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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

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Can’t Ignite Box Office; ‘Ma’ Exceeds Expectations

Every Toho fan worth their salt knows that Godzilla has atomic breath, but even the King of Monsters couldn’t ignite the box office this week, finishing with a disappointing $49 million.

A first place finish at the box office is usually cause for celebration, but when you enter the battle with expectations as tall as a skyscraper, you had better deliver on the hype.  Unfortunately, the results look even worse when compared to 2014’s Godzilla which delivered almost double the amount of the sequel during its first weekend with over $93 million.  As a set up for 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong showdown, the underwhelming return must have some studio executives more than a little worried at this point. read more

‘Brightburn’ Can’t Light Up Box Office with Fifth Place Finish

The highly-anticipated horror take on the Superman origin story, Brightburn, had trouble finding its footing at a crowded box office, finishing in fifth place with an estimated $7.5 million this weekend.

The James Gunn produced film (by director David Yarovesky) had a difficult time contending with a plethora of big budget studio hits such as Avengers: Endgame, Detective Pikachu, and this week’s Aladdin.  Although those films are certainly not the intended audience for Brightburn, they do take up the majority of the screens at any given location. read more

Final Trailer for ‘BrightBurn’ Promises Super Scares

The final trailer for Brightburn (the highly anticipate horror film from directed David Yarovesky (The Hive) and producer James Gunn) looks to capture the attention of any last horror fans unfamiliar with the “super-powered-creepy-kid-on-the-loose” story.

As described in Horror News Network’s Spring 2019 Movie Preview, “The obvious horror take on the Superman mythos (starring Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) is surprising for the very fact that no one has attempted to tell this version of the well-known story until now.  Due to everyone’s familiarity with the tale of the orphan from Krypton’s upbringing, it seems like the right time to craft a more frightening version of the story (especially at a time when Superman can’t even sustain his own film franchise). The concept is an easy one to communicate and the trailers have generated a lot of good press and an increased interest from both horror and superhero fans.” read more

Horror News Network’s Spring 2019 Movie Preview

Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, and seasonal allergies to one and all, but it is also brings a healthy amount of horror films in the season of rebirth.  While the fall is the traditional season for all things that go bump in the night, there are enough horror films in April and May to satisfy fans of all persuasions, whether you are in the mood for some highly anticipated remakes and reboots (Pet Sematary, Hellboy), ghostly women (The Curse of La Llorona), super-powered, evil children (Brightburn), stalkers (The Intruder, Ma), or giant lizards (Godzilla: King of the Monsters). read more

New ‘Brightburn’ Trailer Warns You About Super-Powered Alien Boys

The new trailer for BrightBurn, a horror film directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and produced by James Gunn, imagines a very different kind of “Man” (or boy) with “Super” powers.  The footage certainly calls into question the sanity of well-intentioned couples who adopt children that can fly and possess both unnatural strength and heat vision!

The film is written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn and stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Gregory Allen Williams, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, and Steve Agee. read more

‘BrightBurn’ Trailer Brings Terror to Superman Mythology

What if a baby from another world, despite the best efforts of his adopted parents, turned out to be a little twisted?  This is the premise of BrightBurn, a horror film produced by James Gunn and written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn. Frequent James Gunn collaborator David Yarovesky (The Hive) will direct the film which stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Gregory Allen Williams, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, and Steve Agee.

The former director of Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn actually started his career in the horror genre with 2006’s Slither.  He also explored odd super heroes in 2010’s Super, so Gunn is no stranger to either genre, and his role as producer is sure to rub off on his brother (Brian) and cousin (Mark), as well as Yarovesky. read more