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‘Stranger Things’ Announced as the First Maze for Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights

Hot on the heels of Universal Studio’s announcement of the dates for 2018’s Halloween Horror Nights, the theme park empire announced today that the first maze would be dedicated to none other than Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Universal’s Patrick Braillard described some of the initial details of the maze (which will be featured on both coasts at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood) stating that it would recreate “…some of the show’s most iconic scenes, 80’s settings, and most loved characters (#RIPBarb).  You’ll faithfully follow the storyline, starting off on Mirkwood and then quickly moving to inside Hawkins National Laboratory where things have gone terribly, terribly wrong.  From there you will experience all the most memorable moments and environments from the show while being hunted at every turn by the Demogorgon.” read more

HNN’s Coverage of The 2018 New York Toy Fair

This weekend, the Jacob Javits Center in New York City played host to the cultural phenomenon known as Toy Fair 2018.  For four glorious days, national and international toy producers, re-sellers and developers converged on the West Side of Manhattan to display their current products and provide a glimpse of what the future holds for their catalogs as well.

Horror continues to play an integral part in the toy market, and Horror News Network was there to cover all of the excitement and wonderfully-gory products that both casual and hardcore collectors (and their kids!) can expect throughout 2018 and even into next year.  Staff Journalists Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin made the trek ready to report, and thanks to an assist by our friends at Action Figure Collectors (www.actionfigurecollectors.com) we were able to provide thorough coverage of all announcements and news relevant to the horror masses. 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

What to Expect in the World of Horror in 2018

On the first day of this glorious new year, I thought I’d do my best impression of The Amazing Criswell and make some horror predictions for 2018. 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 2017. 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! read more

Netflix Officially Renews ‘Stranger Things’ for Season 3

It’s been a good week for unsurprising renewals of popular Netflix shows! Just yesterday, the streaming service announced that its popular new series, Mindhunter will be coming back for Season Two. Fans weren’t very surprised because the show has been so popular that it seemed all but certain that it would be coming back. Frankly, the only thing stranger would be the cancellation of Stranger Things! But now we know for certain that the horror-centric 80s throwback is definitely coming back for Season Three. Netflix took to its official Twitter account to formally announce the show’s renewal: read more

Creators of ‘Sesame Street’ Release Official ‘Stranger Things’ Parody Video

Only a few short years before the events of Stranger Things, the pop-culture-obsessed kids of Netflix’s hit show were surely tuning in to the iconic Sesame Street. Most would reasonably assume that’s where the connection between the two series stops. However, Sesame Street‘s official Youtube channel has launched a 6-minute parody video over the holiday weekend which samples numerous characters and scenes from Seasons One and Two of Stranger Things! Entitled, “Sesame Street: Sharing Things,” the video features everything from the series’ eerie opening text to a demogorgon-esque Cookie Monster. read more

‘Paper Girls Deluxe Edition’ Vol. 1: The Horror News Network Review

In the history of comic books, there are some strange coincidences when it comes to timing.  Probably two of the most famous examples are the initial similarities between The Doom Patrol and The X-Men and Swamp Thing and The Man-Thing.  Both pairs were released very close to each other by DC and Marvel, and they bear more than a passing resemblance to each other, at least on a surface level.

In a similar fashion, when it comes to Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang’s Image Comics series Paper Girls, comparisons to the Netflix darling Stranger Things are impossible to avoid.  Although the first issue of Paper Girls debuted almost nine months before Stranger Things aired, new fans whose first introduction to the series through the trade paperbacks and the new hard cover deluxe edition are sure to see some similarities. read more

‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Premiere Nets 15.8 Million Viewers

As ratings for The Walking Dead continue to plummetStranger Things’  second season shows that fans still crave horror programming on television. While Netflix is usually quite secretive about its viewership numbers, Nielsen has released “Live + 3 Day” viewership ratings for all episodes of the new season. According to The Wrap, the results are incredible!

15.8 million viewers watch the series premiere over last weekend. Almost 11 million of those viewers represented the highly-coveted 18-49 age demographic. Here are the viewership statistics for the rest of the season’s episodes during the first three days of availability: read more

Stranger Things Season 2: The Horror News Network Review

Netflix’s wildly popular second season of Stranger Things is finally upon us! Just like the early franchises of the 80s from which it draws its inspiration, the sequel was bound to draw comparisons to its breakout first season. Just like how no one can watch Ghostbusters II without preconceived expectations based on the incredible success of its predecessor, Stranger Things 2 will undoubtedly be judged by what it does with the characters, monsters, set pieces, and motifs it established to such critical acclaim in 2016. The filmmakers seem aware of the blessings and curses of a sequel, cleverly titling the second season “Stranger Things 2” like a proper sequel as opposed to the continuation of a television series. read more

Netflix Releases Trailer for ‘Beyond Stranger Things’ Aftershow Series

Stranger Things mania is at a fever pitch with just one day to go until Season 2’s premiere on Netflix; and the popular streaming company just added some fuel to the fire! Introducing Beyond Stranger Things, a new aftershow program hosted by “writer, producer, actor, and super fan Jim Rash.”

Centered around a giant Dungeons & Dragons-esque setpiece, each episode will feature guests from the series delving deeper into the various scenes and provocative mysteries of the franchise. The studio has just released a brief trailer for the new series, which gives a small taste of what fans can expect. read more