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‘Scream’: Kevin Williamson Explains Why There’s No ‘5’ In The Title

Posted by Josh Korngut on October 22, 2021 scream 5 scaled - 'Scream': Kevin Williamson Explains Why There's No '5' In The Title

With Halloween Kills in the rearview mirror, we’re headed full stop into Scream country. We’ve seen the poster, trailer, and even some first-look images. Now we finally have a concrete answer to the most pressing questions: what’s with the title?

Speaking to US Weekly, Scream‘s executive producer (and writer of the original series) Kevin Williamson, had some answers for confused fans.

Here’s what he had to share:

“Well, it was always Scream 5 because it’s the fifth one,” Williamson said. “So I think we just threw that name out, but I don’t think they ever seriously were going to call it a Scream 5. I don’t think anybody wanted to see the number five after something. You’d have to ask them – Paramount or whoever, but I think taking the 5 off and calling it Scream[works] because it’s brand new. There’s the legacy cast. And how they infuse this new world. There’s this whole new generation and a new cast of characters that are extremely fun. I think it was a great cast. It’s an amazing group of kids and young talent and they’re very, very good. They pop off the screen, and now our Sidney and our mature characters who enter into it, they’re the adults. It works really really well.”

Even though the new movie will just be simply titled Scream, don’t expect a full-on reboot. Scream features an exciting cast of faces new and familiar, not unlike the casting setup of the criminally underrated Scream 4. New cast members include rising stars Jack Quaid (TV’s The Boys), Dylan Minette (TV’s 13 Reasons Why), and Jenna Ortega (Netflix’s upcoming Wednesday series). Legacy ensemble Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have also signed on.

Director credits have been assigned to Radio Silence duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillet (Ready or Not).

Scream poster

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Jamie Lee Curtis Continues To Show Unwavering Support For Her Trans Daughter

Posted by Josh Korngut on October 22, 2021 Jamie Lee Curtis Parents Who Show Kids HALLOWEEN Are the Worst People on the Planet - Jamie Lee Curtis Continues To Show Unwavering Support For Her Trans Daughter

In a recent AARP profile, Jamie Lee Curtis spoke of how she “watched in wonder as [her] son became her daughter Ruby.”

The Halloween Kills star and daughter Ruby have now spoken with People to answer a few questions about their learning journey since Ruby’s coming out.

A year ago Ruby sat with her parents (Jamie Lee Curtis and comedy director Christopher Guest) to disclose her gender identity. While she had the intention of coming out as a trans woman to her family, it proved too difficult at the moment.

“It was scary — just the sheer fact of telling them something about me they didn’t know,” Ruby says of the situation. “It was intimidating — but I wasn’t worried. They had been so accepting of me my entire life.”

When Ruby did come out, there were happy tears and support from the whole family.

Jamie Lee Curtis told People, “it’s speaking a new language — it’s learning new terminology and words. I am new at it. I am not someone who is pretending to know much about it. And I’m going to blow it, I’m going to make mistakes. I would like to try to avoid making big mistakes.”

A Learning Curve

The Halloween star continued by saying “you slow your speech down a little. You become a little more mindful about what you’re saying. How you’re saying it. You still mess up, I’ve messed up today twice. We’re human. But if one person reads this sees a picture of Ruby and me and says, ‘I feel free to say this is who I am,’ then it’s worth it.”

When asked if she was surprised by the announcement, Jamie Lee Curtis had this to share:

“I knew Ruby had had a boyfriend. I knew that Ruby had used the word bi. But gender identity and sexual orientation — those are two separate things. And I knew that Ruby played female avatars in video games. But when you ask, ‘Did you have an inkling that Ruby was trans?’ I would say no. But when I replayed Ruby’s life, I went, ‘Hmm, that, that, those, hmm.'” 

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‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’: Amateur Detectives, Rat Brains and Bad Dads Dominate Episode Five

Posted by Joe Lipsett on October 22, 2021 Screen Shot 2021 10 22 at 9.47.20 AM - ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’: Amateur Detectives, Rat Brains and Bad Dads Dominate Episode Five

Each week Joe Lipsett deep dives into a spoiler-filled review of the latest episode of Amazon Prime’s I Know What You Did Last Summer. This week: episode five, “Mukbang.”

Plot Synopsis Of This Week’s I Know What You Did Last Summer

In the wake of Office Cruise and Harold’s murders at the end of episode four, Sheriff Lyla (Fiona Rene) and new character Officer Lonnie question everyone in town. The OG crew – Allison-as-Lennon (Madison Iseman), Margot (Brianne Tju), Riley (Ashley Moore), and Dylan (Ezekiel Goodman) – think they know who is after them and hunt for evidence implicating Clara (Brooke Bloom), the town eccentric. 

Sympathetic Margot

“Snak ‘n Stuff” opens with a lengthy sequence where Margot binges sweets in her bathroom while crying on camera. It’s an uncomfortable scene, not just because of the close-ups of Margot’s tears; but also because it goes on for so long. Margot’s relapse contradicts her mother’s overly simplistic statement that eating disorders are “dealt with in therapy”. But there’s a gratuitousness to the way I Know What You Did Last Summer lingers on her suffering.

Despite this, Margot is fast becoming the most sympathetic character on the show. While she does still have moments of high bitchery (matched only by Cassie Beck’s Courtney), Margot’s unreciprocated romantic feelings for Lennon and the fact that she is the only person who grieves humanizes her. It should be noted that writer Gary Tieche also gives Riley a good moment when she confronts Dylan about the growing rift in their friendship, though the teen drug dealer is still underdeveloped overall.

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Father vs Daughter

Speaking of rifts, there’s definite tension brewing between Allison and her father, Bruce (Bill Heck). Perhaps it’s a misplaced emotional response, but Allison seems way more upset and combative with Bruce in this episode. Alas, the situation is guaranteed to worsen following Allison’s investigation of Clara’s house.

Unfortunately Iseman’s performance continues to be a problem for the series. From a writing standpoint, Allison lacks depth, but, aside from Allison’s tendency to smoke, Iseman’s twins remain indistinguishable. In fact, the moment in the flashback when Bruce mistakes one twin for the other feels like the show inadvertently acknowledging the problem. 

Cult Appeal

One unexpected development is the rise in prominence of the island’s mysterious cult. In previous episodes, there have been brief mentions about cult members who died by suicide in the caves where Lennon’s body was left. As the OG crew investigates Clara’s home, they discover a number of spooky objects and artifacts. They also find a pretty damning photograph that reveals that Bruce has been lying to Allison. In true slasher tradition, rather than confront her father and clear the air, Allison packs a bag and heads to Margot’s house for emotional and physical refuge.

Spiders And Rat Brains

Another unusual plot revelation comes courtesy of the medical examiner (and Officer Lonnie, the expert Googler). The spiders discovered in Johnny’s decapitated head are not local. It turns out they are Wolf Spiders, a foreign species that hails from the Arctic and feasts on brain matter. (Fun fact: according to this CBC story, wolf spiders are “the most abundant predator in the Arctic. [They] eat more creatures than polar bears or wolves”).

There’s a clear connection to Clara when Dylan observes the same spiders feasting on rat brains in one of her spooky houses. But it remains unclear why Clara is importing these arachnids.

Spooky Set Piece

Last week I lamented the lack of chase scenes and set pieces. I Know What You Did Last Summer’s stubborn refusal to show more than the killer’s arm means that we’re still batting zero on the former. But “Mukbang” does dedicate a substantial part of its runtime to the teens’ exploration of Clara’s creepy properties. 

Credit director Benjamin Semanoff and series cinematographer Anka Malatynska for making the exploration of these three buildings, which are badly lit and falling into ruin, suitably unnerving. Contrasting the brightly lit exterior shots of Hawaiian foliage with dank, sanitarium-esque interiors generates a great deal of tension, especially factoring in the ticking clock of Clara’s inevitable return home.

That and the motion sensor lights that threaten to expose everyone are good fun. There’s even a genuine jump scare when Dylan grabs Allison before she can be discovered. This section is definitely the show’s most successful horror sequence since Johnny’s murder back in episode two.

Machete Cliffhanger

The investigation at Clara’s house – and the episode itself – ends ambiguously. It’s very clear that both Margot and Allison have escaped unscathed. But there’s some uncertainty about whether Dylan was shot when he and Allison leap over the wall. 

“Mukbang” ends with the tease that someone met with the sharp end of Checkov’s machete; not only is there a trail of blood leading into the woods next to the weapon, but an unseen individual is heard crying on the soundtrack. To my ears, it sounds like a woman; so either Clara or Riley, but which one?

Future Focus

Where do we go from here? Clearly, Allison and Bruce will have to address the elephant in the room, and the cult will likely become even more significant. There’s a lot of potential here because the details have been so sparse. Who else aside from Bruce and Clara was involved? Did anyone else survive? What did the group actually do? Is there a supernatural element to this?

Turning our attention to the killer, at this point the likeliest culprit is Clara, simply based on her connection to the wolf spiders. Any good slasher worth its salt would introduce this as a red herring, though. So my money is on Clara as the machete victim. 

So who’s the killer? Considering the new information we learn about Bruce, my money is on either him or Dylan. We’ll see if I’m remotely close next week in “Least You Had A Spare.”

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I Know What You Did Last Summer streams Fridays on Amazon Prime

Exclusive: Listen to “The Mannequins,” a Track From the Score of ‘Locke & Key’ Season 2

Posted by Max Weinstein on October 21, 2021 'Locke & Key'

Fans of Locke & Key have just one more day of waiting before the series returns to Netflix tomorrow. In the meantime, you can get a taste of composer Torin Borrowdale’s ferocious score with our exclusive premiere of the track “The Mannequins,” which you can hear below.

Borrowdale is careful not to spoil any major plot points. But he does tell us that in the scene in which “The Mannequins” is featured, “our heroes find themselves in a terrifying department store from Hell. They’re suffocated and chased by glitching mannequins, [and] they must use the only key they have at their disposal to escape.”

“The accompanying score plays like punchy runway fashion show music, but with horror elements infused,” Borrowdale continues. “Violent strings and syncopated rhythms mirror the mannequins’ erratic movements. The bold percussion cuts through the action more than a typical underscore track. It’s as if this were the song playing over the loudspeakers at this horrific mall. Intense shepard tones exaggerate the builds and breakdowns of the track as our heroes try to escape the onslaught of plastic.”

Also Read: First Look at Locke & Key Season 2

Much of Borrowdale’s music from season one of Locke & Key will resurface in season two. The composer says this allowed for some creativity in reimagining existing motifs, such as “Family Theme” and “Bode’s Theme.”

“There’s also characters like Gabe and Eden, whose roles in the series changed completely in the season one finale,” Borrowdale adds. “Establishing their musical identities was vital to telling their story. And doing that shaped the tone of the season two score.”

In addition to that mannequin sequence, Borrowdale hints that a creepy “spider scene” lies in store for fans of the series. “[Those] new action-horror set pieces allow for some one-off musical fun, which pushed the orchestra to the limit,” he says.

Listen to “The Mannequins”:

In case you missed it, here’s the official synopsis for Locke & Key season two:

“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), Locke & Key is a coming-of-age mystery about love, loss, and the unshakable bonds that define family.”

Locke & Key season two premieres on Netflix October 22, 2021.

‘La Ciguapa Siempre’: Director Monica Moore-Suriyage Talks Her New Film at Screamfest [Video]

Posted by Sean Decker on October 21, 2021 MonicaMooreSuriy - 'La Ciguapa Siempre': Director Monica Moore-Suriyage Talks Her New Film at Screamfest [Video]

Sean Decker of Dread Central sat down with La Ciguapa Siempre filmmaker Monica Moore-Suriyage during this year’s Screamfest. She discusses working within the genre as a biracial, Afro-Latina director and writer, her first horror film Black In Red Out, and her work in the documentary Horror Noire.

La Ciguapa Siempre takes its inspiration from Dominican folklore, and revolves around a couple’s camping trip which takes a terrifying turn.

Cheyenne Washington and Michael Bonini star in the film. Moore-Suriyage wrote and directed La Ciguapa Siempre.

La Ciguapa Siempre

For more on Screamfest LA, visit the festival’s website.

‘Kratt’: Filmmaker Rasmus Merivoo Talks His New Film at Screamfest [Video]

Posted by Sean Decker on October 21, 2021 kratt lead in - 'Kratt': Filmmaker Rasmus Merivoo Talks His New Film at Screamfest [Video]

Sean Decker of Dread Central sat down with Estonian filmmaker Rasmus Merivoo of the Screamfest feature selection Kratt to discuss the film’s US Premiere. Check out the video for an exclusive peek.

Watch The Interview With Kratt Director Rasmus Merivoo:

Kratt revolves around a group of children left at their grandmother’s home. Without their smartphones, they turn to create the titular magical creature of Estonian folklore: a being that’ll do whatever its master says. The only problem is that they’ll need to buy a soul from the devil in order to animate it.

Mari Lill, Ivo Uukkivi, Jan Uuspõld, Paul Purga, Nora Merivoo and Harri Merivoo star in the film. Merivoo wrote and directed Kratt.

Kratt

For more on Screamfest LA, visit the festival’s website.

Anneliese Michel: This Case Of Possession Inspired ‘The Exorcism Of Emily Rose’ [Video]

Posted by Jans Holstrom on October 21, 2021 Screen Shot 2021 10 21 at 3.19.41 PM - Anneliese Michel: This Case Of Possession Inspired 'The Exorcism Of Emily Rose' [Video]

If you’ve seen Scott Derrickson’s 2005 film The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, then you’re already vaguely familiar with the story of Anneliese Michel. But instead of being a work of horror fiction, Michel’s story is very real and very terrifying.

Watch Dread: The Unsolved’s Look At The Exorcism Of Anneliese Michel:

At the age of 22, she underwent 67 exorcisms under the supervision of her parents and a Catholic priest. The results were tragic, ending with her death due to malnutrition. She was previously diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy and had been treated for depression in a psychiatric facility.

Was she really possessed? Or was this a case of negligent homicide at the hands of her parents and the Church? Let us know on Twitter @DreadUnsolved or on Instagram @DreadTheUnsolved. I’m also on Facebook. You can your thoughts to TheUnsolved@DreadCentral.com.

‘Knocking’ Is A Terrifying Look at the Horrors of Mental Illness

Posted by Tyler Doupe' on October 21, 2021 Knocking Still - ‘Knocking’ Is A Terrifying Look at the Horrors of Mental Illness

Knocking is a scrappy, slow-burn horror-thriller that keeps the viewer in a constant state of uncertainty and suspense until the very end. The flick serves up noteworthy performances, intense atmosphere, and a commentary on the horrors of mental illness.   

Molly (Çecilia Milocco) moves into a new apartment after her release from a psychiatric facility. When she begins to hear strange noises from the floor above her, Molly starts to wonder if what she is hearing is real or if she may be experiencing a relapse of symptoms.   

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Milocco does a remarkable job of conveying Molly’s grief, brokenness, and fear through a series of despondent looks, reluctant sighs, and various other non-verbal cues. It’s quite clear that she is feeling a variety of painful emotions. Yet, Molly rarely expresses any of that through spoken word. Knocking relies ever-so-heavily on the strength of its lead and Milocco nails it. Much of the picture’s runtime is made up of Molly, sitting alone in her new apartment. But thanks to her powerful central performance, the film never drags. 

Even when she is in the company of others, Molly gives off a sense of isolation. And that’s quite fitting, seeing that her neighbors, the police, and everyone else she meets discount her experience and immediately concludes she isn’t credible. That’s bound to be a lonely and terrifying existence. It’s also likely a sensation with which anyone battling severe mental health issues is quite familiar. 

Knocking

Milocco delivers a palpable sense of hopelessness in her portrayal of Molly. She is believable as a woman who thinks she is in danger. Her subtle performance conveys everything the viewer needs to know without the need for excessive dialogue. Milocco manages to tell us a lot while saying very little. 

The sound design, score, cinematography, and set design all complement Milocco’s performance and help to convey a sense of seclusion and uncertainty. Knocking also features a muted color palette that looks bleak and sterile. All of this comes together to instill a sense of hopelessness and anxiety in the viewer that closely echoes what Molly is feeling.  

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Furthering that feeling of unease, director Frida Kempff uses tight, closely-cropped shots, even during the less intense sequences to give the impressions that someone is waiting, just outside the frame, to sneak up on Molly and do her some form of harm. 

During the relatively innocuous first act, I found myself perpetually waiting for the other shoe to drop. By the time things got wild, my nerves were already shredded. Knocking has a menacing quality about it, which is impressive because there isn’t a lot happening until the nearly one-hour mark. 

The disorienting, frantic camerawork near the start of the third act is highly effective and unnerving. That’s not something I can recall having seen used much outside of found footage genre. But it works to great effect here. It perfectly speaks to Molly’s state of mind. 

Further intensifying the experience, the viewer doesn’t know if Molly is reliable or not. We are aware that she has endured mental health struggles and we know she seems to be the only one aware of the knocking sounds coming from the floor above her. Molly, herself, seems to doubt her own experience. Perhaps believing that she may be enduring some sort of relapse of symptoms. As she becomes more fixated on the sounds and finds herself convinced the banging means something, Molly appears to be spiraling out of control and into a delusion. That uncertainty further fueled my paranoia and made the viewing experience that much more meaningful 

Knocking taps into the inherent horrors of living with mental illness and the way we, as a society, distrust and discount the experience of those navigating mental health struggles.

If you’re curious to check the flick out, you can catch it on VOD now! 

The House From ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’ Is Now Back On The Market

Posted by Josh Korngut on October 21, 2021 nightmare house scaled - The House From 'A Nightmare On Elm Street' Is Now Back On The Market

Attention all Fredheads: It’s your chance to purchase an expensive slice of real horror history. 1428 Elm Street (aka the A Nightmare On Elm Street house) is officially back on the market. This time, the listing comes with a spooky Halloween caveat. All offers must be made by October 31 at midnight.

1428 North Genesee Avenue in Los Angeles, California is up for sale by Hollywood heavyweight Lorene Scafaria. Lorene, the director of Hustlers, bought the property in 2013 for $2.1 million. They’ve now put it back online and are asking for whopping $3.25 million.

The house’s facade still looks nearly identical to how it was portrayed in Wes Craven’s 1984 horror classic A Nightmare On Elm Street. It even still sports that classic green roof! However, the door has literally been painted black. But that seems like an easy fix.

Realtor and listing holding Heather T. Roy told the LA Times that “the whole neighborhood gets the tour bus treatment. People always get tickled when they see it. The façade is iconic, but the ties to the movie stop as soon as you walk through the front door. Inside, it’s a beautiful traditional-style space with a modern twist.”

According to the LA Times, the house was built back in 1919 and resembles the Dutch Colonial-style of two-story homes. The property was the perfect choice for A Nightmare On Elm Street as Spaulding Square has a noticeable lack of palm trees, making the block easier to dress up as the fictional Springwood, Ohio. Filmmakers often shoot in this area when they want to achieve a non-Southern California look.

Learka Bosnak—who shares the listing with Roy—said “we all missed Halloween last year because of the pandemic, so this year is the Halloween comeback tour. We have to celebrate.”

Check out one fan’s walking tour of the Nightmare house:

Lastly, would you consider moving into Nancy’s house? Check out the Zillow listing if you’re interested. Let me know on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always down to talk about all things Freddy!

‘Hellraiser’: David Gordon Green Comments On Dual Pinhead Projects

Posted by Josh Korngut on October 21, 2021 hellraiser scaled - 'Hellraiser': David Gordon Green Comments On Dual Pinhead Projects

After decades of nearly unwatchable Hellraiser films, we finally have not one, but two prestige Pinhead reboots in development. David Gordon Green (Halloween Kills), director of the upcoming HBO TV series, recently shared his thoughts on the two hellbound projects currently in the pipeline.

First up will be Hulu’s feature film adaptation of Clive Barker’s The Hellbound Heart from director David Bruckner (The Night House) and producer David A. Goyer (The Dark Knight trilogy). Clive Barker is also reportedly producing this project, which stars Jamie Clayton (Sense8) as Pinhead.

The second Hellraiser project allegedly in the works is the David Gordon Green directed HBO series. However, this version is much earlier along on its production journey.

A Tale of Two Pinheads

David Gordon Green recently commented on the two Hellraiser projects in development at Hulu and HBO, respectively. During his Halloween Kills promotion tour, Green was asked by Entertainment Weekly his thoughts on Hulu’s casting of Jamie Clayton. He claimed not to have heard the casting news, but told the outlet that he was “excited” to see how the Hulu production takes shape.

“We’ve got it over at HBO, and that’s not in script form yet, but it’s being developed,” he told EW the day Jamie Clayton’s casting was announced.

“It’s going to be fascinating because it’s a different platform, different concept, different creators, but the same properties,” Green continued. “I’m not sure where that ends up and how that goes, but I’m very curious. It is a fun cultural experiment, right? To think there’s a crew with a concept for a series [and] a crew with a concept for a movie taking the same mythology. I don’t know, does it become like Deep Impact and Armageddon?”

A Legacy of Pain

The original Hellraiser film was and written and directed by Clive Barker in 1987. The classic gothic horror phantasmagoria was based on Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart. Both the novella and the film revolved around nightmarish begins from a different world, named Cenobites, who are summoned to our dimension by a mysterious puzzle box. A Rubik’s cube, this is not.

The original film featured eternal horror icon Doug Bradley as the head Cenobite aka Pinhead. Hopefully at least one set of filmmakers decides to bring Bradely back in some capacity.

Lastly, how do you feel about the dueling Hellraiser reboots? Is it time to give this classic franchise a little love, or should we be leaving titles like this one alone? Let me know on Twitter via @joshkorngut. I’m always down to talk about all things Pinhead.