Good day, horror fans. Well, it’s probably a good day for anyone but horror fans, as the holidays have all but squashed horror releases. Tis the season, right? Hopefully many of you have horror Blu-rays and DVDs under the tree that can make up for the lack of scares in cinemas. And feel free to put some of that under my tree as well, via decorated Tremors’ graboids.

In smaller news, Drafthouse Films has snatched up the rights to the Brit Marling-starring western thriller The Keeping Room. Steven Wolsh’s ancient burial ground horror Muck has already crowdfunded a sequel ahead of its March 2015 release date. Andrew Pyper’s upcoming supernatural thriller novel The Damned has already been acquired by Legendary Pictures. And finally, here’s an unexpected and delightfully creepy holiday message from Jennifer Kent’s pitch-perfect thriller The Babadook.

And now, more anti-Santa propagan-ta and, more importantly, what may become the greatest cinematic rivalry known to man.

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Roddy Piper vs. Cthulhu Short is Becoming a Feature
Rarely do I want to put an exclamation point into a headline, but the one above deserves at least seven of them. A couple of weeks ago, an Indiegogo campaign popped up for the short film Portal to Hell!!! (which uses its own punctuation wisely) that would pit wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper against the otherworldly elder god Cthulhu. Even though the campaign has only raised just over $11,000 of the $21,000 goal, distributors Raven Banner and XYZ Films have already stepped up to show their support for a full-length feature film. We’re getting more Piper vs. Cthulhu before even getting our initial serving of it. This really does feel like Christmas.

Directed by Vivieno Caldinelli and written by Matt Watts, the short sees Piper as a building superintendent who is dismayed to find his tenants have opened up the titular portal to hell (!!!) in his building’s basement, and he must battle to close it back up. The feature version would broaden the story and will see Piper’s character and his monster-fighting underlings heading to R’lyeh to fight the Lovecraft monster on his own turf. The short, featuring visual effects work from Manborg director Steve Kostanski, will go into production in March 2015, and the feature package will be put together in the fall. I can’t wait to get my tentacles on this.

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