Bernie Wrightson Announces Retirement Following Health Problems

On Monday, a Facebook post co-written by Bernie Wrightson and his wife Liz announced the retirement of horror artist, Bernie Wrightson.

The post mentioned that Wrightson suffered a fall last November and started to experience problems with perception. After another brain surgery to relieve bleeding, it now appears that the artist may have lasting damage which limits functions on his left side which include walking or reliably using his left hand.

Back in 2014 the artist was admitted to the hospital after suffering a string of strokes. It was found out that he had to have surgery to remove a brain tumor. read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: February 2017 Blu-Ray Releases

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to! And now, on to the notable new releases of February 2017: read more

Cast of Stranger Things Win “Outstanding Performance” Screen Actors Guild Award

Last evening, the cast of Stranger Things won a Screen Actors Guild Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.” Competition was stiff this year, but the cast of the show won over such properties as Game of Thrones and WestworldStranger Things was nominated for a total of three SAG Awards. The other two nominations were for Millie Bobby Brown and Winona Ryder for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.”

Nearly the entire cast of the show appeared on stage to accept the award, and David Harbour (Chief Jim Hopper) delivered the following acceptance speech on behalf of the cast: read more

Split Repeats as Box Office Champ, Resident Evil’s Final Installment Underperforms

Defying all logic and shattering initial expectations, Split once again ruled the box office this weekend.  Going into the weekend, the modestly budgeted film ($10 million) had already earned $51 million dollars and added another estimated $26.3 million to its cumulative box office total over the January 27-29 frame for a grand total of $78 million.

Split appears to be the big winner this winter season, not only muscling out fellow horror films, but all new releases as well.  Bolstered by a young teen audience and undeterred by underperforming action films such as XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (a $33 million return on a $85 million dollar budget), Split looks to continue to grab more cash in weeks to come.   It will face more competition over the next few weeks with Rings (and a number of smaller releases such as Don’t Knock Twice) debutting next weekend At this point, it will depend if audiences remember (and want to see) a third film in the franchise after 12 years or if horror fans will respond to the film with apathy, similar to last fall’s Blair Witch remake.  Next week’s Superbowl is also a factor, as studios traditionally release films that appeal to women in the form of horror movies and romantic comedies.  Will ticket buyers who wish to escape Superbowl hype choose the reigning champ or yesterday’s creepy hit next weekend?  Stay tuned to Horror News Network to find out!    read more

Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown to Star in Godzilla: King of Monsters

Last week we reported that Legendary Pictures’ sequel to their Godzilla film would be directed by horror favorite Michael Dougherty. The news dropped after he had been writing the project over the past couple of months with his longtime collaborator, Zach Shields. The good news continues with today’s announcement that Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown will star in the film! The official title for the movie is Godzilla: King of Monsters.

Brown has had an exceptional year with her breakout role as Eleven on the show. This new announcement comes after her receiving both People’s Choice and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her work in Stranger Things. Given her critical and popular success at such a young age, her starring role in this hotly anticipated sequel will only heighten her to new levels of stardom. read more

Rest In Peace: John Hurt Has Passed Away at 77

John Hurt, the legendary and iconic actor of such films as AlienThe Elephant ManHellboy, and the Harry Potter series, has passed away today at the age of 77 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

For more than six decades, the British actor charmed millions of fans with his captivating performances. Hurt was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award in 1981 for his portrayal of John Merrick in David Lynch’s The Elephant Man. He is perhaps best known to horror fans as the infamous Kane, whose “chestburster” scene is one of the most iconic examples of motion picture cinema to this day. read more

Bryan Bertino’s The Monster: The Horror News Network Review

Given A24’s recent string of high quality horror releases and writer/director Bryan Bertino’s track record of horror success with The Strangers, expectations for The Monster were sky high by the time the first trailer for the film was released. The Monster never received a wide theatrical release, a potential warning sign for new horror films. It made its home video release this week, published on DVD and Blu-Ray by Lionsgate. While the film is sometimes inconsistent in meeting its storytelling goals, the work contains some of Bertino’s trademark directorial qualities which elevate the film from basic horror fare. This movie has heart, and its unique characters might help horror fans to overlook some of its flaws. read more

Saw: Legacy Signs Its First Two Cast Members

Somewhere, Jigsaw must be smiling.  According to Variety, Laura Vandervoort (Ted) and Hannah Anderson (Lizzie Borden Took an Ax) have become the first two actors to sign on for Saw: Legacy (the Saw franchise’s eighth installment.)  While no details regarding a plot or locations have yet been divulged, the upcoming sequel is scheduled to be directed by Peter and Michael Spierig, on a script co-written by original Saw director James Wan (Dead Silence, Insidious, The Conjuring.)

 
The previous seven Saw films have grossed more than $870 worldwide, against very moderate budgets.  Lionsgate, the films’ production studio, are hoping the eighth movie in the series will continue this positive trend.  The franchise is centered around an inanimate killer named “Jigsaw”, who instructs his victims to complete gory tasks in order to win back their freedom.  In reality, the man behind Jigsaw is named John Kramer (Tobin Bell), a cancer patient who tries to hold villainous people accountable for not leading virtuous lives. read more

Jeremy Slater, Showrunner of The Exorcist, Provides Brief Update on Status of Season Two

Things have been awfully quiet since Season One of Fox’s The Exorcist concluded. Fans and critics who fell in love with the series over the course of its first ten episodes have been waiting with baited breath for any news about whether showrunner Jeremy Slater will be given a second season to continue his masterful work on the series. While nothing is set in stone, Slater recently revealed a brief sign of hope.

In response to a fan mistakenly mourning the cancellation of the series, Slater responded with the tweet below: read more

Shin Godzilla Finishes Second in Yearly Japanese Box Office

With the announcement of Godzilla 2’s director being named this week (Michael Dougherty),the upcoming release of Kong: Skull Island in early March, and an upcoming Rampage film in the works,  it is clear that people all over the world still get excited about giant monsters.

The homeland of the “King of Monsters” is no different as Shin Godzilla finished second in overall box office returns for 2016 in Japan.  Shin Godzilla (also known as Godzilla Resurgence) finished second only to Anime sensation Your Name in terms of ticket sales, ending with $75,398,709 at the Japanese box office.  It was also the highest grossing Godzilla film in the history of the character in Japan. read more