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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’.

Anthony DiMoro is the leader writer and founder of 'Fright Nerd'. DiMoro has written for popular websites such as Forbes and The Huffington Post. DiMoro cites Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Halloween among his favorite horror movies of all time.

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New Trailer Drops for ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’

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A brand new trailer has arrived for ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ which gives fans an update on what Egon had been up to in recent years.

According to the official synopsis: “When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.”

The movie hits theaters on November 19th, 2021.

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‘Halloween Kills’ Clocks Over $4.9 Million from Thursday Night Previews

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Michael Myers is making a killing once again during the the Halloween season, but this time ‘Halloween Kills’ was fueled by the film’s increased availability on the Peacock streaming platform in it’s Thursday night previews last night.

According to Deadline, the film clocked $4.98 million during it’s Thursday opening and it’s now on track to “open to mid-to-high $30Ms”, which is a major drop off from the 2018 ‘Halloween’ film that banked a $76 million domestic opening, but still impressive given the current state of theaters and the world.

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Shudder Drops Trailer for ‘Horror Noire’

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Shudder has released a brand new trailer for ‘Horror Noire’ which is set to arrive on the streaming platform on Thursday, October 28th before heading to AMC at a later date.

The six stories featured in the anthology, which focuses on Black horror stories from Black directors and screenwriters, are: “Daddy,” “Bride Before You,” “Brand of Evil,” “The Lake,” “Sundown” and “Fugue State.”

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