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Horror Happenings: Eli Roth’s CLOWN Gets US Release

Happy Sunday, horror friends! Today we’ve got news involving two horror masters: Eli Roth and Stephen King. Both want to bring the scary to your eyeballs with new movies and TV shows. Let’s get to it!

Eli Roth Produced Clown is Finally Coming to Theaters In The US

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been looking forward to Clown for what feels like a long time now. Produced by Eli Roth and directed by Jon Watts, this indie horror flick has had a fascinating road to the big screen. From the fake trailer that allegedly got Roth’s attention in 2010 to Watts actually making the movie with the Hostel director producing to the film being released in Europe long before those of us in the States got a chance to see it, I was starting to doubt that American horror fans would ever see the movie come out!

But this week came great news: Clown will finally be making its way to the big screen and into your living rooms courtesy of Dimension Films, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Starz Digital. For those who need a refresher, Clown is a story of a loving father (Andy Powers) who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday. To his (and our) horror, he later discovers that the costume – red nose and wig included– will not come off and begins to change his own personality in a violent fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.

I don’t know about you, horror friends, but am excited for this one and will definitely be checking it out once it’s released. For more on the movie, check out our post Everything We Know About Clown including trailers, photos, and lots more.

Clown opens in theaters on June 17, 2016 and simultaneously On Demand through Starz Digital.

Stephen King’s The Mist Ordered to Series By Spike TV

The Stephen King machine keeps rolling right along. On film, TV, and those old fashioned book things, the literary horror master’s work is being adapted at a break neck pace, the latest addition being a television version of The Mist, which will be coming to Spike TV for a 10 episode order in 2017. Variety is reporting that after ordering a pilot for the potential project earlier this year, Spike responded so positively to the full pitch that they sent it straight to series. That’s a huge vote of confidence for a scripted drama, and a genre series to boot!

My big question is, without getting spoiler-y, will the ending to Frank Darabont’s 2007 feature (it’s the thing that I would argue put the movie on the map) that was not Stephen King’s ending for the novella remain? King himself praised Darabont’s invention when the film was released and anyone who has seen the film knows exactly what he’s talking about.

Are you excited for a television version of The Mist? Tell us in the comments!

Featured Image Credit: Dimension Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment

Clarke Wolfe writes Horror Happenings for Nerdist every Sunday. You can follow her on Twitter @clarkewolfe.

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