HNN Staff Discuss Top Horror Films and Highlights of 2018

With 2018 in the rear view mirror, now is the perfect time to discuss and analyze the top moments of the year for horror.  HNN’s Christine, Larry and Sean discuss their feelings on the top movies of 2018 for the genre, along with what they feel are the breakout moments and highlights as well.

Visit our YouTube channel (and the video below) for this lively conversation, and check out our Patreon page for even more exclusive videos and content that you can’t get anywhere else (https://www.patreon.com/horrornewsnetwork). read more

‘Snowflake (Schneeflockchen)’ (2018): The Horror News Network Review

Snowflake, or titled in German Schneeflockchen, is one of the best films I have seen over the last two years. At the heart of it, it is a passion project driven by a group of talented minds that took a long, long time to finally come together. As I watched it for the first at the 2017 Ithaca Fantastik film festival, it was clear this film is a pure happenstance of beauty and insanity. It is also a film that may be one of the most difficult projects to review. For that, like the film, I am going to go a different route to shed some personal light on Snowflake. read more

‘Glass’ Proves to Be Breakable at Weekend Box Office

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass entered the Martin Luther King weekend with some lofty expectations, as some estimates placed the film’s debut in the $60 to $70 million range.  Unfortunately, that Glass wasn’t shatter-proof, as the latest twist-filled film from Shyamalan generated only $40.5 million over the Thursday to Sunday frame.

Shyamalan (a director with a more than inconsistent track record for both box office and critical successes-anyone remember his adaptation of The Last Air Bender?) faced virtually no new competition over the long weekend, as studios believed the hype and intentionally kept their films away from the sequel to Split and Unbreakable.  The reviews for Glass certainly didn’t help its performance, as the film currently clocks in with a 35% fresh rating (and 24% from top critics) on Rotten Tomatoes. Combine those stats with a lukewarm audience response, with a “B” grade from exit polling company Cinemascore, and you have a recipe for disaster only rivaled by the director’s brief foray into the seedy world of education reform (in 2013, Shyamalan tried to cash in on the trend with his expose entitled I Got Schooled).  Glass should continue to turn a modest profit, as it faces little competition over the next few weeks, but Shyamalan’s performance may serve as a bump in the road for his comeback tour (and no one is asking for sequels to After Earth, The Village, or Lady in the Water). read more

The Original Horror Book Store Dark Delicacies Needs Your Help

Dark Delicacies has been a staple for horror fans and creators in the Los Angeles area since founders Del and Sue Howison opened the doors in 1994.  The shop quickly became known as a place for writers, artists, and filmmakers to not only sell their work, but also to meet, greet, and interact with fans.

Like many other brick-and-mortar specialty stores, Dark Delicacies found it difficult to cope with rising rental costs and earlier this year, the co-founders considered shuttering the very first horror themed book store in the United States.  Due to a great outpouring of support from the horror community, the Howisons decided to move the world-famous horror hang-out to a new location (with a more reasonable rental charge) so the legacy of Dark Delicacies could continue. read more

Mysterious New Trailer Released for ‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’ Starring Sophia Lillis of ‘It’

Sophia Lillis recently delighted horror fans in both It and Sharp Objects, and now she’s back solving small town mysteries as the iconic Nancy Drew in her very own film! Ellen DeGeneres serves as producer of the upcoming movie, and she debuted a new trailer on The Ellen Show on Friday:

Taking obvious cues from such popular teen franchises as Riverdale and Chilling Tales of Sabrina, the new Nancy Drew franchise will follow self aware teens as they uncover the dark secrets of their neighborhood. In Hidden Staircase, the dark secret revolves around a creepy old house with secret passages and horrible sounds emanating from its walls. Surely, that won’t stop Sophia Lillis’ Nancy Drew, who seems more than capable of holding her own against the sassy popular kids or a supernatural presence. read more

‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Revival Headed to Netflix

Unsolved Mysteries, one of the first series on television to profile true crime and paranormal cases before the advent of reality of tv and 24 hour cable stations, is about to return to the airwaves.  The series new home will be streaming giant Netflix, and its head architect happens to be Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy.

According to Deadline, “Levy is overseeing the revamp in association with Cosgrove-Meurer Productions, the original production company run by the show’s creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. The latter will show run the series with Cosgrove, Levy and Josh Barry as exec producers. Robert Wise is co-exec producer and showrunner with Dunn Meurer.” read more

Nick Castle Comments on His Future in the ‘Halloween’ Franchise

In a recent interview with Collider, Michael Myers star Nick Castle said he would love to return for a cameo appearance in a future Halloween sequel, especially if familiar cast and crew, namely Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter, come back as well.

With the release of 2018’s Halloween on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital this week, Castle also talked about his co-star James Jude Courtney and what is was like to pass the legacy on to a new Myers star.

“First of all,” Castle said, “He’s just such a lovely guy. And he talked about how he had looked at the movie, and studied me, and kinda channeled me, and has this whole thing that he talks about, about how he referenced the original performance. But he gave it his whole talent, his thing. His role, I think, comes up as stronger and more believable than the original guy. But maybe that’s what 40 years in a hospital does to people. So I think he did a great job with that. It’s interesting, also, ’cause I got those pictures of the two of us having the same mask on at the same time. And they’re the same mask. But you threw ‘em on different people, and they look different. So it’s like a very… and you have different personalities behind those masks, because you’re just a guy walkin’ around with a suit, and a rubber face. That was great.” read more

Official Trailer Arrives for Unsettling Space Thriller ‘High Life’

To the delight of many space horror fans, A24 has revealed the official trailer for their upcoming film High Life. Directed by Claire Denis, the film stars Robert Pattinson, Andre Benjamin, Juliette Binoche, and Mia Goth.

High Life follows a group of criminals who are tricked into believing they will be freed if they participate in a mission to travel on a spaceship towards a black hole to find an alternate energy source while being sexually experimented on by the scientists on board.

Founded in 2012, A24 has released many quality genre films including Under the Skin, Ex Machina, The Witch, Green Room, It Comes at Night, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Hereditary. Back in November we reported that the company entered into an agreement with Apple to produce a slate of films. read more

Anne Hathaway Joins ‘The Witches’

Deadline is reporting that Anne Hathaway had nabbed the role of the grand high witch in Robert Zameckis’ upcoming movie, The Witches.

Written by Roald Dahl, The Witches featured art by Quentin Blake and was published by Jonathan Cape in 1983. The tale centers on an eight-year-old British boy who moves in with his grandmother following the passing of his parents. The boy learns that his grandmother is a retired witch hunter and she shares the secrets of how to recognize them and a plan to eradicate them. The novel won the Whitbread Book Award in 1983. read more

Syfy Cancels ‘Channel Zero’ Anthology

Fans of Syfy’s horror anthology Channel Zero got some bad news today, as the network cancelled the series after four seasons.  Creator Nick Antosca broke the news on instagram stating that “I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more… but I can’t complain too much about doing 4 stories I loved with people who I loved working with.”

The creator was gracious in defeat, thanking Syfy for the opportunity.  He also made sure to thank the “…the authors of the original creepypasta stories. Kris Straub, Brian Russell, Kerry Hammond, and Charlotte Bywater” (Slender Man never made it to the series, but it would have probably done better on the small screen than last summer’s theatrical disaster). read more