Buy / Wait / Rent: August 2019 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of August 2019! read more

‘Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests’ Returns to Travel Channel in August

Fans that enjoy their paranormal reality programming mixed with humor, hijinks, and big personalities will be excited to hear that Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass, and Marcus Harvey will be returning to the airwaves with Ghost Brothers: Haunted Houseguests on Friday, August 16 at 9 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

In this new iteration of the popular series (according to the official press release), “Best friends and ghost hunters Dalen Spratt, Juwan Mass and Marcus Harvey are responding to pleas from families experiencing paranormal activity in their homes. Traveling across the country to answer the calls for help, Dalen, Juwan and Marcus move right in to embed themselves with eight different families for a weekend slumber party.” read more

A24 Releases Trailer for Robert Eggers’ ‘The Lighthouse’

After bursting onto the scene in 2015 with his phenomenal debut, The Witch, writer/director Robert Eggers was rumored to be working on several potential projects before finally settling on his sophomore project. Filmed in black and white and offered up in a claustrophobic 4:3 aspect ratio, The Lighthouse offers all of the period dread and paranoia audiences have grown to expect from Eggers.

A24 have finally begun to promote The Lighthouse, and the film is accompanied by such taglines as, “There is enchantment in the light” and “Keepin secrets, are ye?”. The studio’s official Twitter describes the movie as, “A nautical tale of madness and dread, soaked in filthy glee, starring Willem Dafoe & Robert Pattinson.” read more

‘IT Chapter 2’ Runtime Confirmed by Director Andy Muschietti

Floating up from the sewers of Derry, ME this Fall, IT Chapter 2 Director Andy Muschietti has confirmed the runtime of his conclusion to the 2017 original film. It will definitely not be short running about two hours and 45 minutes the director said in an interview with Digital Spy.

“At the beginning,” Muschietti said, “when you’re writing and building the beats of the story, everything that you put in there seems very essential to the story. However, when you have the movie finally edited and it’s four hours long, you realize that some of the events and some of the beats can be easily lifted but the essence of the story remains intact. You cannot deliver a 4-hour movie because people will start to feel uncomfortable – no matter what they see – but we ended up having a movie that is 2 hours and 45 minutes, and the pacing is very good.” read more

Gameplay Trailer Revealed for ‘Blair Witch’

Exciting news for horror gamers today as Bloober Team along with Lionsgate Games have released the first official gameplay trailer for the upcoming Blair Witch game.

The trailer gives us a look at some of the gameplay elements of the first-person psychological horror game including exploration, commands, combat, environmental interaction, and of course a taste of how players will interact with the protagonists canine Bullet.

From what we have been able to see so far, the game seems to capture the look and feel of the Blair Witch film, complete with shaky cam. It’s 1996. A young boy disappears in the Black Hills Forest near Burkittsville, Maryland. As Ellis, a former police officer with a troubled past, you join the search. What starts as an ordinary investigation soon turns into an endless nightmare as you confront your fears and the Blair Witch, a mysterious force that haunts the woods. read more

FX Shows Off Camp Redwood in New ‘American Horror Story: 1984’ Teaser

This year’s summer camp season may be coming to a close, but the summer of 1984 will live on this September in FX’s American Horror Story: 1984. Inspired by the summer camp slasher films of the decade like Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp, this year’s season features all of the dirt roads, canoes, bathing suits, and machetes the sub-genre is known for!

FX has been steadily releasing short teaser clips unveiling such returning cast members as Emma Roberts, Billy Lourd, John Carroll Lynch, Leslie Grossman and Cody Fern, today’s release focuses on the setting for all of the grisly horror that’s bound to unfold: Camp Redwood. A pack of rambunctious youngsters are having a blast at the start of the clip, but things get serious when we learn that there’s something more dangerous in the lake than leeches and snapping turtles! read more

Josh Gates Kicks Off ‘Shark Week’ with ‘Expedition Unknown: Megalodon’

Josh Gates is a man well-known for his intuition, investigative prowess, and sense of humor, and he will need all of these attributes when he dives into the deep waters in search of the real facts behind the prehistoric monster known as Megalodon.

Gates will inaugurate the Discovery Channel’s 31st annual summer event on Sunday, July 28 at 8:00 p.m. with his new special, Expedition Unknown: Megalodon.  The special edition of Gates hit program will examine what ever became of the giant sharks by travelling to Mexico and South Africa in search of fossilized Megalodon teeth, and, as usual, Josh will don his wet suit and dive into shark-infested waters to unravel one of the ocean’s greatest mysteries. read more

Criterion Announces Monster-Sized ‘Godzilla’ 15 Film Blu-Ray Collection

If you grew up on Godzilla films that were broadcast on local channels on Saturday and Sunday afternoons (pre-cable), you’re going to want to start saving now for a monster-sized movie collection.

This fall, Criterion will release a Blu-ray collector’s set of all the Godzilla films from Japan’s Showa era (1954-1975) including the one that started it all, Godzilla (1954), followed by Godzilla Raids Again (1955), King Kong vs. Godzilla (1963), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964),  Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965),  Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Son of Godzilla (1967), Destroy All Monsters(1968),  All Monsters Attack (1969), Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971), Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972), Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973), Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), and Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). Each release will be presented with HD digital transfers. read more

Remembering Rutger Hauer

Yesterday the entertainment world suffered a huge blow with the passing of Rutger Hauer at 75 years old.  The rugged actor was a Hollywood heavyweight, having starred in over 170 films and projects over a career that goes back to the late 1960s (including several movies currently in post-production.)  However, horror and sci-fans especially had a soft spot in their hearts for the actor.  His loss is certainly being felt already by movie fans around the world.

Born on January 23, 1944, in the Netherlands (the country in which he also passed away), Hauer would first make his presence known on a massive scale in 1983 with his turn as Roy Batty in the brilliant Ridley Scott sci-fi epic Blade Runner.  From there, he would go on to personify the “intelligent but psychopathic” persona in 1986’s The Hitcher, 1992’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and 1994’s Surviving the Game (among many others.)  In keeping with the horror vibe, Hauer would star in The Rite as well as 2004’s TV adaptation of Salem’s Lot (where he nobly portrayed Kurt Barlow.)  Hobo With a Shotgun, Wedlock and Sin City are just three more examples of the kind of diversity and mainstream appeal that Hauer would take on during his long and solid career.  read more

‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space’ Return to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights

Last year’s Killer Klowns From Outer Space scare zone was so popular that Universal Orlando will again welcome the interstellar, homicidal clowns back for a full haunted house experience at 2019’s Halloween Horror Nights.

According to the official word from Universal Orlando, this year’s house “…will feature a gaggle of new characters including the baby Klowns, Boco, and Klownzilla, as well as new scenery like the Klowns’ circus-tent spaceship, and the cotton candy cocoon storage room where they keep their victims.  Throughout the house your sense of fear will be triggered by your sense of smell as you encounter strong whiffs of familiar fairground fare like sweet cotton candy, stale buttery popcorn and ice cream. Don’t be fooled though, these otherwise pleasant aromas are a sign of the murderous gang of klowns that awaits you as you move from scene to scene.” read more