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Guillermo del Toro to Help Bring Us MamaWhat makes Guillermo del Toro so special? It’s not just the fact that he’s one of our genre’s most visionary directors. The truth is that no matter how successful he is, or how big he gets, he’s always willing to help people trying to break into the biz. Case in point: Andy and Barbara Muschietti’s latest horror film for Universal, Mama.

According to The Hollywood Reporter Universal is developing Mama, a debut project from the aforementioned pair of young filmmakers, and in negotiations to produce the film and mentor the filmmakers is — who else — Guillermo del Toro.

Andy and Barbara Muschietti are writing the English-language script based upon their acclaimed Spanish-language short film of the same name. While specific plot details for the feature version are still being kept hush-hush, we do know that the short centered on two girls, Victoria and Lily, who are on the run from a ghostly woman who appears to be their mother in a Gothic home. It ends with the mother apparently vanquished — but one of the girls is turned into a ghoul. How closely will they mirror that plot? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

At press time Del Toro is setting up camp in New Zealand to begin work on a little movie called The Hobbit which is set to begin next year. Mama, which is expected to be pretty heavy on the visual effects, could shoot in New Zealand to allow del Toro to be more hands-on. Scott Bernstein is overseeing for the studio. More as it comes.

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First Look: Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie’s 3 FROM HELL

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I swear that we are not trying to burn you guys out on news regarding writer-director Rob Zombie’s 3 From Hell, the upcoming sequel to House of 100 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. But the man keeps pumping out updates himself and we’re just passing along the news.

Case in point, today we have your first look at Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding and Jeff Daniel Phillips as Warden Virgil Dallas Harper. Spaulding looks to be behind bars (like the rest of the Rejects) and JDP seems to be the man keeping him there.

You can check out Zombie’s Instagram posts below and then make sure to hit us up and let us know what you think in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

3 From Hell is written and directed by Rob Zombie and stars Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon Zombie, Sid Haig, Austin Stoker, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Daniel Roebuck, Emilio Rivera, Clint Howard, Bill Oberst Jr., David Ury, Tom Papa, Danny Trejo, Dot-Marie Jones, Richard Riehle, Richard Edson, Pancho Moler, Sean Whalen, Kevin Jackson, and Dee Wallace.

Related: What the Hell Happens in 3 From Hell? Let’s Speculate!

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GODZILLA 2 and DOCTOR SLEEP Do the Release Date Shuffle

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Some quick news for you regarding the release dates of two hotly anticipated flicks: Godzilla 2 and Doctor Sleep. One has moved back and the other finally has one.

Fans of the King of the Monsters will have to wait a little longer to see their favorite mon-star back on the big screen in all his big budget Hollywood computer effects glory battling rival daikaiju Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Deadline reports Legendary’s Godzilla 2 has officially been moved from March 22, 2019 to May 31, 2019.

The reason for the release date shuffle to the post-Memorial Day weekend stems from Warner Bros’ Six Billion Dollar Man woes. Their tentpole theatrical updating of the cult 1970’s TV series The Six Million Dollar Man set to star Mark Wahlberg has been delayed due to the loss of the film’s original director. With it begin pushed back to June 5, 2020 WB needed another film to fill that summer blockbuster slot. Better call Godzilla!

The new May 31st release date for Godzilla 2 sets up a potential Godzilla vs. Blumhouse battle as the hit-making horror studio currently has an untitled feature slated to open the same week.

Meanwhile, Doctor Sleep, Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, finally has an official release date: January 24, 2020. Doctor Sleep is currently the only film slated for that weekend. That’ll probably change in the year-and-a-half to come.

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Trailer Takes Us DOWN A DARK HALL With AnnaSophia Robb and Uma Thurman

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It was just the other day that we shared your first look at producer Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) and director Rodrigo Cortés’ (Buried) adaptation of I Know What You Did Last Summer author Lois Duncan’s  Down a Dark Hall

The film stars AnnaSophia Robb (The Reaping), Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan), Taylor Russell (Netflix’s Lost in Space) and Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction). And today we have the film’s trailer and poster!

You can check out the poster to the right and the trailer below and then make sure to let us know what you think below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!

Down a Dark Hall is directed by Rodrigo Cortés from a screenplay by Mike Goldbach and Chris Sparling based on the book by Lois Duncan and stars AnnaSophia Robb, Isabelle Fuhrman, Victoria Moroles, Noah Silver, Taylor Russell, Rosie Day, and Uma Thurman. It’s produced by Stephenie Meyer, Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Meghan Hibbett, and Adrián Guerra.

The film hits theaters, On Demand, and iTunes August 17th.

Synopsis:

Kit (Robb), a difficult young girl, is sent to the mysterious Blackwood Boarding School when her heated temper becomes too much for her mother to handle. Once she arrives at Blackwood, Kit encounters eccentric headmistress Madame Duret (Thurman) and meets the school’s only other students, four young women also headed down a troubled path. While exploring the labyrinthine corridors of the school, Kit and her classmates discover that Blackwood Manor hides an age-old secret rooted in the paranormal.

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