Entries by Sean McLaughlin

Robert Rodriguez In Talks to Direct Escape From New York Remake

When Snake Plissken next hits our theater screens, he’ll be taking orders from somebody very familiar to horror fans.  The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that director Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror, Machete) in in talks to helm the remake of the cult classic Escape From New York.  While plans for the remake of the 1981 movie (which takes a bleak look into a dystopian future where New York City is now a city-wide prison) have been floating around the 20th Century Fox studios for around a decade, the hiring of the 48-year-old Rodriguez is a strong sign that the project is really ramping up and is one step closer to becoming a reality.

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New Image of Pennywise from Stephen King’s IT Released

Horror fans worldwide are chomping at the bit, eagerly awaiting original stills (or how about a trailer???) for the new cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s IT.  Though due to hit movie screens in 2017, the release of production imagery or details have been held to a deliberate pace in order to build up as much anticipation as humanly possible.  Luckily, the folks over at Empire Magazine are here to the rescue.

In the latest issue of the pop culture publication, a brand-new image of our favorite demonic clown Pennywise will be unleashed upon the masses (see below).  You can view the image on the film’s Facebook page as well, as Pennywise (portrayed by Bill Skarsgard) peers out from the depths of a sewer drain….ready to (presumably) rip poor Georgie’s arm off in an iconic scene from the best-selling horror novel.

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Fox In Negotiations With J.D. Dillard to Direct The Fly Remake

It appears that the cinematic remake of the horror cult classic The Fly is one step closer to becoming reality.  Deadline is reporting that Fox is currently in negotiations with rising star director J.D. Dillard (Sleight) to helm the much-anticipated project.  Dillard is an interesting choice, as his hiring would indicate that the studio is looking for a fresh take on the beloved film series.  If the deal is finalized, Dillard is expected to co-write the script as well, with writing partner Alex Theurer.

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Netflix Heads to the Kingdom

Following in the footsteps of Stranger Things and Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix is hoping another original horror series will turn some heads.  Deadline is reporting that the online streaming behemoth has commissioned the Korean original series Kingdom, a zombie series which takes place during Korea’s medieval Joseon period.  The idea of a period drama where a fast-moving illness is wiping out an entire kingdom is surely a unique one, and the international aspect of the setting can only help Netflix continue its massive growth globally.

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Barbeau, Others Officially Sign On to Jeepers Creepers 3

The long-awaited third movie in the Jeepers Creepers franchise appears to be close to production, with several familiar faces signing on to be a part of the film in recent days.  Cinema Runner is reporting that Gina Phillips, who starred in the original movie along with Justin Long, will reprise her role as “Trish Jenner” alongside the Creeper himself, Jonathan Breck.  However, horror fans may be more excited to hear that scary movie icon Adrienne Barbeau (Creepshow, The Fog) has also been added to the cast for the third installment, in a role that has not yet been announced.
After several false starts and unending rumors regarding a third film over the years, this news is the closest to a production confirmation as we have.  While no plot synopsis has been officially announced, there is speculation the that movie will follow Trish Jenner as she returns to the Creeper’s realm to save her son and avenge her brother.  Phillips and Barbeau will be joined by a very strong supporting cast, including Chester Rushing (Stranger Things), Brandon Smith (From Dusk Till Dawn) and Ryan Moore (Pitchfork).  Victor Salva will once again write and direct this film, as he did with both Jeepers Creepers and Jeepers Creepers 2.

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HNN’s Coverage of The 2017 New York Toy Fair

This past weekend, the Jacob Javits Center in New York City hosted the annual celebration of both kid and geek culture known as New York Toy Fair 2017.  All of the big boys in the world of plastic fun were on hand exhibiting the present and future of everything from action figures to VR entertainment (and everything in between).  Once again, our friends over at Action Figure Collectors (www.actionfigurecollectors.com) have provided HNN with prime coverage of the event.  Check out their comprehensive coverage on their website, complete with videos on their YouTube channel (“AFCollectors”).

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Tremors 6 Currently Filming in South Africa

The ground may be trembling under your feet again very soon.  Universal 1440 Entertainment has just confirmed that Tremors 6, the latest installment in the horror comedy Tremors franchise, is currently being shot in Cape Town, South Africa, much to the delight of the faithful fans of the cult films.  It has also been confirmed that Michael Gross (Family Ties) and Jamie Kennedy (Scream) are returning to reprise their roles as father-and-son hunters Burt Gummer and Travis Welker.

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Johannes Roberts to Direct The Strangers 2

Just when you thought it was safe to answer the door again, a director has been found for The Strangers 2.  Various sources are reporting that indie film vet Johannes Roberts (The Other Side of the Door, Forest of the Damned) has been named to helm the horror sequel, a follow-up to the 2008 hit starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman.  Roberts joins a staff that already includes the original movie’s writer and director Bryan Bertino; Bertino will also co-write the script for the sequel, along with screenwriter Ben Ketai (The Forest).

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Englund to Portray Freddy One More Time in New Documentary

It looks like Robert Englund is not quite done haunting our dreams.  Entertainment Weekly reports that Mr. Englund will don the burnt-flesh makeup once again to portray the iconic Freddy Krueger horror role.  Englund had portrayed the nightmare slasher in the original classic film A Nightmare on Elm Street as well as the seven sequels that are part of the original franchise’s timeline.  He also portrayed the character for the “Freddy’s Nightmares” television show, which ran for three seasons in the late 1980s.  Despite hinting over the years that his time as Freddy was done, the actor will be the focus of a new documentary entitled Nightmares in the Makeup Chair, directed by Mike Kerz.

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Saw: Legacy Signs Its First Two Cast Members

Somewhere, Jigsaw must be smiling.  According to Variety, Laura Vandervoort (Ted) and Hannah Anderson (Lizzie Borden Took an Ax) have become the first two actors to sign on for Saw: Legacy (the Saw franchise’s eighth installment.)  While no details regarding a plot or locations have yet been divulged, the upcoming sequel is scheduled to be directed by Peter and Michael Spierig, on a script co-written by original Saw director James Wan (Dead Silence, Insidious, The Conjuring.)

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