Movies/TV

Early Reviews of ‘Halloween’ Emerge From Toronto Film Festival

David Gordon Green’s long-anticipated “stab” at a new entry in the Halloween film series was unveiled this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival and most of the initial reactions and reviews have been positive so far.

John Defore of The Hollywood Reporter found there to be “… more scene-setting than in the usual thriller, with the script fleshing out both this family dynamic and introducing Allyson’s circle of high-school friends. These kids would resemble the usual group of slasher-pic victims-to-be, if not for the fact that they’re actually likeable. Not only are we not eager for them to die, in some cases it’s going to make us sad when it happens.” read more

Screenwriter Gary Dauberman Discusses Tone of Upcoming ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ Movie

If it’s a recent major horror production, screenwriter Gary Dauberman has probably had something to do with its production. His work can be found in Annabelle, It, The Nun, and upcoming projects like It: Chapter 2, the Annabelle sequel, and the Swamp Thing television series, making him one of the most in-demand talents when it comes to successful horror screenplays. Lucky for the horror tweens of the 90s, he’s also attached to a movie version of Nickelodeon’s popular television series, Are You Afraid of the Dark?.  read more

New ‘The Predator’ Clip Features 34 Seconds of a Giant-Sized Predator Wrestling a Regular-Sized Predator

When I posted 20th Century Fox’s “final” trailer for The Predator last week, I wasn’t feeling very confident when I wrote that it would, “probably be our last look at The Predator before it hits theaters in two weeks.” I should have known that a film that’s been so overexposed before its release wouldn’t stop with a “final” clip! The new video, entitled “Hunting Each Other,” shows an average-sized Predator duke it out with a super-sized Predator in a “Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant” style wrestling match! read more

‘Polaroid’ to Go Digital with Netflix Streaming Deal

After years of playing release date hopscotch, Lars Klevberg’s haunted camera picture, Polaroid, may finally see the light of day with a new Netflix deal! HNN’s Nick Banks has been covering the film’s series of unfortunate release dates since the summer of 2017,but the acquisition of Dimension Films and TWC by Lantern Entertainment has made it possible for a new distribution plan for the movie.

Deadline reports that Netflix is working on an “all rights acquisition deal” with Lantern Entertainment for Polaroid. The streaming giant has a track record of securing studio films with troubled release dates for digital releases, and their track record includes recent acquisitions such as The Cloverfield Paradox and Mowgli. In their report, Deadline notes that it could take a while for the Polaroid deal to wrap up due to the film’s initial ownership transition. Regardless of how long it takes for the film to start streaming, the announcement is good news for fans who just want to be able to watch the movie. read more

‘The Nun’ “Preys” on the Competition at Weekend Box Office

The Nun kicked off a busy fall season at the box office by accumulating an estimated $53.5 million at this weekend’s box office, destroying the previous Conjure-verse’s opening weekend record set by the original The Conjuring with $41.8 million in the summer of 2013.

The debut is also the second largest September opening ever, going past the $48.4 million set by Hotel Transylvania 2 in 2015. The Nun could not come close to last fall’s king of the horror world, It, however, which took in $123.4 for its opening weekend.  The Nun’s $53.5 million debut was also the second largest opening ever for an R-rated horror film, again placing behind Warner Brother’s  It.  The Nun was also a hit internationally, bringing in $77.5 million, totaling $131 million worldwide. read more

‘Rob Zombie’s 13 Nights of Halloween’ Returns to HDNet Movies

According to EW, Rob Zombie will once again be returning to HDNet Movies to host Rob Zombie’s 13 Nights of Halloween this Halloween season.

The shock-rocker and horror director will present an appropriate number of fright films, beginning on October 19 and wrapping up on All Hallow’s Eve.

The list this year is eclectic to say the least, with Zombie’s own The Lords of Salem kicking things off, before venturing down a rather diverse path.  Zombie will hopefully channel his inner Zacherley as he introduces the rest of the line-up including: The Blair Witch ProjectBook of Shadows: The Blair Witch 2, Zombie Strippers, The Fourth Kind, Pandorum, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Evil Dead, Natural Born KillersThe Eye, The Last House on the Left (1972), Angel Heart, and Flatliners.  read more

Crystal Reed and Maria Sten Join ‘Swamp Thing’

Casting has started to heat up for the Swamp Thing series coming to DC Universe digital streaming service in 2019. Two cast announcements have been revealed by Deadline in the last two days. Crystal Reed has signed on to play the female lead in the series, Abby Arcane. Maria Sten also joins the cast as Liz Tremayne.

Reed’s character is described as a smart and caring, CDC Doctor whose strong sense of empathy puts her at the center of a horrific life-threatening epidemic in her hometown, where she faces emotional demons from her past. read more

Orion Releases Festive New Trailer for Holiday Zombie Musical ‘Anna and the Apocalypse’

Do you wish your zombie movies had more holiday cheer? Did you ever finish a horror movie and say to yourself, “It was good, but I wish it has more singing and dancing”? If your answer to either of those questions is “Yes!”, then Orion Pictures is cooking up just the thing for you!

Anna and the Apocalypse is an upcoming zombie musical which takes place during the Christmas season. Described as “Shaun of the Dead meets La La Land” by First Showing, the film follows a group of teens who sing and dance their way through an undead dystopia. The film is directed by John McPhail and it stars Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, and Sarah Swire. Orion Pictures just released a new trailer for the film, which you can watch in its entirety below: read more

English-Language Remake of ‘Goodnight Mommy’ In The Works

Underground Austrian hit Goodnight Mommy will soon undergo the English-language treatment.  According to Deadline, the 2014 psychological thriller with the supernatural twist will be remade in English and co-produced by studios Animal Kingdom and Playtime.  Matt Sobel (2015’s critically-acclaimed Take Me To The River) has been attached to direct.

Goodnight Mommy focuses on two twin brothers who must deal with their mother and her heavily-bandaged face as a result of a recent plastic surgery procedure.  As they interact more and more, it becomes clear to one of the twins that underneath the mask of gauze lies someone other than their mother.  The film won critical applause after its North American premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, and continued to win over audiences worldwide as distribution spread.  It was directed by the German team of Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, who would go on to work with Universal for another of their projects (entitled The Fortress) shortly afterwards.  Franz and Fiala will be involved in the remake of Goodnight Mommy as executive producers. read more

Trailer for Season Eight of ‘American Horror Story’ is a Real ‘Apocalypse’

If you’re looking for mayhem, murder, and leather, the new trailer for American Horror Story: Apocalypse is sure to satisfy (and if the trailer seems incoherent and confusing, don’t worry, the season will be just as frustrating).

Season Eight of FX’s long running horror “anthology” series will bring together characters and story lines from previous seasons this time around, primarily Murder House (Season One) and Coven (Season Three).

Season eight also includes the return of Jessica Lange, who took a well-deserved break from the series after Season four’s Freak Show. read more