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INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 4 New 2018 Release Date Details

Blumhouse and Adam Robitel‘s Insidious: Chapter 4 (2018) has a new release date for January 5, 2018, by Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures. The original release date was set for October 20, 2017, so yes, Halloween 2017 will miss this film. Guess the film needed a little more polish or fell victim to scheduling issues. Starring in Insidious: Chapter 4 are Javier Botet, Lin Shaye, and Spencer Locke.

New Poster for THE MUMMY Features Scary Eye of The Mummy

Universal Pictures released this new poster for Alex Kurtzman‘s The Mummy (2017). This poster focuses on the scary eye of The Mummy Princess and the writing below that eye. I have high hopes for this film like other horror fans, and the Universal Monsters universe. The Mummy releases in movie theaters on June 9, 2017. Sofia Boutella, Tom Cruise, and Annabelle Wallis star in The Mummy.

Syfy Renews CHANNEL ZERO for Season 3 / Season 4?

Syfy and Universal Cable Productions have given Syfy’s Channel Zero TV series the greenlight for season 3 and 4. Channel Zero’s Season 1 ratings must have been superb. Syfy’s Channel Zero Season 2 premieres this upcoming Halloween October 2017, with Brian Russell’s NoEnd House as a featured creepypasta. Max Landis is confirmed to return as the executive producer.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON Remake w/ Max Landis / Skybound Entertainment / Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures and Skybound Entertainment is currently developing a remake of John LandisAn American Werewolf in London (1981). Writing the remake is John Landis’ son Max Landis who is currently in talks to direct the film. Furthermore, David Alpert (executive producer of AMC’s The Walking Dead) and Robert Kirkman (creator of AMC’s The Walking Dead) are producing the An American Werewolf in London remake. John Landis will executive produce with Todd Garner and Matt Smith also set to produce.

Kevin Bacons THE DARKNESS Blu-ray / Bonus Features Review

The Darkness (2016) Blu-ray comes home via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and is directed by Greg McLean. Click here for the full review of the film. This review will cover the Blu-ray (DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD releasing on September 6, 2016) and bonus features.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Mazes Announced for Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood / Orlando

Universal Studios announced they would also have Ryan Murphy‘s American Horror Story mazes featured in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights 2016 in both Hollywood and Orlando. Halloween Horror Nights opens September 16, 2016. The American Horror Story mazes will focus on Murder House, the Freak Show, and the Hotel Cortez. Included below are the announcement trailer, poster, and official press release.

KRAMPUS Maze Coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2016 For Universal Studios Hollywood / Orlando Resort

Universal Studios announced the new Krampus Maze attraction for both Universal Studios Hollywood and Univeral Studios Orlando. This announcement is excellent news because the character designs featured in Michael Dougherty‘s Krampus (2015) looked amazing, and I wished I could see them up close. Check out the full poster and trailer video below.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON Restored Blu-ray Release Date Details

We are finally getting a restored version of John LandisAn American Werewolf in London (1981) with loads of special features included. This Restored Edition is a special 35th Anniversary version of the film via Universal on September 27, 2016. It is noting that the special features are the same as included in previous versions of the film. You can pre-order via Amazon here.

Freddy, Jason, and Leatherface are Coming to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood

Halloween Horror Nights 2016 at Universal Studios Hollywood will now feature Freddy Krueger, Jason Vorhees, and Leatherface. Fans and visitors will get to interact with each horror icon character in their own horrifying mazes. Add these characters to the already announced Michael Myers and the year-round The Walking Dead attraction and it feels like a wonderful time for horror fans.

M. Night Shyamalan's New Horror Film SPLIT Photos / Theatrical Release Date!

M. Night Shyamalan (writer/director/producer) released new stills for his latest horror thriller titled Split (2017) via Universal Pictures and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, and Marc Bienstock. In case you missed the trailer, here it is. The six photos below do a great job conveying the thrills in this horror film. This film puts James McAvoy in a body shared by 23 personalities with the ability to change the body chemistry for each supernaturally. Split will release in movie theaters on January 20, 2017. Split stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula, and Haley Lu Richardson.

First Look at Sofia Boutella in Universal Picture's THE MUMMY

Universal Pictures Monsters and Alex Kurtzman‘s The Mummy (2017) finally has a first look at Sofia Boutella in costume. These photos do not feature the Mummy costume we were waiting for but still a good look at the pre-monster look. Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, and Annabelle Wallis star in The Mummy.

Michael Myers Returns to Universal Studios for HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

Universal Studios announced that Michael Myers would return to Halloween Horror Nights 2016 in both Orlando and Hollywood. The new title for the attraction is called “Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield.” Watch the “Michael Myers Returns to Halloween Horror Nights” video below.

HARDCORE HENRY Blu-ray / DVD / Digital HD / On Demand Release Date Details

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and STX Entertainment revealed that they will release Ilya Naishuller‘s Hardcore Henry (2015) on Digital HD on July 12, 2016, and on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on July 26, 2016. The Blu-ray features deleted scenes and commentary with the director and star/executive producer Sharlto Copley. Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, and Haley Bennett star in Hardcore Henry.

THE BURBS Blu-ray Now at Best Buy / Major Release in August 2016

Joe Dante‘s The Burbs (1989) is a favorite of mine that I rewatch every year or so. The official The Burbs Blu-ray is currently available at Best Buy stores right now for purchase with the wider release coming on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A little unnerving is the fact that the bonus features will include the same special features as the 1999 DVD release. Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, and Carrie Fisher star in The Burbs.

Universal Studios Hollywood Announces Opening Day for WALKING DEAD Attraction

Universal Studios Hollywood has announced they are opening their “The Walking Dead” attraction on Monday, July 4, 2016, in California. The Walking Dead was previously a Halloween Horror Nights event but is now a permanent attraction. The video below shows Greg Nocotero and AMC partnering with Universal to bring the best possible authentic experience.

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 4 Release Date Details and Lin Shaye Confirmed to Return!

Blumhouse released a video detailing that Lin Shaye will be returning as parapsychologist Elise Rainier in the latest Insidious film, Insidious: Chapter 4 (2017), directed by Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)) and set to release in movie theaters on October 20, 2017, just in time for Halloween 2017. Leigh Whannell, Insidious franchise writer, and co-star will write the screenplay, and it is likely he will also return to star as paranormal investigator Specs. Speculation is this new film will take place either before Elise’s fate at the end of the first film or sometime in “The Further” after her fate. Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and James Wan will produce the latest Insidious movie. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions is backing the film with Universal Pictures set for domestic distribution duties.

Universal is Making A New INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE Franchise!?

Universal Pictures is pushing forward with their new monster universe, and they are adding a new film adaptation based on Anne Rice‘s Interview with the Vampire. Josh Boone completed the screenplay that is co-written with Jill Killington. Keynotes are that the screenplay was dated April 2016, meaning that the draft was already turned in. The next keynote is that the screenplay is based on both novels “Interview with the Vampire” and “The Vampire Lestat.” The films are being developed as The Vampire Chronicles.

THE MUMMY Might Cast Russell Crowe!?

Russell Crowe is in early talks to star in Alex Kurtzman‘s The Mummy (2017) reboot film. Crowe might star as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Crowe could join Tom Cruise, Jake Johnson, Annabelle Wallis, Courtney B. Vance, and Sofia Boutella if this deal goes through. The Mummy is set to release in movie theaters on June 9, 2017. Dr. Jekyll will only appear in the film and not star in the film; Universal plans on introducing the character in his own film thus filling out the Universal Monsters Universe a little more. Tom Hardy and Javier Bardem were also in talks to play the role previously.

THE EXORCIST Maze Coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort announced the all-new The Exorcist Maze coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2016. Check out the announcement video below. An awesome addition to the haunted attraction event. #UniversalHHN

New Trailer for SADAKO VS KAYAKO [Video]

Are you ready to see Koji Shiraishi‘s Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) or The Ring vs. The Grudge (2016) or Ringu vs. Ju-On (2016) to many? The film comes via Universal Pictures to movie theaters in Japan on June 18, 2016. There is no official word on a US release date currently. Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Misato Tanaka, Masahiro Komoto, and Masanobu Ando, with Takako Fuji reprising her role as Kayako, the vengeful spirit in the Ju-On films. There are no English subtitles for this trailer, but it looks excellent and a real horror fan pleasure.

THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE Maze Announced for Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 26

Leatherface runs rampant in this year’s Halloween Horror Night 2016, in Florida. Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26 will feature The Texas Chain Saw Massacre maze with Leatherface and chainsaw. “Halloween Horror Nights 26 will run select nights from September 16 to October 31. “

BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN Illustration by Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens recently made a tribute art piece for the Universal Pictures monster The Bride of Frankenstein. Tell us in the comments below how much you appreciate this art and don’t forget to share.

THE WALKING DEAD Year-Round Attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood in Summer 2016

Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that they will now feature The Walking Dead year-round starting this Summer 2016, blessed by Greg Nicotero. During the Halloween Horror Nights, The Walking Dead is one of the biggest events, and it is awesome to hear that you can experience it year-round now.

Lauren Cohen's THE BOY Blu-ray / DVD Release Date Details

William Brent Bell‘s The Boy (2016) with Lauren Cohen releases on Blu-ray / DVD / On Demand this May 10, 2016, via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Digital HD release comes sooner on April 26, 2016. The Boy is different and unexpected to most, definitely worth watching. Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, and James Russell star in The Boy.

KRAMPUS Blu-ray / DVD Release Details

Michael Dougherty‘s Christmas horror movie Krampus (2015) releases on Blu-ray/DVD this upcoming April 26, 2016, via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The VOD release comes earlier on April 12, 2016. Bonus features I am interested in are the alternate ending, deleted scenes, extended scenes, commentary with Dougherty and for the inner geek in me, behind the scenes at Weta Workshop. Full bonus features listed below. Krampus stars Adam Scott, Toni Collette, and David Koechner.

Universal Pictures The Invisible Man Casts JOHNNY DEPP

Universal Pictures is hard at work grabbing talent for their upcoming monster reboot. The latest addition will be Johnny Depp as The Invisible Man. Tom Cruise is set to star in the new Mummy film while Angelina Jolie might star as the Bride of Frankenstein. Johnny Depp has that funny walk and mannerism that kicked off his role as Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. I would be very interested to see how Depp plays this role.

Vin Diesel's New RIDDICK Movie Will Be a Origin Story [Video]

Vin Diesel dropped the bomb that the next Riddick movie will be an origin story. Watch the video with Vin Diesel and David Twohy making the announcement about the movie and TV series. “Do you want to know where it all started? Where it all began with that dark character called Riddick?” Diesel states that he would like to start shooting in 2017. The movie will be all about Riddick’s back story or a Riddick origin story. As of right now, they cannot decide if the movie should be rated PG-13 or an R. Universal TV signed a deal with Diesel regarding the Riddick TV series that Diesel will also produce. Enjoy the full video below.

CRIMSON PEAK Blu-ray / DVD Release Date Details

Guillermo del Toro‘s latest film Crimson Peak (2015) will release on Blu-ray / DVD, VOD this upcoming February 9, 2016. The Digital HD release for Crimson Peak is January 26, 2016, as announced by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures. Interesting special features include feature commentary from Guillermo Del Toro, interviews, featurettes, and deleted scenes. Full details on special features are detailed below. Cast in Crimson Peak is Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Tom Hiddleston.

THE WOLF MAN REMAKE Release Date News Update

Universal Pictures is revamping all of their classic horror monsters, and it has just been announced that The Wolf Man (2018) release date will be set for March 30, 2018. Aaron Guzikowski has been brought onboard for the new wolf man film. In case, you were wondering about Universal’s movie monster world, Dracula, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Wolf Man will all share one universe like Marvel movies have done successfully. Dracula Untold (2014) was the starting movie for this shared monster world. Tom Cruise is attached to star in the new Mummy film. So far, Universal Pictures sounds like they may not have planned their monster universe too well but I could be wrong. Share your thoughts below, we would love to hear what you think.

Special Featurette for KRAMPUS from Michael Dougherty and Cast [Video]

Universal Pictures released a new featurette for Krampus (2015) with the director Michael Dougherty plus cast members including Stefania LaVie Owen, Allison Tolman, Conchata Ferrell, Adam Scott, David Koechner, and Emjay Anthony. Krampus releases in movie theaters on December 4, 2015, and you already know we are hyped to see this new Christmas horror film. Krampus used a $15 million budget and knowing Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat (2007), X-Men 2 (2003), Superman Returns (2006)), he used that budget well.

Kevin Bacon stars in New TREMORS TV Series

Kevin Bacon is confirmed to star in Tremors TV series. Universal Films and Blumhouse Productions will produce the TV series that might air on NBC or Syfy. What do you think of Kevin Bacon returning to the Tremors franchise, especially in a TV series?

The Visit Blu-ray / DVD Release Date Details

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is releasing M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Visit (2015) Blu-ray / DVD on this upcoming January 5, 2016. Special features include the making of the visit and Becca’s photos. Not exactly a terrific special feature lineup but still better than none. I enjoyed the film and even though the special features are a little lackluster, I would still buy the Blu-ray because the movie was entertaining. Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, and Deanna Dunagan star in The Visit.

THE GIFT Blu-ray / DVD Release Date Details

Joel Edgerton‘s The Gift (2015) mystery thriller movie releases on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital HD and on Demand this upcoming October 27, 2015, via Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. If you have not already heard of this movie, you have to see it. Joel Edgerton as Gordo delivers a very creepy/sinister performance. The Blu-ray / DVD comes with an alternate ending, deleted scenes, commentary from director Joel Edgerton, a darker side of Jason Bateman featurette, and karma for bullies featurette. Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and Joel Edgerton star in The Gift.

Frank Grillo Reveals More on The Purge 3

Frank Grillo recently dropped some news on the direction of James DeMonaco‘s The Purge 3 (2016). Universal is scheduled to release The Purge 3 on July 1, 2016, with filming set to start this September 2015. Frank Grillo returns as Sergeant Leo Barnes and said that this time around, there is a bigger focus on Sergeant Leo Barnes’ backstory. Read the Frank Grillo quote below and tell us in the comments how excited you are for the next Purge movie.

The Walking Dead Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 2015

Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood will once again have AMC’s The Walking Dead zombies in full at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights 2015. Universal Studios Hollywood will have The Walking Dead: Wolves Not Far maze. Read the full details below in the official press release and watch the video announcement below.

Guillermo del Toro on Crimson Peak, The Strain, Pacific Rim 2, Trollhunters and more

Guillermo del Toro, being at the San Diego Comic-Con 2015, had a lot to share about his current projects and his upcoming projects. Del Toro is the horror icon who we can see in great horror films, TV series and novels. Hear all that he has to say in this interview about FX’s The Strain Season 2, Legendary Pictures and Universal PicturesCrimson Peak (2015), Pacific Rim 2 and his new book Trollhunters. Crimson Peak stars Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam. If you’re anything like me, just geek out and listen to what the master of horror has to say.

Eli Roth to Direct Prehistoric Shark Movie MEG

Steve Alten‘s New York Times bestseller Meg - short for Megalodon - will get a movie adaptation by Eli Roth. Can this be the next Jaws (1975)? Two men attempt to destroy the monster shark which is huge to modern day sharks, approximate max size of a Mammoth Megalodon Shark are 50-78 ft and at about 70-100 tons. I do not know how two men will have a chance with that massive of a size difference. The book has the monster shark terrorizing California but due to financing, the shark will now terrorize China… yeah. It appears Warner Bros. is trying to make huge profits like Universal Picture‘s Jurassic World (2015) did.

Unfriended (2014) Blu-ray / DVD Release Details / Cover Art

Unfriended (2014) aka Cybernatural (2014) released the upcoming Blu-ray / DVD release details and art. Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release Unfriended on Digital HD on July 28, 2015 and on Blu-ray / DVD / On Demand this upcoming August 11, 2015. This horror thriller was directed by Levan Gabriadze (as Leo Gabriadze) with the cast including Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer and Courtney Halverson.

M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit Movie Poster Reveal

M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Visit (2015) takes us into that deep down unsuspected horror of scary grandma’s. The Visit releases September 11, 2015 which is a Blumhouse Productions film from Universal Pictures. Shymalan wrote and directed the film near his Pennsylvania home which he also self-financed the horror film. Other events during this filming included Shymalan signing a deal with Jason Blumhouse of Blumhouse Productions which has also made a big deal signing with Universal Pictures, a 10 year extension to their first-look deal together. The trailer is said to be released soon and I cannot wait to see it.

Universal Pictures 'Unfriended' Releases in Movie Theaters April 17, 2015

Universal PicturesUnfriended (2014), originally known as Cybernatural (2014), releases in movie theaters on April 17, 2015. This new horror thriller movie is directed by Levan Gabriadze and looks to take cyberbullying to a whole new level. The cast of Unfriended include Cal Barnes, Matthew Bohrer and Courtney Halverson. Tell us what you think of Unfriended (2014) because we know it is a hot movie from our Facebook and Twitter comments.

Watch the Opening Scene from Syfy's '12 Monkeys' TV Series

Syfy and Universal Cable Productions are bringing the 12 Monkeys TV series to the small screen premiering Friday January 16, 2015. We get to see the entire opening scene in this video and although I am not particularly stoked to see the TV series, I am interested more than before. Starring in the 12 Monkeys TV series are Aaron Stanford (as James Cole/Time Traveler, was played by Bruce Willis), Amanda Schull (as the Doctor, was played by Brad Pitt), Noah Bean (as Aaron Marker) and Kirk Acevedo (as Ramses). Hard to call this one on an opening scene but I will check it out on premiere night.

Ouija Blu-ray / DVD / Digital HD Release Dates and Cover Art

Director Stiles White‘s Ouija (2014) will be getting a Blu-ray / DVD / On Demand / Digital HD with UltraViolet on February 3, 2015 thanks to Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Digital HD version without UltraViolet releases on January 13, 2015. The Blu-ray bonuses include three videos that seem very interesting including The Spirit Board: An Evolution, Icon of the Unknown and Adapting the Fear; full details below on each from the press release. Cast in Ouija (2014) are Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos and Daren Kagasoff.

Luke Evans' 'Dracula Untold' Blu-ray / DVD Release Details and Cover Art

Universal Pictures will be releasing Gary Shore‘s Dracula Untold (2014) on Blu-ray ,DVD and Digital HD this upcoming January 20, 2015 then On Demand on February 3, 2015. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures will include the standard deleted scenes on the Blu-ray release but will also include an alternate opening scene, tons of behind the scenes videos plus a feature commentary with director Gary Shore. This all sounds great for me because I really dig these kind of extras. Cast in Dracula Untold are Luke Evans as Dracula/Vlad the Impaler, Dominic Cooper, Charles Dance and Sarah Gadon.

Adam Wingard's The Guest Blu-ray / DVD Release Details and Cover Art

Universal Pictures and Adam Wingard‘s The Guest (2014) hits Blu-ray / DVD this upcoming January 6, 2015. The movie has received amazing scores and I have to check it out. The cover art fits the movie as being simple and to the point. Starring in The Guest are Dan Stevens, Sheila Kelley and Maika Monroe.

A24 Confirms US Rights for Ex Machina (2015)

Writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later…, Dredd, Halo) makes his directorial debut with Ex Machina (2015). This new film is a sci-fi drama thriller so I am already sold on that. I just hope Alex Garland hits the mark. A24 will release the movie on April 10, 2015 with Universal International Pictures to distribute the film internationally. Ex Machina (2015) stars Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.

Ouija (2014) - UK Poster

Universal PicturesOuija (2014) hits theaters this Friday October 24, 2014 and today we have the UK poster to tease us. The UK poster looks very different from the mysterious Ouija-only US trailer. We see a haunted looking figure in the background with a girl who is levitated while using the Ouija board in the foreground. Cast in Stiles White‘s Ouija are Olivia Cooke, Douglas Smith and Bianca Santos.

Blumhouse / Universal Pictures 'Cybernatural' Release Date Details

Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to Blumhouse‘s Cybernatural (2014). Cybernatural is a new type of horror movie directed by Levan Gabriadze. The internet becomes haunted by a notorious bully who committed suicide because of an embarrassing viral video. Cybernatural releases on April 10, 2014 with Shelley Hennig, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Courtney Halverson, Matthew Bohrer, Heather Sossaman and Jacob Wysocki.

Ouija (2014) - 2 New Movie Clips

Universal PicturesOuija (2014) hits movie theaters this October 24, 2014. Today we have 2 new clips for Ouija. Director Stiles White has to make this horror movie scary and stand out from the rest. I am definitely going to watch this movie the first chance I get. Starring in Ouija are Olivia Cooke, Douglas Smith and Bianca Santos.

NEW Dracula Untold (2014) TV Spot 'Drink and Become Dracula' and 2 B-Roll Videos

Gary Shore‘s Dracula Untold (2014) opens in movie theaters this October 10, 2014 and I am so stoked to see this vampire movie. The new TV spot is titled ‘Drink and Become Dracula.’ Starring in Dracula Untold are Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Diarmaid Murtagh, Charles Dance and Samantha Barks.

Dracula Untold (2014) - New Poster with Vampire Luke Evans

Universal Pictures will unleash vampires in Dracula Untold (2014) this October 10, 2014 and I am already stoked to see this new vampire film. Luke Evans delivers a great performance in almost every movie he ever stars in and playing the legendary vampire Dracula is going to be a real treat. This new poster features Dracula, played by Luke Evans, in all his greatness with a little CGI bat-morphing action. Gary Shore directs Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Samantha Barks and Diarmaid Murtagh.