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In Case You Missed It: Horror News Of The Week - March 9 - 13

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This week, pop culture gets put on hold as the global pandemic of the coronavirus makes its way through Hollywood. Because of the crisis, several films have lost their theatrical footing while productions are suspending in order to protect the health of the cast and crew.

  • Photo: The Exorcist / Warner Bros. Studios

    Swedish actor Max von Sydow, best known for his acting work in the films of Ingmar Bergman, The Exorcist, Three Days of the Condor, and HBO's Game of Thrones, passed on March 8 at age 90. 

    After getting his start in the Swedish film Only a Mother in 1949, Von Sydow went on to build a career that spanned almost 70 years. A few of his best known roles include Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal (1957), William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973),  Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor (1975), David Lynch's Dune (1984), Mike Hodges' Flash Gordon (1980), Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) and Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island (2010).

    He was nominated twice for the Oscar for his turns in 1989's Pelle the Conqueror (Best Actor) and 2012's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Best Supporting Actor). 

    His role in The Exorcist, as well as his performances in 1968's Hour of the Wolf, 1970's The Night Visitor, 1984's Dreamscape, and 1993's Needful Things made him an icon in the horror film community. 

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  • John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Part II was set to open on March 20, but due to the pandemic crisis of the coronavirus, Paramount opted to postpone the eagerly anticipated sequel from release. 

    It is currently unknown when the film will be released. 

    Krasinski’s issued a statement via Twitter:

     

    Paramount also issued a statement:

    After much consideration, and in light of the ongoing and developing situation concerning coronavirus and restrictions on global travel and public gatherings, Paramount Pictures will be moving the worldwide release of A Quiet Place Part II. We believe in and support the theatrical experience, and we look forward to bringing this film to audiences this year once we have a better understanding of the impact of this pandemic on the global theatrical marketplace.

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  • Photo: The New Mutants / 20th Century Fox

    Amid growing concerns of coronavirus, including the cancellations of many festivals and screenings, as well as the closing of studios, Disney has removed the 20th Century Studios/Marvel X-Men entry and Searchlight's horror pic off the schedule. 

    The New Mutants was set for an April 3 release after a two-year delay, while the Guillermo del Toro-produced Antlers was set for April 17. 

    Starring Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Charlie Heaton, it is being speculated that The New Mutants will likely debut on either Hulu or Disney+.

    Scott Cooper's Antlers stars Nick Antosca, Keri Russell and Jesse Plemons and follows a local sheriff who discover a scary secret about a student.

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  • Photo: Scream / Dimension Films

    Looks like Ghostface will once again haunt theaters as Ready or Not directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett are set to helm Scream 5.

    Plot details are unknown as of yet, but according to Discussing Film, the next installment will focus on a woman returning to her hometown where a maniac has been running rampant. 

    Film will begin production in May.

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