Entries by Larry Dwyer

A New Manson Family Docuseries Coming to Epix

In keeping with America’s fascination with serial killers and true crime, Deadline reports that Epix has ordered a six-part documentary series on the late Charles Manson and his lovely family of killer hippies.

Titled Helter Skelter (the same title as Manson-trial prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi’s 1974 book), the series plans to speak to the history of Manson and his family and will feature never-before-seen interviews with “family” members and folks who were involved in the trials complete with new images and archived footage. read more read more

Russian Alien Thriller ‘Sputnik’ Acquired by IFC Midnight – Trailer Inside

The Tribeca Film Festival may have been postponed this year due to the ongoing pandemic but that doesn’t mean that some of the films set to premiere at the prestigious event won’t still be snatched up by eager distributors. One such film is Egor Abramenko’s feature-length directorial debut Sputnik, which is based on a short film that he released in 2017 titled The Passenger.

Deadline announced that IFC Midnight has acquired the rights for North America and is set to release the film on August 14th. Sputnik was written by Andrei Zolotarev and Oleg Malovichko. The film stars Oksana Akinshina (The Bourne Supremacy), Fedor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov and Anton Vasilev. read more read more

Filmmaker Stuart Gordon Passes at Age 72

A pioneer of experimental theater in the late 1960’s, Stuart Gordon will best be remembered for his contributions to our beloved horror genre. Gordon rose to prominence in 1985 when he partnered with his friend/producer Brian Yuzna on an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1922 novelette Herbert West-Reanimator. What was originally meant to be a theatrical production, where Gordon’s comfort-zone was, was turned into a feature-length script and a legendary film was born. read more

Need to Stream Some Fine Horror Content? Shudder’s Got You Covered

Earlier this week we released a list of 25 recent, and awesome, horror films for you to stream and where to find them so that you all have some gruesomely fun films to watch during this quarantine (you can check that by clicking here). If you read the list, you’ll see that a good deal of them are available on AMC Network’s horror streaming platform Shudder.

Well, our pals at Shudder have you guys in mind as well. For those who aren’t already subscribers, Shudder has announced that they’re offering a 30-day free trial to help out with the boredom! All you need to do is head to Shudder.com and enter the promo code SHUTIN at sign-up; how cool is that? read more read more

25 Movies To Get You Through The Quarantine

Alright folks, it seems that we got a situation going on outside and the only way to get through it is to hunker down at home and watch more horror movies. Well, at Horror News Network, we’re here to help! Below I’ve listed out 25 favorites from the past 5 years, at 5 per year. I’ve included a few notes on each, plus the trailer, plus where it can be found (I’m assuming most readers have some streaming memberships like Prime, Shudder, Netflix, etc.). read more

Renowned Actor, Max von Sydow Passes at Age 90

Born in Lund, Skåne, Sweden in 1929 as Carl Adolf von Sydow, world renowned actor Max von Sydow has passed away just a month shy of his 91st birthday. Most horror fans of our generation know him best from his role as Father Merrin in 1973’s The Exorcist but van Sydow was already a star at that point having made a name for himself as Antonius Block in his friend Ingmar Bergman’s 1957 film The Seventh Seal.

Over a magnificent career that began in 1949, the sheer number of films that Max von Sydow has been a part of is staggering, as is the number of awards he’s amassed. Some notable film entries, other than what was mentioned above, include The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), Hawaii (1966), The Diary of Anne Frank (1967), Flash Gordon (1980), Conan the Barbarian (1982), Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011), Awakenings (1990), Pelle the Conqueror (1987) , and many, many more. read more read more

Casting News for CW’s ‘The Lost Boys’ Series

News about the CW pushing out a series reboot of the 1987 classic The Lost Boys has been swirling since at least 2016 with several announcements of pilots ordered and casting developments; well, this time traction actually seems to be being made. We announced a few weeks ago that the CW had once again greenlit a pilot for the on-again/off-again series (read that news here) and now Deadline is reporting some casting news.

Branden Cook (Industry) has been tapped to play Garrett, the “Michael” and older brother of the siblings that move to a new town with their mother. Lincoln Younes (Little Monsters) will be playing Benjamin who leads the vampire gang in the new town. Rounding out the announcements is Ruby Cruz (Castle Rock) as Elsie who will be putting a new spin on the Jamie Gertz character of Star. read more read more

Exclusive Interview with Artist Frank Kozik of Kidrobot at NY Toy Fair 2020

One of the highlights of NY Toy Fair 2020 was getting the chance to chat with legendary graphic artist Frank Kozik. When it came to concert poster art from the mid-80’s through the “grunge” era, Frank’s posters heralded the arrival of some of the time’s most classic bands from The Butthole Surfers to The Melvins to Soundgarden – bands were psyched to see their name on one of Frank’s posters. In 2001 Frank decided to dedicate his time to the toy industry and soon became interested in vinyl toys and then in 2014, following NECA’s acquisition of Kidrobot, he joined the team as Chief Creative Officer. read more read more

Horror News Network’s Best Horror Movies of 2019: Larry’s Top 3 Picks

Alright, fiends, it’s time to narrow my list down to a top 3! Last week I posted my “Top 19 of 2019” (you can see that by clicking here) and I promised that I would give you my 3 favorites as a part of the Horror News Network staff’s week of favorites. This year was tough as there were really a lot of solid films to choose from, but I like my choices. Without further ado, here they are:

Larry’s Top 3 Picks

#1: Tigers Are Not Afraid read more

Top 19 Horror Films of 2019

Welcome, fiends! So, this year I started this list with 93 titles before narrowing it down to my “Top 19 of 2019”. As always – the disclaimer: While I know that the title is “Top 19 Horror Films…”, keep in mind that these are just my favorites so I’m sure that you’ll disagree with some of my choices as well as some of my intentional omissions. That said, there are still a bunch of films that were highly recommended to me that I have not yet had the chance to watch like Doctor Sleep, Koko-Di Koko-Da, Little Monsters and Knives Out. read more read more