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CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Saw’ Panel with Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith and Sean Patrick Flanery

On Saturday, September 14th, CT HorrorFest invaded the Naugatuck Events Center in Naugatuck, CT for a day that was chock full of horror mayhem and merriment.  The final event of the night was a panel and audience Q&A session with three members of the Saw franchise: Tobin Bell (Jigsaw), Shawnee Smith (Amanda Young) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Bobby Dagen).

Celebrating a horror franchise that spanned 13 years (so far), the trio discussed how they came to be a part of the franchise, how they viewed their characters and much, much more. read more

Samuel L. Jackson added to Chris Rock’s Reboot of ‘Saw’

Hold on to those butts, Samuel L. Jackson has been confirmed as a cast member of the newest entry in the Saw franchise confirmed by Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

According to Variety, he said, “We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the ‘Saw’ canon and we can’t wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of ‘Saw’ on full tilt.” read more

Get Ready for Chris Rock’s ‘Saw’ Reboot!

First we had comedian Jordan Peele jumping into the horror genre with 2017’s Get Out and then funny-man Danny McBride stepped in with 2018’s Halloween and now Chris Rock is here to show that he’s got something to say as well as he has written a reboot for Saw. According to Deadline, Chris Rock pitched his “reimagining” to Lionsgate and they loved it.

Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake said, “When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in. Saw is one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all-time and it’s one of Lionsgate’s most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous Saw films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise.” Chris Rock added that, ““I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004 [and] I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.” 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

Tyler Perry’s ‘Boo 2: A Madea Halloween’ Wins Box Office; ‘The Snowman’ Melts

For the second year in a row, Tyler Perry’s Halloween-themed installment in his popular Madea series topped the box office with $21.6 million in ticket sales. The sequel to Boo: A Madea Halloween easily beat out the CGI-heavy disaster movie Geostorm (which is yet another big budget studio flop that no one asked for) taking in only $13.3 million this weekend, even though Boo 2 played in 858 less theaters.  With this recipe for review-proof success, don’t be surprised to see Boo 3 next year at this time. 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

Universal Orlando Announces ‘Saw: The Games of Jigsaw’ House for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal Theme Parks announced today that the Saw franchise would be turned into a maze of terror at the annual Halloween Horror Nights Event at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights said that “SAW is one of the top grossing horror film franchises, and we’re thrilled that the fan-favorite is making its return to ‘Halloween Horror Nights. ‘SAW: The Games of Jigsaw’ will encompass the greatest collection of traps featured in all eight SAW movies to bring to life the most twisted SAW maze ever produced, and we can’t wait for our fans to relive moments from the films.” read more

‘Cloverfield’ Spin-Off Moved From October to February 2018

It looks like Jigsaw scared those big, bad monsters off of their original October 2017 release schedule.  According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures just moved the still untitled Cloverfield (supposedly taking place in space and originally titled God Particle) feature from October 27th, 2017 to February 2nd, 2018.

This is the third time that the untitled Cloverfield project has been moved.  Originally, the film was set for release on February 24th, 2017 before moving to the since changed October date.   read more

Lionsgate Reveals Full Length Trailer for ‘Jigsaw’

The folks at Lionsgate have been very secretive about Jigsaw, the upcoming eighth film in their lucrative Saw movie franchise (For those keeping count, this one is a direct sequel to the uncomfortably-titled Saw 3D: The Final Chapter). For the longest time, we didn’t even know whether or not Tobin Bell would be returning to his famous role as John Kramer/The Jigsaw Killer. That all changes today because Lionsgate just released their first full length trailer for the movie!

We can tell right away that the movie will indeed focus on Bell’s John Kramer. While it’s still a mystery how he is participating in such an elaborate game of torture so long after his death, it’s clear that the mystery will be addressed with this movie. Based on some of the clips and the music selected for the trailer, Jigsaw appears to have a different tone from some of it’s earlier entries. I don’t want to call it a “lighter” tone, because one look at the trailer will convince you that this movie will obviously be just as grisly as its predecessors. But there might be a tongue-in-cheek element to this one that could lighten the gravity of all of the carnage and gore that the trailer promises. read more