Entries by Nick Banks

New Japanese Kong: Skull Island Poster is a Real Monster Mash

With less than a month away from the release of Kong: Skull Island, a number of alternate posters have been released for the film.  Along with the Apocalypse Now inspired poster, the Japanese poster for the return of King Kong has many fans calling friends and relatives overseas to locate one.

The poster is a monster mash of characters and colors and features a Dino De Laurentiis-like Kong in the center, surrounded by helicopters, a bark beetle, skull crawlers, and a number of natives and soldiers. The poster bears more than a passing resemblance to classic ToHo Studios’ Godzilla posters, which were well known for fitting as much action and monsters as humanly possible on a 24″ x 36″ print. read more read more

Ghost Brothers Season Two Debuts in March on TLC

TLC announced via a press release today that Ghost Brothers will return to TLC’s successful “Friday Night Supernatural Strand” on March 10th, 2017.

Season Two of Ghost Brothers will consist of eight episodes ranging from a visit to, “New Castle, Indiana to investigate paranormal claims at the historic Thornhaven Manor, a desolate sawmill nicknamed the “Mill of Death” in the bayou of Louisiana; the maze-like home of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose; a haunted elementary school in Middletown, Ohio; the “White Witch” of Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica; and more.” read more read more

Fox Renews Lucifer for Third Season

Variety reported today that Fox has picked up Lucifer for a third season totalling 22 new episodes.

Fox Broadcasting entertainment president David Madden praised Lucifer as, “…one of those rare shows that starts strong out of the gate, and just keeps getting better and better, “Tom, Lauren and the entire cast have really made these characters three-dimensional, and the production team — Jerry, Len, Jonathan, Joe and Ildy — is one of the best in the business. We’d also like to thank our partners Warner Bros. for their commitment to this show and we look forward to seeing where this wildly innovative series takes us in Season 3.” read more read more

Director of Green Room Jeremy Saulnier Preps Netflix Movie Hold the Dark

The director of the critically acclaimed horror thriller Green Room is about to add to his resume with a star-studded film for Netflix entitled Hold the Dark.  Jeremy Saulnier just announced casting details and a start date for the production via The Hollywood Reporter.

Saulnier’s new film will feature Jeffrey Wright (Westworld, Boardwalk Empire), Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood, The Legend of Tarzan) James Badge Dale (13 Hours), Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road) and James Bloor (Dunkirk) among others.    read more read more

SyFy Orders Two More Seasons of Channel Zero

As reported today by Variety, the SyFy Network has ordered two more seasons of their horror anthology series Channel Zero. This renewal brings the series up to a fourth season, as the initial order called for two seasons of the Creepy Pasta inspired program.

Syfy president Chris McCumber told Variety that, “We look forward to creeping everyone out again this fall with ‘No-End House,’ and can’t wait to see what nightmares Nick has in store for the future.” read more

A24 Releases First Trailer for It Comes at Night

A24 (the studio responsible for a wide variety of critically acclaimed horror films as well as a slate of current Oscar contenders) has just released the first trailer for Trey Edward Shults’ horror film It Comes at Night.

The trailer exudes a menacing, claustrophobic atmosphere and hints at an unknown presence lurking in the woods.  The haunting artwork of Renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel (entitled “The Triumph of Death”) offers our first glimpse of a potential “hell on earth” scenario for the unlucky families trapped in the close quarters of the house and the dark forest. read more read more

World War Z Sequel and Friday the 13th Reboot Removed From 2017 Release List

The World War Z Sequel and the Friday the 13th Reboot have just been removed from Paramount Pictures 2017 release list according to Deadline.

World War Z Two was originally scheduled to debut on June 9th opposite Universal’s The Mummy, but the film has been plagued by pre-production troubles with original director Juan Antonio Bayona exiting the project last year.  No replacement director has been named at this point, although David Fincher was mentioned as a potential “dream” choice last summer, but reports were probably more wishful thinking than a concrete possibility. The removal of WWZ 2  does work out for Universal, as The Mummy will open unopposed on June 9th, as the studio hopes to launch their very own “Classic Monsters” cinematic universe. read more read more

Split Three-peats at Superbowl Weekend Box Office, Rings Doesn’t Answer the Bell

Split posted a narrow victory over fellow horror film Rings at the 2017 Superbowl weekend box office showdown.

Split added an estimated $14.5 million dollars to its already far above expectations total.  Split will also reach the $100 million dollar domestic milestone early this week, as its cumulative total stands at roughly $98 million.  Split will certainly drop the box office title next week, as three high profile releases (Fifty Shades Darker, John Wick 2, and The Lego Batman Movie) will most likely bump the film into 4th place.  Irregardless, Split is undoubtedly the horror winner of the winter season, emerging from a very large crowd of contenders.   read more read more

Kong: Skull Island Imax Poster Pays Homage to Apocalypse Now

If the new Kong: Skull Island Imax Poster looks familiar, you not only have an eye for classic movie one-sheets, but you also probably have an affinity for one of the greatest war stories based on classic literature ever filmed: Apocalypse Now.

The poster is a homage to Bob Peak’s iconic 1979 artwork for the Francis Ford Coppola film (based on Joseph Conrad’s dark tale of imperialism and madness Heart of Darkness) and is a special poster created for the Imax release of Kong: Skull Island on March 10th. read more read more

Split Repeats as Box Office Champ, Resident Evil’s Final Installment Underperforms

Defying all logic and shattering initial expectations, Split once again ruled the box office this weekend.  Going into the weekend, the modestly budgeted film ($10 million) had already earned $51 million dollars and added another estimated $26.3 million to its cumulative box office total over the January 27-29 frame for a grand total of $78 million.

Split appears to be the big winner this winter season, not only muscling out fellow horror films, but all new releases as well.  Bolstered by a young teen audience and undeterred by underperforming action films such as XXX: The Return of Xander Cage (a $33 million return on a $85 million dollar budget), Split looks to continue to grab more cash in weeks to come.   It will face more competition over the next few weeks with Rings (and a number of smaller releases such as Don’t Knock Twice) debutting next weekend At this point, it will depend if audiences remember (and want to see) a third film in the franchise after 12 years or if horror fans will respond to the film with apathy, similar to last fall’s Blair Witch remake.  Next week’s Superbowl is also a factor, as studios traditionally release films that appeal to women in the form of horror movies and romantic comedies.  Will ticket buyers who wish to escape Superbowl hype choose the reigning champ or yesterday’s creepy hit next weekend?  Stay tuned to Horror News Network to find out!    read more read more