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Creators of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’ to Develop New ‘Dracula’ Series for Television

The future of Universal’s “Dark Universe” franchise is currently uncertain following the lukewarm release of The Mummy in theaters; but fans of one of the most popular classic monsters may soon be able to get their fix on the small screen! Variety reports that the team behind the hit BBC series, Sherlock, are reuniting to develop a television series based on Bram Stoker’s classic novel, Dracula. The series will follow Sherlock’s pattern of a collection of feature-length episodes making up a larger miniseries run. read more

Phantom of the Opera, The Hunchback of Notre Dame Joining Dark Universe?

Dark Universe is reportedly growing even larger.  Alex Kurtzman, the directory of DU’s first official entry The Mummy, recently let slip that two previously-unannounced movies will be released in Universal’s grand monster cinematic world:  Phantom of the Opera and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  This unexpected news leak is music to the ears of horror’s rabid fan-base (particularly of the iconic movie franchises), who are salivating at the thought of the world of gods and monsters expanding even more. read more

The Mummy to Kick Off Universal’s Dark Universe Franchise

To a new world of gods and monsters…..and now to a new cinematic universe as well.  In an effort to replicate the success of DC and Marvel, Universal Pictures has branded a name to the upcoming round of reboots and relaunches to its monster movie franchise:  Dark Universe.  The much-anticipated series of films, which begins on June 9th with the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, will include updates of all classic monsters in the Universal stable including Frankenstein’s monster, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the Invisible Man among others.  The second film in the Dark Universe will be Bride of Frankenstein (directed by Bill Condon), with an expected release date of February 14, 2019. read more

Syfy’s Van Helsing Renewed for Second Season

Only four episodes of Van Helsing have run, and Syfy has decided to renew the series for a second season according to Deadline. The second season, which will be thirteen episodes, is expected to start production in January 2017.  Showrunner Neil Labute said, “We have a wonderful and terrifying road ahead planned for Vanessa, her allies and her enemies. I think this is a world and a story that can be sustained for many years and I am inspired to do so thanks to Syfy’s obvious trust and commitment in the storytellers, cast and crew.” read more

Luke Evans to Return as Dracula in Universal Monsters Shared Universe?

In an exclusive interview with LRM, Luke Evans speculated that his film Dracula Untold and his role as Vlad Tepes may lead to his involvement in Universal Studios planned “Cinematic Monster Universe”.  Evans told LRM that “There have been talks and conversations. I think the bigger picture is exciting for all the monsters that they own. There is talk about it. I just don’t know how it will all manifest itself. I think it will happen and I think they’re just working out how these monsters interact and how they end up in the same realm with each other. If they can stick Captain America in a scene with Iron Man and Thor, I think you can definitely put Wolf Man, the Invisible Man, The Mummy and Dracula in the same film as well.” read more

Halloween Doritos Debut in Japan!

As reported by B. Allan Orange of Movie Web, Frito Lay has just released a Halloween-themed Doritos flavor for the season in Japan.

The Doritos are jet black and covered with garlic seasoning.  You can even catch an illustration of Count Vlad Dracula lamenting the fact that he can’t eat them, but he sure wishes he could on the back of the bag.

This horror-themed snack follows the summer release of GhostBuster-themed burgers at Japanese fast food chain J.S. Burgers Cafe.  The burger featured “…a black olive and anchovy paste beef patty topped with tomatoes and purple cabbage sandwiched between a black bun.”  The chain also released a “dessert burger” called “the Marshmallow Mad Burger” which consisted of  “a ghostly white bun and is filled with marshmallows, Oreos and raisins and topped with a “blood” garnish.” read more

Horror Hunting! Edition S2E3

Welcome to a brand new installment of Horror Hunting!  In this edition, I’ll play the role of travel agent and let you know about a really cool toy museum which horror fans will find fascinating.  And as usual, I will be showcasing an awesome piece of horror toy nostalgia for the hardcore collectors too.  It’ll be a fun ride…..tooty F’N fruity!

“We have such sights to show you.” – Pinhead

1986 Pressman “Doorways To Horror” VCR Game (EBay)

Growing up in the ’80s, I was front-and-center for the video cassette evolution…from Beta Max to VHS (and eventually, to laser disc and DVD).  Undoubtedly the golden age of at-home movie watching, the VCR opened up limitless possibilities for Americans just starving for an interactive theater experience in the comfort of their own living room.  This was before most people had 80″ HDTV’s and ridiculous surround-sound systems at their disposal without leaving their own four walls, so excitement like this was at a premium.  I can remember my parents bringing home the VCR game version of Clue in 1985….and being completely freaked out.  I can only wonder what my reaction would’ve been had Dracula, Wolfman or any other veteran ghoulie come through my door in VCR form, ready to haunt my interactive game time.  As a horror fan, it would’ve ruled.  Now’s your chance to re-live a little slice of this ’80s horror nostalgia with the “Doorways to Horror” VCR game from Pressman.  Plus, it comes with COLORSCAN!!!  Whatever the hell that is….. read more

Syfy’s ‘Van Helsing’ Announces Casting

Kelly Overton (True Blood),  Neil LaBute,   Jonathan Scarfe (Hell on Wheels), Christopher Heyerdahl (Hell on Wheels), Paul Johansson (Mad Men), David Cubitt (Ray Donovan) and Tim Guinee (Homeland) have been cast in Syfy’s upcoming ‘Van Helsing’ series. 

The 13 episode series reimagines the story with the resurrection of Vanessa Helsing (Overton), a Van Helsing descendent, who must lead humanity against a vampire-controlled world.

Scarfe is cast as a loyal marine named Axel. Heyerdahl will play a vampire Rising survivor named Sam.  Cubitt will play another Rising survivor named John, who is angry, suspicious and prejudice.   Johansson is cast as Dimitiri, the patient calculating vampire leader, and Guinee will play vampire foot solider Ted. read more

Horror Hunting! Edition #27

Welcome to another exciting installment of Horror Hunting!  Spring is in the air (finally), and those of us on the east coast are just starting to emerge from our winter cocoons.  What better time to get out there and start hunting down your favorite and most elusive horror collectibles and memorabilia than right now?  In this edition we’ll take a retro look at the market, both symbolically and literally.  The classics truly never get old (pun intended), so much so that they’re constantly being remade with varying degrees of success.  Luckily, the gang over at ReAction are not only fans, they’re also sticklers for details.  And with that, away we go….. read more