Entries by John Evans

Todd McFarlane Says R-Rated ‘Spawn’ Movie is Gaining Momentum in Hollywood

Todd McFarlane announced in July of 2017 that he would be directing and producing an R-rated Spawn movie with Blumhouse. After further announcements that Jamie Foxx will star as Al Simmons and Jeremy Renner will also appear in the film, fans haven’t heard much about when production on the project would commence. That all changes with McFarlane’s new announcement on Instagram. Accompanied by an image of Jamie Foxx against a backdrop featuring classic Spawn artwork, McFarlane stated that the success of Joker has Hollywood very interested in making an R-rated Spawn movie: read more read more

Funko Announces ‘American Psycho’ Pop! Toys at 2020 London Toy Fair

If you’re a longtime American Psycho fan who would kill for some new collectibles, your mask of sanity is about to slip with today’s announcement! Funko will be showing off new products at the 2020 London Toy Fair, which kicks off tomorrow morning at Olympia London. For those who can’t make it, the pop culture company is currently announcing new products on Twitter for the entire world to see. One of today’s announcements features a trio of brand new American Psycho Pop! toys: read more read more

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ 4K UHD Blu-Ray: The Horror News Network Review

Terminator: Dark Fate is available now on digital, and Paramount Pictures will release a 4K UHD and Blu-Ray combo pack for home video on January 28th. The package contains two excellent transfers of the film and a series of special features which offer an interesting glimpse into the production of a movie that carries on the storied tradition of the Terminator franchise.

Terminator: Dark Fate is a direct sequel to the 1991 masterpiece, Terminator 2: Judgment Day. To achieve this feat, James Cameron returned to the franchise as a creative executive producer, and both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton appear in lead roles. While it’s always a great pleasure, it isn’t much of a surprise to see Schwarzenegger appear in a new Terminator movie (he’s returned to his iconic role on several occasions). However, it’s downright thrilling to see Hamilton back as Sarah Connor, looking like she hasn’t missed a beat since Terminator 2. Several recent films have attempted to bring back the great series leads of yesteryear with mixed results, but the return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is the absolute best of them. Between her legendary screen presence, her quick-witted one liners, and her downright badass action moments, it is clear that Hamilton and the filmmakers have nailed how to bring back an iconic character to the silver screen. While he isn’t in the film as often, Schwarzenegger glows as usual in Dark Fate, mixing his trademark deadpan humor with a more reflective approach to deliver a T-800 we haven’t seen before. Director Tim Miller clearly understands what made the interactions between Schwarzenegger and Hamilton so interesting in Terminator 2, and he captures and advances their complicated relationship in some key scenes. The other big ode to Terminator 2 lies in the pacing and early action sequences of Dark Fate. A clear effort was put into capturing as much of the road chases in camera as possible, and the pacing of the film (including its moments of downtime) hearken back to the blockbusters of the 90s. read more read more

Sony Pictures Unleashes ‘Morbius’ Teaser Trailer

After a very successful debut of Spider-Man villains spin-off films with 2018’s Venom, Sony Pictures is back with a new film starring Spidey’s bloodthirstiest foe! Morbius stars Jared Leto as the titular scientific vampire, and the studio just rolled back the curtain on a teaser trailer featuring his blood red eyes, pointy teeth, and upturned nose. You can watch the clip below:

Sony Pictures also released the following official synopsis of the film: read more

FX Releases Official Trailer for Alex Garland’s ‘Devs’

Devs, the mysterious new limited series from writer/director Alex Garland, is finally ready to make its debut. Fans of Garland’s previous work on Ex Machina and Annihilation have been eager for crumbs of information about the series ever since it was announced and its impressive cast of starring actors was revealed (frequent Garland collaborator Sonoya Mizuno, Nick Offerman, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jin Ha, and more).  FX has finally pulled back the curtain and released a full-length trailer for Devs, which you can watch below: read more read more

Asylum Publications CEO & Former Todd McFarlane, Stan Lee Collaborator Paul Burke: The Horror News Network Interview

If you grew up living and breathing the world of horror and comic books, there’s a good chance Paul Burke had something to do with something you loved. Whether it be his work as president of Stabur Press/Calibur Comics, his co-founded video production company with Stan Lee, or his former role as co-CEO of TMP International, Inc. in launching McFarlane Toys, Burke has worked with the top talent of the industry to help them make their creative dreams a successful reality in especially cutthroat marketplaces. His latest endeavor is Asylum Publications, an imprint dedicated to genre interests of art and photography. Burke recently wrote and published The Early Days of McFarlane Toys, a book which chronicles his experiences with the company as it grew into a juggernaut toy company in the mid to late 90s (You could read the Horror News Network review of the book by clicking this link). Burke took some time out of his busy schedule to speak with Horror News Network about Asylum Publications and his experiences in working with Todd McFarlane and Stan Lee. read more read more

Horror News Network’s Best Horror Movies of 2019: John’s Top 3 Picks

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Best Horror Movies of 2019, a series where our staff writers declare their top three picks of the year and use the data to compile an ultimate top ten list of 2019. Be on the lookout for a new “Top 3” list from an HNN writer every day in early January, and and stay tuned for our ultimate list at the end of the series!

John’s Top 3 Picks of 2019

#1: The Lighthouse

Not only do I find The Lighthouse to be the best horror movie of the year, I place it just behind Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood as the second best movie of 2019. Featuring powerhouse performances by Willem Dafoe (who deserves a Best Actor nomination for this performance) and Robert Pattinson and expertly directed by Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse is classic cinema at its best. Yes, an actual sequel to The Shining came out this year… but The Lighthouse is the true spiritual successor to Kubrick’s cabin fever masterpiece to debut in 2019. Repeat viewings of this film open up its brilliant sound design and allow the viewer to catch every visual detail, absorb every nuance, and chortle at every absurdity. It simply doesn’t get better than this! read more read more

What to Expect in the World of Horror in 2020

On the first day of this glorious new year, I thought I’d do my best impression of The Legendary Criswell and make some horror predictions for 2020. These aren’t necessarily wild ideas I’ve pulled out of thin air… they’re simply my expectations based on the trends I’ve observed developing over the course of 2019. I’ll document my thoughts now, and then revisit my premonitions in December to see how I did! So, without further ado, let’s peer into the wonderful world of tomorrow! read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: January 2020 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 January 2020! read more read more

‘The Early Days of McFarlane Toys’: The Horror News Network Review

If you grew up in the 90s, you couldn’t make it through your childhood without having at least one encounter with one of the many products of McFarlane Toys. Whether it be their Ultra Action Figures of popular Spawn characters, their variety of Kiss and other music lines, or their movie and professional sports lines, there was a McFarlane toy out there for everyone. If you were a big Spawn fan, though, you lived and breathed McFarlane Toys. During those years, barely a month would go by without a new comic book release or a new line of figures hitting the shelves to get everybody talking, and “mint in box” was the name of the game. Some Spawn fans have moved on from collecting since those golden years, but Todd McFarlane Productions is still as relevant as ever given the recent milestone release of Spawn #301 and the anticipation of an upcoming Blumhouse major motion picture directed by McFarlane himself and starring Jamie Foxx as Al Simmons. read more read more