Entries by Thomas Tuna

Universal Nabs Rights to ‘Crave’

Universal has acquired the movie rights to Crave, a YA vampire novel by Tracy Wolff, a New York Times best-selling author, according to Deadline.

The book reportedly follows a human girl who becomes involved in a dangerous situation when she falls in love (isn’t that always the way?) with Jason Vega, who just happens to be a vampire prince.

It seems that immortal Jason has been a loner for about a century now, but this young lady is determined to change all that and discover his secret. And thereby hangs this tale. read more read more

Robert Cuccioli Talks ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ and ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’

From 1997-1999, he was the King of Horror on Broadway. Robert Cuccioli, star of the enormously popular musical Jekyll & Hyde at the Plymouth Theatre in Manhattan, thrilled theatre-goers with his electric performance as both Henry Jekyll and Edward Hyde.

The long-running musical, written by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Briccuse, played to SRO crowds for years, captivating audiences with both the classic storyline and the blockbuster musical numbers. read more

Coronavirus Pandemic Moves Back ‘Candyman’ Release

Candyman, described as a “spiritual sequel” to the original horror classic, has become the latest film to be bitten by the Coronavirus bug, according to Universal.

The movie has been pushed back to Sept. 25 from its original release date of June 12, the studio said.

The movie, directed by Nia DaCosta, is helmed by producer Jordan Peele, who co-wrote the sequel with Win Rosenfeld.

The film’s back story centers around the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood, where a story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand terrorized the locals. The killer can be summoned by saying his name five times into a mirror. read more read more

Man-Bat Continues to Soar Through DC Universe

When you think of The Batman, you probably don’t think horror (unless you count the fear The Dark Knight puts into the hearts of criminals or the insanity displayed so wonderfully by the Joker), but there is one “creature of the night” in Gotham lore.

Kirk Langstrom, better known as Man-Bat, debuted in Detective Comics 400 (June 1970). A creation of Frank Robbins and Neal Adams, in collaboration with editor Julie Schwartz, this anti-hero has been popular enough to appear in comic book pages, as well as TV (both live and animated) and feature films. read more read more

New Stephen King Book Gets Earlier Release Date

Horror icon and best-selling author Stephen King has announced an earlier release date for his much-anticipated collection of four new novellas–If It Bleeds.

Publication of the book has been moved up to April 28, a full two weeks earlier than expected, in an attempt to entertain his Constant Readers caught in the web of the dangerous Coronavirus pandemic.

King added that this new date coincides with the release of John Grisham’s Camino Winds. I want to talk to the publisher about maybe doing a two-for-one, he said. Wouldn’t that be cool, a double feature? read more read more

‘The Living Dead’ Novel Release Pushed Back to August

The Living Dead novel–finished posthumously after George Romero’s death in 2017–will hit shelves in August, instead of the previous June release date.

Tor Book this weekend said the book will be released August 4 instead of the previously-announced June 9 date. The volume will get a hardcover and digital release.

As explained The Living Dead was not completed before Romero’s death. But his manager Chris Roe and wife Suzanne Desrocher enlisted writer Daniel Kraus to finish the job. Kraus co-wrote The Shape of Water novel with  Guillermo del Toro. read more read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season Finale Halted Due to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus has taken its toll on another horror staple: It was reported that The Walking Dead is ending its season sooner than expected.

A statement from AMC, as reported by TVLine, says the show’s current season “will end with its 15th episode on April 5. The planned finale will appear as a special episode later in the year.

“Current events have made it impossible to complete post-production of The Walking Dead Season 10 finale,” the statement added. read more

The Look of Horror – Checking Out Charlton’s Eeriest Artists

When you consider picking up a horror comic, what’s the first thing that comes to your feverish little mind (after the title character, of course)? Probably who wrote it. Does the writer have a good track record of spine-chilling, blood-curdling tales of menace and mayhem? If so, you’re more likely to give it a read then if the author is a total unknown or he has turned out some clunkers in his time.

That’s all well and good. I’d be the last to say the author and his track record isn’t important; I started out writing horror comics for the late, lamented Charlton Comics line some 40 years ago, and here I am, delving into the same subject matter now (I gotta get a real job someday). read more read more

David Harbour Speaks Out on ‘Hellboy’ Flop

The actor behind the macabre makeup in last year’s Hellboy reboot recently expressed his views on why the film did so poorly.

David Harbour, of Stranger Things and Black Widow fame, said during an Instagram interview that he thought the R-rated reboot failed “before we began shooting, because I think that people didn’t want us to make the movie for some reason.”

He continued that Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman created “this iconic thing that we thought could be reinvented. (But) the loudness of the internet was like, ‘We do not want you to touch this’.” read more read more

EC’s Writers, Artists Set Four-Color Stage for Golden Age of Horror Comics

When true fans think of the best of horror comics, the group that is mentioned most (and usually first) in EC Comics. Entertaining Comics (EC) was the brainchild of Max Gaines that, starting in the early 1940s, specialized in illustrated tales of horror, crime, satire, military, dark fantasy and science-fiction.

After Max Gaines’ death in 1947, his son William took over the company and started printing more mature stories, breaking new ground with stories of horror, war, fantasy, science-fiction and adventure. Noted for their high quality and shock endings, these comics were also unique in their socially conscious themes. read more read more