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Guillermo del Toro Wants to Assist and Encourage Young Filmmakers From Around the World

Fans of Guillermo del Toro were ecstatic last Sunday night when the long-time filmmaker was awarded the Best Director and Best Picture honors for The Shape of Water.

del Toro has always been known as a “super fan” of monsters, horror, sci-fi, and even Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction (and he is still reportedly working on a suitable film adaptation) and he is also a staunch supporter of young filmmakers.

In an interview with Variety after his Oscar wins, del Toro again emphasized how important it is to encourage the next generation of artists from around the world, stating that “The first thing we’ve got to keep doing is to have visibility and help others have visibility.  When you check the cast of The Strain all four seasons have [actors] Joaquín Cosio, Miguel Gomez. There’s Adriana Barraza and Mía Maestro.  Two of the three Oscars Pan’s Labyrinth won were for Eugenio Caballero [production design] and Guillermo Navarro [cinematography].  And Eugenio, that was his first big movie. I had produced a movie with Alfonso for a second-time filmmaker, Sebastián Cordero, called ‘Cronicas.’   Eugenio had done the [production design] and this was a very small movie, but I said let’s go do Pan’s Labyrinth. And you blink and the next thing, he’s winning the Oscar.” read more

Horror and Genre Favorites Pull Big Wins at 2018 Academy Awards

The 2018 Academy Awards have come and gone and fans of horror and genre film have something to smile about this morning as there were big wins, and nominations, for genre films.

Jordan Peele’s Get Out was the winner in the Best Original Screenplay category and had nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya) and Best Director (Peele).

Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water was the biggest winner though with wins for Best Picture, Best Director (del Toro), Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat) and Best Production Design (Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin and Shane Vieau). Shape also had nominations in Best Actress (Sally Hawkins), Best Cinematography (Dan Laustsen), Original Screenplay (del Toro and Vanessa Taylor), Best Film Editing (Sidney Wolinsky), Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer), Best Sound Mixing (Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke and Brad Zoern), Best Sound Editing (Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira), Best Costume Design (Luis Sequeira) and Best Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins). read more

‘Get Out’ Wins Best Feature Film and Best Director at Independent Spirit Awards

As the last awards show before the Academy Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards have been a pretty good predictor of winners at the Oscars in the last few years, with Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years a Slave each taking home the best picture award at both celebrations.  Does this mean Jordan Peele’s Get Out is next up for this prestigious double feature?

At this year’s edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, Peele’s Get Out walked away with awards for Best Feature and Best Director.  During his acceptance speech, Peele praised the independent film community, saying that “It’s clear we are in the beginning of a renaissance right now where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room, the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years are being honored and recognized and celebrated.” read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: March 2018 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of March 2018! read more

Paul Zindel’s Son Files Lawsuit Against ‘The Shape of Water’ Creators for Alleged Plagiarism

We first reported in late January that David Zindel, the son of playwright Paul Zindel, is accusing The Shape of Water of plagiarism. Now, the accusations have escalated in the form of a 53-page lawsuit against Fox Searchlight, Twentieth Century Fox, writer/director Guillermo del Toro, and associate producer Daniel Kraus.

NPR reports that Zindel’s suit was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. The suit alleges that The Shape of Water, “brazenly copies the story, elements, characters, and themes” of Paul Zindel’s 1969 work entitled Let Me Hear You Whisper. Zindel’s play, which was first adapted for television during the same year, tells the story of a female custodian who forms a special bond with a dolphin in a lab, and she hatches a plan to escape with the creature once she learns that scientists plan to dissect its brain. read more

Estate of Paul Zindel Accuses ‘The Shape of Water’ of Plagiarism

The Shape of Water has been accused of plagiarism just days after being nominated for 13 Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay.

The Guardian reports that David Zindel, son of the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Zindel, alleges that the story of The Shape of Water- written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor- is similar to his father’s play, Let Me Hear You Whisper, which originally aired as a television production in 1969 when del Toro was five years old. Paul Zindel is best remembered by bored ninth graders for his 1968 novel, The Pigman. read more

‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Get Out’ Lead Academy Awards Contenders with Multiple Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations are out… and the horror genre will finally be recognized on the main stage! The most morbid of genres, which has historically been treated as critically insignificant in comparison to other more mainstream genres, is being honored in a big way this year in the form of multiple Academy Awards nominations of Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water and Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

The Shape of Water received the highest number of nominations of any film up for awards this year, accumulating a total of 13 nominations across a wide array of categories. The record number of nominations for a single film stands a 14, and that’s only ever been achieved by All About Eve, Titanic, and last year’s La La LandThe Shape of Water joins just nine other films to ever receive 13 nominations, including Gone With the Wind, Forrest Gump, Chicago, Marry Poppins, and Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The film is up for Academy Awards in the following categories: read more

Guillermo del Toro’s Next Movies for Fox Searchlight Include ‘Antlers’ and ‘Nightmare Alley’

The Shape of Water hasn’t even reached its wide release in theaters, and Guillermo del Toro already has two new pictures lined up for Fox Searchlight! Hot off of the tremendous buzz and early awards season whispers for del Toro’s latest film, Variety reports that the incredible producer/writer/director plans to continue working with the studio on a movie called Antlers and a remake of 1947’s Nightmare Alley.

Antlers will be produced by Guillermo del Toro, and the studio is currently in talks with Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, Black Mass) to direct. The film is described as a supernatural story about a young teacher and a troubled student. The script was written by  Henry Chaisson  and Nick Antosca (Hannibal, Channel Zero, The Forest) based off the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Antosca. read more

del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ was Inspired by ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’

Every fan knows that Guillermo del Toro is a superfan of horror and science fiction.  Unlike most fans however, del Toro also happens to be one of the best working directors in Hollywood.

del Toro’s current film The Shape of Water has garnered a wealth of praise, and it would be a great surprise if the director’s work was not nominated once again for multiple awards.

What most critics may not know however is that del Toro’s inspiration for his cold war parable was his childhood memories about Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon. read more

Horror News Network’s Fall 2017 Horror Movie Preview

After an underwhelming slate of summer horror films, we enter the season that horror films were made for: fall!  The fall line-up is much more robust than recent years and starts with some highly anticipated films and includes a strong month of October releases, right in time for some Halloween scares. Let’s take a look at the upcoming releases and trailers below and please use this as your Horror News Network guide for the jack-o-lantern season.

It (September 9th):  This film not only has the chance to perform well at the box office by horror film standards, but if the $60 million dollar debut weekend tracking is correct, it may be a qualified blockbuster by any film standard.  The remake of It by director Andy Muschietti (Mama) has a “perfect storm” of buzz and hype behind it.  It is set in the 1980’s and features a group of pre-teen protagonists (ala Stranger Things).  It features a demonic clown in an era where bizarre clown sightings burn up the internet.  It arrives at the box office at the end of one of the worst summers for studio profits in years and will have virtually no similar competition for weeks.  If the reviews are positive for It, the film has the chance to dominate the fall box office like no other horror movie has since some of the biggest grossing ones of all time.  And if you want to see It on the first weekend of release, our advice is to get your advance tickets now.     read more