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Release Date Shuffle: “THE BYE BYE MAN”, “THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER”Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
Just a few weeks ago, FANGORIA reported that STX Entertainment’s upcoming horror venture THE BYE BYE MAN was moved up from a Halloween release to early June, setting the film one week before the release of THE CONJURING 2 in a strong vote of confidence. Since then, the trailer and poster for THE BYE BYE MAN have been released and all seemed to be according to plan… until just days ago, when news broke that THE BYE BYE MAN would be pushed back from June all the way to December 9th, near the release date that KRAMPUS inhabited late last year.
While one could speculate exactly why the last-minute release change- perhaps STX felt that one more month was not enough time to build buzz, or the blockbuster-and-sequel friendly summer dates were just too competitive, the answer is likely much more financial in nature. At this point, HARDCORE HENRY is a bona fide box office bomb (at least domestically) for STX, and perhaps the studio would want more time to recover from that film with something a bit less genre-oriented, such as their upcoming FREE STATE OF JONES. Of course, at this point, the reasoning is almost negligible, but at least fright fans will know there’s going to be at least one more horror offering in the post-Halloween season.
However, horror fans won’t have to wait much longer for THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER (formerly known as FEBRUARY), as THE WITCH distributor A24 has dated the film for a July 14th release. Yet, on the downside, it seems as if THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER may not be getting as wide of a release as THE WITCH as the film’s distribution deal with DirecTV means it will be premiering on that platform, akin to A24’s release of MOJAVE. This may also translate into a limited theatrical or day-and-date release alongside the DirecTV premiere, but only time will tell. In the meantime, stay tuned for more information on both of these films here at FANGORIA.com!