General horror news

‘Crawl’ Swims Away With Third Place at Weekend Box Office

Alexandre Aja’s creature feature Crawl latched onto third place at the box office this weekend with an estimated total of $12 million, becoming one of the many horror films this summer to snag a high spot on the countdown despite underwhelming returns.

Paramount’s Crawl entered a crowded swimming pool this weekend with Annabelle Comes Home and Midsommar (both continuing to make decent, but not great money at the box office), and further divided the amount spent on individual horror films.  Many industry insiders predicted a bigger debut from Aja’s alligator rampage, but the top heavy summer box office of 2019 struck again, siphoning the majority of the funds into only two releases (Spider-Man: Far From Home and Toy Story 4).  While super-hero stories and family-friendly films are not direct competition for horror films, it appears that they are limiting the amount spent on them, with parents and baby-sitters deciding to bring children to “sure things” rather than finding entertainment for themselves at the cineplex. read more

A Look Back at…’The Lost Boys’!

In the sweltering heat of summer, on July 31st of 1987, the eightiest of eighties vampire films was unleashed upon the world. Directed by Joel Schumacher, who was fresh off of the “Brat Pack” coming-of-age film St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys made 32.2 million dollars on a budget of 8.5 and also made scores of girls love vampires long before Edward Cullen hit the scene.

The Beginning…

Recently divorced Lucy is moving her and her children Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) to the coastal California town Santa Carla to stay with her father for a while. Only referred to as Grandpa (and Dad) throughout the film, folks may recognize veteran actor Barnard Hughes from 1982’s Tron. The film opens with a pan-in shot of a boardwalk full of games and rides and a group of rock-star dressed youths fucking around on a carousel. Then a quick cut to Lucy, Michael, Sam and Nanook (the pup) driving to Grandpas. The group passes the “Welcome to Santa Carla” sign and Michael notices that someone has spray-painted Murder Capital of the World” on the back of it – that’s not creepy at all. Cue Echo & the Bunnymen’s ‘People are Strange’ cover. read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: July 2019 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of July 2019! read more

Godzilla Invades San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con will be taking place July 17-21, 2019 in San Diego, California. This will be the show’s 50th event and whether you are attending or not, expect to see a lot of news and information up to and on the dates of the event. Luckily for horror fans, there is no shortage of panels, events, and exclusives to satisfy your every horrific need.

This year also happens to be Godzilla’s 65th anniversary for the original film. In 1954, “Godzilla” was released and was the first of dozens of movies about the giant monster, as well as several comics and video games. To celebrate this long-lived yet prehistoric creature, the parent company, TOHO, has plans to host a booth dedicated to the Kaiju at San Diego Comic-Con with photo opportunities, live mural painting, and a variety of props including the actual suit used in “Godzilla 2000.” An exclusive from Bandai that will be available to attendees is the “65th Anniversary 1954 Godzilla Deluxe Vinyl Figure” which is a 6.5-inch-tall recreation of original Godzilla. The item will retail for $30 and will be available at SDCC in limited quantities daily. read more

‘Ghost Hunters’ Returns to Airwaves in August

Paranormal investigation programs are more popular than ever, but the one that started the entire genre is ready to return to the airwaves after a three year hiatus.

The former SyFy Network hit Ghost Hunters returns as a new series on A&E this August and stars one of the original TAPS founders Grant Wilson.  Wilson will also be joined by fellow investigators Daryl Marston, Kristen Luman, Brandon Alvis, Mustafa Gatollari, Brian Murray, and Richel Stratton on the series, which received an initial order of 20 episodes. read more

Burger King Unveils ‘Stranger Things’ Upside Down Burger

Burger King joins the ever-expanding promotional partner list for Netflix’s Stranger Things season three with an official “Upside Down Burger”.

The limited-edition burger will hit the following cities on June 21: Miami, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.  There will only be eleven locations in total (get it?) featuring the burger (which in any reality is just a traditional Whopper served upside down, so just in case you can’t get to one of these locations, you can replicate the Hawkins National Laboratory experiment on your own with a simple flip). read more

‘Ghost Adventures’ Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum is Already Being Impacted by ‘The Devil’s Rocking Chair’

Well, it didn’t take long for “The Devil’s Rocking Chair” to start causing trouble at Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum in Las Vegas.  According to an official tweet, the rocking chair stirred up so much paranormal activity, that the museum had to temporarily shut the exhibit down.

So we just shut-down a new exhibit @hauntedmuseum temporarily because of what just occured w/ staff & a guest… moments before we opened the exhibit me and my assistant witnessed a plug get yanked out of the wall socket by itself then the door to the chair opened slowly read more

FBI Releases Bigfoot Investigation Documents… Uncovers Deer Hairs

The FBI released documents related to an old investigation into Bigfoot on Wednesday, and the results- unfortunately- aren’t as convincing as last week’s U.S. Navy report on UFOs. Turns out, the Federal Bureau of Investigation examined some mysterious hairs at the time, but they turned out to be deer hairs!

CBS News reports that Peter Byrne, the director of the Bigfoot Information Center and Exhibition, sent some hairs to the FBI to analyze and the, “Washington Environmental Atlas” wrote in 1975 that the FBI had analyzed a scrap of hair and it ‘was found to belong to no known animal.'” On August 26th, 1976, Byrne wrote to the FBI seeking clarification of their findings. read more

Baskin-Robbins Celebrates ‘Stranger Things’ Season Three with Some Upside Down Treats

Following the every-popular trend of sci-fi and horror food tie-ins, Baskin-Robbins is getting in on the act with an exclusive lineup of Stranger Things-inspired flavors including two new Flavors of the Month, new sundaes, frozen ice cream pizzas, and exclusive merchandise.

The two new flavors are called “Eleven’s Heaven”, described as “…a waffle cone-flavored ice cream with chocolate-coated sugar cone pieces and a chocolate icing flavored ribbon” and “Upside Down Pralines”,  which features “…chocolate ice cream with praline pecans and a chocolate-caramel flavored ribbon.” read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: June 2019 Blu-Ray Releases

We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!

Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of June 2019! read more