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Sony Moves ‘Slender Man’ Release Date Once Again; Will Now Open on August 10

The trials and tribulations of Sony’s Slender Man have been well-documented by Horror News Network, but just when it looked like the maligned film would disappear from the release schedule entirely, Slender Man has been pushed up two weeks to August 10.

The film will now go head-to-head with another PG-13 horror film debuting on the same date, The Meg.  Screens are at a premium this time of year, so don’t be surprised  if the film gets “limited engagement status” and a minimal screen count. read more

‘The Meg’ Trailer Swims to the Surface

Just when you thought the megaplex was safe from Jason Statham, the trailer for the prehistoric shark tale The Meg gets released!

The film features the aforementioned star of The Transporter series as a disgraced, yet knowledgeable U.S. Navy deep sea diver, along with Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Bingbing Li, and Jessica McNamee.  The Meg is based on Steve Alten’s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (originally released in 1997).

The Meg (which will be released on August 10 and is surprisingly rated PG-13) has not had an easy road to the silver screen and the history of the property since the novel’s release rivals Amityville: The Awakening.   Originally, the film was slated for a 2008 release date and was to be made by New Line Cinema, which acquired the rights from Alten. Some of the diverse names connected to the project ranged from Jan deBont to Guillermo Del Toro, but New Line never made the film and the rights reverted back to Alten.  read more

‘Polaroid’ Pulled From November Release Date

Is Lars Klevberg’s Polaroid about to become the next Amityville: Awakening? According to VarietyPolaroid has yet again been moved off of its re-scheduled release date, the fourth time that the film has been jockeyed around in the last five months, with no date of release in sight.

While the unknown status of the film has been attributed to the on-going scandal at Dimension’s parent company, The Weinstein Company, the roots of this uncertainty go back much further.

The film was originally scheduled for a release on August 25th, 2017 (as detailed in out HNN 2017 Summer Movie Preview), but Polaroid was soon moved to early December.  In the early fall, the film was moved to November 22nd, seemingly to avoid Guillermo de Toro’s The Shape of Water and the film that every rival studio wants to move away from, The Last Jedi. read more

Late Summer Horror Release ‘Polaroid’ moved from August to December

Deadline is reporting that Lars Klevberg’s film Polaroid (which was adapted from a short film he directed) has been moved from August 25th to December 1st.

Although the main reason cited has to do with the animated ballet story Leap! being moved up from a September opening (a film that has already been moved around the calendar a number of times), the move also allows Polaroid to retreat from Annabelle: Creation, which may be the only heavyweight horror contender at the box office this season. read more

‘Cloverfield’ Spin-Off Moved From October to February 2018

It looks like Jigsaw scared those big, bad monsters off of their original October 2017 release schedule.  According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures just moved the still untitled Cloverfield (supposedly taking place in space and originally titled God Particle) feature from October 27th, 2017 to February 2nd, 2018.

This is the third time that the untitled Cloverfield project has been moved.  Originally, the film was set for release on February 24th, 2017 before moving to the since changed October date.   read more

Director Andy Muschietti Replaces Scott Derrickson on ‘Locke and Key’ Pilot for Hulu

Some times it is hard to find the right “key” for the right “lock(e)”, and none have been harder to find than the one that will finally open a screen-adaptation of Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed horror comic Locke and Key.

Adding to the revolving door of directors and producers, Deadline is reporting that director Andy Muschietti will replace Scott Derrickson (Dr. Strange, Sinister) on the long-delayed project for Hulu. 

Muscheietti, who is the director of the highly-anticipated It feature film and the family ghost story Mama, will direct the pilot episode for Hulu read more

Amityville: The Awakening Delayed Yet Again

The long delayed and embattled Amitville: The Awakening has been once again moved off of its release date on June 30th.  No new release date has been announced at this time.

In the Horror News Network Summer Movie Preview, I detailed the long, winding road that this film has taken stating that “The only thing more shocking than the film’s troubled past is the fact that is going to be released at all.  It all started in 2012 when the film was called Amityville: The Lost Tapes and was designed to capitalize on the popularity of “found footage” films such as Paranormal Activity. By the time production began, the Weinstein Company got the memo that they missed the “found footage” window of opportunity, and decided to scrap the whole project and make a traditional horror film.  The original trailer was released in August of 2014(!) and the film’s release date was set for January of 2015.  It was then mysteriously removed from the studio’s schedule and then resurfaced, moving to April of 2016.  Once people finally saw the film at test screenings, the feedback was so negative that the studio yet again moved the film to a different date (and also had star Bella Thorne return for additional filming), this time January of 2017.  Think it’s over yet? Nope.  The studio finally (we think) moved the release to June 30th, 2017, where it sits at this very hour.  Will it stay there? Time will tell.  Should you pay money to see this movie?  That’s a better question…” read more

Summer 2017 Horror Movie Preview

Coming off of an unusually busy (and profitable) winter season, this summer’s slate of horror films brings some well-known franchises, properties, and directors, as well as some expensive and inexpensive gambles to your local multiplex.  These films will not only be competing with each other for horror fans’ dollars, but they will naturally also have to contend with the usual high profile tent-pole action and super hero films.  Let’s take a look at the upcoming releases and trailers below and please use this as your Horror News Network guide for the summer season: read more