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‘Halloween’ Slashes Through the Competition Again at the Box Office

For the second week in a row, Halloween (2018) dominated the box office, earning a estimated $32 million dollars in its second week of release.  The latest in a long line of Michael Myers’ films currently sits at over $126 million in sales, and with a few more weeks of slim competition on the horizon, Halloween has a chance to cross the $200 million mark domestically.

Halloween only dropped 58% from last week’s debut, which was less than anticipated, as most horror films see a steeper decline in the 60-65% range.  The success of Halloween has sent many rival studios scrambling to fast track their own slasher properties, with rumors (unsubstantiated at best) running rampant about the return of Jason Voorhees.  Don’t be surprised if “news” of the return of Freddy or Leatherface is far behind, as Hollywood chases the latest trend at the box office. read more

‘Halloween’ Chops the Box Office to Pieces With a $77.5 Million Dollar Debut

Expectations were high for the long-awaited reboot of John Carpenter’s Halloween, and it is safe to say that the film didn’t disappoint at the box office with a $77.5 million three-day debut.  The total was the second largest October opening weekend of all-time, coming less than $3 million shy of the record set by Sony’s Venom (early reports had the film beating Venom, but that slippery symbiote held on to his title, at least for now).

With a $10 million dollar production budget, Halloween (2018) was a major success for Universal and Blumhouse, and the film is sure to add to its total over the next few weeks with little horror competition on the horizon. Halloween (2018) fared well with critics (currently 80% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes) and a good, but not great B+ Cinemascore with fans.  The horror community has been less than impressed with the film, which could add up to a larger drop-off than expected next week (look no further than HNN’s John Evans, whose 2000 word plus review gives you every reason to wait to see Halloween at home at best, and perhaps skip it at worst). read more

Horror News Network’s Fall 2018 Horror Movie Preview

After a mild summer, the fall heats up with a cornucopia of films for horror fans.  The fall schedule brings us highly anticipated remakes and sequels such as Halloween, Suspiria, and The Predator, potential franchise starters such as The Nun, Venom, and Overlord, as well as some scary movies that the whole family can enjoy including The House With the Clock In It’s Walls and Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween.   So it is time to get ready for some cinematic treats (and inevitable tricks) this Halloween season with your favorite annual guide! read more

Sony Releases Trailer for ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’

In the middle of July, most people aren’t thinking of Halloween. But for some of us, those hot summer nights are merely a reminder that soon the air will turn crisp, the leaves will morph into beautiful autumn colors, and Halloween will be upon us. If that wasn’t enough, Sony just stoked the flames of excitement for the creepiest season of all with a new trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, based on the legendary books of R.L. Stine!

The clip opens with imagery from the first Goosebumps film, an it’s clear that the movie will follow the same concept of horror stories literally coming to life when the screen version of R.L. Stine’s books are unlocked. Speaking of “the screen version of R.L. Stine,” the role was previously played by Jack Black, who doesn’t appear in the clip at all. His participation in the film was never officially confirmed nor denied, so it’s possible he may appear in the movie in a secret cameo role than an official starring role. Evidently, the new film will focus on an entirely new cast of young actors, consisting of Caleel Harris, Madison Iseman, and Jeremy Ray Taylor in the three lead roles. read more

R.L. Stine to Create 4 Original Supernatural Horror Graphic Novels for Boom! Studios

Did you love R.L. Stine’s five-part Man-Thing graphic novel series? If so, I’ve got good news for you: the iconic Goosebumps and Fear Street author will be returning to the world of graphic novels in 2019!

The Hollywood Reporter just shared a press release from Boom! Studios which states that Stine will produce four original supernatural and horror graphic novels for the studio, and the first one will come out in the fall of 2019. The works are being described as “middle grade” literature, which means fans can expect the age range of these texts to skew closer to Fear Street than Goosebumps. read more