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Parents in Australia Want ‘It: Chapter Two’ Billboards Banned

It: Chapter Two is poised to explode at the worldwide box office, but some parents in Australia would like to see billboards advertising the film blown to smithereens!  According to multiple reports from Australian television stations, parents are ready to pull down the billboards that are reportedly terrorizing their children.

Parents say advertising for an upcoming horror film should be banned from roadside billboards because the image is scaring their children. #9Newshttps://t.co/fKeKcCdpHf

— Nine News Australia (@9NewsAUS) August 30, 2019 read more

New Shudder Documentary Series Will Explore ‘Cursed Films’

Shudder continues to provide original programming for their growing subscriber base with the announcement of a new horror film documentary series entitled Cursed Films. The series will highlight a different film each episode and examine “…the facts, myths and mysteries around iconic films and franchises whose casts and crew have been struck by misfortune and tragedy, including The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Omen, among others.”

According to the official press release, each episode will be composed of “…interviews with experts, witnesses and the cast, directors and producers who lived through the real-life events” and of course, ask the question everyone is bragging about: “Were these films really cursed, as many believe, or just the victims of bad luck and bizarre circumstances?” read more

James Karen Passes Away at 94

We have sad news to report today as long-time actor James Karen passed away yesterday at the age of 94. Karen appeared in a slew of movies and TV shows dating all the way back to 1948. He is loved by genre fans for his roles in Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster, Time Walker, Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead Part II, Piranha, and The Unborn. If you lived on the East Coast you may have even seen Karen on TV as he was the spokesman for the Pathmark supermarket chain. read more

‘Poltergeist’ House Announced for Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Universal Orlando is continuing the 80’s theme at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights Event by adding one of the greatest horror films of the decade in the form of Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist.

The official press release teases some of the effects that may be on display in the haunted house including “The face peeling moment …The maggot steak, the giant mantis-like creature, the giant skull in the closet, and the CLOWN…that freaky clown!”

Poltergeist will join the previously announced scare zones and houses based on Stranger ThingsRevenge of Chucky, Trick ‘r Treat, and Killer Klowns from Outer Space. read more

‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ Director Tobe Hooper Dead at 74

Variety is reporting that seminal horror director Tobe Hooper has died at the age of 74. The cause of Hooper’s death is unknown at this time.

Hooper helped define modern horror film making with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1974, bringing a combination of gritty realism and nightmarish visions to this classic of horror cinema.  Along with his contemporaries such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, David Cronenberg, and George Romero, he took the horror film from the gothic castles of Europe to the turbulent modern age, and introduced the world to a dysfunctional family the likes of which had never been seen before on screen. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre became the blue print for future horror directors everywhere, and it is still unmatched in terms of the creepy scares it delivers, without the buckets of gore that many people assume the film contains. read more