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Buy / Wait / Rent: September 2018 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 September 2018! read more

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Adaptation set to Feature Iconic Monster Designs

Right from his personal Twitter, producer Guillermo del Toro has confirmed that the creatures in the upcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark adaptation will in fact look like the books’ legendary and eerie illustrations.

Alvin Schwartz, author of Scary Stories, created a memorable book trilogy together with illustrator Stephen Gammell.

The three-entry book series was published during the 1980’s and early 90’s and has maintained strong readership in the following decades. The upcoming film will follow a group of young teenagers who must investigate the sudden and horrifying deaths in their small town. read more

Six Flags’ Fright Fest to Become ‘Hell Fest’ this Fall

Raise the flags because the world’s largest regional theme park company, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, and CBS Films announced an exclusive national partnership today to provide theme park guests with a unique experience in support of CBS Films and Lionsgate’s latest horror movie, Hell Fest, coming to theaters on Friday, September 28 this year.

For this year’s Fright Fest, the creators of H F, along with SF and CBS Films, will launch scary attractions based on the movie at three of the theme parks in the US. read more

Scares that Care Charity Weekend 5 Coverage

Scares that Care Charity Weekend 5 brought fright and fun to Williamsburg, VA once again. An amazing event with a purpose where even the hotel staff dress up and decorate the halls, windows, and furniture, it feels more like home than a convention. Packed with over 2,000 attendees this year, StC had not just your usual con events like author readings, celebrity photo ops, and panels, but also events like Rocky Horror, costume contests, a silent auction, kids zombie hunt, escape room, singles mixer, film festival, video game room, a 5k race and even a zombie wedding. It has so much more than any regular con; it has a mission. read more

Coming Soon from Jordan Peele – The Horror Bits

From the latest feature on Variety, many directors in Hollywood have all too great a challenge coming up with something new that audiences will pay to see. For Jordan Peele, director of 2017’s Get Out, he hit a home run with his directorial debut achieving critical acclaim and commercial success that earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Now, Peele has his eyes on all new projects with his production company, Monkeypaw Productions, that includes Lovecraft Country at HBO and The Twilight Zone to be streamed on CBS All Access. read more

‘Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers’ Added to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood just added a big cherry on top of an already solid horror sundae at both parks for their annual Halloween Horror Nights in the form of a haunted maze based on Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers.

According to the official press release. the attraction will be “Based on the fourth installment in the classic slasher series created by John Carpenter, the mazes will transport guests to the suburban town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night where Myers has escaped Smith’s Grove Sanitarium and is hungry for revenge. This time, he relentlessly stalks his niece Jamie as his next victim, stopping at nothing to kill her.” read more

Trailer for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s New Horror Comedy ‘Slaughterhouse Rulez’ Debuts

Horror fans are very familiar with the antics of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, primarily through Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead and the rest of his “Cornetto Trilogy” (including Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.)

Although Wright doesn’t have any involvement in their latest collaboration, the boarding school horror comedy Slaughterhouse Rulez, the trailer seems to include a lot of what fans would expect from the duo.  Pegg and Frost are joined by Michael Sheen and Asa Butterfield in the film, directed by  Crispian Mills (who previously worked with Pegg on 2012’s A Fantastic Fear of Everything).  read more

‘Poltergeist’ House Announced for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Universal Orlando is continuing the 80’s theme at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights Event by adding one of the greatest horror films of the decade in the form of Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist.

The official press release teases some of the effects that may be on display in the haunted house including “The face peeling moment …The maggot steak, the giant mantis-like creature, the giant skull in the closet, and the CLOWN…that freaky clown!”

Poltergeist will join the previously announced scare zones and houses based on Stranger ThingsRevenge of Chucky, Trick ‘r Treat, and Killer Klowns from Outer Space. read more

Sabrina/Riverdale Crossover Not Planned but New Spin-off Is

Looks like Sabrina won’t be crossing over into Riverdale this fall as series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed at the Television Critics Association on Monday that there are no plans currently for a crossover between the CW show and its upcoming sister series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. However, he did confirm that another spin-off is in the pipeline but was coy with the details.

In the morning of the event, CW president Mark Pedowitz downplayed all rumors of a crossover for the two series and clarified no one from Riverdale would be making a cameo appearance on the Netflix drama. read more

Netflix’s ‘Dark Tourist’ Debuts With 8 Episode Season

Many people plan traditional summer vacations to places like Disney World, Hershey Park, the Jersey Shore, Hollywood, etc.  Most people do not plan visits to lakes made by nuclear blasts, haunted forests, or voodoo rituals, but not everyone is journalist David Farrier.  If you share David’s touring sensibilities, Netflix’s new travel docuseries Dark Tourist may be for you.

Dark Tourist’s eight episode first season is currently available on Netflix and the sites that Farrier visits are filled with both theatrical and real life horrors.  Episode to episode, the subject matters varies greatly.  On one of the episodes, Farrier dines with “vampires” in New Orleans, while in another, he experiences what it is like to cross the US/Mexico border as an illegal immigrant, so the host casts a pretty wide net in terms of the tone of each place he visits. read more