Good day, exhumers of all things scratching suspiciously into the night. It’s time for another look at the past week of horror news. This is where I’d put in a joke about how seeing Zak Efron shirtless in Neighbors is horrifying, only that film has been critically lauded and is currently tearing up the box office. So I guess I’ll just whistle like the child-murdering villain in M and move on to the week’s bite-sized news items.

Upright Citizens Brigade founder and Veep star Matt Walsh will make the rare jump to dark thrillers for Blumhouse Productions’ 6 Miranda Drive, where he’ll play a good old boy on a vacation gone wrong with Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell. Possibly the most controversial films ever made, Ruggero Deodato’s brutal-as-fuck 1980 horror Cannibal Holocaust is coming to Blu-ray in a jam-packed 3-disc set that you don't have to kill any animals to pre-order here. And even though this isn’t straight movie news, it’s still worth mentioning and drooling over the fact that the stellar collectibles company NECA is bringing to Comic Con the super snazzy 8-inch figure of Super Freddy, a limited edition take on the comic book nightmares within A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5: The Dream Child.

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And now for the week that was.

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Nat Wolff Reteams with Director Josh Boone for The Stand
The long-gestating big screen version of Stephen King’s epic novel The Stand finally got its feet under it again a few months ago when The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone signed on to turn the massive good vs. evil story into a single film (that’s a move we like to call the Anti-Lionsgate). Boone has at last brought in his first cast member, and it’s Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff, making this the third film that the pair will work on together.

I don’t think anyone needs to worry about Wolff stepping out as the evil Randall Flagg or putting on a wig to play Mother Abigail. The Hollywood Reporter says Boone is writing a part specifically for Wolff, so it’s unclear if he’s talking about someone who actually appears in The Stand itself, or if he’s inventing someone new with Wolff in mind. There are a plethora of characters in this tale of a population-destroying virus, so creating one isn’t necessary, but it’s possible Wolff will serve as an amalgam of several different people. He’s getting positive reviews for his role in Gia Coppola’s upcoming drama Palo Alto, so I’ll just remain optimistic that he is the first of many talented actors to fight the good fight.

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