David Lowery’s A Ghost Story to Screen at 2017 Sundance Film Festival

Sundance Film Festival announced that A Ghost Story, directed by David Lowery and starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, will have it’s world premiere at the festival as a part of its NEXT program. The Sundance Institute described NEXT as:

“Pure, bold works distinguished by an innovative, forward-thinking approach to storytelling populate this program. Digital technology paired with unfettered creativity promises that the films in this section will shape a “greater” next wave in American cinema. “

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Too Much Horror Business: Box Office Winners and Losers of 2016

Although October 2016’s slate of horror films were at an all time low, this didn’t stop studios from making money at the your local cinema at other times of the year.  2016 was another profitable year for horror films, with the exception of a few high profile bombs. 

The undisputed horror box office champ was The Conjuring 2.  James Wan’s sequel to his 2013 film that showcased the further adventures of renowned ghost hunters, Ed and Loraine Warren, raked in $102.5 million domestically, and $320.2 million worldwide.  The largest foreign market happened to be Mexico, where the Conjuring 2 made $20.5 million.  Although the film was not the critical success of Wan’s first film, it appears like there is no stopping this franchise, whether Wan returns to the director’s chair or not.

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Cinemax Picks Up Serial Killer Series “Rellik”

Cinemax, the network home to such original series as The Knick and Banshee, has announced a six-episode limited run of a show called Rellik, according to Deadline.  In the same spirit as Showtime’s hit series Dexter, Rellik (“Killer” spelled backwards) is an original take on a serial killer tale.  The events will unfold in reverse, beginning with the murder(s) and spinning the yarn backwards to show how the serial killer was created.

 
Emmy nominee Sam Miller (Luther) is attached to direct.  Rellik, commissioned last year by BBC One, is the product of creators Harry and Jack Williams.  The Williams brothers are also responsible for the critically-acclaimed mystery series The Missing, currently wrapping its second season on BBC1.

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SyFy’s “Z Nation” Gets the Green Light for Season 4

With the Season 3 finale set to air on December 16th, SyFy made the announcement that fans of Z Nation can expect another 13 episodes to come their way in 2017.

For a show that was once considered just a “cash-in” on the popularity of AMC’s hit The Walking DeadZ Nation has turned into a solid performer for the NBC Universal-owned company and according to The Hollywood Reporter, is among the 10 most watched scripted series on cable television.

Fans of the show tend to like the shows’ honesty; Z Nation doesn’t take itself too seriously and the folks who have become disenfranchised with that other, more “serious” zombie television show, can tune to SyFy to watch a zombie horde get mauled by a giant wheel of cheese.

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New Demonic Clip Dropped for Incarnate

Hitting theaters this week from Blumhouse Entertainment, WWE Studios, and director Brad Peyton  is Incarnate, starring Aaron Eckhart and Clarice van Houten.

The highly anticipated possession tale centers around Dr. Seth Ember, played by Eckhart, with an unimaginable ability to crawl into the minds of those possessed.  He is called upon by the Vatican to help 11- year- old Cameron, played by David Mazouz, before he is completely consumed by the demon.  Sound familiar?  Maybe.  However, horror fans always love a good exorcism and by the looks of the new clip that just arrived today through MTV, Incarnate seems to breathe new life into a the demonic child filmscape.  In general, horror fans always been terrified with the monster and child dynamic ever since Frankenstein met up with the little girl at the pond in 1931.  By the looks of the new clip, Cameron versus the demon appears to be a bit more ferocious.

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Home Invasion Flick, Mercy Hits Netflix

Mercy, the home invasion thriller which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival, made its Netflix debut on November 22nd.

Written and directed by Chris Sparling, the film tells the tale of four brothers returning home to say their final goodbyes to their mother. As frustration builds between them, the brothers tempers get the best of them and tension rises. Suddenly everything changes and the brothers soon have to band together and fight for their survival as a deadly home invasion begins.

The film stars James Wolk (Zoo), Caitlin Fitzgerald, Michael Godere (Daylight), Constance Baron, Tom Lipinski (The Following), Dan Ziskie (War of the Worlds) and Michael Donovan (The Following).

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Anne Rice Regains Rights to The Vampire Chronicles

Just a few hours ago Anne Rice announced via her Facebook page that she has regained the theatrical rights to The Vampire Chronicles.

“A television series of the highest quality is now my dream for Lestat, Louis, Armand, Marius and the entire tribe,” said Rice. “My son Christopher Rice and I will be developing a pilot script and a detailed outline for an open ended series, faithfully presenting Lestat’s story as it is told in the books, complete with the many situations that readers expect to see.”

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Happy Thanksgiving 2016

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Horror News Network! We hope everyone has a blessed and happy holiday with your family and friends.  You guys are what we’re really thankful for!

New Movie Poster and Release Date Unveiled for Alien: Covenant

For fans of the Alien franchise eagerly anticipating another chapter in the futuristic saga, your wait time has just been reduced.  In addition to debuting a new movie poster featuring the iconic, shadowy image of a xenomorph, producers of Alien: Covenant announced on Wednesday that the film’s release date has been moved up three whole months.  The sequel to 2012’s Prometheus (and second prequel to the original lineage of films), Covenant is now set to hit theaters on May 19, 2017.

Moving the premiere up to that date will put Alien: Covenant in direct competition with the Warner Brothers’ horror film Annabelle 2, which is expected to draw large audiences to the theaters.  The newest Alien entry has several key factors in its favor, however.  The new poster, which was released for the first time in conjunction with the release date update, features the recognizable face of the alien creature itself amidst a dark and unsettling background.  Depicting the creature up front sets the upcoming film apart from its predecessor Prometheus, which took a more indirect approach in its link to the Alien franchise.  More importantly, legendary director Ridley Scott, who directed the original 1979 film as well as the 2012 prequel, returns to the big chair to helm Covenant.

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The Walking Dead is Suffering the Steepest Ratings Fall Ever

Entertainment Weekly reports that AMC’s The Walking Dead is suffering from some ratings problems. They write:

“AMC’s mega-hit fell sharply after its seventh season premiere last month, and has declined steadily each week since to mark the steepest ratings fall in the show’s history. In fact, Sunday’s fifth episode of the season delivered the show’s lowest viewership since season 3.”

It should be noted that “the higher you rise, the farther you fall.” While fans have been gobbling up anything related to the franchise over the past few years, recent episodes have aired content that has divided the fan community. Season 7’s controversial premiere had the second highest number of viewers per episode in the show’s history; so a fall towards more typical numbers would naturally look more significant. Also, some viewers were bound to stop tuning in after its season finale cliffhanger gimmick had been resolved.

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