Entries by Mark McCurley

Jared Harris Joins Cast of ‘Morbius’

Just in from Deadline, Sony’s latest feature to be based on a Spider-Man villain titled Morbius has added Jared Harris to its expanding cast.

Known for his performances in AMC’s Madmen and The Crown on Netflix, Harris has signed on to play a role that currently is under wraps.

Set to star Jared Leto and be directed by Daniel Espinosa, Morbius tells the story of Dr. Michael Morbius, a character that first debuted in The Amazing Spider-Man issue #101. After attempting to cure a fatal blood disease by injecting himself with a treatment serum derived from bats, he is transformed into a vampire. He acquires all the strengths of a creature of the night, especially the taste for human blood. read more read more

Glenn Danzig Reveals First Production Stills of ‘Verotika’

It’s time to tell MOTHER that Glenn Danzig has release three production stills from his debut feature film titled Verotika via Facebook.

Currently in post-production, he promises the film is going to be a hard R-rated visual feast.

The photos that were released Monday, 2/25 on social media feature three scenes; a woman viewed from the back gazing eerily into a mirror in a candlelit room, a horrifyingly grotesque monster pulling back on the face of what appears to be a shocked captive and finally a woman wearing a spiked-crown in a mesh headdress with an angry expression as she is wielding a knife in one hand and holding the hair of a dead-eyed victim in the other. read more read more

New Trailer from AMC Reveals Creepy First Look at ‘NOS4A2’

During the mid-season premier of The Walking Dead‘s ninth season aired a teaser for AMC’s latest horror adaptation, NOS4A2 (pronounced Nosferatu), based on the novel by author Joe Hill.

Main characters include Vic McQueen, Bing Patridge, Chris McQueen, Linda McQueen and Charlie Manx, who will be respectively portrayed by Ashleigh Cummings, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Virginia Kull and Zachary Quinto.

An early synopsis for the series tells Quinto will play Manx, a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – an icy, twisted Christmas village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Manx finds his whole world threatened when a young woman in New England (Cummings) discovers she has a dangerous gift. Cummings will play Vic McQueen, a young, working-class artist whose creativity awakens a supernatural ability to track Manx. What Vic lacks in social confidence, she makes up for in courage, humor, and tough-as-nails grit. She strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself. read more read more

Bidding Battle for Film Rights of Joe Hill’s Short Story ‘Faun’ Won by Netflix and Sugar23

Coming exclusively from Deadline, Faun, an upcoming short story by Joe Hill, has been picked up by Netflix and Sugar23 to be adapted for the screen.

After winning a three-studio bidding war to secure the rights, Netflix is teaming with Jeremy Slater who will write the script and Michael Sugar will produce through his Sugar23 banner along with Ashley Zalta.

For interested readers, the short story will be published in a collection this coming fall titled At Home in the Dark. read more

Jason Blum Shares Plans to Create a Cinematic Universe for Blumhouse

Straight from a video interview with CinePOP, Jason Blum, founder and CEO at Blumhouse Pictures, shared his plans of creating a cinematic universe for his production company that would include original characters of his films and ones from fan-favorite franchises as well.

Although the interview was in promotion for Happy Death Day 2U along with the film’s writer and director Christopher Landon, Blum went on to discuss other projects in the pipeline. read more

Check out ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Superbowl Spot Compilation

Between the quarters of the Patriots’ sixth Superbowl win were four teaser trailers for the upcoming horror feature Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark which is scheduled for release on August 9 this year.

Based on the popular book trilogy written by the late Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories synopsis tells it is set in 1968 America. Change is blowing in the wind… but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome. read more read more

Netflix’s ‘Locke & Key’ Adds Griffin Gluck and Steven Williams to Cast

Just in from Deadline, Griffin Gluck and Steven Williams have been cast in Netflix’s adaptation of the comic series Locke & Key created by Joe Hill.

Formerly the star of American Vandal, Gluck has been added as a series regular and Williams (The Chi, The Leftovers) will have a recurring role in the upcoming series.

L&K is a horror/fantasy series that centers around the Locke siblings; Kinsey, Tyler and Bode (Emilia Jones, Connor Jessup and Jackson Robert Scott). After the horrific killing of their father, the children go to live in their old family home in Massachusetts where they find the house has magical keys that give them an supernatural powers and abilities. Unbeknownst to them, however, a sinister demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to obtain them and the powers that go with them. read more read more

Proof that All Art is Dangerous with New ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ Poster

Straight from Netflix, the streaming site has release a new poster for its upcoming horror film Velvet Buzzsaw.

A Netflix Original starring Jake Gyllenhaal and by writer-director Dan Gilroy (reunited with Gyllenhaal from 2014’s Nightcrawler), Buzzsaw is a horror thriller set in the deep and dark world of Los Angeles’ contemporary art scene, where big-money artists and mega-collectors pay top-dollar when art collides with commerce.

Everything goes south in the art community after a series of paintings are found in a dead hermit’s apartment. Soon enough they become all the rage up until their supernatural powers slowly start creeping off of the canvas and into reality. read more read more

Nick Castle Comments on His Future in the ‘Halloween’ Franchise

In a recent interview with Collider, Michael Myers star Nick Castle said he would love to return for a cameo appearance in a future Halloween sequel, especially if familiar cast and crew, namely Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter, come back as well.

With the release of 2018’s Halloween on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital this week, Castle also talked about his co-star James Jude Courtney and what is was like to pass the legacy on to a new Myers star. read more

New ‘Walking Dead’ Teaser Trailer Introduces The Whisperers’ Leaders; Alpha and Beta

Straight from IGN comes an exclusive teaser trailer in preparation for the February return of The Walking Dead.

The Whisperers are front and center in the trailer giving a clear view of their leaders; Alpha (Samantha Morton) and Beta (Sons of Anarchy‘s Ryan Hurst).

The Whisperers were slowly built up to be the new villains during the first half of Season 9 and finally revealed as a true threat in the mid-season finale. The new antagonists disguise themselves as walkers by wearing the skins of the undead, which allows them to pass among them without risk of being attacked and makes them seem as though they are just another pack roaming the ruined world. read more read more