Opening Title Revealed for ‘Halloween in a Box’

Today HNN Productions revealed the opening title sequence for their documentary Halloween in a Box. The film which chronicles the history of costume manufacturers Ben Cooper Inc, Halco, and Collegeville is written and directed by Rob Caprilozzi and narrated by Nick Banks.

“Halloween is a perfect time to give fans a small glimpse of what they can expect in the film,” said. Caprilozzi a long-time fan of Ben Cooper, Inc. costumes “I had the chance to meet with the former presidents, and employees of the big three Halloween costume manufacturers and now is the perfect time to tell their story.” read more

First Image Revealed of Henry Cavill in ‘The Witcher’

Netflix delivered a Halloween treat to fans today by revealing the first look at Henry Cavill as Geralt in The Witcher.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Daredevil, The Defenders) is set to adapt the series for Netflix.  Just three weeks ago we reported that Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra were added to the cast as Ciri and Yennefer respectively.

The Witcher series is based on the books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski ,and follows the monster hunter Geralt of Rivia as he travels the countryside vanquishing creature that plague the land. The books have been a massive success, selling more than 33 million copies worldwide and have been adapted into comics, video games, and more. read more

‘Strangers’ in Development From FOX

Exciting news for fans of Dean Koontz as FOX has given a script commitment to a one-hour drama of his novel StrangersDeadline reports that the book will be adapted by Jeff Davis who is known for creating MTV’s Teen Wolf, and the Criminal Minds series.

Published in 1986 by Putnam, the massive 526-page novel follows a group of people who are drawn to the mysterious Tranquility Motel in the Nevada desert. While the book does involve many characters, their stories are interwoven and filled with numerous twists and turns. read more

Freeform Greenlights Stephen King’s ‘Joyland’

Things are about to get a bit scarier on Freeform. According to Deadline the Disney-ABC owned channel has launched Stephen King’s Joyland into development. Chris Pena and Cyrus Nowrasteh are signed on to pen the pilot with Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions serving as producer.

Joyland tells the story of a college student who lands a summer job as a carnival worker. What starts as a fun job at a North Carolina amusement park turns into a battle for survival as he comes face to face with a murderer. read more

Counting Down the ‘Halloween’ Films from Worst to First

Hi everyone and Happy Halloween! On this, the most joyous of days, I figured that it would be appropriate to discuss the films that take their name from this most sacred of holidays: the Halloween franchise! Lists like this always stir up tons of emotions and cause arguments that may or may not result in fisticuffs but I’m going to throw caution to the wind and rate the franchise from worst-to-first.

Let’s begin, shall we?

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Where to begin with Resurrection? How about we start with Busta Rhymes beating up Michael Myers with kung-fu? Nah…let’s get even sillier than that: Michael Myers gets his penis electrocuted…there it is. In this follow-up to the successful resurgence of the franchise with H20, the studio brought on original Halloween II director Rick Rosenthal to work on a god-awful script by Sean Hood and Larry Brand; they basically lifted the piece from The Curse of Michael Myers where the Howard Stern-like DJ wanted to broadcast from the actual Myers house and jammed it into this film – but instead of a live radio broadcast, Busta Rhymes hosts kids in a reality TV show in the Myers house. Whatever. The only saving grace here is that Jamie Lee Curtis is amazing with her ten minutes (even though her story is confusing as hell too); I suggest watching H20 and then the first ten minutes of this and then shutting it off forever. read more

‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Adds Eiza Gonzalez to the MonsterVerse

The epic battle between two legendary cinematic monsters is really starting to round into form.  In an exclusive story, Deadline is reporting that Eiza Gonzalez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series) will be joining the cast of Godzilla Vs. Kong in an as yet-unknown capacity.  Gonzalez will be joining a killer cast that has already been confirmed including Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), and Brian Tyree Henry (the upcoming Child’s Play reboot.)

Godzilla Vs. Kong will be directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, HNN favorite V/H/S).  The anticipated film will represent the fourth installment in the “MonsterVerse” cinematic universe, a collaboration between Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. aimed at portraying the irresistible force meeting the immovable object on the big screen.  It follows in the mammoth footsteps of 2014’s Godzilla, 2017’s Kong: Skull Island and the forthcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019.)  While only halfway through the timeline, the series has been wildly successful thus far grossing over $1 billion worldwide. read more

Andy Muschietti to Direct ‘Attack on Titan’

It director Andy Muschietti has something new to terrify audiences with. According to Variety, the white-hot director will helm Attack on Titan for Warner Brothers.

Written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan premiered in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine on September 9, 2009. The comic series follows the story of humans who live in walled cities which protect them from giant man-eating humanoids called Titans.

The series has been referred to as Japan’s version of The Walking Dead in terms of commercial success. AoT received its own novels, was adapted into an anime series, video games, and even live-action films. To date, the manga has sold over 76 million copies, making it one of the all-time best-selling series. read more

Andrew Lincoln Pens Goodbye Letter as Exit from ‘The Walking Dead’ Draws Near

Andrew Lincoln’s final appearance as Rick Grimes on AMC’s The Walking Dead will happen during the November 4th episode, and longtime fans have a lot to say about his inevitable departure. It turns out that Lincoln himself has some thoughts and emotions about this momentous occasion, and he pulled them all together in the form of a heartfelt letter to fans of the series and members of the press who have been covering the franchise since its inception.

In his letter, Lincoln chronicles his experiences through the course of over 115 episodes and 400 zombie slayings, and he ultimately concludes on the united feeling between the cast and fans of the series all over the world. Despite the fact that he’s leaving the series, Lincoln teases that he knows where the franchise is headed, and it’s “quite incredible.” You can read his entire letter below, courtesy of TV Guide: read more

‘Halloween’ Slashes Through the Competition Again at the Box Office

For the second week in a row, Halloween (2018) dominated the box office, earning a estimated $32 million dollars in its second week of release.  The latest in a long line of Michael Myers’ films currently sits at over $126 million in sales, and with a few more weeks of slim competition on the horizon, Halloween has a chance to cross the $200 million mark domestically.

Halloween only dropped 58% from last week’s debut, which was less than anticipated, as most horror films see a steeper decline in the 60-65% range.  The success of Halloween has sent many rival studios scrambling to fast track their own slasher properties, with rumors (unsubstantiated at best) running rampant about the return of Jason Voorhees.  Don’t be surprised if “news” of the return of Freddy or Leatherface is far behind, as Hollywood chases the latest trend at the box office. read more

Jeryl Prescott Joins ‘Swamp Thing’

Former Walking Dead actress Jeryl Prescott has signed on to play the role of Madame Xanadu in Swamp Thing, according to a report on Deadline. Prescott joins Derek Mears, Jennifer Beals, Crystal Reed, and Maria Sten on the series which follows a humanoid/plant elemental creature living in the swamp in a small Louisiana town.

Madame Xanadu is a DC Comics character that first appeared in 1978’s Doorway to Nightmare #1. The character is a supernatural heroine that uses tarot cards to help tell the future. She has assisted other supernatural characters in the past such as Constantine, Etrigan, Zatanna, Frankenstein, and Deadman. read more