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“BETTER WATCH OUT” director heads into “LIMBO” with new fright film

Thursday, August 22, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Filmmaker Chris Peckover, who delivered one of the best modern holiday horror films with BETTER WATCH OUT (a.k.a. SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD), is next taking the helm of the ghost story LIMBO.

Deadline reports that Peckover (pictured with BETTER’s Olivia DeJonge) will direct LIMBO from a script he wrote with Matthew Jennison, for Miramax, Barnyard Productions and Snoot Entertainment (YOU’RE NEXT, THE GUEST, THE DEVIL’S CANDY). Shooting is set to begin in January. According to the site, “LIMBO tells the terrifying story of a young mother whose body becomes possessed by something evil, rendering her a disembodied spirt and a ghost in her own house. As this demonic double takes over her life and threatens to harm her family, she must find a way to protect her loved ones while also finding a way back to her body before it’s too late.”

“We are witnessing a renaissance of quality horror films at the moment,” Miramax’s Bill Block tells Deadline. “It’s a genre that continues to captivate global audiences. Having a smart script with a big idea and some fierce partners in Tim Palen, Snoot Entertainment and a fresh voice in Chris Peckover—LIMBO is something we’re really excited about.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.