Entries by Nick Banks

Exclusive Clip from Sadako vs. Kayako Released by Shudder

A new clip from the long-awaited Japanese horror film Sadako vs. Kayako was unveiled by Vulture.com today in advance of the full release on the digital horror network Shudder.

Horror News Network originally reported on Shudder’s acquisition of the film in August stating that “For those unfamiliar with the titles characters, the film features a showdown between the demons from Japan’s two most popular ghost franchises: Ringu and Ju-On (known to North American fans as the Ring and The Grudge).  The film is directed by  by Koji Shiraishi (director of Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman and Grotesque).” read more read more

Harrow County #16 Early Review

Harrow County #16 Early Review

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Tyler Crook
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: September 14th, 2016
Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis: Emmy fights to save her home against the ravages of her new family.

Our Thoughts:

The “Family Tree” storyline reaches its fateful conclusion with some dubious consequences for Emmy and both the human and non-human residents of Harrow County.  Since the start of the series, Bunn and Crook have continued to expand the world of Harrow County and the amount and influence of its magical residents.   This issue brings this build full circle and also helps to bring the amount of magical influence back to a manageable level. read more read more

Rob Zombie’s 31 Review: Trick or Treat?

In the Q and A following the Fathom Events screening of Rob Zombie’s latest horror film 31, he revealed that the genesis of the story sprang from his frustration in trying to get his hockey film Broadstreet Bullies off the ground.  He recalled a phone conversation where he told the person on the other end of the receiver that he could “make up a movie in five seconds” that would be easier to make than the one he was currently working on.   It would be the “dumbest thing” and “easy to sell”.  Unfortunately, Zombie’s analysis couldn’t be more true; 31 is a half-baked, rushed production that is both cheap and “dumb”. read more read more

Kevin Bacon Developing Tremors Series for Amazon

In an interview with Collider’s Christina Radish, Kevin Bacon reported that the long-rumored Television adaptation of Tremors is in development at Amazon.  No timetable or production update was offered, but the announcement gives fans of the sand worn cult classic hope that the series will eventually “come up for air” on the streaming service.

Bacon discussed the unlikely home video and cable hit, marveling that “It did become a real classic. It was also at a time when the VHS was exploding. Movies took on a life of their own. The last thing you wanted, in that point in our industry, was to have a movie go straight to VHS. Tremors did not perform at the box office, but it did great on VHS.” read more read more

Abe Sapien #36 Early Review

Abe Sapien #36 Early Review

Writer: Mike Mignola, Scott Allie

Artist: Sebastian Fiumara

Publisher: Dark Horse

Release Date:  August 31st, 2016

Rating: 9 out of 10

Synopsis:  Abe and a transformed Gustav Strobl battle to the finish in the final issue of the series!

Our Thoughts:

 Abe Sapien’s solo title has always been focused on the emotional and harrowing journey of Abe; a “new” man searching for his humanity and place in an unforgiving, cruel world.  Allie and Mignola have expanded on his story over more than 50 issues (including mini-series and one-shots) and it comes to an end with the inevitable showdown with dark sorcerer Strobl, which has been set-up since issue one. read more read more

Horror Cult Classic C.H.U.D. Comes to Blu-Ray in November

One of the staples of any horror movie section at your local video store in the 1980’s was the Douglass Cheek cult-classic C.H.U.D.(which stood for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers).  This perennial favorite of grind house fans was released in 1984 (when grind house cinemas actually still existed) and featured a surprising level of talent such as John Heard, Daniel Stern, Kim Griest, and a brief appearance by John Goodman as a police office at a diner in one of his first on-screen appearances. read more read more

Don’t Breathe Dominates Weekend Box Office With $26 Million Dollar Debut

New horror film Don’t Breathe shattered all studio expectations and predictions with estimates placing the film over $26 million for the weekend.

Studios predicted a conservative $11-12 million dollar debut, while prognosticators called for $15 million at the weekend box office.

Don’t Breathe ended Suicide Squad’s run as box office champ at the three week mark and looks to add to the total over the upcoming Labor Day weekend, which features no competition in the form of new, wide screen studio releases.  Don’t Breathe more than doubled Suicide Squad’s second place ranking, as DC Comics anti-hero team finished with an estimated $12 million in ticket sales. read more read more

Doug Liman to Direct D.C. Comics Dark Universe Film

Justin Kroll of Variety is reporting that Doug Liman will direct the long gestating Justice League Dark feature, now titled Dark Universe.

Justice League Dark was originally conceived as a Guillermo del Toro project in 2012.  del Toro has been updating progress on the film ever since, but due to a large number of projects on his plate, it appears that Liman will step into del Toro’s directing shoes.  It is unclear how much of del Toro’s pre-production work, including a “story Bible” that outlined character designs and contained extensive notes on the dark side of the D.C. universe, will be salvaged or if Liman and Warner Brothers will go in a different direction. read more read more

The Disappointments Room Ghostly Trailer Debuts

Relativity Pictures released the first trailer for the upcoming Kate Beckinsale thriller The Disappointments Room today.  The film also stars  Lucas Till (X-Men Apocalypse), Gerald McRaney (House of Cards) and Michela Conlin (Bones) and will be released in theaters nationwide on September 9th, 2016.

The film centers on typical “don’t open that locked room” horror motifs and Kevin Polowy of Yahoo! Movies uncovered the meaning behind the film’s title, stating that “Historically, the film’s title refers to rooms that families in the 19th century would use to hide children with disabilities, which might provide some clues to what poor Dana (Beckinsale) and clan will be contending with once she unlocks it.” read more read more

Don’t Breathe Positioned to End Suicide Squad’s Box Office Run at Number One

The late summer, buzz-heavy horror film Don’t Breathe is currently tracking to defeat three week champ Suicide Squad at the box office this weekend.

According to Meriah Doty of the Wrap, Don’t Breathe (the second feature film directed by Fede Alvarez) is tracking at close to 13 million dollars, which should be enough to defeat Suicide Squad in its fourth weekend at the box office.

The film currently sits at 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and a creative advertising campaign targeting the youth market that fuels horror movie box office and the tech industry with a 10-second Snapchat video ad that allows users to access the full 90-second “Don’t Breathe” 360 degree video. read more read more