Alexandre Aja quickly established himself as a household name in horror with 2003’s High Tension, and he continued to make his mark on the genre with such releases as The Hills Have Eyes remake, Piranha 3D, and Horns. His latest film, Crawl, debuted in theaters on July 12th, and this Florida hurricane, alligator attack story thrilled both fans and critics alike. To mark the debut of Crawl on home video, which is now available on Digital and Blu-Ray, Mr. Aja spoke with Horror News Network to answer some of our questions about his filmmaking process and some of the unique steps required to bring a film like Crawl to the silver screen.
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Director Alexandre Aja’s Crawl is finally coming to Blu-Ray disc and DVD on Tuesday, October 15th. The film- which was produced by the legendary Sam Raimi- made a splash in theaters this past July, earning over $89 million against a $13.5 million budget and netting great critic and fan reviews along the way. Paramount Pictures have released a disc that contains a great transfer and solid special features, making Crawl a must-buy title for fans of the genre.
Crawl is a very strong entry in the storied category of aquatic monster movies. Ever since Bruce the shark first popped out of the ocean in Jaws, filmmakers have always been trying to recapture that distinct sense of dread that comes with the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of the water. Aja has found the perfect monster to rekindle interest in this fascinating sub-genre. The alligator shares many of the same predatory qualities as great white sharks, but with one major caveat: they can wreak a lot of havoc on land as well! Crawl‘s pacing is perfectly aligned with the rising of the water throughout a Florida hurricane, and the viewer can’t help but feel a lurking sense of dread along with each progressing establishing shot where the sea level is just a little bit higher. There are few films out there which capture the terror of an aquatic predator like Crawl does. read more
Wow! If you’re on the West Coast and have nothing to do on Halloween night, or if you love Scream enough to cancel your already-made plans, you can attend a costume party at the house that was used for the party at Stu’s house at the end of Wes Craven’s 1996 blockbuster film.
Titled “Screamoween”, the organizers, Nate Ragon and Anthony Masi, apparently first did an event at the privately owned home last year titled “Scream Comes Home”. The event last year went off so well that the duo received tons of requests to do it all over again which led to them working out a deal with the homeowners to do a 2019 event at the Tomales, CA home. read more
Crowdfunding has become an ever-increasing element of creative projects over the last half decade, and with the continued success of the “direct to consumer/fan” approach, it was only a matter of time before a company emerged as the first fan-owned entertainment company in the world: the aptly-named Legion M. With a slate of unique genre-bending offerings such as Colossal, Mandy, and the just released Memory: The Origin of Alien documentary, David Baxter- the VP of Development for Legion M- took some time to speak to Horror News Network at New York Comic Con 2019 about the documentary and how his company is forging a new way of doing business in Hollywood. read more
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 October 2019! read more
DC Comics and Joe Hill are providing an early treat to fans this Halloween season with a glimpse at the upcoming Hill House Comics line via a free online sampler. The sampler includes previews of the first title from the imprint, Basketful of Heads, by Joe Hill and Leomacs, as well as The Dollhouse Factory (by Mike Carey and Peter Gross), and The Low, Low Woods (by Carmen Maria Machado with art by Dani).
The sampler also includes previews of two upcoming titles scheduled for 2020: January’s Daphne Byrne (no relation to legendary X-Men artist John Byrne, written by Laura Marks with art by horror-fan favorite Kelley Jones) and February’s Plunge, a six-issue limited series written by Hill and and an artist to be named later. read more
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
CT HorrorFest 2019 kicked off its schedule of panels on Saturday at the Naugatuck Event Center with costume contests where the best dressed attendees could take home one of six incredible cash prizes. First up was the kids costume contest, which featured adorable mini versions of everyone’s favorite monsters including Pennywise, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. Many of the kids accented their performances with theme song music and some unforgettable dance moves on stage.
The adult contest was more competitive than ever, and the event was marked by a number of detailed and intricate hand-crafted costumes. The contestants who ultimately took home prizes represented a wide variety of horror icons. The grand prize winner donned a screen-accurate Pyramid Head costume from Silent Hill 2, which featured creative design choices for the monster’s iconic constricting mask and over-sized knife. The runners up represented the Saw franchise with a hand-crafted Billy mask and bear trap device and the holiday traditions of yesteryear with a recreation of Krampus in the flesh. read more
This past Saturday, a giant horde of blood-thirsty horror fans descended upon the Naugatuck Event Center, in the normally quiet town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, to take part in Horror News Network’s sixth annual CT HorrorFest; a Comic-Con type convention geared toward the horror community.
The brainchild of Horror News Network founders Rob and Christine Caprilozzi, CT HorrorFest began as a much smaller convention in Waterbury, CT in 2014 before spending the next four years in Danbury, CT. The opportunity to move the convention to the much larger Naugatuck Event Center for the 2019 show was a “no-brainer” for the duo. read more
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 September 2019! read more