Adam Cesare’s Clown In A Cornfield Arrives This August

Adam Cesare’s upcoming book Clown in a Cornfield hits shelves August 25th, 2020. The book is being published through HarperTeen.

Temple Hill Entertainment (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Hate U Give) holds the rights to adapt the book. The film adaptation is in the works.

Synopsis

Quinn Maybrook and her father have moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs, to find a fresh start. But what they don’t know is that ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out as quick as they can. Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.

Cover Art by Matt Ryan Tobin

Cover Design by Jenna Stempel-Lobell

The dust jacket contains blurbs from Clive Barker, Madeleine Roux, Paul Tremblay, Stephen Graham Jones and Nick Antosca.

Amulet Hits Theaters And VOD This July

Magnet Releasing has acquired the North American rights to Amulet, a horror film that premiered in the Midnight section at Sundance this past year.

Amulet is the feature directorial debut of Romola Garai, an actress turned filmmaker, and it stars Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton and Angeliki Papoulia. Magnet will release the film in theaters and on demand on July 24.

Amulet is about Tomaz (Secareanu), a former soldier who is left homeless after an accident and takes refuge in the decaying home of Magda (Juri), a lonely young woman in desperate need of help as she cares for her ailing mother. At first hesitant, Magda soon welcomes Tomaz into their lives. But as he gets closer to and begins to fall for Magda, Tomaz notices strange and unexplainable phenomena. Something seems very wrong with the mysterious old woman who never leaves the top floor, and Tomaz begins to suspect that Magda may in fact be a prisoner to her otherworldly bidding.

Ben Rood’s Don’t Run Now On Prime Video

Peter was afraid to leave his house until fear hit home.

From director Ben Rood comes Don’t Run, a horror-fantasy born from childhood nightmare. The film is now available on Amazon Prime.

A timid boy is trapped inside his house with a monster that threatens to eat him if he isn’t in bed by sundown every night.

Charlotte Arnold, Holly Arnold, Grant Brooks, Dan Foley, Danny Irizarry and Cody Cheatwood star in Don’t Run.

Don’t Run is written, directed, produced, edited and financed by Cincinnati-native Ben Rood. You can stream it now on Amazon Prime.

324 Abercorn by Mark Allan Gunnells Gets July Release

Synopsis:

Best-selling author Bradley Storm finally has enough money to buy and restore his dream home. Despite 324 Abercorn’s reputation as one of the most haunted houses in America, Bradley isn’t worried. He doesn’t believe in the supernatural. Then strange things begin to happen. Objects are no longer where he left them. There are strange phantom noises coming from empty rooms. Shadows are glimpsed from the corner of his eye.

Is his house truly haunted, or is there something more sinister happening on the property?

With the help of Bradley’s new boyfriend and a few friends who are just as intrigued with the seemingly inexplicable occurrences surrounding the infamous house, they set out to find the truth of what stalks the halls at 324 Abercorn.

Author Bio:

Mark Allan Gunnells loves to tell stories. He has since he was a kid, penning one-page tales that were Twilight Zone knockoffs. He likes to think he has gotten a little better since then. He loves reader feedback, and above all he loves telling stories. He lives in Greer, SC, with his husband Craig A. Metcalf.

Funko Casts A Spell With The Craft POP! Vinyl Toys

The early concept art for Funko’s POP! vinyl toys based on The Craft (1996) was originally displayed at London Toy Fair earlier this year, and now we’ve got final images of the actual toys. They were displayed today as part of Funko’s Funkoween in May celebration. Funko will display new horror toys every day this week (Monday – Friday).

The Craft (1996) set includes:

  • Nancy Downs – Fairuza Balk
  • Sarah Bailey – Robin Tunney
  • Bonnie – Neve Campbell
  • Rochelle – Rachel True

You can pre-order the toys today, expected in June 2020.

Halloween Kills Gets Official Novelization

This past Saturday, we had a blast hanging out with David Gordon Green, Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter in the #HalloweenAtHome watch party on Twitter. They watched and tweeted along with Halloween (2018). They also interacted with fans. Ryan Turek, Blumhouse’s VP of feature film development, participated in the fun, too. In fact, he revealed there will be an official Halloween Kills novelization.

I just read a draft of the novelization for Halloween Kills,” Turek tweeted in response to a fan who brought up the official novelization for Gordon Green’s Halloween written by John Passarella.

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Halloween Kills is still set for theatrical release on October 16, 2020. We expect the novelization will be released some time in October.

Doctor Who: The Lovecraft Invasion Coming This June

I’m a Doctor Who fan, so this is exciting news. I look forward to listening to this audiobook.

Lovecraftian nightmares become reality in a new adventure for the Sixth Doctor, Constance and Flip, due for release in June 2020.  

Landing in New England in the 1930s, the time-travelling trio must grapple with the realisation that brilliance as an author doesn’t always mean brilliance as a person.  

When a Somnifax invasion threatens to make their host’s nightmares a reality, troubled pulp horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft (Alan Marriott) poses a problem. Aside from the threat of unleashing tentacled titan Cthulhu into the real world, the TARDIS team will also have to deal with the author’s troubling sociopolitical ideologies. 

Colin Baker, Miranda Raison and Lisa Greenwood star in Doctor Who: The Lovecraft Invasion, a brand new full-cast audio drama written by Robert Valentine, now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD or digital download, from just £12.99, click HERE to pre-order!

Synopsis

The Doctor, Constance and Flip join forces with 51st-century bounty hunter, Calypso Jonze, to hunt down the Somnifax: a weaponised mind-parasite capable of turning its host’s nightmares into physical reality. Chasing it through the time vortex to Providence, Rhode Island in 1937, they arrive too late to stop it from latching onto a local author of weird fiction… Howard Phillips Lovecraft. 

With time running out before Lovecraft’s monstrous pantheon breaks free and destroys the world, the Doctor must enter Lovecraft’s mind to fight the psychic invader from within. Can he and Flip overcome the eldritch horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos? And will Constance and Calypso survive babysitting the infamously xenophobic Old Gentleman of Providence himself? 

Writer, Rob Valentine said: “The Lovecraft Invasion is my way of combining two of my favourite things – Doctor Who and the works of H. P. Lovecraft – whilst simultaneously attempting to grapple with the problem of loving Lovecraft’s stories but not his racism. As the Doctor, Constance and Flip struggle to separate the author from his work, hopefully so will the listener. 

“It was a mash-up I’d wanted to do for a long time, and quite honestly I couldn’t believe it hadn’t been done already. The heading of my original treatment was, ‘Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Cthulhu Mythos’, and that’s probably as good a description of it as any.” 

Doctor Who: The Lovecraft Invasion is now available to pre-order as a collector’s edition CD or digital download from just £12.99. Click HERE to pre-order! All CD purchases unlock a download option via the Big Finish app and the Big Finish website.  

Big Finish listeners can save money by getting a subscription to Doctor Who: The Monthly Adventures. Subscribers get 30% off the price, free specially recorded Short Trips stories, PDFs of the scripts, and extended downloadable extras. Subscription lengths are available for either 6 or 12 releases and can be retrospective. Get a Doctor Who: Monthly Adventures subscription HERE.

Please note that Big Finish is currently operating a digital-first release schedule. The mailout of collector’s edition CDs will be delayed, but all purchases of this release unlock a digital copy that can be immediately downloaded or played on the Big Finish app from the release date. 

[Editorial] Heeere’s Johnny!: 10 Things You May Not Know About The Shining

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining turns 40. The film is widely considered one of the best Stephen King adaptations to ever grace the big screen. Horror fans from all across the world love this film, and for good reason, too. It delivers the foreboding, atmosphere, and frights that we loved in Stephen King’s novel. Stanley Kubrick took Stephen King’s novel and created his own work of genius. It’s no secret that Stephen King hates Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining. Throughout the years, there has been talk of conspiracy theories surrounding The Shining. I have compiled a list of ten things you may not know about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

1. Stanley Kubrick Didn’t Even Read The Screenplay Stephen King Wrote

According to Stanley Kubrick biographer, David Hughes, Stephen King wrote an entire screenplay draft for The Shining. Kubrick didn’t even bother looking at, which makes sense as he once dubbed King’s writing weak. Kubrick chose to work alongside Diane Johnson on the screenplay because he was a fan of here book, The Shadow Knows. The pair worked on the script for eleven weeks. Stephen King’s hatred for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining may have started with the screenplay.

2. Stanley Kubrick Still Had Questions For Stephen King

Stephen King used to tell this story at some of his book readings. According to King, Stanley Kubrick called him at seven in the morning to ask a question about death. Kubrick asked, “I think stories of the supernatural are fundamentally optimistic, don’t you? If there are ghosts then that means we survive death.” King asked him about hell, how did that fit in? There was a long pause, then: “I don’t believe in hell.” It seems the two were still on talking terms during the filming of The Shining.

3. Stephen King Was “Disappointed” In Stanley Kubrick’s Adaptation

Stephen King went public with his disdain for Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation during an interview with Playboy in 1983. King said, “I’d admired Kubrick for a long time and had great expectations for the project, but I was deeply disappointed in the end result. Parts of the film are chilling, charged with a relentlessly claustrophobic terror, but others fell flat.”

He didn’t think Jack Nicholson was a good fit to play the role of Jack Torrence. Stephen King said, “Jack Nicholson, though a fine actor, was all wrong for the part. His last big role had been in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and between that and the manic grin, the audience automatically identified him as a loony from the first scene. But the book is about Jack Torrance’s gradual descent into madness through the malign influence of the Overlook—if the guy is nuts to begin with, then the entire tragedy of his downfall is wasted.”

4. Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining Had An Original, Different Ending

Film endings usually get changed in post-production, but Stanley Kubrick changed the ending of the film after it’s opening weekend. The film version is lost, but pages from the original screenplay still exist. The scene takes place after Jack dies in the snow. Ullman visits Wendy in the hospital. He tells her, “About the things you saw at the hotel. [A lieutenant] told me they’ve really gone over the place with a fine tooth comb and they didn’t find the slightest evidence of anything at all out of the ordinary.” He encourages Wendy and Danny to stay with him for a while. The film ends with text over black, “The Overlook Hotel would survive this tragedy, as it had so many others. It is still open each year from May 20th to September 20th. It is closed for the winter.”

Roger Ebert said Kubrick made the write decision to change the ending. According to him, “Kubrick was wise to remove that epilogue … it pulled one rug too many out from under the story.”

5. Most Of The Shining Set Burned Down

Near the end of shooting, a fire broke out and destroyed multiple sets. The still photographer said, “It was a huge fire in there one night, massive fire, we never really discovered what caused that fire and it burned down two soundstages and threatened a third at Elstree Studios. It was an eleven alarm fire call, it was huge.” It cost around $2.5 million to rebuild one of the soundstages. Stanley Kubrick famously laughed in front of the wreckage.

6. Jack Nicholson Improvised The “Heeere’s Johnny” Line

Jack Nicholson is responsible for the famous “Heeere’s Johnny” line. It is the only line from The Shining to make it into the AFI’s Top 100 Movie Quotes. While filming the bathroom scene in which Jack chops through the door with an axe, Nicholson shouted out the famous Ed McMahon line from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. The catch phrase made the scene more emotional, and it stayed in the film. Behind-the-scene footage shows Jack Nicholson gearing up for the iconic scene.

7. Room 217 Was Switched To Room 237 At The Request Of The Timberline Lodge

In the novel, most of the spooky events take place in Room 217, not Room 237. Oregon’s Timberline Lodge, which was used as the hotel’s exterior for some shots, is to blame for this swap. The Timberline Lodge’s management asked for the room number to be changed so that guests wouldn’t avoid Room 217. There is no Room 237 in the hotel, so that room number was chosen. The website of The Timberline Lodge notes, “Curiously and somewhat ironically, room #217 is requested more often than any other room at Timberline.”

8. Jack Nicholson Wrote A Scene For The Shining

Not only did Jack Nicholson deliver one of the most famous lines of the film, he actually wrote an entire scene. He connected with Jack Torrence on a deeper level. He understood why Jack Torrance berated his wife while he’s trying to write.

Jack Nicholson explained the scene best in an interview with The New York Times. Nicholson said, “That’s what I was like when I got my divorce. I was under the pressure of being a family man with a daughter and one day I accepted a job to act in a movie in the daytime and I was writing a movie at night and I’m back in my little corner and my beloved wife Sandra, walked in on what was unbeknownst to her, this maniac—and I told Stanley about it and we wrote it into the scene.”

9. The Shining Has Inspired Several Conspiracy Theories

There are several conspiracy theories surrounding Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. In fact, there is a documentary, Room 237, that talks about the many conspiracy theories. One theory is that Kubrick helped to fake the moon landing and The Shining is his confession. Fans probably got the idea from Danny Torrance’s shirt. A second theory claims that the film is truly about the genocide of Native Americans. Another theory reads the film as a story about the Holocaust and concentration camps.

Stanley Kubrick’s personal assistant during the filming of The Shining, Leon Vitali, has since denied these theories. Vitali said, “I was falling about laughing most of the time.” He added, “There are ideas espoused in the movie that I know to be total balderdash.”

10. Stanley Kubrick May Have Typed All Of The “All Work” Pages

No one really knows if Stanley Kubrick actually typed 500 pages of “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” He didn’t go to the prop department with this task. It is rumored that he used his own typewriter to make the pages. The typewriter had a built-in memory, so it could have turned out the pages on its own. But of note, the individual pages in the film have different layouts and mistakes. People claim that the director probably individually prepared each and every page. We will never know, though. Kubrick never addressed it before he died.

South Africa’s Reine Swart Makes Her Directorial Debut With Heks

South African actress Reine Swart (Z Nation and The Lullaby) has now made the leap to directing with her feature debut, Heks.

Synopsis

A grieving British girl unravels her murdered mother’s secrets connected to a South African witch doctor’s curse. She wants to put an end to this haunting hex by traveling to South Africa, but instead it casts her deeper into sinister depths.”

Coco Lloyd, Mari Molefe van Heerden, Mary-Anne Barlow, and Christopher Jaftha star in Heks. It’s written by Reine Swart.

Check out the trailer below!

Learn How To Make A Monster This September

Shout Factory is bringing How To Make A Monster to Blu-ray on September 8th. You can pre-order a copy here.

Synopsis

“Good acting, smart writing and competent direction … an exemplary example of what the genre could do” – The Telltale Mind

Go behind the scenes of moviedom’s most popular teen monster movies … and you’ll discover a tale of monstrous vengeance! Following the success of two 1957 classics, I Was A Teenage Werewolf and I Was A Teenage Frankenstein, How To Make A Monster takes you backstage, where a frustrated artist spawns his own twisted scheme for murder. When the movie studio moguls decide they’d rather make musicals instead of horror films, their veteran horror makeup artist loses his job. He decides to get revenge against the executives by turning the studio’s teenage horror stars into zombified killers. On the way to its eye-popping ending, How To Make A Monster delivers “a fun twist … [and] getting there was not only delightful, but gratifying” (The Telltale Mind)!

Product Information

DISCS
1
RUN-TIME
73 min
ASPECT RATIO ?1.66:1COLOR
Black & White
LANGUAGE
English
REGION
A
RATING
Not Rated
PRODUCTION DATE
1958
CLOSED-CAPTIONED ?
No
SUBTITLES
English