Horror Comics

Muschietti Casts Megan Charpentier for Hulu’s Locke & Key

We are just days away from the much-anticipated theatrical release of Stephen King’s IT, and director Andy Muschietti remains as busy as ever beefing up  another one of his projects.  According to Deadline, Muschietti has cherry-picked IT cast member Megan Charpentier (Mama, Resident Evil: Retribution) as one of the leads in Hulu’s Locke & Key, a fantasy series adaptation with horror themes based on the graphic novel by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez.

Charpentier will play opposite Frances O’Connor (The Conjuring 2) in Locke & Key, who will also be joined by IT co-star Jackson Robert Scott.  The IDW comic tells the tale of three siblings who head back to Maine after their father is murdered.  Joined by their mother (O’Connor), they stumble upon magical keys that give them vast powers.  A demon, however, is also after the keys and hunt the family in order to retrieve them.  The Hulu series is being produced by Hill, Carlton Cuse (who is also serving as show-runner), and IDW Entertainment. read more

Horror Comic Review – The Living Corpse: Relics

Title – The Living Corpse: Relics
Writer: Ken Haeser
Story and Art: Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson
Pages: 160 (Trade)
Sub-Genre: Smart-Ass Zombie Action

Synopsis: After the events of The Living Corpse: Exhumed, our undead hero has left his job as the Gatekeeper between the world of the living and the monsters that live in the shadows. Now living in a Monsterary in Tibet, The Living Corpse is called back into action when an ancient evil with ties to the Living Corpse’s past rises from the tombs of ancient Egypt. Also, the young Vampire, Lilith, goes on a search for her fellow Nosferatu to see if she is truly the last of her kind. And she might just regret that decision. All of this as well as we learn more about Asteroth’s ties to the Gatekeepers and we find out exactly how John Romero died! read more

Ed Skrein Leaves ‘Hellboy: Rise of Blood Queen’ over “Whitewashing” Concerns

Just as quickly as it was announced that Deadpool’s Ed Skrein would portray Major Ben Daimio in the Neil Marshall reboot of the Hellboy franchise, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the actor has left the project today over concerns of “whitewashing”.

Skrein published the following statement on his twitter page:

As Skrein states, the character he signed up to play is of Asian descent (and also a were-jaguar).  It appears that the actor was entirely unaware of the ethnicity of Daimio, but after some mild complaints on his twitter page, he decided to exit the project.  In the comics that the film will be based on, Major Ben Daimio is also considerably older than the actor selected to portray him (but there have been no recorded complaints from AARP members at this time). read more

Rio Youers Discusses ‘Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors’

This week coming straight out of Mignolaverse is Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors. The anthology not only contains original artwork from Mike Mignola and Chris Priestly, but also fifteen original stories based on the legendary character.  We recently caught up with Rio Youers about his contribution to this epic collection of Hellboy stories.

Horror News Network: Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors is quite an impressive anthology.  How does it feel to be part of this collection with your fellow Mignolaverse writers? read more

David Harbour Reveals Details about ‘Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen’

Many fans were skeptical of a Hellboy reboot after the beloved Guillermo del Toro films, but so far everyone involved in the project is saying the right things to get fans excited about this new version.

And speaking of “things”, Stranger Things star David Harbour recently appeared on MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast (episode 170) and revealed some details about his take on Hellboy and the general atmosphere of the upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

Harbour compared his portrayal to the original Hellboy, Ron Perlman, stating that “Ron sort of embraces this machismo in himself and in Hellboy, that kind of is this thing, and I really like it and I think it’s super fun and it’s a super fun performance, but I think Hellboy has a certain psycho dynamic where occasionally he has to prove that he’s the lion and has to roar, but I think he struggles with his own masculinity. But I don’t think he needs that as much as maybe those other movies did. I have a bit of a different take on his capability or his slickness. I sort of think that for me he’s a little less skilled at constructing that persona.” read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Producers Sue AMC Networks over Failure to Pay Fair Market Value

According to the Hollywood Reporter, it looks like AMC is getting sued again, and this time The Walking Dead’s original producer Frank Darabont is not the plaintiff!

This time around, the current production team of Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara, and David Alpert “…maintain AMC has failed to pay fair market value in the license fee for the series because the show is produced by its in-house AMC Studios arm.”   The lawsuit includes the trinity of AMC’s The Walking Dead stable:  The original program, Fear the Walking Dead, and even Talking Dead. read more

Concept Art Revealed for ‘Mega City One’ Television Show; Karl Urban Interested in Returning as Judge Dredd

Exclusive concept art (obtained by IGN) for the “Judge Dredd Universe” television program Judge Dredd: Mega City One has been revealed and appears to capture the essence of the classic 2000 A.D. comic.

The two pieces of concept art, entitled “Democracy March” and “Lowlife Arrival”, perfectly capture the sprawling futuristic landscapes and the dirty under-belly that is difficult to see from the enormous high rises.

Along with the art work, fans of the recent Dredd film will be happy to hear that Karl Urban is interested in returning as Judge Dredd for the series.   Producer Jason Kingsley recently stated that “We have been in discussions with Karl about his possible involvement in Judge Dredd: Mega-City One for some time. These conversations continue but we’re keen, he’s keen – it’s just a case of us making sure this show is everything we want it to be.  This needs to be done right – the fans deserve it. Our team is working hard on scripts for the first season, creating engaging multi-thread storylines, one of which will be Dredd’s, but others which take us into the wider world of Mega-City One.” read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Signs Overall Deal with Amazon Studios

According to Deadline, the creator of the Walking Dead Robert Kirkman has just signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios and “Under the pact, Kirkman and Skybound will develop television projects for Prime Video. Skybound’s co-presidents of film and television, Bryan and Sean Furst, will oversee the Amazon projects in conjunction with Kirkman and Alpert.”

Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Event Series, at Amazon Studios praised Kirkman, calling him “…a gifted storyteller who shares our passion for elevated genre storytelling that pushes boundaries.  Robert and the team at Skybound are some of the most innovative and fearless creatives in the business. Together, we plan to explore immersive worlds and bold ideas for Prime Video.” read more

Milla Jovovich Lands Role as Hellboy’s ‘Blood Queen’

According to Deadline, Milla Jovovich will appear as the title villain in Neil Marshall’s Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

Jovovich is no stranger to horror (or action films for that matter), recently ending her popular Resident Evil series.

Jovovich will  join Stranger Things‘ David Harbour as Hellboy, and Ian McShane, who was just cast as “Big Red’s” mentor Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, in the upcoming film.

Andrew Cosby is also working on the latest draft of a script by Christopher Golden and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Aron Coleite. read more

David Gallaher Discusses High Moon with Stephan Franck

On the day before an ominous August full moon, Harvey Award winning creator David Gallaher sits down with fellow comic creator Stephan Frank to discuss High Moon.

Stephan Franck: High Moon keeps surprising the reader by re-framing the conversation with every new chapter, as the scope of the story keeps expanding in very exciting ways. Without spoiling anything—how much world should we expect to see, and how deep do the mythological roots of the story run? 

David Gallaher:  The mythological roots run pretty deep. High Moon started as a Western re-telling of the legendary Irish Cu Chulainn mythic cycle, with all of these crazy story analogues and modern homages. As I dove deeper into the story, I was able to anchor those ideas with stories of black migration, mysterious High Moon has become so much more than its influences and that excites me terribly.  The series will continue to highlight very punctuated moments in history from the Summer of 1890 to the Fall of 1891. Each chapter will explore a moment in history and explore the superstitions and mysteries around that moment. They’ll be tons of monsters, a spark of steampunk, plenty of scares, and maybe some dismemberment. read more