Entries by Sean McLaughlin

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

‘The New Mutants’ To Add New Character During Summer Re-shoots

While scheduled re-shoots of big-budget Hollywood films are nothing new, adding an entirely new character into the fold during them is.  This is precisely what Twentieth Century Fox will be doing with the horror-themed comic book film The New Mutants, set for an additional round of photography this summer.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, in addition to new and revised scenes being shot a new character will be introduced into the mix as well.  It’s a bold move for the much-anticipated film, which the studio hopes pays off at the box office. read more read more

HNN’s Coverage of The 2018 New York Toy Fair

This weekend, the Jacob Javits Center in New York City played host to the cultural phenomenon known as Toy Fair 2018.  For four glorious days, national and international toy producers, re-sellers and developers converged on the West Side of Manhattan to display their current products and provide a glimpse of what the future holds for their catalogs as well.

Horror continues to play an integral part in the toy market, and Horror News Network was there to cover all of the excitement and wonderfully-gory products that both casual and hardcore collectors (and their kids!) can expect throughout 2018 and even into next year.  Staff Journalists Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin made the trek ready to report, and thanks to an assist by our friends at Action Figure Collectors (www.actionfigurecollectors.com) we were able to provide thorough coverage of all announcements and news relevant to the horror masses. read more read more

Blumhouse Taps Columbus For ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Adaptation

Blumhouse Productions, fresh off a run of huge horror movies in the past few years, are ready to add yet another title to its resume.  As first announced on their official Twitter account (see below), Blumhouse has announced that Chris Columbus has been tapped to write, produce and direct the big screen adaptation of the wildly popular horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s.  While it may seem like a bit of an odd choice, the news that the project is one step closer to reality is refreshing news to both horror fans and tech-savvy teenagers alike. read more read more

First Trailer Released for ‘Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell’

If you’ve felt some rumbling beneath your feet in the last few days, it may not be just those pesky earthquakes that seem to be more prevalent around the globe.  On Tuesday Universal Pictures released the first official trailer for the next installment in the Tremors timeline Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, which will be the fifth sequel to the 1990 cult favorite.  The release was announced by actor Michael Gross on his main Facebook page, complete with link (see below.) read more

‘Men in Black’ Returns in 2019; Gray a Choice to Direct

It appears that the Men in Black are……back.  Deadline is reporting that the comedy sci-fi franchise, which enjoyed massive box office success beginning in 1997, is scheduled to hit theaters once again in 2019.  They also report that F. Gary Gray (Friday, Straight Outta Compton) is being sought to direct the film, which is said to be a new film in the Men in Black universe and not necessarily a direct sequel.

Men in Black opened in 1997 to huge crowds and mammoth ticket sales, and enjoyed two sequels along the way.  The last sequel, Men in Black 3, premiered in 2012 and would represent the final cinematic team-up of its two leading men, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.  Sony, which is coming off another huge reboot success with Jumanji, is hoping the same success can follow the MIB franchise into the future.  This opportunity presents a possible clean slate for the story about covert government agents working to keep the presence of Earth’s aliens under wraps.  Neither Smith nor Jones is expected to be back, so Gray will most likely be working with a crew of young up-and-coming actors who can carve out their own niche. read more read more

New ‘RoboCop’ Film Rumored; Will it Be a Direct Sequel?

Remember when RoboCop was rebooted in 2014 to mixed reactions?  Well now you can choose to ignore it completely, as it appears a direct sequel to the 1987 cult hit is on the horizon.  Sitting down for an interview with Zeitgeist Magazine, Ed Neumeier, who was a screenwriter on the original film, let it be known that he’s working on a new RoboCop movie for MGM.

“They have me working on a new one at MGM right now, so maybe we’ll get another one (RoboCop sequel) out of it,” Neumeier says.  When pressed about the details by the Zeitgeist author, the Starship Troopers 3 director was understandably tight-lipped.  He did, however, imply that this new film would ignore the most recent reboot attempt as well as both sequels from the 1990’s and tie in more directly with the events of the 1987 version.  “So it’s a continuation really of the first movie,” he states. “In my mind. So it’s a little bit more of the old-school thing.” read more read more

AMC Releases Official Trailer for Upcoming Series ‘The Terror’

The trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming horror series The Terror was just released by AMC, and it will certainly send chills up and down your spine.  The show portrays a fictionalized account of an actual 1845 expedition in the Arctic in which all 129 crew members and two large ships were lost forever.  The trailer can be seen below.

Scott will executive-produce The Terror, with incomparable Irish actor Jared Harris (From Within, TV’s Fringe) playing Francis Crozier.  Crozier was the captain of the Terror, one of the two ships that were never heard from again.   Fellow Irishman Ciarán Hinds will portray John Franklin, who led the expedition into the great unknown nearly 185 years ago.  The Terror and its counterpart, the Erebus, led an ill-fated journey to explore the Arctic which, more than likely, led to the deaths of all involved due to exposure to the extreme elements.  However, what if it was because of monsters?!  That’s the premise of AMC’s The Terror, and why the horror community can’t wait for it’s premiere. read more read more

Production Begins on ‘Halloween’; Additional Cast Members Announced

It may only be January, but Halloween is right around the corner.  According to the “Halloweenmovies” official Twitter account (@Halloweenmovies), Saturday January 13th marked the official start of production on the new Halloween reboot.  Tagging production companies Blumhouse, Trancas Films and Miramax, the message also included announcements of new cast members that are now on board as well.  The tweet can be seen below.

The Halloween remake has caused quite a stir in the horror film community since being announced, unofficially, by comic actor Danny McBride (Aliens: Covenant) last February.  At the time, McBride revealed that he and David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) had been contracted to co-write the script by Jason Blum and that the new movie would pick up after the events of the original 1978 film (disregarding all sequels.)  Then John Carpenter, who was attached to the project as an executive producer, revealed that the new film would take place in “sort of an alternate reality.”  Plot points have been few and far between, but this latest news on the start of production and the new cast members are a welcome sign that Halloween is progressing. read more read more