The opening credits of American Horror Story: 1984 make one thing absolutely clear: this season is going to be different and it’s going to be fun! The series’ iconic theme song has been run through an ’80s synthesizer once or twice and the dark and grisly images which have adorned the intros to previous seasons have been replaced with pastels and workout videos dripped in just a little bit of blood. The series has been in desperate need of a makeover for years, and the decade, the costumes, and the characters of this season are prolific series creator Ryan Murphy’s strong suit.
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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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CT HorrorFest 2019 kicked off its schedule of panels on Saturday at the Naugatuck Event Center with costume contests where the best dressed attendees could take home one of six incredible cash prizes. First up was the kids costume contest, which featured adorable mini versions of everyone’s favorite monsters including Pennywise, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. Many of the kids accented their performances with theme song music and some unforgettable dance moves on stage. read more
After a 15 year hiatus, Rob Zombie’s Firefly family returns to the silver screen for a limited Fatham Events theatrical engagement. While House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects were created on $7 million budgets, 3 from Hell was made on a budget of just $3 million. Smaller budgets often mean more opportunities for filmmakers to be creative without the studio scrutiny and expectations that come with a higher price tag, and there’s usually more leeway when it comes to studio tolerance for the kinds of shocking and graphic content Zombie’s films are usually known for. But- while Zombie’s twisted vision for the franchise is clearly never compromised in this film- the limitations of the budget appear to prevent 3 from Hell from reaching the high watermark Zombie set with The Devil’s Rejects. read more read more
If limited edition soda is your thing, Mountain Dew’s got you covered this Halloween season! A special mystery flavor version called VooDEW just hit store shelves and it’s not going to be around for long. According to the official website which launched alongside the product, VooDEW is, “a devilishly delicious new mystery flavor to help you get into the spirit of Halloween early.” The site also updates every day with a sign marking how many days curious fans have left to pick up some bottles and cans for themselves (as of the time of this writing, there are 54 days left). read more read more
What do Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey have in common? In order to see Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, you’ve got to sit through hours of melodrama centered around an obnoxious clown!
The Hollywood Reporter has been tracking Warner Bros.’ recent promotional strategies, and it turns out that the studio plans to release trailers for hot, new films exclusively in theaters in order to renew interest in the theatrical experience. They first tested the waters with a theater-only teaser for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which preceded films from all studios. The teaser for Birds of Prey, however, is tailor made for Warner Bros.’ lucrative It franchise, and it will play exclusively before It: Chapter Two. The Reporter notes that there is a version of what is presumed to be the teaser trailer on the web, “in low definition and non-English languages,” but you need to buy a ticket for It: Chapter Two to see it in high definition and in English. The clip features It’s signature red balloons before cutting to a shot of Robbie as Harley Quinn. 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 September 2019! read more read more
Phil “CM Punk” Brooks- the retired WWE professional wrestler and current UFC/CFFC mixed martial artist- has turned his attention toward a new arena: the world of screen acting. Brooks will star in Dark Sky Films’ Girl on the Third Floor, a new supernatural horror film which seems to demand all of the physicality he’s known for bringing to his other careers. The studio released an official trailer for the film which shows off Brooks’ acting chops and a few of the creepy crawlies the movie has in store for viewers: read more read more
Rob Zombie took to his official web site today to unveil something 3 From Hell fans have long been waiting for: the movie’s official poster art!
The writer/director’s message is short and sweet, and it cuts right to an image that eerily evokes the original teaser poster art of the film’s predecessor, The Devil’s Rejects:
“Dig the official poster for 3 FROM HELL!”
Fans of the franchise will quickly notice that Sid Haig is not featured on the new poster art alongside Bill Moseley and Sheri Moon Zombie. Instead, Richard Brake’s character- a newcomer named Foxy- stands beside the two. How Haig’s fan-favorite character, Captain Spaulding, fits into the events of the film remains to be seen. read more read more
If you grew up playing with toys in the 80s or 90s, you’ve definitely spent many afternoons recreating famous monster mashes with something sculpted by Larry Elig! The talented artist worked on popular figures from Jurassic Park, Beetlejuice, Terminator 2, Aliens, and Predator during Kenner’s heyday, and now he focuses on bronze busts of classic creatures far and wide. Horror News Network had the opportunity to speak with him during his appearance at Terrificon 2019 in Connecticut to discuss his work: past, present and future! read more read more
Between his successful Kickstarter initiatives and the upcoming 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking Nocturnals comic franchise, writer/artist Dan Brereton is one busy guy. His appearance at Terrificon 2019- his first convention ever in the state of Connecticut- delighted fans, who showed up in droves to shake hands, seek autographs, and support the Hero Initiative (a program designed to provide financial support and emergency medical aid for comic creators in need) with cash donations. We had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Brereton on the first day of Terrificon to discuss the world of horror which has greatly influenced his work, and his own artistic process. read more read more