Entries by Christine Caprilozzi

James Wan, Shawn Levy and Netflix Team up for ‘There’s Someone Inside Your House’

Deadline is reporting that James Wan’s company, Atomic Monster, is teaming up with Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps, who produced mega-hit Stranger Things, on the film adaption of Stephanie Perkin’s novel There’s Someone Inside Your House. The adolescent slasher film was picked up by Netflix, who reportedly outbid several others. With the screenplay by Henry Gayden, who penned the DC’s Shazam!, there is no director attached to the project yet. Wan, a master of modern horror best known for genre favorites Saw and The Conjuring, will not be at the helm for this project. read more read more

‘Gideon Falls’ Issue One: The Horror News Network Review

This week Image’s Gideon Falls lands in comic shops.  Jeff Lemire, best known to horror fans for his work on Animal Man, is teaming up again with his Old Man Logan and Green Arrow collaborator Andrea Sorrentino.

Gideon Falls centers around small-town rural mystery. The first issue does more than just give background, Lemire inventively lays out the story through the juxtaposition of the two main characters, Father Wilfred and Norton.  Both are obviously at a low point in their lives and not fitting in well with society.  Two very different roles in the world, yet Lemire shows then being similar in so many ways. It’s clear they have will have connection to each other, although that is not revealed in this first issue. Sorrentino’s artwork does an excellent job of matching the mood of the plot.  The dark, muted colors of fan favorite, Dave Stewart, along with the gritty style complement the somber tone of the story. read more read more

More Details Emerge for ‘The Purge’ TV Series

In April of last year, genre powerhouse Blumhouse announced its venture into the world of television with The Purge TV series. Based on the film franchise and its premise of the annual night of lawlessness, the series is slated for release this year. Deadline is reporting today that Gabriel Chavarria and Jessica Garza have been tapped to play the lead roles in the upcoming series for USA and SyFy.

Chavarria will be portraying Miguel, a US Marine who returns to town on Purge night, with Garza portraying his sister Penelope. Penelope has pledged herself to a Purge cult, which seems like it would set the writers up to deepen the plot for plenty of episodes. Last Spring, Jason Blum revealed that “it will reveal to the fans what happens the other 364 days of the year and how that law affects people.” read more read more

Jessica Chastain Linked to ‘IT’ Sequel

Variety is reporting that Jessica Chastain, known for her acclaimed performances in Zero Dark Thirty and The Help, is in talks to star in IT: Chapter Two. Horror fans may also remember her from 2013’s Mama. Chastain’s return to horror would appear to be as the grown up version of the character “Beverly”, played by Sophie Lills in the 2017 reboot. Sources say discussions with Chastain are still in the early phases.

IT: Chapter Two picks up twenty-seven years after the end of the first film as the evil clown Pennywise returns to torment the grown-up members of the Losers’ Club.  The sequel will be directed by Andy Muschietti and is scheduled to be released in September of 2019 with production beginning this summer. Bill Skarsgard is expected to return as Pennywise. read more read more

‘The Ritual’: The Horror News Network Review

Now playing on Netflix is the chilling outdoors adventure, The Ritual.  Directed by David Bruckner with the script by Joe Barton, the film centers around four college friend’s trip into the woods following the death of one of their schoolmates.  Don’t be fooled by the whole camping in the woods scenario.  The Ritual does not play upon any of the usual horror tropes that genre audiences have seen time and time again.

Along with their camping gear, this crew of guys brings along a lot of emotional baggage on their excursion as well.  The Ritual is equal parts psychological thriller and monster movie.  The characters are multi-layered and very well-acted. The angst within themselves, as well as amongst the friends, turns the tension level on the entire movie up a notch.  Rafe Spall stands out with his brilliant portrayal of Luke, who was witness to his friend’s murder. Spall displays a wide range of emotions effectively from grief, pain, guilt, fear and anger. His performance gives real human depth to Luke. This enhances the aspect of The Ritual that works really well, the connection of the audience to the characters.  With characters that are relatable, the viewer actually cares about this group of young men and feel their fear.  Ultimately, the humanity that is lacking in many horror films, The Ritual is able to achieve. When all hell rains down on this crew, we actually care. read more read more

Mark Kidwell Discusses ‘Rising Rebels’ and the Evil Triplets of Horror Comics

For well over a decade now, the world of horror comics has flourished with some of its absolute greatest and goriest works having the fingerprints of Mark Kidwell, Jay Fotos and Jeff Zornow all over them.  This crew, who brought you the award-winning ’68, has recently joined forces again to release the self-published Rising Rebels. Kidwell’s smart writing accompanied by Zornow’s brutal artwork has always quenched fans of the darker sider of comics.  Rising Rebels is no different.  We recently caught up with Mark Kidwell to discuss the new series. read more read more

‘Koshchei The Deathless’ Issue #2 Review

Mike Mignola’s Koshchei The Deathless #2 drops this Wednesday and swiftly picks up right where issue number one left off, in a pub located in Hell with Koshchei and Hellboy catching up.  While Koshchei continues to weave the background of the plotline through this vehicle of storytelling, the tale is peppered with Hellboy’s sarcastic comments, which are always welcomed by fans of Mignolaverse.

This issue sees the story goes deeper into the mysticism of Koshchei and his dark world. The humans and beast seem interchangeable, with the animals almost more trustworthy than the humans at times. This is some of the brilliance of Mike Mignola’s writing.  Over the years and across many series, he shows what many would consider abominable, outcast creatures with a human side.  With that said, Mignola is also genius to know that much evil and strife comes in human form.  The big payoff with Koshchei The Deathless #2 is a well-crafted battle scene featuring monstrous dragons and a rather intriguing cliffhanger. read more read more

Octavia Spencer Joins the Cast of Blumhouse’s ‘Ma’

Oscar Winner Octavia Spencer joins the cast of Blumhouse’s upcoming flick Ma.  According to Variety, Spencer will be reuniting with Tate Taylor who directed her in her award-winning role as Minnie Jackson in The Help. Spencer has received much acclaim for her roles in other powerhouse films such as Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water.  Taylor told Variety, “It’s dark material, but it’s also really fun.” He went on to say “Octavia is so damn likable that we usually see her in certain roles. But she’s such a good actress and this is such a complex character that if I do my job right, people in the audience are going to want to push pause and say, ‘Can we please take you out for coffee so you don’t do what you’re about to do.’” read more read more

Women in Horror Month Spotlight on Mary Shelley

While kicking off Women in Horror Month, I would feel a bit remiss if I did not to recognize the contributions of the most influential women in horror history, Mary Shelley.  2018 marks the 200th anniversary of her iconic masterpiece Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. Released in January of 1818, the book tells the tale of resurrecting the dead by the use of electricity.  When first published, the author was listed as “Anonymous,” with most people assuming it was Percy Shelley, Mary’s husband, who penned the book. Most felt this assumption was due to the fact that he wrote the introduction. Although, in 19th century Europe, who would have thought a young woman’s imaginative tale would influence an entire genre in such a historical way.  To celebrate Mary, below are five facts you should know about this pioneering woman of horror and her masterpiece. read more read more

New Politically Charged Teaser for ‘The First Purge’

Yesterday saw the release of a new trailer for Blumhouse’s The First Purge, the fourth in the highly successful Purge franchise.  The first film was released in 2013 and grossed over $89 million versus its $3million budget.  DeMonaco once again has penned the script, with Gerard McMurray taking over directing duties. While the Purge movies have always been sort of been a juxtaposition of the comfortably numb suburban life with the violence and grittiness of the “annual purge,” this installment hints at taking a more potent social commentary. read more read more