Happy Halloween 2016

It’s every horror fans favorite day of the year, Halloween! Whether you are taking the kids out trick or treating, staying inside and passing out candy, or just curling up to your favorite horror movie, we hope you have fun!

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Creatures crawl in search of blood
To terrorize your neighborhood
And whosoever shall be found
Without the soul for getting down
Must stand and face the hounds of hell
And rot inside a corpse’s shell

The foulest stench is in the air
The funk of forty thousand years
And grizzly ghouls from every tomb
Are closing in to seal your doom
And though you fight to stay alive
Your body starts to shiver
For no mere mortal can resist
The evil of the thriller

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Lucifer Gets Full Season Order Based on Initial Ratings Success

The Hollywood Reporter and other media outlets are reporting that Fox’s Lucifer just received a “back-nine order” for a full second season.

The term “back nine order” is primarily used to indicate that a series has been extended to a full season of 22 episodes, after the first thirteen episodes of a season have been produced.

For any program, this is an excellent sign, but it is especially encouraging for a genre series like Lucifer.  Lucifer (based on Neil Gaiman’s character Lucifer Morningstar from the Sandman comic book series) has been very successful in terms of Neilsen Ratings, pulling in an average of 8 million multi-platform viewers per epiosde this season.

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Review: London Horror Comic #7

Title: London Horror Comic #7

Writer: John-Paul Kamath.

Artist: Drew Moss and Dean Kotz

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: October 31, 2016

Synopsis: Issue 7 of London Horror Comic features two complete stories that examine the effects of loneliness and isolation on two fragile souls and the horrors that it drives them to.

Our Thoughts: London Horror Comic has become a bit of an institution in the horror comic anthology realm. Issue 7 brings on the 10th year of the franchise and if that doesn’t seem like a lot of comics remember that this is a self-published comic and that is not an easy path. The level of effort to keep this up is extraordinary and can only be a labor of love. This is a consistently fun series that is easy to recommend to anyone able to track down a copy.

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Director Doug Liman Promises a Unique Take on DC Comics’ Dark Universe Film

In an interview with IGN, director Doug Liman promised that he would approach his film Dark Universe (formerly Justice League Dark) differently than previous installments in the fledgling DC Extended Universe.  Liman told IGN that “I love those characters, and I love Warner Bros., and I love [producer] Scott Rudin, and it’s — and you know, I get asked to come in and do things that are “unconventional.” If people want conventional, they don’t come to me.”

Liman further reiterated his different approach to the supernatural heroes film stating, “So even if I wanted to be a little bit more conventional, like, the system doesn’t want me to be. But since I do treat every project as a form of a film school, “OK I haven’t done that genre and how am I going to do it and how am I going to do it in a way that no one’s done it before,” so that’s, you know, I haven’t done a comic book film, and that’s — am I going to do it in a new way that’s unlike what anyone else has ever done, and come up with a couple of rules for myself of what we’re not going to do that other people do.”

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Alex Ross’ Universal Monsters Coming in 2017

Eisner Award winning comic artists, Alex Ross Fine Art will be premiering a Universal Monsters set next year at San Diego Comic Con next year. Ross’ “Creature Features” and will feature these classics both in their original black and white and color tinted editions.  The set features the Universal Monster icons that were featured in films during the 1920’s through the 1950’s. The Classic Universal Monsters set will include:

  • (Boris Karloff) Frankenstein -1931
  • (Bela Lugosi) Dracula-1931
  • (Elsa Lanchester) Bride of Frankenstein-1935
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon-1954
  • (Boris Karloff) The Mummy-1932
  • (Lon Chaney Jr) The Wolf Man-1941
  • (Claude Rains) The Invisible Man-1933
  • Monster Mash

Ross is best known for his work with Marvel and DC Comics on titles including Kingdom Come, Batman, Spiderman, and Justice League among many, many others. Horror comic fans, as well as those not fans of the genre, will most likely eat these instantly collectible items up from this legendary comic artist.  You can check out the preview below.

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Channel Zero: Candle Cove Mid-Season Review

Channel Zero: Candle Cove may not be a perfect show, but it is, without a doubt, one of the best horror shows produced this year.  After three episodes, the story of murderous children, creepy puppets and a town lost in grief, continues to deliver an intriguing tale that gets darker each week.

Director Craig William MacNeill does a masterful job creating a gripping and eerie setting in which the presence of unseen evil forces is palpable. However, Channel Zero: Candle Cove’s main issue is inconsistency. Moments of pure genius are followed by clunky dialogues and weak plotlines. Don’t get me wrong; the good significantly outnumbers the bad in this show, but the contrast between the high and lows after a while, becomes distracting.

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Beloved Horror Host Zacherley Dead at 98

Dread Central broke the news today that John Zacherle (better know by his stage name Zacherley) died yesterday, a day before the semi-annual Chiller Theater Convention that was named for his popular New York area horror television show from the 1960’s.

John Zacherle started out in early televison and radio broadcasting, but his real claim to fame came as the host of Shock Theater for WCAU-TV out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which debuted on October 7, 1957.  Zacherle started out as an undertaker/vampire character named “Roland” before switching to his trademark Zacherley.  

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Six Spooky Video Games to Revisit This Halloween!

In my experience, I’ve found the biggest fans of Halloween out there to be sentimental types. That would certainly explain the traditions and rituals we all go through to celebrate this fun holiday. For many of us, October is a time for movie traditions. Lists exist all over the web, ranging from six Halloween movies to hundreds of horror films to watch in anticipation and celebration of October 31st. While horror movies and Halloween go together like peanut butter and jelly, it’s certainly understandable that there are other fans out there who want to celebrate in a slightly different way. For all of those gamers out there looking for a way to get in on the action, let’s take a moment to review some of the greatest horror-themed video games ever created. Some of these games scared the heck out of me as I played them while others simply contain a horror element to them that makes them memorable. If you are inspired by these selections, feel free to dust off an old console or two, pop in a disc, and button mash your way to Halloween scares!

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Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s Split Released

A trailer for the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan thriller Split has been released. The film stars James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley, Jessica Sula and Haley Lu Richardson. Shyamalan teams up with his production partner on the The Visit Jason Blum. The film is said to return to Shyamalan’s roots, in the vein of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs, with an original story that “delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind.”

The official synopsis states: While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being. Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

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DVD & Blu-ray Releases: October 25, 2016

DVD & Blu-ray Releases: October 25, 2016

This week’s releases includes the James Wan’s produced Lights Out, Shout Factory’s Collector’s Edition of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III and a 17-Disc Limited Edition Box Set of The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast. You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.

Lights Out

Starring:  Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke, Maria Bello

Synopsis: When her little brother, Martin, experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother, Sophie.

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