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A collection of scrapbooks owned by Sir Christopher Lee has given new insight into the actors early career and struggle to become a Hollywood star, including a fateful sword fight with Errol Flynn that left him with a nearly severed finger.

The actors wife Lady Birgit Lee donated the three never-before-seen scrapbooks which contain promotional shots, stills from films and annotations, and span from 1948 to 1972 to the BFI archive where they will be available to the public via its research access service at its Southbank location in London.

Nathalie Morris, senior curator at the BFI archive, said that the scrapbooks offer a rare glimpse into the early career trajectory of one of the UKs most iconic actors, who would have been 97 years old on 27 May.

You get a nice sense of his personality. There are nice bits of dry, self-deprecating humour, and lots of charming, witty asides that make you think hed love to spend an evening regaling people with tales.

One of the stories is an incident on the set of 1955s The Dark Avenger when Lee and Flynn had a sword fight which went awry. They had big broad swords and bare hands, and during a fight Errol Flynn got carried away, says Morris.

Christopher Lee wrote: He cut right through my little finger. He didnt mean to do it. It was one of those unfortunate little accidents, which I just think is wonderful.

The BFI is currently in the process of digitising its collection of 1.35m photographic prints and scrapbooks. For Morris, these collections tell vital stories that would otherwise be lost from film history.

They tell such a valuable story about what happened behind those films that youve seen and know well, she says. Theyre the hidden stories which show that films dont just appear.

Christopher Lee is one of our greatest actors. There are so many films, his career spans decades and were really thrilled that Lady Lee has donated the photographs to us and they will take pride of place in our collection.

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A 12-year-old boy (Jackson A. Dunn) learns he has extraordinary abilities though harbors sinister tendencies in the superhero horror “Brightburn.” USA TODAY

Youve heard of Christmas in July? This weeks like Halloween in May.

While everyone is gearing up for the fall haunting season, when Pennywise hits the big screen again in Septembers It: Chapter Two,this weekendbrings James Gunns superhero horror flick Brightburn to theaters andmusically tinged psychological thriller The Perfection to Netflixto unnerve fright-festfans. This summer isactually pretty full of scares, from the return of not one but three killer dolls to a villainous Octavia Spencer.

Here are the horror movies to put on your must-see list the next three months, with something for every film taste.

Preview: Every must-see horror film in 2019, from’Us’ to the ‘It’ sequel

Related: The 12 movies you absolutely, positively must see this summer

Brandon Breyer (Jackson A. Dunn) learns he’s not an ordinary 12-year-old in the superhero horror film “Brightburn.”(Photo: BORIS MARTIN)

This aint the Avengers, folks. Produced by James Gunn, the new film puts an evil spin on the Superman origin story as it centers on a Kansas farm couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) raising an alien boy (Jackson A. Dunn) who crash-landed on Earth as a baby. Unfortunately, this kid’s not down with truth, justice or the American way.

A former cello prodigy (Allison Williams, left) befriends her teacher’s star pupil (Logan Browning) in the Netflix horror thriller “The Perfection.”(Photo: NETFLIX)

The very twisty thriller stars Get Out actressAllison Williams as a one-time cello prodigy who befriends the star student (Logan Browning) of her former teacher (Steven Weber). A sinister symphony awaits this string duo, though, as things get seriously crazy quickly for both women.

Octavia Spencer stars as a middle-aged woman who becomes weirdly obsessed with the teens she befriends in the thriller “Ma.”(Photo: UNIVERSAL PICTURES)

Octavia Spencer isa cool lady known for playing kind, motherly types, which is why her role here is so intriguing: She plays a middle-aged Ohio woman who opens her home as a party place after local teens ask her to buy them alcohol, and the youngsters hanging out in her basement find out shes got a weird obsessive streak.

Iggy Pop stars as a coffee zombie in Jim Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die.”(Photo: FREDERICK ELMES/FOCUS FEATURES)

Indie director Jim Jarmusch unleashes the walking undead on a sleepy small town with an absolutely stellar cast along for the ride, including Bill Murray, Adam Driver and Chloe Sevigny as embattled cops, Tilda Swinton as an oddball Scottish mortician, Iggy Pop and Carol Kane as zombies, and Tom Waits as a wise hermit.

Andy (Gabriel Bateman, left) makes friends with his new pal Chucky (voiced by Mark Hamill) in the new reboot of “Child’s Play.”(Photo: ERIC MILNER)

The infamous Chucky, who originally appeared in 1988, is reborn for a modern age as a robotic (and somewhat murderous) toy/new best friend for young Andy (Gabriel Bateman). None other than Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, voices Chucky he’s known for doing the animated Joker, so hes got evil cred and Aubrey Plaza co-stars as Andys frazzled mom.

The possessed doll from “The Conjuring” gets her third solo horror movie with “Annabelle Comes Home.”(Photo: WARNER BROS.)

The possessed plaything from The Conjuring gets her third solo movie, with paranormal experts Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) locking Annabelle in their room of occult artifacts. Unluckily for them, Annabelle awakens the other malevolent spirits in the place and they all turn their attention on the Warrens 10-year-old daughter (Mckenna Grace).

When his family moves into an old mansion, young Jude (Christopher Convery) makes friends with a life-like doll in “Brahms: The Boy II.”(Photo: DAVID BUKACH/STX FILMS)

Brahms, the porcelain child who looks way, way too real, returns in the sequel, which receives an infusion of star power: Katie Holmes headlines as the mom of a young family that moves into the super-creepy Heelshire Mansion, and Christopher Convery plays the real boy who befriends the eerie fake one.

Florence Pugh (from left), Vilhelm Blomgren and Jack Reynor are tourists who discover the terrifying secrets of the Swedish village they visit in the horror film “Midsommar.”(Photo: GABOR KOTSCHY/A24)

Director Ari Aster hailed demon king Paimon with Hereditary and takes audiences on a wholly different and strange trip with his new horror project. Florence Pugh stars as a young woman who travels to Sweden with her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and his pals to a midsummer festival featuring a pagan cult and ultra-bizarre rituals.

Kaya Scodelario plays a young woman who has to avoid giant alligators in “Crawl.”(Photo: SERGEJ RADOVIC)

A Florida town is beset by a Category 5 hurricane but raging winds and rain have nothing on humongous chomping alligators. Kaya Scodelario stars as a young woman who ignores evacuation warnings to find hermissing father (Barry Pepper), and growing floodwaters bring some hungry, terrorizing reptiles.

Austin Zajur plays a teen who has to deal with the Pale Lady in “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.”(Photo: GEORGE KRAYCHYK/CBS FILMS)

Monster-movie guru Guillermo del Toro is the co-writer and producer behind this adaptation of the childrens book series. Set in 1968, the film follows the teenagers of small-town Mill Valley, who find a tome of terrifying tales penned by a tortured young girl and deal with the consequences when the stories come alive.

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Vampire History – HISTORY

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Vampires are evil mythological beings who roam the world at night searching for people whose blood they feed upon. They may be the best-known classic monsters of all. Most people associate vampires with Count Dracula, the legendary, blood-sucking subject of Bram Stokers epic novel, Dracula, which was published in 1897. But the history of vampires began long before Stoker was born.

There are almost as many different characteristics of vampires as there are vampire legends. But the main characteristic of vampires (or vampyres) is they drink human blood. They typically drain their victims blood using their sharp fangs, killing them and turning them into vampires.

In general, vampires hunt at night since sunlight weakens their powers. Some may have the ability to morph into a bat or a wolf. Vampires have super strength and often have a hypnotic, sensual effect on their victims. They cant see their image in a mirror and cast no shadows.

Its thought Bram Stoker named Count Dracula after Vlad Dracula, also known as Vlad the Impaler. Vlad Dracula was born in Transylvania, Romania. He ruled Walachia, Romania, off and on from 1456-1462.

Some historians describe him as a justyet brutally cruelruler who valiantly fought off the Ottoman Empire. He earned his nickname because his favorite way to kill his enemies was to impale them on a wooden stake.

According to legend, Vlad Dracula enjoyed dining amidst his dying victims and dipping his bread in their blood. Whether those gory tales are true is unknown. Many people believe these stories sparked Stokers imagination to create Count Dracula, who was also from Transylvania, sucked his victims blood and could be killed by impaling a stake through his heart.

But, according to Dracula expert Elizabeth Miller, Stoker didnt base Count Draculas life on Vlad Dracula. Nonetheless, the similarities between the two Draculas are intriguing.

Vampire superstition thrived in the Middle Ages, especially as the plague decimated entire towns. The disease often left behind bleeding mouth lesions on its victims, which to the uneducated was a sure sign of vampirism.

It wasnt uncommon for anyone with an unfamiliar physical or emotional illness to be labeled a vampire. Many researchers have pointed to porphyria, a blood disorder that can cause severe blisters on skin thats exposed to sunlight, as a disease that may have been linked to the vampire legend.

Some symptoms of porphyria can be temporarily relieved by ingesting blood. Other diseases blamed for promoting the vampire myth include rabies or goiter.

When a suspected vampire died, their bodies were often disinterred to search for signs of vampirism. In some cases, a stake was thrust through the corpses heart to make sure they stayed dead. Other accounts describe the decapitation and burning of the corpses of suspected vampires well into the nineteenth century.

Mercy Brown may rival Count Dracula as the most notorious vampire. Unlike Count Dracula, however, Mercy was a real person. She lived in Exeter, Rhode Island and was the daughter of George Brown, a farmer.

After George lost many family members, including Mercy, in the late 1800s to tuberculosis, his community used Mercy as a scapegoat to explain their deaths. It was common at that time to blame several deaths in one family on the undead. The bodies of each dead family member were often exhumed and searched for signs of vampirism.

When Mercys body was exhumed and didnt display severe decay (not surprising, since her body was placed in an above-ground vault during a New England winter), the townspeople accused her of being a vampire and making her family sick from her icy grave. They cut out her heart, burned it, then fed the ashes to her sick brother. Perhaps not surprisingly, he died shortly thereafter.

Although modern science has silenced the vampire fears of the past, people who call themselves vampires do exist. Theyre normal-seeming people who drink small amounts of blood in a (perhaps misguided) effort to stay healthy.

Communities of self-identified vampires can be found on the Internet and in cities and towns around the world.To avoid rekindling vampire superstitions, most modern vampires keep to themselves and typically conduct their feeding ritualswhich include drinking the blood of willing donorsin private.

Some vampires dont ingest human blood but claim to feed off the energy of others. Many state that if they dont feed regularly, they become agitated or depressed.

Vampires became mainstream after Dracula was published. Since then, Count Draculas legendary persona has been the topic of many films, books and television shows. Given the fascination people have with all things horror, vampiresreal or imaginedare likely to continue to inhabit the earth for years to come.

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Hollywood Vampires Unveil New Song The Boogieman Surprise …

Rock and roll supergroup the Hollywood Vampires unveiled a menacing new cut, The Boogieman Surprise, set to appear on their upcoming album, Rise, out June 21st via earMUSIC.

The Boogieman Surprise is a churning cut that finds Johnny Depp and Joe Perry trading rugged guitar riffs and crackling licks on top of a heavy drums stomp. Frontman Alice Cooper delivers a vintage vocal performance, growling, Finalize, paralyze, specialize, scandalize/Youre gonna fake it/You aint ready for the boogieman surprise/You aint ready for the boogieman.

The Boogieman Surprise has been a staple of the Hollywood Vampires live show since 2018, and along with releasing the studio version of the track, the band also shared a video of them performing the song at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland last year.

Rise marks the second album from the Hollywood Vampires following their 2015 self-titled debut. Unlike their first album, Rise primarily features original material written by the band, though there are still three covers: David Bowies Heroes, Johnny Thunders You Cant Put Your Arms Around a Memory and the Jim Carroll Bands People Who Died. Jeff Beck and John Waters also guest on the song, Welcome to Bushwackers.

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Quotes from ‘Dracula,’ Bram Stoker’s Horror Classic

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a classic vampire tale. First published in 1897, the novel was influenced by a history of vampire myths and stories, but Stoker shaped all those fragmented tales to create a literary legend (that was just the start of what we know and understand about vampires in current literature). Even though stories like Polidori’s “The Vampire” and Le Fanu’s Carmilla already existed at the time when Dracula was first published, Stoker’s novel–and his literary imagination–helped to spawn a new dimension in horror literature. Here are a few quotes from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Notes: The novel is written in the style of a journal, written by Jonathan Harker. Already, the author is playing upon preconceptions and superstitions, and leading us to expect something “interesting,” although what that might mean is not immediately clear. How does superstition figure into our perception (and fear) of vampires?

Notes: Jonathan Harker is an everyman, a simple clerk who goes out to do a job and finds himself in the midst of a very-unexpected experience–foreign to his understanding. He’s a “stranger in a strange land.”

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Teasing something big and surprising is coming, The Walking Dead comicbooks latest issue, which inspires the AMC hit show, has included a blank variant cover and fans are speculating it may involve RickGrimes'(played by Andrew Lincoln) death.

The blank cover could suggest something major is comingas there has only been a blank cover four times in the history of the comics. Each time it is used it represents something important has taken place.

If the intrigue surrounding the blank cover was not enough, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman fuelled speculationwhen he shared details of the issue on Twitter.

He tweeted: Its almost like this issue is a big deal or something #nocomment.

Unsurprisingly, fans instantly began to speculate what is comment meant and if it had something to do with Rick’s death.

One fan replied: No Rick just no.

Another added: Youre actually about to kill him, arent you? At the hands of Brock Turner. Oh god

A thirdaddressed Robert directly and pleaded for mercy on Ricks behalf, writing:Kirkman. Seriously. You owe Rick’s character more than getting offed by a snivelling peckerhead like that. Comeee onnnn mannnn. God, I hope you know what you’re doing.

Fears surrounding Ricks death come following the previous issue, whichsawSebastian Milton from the Commonwealth try to kill Rick by shooting him in the chest.

The attack was in revenge for Rick taking away Sebastians mothers power in the Commonwealth.

Fans also have cause for worry after Roberts previous comments surrounding Ricks death.

In 2017, at New York Comic Con, he revealed:”No one is safe. Hopefully there have been points where you go, ‘Is this it? Is this where Rick dies?’ And he doesn’t. One day, the moment will come where you go, ‘Oh my god, it is!’

It could happen any time between now and 50 years from now. 50 years, that’s not gonna happen…”

Whats more, at New York Comic con the following year, he went even further: I know exactly how Rick Grimes dies in the comic book.

Its possible there will be some differences between the comic and the show. One of those is the death in the comic could happen in the next issue, or could happen 10 years from now. I could change my mind.

There have been 42 issues since the previous blank coverand the big storyline it teases could be any number of things.

A blank cover for issue 100 signalled GlennRhees (Steven Yeun)brutal deathwhichresulted in the issue that began the All-Out War.

As fans will know, the show can adapt comic storylines, so even if Rick dies in the comicsit does not mean he will perish in the AMC series.

For instance, Rick left in season nine of the show in mysterious circumstances when he was airlifted by a helicopter to an unknown location after being seriously injured. Actor Andrew leftthe show to concentrate on the upcomingspin-offfilms and his return has yet to be confirmed.Could he return to die?

Meanwhile, a The Walking Dead video game has teased Rick and Michonnes (Danai Gurira) paths could be set to cross again at some point in the future.

The Walking Dead season 10 premieres onAMCand FOX in October 2019.

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20 Funniest Things About Horror Movies That Make No Sense

October is upon us, which means that Horror Movie Season is officially here.

Theres no doubt that the genre has seriously evolved since the grisly disaster that is Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) first hit the screens. Of particular note is Jordan Peeles Get Out, a black horror comedy that tackles racism and was both a commercial and critical success.

But even as early as 1996, Wes Cravens Scream managed to deliver some real thrills while simultaneously poking fun at the indubitably comedic tropes of horror films.

And, as an adult, you cant help but soak in the formulaic familiarity of hits like Halloween, The Omen, The Sixth Sense, The Ring, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, while also recognizing that many of the characteristics that embody the genre are kind of ridiculous. So read on to get a true taste of horror movie logic. And for an IRL scare, check out the15 Most Haunted Places in America.

The majority of classic horror films seem to happen to people who are in their senior year of high school of freshman year of college. Yes, the transition from pubescence to early adulthood is terrifying, but who decided putting groups of teens through the (sometimes literal) ringer was a thing?

This is a well-known trope, one that was lampooned in Scream, when film buff Randy says that the first rule to surviving a horror film is you can never have sexSex equals death, okay? And if you want to see how frequently thisreally happens, check out the40 Best Horror Movies for Totally Freaking Yourself Out.

To quote Randy once more, You can never drink or do drugsThe sin factor! Its a sin. Its an extension of number one. Way to be heavy-handed with the puritanical ethics guys. And for some more laughable tropes, dont miss these40 Hilariously Impractical Things That Always Happen in Movies.

Every time I watch a horror film, I always think, Why does anyone spend any time whatsoever alone? Bad things happen when youre alone. Stop going into your friends basement by yourself to get more beer. The killer isnt going to come after you at a free Vivaldi concert in Central Park! Do that instead!

In Scream 2, Sarah Michelle Gellars character bolts up a staircase to evade the slasher, leading to her untimely death. This is kind of funny, given that, in the original Scream, Neve Campbells character, mocks scary movies by saying they always feature some stupid killer stalking some big-breastedgirlwho cant act who is alwaysrunning upthestairs when she should berunningout the front door. And if youd rather see some realistic cinema, check outThe 20 Greatest (and Most Realistic) Movie Fights of All Time.

Its 2018. Just once Id like to see a ghost flashing an ironic T-shirt or some triple white Yeezys.

John Mulaney has a great joke about this, where he says that the really sad thing about ghosts is that theyre always doing the same exact thing that they did when they were alive. It would be nice to hear that the sweeper who haunts the movie theater applied for a position in management and got it, but thats never the case.

Pro tip: before you buy a creepy old house, you might want to check if there have been a suspicious series of grisly activity in it. And whether or not it has a secret basement, cellar, or attic. Really, half of the killings are on the real estate salespeople who continue to put the murder shack up on the market.

Sure, lets keep that chair that an old man was viciously stabbed in by his ex-wife. Seems legit. A-plus feng shui.

The 2002 blockbuster thriller is really a low-key cautionary tale about our addictions to our own TVs. Still, if I knew that a paranormal little girl was going to eat my face off by crawling out of a TV set in seven days, Id go full David Thoreau and live in a cabin far from any technology. Though its worth noting that Watching Too Much TV Can Actually Kill You.

Modern films try to get past this loophole by always having their characters in an area with bad service, but, realistically, most cellphone carriers have a wide range these days. But being able to text a police officer The killer is X. Im with him at Y address, followed by a knife emoji, would ruin the dramatic tension of most films.

Using a knife to kill a victim has an undeniably grisly cinematic quality to it, and it makes sense that a true sociopath would want to relish in his victims suffering. But a hook? A chainsaw? A meat slicer? Surely a gun would be easier.

Especially the ones that are sallow and hardly ever speak. The whole genre is like one long anti-children campaign.

Pro tip: if your dog barks at nothing, or your cat suddenly drops dead, or your horse flees in a panic, evacuate the premises immediately. For more on how this affects you in a non-media-viewing setting, check out19 Things Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You.

Surely, if you can communicate through supernatural channels, then you could just send a text?

Its not trivia night. Just tell me who you are and how and when you died so I can go back to watching Netflix.

Oh, right, heres a supernatural force than can fling you through the roof but can be stopped with a bed sheet. Its like that scene in Twister in which a natural phenomenon that is strong enough to skin the hide off of cows and lift houses out of the ground can be avoided by slinging a J.C Penny belt over a pipe.

I realize that part of the fear factor of, say, Michael J. Myers is that he really takes his good, sweet time. Everyone else is bolting down the streets screaming for help like a banshee, and hes just there strolling at a casual pace, which sends an unnerving message of complete control in any situation. But its still kind of funny when you watch Halloween now and realize that much of the film consists of the killer just standing around silently staring at things.

Get Out is a brilliant film, but there is one element of it that doesnt make sense in true horror movie fashion. How come no one noticed that all these dudes that are disappearing have dated the same girl? Also, if your girlfriend eats Fruit Loops separately from the milk, head for the hills!

Oh, whats this? A dilapidated mental asylum in the middle of the woods? Why dont we sleep here for the night? Sounds funand safe!

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16 Horror Movies Coming In 2019 (And 9 Possibilities)

2018 was a fantastic year for horror movies. Major studio releases A Quiet Place, Hereditary, The Nun, and Halloween were all sizable box office hits. Indie films like Ghost Stories, The Devil’s Doorway, and Welcome to Mercy found success by opening in select theaters and being available to rent on-demand simultaneously, stormingthe VOD charts. These and other films proved once again what all fans of the genre know — that horror is a format through which intelligent, artistic, and provocative stories can be told.

Because 2018 was such a strong year, 2019 will have its work cut out, if it wants to match the level of quality we’ve seen over the past twelve months. Based on the horror titles that are already slated for release, there’s absolutely a chance that we’re looking at another remarkable run of cinematic horror. What follows is a list of fifteen horror movies that are set to come out in 2019. Some are sequels or reboots of established properties, but a few are total originals. Some very recognizable stars appear in these projects.

On the flip side, we’ve also got ten horror flicks that may or may not see the light of day in 2019. A couple are completed but don’t have release dates that are set in stone, while others have merely been rumored to be emerging soon. One of them is a “maybe” because of a lawsuit. Again, they all sound promising, so hopefully we won’t have to wait long to get a look.

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Spun off from The Conjuring, Annabelle and its sequel Annabelle: Creation were both very successful at the nation’s theaters. Domestically, they made $84 million and $102 million respectively. We’ll find out if lightning can strike again with the release of the third installment in July of 2019.

Annabelle 3 has what may be thescariest premise of the franchise thus far. The titular possessed doll targets Ed and Lorraine Warren’s young daughter.Spookieryet, it brings all the other haunted items in the Warren’s artifact room to life. Sounds like the perfect recipe for scares.

Released in 2016, The Boy is the story of a young woman hired to be a nanny, only to realize she’s tending to a life-sized doll with creepy capabilities. It was by no means a gargantuan hit, although it did earn $64 million worldwide, on a budget of $10 million. That was enough to warrant a sequel.

Katie Holmes has signed on to star. She and her family will encounter the mysterious doll, presumably facing terror in the process. Filming is scheduled to start in early January so, if post-production can be finished quickly enough, we might see The Boy 2 later in the year.

You probably don’t know the name Michael Chaves yet, but there’s every indication that you soon will. James Wan personally hired him to directThe Conjuring 3 after being impressed by his short film The Maiden. Before thatsequel is released, audiences will get to see Chaves’ work with his feature debut, April’sThe Curse of La Llorona.

Linda Cardellini stars in the movie, which is about a social worker whose family becomes ensnared in the supernatural after an encounter with a troubled mother. Apparently, Wan thinks that Chaves has the goods as a horror director, so it will be fun to see what he’s capable of.

Not a whole lot is known about Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, but what we do know should be enough to raise the excitement level of horror fans. This is an official sequel to his 2005 hit The Devil’s Rejects. That movie ends somewhat ambiguously, with the audience not entirely sure whether the three main characters have survived.

Stars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, and Sheri Moon Zombie are all back, so we can probably assume that they did. Also, Clint Howard plays a character named “Mr. Baggy Britches,” which is a selling point all by itself. There’s no firm release date yet, just a promise that it’s coming in 2019.

Stephen King’s Pet Sematary was previously made into a movie in 1989. It was a modest hit, although many of the reviews were outright pans. The upcoming remake, due in April, will attempt to be a little more faithful to the book’s tone.

Jason ClarkeplaysLouis Creed,the man who buries his family’s cat on a mysterious plot of land, only to be surprised when the feline somehow regains its life in a more aggressive form. Pet Sematary is directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, whose Starry Eyes rocked critics and audiences four years ago. Their take on the material should be compelling.

Produced for a mere $100,000, The Gallows went on to make $42 million worldwide. That kind of profit ratio is something any filmmaker would love to have. It’s therefore no shock that a sequel is on the way.

The Gallows Act II was filmed in secret, so the announcement of its existence in 2017 was a surprise. All we know about the plot is that it revolves around a young woman who is stalked by an evil spirit at the prestigious acting school where she’s studying. There’s no confirmed release date yet, but since the movie is completed, a 2019 debut is entirely plausible.

The Demonologist has a plot that sounds delightfully bonkers.Brian Krause plays a detective investigating a series of slayings. In the process, he discovers that a cult is planning to summon four King Demons to destroy the world as we know it. Only he can prevent this from happening.

Stills released from the film feature some intense-looking creatures, which should prove to be a major draw for fans of such things. The Demonologist will be one of 2019’s first entries. It debuts on all major VOD platforms on January 1.

At 1,100 pages, Stephen King’s It is such a massive novel that there was no way the story could be told in just one movie. The first half of the book was adapted into a 2017 blockbuster that grossed $700 million worldwide. It focused on the characters as children. The sequel, It: Chapter Two, will focus on them as adults.

Pennywise the clown is set to terrify a stellar cast this time. Jessica Chastain plays the grown-up Beverly, James McAvoy is Bill,James Ransone is Eddie, and Bill Hader is Richie. Bill Skarsgard, meanwhile, will reprise his star-making role as the evil clown. The film opens in September.

Right after winning the Oscar for The Shape of Water, director Guillermo Del Toro signed on to co-write and produce Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, an adaptation of Alvin Schwartz’ book series. It follows a group of teens trying to solve the mystery of why so many people in their small town are unexpectedly passing away.

Several up-and-coming young actors signed on for roles, including Michael Garza from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay and Moonrise Kingdom’s Gabriel Rush. Production on the film began in August,and CBS films will release it on August 9, 2019.

Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling returns to the big screen on February 8 with The Prodigy. This paranormal chiller casts her as the mother of a young boy who has behavioral issues. She comes to believe that his actions might actually have a supernatural cause.

The really exciting thing here is that The Prodigy is the newest effort from director Nicholas McCarthy. His previous films, The Pact and At the Devil’s Door, are considered by many to be among the eeriest and most stylish indie horror flicks of the last decade.

Will 2019 be the year audiences finally catch a glimpse of Polaroid? The film, about an old Polaroid camera with fatal abilities, was originally scheduled for release on November 22, 2017. Less than a month before that date, the studio abruptly pulled it from its release slate, with no explanation.

Of course, that studio was the Weinstein Company. Itshead honcho, Harvey Weinstein, was in the midst of multiple accusations ofharassment and assault, and the studio was floundering as a result. Recent reports say Netflix has acquired the rights, and may stream Polaroid in the months ahead.

47 Meters Down was a sleeper hit in the summer of 2017. If you saw that shark-attack thriller, you know that at least one of the main characters couldn’t return for the sequel. The other one doesn’t either, as the follow-up, subtitled Uncaged,goes in a different direction.

This time, five young divers discover an underwater city. Obviously, it’s infested with sharks who are eager to snack on them. Nia Long, John Corbett, and Corinne Foxx — daughter of Jamie Foxx — star. Johannes Roberts once again takes on directing duties. The movie will be surfacing on June 28.

Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is not the first person you’d expect to star in a horror movie, yet that’s precisely what she’s doing. The actress has the lead role in Ma, a Blumhouse production directed by her longtime friend Tate Taylor, who also made The Help.

Spencer will play a woman who acts as a den mother to a group of teenagers, only to reveal some potentially troubling ulterior motives. It’s unclear when the film will hit cinemas, butBlumhouse has already staked out several 2019 weekends for unspecified releases. One of them is probably intended for Ma.

Escape rooms have become something of a phenomenon over the past few years. You pay money to get locked in a room, then have an hour to follow clues hidden within that room to get out. The aptly-titled Escape Room puts a horror spin on the idea, having six strangers try to find their way out of one filled with dangerous booby traps. If you’ve seen the trailer, you already know how freaky it looks.

True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll and Tucker and Dale vs Evil’s Tyler Labine star in the film, which will make its way to theaters on January 4.

Grudge is a remake of 2004’s The Grudge, which wasitself aremake of a 2002 Japanese film called Ju-On: The Grudge. Director Nicolas Pescehad every intention of releasing the movie, which stars John Cho, Lin Shaye, and Andrea Riseborough, in 2019. However, a lawsuit might prevent that from happening.

Japanese producer/writer Taka Ichise filed a breach of contract suit against the production company back in July, saying he was denied a contractually-obligated producer’s credit. Depending on how long it takes for the courts to resolve this matter, Grudge could debut in time or be delayed indefinitely.

Released in 1990, Jacob’s Ladder starred Tim Robbinsas a Vietnam War veteran enduring the psychological process of “dissociation” — a separation from one’s physical and emotional reality. Although not a big hit, the power of the movieshook those who saw it, turning it into an eventual cult favorite. A new version of the story is set for release in February.

The 2019Jacob’s Ladder, starring Michael Ealy, is supposedly not a straight remake, but rather an updated take that will maintain the themes, as well as the surreal vibe.We’ll see if it can top the original in February.

Vincenzo Natali is an inventive horror director whose films include Cube and Splice. Having him tackle a story written by author Joe Hill and his famous father Stephen King sounds like a dream come true for genre fans. In the Tall Grass is about a brother and sister who wander into a large, disorienting field after believing they hear a child’s cry for help coming from within. Patrick Wilson is one of the leads.

In the Tall Grass will be a Netflix original production. The company has issued a press release saying they will debut the movie on their streaming service late in 2019.

In a perfect world, audiences would have seen New Mutants already. This horror-themed X-Men spinoff was originally supposed to come out in April 2018. The trailer was playing in theaters, and posters were hanging in lobbies. Then, a month before the scheduled release, 20th Century Fox announced it was bumping the movie back a full year-and-a-half for reshoots to make it scarier. A new character was alsoreportedly added to the story.

Only time will tell if those reshoots did the trick. We’ll find out when New Mutants finally opens on August 2.

Most horror movies try to scare the heck out of you. Others embrace outlandish premises that have a hint of self-aware humor. Crawl sounds like it’s going to fall into the latter category. Produced by Sam Raimi, the film will star The Maze Runner’s Kaya Scodelario as a young woman trying to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, only to find herself trapped in a flooding house filled with alligators.

Workon Crawl began last spring, so we don’t know for sure whether it will be ready to go in 2019 or not. Based on that central concept, it should be a wild ride whenever it turns up.

Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn has a knack for offbeat storytelling. His script for the upcoming Brightburn continues this trait by putting a dark spin on the Superman myth. Elizabeth Banks and David Denman play a couple living in a rural area. They adopt an alien infant that falls from the sky. Rather than being a hero with superpowers, though, the child has evil tendencies.

Sony obviously has a lot of confidence that Brightburn’s twist will appeal to the masses. The studio willrelease it on the lucrative Memorial Day weekend.

There are three reasons to be excited about The Turning. First, it’s from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. Second, it’s a modern take on the classic Henry James novella The Turning of the Screw. Last but not least, it has a seriously cool cast, including Blade Runner 2049’s Mackenzie Davis and Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard.

The Turning was originally supposed to be released on February 22, but Universal pulled it off the schedule a few months ago, giving its spot to How to Train Your Dragon 3. As of now, they have not announced a new date, so it’s anybody’s guess when the film will turn up.

Happy Death Day came out of nowhere in 2017. Despite having no big name stars, it grossed a whopping $122 million worldwide, against a budget of less than $5 million. Audiences were intrigued by the Groundhog Day-inspired story about a young woman whose life ends over and over again.

The sequel, Happy Death Day 2U, finds the masked killer once again forcing heroine Tree (Jessica Rothe) to repeat her final day, but also targeting everyone around her. If this follow-up can recapture the mix of horror and dark comedy that made the original so much fun, it too should be a financial success when it opens on Valentine’s Day.

Writer/director Ari Aster made a huge splash in 2018 with Hereditary, which earned rave reviews and strong box office returns. His follow-up will be called Midsommar, and has the potential to be another winner.

A lot about the movie is being kept under wraps, but we do know thestory is about a young woman (Florence Pugh) going on a trip with her boyfriend, only to encounter something frightening in a small Swedish town. A24 will release Midsommar, just as it did with Hereditary. It’s not officially on theschedule yet, but since the film is in post-production, a 2019 opening is a real possibility.

Child’s Play is a 1988 horror movie about a little boy whose new “Good Guy” doll is inhabited with the soul of a violent psychopath. It turned that doll, Chucky, into an all-time horror icon and spawned six sequels.

In 2019, Child’s Play will receive the reboot treatment. The Chucky doll is rumored to be a little more high-tech in this new version, to reflect toy-making advances since the late ’80s. Aubrey Plaza and Atlanta’s Bryan Tyree Henry will star in the movie, which is scheduled for a June release.

Comedian Jordan Peele made one of the most incisive and acclaimed horror movies of recent times with Get Out. His follow-up, entitled Us, comes out March 15.

Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke portray a couple who visit a beach house with their children and their good friend (Elisabeth Moss). The relaxing vacation comes to an abrupt halt with the arrival of some unwanted visitors. Beyond that, plot details are being kept tightly under lock and key. If it contains as many surprises as Get Out did, the less we know beforehand, the better. This will easily be one of the most-anticipated films of 2019.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 10: ‘Excited’ Michael Cudlitz …

The Walking Dead Season 10 filming isin full swing. Former cast member Michael Cudlitz recently announced that he will be directing one of the episodes of the show this week.

Cudlitz previously played the role of Abraham Ford in the zombie series. After his characters exit from the show, he got a chance to direct an episode in the previous season. The actor recently announced on Twitter that he will be heading to Atlanta to direct another episode of the series.

Could not be more excited, Cudlitz wrote in his post.

The fans of the actor and the show are equally excited, and they shared their thoughtswhile commenting on the actors tweet.

Cudlitz did not tease any details about the plot of the episode he will be directing, but there are many exciting things to look forward to on the show. After a continuous decline in the ratings, the previous season was hailed by the fans as one of the best they has seen lately, Screen Rant reported. Among the plot lines to look forward to are the secret plans of the Whisperers and the mysterious radio contact in the finale episode.

Some of the filming of The Walking Dead Season 10 has already been completed. Cudlitz is expected to be directing the third episode. More details about the plot of the episode may be released closer to the premiere date.

Meanwhile, the Twitter account of the TV series threw some shade at HBOs Game of Thrones, which will be airing the finale episode next week. In the previous episode of the popular fantasy TV series a major character Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was seen riding off on a white horse, and the Twitter page of The Walking Dead pointed out that the lead character of its show Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) has also been riding white horses.

Former cast member Michael Cudlitz returns to direct an episode of “The Walking Dead” Season 10. Photo: The Walking Dead/Facebook

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The Walking Dead comics may have revealed Daryls TV death …

Could this be the way he dies: (Picture: Gene Page/AMC)

Norman Reedus character Daryl Dixon has been slowly but surely filling the gap left behind with the death of Nick Grimes, and he may well follow in his footsteps at least where the comics are concerned.

Viewers of the AMC show were both distraught and happy when they found out Andrew Lincoln was departing from the show, though it was renewed for a season 10.

The show waved goodbye to its main protagonist Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, as fans saw him being whisked away by a helicopter to an unknown location.

His departure from the show, like many other instances, did not follow Robert Kirkmans The Walking Dead comics canon but it doesnt mean the show departs fully from it.

Diehard fans of the comics will quickly point out that Daryl Dixon, who rose to prominence after Grimes left, is a character that was not plucked from the comics and was instead created specifically for the TV show.

With that in mind, how can the comic set up his death in the upcoming season 10 of the show?

In issue number 191 of the Kirkman comics, Grimes was shot in the chest by Sebastian Milton, marking what was mostly likely the end of his life, Comicbook reports.

Though the AMC show has a mish-mash of original and new characters in the mix, it is likely that if Daryl were to die, it would be meeting a similar fate.

That is if Angela Kang, the series writer, dips into the source material and transposes the canon storyline on Daryl, given that Grimes is no longer in the show.

The final episode of season nine appears to have set up Daryl is an important character when the show returns, with fans suggesting his survival could mean he becomes the next leader of Hilltop adding weight to the idea that if he were to go, hed go like canon Grimes.

The Walking Dead is scheduled to return to AMC in October 2019. And is available to watch on NOW TV.

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