Halloween fans are used to being disappointed. However, after decades of false starts, inconsistency, and mind-bending retcons, our love of the original 1978 masterpiece has remained steadfast and our optimism for an effective follow-up has never been affected by a long line of attempts which never quite hit the high watermark that John Carpenter established with Halloween and arguably maintained with 1981’s Halloween II. Halloween (2018) was supposed to change everything. Directed by David Gordon Green and based on a script by Green and Danny McBride- the duo known for dark and complex non-horror titles such as Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals– the early hype for the film focused on a concerted effort to return to the franchise’s roots, both thematically and narratively. This mission was reinforced by another return of Jamie Lee Curtis as the iconic Laurie Strode, a guest appearance by Nick Castle as The Shape, and John Carpenter’s direct involvement in the franchise by acting as executive producer and providing music for the new film. And then came the trailer- a nearly perfect study in the recreation of the visual and auditory style of the original movie- which resulted in a fever pitch of anticipation for fans who were eager to believe that it was finally happening… he was finally going to come home in style! Unfortunately- and it brings me no pleasure to say this- the greatest moments of the film were all featured in that fateful trailer, and the new Halloween movie suffers greatly due to baffling choices with both story and character. There are fleeting moments in the film which will inspire even the most orthodox Halloween fan, but those moments are earned by the legacy of the franchise rather than the merits of the movie itself.
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About John Evans
John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He's since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.
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Director James Wan’s next movie in theaters may be the superhero flick, Aquaman, but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have any more scares up his sleeve! Wan will return to his old haunt, the horror genre- where he achieved great success with films like Saw, The Conjuring, and Insidious– as a producer of The Curse of La Llorona. Even though he isn’t directing, Wan’s influence can be clearly seen in the movie’s first teaser trailer and poster, including creepy trees, dusty old dresses, and screaming big-mouthed creepers. Accompanied by the tagline, “SHE WANTS YOUR CHILDREN,” the film is loosely based on a creepy character of Mexican folklore (in the same way that the porcelain monster in the Annabelle franchise is loosely based on a haunted Raggedy Ann doll in the Warrens’ museum). read more read more
Halloween fans have been begging for a screen-accurate Michael Myers action figure from the 1978 original film for years. Thankfully, Mezco Toyz has stepped up to deliver a premium collectible that’s incredibly detailed for its size. From the high-end packaging, to the incredible likeness of the portrait, to the bounty of accessories, this figure is sure to make any Halloween fan happy!
I’ve pretty much stopped collecting statues and action figures under 12″ years ago because the quality isn’t always there with the paint aps and the sculpts can be hit or miss. Frankly, there’s only so much area to work with on a small action figure, and fans can only reasonably expect so many details on such a format. However, Mezo is defying all expectations with their One:12 Collective offering of Michael Myers. It simply has details on it that even figures twice its size can be lacking. As I posed the figure and swapped out hands and accessories for these photographs, I was surprised at the tiny details my camera was able to pick up. The figure’s signature coveralls are painstakingly stitched to cover the body and fit like real clothes. This is an incredible feat for the format, and I’ve seen costumes like this look like garbage bags on similar figures. Mezco have always been interested in detailed clothing since the dawn of their Living Dead Dolls line, and their expertise in the format transfers over beautifully to this figure. read more read more
Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel, Good Omens, is one step closer to streaming its way onto our television screens! Amazon Prime Video uploaded a teaser trailer for the upcoming series which features all of the shows primary characters and several interesting new locations. You can watch the clip below:
The official synopsis attached to the YouTube clip elaborates on the extraordinary relationship between the series’ main characters, the the mythical stakes involved in their journey: read more read more
George Romero- the prolific writer/director behind such classics as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Creepshow– may have passed away in 2017… but that doesn’t mean he isn’t finished scaring us! His wife, Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, says she is in possession of a ton of unseen material that he’s written, and she’s making it her mission to bring it to the fervent fans of her late husband.
ComicBook.com recently interviewed Desrocher-Romero on the eve of the Pittsburgh screening of the remastered Night of the Living Dead, and she elaborated on her husband’s unfinished work: read more read more
The first two episodes of FX’s American Horror Story: Apocalypse lacked even a hint of the highly-touted crossover spectacle the season was promised to feature. Well, that moment finally comes in the last two minutes of Episode Three, after Michael Landon (Cody Fern) kills off the entire new cast (except for Kathy Bates’ Miriam, because- surprise!- she’s a robot now), and the witches from Season Three’s Coven waltz into view. By Episode Four, we’re knee-deep in crossover territory, right down to an unexpected return to American Horror Story: Hotel‘s Hotel Cortez. Fortunately, all of the returning faces of yesteryear- including Emma Roberts and Gabourey Sidibe- don’t slow down the progression of the story and, despite the occasional flashback, actually end up keeping things moving forward. And, while there’s no shortage of ridiculousness to go around, this manages to be one of the most engaging seasons of American Horror Story in years. read more read more
Horror News Network was on site at Day One of the 2018 New York Comic Con to bring you the hottest horror toys on display at the show! Storm Collectibles pulled off a flawless victory at the event with exclusive Smoke and Rain figures from their Mortal Kombat collection available for sale. Their display also featured upcoming fan-favorites such as Liu Kang’s dragon form, Goro, Sub-Zero, Baraka and the cyborgs from Mortal Kombat 3. You can check out our photos from the event below: read more
Horror News Network was on site at Day One of the 2018 New York Comic Con to bring you the hottest horror toys on display at the show! Master Replicas Group opened the pod bay doors at the event to reveal a variety of incredible new collectibles based on the 1968 classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Their line will include replicas of some of the movie’s famous ships, a monolith statue, and HAL 9000s in various sizes, including USB drives which are available now and a life-size light-up unit which measures over a foot tall. You can check out all of our photos from the event below: read more read more
Horror News Network was on site at Day One of the 2018 New York Comic Con to bring you the hottest horror toys on display at the show! Super 7 brought a wide variety of properties to the show, including ReAction figures from Alien, Misfits, and Phantom Starkiller. Their classic monsters line included masks and Halloween buckets based on Frankenstein and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and they offered two different 3-packs of popular Hellboy characters. You can check out all of our photos from the event below: read more read more
Horror News Network was on site at Day One of the 2018 New York Comic Con to bring you the hottest horror toys on display at the show! This year, Mezco Toyz’s booth was jam packed with tons of incredible properties in a variety of different formats. Featuring 12″ figures, puppets, dolls, and even jack in the boxes, nearly every popular horror franchise was represented, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, Ghostbusters, Evil Dead 2, Dawn of the Dead, The Warriors, A Clockwork Orange, Kong: Skull Island, Living Dead Dolls, It, The Nun, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Annabelle, The Exorcist, Chucky, Beetlejuice, Trick ‘r Treat, and Hellraiser, there was literally something for everyone! You can check out all of our photos from the event below: read more read more