Good day, horror fans. If you haven’t heard, critics are saying Ouija is the best film of the year. No, wait, you haven’t heard that because Ouija was a pile of crap. But anyone who expected different probably always needs things spelled out for them via board games. You might have better luck on the VOD front, where both the anthology film VHS: Viral and Brad Anderson’s Stonehearst Asylum were released in the past few days.

In smaller news, Sony is teaming with Eric Heisserer, writer of the remakes for Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing, for his directorial debut, a Ring-like supernatural thriller called Exposure. Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer will be headed to Japan for the suicidal ghost thriller The Forest, while Patrick Stewart will play a white supremacist leader for Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room. Finally, the indie filmmaker crew WTFLOL (responsible for the stellar Marvel Zombies vs. Army of Darkness) put out Sarah Connor vs. Jason Voorhees, the initial entry for a potential series of pop culture clashes called "Slash Up." Check out a trailer for it below:

And now some great news about what’s going down in mainstream horror…

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The Conjuring 2 Stays with James Wan
One of the most successful horror movies of all time, James Wan’s The Conjuring, has already unleashed a spinoff (Annabelle) on audiences as the impending sequel gets closer to an official pre-production process. It’ll be a lot easier now that Wan has decided to return to direct the second installment of the budding franchise. That’s great news for fans of the supernatural frightfest, and it adds some better-than-expected context to Warner Bros. and New Line pushing The Conjuring 2 out of its previously set October 25, 2015 release date. It’ll now be released at some undetermined date in 2016.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first film, in which Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) investigate a haunted home, but Wan’s direction is what made the film as successful as it was. This is part of a larger overall deal that New Line cooked up with Wan, in which his Atomic Monster production company will create middle-budget movies in the horror, sci-fi and comedy genres, and possibly even a DC movie (What, no period romances?) Universal, with whom Wan worked with for Fast and Furious 7 and is tied to another sequel, is allowing Wan to make The Conjuring 2 as his next pic.

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