Movies/TV

Syfy Cancels ‘Channel Zero’ Anthology

Fans of Syfy’s horror anthology Channel Zero got some bad news today, as the network cancelled the series after four seasons.  Creator Nick Antosca broke the news on instagram stating that “I loved making this show and I would have loved to do more… but I can’t complain too much about doing 4 stories I loved with people who I loved working with.”

The creator was gracious in defeat, thanking Syfy for the opportunity.  He also made sure to thank the “…the authors of the original creepypasta stories. Kris Straub, Brian Russell, Kerry Hammond, and Charlotte Bywater” (Slender Man never made it to the series, but it would have probably done better on the small screen than last summer’s theatrical disaster). read more

Jason Reitman to Co-Write & Direct Sequel to Original ‘Ghostbusters’ Series

Fasten your seat belts, because the Ecto-1 is about to ride again! Entertainment Weekly reports that Jason Reitman will direct a sequel to 1984’s Ghostbusters and 1989’s Ghostbusters III, based on a script co-written by Reitman and Gil Kenan (Monster House). Reitman is the son of Ivan Reitman, the legendary director of the original series, and he even played the role of the unimpressed birthday boy at the beginning of the second movie. In his interview with EW, he fondly recalls his experiences on the set of the original film: read more

Official Trailer Arrives for ‘Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’

Netflix just released the official trailer for Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. The two-minute trailer gives an inside look at America’s most notorious serial killer with video clips, interviews, and more.

The documentary is created by the Academy Award winner and seven-time Emmy nominated Joe Berlinger, whose films include Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, Crude, and Tony Robbins: I am Not Your Guru. In addition to this, Berlinger is said to be working on another genre doc called Raising Hell: The Visions of Clive Barker. read more

‘Escape Room’ Continues to Impress at Weekend Box Office

Adam Robitel’s Escape Room continued to defy expectations, finishing fifth at the weekend box office with an additional $8.9 million for a total of $32.5 million so far.

The film picked up where it left off last week, maintaining its theater count in spite of two new wide releases (The Upside and A Dog’s Way Home) and continued competition from Aquaman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, and Mary Poppins Returns.  Escape Room’s box office only declined 51% this week, which is a better than normal drop for most films. When compared to recent entries from the horror genre such as the Nazi zombie splatfest Overlord (which dropped 63% in its second weekend and finished with only a $41 million gross world-wide) and The Possession of Hannah Grace (with a similar decline, but much less in revenue, ending with only $35 million world-wide), Escape Room seems to be bucking typical trends and surviving in a crowded marketplace. read more

New ‘Walking Dead’ Teaser Trailer Introduces The Whisperers’ Leaders; Alpha and Beta

Straight from IGN comes an exclusive teaser trailer in preparation for the February return of The Walking Dead.

The Whisperers are front and center in the trailer giving a clear view of their leaders; Alpha (Samantha Morton) and Beta (Sons of Anarchy‘s Ryan Hurst).

The Whisperers were slowly built up to be the new villains during the first half of Season 9 and finally revealed as a true threat in the mid-season finale. The new antagonists disguise themselves as walkers by wearing the skins of the undead, which allows them to pass among them without risk of being attacked and makes them seem as though they are just another pack roaming the ruined world. read more

‘Nightcrawler’ Alums Jake Gyllenhaal & Dan Gilroy Paint a Horrifying Picture in New Trailer for ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’

Writer/director Dan Gilroy and leading man Jake Gyllenhaal first showed us their collective dark side with 2014’s Nightcrawler. Set in the seedy underworld of Los Angeles, the subversive crime thriller became an instant critical darling and earned about five times its meager budget at the box office. Now, the two are re-teaming for a new film which captures the horrors of the modern art scene.

Netflix just released a new trailer today for Velvet Buzzsaw, a movie where, “mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce.” In the clip, tapestries come to life to maim, mangle, and burn their highfalutin owners. The trailer shows off Gilroy’s signature blend of heightened realism, satire, and dark imagery, and you can watch the entire clip for yourself below: read more

‘Evil’ Pilot Coming to CBS

According to Deadline, CBS has ordered a pilot for the religion-themed supernatural show Evil. The series comes from Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award-nominated writer/producers Robert and Michelle King who are best known for their series In Justice, The Good Wife and BrainDead. Evil is said to be about the battle between science and religion. The supernatural drama centers around a skeptical female clinical psychologist, a priest-in-training and a blue-collar contractor as they investigate the paranormal and other extraordinary occurrences to see if there’s a scientific explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work. read more

‘Alien: Blackout’ Announced For Mobile Devices

Following up on our coverage of the big Alien franchise announcement from earlier this week, apparently the best was yet to come.  After two rather cryptic (but cool!) tweets hinted at a new project about to be unleashed featuring Amanda Ripley, the speculation regarding the media format was running wild.  But now we know that gamers everywhere have reason to celebrate……Alien: Blackout has been officially unleashed.

The Alien Twitter account (@alienanthology) has been busy in the early part of this week.  On Monday they posted teasers for the upcoming open-world video game Alien: Blackout for mobile devices, a highly-anticipated follow-up to the moderately successful venture Alien: Isolation (2014).  Whether this is a direct sequel is still not entirely clear, but with Amanda Ripley being the star once again this is a logical conclusion.  For fans who were left hanging following the non-specific tweets from this weekend, however, the update (below) was a very welcome response. read more

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark Discusses Potential Return of ‘Movie Macabre’

With the popularity of Joe Bob Briggs’ Shudder marathons, and 80s nostalgia still going strong, the return of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark to both the big and small screen may be imminent.

In a Friday Q & A session on Instagram, Elvira replied to a fan’s question about the return of Elvira’s Movie Macabre (possibly to Netflix) with the comment “I’m workin’ on it!”.  Movie Macabre is the horror hosting job that made Elvira famous, debuting in Los Angeles in 1981.  The wise-cracking Elvira would gain even greater fame when the program was syndicated around the country, showcasing some of the worst films, made palatable through the “Queen of Halloween’s” one-liners and skits before and after the commercial breaks.  In 2004, Elvira would make a brief return to horror hosting duties when Time Life released a series of dvds entitled Elvira’s Horror Classics (also available as a special box set). read more

Netflix Crows about ‘Bird Box’s’ Ratings

Netflix, which is notoriously tight-lipped about their television ratings, decided instead to emulate a peacock fanning his feather’s by proclaiming the success of their latest original film, Bird Box, which delivered almost 26 million viewers over the first seven days of release.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie everyone is tweeting about, finished “…second only to Stranger Things: Season 2, falling short by less than 1 million viewers.”  The mockingbirds over at Netflix, even went so far as to initially claim that Bird Box, “…posted the best seven-day showing for a Netflix film to date, saying that more than 45 million accounts worldwide checked out the film, more than a third of Netflix’s global subscribers. Netflix later explained that accounts had to watch at least 70 percent of the movie to be counted, but didn’t say how many viewers those 45 million accounts represented” (maybe the executives counting the numbers were blindfolded and lost count). read more