CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Halloween’ Panel with Danielle Harris and Don Shanks

Horror goddess Danielle Harris and Michael Myers himself in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Don Shanks joined CT HorrorFest organizer Christine Caprilozzi on stage for a panel September 14th at the horror convention.

The duo talked about working with Donald Pleasence, being a part of a massive horror franchise, the Halloween reboot and more. Danielle Harris opens up about the Blumhouse Halloween franchise while Don Shanks spills the beans on a kill that was left out of Halloween 5 which saw Michael slice and dice an entire SWAT team. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Hellraiser’ Panel with Doug Bradley, Nicholas Vince, Barbie Wilde, and Simon Bamford

One of the many big draws for fans attending CT HorrorFest 2019 was the programming schedule. Horror mavens flocked to the panel room at 5:15 p.m. on September 14th to see the Cenobites discuss Hellraiser. CT HorrorFest staffer Mike Simonetta prepared to host the panel as Doug Bradley (Pinhead), Nicholas Vince (Chatterer), Simon Bamford (Butterball), and Barbie Wilde (Female Cenobite) stepped on stage to a raucous ovation.

The quartet had great chemistry as they told story after story about the Hellraiser franchise most of which were focused on the first two films which premiered in 1987 and 1988. The cast talks about getting into the leather-clad outfits, the potential of returning to the Hellraiser series, a potential Nightbreed series, and their first reaction to seeing their costumes for the film. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Saw’ Panel with Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith and Sean Patrick Flanery

On Saturday, September 14th, CT HorrorFest invaded the Naugatuck Events Center in Naugatuck, CT for a day that was chock full of horror mayhem and merriment.  The final event of the night was a panel and audience Q&A session with three members of the Saw franchise: Tobin Bell (Jigsaw), Shawnee Smith (Amanda Young) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Bobby Dagen).

Celebrating a horror franchise that spanned 13 years (so far), the trio discussed how they came to be a part of the franchise, how they viewed their characters and much, much more. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘An American Werewolf in London’ Panel with David Naughton

On Saturday September 14th, CT HorrorFest 6 rocked the Naugatuck Events Center in Naugatuck, CT.  We were proud to present the An American Werewolf in London panel with the star of the classic horror film, David Naughton.  On the brink of the movie’s 4oth anniversary, staff journalist Sean McLaughlin had the honor of interviewing the veteran actor along with hosting an audience Q&A afterwards.

David Naughton played the role of David Kessler in American Werewolf, a young American attacked in the English countryside by a werewolf which leaves him afflicted with a bloody disease affected by the full moon.  The film earned a lot of praise from critics and viewers alike upon its release in 1981, and even an Academy Award for “Best Makeup” in 1982 given to legendary makeup artist Rick Baker. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s Adult and Kids Costume Contests Feature Original Designs and Horror Favorites

CT HorrorFest 2019 kicked off its schedule of panels on Saturday at the Naugatuck Event Center with costume contests where the best dressed attendees could take home one of six incredible cash prizes. First up was the kids costume contest, which featured adorable mini versions of everyone’s favorite monsters including Pennywise, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. Many of the kids accented their performances with theme song music and some unforgettable dance moves on stage.

The adult contest was more competitive than ever, and the event was marked by a number of detailed and intricate hand-crafted costumes. The contestants who ultimately took home prizes represented a wide variety of horror icons. The grand prize winner donned a screen-accurate Pyramid Head costume from Silent Hill 2, which featured creative design choices for the monster’s iconic constricting mask and over-sized knife. The runners up represented the Saw franchise with a hand-crafted Billy mask and bear trap device and the holiday traditions of yesteryear with a recreation of Krampus in the flesh. read more

New ‘Alien vs. Predator’ Series Coming to Dark Horse Comics in December

The original home of the Alien vs. Predator series (predating any film version) will be welcoming more hungry xenomorphs, cagey predators, and terrified humans to Dark Horse Comics latest entry this December: Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood.

According to the official press release, Thicker Than Blood is written by Jeremy Barlow (Star Wars: Darth Maul, Kult), illustrated by Doug Wheatly (Star Wars: Dark Times, Conan: Road of Kings), and lettered by Michael Heisler (Halo: Escalation, Aliens: Dust To Dust).  The first issue will also feature a cover by gaming artist Chun Lo. read more

Original ‘Ghostbusters’ Stars Dan Akroyd and Ernie Hudson Confirmed to Return for Sequel

Who ya gonna call? The Ghosbusters 2020 casting director for a big ‘Thank You’ because The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed stars of the original two Ghostbusters films, Dan Akroyd and Ernie Hudson, will return for the long-awaited sequel in their respective roles of Ray Stantz and Winston Zeddemore.

Of the casting announcement, Akroyd said in an interview with The Joe Rogen Experience podcast, “I’m not in the pictures so much anymore. We’ve got the ‘Ghostbusters’ movie that we’re working on now and I will have to be performing in that. Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a new movie called, well, it’s gonna be ‘Ghostbusters,’ the third movie. It will be all, most of the original people and then young stars.” read more

‘3 from Hell’: The Horror News Network Review

After a 15 year hiatus, Rob Zombie’s Firefly family returns to the silver screen for a limited Fatham Events theatrical engagement. While House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects were created on $7 million budgets, 3 from Hell was made on a budget of just $3 million. Smaller budgets often mean more opportunities for filmmakers to be creative without the studio scrutiny and expectations that come with a higher price tag, and there’s usually more leeway when it comes to studio tolerance for the kinds of shocking and graphic content Zombie’s films are usually known for. But- while Zombie’s twisted vision for the franchise is clearly never compromised in this film- the limitations of the budget appear to prevent 3 from Hell from reaching the high watermark Zombie set with The Devil’s Rejects read more

Thousands Invade 6th Annual CT HorrorFest!

This past Saturday, a giant horde of blood-thirsty horror fans descended upon the Naugatuck Event Center, in the normally quiet town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, to take part in Horror News Network’s sixth annual CT HorrorFest; a Comic-Con type convention geared toward the horror community.

The brainchild of Horror News Network founders Rob and Christine Caprilozzi, CT HorrorFest began as a much smaller convention in Waterbury, CT in 2014 before spending the next four years in Danbury, CT. The opportunity to move the convention to the much larger Naugatuck Event Center for the 2019 show was a “no-brainer” for the duo. read more

‘It: Chapter Two’ Repeats as Weekend Box Office Champ

It: Chapter Two delivered another win for Warner Brothers and New Line with a second consecutive number one finish at the weekend box office.

Pennywise accounted for an estimated $40.7 million, beating newcomer Hustlers by a wide margin, which earned an estimated $33.2 million in second place.  Hustlers had the upper hand on Friday (mainly due to Thursday preview sales, which are always included in Friday totals), but that pesky clown scared enough people into the the theater on Saturday and Sunday to take the crown once again. read more