Rock and Shock 2016 Horror and Music Convention

The annual Rock and Shock Horror and Music Convention Weekend has descended upon the DCU Center in Worcester, MA and Horror News Network staffers Sean McLaughlin and Larry Dwyer were there to take in all of the action on Friday.

The huge venue was packed with amazing vendors, killer celebrity guests and hundreds of rabid horror fans hungry for their chance to take a picture with their favorite horror celeb and to snag some of the awesome swag being sold throughout the DCU Center. With guests including the iconic Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Cat People, etc.), Matt Liliard and Skeet Ulrich (Scream), Danielle Harris (Halloween 4&5), Phil Anselmo (Pantera, Superjoint Ritual) and Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo of the smash hit Ash vs. Evil Dead, fans have no shortage of celebrity skin to feast their eyes upon. read more

Dark Water Special Edition Blu-Ray Review

Arrow Video continues their tradition of releasing hard to find horror films with a jam packed blu-ray special edition of 2002’s Dark Water, based on a short story by Kôji Suzuki and directed by J-Horror master Hideo Nakata. Both of these influential artists reinvented the genre with 1998’s Ringu, and suddenly these ghostly stories and their American adaptations were experiencing success at the box office all over the world. With their special edition release of Dark Water, Arrow Video pays homage to Nakata’s and Suzuki’s entire bodies of work, featuring behind the scenes material and interviews which thoroughly chronicle their popular styles of storytelling and filmmaking. read more

Damon Williams of Music Choice Talks About Programming Halloween’s Sounds of the Season

Music adds a special spice to all holiday activities, and aside from the undisputed champ of holiday tunes (that would be Christmas), every holiday has a certain soundtrack to help in the celebrations.  Albums, radio station playlists, cds, and the traditional local television station’s “Yule Log” have all helped deliver the music of your favorite seasonal holiday for generations.  

While many of these traditional formats are still nostalgically revered  by fans, in the digital age, it is much easier to access beloved classics on a computer, phone, or cable television connection.  The world’s first digital audio broadcast service company Music Choice (originally named Digital Cable Radio) has been delivering content to listeners since 1987 and one of their staple channels is the ever-changing “Sounds of the Seasons” (and for horror fans, there is one season that holds a special place in all of our hearts… ).  Regardless of what cable provider that you may subscribe to in your region, there is a very good chance that they carry the Music Choice service as their exclusive music provider, allowing fans access to a diverse mix of Halloween favorites. read more

Syfy’s Van Helsing Renewed for Second Season

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.” read more

An Interview with The Unnatural Haunting of Mrs. Beverly Snow Author Brian Olsen

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

Vamp Special Edition Blu-Ray Review

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

Kolchak: The Night Stalker DVD Review

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

Rock and Shock 2016 Ready to Terrify New England

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

Wolf Creek 6-Part TV Series Premieres This Friday

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

Mel Brooks Reminisces About Gene Wilder and Young Frankenstein at Special Screening

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