By MICHAEL GINGOLD
A much-awaited sequel is moving a little further down the track, and a horror/Western and a survival shocker have fresh promo materials.
- Well Go USA has announced that PENINSULA (pictured), the TRAIN TO BUSAN follow-up by writer/director Yeon Sang-ho, is now set for U.S. release August 21 (it will still debut in Canada August 7). Gang Dong-won, Lee Jung-hyun, Lee Re, Kwon Hae-hyo, Kim Min-jae and Koo Kyo-hwan star; the synopsis: “Four years after South Korea’s total decimation in TRAIN TO BUSAN, the zombie thriller that captivated audiences worldwide, acclaimed director Yeon Sang-ho brings us PENINSULA, the next nail-biting chapter in his postapocalyptic world. Jung-seok [Gang], a soldier who previously escaped the diseased wasteland, relives the horror when assigned to a covert operation with two simple objectives: retrieve and survive. When his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances.” Yeon discusses PENINSULA in RUE MORGUE #195, now on sale and available to purchase on-line here.
- Also on August 21, RLJE Films/Shudder release THE PALE DOOR in select theaters and on VOD/digital platforms, and have issued a new trailer. Presented by acclaimed horror author Joe R. Lansdale, it was directed by Aaron B. Koontz from a script he wrote withCameron Burns and Keith Lansdale, and stars Devin Druid, Zachary Knighton (THE HITCHER), Noah Segan (SCARE PACKAGE), Stan Shaw (THE MONSTER SQUAD), Pat Healy (THE INNKEEPERS), Bill Sage (WE ARE WHAT WE ARE), Melora Walters (CAM) and Natasha Bassett. The synopsis: “The Dalton gang finds shelter in a seemingly uninhabited ghost town after a train robbery goes south. Seeking help for their wounded leader, they are surprised to stumble upon a welcoming brothel in the town’s square. But the beautiful women who greet them are actually a coven of witches with very sinister plans for the unsuspecting outlaws–and the battle between good and evil is just beginning.”
- Cranked Up Films has unveiled the poster for its multi-festival-award-winning film ALIVE, coming to select theaters and VOD September 18. Directed by Rob Grant (HARPOON) from a script by Chuck McCue and Jules Vincent, it stars Thomas Cocquerel, Camille Stopps and Angus Macfadyen. The synopsis: “A severely injured man [Cocquerel] and woman [Stopps] awaken in an abandoned sanitorium with no memory of who they are or what has happened. A sadistic caretaker [Macfadyen] discourages their questions and doles out punishments whenever they refuse to cooperate or try to escape. When they finally make their escape to freedom, they discover the answers to who they are–revealing even greater horror.”