Happy March, stokers of all things flammable. Where I live, it’s 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, you’ll 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. Blumhouse’s Mercy, starring Dylan McDermott and Mark Duplass, isn’t leaving Universal’s shelf anytime soon, and they’re considering tinkering with reshoots on The Strangers’s director Bryan Bertino’s thriller Mockingbird, but nothing is confirmed. Not a good sign of quality. Now feast on this first image from Tod Williams’ adaptation of King’s manic horror Cell, starring John Cusack, Isabella Fuhrmann, and Samuel L. Jackson. They aren’t doing anything particularly interesting, but most importantly, they’re not listening to the electric tone that makes people crazy.

cell still

Speaking of crazy… m night shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan is Knee-Deep in Production on Microbudget Horror Sundowning
Let 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, it’s something to consider how his worth is now viewed. In any case, he’s a little less than two weeks into production on Sundowning, which he’s been talking about on Twitter in the past few weeks. Sundowning is a psychological disorder involving dementia and confusion.

Shyamalan hasn’t given away too much on the plot, unsurprisingly, but he announced a crew who previously worked on Darren Aronofsky’s 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, I’m into, but if this is anything like The Happening 2, I’m avoiding all future assignments in writing about it.

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