Netflix’s surprise summer hit Stranger Things renewal was all but confirmed by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings when he recently told the British news outlet the Guardian that“we would be dumb not to”. Stranger Things has captured a wide fan base, engaging both horror and science fiction fans and those that love the coming of age tales of directors Steven Spielberg and John Hughes. The series, created by Matt and Ross Duffer, currently sits atop IMDB’s favorite television programs (above perennial favorite Game of Thrones) and also earned a certified fresh rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.
AMC announced today via a press release that Preacher Season One was the second highest Neilsen-rated drama of 2016. Preacher finished second only to FX’s American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson in the coveted 25-52 year old demographic. The Garth Ennis-Steve Dillion adaptation averaged 3.0 million viewers per episode and will return for an extended second season next year.
This is an impressive number considering the source material was of a highly controversial nature and that the first season debuted at the start of the summer season, a traditionally slow period for television viewing. read more
Universal Studio’s Orlando confirmed the rumored appearance of Krampus on their official blog yesterday, making horror fans wishes for an early visit from the Yuletide demon a reality. A “scare house” based on the 2015 film by Michael Dougherty will be featured at Universal Studio’s annual Halloween Horror Nights. Krampus joins the already announced houses featuring The Walking Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Exorcist and John Carpenter’s Halloween. HNN begin on Friday September 16th and run through Halloween on select days, with a heavier schedule as the calendar creeps towards “All Hallow’s Eve”. read more
Fans of Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, have been eagerly anticipating the release of his new film 31, which appears to be a “return to form” for the horror director. After experimenting with Hollywood-remakes (Halloween and Halloween 2) and the satanic-witch tale Lords of Salem, many fans expected 31 to tread the same ground as his first two gore-drenched films. While the cinematic quality will be determined later by fans and critics, Zombie’s film will be receiving a special Fathom Event release on September 1st, 2016 instead of the wide release promised for September 16th. Fathom Events usually handles special events and re-issues in theaters nation-wide, such as the recent two day run of the animated The Killing Joke and the upcoming return of the Shining to theaters in October. read more