The day was July 16, 2019, and I'm sure it was hot. It was this day that the proverbial carpet was pulled out from underneath me. I had read that one of the freshest franchises in the game, Happy Death Day, was getting a third and final film. My day was instantly better. Mere hours later though, Christopher Landon made things clear, “Since I keep reading stuff about it, I’ll say it loud: THERE IS NO HAPPY DEATH DAY 3 IN DEVELOPMENT. It’s just a rumor.” What was I to do? How was I to proceed?
While the opinions of the first two films are mixed, I tend to like them. I honestly can remember walking out of the theater saying to myself, "Now that was a good time at the movies." And even with the sequel. While it was different, and ultimately could be considering something other than horror, it was still a fun little jaunt with the cast of characters from the original groundhog horror film. So, whatever your thoughts on the franchise, you can't argue that they're not fun, OR well acted. One of those actresses that stuck out for me was Ruby Modine.
I hadn't heard of her previously, but after a deep IMDB dive, you can tell that Ruby has been at this for a while. From drama to comedy, Ruby Modine has quickly become a rising star in the entertainment industry, landing roles in critically acclaimed films and prolific television series. Modine may be best known for her breakout role in seasons seven and eight of Showtime's long-running hit series "Shameless" opposite William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum. While I haven't watched Shameless, I was curious to see what Ruby was up to.
It is no secret that I have ties to Fangoria as well as the Texas production scene. Hell, I even tried out for a role in Satanic Panic. I didn't get it. Obviously. But, needless to say, this film has been on my radar for quite some time, but it wasn't until I sat down to watch it that I realized the Ruby was attached to the film. I guess this can hold us over until Happy Death Day 3, right?
Satanic Panic stars Hayley Griffith (“The Loudest Voice”, “The Mysteries of Laura”), Ruby Modine (“Shameless”, Happy Death Day franchise), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men franchise, “Star Trek: Discovery”), Arden Myrin (“Insatiable”, “Shameless”) and Jerry O’Connell (Stand By Me, “Billions”). The film was written by popular horror author Grady Hendrix (“We Sold Our Souls,” “My Best Friend’s Exorcism”) and directed by up-and-coming director Chelsea Stardust (“Into The Dark”, Seeing Green).
RLJE Films will release the horror film SATANIC PANIC in Theaters, On Demand and Digital on September 6, 2019.