‘Zombieland 2: Double Tap’ Finishes Third, ‘The Addams Family’ Drops to Fourth at Weekend Box Office

Facing the continued success of the scariest clown this fall season (Joker) and a good ole’ fashioned Disney witch (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil), Zombieland 2: Double Tap and The Addams Family had to settle for third and fourth place respectively at the weekend box office.

The star-studded cast of the original Zombieland returned for the sequel and delivered a respectable $26.7 million.  Double Tap outperformed the original (without taking inflation into account, of course) which made $24.7 million way back in 2009.  The new film also earned a B+ from those polled by Cinemascore on opening night and also clocked in with a score of 66% fresh on Rotten TomatoesZombieland 2: Double Tap will not have a great deal of competition for action/horror dollars next week, which should allow the film to hang out in next week’s top five (or six) as well. read more

Trailer and Release Date Revealed for ‘The Outsider’

Set to debut January 12, 2020 on HBO, the official teaser trailer for The Outsider has been released. The preview, which is just over two minutes, gives viewers a glimpse of the building drama and suspense that they can expect in this 10-episode series.

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, The Outsider opens with a seemingly straightforward investigation into the murder of a child. But when an insidious supernatural force edges its way into the case, it leads a seasoned cop and an unorthodox investigator to question everything they believe in. read more

‘The Simpsons’ Annual ‘Treehouse of Horror’ Episode Includes Parodies of ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘The Shape of Water’

The Simpsons annual “Treehouse of Horror”episode not only hits some impressive milestones this year (number 30, or the much cooler looking roman numeral XXX, and the craftily-planned 666 episode in the longest running animated series in TV history), but it also takes aim at some of the hottest and critically acclaimed series and films such as Stranger Things and The Shape of Water.

In addition to the aforementioned parodies, the 30th “Treehouse of Horror” episode will also feature segments involving a demonic Maggie and Homer’s spirit possessing some new, more fit bodies. read more

ComiXology Announces Four New Horror Comic Series This October

ComiXology (Amazon’s digital comic service) announced four new titles today in honor of every horror fan’s favorite holiday: Halloween!  The three new creator-owned comiXology Originals include: two new graphic novels, Dracula: Son of the Dragon (written by Mark Sable with art by Salgood Sam), Tremor Dose (by Michael Conrad with art by Noah Bailey), and the five issue limited series Afterlift #1 (written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Jason Loo), along with Archie Comics very own Josie and the Pussycats in Space #1 (written by Alex de Campi with art by Devaki Neogi). read more

‘Crawl’ Director Alexandre Aja: The Horror News Network Interview

Alexandre Aja quickly established himself as a household name in horror with 2003’s High Tension, and he continued to make his mark on the genre with such releases as The Hills Have Eyes remake, Piranha 3D, and Horns. His latest film, Crawl, debuted in theaters on July 12th, and this Florida hurricane, alligator attack story thrilled both fans and critics alike. To mark the debut of Crawl on home video, which is now available on Digital and Blu-Ray, Mr. Aja spoke with Horror News Network to answer some of our questions about his filmmaking process and some of the unique steps required to bring a film like Crawl to the silver screen. read more

‘Crawl’ Blu-Ray: The Horror News Network Review

Director Alexandre Aja’s Crawl is finally coming to Blu-Ray disc and DVD on Tuesday, October 15th. The film- which was produced by the legendary Sam Raimi- made a splash in theaters this past July, earning over $89 million against a $13.5 million budget and netting great critic and fan reviews along the way. Paramount Pictures have released a disc that contains a great transfer and solid special features, making Crawl a must-buy title for fans of the genre.

Crawl is a very strong entry in the storied category of aquatic monster movies. Ever since Bruce the shark first popped out of the ocean in Jaws, filmmakers have always been trying to recapture that distinct sense of dread that comes with the mystery of what lies beneath the surface of the water. Aja has found the perfect monster to rekindle interest in this fascinating sub-genre. The alligator shares many of the same predatory qualities as great white sharks, but with one major caveat: they can wreak a lot of havoc on land as well! Crawl‘s pacing is perfectly aligned with the rising of the water throughout a Florida hurricane, and the viewer can’t help but feel a lurking sense of dread along with each progressing establishing shot where the sea level is just a little bit higher. There are few films out there which capture the terror of an aquatic predator like Crawl does. read more

Original Sheriff Leigh Brackett Actor to Return for ‘Halloween Kills’

It has been revealed that Charles Cyphers has been tapped to reprise his role as Haddonfield’s sheriff Leigh Brackett in the upcoming sequel Halloween Kills. Cyphers starred in both the 1978 original Halloween and 1981 sequel, Halloween II.

Currently filming in Wilmington, NC, the announcement was made via Twitter by @Halloween__Fans, a page which also posted that Haddonfield Memorial Hospital will be featured in Kills as well. The location was central in the plot of Halloween II when Michael Myers stalked Laurie Strode while she was trying to recover from the injuries she sustained just hours earlier. read more

‘The Addams Family’ Creeps Into Second Place at Weekend Box Office

Families turned out for a dose of nostalgia this weekend in the form of yet another reboot of The Addams Family, which earned just over $30 million in its opening frame for a second place finish at the box office.

Weekend audiences gave the film a B+ on CinemaScore, with women representing 59% of the opening weekend crowd.  48% of the overall audience was also under the age of 17, which is no surprise for an animated film.  The film fared much worse with critics, who gave the film an aggregate score of 44% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Top critics polled like the film even less, only accounting for a score of 27%.  In both cases, the sample size was low for a film with this wide of a release, with only 63 reviews recorded.  The film will have added competition next week from Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil  so The Addams Family should see a sharp decline (60% or more).  The Halloween season may help the film in coming weeks if the kooky family can endure the assault of the popular witch from Sleeping Beauty. read more

‘Maniac Cop’ Coming to HBO

According to Deadline, a reimagining of Maniac Cop has been greenlighted by HBO with Nicolas Winding Refn serving as both producer and director. Joining Refn on directorial duties will also be John Hyams.

Maniac Cop is set in Los Angeles and is said to be told through a kaleidoscope of characters, from cop to common criminal. A killer in uniform has uncaged mayhem upon the streets. Paranoia leads to social disorder as a city wrestles with the mystery of the exterminator in blue. Is he mere mortal, or a supernatural force? read more

‘In Search of Darkness’ Director David A. Weiner: The Horror News Network Interview

Although many eras of horror have their own flavor and army of fans, the horror decade that has received the most praise, imitation, and love in recent years is undoubtedly the 1980s.  The era of big business, big hair, and low budget horror is rife with enough horror films to pack any documentary, but before director David A. Weiner unveiled his work on In Search of Darkness: The Definitive ’80s Horror Documentary, no one had ever attempted to capture the zeitgeist of the decade in such a fashion. read more