Entries by John Evans

Library of Congress Restores 1910 ‘Frankenstein’ Short Film, Makes Video Available for Free

I’ve never been more proud to be a taxpayer! The Library of Congress has been involved in numerous important projects related to the preservation of film, but none hit closer to home for horror fans than their restoration of the first film version of Frankenstein. Produced in 1910 by the Edison Manufacturing Company, this 12 minute short laid the foundation for the Gothic atmosphere and hulking creature that would soon be improved upon and immortalized by James Whale and Boris Karloff. In a recent guest blog post by Mike Mashon– the head of the Moving Image Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division- the institute details the painstaking lengths they went to in restoring and preserving the print for future generations: read more read more

‘Castlevania’ Executive Producer Developing Animated ‘Devil May Cry’ Series

Netflix’s Castlevania animated series wowed fans and critics alike with its impressive visuals and faithfulness to the source material. Now, executive producer Adi Shankar is hoping to capture lightning in a bottle again with an all-new animated series based on another popular Gothic video game: Devil May Cry!

Shankar broke the news in a recent interview with IGN, and he later followed up with an announcement post on Twitter:

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The Toy Vault CEO Talks Funko ‘It’ Pennywise Exclusive Pop Figure at Rhode Island Comic Con

The Toy Vault was a big hit at this past weekend’s Rhode Island Comic Con, where they debuted their first convention exclusive Funko Pop figure. Since their first announcement of their black and white variant based on Tim Curry’s Pennywise from the original It TV movie, fans have been clamoring to get their hands on this elusive figure. Stationed just a short walk away from where Curry met with fans all weekend, The Toy Vault’s sales queue featured the kinds of line-forming stanchions normally reserved for headlining celebrities. Fans waited patiently in line to get their hands on their very own black and white Pennywise all weekend, and they had the opportunity to celebrate their new score with a personal photo op featuring a real-life Pennywise look-alike- complete with colorful balloons and a trademark red nose and hair! The Toy Vault CEO Chris Chilton spoke with Horror News Network at Rhode Island Comic Con about the thought process behind this exciting new Pop figure, The Toy Vault’s charity auction of one of the initial prototypes, and all things Funko Pop! read more read more

Andrew Lincoln to Return as Rick Grimes in ‘The Walking Dead’ Original Films

The rock band Kiss is making headlines this week as ticket sales open up for their “End of the Road” final tour; but longtime fans of group recall their “Farewell Tour,” which concluded in 2001. Some felt misled when the band walked back their retirement declaration and began playing shows again just two years later in 2003. Not enough time passed between the farewell and the return for everyone to be on board. Well, The Walking Dead, has Kiss beat in this regard, as Chief Content Officer Scott Gimple announced Andrew Lincoln’s return to the franchise as Rick Grimes just minutes after the credits rolled on his highly-publicized departure from the franchise! read more read more

Mike Flanagan Details Production of Extended Shots in Episode Six of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’

Between his eye for ornate detail, his unconventional and well-earned scares, and his penchant for character-driven storytelling, Mike Flanagan is easily one of the most important horror directors working today. So when he takes the time to detail his process, horror fans and aspiring auteurs better take notice! Lucky for us, he spent some time on Twitter this morning breaking down the incredible extended shots in Episode Six of The Haunting of Hill House! read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: November 2018 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 November 2018! read more read more

Andrew Lincoln Pens Goodbye Letter as Exit from ‘The Walking Dead’ Draws Near

Andrew Lincoln’s final appearance as Rick Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead will happen during the November 4th episode, and longtime fans have a lot to say about his inevitable departure. It turns out that Lincoln himself has some thoughts and emotions about this momentous occasion, and he pulled them all together in the form of a heartfelt letter to fans of the series and members of the press who have been covering the franchise since its inception. read more

‘Halloween (2018)’: The Horror News Network Review

Halloween fans are used to being disappointed. However, after decades of false starts, inconsistency, and mind-bending retcons, our love of the original 1978 masterpiece has remained steadfast and our optimism for an effective follow-up has never been affected by a long line of attempts which never quite hit the high watermark that John Carpenter established with Halloween and arguably maintained with 1981’s Halloween IIHalloween (2018) was supposed to change everything. Directed by David Gordon Green and based on a script by Green and Danny McBride- the duo known for dark and complex non-horror titles such as Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals– the early hype for the film focused on a concerted effort to return to the franchise’s roots, both thematically and narratively. This mission was reinforced by another return of Jamie Lee Curtis as the iconic Laurie Strode, a guest appearance by Nick Castle as The Shape, and John Carpenter’s direct involvement in the franchise by acting as executive producer and providing music for the new film. And then came the trailer- a nearly perfect study in the recreation of the visual and auditory style of the original movie- which resulted in a fever pitch of anticipation for fans who were eager to believe that it was finally happening… he was finally going to come home in style! Unfortunately- and it brings me no pleasure to say this- the greatest moments of the film were all featured in that fateful trailer, and the new Halloween movie suffers greatly due to baffling choices with both story and character. There are fleeting moments in the film which will inspire even the most orthodox Halloween fan, but those moments are earned by the legacy of the franchise rather than the merits of the movie itself. read more read more

Trailer and Poster Art Debuts for Producer James Wan’s ‘The Curse of La Llorona’

Director James Wan’s next movie in theaters may be the superhero flick, Aquaman, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have any more scares up his sleeve! Wan will return to his old haunt, the horror genre- where he achieved great success with films like Saw, The Conjuring, and Insidious– as a producer of The Curse of La Llorona. Even though he isn’t directing, Wan’s influence can be clearly seen in the movie’s first teaser trailer and poster, including creepy trees, dusty old dresses, and screaming big-mouthed creepers. Accompanied by the tagline, “SHE WANTS YOUR CHILDREN,” the film is loosely based on a creepy character of Mexican folklore (in the same way that the porcelain monster in the Annabelle franchise is loosely based on a haunted Raggedy Ann doll in the Warrens’ museum). read more read more

Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Michael Myers ‘Halloween’ Action Figure: The Horror News Network Review

Halloween fans have been begging for a screen-accurate Michael Myers action figure from the 1978 original film for years. Thankfully, Mezco Toyz has stepped up to deliver a premium collectible that’s incredibly detailed for its size. From the high-end packaging, to the incredible likeness of the portrait, to the bounty of accessories, this figure is sure to make any Halloween fan happy!

I’ve pretty much stopped collecting statues and action figures under 12″ years ago because the quality isn’t always there with the paint aps and the sculpts can be hit or miss. Frankly, there’s only so much area to work with on a small action figure, and fans can only reasonably expect so many details on such a format. However, Mezo is defying all expectations with their One:12 Collective offering of Michael Myers. It simply has details on it that even figures twice its size can be lacking. As I posed the figure and swapped out hands and accessories for these photographs, I was surprised at the tiny details my camera was able to pick up. The figure’s signature coveralls are painstakingly stitched to cover the body and fit like real clothes. This is an incredible feat for the format, and I’ve seen costumes like this look like garbage bags on similar figures. Mezco have always been interested in detailed clothing since the dawn of their Living Dead Dolls line, and their expertise in the format transfers over beautifully to this figure. read more read more