With the nationwide release of The Nun this weekend, The Conjuring franchise officially has more prequels than sequels! While the first Conjuring movie took place in 1971 and The Conjuring 2 was set in 1977, Annabelle, Annabelle: Creation, and The Nun take place in 1970, 1955, and 1952 respectively. The series has essential been unfolding in reverse, Memento-style.
Of course, The Conjuring 3, currently in the works, will be another sequel set in the 1970s (or perhaps early 1980s). Still, with my recent exploration of Valak’s various appearances in The Conjuring universe, I sometimes found it difficult to track the series’ chronologically. If you’ve seen or are planning to see The Nun and have any questions about where the film exists in the franchise as a whole, we’ve got you covered!
The good folks at Rotten Tomatoes put together the handy-dandy, at-a-glance infographic below. Give it a look-see, and check out the synopsis and trailer for The Nun at the bottom of the article.
Synopsis: When a young nun at a cloistered abbey in Romania takes her own life, a priest with a haunted past and a novitiate on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate. Together, they uncover the order’s unholy secret. Risking not only their lives but their faith and their very souls, they confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
The Nun is directed by Corin Hardy from a script penned by franchise mastermind James Wan and Gary Dauberman (IT, 2017); the film stars Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, and Bonnie Aarons.
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If you loved watching a Predator beat the shit out of a Xenomorph, you’re going to enjoy this extended footage from The Predatorin which a Predator gets annihilated by the genetically modified Ultimate Predator. The Shane Black-directed film just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to mostly mixed reviews. Our own Joe Lipsett was on hand and called it a “fun, but clunky time.”
In theaters September 14, 2018, the film stars Jacob Tremblay, Olivia Munn,Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Alfie Allen and Yvonne Strahovski. Jake Busey plays the son of Gary Busey’s Predator 2 character.
In the sequel, “From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race.”
Who knows if or when its coming to the U.S., but Asian readers who subscribe to HBO will be able to see their new anthology series this coming Halloween season.
Korean actress Lee Chae-Yeon (“Running Man,” “Please Find Her,” “Blow Breeze”) stars in HBO Asia’s six-part hour-long horror anthology and original drama series “Folklore”, premiering October 7, 2018.
All six episodes take place across multiple Asian countries including Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Each episode is based on each country’s deeply-rooted superstitions and myths, and presented in the local language of the country that the episode is based in, with English and local-language subtitles. (Variety)
The six directors involved in “Folklore” are Indonesia’s Joko Anwar (“Halfworlds,” “Satan’s Slave”); Japan’s Takumi Saitoh; Lee Sang-Woo (“Barbie,” “Dirty Romance”) from Korea, Ho Yuhang (“Rain Dogs”, “Mrs. K”) from Malaysia; Eric Khoo (“12 Storeys”) from Singapore, and Thailand’s Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (“Last Life in the Universe”) from Thailand.
Horsehead – original title: Fievre – is a 2014 French arthouse horror film directed by Romain Basset from a screenplay co-written with Karim Chériguène. The movie stars Catriona MacColl (City of the Living Dead; The Beyond), Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux, Murray Head, Gala Besson, Fu’ad Ait Aattou, Vernon Dobtcheff, Joe Sheridan and Philippe Nahon.
Since her childhood, Jessica has been haunted by recurrent nightmares whose meaning escapes her. This peculiarity has led her to study the psychophysiology of dreams to try and understand the origin of her nightmares.
Following the death of her grandmother she hardly knew, Jessica reluctantly returns to the family home. She doesn’t get along with her mother very well and is not looking forward to seeing her again. Upon her arrival, Jessica discovers that her late grandmother is lying in the adjoining room to her own during the wake.
After a rough first night made restless by a strange nightmare in which she meets her dead grandmother, Jessica suddenly becomes ill. Stuck in bed with a high fever, the young woman decides to use her lethargic state to try out lucid dreaming. In order to do so, Jessica breathes a little bit of ether whenever she needs to sink deeper into the other world to try and take control of her nightmares.
Jessica then begins to wander in a nightmarish world inhabited by twisted versions of her family members. She gradually improves her skills as a lucid dreamer and investigates to solve the mystery that gnaws her and haunts the family home…
“It’s a beautifully crafted film that takes all the weirdness and presents it in a way that will make your skin crawl. The cinematography is some of the most artistic that I’ve seen in a while. The one thing that was a little hard to follow was the story. I pretty much got the gist of it but barely being able to understand the story won’t help other people watching it.” David Cantu, Cinema Deviant
“By the film’s ending, the audience is left with as many—if not more—questions than answers. Still, the final act of Horsehead is stunningly intense, and filled with unforgettable, terrifying sequences. From massive amniotic sacs to dollhouse-like rooms, Basset utilizes strangeness to leave viewers questioning what everything means.” Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher
“Horsehead aims to be poetic and is visually striking (even if moments remind us a little too much of other films (Suspiria, Inferno, A Company of Wolves). Although its dream symbolism may be too literal, Horsehead has many of the arthouse sensibilities that shone through in recent, fascinating horror films such as Berberian Sound Studio and Amer. The score by Benjamin Shielden is also very effective.” David Paul Hellings, Haddonfield Horror
“A visual feast for the yes, with lush cinematography and stylistic lighting accompanied by a harsh electronic score that got right under my skin, a great marriage of gorgeous and unsettling imagery and unnerving sound. Candy for the eyes aside if you are looking for a cohesive story that goes from point A to point B with a clear resolution and/or revelation you might be slightly disappointed…” McBastard’s Mausoleum
“The film sets itself up as a mystery and does deliver a solution if you’re paying attention, though the mysterious final shot leaves things open enough to provoke at least a couple of different theories about what’s transpired. It’s most effective if you treat the dreams as equally significant and real as anything in the rest of the film for it to make any sense, however, instead of a study of a woman’s psyche being pulverized by her nightmares, which would be a far more depressing story.” Nathaniel Thompson, Mondo Digital
“Where Basset does an excellent job is in maintaining a dark, creepy atmosphere throughout the dream sequences, and nicely working unsettling elements into the scenes when Jessica is awake. The characters are constructed in ways that make it hard to tell who is on the level, adding even more mystery to the puzzling plot. Unfortunately, some of the scenes, particularly the waking scenes, are quite boring and the pacing could have been sped up.” Kenna Rae, 28 Days Later Analysis
“Although the imagery is colorful, artistic and somewhat hallucinative, I found it to be too sharp, studio-lit, slickly edited and staged to feel surreal, and as a result, it felt more like a modern Argento or Hammer horror flick about cults and fevered-followers a la Rosemary’s Baby rather than a nightmare. The ending is ambiguous and weak.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre
Australian production, sales and distribution outfit Odin’s Eye has closed a UK deal for its dark, dramatic comedy Brothers’ Nestwith Signature Entertainment, reports ScreenDaily.
The deal comes in advance of the film’s UK premiere at Grimmfest, Manchester’s festival of horror, cult and fantastic film, which celebrates its 10th anniversary edition in early October.
Brothers’ Nest, which had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW, is the second film directed by Clayton Jacobson, who also co-stars alongside his real-life brother, Shane Jacobson in the story of two brothers intent on murdering their stepfather before their dying mother change her will in his favor.
Kill List, Sightseers, High-Rise and Free Fire director Ben Wheatley’s mysterious seventh feature, Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, which was shot under-the-radar in the UK at the beginning of the year, will be released in partnership with BBC Films, BBC Comedy and BBC Two, reports ScreenDaily.
Following its world premiere in Competition at the BFI London Film Festival in October, it will screen around the UK in a limited run of Q&A sessions with Wheatley and the cast before being broadcast on BBC Two over the Christmas holiday. The BBC’s SVoD service, BBC iPlayer, will then streaming the film for 12 months.
Colin Burstead centers around the titular man (played by Neil Maskell), who hires a lavish country manor for his extended family to celebrate New Year. Unfortunately for Colin, his position of power in the family is under serious threat from the arrival of his estranged brother David.
Produced by Andy Starke at Rook Films, the ensemble cast features Richard Glover, Peter Ferdinando, Neil Maskell, Mark Monero and Sam Riley along with Asim Chaudhry, Joe Cole, Charles Dance, Alexandra Maria Lara, Doon Mackichan, Sinead Matthews, Bill Paterson and Hayley Squires.
“Funny, acute and very human, it’s a film about families at their worst and best, and a perfect bit of alternative Christmas television,” said Rose Garnett, head of BBC Films.
Brian O’Malley, the Irish director behind 2014’s gothic horror pic Let Us Prey starring “Game of Thrones‘ ” Liam Cunningham, has signed on to direct Immaculate, an upcoming suspense thriller from Catapult Entertainment Group, reports Deadline.
The film centers on a minister who, after a personal tragedy and having his own crisis of faith, is taken captive by a mother who believes her son possesses extraordinary abilities that are rooted in evil.
David R. Flores and J. Hunter Roe penned the screenplay. Catapult’s Christopher Watkins and Kevin Goetz, who produced A Violent Separation, are producing this one with Needle Eye’s Charles Stiefel.
“At its heart, Immaculate is a character piece that slices open the beast that can exist in all of us,” Goetz said.
Casting is underway and production is being eyed to start later this year in Alabama.
Saban Films and DIRECTV have acquired the North American rights to Sarah Daggar-Nickson’s A Vigilante, starring Olivia Wilde (Meadowland, Her, and the upcoming Life Itself), Bloody Disgusting is told.
Written by Daggar-Nickson, A Vigilante follows a once abused woman, Sadie (Wilde), who devotes herself to ridding victims of their domestic abusers. Morgan Spector, Kyle Catlett, C.J. Wilson, Tonye Patano, Chuck Cooper, Betsy Aidem, and Judy Marte also star.
The dramatic thriller made its World Premiere at SXSW and was produced by Lars Knudsen, Uncorked Productions’ Andrew D Corkin, Emmett Furla’s Randall Emmett and George Furla, Ambyr Childers, Wilde, and Allison Rose Carter.
Following its qualifying run in 2018, A Vigilante will be released theatrically by Saban in Q1 of 2019 and will have a one-month exclusive window on DIRECTV first.
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