Revisit Day of the Dead for a Reminder That Sometimes Zombies Deserve to Win

Day of the Dead Review: Revisiting George A. Romero Zombie Classic

Sarah’s also the most level-headed among the science team, which is led by the increasingly unhinged Dr. Logan (Richard Liberty). He’s earned the nickname “Frankenstein” with good reason—again, all praise to Savini and his creatively disgusting ways with dripping entrails, exposed brains, and severed heads—but his quest to figure out why zombies become zombies gets sidetracked when he realizes one of the undead in his care, dubbed “Bub” (Sherman Howard), is more self-aware than the rest. A scrap of civility and normalcy comes in the form of helicopter pilot John (Terry Alexander) and radio operator Bill (Jarlath Conroy), who mostly keep to themselves—John’s point of view is that maybe humans aren’t supposed to understand what’s happening, except that it might have to do with punishment from an angry god—but become Sarah’s allies when all-out chaos descends on their makeshift community.

As Day of the Dead progresses, it becomes clear that the clashing points of view (kill the zombies; study, cure, and/or train the zombies; flee to an island and escape the zombies) are what’s going to tear the group apart—at least, until the zombies themselves get a chance to handle that in a more literal sense. Sarah tries to reason with everybody—“Maybe if we tried working together we could ease some of the tensions!”—but the only creatures in Day of the Dead who are truly working together are the ones trying to devour human flesh. It’s no new revelation that the movie is about humans losing their humanity as zombies discover theirs; “civil behavior is what distinguishes us from the lower forms” is one of the last lucid things that Dr. Logan says.

There’s no doubt what Romero’s meaning is—and his movie remains potent not just because of the loving attention it gives to special effects involving throats being ripped out and heads being ripped off, but because of the question at its core: is humanity even worth saving? Should it step aside for these new apex predators, who are obviously thriving? Though Sarah, John, and Bill make it difficult to declare that total extinction is the right answer, the rest of the characters suggest that maybe the zombies are doing us a favor. It seems unlikely that the Day of the Dead TV show, which appears to be a bit lighter in tone (though it’s worth noting it doesn’t look like it skimps on the gore), will follow that same path. But considering the state of the real world in 2021, maybe it’ll stay true to Day of the Dead’s not-so-subtle implication that humankind is getting precisely what it deserves.


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The Wolfman/Universal Monsters

Producer Jason Blum provided Collider with an update on his planned Wolfman movie starring Ryan Gosling.

We are working on the script, got to get the script right. Working on trying to get a script that [Gosling] feels good about and comfortable about and excited about.

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In the same interview, Blum revealed his production company is additionally developing “two or three” other Universal monster remakes.

We have two or three we’re developing. They’re not yet announced, so I can’t talk about them. But the status with Universal monsters is no different than it’s ever been. Universal is in charge of the Universal monsters. But we’ve come up with a few ideas that they’ve like for a few of their other ones. And hopefully, we’ll turn those into movies.

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Halloween Ends

David Gordon Green revealed to Bloody-Disgusting that John Carpenter is now giving notes on the latest draft of Halloween Ends.

Halloween Ends is complete, and actually, I’m getting John Carpenter’s notes on the new draft later. So, I’m excited about that. There is resolve. Like any trilogy, you want it to have a beginning, middle, and end. We had a concept of the ending, and two years ago, we wrote the first draft of it. So, we had it all mapped out before we went into production on Kills. We knew where it was going, and we wanted Kills to be a symphony in the middle of the book of the Strode saga.

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In a separate interview with Uproxx, Green confirmed Halloween Ends is set a few years after the events of 2018’s Halloween and Halloween Kills and so it tackles both the covid-19 pandemic and the “peculiar politics” of our current age.

So if you think about it, I mean, where we’re leaving these characters on Halloween 2018, the world is a different place. So not only do they have their immediate world affected by that trauma, having time to process that trauma – and that’s a specific and immediate traumatic event in the community of Haddonfield. But then they also had a worldwide pandemic and peculiar politics and another million things that turned their world upside down.

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Halloween Kills, Chucky

Meanwhile, Michael Myers meets Chucky in new a cross-promotion for Halloween Kills and the Child’s Play TV series on Syfy (see below).


The Spine of Night

Hello, Spine of Night poster.

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Zeroes and Ones

Ethan Hawke plays Jericho, “an American soldier stationed in post-apocalyptic Rome” who personally witnesses “the Vatican blown up” in the trailer for Abel Ferrara’s latest, Zeroes and Ones.


Needle in a Timestack

There’s also a new trailer for Needle in a Timestack starring Leslie Odom Jr., Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom, and Freida Pinto. We had an exclusive clip from the film earlier this week if you want to check it out.


Upgrade

Jason Blum revealed to Collider he’s still working on a TV series based on the 2018 film, Upgrade.

Upgrade should have been a wide release. I was pissed about that. We’re working on a TV show. So working on the scripts. This first round, didn’t come out. I didn’t get the response I wanted to get. I don’t want to be in development. I want an order. We’re working on the scripts again, so that we can get an order.

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The Flash

Entertainment Weekly has our first look at Tony Curran as Despero.

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Relatedly, new photos from the set of the upcoming Armageddon crossover have surfaced on social media, revealing Barry Allen somehow becomes a new version of Reverse-Flash while his usual self finally gets his classic gold boots from the comics.


Legends of Tomorrow

Entertainment Weekly also has two new photos from the 100th episode of Legends of Tomorrow, featuring some familiar returning faces.

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Meanwhile, Nate kills J. Edgar Hoover in the trailer for next week’s episode.


The Witcher

A new poster for The Witcher’s second season at Netflix.

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The Boys

Elsewhere, The Deep sells recyclable canned water in a new promo for The Boys.


American Horror Story: Double Feature

The trailer for next week’s episode of American Horror Story prophecies the first human-alien hybrids will be born in the year 2021.


Batwoman

Speaking of hybrids, Batwoman teams with Alice to fight a brand-new Killer Croc in the trailer for next week’s episode.


Chucky

Finally, Tiffany returns, Andy debuts, and Chucky dons a homemade Hello Kitty mask in the trailer for his next episode, “Give Me Something Good To Eat.


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In The Black Phone Trailer, Ethan Hawks Is a Part-Time Magician and a Full-Time Fiend

Horror Trailer Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone: Ethan Hawke

Here’s the official description of The Black Phone, in case that trailer didn’t freak you out enough already: “Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.”

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We’ve seen plenty of films about kidnappers preying on kids, but usually the story gets told from the point of view of the terrified parents or determined cops—not the young victim and his apparently psychic classmate, and certainly not with that element of “previous victims coming back from the dead to help kick some serial-killer ass.”

Along with Hawke, that’s Mason Thames making his film debut as Finney Shaw; the rest of the cast includes James Ransone, Jeremy Davies, E. Roger Mitchell, and Madeline McGraw. Directed by Derrickson, The Black Phone is co-written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange, Sinister) and is based on a short story by Joe Hill (Locke & Key, Creepshow, Horns).

The Black Phone hits theaters on February 4.


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In The Black Phone Trailer, Ethan Hawke Is a Part-Time Magician and a Full-Time Fiend

Horror Trailer Scott Derrickson’s The Black Phone: Ethan Hawke

Here’s the official description of The Black Phone, in case that trailer didn’t freak you out enough already: “Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.”

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We’ve seen plenty of films about kidnappers preying on kids, but usually the story gets told from the point of view of the terrified parents or determined cops—not the young victim and his apparently psychic classmate, and certainly not with that element of “previous victims coming back from the dead to help kick some serial-killer ass.”

Along with Hawke, that’s Mason Thames making his film debut as Finney Shaw; the rest of the cast includes James Ransone, Jeremy Davies, E. Roger Mitchell, and Madeline McGraw. Directed by Derrickson, The Black Phone is co-written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill (Doctor Strange, Sinister) and is based on a short story by Joe Hill (Locke & Key, Creepshow, Horns).

The Black Phone hits theaters on February 4.


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Ant-Man & The Wasp Quantumania

In conversation with THR, Evangeline Lily revealed she had a “eureka” moment while reading the script for Quantumania and now “finally gets” her character, Hope Van Dyne.

Hope is an odd enigma for me. I wish I could say otherwise because I want to honor her; I want to honor every character I ever play. But the truth is that I find it harder to know and understand Hope than any other character I’ve ever played before. We’re just a little over halfway through. And I will say that after I read the script of the film, I did have a kind of eureka moment; I said to Peyton [Reed], ‘Oh my God, I think I finally get her.’ Three or four films in, I thought, ‘I think I get it now.’ So I’m hoping that when we come to wrap and when I see the movie, I’m going to know the difference. But I don’t think anyone else will. I think I’m a good bluffer. That’s what I do for a living. But I know the difference and I’m hopeful that in this one, I’ll feel like I can watch it and go, ‘Yeah, you had a better handle on her in this one than you ever have before.’ That’s my goal, anyway. That’s my hope.

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Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

A TikTok video from the set of Rise of the Beasts in Peru sees Optimus Prime chased by Scourge, who now boasts several Decepticon, Autobot and Maximal insignias on his grill as trophies.

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Lair

A man (Corey Johnson) tries to prove the murder his friend (Oded Fehr) is currently serving time for was actually committed by a demon in the trailer for Lair.


The Mandalorian

Carl Weathers also revealed he’s now back on the set of The Mandalorian’s third season.

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Batwoman

Comic Book has photos from “Loose Tooth” — the Killer Croc-centric episode of Batwoman airing October 20. More at the link.

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La Brea

Next week’s episode of La Brea promises a giant water snake, mysterious electrocutions and the introduction of a brand-new character.


Supergirl

Supergirl states “failure is not an option” in her battle against Princess Nyxlygsptlnz in he trailer for next week’s episode, “Nightmare In National City”.


Stargirl

Finally, Courtney enters the Twilight Zone in next week’s black-and-white episode of Stargirl.


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Halloween Kills Co-Stars Talk About the Mystery of Michael Myers

Oh shit, it actually IS Anthony Michael Hall. When I saw him in the trailer I thought for sure it was Terry Serpico.

Just like when Season 3 of Cobra Kai had Kreese’s evil sgt in Vietnam show up, I was certain it was Anthony Michael Hall, but it turned out it was Terry Serpico.

Anyway, I think Anthony Michael Hall is great, and I applaud his ability to live and thrive with the full knowledge there is an unholy doppelganger of him going around and getting good roles. Knowledge like that could easily make a man homicidal, but Mr. Hall perserveres. Good on him. If I ever saw a doppelganger of myself out and about, I would sprint towards it at a lung-rending speed and pummel it into dust with no hesitation.

(Did you know he was almost the Matthew Modine character in Full Metal Jacket? How different would BOTH their careers have been if that had gone down.)

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Halloween Kills

Elsewhere, a Halloween Kills featurette goes behind-the-scenes of the film’s opening sequence.


Last Night in Soho

We also have a new new trailer for Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho.


Doctor Who

According to a new report from The Radio Times, Sony is “on the brink” of acquiring Bad Wolf–Julie Gardner and Jane Tranter’s production company, which itself is set to team with Russell T. Davies on the 2023 season of Doctor Who.

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La Brea

A “mysterious fort raises more questions than answers” in a refreshingly honest synopsis for “The Fort” — the fifth episode of La Brea.

Eve, Levi and the rest of the search party explore a mysterious fort that raises more questions than answers. With the help of a new ally, Gavin and Izzy embark on a dangerous and unauthorized mission to save their family despite government warnings that they could cause unprecedented disaster.

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Dexter

Dexter’s murder cabin hosts a search party in the synopsis for “Storm of Fuck” — the second episode of the upcoming revival season.

When a simple missing person case turns into a crime scene, Dexter’s cabin becomes home base for the search and rescue. Terrible timing for Dexter, who is trying to reunite with his long lost son, Harrison. As Angela and Harrison become acquainted, Dexter struggles to keep his old and new worlds separate.

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Directed by: Marcos Siega

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Peacemaker

Finally, James Gunn, John Cena and Steve Agee discuss Peacemaker and the character’s introduction in The Suicide Squad in a new featurette.


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Scream’s First Trailer Reminds Us Why We Love to Fear Ghostface

Scream 5 Trailer: Neve Campbell, Ghostface in Horror Reboot

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, co-director Gillet explained that keeping the killer’s (or killers’, since we know how sneaky the Scream movies can be about stuff like that) identity a secret was priority number one, even on set. “We were really careful to protect the big reveal of the movie,” he said. “We went as far as to withhold those moments in the script from the actors. We wanted everybody involved, to the degree that we could, to be a part of the whodunit. Obviously, you get to a point in the shoot where you have to let the cat out of the bag, but we went pretty far into prep and into production with a surprising amount of secrecy maintained.”

Scream—which, yes, is technically Scream 5, but it’s just titled Scream the way David Gordon Green’s Halloween was just Halloween—stars series OGs Neve Campbell (Sidney Prescott), Courteney Cox (Gale Weathers), and David Arquette (Dewey Riley), along with Marley Shelton (who played a cop in Scream 4). New faces include Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, Jack Quaid, and Melissa Barrera. Original Scream screenwriter Kevin Williamson is also aboard as an executive producer, and it’ll be out January 14.


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It’s Already No Time to Deny More James Bond Casting Rumors

Idris Elba Denies James Bond Replacement Rumors


The Matrix Resurrections

Meanwhile, the cast of The Matrix Resurrections reflects on the franchise in a new featurette.


Foundation

TV Line reports Foundation has been renewed for a second season at Apple TV+. More Lee Pace!

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Creepshow

Poisonous spiders are unleashed in a prison in a clip from “Ok, I’ll Bite, this week’s episode of Creepshow.


Muppets Haunted Mansion

Screen Rant sat down with Pepe the Prawn and Yvette Nicole Brown to discuss Muppets Haunted Mansion.


Doom Patrol

The cast and crew of Doom Patrol discuss Madame Rouge in a new featurette.


American Horror Story: Double Feature

Finally, an “unexpected visitor” reveals his plans to the President of the United States in the trailer for “Blue Moon”—next week’s episode of American Horror Story.


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Halloween Kills Clips Reunite Laurie Strode With Tommy Doyle


Dune

A new Dune featurette describes the film as both “a love letter” and “pure cinema.”


Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

Amazon and Sony have formally announced a deal for Prime Video to debut the fourth Hotel Transylvania film, following a brief drama about the film’s delay from its original October 1 release date remaining unchanged. The film will now debut on Prime Video worldwide (aside from China) on January 14, 2022. [Variety]

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The Deep House

Paramount has released another trailer for its sunken haunted house movie, The Deep House.


A Boy Called Christmas

We also have a new trailer for Netflix’s A Boy Called Christmas that makes the odd claim “the universe is made of strawberries.”


She-Hulk

According to Comic Book, Spider-Man and Robot Chicken writer Zeb Wells has joined the writing staff of the She-Hulk TV series at Disney+.

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Treehouse of Horror XXXII

Images from The Simpsons annual Halloween special—which we recently celebratedinclude a seance for Milhouse, a tribute to Parasite, and a gigantic Tree Rollins. Head over to Bloody-Disgusting for more.

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Riverdale

Finally, Riverdale does Midsommar in a new trailer for its upcoming “five-episode event” kicking off season six premiering November 15.


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