Hey folks, Jesse here, I wanted to talk about some upcoming horror movie reboots/sequels in the works that are supposed to be released in 2018. We live in a world of film that is constantly trying to revamp and rehash the movies we love and update them for modern times. Unfortunately, this doesn’t work all the time and the movie doesn’t really work that great and falls flat. I personally stay hopeful going in but like many, I find that the revamping doesn’t live up to my expectations when comparing it to the original. Nevertheless, these are a few that I hope will break the cycle.
Directed by Shane Black the film will take place between Predator and Predator 2. It takes place in suburbia this time around with a father and son at the center of the action. Black has talked about making a film that gives “the same sense of wonderment and newness Close Encounters had when that came out.” I guess we’ll have to wait and see if they are able to pull it off.
This update on the slasher franchise takes place 40 years after the original events of the first movie. The filmmakers wanted to go back to the original feel of the film taking a set away from the Rob Zombie versions from the early 2000s. John Carpenter is on board as executive producer this time. It’s being directed and written by David Gordon Green with co-writer Danny McBride. The two worked together on Eastbound and Down on HBO. This is the eleventh installment in the franchise. Jamie Lee Curtis is cast to reprise her role along with Nick Castle playing Michael Myers. I’m hopeful for this one to maybe set in motion a return to the heyday of slasher movies.
For more info on the film, check out this dedicated site.
My first thoughts about remaking the Dario Argento classic left me feeling a bit skeptical. Italian director Luca Guadagnino has been making a name for himself recently directing Call Me by My Name and I like the cast. The film is set to take place in 1977 Berlin. This is the year the original came out so it seems it will be staying true to the timeline. The director says the film will look at “the concept of motherhood and about the uncompromising force of motherhood”.
Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson were cast first and later on Chloe Grace-Moretz and Mia Goth join in supporting roles. Guadagnino plans on making an “homage” to the first film and not a direct remake.
The 1988 classic monster movie Pumpkinhead is getting a reboot. The new Pumpkinhead movie will be taken over by, Saw producer Peter Block. The legendary Stan Winston originally created the monster for the original and was all done with practical effects at the time. I was worried maybe the new film would create a CG version of the classic vengeance demon but it seems the filmmakers want to keep the vibe the same and put a guy in a sweaty suit for the heads start to roll. I found the original kind of cheesy so I’m hoping for more substantial. Those guys from Saw know how to bring the gruesome so I’m hoping for something over the top.
American Werewolf in London/Firestarter
Coming up as well are An American Werewolf in London and Firestarter. These are scheduled for 2019 and not much is known about them so far. AWIL will be directed by Max Landis who is the son of John Landis who originally wrote and directed the movie. Max is talking about making “strong changes” to the story he thought weren’t very believable. He has been using Twitter quite a bit to give details of his upcoming project.
Firestarter is also in the works for a 2019 reboot. Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions has taken over the rights to the story and will begin shooting with Akiva Goldsman as the director. Goldsman has worked with Blumhouse as director for 2, 3 and 4 of the Paranormal Activity series. Stephen King who wrote the book will be taking it in, especially with It 2 on the way later this year.
That’s it for now. Check back soon because I’ll be taking a look at a horror pick I just got passed my way called, Half Dead. Sounds zombie-ish right? We’ll have to wait and see.