Connecticut HorrorFest Returns to Danbury and Rocks Once Again in 2018

Raiding faster than a horde of zombies, Saturday Sept. 15 was the day for hundreds of horror fans from across the northeast to visit the Danbury Ice Arena for the fifth consecutive CT Horrorfest, the state’s sole convention dedicated to everything in horror. For adults and kids, costumes and horror outfits were everywhere to celebrate the occasion.

Early Bird VIPs to the event had the privilege of enjoying a 10 AM breakfast with the stars of the original 1978 Halloween including Nick Castle, PJ Soles and Nancy Kyes. read more

CT Horrorfest 2018: ‘Children of the Corn’ Panel with John Franklin and Courtney Gains

This year’s CT Horrorfest featured many panels featuring some of the most recognizable and popular films of the 1970’s and 80’s, and 1984’s Children of the Corn is no exception.  The film entered the marketplace with little fanfare as a little known adaptation of a Stephen King short story, but the film managed to make a splash at the horror box office, coming in fourth place, right behind Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and fellow King adaptation, Fire Starter in 1984. Even more fans found the film on video and cable tv, and Children of the Corn became synonymous with horror films from the “Me” decade. read more

CT Horrorfest 2018: From ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2’ to ‘3 From Hell’ Panel with Bill Moseley

Bill Moseley greeted hundreds of rabid horror fans for an intimate panel at the 2018 CT Horrorfest this past Saturday in Danbury, Connecticut. A Connecticut native himself, the actor opened up about his early years in the nutmeg state, his college days at Yale University, and his writing gigs just before his big break in the world of horror filmmaking with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

Moseley also shared the story of how he ended up working with the legendary guitarist Buckethead on his iconic album, Giant Robot, and the follow-up Cornbugs records the duo produced over a ten year period. He detailed how Buckethead’s face darkened upon learning that Moseley couldn’t perform as Chop Top due to licencing issues, but the two quickly collaborated on a twisted new scarecrow for Bill to embody. More recently, Moseley created an EP with heavy metal icon Phil Anselmo, entitled Songs of Darkness and Despair, and Bill delighted fans with the story of how Bill & Phil came to be. read more

CT HorrorFest 2018’s ‘Adult and Kids Costume Contests’

Dozens of costumed ghouls filled the streets of Danbury, CT as they made their way to CT HorrorFest at the Danbury Arena. It wasn’t blood or bodies that the undead were on the hunt for, it was fun and prizes.

First up was the kid’s costume contest which featured adorable little tykes dressed as scary as possible.  The contest was won by a young girl who was dressed as a mash up of Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas and Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street. Her costume was brilliantly done and was called “Nightmare Before Christmas on Elm Street.” Runner-up was a lovable girl dressed as Pennywise from IT. A miniature duo of Freddy (from Nightmare on Elm Street) and Jason (from Friday the 13th) took third place and killed the crowd in the most adorable way possible. read more

CT HorrorFest 2018’s ‘Child’s Play’ Panel with Alex Vincent

On Saturday September 15th, CT HorrorFest presented a Child’s Play panel and Q&A from the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, CT.  On the 30th anniversary of that seminal horror film, HNN staff writer Sean McLaughlin was honored to interview actor Alex Vincent in front of the packed crowd.

At just six years old, Vincent portrayed Alex Barclay, the youngster terrorized by the murderous doll Chucky, in the 1988 film.  The New Jersey native would go on to reprise the role in the 1990 sequel Child’s Play 2, before taking a break from the franchise (and acting in general) for more than two decades.  2013 would see Vincent’s surprise return to the Child’s Play lineage in the after-credits scene of Curse of Chucky. read more

CT HorrorFest 2018’s ’40 Years of Halloween’ Panel with Nick Castle, PJ Soles and Nancy Loomis

On Saturday September 15th 2018, three of the cast members from John Carpenter’s seminal 1978 film Halloween delighted the crowd at Connecticut’s annual CT HorrorFest convention with stories about working on the popular slasher film. The three were busy most of the day signing tons of Halloween memorabilia for the thousands of fans who flocked to the Danbury Ice Arena in hopes of meeting stars from their favorite films/television shows.

In attendance were Nick Castle, who played Michael Myers in the original film (he’s also reprising his role for 2018’s Halloween), PJ Soles who played Laurie Strode’s friend Lynda and Nancy Loomis (Kyes) who played Laurie’s other friend Annie Brackett. read more

Netflix Conjures Up New ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Teaser Trailer

Sabrina’s 16th birthday is about to take a dark turn! Entitled, “Happy Birthday,” Netflix’s new trailer for the highly anticipated upcoming series begins to paint of picture of the tone and atmosphere of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Featuring robes, antlers, and blood red birthday candles, Sabrina’s celebration isn’t exactly the kind of package offered at the Discovery Zone! You can watch the clip for yourself below:

To coincide with the new “Happy Birthday” trailer, Netflix also released a new poster for the series featuring similar imagery as the clip: read more

‘Mammon’s’ Michael Hague: The Horror News Network Interview

Michael Hague is well-known for his classic children’s fantasy books, having illustrated such classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of OzThe Hobbit as well as treasuries of mythical creatures such as dragons and fairies.   His distinct and realistic style is instantly recognizable and has entertained generations of young fans.

Hague is trying something a little bit different this time around with a much more mature graphic novel steeped in vampire lore entitled Mammon from Dark Horse Comics.  We got a chance to discuss his new work and the classic artwork he is known for in the exclusive interview. read more

Del Toro Casts ‘Breaking Bad’ Alum Norris in ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’

Looks like Guillermo del Toro will be dipping into the Breaking Bad talent pool for his latest project.  Del Toro has reportedly cast Dean Norris, who played Walter White’s brother-in-law (and main antagonist) Hank on the hit AMC show, for his upcoming film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.  Somewhere Jesse Pinkman is smiling.

Norris is the latest, and most well-known, addition to the film’s cast.  Since Breaking Bad ended its wildly successful run, Norris has gone on to appear in big-budget films such as Fist Fight (2017) and the Death Wish remake (2018).  Joining him in yet-unknown roles are Zoe Margaret Colletti (Annie) and Michael Garza (Wayward Pines) among others.  Spanish actor Javier Botet, who played significant roles in horror genre hits like Slender Man, The Conjuring 2, and IT, will also join the cast in some on-screen capacity.  André Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe) is attached to direct. read more

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Offers ‘Stranger Things’ Inspired Treats

If you will be attending Universal Orlando or Universal Hollywood’s annual Halloween Horror Nights this year, you will not only be able to walk through a house inspired by Stranger Things, you’ll also be able to indulge in some sugary treats that are guaranteed to turn your taste buds “upside down”.

Attendees will have many snacks and drinks to choose from including over five different desserts that naturally feature waffles including a Strawberry Shortcake waffle, a Bananas Foster waffles, a “triple decker extravaganza” (three waffles stacked to the ceiling filled with whipped cream and candy), fudge-dipped waffles on a stick, and a waffle ice cream pocket sundae. read more