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FEARnet to Debut New Two-Hour Funhouse Weekend Programming Block in AugustMost of us grew up spending Saturday mornings with the TV, enjoying animated classics and a few live-action shows as well. Well, FEARnet remembers those days, too, and is getting ready to launch “Funhouse” on August 18.

From the Press Release:
FEARnet, cable’s premier destination for horror, suspense, and thriller content, is adding a new two-hour weekend programming block starting August 18. The morning segment, dubbed “Funhouse,” features half-hour animated programs “The Real Ghostbusters” and “Tales from the Cryptkeeper,” as well as live-action suspense dramas “Eerie, Indiana” and “Dark Oracle.” The “Funhouse” block will be broadcast Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET and re-aired the next day, Sunday, in the same time period on the linear TV channel.

FEARnet’s new “Funhouse” lineup marks the first time that the emerging cable network has broadcast both animated and live-action acquired series in a combined themed block of time. In fact, the block will highlight three all-time favorite television shows that haven’t been nationally broadcast in over a decade and one show, “Dark Oracle,” that has never been available on U.S. stations.

Now in more than 7 million U.S. homes, FEARnet, with this new weekend morning block, is targeting the same highly-coveted adult demographics, 18- to 34-year-olds and others, which it has been successfully reaching with its feature film acquisitions and original series.

“Our director of programming, Sarah Shannon, and I are constantly looking for rare gems like foreign films, independents, or shorts programming that our rabid and loyal fan base will enjoy but haven’t seen, or maybe haven’t seen in a while. We designed the ‘Funhouse’ block because FEARnet fans love their genre, but they also relish their nostalgia: shows that hooked them as kids still entertain them, and maybe now their own kids too. ‘Funhouse’ opens great opportunities for us to identify and re-introduce popular programming that previously didn’t have a home in our schedule,” said Peter Block, FEARnet’s president and general manager.

“While some cable networks are extremely successful in targeting the adult audience with animated content blocks in late night,” Block said, “We decided to go a different route and provide our viewers with the ability to enjoy programming in a time period that harkens back to weekend mornings of their youth. Moreover, ‘Funhouse’ opens doors to new advertising opportunities due to the programming content.”

Starting August 18, 2012, FEARnet’s programming schedule for both Saturday and Sunday mornings will be as follows:

“THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS” (10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT) — For the first time in 13 years, “The Real Ghostbusters” (1986-1991) are returning to television to keep the world safe from marshmallow men, pink slime, and a spooky assortment of unfriendly ghosts. This animated series was created by founding “Ghostbusters,” film stars Dan Akyroyd and Harold Ramis, and featured the voice talent of comedian Arsenio Hall, as Winston Zeddemore. “The Real Ghostbusters” makes its FEARnet debut in the 10 a.m. ET spot of the Saturday morning Funhouse block.

“TALES FROM THE CRYPTKEEPER” (10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT) — Brace yourselves: the Cryptkeeper is back, and he’s bringing his frightful animated features to FEARnet’s “Funhouse” lineup. Starring the voice of the infamous Crypt Keeper, himself, John Kassir—and produced by original “Tales from the Crypt” execs Robert Zemeckis and Joel Silver—“Tales from the Cryptkeeper” (1994-1997) transports the franchise back to its classic comic book roots. “Tales from the Cryptkeeper” will air in the 10:30 a.m. ET time period.

“EERIE, INDIANA” (11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT) — Marshall Teller’s adventures in the most abnormal “normal place in the entire country” return to television, as “Eerie, Indiana” (1991-1992) invades the FEARnet “Funhouse” lineup. The live-action cult series features episodes directed by genre vets Joe Dante (“Gremlins,” “The Howling”) and Bob Balaban (“Tales from the Darkside,” “Amazing Stories”), and was critically acclaimed for its balance of youthful humor with a dramatic and suspenseful tone worthy of “The X-Files.” “Eerie, Indiana” will premiere at 11 a.m. ET in FEARnet’s Saturday morning “Funhouse” block.

“DARK ORACLE” (11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT) — Rounding out FEARnet’s “Funhouse” lineup is the Canadian export “Dark Oracle,” where twin teens, Cally and Lance Stone, discover that the titular comic book contains clues about their future… and harbors deadly secrets. Created by “Degrassi: The Next Generation” scribe Jana Sinyor, and starring Alex House, lead character Todd of FEARnet’s “Todd & The Book of Pure Evil,” “Dark Oracle” (2004-2006) mixes live-action with comic book animation, and introduces a healthy blend of teenage drama into the horrific proceedings. With an engaging running storyline that will keep viewers hooked, week after week, “Dark Oracle” is set for the 11:30 a.m. ET slot in FEARnet’s Saturday morning “Funhouse” block.

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Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day Has Now Made $100 Million Worldwide

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Well, it looks like it will only be a matter of days at this point until we hear that Blumhouse will be producing a sequel to their recent hit Happy Death Day.

Deadline is reporting that the PG-13 slasher has just snatched up $100 million dollars worldwide. It breaks down to a total of $55.5M domestic and $44.6M international.

These are surprising numbers considering the film is a (fairly) bloodless slasher. But it does sport the twist/gimmick of being placed within a time-loop so it has my interest.

I haven’t seen the film yet myself, but I do plan on checking it out once it hits Blu-ray on January 16th, 2018. How about you? Let us know below!

Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon from a screenplay he wrote with Scott Lobdell. The film stars Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, and Rachel Matthews.

The film hits Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand January 16, 2018.

Blu-ray Bonus features:

Alternate Ending

Deleted Scenes

Cupcakes & Killers

You’ve Killed Me!

Tree’s Final Walk of Shame

Worst Birthday Ever – Filmmakers and cast discuss the challenges of executing the time-loop concept at the center of the film, including how to make each day feel different despite the fact it’s being repeated.

Behind the Mask: The Suspects – At the heart of any great murder mystery is a list of possible suspects. In this featurette, we explore all the possible identities of Tree’s killer.

The Many Deaths of Tree – Director Christopher Landon, star Lena Rothe, and producer Jason Blum recap the various ways in which Tree is killed, but also explain why we never actually see her die.

Synopsis:

A college student who relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

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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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