Occasionally, a genre film will attract the attention of a mainstream audience in an “unexpected way”. Maniac premiered in New York City on January 30, 1981, playing to packed audiences on 42nd street, a group well-versed in the exploitation cinema of the 1970s and early 80s. But when the film started to open in other markets around the country, the film received the type of negative publicity that was rare for the time period, with protesters picketing theaters which screened the film for its portrayal of graphic violence, especially towards women. Many critics and film historians point to Maniac as the last gasp for the slasher sub-genre, before increased scrutiny from censors and concerned civic groups curtailed the production of and marketing ability of filmmakers to produce stories like Maniac. Since then, Maniac has been given a second-life as one of the truly controversial films of the decade, yet it has also become a touchstone for modern critics, who continue to fall on either side of the argument.
It is with heavy hearts that the Horror News Network team reports that legendary director/writer/producer George A. Romero has passed away at the age of 77. Romero transformed the horror landscape with such indelible classic films as Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, and numerous others. This visionary artist literally invented the modern zombie story, and later works such as Resident Evil and The Walking Dead wouldn’t exist without his contributions to cinema.
Romero’s manager, Chris Roe, announced this sad news with the following statement: read more
It’s finally here, gore whores! Like us, we know that you fellow lovers of chaos and carnage have been eagerly awaiting the release (or at least the release date) of the video game featuring the world’s most famous slasher: Jason Voorhees. Game creators Gun Media and IllFonic announced the news on Twitter today that Friday the 13th: The Game would be available for Xbox One, PS4 and Steam on May 26th, 2017.
Friday the 13th: The Game is a third-person horror/survival game that takes place at the legendary Camp Crystal Lake. Everything you see in the game is straight from the movies you love. You can play as Jason Voorhees or as a camper trying to survive the onslaught. The single-player part of the game is still on track for this summer. read more
Horror legend Doug Bradley, best known for playing the iconic “Pinhead” cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser, has apparently been brainstorming with his partner Steph Sciullo on a new experience for fans at horror conventions; that brainstorming has resulted in “The Pinhead Experience.”
What is this “Pinhead Experience”, you ask? Well read the below post from Doug’s Facebook page and then watch the video clip below it.
When fans and show organizers started to ask about the possibility of a Pinhead photo op with Doug a few years back, we dismissed it as an impossibility. Almost nothing relating to Pinhead existed anymore. No makeup. No costume. Not even a life cast. Besides, shaking hands and “posing” for a picture with Pinhead seemed like a silly idea. From Doug’s perspective, if he’s in make-up and costume, he’s in character. “Hi. How are you?’ doesn’t quite trip off The Prince Of Pain’s tongue, does it?
The more time went on, the more the questions persisted and the more we talked about it. An idea evolved. If Pinhead can’t enter the fans’ world, how can we bring you into his? If we were to do it, we would want it to stand apart from the rest. It would need to be different. We began to talk about something a little more involved than the photo ops that most fans were used to. We wanted to present an experience and not just a photograph, as close to stepping on set with Doug as Pinhead as we could make it.
We finally made the decision to go forward with our ideas, fully knowing it would be a stressful, expensive, time consuming undertaking. It would have to be coordinated and funded solely by us, but even with that prospect, we would not skimp on details. We hired some of our closest and most talented friends to help us bring it all to life. We can only hope that everyone will be happy with what we’ve been able to accomplish together. We’re still working on some of the final details but this is something we will present to fans for the first time at Mad Monster Party, Arizona in May, 2017. read more
The lucky folks who attended Pax East 2017 this past weekend in Boston, MA were treated to a brand new trailer for Friday the 13th: The Game and it is just as gory as you want it to be. From Mr. Jason Voorhees drowning a girl in a toilet bowl to delivering a fatal back breaker to another poor girl to an awesome scene where he rips a girl’s jaw off, this trailer delivers!
In other insanely awesome news, special effects legend Tom Savini has contributed a skin for the game which shows his interpretation of what Jason would look like after he returned from Hell in Jason Goes to Hell. That skin is available for pre-order and will be available when the game releases early this year. read more
El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has added Ana de la Reguera (Jane the Virgin, Narcos), Tom Savini (From Dusk Till Dawn movie) and Marko Zaror (Machete Kills) to it’s Season 3 cast.
Emily Rios (The Bridge, Breaking Bad) is also returning to her season 2 role as Ximena. De la Reguera is cast as Lord Venganza Verdugo, one of the remaining culebra lords, in a recurring role. Zaror is cast as Aztec warrior trained in Hell, Zolo. Savini, who was Sex Machine in the original film, is now playing retired demon hunter and pot head, Burt. read more