Welcome, weirdos to the BrittNic Creations’ Horror Roundup! Each week I’ll be bringing you some news and products from the horror realm. The topics could include new clips from an upcoming horror film, gothic artwork, unique merchandise, and much more! There’s a mixture of horror goodies for everyone in the weekly Horror Roundup. This will always be a random post. I’d like to think that life and horror aren’t any fun without some absurdity included in them. Now, let’s get to the fun part!
‘The Ancestral’ SCREAMBOX Original Trailer & Key Art
When nightmares become reality and reality becomes nightmares, there is no escape. From renowned director Le-Van Kiet, SCREAMBOX Original The Ancestral will stream on May 2. The mixture of confusion regarding reality and nightmares is a beloved pastime at the Horror Roundup.
After suffering a family tragedy, a widower moves his two daughters to a centuries-old ancestral home. When both daughters fall prey to sleep paralysis and night terrors, their father seeks the help of a local psychologist. These chilling secrets and frightening visions eventually prove that not everything is what it seems in the old family house.
A haunting twist on sleep paralysis and trauma, The Ancestral held the top spot at the box office in its native Vietnam upon its theatrical debut last year. It’s written by Kiet with contributions from Vo Nguyen Dan. Lâm Thanh Mỹ (The Third Wife), Quang Tuấn, Mai Cát Vi (Furie), and Dieu Nhi star.
Kiet’s bold style first caught the eye of international audiences when his film Furie became Vietnam’s highest-grossing film of all time and was the country’s official Academy Awards submission for Best International Feature. He went on to direct the shark thriller The Requin starring Alicia Silverstone and Hulu’s The Princess starring Joey King.
The Ancestral joins SCREAMBOX’s growing library of unique horror content, including The Outwaters, Terrifier 2, Living with Chucky, Cube, 13 Nights of Elvira, Re-Animator, Sleepaway Camp, Hell House LLC, Pennywise: The Story of IT, and Toxic Crusaders.
‘Werewolf Game’ Tony Todd Plays a Twisted Game in Teaser
A social media company kidnaps 12 strangers and forces them to play “the werewolf game” to the death, at the hands of the deranged “Judge” (Tony Todd). Werewolf Game has completed principal photography and editing is in its final stages. On a 14-day shoot, first-time directing duo Jackie Payne and Cara Claymore created a visceral, disturbing, and emotionally captivating horror film.
Werewolf Game is a visually stunning “Who dunnit,” unlike anything audiences have seen before, starring genre icons Tony Todd, Bai Ling, Robert Picardo, Lydia Hearst, and rising stars Teala Dunn, Tabitha Jane, and Tim Realbuto. The film is continuing to accept backers on its Kickstarter site. A comprehensive visual guide lays out goals and what the money will be used for. Based on the teaser alone, this is a recent favorite choice of mine for the horror roundup.
‘The Curse of Wolf Mountain’ Danny Trejo Slasher Movie
The Curse of Wolf Mountain is a film by David Lipper arriving on digital platforms and DVD on May 19, 2023. The eerie slasher stars Lipper, Tobin Bell, Danny Trejo, Keli Price, and Eddie McClintock. The Horror Roundup and Danny Trejo in a horror film is a perfect match.
Aj begins having dreams of his parent’s death. He decides to go back to the spot where they were killed, accompanied by his brother and his brother’s family. But legend has it there is something mysterious roaming these woods.
Goosebump Book Earrings by The Horror Corner
In this Horror Roundup, I guess I’m going back into my hyper-fixation over everything Goosebumps related because of one fantastic small business. The fun horrors written by R.L. Stine have made it to this edition of the Horror Roundup thanks to The Horror Corner. Carrying tiny versions of classics from my childhood sounds like the best way to spend my money and be a horror nerd at the same time. This business doesn’t just have small editions of the Goosebumps series, they have some Stephen King titles as well. Phone grips, earrings, pins, horror movie-themed candles, and much more await you in their shop.
‘It Lives Inside’ NEON Film Poster & Trailer Released
Here at the Horror Roundup, I love a good twist on the possession-style film. It Lives Inside, directed by Bishal Dutta, has continued to gain my interest ever since it had its world premiere at this year’s SXSW. The film stars Megan Suri, Neeru Bajwa, Mohana Krishnan, Betty Gabriel, and Vik Sahay. At SXSW it ended up winning the Audience Award in the Midnights section of the festival. It Lives Inside premieres exclusively in theaters this fall, 2023.
Sam, an Indian-American teen, lives in an idyllic suburb with her conservative mother and her assimilated father. Sam’s cultural insecurities grow due to her estranged friend, Tamira, who mysteriously carries around an empty mason jar all the time. In a moment of anger, Sam breaks Tamira’s jar and unleashes an ancient Indian demonic force that kidnaps Tamira.
Sam searches for Tamira, following the trail of a young man who performed a deadly ritual, until the demonic entity starts targeting her, murdering her boyfriend and shattering her reality with terrifying visions. Sam must band together with her parents and a sympathetic teacher to save Tamira and put an end to the terror of the demon.
Title Reveal Extravaganza: Conjuring, Exorcist & More!
The Horror Roundup isn’t complete without a bunch of random bits of blockbuster horror news. With the recent CinemaCon in Las Vegas, NV, it was a variety of studios introducing and updating information on their upcoming titles. It’s like a cinema beauty pageant, but no one is shoving candy down an actor’s throat to keep them going like an Energizer bunny.
There were multiple horror franchises (and a remake or two) that unveiled their full titles recently. Here are the titles and/or logos we’ve got so far and a little blurb about the plot (if it’s out yet):
- The Conjuring: Last Rites
- Not much has come out about this film, not even whether some stars are returning. I’ll be keeping a lookout though.
- The Exorcist: Believer
- Leslie Odom Jr and Ellen Burstyn star in the film.
- Synopsis: The father (Odom Jr) of a possessed child, desperate for help goes in search of someone who has had similar experiences, Chris MacNeil (Burstyn).
- SAW X – directed by Kevin Greutert and written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger.
‘A Haunting in Venice’ Trailer Unveils Agatha Christie Adaptation
Let’s bring in some classic mystery and horror to finish this edition of Horror Roundup. 20th Century Studios has unveiled the chilling teaser trailer for Kenneth Branagh’s A Haunting in Venice, which just screened for convention attendees at the 2023 CinemaCon Convention in Las Vegas. The unsettling supernatural thriller, directed by and starring Academy Award® winner Branagh as famed detective Hercule Poirot, will open in theaters nationwide on September 15, 2023.
In addition, Branagh announced that Hildur Guđnadóttir, who won an Oscar®, Golden Globe®, Grammy®, and BAFTA for Joker and an Emmy® and a Grammy for Chernobyl, and who most recently scored TÁR and Women Talking, will compose the A Haunting in Venice score.
A Haunting in Venice is set in eerie, post-World War II Venice on All Hallows’ Eve and is a terrifying mystery featuring the return of the celebrated sleuth, Hercule Poirot. Now retired and living in self-imposed exile in the world’s most glamorous city, Poirot reluctantly attends a séance at a decaying, haunted palazzo. When one of the guests is murdered, the detective is thrust into a sinister world of shadows and secrets.
Reuniting many of the filmmakers behind 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express and 2022’s Death on the Nile, the film features a screenplay by Oscar nominee Michael Green, based upon Agatha Christie’s novel Hallowe’en Party. The acting ensemble includes Branagh, Kyle Allen, Camille Cottin, Jamie Dornan, Tina Fey, Jude Hill, Ali Khan, Emma Laird, Kelly Reilly, Riccardo Scamarcio, and Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh.
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