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USAopoly Releasing ‘It’-Themed Games for 2019 and 2020

USAopoly, or as they’re now re-branded – “The Op”, brought us one of our favorite games of last year with Trivial Pursuit: Horror Movie Edition (click here for that story) so fellow staffer Sean McLaughlin and I were pretty psyched to happen upon their booth at New York Toy Fair a few weeks back. We were greeted by Raquel who could immediately tell that we didn’t have much interest in their line of Disney games (which I’m sure are fantastic) and we were escorted directly to a secret corner section of their enclosed area where she showed us the treats that we were not allowed to discuss – until now. read more

Extended Trailer for ‘Pennywise: The Story of It’ Hits the Web

Dead Mouse Productions and Cult Screenings UK Ltd. have just released an extended trailer for their feature length documentary on the 1990 television mini-series of Stephen King’s It. Featuring interviews with Tim Curry, Tommy Lee Wallace, and nearly all of the series’ living main cast members, the documentary digs into the nitty gritty of what it was like to put together such an iconic production on such a small budget. Turns out, it isn’t very easy to shoot a lengthy feature with so many adolescent leads, and Mr. Curry was happy to egg those rascally kids on in full costume in between cigarette breaks throughout the shoot! read more

HNN Staff Discuss What to Expect in 2019

The upcoming year is shaping up to be quite a significant one for horror fans, with numerous film and television projects scheduled to premiere across many different platforms.  From Pet Sematary to It: Chapter Two to yet another promising Jordan Peele production, there is reason for both optimism and skepticism within the genre.

Join HNN’s Christine, Larry and Sean as they discuss and critique what to expect in 2019.

Visit our YouTube channel (and the video below) for the entire episode, 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

The Toy Vault CEO Talks Funko ‘It’ Pennywise Exclusive Pop Figure at Rhode Island Comic Con

The Toy Vault was a big hit at this past weekend’s Rhode Island Comic Con, where they debuted their first convention exclusive Funko Pop figure. Since their first announcement of their black and white variant based on Tim Curry’s Pennywise from the original It TV movie, fans have been clamoring to get their hands on this elusive figure. Stationed just a short walk away from where Curry met with fans all weekend, The Toy Vault’s sales queue featured the kinds of line-forming stanchions normally reserved for headlining celebrities. Fans waited patiently in line to get their hands on their very own black and white Pennywise all weekend, and they had the opportunity to celebrate their new score with a personal photo op featuring a real-life Pennywise look-alike- complete with colorful balloons and a trademark red nose and hair! The Toy Vault CEO Chris Chilton spoke with Horror News Network at Rhode Island Comic Con about the thought process behind this exciting new Pop figure, The Toy Vault’s charity auction of one of the initial prototypes, and all things Funko Pop! read more

Andy Muschietti to Direct ‘Attack on Titan’

It director Andy Muschietti has something new to terrify audiences with. According to Variety, the white-hot director will helm Attack on Titan for Warner Brothers.

Written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan premiered in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine on September 9, 2009. The comic series follows the story of humans who live in walled cities which protect them from giant man-eating humanoids called Titans.

The series has been referred to as Japan’s version of The Walking Dead in terms of commercial success. AoT received its own novels, was adapted into an anime series, video games, and even live-action films. To date, the manga has sold over 76 million copies, making it one of the all-time best-selling series. read more

First Official Trailer for 2019’s ‘Pet Sematary’ Released

Stephen King fans are in their glory right about now.  Following the recent release of the first movie poster and still images for next year’s remake of the 1989 film (and 1983 novel) Pet Sematary, Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer earlier today.  The trailer can been seen below.  This news, of course, is on the heels of another of King’s novels being turned into a huge Hollywood hit (2017’s IT.)

The new Pet Sematary, starring Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Amy Seimetz (Stranger Things), will be a remake of the 1989 film.  After opening to mixed reviews (favored by horror fans, dismissed by film critics), it would go on to gross around $57 million at the box office to be considered a mild hit.  The original movie spawned a 1992 sequel unaffiliated with King’s novel, but that proved to be a critical and financial flop.  The late Fred Gwynne was stellar in the original film as Maine local and neighbor Jud Crandall, a role to be played by the great John Lithgow in the new version.  Let’s hope his Maine accent isn’t quite as over-the-top as Gwynne’s was at times. read more

Mezco Toyz Displays Massive Collection of Upcoming 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! This year, Mezco Toyz’s booth was jam packed with tons of incredible properties in a variety of different formats. Featuring 12″ figures, puppets, dolls, and even jack in the boxes, nearly every popular horror franchise was represented, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, Ghostbusters, Evil Dead 2, Dawn of the Dead, The Warriors, A Clockwork Orange, Kong: Skull Island, Living Dead Dolls, It, The Nun, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Annabelle, The Exorcist, Chucky, Beetlejuice, Trick ‘r Treat, and Hellraiser, there was literally something for everyone! You can check out all of our photos from the event below: read more

‘The Nun’ “Preys” on the Competition at Weekend Box Office

The Nun kicked off a busy fall season at the box office by accumulating an estimated $53.5 million at this weekend’s box office, destroying the previous Conjure-verse’s opening weekend record set by the original The Conjuring with $41.8 million in the summer of 2013.

The debut is also the second largest September opening ever, going past the $48.4 million set by Hotel Transylvania 2 in 2015. The Nun could not come close to last fall’s king of the horror world, It, however, which took in $123.4 for its opening weekend.  The Nun’s $53.5 million debut was also the second largest opening ever for an R-rated horror film, again placing behind Warner Brother’s  It.  The Nun was also a hit internationally, bringing in $77.5 million, totaling $131 million worldwide. read more

Pennywise Returns in New Set Photo from ‘IT Chapter 2’

Just in from Twitter, a new photo from the currently filming IT: Chapter 2 has posted online of Pennywise, the returning villain played by Bill Skarsgård.

The new photo feature the dancing clown menacingly smiling while sitting on top of Derry, Maine’s Paul Bunyan statue that was featured in the original novel.

The main cast of Chapter 2 includes James McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split) as Bill, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben and James Ransone (Generation Kill) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanley Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Teach Grant (Altered Carbon, Damnation) as Henry Bowers, Jess Weixler (The Son, Chained for Life) as Bill’s wife, Xavier Dolan (Boy Erased) as Adrian Mellon and Will Beinbrink (Queen of the South) as Tom Rogan. read more

‘IT: Chapter 2’ Begins Production

IT’S BACK! According to James McAvoy’s Instagram, production on IT: Chapter 2 , the sequel to last year’s box office hit, has officially begun.

The post to fans shows McAvoy sharing a witty pun and that cameras have begun rolling in Toronto, which was the shooting location for the first IT.

Day 1 on IT 2. Glad you got the memo guys. #passthecheeseplease #derryordairy

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The cast of Chapter 2 stars McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split) as Bill, Jessica Chastain (Mama, The Martian) as Beverly, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben, James Ransone (Sinister) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanely Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, and of course the return of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the clown. read more