John Carpenter is an icon of our genre for a reason. The man has made countless terrific films over the course of his career, from straight horror masterpieces like Halloween, to sci-fi/horror combos like The Thing and They Live, to apocalyptic dystopian action flicks like Escape From New York.
While They Live thankfully has yet to be touched, many of Carpenter’s best works have since been remade, usually for the worse. Still, the ever-blunt Carpenter has made it known that he really couldn’t care less, as each remake not only brings new eyes to his original films, but also lines his pockets with royalty checks.
The latest Carpenter classic to get a redo is Escape From New York, which more than one studio has tried to make happen for about a decade now, only for the project to ultimately fall apart. 20th Century FOX seems committed to getting it done though, having previously hired Luther creator Neil Cross to pen the script.
Now, according to a report by The Tracking Board, FOX has found its director for the project in Robert Rodriguez, helmer of such genre hits as From Dusk Till Dawn, The Faculty, and Planet Terror.
While most would argue that Escape doesn’t need a remake at all, Rodriguez is definitely one of the better picks FOX could make to direct it, as his genre bona fides are unquestionable.
A firm deal is not yet in place, but FOX sees him as the favorite, and Rodriguez is apparently eager to work with the studio again. Rodriguez recently directed Alita: Battle Angel for them, and produced Predators for them back in 2010.
As stylish as his films are – and as much as he revels in making unapologetic R-rated genre flicks – Rodriguez seems like an inspired choice to take Snake Plissken back to Carpenter’s demented version of the city that never sleeps.
Speaking of Snake, several actors have been attached to play him in an Escape remake over the years, including Gerard Butler. Currently though, the role remains unfilled. Knowing Rodriguez, he’ll lobby for Danny Trejo, and really, would that be so bad?
The Grinch Goes for Gore in ‘The Mean One’
The Mean One takes The Grinch and inserts a lot of gore and horror into its foundation. Recently, movies like this one and Winnie The Pooh’s Blood and Honey are taking beloved tales and turning them to horror. We can totally get behind the new trend. The Mean One stars Terrifier’s Art the Clown actor David Howard Thornton as The Grinch. That’s just one more reason to be excited about the macabre take on the classic Suess tale.
The synopsis for The Mean One goes like this:
“a hairy, green-skinned grump in a Santa suit, living on a mountain high above the town of Newville, despising the holiday season. Young Cindy You-Know-Who (Krystle Martin), whose parents were butchered by The Mean One twenty Christmases earlier, is returning to town to seek closure… but when the Mean One launches a new reign of terror that threatens to destroy Christmas, Cindy finds a bold new purpose – trapping and killing the monster.”
We can’t wait for the trailer for this one. Luckily, we won’t have to wait long since the full teaser drops on Monday (November 28).The Mean One arrives in theaters beginning December 9.
‘Fear’ Trailer Introduces an Entity That Makes Your Worst Fears Come True
Deon Taylor is severely underrated as a director and producer. His work has been a penchant of horror, thriller and social commentary that is absolutely biting. These have included Fatale, Black and Blue, The Intruder, Traffik, and more. His latest film, Fear takes a group of friends on a vacation who come across an entity that is capable of making your worse fears come true.
Taylor’s work is a tapestry of a throwback to grindhouse thrillers combined with a strong current of the strongest of black filmmaking voices in the 1970s. I’m always on the lookout for what Taylor is up to next.
The synopsis for Fear goes like this:
In this psychological horror film, a group of friends gather for a much-needed weekend getaway at a remote and historic hotel. Celebration turns into terror as one by one, each guest faces their own worst fear.
The film stars Joseph Sikora Andrew Bachelor, Annie Ilonzeh, Ruby Modine, Iddo Goldberg, Terrence Jenkins, Jessica Allain and TIP “T.I.” HARRIS.
Fear arrives in theaters beginning January 27.
Netflix’s Stalker-Focused ‘You’ Gets Season 4 Release Date
Joe is heading to London. The strangely loveable stalker (words nobody ever dreamt they would say before watching You) is in hiding following the finale of season three. He has taken on a new identity and has hopped over the pond. The new season will undoubtedly find Joe smitten with an all-new unfortunate human being. Penn Badgley is once again taking on the challenging role.
The new season of You announced its two-part release date. The first half in February and the second half launches not long after in March.
The synopsis for You season 4 goes like this:
“After his previous life went up in flames, Joe Goldberg has fled to Europe to escape his messy past, adopt a new identity, and, of course, to pursue true love. But Joe soon finds himself in the strange new role of reluctant detective as he discovers he may not be the only killer in London. Now, his future depends on identifying and stopping whoever’s targeting his new friend group of uber-wealthy socialites…“
You arrives on Netflix beginning February 4 followed by the second half on March 9.