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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

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Takes Fourth, ‘Midsommar’ Shines Bright in Sixth Place at Weekend Box Office

With a glut of horror releases (let alone all of the releases) this summer, it has been hard for any film to sustain momentum at the box office.  This weekend was no different with a film predicted to dominate the box office (Annabelle Comes Homes) falling short of expectations and a new entry (Midsommar) further adding to the logjam at your local cinema.

WB’s Annabelle Comes Home dropped into fourth place with an estimated $9.8 million, dipping  an expected 52% in its second weekend. The film’s domestic total now stands at $50 million, which is certainly good for any horror film, but the figure is below Conjuringverse expectations.  Annabelle Comes Home currently ranks third in the Annabelle series, $34 million out of second place. Internationally, the film is performing better and added over $20 million overseas for a total of $85 million, which equates to a worldwide total of $135 million.  Again, these numbers are admirable for a horror film, but with increased horror competition next week, expect Annabelle Comes Home to remain in 3rd place in what has become the most profitable series of horror films of all time (and be sure to check out our review right here). read more

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Takes Second Place at Weekend Box Office

Another week, another second place finish for a horror film at the weekend box office.  Just like last week’s Child Play, Annabelle Comes Home nabbed second place with an estimated $20.3 million.

Annabelle Comes Home opened on Tuesday night with shows starting at 5:00 p.m., and then opened wide on Wednesday, so the box office take is somewhat deceiving, although it did perform worse than either of the two previous Annabelle films.  The latest addition to the Conjuringverse currently sits at $31.2 million (with an additional $21.1 from foreign markets). read more

‘Child’s Play’ Finishes in Second Place at Weekend Box Office

Child’s Play (2019) finished second at the box office this weekend, making an estimated total of $14 million.  While finishing in second is never a bad thing at the summer box office, it’s not terrific when your opening total is $104 million less than the top spot (which was Toy Story 4, a much kinder and gentler breed of toy).

Many in the industry predicted a slightly higher opening for Child’s Play, especially with the film currently sitting at a healthy 60% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.  Viewers were less impressed with the return of Chucky, as the film only scored a C+ from ticket buyers surveyed by opening night polling service, Cinemascore read more

Horror News Network’s Summer 2019 Movie Preview Guide

After a rather lackluster spring, studios are ready to start churning out horror films for the starving, sweating masses this summer.  At least eight films in the horror genre are slated for release in June, July, and August this year (a slight increase from year’s past) in hopes that one or two can capture the attention of movie-goers who are already worn out by sequels and mega-budget action and sci-fi epics.

Horror fans have a lot to choose from this summer; everything from classic 1980’s remakes (Child’s Play), another entry from the ever-popular Conjurverse (Annabelle Comes Home), giant critters with a taste for human flesh (Crawl, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged), Ari Aster’s creepy follow-up to last year’s critical smash Hereditary (Midsommar), and a host of supernatural and survival horror originals. read more

Chucky Speaks in Second Trailer for ‘Child’s Play’

“I think Chucky did something…” Just hours ago, Orion Pictures revealed the second trailer for the upcoming Child’s Play film. The new preview, which is two minutes long showcases a community plunged into chaos as the murderous doll, Chucky plans to slice and dice his way through the town.

The official synopsis of the film is: Child’s Play follows Karen, a single mother who gifts her son Andy a Buddi doll, unaware of its more sinister nature.

This re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic is written by Tyler Burton Smith and directed by Lars Klevberg, Child’s Play stars Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry, Tim Matheson, David Lewis Carlease Burke, Ty Consiglio, Trent Redekop, and Mark Hamill as the voice of Chucky. read more

WonderCon 2019: Child’s Play Panel and Mark Hamill as Chucky?!?!

By far the biggest news coming out of this panel was the surprise drop of the new voice of Chucky: none other than Mark Hamill! Some people may know him from a little movie called Star Wars and if you are going to replace an icon like Brad Dourif then getting another icon is the way to do it. The fans in attendance were both shocked and elated when at the end of the exclusive trailer following the …’and as the voice of Chucky’ frame, the trailer cut away to video of Hamill announcing himself as the new voice of the sinister doll. The next several minutes were spent hearing how the cast felt about working with him and there were a lot of expected jokes about working with Luke Skywalker. The crowd was into it and it was a bit hard to concentrate on the cast on stage as so many were talking about what they just saw on screen. This was a huge bomb dropped right on the WonderCon fans and they loved it. read more

Official Trailer for ‘Child’s Play’ Slashes its Way Online

“People, let me tell you ’bout my best friend.” The official trailer for Orion’s Child’s Play remake has arrived bringing with it technology and terror. The one-minute trailer gives us a short glimpse of what to expect as parents rush to buy the hottest toy for their children, the Buddi doll.

Directed by Lars Klevberg, Child’s Play stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, David Lewis, Ty Consiglio, and Beatrice Kitsos.

The official synopsis for the film reads:

A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. read more

HNN Staff Discuss What to Expect in 2019

The upcoming year is shaping up to be quite a significant one for horror fans, with numerous film and television projects scheduled to premiere across many different platforms.  From Pet Sematary to It: Chapter Two to yet another promising Jordan Peele production, there is reason for both optimism and skepticism within the genre.

Join HNN’s Christine, Larry and Sean as they discuss and critique what to expect in 2019.

Visit our YouTube channel (and the video below) for the entire episode, and check out our Patreon page for even more exclusive videos and content that you can’t get anywhere else (https://www.patreon.com/horrornewsnetwork). read more

‘Chucky’ Series Coming to Syfy

It looks like everyone’s favorite killer doll is headed to Syfy. According to Deadline, Syfy has nabbed the rights to develop a Chucky TV series. The series come from the Child’s Play creative team of Don Mancini and David Kirschner who will be joined by Nick Antosca.

“I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and SYFY is the perfect network for us,” said Mancini in an official statement. “The show will be a fresh take on the franchise, allowing us to explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format, while staying true to the original vision that has terrorized audiences for over three decades now.” read more