HNN Preview of Toy Fair New York 2019

The 2019 New York Toy Fair is only a few days away, and the gang at HNN is ready to once again invade the Javitz Center in Manhattan and partake in all of the fun.

Staff writers Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin preview what to expect at this year’s event, and shed some light on the companies and exhibits that will be of particular interest to horror fans.  The boys cover all of the favorites like Mezco, NECA, McFarlane Toys and many others.

Visit our YouTube channel (and the video below) for the entire episode, and check out our Patreon page for even more exclusive videos and content that you can’t get anywhere else (https://www.patreon.com/horrornewsnetwork). read more

‘Weird Fantasy’ TV Series and William Gaines Biopic in the Works From Hivemind

Big news for fans of the classic EC Comics library as it was announced via a press release that Hivemind will be partnering with the estate of former EC Comics Publisher, William Gaines to produce a Weird Fantasy TV series as well as a feature film based on the life of Gaines.

“The EC library is a timeless literary achievement that deserves to stand alongside the works of Stephen King, Philip K. Dick, and H.P. Lovecraft,” said producer and Hivemind Co-President Dinesh Shamdasani. “WEIRD FANTASY is a truly historic property that shattered many barriers, and our goal is to make the television series just as fearless and forward-thinking as the stories that inspired it.” read more

Arrow Video’s ‘Audition’ Blu-Ray: The Horror News Network Review

In my coverage of February, 2019’s horror blu-ray releases, I enthusiastically recommended that seasoned horror fans buy the new Arrow Video edition of Audition… but there was a major caveat:

“Okay, don’t take this the wrong way: Takashi Miike’s Audition should only be on your “buy” list if you know exactly what you’re in for and you like it! The last 30 minutes of this movie contain grotesque special effects which haven’t aged a bit since the movie’s notorious initial 2001 release. Beyond the gore, however, is an incredibly well-made Japanese horror movie which only seems to grow more relevant as time marches on.” read more

‘The Prodigy’ Turns Out To Be Just Average at Weekend Box Office

Prodigy is a term usually reserved for a young phenom that “can’t miss” in whatever field their talents take them, such as playing the piano, throwing the football, or even film making.  Unfortunately, for Orion pictures, this week’s “Prodigy” couldn’t cut the mustard at the box office, as the new film finished in sixth place with only an estimated $6 million dollar return.

The Prodigy (not to be confused with the techno-rock kings from the UK, who happen to be launching their first tour in ten years if you can believe it) entered a weak field for horror films (with Escape Room making one of its last appearance in the top 12 this week), but it could still not connect with fans or critics.  The Prodigy’s Rotten Tomatoes score currently clocks in at 45% (which is actually pretty good for a low budget, February horror film, although the sample size of 42 reviews was rather small as Orion did not screen the film early for critics).  Rotten Tomatoes’ user reviews were a little more kind, with a score of 53%.  Cinemascores’ polling has not been revealed as of yet, but a similar low audience rating will most likely be reported based on The Prodigy’s anemic showing at the box office. read more

Danai Gurira to Exit ‘The Walking Dead’

Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Danai Gurira would be leaving AMC’s smash drama The Walking Dead in season 10.  Gurira, who has portrayed the iconic role of Michonne briliantly since season 2, has also made a big impact on the big screen, appearing in 2018’s Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars.  While the actress has signed a deal for a few episodes in season 10 in “limited capacity,” there is much speculation that she will be back in the three Walking Dead movies that AMC is planning. read more

Shudder’s Upcoming ‘Creepshow’ Anthology Announces Story Line-Up

Fans of the original George Romero and Stephen King collaboration Creepshow will be happy to heat that production has begun on Shudder’s new anthology series, bearing the same name and  format.

According to the official press release, the six-episode season will feature stories by a who’s who list of horror writers and an as yet to be revealed adaptation of a Stephen King story.  The story list so far includes: “By the Silvery Waters of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill (NOS4A2), “House of the Head” by Josh Malerman (Bird Box), “The Companion” by Joe Lansdale (Bubba Ho Tep, Hap and Leonard), “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead), “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones (The Hitchhiker), “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito (The Walking Dead: Webisodes), and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab (Monster House).  Other installments will be lead by David Bruckner (The Ritual),  Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) and Rob Schrab (Ghosted, Community). read more

Dan Brereton Unleashes Giant-Sized ‘GiantKiller’ Graphic Novel

Crowd funding is always a risky business for creators, but Dan Brereton has made a habit out of producing a number of deluxe hard cover editions of his artwork through crowd funding’s big gorilla, Kickstarter. The Nocturnals artist’s projects have always exceeded expectations, in terms of both monetary and fan goals, and Brereton is now prepared “to go big or go home”.

Brerton’s latest project is a deluxe, monster-sized edition of his 1999 cult classic comic book, Giantkiller, which captures all of the kaiju-themed mayhem of the original release with some added extras and a format worthy of the title.   The new hardcover edition measures an impressive 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 -inch volume with 240 pages, and “…additional story art in the form of a new Epilogue, a big concept gallery of sketches, a large Rogues’ Gallery of guest artist pin-ups and more!”   According to the official press release, “Brereton feels it’s one of the coolest things he’s done in comics, ‘It was something that made me ridiculously happy while I was working on it for two years. I can’t believe it’s been two decades. I still think about those characters and still want to do so much more.” read more

‘Halloween 2’ Gets a Writer

For those of you left wondering about the fate of Michael Myers following David Gordon Green’s 2018 film Halloween, you can wonder no more…maybe. Collider has announced that their sources are reporting that Blumhouse has given Scott Teems a crack at writing the script for the follow-up to last years farce film which saw the old Mr. Myers seemingly trapped in a burning basement while the three generations of Strode girls escaped the home.

According to Collider, ” Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer and Andi Matichak are all expected to return along with producer Jason Blum, whose production company will produce the sequel alongside Miramax and Trancas International Films — with Universal expected to once again handle distribution.” read more

Official Trailer for ‘Child’s Play’ Slashes its Way Online

“People, let me tell you ’bout my best friend.” The official trailer for Orion’s Child’s Play remake has arrived bringing with it technology and terror. The one-minute trailer gives us a short glimpse of what to expect as parents rush to buy the hottest toy for their children, the Buddi doll.

Directed by Lars Klevberg, Child’s Play stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, David Lewis, Ty Consiglio, and Beatrice Kitsos.

The official synopsis for the film reads:

A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. read more

Second Trailer Arrives for ‘Pet Sematary’

“Sometimes dead is better.” The much anticipated second trailer for Paramount’s Pet Sematary has arrived. The new preview gives us a glimpse of the dread that awaits the Creed’s as they move to Ludlow.

Directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, Pet Sematary stars John Lithgow, Amy Seimetz, Jason Clarke, Hugo & Lucas Lavoie, and Jete Laurence.

The official synopsis for the film is as follows:

Based on the seminal horror novel by Stephen King, follows Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke), who, after relocating with his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) and their two young children from Boston to rural Maine, discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near the family’s new home. When tragedy strikes, Louis turns to his unusual neighbor, Jud Crandall, setting off a perilous chain reaction that unleashes an unfathomable evil with horrific consequences. read more