Entries by Nick Banks

‘A Quiet Place’ Sequel Announced

Be really quiet….now scream!! Paramount Studio Chief Jim Gianopulos announced at CinemaCon that an inevitable sequel to A Quiet Place is indeed in the works.  

Gianopulos stated “If you told me five years ago that an almost silent film starring the very funny guy Jim from The Office would have been a hit at Paramount, I would have said, ‘Well, I should go work at Paramount.’”

In other movie news, according to the Hollywood Reporter, J.J Abrams,”…also appeared by video to tease the horror film Overlord, and to announce a new Cloverfield movie was in the works” and he was also clear, unlike earlier reports that Overlord “… is not a Cloverfield movie.  We are actually developing a true, creative Cloverfield sequel.” read more read more

‘Sunglasses After Dark’ Author Nancy A. Collins: The Horror News Network Interview

There aren’t many writers that one can say defined a genre for a period of time, but when it came to the late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, Nancy A. Collins brand of urban fantasy and her goth-punk vampire Sonja Blue certainly did.

When Collins released Sunglasses After Dark in 1989, it brought a gritty realism and punk aesthetic to the previous staid and dignified vampire, and ushered in a whole new sub-culture of horror fiction.  The Bram Stoker Award Winner’s work influenced countless artists at the time, and her work is still admired by fans of horror novels and comic books worldwide. read more read more

‘Ghost Stories’: The Horror News Network Review

Ghost stories have been told as long as human beings have stalked the earth.  They serve as a way to comprehend and dress in language what is hidden behind the fragile veil of our perceived view of reality.  Whether the subjects of these stories exist or not can never be confirmed by the masses, but individuals have very concrete opinions as believers or skeptics.

Co-writers and directors Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson know how to scare an audience and tell a ghost story.  After years of honing their craft on stage when their play Ghost Stories first debuted in 2010 in London’s Duke of York’s Theatre and ran for a record breaking 26 months (and later the Arts Theatre and international productions in Toronto, Shanghai, Lima, Sydney, and Moscow), Nyman and Dyson decided to adapt their “Grand Guignol” style play for the big screen.  Horror fans should be thankful that they did, as the film version of Ghost Stories captures everything discerning film goers look for in a horror film. read more read more

Details Emerge About Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Season Two

Playlist is reporting some exciting details about David Fincher’s stellar Netflix series Mindhunter and what is in store for season two.

It has been confirmed that the mastermind of the production, David Fincher, will return to direct both the premiere and the finale of season two.  Fincher will be joined by Carl Franklin (Devil In A Blue Dress, One False Move, HBO’s Vinyl and The Leftovers) who will direct four of the episodes with Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse JamesKilling Me Softly) rounding out the trio and directing two of the episodes as well.   read more read more

‘Rampage’ Wins Close Race With ‘A Quiet Place’ at Weekend Box Office

The battle was close between loud, clumsy aliens and gigantic, loud monsters at the box office, but those big boys took home the crown with the Bally-Midway video game adaptation Rampage topping A Quiet Place this weekend.  Although Variety and Forbes initially reported that A Quiet Place was the winner, it turns out that Rampage actually unseated last week’s champ (perhaps those outlets should wait until actual estimates are released next week, before they announce their “favorite” as the big winner). read more read more

Warren Ellis’ ‘Injection’ Optioned by Universal for Television

With the popularity (and profitability) of comic book adaptations reaching a fever pitch in recent years, it is no surprise that studios are reaching beyond standard super hero fare to more adult oriented stories that span multiple genres.  With the success of Garth Ennis’ Preacher (and Amazon’s upcoming The Boys) and Grant Morrison’s  Happy!, it was just a matter of time before their fellow genre-bending writer Warren Ellis got in on the action. read more

‘The Walking Dead’ Season 8 Finale Will Supposedly Wrap Up All Eight Seasons

In Entertainment Weekly’s exclusive interview with The Walking Dead’s Scott Gimple, the  showrunner claimed that this Sunday’s finale will finally wrap up eight seasons of storytelling, and head in a new direction in season nine.

Gimple realized that “People were pretty to the limit this year emotionally.” and therefore “…this episode isn’t just like these 15 episodes coming to a conclusion, but Angela and myself and the writers had always talked about this in many ways being sort of the conclusion of the first eight seasons. This show will be very much a new show next year and with a bigger, new narrative. It was something I was really excited about getting into even before season 8. And so there was just a certain weight in the air of the kind of conclusion that we were getting closer to. It was a weird graduation for everybody.” read more read more

‘The Meg’ Trailer Swims to the Surface

Just when you thought the megaplex was safe from Jason Statham, the trailer for the prehistoric shark tale The Meg gets released!

The film features the aforementioned star of The Transporter series as a disgraced, yet knowledgeable U.S. Navy deep sea diver, along with Ruby Rose, Rainn Wilson, Cliff Curtis, Bingbing Li, and Jessica McNamee.  The Meg is based on Steve Alten’s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror (originally released in 1997).

The Meg (which will be released on August 10 and is surprisingly rated PG-13) has not had an easy road to the silver screen and the history of the property since the novel’s release rivals Amityville: The Awakening.   Originally, the film was slated for a 2008 release date and was to be made by New Line Cinema, which acquired the rights from Alten. Some of the diverse names connected to the project ranged from Jan deBont to Guillermo Del Toro, but New Line never made the film and the rights reverted back to Alten.  read more read more

‘A Quiet Place’ Makes Some Noise at the Box Office with $50 Million Opening

When it comes to box office returns for horror films this year, the releases have been relatively “quiet” at the box office, until Paramount’s A Quiet Place was released this weekend.  According to preliminary reports, A Quiet Place will win this weekend’s box office with $50.4 million, making it the second highest opening so far this year, behind only Black Panther.

Unlike last year, which saw Split and Get Out dominate the winter box office frame, no horror film has been able to capture the attention of audiences in a similar fashion.  Although profitable, many of the horror films (most notably Winchester, Strangers: Prey at Night, and Unsane with $25, $24, and $8 million respectively) under performed, with the exception of Insidious: The Last Key surprising everyone with a $67 million dollar take and an additional $100 million overseas.  A Quite Place is poised to do much better however, taking in almost 75% of Insidious’ domestic gross in its first weekend alone. read more read more

‘Nocturnals’ Creator Dan Brereton: The Horror News Network Interview

If you are a fan of monster comics and monster artwork , Dan Brereton should be no stranger to you.  Whether it is through his beloved creator-owned titles The Nocturnals and Doc Horror, his work on Batman and Superman mini-series, or his cover artwork for Rob Zombie albums, his distinct style is one that has captured fan interest for nearly 30 years.

While the artist continues to work in all aspects of the comics medium, in recent years, Brereton has taken his popular art books and comics directly to his fans through a number of wildly successful Kickstarter campaigns.  Brereton took some time from his busy illustrating schedule to speak to us about his latest Nocturnals Portfolio project as well as many aspects of his long career, and a number of exciting future projects. read more read more