The Last Horror Blog: ‘It’ Sequel,’ ‘Found Footage 3D,’ ‘The Ritual’ and More


It sequel locks down a release date – New Line’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It is still kicking all kinds of butt at the box office, but many of us have been wondering when we’ll actually get to see the second film in the series. Well, wonder no more.

Mark your calendars for September 6, 2019 – because that’s the date when the Losers Club reunites to do battle with Pennywise the Dancing Clown with the hopes of ending his reign of terror once and for all. That seems so far away…

Andy Muschietti will return to helm the second film, which will find the kids returning to Derry as adults. The child actors from the first film will also be making a return, which is great news since they were all excellent. Muschietti also added that Mike Hanlon (the lone loser who stays behind in the town of Derry in adulthood) will be portrayed differently than he is in King’s novel. We’re not sure what that means, exactly, but I’m just gonna trust that any changes will be for the good.

Found Footage 3D headed to Shudder in October – If you’re not subscribed to Shudder – the video streaming service that is essentially the Netflix of horror – you’re missing out. The company offers up tons of great movies every month for a very affordable price. Many times, these are films you can’t see anywhere else.

Take next month’s addition of Found Footage 3D as proof. In the spirit of full disclosure, my pal and colleague, film critic Scott Weinberg, was involved in the production of this feature – but that’s hardly the only reason we’re excited to see it. Judging from the trailer, it looks really good. Here’s what it’s about:

A group of filmmakers sets out to make the first 3D found footage horror movie, but find themselves IN a found footage horror movie when the evil entity from their film escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.

The film’s been a hit at festivals, but next month marks the first time audiences will be able to see it without traveling to a theater. Go subscribe to Shudder now – you’ll not only get to see this title, but a bunch of other great horror films, both new and old.

Teaser trailers for The Ritual will make you reconsider a vacation in the woods – Netflix has acquired the rights to David Bruckner’s The Ritual – a new feature that generated some buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival. The tale of four friends who run afoul of something ominous in the woods is based on a very entertaining Adam Nevill novel, and will actually open in the UK and Ireland on October 13 (no word yet on the Netflix debut…)

In preparation, here are two new teasers for the feature. Enjoy.

Better Watch Out trailer promises holiday horror…in October – If you’re like me, you’re probably annoyed by what I call “holiday creep.” This is the practice where retailers and the masses start Christmas season earlier and earlier each year. We’ve now reached a point where people are starting with Christmas stuff before Halloween.

Case in point? Better Watch Out. This holiday-themed fright flick is debuting on October 6. Christmas in October? Has the whole world gone mad? Can’t we just enjoy Halloween? Ah, well, at least it’s a horror movie… check out the details below.

When you think of the suburbs, you think safety; but this holiday night the suburbs are anything but safe. Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) thought this babysitting job was going to be an easy one, but the night takes a turn when dangerous intruders break in and terrorize her and the twelve-year-old boy, Luke (Levi Miller), she’s caring for. Ashley defends her charge to the best of her ability, only to discover this is no normal home invasion.

Horror on the Horizon

Horror fans should be excited as we head into the start of October – because after a long wait, horror movie season is finally back.

September 29 brought us one new title – the remake of Flatliners. The original Flatliners was a pretty big hit, mostly because it had a hot young cast with Kiefer Sutherland headlining. The remake also features some big names (including a returning Sutherland), like Ellen Page and Rogue One’s Diego Luna. Will this be a remake that surpasses the original? I wouldn’t bet on that – but it should at least introduce a new generation of horror fans to the dangers of playing God and trying to cheat death.

October is packed with horror releases this year, but the first week of the month is a bit slow. The biggest title this week isn’t a horror film, but will surely appeal to horror fans – Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 opens wide on Friday, promising more replicant action and moody cyber-noir visuals. Don’t believe me? Check out that trailer.

Netflix doesn’t want to miss out on the action, so they’ve released Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game on the streaming service. I’ve always found Gerald’s Game to be one of the lesser King novels, but Flanagan is one of the most exciting young horror directors in the game – so this is going to be one to watch.

Dementia 13 also opened last week, albeit in limited release – it’s a remake of director Francis Ford Coppola’s first feature film. If it’s not showing in your market, it’s slated to hit VOD on October 10.

Horror on Home Video

Hope your wallet’s ready for the onslaught of titles coming out – it’s a bloodbath in the best way possible.

Last Friday, October 3, brought us the newest installment of the Child’s Play franchise, when everyone’s favorite serial killer doll returned in Cult of Chucky.

A killer cult holds a family hostage in Jackals, which also debuted thiis past Friday, alongside the critically acclaimed A Ghost Story, and new Blu-ray discs of cult classic 976-Evil and the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

October 10 has fewer titles (including the release of this summer’s Open Water 3: Cage Dive), but one of them is a huge one.

After years of waiting, audiences will finally be able to see the Dowdle brothers’ found footage film The Poughkeepsie Tapes. Shelved years ago and held in limbo for what seems like eternity, this faux documentary chronicles the work of a demented serial killer and is filled with some genuinely creepy scenes.

The movie has been floating around on the internet for years (which is where I saw it originally and fell in love with it), but now it will finally get a legit Blu-ray release. If you like found footage, you’ll want to check this one out.