Only four episodes of Van Helsing have run, and Syfy has decided to renew the series for a second season according to Deadline. The second season, which will be thirteen episodes, is expected to start production in January 2017. Showrunner Neil Labute said, “We have a wonderful and terrifying road ahead planned for Vanessa, her allies and her enemies. I think this is a world and a story that can be sustained for many years and I am inspired to do so thanks to Syfy’s obvious trust and commitment in the storytellers, cast and crew.”
Just in time for Halloween, author Brian Olsen has released a horror comedy “novelette” entitled The Unnatural Haunting of Mrs. Beverly Snow (currently available for download on Amazon) that tackles issues of prejudice along with his typical sense of humor and a few good scares as well. We were able to interview Olsen about his story and also talk about his process and the horror genre in this exclusive interview.
Horror News Network: What was your inspiration for writing your new story The Unnatural Haunting of Mrs. Beverly Snow? read more
The mid-1980’s was rife with vampire films that mixed horror and comedy and featured young casts of up-and-coming talent. The film that gets most of the credit for kicking off this sub-genre is 1985’s Fright Night. Fright Night modernized the vampire for the 1980’s, yet kept all of the classic superstitions and gothic influences.
While Fright Night was certainly the first, the second film to push vampires into the day-glow 1980’s was the cult classic Vamp. After watching Arrow Video’s new special edition blu-ray release, it is more clear than ever that Vamp is an underappreciated horror film from the “Me” decade. read more
For many horror fans who grew up in the 1970’s, Kolchak: the Night Stalker holds a special place in their hearts. In fact, it was one of my first introductions to the genre at seven years of age. I can vividly remember my father watching an episode on the tri-state area’s very own WWOR Channel 9 in our living room. I walked by the television holding onto my plastic Frankenstein figure and saw what I guessed was a dinosaur attacking someone in a sewer. When I asked my father what he was watching, he replied “The Night Stalker”. Intrigued, I said “What is this show about?” My father summarized the program for my seven-year old sensibilities and told me that it was “a show about a guy who hunts monsters”. Naturally, I was hooked. read more
This Friday through Sunday, October 14th-17th, the Rock and Shock horror and music convention roars back into the DCU Center and Worcester Palladium in Worcester, MA. For 2016, the R&S organizers have lined up a killer lineup of guests and bands to satisfy each of their horror-obsessed attendees, and HNN will be there covering all of the gory action.
Rock and Shock 2016 will feature a Children of the Corn reunion (Courtney Gains and John Franklin), a mini-Scream reunion (Skeet Ulrich and Matthew Lillard), Malcolm McDowell, HNN favorite Danielle Harris, William Forsythe, Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder and many more. On the music side, the main stage days are headlined by Dope, Trivium, Max & Iggor Cavalera from Sepultura, Pantera’s Phil Anselmo, and ICP disciples Twiztid (a Larry Dwyer favorite), and dozens more. There will also be an Ash vs. Evil Dead screening of 3 episodes from the new season, introduced by actors Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo. Movies, costume contests, vendors, tattoo stations, panels and other spooky things round out the full slate of activities. read more
Back in early 2005 a captivating horror film called Wolf Creek came out of Australia and shocked the crowds at Sundance and Cannes before hitting American soil on Christmas Day; eleven years later Pop TV is hoping that the films maniacal villain Mick Taylor can once again scare us out of our skin.
John Jarratt, who played Mick in Wolf Creek 1 & 2, returns to reprise his role for the 6-part series. About the show, Jarratt reported to DigtalSpy back in August that, “there’s wonderful intensity in the entire thing. There are wonderful cliffhangers and great little red herrings going right through till the climax in the sixth episode, which is very exciting and horrifying and bleak.” read more
Director Mel Brooks had a hard time containing his emotions as he introduced the recent Fathom Events screening of Young Frankenstein and reflected on his collaboration with the late Gene Wilder. A visibly upset Brooks stated “I get just a little overcome. I’ve had a few great memories in my life. But, honestly, I think making Young Frankenstein is my best year.”
Brooks went on to say “This movie has been saluted with such love. It’s an honor. And the audience is loving it. I would love to tell Gene (Wilder) all about this night.” read more
Episode Three of Fox’s The Exorcist, titled “Let ‘em In,” marks the moment that the series has begun to truly prove itself as a new show that deserves to be watched and taken seriously by horror fans and horror scholars alike. While the first two episodes contained a mix of things that worked and things that needed improvement, “Let ‘em In” contains strong performances from the filmmakers and the actors which demonstrate a knowledge of the source material and a willingness to forge new paths in storytelling. read more
With just one episode of season two in the books, Starz has announced that it has renewed Ash vs. Evil Dead for a third season. While no surprise to fans of the show, the move to announce the renewal so quickly can be seen as a signal to other networks that television viewers have not yet had their fill of mainstream horror TV shows just yet.
The announcement also came one day after cast members appeared in a panel at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York as a part of the annual New York Comic-Con. At the panel, series regulars Bruce Campbell, Dana DeLorenzo, Ray Santiago, Lucy Lawless, Ted Raimi, and Michelle Hurd were joined by the legendary Lee Majors who plays Ash’s father in season two. read more
A new trailer for the upcoming Underworld: Blood Wars, starring Kate Beckinsale, shows us just how far Selene will got to try to win the war that has plagued her kind for so long. Theo James and Charles Dance co-star.
The synopsis for the new film reads, “The next installment in the blockbuster franchise follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice. ” read more