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Terrifying TV Spot For Insidious: The Last Key Brings The Jump Scares

Had things panned out differently, Insidious: The Last Key would have released in time for Halloween, which was sorely lacking in the ‘good scary movies’ department.

Barring Cult of Chucky, Jigsaw and Happy Death Day came and went without much fanfare, while the less said about The Snowman, the better. But there is light at the end of the tunnel (or should that be keyhole?), as The Last Key is prepped and ready to send a shiver down our spines early next month.

It’s the direct sequel to Insidious: Chapter 3, which itself was a prequel to the first two Insidious movies. Messy continuity aside, Insidious: The Last Key looks to be fluent in scares and unrelenting tension, as parapsychologist and all-around franchise lead Elise Rainier returns home to confront her innermost fears.

Featuring a cast comprised of Josh Stewart, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, Kirk Acevedo, Bruce Davison, Spencer Locke and Caitlin Gerard,
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Universal Crosses $5 Billion Mark at 2017 Worldwide Box Office

Universal Crosses $5 Billion Mark at 2017 Worldwide Box Office
Universal Pictures has topped $5 billion at the global box office for the second time in the studio’s 105-year history, led by “The Fate of the Furious” and “Despicable Me 3.”

The global total for the studio passed the milestone on Dec. 11 to reach $5.003 billion, including $1.605 billion domestically and $3.398 billion internationally. Universal joined Disney and Warner Bros. in reaching the mark this year, with Disney hitting the milestone on Nov. 30 and Warner doing so five days later.

The Fate of the Furious” had the biggest global opening weekend of all time at $542 million — breaking the record set by 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” It was also the top international opening ever at $443.2 million.

The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth film in the franchise, earned $1.23 billion worldwide in what’s the 11th-largest total of all time. It is only the sixth film in history to cross $1 billion at the international box office and is also the
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Watch Saoirse Ronan, Tiffany Haddish & Nicole Kidman Star in Short, Creepy Horror Films

2017 has been a banner year for horror movies and TV shows. Things started off in a big way for writer-director Jordan Peele's Get Out, a solid and unique entry in this much-maligned genre that, earlier today, earned itself two Golden Globe nominations. We also saw new installments in horror movie franchises like Annabelle: Creation, Alien: Covenant, Rings, Cult of Chucky, and Jigsaw, plus remakes like Flatliners, along with brand new takes on terror in Happy Death Day and It Comes at Night. Some of these were better than others, of course. And then there were the …
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Pet Sematary Remake Digs Up 2019 Release Date

Pet Sematary Remake Digs Up 2019 Release Date
The Pet Sematary remake is officially happening and Paramount Pictures has locked down a release date. The studio has officially dated the upcoming re-adaptation of Stephen King's 1983 novel for April 19, 2019. That means this will be the major studio release coming out on Easter weekend that year, which should be fun for horror fans. Especially in regards to the subject matter about resurrection, which ties in nicely to to the holiday. Not so much for those looking for a family-friendly affair, though. Open Road's Playmobil is also coming out that weekend.

There have been rumors of a Pet Sematary remake brewing for quite some time. But with the success of director Andy Muschietti's It this year, studios have been keen to get in on the Stephen King action while the getting is good. Not only did It go on to become the highest-grossing horror movie ever, with $694 million worldwide,
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Nicole Kidman, Jake Gyllenhaal and More Stars Haunt Your Hollywood Dreams in Horror-Inspired Videos

Nicole Kidman, Jake Gyllenhaal and More Stars Haunt Your Hollywood Dreams in Horror-Inspired Videos
Sleep with the lights on tonight because the year's brightest stars are going dark.  In honor of New York Times Magazine's Great Performers issue, the magazine's "10 Best Actors of the Year," among them Nicole Kidman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Saoirse Ronan and Tiffany Haddish, stepped into the imagination of director and photographer Floria Sigismondi to encapsulate "The Year of Horror." "Horror films dominated the cultural conversation this year. From the surprise hit Get Out to the movie adaption of It to the campy Happy Death Day, scary movies had an unusual hold on the collective imagination in 2017," an introduction to the visual presentation read....
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Short Ghost Story Ernest Gets Happy Death Day Writer-Director

Back in October, author Geoff Manaugh published a short ghost story on Vice about an entity named Ernest and his adventures from social media star, to guest on the Jimmy Kimmel show, and beyond. Well, the short story gathered quite a bit of attention since its posting. So much so that there was recently a […]

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Film News Roundup: Netflix Launching ‘Seeing Allred’ Documentary in Early 2018

Film News Roundup: Netflix Launching ‘Seeing Allred’ Documentary in Early 2018
In today’s film news roundup, Netflix has set a 2018 launch for “Seeing Allred,” the Palm Springs Film Festival will honor Holly Hunter, “Taste for Blood” gets a director, and Legendary sets up a ghost story.

Movie Launch

Netflix will launch the Gloria Allred documentary “Seeing Allred” on its global streaming network after its world premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

“Seeing Allred” was directed by Sophie Sartain (“Mimi and Dona”) and Roberta Grossman (“Above and Beyond”). It’s produced by Grossman, Sartain, Marta Kauffman (co-creator of “Friends”), Robbie Rowe Tollin, and Hannah Ks Canter (“Grace & Frankie”).

“I feel fortunate that ‘Seeing Allred’ captures my passion and battle for justice for many victims of injustice,” said Allred. “The courage that my clients demonstrate, in speaking truth to power, inspires me every day as we fight together.”

The film includes archival footage and sit-down interviews with supporters and critics and examines Allred’s personal
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Legendary Conjures Deal For Ghost Tale ‘Ernest;’ ‘Happy Death Day’s Christopher Landon To Helm

Exclusive: Legendary has won an auction for screen rights to Ernest, a short story by Geoff Manaugh published on Vice.com. Christopher Landon, director of the sleeper horror Blumhouse hit Happy Death Day, will both adapt the short story into a feature and direct the film. Dan Halsted and Nate Miller are attached as producers. Legendary was one of six bidders, with others including Amblin, Studio 8, Sony and Fox 2000, sources said. The project was brought in by newly…
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Giving Movie Thanks (2017 Edition)

I’d imagine every one of us, despite our individual life situations, however privileged or difficult they may be, wouldn’t have too much trouble coming up with a pretty long list of people and circumstances for which to be grateful, during the upcoming week traditionally reserved for the expression of thanks as well as throughout the entirety of the year.

Even in our brave new world, where gratitude and humility and generosity of spirit often seem to be in short supply, at the mercy of greed, abuse of power, disregard for the rule of law, and megalomaniac self-interest cynically masquerading as an aggressive strain of nationalist, populist passion, there are good, everyday reasons to look around and take stock of blessings in one’s immediate surroundings.

And speaking specifically as one who has the privilege and opportunity to occasionally write about matters concerning the movies, and even a (very
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Blumhouse’s Happy Death Day Has Now Made $100 Million Worldwide

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 […]

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Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million

Film News Roundup: DreamWorks Animation Campus Sold for $290 Million
In today’s film news roundup, Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 million, “Happy Death Day” tops $100 million in box office, and the comedy “Future ’38” gets sold.

Property Deal

Griffin Capital has sold the DreamWorks Animation Studio Campus for $290 million to Korea-based Hana Asset Management and Los Angeles-based Ocean West Capital Partners.

The five-building, 460,000-square-foot property is located in Glendale, Calif., and was built in 1997 for DreamWorks Skg, headed by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen. The campus remained headquarters for DreamWorks Animation when it became a separate company in 2004 and produced the “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “How to Train Your Dragon” franchises. It will continue as home to DreamWorks Animation under the new owners.

On August, 2016, NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, making it a division of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. Griffin Capital acquired the building in 2015 for $215 million. The seller was represented by the Shannon Team of Newmark
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Happy Death Day Slashes Past $100 Million at the Box Office

Happy Death Day Slashes Past $100 Million at the Box Office
Blumhouse's Happy Death Day has passed the $100 million mark worldwide and is continuing to earn money. Directed by Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day is the third original movie from Blumhouse in 2017. It joins blockbuster movies Split and Get Out, which have grossed $278.3 million and $253.4 million, respectively, worldwide. The latter has received five Independent Spirit Awards nominations. A lot has been said about box office woes this year, but some movies have been able to break through and earn some major profits, Happy Death Day now being one of them.

One of the biggest stories in the entertainment industry this year besides the stories of sexual misconduct has been the dismal year at the box office. Variety dubbed it "officially the worst in over a decade," while others claim that it's been the worst year at the box office in over 2 decades. While there have been some success stories, the horror
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‘Happy Death Day’ Reaps $100M+ At Worldwide Box Office

‘Happy Death Day’ Reaps $100M+ At Worldwide Box Office
The hits keep coming for Universal and Blumhouse with Happy Death Day celebrating a $100M global milestone. Including yesterday’s grosses, the latest collaboration between Uni and Jason Blum’s micro-budget specialist Blumhouse has taken in $55.5M domestically and $44.6M at the international box office. Directed by Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day is the third original film from Blumhouse in 2017. It joins blockbuster pics Split and Get Out which have grossed $278.3M…
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Happy Death Day Coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital with Alternate Ending & Deleted Scenes in January

"We're gonna party like it's your birthday..." Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release Happy Death Day on Digital 4K Ultra HD and standard definition through the Movies Anywhere app on January 2nd as well as on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD platforms on the 16th. Continue reading for specs and fun Happy Death Day featurettes:

Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Nov. 14, 2017 -- Universal Pictures Home Entertainment presents the "fun horror ride" (Don Kaye, Den of Geek) Happy Death Day, where a college student must relive the day of her murder over and over again in a loop that will end only when she discovers her killer's identity. Perfect for horror fans, this film is available on Digital in 4K Ultra HD and standard definition as well as via the all-new digital movie app Movies Anywhere on January 2, 2018, and on Blu-rayTM, DVD and On Demand January 16, 2018. Own Happy Death Day on Blu-ray,
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Review: Happy Death Day (2017)

When we look back upon 2017, we can be sure of one thing, it has been a fantastic year for Horror. The genre has never died, despite the ludicrous cries from “cinema experts” that such is the case, but you can argue that some of the bigger studio backed Horror films have rested on their laurels a bit some years. Well, this year, that is certainly not the case, as the likes of Get Out, It, Annabelle: Creation and even this years Saw franchise sequel/soft reboot Jigsaw have all hit the sadistic spot. And now Blumhouse – off the success of some of the aforementioned – introduce this new time loop horror to an audience currently buzzing about the genre!

Happy Death Day is unafraid of the inevitable comparisons to be made conceptually to Groundhog Day, heck it even references it (admittedly unnecessarily) itself, but it is a refreshingly well written take on the idea.
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Korea Box Office: ‘Justice League’ on Top as Foreign Films Dominate

Korea Box Office:  ‘Justice League’ on Top as Foreign Films Dominate
Opening on Wednesday (Nov. 15), “Justice League” debuted on top of the South Korean box office. The Warner Bros. release earned $8.74 million from 1.14 million admissions over five days.

Happy Death Day” remained in second, earning $2.2 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $7.62 million after two weekends on release. “Thor: Ragnarok” slipped to third from the previous week’s top spot, with a drop of 65%. The Disney release earned $1.28 million for a total of $33.9 million after four weekends. The three non-Korean films accounted for 74% of the total weekend box office altogether.

Another Wednesday opener, Lotte Entertainment’s “Room No. 7” debuted in fourth place. The comedy drama about a worker who finds a corpse and his boss who tries to sell the venue to cover up the incident, earned a five-day total of $1.92 million. Directed by Lee Yong-seung, “No. 7” was the opening film of this year’s Bucheon fantasy festival.

Korean duo, “The Bros” and
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Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo for Groundhog Day-esque thriller

David Crow Nov 16, 2017

Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo will star in Boss Level, a new time-loop thriller from the director of The Grey.

Last month, Blumhouse and Universal’s Happy Death Day successfully retrofitted the ever-growing subgenre of Groundhog Day-adjacent films to the slasher movie form. So it only stands to reason that there must be other types of time-loop thrillers we can see, right? And now here’s one that has war themes and Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo to boot.

Indeed, as revealed via Deadline, Gibson and Grillo are teaming with director Joe Carnahan for Boss Level, a new action-thriller about military veterans with a time-bending premise. In a project also based on a script by Carnahan, Boss Level follows Grillo as a retired special forces operative who finds himself trapped in a never-ending loop that constantly results in his death. The film certainly has an increasingly
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Joe Carnahan to Direct Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson in Action Thriller ‘Boss Level’

The Groundhog Day premise—a protagonist has to keep reliving the same day—has been adapted numerous times, and as recently as this year we got Before I Fall and Happy Death Day. The latter was a spin on the slasher genre where the hero died every day and had to find her killer. It now looks like Joe Carnahan will be playing along those lines with his upcoming action thriller Boss Level. According to Deadline, “Every day, a retired special forces veteran is trapped in a never ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless …
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October 2017 Box Office Returned to the Year's Downward Trend

October 2017 Box Office Returned to the Year's Downward Trend
After September delivered record numbers, the month of October saw the 2017 box office return to its downward trend, delivering calendar grosses down 15.6% compared to last year, falling below $600 million for the first time in ten years. Perhaps most startling is that with 287 films in release, the average per film was just $1.9 million, making it the first time that average has ever fallen below $2.1 million for any individual month based on BoxOfficeMojo's records going back to 1982. That being said, the Fall movie season has since come to an end and overall the season showed a ~6% improvement compared to last year thanks in large part to the record setting release of WB's It back in September, which became the first Fall release to ever gross over $300 million domestically. In fact, Warner Bros. had a strong Fall season overall, leading the charge in August, September and again in October despite the fact the
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The Writer Behind It Is Bringing Are You Afraid of the Dark? Back From the Dead

If you're still freaking out about how incredible the remake of Stephen King's It is (or if you're still freaked out by it, period), we have some exciting news: It screenwriter Gary Dauberman is tackling a script for an Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie. Yes, really. The creepy '90s anthology series not only launched countless careers for stars like Ryan Gosling and Neve Campbell, but also boasts a passionate fan base that may or may not be still recovering from the Nickelodeon show's more terrifying episodes. Ayaotd?, which ran from 1992 to 1996 and was later rebooted for one season in 1999, followed a group of kids who called themselves the Midnight Society and would tell scary stories and urban legends with an eerie modern twist. Given Hollywood's newfound success with recent horror films like It, Happy Death Day, and The Conjuring franchise, it makes total sense that they'd try introducing Ayaotd?
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