The Monster Trailer Debuts Amid High Expectations

A24, the studio behind such recent critical darlings as Ex MachinaRoom, and The Witch, has revealed the official trailer for The Monster. The film is directed by Bryan Bertino, director of The Strangers. Since horror films are missing from theater schedules this October, your best bet for chills and thrills this Halloween is to watch this trailer on repeat:

Due Bertino’s work on The Strangers and A24’s recent track record, the trailer has already drummed up high hopes and high expectations from within the horror community. The trailer appears to continue Bertino’s and A24’s practice of focusing on character and story development over cheap jump scares. Only time will tell if the film lives up to the expectations. read more

How did The Shallows Earn a 77% Score on Rotten Tomatoes!?

The Shallows was released to theaters on June 24th. It made over $118 million worldwide on a $17 million budget. It is certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, having earned a Tomatometer score of 77%.To put that into perspective, John Carpenter’s The Thing has a Tomatometer score of 80%. Rotten Tomatoes’ “Critics Consensus” is as follows:

“Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.”

Sounds promising, doesn’t it? After following the critical and financial success of the movie, I decided to pick it up on Blu-ray, hoping it would be more like Jaws and less like Sharknado. Instead, I was surprised to discover a movie that contains the following scene: read more

Euros Lyn to Direct Pilot Episode of Let the Right One In

Euros Lyn is set to direct TNT’s pilot episode of Let the Right One In according to a news report from Deadline.

The award-winning Welsh director is best known for his work on Doctor Who and 2014’s Happy Valley. His most recent work includes two episodes of the Netflix hit series, Daredevil.

Let the Right One In is based on the blockbuster novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. The story follows a young boy who finds friendship with a female vampire who appears to be near his age.

The title has gained a huge following thanks to the success it has had in many different mediums. What originally started out has a novel has grown into two different movies, a theater play, a comic book, and now a TV show. We will keep you updated as more news breaks. read more

Horror Performers Fail to Make “Television’s Highest Paid Actors” Lists

Earlier today, Variety reported the estimated salaries of the highest-paid actors in television shows. The narrative surrounding this report is all about how television can be more lucrative than ever before for popular talent, and that actors and actresses are doing very well financially on the small screen. One interesting takeaway from all of these lists is the fact that horror genre talent is almost entirely missing out on this phenomenon.

Geena Davis ranked #44 on the drama list, earning an estimated $100,000 per episode of The Exorcist. The only other performer on any of the lists with strong ties to the horror genre is Sarah Wayne Callies, formerly of The Walking Dead. She ranked #32 on the drama list, earning an estimated $175,000 per episode of Prison Break. That’s all, folks! read more

Chloe Moretz Joins Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton in Remake of Argento Classic Suspiria

Justin Kroll of Variety broke the news today that Chloe Moretz will star in the lead role of director Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake.  Earlier this year, The Playlist reported that Moretz dropped out of Universal’s Little Mermaid film to pursue other films.

It appears as if Moretz decided to trade in her fins for a pair of ballet slippers as she will join the previously announced co-stars Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.  Kroll suggests that Moretz is looking to add more adult roles based on this choice, stating that “Moretz has been drawn to more adult fare following her breakout performance in adult action pic Kick-Ass. While plenty of those pics were non-genre based like Hugo and The Equalizer, the 19-year-old has done plenty of work in pics with horror or supernatural elements, including Carrie, Let Me In, and Dark Shadows.” read more

Trailer 3 for Syfy’s Channel Zero Released

Syfy has released a third trailer for it’s upcoming anthology series Channel Zero: Candle Cove, giving fans a closer look at what’s to come. According to Syfy, the “creepypasta”(user-generated horror stories that are published and passed around the Internet) based series, Candle Cove centers on one man’s obsessive recollections of a mysterious children’s television program from the 1980s, and his ever-growing suspicions about the role it might have played in a series of nightmarish and deadly events from his childhood. read more

Fear the Walking Dead Season Two Finale Review

October 23rd, 2016 will see the long-awaited return of The Walking Dead to Sunday night television.  The anticipation of the “Who Shot J.R.” angle involving Neegan, a baseball bat, and a fateful swing will soon be revealed for the rabid fan base.  The grimy group of zombie killers that fans have grown to love will soon be back in action.  And I am here to tell you that even though I am looking forward to the new season, I am looking forward to the continuation of Fear the Walking Dead even more so.  The two-part season finale of Fear the Walking Dead (episode 14 “Wrath” and episode 15 “North”) effectively sets up the future of the series and in many ways, is the superior television program of the two franchises at the moment. read more

Horror Comic Legend Gary Reed Passes Away

We are sad to report the passing of horror comic legend, Gary Reed. His wife, Jennifer Andrews Reed, posted the news of his passing on her Facebook page just a few moments ago.

The Caliber Comics publisher was at the forefront of horror comics in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. Through the publishing company, Reed released The Crow, Deadworld, Caliber Presents, Moontrap, and more.

Reed took over as head writer of the zombie classic, Deadworld on issue twelve of the original series. The series continued through mini-series throughout the years and even had a few of the series collected into trade paperbacks by IDW Publishing. read more

Horror Films Missing from Theater Schedules this October

Historically, horror films have always staked a claim on the month of October.  In a month dominated by Halloween decorations and haunted houses, the opportunity to see a horror film at you local multiplex has always been “par for the course” for horror fans.  If you are planning on continuing this October tradition, you may find your options severly limited this year when compared to Halloweens past.

Ouija: Origin of Evil is the only major studio, wide-release horror film that will debut this October.  This is in stark contrast to the October 2015 release list.  Last October saw the release of no less than five horror-themed films including: Crimson Peak, Goosebumps, The Last Witch Hunter, Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension, and Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.  While the quality of these films varies greatly, the fact is that horror fans had a typically large selection of films to satisfy their Halloween cravings.   read more

The Exorcist: The Series “Lupus in Fabula” Episode Review

“Lupus in Fabula,” the second episode of Fox’s new television series, The Exorcist, delivers several new promising developments while maintaining some of the issues that could be found in the premiere.

While the literal Latin translation of the title of the episode references the appearance of the wolf, it is the early template for the modern phrase: “Speak of The Devil and he shall appear.” This expression has been used in literature by everyone from Giovanni Torriano in 1666 to Ozzy Osbourne in 1982. It is interesting that the phrase is so ancient that it predates Christianity and the Catholic Devil, and it is a reminder that humanity has always known supreme evil; we’ve just had different names for it. The wolf, Pazuzu, The Devil… they’re all names for the same evil that humanity has known since the beginning of our time on Earth. read more