According to an article released yesterday by Bloody Disgusting, Gunpowder & Sky has teamed up with YOMYOMF and Nonetheless Productions to create an LGBTQ horror film set in the terrifying world of conversion therapy. The film, titled Moonshadow, was written by Ernesto Foronda and Daniel Foerste (The Station) and will be directed by Silas Howard (Pose).
The script, which is based on Foerste’s own experiences with conversion therapy, tells the story of transgender teen sent to a “science-based” conversion therapy camp by his parents. The twist to this horrific tale is just what those kids at the camp are being converted into.
The horrors of LGBTQ conversion therapy are all too real to many teens, especially here in the U.S. A report released earlier this year by the Williams Institute of UCLA estimates that nearly 700,000 have gone through some form of conversion therapy in their lives and half of that number experienced this harmful, archaic practice while still adolescents.
The report went on to say that in the year 2018 an estimated 20,000 teenagers would be subjected to conversion therapy by a licensed health care professional and an additional 57,000 would be forced into similar conversion techniques led by a religious or spiritual adviser.
The methods used by these medical practitioners and religious leaders include a variety of techniques, though some can more aptly be called torture, such as electroshock, behavior modification, regular therapy sessions, and in some cases, by treating LGBTQ identity as an addiction.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, those who go through conversion therapies are eight times more likely to attempt suicide, six times more likely to suffer from depression, three times more likely to become addicted to drugs, and three times as likely to be at high risk for HIV and other STDs. Sadly, conversion therapy is only illegal in 14 states and in the District of Columbia at this time.
What’s more, with the current administration threatening to roll back protections for LGBTQ citizens, and its emphasis especially with transgender Americans of late, Moonshadow seems like a timely tale to tell, especially as a horror film. It also finds itself in good company with the more mainstream release Boy Erased, another film about conversion therapy, starring Lucas Hedges and Nicole Kidman set to hit theaters this month.
With both a trans director and a trans co-writer working on the project, it seems that Moonshadow is off to a good start, and we here at iHorror will be keeping tabs on the film’s progress for future updates!
Showtime Confirms Both ‘Dexter: Origins’ and More ‘Dexter: New Blood’
Dexter is coming back to Showtime. Despite the character meeting his demise, the network is still betting on two new series to bring fans in to watch. Dexter: Origins will focus on the fly-by-night serial killer in his youth. The series will reveal Dexter’s early days working with Miami Metro. It will also showcase younger versions of characters that we came to love. It is also being reported that characters like The Trinity Killer will make an appearance as well as a whole lot more.
The sky is the limit in terms of the direction that we can go in. However, this will entirely recast Michael C. Hall’s famous character. I’m not sure fans are ready for that kind of change at this point. It feels entirely too soon. But, who knows? We will have to wait and see.
In addition to Dexter: Origins and watching a younger Morgan in Miami Metro, we also have a continuation of Dexter: New Blood. This one will once again bring about Dexter’s son, Harrison following the events of that unexpected finale.
From what I recall, Harrison didn’t have a lot of fans but nonetheless, Showtime is doubling down on the character with a huge gamble. This will see Harrison return to New York City and find that he is plagued with the Dark Passenger just like dear ole’ dad. This will ultimately see the apple fall not very far from the tree.
Are you excited about Dexter: Origins and Dexter: New Blood? I’m really not a fan of Dexter: New Blood continuing the title of Michael C. Hall’s character without Hall being the focus of the series. I digress. Which are you looking forward to? Or… do you think that it is time for Dexter to hang things up and call it quits.
John Krasinski Took to Social Media to Share ‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Images
A Quiet Place: Day One recently began production and in order to share the exciting bits of news producer, John Krasinski took to socials to give fans some goodies. And by goodies, I mean that Krasinski shared some all-new images from the awesome production.
The upcoming spin-off to A Quiet Place has no plot details at the moment but we do know that it also stars Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn.
The sequel to A Quiet Place starring the Abbott fam is still in the works as well. The goal is to give A Quiet Place a much larger world in which we see more stories set in that universe.
The synopsis for A Quiet Place went like this:
If they hear you, they hunt you. A family must live in silence to avoid mysterious creatures that hunt by sound. Knowing that even the slightest whisper or footstep can bring death, Evelyn and Lee are determined to find a way to protect their children while desperately searching for a way to fight back.
A Quiet Place: Day One arrives beginning March 8, 2024.
Are you excited to see A Quiet Place’s universe expanded?
‘Scream 6’ Receives Longest Runtime of the Entire Franchise and 3D Release
Scream 6 is on its way back to theaters. A new and more relentless Ghostface is coming with it and this time you can see him in 3D. Early ticket booking is showing a 3D and 4DX option in many locations.
Be sure to check the theater nearest you to see if they are offering that option. Some of the listings we’ve seen mentioned a 3D “Fan Event”. At this time we’re not sure if this 3D option will be just for one night, or for the entire theatrical run. We are awaiting further clarification.
The first trailer revealed a very different approach to Sceam and its killer. This includes a public slaying featuring Ghostface using a shotgun to dispatch his enemies. Now, nobody is safe at anytime, anywhere you are in New York, you can be attacked. The approach to Ghostface isn’t the only thing that has changed. This Scream also features the longest runtime of any other runtime in the franchise.
The latest Scream clocks in at 2 hours and 3 minutes long. It doesn’t beat the other runtimes by very long, but it still does manage to be the longest entry yet.
That really doesn’t come as surprise these days. It seems like every movie we see is aiming to get a longer and longer runtime. Everything from James Bond films to Batman films are hitting record lengths. I suppose that is a natural reaction to keep up with the storytelling that is allowed in the format of the TV series.
The film stars Melissa Barrera, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mason Gooding, Jenna Ortega, Courteney Cox, Dermot Mulroney, Samara Weaving, Tony Revolori, Jack Champion, Liana Liberato, Devyn Nekoda, Josh Segarra, and Henry Czerny.
The synopsis for Scream VI goes like this:
Four survivors of the original Ghostface killings attempt leave Woodsboro behind for a fresh start.
Scream VI arrives in theaters beginning March 10, 2023.