Try to bear with me on this one, folks, as it may get a bit confusing. Back in 1988, Michael Myers came back to the big screen after a 7-year hiatus. Last seen burning to death in the halls of Haddonfield Memorial Hospital in 1981’s Halloween 2, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers told us that Michael actually survived being shot in the face a few times and getting burnt to a crisp. Also in H4, we learned of the passing of Laurie Strode and are introduced to her daughter Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris).
Back in August, Danny and Doug Marks, a pair of Chicago bar owners who run Emporium Arcade Bar, opened a Stranger Things inspired pop-up called “The Upside Down”. Complete with the Byer’s couch, Joyce’s light-up Christmas light wall and plenty of “Hawkins”-related material, the bar also offered drinks inspired by the show (for instance, “Eleven’s Eggo’s” has a maple syrup base and is served with a wedge of a waffle).
In mid-September, Netflix got word of the clever pop-up and unfortunately for the Marks’ brothers, they never sought out permission or licensing. The pair received a cease and desist from Netflix but in the form of a rather humorous letter penned by Netflix lawyer Bryce Coughlin. The text of that letter is below: read more
Comic fans are abuzz as favorite title Locke & Key (written by Stephen King’s son Joe Hill) is being turned into a series for Hulu and casting announcements are being made. Newcomer Jack Mulhern (below) has been cast as Tyler Locke, one of the leads of the comic.
Veteran actor Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) has also been announced to play teacher Joe Ridgeway. No word yet on whether his role will expand past the pilot that Hulu ordered.
A good deal of thirty-somethings would list Stephen King’s The Shining as possibly the greatest haunted house book ever written. Well, Stephen King would disagree; he’d tell you that Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House takes the cake.
The story of the group of folks who decide to stay in Hill House to prove the existence of the supernatural has been brought to the screen twice: first was legendary directory Robert Wise’s The Haunting in 1963 (very good) and then was director Jan de Bont’s film of the same name in 1999 (very bad). read more
This past Saturday, thousands of horror fans descended upon the Danbury Ice Arena in Danbury, CT to check out the fourth annual CT HorrorFest, Connecticut’s only convention dedicated to the horror genre. By 8am, there was a line down Delay Street of folks dressed in costumes and others wearing t-shirts depicting their favorite horror films.
While the festivities didn’t technically begin until 11am, doors were opened at 10am to allow those who ordered tickets in advance an extra hour to take in the ghoulish sights inside. Those folks had first dibs on tons of vendors that were set up inside of the arena; some selling horror-related merchandise, others selling their books and still others selling films both popular and independently made. read more
So far in 2017, Hollywood is batting .500 in Stephen King adaptations. After the dreadful misfire that was The Dark Tower, director Andy Muschietti (Mama) knocked it out of the park with his take on King’s horrific 1986 novel “It”. Working with a script written by Gary Dauberman (Annabelle), Chase Palmer and Cary Fukunaga, Muschietti went straight in and pulled no punches right from the opening scene of the ill-fated maiden voyage of the S.S. Georgie.
Unlike the 1990 made-for-tv mini-series starring the almighty Tim Curry as Pennywise, the 2017 film focuses solely on “The Losers Club” as children (Part 2, of course, will focus on the adults). This film takes place mostly in 1989 while the book (and mini-series) was in 1958. I’m unsure who’s idea this was but it was a clever one as it allowed for a slew of 80’s references to be used which is all the rage right now with shows like Stranger Things being a huge hit. read more
Legendary Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike has graced the world with his one hundredth film and the red-band trailer for Blade of the Immortal does not disappoint.
The description of the film is as follows: Samurai Manji has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal. After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, Manji meets a young girl who enlists him to be her body-guard. Swearing loyalty, protection and vengeance against the group of sword fighters who slaughtered her family, the unlikely duo set on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong. read more
Veteran actor Terry O’Quinn (The Stepfather, Lost) has been cast in Castle Rock, the upcoming Hulu series from writer Stephen King and producer J.J. Abrams. The show will be based in the mythical town that was the setting for a good deal of Kings novels (Cujo, The Dead Zone, Needful Things, etc.) and will be based on characters created by the author himself.
According to Deadline, O’Quinn will play Dale Lacy, a pillar of the community in the town of Castle Rock. He joins previously cast André Holland, Scott Glenn, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Bill Skarsgard. read more
While my knowledge of anime is highly limited, my love for Godzilla is not, so you can bet your buns I was pretty psyched to find out that the anime arm of Toho Co., Ltd. (who created the legendary king of monsters) is releasing an anime film later this year titled Godzilla: Monster Planet.
The film takes place years into the future in a world run by monsters. The humans must attempt to take Earth back from the ruling creatures which includes the beloved Godzilla; I’m guessing that this will be no easy feat. read more
Hello all! Our awesome contributor Justine Marcoux hit up Scares That Care Charity Weekend in Virginia and got the amazing coverage you see below (all while rocking and incredible Jamie Lloyd cosplay!)
Here is what Justine had to say about the event:
Scares That Care founder and CEO Joe Ripple and his crew have done it again. Another weekend of frights and delights has come to an end, but for the fighting families selected for help at this year’s Scares That Care event, I’m sure their smiles will be sticking around long after the event is over. read more