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Development: Mandy finds a streaming home; Monster Party incoming; Henson Co. going Jurassic

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Oct 17, 2018, 8:30 PM EDT

Mandy, the critically-adored revenge horror movie that elevates to new heights Nicolas Cage’s gift for screen-melting outbursts, reportedly has found its landing spot on streaming TV.

Shudder, AMC’s streaming service for all things bloody and suspenseful, has scored the exclusive digital rights to director Panos Cosmatos’ swirling, drugged-up 1980s gore fest, according to Deadline

Cage plays desert dweller Red Miller, whose quiet life with girlfriend Mandy (Andrea Riseborough) goes surreally sideways when the couple crosses paths with a cannibalistic hippie cult whose leader has his sights set on Mandy. The tragic event that follows sets Red on a psychedelic, blood-soaked revenge mission.

Shudder hasn’t announced when Mandy will be available on the service. The movie already has a growing cult following, after a successful premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and a glowing review score on aggregator websites.

The Jim Henson Company reportedly has joined production on a new live-action series that imagines what the world would be like if dinosaurs had never gone extinct.

Via The Hollywood Reporter, the Fraggle Rock and Labyrinth studio is working on a new fantasy project called Knights of Panterra, taken from the lore of Dino Knights, a children’s book series by author and screenwriter Jeff Norton.

The new show reportedly will unfold in the fantastical, fictional town of Brim, where four young friends must band together to save their people from an evil invasion. Zach Lipovsky (Mech-X4) will direct the series from a script co-written by Sam Ruano (Killjoys, Lost Girl) and Rachel Langer (Ghost Wars, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco), according to the report. 

There’s no early word on where, on when, Knights of Panterra will appear, so stay tuned for updates.

Monster Party, a horror thriller that strands three teenage friends at a high society dinner party hosted by a serial killer, has been picked up for a quick release to both theaters and digital streaming. 

Deadline reports that the movie has been picked up by RLHE Films for simultaneous release on both the small and big screens. The finished film stars Julian McMahon, Robin Tunney, and Lance Reddick, and was written and directed by Chris von Hoffmann (Drifter).

You won’t have long to wait for Monster Party: it’s heading to both the cineplex and to VOD platforms on Nov. 2. 

Finally, Paramount Players reportedly has snagged the movie rights to the script for Shhh, a “high concept” horror story rumored to unfold in a high school setting, with a vibe that puts it in the company of The Ring or Denzel Washington’s Fallen, according to THR.

Shhh creators Gustavo Cooper and Ben Powell reportedly will write the film’s script, with Cooper directing. Powell also has another horror movie, The Vessel, in pre-production, according to the report. 

As befits its title, there’s limited information on Shhh, so we don’t yet know who’ll be cast or when the movie will actually arrive. Hopefully, the studio will make a lot more noise about the project in the near future.