Entries by Sean McLaughlin

Miley Cyrus Confirms Appearance in Season 5 Episode of ‘Black Mirror’

Once again, we can thank the King of All Media for breaking news in the entertainment world.  On Wednesday, Howard Stern welcomed oft-beleaguered superstar Miley Cyrus to his Sirius XM morning show where he proceeded to ask the former Disney darling questions regarding her acting career.  Concerning the recent rumor that Cyrus will appear in an episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror for the upcoming fifth season, Stern was able to confirm, possibly, that she will indeed make a significant appearance on the series. read more read more

The Creepy Christmas Film Fest Returns for 2018

Christmas is about to get creepy…..again.  According to Entertainment Weekly, The Creepy Christmas Film Fest is set to return after a 10-year absence to brighten up (or darken, depending on your point-of-view) your holiday season.  The new trailer for the 25-day festival, which begins on December 1st, which can be accessed by following the link below.

The Creepy Christmas Film Fest was created back in 2008 by film-maker Beck Underwood and the production company Glass Eye Pix.  It operated as a digital advent calendar, offering the hardcore horror audience a new digital short every day until Christmas.  The original lineup of contributors included some well-known genre darlings like Ti West (The Innkeepers), Mary Harron (American Psycho), and James Felix McKenney (Satan Hates You.)  The digital advent calendar was designed after an actual diorama built by Underwood, a room-sized model of a holiday scene containing “misfit toys and mischievous critters.”
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Tony Jaa Tweets Out First Look at ‘Monster Hunter’

While the much-anticipated film adaptation of the video game Monster Hunter is continuing principal photography in both South Africa and Namibia, one of its stars is using social media to get us all hyped up.  Tony Jaa, who portrays “The Hunter”, today released the first look at the both he and co-star Milla Jovovich in action via his official Twitter account.  The tweet and picture from the set can be seen below.

Monster Hunter, a joint venture between Constantin Film, Impact Pictures and Sony’s Screen Gems, began shooting back in October with lofty expectations.  Besides Jovovich, several others involved in the successful Resident Evil franchise are also involved in the project and similar box office totals are already expected.  Jaa’s reveal of the in-action pair will drum up plenty of expectation, while fans patiently wait for the finished product.  Jaa and Jovovich lead the impressive cast, which also includes Ron Perlman (Hell Boy), rapper Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris and Meagan Good (Saw V) among others.  The film will be directed by Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil, Mortal Kombat), who also assumed the screenwriting duties. read more read more

DC Universe Officially Announce Mears, Bean Added to ‘Swamp Thing’

The swamp just added some elite company.  According to their official Twitter account (see below), the DC Universe has announced that genre veterans Derek Mears and Andy Bean have joined the cast of the upcoming series adaptation of Swamp Thing.  DC is continuing to add to its stable of content for their new streaming service, with the exclusive series Titans already four episodes in to its initial run on the network.

For Swamp Thing, based on the comic book which debuted in 1971 but rose to prominence in the mid-80’s after legendary writer Alan Moore took the reins, this will be the second attempt at a television series.  In the early 1990’s, the USA network hosted a live action adaptation starring Dick Durock and Mark Lindsay Chapman which ran for three seasons.  The current Swamp Thing project boasts a robust and impressive cast already for DC.  Mears and Bean will be joining the already-announced roster of Jennifer Beals (The Grudge 2), Virginia Madsen (Candyman), Will Patton (2018’s Halloween) and Crystal Reed (MTV’s Teen Wolf.) read more read more

‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Adds Eiza Gonzalez to the MonsterVerse

The epic battle between two legendary cinematic monsters is really starting to round into form.  In an exclusive story, Deadline is reporting that Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) will be joining the cast of Godzilla Vs. Kong in an as yet-unknown capacity.  Gonzalez will be joining a killer cast that has already been confirmed including Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), and Brian Tyree Henry (the upcoming Child’s Play reboot.) read more

Shooting Begins in Africa for Film Adaptation of Video Game ‘Monster Hunter’

The folks responsible for the Resident Evil film franchise are bringing a brand new video game to the big screen.  According to Deadline, principal photography has begun in both South Africa and Namibia on Monster Hunter, based on the wildly popular Capcom video game of the same name.  Sony arm Screen Gems will release the film nationally, with other companies handling the international distribution.

Paul W.S. Anderson, who previously worked on both the Resident Evil and Mortal Kombat film adaptations, will assume the writing and directing duties on Monster Hunter.  The star of those Resident Evil movies, Milla Jovovich, has already signed on to team up with Anderson again as the female heroine Artemis.  Joining Jovovich will be Hollywood heavyweight Ron Perlman (Hell Boy), rapper Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris, Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior) and Meagan Good (Saw V) among others.  Completing the Resident Evil circle on this project are producers Robert Kulzer and Jeremy Bolt, with several others also serving in that capacity. read more read more

First Official Trailer for 2019’s ‘Pet Sematary’ Released

Stephen King fans are in their glory right about now.  Following the recent release of the first movie poster and still images for next year’s remake of the 1989 film (and 1983 novel) Pet Sematary, Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer earlier today.  The trailer can been seen below.  This news, of course, is on the heels of another of King’s novels being turned into a huge Hollywood hit (2017’s IT.)

The new Pet Sematary, starring Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Amy Seimetz (Stranger Things), will be a remake of the 1989 film.  After opening to mixed reviews (favored by horror fans, dismissed by film critics), it would go on to gross around $57 million at the box office to be considered a mild hit.  The original movie spawned a 1992 sequel unaffiliated with King’s novel, but that proved to be a critical and financial flop.  The late Fred Gwynne was stellar in the original film as Maine local and neighbor Jud Crandall, a role to be played by the great John Lithgow in the new version.  Let’s hope his Maine accent isn’t quite as over-the-top as Gwynne’s was at times. read more read more

Three Join Cast of Fox Searchlight and Guillermo del Toro Project ‘Antlers’

Fox Searchlight is adding some serious thespian credibility to its latest horror-thriller project.  Deadline is reporting that the production studio has announced several actors are being brought in to the film Antlers, based upon the short story ‘The Quiet Boy’ by writer Nick Antosca (Hannibal.)  This is shaping up to be quite the intriguing project, the first with Fox in a deal with Guillermo del Toro, who will co-produce.

Graham Greene (The Green Mile), Amy Madigan (Gone Baby Gone) and Scott Haze (Midnight Special) have been tapped to join the cast of the Scott Cooper-helmed film.  They’ll join up with the already-announced Keri Russell and the very underrated Jesse Plemons for Antlers in yet-unknown roles.  Antosca and Henry Chaisson co-wrote the script, with del Toro and two others sharing producer credit.  The three veteran additions help to form an impressive stable for Fox Searchlight, which is looking to follow up on the success of last year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture The Shape of Water, also from del Toro. read more read more

CT HorrorFest 2018’s ‘Child’s Play’ Panel with Alex Vincent

On Saturday September 15th, CT HorrorFest presented a Child’s Play panel and Q&A from the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, CT.  On the 30th anniversary of that seminal horror film, HNN staff writer Sean McLaughlin was honored to interview actor Alex Vincent in front of the packed crowd.

At just six years old, Vincent portrayed Alex Barclay, the youngster terrorized by the murderous doll Chucky, in the 1988 film.  The New Jersey native would go on to reprise the role in the 1990 sequel Child’s Play 2, before taking a break from the franchise (and acting in general) for more than two decades.  2013 would see Vincent’s surprise return to the Child’s Play lineage in the after-credits scene of Curse of Chucky. read more read more

Del Toro Casts ‘Breaking Bad’ Alum Norris in ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

Looks like Guillermo del Toro will be dipping into the Breaking Bad talent pool for his latest project.  Del Toro has reportedly cast Dean Norris, who played Walter White’s brother-in-law (and main antagonist) Hank on the hit AMC show, for his upcoming film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  Somewhere Jesse Pinkman is smiling.

Norris is the latest, and most well-known, addition to the film’s cast.  Since Breaking Bad ended its wildly successful run, Norris has gone on to appear in big-budget films such as Fist Fight (2017) and the Death Wish remake (2018).  Joining him in yet-unknown roles are Zoe Margaret Colletti (Annie) and Michael Garza (Wayward Pines) among others.  Spanish actor Javier Botet, who played significant roles in horror genre hits like Slender Man, The Conjuring 2, and IT, will also join the cast in some on-screen capacity.  André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) is attached to direct. read more read more