New Trailer Revealed for The Belko Experiment

Orion Pictures has released a new trailer for The Belko Experiment.

The one-minute trailer gives us insight to the madness that is set inside of a locked office building where co-workers are ordered to kill or be killed.

The film is written by James Gunn (“Slither”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”) and directed by Greg McLean of Wolf Creek fame. The cast stars John C. McGinley (“Stan Against Evil”), John Gallagher Jr. (“10 Cloverfield Lane”), Adria Arjona (“True Detective”) and Michael Rooker (“The Walking Dead”). read more

New Annabelle 2 Promotional Image Released

Despite its 29% score on Rotten Tomatoes and its “B” Cinemascore, Annabelle earned $256.9 million dollars worldwide on a budget of just $6.5 million. While critics noticed a tremendous dip in quality from its source material, James Wan’s The Conjuring, fans all over the world gobbled up this creepy doll story that’s sort-of based on the experiences of Ed and Lorraine Warren.

Due to the incredible financial success of the film, New Line Cinema appears to be taking the sequel seriously. They hired David Sandberg (Lights Out) to direct, and Miranda Otto will star in the film. Sandberg has been releasing behind the scenes images to his Instagram account over the past few weeks, and now an official promotional image for the film has been unveiled: read more

Tom Hardy’s Taboo Premiere Scores 3.4 Million Viewers with Delayed Viewing

As traditional television service becomes more and more a thing of the past, networks are looking for new ways to measure the success and profitability of their shows. Under Nielsen’s “Live + 3 Day” TV ratings metric (live ratings plus delayed viewership on various on-demand and streaming platforms in the three days since the live airing of an episode), the premiere episode of Tom Hardy’s Taboo has earned an incredible 101 percent increase in viewers age 18-49. The FX original series, which was created by Tom Hardy and his father Chips, first aired on January 10th. On the 10th, the program was viewed by 2.2 million viewers, but the number swelled to 3.43 million by the end of the 72 hour window. read more

The Bye Bye Man Finishes Fifth at Weekend Box Office, Underworld: Blood Wars Slips

The Bye Bye Man finished in fifth place at the box office for the weekend of January 13, 2017, taking in an estimated $13,378,000.  While the placement doesn’t seem like much of an accomplishment, it was in fact the highest grossing new film of the weekend, beating fellow newcomers Patriot’s Day, Monster Trucks, and Sleepless.  The film capitalized on a primarily female and under 25 audience to double its budget in the first three days of release.

While this is a solid opening for a horror film in January, the level of competition gets stiffer next week, and the rest of the month.  M. Night Shyamalan’s  horror thriller Split will be released next weekend with the same target audience in mind, greatly reducing The Bye Bye Man’s staying power at the box office.  Also contributing to a potential steep decline for the film is the fact that the film earned a “C” Cinema Score and  a 28% critic’s score on Rotten Tomatoes.       read more

New Netflix Documentary, Hostage to the Devil, Reveals Details About Priest Who Inspired The Exorcist

Netflix just added a new documentary to its library, entitled Hostage to the Devil, which explores the world of real-life exorcisms. The documentary reveals new key details about Father Malachi Martin, who was an Irish Catholic Priest, author, and professor. He is said to be the real-life inspiration for the book and film, The Exorcist. The documentary is named after a book written by Martin, of the same title.

In the documentary, a former CIA agent named Robert Marrow claims that Father Malachi Martin’s death was related to an exorcism he was performing on a child. Marrow states that an invisible force pushed Martin down, and he died from his injury at the age of 78. read more

IFC’s Don’t Knock Twice Enters an Already Jam Packed Winter Horror Schedule

As recently reported by Horror News Network, January and February’s release schedule is chock full of horror films.  Well, fans, get ready for one more: Don’t Knock Twice.  The film stars Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Lucy Boynton (Sing Street), and Javier Botet (Conjuring 2) and directed by Caradog W. James (The Machine). With a description straight from the school of William Castle hucksterism (“This wild supernatural shocker delivers a barrage of nonstop jolts and searing nightmare images”), the film promises more supernatural scares in the vein of current release The Bye Bye Man. read more

Dark Horse Comics Slayer: Repentless #1 Continues the Repentless Video Trilogy

Heavy metal, gothic rock, and comic books have had a long history together.  Whether it is the legendary story of Kiss pouring their vials of blood into the ink vats that would produce Marvel Super Special: Kiss #1 in 1977 or the later colaboration in 1994 between the original “Shock Rocker” Alice Cooper and Sandman creator Neil Gaiman on Alice Cooper: The Last Temptation, comic history contains many examples of cross-overs between the world of rock and roll stars and comics.

While the aforementioned comics (as well as a slew of Kiss branded comics produced over the years) focused on the band or performers as “the stars of the show”, other comic creators have been more tangentially inspired by a band’s music.  James O’Barr often discusses how music influenced the creation of The Crow, as some chapters are named after Joy Division songs and the lyrics of Robert Smith of The Cure are found throughout the first story. read more

CT Cult Classics Celebrates Friday the 13th With a Killer Double Feature

On a seasonably-chilly January night, hundreds of movie fans from across Connecticut gathered in Seymour, CT to celebrate the second-most popular date on the horror calendar:  Friday the 13th.  Connecticut Cult Classics (http://www.connecticutcultclassics.com/), the outfit responsible for “Bite Night” and “Stephen King Night”, ran an all-Vorhees double bill featuring Friday the 13th Part 2 as well as Friday the 13th Part 3 (in glorious ’80s-era 3D!).  HNN was there to share in the celebration for the latest incarnation of the spooky date.  CCC’s Larry Dwyer made sure that all attendees were comfortable, happy, and ready for the carnage that would ensue. read more

Exorcist Author William Peter Blatty Dead at 89

Horror News Network is sad to announce the death of The Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty.  The news was announced today by collaborator and friend William Friedkin on twitter.  Friedkin directed the adaptation of Blatty’s novel which was scripted by Blatty himself.

The Exorcist is considered by many experts as the greatest horror film of all time.  The supernatural shocker captivated audiences in 1973 and currently sits at number nine on the all-time box office list (when adjusted for inflation).  The film not only terrified movie goers, but also inadvertently increased attendance at local churches around the country and the world, putting “the fear of God (or more likely Pazuzu)” into lapsed Catholics everywhere. read more

FX CEO Announces American Horror Story Will Continue For At Least Three More Seasons

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on FX again…American Horror Story returns for another three seasons!  Earlier in the fall, HNN announced that the long running series would return for a 7th season, but the Hollywood Reporter revealed that FX has added an additional two seasons, essentially extending the series for three more installments.

FX made the announcment at the annual Television Critics Association’s winter press tour.  FX CEO John Landgraf engaged in some typical hyperbole stating that, “American Horror Story launched the modern limited series revolution and — as evidenced by the most recent installment, Roanoke — it remains as vital today as when Murder House stunned audiences six years ago. Each new chapter is a cultural event, beloved for every new twist in imagery, style, cast and plot. We are thrilled that Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and the entire creative team will continue to deliver the groundbreaking, celebrated American Horror Story for years to come.” read more