Twiztid to Bring Astronomicon to Detroit in 2018

Horror-core icons Twiztid, who recently started up their own record label (MNE Records), just announced that they’re ready to conquer the convention world as well.  In a video posted to their Facebook page, Jamie Madrox and Monoxide announced that on the weekend of February 9-11, 2018, the Wyndham Garden in Sterling Heights, MI will host Astronomicon.  This con, while still being heavy on the juggalo love, will be a celebration of all pop culture in a family environment.

 
Twiztid’s love of all things horror will be respresented at Astronomicon, as the first three confirmed celebrity guests are Mick Foley (Big Money Hustlas), Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects), and Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet).  While the Detroit area is home to the annual Motor City Comic Con (happening this weekend in Novi), this convention will be considerably more dark and horror-filled than its counterpart.  Astronomicon will not be an answer to the Gathering of the Juggalos (happening July 26-29 in Oklahoma City, OK), which was a concern following Twiztid’s social media-heavy recent split with ICP’s Psychopathic Records.  This will be more in line with Wizard World or MonsterMania. read more

Netflix to Develop ‘The Witcher’ TV Series

Streaming supergiant Netflix continues to acquire foreign properties with the intent on producing a global juggernaut. Deadline is reporting that Netflix will be producing an English-language drama series based on the saga The Witcher, from Poland’s Andrzej Sapkowski. Following in the steps of other shows green-lit for production recently in the international landscape (France’s Marseille, Japan’s Hibana: Spark/Hibana, among others), The Witcher will be given a first-season run with hopes of others to follow. read more

King Kong Musical Headed to Broadway in Fall of 2018

A musical based on King Kong will debut in late 2018 according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The musical has a number of acclaimed artists attached to the project, such as writer “… Jack Thorne, who won the Olivier Award for Best Play for penning the West End hit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He also wrote the critically acclaimed play Let the Right One In. The score is composed by Marius de Vries (a contributor to the films La La Land, Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet) with songs by Eddie Perfect, composer and lyricist of the Broadway-bound Beetlejuice and Strictly Ballroom The Musical.” read more

Zac Efron to Portray Ted Bundy in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

Variety is reporting that Zac Efron will portray infamous serial killer Ted Bundy in director Joe Berlinger’s Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.

The film is set to begin shooting on October 9th, 2017 and producer Nicholas Chartier was excited to sign Efron for the role, stating that “I have been trying to work with Zac Efron for a long time. From his dramatic turn in Paperboy to his hilarious performance in Neighbors, he continues to impress audiences and critics alike with his extraordinary versatility and range. We couldn’t be more excited to see him in this amazing role.” read more

Jordan Peele & J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot to Produce ‘Lovecraft Country’ for HBO

Jordan Peele went from being a comic genius to horror mastermind overnight with the unbelievable critical and financial performance of Get Out. Since the success of that picture, there have been reports that Peele would continue to move towards more horror and suspense projects. We learned today that in addition to his other planned directorial projects, Peele will co-produce another horror/suspense story which will examine race in America.

Deadline reports that Peele, Misha Green (writer/producer of Underground), and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot company will produce an HBO series based on Matt Ruff’s novel, Lovecraft Country. Here’s how Harper, the book’s publisher, describe’s Ruff’s work: read more

Final Trailer Revealed for War for the Planet of the Apes

20th Century Fox has just revealed the final trailer for War for the Planet of the Apes.

Set to debut in theaters on July 14, the third chapter of the Apes franchise pits Caesar (Andy Serkis) and his fellow apes against The Colonel (Woody Harrelson) and his army of humans. Each side battles for control of planet Earth where only one species can come out on top.

Matt Reeves, who found success with the 2008 shaky-cam monster movie Cloverfield, returns to the director’s chair for the second time in the Apes universe with this film. read more

Whole Lotta “Purge” Going On

One night out of the year, law does not exist and people are free to roam the streets and commit any act of depravity that they can think of but, what happens the other 364 days of the year? How does the “purge” law affect society on a daily basis?

Well, according to what Blumhouse head-honcho Jason Blum told Deadline, that is one of the very things that we’ll find out in the upcoming Purge television series that is set to run on both USA Network and Syfy in 2018 alongside the next Purge movie. Both are to be written, directed and executive produced by series creator James DeMonaco. read more

Fox’s Scream Queens Cancelled After Two Seasons

Fox’s Scream Queens will not experience the same miraculous renewal that The Exorcist received on Friday. Fox co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman confirmed the news this morning on a conference call, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

Here’s what Newman had to say:

Scream Queens was an anthological series. It feels as if it was a compete story. We have no plans at this point to go back there and tell more stories so we won’t be seeing Scream Queens this season.”

This statement contradicts the fact that Season Two ended with a surprise cliffhanger, which will never be resolved at this point. Jamie Lee Curtis took to Twitter to thank fans of the franchise and offer this tongue-in-cheeck resolution to the series: read more

Summer 2017 Box Office Slump Predicted: Will Horror Films Once Again Save the Day?

Many news outlets are reporting the potential for a decline in ticket sales at the summer box office due to sequel fatigue, competition from streaming services, and an overall lower quality of blockbuster this summer.  While the tales of streaming killing the box office are a bit over-rated (and over-reported), the first major  flop of the summer season, Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur movie (which could only draw $15 million dollars in its opening weekend, carrying a $175 million dollar budget price tag), has some studios “quaking in their boots”.  Will it be up to horror films to once again save the summer? read more

Michael Myers Will Not Be Supernaturally Immortal in New Halloween Movie

We reported back in February that the next Halloween movie will be written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, and directed by Green. John Carpenter will serve as executive producer and he is considering composing the music for the film. Around the time of the announcement, McBride and Green alluded to the film being a literal or spiritual successor to 1981’s Halloween II. Now, Danny McBride has dropped another tidbit on the project that proves the group’s commitment to the earlier films of the franchise: the new Michael Myers will not have supernatural or immortal qualities! read more