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Fans of the Halloween franchise have been pining for a trailer, teaser, poster…any new word about the new Halloween recently wrapped by Blumhouse Productions. Well, today Blumhouse, along with development director Ryan Turek, finally tweeted the first poster for the new film.

Set to release on October 19th, the new Halloween picks up where the original 1978 John Carpenter classic left off. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle (the original Shape) as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. Based on a script from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, the synopsis of the upcoming film reads:

Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Check back to Horror News Network as we will continuously update with new posters, teasers, trailers and news about the new Halloween as it arises.

Stay gory my friends.

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The final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out, and it delivers diverse set pieces and a ton of new information about the plot of the story. Featuring dinosaurs on rooftops, dinosaurs in a church, and a dinosaur in a kid’s bedroom, the clip shows that the filmmakers have thought of many original and interesting locations to place their prehistoric creatures in this movie!

The trailer shows Chris Pratt’s Owen and Bryce Dallas Howards’ Claire being tricked by an evil corporation into going back to the location of the failed Jurassic World park to “rescue” Blue the velociraptor and other famous reptiles. Turns out, they want to sell the creatures off as trained predators… what could possibly go wrong?

You can watch the entire trailer below:

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Final Trailer [HD] - YouTube

Universal Pictures will release Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to theaters on June 22nd, 2018. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on this exciting project as they break!

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At the Netflix sponsored ‘See What’s Next’ event in Rome, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced that Cary Elwes and Jake Busey have joined the cast of Stranger Things according to a report on Deadline.

Elwes is a fan favorite of the genre, starring in the first installment of the iconic SAW series as Dr. Lawrence Gordon, the character that famously severed his own foot. He reprised his role in SAW 3D, which was released in 2010. In addition to his horror roles, the actor also appeared in Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Princess Bride, Kiss the Girls, and Twister.

Joining Elwes as a cast newbie is Jake Busey. While following in his father’s footsteps, Busey made his debut in 1978’s Straight Time. He went on to genre films such as The Frighteners, Starship Troopers, The Hitcher II: I’ve Been Waiting and most recently From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.

At this point in time there is no specific release date set for the third season of the Netflix’s smash-hit series. However, production on season three Stranger Things will begin on April 23rd with a possible 2019 release date.

Keep it locked to Horror News Network for more news on the third season of Stranger Things.

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Netflix has announced it has ordered 10 episodes of the vampire series V-Wars, which is based on the Jonathan Mayberry comic from IDW Publishing. It was also announced that Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role as Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, will star as Dr. Luther Swann. Brad Turner (Stargate) is at the helm to direct.

Representatives from IDW told the Hollywood Reporter “We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season. We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.”

V-Wars revolves around Dr. Swann working relentlessly to fight a group of horrific vampires.  Swann is sucked into this gruesome world after his friend, Michael Fayne, is transformed by this mysterious disease into a very powerful demonic leader.  While horror comic fans remember the blood and gore graphically spilling off of the pages, they will have to wait to see if this upcoming adaptation matches up.

There is now word yet on any other casting announcements or projected release date.  Horror News Network will keep you up to date as more information about V-Wars, the series becomes available.

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While the franchise is still drawing incredible viewership numbers by any comparison other than its previous performance, AMC’s The Walking Dead set several dubious milestones with Season Eight’s ratings. First, the season premiere in October, 2017 earned the lowest premiere ratings for the show since Season Three. By November, the show’s regular episodes started netting the lowest ratings numbers since Season Two, and the mid-season premiere in February, 2018 drew the lowest mid-season premiere ratings in the history of the franchise. Now, the season finale ratings numbers are in, and they continue this season’s trend of falling back to earlier, smaller milestones.

Variety reports that the ratings for The Walking Dead Season Eight finale are the lowest they’ve been since the Season One finale. Here’s how they explain it:

“In the Live+Same Day numbers from Sunday, The Walking Dead averaged a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers. That is up approximately 21% in the demo and 18% in total viewers versus last week. But that is also down 37% in the demo and 30% in total viewers from the Season 7 finale last year.”

Here are the “18-49 key demographic” ratings and viewership numbers for every season finale episode, ranked highest to lowest:

  • Season 5 (2015)–8.2 rating, 15.8 million viewers
  • Season 4 (2014)–8.0 rating, 15.7 million viewers
  • Season 6 (2016)–6.9 rating, 14.2 million viewers
  • Season 3 (2013)–6.4 rating, 12.4 million viewers
  • Season 7 (2017)–5.4 rating, 11.3 million viewers
  • Season 2 (2012)–4.7 rating, 9 million viewers
  • Season 8 (2018)–3.4 rating, 7.9 million viewers
  • Season 1 (2011)–3.0 rating, 6 million viewers

It should be noted that, despite this major decline in viewership, The Walking Dead was still the highest-rated show to air on Sunday night. Also, the “Live+Same Day” numbers don’t account for any viewers who watch the show via paid streaming services any time after the same day the program originally airs. People are purchasing and consuming television differently today than they were even several years ago when the series began, so the dip in viewership may not be as extreme as it’s reflected by Nielsen’s ratings system. Regardless, AMC would obviously prefer higher ratings than lower ratings, and the network has already begun to make changes to the series. We reported in January that Angela Kang will be the show’s new showrunner for Season Nine. Time will tell what other changes occur, and how they affect the performance of the show.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for full coverage of all things The Walking Dead as it breaks!

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Horror fans love “making of” documentaries. What fan doesn’t want to find out what was going through the director’s mind as they filmed a particular favorite scene or killed off a main character? Well, director Nick Hunt (Safe Place) and producers Adam Marcus (director of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday) and Johnny Macabre (Don’t F*ck in the Woods) will be taking us on a journey of what was going on behind the scenes of that crazy ninth installment of the Friday the 13th franchise: Jason Goes to Hell.

While the team is keeping tight-lipped on what stars from the 1993 film are appearing in the documentary, they are set to begin filming later this year in hopes of a late 2018 release. According to their press release, “through interviews and behind the scenes details, you will understand the unique landscape the series was in at the time, having just changed studios and already being on the road to the eventual Freddy vs. Jason film which wouldn’t see release for another 8 years. You will see the unusual hand Adam Marcus was dealt and the immense pressure and scrutiny which was placed on him during production. And you will see genre greats, both who were in the film and not, weigh in on Jason’s journey to hell.”

In preparation for their release, Nick Hunt has released the first artwork (below) for the documentary done by artist Chris Fischer.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more info on The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees: The Making of the Final Friday as it drops.

Stay gory my friends.

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The horror world, along with all of Hollywood, suffered a big loss on Sunday.  R. Lee Ermey, the rugged and big-voiced actor who earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1987 for his role in Stanley Kubrick’s Vietnam War masterpiece Full Metal Jacket, passed away at the age of 74.  The announcement was made by his manager Bill Rogin on his Twitter account, with the cause of death reported to be complications from pneumonia.

Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944.  He was a former drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, eventually achieving the rank of staff sergeant in the early 1970s.  His combat experience during the Vietnam War would help lend authenticity to his numerous roles as military personnel during his career in Hollywood.  In addition to the role of tough-talking and strict drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Jacket, Ermey also appeared in authoritative roles in films such as Seven, Toy Soldiers, Dead Man Walking and Leaving Las Vegas (among more than 100 recognized roles on IMDB.)  Even children would recognize his gruff and stern voice from roles on The Simpsons, Family Guy, and of course as Army Sarge on all three Toy Story movies.

Ermey’s passing was also recognized by the military, with the US Army tweeting “Rest In Peace, Gunny. We are grateful for your service to our country and for supporting our servicemembers. Semper Fi.”

For horror fans, Mr. Ermey’s contribution to the genre is undeniable.  He has numerous horror film credits under his belt such as Body Snatchers (1993), The Frighteners (1996), and HBO’s Tales from the Crypt series.  However, his most recognizable horror persona is that of psychotic Sheriff Hoyt in 2003’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot as well as 2006’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.  If there was ever a role that fit an actor’s personality and reputation as perfectly as Gunny did for Ermey, it may just be that of Hoyt.  Integrity and authenticity are the two landmarks of a perfect casting, and this man nearly always exemplified both qualities.

Please join HNN in remembering the legacy of R. Lee Ermey, an unorthodox but brilliant Hollywood legend gone far too soon.  RIP.

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The battle was close between loud, clumsy aliens and gigantic, loud monsters at the box office, but those big boys took home the crown with the Bally-Midway video game adaptation Rampage topping A Quiet Place this weekend.  Although Variety and Forbes initially reported that A Quiet Place was the winner, it turns out that Rampage actually unseated last week’s champ (perhaps those outlets should wait until actual estimates are released next week, before they announce their “favorite” as the big winner).

According to estimates, Rampage will win this week’s title, as it generated $34.5 million in its first weekend.  The Dwayne Johnson monster mash Rampage performed admirably, besting A Quiet Place by nearly $2 million ($32.6).  Rampage didn’t fare as well as A Quiet Place with critics (with the monsters getting a 50% Rotten Tomatoes score vs. the noise sniffing critters who garnered a 95% rating), but audiences scored Rampage higher according to CinemaScore (giving the film an A- rating vs. A Quiet Place’s B+).

Both films will have a chance to add to their totals next week (with the only new competition coming in the form of I Feel Pretty, Super Troopers 2, and Traffik) before the real 2,000 pound gorilla of the summer season, Avengers: Infinity War, opens nationwide on April 26 .

Despite terrible reviews and a luke-warn response from the movie-going public (scoring a dismal 15% on Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus, a 21% audience score, and a B- on CinemaScore) Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare did earn an estimated $19 million on only a $3.5 million dollar budget.  This appears to be the typical “one-week-only” box office event that is typical of disposable teen horror films where a 60% to 70% drop at the following week’s box office is not uncommon and readily accepted by studios.

If you are thinking of seeing any of these films, check out the official Horror News Network reviews for A Quiet Place, Rampage, and Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare and keep your eyes peeled for the Summer Horror Movie Preview coming in late April.

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The battle was close between loud, clumsy aliens and gigantic, loud monsters at the box office, but those sneaky aliens took home the crown with A Quiet Place topping the Bally-Midway video game adaptation Rampage this weekend.

According to estimates, A Quiet Place will win this week’s title, as it generated $34 million in its second weekend of release.  The Dwayne Johnson monster mash Rampage performed admirably, losing out by $2 million for a $32 million dollar estimated take.  Rampage didn’t fare as well as A Quiet Place with critics (with the monsters getting a 50% Rotten Tomatoes score vs. the noise sniffing critters who garnered a 95% rating), but audiences scored Rampage higher according to CinemaScore (giving the film an A- rating vs. A Quiet Place’s B+).

Both films will have a chance to add to their totals next week (with the only new competition coming in the form of I Feel Pretty, Super Troopers 2, and Traffik) before the real 2,000 pound gorilla of the summer season, Avengers: Infinity War, opens nationwide on April 26 .

Despite terrible reviews and a luke-warn response from the movie-going public (scoring a dismal 15% on Rotten Tomatoes critical consensus, a 21% audience score, and a B- on CinemaScore) Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare did earn an estimated $19 million on only a $3.5 million dollar budget.  This appears to be the typical “one-week-only” box office event that is typical of disposable teen horror films where a 60% to 70% drop at the following week’s box office is not uncommon and readily accepted by studios.

If you are thinking of seeing any of these films, check out the official Horror News Network reviews for A Quiet Place, Rampage, and Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare and keep your eyes peeled for the Summer Horror Movie Preview coming in late April.

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Summer movie season 2018 is upon us, which means hours upon hours of bloated examples of filmmaking by committee- chock full of superhero spandex and market tested “edgy” PG-13 jokes that are sure to get the kids laughing- will soon be stinking up the local multiplex like a truck stop bathroom with no ceiling fan. Rampage kicks off the festivities early after jumping up two weeks on the calendar to avoid the wake of Disney’s guaranteed Tomatometer bonanza, Marvel Movie 19: Thanos is Finally Here! Fortunately, Rampage starts things off right by delivering a decent Dwayne Johnson monster mash that doesn’t take itself too seriously and reinforces the idea that video game adaptations don’t have to be terrible.

Midway’s Rampage video game was one of my favorites to play at the arcade when I was growing up because of its simplistic design and interesting critters, but it wasn’t the kind of game like Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter where I felt like I had to know everything about the characters’ backstories and the nuances of their interactions with each other. Rampage simply wasn’t that kind of game, and all I needed to know about George, Ralph, and Lizzie was that they liked to smash things. For the movie version, George’s storyline is beefed up to establish a proper Dwayne Johnson vehicle, and the closest reference we get to the game itself is the fact that a mint condition arcade cabinet sits in the villain’s headquarters. And, frankly, that’s okay for this kind of movie. Director Brad Peyton (who worked with Johnson before on San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) delivers a lean, under two hour movie that plays more like Godzilla (2014) meets Kong: Skull Island instead of feeling beholden to the sparse source material or the unfortunate tropes of early video game/movie crossovers.

Warner Brothers likely altered the appearance of Lizzie (the Godzilla-like green meanie of the franchise) to keep audiences excited about their inevitable Godzilla vs. Kong film that’s scheduled for 2020, but turning her into an alligator creature is simply not enough to avoid comparisons between the two franchises. Rampage is packed with big monster action and Hollywood favorites caught in the scuffle, just like both recent Godzilla and Kong films. While I liked both of those movies, they had their faults. I wasn’t really a fan of how Gareth Edwards largely avoided dwelling too much on the monster mayhem of Godzilla (2014) and instead relied too heavily on the film’s one-dimensional characters and their forgettable storylines. Somehow, Bryan Cranston wasn’t all that interesting even at the height of Breaking Bad mania… and Kong: Skull Island handled its superstars even more poorly. Besides John C. Reilly (who delivers such solid character acting that it looks like he’s in a different movie than everyone else), A-listers like Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Samuel L. Jackson have nothing original to say or do in between Skull Island‘s moments of monster carnage, and their characters’ personalities rarely reflect what audiences have come to expect from their on-screen roles and personas. Rampage tackles this issue head-on by allowing the actors’ natural personalities to shine without getting too caught up in pointless backstories or pesky inauthentic character studies, while constantly acknowledging that monster action is an equal partner in the film.

Dwayne Johnson plays Davis Okoye, whose name doesn’t matter because it’s the same Dwayne Johnson character who appears in every Dwayne Johnson movie. He starts off the film wearing the tan canvas safari shirt he had on when he walked off the set of Jumanji, and he delivers the same level of brute force he brings to all of his roles along with his patented charisma that could sell snowballs to the abominable snowman.  Jeffrey Dean Morgan is Harvey Russell, a “Negan in a suit” feller who keeps a pearl-handled revolver clamped to his hip and spits hackneyed words of wisdom every time he opens his mouth. Naomi Harris rounds out the good guys as, Dr. Kate Caldwell a no-nonsense scientist who does a nice job of playing opposite Johnson in the same way that strong female leads always balanced out Arnold Schwarzenneger’s characters in the first wave of big budget action movies. As for the movie’s paper-thin villains, Malin Akerman plays Claire Wyden, a greedy corporate monster who hits every mark on the bad guy checklist outside of laughing maniacally into the camera, and Jake Lacy plays her buffoon of a brother who looks like he’s a background character from The Wolf of Wall Street. As you can see, I’ve just described a stable of caricatures… but that’s okay for a movie like Rampage. I can take a movie more seriously when it unashamedly presents a larger than life muscle man battling cartoon villains rather than spending twenty minutes on Captain America chopping wood on Hawkeye’s farm, pretending to be something it clearly isn’t. In this movie, the bad guys set off a chain of events where animals get super-sized and then carnage ensues, no questions asked. For better or for worse, Rampage knows what it is and it doesn’t try to hide it.

So what do viewers get to see instead of scenes where the protagonists reveal their deepest regrets? Gory monster action, of course! The creatures repeatedly pummel each other, eat people and body parts, and destroy their environments… and the camera never blinks as it soaks up all of the slimy details. Even the necessary moments of plot in a military headquarters building have big screens in the background which continue the frantic action at the core of the film. What’s even more fun is the fact that Johnson somehow equally participates in the monster romp as if he’s a member of the group of beasts! Even though the giant armored gator, the monster wolf with a mane made of spears, and the super-sized albino ape dwarf his impressive frame, Johnson battles them one-on-one, and it somehow never looks weird or hokey when he’s going up against something fifty times his size and winning. The scenes where he ultimately fights alongside his pal George are some of the highlights of the movie, and they’re shot and choreographed in a clean and visually appealing manner (so long as monsters stabbing each other with pointy things is appealing to you).

Rampage is a solid mindless action movie with big beastly battles that rival the more popular competition like Godzilla and Kong. It slips in the familiar requirements of the PG-13 tentpoles without overwhelming the audience with too many lackluster jokes by sticking to its strengths: Dwayne Johnson action pieces and monsters rampaging. It’s also one of the few decent video game adaptations to date, and I know I will have worse experiences in the theater this summer movie season. The movie knows exactly what it is (it won’t be printing any “for your consideration” ads in time for the Academy Awards); and so long as monster fans keep in mind what it is too, they’ll have a good time watching it.

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