The Exorcist: The Series “162” Episode Review

“162,” the penultimate episode of the first season of Fox’s The Exorcist, continues the series’ tradition of captivating and meaningful storytelling, all while ramping up suspense levels to unprecedented heights as it barrels towards next week’s finale.

Episode Eight featured the surprising deaths of Father Bennett (Kurt Egyiawan) and Chris MacNeil (Sharon Gless). Episode Nine increases the body count by killing off fan favorites Lester and Cherry Rego (Ken Marks and Keira Naughton), Mother Bernadette (Deanna Dunagan), and the entire Convent of Our Lady of Mercy. While this is an incredible loss of characters who have all contributed towards the unique atmosphere of the show, it’s clear that the showmakers are serious about increasing the odds as the story progresses. Captain Howdy (Robert Emmet Lunney) has achieved integration with Angela Rance (Geena Davis), and there had to be serious consequences for it to mean anything. The expression on Father Marcus’ face as he takes in all of this death says it all: there’s no going back at this point. Anything less would have caused the viewers to seriously question one of the following scenes where Marcus pistol whips and nearly drowns Brother Simon (Francis Guinan). The show seems very aware that it can’t raise the stakes without raising the consequences. Suddenly, none of the cast feel safe anymore. Perhaps this has something to do with the fact that Fox has not yet committed to renewing the series for Season Two. Maybe Jeremy Slater, the show’s creator, doesn’t want to hold back on telling his story in case the first season is all he gets to tell it. read more

Warner Bros. Reintroduces Little Shop of Horrors to A New Generation

Warner Bros. has enlisted director Greg Berlanti and writer Matthew Robinson to bring Little Shop of Horrors, the campy classic about a carnivorous plant with an insatiable hunger, back to the big screen. This brand-new musical adaptation of the 1960 low-budget Roger Corman black-comedy, horror movie will reintroduce the story of a meek flower shop worker that brings a persuasive, talking plant back to life only to discover that it craves human flesh, forcing him to kill to keep it alive.

Berlanti is the executive producer responsible for the CW’s many hit DC Superheroes-based TV shows, such as The Flash, Supergirl and Arrow. Robinson wrote the script for the 2009 Ricky Gervais film, The Invention of Lying. Warners’ Niija Kuykendall will oversee the project for the studio. read more

Legendary “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine to Tackle “Man-Thing” for Marvel Comics!

Marvel comics and legendary children’s/horror author R.L. Stine have announced that they have joined forces to launch a five-part series reviving Marvel’s “Man-Thing”. Although Marvel offered Stine a few characters to work with, it was his affinity for swamp creatures that made him decide on “Man-Thing”.

Known for his hugely popular “Goosebumps” titles, Stine told the New York Times that he first aspired to be a comic artist at a young age. “I started doing these little comic books in the fourth grade”, he told the Times, but he quickly realized he had no talent for illustration; “I was terrible,” he said. “I had no choice but to be a writer.” read more

Jason Voorhees’ Biggest Foe to be a Playable Character in “Friday the 13th: The Game”

If you’ve seen Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter, you know that Jason Voorhees was dispatched by Tommy Jarvis (played by Corey Feldman). If you’ve seen that, we’re guessing that you’ve also seen Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives and are aware that Tommy is also responsible for resurrecting Mr. Voorhees.

Much to the delight of horror and gaming fans, Gun Media released a new trailer showing that Tommy Jarvis will be a playable character in the much-anticipated Friday the 13th: The Game. read more

Cloverfield Spin-Off Officially Announced for October 2017

Deadline broke the somewhat confusing announcement that the film God Particle has been dropped from Paramount’s 2017 schedule and has been replaced with the title “New Cloverfield film”.

Rumors have persisted for quite sometime that God Particle was a film that took place in the Cloverfield Universe.  Whether God Particle was a direct sequel or a related story such as 10 Cloverfield Lane has not been determined to this day.  Bad Robot is famous for “the veil of secrecy” surrounding their projects, so this move  (and the lack of information about the film) is not surprising to anyone.  The only information anyone has to go on at this time is that the film will be directed by Julius Onah  and star David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ziyi Zhang, Elizabeth Debicki, Daniel Brühl and Chris O’Dowd. Deadline reports that the film”focuses on a group of astronauts aboard an international space station who make a shocking discovery and must fight for their survival.”   read more

War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer Arrives

Today 20th Century Fox debuted the trailer for the much anticipated Apes film, War for the Planet of the Apes.

The two minute and ten second trailer showcases Caesar (portrayed by Andy Serkis) preparing his army for what could be a final showdown with the humans who are led by the Colonel (Woody Harrelson).

The previous film in the Apes franchise, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes grossed over $710 million worldwide. Success was accolades came quickly as that film was nominated for a slew of awards including an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. read more

Phil Anselmo Talks Superjoint, Horror and the Musical Stylings of Bill Moseley

Horror News Network: Let’s begin by talking about the rejuvenated Superjoint, which played for the first time in years at Housecore Horror Film Festival, which then led you back in the studio with Jose Gonzalez on drums now and Stephen Taylor on bass. Given the high expectations, Caught Up in the Gears of Application has been very well received by fans and you’re planning a tour. How does that feel for you to revisit Superjoint  which wasn’t even a thought a few years back, it just sort of happened organically?   read more

Classic Sega Game “Altered Beast” to be Developed for Film and TV

Fans of the classic Sega titles “Altered Beast” and “Streets of Rage” will be thrilled to learn that Stories International has entered into a collaboration with Circle of Confusion to produce both big and little screen versions of the popular video games.  Stories Intl. is the production company of Sega Group.  Circle of Confusion produces such film and television titles as “Fear the Walking Dead”, “Outcast” and “Mr. Right.”
President and CEO of Stories International, Tomoya Suzuki, will partner with Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis to bring these games to the mass American audiences in entertainment form.  Stories Intl. also has their eyes on other popular Sega franchises, including “Shinobi”, “Virtua Figher” and “The House of the Dead”, which has already received the film treatment back in 2003 to limited success (thanks Uwe Boll!).  “These are some of the most well loved SEGA games, and we are thrilled to be working with Stories to adapt them into major film and television franchises,” Mattis stated.
While no other details have yet been made public regarding the film/television adaptations for either “Altered Beast” (which involves a centurion who can shape-shift into a werewolf and is resurrected by Zeus to rescue his daughter Athena from the Underworld)  or “Streets of Rage”, their rabid fanbases eagerly await additional news.  Keep checking HNN for details as they become available. read more

ICG Awards to Honor Ryan Murphy as Television Showman of the Year

Ryan Murphy will be honored at the 54th Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists Awards as Television Showman of the Year. The ceremony will take place on February 24th, 2017 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Murphy is being honored after a particularly busy and productive year, working as a showrunner on American Horror StoryScream Queens, and the phenomenal American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. ICG President, Steven Poster, had this to say to Hollywood Reporter:

“Ryan is up there with a select few who have been able to bring such high consistency to everything they touch.” read more

Full Trailer for “The Mummy” Reboot Starring Tom Cruise is Released

Last week we posted the teaser trailer for Universal Pictures’ newest reboot of The Mummy franchise and now the full trailer has landed. Featuring Tom Cruise in what looks to be a very “action movie”-style take on The Mummy story, we get a larger view of Sofia Boutella as the title character.

The Mummy is the first in what Universal is hoping to be a reboot of their classic monsters with Javier Bardem slated to take on the role of Frankenstein and Johnny Depp to tackle The Invisible Man. Also, according to writer/director/producer Alex Kurtzman, it seems that all of the separate movies are to culminate in a “meeting of the monsters” Marvel-type film. read more