Djimon Hounsou to Replace Brian Tyree Henry in ‘A Quiet Place 2’

Just in from The Wrap, Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America, Shazam!) has joined the highly-anticipated sequel A Quiet Place 2 replacing Brian Tyree Henry who left the project due to scheduling conflicts.

Hounsou, whose upcoming projects also include Charlie’s Angels, The King’s Man, and the TV series What If…?, joins Emily Blunt, who returns for the sequel alongside cast members Noah Jupe (Suburbicon, Wonder) and Millicent Simmonds (Wonderstruck), with John Krasinski who will write and direct again. Golden Globe nominee Cillian Murphy (Breakfast on Pluto, Peaky Blinders) will also star in the sequel, set for release on March 20, 2020. read more

James Wan’s Atomic Monster Nabs ‘The Troop’

James Wan’s production company Atomic Monster has picked up the rights to the young adult fiction novel The Troop according to our friends at Deadline.  Written by Nick Cutter, The Troop has compiled numerous literary awards including Sunburst Award Nominee for Adult (2015), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Horror (2014), and the James Herbert Award (2015).

If the accolades above don’t do it for you, here’s what Stephen King had to say about the book: “The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn’t put it down. This is old-school horror at its best.” read more

Monster Cereals to Team with Addams Family

Here is a bit of interesting news coming straight from the team at General Mills. Our beloved Monster Cereals Boo Berry, Count Chocula and Franken Berry are returning this Fall and they are teaming with The Addams Family to offer downloadable pumpkin carving stencils.

“With The Addams Family movie coming out in October, we wanted to partner because of the timeliness with Halloween,” said Sarah McCullough, planner, Brand Experience, at General Mills. “We thought it would be a fun idea to offer stencils during a time when people are carving pumpkins. We created them so people can interact with our characters and the ones from The Addams Family.” read more

Toy, Statue Sculptor Larry Elig Talks Monsters at Terrificon: The Horror News Network Interview

If you grew up playing with toys in the 80s or 90s, you’ve definitely spent many afternoons recreating famous monster mashes with something sculpted by Larry Elig! The talented artist worked on popular figures from Jurassic Park, Beetlejuice, Terminator 2, Aliens, and Predator during Kenner’s heyday, and now he focuses on bronze busts of classic creatures far and wide. Horror News Network had the opportunity to speak with him during his appearance at Terrificon 2019 in Connecticut to discuss his work: past, present and future! read more

Jim Starlin, Paul Gulacy, and Al Milgrom Discuss the Origins of Marvel’s Magazine Line at Terrificon 2019 Panel

Most horror fans of the 1970s fondly recall Marvel’s black and white magazine sized comic books, and for many of those that grew up in that era, they often served as an introduction to the horror genre  and Marvel’s versions of classic monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein as well as some of their own such as Man-Thing and The Zombie: Simon Garth.

Word Balloon Podcast’s John Siuntres dug deeper into the origins of the magazine line at 2019’s Terrificon panel “The Lost Marvel Magazines of the 70s” with the help of some of the most prominent artists and writers of the time period in the form of Jim Starlin, Paul Gulacy, and Al Milgrom.  And while all three creators joked that they didn’t produce a whole lot of content for the magazines, they all certainly knew the history behind them. read more

‘Nocturnals’ Creator Dan Brereton Discusses Art and Horror at Terrificon: The Horror News Network Interview

Between his successful Kickstarter initiatives and the upcoming 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking Nocturnals comic franchise, writer/artist Dan Brereton is one busy guy. His appearance at Terrificon 2019- his first convention ever in the state of Connecticut- delighted fans, who showed up in droves to shake hands, seek autographs, and support the Hero Initiative (a program designed to provide financial support and emergency medical aid for comic creators in need) with cash donations. We had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Brereton on the first day of Terrificon to discuss the world of horror which has greatly influenced his work, and his own artistic process. read more

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Rakes in $2.3 Million in Preview Night Ticket Sales

Talk about starting off with a bang!  Lionsgate Films’ theatrical adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is off to a great start, pulling in $2.3 million in its Thursday night premiere run in just over 2,500 locations throughout North America.  Scary Stories faces strong competition in its opening weekend, with other strong debuts expected from Nickelodeon’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold and Disney’s The Art of Racing in the Rain also fiercely vying for teenage movie-goers.  The strong one-night ticket sales bodes very well for the film, which had garnered pre-release buzz in recent weeks among both the younger-skewing as well as hardcore horror audiences. read more

Guillermo del Toro Receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star; Offers to Finance One for Legendary Monster Make-Up Artist Jack Pierce

Oscar winner and fan favorite writer/director Guillermo del Toro (known as a super fan of monsters, horror, and Disney’s Haunted Mansion) received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, and, true to his nature, took the opportunity to promote one of the trail blazers of make-up design, Universal Studios’ Jack Pierce.

In his acceptance speech, del Toro recalled visiting the Walk of Fame as a boy in the 1970s, and looking for the stars for “…Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Alfred Hitchcock, you know, and one that I didn’t find and I will make the point to nominate and finance myself is Jack Pierce because he was one of the greatest make-up men and creators in our genre and he has never been honored with one.” read more

Danny Trejo Rescues Special Needs Child from Overturned Vehicle

On screen, Danny Trejo has taken on corrupt politicians and drug lords in Machete, dabbled in vampirism in From Dusk Till Dawn, and successfully captured the Firefly family in The Devil’s Rejects. His charismatic attitude and his ability to accomplish anything on screen has been a trademark of his 385 acting credits since 1983. Trejo showed the world yesterday that he’s just as big of a legend in real life when he saved a special needs child from an overturned vehicle in Los Angeles. read more

Official Trailer Revealed for ‘The Addams Family’

Today MGM revealed the official trailer for The Addams Family. Filled with the creepy and the kooky, the two-and-a-half-minute preview re introduced us to the monstrous family as they relocate to New Jersey.

The Addams Family stars Finn Wolfhard, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Catherine O’Hara, Oscar Isaac, Nick Kroll, Martin Short, Snoop Dogg, Bette Midler, Conrad Vernon and Allison Janney.

The official description reads as follows:
Get ready to snap your fingers! The first family of Halloween, the Addams Family, is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor. read more