Costumed Crazies and Mini-Killers Shine at the 2016 CT HorrorFest Costume Contest

The third annual CT HorrorFest held not one but two costume contests, where horror fans from around the area came and horrified fans on the HorrorFest catwalk.  Both contests were hosted by Face Off’s Tyler Green.  This year’s costume competitions drew more entries as well as a packed house in the panel area.

First up was the kids costume contest, which included Danbury’s Mayor Mark Boughton as one of its judges. The winners this year included a “broken doll,” “Chucky,” and a “Mini Michael Myers.” read more

First Trailer & Poster for ‘Shut In’

The first trailer and poster for Shut In have been released by EuropaCorp. Directed by Farren Blackburn and written by Christina Hodson, the thriller stars Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Charlie Heaton, David Cubitt, and Jacob Tremblay. Watts, who starred in 2002’s hit horror film The Ring, returns to familiar territory with another film centered around a ghostly child.

The official synopsis for the film reads, “SHUT IN is a heart-pounding thriller starring Naomi Watts as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.” read more

Stranger Things Set to Come Back with Season 2 in 2017

The producers of Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things have been teasing a second season over the past month and today Deadline reported the reality; the show will return to Netflix in 2017 with a new season consisting of nine episodes.

With no word on casting yet, it’s safe to assume that season two will be a continuation of the highly successful first season. Co-creator and writer Matt Duffer said, “There’s definitely some dangling threads at the end, it’s open-ended so that if people want it, if Netflix wanted it, we could explore that and continue the storyline.” read more

Ricou Browning Talks Becoming the Gill-Man And More in Exclusive Interview

During CT HorrorFest, Horror News Network’s Rob Caprilozzi sat down with Ricou Browning and discussed his career as the “Gill-Man” in Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon.

The eighty-five-year-old actor who played the Creature in all three films said that he “Liked making the original Creature from the Black Lagoon film the best.” The role, which he nabbed while attending the Florida State University, launched his career in film.  During the panel, Browning discussed the experience getting in the Creature from the Black Lagoon costume and being given shots of brandy to keep him warm in the 40 degree water. read more

Abe Sapien #36 Early Review

Abe Sapien #36 Early Review

Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie

Artist: Sebastian Fiumara

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date:  August 31st, 2016

Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis:  Abe and a transformed Gustav Strobl battle to the finish in the final issue of the series!

Our Thoughts:

 Abe Sapien’s solo title has always been focused on the emotional and harrowing journey of Abe; a “new” man searching for his humanity and place in an unforgiving, cruel world.  Allie and Mignola have expanded on his story over more than 50 issues (including mini-series and one-shots) and it comes to an end with the inevitable showdown with dark sorcerer Strobl, which has been set-up since issue one. read more

George Romero Talks Zombies, The Walking Dead, Stephen King and More in Exclusive Interview

After signing countless autographs for thrilled fans at CT HorrorFest on August 27th, horror legend and movie pioneer George Romero sat down with Horror News Network staff member Larry Dwyer to discuss his storied career.

The discussion began with his breakthrough 1968 film, Night of the Living Dead. “We had the very first print of Night of the Living Dead in the car”, Mr. Romero said, “Russ Streiner and I were driving it to New York. On the way to New York we heard that Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated…we knew at that time that what had happened was going to make the film a racial statement which was never our original intention.” read more

Gene Wilder Dies

Gene Wilder, comedy actor best known to horror fans for Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein, has died at the age of 83. The Associated Press confirmed with his family that he passed away in Stamford, CT. Wilder had career which began in the 1960’s and spanned decades. His role as Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) brought him to fame.

Wilder co-starred in The Producers in 1967, which marked the first of his collaborations with Mel Brooks. He starred in 1974’s Blazing Saddles as the Waco Kid. Young Frankenstein also came along that year. Wilder and Brooks co-wrote the screenplay for the comedic spin on the Universal Monsters films. read more

Thousands Flock to Danbury, CT for Third Annual CT HorrorFest

Thousands of diehard horror fans descended upon the Matrix Conference Center in Danbury, CT this past Saturday to take part in the third annual CT HorrorFest which is put on by Rob and Christine Caprilozzi, Connecticut residents and founders of popular news website Horror News Network.

Those in attendance were greeted by a slew of incredible vendors which included Food Network Cupcake Wars winners Hardcore Sweet Cupcakes, haunted attraction gurus Evidence of Evil and Face-Off finalist and SpecialFX wizard Tyler Green. read more

Horror Cult Classic C.H.U.D. Comes to Blu-Ray in November

One of the staples of any horror movie section at your local video store in the 1980’s was the Douglass Cheek cult-classic C.H.U.D.(which stood for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers).  This perennial favorite of grind house fans was released in 1984 (when grind house cinemas actually still existed) and featured a surprising level of talent such as John Heard, Daniel Stern, Kim Griest, and a brief appearance by John Goodman as a police office at a diner in one of his first on-screen appearances. read more

Don’t Breathe Dominates Weekend Box Office With $26 Million Dollar Debut

New horror film Don’t Breathe shattered all studio expectations and predictions with estimates placing the film over $26 million for the weekend.

Studios predicted a conservative $11-12 million dollar debut, while prognosticators called for $15 million at the weekend box office.

Don’t Breathe ended Suicide Squad’s run as box office champ at the three week mark and looks to add to the total over the upcoming Labor Day weekend, which features no competition in the form of new, wide screen studio releases.  Don’t Breathe more than doubled Suicide Squad’s second place ranking, as DC Comics anti-hero team finished with an estimated $12 million in ticket sales. read more