Entries by Nick Banks

‘NOS4A2’ Season 2 Returns June 1 On AMC and BBC America

NOS4A2 returns to the airwaves on June 1 with a 10-episode second season of AMC’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s atypical vampire story.  In a first for any AMC original series, NOS4A2 will be simulcast on AMC and BBC America.

Sarah Barnett, President of AMC Networks’ Entertainment Group & AMC Studios, is excited for NOS4A2’s return and the simulcast, saying (in an official press release) that “Following the strong success we’ve had sharing other talked-about series across our networks, most notably Killing Eve, we have another terrific opportunity to expand the audience for a great show.  With NOS4A2, Jami O’Brien, along with an incredible cast led by Zach and Ashleigh, have delivered a unique take on the vampire story, fueled by Joe Hill’s spine-tingling novel. We’re excited to open this high-stakes story up to entirely new audiences.” read more read more

‘Train to Busan 2: Peninsula’ Trailer is Heavy on Zombie-Blasting Action

Yeon Sang-ho’s original injected some much needed life into the zombie genre with his critically acclaimed Train to Busan.  Now, four years later, the first trailer for the sequel, Train to Busan Presents: Peninsula, takes the action off the train and off the rails with just under two minutes of frenetic zombie-blastin’ carnage.

Sang-ho returns to his apocalyptic wasteland and the sequel follows a soldier, Jung-seok (played by Gang Dong-won) who returns to an infected zone  to conduct a covert operation.  As expected, things don’t go exactly to plan, and if the trailer is any indication, you haven’t seen zombies this hungry since your last trip to the grocery store in search of chicken breasts. read more read more

‘Shark Week in a Weekend’ Takes A Bite Out of Discovery Channel’s Line-Up

If you are anxiously awaiting the summer months, and all that the hottest season brings with it, the Discovery Channel is going to tease you this weekend with their Shark Week in a Weekend schedule.  The special event will eat up all of Discovery’s previously planned programming, running all day Saturday (starting at 9:00 am ET) through Sunday (until 8:00 pm ET).

According to the official press release, “Shark Week, television’s longest-running, and most anticipated summer event will swim onto screens for a special weekend marathon featuring a line-up of fan-favorite episodes. The pop culture phenomenon will take viewers to oceans around the world with a team of renowned marine biologists and science institutions to deliver groundbreaking shark stories incorporating innovative research technology and revealing compelling insight into the mysterious world of sharks. From the coast of South Africa to islands in the Bahamas, Shark Week in a Weekend will bring the world to viewers at home while Shark Week talent and scientists take on some of the most daring shark experiments ever attempted.” read more read more

Dark Horse Comics Offers Free Access to Over 80 First Issues of Their Most Popular Comics

Good news for comic fans today, as Dark Horse Comics is releasing more than 80 first issue comics, along with a handful of full graphic novels, for free to read on Dark Horse Digital. 

All of the free issues will be available from now until April 30, 2020. According to the official press releases, readers will be able to “…enjoy the work of an array of writers and artists in stories ranging from Umbrella Academy, Witchfinder, Stranger Things and American Gods, to young readers selections like Disney’s Frozen and Itty Bitty Mask, to graphic novels like Hellboy Volume 1: Seed of DestructionBeasts of Burden Volume 1, and Empowered Volume 1!” read more read more

Netflix Renews ‘Locke and Key’ for a Second Season

Netflix has just announced that their adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s comic Locke and Key will receive a second season.

Co-showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill said in an official statement that they are both “…thrilled to be continuing the journey of Locke & Key alongside all of our amazing collaborators.  We are grateful to Netflix for all their support, especially at this difficult time, and look forward to bringing you the exciting next chapter of our story.” read more read more

Shudder’s ‘Cursed Films’ Director Jay Cheel: The Horror News Network Interview

Every horror fan has heard the legends surrounding classic horror films such as The Exorcist and Poltergeist.  These tales include stories about haunted sets, tragedy, mysterious mistakes, and the lives forever scarred by being associated with some of the greatest the genre has to offer.

Life-long horror fan Jay Cheel grew up hearing these same stories and in his new Shudder documetary series, Cursed Films, the director attempts to seperate the facts from the legends and entertain both novice and hard core fans all the way. read more read more

‘World War Z’ Game Available as Free Download on Epic Games Store Until April 2

During the Coronavirus outbreak, many media outlets have been making their content available for reduced prices or even free. Just in case you would like to deal with a more unrealistic outbreak while staying at home for the forseeable future, Epic Games Store is offering the World War Z game for free until April 2.  And the best part is, once you download the game, it is yours to keep.

From today until April 2nd, World War Z is FREE to download and keep FOREVER on the Epic Games Store. read more

Shudder Celebrates ‘Halfway to Halloween’ this April With a Pumpkin Full Of Premieres

If you are looking to clear your mind and focus on the eventual return of every horror fan’s favorite month of the year, Shudder has the treats you’ve been craving.

This April, Shudder celebrates the midpoint to Halloween with the launch of Halfway to Halloween Month.  Shudder promises that April will be”… its biggest month of non-October programming ever, at a time when many people are turning to streaming to help entertain them while they’re social distancing and quarantining.” read more read more

New Trailer for ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Season Two Promises More Vampire Hijinks

If you have been looking for some much needed laughter this season, Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s new full-length trailer for horror/comedy hit What We Do in the Shadows Season Two should satisfy your “thirst”.

For those unfamiliar with What We Do in the Shadows, HNN described the series last year as being “… based on Waititi and Clement’s film of the same name, the TV adaptation takes place in Staten Island, New York, instead of New Zealand.  The television series stars the three principal vampires, Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Lazslo (Matt Berry), and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), as well as their roommate Colin (Mark Proksch), a decidedly modern, and yet familiar vampire to anyone who works in an office: the energy leeching vampire.”  The vampires were also joined last season by their loyal human familiar Guillermo (played by Harvey Guillén), who made the mistake of “accidentally killing” a couple of vampires. read more read more

Robert Englund Brings ‘True Terror’ to Travel Channel With New Horrifying History Series

Robert Englund knows a thing or two about terror.  The man who haunted teenagers dreams as Freddy Krueger throughout the 1980s and 90’s has a knack for knowing what scares us and he will bring this sensibility to Travel Channel’s latest program, True Terror with Robert Englund (which debuts Wednesday March 18 at 10 pm).

Englund will serve as the host True Terror and described his new venture (during a phone conference with a number of reports, including yours truly) “…as as a kind of formula comfort food from the dark side. You know, it’s sort of equal parts Rod Serling Twilight Zone with some of the aspects of that great Robert Stack series, Unsolved Mysteries, you know, and then, just a dash of Dateline.” read more read more