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‘The Babysitter’ – The Horror News Network Review

Fresh to Netflix this week is The Babysitter from the minds of McG and Brian Duffield.  While the film is a really fun watch, it at times does give a little wink and nod to the holiday classic Home Alone. Don’t be fooled though, The Babysitter is more than a slapstick romp.

At the heart of this film is a 14-year-old underdog named Cole, who is played brilliantly by Judah Lewis. The script taps into the audience’s adult memories of being a socially awkward kid and finding comfort with the incredibly fun and exciting older babysitter.  In the film, said babysitter, Bee, is just that.   Everything, especially for a young boy, a kid can dream of.  Bee, played by Samara Weaving, is beautiful, funny and always has Cole’s back, or so he thinks. read more

‘Castle Rock’ Teaser Revealed at NYCC

Today at NY Comic Con, horror fans were treated to the trailer for the upcoming hulu series Castle Rock.  The series, which is a collaboration between J.J. Abrams and the legendary Stephen King, centers around the small town of Castle Rock and sees many of King’s “universes” crossing over and colliding.

While the trailer is mysterious and intriguing, it does not reveal many plot details.  At today’s NYCC panel, Castle Rock stars Sissy Spacek, Andres Holland, Melanie Lynskey, and hot on the heels from his turn as Pennywise in IT, Bill Skarsgard, kept many of the plot details under wrap.  According to Deadline, it was revealed that each would be playing new characters to the Stephen King world.  Spacek, who starred in King’s iconic film Carrie noted, “I was afraid I might never have the opportunity to do something this twisted again. It’s kind of an homage to Stephen King — and I owe Stephen King a lot.” read more

Jonathan Dennison Discusses Cadabra Records

If you are a devoted horror fan and collector out there, you have most likely have heard of Cadabra Records.  The label was created by New York hardcore legend Jonathan Dennison, who played in hardcore bands The Promise, Another Victim, Path of Resistance, and Unholy.  With Cadabra Records, Dennison brings to life the macabre and sometimes more obscure dark-sided classic novels in a spoken word form to vinyl. We recently caught up with man behind Cadabra to discuss his vision and what else horror fans can expect in 2017. 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

Director Ryan M. Andrews Talks Save Yourself

In the last decade, filmmaker Ryan M. Andrews is continuing to pump out compelling genre cinema north of the border. In Save Yourself, five women are on a road trip to a film festival in Los Angeles. All are involved with the next terrifying visions of horror. The fans are rabid at the screening, the crew and cast are at different stages of their careers. As they decide to hit the road for the west coast instead of hanging with the fans, their road trip to macabre fame becomes a spiral into a nightmare as they confront a family with dark secrets and inhumane results. Ryan took some time out while he works on his next film the Art of Obsession to talk with Jay Kay here on the Horror News Network. read more

The “Leatherface” Trailer is Here, Should We Be Excited?

Yesterday the horror world went a bit nuts as the trailer was released (see below) for the new film Leatherface. Billed as a direct prequel to the 1974 Tobe Hooper classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface will tell us the backstory of young Jackson Sawyer who will become that chainsaw-wielding madman that we all know and love. But…do we need that backstory?

To quote the late Gunnar Hansen on the character Leatherface that he was the first to portray, “In a way, there is nothing behind the mask. That, I think, is why he is such a frightening character.” In other words, to see behind that mask would make him no longer frightening, no? read more

“The Lure” – Review

Do you remember that time you said to yourself, “Gosh, I’d really like to watch a musical set in early 1980’s Poland about two mermaids who join a disco band that plays their shows in a strip club?” No? Me neither, but I watched it anyway and…I think I liked it?

Written by Robert Bolesto and directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska, The Lure, or Córki Dancingu if you speak Polish, was first released in Poland in 2015 and then played at Sundance in 2016 winning the Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design. It was just released in the U.S. this year and I’ve heard some rumblings so I figured I should check it out. read more

SpikeTV’s “The Mist” Episode 1 – Review

Last week we discussed SpikeTV’s upcoming take on Stephen King’s short story The Mist and one of the concerns that I had was how they planned to turn a story that only occupies 134 pages into a seasons worth of hour-long television shows. Well, my knowledge-thirsty friends, I have the answer!

The answer is this: it appears that show creator Christian Torpe has gone ahead and dreamed up a whole new vision for Stephen King’s work; one with brand new characters, brand new stories and one that takes place on a much grander scale (more on that in a bit). Gone are David Drayton and his son Billy…no sign of out-of-town neighbor and resident skeptic Brent Norton either. They have been replaced with Eve Copeland, her husband Kevin and daughter Alex. Also gone is the supermarket and instead we’re trapped in a mall. That’s not to say, however, that there are not others trapped elsewhere; keep in mind that this story is meant to be bigger than the source material. read more

Re-imagining Stephen King’s “The Mist”

Back in the mid-80’s I can recall getting my hands on Stephen King’s anthology book Skeleton Crew and ripping through it like I did all of his books back then. Out of all of the stories, it was The Mist that stuck with me. I can remember having vivid dreams of being trapped by that mist and its monsters in my local grocery store. I can also remember how angered I was by the ambiguous ending that King offered for the short.

Fast forward to 2007 and Frank Darabont brought The Mist to the big screen with his adaptation featuring Thomas Jane in the lead role (and the cast of The Walking Dead in support). While celebrated as a success by most, it never quite made its way into my heart and I especially loathed the ending that they dreamed up; never did I think I would prefer King’s “non-ending”. read more

Josh Boone Brings Horror to the New Mutants

Much to the delight of horror comic fans, director Josh Boone revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the iconic Marvel title The New Mutants will brought to the big screen as a horror film. This is an interesting path to take as Marvel has had unmatched success with superhero genre films.

Maisie Williams, who plays the youthful Arya Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones will play the popular werewolf character, Wolfsbane. Anya Taylor-Joy who is known for The Witch and Split will play the sorceress, Magik. read more