Movies/TV

Travel Channel Renews ‘Ghost Nation’ For a 20 Episode Second Season

According to the official press release, Travel Channel has decided to pick up the second season of its new series Ghost Nation, starring the majority of the original Ghost Hunters crew: Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, and Dave Tango.

The decision doesn’t appear to have been a difficult one, as the premiere of Ghost Nation was the second-highest rated debut for the network this year and one of their most consistent new series in terms of viewership, with over five million total viewers so far. read more

Bernie Wrightson’s ‘Frankenstein’ Illustration Sells For $1.2 Million at Profiles in History Auction

Bernie Wrightson’s famed wrap-around cover for Marvel Comics 1983 edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein sold for a whopping $1.2 million at yesterday’s Profiles in History auction in Los Angeles. The world-famous illustration (named after the chilling promise the monster makes to Victor that “I shall be with you on your wedding night”) was auctioned off as as part of a private collection of original comic book art featuring work by fellow artists such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, and Barry Windsor-Smith among others. read more

‘The Early Days of McFarlane Toys’: The Horror News Network Review

If you grew up in the 90s, you couldn’t make it through your childhood without having at least one encounter with one of the many products of McFarlane Toys. Whether it be their Ultra Action Figures of popular Spawn characters, their variety of Kiss and other music lines, or their movie and professional sports lines, there was a McFarlane toy out there for everyone. If you were a big Spawn fan, though, you lived and breathed McFarlane Toys. During those years, barely a month would go by without a new comic book release or a new line of figures hitting the shelves to get everybody talking, and “mint in box” was the name of the game. Some Spawn fans have moved on from collecting since those golden years, but Todd McFarlane Productions is still as relevant as ever given the recent milestone release of Spawn #301 and the anticipation of an upcoming Blumhouse major motion picture directed by McFarlane himself and starring Jamie Foxx as Al Simmons. read more

Shudder’s ‘Joe Bob’s Red Christmas’ Marathon Brings Horror to the Holidays

The horror host with the most, Joe Bob Briggs, returns to Shudder on Friday, December 13 with an all-new Last Drive-In Special, appropriately titled for the holiday season as Joe Bob’s Red Christmas.  The triple feature will stream live at 9 p.m. (and it will also be made available on demand later in December, just in case your own holiday festivities get in the way).

Briggs is ready to kick off the Christmas horror, stating that “Every Christmas we try to get that perfect mix of movies the whole family can watch, plus movies that will cause every family member except dedicated horror fiends to run screaming from the room. That’s because we realize that Christmas celebrations can go either way. We think we’ve achieved that balance with Joe Bob’s Red Christmas , combining the cult, the classic and the bizarre in a holiday stew designed to keep you reaching for the egg nog or equivalent, and to keep Aunt Shirley complaining about your choices. In between the films we have holiday hijinks that are frankly embarrassing, because that’s also what Americans do on Christmas”. read more

Red-Band Trailer For ‘The Grudge’ Released by Sony

Sony Pictures has released the red-band trailer for The Grudge, the latest attempt at a remake of the 2004 Japanese ghost feature Ju-On: The Grudge.  And just like the original, this film looks like it will creep the hell out of you (as well as give you pause entering someone else’s house.)  The trailer can be seen below.

The Grudge, this time produced by the great Sam Raimi (Drag Me To Hell, the Evil Dead franchise) and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother), is based on the modern horror classic of the same name which was written by Takashi Shimizu.  The original film spawned an American remake in 2004, followed by two decreasingly-successful sequels.  Shimizu directed the first two, but was just credited as a writer on The Grudge 3.  He is listed as a writer on the latest picture as well, as it is based on the original screenplay.  The American films grossed nearly $260 million worldwide, but nearly 75% of that total came from the first film in 2004. read more

‘The Conjuring 3’ Gets Full Title and Official Synopsis

Speaking of busting ghosts, according to Deadline the third film to be based on the paranormal investigations of Ed and Lorraine Warren now has its full title straight from Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.

The official synopsis reads it is a chilling story of terror, murder and unknown evil, a case that shocked even the experienced real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. One of the most sensational from their files, it begins with a fight for the soul of a young boy and takes them beyond anything they’d ever seen before marking the first time in U.S. history that a murder suspect would claim demonic possession as a defense. read more

‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Gets First Trailer

Time to throw on those Proton Packs, Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Ghosbusters: Afterlife, the first canon sequel to Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II from 1984 and 1989 respectively.

Afterlife follows two children (Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace) along with their single mother (Carrie Coon) who after being evicted from their home move to Summerville, Oklahoma after inheriting property from their late grandfather. When the town experiences a series of unexplained earthquakes, the children discover their family’s link to the original Ghostbusters, who have become something of a myth as many have long-since forgotten the events of the “Manhattan Crossrip of 1984” and the secret legacy that their grandfather left behind. read more

‘Locke & Key’ Receives Premiere Date From Netflix

Fans of the ever-popular author Joe Hill, who has multiple projects in varying stages of development, won’t need to wait long for their next fix.  According to Deadline, the supernatural mystery series Locke & Key, based on a comic book series written by Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez for IDW Publishing, will premiere on February 7th, 2020 on Netflix.   The streaming service made the announcement on Wednesday, and was confirmed by Hill’s official Twitter account shortly afterwards (see below.) read more

BBC One’s ‘Dracula’ Gets Premier Date

Reported today via Deadline, the co-production of BBC One and Netflix Dracula the mini-series has received a premier date for January 1, 2020, letting BBC One viewers spend New Years Day with the Count!

Although the worldwide release on Netflix is unknown at this time, Dracula will run as a three-part mini-series with one episode a night for consecutive nights on BBC One.

Check out BBC One’s announcement below!

Your New Year is gonna suck but never fear… #Dracula, a three day reign of terror, starts 1st January on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. pic.twitter.com/SNuSUjQoEO read more

‘Expedition Bigfoot’s’ Bryce Johnson and Russell Acord: The Horror News Network Interview

Second only to paranormal programming on cable television, “reality-based” quests for cryptids and monsters have become much more common than actual sightings of the elusive creatures.

With the popularity of these types of television series, it was only a matter of time before one took the deep dive into an embedded nature experience in search of the most famous cryptid of them all: Bigfoot.  Travel Channel’s Expedition Bigfoot offers viewers the chance to see one investigation unfold over the course of eight adventure-filled episodes using cutting-edge methodology and experts in the field. read more