Who knew Danny Torrance would grow up to be such a hunk! The beyond-traumatized adolescent protagonist of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 1980 film, The Shining, is the adult star of the upcoming sequel, Doctor Sleep. We’ve known for a while that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Gerald’s Game, Hush) would be directing the film, based on the 2013 novel by Stephen King… but today we learned that the protagonist will be played by an A-List actor!
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About John Evans
John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He's since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.
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First time writer/director Ari Aster’s Hereditary opens in theaters this weekend after months of unbelievable hype. A24, the studio behind similar projects like The Witch and It Comes at Night, have been sure to market the film with clever and haunting promotional clips and tales of traumatized critics at film festival previews. Most movies which are blown so full of pre-release hot air tend to disappoint simply due to the sheer inability to live up to the vast expectations such buzz inevitably produces. However, Hereditary is one of those rare cases where everything you’ve heard about it is true. It’s deeply unsettling, it’s brilliantly acted and directed, and it comes from a school of filmmaking which expired decades ago to make way for louder, gaudier productions. For the same reasons why it’s excellent, this movie isn’t going to win over casual Friday night audiences; but Hereditary has all of the makings of a modern horror classic for discerning horror fans. Unforgettably haunting and “sleep with the lights on” scary, this movie is easily one of the best horror films of the decade. read more read more
After months of anticipation, the first trailer for The Girl in the Spider’s Web is finally here! Sony’s upcoming film- which contains an entirely different cast than the group featured in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, stars Claire Foy as the iconic Lisbeth Salander, a coveted role which has been previously played by Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara. Foy looks completely unrecognizable in the new clip. While she portrays all of Lisbeth’s iconic physical characteristics- such as her dark clothing, black tattoos, and signature hairstyle- the talented actress approaches the character with some new subtleties which make her performance unique. You can watch the trailer below: read more read more
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 June, 2018! read more read more
One of the interesting things that has happened recently with the rise of the streaming giants is the wide variety of content that is now available to audiences. Projects that didn’t fit in a particular formula or were deemed too risky under the old model, even for cable television stations, are now reaching viewers as the main online competitors race to fill their servers with diverse and original content. Amazon’s Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of those projects. Too scary for aficionados of period dramas and too existential for for visceral horror fans, folks have had trouble pinning down the story with a traditional label ever since Joan Lindsay first penned the novel in 1967. Showrunner/director Larysa Kondracki’s 6-hour retelling of the Australian classic largely captures the feel of the text and of the original 1975 Peter Weir film while updating the cinematography to contemporary standards (for better or for worse), ultimately offering a meaningful perspective on a classic work. read more read more
Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead are used to seeing the show continue without some of their favorite characters… but what if the next big character exit were none other than Rick Grimes?
Collider reported this afternoon that Andrew Lincoln will be leaving the series next season, marking a departure of the main character of the franchise. No further reasons were given for Lincoln’s departure, but several news outlets are citing off-screen drama between the talent and the studio bean counters, including Lauren Cohan’s recent very-public contract negotiations. read more read more
The Hunchback of Notre Dame has been synonymous with classic horror ever since Lon Chaney first exploded onto the silver screen in the classic 1923 film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s legendary novel. Now, nearly 100 years later, Idris Elba will adapt the story into a modern musical for Netflix!
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Elba will produce the music, direct the project, and star in the picture as the legendary Quasimodo. He will also produce the film alongside Ana Garanito, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, and Fred Berger of La La Land fame (which is certainly promising news given the musical element of the new production). read more read more
After launching in January of 2017 to a positive critical and fan reception, Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 is finally coming to the Nintendo Switch! But there are a couple of catches…
Variety reports that the game will come to the Nintendo Switch on May 24th, but it won’t be available on physical media, you can’t buy a digital copy of it, it can’t be played without an internet connection, and it’s only available in Japan. read more
The traditional Hollywood awards season may be over, but Get Out isn’t done scoring prestigious awards yet! The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America organization announced the winners of this years prestigious Nebula Awards this weekend at their conference in Pittsburgh, and it turns out that Get Out is winner of the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation.
Jordan Peele’s script won over such nominees as the screenplays for The Shape of Water, Logan, and Wonder Woman. Peele previously earned an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in March, and today’s Nebula Award further reinforces the power and impact that his strong script had on his great motion picture. read more read more
Billie Lourd fans were certainly disappointed when her first Ryan Murphy horror series, Scream Queens, was prematurely cancelled after just two seasons… but it looks like she’s found a permanent home on Murphy’s other big horror franchise! After a lead role in last season’s American Horror Story: Cult, Lourd will indeed be returning for Season Eight.
Deadline reports that Lourd has been cast in the upcoming season alongside co-stars such as Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, and Joan Collins. Details on Lourd’s new character have not yet been revealed, and all we know about any of the upcoming parts is that Collins will play the grandmother of Peter’s character. read more read more