Audiences will “BEWARE THE NIGHT” a lot soonerMovies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
Even though 2013 has been a successful year for horror overall, Sony Pictures saw underwhelming results for its high-profile CARRIE remake and the YA supernatural adventure THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES. Perhaps taking a lesson from Warner Bros., which had a massive summer success with THE CONJURING, Sony has moved BEWARE THE NIGHT, the next genre offering from SINISTER director Scott Derrickson (pictured above), six months up from its previously scheduled date.
Now set to open under the Screen Gems banner July 2, 2014 instead of January 16, 2015, BEWARE THE NIGHT stars Eric Bana, Joel McHale, Sean Harris, Edgar Ramirez and Olivia Munn, and follows a New York City cop who loses his faith and finds himself face to face with a series of brutal crimes that involve the occult and the paranormal. Based on Ralph Sarchie’s nonfiction book, Derrickson’s film is also noteworthy for the involvement of Hollywood blockbuster producer Jerry Bruckheimer, whose last venture into horror was Paul Schrader’s 1982 remake of CAT PEOPLE.
BEWARE THE NIGHT was being primed as one of Sony’s major horror releases of 2015, and the studio is showing confidence in the film’s performance by moving it to such a high-profile release date—which also keeps it from competing with Fox’s FRANKENSTEIN reboot on Jan. 16. The early buzz on BEWARE THE NIGHT is high, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that Derrickson will scare us once again next summer; FANGORIA spent a night on the set, so look for plenty of coverage as the release draws closer. And speaking of reboots, Universal made a slight shift with DRACULA UNTOLD, moving it from October 3 to October 17 of next year.