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‘Winchester’ A Top Contender in This Year’s Razzies Race

Although horror films may have been underrepresented during this year’s Academy Awards Nominations, they certainly had a solid showing at the 39th Annual Razzie Awards for the worst films of the year, with Winchester leading the pack with four nominations.

Winchester, a film loosely based on the alleged hauntings at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, is up for Worst Picture, Worst Actress (Helen Mirren),  Worst Director(s) (Michael & Peter Spierig), and Worst Screenplay.  Winchester was a likely candidate for this type of attention, earning a score of 13% on Rotten Tomatoes (and a 34% Audience Score).

Winchester was not alone in garnering nominations this year, as fellow horror films Slender Man and Meg also punched their tickets to the awards ceremony, with recognition in the Worst Supporting Actress category (Slender Man’s Jaz Sinclair) and the Worst Remake or Rip-off category (The Meg).

All three films will be facing some very stiff competition in the form of John Travolta’s Gatti, which lead the nominees with the most nominations of any film this year (in a total of five categories).  Gatti pulled off the almost impossible 0% score on Rotten Tomatoes earlier in the year, and is widely viewed as Travolta’s worst performance in his career.

The winners will be announced on Saturday February 23, one night before the Oscars and be sure to check back with Horror News Network to see if any of the nominees go home with a Golden Raspberry statute.

 

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‘Winchester’ Gets a New Trailer and a New Name

Back in October we bought you news and the teaser trailer for Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built (see that story here) starring Helen Miren as Sarah Winchester. Well now, a month before its theatrical release, comes the full trailer and word that they’ve shortened the title to just Winchester. Makes sense…rolls off the tongue a bit easier, I suppose.

Slated for a February 2nd release, Winchester tells the story (based on factual events) of the famed “Winchester Mystery House” and its construction by widow Sarah Winchester of Winchester Firearms fame.

While the trailer reeks of all of the same jump scares and tricks that lurk behind every ill-fated “haunted house” film these days, I’ll hold judgement until I see the finished product.

Stay gory my friends.

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Trailer Drops for “Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built” Starring Helen Mirren

Like most of us horror nerds probably did as pre-teens, I devoured all books I could find on serial killers, ghosts, demons and unsolved mysteries. During these sessions, I would often come across stories of California’s “Winchester Mystery House” (so-named by Harry Houdini).

Sarah Winchester, the wife of William Winchester – owner of Winchester Firearms, relocated from New Haven, CT to San Jose, CA following the death of her husband and purchased a small 8-room farmhouse on a large parcel of land and immediately hired workers to begin adding on to the house. With no master plans, Sarah had numerous workers who supposedly worked 365 days a year for 38 straight years to transform the 8-room farmhouse into a 7-story mansion consisting of 161 rooms including 40 bedrooms, two basements and three elevators.

The fun (and mysterious) part of the story is that what she had them create, makes no sense. Since used no architect and had no master plans, the home contains numerous oddities such as doors that open to blank walls and stairs that go nowhere and end abruptly. We’re not even positive that the whole house has been seen and mapped; a new room was discovered as recently as 2016.

Legend has it that she built this monstrosity to house the ghosts of those killed by her husbands firearms…

Directors Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers) tackle this legend in their new film Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built starring Academy Award winner Helen Mirren as Sarah Winchester. According to Deadline, “the pic centers what appears to be only a monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness. But Sarah Winchester is not building it for herself […] she is building a prison, an asylum for hundreds of vengeful ghosts, and the most terrifying among them have a score to settle with the family.”

Winchester: The House That Ghosts Built is slated for a February 2nd, 2018 release. Keep it locked to Horror News Network for more news on Winchester and enjoy the new trailer below.

 

 

Stay gory my friends.

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Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig to Direct WINCHESTER

Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers, Predestinaton) are attached to direct Winchester. The supernatural thriller is based on the infamous Winchester House of San Jose, CA.  The pair wrote the script as well. 

The story is centered around the heir to the Winchester firearms fortune Sarah Winchester, whose husband and child past away suddenly.  She believed she was cursed by the legacy of “gun that won the west” and proceeded to consult a medium. After the meeting, she began construction of the massive mansion that became famous.

Imagination Design Works, which has rights to the mansion, endorsed and developed the film, in addition to allowing filming on the premises.

Source: Deadline

 

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Supernatural Sam Winchester Pop! Vinyl Figure Coming in December

Hunt down some demons and bad spirits with Sam Winchester of Supernatural as he makes his way into your Pop! Television collection! Featuring the adorable Pop! likeness of actor Jared Padalecki, this Pop! Vinyl figure stands about 3 3/4-inches tall and comes packaged in a window box.

 

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Hammer to develop and produce Winchester Mystery House

In the first deal of its kind, the San Jose, California based Winchester Mystery House considered the “world’s most haunted house” is authorizing Hammer, an Exclusive Media company, the use of its unique property for a feature film based on its legendary story. Hammer has optioned all rights to develop and produce the feature film with Imagination Design Works (IDW) and Nine/8 Entertainment, it was announced today by Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer, and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media. Production on the supernatural horror film currently in development will be overseen by Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust, President of Worldwide Production and Acquisitions, and Shira Rockowitz, Director of Development and Production. Brett Tomberlin and Antonia Lianos will produce for Imagination Design Works, Inc along with Andrew Trapani and Brian Gilbert for Nine/8 Entertainment. 

Read more about  Hammer to develop and produce Winchester Mystery House.

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‘Supernatural’ Season 15 to Go on Temporary Hiatus Following Episode 13

In what continues to be an ongoing trend of postponing for film and television series, Supernatural has now hopped on that wagon. Showrunner Andrew Dabb confirmed via his Twitter on March 23 that the series will air its thirteenth episode, titled Destiny’s Child, but go on hiatus until the remaining episodes can be completed.

According to Dabb who Tweeted to curious fans, “Due to the shutdown, this will be our last episode for awhile. Stay well, stay safe, and we’ll see you on the other side.”

He continued by clarifying, “We have filmed through episode 18, however our visual effects and sound departments have closed because of the outbreak. So, right now, the episodes can’t be finished. However, have some special treats coming along the way– to help us all get through this.”

His final Tweet on the matter was, “And yes, we, the CW, and Warner Bros fully intend to return and finish the series. It’s not a matter of “”if””, it’s a matter of “”when.””

Premiering in September 2005, Supernatural is a dark fantasy story of brothers Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) who follow in their father’s footsteps in ridding the world of ghosts, demons, urban legends and other dark creatures.

Season 15 is set to be the show’s last and will consist of 20 episodes.

Check back soon for updates on Supernatural!

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Pegg and Frost Post Updated ‘Shaun of the Dead’ Scene as Current PSA

During this time of uncertainty, the folks behind the zombie comedy classic Shaun of the Dead are here to brighten everyone’s day.  And exactly what we need in a prolonged period of social distancing are more things to help us smile.

In a post on the ‘Stolen Picture’ YouTube channel entitled “The Plan,” stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reprise their roles as reluctant hero Shaun and best friend Ed to reenact an iconic scene from the 2004 British hit.  While laying out their “battle plan”, the duo continually run into issues due to the ever-tightening restrictions placed on society, forcing them to revise their tactics.  A few of the 180’s suggested that deviate from the film are “Don’t go to Liz’s” and  “Don’t go to the Winchester”, as well as an opportunity to atone for a homophobic slur previously uttered that just doesn’t fly in 2020.  The full video post can be viewed below.

As much as it would be an ideal scenario for everyone to “go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all this to blow over,” that’s just not possible at the moment.  But it’s great to have horror favorites like Pegg and Frost provide a bit of levity in this moment of gravity.

Stay tuned to HNN for more news as it breaks!

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‘Supernatural’’s Milestone 300th Episode Airs Thursday

The CW will be airing the 300th episode of the TV show Supernatural this Thursday, February 7. This is yet another huge milestone for a show that is already the longest running sci-fi/fantasy series on television. Created by Eric Kripke and starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester (respectively), Supernatural originally debuted on September 13, 2005 and this series has surpassed all expectations on longevity. A familiar face who appeared in the pilot and the early seasons was Jeffrey Dean Morgan as their father, John Winchester. Many readers will know him as Negan on The Walking Dead. Jeffrey Dean Morgan will be returning to the show for this milestone episode once again in his role as father to the Winchesters. Expect many tears to be shed at this reunion, both on the show and by fans watching the drama unfold.  Currently in its 14th season, the show has already been renewed so the monster hunting will continue for at least another year.

If you want to enjoy some previous episodes prior to the premiere, titled “Lebanon,” TNT is currently running a marathon of 25 choice episodes. See list below for episodes. Seasons 1 – 13 are also streaming now on Netflix.

Monday, February 4, 2019
10am – Various & Sundry Villains
11am – Devil’s Bargain
12pm – Scoobynatural
1pm – Tall Tales
2pm – Mystery Spot

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
2am – Sex and Violence
3am – Monster at the End of This Book
4am – Good God, Y’all
5am – Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid
10am – Exile on Main Street
11am – Two and a Half Men
12pm – You Can’t Handle the Truth
1pm – Family Matters
2pm – Clap Your Hands if you Believe

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
10am – Hello, Cruel World
11am – Defending Your Life
12pm – Slash Fiction
1pm – The Mentalists
2pm – What’s up, Tiger Mommy?
3pm – Remember the Titans
4pm – The Great Escapists

Thursday, February 7, 2019
10am – Clip Show
11am – Sacrifice
12pm – The Things we left Behind
1pm – Inside Man