Entries by Mark McCurley

Horror News Network Staff on CT HorrorFest 2019 (Video)

Just in from the staff of Horror News Network, Mike Simonetta, Larry Dwyer and Mark McCurley take some time to discuss CT HorrorFest coming up on Sept. 14 at the Naugatuck Event Center with the many celebrity guests and opportunities coming this year.

Which guests are you most excited to meet?!

Get your tickets here and check out the video below.

We’ll see you in September!

‘Ghostbusters’ Sequel to be Laden with Practical Effects Over CGI

Dan Aykroyd dropped more hints regarding the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel that is sure to excite fans all over the world. During an interview with 660 News the comedy actor revealed the creators of the upcoming film are sticking to the use of practical effects instead of Computer-generated imagery, or CGI, as much as possible.

Aykroyd said, “I’m always urging to use puppets, I’m always urging to go back to the mechanicals. But CGI is so efficient and easy to use but I think that all of us are on board with the idea of maybe doing mechanicals and puppets where we can.” read more read more

New Featurette from the Set of ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season Five

Following the finale of The Walking Dead, the show’s spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead is looking to start off fresh with recently introduced characters in a new situation during its fifth season. Viewers can get a first glimpse in a behind-the-scenes featurette just released by Rotten Tomatoes TV via YouTube.

After the introduction of TWD series regular Morgan Jones (Lennie James of Jericho), Fear sees the group trying locate survivors and help make what’s left of the world a better place despite the disastrous state of everything. With sheer determination, Morgan leads the group with a philosophy rooted in benevolence, community and hope. Each character believes that helping others will allow them to make up for the wrongs of their pasts. However, trust won’t be easily earned. The mission of helping others they’re on will be put to the ultimate test when the group finds themselves in uncharted territory, one which will force them to face not just their pasts but also their fears. Only through facing those fears that will the group discover an entirely new way of life, one that will leave them changed forever. read more read more

‘Ash & Bone’ adds Scout Taylor-Compton to Cast

Straight from Deadline, Scout Taylor-Compton, who played Laurie Strode in Rob Zombie’s 2007 remake of Halloween and its 2009 sequel, is set to star in the upcoming thriller Ash and Bone.

Also having starred in long-running series Nashville, Taylor-Compton stars in the film that’s set to be directed by Harley Wallen (Betrayed) and written by Bret Miller (Some Are Born)and Mel Novak (Game of Death).

Produced by Painted Creek Productions, Cama Productions and Auburn Moon, Ash and Bone is an urban-legend thriller. read more read more

Classic Universal Monsters Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

Per an announcement from the resorts’ web site, Universal’s classic monsters will come to life in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort in CA and FL respectively.

Based on the premier cinematic monsters from the studio that invented the horror films, Universal’s terrifying experiences on both coasts will take the frightening and legendary ensemble and bring them face-to-face with guests at the resorts’ featured Halloween events. read more read more

Upcoming ‘Swamp Thing’ Series Gets Teaser Trailer

Now streaming on YouTube, DC Universe has released the first teaser trailer for their upcoming live-action Swamp Thing series starring Derek Mears as the man-turned-monster and can be seen here…

This release follows the unsettling update last week that the series was shutting down production in Wilmington, North Carolina.

More doom and gloom down in the swamp came from The Hollywood Reporter which brought word the episode count for the series has been reduced from 13 episodes to 10. The ending of the season will be reworked to accommodate the new episode count. read more read more

‘Friday the 13th’ Rights Lawsuit Slashes On

Sad news for Friday the 13th fans, the ongoing and severely frustrating lawsuit between the original film’s screenwriter Victor Miller and director Sean Cunningham will continue as Cunningham has now refiled his appeal which means the reversion of rights Miller had been granted in 2018 are now again in limbo.

In short, fans should not expect a new Friday film in the near future, because the fight is far from over and the lawsuit could go in any direction. read more

R.L. Stine’s ‘Fear Street’ Trilogy adds Sadie Sink

Straight from Deadline, Stranger Things star Sadie Sink has joined the Fear Street film trilogy.

Based off of R.L. Stine’s novel series of the same name, Fear Street hit shelves in 1989 and focused on a group teens who battled with supernatural and violent threats to their small town called Shadyside.

Along with Sink, the trilogy of films will star Benjamin Flores Jr. (Ride Along), Kiana Madeira and Olivia Welch. The three films will be directed by Leigh Janiak, whose credits include two episodes of MTV’s Scream series and the indie horror film Honeymoon, which starred Rose Leslie who is known for her role as Ygritte in Game of Thrones. read more read more

Set Photos Reveal First Look at Jared Leto’s ‘Morbius’

With production currently underway on Sony’s villain feature Morbius, new photos from the set have been shared online through Twitter. The latest post shows the first look at Jared Leto as Michael Morbius.

Also starring Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft, Jareb Harris (The Crown) as Morbius’ mentor and Tyrese Gibson (2 Fast 2 Furious) as an FBI Agent, Morbius is Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel anti-hero, Morbius the Living Vampire who was first introduced as the antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man #101. read more read more

‘Castle Rock’ Season Two adds New Cast Members

Set to premier later this year, the Hulu series Castle Rock has added Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins and Elsie Fisher to star in the show’s second season which The Hollywood Reporter stated will be themed around Stephen King’s novel Misery.

From producer J.J. Abrams and King himself, Castle Rock premiered on July 25, 2018 and has featured many actors who have appeared in adaptations of King’s various stories, such as Bill Skarsgård who is known for his role as Pennywise the Clown in 2017’s IT and Sissy Spacek who was the titular character in the 1976 film Carrie. read more read more