If you love Halloween and all of the sweet treats associated with every horror fan’s favorite holiday, Food Network and Cooking Channel have over 30 hours of Halloween-themed programming this September and October. And according to the official press release, the spooky, tasty line-up includes “…four new series and specials, four returning seasonal stunts, as well as specially-themed episodes in nine recurring series giving viewers even more Halloween frights and bites than last year. Featuring everything from expert pumpkin carvers to sugar artists to creative bakers, all with extraordinary skills and incredible imaginations, there is something for everyone this Halloween season.”
General horror news
CT HorrorFest 2019 kicked off its schedule of panels on Saturday at the Naugatuck Event Center with costume contests where the best dressed attendees could take home one of six incredible cash prizes. First up was the kids costume contest, which featured adorable mini versions of everyone’s favorite monsters including Pennywise, Jason Voorhees, and Freddy Krueger. Many of the kids accented their performances with theme song music and some unforgettable dance moves on stage.
The adult contest was more competitive than ever, and the event was marked by a number of detailed and intricate hand-crafted costumes. The contestants who ultimately took home prizes represented a wide variety of horror icons. The grand prize winner donned a screen-accurate Pyramid Head costume from Silent Hill 2, which featured creative design choices for the monster’s iconic constricting mask and over-sized knife. The runners up represented the Saw franchise with a hand-crafted Billy mask and bear trap device and the holiday traditions of yesteryear with a recreation of Krampus in the flesh. read more
This past Saturday, a giant horde of blood-thirsty horror fans descended upon the Naugatuck Event Center, in the normally quiet town of Naugatuck, Connecticut, to take part in Horror News Network’s sixth annual CT HorrorFest; a Comic-Con type convention geared toward the horror community.
The brainchild of Horror News Network founders Rob and Christine Caprilozzi, CT HorrorFest began as a much smaller convention in Waterbury, CT in 2014 before spending the next four years in Danbury, CT. The opportunity to move the convention to the much larger Naugatuck Event Center for the 2019 show was a “no-brainer” for the duo. read more
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 2019! read more
It goes without saying that Scares that Care Charity Weekend is my favorite con around. I talk about it every chance I get, with anyone who seems interested in cosplay, conventions, and/or simply just helping others. All these things hit so close to my heart that I can’t quite help but sing it’s praises. I look forward to this con from the moment the previous one ends and this year, the most difficult year of my life, it was really all I had to look forward to. Knowing a little bit of the struggle I’ve been having in my personal life, when I reached out to him to see if I could cover the con again he simply stated “No email is necessary. However, I want to make sure you’re going to be OK at the event?”. That man is Joe Ripple, the founder and CEO of Scares that Care, the Llama father, and one of the greatest people you could have the pleasure of knowing. I just want to take this time to personally thank him for helping to bring me out of a very deep depression and help me find reasons to smile again. You sir, are a gem. read more
All Japan Pro Wrestling, the oldest professional wrestling promotion still active in Japan, will have a special guest performer on September 3 at their live event in Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan: none other than comic book and film character Hellboy.
The strange cross-promotion was announced on All-Japan’s official twitter page, and it appears that a wrestler dressed in full David Harbour-style make-up and costume will partner with Jake Lee and Koji Iwamoto against Hokuto Omori, Takao Omori and Black Menso-Re in a six-man tag match. The identity of the wrestler portraying Hellboy in the ring has not been revealed, but the athlete is supposedly close to 7 feet tall and weighs in at 500 pounds. The tie-in coincides with the latest film’s theatrical release on September 27 in Japan, six months after Hellboy opened in the US and other foreign markets. read more
Here is a bit of interesting news coming straight from the team at General Mills. Our beloved Monster Cereals Boo Berry, Count Chocula and Franken Berry are returning this Fall and they are teaming with The Addams Family to offer downloadable pumpkin carving stencils.
“With The Addams Family movie coming out in October, we wanted to partner because of the timeliness with Halloween,” said Sarah McCullough, planner, Brand Experience, at General Mills. “We thought it would be a fun idea to offer stencils during a time when people are carving pumpkins. We created them so people can interact with our characters and the ones from The Addams Family.” read more
If you grew up playing with toys in the 80s or 90s, you’ve definitely spent many afternoons recreating famous monster mashes with something sculpted by Larry Elig! The talented artist worked on popular figures from Jurassic Park, Beetlejuice, Terminator 2, Aliens, and Predator during Kenner’s heyday, and now he focuses on bronze busts of classic creatures far and wide. Horror News Network had the opportunity to speak with him during his appearance at Terrificon 2019 in Connecticut to discuss his work: past, present and future! read more
Between his successful Kickstarter initiatives and the upcoming 25th anniversary of his groundbreaking Nocturnals comic franchise, writer/artist Dan Brereton is one busy guy. His appearance at Terrificon 2019- his first convention ever in the state of Connecticut- delighted fans, who showed up in droves to shake hands, seek autographs, and support the Hero Initiative (a program designed to provide financial support and emergency medical aid for comic creators in need) with cash donations. We had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Brereton on the first day of Terrificon to discuss the world of horror which has greatly influenced his work, and his own artistic process. read more
On screen, Danny Trejo has taken on corrupt politicians and drug lords in Machete, dabbled in vampirism in From Dusk Till Dawn, and successfully captured the Firefly family in The Devil’s Rejects. His charismatic attitude and his ability to accomplish anything on screen has been a trademark of his 385 acting credits since 1983. Trejo showed the world yesterday that he’s just as big of a legend in real life when he saved a special needs child from an overturned vehicle in Los Angeles. read more