Entries by John Evans

American Horror Story is NOT Secretly About Dante’s Inferno

Know what recent movie is about Dante’s Inferno?

This one:

Here’s how I know Inferno is about Dante’s Inferno:

  • It’s called Inferno.
  • Sandra Botticelli’s Map of Hell (based on Dante’s Inferno) is in it.
  • Tom Hanks has visions of Hell throughout the film that closely resemble Dante’s Inferno.
  • The villain of the film is obsessed with Dante Alighieri, and creates a virus which he calls, “Inferno.”
  • Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones follow clues based on Dante’s Inferno to stop the villain.
  • Dante’s death mask is prominently featured in the plot, and it results in the resolution of the movie.

Inferno isn’t a great film, but it’s definitely about Dante’s Inferno.

Conversely American Horror Story is definitely NOT about Dante’s Inferno!

Here’s how I know American Horror Story isn’t about Dante’s Inferno:

  • There are no direct references to Dante’s Inferno.
  • There are no indirect references to Dante’s Inferno.
  • There are no reasonable connections to Dante’s Inferno present in the show.

You see, in order for something to be about something, it has to be about that thing, barring any sort of mental gymnastics and secret codes that only the creator of the show and a fan on the computer know about. read more read more

Showtime’s Twin Peaks Premiere Date Announced

Since being announced back in 2014, Showtime’s revival of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks has been an unusual- and sometimes rocky- ride. Lynch left the project in 2015, and returned after further negotiations with the network. Fortunately, fans of the series will be able to watch new content soon!

Showtime announced today that the two-hour premiere episode will air at 9:00 p.m. E.T. on May 21st, 2017. The series will contain a total of 18 episodes. read more

Capcom Offers 4D Virtual Reality Candle Accessory for Resident Evil 7

The folks at Capcom sure have gone out of their way to make us say “Okay, that’s weird!” throughout the production of Resident Evil 7. From the dramatic tonal shift present in its playable teaser demo (similar to the Silent Hills P.T. experience), to the USB stick resembling the demo’s mysterious severed finger that comes packaged with the game’s limited edition collector’s edition release, Capcom wants to keep us in the dark and scratching our heads until the game’s January 24th release date. Less is known about this game than any other Resident Evil game this close to release. read more read more

George Kosana (Night of the Living Dead) Has Passed Away at 81

George Kosana, the actor who played Sheriff McClelland in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, has passed away today at the age of 81. Kosana also worked as a production manager on the film and acted from time to time in various low budget horror movies over the years.

John Russo, the co-writer of Night of the Living Dead, shared his memories of Kosana on Facebook earlier today:

“GEORGE KOSANA, R.I.P. My close friend George Kosana, who played the sheriff in NOLD, has regrettably passed away after a long battle with various illnesses. He will be greatly missed by me, by his fellow NOLD cast and crew members and by his many fans. For the past few days, I have been constantly reliving my many good and often funny remembrances of him.” read more read more

Minnesota State Patrol: Don’t Drink & Drive… Watch The Walking Dead Instead!

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is a treacherous time to be out on the road. Drunk drivers could easily turn even the safest driver’s day into a real-life horror movie. The Minnesota State Patrol took to Facebook on January 1st to suggest a better alternative to driving in an unsafe state… watch The Walking Dead:

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The Exorcist’s Fan-Led Renewal Campaign Results in Red Feathers for Fox

I’ve heard of fan renewal campaigns involving “read letters”… but “red feathers” is a first!

Fox has been quiet about whether there will be a second season of The Exorcist ever since the season finale aired. While the ratings aren’t great, they are consistent; and the show has developed a hardcore following worldwide due to its sophisticated and nuanced storytelling and its diverse cast of magnetic characters. Back in November, fans began to take to Twitter with #RenewTheExorcist in order to show Fox their strong support for the show.  read more read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: January 2017 Blu-Ray Releases

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. We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to! And now, on to the notable new releases of January 2017: read more read more

Ben Mezrich (21, The Social Network) Gives TED Talk on UFO Research

This Christmas Eve, there may be more than just Santa Claus (and Krampus) hovering over our houses as we sleep!

Ben Mezrich, the prolific non-fiction author whose works became the films 21 and The Social Network, gave a brief lecture for TED Talks about his recent work on researching the UFO phenomenon.

While this lecture is a little more serious than Horror News Network’s recent interview with David Liebe Hart, Mezrich uses humor to explain how he began to research UFO occurrences and what interesting things he’s found so far. read more read more

Check Out the New Trailer for Blade Runner 2049

Warner Bros. Pictures have unveiled the first trailer for the hotly anticipated Blade Runner 2049. A direct sequel to the Ridley Scott masterpiece, Blade Runner, the film will star Ryan Gosling with Harrison Ford returning to the iconic role of Rick Deckard.

Based on the novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick, Blade Runner is one of the most original and iconic R-rated films ever to explore the complexities of a not-so-distant dystopian future. Hauntingly beautiful, and sometimes utterly horrific, the film influenced many science fiction and horror stories that have come since. read more read more

The Exorcist: The Series “Three Rooms” Episode Review

“Three Rooms,” the final episode of Season One of Fox’s The Exorcist, provides a conservative, yet satisfying ending to the season. Having played most of its tricks in the previous two thrilling episodes, “Three Rooms” dials back on the bloodshed and leads its viewers towards a safe conclusion to the season, and potentially the series. After spending a season proving its excellence to fans and critics alike, The Exorcist leaves its viewers hungry for more. read more