Entries by Mark McCurley

First Photo for ‘Ghostbusters 2020’ Released as Filming Begins

Director Jason Reitman took to his Instagram to officially announce the commencement of filming on Sony’s Ghostbusters 2020 in Alberta, Canada with a first look photo featuring stars Mckenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard and Carrie Coon in character. Reitman appears also in the photo, alongside his father Ivan Reitman who directed the first two Ghostbusters films.

It seems Grace’s familiar specs tease a lineage with Egon Spengler.

Grace, known also for her roles in Captain Marvel and Annbelle Comes Home, will star in the 2020 film along with Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things and 2017’s IT). Carrie Coon (The Leftovers) will play their mother. Sigourney Weaver recently confirmed that she and the original cast were reprising their roles for the sequel. read more read more

Samuel L. Jackson added to Chris Rock’s Reboot of ‘Saw’

Hold on to those butts, Samuel L. Jackson has been confirmed as a cast member of the newest entry in the Saw franchise confirmed by Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

According to Variety, he said, “We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the ‘Saw’ canon and we can’t wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of ‘Saw’ on full tilt.” read more read more

‘Hellraiser’ Television Rights Acquired by Roy Lee and Dan Farah

Pinhead once said, “We have such sights to show you,” this is especially true now since according to Deadline producers Roy Lee (IT 2017) and Dan Farah (Ready Player One) have attained the rights to bring Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to the small screen for the first time ever.

Lee and Farah have joined forces with producers and rights-holders Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, who have held those TV rights since New World Entertainment was sold in 1989. read more

’28 Days Later’ Director Danny Boyle Discusses Sequel Plans

12 years following the previous franchise entry, original director Danny Boyle has revealed he’s working on a second sequel to 28 Days Later.

He told The Independent that a third film is in the works with Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland, who wrote the original back in 2002.

“Alex Garland and I have a wonderful idea for the third part,” Boyle said. “It’s properly good. The original film led to a bit of a resurgence in the zombie drama and it doesn’t reference any of that. It doesn’t feel stale at all. He’s concentrating on directing his own work at the moment, so it’s stood in abeyance really, but it’s a you-never-know.” read more read more

Paramount Confirms ‘Paranormal Activity’ will Return with a New Sequel

During an appearance at CineEurope, Chairman and CEO for Paramount Pictures Jim Gianopulos made an announcement that a new entry in the Paranormal Activity series officially is in development at the studio. This one will be part seven and the first since 2015.

Gianopulos said, “We are partnering with uber horror producer Jason Blum to bring a new installment of Paranormal Activity.”

2019 marks the ten year anniversary of the first Paranormal Activity film’s release, which exploded at the domestic box office and set the world of horror ablaze with the found footage feature phenomena. The first Paranormal Activity was produced on a budget of $15,000 dollars and went on to gross $193 million worldwide. read more read more

Nickelodeon Bringing Back ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ as a Limited Series

Following the unfortunate news of losing IT screenwriter Gary Dauberman, Are You Afraid of the Dark? as a film has been put on the back burner for now, however Deadline brings word that the show will be brought back this coming October as limited series to the network where it began for viewers in the USA, Nickelodeon.

Continuing the tradition of a group of friends, known as The Midnight Society, gathering around a campfire to tell scary stories every Saturday night, the upcoming horror anthology will be aired as three one-hour long episodes. read more read more

‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Movie Loses Writer

Apparently, the creators at Paramount Pictures need nightlights because Are You Afraid of the Dark? the movie has not only been pulled from its October 4 release date but according to Slash Film screenwriter Gary Dauberman has parted with the project entirely, leaving its current status unknown.

Initially, Dauberman was going to pen the film’s script and produce the adaptation of Nickelodeon’s 1990’s hit series, but in the interview he had this to say, “No, that actually hasn’t shot yet. That’s one of those things I’m no longer a part of. I just had a different vision to make it and thought it best to part ways. It’s unfortunate but as you said, that’s sometimes how it goes.” read more read more

Upcoming Horror Movie Previews from the Staff of Horror News Network (Video)

With the barrage of scary movies set to release in 2019, Christine Caprilozzi, Larry Dwyer and Mark McCurley of Horror News Network discuss each of the ones they’re looking forward to from the trailers that have premiered so far.

Discussed in this video are The Lodge, IT: Chapter 2, Crawl and Midsommar.

Which upcoming horror films are you looking forward to?

Check out the video below and be sure to Like, Comment and Subscribe!

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Horror News Network Staff on CT HorrorFest 2019 (Video)

Just in from the staff of Horror News Network, Mike Simonetta, Larry Dwyer and Mark McCurley take some time to discuss CT HorrorFest coming up on Sept. 14 at the Naugatuck Event Center with the many celebrity guests and opportunities coming this year.

Which guests are you most excited to meet?!

Get your tickets here and check out the video below.

We’ll see you in September!

‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel to be Laden with Practical Effects Over CGI

Dan Aykroyd dropped more hints regarding the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel that is sure to excite fans all over the world. During an interview with 660 News the comedy actor revealed the creators of the upcoming film are sticking to the use of practical effects instead of Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, as much as possible.

Aykroyd said, “I’m always urging to use puppets, I’m always urging to go back to the mechanicals. But CGI is so efficient and easy to use but I think that all of us are on board with the idea of maybe doing mechanicals and puppets where we can.” read more read more