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The Weekly Wrap-Up: February 22-28, 2009

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The Weekly Wrap-Up: February 22-28, 2009

If, as they say, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then The Weekly Wrap-Up has gotten me well on my way to Purgatory. The goal has always been to get something up each and every week, but too many times this year already there was so much going on that I had to forego my Wrap-Up duties.

So, in an effort to streamline the process a bit for myself and make it less cumbersome for you guys as well, I’ll be limiting the column to the five most deserving items (in this Woman’s opinion at least) plus the Story of the Week. From February 22-28, 2009, these are the things that merited more attention than they got:

  • Some of the best news I’ve read in months was that Zack Snyder Readies Sucker Punch. Not a remake, not somebody else’s story. Finally we’ll be able to see what he’s really made of.

  • The genre lost a legend recently: Rest in Peace: Robert Quarry (1925-2009). His portrayal of Count Yorga helped contribute to my life-long love affair with vampires, and I’ll miss him indeed!

  • Dread Central launched a new feature this week entitled Drawing on Your Nightmares. It’s written by Dark Horse Comics writer and editor Scott Allie, and if you somehow missed it, you’ll want to hit that link and see what it’s all about. He’s a smart, fresh voice I look forward to hearing more from.

  • Two utterly fascinating projects on the horizon are the dueling adaptations of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, one with zombies and the other with a Predator. Tristan deconstructs a comparison between the two and hilariously provides his own ideas for some literary horror licenses that might be taken in The Bloody Side of Pride and Prejudice. That Moby Dick scenario? I think he’s really on to something there!

  • I’ve met a lot of the people whose work I admire over the years, but one person who has eluded me thus far is Lance Henriksen. So I was glad to be able to live vicariously through Heather W, who recently had the chance to chat with him about Screamers 2, Near Dark Redux & More. If the rumored Near Dark remake does occur, hopefully the forces behind it will heed Lance’s advice about making it a prequel. But even then, it’s not something I’m much looking forward to.
  • On the other hand, I absolutely cannot wait for the event that comprises the Woman’s Story of the Week: DC & Home Media Magazine Bring You the Reaper Awards! Yeah, they can be narcissistic and pretentious, but I’m still a total geek for award shows … the good ones at least. This will be the first event to honor horror DVDs & Blu-rays exclusively. And I can promise you that the parties working on putting the Reaper Awards together have their priorities straight and will draw on fan input. This will be the real deal. And a helluva fun night.

    The Reaper Awards Coming in October, 2009

    Until next time …

    The Woman In Black

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    Whatever Happened to John Gulager’s Children of the Corn: Runaway?

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    Sometimes a movie goes into production and then seemingly disappears from the world altogether. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Usually, Dimension is involved.

    Ouch. But true.

    Such as Amityville: The Awakening which was filmed in 2014 but didn’t get released until recently this year (3 years). And All the Boys Love Mandy Lane which was completed in 2006 but didn’t see release until September of 2013 – a whopping 7 years!

    Another such movie you may not have even heard about – or more specifically – may not remember hearing about is the lost Children of the Corn sequel from Feast-director John Gulager called Children of the Corn: Runaway.

    What follows is the history of the film as best as we could piece together, along with a possible update on just when we might expect to see this missing sequel.

    It’s worth noting right off the top that this film is closely linked to yet another Dimension film which still has yet to see the light of day, Hellraiser: Judgment. Both films were produced around the same time, in the same area, under producer Michael Leahy.

    Anyhow, the first word we heard on the production of Children of the Corn: Runaway came on March 21, 2016, when it was merely rumored that there was a new Children of the Corn movie secretly being filmed in Oklahoma City, OK.

    It was thought at the time (and most likely true) that Dimension was rushing out a sequel so they could keep the rights to the franchise, regardless if they had a release plan or not.

    That same day we learned that the new film was directed by John Gulager and was going by the title Children of the Corn: Runaway. We also learned the film was currently shooting in Oklahoma City, OK and the surrounding area including Luther and Coyle and that filming would wrap on April 2nd of that year.

    Joel Soisson was rumored as the screenwriter for the new film, and Gatlin Returns, Inc. (natch) was producing with Mike Leahy, Joel Soisson, and Sean Patrick Eaton.

    At the time, the plot of the movie was rumored to be:
    A young pregnant Ruth who escapes a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. She spends the next decade living anonymously in an attempt to spare her son the horrors that she experienced as a child. She lands in the small Oklahoma town, but something is following her. Now, she must confront this evil or lose her child.

    Then all of this info was confirmed the very next day by press release.

    A month later on April 13, 2016, we got a bevy of behind the scenes pics via News OK – all courtesy of Nathan Poppe – and you can check all of those out below.

    After that? Nada. Total silence for 19 months. Children of the Corn: Runaway seemed to fall off the edge of the world. Just like Hellraiser: Judgment.

    But unlike Judgment, which gets fairly regular updates via new Pinhead Paul T. Taylor and director Gary J. Tunnicliffe, no one seems to be talking about Runaway. At all.

    What’s the deal?

    Truthfully, we’re still not sure. In the researching of this article, we reached out to director John Gulager, writer Joel Soisson, producer Michael Leahy, and new Malachi actor Blaine Maye. But all of these leads came up fruitless.

    That is until I attempted to contact lead actress Marci Miller.

    While I was unable to contact her directly, I did take a look at her Instagram, where I was able to confirm that the film is currently doing some ADR and will be shooting for a February/March release date.

    Here is her post:

    Children of the Corn #ComingSoon

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    And if you look closely, you can see that a fan asked (and I’m paraphrasing):

    “When will the movie be released?”

    And below you will see Miller’s reply:

    “February/March.”

    For now, that is all the new info we can find on Children of the Corn: Runaway.

    That said, with Dimension and the Weinstein Company going under recently, maybe another top horror producer (You listening, Jason Blum?) will snatch up the rights to this and Hellraiser: Judgement and we will finally see the films released.

    After all, in the above-mentioned set-visit from NEW OK, producer Michael Leahy said this about Children of the Corn: Runaway and Hellraiser: Judgment:

    “We’ve had a lot of fun,” Leahy told the site back in 2016. “Blood has been flowing here in Oklahoma City. These are two horror films that are going to be seen by a core audience.”

    Yeah, we’ll see about that…

    We’re not trying to be pessimistic here, but really this is getting ridiculous at this point. Will we ever see Children of the Corn: Runaway and/or Hellraiser: Judgment? Your guess is, unfortunately, as good as mine.

    Fingers crossed. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

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    Synapse’s Suspiria 4K Restoration Gets a Release Date

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    Earlier this year, we wrote about Synapse Films’ Suspiria 4K restoration and how it was available for pre-order. The weird catch was that there was no release date confirmed and that pre-orders would go out sometime in December 2017. Today that changes as we can confirm that the 3-disc special edition Blu-ray collection will come out December 19th, just in time for Christmas but a little late for Hanukkah. Any chance we can have one extra night this year?

    Restored over three years, Synapse has been working tirelessly to create the ultimate version of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic supernatural horror film, which has since gone on to become one of the most recognized and lauded titles in the genre. This cut has been overseen and approved by Luciano Tovoli, the Director of Photography on the film.

    Pre-orders are still available via Synapse Films’ website.

    Special features:
    *Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
    *Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
    *Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
    *Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
    *Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
    *Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
    *Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
    *Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
    *A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
    *Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
    *Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
    *Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
    *“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
    *Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
    *Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
    *Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
    *Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release

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    Creep 2 Starring Mark Duplass Hits Netflix This December

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    Just the other day we shared with you guys an exclusive interview with Partick Brice, the director of the Mark Duplass-starring found footage flicks Creep and Creep 2.

    Today we have the awesome news that the killer sequel Creep 2 (review) will be hitting Netflix streaming on December 23rd.

    The original creeptastic motion picture is already streaming on Netflix so if you need to catch up – or just watch the original again – you can do so tonight and get ready for the sequel which, personally, I found to be superior (if even just slightly) to the original.

    What did you think of the original film? Are you excited to check out the sequel? Or have you already seen it? Make sure to let us know in the comments below or on social media!

    Creep 2 starring Mark Duplass and Desiree Akhavan hits Netflix December 23rd!

    Synopsis:

    Desiree Akhavan (“Girls”, APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR) stars as Sara, a video artist whose primary focus is creating intimacy with lonely men. After finding an ad online for “video work,” she thinks she may have found the subject of her dreams. She drives to a remote house in the forest and meets a man claiming to be a serial killer (Mark Duplass, reprising his role from the previous film). Unable to resist the chance to create a truly shocking piece of art, she agrees to spend the day with him. However, as the day goes on she discovers she may have dug herself into a hole she can’t escape.

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