Entries by Sean McLaughlin

Cary Elwes Set to Join Cast of Blumhouse ‘Black Christmas’ Remake

It looks like it will be a Black Christmas this year for horror fans.  Blumhouse Productions announced today (and Deadline broke the news) that veteran thespian Cary Elwes will star in the remake of the 1974 seasonal horror classic.  He will join a cast that already boasts Imogen Poots (Green Room, 28 Weeks Later) and Eleyse Shannon (TV’s Charmed) among a slew of young actors and actresses.  Black Christmas is currently in pre-production but is expected to be released in time for the 2019 holiday season. read more read more

‘The Evil Down the Street’ Writer/Producer Craig Ahrens: The Horror News Network Interview

Last Wednesday, May 1st, Amazon Prime released the demonic possession thriller The Evil Down the Street to all of their subscribers.  The debut on the streaming service represents a major milestone for the independent film, a project from production studio CRA Entertainment and distributed by Indie Rights.  On the heels of several recent possession movies in the horror genre, such as the brilliant Hereditary and the wonderful Argentinian film Terrified, this movie proves to be a worthy entrant with some nifty performances and a creepy vibe that will leave you feeling both uneasy and entertained. read more read more

Official Trailer for Indie Horror Film ‘The Evil Down the Street’ Released

CRA Entertainment and Indie Rights today released the official trailer for the new horror thriller, The Evil Down the Street.  The film will premiere on Amazon Prime later this week.  The full trailer can be seen below.

The Evil Down the Street, inspired by true events, follows a family as they move into their dream home only to uncover the house’s terrifying secret.  A demon begins plaguing them, forcing each to fight as their mother Katie Ryan (Alena Gerard) falls victim to possession.  The film also stars Kelton Jones, Tara Milante and Craig Ahrens (who also produced and co-wrote the script.) read more read more

Netflix to Debut ‘The Witcher’ Series in Q4 of 2019

It has been a long time coming, but it appears that Netflix’s television series based on the Polish fantasy-drama book series The Witcher will premiere on the streaming series very soon.  Ted Sarandso, the Chief Content Officer for Netflix, announced on a recent investor call that the series, which began principal production last Halloween in Hungary, will debut in Q4 of 2019.

After nearly two years of updates, fans of The Witcher can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Netflix originally announced production back in May of 2017, which would see an English-language adaptation of author Andrzej Sapkowski’s popular books.  Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Blood Creek) will be the main star, with the rest of the cast revealed back in October of 2018.  Surprisingly, most of the information regarding this project has been leaked by executive producer, writer and show-runner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.  Hissrich, who came aboard in December 2017, revealed that she enlisted the assistance of Sapkowksi, and later tweeted in April 2018 that the first season would be 8 episodes long and would be filmed mostly in Central Europe.  It was also recently reported that principal photography was moved last month to Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. read more read more

‘Alien’ 40th Anniversary Shorts – The Horror News Network Review

As hard to fathom as it is, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Ridley Scott masterpiece Alien.  A truly revolutionary picture, both in terms of horror and science fiction, Alien was groundbreaking in so many ways that it has spawned multiple sequels, merchandising, games, and has generally influenced pop culture in all facets since the late ’70s that truly cannot be measured to this day.  While the last film entry in the franchise, 2017’s Alien: Covenant, was a pretty good movie there has been little movement on the sequel front since due to licensing and script delays.  But 20th Century Fox knew that they had to capitalize on this important moment as best they could, and keep the hardcore fans satiated. read more read more

‘Depraved’: The Horror News Network Review

Modernizing a classic work of literature or cinema is often times an unenviable task.  You can hit a home run but still be second-guessed, or you can completely miss the mark and damage both your reputation and the original at the same time.  This was the mission presented before horror genre favorite Larry Fessenden, who took on the Frankenstein mystique with his current film Depraved.  Luckily, Fessenden nails the tortured soul saga for today’s uncertain and violent times. read more

Official Trailer for ‘Z Nation’ Prequel Series ‘Black Summer’ Released by Netflix

Netflix is bringing a zombie series back from the dead, much to the delight of horror fans.  On its official YouTube page, the popular streaming series has released the official trailer for Black Summer, a prequel series based on Z Nation (which was recently cancelled by Syfy after five seasons.)  The trailer can be viewed below.

Expanding the Z Nation universe is welcome news to the rabid fan-base of the zombie series, who were still reeling from the cancellation bombshell from last December.  Black Summer will star Jaime King (My Bloody Valentine, Sin City) as a young mother named Rose.  In the earliest days of the zombie apocalypse, the aftermath of which we viewed through the Z Nation lens, Rose must journey and fight her way through the carnage to find her daughter in the increasingly desolate and dangerous wasteland.  Banding together with a group of Americans, the survivors must work together to find their loved ones while fighting the un-dead…..and even each other.  The show will also star Sal Velez Jr. (FX’s Mayans M.C.) as William Velez, who appears to be an ally based on the trailer sequences. read more read more

First Trailer for Larry Fessenden’s ‘Depraved’ Released

The first trailer for the upcoming horror film from Glass Eye Pix titled Depraved has been unleashed by the studio.  In an exclusive post, Indiewire has unveiled the 34 second spot which combines the eerie imagery one would expect from a modern-day re-imagining of Frankenstein with the jump-cuts so popular with the horror genre.  With this being the 200th anniversary of the Mary Shelley literary classic’s release (a year or two off, but who’s counting?), the timing is perfect for the iconic monster to make its triumphant return.  And where better than in Brooklyn? read more read more

Universal In Talks With Elisabeth Moss for ‘The Invisible Man’

While there may no longer be hope for the Dark Universe, the standalone movies continue on full-steam ahead.  In an exclusive update, Variety is reporting that Elisabeth Moss will star in the re-imagining of the Universal Studios classic monster story The Invisible Man (with an assist from Blumhouse Productions.)  Man (based on the 1897 H.G. Wells novel) was initially slated to be part of Universal’s “Dark Universe”, a series of interconnected films that would reunite all of the original “Universal Monster” characters into a single cinematic universe.  However, the box office failure of the Tom Cruise-led reboot of The Mummy in 2017 forced the studio to rethink its plans altogether and to seek a different route to bring back Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, and all of the beloved horror icons. read more read more

AMC Looking to Develop Another Spinoff Series for ‘The Walking Dead’

It appears that, for better or for worse, The Walking Dead universe will continue to expand.  In AMC Network’s quarterly earnings call with shareholders and analysts, COO Ed Carroll confirmed that a new spinoff of the long-running zombie series is in “active development.”  Deadline was the first to report this story.  This announcement comes on the heels of the revelation that three feature films based on TWD have been given the green light (starring the Rick Grimes character), and as the original small-screen spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead is only months away from unleashing its fifth full season. read more read more