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Justin Long’s Great Horror Career Even Before ‘Barbarian’

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Justin Long’s new movie Barbarian is creating quite the buzz, but this isn’t his first time at the horror movie rodeo. Long was originally supposed to replace Steve on the kid’s show Blue’s Clues back in 2002. That’s how non-threatening the actor’s face is. Through the years, Long has used that to his advantage in horror movies. He is so innocent looking that putting him in horrific situations makes perfect sense because he appears so boyish and likable.

We have gathered some of the 44-year-old’s best horror movie performances just in case you want to explore some of his earlier work before Barbarian.

Jeepers Creepers and Jeepers Creepers 2 (2001 & 2003)

Whatever you may think of this troubled franchise, in the beginning, Jeepers Creepers was a huge hit. The horror movie industry was craving a new movie monster and The Creeper answered that ten-fold. Long plays the handsome Darry who is driving across the country in a classic car along with his sister. They encounter a strange van on the highway and just when you think this going to be another Hitcher long-form chase film, it makes a horrifying left turn.

Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Sam Raimi must have noticed and liked Long’s performance in earlier films because he cast him as Clay Dalton, a frustrated young man whose girlfriend is being stalked by a vengeful witch. In true Raimi style, Drag Me to Hell is full of over-the-top visuals and terrifying special effects. Again, the wholesome Long is thrust into this world making him the perfect contrast to a supernatural powerhouse.

Tusk (2014)

Another prolific director, Kevin Smith, chose Long to star in his off-beat horror film Tusk. This weird shift for Smith is both comical and disturbing. Long plays an opinionated podcaster who goes to Canada to conduct an interview. What he doesn’t know is that the person he is interviewing has a plan to turn him into a walrus using human skin. No kidding.

Ghost Team (2016)

Although not a total disaster, Ghost Team is an amicable distraction. As the title implies this comedy/thriller follows a team of friends who want to investigate a reportedly haunted farm. What they find is more than they bargained for. Long plays a security guard who joins the team and may or may not survive the night.

House of Darkness (2016)

As meet-cutes go, this one is sinister. Long is a man who just wants to hook up with a beautiful woman. As things seem to be going in his favor, his date begins to act strangely. This is a reimagining based on a Bram Stoker novel. Although they don’t say which one in the trailer, you can probably guess without looking on IMDb.

Barbarian (2022)

Here’s one that has everyone talking this year. Many have suggested you stay away from the trailer just to give you an added layer of blindness. Some critics have said that the movie is not what you’re expecting, but it’s even better than you would hope. Zac Efron was supposed to play Long’s role originally, but thank goodness he turned it down because this one is already a classic.

Whether you consider Justin Long an A-list celebrity or an indie prince, his line-up of films is very impressive. As we start seeing him re-visit his horror origins in current films, let’s hope he keeps it up and gives us even more thrills. His latest movie Dear David is in post-production and tells the true story of a journalist haunted by a bean-headed child in his small apartment.

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‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Getting a Bonafide Sequel With Legacy Leads

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With all of the 90’s reboot rigamarole happening in horror cinema these days, it might be no surprise that a beloved thriller is finally getting the direct sequel it deserves.

The 1997 slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer is one of those guilty pleasures that sticks with you just long enough for you to want to watch it again every so often, and now it looks like it is getting another chapter. Moreover, its two leads, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr, are in talks to reprise their roles.

Director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Do Revenge) is reportedly taking the helm on this one.

Although nothing can be confirmed yet, Deadline is reporting that Neal H. Moritz might return as producer, with Leah McKendrick doing the screenplay. Scream writer Kevin Williamson penned the first movie.

Sony has yet to confirm any details about the project.

Amazon tried its hand at an original series adaptation, but sadly their attempt ended in failure after just one season.

In the original, a group of friends is sworn to secrecy after a hit-and-run in which they accidentally strike someone stumbling onto a desolate coastal road. They manage to keep their secret for years until one by one they become victims to a hook-wielding madman who may or may not know what they did.

A failed 1998 sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer starred Hewitt and Prinze Jr. and then an unrelated third movie, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006) was released with little to no accolades.

Deadline also reports that this new film, much like its Scream cousin, will see legacy characters introduced to new ones in this latest chapter.

We will keep you posted as this story develops.

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Keanu Reeves Will Return As ‘Constantine’ in Sequel Directed by Francis Lawrence

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Keanu Reeves will finally return as John Constantine in a film directed by Francis Lawrence once again. Deadline reports that the new film has been given the greenlight. The first film came out back in 2005 and introduced a very different version of DC’s Hellblazer John Constantine.

Keanu Reeves offered his first public comments regarding Constantine 2 going into development under Warner Bros since its announcement last year.

Reeves explained just how much he loved playing the role in the first movie, joking that he was similar to the titular character from Oliver Twist in asking the studio “Can I please have some more?”

“I don’t know if it was unfinished business but it was definitely a role that I loved. And I thought that Francis Lawrence, the director, did such amazing work. I loved playing that character, and I really enjoyed the film. I was like, [adopts Oliver Twist voice] ‘Can I please have some more?'”

Constantine 2 by diamonddead-Art

This apparently became a regular conversation between Reeves and Warner Bros., with the studio regularly saying no to his requests:

“I kept asking almost every year. I’d be like, ‘Can I please?’ [and] they’d be like, ‘No, no!'”

Once the studio finally said “sure” and greenlit the sequel, Reeves and his team quickly got to work and are now “just starting to try and put a story together.”

Reeves was unable to contain his excitement, making it clear that he’s going to “try [his] darndest to try and realize that dream” of making this movie even with all the obstacles in the way:

“So it’s exciting. It’s almost like an open playground that we can hopefully cook something up and play in, and I guess get out of the playground and prepare a meal. But I’m looking forward to it, and hopefully it can happen. You don’t know how these things go. But I’m definitely going to try my darndest to try and realize that dream.”

The Constantine sequel will be directed by Lawrence and produced by Bad Robot with JJ Abrams and Hannah Minghella. Plus, Akiva Goldsmith is set to write.

Over the years since the release of 2005’s Constantine, Matt Ryan played a very authentic version of the blonde, British demonologist for a shortlived NBC series. Ryan has also given the character voice in animated films as well as portrayed the character in spinoffs to other DC worlds such as Legends of Tomorrow.

The synopsis for Constantine went like this:

As a suicide survivor, demon hunter John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) has literally been to hell and back — and he knows that when he dies, he’s got a one-way ticket to Satan’s realm unless he can earn enough goodwill to climb God’s stairway to heaven. While helping policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) investigate her identical twin’s apparent suicide, Constantine becomes caught up in a supernatural plot involving both demonic and angelic forces. Based on the DC/Vertigo “Hellblazer” comics.

Over the years we have heard buzz about a possible Constantine sequel several times, with no actual flame behind the sparks. So, it is definitely exciting to see the film actually moving forward.

Stay tuned for more Keanu Constantine details.

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‘The Barn Part II’ Receives A Blu-Ray Release.

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Fresh off the festival circuit with wins including Best Horror Feature of Nightmares Film Festival and Best Supporting Actress at Genre Blast Film Festival, the sequel to the 2016 retro slasher has returned in The Barn Part II.

The Barn Part II Courtesy of Nevermore Productions.

I am excited to see the sequel to Justin M. Seaman’s 2016 The Barn is now receiving its well-deserved physical media release, The Barn Part II (2022), which is now available on Amazon.

Sara Barnhart (Linnea Quigley) The Barn Part II. Courtesy of Nevermore Productions.

The film takes place after the original, as it’s been three years since Michelle (Lexi Dripps) escaped the events in Wheary Falls. However, she is still plagued with the questions of what truly happened to Sam and Josh (Mitchell Musolino and Will Stout) and the rest of her friends that disappeared on Halloween night. Now in college, Michelle and best friend Heather (Sable Griedel) are put in charge of the annual Gamma Tau Psi haunted house. Unfortunately for Michelle, some uninvited trick-or-treaters from her past come knocking…and this time, they’ve brought their friends…

The Barn Part II Courtesy of Nevermore Productions.

The Barn Part II is stuffed with an array of horror personalities, actors, and actresses that we have all come to love over the years, including Ari Lehman (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th), Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons), Joe Bob Briggs and Diana Prince aka Darcy the Mail Girl (Shudder’s The Last Drive-In), Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), and Doug Bradley (Pinhead from Hellraiser).

Judging by the trailer the sequel seems to capture the same 80s aesthetic as the original did and it soaks in the Halloween atmosphere, delivering those practical effects from a passionate director and team. I am looking forward to checking this one out.

Check out the trailer below.

The Barn Part II Courtesy of Nevermore Productions.

A signed LE Slip Cover Blue Ray is also available from The Barn Merch Store from Scream Team Releasing!

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