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Horror and Genre Favorites Pull Big Wins at 2018 Academy Awards

The 2018 Academy Awards have come and gone and fans of horror and genre film have something to smile about this morning as there were big wins, and nominations, for genre films.

Jordan Peele’s Get Out was the winner in the Best Original Screenplay category and had nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya) and Best Director (Peele).

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water was the biggest winner though with wins for Best Picture, Best Director (del Toro), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat) and Best Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau). Shape also had nominations in Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Cinematography (Dan Laustsen), Original Screenplay (del Toro and Vanessa Taylor), Best Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke and Brad Zoern), Best Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira), Best Costume Design (Luis Sequeira) and Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins). read more

‘Get Out’ Wins Best Feature Film and Best Director at Independent Spirit Awards

As the last awards show before the Academy Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards have been a pretty good predictor of winners at the Oscars in the last few years, with Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years a Slave each taking home the best picture award at both celebrations.  Does this mean Jordan Peele’s Get Out is next up for this prestigious double feature?

At this year’s edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, Peele’s Get Out walked away with awards for Best Feature and Best Director.  During his acceptance speech, Peele praised the independent film community, saying that “It’s clear we are in the beginning of a renaissance right now where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room, the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years are being honored and recognized and celebrated.” read more

Jordan Peele’s Next Horror Film to Begin Shooting Later This Year

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jordan Peele revealed that he is currently working on another genre flick as a follow up to his wildly successful debut, Get Out.

Released nationwide on February 24, 2017, Get Out was made on a budget of only $4.5 million dollars and went on to rake in a whopping $245 million dollars at the box office. The film was a hit and received high praise in a review from Horror News Network staff member Nick Banks as he noted that “Peele’s “monsters” in this horror film are not Deliverance-style back woods types that we are used to seeing on screen; they are instead well-dressed and manicured neo-liberals with a rather sinister agenda.  These are wealthy aristocrats with not only an admiration for African-Americans, but a deep-seated envy and desire to become them, without giving up their own elitist ways.” read more

Jordan Peele Announces Free AMC Screenings of ‘Get Out’ for One Year Anniversary

Have you still not seen Get Out? Did you wait to see Get Out on home video, and now you’re wondering what it would have been like to watch it on the big screen? Have you seen Get Out plenty of times, but you want to catch it one last time in theaters? Do you like free things? If the answer to any of these questions is “YES!”… then Jordan Peele’s got a surprise for you!

The director of the four-time Academy Award-nominated picture took to Twitter to announce an incredible Presidents’ Day promotion in celebration of the film’s one year anniversary: read more

Todd McFarlane Says Spawn Will Not Speak in Upcoming Movie

As creator/director Todd McFarlane and horror mega-producer Jason Blum continue along on their new movie project based upon McFarlane’s Spawn comic book series, we are beginning to hear more and more about what the movie will be like. We already knew that the plan from the start is to create a hard-R rated film with strong horror elements on a low budget. Now, Todd McFarlane is starting to talk about what that might look like- or sound like- on the big screen. It turns out, Spawn won’t speak during the entire film! read more

‘Get Out’ Wins Best Director and Screenplay at Gotham Independent Film Awards

Jordan Peele’s breakout horror film Get Out picked up three awards at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, taking home best director, screenplay, and the audience award.

During his acceptance speech, Peele stated that “When I started to write this film I set out to make a movie that would be my favorite movie that I had never seen. I didn’t know it would actually ever get made.”

He also added that “It’s so important that we support these voices from the outside, these perspectives we haven’t seen, we haven’t heard. They will resonate. We need these stories.” read more

‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot in the Works at CBS

According to Deadline, a Twilight Zone reboot is in the works at CBS. Announced by CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves at the company’s earnings call on Thursday, the legendary TV series will appear on the networks streaming service CBS All Access.

What makes this even more interesting is the rumors that Twilight Zone is coming from Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw production company. Earlier in the year Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out was a box office success raking in over $253 million. The film currently has a 99% “Certified Fresh” rating on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. read more

Jordan Peele’s Next Social Thriller to Hit Theaters in 2019

Jordan Peele has been a busy guy since the tremendous success of his first film, Get Out. When we reported on his producer role in the upcoming HBO series, Lovecraft Country, we noted that Peele would also be writing and directing more thriller/horror works in the near future. Today, Variety reports that Jordan Peele’s next social thriller movie will debut in theaters on March 15th, 2019.

At this time, a title and/or synopsis of the film has not yet been released. However, we do know that Peele will be working on the film as a producer, writer and director; and that the movie is being described as a social thriller. Given all of those facts, fans can expect some of the same signature dread and social commentary that made Get Out such a memorable and interesting film. read more

Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot to Produce ‘Lovecraft Country’ for HBO

Jordan Peele went from being a comic genius to horror mastermind overnight with the unbelievable critical and financial performance of Get Out. Since the success of that picture, there have been reports that Peele would continue to move towards more horror and suspense projects. We learned today that in addition to his other planned directorial projects, Peele will co-produce another horror/suspense story which will examine race in America.

Deadline reports that Peele, Misha Green (writer/producer of Underground), and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot company will produce an HBO series based on Matt Ruff’s novel, Lovecraft Country. Here’s how Harper, the book’s publisher, describe’s Ruff’s work: read more

Get Out is the Second Highest Grossing R-Rated Horror Film of All Time

Get Out, Jordan Peele’s  directorial debut, had some choice words for Ridley Scott’s 2001 film, Hannibal over the weekend: “Get Out of the #2 spot!”

For the past 16 years, no R-rated horror film has been able to exceed Hannibal‘s domestic total gross of $165, 092,268. Made on a production budget of $87 million, the film debuted to a rabid worldwide audience who were eager to see more of Anthony Hopkins in his iconic titular role. The film easily hit the #2 all time domestic slot for R-rated horror films, second only to the 1973 classic, The Exorcist (which has a domestic lifetime gross of $232,906,145). read more