The ‘Ghost Town’ Podcast Interview with Rebecca Leib

Podcasts are definitely seeing a boost in interest from true-crime stories like Serial so this is a perfect time to have a series on real-life horror history that considers the myth and legend of various haunted and/or notorious places.

Comedians Rebecca Leib and Jason Horton host the Ghost Town podcast and explore a new location each week. The subject could be the location of an unsolved mystery, a haunted house, or anywhere else with an interesting true crime or paranormal background. Episodes include True Crimes of Norwegian Black Metal (notorious for Satanism, church burnings, and muder), The Stanley Hotel and The Shining (the haunted history that inspired Stephen King that continues to this day), and Hotel Hell (the Maribel Caves Hotel which is rumored to be a portal to hell). read more

‘Pet Sematary’ Climbs into Second Place at Weekend Box Office, ‘Us’ Passes $150 Million Mark

The pulse for Pet Sematary has been running high over the past few months (and the film delivered a second place finish at the weekend box office to the tune of $25 million), but  just like the optimism of Dr. Louis Creed, the end result may not be what Paramount expected.

Pet Sematary’s debut is a healthy one for a horror remake, but all of the analytics associated with the film point to a sharp decline in ticket sales next week.  Sematary’s Rotten Tomatoes score has steadily fallen from the mid-80s to a current score of 61% fresh.  While this is an admirable number for any horror film, the fan metrics are more disturbing.  Only 49% of fans on Rotten Tomatoes liked the film (according to their Audience Score) and film-goers polled by Cinemascore gave the remake an ultra low C+.  With Hellboy opening next week, followed quickly by The Curse of La Llorona weeping into theaters two weeks later, Pet Sematary could easily drop 65% at next week’s box office, signaling an early exit from theaters. read more

‘Alien’ 40th Anniversary Shorts – The Horror News Network Review

As hard to fathom as it is, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Ridley Scott masterpiece Alien.  A truly revolutionary picture, both in terms of horror and science fiction, Alien was groundbreaking in so many ways that it has spawned multiple sequels, merchandising, games, and has generally influenced pop culture in all facets since the late ’70s that truly cannot be measured to this day.  While the last film entry in the franchise, 2017’s Alien: Covenant, was a pretty good movie there has been little movement on the sequel front since due to licensing and script delays.  But 20th Century Fox knew that they had to capitalize on this important moment as best they could, and keep the hardcore fans satiated. read more

Horror News Network’s Spring 2019 Movie Preview

Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, and seasonal allergies to one and all, but it is also brings a healthy amount of horror films in the season of rebirth.  While the fall is the traditional season for all things that go bump in the night, there are enough horror films in April and May to satisfy fans of all persuasions, whether you are in the mood for some highly anticipated remakes and reboots (Pet Sematary, Hellboy), ghostly women (The Curse of La Llorona), super-powered, evil children (Brightburn), stalkers (The Intruder, Ma), or giant lizards (Godzilla: King of the Monsters). read more

New Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’

A few months ago we dropped the news that Netflix had acquired the rights to the Joe Berlinger-directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron as serial killer Ted Bundy (story here). Written by Michael Werwie, Extremely Wicked is told from the viewpoint of Bundy’s girlfriend Liz Kendall (Lily Collins – The Blind Side), who believes that Bundy is innocent.

A new trailer (below) teases Efron eerily portraying the creepiness of Ted Bundy. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is set to debut on Netflix on May 3rd. read more

R.L. Stine’s ‘Fear Street’ Trilogy adds Sadie Sink

Straight from Deadline, Stranger Things star Sadie Sink has joined the Fear Street film trilogy.

Based off of R.L. Stine’s novel series of the same name, Fear Street hit shelves in 1989 and focused on a group teens who battled with supernatural and violent threats to their small town called Shadyside.

Along with Sink, the trilogy of films will star Benjamin Flores Jr. (Ride Along), Kiana Madeira and Olivia Welch. The three films will be directed by Leigh Janiak, whose credits include two episodes of MTV’s Scream series and the indie horror film Honeymoon, which starred Rose Leslie who is known for her role as Ygritte in Game of Thrones. read more

Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tobin Bell Cast in Shudder’s ‘Creepshow’ Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Grey Matter’

Shudder, the king of streaming horror, announced the initial casting today for its upcoming horror anthology series, Creepshow (based on George Romero and Stephen King’s 1982 film of the same name) and the list will certainly please horror fans.  Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), and Tobin Bell (Saw) will star in an adaptation of the Stephen King story “Gray Matter,” as adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi (The Commuter) and directed by series showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead). read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: April 2019 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of April 2019! read more

WonderCon 2019: NOS4A2 Panel and Press Room Buzz

AMC brought its upcoming horror-drama NOS4A2 to the massive 7,500 seat arena at WonderCon in Anaheim, California. Fans in attendance were treated to an advance screening of the first episode, a new trailer, and a panel with most of the cast and key creators of the show. 

The show is based on the 2013 novel by Joe Hill of the same name and fans of the book will no doubt be wondering how the time jumps will be managed on a TV show. In the book, Vic McQueen (played by actress Ashleigh Cummings) realizes she has a special ability to find lost things at a very young age which would require a young actress. The creators of the show, including show runner Jami O’Brien and Joe Hill, made the decision to have Vic’s “power” become active as a teenage to minimize the time jumps.  read more

Full Trailer for ‘NOS4A2’ Arrives

Just yesterday at the NOS4A2 panel at Wondercon in Anaheim, California, AMC revealed the official trailer for the upcoming series. Fans cheered as the trailer ended and Joe Hill, Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach took to the stage.

Based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name, NOS4A2 follows Charlie Manx, a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – an icy, twisted Christmas village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Manx finds his whole world threatened when a young woman in New England discovers she has a dangerous gift. read more