Entries by Nick Banks

Shudder Announces New ‘The Last Drive In with Joe Bob Briggs’ Series

Coming off of the unmitigated success of a number of late night specials starring Joe Bob Briggs, Shudder announced today that they are bringing back the popular host for an all-new The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs series, which will air exclusively on the horror streaming service.

According to the official press release, “The nine-episode original series will consist of weekly double features streaming live every Friday night at 9:00 p.m ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT, beginning March 29 and concluding on Friday, May 24, Memorial Day Weekend.”  And for those of you not home on Friday nights, each episode will also eventually be made available for on demand viewing. read more read more

Get Ready to ‘Hail Satan?’ With New Trailer For Upcoming Documentary by Penny Lane

Many horror films are based around the concept of Satan-worshiping acolytes who are looking to bring chaos and destruction to the natural world through demonic means.  On the other hand, no horror films are based on a group of Satanists who are looking for equal representation in government and public affairs.

Hail Satan?, a documentary film by Penny Lane (Nuts!, Our Nixon), challenges many perception about the people who worship that sly red Devil, and focuses on a number of “…media-savvy members of the Satanic Temple (who) organize a series of public actions designed to advocate for religious freedom and challenge corrupt authority, they prove that with little more than a clever idea, a mischievous sense of humor, and a few rebellious friends, you can speak truth to power in some truly profound ways.”  As chronicled on Magnolia Pictures’s official website, the film, “…explores the Temple’s fight for equality, its focus on community, and its devilish sense of humor. In an era when founding principles and institutions can’t be trusted to work on behalf of all people, these progressive Satanic crusaders advocate to save the soul of a nation.” read more read more

‘The Goon’ Creator Eric Powell: The Horror News Network Interview

Over the past few years, fans have missed the monsters, mayhem, and mirth that Eric Powell’s The Goon always provides.  Even though the artist/writer has kept busy with a variety of other projects (Hillbilly, Spook House, and tons of covers and Mondo art), Powell is about to reunite with the character that made him famous.  Powell took some time out of his busy schedule to share some news about his company (Albatross Funnybooks) and the triumphant return of everyone’s favorite tough guy in this exclusive interview. read more read more

Meet Your Gods in New ‘American Gods’ Season 2 Trailer

Having trouble with your belief system?  Have you been seeking (and not finding) some much needed guidance lately?  Don’t waste your money on a life coach, because Starz and American Gods are offering you many choices ahead of the season two debut on March 10!

The second teaser trailer is full of choices, whether you are looking for love, life, or the future (without the Old Gods).  Whatever choice you make, the battle for the souls of mankind is shaping up to be quiet a donnybrook! read more

New Horror Podcasts From Shudder Feature Eli Roth, Adrienne Barbeau, and Elijah Wood

Shudder’s original content (Horror Noire, The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs, and the upcoming Creepshow anthology) has been impressing horror fans of all kinds this year, and the horror streaming service doesn’t appear to be slowing down.  Shudder is about to get into the podcast game with three new shows featuring names that should be familiar to all horror fans: Eli Roth, Adrienne Barbeau, and Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah.

The official titles for each podcast include: “Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut, an expansion of the television series AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of HorrorShe Kills, a podcast by and about women in the horror genre, hosted by Adrienne Barbeau; and Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah, a unique series that invites listeners into the lives and homes of some of the most creative figures working in genre entertainment today.” read more read more

Sid and Marty Krofft’s ‘The Banana Splits’ are Getting the Horror Treatment Courtesy of Syfy

If you grew up in the late 1960s and early ’70s, you may have fond memories of a couple of “rock and roll animals” named the Banana Splits.  With a catchy jingle that will stay with you for days, the Splits burst onto tv screens in 1968, and ushered in a slew of psychedelic costumed characters for the youth of that era.

Enter the Syfy Network, purveyors of such fine films as Ice Spiders and Titanic II, to ruin what little remains of your childhood with another terrible idea in the form of a low-budget horror movie starring The Banana Splits.  The ill-advised feature will star Bingo (the gorilla), Fleegle (the dog), Snorky (the elephant), and Drooper (the lion), and less well-known talent such as Finlay Wojtak-Hissong (The Kindness of Strangers), Dani Kind (Wyonna Earp), Romeo Carere (Pyewacket), and Steve Lund (Street Legal). read more read more

‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Finishes Fifth at Weekend Box Office

While many predicted a better showing for Happy Death Day 2U, the film ended up in fifth place at the weekend box office with roughly $10 million in ticket sales ($13.5 since it was released on Wednesday).  This total is $16 million less than the original film made in its opening 3-day weekend frame back in 2017.

Every movie studio ended up being disappointed this weekend, as it was the worst three-day President’s Day weekend for ticket sales since 2004.  Chief among the underachievers was Alita: Battle Angel, whose lofty expectations never materialized (in first place with $36.5 million since Thursday), falling victim to the same inflated tracking numbers that sank The Lego Movie 2 last week (which finished second at the box office with $21.2 million).  While the turnout for all films this weekend was low, there may need to be less emphasis put on tracking and social media awareness for upcoming films, as both measures have proven to be wildly inaccurate in 2019 and have so far created unrealistic expectations for new releases this year. read more read more

‘Happy Death Day 2U’: The Horror News Network Review

Sequels are tough to pull off in any genre, but pulling off a sequel in the horror genre is an even more difficult feat.  Most horror films were not originally intended to be franchises even though they often spiral into them (Halloween, Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and the law of diminishing returns rears its ugly head in the vast majority of these cases.

Finding a more competent sequel than the original proves even harder to locate, but in the case of Happy Death Day 2U, director and co-writer Christopher Landon has accomplished this rare achievement, albeit one that is much less heavy on slasher tropes, instead venturing into the world of science fiction and comedy.  Landon’s follow up to his surprise hit Happy Death Day is a superior film for these reasons, but it may not appeal to horror fans in the same ways that the first one did. read more read more

Octavia Spencer is Not So Sweet in the New Trailer for ‘Ma’

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have released the first trailer for the upcoming horror film Ma, which looks markedly different from director Tate Taylor’s last three films, The Help, Get on Up, and The Girl on the Train.

The simply titled Ma stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) as a sweet woman who appears to be conned by some under-aged teens into buying them some booze for a raging party.  She then appears to get even cooler, as Spencer’s character also offers them a place to hold said party.  As is usually the case in these scenarios, Spencer’s kindly demeanor seems to be masking some hidden secrets (and the only Hidden Figures may be some ominous looking voodoo masks and teen bodies in her basement). read more read more

Full Trailer for ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Released

Following in the foot steps of other recent supernatural horror hits,  Warner Brothers/Newline Cinema recently released the first full trailer for director Michael Chaves’ scary, weeping woman tale, The Curse of La Llorona.  As evidenced by the trailer, you better stay off of the high way, and don’t even think of taking a bath!

The film is based on a figure from Mexican folklore that drowned her children in a fit of jealous rage, only to be turned into a wandering, vengeful spirit for her terrible sins.  How much of the story will be used in the film is anyone’s guess (although I’d guess not much). read more read more