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There Should Be a Prequel: 'The Shining'


Every week, EW will imagine a sequel to a movie that we wish would happen — no matter how unlikely the idea really is.

In the case of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 adaptation of the The Shining, the event of a movie sequel isn’t as farfetched as we might think. As announced at the beginning of the year, Stephen King has already penned a sequel to the thriller classic. The novel, titled Doctor Sleep, will follow an older Dan Torrance and hits shelves and online retailers this September.

But the written sequel delves into a drifting Danny’s encounter with another teen who shares his precognitive powers. And in traditional King fashion, it’s likely that we can expect some gloriously gory tale of youth and paranormal vision, twisted into an impossible-to-navigate psychological maze.

Hyper-active Shining fans surely have endless questions regarding Danny’s life post-Overlook Hotel hellishness. But the real mystery lies in whatever events took place in the unpublished prologue devoted readers never got to experience. King’s prologue “Before the Play” helped tie up loose ends regarding the haunting events that took place in the hotel before the arrival of the Torrance family and their nightmare of violence, alcoholism, and telepathic torment to follow. Most fans would argue that they don’t want a prequel unless it’s a King prequel. But a recent late-night re-watching of the “REDRUM” thriller got me thinking, what if it was?

'The Conjuring' commercials are freaking me out!

The incessant TV spots for The Conjuring (out July 19, if you can stay alive ’til then, which is not likely) have infiltrated my brain so thoroughly that I never want to sleep, light candles, or hang laundry again. And two out of three of those are major pastimes of mine! This is VERY inconvenient. I used to be so full of hope.

The evil geniuses promoting the movie seem to only air these at night — all night, on every channel — with the express purpose of freaking us the f— out. In case you’ve managed to escape these commercials (which would mean you haven’t turned on your TV this month — congrats), allow me to answer your burning questions.

What’s in my bed? Mosquitoes, plus “a dark force — something inhuman — which has latched itself to your family.”

Will I sleep tonight? No. There’s a “lady in a dirty nightgown” that you, too, will see in your dreams. She will likely “conjure” you out of the bed at 3, 4, and 6 a.m. so it might be best to just not. READ FULL STORY

The Horrifying Tab I Couldn't Close All Week: Disney Princesses' heads exploding

beauty and the beast head exploding

When I was younger, I’d imagine Snow White leaning juuuust a bit too far into the well, or human Ariel ironically drowning under her oppressive wall of bangs, or the mice turning on Cinderella and devouring her in her sleep (thanks a lot, cheese curd remnants). But nothing like this. The Disney Princesses’ Heads Exploding video was easily the most horrifying Internet oddity I’ve seen all week. READ FULL STORY

The house from 'Nightmare on Elm Street' is up for sale

Almost thirty years after Freddy Krueger first invaded the dreams of attractive youngsters in the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, the house which served as the film’s primary location is officially on the market. Rodeo Realty is handling the sale, and has listed the property at $2.1 million. Technically, only the exterior of the house appeared in Elm Street, so even if you’ve seen the movie a hundred times, you’ll still be surprised to discover the Caesar stone counters, the Bertazzoni stove, the center island, and all the other amenities in the property. READ FULL STORY

Watching horror movies burns calories, recent study finds

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Life-changing news for horror film aficionados and serial dieters alike, just in time for a Halloween candy splurge: A recent study found that watching horror movies could lead to weight loss, The Telegraph reports. READ FULL STORY

Five things we can't wait to see in Guillermo del Toro's TV adaptation of 'The Strain'


Another vampire series is coming to TV,  and we couldn’t be more excited.

Guillermo del Toro is adapting The Strain Trilogy that he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan as a series for FX. According to Deadline, the two men will pen the pilot episode, and Lost veteran Carlton Cuse is expected to be the showrunner.

I know what you’re thinking, naysayers. Another vampire TV show? But the Strain Trilogy — which includes The StrainThe Fall and The Night Eternal – is a totally different take on the vampire mythology, and honestly, one of the scariest book series I’ve ever read. In a pop-cultural landscape overcrowded with romantic vampires, it’s nice to see true monsters make a return. So in honor of the pilot order, here are five things from the book series we can’t wait to see on TV. (HUGE SPOILER ALERT, of course): READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead' meets 'Growing Pains' in hilarious mashup -- VIDEO

Ever wondered what AMC’s zombie-tacular show The Walking Dead might look like if it was an ’80s sitcom? Of course you haven’t. That would be crazy! But this hasn’t stopped someone providing the answer in the form of a video mashup which boasts both the theme song from Growing Pains and some entertainingly retro, fake credits (“Guest starring Well Zombie”).

What would Merle have to say about all this? (Something horribly racist, probably. So let’s not dwell on that!)

You can check out the clip below. The “real” Walking Dead returns on Feb. 12. READ FULL STORY

'Paranormal Activity' to ruin your sleep for a fourth time, but where can -- or should -- the franchise go next?


As far as horror franchises go, Paranormal Activity might just have the strongest legs to keep going and going and going and going. (Of course, if we’re talking numbers here, The Human Centipede actually has the most legs. Yuck. Sorry. But, if it makes you feel any better, I just lost my lunch at the thought of it, too.)

Between the spooky, getting-better-as-it-goes saga of the possessed Katie and her mounting list of victims and the filmmakers increasingly clever ways to scare the bejeezus out of moviegoers by doing so much with so little (stacks of papers aren’t the only things freaked out by oscillating fans anymore), Paranormal Activity has quickly done what not even the game-changing Blair Witch Project could scare up: The franchise has kept audiences coming back for more, thanks to some clever marketing and worthy follow-ups. (In its opening weekend, Paranormal Activity 3 earned a wildly impressive $53 million, over PA 2‘s $40 million start.) READ FULL STORY

'American Horror Story' Postmortem: The Good, the Bad, and the Theories About Season 2

American Horror Story wrapped up its highly rated, Golden Globe-nominated first season on Dec. 21 with one hell of a cliffhanger. But the devilish dramatic flourish on the FX series didn’t happen in the final frames of “Afterbirth,” which unleashed a toddler Antichrist on the world (nannies, beware!) and left each member of the Harmon family – Ben (Dylan McDermott), Vivien (Connie Britton), and daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) — dead and destined to spend eternity stuck in a haunted house with their one-eyed, two-faced maid (Francis Conroy/Alexandra Breckenridge), a Grunge-era mass murdering teen (Evan Peters), a hideous patchwork of sewn-together baby parts known as The Infantata, and a small nation of other ghoulish squatters. No, the breathtaking twist occurred during a press conference the morning after the season 1 finale, in which AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy announced that the Harmons, their fellow spirits, and their wretched suburban manor — that “classic L.A. Victorian,” a dark star of “paramagnetic” evil, dense with secrets, spirits, and untold history — would not be coming back for the second season. Instead, Murphy revealed that AHS will focus on new characters and a new supernatural locale each season. In fact, Murphy recently told EW that season 1’s penultimate installment “Birth” contained a clue to the location of next year’s piece of unreal real estate. (We tasked an intern to analyze the episode frame-by-frame, but he found nothing, except the sad, sobering epiphany that all of his expensive college learning has absolutely no value or relevancy to the glorious work that’s done here at Entertainment Weekly. Merry Christmas, kid.) READ FULL STORY

Why the next 'Lost' shouldn't be anything like 'Lost'

“The next Lost.” For the past seven years, it’s been a TV industry grail quest, and, for the past 18 months since Lost left the air, a felt need for those who not only miss the Oceanic 815 castaways and the Island but the sense of community that the show spawned. From the moment ABC’s saga about redemption-needy souls trapped in a mystical, tropical purgatory became an instant phenom in September of 2004, the leading purveyors of small-screen entertainment have been trying to replicate the success of a cult pop property tailored to our Comic-Con culture that somehow managed to connect with a whole host of non-geeks, too. Key ingredients: Mystery. Monsters. Morally ambiguous heroes and misunderstood villains who belong to a world gone strange, fighting or surviving supernatural beings, strange science and/or secret history, debating things faith and reason, fate and happenstance as they go. Toss in some quips, sex appeal, and a smattering of literary and philosophical hyperlinks, and DUDE! you got yourself another Lost. Right?

Among the wannabes that launched during the span of Lost’s six-year run, Heroes came closest to achieving Lost-like glory, though its critical and popular regard quickly waned after its first season. Fringe — developed by Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams and launched late in Lost’s run — is a critical favorite that remains on the air, but has never cracked the code for mainstream acceptance. Since Lost self-terminated in 2010, cable hits like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and American Horror Story have engendered the kind of intense following that Lost engendered and received the Cool Thing! anointing that Lost received, yet they will most likely will never produce the kind of weekly viewership numbers that Lost produced. This past fall, ABC introduced Once Upon a Time, a fantasy from two of Lost’s key producers that has aggressively courted old Lost watchers, with promos that touted the Lost pedigree and episodes sprinkled with Lost Easter eggs like Apollo candy bars and McCutcheon whisky. The family-hour fairy tale ranks among the season’s top-rated rookies, yet many media folks — often allergic to earnestness and partial to Buffyesque grim — haven’t been able to wholly embrace it. Here at EW, we’re constantly getting e-mails from readers that go something like: “I love [Insert show here] – but it’s not the same as Lost.” READ FULL STORY

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