‘My Friend Dahmer’: The Horror News Network Review

Hitting Blu-Ray and DVD on April 10th is My Friend Dahmer, the film written and directed by Marc Meyers gives the world a disturbing look at the early years of notorious mass murderer Jeffrey Dahmer. Based on the graphic novel by Derf Backderf, My Friend Dahmer brings a different and unsettling look into Dahmer as a teen.

While the film doesn’t go into his murders, we do get to see what shaped the soon to be serial killer. What the film does perfectly is lead you on a roller coaster of emotions as we learn more about Dahmer. Bullied and neglected by his classmates, Dahmer tries to make it through the day by blending in with the background, although he eventually becomes the class “spaz.” read more

‘Pyewacket’: The Horror News Network Review

The real question here is why did I allow myself to watch this movie in my dark basement while everyone in my house was asleep? I must really be a glutton for punishment because I did exactly the same thing with this year’s other terrifying supernatural film, Carlos Algara’s Verónica. There are two sub-genres of horror that really strike a nerve with me: one is home-invasion and the other is, you guessed it – the supernatural.

Now, I don’t know for sure what I “believe” when it comes to the supernatural, demons, possession, etc. What I do think, however, is that it’s possible…and since I think it’s possible, movies about the supernatural that are well done really make my skin crawl; well, Pyewacket made my skin crawl damn near off my body. read more

Funko Announces Cereal Line Featuring Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Freddy Krueger, and Beetlejuice

In an announcement sure to excite Funko collectors, horror fans, and non-healthy cereal aficionados everywhere, Funko Founder Michael Becker just unveiled a new cereal product line, and naturally, mini-Pop figures will be included in the box.

Becker revealed this surprise in an interview with The Coronado Eagle and Journal and said that the Funko O’s line would include Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Freddy Kruger, and Beetlejuice, among others.

Becker stated that the complany will ” …start shipping to stores in June and we have the distribution set up and the product is pre-sold. It’s just one more of those feel-good Funko items. I used to watch cartoons on Saturday mornings while I was eating cereal. There are prizes in the cereal and it will sell for $7.99 a box. When you add milk to the Freddie Kruger cereal, it looks blood red. With the Beetle Juice cereal, when you add milk it looks like slime.” read more

The Vatican to Hold Exorcist Training Course to Combat Rising Number of Possessions

The Vatican will be holding a training course from April 16th to the 21st at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome to train religious leaders in exorcisms and the prayer of liberation, which is often used to combat demonic possession. The course will be offered to meet the need for more exorcists.

Both The Guardian and The Telegraph cite an Italian article in Vatican News as the source for the event, and the perspective of some of the event’s guest speakers. The Guardian reports that Fr Benigno Palilla, an exorcist from Sicily, reports that cases of demonic possession have recently tripled on the island. Fr Cesare Truqui, who will be speaking at the event, had this to say to Vatican News: read more

Colin Trevorrow to Return to the Director’s Chair for ‘Jurassic World 3’

Colin Trevorrow may not have directed this summer’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom– the follow-up to his wildly popular 2015 film, Jurassic World– but that doesn’t mean he’s done with dinosaurs just yet! Turns out, after co-writing and producing Fallen Kingdom, Trevorrow will return to the director’s chair for part three.

Executive Producer Steven Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly that, “Colin Trevorrow is going write and direct the third Jurassic World story.” He will write the film’s script with Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising). read more

James Wan and Roy Lee to Remake Stephen King’s ‘The Tommyknockers’

In an exclusive report by The Hollywood Reporter, James Wan and Roy Lee (the producer of It, Bates Motel)  are poised to remake Stephen King’s The Tommyknockers.  Wan and Lee are also joined by Larry Sanitsky, who executive produced the original 1993 TV miniseries adaptation of The Tommyknockers.

Sanitsky described the story as “…an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck. All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written. It is also a tale about the eternal power of love and the grace of redemption.” read more

Arrow’s Blu-ray Release of ‘Basket Case’: The Horror News Network Review

Frank Henenlotter’s 1982 cult classic film Basket Case holds a special place in my heart. Basket Case was one of the many doozies that my mother brought home from the video store during those glory days of VHS. I can vividly remember our living room being filled with hysterical laughter which quickly turned to disgusted groans and then back to laughter as my parents and I digested this odd film about a pair of brothers (sort of) and their first trip to New York City.

Having always sort of flown under the radar among mainstream horror fans, I was surprised, and intrigued, to learn that the Museum of Modern Art helped to restore Basket Case from it’s original 16mm film and scan it to 4K for this Arrow release.  That, although interesting, left me a bit worried. What would a “fixed” version of Basket Case look like? Would it lose that gritty feeling? How would early 80’s New York City look with a 4k restoration? The answer is simple: it looks incredible. read more

IDW Brings ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ By Mike Mignola Back to Life

According to the official press release, IDW Publishing will unearth Mike Mignola’s adaptation of 1992’s Francis Ford Coppola film Bram Stoker’s Dracula right before the Halloween season begins on September 25.  The 136 page hard cover collection features Mignola’s signature black and white artwork with a script by Marvel Comics legend Roy Thomas.

Mignola was ecstatic about the reissue, stating that ““I cannot tell you what a relief it is to have this book back in print.  People have been asking about this one for ages—More than any other book of mine—and I honestly didn’t think it was ever going to be possible to see an edition, but here it is.” read more

Paramount Acquires ‘Intruders’ – Alien Home-Invasion Script

Writer James V. Simpson, known for penning 2009’s Armored starring Matt Dillon, Jean Reno and Laurence Fishburne, has just seen his script Intruders picked up by Paramount. The film will be produced by Dan Farah of Farah Films who produced Simpson’s last script Armored and more recently Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. Also producing is Vertigo Entertainment who has been involved in such horror titles as It (2017) and The Strangers (2008).

According to Deadline, Intruders can be described as “an alien home invasion thriller. The concept is inspired by Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” read more

Kevin Bacon to Star in and Produce Horror-Thriller ‘You Should Have Left’ at Blumhouse

Via Variety, Blumhouse Pictures is cooking up something scary with Kevin Bacon to produce and star in the horror-thriller You Should Have Left with David Koepp as director from his own script for Jason Blum’s namesake company, Blumhouse Productions.

Based on Daniel Kehlmann’s 2017 novel of the same name, the story centers on a screenwriter in a remote house in the Alps working on the follow-up to his hit film. The main character starts to lose his bearings due to unexplained occurrences.

Bacon initiated the project by bringing it to Koepp and the duo optioned the project to Blumhouse. read more