‘Hellboy Winter Special 2018’: The Horror News Network Review

There are two thing that you can count on during the holiday season: there will always be left-over fruitcake and the arrival of a jolly, red faced, barrel-chested icon.  I am of course talking about Hellboy and his annual Winter Special.

This year’s 2018 collection contains three seasonal tales featuring a classic Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck collaboration about a New Year’s Eve seance gone wrong, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s return to B.P.R.D.: Vampire with a new story entitled “Lost Ones”, and “The Empty Chair” starring Lobster Johnson by Tonci Zonjic. read more

Legendary Entertainment to Reboot ‘The Toxic Avenger’

Deadline is reporting that Legendary Entertainment has nabbed the film rights to The Toxic Avenger and will reboot the Troma horror franchise. The series will seemingly be in good hands as Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will serve as producers.

Released in May of 1984, The Toxic Avenger follows the story of Melvin Ferd a 98-pound weakling who constantly gets teased and harassed at his health club job where he works as a janitor. A malicious prank goes wrong and sends Melvin flying out of a second story window and into a truck loaded with drums of toxic waste. Upon hitting the drums Melvin is set on fire and eventually the chemicals from the drums cause him to transform into the creature known as Toxie. read more

Tom DeLonge’s ‘Strange Times’ in Development at TBS

Things are about to get strange as Tom DeLonge’s graphic novel Strange Times is being made into a series for TBS. Variety reports that Aaron Karo is set to write the series which follows five teenage skateboarders who also happen to be paranormal researchers.  The show will center around the group being chased by government agents.

“My love for all things paranormal and skateboarding are sometimes only superseded by my love for offensive humor,” says DeLonge. “This series combines them all into one.” read more

New ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Trailer Smashes Its Way Into the Internet

If your holiday wishes include a massive prehistoric water lizard smashing its way through a giant moth and a three-headed monster, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have got you covered! A new trailer launched today for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which features the clearest images of Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidora that we’ve seen since the project was first announced. Fans of the film’s impressive ensemble cast will be pleased by new shots featuring Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga Charles Dance, and Sally Hawkins. You can watch the entire trailer below: read more

Netflix Reveals Season 3 Episode Titles in New ‘Stranger Things’ Teaser

Netflix just sent Stranger Things fans an early holiday treat with a new teaser trailer that just might hint where the popular series is headed. The music and the graphical reveal of the show’s title is nothing new for fans who sat through something similar at the start of every episode so far. What’s interesting, however, is the fact that each new episode title appears throughout the sequence. The titles are listed as follows:

“Suzie, Do You Copy?”
“The Mall Rats”
“The Case of the Missing Lifeguard”
“The Sauna Test”
“The Source”
“The Birthday”
“The Bite”
“The Battle of Starcourt” read more

Blue Underground’s ‘Maniac: 3-Disc Limited Edition Blu-Ray’: The Horror News Network Review

Occasionally, a genre film will attract the attention of a mainstream audience in an “unexpected way”.  Maniac premiered in New York City on January 30, 1981, playing to packed audiences on 42nd street, a group well-versed in the exploitation cinema of the 1970s and early 80s. But when the film started to open in other markets around the country, the film received the type of negative publicity that was rare for the time period, with protesters picketing theaters which screened the film for its portrayal of graphic violence, especially towards women.  Many critics and film historians point to Maniac as the last gasp for the slasher sub-genre, before increased scrutiny from censors and concerned civic groups curtailed the production of and marketing ability of filmmakers to produce stories like Maniac.  Since then, Maniac has been given a second-life as one of the truly controversial films of the decade, yet it has also become a touchstone for modern critics, who continue to fall on either side of the argument. read more

Creepy Christmas Film Festival’s Beck Underwood: The Horror News Network Interview

The 2018 Creepy Christmas Film Festival is now in full-swing with a new film premiering every day until Christmas. Previously created back in 2008, the fest is back with many new and returning filmmakers to give horror fans something to look forward to in the form of an online Advent Calendar. The original 2008 stories were inspired by a diorama that Beck Underwood had built with an imagined view into each window. This time around, the artists were given a grab-bag word to base their story on. Words usually considered sweet, such as candy cane, have now been given a sinister edge in the hands of the filmmakers. We caught up with Underwood to ask her about finding the filmmakers, what inspired the new concepts, and, of course, her feelings about the creepiness of Christmas. read more

‘BrightBurn’ Trailer Brings Terror to Superman Mythology

What if a baby from another world, despite the best efforts of his adopted parents, turned out to be a little twisted?  This is the premise of BrightBurn, a horror film produced by James Gunn and written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn. Frequent James Gunn collaborator David Yarovesky (The Hive) will direct the film which stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Gregory Allen Williams, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, and Steve Agee.

The former director of Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn actually started his career in the horror genre with 2006’s Slither.  He also explored odd super heroes in 2010’s Super, so Gunn is no stranger to either genre, and his role as producer is sure to rub off on his brother (Brian) and cousin (Mark), as well as Yarovesky. read more

Stephen King In a Fight Over Rights to ‘The Mist’

You gotta fight…for your right…to Thaaaaaaaa Mist (and somewhere, Adam Yauch is cringing).

It seems that Stephen King is in a fight over the rights for his novella The Mist. The Mist, which was originally published in 1980 in the anthology book Dark Forces: New Stories of Suspense and Supernatural Horror and then in 1985 in King’s own book of short stories titled Skeleton Crew, has been made into a 2007 feature film directed by Frank Darabont and a 2017 television series for Spike TV. read more

‘Heavy Metal’ Magazine Documentary in Development at Fox Digital

Fox Digital Studio, Heavy Metal Media, and 4th Row Films are currently developing a feature film documentary about the history and influence of the quintessential sci-fi/horror/ fantasy comic magazine Heavy Metal according to an exclusive report from Variety.  

Director Douglas Tirola is attached to the film, making it the second time that the director has worked on a documentary based on a magazine, the first being The National Lampoon documentary entitled Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead. 

Steven Johnson, Fox Digital’s VP of Production, praised the project, stating that “We are very interested in making pop-culture docs and horror/sci-fi content at FDS. Heavy Metal is the perfect fit; it was a tremendous influence on so many great artists and filmmakers of the genre, and Douglas has a vision that’s going to deliver something really unique.” read more