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Director David F. Sandberg Returns to Horror with Cullen Bunn’s ‘The Unsound’

Director David F. Sandberg will return to the horror genre (after a very succesfull foray into the world of super hero films with Shazam!) via a Netflix adaptation of Cullen Bunn and artist Jack T. Cole’s BOOM! Studios mini-series The Unsound.

According to Deadline, the film will  feature plenty of scares, as “…a psychiatrist returns to the insane asylum where her mother once worked and is now a patient, hoping to quell a bloody wave of horror that’s been unleashed. As she descends down the rabbit hole and discovers hard truths about her own past, she comes to understand the hospital is hiding secrets of its own, and perhaps she and her mother have more in common than she realized.” read more

Main Trailer for ‘The Witcher’ Arrives

Ever since the teaser trailer was revealed in July at San Diego Comic-Con, fans waited eagerly for a full preview of The Witcher. On Halloween, Netflix dropped the much-anticipated trailer to the delight of those same fans.

The series stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Princess Ciri, Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg, Jodhi May as Queen Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson as King Eist Tuirseach, Adam Levy as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring as Tissaia de Vries and Mimi Ndiweni as Fringilla Vigo. read more

‘Eli’ Director Ciaran Foy: The Horror News Network Interview

Currently out on Netflix is Ciaran Foy’s thriller, Eli. Smart, emotional, and deeply haunting, Foy brings to life a tale about a family whose child cannot interact with the atmosphere around him. Wrapped in a protective bubble for as long as he can remember, Eli (Charlie Shotwell) may have found a chance to be treated for this deadly condition. His parents, played by Kelly Reilly and Max Martini, have come to the lab of the mysterious Dr. Horn (Lili Taylor). As Dr. Horn and Eli’s parents move him through each stage of this experimental treatment, things just don’t seem like they all add up. Between a presence that is revealing itself in the house, Dr. Horn’s past, and a friend who sits outside Eli’s chamber window, Eli’s world will change forever. Blending a creative score, impressive lighting, connecting themes, and a series of standout performances within a narrative that has not only some well-crafted twists but also one of the most impressive death sequences in a long time, Eli is one of the surprising and potent genre films in 2019. Taking some time to speak with Horror News Network, Ciaran Foy opens up to Jay Kay about the film’s different elements. read more

‘Eli’: The Horror News Network Review

Back in the 70’s and 80’s “made-for tv” movies were all the rage and one that I will always remember was 1976’s The Boy in the Plastic Bubble starring John Travolta as Tod Lubitch, a boy born with a deficient immune system which prevented him from doing anything in the open air. As the title suggests, he had to basically live in a bubble; a sterile, hermetically sealed, germ-free area specially created for him so that he wouldn’t be exposed to the bacterias and virus’ that a normal immune system could fight off – the main character in Eli (named Eli), has the same thing. read more

Tom Felton Joins ‘A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting’ Cast

Coming exclusively from The Hollywood Reporter, Netlfix’s A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting has added Tom Felton to its expanding cast.

Felton is known for his long tenure as Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter film franchise, and the recent YouTube Premium series Origin.

Based on the young-adult book series by Joe Ballarini, who is also writing the film’s screenplay, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting is the story of Kelly Ferguson who is babysitting for the first time and during her watch the children she’s looking after are captured by horrible monsters. After which she joins a secret society of babysitters who band together to fight and get the children back. read more

Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ Bring Back Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel

Looks like Netflix is bringing back yet another familiar face for the continuation of one of their most popular series.  Henry Thomas, who played the younger version of Crane family patriarch Hugh Crain in the streaming service’s critically-acclaimed show The Haunting of Hill House, will return on the next installment titled The Haunting of Bly Manor.  This news, along with the addition of Kate Siegel (who played older sister Theodora Crain) earlier today, was officially announced by series creator Mike Flanagan via his Twitter account over the last two days (see below.) read more

‘Mindhunter’ Season Two Premiere Date Confirmed

Prepare to start another Netflix binge in August as the critically acclaimed and fan favorite Mindhunter returns for its second season on August 16th.  EW has confirmed that co-executive producer and director David Fincher recently revealed the upcoming season release date which will see the return of Jonathan Groff, Anna Torv and Holt McCallany. August was previously rumored after co-executive producer Charlize Theron mentioned the date on The Howard Stern Show a few months back.

During a recent interview in The Treatment podcast, Fincher revealed more about the upcoming season as Detectives Holden (Groff) and Tench (McCallany) continue to dig deep into America’s most notorious and gruesome murderers. Season two is set to focus on the horrific Atlanta child murders which took place between 1979-1981. No doubt fans of the show will be tuned in to watch as the pair delve deep into the psyche of more America’s notorious monsters. read more

‘Stranger Things’ Season Three Sets New Netflix Record for Most Watched Program

Netflix executives must feel like they just received a life-time supply of U.S.S. Butterscotch from Scoops Ahoy! because the new season of Stranger Things has shattered all previous records for the company in terms of viewership.

According to an official tweet from Netflix, season three of Stranger Things been watched by 40.7 million household accounts with 18.2 million of those viewers having already binge-watched the entire season.

.@Stranger_Things 3 is breaking Netflix records!

40.7 million household accounts have been watching the show since its July 4 global launch — more than any other film or series in its first four days. And 18.2 million have already finished the entire season. read more

‘Stranger Things’: Season Three Top 5 Moments

SPOILER ALERT

As one of the many who binged the new season of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things over the weekend, I can easily say this season was better than season two.  Not that last season was bad, not at all.  Season three, however, provided a lot more depth to the storytelling. And yes, this includes spoilers.  Those who have watched the entire season know that you can’t recap without major spoilers.

  1. Steve and Robin- While many fans assumed this would be a new love interest for Steve, such was not the case. The chemistry between the two is great. However, after a harrowing encounter with the Russians, Steve and Robin have a heart to heart talk about their feelings.  This is where Robin tells Steve she’s gay.  Anyone who remembers the 1980s knows that this was not a point in time that was friendly to the LGBTQ community.  Robin feeling the need to hide her homosexuality fits right in with the setting of small town 1985 America. Steve’s reaction was perfect and non-judgmental. The friendship between him and Robin, as well as the character of Robin navigating Hawkins, Indiana deserves more exploration in season four.
  1. Girl Power- While past seasons have seen Eleven save the day time and time again, this season saw Max and Nancy assert themselves and drive not only the action, but also the narrative of the story a bit more. The friendship of El and Max was definitely fun to watch. As Eleven grows up, it shows her to be very much acclimating to teenage life. Nancy, on the other hand, had her hands full trying to make an impression at the male dominated local newspaper. Once again, showing that 1985 was a year where women had long standing battles to fight to be taken seriously. With that said, it wasn’t only Eleven and Nancy playing an integral role in saving the world. Suzie assisted to unlock the safe and it was Robin who cracked the Russian’s code.  Let’s also not forget Joyce, who was left on her own yet managed to pull it all together and shut down the re-opening of the portal.
  1. Eleven Loses Her Power- In the finale, we see Eleven completely drained of her powers. While frightening for fans, this was a chance for the rest of the group to all rally and save the human race. I, personally, felt this was a brilliant twist by the Duffers.  Having the group, and the plot, constantly depending on Eleven to save the day would get too predictable. This is a nail biter for fans, leaving them to wonder if Eleven’s powers will return in season four, or will we see Eleven have to adjust to NOT having them.
  1. The Redemption of Billy- Let’s be honest here, Billy Hargrove has never been a likable character. However, last season we saw a bit of his home life, which tried to explain some of his dysfunction and erratic behavior.  This was a small detour last year and season two ended with Billy still being just the town bully… and Mrs. Wheeler’s crush.  The mind flayer taking over Billy made sense because of his physical build and violent tendencies.  What most fans did not expect was to see the emotional rollercoaster, which Dacre Montgomery did a tremendous job of portraying. Whether it was his breakdown on the sauna, or Eleven’s trip through his broken childhood, Billy had quite the journey this season. At the end of the day, it was Billy who came through and saved Eleven. The Duffer brothers surprised us with the emotional depth and humanity of Billy’s last moments.
  1. Hopper- Grab your tissues! The shocking conclusion saw the explosion at the mall and the “death” of Hopper. If the anguish of Joyce and Eleven, both incredibly well played by Winona Ryder and Millie Bobbi Brown, doesn’t make you teary-eyed, then you may need to check your heart. If you waited and watched the ending credits, however, you saw the Russian prison where the guard made reference to an American. We never actually see Hopper’s body. Does this leave the door open for Hopper to still be out there somewhere?  Is this a cliffhanger for fans to hang on?  Either way, in a finale full of slime, gore, and action, the Duffers tie it all back together with the relationships that bond the group together.

So, with Hopper possibly gone and the Byers moving, Stranger Things third season leaves a lot of unanswered questions as to how and where it will pick up next season. Will Eleven get her power back? How will the show deal with the Byers moving out of Hawkins? What are the Russians planning to do with the Demogorgon? Will we see more of Dustin and Suzie together? With the kids slowly becoming adults and the mind-flayer still out there, I’m sure there will be no shortage of material for next year’s Stranger Things binge. read more

American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property Petitions Netflix to Cancel Amazon Prime’s ‘Good Omens’

They say that “the Devil is in the details”, but it appears that the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property was more concerned with the Devil, than the details in the case of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens adaptation.

The organization (also known as The Christian Return to Order) got a little too hot under the collar about the new Amazon Prime series, and forgot which streaming service was responsible for the “…mockery of God’s Order and religion…”.  The petition (since removed from their website) demanded that Netflix remove the series from the airwaves, and asked signers to send the message to “…Netflix that we will not stand silent as they destroy the barriers of horror we still have for evil.”  The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property was able to elicit over 20,000 signatures before they realized that they were petitioning the wrong streaming service. read more