Entries by Sean McLaughlin

‘The Human Centipede’ Actor Dieter Laser Passes Away at 78

According to his official Facebook page, German actor Dieter Laser, best known to horror fans as Dr. Heiter in 2009’s The Human Centipede (First Sequence), has passed away.  While details are still sketchy, it was announced that his death actually occurred on February 29th of this year.  The circumstances are unknown, but we join the horror community in mourning the passing of Mr. Laser.  He was 78.

Born on February 17th, 1942, Mr. Laser would begin his acting career in the late 1960’s with a series of TV movies.  While he did star in over 60 film and television projects (including 2003’s Baltic Storm with Donald Sutherland), it was his turn as the diabolical doctor in The Human Centipede that would put him on the horror map worldwide.  Tom Six would go on to cast Mr. Laser in the third installment of the franchise, 2015’s The Human Centipede III (Final Sequence), as new character Bill Boss.  His final theatrical turn came in the 2017 Estonian film November, with a relatively small part.  The final years of his life would be spent in obscurity, as evidenced by the news of his death breaking several weeks after it actually happened. read more read more

Robert Englund Channels Freddy For COVID-19 PSA

As the perceived isolation of the nationwide social-distancing measures begin affecting the population, our horror icons are here to offer tips on how to survive this brave new world.  Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jesse Eisenberg, “Michael Myers” and others, Freddy Krueger himself has arrived to scare some sense into his victims…..err, fans.  Robert Englund, who is also the host of Travel Channel’s True Terror with Robert Englund, has posted a self-made PSA on Twitter (see below), with shades of the gloved-one thrown in for good measure. read more read more

Pegg and Frost Post Updated ‘Shaun of the Dead’ Scene as Current PSA

During this time of uncertainty, the folks behind the zombie comedy classic Shaun of the Dead are here to brighten everyone’s day.  And exactly what we need in a prolonged period of social distancing are more things to help us smile.

In a post on the ‘Stolen Picture’ YouTube channel entitled “The Plan,” stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reprise their roles as reluctant hero Shaun and best friend Ed to reenact an iconic scene from the 2004 British hit.  While laying out their “battle plan”, the duo continually run into issues due to the ever-tightening restrictions placed on society, forcing them to revise their tactics.  A few of the 180’s suggested that deviate from the film are “Don’t go to Liz’s” and  “Don’t go to the Winchester”, as well as an opportunity to atone for a homophobic slur previously uttered that just doesn’t fly in 2020.  The full video post can be viewed below. read more read more

Paramount Delays Opening of ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ in Wake of Coronavirus Pandemic

While the horror community has been feeling the ever-increasing effects of the COVID-19 (otherwise known as the coronavirus) global pandemic with numerous conventions either being postponed or cancelled outright, Hollywood had been relatively immune to the situation.  However, that changes today as Paramount Pictures and writer/director John Krasinski have announced that A Quiet Place Part II, originally scheduled for wide theatrical release on March 20th has been pushed back to a later as-yet-unknown date in order to prevent large groups of people from congregating in public places due to the coronavirus outbreak. read more read more

Syfy Orders Series Based on George Romero’s ‘Day of the Dead’

Huge news out of the land of the undead today.  According to The Wrap, Syfy has ordered a new television series to be “based” on George A. Romero’s 1985 classic Day of the Dead.  While this appears on the surface to be great news for zombie fans, there are details that don’t seem to line up perfectly with this being a “remake” property.

According to the description, the series will consist of 10 episodes and will focus on the chaos and mayhem during the first 24 hours of a zombie invasion as six people attempt to coexist and fight together for their lives.  It is interesting that the show would choose to go this route, as that more accurately describes the plot for Romero’s first zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead, rather than Day.  The third installment in the writer/director’s universally-adored franchise of undead films, Day of the Dead instead tells the tale of a small group of scientists and military men living underground while the zombie apocalypse has already been plodding menacingly ahead in full-swing.  It sounds initially like Syfy will be taking quite the artistic license with this Romero property, potentially keeping only the show name as a link between the two. read more read more

HNN Coverage of NY Toy Fair 2020: Funko, McFarlane Toys and Others

On Saturday, February 22nd, HNN staff members Larry and Sean invaded the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan once again for New York Toy Fair 2020!  The biggest and most influential brands in the collectible toy industry show off their latest products, and formerly unveil all of their upcoming goodies for the pop culture-consuming masses.  For horror fans, this is their first chance to catch a glimpse of all of the future goriness hitting store shelves in the very near future.   Toy giants like Mezco, NECA, McFarlane Toys and Super7 among many others never fail to impress, and this year was no different. read more read more

HNN Coverage of NY Toy Fair 2020: Trick or Treat Studios

On Saturday, February 22nd, HNN staff members Larry and Sean invaded the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan once again for New York Toy Fair 2020!  The biggest and most influential brands in the collectible toy industry show off their latest products, and formerly unveil all of their upcoming goodies for the pop culture-consuming masses.  For horror fans, this is their first chance to catch a glimpse of all of the future goriness hitting store shelves in the very near future.   Toy giants like Mezco, NECA, McFarlane Toys and Super7 among many others never fail to impress, and this year was no different.  Check out all of our coverage over the next few days! read more read more

HNN Coverage of NY Toy Fair 2020: Super7

On Saturday, February 22nd, HNN staff members Larry and Sean invaded the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan once again for New York Toy Fair 2020!  The biggest and most influential brands in the collectible toy industry show off their latest products, and formerly unveil all of their upcoming goodies for the pop culture-consuming masses.  For horror fans, this is their first chance to catch a glimpse of all of the future goriness hitting store shelves in the very near future.   Toy giants like Mezco, NECA, McFarlane Toys and Super7 among many others never fail to impress, and this year was no different.  Check out all of our coverage over the next few days! read more read more

HNN Coverage of NY Toy Fair 2020: Mezco

On Saturday, February 22nd, HNN staff members Larry and Sean invaded the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan once again for New York Toy Fair 2020!  The biggest and most influential brands in the collectible toy industry show off their latest products, and formerly unveil all of their upcoming goodies for the pop culture-consuming masses.  For horror fans, this is their first chance to catch a glimpse of all of the future goriness hitting store shelves in the very near future.   Toy giants like Mezco, NECA, McFarlane Toys and Super7 among many others never fail to impress, and this year was no different.  Check out all of our coverage over the next few days! read more read more

HNN Coverage of NY Toy Fair 2020: NECA

On Saturday, February 22nd, HNN staff members Larry and Sean invaded the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan once again for New York Toy Fair 2020!  The biggest and most influential brands in the collectible toy industry show off their latest products, and formerly unveil all of their upcoming goodies for the pop culture-consuming masses.  For horror fans, this is their first chance to catch a glimpse at all of the future goriness hitting store shelves in the very near future.   Toy giants like Mezco, NECA, McFarlane Toys and Super7 among many others never fail to impress, and this year was no different.  Check out all of our coverage over the next few days! read more read more