Entries by Larry Dwyer

‘Haunt’: The Horror News Network Review

Well, well, well…another new Halloween-themed film just in time for the frightful season! Writers/directors Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place) bring us the Eli Roth produced Haunt. Haunt is set in college-town Carbondale, IL. We open on a college student named Harper (Katie Stevens) who is in her off-campus housing reading the aggressive text messages sent by her boyfriend Sam while covering up the black eye that he gave her and watching Night of the Living Dead  (only one of those three things is okay). read more read more

‘Eli’: The Horror News Network Review

Back in the 70’s and 80’s “made-for tv” movies were all the rage and one that I will always remember was 1976’s The Boy in the Plastic Bubble starring John Travolta as Tod Lubitch, a boy born with a deficient immune system which prevented him from doing anything in the open air. As the title suggests, he had to basically live in a bubble; a sterile, hermetically sealed, germ-free area specially created for him so that he wouldn’t be exposed to the bacterias and virus’ that a normal immune system could fight off – the main character in Eli (named Eli), has the same thing. read more read more

Attend a Halloween Party at Stu’s House from ‘Scream’!

Wow! If you’re on the West Coast and have nothing to do on Halloween night, or if you love Scream enough to cancel your already-made plans, you can attend a costume party at the house that was used for the party at Stu’s house at the end of Wes Craven’s 1996 blockbuster film.

Titled “Screamoween”, the organizers, Nate Ragon and Anthony Masi, apparently first did an event at the privately owned home last year titled “Scream Comes Home”. The event last year went off so well that the duo received tons of requests to do it all over again which led to them working out a deal with the homeowners to do a 2019 event at the Tomales, CA home. read more read more

HNN Productions’ ‘Halloween in a Box’ Documentary Gets Distribution and a Release Date

Good news in Horror-Land as long awaited documentary Halloween in a Box has landed distribution through film company Indie Rights and will begin streaming on various platforms, including Amazon, on October 1, 2019. The film will also have a live premiere at the Naugatuck Event Center in Naugatuck, CT on October 4th, 2019 with writer/director Rob Caprilozzi in attendance (click here for info and tickets).

In the meantime, learn more about Halloween in a Box by reading the official press release below followed by the film’s trailer. read more read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Saw’ Panel with Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith and Sean Patrick Flanery

On Saturday, September 14th, CT HorrorFest invaded the Naugatuck Events Center in Naugatuck, CT for a day that was chock full of horror mayhem and merriment.  The final event of the night was a panel and audience Q&A session with three members of the Saw franchise: Tobin Bell (Jigsaw), Shawnee Smith (Amanda Young) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Bobby Dagen).

Celebrating a horror franchise that spanned 13 years (so far), the trio discussed how they came to be a part of the franchise, how they viewed their characters and much, much more. read more read more

Thousands Invade 6th Annual CT HorrorFest!

This past Saturday, a giant horde of blood-thirsty horror fans descended upon the Naugatuck Event Center, in the normally quiet town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, to take part in Horror News Network’s sixth annual CT HorrorFest; a Comic-Con type convention geared toward the horror community.

The brainchild of Horror News Network founders Rob and Christine Caprilozzi, CT HorrorFest began as a much smaller convention in Waterbury, CT in 2014 before spending the next four years in Danbury, CT. The opportunity to move the convention to the much larger Naugatuck Event Center for the 2019 show was a “no-brainer” for the duo. read more read more

‘The Stylist’ Feature Film Launches Kickstarter Campaign

If you were at the Connecticut Cult Classics double feature of Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night in December of 2017, you were lucky enough to catch our screening of Jill ‘Sixx’ Gevargizian’s beautiful short film The Stylist.

Starring Najarra Townsend (Contracted) as Claire, a hair stylist who escapes the loneliness of her life by living vicariously through – and as –  her clients, The Stylist screened at over a hundred film festivals across the globe and won twenty awards including the Jury Award and Audience Choice at Etheria Film Night and Najarra picked up “Best Performance” awards at Fantastic Fest, Monster Fest, Knoxville Horror Film Fest, and Nightmares Film Fest. read more read more

‘Svaha: The Sixth Finger’: The Horror News Network Review

‘Svaha’ first appears in the Buddhist texts of the Dharanis, which were incorporated into the Mahayana Buddhist sutras, such as the “White Lotus” and the “Golden Light.” – Yogapedia

Some of my favorite horror films of the past decade have come out of Korea: I Saw the Devil, The Wailing and Train to Busan are just three awesome films to come out of the region and now I can add Svaha: The Sixth Finger to the group.

Unlike a lot of Korean horror where the director takes a lot of time to develop toward anything, Svaha gets nutty pretty quickly. We begin with a young girl discussing the day she was born; a day when the goats wouldn’t stop wailing. She was born just after her twin sister who was covered in black hair…oh, and she had been feeding on her sister’s leg while in the womb. The doctors said that this child would not last long; that she would die quickly. Well, doctors aren’t always right and she lived, locked in a barn, never being taught to speak…because her family thinks she’s a demon. read more read more

Trailer Drops for Season 10 of ‘The Walking Dead’

It’s hard to believe that we’re already coming up on season ten of AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead. I can remember how hyped up I was for the first episode to premiere on Halloween night in 2010. My wife and I made sure that all of the candy was handed out to the trick ‘r treaters and that the popcorn was ready so we could indulge in a brand new zombie world.

Well now it’s 2019 and this zombie world ain’t so brand new anymore. Hell, there are only two characters remaining from season one and they weren’t even “main characters” from the start; though it’s safe to say that Daryl and Carol certainly became favorites as time went on. read more read more

Universal Confirms Two More ‘Halloween’ Films

In a huge announcement for film fans the world over, Universal Studios has confirmed that we will be getting at least two more movies full of Michael Myers. Deadline has reported today that October 16th, 2020 is the official release date for Halloween Kills and October 15th, 2021 will be the date for Halloween Ends.

Jamie Lee Curtis will be back in the role of Laurie Strode while Danny McBride and David Gordon Green will be working on the script. Both films will be directed by Green and produced by Malek Akkad, Jason Blum and Bill Block. While John Carpenter is listed as an executive producer, there is no work yet on what other roles he will have in the next installments. read more read more