Movies/TV

Mark Wahlberg Recalls Being Attacked by Chimpanzees on the Set of ‘Planet of the Apes’

If you think you have bad memories from simply watching Tim Burton’s 2001 remake of Planet of the Apes, wait until you find out what Mark Wahlberg went through while trying to film it! He recently appeared on the Graham Norton show and revealed a traumatic encounter he had with real life chimpanzees on the set of the film.

When asked what it was like to work with living primates on the set of Planet of the Apes, Wahlberg responded with the following anecdote:

“The monkeys, no, they were the worst… They wanted us to get acclimated with the chimps, and anytime I would go near (actress Helena Bonham Carter), the chimps would start attacking me. They’d start like trying to punch me in the nuts, like my 5-year-old-son. Like really bad, like nonstop. I’m like ‘Okay, alright, stop now. Stop playing around. We’ve gotta work.’ And the chimps were constantly trying to attack me.” read more

Kevin Smith Shooting ‘Killroy Was Here’ in Partnership with Florida College

We’ve got good news for the Kevin Smith fans out there who made it to the end of Yoga Hosers and still want more! Variety reports that Smith is filming a new horror movie in partnership with Sarasota, Florida’s Ringling College of Art and Design and Semkhor Productions. The film will be titled Killroy Was Here, a play on words reference to the popular graffiti tag of the 1940s. This film marks Smith’s fourth horror project (following Red StateTusk, and Yoga Hosers), and it is the beginning of a planned horror anthology. read more

Call of Cthulhu Video Game Trailer Revealed at E3

A trailer for a video game based on the popular horror role playing game from the early 1980’s ,Call of Cthulhu, has just been revealed at the annual E3 convention and trade show in Los Angeles.

Call of Cthulhu will be released later this year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and according to the official press release, the game will “Plunge into the troubled mind of private investigator Edward Pierce, as his perception of reality becomes more and more skewed the closer he gets to the Great Dreamer’s sphere of influence.  Sent to Darkwater Island to uncover the truth behind a mysterious death of a family, your original assignment spirals out of control against a backdrop of suspicious locals, mutilated whales, and disappearing bodies. Pierce’s mind will suffer – balancing a razor-thin line between sanity and madness, your senses will be disrupted until you question the reality of everything around you. Trust no one. Creeping shadows hide lurking figures…and all the while, the Great Dreamer prepares for his awakening.” read more

Pilot Kurt Russell Reveals that He Witnessed and Reported the Phoenix Lights UFO Sighting

Kurt Russell may only be playing an intergalactic alien in this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2; but in real life, the truth is stranger than fiction! In a new BBC interview, Russell reveals that he experienced the infamous 1997 Phoenix Lights mass UFO sighting while piloting a small plane. He states that he was the civilian pilot who first reported the incident from the skies. Here’s what he had to say on the subject:

“I was flying [his son Oliver] to go see his girlfriend, and we were on approach. I saw six lights over the airport in absolute uniform in a V shape. Oliver said to me — I was just looking at him, I was coming in, we’re maybe a half a mile out — and Oliver said, ‘Pa, what are those lights?’ read more

Arrow Video’s ‘The Bird with the Crystal Plumage’ Blu-Ray: The Horror News Network Review

Dario Argento’s first film, the 1970 classic The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, profoundly impacted the world of horror and established his career as a sophisticated auteur of cinema for decades to come. The film’s beautiful cinematography and expert filmmaking qualities make it an integral addition to any film-lover’s home video collection. There have been several blu-ray releases of various quality over the years, but none have come close to giving this important Italian film the level of love and attention as the upcoming limited edition box set from Arrow Video. read more

‘The Mummy (2017)’: The Horror News Network Review

Critics have taken great delight in tearing The Mummy to shreds over the past few weeks. When word dropped of poor early reviews and anticipated disappointing performance at the domestic box office, a pile-on occurred where critics tried to one-up each other with witty insults for the film and its participants. I’m embarrassed to say that I also took part in the public flogging (“Smell something rotten this weekend?”, I mused. “That’s the stench of a sarcophagus that never should have been opened!”) Well, I decided to take advantage of the pleasure of sitting in a big empty theater for a movie that isn’t drawing audiences and check out the flick for myself. To my utter surprise, I didn’t find it to be nearly as bad as I expected based on other critical reviews. In short, I’ve certainly seen worse mummy movies! read more

Conjuring Two Spin-Off The Crooked Man is Coming Soon

Warner Brothers/New Line shows no sign of slowing down when it comes to spinning off horror movies from their successful Conjuring franchise.

Next up: the slender, I mean Crooked Man!

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today stating that “Mike Van Waes has been hired to pen the script from a story by James Wan, who serves as the chief architect of the Conjuring universe.” Van Waes has been on a winning streak of late and is “…reuniting with New Line, which previously scooped up his pitch for an original horror film set in the world of The Wizard of Oz. Van Waes has been on a roll when it comes to selling pitches and scripts over the past 15 months: His Black List spec Hammerspace is at Warner Bros., and he sold a book proposal called Peeves to Harper Collins, which was picked up by Fox Animation through Temple Hill.” read more

Flatliners Trailer Released

The trailer for Flatliners (the remake of the 1990 horror drama staring Kevin Bacon, Julia Roberts and Kiefer Sutherland) has just been released by Sony Pictures.

The film will be directed by Niels Arden Oplev (the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) with a screenplay by Ben Ripley (Species III).  It will star Ellen Page (Juno), Diego Luna (Star Wars: Rogue One), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), James Norton (Black Mirror) and Kiersey Clemons (Austin & Ally).

For those needing a little refresher about this film, The Hollywood Reporter states that it is a story about “…medical students who, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: stopping their hearts for short periods of time. Each triggers a near-death experience, giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are haunted by the sins of their past, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.” read more

Game of Thrones’ Michiel Huisman Cast as Steven Crane in Netflix’s Haunting of Hill House

As reported in April by HNN’s John Evans, Netflix announced a new series based on Shirley Jackson’s seminal haunted house tale The Haunting of Hill House to be directed by Oculus director Mike Flanagan.

Now comes news from The Hollywood Reporter that Game of Thrones star Michiel Huisman has been cast as the lead character in the Netflix horror series.

Huisman will portray “…Steven Crane, the oldest Crane sibling and a published writer of supernatural books — including a memoir about his family’s time living at Hill House.” read more

“The Lure” – Review

Do you remember that time you said to yourself, “Gosh, I’d really like to watch a musical set in early 1980’s Poland about two mermaids who join a disco band that plays their shows in a strip club?” No? Me neither, but I watched it anyway and…I think I liked it?

Written by Robert Bolesto and directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska, The Lure, or Córki Dancingu if you speak Polish, was first released in Poland in 2015 and then played at Sundance in 2016 winning the Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design. It was just released in the U.S. this year and I’ve heard some rumblings so I figured I should check it out. read more