The CW Renews Supernatural and Announces Constantine Animated Series

The CW Network announced today at The Television Critics Association’s Winter 2017 Press Tour in Pasadena, CA that Supernatural would return for a thirteenth season and that Constantine would get new life as an animated short.  

IGN discovered further details about the Constantine animated series at the event.  The animated series will be exclusive to The CW’s digital service (CW Seed) and will consist of five to six 10-minute episodes.  John Constantine will be voiced by original star Matt Ryan (who also appeared in season Four of Arrow on the CW). read more

Underworld 5: Blood Wars Finishes Fourth at Weekend Box Office

Kicking off a very busy January and February for horror fans, Underworld 5: Blood Wars finished 4th at the weekend box office with just over $13 million dollars.

The total is the lowest opening in the history of the franchise, but not an unexpected one with stiff competition from “Space Race” drama Hidden Figures which narrowly beat Star Wars: Rogue One to finish in first place with $22,800, 057 at theaters this weekend.  In comparison, the fourth installment in the Underworld franchise (2012’s Underworld Awakening) opened with a $25 million dollar take at the box office (and slightly better reviews-if you care about a 26% positive Rotten Tomatoes aggregate score vs a 20% score for the latest entry). read more

Capcom Offers 4D Virtual Reality Candle Accessory for Resident Evil 7

The folks at Capcom sure have gone out of their way to make us say “Okay, that’s weird!” throughout the production of Resident Evil 7. From the dramatic tonal shift present in its playable teaser demo (similar to the Silent Hills P.T. experience), to the USB stick resembling the demo’s mysterious severed finger that comes packaged with the game’s limited edition collector’s edition release, Capcom wants to keep us in the dark and scratching our heads until the game’s January 24th release date. Less is known about this game than any other Resident Evil game this close to release. read more

Netflix Infinite Runner Features Stranger Things Characters

Netflix has just released a browser based game featuring characters from their orginal series including Stranger Things.

As Mike Wheeler, you can jump past security guards, soldiers and scientists while running through the woods around the secret military base. After a short while, the antagonist of the series, The Demogorgon appears and the chase is on. Mike does get a little help in the form of Eleven, a girl with some serious psychokinetic skills.

The game resembles the 8/16-bit video games of the past and is made with simplicity in mind. The spacebar is the only key you will need to press in this game. Hitting it once makes you jump, while hitting it twice makes you do a higher, double jump. read more

Chucky Returns in 2017

It was announced today that “Cult of Chucky,” the seventh film in the “Child’s Play” franchise, will begin filming on January 9, 2017. It is anticipated that this film will be released in the fall of 2017 on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

Fans will get to see several returning cast members including Fiona Dourif (“Curse of Chucky”), Alex Vincent (“Child’s Play”, “Child’s Play 2”), Jennifer Tilly (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Bride of Chucky”), and Brad Dourif (“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) as the voice of Chucky. Don Mancini, writer of the “Child’s Play” franchise will write, direct, and serve as executive producer. read more

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