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28 Years Later Gets June 2025 Release Date

By Katcy Stephan

Danny Boyle’s “28 Years Later” is hitting the big screen next summer. Sony Pictures has slated the long-awaited project for June 20, 2025.

Jodie ComerAaron Taylor-Johnson and Ralph Fiennes are set to star in the sequel to “28 Days Later” and “28 Weeks Later.”

Plot details are still being kept under wraps for the new screenplay, written by Alex Garland. It will be part of an upcoming trilogy, for which Nia DaCosta is in talks to direct this film.

Boyle and Garland are producing, as is original producer Andrew Macdonald and Peter Rice. Bernie Bellew is also producing.

See more HERE

In the most recent news, Cillian Murphy is confirmed to appear in the new film, but he'll be back "in a surprising way." More about Murphy in the upcoming film HERE

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Prophetic Frights: 10 Times Horror Movies Predicted the Future

by Jonathan Dehaan

 

Horror movies are known for their ability to scare us, make us jump out of our seats, and occasionally, make us question our decision to watch them alone at night. But did you know that some horror films have also eerily predicted the future? These films have shown us that sometimes, the line between fiction and reality is thinner than we think. For example, some people believe that The Terminator predicts the future of Artifical Intelligence (AI), but only time will tell on that one. What about older movies that correctly predicted current events? Nightmare on Film Street Podcast explores 10 instances where horror movies eerily predicted the future, which are now today's events.

1: THE TRUMAN SHOW (1998)

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While not a traditional horror film, the existential dread that permeates The Truman Show is palpable. The film presents a man whose entire life is a reality TV show, with every moment broadcasted to millions of viewers. Fast forward to today, and we have an endless array of reality TV shows, from Big Brother to Love Island, where people willingly sign up to have their lives scrutinized 24/7. The film eerily predicted our society’s voyeuristic obsession and the blurred lines between reality and entertainment.

2. A NIGHTMARE ON ELMS STREET (1984)

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Freddy Krueger, the dream-haunting, razor-gloved killer, brought the terror of nightmares into the spotlight long before sleep disorders became a mainstream topic. Today, the exploration of lucid dreaming and sleep paralysis is a significant field in neuroscience. Sleep disorders are also notably on the rise. Nightmare on Elm Street was a pioneer in highlighting the horrors that can occur in our sleep. Nightmares can arise for a number of reasons—stress, anxiety, irregular sleep, medications, mental health disorders—but perhaps the most studied cause is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

3. THE RING (2002)

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Before we were all glued to our smartphones, The Ring introduced us to the terror of a cursed videotape that causes anyone who watches it to die seven days later. The film eerily predicted our society’s obsession with viral content, then a VHS tape, today anything online. Videos and memes can spread across the internet like wildfire, influencing and affecting millions of people, sometimes with dangerous consequences affecting mental health. The film serves as a chilling metaphor for the potential harm that some viral content can inflict on society today.

4. SOYLENT GREEN (1973)

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This dystopian horror flick predicted a future where overpopulation and climate change lead to severe food shortages. The solution in the film? A food product called Soylent Green. Today, we have a company named Soylent selling meal replacement products, aiming to combat similar issues of food scarcity and environmental sustainability. It’s a chilling reminder of art imitating life. 

5. VIDEODROME (1983)

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David Cronenberg’s body horror masterpiece predicted a future where society is obsessed with violent and perverse media. With the rise of violent video games, the dark corners of the internet, and the increasing desensitization towards misinformation, Videodrome’s vision seems less far-fetched. The film serves as a cautionary tale about the potential dangers of media consumption and its influence on our perception of reality.

6. THE FLY (1986)

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In this grotesque masterpiece by David Cronenberg, we see Jeff Goldblum as a scientist who becomes a human-fly hybrid due to a teleportation experiment gone awry. While so far, teleportation hasn’t led to any horrific human-insect hybrids (yet), The Fly did predict the mapping of the human genome and the rise of genetic engineering. The film explores the ethical implications of manipulating human DNA, a topic that is more relevant than ever in today’s world of CRISPR and gene therapy. It also highlights the potential dangers of unchecked scientific experimentation, a theme that resonates in our era of rapid technological advancement.

7. POLTERGEIST (1982)

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“They’re here!” And by “they,” we mean our screen-obsessed culture. Poltergeist tapped into the fear that something malevolent could come through our screens. Today, with screens dominating our lives and digital threats like cyberbullying and online predators, this fear is more real than ever. The film foresaw our dependence on screens and the potential dangers they pose.

8. WESTWORLD (1973)

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While not a traditional horror film, the horrifying concept of sentient robots turning against humans is central to this movie. Today, with advancements in AI and robotics, the ethical questions posed by Westworld are more relevant than ever. The film predicted our struggle with defining the boundaries of artificial intelligence and the potential consequences of crossing them.

9. THE PURGE (2013)

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The concept of The Purge, a society where all crime, including murder, is legal for 12 hours a year, is terrifying. While this dystopian scenario is not a reality, it did eerily predict the rise in societal unrest and debates about law enforcement and justice. The film serves as a stark reminder of the thin line between civilization and chaos, and it forces us to question how far people might go if there were no consequences for their actions. Furthermore, it explores the idea of government manipulation and class disparity, issues that continue to be relevant in our current socio-political climate.

10. 28 DAYS LATER

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This film’s depiction of a virus turning people into rage-filled monsters feels eerily similar to the global pandemic we’re currently recovering from. While COVID-19 doesn’t turn people into zombies, the film did predict the widespread panic and societal breakdown that can occur in a pandemic. Remember how hard it was to buy toilet paper? Or to convince your diabetic, smoker parents to stop hugging people? 28 Days Later serves as a sobering reminder of the fragility of our society in the face of a global health crisis.

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THIS MONTH'S WEIRD NEWS

Warning: graphic content

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Did a head retain any consciousness at all after it had been guillotined?

In 1536, condemned English queen Anne Boleyn knelt in a courtyard in front of an executioner’s sword and awaited the fatal blow to her neck. After the swordsman struck, he presented the severed head for witnesses to see. But Anne wasn’t ready to quit while she was a head: Onlookers later claimed that the queen’s lips were moving. Was she trying to say something?

Scientists have long wondered whether a person retains momentary consciousness after decapitation. In 1905, a French physician sought to find out. He attended an execution and stood close to the guillotine. He approached as soon as the severed head tumbled into the basket below and called out the man’s name.

He claimed the eyelids lifted and the man looked briefly at him before lowering his gaze. The physician called his name again and received a similar response. The man did not respond to a third prompt. The physician concluded based on his observations that a severed head could retain consciousness for 25 to 30 seconds.

In a New Zealand study, researchers first sedated rats, attached electroencephalograph (EEG) monitoring, and set them up in a rat-sized guillotine. After decapitation, the researchers observed activity for the first 10 to 15 seconds.

A decapitated head would not have the capacity to speak. Speech occurs when air flows from the lungs, up the windpipe (trachea) and through the voice box (larynx). This causes the vocal cords to vibrate. All of these things are missing from a severed head.

There has long been an argument about the concept of consciousness following decapitation. Some believe that the movements seen in the face are the result of the voluntary muscles that control the lips and eyes are merely in spasm after a sort of short circuit or from relic electrical activity. This is likely true for the rest of the body, but the head has the distinction of housing the brain, which is the seat of consciousness. The brain receives no trauma from a clean decapitation and may therefore continue to function until blood loss causes unconsciousness and death.

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