Entries by Nick Banks

Eric Powell’s ‘The Goon’ Returns to Comics in 2019

Fans of Eric Powell and his non-nonsense, zombie-smashing, stone-faced hero the Goon have cause to celebrate today, because Powell will be bringing new stories starring his most famous creation to his publishing company Albatross Funnybooks in 2019!  An all new Goon comic book will debut from Albatross Funnybooks with a new The Goon #1 next spring.  This will be the first new Goon story to be published since Dark Horse’s The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time hard cover graphic novel in 2015, and according to the official press release , “…will kick off a year-long, 20th anniversary celebration featuring a national signing tour, Albatross Funnybooks’ collected editions of classic Goon graphic novels, limited edition Goon tiki mugs and more.” read more read more

Nickelodeon’s ‘Henry Danger’ Parodies ‘Stranger Things’ in New Halloween Special: ‘Danger Things’

Have you been craving a Stranger Things fix this Halloween season?  Want to bond with your pre-teen son, daughter, nephew, or niece?  If so, you need to tune in to Nickelodeon’s Henry Danger Halloween Special entitled “Danger Things” on October 8 at 8 p.m.

The long-running Nickelodeon sitcom will be giving the beloved Netflix series a healthy send-up, lampooning many of the wardrobe choices, 80’s references, and plot devices of Stranger Things.   According to the official press release, the trouble starts “When Piper (Kid Danger’s annoying sister) is taken by a creature from another dimension, Captain Man and Kid Danger must rescue her from the evil science corporation that opened the portal” (and be sure to check out the trailer below to get a taste of what you may be in for.) read more read more

‘Venom’ Sets a New October Record at the Weekend Box Office

Despite primarily negative reviews and the lack of other spider-characters to rely on, Sony’s Venom set box office records this weekend, earning over $80 million in receipts.  Venom now holds the record for the highest grossing 3-day opening in October, defeating the previous record holder (Gravity) by almost $25 million dollars.

This total is even more impressive considering that Venom’s current aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes is only 32%.  The film has performed better with fans however, who gave the nasty symbiote a B+ on Cinema Score and a 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.  Venom should see a steep decline next weekend, but with few superhero-related properties on the horizon, the film will certainly improve on its already healthy take at the box office. read more read more

David Harbour and the Cast of ‘Hellboy’ Discuss Key Aspects of the Film at NYCC 2018 Panel

The Hellboy panel at New York Comic Con pleased fans with a first glimpse at Neil Marshall’s upcoming reboot (and the secret footage will hopefully be released for everyone who wasn’t at the panel soon) and offered some candid comments from the cast and Marshall himself.

The panel featured David Harbour, Milla Jovovich (via satellite), Daniel Dae Kim, Sasha Lane and Mike Mignola.  One of the main topics discussed was the difference between the new film and the earlier Guillermo Del Toro films, and one of the main differences seems to be a more ‘faithful” take on the character and his comic book roots according to Mignola.  The original creator stated that “I’m really excited to be part of those conversations. This version is so close to the comic that we will be able to go back to the comic to pick what happens next.”  Mignola was also praised Marshall, saying “It was actually very sweet, when the producers were initially talking about Neil, they asked me if I would write an email and tell him that I wanted him to do the movie.  I was like, ‘What the hell would he care what I think?’ But I think he was really appreciative.” read more read more

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