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Buy / Wait / Rent: April 2019 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of April 2019! read more

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Trailer Features The Demonic Doll and Some of Her New Friends

The latest entry in The Conjuring franchise features not only the MVP of the group, that porcelain-faced rascal Annabelle, but a host of new and old friends in Gary Dauberman’s directing debut, Annabelle Comes Home.

The first trailer for the sixth entry in New Line’s cash cow puts the focus directly on the Warren’s world famous museum and many of the denizens contained within.  Annabelle, as the ring leader, stirs up the rest of those haunted and demonic critters and it appears that “all Hell breaks loose” while Ed and Lorraine are away investigating a case (and when will those baby sitters ever learn to stop snooping around that house). read more

‘Us’ Finishes Second at Weekend Box Office; Crosses $125 Million Mark

Even though those red-suited doppelgangers couldn’t catch Tim Burton’s Dumbo (which finished in first place with $45 million), Jordan Peele’s Us continued to bring in movie goers in its second frame with an estimated return of $33 million.

Peele’s mind-bender (whose domestic total currently stands at close to $128 million) declined an expected 52% the box office, better than most horror films in their second weekend of release.  Us didn’t come close to Get Out’s unprecedented 15% decline in 2017, but it of course made much more in its opening weekend than Peele’s first horror film ($71 millon vs. $33 million).  Us also cost much more than Get Out,  with Us costing $20 million and Get Out coming in at a meager $4.5 million dollar budget, so that may be the final factor in the race to the top. read more

WonderCon 2019: Child’s Play Panel and Mark Hamill as Chucky?!?!

By far the biggest news coming out of this panel was the surprise drop of the new voice of Chucky: none other than Mark Hamill! Some people may know him from a little movie called Star Wars and if you are going to replace an icon like Brad Dourif then getting another icon is the way to do it. The fans in attendance were both shocked and elated when at the end of the exclusive trailer following the …’and as the voice of Chucky’ frame, the trailer cut away to video of Hamill announcing himself as the new voice of the sinister doll. The next several minutes were spent hearing how the cast felt about working with him and there were a lot of expected jokes about working with Luke Skywalker. The crowd was into it and it was a bit hard to concentrate on the cast on stage as so many were talking about what they just saw on screen. This was a huge bomb dropped right on the WonderCon fans and they loved it. read more

Bats Galore in Netflix’s ‘The Silence’ Trailer

It appears as if Netflix is ready to chase every horror trend from 2018 in Annabelle and Wish Upon director John Leonetti ‘s upcoming bat horror film The Silence.

Not only does The Silence include a sound gimmick (A Quiet Place), a healthy dose of another sense-altering twist (the protagonist is deaf), but it also stars Netflix’s very own Sabrina, Kiernan Shipka (apparently, blindfolds would have been too derivative for Netflix viewers, who just enjoyed a similar tale entitled Bird Box.) read more

‘Abnormal Attraction’: The Horror News Network Review

Nearly a year ago at HorrorHound Weekend in Cincinnati, attending both the convention and their film festival, I found some surprising gems. This is a large reason why I love heading to this convention. There have been many instances of this over the last five years for me and I cherish each one. Even some of these films surprise and impress me enough to be part of my end of the year ‘Film Festival Features’ list. Sitting back after a late screening, I was enchanted by such a feature produced by a pair of passionate brothers that were based not too far from my home in New Jersey. Named ‘Fuzz on the Lens Productions,’ their film is called Abnormal Attraction.  read more

Get Ready to Travel Over the Rainbow in New ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer

Set to a haunting instrumental version of  the song Judy Garland made famous way back in 1939 in The Wizard of Oz, the latest trailer for the upcoming Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, is guaranteed to send kaiju fans “Over the Rainbow”.

The brief clip jams more monsters than you can shake a stick at in the exactly one minute long teaser, giving viewers generous shots of Rodan, Mothra, Ghidorah, and of course, the biggest star in Hollywood, Godzilla.

The film is directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus) and stars Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel, The Conjuring), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Bradley Whitford (Get Out); Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street), and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton).  Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins (who appeared in Gareth Edwards franchise starter in 2014) will also return to the film, reprising their roles from the previous monster mash. read more

CBS Films Releases a Scary Trailer to Watch on YouTube for ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

The one thing everybody remembers is that-despite being aimed at children- Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark novels never pulled any punches when it came to graphic descriptions of horror. And even worse, Stephen Gammell’s gnarly illustrations are forever burned into the minds of any horror kids who grew up in the eighties and beyond! The series is finally being adapted into a movie, and today’s new trailer proves that the franchise hasn’t lost any of its edge in the transition from print to screen! read more

‘Depraved’: The Horror News Network Review

Modernizing a classic work of literature or cinema is often times an unenviable task.  You can hit a home run but still be second-guessed, or you can completely miss the mark and damage both your reputation and the original at the same time.  This was the mission presented before horror genre favorite Larry Fessenden, who took on the Frankenstein mystique with his current film Depraved.  Luckily, Fessenden nails the tortured soul saga for today’s uncertain and violent times.

Depraved, which had its premiere at last week’s What The Fest!? at the IFC Center in New York City, presents an interesting take on Mary Shelley’s 1818 literary masterpiece.  By bringing it to the big screen with an independent budget, Fessenden (who wrote, produced and directed the Glass Eye Pix production) accomplishes something few other films were able to pull off in recent times: a worthy version of a beloved horror work.  What comes to mind to me is the 2010 Italian remake of Tod Browning’s Freaks called Museum of Wonders.  Both films can be considered noble successors, though in updating the material to make it more relatable to today Fessenden should be commended.  There are dueling messages from the limits of modern science and the race to mimic God, to the horrors of war and the impressions left by those veterans returning to a life considered normal. read more

Set Photos Reveal First Look at Jared Leto’s ‘Morbius’

With production currently underway on Sony’s villain feature Morbius, new photos from the set have been shared online through Twitter. The latest post shows the first look at Jared Leto as Michael Morbius.

Also starring Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft, Jareb Harris (The Crown) as Morbius’ mentor and Tyrese Gibson (2 Fast 2 Furious) as an FBI Agent, Morbius is Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel anti-hero, Morbius the Living Vampire who was first introduced as the antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man #101. read more