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Early ‘The Invisible Man’ Success Leads to Blumhouse First-Look Deal for Leigh Whannel

Ever since bursting onto the horror scene in 2004 with Saw, writer/director/producer/actor Leigh Whannel has been a prominent figure of the genre. But the early success of The Invisible Man has increased the multi-talented entertainer’s visibility with frequent collaborator Jason Blum of Blumhouse. Variety reports that the successful opening weekend of The Invisible Man led to a first-look deal with Blumhouse for all future Whannel productions.

The deal will last for two years, and it covers all of Whannel’s proposals for films he would like to write, direct, or produce. Whannel has recently collaborated with Blumhouse on films like Insidious and Upgrade. Whannel had the following to say about the deal: read more

Trailer Arrives for Latest ‘SAW’ Chapter, ‘Spiral’

Lionsgate just revealed the highly anticipated trailer for the next chapter in the SAW franchise, Spiral. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and written by Josh Stolberg & Pete Goldfinger, Spiral stars Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson.

The synopsis of the film is:
A sadistic mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of SAW. Working in the shadow of an esteemed police veteran (Samuel L. Jackson), brash Detective Ezekiel Banks (Chris Rock) and his rookie partner (Max Minghella) take charge of a grisly investigation into murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city’s gruesome past. Unwittingly entrapped in a deepening mystery, Zeke finds himself at the center of the killer’s morbid game. read more

CT HorrorFest 2019’s ‘Saw’ Panel with Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith and Sean Patrick Flanery

On Saturday, September 14th, CT HorrorFest invaded the Naugatuck Events Center in Naugatuck, CT for a day that was chock full of horror mayhem and merriment.  The final event of the night was a panel and audience Q&A session with three members of the Saw franchise: Tobin Bell (Jigsaw), Shawnee Smith (Amanda Young) and Sean Patrick Flanery (Bobby Dagen).

Celebrating a horror franchise that spanned 13 years (so far), the trio discussed how they came to be a part of the franchise, how they viewed their characters and much, much more. read more

Thousands Invade 6th Annual CT HorrorFest!

This past Saturday, a giant horde of blood-thirsty horror fans descended upon the Naugatuck Event Center, in the normally quiet town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, to take part in Horror News Network’s sixth annual CT HorrorFest; a Comic-Con type convention geared toward the horror community.

The brainchild of Horror News Network founders Rob and Christine Caprilozzi, CT HorrorFest began as a much smaller convention in Waterbury, CT in 2014 before spending the next four years in Danbury, CT. The opportunity to move the convention to the much larger Naugatuck Event Center for the 2019 show was a “no-brainer” for the duo. read more

Samuel L. Jackson added to Chris Rock’s Reboot of ‘Saw’

Hold on to those butts, Samuel L. Jackson has been confirmed as a cast member of the newest entry in the Saw franchise confirmed by Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

According to Variety, he said, “We think Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock along with Max Minghella and Marisol Nichols make this film completely special in the ‘Saw’ canon and we can’t wait to unleash this unexpected and sinister new story on fans of this franchise. This is next level of ‘Saw’ on full tilt.” read more

“Non-Horror People Doing Horror Things”: Horror News Network Staff Discusses Comedians Making Horror Movies (Video)

In this video from Horror News Network, Mike Simonetta, Mark McCurley and Larry Dwyer sit down to discuss the rash of comedians (and other celebs) getting involved in making horror films. Is it good for the genre? Which comedian is the latest to get involved?

Check out our thoughts on the subject below and be sure to subscribe to our channel to be updated on all Horror News Network videos!

Get Ready for Chris Rock’s ‘Saw’ Reboot!

First we had comedian Jordan Peele jumping into the horror genre with 2017’s Get Out and then funny-man Danny McBride stepped in with 2018’s Halloween and now Chris Rock is here to show that he’s got something to say as well as he has written a reboot for Saw. According to Deadline, Chris Rock pitched his “reimagining” to Lionsgate and they loved it.

Lionsgate chairman Joe Drake said, “When Chris Rock came to us and described in chilling detail his fantastic vision that reimagines and spins-off the world of the notorious Jigsaw Killer, we were all-in. Saw is one of the highest grossing horror franchises of all-time and it’s one of Lionsgate’s most successful film series. This upcoming film will still be as mind bending and intense as all the previous Saw films. Chris conceived this idea and it will be completely reverential to the legacy of the material while reinvigorating the brand with his wit, creative vision and passion for this classic horror franchise.” Chris Rock added that, ““I’ve been a fan of Saw since the first film in 2004 [and] I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.” read more

Darren Lynn Bousman Returns with ‘St. Agatha’

Darren Lynn Bousman, the director most famous for Saw II, III, and IV, is ready to return to cinemas (well, at least one or two) with his latest film St. Agatha. The film (clearly an attempt to capitalize on this past fall’s The Nun), begins with a young girl seeking refuge in a spooky convent. Our protagonist, Mary (get it?), soon realizes that the seemingly innocent, evil nuns are really “not innocent”, evil nuns and has to run for her life.

The film stars True Blood’s Carolyn Hennesy, Sabrina Kern (Pretty Hurt), Courtney Halverson (Unfriended), Trin Miller (Captain Fantastic) and Seth Michaels (Eden).  St. Agatha was surprisingly written by four individuals including Andy Demetrio, Shaun Fletcher, Sara Sometti Michaels, and Clint Sears.  Uncork’d Entertainment will handle the film’s North American distribution, although it may hard to locate in your local area.  The film is set to debut in theaters, On Demand, and Digital HD all on the same day, which happens to be February 8. read more

Universal Orlando Announces ‘Saw: The Games of Jigsaw’ House for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal Theme Parks announced today that the Saw franchise would be turned into a maze of terror at the annual Halloween Horror Nights Event at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights said that “SAW is one of the top grossing horror film franchises, and we’re thrilled that the fan-favorite is making its return to ‘Halloween Horror Nights. ‘SAW: The Games of Jigsaw’ will encompass the greatest collection of traps featured in all eight SAW movies to bring to life the most twisted SAW maze ever produced, and we can’t wait for our fans to relive moments from the films.” read more

Lionsgate Reveals Full Length Trailer for ‘Jigsaw’

The folks at Lionsgate have been very secretive about Jigsaw, the upcoming eighth film in their lucrative Saw movie franchise (For those keeping count, this one is a direct sequel to the uncomfortably-titled Saw 3D: The Final Chapter). For the longest time, we didn’t even know whether or not Tobin Bell would be returning to his famous role as John Kramer/The Jigsaw Killer. That all changes today because Lionsgate just released their first full length trailer for the movie!

We can tell right away that the movie will indeed focus on Bell’s John Kramer. While it’s still a mystery how he is participating in such an elaborate game of torture so long after his death, it’s clear that the mystery will be addressed with this movie. Based on some of the clips and the music selected for the trailer, Jigsaw appears to have a different tone from some of it’s earlier entries. I don’t want to call it a “lighter” tone, because one look at the trailer will convince you that this movie will obviously be just as grisly as its predecessors. But there might be a tongue-in-cheek element to this one that could lighten the gravity of all of the carnage and gore that the trailer promises. read more