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

‘American Horror Story: Cult’ Episodes 2 & 3: The Horror News Network Review

Nick Banks, HNN’s resident AHS reviewer and commentator, had such a reaction to the pilot episode of Cult that he’s taking a breather under doctor’s orders. You can read the review that sent him over the edge by clicking this link. While he’s resting up, I’ve agreed to share my thoughts of Episodes Two and Three of the season.

I must admit that I’m having a similar reaction to American Horror Story: Cult. After watching the first three episodes, I am developing Ally Mayfair-Richards’ unusual phobia of holes… I find all of the plot holes in the script to be utterly terrifying! read more

Sarah Paulson Screams and Hides from Clowns on ‘Ellen’

Sarah Paulson- an actress known for screaming and hiding from clowns every week on American Horror Story: Cult- appeared on Ellen this morning to scream and hide from clowns.

Ellen, a hostess known for playfully pranking her guests from time to time, took things to the next level this morning by terrifying poor Sarah not one, not two, but three separate times! It all started before the show with a dressing room closet prank. Things escalated on stage during showtime when a costumed man with a Halloween-ey outfit snuck up on her and grabbed her shoulder while shouting unexpectedly. Paulson’s screams in real life are just as blood-curdling as her terrified performances; and by the second scare one has to wonder if she’s really into being freaked out over and over again for the amusement of Ellen’s audience. But Ellen didn’t stop there. A clown jumped out of a big box, which caused Sarah to take shelter under the show’s prop coffee table. read more

‘American Horror Story: Cult’: The Horror News Network Review

Last season, after watching the last few episodes of American Horror Story: Roanoke, I vowed that I was done with the series after too many instances of incoherent story-telling, on-the-fly shifts in focus, and over-the-top performances.  What could bring me back to this consistently infuriating mess?

More than anything, American Horror Story has always had problems with pacing and the aforementioned abrupt shifts in focus, narrative, and style. How could I even get through one episode after the terror-inducing choices made by Ryan Murphy last season?  Well, I took some advice from fellow HNN staffer John Evans.  He suggested that I took a segment-by-segment approach to this review (akin to ingesting Miralax in small gulps) so I could make it to the end of the episode and track my reactions.   Here are the fruits of my labors, divided into small, bite-sized, stream-of-consciousness segments: read more

Ryan Murphy Reveals Details on the Characters of ‘American Horror Story: Cult’

American Horror Story: Cult is right around the corner. As with every new season of the anthology series, fans are chomping at the bit to learn what kind of mysterious and unusual roles their favorite series-regulars will be taking on this time around. The production of this season has been much less secretive than during previous seasons, but we still have many more questions about the show and its cast than answers. Variety reports that Ryan Murphy shared a few key details a recent screening about some characters we will soon know all too well when the show begins to air on September 5th. Here’s what we learned about the following performers’ roles on Season 7: read more

Trailer for American Horror Story: Cult Delivers Blistering Social Commentary

Buckle up American Horror Story fans because the official trailer for season 7 just dropped and it presents what could be quite a fiery season.  As creator Ryan Murphy has promised, this season will be tied into last year’s US presidential election.  This first look begins on election night with Sarah Paulson’s character gasping in fear and Evan Peter’s character cheering wildly.  This divide is an obvious nod to the disparity revealed from the US election last November.

With American Horror Story: Cult, Murphy has a real opportunity to provide a horror show with substance.  Knowing that real life can be scarier than fiction, he looks to be intertwining political and social chaos into this season.  In the trailer, we see Peter’s character utter the words, “If you get people scared enough they will set the world on fire.”  Judging by this initial peak, fans can expect an intense and sinister social commentary. read more

‘American Horror Story’ Executive Producer Alexis Martin Woodall Reveals Information about ‘AHS: Cult’

According to Deadline, American Horror Story Executive Producer Alexis Martin Woodall recently revealed some information about the upcoming  AHS: Cult at the summer TCA Press Tour.

Most notably, Woodall reiterated that the seventh season will not specifically be about the Trump administration. Woodall said that “When Ryan had to make the announcement originally that the season was going to deal with Trump.  I think it’s more about what’s going on in our world around us.”

Woodall went on to say that “It’s not what you think it is — and I’m not trying to be cagey. It’s just with all good horror and suspense not knowing is going to be good for you” (and if anything can be said about connecting all of the American Horror Story seasons up to this point, “not knowing” certainly sums up the greatest commonality among all of the previous installments). read more

Female Directors Discuss the Positive Impact of Ryan Murphy’s Half Foundation

2017 has been an incredible year for female directors. Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman is the highest grossing domestic superhero movie of the year and one of the highest-reviewed superhero movies of all time. Sofia Coppola became the second woman ever to win “Best Director” at Cannes Film Festival for her work on The Beguiled. And Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is already generating Oscar buzz. The unfortunate side of these recent achievements is that it didn’t happen much sooner; women have traditionally not been offered the same opportunities as men when it comes to directing major Hollywood projects. While the successes of Jenkins, Coopola and Bigelow are promising, it is clear that more needs to be done to provide equal opportunities for women in filmmaking. read more

Universal Orlando Announces ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ House for Halloween Horror Nights 2017

Universal Orlando announced today that Starz series Ash vs Evil Dead would get the Halloween Horror Nights treatment as a featured house for the 2017 event.

According to the official press release, it appears that the creators of the house have a good understanding of what makes the series popular as “The house will feature various locations from the first two seasons of Ash vs Evil Dead and lots of blood. And for those “in the know,” the answer is yes…We’ll be going back to the cabin; with a few other surprises along the way.  This is our blood-soaked, milk-eyed, crass, rock n’ roll amped, chainsaw-wielding felt puppet, love-letter to everyone and everything connected to Ash vs Evil Dead. ” read more

Sarah Paulson Joins Ensemble Cast of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’

Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan broke some exciting news this morning for horror fans who are looking forward to Glass, his upcoming follow-up movie to Split and Unbreakable. A new horror favorite has joined the cast, which already includes Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor-Joy. Just like his original announcement about the project, Shyamalan took to Twitter to break the news. Here it is, directly from the horse’s mouth:

Incredibly fortunate to round out our iconic cast of actors on #Glass@MsSarahPaulson will be joining us. #powerhouse read more