Entries by Nick Banks

Darren Lynn Bousman Returns with ‘St. Agatha’

Darren Lynn Bousman, the director most famous for Saw II, III, and IV, is ready to return to cinemas (well, at least one or two) with his latest film St. Agatha. The film (clearly an attempt to capitalize on this past fall’s The Nun), begins with a young girl seeking refuge in a spooky convent. Our protagonist, Mary (get it?), soon realizes that the seemingly innocent, evil nuns are really “not innocent”, evil nuns and has to run for her life. read more

Ian Ziering Cast as Blue Devil in ‘Swamp Thing’ Streaming Series

Ian Ziering announced today via twitter that he will be joining the cast of DC Universe’s streaming series Swamp Thing as the lovable Blue Devil.

The actor, known for his roles on Beverly Hills 90210 and Syfy’s Sharknado series, will step into the blue and yellow pirate boots of one of DC’s prominent supernatural characters.  The character first debuted in 1984 (ala a special preview insert in Firestorm #24) and was created by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn, and Paris Cullins. His solo series ran for nearly three years and he would later appear as a member of the Justice League and Shadowpact.  The stunt man turned supernatural hero was also rumored to be a part of the long gestating and maligned Justice League Dark film.  At this time it appears that JLD is DOA, but having two competing versions of the same character on the small screen and the silver screen has never stopped DC before, so don’t be surprised if fans get two versions to further confuse them. read more read more

‘Hellboy Winter Special 2018’: The Horror News Network Review

There are two thing that you can count on during the holiday season: there will always be left-over fruitcake and the arrival of a jolly, red faced, barrel-chested icon.  I am of course talking about Hellboy and his annual Winter Special.

This year’s 2018 collection contains three seasonal tales featuring a classic Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck collaboration about a New Year’s Eve seance gone wrong, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s return to B.P.R.D.: Vampire with a new story entitled “Lost Ones”, and “The Empty Chair” starring Lobster Johnson by Tonci Zonjic. read more read more

Blue Underground’s ‘Maniac: 3-Disc Limited Edition Blu-Ray’: The Horror News Network Review

Occasionally, a genre film will attract the attention of a mainstream audience in an “unexpected way”.  Maniac premiered in New York City on January 30, 1981, playing to packed audiences on 42nd street, a group well-versed in the exploitation cinema of the 1970s and early 80s. But when the film started to open in other markets around the country, the film received the type of negative publicity that was rare for the time period, with protesters picketing theaters which screened the film for its portrayal of graphic violence, especially towards women.  Many critics and film historians point to Maniac as the last gasp for the slasher sub-genre, before increased scrutiny from censors and concerned civic groups curtailed the production of and marketing ability of filmmakers to produce stories like Maniac.  Since then, Maniac has been given a second-life as one of the truly controversial films of the decade, yet it has also become a touchstone for modern critics, who continue to fall on either side of the argument. read more read more

‘BrightBurn’ Trailer Brings Terror to Superman Mythology

What if a baby from another world, despite the best efforts of his adopted parents, turned out to be a little twisted?  This is the premise of BrightBurn, a horror film produced by James Gunn and written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn. Frequent James Gunn collaborator David Yarovesky (The Hive) will direct the film which stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Gregory Allen Williams, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, and Steve Agee. read more

‘Heavy Metal’ Magazine Documentary in Development at Fox Digital

Fox Digital Studio, Heavy Metal Media, and 4th Row Films are currently developing a feature film documentary about the history and influence of the quintessential sci-fi/horror/ fantasy comic magazine Heavy Metal according to an exclusive report from Variety.  

Director Douglas Tirola is attached to the film, making it the second time that the director has worked on a documentary based on a magazine, the first being The National Lampoon documentary entitled Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead. 

Steven Johnson, Fox Digital’s VP of Production, praised the project, stating that “We are very interested in making pop-culture docs and horror/sci-fi content at FDS. Heavy Metal is the perfect fit; it was a tremendous influence on so many great artists and filmmakers of the genre, and Douglas has a vision that’s going to deliver something really unique.” read more read more

‘Stranger Things 3: The Game’ Announced at Game Awards 2018

Stranger Things is well-known for promoting 80s nostalgia among those who lived through the decade (and those who wish they did) that brought us Dungeons & Dragons, ET, and coin-operated video games.  Further channeling this mania, creators Matt and Ross Duffer announced a game tie-in for the upcoming third season of Netflix’s hit show at the Game Awards 2018 on Thursday.

Though the Duffer brothers didn’t reveal much about what can be expected from the game, they did say it’s a classic 16-bit inspired game that takes place during the third season.  There is currently no release date for the game or what platforms the game will be featured on, but look for more information to be announced before Stranger Things Season Three debuts next summer. read more read more

‘The Possession of Hannah Grace’ Finds No Salvation at Weekend Box Office

The rite of exorcism is a procedure that can be dangerous for both the possessed and the exorcist.  Luckily, no one that saw The Possession of Hannah Grace this weekend faced similar challenges, aside from having $12 vanish from their wallets from a film that grossed $6.5 million dollars at the box office, and faced even harsher rebukes from audiences than even Father Merrin could muster.

Screen Gems’ (Sony Pictures) Hannah Grace entered a crowded marketplace this weekend, one that is traditionally off-season for horror films.  In spite of this, the film did perform better than expected with $635,000 in previews for late Thursday screenings, which tipped off studio executives that not all was lost.  This modest financial success speaks to the current popularity of supernatural films such as The Conjuring franchise and a lack of competition from similar movies, rather than the merits of the production.  The latest possession film should be able to turn a slight profit, once marketing costs are subtracted, and international receipts are calculated. read more

‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Trailer Released

Universal Pictures has just released the first full-length trailer for Christopher Landon’s sequel to the highly successful Happy Death Day, Happy Death Day 2U, which will be released on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14.

The trailer features Tree Gelbman (played by Jessica Rothe) again waking up in Carter Davis’ (Israel Broussard) dorm room, with another case of the Groundhog Day blues.  As expected, Tree is right back in the unbreakable loop, menaced once again by that big baby boy with a knife. read more

‘Preacher’ Renewed by AMC for Fourth Season

Preacher fans prayers have been answered, as AMC just announced that the series based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s classic Vertigo Comics series will begin production on their fourth season at the start of the new year in Australia, according to Deadline.

David Madden, the President of Programming, Entertainment Networks for AMC praised the show’s originality, saying that “Preacher is a show unlike any other on television” and one that has “A passionate base of fans found their way to Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy and have followed along with their adventures, at times indescribable adventures, for three seasons. We are thankful to our partners at Sony and to Seth, Evan and Sam for everything they have brought to this series, which we are pleased to renew for a fourth season. Like the superfans of Preacher, we can’t wait to see where this journey leads next.” read more