Tales from the Crypt Reboot – New Trailer?

From 1989 to 1996, HBO kept horror fans glued to their network with their take on EC Comics’ classic Tales from the Crypt series. For seven years and 93 episodes, the Crypt Keeper introduced different tales of terror into our homes and we gobbled it up and begged for more. Boasting a huge list of notable guest stars, the series was a hit until it had eventually run its course with the network.

Fast forward to mid-2016 and film icon M. Night Shyamalan was announced as the new head of the series that was greenlit by TNT Network for 10 episodes to air in 2017. Horror fans rejoiced and danced in the streets! However, by the end of 2016, the show was reportedly mired in legal issues with problems securing rights and then word made its way around about possible budgeting issues at TNT as well. Horror fans were now despondent…

Now, here we are nearing March of 2017 and some sort of trailer drops for the project? With no real word from the network that we can find, we will present to you the trailer that is circulating. We must admit that it seems odd to not see this trailer on TNT’s website or their YouTube page. A further search of TNT’s website also reveals no mention of Tales from the Crypt.

Horror fans are…cautiously optimistic?

Keep it locked to Horror News Network as we will continue to follow this story.

Stay gory my friends.

Fox Releases 4 Minute Prologue Video for Alien: Covenant

If Fox’s teaser image of the cast of Alien: Covenant two days ago wasn’t enough to whet your appetite for the Ridley Scott project, they’ve just released a prologue video for the film that’s over four minutes long!

Entitled, “Prologue: The Last Supper,” the clip introduces the audience to all of the main cast before the horrors of the plot befall them. This is the first time we see James Franco and Danny McBride in their roles for an extended period of time, and Michael Fassbender has a scene-stealing moment late in the clip. There’s even a “dinner disruption” that calls back memories of the classic panic-inducing “chestburster” scene of the original film. You can watch the entire clip below:

Alien: Covenant is in theaters on May 19th, 2017. Given the recent deluge of promotional materials so long before its release, it’s likely we will be given more glimpses into this film before then. Which begs the question: will Alien: Covenant reveal its alien(s) before its release?

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more information on Alien: Covenant as it breaks.

HNN’s Coverage of The 2017 New York Toy Fair

This past weekend, the Jacob Javits Center in New York City hosted the annual celebration of both kid and geek culture known as New York Toy Fair 2017.  All of the big boys in the world of plastic fun were on hand exhibiting the present and future of everything from action figures to VR entertainment (and everything in between).  Once again, our friends over at Action Figure Collectors (www.actionfigurecollectors.com) have provided HNN with prime coverage of the event.  Check out their comprehensive coverage on their website, complete with videos on their YouTube channel (“AFCollectors”).

For the horror toy fan, there was plenty to be excited about this year.  Check out the pictures below for all of the existing and upcoming toy lines, sure to hit your local toy store in the near future!

NECA
Continuing to put their personal touches on some of the most beloved horror movie icons, NECA unveiled several new interesting pieces that will be hitting stores in the third and fourth quarters of 2017.  Along with incredibly detailed figures of Leatherface (from TCM III), Chucky, Jason (FT13: The Final Chaper), a new Freddy Krueger mold from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors also debuted.  It’s the 30th anniversary of that fine slasher film, after all.
But the gem of this year’s class may be the Ash puppet from Ash vs. Evil Dead, which will be available in the third quarter.  Ashy Slashy!
Oh…..and they also have a series of 2-packs coming out featuring Batman/Superman with Alien/Predator.  These figures are sick.  You’re welcome.

MEZCO
Mezco brought it as always, with their ever-expanding line of the amazing Living Dead Dolls leading the way.  Horror movie characters continue to be given the LDD treatment, with A Clockwork Orange now in the mix as well.  The highlight for me is the Dawn of the Dead 2-pack, featuring Flyboy and Plaid Shirt Zombie.  When there’s no more room in hell, the Living Dead Dolls will walk the earth!
But garnering even more buzz this year is the company’s spin on the classic Jack-in-the-Box toy….the Burst-A-Box.  Featuring a killer team of horror movie legends, these are sure to cause quite the stir at Spencer Gifts stores everywhere.

McFarlane Toys
Todd McFarlane is passionate about The Walking Dead toy line, and this year’s figures reflect that.  Scheduled to be available to the public this summer, the winner of this line has to be the Negan tee-shot pose (complete with Lucille).  Eeny meeny miney moe……

Factory Entertainment
A company known for it’s dead-on series of comic statues, Factory kills it with a lineup including Shaun of the Dead (yes!!!) and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Thanks again to Action Figure Collectors (www.actionfigurecollectors.com) for the super coverage of the 2017 New York Toy Fair.

We at HNN are already looking forward to the 2018 convention!!!

Guillermo del Toro Confirms that Hellboy Three Will Not Happen

Guillermo del Toro confirmed today via Twitter that Hellboy Three “will not happen” in the future, or ever, for that matter.

The tweet crushed hopes of Hellboy and Mignolaverse fans worldwide, although the posibilities of another sequel to the film was unlikely due to del Toro’s busy schedule and penchant for starting and then cancelling or abandoning projects.

del Toro’s next completed project is a return to Pan’s Labyrinth-style magical realism with The Shape of Water, which is a tale set in 1963 Cold War era America and features some fantastic elements as well as a love story.  Ironically enough, Doug Jones (who portrayed Abe Sapien in the Hellboy films) will again become an odd “fish-man” according to the actor.  Jones spoke to Collider in January during a press tour for The Bye Bye Man and said, “I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species so I’m like a natural anomaly. And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent. I’m being tested for how can they use me for advantages in military or space travel, or my technology—can we make this usable for humans? So they’re trying to keep me a secret from the Russians.”

The Shape of Water is rumored to be released in 2017, but no date has been set at this time.

del Toro is also writing the sequel to Pacific Rim and has announced plans to direct a dark fairy tale version of Pinocchio.  Fans have also been waiting patiently for a Haunted Mansion film, originally announced in 2010.  As of April 2016, del Toro did confirm that he was on the fourth draft of a script, but it is anyone’s guess if this “dream project” will ever see the light of day.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more del Toro film news as well as continued coverage of the comic version of the Mignolaverse.

 

 

Crew Photo Revealed for Alien: Covenant

20th Century Fox released a photo of the Alien: Covenant crew today and promised a special sneak peek Wednesday night during Legion on FX.

Alien: Covenant marks the much anticipated return to the Alien franchise by director Ridley Scott. The film which is written by John Logan, is said to be the sequel to the 2012’s Prometheus.

As in past Alien films, we have learned that space can be a very scary place. Alien: Covenant seems to follow suit. This time around the crew of the colony ship Covenant, discovers a dangerous world. The crew is pitted against unimaginable horrors as they try to escape with their lives.

The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, James Franco, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo and Demián Bichir.

Alien: Covenant is set to hit theaters on May 19, 2017. Keep it locked to Horror News Network for more news on this film as it becomes available.

 

Official Cast Photo from The Predator Revealed on First Day of Filming

To help celebrate the first day of shooting for The Predator, director Shane Black took to Twitter to post the first official image for the film. The shot features Black and key cast members, and reveals some unique elements to their wardrobe:

Posing with Shane Black in the photo are Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Kay, Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, and Jacob Tremblay. As you can see, the deep greens and browns of the original film are still a major part of the cast’s wardrobe.

Black also revealed today that the film will definitely be rated R. This news will likely please fans who are hoping the film will be more like Predator and Predator 2, and less like AVP: Alien vs. Predator.

Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more information on The Predator as it breaks.

Dick Warlock Announced for 2017 CT HorrorFest

Dick Warlock, the man behind the Michael Myers mask in Halloween II was just added as a guest for the 2017 CT HorrorFest.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dick Warlock has worked with some of the most well-known names in the business including Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Drew Barrymore and more. He was also Kurt Russell’s personal stunt double for more than 25 years

“Dick Warlock is a true legend in the horror industry,” said CT HorrorFest co-founder Christine Caprilozzi. “No one can forget his take on the masked-killer Michael Myers in Halloween II. I don’t think I have ever felt safe staying overnight in a hospital since seeing that film.”

Warlock joins Tom Morga, who played Jason and the fake-Jason in Friday the 13th Part V, as guests that have been announced for the one-day convention.

CT HorrorFest is set to take place at the Danbury Arena in Danbury, CT on September 16, 2017. We will keep you updated on more details as they emerge.

“XX” Movie Review

I’ve always been a sucker for a good horror anthology film. From Creepshow to Tales from the Darkside: The Movie to 2009’s Trick ‘R Treat, there’s just something awesome about getting multiple tales for the price of one and even a cool wrap-around story if you’re lucky.

Well, here we are in Women in Horror Month and there’s a new four-story horror anthology film directed by four different kick-ass women called XX available for your viewing pleasure.

No stranger to the world of horror, Jovanka Vuckovic’s take on Jack Ketchum’s The Box is up first. If you’ve never read the story, it’s more of a sad tale than a horror tale but is still frightening none the less. A seemingly happy family is riding the train when their son notices another rider carrying a small box. He asks to see what’s inside the box and the stranger abides and from that night on the boy refuses to eat. This story is the perfect opening to the anthology as it sets quite a grim tone for the rest of the movie. Well-acted and directed, a great piece.

Next up is musician St. Vincent’s first foray into the world of directing with The Birthday Party. In this short, a quirky mother tries her best to give her daughter the best birthday party over under some very unusual circumstances involving a corpse. This one is more of a dark comedy that I wasn’t truly sold on until the end. There are some fantastic epilogue notes that follow this story that really cracked me up.

They followed up the “comedy” bit with what is undoubtedly the scariest story of the bunch. Don’t Fall directed by Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) is a quick tale of a group of four friends who decide to camp out on what appears to be old tribal land. Well, unfortunately for these cats, the land is cursed and since this is a short story, it’s not long before they pay dearly for their trespass. By no means is this the most original tale ever told but it’s done quite well and it brings the gore; thoroughly enjoyable.

The last story is Her Only Living Son directed by Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body). With a nod to both Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen, a loving mother simply refuses to admit that her nearly 18-year-old son may be the son of Satan…either that or he’s just a major dickhead with really long toenails. I’m torn over whether this short or The Box is the most well-rounded tale of the bunch but they’re both put together very well.

A slight disappointment is that the “wrap-around” story isn’t a story at all but is more like a creepy Tool video with dollhouses and stop-motion. In no way does this take away from the stories themselves but I do love a good wrap-around.

The bottom line is XX is a highly enjoyable and re-watchable anthology film that will get tons of plays in my house over the coming years; kudos to all involved.

XX is currently in select theaters and is available OnDemand, on iTunes and on Amazon Video. You can check out the website and the trailer below.

XX Official Movie Site

 

Stay gory my friends.

Karen Berger’s Dark Horse Imprint Establishes a New Line of Creator-Owned Comic Books and Graphic Novels for Publisher

According to a recent press release from Dark Horse Comics, Karen Berger, the award-winning comic book editor and the founder of DC Comics’ Vertigo line, will “acquire, edit, and oversee Berger Books, a new line of creator-owned comic books and graphic novels to be published by Dark Horse Comics.”

Berger, who was the guiding force behind some of the greatest comic stories ever told (including Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, Garth Ennis’ Helllblazer and Preacher, and Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol to only name a few), will bring some of her “magic” to Dark Horse Comics in the near future.

Dark Horse President and Publisher Mike Richardson offered a glowing assesment of Berger, saying that, “Karen is someone I’ve always respected and admired. She’s a visionary thinker and one of the most highly regarded individuals in the comic book industry. Her fiercely independent streak and forward-looking storytelling instincts are a perfect match for Dark Horse Comics. We’ll have more news in the near future, but today we’re thrilled to announce that Karen Berger and Berger Books have found the perfect home at Dark Horse Comics.”

Fans of intelligent (horror) comics and non-mainstream material should be excited at this announcement as Berger’s track record for spotting talent speaks for itself.

There have been no announcements of specific titles at this point, but stayed tuned for further coverage of this exciting new opportunity for fans and creators alike.

 

Jordan Peele Plans to Direct More Horror Films About “Social Demons”

Although Jordan Peele’s directorial debut Get Out will not be released until this Friday (February 24th, 2017), he is already planning on directing three more horror films.

Peele recently spoke to Business Insider and told them that he has, “…four other social thrillers that I want to unveil in the next decade. The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings and what we are capable of especially when we get together. I’ve been working on these premises about these different social demons, these innately human monsters that are woven into the fabric of how we think and how we interact, and each one of my movies is going to be about a different one of these social demons.”

Get Out seems to fit Peele’s description, as it focuses on both overt and hidden racism.  The film has received very postive reviews so far, although the sample size at this point is a small one.  Peele has primarily worked in the comedy genre where he is best known for Comedy Central’s Key and Peele, so the financial success of Get Out will certainly do much to determine whether or not the director gets to complete his planned four film series.

Check out the latest trailer for Get Out below: