Entries by John Evans

‘The Exorcist’ Season 2 Episodes 3 and 4 Review

All season long, I’ve been praying for a miracle that Fox’s The Exorcist would return to form after a disappointing start that didn’t fit thematically with its stellar first season. I’m pleased to report that, while Episode Three takes one step forward and two steps back, Episode Four offers some very promising developments!

Season One of The Exorcist was a slow cooker which focused on character development and an escalating buildup of subtle tension and horror. Season Two took on a different tone by sending Father Tomas (Alfonso Herrera) and Father Marcus (Ben Daniels) on a road trip where they encounter a ghoul of the week. While the real heart of the season lies in Andrew Kim’s (John Cho) foster home, we rarely see much of its characters because the first three hours of the season focused so heavily on over the top scare gags. While there are a few bumps in the road, the show finally takes a much needed breather by Episode Four, and it begins to take on the shape of Season One. read more read more

HNN Productions Unveils Poster Art for ‘Halloween in a Box’ Documentary

For many of us, the Halloween season triggers fond memories of selecting a Halloween costume based on our favorite monsters, superheroes and more. For kids today, picking out just the right costume shares many similarities with the process of the past (Who is my favorite character? Just how scary do I want my costume to be?). However some of the characteristics of classic Halloween costuming for kids have been lost to time. Fortunately, HNN Productions will soon have fans covered on all of the gritty details with a feature-length documentary on the storied history of the classic retail costumes of yesteryear! read more read more

CBS Releases Star-Studded Trailer for ‘Michael Jackson’s Halloween Special’

What do Michael Jackson, Jim Parsons, Lucy Liu, and jack-o-lanterns all have in common? With today’s announcement, it turns out the answer to that question is, “quite a lot!” CBS will be airing a show entitled, Michael Jackson’s Halloween Special on October 27th. The show is a CGI special for children which is centered around the music and visual themes of Michael Jackson’s work. While music from Thriller seems to be all but guaranteed considering it’s a Halloween special; the network released a trailer today which suggests that numerous periods of Jackson’s prolific career will be featured on the show. read more read more

Netflix Releases Final Trailer for ‘Stranger Things’ Season Two to Celebrate Friday the 13th

There’s nothing spookier than a Friday the 13th in October! It only happens once every several years; but when it does, corporate promotional departments are always ready to take advantage of the extra spooky date. I vividly remember picking up Mortal Kombat 3 for Super Nintendo on “Mortal Friday” the 13th, 1995. This October’s Friday the 13th comes merely a fortnight before Stranger Things Season Two debuts on Netflix, and the streaming studio chose the day to debut its final trailer for the highly-anticipated show. read more read more

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails Release Cover of John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Theme Song

Outside of Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are known for their incredible musical scores for films such as The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo and Before the Flood. The academy award winning duo have recently turned their attention to the 1978 classic, Halloween, to celebrate the upcoming release of John Carpenter’s LP, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. The album will feature new recordings by Carpenter of his most famous movie themes during his most prolific period of directing and scoring his own films. To raise awareness of the upcoming release, Reznor and Ross have released a track to the web entitled “John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Version” The track runs nearly eight minutes long, and it contains all of the classic musical trademarks of the original recording along with new signature musical twists which are consistent with Reznor’s and Ross’ work. read more read more

Fox Releases New ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Trailer at NY Comic Con

Fox just released an intense new trailer for Season Eleven of The X-Files this afternoon at New York Comic Con. The clip promises storytelling on an epic scale as the show wraps up loose ends related to William, Mulder and Scully’s mysterious son. Fleeting clips showing giant monster hands and an alien on the verge of an autopsy are backed by a musical number which sounds like it was intended for the next Star Wars trailer… this one’s gonna be big! read more

‘The Exorcist’ Season 2 Episode 2 Review

I keep hoping that- just like last year- an episode of Fox’s The Exorcist is going to air that makes me jump up and say, “This is the best horror show on television!” Unfortunately, while Episode Two shows some improvement over last week’s installment, this episode ain’t it.

In last week’s review, I kept preaching about how the series needs to return to the subtle scares which made it so special last season. With that in mind, I’m sure you could imagine my reaction when a possessed woman caused an entire hospital to evacuate (except the staff forgot about the babies), murdered a man, skittered up to the ceiling and scampered around in the ventilation ducts like an Aliens xenomorph, and then returned to her hospital bed with no questions asked after being exorcised by Father Tomas and Father Marcus. read more read more

‘Blade Runner 2049’: The Horror News Network Review & Analysis

Blade Runner 2049 is a breathtaking achievement which can remind even the bitterest critic of contemporary moviemaking that the big studios can still deliver artistic, emotional, and thought provoking material to cinemas. Between its expert handling of the source material, its downright gorgeous set design and cinematography, and its incredible performances, the film is a bona fide masterpiece which is more than worthy of the Blade Runner name. read more

Scratch That… ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ Now Removed from Universal’s Release Schedule!

News sure travels fast on the internets these days! Hours after HNN contributor Mark McCurley reported the breaking news on Universal’s plans to release its Bride of Frankenstein reboot to theaters on Valentine’s Day 2019, the studio has officially pulled the movie from its release schedule. The February 19th, 2019 release date didn’t even last as long as The Mummy lasted in theaters this summer!

As early as Tuesday of this week, director Bill Condon told Forbes that principal photography was scheduled to begin on February 1st, 2018, and that casting decisions for the film would soon be made. Now, Variety reports that Univeral has dropped the film’s planned release date from their schedule entirely and moved back pre-production efforts on the project. The studio cited the script as the reason for the delay, and said that Condon is continuing to work with screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man) to improve the screenplay before production. read more read more

Netflix & BonusXP Release ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Mobile Game

Netflix is ramping up the excitement as we inch closer and closer to the October 27th premiere of Stranger Things Season 2. This morning, the streaming service released a new game based on the popular television series for iOS and Android devices. The free game, which is the result of a collaboration with indie studio BonusXP Inc, was released to fans as a complete surprise. In this new side-scrolling adventure, players can take control of the series’ various popular characters and explore famous Hawkins locations, solve puzzles, and collect Eggos and gnomes to unlock bonus features. The game is meant to have the retro look and feel of the video games of 1984, when the new season of the show takes place. read more read more