The much anticipated Blair Witch reboot delivered anemic box office numbers, as the film’s hype did not translate into ticket sales during the film’s opening weekend. As reported by Horror News Network on Friday, director “Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch sequel/reboot is garnering mixed reviews as the film debuts this weekend for anxious fans of the original Blair Witch Project. The film currently sits at 38% on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes and has steadily declined throughout the week. The film originally sat at 53% positive on Wednesday but as more reviews poured in, the film experienced a steep drop.”
This past Saturday night CT Cult Classics took over historic downtown Seymour, CT once again for its it sophomore outing presenting a Stephen King double feature. The event attracted horror fans from all over Connecticut and New York for hours of classic King terror.
Up first was Stephen King’s 1983 flick Christine which was directed by John Carpenter. Followed by rare horror classic trailers, the film was followed up by King’s collaboration with another, legendary director, George A. Romero, Creepshow. The latter, as horror fans know, is an anthology featuring some of the most iconic faces from film including Leslie Nielsen, Ted Danson, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, and even King himself. Did you also know that the character of Billy in the “wrap around” story is played by Joe Hill, King’s son? read more
Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch sequel/reboot is garnering mixed reviews as the film debuts this weekend for anxious fans of the original Blair Witch Project. The film currently sits at 38% on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes and has steadily declined throughout the week. The film originally sat at 53% positive on Wednesday but as more reviews poured in, the film experienced a steep drop.
Positive reviews such as Michael Gingold of Time Out indicate that Blair Witch is a return to form after the low rated 2000 sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Gingold explains that “The you-are-there vérité techniques that gave the 1999 horror movie such a frightening immediacy have passed into cliché, and there’s no way today’s audiences would fall for the original marketing campaign’s “It really happened!” pitch. So it’s something of a small miracle that the 17-years-later Blair Witch, essentially a sequel-as-remake (ignore 2000’sBook of Shadows: Blair Witch 2), emerges as satisfying in its own right and pretty damn scary.” read more
Todd McFarlane announced today via a preview clip from Kevin Smith’s AMC talk show Geeking Out that he is currently working on a darker, more faithful Spawn film. McFarlane was interviewed by Tiffany Smith and when asked if a new film was on the horizon he stated “The simple answer is yes,”. McFarlane also said that the film would be “a dark, R-rated, scary, badass sort of script.”
He also told Smith that “the world’s going to be real, except for one thing that’s going to move,” and that “you’re never going to see a dude in a rubber suit….This is going to be my Jaws shark,”. read more
Following the Season 6 premiere of American Horror Story last night, and a series of misleading promos, a new trailer revealing the theme, along with what is ahead this season, was released. Set in a true-crime docuseries format, My Roanoke Nightmare centers around a couple living in a farmhouse and the famous missing Colony.
Shelby (Sarah Paulson) and Matt (Cuba Gooding Jr.) move into a farmhouse in North Carolina, only to be terrorized by neighbors (Kathy Bates). The docuseries format is a departure from previous AHS seasons, while the home-centered story shows similarities of the first season of the show. read more
Author W. Scott Poole has made a career out of examining monsters and the supernatural. Through a variety of texts including such titles as Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and Haunting and Satan in America: The Devil We Know. Along with these cultural examinations of all “things that go bump in the night”, Poole recently turned his attention to genre figures that have influenced horror films and culture with Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror.
After analyzing Vampira’s (Maila Nurmi) influence and contributions to the genre and the wider cultural implications of her career, Poole decided to tackle the father of Cthulhu himself, H.P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft is a name synonymous with horror fiction and culture. His body of work has influenced generations of writers, musicians, film makers, and artists. Over the past 30 years, perhaps no author has influenced the genre more, especially in the 21st century. read more
DC Entertainment and Warner Archive Collection have announced that the short-lived TV series, Constantine will be coming to Blu-ray/DVD on October 4th.
In addition to each episode that is featured on the disks, bonus features are set to include trailers, behind the scenes footage, and a 2014 Comic-Con Panel which features a Q+A with the cast and creators.
Matt Ryan starred as John Constantine in the thirteen episode series which aired on NBC. Each episode had an average of 3.3 million viewers, but it wasn’t enough as the network cancelled the series on May 8th. Warner Brothers attempted to shop the show to other networks but it didn’t pan out. Shortly thereafter, the cast and crew were released from their contracts. read more
A new clip from the long-awaited Japanese horror film Sadako vs. Kayako was unveiled by Vulture.com today in advance of the full release on the digital horror network Shudder.
Horror News Network originally reported on Shudder’s acquisition of the film in August stating that “For those unfamiliar with the titles characters, the film features a showdown between the demons from Japan’s two most popular ghost franchises: Ringu and Ju-On (known to North American fans as the Ring and The Grudge). The film is directed by by Koji Shiraishi (director of Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman and Grotesque).” read more
Superstar actor Benecio Del Toro is said to be in talks to star in the next entry into the series which began with the 1987 classic Predator. The Predator, is set to be directed by Shane Black based on a script by Black and his frequent partner Fred Dekker.
While some sites are reporting this film as a remake, Shane Black told Collider back in June that this is not the case. Black said he doesn’t like reboots generally, but can “really get behind inventive sequels”, adding that he likes “the idea of expanding and exploring the existing Predator mythology, rather than hitting the restart button.” read more
The cult-classic The Toxic Avenger is getting a face-lift with a remake. It was announced today that Sausage Party co-director Conrad Vernon has be tapped to direct the re-imagination of the ultimate Troma film. It has been over 30 years since 98 pound weakling Melvin Ferd (Mark Torgl) fell into a drum of toxic waste to emerge as the Toxic Avenger.
Little else is know about the reboot of the horror-comedy, which spawned the sequels The Toxic Avenger II, The Toxic Avenger III: The Last Temptation of Toxie and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV. Troma Entertainment founder Lloyd Kaufman will executive produce along with his co-director of the original film, Michael Herz. Archer creators Mike Arnold and Chris Poole will be penning the script. No release date has been confirmed. read more