Movies/TV

‘Castle Rock’ Teaser Revealed at NYCC

Today at NY Comic Con, horror fans were treated to the trailer for the upcoming hulu series Castle Rock.  The series, which is a collaboration between J.J. Abrams and the legendary Stephen King, centers around the small town of Castle Rock and sees many of King’s “universes” crossing over and colliding.

While the trailer is mysterious and intriguing, it does not reveal many plot details.  At today’s NYCC panel, Castle Rock stars Sissy Spacek, Andres Holland, Melanie Lynskey, and hot on the heels from his turn as Pennywise in IT, Bill Skarsgard, kept many of the plot details under wrap.  According to Deadline, it was revealed that each would be playing new characters to the Stephen King world.  Spacek, who starred in King’s iconic film Carrie noted, “I was afraid I might never have the opportunity to do something this twisted again. It’s kind of an homage to Stephen King — and I owe Stephen King a lot.” read more

Fox Releases New ‘The X-Files’ Season 11 Trailer at NY Comic Con

Fox just released an intense new trailer for Season Eleven of The X-Files this afternoon at New York Comic Con. The clip promises storytelling on an epic scale as the show wraps up loose ends related to William, Mulder and Scully’s mysterious son. Fleeting clips showing giant monster hands and an alien on the verge of an autopsy are backed by a musical number which sounds like it was intended for the next Star Wars trailer… this one’s gonna be big!

You can watch the trailer, and start digging into its secrets below! read more

Robert Kirkman Announces a ‘Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead’ Crossover

Robert Kirkman announced an upcoming Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead crossover at New York Comic Con this weekend.

Many fans have speculated about a potential crossover (and some of the logistical problems since Fear the Walking Dead is set a few years earlier than the original) ever since the spin-off debuted, but nothing had been confirmed until now.

As far as details go, Kirkman was not too forthcoming, saying only that “I get that question all the time. I think that we’ve finally gotten to a place with Fear the Walking Dead where it has its own identity…there are two Walking Dead shows, I’m not going to name them, but there are two…There is one character that is going to go from one show that will go from one show and appear in the other show, that I will not name.” read more

‘The Exorcist’ Season 2 Episode 2 Review

I keep hoping that- just like last year- an episode of Fox’s The Exorcist is going to air that makes me jump up and say, “This is the best horror show on television!” Unfortunately, while Episode Two shows some improvement over last week’s installment, this episode ain’t it.

In last week’s review, I kept preaching about how the series needs to return to the subtle scares which made it so special last season. With that in mind, I’m sure you could imagine my reaction when a possessed woman caused an entire hospital to evacuate (except the staff forgot about the babies), murdered a man, skittered up to the ceiling and scampered around in the ventilation ducts like an Aliens xenomorph, and then returned to her hospital bed with no questions asked after being exorcised by Father Tomas and Father Marcus. read more

Model and Ghost Host LeeAnna Vamp: The Horror News Network Interview

LeeAnna Vamp (SyFy’s Cosplay Melee) describes herself in her new series Ghosted with LeeAnna Vamp as “an actress, cosplayer, and model” and after interviewing her, it is also clear that she is a huge fan of horror, science fiction, and comics.  In this exclusive interview from New York Comic Con 2017, Vamp spoke to Horror News Network about her origins as a cosplayer, her favorite horror films and costumes, her love for Disney, and her new adventures as a travel host/paranormal investigator. read more

‘Blade Runner 2049’: The Horror News Network Review & Analysis

Blade Runner 2049 is a breathtaking achievement which can remind even the bitterest critic of contemporary moviemaking that the big studios can still deliver artistic, emotional, and thought provoking material to cinemas. Between its expert handling of the source material, its downright gorgeous set design and cinematography, and its incredible performances, the film is a bona fide masterpiece which is more than worthy of the Blade Runner name.

Thirty-five years ago, Blade Runner was released in theaters after a rocky production period. The film didn’t exactly receive a warm reception, and there have since been multiple cuts of the film to more accurately reflect director Ridley Scott’s unadulterated, yet updated vision. However, throughout all of the cuts of the movie, fans and critics began to appreciate it more and more. Its aesthetic was decades ahead of its time, and its themes and motifs were simply beyond the scope of anything else available in the early 80s. It was beautiful, it was terrifying, it was haunting, and it was unforgettable. The movie has since achieved the kind of legendary status that few of its contemporaries currently enjoy; and creating a sequel after 35 years of nostalgia and canonization would be a daunting task for any director. read more

Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3 Coming in February to Starz

Prepare to get groovy in 2018.  According to the show’s official Twitter account, the wonderfully gory Starz original series Ash vs. Evil Dead will kick off their third season on Sunday, February 25th, 2018.  The cable network also released new promotional artwork for the upcoming season, which can be seen below.

The first two seasons of the horror-comedy series have been a critical success, though the ratings do still leave much to be desired.  The hardcore fan-base of the Evil Dead franchise are solely responsible for keeping the show afloat, which is a shame because the action and writing are incredible and gore factor unparalleled.  Bruce Campbell revised his role from the original films as Ash Williams, the shotgun-wielding, chainsaw-handed time-traveling reluctant hero who is locked in the ultimate battle with the deadites, who are decipals of the Necronomicon (book of the dead.)  Joining Ash in his quest are friends Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), while the wonderful Lucy Lawless portrays his on-again, off-again friend and enemy Ruby.  Starz had previously announced that the show was getting picked up for a third season last October, though no other details were offered at the time. read more

‘Spawn’ to Begin Production in February

Earlier in the year it was announced that a brand-new Spawn feature would be developed through Blumhouse.  Today at New York Comic Con, creator Todd McFarlane confirmed that the new Spawn film would begin production in February 2018 and be “dark and R-rated.” He also promised to send daily Facebook updates on the film once things get underway.

In 1992 McFarlane created Image Comics along with Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Jim Valentino, Whilce Portacio, and Marc Silvestri. In May of that same year, Spawn #1 hit comic stores, with the debut issue selling over 1.7 million copies. read more

Scratch That… ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ Now Removed from Universal’s Release Schedule!

News sure travels fast on the internets these days! Hours after HNN contributor Mark McCurley reported the breaking news on Universal’s plans to release its Bride of Frankenstein reboot to theaters on Valentine’s Day 2019, the studio has officially pulled the movie from its release schedule. The February 19th, 2019 release date didn’t even last as long as The Mummy lasted in theaters this summer!

As early as Tuesday of this week, director Bill Condon told Forbes that principal photography was scheduled to begin on February 1st, 2018, and that casting decisions for the film would soon be made. Now, Variety reports that Univeral has dropped the film’s planned release date from their schedule entirely and moved back pre-production efforts on the project. The studio cited the script as the reason for the delay, and said that Condon is continuing to work with screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man) to improve the screenplay before production. read more

‘Bride of Frankenstein’ Release Date Set for Valentine’s Day 2019

Coming February 14, 2019 is a match not quite made in heaven with Bride of Frankenstein, the latest entry to the cinematic Dark Universe from Universal Pictures.

With the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise in June of this year, Universal Pictures began reforming its lineup of classic monster films. These include The Wolfman, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon among others, according to Darkuniverse.com.

Director Bill Condon, known for his directorial credit on this year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, has taken the reigns of Bride with production to begin in early 2018. He will be working from a script written by David Koepp. read more