Entries by Nick Banks

The Shocking Truth Behind ‘Hereditary’s’ Low Cinemascore!

A24’s Hereditary delivered the best opening in the short history of the company, delivering $13.5 million in its first weekend at the box office.  The closest film released from A24 to Hereditary’s opening was 2016’s The Witch which made $8.8 million during its debut weekend.

Despite this excellent news, many news outlets picked up on the D+ Cinemascore rating for Hereditary as a sign of trouble for the film.  While this may lead to diminishing returns in subsequent weeks, the issue is much more complex than the score would indicate. read more read more

‘Infidel’ Writer Pornsak Pichetshote: The Horror News Network Interview

Most horror comics fall into three broad categories:  Tales from the Crypt style shockers, creature features, and gore fests.  Very few are able to incorporate horror elements and topical subtext to transcend the genre, but Image Comics Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell certainly does.  We were happy to get to a chance to talk to Pichetshote about the series, his influences, and the exciting news that Infidel will become a major motion picture very soon. read more

Director Ari Aster Discusses the Films that Influenced ‘Hereditary’

Can’t wait until A24’s Hereditary hits theaters on June 8?  If you are looking to get more excited about this release, look no further than the video below which confirms that director Ari Aster knows his stuff when it comes to movies and film making.

Aster’s soon to be released film has been described by critics as one of the most harrowing and frightening films to grace the silver screen in decades (and we’ll all be able to judge this soon) and it is clear from his interview with Birth. Movies. Death. that the influences on Hereditary are the ones that horror fans want to hear a director discuss. read more read more

‘Slender Man’ Likely to Be Delayed Due to Clash Between Sony Pictures and Production Team

Variety is reporting that Sony’s upcoming film Slender Man is experiencing some major troubles behind the scenes which will almost certainly delay the film.

In Variety’s exclusive report, it appears that the “… producers are having heated disagreements about the release strategy with Sony Pictures, the studio that is supposed to debut the film in August. Sony sees the film as a low-budget, Blumhouse-style release, according to two insiders, while the producers, a group that includes William Sherak and James Vanderbilt, have more confidence in the movie. The are pushing for the picture to unspool across more screens and also want a bigger marketing push, which will cost more money than Sony is willing to spend.” read more read more

First Trailer for ‘Preacher’ Season Three Released

Fans of writer Garth Ennis and the AMC adaptation of his outrageous genre-bending comic Preacher finally have a trailer for season 3 (which debuts on June 24 at 10:00 p.m.) and it is a doozy.

This season will certainly reveal more of Jesse’s past, as he is reunited with his devilish grandmother and degenerate uncles.  According to the official AMC press release, “In Season 3, Jesse Custer’s quest for God takes him back to the place he’s been avoiding his whole life: home.  Jesse, Tulip, and Cassidy return to Angelville, the Louisiana Plantation where Jesse was raised, and find old grudges and deadly obligations await them.  With the help of his friends — and a few enemies — Jesse will need to escape his past… because the future of the world depends on it.” read more read more

Stephan Franck Concludes Vampire Graphic Novel Series ‘Silver’

Stephan Franck has worked in a number of mediums and formats in his career, but fans will be happy to hear that his unique take on the Dracula mythos will conclude with Volume Four of his graphic novel series entitled Silver.

According to the official press release “Over the course of the last four years, Franck has been writing, illustrating and self publishing SILVER, a globe-trotting graphic novel series that mashes up the world of Bram Stoker’s classic novel Dracula with action, adventure, humor, pulp storytelling and modern sensibilities. Told over the course of 4 volumes (and a stand alone novella), Franck has created an unforgettable cast and a compelling caper that picks up 30 years after Professor Abraham Van Helsing visited Dracula’s castle. Now Van Helsing’s descendent, the mysterious vampire hunter Rosalyn, is teaming up with a ragtag group of con men for a high stakes heist to rob Europe’s richest vampires. Will they succeed, and live off their take from this one last job?” read more read more

Monster Week Returns to Animal Planet this Memorial Day Weekend

Monster Week returns to Animal Planet on Sunday May 27 with a full week of “…mysteries about animals and creatures rumored to exist, using new technologies, experts, the latest findings and people engaging like never before. ”

A wide variety of programming will be showcased the entire week, from traditional cryptids like Bigfoot and Nessie to the more mundane grizzlies and crocs.   The festivities kick off with the 100th episode of Finding Bigfoot.  According to the official press release “The two-hour special features our intrepid cast of investigators – Bigfoot Field Research Organization (BFRO) president Matt Moneymakerresearchers James “Bobo” Fay andCliff Barackman and skeptical scientist Ranae Holland – as they travel to the 50th anniversary celebration of the Patterson Gimlin film, often referred to as the holy grail of Bigfoot footage and the most famous piece of evidence ever recorded. Cutting-edge technology brings forth all-new details of the creature captured on this film and leaves our investigators more convinced than ever about its authenticity.” read more read more

‘Godzilla 2’ Release Moved to May 2019

Have you been waiting for some classic kaiju smashing action?  Didn’t get your fill from Pacific Rim 2 or Rampage?  If so, you will have to wait a few extra months for “The King of All Monsters” to return to the silver screen, as Warner Brothers Pictures has just moved Godzilla 2 from March to May 2019.

Although other news outlets have reported that this may be a move that was motivated by the studios confidence with the film, it is more likely about avoiding other “monster films”.  Godzilla 2’s original release date was March 22, which seemed like a good idea at the time as it avoided the bulk of the summer blockbusters and followed the pattern of last year’s Kong: Skull Island which also debuted in March. read more read more

Stephen King’s ‘Dr. Sleep’ Adaptation Scheduled for January 2020 Release

Warner Brothers Pictures announced today that Stephen King’s sequel to the Shining entitled Doctor Sleep will be released on January 24,  2020.

Doctor Sleep will be directed by Mike Flanagan, who is known for OculusHush, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and the recent King adaptation Gerald’s Game.

Horror News Network’s John Evans covered Doctor Sleep way back in January, and described the story as “Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep follows Danny Torrance, who is still suffering from his experiences as a young boy at the infamous Overlook Hotel. That’s where many of the most obvious connections to The Shining cease, as the majority of the novel is much more action-oriented and focused on Mr. Torrance’s conflict with a group of psychic vampires over the soul of young girl whose “shining” abilities are unparalleled. Whether Flanagan remains faithful to the text or decides to veer off in his own direction- like Kubrick did before him- remains to be seen. It’s worth noting, however, that Flanagan’s adaptation of Gerald’s Game is recognized by fans as being closest to the source text of all of the recent movies based on King’s work.” read more read more

‘Shark Tank’ Hosts to Swim With Sharks on Shark Week 2018

In an exclusive report by Entertainment Weekly, it has been learned that the hosts of ABC’s Shark Tank will finally be entering a realm where their big bucks and big mouths don’t impress anyone: in the water with some real sharks!

Hosts Mark Cuban, Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, and Daymond John will each pair up “…with an oceanic organization to receive an education in the issues facing those misunderstood predators of the sea, ranging from habitat destruction, overfishing, and bycatch. The Sharks (minus Lori Greiner) will then return to the Shark Tank set, where they will reunite with fellow Shark, Robert Herjavec, and pitch each other as to why their organization deserves a $50,000 donation. Each Shark will then cast a vote for the organization that is most deserving of the money.” read more read more