Movies/TV

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

‘Horror Noire’ Author Robin R. Means Coleman: The Horror News Network WiHM Interview

Professor Robin R. Means Coleman, the author of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present, grew up in the right time and place to become a horror fan, namely Pittsburgh in the 1970s.  It would have been almost impossible to avoid being bitten by “the zombie-bug” in this era in Pittsburgh, when some of the greatest and most influential horror films were being created in and around the city by the legendary George Romero.

Luckily, Means became a horror fan due to this influence, because if she didn’t, none of us would be able to read her critical dissection and history of the role of Black actors, writers, and directors in horror films.  Horror News Network had the pleasure of interviewing Means Coleman about her book and recent developments in the genre, most significantly, Jordan Peele’s smash success of 2017, Get Out. read more

‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Reboot Gets New Cast Members

This just in courtesy of Deadline, the new Dark Tales of Sabrina Netflix series has cast more lead characters with a wealth of fresh talent.

Jaz Sinclair (Easy) has been chosen to play Rosalind Walker, Sabrina’s best friend. As the daughter of Greendale’s minister, she is described as “brash, empowered, and outspoken.”

Hilda Spellman, one of Sabrina’s two witch aunts, is to be played by British actress Lucy Davis, known for her work on the UK version of The Office and 2017’s live action Wonder Woman. Sabrina’s other aunt, named Zelda, has not been cast as of yet. read more

New Line Moves ‘The Nun’ to September

New Line Cinema is moving The Conjuring Spin-off The Nun to a less competitive fall release date, praying that lightning strikes twice for the company on September 7th.

Last year, New Line debuted It on the same weekend in September and laughed like an evil clown all the way to the bank, as the film dominated the fall box office.  While The Nun will certainly do less business at the box office than It did, the move is a smart one for the company.   The Nun was originally scheduled for a mid-July release, sandwiched between Ant Man and the Wasp, the fourth Purge film, and the recently rescheduled The Equalizer 2. read more

‘Halloween’ Close to Wrapping Up Production According to Jamie Lee Curtis

Many fans are understandably excited about David Gordon Green’s upcoming Halloween film and the fact that it is being sold as the direct sequel to John Carpenter’s classic.

And when one reminisces about the original film, next to Carpenter, the person most associated with Halloween is Laurie Strode herself: Jamie Lee Curtis.  Curtis announced today via twitter that the production was coming to a close and that all of her scenes have been filmed.

Three generations of strong, striped Strode women. Wrapping up this astonishingly scary revisit to Haddonfield. @andimatichak @missjudygreer #acorn #sapling #oak @halloweenmovie #HalloweenMovie @Marinelayer pic.twitter.com/5o78p4lE9Q read more

Jordan Peele Announces Free AMC Screenings of ‘Get Out’ for One Year Anniversary

Have you still not seen Get Out? Did you wait to see Get Out on home video, and now you’re wondering what it would have been like to watch it on the big screen? Have you seen Get Out plenty of times, but you want to catch it one last time in theaters? Do you like free things? If the answer to any of these questions is “YES!”… then Jordan Peele’s got a surprise for you!

The director of the four-time Academy Award-nominated picture took to Twitter to announce an incredible Presidents’ Day promotion in celebration of the film’s one year anniversary: 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

‘The Ritual’: The Horror News Network Review

Now playing on Netflix is the chilling outdoors adventure, The Ritual.  Directed by David Bruckner with the script by Joe Barton, the film centers around four college friend’s trip into the woods following the death of one of their schoolmates.  Don’t be fooled by the whole camping in the woods scenario.  The Ritual does not play upon any of the usual horror tropes that genre audiences have seen time and time again.

Along with their camping gear, this crew of guys brings along a lot of emotional baggage on their excursion as well.  The Ritual is equal parts psychological thriller and monster movie.  The characters are multi-layered and very well-acted. The angst within themselves, as well as amongst the friends, turns the tension level on the entire movie up a notch.  Rafe Spall stands out with his brilliant portrayal of Luke, who was witness to his friend’s murder. Spall displays a wide range of emotions effectively from grief, pain, guilt, fear and anger. His performance gives real human depth to Luke. This enhances the aspect of The Ritual that works really well, the connection of the audience to the characters.  With characters that are relatable, the viewer actually cares about this group of young men and feel their fear.  Ultimately, the humanity that is lacking in many horror films, The Ritual is able to achieve. When all hell rains down on this crew, we actually care. read more

AMC Announces Casting of the Custer Family in ‘Preacher’ Season Three

AMC announced the actors who will be portraying Jesse Custer’s estranged family in Preacher Season 3 today, and for those who are not familiar with the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon source material, things are about to get a lot more harrowing for our trio of misfits.

Tony award winner Betty Buckley (Supergirl, Split) will play the supernaturally gifted Gran’ma, Colin Cunningham (Falling Skies) plays the perverse TC,  and Jeremy Childs (The Last Castle, Nashville)  plays the sadistic Jody. read more

James Hetfield of Metallica Joins Cast of ‘Extremely Wicked’ Ted Bundy Movie

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the upcoming thriller about serial killer Ted Bundy, just added a surprising new name to its impressive cast. In addition to Zac Efron, Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Angela Sarafyan, and Kaya Scodelario, the film will also feature Metallica frontman James Hetfield in a key role!

Variety reports that Hetfield will play, “Officer Bob Hayward, a no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975 after pulling the killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car, but wisely suspecting much worse.” read more