‘Infidel’ #1: The Horror News Network Review

Image’s new horror series Infidel is one that will appeal to fans of atmospheric horror stories as well as though who enjoy smart, socially conscious writing about the real fears that are created through prejudice and ignorance.  Former DC editor Pornsak Pichetshote makes his impressive writing debut in this series and artist Aaron Campbell compliments Pichetshote’s nightmarish script perfectly.

Infidel throws the reader into the deep end of the pool immediately, as our main character Aisha experiences a horrific nightmare that includes insects and a pale ghoul that wants to gently chomp on her throat.  This opening scene begins the uncomfortable atmosphere of tension and claustrophobia that permeates the story, both inside and outside of Aisha’s apartment.  There are certainly breaks in the tension (such as the baking of a Return of the Jedi inspired cake), but the underlying feeling of dread is ever present, even in scenes which seem mundane or day-to-day in comparison to the opening scare. read more

Horror and Genre Favorites Pull Big Wins at 2018 Academy Awards

The 2018 Academy Awards have come and gone and fans of horror and genre film have something to smile about this morning as there were big wins, and nominations, for genre films.

Jordan Peele’s Get Out was the winner in the Best Original Screenplay category and had nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya) and Best Director (Peele).

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water was the biggest winner though with wins for Best Picture, Best Director (del Toro), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat) and Best Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau). Shape also had nominations in Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Cinematography (Dan Laustsen), Original Screenplay (del Toro and Vanessa Taylor), Best Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke and Brad Zoern), Best Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira), Best Costume Design (Luis Sequeira) and Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins). read more

‘Get Out’ Wins Best Feature Film and Best Director at Independent Spirit Awards

As the last awards show before the Academy Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards have been a pretty good predictor of winners at the Oscars in the last few years, with Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years a Slave each taking home the best picture award at both celebrations.  Does this mean Jordan Peele’s Get Out is next up for this prestigious double feature?

At this year’s edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, Peele’s Get Out walked away with awards for Best Feature and Best Director.  During his acceptance speech, Peele praised the independent film community, saying that “It’s clear we are in the beginning of a renaissance right now where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room, the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years are being honored and recognized and celebrated.” read more

Jordan Peele’s Next Horror Film to Begin Shooting Later This Year

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan Peele revealed that he is currently working on another genre flick as a follow up to his wildly successful debut, Get Out.

Released nationwide on February 24, 2017, Get Out was made on a budget of only $4.5 million dollars and went on to rake in a whopping $245 million dollars at the box office. The film was a hit and received high praise in a review from Horror News Network staff member Nick Banks as he noted that “Peele’s “monsters” in this horror film are not Deliverance-style back woods types that we are used to seeing on screen; they are instead well-dressed and manicured neo-liberals with a rather sinister agenda.  These are wealthy aristocrats with not only an admiration for African-Americans, but a deep-seated envy and desire to become them, without giving up their own elitist ways.” read more

‘Horror Noire’ Author Robin R. Means Coleman: The Horror News Network WiHM Interview

Professor Robin R. Means Coleman, the author of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present, grew up in the right time and place to become a horror fan, namely Pittsburgh in the 1970s.  It would have been almost impossible to avoid being bitten by “the zombie-bug” in this era in Pittsburgh, when some of the greatest and most influential horror films were being created in and around the city by the legendary George Romero.

Luckily, Means became a horror fan due to this influence, because if she didn’t, none of us would be able to read her critical dissection and history of the role of Black actors, writers, and directors in horror films.  Horror News Network had the pleasure of interviewing Means Coleman about her book and recent developments in the genre, most significantly, Jordan Peele’s smash success of 2017, Get Out. read more

Jordan Peele Announces Free AMC Screenings of ‘Get Out’ for One Year Anniversary

Have you still not seen Get Out? Did you wait to see Get Out on home video, and now you’re wondering what it would have been like to watch it on the big screen? Have you seen Get Out plenty of times, but you want to catch it one last time in theaters? Do you like free things? If the answer to any of these questions is “YES!”… then Jordan Peele’s got a surprise for you!

The director of the four-time Academy Award-nominated picture took to Twitter to announce an incredible Presidents’ Day promotion in celebration of the film’s one year anniversary: read more

‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Get Out’ Lead Academy Awards Contenders with Multiple Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations are out… and the horror genre will finally be recognized on the main stage! The most morbid of genres, which has historically been treated as critically insignificant in comparison to other more mainstream genres, is being honored in a big way this year in the form of multiple Academy Awards nominations of Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

The Shape of Water received the highest number of nominations of any film up for awards this year, accumulating a total of 13 nominations across a wide array of categories. The record number of nominations for a single film stands a 14, and that’s only ever been achieved by All About Eve, Titanic, and last year’s La La LandThe Shape of Water joins just nine other films to ever receive 13 nominations, including Gone With the Wind, Forrest Gump, Chicago, Marry Poppins, and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The film is up for Academy Awards in the following categories: read more

Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Will Not Speak in Upcoming Movie

As creator/director Todd McFarlane and horror mega-producer Jason Blum continue along on their new movie project based upon McFarlane’s Spawn comic book series, we are beginning to hear more and more about what the movie will be like. We already knew that the plan from the start is to create a hard-R rated film with strong horror elements on a low budget. Now, Todd McFarlane is starting to talk about what that might look like- or sound like- on the big screen. It turns out, Spawn won’t speak during the entire film! read more

‘Get Out’ Wins Best Director and Screenplay at Gotham Independent Film Awards

Jordan Peele’s breakout horror film Get Out picked up three awards at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, taking home best director, screenplay, and the audience award.

During his acceptance speech, Peele stated that “When I started to write this film I set out to make a movie that would be my favorite movie that I had never seen. I didn’t know it would actually ever get made.”

He also added that “It’s so important that we support these voices from the outside, these perspectives we haven’t seen, we haven’t heard. They will resonate. We need these stories.” read more

Blumhouse Announces April 2018 Release for ‘Truth or Dare’

Back in March of this year, it was announced by Blumhouse Productions that a supernatural horror movie called Truth or Dare would be given the green light.  With Lucy Hale (Scream 4) set to star, Truth or Dare would continue to add to its impressive young cast over the next few months to include Aurora Perrineau (Jem and the Holograms) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) among others.  All that was missing was a release date…..until now.  Blumhouse has formerly announced that Truth or Dare will be released in theaters and VOD (presumably) on April 27th, 2018.  Deadline was the first to break the news. read more