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‘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

Kiernan Shipka Cast in Lead Role for Netflix’s ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ Series

We’ve known for some time that Netflix will be producing a new series based on the Archie Comics graphic novel, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Now we finally know who will play Sabrina the Teenage Witch!

Deadline reports that the honor will go to Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men fame. In addition to her prominent role as Sally Draper, Shipka is more recently known for her performance as B.D. Merrill in Ryan Murphy’s Feud.

Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (who also produces the popular Riverdale series, which takes place within the same Archie universe as Sabrina), had the following to say about today’s announcement: read more

Syfy and Netflix to Develop George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ Into Series

Great news for fans of the 1980 George R.R. Martin novella NightflyersAccording to Deadline, Syfy has just announced that it has ordered a series based on the science-fiction thriller, and that Netflix will co-produce.  The streaming service will also hold the first-run rights for the series outside of the United States.  Martin’s novella, which had previously been adapted into a feature film in 1987 to a generally negative reaction, will be produced by Syfy’s production arm Universal Cable Productions. read more

Netflix Releases Suspenseful New Trailer for ‘The Open House’

Netflix will be debuting an original film entitled The Open House in just a few short weeks. The thriller will star Dylan Minnettee of 13 Reasons Why fame. Borrowing many of the classic tropes of “old dark house” storytelling, the movie focuses on a boy and his mother who experience unusual occurrences shortly after putting their house on the market and holding… you guessed it… an open house! Perhaps, if the movie is successful, the popular streaming studio can develop a sequel entitled The Home Inspection (about routine radon testing gone wrong), and round out the trilogy with The Mortgage: Predatory Lending! read more

Netflix Hit “Dark” Renewed for Second Season

In the land of horror/sci-fi television series’, is any network hotter than Netflix right now? Proving that you don’t even have to speak English to woo an English-speaking audience, Netflix’s newest genre series Dark debuted on December 1st and has already been greenlit for a second season. That’s not to say that the show isn’t a hit overseas as well because it certainly is.

Created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, Dark takes place in the German town of Winden and follows the events surrounding the disappearance of two children which sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations. read more