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CT Horrorfest 2018: ‘Children of the Corn’ Panel with John Franklin and Courtney Gains

This year’s CT Horrorfest featured many panels featuring some of the most recognizable and popular films of the 1970’s and 80’s, and 1984’s Children of the Corn is no exception.  The film entered the marketplace with little fanfare as a little known adaptation of a Stephen King short story, but the film managed to make a splash at the horror box office, coming in fourth place, right behind Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and fellow King adaptation, Fire Starter in 1984. Even more fans found the film on video and cable tv, and Children of the Corn became synonymous with horror films from the “Me” decade. read more

Pennywise Returns in New Set Photo from ‘IT Chapter 2’

Just in from Twitter, a new photo from the currently filming IT: Chapter 2 has posted online of Pennywise, the returning villain played by Bill Skarsgård.

The new photo feature the dancing clown menacingly smiling while sitting on top of Derry, Maine’s Paul Bunyan statue that was featured in the original novel.

The main cast of Chapter 2 includes James McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split) as Bill, Bill Hader (Barry, Trainwreck) as Richie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and the Beast) as Ben and James Ransone (Generation Kill) as Eddie, with Andy Bean (Here and Now) as Stanley Uris, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Teach Grant (Altered Carbon, Damnation) as Henry Bowers, Jess Weixler (The Son, Chained for Life) as Bill’s wife, Xavier Dolan (Boy Erased) as Adrian Mellon and Will Beinbrink (Queen of the South) as Tom Rogan. read more

Hulu Renews ‘Castle Rock’ for Second Season

Good news Stephen King fans…Variety is reporting that Hulu has renewed Castle Rock for a second season. Within its first day of launch, Hulu reported that the show became the most successful first season Hulu Original when considering consumption and reach and  that “Castle Rock” has among the highest completion rates for an original in its first two weeks

Based on the characters and settings from the Stephen King universe, Castle Rock created by Dustin Thomason and Sam Shaw stars Andre Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Sissy Spacek, Bill Skarsgard, and Jane Levy. Stephen King and J.J Abrams are among the executive producers of the series. read more

Patrick Wilson Cast in Stephen King/Joe Hill Project for Netflix

Patrick Wilson- the actor known by horror fans for his unforgettable roles in films like Hard Candy, Insidious, and The Conjuring– will return to the world of horror in the form of a new project on Netflix. Titled, In The Tall Grass, the movie is based on a novella written by Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill.

Deadline reports that Wilson will star in the film, alongside Laysla De Oliveira (Needle in a Timestack) and Harrison Gilbertson (Picnic at Hanging Rock). The movie will be directed by Vincenzo Natali, who has most recently directed episodes of Westworld, American Gods, and Lost in Space. read more

Zahn McClarnon to Play Crow Daddy in ‘Doctor Sleep’

Following yesterday’s update on the upcoming Stephen King adaptation, Variety has a report that Zahn McClarnon (Westworld) is set to play the villain called Crow Daddy in Doctor Sleep.

Joining Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the sequel novel, McClarnon’s role is one of the story’s main antagonists who is part of the evil group, The True Knot.

Straight from the book, The True Knot’s creed is as follows: “Lodsam hanti, we are the chosen ones. Cahanna risone hanti, we are the fortunate ones. Sabbatha hanti, sabbatha hanti, sabbatha hanti. We are the True Knot, and we endure.” read more

Lumbly, Essoe Announced for ‘Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

The much-anticipated sequel to Stephen King’s classic The Shining is starting to round into shape.  According to an exclusive report by Deadline, Carl Lumbly (A Cure for Wellness) and Alex Essoe (Dark Intentions) have signed on to the upcoming film Doctor Sleep.  This will be a continued telling of the events after Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining (which King himself famously loathed.)  Warner Bros is hoping that Sleep can capture the same magic that made the original a runaway hit back in 1980. read more

SDCC: ‘Castle Rock’ Panel

Many of the cast and creators were on hand at Comic-Con to screen the first episode of their new series for Hulu. The new mystery-thriller takes place in the fictional town of Castle Rock which encompasses much of the ‘Stephen King Universe’ and locations and characters within. Heavy on the drama, the new show will appeal to fans of the actors, Stephen King, and J.J. Abrams-style misdirection. 

Two Stephen King’s alums are in the cast, Bill Skarsgard and Sissy Spacek, and were on the panel to discuss their roles and which King books spoke to them the most. Not surprisingly, IT and Carrie got some love from each of them. When asked about playing a woman in horror, Jane Levy noted that the horror-genre celebrates women’s strengths and is not just empowering or exploitive.  read more

New Trailer Drops for Stephen King and J.J. Abram’s “Castle Rock”

The new trailer for Stephen King and J.J. Abram’s Hulu series Castle Rock hit the internets yesterday and wow…so creepy. Creepiness aside, the trailer manages to pull off something that you don’t often get with trailers these days: it gives you nothing. You get some sick imagery, a little bit about an unknown boy being discovered at Shawshank prison, you see that the boy is played by Bill Skarsgård (who may be scarier without the Pennywise make-up) and you get that something big is coming but we don’t know what – and that’s awesome! Too many trailers these days show you their whole hand and leave nothing to the imagination and there’s nothing worse than knowing how something will play out, or seeing all the best scenes before even seeing the film. read more

Ewan McGregor to Play Danny Torrance All Grown Up in ‘The Shining’ Sequel Doctor Sleep

Who knew Danny Torrance would grow up to be such a hunk! The beyond-traumatized adolescent protagonist of Stanley Kubrick’s iconic 1980 film, The Shining, is the adult star of the upcoming sequel, Doctor Sleep. We’ve known for a while that Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Gerald’s Game, Hush) would be directing the film, based on the 2013 novel by Stephen King… but today we learned that the protagonist will be played by an A-List actor!

Variety reports that Ewan McGregor is set to star in the film as Danny Torrance, and that Stephen King himself has given his blessing to this exciting casting news. McGregor has over 80 acting credits to date, including fan favorite roles as Renton in Trainspotting and Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. While he’s certainly better known for action and drama roles than straight-up horror, he did happen to star in one episode of Tales from the Crypt in 1996. read more

Stephen King’s ‘Dr. Sleep’ Adaptation Scheduled for January 2020 Release

Warner Brothers Pictures announced today that Stephen King’s sequel to the Shining entitled Doctor Sleep will be released on January 24,  2020.

Doctor Sleep will be directed by Mike Flanagan, who is known for OculusHush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and the recent King adaptation Gerald’s Game.

Horror News Network’s John Evans covered Doctor Sleep way back in January, and described the story as “Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance, who is still suffering from his experiences as a young boy at the infamous Overlook Hotel. That’s where many of the most obvious connections to The Shining cease, as the majority of the novel is much more action-oriented and focused on Mr. Torrance’s conflict with a group of psychic vampires over the soul of young girl whose “shining” abilities are unparalleled. Whether Flanagan remains faithful to the text or decides to veer off in his own direction- like Kubrick did before him- remains to be seen. It’s worth noting, however, that Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game is recognized by fans as being closest to the source text of all of the recent movies based on King’s work.” read more