Entries by John Evans

Natalie Dormer to Star in Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’

The original Penny Dreadful series ran for just three seasons from 2014 to 2016, but fans of the franchise can soon expect a “spiritual descendant” of the show starring an incredible actress with an extensive history of television sensations.

Variety reports that Natalie Dormer will star in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Dormer is best known for her role as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, and she also wowed viewers with excellent performances in The Tudors, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and The Hunger Games franchise. According to Variety, “Dormer will play Magda, a supernatural demon who can take the appearance of anyone she chooses and manifests in a number of guises throughout the story. Described as charismatic, clever and chameleon-like, Magda is a dangerous enemy and an invaluable ally.” read more read more

Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy to Produce ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Follow-Up and More Horror Television for Netflix

Between the tremendous successes of The Haunting of Hill House and Gerald’s Game, Netflix knows they’ve got a creative team for the ages in Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy. Writer/director Flanagan, and longtime collaborative producer Macy deserve all the praise they received this past fall when Hill House took off like a firecracker after years of excellent projects like Oculus and Hush, and today’s big announcement means that more quality horror content from their twisted minds will soon be streaming to a television near you! read more read more

‘Guillermo del Toro Presents Ten After Midnight’ to Call New Netflix Toronto Production Hub Home

Netflix’s operations are expanding in Canada, and Guillermo del Toro Presents Ten After Midnight will be one of the streaming giant’s first projects in a brand new production hub. Deadline reports that the company, “will lease four sound stages along with office space and support space totaling approximately 164,000 square feet at Cinespace Studios and will also lease four sound stages and adjacent office space comprising a total footprint of approximately 84,580 square feet at Pinewood Toronto Studios.” That’s a lotta square footage! read more read more

Arrow Video’s ‘Audition’ Blu-Ray: The Horror News Network Review

In my coverage of February, 2019’s horror blu-ray releases, I enthusiastically recommended that seasoned horror fans buy the new Arrow Video edition of Audition… but there was a major caveat:

“Okay, don’t take this the wrong way: Takashi Miike’s Audition should only be on your “buy” list if you know exactly what you’re in for and you like it! The last 30 minutes of this movie contain grotesque special effects which haven’t aged a bit since the movie’s notorious initial 2001 release. Beyond the gore, however, is an incredibly well-made Japanese horror movie which only seems to grow more relevant as time marches on.” read more read more

Jordan Peele Debuts ‘Us’ Super Bowl Trailer Hours Before the Big Game

According to CNBC, this year’s Super Bowl commercials will cost advertisers $5.25 million for 30 seconds of airtime. This means the new one-minute trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us will set Universal Pictures back $10.5 million (more than half of the film’s production budget!) when it runs during the big game. Such big spending isn’t exactly surprising considering Peele’s previous film, Get Out, earned over $255 million worldwide and netted the auteur an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Given all of the money at stake, Universal likely wants as many eyes on the screen as possible during airtime and lots of feverous anticipation; but Peele himself had a trick up his sleeve for fans who just can’t wait until kickoff to catch another glimpse of this highly-anticipated film. read more read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: February 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 February 2019! read more read more

CBS All Access to Adapt Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ into 10 Episode Limited Series

The folks at CBS All Access are working hard to make their streaming platform a one stop spot for horror programming. First, they became the exclusive home to Jordan Peele’s new The Twilight Zone reboot; and now they’re turning one of Stephen King’s most popular novels into (another) limited television series!

Variety reports that CBS Television Studios will produce a 10 episode limited series of The Stand for CBS All Access. Josh Boone (The New Mutants, The Fault in Our Stars) will direct the series, based on a script by Boone and Ben Cavell (Justified, SEAL Team, Sneaky Pete). The Stand is a passion project for Boone, who began his love affair with the novel when he was twelve and his religious parents burned his copy in the family fireplace: read more read more

Universal Monsters to Return to the Silver Screen with Leigh Whannell, Blumhouse ‘The Invisible Man’ Film

On May 8th, 2017, I stood up on my Horror News Network soapbox and declared that, “Universal Monsters Fans Deserve Their Very Own La La Land.” In my article, I recapped the various factors which made La La Land such a tremendous success, and dreamed of a world where the same level of respect and considerations were given to the classic Universal Monsters we all love so dearly:

“…the formula kind of makes sense, right? Find a young writer/director who is passionate about the history of film but has an eye for contemporary conventions, and- voila!- you have a movie that resonates with fans and critics alike! read more read more

Nicolas Cage to Reunite with ‘Mandy’ Producers for H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘Color Out of Space’

Nicolas Cage and the folks at SpectreVision had a relative hit on their hands with 2018’s psychedelic horror experiment, Mandy; and now that Cage has a taste for blood, he’s re-teaming with the production company for a film based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, “The Colour Out of Space.” The title of the film version has been modernized to Color Out of Space.

Variety reports that Cage will star in the film alongside Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard, and Q’Orianka Kilcher. Richard Stanley will direct the movie. Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, and Lisa Whalen of SpectreVision will produce the film, and Noah had this to say about the upcoming production: read more read more

2019 Oscar Nominations Ignore Horror Films After Incredible Wins in 2018

Did you think that The Shape of Water’s and Get Out’s big wins at the Academy Awards last year meant that horror movies would finally be getting a fair shake during awards season? Think again! The 2019 Oscar nominations are out, and the horror genre is only represented with a single nomination for A Quiet Place in the category of Best Sound Editing.

Last year, The Shape of Water received 13 nominations (the record is 14), and it ended up winning Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. Get Out was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Jordan Peele), Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele), and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), and Peele took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Between these two films, the horror genre was represented in many of the Academy’s most prestigious categories. read more read more