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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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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
After a busy, but underwhelming summer for horror films, this fall season offers a few less offerings than this past summer (and last fall). The upside for horror fans (and studio executives) is the fact that this fall will bring two heavyweight Stephen King adaptations to the table, with one that is all but guaranteed to do some major damage at the box office: the jump-scare machine entitled It: Chapter Two. The fall will also see the debut of King’s sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, by the fan favorite creator of The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan. read more
Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode, Nick Castle appears in scenes as Michael Myers, Charles Cyphers makes his return as Leigh Brackett, Kyle Richards reappears as Lindsey Wallace and… completely out of left field, Anthony Michael Hall is cast as Tommy Doyle. Hall being cast as the bullied young man from Haddonfield left more than a few fans of the slasher franchise scratching their head. With Richards returning as Wallace, it makes it incredibly awkward that Brian Andrews, the original Tommy Doyle from 1978’s Halloween was not brought back as well. read more
Last we saw The Losers’ Club of Derry, ME they had defeated Pennywise the Clown into submission, but not for good. Now, 27 years later, the gang returns to finish what began when they were all just 11 years old. To commemorate the occasion, Warner Bros. released new IT: Chapter Two character posters on Instagram, juxtaposing the grown-up Losers with their younger selves. Check them out below!
In the anticipated sequel, Pennywise has returned to terrorize the town of Derry once more. As adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, people of Derry are disappearing again, so Mike, the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others to come back. Traumatized by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all, putting them directly in the path of the shape-shifting clown that has become deadlier than ever. read more
If you were at the Connecticut Cult Classics double feature of Black Christmas and Silent Night, Deadly Night in December of 2017, you were lucky enough to catch our screening of Jill ‘Sixx’ Gevargizian’s beautiful short film The Stylist.
Starring Najarra Townsend (Contracted) as Claire, a hair stylist who escapes the loneliness of her life by living vicariously through – and as – her clients, The Stylist screened at over a hundred film festivals across the globe and won twenty awards including the Jury Award and Audience Choice at Etheria Film Night and Najarra picked up “Best Performance” awards at Fantastic Fest, Monster Fest, Knoxville Horror Film Fest, and Nightmares Film Fest. read more