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Radio Silence Not Returning For ‘Scream VII’?

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The rumor mills are always churning out the same old speculative stuff. That’s why they are called rumors. But this one about Scream VII piqued our interest because the person who broke the news is adamant that his industry whistleblower is a reliable source. In traditional media you often get factual tips from people who want to remain anonymous. In social media you kind of have to take that rule with a grain of salt. So we are going to season this tidbit as such, and we hope you do the same.

The YouTube channel and podcaster Craven Something Scary posted a video this week about the status of Scream 7, contending that Radio Silence won’t be directing the next entry into the popular slasher series. He adds that their decision was made prior to the strikes.

We called Radio Silence’s office and left a message asking about the rumor. We haven’t heard back.

Radio Silence is a filmmaking team consisting of Matt Bettinelli-OlpinTyler Gillett and Chad Villella. They are responsible for rebooting and directing the Scream franchise starting with 2022’s Scream (5) and this year’s Scream VI.

There are a few reasons why this could be true, and a few reason’s why it may not be true.

Let’s start with why the podcaster’s rumor might be true

The Radio Silence team is hot right now. They are probably eager to start on that Escape From New York reboot they announced late last year. If we know anything about these guys they love nostalgia so they are probably longing for the writer and actor strikes to end so they can get started. That is, if they ever figured out the rights issue. In an interview with Critical Overlord they said there were having movie rights problems that needed hammering out.

They also said they are working on a movie in Ireland: “…a crime thriller and it gets hijacked by a monster movie.” When asked if it was an intellectual property they cryptically added it is a “new way into an old thing.” We now know it is a Universal vampire joint.

Those projects might trump their involvement in another Scream chapter for now especially with all the upheaval going on in Hollywood at the moment. Once things get back to normal there might not be enough time to do another Scream.

Spyglass Media Group owns the property (except Scream IV) and they would probably like to repeat their win sooner rather than later. In the business of show, studios always want to strike while the iron is hot, and horror movies are cheap to make but high on returns. Spyglass may not have the patience. Which brings us to the co-producer/distributor: Paramount Pictures.

Why the rumor about Radio Silence might be false.

Paramount won’t let them leave. Paramount is the prominent studio label on the movie even though it’s not theirs solely. It’s the first name you see on screen — Spyglass second. Scream VI had the highest grossing opening weekend of the franchise’s history. That means Paramount did their job and raked in some serious cash themselves. The movie cost $35M to make and ended up grossing over $108M.

That bolstered with the fact the movie was so well-received critically with both diehard fans and and the casual viewer, means the iron is hot. Fans will go see it on principle while inductees to the fandom will go see it as completionists. Paramount doesn’t play around with their time or money. So they might have to step in and advise Spyglass to pony up. Or do it themselves. They also might have to mend bridges and Neve Campbell back at all costs.

However they also know they can’t duplicate that box office windfall without the right director/movie chemistry. As the franchise’s distributors too, Paramount has the job of getting as many butts in seats (and streaming app subs) as possible through marketing, etc. Since Radio Silence has proven its allegiance to the horror community, there is trust in product there. They are savants when it comes to blending fan service with originality. Putting Samara Weaving in Scream VI‘s cold open was genius, and they knew it. So did Paramount.

The trio have also said they would be crazy not to “stay involved” in any other Scream movies Whether that means as directors and/or producers; that remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure they want Neve Campbell back STAT.

All things considered, Spyglass and Paramount are probably willing to shell out a few extra bucks if they can keep their properties, and everybody involved, intact (Sidney, we’ll see you soon). However as we have seen, they are not above playing hardball and making cutthroat business moves.

The bottom line is, Radio Silence will most likely be back for the next Scream entry in some capacity. Scheduling and other projects might keep them from the director’s chair, which might make Spyglass and Paramount just nervous enough to put their money where their franchise is and make an offer Radio Silence can’t refuse.

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Barbara Crampton Joins ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ in Latest DLC

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Gun has been knocking it out of the park recently with their massively successful Texas Chainsaw Massacre game. And now horror fans have something else to be excited about. The horror legend herself, Barbara Crampton (From Beyond) will be making an appearance in the game’s newest DLC.

Barbara has told Fangoria that she will be added in the game as a new mom character. Fans of Gun’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre game have already applauded the company for their fan service and their ability to respond to fans and keep the game updated with new features. This just shows how much the company truly understands horror fans.

Turns out, Barbara Crampton is a huge Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan from way back. In an Instagram post, she had the following to say: “probably my favorite movie of all time is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre… I was 22 and I couldn’t finish it.”

Not only that, but she is also friends with the amazing Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Here is what she had to say about him: “My favorite character is Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface… He sat right next to me at my first convention and helped me… we became good friends after that.”

Barbara Crampton in Re-Animator (1985)

So not only do we have horror royalty joining the game, but Barbara Crampton is also friends with the OG Leatherface as well as being a lifelong fan. Hopefully, this will spell success for the game’s upcoming DLC. Not that it was unlikely to be a hit with horror fans in the first place. Gun has a proven track record of delivering just what fans are hoping for.

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‘Tales from the Crypt’ Publisher, EC Comics is Being Brought Back to Life at Oni Comics

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After seventy years of being shut down, the iconic EC Comics is coming back by way of Oni Comics. Originally founded as an educational comics brand, it would later become a publisher known for its horror comics and tales to keep you up late at night. William Gaines lead the way and during his time we were gifted with a run of comics such as Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, and of course Weird Science among others. Founded in 1944 and running to 1956 it was eventually shut down due to claims that comic books were affecting the minds of our adolescents. After reaching Congress the issue was large enough to take down the small comics publisher.

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Original Cover art for EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

Of course, later on, HBO would take Tales From the Crypt and reboot it for television with a whole new generation. However, for comic collectors, it was up to either visiting select digital archives online or purchasing old issues by way of auction. It is exciting to hear that Oni Comics is going to bring EC Comics back to life.

“EC Comics is one of the most artistically important and culturally significant publishers of all time. In ways both artful and shocking, EC confronted the darkness lurking behind the thin facade of American society — a throughline of radically confrontational storytelling that we intend to both uphold and escalate with the first new EC tales in decades. We’re challenging ourselves to evolve EC’s relentless energy and fearless sensibilities in ways never before attempted. These are intense comics for our intense times.“ Oni Comics Publisher, Hunter Gorinson said.

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Cover art from EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

The first two comics under the new partnership are two new anthology titles that both lend themselves to the flair of their classics. First up Epitaphs from the Abyss followed by Cruel Universe. You can check out the cover for Cruel Universe at the bottom of the page.

Although the partnership is said to not be about nostalgia, we are still hoping that following some of these new titles we do get a special revisit for Tales from the Crypt or one of the other classics.

Epitaphs From the Abyss is due out in stores beginning this July. Cruel Universe is set to arrive in August.

What do you think about the Oni Comics bringing back EC Comics? Let us know in the comments section.

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Cover for EC Comics upcoming title.

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Images and a Poster Have Arrived For Eli Roth’s ‘Borderlands’

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Eli Roth’s Borderlands is well on its way to a theater near you. The Gearbox Software game adaptation looks to take its characters, costumes, and the world of Pandora right from the game. So, that is a good sign. However, we are still on the fence with this one. We will have a better idea of what to expect when a trailer drops tomorrow. Today we have our first look at some images from the film along with a hyper-neon fun poster.

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Photo: Cate Blanchett as Lilith in Borderlands. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate.

The synopsis for Borderlands goes like this:

Lilith (Blanchett), an infamous outlaw with a mysterious past, reluctantly returns to her home planet of Pandora to find the missing daughter of the universe’s most powerful S.O.B., Atlas (Ramirez). Lilith forms an alliance with an unexpected team – Roland (Hart), a former elite mercenary, now desperate for redemption; Tiny Tina (Greenblatt), a feral pre-teen demolitionist; Krieg (Munteanu), Tina’s musclebound, rhetorically challenged protector; Tannis (Curtis), the scientist with a tenuous grip on sanity; and Claptrap (Black), a persistently wiseass robot. These unlikely heroes must battle alien monsters and dangerous bandits to find and protect the missing girl, who may hold the key to unimaginable power. The fate of the universe could be in their hands – but they’ll be fighting for something more: each other.

Borderlands stars Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart, Edgar Ramirez, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ariana Greenblatt, Florian Munteanu, Haley Bennett, Olivier Richters, Gina Gershon, Cheyenne Jackson, Charles Babalola, Benjamin Byron Davis, Steven Boyer, Bobby Lee, Ryann Redmond, Penn Jillette, and Janina Gavankar, and Jack Black.

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Borderlands arrives in theaters beginning August 9. Are you excited about this one? Let us know in the comments section.

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