General horror news

CT HorrorFest Rocks Danbury

This past Saturday, thousands of horror fans descended upon the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, CT to check out the fourth annual CT HorrorFest, Connecticut’s only convention dedicated to the horror genre. By 8am, there was a line down Delay Street of folks dressed in costumes and others wearing t-shirts depicting their favorite horror films.

While the festivities didn’t technically begin until 11am, doors were opened at 10am to allow those who ordered tickets in advance an extra hour to take in the ghoulish sights inside. Those folks had first dibs on tons of vendors that were set up inside of the arena; some selling horror-related merchandise, others selling their books and still others selling films both popular and independently made. read more

Terminator 2 3D Ride Closing at Universal Studios Orlando

If you are planning on attending Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando this October, you may also want to stop by and “pay your last respects” to Terminator 2 3D: Battle Across Time as the ride will be closed for good on October 8th.

The attraction opened in 1996 and is the second oldest attraction in the park (beaten only by the ET Adventure).  According to the Orlando Informer, the ride captured the public’s interest from the very start and “…it instantly became one of Universal’s biggest hits, reaching a popularity that would help see it get exported to both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan in the years that followed (in 1999 and 2001, respectively). It’s easy to see why: its rather ambitious premise had it combine live actors, audio-animatronics, 3D film footage, and practical effects – including the infamous seat drop at the film’s climax – to create an all-encompassing experience. Even better, the attraction sought to (ostensibly) extend the mythology of its source material instead of just rehashing it (a tack that the company would repeat with Shrek 4D seven years later), even going so far as to recruit the creator, writer, and director of the film franchise, James Cameron, to co-write and direct this new theme-park outing.” read more

Horror Block Parent Company Nerd Block Files for Bankruptcy

Have you been anxiously waiting by your mailbox for the latest Horror Block to arrive?  Well, it is probably time to go back inside because after months of missed shipments, uncertainty, and delays, Nerd Block (the makers of Horror Block) have filed for bankruptcy.

Kotaku UK is reporting that the subscription box company filed for bankruptcy, stating that “As the company has filed for bankruptcy, and has massive debts to numerous stockists, those with subscriptions will not receive any further items, and should contact their bank about preventing any further charges.” read more

Buy / Wait / Rent: September 2017 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 September 2017! read more

Eli Roth Directs Commercial for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

Director Eli Roth has filmed a number of horror films, but he’s never filmed a commercial about any of his, and certainly not one about films and television shows he hasn’t directed.

Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood released a 30 second spot by Roth featuring a number of their horror houses from this year’s annual event.  Roth’s commercial features a veritable Halloween feast of classic scenes from the Shining, Saw, and American Horror Story.

Earlier this week, Universal Studios Orlando announced a “best-of” house called “The Horrors of Blumhouse” which will feature a triple threat of Blumhouse studio hits including: The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister. read more

Universal Orlando Announces Scare Zones for Halloween Horror Nights 2017 Including ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ and ‘The Purge’

Universal Studios Orlando have revealed the final “scare zones” for their 2017 version of Halloween Horror Nights including areas based on Trick ‘r Treat and The Purge.  

Universal Orlando’s Blake Braswell described his excitement about the Trick ‘r Treat scare zone, saying that “As a longtime fan of classic horror anthology films, Trick ‘r Treat is a favorite of mine that pays perfect homage to that genre. In this zone, you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with several characters from the film, and learn for yourself what happens when you don’t follow the rules (of Halloween).” read more

Jonathan Dennison Discusses Cadabra Records

If you are a devoted horror fan and collector out there, you have most likely have heard of Cadabra Records.  The label was created by New York hardcore legend Jonathan Dennison, who played in hardcore bands The Promise, Another Victim, Path of Resistance, and Unholy.  With Cadabra Records, Dennison brings to life the macabre and sometimes more obscure dark-sided classic novels in a spoken word form to vinyl. We recently caught up with man behind Cadabra to discuss his vision and what else horror fans can expect in 2017. read more

Universal Orlando Announces ‘Saw: The Games of Jigsaw’ House for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal Theme Parks announced today that the Saw franchise would be turned into a maze of terror at the annual Halloween Horror Nights Event at Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of Halloween Horror Nights said that “SAW is one of the top grossing horror film franchises, and we’re thrilled that the fan-favorite is making its return to ‘Halloween Horror Nights. ‘SAW: The Games of Jigsaw’ will encompass the greatest collection of traps featured in all eight SAW movies to bring to life the most twisted SAW maze ever produced, and we can’t wait for our fans to relive moments from the films.” read more

Metallica’s Kirk Hammett Brings his Extensive Horror Poster Collection to Salem this Fall

The worlds of heavy metal and horror have always gone together perfectly.  Whether it was the original metal band Black Sabbath taking their name from the 1963 film starring Vincent Price, the devilish artwork that graced an Iron Maiden album cover, or the ominous chords of Metallica intoning “the Call of Ktulu”, metal fans are by nature horror fans.

And of course, none are bigger than Metallica’s guitarist Kirk Hammett.  In 2012, Hammett shared his love of horror and his extensive memorabilia collection with the world through his book entitled Too Much Horror Business and he is about to share his collection in  a much more personal way.  read more

Coverage of “Scares That Care Charity Weekend”

Hello all! Our awesome contributor Justine Marcoux hit up Scares That Care Charity Weekend in Virginia and got the amazing coverage you see below (all while rocking and incredible Jamie Lloyd cosplay!)

Here is what Justine had to say about the event:

Scares That Care founder and CEO Joe Ripple and his crew have done it again. Another weekend of frights and delights has come to an end, but for the fighting families selected for help at this year’s Scares That Care event, I’m sure their smiles will be sticking around long after the event is over. read more