First Poster for 2018’s ‘Halloween’ is Released

Fans of the Halloween franchise have been pining for a trailer, teaser, poster…any new word about the new Halloween recently wrapped by Blumhouse Productions. Well, today Blumhouse, along with development director Ryan Turek, finally tweeted the first poster for the new film.

Set to release on October 19th, the new Halloween picks up where the original 1978 John Carpenter classic left off. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle (the original Shape) as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. Based on a script from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, the synopsis of the upcoming film reads: read more

Universal Releases Final Trailer for ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’

The final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out, and it delivers diverse set pieces and a ton of new information about the plot of the story. Featuring dinosaurs on rooftops, dinosaurs in a church, and a dinosaur in a kid’s bedroom, the clip shows that the filmmakers have thought of many original and interesting locations to place their prehistoric creatures in this movie!

The trailer shows Chris Pratt’s Owen and Bryce Dallas Howards’ Claire being tricked by an evil corporation into going back to the location of the failed Jurassic World park to “rescue” Blue the velociraptor and other famous reptiles. Turns out, they want to sell the creatures off as trained predators… what could possibly go wrong? read more

Cary Elwes and Jake Busey Join Season Three Cast of ‘Stranger Things’

At the Netflix sponsored ‘See What’s Next’ event in Rome, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced that Cary Elwes and Jake Busey have joined the cast of Stranger Things according to a report on Deadline.

Elwes is a fan favorite of the genre, starring in the first installment of the iconic SAW series as Dr. Lawrence Gordon, the character that famously severed his own foot. He reprised his role in SAW 3D, which was released in 2010. In addition to his horror roles, the actor also appeared in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Princess Bride, Kiss the Girls, and Twister. read more

Ian Somerhalder Set to Star in ‘V-Wars’ Series on Netflix

Netflix has announced it has ordered 10 episodes of the vampire series V-Wars, which is based on the Jonathan Mayberry comic from IDW Publishing. It was also announced that Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role as Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, will star as Dr. Luther Swann. Brad Turner (Stargate) is at the helm to direct.

Representatives from IDW told the Hollywood Reporter “We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season. We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.” read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Finale Nets Lowest Ratings Since Season 1

While the franchise is still drawing incredible viewership numbers by any comparison other than its previous performance, AMC’s The Walking Dead set several dubious milestones with Season Eight’s ratings. First, the season premiere in October, 2017 earned the lowest premiere ratings for the show since Season Three. By November, the show’s regular episodes started netting the lowest ratings numbers since Season Two, and the mid-season premiere in February, 2018 drew the lowest mid-season premiere ratings in the history of the franchise. Now, the season finale ratings numbers are in, and they continue this season’s trend of falling back to earlier, smaller milestones. read more

Artwork Released for ‘The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees: The Making of the Final Friday’

Horror fans love “making of” documentaries. What fan doesn’t want to find out what was going through the director’s mind as they filmed a particular favorite scene or killed off a main character? Well, director Nick Hunt (Safe Place) and producers Adam Marcus (director of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday) and Johnny Macabre (Don’t F*ck in the Woods) will be taking us on a journey of what was going on behind the scenes of that crazy ninth installment of the Friday the 13th franchise: Jason Goes to Hell. read more

R. Lee Ermey Passes Away at 74

The horror world, along with all of Hollywood, suffered a big loss on Sunday.  R. Lee Ermey, the rugged and big-voiced actor who earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1987 for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War masterpiece Full Metal Jacket, passed away at the age of 74.  The announcement was made by his manager Bill Rogin on his Twitter account, with the cause of death reported to be complications from pneumonia.

Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944.  He was a former drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, eventually achieving the rank of staff sergeant in the early 1970s.  His combat experience during the Vietnam War would help lend authenticity to his numerous roles as military personnel during his career in Hollywood.  In addition to the role of tough-talking and strict drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Jacket, Ermey also appeared in authoritative roles in films such as Seven, Toy Soldiers, Dead Man Walking and Leaving Las Vegas (among more than 100 recognized roles on IMDB.)  Even children would recognize his gruff and stern voice from roles on The Simpsons, Family Guy, and of course as Army Sarge on all three Toy Story movies. read more

‘Rampage’ Wins Close Race With ‘A Quiet Place’ at Weekend Box Office

The battle was close between loud, clumsy aliens and gigantic, loud monsters at the box office, but those big boys took home the crown with the Bally-Midway video game adaptation Rampage topping A Quiet Place this weekend.  Although Variety and Forbes initially reported that A Quiet Place was the winner, it turns out that Rampage actually unseated last week’s champ (perhaps those outlets should wait until actual estimates are released next week, before they announce their “favorite” as the big winner). read more

‘Rampage’: The Horror News Network Review

Summer movie season 2018 is upon us, which means hours upon hours of bloated examples of filmmaking by committee- chock full of superhero spandex and market tested “edgy” PG-13 jokes that are sure to get the kids laughing- will soon be stinking up the local multiplex like a truck stop bathroom with no ceiling fan. Rampage kicks off the festivities early after jumping up two weeks on the calendar to avoid the wake of Disney’s guaranteed Tomatometer bonanza, Marvel Movie 19: Thanos is Finally Here! Fortunately, Rampage starts things off right by delivering a decent Dwayne Johnson monster mash that doesn’t take itself too seriously and reinforces the idea that video game adaptations don’t have to be terrible. read more

Warren Ellis’ ‘Injection’ Optioned by Universal for Television

With the popularity (and profitability) of comic book adaptations reaching a fever pitch in recent years, it is no surprise that studios are reaching beyond standard super hero fare to more adult oriented stories that span multiple genres.  With the success of Garth Ennis’ Preacher (and Amazon’s upcoming The Boys) and Grant Morrison’s  Happy!, it was just a matter of time before their fellow genre-bending writer Warren Ellis got in on the action.

In an exclusive report by the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Cable Productions “…has optioned Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire’s comic series Injection for television. The Image Comics title was first published in 2015 and revolves around a group of five highly specialized individuals who are brought together by the British government to hypothesize about the future of human culture. After discovering the results, the group decides to act on it by creating an unusual artificial intelligence using a combination of technology and shamanistic magic, which makes its way into our world.”  As usual, Ellis’ Injection is a mix of science fiction, horror, and conspiracy theories all rolled together into an exquisite brew (and if you are looking to catch up on the series, the first three collected volumes of the series are currently available from Image Comics). read more