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‘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

Paramount Defends Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’… And So Should You!

There have been warning signs for quite some time that Darren Aronofsky’s mother! isn’t for everyone. It’s debut at the Venice Film Festival garnered every reaction from boos to high praise, and it soon became clear that the violent nature of the film would absolutely affect viewers’ assessments of the film itself. Then came the dismal opening weekend box office ($7.5 million) and the Cinemascore rating of an F, and mother! instantly became the commercial failure that everyone loves to talk about. read more

‘IT’ Came Close to Featuring Freddy: Muschietti

For those that have seen the blockbuster IT (and is there anyone who hasn’t yet?), it can be confirmed that the terror factor is off the charts.  However, with the retro 80s backdrop how cool would it have been to see horror movie icon Freddy Krueger pop in on the action?  That fantasy scenario for horror movie aficionados was apparently a lot closer to coming true than anyone knew.  IT director Andy Muschietti was recently interviewed by Aint-It-Cool-News, and revealed that Freddy terrorizing Derry was definitely an idea being bounced around in pre-production. read more

‘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