Check Out the First Official Trailer for Ghost in the Shell!

After months and months of being very secretive, Paramount Pictures have released the first full length official trailer for 2017’s Ghost in the Shell, starring Scarlett Johansson. Feel free to watch it on repeat below:

If the trailer is any indication, the world of this adaption of the classic anime film is looking like it could be the most detailed and complex futuristic landscape since Blade Runner. It also appears that many of the creepy elements that made the original so popular will be realized on the big screen. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for all upcoming news and a review when the film comes to theaters on March 31, 2017. read more

Rampage Gets an April 2018 Release Date Starring The Rock

Deadline has a report that Rampage, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will debut on April 20, 2018. What’s even more exciting is that the movie will be released in both 3D and Imax.

Rampage is a classic 1986 arcade game developed by Bally Midway. In the game, players can control one of three massive monsters: George, a King Kong type gorilla, Ralph, a giant werewolf, and Lizzie, a Godzilla type Kaiju.

The object of the game is to take control of the monster and survive rounds of military onslaught as you attempt to bring cities crashing to the ground. read more

R.L. Stine to Write a Comic For Marvel

Announced during a Reddit AMA on Halloween, R.L. Stine, author of the famous Goosebumps books, has signed on to write a comic series for Marvel Comics.

“I’m writing a series of comic books for Marvel—my first comics ever,” said Stine, “But I’m not allowed to talk about them yet.”

According to a 2008 article in the Post Gazette, Stine’s books, have sold over 400 million copies. This impressive number has earned him the title of “Stephen King” of children’s literature.

In 2015, a Goosebumps movie which starred Jack Black and featured a cameo by R.L. Stine grossed over $150 million. The coming together of Stine and Marvel Comics appears to be a surefire hit for both parties. read more

Fox Orders Pilot For The Passage

Deadline is reporting that Fox has order a pilot for The Passage, a series based on novels by Justin Cronin.

The adaptation is written by Liz Heldens with Matt Reeves signed on to direct.

The Passage tells the story of an apocalyptic future that is overrun by vampires infected by a highly contagious virus. Set in 2016 and spanning more than ninety years, the book follows colonies of humans attempting to survive bloodthirsty creatures.

The news of a pilot has been a long time coming for The Passage as it’s road to the screen started in 2007. Producers eventually determined that the book was better set for TV rather than a feature film. read more

Robert Eggers Set to Remake Nosferatu

In his recent appearance on Indiewire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, The Witch director, Robert Eggers confirmed that his next project will be a remake of the 1922 horror classic, Nosferatu.

“It feels ugly, blasphemous, egomaniacal and disgusting for a filmmaker in my place to be doing Nosferatu next,” said Eggers ” I was really planning on waiting a while, but that’s how fate shook out.”

With his period piece horror film The Witch, Eggers created a slow-building, moody thriller which garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Nosferatu can potentially follow along the same lines, which would play right into the director’s wheelhouse. read more

An 80’s Slasher-Versary Brings Out Horror Fans

Connecticut Cult Classics held their fourth movie showing last night at the classic Strand Theater in Seymour, CT. The night was dubbed “An 80’s Slasher-Versary,” as two 80’s slasher flicks, April Fool’s Day and The Burning were shown back to back.

As with past Cult Classic events, fans came early to enjoy the pre-movie music, trailers, and movie theater popcorn. To the surprise of all the attendees, a grab bag commemorating the event was free of charge. The bag, which had blood-stained packaging, consisted of a Cropsy loves you button, Camp Blackfoot matches and two fireballs. read more

The Exorcist: The Series “Father of Lies” Episode Review

Episode Seven of Fox’s The Exorcist series, entitled “Father of Lies,” continues to bring the series into an interesting direction as several main characters are drawn into intense new physical and psychological conflicts. Based on the events of this episode, it’s clear that the season is headed for an explosive climax.

The age of the 24 hour media cycle is explored early on in the episode, as the Rance household is surrounded and harassed by fans, protesters and reporters. While Sharon Gless’ Chris MacNeil can take it because she’s seen it all before, these conditions are particularly stressful for Geena Davis’ Angela. Some of the particularly fascinating scenes of this episode portray an interesting dichotomy between Chris’ and Angela’s respective strengths and weaknesses. Angela’s newfound insight into what Chris must have felt during Angela’s own brush with the demon is the perfect example of the character-centric kind of show The Exorcist has become. Once the grieving mother, Chris now has to play a different role in what is happening to the Rance family, and her strength seems to keep the other family members just barely moving forward. read more

Black Mirror Season Three Review and Analysis: Concept Over Character

Black Mirror Season Three, the first season to be produced exclusively for Netflix, exhibits a variety of achievements and missteps; and while there are some interesting concepts, its lukewarm delivery (despite one good episode and one particularly excellent episode) demonstrates that is has a ways to go to match the quality of other recent Netflix and horror/sci-fi television offerings.

Described by many as “The Twilight Zone for the tech generation,” Black Mirror dazzled British audiences in its first and second seasons, and then later picked up steam in the United States on Netflix. While loosely connected and existing in the same universe (with most episodes featuring a broken mirror or establishing shots focused on black mirror-like surfaces), each episode addresses an entirely different concept. This results in a wide spectrum of tones and atmospheres. The original episodes feature talented English actors and actresses known to American audiences, such as Hayley Atwell, Oona Chaplin, Domhnall Gleeson, and Jon Hamm, and Netflix chose to continue the tradition by hiring Alice Eve, Jerome Flynn, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Kelly Macdonald to fill important roles in the present season. Interestingly, despite featuring top talent, Black Mirror’s biggest issue so far seems to be a lack of characterization and character development. This stems from too much of a focus on the technology over the characters. read more

Executive Producer of The Exorcist Shares Insight into Season One and Beyond

Variety recently sat down with Jeremy Slater, the creator and one of the executive producers of Fox’s The Exorcist series. Slater revealed many interesting details about the creative process of making the show and explained where the series will be going in the future.

Readers who have been following Horror News Network’s reviews know that the show is surprisingly intelligent and character-driven, especially for a TV-14 network show that airs at 9:00. While the pilot episode felt a little too reliant on the source material, the episodes that have followed have proven to be thoughtfully crafted and unafraid to explore ideas and storytelling techniques which go beyond the 1973 original movie. Based on Slater’s comments, these refreshing qualities were no accident: read more

The First Trailer for the Slenderman Documentary is Here

HBO has released the first trailer for their documentary Beware the Slenderman which is set to air on the channel on January 23, 2017.

The Slenderman (or The Slender Man) is a fictional boogeyman-type character that was created in 2009 by Eric Knudsen for a contest on the internet forum Something Awful. The character is very tall and thin and wears a dark suit and has a mostly feature-less face. From Knudsen’s creation, an internet legend was born.

The Slenderman quickly went viral and numerous websites soon had fanart dedicated to the character as well as fan-fiction revolving around him…and in fiction the character remained until May of 2014 when two 12 year old Wisconsin girls stabbed a classmate 19 times and said that they did it to become servants of the Slenderman. read more