Entries by Nick Banks

‘Shark Tank’ Hosts to Swim With Sharks on Shark Week 2018

In an exclusive report by Entertainment Weekly, it has been learned that the hosts of ABC’s Shark Tank will finally be entering a realm where their big bucks and big mouths don’t impress anyone: in the water with some real sharks!

Hosts Mark Cuban, Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, and Daymond John will each pair up “…with an oceanic organization to receive an education in the issues facing those misunderstood predators of the sea, ranging from habitat destruction, overfishing, and bycatch. The Sharks (minus Lori Greiner) will then return to the Shark Tank set, where they will reunite with fellow Shark, Robert Herjavec, and pitch each other as to why their organization deserves a $50,000 donation. Each Shark will then cast a vote for the organization that is most deserving of the money.” read more read more

‘Witchfinder: The Gates of Heaven’ Writer Chris Roberson: The Horror News Network Interview

Chris Roberson is no stranger to Dark Horse Comics Mignolaverse and he has become one of Mike Mignola’s chief writing partners on such titles as Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1954, The Visitor, and the recent hit Rasputin: Voice of the Dragon.  Roberson was able to take some time out of his schedule to discuss his latest entry in the Mignolaverse, as well as his memories of working on his Vertigo series iZombie (which enters its fifth season on the CW this fall). read more

Freeform Announces ’31 Nights of Halloween’ Programming

Cable channel Freeform recently announced via twitter that they would be expanding their popular 13 Night’s of Halloween to 31 Night’s of Halloween.

Freeform (formally known as ABC Family) has also announced that they will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Hocus Pocus during this event, along with a special entitled Decorating Disney: Halloween which will give viewers an inside look at how the Magic Kingdom is transformed for the Halloween season. read more read more

Universal Studios Orlando Announces ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ for Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Universal Studios Orlando has just announced that Michael Dougherty’s fan favorite Halloween anthology Trick ‘r Treat will be featured as one of their scare house attractions this season.  Trick ‘r Treat was featured last year as a scare zone, but this is the first time that the property will get the full house treatment.

Trick ‘r Treat will be joining the already announced Stranger Things and Universal’s original Dead Exposure: Patient Zero houses. Halloween Horror Nights will begin on September 14 and run through November 3. read more read more

‘iZombie’ Renewed by The CW for a Fifth Season

Not all the news was bad today for horror fans, as The CW announced via twitter that iZombie has been renewed for a fifth season.

Rose McIver, who portrays the lead character Olivia Moore on the series, was obviously over joyed and also took to twitter to express her gratitude and it looks like a tattoo celebration is in the offing as well. read more

A24 Will Produce ‘Hereditary’ Director Ari Aster’s Next Horror Film

Hereditary isn’t even out yet, but according to Deadline, A24 “… is re-teaming with Hereditary helmer Ari Aster to produce and fully finance his next untitled horror project, sources said. The film will be A24’s largest production to date, with an expected production start of late summer/early fall 2018. Lars Knudsen and B Reel will also produce.”

At this point, not much is known about the film, and “The plot is being kept under wraps though it follows a young woman who reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip where things quickly go awry.”  A24 has just begun casting the film as well. read more read more

John Lithgow Will Portray Jud Crandall in ‘Pet Sematary’ Remake

According to a report from EW, John Lithgow will play friendly country neighbor Jud Crandall in the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary.

Lithgow will join actor Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) in the film (which is set to be released on April 19, 2019) who has already been cast as Louis Creed, the unfortunate father of the tragic and frightening story.

As EW points out “The role of Jud Crandall was previously played by the late Fred Gwynne in the 1989 adaptation of King’s novel. At 72, Lithgow is a decade younger than the character of Jud, who was 83 in the book, but a decade older than Gwynne, who was only 62 at the time he played the role.”  All horror fans also remember Gwynne as the lovable patriarch of the Munster Family, Herman Munster.  The new version of the film will be directed by the Starry Eyes team, Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, with a script by Jeff Buhler (Nightflyers.) read more read more

Joe Dante to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Fantasia International Film Festival

Joe Dante is a filmmaker that is near and dear to horror fans worldwide, especially those that grew up in the 1980’s. The programmers of the Fantasia International Film Festival also seem to agree (as published in the official press release), as they “…will be presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to adored US genre legend Joe Dante, a man whose inspired filmography has touched generations of cinephiles. From Piranha, The Howling, and the universally-beloved Gremlins films to Innerspace, Explorers, and his bold television work, Dante’s works are electric with witty personality and brim with innovative storytelling and a big-hearted affection for all things film.” Recent recipients of Fantasia’s Lifetime Achievement Award include Guillermo del Toro, Takashi Miike, Ken Russell, Tobe Hooper, Jean Rollin, Andrzej Zulawski, Mamoru Oshii, John Landis, José Mojica Marins, Larry Cohen, and Ray Harryhausen. read more read more

‘Swamp Thing’ Series Coming to DC Streaming Service in 2019

According to the Hollywood Reporter, a live-action Swamp Thing TV series “…has landed a script-to-series order at DC Universe, the upcoming DC-branded streaming service.”

The series will be “Based on the DC Comics characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, the one-hour drama series would follow CDC researcher Abby Arcane, who returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus. She develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland, only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.” read more read more

Horror News Network’s Summer 2018 Horror Movie Preview Guide

In recent years, studios have loaded up their summer release schedules with a wide range of horror films.  This was never more apparent than in 2016 when Lights Out, Don’t Breathe, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Purge: Election Year,  and the Conjuring 2 made large sums of cash (for the most part on austere budgets) and helped to shore up an otherwise lackluster summer for movies.  2017’s list of summer horror films were not as notable, with the two exceptions being the surprise hit  47 Meters Down and the prequel Annabelle Creation. read more read more