Entries by Sean McLaughlin

HNN’s Coverage of The 2019 New York Toy Fair

HNN’s Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin once again invaded the Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan for Toy Fair New York, the annual international convention of toy manufacturers, distributors and retailers.  And once again, all horror fans have a LOT to look forward to in 2019 and beyond.

The usual suspects of horror industry heavyweights such as NECA, Mezco and McFarlane Toys (among many others) did not disappoint with their impressive displays and product announcements, which are covered in the event pictures posted here.  While the genre standards like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Chucky were of course well-represented, several new exciting licenses were unveiled as well.  Our favorites are They Live, which saw multiple companies announce brand-new figure lines, and the anticipated upcoming film The Curse of La Llorona.  Mezco appears to be knocking it out of the park in respect to the latter. read more read more

HNN Preview of Toy Fair New York 2019

The 2019 New York Toy Fair is only a few days away, and the gang at HNN is ready to once again invade the Javitz Center in Manhattan and partake in all of the fun.

Staff writers Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin preview what to expect at this year’s event, and shed some light on the companies and exhibits that will be of particular interest to horror fans.  The boys cover all of the favorites like Mezco, NECA, McFarlane Toys and many others. read more

HNN Staff Discuss What to Expect in 2019

The upcoming year is shaping up to be quite a significant one for horror fans, with numerous film and television projects scheduled to premiere across many different platforms.  From Pet Sematary to It: Chapter Two to yet another promising Jordan Peele production, there is reason for both optimism and skepticism within the genre.

Join HNN’s Christine, Larry and Sean as they discuss and critique what to expect in 2019.

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Irish Horror Thriller ‘The Hole in the Ground’ Releases Official Trailer

Direct from its Sundance Festival world premiere, Irish horror thriller The Hole in the Ground now has an official trailer.  View the creepy video below.

The Hole in the Ground portrays a young mother facing an unknown future as she attempts to escape her past.  Along with her son, they move to a rural town that hides a dark secret in the woods.  After the boy returns from an encounter with a large hole, the mother begins suspecting that her son is not the same child that went into the ground and must endure countless perils in a struggle to obtain the truth.  It stars Simone Kirby (Peaky Blinders), Seána Kerslake and James Quinn Markey, with Lee Cronin (short Ghost Train) directing. read more read more

Hulu, NEON Win Rights to Distribute Dark Comedy ‘Little Monsters’

And the undead hits just keep on coming.  Deadline is reporting that streaming giant Hulu has partnered up with distributor NEON in acquiring the rights to the horror comedy Little Monsters.  With a Resident Evil series already announced and the Zombieland sequel finally becoming official, it seems that reports of the zombie genre’s demise may be a bit premature.

Little Monsters, currently buzzing the Sundance circuit, stars Lupita Nyong’o (Black Panther), Alexander England (Alien: Covenant) and Josh Gad (Frozen) and is only the second film to be directed by Australian Abe Forsythe.  Nyong’0 plays kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline, who leads her class on a trip helped by slacker Dave (England).  They must deal with both a persistent children’s television star named Teddy McGiggle (Gad) as well as an ill-timed zombie invasion.  The heat around Little Monsters is a good sign for the zombie sub-genre, as ratings for AMC horror flagship show The Walking Dead continue to decline as the ninth season winds down, and few directors stepping up in the wake of horror icon and creator of the cinematic zombie genus George Romero’s death in 2017. read more read more

Netflix to Produce ‘Resident Evil’ TV Series

Why should AMC have all of the undead fun?  In an exclusive article, Deadline is reporting that a TV series based on Resident Evil is currently in the works over at Netflix.  The franchise already boasts six movies, but could be in prime position to scoop up a lot of hungry zombie television fans as the still-massive Walking Dead series gets a bit longer in the tooth and more convoluted from a story-line standpoint.  This rumored scripted-series will be looking to capitalize off of this growing audience while leveraging the technology and advantages of being on a streaming platform. read more read more

HNN Staff Discuss Top Horror Films and Highlights of 2018

With 2018 in the rear view mirror, now is the perfect time to discuss and analyze the top moments of the year for horror.  HNN’s Christine, Larry and Sean discuss their feelings on the top movies of 2018 for the genre, along with what they feel are the breakout moments and highlights as well.

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‘Alien: Blackout’ Announced For Mobile Devices

Following up on our coverage of the big Alien franchise announcement from earlier this week, apparently the best was yet to come.  After two rather cryptic (but cool!) tweets hinted at a new project about to be unleashed featuring Amanda Ripley, the speculation regarding the media format was running wild.  But now we know that gamers everywhere have reason to celebrate……Alien: Blackout has been officially unleashed.

The Alien Twitter account (@alienanthology) has been busy in the early part of this week.  On Monday they posted teasers for the upcoming open-world video game Alien: Blackout for mobile devices, a highly-anticipated follow-up to the moderately successful venture Alien: Isolation (2014).  Whether this is a direct sequel is still not entirely clear, but with Amanda Ripley being the star once again this is a logical conclusion.  For fans who were left hanging following the non-specific tweets from this weekend, however, the update (below) was a very welcome response. read more read more

Official Twitter Account For the ‘Alien’ Franchise Announces New Project

Fans of the Alien franchise can once again rejoice.  According to the official Alien Twitter account (@AlienAnthology), a new game starring Amanda Ripley appears to be on the horizon for 2019 (in January, specifically.  Of course, this could all be some sort of swerve as the details are presented in a very sketchy manner with only a closing tag line hinting at the format.  Welcome to viral marketing in the new year.

The two videos (tweets can be seen below) appear to give a quick rundown of the ill-fated Nostromo and its violent disappearance but with a bit of a twist.  The “hero” being referenced is Amanda Ripley, the daugher of the Alien films protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and also the star of the 2014 video game released by Sega, Alien: Isolation.  While not necessarily a huge financial and critical success (or disaster), an Alien: Isolation sequel does seem to be the purpose of these teaser videos, though it’s not entirely clear.  The videos end with the cryptic crawl “Read. Play. Watch.”, with the term “play” seemingly implying that a game is what will be announced.  But then again, this theory is not spelled out explicitly so the anticipation is causing quite the uproar with Alien fans everywhere. read more read more

Donald Moffat, Star of ‘The Thing’, Passes Away at 87

Veteran actor Donald Moffat, who’s long and distinguished Hollywood career spanned six decades, passed away on Thursday, December 2oth.  According to his daughter Lynn, the star of stage and screen suffered complications from a stroke at his home in Sleepy Hollow, NY.  He was 87.

Moffat was born in the England in 1930, and moved to the United States in 1956 prepared to taking his acting career to the next level.  He found success on Broadway, having been nominated for two Tony Awards.  The highlight of  his Hollywood career would be portraying Lyndon B. Johnson in 1983’s The Right Stuff, along with recurring roles in the TV series Logan’s Run and Dallas.  His IMDB credits include 121 acknowledged roles, spanning an incredible 49 years.  He retired from acting in 2005, with his final role being that of a judge on the hit series Law & Order: Trial by Jury. read more read more