‘The Turning’ Turns Off Fans and Critics Alike; Finishes in Sixth Place at Weekend Box Office

If January’s horror releases are any indication of what the rest of the year will look like, fans may be in for a “scary bad” New Year!

January’s latest disaster came in the form of DreamWorks/Universal’s PG-13 The Turning, which effectively “turned away” ticket buyers this weekend, finishing in sixth place with an estimated $6.6 million in sales.

The long-delayed horror film (originally scheduled to be released on February 22, 2019) has the the dubious distinction of earning an F from Cinemascore, just a few weeks after The Grudge remake earned the same rare grade from viewers.  Only 20 films since 1979 have been graded F by opening night audiences, and the other metrics associated with The Turning seem to support this assessment.  Critics and fans agree that The Turning is one to turn off, giving the picture an identical 12% score on Rotten Tomatoes (Tomatometer and Audience Score). read more

‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ Director Issa Lopez’s Next Project Will Be Searchlight’s ‘Lost Souls’

Issa López received plenty of attention in 2019 for her breakout film Tigers Are Not Afraid.  According to an exclsuive report from Deadline, it appears that the director has found her follow-up project: an adaptation of the Matthew Baker short story Lost Souls.

Lopez will both write and direct Lost Souls, which is “…set in a world in which some babies are born without souls. A young expectant mother is sent to an unusual wellness center in the desert, with the hopes that it will improve her chances of delivering a healthy baby.” read more

Todd McFarlane Says R-Rated ‘Spawn’ Movie is Gaining Momentum in Hollywood

Todd McFarlane announced in July of 2017 that he would be directing and producing an R-rated Spawn movie with Blumhouse. After further announcements that Jamie Foxx will star as Al Simmons and Jeremy Renner will also appear in the film, fans haven’t heard much about when production on the project would commence. That all changes with McFarlane’s new announcement on Instagram. Accompanied by an image of Jamie Foxx against a backdrop featuring classic Spawn artwork, McFarlane stated that the success of Joker has Hollywood very interested in making an R-rated Spawn movie: read more

Bad Robot to Develop ‘Justice League Dark’ for Film and TV

Deadline is reporting that Bad Robot will be developing film and TV ideas based on Justice League Dark from DC Comics. While there aren’t and specific projects at this point, Bad Robot’s Head of Motion Pictures Hannah Minghella and Head of TV Ben Stephenson are preparing to meet with writers to move forward.

Justice League Dark has had more than a handful of members and associates including Andrew Bennett, Frankenstein, John Constantine, Deadman, Madame Xanadu, Doctor Fate, The Phantom Stranger, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and Man-Bat. Created by Peter Milligan, the team made their first appearance in the September 2011 issue of Justice League Dark #1. read more

Netflix Teases ‘Locke & Key’ with Featurette

Like taking a peak behind the curtain, Netflix has released a behind-the-scenes look at Locke & Key which shows how the story went from a best-selling comic book to a highly anticipated television series.

The featurette also covers the “Head Key” which was a central storyline in the comics. Check it out here:

Locke & Key revolves around three siblings who move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts after the murder of their father, only to find the house has magical keys that give them extraordinary powers and abilities. However, a treacherous demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to obtain them. read more

Funko Announces ‘American Psycho’ Pop! Toys at 2020 London Toy Fair

If you’re a longtime American Psycho fan who would kill for some new collectibles, your mask of sanity is about to slip with today’s announcement! Funko will be showing off new products at the 2020 London Toy Fair, which kicks off tomorrow morning at Olympia London. For those who can’t make it, the pop culture company is currently announcing new products on Twitter for the entire world to see. One of today’s announcements features a trio of brand new American Psycho Pop! toys: read more

‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ 4K UHD Blu-Ray: The Horror News Network Review

Terminator: Dark Fate is available now on digital, and Paramount Pictures will release a 4K UHD and Blu-Ray combo pack for home video on January 28th. The package contains two excellent transfers of the film and a series of special features which offer an interesting glimpse into the production of a movie that carries on the storied tradition of the Terminator franchise.

Terminator: Dark Fate is a direct sequel to the 1991 masterpiece, Terminator 2: Judgment Day. To achieve this feat, James Cameron returned to the franchise as a creative executive producer, and both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton appear in lead roles. While it’s always a great pleasure, it isn’t much of a surprise to see Schwarzenegger appear in a new Terminator movie (he’s returned to his iconic role on several occasions). However, it’s downright thrilling to see Hamilton back as Sarah Connor, looking like she hasn’t missed a beat since Terminator 2. Several recent films have attempted to bring back the great series leads of yesteryear with mixed results, but the return of Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is the absolute best of them. Between her legendary screen presence, her quick-witted one liners, and her downright badass action moments, it is clear that Hamilton and the filmmakers have nailed how to bring back an iconic character to the silver screen. While he isn’t in the film as often, Schwarzenegger glows as usual in Dark Fate, mixing his trademark deadpan humor with a more reflective approach to deliver a T-800 we haven’t seen before. Director Tim Miller clearly understands what made the interactions between Schwarzenegger and Hamilton so interesting in Terminator 2, and he captures and advances their complicated relationship in some key scenes. The other big ode to Terminator 2 lies in the pacing and early action sequences of Dark Fate. A clear effort was put into capturing as much of the road chases in camera as possible, and the pacing of the film (including its moments of downtime) hearken back to the blockbusters of the 90s. read more

Rodo Sayagues to Direct ‘Don’t Breathe’ Sequel

While director Fede Alvarez will not return for the sequel to Don’t Breathe, he did find a replacement that he knows and trusts.

Rodo Sayagues, the co-writer (along with Alvarez) of 2016’s Don’t Breathe and 2013’s Evil Dead remake, will make his directorial debut with the sequel, which will begin production in April.  Sayagues is also listed as co-writer of Don’t Breathe 2.

Stephen Lang will reprise his role as the Blind Man and The Hollywood Reporter describes the few plot details, and it appears that the new film will be “…set several years after the home invasion of the first movie, with the Blind Man living in quiet solace…until his past sins catch up to him.” read more

Dark Horse Comics Announces ‘Alien: The Original Screenplay’ Adaptation

Following on the heels of Dark Horse Comics adaptation of William Gibson’s unproduced Alien 3 script, Dark Horse (along with Twentieth Century Fox) returns to the Alien film series with a new series based on Dan O’Bannon’s original screenplay.

Alien: The Original Screenplay, written by Cristiano Seixas with art by Guilherme Balbi (Predators, Superboy), examines “…an alternate line of events initially conceived by Dan O’Bannon before it became the Alien motion picture manuscript.  En route to back to Earth, the crew of the starship Snark intercepts an alien transmission. Their investigation leads them to a desolate planetoid, a crashed alien spacecraft, and a pyramidic structure of unknown origin. Then the terror begins . . .” read more

‘Chucky’ Gets Straight-to-Order Series at SyFy

During the Television Critics Association winter press tour last Saturday, SyFy announced a new series based on the iconic horror figure Chucky, according to Variety.

The show is set to be created by Don Mancini, writer of the Child’s Play film series it is based on.

In the article Chris McCumber, president of Entertainment Networks USA & Syfy for NBCUniversal, said, “The character Don and David created has terrified audiences for over 30 years. The longevity and legacy of Chucky speaks to the creative storytelling and the loyal fans the film series has collected over the years. We are excited to once again partner with Nick and UCP on this new Syfy series, and are incredibly proud to bring Chucky to television for the first time with the original creators.” read more