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Word of another unnecessary Hollywood remake of an 80’s horror flick would normally make me wretch with tremendous displeasure, but this time I really don’t feel any extra repulsion. I’ve always said that if you’re going to do a remake, then you might as well remake something that wasn’t all that good the first time around, and let’s be honest for a sec; Prom Night really wasn’t all that good. If any question stems from remaking Prom Night, it would be, “What’s the point in remaking a movie that was already about as derivative of its genre as one could get even back in 1980?” I suspect this is the same reaction I’m going to have 20 years from now when no doubt some Hollywood producers will get it in their heads to do a remake of I Know What You Did Last Summer.

As most of you already know, Prom Night was a slasher movie dealing with a revenge-minded maniac dressed like a burglar that went about axe murdering teenagers attending their high school prom. I never understood why the movie held off the revelation of the killer’s identity until the very end when it was so obvious who it was from the get-go. A none-too-subtle pre-prom scene early in the film gives away the killer’s identity to the point that they might as well have put a blinking graphic on the screen that read: I AM THE KILLER.

Like I said, fairly derivative stuff. Now if they decided to remake Hello, Mary Lou: Prom Night 2 … That might be interesting.

Regardless, Sony Screen Gems has already slotted the Prom Night remake for a tentative February 1, 2008 release date. That’s a long ways off, so no need to dust off your tuxedos and prom dresses just yet. Grudge screenwriter Stephen Susco is still attached to pen the remake along with Ernesto Foronda, who is also attached to co-write the Americanized remake of Oldboy. Man, there really is a career to be made in the Hollywood remake game, isn’t there?

Of course, the big question remains as to who will fill Jamie Lee Curtis’ shoes this time around? I say that as a bit of novelty casting they should hire whomever Rob Zombie casts as Laurie Strode in his Halloween remake. Hey, and then they can remake Terror Train, cast the same girl in the lead again, and the cycle of remake history will come full circle.

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SOMA Sailing to Xbox One on December 1

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SOMA (review) will be heading to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of a new safe mode, and we have all the details you need right here!

SOMA Coming to Xbox One with New “Safe Mode”
There’s no need to be concerned. You are always safe…

Isolated, submerged in the ocean’s darkness, chaos has overtaken the halls of PATHOS-II, and the boundaries of humanity strained beyond repair. From Frictional Games, creators of the critically acclaimed Amnesia series, SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st with the addition of Safe Mode.

Safe Mode introduces an optional new way to play SOMA in the Xbox One and PC releases. Protected from the hostile creatures below, let yourself sink into the mystery and atmosphere of PATHOS-II as you uncover the truth and determine the fate of the station.

SOMA is coming to Xbox One on December 1st and is available to pre-order now. Safe Mode will launch simultaneously as a free update for PC and will be available for PS4 at a later date.

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Thelma Is Fantastic and Now You Can Watch the Opening Scene

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One of this year’s most beautiful and subdued horror films is Joachim Trier’s Thelma (review), which opens in Los Angeles tonight. To give you a bit of what the film is like, The Orchard have released the opening scene, which shows a man and his daughter hunting in the bleak Norwegian winter. When they come across a young deer, the true intentions of this trip become apparent…

Having seen Thelma, I can tell you that it’s truly something special. It’s a slow burn, to be certain, but it plays out gorgeously, resulting in a film that has yet to leave my mind.

Related Story: Exclusive Interview with Thelma’s Joachim Trier

Locations and tickets for Thelma can be found here.

Synopsis:
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of Norway to study at a university in Oslo. While at the library one day, she experiences a violent, unexpected seizure. Soon after, she finds herself intensely drawn toward Anja, a beautiful young student who reciprocates Thelma’s powerful attraction. As the semester continues, Thelma becomes increasingly overwhelmed by her intense feelings for Anja – feelings she doesn’t dare acknowledge, even to herself – while at the same time experiencing even more extreme seizures. As it becomes clearer that the seizures are a symptom of inexplicable, often dangerous, supernatural abilities, Thelma is confronted with tragic secrets of her past, and the terrifying implications of her powers.

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Award-Winning The Child Remains Playing Tomorrow at the Blood in the Snow Festival

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The award-winning supernatural thriller The Child Remains, which has been on the festival circuit, is returning to Canada to play tomorrow night at the Blood in the Snow Film Festival in Toronto. Tickets for the screening, which is at 9:30pm, can be found at the festival’s website.

The film has won awards in festivals across Canada as well as Best Foreign Feature at the Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in London, UK.

Described as The Shining meets Rosemary’s Baby meets The Orphanage, the film stars Suzanne Clément, Allan Hawco, Shelley Thompson, and Geza Kovacs. Directed and written by Michael Melski, who co-produced the film alongside Craig Cameron and David Miller, The Child Remains is aiming for a Canadian theatrical release in Spring 2018 and a US theatrical release in October 2018.

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An expectant couple’s intimate weekend turns to terror when they discover their secluded country inn is a haunted maternity home where unwanted infants and young mothers were murdered. Inspired by the true story of the infamous ‘Butterbox Babies’ and their macabre chapter in Canadian history, The Child Remains is a twisting supernatural thriller that emphasizes story and suspense over shock and gore.

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