The developers behind “Friday the 13th: The Game”, coming soon for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One consoles, have been gradually releasing areas of its “Virtual Cabin” to explore ahead of the official release date. The latest landscape to become available virtually is The Conservatory, the game’s first outdoor environment. This branch of the Virtual Cabin, a PC-exclusive standalone game with a $15 price tag, follows earlier virtual releases for The Counselors, Jason’s Chambers, and others.
The Ladies of the Evil Dead, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker, and Theresa Tilly answered questions and wowed fans at CT HorrorFest on August 27th.
The forty-five minute interview by Horror News Network’s Senior Editor, Christine Caprilozzi focused on the 1981 horror masterpiece “The Evil Dead,” as well as had the ladies quizzing the audience in a Q&A of their own.
Besides the trio discussing the filming of the cult classic, Ellen Sandweiss also confirmed her reprisal of her role as “Cheryl”, “Ash’s sister on the upcoming season of “Ash vs the Evil Dead” and talked about what it was like revisiting her character. read more
The latest spot for Rob Zombie’s new gore-fest 31 is a tight, frenetic, blood-splattered hatchet to the face. The trailer opens with the unmistakable voice of Malcolm McDowell (Halloween 1 & 2) announcing, “Tonight, we are going to play 31!” What follows is a series of quick cuts showing torture, screaming, spraying blood, cackling, a white human-sized bunny rabbit and even an apology from Richard Brake (Game of Thrones) for not sharpening his ax before firmly planting it into the neck of his victim. The film has the look of Zombie’s prior efforts such as House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. In spite of rumors to the contrary, Zombie has said 31 is not a continuation of those earlier films. The plot follows a group of kidnapped carnival workers who are forced to endure a deadly 12-hour game of cat & mouse. read more
The third annual CT HorrorFest held not one but two costume contests, where horror fans from around the area came and horrified fans on the HorrorFest catwalk. Both contests were hosted by Face Off’s Tyler Green. This year’s costume competitions drew more entries as well as a packed house in the panel area.
First up was the kids costume contest, which included Danbury’s Mayor Mark Boughton as one of its judges. The winners this year included a “broken doll,” “Chucky,” and a “Mini Michael Myers.” read more
The first trailer and poster for Shut In have been released by EuropaCorp. Directed by Farren Blackburn and written by Christina Hodson, the thriller stars Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton, David Cubitt, and Jacob Tremblay. Watts, who starred in 2002’s hit horror film The Ring, returns to familiar territory with another film centered around a ghostly child.
The official synopsis for the film reads, “SHUT IN is a heart-pounding thriller starring Naomi Watts as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.” read more
The producers of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things have been teasing a second season over the past month and today Deadline reported the reality; the show will return to Netflix in 2017 with a new season consisting of nine episodes.
With no word on casting yet, it’s safe to assume that season two will be a continuation of the highly successful first season. Co-creator and writer Matt Duffer said, “There’s definitely some dangling threads at the end, it’s open-ended so that if people want it, if Netflix wanted it, we could explore that and continue the storyline.” read more
During CT HorrorFest, Horror News Network’s Rob Caprilozzi sat down with Ricou Browning and discussed his career as the “Gill-Man” in Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon.
The eighty-five-year-old actor who played the Creature in all three films said that he “Liked making the original Creature from the Black Lagoon film the best.” The role, which he nabbed while attending the Florida State University, launched his career in film. During the panel, Browning discussed the experience getting in the Creature from the Black Lagoon costume and being given shots of brandy to keep him warm in the 40 degree water. read more
Abe Sapien #36 Early Review
Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie
Artist: Sebastian Fiumara
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: August 31st, 2016
Rating: 9 out of 10
Synopsis: Abe and a transformed Gustav Strobl battle to the finish in the final issue of the series!
Abe Sapien’s solo title has always been focused on the emotional and harrowing journey of Abe; a “new” man searching for his humanity and place in an unforgiving, cruel world. Allie and Mignola have expanded on his story over more than 50 issues (including mini-series and one-shots) and it comes to an end with the inevitable showdown with dark sorcerer Strobl, which has been set-up since issue one. read more
After signing countless autographs for thrilled fans at CT HorrorFest on August 27th, horror legend and movie pioneer George Romero sat down with Horror News Network staff member Larry Dwyer to discuss his storied career.
The discussion began with his breakthrough 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead. “We had the very first print of Night of the Living Dead in the car”, Mr. Romero said, “Russ Streiner and I were driving it to New York. On the way to New York we heard that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated…we knew at that time that what had happened was going to make the film a racial statement which was never our original intention.” read more
Gene Wilder, comedy actor best known to horror fans for Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, has died at the age of 83. The Associated Press confirmed with his family that he passed away in Stamford, CT. Wilder had career which began in the 1960’s and spanned decades. His role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) brought him to fame.
Wilder co-starred in The Producers in 1967, which marked the first of his collaborations with Mel Brooks. He starred in 1974’s Blazing Saddles as the Waco Kid. Young Frankenstein also came along that year. Wilder and Brooks co-wrote the screenplay for the comedic spin on the Universal Monsters films. read more