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EXCLUSIVE: Mike Gan Discusses Into the Dark: ‘School Spirit’

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Hulu has been showing a more dedicated focus on the horror genre and their ‘Into the Dark’ series, which debuted back in October 2018, is a perfect example of that.

One particular installment in the ‘Into the Dark’ series, ‘School Spirit’, is being referred to as “The Breakfast Club meets Blumhouse” and director Mike Gan discusses his approach behind the camera for the buzzworthy episode.

“As a teenager, I loved the 90s slasher films like “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” Gan told me.

“I wanted that balance of humor and horror those movies had, but still create characters that addressed meaningful things like parental pressure and identity.”

Gan has always loved horror, so working on ‘Into the Dark’ was a natural fit for the up and coming director.

“Some of my all time favorites are Rosemary’s Baby, The Shining, The Brood, and more recently, the South Korean film “The Wailing” and “Hereditary” Gan said.

“I think the social allegory horror films Blumhouse has been making really elevate the genre.

Gan also plans to continue to work on horror as his career progresses.

“Definitely” Gan said when asked if we can expect more horror from him in the future.

“I’m a big fan of elevated genre films. I think horror is a great way to tell allegorical stories, but still have it be fun and entertaining.”

Gan has another film, his directorial debut, ‘Burn’ which is set to arrive soon.

“The biggest challenge was developing more characters throughout the story, but with less dialogue and dramatic moments” Gan said of the difference between ‘Burn’ and ‘School Spirit’.

“It was fun to show who each kid was by how they dealt with the ‘School Spirit’.

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Eli Roth-Produced ‘Haunt’ Arrives in September

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‘Haunt’, which is a new film produced by Eli Roth and directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, the writing team behind ‘A Quiet Place’, has dropped a new trailer ahead of it’s arrival.

‘Haunt’ is set to make it’s world premier at Popcorn Frights, and will head to theaters on September 13th.

According to the synopsis: “On Halloween, a group of friends encounter an “extreme” haunted house that promises to feed on their darkest fears. The night turns deadly as they come to the horrifying realization that some monsters are real.”

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A Haunted Ship Sets Sail in ‘Mary’

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RLJE Films has dropped a trailer for ‘Mary’, which they recently acquired and have slated for release in theaters, and on digital and VOD on October 11th.

Starring Gary Oldman and Emily Mortimer, the movie tells the tale of:

“David (Oldman) is a struggling blue-collar captain looking to make a better life for his family. Strangely drawn to an abandoned ship that is up for auction, David impulsively buys the boat, believing it will be his family’s ticket to happiness and prosperity. But soon after they embark on their maiden journey, strange and frightening events begin to terrorize David and his family, causing them to turn on one another and doubt their own sanity. With tensions high, the ship drifts off course, and it becomes horrifyingly clear that they are being lured to an even greater evil out at sea.”

Check out the official trailer below:

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‘Holiday Hell’ Tells Four Tales This Holiday Season

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Who doesn’t need a bit of horror around the holidays?

This November, ‘Holiday Hell’ will arrive in limited theaters and on VOD and DVD, and the Jeffrey Combs starring film will introduce four tales of horror, all packed in one film.

According to the synopsis: ” A mysterious shopkeeper narrates four horror tales, each set during a different holiday. “

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