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‘Jigsaw’ Cuts Way Into Top Box Office Spot

Jigsaw, the 8th entry in the Saw franchise, “cut through the competition” this week to take the top spot at the pre-Halloween box office with an estimated $16.2 million.

It has been eight years since the last Saw film hit theaters, (Saw 3D) so many prognosticators were not sure how this one would fare after attempts to resurrect the Blair Witch and the Ring failed miserably with fans and critics alike.  The $16.2 million dollar take is healthy for a film with a $10 million dollar budget, but Saw 3D did generate a $22.5 million dollar debut in 2010, so this may be another “non-starter” when it comes to Jigsaw unless the film picks up a considerable amount over the next week or so. read more

Sylvia Hoeks Joins Fede Alvarez’s ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

Anyone who recently witnessed Sylvia Hoeks’ performance as a psychotic replicant in Blade Runner 2049 knows that the actress is destined for much greater recognition and opportunities in the future.

And according to Variety, it also appears that director Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) agrees, as the Dutch actress is about to join his production of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  

Claire Foy (The Crown)will play Lisbeth Salander this time around, taking over for Rooney Mara. Hoeks will portray Lisbeth’s twin sister in the film, who at this time appears to be the antagonist of Spider’s Web. read more

‘Happy Death Day’ Celebrates Box Office Victory

Universal’s Happy Death Day “blew out the candles” on their competition this weekend, finishing with the top spot at the box office.

The Pg-13 horror version of Groundhog Day attracted a teen audience drawn in by the young cast and fairly positive reviews (the film scored a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) to take the title this weekend with an estimated $26.5 million, and it has the chance to add more next weekend as film-goers search for more scares in the month of October.  The film’s budget came in under $5 million, so it is all gravy at this point forward for Universal. read more

‘Blade Runner 2049’: The Horror News Network Review & Analysis

Blade Runner 2049 is a breathtaking achievement which can remind even the bitterest critic of contemporary moviemaking that the big studios can still deliver artistic, emotional, and thought provoking material to cinemas. Between its expert handling of the source material, its downright gorgeous set design and cinematography, and its incredible performances, the film is a bona fide masterpiece which is more than worthy of the Blade Runner name.

Thirty-five years ago, Blade Runner was released in theaters after a rocky production period. The film didn’t exactly receive a warm reception, and there have since been multiple cuts of the film to more accurately reflect director Ridley Scott’s unadulterated, yet updated vision. However, throughout all of the cuts of the movie, fans and critics began to appreciate it more and more. Its aesthetic was decades ahead of its time, and its themes and motifs were simply beyond the scope of anything else available in the early 80s. It was beautiful, it was terrifying, it was haunting, and it was unforgettable. The movie has since achieved the kind of legendary status that few of its contemporaries currently enjoy; and creating a sequel after 35 years of nostalgia and canonization would be a daunting task for any director. read more

‘It’ Creeps Into Top Spot; ‘Flatliners’ D.O.A. at Weekend Box Office

It was a three way battle for the box office crown this weekend, but in the end, It appears to have climbed to the top of the heap once again, collecting an estimated $17.3 million in sales.

Final numbers will be released late Monday, but it looks like It was able to narrowly beat Tom Cruise’s American Made and Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($17 million).  The Stephen King adaptation continues to deliver impressive numbers nearly a month into its release, currently standing at $291 million at the domestic box office.  It will probably drop from the top spot next weekend when the highly anticipated and well-reviewed  Blade Runner 2049 opens (96% on Rotten Tomatoes), but Pennywise will most likely stay in theaters throughout October, adding to an already record-setting total. read more

Denis Villeneuve Says David Bowie was First Choice to Play ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Antagonist

David Bowie was more than a musician. In addition to his unbelievable body of musical work spanning six decades, fans also know him for his incredible acting performances in films like Labyrinth and The Prestige. Unfortunately, it seems that every couple of weeks we are learning that his untimely death prevented him from appearing in more films. We learned in May that director James Gunn wanted to cast Bowie as one of the original guardians in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. Now, Indie Wire reports that director Denis Villeneuve originally wanted Bowie to play the role of the villain in Blade Runner 2049! read more

Jared Leto Temporarily Blinded Himself for His Performance in ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Everyone knows the kooky behind-the-scenes Suicide Squad stories about Jared Leto method acting his role of The Joker to the point of sending dead rats to his co-stars during principal photography. Method acting and a refusal to break character has resulted in some of the greatest performances of all time when attempted by actors like Robert DeNiro and Daniel Day Lewis. The fruits of Leto’s labor on Suicide Squad didn’t exactly yield the same result. Now, Leto has delivered a performance in a new upcoming Warner Bros. production which carries some of the very prestige and gravitas he seeks to attain with his over the top commitment to character. In Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, Leto’s antagonist character, Niander Wallace, is driven by his blindness to usher in a new age of near-perfect replicants. In a new Wall Street Journal profile, Villeneuve and Leto reveal that Leto took his new role to the next level of method acting by temporarily blinding himself in order to perform his scenes with authenticity.  read more

Warner Bros. Releases Chilling Short Prequel Film to Promote ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner takes place in 2019. Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner 2049 will take place a full thirty years after the events of the original film. It’s understandable that all of this passage of real-life and narrative time between Blade Runner and its sequel may cause viewers to have questions before going in to see the new film. Warner Bros. have just released a short film to fill in some gaps and answer a few questions about how the world of the film has changed since we first saw it. read more

Warner Bros. Unveils Official Poster Art for ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Excitement for Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner 2049 is hitting a fever pitch as we approach its debut in theaters on October 6th. We here at Horror News Network have been enthusiastically covering the film since its explosive teaser trailer hit the web nearly a year ago. And, now, as we wind down the final weeks to the movie’s premiere, fans will start to see official poster art at the local cinema!

Warner Bros. have begun shipping the official double-sided posters for Blade Runner 2049 to theaters across the country. The minimalist design features the film’s main characters- Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, and Jared Leto- against the color-coded dichotomy of the franchise’s signature scenery. The orange lettering is a first for the series, and the greenish blues conjure up reminders of the promotional materials for 2010’s Tron: Legacy. You can view the entire poster art below: read more

Incredible New Trailer Released for Blade Runner 2049

Warner Bros. Pictures have just released an amazing new trailer for Blade Runner 2049 which perfectly captures the world of the original 1982 film. Between the sets, the characters, and the music, fans will feel right at home with this exciting piece of promotional material. Watch it below right now!

Anything you could ask for in a Blade Runner sequel is all there, ladies and gentlemen! Ryan Gosling’s scenes prove he was born to be the protagonist of a contemporary version of this franchise. Ana de Armas and Dave Bautista look fresh and unique while calling back subtle hints of Pris and Leon, respectively. And better yet, the desert sequences and the animals of the film show that 2049 might explore more of the major motifs and themes of Philip K. Dick’s source novel! read more