“The movie is really Alien-on-a-ship in 1897,” director André Øvredal says of his horror film The Last Voyage of the Demeter, which sails into theaters on Aug. 11. “Dracula is the creature that they have to contend with.”
The recently-released trailer for Øvredal’s film, based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula, focuses on the section of the book where the Count embarks on a treacherous sea journey from central Europe to England on board the merchant vessel Demeter.
Check out the trailer below to get a glimpse of what’s in store:
“It’s the story of the crew experiencing what, to them, is a crazy event, things they cannot fathom or understand,” says Øvredal, who previously terrified audiences with 2016’s Brian Cox-starring The Autopsy of Jane Doe and 2019’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
“In the pantheon of Dracula movies, that is a very unique and interesting take, to twist it around completely, where nobody knows who Dracula is. He is just the enemy. He is just the alien. We get to know these crew members from various parts of the world, who just happened to be gathered on this specific ship. And obviously, horror ensues.”
Javier Botet Cast As Dracula
Spanish actor Javier Botet is set to portray the iconic character of Dracula in the upcoming movie. Although you may not recognize his name, you have likely seen his remarkable performances, which are often obscured by heavy makeup.
Botet is renowned for his ability to embody grotesque monsters, owing in part to his distinctive body type and Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder affecting the body’s connective tissues that enables him to contort his body in surreal and often eerie ways.
One of Botet’s most memorable performances can be seen in the horror film Mama (2013), particularly in the test footage where his remarkable acting skills are evident before being augmented by CGI. You can see this footage below:
Watch Deleted Predator Tree Chase Scene From ‘Prey’
To celebrate the 4K UHD, Blu-ray™ and DVD release of last year’s movie Prey, 20th Century Studios has made available a deleted animated storyboard scene. In this clip, we see our heroine Naru in a foot chase with the Predator through the tree tops of the forest canopy.
The movie is already loaded with beautiful chase scenes and suspenseful set-ups but it is a shame we never got to see this one incorporated into the movie.
Prey came out on Hulu in 2022. It was a critical hit and fans seemed to love the unique stand-alone storyline. People did fall in love with Naru’s canine companion Sarii, whose real name is Coco. She had no previous film experience and was trained specifically for the movie.
The first video is the scene without commentary. The second one includes commentary from director Dan Trachtenberg.
Halloween 3D: The Sequel to the Rob Zombie Remakes That Almost Happened
One of the most popular horror movie franchises of all time is none other than Halloween. The horror slasher Michael Myers is an icon among horror fans and pop culture. While the franchise has a large fan base and has produced many films, this also means that there is controversy among certain films. The Rob Zombie remakes are among some of the most controversial in the franchise. While both films did well at the box office, fans are split on whether they like it or not. It’s mainly due to the extreme violence and gore, giving Michael Myers a background on his childhood, and the grungy Rob Zombie filming style. What many fans don’t know is that a 3rd film was planned and almost happened. We will dive into what the film would have been about and why it never happened.
Rob Zombie’s first Halloween remake was released back in 2007. There was excitement among both fans and critics for a fresh start to the Halloween franchise after endless sequels. It was a box office hit making $80.4M on a $15M Budget. It did poorly with critics and was split among fans. Then in 2009, Rob Zombie released Halloween II. The film didn’t do as well at the box office as the first film but still made $39.4M on a $15M Budget. This film is even more controversial among both critics and fans alike.
While the second film wasn’t received as well, it still made over twice the film’s budget, so Dimension Films greenlit a 3rd film to the series. Rob Zombie stated he would not return to direct the 3rd film due to the horrific time he had with the company while making the second film. This would lead the company to approach a new writer and director while the second film was still in production due to them assuming Rob Zombie wasn’t coming back for a third film.
The 3rd film in the Zombie-Verse was going to be titled Halloween 3D. It would take the same approach of being filmed in 3D as many other franchises have done with its 3rd entry. 2 different scripts were written for this film at the time. Unfortunately, neither script was pursued and only one made it into 10 days of production before ultimately being scrapped. Miramax then lost the rights as the contract deal expired in 2015.
Script Idea #1
The first script was conjured up by filmmakers Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier. It would follow the theatrical ending of Halloween 2 as the director’s cut had not yet been released. The story would follow the idea that Laurie killed Dr. Loomis and was hallucinating when she thought it was Michael Myers. Michael would disappear only to reappear and take off with Laurie by his side as a murder pair. The two would leave to find their mother’s corpse and dig her out of the ground. A group of teenagers stumble upon them and all are killed except for one who is named Amy. A standoff ensues with Sheriff Brackett being killed by Laurie and Michael Myers being hurdled in a burning Ambulance into a dam. Michael Myers is presumed dead.
Then jumping ahead in the story, Laurie is housed with Amy in the same psychiatric hospital. Michael returns for Laurie and a blood bath ensues inside the J. Burton Psychiatric Hospital. This would ultimately lead to a final standoff at a giant festival where Michael plants a bomb in his stomach from his mother’s urn and it explodes. It wounds Laurie and she tells Michael she is not like him leading to him stabbing her in a final attempt before death. She dies and then Michael dies as well while Amy watches in horror.
Script Idea #2
The second script was written by Stef Hutchinson shortly after the first script fell through and follows the theatrical ending of Halloween II. It opens at the Nichols home in Langdon, Illinois a few days before Halloween. The son is plagued by terrifying nightmares about the boogeyman and is attacked by him in his bedroom. The mother wakes up to the screams to find her husband dead beside her and she runs into Michael, and he kills her. The story then jumps ahead to Halloween day where we see a retired Brackett laying flowers at Laurie’s grave. It has been 3 years since that dreadful night when both Loomis and Laurie died. Michael Myers’s body was never recovered. The new sheriff Hall checks on Brackett only to find his house littered with cases related to Michael Myers. Brackett’s niece Alice walks in to find the two talking.
Jumping ahead in the story we find that Michael Myers crashes the homecoming game where both his niece Alice and her best friend Cassie are. They are chased back to the school where Brackett runs to after Alice tips him off as to what is going on. A showdown occurs where Brackett must choose between saving Cassie or killing Michael. He chooses to save her, and Michael disappears into the night. A confused Brackett wondering why Michael didn’t kill him goes back home only to find a severed head on the Nichols porch which is right across the street from his house. He then enters the home to see the name Alice written in blood on the wall. Alice was Michael Myers’s true obsession and only made it seem like he was after Brackett’s niece. He then tries to phone Alice’s home to no answer. The movie then pans to her slaughtered parents and Alice burning at the stake. Michael Myers watches with his head titled as she burns.
These are both unique script ideas and something that would have been interesting to see play out on the big screen. Which one would you have liked to see come to life on the big screen? Let us know in the comments below. Also, check out the trailers for the 2 Rob Zombie remakes down below.
Watch The New ‘Wizard of Oz’ Horror Film ‘Gale’ on New Streaming App
There is a new horror movie streaming app available on your digital devices. It’s called Chilling and it’s currently streaming Gale Stay Away From Oz. This movie got some buzz last year when a full-length trailer was released, since then, it hasn’t really been promoted. But recently it has become available to watch. Well, sort of.
The movie streaming on Chilling is actually a short. The studio says it’s a precursor for an upcoming full-length movie.
Here’s what they had to say on YouTube:
“The short film is now live [on Chilling app], and serves as the setup for the feature film that will be going in to production soon.
Long gone are the days of emerald cities and yellow brick roads, the enchanting tale of the Wizard of Oz takes a haunting turn. Dorothy Gale (Karen Swan), now in her twilight years, bears the scars of a lifetime entangled with the paranormal forces of a mystical realm. These otherworldly encounters have left her shattered, and the echoes of her experiences now reverberate through her sole living relative, Emily (Chloë Culligan Crump). As Emily is beckoned to confront the unresolved matters of this bone-chilling Oz, a terrifying journey awaits her.”
One of the most incredible things we took away from the teaser other than how moody and creepy it is, was how much lead actress Chloë Culligan Crump resembles Judy Garland, the original Dorothy from the 1939 original.
It’s about time someone continued this story. There are definitely elements of horror in Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz book series. There have been attempts to reboot it, but nothing has ever quite captured its eerie but jovial qualities.
In 2013 we got the Sam Raimi directed Oz the Great and Powerful but it didn’t do much. And then there was the series Tin Man that actually got some good reviews. Of course, there is our favorite, 1985’s Return to Oz starring a young Fairuza Balk who would later become a teen witch in the hit 1996 movie The Craft.
If you want to watch Gale just go to the Chiller website and sign up (we are not affiliated or sponsored by them). It is as low as $3.99 a month, but they are offering a free seven-day trial.