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. 

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

The Hills Run Red This June

The Hills Run Red gets Blu-ray release on June 16th from Scream Factory. I’ve never watched this one, but I can’t wait to watch this Blu-ray. It’s packed with tons of bonus features. You can pre-order your copy here.

Synopsis

“It’s Dark, Clever, Nasty As Hell.” – Fangoria

You heard the story. The one about the goriest, bloodiest splatter flick ever, the one made in the ’80s but mysteriously lost. Flash forward to now: Young cinema buffs search for the secret location where the movie was shot, hoping to find the film. What they find is that the goriest, bloodiest splatter flick ever is more than a movie. It’s real. And it’s happening to them. The Hills Run Red vaults into a whole new level of horror as the terrified interlopers confront a demented killer who covers his hacked-up face with a baby doll mask. Wait, Babyface is just a character from the movie, right? Wrong. He’s alive. He’s waiting. He’s thrilled to meet fans who will die – slowly, gruesomely, shockingly – for his art. Get ready to meet a new horror icon, Babyface!

Bonus Features

  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Dave Parker And Patrick Bromley Of “F This Movie” Podcast
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Dave Parker And Filmmakers Joe Lynch And Adam Green
  • NEW Deep In The Red – An Interview With Writer David J. Schow And Director Dave Parker
  • NEW Running To The Hills – An Interview With Executive Producer Erik Olsen
  • NEW Musical Terror – An Interview With Composer Frederik Wiedmann
  • NEW Friday The 13th, June 2008 – A Tour Of The Set With Director Dave Parker (Never Before Seen)
  • NEW The Hills Are Alive… With The Sound Of Improv – Interviews With The Cast (Never Before Seen)
  • NEW William Sadler As Wilson Wyler Concannon – An Interview With The Actor From The Set (Never Before Seen)
  • NEW Janet Montgomery As Serina – An Interview With The Actress From The Set (Never Before Seen)
  • NEW Sophie Monk As Alexa Concannon – An Interview With The Actress From The Set (Never Before Seen)
  • NEW Tad Hilgenbrink As Tyler – An Interview With The Actor From The Set (Never Before Seen)
  • NEW Alex Wyndham As Lalo – An Interview With The Actor From The Set (Never Before Seen)
  • NEW Interview With Producer Robert Meyer Burnett From The Set  (Never Before Seen)
  • NEW Interview With Production Designer Antonello Rubino From The Set (Never Before Seen)
  • NEW Production Scrapbook
  • NEW Original Animatic For The Proof Of Concept Trailer
  • NEW Proof Of Concept Trailer
  • Original Audio Commentary With Director Dave Parker, Writer David J. Schow And Producer Robert Meyer Burnett
  • It’s Not Real Until You Shoot It: The Making Of The Hills Run Red
  • Trailer

Product Information

DISCS
1
RUN-TIME
81 min
ASPECT RATIO ?
2.35:1
COLOR
Color
LANGUAGE
English
REGION
A
RATING
R
PRODUCTION DATE
2009
CLOSED-CAPTIONED ?
No
SUBTITLES
English