Entries by Sean McLaughlin

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

‘IT’ Came Close to Featuring Freddy: Muschietti

For those that have seen the blockbuster IT (and is there anyone who hasn’t yet?), it can be confirmed that the terror factor is off the charts.  However, with the retro 80s backdrop how cool would it have been to see horror movie icon Freddy Krueger pop in on the action?  That fantasy scenario for horror movie aficionados was apparently a lot closer to coming true than anyone knew.  IT director Andy Muschietti was recently interviewed by Aint-It-Cool-News, and revealed that Freddy terrorizing Derry was definitely an idea being bounced around in pre-production. read more read more

Muschietti Casts Megan Charpentier for Hulu’s Locke & Key

We are just days away from the much-anticipated theatrical release of Stephen King’s IT, and director Andy Muschietti remains as busy as ever beefing up  another one of his projects.  According to Deadline, Muschietti has cherry-picked IT cast member Megan Charpentier (Mama, Resident Evil: Retribution) as one of the leads in Hulu’s Locke & Key, a fantasy series adaptation with horror themes based on the graphic novel by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. read more

Theatrical Release Date for Annihilation Announced

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has announced a February 23rd, 2018 theatrical release date for Alex Garland’s somewhat-secretive film Annihilation (based on the novel by author Jeff VanderMeer.)  A preview of the film was shown to a live audience back in June during CineEurope, but little else was divulged at the time regarding a wide release.  This is welcome news to fans of both the horror and sci-fi genres.

Annihilation, Garland’s follow-up to his critically-acclaimed 2014 film Ex Machina, will also reunite the director with Star Wars‘ Oscar Issac.  Annihilation will also star Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Gina Rodriguez.  Isaac’s Star Wars universe colleague, Natalie Portman, plays the lead of a biologist who signs up for a secretive and dangerous expedition in a post-apocolyptic world, where she finds that the human laws of nature don’t apply.  Garland also wrote the screenplay for the film. read more read more

Funko Announces New Line of Pennywise Pop! Vinyls

As with most major toy manufacturers, Funko made quite a splash at San Diego Comic-Con 2017 with the reveal for several convention exclusives.  However, for horror fans they may have saved their best announcement for afterwards.  On Monday afternoon, Funko announced (via their Facebook page) that they will be releasing four different Pop! vinyl versions of IT‘s most lovable little rascal, Pennywise the clown.  While we’re sure that the members of the Losers’ Club aren’t far behind, Funko is putting its best (and scariest) foot forward in unleashing the cosmic shape-shifter upon the collecting masses. read more read more

WB Releases New Trailer for Blade Runner 2049

Warner Brothers Pictures just released the second official trailer for the much-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049, and it’s everything we were hoping it would be.  Set thirty years after the events of 1982’s sci-fi smash Blade Runner, this film will bring back veteran Harrison Ford as detective Rick Deckard, who’s been missing since the first film.  Ryan Gosling will play Officer K, assigned to locate Deckard and stop the world from descending into turmoil and anarchy.  The sequel will be directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), who will be taking over the chair from Ridley Scott (given an Executive Producer credit on this one.) read more read more

New Poster for Jigsaw Revealed

Just when you thought torture porn was going the way of the buffalo, Lionsgate is hoping that you remember that the game is still on. The studio has released the first official poster for Jigsaw, the eight film in the Saw franchise and first since 2010’s Saw 3D: The Final Chapter. Star Tobin Bell, who plays Jigsaw/John in all of the previous movies (despite being deceased for most of them) also made the announcement via his Twitter account (below). read more

New Red Band Trailer Released for Cult of Chucky

Move over Annabelle, because Chucky is back in town and he’s ready to take back his horror-movie throne as Hollywood’s most sinister doll.  IGN, through their official YouTube account, have released a red-band trailer for the upcoming sequel in the Child’s Play franchise entitled Cult of Chucky.  Following up on 2013’s surprisingly decent entry Curse of Chucky, Cult is director Don Mancini and Universal 1440 Entertainment’s latest attempt to keep the original Chucky lineage (and spirit) going without having to reboot the entire franchise.  Judging by the trailer, the general campiness and humor from earlier films in the series such as Bride of Chucky and Seed of Chucky are gone and the more serious, dark one set forth in the original film is back.  That is until you see the Chucky doll throw up the middle finger defiantly. read more read more

NES Jason To Be a Free Update for Friday the 13th: The Game

Good things come to those that wait. And wait. And wait. IllFonic, the developers behind the much-anticipated but equally buggy Friday the 13th game, have announced a peace offering for its loyal users in the wake of multiple glitches and connectivity problems that have plagued it since is wide release just a few weeks ago. On June 20th, IllFonic is releasing a new update available to all current gamers which will include upgrades like new clothing for the characters and complementary Customization Points (which are used like currency within the game). read more read more

Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame Joining Dark Universe?

Dark Universe is reportedly growing even larger.  Alex Kurtzman, the directory of DU’s first official entry The Mummy, recently let slip that two previously-unannounced movies will be released in Universal’s grand monster cinematic world:  Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  This unexpected news leak is music to the ears of horror’s rabid fan-base (particularly of the iconic movie franchises), who are salivating at the thought of the world of gods and monsters expanding even more. read more read more