COVID-19 Still Having Effect On Horror Movies, Events This Year

It’s becoming more and more apparent that movie studios and event organizers are going to play it safe with film releases and well-attended gatherings in the light of the continuing COVID-19 crisis. The new normal seems to be 2021.

Several horror movies and TV shows have been negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic, as reported here in Horror News Network, and this week brought yet a few more. A case in point: The horror flick Antlers–which was slated to hit theaters in April of this year–recently lost that date. According to, its new release date is now Feb. 19, 2021.

The film–produced by Guillermo del Toro, directed by Scott Cooper (Hostiles) and written by Cooper, C. Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca–follows a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons) as they discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is hiding a dark secret–someone close to him (possibly his father) is possessed by Wendigo.

Another highly anticipated horror movie–A Quiet Place Part II–has been shoved back to next spring, as reported by Variety.

Paramount Pictures this week said the sequel to the wildly successful 2018 original film has been moved to Apr. 23, 2021–after being bumped once before, from March 20 of this year to Sept. 4. The original A Quiet Place grossed $341 million worldwide on a budget of just $17 million.

The sequel brings back Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe as they “continue to fight for survival against monsters that have invaded Earth, with keeping completely silent the only way to avoid detection.”

And, in related news, CNN reported this week that Universal Studios has cancelled its annual Halloween Horror Nights event in its Florida and California theme parks.

The studio, in a statement, said Universal Orlando Resort–which just reopened June 5–“will be focusing exclusively on operating its theme parks for daytime guests. We know this decision will disappoint our fans and guests, but we look forward to creating an amazing event in 2021.”

Universal Studios Hollywood in California has not reopened yet, and no opening date has been announced.

Keep reading Horror News Network for any additional delays or cancellations in this brave, new world of horror entertainment and COVID-19.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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