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‘It’ Floats to the Top and Destroys Box Office Records

Expectations were high for what It would do at the box office this weekend, but no one predicted the $123 million explosion that the film delivered at movie houses around the country.  

Most bullish predictions placed the film at a $70 million dollar debut, but It delivered the second largest R-rated opening weekend of all time, only behind Deadpool’s $132 million haul.  If the initial estimates hold, It will be the third highest opening of the year, beaten only by Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. read more

“It” is the Stuff that Nightmares Are Made Of

So far in 2017, Hollywood is batting .500 in Stephen King adaptations. After the dreadful misfire that was The Dark Tower, director Andy Muschietti (Mama) knocked it out of the park with his take on King’s horrific 1986 novel “It”. Working with a script written by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle), Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga, Muschietti went straight in and pulled no punches right from the opening scene of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the S.S. Georgie.

Unlike the 1990 made-for-tv mini-series starring the almighty Tim Curry as Pennywise, the 2017 film focuses solely on “The Losers Club” as children (Part 2, of course, will focus on the adults). This film takes place mostly in 1989 while the book (and mini-series) was in 1958. I’m unsure who’s idea this was but it was a clever one as it allowed for a slew of 80’s references to be used which is all the rage right now with shows like Stranger Things being a huge hit. read more

‘It’ Delivers Record-Breaking Thursday Night Opening

Expectations for It have been sky high for months, driven primarily by the depressing summer movie receipts (which are some of the worst returns in 25 years).

Well, it looks like the box office totals for It will be more “Penny Wise than pound foolish” this weekend as the Stephen King adaptation earned an estimated $13.5 million on Thursday night.

It is actually the third highest debut Thursday of 2017, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million). The film also established records for the largest Thursday gross for a horror movie, R-rated release, September release, and for a film based on a Stephen King book. read more

Muschietti Casts Megan Charpentier for Hulu’s Locke & Key

We are just days away from the much-anticipated theatrical release of Stephen King’s IT, and director Andy Muschietti remains as busy as ever beefing up  another one of his projects.  According to Deadline, Muschietti has cherry-picked IT cast member Megan Charpentier (Mama, Resident Evil: Retribution) as one of the leads in Hulu’s Locke & Key, a fantasy series adaptation with horror themes based on the graphic novel by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez.

Charpentier will play opposite Frances O’Connor (The Conjuring 2) in Locke & Key, who will also be joined by IT co-star Jackson Robert Scott.  The IDW comic tells the tale of three siblings who head back to Maine after their father is murdered.  Joined by their mother (O’Connor), they stumble upon magical keys that give them vast powers.  A demon, however, is also after the keys and hunt the family in order to retrieve them.  The Hulu series is being produced by Hill, Carlton Cuse (who is also serving as show-runner), and IDW Entertainment. read more

Horror News Network’s Fall 2017 Horror Movie Preview

After an underwhelming slate of summer horror films, we enter the season that horror films were made for: fall!  The fall line-up is much more robust than recent years and starts with some highly anticipated films and includes a strong month of October releases, right in time for some Halloween scares. Let’s take a look at the upcoming releases and trailers below and please use this as your Horror News Network guide for the jack-o-lantern season.

It (September 9th):  This film not only has the chance to perform well at the box office by horror film standards, but if the $60 million dollar debut weekend tracking is correct, it may be a qualified blockbuster by any film standard.  The remake of It by director Andy Muschietti (Mama) has a “perfect storm” of buzz and hype behind it.  It is set in the 1980’s and features a group of pre-teen protagonists (ala Stranger Things).  It features a demonic clown in an era where bizarre clown sightings burn up the internet.  It arrives at the box office at the end of one of the worst summers for studio profits in years and will have virtually no similar competition for weeks.  If the reviews are positive for It, the film has the chance to dominate the fall box office like no other horror movie has since some of the biggest grossing ones of all time.  And if you want to see It on the first weekend of release, our advice is to get your advance tickets now.     read more

Alamo Drafthouse to Screen ‘It’ Exclusively for Clowns Amid Massive Box Office Predictions

At the start of the summer, the Alamo Drafthouse generated a lot of buzz by offering a screening of Wonder Woman exclusively for women. Many people loved the idea, but there was some pushback from disgruntled male fans who weren’t invited to the party. This September, the theater chain’s flagship Austin location will carry on its new tradition with an exclusive screening that nearly everyone will agree on: a clown-only screening of It!

That’s right, this event will afford everyone the priceless opportunity to see the highly anticipated movie while dressed as a clown and surrounded by clowns! This particular screening will occur on Saturday, September 9th at 7:00 PM. Every other screening will be (mostly) clown-free, if you want to leave your greasepaint at home. Here is the official description of the event, from the Alamo Drafthouse event website: read more

‘Annabelle: Creation’ Scares up a Number One Debut at the Box Office

The summer of 2017 has been full of big budget disappointments and smaller films that were not able to capture moviegoer’s interests (and more importantly, ticket purchases).

And when it come to horror films, unlike 2016’s bumper crop of summer hits such as Lights Out, The Conjuring Two, and Don’t Breathe, no genre picture was able to get horror fans into the theater…until now.

Annabelle: Creation easily won the weekend box office with an estimated $36 million dollar take and is poised for a profitable run at the box office, with no worthy competition until the release of Stephen King’s It on September 8th. read more

Newest “It” Trailer will Scare the Deadlights Out of You

The newest trailer for Andrés Muschietti’s version of Stephen King’s It hit the interwebs today and it looks like we’re in for a scary trip through Derry, Maine with the Losers Club. The first trailer for It was streamed 197 million times globally in 24 hours and I will not be surprised if this new trailer breaks that record.

Starring Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove) as Pennywise the Dancing Clown and Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Richie Tozier, It will be the second Stephen King movie released this year following the eagerly awaited The Dark Tower next week. read more

Funko Announces New Line of Pennywise Pop! Vinyls

As with most major toy manufacturers, Funko made quite a splash at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 with the reveal for several convention exclusives.  However, for horror fans they may have saved their best announcement for afterwards.  On Monday afternoon, Funko announced (via their Facebook page) that they will be releasing four different Pop! vinyl versions of IT‘s most lovable little rascal, Pennywise the clown.  While we’re sure that the members of the Losers’ Club aren’t far behind, Funko is putting its best (and scariest) foot forward in unleashing the cosmic shape-shifter upon the collecting masses. read more

Bill Skarsgård Cast in Stephen King’s ‘Castle Rock’ Following His Starring Role in ‘It’ Remake

Castle Rock, the upcoming Hulu series which takes place within the world of Stephen King’s storytelling, is looking more and more interesting by the day! The first trailer for the series, which will be produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, hinted that characters, settings, and themes from all of King’s works may find their way into the new show. As the casting announcements begin to trickle in, we’re also starting to learn that just about any actors from previous films based on Kings work may also find their way into Castle Rock! read more