Mad Monster Party 2015 Convention Highlights [Photo Gallery]

The 4th Annual Mad Monster Party horror convention took over Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend, and Halloween Daily News was there bring you all of the excitement!


Check out some of our photos from Day One of the con below, and then check back all weekend as we will be adding more new images and video each day, and be sure to follow us Instagram for live updates!

[Blu-ray Review] 'Escape From New York' Collector's Edition Is "A Number One"

Escape From New York is my favorite John Carpenter film. There, I said it. While Halloween, The Thing, The Fog, and Prince of Darkness are each near-perfect cinematic experiences and excellent examples of one of our greatest filmmakers in his prime, Escape is simply John Carpenter at his best.


The signature Dean Cundey camerawork from Halloween and The Fog is there, as is the manic and magnetic performance by Carpenter favorite Donald Pleasence, in his second of three collaborations with the director. The score is eerie, hypnotic, undeniably memorable, and unmistakably Carpenter (in association with his most frequent sonic collaborator Alan Howarth, of course). But Escape From New York really ascends by nailing the biting political commentary that would also come to define many of John Carpenter's greatest works, more effectively than ever before and arguably ever since.

William Shatner Trick or Treats as Michael Myers

While it's a well known piece of the Halloween legacy that the original Michael Myers mask used in John Carpenter's 1978 Halloween was actually a slightly altered Captain Kirk mask of the likeness of Star Trek icon William Shatner, but I have never heard Shatner talk about taking his kids trick or treating while wearing his own Myers mask until discovering this video.


William Shatner takes fans along for the ride on his life's various adventures on his website TheShatnerProject.com and its YouTube channel, where he shared this priceless video of the actor discussing Michael Myers with his daughter.

Sam Returns in 'Trick 'r Treat' Graphic Novel!

Legendary has just announced the return of Halloween icon Sam in a brand new Trick 'r Treat graphic novel to be released this October, in addition to a Krampus graphic novel coming in November, both from the mind of creator and director Michael Dougherty! 


Read on for the full press release and a first look at the return of Sam below, and then tell us what you think in the comments!

Evil Pops Up In New 'Scream Queens' Teasers

A brand new teaser for the upcoming new Fox series Scream Queens, starring Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, The Fog) and Emma Roberts (Scream 4, American Horror Story) and from the creators of American Horror Story and Glee, was released today, fittingly on Friday the 13th.


While this second teaser still has no real footage from the show, it does feature Emma Roberts and a devilish bubblegum bubble, again showing of the playfully bloody tone to expect from this "horror comedy". Watch the new teaser in the player below, and then let us hear your thoughts in the comments! [UPDATE 3/18/15: We just added a second teaser, featuring Keke Palmer, as well as the first image of Roberts in character as "Chanel".]

Dick Warlock Attends Intimate 'Halloween II' Screening [Exclusive]

When we heard that Dick Warlock would be at the Williamsburg Film Festival for a special screening of Halloween II, doing a live commentary, we quickly realized that we simply could not miss this event happening just two and a half hours away, so we hit the road to watch one of our favorite movies with Michael Myers himself!


This was an incredibly rare opportunity, as this was not at a horror convention, thus the very intimate (15 people) audience was made up of mostly older fans of classic Golden Age Hollywood westerns, some of whom had never seen the 1981 sequel Halloween II, starring Dick Warlock as "The Shape", aka Michael Myers.

Tony Moran Doc To Go Inside Michael Myers' 'Halloween' Mask

We just received word about a new documentary focusing on the life and career of Tony Moran, who portrayed the unmasked Michael Myers in the final moments of John Carpenter's 1978 Halloween.


Horror Icon: Inside Michael's Mask with Tony Moran sounds fascinating and we can't wait to check it out. You can read the full press release below and then scroll down to view the official poster!

Mad Monster Party Horror Con Returns To Charlotte, NC

The annual Mad Monster Party horror convention returns to Charlotte, North Carolina in March with another killer lineup of genre favorites, including Dick Warlock of Halloween II, Gunnar Hansen of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Sid Haig of House of 1000 Corpses, Doug Bradley of Hellraiser, Tobin Bell of Saw, plus Batman and Robin icons Adam West and Burt Ward, along with many more.


The 4th annual Mad Monster Party horror convention returns to the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina the weekend of March 27-29.

Danielle Harris to Host 'Girl on Girl' for GeekNation

Horror icon and Halloween favorite Danielle Harris is about to start hosting her new Girl on Girl show for GeekNation, featuring the actress interviewing other killer women, and we just learned when you will be able to check it out.


GeekNation told us today via Twitter that the first episode of Girl on Girl with Danielle Harris will begin shooting next week and is expected to start airing in April. UPDATE 2/27/15: Danielle Tweeted us tonight that she is "shooting now"!

Adam Green Clarifies 'Halloween' Comments

In an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit yesterday, director Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) was asked about a recent story by Starbust in which Green expressed his desire to direct the next Halloween movie and offered an opening scenario, but he says his quotes were taken out of context in an interview that was meant to be about his newest directorial effort Digging Up The Marrow.


In response to a fan question about his "proposed Halloween film", Green responded: "I never actually proposed a Halloween film. That was all just spun into a "story" from a writer looking for hits and traffic to their site and story. At the end of an hour long MARROW interview the writer asked as a 'just for fun'... if you could take on an existing character or franchise which one would you pick?"

Adam Green Wants To Direct New 'Halloween' Movie

Director Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) says he wants to direct the next Halloween movie, has met with the producers in recent years, is great friends with the newly announced writers, and even has pitch ready to go! 


UPDATE: Adam Green Clarifies 'Halloween' Comments

Starburst is reporting that they spoke to Green while he was on is recent tour promoting his latest film Digging Up The Marrow, and they got quite a lot from the director. Whether or not you like Green's prior films, I personally love his idea of how to re-launch the franchise.

'Bates Motel' Season 3 Promos Scream 'Psycho'

The latest promo for the upcoming Season 3 of the A&E series Bates Motel exclaims that Norman will become "the son he was always meant to be", capping a very Psycho-heaving promotional campaign this year.


You can watch the new promos for Season 3 of Bates Motel below, and then let us hear your thoughts in the comments! Personally, I can't wait until someone named "Loomis" shows up.

First 'Scream Queens' Teaser Takes A Stab

The first official teaser video for the upcoming new Fox series Scream Queens, starring Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween, The Fog) and Emma Roberts (Scream 4, American Horror Story) and from the creators of American Horror Story and Glee, was premiered online fittingly on Friday the 13th.


While the very brief teaser features no actual footage from the show (filming has not yet begun), it does give us a good idea of the playfully bloody tone to expect from this "horror comedy". Watch the teaser in the player below, and then let us hear your thoughts in the comments!

Friday the 13th: Steve Dash Calls Kane Hodder "Ultimate Jason"

When many of the cast members of some best loved Friday the 13th movies gathered in Virginia Beach in November of 2012 for the second Blood at the Beach Horror Convention, we were there to bring you the following report on what it was like creating the legacy of Jason Voorhees and helping to make a scary hockey mask synonymous with the infamous date!
Ron Millkie, Steve Dash, Amy Steel, Adrienne King, and Kane Hodder at the 'Friday the 13th' panel at Blood at the Beach, Nov. 11, 2012 in Virginia Beach. (photo: OBXentertainment.com)
Ron Millkie, Steve Dash, Amy Steel, Adrienne King, and Kane Hodder at the 'Friday the 13th' panel at Blood at the Beach, Nov. 11, 2012 in Virginia Beach. (photo: OBXentertainment.com)
Most people tend to forget that Jason did not actually show up and start slashing teen victims until Friday the 13th Part II, which was released in 1981 as the first of many sequels to the 1980 landmark original.

[Movie Review] Face Your Nightmares Inside Robert Englund's 'Fear Clinic'

As a fan of Robert Englund's too often unsung acting talents far beyond his work as Freddy Krueger, I also fully enjoyed director Robert G. Hall's Laid to Rest films, so I was pretty excited to see these two in action together in the new thriller Fear Clinic, which is out on Blu-ray this week from Anchor Bay.


I have never seen the web series that the film is based on, which might be the wrong way to enter this Clinic, but I was too excited to throw on that shiny new Blu-ray last night, and I was not disappointed.