‘Director’s Cut’: The Horror News Network Review

In the overall world of horror, obsession is truly frightening. Obsession can take on many forms in fandom. Fans become obsessed with their favorite genre films, characters, scenes, creators or in this case, commentary on a film. Written by Penn Jillette (Penn & Teller) and directed by Adam Rifkin (Chillerama), Director’s Cut is one of the year’s darkest, and most uncomfortable genre films. Released by Epic Pictures, Director’s Cut stars Jillette, Missi Pyle (Pandemic), Harry Hamlin (Clash of the Titans), and Hayes MacArthur (Super Troopers 2). The film focuses on the character Herbert (Jillette) who opens the film by giving us his directors commentary for the action, buddy cop feature which Pyle, Hamlin, and MacArthur are currently filming. As we listen to Herbert give his thoughts, reactions, film lingo, and criticism about the film, you realize that something does not seem to be right with Herbert observations and his access to the set, talent, and footage. With each scene and each day of production that goes by on the film, we learn that Herbert is not what he seems and may not be the director he claims. read more

Fox 21 Television Studios Options the Rights for ‘Vampyr’

Deadline is reporting that Fox 21 Television Studios has optioned the rights to the horror game Vampyr to McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision and DJ2 Entertainment. McG, who has made his name in Hollywood directing films like Terminator Salvation and Charlie’s Angels is attached to direct and executive produce. There is no word as of yet if Vampyr will take the form of a TV series or film.

Vampyr was released on June 5, 2018 for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. The game was developed by Dotnod Entertainment and published by Focus Home Interactive. The player controls the game’s protagonist Jonathan E. Reid, a doctor who was made into a vampire, and whose thirst for blood compels him to kill innocent people. The game received generally favorable reviews and sold 450,000 copies in the first month of its release. read more

Scares that Care Charity Weekend 5 Coverage

Scares that Care Charity Weekend 5 brought fright and fun to Williamsburg, VA once again. An amazing event with a purpose where even the hotel staff dress up and decorate the halls, windows, and furniture, it feels more like home than a convention. Packed with over 2,000 attendees this year, StC had not just your usual con events like author readings, celebrity photo ops, and panels, but also events like Rocky Horror, costume contests, a silent auction, kids zombie hunt, escape room, singles mixer, film festival, video game room, a 5k race and even a zombie wedding. It has so much more than any regular con; it has a mission. read more

Season 2 Trailer Revealed for ‘Wolf Creek’

Just hours ago, Pop TV released the Season 2 trailer of Wolf Creek. The series is set to premiere on Pop as a three consecutive night limited series which will include back-to-back one-hour episodes starting on October 21 and going through October 23.

John Jarratt returns to the role of Mick Taylor, the deranged serial killer whose hunting grounds are the Australian Outback. Also returning to the series as executive producer and director is Wolf Creek creator Greg McLean. With Jarratt and McLean reunited it safe to say that we can expect the same tension that we have come to expect from this franchise. read more

Fangoria to Host Digital Viewing Party of “Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich”

The folks over at Fangoria are doing their best to round up as many people as they can to take place in a “digital viewing party” of the newest installment of the Puppet Master series, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich. The film will be available to rent from most major on-demand outlets and the “party” will take place promptly at 7:30pm PST/ 9:30pm CST/ 10:30PM EST on Friday August 17th.

During the viewing, cast and crew members will be broadcasting live on Facebook followed by a live Q&A with producers and cast where they will take questions over twitter. read more

Mary J Blige to Star in Season 3 of MTV’s ‘Scream’

MTV announced today that music icon Mary J. Blige has joined the cast of its Scream reboot. Blige joins Tyler Posey, Tyga, CJ Wallace, RJ Cyler, and Keke Palmer in Season 3 of the slasher series.

According to MTV the show will center on Deion Elliot (played by RJ Cyler), the star running back whose past comes back to haunt him and threaten his future His step-brother Jamal (portrayed by Tyga), meanwhile, is a hustler by nature, willing to work any angle to make ends meet. Blige plays Deion’s mother, Sherry Elliot. read more

Youtube Removes Latest Ad for ‘The Nun’ For Policy Violations

Youtube removed the latest “ad” (in reality a six second clip that featured the Nun growling/screaming after 4 seconds of darkness) due to violations of their “shocking content policy”.

Reportedly, many viewers took to twitter to complain about “the shocker” (not to be confused with the Wes Craven film starring Mitch Pileggi) and Youtube jumped to their rescue, removing the complete waste of time from their channel.

Appreciate you bringing this to our attention! This ad violates our shocking content policy and it's no longer running as an ad. More info here: https://t.co/dOUocjUevh read more

Coming Soon from Jordan Peele – The Horror Bits

From the latest feature on Variety, many directors in Hollywood have all too great a challenge coming up with something new that audiences will pay to see. For Jordan Peele, director of 2017’s Get Out, he hit a home run with his directorial debut achieving critical acclaim and commercial success that earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Now, Peele has his eyes on all new projects with his production company, Monkeypaw Productions, that includes Lovecraft Country at HBO and The Twilight Zone to be streamed on CBS All Access. read more

Hulu Renews ‘Castle Rock’ for Second Season

Good news Stephen King fans…Variety is reporting that Hulu has renewed Castle Rock for a second season. Within its first day of launch, Hulu reported that the show became the most successful first season Hulu Original when considering consumption and reach and  that “Castle Rock” has among the highest completion rates for an original in its first two weeks

Based on the characters and settings from the Stephen King universe, Castle Rock created by Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw stars Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgard, and Jane Levy. Stephen King and J.J Abrams are among the executive producers of the series. read more

‘Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers’ Added to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood just added a big cherry on top of an already solid horror sundae at both parks for their annual Halloween Horror Nights in the form of a haunted maze based on Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.

According to the official press release. the attraction will be “Based on the fourth installment in the classic slasher series created by John Carpenter, the mazes will transport guests to the suburban town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night where Myers has escaped Smith’s Grove Sanitarium and is hungry for revenge. This time, he relentlessly stalks his niece Jamie as his next victim, stopping at nothing to kill her.” read more