January 1st, 2018 was such an exciting time for horror fans! Big projects were being announced, everyone was fired up about the upcoming Halloween movie, and conventions were beginning to announce some incredible guests. Just like The Legendary Criswell, I made a few predictions on that day about what we can expect in the world of horror in 2018, and I promised to revisit my premonitions in December. Well, here we are… so let’s see how I did!
General horror news
We have extremely sad news to pass along today as Steve Dash, the actor who played Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part 2 has passed away. Dash was added to the slasher franchise when Cliff Cudney called upon him to replace Warrington Gillette as the iconic slasher.
Friday the 13th Part 2 was released on April 30, 1981 and kickstarted the Jason Voorhees phenomenon. In this version of the film we were introduced to a grown-up Jason who donned a burlap sack and was out for blood.
Back on December 4th we reported that Dash had posted an update on his health via Facebook where he told fans that he had been suffering from diabetes, blood clots and a bad heart over the past year. read more
A lot of things can scare you on New Year’s eve, but if you are looking for scares of the supernatural variety, The Travel Channel has you covered this holiday season with a two-day Ghost Adventures marathon, and the television premiere of Zak Bagans’ documentary Demon House. The festivities kick off on Monday, December 31 at 8:00 a.m. , and will feature Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley, highlighting some of their most popular and terrifying investigations including: “Manresa Castle,” “Odd Fellows Asylum,” “Grand Canyon Caverns,” “Old Lincoln County Hospital,” “Palace Saloon,” “Kennedy Mine,” “The Titanic Museum,” “Pythian Castle,” “The Slaughter House,” “Nevada State Prison,” “Black Dahlia House,” “Return to Winchester Mystery House,” “Stone Lion Inn,” “The Washoe Club: Final Chapter,” and more. read more
Our friend Steve Dash, who played the iconic Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part 2 posted an update on his health via Facebook. The fan favorite actor stated that he had been suffering from diabetes, blood clots and a bad heart over the past year. The actor, who many horror fans refer to as “Burlap Sack Jason” due to the iconic costuming in the second installment of the franchise, will be undergoing a procedure to amputate his leg. If you know Steve, you know that one of his passions is golf, and one of the main reasons he is opting for surgery is that he will be able to play again within six to eight weeks after getting a new leg. 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 December 2018! read more
The Satanic Temple announced today that they have settled their lawsuit and have come to an amicable agreement with Warner Brothers and Netflix over the use of their copyrighted statue of Baphomet on The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
According to the official statement released by the organization, “The Satanic Temple is pleased to announce that the lawsuit it recently filed against Warner Bros. and Netflix has been amicably settled. ” The agreement also ensures that “The unique elements of the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet with Children statue have been acknowledged in the credits of episodes which have already been filmed. The remaining terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement.” read more
We have sad news to report as William Goldman has passed away at the age of 87 due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.
Goldman was a two-time Academy Award winter for his screenplays, the first coming in 1969 with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and the other in 1976 for All the President’s Men. In 1973 he produced what is probably his most known and loved piece of work, The Princess Bride. Horror fans will remember Goldman as the screenwriter that helped bring some quality horror works to the screen including The Stepford Wives, and two of Stephen King’s classic books, Misery and Dreamcatcher. read more
When it comes to choosing a favorite breakfast cereal, one thing is for sure, horror fans and monster cereals go hand in hand. When the weather gets a bit cooler and leaves start to change color these fabulous cereals packed with essential vitamins and sugar – pop up on supermarket shelves across North America. With October now gone we figured we would have to wait until next year to see to see our breakfast buddies once again. But suddenly, General Mills launched a site called ‘Work with the Monsters,’ which solicits “filmmakers, actors, agents, writers, producers, animators, tastemakers, dealmakers, movers and shakers” for partnership to help bring their mascots to life in multiple mediums. read more
Fifty years ago the world of horror and cinema as a whole was changed forever with the release of Night of the Living Dead. Now a direct sequel is in the works from the creative team who brought the un-dead to life.
According to a recent interview, original NotLD scribes, the late George A. Romero and John A. Russo wrote a direct sequel to the 1968 original which has now been unearthed by Living Dead Media, an entertainment web site dedicated to the series.
The script, after having not been produced for many years, is being planned to release theaters next year with the original surviving writers and producers at the helm. read more
In honor of “National Stranger Things Day” on November 6 (the day that Will Byers disappeared into the Upside Down for you obsessive fans out there), Universal Orlando Resorts will extend their ultra-popular Halloween Horror Nights’ House based on the Netflix darling, and it will be included in the regular admission price.
This is the first time that Universal has kept a house active past the end of the Halloween Horror Nights’ season. According to The Orlando Informer, “The hours of operation will be from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm, with a couple of tie-in food-and-beverage locations also joining in on the post-Halloween fun: San Francisco Pastry Company, Beverly Hills Boulangerie, and, most thematically appropriately, Benny’s Burgers, which may be just a standard Horror Nights food tent but which drives its name from the television show itself.” read more