The Trailer for Takashi Miike’s 100th Film, “Blade of the Immortal”, Delivers!

Legendary Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike has graced the world with his one hundredth film and the red-band trailer for Blade of the Immortal does not disappoint.

The description of the film is as follows: Samurai Manji has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal. After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, Manji meets a young girl who enlists him to be her body-guard. Swearing loyalty, protection and vengeance against the group of sword fighters who slaughtered her family, the unlikely duo set on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong. read more

Eli Roth Directs Commercial for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

Director Eli Roth has filmed a number of horror films, but he’s never filmed a commercial about any of his, and certainly not one about films and television shows he hasn’t directed.

Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood released a 30 second spot by Roth featuring a number of their horror houses from this year’s annual event.  Roth’s commercial features a veritable Halloween feast of classic scenes from the Shining, Saw, and American Horror Story.

Earlier this week, Universal Studios Orlando announced a “best-of” house called “The Horrors of Blumhouse” which will feature a triple threat of Blumhouse studio hits including: The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister. read more

Warner Bros. Releases Chilling Short Prequel Film to Promote ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner takes place in 2019. Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner 2049 will take place a full thirty years after the events of the original film. It’s understandable that all of this passage of real-life and narrative time between Blade Runner and its sequel may cause viewers to have questions before going in to see the new film. Warner Bros. have just released a short film to fill in some gaps and answer a few questions about how the world of the film has changed since we first saw it. read more

Horror Comic Review – The Living Corpse: Relics

Title – The Living Corpse: Relics
Writer: Ken Haeser
Story and Art: Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson
Pages: 160 (Trade)
Sub-Genre: Smart-Ass Zombie Action

Synopsis: After the events of The Living Corpse: Exhumed, our undead hero has left his job as the Gatekeeper between the world of the living and the monsters that live in the shadows. Now living in a Monsterary in Tibet, The Living Corpse is called back into action when an ancient evil with ties to the Living Corpse’s past rises from the tombs of ancient Egypt. Also, the young Vampire, Lilith, goes on a search for her fellow Nosferatu to see if she is truly the last of her kind. And she might just regret that decision. All of this as well as we learn more about Asteroth’s ties to the Gatekeepers and we find out exactly how John Romero died! read more

Terry O’Quinn Cast in Stephen King Series Castle Rock

Veteran actor Terry O’Quinn (The Stepfather, Lost) has been cast in Castle Rock, the upcoming Hulu series from writer Stephen King and producer J.J. Abrams. The show will be based in the mythical town that was the setting for a good deal of Kings novels (Cujo, The Dead Zone, Needful Things, etc.) and will be based on characters created by the author himself.

According to Deadline, O’Quinn will play Dale Lacy, a pillar of the community in the town of Castle Rock. He joins previously cast André Holland, Scott Glenn, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard. read more

Ed Skrein Leaves ‘Hellboy: Rise of Blood Queen’ over “Whitewashing” Concerns

Just as quickly as it was announced that Deadpool’s Ed Skrein would portray Major Ben Daimio in the Neil Marshall reboot of the Hellboy franchise, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the actor has left the project today over concerns of “whitewashing”.

Skrein published the following statement on his twitter page:

As Skrein states, the character he signed up to play is of Asian descent (and also a were-jaguar).  It appears that the actor was entirely unaware of the ethnicity of Daimio, but after some mild complaints on his twitter page, he decided to exit the project.  In the comics that the film will be based on, Major Ben Daimio is also considerably older than the actor selected to portray him (but there have been no recorded complaints from AARP members at this time). read more

Rio Youers Discusses ‘Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors’

This week coming straight out of Mignolaverse is Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors. The anthology not only contains original artwork from Mike Mignola and Chris Priestly, but also fifteen original stories based on the legendary character.  We recently caught up with Rio Youers about his contribution to this epic collection of Hellboy stories.

Horror News Network: Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors is quite an impressive anthology.  How does it feel to be part of this collection with your fellow Mignolaverse writers? read more

Warner Bros. Unveils Official Poster Art for ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Excitement for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner 2049 is hitting a fever pitch as we approach its debut in theaters on October 6th. We here at Horror News Network have been enthusiastically covering the film since its explosive teaser trailer hit the web nearly a year ago. And, now, as we wind down the final weeks to the movie’s premiere, fans will start to see official poster art at the local cinema!

Warner Bros. have begun shipping the official double-sided posters for Blade Runner 2049 to theaters across the country. The minimalist design features the film’s main characters- Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, and Jared Leto- against the color-coded dichotomy of the franchise’s signature scenery. The orange lettering is a first for the series, and the greenish blues conjure up reminders of the promotional materials for 2010’s Tron: Legacy. You can view the entire poster art below: read more

‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Director Tobe Hooper Dead at 74

Variety is reporting that seminal horror director Tobe Hooper has died at the age of 74. The cause of Hooper’s death is unknown at this time.

Hooper helped define modern horror film making with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974, bringing a combination of gritty realism and nightmarish visions to this classic of horror cinema.  Along with his contemporaries such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, and George Romero, he took the horror film from the gothic castles of Europe to the turbulent modern age, and introduced the world to a dysfunctional family the likes of which had never been seen before on screen. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre became the blue print for future horror directors everywhere, and it is still unmatched in terms of the creepy scares it delivers, without the buckets of gore that many people assume the film contains. read more

Campaign for George Romero’s Walk of Fame Ceremony Announced

On July 18th of this year, the world lost an absolute legend in Mr. George A. Romero.  Romero, who was not only beloved within the horror genre, but incredibly influential to filmmakers all around. It was announced last year that he would be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which if you ask any fan they would agree it is way overdue.

A fund raising effort has been set up to raise money for the ceremony to honor the Godfather of the zombie genre and director of Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Day of the Dead, amongst many others.  Romero’s friend, and fellow legend, Malcolm McDowell appears in a short video on the page via Generosity. read more