News Bleed: The “Thank You, Bernie and Suzan” Edition

Float on! IT is the highest-grossing ho-rror film of all time! Variety

Underworld is heading to TV. 🙂 Deadline

Spongebob gets spoopy this Halloween! 🙂 Entertainment Weekly

Kyle “Twin Peaks” Maclachlan joins Eli Roth’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls! Bloody Disgusting

The great Bernie Casey has passed away. 🙁 Washington Post

Hammer Horror star Suzan Farmer has also passed away. 🙁

News Bleed: The “IT Conquered the Box Office” Edition

IT breaks all sorts of records and scares up $123 Million! A huge victory for Horror! Variety

Day of the Dead remake rises this year. 🙂 Movie Web

Marilyn Manson’s back, bitches!!! Rolling Stone

Daniel Dae Kim is in talks To replace Ed Skrein in the Hellboy reboot. Comic Book

Swamp Thing co-creator/Wolverine co-creator/Watchmen editor/all-around comic book legend Len Wein has passed away. 🙁 USA Today

R.I.P. Tales from the Crypt makeup artist Donna Henderson. 🙁

Here are two classics Tales eps featuring Ms. Henderson’s Makeup Magic:

IT (2017) Movie Review

(Submitted by our own Mr. Anton Phibes…Thanks, Ho-rror Ho-mie! 🙂 xoxo)

To say that expectations were high for 2017’s IT would be a grotesque understatement. Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, the film is the second adaptation of the material, following the much beloved miniseries. Before even a single frame of this latest version came to be, a thunderous jolt of anticipation struck film-goers like a circus locomotive. Thousands of think pieces, fan art, and parodies sprouted up when the very first image of “IT” was released, and that goes doubly so for the trailer. IT was a bonafide cultural phenomena before it was projected on a single screen. Living up to such monstrous adaptations seems impossible, but does IT succeed?  With a big grease-painted grin, I’m very pleased to report that IT is every bit the monsterpiece we had hoped for.

Stephen King’s novel is a massive work of fiction told through narratives alternating between two timelines, so the film wisely adapts the half of the novel that focuses on the seven protagonists as kids. The film advances the setting from the 1950s to the late ’80s, but still maintains much of the source material. In the movie, Bill (Jaeden Lieberher), Beverly (Sophia Lillis), Richie (Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard), Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer), Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor), Mike (Chosen Jacobs) and Stan (Wyatt Oleff) are all social outcasts in their own way. United by their misfit status, they develop a tight-knit relationship and dub themselves the “Losers’ Club”. When a malevolent shape-shifting killer targets them, the unconventional heroes must conquer their fears to conquer “IT”.
IT is a lot like King’s Stand By Me, but with an eldritch abomination creeping about. It’s almost as much a coming-of-age story as it is a monster movie. Sure, the clown is a fright to behold, but the children are undeniably the heart of the story.  Their struggles, their quirks, and their interactions feel so very real that it’s easy to forget that these are actors reading from a script. They are the kind of “geeky” kids you may have known (or been) growing up, with all the flaws and idiosyncrasies that come with such children. All are incredibly lovable, making the horror (both otherworldly and mundane) that befalls them unbearable. Both their chemistry and individual charms are what elevate this film to greatness and achieve the impressive feat of making a film about a child-eating clown monster heartwarming.

Of course, even with an exceptional group of heroes, a monster movie still needs a credible monster… oh boy! does It succeed in that regard! Actor Bill Skarsgard had some big floppy shoes to fill after Tim Curry’s turn in the miniseries, but he works sorcery here as Pennywise, the clown form of “IT”.  Pennywise’s initial appearances in this film are almost inviting, but there’s always that sense that he’s plotting… and hungry. Even in his most clownishly charming moments, he can barely conceal his ghastly appetite. As the film progresses, Pennywise grows more and more demonic in a truly unsettling fashion. It’s the stuff of nightmares.


There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not the new “IT” is superior to the old one.The way I see it, Tim Curry and Bill Skarsgard are to Pennywise what Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee are to Dracula: two unique actors giving equally brilliant performances as the same monster. Bill Skarsgard’s interpretation is considerably different than Curry’s, but still magnificent in its own way. Curry was pretty darn funny as the hellish harlequin, giving him a comedic edge that makes his more violent moments genuinely shocking. Skarsgard had a more overtly diabolical quality that is still  quite effective. Regardless of which performance you prefer, I think most of us can agree that Bill Skarsgard is a worthy “IT” for a new generation. Bravo to both clowns!

Despite its cast of children, IT is a fairly disturbing movie with some wonderfully nasty bits. Some of the most beautifully wicked scares you’ll see in a big budget fright film are lurking in this film. From the gory to the surreal, there’s a shock here for every taste. There are even some scenes that have an old-fashioned Gothic flavor to them, most of which take place in what is perhaps the best “haunted house” set I’ve seen in years. If you like a wide variety of creepy things, IT’s the spook show for you.

With an already killer box office intake and fabulous reviews, there’s little doubt that a sequel based on the novel’s second half is on its way. In fact, there’s one teased at the very end of the film. While I’ll certainly miss the child actors, I have no doubt that the next one will be another sensational work of horror cinema. I look forward to seeing Pennywise dance again. As for this current installment, stop clowning around and see it as soon as you can! Beep Beep!

News Bleed: The “Insidious Scream of the Snowman” Edition

Is the director of IT sinking his teeth into Dracula? Bloody Disgusting

A mysterious new Michael Jackson album called Scream is heading our way… and it looks like it might be spooky. 🙂 Variety

William “The Exorcist” Friedkin just filmed a REAL exorcism! IndieWire

Gary Oldman returns to supernatural terror with Mary. 🙂 Hollywood Reporter

The new trailer for The Snowman is chilling. Empire

The trailer for the latest Insidious is here to scare us! 🙂 io9

News Bleed: The “Two-Faced Munsters” Edition

Munster, Go Home! The Munsters are heading back to Terror-vision! 🙂 Deadline

IT Came From Spirit Halloween! PopCulture

Madballs roll into Ready Player One! Movie Web

Jigsaw will play around at Halloween Horror Nights! 🙂 Huffington Post

Special effects wizard Kevin Yagher is selling some of actual props from the Child’s Play movies! Shut up and take our money! Bloody Disgusting

Adam West defends Gotham one last time in Batman vs. Two-Face! 🙂 io9

News Bleed: The “IT Came From Ripley’s” Edition

Is Amazon’s Suspiria nearly three hours long? #dreamsdocumtrue Dread Central

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights gets groovy with Ash vs. Evil Dead! 🙂 Attractions Magazine

New Cult of Chucky image unveils the Bride of Chucky. 🙂 SyFy

Annabelle will take over Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square Odditorium for one day only! 🙂 Ripley’s Times Square

The totally jawsome Sarah Paulson joins M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass!🙂 Variety

Halloween’s creeping up on us… get a look at the 2017 Spooky Town collection! 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

The latest IT trailer gives a voice to Pennywise. 🙂 Screen Rant

News Bleed: The “Applause for Jaws” Edition

Hatchet slashes its way back to theater for its 10th anniversary! 🙂 Entertainment Weekly

These unearthed photos from the unaired Nightmare on Elm Street reality show are a dream! 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

The Alien: Covenant Blu Ray will be bursting with unseen footage! Digital Spy

Sink your teeth into Mondo’s vinyl release of the Jaws soundtrack! /FILM

Shhh… a new image from It appears on the cover of a French magazine. CBR

Stranger Things are afoot at Funko. 🙂 Dread Central

News Bleed: The “Dracspiria” Edition

2017 is the year of Suzy Bannion! A newly discovered Suspiria print has been discovered and is going on tour! Bloody Disgusting
NES Jason stalks into Friday the 13th: The Game!  The Escapist

Carnage will wreak havoc in Venom! CBR

A new writer crosses over into The Twilight Zone! Variety

Don’t worry, kiddies… IT is Rated R! Screen Rant

The BBC Sherlock team resurrects Dracula! BBC

Clint Howard’s Brother is directing the Han Solo solo film! 🙂 Hollywood Reporter

Jigsaw will be playing games again this October! 🙂 IGN

Breaking “Noose”: It Trailer and Buffy Reunion

Ho-wdy, Kinky Ho-rror Ho-mies! We may have just done a News Bleed, but some MONSTER news broke out of its tomb today! I’ve got a diabolical double feature of Haunted Headlines for ya! 🙂

First up, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. send in the clown with this brand-spankin’ new IT trailer! Ho-ly Heck, does this look spooktasticly good! I can’t remember the last trailer that gave me the heebie-jeebies this bad before! Clearly, these guys ain’t clowning around! (#ha!! :)) Now, I think we can all agree Tim “SeXXX God” Curry is the coolest clown in the circus, but this new Pennywise looks like he’ll give us a great scare in his own right! Can’t wait for this fright-fest!

Also, get a load (#ha!!, part deuXXX) of that Gremlins poster at 0:10!

Next up is the Sunnydale High School reunion we’ve been screaming for… The Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer just got back together for Entertainment Weekly! As you kinky ho-mies may know, Buffy is my absolute favorite show in the history of awesome, so I’m as eXXXcited as ghoul can be about this! I’m starting to think they lost the fight and became vampires, because The Scooby Gang looks Fang-freaking-tastic! 😉 Oh, Buffy crew… you SLAY us! 🙂 Entertainment Weekly