Entries by Nick Banks

AMC’s Upcoming Horror Series The Terror Finds a Captain

AMC Network announced today via an official press release that Jared Harris has been cast in the lead role of their upcoming horror series The Terror.

Harris (who is best known for his work on Mad Men and the Crown) will step into the role of Francis Crozier, Captain of the HMS Terror and second in command of the  mysterious expedition.  Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development for AMC and SundanceTV, praised the choice saying that “The story of man’s battle with nature and an unknown predator makes The Terror a gripping and imaginative series, and calls for a special kind of actor.”  read more read more

Universal Television Productions Revisits Classic Hitchcock with New Television Series

Variety just announced that NBC-Universal’s television company Universal Television Productions is in development on a new anthology series entitled Welcome to Hitchcock that will be based on Alfred Hitchcock’s vast body of work.

The series will focus on a single season story line (ala American Horror Story) and will capture the suspense and crime thrillers that Hitchcock is known for according to Dawn Olmstead, the executive vice president of development at Universal Cable Productions. ““Long after his death, Alfred Hitchcock continues to be one of the most celebrated directors and visionaries in the world, a master manipulator of the macabre.” Olmstead went on to say that “We’re honored that the Hitchcock Estate has put its trust in our studio to pay homage to his work.” read more read more

Luke Evans to Return as Dracula in Universal Monsters Shared Universe?

In an exclusive interview with LRM, Luke Evans speculated that his film Dracula Untold and his role as Vlad Tepes may lead to his involvement in Universal Studios planned “Cinematic Monster Universe”.  Evans told LRM that “There have been talks and conversations. I think the bigger picture is exciting for all the monsters that they own. There is talk about it. I just don’t know how it will all manifest itself. I think it will happen and I think they’re just working out how these monsters interact and how they end up in the same realm with each other. If they can stick Captain America in a scene with Iron Man and Thor, I think you can definitely put Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, The Mummy and Dracula in the same film as well.” read more read more

Halloween Doritos Debut in Japan!

As reported by B. Allan Orange of Movie Web, Frito Lay has just released a Halloween-themed Doritos flavor for the season in Japan.

The Doritos are jet black and covered with garlic seasoning.  You can even catch an illustration of Count Vlad Dracula lamenting the fact that he can’t eat them, but he sure wishes he could on the back of the bag.

This horror-themed snack follows the summer release of GhostBuster-themed burgers at Japanese fast food chain J.S. Burgers Cafe.  The burger featured “…a black olive and anchovy paste beef patty topped with tomatoes and purple cabbage sandwiched between a black bun.”  The chain also released a “dessert burger” called “the Marshmallow Mad Burger” which consisted of  “a ghostly white bun and is filled with marshmallows, Oreos and raisins and topped with a “blood” garnish.” read more read more

Joe Hill’s Snapshot 1988 Finds a Home at Universal

The Hollywood Reporter just confirmed that Joe Hill’s horror novela “Snapshot 1988” has been acquired by Universal Pictures.  If the story doesn’t sound  familiar to Joe Hill fans, it is because the story has not been released yet.  “Snapshot 1988” is one of four stories that will be published as a collection in the Spring of 2018.

Why did this story generate so much buzz in Hollywood?  The Hollywood Reporter speculates that it is based on “the Stranger Things ripple effect”.   It is certainly unusual for an unpublished property to be fast-tracked in this way, and it may have to do with the subject matter.  The story focuses on ” … a 13-year old boy who ends up taking care of his elderly former housekeeper whom he thinks is succumbing to dementia. What he doesn’t know is that her memories are not being lost but stolen by an evil man named The Phoenician who uses a camera that steals memories.” read more read more

B.P.R.D : Hell on Earth #145 Early Review

BPRD: Hell on Earth #145 Review

Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi

Artist: Laurence Campbell

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date: September 21st, 2016

Rating: 10 out of 10

Synopsis: The end of the BPRD looms, as does the world!

Our Thoughts:

Mignola, Arcudi, and Campbell are weaving an epic, emotional end to the BPRD, and this may be the most harrowing story yet;  beloved characters seem to meet their demise, others are left exhausted after insurmountable battles, and some just want to “free the butterflies”. read more read more

Blair Witch Hype Does Not Translate Into Ticket Sales This Weekend

The much anticipated Blair Witch reboot delivered anemic box office numbers, as the film’s hype did not translate into ticket sales during the film’s opening weekend.  As reported by Horror News Network on Friday, director “Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch sequel/reboot is garnering mixed reviews as the film debuts this weekend for anxious fans of the original Blair Witch Project.   The film currently sits at 38% on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes and has steadily declined throughout the week.  The film originally sat at 53% positive on Wednesday but as more reviews poured in, the film experienced a steep drop.” read more read more

Mixed Reviews Greet New Blair Witch Film

Adam Wingard’s new Blair Witch sequel/reboot is garnering mixed reviews as the film debuts this weekend for anxious fans of the original Blair Witch Project.   The film currently sits at 38% on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes and has steadily declined throughout the week.  The film originally sat at 53% positive on Wednesday but as more reviews poured in, the film experienced a steep drop.

Positive reviews such as Michael Gingold of Time Out indicate that Blair Witch is a return to form after the low rated 2000 sequel Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Gingold explains that “The you-are-there vérité techniques that gave the 1999 horror movie such a frightening immediacy have passed into cliché, and there’s no way today’s audiences would fall for the original marketing campaign’s “It really happened!” pitch. So it’s something of a small miracle that the 17-years-later Blair Witch, essentially a sequel-as-remake (ignore 2000’sBook of Shadows: Blair Witch 2), emerges as satisfying in its own right and pretty damn scary.” read more read more

Todd McFarlane Announces New Darker Spawn Film

Todd McFarlane announced today via a preview clip from Kevin Smith’s AMC talk show Geeking Out that he is currently working on a darker, more faithful Spawn film.  McFarlane was interviewed by Tiffany Smith and when asked if a new film was on the horizon he stated “The simple answer is yes,”.  McFarlane also said that the film would be “a dark, R-rated, scary, badass sort of script.”

He also told Smith that “the world’s going to be real, except for one thing that’s going to move,” and that “you’re never going to see a dude in a rubber suit….This is going to be my Jaws shark,”. read more read more

In the Mountains of Madness Author W. Scott Poole Talks H.P. Lovecraft

Author W. Scott Poole has made a career out of examining monsters and the supernatural.  Through a variety of texts including such titles as Monsters in America: Our Historical Obsession with the Hideous and Haunting and Satan in America: The Devil We Know.  Along with these cultural examinations of all “things that go bump in the night”, Poole recently turned his attention to genre figures that have influenced horror films and culture with Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror. read more