S. Craig Zahler might be either the best modern grindhouse style director out there or maybe the next Scorsese, possibly somewhere in between. He raised our auteur curiosity with a post-Hateful Eight Kurt Russell in the inventive and original mixed Western/Horror genre Bone Tomahawk (2015); he gave us hope for a resurgence in Grindhouse plots (and titles) with Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Jennifer (Dexter 2006-2013) Carpenter in Brawl in Cell Block 99 (2017); but he hit a snag with critics when he teamed up the mains from Brawl with Mel Gibson, Michael Jai White and others in Dragged Across Concrete (2018). However, thoroughly entrenched in the film industry as a multiple threat filmmaker–writer/director/cinematographer/soundtrack performer/score composer–this guy ain’t going nowhere.

The only clue to his next work is a pre-Pandemic piece from March of 2019 about him teaming up with the original Oldboy (2003) director Park Chan-Wook for the latter’s long-term violent Western project, The Brigands of Rattlecreek which had been picked up by Amazon with the hope of Mathew McConaughey in the lead. Zahler wrote the script in 2005. We’ll have to wait and see though.

Jonathan Glazer came from music videos and directed the heist-gone-bad film–isn’t that always the plot?–Sexy Beast (2000), and then Birth (2004) in which a young boy might be a woman’s dead husband, but he blew us all away with Scarlett Johansson as an alien in Under the Skin (2014). His next work is an untitled Holocaust drama, which sounds as exciting as a Holocaust drama, but judging from his filmography maybe he can make it work. The film might be a loose adaptation of Zone of Interest, a 2014 novel by Martin Amis, which could make sense since Under the Skin is a loose adaptation of a Michel Faber novel by the same name. Glazer describes the story as a passion project five years in the making and rumors abound about him working with Johansson again. It’s slated for a 2020 release, but we all know what 2020 did to our schedules, so probably 2021 or maybe 2022. Regardless, we hope he tackles a genre film again sometime.

Matt Bettinelli-Olphin and Tyler Gillett directed the smash hit Ready or Not (2019) with Samara Weaving as a new bride who must survive a night of games with her new in-laws. The two directors, along with Justin Martinez and Chad Villella, go by Radio Silence, formerly known as Chad, Matt & Rob. Hey, I didn’t make this stuff up.

The four also directed the “10/31/1998” segment of the found footage anthology V/H/S (2012) about four men who enter a house on Halloween night and interrupt a ritual sacrifice and the clever wraparound “The Way In” and “The Way Out” segments of the anthology film Southbound (2015). In the former, two men on the run see strange floating creatures along the highway, while in the latter, a home invasion goes otherworldy wrong.

For V/H/S and Southbound they share various combinations of credits as actors, writers, cinematographers and probably more. In between those two films Bettinelli-Olphin and Gillett directed Devil’s Due (2014) with Villella as an executive producer and Martinez as an executive producer and cinematographer. In Devil’s Due newlyweds are expecting a surprise expectancy. Read the title again for a clue.

Now, if none of that piques your interest you’re probably dead, but this might bring you back to life. Bettinelli-Olphin and Gillett are directing and Villella executive producing Scream 5 for 2022. And I’m kind of interested in the Scream series once again.

Trollhunter (2010) combines some great special effects with a mythical monster concept. Directed André Øvredal moved on to direct The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016), and my mind is blown as I type this. I saw that film but had no idea I already knew the director’s work. He also directed the classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019) which lacked any buzz and Mortal (2020) about a man with Norwegian god-like powers.

Øvredal is in pre-production on a sequel to Scary Stories to Tell in the Darkand on pre-production on The Last Voyage of the Demeter which excites me more than I want it to. If the name rings a gothic bell, the Demeter was the boat on which Dracula traveled to get to London in the original novel. Øvredal’s older Future Murder (2000) also looks interesting, about a man who goes after a couple who killed him in a dream.

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