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“Five Nights at Freddy’s” Shatters Box Office Records with $80M Debut

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“Five Nights at Freddy’s” has taken the box office by storm, setting new records and redefining expectations. The movie, produced by Universal and Blumhouse, has made a historic mark with its $80 million opening, a figure that’s even more impressive considering its simultaneous release on the Peacock streaming platform.

The film’s Friday collection alone was a staggering $39.5 million, inclusive of $10.3 million from Thursday previews. Such numbers have placed “Five Nights at Freddy’s” in the elite league, making it the third-largest horror opening ever, only surpassed by New Line’s renowned “It” series. Moreover, it has claimed the title for the best Halloween weekend opening and stands as the top horror debut of 2023, leaving behind notable contenders like “Scream VI“.

On the global front, the movie’s success story continues. It raked in an estimated $52.6 million from 60 international markets, culminating in a global tally of $130.6 million. These figures are even more commendable when one considers the film’s modest production budget of $25 million. With this, “Five Nights at Freddy’s” has set the benchmark for the year’s biggest worldwide horror film debut.

Making Of Five Nights At Freddy’s

Blumhouse, the studio behind the film, has another feather in its cap. The movie’s performance has outshone their previous best, “Halloween,” which had a domestic opening of $76.2 million in 2018.

While critics have given mixed reviews, audiences seem to be in love with the horror offering, awarding it an A- CinemaScore. Such high audience ratings are a rarity in the horror genre, indicating the film’s potential for a long and successful run.

Josh Hutcherson and Matthew Lillard

The movie’s premise revolves around a security guard, played by Josh Hutcherson, who finds himself in a nightmarish scenario at a family-themed pizza restaurant. The animatronic characters in the restaurant spring to life, leading to a series of thrilling events. The plot takes a darker turn when local miscreants, under the orders of the protagonist’s Aunt Jane, break into the establishment.

The film’s success also sheds light on the changing dynamics of movie releases. The simultaneous theater and streaming release, a model that was once frowned upon, seems to be gaining traction, especially in the post-pandemic world.

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‘Sweet Home’ Returns After Two Years For a Bloody Season 2

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On December 1, the long-awaited Netflix show Sweet Home returned for season 2. If you aren’t familiar with this South Korean gore-fest, you’re not alone. But it is a popular series for fans who have followed the webtoon. It’s also had a two-year hiatus in between seasons with another one reportedly in the works.

The series follows, “Hyun, a loner high school student who lost his entire family in a terrible accident, is forced to leave his home and has to face a new reality where monsters are trying to wipe out all of humanity. Now he must fight against all odds to try and race against the clock to save what is left of the human race before it’s too late.”

Sweet Home S2 (L to R) Lee Si-young as Seo Yi-kyung, Song Kang as Cha Hyun-su in Sweet Home S2 Cr. kim Jeong Won/Netflix © 2023

Season two takes place in “A world where desire turns monstrous. The Green Home survivors and Hyun-su each fight to survive in new places, while other beings and mysterious phenomena emerge. New desires and more struggles unfold in this Netflix series.”

The first series was among one of Netflix’s highest-rated shows after its release. Praise went to its astounding special effects and character development. But many called out the lackluster tone in the final episodes of season one. Hopefully season two recaptures all the action, gore, and suspense that made the first such a favorite.

Season One Trailer:

Sweet Home: Season One

Season Two Trailer:

Sweet Home: Season 2
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‘Salem’s Lot’ Screenplay Writer Gary Dauberman Signs New Deal with Screen Gems and Sony Pictures

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Gary Dauberman (The Nun) just signed himself up to create a bunch of new horror projects. It looks like Screen Gems and Sony Pictures are coming around to the idea that horror can be a lucrative endeavor. This new deal gives these two divisions a first look agreement for any future projects involving Gary Dauberman.

Gary Dauberman has made a name for himself recently as one of the modern masters of horror. He has an impressive catalog of horror flicks tied to his name. Some of the more notable flicks include The Nun II, IT Chapter Two, Swamp Thing, Annabelle, Wolves at the Door, and Within.

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Salem’s Lot

Even with that impressive list of films behind him, most fans are excited to see what lies in his future. His upcoming titles include Salem’s Lot, Gargoyles, and The Last Train to New York. Fans have been ravenous for updates about Dauberman’s new reimagining of Salem’s Lot. Based on how well his work has done up until this point, I think they will be in for a good time.

Dauberman had the following to say about his new role with Screen Gems:

“I am thrilled to be part of the exciting new chapter of horror at Sony Pictures and Screen Gems. I’m truly inspired by Ashley’s energy, instincts, and vision for the genre space, and I thank Josh and Sanford for their trust and support, and their commitment to horror fans.”

These actions are taking place as Sony Pictures plans to revitalize Screen Gems. Sony intends to use Screen Gems to produce more horror films for a mainstream audience. And who can blame them for that? Putting out more horror with one of the best horror movie writers around sounds like a great idea. Here is hoping that Dauberman is up for the challenge.

That’s all the information we have on this deal at this time. Feel free to check out Dauberman’s full credit list here. As always, make sure to check back here for updates and all of your horror news.

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Director Adam Green Relays a Chilling True Story About the Ski Lift in ‘Frozen’

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Just before director Adam Green announced the DVD release of his festival hit Victor Crowley back in 2018, he gave fans a behind-the-scenes tale about another one of his films; Frozen.

As we approach the 14th anniversary of that movie, we thought we would rewind a bit and re-share what he said about his experience on Frozen; his most successful film to date.

In Frozen a group of friends get stuck on a ski lift high above the ground in the middle of a snowstorm and try to figure out how to get down.

The film is not based on a true story, but there is an eerie coincidence as he tells it attached to the film’s location, and he may have had a premonition while riding the lift before cameras even started rolling.

“[We] finally came over these trees and there it was,” conveys Adam while scouting exteriors 50 feet above the ground. “There was the spot and instead of me saying ‘This is where we should shoot the movie,’ for some reason I said ‘This is where they die,’ and the chair just stopped- stopped! And I thought the representative of the mountain was like f***ing with us or something, but no it stopped.”

Adam says he excused the sudden halt to the wind or something else; it’s no rare occurrence that ski lifts stop without warning, but he says it was still really eerie and what was only a few minutes of hanging there in mid-air, felt like an hour.

Here’s the strange part,  as he was shooting the movie he found out from lift operators that someone had taken their own life with a firearm in that exact same location. They even showed a member of the crew the alleged chair that had the bullet hole in it.

Thinking it was still just a rumor, or a local urban legend Adam did more investigating. It wasn’t until Sundance that Adam got confirmation the death was real.

“Somebody in the audience raised their hand, and…said the person’s name. It was a true story, someone did die there. After that point my editor and I started going through all the footage trying to see if there was another voice on the audio or can you see anything.” They didn’t.

However chilling that story is we’d still love to hear if there was ever a conversation with Disney about using them using the name Frozen for their animated hit which came out three years later.

We sadly assume Disney won’t be doing a princess musical about Victor Cowley anytime soon, so we know that copyright is safe.

Green talks about his ski lift premonition at 11:38 in the video below:

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