Entries by Nick Banks

New Shudder Documentary Series Will Explore ‘Cursed Films’

Shudder continues to provide original programming for their growing subscriber base with the announcement of a new horror film documentary series entitled Cursed Films. The series will highlight a different film each episode and examine “…the facts, myths and mysteries around iconic films and franchises whose casts and crew have been struck by misfortune and tragedy, including The Exorcist, Poltergeist and The Omen, among others.” read more

‘Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror’ Documentary: The Horror News Network Review

Whenever a film becomes a surprise hit (and leaves an impression on Hollywood executives that are seeking to mine similar material for profit), there are sometimes some unexpected, positive side effects.  In the case of Jordan Peele’s Get Out, which captured the attention of both ticket buyers and studio heads, the shock waves of success helped to unearth and bring attention to some forgotten gems and underappreciated actors and filmmakers that helped pave the way for Peele’s triumph. read more read more

‘The Prodigy’ Turns Out To Be Just Average at Weekend Box Office

Prodigy is a term usually reserved for a young phenom that “can’t miss” in whatever field their talents take them, such as playing the piano, throwing the football, or even film making.  Unfortunately, for Orion pictures, this week’s “Prodigy” couldn’t cut the mustard at the box office, as the new film finished in sixth place with only an estimated $6 million dollar return.

The Prodigy (not to be confused with the techno-rock kings from the UK, who happen to be launching their first tour in ten years if you can believe it) entered a weak field for horror films (with Escape Room making one of its last appearance in the top 12 this week), but it could still not connect with fans or critics.  The Prodigy’s Rotten Tomatoes score currently clocks in at 45% (which is actually pretty good for a low budget, February horror film, although the sample size of 42 reviews was rather small as Orion did not screen the film early for critics).  Rotten Tomatoes’ user reviews were a little more kind, with a score of 53%.  Cinemascores’ polling has not been revealed as of yet, but a similar low audience rating will most likely be reported based on The Prodigy’s anemic showing at the box office. read more read more

Shudder’s Upcoming ‘Creepshow’ Anthology Announces Story Line-Up

Fans of the original George Romero and Stephen King collaboration Creepshow will be happy to heat that production has begun on Shudder’s new anthology series, bearing the same name and  format.

According to the official press release, the six-episode season will feature stories by a who’s who list of horror writers and an as yet to be revealed adaptation of a Stephen King story.  The story list so far includes: “By the Silvery Waters of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill (NOS4A2), “House of the Head” by Josh Malerman (Bird Box), “The Companion” by Joe Lansdale (Bubba Ho Tep, Hap and Leonard), “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman (The Lesser Dead), “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones (The Hitchhiker), “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito (The Walking Dead: Webisodes), and “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab (Monster House).  Other installments will be lead by David Bruckner (The Ritual),  Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) and Rob Schrab (Ghosted, Community). read more read more

Dan Brereton Unleashes Giant-Sized ‘GiantKiller’ Graphic Novel

Crowd funding is always a risky business for creators, but Dan Brereton has made a habit out of producing a number of deluxe hard cover editions of his artwork through crowd funding’s big gorilla, Kickstarter. The Nocturnals artist’s projects have always exceeded expectations, in terms of both monetary and fan goals, and Brereton is now prepared “to go big or go home”.

Brerton’s latest project is a deluxe, monster-sized edition of his 1999 cult classic comic book, Giantkiller, which captures all of the kaiju-themed mayhem of the original release with some added extras and a format worthy of the title.   The new hardcover edition measures an impressive 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 -inch volume with 240 pages, and “…additional story art in the form of a new Epilogue, a big concept gallery of sketches, a large Rogues’ Gallery of guest artist pin-ups and more!”   According to the official press release, “Brereton feels it’s one of the coolest things he’s done in comics, ‘It was something that made me ridiculously happy while I was working on it for two years. I can’t believe it’s been two decades. I still think about those characters and still want to do so much more.” read more read more

‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Television Series ‘Prince of Darkness’ Teaser Released

How many vampires does it take to screw in a light bulb?  If you’ve ever asked yourself this question, look no further than the latest sneak peak at FX’s small screen version of Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows.

Clement and Waititi will return to the world of Shadows via the new FX series, as Clement will serve as an executive producer and writer, and Waititi will also executive produce and direct an episode or two. The new series will feature 30 minute episodes and also star Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, and Harvey Guillen. read more read more

Paramount Cancels David Fincher’s ‘World War Z’ Sequel

The long-awaited sequel to World War Z has been officially cancelled by Paramount Pictures, according to an exclusive report from The Playlist.

The report cites the film’s ballooning budget as a concern, but the bigger concern for Paramount was where the funds were being spent. When it came down to gambling on future profits, Paramount took the safe bet, and bankrolled Mission Impossible 7 & 8 (which will arrive in the summer of 2021 and 2022) instead of continuing the zombie franchise. read more

Universal Studios Orlando Announces Dates for Halloween Horror Nights 2019

For the average person, February may be too soon to start planning for Halloween, but for horror fans the real question is: what took you so long?!?

To helm satisfy these eager fans, Universal Studios Orlando has just announced dates for their annual Halloween Horror Nights beginning on September 6 and running through November 2, nearly a week earlier than last year’s start.  There are also more dates this year, expanding from 34 nights to 41. read more

‘Glass’ Threepeats as Superbowl Weekend Box Office Champ With Worst Totals in Two Years; ‘Escape Room’ Close to $100 Million World-Wide

If you thought last weekend was a weak showing by the top 12 films at the box office, think again!

Glass stretched its winning streak to three weeks in a row with $9.5 million at the box office, but the victory was certainly no Super Bowl championship (actually more akin to beating the Cleveland Browns in the regular season), as the top 12 films in the country brought in an estimated $57 million dollars in total sales.  To find a total this low, one has to go all the way back to the first weekend in September of 2017. read more read more

Edwin F. Becker’s Book ‘True Haunting’ Is Being Developed as a Feature Film by Screen Gems

The 1970s is famous for a number of haunted house and possession cases that everyone remembers, from the world famous Amityville Horror to England’s greatest haunting, the Enfield Poltergeist Case.  Many of these “real life” hauntings also received the Hollywood treatment, but up until now, no one ever decided to make a film based on television’s long forgotten first live exorcism, which aired on NBC in 1971.

Not until today that is, as Screen Gems (a company that never turned down a project it didn’t like) is ready to adapt Edwin F. Becker’s recollection of what he reports was an exorcism gone wrong in his book True HauntingAccording to an exclusive report by Deadline, Producer “Cindy Cowan has optioned the book, and will produce with Steve Bersch and Scott Strauss overseeing the project.” read more read more