Horror franchises never die, and if they do they can always come back from the dead. Take the Scream empire. A TV version has been on the air for three seasons now, but it’s been years — eight of them, in fact — since we’ve gotten a Scream movie. According to Bloody Disgusting, in a claim confirmed by Deadline, a fifth installment in the meta series is in the very early stages of development.
How early? The only news is that it will be a fifth Scream movie. There’s no word of who, if anyone, is coming back, among them perpetual “final girl” Neve Campbell, weirdly capable doofus deputy David Arquette, and egomaniacal but lovable gossip queen Courteney Cox. Or maybe they’ll clean house and start from scratch, then make a ton of references about reboots. Anything could happen!
Despite only birthing four films so far, plus that TV series, the Scream franchise has now been around as long as any of the horror classics they were endlessly referencing. The first Scream, made all the way back in 1996, introduced post-modernism to mainstream American horror, with characters raised on slashers yet for the most part unable to avoid being slashed. The series seemed to peter out by 2000’s Scream 3, only to return eleven years later for the hilariously grouchy Scream 4 — an autumnal get-off-my-lawn work that would also prove the swan song of the series’ creator, horror legend Wes Craven, who passed in 2015. Hopefully he’s not currently turning over in his grave.
We have a new trailer for A Nun's Curse from the folks at Uncork'd Entertainment. This is cut from the same cloth, albeit a much more cost-effective cloth, as The Conjuring universe movies, and effectively serves as a mockbuster version of The Nun, which was the highly successful 2018 Conjuring 2 spin-off. Inevitably, somebody decided to take a similar concept and apply to the low-budget horror flick model, and that person is filmmaker Tommy Faircloth Generation Ax, Dollface.
The trailer opens up with a shot of a girl being terrorized by a not-so-stealthy, creepy nun in her room. We then transition to a group of friends who are taking a little sojourn to check out an old, creepy convent, which looks like the kind of place that everyone except mischievous young people would avoid. We then come to learn about a mysterious figure named Sister Monday Felissa Rose who used to roam around these sacred grounds as a living being, and has now taken to haunting them. There is blood, screams and a particularly fitting tagline to boot.
It makes every bit of sense that this movie exists. The mockbuster movie business has been a staple of the industry for decades, and The Conjuring universe is about as big as it gets in the horror landscape these days. To date, the franchise, since the original was released in 2013, has grossed $1.9 billion at the global box office, with The Nun earning a series-best $363 million. If even the smallest fraction of that kind of success can be captured for a low-budget offering such as this, even if it's mostly out of morbid curiosity, why not?
It does serve as a decent reminder that The Nun 2 is currently in development. Akela Cooper Luke Cage was brought in by Warner Bros. to pen the screenplay in April 2019, but no official announcements have been made since then. It had previously been said that the sequel was expected to be the next Conjuring spin-off, but no release date has been set.
A Nun's Curse centers on a group of friends who take a weekend trip and are forced to seek shelter inside an abandoned prison. It just so happens that this is where a nun named Sister Monday had once been assigned. During her time there, the woman of faith was suspected of killing prisoners who were serving out their sentences. Before she could be questioned, she disappeared. This group of friends will be exposed to the terrifying truth as they wander the prison grounds.
The cast is led by Felissa Rose Sleepaway Camp, Silent Night as Sister Monday, with Damian Maffei The Strangers: Prey at Night and Gunner Willis The Resident also on board. A Nun's Curse is set to arrive on DVD and Digital on May 12 from Uncork'd Entertainment. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.