Entries by Nick Banks

Horror News Network’s Summer 2019 Movie Preview Guide

After a rather lackluster spring, studios are ready to start churning out horror films for the starving, sweating masses this summer.  At least eight films in the horror genre are slated for release in June, July, and August this year (a slight increase from year’s past) in hopes that one or two can capture the attention of movie-goers who are already worn out by sequels and mega-budget action and sci-fi epics.

Horror fans have a lot to choose from this summer; everything from classic 1980’s remakes (Child’s Play), another entry from the ever-popular Conjurverse (Annabelle Comes Home), giant critters with a taste for human flesh (Crawl, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged), Ari Aster’s creepy follow-up to last year’s critical smash Hereditary (Midsommar), and a host of supernatural and survival horror originals. read more read more

Burger King Unveils ‘Stranger Things’ Upside Down Burger

Burger King joins the ever-expanding promotional partner list for Netflix’s Stranger Things season three with an official “Upside Down Burger”.

The limited-edition burger will hit the following cities on June 21: Miami, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York.  There will only be eleven locations in total (get it?) featuring the burger (which in any reality is just a traditional Whopper served upside down, so just in case you can’t get to one of these locations, you can replicate the Hawkins National Laboratory experiment on your own with a simple flip). read more read more

‘Spawn’ Artist Jason Shawn Alexander: The Horror News Network Interview

Not many people in May of 1992 would have believed that a character that debuted as one of the cornerstones of an upstart comic book company, Image Comics, would make it all the way to 2019 with 300 issues of his flagship title alone.  Spawn (and his creator Todd McFarlane) became synonymous with Image Comics and fans have continued to support the title due to their love for the dark character that straddled the line between super hero and horror film conventions. read more

‘Ma’ Continues to Impress at Box Office; ‘Godzilla: King of The Monsters’ Flames Out

While Universal’s Ma won’t reach the financial heights of Godzilla: King of Monsters, when all is said and done this summer, the Octavia Spencer lead thriller may be the more profitable of the two films.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters fell into fourth place, dropping the entire length of a skyscraper (a -67.5% drop from last week) for an estimated $15.5 million in its second weekend.  For comparison’s sake, 2014’s relaunch dropped a similar amount, but it also made over $30 million during its second weekend of release.  This fact could hinder the sequel’s chance for $100 million in the domestic market which currently stands at $78.6 million. read more read more

‘Ghost Adventures’ Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum is Already Being Impacted by ‘The Devil’s Rocking Chair’

Well, it didn’t take long for “The Devil’s Rocking Chair” to start causing trouble at Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum in Las Vegas.  According to an official tweet, the rocking chair stirred up so much paranormal activity, that the museum had to temporarily shut the exhibit down.

So we just shut-down a new exhibit @hauntedmuseum temporarily because of what just occured w/ staff & a guest… moments before we opened the exhibit me and my assistant witnessed a plug get yanked out of the wall socket by itself then the door to the chair opened slowly read more read more

Baskin-Robbins Celebrates ‘Stranger Things’ Season Three with Some Upside Down Treats

Following the every-popular trend of sci-fi and horror food tie-ins, Baskin-Robbins is getting in on the act with an exclusive lineup of Stranger Things-inspired flavors including two new Flavors of the Month, new sundaes, frozen ice cream pizzas, and exclusive merchandise.

The two new flavors are called “Eleven’s Heaven”, described as “…a waffle cone-flavored ice cream with chocolate-coated sugar cone pieces and a chocolate icing flavored ribbon” and “Upside Down Pralines”,  which features “…chocolate ice cream with praline pecans and a chocolate-caramel flavored ribbon.” read more read more

‘Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah’ Podcast Now Available on Shudder

All nine episodes of Shudder’s new podcast, Visitations with Elijah Wood & Daniel Noah (which is described as “…a new podcast from the boundary-breaking indie production company SpectreVision”) are now available to subscribers on the horror streaming service.

Each episode of the podcast “…features the two hosts traveling to the homes and workshops of some of their favorite creators in the genre community and beyond. In these intimate visits, guests delve into their lives, their work and how they’ve managed to turn their deepest fears into art.” Episodes include 45 minute conversations with a who’s who of horror and genre cinema such as: Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House), John Landis (An American Werewolf in London), Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Dan Harmon  Rick and Morty), Flying Lotus (Kuso), Richard Stanley (Hardware), Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Woodshock), and Panos Cosmatos (Mandy). read more read more

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’: The Horror News Network Review

Many fans eagerly awaited the release of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla in 2014, hoping to see a return to form and a possible new franchise built around the atomic monster first created by Toho Studios in 1954.  While the film quickly turned a profit with an opening weekend of close to $100 million, many detractors found Edwards’ film to be too focused on the stories of human characters (that the audience had a hard time connecting to) and most importantly, a movie too light on the kaiju action monsters lovers expected.  If this is how you felt about Edwards’ version, save your money and fly as fast as you can from (on the back of Rodan perhaps) the follow-up film Godzilla: King of the Monsters. read more read more

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Can’t Ignite Box Office; ‘Ma’ Exceeds Expectations

Every Toho fan worth their salt knows that Godzilla has atomic breath, but even the King of Monsters couldn’t ignite the box office this week, finishing with a disappointing $49 million.

A first place finish at the box office is usually cause for celebration, but when you enter the battle with expectations as tall as a skyscraper, you had better deliver on the hype.  Unfortunately, the results look even worse when compared to 2014’s Godzilla which delivered almost double the amount of the sequel during its first weekend with over $93 million.  As a set up for 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong showdown, the underwhelming return must have some studio executives more than a little worried at this point. read more read more

Second Trailer for ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Unleashes Trouble at the Warren’s House

The second trailer for the sixth entry in New Line’s perennial money making Conjuring series features more hijinks than can be imagined at the Warren’s world famous museum.  The ring leader is naturally everyone’s favorite doll Annabelle, who not only causes enough trouble for one horror film, but brings along a host of demonic friends to terrorize Ed and Lorraine’s daughter (and baby sitters) while the couple is away on official ghost business. read more