Entries by Stephanie Shamblin Gray

The Walking Dead Prepare for War in New Teaser Photos

The mid-season synopsis as well as some teaser pics were released today for “The Walking Dead.” Fans of both the original comic as well as fans of only the show will be happy to hear that the “second half of the season will focus on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all.”

This sounds a lot like the “All Out War” storyline from the comics that has Rick (Andrew Lincoln) leading troops to attack Negan (Jeffery Dean Morgan) on his own turf. Expect to see Rick and the others doing their best (and worst) to convince others to join them in this fight to take back control of their lives. “The Walking Dead” returns Sunday, February 12.

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Bates Motel Season 5 Trailer Arrives

“Bates Motel” returns to A&E Network on February 20th for its fifth and final season and a new trailer is available to let all the fans know what Norman has been doing in the meantime. If you are expecting a quick-cut montage, think again. The trailer is filmed more closely to single-shot format even though there are a few cuts throughout. This format shows us a great walk-through of the house and what has been going on since last season. Don’t expect much dialog either. In fact, there are only six words total. Regardless, the trailer can be best described as “chilling.” Check out the synopsis and the trailer below.

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Chucky Returns in 2017

It was announced today that “Cult of Chucky,” the seventh film in the “Child’s Play” franchise, will begin filming on January 9, 2017. It is anticipated that this film will be released in the fall of 2017 on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

Fans will get to see several returning cast members including Fiona Dourif (“Curse of Chucky”), Alex Vincent (“Child’s Play”, “Child’s Play 2”), Jennifer Tilly (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Bride of Chucky”), and Brad Dourif (“The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) as the voice of Chucky. Don Mancini, writer of the “Child’s Play” franchise will write, direct, and serve as executive producer.

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Jennifer Van Gessel Talks “Beast No More”

We recently caught up with writer Jennifer Van Gessel to discuss her latest project, “Beast No More.” Van Gessel is writing both the film, “Beast No More,” due for release in 2017 and the one-shot comic prequel, “Beast No More: Metamorphosis,” coming out this month from Amigo Comics. In this interview, Jennifer gives us more information about the story itself and tells us how a spooky event in her childhood helped shape this tale.

Stephanie Shamblin Gray: Can you tell us a bit about the story of “Beast No More?”

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Could There be Another Scream in the Future?

As we celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the revolutionary horror-film franchise, “Scream,” we remember that, sadly, the iconic Wes Craven is no longer with us to usher in our new favorite movies. Entertainment Tonight recently interviewed Neve Campbell and Kevin Williamson to reflect on the franchise’s success. Naturally, the potential for another sequel was discussed.

In the interview, Williamson said “Wes and I, when we were starting Scream 4, we had plans for Scream 5 and 6….. Now without Wes, I feel like you have to sort of answer the questions of how and why, and I don’t know how to do it without Wes and I don’t know why to do it.”

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Beast No More: Metamorphosis – Coming from Amigo Comics and to a Theater Near You?

Amigo Comics included Beast No More: Metamorphosis in their announcement of their January solicitations yesterday. Of note was that this was a “one-shot prequel to accompany the feature film Beast No More, due for release 2017, starring Jessica Tovey and Dan Ewing, written by Jennifer Van Gessel.” The film is directed by Aaron Warwick who worked with Van Gessel on the Nancy In Hell television pilot. Don’t be surprised if this film is not yet on your radar as it is listed on IMDb as still filming and has yet to receive much press. So little press, in fact, that there is not really much more to say about the film at the time of this writing. However, a standout here is that Jennifer Van Gessel is a writer for the film and the writer of the comic. Having a movie and comic tie-in can provide a publicity boost for both properties and the January release date of the comic should help generate interest in the film expected later in the year. The synopsis for each is below.

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Abattoir Key Art and Clip Available

Several years ago, a comics publishing company called “Radical Publishing” was putting out some absolutely fantastic comics that were easily considered storyboards for major-motion pictures. Some of those comics moved quickly into movies, like “Oblivion” starring Tom Cruise and “Hercules” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The horror comics were somehow not as quickly picked up. Books like “Driver for the Dead” and “Hotwire” were some of the best and most beautiful horror comics every made. Luckily, one of those remarkable books is on its way to film: “Abattoir” by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III, and IV).

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Review: London Horror Comic #7

Title: London Horror Comic #7

Writer: John-Paul Kamath.

Artist: Drew Moss and Dean Kotz

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: October 31, 2016

Synopsis: Issue 7 of London Horror Comic features two complete stories that examine the effects of loneliness and isolation on two fragile souls and the horrors that it drives them to.

Our Thoughts: London Horror Comic has become a bit of an institution in the horror comic anthology realm. Issue 7 brings on the 10th year of the franchise and if that doesn’t seem like a lot of comics remember that this is a self-published comic and that is not an easy path. The level of effort to keep this up is extraordinary and can only be a labor of love. This is a consistently fun series that is easy to recommend to anyone able to track down a copy.

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Dark Horse Announces “The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed”

In Hellboy news, Dark Horse recently announced the upcoming “The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed” to debut on February 22, 2017. This latest story will be co-written by Mike Mignola (Hellboy) and Chris Roberson of “iZombie” fame. Joining them will be Paul Grist (Jack Staff) for artist duties and Bill Crabtree as colorist. The forthcoming five-issue series will even be teased on “Hellboy: Winter Special 2017” available January 25, 2017.

Co-creator Chris Roberson has this to say about the upcoming effort: “In Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, readers were given a brief glimpse of a crew of strange looking aliens monitoring the supernatural doings on Earth from way out in space. We later learned that one of those aliens had been sent to Earth to kill him in 1944, but chose to spare him at the last moment….In THE VISITOR, we explore who those aliens are, why that assassin was sent to kill Hellboy, and just what he was doing in all of the years in between.”

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Fall TV – The Horror! The October Premieres (Part 2)

So much horror TV! As our DVRs reach their breaking point, we move into the second half of October. No new shows are on the horizon, but three returning shows are here for our continued enjoyment.

Supernatural. Thursday, October 13. 9PM on The CW.

Back for its 12th season, Supernatural is still going strong with plot lines and drama at the ready. This season, we get to spend a bit of time with the Winchester matriarch, Mary. Never mind that she has been dead since Sam was a baby; Supernatural cares nothing for death! This show moves characters through life and death, space and time, and in and out of reality however it sees fit. This season looks to be no different and will hopefully offer more of its less serious episodes to lighten the mood a bit as there will certainly be many tears this season.

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