Next 3 Unexpected Horror-Franchise Installments: 'Halloween,' 'Glass,' 'Doctor Sleep'

Next 3 Unexpected Horror-Franchise Installments: 'Halloween,' 'Glass,' 'Doctor Sleep'

Sep 17, 2018

The Predator

Shane Black's The Predator won the weekend at the box office, topping fellow debuting wide releases A Simple Favor and White Boy Rick. Reaction to the film by critics was not good; audiences were more positive but still quite mixed.

The fourth installment -- and the sixth overall, counting the two Alien vs. Predator spin-off films -- introduces things that we've never seen before in the series. (See our interview with director Shane Black here, where he talks at length about the film.) That made us curious about three upcoming installments in horror-movie franchises; how are they planning to break the rules?


As dedicated fans are well aware, the first Halloween sequel picked up where the original left off, but after that, the series went in very strange and sometimes conflicting directions. The new version starts 40 years after the first film, ignoring the sequels entirely, which is a refreshing approach to rebooting the franchise.

Recently debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival, the new thriller was received warmly by most critics. The next question will be: how will audiences respond? Read more about the film here. Halloween will open in theaters everywhere on October 19.


Shocking audiences when its connection to a previous movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan was revealed in its closing minutes -- no further spoilers here! -- Split proved to be immensely popular, prompting great anticipation for the filmmaker's next endeavor. Shortly thereafter, Shyamalan announced Glass, a long-delayed conclusion to a trilogy.

The film will unite characters from Unbreakable and Split; the cast includes Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Sarah Paulson. Frankly, based on Shyamalan's track record and propensity for surprises and twists, we have no idea where Glass will go, narratively speaking, but we are eagerly anticipating its theatrical release on January 18, 2019.

Doctor Sleep

As huge fans of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, it's difficult for us to wrap our heads around the knowledge that author Stephen King really didn't like the film version of his novel. King made a cameo appearance in a miniseries for television adaptation in 1997; he finally wrote a sequel in 2013 that imagined young Danny as an adult with a new set of fears and challenges.

Mike Flanagan is an uncommonly good director with impressive horror-movie credits to his name; the most relevant here is his top-notch adaptation of King's Gerald's Game. Flanagan is not afraid of sequels, either; see Ouija: Origin of Evil, which was better than the original. Combined with the premise, which follows the adult version of an iconic young character, we are quite intrigued to see what Flanagan will do. Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson will star; read more here. The film is scheduled for release on January 24, 2020.

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