Entries by Sean McLaughlin

Theatrical Release Date for Annihilation Announced

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has announced a February 23rd, 2018 theatrical release date for Alex Garland’s somewhat-secretive film Annihilation (based on the novel by author Jeff VanderMeer.)  A preview of the film was shown to a live audience back in June during CineEurope, but little else was divulged at the time regarding a wide release.  This is welcome news to fans of both the horror and sci-fi genres.

Annihilation, Garland’s follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2014 film Ex Machina, will also reunite the director with Star Wars‘ Oscar Issac.  Annihilation will also star Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Gina Rodriguez.  Isaac’s Star Wars universe colleague, Natalie Portman, plays the lead of a biologist who signs up for a secretive and dangerous expedition in a post-apocolyptic world, where she finds that the human laws of nature don’t apply.  Garland also wrote the screenplay for the film. read more read more

Funko Announces New Line of Pennywise Pop! Vinyls

As with most major toy manufacturers, Funko made quite a splash at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 with the reveal for several convention exclusives.  However, for horror fans they may have saved their best announcement for afterwards.  On Monday afternoon, Funko announced (via their Facebook page) that they will be releasing four different Pop! vinyl versions of IT‘s most lovable little rascal, Pennywise the clown.  While we’re sure that the members of the Losers’ Club aren’t far behind, Funko is putting its best (and scariest) foot forward in unleashing the cosmic shape-shifter upon the collecting masses. read more read more

WB Releases New Trailer for Blade Runner 2049

Warner Brothers Pictures just released the second official trailer for the much-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049, and it’s everything we were hoping it would be.  Set thirty years after the events of 1982’s sci-fi smash Blade Runner, this film will bring back veteran Harrison Ford as detective Rick Deckard, who’s been missing since the first film.  Ryan Gosling will play Officer K, assigned to locate Deckard and stop the world from descending into turmoil and anarchy.  The sequel will be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), who will be taking over the chair from Ridley Scott (given an Executive Producer credit on this one.) read more read more

New Poster for Jigsaw Revealed

Just when you thought torture porn was going the way of the buffalo, Lionsgate is hoping that you remember that the game is still on. The studio has released the first official poster for Jigsaw, the eight film in the Saw franchise and first since 2010’s Saw 3D: The Final Chapter. Star Tobin Bell, who plays Jigsaw/John in all of the previous movies (despite being deceased for most of them) also made the announcement via his Twitter account (below). read more

New Red Band Trailer Released for Cult of Chucky

Move over Annabelle, because Chucky is back in town and he’s ready to take back his horror-movie throne as Hollywood’s most sinister doll.  IGN, through their official YouTube account, have released a red-band trailer for the upcoming sequel in the Child’s Play franchise entitled Cult of Chucky.  Following up on 2013’s surprisingly decent entry Curse of Chucky, Cult is director Don Mancini and Universal 1440 Entertainment’s latest attempt to keep the original Chucky lineage (and spirit) going without having to reboot the entire franchise.  Judging by the trailer, the general campiness and humor from earlier films in the series such as Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky are gone and the more serious, dark one set forth in the original film is back.  That is until you see the Chucky doll throw up the middle finger defiantly. read more read more

NES Jason To Be a Free Update for Friday the 13th: The Game

Good things come to those that wait. And wait. And wait. IllFonic, the developers behind the much-anticipated but equally buggy Friday the 13th game, have announced a peace offering for its loyal users in the wake of multiple glitches and connectivity problems that have plagued it since is wide release just a few weeks ago. On June 20th, IllFonic is releasing a new update available to all current gamers which will include upgrades like new clothing for the characters and complementary Customization Points (which are used like currency within the game). read more read more

Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame Joining Dark Universe?

Dark Universe is reportedly growing even larger.  Alex Kurtzman, the directory of DU’s first official entry The Mummy, recently let slip that two previously-unannounced movies will be released in Universal’s grand monster cinematic world:  Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  This unexpected news leak is music to the ears of horror’s rabid fan-base (particularly of the iconic movie franchises), who are salivating at the thought of the world of gods and monsters expanding even more. read more read more

AMC Developing Series Based on NOS4A2

Fans of the supernatural horror thriller NOS4A2 may soon see the pages of the popular novel come to life on the small screen.  According to Deadline, AMC has opened writers’ rooms for three projects being earmarked for straight-to-series orders and the book by Joe Hill is reportedly one of them. Fear the Walking Dead‘s Jami O’Brien has been tapped to executive produce the series, who will also employ Hill in the same capacity.  Though no further details have been provided, this is a positive sign for those awaiting an adaptation of the 2013 best-seller. read more read more

The Mummy to Kick Off Universal’s Dark Universe Franchise

To a new world of gods and monsters…..and now to a new cinematic universe as well.  In an effort to replicate the success of DC and Marvel, Universal Pictures has branded a name to the upcoming round of reboots and relaunches to its monster movie franchise:  Dark Universe.  The much-anticipated series of films, which begins on June 9th with the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, will include updates of all classic monsters in the Universal stable including Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man among others.  The second film in the Dark Universe will be Bride of Frankenstein (directed by Bill Condon), with an expected release date of February 14, 2019. read more read more

Twiztid to Bring Astronomicon to Detroit in 2018

Horror-core icons Twiztid, who recently started up their own record label (MNE Records), just announced that they’re ready to conquer the convention world as well.  In a video posted to their Facebook page, Jamie Madrox and Monoxide announced that on the weekend of February 9-11, 2018, the Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, MI will host Astronomicon.  This con, while still being heavy on the juggalo love, will be a celebration of all pop culture in a family environment. read more