Entries by John Evans

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

Stranger Things Receives Three Screen Actors Guild Award Nominations

Earlier this week, Horror News Network reported that Netflix’s summer hit Stranger Things had been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. The good news continues today with the announcement that Stranger Things  has also been nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards!

The show has been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series,” and both Winona Ryder and Millie Bobby Brown have been nominated for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.” read more read more

Actor/Musician David Liebe Hart on His Art & on Meeting Aliens, Ghosts and Bigfoot: The HNN Interview

Interview & Article by Nick Banks & John Evans

David Liebe Hart, the unique entertainer who rose to stardom through his appearances on Cartoon Network’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, is a busy man. It’s no wonder that Hart is one of Tim Heidecker’s and Eric Wareheim’s go-to guys: He is known for his quirky and unusual bits on both shows which explore puppets, aliens, ghosts, and positive messages for children… all through song and choreographed skits. Although he is not always a polished performer, fans are attracted to the raw nature of his delivery and his earnestness. On Awesome Show, David sings about anything from “the importance of staying in school and saying focused,” to how to greet an alien. On Check It Out!, David plays a more exaggerated version of himself who often helps Dr. Brule (John C. Reilly) to have a greater understanding of the supernatural and extraterrestrial world through the use of puppets and songs. read more read more

James Wan Casts Longtime Collaborator Patrick Wilson in Aquaman

James Wan has great news for fans of his horror films. Patrick Wilson will play Ocean Master, Aquaman’s evil half-brother in Wan’s new Aquaman film.

Wan and Wilson have collaborated extensively in the past. Wilson has starring roles in both the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, and Wan has often praised his work in interviews. In fact, James Wan once said that if he ever had the chance to direct a Batman movie, Patrick Wilson would be his first choice to play the caped crusader. Casting Wilson in this DC Universe role is pretty darn close to fulfilling that dream! read more read more

Stranger Things Represents the Horror Genre with Golden Globe Awards Nominations

Horror movies and television shows aren’t often represented during end of year awards seasons. Oftentimes, the content of the horror genre doesn’t fit the narrow set of qualities that judges look for when selecting the winners of their most prestigious awards.

Enter Stranger Things, the Netflix 80’s throwback that took the television-viewing nation by storm this summer! From the minds of the Duffer Brothers, the show blended a perfect mix of monsters, horror, science fiction and action, with clever homages to 1980’s filmmaking sprinkled throughout. As fans spent the summer falling in love with its characters and its contagious nostalgia, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press were considering the series for some Golden Globe Awards. Stranger Things has been nominated for “Best Television Series- Drama,” and Winona Ryder has been nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series- Drama.” After starring in such spooky hits as Beetlejuice and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Ryder has not been as active in the world of acting in recent years. She chose an excellent project to return with, and her hard work and talent is being recognized by fans and critics alike. read more read more

The Exorcist: The Series “162” Episode Review

“162,” the penultimate episode of the first season of Fox’s The Exorcist, continues the series’ tradition of captivating and meaningful storytelling, all while ramping up suspense levels to unprecedented heights as it barrels towards next week’s finale.

Episode Eight featured the surprising deaths of Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) and Chris MacNeil (Sharon Gless). Episode Nine increases the body count by killing off fan favorites Lester and Cherry Rego (Ken Marks and Keira Naughton), Mother Bernadette (Deanna Dunagan), and the entire Convent of Our Lady of Mercy. While this is an incredible loss of characters who have all contributed towards the unique atmosphere of the show, it’s clear that the showmakers are serious about increasing the odds as the story progresses. Captain Howdy (Robert Emmet Lunney) has achieved integration with Angela Rance (Geena Davis), and there had to be serious consequences for it to mean anything. The expression on Father Marcus’ face as he takes in all of this death says it all: there’s no going back at this point. Anything less would have caused the viewers to seriously question one of the following scenes where Marcus pistol whips and nearly drowns Brother Simon (Francis Guinan). The show seems very aware that it can’t raise the stakes without raising the consequences. Suddenly, none of the cast feel safe anymore. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that Fox has not yet committed to renewing the series for Season Two. Maybe Jeremy Slater, the show’s creator, doesn’t want to hold back on telling his story in case the first season is all he gets to tell it. read more read more