San Diego Comic-Con doesn’t just fill a massive convention center, it spills out into the surrounding area with pop-up activations from networks like FX with “What We Do In the Shadows,” CBS with “The Twilight Zone,” and Travel Channel’s “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!” Cosplayers also abound in the area and the cosplay is not just limited to people. Check out some of our photos from around the convention center.
General horror news
”Ghost Adventures, LIVE” haunted the press rooms of SDCC following their panel on Sunday to talk all things spooky. Unfortunately Zak Bagans was not able to join the event, but Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley were on hand to talk about their upcoming visit to “The Conjuring” house, spirit social media, and dealing with fear.
SDCC Synopsis: Travel Channel brings you the paranormal investigators and stars of their hit series Ghost Adventures, LIVE at Comic-Con! Zak Bagans and his paranormal team share stories from their most memorable and horrifying encounters. Fans will get the chance to hear firsthand all of the behind-the-scenes details that go into creating this cult-favorite show. The team will also debut never-before-seen footage! Those in attendance will have the chance to ask their own burning questions and see some of the infamous ghost-hunting gadgets up close. Plus, they’ll receive an exclusive giveaway and be among the first to hear exciting news from the team! Panelists include Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley, and Jay Wasley. read more
Coming August 12 to AMC, “The Terror: Infamy” is the second in the horror-anthology series that looks at historical events with a supernatural element. A big focus of this show will be based on the Japanese-American experience in internment camps. While everyone knows George Takei from Star Trek, they may not know that he spent several years of his childhood in an internment camp. He was originally brought on the the show as a consultant for that very reason. After working as a consultant, they convinced him to act in it, as well. read more
‘Creepshow’ is an upcoming series from Shudder that is really starting to look like the ‘who’s who’ of horror. The panel and press room at San Diego Comic-Con provided showrunner Greg Nicotero and opportunity to let everyone know a little more about the show. This will be an anthology that will feature 12 stories over six episodes. Expect to see names like Stephen King, Joe Hill, Tom Savini, Joe Landsdale, Tobin Bell just to name a few.
Nicotero talked about the process of assembling such a mega-team for horror: “I got to turn around and call all of my directing friends and writing friends and acting friends…. I called Steve King and said it’s not Creepshow without a Steve King story and he’s like “alright…here’s one”” and he sent “Survivor Type.” This particular story turned out not to work so well for filming so they ended up going with “Gray Matter” which is directed by Nicotero and stars Giancarlo Esposito and Tobin Bell and Adrienne Barbeau. That provides a good example of the caliber of the show horror fans are about to be treated to starting September 26. read more
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and Horror News Network is there to bring you into the action. The photos below are from the show floor on Thursday, July 18, the first full day of SDCC.
Horror News Network is on the ground at San Diego Comic-Con! This is the 50th year of the popular convention which was first held in 1970 at the U.S Grant Hotel for 300 attendees. The convention now fills 460,000 square feet of the San Diego Convention Center and welcomes over 135,000 people with comics, movies, TV, games, and events. Over 1,000 exhibitors are there and many of them feature horror. The convention officially begins on July 18 and runs through July 21, but July 17 is an evening-only Preview Night. See below for some photos from the show floor. read more
Get ready to do some bustin’ on both coasts this fall, because for the first time ever, Ghostbusters is coming to Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in the form of a new haunted house.
Sony Picture’s classic is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and (according to Universal’s official press release) “…you’ll jump through the movie screen of the original 1984 film and walk through some of your favorite scenes like the New York Public Library, the Temple of Gozer and more.” read more
Alexandre Aja’s creature feature Crawl latched onto third place at the box office this weekend with an estimated total of $12 million, becoming one of the many horror films this summer to snag a high spot on the countdown despite underwhelming returns.
Paramount’s Crawl entered a crowded swimming pool this weekend with Annabelle Comes Home and Midsommar (both continuing to make decent, but not great money at the box office), and further divided the amount spent on individual horror films. Many industry insiders predicted a bigger debut from Aja’s alligator rampage, but the top heavy summer box office of 2019 struck again, siphoning the majority of the funds into only two releases (Spider-Man: Far From Home and Toy Story 4). While super-hero stories and family-friendly films are not direct competition for horror films, it appears that they are limiting the amount spent on them, with parents and baby-sitters deciding to bring children to “sure things” rather than finding entertainment for themselves at the cineplex. read more
In the sweltering heat of summer, on July 31st of 1987, the eightiest of eighties vampire films was unleashed upon the world. Directed by Joel Schumacher, who was fresh off of the “Brat Pack” coming-of-age film St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys made 32.2 million dollars on a budget of 8.5 and also made scores of girls love vampires long before Edward Cullen hit the scene.
Recently divorced Lucy is moving her and her children Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) to the coastal California town Santa Carla to stay with her father for a while. Only referred to as Grandpa (and Dad) throughout the film, folks may recognize veteran actor Barnard Hughes from 1982’s Tron. The film opens with a pan-in shot of a boardwalk full of games and rides and a group of rock-star dressed youths fucking around on a carousel. Then a quick cut to Lucy, Michael, Sam and Nanook (the pup) driving to Grandpas. The group passes the “Welcome to Santa Carla” sign and Michael notices that someone has spray-painted Murder Capital of the World” on the back of it – that’s not creepy at all. Cue Echo & the Bunnymen’s ‘People are Strange’ cover. 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 July 2019! read more