Good day, crafters of all things abyss-filled. This weekend saw the wide release of John Pogue’s The Quiet Ones, the latest return to form from iconic horror studio Hammer Films, and while the movie was an exercise in style over substance – especially Jared Harris’ overly dramatized version of substance – it’s hard to rail against big-screen horror in any form. I just hope Hammer’s next production, the Jack the Ripper tale Gaslight, offers more depth to its jump scares.

In bite-sized news, the ever-busy Eli Roth announced casting will soon begin on an untitled paranormal thriller that he co-wrote with Aftershock writer Nicolás López and director Jessica Chandler. Craig MacNeill’s upcoming serial killer trilogy The Boy landed the genius German composer and musician Hauschka to add his signature melodic madness to the films. And indie distribution company The Orchard, as part of their partnership with Shock Till You Drop, have acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Ivan Kavanagh’s psychological horror The Canal, which was widely considered the best horror screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

And now comes a trailer-filled look at the week that was in horror news, including the zombie fight club movie your resuscitated great-great-grandmother never got to warn you about.

Zombie Fight Club! Zombie Fight Club!
I am Jack’s baffled reanimated corpse. Zombie Fight Club isn’t actually a zombified spoof of David Fincher’s masterful film, but rather the martial arts-heavy directorial debut from Joe Chen. It doesn’t sound like the most amazing story on paper, and the recently released trailer, via DreadCentral, doesn’t look like the most amazing anything, especially with all those CGI chains all over the place. But I’ll be damned if I don’t want to watch this immediately with as many friends as I can bring together on short notice. Zombie Fight Club will debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, presumably played on a hastily cobbled together bedsheet projection screen on the back wall of an arcade.

"It’s the end of the century at a corner of the city in a building riddled with crime," says the official synopsis. (I wonder if the old woman who swallowed a fly is in this.) It possibly follows a woman named Jenny - whose boyfriend was killed by zombies at the beginning of a chaotic outbreak - and a man named Andy, who team up to struggle together in a world torn apart by evil creatures. And then somewhere in there, somebody is hosting zombie fight clubs inside of an abandoned building. It all looks completely ridiculous and over the top, but that’s exactly why I want to see it. Check out the amazeballs poster below, which features the highly amusing tagline: "Despair. Ruin. Doom. Fight. Escape. All you can do is shrieking!"

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