Ghostbusters’ Box Office Sinks Plans for Sequel

Due to diminished returns at the box office and dwindling fan interest, it appears that the New Ghostbusters crew will not be getting their promised sequel.  According to Pamela McClintock of the Hollywood Reporter, the film’s failure to generate repeat business, coupled with a weak summer season, has doomed the franchise starter.

McClintok stated that “Sony hardly is alone in suffering from audience rejection of sequels this summer. But film chief Tom Rothman and his team, along with partner Village Roadshow, had high hopes for launching a live-action Ghostbusters “universe.” Now they are preparing for steep losses (think $70 million-plus) and an uncertain future for the franchise.”  Although the “break-even” number for Sony was unofficially set at $300 million, other reporters such as Entertainment Weekly’s Nicole Sperling have gone so far as to say that Ghostbusters needs to gross at least $400 million to break even due to exorbitant marketing costs.  The film currently sits at $180,899,659 world wide, with hardly any more help coming from the international markets and a rapidly shrinking domestic screen count. read more

Dark Horse Comics Announces a New Hellboy Graphic Novel for 2017

Dark Horse Comics announced today that they will be publishing a brand new original graphic novel starring Hellboy in the Spring of 2017.  Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea will be illustrated by Gary Gianni and co-written by Gianni and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

In terms of Hellboy continuity, the story takes place directly after the events of “The Island” and involves ghost ships, pirates, and a mad quest for giant sea creature.  With elements like these in the mix, any Mignola-verse fan is bound to sign on for this journey! read more

Shudder Acquires Japanese Supernatural Horror Film Sadako vs. Kayako

Shudder (the AMC-owned digital horror network) recently acquired the popular Japanese import Sadako vs. Kayako.  For those unfamiliar with the titles characters, the film features a showdown between the demons from Japan’s two most popular ghost franchises: Ringu and Ju-On (known to North American fans as the Ring and The Grudge).  The film is directed by  by Koji Shiraishi (director of Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman and Grotesque).

After the film’s North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival’s “Midnight Madness” in September and a brief festival run, Sadako vs. Kayako will stream exclusively on Shudder in late 2016. read more

Savage New Red Band Trailer for Don’t Breathe Released

Don’t you ever judge a book by its cover, or for that matter judge a blind man an easy mark for three teen thugs! “Don’t Breathe,” which barrels into theaters August 26th, appears to teach you crazy kids a thing or two before you decide to invade someone’s home.

The film, stars Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, and Daniel Zovatto as the crew who suffers quite the punishment at the hands of their victim played by Stephen Lang. Lang, a veteran actor who has appeared in “Avatar,” “Tombstone,” and more recently as the sadistic Increase Mather in “Salem,” looks as menacing as any horror antihero we have seen in recent years.   Add this with the direction of Fede Alvaraz, best known for his direction of the “Evil Dead,” remake and you have a trailer which can only be described as twisted.  Have a peek below. read more

Dead Rising Claws Out of the Grave in September

Three Dead Rising games (Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record) will be available for digital download on XBox One and PS4 on September 13th. The release is in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the game, which was released on August of 2006.

The zombie killing franchise is considered one of the most successful in the horror genre. Dead Rising 3, the latest edition of the game, has already sold over 2 million copies.

Capcom has announced that all three titles will allow the characters to use the previously released DLC costumes. In addition, the game will now be able to be played at 60fps (frames per second), which is an upgrade from 30fps in the past games. read more

Soundtrack for Netflix’s Stranger Things Gets a Release Date

The eagerly awaited soundtrack for the smash-hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, has been announced and will be released in two parts by Lakeshore Records; Volume One on August 12th digitally and September 16th on CD and then Volume 2 on August 19th digitally and September 23rd on CD.

The popular show’s score is the brainchild of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, both members of the Austin, Texas synth band S U R V I V E. According to the press release, the directors of Stranger Things were fans of the band and reached out to see if they were available to score their show. Of the show’s unique score, Michael Stein said, “We discussed having a classic tone and feel to the music for the show but being reserved enough that it wasn’t ’80s cheese, while offering a refreshing quality so that felt modern.” read more

Amy Adams Makes First Contact in ‘Arrival’ Teaser

The first teaser for Paramount’s alien invasion thriller Arrival, starring Amy Adams as a linguist recruited by the government to attempt alien communication, has landed. Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker co-star in the film which centers on the arrival of an alien race whose spacecrafts take up residence on Earth for reasons unknown.

Using her skills as a linguist, Dr. Louise Banks (Adams) must figure out if the aliens have come in peace or if they have a more sinister plan. Other than what is seen in the trailer, little information is given as to the plot of the film so fans will have to wait for the release of the full trailer on August 16th for more details. read more

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Eisner “In Talks” To Direct New Friday The 13th Film

Hollywood info-tainment website Deadline is reporting that director Breck Eisner (The Crazies, The Last Witch Hunter) is currently in talks with Paramount Pictures to lead the feature-picture reboot of Friday the 13th.  The latest remake of the iconic horror film is scheduled to be released sometime in 2017.

Paramount is hoping to rekindle some of the recent success they’ve had reviving beloved, nostalgic film franchises, having brought Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back to prominence in 2014.  Eisner, the son of former Paramount head and Disney CEO Michael Eisner, will now take his stab at resurrecting one of the most popular film franchises and iconic killers in movie history, Jason Voorhees.  A previous remake, 2009’s Friday the 13th, was co-released by Paramount and New Line Cinema, with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes producing the film.  Platinum Dunes (along with Brad Fuller and Andrew Form) will also be producing the new adaptation, according to Deadline. read more

The End is Nigh! Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Trailer Released

After a four year screen absence, Alice (Milla Jovovich) returns to close out the The Resident Evil film franchise with Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.  Sony Pictures and Screen Gems just unleashed the teaser trailer for the film.  With several years and multiple missed release dates passed, we now have a confirmed January 27th, 2017 premiere date.  The film will be shown in IMAX 3D.

The trailer reveals a plot, which brings Alice full circle with her return to Raccoon City and more specifically, The Hive. Paul W.S. Anderson once again takes the helm, directing RE veterans Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts and Iain Glen. The 2 minute, 35 second peek shows a return to the dark tone of the earlier films combined with the high-energy action of the later installments. read more

Funko Teases a Third Edition of Horror Mystery Minis

Our friends at Funko are at it again with their third series of horror-movie themed Mystery Mini figures. With over 50 versions of Mystery Mini toys, including four series’ of The Walking Dead, two series’ of Horror Classics and two WWE series’, Funko has built quite a following among genre fans and toy collectors who eagerly await the next big release.

Both previous series’ of the Horror Classics sets were wildly popular as they included figures of famous horror characters like Hellraiser’s Pinhead, Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Frankenstein’s Monster and many more. The folks over at PopVinyls got the skinny on set three which looks to include not only alternate versions of Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger but also a host of other horror goodies such as Jack Torrance and the Grady twins from The Shining, American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman, Universal’s Mummy and The Wolfman, The Exorcist’s Regan MacNeil and more! read more