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Just as predicted ..

The HORROR REPORT said months ago that the WOMAN IN BLACK 2 would be a surprise hit in January--January is an exceptionally good time to release PG-13 horror movies..

And without fail, we were right on the prediction..

The WOMAN IN BLACK 2 did not have enough scare to surpass THE HOBBIT, which is continuing to get incredibly high numbers in the box office both domestic and international, but it did defy the odds and surpass its own estimates. It grossed an estimated $15mil or more, beating the distributor's prediction of a $9 mil weekend--strongest nights were Friday and Saturday, undoubtedly date night crowds chomping for horror after the Christmas and New Years holidays wrapped up..

But according to estimates and indications, WOMAN IN BLACK 2 played very good with female and younger crowds as opposed to a male-centric audience.

This is what HORROR and other genres are going to have to play to now..  Horror's broader appeal to women is going to change the face and shape of horror movies.. The gore may buckle under the pressure of deeper scares--the movie BABADOOK is a clear example of a movie playing to the deep fears within women..

It's not just a man's world anymore.




STRANGER THINGS 2 looks incredible

The newest STRANGER THINGS 2 trailer hit on Friday the 13th .. amazing timing as always with the fine people at Netflix..

The excitement over this program is incredible. Not only are people re-watching and re-binging the first season in preparation, but there is an equal amount of re-watching and analyzing of the newest trailers..

Before discussion.. take a glance:

My initial thought: This is actually the weaker of the teasers and trailers for season 2.. Yes, I am inclined to wonder why Eleven is more androgynous  .. why she has more hair now and no one shaved it. why she is out of the upside down and eating Eggos in the normal world..

So many questions about her. But the trailer didn't pay much attention to her--I think on purpose. Instead we glimpsed into the post-pubescent boys and now new friends of another gender planning something, just as the world is being taken over by giant squid creatures from the upside down.

Not viewed at all? Mike's mom and dad. Barb..

Forgive me…


Yes, indeed.. a hurricane-ish type storm is about to hit Ireland..

Hurricane Ophelia is the 10th consecutive hurricane to form in the Atlantic basin this year. According to University of Miami hurricane expert Brian McNoldy, the last time ten consecutive storms became a hurricane was 1893. While a very interesting factoid, the "elephant in the room" is that Ophelia is headed to Ireland. It is rare, but not unprecedented.

There are a few interesting things about this.. First off, there have been really rare occasions that storms of this nature made it as far as Ophelia may..

Actually there have been only a handful in the past years since about, oh, 1851..

From 1851 to 2010, only 10 extratropical storms, typically the tail ends of tropical cyclones, have hit within 200 miles (322 kilometers) of Ireland....Hurricane Debbie was the only tropical hurricane to make landfall in that area, clipping the far northwest of the British Isles in 1961.

But this is 2017--the year that mayhem on …