Welcome back to “The Week in Horror,” HitFix's ongoing series rounding up the 10 most pertinent fright-genre stories to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: America's favorite netlet revives a classic anthology series, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves sign on for some supermodel mayhem, the daughter of two Hollywood legends joins Ryan Murphy's new comedy-horror series (the first ever!) and the remake of a beloved
Steven Spielberg Tobe Hooper-directed classic gets its first trailer. See below for the full roundup.
#1 The CW is reviving “Tales from the Darkside”
The '80s anthology series, known for adapting the works of such legendary horror authors as Stephen King and Clive Barker, is being piloted by the youth-skewing network for a possible airing in the 2015-16 TV cycle. Along with King's son Joe Hill (“Horns”), who wrote the pilot script for the series, “Darkside” will be executive-produced by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (“Fringe,” “Sleepy Hollow”), who we also have to thank for the first two “Transformers” movies.
#2 Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves join “Neon Demon”
The “Mad Men” actress is reuniting with “Drive” director Nicholas Winding Refn on his upcoming horror debut, which will star Elle Fanning as an aspiring model who “finds herself in a terrifying predicament with her survival hanging in the balance.” Keanu Reeves, meanwhile — fresh on the comeback trail after the critical and commercial success of “John Wick” — will enjoy his first go-round with the Danish auteur. Also in the cast? Abbey Lee, Jena Malone and Bella Heathcote. Still can't get over that they're making a movie about my early 20s.
#3 Look at all the new movie trailers!
Okay, two. Get your first look at the “Poltergeist” remake and your second look at “The Lazarus Effect” below.
#4 Look at all the new TV trailers!
Get 'em while they're hot…
“The Walking Dead”:
#5 Princess Leia's spawn joins up with “Scream Queens”
Billie Lourd, the daughter of “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher and CAA super-agent Bryan Lourd, has been cast in the FOX anthology series opposite Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele, Emma Roberts, Joe Manganiello and Abigail Breslin. The series comes from “Glee,” “American Horror Story” and horror-comedy creator Ryan Murphy.
#6 “Grimm” renewed by NBC – but what about “Constantine”?
NBC's Friday night success has been picked up for a fifth season by the network, though notably absent from the network's list of renewals was its freshman drama “Constantine.” As our own Dan Fienberg points out, “it will take outside intervention and not actual ratings to keep [the show] around.” Start those petitions.
#7 “The Hallow” goes to IFC Midnight
After snapping up the rights to revenge-thriller “Reversal” last week, the indie genre-film distributor has acquired “The Hallow,” a supernatural horror film that also premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Corin Hardy and starring Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton and Michael Smiley, the film centers on a young family beset by demonic forces after relocating to Ireland's secluded forestland.
#8 Royal Blood's new music video is…something
The British rock band have released an ultra-gory (mostly) animated clip for their hit single “Out of the Black,” which centers on the efforts of a convenience store clerk and a ton of other people to thwart an invasion by a group of shape-shifting aliens. Don't ask me what this has to do with the song, but it's definitely inspired.
#9 “Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World” is coming to a theater near you – if you happen to live in a major coastal city
The new documentary about the legendary “Alien” designer and artist is set to open May 15, 2015 at the following theaters: Landmark”s Sunshine Cinema in New York, Nuart Theatre in Los Angeles, Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco, and Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley. So, you know, not the Midwest. Belinda Sallin directed this; poster below.
#10 Learn how to zombie proof your home with this helpful infographic
Look, you can never be too careful. See it over at Bloody-Disgusting.