Although he is primarily a novelist, there are certain images in film which have sprung from the world of Stephen King’s literary work which will never be forgotten. One of those images is Jack Nicholson’s maniacal grin forcing its way through the splintered shards of a bathroom door. Another is Tim Curry’s greasepainted mug innocently staring up from a rainy gutter. Ranking up there with the best of them is Sissy Spacek’s eye-bulging, freshly blood-spattered grimace in Brian DePalma’s 1976 movie, Carrie. While Jack and Tim have never since returned to the works of Stephen King, Sissy Spacek will return to the world of his storytelling in the form of a major role on the upcoming new series, Castle Rock!
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About John Evans
John has loved movie monsters for as far back as he can remember. He's since collected up as many comics, statues, and autographed material related to movies and music that he can get his hands on. He is particularly interested in the critical and analytical discussion of the best stories the horror genre has to offer. One of his largest works on the topic is a study on the portrayals of people with disabilities in horror films.
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Bad news just broke for anyone hoping to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the upcoming Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy: at this time the two franchises will exist in totally separate universes! While the news isn’t exactly shocking to fans who are familiar with the conditions of Marvel movie deals, it’s still disappointing to know that there’s little hope of Spider-Man existing within the world of Venom.
This confusing development is directly connected to the fact that Marvel doesn’t own the cinematic rights to all of their characters. Due to Marvel’s financial uncertainty and related dealings in the late 90’s / early 2000’s, there’s a big difference between movies which exist in the Marvel Universe and movies which exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Up until the anomaly known as this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, studios who own the cinematic rights to Spidey, the X-Men, and others, have been solely responsible for producing their respective movies. The disaster that was 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 created an unusual opportunity for Sony and Marvel Studios to forget that version of the franchise and create a new one in the image of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, Tom Holland got to appear as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and Marvel Studios handled development and called all of the creative shots for Sony’s Homecoming. read more read more
I hope nobody out there got “Saw: Legacy” tattoos in a fit of rabid anticipation of the film’s upcoming release this Halloween… it has a new title!
The folks behind the iconic franchise recently took to Twitter to announce the name change and reinforce its release date of October 27th, 2017:
— Saw (@SawMovie) June 21, 2017
The name change is likely Lionsgate’s way of showing audiences that the eighth entry in the franchise will focus heavily on Tobin Bell’s Jigsaw, the original villain of the series whose role was continuously reduced in later installments due to the studio regrettably killing him off too soon. read more read more
Marvel and Sony are currently hyping the impending release of Spider-Man: Homecoming to the multiplex. According to the early buzz, it’s “oh so fun” and better than the disasters known as Spider-Man 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In the midst of the carefully controlled corporate message about the great pleasure Sony took in handing over all creative control to Kevin Feige, the troubled studio revealed who the villain will be in it’s upcoming Venom movie (a film they’ve got to make on their own), starring Tom Hardy. According to THR, the bad guy duties will go to the other symbiote-enhanced maniac of the Spider-Man universe… Carnage! read more read more
With only two abbreviated seasons left of Game of Thrones, fans will soon need to turn elsewhere to get their George RR Martin fix! Variety reports that the Syfy network is looking to fill the upcoming void by ordering a pilot episode of a new television series based on Martin’s science fiction horror novella, Nightflyers.
Nightflyers was originally adapted into a feature film in 1987. The new series is based upon a script written by Jeff Buhler (The Midnight Meat Train). NBC Universal Cable Entertainment’s executive vice president of scripted development, Bill McGoldrick, offered these thoughts on the upcoming project: read more read more
The sequel to 2015’s hugely successful Jurassic World hits theaters exactly one year from today. To celebrate, Universal took to Twitter to unveil the official title of the film and its teaser poster. You can view the reveal below in all of its glory:
In one year, life finds a way. pic.twitter.com/32Cu62xn1Y
— Jurassic World (@JurassicWorld) June 22, 2017
So there you have it… Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom!
Blade Runner 2049, the highly anticipated sequel to the 1982 Ridley Scott masterpiece is right around the corner! It launches in theaters on October 6th, 2017, but you can watch a brand new making-of featurette, courtesy of Warner Bros. Studios, today.
Entitled “Time to Live,” (a play on Roy Batty’s and Leon Kowalski’s famous line, “Time to die!” from the original film) the clip shines some light on the creative process of Scott, director Denis Villeneuve, and actors Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. In the video, art director Paul Inglis has this to say about the nostalgic-yet-original look of the new movie: read more read more
Something strange happened following the overwhelming success of last summer’s debut of Stranger Things on Netflix. While many fans were fascinated by the series’ addictive nostalgia, or its sharp blend of sci-fi and horror, or its ensemble cast of characters, a vocal group of viewers became obsessed with Shannon Purser’s Barb. The character appeared in a handful of scenes across four episodes, but some internet crusaders couldn’t get over the secondary character’s death and the lack of impact it had on the main story and its main characters. “Justice for Barb” memes could soon be found all over the internets, along with wild speculation that the character wasn’t dead, or that the second season would surely right the wrongs of its predecessor. read more read more
HBO, a network known for its dark and gritty television series like The Night Of, True Detective, and Oz, may be adding an adaptation of the definitive dark and gritty graphic novel masterpiece, Watchmen, to its stable. Variety reports that the prolific screenwriter, Damon Lindelof, is in talks to develop an adaptation of the book into a television series for the premium network.
Created in 1986 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Watchmen has since become recognized as one of the finest and most influential graphic novels ever published; so it’s no wonder the network believes it is a strong property to adapt. HBO unsuccessfully attempted to develop a Watchmen television series back in 2014. Lindelof’s current project is said to be completely independent of that process. Lindelof’s previous work for HBO was on The Leftover, which recently concluded. His previous screenwriting work includes science fiction and horror projects such as television’s Lost, and movies like Prometheus, Star Trek Into Darkness, and World War Z. read more read more
It’s common knowledge that showing your kids an Eli Roth movie would likely result in an immediate visit from Child Protective Services. That all changes with today’s announcement that the controversial director of such films as Hostel and The Green Inferno will be adapting a popular children’s book into a feature film! THR reports that Roth will be teaming up with Jack Black to bring John Belliers’ The House With a Clock In Its Walls to the silver screen. The script was written by Eric Kripke (the Supernatural television series), who will also be serving as a co-producer. read more read more