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!
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Fantasia 2023: More Titles Announced!
The second wave of titles have been announced for The Fantasia International Film Festival, including some that perfectly fit the Horror Roundup. Below is a list of the titles I’m most excited about and a quick synopsis to help get an idea of what they’re all about.
- Talk to Me
- When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.
- Sympathy for the Devil
- After being forced to drive a mysterious passenger at gunpoint, a man finds himself in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse where nothing is as it seems.
- Stay Online
- Katya, a volunteer from Kyiv fighting against the invasion of Ukraine, uses a laptop donated to the resistance and comes into contact with the young son of the computer’s original owner, who is desperately in search of his missing parents. Her attempts to help the child will see her risk all she holds dear.
- AI takes control when a young woman hides out in a state-of-the-art smart home while evading the law. As her reality unravels, she discovers she’s not the only one with secrets.
- Vincent Must Die
- Random strangers have suddenly started attacking the otherwise unremarkable Vincent with murderous intent. As things spiral violently out of control, he is forced to flee and change his life completely.
- Late Night With the Devil
- A live television broadcast in 1977 goes horribly wrong, unleashing evil into the nation’s living rooms.
‘1978: The Night THEY Came Home’ Tabletop Game Kickstarter
Emulating classic slasher films of the ’70s and ’80s, 1978: The Night THEY Came Home is a survival horror tabletop game that pits a slasher against a survivor on Halloween night. It’s available to pre-order via Kickstarter till June 19, 2023.
One player takes on the role of the Survivor, a resilient person caught up in a sequence of escalating nightmarish events as they are pursued by the Slasher, a supernatural killing machine controlled by the opposing player. Using customized cards to generate prompts and build an emergent narrative, play moves from day to night on a forsaken Halloween in 1978.
During the day, both Survivor and Slasher build their backstories, drafting cards and accumulating resources for an imminent showdown. In the night, Slasher and Survivor enter the house for a deadly game of cat and mouse, using the cards they gained during the day in a violent battle for survival.
1978 features a screen-printed cloth playmat featuring the fated house where our showdown takes place, custom knife tokens to track resources, thematic playing cards with narrative prompts, and dual rulebooks for Survivor and Slasher, all housed in a telescoping box. A digital edition is included at no additional cost.
Expected to ship in October, the 1v1 story-forward game is created by World Champ Game Co.’s Adam Vass (Cybermetal 2012) and Megacorp Games’s Logan Dean (The Company: Corporate Survival Horror) with illustrations by Justin “Black Coffiend” Valliere.
Be among the first victims of 1978: The Night THEY Came Home by securing a copy of the game through Kickstarter at 1978.games.
Small Horror Businesses of the Week
Precious Horrors – Ghostface candles, Morticia Addams mug & more!
Shocking Jewelry – twisted and gorgeous jewelry!
Star Strung – delightfully dark home decor & jewelry!
Graveyard Wanders – gothic candles, perfumes & more!
‘Mortal Kombat 1’ Gameplay Released
Mortal Kombat 1 is set to release on September 19th with the ability to pre-order and receive the playable character Shang Tsung. This series of games and characters have been a favorite of mine and I felt it was only right to mention the insane and stunning gameplay released for Mortal Kombat 1. Warning, you may have to log in to view this trailer due to age restrictions.
‘Poor Things’ New Trailer & Poster
A Victorian tale of love, discovery and scientific daring, Poor Things tells the incredible story of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life by an eccentric but brilliant scientist. The film, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, stars Emma Stone, Willem DaFoe, Mark Ruffalo, Ramy Youssef, Jerrod Carmichael, and Christopher Abbot. A twist on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is typically so much fun to bring to the big screen and to include in the Horror Roundup.
‘Insidious: The Red Door’ New Trailer
In Insidious: The Red Door, the horror franchise’s original cast returns for the final chapter of the Lambert family’s terrifying saga. To put their demons to rest once and for all, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and a college-aged Dalton (Ty Simpkins) must go deeper into The Further than ever before, facing their family’s dark past and a host of new and more horrifying terrors that lurk behind the red door. This has been included in a previous Horror Roundup, but this final trailer is terrifying for one major reason…that MRI clip.
The original cast from Insidious is back with Patrick Wilson (also making his directorial debut), Ty Simpkins, Rose Byrne and Andrew Astor. Also starring Sinclair Daniel and Hiam Abbass. Produced by Jason Blum, Oren Peli, James Wan and Leigh Whannell. The screenplay is written by Scott Teems from a story by Leigh Whannell and Scott Teems, based on characters created by Leigh Whannell. Insidious: The Red Door Opens July 7th.
‘Ghostbusters’ Logo Reveal Teases Sequel
Going back to the windy chill air of New York City, Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel (still untitled) is making its way into the Horror Roundup with a simple yet chilling poster. The franchise is going back to the big city where everything began back in 1984 with the cast of McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Rudd, and Carrie Coon. The film, directed by Gil Kenan, is set to release on December 20th based on what was said by Jason Reitman at CinemaCon 2023.