The midseason finale of The Walking Dead Season 6 made the unusual choice of reserving its bloodshed for 2016, even among characters who’d already looked like goners. We’ll have to wait until February 14 to find out who’s walker-chow, but one among the herd may look a bit familiar, if new photos are to judge.
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Halloween isn’t for several months (though couldn’t it be said that Halloween is more of a state of mind, and lives inside us all year long?), but there’s no wrong time in the moviegoing calendar for a blood-curdling horror story. Odd as it may be for the new spine-tingler The Witch to go into wide release a few days after Valentine’s Day, the February 19 debut shouldn’t deter anyone from checking out this supremely creepy, precisely controlled work of tension and fear. Presiding studio A24 has thrown their considerable weight behind a clever ad campaign for what they hope will be a Blair Witch-style breakout hit, with depictions of Ted Cruz as the truest form of evil and a Snapchat account launching the star-bound career of Black Phillip, the film’s demonic goat.
Although Ridley Scott recently said that Noomi Rapace would reprise her role — albeit briefly — as Dr. Elizabeth Shaw in Alien: Covenant, the director has now determined that the actress will actually not be returning for the upcoming Prometheus sequel / Alien prequel. Many assumed we might see how her ill-advised adventure with Michael Fassbender’s David panned out, though it’s fair to assume that things didn’t go so well.
The trailer for the remake of Eli Roth’s campy horror classic Cabin Fever is less of a trailer, and more of an existential exercise in futility. To wit: what is the point of remaking a film if you’re just re-using the shooting script from the original? Perhaps Travis Zariwny’s remake isn’t an earnest attempt to re-adapt Roth’s original film, but instead to hold a mirror up to the Hollywood factory-culture of remakes that ultimately feel pointless and achieve far less than their superior predecessors. Or maybe this is just another dumb remake.
American Horror Story always provides a yearly guessing game to determine its next cycle’s focus, while curious recent reports suggested internet horror meme “Slender Man” might take some of the spotlight in Season 6. Not so, unsurprisingly, though we might expect Season 6's true focus to feel otherwise familiar.
Andres Muschietti’s Mama was a surprise horror hit when it arrived back in 2013. Produced by Guillermo del Toro, the ghost story hit theaters in January, a notorious wasteland where studios tend to dump their iffier prospects. But the film earned some great word-of-mouth and went on to make $146 million worldwide, making news of a sequel not all that surprising. Muschietti won’t be back to direct, but Universal has found a very talented pair of filmmakers to take his place.
It takes a special brand of viewer to make heads or tails of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story these days, and it seems Hotel and Asylum star Chloe Sevigny isn’t even one of them. Not only did the actress have an “existential crisis” over the violence, but also isn’t certain if she’d be asked back for Season 6.
Slipping through a crowd of walkers with only guts for protection seems dangerous enough, before you add a whiny brat into the mix. The Walking Dead Season 6 will learn this lesson hard in the February 14 midseason premiere, the latest clip of which sees little Sam just begging for a zombie bite.
Now that we’ve largely washed away the stench of American Horror Story: Hotel, talk naturally turns to the sixth chapter of Ryan Murphy’s FX frightfest, still largely under wraps. We know of at least one returning cast member, while a new report suggests that Season 6 might actually feature urban legend meme “Slender Man.”
However much the first half of The Walking Dead Season 6 spent jumping around time and perspective, few would argue that our beloved Daryl got the short end of the stick, leading only a solitary episode, and losing his iconic motorcycle and crossbow in the process. Our long national nightmare has ended, however, as the back eight will feature much more Norman Reedus, even “a little Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” action with Rick.