Entries by Stephanie Shamblin Gray

Trailer Released for Ana Lily Amirpour’s “The Bad Batch”

To follow up her critically- acclaimed directorial debut “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” Ana Lily Amirpour and Neon will release “The Bad Batch” on June 23, 2017. The trailer released today introduces us to the world of the Bad Batch with Arlen (Suki Waterhouse) and her adjustment to a life living with cannibals and fenced off from society. Expect to see some star power in this trailer including Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi, and Keanu Reeves.

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“The Walking Dead” Mid-season Teaser Clip Released

AMC released a clip in advance of the return of “The Walking Dead” this Sunday night. In the clip, we see Rick, Michonne, Carl, Jesus, Rosita, and Tara driving down the highway and encountering a road block courtesy of the Saviors. While clearing it, Michonne identifies yet another challenge.  Can Rick and crew get this resolved without alerting the Saviors?

Watch the clip here.

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Women in Horror Month: Interview with Jennifer Van Gessel

February is Women in Horror Month! As part of the Horror News Network spotlight on women this month we have talked to Jennifer Van Gessel about her experience as a woman creator in the world of horror. Jennifer is writing the film “Beast No More” due for release in 2017 and the one-shot comic prequel “Beast No More: Metamorphosis” as well as “Unleash” for Amigo Comics. She is also working on the “Nancy in Hell” television pilot. This busy lady told us about her experience as a female creator and offered some insights into her creative process.

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Image Comics to Release Doug Wagner’s Plastic

Image Comics announced today that it has a new horror comic coming in April from writer Doug Wagner and artists Daniel Hillyard and Laura Martin called “Plastic.” Although the press release lists it as a crime series, the book is about a retired serial killer who is forced to kill again to save the woman he loves. What makes this book stand out is that the woman he loves is a doll named Virginia.

Wagner said in an interview with Image+ Magazine “Some people are going to HATE it. But, for those who embrace the strange as beautiful, you’re in for one hell of a disturbingly glorious ride.”

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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.

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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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