‘Retro Fan’ #2 The Halloween Issue: The Horror News Network Review

People who love Halloween tend to be the nostalgic short.  Whether it is due to the longings for plastic Halloween masks, candy that no longer exists, monster toys that you can only find on ebay for outrageous prices, or favorite movies and TV shows that keep the spirit of Halloween alive all year long, Halloween fans love to indulge in the past.

So if you are looking to whet your appetite for nostalgia this Halloween season, Michael Eury’s (the founder and editor of Back Issue! Magazine-the preeminent publication for comic book fans) Fall 2018 issue of Retro Fan has just the stuff you’re looking for! read more

Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Michael Myers ‘Halloween’ Action Figure: The Horror News Network Review

Halloween fans have been begging for a screen-accurate Michael Myers action figure from the 1978 original film for years. Thankfully, Mezco Toyz has stepped up to deliver a premium collectible that’s incredibly detailed for its size. From the high-end packaging, to the incredible likeness of the portrait, to the bounty of accessories, this figure is sure to make any Halloween fan happy!

I’ve pretty much stopped collecting statues and action figures under 12″ years ago because the quality isn’t always there with the paint aps and the sculpts can be hit or miss. Frankly, there’s only so much area to work with on a small action figure, and fans can only reasonably expect so many details on such a format. However, Mezo is defying all expectations with their One:12 Collective offering of Michael Myers. It simply has details on it that even figures twice its size can be lacking. As I posed the figure and swapped out hands and accessories for these photographs, I was surprised at the tiny details my camera was able to pick up. The figure’s signature coveralls are painstakingly stitched to cover the body and fit like real clothes. This is an incredible feat for the format, and I’ve seen costumes like this look like garbage bags on similar figures. Mezco have always been interested in detailed clothing since the dawn of their Living Dead Dolls line, and their expertise in the format transfers over beautifully to this figure. read more

Casting Begins on ‘October Faction’

Things are happening quickly for the Netflix adaptation of October Faction. Deadline is reporting that Tamara Taylor and J.C. MacKenzie have landed the lead roles on the series. Taylor who is known for her work on Party of Five, Bones, and Altered Carbon, will play the matriarch of the family, Deloris Allan. MacKenzie steps into the role of Frederick Allan, husband to Deloris and leader of the monster-hunting family.

The series, which is created by Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow), is set to run 10-episodes and is produced by High Park Entertainment in association with IDW Entertainment. Netflix’s tagline for the series is “Follow the adventures of a retired monster-hunter and his family, which includes a thrill-killer, a witch and a warlock. Based on Steve Niles’s comic.” read more

AMC Releases Schedule for Eli Roth’s ‘History of Horror’ Docuseries

Following in the footsteps of James Cameron’s History of Science Fiction and Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics, AMC’s will unleash Eli Roth’s History of Horror docuseries on October 14.

The series kicks off AMC’s annual Fear Fest, and features the following topics of discussion by some very notable guests (including Quentin Tarantino, Stephen King, Robert Englund, Greg Nicotero, and more):

10/14:  Zombies

10/21: Slashers

10/22: Slashers 2

10/28: Demons Inside

11/4: Ghosts read more

Producers Update Fans On ‘Morbius’ Film Following Success of ‘Venom’

Following a record-breaking opening weekend for Venom, it comes as no surprise that Sony Pictures plans to continue creating its own Spider-Man shared film universe with the next being a solo film for Morbius: The Living Vampire, according to producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach who revealed details on the next villain they plan to bring to the screen.

Arad and Tolmach have confirmed Academy Award winner Jared Leto has signed on for the lead part, which follows his first venture into a comic book film when he portrayed The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad. The producers suggest the film has a potential filming start date for February 2019. read more

‘Cursed Comics Cavalcade’ #1: The Horror News Network Review

DC Comics has been giving a lot of love to monster and horror fans throughout 2018.  Beginning the year with The Swamp Thing Winter Special, closely followed by the Young Monsters in Love anthology, and ending with the EC Comics inspired Cursed Comics Cavalcade (not to mention the recently released Walmart exclusive Swamp Thing Halloween Horror 100 Page Giant), DC has not been afraid to mix their traditional monster characters in with their standard superhero fare.

Like any successful comic book anthology (especially one that is 20 pages short of DC’s successful relaunch of the 100 Page Giant Super Spectacular editions), the Cursed Comics Cavalcade collection casts a wide enough net to satisfy fans and collectors of all ages, from classic DC silver age fans to those who regard the New 52 as a bygone era. read more

Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra Join the Cast of ‘The Witcher’

THR is reporting that Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra are the latest to join Netflix’s The Witcher series. Allan will assume the role of Ciri, an ashen-gray-haired princess of Cintra while Chalotra will step into the role of Yennefer, a sorceress and Geralt’s love interest.

In addition to the two major roles being announced today, Jodhi May, Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson, MyAnna Buring, and Adam Levy were amongst others that joined The Witcher.

Based on the books by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, The Witcher focuses on Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter who travels the countryside earning money by destroying evil monsters that plague the land. The books have sold over 33 million copies worldwide and have been adapted into comics, video games, and more. read more

First Official Trailer for 2019’s ‘Pet Sematary’ Released

Stephen King fans are in their glory right about now.  Following the recent release of the first movie poster and still images for next year’s remake of the 1989 film (and 1983 novel) Pet Sematary, Paramount Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer earlier today.  The trailer can been seen below.  This news, of course, is on the heels of another of King’s novels being turned into a huge Hollywood hit (2017’s IT.)

The new Pet Sematary, starring Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) and Amy Seimetz (Stranger Things), will be a remake of the 1989 film.  After opening to mixed reviews (favored by horror fans, dismissed by film critics), it would go on to gross around $57 million at the box office to be considered a mild hit.  The original movie spawned a 1992 sequel unaffiliated with King’s novel, but that proved to be a critical and financial flop.  The late Fred Gwynne was stellar in the original film as Maine local and neighbor Jud Crandall, a role to be played by the great John Lithgow in the new version.  Let’s hope his Maine accent isn’t quite as over-the-top as Gwynne’s was at times. read more

Eric Powell’s ‘The Goon’ Returns to Comics in 2019

Fans of Eric Powell and his non-nonsense, zombie-smashing, stone-faced hero the Goon have cause to celebrate today, because Powell will be bringing new stories starring his most famous creation to his publishing company Albatross Funnybooks in 2019!  An all new Goon comic book will debut from Albatross Funnybooks with a new The Goon #1 next spring.  This will be the first new Goon story to be published since Dark Horse’s The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time hard cover graphic novel in 2015, and according to the official press release , “…will kick off a year-long, 20th anniversary celebration featuring a national signing tour, Albatross Funnybooks’ collected editions of classic Goon graphic novels, limited edition Goon tiki mugs and more.” read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Ratings Continue to Decline

Deadline has a report on the latest Walking Dead ratings and things are not looking good for the series. Following a weekend where the cast of the AMC series shambled into New York Comic Con, around 6.1 million viewers tuned into the Season 9 debut “A New Beginning” which aired on October 7. The rating indicates an enormous drop of 47% from over 11 million that watched the Season 8 opener last October.

The rating decline could be skewed though as AMC offers an online service called AMC Premiere which allowed users to view the season premiere episode a day early. Whether or not those numbers could make a dent in the huge rating deficit remain unknown as the AMC Premiere numbers are not available. read more