After bringing one of the greatest horror films of the decade to the silver screen last year with Hereditary, writer/director Ari Aster returns with a sophomore film which reinforces his status as an important filmmaker of our time and continues to reveal his inspirations and his style as a filmmaker. Midsommar won’t please everyone- especially those who are looking for standard summer movie fare or a modern day spectacle of “jump scare” hijinks- but its challenging subject matter and hypnotic auditory and visual design certainly won’t be easily forgotten by anyone who sees it.
Did you think that The Shape of Water’s and Get Out’s big wins at the Academy Awards last year meant that horror movies would finally be getting a fair shake during awards season? Think again! The 2019 Oscar nominations are out, and the horror genre is only represented with a single nomination for A Quiet Place in the category of Best Sound Editing.
Last year, The Shape of Water received 13 nominations (the record is 14), and it ended up winning Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. Get Out was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Jordan Peele), Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele), and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), and Peele took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Between these two films, the horror genre was represented in many of the Academy’s most prestigious categories. read more
With 2018 in the rear view mirror, now is the perfect time to discuss and analyze the top moments of the year for horror. HNN’s Christine, Larry and Sean discuss their feelings on the top movies of 2018 for the genre, along with what they feel are the breakout moments and highlights as well.
Visit our YouTube channel (and the video below) for this lively conversation, 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
January 1st, 2018 was such an exciting time for horror fans! Big projects were being announced, everyone was fired up about the upcoming Halloween movie, and conventions were beginning to announce some incredible guests. Just like The Legendary Criswell, I made a few predictions on that day about what we can expect in the world of horror in 2018, and I promised to revisit my premonitions in December. Well, here we are… so let’s see how I did!
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 2018! read more
Much has been written about the polarizing effect that A24’s Hereditary has had on the horror community (and many predicted a sharp decline at the box office after the first weekend), but Ari Aster’s creepy take on family dynamics and satanism is still bringing fans into the theater, earning just over $7 million this past weekend.
While the weekend take is far from staggering, the fact that Hereditary only dropped by 48% is significant in light of the mixed fan reaction. In comparison, most horror films will drop anywhere from 55% to 65% of their initial take after their first week of release. With no horror films on the horizon until The First Purge on July 4th, Hereditary should continue to attract curious fans (even those outside of the normal horror realm) over the next few weeks. read more
A24’s Hereditary delivered the best opening in the short history of the company, delivering $13.5 million in its first weekend at the box office. The closest film released from A24 to Hereditary’s opening was 2016’s The Witch which made $8.8 million during its debut weekend.
Despite this excellent news, many news outlets picked up on the D+ Cinemascore rating for Hereditary as a sign of trouble for the film. While this may lead to diminishing returns in subsequent weeks, the issue is much more complex than the score would indicate. read more
First time writer/director Ari Aster’s Hereditary opens in theaters this weekend after months of unbelievable hype. A24, the studio behind similar projects like The Witch and It Comes at Night, have been sure to market the film with clever and haunting promotional clips and tales of traumatized critics at film festival previews. Most movies which are blown so full of pre-release hot air tend to disappoint simply due to the sheer inability to live up to the vast expectations such buzz inevitably produces. However, Hereditary is one of those rare cases where everything you’ve heard about it is true. It’s deeply unsettling, it’s brilliantly acted and directed, and it comes from a school of filmmaking which expired decades ago to make way for louder, gaudier productions. For the same reasons why it’s excellent, this movie isn’t going to win over casual Friday night audiences; but Hereditary has all of the makings of a modern horror classic for discerning horror fans. Unforgettably haunting and “sleep with the lights on” scary, this movie is easily one of the best horror films of the decade. read more
Can’t wait until A24’s Hereditary hits theaters on June 8? If you are looking to get more excited about this release, look no further than the video below which confirms that director Ari Aster knows his stuff when it comes to movies and film making.
Aster’s soon to be released film has been described by critics as one of the most harrowing and frightening films to grace the silver screen in decades (and we’ll all be able to judge this soon) and it is clear from his interview with Birth. Movies. Death. that the influences on Hereditary are the ones that horror fans want to hear a director discuss. read more
Hereditary isn’t even out yet, but according to Deadline, A24 “… is re-teaming with Hereditary helmer Ari Aster to produce and fully finance his next untitled horror project, sources said. The film will be A24’s largest production to date, with an expected production start of late summer/early fall 2018. Lars Knudsen and B Reel will also produce.”
At this point, not much is known about the film, and “The plot is being kept under wraps though it follows a young woman who reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip where things quickly go awry.” A24 has just begun casting the film as well. read more