Entries by Nick Banks

Beloved Horror Host Zacherley Dead at 98

Dread Central broke the news today that John Zacherle (better know by his stage name Zacherley) died yesterday, a day before the semi-annual Chiller Theater Convention that was named for his popular New York area horror television show from the 1960’s.

John Zacherle started out in early televison and radio broadcasting, but his real claim to fame came as the host of Shock Theater for WCAU-TV out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which debuted on October 7, 1957.  Zacherle started out as an undertaker/vampire character named “Roland” before switching to his trademark Zacherley.   read more read more

The Purge and Ouija Producers Take Aim at Friday the 13th Reboot

As reported in an exclusive interview with Variety, veteran producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Platinum Dunes) are gearing up for the 13th Friday the 13th film to be released on…Friday the 13th in October of 2017.

Fuller was excited about the prospects of making the 13th installment saying “This is the 13th “Friday the 13th” and on some level that’s kind of magical that we are lucky enough to make the 13th “Friday the 13th” movie. The challenges are you don’t want to alienate the people that come to see the first 12 but at the same time you don’t want your audience who haven’t seen the first 12 to feel like I’ve missed out on all of this and I’m not coming to see the 13th film.”   read more read more

Preacher Artist Steve Dillon Dead at 54

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter, Preacher co-creator and artist Steve Dillon is dead at 54 years old.

Dillon’s untimely passing came as a shock to many in the comic community and is even more tragic due to the recent success of AMC’s Preacher series.  Entertainment Weekly quoted DC Entertainment Group Editor Marie Javins saying that “His name, along with writer Garth Ennis, is practically synonymous with Preacher,”  said in a statement obtained by EW. “But I know him as a lovable wisecracker who enjoyed New York, and could always be depended on to deliver a sly remark. Steve had a great sense of humor; it’s fitting his last work for DC was a cover of a tin foil Dogwelder. To the rest of the world, he’s a giant among creators and artists. He will be missed by us all here at DC and Vertigo.”  read more read more

American Horror Story: Roanoke Mid-Season Review

American Horror Story: Roanoke reached the mid-season mark at an unlikely place in terms of the history of the franchise.  The fact that episodes one through five of season six  ended with a somewhat coherent and highly original take on the popular ghost documentaries that are found on SyFy, the Travel Channel, and Destination America (along with the requisite “dramatic re-enactment” story-within-a-story approach) was a true achievement for the series.  Unfortunately, the debut of the “real story” twist in episode six does more to detract from the high water mark established in the first half of the season than humanly possible. read more read more

Damon Williams of Music Choice Talks About Programming Halloween’s Sounds of the Season

Music adds a special spice to all holiday activities, and aside from the undisputed champ of holiday tunes (that would be Christmas), every holiday has a certain soundtrack to help in the celebrations.  Albums, radio station playlists, cds, and the traditional local television station’s “Yule Log” have all helped deliver the music of your favorite seasonal holiday for generations.  

While many of these traditional formats are still nostalgically revered  by fans, in the digital age, it is much easier to access beloved classics on a computer, phone, or cable television connection.  The world’s first digital audio broadcast service company Music Choice (originally named Digital Cable Radio) has been delivering content to listeners since 1987 and one of their staple channels is the ever-changing “Sounds of the Seasons” (and for horror fans, there is one season that holds a special place in all of our hearts… ).  Regardless of what cable provider that you may subscribe to in your region, there is a very good chance that they carry the Music Choice service as their exclusive music provider, allowing fans access to a diverse mix of Halloween favorites. read more read more

An Interview with The Unnatural Haunting of Mrs. Beverly Snow Author Brian Olsen

Just in time for Halloween, author Brian Olsen has released a horror comedy “novelette” entitled The Unnatural Haunting of Mrs. Beverly Snow (currently available for download on Amazon) that tackles issues of prejudice along with his typical sense of humor and a few good scares as well.  We were able to interview Olsen about his story and also talk about his process and the horror genre in this exclusive interview.

Horror News Network: What was your inspiration for writing your new story The Unnatural Haunting of Mrs. Beverly Snow read more read more

Vamp Special Edition Blu-Ray Review

The mid-1980’s was rife with vampire films that mixed horror and comedy and featured young casts of up-and-coming talent.  The film that gets most of the credit for kicking off this sub-genre is 1985’s Fright Night.  Fright Night modernized the vampire for the 1980’s, yet kept all of the classic superstitions and gothic influences.

While Fright Night was certainly the first, the second film to push vampires into the day-glow 1980’s was the cult classic Vamp.  After watching Arrow Video’s new special edition blu-ray release, it is more clear than ever that Vamp is an underappreciated horror film from the “Me” decade.  read more read more

Kolchak: The Night Stalker DVD Review

For many horror fans who grew up in the 1970’s, Kolchak: the Night Stalker holds a special place in their hearts.  In fact, it was one of my first introductions to the genre at seven years of age.  I can vividly remember my father watching an episode on the tri-state area’s very own WWOR Channel 9 in our living room.  I walked by the television holding onto my plastic Frankenstein figure and saw what I guessed was a dinosaur attacking someone in a sewer.  When I asked my father what he was watching, he replied “The Night Stalker”.  Intrigued, I said “What is this show about?”  My father summarized the program for my seven-year old sensibilities and told me that it was “a show about a guy who hunts monsters”. Naturally, I was hooked. read more read more

Mel Brooks Reminisces About Gene Wilder and Young Frankenstein at Special Screening

Director Mel Brooks had a hard time containing his emotions as he introduced the recent Fathom Events screening of Young Frankenstein and reflected on his collaboration with the late Gene Wilder.  A visibly upset Brooks stated “I get just a little overcome. I’ve had a few great memories in my life. But, honestly, I think making Young Frankenstein is my best year.”

Brooks went on to say “This movie has been saluted with such love. It’s an honor. And the audience is loving it. I would love to tell Gene (Wilder) all about this night.” read more read more

Chloe Moretz Joins Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton in Remake of Argento Classic Suspiria

Justin Kroll of Variety broke the news today that Chloe Moretz will star in the lead role of director Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake.  Earlier this year, The Playlist reported that Moretz dropped out of Universal’s Little Mermaid film to pursue other films.

It appears as if Moretz decided to trade in her fins for a pair of ballet slippers as she will join the previously announced co-stars Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson.  Kroll suggests that Moretz is looking to add more adult roles based on this choice, stating that “Moretz has been drawn to more adult fare following her breakout performance in adult action pic Kick-Ass. While plenty of those pics were non-genre based like Hugo and The Equalizer, the 19-year-old has done plenty of work in pics with horror or supernatural elements, including Carrie, Let Me In, and Dark Shadows.” read more read more