Entries by Nick Banks

‘Annabelle Comes Home’: The Horror News Network Review

No horror franchise in the last decade has been as profitable as James Wan’s The Conjuring empire.  Ever since The Conjuring was released in 2013, anything associated with the ever-expanding tales from the files of renowned ghost hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren have been a license to print money, accounting for over $1.5 billion in worldwide sales.

And if the Conjuring-verse has an MVP, it is undoubtedly the porcelain-faced devil-doll known as Annabelle.  Ever since she was introduced in a vignette at the start of the original Conjuring film, it was pretty clear that she would go on to bigger and better things.  With three films to her name, she is one of the most easily recognizable faces of the horror genre for a whole generation of fans whose first cinematic scares came at her expense. read more read more

‘Ghost Hunters’ Returns to Airwaves in August

Paranormal investigation programs are more popular than ever, but the one that started the entire genre is ready to return to the airwaves after a three year hiatus.

The former SyFy Network hit Ghost Hunters returns as a new series on A&E this August and stars one of the original TAPS founders Grant Wilson.  Wilson will also be joined by fellow investigators Daryl Marston, Kristen Luman, Brandon Alvis, Mustafa Gatollari, Brian Murray, and Richel Stratton on the series, which received an initial order of 20 episodes. read more read more

DC Comics and Joe Hill Team Up for New Hill House Comics Imprint

This October, DC and best-selling author Joe Hill (NOS4A2Locke & Key) will be bringing some much needed horror to your local comic book shop in the form of Hill House Comics.  The first series in the new “pop-up” line of horror comic books (according to the official press release) will arrive on stands just in time for Halloween with Basketful of Heads, written by Joe Hill with art by Leomacs.

Hill is excited to get back to writing horror comics and stated that “Anyone who’s paying attention knows we’re in the middle of a new golden age of horror: films like Get Out, Hereditary, It Follows, and plain old It have raised the bar higher and higher.  Meanwhile, ongoing shows like AMC’s The Terror and Netflix’s Stranger Things have shattered preconceived notions about what’s possible in episodic terror TV. There’s great stuff happening in comics, of course—in a field of unbounded creativity and wacko visionaries, there’s always great stuff happening—but greedy me wants more.” read more read more

‘Child’s Play’ Finishes in Second Place at Weekend Box Office

Child’s Play (2019) finished second at the box office this weekend, making an estimated total of $14 million.  While finishing in second is never a bad thing at the summer box office, it’s not terrific when your opening total is $104 million less than the top spot (which was Toy Story 4, a much kinder and gentler breed of toy).

Many in the industry predicted a slightly higher opening for Child’s Play, especially with the film currently sitting at a healthy 60% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.  Viewers were less impressed with the return of Chucky, as the film only scored a C+ from ticket buyers surveyed by opening night polling service, Cinemascore read more read more

DC Comics ‘Sunsets’ Vertigo Imprint After 26 Years

After months of rumors, DC Comics made the news official today that Vertigo, the long-standing edgy imprint that gave birth to some of the best and most literate comic books of the last 26 years would be no more, effective as of January of 2020.

Publisher Dan Didio stated that “We’re returning to a singular presentation of the DC brand that was present throughout most of our history until 1993 when we launched Vertigo to provide an outlet for edgier material.  That kind of material is now mainstream across all genres, so we thought it was the right time to bring greater clarity to the DC brand and reinforce our commitment to storytelling for all of our fans in every age group. This new system will replace the age ratings we currently use on our material.” read more read more

American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property Petitions Netflix to Cancel Amazon Prime’s ‘Good Omens’

They say that “the Devil is in the details”, but it appears that the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property was more concerned with the Devil, than the details in the case of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens adaptation.

The organization (also known as The Christian Return to Order) got a little too hot under the collar about the new Amazon Prime series, and forgot which streaming service was responsible for the “…mockery of God’s Order and religion…”.  The petition (since removed from their website) demanded that Netflix remove the series from the airwaves, and asked signers to send the message to “…Netflix that we will not stand silent as they destroy the barriers of horror we still have for evil.”  The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property was able to elicit over 20,000 signatures before they realized that they were petitioning the wrong streaming service. read more read more

Shudder Announces Casting and Episode Guide for Upcoming ‘Creepshow’ Series

Shudder has just announced additional casting for its upcoming Creepshow anthology series which includes stars from the world of music, as well as some perennial horror actors.  Joining the cast are Grammy winners Kid Cudi and Big Boi, along with Jeffrey Combs (Star Trek, Re-Animator), Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion, X-Men) and DJ Qualls (The Man in the High Castle, Supernatural).

According to the official press release from Shudder, “DJ Qualls will star in “The Finger,” a previously unannounced Creepshow story written by David J. Schow and directed by showrunner Greg Nicotero.  Kid Cudi and Jeffrey Combs will star in “Bad Wolf Down, written and directed by Rob Schrab. Bruce Davison will star in “Night of the Paw,” written by John Esposito.  Big Boi is featured in “The Man in the Suitcase” written by Christopher Buehlman and directed by Dave Bruckner (The Ritual).  This news is in addition to the previously announced casting of Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), and Tobin Bell (Saw). read more read more

Titles Revealed for Halloween ComicFest 2019

The 9th annual Halloween ComicFest (HCF) returns on Saturday October 26, 2019 and will feature a plethora of free comic books for the entire family!

According to the official press release “Of the 28 titles available, 19 are Full Size and 9 are Mini Comics for fans to pick up and enjoy. All will be available for free at participating comic shops on Saturday, October 26th, with the Mini Comics also available for purchase in packs of 25 for $4.99 at the beginning of October—a perfect item to give to trick-or-treaters on Halloween.” read more read more

New Trailer Released for AMC’s ‘The Terror: Infamy’ Season 2

AMC has just released a full trailer for the second season of The Terror.  Unlike the original story (which was based on a novel by Dan Simmons and the real-life events of the disappearance of the H.M.S. Erebus and H.M.S. Terror), this season (which is subtitled Infamy) will take place during World War II in a Japanese Internment camp.

Although the setting has shifted, the tone of the series appears to capture the same paranoia and helplessness that made the first season so bleak, along with a similar supernatural presence from “the old country”. read more read more

‘NOS4A2’ Executive Producer/Writer Jami O’Brien: The Horror News Network Interview

Adapting a successful novel into a television series is no easy task, and translating the nuances of the written word into a visual world can be daunting and a little scary.  It gets even scarier when the source material is Joe Hill’s acclaimed novel NOS4A2.  Luckily, AMC tapped a writer and producer for the project with some experience in the world of horror (Fear the Walking Dead) as well as story -driven, scripted television series. read more