Movies/TV

‘Halloween Kills’ Set to Start Filming in Wilmington, NC

As if October 31 doesn’t come fast enough, filming is already set to begin on Halloween Kills, the upcoming sequel to 2018’s Halloween, starring franchise legend Jamie Lee Curtis. Cameras will roll on Sept. 12 with the first scenes in Wilmington, NC according to the city’s local news.

The Port City is considered to be “Hollywood East” where many feature films and TV series have been made, such as The Crow, Iron Man 3, Virus (also starring Curtis), Fox’s Sleepy Hollow and One Tree Hill. The suburb area is perfect for a new nightmare in Haddonfield. read more

‘Dark Shadows’ Sequel Series Coming to The CW

With confirmation from Deadline, legendary horror television series Dark Shadows will be getting a continuation on The CW network.

The station, along with Warner Bros. Television, have inked a deal that will bring the followup series, titled Dark Shadows: Reincarnation, to a modern audience.

Mark B. Perry will pen the reboot’s pilot episode and executive produce. His screenwriting works also include Revenge, Ghost Whisperer and Brothers & Sisters.

“As a first-generation fan,” Perry said in the article, “it’s been a dream of mine to give Dark Shadows the Star Trek treatment since way back in the ’80s when Next Generation was announced, so I’m beyond thrilled and humbled to be entrusted with this resurrection. And while I could never hope to fill Dan Curtis’ very large shoes, I do aspire to carry them a little farther into the future. I also want to reassure the fans of the original that this version will treat the show’s mythology with the same reverence given to Star Trek, but will also make the show accessible for audiences who aren’t yet familiar with the macabre world of the Collinses. My plan is to take as few liberties as possible with the Dark Shadows canon, while bearing in mind a quote from a 1970’s episode delivered by the inimitable Oscar-nominee Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman: ‘The Collins’ family history is not particularly famous for its accuracy.’” read more

Official Trailer Revealed for ‘Wrinkles the Clown’

Coulrophobia is in full effect these days. IT Chapter 2 sits atop the box office and now a trailer has been released focusing on a real-life terrifying clown, Wrinkles the Clown. Directed by Michael Beach Nichols, Wrinkles the Clown tells the story of a Florida-based clown who scares children for cold hard cash.

The world was first introduced to this real-life clown in 2014, as a grainy CCTV video was uploaded to YouTube and shows Wrinkles creeping out from under a child’s bed. The video quickly went viral and received a ton of comments and shares. Shortly thereafter more videos of Wrinkles started popping up over the internet along with a telephone number to hire him for “behavioral services.” read more

‘The Lighthouse’ Gets New Trailer

Premiering today on YouTube, The Lighthouse has a chilling new trailer showcasing the suspense and despair of two men living in isolation.

In February 2016, Robert Eggers’ The Witch was released nationwide and shook audiences to the core with visceral imagery of a family living alongside a forest filled with witches in colonial New England. His latest feature is the story of two lighthouse keepers in 1890 who live on a remote island that must deal with loneliness, friendship and their deepest fears, including the uncertainty of how long it has been since they have been in the lighthouse. read more

Michael Gingold’s New Book ‘Ad Astra’: The Horror News Network Review

Following the success of his ode to long-lost and forgotten newspaper ads and movie art, Ad Nauseam: Newsprint Nightmares of the 1980s, Michael Gingold began working on a companion piece entitled Ad Astra: 20 Years of Newspaper Ads for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films, featuring more of his favorite vintage ads and artwork, this time focusing on the science fiction and fantasy genres of the same era.  Fans of his first collection of black and white curiosities will be equally pleased with this compilation, offering unique images from cross-over films that horror purists are also likely to enjoy. read more

Final ‘Doctor Sleep’ Trailer Showcases Action at the Overlook Hotel

With Stephen King’s It: Chapter Two dominating the box office and press coverage, it is easy to forget about King’s upcoming sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep.  If you’ve been remiss, today’s final trailer will certainly make long time fans of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining happy, with multiple call-backs to the original, as well as images of new mayhem at the old Overlook Hotel.

The director of Doctor Sleep, Mike Flanagan, unveiled the final trailer on twitter today. read more

Mountain Dew’s Mystery Flavor ‘VooDEW’ Hits Store Shelves in Time for Halloween

If limited edition soda is your thing, Mountain Dew’s got you covered this Halloween season! A special mystery flavor version called VooDEW just hit store shelves and it’s not going to be around for long. According to the official website which launched alongside the product, VooDEW is, “a devilishly delicious new mystery flavor to help you get into the spirit of Halloween early.” The site also updates every day with a sign marking how many days curious fans have left to pick up some bottles and cans for themselves (as of the time of this writing, there are 54 days left). read more

‘It: Chapter Two’ Takes Top Spot at Box Office Carnival with $91 Million

In probably the least surprising box office news of the year, It: Chapter Two dominated all competition at the weekend box office with an estimated $91 million start, although not all of the numbers associated with the sequel are as rosy red as Pennywise’s favorite balloons.

The much more expensive sequel (more than double the first film’s 35 million dollar budget, coming in at $79 million) laughed all the way to the bank for the second best start for a September release, the second best start for a horror film, and the fourth best ever opening for a R-rated feature.  With no direct competition until the original mad clown, The Joker, arrives on October 4, It: Chapter Two should continue to deliver solid numbers for all of September and into the Halloween month of October when horror films traditionally reign supreme. read more

‘IT: Chapter Two’ Scores Killer Thursday Night Box Office

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

‘It: Chapter Two’ to Feature Exclusive ‘Birds of Prey’ Trailer in Theaters Only

What do Suicide Squad and Birds of Prey have in common? In order to see Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, you’ve got to sit through hours of melodrama centered around an obnoxious clown!

The Hollywood Reporter has been tracking Warner Bros.’ recent promotional strategies, and it turns out that the studio plans to release trailers for hot, new films exclusively in theaters in order to renew interest in the theatrical experience. They first tested the waters with a theater-only teaser for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which preceded films from all studios. The teaser for Birds of Prey, however, is tailor made for Warner Bros.’ lucrative It franchise, and it will play exclusively before It: Chapter Two. The Reporter notes that there is a version of what is presumed to be the teaser trailer on the web, “in low definition and non-English languages,” but you need to buy a ticket for It: Chapter Two to see it in high definition and in English. The clip features It’s signature red balloons before cutting to a shot of Robbie as Harley Quinn. read more