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.)

Updates From Halloween Kills, Dune, and More

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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15 Halloween Animatronics That Will Terrify Everyone on Your Block

Nope, scratch that. The only thing more terrifying than both a clown and a miniature clown is a possessed doll. If the cracked face, glowing eyes, moving mouth, turning head, and waving arms and spooky sayings aren’t enough to send a shiver down your spine, a demented music box lullaby slowly playing in the background surely will.

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Stellan Skarsgård Hit the Nail on the Head When It Comes to the State of the Film Industry

Stellan Skarsgård on Marvel, Money Conflict in the Film Industry

The point that Skarsgård was making was that while it’s easy to single out individual studios like Marvel, one of the big reasons it’s able to take up so much room and oxygen is how money and power are being consolidated within the industry at multiple levels. In Skarsgård’s view, many different distribution and cinema companies have been lost to monopolies throughout Hollywood, but the real damage to the industry has come as a result of new leadership that prioritizes profit over art. “They’re run by big corporations that want to have 10% back on their invested capital, which means that as long as they sell popcorn, it’s fine,” Skarsgård said. “That’s why all the mid-range films, the films that are lower than $100 million dollar budget, and over $3 million dollars, they don’t exist anymore. It’s only $100 million dollar films and $3 million dollars, and nothing in between.”

This pursuit of profit, Skarsgård argued, is one of the reasons that we’ve seen such a marked spike in original episodic programming from studios in the past few years, but he also said that the same influences would eventually come for the prestige series space as more studios fight for a chunk of it. Clearly, there’s a lot more variety on television and streaming services in terms of what kinds of projects are being greenlit compared to feature films. But the actor pointed to HBO, which is owned by AT&T, as an example of a studio’s financial priorities getting in the way of art’s development. “[W]hat will happen eventually is that the diversity in terms of voices will end,” Skarsgård said. “HBO is now bought by AT&T, and they’ve already been told that you can’t do what you’ve been doing because what you’ve been doing is, yes, you’ve made money, but you’ve made quality stuff, which means you haven’t made that much money.”

There shouldn’t be any hard and fast rules about how much money a television show or film has to make in order to be considered “good,” similar to how we shouldn’t box ourselves into thinking that only a set number of projects involving superpeople can release in a given year. It’s true that studios keep making the things because they tend to make outrageous amounts of money at the box office, but it’s the last bit that Skarsgård wanted everyone to bear in mind.

“[I]t’s not the fault of Marvel,” Skarsgård said. “It’s the fault of an idea about how the economical systems of the world should work. It’s all fiction. But it’s the fiction that we had for the last couple of decades, [and it] has led to this.


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In Dead & Beautiful’s Trailer, the Pursuit of Decadence Leads to Horror

Dead & Beautiful Trailer: Rich Asian Kids Turn Into Vampires

This doesn’t come up in the trailer, but you have to wonder: how do you admire your perfect outfit and hairstyle if you can’t even see your reflection? Here’s the official summary for Dead & Beautiful: “In Dead & Beautiful, five rich, spoiled Asian twenty-somethings (Gijs Blom, Aviis Zhong, Yen Tsao, Philip Juan, Anechka Marchenko) are suffering from upper class ennui, unsure how to spend their days when so little is expected from them. In search of excitement, the five friends form the ‘Circle,’ a group where they take turns designing a unique, extravagant experience for the others. But things go wrong when the privileged urbanites awaken after a night out, to find they have developed vampire fangs and an unquenchable thirst for flesh, blood, and adventure at any price.”

The characters might be fairly unlikeable (“upper class ennui,” poor you!) but that feels deliberate in this context, which looks to be leaning into the stylish glamour factor rather than a storyline with deep substance. But when a film looks this full of eye candy (and potentially…knowingly campy?), it’s hard not to be intrigued. Written and directed by David Verbeek, Dead & Beautiful will play Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX on September 25 before arriving November 4 on Shudder in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.


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I Know What You Did Last Summer’s New Trailer Reminds Us That Murder Is on the Menu

I Know What You Did Last Summer TV Series Full Trailer Released

If you are unfamiliar with the book, the movie, or failed to watch the trailer above for some reason, here’s the official synopsis:

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“One year after the fatal car accident that haunted their graduation night, a group of teenagers find themselves bound together by a dark secret and stalked by a brutal killer. As they try to piece together who’s after them, they reveal the dark side of their seemingly perfect town—and themselves. Everyone is hiding something, and uncovering the wrong secret could be deadly.”

While the movie portrayed the accidental killers as real people who made a bad choice on the spur of the moment, this trailer for the I Know What You Did Last Summer TV series seemingly paints its cast solely as self-entitled teens, which if true will make it very tough to care about these characters’ lives. It’s often satisfying to watch a slasher murder a bad person, but that’s not particularly scary—and it will be even less scary if extended to an entire TV series.

But this is merely a trailer, and there’s no reason to believe that somehow Wan, creator of The Conjuring universe and producer of Saw and Insidious franchises, has suddenly lost his touch. We’ll see when this show, which is clearly set during two summers in Hawaii, premieres October 15 on Amazon Prime.

I Saw What You Did Last Summer stars Madison Iseman, Bill Heck, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, and Brooke Bloom.


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The Wheel of Time Season 2 Recasts a Major Role

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His Dark Materials

Deadline reports Sian Clifford (Fleabag) and Jonathan Aris (Sherlock) have joined the cast of His Dark Materials’ third season as Agent Salmakia and Commander Roke, respectively—both “Gallivespian Spies: tiny humanoids who evolved in their native universe’s earth.”

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Star Trek: Lower Decks

Jeffrey Combs returns to the Star Trek franchise as Agimus, an evil computer, in the trailer for “Where Pleasant Fountains Lie” — this week’s episode of Lower Decks.

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Last Light

Spoiler TV also reports Matthew Fox and Joanne Froggatt will star in Peacock’s Last Light, a “5-episode limited drama thriller series” based on Alex Scarrow’s international best-selling novel, which tells the story of “a family fighting to survive in a world that has been suddenly thrown into chaos” after the world’s oil supply is exhausted.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi

Ewan McGregor revealed to Deadline that filming has wrapped on the Obi-Wan Kenobi series at Disney+.

We finished shooting our series, and it was really, really good fun. I really enjoyed working with [director/executive producer] Deborah Chow, and I think it will not disappoint. The new technology that we employed doing it is cool, and it was a different experience than making the original three films that I did.

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Doom Patrol

Michelle Gomez discussed Madame Rouge’s character arc with Den of Geek.

I think she’s like the other characters in that she has a journey through discovery. She’s finding out things about herself that may or may not be things she can live with. I can’t really say more than that, but it’s similar to the other regulars in the show, and where they’re having to live with themselves. And how do you do that, when some of it is pretty dark and at times unacceptable? And how do you decide to move forward? And so that’s in there for her, too. And it’s a pretty crazy ride that she goes on, not just for herself but with the others as well.

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Evil

The IRS investigates Team Evil in the synopsis for next week’s episode, “I Is for IRS.

The IRS taps the team to investigate the legitimacy of a new organization seeking religious status for tax exemption.

Written by: Dewayne Darian Jones

Directed by: Nelson McCormick

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Y: The Last Man

Tensions flare at PriceMax in Spoiler TV’s synopsis for “Ready. Aim. Fire.” — the October 18 episode of Y: The Last Man. Here’s our recap of the latest in case you missed it.

Tensions at the PriceMax spiral out of control. Hero and Sam pass the point of no return. Nora uncovers dangerous secrets. Written by: Coleman Herbert, Directed by: Karena Evans

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Peacemaker

A trailer for HBO Max’s Fall schedule includes the first released footage from the Peacemaker TV series.


Batwoman

Finally, The Mad Hatter (a Mad Hatter?) comes to Gotham in a new trailer for Batwoman’s third season.


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Paranormal Activity’s Latest Trailer Makes Us Sorta Interested in the Series Again

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin First Trailer Paramount+

The 2007 original reminded Hollywood—much like its spiritual predecessor, The Blair Witch Project—that found-footage horror movies with tiny budgets are fully capable of terrifying audiences and raking in huge profits. So it’s no surprise that all that talk back in 2015 about how the Paranormal Activity series was going to put its camcorder back on the shelf and not “grind this horror franchise into the ground” (as producer Jason Blum said then) after The Ghost Dimension was just talk. Paranormal Activity is a highly lucrative series and you had to assume it’d be back eventually; in July, Blum walked back his earlier comments when discussing this new film, saying “I really encouraged all the creative people involved to think of something new… I thought if you were going to re-do it, you better really re-do it, not try and expand what we did all those years ago.”

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So here we are with the first trailer. It looks like Next of Kin is adding some kind of cult element—at first it looks like the story might be set in the past, but then you remember this is a found-footage movie, so unless there’s a time-travel element the story has to take place in a time when portable cameras are easily accessible. Also the protagonist (Emily Bader) shows up right away, and she appears to be a contemporary character paying a visit to her old-fashioned relatives, whose ways look to perhaps travel down a Wicker Man/Midsommar/human sacrifice/”don’t feed us after dark” sort of path.

Next of Kin also stars Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert, and Henry Ayers-Brown; it’s directed by William Eubank (The Signal, Underwater) and written by Paranormal Activity series veteran Christopher Landon, who also co-wrote and directed the recent serial killer body-swap movie Freaky.

Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin premieres exclusively on Paramount+ October 29. Will you be adding it to your Halloween movie queue?


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Captain America’s Anthony Mackie Will Star in a Twisted Metal TV Series


Titane

Bloody-Disgusting has a new poster for Titane— Julia Ducournau’s follow-up to Raw.

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Two Witches

A witch tries to initiate her granddaughter in a spooky clip from Two Witches, premiering at the Sitges Film Festival this fall.


Devil in Ohio

Emily Deschanel, Sam Jaeger, Gerardo Celasco, Madeleine Arthur, Xaria Dotson, Alisha Newton, and Naomi Tan will star in Netflix’s adaptation of Daria Polatin’s novel Devil in Ohio, about a hospital psychiatrist (Deschanel) sheltering a mysterious cult escapee. John Fawcett, Brad Anderson, Leslie Hope, and Steve Adelson are attached to direct. [THR]

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Muppets Haunted Mansion

Yvette Nicole Brown, John Stamos, and Kim Irvine will cameo alongside Darren Criss, the late Ed Asner, Jeannie Mai, Danny Trejo, Chrissy Metz, Sasheer Zamata, Alfonso Riberio, Pat Sajak, Skai Jackson, Geoff Keighley, Justina Machado, and Craig Robinson in Muppets Haunted Mansion.

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The Outpost

TV Line reports the CW has canceled The Outpost after four seasons. A series finale is scheduled to air Thursday, October 7.

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Evil

The team reopens their investigation into the RSM Fertility clinic in the synopsis for “O Is for Ovaphobia,this week’s episode of Evil.

Ben, David, and Kristen investigate the RSM Fertility clinic – since so many of their past cases have led back to the ominous clinic.

Written by: Aurin Squire

Directed by: Stacey K. Black

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American Horror Story: Double Feature

Spoiler TV also has a synopsis for “Take Me To Your Leader, the premiere episode of American Horror Story: Double Feature’s second half.

A group of college students on a camping trip are swept up in a horrifying and deadly conspiracy decades in the making. Written by Brad Falchuk & Kristen Reidel & Manny Coto; directed by Max Winkler.

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Batwoman

Alice enters an uneasy alliance in a quick teaser for Batwoman’s third season.


Riverdale

The Mothman portends tragedy at the palladium mine in the trailer for next week’s episode of Riverdale, “Dance of Death.” He’s probably right.


I Know What You Did Last Summer

Finally, Amazon has released a trailer for its new I Know What You Did Last Summer TV series.


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Last Night in Soho’s Latest Trailer Reveals a Ghostly Time-Travel Murder Mystery

New Last Night In Soho Trailer: Edgar Wright’s Ghost Story

Previous trailers have certainly hinted at something nefarious about Matt Smith’s (Doctor Who) character, but here, the trailer strongly suggests he kills Taylor-Joy’s character in the 1960s and McKenzie’s character finds out. Fast-forward to today, Smith’s character is now played by Chancellor Valorum himself, Terrence Stamp, and the young woman is trying to bring a murder to justice decades later.

So is Last Night in Soho about about a ghost contacting a girl through her dreams, to help her bring her murderer to justice? A time travel-ghost story-murder mystery? It sure seems like it. But there’s no way the trailer would show everything and we have to imagine there’s more to it than that. As for what? We’ll find out soon enough.

Last Night in Soho recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival where reviews were generally positive. That just gets us more excited to see what the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Baby Driver, The Sparks Brothers, and Spaced has ready for audiences next.

Co-written by Krysty Wilson-Cairns, Last Night in Soho opens in theaters only October 29.


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