Movies/TV

Buy / Wait / Rent: July 2019 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of July 2019! read more

‘Midsommar’: The Horror News Network Review

After bringing one of the greatest horror films of the decade to the silver screen last year with Hereditary, writer/director Ari Aster returns with a sophomore film which reinforces his status as an important filmmaker of our time and continues to reveal his inspirations and his style as a filmmaker. Midsommar won’t please everyone- especially those who are looking for standard summer movie fare or a modern day spectacle of “jump scare” hijinks- but its challenging subject matter and hypnotic auditory and visual design certainly won’t be easily forgotten by anyone who sees it. read more

The Walking Dead Issue 193: The End of the Line?

In a bit of shocking news around the horror comic and pop culture world earlier today, it was announced by Bleeding Cool that issue #193 of The Walking Dead will be the last.  While readers and fans alike were preparing for this day, it is coming much sooner than anyone anticipated…..as in tomorrow, July 3rd.  The sudden announcement regarding the ridiculously-popular comic’s demise came with zero fanfare or warning.  In fact, future issues had already been announced and release dates selected for both August and September of this year.   Truly wild stuff. read more

Official Trailer Arrives for ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ Remake

Vertical Entertainment has revealed the trailer for their upcoming horror feature Jacob’s Ladder. Directed by David M. Rosenthal, Jacob’s Ladder stars Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie and Karla Souza. Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorpe penned the script, with Will Packer, Mickey Liddell, Michael J. Gaeta, Alison R. Rosenzweig, Pete Shilaimon, and Jennifer Monroe serving as producers.

The film is described as:

After the death of his brother in Afghanistan, Jacob Singer is finally getting his life back together. He has a beautiful wife, a new born child and a successful career as surgeon in a VA hospital. When a stranger approaches him and tells him that his brother is actually alive and living in an underground shelter with other homeless vets, Jacob’s life starts to unravel. He begins hallucinating, believes he is being followed by violent attackers and becomes paranoid about the truth of what really happened to his brother. When he discovers that his brother is alive and addicted to an experimental drug, he uncovers a secret he never could have been prepared for. read more

‘Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai’ Animated Series Coming From WarnerMedia

According to Deadline, WarnerMedia is in the process of delivering an animated prequel to the 1984 classic Gremlins. Although never formally greenlit, Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai has been in production by Amblin TV for months, and is now set for a 10-episode run.

According to Deadline:

The animated TV adaptation, written by Tze Chun, tells the original story of the shop owner Mr. Wing character from the 1984 movie and its 1990 sequel, played by Keye Luke. Set in 1920s Shanghai, it reveals how 10-year-old Sam Wing met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins. read more

Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy Bring New Horror Series ‘Midnight Mass’ to Netflix

Director Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy, the successful pair behind The Haunting of Hill House, are bringing a brand new horror series to Netfix entitled Midnight Mass.

According to an exclusive report by Deadline, “The seven-episode Midnight Mass follows an isolated island community that experiences miraculous events — and frightening omens — after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. Flanagan will direct and serve as an executive producer alongside Macy.”  This deal was made possible due to “…the multi-year TV deal Netflix signed with the pair and their Intrepid Pictures earlier this year.” read more

Rob Zombie’s ‘Three From Hell’ to be Released in September as Special Fathom Event

Similar to Rob Zombie’s last film, 31, the upcoming sequel to The Devil’s Rejects, 3 from Hell, will be released as a special Fathom Event’s presentation from September 16-18, 2019.

According to the Rob Zombie’s official website, 3 From Hell will screen over the entire weekend and each night will include”… some delicious bonus footage.”  On September 16th, fans will receive “…a special introduction video from the director himself, Rob Zombie, and the first 50 attendees at each movie theater will receive an exclusive poster.” On the following night on September 17th, “…fans will be able to watch an almost 30 minute making of the film featurette.” read more

‘Hellraiser’ Television Rights Acquired by Roy Lee and Dan Farah

Pinhead once said, “We have such sights to show you,” this is especially true now since according to Deadline producers Roy Lee (IT 2017) and Dan Farah (Ready Player One) have attained the rights to bring Clive Barker’s Hellraiser to the small screen for the first time ever.

Lee and Farah have joined forces with producers and rights-holders Lawrence Kuppin, David Salzman and Eric Gardner, who have held those TV rights since New World Entertainment was sold in 1989.

Now that a deal has been made, their intention is to use the mythos established in the films and the original Barker novella The Hellbound Heart as a kickoff for a new series that could be in an anthology or serialized format. read more

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Takes Second Place at Weekend Box Office

Another week, another second place finish for a horror film at the weekend box office.  Just like last week’s Child Play, Annabelle Comes Home nabbed second place with an estimated $20.3 million.

Annabelle Comes Home opened on Tuesday night with shows starting at 5:00 p.m., and then opened wide on Wednesday, so the box office take is somewhat deceiving, although it did perform worse than either of the two previous Annabelle films.  The latest addition to the Conjuringverse currently sits at $31.2 million (with an additional $21.1 from foreign markets). read more

‘Haunting of Hill House’ Star Victoria Pedretti Gets Lead Role in ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’

It may be a new house and a new literary adaptation, but The Haunting of Hill House‘s Victoria Pedretti will return as the lead in the second entry in Netflix’s horror anthology series, The Haunting of Bly Manor in 2020.

Pedretti, the actor who portrayed the tragic Nell in The Haunting of Hill House, made the announcement official on twitter with the following video:

Nellie Crain may be gone, but Victoria Pedretti is returning to the Haunting universe in The Haunting of Bly Manor coming 2020! pic.twitter.com/uWoB5zdxKx read more