Movies/TV

Douglas Rain Dies at Age 90

Deadline is reporting that Douglas Rain, the voice actor of HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey passed away Sunday morning from natural causes at age 90 in Ontario, Canada. Stanley Kubrick cast Rain in his influential film after seeing the short Universe in which Rain was the narrator.  Kubrick was a fan of Rain’s performance and reportedly viewed the film a hundred times.

The casting of Rain proved to be an excellent choice for Kubrick as the characters voice was nothing short of chilling. In fact, the American Film Institute ranks HAL 9000 as #13 on the list of America’s Greatest Villains. read more

Jacob Tremblay Joins Cast of ‘Doctor Sleep’

Being one of Hollywood’s fastest up-and-coming young stars, Jacob Tremblay has been announced by TMZ to have joined the growing cast of Doctor Sleep, Warner Bros. Pictures’ adaptation of the Stephen King sequel to The Shining.

At this time, details about Tremblay’s role are unknown but his joining the cast reunites the 12-year-old actor with director Mike Flanagan, whose film Before I Wake served as his feature debut when it was shot in 2013, although it never had an official release in the U.S.. read more

‘Swamp Thing’ Adds Kevin Durand as Floronic Man

Deadline is reporting that Kevin Durand is the latest actor to venture into the bog and join Swamp Thing. Durand will tackle the role of the Floronic Man, a creature that has the ability to mentally control plant life. In addition, the character can travel through the Green, create duplicates of himself and in dire situations, regenerate limbs.

Durand is known to horror fans as the character Vasiliy Fet in The Strain, and Carlos in 2004’s The Butterfly Effect. The actor also had memorable movie roles as The Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Barry Burton in Resident Evil Retribution, and Paul Shields in Dark Was the Night. His TV credits include Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel, Touching Evil, and Lost. read more

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Gets Holiday Episode

Netflix is getting into the holiday spirit a bit early this year. Today they released a holiday sizzle trailer which featured some shows that will appear on the streaming network throughout November and December. A big present for horror fans is the announcement of a special episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, titled: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale which will debut on December 14.

The official synopsis of the episode is: “The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice — the longest night of the year — when families gather together around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols, tell ghost stories and huddle against the supernatural creatures that come out to cause mischief. Since the Winter Solstice is when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, it’s the perfect time to conduct a séance — which Sabrina convenes, to try and contact her mother. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors — both welcome and unwelcome — and you never know what might come down the chimney. read more

‘Overlord’ Finishes Third at Box Office; ‘Venom’ and ‘Halloween’ Continue to Add to Totals

Bad Robot’s long-delayed and rumored about World War Two zombie tale Overlord finished third at the weekend box office while the break-out hits of October, Venom and Halloween (2018), continued to pad their already impressive totals.

Overlord, once rumored to be the fourth installment in the Cloverfield franchise, finished third with a modest $10.1 million dollar debut.  The hard-R tale of mad zombie science run amok may have been too much for the average movie-goer (who gave the film a mediocre B Cinemascore rating), but Overlord did score high with critics (the film currently has an aggregate rating of 81% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes).  The film will certainly earn back all of its production costs ($38 million) once international sales are included, but don’t expect Overlord to perform much better over the coming weeks with continued competition from tent-pole pictures from all of the major studios. read more

‘Alien 3 The Unproduced Screenplay’ #1: The Horror News Network Review

Alien 3, the sequel to James Cameron’s wildly successful and influential follow-up film to Ridley Scott’s Alien, entered theaters on May 22 of 1992 with great expectations.  To say that those expectations were unfulfilled would be an understatement.  First time director David Fincher (who would go on to make some of the greatest films of the past thirty years) did his best with material that he had, but countless re-writes, studio interference, and mismarketing doomed the picture and disappointed fans and critics alike.   read more

Was 2013’s ‘Evil Dead’ a Sequel or a Remake? Director Fede Alvarez Finally Settles the Beef!

Anyone who knows me knows that I normally shun remakes, as do most loyal horror fans. That’s why friends of mine are so surprised when I say how much I adore Fede Alvarez’s 2013 Evil Dead. “But…you hate remakes almost as much as you hate “found footage” movies”, they say; well the fact is that I’ve always contended, as have other wise fans, that Fede’s film was not a remake but a sequel; Ash’s rusted out Delta 88 is sitting in front of the cabin, for god’s sake! read more

Vampirella Artist Buzz Discusses Elvira Variant Cover at Rhode Island Comic Con

Any fan of 70s horror comic staple Vampirella is familiar with the artist Buzz, the man who brought her back into the public consciousness in the 1990s, and inadvertently kicked off the ‘Bad Girl’ mania that swept through comic stores at the time.  So when it was announced that Buzz would be producing an exclusive Rhode Island Comic Con variant cover for Dynamite Entertainment’s new on-going Elvira Mistress of the Dark comic book, long-time fans knew that the company made the right decision with their choice of artist. read more

Direct Night of the Living Dead Sequel to Come from Original Creative Team

Fifty years ago the world of horror and cinema as a whole was changed forever with the release of Night of the Living Dead. Now a direct sequel is in the works from the creative team who brought the un-dead to life.

According to a recent interview, original NotLD scribes, the late George A. Romero and John A. Russo wrote a direct sequel to the 1968 original which has now been unearthed by Living Dead Media, an entertainment web site dedicated to the series.

The script, after having not been produced for many years, is being planned to release theaters next year with the original surviving writers and producers at the helm. read more

DC Universe Officially Announce Mears, Bean Added to ‘Swamp Thing’

The swamp just added some elite company.  According to their official Twitter account (see below), the DC Universe has announced that genre veterans Derek Mears and Andy Bean have joined the cast of the upcoming series adaptation of Swamp Thing.  DC is continuing to add to its stable of content for their new streaming service, with the exclusive series Titans already four episodes in to its initial run on the network.

For Swamp Thing, based on the comic book which debuted in 1971 but rose to prominence in the mid-80’s after legendary writer Alan Moore took the reins, this will be the second attempt at a television series.  In the early 1990’s, the USA network hosted a live action adaptation starring Dick Durock and Mark Lindsay Chapman which ran for three seasons.  The current Swamp Thing project boasts a robust and impressive cast already for DC.  Mears and Bean will be joining the already-announced roster of Jennifer Beals (The Grudge 2), Virginia Madsen (Candyman), Will Patton (2018’s Halloween) and Crystal Reed (MTV’s Teen Wolf.) read more