Entries by Larry Dwyer

Get Ready for Chris Rock’s ‘Saw’ Reboot!

First we had comedian Jordan Peele jumping into the horror genre with 2017’s Get Out and then funny-man Danny McBride stepped in with 2018’s Halloween and now Chris Rock is here to show that he’s got something to say as well as he has written a reboot for Saw. According to Deadline, Chris Rock pitched his “reimagining” to Lionsgate and they loved it.

Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake said, “When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in. Saw is one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all-time and it’s one of Lionsgate’s most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous Saw films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise.” Chris Rock added that, ““I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004 [and] I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.” read more read more

Teaser Trailer for ‘It: Chapter 2’ is Here!

The wait is over! Horror fans have been eagerly anticipating any sort visual for Andy Muschietti’s follow-up to the 2017 blockbuster It and now it’s here.  Set 27 years after the events of the first film, the beloved “Losers Club” are all adults now and are called back to their childhood home of Derry, Maine by Mike Hanlon, the only one of the group to never leave the town, to once again face off with the terrifying alien-clown Pennywise. read more

Another New Pilot Ordered by The CW for ‘The Lost Boys’

It’s almost been three years now that we’ve been reporting about The Lost Boys coming to television and it seems like getting this thing going is as daunting a task as getting that New Mutants movie released.  Earlier this year The CW had a pilot filmed for the show but now Deadline is reporting that we may have to wait even longer to see our favorite vampires (and vampire hunters) from Santa Carla.

According to Deadline, while the CW brass loved the script, not all elements in the pilot came together in the execution, thus the order for a reworked new pilot, which could feature recastings. The cast included Rio Mangini (Teen Wolf, Everything Sucks!) as Sam, Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf, Truth or Dare) as Michael and Cheyenne Hayes (Camping) and Haley Tju (Go On) as The Frog Sisters. read more read more

A ‘Hellraiser’ Reboot is Coming…

Apparently, the folks at Spyglass Media Group have such sights to show us. Deadline has reported that Spyglass, a new independent content company launched on March 13th by former MGM boss Gary Barber and Lantern Entertainment, has announced today that their first project is to be a “re-imaging” of Clive Barker’s 1987 immortal classic Hellraiser.

CEO Barber made the announcement of the reboot as well as letting the world know that David S. Goyer  (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) will be handling writing and producing duties on the project which will be developed for worldwide theatrical distribution. Barber said, “Clive [Barker] and I go back more than 30 years together. For generations, his brilliantly twisted and imaginative Hellraiser haunted the minds of moviegoers with its searing imagery of Pinhead.” He added, “David [Goyer]  is the perfect storyteller to continue Clive’s vision for a new theatrical version of Hellraiser.” read more read more

Screenwriter Announced for ‘The Nun’ Sequel

The wildly successful Conjuring films have spawned a number of “spin-off” films including the Annabelle series and The Nun; now that I think of it, The Conjuring is kind of like the modern horror world’s answer to Happy Days…which I guess means that Annabelle is Joanie Loves Chachi and The Nun is Laverne & Shirley?

Anyway, Deadline has announced that the process of hiring a screenwriter to pen the sequel to 2018’s The Nun has come to a close with the hiring of Akela Cooper (Hell Fest, American Horror Story). Cooper will put her horror skills to work in following up on the story about the nun possessed by the demon Valak who first reared her ugly mug in 2016’s The Conjuring 2. read more read more

Owen King Working on Script for ‘Sleeping Beauties’ for AMC

AMC has asked Owen King to write the pilot for the best selling novel ‘Sleeping Beauties’ that he co-wrote with his dad Stephen King. According to the news from Deadline, the goal is to have ‘Sleeping Beauties’ be an open-ended series for the network.

Ashley Zalta, executive producer on the upcoming series, said, “Owen and Stephen King found the perfect canvas to tell a haunting and gripping story that sparks a relevant conversation about gender equality and individuality, we couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration with the Kings and with AMC, who have so often boldly redefined genres.” read more read more

New Trailer for Netflix’s ‘Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile’

A few months ago we dropped the news that Netflix had acquired the rights to the Joe Berlinger-directed Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron as serial killer Ted Bundy (story here). Written by Michael Werwie, Extremely Wicked is told from the viewpoint of Bundy’s girlfriend Liz Kendall (Lily Collins – The Blind Side), who believes that Bundy is innocent.

A new trailer (below) teases Efron eerily portraying the creepiness of Ted Bundy. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is set to debut on Netflix on May 3rd. read more read more

A Day Spent at “What The Fest!?” Film Festival in New York City

This past Saturday, fellow Horror News Network contributor Matt Wilson and I hopped the early train from Stratford, Connecticut to New York City to hit up the second annual “What The Fest!?” film festival. I was invited to attend the inaugural event in 2018 but could not make it work and I have been kicking myself since because I missed out on screenings of a few films that became favorites for me when I finally did get the chance to see them; namely Satan’s SlavesGhost Stories, Revenge, and The Ranger. read more read more

Casting News for Amazon’s Upcoming ‘The Dark Tower’ Series

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.

Fans of Stephen King’s epic Dark Tower series can cautiously breathe a sigh of relief as it appears that we are now closer to putting the mess that was the 2017 film behind us. Deadline has reported that Amazon has cast Sam Strike (Nightflyers, Leatherface) as Roland Deschain, the gunslinger and lead of the Dark Tower series. Also cast is Roland’s nemesis Marten Broadcloack (The Man in Black, Walter Padick, etc.) who will be played by Jasper Pääkkönen of BlacKkKlansman & Vikings. read more read more

“One Cut of the Dead”: The Horror News Network Review

Ever since I’ve heard the buzz from last year’s Fantastic Fest, I’ve been looking forward to seeing One Cut of the Dead; thankfully, my anticipation was not in vain. Shot on a micro-budget of $25,000 by writer/director Shin’ichirô Ueda, One Cut of the Dead (or Kamera o Tomeru na!) stars Hamatsu Takayuki as Higurashi, the angry/violent director of a low-budget zombie film featuring teenagers Chinastu (Akiyama Yuzuki) and Ko (Nagaya Kazuaki). read more