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Split Repeats as Box Office Champ, Resident Evil’s Final Installment Underperforms

Defying all logic and shattering initial expectations, Split once again ruled the box office this weekend.  Going into the weekend, the modestly budgeted film ($10 million) had already earned $51 million dollars and added another estimated $26.3 million to its cumulative box office total over the January 27-29 frame for a grand total of $78 million.

Split appears to be the big winner this winter season, not only muscling out fellow horror films, but all new releases as well.  Bolstered by a young teen audience and undeterred by underperforming action films such as XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (a $33 million return on a $85 million dollar budget), Split looks to continue to grab more cash in weeks to come.   It will face more competition over the next few weeks with Rings (and a number of smaller releases such as Don’t Knock Twice) debutting next weekend At this point, it will depend if audiences remember (and want to see) a third film in the franchise after 12 years or if horror fans will respond to the film with apathy, similar to last fall’s Blair Witch remake.  Next week’s Superbowl is also a factor, as studios traditionally release films that appeal to women in the form of horror movies and romantic comedies.  Will ticket buyers who wish to escape Superbowl hype choose the reigning champ or yesterday’s creepy hit next weekend?  Stay tuned to Horror News Network to find out!    read more

Six Spooky Video Games to Revisit This Halloween!

In my experience, I’ve found the biggest fans of Halloween out there to be sentimental types. That would certainly explain the traditions and rituals we all go through to celebrate this fun holiday. For many of us, October is a time for movie traditions. Lists exist all over the web, ranging from six Halloween movies to hundreds of horror films to watch in anticipation and celebration of October 31st. While horror movies and Halloween go together like peanut butter and jelly, it’s certainly understandable that there are other fans out there who want to celebrate in a slightly different way. For all of those gamers out there looking for a way to get in on the action, let’s take a moment to review some of the greatest horror-themed video games ever created. Some of these games scared the heck out of me as I played them while others simply contain a horror element to them that makes them memorable. If you are inspired by these selections, feel free to dust off an old console or two, pop in a disc, and button mash your way to Halloween scares! read more