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‘Velvet Buzzsaw’: The Horror News Network Review

Hitting Netflix on February 1st, Velvet Buzzsaw certainly has gained a bit of attention.  Circling around a self-absorbed art scene, the film is very much a satire mixed with horror.  These artists greed comes back to bite them, when they take advantage of an unknown, and deceased, artists’ paintings, which also just happen to be painted with human blood. Filmmaker Dan Gilroy, not only sets up a glossy and absurdly shallow scenario, but does so with some real star power behind him.  Velvet Buzzsaw features Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Renee, Russo, Zawe Ashton, Toni Collette, and Natalia Dyer.  With a cast like this combined with the perfect horror setup, what could go wrong? read more

Zack Snyder Returning to Zombies With Netflix’s ‘Army of the Dead’

Director Zack Snyder made his feature film debut with 2004’s Dawn of the Dead remake, which catapulted Snyder into the world of mainstream Hollywood and big budget blockbusters.  After years of creating some notable hits (300, The Watchmen) and misses (Batman v. Superman, Justice League), it looks like Snyder will once again return to the living dead with Netflix’s Army of the Dead. 

According to an exclusive report from The Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Snyder and co-produced with his wife/partner Deborah Snyder. Snyder came up with the original story (which is being scripted by Joby Harold) and the tale will be set in Las Vegas during a massive zombie outbreak, where one enterprising individual decides to pull off a major heist (while everyone is away from the roulette wheels). read more

Netflix to Produce ‘Resident Evil’ TV Series

Why should AMC have all of the undead fun?  In an exclusive article, Deadline is reporting that a TV series based on Resident Evil is currently in the works over at Netflix.  The franchise already boasts six movies, but could be in prime position to scoop up a lot of hungry zombie television fans as the still-massive Walking Dead series gets a bit longer in the tooth and more convoluted from a story-line standpoint.  This rumored scripted-series will be looking to capitalize off of this growing audience while leveraging the technology and advantages of being on a streaming platform. read more

‘Unsolved Mysteries’ Revival Headed to Netflix

Unsolved Mysteries, one of the first series on television to profile true crime and paranormal cases before the advent of reality of tv and 24 hour cable stations, is about to return to the airwaves.  The series new home will be streaming giant Netflix, and its head architect happens to be Stranger Things executive producer Shawn Levy.

According to Deadline, “Levy is overseeing the revamp in association with Cosgrove-Meurer Productions, the original production company run by the show’s creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. The latter will show run the series with Cosgrove, Levy and Josh Barry as exec producers. Robert Wise is co-exec producer and showrunner with Dunn Meurer.” read more

Official Trailer Arrives for ‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’

Netflix just released the official trailer for Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The two-minute trailer gives an inside look at America’s most notorious serial killer with video clips, interviews, and more.

The documentary is created by the Academy Award winner and seven-time Emmy nominated Joe Berlinger, whose films include Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Crude, and Tony Robbins: I am Not Your Guru. In addition to this, Berlinger is said to be working on another genre doc called Raising Hell: The Visions of Clive Barker. read more

‘Nightcrawler’ Alums Jake Gyllenhaal & Dan Gilroy Paint a Horrifying Picture in New Trailer for ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’

Writer/director Dan Gilroy and leading man Jake Gyllenhaal first showed us their collective dark side with 2014’s Nightcrawler. Set in the seedy underworld of Los Angeles, the subversive crime thriller became an instant critical darling and earned about five times its meager budget at the box office. Now, the two are re-teaming for a new film which captures the horrors of the modern art scene.

Netflix just released a new trailer today for Velvet Buzzsaw, a movie where, “mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.” In the clip, tapestries come to life to maim, mangle, and burn their highfalutin owners. The trailer shows off Gilroy’s signature blend of heightened realism, satire, and dark imagery, and you can watch the entire clip for yourself below: read more

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Discusses Potential Return of ‘Movie Macabre’

With the popularity of Joe Bob Briggs’ Shudder marathons, and 80s nostalgia still going strong, the return of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark to both the big and small screen may be imminent.

In a Friday Q & A session on Instagram, Elvira replied to a fan’s question about the return of Elvira’s Movie Macabre (possibly to Netflix) with the comment “I’m workin’ on it!”.  Movie Macabre is the horror hosting job that made Elvira famous, debuting in Los Angeles in 1981.  The wise-cracking Elvira would gain even greater fame when the program was syndicated around the country, showcasing some of the worst films, made palatable through the “Queen of Halloween’s” one-liners and skits before and after the commercial breaks.  In 2004, Elvira would make a brief return to horror hosting duties when Time Life released a series of dvds entitled Elvira’s Horror Classics (also available as a special box set). read more

Netflix Crows about ‘Bird Box’s’ Ratings

Netflix, which is notoriously tight-lipped about their television ratings, decided instead to emulate a peacock fanning his feathers by proclaiming the success of their latest original film, Bird Box, which delivered almost 26 million viewers over the first seven days of release.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie everyone is tweeting about, finished “…second only to Stranger Things: Season 2, falling short by less than 1 million viewers.”  The mockingbirds over at Netflix, even went so far as to initially claim that Bird Box, “…posted the best seven-day showing for a Netflix film to date, saying that more than 45 million accounts worldwide checked out the film, more than a third of Netflix’s global subscribers. Netflix later explained that accounts had to watch at least 70 percent of the movie to be counted, but didn’t say how many viewers those 45 million accounts represented” (maybe the executives counting the numbers were blindfolded and lost count). read more

What to Expect in the World of Horror in 2019

On the first day of this glorious new year, I thought I’d do my best impression of The Legendary Criswell and make some horror predictions for 2019. 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 2018. 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!

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Netflix Adds Cast for ‘Chambers’

According to a report on Deadline, the teen cast for the upcoming Netflix series Chambers has been cast. Sivan Alyra Rose, Lilliya Reid, Sarah Mezzanotte, Nicholas Galitzine, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Lilli Kay, and Griffin Powell-Arcand are set to join Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn on the series. The program is written by Leah Rachel and hails from Stephen Gaghan and Super Deluxe. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon who served as a co-executive producer on American Horror Story will serve as an executive producer and is set to direct the pilot. read more