Entries by Sean McLaughlin

‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Rakes in $2.3 Million in Preview Night Ticket Sales

Talk about starting off with a bang!  Lionsgate Films’ theatrical adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is off to a great start, pulling in $2.3 million in its Thursday night premiere run in just over 2,500 locations throughout North America.  Scary Stories faces strong competition in its opening weekend, with other strong debuts expected from Nickelodeon’s Dora and the Lost City of Gold and Disney’s The Art of Racing in the Rain also fiercely vying for teenage movie-goers.  The strong one-night ticket sales bodes very well for the film, which had garnered pre-release buzz in recent weeks among both the younger-skewing as well as hardcore horror audiences. read more read more

Remembering Rutger Hauer

Yesterday the entertainment world suffered a huge blow with the passing of Rutger Hauer at 75 years old.  The rugged actor was a Hollywood heavyweight, having starred in over 170 films and projects over a career that goes back to the late 1960s (including several movies currently in post-production.)  However, horror and sci-fans especially had a soft spot in their hearts for the actor.  His loss is certainly being felt already by movie fans around the world. read more

First Trailer for Shudder’s ‘Creepshow’ Series Unveiled at SDCC 2019

The hits just keep on coming from SDCC 2019.  Shudder just unveiled the first trailer for their upcoming series Creepshow, based on the iconic 1982 film by Stephen King and George A. Romero.  This time, Hollywood heavyweights and horror staples such as Tobin Bell and David Arquette will guest star in the twelve new tales set to hit our screens on September 26th.  And by the looks of this trailer, it will certainly be CREEPY.

The Creepshow series was first announced back in July of 2018, and the buzz continued to build since that time with the confirmed involvement of Greg Nicotero (overseeing the entire series) and Joe Hill (NOS4A2), among others.  While we had to wait a full year for the trailer, it looks to be well worth it.  We at HNN are hoping Creepshow is a worthy successor to earlier successful series using the same themes and format such as Tales from the Darkside, Tales from the Crypt and the original Twilight Zone (which the “new” Zone was not able to pull off.) And of course, what Creepshow project would be complete without the incomparable Adrienne Barbeau! read more read more

The Walking Dead Issue 193: The End of the Line?

In a bit of shocking news around the horror comic and pop culture world earlier today, it was announced by Bleeding Cool that issue #193 of The Walking Dead will be the last.  While readers and fans alike were preparing for this day, it is coming much sooner than anyone anticipated…..as in tomorrow, July 3rd.  The sudden announcement regarding the ridiculously-popular comic’s demise came with zero fanfare or warning.  In fact, future issues had already been announced and release dates selected for both August and September of this year.   Truly wild stuff. read more read more

Mike Gingold Talks ‘AD NAUSEAM II’

Last year author Michael Gingold unleashed a cool and original book containing original newspaper clippings of ’80s horror movie advertisments called AD NAUSEAM, released by 1984 Publishing. Gingold, who is a writer and editor at Fangoria magazine and also a contributor to other outlets such as Rue Morgue, had saved the clippings from local papers during his youth. His foresite was every horror fan’s gain, as the book would go on to prove very popular on Amazon and other online retailers, providing a unique sense of nostalgia that brought us all way back to the day when cinemas and cinemas alone ruled the industry. As reported exclusively by Entertainment Weekly, Gingold is ready to take us on all on splatter-filled journey through the ’90s and early 2000’s with AD NAUSEAM II, currently available for pre-order on Amazon. read more read more

Cary Elwes Set to Join Cast of Blumhouse ‘Black Christmas’ Remake

It looks like it will be a Black Christmas this year for horror fans.  Blumhouse Productions announced today (and Deadline broke the news) that veteran thespian Cary Elwes will star in the remake of the 1974 seasonal horror classic.  He will join a cast that already boasts Imogen Poots (Green Room, 28 Weeks Later) and Eleyse Shannon (TV’s Charmed) among a slew of young actors and actresses.  Black Christmas is currently in pre-production but is expected to be released in time for the 2019 holiday season. read more read more

‘The Evil Down the Street’ Writer/Producer Craig Ahrens: The Horror News Network Interview

Last Wednesday, May 1st, Amazon Prime released the demonic possession thriller The Evil Down the Street to all of their subscribers.  The debut on the streaming service represents a major milestone for the independent film, a project from production studio CRA Entertainment and distributed by Indie Rights.  On the heels of several recent possession movies in the horror genre, such as the brilliant Hereditary and the wonderful Argentinian film Terrified, this movie proves to be a worthy entrant with some nifty performances and a creepy vibe that will leave you feeling both uneasy and entertained. read more read more

Official Trailer for Indie Horror Film ‘The Evil Down the Street’ Released

CRA Entertainment and Indie Rights today released the official trailer for the new horror thriller, The Evil Down the Street.  The film will premiere on Amazon Prime later this week.  The full trailer can be seen below.

The Evil Down the Street, inspired by true events, follows a family as they move into their dream home only to uncover the house’s terrifying secret.  A demon begins plaguing them, forcing each to fight as their mother Katie Ryan (Alena Gerard) falls victim to possession.  The film also stars Kelton Jones, Tara Milante and Craig Ahrens (who also produced and co-wrote the script.) read more read more

Netflix to Debut ‘The Witcher’ Series in Q4 of 2019

It has been a long time coming, but it appears that Netflix’s television series based on the Polish fantasy-drama book series The Witcher will premiere on the streaming series very soon.  Ted Sarandso, the Chief Content Officer for Netflix, announced on a recent investor call that the series, which began principal production last Halloween in Hungary, will debut in Q4 of 2019.

After nearly two years of updates, fans of The Witcher can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Netflix originally announced production back in May of 2017, which would see an English-language adaptation of author Andrzej Sapkowski’s popular books.  Henry Cavill (Man of Steel, Blood Creek) will be the main star, with the rest of the cast revealed back in October of 2018.  Surprisingly, most of the information regarding this project has been leaked by executive producer, writer and show-runner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich.  Hissrich, who came aboard in December 2017, revealed that she enlisted the assistance of Sapkowksi, and later tweeted in April 2018 that the first season would be 8 episodes long and would be filmed mostly in Central Europe.  It was also recently reported that principal photography was moved last month to Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands. read more read more

‘Alien’ 40th Anniversary Shorts – The Horror News Network Review

As hard to fathom as it is, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Ridley Scott masterpiece Alien.  A truly revolutionary picture, both in terms of horror and science fiction, Alien was groundbreaking in so many ways that it has spawned multiple sequels, merchandising, games, and has generally influenced pop culture in all facets since the late ’70s that truly cannot be measured to this day.  While the last film entry in the franchise, 2017’s Alien: Covenant, was a pretty good movie there has been little movement on the sequel front since due to licensing and script delays.  But 20th Century Fox knew that they had to capitalize on this important moment as best they could, and keep the hardcore fans satiated. read more read more