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Bats Galore in Netflix’s ‘The Silence’ Trailer

It appears as if Netflix is ready to chase every horror trend from 2018 in Annabelle and Wish Upon director John Leonetti ‘s upcoming bat horror film The Silence.

Not only does The Silence include a sound gimmick (A Quiet Place), a healthy dose of another sense-altering twist (the protagonist is deaf), but it also stars Netflix’s very own Sabrina, Kiernan Shipka (apparently, blindfolds would have been too derivative for Netflix viewers, who just enjoyed a similar tale entitled Bird Box.) read more

‘Castle Rock’ Season Two adds New Cast Members

Set to premier later this year, the Hulu series Castle Rock has added Lizzy Caplan, Tim Robbins and Elsie Fisher to star in the show’s second season which The Hollywood Reporter stated will be themed around Stephen King’s novel Misery.

From producer J.J. Abrams and King himself, Castle Rock premiered on July 25, 2018 and has featured many actors who have appeared in adaptations of King’s various stories, such as Bill Skarsgård who is known for his role as Pennywise the Clown in 2017’s IT and Sissy Spacek who was the titular character in the 1976 film Carrie. read more

‘Haunted Universal Studios’ Author Brian Clune: The Horror News Network Interview

Universal Studios will always hold a special place in the heart of every horror fan due to their dedication to the original screen monsters Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, and a host of others.  The original filming location for many of these classics took place on the grounds of the studio that is now more famous for the theme-park and tour it operates on a daily basis.  The famed Los Angeles location has a long history, and not only in terms of the thousands of films produced there.  Many have suggested that there might also be ghosts that inhabit the world-famous Universal Studios lot and theme park. read more

‘American Gods’ Renewed For Third Season

Just one week after the season 2 debut of Starz American Gods, the fates have decreed (and that would be, of course, Starz, via Deadline) that the battle between the ancient and modern gods will continue for at least one more season.  In addition, following along the lines of many timeless tales, the motif of the replacement of old gods for new ones will continue next season, as Chic Eglee will replace Jesse Alexander as showrunner for season three.

Carmi Zlotnik, the god that oversees programming at Starz, exuberantly announced the news, stating that “Audiences continue to worship at the altar of American Gods and we are excited to be able to announce to all the true believers that there is more of this fantastical series to come.  With Chic (Eglee) at the helm, the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the undeniable talent of this dedicated cast and crew, we know that the show will continue to deliver on the vision and promise laid out in the novel.” read more

Stephen King/Peter Straub Collaboration Novel ‘The Talisman’ Finally Headed to the Big Screen?

According to Entertainment Weekly, fans are finally going to get the chance to see Jack Sawyer and Parkus (or Speedy Parker, if you prefer) venture across the Territories to save Queen Laura DeLoessian in a big screen version of Stephen King’s popular dark fantasy novel The Talisman which was co-written by Ghost Story author Peter Straub. Released in 1984, The Talisman has long been discussed as a potential film but, like many of King’s books, the length is always an issue. At 921 pages, The Talisman was King’s longest novel until he released an uncut edition of The Stand which went from 823 pages to 1,152. read more

Get Ready for the Apocalypse with the New Trailer for Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’

Preventing the Apocalypse is never an easy undertaking, especially when a demon and angel are forced to collaborate after that whole “battle for heaven” ordeal.  This is, of course, the subject of the late Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 novel entitled Good Omens, and soon you will be able to enjoy their tale in a completely new medium on Amazon Prime on May 31.

Good Omens stars David Tennant as the devilish Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angelic Aziraphale.  They are joined by Jon Hamm, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Sam Taylor Buck (as the juvenile Antichrist, Adam Young), and Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan himself. read more

‘Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror’ Documentary: The Horror News Network Review

Whenever a film becomes a surprise hit (and leaves an impression on Hollywood executives that are seeking to mine similar material for profit), there are sometimes some unexpected, positive side effects.  In the case of Jordan Peele’s Get Out, which captured the attention of both ticket buyers and studio heads, the shock waves of success helped to unearth and bring attention to some forgotten gems and underappreciated actors and filmmakers that helped pave the way for Peele’s triumph. read more

Shudder’s Upcoming ‘Creepshow’ Anthology Announces Story Line-Up

Fans of the original George Romero and Stephen King collaboration Creepshow will be happy to heat that production has begun on Shudder’s new anthology series, bearing the same name and  format.

According to the official press release, the six-episode season will feature stories by a who’s who list of horror writers and an as yet to be revealed adaptation of a Stephen King story.  The story list so far includes: “By the Silvery Waters of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill (NOS4A2), “House of the Head” by Josh Malerman (Bird Box), “The Companion” by Joe Lansdale (Bubba Ho Tep, Hap and Leonard), “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead), “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones (The Hitchhiker), “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito (The Walking Dead: Webisodes), and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab (Monster House).  Other installments will be lead by David Bruckner (The Ritual),  Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) and Rob Schrab (Ghosted, Community). read more

Paramount Cancels David Fincher’s ‘World War Z’ Sequel

The long-awaited sequel to World War Z has been officially cancelled by Paramount Pictures, according to an exclusive report from The Playlist.

The report cites the film’s ballooning budget as a concern, but the bigger concern for Paramount was where the funds were being spent. When it came down to gambling on future profits, Paramount took the safe bet, and bankrolled Mission Impossible 7 & 8 (which will arrive in the summer of 2021 and 2022) instead of continuing the zombie franchise.

World War Z 2 has a long history of delays and missteps, as the film was originally scheduled to be directed by A Monster Calls director J.A. Bayona.  When Bayona left the project, producer and star Brad Pitt went after Fincher, and announced that his Fight Club director would assume control of the project in the fall of 2016.  The World War Z sequel was then scheduled for a June 9, 2017 release date, but Paramount removed it from the schedule earlier in 2017. read more

Edwin F. Becker’s Book ‘True Haunting’ Is Being Developed as a Feature Film by Screen Gems

The 1970s is famous for a number of haunted house and possession cases that everyone remembers, from the world famous Amityville Horror to England’s greatest haunting, the Enfield Poltergeist Case.  Many of these “real life” hauntings also received the Hollywood treatment, but up until now, no one ever decided to make a film based on television’s long forgotten first live exorcism, which aired on NBC in 1971.

Not until today that is, as Screen Gems (a company that never turned down a project it didn’t like) is ready to adapt Edwin F. Becker’s recollection of what he reports was an exorcism gone wrong in his book True HauntingAccording to an exclusive report by Deadline, Producer “Cindy Cowan has optioned the book, and will produce with Steve Bersch and Scott Strauss overseeing the project.” read more