Steven Soderberg’s 2011 film Contagion is apparently making a comeback in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak in China.
The film, which boasted an incredible cast including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, and Matt Damon, tells the story of a global pandemic that begins when Paltrow’s character returns from Hong Kong with what she thinks is a cold. In a matter of days, however, her son is sick and she has died.
The film confronted the possibilities of such a virus thoroughly and though a cure was eventually found, the world was left decimated in its wake. It was a bit like The Stand without the supernatural showdown between good and evil. Not only was it compelling, but it was also quite terrifying at times.
According to Deadline, Contagion appeared on the iTunes Top Movies list within days of the outbreak of the virus in China. Were people just reminded of the film? Are they afraid and looking for pointers on how to protect themselves?
No one can say for certain, but if there is one thing any horror fan knows, it’s this: Horror and thriller films tap into societal fears, and it seems that, in this case, Contagion is having its day once again.
On a lighter, though somewhat more troubling note, it appears that quite a number of folks thought that the coronavirus had something to do with Mexico’s Corona beer?
USA Today is reporting that searches for the beer brand surged this last week along with searches for “corona beer virus” and “beer virus.” OF those that searched for the terms, 57% searched for “corona beer virus.”
The same article goes on to the address the spike in searches for symptoms of the virus and “what is coronavirus” which is much more understandable.
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‘Children of the Corn’ Adaptation Headed to Theaters and Shudder
It’s been almost 40 years since Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton got into it with “He who walks behind the rows,” in Fritz Kiersch’s Children of the Corn, based on a story by Stephen King.
Today, Deadline reports that director Kurt Wimmer’s film will finally get a theatrical release on March 3, with a Shudder streaming release on March 21. But don’t get too excited, because this isn’t a remake or even a reboot. Wimmer has said this version has “almost nothing to do” with King’s original short story or the ’84 movie.
“We went back to the story and free-associated from there,” the director told Variety.
You may also notice the dateline for production is 2020. It was big news at the time that Wimmer was going to shoot his movie in Australia during the height of the COVID pandemic. Through safety protocols including social distancing, they managed to get through it.
Producer Lucas Foster said at the time, “You can theorize all you like about safety protocols, but until you get on set, you don’t really know. But I can now tell you it is impossible to keep a camera crew 1.5 meters apart.”
This updated take on King’s short story doesn’t appear to involve a married couple on a road trip at all. Instead, it is an origin story about how all the adults in the small town met their murderous ends.
“Children of the Corn follows a 12 year old girl in Nebraska who is possessed by a spirit in a dying cornfield. She recruits the other children in her small town to go on a bloody rampage and kill all the adults and anyone else who opposes her. A bright high schooler who won’t go along with the plan is the town’s only hope of survival.” — Deadline
Make sure to keep checking back to iHorror for the trailer once it drops. And let us know whether you like the concept of moving away from the original story, or if you would have liked it to follow King’s short story more closely.
Drew Barrymore Welcomes Allison Williams By Dressing Up Like ‘M3GAN’
Allison Williams star of the breakout hit, M3GAN. The film has brought in a huge and unexpected amounts of money and continues to climb. Right now it is sitting at $125 million and counting. In order to welcome Williams, Barrymore got in full M3GAN gear and served up some dance moves, and acted out other qualities the doll brings to her home.
Barrymore hilariously begins to have technical difficulties with her contact lenses leading to a moment that rivals the contact lens malfunction in Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and that is saying a lot.
The synopsis for M3GAN goes like this:
“M3GAN is a marvel of artificial intelligence, a lifelike doll that’s programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally. Designed by Gemma, a brilliant roboticist, M3GAN can listen, watch and learn as it plays the role of friend and teacher, playmate and protector. When Gemma becomes the unexpected caretaker of her 8-year-old niece, she decides to give the girl an M3GAN prototype, a decision that leads to unimaginable consequences.“
M3GAN is now playing in theaters everywhere.
Wes Craven’s ‘Red Eye’ is Getting a 4K UHD Release
Wes Craven is a true master of horror. He gave us A Nightmare on Elm Street and a few other timeless classics. Right around the time he dove into Scream he also took flight with a big thriller that scored well with audiences who were all on the edge of their seats. Craven’s Red Eye did well at the box-office and had that word of mouth that kept it in theaters for weeks. Red Eye is now coming to 4K UHD and it is coming with some rad special features.
The synopsis for Red Eye goes like this:
“In the wake of her grandmother’s funeral, hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) is waiting to fly back home when she meets charming Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy) at check-in. She thinks it luck that they’re seated together on the plane, but soon learns otherwise. Jackson hopes to assassinate the head of Homeland Security, but to do so, he needs Lisa to reassign the official’s room number at her hotel. As insurance, Jackson has kidnapped Lisa’s father (Brian Cox).“
The special features for Red Eye break down like this:
The special features for Red Eye goes like this:
New 4K Restoration of the film
Dolby Vision/HDR Presentation of the film
NEW Audio commentary by editor Patrick Lussier
NEW Filmmaker Focus – Wes Craven and Red Eye
NEW Wes Craven: In His Own Words – Featurette
Audio commentary by Wes Craven, Producer Marianne Maddalena, and Editor Patrick Lussier
The Making of Red Eye – Featurette
Wes Craven: A New Kind of Thriller – Featurette
Optional English SDH, English, Spanish, and French subtitles for the main feature
Collectible packaging featuring a foldout image of the film’s theatrical poster and an interior spread with key movie moments
Are you excited about Red Eye coming to 4K UHD? Paramount Home Media Distribution releases Craven’s classic on March 21.