Horror Roundup: Witches, Cannibals, and evil teddy bears

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Feb 16, 2018

It’s a beautiful day for the occult, and the entertainment casting and movie release news has not disappointed. News for all sorts of dark magicks and horrible goings-on has been breaking all day—and we’ve got it all collected just for you.

First up, we’ve got an update on Netflix’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot, which has cast comic mainstay Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman’s feminist secretary) as Hilda Spellman, one of Sabrina’s witchy aunts. Sabrina (played in the series by Kiernan Shipka) will be coping with her dual identity and the dark world with which it connects in a spookier way than in the show’s predecessor.

Hilda (played in the ‘90s by Caroline Rhea), in contrast to Zelda, is a more maternal force in Sabrina’s life—though she’s certainly not afraid to craft a potion or two to mess with Sabrina’s enemies (or woo her crushes).

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In darker news, director Jason Krawczyk’s He Never Died is getting a sequel, and THR reports that Henry Rollins will return as an immortal that needs to feast on people named Jack. The original is a gruesome actioner full of weird supernatural elements and John Wick-like world-building.

The synopsis for the sequel reads:

“After saving his estranged daughter from his criminal past in the original movie, Jack is now a vagabond attempting to keep his supernatural compulsion in check. Along the way, he confronts depraved sadists similar to his own long life of destruction and must defy his inner demons and strike a balance of revenge and responsibility.”

Filming for He Never Died 2 begins in May.

Elsewhere in horror news—and bridging the tonal gap between the two aforementioned corners of horror—Deadline reports that Michael Bonvillain (whose cinematographer credits include Cloverfield, Zombieland, and Lost) will direct Teddy Bears Are for Lovers, a movie that’s being described as a dark comedy horror feature.

The Valentine’s Day-themed movie will see a bunch of possessed teddy bears come to life and ready to kill as they seek revenge on a playboy named Collin, who had given the aforementioned teddies to a long list of disgruntled ex-girlfriends. Gremlins legend Joe Dante is the executive producer on the project, which certainly makes it sound promising—and delightfully weird, something all these horror projects share.