Movies/TV

Director Ari Aster Discusses the Films that Influenced ‘Hereditary’

Can’t wait until A24’s Hereditary hits theaters on June 8?  If you are looking to get more excited about this release, look no further than the video below which confirms that director Ari Aster knows his stuff when it comes to movies and film making.

Aster’s soon to be released film has been described by critics as one of the most harrowing and frightening films to grace the silver screen in decades (and we’ll all be able to judge this soon) and it is clear from his interview with Birth. Movies. Death. that the influences on Hereditary are the ones that horror fans want to hear a director discuss. read more

‘Slender Man’ Likely to Be Delayed Due to Clash Between Sony Pictures and Production Team

Variety is reporting that Sony’s upcoming film Slender Man is experiencing some major troubles behind the scenes which will almost certainly delay the film.

In Variety’s exclusive report, it appears that the “… producers are having heated disagreements about the release strategy with Sony Pictures, the studio that is supposed to debut the film in August. Sony sees the film as a low-budget, Blumhouse-style release, according to two insiders, while the producers, a group that includes William Sherak and James Vanderbilt, have more confidence in the movie. The are pushing for the picture to unspool across more screens and also want a bigger marketing push, which will cost more money than Sony is willing to spend.” read more

First Trailer for ‘Preacher’ Season Three Released

Fans of writer Garth Ennis and the AMC adaptation of his outrageous genre-bending comic Preacher finally have a trailer for season 3 (which debuts on June 24 at 10:00 p.m.) and it is a doozy.

This season will certainly reveal more of Jesse’s past, as he is reunited with his devilish grandmother and degenerate uncles.  According to the official AMC press release, “In Season 3, Jesse Custer’s quest for God takes him back to the place he’s been avoiding his whole life: home.  Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy return to Angelville, the Louisiana Plantation where Jesse was raised, and find old grudges and deadly obligations await them.  With the help of his friends — and a few enemies — Jesse will need to escape his past… because the future of the world depends on it.” read more

‘Revenge’: The Horror News Network Review

It doesn’t seem to be easy to pull off a rape/revenge film without it becoming nothing more than a heartless gore-fest; not saying that I have an issue with heartless gore-fests per se, I’m just saying that some of them seem to lack the story/acting/cinematography that make for an impactful film. One film that immediately comes to mind that was ultra-successful in this genre was 2012’s American Mary.

Well, here we are in 2018 and this genre has another super film to add to its list; I’m talking about Revenge. read more

More Trouble for ‘The Crow’ as Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy Exit Film

More bad news for The Crow franchise as Deadline is reporting that Jason Momoa and director Corin Hardy have left the film due to creative differences. Production was set to begin in Budapest this July with October 11, 2019 being the actual release date.

First published by Caliber Comics in 1989, The Crow follows the sad story of Eric Draven, a man who along with his wife were brutally attacked and killed by a gang of street thugs. After the attack, the couple are left for dead on the side of the road. Eric later dies in the hospital operating room while his fiancée Shelly dies at the scene. read more

Film Rights of Creepy Crawlers Toy Brand Lands at Paramount Players

Coming straight from Variety, the feature film rights for renown toy brand Creepy Crawlers has been acquired Paramount Players.

Plot details are currently unknown but the film will be based on the classic toy molds of all sorts of creepy and slimy critters, like scorpions, spiders and worms.

Creepy Crawlers, currently owned by JAKKS Pacific, was originally developed by Mattel in the early 1960’s. The toy line was revitalized by ToyMax in the ’90’s, which let children create their own molds again, such as the Creeple Peeple and Eeeks. read more

Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’: The Horror News Network Review

One of the interesting things that has happened recently with the rise of the streaming giants is the wide variety of content that is now available to audiences. Projects that didn’t fit in a particular formula or were deemed too risky under the old model, even for cable television stations, are now reaching viewers as the main online competitors race to fill their servers with diverse and original content. Amazon’s Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of those projects. Too scary for aficionados of period dramas and too existential for for visceral horror fans, folks have had trouble pinning down the story with a traditional label ever since Joan Lindsay first penned the novel in 1967. Showrunner/director Larysa Kondracki’s 6-hour retelling of the Australian classic largely captures the feel of the text and of the original 1975 Peter Weir film while updating the cinematography to contemporary standards (for better or for worse), ultimately offering a meaningful perspective on a classic work. read more

Jamie Foxx to Play ‘Spawn’ in McFarlane’s Reboot

It appears that a long-rumored cinematic reboot of a beloved comic book is on the verge of finally happening, and that an Academy Award winner will be headlining the cast.  According to an exclusive report from Deadline, artist/toy magnate/historical baseball dealer Todd McFarlane has selected Jamie Foxx to play the part of the title character in the upcoming production of Spawn.  Based on the immensely-popular comic book series created by McFarlane in 1992, this version of Spawn will be the second theatrical release of the comic saga following 1997’s film distributed by New Line Cinema.  This time around, McFarlane will produce the movie with Blumhouse Productions. read more

Andrew Lincoln to Exit ‘The Walking Dead’ During Season 9

Fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead are used to seeing the show continue without some of their favorite characters… but what if the next big character exit were none other than Rick Grimes?

Collider reported this afternoon that Andrew Lincoln will be leaving the series next season, marking a departure of the main character of the franchise. No further reasons were given for Lincoln’s departure, but several news outlets are citing off-screen drama between the talent and the studio bean counters, including Lauren Cohan’s recent very-public contract negotiations. read more

Monster Week Returns to Animal Planet this Memorial Day Weekend

Monster Week returns to Animal Planet on Sunday May 27 with a full week of “…mysteries about animals and creatures rumored to exist, using new technologies, experts, the latest findings and people engaging like never before. ”

A wide variety of programming will be showcased the entire week, from traditional cryptids like Bigfoot and Nessie to the more mundane grizzlies and crocs.   The festivities kick off with the 100th episode of Finding Bigfoot.  According to the official press release “The two-hour special features our intrepid cast of investigators – Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymakerresearchers James “Bobo” Fay andCliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland – as they travel to the 50th anniversary celebration of the Patterson Gimlin film, often referred to as the holy grail of Bigfoot footage and the most famous piece of evidence ever recorded. Cutting-edge technology brings forth all-new details of the creature captured on this film and leaves our investigators more convinced than ever about its authenticity.” read more