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The Important Horror News This Week

Each week we will gather the most important horror news from all over the internet and bring it here to you. Books, television, streaming, and movies all in one convenient location. Here are your top news stories involving the horror genre for the week of December 7th.

‘Locke and Key’ Gets A Premiere Date.

Joe Hill will have another property coming to Netflix very soon. Netflix has announced February 7th as the release date. While ‘Locke and Key’ has been under development for what feels like ages we finally can schedule a date in our calendars. Time to check out those comics one last time. Not familiar with the comics, Netflix describes the show as such:

Locke and Key stars Darby Stanchfield (Scandal) as Nina Locke,  Jackson Robert Scott (It and It 2) as Bode Locke,  Connor Jessup (American Crime) as Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones (Horrible Histories) as Kinsey Locke,  Bill Heck (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs) as Rendell Locke, Laysla De Oliveira as Dodge, Thomas Mitchell Barnet as Sam Lesser, Griffin Gluck (American Vandal) as Gabe, Coby Bird as Rufus Whedon.

“After their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances, the three Locke siblings and their mother move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, which they discover is full of magical keys that may be connected to their father’s death. As the Locke children explore the different keys and their unique powers, a mysterious demon awakens — and will stop at nothing to steal them. From Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel) and Meredith Averill (The Haunting of Hill House), the series is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family.”

Photo Courtesy of Netflix

Ghostsbusters Afterlife Baby!

Late yesterday Vanity Fair shared a whole host of stills from the new movie. Most exciting of them is a teaser one-sheet that pays homage to the original while also hinting at some new adventures awaiting our heroes. The official trailer drops on Monday. Check it out here. The movie opens on July 10th.

Photo Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

Shudder Announces a ‘The Dead Lands’

Shudder will be producing a Maori based original series called ‘The Dead Lands’. The show is billed as an action-based supernatural series based on the myths and legends of that area. Shudder seems to be going after the Xena/Hercules demographic which is either going to be awesome or….not so awesome. We are stoked to take a look. Check out the details below for more information.

THE DEAD LANDS features a supernatural adventure set in a mythic Māori past, with an aesthetic that’s part Ash vs Evil Dead and part Xena: Warrior Princess. The series features a murdered Māori warrior, Waka Nuku Rau (Te Kohe Tuhaka), who’s sent back to the world of the living to redeem his sins. But the world Waka returns to is ravaged by a breach between Life and the Afterlife as the spirits of the newly dead now stalk the land and hunt the living. 

Waka encounters a determined young woman, Mehe (Darneen Christian), who becomes both his protégé and moral compass. Together, they navigate tribal politics, the unsettled ghosts of Ancestors and other forces both natural and supernatural, on a quest to discover who “broke the world” and how to repair it—if it’s not too late. 

“THE DEAD LANDS is a Māori story on a global scale. It’s important content filled with wairua. Our viewers are going to love this epic drama and we’re excited to be part of the international conversation surrounding the programme, as we stream at the same time as our friends at Shudder,” said TVNZ Director of Content, Cate Slater.

A New Vignette Offers Details on the Grudge Remake

A new vignette dropped from Sony this week offers us a little fresh insight into the origins of The Grudge. Sam Raimi explains his dedication to the original story while also discusses some of the creative choices he has made with the film.

Courtesy of Sony Pictures

Details for The Grudge which comes out January 3rd include: Producer Sam Raimi brings us a twisted new take of the horror classic. Directed by Nicolas Pesce, THE GRUDGE stars Andrea Riseborough, Demián Bichir, John Cho, Betty Gilpin with Lin Shaye and Jacki Weaver. With a screenplay by Nicolas Pesce and a story by Nicolas Pesce and Jeff Buhler, THE GRUDGE is based on the film “Ju-On: The Grudge” written and directed by Takashi Shimizu. THE GRUDGE is produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise and is executive produced by Nathan Kahane, Erin Westerman, Brady Fujikawa, Andrew Pfeffer, Roy Lee, Doug Davison, John Powers Middleton and Schuyler Weiss. 

Panic Fest Releases Details of its First Wave.

In a slow but wonderful rollout, Panic Fest announced some of its first wave of programming. Including Fantastic Fest hits, After Midnight, Sea Fever, and The Cleansing Hour. Check out their Facebook Page for all the releases. It’s not too late to buy a pass. It’s time to Panic!