Blumhouse Productions, fresh off a run of huge horror movies in the past few years, are ready to add yet another title to its resume. As first announced on their official Twitter account (see below), Blumhouse has announced that Chris Columbus has been tapped to write, produce and direct the big screen adaptation of the wildly popular horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s. While it may seem like a bit of an odd choice, the news that the project is one step closer to reality is refreshing news to both horror fans and tech-savvy teenagers alike.
Hitting the stores next week from Dynamite Entertainment is the first issue of the new Pumpkinhead mini-series written by Cullen Bunn. Bunn, the recipient of the 2016 Horror Comic Award for Writer of the Year, crafts a story that fits perfectly into the Pumpkinhead universe. Bunn weaves a clever story that could make for an interesting sequel for the film franchise.
For thirty years the demon has remained quiet, but after a reckless driver kills a pair of children, the monster returns for vengeance. In this adaptation, Bunn provides adequate enemies for Pumpkinhead, as he squares off against a backwoods crime syndicate protecting the driver. A short backup story featuring the witch, Haggis, also appears at the end of the book. read more
Now playing on Netflix is the chilling outdoors adventure, The Ritual. Directed by David Bruckner with the script by Joe Barton, the film centers around four college friend’s trip into the woods following the death of one of their schoolmates. Don’t be fooled by the whole camping in the woods scenario. The Ritual does not play upon any of the usual horror tropes that genre audiences have seen time and time again.
Along with their camping gear, this crew of guys brings along a lot of emotional baggage on their excursion as well. The Ritual is equal parts psychological thriller and monster movie. The characters are multi-layered and very well-acted. The angst within themselves, as well as amongst the friends, turns the tension level on the entire movie up a notch. Rafe Spall stands out with his brilliant portrayal of Luke, who was witness to his friend’s murder. Spall displays a wide range of emotions effectively from grief, pain, guilt, fear and anger. His performance gives real human depth to Luke. This enhances the aspect of The Ritual that works really well, the connection of the audience to the characters. With characters that are relatable, the viewer actually cares about this group of young men and feel their fear. Ultimately, the humanity that is lacking in many horror films, The Ritual is able to achieve. When all hell rains down on this crew, we actually care. read more
AMC announced the actors who will be portraying Jesse Custer’s estranged family in Preacher Season 3 today, and for those who are not familiar with the Garth Ennis/Steve Dillon source material, things are about to get a lot more harrowing for our trio of misfits.
Tony award winner Betty Buckley (Supergirl, Split) will play the supernaturally gifted Gran’ma, Colin Cunningham (Falling Skies) plays the perverse TC, and Jeremy Childs (The Last Castle, Nashville) plays the sadistic Jody. read more
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the upcoming thriller about serial killer Ted Bundy, just added a surprising new name to its impressive cast. In addition to Zac Efron, Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Angela Sarafyan, and Kaya Scodelario, the film will also feature Metallica frontman James Hetfield in a key role!
Variety reports that Hetfield will play, “Officer Bob Hayward, a no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975 after pulling the killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car, but wisely suspecting much worse.” read more
For well over a decade now, the world of horror comics has flourished with some of its absolute greatest and goriest works having the fingerprints of Mark Kidwell, Jay Fotos and Jeff Zornow all over them. This crew, who brought you the award-winning ’68, has recently joined forces again to release the self-published Rising Rebels. Kidwell’s smart writing accompanied by Zornow’s brutal artwork has always quenched fans of the darker sider of comics. Rising Rebels is no different. We recently caught up with Mark Kidwell to discuss the new series. read more
This week was a special one for DC monster fans, as the company not only released the stellar Swamp Thing Winter Special #1 (by Tom King and Jason Fabok), but they also dug through their vaults and unearthed a host of their monsters from every era for a Valentine’s Day anthology special entitled Young Monsters in Love #1.
Borrowing the title from yesteryear’s romance comics of the 1950’s, Young Monsters in Love #1 is a lengthy anthology featuring both obscure and popular monster characters from DC’s long publishing history. With 80 pages to work with, the collection is able to highlight a number of characters that we rarely see such as I Vampire, the Monster Commandos, and Monsieur Mallah and the Brain, while also giving some fan favorites like Man-Bat, Solomon Grundy, and Swamp Thing a short story or two. read more
Hollywood veteran John Gavin passed away on February 9th at the age of 86 in Beverly Hills, CA., due to complications from pneumonia after battling leukemia.
Gavin landed his first role as Johnny Hutchins in the 1956 film, Behind the High Wall.
He is best known for his performances in Imitation of Life, Spartacus, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Horror fans best remember Gavin for his portrayal of Sam Loomis in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Of that role, he later claimed that he was “terribly disturbed” by the amount of violence and sex that was in Psycho. read more
Desilu Studios, Inc has just announced that they will be teaming up with writer and director Kenneth Johnson to bring the beloved classic V to the big screen. Johnson, many will remember, is the creator of the 80s cult classic show.
“We are delighted to team up with Desilu to bring the timeless — and timely — story of resistance against tyranny into the 21st Century,” Johnson said. “V will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned.” read more
If you are a studio that happens to have a delayed science fiction film with touches of horror that has been delayed multiple times, it looks like you may be in luck! In what appears to be a new trend for streaming giant Netflix, the company has announced that it has acquired Universal’s M.I.A film Extinction.
Variety is reporting that Netflix just bought the rights to Extinction (starring Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan) for broadcast sometime later this year.
Extinction was originally scheduled for a November 2017 release, but Universal pulled the film from their schedule, and never updated the status of the project. The film focuses on Pena’s character, as he begins to have “…a recurring nightmare of losing his family and that bad dream becomes a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep his family safe from harm.” read more