As 2019 was winding down, it dawned on me that I had not watched nearly as many new horror films as I had in years prior. There were several factors at work here, but the bottom line is that I slacked in the viewing department. I did see several horror films released in the past year and many that were very good, such as One Cut of the Dead, Depraved, and Brightburn. But for my list of “top horror of 2019”, I’m choosing to focus on a horror “moment” rather than the top films as I feel it would be more meaningful to me.
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Perhaps the most popular horror movie of 2018, A Quiet Place has a sequel ready to hit the big screen in March 2020. Paramount Pictures is already building the hype, releasing a teaser trailer (below) and announcing that the first official trailer will drop on New Year’s Day. Definitely something to look forward to while recovering from your 2019 hangover.
A Quiet Place, starring John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, was a huge hit for the studio grossing $340 million worldwide on a minuscule budget of around $20 million. It was obvious since that summer a sequel would be in the cards, even as imitators began flooding the (mostly streaming) market (we’re looking at you, Bird Box.) Here is the official synopsis of A Quiet Place II from the studio: read more read more
Sony Pictures has released the red-band trailer for The Grudge, the latest attempt at a remake of the 2004 Japanese ghost feature Ju-On: The Grudge. And just like the original, this film looks like it will creep the hell out of you (as well as give you pause entering someone else’s house.) The trailer can be seen below.
The Grudge, this time produced by the great Sam Raimi (Drag Me To Hell, the Evil Dead franchise) and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother), is based on the modern horror classic of the same name which was written by Takashi Shimizu. The original film spawned an American remake in 2004, followed by two decreasingly-successful sequels. Shimizu directed the first two, but was just credited as a writer on The Grudge 3. He is listed as a writer on the latest picture as well, as it is based on the original screenplay. The American films grossed nearly $260 million worldwide, but nearly 75% of that total came from the first film in 2004. read more read more
Fans of the ever-popular author Joe Hill, who has multiple projects in varying stages of development, won’t need to wait long for their next fix. According to Deadline, the supernatural mystery series Locke & Key, based on a comic book series written by Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez for IDW Publishing, will premiere on February 7th, 2020 on Netflix. The streaming service made the announcement on Wednesday, and was confirmed by Hill’s official Twitter account shortly afterwards (see below.) read more read more
As season 10 of The Walking Dead winds (or whispers, rather) to its mid-season finale, AMC remains busy building the TWD empire for years to come. According to Deadline, the network has announced that Emmy winner Julia Ormond will join the cast of The Walking Dead: World Beyond, the second spin-off series for the cultural phenomenon that will also spawn a series of feature films in the near future. Show-runner Scott M. Gimple will executive-produce, along with series veterans Matt Negrete, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, and David Alpert. read more read more
Found-footage fans rejoice! As reported by Deadline, the hauntingly successful Paranormal Activity franchise is set for another sequel to be released in 2021, according to studio Paramount. Blumhouse will once again be producing the film, which will be the seventh cinematic installment in the series.
It will be interesting to see where Blumhouse is going with the popular line of ghost films, as the last movie seemed to wrap up the ongoing story-line rather neatly. Paranormal Activity has been known to incorporate the latest technological fads throughout its run, including HD security footage, Skype, video game consoles infrared and video conferencing. The basis of the new version is anyone’s guess; as of right now, there have been no script or formal cast announcements. Time travel and wormholes are just two concepts that have already been explored by the various writers and directors employed during its run (including original writer-director Oren Peli.) To date, the six previous Paranormal Activity films have grossed an impressive $890 million worldwide on total budgets of only $28 million. More Blumhouse horror magic on display. read more read more
The debut big-budget project from writer-director Dubois Ashong is really starting to take shape nicely. Deadline is reporting that Andrea Riseborough (Mandy, Black Mirror) has agreed to a lead role in the upcoming feature Geechee. She is the first one to be announced for the film, which is also the first wide-release effort from rookie Ashong (Where the Water Runs.)
Geechee tells the tale of Wren, a scientist that decides to abandon the city life with her son and settle in the remote islands off of the eastern coast of the US. There she falls in love with the area and the residents, but soon discovers that potentially sinister forces and spirits are overtaking the world around her. Co-producer Glendon Palmer is very supportive of the director’s vision. “From treatment to script, Dubois has created a terrific supernatural thriller that is only elevated by the addition of the amazing Andrea Riseborough,” Palmer says. read more read more
We at Horror News Network are mourning the loss of one of the great horror character actors ever, Sid Haig. His wife, Susan L. Oberg, made the announcement on Instagram early this morning, revealing that he had passed away on Saturday, September 21st (screenshot below.) The Fresno, CA native was 80.
Haig had a long and storied career in Hollywood, with nearly 150 television and movie credits dating all the way back to the early 1960’s. For horror fans, he really began to hit his stride beginning in 2003, as he portrayed his most iconic screen character, Captain Spaulding, in Rob Zombie’s first feature film, 2003’s House of 1000 Corpses. Zombie would go on to cast Haig in important roles in nearly all of his subsequent films, including House sequel The Devil’s Rejects (2005), the remake of Halloween (2007), and The Lords of Salem ( 2012). Haig even reprised his role as Spaulding/Johnny Lee Johns for the upcoming film Three From Hell, which is due to be released on VOD in October. Haig worked with the likes of Hollywood heavyweights from Lucille Ball to Robert Duvall, Pam Grier to Quentin Tarantino throughout his impressive career spanning six decades. read more read more
On Saturday September 14th, CT HorrorFest 6 rocked the Naugatuck Events Center in Naugatuck, CT. We were proud to present the An American Werewolf in London panel with the star of the classic horror film, David Naughton. On the brink of the movie’s 4oth anniversary, staff journalist Sean McLaughlin had the honor of interviewing the veteran actor along with hosting an audience Q&A afterwards.
David Naughton played the role of David Kessler in American Werewolf, a young American attacked in the English countryside by a werewolf which leaves him afflicted with a bloody disease affected by the full moon. The film earned a lot of praise from critics and viewers alike upon its release in 1981, and even an Academy Award for “Best Makeup” in 1982 given to legendary makeup artist Rick Baker. read more read more
America is still down with the clown. Deadline is reporting that the much-anticipated continuation of the classic Stephen King novel, IT: Chapter Two, took home a Thursday-night haul of $10.5 million in around 3,700 theaters nationwide. That figure is good for the second-best September horror opening in history. Which film continues to hold the top spot? The first IT from 2017, of course, which brought in $13.5 million. New Line Cinema has to be very pleased that folks love being scared. read more read more