Entries by Nick Banks

‘It: Chapter Two’ Repeats as Weekend Box Office Champ

It: Chapter Two delivered another win for Warner Brothers and New Line with a second consecutive number one finish at the weekend box office.

Pennywise accounted for an estimated $40.7 million, beating newcomer Hustlers by a wide margin, which earned an estimated $33.2 million in second place.  Hustlers had the upper hand on Friday (mainly due to Thursday preview sales, which are always included in Friday totals), but that pesky clown scared enough people into the the theater on Saturday and Sunday to take the crown once again. read more read more

‘Tales from Harrow County: Death’s Choir’ Returns in December

Many fans of Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook’s acclaimed Dark Horse Series Harrow County were upset to see Emmy’s story wrap up last summer.  Luckily, Bunn, Crooks, and new artist Naomi Franquiz (Misfit City, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) will return to the world of Harrow County this December with a new four issue series called Tales from Harrow County: Death’s Choir.

According to the official Dark Horse Comics press release, “Ten years have passed since Emmy exited Harrow County, leaving her close friend Bernice as steward of the supernatural home.  But World War II is in full swing, taking Harrow’s young men and leaving the community more vulnerable than ever—and when a ghostly choir heralds the resurrection of the dead, Bernice must find a solution before the town is overrun in Tales from Harrow County: Death’s Choir.” read more read more

Michael Gingold’s New Book ‘Ad Astra’: The Horror News Network Review

Following the success of his ode to long-lost and forgotten newspaper ads and movie art, Ad Nauseam: Newsprint Nightmares of the 1980s, Michael Gingold began working on a companion piece entitled Ad Astra: 20 Years of Newspaper Ads for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Films, featuring more of his favorite vintage ads and artwork, this time focusing on the science fiction and fantasy genres of the same era.  Fans of his first collection of black and white curiosities will be equally pleased with this compilation, offering unique images from cross-over films that horror purists are also likely to enjoy. read more read more

Final ‘Doctor Sleep’ Trailer Showcases Action at the Overlook Hotel

With Stephen King’s It: Chapter Two dominating the box office and press coverage, it is easy to forget about King’s upcoming sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep.  If you’ve been remiss, today’s final trailer will certainly make long time fans of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining happy, with multiple call-backs to the original, as well as images of new mayhem at the old Overlook Hotel.

The director of Doctor Sleep, Mike Flanagan, unveiled the final trailer on twitter today. read more read more

‘It: Chapter Two’ Takes Top Spot at Box Office Carnival with $91 Million

In probably the least surprising box office news of the year, It: Chapter Two dominated all competition at the weekend box office with an estimated $91 million start, although not all of the numbers associated with the sequel are as rosy red as Pennywise’s favorite balloons.

The much more expensive sequel (more than double the first film’s 35 million dollar budget, coming in at $79 million) laughed all the way to the bank for the second best start for a September release, the second best start for a horror film, and the fourth best ever opening for a R-rated feature.  With no direct competition until the original mad clown, The Joker, arrives on October 4, It: Chapter Two should continue to deliver solid numbers for all of September and into the Halloween month of October when horror films traditionally reign supreme. read more read more

Steve Niles Returns to ‘Criminal Macabre’ in December

Steve Niles returns to his original hard-boiled, paranormal detective Cal McDonald this December with Dark Horse Comics The Big Bleed mini-series.  Niles will be joined by emerging artist Gyula Németh and letterer Nate Piekos for the latest chapter in the Cal McDonald mystery series.

According to the official press release, Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out “…starts when supernatural detective Cal McDonald, found wandering the streets as a disheveled vagrant, is ripped from his self-imposed retirement to resume his monster-killing career.  But Cal is reluctant to return to the fray.  What has the hard-bitten investigator so shaken?  It’s a long story that begins with a beautiful woman who happens to be a vampire…and ends with a bang.”
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Parents in Australia Want ‘It: Chapter Two’ Billboards Banned

It: Chapter Two is poised to explode at the worldwide box office, but some parents in Australia would like to see billboards advertising the film blown to smithereens!  According to multiple reports from Australian television stations, parents are ready to pull down the billboards that are reportedly terrorizing their children.

Parents say advertising for an upcoming horror film should be banned from roadside billboards because the image is scaring their children. #9Newshttps://t.co/fKeKcCdpHf read more

‘Death Trap’ Writer Matt Miner and Artist Christopher Peterson: The Horror News Network Interview

Comics (and films for that matter) were once relegated to specific genres which didn’t change much over fifty years until imprints like Vertigo, and companies like Dark Horse Comics, began giving  genre-bending tales a chance.  Horror comics have certainly benefited from this widening of the borders, and now encompass not only supernatural tales, but also those tinged with crime, drama, and social commentary.

From one look at Matt Miner and Christopher Peterson’s Death Trap, it is clear that both creators enjoy “painting outside of the lines” when it comes to graphic storytelling.  In this exclusive interview with Horror News Network, both creators share the impetus behind Death Trap at the start of their Kickstarter campaign to fund and continue their wild ride. read more read more

Horror News Network’s Fall 2019 Movie Preview

After a busy, but underwhelming summer for horror films, this fall season offers a few less offerings than this past summer (and last fall).  The upside for horror fans (and studio executives) is the fact that this fall will bring two heavyweight Stephen King adaptations to the table, with one that is all but guaranteed to do some major damage at the box office: the jump-scare machine entitled It: Chapter Two.  The fall will also see the debut of King’s sequel to The Shining, Doctor Sleep, by the fan favorite creator of The Haunting of Hill House, Mike Flanagan. read more read more

‘Memory: The Origins of Alien’ Official Trailer Released

The first full-length trailer for Alexandre O. Philippe’s documentary, Memory: The Origins of Alien, has arrived just in time for the film to hit the festival circuit, select markets, and VOD on October 4.

Philippe’s documentary (a joint effort between Screen Media & Legion M) examines the inspiration behind Scott’s seminal “haunted house in space” film, including references to world mythology, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and Dan O’Bannon’s script as well as the art work of H.R. Giger. read more read more