John Carpenter To Develop Horror Title for SyFy Channel

Legendary writer/director/composer John Carpenter has recently inked a deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop his graphic novel Tales for a Halloween Night into a series for the SyFy channel according to Deadline.

Dawn Olmstead, executive VP of development for UCP said, “John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams. We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP.”

Carpenter is also developing with Nightside with UCP, a fantasy novel series by Simon R. Green. described as  “the secret heart of London beating to its own rhythm, pumping lifeblood through the veins of its streets and alleys, hidden in eternal darkness where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine.” Nightside is being scripted by Jill Blotevogel of Scream: The TV Series. read more

Arrow Video’s ‘Donnie Darko’ Limited Edition Blu-Ray: The Horror News Network Review

Over a decade before fans were fawning over Stranger Things‘ 1980’s horror and pop culture nostalgia, Richard Kelly practically invented this formula for homage with Donnie Darko. In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the film, Arrow Video has created a beautiful 4K restoration of both cuts of the movie, taken from the original film negatives. This version of the film was released in U.K. theaters for a short period in late 2016, and Arrow Video followed up with a definitive home video package for the movie, which contains these lovely transfers and a mountain of engaging special features. This release is a must-have, even for casual fans of the movie. read more

‘Nocturnals: The Sinister Path’: The Horror News Network Review

If one were to ask any comic fan the following question:  “Name a pulp-noir monster hero that combined suspense and hard-boiled action with a distinct artistic style?”, the vast majority of fans would quickly answer with the name “Hellboy”.  While this answer is undoubtedly true, there was a team of “monster-men” who debuted around the same time as “Big Red” who would also fit this description to a tee: Dan Brereton’s Nocturnals.

Originally published by Malibu Comics’ creator-owned Bravura imprint in 1995, The Nocturnals was like a delicious Halloween treat for fans of Universal Monsters,  pulp-era detective stories, and film noir. Made even more unique by the beautifully painted art of Dan Brereton, the Nocturnals made an impression on many a discerning fan in a decade that was infamously known for trading cards, holofoil covers, and the great comic book crash which forced more than half of the comic book stores in America to close their doors. read more

Arrow Video’s ‘Pulse’ Blu-Ray: The Horror News Network Review

Following up on their excellent October release of Dark Water, Arrow Video continues their tradition of offering important early 2000’s J-Horror films with this month’s Pulse blu-ray and DVD set. While I find the film to be an acquired taste in comparison to some of the other popular Japanese ghost films of its time, it is highly regarded by many critics and it has withstood the test of time as evidenced by this release 16 years later. Arrow Video has cut no corners with this release; and the overall package includes a digital transfer of the film which has it looking the best it possibly can, as well as a wealth of interesting special features. The first pressing of the set will include a booklet featuring illustrations and an article by film critic Chuck Stephens. The package also features new cover art by Tommy Pocket which recalls the contemporary work many artists are doing with pop culture screen printing these days. Overall, I believe this package will be highly desirable for J-Horror fans who want to own the best possible versions of all of the classics, but this one may not be for every casual horror fan out there. read more

Carolyn Cronenberg Dead at 66

Carolyn Cronenberg (Zeifman), a film director/editor and the wife of director David Cronenberg, has died at the age of 66.

Cronenberg had a long career working alongside her husband, and they actually met on the set of his 1979 film Rabid.

Carolyn Cronenberg worked as an editor on Fast Company and the Brood and also directed Acts of Violence, a 2006 behind-the-scenes documentary about husband David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence.

The late Cronenberg is survived by her husband and three children, Brandon, Caitlin, and Cassandra (her step-daughter from David Cronenberg’s first marriage). read more

Sony Launches ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Teaser and Website to Promote Re-Release

Big Close Encounters of the Third Kind news manifested over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Sony has announced that they will re-release Steven Spielberg’s classic film to theaters for one week only, starting on September 1st, 2017. The re-release will launch in advance of the official 40th anniversary of the film, which will be on November 16th, 2017.

To make things more interesting, the announcement of the re-release was joined by two separate unconventional media campaigns. First came the website: https://www.wearestillnotalone.com/ read more

What to Watch On 4th of July

If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to eschew the sunshine and merriment that generally takes place on Independence Day. Lots of heat, loud noises, barking dogs and soggy potato chips? No thanks.

How about some good old horror/sci-fi/thrillers that take place on or around this jolly holiday instead? I promise to not add any terrible movies to this list just to fill it up (sorry, I Know What You Did Last Summer).

In no particular order, here are some goodies that come to mind:

JAWS (1975) read more

Denis O’Hare Explains Why ‘American Horror Story’ Is a “Harder Work Day” Than ‘True Blood’

Denis O’Hare is arguably one of the best parts of both American Horror Story and True Blood. Now that True Blood has concluded, fans can still look forward to a new cutting-edge performance from O’Hare with each new season of AHS. While this constant reinvention is an utter delight for fans, he recently revealed that it’s certainly a “harder work day” than playing Russell Edgington in True Blood.

CinemaBlend recently interviewed O’Hare at Portland’s Heroes and Villains Fest, where he provided a surprisingly candid response to a question about the differences between working on both shows. Here’s what he had to say: read more

Graham McTavish and Richard Armitage Join Cast of Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’

What do The Hobbit and Castlevania have in common? Up until last week, nothing; but that’s all about to change! Adi Shankar, the producer of the upcoming Netflix animated series based on Konami’s popular Castlevania series, recently announced that two well-known Dwarves from Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit have been cast as voice actors in key roles for the upcoming show!

Graham McTavish, who played Dwalin in The Hobbit and The Saint of Killers in Preacher, appeared in Shankar’s announcement video to reveal that he has been cast as Dracula in Castlevania. He also reported that his Hobbit co-star, Richard Armitage (The Hobbit’s Thorin Oakenshield and Hannibal‘s Francis Dolarhyde), will voice the legendary protagonist, Trevor Belmont. read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: July 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 July 2017! read more