Fans of Clue, take note: Rian Johnson’s next film, a murder mystery mansion film titled Knives Out, is set to be released late next year from Lionsgate.
Deadline reports that Lionsgate is teaming up with MRC to release Knives Out on November 27th, 2019. Featuring Daniel Craig in the lead role of a detective, Knives Out is a modern-day murder mystery (also described as an “Agatha Christie-style murder mystery”) that is expected to take place in a mansion.
Written and directed by Johnson, Knives Out has a star-studded cast comprised of the aforementioned Craig, as well as Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford, and Don Johnson.
Via Deadline, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake shared his excitement for distributing Johnson’s latest film:
“Knives Out redefines the detective movie genre in a cool and original way With a superstar filmmaker, an amazing ensemble cast and the perfect partner in MRC, we can hardly wait to bring this big, crowd-pleasing property to a global audience next Thanksgiving.”
We’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more details on Knives Out are revealed.
After taking viewers into the Sunken Place in Get Out, Jordan Peele will explore another set of multi-layered relationships in his next movie, Us, which now has a new poster.
Shared on Jordan Peele’s official Twitter page with the caption “watch yourself,” the new poster for Us can be viewed below, showcasing sharp-pointed scissors and a fingerless glove.
Written and directed by Peele, Us stars Lupita Nyong’o, Elisabeth Moss, Winston Duke, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tim Heidecker, Anna Diop, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Madison Curry, Evan Alex, Cali Sheldon, and Noelle Sheldon.
Us is scheduled to be released in theaters a mere few months from now on March 15th, 2019 via Universal Pictures, so we could see a trailer for the film soon.
While many of the plot details for Us have been kept under wraps thus far, /Film reports that test screening invites for the movie have come with the following description:
“A mother (Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o from Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and 12 Years a Slave) and a father (Winston Duke from Black Panther) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (including Emmy winner Elizabeth Moss from TV series The Handmaid’s Tale). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.”
We’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements for Peele’s next movie.
Make sure you have a bucket of water nearby and a scary story in mind, because the Midnight Society will be gathering under the stars once again in Paramount’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie, which could soon have a director on board.
Bloody Disgusting reports that D.J. Caruso is “in talks” to helm the Are You Afraid of the Dark? film—an adaptation of the popular horror anthology series that aired on Nickelodeon in the US and on YTV in Canada during the ’90s. Caruso is no stranger to horror, having previously directed 2007’s Disturbia and 2016’s The Disappointments Room.
The Are You Afraid of the Dark? film is scheduled to come out on October 11th, 2019 from Paramount. The prime Halloween season placement could make this the big horror movie of the fall in 2019, especially for those of us ’90s kids who have been craving the Nickelodeon nightmare fuel we grew up on.
As previously reported by The Tracking Board, the Paramount Pictures division Paramount Players hired Gary Dauberman (IT Chapter Two, The Nun) to write a screenplay for a movie based on the Are You Afraid of the Dark? anthology TV series that originally aired on Nickelodeon from 1992–1996 (after premiering in Canada in 1990) before being revived for new episodes in 1999–2000.
In addition to writing the screenplay, Dauberman will also produce the Are You Afraid of the Dark? film alongside Matt Kaplan. While specific plot details have yet to be revealed, Dauberman previously spoke with THR about the film adaptation:
“The show is about the shared experience of telling stories—especially scary ones. We’re going to celebrate that with this movie and honor the darker, scarier tone of the show, which was really groundbreaking for Nickelodeon at the time. I hope the Midnight Society approves.”
An entire generation of ’90s children and teens were raised on episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, which took viewers to a campfire in the woods, where every night teenage members of a group known as The Midnight Society told scary stories to each other that would come to life on screen, oftentimes containing a moral lesson or reflection of something going on in the storytellers’ lives. Featuring early appearances by actors such as Ryan Gosling, Neve Campbell, Will Friedle, and Melissa Joan Hart, Are You Afraid of the Dark? has a high re-watchability factor, with several classic installments like “The Tale of the Dead Man’s Float” and “The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner” still managing to raise goosebumps decades after they premiered.
It will be interesting to see what approach Caruso potentially takes to Are You Afraid of the Dark?, but the format of the TV series makes this material ripe for an anthology adaptation, perhaps with new takes on the stories that a generation of viewers grew up on.
With that in mind, gather close to the fire and prepare for the Midnight Society to hold council in the shadows of the trees once again. To listen to the Daily Dead team discuss Are You Afraid of the Dark? and more horror TV shows from the ’90s and other decades, check out our previous episode of our Corpse Club podcast., and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on the Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie.
D.J. Caruso with Kate Beckinsale on the set of The Disappointments Room (photo by Peter Iovino):
As far as lasting memories go, Friday the 13th Part III is, to me, the most fun and scary entry in the Crystal Lake franchise. One of the biggest reasons for the latter is the return of Pamela Voorhees as a corpse that leaps out of the lake near the end of the film (in a great ode to the end of the first movie), and although it’s Thursday the 13th and not Friday the 13th, NECA is still celebrating the occasion with a look at their upcoming Corpse Pamela figure that captures the spooky spirit of the franchise’s third entry.
The “Lady of the Lake” figure depicts Pamela as she appears in Chris’ dream: a nightmarishly rotted body emerging from Crystal Lake to pull Chris in. The detailed figure is fully poseable and stands 8” tall, featuring synthetic hair and distressed clothing.
The resealable clamshell packaging has custom artwork created by Jason Edmiston just for this release!
Alan Moore’s very first original screenplay, titled The Show, is coming to life on the big screen. Presently filming in Northampton, UK, The Show features an impressive cast that includes an appearance by Alan Moore! Also in today’s Horror Highlights: info on Thomas Dekker’s (The Sarah Connor Chronicles) third album, Into theNight, and release details for Bill Thompson’s new novel The Nursery (the third installment of The Bayou Hauntings series).
New Image and Production Details for The Show, Written by Alan Moore: Press Release: “Thrilled to announce that Alan Moore’s first original screenplay, THE SHOW, is currently shooting up in Northampton and we have the first official image to share with you.
Moore is the famed author of seminal graphic novels and comics, including Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Despite much of his work being adapted for the screen, this is his first original feature film screenplay to be realized. Directed by Mitch Jenkins, who has worked with Moore on a cult series of short films, Show Pieces, The Show is a mysterious, luminous detective story set in the heart of the Midlands.
The film stars Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Souvenir, Only God Forgives), Siobhan Hewlett (Show Pieces), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, The Nutcracker And The Four Realms), Sheila Atim (Girl From The North Country), Richard Dillane (The White Princess, The Last Post) and Alan Moore himself. THE SHOW follows FLETCHER DENNIS (Burke) who has been hired to track down a stolen artifact, an investigation that brings him into contact with the most unusual and dangerous elements in Moore & Jenkins’ hometown Northampton.
Outlining his vision for the project, Alan Moore said, “With THE SHOW, I wanted to apply the storytelling ability accumulated during the rest of my varied career to the medium of film. I wanted to see if it was possible to create an immersive and addictive world with no throwaway dialogue and no throwaway characters, a world where every character is memorable, distinctive and attempting to steal the whole show for themselves, just as we do in real life. I wanted to take some very old-school approaches to film and to find out, alongside Mitch Jenkins, what would happen if you connected them up with some very modern ideas and technical capabilities, and I wanted to make a piece of radical and progressive cinema that was also ridiculously sumptuous, involving and entertaining: a genuinely spectacular show.”
Added Director Mitch Jenkins, “Having spent the previous decade collaborating with my dear friend Alan Moore and the last seven years of it working on our film project Show Pieces, to finally find myself directing THE SHOW is a wondrous thing. Being able to take our world and Alan’s words to the big screen is nothing less than magical. Breathing life into these amazing characters that Alan has created, in collaboration with the actors has been one of the highlights of the project to date.”
A frighteningly focused man of many talents, passports and identities arrive at England’s broken heart, a haunted midlands town that has collapsed to a black hole of dreams, only to find that this new territory is as at least as strange and dangerous as he is. Attempting to locate a certain person and a certain artifact for his insistent client, he finds himself sinking in a quicksand twilight world of dead Lotharios, comatose sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, unlikely 1930s private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women… and this is Northampton when it’s still awake. Once the town closes its eyes there is another world entirely going on beneath the twitching lids, a world of glittering and sinister delirium much worse than any social or economic devastation. Welcome to the British nightmare, with its gorgeous flesh, its tinsel and its luminous light-entertainment monsters; its hallucinatory austerity. Welcome to The Show.
About Alan Moore:
Alan Moore, born in Northampton in 1953, is a writer, performer, recording artist, activist, and magician. His comic-book work includes Lost Girls (2009) with Melinda Gebbie, From Hell (1991) with Eddie Campbell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (for which he won a Bram Stoker Award in 2000) with Kevin O’Neill. He has worked with director Mitch Jenkins on the Show Pieces cycle of short films and on the forthcoming feature film The Show, while his novels include Voice of the Fire (1996) and his epic Jerusalem (2016). He lives in Northampton with his wife and collaborator Melinda Gebbie.”
Thomas Dekker’s Into the Night Album Release Details: Press Release: “‘Into The Night”, Thomas Dekker’s third studio album is an eleven track journey into mystery, magic, desire and all things that live in the shadows. Returning to his roots of solely electronic-based production, the record evokes the sounds and moods of a bygone era and universe, specifically 1980s synth pop and genre film scores. Drawing inspiration from the likes of John Carpenter, Depeche Mode, New Order, Goblin, Vangelis and Ryuichi Sakamoto, the album is a swirling collage of Dance, Electronica, Goth Rock, Synthwave and Experimental.
With “Into The Night”, Dekker creates a universe that is musically expansive while lyrically intimate. On instrumentals like “Lightstorm”, “After the Smoke Clears” and “The Pink Cloud”, the listener is beckoned to wander the limits of their imagination, while tracks like “Boys in Eyeliner”, “Pale and Mine” and “Shadowman” provide direct and personal confessions from singer to audience. Strongly based around a single mood and audio aesthetic, the record is a cohesive and immersive experience offering one dreamy revelation after another.
Thomas Dekker began composing electronic music when he was fifteen, playing with soundscapes that range from Ambient to Industrial and beyond. In 2008, he released the genre-bending experimental album “Psyanotic” and in 2014, the Electro-Rock record “Equals Zero” under the moniker “Zero Times Zero”. In 2012, he co-wrote and performed the tracks “Ultraviolet” and “Half of Me” for the Catherine Hardwicke helmed “Plush” soundtrack alongside legendary record producer Nick Launay and co-scored the underground hit “Laid to Rest” and its sequel under the pseudonym “DeadBox” in 2009 and 2011, respectively. He also co-produced and performed on the soundtrack to his directorial debut feature “Jack Goes Home” in 2016.”
The Nursery Novel Release Details: “How this novel will captivate readers: A house that sat empty for fifty years as its dead owner instructed. A locked room with no key. A single father with eight-year-old twin girls. A dusty, dank nursery from long ago that no child ever played in.
Description: There are eerie things going on at The Arbors in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Architect Bart Blanchard is joined by his friend Callie Pilantro (“Callie – The Bayou Hauntings 1”) and Landry Drake (“Forgotten Men – The Bayou Hauntings 2”) to learn the secrets of a domineering matriarch whose two husbands died in bizarre manners. As they discover more secrets in the house, someone watches from a hidden room at the very top of the huge old mansion. “The Nursery” will keep you up late at night wondering what’s behind the next door, what lies beyond a mysterious mirror and who waits to kill one of the people at The Arbor.
Author Bill Thompson is a former corporate entrepreneur who travels the world in search of action and adventure for his thrillers. He lived in New Orleans and played honky-tonk piano on Bourbon Street. Today he lives with his wife and two dogs in Dallas, Texas.
Founded 30 years ago, the National Film Registry has annually added 25 movies to its archives for preservation based on their “cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage,” and this year’s selections are no exception. The 25 new additions to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress were revealed today, including a trio of movies (all of them book adaptations) that should warm the hearts of horror and suspense fans: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca.
Read on for an excerpt from the Library of Congress’ official press release, and visit their website for full details on their 2018 selections.
From the Press Release: “Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America’s most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s film heritage. These films range from Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” and Paul Newman’s unforgettable “Hud” to the opulent musical “My Fair Lady” and the rocking sounds of “Monterey Pop.” Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time.
“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” Hayden said. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”
A forbidden love affair, the ravages of alcoholism, an animated classic, a kiss that broke the color barrier and dinosaurs returned from extinction represent the diversity of the class of 2018. This year’s films span 107 years, from 1898 to 2005. They include blockbusters, documentaries, silent movies, animation and independent films. The 2018 selections bring the number of films in the registry to 750, which is a small fraction of the Library’s vast moving-image collection of 1.3 million.
The public can tune into Turner Classic Movies (TCM) at 8 p.m. E.T. tonight to view a selection of motion pictures named to the registry this year. The Librarian joins movie critic Leonard Maltin to discuss the films. Also, select titles from 30 years of the National Film Registry are also freely available online in the National Screening Room. Follow the conversation about the class of 2018 on Twitter at @librarycongress and #NatFilmRegistry.
Among this year’s selections are Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 thriller “Rebecca”; film noir classics “Leave Her to Heaven” (1945) and “The Lady From Shanghai” (1947), which was directed by Orson Welles; Disney’s 1950 animation “Cinderella”; “Days of Wine and Roses,” Blake Edwards’ uncompromising commentary about alcoholism (1962); James L. Brooks’ 1987 treatise on the tumultuous world of television news, “Broadcast News” and Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking 1993 tale about the rebirth of dinosaurs, “Jurassic Park.”
Jurassic Park (1993)
The concept of people somehow existing in the age of dinosaurs (or dinosaurs somehow existing in the age of people) has been explored in film and on television numerous times. No treatment, however, has ever been done with more skill, flair or popcorn-chomping excitement than this 1993 blockbuster. Set on a remote island where a man’s toying with evolution has run amok, this Steven Spielberg classic ranks as the epitome of the summer blockbuster. “Jurassic Park” was the top public vote-getter this year.
“Rebecca,” Daphne du Maurier’s most famous book (“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…”), found its perfect cinematic interpreter in Alfred Hitchcock, here directing his first American motion picture. Powerhouse producer David O. Selznick had just imported the “master of suspense” from his native England. Laurence Olivier stars as Maxim de Winter and Joan Fontaine in her breakthrough role co-stars as Maxim’s new (and never given a first name) wife. However, it is two other women who dominate the film—the intimidating housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (played by Judith Anderson) and the film’s title woman, the deceased first Mrs. de Winter whose powerful shadow still hangs heavily over this great estate and all its inhabitants. Winner of the Oscar for best picture that year, “Rebecca” is stylish, suspenseful and a classic.
The Shining (1980)
Director Stanley Kubrick’s take on Stephen King’s terrifying novel has only grown in esteem through the years. The film is inventive in visual style, symbolism and narrative as only a Kubrick film can be. Long but multi-layered, “The Shining” contains stunning visuals — rivers of blood cascading down deserted hotel hallways, disturbing snowy mazes and a mysterious set of appearing and disappearing twins — with iconic performances by Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall.
Films Selected for the 2018 National Film Registry (alphabetical order)
Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
Broadcast News (1987)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
Dixon-Wanamaker Expedition to Crow Agency (1908)
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
The Girl Without a Soul (1917)
Hair Piece: A Film for Nappy-Headed People (1984)
Hearts and Minds (1974)
The Informer (1935)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Lady From Shanghai (1947)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Monterey Pop (1968)
My Fair Lady (1964)
The Navigator (1924)
On the Town (1949)
One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
The Shining (1980)
Smoke Signals (1998)
Something Good – Negro Kiss (1898)”
As Andy Williams sings in “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” December is the perfect month of the year to share “scary ghost stories” with the family, and Mike Mignola and friends are once again getting into the spooky spirit of the season with the 2018 Hellboy Winter Special.
With Hellboy Winter Special out today from Dark Horse Comics, we have the gift of preview pages to share with Daily Dead readers, so throw another log on the fire and celebrate the holidays with Hellboy!
Press Release: MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 12, 2018) — ‘Tis the season, once again, for the HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL….
“There is a long tradition of telling ghost stories at Christmas,” said legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. “I love ghost stories more than just about anything and I love that Christmas time of year so I wanted to do my bit to carry on that tradition.”
HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 presents three wintery and chilling tales:
In “Happy New Year, Ava Gallucci,” writer Mike Mignola, artist Ben Stenbeck and colorist Dave Stewart team-up for a New Year’s Eve séance gone wrong when Hellboy visits a family’s English home;
In “Lost Ones” celebrated cartoonists Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá revisit the acclaimed B.P.R.D.: Vampire; for a haunting, midnight ceremony;
And in “The Empty Chair,” acclaimed artist Tonci Zonjic returns to write and draw a Lobster Johnson tale of mobsters, mayhem and murder at the holidays.
HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 goes on sale on Wednesday, December 12 with a cover by Mike Mignola, a variant cover by Fábio Moon, and a variant cover by and Gabriel Bá.
About Dark Horse
For more than thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, The Legend of Zelda, Halo, The Witcher, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today, Dark Horse Comics is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.
Years before he showed viewers his lethal swing on AMC’s The Walking Dead, Jeffrey Dean Morgan was fighting demonic forces on Supernatural as John Winchester, the father of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), a role that he will reprise for the series’ 300th episode.
According to multiple sources, including Deadline, Morgan will return as John Winchester this season (the show’s 14th season overall) on Supernatural in an episode titled “Lebanon.” Directed by Robert Singer from a script by Andrew Dabb and Meredith Glynn, “Lebanon” will air on The CW on February 7th, 2019, so viewers won’t have to wait much longer to see the return of John Winchester.
Morgan last played John Winchester in the 2008 episode “Long Distance Call,” and he appeared as the character in 2007’s “All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2.”
In a statement via Deadline, executive producer Andrew Dabb hinted that Morgan won’t be the only familiar face returning to the series:
“We’re incredibly excited to have Jeffrey back for this milestone episode, and think fans will love what we have planned for his character… and a few other surprise guest stars.”
It looks like the 300th episode of Supernatural will be quite the celebration, and we’ll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.
“3Below is the story of a teenage girl, a Latino boy, and an old man who just happen to be aliens. With their home planet torn apart by Civil War, Princess Aja Tarron and Prince Krel Tarron will find themselves marooned on the most backwater, primitive world in the galaxy: Earth. The three take on human guises to conceal their alien form as they search for a safe passage back to their home planet, but while searching, they develop a real affection for Earth and its inhabitants. This series ultimately asks the simple yet complex question: ‘What is home?'”
What at first seems like heavenly salvation quickly turns into hell on Earth for a new addition at a secluded convent in St. Agatha, the latest movie from visionary filmmaker and immersive experience creator Darren Lynn Bousman. Ahead of the movie’s theatrical and VOD release this February from Uncork’d Entertainment, the official trailer for St. Agatha has been released, offering a deeper look at the movie’s twisted world of sinister sins and ruthless reckonings.
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, and Clint Sears, St. Agatha stars Sabrina Kern, Carolyn Hennesy, Courtney Halverson, Lindsay Seim, Hannah Fierman, Trin Miller, Seth Michaels, and Justin Miles. On February 8th, Uncork’d Entertainment will release St. Agatha in theaters and on Digital HD and On Demand.
“Written by Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, and Clint Sears, St. Agatha is set in 1950’s Georgia, and fixes on a pregnant con woman who is on the run and seeks refuge in a convent. What first starts out as the perfect place to have a child turns into a dark lair where silence is forced, ghastly secrets are masked, and every bit of will power Agatha has is tested as she learns the sick and twisted truth of the convent and the odd people that lurk inside its halls.”