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Good day, ticklers of all things ribless. This weekend, San Diego is the scariest place to be in the entire country. Not only because of The Walking Dead’s "Escape" attraction that Comic-Con is offering, but because there are entirely too many people out there, and I’m guessing most of them are hiding very dark secrets beneath their Wonder Woman and Game of Thrones costumes. Be careful out there.

Luckily, the Con has unleashed a never-ending stream of horror news, some of which we’ll be covering today. On the non-marquee side of things, Universal Pictures announced they’re developing Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s incomparable comic Locke & Key as a trilogy, which should help screenwriter Albert Torres figure out how to pace this massive story. Ciaran Foy’s Sinister 2 is set to begin filming next month in Chicago, gearing up for an August 21, 2015 release. And then there’s the return of the Leprechaun in Leprechaun: Origins, which is pulling the ironically iconic character far from Warwick Davis’ cheeky appearance and will instead go with the demonically hideous look below.

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And now, the best trailer you’ll see all week. Or at least for the next five minutes of this week.

Horns Sprouts a Sinfully Sensational New Trailer
As a huge fan of Joe Hill’s novel, my expectations for Alexandre Aja’s Horns are as tall as the flames in the fires of Hell. The first trailer went a long way in building my confidence, but this second trailer, which MTV debuted for Comic-Con, is absolutely flawless. I mean, there are character flaws at almost every turn, from the hateful comments of Gideon, New Hampshire citizens to that one reporter punching that other reporter in the face. But that’s exactly what makes this trailer so magnificent. Movies that involve inherent evil being pushed to the surface often feel nihilistic and hopeless, but Horns is imbued with dark comedy and an unrestrained Daniel Radcliffe. Nobody can call that guy nihilistic.

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Radcliffe plays Ig Parrish, a twentysomething whose girlfriend (Juno Temple) is murdered - and everyone thinks he did it, even though he didn’t. Probably. His life takes an even more wicked turn when he discovers that a pair of horns are growing out of his forehead, causing everyone around him to share their most devious thoughts and desires. He uses his new manipulative powers to find his girlfriend’s killer, having a bit of fun along the way. Assuming, of course, that your idea of fun is a giant snake and a pitchfork. It’s definitely a cheer-worthy moment, and it’s one of many that this trailer has to offer. I may have to wear a muzzle into the theater when it appropriately debuts on October 31st. Let’s all have some flaming shots before we go, shall we?
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Daybreakers Directors Heading to the Winchester Mansion
One of the creepiest houses on the planet is the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California, and it’s fairly astounding that Hollywood hasn’t created an overblown franchise to exploit its history. Surprise! Non-Hollywood horror powerhouse Hammer Films has tapped Daybreakers directors Michael and Peter Spierig to bring the ghosts of Winchester to audiences. The brothers will rewrite a script first penned by Tom Vaughan, who wrote What Happens in Vegas. How did he get involved?

This will be the first feature filmed inside the famed 160-room Winchester mansion, which first became the obsession of the weaponry heir Sarah Winchester back in 1884. She spent the next 38 years adding rooms onto the house, believing herself the victim of the spirits of those killed by the guns that built her family’s empire. There are doors that open to nothing and stairways that go nowhere, all meant to confuse the ghosts wandering the halls. The Spierigs seem to have a knack for adding interesting details to genre films, with their debut Undead enjoyably twisting horror and comedy together. Their next film, the time traveling mindbender Predestination, is a reteaming with Daybreakers star Ethan Hawke and an adaptation of a Robert Heinlein short story. Check out the intriguing trailer below, and keep your fingers crossed that this talented duo lay the foundation for a truly freaky flick.



Hammer is looking to get Winchester into production in the beginning of 2015.
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Insidious: Chapter 3 is in Production, and It’s a Sequel!
For those wondering how Blumhouse Productions’ Insidious: Chapter 3 is going to take viewers into The Further without the help of franchise stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne, let it be known that this third chapter will in fact be a prequel tale. Is that groan-worthy, or exciting at this point? This entry will predate and thus ignore the legacy of the Lambert family, instead focusing on Dermot Mulroney and Stefanie Scott as parents of a young girl who presumably falls victim to a strange kind of haunting that takes viewers deeper into the mythology of The Further.

Star and screenwriter Leigh Whannell – who will reprise his role from the other films, along with Lin Shaye and Angus Sampson – is taking over directing duties this time around. Focus Features put out the first still from the film’s Los Angeles production, seen above. Nothing too important besides a messy house happening here, but you can bet this flick will have one hell of a marketing campaign on the way to its May 29, 2015 release.
A Bear Hunts Down Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton In New Grizzly Trailer
A bunch of people head out into the woods and are mauled one-by-one at the huge paws of a massive grizzly bear. It’s the kind of project that sounds like something Syfy would have aired before their hybrid creature features took over. Only, Grizzly has an A-minus-List cast, with Billy Bob Thornton, Thomas Jane, James Marsden, Scott Glenn and Piper Perabo all involved. Plus, this thriller is the sophomore effort from Saw V director David Hackl. This should have some heat built up around it…if not just for the fact that its villain is a giant grizzly bear, I guess.

Above is the first trailer for Grizzly, which used to be called Endangered and Red Machine - and it doesn’t look half-bad for a movie that…I can’t even think of anything to say here. I doubt there will be anything surprising going on in this pic, but the effects and the gore look right up any horror fan’s alley, and I’ll tout this flick to the moon and back if we get a really good "Thomas Jane fighting a CGI bear" sequence. Open Road Films hasn’t announced a release date for Grizzly yet, but BEAR in mind that one is probably coming soon.
Deep Dark Teaser Turns a Hole in a Wall Into Nightmare Fuel
Man, oh man, do I love when a simple premise with infinite potential is taken to its proper extremes. The above promo for Michael Medaglia’s comedy horror Deep Dark may only be a short teaser, but nearly every single second counts. The film is about a down-on-his-luck sculptor (Sean McGrath) who finds a hole in his wall that not only talks, but has the ability to make his dreams come true. Or does it make his nightmares a reality? There are almost certainly no guarantees when it comes to sentient wall holes. (Voiced by Æon Flux’s Denise Poirier.)

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Even if Deep Dark doesn’t live up to my lofty expectations of eccentric frights, this is still a super effective trailer. One of my innate fears is finding intelligence in places where it shouldn’t exist, so that moment when he pulls the note out of the wall and reads "Relax. I can help," was a stomach-turner. The only thing I’ve ever gotten from a hole in a wall is a splinter. (I’m fighting the urge to go for R-rated jokes here, people.) Deep Dark is currently in post-production and is aiming for a winter release. Until then, I’ll be stocking up on wallpaper and drywall.