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A Look Back at…’The Lost Boys’!

In the sweltering heat of summer, on July 31st of 1987, the eightiest of eighties vampire films was unleashed upon the world. Directed by Joel Schumacher, who was fresh off of the “Brat Pack” coming-of-age film St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys made 32.2 million dollars on a budget of 8.5 and also made scores of girls love vampires long before Edward Cullen hit the scene.

The Beginning…

Recently divorced Lucy is moving her and her children Michael (Jason Patric) and Sam (Corey Haim) to the coastal California town Santa Carla to stay with her father for a while. Only referred to as Grandpa (and Dad) throughout the film, folks may recognize veteran actor Barnard Hughes from 1982’s Tron. The film opens with a pan-in shot of a boardwalk full of games and rides and a group of rock-star dressed youths fucking around on a carousel. Then a quick cut to Lucy, Michael, Sam and Nanook (the pup) driving to Grandpas. The group passes the “Welcome to Santa Carla” sign and Michael notices that someone has spray-painted Murder Capital of the World” on the back of it – that’s not creepy at all. Cue Echo & the Bunnymen’s ‘People are Strange’ cover. read more

Set Photos Reveal First Look at Jared Leto’s ‘Morbius’

With production currently underway on Sony’s villain feature Morbius, new photos from the set have been shared online through Twitter. The latest post shows the first look at Jared Leto as Michael Morbius.

Also starring Adria Arjona as Martine Bancroft, Jareb Harris (The Crown) as Morbius’ mentor and Tyrese Gibson (2 Fast 2 Furious) as an FBI Agent, Morbius is Sony’s adaptation of the Marvel anti-hero, Morbius the Living Vampire who was first introduced as the antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man #101. read more

New Trailer from AMC Reveals Creepy First Look at ‘NOS4A2’

During the mid-season premier of The Walking Dead‘s ninth season aired a teaser for AMC’s latest horror adaptation, NOS4A2 (pronounced Nosferatu), based on the novel by author Joe Hill.

Main characters include Vic McQueen, Bing Patridge, Chris McQueen, Linda McQueen and Charlie Manx, who will be respectively portrayed by Ashleigh Cummings, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Virginia Kull and Zachary Quinto.

An early synopsis for the series tells Quinto will play Manx, a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – an icy, twisted Christmas village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Manx finds his whole world threatened when a young woman in New England (Cummings) discovers she has a dangerous gift. Cummings will play Vic McQueen, a young, working-class artist whose creativity awakens a supernatural ability to track Manx. What Vic lacks in social confidence, she makes up for in courage, humor, and tough-as-nails grit. She strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself. read more

Lionsgate in Final Negotiations to Acquire ‘The French Quarter Will Not Be Spared’

It looks as if New Orleans has a severe vampire infestation problem. Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate is close to procuring The French Quarter Will Not Be Spared, a vampire script written by Anthony Jaswinski. Early reports indicate that the film is set to take place during hurricane Katrina, a perfect time for vampires to show their fangs.

Jaswinski is the writer behind A Midsummer’s Nightmare, Satanic, The Shallows, and Vanishing on 7th Street. The screenwriter’s biggest hit so far has been The Shallows which starred Blake Lively was released in June of 2016. The film has generally positive reviews and was able to scrape in $119.1 million at the box office on a budget of $25 million. read more

Extended Trailer Arrives for ‘The Passage’

An extended trailer for the FOX series The Passage premiered today bringing with it plenty of drama and frights. The 90-second trailer shows an employee going rogue in order to protect a young girl. As the duo hit the road we see glimpses of them being pursued by soldiers before running into vampires.

The series stars Saniyya Sidney as Amy Belafonte, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Brad Wolgast, Alain Uy as Dr. Daniel Pet, and Jason Fuchs as Lawrence Grey. The show is executive produced by Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves. read more

Producers Update Fans On ‘Morbius’ Film Following Success of ‘Venom’

Following a record-breaking opening weekend for Venom, it comes as no surprise that Sony Pictures plans to continue creating its own Spider-Man shared film universe with the next being a solo film for Morbius: The Living Vampire, according to producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach who revealed details on the next villain they plan to bring to the screen.

Arad and Tolmach have confirmed Academy Award winner Jared Leto has signed on for the lead part, which follows his first venture into a comic book film when he portrayed The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad. The producers suggest the film has a potential filming start date for February 2019. read more

‘Mammon’s’ Michael Hague: The Horror News Network Interview

Michael Hague is well-known for his classic children’s fantasy books, having illustrated such classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of OzThe Hobbit as well as treasuries of mythical creatures such as dragons and fairies.   His distinct and realistic style is instantly recognizable and has entertained generations of young fans.

Hague is trying something a little bit different this time around with a much more mature graphic novel steeped in vampire lore entitled Mammon from Dark Horse Comics.  We got a chance to discuss his new work and the classic artwork he is known for in the exclusive interview. read more

Fox 21 Television Studios Options the Rights for ‘Vampyr’

Deadline is reporting that Fox 21 Television Studios has optioned the rights to the horror game Vampyr to McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision and DJ2 Entertainment. McG, who has made his name in Hollywood directing films like Terminator Salvation and Charlie’s Angels is attached to direct and executive produce. There is no word as of yet if Vampyr will take the form of a TV series or film.

Vampyr was released on June 5, 2018 for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. The game was developed by Dotnod Entertainment and published by Focus Home Interactive. The player controls the game’s protagonist Jonathan E. Reid, a doctor who was made into a vampire, and whose thirst for blood compels him to kill innocent people. The game received generally favorable reviews and sold 450,000 copies in the first month of its release. read more

Ian Somerhalder Set to Star in ‘V-Wars’ Series on Netflix

Netflix has announced it has ordered 10 episodes of the vampire series V-Wars, which is based on the Jonathan Mayberry comic from IDW Publishing. It was also announced that Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role as Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, will star as Dr. Luther Swann. Brad Turner (Stargate) is at the helm to direct.

Representatives from IDW told the Hollywood Reporter “We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season. We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.” read more

’30 Days of Night’ Issue #2: The Horror News Network Review

This week sees the second issue drop for the reboot of Steve Niles’ horror comic classic, 30 Days of Night.  While many fans, including myself, weren’t quite sure what to expect from what IDW Publishing describes as a “reimagining” of the title that led to a major motion picture, as well as put Niles firmly on the map.

Without spoilers, I will just say Eben’s role changes in this version quite a bit.  Niles story telling flows with the right amount of banter and action sequences.  30 Days of Night #2 starts to really get into the heart of what readers can expect and about the creatures that are soon to befall the small Alaskan town once the sun goes down. read more