Entries by Sean McLaughlin

NBC Universal Puts Chiller On Ice

Sad news, horror fans.  Deadline is reporting that NBC Universal has decided to axe Chiller, the horror-centric cable channel.  Viewers have until New Year’s Day to soak in all of the independent horror movies and Steve Niles’ Remains as they can, as the curtain will be dropped when the calendar turns to 2018.  In a bit of good news, however, there are no layoffs expected as network employees are expected to be reassigned to other NBC departments and projects. read more

Blumhouse Announces April 2018 Release for ‘Truth or Dare’

Back in March of this year, it was announced by Blumhouse Productions that a supernatural horror movie called Truth or Dare would be given the green light.  With Lucy Hale (Scream 4) set to star, Truth or Dare would continue to add to its impressive young cast over the next few months to include Aurora Perrineau (Jem and the Holograms) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) among others.  All that was missing was a release date…..until now.  Blumhouse has formerly announced that Truth or Dare will be released in theaters and VOD (presumably) on April 27th, 2018.  Deadline was the first to break the news. read more read more

George Romero’s Son Cameron Announces “Rise of the Living Dead” Project

The horror world (and Hollywood in general) was dealt a big blow last July when groundbreaking visionary director George A. Romero passed away.  Though he was still making films in the “living dead” series (the last being 2009’s Survival of the Dead) and had his hand in several other projects, it was an Indiegogo campaign launched by his son Cameron back in 2014 that had many fans excited.  Cameron Romero’s film was set to be titled Origins, and was meant as a prequel to his father’s cult classic Night of the Living Dead. read more read more

MGM Hires Studio to Animate New Addams Family Film

The ghoulish family that never dies is being resurrected once again in cartoon form! According to Deadline, the upcoming MGM project, a reboot of The Addams Family franchise, will be given the CGI treatment after all.  On the heels of hiring Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party, Monsters vs. Aliens) to direct, MGM has brought on Cinesite Studios to create the digital visual effects and animation.  Production has already begun in Vancouver, BC.

The Addams Family is based on the iconic television show from the 1960s, which only ran for two seasons but continues to find life in syndication and overall pop culture lore.  The show spawned two big-budget Hollywood films (1991’s The Addams Family and 1993’s Addams Family Values), and multiple show reboot attempts and made-for-TV movies.  Although not nearly as popular, there were actually two separate cartoon series based on the family of freaks in 1973 and 1992.  While being in the works for the past 4 years, it is being widely speculated that the new CG film from MGM will be based more on the cartoons than the feature films.   Screenwriter Pamela Pettler (Monster House, Corpse Bride) has already created the script that Vernon will be working with. read more read more

Connecticut Cult Classics Brings Halloween I & II to the Strand Theater

On an unseasonably warm Saturday night in Seymour, CT, Larry Dwyer brought the Halloween season to the horror faithful.  Dwyer’s Connecticut Cult Classics held “The Night HE Came Home” double-feature at the Strand Theater to a packed house of eager horror fans.  Consisting of John Carpentae’s Halloween (1978) and Halloween II (1981), the quintessential dark holiday films were only part of the experience as once again each attendee was treated to a bag full of Halloween-themed goodies, an opportunity to obtain a limited edition print created just for the event, and even a t-shirt cannon spraying the crowd with exclusive CCC shirts!  It was a remarkable night that further cemented CCC film fests as the area’s unquestioned can’t-miss event. read more read more

Tremors TV Series Announces New Cast Member

The Tremors franchise continues to roll.  With an early 2018 release for the sixth installment in the film series, Syfy’s upcoming Tremors television series is making news as well.  According to Deadline, the show (which will star Hollywood heavyweight and film veteran Kevin Bacon) has signed on John Ellison Conlee (Medium, Boardwalk Empire) to the cast.  He will join a project that already features Shiloh Fernandez (Evil Dead), Toks Olagundoye (Castle) and, of course, Bacon. read more

New Details Emerge About The Purge TV Show

Have you ever wondered what the blood-thirsty murderers that partake in the annual Purge do for the other 364 days a year? Wonder no more, as the website Den of Geek recently interviewed Blumhouse Productions head Jason Blum, who divulged additional details on the upcoming television series based on the successful film franchise. The Purge series, scheduled to debut sometime in 2018, will focus on the characters during the year when they’re not purging and offers a fresh take on the story line laid out by the first three films (with a fourth movie in the can for next year). read more read more

Ash vs. Evil Dead Season 3 Coming in February to Starz

Prepare to get groovy in 2018.  According to the show’s official Twitter account, the wonderfully gory Starz original series Ash vs. Evil Dead will kick off their third season on Sunday, February 25th, 2018.  The cable network also released new promotional artwork for the upcoming season, which can be seen below.

The first two seasons of the horror-comedy series have been a critical success, though the ratings do still leave much to be desired.  The hardcore fan-base of the Evil Dead franchise are solely responsible for keeping the show afloat, which is a shame because the action and writing are incredible and gore factor unparalleled.  Bruce Campbell revised his role from the original films as Ash Williams, the shotgun-wielding, chainsaw-handed time-traveling reluctant hero who is locked in the ultimate battle with the deadites, who are decipals of the Necronomicon (book of the dead.)  Joining Ash in his quest are friends Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), while the wonderful Lucy Lawless portrays his on-again, off-again friend and enemy Ruby.  Starz had previously announced that the show was getting picked up for a third season last October, though no other details were offered at the time. read more read more

An ‘Underworld’ TV Series Is In The Works

Rejoice, Underworld fans: the franchise is leaping from the big screen to the small screen very soon.  According to Deadline, director/producer Len Wiseman and his company Sketch Films are close to a deal that will bring the popular movie series to television.  Seen as a big departure from the films in terms of tone and appeal, the relaxed standards of premium cable and/or streaming services is being looked at as a potential home for the series. read more

CT HorrorFest Movie Night and Q&A With Sid Haig A Hit With Fans

On Friday night, September 15th, Connecticut HorrorFest 2017 officially kicked off with a movie night in Danbury, CT.  A packed house at the historic Palace Theatre were treated to a special screening of Rob Zombie’s 2003 film House of 1000 Corpses with none other than Captain Spaulding himself, the legendary Sid Haig, in attendance.  Afterwards, a Q&A with Mr. Haig hosted by HNN’s Rob Caprilozzi had the audience clamoring for more of the iconic horror actor (which they would receive the next day at the HorrorFest convention.) read more read more