‘It’ Creeps Into Top Spot; ‘Flatliners’ D.O.A. at Weekend Box Office

It was a three way battle for the box office crown this weekend, but in the end, It appears to have climbed to the top of the heap once again, collecting an estimated $17.3 million in sales.

Final numbers will be released late Monday, but it looks like It was able to narrowly beat Tom Cruise’s American Made and Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($17 million).  The Stephen King adaptation continues to deliver impressive numbers nearly a month into its release, currently standing at $291 million at the domestic box office.  It will probably drop from the top spot next weekend when the highly anticipated and well-reviewed  Blade Runner 2049 opens (96% on Rotten Tomatoes), but Pennywise will most likely stay in theaters throughout October, adding to an already record-setting total. read more

Dark ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Reboot is Coming to The CW

Although its original run ended 14 years ago, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is returning for a much darker rendition than ever before in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Straight from The Independent, this version is aiming to be less teen-friendly and more in line with films like The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby. The new show will be produced by Warner Bros. TV along with Berlanti Productions and aired on The CW.

Chilling Adventures follows after Riverdale, a teen drama television series based on the characters by Archie Comics that premiered on The CW in January 2017. The show puts a dark spin on the more colorful counterparts from the original comic book series. read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: October 2017 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of October 2017! read more

Jeremy Slater & Sean Crouch Share Story Ideas for Future Seasons of ‘The Exorcist’

Season Two of The Exorcist may have just premiered on Fox this week, but series creator Jeremy Slater and showrunner Sean Crouch are already thinking about the future of the series! They recently sat down with Digital Spy to discuss the show, and they had a lot to say about the future of the franchise. It turns out they are planning for as many as seven seasons, and they know exactly where they want to head for Season Three.

We already knew that Season Two would feature a new supernatural occurrence which is completely separate from what happened to the Rance family in Season One. According to Slater, we’d better get used to it, because the plan going forward is to always move on to a new case with each new season: read more

‘The Exorcist’ Season 2 Episode 1 Review & Analysis

I was not a big fan of last year’s pilot episode of Fox’s The Exorcist. I found it to be a little too over the top with its introduction of themes, too rushed in its pacing, and too direct in its over-reliance on CGI. However, as Season One unfolded, the series ended up proving itself to be one of the best horror shows on television. Episode by episode, The Exorcist became a slow crawling character study which was reserved in its delivery while packing a hard punch whenever it was needed to further the story. It was nuanced, it was thought-provoking, and it was engaging. read more

‘Halloween Wars’ Returns to Food Network This October

Looking for some spooky food ideas for your upcoming Halloween celebration?  If so, we have the show for you! Halloween Wars returns to Food Network with a new season as well as a new spin-off series Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror on October 1st, starting at 9:00 p.m.  The program features the manic Jonathan Bennett as he “…challenges six teams to create amazing and frighteningly fun Halloween-themed edible displays. Over five episodes the teams must battle it out, as their creations are judged by renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and horror film director and makeup effects master Todd Tucker, along with a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Fiona Dourif (True Blood), Bryan Fuller (Executive Producer, American Gods), Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), and Shane West (Salem).One team will be eliminated each episode, with the last team standing walking away with the $50,000 grand prize.” read more

Andrew Lincoln Considers a Rick Grimes-less ‘Walking Dead’

EW reporter Dalton Ross recently speculated what The Walking Dead would be like without titular character Rick Grimes.  It appears that Andrew Linclon and Robert Kirkman have also considered it.

Ross spoke to Lincoln recently, and he told Ross that “I was talking to James Badge Dale about acting, and we were just talking about completing stories.  I think that there’s an innate feeling and certainly in me that I love doing a play or doing the film because you get to put a period on the end of it and you get to do it nightly, which is really exciting. TV is different. The format is different because it is about sort of a continuum. But, you know, there is a sense to me that really needs some… it sounds like I’m in a shrink’s head, but there is a completion thing that I think I deserve for doing it for so long. And also probably the audience would like some completion.” read more

Spike Network Cancels ‘The Mist’ After Only One Season

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news this week that Spike TV has cancelled Stephen King’s The Mist after only one season.

According to the report, the network, “Picked up straight to series in April 2016 as part of Spike’s push to re-enter the original scripted space, the drama starring Morgan Spector and Frances Conroy launched in late June to solid sampling, drawing 1.2 million viewers to the premiere with live-plus-three-day Nielsen returns. However, the rest of The Mist‘s run could barely draw 800,000 viewers — even with DVR. Among adults 18-49, the show couldn’t even crack cable’s top 30 scripted series.” read more

The Disney Channel to Produce ‘Hocus Pocus’ Remake Movie for Television

Although it was only a modest hit when it premiered in theaters in 1993, Disney’s Hocus Pocus has tremendously grown in popularity in recent years. Whether it be the tongue-in-cheek performances of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, the early appearance by legendary monster performer Doug Jones, or the film’s witty charm, fans of the flick just can’t get enough these days! Hocus Pocus merchandise flies off the shelves of Disney Parks shops and everyone’s favorite witches are a big hit when they appear in the “Villain Spelltacular” at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Even so, the fans want more! Fortunately, Disney is happy to oblige. Today, we’ve learned that The Disney Channel will produce an all-new reboot movie based on the popular franchise for television! read more

A24 Releases An Even Creepier Trailer for ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

In mid-August, A24 delivered an eerie trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos’ (The Lobster) upcoming film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Between its medical-themed horror elements and its slow and creepy pacing, the trailer hit all of the right notes to get audiences curious and interested in the film. Now that we’re closer to the movie’s release, A24 have released a new trailer which ramps up the level of squeamishness that its predecessor inspired. You can watch the entire new clip below: read more