Entries by Nick Banks

Final Trailer for ‘BrightBurn’ Promises Super Scares

The final trailer for Brightburn (the highly anticipate horror film from directed David Yarovesky (The Hive) and producer James Gunn) looks to capture the attention of any last horror fans unfamiliar with the “super-powered-creepy-kid-on-the-loose” story.

As described in Horror News Network’s Spring 2019 Movie Preview, “The obvious horror take on the Superman mythos (starring Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) is surprising for the very fact that no one has attempted to tell this version of the well-known story until now.  Due to everyone’s familiarity with the tale of the orphan from Krypton’s upbringing, it seems like the right time to craft a more frightening version of the story (especially at a time when Superman can’t even sustain his own film franchise). The concept is an easy one to communicate and the trailers have generated a lot of good press and an increased interest from both horror and superhero fans.” read more read more

Frank Frazetta’s ‘Egyptian Queen’ Painting Sells for $5.4 Million; Sets New World Record For Heritage Auctions

Frank Frazetta’s 1969 fantasy painting entitled Egyptian Queen sold for $5.4 million on Thursday May 16th at a public auction of vintage comic books and comic art held by Heritage Auctions in Chicago, Illinois, setting a new record for any piece of comic-related art.

The Egyptian Queen originally appeared as the cover for Eerie #23 (1969) and the artist subsequently reprinted the painting as a poster and print (and it has been hanging on comic shop walls and dorm rooms ever since).  The painting’s price beat Frazetta’s previous record holder, the $1.79 million dollar painting, Death Dealer 6, 1990, which was sold by Heritage in May of 2018. read more read more

‘Witchfinder General’ Being Remade by Nicholas Winding Refn and John Hillcoat

Witches may soon be on the endangered species list, as Nicholas Winding Refn and John Hillcoat are preparing to remake the 1968 film which starred one of the perennial horror actors of all time, Vincent Price.

In an exclusive report from the Cannes Film Festival via Deadline, Refn (the director of Drive and Neon Demon) praised Hillcoat (best known for 2009’s bleak dystopian adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’ novel The Road), saying that “It is with extreme pleasure that both Rupert and I can incorporate John Hillcoat into our group as director for our production of Witchfinder General. It gives me enormous satisfaction to produce John’s vision and bring the retelling of this classic British film to a new audience.” read more read more

‘Universal Monsters’ Get Shrunk Down for Funko’s New Mystery Mini Series

If your wallet still has some money left in it after last week’s announcement of Funko’s Ad Icons Mystery Minis series (featuring all of the General Mills Monster cereal characters including the rare Yummy Mummy and Fruit Brute), it won’t for long, as Funko announced today on twitter that the Universal Monsters would be getting an entire series of minis dedicated to them.

Coming Soon: Universal Monsters Mystery Minis!https://t.co/QGLjHhH22m pic.twitter.com/Eeyb7W9VfA read more

Freeform Announces Line-Up for Upcoming ’31 Nights Of Halloween’ Programming

Freeform (formally known as ABC Family) announced plans today to continue their expanded celebration of Halloween-themed programming on the network during the entire month of October with their second annual 31 Nights of Halloween schedule.

Freeform formerly hosted only 13 Nights of Halloween, but following last year’s success (and everyone’s insatiable appetite for all things Halloween) the programmers decided to continue the new tradition and announced the news on twitter today. read more

General Mills Monster Cereal Characters Featured in Funko’s ‘Ad Icons’ Mystery Minis Line

Get ready to search through some blind boxes to locate your favorite breakfast monsters (along with many other advertising characters near and dear to the hearts of every Gen-X kid) as Funko has just announced a new line of Ad Icon Mystery Minis via their official twitter page.

All five of the General Mills monsters are represented, including the rare Frute Brute and Yummy Mummy.  As usual, getting the figure you want will vary anywhere from between a 1/6 chance to an unlikely 1/72 gamble. read more

Fox Cancels ‘The Passage’ After Only One Season

It appears that vampires are no longer welcome on Fox (unless you happen to be watching their basic cable network FX and What We Do in the Shadows).  According to Variety (and multiple other sources), The Passage has been cancelled after only one season.

The series (based on the trilogy of novels by Justin Cronin) started off strong with its January 12 series premiere, scoring a 1.3 Neilsen rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 5.218 million viewers (Live and same day).  By the end of the 10 episode season, The Passage was only able to muster a rating of 0.7 in the the same 18-49 demo and the total viewers  dropped to 3.122M for its two-hour March 11 season finale. read more read more

Dark Horse Comics Signs Exclusive ‘First Look’ Deal with Netflix

According to the official Dark Horse Comics press release, the innovative comic publisher has just signed an exclusive agreement with Netflix, giving the streaming giant “…a first look at its IP for both film and TV and has started exploring future projects.

In recent history, Netflix and Dark Horse collaborated on the adaptation of Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy, (which was recently renewed for a second season) as well as Jonas Åkerlund’s webcomic-turned-graphic novel-turned-feature-film Polar. read more read more

‘The Lodge’ Trailer Promises Chilly, Claustrophobic Horror

Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, the directors of 2014’s ode to evil mothers everywhere, Goodnight Mommy, return to theaters this fall with The Lodge, a part claustrophobic/part supernatural thriller.

The Lodge stars Riley Keough as Grace, the stepmother-to-be of youngsters Aidan (Jaeden Martell) and Mia (Lia McHugh). When Aidan and Mia’s father Richard (Richard Armitage) is suddenly called away to the city, things start to go from bad to worse in a hurry (a lot worse than Grace refusing to play monopoly with the kids when the lights go out). read more read more

‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Renewed for a Second Season on FX

Fans of FX’s vampire mockumentary series What We Do in the Shadows will soon be flapping for joy, as the series based on Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s 2014 film has been renewed for a second season (as reported by Variety). 

Nick Grad (president of original programming at FX) praised the creators, stating that “Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi and Paul Simms have more than delivered on the high expectations of ‘Shadows’ fans by adapting the cult classic for television and building a passionate base of new and returning fans.” Grad also gave much of the credit to  “…. the rest of the creative team, including Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush, and the incredible cast and crew for delivering such a fun and original series, and we look forward to working with them all on season two.” read more read more