Possible ‘Alien’ Animated Series in the Works

According to the gang at Observer, an R-Rated animated Alien Series may be in development. Sources tell the site that a seven-episode series based on the Alien: Isolation game could arrive as early as April. Rumor has it that Axis Animation will bring the series to fruition.

Alien: Isolation was published by Sega and released in October 2014 for both consoles and the PC. The game is set 15 years after the events of the original Alien film and follows Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda Ripley, as she investigates the disappearance of her mother. The series received generally positive reviews and was nominated for several year-end awards. read more

More Casting Announced for ‘Lost Boys’

Lots of news has bled out recently about CW’s Lost Boys reboot. According to Deadline, former Teen Wolf star Tyler Posey has landed one of the main roles in the series along with Kiele Sanchez. It was also announced that Dakota Shapiro and Medalion Rahimi have been selected as supporting characters.

In her return to the vampire genre, Catherine Hardwicke, who directed Twilight, will direct the pilot episode of the series which was written by Heather Mitchell.

What will the series be about you ask? Well, we have the official synopsis of the series which reads: read more

Full Trailer and Artwork for Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’

Today CBS All Access revealed the full trailer for the highly anticipated reboot of the iconic series The Twilight Zone.  Jordan Peele not only serves as executive producer, but also as the host and narrator. The original series debuted in 1959 and ran for five seasons. By the looks of the trailer, Peele and company bring The Twilight Zone, not just into another dimension, but also into the 21st century.

The reboot also exhibits some real star power as well.  Featured in the re-imagined Twilight Zone are John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, James Frain, Ginnifer Goodwin, Zabryna Guevara, Adam Scott, and Steven Yeun, just to name a few.  The series is scheduled to premier with two episodes dropping on April 1st, with the full series released on April 11th for CBS All Access subscribers. You can check out the full trailer and key art below. read more

Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy to Produce ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Follow-Up and More Horror Television for Netflix

Between the tremendous successes of The Haunting of Hill House and Gerald’s Game, Netflix knows they’ve got a creative team for the ages in Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy. Writer/director Flanagan, and longtime collaborative producer Macy deserve all the praise they received this past fall when Hill House took off like a firecracker after years of excellent projects like Oculus and Hush, and today’s big announcement means that more quality horror content from their twisted minds will soon be streaming to a television near you! read more

‘Guillermo del Toro Presents Ten After Midnight’ to Call New Netflix Toronto Production Hub Home

Netflix’s operations are expanding in Canada, and Guillermo del Toro Presents Ten After Midnight will be one of the streaming giant’s first projects in a brand new production hub. Deadline reports that the company, “will lease four sound stages along with office space and support space totaling approximately 164,000 square feet at Cinespace Studios and will also lease four sound stages and adjacent office space comprising a total footprint of approximately 84,580 square feet at Pinewood Toronto Studios.” That’s a lotta square footage! read more

Sid and Marty Krofft’s ‘The Banana Splits’ are Getting the Horror Treatment Courtesy of Syfy

If you grew up in the late 1960s and early ’70s, you may have fond memories of a couple of “rock and roll animals” named the Banana Splits.  With a catchy jingle that will stay with you for days, the Splits burst onto tv screens in 1968, and ushered in a slew of psychedelic costumed characters for the youth of that era.

Enter the Syfy Network, purveyors of such fine films as Ice Spiders and Titanic II, to ruin what little remains of your childhood with another terrible idea in the form of a low-budget horror movie starring The Banana Splits.  The ill-advised feature will star Bingo (the gorilla), Fleegle (the dog), Snorky (the elephant), and Drooper (the lion), and less well-known talent such as Finlay Wojtak-Hissong (The Kindness of Strangers), Dani Kind (Wyonna Earp), Romeo Carere (Pyewacket), and Steve Lund (Street Legal). read more

WizKids is Bringing Japanese Horror Game ‘Hako Onna’ to America

This past weekend at the prestigious Toy Fair New York, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jessa Morgen of WizKids for an exclusive discussion about their upcoming American release of Hako Onna – a Japanese horror game that is currently in it’s fourth edition in Japan. Check out the video to learn all about this horrifying game and then visit the WizKids link below the video for more info.

As you heard, WizKids is shooting for a Q3 release of Hako Onna which will put them in line to get this game in our hands hopefully before Halloween of this year. I definitely dropped several references to Horror News Network wanting a copy to review so we will keep you posted if that happens! In the meantime, head over to the WizKids website (click here) for more info on Hako Onna and all other games they currently have in production and don’t forget to check out the rest of our coverage from Toy Fair New York 2019 by clicking here! read more

HNN’s Coverage of The 2019 New York Toy Fair

HNN’s Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin once again invaded the Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan for Toy Fair New York, the annual international convention of toy manufacturers, distributors and retailers.  And once again, all horror fans have a LOT to look forward to in 2019 and beyond.

The usual suspects of horror industry heavyweights such as NECA, Mezco and McFarlane Toys (among many others) did not disappoint with their impressive displays and product announcements, which are covered in the event pictures posted here.  While the genre standards like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Chucky were of course well-represented, several new exciting licenses were unveiled as well.  Our favorites are They Live, which saw multiple companies announce brand-new figure lines, and the anticipated upcoming film The Curse of La Llorona.  Mezco appears to be knocking it out of the park in respect to the latter. read more

‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Finishes Fifth at Weekend Box Office

While many predicted a better showing for Happy Death Day 2U, the film ended up in fifth place at the weekend box office with roughly $10 million in ticket sales ($13.5 since it was released on Wednesday).  This total is $16 million less than the original film made in its opening 3-day weekend frame back in 2017.

Every movie studio ended up being disappointed this weekend, as it was the worst three-day President’s Day weekend for ticket sales since 2004.  Chief among the underachievers was Alita: Battle Angel, whose lofty expectations never materialized (in first place with $36.5 million since Thursday), falling victim to the same inflated tracking numbers that sank The Lego Movie 2 last week (which finished second at the box office with $21.2 million).  While the turnout for all films this weekend was low, there may need to be less emphasis put on tracking and social media awareness for upcoming films, as both measures have proven to be wildly inaccurate in 2019 and have so far created unrealistic expectations for new releases this year. read more

‘Happy Death Day 2U’: The Horror News Network Review

Sequels are tough to pull off in any genre, but pulling off a sequel in the horror genre is an even more difficult feat.  Most horror films were not originally intended to be franchises even though they often spiral into them (Halloween, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and the law of diminishing returns rears its ugly head in the vast majority of these cases.

Finding a more competent sequel than the original proves even harder to locate, but in the case of Happy Death Day 2U, director and co-writer Christopher Landon has accomplished this rare achievement, albeit one that is much less heavy on slasher tropes, instead venturing into the world of science fiction and comedy.  Landon’s follow up to his surprise hit Happy Death Day is a superior film for these reasons, but it may not appeal to horror fans in the same ways that the first one did. read more