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Paul Zindel’s Son Files Lawsuit Against ‘The Shape of Water’ Creators for Alleged Plagiarism

We first reported in late January that David Zindel, the son of playwright Paul Zindel, is accusing The Shape of Water of plagiarism. Now, the accusations have escalated in the form of a 53-page lawsuit against Fox Searchlight, Twentieth Century Fox, writer/director Guillermo del Toro, and associate producer Daniel Kraus.

NPR reports that Zindel’s suit was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. The suit alleges that The Shape of Water, “brazenly copies the story, elements, characters, and themes” of Paul Zindel’s 1969 work entitled Let Me Hear You Whisper. Zindel’s play, which was first adapted for television during the same year, tells the story of a female custodian who forms a special bond with a dolphin in a lab, and she hatches a plan to escape with the creature once she learns that scientists plan to dissect its brain. 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

David Harbour Promises Action and Practical Effects in ‘Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen’

It appears that the new Hellboy reboot (Rise of the Blood Queen) will follow in the footsteps of the previous two Guillermo del Toro films when it comes to excitement and practical effects.

The Stranger Things star spoke to MTV on the red carpet at the recent Golden Globe Awards and said that “It was the hardest job I’ve ever done.  The action that I’m doing in the movie, the rolling around on the ground and punching — things that a 40-year-old man should not be doing — and on top of that, the tremendous amount of prosthetics and makeup, but at the end of the day we would shoot some pretty beautiful stuff. And pretty unique stuff for this type of universe.” read more

Horror News Network’s Winter 2018 Movie Preview

The winter of 2017 was a banner season for horror films, with Split and Get Out dominating the box office, beginning one of the most profitable years for horror films of all time.  While there might not be a film that reaches the box office heights of either of the aforementioned films, there are a number of intriguing new films, time-tested sequels, and the inevitable stinkers that traditionally appear in this coldest of seasons.

Insidious: the Last Key (January 5): The Insidious franchise returns for a fourth time this January with a slight twist.  The film will chronologically take place before Insidious Chapter 2, focusing on the Lorraine Warren-esque psychic investigator Elise Rainier (portrayed by Lin Shaye) from the original film.  It seems like some “hitchhiking ghosts” have followed the investigator home to get even after the events that took place in the Lambert Household. read more

Guillermo del Toro Says He Once Saw a ‘Horribly Designed’ UFO in Guadalajara

This Christmas, writer/director Guillermo del Toro reminds us that it may not just be Santa flying up there in the winter skies! While promoting his excellent new film, The Shape of Water, del Toro revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that his experiences with creepy crawlies aren’t contained to his work on famous horror and science fiction movies.

When he was a younger man, del Toro says that he and a friend of his encountered a real-life UFO. Unfortunately, the spacecraft wasn’t as impressive as the mechs of Pacific Rim. Here’s how Guillermo tells it: read more

Guillermo del Toro’s Next Movies for Fox Searchlight Include ‘Antlers’ and ‘Nightmare Alley’

The Shape of Water hasn’t even reached its wide release in theaters, and Guillermo del Toro already has two new pictures lined up for Fox Searchlight! Hot off of the tremendous buzz and early awards season whispers for del Toro’s latest film, Variety reports that the incredible producer/writer/director plans to continue working with the studio on a movie called Antlers and a remake of 1947’s Nightmare Alley.

Antlers will be produced by Guillermo del Toro, and the studio is currently in talks with Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, Black Mass) to direct. The film is described as a supernatural story about a young teacher and a troubled student. The script was written by  Henry Chaisson  and Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Channel Zero, The Forest) based off the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Antosca. read more

del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ was Inspired by ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’

Every fan knows that Guillermo del Toro is a superfan of horror and science fiction.  Unlike most fans however, del Toro also happens to be one of the best working directors in Hollywood.

del Toro’s current film The Shape of Water has garnered a wealth of praise, and it would be a great surprise if the director’s work was not nominated once again for multiple awards.

What most critics may not know however is that del Toro’s inspiration for his cold war parable was his childhood memories about Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon. read more

Mike Mignola Shares First Look at David Harbour’s ‘Hellboy’ Makeup

Sometimes a project comes along where the announcement causes fans to instantly picture what an actor or actress might look like in his or her role. The announcement that David Harbour would play the titular character in the upcoming movie reboot of Hellboy was exactly that kind of project for me. Based on Harbour’s beloved performance and line delivery in Stranger Things, I could already hear his voice spouting off the demonic antihero’s snarky quips and biting comments. Better yet, Harbour looks the part when you consider everything from the defining structure of his face to his imposing body shape and size. read more

Trailer Released for Gothic Horror Film ‘The Lodgers’

Did you enjoy the historical and gothic nature of Guillermo del Toro’s period ghost story Crimson Peak? If so, Epic Pictures Group has a film on the horizon that might be your cup of tea! Entitled The Lodgers (no relation to David Bowie’s classic Berlin-era album of a similar name), the film offers up a chilling ghost tale with a rich classical setting. The movie was directed by Brian O’Malley (Let Us Prey), and it features performances by Bill Milner (X-Men: First Class, Locke), Charlotte Vega (The Misfits Club, Another Me), David Bradley (Captain America: The First Avenger, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Eugene Simon (Game of Thrones, Ben Hur), and Moe Dunford (Vikings, Patrick’s Day). Here is the official synopsis for the story, as presented in the promotional materials for the movie: read more

‘Pacific Rim Uprising’ Release Date Pushed Back By a Month to March 2018

According to deadline, the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s kajiu vs. robot smash fest Pacific Rim, Pacific Rim Uprising, is moving into a crowded March 2018 schedule, but away from a potential box office heavy weight, on Friday March 23rd.

Although the sequel (directed by Steven S. DeKnight who will be making his silver screen debut after a number of television writing and directing jobs) moves into a crowded March with A Wrinkle in Time (March 9th), Tomb Raider (March 16th), Robin Hood (March 23rd), and Ready Player One (March 30th), it does move far away from Black Panther which debuts on February 16th and all current signs point to a long reign for King T’Challa at the box office. read more