Last Week in Horror News: March 8th to the 15th

Posted by Peter Hall - March 15th 2009 @ 10:49 am

Theatrical Trailers and Clips

Studio News and Attachments

  • RIDDICK – Vin Diesel says David Twohy is currently writing the script for a new, smaller entry in the CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK.  This one will be more of a Rambo vs. Aliens in space.
  • THE STRANGERS 2 – Commercial Euro director Laurent Briet is close to closing the deal on directing the sequel, which takes place in a, ugh, trailer park and was written by creator Bryan Bertino.


  • PUPPETMASTER – Charles Band is apparently trying to drum up talk of a remake of PUPPETMASTER in 3-D.  No one cares.
  • IT – Warner Brothers is backing a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT to be written by Dave Kajganich, who wrote THE INVASION and is, according to the article, also writing  a PET SEMETARY remake.

Indie, Foreign and Random News

  • Alex Proyas – Really hates 20th Century Fox.  If you’ll recall, Proyas was knocked about during the production of I, ROBOT at Fox and in a recent interview to promote KNOWING he told CHUD of how he warns other filmmakers away from the studio.
  • Saturn Award Nominees – Looking for a laugh?  Click on over to read the list of nominees.  It’s cool, THE RUINS isn’t up for Best Horror Film, but THE HAPPENING, HELLBOY 2, and THE MUMMY 3 are.

Non-Theatrical Trailers and Clips

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  1. March 16th, 2009 | 7:22 pm | #1

    Caught a work-in-progress screening of Drag Me To Hell in Austin here last night. Then I watched the trailer.

    The trailer’s kinda awful, I think, and really fails to capture the tone of the film, which was totally, completely awesome. I know that a first-screening crowd with the director in attendance isn’t the most unbiased context to see a film in, but it’s a really, really fun horror film, with genuinely scary moments side-by-side (or sometimes surrounding) genuinely funny moments. There are also a number of jump scares that pay off in ratcheting up the tension.

    There are some minor quibbles – a few things are a little too goofy, for example. And there’s a tone within the dramatic narrative stuff (the promotion) that’s a little unsubtle and over-the-top in a way that might turn some people off, but that I think really works for the film. Raimi clearly set out to live up to his film’s title, in all its semi-silly, semi-terrifying raucous splendor.

  2. March 16th, 2009 | 8:52 pm | #2

    Thanks for the heads up, star. I know a couple other people who were at that screening and I’ve heard nothing but good things.

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