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Development: Once Upon a Time reunion, Demons possess Hulu, new horror flick about surviving a massacre

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Mar 16, 2018, 3:43 PM EDT (Updated)

The final two episodes of ABC’s Once Upon a Time will serve as a homecoming of sorts for familiar characters, as Peter Pan (Robbie Kay), Cruella De Vil (Victoria Smurfit), Ariel (Joanna Garcia), Robin Hood (Sean Maguire), Mother Superior (Keegan Tracy), and Leroy (Lee Arenberg) return to the cast to help close out the show’s seventh and final season. 

The reveal came via the official Once Upon a Time Facebook page, which posted a fast-paced photo montage of returning characters, with a tease: “Are you fast enough to guess them all?”

ABC hasn’t hinted how the long-running fantasy series, which ensnares Disney characters here in the real world, will tie everything up since events shifted in Season 7 from Maine to Washington State. But it’s looking as though the last two episodes are going to be character-crammed. New episodes air at 8 p.m. ET each Friday on ABC, with the finale set for May 18.

Meanwhile, Hulu is conjuring up a new drama in the form of Demons, a new series inspired by society’s preoccupation with the sensational side of the satanism subculture at the turn of the millennium. Via THR, Hulu had to win a bidding war for Demons, which will be written and co-executive-produced by series creator Juliet Lashinsky-Revene. 

The series will focus on “Marilyn Jones, the seductive ‘patient zero’ in the frenzy surrounding satanic ritual abuse,” along with her husband. The idea is to devote each season in the series to a single satanically-tinged crime, “affected by the couple's dark exploration into the fragile nature of memory and guilt,” according to THR. There’s no word from Hulu yet on when Demons might possess the streaming service.

Finally, a new piece of big screen news finds director Jackson Stewart (Beyond the Gates) in charge of a new horror project called The Day After Halloween. “It’s basically what happens to the ‘final girl’ after the end of a slasher movie,” Jackson explained on the March 16 episode of Blumhouse's "Shock Waves" podcast. The story, he added, will veer in “a kind of weird, metaphysical direction that I don’t think people would really expect from this type of movie.”

According to Entertainment Weekly, the film will follow a post-traumatic character named Alice, the only person left alive in the wake of a Halloween killing spree. Facing intense media attention while reeling from her still-fresh shock, “a mysterious presence begins brutally murdering anyone who’s wronged her,” EW reports.

Stewart and Stephen Scarlata, who worked with Stewart on Beyond the Gates, already have penned the movie’s script. There’s no word on a development timeline or casting, so stay tuned for updates.


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