Movies/TV

HNN Productions’ ‘Halloween in a Box’ Documentary Gets Distribution and a Release Date

Good news in Horror-Land as long awaited documentary Halloween in a Box has landed distribution through film company Indie Rights and will begin streaming on various platforms, including Amazon, on October 1, 2019. The film will also have a live premiere at the Naugatuck Event Center in Naugatuck, CT on October 4th, 2019 with writer/director Rob Caprilozzi in attendance (click here for info and tickets).

In the meantime, learn more about Halloween in a Box by reading the official press release below followed by the film’s trailer. read more

Shudder’s ‘Creepshow’ Episode One: The Horror News Network Review

Anticipation for Shudder’s new horror anthology series Creepshow (based on the 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero) has been sky high ever since the project was announced.  The original anthology film captured all the best parts of classic EC horror comics, adding even more gore and shocks than the ones that got the original comics banned in the first place.  Could a new series live up to the standard set by King and Romero in 1982?

Cautious optimism turned to genuine excitement when the details of the series were revealed Shudder’s New York Comic Con panel last year, when Greg Nicotero was announced as one of the executive producers and directors, with stories by some of the best writers in horror including King, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, and Bird Box’s Josh Malerman. read more

Veteran Actor and Horror Legend Sid Haig Passes Away at 80

We at Horror News Network are mourning the loss of one of the great horror character actors ever, Sid Haig.  His wife, Susan L. Oberg, made the announcement on Instagram early this morning, revealing that he had passed away on Saturday, September 21st (screenshot below.)  The Fresno, CA native was 80.

Haig had a long and storied career in Hollywood, with nearly 150 television and movie credits dating all the way back to the early 1960’s.  For horror fans, he really began to hit his stride beginning in 2003, as he portrayed his most iconic screen character, Captain Spaulding, in Rob Zombie’s first feature film, 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses.  Zombie would go on to cast Haig in important roles in nearly all of his subsequent films, including House sequel The Devil’s Rejects (2005), the remake of Halloween (2007), and The Lords of Salem ( 2012).  Haig even reprised his role as Spaulding/Johnny Lee Johns for the upcoming film Three From Hell, which is due to be released on VOD in October.  Haig worked with the likes of Hollywood heavyweights from Lucille Ball to Robert Duvall, Pam Grier to Quentin Tarantino throughout his impressive career spanning six decades. read more

‘American Horror Story: 1984’ Season Premiere: The Horror News Network Review

The opening credits of American Horror Story: 1984 make one thing absolutely clear: this season is going to be different and it’s going to be fun! The series’ iconic theme song has been run through an ’80s synthesizer once or twice and the dark and grisly images which have adorned the intros to previous seasons have been replaced with pastels and workout videos dripped in just a little bit of blood. The series has been in desperate need of a makeover for years, and the decade, the costumes, and the characters of this season are prolific series creator Ryan Murphy’s strong suit. read more

‘It: Chapter Two’ Slips to 5th Place; ‘3 From Hell’ Performs Well in Limited Release

While it appears that Pennywise’s popularity is still high, the nearly three hour long sequel can’t match 2017’s “It-Mania”, as Chapter Two slipped into fifth place at this weekend’s box office with an estimated $15 million.

It: Chapter Two’s total box office is nothing to cry about (with nearly $178 million in domestic sales), but the ever-widening gap between the original’s box office performance and the sequel is significant.  It: Chapter Two is currently trailing It by $90 million, and that number will increase with additional box office competition in October and reduced interest in the sequel.  Three new releases (Downton Abbey, Ad Astra, and Rambo: Last Blood) defeated It, as well as the film that finished in second place to Chapter Two last week, HustlersIt: Chapter Two should be able to maintain a respectable box office return next week, but as soon as the highly anticipated Joker film hits theaters on October 4, expect Pennywise to give way to the original mad clown, as It’s box office run begins to wrap up. read more

Food Network is Bringing a Load of Treats to Viewers This Halloween Season

If you love Halloween and all of the sweet treats associated with every horror fan’s favorite holiday,  Food Network and Cooking Channel have over 30 hours of Halloween-themed programming this September and October.   And according to the official press release, the spooky, tasty line-up includes “…four new series and specials, four returning seasonal stunts, as well as specially-themed episodes in nine recurring series giving viewers even more Halloween frights and bites than last year.  Featuring everything from expert pumpkin carvers to sugar artists to creative bakers, all with extraordinary skills and incredible imaginations, there is something for everyone this Halloween season.” read more

New ‘Elvira’s House of Horrors’ Pinball Machine Released by Stern Pinball

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is ready to enter the dark confines of pool halls, arcades, and collector’s homes everywhere this Halloween season with the announcement of her third pinball game, Elvira’s House of Horrors from Stern Pinball.

The game was developed for Stern Pinball by the Whizbang Pinball Studio team of Greg Freres and Dennis Nordman.  Freres and Nordman also developed the first two Elvira pinball games, 1989’s Elvira and the Party Monsters and 1996’s follow-up, Scared Stiff (both produced by Midway-Bally).  read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Halloween’ Panel with Danielle Harris and Don Shanks

Horror goddess Danielle Harris and Michael Myers himself in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Don Shanks joined CT HorrorFest organizer Christine Caprilozzi on stage for a panel September 14th at the horror convention.

The duo talked about working with Donald Pleasence, being a part of a massive horror franchise, the Halloween reboot and more. Danielle Harris opens up about the Blumhouse Halloween franchise while Don Shanks spills the beans on a kill that was left out of Halloween 5 which saw Michael slice and dice an entire SWAT team. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Hellraiser’ Panel with Doug Bradley, Nicholas Vince, Barbie Wilde, and Simon Bamford

One of the many big draws for fans attending CT HorrorFest 2019 was the programming schedule. Horror mavens flocked to the panel room at 5:15 p.m. on September 14th to see the Cenobites discuss Hellraiser. CT HorrorFest staffer Mike Simonetta prepared to host the panel as Doug Bradley (Pinhead), Nicholas Vince (Chatterer), Simon Bamford (Butterball), and Barbie Wilde (Female Cenobite) stepped on stage to a raucous ovation.

The quartet had great chemistry as they told story after story about the Hellraiser franchise most of which were focused on the first two films which premiered in 1987 and 1988. The cast talks about getting into the leather-clad outfits, the potential of returning to the Hellraiser series, a potential Nightbreed series, and their first reaction to seeing their costumes for the film. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Saw’ Panel with Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith and Sean Patrick Flanery

On Saturday, September 14th, CT HorrorFest invaded the Naugatuck Events Center in Naugatuck, CT for a day that was chock full of horror mayhem and merriment.  The final event of the night was a panel and audience Q&A session with three members of the Saw franchise: Tobin Bell (Jigsaw), Shawnee Smith (Amanda Young) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Bobby Dagen).

Celebrating a horror franchise that spanned 13 years (so far), the trio discussed how they came to be a part of the franchise, how they viewed their characters and much, much more. read more