‘Annabelle: Creation’ Sequel Coming in July 2019

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that “Gary Dauberman, the writer behind the Annabelle movies, will make his directorial debut with an untitled Annabelle project, the newest installment of New Line’s horror franchise based on a devil doll from The Conjuring cinematic universe.”

As with the all of The Conjuring films, it will once again be produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster and the Peter Safran Co.

John R. Leonetti directed the original Annabelle and David F. Sandberg directed the prequel, Annabelle: Creation.  The new Annabelle installment is is currently scheduled for a release on July 3, 2019. read more

‘Downrange’: The Horror News Network Review

In the tradition of isolation thrillers focused on beautiful people being sniped out including Phonebooth, Roadside, Carnage Park, ATM (sort of) and one of the first to create this type of horror in Targets, comes the latest from talented genre filmmaker Ryûhei Kitamura (The Midnight Meat Train and Godzilla: Final Wars) with Downrange. Currently playing on the horror streaming platform of Shudder and its World Premiere as part of the 2017 Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival, Kitamura returns with a film that does not reinvent the wheel but finds its voice in this very tense sub-genre. Downrange begins with very little exposition. Propped and blended into a tree, a sniper (most likely a military) waits for any vehicle to become deadly target practice on an open stretch of road. Horror happens for a group of twenty somethings traveling along the road when their tire is blown out. The gunman waits for them to settle as they repair the tire. Dealing with the time going by, the group begins to feel that things are not right. Without much warning, the gunman begins to pick off the group one by one. Beginning with the strongest of the group, members start to fall as they are sniped or pinned down in a deadly game of target practice for no reason what so ever.  As the group takes cover, they must get past the emotional horror and find it in themselves to survive until help comes. read more

Kevin Bacon Confirms Syfy’s ‘Tremors’ Series Will Not Move Forward

Kevin Bacon shared some bad news this weekend for all of the Tremors fans out there who were excited about his upcoming television series based on the franchise: Syfy has decided to pass on the series- which was set to take place 25 years after the events of the original film- after a pilot episode was produced. Bacon took to his Instagram account to explain the news to his fans:

#Tremors Sad to report that my dream of revisiting the world of Perfection will not become a reality. Although we made a fantastic pilot (IMHO) the network has decided not to move forward. Thanks to our killer cast and everyone behind the scenes who worked so hard. And always keep one eye out for GRABOIDS! read more

‘mon mon mon MONSTERS’: The Horror News Network Review

Every few weeks I make a point to do some deep internet searching to find movies that I may be missing out on. I check out everyone’s lists of “the best of the year so far” and lists of “must sees” and sometimes I’ll come back with something recommended that I’ve yet to hear of; that was the case last year with The Lure which I just happened upon in a random search and then fell in love with (review here) and this is the case with mon mon mon MONSTERS.

mon mon mon MONSTERS premiered last April at the Hong Kong International Film Festival and won the Audience Award at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival before getting a theatrical release in July of 2017. A Taiwanese film, billed as a horror-comedy, mon mon mon MONSTERS is the tenth film based on the works of notable Taiwanese novelist and film maker Giddens Ko (Jiubadao). read more

‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel Announced

Be really quiet….now scream!! Paramount Studio Chief Jim Gianopulos announced at CinemaCon that an inevitable sequel to A Quiet Place is indeed in the works.  

Gianopulos stated “If you told me five years ago that an almost silent film starring the very funny guy Jim from The Office would have been a hit at Paramount, I would have said, ‘Well, I should go work at Paramount.'”

In other movie news, according to the Hollywood Reporter, J.J Abrams,”…also appeared by video to tease the horror film Overlord, and to announce a new Cloverfield movie was in the works” and he was also clear, unlike earlier reports that Overlord “… is not a Cloverfield movie.  We are actually developing a true, creative Cloverfield sequel.” read more

Jamie Lee Curtis Reveals Halloween Trailer at CinemaCon

Jamie Lee Curtis walked on stage and introduced the new Halloween trailer to the CinemaCon crowd at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Halloween picks up 40 years after the original film and disregards all sequels.

Reprising her role as Laurie Strode, Curtis went on to say “Except for Star Wars, I can’t think of another movie where the same actor is playing the same role 40 years later.” As the venue went dark the trailer rolled and onlookers saw the asylum in which Michael is being kept. Laurie’s voice is heard saying “I pray every night that he would escape so that I could kill him.” Laurie gets her wish as Michael escapes and leaves behind carnage as only Michael can. The trailer abruptly ends as Haddonfield prepares for the ultimate showdown between slasher and final girl. read more

‘Sunglasses After Dark’ Author Nancy A. Collins: The Horror News Network Interview

There aren’t many writers that one can say defined a genre for a period of time, but when it came to the late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, Nancy A. Collins brand of urban fantasy and her goth-punk vampire Sonja Blue certainly did.

When Collins released Sunglasses After Dark in 1989, it brought a gritty realism and punk aesthetic to the previous staid and dignified vampire, and ushered in a whole new sub-culture of horror fiction.  The Bram Stoker Award Winner’s work influenced countless artists at the time, and her work is still admired by fans of horror novels and comic books worldwide. read more

Dark Sci-Fi Series Based on ‘Heart of Darkness’ to be Developed by Sony Crackle

Just in from Variety, Sony Crackle, the brand’s digital streaming service, is developing a series that re-imagines the 1899 Joseph Conrad story Heart of Darkness as a Sci-Fi tale.

Set in the distant future when Earth is only a memory of the past, the project is described as a space odyssey where the survival of mankind is hanging in the balance. It is set to exploring themes of race, immigration and colonization similar to the novella.

HoD has been adapted in various forms, from radio and stage plays to television, film and video games. Most famously it was the inspiration for Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Academy Award-winning Vietnam war film starring Martin Sheen and Marlon Brando in the starring roles. read more

‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ to be Released by RLJE FILMS

Fans of the Puppet Master film franchise have reason to be happy.  RLJE Films has just announced that it has acquired all North American rights to the latest installment in the cult series, titled Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.  The film blends in a delicate balance of horror and humor, and boasts an impressive stable of actors, producers and recognizable genre contributors.  Perhaps the greatest connection for old-school horror fans is the movie’s tie-in with the resurrection of Fangoria Magazine.  It is being produced for Cinestate, the southern entertainment company who recently acquired Fangoria Magazine.  This represents the first project to be released under the newly-revived Fangoria label. read more

‘Ghost Stories’: The Horror News Network Review

Ghost stories have been told as long as human beings have stalked the earth.  They serve as a way to comprehend and dress in language what is hidden behind the fragile veil of our perceived view of reality.  Whether the subjects of these stories exist or not can never be confirmed by the masses, but individuals have very concrete opinions as believers or skeptics.

Co-writers and directors Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson know how to scare an audience and tell a ghost story.  After years of honing their craft on stage when their play Ghost Stories first debuted in 2010 in London’s Duke of York’s Theatre and ran for a record breaking 26 months (and later the Arts Theatre and international productions in Toronto, Shanghai, Lima, Sydney, and Moscow), Nyman and Dyson decided to adapt their “Grand Guignol” style play for the big screen.  Horror fans should be thankful that they did, as the film version of Ghost Stories captures everything discerning film goers look for in a horror film. read more