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‘Dark Sabrina’ Series adds Ross Lynch to Growing Cast

Netflix’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot has added its male lead with former Austin & Ally star Ross Lynch opposite Kiernan Shipka in the upcoming series from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV.

According to Deadline, Lynch will play Harvey Kinkle, the titular character’s boyfriend. As more the prince charming in a dark fairy tale, Kinkle is the son of a coal miner, unaware there are dark forces at work that try to keep him and his girlfriend Sabrina apart. read more

Netflix Renews ‘Black Mirror’ for Season 5

Just two months after Season Four hit the internets, Black Mirror has officially been renewed by Netflix for Season Five. The news comes as no surprise: Charlie Brooker’s techno-phobic franchise, which began featuring original episodes exclusively on Netflix starting with Season Three,  has exponentially increased in both popularity and starpower over the past couple of years.

Netflix’s announcement was accompanied by a brief announcement video on Twitter. Featuring the tagline, “The future will be brighter than ever.”, the clip highlights numerous images pulled from several prominent episodes from previous seasons: read more

‘Verónica’: The Horror News Network Review

Verónica, the latest feature-length horror film to debut on Netflix, holds its own against any of the slew of similar titles to be released in American theaters and surpasses nearly all of the competition with its solid combination of literary storytelling and adept filmmaking. Based on the only real-life incident to be witnessed and reported on by members of the Spanish corp of Policía Nacional, director Paco Plaza ([REC]) transcends the tired tropes of supernatural cinema with this unique take on the tired tale of a girl and her Ouija board. Genuinely scary, sharply intelligent, and visually engaging, Verónica is a must-watch film for any horror fan who is looking for something more than empty characters and senseless jump scares. read more

‘[REC]’ Director Paco Plaza’s ‘Veronica’ Gets US Release on Netflix

Following Netflix’s trend of releasing films with no warning, fans of Spanish director Paco Plaza will be happy to hear that his recent Ouija-inspired film Veronica is now available for viewing on the streaming service.  The film was previously released internationally and on the festival circuit in 2017.

Plaza is best known for 2007’s [Rec] which is a the film that countless others horror director’s have stolen from, with an APB out for shots of screaming women being dragged by their feet into darkness. read more

‘The Ritual’: The Horror News Network Review

Now playing on Netflix is the chilling outdoors adventure, The Ritual.  Directed by David Bruckner with the script by Joe Barton, the film centers around four college friend’s trip into the woods following the death of one of their schoolmates.  Don’t be fooled by the whole camping in the woods scenario.  The Ritual does not play upon any of the usual horror tropes that genre audiences have seen time and time again.

Along with their camping gear, this crew of guys brings along a lot of emotional baggage on their excursion as well.  The Ritual is equal parts psychological thriller and monster movie.  The characters are multi-layered and very well-acted. The angst within themselves, as well as amongst the friends, turns the tension level on the entire movie up a notch.  Rafe Spall stands out with his brilliant portrayal of Luke, who was witness to his friend’s murder. Spall displays a wide range of emotions effectively from grief, pain, guilt, fear and anger. His performance gives real human depth to Luke. This enhances the aspect of The Ritual that works really well, the connection of the audience to the characters.  With characters that are relatable, the viewer actually cares about this group of young men and feel their fear.  Ultimately, the humanity that is lacking in many horror films, The Ritual is able to achieve. When all hell rains down on this crew, we actually care. read more

Netflix Buys Rights For Universal’s ‘Extinction’

If you are a studio that happens to have a delayed science fiction film with touches of horror that has been delayed multiple times, it looks like you may be in luck!  In what appears to be a new trend for streaming giant Netflix, the company has announced that it has acquired Universal’s M.I.A film Extinction.

Variety is reporting that Netflix just bought the rights to Extinction (starring Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan) for broadcast sometime later this year.

Extinction was originally scheduled for a November 2017 release, but Universal pulled the film from their schedule, and never updated the status of the project.  The film focuses on Pena’s character, as he begins to have “…a recurring nightmare of losing his family and that bad dream becomes a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep his family safe from harm.” read more

Paramount to Continue ‘Cloverfield’ Story Theatrically Despite Netflix’s $50 Million Purchase of ‘Paradox’

As the dust settles on the surprise release of The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix, we are beginning to learn more and more about the inner workings of the Paramount franchise and where it will go from here. While the sale of the third Cloverfield film to Netflix’s streaming platform provided the studio with some much-needed instant revenue, it is being reported that the franchise will continue in cinemas.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources say that Netflix paid Paramount more than $50 million for the rights to stream The Cloverfield Paradox. Negotiations reportedly began over the holidays and were finalized in January in time for the major Super Bowl stunt we all witnessed on Sunday. The sale means that Paramount likely thought they couldn’t earn at least $50 million at the domestic box office, and the movie’s low critical reviews and mixed fan reaction suggests they probably made the right choice to sell the movie. The studio still plans to bring the movie to China, so it will be interesting to see how The Cloverfield Paradox performs on an open market. read more

The Third ‘Cloverfield’ Movie is Streaming on Netflix RIGHT NOW

Well, I guess that settles the age-old question of “when will the next Cloverfield movie finally come out!?” Turns out The Cloverfield Paradox, aka Cloverfield 3, aka God Particle, will not hit theaters after all… but will instead stream exclusively on Netflix. The news was revealed alongside the only existing pre-release footage of the film during tonight’s Super Bowl commercials. When will the movie first be available for streaming? RIGHT NOW! What will the movie be about? WATCH THE CLIP! read more

Netflix Releases Unsettling New Trailer for Survival Horror Film ‘The Ritual’

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the forest… the folks at Netflix have unleashed an unsettling new trailer for The Ritual! The woods have been relatively safe ever since The Blair Witch Project scarred the collective unconscious of audiences everywhere. Now, The Ritual plans to make us all think twice about planning our next camping trips!

The Ritual follows a group of friends from college who reunite for a camping excursion. Things take a turn for the worse when they become stalked by an unknown presence. The film was directed by David Bruckner, who previously directed the “Amateur Night” segment of V/H/S, and 2015’s Southbound. The film will star Rafe Spall (Hot Fuzz, Prometheus) and Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey, The Level). read more

‘Stranger Things’ Producer Shawn Levy Promises to Give Will a Break in Season Three

While the cast and crew of Stranger Things is hard at work on season three of the overnight Nexflix sensation, it looks like Will Byers may be in for some much needed rest and relaxation…or at the very least a lot less of the typical torture that the character has experienced over the course of the first two seasons.

Producer Shawn Levy spoke to Glamour recently, and clearly stated that “We’re going to give Will a break.  We’re not going to put Will through hell for a third season in a row. He’ll be dealing with stuff, but he won’t be at rock bottom the way we forced the amazing Noah Schnapp to play.” read more