Satan bless us, the folks over at Netflix have ordered 16 more episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The new episodes will air in two parts (seasons?) and I’m sure the writers are already gearing up to start working out what’s in store for Sabrina, her friends, and the rest of the Spellman clan. Season two […]
The second and final season of The Punisher will debut Netflix in January. This was confirmed via a trailer released by Netflix showing all the new content heading to the streaming service next month, which ends by showing a grizzled Frank Castle getting into his Battle Van and driving off into the night.
Season 2 was filmed earlier this year in New York, and will once again run for thirteen episodes. Because of the imminent launch of Disney+ next year, Disney have been forcing Netflix to cancel all their shows based on Marvel properties, meaning that The Punisher will almost certainly not be renewed for a third season.
Like all of Netflix’s Marvel shows, The Punisher takes place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which has been officially designated as Earth-199999), but aside from the framed newspaper clippings in Karen Page’s office depicting the Hulk and a Chitauri Leviathan, and a passing mention to superheroes in the first episode, season one was light on references to the Avengers movies. One thing it was not light on, however, was gore. So don’t expect season 2 to hold anything back in the gore department either.
Jon Bernthal, who first played Frank Castle in season two of Daredevil, will once again appear as the marine who becomes a vigilante after his family are brutally murdered, with Ebon Moss-Bachrach as his hacker sidekick, Micro. Ben Barnes also stars as former marine Billy Russo, who was left hideously scarred at the end of season one, paving the way for him to become the villain known as Jigsaw. The supporting cast of season 2 will also include Amber Rose Revah, Jason R. Moore, Floriana Lima, Giorgia Whigham, and Josh Stewart.
Although it’s been confirmed for January, we don’t yet know the exact date when season 2 of The Punisher will drop, so keep an eye on Netflix next month.
Bloody Disgusting has the first ever look at Rogue One, Doctor Strange and “Hannibal’s” Mads Mikkelsen as the world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser, in Netflix’s Polar.
Set to hit the streaming service on January 25, 2019, Mikkelsen’s Vizla is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced. A Mads Mikkelsen-starring John Wick? Yes, please.
And get this, Polar is based on the Dark Horse action noir graphic novel “Polar: Came From the Cold” by Victor Santos and will be produced by Constantin Film’s Robert Kulzer and Jeremy Bolt, the duo behind the Resident Evil franchise!
Also starring Vanessa Hudgens (Spring Breakers, Beastly), Katheryn Winnick (“Vikings”), Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland, Doctor Who, Little Britain), the film will be directed by renowned Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, whose last film Lords Of Chaos recently premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Johnny Knoxville and Richard Dreyfuss also star.
Jayson Rothwell (Silent Night) penned the screenplay.
The deceased king is resurrected and a new evil awakens in next year’s Netflix Original Series “Kingdom,“ and we’ve got the official trailer for ya today.
Directed by Kim Seong-hun, the series (Netflix’s second Korean original series) is set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period, and it tells the story of a crown prince who is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious plague that’s spreading across his country. The truth threatens the kingdom, when he discovers that it is an atrocious epidemic in the form of zombies.
Based on the setting alone, this one promises to tell a very unique zombie tale.
“Kingdom” premieres on January 25, 2019. A second season has already been ordered.
As previously announced, the second season of Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” (aka “Part 2”) will arrive on April 5, 2019, and we’ve learned via official Netflix press release today that the series has also been renewed through a fourth season!
“Part 3” and “Part 4” will begin production next year, with 16 total episodes airing between the two seasons.
“Praise Satan! I’m so grateful to my partners at Warner Brothers, Netflix, Berlanti Television, and Archie Productions for supporting this darker vision of the world’s most famous teen witch. And I’m thrilled to be continuing to tell Sabrina’s chilling adventures with our incredible cast and crew, led by the unstoppable Kiernan Shipka,” said Creator and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
“Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Oh Netflix, sweet Netflix. They’ve been killing it with the adaptation game lately, from the ever-popular Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to The Haunting of Hill House. Their next revitalization project – Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal – already had some buzz, but with the newly released cast list, excitement is definitely building. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will […]
After a less-than-stellar 2014, the past few years have been sensational for horror. While years prior found me struggling to create a top ten, the past few have forced me to omit some truly deserving films that ended up on the back end of a massive list. Our genre is so potent right now that it’s been carving up big numbers whether it’s in theaters, on VOD, or streaming on Netflix. And whether you know it or not, we are currently in the midst of a true horror renaissance. These past few years are nothing short of special and a time that we’ll look back on fondly. Seriously, take a moment to soak it all in and appreciate the gifts we have been given.
Interestingly, there’s been so much horror content that it’s actually causing a divide. It feels like there’s a micro-war between fans who prefer a trip into nostalgia, those who want popcorn entertainment, and the ones that prefer arthouse. It’s disheartening to this horror fan to see such negative energy and hatred spewed across various social platforms as if there’s a correct answer as to what kind of horror is horror. Why do we have to choose sides? Why can’t we have our cake and eat it too? What the hell is wrong with enjoying a film like Halloween and also basking in the artistic nuances of Hereditary? We’re getting it all right now and I personally can’t consume enough of it.
So without further adieu, here are my picks for the best horror films of 2018.
Bonus. Annihilation (d. Alex Garland; Paramount Pictures)
A few years ago I included Gravity in my top 10 and have regretted it ever since. While the horror genre bends into so many different subcategories, it’s hard to really justify including some of these sci-fi thrillers/dramas when there are so many other straight-up horror movies deserving of celebration. Still, these kinds of films deserve a mention; especially Annihilation, which carries very strong accents of horror. Mesmerizing, thought-provoking, and intensely thrilling, Alex Garland‘s film is not only emotional, but also apocalyptic. Featuring gorgeous cinematography and even more stunning visual effects, Annihilation is this generation’s Contact by way of the late H.R. Giger.
10. The Ritual (d. David Bruckner; Netflix)
David Bruckner’s feature-length debut is a solid old school slow burn that ramps up to a ridiculously satisfying conclusion. The creature and accompanying effects work are astounding. The film rides on the back of gorgeous exotic locations that help in creating the brooding atmosphere. Interestingly, The Ritualcarries a slight An American Werewolf in London vibe, but more so Blair Witch the anything else. Hailing out of the Toronto International Film Festival, The Ritual was quietly released on Netflix to very little attention, which makes this one of the best hidden gems of the year.
9. The Predator (d. Shane Black; 20th Century Fox)
While the mythology and potential are never fully realized, Overlord is a ridiculously fun, over-the-top splatterfest that pulls from classics such as Predator, Re-Animator, and even the “Wolfenstein” games. The characters are the film’s anchor, led a by a scene-stealing John Magaro, and followed by charismatic performances by Wyatt Russell and Jovan Adepo. The filmmakers do a sublime job in making the villains extra hateable/unlikable (one spits on a kid’s baseball and tosses it to him), which gives all of the interactions and fight sequences additional punch. The film never quite hits ten, but it’s such an action-packed blast that you never really stop to ask any questions. If anything, let’s hope for a sequel where they can up the ante and build onto the mythology.
7. Mandy (d. Panos Cosmatos; RLJE)
It’s hard not being instantly seduced by the works of Panos Cosmatos, who first enchanted me with his Beyond the Black Rainbow. With his follow up, Mandy, I found myself melting in my chair as I allowed the film’s visuals to wash over me. Mandy is pure nightmare fuel, a surreal hallucination that feels as if Salvador Dali directed Hellraiser. Cosmatos takes his extreme visuals and injects it into this fever dream that allows Nicolas Cage to embrace his crazy side that we’ve all grown to love (Cage fans are going to lose their shit when he hulks out). While the film lives and breathes on Cosmatos’ visual feast that’s akin to stargazing, Mandy is all heart, and much like Hereditary, it really takes the time developing the characters. Cosmatos soaks the film with pain and suffering, and it’s excruciating. While Mandy never quite delivers the high it promises, it still leaves its mark on the indie scene with a unique and impactful experience that’s about as anti-Hollywood as you can get. This is Panos’ nightmarish playground where anything can happen, including a cheddar goblin.
6. Cam (d. Daniel Goldhaber; Netflix)
A metaphor for identity theft, Daniel Goldhaber‘s chilling and haunting Cam is basically a feature-length “Black Mirror” episode that will make the viewer feel as violated and helpless as the victim. Madeline Brewer stars and delivers an exceptional performance that shouldn’t be overlooked. Thoroughly engaging and suspenseful as hell, Cam is one of the year’s biggest surprises that is guaranteed to have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
Seances, ghosts, and a demon or two…sounds about right for a scary story on the longest night of the year, and Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina gathered them all together to spin their first ever holiday episode, A Midwinter’s Tale which debuted on the streaming service today. **Author’s Note: This article contains a few small, necessary spoilers […]
Welcome to New on Netflix, a feature here at Wicked Horror in which we provide the latest updates on what’s coming to the streaming service for the week. In recent times, Netflix’s shift in content has been interesting. While many fan-favorite movies and TV shows have been Netflix staples for the better part of a decade, they’ve been taken off the service with more frequency. Some of them return, some of them don’t, and while these are all simply the result of licensing deals that were already in place before these properties even hit the service, they do shed some light on the content provider’s new focus.
Netflix is continuing to shift gears away from movies and TV shows owned by other studios or companies and is producing their own content with staggering frequency. As we continue to provide updates on what’s been added to the service, it will always be interesting to note the balance between original and licensed content being added to the Netflix library.
With that in mind, here’s the latest spooky content added for the week of December 14th, 2018.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter Tale
Fans of Netflix’s hit Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will be happy to learn that they can watch the brand-new holiday special starting today. The new series, based on the comic of the same name, hit the service back in October to a very favorable response. Normally, these shows are binged in a weekend and people have to wait a full year for the next fix, but thankfully, Sabrina appears to be taking a very different approach. This new holiday special will at least go a long way toward holding fans over until the second season hits. Interestingly, even without the special, fans wouldn’t have long to wait as season two will hit Netflix on April 5th.