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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

2017 is Officially the Highest Grossing Year Ever for Horror Movies

In January of this year, I wrote that Horror movies are secretly saving Hollywood’s major film studios. Ten months later it turns out that it’s no longer a secret! The New York Times just crunched the numbers and reports that 2017 is “the biggest year in horror history,” citing the runaway success of such hits as Get Out, It, and Split.

As of this Friday, the combined box office earnings of all of the horror films of 2017 sits at $733.5 million. With two months left to sell tickets, that number will undoubtedly climb even higher. The current figure is already $100 million higher than the previous box office champ: the horror movies of 2000. Then, the release of Scream 3, Scary Movie, and What Lies Beneath earned a combined $617.7 million at the multiplex. read more

‘Happy Death Day’ Celebrates Box Office Victory

Universal’s Happy Death Day “blew out the candles” on their competition this weekend, finishing with the top spot at the box office.

The Pg-13 horror version of Groundhog Day attracted a teen audience drawn in by the young cast and fairly positive reviews (the film scored a 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) to take the title this weekend with an estimated $26.5 million, and it has the chance to add more next weekend as film-goers search for more scares in the month of October.  The film’s budget came in under $5 million, so it is all gravy at this point forward for Universal. read more

Josh Boone Hired To Write Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘The Talisman’

Variety is reporting that director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, New Mutants) has been hired to pen the script for the adaptation of the Stephen King/Peter Straub novel The Talisman.  Boone may also get to direct the film, but nothing is official at this time.

This isn’t the first King related project that the writer has worked on, as “Boone has had a long-standing relationship with the author after being tapped to write and direct an adaptation of The Stand. When that project was put on hold, the iconic writer tasked Boone with penning an adaptation of Revival, which is currently in development.” read more

‘It’ Creeps Into Top Spot; ‘Flatliners’ D.O.A. at Weekend Box Office

It was a three way battle for the box office crown this weekend, but in the end, It appears to have climbed to the top of the heap once again, collecting an estimated $17.3 million in sales.

Final numbers will be released late Monday, but it looks like It was able to narrowly beat Tom Cruise’s American Made and Kingsman: The Golden Circle ($17 million).  The Stephen King adaptation continues to deliver impressive numbers nearly a month into its release, currently standing at $291 million at the domestic box office.  It will probably drop from the top spot next weekend when the highly anticipated and well-reviewed  Blade Runner 2049 opens (96% on Rotten Tomatoes), but Pennywise will most likely stay in theaters throughout October, adding to an already record-setting total. read more

‘IT’ Sequel to Hit Theaters September 6, 2019

Deadline has news that the anticipated IT sequel will hit theaters on September 6, 2019. Andy Muschietti will return to direct the film which will once again feature Bill Skarsgard’s terrifying portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Staying true to Stephen King’s 1986 novel, the sequel will up 27 years after the first film when a phone call reunites the Loser’s Club.

Fans came out to the theater in droves and made IT the highest grossing horror film in box office history, but as our very own Nick Banks pointed out, it still has a long way to go to catch The Exorcist if you figure in inflation. read more

‘It’ Continues to Score at the Box Office, but ‘Friend Request’ is Denied

Even though It finished second to Kingsman: The Golden Circle at this weekend’s box office, It continued to add to its record-breaking totals by adding an estimated $30 million this weekend for a grand total of $266 million.

Earlier in the week, many media outlets reported the news that It is now officially the highest grossing horror film in history (although it does have a long way to go to catch the Exorcist which made over $232 million in 1973, which when adjusted for inflation totals over $983 million) and it is showing no signs of slowing down either.  The film should clear north of $320 million when it finally leaves theaters, and with October right around the corner, people will still be looking for Halloween scares at the theater. read more