C.H.U.D. Special Edition Blu-Ray Early Review

There is no better representative of video store culture of the 1980’s than Douglas Cheeks’ C.H.U.D.

This cult classic had all of the right ingredients to become a hit on the video market including a mysterious acronym, memorable tagline (“They’re not staying down there, anymore!”), and frightening vhs box artwork that would make any one looking for a fun Friday night stop dead in their tracks.

Thankfully, the fine people at Arrow Video have decided to give this well-loved horror-exploitation gem from 1984 a first class restoration and package in the form of their two disc special edition blu-ray release (available on November 22nd).   read more

American Horror Story Roanoke End of the Season Review

American Horror Story Season Six has finally come to a close and I am happy to announce that so has the “long National Nightmare” that this season turned into.  What started out so promising, took a wrong turn down a road filled with gore for gore’s sake, inexplicable visual choices, and threadbare dialogue to create a true disaster, indicative of everything that is wrong with this franchise.

Fans of AHS seem to be split on their reactions to this season.  One group enjoyed the unique take on the “ghost docudrama” that seemed familiar to horror fans, but also forged new ground due to the fact that no one had yet satirized this popular staple of cable television.  Detractors said that it wasn’t scary enough and that the first five episodes were missing what made AHS great.  When the “big reveal” happened in episode six and watchers discovered that in the world of the show, a sequel bringing together the actors and their real life counter parts would be the focus of the rest of the series, some cried and others cheered based on their wildly different sensibilities.   read more

Listen to Stanley Kubrick’s Daughter: Don’t Watch Dr. Phil Exploit Shelley Duvall

In 1980, Shelley Duvall starred in director Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, The Shining. Her other considerable achievements include Time BanditsPopeye, and Faerie Tale Theatre. Fans have wondered about her whereabouts over the years, as she has not acted in over 14 years.

Unfortunately, a commercial for Dr. Phil began airing yesterday which lures viewers in with an exploitative look at Duvall’s current difficulties. After presenting anecdotes that reveal that Duvall is struggling with mental illness, she says that she needs help, and “the good doctor” states that he’s going to help her. But if he really wanted to help her, he wouldn’t be waving her in front of a television camera in an attempt to boost ratings. read more

Kong: Skull Island Trailer Proves Monsters Do Exist

First announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014, Kong: Skull Island looks like it may be on its way to being the successful reboot of the legendary King Kong story that Legendary Pictures is hoping for. While a trailer was released this past July at San Diego Comic-Con, a new trailer was released today that finally gives the world a full look at the iconic Kong.

Kong: Skull Island is the first film in what Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures are hoping will be a huge franchise culminating in a King Kong versus Godzilla film. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Brie Larson and is slated for a March 2017 release. read more

Justice League Dark Animated Feature Trailer Released

The Justice League Dark trailer for the upcoming release from DC’s animated division was released today.   The feature (which will be released on February 7th, 2017 on blu-ray and dvd) explores the dark side of the DC Universe, featuring characters such as John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, and Swamp Thing among others.  Batman also appears to have a large role in this film, a departure from most Justice League Dark line-ups.

Fans anxious for Doug Liman’s Dark Universe film featuring many of the same characters will be able to quell their thirst with this animated feature. read more

Raimi, Alvarez, and Sayagues Announce Sequel to Don’t Breathe

At a press event designed to promote the blu-ray release of this past summer’s sleeper hit Don’t Breathe, the trio of filmmakers responsible for the film’s success announced that a sequel is already in the works.

Eric Eisenberg of Cinemablend covered the event and asked director Fede Alvarez about the status of the sequel, and Alvarez responded saying,”Don’t Breathe 2 is something we definitely want to do. The challenge obviously is — we just don’t want to do the same movie again, slap a “2” on it. We’ll feel so embarrassed if we do that. Our first reaction when they told us, ‘Do you want to do it?’ was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. That’s Hollywood! That’s the devil! We don’t want to make a sequel just because we can.’ But then we got an idea that we’re really excited about, and I won’t tell you what it is because it will spoil the whole thing.” read more

Star of Spanish Dracula Lupita Tovar Dies at 106 Years Old

Lupita Tovar, star of Universal’s Spanish-language Dracula (1931), has died at the age of 106.

Tovar was one of the last remaining stars of the original Universal Monster film cycle that began with Tod Browning’s Dracula in 1931.  The Mexican-born actress had a long career in Hollywood, but genre fans will always remember her for role as Eva Stewart in director Paul Kohner’s version, which many critics contend (David Skal in particular on the Universal Horrror documentary currently available on the Frankenstein Complete Legacy Collection blu-ray) is a technically superior film to Browning’s classic.  She also starred in the Spanish-language version of The Cat Creeps.   read more

Check Out the First Official Trailer for Ghost in the Shell!

After months and months of being very secretive, Paramount Pictures have released the first full length official trailer for 2017’s Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Feel free to watch it on repeat below:

If the trailer is any indication, the world of this adaption of the classic anime film is looking like it could be the most detailed and complex futuristic landscape since Blade Runner. It also appears that many of the creepy elements that made the original so popular will be realized on the big screen. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for all upcoming news and a review when the film comes to theaters on March 31, 2017. read more

Rampage Gets an April 2018 Release Date Starring The Rock

Deadline has a report that Rampage, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will debut on April 20, 2018. What’s even more exciting is that the movie will be released in both 3D and Imax.

Rampage is a classic 1986 arcade game developed by Bally Midway. In the game, players can control one of three massive monsters: George, a King Kong type gorilla, Ralph, a giant werewolf, and Lizzie, a Godzilla type Kaiju.

The object of the game is to take control of the monster and survive rounds of military onslaught as you attempt to bring cities crashing to the ground. read more

R.L. Stine to Write a Comic For Marvel

Announced during a Reddit AMA on Halloween, R.L. Stine, author of the famous Goosebumps books, has signed on to write a comic series for Marvel Comics.

“I’m writing a series of comic books for Marvel—my first comics ever,” said Stine, “But I’m not allowed to talk about them yet.”

According to a 2008 article in the Post Gazette, Stine’s books, have sold over 400 million copies. This impressive number has earned him the title of “Stephen King” of children’s literature.

In 2015, a Goosebumps movie which starred Jack Black and featured a cameo by R.L. Stine grossed over $150 million. The coming together of Stine and Marvel Comics appears to be a surefire hit for both parties. read more