Entries by Sean McLaughlin

Netflix, del Toro to Collaborate on Horror Anthology Series ’10 After Midnight’

With Netflix leading the charge, the online streaming services continue to conquer the new entertainment landscape.  According to the folks over at Deadline, Guillermo del Toro, already the creator of the Emmy-winning Netflix animated series DreamWorks Trollhunters, will venture into the live-action world with the network as well.  The network has given the green-light to Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight, which represents their first stab at an original horror anthology series. read more

Hulu to Develop Wattpad’s ‘Light as a Feather’ Into Series

The streaming services continue to break new ground in this brave new world.  According to Deadline, Hulu will be developing the supernatural thriller Light as a Feather into a 10-episode straight-to-series project.  This continues the trend of media and television outlets discovering interesting content and projects from outside of the normal platforms of entertainment.

Light as a Feather is an adaptation of the online story Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board by writer Zoe Aarsen.  It was originally published on Wattpad, which is a social collaboration website that allows young and unknown writers to produce their own content.  Feather follows five teenagers attending a sleepover, where an innocent game of Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board turns into a nightmare in which one-by-one the girls begin dying exactly as the game dictates.  They are forced to question their own place in the scenario, and whether or not the evil actually lurks among them.  The series is a joint-venture between not only Wattpad and Hulu, but also Grammnet (Kelsey Grammar’s production company) and AwesomenessTV. read more read more

‘Happy Death Day 2’ Announces Additional Cast Members

Following the smashing box office success of 2017’s Blumhouse Production Happy Death Day, the inevitable sequel is starting to round into shape.  After raking in close to $115 million on an estimated $4.8 million budget, the sequel will see the main players return to their roles while adding new cast-members around them.  This is welcome news for horror fans, as we now have a chance to relive the ghoulishness of the first movie with all-new details, much like the premise of the original film. read more read more

‘Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich’ to be Released by RLJE FILMS

Fans of the Puppet Master film franchise have reason to be happy.  RLJE Films has just announced that it has acquired all North American rights to the latest installment in the cult series, titled Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich.  The film blends in a delicate balance of horror and humor, and boasts an impressive stable of actors, producers and recognizable genre contributors.  Perhaps the greatest connection for old-school horror fans is the movie’s tie-in with the resurrection of Fangoria Magazine.  It is being produced for Cinestate, the southern entertainment company who recently acquired Fangoria Magazine.  This represents the first project to be released under the newly-revived Fangoria label. read more read more

R. Lee Ermey Passes Away at 74

The horror world, along with all of Hollywood, suffered a big loss on Sunday.  R. Lee Ermey, the rugged and big-voiced actor who earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1987 for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War masterpiece Full Metal Jacket, passed away at the age of 74.  The announcement was made by his manager Bill Rogin on his Twitter account, with the cause of death reported to be complications from pneumonia.

Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944.  He was a former drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, eventually achieving the rank of staff sergeant in the early 1970s.  His combat experience during the Vietnam War would help lend authenticity to his numerous roles as military personnel during his career in Hollywood.  In addition to the role of tough-talking and strict drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Jacket, Ermey also appeared in authoritative roles in films such as Seven, Toy Soldiers, Dead Man Walking and Leaving Las Vegas (among more than 100 recognized roles on IMDB.)  Even children would recognize his gruff and stern voice from roles on The Simpsons, Family Guy, and of course as Army Sarge on all three Toy Story movies. read more read more

AMC To Produce Series Based on Joe Hill’s ‘NOS4A2’

Horror writer Joe Hill has just received some very welcome news, only days after receiving some bad.  While Hulu ultimately decided to pass on a small-screen adaptation of his novel Locke and Key, AMC did agree to produce a series based on arguably Hill’s best novel, NOS4A2. Fear the Walking Dead show-runner Jami O’Brien will front the project and Tornante Television (Michael Eisner’s company) will co-produce along with AMC Studios. read more

Danny Trejo Joins the Cast of Zombie’s ‘3 From Hell’

Rondo rides again.  According to horror fiend Rob Zombie, by way of his Instagram account, veteran bad-ass Danny Trejo will reprise his role from The Devil’s Rejects for Zombie’s new film, 3 From Hell.  Trejo joins an impressive list of actors already announced for the project, with new additions being announced by social media posts seemingly ever other day. Mr. Zombie’s post can be seen below.

Hell, currently shooting principal photography, will once again follow the infamous (and apparently bullet-dodging) Firefly Family as they terrorize and victimize innocent and unfortunate citizens.  These folks, Otis, Baby and Captain Spaulding, were last seen crumpled over in a bloody heap through the windshield of a still-moving convertible under a hail of sheriffs’ bullets but appear to have survived.  Since no other details have yet been provided by either Zombie or distributor Lionsgate, we’ve been left to assume that the three killers (Sheri Moon Zombie, Bill Moseley and Sid Haig will once again star) return from the dead to seek revenge.  Trejo’s addition would then make sense, as Rondo was one of the hired guns that tracked down the trio for vigilante Sheriff Wydell in an act of retribution.  Could DDP be far behind, as his character Billy Ray Snapper was Rondo’s partner.  One can only hope… read more read more

‘Supernatural’ and ‘Scooby-Doo’ Crossover Episode Airs This Thursday on The CW

In a cool crossover moment between current pop culture and 1970s nostalgia, this Thursday March 29th’s episode of The CW’s hit show Supernatural will be like no other one before it.  Castiel, Sam and Dean will step into the animated world of the timeless cartoon classic Scooby-Doo and join forces with the Mystery Gang to solve an important case.  The mashup is an interesting and innovative concept from the show and the network, similar to Homer Simpson’s venture into the live-action realm of humans back in The Simpsons‘ 1995 Treehouse of Horror episode “Homer3.”  Only reversed. read more read more

SyFy Releases First Trailer for George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’

For those anxiously awaiting the small-screen adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers, SyFy has just provided you with a gift.  The network released the first-look trailer for the anticipated alien-horror series on their YouTube channel….and it sure does look awesome.

Just one day after the news broke that show-runner Daniel Cerone has exited the project, the trailer’s release is a welcome event.  Nightflyers was ordered to series by SyFy back in January, which is when the cast (and Cerone’s involvement) were announced.  However, further details about the series were scarce until now.  The trailer, which can be seen below, provides a brief but powerful glimpse into the horror-themed world of the space odyssey. read more read more

SXSW Surprise: Blumhouse Announces Untitled Movie as ‘Unfriended’ Sequel

The 2018 South By Southwest Festival kicked off in Austin, TX, on Friday March 9th, and it’s already making some big noise in the horror community.  As reported by Deadline, Blumhouse Productions surprised most in attendance last night, as head honcho Jason Blum broke the news to the packed house that the untitled film they were about to show was actually a sequel to the 2014 financial hit Unfriended.  Now labeled as Unfriended: Dark Web, the film lit up the Alamo Ritz theater with the first of hopefully many welcome surprises as SXSW dominates the movie-going weekend. read more read more