Interpreted By Naching T. Kassa
Welcome, HWA faithful, to the November edition of the Horror Watch! Turkey Month is here, and Watchung is busy in the kitchen cooking up dinner for his family. Hear the turkey sizzling in the oven? See the gravy bubbling on the stove? Smell the people baking in the pie? Oh, did I say “people?” I meant “purple,” as in eggplant. There are no pumpkin pies around here. Watchung is no cannibal! (Sweeney Todd, get your fingers out of that crust!) Anyway, while they sit down to eat their Thanksgiving fare, you can give thanks for all the things Watchung found for us this month.
The second season of STAN AGAINST EVIL premiered Wednesday, November 1 on IFC. John C. McGinley (SCRUBS) stars as Stan Miller, a retired sheriff of a small New England town. Janet Varney stars as Evie Barret, the current sheriff. Together, they must fight the demons which plague their town. The show was created by Dana Gould (THE SIMPSONS), who also writes and produces it. IFC airs two episodes, back-to-back, Wednesday nights beginning at 10 p.m.
The CW is developing a new supernatural/cop series called, DEAD INSIDE. The show is written and produced by Katie Lovejoy. It is executive produced by Bill Lawrence. The series involves a detective whose older brother dies in an explosion, one which she survives. He becomes a ghost and, together, they help crime victims and try to complete his unfinished business. Watchung will share more details as they become available.
The third season of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD will premiere Sunday, February 25, 2018. It’s an unusual time for the show, which usually premieres in October. STARZ said the show was moved to February because of heavy competition from other shows such as THE WALKING DEAD.
STARZ was recently acquired by Lionsgate Studios, and the new parent company isn’t happy with AVED’s viewer numbers. These numbers have suffered because of illegal downloads. (AVED is among the most illegally downloaded shows in the world.) As a result, STARZ made no announcement as to the future of the series. A petition has been created. It urges STARZ to renew AVED for a fourth and fifth season. If you’re interested in signing, follow this link or paste it in your browser: https://www.change.org/p/starz-renew-ash-vs-evil-dead-for-season-4-and-season-5
Watchung says November isn’t a great month for horror films. Most of them were released the previous month.
THE KILLING OF THE SACRED DEER—Friday, November 3, Rated R. A surgeon’s life is changed forever when he befriends a sinister teenage boy.
POLAROID—Wednesday, November 22, Rated PG-13. The subjects of a cursed Polaroid camera’s pictures wind up dead.
Exciting news for IT fans. The film has taken in $650 million worldwide. It is the highest-grossing horror film in history.
WINCHESTER: THE HOUSE GHOSTS BUILT will see a February release. The film stars Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester firearms fortune. Believing she is haunted by the ghosts of those who have been killed by Winchester weapons, Sarah hires builders to construct a house without end. She intends it to be a prison for spirits. The movie is based on a true story.
AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING—Tuesday, November 14, Rated PG-13. A single mother and her three children move into the haunted house. Stars Jennifer Jason Leigh.
WOODSHOCK—Tuesday, November 28, Rated R. A woman falls deep into paranoia after an experiment with a mind-altering drug goes wrong. Kirsten Dunst stars and produces. Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy direct.
London’s West End is possessed! The Phoenix Theatre’s production of THE EXORCIST by William Peter Blatty opened on October 20. It stars Ian McKellen as the demon, Adam Garcia as Father Karras, Jenny Seagrove as Chris McNeil (Regan’s mother), and Clair Louis Connolly as Regan. Performances are booked through March of 2018.
Now, on to video games!
On November 10, the Nintendo Switch platform will release a new version of DOOM. You can fight demons from hell in single-player, Arcade, and multi-player modes. The game is developed by id Software in Conjunction with Panic Button.
That’s it for this edition of Watchung’s Horror Watch. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember: if there’s horror news out there, Watchung is watching!
Special thanks to the following websites: wheresthejump.com, dreadcentral.com, bloodydisgusting.com, ihorror.com, thisishorror.co.uk, dvdreleasedates.com, promotehorror.com, dailydead.com, variety.com, horrorfreaknews.com, collider.com, moviepilot.com, cinemablend.com, tvline.com, indiewire.com, ew.com, movieweb.com, joblo.com, nerdmuch.com, imdb.com, rottentomatoes.com, gamespot.com, deadgames.org, screenrant.com, movieinsider.com, moviefone.com, telegraph.co.uk/gaming, eonline.com, gameranx.com, and wikipedia.com.