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‘The Invisible Man’: The Horror News Network Review

With the Coronavirus shutting down movie theaters and debilitating the box office, Universal and Blumhouse have decided to bring The Invisible Man into people’s homes via VOD. The film, which premiered in theaters February 28th of this year, raked in $29 million in its first weekend. While many fans, including myself, dread remakes, The Invisible Man is a very well-done update of Universal’s iconic 1933 film.

Starring Elisabeth Moss as Cecilia, the film centers around an abused woman who escapes her controlling husband, Adrian, played by Oliver Jackson-Cohen, only to find out he committed suicide shortly after, or has he? Needless to say, he does find his way back to her, and in the most menacing ways. The film plays on the eeriness that the invisible killer could be anywhere.  Besides the bloodshed, one of the stronger, more gut-wrenching aspects of The Invisible Man is the emotional torture. Whether Adrian is hacking her email, or drugging her, this “invisible” emotional abuse is just as shocking as his more brutal acts. read more

‘The Invisible Man’ Holds Well for Second Place at Weekend Box Office

After weeks of “one and done” horror debuts this season, The Invisible Man actually continued its strong run at the box office, finishing in second place for the weekend with an estimated $15 million in ticket sales.

Leigh Whannell’s take on the Universal Monster classic dropped an expected 57% from last weekend’s totals, ending with a $52 million domestic sum so far.  The Invisible Man also played well throughout the week and overseas, where it has generated more than $45 million bringing its worldwide total close to the lofty $100 million mark (which it is all but guaranteed to shatter next weekend). The Invisible Man has performed strongly in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, regions synonymous with the classic Universal cannon. read more

‘The Invisible Man’ Appears to Grab the Top Spot at Weekend Box Office

Although this week’s box office headline may surprise you, be assured that no words such as “disappointment”, “disaster”, or “bomb” have been erased by the horrorvirus that has impacted this year’s box office.  Believe your eyes; The Invisible Man is actually a hit!  Leigh Whannel’s The Invisible Man easily defeated the competition this week, earning an estimated $29 million at the box office, outstripping generous estimates and predictions. read more

Early ‘The Invisible Man’ Success Leads to Blumhouse First-Look Deal for Leigh Whannel

Ever since bursting onto the horror scene in 2004 with Saw, writer/director/producer/actor Leigh Whannel has been a prominent figure of the genre. But the early success of The Invisible Man has increased the multi-talented entertainer’s visibility with frequent collaborator Jason Blum of Blumhouse. Variety reports that the successful opening weekend of The Invisible Man led to a first-look deal with Blumhouse for all future Whannel productions.

The deal will last for two years, and it covers all of Whannel’s proposals for films he would like to write, direct, or produce. Whannel has recently collaborated with Blumhouse on films like Insidious and Upgrade. Whannel had the following to say about the deal: read more

‘Fantasy Island’ is a Nightmare for Fans and Critics Alike

If the overwhelming majority of the feedback is to be believed, Fantasy Island’s tagline “All fantasies come at a price” is accurate.  However, it would appear that the price of a ticket is your dignity.

Fantasy Island opened in fourth place at the box office with an estimated $12.9 million, and surprisingly, no Thursday preview screenings which always inflate the reported opening night ticket sales.  This fact raised many red flags, even before the critical and fan reactions were released. which proved to be a waking nightmare for Sony and Blumhouse. read more

‘The Hunt’ is back on from Universal Pictures

Straight from Variety, it was reported today that The Hunt from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions has been set for release on Friday March 13, 2020 with a new trailer accompanying the announcement.

Check it out here!

Surrounded by controversy since the start of its marketing campaign, the film was postponed from its original September 2019 release with no word on it until today.

The premise of The Hunt is loosely based on the 1924 short story The Most Dangerous Game, by Richard Connell and follows 12 strangers who mysteriously wake up in a clearing. They do not know where they are or how they got there, however they discover that they have been chosen to be hunted in a game devised by a group of people from the rich elite. The hunters gather in a remote facility called the Manor House but their sport gets derailed when one of the hunted, Crystal (Betty Gilpin), fights back and starts killing them one by one. read more

‘The Invisible Man’ Shines in Super Bowl Spot

If you are one of the millions that watched the Kansas City Chiefs triumph in Super Bowl 54, you may have caught a 30 second spot for The Invisible Man. Directed by Leigh Whannell, The Invisible Man stars Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Aldis Hodge.

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Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria). But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see. read more

Horror Remake of ‘Fantasy Island’ Gets Trailer

Premiering last weekend during screening of Warner Bros.’ Doctor Sleep, Sony Pictures has released online the first trailer for Fantasy Island, a remake to the 1978-1984 fantasy drama television series.

The new film has the secret dreams of some lucky guests come true at a luxurious but remote tropical resort. However, when the fantasies turn to nightmares, they have to solve the island’s mystery in order to escape with their lives.

The orginal series starred Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke and Hervé Villechaize as his assistant Tattoo. Guests on the show were granted what were called “fantasies” on the island for a price. read more

‘Black Christmas’ Trailer Arrives From Blumhouse and Universal

Today Universal Pictures revealed a two-and-a-half minutes trailer for their upcoming Christmas-themed slasher flick Black Christmas. Directed by Sophia Takal, the film stars Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O’Grady, Lily Donoghue, Caleb Eberhardt, Cary Elwes and Simon Mead.

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Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.

 Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters-athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue, The CW’s Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW’s Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, Fox’s Star)-prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one. read more

Director Craig Zobel Responds to the Cancellation of ‘The Hunt’

Universal’s abrupt cancellation of their upcoming Blumhouse production, The Hunt, surprised many in the film industry, none more so than its director Craig Zobel

A week after the decision to cancel the film’s release, Zobel told Variety that “If I believed this film could incite violence, I wouldn’t have made it.  Our ambition was to poke at both sides of the aisle equally.  We seek to entertain and unify, not enrage and divide.  It is up to the viewers to decide what their takeaway will be.” read more