cusack, Isabella Fuhrmann, and Samuel L. Jackson. They arenít doing anything particularly interesting, but most importantly, theyíre not listening to the electric tone that makes people crazy.
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M. Night Shyamalan is Knee-Deep in Production on Microbudget Horror SundowningLet me see hands in the air of everyone who groaned when they read that headline. Considering Shyamalan looked like the next great director, both in and out of the genre, itís something to consider how his worth is now viewed. In any case, heís a little less than two weeks into production on Sundowning, which heís been talking about on Twitter in the past few weeks. Sundowning is a psychological disorder involving dementia and confusion.
Shyamalan hasnít given away too much on the plot, unsurprisingly, but he announced a crew who previously worked on Darren Aronofskyís Oscar-nominated movies: The Wrestler cinematographer Maryse Alberti, Black Swan production designer Therese DePerez and costumer Amy Westcott, who worked on both of those films. You can track his photo progress on his WhoSay account. Psychological horror from the man that gave us Unbreakable, Iím into, but if this is anything like The Happening 2, Iím avoiding all future assignments in writing about it.
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