Entries by Larry Dwyer

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

Stephen King/Peter Straub Collaboration Novel ‘The Talisman’ Finally Headed to the Big Screen?

According to Entertainment Weekly, fans are finally going to get the chance to see Jack Sawyer and Parkus (or Speedy Parker, if you prefer) venture across the Territories to save Queen Laura DeLoessian in a big screen version of Stephen King’s popular dark fantasy novel The Talisman which was co-written by Ghost Story author Peter Straub. Released in 1984, The Talisman has long been discussed as a potential film but, like many of King’s books, the length is always an issue. At 921 pages, The Talisman was King’s longest novel until he released an uncut edition of The Stand which went from 823 pages to 1,152. read more read more

Top 20 Horror Films of the Past 5 Years

Most ideas seem to come to me early in the morning. Maybe it’s because my brain is a bit rested and hasn’t yet had the chance to be beaten into submission by my job, my kids, and whatever other nonsense is going on around me. So, early yesterday, I found myself thinking about what my favorite “horror” films of the past five years were (I put horror in quotes because there will always be those that argue that something on the list isn’t horror). Well, I thought, let’s make a list! read more

USAopoly Releasing ‘It’-Themed Games for 2019 and 2020

USAopoly, or as they’re now re-branded – “The Op”, brought us one of our favorite games of last year with Trivial Pursuit: Horror Movie Edition (click here for that story) so fellow staffer Sean McLaughlin and I were pretty psyched to happen upon their booth at New York Toy Fair a few weeks back. We were greeted by Raquel who could immediately tell that we didn’t have much interest in their line of Disney games (which I’m sure are fantastic) and we were escorted directly to a secret corner section of their enclosed area where she showed us the treats that we were not allowed to discuss – until now. read more read more

A New, Even Longer Cut of ‘Nightbreed’ is on the Way

Certain films have obsessive fans; I think it stems from an unfinished feeling that a fan is left with if they love a film but know it could have been better or if, god forbid, a beloved series is cancelled too soon (Twin Peaks, anyone?).  Clive Barker’s monster-filled Nightbreed has always fallen into the “what could have been” pile. The original finished product we were given back in 1990 never felt quite…finished. There were always rumblings about how unhappy Clive himself was with the finished product and there were whispers about a future directors cut which never seemed to materialize due to what was called “lost footage” – the studios told Clive that all remaining cut footage was gone; the 102 minute theatrical release was all that remained. read more read more

WizKids is Bringing Japanese Horror Game ‘Hako Onna’ to America

This past weekend at the prestigious Toy Fair New York, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jessa Morgen of WizKids for an exclusive discussion about their upcoming American release of Hako Onna – a Japanese horror game that is currently in it’s fourth edition in Japan. Check out the video to learn all about this horrifying game and then visit the WizKids link below the video for more info.

As you heard, WizKids is shooting for a Q3 release of Hako Onna which will put them in line to get this game in our hands hopefully before Halloween of this year. I definitely dropped several references to Horror News Network wanting a copy to review so we will keep you posted if that happens! In the meantime, head over to the WizKids website (click here) for more info on Hako Onna and all other games they currently have in production and don’t forget to check out the rest of our coverage from Toy Fair New York 2019 by clicking here! read more read more