Entries by Nick Banks

Final ‘It Chapter Two’ Trailer Released

If you have been anxiously awaiting the final full length trailer and the hijinks of Pennywise the clown, your prayers have been answered.

The sequel to the financial juggernaut takes place after all of those “little rascals” from the first film have grown up and include James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak and Andy Bean as Stan Uris (Bill Skarsgård will naturally be reprising his role of Pennywise). read more read more

‘Ghostbusters’ Haunted House Coming to Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights

Get ready to do some bustin’ on both coasts this fall, because for the first time ever, Ghostbusters is coming to Universal Orlando and Universal Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in the form of a new haunted house.

Sony Picture’s classic is celebrating its 35th anniversary, and (according to Universal’s official press release) “…you’ll jump through the movie screen of the original 1984 film and walk through some of your favorite scenes like the New York Public Library, the Temple of Gozer and more.” read more read more

‘Vampirella (2019) #1’: The Horror News Network Review

Ever since her revival in 1992, Vampirella has been a fixture on comic book store shelves and in the hearts and minds of horror fans everywhere.  Her iconic costume, dating back to 1969, is one of the most recognizable ones at conventions world wide, making her a character that can be identified by all types of fans, most of whom have never picked up one of her Warren magazines or current comics.

For the fans who have kept up with her adventures in the four-color format, Vampirella has had a long line of writer and artists associated with her since 1992, including many of the the most prominent writers in the industry such as Warren Ellis, Nancy A. Collins, and Mark Millar. The only drawback to this star-studded line-up is the frequent new origins and changes in direction for the character, sometimes making it hard for new readers to understand the back story and frustrating the veteran fans who have followed her all of these years. read more read more

‘Crawl’ Swims Away With Third Place at Weekend Box Office

Alexandre Aja’s creature feature Crawl latched onto third place at the box office this weekend with an estimated total of $12 million, becoming one of the many horror films this summer to snag a high spot on the countdown despite underwhelming returns.

Paramount’s Crawl entered a crowded swimming pool this weekend with Annabelle Comes Home and Midsommar (both continuing to make decent, but not great money at the box office), and further divided the amount spent on individual horror films.  Many industry insiders predicted a bigger debut from Aja’s alligator rampage, but the top heavy summer box office of 2019 struck again, siphoning the majority of the funds into only two releases (Spider-Man: Far From Home and Toy Story 4).  While super-hero stories and family-friendly films are not direct competition for horror films, it appears that they are limiting the amount spent on them, with parents and baby-sitters deciding to bring children to “sure things” rather than finding entertainment for themselves at the cineplex. read more read more

‘Hail Satan?’: The Horror News Network Review

If you love horror movies, you’ve probably been accused (at one time or another) of being a Satanist.  If you dress in black and listen to heavy metal, punk, or goth, you’ve probably been accused of being a Satanist.  If you grew up in the 1980s and played Dungeons and Dragons, you’ve probably been accused of being a Satanist.  And if you ever wondered why this occurs, Penny Lane’s documentary Hail Satan? clearly identifies the type of mindset that continues to ostracize and judge others based on spurious associations. read more read more

‘Stranger Things’ Season Three Sets New Netflix Record for Most Watched Program

Netflix executives must feel like they just received a life-time supply of U.S.S. Butterscotch from Scoops Ahoy! because the new season of Stranger Things has shattered all previous records for the company in terms of viewership.

According to an official tweet from Netflix, season three of Stranger Things been watched by 40.7 million household accounts with 18.2 million of those viewers having already binge-watched the entire season.

.@Stranger_Things 3 is breaking Netflix records! read more

Sarah Paulson Will Not Return For ‘American Horror Story: 1984’

Just as Vice President Gerald Ford stated when he assumed the office of president for the departing Richard Nixon, Sarah Paulson’s “long national nightmare is over” when it comes to her involvement in FX’s American Horror Story.

According to an exclusive report in Variety, long-time American Horror Story cast member Paulson will not appear in the anthology series’ upcoming ninth season, entitled American Horror Story: 1984.  Paulson has appeared on each and every season up to this point. read more read more

‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Takes Fourth, ‘Midsommar’ Shines Bright in Sixth Place at Weekend Box Office

With a glut of horror releases (let alone all of the releases) this summer, it has been hard for any film to sustain momentum at the box office.  This weekend was no different with a film predicted to dominate the box office (Annabelle Comes Homes) falling short of expectations and a new entry (Midsommar) further adding to the logjam at your local cinema.

WB’s Annabelle Comes Home dropped into fourth place with an estimated $9.8 million, dipping  an expected 52% in its second weekend. The film’s domestic total now stands at $50 million, which is certainly good for any horror film, but the figure is below Conjuringverse expectations.  Annabelle Comes Home currently ranks third in the Annabelle series, $34 million out of second place. Internationally, the film is performing better and added over $20 million overseas for a total of $85 million, which equates to a worldwide total of $135 million.  Again, these numbers are admirable for a horror film, but with increased horror competition next week, expect Annabelle Comes Home to remain in 3rd place in what has become the most profitable series of horror films of all time (and be sure to check out our review right here). read more read more

Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy Bring New Horror Series ‘Midnight Mass’ to Netflix

Director Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy, the successful pair behind The Haunting of Hill House, are bringing a brand new horror series to Netfix entitled Midnight Mass.

According to an exclusive report by Deadline, “The seven-episode Midnight Mass follows an isolated island community that experiences miraculous events — and frightening omens — after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest. Flanagan will direct and serve as an executive producer alongside Macy.”  This deal was made possible due to “…the multi-year TV deal Netflix signed with the pair and their Intrepid Pictures earlier this year.” read more read more

Rob Zombie’s ‘Three From Hell’ to be Released in September as Special Fathom Event

Similar to Rob Zombie’s last film, 31, the upcoming sequel to The Devil’s Rejects, 3 from Hell, will be released as a special Fathom Event’s presentation from September 16-18, 2019.

According to the Rob Zombie’s official website, 3 From Hell will screen over the entire weekend and each night will include”… some delicious bonus footage.”  On September 16th, fans will receive “…a special introduction video from the director himself, Rob Zombie, and the first 50 attendees at each movie theater will receive an exclusive poster.” On the following night on September 17th, “…fans will be able to watch an almost 30 minute making of the film featurette.” read more read more