Syfy is turning the classic Van Helsing story on his head, with a female in the lead role of its new series which is premiering September 23. Hollywood has been stirring controversy with its gender change ups recently, most notably with the all-female cast of Ghost Busters. In the new Syfy series Kelly Overton stars as the bad ass Vanessa Helsing, whose unique blood makes her immune to vampires, but also able to turn vamps into humans with her own bite. With her exceptional abilities, Helsing must lead humanity in the battle against the vampires
Everyone has their own “body horror” hang-ups. Some people cringe at joint or digit manipulation. Others duck for cover when eyes are in danger of being injured or removed. If the removal of teeth gets your skin crawling, my advice is to steer clear of the new teaser trailer for SyFy’s Channel Zero.
Channel Zero, a season long horror anthology program in the vein of American Horror Story from Max Landis (Chronicle) and Nick Antosca (co-producer and writer of Hannibal), begins with a tale based on Kris Straub’s short story “Candle Cove” from internet fan fiction site creepypasta.com. The creators expressed their excitement for the new project in an official release stating that, “We love the idea of doing seasons of TV like rich, character-driven horror novels, and for ‘Channel Zero: Candle Cove’ we’ve expanded this great short story ‘Candle Cove’ into something really nightmarish and haunting and surreal,” said Landis and Antosca. “We can’t wait to dig in deeper and bring this to life with Syfy and Universal Cable Productions.” read more
DVD & Blu-ray Releases: August 23, 2016
This week’s releases includes Ash Vs Evil Sn1 and The Walking Dead Season 6 for horror TV. As for movies, the Eli Roth-produced Clown and Duccio Tessari’s The Bloodstained Butterfly are out today. You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.
The Walking Dead Season 6
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Melissa McBride
Synopsis: Season Six starts with Alexandria s safety shattered by multiple threats. To make it, the people of Alexandria will need to catch up with our survivors hardness while many of Rick’s people will need to take a step back from the violence and pragmatism they’ve needed to embrace. These reversals won t happen easily, or without conflict. But now Rick’s group is fighting for something more than survival…They’re fighting for their home, and they will defend that at any cost, against any threat, even if that threat comes from within. read more
This week in new comics readers get to witness a spectacular ending and a notable beginning. Buffy Season Ten #30 wraps up the continuation of the popular television series in comic book form and DC unveils the first issue in their reboot of Hellblazer, starring everyone’s favorite con-man/magician John Constantine. Part of DC’s recent (and surprisingly frequent) relaunch of their universe, writer Simon Oliver places the title character with fellow former Vertigo stand-out Swamp Thing in a dark corner of the re imagined shared world. read more
Pop, in conjunction with Lionsgate Television and Zodiak Rights, will be giving the popular horror movie franchise Wolf Creek the small-screen treatment beginning on Friday, October 14th. Reprising his role as the tourist-murdering, territorial villain Mick Taylor will be John Jarratt (Australia, Django Unchained). Wolf Creek has already spawned two movies (2005 and a sequel in 2013), with the third cinematic installment having recently been announced as being under development.
Unlike the films, the upcoming television series on Pop will focus on the hunter being the hunted, as a former victim of Taylor’s killing spree returns to exact revenge. College student Eve Thorogood, played by Lucy Fry (Vampire Academy, Hulu’s 11.22.63), escapes the murder of her entire family in the Australian Outback and begins stalking Mick Taylor to avenge her family. The six-episode series will focus on Thorogood’s journey from victim to retribution, if she gets that far. read more
Exciting news for aspiring horror writers as CryptTV, the video company fronted by Eli Roth and Blumhouse Productions, is partnering with crowd-sourcing platform Inkshares to launch a collection of horror books under the CryptTV brand.
As a part of this partnership, CryptTV is running a contest through Inkshares where the top three horror stories will automatically be published by Inkshares; then CryptTV will choose one of those to brand under their CryptTV name. According to news source Deadspin, the contest will end on October 31st with the winners being announced on November 4th. read more
In a recent tweet referencing her appearance in the last seconds of the new Scream Queens season 2 trailer, Lea Michele used the hashtag #HannibalHester. Check out why right here:
Obviously, taking its cue from Halloween II, season 2 of Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens is hospital-centric. Along with the Hannibal Lecter mask, the one-minute trailer is riddled with horror icons. This season will enlist the talents of Taylor Lautner (The Twilight Saga), Jerry O’Connell (Scream 2), horror royalty Jaime Lee Curtis (Halloween, I, II and H2O) and John Stamos for good measure. Emma Roberts (American Horror Story: Coven & Freak Show) will reprise her role of Chanel Oberlin. read more
Deadline has reported that everyone’s favorite 80’s vampire movie, The Lost Boys, is the latest in a string of former movie titles that is slated to be re-launched as a television show. The CW Network has acquired the show which is said to be a re-imaging of the popular Joel Schumacher classic.
Written by Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars and iZombie, this newest version of The Lost Boys was pitched as a seven-season anthology spanning seven decades in the life of the main cast of vampires with each season covering a different decade; Season One will be based in San Francisco during the 1960’s hippie movement. read more
Welcome to the darker side of Archie comics. “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” trade paperback, which includes issues 1-5, offers up a way for comic fans to catch up of they have not been following along already. I must admit, I was a bit skeptical and hesitant to try the series at first, but was urged by fellow Horror News Network staff to do so. When I think of Archie comics I think of their classic cartoonish style, Jughead, and Veronica. This horror comics fan was not sure it would appeal to me, however given their foray into the horror genre with “Afterlife with Archie“ in 2014, I was prompted to give this book a try. read more
With a rich, tense and macabre handle on description and characters found within the pages of published works by the Horror Writer’s Association, Sinister Grin Press, Fireside Press and more, Melissa Lason and Michelle Garza share not only a disturbing bloodline but a creative and infamous storytelling focus infused with a twisted wit. The “Sisters of Slaughter” have cultivated a legacy that not only defines them as pillars of women in horror but damned storytellers in their novel “Mayan Blue” that blends the horror of history, science, anatomy as well as occult into pace tightening ride of hellish proportions. The creators of Xibalba took some time out to talk about not only “Mayan Blue” but the undead, influences, the edit and micro book presses here on Horror News Network. read more