General horror news

‘Spooked’ Podcast: The Horror News Network Review

You might be lulled into a relaxed state of mind when the beat of its opening song comes on, but trust me – you will be wide-eyed and on high alert when listening to some of the frightening stories told on Spooked, a new podcast from Snap Judgement and WNYC Studios.

I’ve always loved a good ghost story, especially during the cool fall weather. It just makes stepping into the warmth of my house, and my bed when I go to sleep all the more pleasant and comforting (especially when compared to the experiences of the people featured on this podcast). 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

Netflix Closes Down “Stranger Things” Pop-Up Bar…But Not Without Humor

Back in August, Danny and Doug Marks, a pair of Chicago bar owners who run Emporium Arcade Bar, opened a Stranger Things inspired pop-up called “The Upside Down”. Complete with the Byer’s couch, Joyce’s light-up Christmas light wall and plenty of “Hawkins”-related material, the bar also offered drinks inspired by the show (for instance, “Eleven’s Eggo’s” has a maple syrup base and is served with a wedge of a waffle).

In mid-September, Netflix got word of the clever pop-up and unfortunately for the Marks’ brothers, they never sought out permission or licensing. The pair received a cease and desist from Netflix but in the form of a rather humorous letter penned by Netflix lawyer Bryce Coughlin. The text of that letter is below: read more

‘Ghost Adventures’ Specials Feature Ghosts of Civil War and Annabelle this October

The Ghost Adventures team are bringing a host of Halloween horrors to fans this October, as they embark for the first time on a Four-Part “ghosts of the Civil War” Special (starting on October 7th at 9:00 p.m. on the Travel Channel) and they are also bringing back their traditional Halloween investigation special featuring the arrival of the world famous Annabelle doll to Zac Bagan’s Haunted Museum (which airs on October 28th at 9:00 p.m.).

According to the official press release, the four part special will feature trips to “…haunted Vicksburg, Mississippi, exploring the lasting impact the Civil War’s Siege of Vicksburg has had on the city. The team searches for paranormal evidence during lockdown investigations in McRaven Mansion, considered to be the most haunted building in the South; an antique doll museum said to contain dolls that come alive; an abandoned hospital; and the site of the Battle of Champion Hill.” read more

Josh Gates Embarks on ‘Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials’

Although Josh Gates left his weekly paranormal adventures behind years ago (Destination Truth) in search of some of the greatest mysteries that history has to offer (Expedition Unknown), the noted explorer will journey back to his roots for the Travel Channel’s  four-week special event, Expedition Unknown: Hunt for Extraterrestrials beginning on Wednesday, October 4 at 9 p.m.  Gates will visit North America, South America, Africa and Europe, and according to the official press release will “…search for evidence of life beyond our planet and the truth behind longstanding extraterrestrial legends.” read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: October 2017 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 October 2017! read more

‘Halloween Wars’ Returns to Food Network This October

Looking for some spooky food ideas for your upcoming Halloween celebration?  If so, we have the show for you! Halloween Wars returns to Food Network with a new season as well as a new spin-off series Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror on October 1st, starting at 9:00 p.m.  The program features the manic Jonathan Bennett as he “…challenges six teams to create amazing and frighteningly fun Halloween-themed edible displays. Over five episodes the teams must battle it out, as their creations are judged by renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and horror film director and makeup effects master Todd Tucker, along with a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Fiona Dourif (True Blood), Bryan Fuller (Executive Producer, American Gods), Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), and Shane West (Salem).One team will be eliminated each episode, with the last team standing walking away with the $50,000 grand prize.” read more

G Tom Mac Announces ‘Lost Boys’ Musical

Do you love The Lost Boys?  Do you also love Broadway musicals?  Well, it looks like your dreams may be about to come true!  In a conversation with Broadway World, G Tom Mac, the singer and songwriter of the film’s hit theme song “Cry Little Sister”, revealed that he will soon be releasing brand new music from an upcoming recording of A Lost Boys Story; a musical based on 1987’s beloved vampire film.

The soundtrack from the musical will be available in October and Mac shared his excitement about the project, saying that the potential musical is “…something that I’ve been working on for some years in development. I wanted to give a back story to the characters and tell where they came from, and how they became Vampires, & their rebellious nature and youthful uniqueness, yet keeping in line with the humor that worked so well with the horror in the film. I’ve written all new songs that bring out a good deal of depth in the plays story, songs like ‘Sleep All Day Party All Night,’ ‘Be One of Us,’ ‘Long Hot Summer’ (Michael & Stars theme), and the ever -fun ‘Death by Stereo’. The soundtrack will release late August to give the fans a good way to get the music in them in anticipation of the upcoming play.” read more

‘Justice Served’ Interview with Patrick Rea

With more than fifty directing credits, multiple feature films including the recently released Arbor Demon and the intense, cult storm thriller Nailbiter, filmmaker Patrick Rea’s range of storytelling runs from very intense to darkly dramatic to silly fun but always personal. A complete filmmaker, he is craving an island out in the vast ocean of content and filmmakers. Rea continues to redefine what tension and fear and how they affect our reality, choices and actions. In one of his latest short films Justice Served, we witness the confession of a man on trial for crimes he may have committed. Powerful, honest and intense, Rea weaves horror into the judicial system that makes us ponder the intent of those who live in the shadows and the motives of those who roam in the light. Rea took some time out to speak with Jay Kay about this short form film which is touring film festivals and receiving acclaim. read more

David Liebe Hart ‘Space Ranger’ Tour: The Horror News Network Interview

David Liebe Hart first rose to a special kind of fame throughout his beloved appearances on Adult Swim’s Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule. Whether it be his unique puppetry, his interesting musical performances, or his vivid storytelling, fans of his various appearances always have a specific segment or two they can point to and exclaim their love. Hart can most recently be seen on Awesome Show‘s 10 year anniversary special, and he has taken to the road for an all-new tour in support of his new Space Ranger album. HNN staff member Nick Banks and I sat down with David during the New Haven stop of his tour to conduct an interview on his recent works and to delve deeper into the supernatural topics we first discussed with him last December (You can check that out by clicking this link). What began as a simple interview quickly turned into a trek across New Haven in search of train tracks, churches and tacos. What follows is my account of that odyssey. read more