Entries by Nick Banks

20th Century Fox’s CEO Stacey Snider Calls ‘New Mutants’ a Haunted House Movie

Horror News Network has been providing a lot of coverage of 20th Century Fox’s New Mutants ever since the project was labeled as a “super hero horror film”.

This idea was further confirmed today by Fox’s CEO Stacey Snider in an exclusive interview with Variety.  Snider touched on a number of topics, but she made sure to confirm that the New Mutants film would indeed be “…a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers.” read more

Grady Hendrix’s ‘Paperbacks from Hell’: The Horror News Network Review

With the unprecedented popularity of Stephen King’s It adaptation, many Hollywood producers are frantically searching for the next horror story that will rake in cash (and potentially save their jobs) after a dismal summer movie season.

If producers turn their attention to the world of horror novels, I hope they all save themselves some time and effort pick up a copy of Grady Hendrix’s examination of the horror paperback boom of the 70’s and 80’s entitled Paperbacks From Hell. read more

Terminator 2 3D Ride Closing at Universal Studios Orlando

If you are planning on attending Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando this October, you may also want to stop by and “pay your last respects” to Terminator 2 3D: Battle Across Time as the ride will be closed for good on October 8th.

The attraction opened in 1996 and is the second oldest attraction in the park (beaten only by the ET Adventure).  According to the Orlando Informer, the ride captured the public’s interest from the very start and “…it instantly became one of Universal’s biggest hits, reaching a popularity that would help see it get exported to both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan in the years that followed (in 1999 and 2001, respectively). It’s easy to see why: its rather ambitious premise had it combine live actors, audio-animatronics, 3D film footage, and practical effects – including the infamous seat drop at the film’s climax – to create an all-encompassing experience. Even better, the attraction sought to (ostensibly) extend the mythology of its source material instead of just rehashing it (a tack that the company would repeat with Shrek 4D seven years later), even going so far as to recruit the creator, writer, and director of the film franchise, James Cameron, to co-write and direct this new theme-park outing.” read more read more

Daniel Dae Kim to Replace Ed Skrein in ‘Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen’

Variety is reporting that Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii 5-0, Lost) is currently in talks to replace Ed Skrein as Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

The character (who first appeared in the Hellboy comics by Mike Mignola) is a Japanese-American were-jaguar.

Horror News Network reported on the original controversy that broke out on Skrein’s twitter page surrounding the casting decision. Skrein was accused of taking a role that should have gone to an Asian-American actor.  The actor quickly left the project and stated that it was not his intention to get involved in yet another “whitewashing” issue. read more read more

‘It’ Floats to the Top and Destroys Box Office Records

Expectations were high for what It would do at the box office this weekend, but no one predicted the $123 million explosion that the film delivered at movie houses around the country.  

Most bullish predictions placed the film at a $70 million dollar debut, but It delivered the second largest R-rated opening weekend of all time, only behind Deadpool’s $132 million haul.  If the initial estimates hold, It will be the third highest opening of the year, beaten only by Beauty and the Beast and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. read more read more

‘It’ Delivers Record-Breaking Thursday Night Opening

Expectations for It have been sky high for months, driven primarily by the depressing summer movie receipts (which are some of the worst returns in 25 years).

Well, it looks like the box office totals for It will be more “Penny Wise than pound foolish” this weekend as the Stephen King adaptation earned an estimated $13.5 million on Thursday night.

It is actually the third highest debut Thursday of 2017, behind only Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($17 million) and Beauty and the Beast ($16.3 million). The film also established records for the largest Thursday gross for a horror movie, R-rated release, September release, and for a film based on a Stephen King book. read more read more

B.P.R.D. Artist Laurence Campbell: The Horror News Network Interview

Mike Mignola’s series of comics set in the world of Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. have been some of the best on the rack for years.  With an ever-growing cast of characters, creatures, and catastrophes, writers Mike Mignola and Scott Allie and artist Laurence Campbell are guaranteed to deliver thrills and chills on a monthly basis.

Horror News Network was able to interview artist Laurence Campbell about the current B.P.R.D.: Devil You Know series, his favorite characters, and what the future may hold for everyone’s favorite group of paranormal defenders. read more read more

‘American Horror Story: Cult’: The Horror News Network Review

Last season, after watching the last few episodes of American Horror Story: Roanoke, I vowed that I was done with the series after too many instances of incoherent story-telling, on-the-fly shifts in focus, and over-the-top performances.  What could bring me back to this consistently infuriating mess?

More than anything, American Horror Story has always had problems with pacing and the aforementioned abrupt shifts in focus, narrative, and style. How could I even get through one episode after the terror-inducing choices made by Ryan Murphy last season?  Well, I took some advice from fellow HNN staffer John Evans.  He suggested that I took a segment-by-segment approach to this review (akin to ingesting Miralax in small gulps) so I could make it to the end of the episode and track my reactions.   Here are the fruits of my labors, divided into small, bite-sized, stream-of-consciousness segments: read more read more

Horror Block Parent Company Nerd Block Files for Bankruptcy

Have you been anxiously waiting by your mailbox for the latest Horror Block to arrive?  Well, it is probably time to go back inside because after months of missed shipments, uncertainty, and delays, Nerd Block (the makers of Horror Block) have filed for bankruptcy.

Kotaku UK is reporting that the subscription box company filed for bankruptcy, stating that “As the company has filed for bankruptcy, and has massive debts to numerous stockists, those with subscriptions will not receive any further items, and should contact their bank about preventing any further charges.” read more read more

Horror News Network’s Fall 2017 Horror Movie Preview

After an underwhelming slate of summer horror films, we enter the season that horror films were made for: fall!  The fall line-up is much more robust than recent years and starts with some highly anticipated films and includes a strong month of October releases, right in time for some Halloween scares. Let’s take a look at the upcoming releases and trailers below and please use this as your Horror News Network guide for the jack-o-lantern season. read more