Larry Cohen, the ambitious writer/director behind such cult classics as Black Caesar, It’s Alive, Q: The Winged Serpent, and The Stuff, passed away over the weekend at the age of 77. Cohen’s friend and spokesman, Shade Rupe, confirmed to the Associated Press that Cohen died on Saturday in Los Angeles, where he was surrounded by friends and loved ones. Cohen began his directing career with such blaxploitation classics as Bone and Hell Up in Harlem before moving on to productions involving everything from killer babies to a city-dwelling dragon. He also wrote the Maniac Cop movies and transitioned into crafting mainstream screenplays later in his career, including the Colin Farrell vehicle, Phone Booth, and Cellular.
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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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Get Out was a smash hit on all metrics. The movie earned $255 million on a $4.5 million budget and it wowed casual fans, horror aficionados, and stuffy critics alike due to its expert blend of tried and true horror tropes and an adept level of social commentary that ties the picture together. Get Out also solidified writer/director Jordan Peele as one of the premiere horror storytellers of our time after a long and successful career in comedy. His well-deserved Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay broke barriers for an institution which typically rewards standard drama storytelling over specialized genre fare, and it drew even more attention to his knack for threading symbolism and allegory through a tightly constructed, self-contained horror story. Throughout the pre-release hype for Us, audiences were constantly reminded that this movie would have an even greater emphasis on horror than Peele’s freshman outing, and the film’s trailers expertly presented the terrifying tropes of the home invasion, the fear of the other, and ghastly sharp objects front and center. All of this build up led audiences to believe that Us would contain- above all- a great horror narrative. What we ended up with- however- is a movie that relies much more heavily on allegory than story, and the story suffers as a result… even in spite of phenomenal performances by a stellar ensemble cast. read more read more
Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Hill House was a smash hit when it debuted on Netflix last October, but the series featured a very conclusive ending. Fortunately, Flanagan’s distinctive style for the franchise will live on with the announcement that The Haunting will return in the form of an anthology series in 2020. The next season will focus on Henry James’ 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw, and it will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor. Given the incredible popularity and the positive critical response to Flanagan’s modern adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, feverous anticipation and lofty expectations will surely swell as we get closer to Bly Manor‘s release date. read more read more
Mezco Toyz’s One:12 Collective Jason Voorhees figure perfectly captures the iconic slasher from his very first appearance where he sported the signature hockey mask we’ve all grown to both fear and adore. Based on Jason’s clothing, makeup, and instruments of death featured in Friday the 13th Part III, the folks at Mezco have meticulously replicated every detail in such a small scale that it makes their undertaking seem almost impossible. Yet, somehow they did it, utilizing a variety of high quality materials and lifelike textures to bring this beast to life! read more read more
Have you ever wondered how you can both save a life and express your undying love for Buffy the Vampire Slayer at the same time? Well, the American Red Cross and 20th Century Fox have got you covered! Introducing Slay Day 2019, a nationwide blood drive tour that’s chock full of Buffy merchandise which kicks off right near the original location for Sunnydale High School!
The official banner for the event features Matt Taylor’s artwork from the new BOOM! Studios series, and an exclusive variant of BOOM! Studios’ sold out Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 will be available as a prize for brave donors. Other rewards include copies of Kiersten White’s novel, Slayer, and Funko Pop vinyl figures. 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 March 2019! read more read more
Universal Studios decided to spruce up their lot with a tribute to several of their all time greats. Nothing says “monster” like a 50×200 foot mural dedicated to the most famous ghouls of all time, and street artist Tristan Eaton has really delivered on the Universal Studios lot! The prolific painter began his journey in mid-January, working from a boom lift nearly 25 feet in the air; and now he’s ready to unveil his work to the public. read more
Dead Mouse Productions and Cult Screenings UK Ltd. have just released an extended trailer for their feature length documentary on the 1990 television mini-series of Stephen King’s It. Featuring interviews with Tim Curry, Tommy Lee Wallace, and nearly all of the series’ living main cast members, the documentary digs into the nitty gritty of what it was like to put together such an iconic production on such a small budget. Turns out, it isn’t very easy to shoot a lengthy feature with so many adolescent leads, and Mr. Curry was happy to egg those rascally kids on in full costume in between cigarette breaks throughout the shoot! read more read more
A Quiet Place fans better not scream too loudly about today’s special announcement… the creepy crawlies from the movie with extraordinary hearing will surely pinpoint their hiding places! It turns out the monsters will be back on the silver screen soon, and so will Emily Blunt. This time around- due to the spoileriffic events of the original film- her husband, John Krasinski will be directing both of them safely from behind the camera. read more
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