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Percy Hynes White Fired From ‘Wednesday’ Amid Controversy, Secures New Role in Horror Film ‘Whistle’

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In a move that has stirred considerable debate, Percy Hynes White, known for his portrayal of Xavier Thorpe in the Netflix series ‘Wednesday,’ has been dropped from the show following allegations of sexual misconduct. These claims, which surfaced online, suggest White was involved in over-serving women at a party with the intent of sexual encounters. Despite the actor’s firm denial of these accusations, Netflix has decided to part ways with him, leading to heated debates among fans.

White’s character, Xavier Thorpe, was a brooding artist in ‘Wednesday,’ initially suspected as the series’ antagonist, only to be revealed as a protector of the title character, potentially setting the stage for a romantic storyline. His departure has shocked fans, who had widely accepted and loved his portrayal.

The allegations against White first emerged through a now-deleted tweet, accusing him of predatory behavior towards underage girls. Responding to these claims, White issued a statement, vehemently denying the allegations and shedding light on the personal toll of the situation. He said, “Earlier this year, somebody I’ve never met started a campaign of misinformation about me online. Because of this, my family has been doxxed, and my friends have received death threats.” White continued, emphasizing the impact of these allegations: “The rumors are false. I can’t accept the portrayal of me as someone bigoted, or criminally negligent of people’s safety.”

Percy Hynes White Instagram Message

Despite the lack of substantiation for these claims, Netflix’s decision to remove White from ‘Wednesday’ has raised questions about the handling of such allegations in the entertainment industry. This decision contrasts with the actor’s recent casting in a new high school horror flick titled ‘Whistle,’ directed by ‘The Nun‘ director Corin Hardy. In ‘Whistle,’ White joins a cast including Dafne Keen and Nick Frost, indicating that other studios may not view the allegations as a disqualifying factor.

In ‘Whistle,’ White will delve into a storyline involving a cursed Aztec Death Whistle, a theme consistent with the grim tones he excelled in while on ‘Wednesday.’ This role marks a swift pivot for the actor, whose career had been momentarily clouded by the controversy.

The diverging responses of Netflix and other studios to the allegations against White highlight the complexities and challenges faced by the entertainment industry in addressing and navigating unproven claims. As White transitions to his new role in ‘Whistle,’ the debate around his exit from ‘Wednesday’ continues, underscoring the ongoing conversation about accountability, due process, and the impact of social media in the public and professional spheres.

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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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