Entries by Nick Banks

Joe Bob Briggs Discusses His Upcoming Shudder Marathons at NYCC 2018 Panel

Long-time horror host Joe Bob Briggs took the opportunity to discuss his upcoming marathons and his feelings about his recent marathon experience at the Shudder panel at this year’s New York Comic Con.

The always entertaining host confirmed that his next Shudder marathon (entitled “The Dinners of Death”) will take place on Thursday November 22. The Thanksgiving themed event will also include Brigg’s favorite film which he “…has never been able to host.”  Briggs wouldn’t give any other information about the mystery title, but the host did say that it is one of the films on the “too grisly for pay cable” list. read more read more

Greg Nicotero Discusses ‘Creepshow’ Details at Shudder’s NYCC Panel

Fans of George Romero’s and Stephen King’s original Creepshow film will be happy to hear that according to showrunner Greg Nicotero, the new Shudder series will follow a similar format to the 1982 film and will, as the original tagline promised, be “the most fun you’ll ever have…being scared!”

Nicotero participated in the the Shudder Panel at the annual New York Comic Con on Thursday, revealing further details about the series, including many of the writers whose stories will be adapted for the six part anthology series including Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Joe Lansdale among others.  Nicotero stressed that the tone of the series would shift from story-to-story, with some taking a lighthearted comedic approach (ala King’s own”The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” segment from 1982) and others taking a much more frightening path.   He also stated that each story would be “As long as they need to be” and that he did not feel any pressure to fit the stories into segments of equal length. read more read more

Clive Barker Contributes Over 150 Paintings to the Set of ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’

According to a report by Gizmodo, Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will feature over 150 paintings by Clive Barker decorating the walls of Greendale’s witches-in-training school.

Production designer Lisa Soper revelaed that “… most of the artwork in the Academy of Unseen Arts—Greendale’s mysterious and dangerous magical school—came courtesy of Barker himself.  Soper said she befriended Barker thanks to her work on Sabrina, and chatted with him about the project and her plans for the set design. According to Soper, Barker was immediately on board to help out.” read more read more

‘Ghost Adventures: Graveyard of the Pacific’ and ‘Ghost Adventures Live’ Anchor Travel Channel’s ‘Ghostober’ Event

Anyone who is a fan of reality-based paranormal programming is certainly familiar with the Travel Channel’s long-running (ten years and counting!) Ghost Adventures series, and as usual, the frenetic team of investigators will return with a new four-part series entitled Graveyard of the Pacific and their annual live adventure on Halloween night!

Premiering on Saturday, October 6 a 9 p.m., Ghost Adventures: Graveyard of the Pacific features lead investigator Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley as they head to “…a treacherous nautical region within the Pacific Northwest where the freshwater of the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Here, darkness plagues both land and sea – the ocean has claimed thousands of shipwrecks and countless lives, while unexplained deaths, diseases, fires and murders have impacted areas around the shoreline. The investigation takes the team to multiple haunted locations – from the underground tunnels weaving beneath the city of Astoria, Oregon, and the port city’s Norblad Hostel to the Fort Stevens Military Base outside of town where dangerous entities are believed to haunt various sites.” read more read more

‘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