Sylvain White Hired to Direct Slender Man Film for Screen Gems

As reported today by deadline, Sylvain White has been tapped to direct a horror film based on the Creepypasta fan-fiction character Slender Man.  The film, which is currently in pre-production, is slated for a 2018 release.

White has not made a feature film since 2010’s comic adaptation the Losers.  He has directed a number of television shows since, including eight episodes of Hawaii Five-O.  White was once rumored to be attached to Frank Miller’s Ronin as the director of the futuristic Samurai comic, but there have been no updates for quite some time on a potential film. read more

Are January and February the New Dumping Ground for Horror Films?

In October, HNN noticed that horror films were strangely missing from the October schedule which usually capitalizes on the Halloween season and the audiences need for thrills and chills.  Initially, it appeared that the culprit was The Blair Witch, as studios hurried to move their films away from the expected blockbuster.  The result was more “trick than treat” however, as The Blair Witch was d.o.a. at the box office making a grand total of just under 21 million dollars.  

Looking at the release schedule for January and February, it appears that “the witch” may not be the only one to blame, as nine horror films will debut during the coldest and least profitable months of the year in 2017.  January and February are known to Hollywood executives as “dump months” which refers to the low expectations regarding the box office success of the films and the unwillingness of people to leave their homes during the winter months.  Films that are released in January and February are usually ones that did not perform well at test screenings, films without bankable stars, genre films, and films that are hard to categorize or defy traditional genre conventions. read more

Alien: Covenant Virtual Reality Experience

While the film Alien: Covenant is set to be released on May 19th, Fox has announced that it is also working on a virtual reality experience aimed at scaring the life out of folks. This will be the second VR release from Fox Innovation Lab (the first being The Martian VR Experience) and will be executive produced by Ridley Scott himself.

The studio describes the VR Experience as “a dread-inducing journey into the depths of the Alien universe. Viewers will discover the true meaning of terror as they navigate through horrifying alien environments and a story where every decision could mean the difference between life and death.” read more

Titan Comics’ HookJaw #1 Review

The world changed in 1975 for fans of horror movies (and for sharks for that matter). Spielberg’s Jaws transformed the film industry and forever scared people out of the ocean in 1975, and not surprisingly, the inevitable rip-offs that followed failed to capture any of the quality or story-telling aspects of the original summer blockbuster.  This didn’t slow down the Hollywood machine however, as every aquatic creature (Orca, Piranha) and land animal (Grizzly, Alligator) got a shot at cinematic fame and fortune. read more

George Kosana (Night of the Living Dead) Has Passed Away at 81

George Kosana, the actor who played Sheriff McClelland in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, has passed away today at the age of 81. Kosana also worked as a production manager on the film and acted from time to time in various low budget horror movies over the years.

John Russo, the co-writer of Night of the Living Dead, shared his memories of Kosana on Facebook earlier today:

“GEORGE KOSANA, R.I.P. My close friend George Kosana, who played the sheriff in NOLD, has regrettably passed away after a long battle with various illnesses. He will be greatly missed by me, by his fellow NOLD cast and crew members and by his many fans. For the past few days, I have been constantly reliving my many good and often funny remembrances of him.” read more

Minnesota State Patrol: Don’t Drink & Drive… Watch The Walking Dead Instead!

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is a treacherous time to be out on the road. Drunk drivers could easily turn even the safest driver’s day into a real-life horror movie. The Minnesota State Patrol took to Facebook on January 1st to suggest a better alternative to driving in an unsafe state… watch The Walking Dead:

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The Exorcist’s Fan-Led Renewal Campaign Results in Red Feathers for Fox

I’ve heard of fan renewal campaigns involving “read letters”… but “red feathers” is a first!

Fox has been quiet about whether there will be a second season of The Exorcist ever since the season finale aired. While the ratings aren’t great, they are consistent; and the show has developed a hardcore following worldwide due to its sophisticated and nuanced storytelling and its diverse cast of magnetic characters. Back in November, fans began to take to Twitter with #RenewTheExorcist in order to show Fox their strong support for the show.  read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2016: Best Series

Horror News Network presents our best on-going series of 2016 award to Dark Horse Comics’ Abe Sapien.  The series, written by Mike Mignola and Scott Allie, illustrated by Sebastian and Max Fiumara, colored by Dave Stewart, and lettered by Clem Robins, finished as it started with a strong focus on the exsistential crisis of Abe and his struggles with his place in the B.P.R.D., the human world, and the universe.  

After a number of mini-series and one shots featuring Hellboy’s closest friend and ally Abe Sapien, his on-going series started in April of 2013 and wrapped up in August of this year.  With no permanent Hellboy book to speak of (and the small problem of Hellboy’s death), Abe took center stage as one of the original humanoid characters in the Mignolaverse.  Abe was always an introspective, intelligent character that balanced Hellboy’s “shoot first and ask questions later attitude”, but this series allowed fans to fully understand the man inside the monster and the difficulties that Abe often struggled with, trying to balance his own well-being and quest against the needs and safety of others.  Invariably, Abe almost always picked the selfless route and the final seven issues released this year ended in a typical bitter-sweet fashion for the lovable, blue “gill-man”. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2016: Best Writer

Horror News Network is proud to announce that Cullen Bunn is the 2016 Horror Comic Award’s writer of the year.  

Although Bunn is most known to horror fans as the writer and co-creator of Dark Horse Comics’ supernatural hit Harrow County, he has been nothing but prolific in terms of his total output this year.   Along with other work in the horror genre such as Blood Feud, Night Trap, and Sixth Gun, he also worked “’round-the-clock” on major superhero titles such as Deadpool and the Uncanny X-men as well as retro titles like Voltron, Micronauts, and Battlestar Galactica.  His ability to juggle so many projects in so many different genres proves his versatility and ability to deliver engaging stories to a wide variety of fans on a monthly basis. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2016: Best Artist(s)

Horror News Network is happy to select Max and Sebastian Fiumara as our artists of the year for their work on Dark Horse Comics’ Abe Sapien.  

The Fiumara brothers have consistently provided both the interior and cover art for the majority of the series, which sadly ended this year with issue #36.  Max and Sebastian often alternated issues or covers throughout the entire run and this year was no exception.  The high standard that the Fiumara brothers set from the beginning of the run was one of the reasons fans returned to a series known for their distainct style. read more