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‘The Turning’ Turns Off Fans and Critics Alike; Finishes in Sixth Place at Weekend Box Office

If January’s horror releases are any indication of what the rest of the year will look like, fans may be in for a “scary bad” New Year!

January’s latest disaster came in the form of DreamWorks/Universal’s PG-13 The Turning, which effectively “turned away” ticket buyers this weekend, finishing in sixth place with an estimated $6.6 million in sales.

The long-delayed horror film (originally scheduled to be released on February 22, 2019) has the the dubious distinction of earning an F from Cinemascore, just a few weeks after The Grudge remake earned the same rare grade from viewers.  Only 20 films since 1979 have been graded F by opening night audiences, and the other metrics associated with The Turning seem to support this assessment.  Critics and fans agree that The Turning is one to turn off, giving the picture an identical 12% score on Rotten Tomatoes (Tomatometer and Audience Score). read more

Horror News Network’s Winter 2020 Movie Preview

After a lackluster fall, it appears that the offerings for horror fans in the coldest months of the year will be more robust with eight films being released in the genre over the course of two months.  As usual, the choices range from recognizable re-makes (The Grudge), long-delayed releases (The Turning, Brahms: The Boy II), and some odd horror re-imaginings (Gretel and Hansel, Fantasy Island).

The Grudge (January 3):  The Sam Raimi produced remake of 2004’s The Grudge (based on 2002’s Japanese import Ju-On) arrives almost six months later than its originally scheduled June of 2019 release date.   The fact that The Grudge moved from the busy summer season to the first weekend of the new year could raise some red flags, but Sony may also have made a shrewd decision to go after a horror audience that didn’t get much attention in the fall.  Sony may also be hoping for a similar outcome to last year’s Escape Room, which surprised the industry with a strong showing at the box office (making almost $100 million world wide) which was also released in the first weekend in January. read more