Entries by Nick Banks

GhostBusters Box Office: D.O.A. or Here to Stay?

The weekend estimates for the Ghostbusters remake have been released and the new film finished second to The Secret Life of Pets with a total of $46 million at the box office from July 14th to July 17th .  This total is comprised of Thursday night, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday totals.  Many analysts predicted a second place finish to current animated juggernaut Pets, but is this a disappointment or a hopeful start for the most embattled film of the summer? read more

BPRD: Hell on Earth #143 Early Review

BPRD: Hell on Earth #143 Review

Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi

Artist: Laurence Campbell

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date: July 20th, 2016

Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis: The final story arc for BPRD: Hell on Earth begins here!

Our Thoughts: Six years ago, Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Scott Allie, and a host of talented artists started the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense down a dangerous, cataclysmic road with the creation of the BPRD: Hell on Earth series.   It’s hard to believe that the journey has lasted this long, and although fans are sure to miss the title, the current team of Mignola, Arcudi, and Campbell begin to steer our heroes (and world) towards a satisfying, bittersweet conclusion in this issue. read more read more

Ghostbusters Remake Continues to Fuel Controversy and Mixed Reactions

With only two days before its release, The Ghostbusters (2016) remake is still making headlines, with wildly mixed reactions to the film.

The remake has been a lightening rod for controversy since it was announced that the film would not be a sequel to the previous two entries in the series or star any of the original cast.  This heated up when an-all female cast featuring some of the most prominent comedians from the big and small screen was made public.  The film quickly became a battle between two perceived groups:  male fans of the original films and cartoon and female fans of the director Paul Feig’s previous hits such as Bridesmaids and The Heat (most prominently starring new Ghostbuster Melissa McCarthy). read more read more

Kong Skull Island Ride Opens at Universal Orlando

The Skull Island: Reign of Kong ride officially opened today at the Universal Orlando theme park.  The ride, which is based on the Peter Jackson’s remake from 2005, consists of both 3D effects and animatronic action in an immersive, highly detailed environment.  Plenty of dinosaurs, over-sized insects, and the big ape himself are featured in this attraction that carriers riders through the scenes in an enormous vehicle that can accommodate up to 72 people. read more

First Pennywise the Clown Photo Revealed from It Remake

Entertainment Weekly unveiled the first press photo of Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King’s It today.  Bill Skarsgard will play the evil clown (originally played by Tim Curry) in the remake due out on September 8, 2017.   Andres Muschietti, best known for the 2013 horror film Mama, will direct.  The film is planned as a two part story; the first film will focus on the demonic clown terrorizing the cast as children and the second film will focus on the adults coming together to deal with the after-effects of their spoiled childhoods and face their greatest fears.   read more read more

Harrow County #14 Early Review

Harrow County #14 Early Review

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Tyler Crook
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: July 13, 2016
Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis: Emmy’s world of magic grows a lot bigger as a host of witches make her acquaintance.

Our Thoughts:

Recent issues of Harrow County have greatly expanded on the supernatural world that Emmy inhabits, introducing a variety of local magicians and backwoods sorcerers.  This issue takes the biggest step so far in the series, introducing an entire “family” of magic folk with undetermined intentions for Emmy and the rest of Harrow County.  The most interesting of this group is the long haired, smooth-talker Levi who appears to be the titular head of the new group.  His introduction to Emmy and Bernice is made through the enchantment of local child Clinton and a mysterious ghost that leaves bloody footprints. read more read more

Horror Bargain Hunter: Funko Pops + Cheap Blu-Rays!

One thing that I love more than horror movies are bargains and when I get the chance to combine these two passions, how can I lose?

All of these specials are current, but are bound to go out of stock soon, so get them while they’re hot!

-Ebay seller galactictoysllc currently has a huge Funko Pop sale.  Of note to horror fans are the following:

Godzilla $14.99  (This is the 6″ jumbo version, worthy of the big guy)

Ash-Evil Dead Army of Darkness  $9.95 read more

Abe Sapien #35 Early Review

Abe Sapien #35 Early Review

Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie

Artist: Max Fiumara

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date: July 13, 2016

Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis:  Abe struggles with returning to the dangerous world after finding “paradise”.

Our Thoughts:

Answers regarding Abe’s past and Gustav Strobl’s master plan are coming fast and furious as this story arc (and possibly title) heads for an explosive climax.  After the backstory of the original struggle against the Ogdru Hem was revealed last issue, Abe finds himself in an idylic setting for a change. And he’s not the only one, as his friend Grace and her companions from the early issues of the series and Abe’s journey are seen adjusting to a new way of life, without the horrors they were so used to.  The “too-good-to-be-true” vibe that Allie establishes is perfectly encapsulated in this scene as Alice writes a hopeful letter to Abe and send it “seaworthy” in a bottle. read more read more

Halloween 2 House Announced for Universal Orlando’s Horror Nights

Michael Aiello, director of creative development for entertainment for Universal Orlando Resorts, announced today that a house based on the 1981 John Carpenter sequel Halloween 2 would become a featured house for the 2016 edition of Halloween Horror Nights.

Aiello broke the news on the Official Universal Orlando blog stating “Growing up with the original ‘Halloween,’ I always loved and appreciated that its sequel was simply titled, ‘Halloween II.’ It literally picked up the events within seconds from where the previous ended. I found this so cool. What I thought was the end was merely the first half of a horrific story.” read more read more

Rumble: A Woe that is Madness Graphic Novel Review

Rumble: A Woe that is Madness Graphic Novel TP Review

Writer: John Arcudi
Artist: James Harren
Publisher: Image
Rating: 10 out of 10

Synopsis: Long time B.P.R.D. writer John Arcudi and artist James Harren create their own brand of monster mayhem at Image in this creator owned series that will definitely appeal to fans of Arcudi’s and Harren’s previous work.

Our Thoughts: John Arcudi’s run on B.P.R.D. has consistently been one of the best horror/monster comic books on the shelf. The stories are always filled with unimaginable horrors, but also deft characterization and story work juggling a large supporting cast. A recent addition to the Mignola-verse’s host of characters is the ancient sword wielding Agent Howards. Possessed or reincarnated as a prehistoric warrior, Howards often “steals the show” from already well-established characters like Johann Krauss and Liz Sherman. And I’m here to tell you that if you enjoyed Arcudi’s work on this title (and Agent Howards in particular), you owe it to yourself to grab a copy of the latest Rumble collection. read more read more