Entries by Nick Banks

Chandler Rigg’s Father Says He “Never Trusted” ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Scott Gimple or AMC

{Warning: Spoilers from the Walking Dead’s mid-season finale are about to commence.}

Many fans were shocked, annoyed, and dumbfounded when they witnessed Rick Grimes son Carl facing down his doom at the end of the mid-season finale of the Walking Dead this past Sunday, leaving viewers with yet another melodramatic cliffhanger involving Carl, and what appears to be a zombie chomp on his belly.

It seems like Chandler Rigg’s father  was one of the most annoyed, as he quickly responded to a question on Twitter with the following statement: read more read more

AMC Reveals Starting Date and Trailer for Arctic Horror Story ‘The Terror’

AMC has announced the debut date for the arctic horror story The Terror, based on the Dan Simmons’ novel of the same nameThe Terror comes from executive producers Ridley Scott, David Kajganich and Soo Hugh and will open with a two-hour premiere on Monday March 26th at 9:00 p.m.

According to the official press release, the story was inspired by true events and follows “…the Royal Navy’s perilous voyage into unchartered territory as the crew attempts to discover the Northwest Passage. Faced with treacherous conditions, limited resources, dwindling hope and fear of the unknown, the crew is pushed to the brink of extinction. Frozen, isolated and stuck at the end of the earth, The Terror highlights all that can go wrong when a group of men, desperate to survive, struggle not only with the elements, but with each other.” read more read more

‘Night of the Living Dead’ VR Experience Coming in 2018

Variety is reporting that George Romero’s seminal zombie film, Night of the Living Dead, will be receiving a virtual update by Los Angeles-based VR company Supersphere for a 2018 release.

Supersphere partner and executive producer Doug Allenstein stated that “Night of the Living Dead is one of those films that has become a cultural touchstone; it revolutionized the horror genre and to this day it influences how we envision zombies.  We’re thrilled to be working with the team at Image Ten to now expand that franchise to the next generation of storytelling: virtual reality.” read more read more

‘Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon’ Writer Chris Roberson: The Horror News Network Interview

In July, HNN profiled the upcoming “villain-centric”series taking place in Dark Horse Comics’ Mignolaverse. One series that generated a lot of fan interest was the “origin” story of Hellboy’s very own “Mad Monk”: Rasputin.  Horror News Network was recently able to check in with writer Chris Roberson about his new mini-series Rasputin: The Voice of the Dragon, his other Hellboy projects, and iZombie in the engaging interview below. read more

‘Gremlins’ Returns to Theaters this Holiday Season With ‘Gremlins Rule Breakers’ Special Event

For those of you who missed out on director Joe Dante’s gonzo tale featuring a super cute Mogwai and a bunch of evil green rascals called Gremlins when it was originally released in 1984,  do I have good news for you!

Gremlins: Rule Breakers will screen as a special one night event in theaters across the country during the month of December (beginning on December 8th).  The special feature from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will also include an exclusive conversation with Dante about the production and the film’s legacy. read more read more

del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ was Inspired by ‘Creature from the Black Lagoon’

Every fan knows that Guillermo del Toro is a superfan of horror and science fiction.  Unlike most fans however, del Toro also happens to be one of the best working directors in Hollywood.

del Toro’s current film The Shape of Water has garnered a wealth of praise, and it would be a great surprise if the director’s work was not nominated once again for multiple awards.

What most critics may not know however is that del Toro’s inspiration for his cold war parable was his childhood memories about Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon. read more read more

Brian Fuller and Michael Green Exit ‘American Gods’

Deadline is reporting that the creators of Starz’s American Gods series, Brian Fuller and Michael Green, have abruptly left the show.

The duo “…created the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 award-winning novel and served as executive producers/showrunners on the show, which debuted this past spring and earned a quick Season 2 renewal. We’ve learned that more than half of the scripts for Season 2, which had been targeting a mid-2018 premiere, have been written.” read more

‘Get Out’ Wins Best Director and Screenplay at Gotham Independent Film Awards

Jordan Peele’s breakout horror film Get Out picked up three awards at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, taking home best director, screenplay, and the audience award.

During his acceptance speech, Peele stated that “When I started to write this film I set out to make a movie that would be my favorite movie that I had never seen. I didn’t know it would actually ever get made.”

He also added that “It’s so important that we support these voices from the outside, these perspectives we haven’t seen, we haven’t heard. They will resonate. We need these stories.” read more read more

Universal Removes ‘Extinction’ From Release Schedule

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has removed sci-fi/horror film Extinction from their release schedule.

The film was originally scheduled for a January 26th release.  It has not been rescheduled at this time. The move is not a surprising one, as no trailer or poster has ever been released for the film, even though the start date is only two months away.

The film stars Michael Pena and Lizzy Kaplan and is directed by Ben Young.  Extinction has been described by Young as “…nothing I’d ever read before. It’s a sci-fi family drama. It’s about a guy trying to redeem himself within his family in the midst of an alien invasion.” read more read more

Arrow Video’s ‘J.D.’s Revenge’ Blu-Ray: The Horror News Network Review

Most fans probably immediately go to Shaft, Black Caesar, Foxy Brown, or Dolemite when they think of the Blaxploitation craze of the 1970’s.  Although the genre is mainly associated with these type of urban crime action flicks, the Blaxploitation movement also featured films that veered towards romance, comedy, and of course, horror.

After the release of Blacula in 1972, B-Movie factories such as AIP produced a string of blaxploitation horror features such as Blackenstein, Scream, Blacula, Scream, and Abby (also known as “The Black Exorcist”).  And in 1976, producer Sam Arkoff and director Arthur Marks combined the traditional gangster tropes of blaxploitation and added supernatural elements to the mix to form the past-lives regression shocker called J.D.’s Revenge. read more read more