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Buy / Wait / Rent: October 2019 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 October 2019! read more

Production Wraps on Mike Flanagan’s ‘Doctor Sleep’

Doctor Sleep– the highly anticipated follow-up to The Shining by director Mike Flanagan- is one step closer to hitting theaters! The prolific filmmaker announced on his Facebook page that production on the film has officially wrapped. He also reflected on the awesome experience he had making the movie:

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Jacob Tremblay Joins Cast of ‘Doctor Sleep’

Being one of Hollywood’s fastest up-and-coming young stars, Jacob Tremblay has been announced by TMZ to have joined the growing cast of Doctor Sleep, Warner Bros. Pictures’ adaptation of the Stephen King sequel to The Shining.

At this time, details about Tremblay’s role are unknown but his joining the cast reunites the 12-year-old actor with director Mike Flanagan, whose film Before I Wake served as his feature debut when it was shot in 2013, although it never had an official release in the U.S.. read more

Zahn McClarnon to Play Crow Daddy in ‘Doctor Sleep’

Following yesterday’s update on the upcoming Stephen King adaptation, Variety has a report that Zahn McClarnon (Westworld) is set to play the villain called Crow Daddy in Doctor Sleep.

Joining Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the sequel novel, McClarnon’s role is one of the story’s main antagonists who is part of the evil group, The True Knot.

Straight from the book, The True Knot’s creed is as follows: “Lodsam hanti, we are the chosen ones. Cahanna risone hanti, we are the fortunate ones. Sabbatha hanti, sabbatha hanti, sabbatha hanti. We are the True Knot, and we endure.” read more

Lumbly, Essoe Announced for ‘Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

The much-anticipated sequel to Stephen King’s classic The Shining is starting to round into shape.  According to an exclusive report by Deadline, Carl Lumbly (A Cure for Wellness) and Alex Essoe (Dark Intentions) have signed on to the upcoming film Doctor Sleep.  This will be a continued telling of the events after Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining (which King himself famously loathed.)  Warner Bros is hoping that Sleep can capture the same magic that made the original a runaway hit back in 1980. read more

Ewan McGregor to Play Danny Torrance All Grown Up in ‘The Shining’ Sequel Doctor Sleep

Who knew Danny Torrance would grow up to be such a hunk! The beyond-traumatized adolescent protagonist of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 1980 film, The Shining, is the adult star of the upcoming sequel, Doctor Sleep. We’ve known for a while that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Gerald’s Game, Hush) would be directing the film, based on the 2013 novel by Stephen King… but today we learned that the protagonist will be played by an A-List actor!

Variety reports that Ewan McGregor is set to star in the film as Danny Torrance, and that Stephen King himself has given his blessing to this exciting casting news. McGregor has over 80 acting credits to date, including fan favorite roles as Renton in Trainspotting and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. While he’s certainly better known for action and drama roles than straight-up horror, he did happen to star in one episode of Tales from the Crypt in 1996. read more

Director Ari Aster Discusses the Films that Influenced ‘Hereditary’

Can’t wait until A24’s Hereditary hits theaters on June 8?  If you are looking to get more excited about this release, look no further than the video below which confirms that director Ari Aster knows his stuff when it comes to movies and film making.

Aster’s soon to be released film has been described by critics as one of the most harrowing and frightening films to grace the silver screen in decades (and we’ll all be able to judge this soon) and it is clear from his interview with Birth. Movies. Death. that the influences on Hereditary are the ones that horror fans want to hear a director discuss. read more

Stephen King’s ‘Dr. Sleep’ Adaptation Scheduled for January 2020 Release

Warner Brothers Pictures announced today that Stephen King’s sequel to the Shining entitled Doctor Sleep will be released on January 24,  2020.

Doctor Sleep will be directed by Mike Flanagan, who is known for OculusHush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and the recent King adaptation Gerald’s Game.

Horror News Network’s John Evans covered Doctor Sleep way back in January, and described the story as “Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance, who is still suffering from his experiences as a young boy at the infamous Overlook Hotel. That’s where many of the most obvious connections to The Shining cease, as the majority of the novel is much more action-oriented and focused on Mr. Torrance’s conflict with a group of psychic vampires over the soul of young girl whose “shining” abilities are unparalleled. Whether Flanagan remains faithful to the text or decides to veer off in his own direction- like Kubrick did before him- remains to be seen. It’s worth noting, however, that Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game is recognized by fans as being closest to the source text of all of the recent movies based on King’s work.” read more

Mike Flanagan to Direct ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

38 years after Stanley Kubrick’s legendary adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining redefined horror filmmaking, Warner Bros. finally is ready to bring the franchise back to the silver screen! The studio plans to adapt King’s 2013 novel, Doctor Sleep, into a major motion picture and they’ve just hired Mike Flanagan to direct the film.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Flanagan is set to direct, following his adaptation of King’s Gerald’s Game for Netflix. Flanagan is also known for fan favorite films such as OculusHush, and Ouija: Origin of Evil. read more

Paramount Defends Darren Aronofsky’s ‘mother!’… And So Should You!

There have been warning signs for quite some time that Darren Aronofsky’s mother! isn’t for everyone. It’s debut at the Venice Film Festival garnered every reaction from boos to high praise, and it soon became clear that the violent nature of the film would absolutely affect viewers’ assessments of the film itself. Then came the dismal opening weekend box office ($7.5 million) and the Cinemascore rating of an F, and mother! instantly became the commercial failure that everyone loves to talk about. read more