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‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis to Star in ‘Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase’

Sophia Lillis earned tremendous praise over her performance as Beverly Marsh in last fall’s theatrical adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Now, in addition to the sequel to It, Lillis will be working with Warner Brothers again to portray another classic literary character.

Deadline reports that Lillis will play the River Heights mystery solver Nancy Drew in the upcoming film, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. The movie will be produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, and Chip Diggins, and the studio plans to begin shooting soon. read more

‘Goosebumps’ Sequel’s Ensemble Cast to Feature ‘It’ and ‘Jumanji’ Alumni

The folks at Sony Pictures are hard at work on a follow-up to 2015’s Goosebumps movie, based on the legendary works of writer R.L. Stine. We already knew that Jack Black will be returning to his role as a fictional version of Stine for the sequel, which is tentatively titled Goosebumps: Horrorland. Now, we know which actors and actress will be rounding out the new cast.

Variety reports that Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor have all been hired to star in the upcoming film. The young actors and actress all represent the typical age group of readers when they first discover Stine’s infectious books. read more

Jessica Chastain Linked to ‘IT’ Sequel

Variety is reporting that Jessica Chastain, known for her acclaimed performances in Zero Dark Thirty and The Help, is in talks to star in IT: Chapter Two. Horror fans may also remember her from 2013’s Mama. Chastain’s return to horror would appear to be as the grown up version of the character “Beverly”, played by Sophie Lills in the 2017 reboot. Sources say discussions with Chastain are still in the early phases.

IT: Chapter Two picks up twenty-seven years after the end of the first film as the evil clown Pennywise returns to torment the grown-up members of the Losers’ Club.  The sequel will be directed by Andy Muschietti and is scheduled to be released in September of 2019 with production beginning this summer. Bill Skarsgard is expected to return as Pennywise. read more

HNN’s Coverage of The 2018 New York Toy Fair

This weekend, the Jacob Javits Center in New York City played host to the cultural phenomenon known as Toy Fair 2018.  For four glorious days, national and international toy producers, re-sellers and developers converged on the West Side of Manhattan to display their current products and provide a glimpse of what the future holds for their catalogs as well.

Horror continues to play an integral part in the toy market, and Horror News Network was there to cover all of the excitement and wonderfully-gory products that both casual and hardcore collectors (and their kids!) can expect throughout 2018 and even into next year.  Staff Journalists Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin made the trek ready to report, and thanks to an assist by our friends at Action Figure Collectors (www.actionfigurecollectors.com) we were able to provide thorough coverage of all announcements and news relevant to the horror masses. read more

New Line Moves ‘The Nun’ to September

New Line Cinema is moving The Conjuring Spin-off The Nun to a less competitive fall release date, praying that lightning strikes twice for the company on September 7th.

Last year, New Line debuted It on the same weekend in September and laughed like an evil clown all the way to the bank, as the film dominated the fall box office.  While The Nun will certainly do less business at the box office than It did, the move is a smart one for the company.   The Nun was originally scheduled for a mid-July release, sandwiched between Ant Man and the Wasp, the fourth Purge film, and the recently rescheduled The Equalizer 2. read more

What to Expect in the World of Horror in 2018

On the first day of this glorious new year, I thought I’d do my best impression of The Amazing Criswell and make some horror predictions for 2018. These aren’t necessarily wild ideas I’ve pulled out of thin air… they’re simply my expectations based on the trends I’ve observed developing over the course of 2017. I’ll document my thoughts now, and then revisit my premonitions in December to see how I did! So, without further ado, let’s peer into the wonderful world of tomorrow! read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: January 2018 Blu-Ray Releases

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 January 2018! read more

‘It’ Extended Director’s Cut to Hit Home Video in 2018

Good news for people who loved It in theaters and couldn’t get enough of Pennywise (and bad news for anyone who felt the movie could have been a half-hour shorter)! According to director Andy Muschietti, we’re about to see more of It in 2018. Muschietti confirmed to Bloody Disgusting that an extended director’s cut of the film will come to home video “in a few months.”

For those who can’t wait for the longer cut of the film (or those who think 2 hours and 15 minutes is long enough), the theatrical edition of It will hit store shelves on January 9th in the DVD, Blu-Ray, and 4K UHD format. It contains a gag opening and some deleted scenes, but some additional content has been held back for a forthcoming extended edition release. read more

Nickelodeon’s ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’ Set for Big Screen Adaptation

With the success of horror movies and television programs featuring children as the main characters as of late, it is no wonder that Paramount is mining Nickelodeon’s 1990’s horror anthology Are You Afraid of the Dark? in hopes that it will capture the attention of nostalgic fans and teen viewers alike.

The Hollywood Reporter not only broke the news that the horror anthology for the pre-teen set was getting the greenlight, but that it would also be penned by a writer that is no stranger to horror in the form of It and Annabelle: Creation scribe Gary Dauberman. read more

‘IT’ Comes to Blu-ray/DVD on January 9, 2018

Those with coulrophobia take note, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced the Blu-ray/DVD release of IT is coming to stores on January 9, 2018.

Based on the 1986 Stephen King novel and starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown, IT delighted horror fans by being a worthy reboot of the 1990 classic. The film centers around a group of kids from the small town of Derry, Maine facing off against a supernatural creature who takes the shape of a sinister clown.

As Horror News Network’s John Evans reported, 2017 has become the highest grossing year ever for horror movies. With a budget of only $35 million, It currently has grossed $683.5 million and it is still being shown in many theaters. read more