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NBC to Resurrect “The Munsters”

It looks like the folks at NBC are itching to reboot America’s first family of horror, those lovable Munsters, yet again. Remember 2012’s ill-fated Mockingbird Lane starring Jerry O’Connell as Herman? No? Good…you’re better off.

According to Deadline, the script for the reboot is being written by author/actress Jill Kargman (best known for Bravo’s Odd Mom Out) and will be produced by comedian/talk-show host Seth Meyers. The word is that, “the half-hour single-camera The Munsters, now in development, follows members of an offbeat family who are determined to stay true to themselves but struggle to fit in in hipster Brooklyn.” read more

SpikeTV’s “The Mist” Episode 1 – Review

Last week we discussed SpikeTV’s upcoming take on Stephen King’s short story The Mist and one of the concerns that I had was how they planned to turn a story that only occupies 134 pages into a seasons worth of hour-long television shows. Well, my knowledge-thirsty friends, I have the answer!

The answer is this: it appears that show creator Christian Torpe has gone ahead and dreamed up a whole new vision for Stephen King’s work; one with brand new characters, brand new stories and one that takes place on a much grander scale (more on that in a bit). Gone are David Drayton and his son Billy…no sign of out-of-town neighbor and resident skeptic Brent Norton either. They have been replaced with Eve Copeland, her husband Kevin and daughter Alex. Also gone is the supermarket and instead we’re trapped in a mall. That’s not to say, however, that there are not others trapped elsewhere; keep in mind that this story is meant to be bigger than the source material. 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

“King Kong: Skull Island” Headed to Television?

If the brass over at MarVista Entertainment and IM Global Television have their way, King Kong: Skull Island will be making its way to your television set courtesy of Jonathan Penner and Stacy Title; the folks responsible for The Bye Bye Man.

Described as a “serialized, contemporary continuation of the classic [film] with a female-led, multi-cultural ensemble that delves fully into the wonders and horrors of Skull Island and its origins”, KKSI (like that?) obviously hopes to cash in on the wild success of Warner Bros’ Kong: Skull Island without being a direct sequel. read more

Kong: Skull Island Trailer Proves Monsters Do Exist

First announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2014, Kong: Skull Island looks like it may be on its way to being the successful reboot of the legendary King Kong story that Legendary Pictures is hoping for. While a trailer was released this past July at San Diego Comic-Con, a new trailer was released today that finally gives the world a full look at the iconic Kong.

Kong: Skull Island is the first film in what Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures are hoping will be a huge franchise culminating in a King Kong versus Godzilla film. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Brie Larson and is slated for a March 2017 release. read more

The Return of Monsters Unleashed!?

Yesterday PREVIEWSworld dropped the bombshell that Marvel revealed the Monsters Unleashed! event at the 2016 Diamond Retailer Summit in Baltimore.

Monsters Unleashed! was originally a Marvel magazine published in the early-to-mid 1970’s. Although most of us tend to think of super-heroes first when we think of Marvel, it’s important to remember that Marvel was a huge player in horror at one time. It’s refreshing to see the publisher leap back into a strictly horror series and especially so with this title being an anthology. Horror anthologies are somewhat limited on the local comic shop shelves so this will definitely provide another great option for horror fans. read more

Tour Guillermo Del Toro’s Bleak House with Andy Richter!

Nothing has endeared Guillermo del Toro to horror fans more than the revelation of his “Bleak House” collection.   This enormous collection of memorablia from Universal horror, classic horror writers H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe, props from his films, and Disney’s Haunted Mansion are a horrror fan’s dream.

Andy Richter of Conan O’Brien’s TBS Talk show recently visited del Toro’s house and was treated to a personal tour.  Now before you get too jealous, Del Toro will be taking “the show on the road” with a series of exhibitions around the country.  According to Rocio Ayuso of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association “The exhibit will be a showcase of more than 500 pieces culled from his collection at the Bleak House. According to Del Toro, the show will remain on view at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) between July and November (2016) and after that it will go on tour, starting in Minneapolis and followed by Toronto, Mexico City, Barcelona, Paris, and finally New York City.”  Del Toro also published a book in 2013 showcasing his collection entitled Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsesssions.  Enjoy this “sneak peak” and hopefully the exhibit will be travelling close to your hometown in the coming years. read more