James Wan Casts Longtime Collaborator Patrick Wilson in Aquaman

James Wan has great news for fans of his horror films. Patrick Wilson will play Ocean Master, Aquaman’s evil half-brother in Wan’s new Aquaman film.

Wan and Wilson have collaborated extensively in the past. Wilson has starring roles in both the Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, and Wan has often praised his work in interviews. In fact, James Wan once said that if he ever had the chance to direct a Batman movie, Patrick Wilson would be his first choice to play the caped crusader. Casting Wilson in this DC Universe role is pretty darn close to fulfilling that dream! read more

Stranger Things Represents the Horror Genre with Golden Globe Awards Nominations

Horror movies and television shows aren’t often represented during end of year awards seasons. Oftentimes, the content of the horror genre doesn’t fit the narrow set of qualities that judges look for when selecting the winners of their most prestigious awards.

Enter Stranger Things, the Netflix 80’s throwback that took the television-viewing nation by storm this summer! From the minds of the Duffer Brothers, the show blended a perfect mix of monsters, horror, science fiction and action, with clever homages to 1980’s filmmaking sprinkled throughout. As fans spent the summer falling in love with its characters and its contagious nostalgia, members of the Hollywood Foreign Press were considering the series for some Golden Globe Awards. Stranger Things has been nominated for “Best Television Series- Drama,” and Winona Ryder has been nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series- Drama.” After starring in such spooky hits as Beetlejuice and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Ryder has not been as active in the world of acting in recent years. She chose an excellent project to return with, and her hard work and talent is being recognized by fans and critics alike. read more

The Walking Dead Season Seven Mid-Season Review

If The Walking Dead’s Season Seven tag-line was “We’re just Getting Started”, my question is: when is this season going to actually start?

After a brutal first episode (and an even longer “Who Shot J.R.?” cliff hanger to end season six), I thought that the show would begin doing what in the past it did best: making viewers feel connected to Rick Grimes’ “band of brothers” and bringing real drama into the lives of the survivors that allowed for character development and real (not contrived) drama.  So far, this season has been one long first episode, hitting the same notes that were abundantly displayed in Season Six’s final episode and this season’s first.    read more

The Exorcist: The Series “162” Episode Review

“162,” the penultimate episode of the first season of Fox’s The Exorcist, continues the series’ tradition of captivating and meaningful storytelling, all while ramping up suspense levels to unprecedented heights as it barrels towards next week’s finale.

Episode Eight featured the surprising deaths of Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) and Chris MacNeil (Sharon Gless). Episode Nine increases the body count by killing off fan favorites Lester and Cherry Rego (Ken Marks and Keira Naughton), Mother Bernadette (Deanna Dunagan), and the entire Convent of Our Lady of Mercy. While this is an incredible loss of characters who have all contributed towards the unique atmosphere of the show, it’s clear that the showmakers are serious about increasing the odds as the story progresses. Captain Howdy (Robert Emmet Lunney) has achieved integration with Angela Rance (Geena Davis), and there had to be serious consequences for it to mean anything. The expression on Father Marcus’ face as he takes in all of this death says it all: there’s no going back at this point. Anything less would have caused the viewers to seriously question one of the following scenes where Marcus pistol whips and nearly drowns Brother Simon (Francis Guinan). The show seems very aware that it can’t raise the stakes without raising the consequences. Suddenly, none of the cast feel safe anymore. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that Fox has not yet committed to renewing the series for Season Two. Maybe Jeremy Slater, the show’s creator, doesn’t want to hold back on telling his story in case the first season is all he gets to tell it. read more

Warner Bros. Reintroduces Little Shop of Horrors to A New Generation

Warner Bros. has enlisted director Greg Berlanti and writer Matthew Robinson to bring Little Shop of Horrors, the campy classic about a carnivorous plant with an insatiable hunger, back to the big screen. This brand-new musical adaptation of the 1960 low-budget Roger Corman black-comedy, horror movie will reintroduce the story of a meek flower shop worker that brings a persuasive, talking plant back to life only to discover that it craves human flesh, forcing him to kill to keep it alive.

Berlanti is the executive producer responsible for the CW’s many hit DC Superheroes-based TV shows, such as The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow. Robinson wrote the script for the 2009 Ricky Gervais film, The Invention of Lying. Warners’ Niija Kuykendall will oversee the project for the studio. read more

Legendary “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine to Tackle “Man-Thing” for Marvel Comics!

Marvel comics and legendary children’s/horror author R.L. Stine have announced that they have joined forces to launch a five-part series reviving Marvel’s “Man-Thing”. Although Marvel offered Stine a few characters to work with, it was his affinity for swamp creatures that made him decide on “Man-Thing”.

Known for his hugely popular “Goosebumps” titles, Stine told the New York Times that he first aspired to be a comic artist at a young age. “I started doing these little comic books in the fourth grade”, he told the Times, but he quickly realized he had no talent for illustration; “I was terrible,” he said. “I had no choice but to be a writer.” read more

Jason Voorhees’ Biggest Foe to be a Playable Character in “Friday the 13th: The Game”

If you’ve seen Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter, you know that Jason Voorhees was dispatched by Tommy Jarvis (played by Corey Feldman). If you’ve seen that, we’re guessing that you’ve also seen Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and are aware that Tommy is also responsible for resurrecting Mr. Voorhees.

Much to the delight of horror and gaming fans, Gun Media released a new trailer showing that Tommy Jarvis will be a playable character in the much-anticipated Friday the 13th: The Game. read more

Cloverfield Spin-Off Officially Announced for October 2017

Deadline broke the somewhat confusing announcement that the film God Particle has been dropped from Paramount’s 2017 schedule and has been replaced with the title “New Cloverfield film”.

Rumors have persisted for quite sometime that God Particle was a film that took place in the Cloverfield Universe.  Whether God Particle was a direct sequel or a related story such as 10 Cloverfield Lane has not been determined to this day.  Bad Robot is famous for “the veil of secrecy” surrounding their projects, so this move  (and the lack of information about the film) is not surprising to anyone.  The only information anyone has to go on at this time is that the film will be directed by Julius Onah  and star David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd. Deadline reports that the film”focuses on a group of astronauts aboard an international space station who make a shocking discovery and must fight for their survival.”   read more

War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer Arrives

Today 20th Century Fox debuted the trailer for the much anticipated Apes film, War for the Planet of the Apes.

The two minute and ten second trailer showcases Caesar (portrayed by Andy Serkis) preparing his army for what could be a final showdown with the humans who are led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

The previous film in the Apes franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes grossed over $710 million worldwide. Success was accolades came quickly as that film was nominated for a slew of awards including an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. read more

Phil Anselmo Talks Superjoint, Horror and the Musical Stylings of Bill Moseley

Horror News Network: Let’s begin by talking about the rejuvenated Superjoint, which played for the first time in years at Housecore Horror Film Festival, which then led you back in the studio with Jose Gonzalez on drums now and Stephen Taylor on bass. Given the high expectations, Caught Up in the Gears of Application has been very well received by fans and you’re planning a tour. How does that feel for you to revisit Superjoint  which wasn’t even a thought a few years back, it just sort of happened organically?   read more