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‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Gets Holiday Episode

Netflix is getting into the holiday spirit a bit early this year. Today they released a holiday sizzle trailer which featured some shows that will appear on the streaming network throughout November and December. A big present for horror fans is the announcement of a special episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, titled: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale which will debut on December 14.

The official synopsis of the episode is: “The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice — the longest night of the year — when families gather together around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols, tell ghost stories and huddle against the supernatural creatures that come out to cause mischief. Since the Winter Solstice is when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, it’s the perfect time to conduct a séance — which Sabrina convenes, to try and contact her mother. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors — both welcome and unwelcome — and you never know what might come down the chimney. read more

Universal Orlando Extends ‘Stranger Things’ House for National ‘Stranger Things’ Day

In honor of “National Stranger Things Day” on November 6 (the day that Will Byers disappeared into the Upside Down for you obsessive fans out there), Universal Orlando Resorts will extend their ultra-popular Halloween Horror Nights’ House based on the Netflix darling, and it will be included in the regular admission price.

This is the first time that Universal has kept a house active past the end of the Halloween Horror Nights’ season. According to The Orlando Informer, “The hours of operation will be from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm, with a couple of tie-in food-and-beverage locations also joining in on the post-Halloween fun: San Francisco Pastry Company, Beverly Hills Boulangerie, and, most thematically appropriately, Benny’s Burgers, which may be just a standard Horror Nights food tent but which drives its name from the television show itself.” read more

Mike Flanagan Details Production of Extended Shots in Episode Six of ‘The Haunting of Hill House’

Between his eye for ornate detail, his unconventional and well-earned scares, and his penchant for character-driven storytelling, Mike Flanagan is easily one of the most important horror directors working today. So when he takes the time to detail his process, horror fans and aspiring auteurs better take notice! Lucky for us, he spent some time on Twitter this morning breaking down the incredible extended shots in Episode Six of The Haunting of Hill House!

There are tons of reasons to be impressed by The Haunting of Hill House, but one episode in particular takes place in a funeral parlor with very few cuts for an hour-long program. The circling camera is bound to evoke a feeling of dread and claustrophobia in even the most hardened viewer as the events and circumstances of the characters spiral out of control; and Flanagan’s knack for supernatural surprises means it’s never safe to rest one’s eyes until the credits roll. According to this morning’s revelations, the daunting extended scenes were a part of Flanagan’s initial pitch for the series. He then walks readers through the ins and outs of production, including a series of time codes within the episode for each of the five shots. read more

Satanic Temple Co-Founder Lucien Greaves Threatens Legal Action Against Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has received a chilly reception from the co-founder of the Satanic Temple, Lucien Greaves, who threatened legal action against Netflix’s new series over copy right violations.  According to Greaves, Netflix “…appropriat(ed) our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction.”

The dispute revolves around one of the props used on Sabrina, which looks eerily similar to the Satanic Temple’s copyrighted Baphomet statue.   Stuart de Haan, the legal counsel who is representing the Satanic Temple, released an official statement to CNN and stated that “The reason for this demand is that this particular imagery is unique from any other likeness of Baphomet. It was created by The Satanic Temple to represent its unique interests including empathy, bodily autonomy, and individual liberties.” de Haan went on to say that “The way it is portrayed in Sabrina is completely antithetical for what the Temple stands for. It was a copyrighted image and permission was never granted or requested by any media outlet. It is undeniable that this imagery was directly taken from The Satanic Temple rather than other source material.” read more

Netflix Moves Forward With Third Season of ‘Castlevania’

Just a week after Season 2 premiered on Netflix, Deadline is reporting that the streaming giant has ordered a 10-episode third season of the hit animated series.

The series follows Trevor Belmont as he tries to hunt down the nefarious Dracula and stop his killing spree. Joining Trevor on his quest is the sorceress Sypha Belnades and Alucard the dhampir son of Dracula.

The response to the series so far has been positive as review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes lists their “Tomatometer” for season 1 of the series at 79% while the audience score sits at 89% based on 991 ratings. Season 2 of Castlevania currently sports a 100% “Tomatometer” rating. read more

First Image Revealed of Henry Cavill in ‘The Witcher’

Netflix delivered a Halloween treat to fans today by revealing the first look at Henry Cavill as Geralt in The Witcher.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Daredevil, The Defenders) is set to adapt the series for Netflix.  Just three weeks ago we reported that Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra were added to the cast as Ciri and Yennefer respectively.

The Witcher series is based on the books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski ,and follows the monster hunter Geralt of Rivia as he travels the countryside vanquishing creature that plague the land. The books have been a massive success, selling more than 33 million copies worldwide and have been adapted into comics, video games, and more. read more

Crain’s Story Likely Complete on ‘The Haunting of Hill House’

Unless you are living under a rock you must now know that Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House is taking the world by storm. Directed by Mike Flanagan (Hush, Oculus) Hill House follows the Crain family as they move into an old home hoping to fix it up and flip it for a profit.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly (warning major spoilers at EW), Flanagan spoke on many different topics including the Shirley Jackson novel which inspired the series, the Bent-Neck Lady, spotting ghosts in the series, and much more. Perhaps the most interesting thing of note mentioned was that the director felt that the Crain’s story was finished even if the series gets a second season. read more

Why ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ is the Year’s Best Series

Over the last decade there have been many very successful genre TV shows like Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and Bates Motel, just to name a few.  The latest series to scare up fans is The Haunting of Hill House from Netflix.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard the show is just incredible and prompting friends and family to hold up in their homes binge watching it.  What make this series such a standout? In a word, everything. 

The show, adapted from Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name, seems to have captured elements needed for film to perfection.  Front and center is the meaty storyline. Fans have seen cases where books don’t always translate to the screen. The Haunting of Hill House, however, delivers a story which transcends the horror or paranormal genre.  The plotline more than drives the series, it sucks the viewer in with weighty emotional family dynamics.  Not just telling the terrifying experiences of the Crain family, but really displaying the deep wounds and trauma left by those experiences. Yes, it delivers all the creepiness horror fans want, but also showcases the humanity that many genre shows and films tend to lack. read more

Vinessa Vidotto Joins Netflix’s ‘Lucifer’

Deadline is reporting that Vinessa Vidotto has been added to the cast of Lucifer. Vidotto, who is relative newcomer will play the role of Remiel, a “classic little-sister” character who admires her brother, the oldest of all angels Amenadiel. The actress recently graduated form the University of Arizona and starred in the 2016 short Piper in the Woods.

The character of Remiel first appeared in Sandman #24 and went on to play pivotal roles in the Lucifer series.

Canceled by Fox back in May, fans rallied around the series starting a #savelucifer campaign. Warner Bros TV realized the fanbase wouldn’t be silenced and pitched the series to Netflix where it was picked up. read more

‘Dracula’ Mini Series Coming to Netflix and BBC One

Deadline is reporting that Netflix and BBC one are officially on board for three part series based on Bram Stoker‘s classic Dracula.  With the first rumblings on the series starting in 2017, the show is set to make its premiere on BBC One in the UK and then outside of the UK on Netflix.  No release date has been scheduled as of yet.

The series based on the horror icon will be written, created, and produced by Stephen Moffett and Mark Gatiss.  According to Deadline, the two commented “There have always been stories about great evil. What’s special about Dracula, is that Bram Stoker gave evil its own hero.” Ever since Nosferatu hit the screen in 1929, there have been countless interpretations of vampires on the big sand small screens. With Netflix in the middle of a big hot streak right now with hits like Stranger Things and its latest, Haunting of Hill House, horror fans will no doubt be interested to see what they deliver Dracula. read more