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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

Jordan Peele Takes the Super Bowl into ‘The Twilight Zone’

In case you missed it during the Super Bowl, or just have no interest in football, Jordan Peele popped in to give the public a tease of his reboot of the classic The Twilight Zone series. Peele appears on the back drop of an empty Super Bowl giving fans just a small taste of him as the host of the series.   Not much else was revealed about the show, except a hint of that iconic Twilight Zone theme song in the background.

Peele, along with his production company, Monkeypaw, has been immersed in several projects ever since the explosive success of his directorial film debut, Get Out in 2017. Besides the upcoming reboot, Peele’s highly anticipated feature, Us, is due out in March, and casting has already begun on another Peele project, the reimagining of CandymanThe Twilight Zone is set to premiere on April 1st, streaming on CBS All access. read more

Jordan Peele Debuts ‘Us’ Super Bowl Trailer Hours Before the Big Game

According to CNBC, this year’s Super Bowl commercials will cost advertisers $5.25 million for 30 seconds of airtime. This means the new one-minute trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us will set Universal Pictures back $10.5 million (more than half of the film’s production budget!) when it runs during the big game. Such big spending isn’t exactly surprising considering Peele’s previous film, Get Out, earned over $255 million worldwide and netted the auteur an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Given all of the money at stake, Universal likely wants as many eyes on the screen as possible during airtime and lots of feverous anticipation; but Peele himself had a trick up his sleeve for fans who just can’t wait until kickoff to catch another glimpse of this highly-anticipated film. read more

Release Date for ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot

Twilight Zone fans of the world, celebrate! Deadline has reported that on Monday, April 1st, the Jordan Peele hosted reboot of the classic sci-fi show will premiere with two episodes on CBS All Access and then new episodes will be available weekly on Thursdays starting April 11th for CBS All Access subscribers.

The series will be a modern re-imagining of  the Rod Serling original which aired 1959-1964. As mentioned above, Jordan Peele will be taking on the Rod Serling role of narrator and host and confirmed actors for the series include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Allison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun. read more

2019 Oscar Nominations Ignore Horror Films After Incredible Wins in 2018

Did you think that The Shape of Water’s and Get Out’s big wins at the Academy Awards last year meant that horror movies would finally be getting a fair shake during awards season? Think again! The 2019 Oscar nominations are out, and the horror genre is only represented with a single nomination for A Quiet Place in the category of Best Sound Editing.

Last year, The Shape of Water received 13 nominations (the record is 14), and it ended up winning Best Picture, Best Director (Guillermo del Toro), Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. Get Out was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director (Jordan Peele), Best Original Screenplay (Jordan Peele), and Best Actor (Daniel Kaluuya), and Peele took home the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Between these two films, the horror genre was represented in many of the Academy’s most prestigious categories. read more

Horror News Network’s Winter 2019 Movie Preview

Winter can be an unpredictable season.  Some days defy expectations and reach 60 degrees or better (in the parts of the country that actually have a traditional winter, not the fans lucky enough to live in California, Florida, or other more favorable environments) and then some days live up to their reputation, bringing sleet, snow, and the inevitable school closings and delays.

This winter’s horror film line-up is shaping up to be equally unpredictable and tumultuous.  Many projects that were scheduled for the months of January, February, and March have since disappeared (The Turning), have questionable release dates (Jacob’s Ladder on February 1st with no official trailer in site), or have been bought up by Netflix for home viewing (Eli).  Despite these inconsistencies, there are some firm release dates for horror fans this season, as well as a wide-variety of films to choose from, covering all of the sub-genres of  horror, ranging from thrillers to the ever-popular tales of possessed kids. read more

‘What to Expect in the World of Horror in 2018’ Prediction Results

January 1st, 2018 was such an exciting time for horror fans! Big projects were being announced, everyone was fired up about the upcoming Halloween movie, and conventions were beginning to announce some incredible guests. Just like The Legendary Criswell, I made a few predictions on that day about what we can expect in the world of horror in 2018, and I promised to revisit my premonitions in December. Well, here we are… so let’s see how I did!

Here is a link to the complete original article if you would like to dig deeper than my abbreviated quotations below.  read more

Trailer for Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Arrives

As a Christmas present for horror fans list this year, Jordan Peele delivered the official trailer for his upcoming film Us.

The trailer shows, the Wilsons, an ordinary family headed to the beach for a relaxing vacation, while the 1995 Luniz classic I Got 5 On It plays in the car (and in the background throughout the trailer). Upon arrival to their destination the family unwinds in the sand and sun as a mysterious figure arrives on the beach. We get a glimpse of the beach where Jason, the youngest member of the family notably decked out in a classic Jaws t-shirt, decides to check out the area and causes a sir with his absence. Later that evening the Wilsons notice a family of strangers in their driveway, who later reveal themselves to not be strangers at all, but other versions of themselves. read more

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ gets New Poster

Jordan Peele’s upcoming thriller Us has a new poster straight from Universal Pictures.

Starring Black Panther alumni Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, Us has a growing cast with Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Tim Heidecker (Ant-Man and the Wasp) and newly added members, Shahadi Wright Joseph (Hairspray Live!), Evan Alex (Mani), Madison Curry, Cali Sheldon, Noelle Sheldon (Friends) and Duke Nicholson.

The film’s synopsis is as follows: “A mother (Lupita Nyong’o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their kids to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with friends (including Elizabeth Moss). But as night descends, their serenity turns to tension and chaos when some shocking visitors arrive uninvited.” read more

Steven Yeun Lands Starring Role in Jordan Peele’s ‘The Twilight Zone’ Series

Steven Yeun- The Walking Dead fan-favorite actor and recent recipient of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award of Best Supporting Actor for his role in Burning– has just signed on for a major horror project. It turns out that his travel plans include a trip to the set of Jordan Peele’s The Twilight Zone for a starring role in an upcoming episode called “The Traveler.”

Collider confirms in an exclusive report that Yeun will star in the fourth episode of the new series. According to their report, the episode “follows two cops and a mysterious traveler,” and Yeun will play the aforementioned traveler. read more