Good day, horror fans. Hopefully everyone is still enjoying Halloween displays in stores that haven’t already been completely taken over by the brightly-lit mess that is Christmas. October is a great month for horror releases, and you can find the multi-genre Dracula Untold in theaters now - though you’ll probably have a better time with Tommy Wirkola’s Nazi zombie sequel Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, or possibly Christian E. Christiansen’s cult thriller The Devil’s Hand. The latter two are now out on VOD, and more recent releases await you in the following stories.

In smaller news, Alexandre Aja’s Horns, starring Daniel Radcliffe, hit iTunes this past week, ahead of its October 31st release date. The female director-led anthology film XX – with Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena), Mary Harron (American Psycho) and more – has been picked up by Magnet Releasing. The Ring director Gore Verbinski is heading back to horror for A Cure for Wellness, a thriller written by Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road). And finally, be careful where you sit, because the toilet-loving Ghoulies and its sequel are getting released on Blu-ray next spring through Shout Factory. Now get ready for the return of one of horror's great directors, who is getting ready to work with a punk icon....

Dario Argento Heads to Crowdfunding for The Sandman
Director Dario Argento has created some of the most singular works of horror art in Deep Red and Susperia, among others, but the filmmaker’s output hasn’t been particularly impressive for a while now. For his next project, The Sandman, Argento has started up an Indiegogo campaign to assist in getting it funded, and you can watch the promotional video for it above. You may notice that music legend Iggy Pop is in it, and that’s because he would be playing the titular monster, whose M.O. is about as wicked as they come. Personally, I think an Argento/Pop collaboration would have been more interesting in the 1970s, but I’m definitely interested to see it play out here. Check out the poster below.

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The script for The Sandman was written specifically for Argento by David Tully (Djinn) and Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti (Susperia). The film centers on Nathan, a student whose past includes stumbling upon a serial killer dubbed The Sandman killing his mother as he would his other victims: by taking their eyes out with a jagged melon spoon. (It’s partially inspired by the original legend of the Sandman.) Nathan killed him back then, or so he thought, and he’s expectedly shocked once people start dying in the same way. He is forced to confront his past and other things in order to stop the killer again. With Argento behind the camera, this could be an excellent slice of extreme cinema, but only if people pour money into it. In three days, The Sandman has raised over $18,000 of its $250,000 goal, which is a positive start. Tell your friends that Iggy Pop wants to scoop out people’s eyeballs, and that they have to pay $5 for it.

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