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Horror News Network’s Best Horror Movies of 2019: Larry’s Top 3 Picks

Alright, fiends, it’s time to narrow my list down to a top 3! Last week I posted my “Top 19 of 2019” (you can see that by clicking here) and I promised that I would give you my 3 favorites as a part of the Horror News Network staff’s week of favorites. This year was tough as there were really a lot of solid films to choose from, but I like my choices. Without further ado, here they are:

Larry’s Top 3 Picks

#1: Tigers Are Not Afraid

Every once in a while, a film hits you like a truck and sticks with you; you think about it for days and discuss it with friends and strangers alike. This year, Issa López’s Tigers Are Not Afraid was that film for me. Estrella is a young girl who is granted three wishes by her school teacher while they are hiding from a gang shooting going on outside of the class. When the girl’s mother is taken by a local drug lord, she uses one of those wishes but as often is the case with magic in films, things don’t turn out as she’d hoped. Estrella flees her empty home and falls in with a gang of orphaned children who spend their time trying to stay safe in the local Mexican gang wars. read more

Horror News Network’s Best Horror Movies of 2019: John’s Top 3 Picks

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Best Horror Movies of 2019, a series where our staff writers declare their top three picks of the year and use the data to compile an ultimate top ten list of 2019. Be on the lookout for a new “Top 3” list from an HNN writer every day in early January, and and stay tuned for our ultimate list at the end of the series!

John’s Top 3 Picks of 2019

#1: The Lighthouse

Not only do I find The Lighthouse to be the best horror movie of the year, I place it just behind Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood as the second best movie of 2019. Featuring powerhouse performances by Willem Dafoe (who deserves a Best Actor nomination for this performance) and Robert Pattinson and expertly directed by Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse is classic cinema at its best. Yes, an actual sequel to The Shining came out this year… but The Lighthouse is the true spiritual successor to Kubrick’s cabin fever masterpiece to debut in 2019. Repeat viewings of this film open up its brilliant sound design and allow the viewer to catch every visual detail, absorb every nuance, and chortle at every absurdity. It simply doesn’t get better than this! read more

Top 19 Horror Films of 2019

Welcome, fiends! So, this year I started this list with 93 titles before narrowing it down to my “Top 19 of 2019”. As always – the disclaimer: While I know that the title is “Top 19 Horror Films…”, keep in mind that these are just my favorites so I’m sure that you’ll disagree with some of my choices as well as some of my intentional omissions. That said, there are still a bunch of films that were highly recommended to me that I have not yet had the chance to watch like Doctor Sleep, Koko-Di Koko-Da, Little Monsters and Knives Out. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2019: Best Anthology

Horror News Network’s Best Anthology of 2019 is Warwick Johnson-Callwell’s Our Encounters With Evil: Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and His Assistant Mr. Knox from Dark Horse Comics.

The sequel to Johnson-Callwell’s and Mike Mignola’s original Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Mr. Higgins Comes Home is a fun, unique take on classic gothic storytelling featuring the return of the witty professor and his stalwart assistant (along with Madam Mary Van Sloan, who provides a more forceful presence when it comes to dealing with monsters).  Unlike the original, Our Encounters With Evil is broken up into a series of  stand-alone short tales which highlight the quirky team and their inevitable encounters with vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night. read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: December 2019 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 December 2019! read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: October 2019 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 2019! read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: September 2019 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 September 2019! read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: August 2019 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 August 2019! read more

‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space’ Return to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights

Last year’s Killer Klowns From Outer Space scare zone was so popular that Universal Orlando will again welcome the interstellar, homicidal clowns back for a full haunted house experience at 2019’s Halloween Horror Nights.

According to the official word from Universal Orlando, this year’s house “…will feature a gaggle of new characters including the baby Klowns, Boco, and Klownzilla, as well as new scenery like the Klowns’ circus-tent spaceship, and the cotton candy cocoon storage room where they keep their victims.  Throughout the house your sense of fear will be triggered by your sense of smell as you encounter strong whiffs of familiar fairground fare like sweet cotton candy, stale buttery popcorn and ice cream. Don’t be fooled though, these otherwise pleasant aromas are a sign of the murderous gang of klowns that awaits you as you move from scene to scene.” read more

‘Gideon Falls’ Wins Best New Series at 2019 Eisner Awards

Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, and Dave Stewart’s Gideon Falls took home the Best New Series Award at the 2019 Eisner Awards.

Lemire accepted the award on behalf of the entire creative team at the annual celebration for the best in graphic storytelling (which is held annually at San Diego Comic Con).  The noir horror series had stiff competition, beating out fellow horror series Bitter Root (by David Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Green), Crowded (by Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt), Isola (by Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl), Man-Eaters (by Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk), and Skyward (by Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett).  Every one of the best new series nominees were published by Image Comics. read more