Get ready to be absolutely terrified when Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark arrives on Digital October 22 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack plus Blu-ray and Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack plus DVD and Digital, DVD, and On Demand November 5 from global content leader Lionsgate. The highly anticipated film adaptation of the iconic book series brings the thrills and chills of some of Alvin Schwartz's scariest stories to life.
It's 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind...but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley, where for generationsthe shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time. For a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying home, the stories become all too real in this spine-tingling film.
Take home Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and immerse yourself in the terrifying world with exclusive special features, including six featurettes on the 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital releases and two featurettes on the DVD looking at the development of the creepiest creatures in the film, as well as the process of taking these classic tales from page to screen! Experience four times the resolution of full HD with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, which includes Dolby Vision, bringing entertainment to life through ultra-vivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.
The Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.
Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark 4K Ultra HD/ Blu-ray / Digital Special Features• "The Bellows Construct" Featurette• "Creature from the Shadows" Featurette• "Mood Reels" Featurette• "Behind-the-Scenes Trailers: Set Visits" Featurette• "Dark Tales" Featurette• "Retro Horror" Featurette
From director and writer Josh Hasty, the new Fall season slasher flick Candy Corn makes for a fun Halloween treat. Set on the October holiday and featuring several familiar faces from popular slasher movies from the past, the movie is clearly a love letter to some of our favorites from the genre dating back to the '70s and '80s. At a time when the horror genre is filled with nonstop reboots, prequels, sequels, and re-imaginings, it's always great when an entertaining original movie enters the scene, and that certainly applies to the fun popcorn flick that is Candy Corn.
Like every truly great slasher movie, the plot for Candy Corn is fairly simplistic, focusing on a paranormal murderer seeking vengeance on a small town on Halloween night. It follows social outcast Jacob Adkins, who has been made the target of a group of bullies for some good old-fashioned hazing. Picking on Jacob has become a bit of an annual tradition for the young punks, who decide to prank the boy one last time at a visiting freakshow. The bullies take things too far by inadvertently killing Jacob, who's soon afterward resurrected to carry out bloody revenge against those who'd been picking on him every year.
Candy Corn boasts some pretty awesome names in its cast, featuring some familiar horror stars like P.J. Soles Halloween, Carrie, Tony Todd Candyman, Final Destination, Courtney Gains Children of the Corn, The 'Burbs, and Pancho Moler 31, 3 from Hell. Sky Elobar, Jaime Gallagher, Caleb Thomas, Madison Russ, Justin Mabry, and Jimothy Beckholt also star. Moler in particularly really shines in Candy Corn as freakshow ringmaster Dr. Death. Through his performance, you really get the sense that the "doctor" really cares for the members of his traveling sideshow, and it's not terribly difficult to understand his motivations for his part in resurrecting Jacob Adkins.
Great cast aside, the kills might be what matters most when it comes to these kinds of horror movies. Fortunately, this is where Candy Corn shines brightest, as the movie delivers with unique and gory kill sequences. As Jacob decimates the bullies who've wronged him one by one, slasher flick fans who signed up for bloody violence will surely be entertained. Without spoiling them here, some of these kills just really have to be seen to be believed, but trust me - they're amazing. As mostly practical effects are used for the murders in the movie, they all look fantastic and really well-done as well. It also certainly helps that the excellent score is reminiscent of classic John Carpenter movies, further adding to that classic slasher movie vibe.
As a refreshing return to the classic slasher movie format of years gone by, I thoroughly enjoyed my time watching the new horror flick. It also comes at the perfect time as we head into this year's Halloween season. Other big fans of the genre should check it out too, and hopefully we'll be seeing similar projects in the future from Hasty. Candy Corn is now available on Blu-ray and VOD outlets! Candy Corn comes to us from Epic Pictures.
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Any horror fans, specifically big Stephen King fans, looking to make a little extra cash this Halloween season will want to pay attention here. Dish, a satellite TV company in the U.S., is looking for someone to binge 13 Stephen King movies in a row and document the experience. This person, for their troubles, will be rewarded with, amongst other things, a cool $1,300.
Anyone who wishes to apply for the gig is free to do so. A simple entry form needs to be filled out and, in 200 words or less, the applicant must explain why they should be picked for the job. The winner will need to document the entire experience. Their heart rate, jump scares, who joined in on the experience, general thoughts. Everything. Dish is even providing a worksheet to make sure the bases are covered. Per the contest's official webpage, here's what they're looking for.
"The ideal candidate has to be detail-oriented enough to track their experience. They could even share their scares on social media and vlog every time they jump out of their seats. No degree is necessary, nor will a drug test or background check be performed; however, applicants must be 18 years or older and a US citizen or permanent resident to apply. Tell us why you're the perfect victim and what you hope to gain from this experience aside from the $1,300, of course, and this dream, or nightmare, job could be yours!"
More than 50 of Stephen King's works have been turned into movies over the years. Dish has narrowed the list down to 13 for the purposes of this endeavor. The list includes Carrie original or remake, Children of the Corn, Christine, Creepshow, Cujo, Dreamcatcher, IT original or remake, The Mist, Pet Sematary original or remake, Salem's Lot, The Shining, Thinner and Misery. Dish will provide the chosen individual with access to all 13 movies, just to make things a bit easier and more convenient.
Stephen King, since very early on in his career, has been considered a horror master and has conquered virtually every medium there is. In recent years, the in-demand brand, thanks to the success of IT, which went on to become the highest-grossing horror movie ever, and now IT Chapter Two, which is also raking in the dough. As such, this contest makes a great deal of sense.
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Dish, in addition to the money, is throwing in a flashlight, blanket, popcorn, candy, and some Stephen King paraphernalia and a Fitbit to track the winner's heart rate during the experience, as well as a movie theater gift card, which they recommend using to see IT Chapter Two or the upcoming sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep. This is in addition to the $1,300 cash. Those who wish to apply can do so by heading on over to USDish.com.
Jamie Lee Curtis has given us some idea of what to expect from Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends. Given the success of 2018's Halloween, Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures hatched an ambitious plan to shoot two more movies in the series, which will provide a definitive end to this version of the franchise. Now, we have a better idea of what these next two big screen encounters with Michael Myers will look like.
Laurie Strode herself, Jamie Lee Curtis, has been making the rounds promoting her latest movie Knives Out. During a recent interview, she explained how director David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride are approaching the next two stories. Halloween Kills will be an examination of how the events of Michael Myers' murders in 1978 affected everyone involved, whereas Halloween Ends will be a cultural examination of violence. Here's what Curtis had to say about it.
"What I love that David and Danny and company did is they connected the dots for forty years, now they're going back to really unpack the first movie, bringing back all those characters whose lives were affected by what happened in 1978... And then the last movie is the sort of cultural phenomenon of violence, that's what the third movie ultimately is, a very powerful examination of violence. It comes at it from a slightly different way. You'll like it.... If you believe in me at all, I promise you what David Gordon Green has come up with as a way to complete this trilogy is sensational."
Several familiar faces, aside from Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, will be appearing in Halloween Kills. This includes Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace, the kid Laurie was babysitting. Anthony Michael Hall will play Tommy Doyle, the other kid Laurie was watching in John Carpenter's original horror classic. Robert Longstreet will portray bully Lonnie Elam as well.
As for Halloween Ends, it's been promised that this will conclude this iteration of the series. Obviously, Jamie Lee Curtis can't say much about that, given that the first sequel won't arrive until next year. Speaking a bit further, the actress discussed why she was excited to return in last year's Halloween, and why it worked so well.
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"I didn't go into it because I got to kick Michael's bottom. I was particularly drawn because it was a movie about trauma. We have horror movies that are horrific and we have these horrific events take place, but we leave the movie theater and then we complain that the dishwasher doesn't work. The trauma that occurs for these character for forty years, I felt was very important that David understood that and was really giving Laurie great honor to acknowledge that her experience of her life was very challenged. And then kick his ass. And then you realize that it, in fact, was all like a spider's web, but in order to go to the spider's web, you also had to see the fragile person. And I was grateful that that was the angel. I think that if from the opening section I was kicking butt, it wouldn't have had the emotional reaction that people actually had."
David Gordon Green is back to direct the next two sequels. Halloween Kills will shoot first for a scheduled release on October 16, 2020. Halloween Ends will shoot right after and will hit theaters a year later on October 15, 2021. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the sequels are made available. This news comes to us via Collider.
Though masked killer Michael Myers will be sitting out this October 31, next year we’ll be getting “Halloween Kills” in the fall, followed by “Halloween Ends” in 2021. In a recent conversation with Collider, franchise star Jamie Lee Curtis, who will reprise her iconic role of Laurie Strode, spoke about what we can expect from the upcoming films, directed by David Gordon Green his last, according to the filmmaker.
“The ass-kicking part is the fan-favorite part, but from my standpoint, I didn't go into it because I got to kick Michael's bottom. I was particularly drawn because it was a movie about trauma,” said Curtis. “We have horror movies that are horrific and we have these horrific events take place, but we leave the movie theater and then we complain that the dishwasher doesn't work. The trauma that occurs for these character for forty years, I felt was very important that David understood that and was really giving Laurie great honor to acknowledge that her experience of her life was very challenged.”
The most recent film had Michael Myers seeming to survive a house fire at the hands of Strode. Green and screenwriter Danny McBride's “Halloween” — co-written by Jeff Fradley — brought Michael Myers back into the good graces of both critics and audiences in 2018, earning positive reviews and racking in a scary-good $255 million globally off a $10 million budget. This 2018 version served as a direct sequel to John Carpenter's 1978 classic, ignoring the many sequels and remakes in between.
Curtis went on to say that she will, indeed, kick Myers’ ass. “You realize that it, in fact, was all like a spider's web, but in order to go to the spider's web, you also had to see the fragile person. And I was grateful that that was the angle. I think that if from the opening section I was kicking butt, it wouldn't have had the emotional reaction that people actually had,” the actress said.
Curtis said that Michael C. Hall and Kyle Richards will both be reprising fan-favorite roles. “What I love that David and Danny and company did is they connected the dots for 40 years,” she said. “Now they're going back to really unpack the first movie, bringing back all those characters whose lives were affected by what happened in 1978.”
Series maestro John Carpenter recently said that these upcoming “Halloween” films probably won’t be the last, even if they do finally put an end to the Laurie Strode/Michael Myers story.
Robert Longstreet has been cast as the grown-up Lonnie Elam in Halloween Kills. Blumhouse has been spared no time in getting the sequel prepared for production as the casting process continues. Lonnie Elam was originally played by Brent Le Page, and first appeared in John Carpenter's original Halloween as a school bully of Tommy Doyle. 2018's Halloween saw Lonnie's son Cameron, played by Dylan Arnold, enter the franchise, which has erased everything that came after the 1978 original. It is unclear how Longstreet's version of Lonnie will fit into the plot of the upcoming sequel.
Lonnie Elam isn't the only character returning from John Carpenter's 1978 slasher classic. It was announced a few weeks ago that Anthony Michael Hall will be portraying Tommy Doyle in Halloween Kills, a role that was originally played by Brian Andrews. Doyle showed up a few more times in the franchise, with Paul Rudd taking on the role in 1995's Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Some Halloween fans are angry over this casting decision and have started a petition to get Andrews on board to replace Hall. As of this writing, 399 people have signed the petition.
1978 Halloween character Lindsey Wallace is also back for Halloween Kills. However, this casting is different because original actress Kyle Richards is coming back to reprise her role. She is perhaps better-known today as one of the main cast members on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Wallace was one of the children that Laurie Strode babysat in the original movie along with Tommy Doyle. It's unclear why Blumhouse has chosen to bring Richards back as Wallace, but not Brian Andrews as Doyle.
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Jibrail Nantambu has also revealed that he will be reprising his role as Julian from 2018's Halloween. His character survived after Michael Myers murdered his babysitter and her boyfriend. Nantambu's role in the movie has been regarded as one of the best things about the sequel, so it's nice to hear that he survived and will be coming back with some more humorous dialogue. John Carpenter will be back to serve as executive producer on Halloween Kills and will provide a new score too. The horror icon says that the franchise will likely continue as long as there is still money to be made.
We'll get a look at Robert Longstreet when Halloween Kills hits theaters on October 16th, 2020 and Halloween Ends following on October 15th, 2021. While John Carpenter thinks that the franchise will more than likely move on at some point after 2021, it might not be with Blumhouse and David Gordon Green. For now, the studio seems intent to end everything with a proper trio of new movies and horror fans are wondering exactly what that will entail. Regardless, for the second installment, they're going with a lot of familiar characters from the original, who could be some fresh kills. We'll just have to wait and see. The Robert Longstreet casting news was first reported by Bloody Disgusting.