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Jamie Lee Curtis Returns to Halloween

Blumhouse dropped a Twitter bomb today with the reveal/Tweet that Jamie Lee Curtis would be returning to reprise her iconic role as Laurie Strode in Halloween.  While this is not the first time Curtis has revisited her role as  Laurie Strode, as shes appeared in the fan favorite Halloween: H20 back in 1998, it is nevertheless amazing to see her in the same clothes, on the same porch, and in the same bad situation she was in nearly 40 years ago.

Halloween creator and legendary director John Carpenter will also be involved in the project as executive producer and creative consultant alongside Jason Blum.  David Gordon Green will be directing the highly anticipated film, which is being describe as Laurie Strode’s final confrontation with Michael Myers. read more

Eli Roth Directs Commercial for Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

Director Eli Roth has filmed a number of horror films, but he’s never filmed a commercial about any of his, and certainly not one about films and television shows he hasn’t directed.

Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood released a 30 second spot by Roth featuring a number of their horror houses from this year’s annual event.  Roth’s commercial features a veritable Halloween feast of classic scenes from the Shining, Saw, and American Horror Story.

Earlier this week, Universal Studios Orlando announced a “best-of” house called “The Horrors of Blumhouse” which will feature a triple threat of Blumhouse studio hits including: The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister. read more

AMC Announces ‘Shock Theater’ and ‘Wicked West’ Anthologies and Eli Roth’s ‘History of Horror’

AMC was busy at the annual Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour, announcing over a dozen new series and specials, and many of them are sure to be of interest to horror fans including the scripted horror anthology Shock Theater from Greg Nicotero, Blumhouse’s Wicked West “true tales” anthology, and AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror.

Shock Theater is described in the official press release as throw-back to classic Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits where “…each episode will be a brand-new sci-fi horror tale in the style of the B movie classics.”  Nicotero will serve as the director and producer of the new series. read more

Todd McFarlane Announces Partnership with Blumhouse to Produce R-Rated ‘Spawn’ Movie

Back in early May, Todd McFarlane announced to his fans that he’d pretty much finished a script for an R-rated movie based on his popular Spawn comic book series. At the time, he promised there would be more concrete news on the project in the coming months. Therefore, it’s no surprise that he took to San Diego Comic Con to unleash some big news… he’s partnered with Jason Blum of Blumhouse to bring the movie to a theater near you!

In a video published today by IMDb, McFarlane spoke with Kevin Smith about his plans for the film. He revealed that he will be producing the movie in partnership with Blumhouse, and that he will also direct the film. This will be McFarlane’s first project as a director of a feature film, but he has experience directing Pearl Jam, Korn, and Disturbed music videos in the late 90’s and 2000’s. He is intentionally aiming for a low budget with few special effects so he can retain creative control and deliver a darker and edgier flick than the typical superhero movie spinoff. In McFarlane’s own words, the new Spawn film will be “dark and gnarly and gritty.” read more

Insidious: Chapter 4 Delayed Until January 2018

Unfortunately, Insidious fans are going to have to spend a little more time in The Further, waiting for Chapter 4 to hit theaters! Variety reports that the film has been pushed back from its planned October 20th, 2017 released date to make way for Universal Pictures’ and Sony Pictures’ “darkly comic” murder mystery, Half to Death. Apparently, the studios felt that moviegoers wouldn’t want to see two horror films during the Halloween season! Both films come from Blumhouse, hot off its massive success with Get Out. read more

Lucy Hale Cast as Lead in Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare

According to Variety, star of Pretty Little Liars Lucy Hale has been cast in the lead role of Blumhouse Pictures Truth or Dare (not to be confused with Madonna’s 1991 documentary of the same name).  The film is being directed by Jeff Wadlow who is best known for Kick-Ass 2 and Cry_Wolf.

The film will, “… follow(s) a college student in Mexico who is conned into playing a supernatural version of Truth or Dare. The game doesn’t stop and follows her back home. The screenplay was written by Wadlow, Chris Roach (Non-Stop), and Jillian Jacobs from a story by Michael Reisz and Wadlow, Roach, and Jacobs.” read more

Are January and February the New Dumping Ground for Horror Films?

In October, HNN noticed that horror films were strangely missing from the October schedule which usually capitalizes on the Halloween season and the audiences need for thrills and chills.  Initially, it appeared that the culprit was The Blair Witch, as studios hurried to move their films away from the expected blockbuster.  The result was more “trick than treat” however, as The Blair Witch was d.o.a. at the box office making a grand total of just under 21 million dollars.  

Looking at the release schedule for January and February, it appears that “the witch” may not be the only one to blame, as nine horror films will debut during the coldest and least profitable months of the year in 2017.  January and February are known to Hollywood executives as “dump months” which refers to the low expectations regarding the box office success of the films and the unwillingness of people to leave their homes during the winter months.  Films that are released in January and February are usually ones that did not perform well at test screenings, films without bankable stars, genre films, and films that are hard to categorize or defy traditional genre conventions. read more

Jordan Peele’s Horror Film, GET OUT Gets Release Date and Trailer

A trailer has been released for Universal’s new horror film, Get Out. The film, which is written and directed by Key & Peele’s Jordan Peele, is set to be released in theaters on February 24th.

The trailer shows us Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) who are a young couple in love that have reached the meet-the-parents part of dating. Chris is a bit apprehensive about going because Rose has not told her parents that he is an African-American.

Social aspects seemed to be explored in the film as Rose hits a deer on the way to her parents and the officer asks Chris for his license. That seems to ratchet up the tension and set the tone for what comes next. read more

Trailer For OUIJA: ORIGIN OF EVIL

The trailer for Ouija: Origin of Evil has just hit the web. The sequel to the 2014 film Ouija, will premiere in theaters October 21. You can view the full press release below.

It was never just a game.  Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, Ouija: Origin of Evil tells a terrifying new tale as the follow-up to 2014’s sleeper hit that opened at number one.  In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home.  When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small family confronts unthinkable fears to save her and send her possessor back to the other side. read more

John Carpenter & Jason Blum Partner for New HALLOWEEN

John Carpenter will executive produce a new Halloween film with Jason Blum and Blumhouse.  Malek Akkad (2007’s Halloween), with his Trancas banner, will also produce.   Blumhouse and Miramax are co-financing. 

Carpenter said “Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween, I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all.”

Blum added, “Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies. The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have ???a special place in the hearts of all genre fans, and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together.” read more