Books

Chelsea Stardust Will Direct Novelist Grady Hendrix’s ‘Satanic Panic’

Deadline is reporting that Chelsea Stardust will direct novelist Grady Hendrix’s horror comedy Satanic Panic for the newly minted Fangoria film division.

Stardust began here career at Blumhouse and then transitioned to Crypt TV where she worked on several short films, before making her directorial debut with Stardust All That We Destroy. 

Producer Dallas Sonnier said “Our movie screams for a female director’s vision, and we had a blast getting to know several truly talented candidates. With Chelsea at the helm, I feel strongly that we have a future horror comedy classic on our hands that will be celebrated by Fangoria audiences who crave wickedly entertaining, boundary-pushing movies.” read more

Patrick Wilson Cast in Stephen King/Joe Hill Project for Netflix

Patrick Wilson- the actor known by horror fans for his unforgettable roles in films like Hard Candy, Insidious, and The Conjuring– will return to the world of horror in the form of a new project on Netflix. Titled, In The Tall Grass, the movie is based on a novella written by Stephen King and his son, Joe Hill.

Deadline reports that Wilson will star in the film, alongside Laysla De Oliveira (Needle in a Timestack) and Harrison Gilbertson (Picnic at Hanging Rock). The movie will be directed by Vincenzo Natali, who has most recently directed episodes of Westworld, American Gods, and Lost in Space. read more

‘The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle: Final Girls and a New Hollywood Formula’: The Horror News Network Review

There are a variety of essential scholastic books out there about the classic horror films of yesteryear, covering nearly every decade. However, there isn’t much out there when it comes to a decade that many horror fans wish they could forget: the 1990s. Whether it be the regurgitation or reinvention of the tropes of previous decades, the mainstreaming of the genre, or all of the relentless connections to the pop culture of the time, the horror films of the 1990s aren’t particularly loved by those who didn’t grow up with them. But I did grow up with them, and I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into an analytical text featuring all of the (usually mediocre) flicks of my adolescence: The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle: Final Girls and a New Hollywood Formula by Alexandra West, published by McFarland (McFarlandBooks.com). The cover of West’s text features the wonderfully derivative poster art for Urban Legend, which is so generically similar to the more popular one-sheets of the time that it could almost be mistaken for a satirical work of art created for the book. But that was the 90s, right? There was Scream, and then there was everything else that tried to borrow from Scream. read more

Zahn McClarnon to Play Crow Daddy in ‘Doctor Sleep’

Following yesterday’s update on the upcoming Stephen King adaptation, Variety has a report that Zahn McClarnon (Westworld) is set to play the villain called Crow Daddy in Doctor Sleep.

Joining Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson in Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the sequel novel, McClarnon’s role is one of the story’s main antagonists who is part of the evil group, The True Knot.

Straight from the book, The True Knot’s creed is as follows: “Lodsam hanti, we are the chosen ones. Cahanna risone hanti, we are the fortunate ones. Sabbatha hanti, sabbatha hanti, sabbatha hanti. We are the True Knot, and we endure.” read more

Lumbly, Essoe Announced for ‘Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

The much-anticipated sequel to Stephen King’s classic The Shining is starting to round into shape.  According to an exclusive report by Deadline, Carl Lumbly (A Cure for Wellness) and Alex Essoe (Dark Intentions) have signed on to the upcoming film Doctor Sleep.  This will be a continued telling of the events after Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining (which King himself famously loathed.)  Warner Bros is hoping that Sleep can capture the same magic that made the original a runaway hit back in 1980. read more

‘Monstress’ and ‘My Favorite Thing is Monsters’ Win Multiple Categories at 2018 Eisner Awards

Undoubtedly, the biggest winners at this year’s Eisner Awards were Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s for their ongoing series Monstress and Emil Ferris for her graphic novel My Favorite Thing is Monsters, as both titles took home multiple awards at the annual celebration of the best the medium has to offer.

Image Comics’ Monstress won best continuing series, best publication for teens, best painter/multimedia artist, best cover artist, and best writer (actually a tie with Mister Miracle and Batman writer Tom King).  My Favorite Thing is Monsters took best writer/artist, best coloring, and best graphic album (new). read more

‘The Passage’ Coming to Fox in February 2019

The producers of Fox’s upcoming adaptation of James Cronin’s sci-fi vampire series The Passage announced today at the annual San Diego Comic Con that the series will premiere on the network in February 2019.

Attendees at the SDCC panel were able to see the first episode of the  upcoming new series,  followed by appearances from members of the cast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyaa Sidney, Henry Ian Cusick and Jamie McShane)  and the production team including showrunner Liz Heldens, director Jason Ensler, and Cronin. read more

Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ Coming to Hulu

According to the Hollywood Reporter, it appears that Anne Rice’s popular vampire saga may finally make its way to television screens courtesy of Hulu.

Hannibal and American Gods’ Bryan Fuller (who was going to serve as the showrunner on the series) recently left the project because he didn’t want to “… step on the toes of longtime friends Rice and her son, Christopher, who penned the original script.”

Anne and Christopher Rice will executive produce the potential series, along with Anonymous Content’s David Kanter and Steve Golin.
Paramount Television and Anonymous Content currently have an option for all 11 books from the Vampire Chronicles. read more

Sony Releases Trailer for ‘Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween’

In the middle of July, most people aren’t thinking of Halloween. But for some of us, those hot summer nights are merely a reminder that soon the air will turn crisp, the leaves will morph into beautiful autumn colors, and Halloween will be upon us. If that wasn’t enough, Sony just stoked the flames of excitement for the creepiest season of all with a new trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, based on the legendary books of R.L. Stine!

The clip opens with imagery from the first Goosebumps film, an it’s clear that the movie will follow the same concept of horror stories literally coming to life when the screen version of R.L. Stine’s books are unlocked. Speaking of “the screen version of R.L. Stine,” the role was previously played by Jack Black, who doesn’t appear in the clip at all. His participation in the film was never officially confirmed nor denied, so it’s possible he may appear in the movie in a secret cameo role than an official starring role. Evidently, the new film will focus on an entirely new cast of young actors, consisting of Caleel Harris, Madison Iseman, and Jeremy Ray Taylor in the three lead roles. read more

R.L. Stine to Create 4 Original Supernatural Horror Graphic Novels for Boom! Studios

Did you love R.L. Stine’s five-part Man-Thing graphic novel series? If so, I’ve got good news for you: the iconic Goosebumps and Fear Street author will be returning to the world of graphic novels in 2019!

The Hollywood Reporter just shared a press release from Boom! Studios which states that Stine will produce four original supernatural and horror graphic novels for the studio, and the first one will come out in the fall of 2019. The works are being described as “middle grade” literature, which means fans can expect the age range of these texts to skew closer to Fear Street than Goosebumps. read more