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‘Child’s Play’ Finishes in Second Place at Weekend Box Office

Child’s Play (2019) finished second at the box office this weekend, making an estimated total of $14 million.  While finishing in second is never a bad thing at the summer box office, it’s not terrific when your opening total is $104 million less than the top spot (which was Toy Story 4, a much kinder and gentler breed of toy).

Many in the industry predicted a slightly higher opening for Child’s Play, especially with the film currently sitting at a healthy 60% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.  Viewers were less impressed with the return of Chucky, as the film only scored a C+ from ticket buyers surveyed by opening night polling service, Cinemascore read more

WonderCon 2019: Child’s Play Panel and Mark Hamill as Chucky?!?!

By far the biggest news coming out of this panel was the surprise drop of the new voice of Chucky: none other than Mark Hamill! Some people may know him from a little movie called Star Wars and if you are going to replace an icon like Brad Dourif then getting another icon is the way to do it. The fans in attendance were both shocked and elated when at the end of the exclusive trailer following the …’and as the voice of Chucky’ frame, the trailer cut away to video of Hamill announcing himself as the new voice of the sinister doll. The next several minutes were spent hearing how the cast felt about working with him and there were a lot of expected jokes about working with Luke Skywalker. The crowd was into it and it was a bit hard to concentrate on the cast on stage as so many were talking about what they just saw on screen. This was a huge bomb dropped right on the WonderCon fans and they loved it. read more

HNN’s Coverage of The 2019 New York Toy Fair

HNN’s Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin once again invaded the Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan for Toy Fair New York, the annual international convention of toy manufacturers, distributors and retailers.  And once again, all horror fans have a LOT to look forward to in 2019 and beyond.

The usual suspects of horror industry heavyweights such as NECA, Mezco and McFarlane Toys (among many others) did not disappoint with their impressive displays and product announcements, which are covered in the event pictures posted here.  While the genre standards like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Chucky were of course well-represented, several new exciting licenses were unveiled as well.  Our favorites are They Live, which saw multiple companies announce brand-new figure lines, and the anticipated upcoming film The Curse of La Llorona.  Mezco appears to be knocking it out of the park in respect to the latter. read more

Official Trailer for ‘Child’s Play’ Slashes its Way Online

“People, let me tell you ’bout my best friend.” The official trailer for Orion’s Child’s Play remake has arrived bringing with it technology and terror. The one-minute trailer gives us a short glimpse of what to expect as parents rush to buy the hottest toy for their children, the Buddi doll.

Directed by Lars Klevberg, Child’s Play stars Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry, Gabriel Bateman, David Lewis, Ty Consiglio, and Beatrice Kitsos.

The official synopsis for the film reads:

A mother gives her son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature. read more

HNN Staff Discuss What to Expect in 2019

The upcoming year is shaping up to be quite a significant one for horror fans, with numerous film and television projects scheduled to premiere across many different platforms.  From Pet Sematary to It: Chapter Two to yet another promising Jordan Peele production, there is reason for both optimism and skepticism within the genre.

Join HNN’s Christine, Larry and Sean as they discuss and critique what to expect in 2019.

Visit our YouTube channel (and the video below) for the entire episode, and check out our Patreon page for even more exclusive videos and content that you can’t get anywhere else (https://www.patreon.com/horrornewsnetwork). read more

‘Chucky’ Series Coming to Syfy

It looks like everyone’s favorite killer doll is headed to Syfy. According to Deadline, Syfy has nabbed the rights to develop a Chucky TV series. The series come from the Child’s Play creative team of Don Mancini and David Kirschner who will be joined by Nick Antosca.

“I’ve long wanted to bring Chucky to television and SYFY is the perfect network for us,” said Mancini in an official statement. “The show will be a fresh take on the franchise, allowing us to explore Chucky’s character with a depth that is uniquely afforded by the television series format, while staying true to the original vision that has terrorized audiences for over three decades now.” read more

Viral Website Launched for Upcoming ‘Child’s Play’ Film

MGM and Orion are chugging forward with their Child’s Play remake and the latest from the film is a viral site called BestBuddi.com. The site showcases the latest product from the fictional Kaslan Corporation, a company that specializes in technological interconnectivity. Their current creation is a Buddi doll, a product which connects and controls all Kaslan products and smart home devices. The doll comes equipped with a cloud-backed voice recognition engine capable of identifying speech and can learn from human interaction. read more

Mezco Toyz Displays Massive Collection of Upcoming Horror Toys at New York Comic Con

Horror News Network was on site at Day One of the 2018 New York Comic Con to bring you the hottest horror toys on display at the show! This year, Mezco Toyz’s booth was jam packed with tons of incredible properties in a variety of different formats. Featuring 12″ figures, puppets, dolls, and even jack in the boxes, nearly every popular horror franchise was represented, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, Ghostbusters, Evil Dead 2, Dawn of the Dead, The Warriors, A Clockwork Orange, Kong: Skull Island, Living Dead Dolls, It, The Nun, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Annabelle, The Exorcist, Chucky, Beetlejuice, Trick ‘r Treat, and Hellraiser, there was literally something for everyone! You can check out all of our photos from the event below: read more

First Photo of Chucky from ‘Child’s Play’ Remake Revealed

Entertainment Weekly has landed the first official photo of Chucky from the Child’s Play remake. From what we can see, the doll looks pretty similar to the one used in the 1988 version of Child’s Play.

Lars Klevberg (Polaroid) is set to direct the film which is written by Tyler Burton Smith.  IT producer Seth Grahame-Smith is overseeing the Vancouver shoot with his producing partner David Katzenberg.

Aubrey Plaza leads the cast as Karen Barclay, Gabriel Bateman has the role of Andy Barclay and Brian Tyree Henry will play Detective Mike Norris. 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