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We’ll start off with the bad news and end on a high note with these news pieces.

Skyline Sequel

Anyone who saw the 2010 alien invasion film Skyline will probably have many criticisms of their own to share in a discussion about the movie. I for one actually enjoyed most of the film, although the first half was definitely more enjoyable before we saw the aliens, I didn’t think the second half was a total loss. That was until the ending, that just did it for me, that end scene in itself just destroyed the entire rest of the film. Unless the film makers were on to the idea of a sequel already and thought that the end scene of the main male protagonist being an alien himself would lead on to it, then there doesn’t really need to be that scene included in the film. It just seemed to ruin what wasn’t, to me, an entirely horrible sci-fi film. Well now a second Skyline film is in the works, titled Beyond Skyline, and is to be directed by Liam O’Donnell (who wrote and produced the first film). All we have been given at the moment is a poster that appears to change the colour scheme from blue to orange, and the hint that humans and aliens (or at least some of them) are going to be working together.

Estimated release date: Not Yet Known

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Dracula: Untold

That’s right, there is another film based on one of the most famous monsters in literature and movies, the prince of darkness himself…Dracula. There have been many adaptations of Bram Stoker’s world-famous novel, from Christopher Lee’s portrayal in Hammer Horror’s 1958 version, to Gary Oldman’s take in 1992. However this new creation by Gary Shore is looking to take a different approach to the story, by telling the tale of how the beast was created. The talented Luke Evans (The Raven/The Hobbit/The Great Train Robbery) takes the role of Dracula with Dominic Cooper supporting, and just from the trailer it appears that an entire new story for the monster’s history is going to be created which weaves in the Vlad the Impaler influence, and that is not a bad thing. Whilst the book was incredible, what was really missing from it was a back-story for the creature himself; and Dracula: Untold looks like it is going to give that story. What it really was, other than it being a film about Dracula and starring Luke Evans, that drew me in is that the story seems to show him when he was a good man, and all he wanted to do was protect the ones he loved. However to gain the powers to protect them, he must sacrifice his own soul.

Estimated Release Date: October 3rd

Annabelle

Most horror fans will, at least by now, know the story of the evil Annabelle doll that paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren had to take care of in 1970. Well ever since her appearance in The Conjuring it was said that a spin-off film called ‘Annabelle’ was in the works; and now we have a trailer. Although only a teaser and 2:18 long, it brings back all the creepy vibes which James Wan created in The Conjuring, and although there is a Conjuring sequel in the pipe-line, The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist, Annabelle should definitely hold fans over until it is released. The trailer appears to show the doll up to its old tricks with an unsuspecting couple who purchase her, and then learn the hard way the darkness that this doll holds. Annabelle is looking to be one of the best horror releases in 2014.

Estimated Release Date: October 10th

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I Spit On Your Grave 3

Most horror fans will know of the 1978 controversial film ‘I Spit On Your Grave’, and the 2010 remake which wasn’t a total disaster. You may have even seen the tedious sequel to the remake which was basically the first film all over again. Well to all those fans who are still, for some reason, eager for more, plans have been put in place for a ‘I Spit On Your Grave 3’ film. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for women empowerment and I loved the original and the remake – to an extent. But nothing new is being brought to the table, it is the exact same story being repeated again. When viewing the sequel, yes it was shocking, but all the way through you knew what was coming because it had just happened in the remake. Perhaps the film makers will make the story different from the first two, because they really need to be more focused on entertaining their audience rather than just shocking them. It is not yet known whether Steven R. Monroe – director of the first two – is returning to helm the third film.

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V/H/S 3

In my opinion the best found-footage franchise is definitely the REC films, but following not far behind is the V/H/S franchise. There is just something about the V/H/S films that really made me enjoy them, perhaps it is because I have a soft spot for hand-held cameras. But what really captures my enjoyment are the separate stories portrayed, it means you get to enjoy maybe four or five films in 2 hours. What V/H/S did wrong V/H/S 2 improved upon greatly, and left you eager for another. Thankfully the time has come for the next instalment with V/H/S Viral. A whole host of directors are on board to deliver this third helping of anthology terror, and as the title suggests, this time it goes viral. At the moment what we know is that, as the title suggests, it will centre more around videos on the internet rather than actual VHS tapes; perhaps to appeal to today’s audience more. From the trailer V/H/S Viral does not look set to disappoint, and will hopefully sit nicely as the best in the franchise. The anthology genre is not dead.

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REC 4: Apocalypse Trailer

Without a doubt the Spanish REC franchise is one of the best that has been in the horror genre in recent years; and it seems ages since the slightly less enjoyable third installment, REC 3: Genesis, came out. So for those of you, like me, waiting on the news front for something on part 4, prepare to get excited because the official trailer for REC 4: Apocalypse has now been released.

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Juame Balaguero (REC/REC 2) is back in the director’s chair again to helm the film, and the story line – to the joy of most fans – is going to stick more to what we saw in the first two films. The plot is set after the second, once again Manuela Velasco is reprising her role as the TV reporter Angela as she has just been evacuated out of the building where the first two films took place. From the trailer all we can really tell at the moment is that it is primarily based on a ship, and just when they thought the virus was contained, all hell breaks loose once again.

I for one am extremely excited for part 4, as the REC series ticks all of the boxes on my horror film list: hand-held camera, great effects, big scares and zombies (sort of). Hopefully with Balaguero back behind the lens REC 4: Apocalypse should be a great addition to the franchise.

REC 4: Apocalypse is set for cinema release on 31st October 2014 in Spain; the release date for the UK is not yet known.

The Green Inferno New Trailer

Finally we have a short trailer for Eli Roth’s upcoming cannibal horror film ‘The Green Inferno’.

Eli Roth’s horror career has definitely has its ups and downs, with his magnificent ‘Hostel’ franchise and the poor ‘The Last Exorcism’ film. Now it seems about time for Mr. Roth to deliver another enjoyable splatter-fest; and that will hopefully be in the form of his upcoming cannibal film.

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Due to the anticipation that this movie is gaining, the release of a trailer should get fans even more excited. However I found that the recently released 1:13 long trailer failed to dazzle; although the scene that we were looking at seemed like a good one, that was all that was shown in the trailer. Just one scene, where we couldn’t actually view what was happening. The plot entails a group who crash-land and are kidnapped by the very tribes they were trying to protect; I just wish it would have shown some form of that story in the trailer because it sounds so good.

Saying that, it didn’t make me think any different about the film, so at least nothing was ruined. Stepping away from the bad, what I did enjoy was one part of the trailer, when a fact shows up on the screen about the tribes people in the film. Apparently they are an actual native tribe from Peru, who have never been filmed before. Luckily that little bit of info was at the of the trailer, so it concluded on a high note.

The Green Inferno is out 5th September (USA)/Not Yet Known (UK)

The Last of Us Film

Any gaming and horror fans out there will most likely have heard about, seen or played the 2013 infectious – literally – survival video game ‘The Last of Us’.

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Right from the mournful beginning to the unexpected end, the game kept players gripped to their screens as they attempted to survive in a world that has been overrun with an infection which turns people into killing machines. The Last of Us offered a lot more than just going around and shooting zombies though, it made the player use skills such as stealth to try to get past, but generally kill, the infected; and on occasions humans. You got to play as Joel – voiced by Troy Baker – whose main goal was protecting Ellie – voiced by Ashley Johnson – a 14 girl who just might be the answer to curing the disease. However as we know with these games, it is never going to be a walk in the park.

Well fans out there will be pleased to hear that plans have been set in motion to create a The Last of Us film. I for one am very excited about this because I think, if they stick to the storyline, it could offer something completely different to what has been seen in the zombie genre in the past years. Although I do love zombie films, at the moment they have been done to death, and are getting slightly repetitive.

Not much is known as of yet about the motion-picture, only that the game’s creative director Neil Druckmann will be writing the script, Screen Gems will be distributing it and the great Sam Raimi (director of the Evil Dead trilogy) is attached to the project.

With The Walking Dead taking the undead reins on TV, we need them to be taken once more for film.

Rob Zombie Working on Charles Manson Series

All you horror fans out there might have heard recently that Rob Zombie will be making his return to the horror genre very soon, with an – at the moment – unnamed film. To me this was quite an odd statement to make, mainly because I never thought he had left the genre; as his film ‘The Lords of Salem’ only came out two years ago. That being said the director has the horror fan-base in quite a stir for what he has in store for us next.

Zombie’s directorial career has had some incredible highs, but also a few lows. His début 2003 film ‘The House of 1000 Corpses’, and its sequel ‘ The Devil’s Rejects’ were definitely the high points; they were so enjoyable and grotesque at the same time. However his remakes of the first two ‘Halloween’ films were not so great, it wasn’t that they were bad horror films it was that he added so much and also took so much away, that they were nothing like the originals. He really didn’t do justice to John Carpenter’s masterpiece’s.

But enough of the past talk though, here is the new big news. Although we don’t know what film Zombie will be working on next, we do know that he is working on a TV series about one of the most notorious serial killers of all time – Charles Manson. The other big news is that he is going to be working on the series with the author of ‘American Psycho’ – the book about a man who works on wall street and in his spare time murders, mutilates, tortures and sometimes devours his friends and colleagues – ‘Bret Easton Ellis’.

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At the moment not much is known about the show, only that it will follow Manson and his gang as they committed some of the most violent crimes in history. It is said that the viewpoints will change, so it is likely that we will see the point-of-view of the victims at some stages as well. It will be interesting to see how this horror pair show what they want in the series, but at the same time show sympathy towards the people who were killed; one being Sharon Tate, the actress and pregnant wife of acclaimed director Roman Polanski.

It sounds like it will be a great return for Rob Zombie.

Goosebumps Feature Film

We all remember scaring ourselves when we were younger don’t we; you’d stay up past your bed time under the covers, and with the help of a torch you would scare yourself silly by reading a Goosebumps novel.

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I’m not going to talk too much more about the books because I have already done a post on them. However there is some great news for horror fans out there; you may have already heard that there is a Goosebumps movie in the works, but only recently has the news been broken that actor/musician Jack Black will be portraying the lead role for the film. This gets me really excited. To me the Goosebumps books were never just straight up horror, they had a certain colourfully-kooky quality to them, and I think Black will fit right in to that theme.

The plot for the untitled film will not come straight from one of R. L. Stine’s books, it is going to be based around a writer called Mr. Shivers who writes the same types of books as Stine; his creations are literally going to leap off the pages as they reap havoc and he has to hide from them. Can’t you just see it now, Jack Black playing a wacky horror author who must battle against his own marvellous monsters.

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The story is not going to focus on one monster from the Goosebumps books, but rather a whole handful of those creepy creatures which are getting set to scare Black Senseless.

The fact that it is going to be a bunch of Stine’s best creations has got me more excited.