Entries by Nick Banks

‘Leprechaun Returns’ Coming to Syfy Network in March of 2019

Just when you thought it was safe to enjoy a Shamrock Shake…the Leprechaun returns!

According to SyFy Wire, “The film picks up 25 years after the events of the 1993 original, which found a maniacal leprechaun doing whatever it takes (including committing gruesome murder) to track down his stolen pot of gold. The leprechaun menaced Tory Redding (Jennifer Aniston) until he was finally defeated by shooting a four-leaf clover down his throat. Leprechaun Returns finds the leprechaun revived in the modern day when a group of sorority girls unwittingly awaken him while tearing down a cabin to build a new sorority house. The new sequel is written by Suzanne Keilly (Ash vs Evil Dead) and directed by Steven Kostanski (The Void).” read more read more

Producer Deon Taylor Announces Snoop Dogg’s Horror Anthology Series ‘The Thrill’

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Producer Deon Taylor (Hidden Empire Film Group) announced that his new television division (Dark Circus) is currently developing Snoop Dogg’s new horror anthology series The Thrill.  

According to the report, “The series centers on a mysterious hotel, The Last Stop Inn, situated on a lonely stretch of foreboding highway, where the unlucky guests who check in each week struggle to understand the supernatural events that unfold during their stay.” read more read more

Fathom Events Brings ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Finale and ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Season Premiere to the Big Screen

Are you tired of watching The Walking Dead on your old television set?  Do you want to see two greasy tough guys finally slug it out on a screen as big as their egos?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, I have some good news for you!  Fathom Events will be bringing all the zombie action you can handle to select movie theaters across the country in the form of “Survival Sunday” at 8:30 p.m. on April 15.  The special event will not only include the Season Eight finale of The Walking Dead’s never ending “All Out War” story line, but it will also premiere the first episode of Season Four of Fear the Walking Dead. read more read more

‘American Gods’ Artist Scott Hampton: The Horror News Network Interview

Hot on the heels of the second story arc of Dark Horse Comics’ adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods entitled “My Ainsel”, Horror News Network was able to interview series artist Scott Hampton about his work on the project, the challenges in adapting a novel to a comic book, and his previous work with Clive Barker.

Horror News Network: You have worked on a number of projects with Neil Gaiman. How is American Gods different from some of the other projects? read more

‘Infidel’ #1: The Horror News Network Review

Image’s new horror series Infidel is one that will appeal to fans of atmospheric horror stories as well as though who enjoy smart, socially conscious writing about the real fears that are created through prejudice and ignorance.  Former DC editor Pornsak Pichetshote makes his impressive writing debut in this series and artist Aaron Campbell compliments Pichetshote’s nightmarish script perfectly.

Infidel throws the reader into the deep end of the pool immediately, as our main character Aisha experiences a horrific nightmare that includes insects and a pale ghoul that wants to gently chomp on her throat.  This opening scene begins the uncomfortable atmosphere of tension and claustrophobia that permeates the story, both inside and outside of Aisha’s apartment.  There are certainly breaks in the tension (such as the baking of a Return of the Jedi inspired cake), but the underlying feeling of dread is ever present, even in scenes which seem mundane or day-to-day in comparison to the opening scare. read more read more

Guillermo del Toro Wants to Assist and Encourage Young Filmmakers From Around the World

Fans of Guillermo del Toro were ecstatic last Sunday night when the long-time filmmaker was awarded the Best Director and Best Picture honors for The Shape of Water.

del Toro has always been known as a “super fan” of monsters, horror, sci-fi, and even Disney’s Haunted Mansion attraction (and he is still reportedly working on a suitable film adaptation) and he is also a staunch supporter of young filmmakers.

In an interview with Variety after his Oscar wins, del Toro again emphasized how important it is to encourage the next generation of artists from around the world, stating that “The first thing we’ve got to keep doing is to have visibility and help others have visibility.  When you check the cast of The Strain all four seasons have [actors] Joaquín Cosio, Miguel Gomez. There’s Adriana Barraza and Mía Maestro.  Two of the three Oscars Pan’s Labyrinth won were for Eugenio Caballero [production design] and Guillermo Navarro [cinematography].  And Eugenio, that was his first big movie. I had produced a movie with Alfonso for a second-time filmmaker, Sebastián Cordero, called ‘Cronicas.’   Eugenio had done the [production design] and this was a very small movie, but I said let’s go do Pan’s Labyrinth. And you blink and the next thing, he’s winning the Oscar.” read more read more

‘Get Out’ Wins Best Feature Film and Best Director at Independent Spirit Awards

As the last awards show before the Academy Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards have been a pretty good predictor of winners at the Oscars in the last few years, with Moonlight, Spotlight, Birdman and 12 Years a Slave each taking home the best picture award at both celebrations.  Does this mean Jordan Peele’s Get Out is next up for this prestigious double feature?

At this year’s edition of the Independent Spirit Awards, Peele’s Get Out walked away with awards for Best Feature and Best Director.  During his acceptance speech, Peele praised the independent film community, saying that “It’s clear we are in the beginning of a renaissance right now where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room, the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years are being honored and recognized and celebrated.” read more read more

‘Koshchei the Deathless’ Artist Ben Stenbeck: The Horror News Network Interview

Fans of the Mignolaverse have been engrossed in the new Koschei the Deathless mini-series since its debut in late 2017, celebrating the tale that explores one of Hellboy’s greatest foes in a new light.  Along with the typical mythic storytelling elements provided by Mignola, the tragic figure’s back story is beautifully illustrated by frequent Mignolaverse collaborator Ben Stenbeck.  Horror News Network was happy to be able to speak to Stenbeck about his role in the new series, the possible ending of Baltimore, and his range of artistic influences in this exclusive interview. read more read more

‘[REC]’ Director Paco Plaza’s ‘Veronica’ Gets US Release on Netflix

Following Netflix’s trend of releasing films with no warning, fans of Spanish director Paco Plaza will be happy to hear that his recent Ouija-inspired film Veronica is now available for viewing on the streaming service.  The film was previously released internationally and on the festival circuit in 2017.

Plaza is best known for 2007’s [Rec] which is a the film that countless others horror director’s have stolen from, with an APB out for shots of screaming women being dragged by their feet into darkness. read more read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Mid-Season Premiere: The Horror News Network Review

The last time that viewers got to watch the Walking Dead, it left off on a tragic and shocking note with Carl being bitten and awaiting his fate.  Unfortunately, but not unsurprisingly, what this mid-season premier turned out to be was us waiting a few months to get another drawn out, over-indulgent, and most importantly, emotionless goodbye to one of the original characters.

The Walking Dead has a long history of emotional goodbyes.  The number of characters that viewers have said goodbye to is too numerous to list at this point after eight seasons, but the early departures were always handled with finesse, knowing when to cut the scene and provide the important emotional punch.  That all changed with season six’s final episode that created their version of the infamous “Who Shot J.R.?” angle and the subsequent bashing of Glenn and Abraham by that “smiling jack” by the name of Negan at the start of season seven. read more read more