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‘Mr. Higgins Comes Home’ Artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: The Horror News Network Interview

Just in time for Halloween, Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell have cooked up a delicious original graphic novel treat for all fans of classic Universal and Hammer horror films entitled Mr. Higgins Comes Home. Horror News Network had the pleasure of speaking to artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell and he discussed his unique style, monster movies, and “sad werewolves”.

Horror News Network: How did you become involved with Mr. Higgins?

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: Mike and I were on a Sketch Panel at the UK’s Thought Bubble Festival and we got the chance to briefly chat and he suggested we might work on something together. He is such a hero of mine; I dared not think that would turn out the way it did. He got back in touch with this idea he had and I was amazed, then Scott Allie got in touch too and slowly it started to become an actual reality. I would get physical pangs of excitement while working on the pages and I still find it hard to believe even though the book is (about to be) on the shelf now. I cannot thank Mike, Scott and Dark Horse enough. read more

An ‘Underworld’ TV Series Is In The Works

Rejoice, Underworld fans: the franchise is leaping from the big screen to the small screen very soon.  According to Deadline, director/producer Len Wiseman and his company Sketch Films are close to a deal that will bring the popular movie series to television.  Seen as a big departure from the films in terms of tone and appeal, the relaxed standards of premium cable and/or streaming services is being looked at as a potential home for the series.

The Underworld franchise, which consists of five films and Kate Beckinsale as heroine Selene, has grossed over $220 million in domestic theaters and close to $500 million worldwide since debuting in 2003.  The movies tell the tale of vampire Selene, who is also a Death Dealer.  The revenge epic has been a huge hit with both vampire fans as well as the casual horror crowd.  Wiseman, who has also been tabbed to direct the next entry in the Die Hard franchise, has been involved in all of the Underworld films thus far.  He directed (and co-wrote) both Underworld (2003)and Underworld: Evolution (2006), and was credited as a producer on the other three.  For the TV series adaptation, he will once again serve as Executive Producer. 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

Vamp Special Edition Blu-Ray Review

The mid-1980’s was rife with vampire films that mixed horror and comedy and featured young casts of up-and-coming talent.  The film that gets most of the credit for kicking off this sub-genre is 1985’s Fright Night.  Fright Night modernized the vampire for the 1980’s, yet kept all of the classic superstitions and gothic influences.

While Fright Night was certainly the first, the second film to push vampires into the day-glow 1980’s was the cult classic Vamp.  After watching Arrow Video’s new special edition blu-ray release, it is more clear than ever that Vamp is an underappreciated horror film from the “Me” decade.  read more

New Trailer for Underworld: Blood Wars

A new trailer for the upcoming Underworld: Blood Wars, starring Kate Beckinsale, shows us just how far Selene will got to try to win the war that has plagued her kind for so long. Theo James and Charles Dance co-star.

The synopsis for the new film reads, “The next installment in the blockbuster franchise follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice. ” read more

Syfy’s Van Helsing Offers Female Twist on Classic Tale

Syfy is turning the classic Van Helsing story on his head, with a female in the lead role of its new series which is premiering September 23. Hollywood has been stirring controversy with its gender change ups recently, most notably with the all-female cast of Ghost Busters. In the new Syfy series Kelly Overton stars as the bad ass Vanessa Helsing, whose unique blood makes her immune to vampires, but also able to turn vamps into humans with her own bite. With her exceptional abilities, Helsing must lead humanity in the battle against the vampires read more

The Lost Boys Makes the Move to Television

Deadline has reported that everyone’s favorite 80’s vampire movie, The Lost Boys, is the latest in a string of former movie titles that is slated to be re-launched as a television show. The CW Network has acquired the show which is said to be a re-imaging of the popular Joel Schumacher classic.

Written by Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars and iZombie, this newest version of The Lost Boys was pitched as a seven-season anthology spanning seven decades in the life of the main cast of vampires with each season covering a different decade; Season One will be based in San Francisco during the 1960’s hippie movement. read more

THE STRAIN SEASON 2 On Blu-ray & DVD Aug. 23

The second season of The Strain will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD August 23. You can view the full press release below.

The Hunt is on for the Master as THE STRAIN SEASON 2
Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD Aug. 23

From acclaimed horror Showrunner/Executive Producer/Director/Writer Carlton Cuse along with Co-Creators/Executive Producers/Writers Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

THE STRAIN SEASON 2
The mysterious epidemic transforming the citizens of New York into horrifying creatures continues to rage during the second terrifying season of this acclaimed horror series.  While doctors Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll) and Nora Martinez (Mia Maestro) race to create a biological weapon to destroy the creatures, Abraham Setrakian (David Bradley) relentlessly searches for an ancient book that may hold the key to defeating the sinister “Master.” Aware that he is now hunted by his handful of unlikely allies, the Master creates even more unstoppable bloodthirsty monsters in this darkly thrilling show that delivers nonstop chills from the first episode through the climactic season finale! read more

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS – Review

Bloosucking Bastards – Review

By Lynn Sorel

Rating: 9 out of 10

 

 

Synopsis: An Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead action-packed vampire comedy, Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz as Evan Sanders, a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda (Emma Fitzpatrick) and his slacker best friend Tim (Joey Kern). Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted (Joel Murray) hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max (Pedro Pascal). When his office mates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… To just dead. read more

Trailer for THE NIGHT WATCHMEN

A trailer for the new horror-comedy The Night Watchmen, from director Mitchell Altieri, has been released.   It centers around a sexy tabloid journalist and four inept security guards who must fight a hungry horde of vampire clowns, AKA clownpires.

Dan DeLuca and Jamie Nash co- wrote the script for the film, which stars Ken Arnold, Dan Deluca, Kevin Jiggetts, James Remar, and Matt Servitto.   Arnold, DeLuca, Jeffrey Allard, and Demetrea Triantafillides produced. It is currently being repped by by Automatic Entertainment at Cannes, where it is up for international sales. read more