Final ‘Doctor Sleep’ Trailer Showcases Action at the Overlook Hotel

With Stephen King’s It: Chapter Two dominating the box office and press coverage, it is easy to forget about King’s upcoming sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep.  If you’ve been remiss, today’s final trailer will certainly make long time fans of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining happy, with multiple call-backs to the original, as well as images of new mayhem at the old Overlook Hotel.

The director of Doctor Sleep, Mike Flanagan, unveiled the final trailer on twitter today. read more

Mountain Dew’s Mystery Flavor ‘VooDEW’ Hits Store Shelves in Time for Halloween

If limited edition soda is your thing, Mountain Dew’s got you covered this Halloween season! A special mystery flavor version called VooDEW just hit store shelves and it’s not going to be around for long. According to the official website which launched alongside the product, VooDEW is, “a devilishly delicious new mystery flavor to help you get into the spirit of Halloween early.” The site also updates every day with a sign marking how many days curious fans have left to pick up some bottles and cans for themselves (as of the time of this writing, there are 54 days left). read more

‘It: Chapter Two’ Takes Top Spot at Box Office Carnival with $91 Million

In probably the least surprising box office news of the year, It: Chapter Two dominated all competition at the weekend box office with an estimated $91 million start, although not all of the numbers associated with the sequel are as rosy red as Pennywise’s favorite balloons.

The much more expensive sequel (more than double the first film’s 35 million dollar budget, coming in at $79 million) laughed all the way to the bank for the second best start for a September release, the second best start for a horror film, and the fourth best ever opening for a R-rated feature.  With no direct competition until the original mad clown, The Joker, arrives on October 4, It: Chapter Two should continue to deliver solid numbers for all of September and into the Halloween month of October when horror films traditionally reign supreme. read more

Steve Niles Returns to ‘Criminal Macabre’ in December

Steve Niles returns to his original hard-boiled, paranormal detective Cal McDonald this December with Dark Horse Comics The Big Bleed mini-series.  Niles will be joined by emerging artist Gyula Németh and letterer Nate Piekos for the latest chapter in the Cal McDonald mystery series.

According to the official press release, Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out “…starts when supernatural detective Cal McDonald, found wandering the streets as a disheveled vagrant, is ripped from his self-imposed retirement to resume his monster-killing career.  But Cal is reluctant to return to the fray.  What has the hard-bitten investigator so shaken?  It’s a long story that begins with a beautiful woman who happens to be a vampire…and ends with a bang.”

Niles is excited to return to the character, and he has “… been writing Cal McDonald since I was in my 20’s and to this day he is the most fun to write. I couldn’t be happier to see him come back with Gyula Nemeth doing the art.  I think fans of Cal will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully a little horrified.” read more

‘IT: Chapter Two’ Scores Killer Thursday Night Box Office

America is still down with the clown.  Deadline is reporting that the much-anticipated continuation of the classic Stephen King novel, IT: Chapter Two, took home a Thursday-night haul of $10.5 million in around 3,700 theaters nationwide.  That figure is good for the second-best September horror opening in history.  Which film continues to hold the top spot?  The first IT from 2017, of course, which brought in $13.5 million.  New Line Cinema has to be very pleased that folks love being scared. read more

‘It: Chapter Two’ to Feature Exclusive ‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer in Theaters Only

What do Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey have in common? In order to see Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, you’ve got to sit through hours of melodrama centered around an obnoxious clown!

The Hollywood Reporter has been tracking Warner Bros.’ recent promotional strategies, and it turns out that the studio plans to release trailers for hot, new films exclusively in theaters in order to renew interest in the theatrical experience. They first tested the waters with a theater-only teaser for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which preceded films from all studios. The teaser for Birds of Prey, however, is tailor made for Warner Bros.’ lucrative It franchise, and it will play exclusively before It: Chapter Two. The Reporter notes that there is a version of what is presumed to be the teaser trailer on the web, “in low definition and non-English languages,” but you need to buy a ticket for It: Chapter Two to see it in high definition and in English. The clip features It’s signature red balloons before cutting to a shot of Robbie as Harley Quinn. read more

Tom Felton Joins ‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ Cast

Coming exclusively from The Hollywood Reporter, Netlfix’s A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting has added Tom Felton to its expanding cast.

Felton is known for his long tenure as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film franchise, and the recent YouTube Premium series Origin.

Based on the young-adult book series by Joe Ballarini, who is also writing the film’s screenplay, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is the story of Kelly Ferguson who is babysitting for the first time and during her watch the children she’s looking after are captured by horrible monsters. After which she joins a secret society of babysitters who band together to fight and get the children back. read more

Parents in Australia Want ‘It: Chapter Two’ Billboards Banned

It: Chapter Two is poised to explode at the worldwide box office, but some parents in Australia would like to see billboards advertising the film blown to smithereens!  According to multiple reports from Australian television stations, parents are ready to pull down the billboards that are reportedly terrorizing their children.

Parents say advertising for an upcoming horror film should be banned from roadside billboards because the image is scaring their children. #9Newshttps://t.co/fKeKcCdpHf

— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) August 30, 2019 read more

‘Death Trap’ Writer Matt Miner and Artist Christopher Peterson: The Horror News Network Interview

Comics (and films for that matter) were once relegated to specific genres which didn’t change much over fifty years until imprints like Vertigo, and companies like Dark Horse Comics, began giving  genre-bending tales a chance.  Horror comics have certainly benefited from this widening of the borders, and now encompass not only supernatural tales, but also those tinged with crime, drama, and social commentary.

From one look at Matt Miner and Christopher Peterson’s Death Trap, it is clear that both creators enjoy “painting outside of the lines” when it comes to graphic storytelling.  In this exclusive interview with Horror News Network, both creators share the impetus behind Death Trap at the start of their Kickstarter campaign to fund and continue their wild ride. read more

‘Black Christmas’ Trailer Arrives From Blumhouse and Universal

Today Universal Pictures revealed a two-and-a-half minutes trailer for their upcoming Christmas-themed slasher flick Black Christmas. Directed by Sophia Takal, the film stars Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O’Grady, Lily Donoghue, Caleb Eberhardt, Cary Elwes and Simon Mead.

 The movie is described as:

Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.

 Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters-athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue, The CW’s Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW’s Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, Fox’s Star)-prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one. read more