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Classic Universal Monsters Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

Per an announcement from the resorts’ web site, Universal’s classic monsters will come to life in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort in CA and FL respectively.

Based on the premier cinematic monsters from the studio that invented the horror films, Universal’s terrifying experiences on both coasts will take the frightening and legendary ensemble and bring them face-to-face with guests at the resorts’ featured Halloween events. read more

‘Depraved’: The Horror News Network Review

Modernizing a classic work of literature or cinema is often times an unenviable task.  You can hit a home run but still be second-guessed, or you can completely miss the mark and damage both your reputation and the original at the same time.  This was the mission presented before horror genre favorite Larry Fessenden, who took on the Frankenstein mystique with his current film Depraved.  Luckily, Fessenden nails the tortured soul saga for today’s uncertain and violent times.

Depraved, which had its premiere at last week’s What The Fest!? at the IFC Center in New York City, presents an interesting take on Mary Shelley’s 1818 literary masterpiece.  By bringing it to the big screen with an independent budget, Fessenden (who wrote, produced and directed the Glass Eye Pix production) accomplishes something few other films were able to pull off in recent times: a worthy version of a beloved horror work.  What comes to mind to me is the 2010 Italian remake of Tod Browning’s Freaks called Museum of Wonders.  Both films can be considered noble successors, though in updating the material to make it more relatable to today Fessenden should be commended.  There are dueling messages from the limits of modern science and the race to mimic God, to the horrors of war and the impressions left by those veterans returning to a life considered normal. read more

First Trailer for Larry Fessenden’s ‘Depraved’ Released

The first trailer for the upcoming horror film from Glass Eye Pix titled Depraved has been unleashed by the studio.  In an exclusive post, Indiewire has unveiled the 34 second spot which combines the eerie imagery one would expect from a modern-day re-imagining of Frankenstein with the jump-cuts so popular with the horror genre.  With this being the 200th anniversary of the Mary Shelley literary classic’s release (a year or two off, but who’s counting?), the timing is perfect for the iconic monster to make its triumphant return.  And where better than in Brooklyn? read more

Tristan Eaton Creates Massive Universal Classic Monsters Mural on Universal Studios Lot

Universal Studios decided to spruce up their lot with a tribute to several of their all time greats. Nothing says “monster” like a 50×200 foot mural dedicated to the most famous ghouls of all time, and street artist Tristan Eaton has really delivered on the Universal Studios lot! The prolific painter began his journey in mid-January, working from a boom lift nearly 25 feet in the air; and now he’s ready to unveil his work to the public.

The Hollywood Reporter documented Eaton’s work in their latest issue, and they featured several interesting facts about his newest project. Eaton says he went through about 40 cans of spray paint per day as he crafted beautiful testaments to Frankenstein, The Bride of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Donna Langley, Universal’s film chairperson, said they chose spray paint for the project because the classic monsters, “were the outsiders, outcasts, rebels and outlaws of their time.” For Eaton, the massive image is a labor of love: “I’m working my butt off for this because I love it so much.” read more

Library of Congress Restores 1910 ‘Frankenstein’ Short Film, Makes Video Available for Free

I’ve never been more proud to be a taxpayer! The Library of Congress has been involved in numerous important projects related to the preservation of film, but none hit closer to home for horror fans than their restoration of the first film version of Frankenstein. Produced in 1910 by the Edison Manufacturing Company, this 12 minute short laid the foundation for the Gothic atmosphere and hulking creature that would soon be improved upon and immortalized by James Whale and Boris Karloff. In a recent guest blog post by Mike Mashon– the head of the Moving Image Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division- the institute details the painstaking lengths they went to in restoring and preserving the print for future generations: read more

Remembering Stan Lee’s Influence on the Horror Comic

Stan Lee’s influence on pop culture can not be understated.  The late writer made characters such as Spider-Man, Thor, and Iron Man household names and his fame and notoriety shot into the stratosphere thanks to the rise of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008.  Millions of people of all ages who have never picked up a comic book, came accustomed to seeing Lee’s signature cameos in countless blockbusters and he remained one of the most recognizable celebrities in Hollywood due to this very reason. read more

Super 7 Displays Exclusive Horror Toys at New York Comic Con

Horror News Network was on site at Day One of the 2018 New York Comic Con to bring you the hottest horror toys on display at the show! Super 7 brought a wide variety of properties to the show, including ReAction figures from Alien, Misfits, and Phantom Starkiller. Their classic monsters line included masks and Halloween buckets based on Frankenstein and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and they offered two different 3-packs of popular Hellboy characters. You can check out all of our photos from the event below: read more

IFC Films Releases Trailer for Upcoming ‘Mary Shelley’ Movie Starring Elle Fanning

The story of the summer of 1816 and the challenge which led Mary Shelley to write her classic novel, Frankenstein, is just as interesting and incredible as the novel itself. The fateful storm on Lake Geneva that spawned a writing competition between Shelley, her future husband Percy, and Lord Byron has inspired readers and storytellers alike (see Chuck Palahniuk’s Haunted) for decades, and now IFC Films has a fresh new take on the legend in the form of a feature film.

Mary Shelley stars Elle Fanning (The Neon Demon, The Beguiled) as Shelley, and features Maisie Williams, Bel Powley, Douglas Booth, Joanne Froggatt and Stephen Dillane in key roles. The film will dramatize Shelley’s journey from creating the text to struggling to get it published in the sexist and censorship-happy world she lived in. IFC Films have just released a new trailer for the film today, and you can watch it below: read more

Women in Horror Month Spotlight on Mary Shelley

While kicking off Women in Horror Month, I would feel a bit remiss if I did not to recognize the contributions of the most influential women in horror history, Mary Shelley.  2018 marks the 200th anniversary of her iconic masterpiece Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. Released in January of 1818, the book tells the tale of resurrecting the dead by the use of electricity.  When first published, the author was listed as “Anonymous,” with most people assuming it was Percy Shelley, Mary’s husband, who penned the book. Most felt this assumption was due to the fact that he wrote the introduction. Although, in 19th century Europe, who would have thought a young woman’s imaginative tale would influence an entire genre in such a historical way.  To celebrate Mary, below are five facts you should know about this pioneering woman of horror and her masterpiece. read more

‘Bride of Frankenstein’ Release Date Set for Valentine’s Day 2019

Coming February 14, 2019 is a match not quite made in heaven with Bride of Frankenstein, the latest entry to the cinematic Dark Universe from Universal Pictures.

With the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise in June of this year, Universal Pictures began reforming its lineup of classic monster films. These include The Wolfman, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon among others, according to Darkuniverse.com.

Director Bill Condon, known for his directorial credit on this year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, has taken the reigns of Bride with production to begin in early 2018. He will be working from a script written by David Koepp. read more