While kicking off Women in Horror Month, I would feel a bit remiss if I did not to recognize the contributions of the most influential women in horror history, Mary Shelley. 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of her iconic masterpiece Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus. Released in January of 1818, the book tells the tale of resurrecting the dead by the use of electricity. When first published, the author was listed as “Anonymous,” with most people assuming it was Percy Shelley, Mary’s husband, who penned the book. Most felt this assumption was due to the fact that he wrote the introduction. Although, in 19th century Europe, who would have thought a young woman’s imaginative tale would influence an entire genre in such a historical way. To celebrate Mary, below are five facts you should know about this pioneering woman of horror and her masterpiece.
Coming February 14, 2019 is a match not quite made in heaven with Bride of Frankenstein, the latest entry to the cinematic Dark Universe from Universal Pictures.
With the release of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise in June of this year, Universal Pictures began reforming its lineup of classic monster films. These include The Wolfman, The Phantom of the Opera and The Creature from the Black Lagoon among others, according to Darkuniverse.com.
Director Bill Condon, known for his directorial credit on this year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, has taken the reigns of Bride with production to begin in early 2018. He will be working from a script written by David Koepp. read more
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
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
Famed horror comic artist and illustrator Bernie Wrightson has died at 68 years of age.
Liz Wrightson posted the news on the official Bernie Wrightson website this morning stating that her husband had passed, “After a long battle with brain cancer.”
Liz Wrightson detailed his substantial contributions to the comic book and horror industry in the obituary, recalling that, “His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. He continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC and its principal rival, Marvel Comics. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman. By 1974 he had left DC to work at Warren Publishing who were publishing black-and-white horror-comics magazines. There he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe.” read more
DVD & Blu-ray Releases: September 13, 2016
This week’s list of releases includes the highly anticipated The Conjuring 2, Blu-ray releases of Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection and The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection, along with several DVD re-issues, which include The Ring and The Ring Two. You can view the complete list of this week’s horror releases below.
The Conjuring 2 (Blu-ray + Digital HD)
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O’Connor, Madison Wolfe, Simon McBurney read more
Javier Bardem is in talks to play Frankenstein in the upcoming Universal Monster’s reboot. Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan are overseeing the project, which may or may not be a standalone film or interconnected to other films coming
As for the other upcoming Monster films, Tom Cruise will play The Mummy, Johnny Depp will play The Invisible Man, and Russell Crowe will play Dr. Jekyll.
Release dates for three of the films have been announced and are as follows; The Mummy, directed by Kurtzman, is premiering June 9, 2017 release date, and yet-to-be-announced titles are set for April 13, 2018 and February 15, 2019. read more
Showtime is going to be making the season premiere of Penny Dreadful available online prior to its May 1 air date. Starting today, viewers, including those not subscribed to Showtime, can watch the premiere for free on YouTube, Facebook and SHO.com. The online version is a TV-14 rated edited version of the premiere.
It is available on Hulu, Roku and Sony PlayStation Vue for sampling. It is also available On Demand via cable providers, which include Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. Subscribers can view it on Showtime on Demand. read more
A MODERN RETELLING OF THE CHILLING CLASSIC
ON DVD MARCH 8, 2016
New York, NY – February 22, 2016 – 19th century horror and 21st century science make a deadly combination as Mary Shelley’s time-honored classic is adapted for the modern age in Frankenstein, on DVD March 8, 2016 from BBC Home Entertainment.
Helen McCrory (Skyfall, Peaky Blinders) stars as Dr. Victoria Frankenstein, a leading medical scientist using stem cells to create “replacement” human organs. Desperate to save her dying son William, Frankenstein secretly introduces his DNA to her research. From solitary cells grows a thrilling, emotionally charged gothic masterpiece that comes to a terrifying conclusion. In a world where genetic manipulation is common, has Frankenstein gone too far? read more
Welcome all to the latest installment of the world’s most riveting and significant column in the horror geek universe, Horror Hunting! In this edition we’ll examine in-depth one of the original scary monsters in literary and film lore, an iconic ghoul that was at the forefront of the undead revolution. Of course, it’s none other than the Frankenstein Monster! Throughout the decades, Frankie has been depicted in various forms and images in movies, books, comics, television, nightmares…..you get the picture. Lined up in this installment we have two classic and pop-culture relevant toys that would make Mary Shelley jump in the air with excitement. Maybe she wouldn’t be that crazy, but you should be….. read more