Every October, horror fans across the country use our spookiest month as an excuse to binge watch as many horror films as possible. Some hardcore enthusiasts even make a list of 31 movies and stick to watching one per every day of the month. But what’s out there for the veteran who doesn’t have the time for 31 movies, or the casual fan who wants to expand his or her horror horizons? Presenting… the Horror News Network 6-6-6 Halloween Watchathon!
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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.
Entries by John Evans
The fifth episode of Fox’s The Exorcist series, entitled “Through My Most Grievous Fault,” certainly threw a curveball at viewers. While the twist is likely something many will be discussing this week, the quality and craftsmanship of the rest of the episode is just as worthy of conversation. “Through My Most Grievous Fault” offers up numerous chilling scenes in the midst of dramatic storytelling and character development.
For the sake of those who may not have caught the episode yet, I’m going to hold off on analyzing the major plot surprise that arrives at the very end. I will say that while it is one that has been talked about and hoped for by fans of the show over the past few weeks, at this point I feel neutral about this development. I don’t think the series needed it to be successful, but if it pulls more viewers into this excellent show, I’m all for it. read more read more
If you want to know all of the things that are wrong with Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!, there are literally dozens of reviews out there that dig into all of the gory details. But I’ve complained enough about television shows this week, so I thought I’d try to be a little positive. After reading some of the early negative reviews and before watching the show for myself, I was tempted to post an article entitled, “Here’s What Worked in Fox’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again!,” and then leave the article completely blank with my signature on the bottom! However, I’ve got to admit that there were a few things that I found to range from satisfactory to good. Here they are: read more read more
Variety has reported that Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields will be writing the script to the highly anticipated 2019 Legendary Pictures film, Godzilla 2. The two have most recently worked for Legendary on last year’s Krampus, which was written by them (along with Todd Casey) and directed by Dougherty.
Michael Dougherty’s other instant horror classic was 2007’s Trick ‘r Treat. Originally released straight to video by Warner Bros., the film has since gained a rabid fanbase; and new content based on the franchise continues to be produced to this day. Both Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus have been lauded by fans and critics for their stylistic portrayals of their monster characters, which hearken back to the older days of movie monster filmmaking. read more read more
In 2013, the Chinese version of Iron Man 3 included a ridiculous scene which asked viewers the ultimate question: “What does Iron Man rely on to revitalize his energy?” The answer, of course, is Yili’s Gu Li Duo milk drink! At the time, many felt that this kind of thing was a cultural difference which would never make its way into American media. While we’ve been comfortable for a while with Sony electronics products littering the backgrounds of Sony movies and brand logos plastered throughout the scenery of our films and shows, there’s been a general consensus that, in America, Iron Man should only be drinking milk when the nuance of the storytelling calls for it. A recent report, however, shows that things may be changing. read more read more
The MTV Scream television series’ days are numbered. While the second season was arguably more watchable than the first season, it still wasn’t great (for every clever concept, like the “school lockdown” episode, there was something nearly unwatchable like the psychedelic never ending house party). The dip in ratings along with the radio silence about upcoming content led to rampant speculation about the fate of the series. When the Halloween Special was announced, some news sources mistakenly reported that the series would be finished after the special aired. Now that we know that Season Three will consist of just six final episodes, the revolving door of showrunners have been tasked with quickly wrapping up a series that never quite got off the ground. read more read more
Announced in a tweet that should surprise literally no one, AMC has renewed The Walking Dead for an eighth season:
— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) October 17, 2016
The news comes a week before Season 7 is set to premiere. Despite the slight ratings dip, the fact that its viewership is much stronger than every other scripted television show makes it a no-brainer (no pun intended!) for AMC to continue to renew the series. read more read more
“The Moveable Feast,” the fourth episode of Fox’s The Exorcist series, continues to take the high road of horror film production due to a variety of intelligent developments and filmmaking choices. The pacing of the series seems to improve with each episode, taking on the approach of premium television storytelling in the format of a Friday night network show.
The Salesman’s (played by Robert Emmet Lunney) grip on Casey (Hannah Kasulka) tightens with each new scene of this episode. As his intentions become more and more clear, his physical appearance, voice, and actions start to resemble his true form. This once charming and subtle salesman reveals his brown teeth and tattered clothing, looking more and more like a salesman who never left Circuit City in the seven years since its closing! His transformation is entertaining to watch, and viewers can’t help but empathize with Casey as she realizes how little control she has over the situation. read more read more
Arrow Video continues their tradition of releasing hard to find horror films with a jam packed blu-ray special edition of 2002’s Dark Water, based on a short story by Kôji Suzuki and directed by J-Horror master Hideo Nakata. Both of these influential artists reinvented the genre with 1998’s Ringu, and suddenly these ghostly stories and their American adaptations were experiencing success at the box office all over the world. With their special edition release of Dark Water, Arrow Video pays homage to Nakata’s and Suzuki’s entire bodies of work, featuring behind the scenes material and interviews which thoroughly chronicle their popular styles of storytelling and filmmaking. read more read more
Episode Three of Fox’s The Exorcist, titled “Let ‘em In,” marks the moment that the series has begun to truly prove itself as a new show that deserves to be watched and taken seriously by horror fans and horror scholars alike. While the first two episodes contained a mix of things that worked and things that needed improvement, “Let ‘em In” contains strong performances from the filmmakers and the actors which demonstrate a knowledge of the source material and a willingness to forge new paths in storytelling. read more read more