Entries by Nick Banks

‘Halloween Baking Championship’ and ‘Halloween Wars’ Return to Food Network

Food Network is well known for their hunger-inducing programming year round, but those who love Halloween and sweets will be happy to hear that Halloween Baking Championship and Halloween Wars will both return this season, and will also be joined by “… five sensational specials capturing the Halloween spirit for over 20 hours of thematic holiday programming.”

According to the official press release, Halloween Baking Championship returns on Monday, September 24 at 9 pm, and will again be hosted by John Henson (Talk Soup), along with expert judges Carla Hall, Lorraine Pascale, and Zac Young.  Eight bakers with a penchant for the ghoulish will “… show off their creepiest, scariest skills over six episodes with bone-chilling challenges.” The winner of Halloween Baking Championship will walk away with the $25,000 grand prize (and the envious glances of their fellow competitors). read more read more

CT Horrorfest 2018: ‘Children of the Corn’ Panel with John Franklin and Courtney Gains

This year’s CT Horrorfest featured many panels featuring some of the most recognizable and popular films of the 1970’s and 80’s, and 1984’s Children of the Corn is no exception.  The film entered the marketplace with little fanfare as a little known adaptation of a Stephen King short story, but the film managed to make a splash at the horror box office, coming in fourth place, right behind Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and fellow King adaptation, Fire Starter in 1984. Even more fans found the film on video and cable tv, and Children of the Corn became synonymous with horror films from the “Me” decade. read more read more

‘Mammon’s’ Michael Hague: The Horror News Network Interview

Michael Hague is well-known for his classic children’s fantasy books, having illustrated such classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of OzThe Hobbit as well as treasuries of mythical creatures such as dragons and fairies.   His distinct and realistic style is instantly recognizable and has entertained generations of young fans.

Hague is trying something a little bit different this time around with a much more mature graphic novel steeped in vampire lore entitled Mammon from Dark Horse Comics.  We got a chance to discuss his new work and the classic artwork he is known for in the exclusive interview. read more read more

Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights Offers ‘Stranger Things’ Inspired Treats

If you will be attending Universal Orlando or Universal Hollywood’s annual Halloween Horror Nights this year, you will not only be able to walk through a house inspired by Stranger Things, you’ll also be able to indulge in some sugary treats that are guaranteed to turn your taste buds “upside down”.

Attendees will have many snacks and drinks to choose from including over five different desserts that naturally feature waffles including a Strawberry Shortcake waffle, a Bananas Foster waffles, a “triple decker extravaganza” (three waffles stacked to the ceiling filled with whipped cream and candy), fudge-dipped waffles on a stick, and a waffle ice cream pocket sundae. read more read more

Turner Classic Movies is Unearthing Vintage Horror Films This Halloween

Turner Classic Movies is well-known for its stellar line-up of vintage and more recent horror films every October, and this year is no exemption with yet another strong cinematic line-up beginning on October 3.

TCM begins with a classic Tod Browning /Lon Chaney collaboration, The Unknown (1927) and finishes with the original adaptation of I Am Legend in the form of the Vincent Price film, The Last Man on Earth (1964).  In-between, get ready to stay up late for some classic Universal Monster action, Hammer Horror gems, and some modern films for good measure such as Wes Craven’s Deadly Friend  and Oliver Stone’s The Hand.  The original The Walking Dead film (1936) will also air on October 17 (starring Boris Karloff instead of a bunch of greasy loners and tough guys; hopefully people who have AMC’s The Walking Dead on their DVR recording list will also get a surprise with this very different take on zombies). read more read more

Derek Mears Cast as Swamp Thing in the Upcoming DC Universe Television Series

Derek Mears is no stranger to monster roles, having played Jason Voorhees (in the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot), a Predator, and many other aliens and creatures of the night over the course of his career.  Well, it’s time to add another to Mear’s extensive menagerie, as the over-sized actor just landed a plumb role as the title character in DC Universe’s upcoming Swamp Thing television series.

Splash Report broke the news earlier today and they also added that while Mears will play Swamp Thing (in a practical effects suit nonetheless) he will not be portraying the soul of the monster, Dr. Alec Holland.  At this time it is not clear who will play Holland, or how they will incorporate the performances of both the monster and his human (or plant) soul. read more read more

Early Reviews of ‘Halloween’ Emerge From Toronto Film Festival

David Gordon Green’s long-anticipated “stab” at a new entry in the Halloween film series was unveiled this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival and most of the initial reactions and reviews have been positive so far.

John Defore of The Hollywood Reporter found there to be “… more scene-setting than in the usual thriller, with the script fleshing out both this family dynamic and introducing Allyson’s circle of high-school friends. These kids would resemble the usual group of slasher-pic victims-to-be, if not for the fact that they’re actually likeable. Not only are we not eager for them to die, in some cases it’s going to make us sad when it happens.” read more read more

‘The Nun’ “Preys” on the Competition at Weekend Box Office

The Nun kicked off a busy fall season at the box office by accumulating an estimated $53.5 million at this weekend’s box office, destroying the previous Conjure-verse’s opening weekend record set by the original The Conjuring with $41.8 million in the summer of 2013.

The debut is also the second largest September opening ever, going past the $48.4 million set by Hotel Transylvania 2 in 2015. The Nun could not come close to last fall’s king of the horror world, It, however, which took in $123.4 for its opening weekend.  The Nun’s $53.5 million debut was also the second largest opening ever for an R-rated horror film, again placing behind Warner Brother’s  It.  The Nun was also a hit internationally, bringing in $77.5 million, totaling $131 million worldwide. read more read more

‘Rob Zombie’s 13 Nights of Halloween’ Returns to HDNet Movies

According to EW, Rob Zombie will once again be returning to HDNet Movies to host Rob Zombie’s 13 Nights of Halloween this Halloween season.

The shock-rocker and horror director will present an appropriate number of fright films, beginning on October 19 and wrapping up on All Hallow’s Eve.

The list this year is eclectic to say the least, with Zombie’s own The Lords of Salem kicking things off, before venturing down a rather diverse path.  Zombie will hopefully channel his inner Zacherley as he introduces the rest of the line-up including: The Blair Witch ProjectBook of Shadows: The Blair Witch 2, Zombie Strippers, The Fourth Kind, Pandorum, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Evil Dead, Natural Born KillersThe Eye, The Last House on the Left (1972), Angel Heart, and Flatliners.  read more read more

Trailer for Season Eight of ‘American Horror Story’ is a Real ‘Apocalypse’

If you’re looking for mayhem, murder, and leather, the new trailer for American Horror Story: Apocalypse is sure to satisfy (and if the trailer seems incoherent and confusing, don’t worry, the season will be just as frustrating).

Season Eight of FX’s long running horror “anthology” series will bring together characters and story lines from previous seasons this time around, primarily Murder House (Season One) and Coven (Season Three). read more