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New “Halloween” Will Ask Fans to Forget All But the First Film

Try to bear with me on this one, folks, as it may get a bit confusing. Back in 1988, Michael Myers came back to the big screen after a 7-year hiatus. Last seen burning to death in the halls of Haddonfield Memorial Hospital in 1981’s Halloween 2, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers told us that Michael actually survived being shot in the face a few times and getting burnt to a crisp. Also in H4, we learned of the passing of Laurie Strode and are introduced to her daughter Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris). read more

‘Ghost Adventures’ Specials Feature Ghosts of Civil War and Annabelle this October

The Ghost Adventures team are bringing a host of Halloween horrors to fans this October, as they embark for the first time on a Four-Part “ghosts of the Civil War” Special (starting on October 7th at 9:00 p.m. on the Travel Channel) and they are also bringing back their traditional Halloween investigation special featuring the arrival of the world famous Annabelle doll to Zac Bagan’s Haunted Museum (which airs on October 28th at 9:00 p.m.).

According to the official press release, the four part special will feature trips to “…haunted Vicksburg, Mississippi, exploring the lasting impact the Civil War’s Siege of Vicksburg has had on the city. The team searches for paranormal evidence during lockdown investigations in McRaven Mansion, considered to be the most haunted building in the South; an antique doll museum said to contain dolls that come alive; an abandoned hospital; and the site of the Battle of Champion Hill.” read more

‘Halloween Wars’ Returns to Food Network This October

Looking for some spooky food ideas for your upcoming Halloween celebration?  If so, we have the show for you! Halloween Wars returns to Food Network with a new season as well as a new spin-off series Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror on October 1st, starting at 9:00 p.m.  The program features the manic Jonathan Bennett as he “…challenges six teams to create amazing and frighteningly fun Halloween-themed edible displays. Over five episodes the teams must battle it out, as their creations are judged by renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and horror film director and makeup effects master Todd Tucker, along with a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Fiona Dourif (True Blood), Bryan Fuller (Executive Producer, American Gods), Juliet Landau (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), and Shane West (Salem).One team will be eliminated each episode, with the last team standing walking away with the $50,000 grand prize.” read more

CT HorrorFest Rocks Danbury

This past Saturday, thousands of horror fans descended upon the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, CT to check out the fourth annual CT HorrorFest, Connecticut’s only convention dedicated to the horror genre. By 8am, there was a line down Delay Street of folks dressed in costumes and others wearing t-shirts depicting their favorite horror films.

While the festivities didn’t technically begin until 11am, doors were opened at 10am to allow those who ordered tickets in advance an extra hour to take in the ghoulish sights inside. Those folks had first dibs on tons of vendors that were set up inside of the arena; some selling horror-related merchandise, others selling their books and still others selling films both popular and independently made. read more

Jamie Lee Curtis Returns to Halloween

Blumhouse dropped a Twitter bomb today with the reveal/Tweet that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning to reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode in Halloween.  While this is not the first time Curtis has revisited her role as  Laurie Strode, as shes appeared in the fan favorite Halloween: H20 back in 1998, it is nevertheless amazing to see her in the same clothes, on the same porch, and in the same bad situation she was in nearly 40 years ago.

Halloween creator and legendary director John Carpenter will also be involved in the project as executive producer and creative consultant alongside Jason Blum.  David Gordon Green will be directing the highly anticipated film, which is being describe as Laurie Strode’s final confrontation with Michael Myers. read more

John Carpenter To Develop Horror Title for SyFy Channel

Legendary writer/director/composer John Carpenter has recently inked a deal with Universal Cable Productions to develop his graphic novel Tales for a Halloween Night into a series for the SyFy channel according to Deadline.

Dawn Olmstead, executive VP of development for UCP said, “John Carpenter is an incredible creator whose dark imagination has left an indelible mark in film and in our dreams. We are thrilled to have a master of the horror genre join UCP.”

Carpenter is also developing with Nightside with UCP, a fantasy novel series by Simon R. Green. described as  “the secret heart of London beating to its own rhythm, pumping lifeblood through the veins of its streets and alleys, hidden in eternal darkness where creatures of the night congregate and where the sun is afraid to shine.” Nightside is being scripted by Jill Blotevogel of Scream: The TV Series. read more

Play as Halloween’s Michael Myers in “Dead by Daylight”

Dead by Daylight is not unfamiliar to hardcore gamers as it has already been available for Microsoft Windows OS for a year but today the game hits the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles as well.

An asymmetrical horror/survival game, Dead by Daylight pits up to four “survivors” against one “killer” who is tasked with tracking down and eliminating them all. The gameplay takes place in several locations that are based on the place that the killer calls home.

For horror fans who were psyched at the opportunity to play as Jason Voorhees in Gun Media & IllFonic’s Friday the 13th: The Game, Dead By Daylight has jumped into the mix by adding Michael Myers and Laurie Strode as playable characters in the all-too-familiar setting of Haddonfield but currently only in the Windows version (more on that below). read more

Michael Myers Will Not Be Supernaturally Immortal in New Halloween Movie

We reported back in February that the next Halloween movie will be written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, and directed by Green. John Carpenter will serve as executive producer and he is considering composing the music for the film. Around the time of the announcement, McBride and Green alluded to the film being a literal or spiritual successor to 1981’s Halloween II. Now, Danny McBride has dropped another tidbit on the project that proves the group’s commitment to the earlier films of the franchise: the new Michael Myers will not have supernatural or immortal qualities! read more

New Halloween Film Coming from Eastbound & Down Collaborators Danny McBride and David Gordon Green

John Carpenter has just shared some very interesting news about the next Halloween film on his Facebook page. The next film in the franchise will be written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green. The film will be directed by Green. The two have previously collaborated on several successful projects, including Pineapple ExpressEastbound & Down, and Vice Principals.

Check out Carpenter’s post below for all of the details:

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Are January and February the New Dumping Ground for Horror Films?

In October, HNN noticed that horror films were strangely missing from the October schedule which usually capitalizes on the Halloween season and the audiences need for thrills and chills.  Initially, it appeared that the culprit was The Blair Witch, as studios hurried to move their films away from the expected blockbuster.  The result was more “trick than treat” however, as The Blair Witch was d.o.a. at the box office making a grand total of just under 21 million dollars.  

Looking at the release schedule for January and February, it appears that “the witch” may not be the only one to blame, as nine horror films will debut during the coldest and least profitable months of the year in 2017.  January and February are known to Hollywood executives as “dump months” which refers to the low expectations regarding the box office success of the films and the unwillingness of people to leave their homes during the winter months.  Films that are released in January and February are usually ones that did not perform well at test screenings, films without bankable stars, genre films, and films that are hard to categorize or defy traditional genre conventions. read more