Entries by Nick Banks

Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Dominates Weekend Box Office

Us, Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his breakout hit Get Out, dominated the weekend box office, raking in an estimated $70 million in ticket sales.  Peele’s sophomore effort took in more than twice as much as Get Out (which debuted with a 33 million dollar haul) and with such a healthy start, Us should be able to come close to what Peele’s original foray into the horror genre generated back in 2017.

While Us’s box office is certainly impressive, as it is one of the highest grossing original horror films of all time after only one weekend, it may have a hard time sustaining the momentum and word-of-mouth that Get Out capitalized on.  Us has been an unabashed hit in the eyes of critics (with a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but audiences seem to like, but not love the picture.  When examining the metrics associated with audience reactions,  ticket buyers gave Us a 70% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a lukewarm CinemaScore of B. read more read more

IDW’s ‘Haunted Mansion’ Graphic Novel Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Favorite Attraction

This September, IDW will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of an attraction that is near and dear to every horror fan’s heart: Disneyland’s home for “999 happy haunts”, the Haunted Mansion!

IDW will publish a brand new 72 page graphic novel by writer Sina Grace (Iceman) and artist Egle Bartolini (Disney Princess Comics) this September, which will feature some of  the world famous characters from Disney’s dark ride, including the ghost host, Madame Leota, the singing busts, the hitchhiking ghosts, and more. read more read more

‘Haunted Universal Studios’ Author Brian Clune: The Horror News Network Interview

Universal Studios will always hold a special place in the heart of every horror fan due to their dedication to the original screen monsters Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolfman, The Mummy, and a host of others.  The original filming location for many of these classics took place on the grounds of the studio that is now more famous for the theme-park and tour it operates on a daily basis.  The famed Los Angeles location has a long history, and not only in terms of the thousands of films produced there.  Many have suggested that there might also be ghosts that inhabit the world-famous Universal Studios lot and theme park. read more read more

New Halloween and T-Rex Stamps Coming Soon from Postal Service

If you are the type of horror fan that still mails bills, letters, and cards the old fashioned way, you’ll be able to do so in style this year with the United States Postal Service’s upcoming Halloween Spooky Silhouette and T-Rex stamps.

According to the official press release from the USPS, the new Halloween stamps will appear in Autumn and “…will offer fun, frightful scenes that symbolize this annual celebration. Four stamps feature digital illustrations in which traditional Halloween motifs are rendered as black silhouettes in eerily backlit windows. Artist Tyler Lang created the artwork. Art Director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.” read more read more

‘American Gods’ Renewed For Third Season

Just one week after the season 2 debut of Starz American Gods, the fates have decreed (and that would be, of course, Starz, via Deadline) that the battle between the ancient and modern gods will continue for at least one more season.  In addition, following along the lines of many timeless tales, the motif of the replacement of old gods for new ones will continue next season, as Chic Eglee will replace Jesse Alexander as showrunner for season three. read more

‘Last Stop On the Red Line’s’ Paul Maybury and Sam Lofti: The Horror News Network Interview

If you are looking for urban supernatural horror this spring, Dark Horse Comics Last Stop on the Red Line is sure to check all of the boxes.  Writer Paul Maybury and artist Sam Lofti where able to speak to HNN about their upcoming series, in the middle of putting some finishing touches on the first issues of their new series, and they discussed the origins of the project, the importance of the setting of their tale (Boston), and the difficult balancing act between crime drama and horror. read more

Get Ready for the Apocalypse with the New Trailer for Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’

Preventing the Apocalypse is never an easy undertaking, especially when a demon and angel are forced to collaborate after that whole “battle for heaven” ordeal.  This is, of course, the subject of the late Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 novel entitled Good Omens, and soon you will be able to enjoy their tale in a completely new medium on Amazon Prime on May 31.

Good Omens stars David Tennant as the devilish Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angelic Aziraphale.  They are joined by Jon Hamm, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Sam Taylor Buck (as the juvenile Antichrist, Adam Young), and Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan himself. read more read more

New ‘Brightburn’ Trailer Warns You About Super-Powered Alien Boys

The new trailer for BrightBurn, a horror film directed by David Yarovesky (The Hive) and produced by James Gunn, imagines a very different kind of “Man” (or boy) with “Super” powers.  The footage certainly calls into question the sanity of well-intentioned couples who adopt children that can fly and possess both unnatural strength and heat vision!

The film is written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn and stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Gregory Allen Williams, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, and Steve Agee. read more read more

Eric Powell Hits the Road to Celebrate 20 Years of ‘The Goon’

The Goon creator Eric Powell is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his character by hitting the road for a 23 city tour this year, that will run from March 8 to November 10.

Powell will be travelling the country (and Australia), visiting with long-time fans and spreading The Goon gospel to new converts.  Powell realizes that there may be “… a select few who have not read the Goon in its 20 year existence.  Those unfortunate souls are for the most part survivors of religious cults forbidding all forms of pure joy.But there is a light on the horizon, you victims of programmed mental abuse! The first issue of the new Albatross Funnybook’s The Goon is a perfect jumping on point for new readers and die hard fans alike! If anyone needs help reprogramming your joyless cult existence, I’ll be happy to personally put a copy of The Goon #1 in your hands along any of the 23 stops on my international Goon 20th Anniversary barnstorming tour.” read more read more

Exclusive Sketches from Dark Horse Comics ‘Bedtime Games’ Graphic Novel Collection Released

Last summer, HNN shared an exclusive interview with Bedtime Games creators Nick Keller (Death Head) and Conor Nolan (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Giants) in advance of the debut of their new series (which you can read here).

Following in the same tradition, HNN would like to share some exclusive character design sketch pieces from the just released Dark Horse Comics graphic novel collection.  Keller, Nolan, and Kelly Fitzpatrick’s (Shade the Changing Girl) series features three high school friends who make the foolish choice to explore the mysterious origins of their school.  As you can imagine, what they find is something far worse than an AP exam cheating scandal, in the form of the nightmarish Mr. Bedtime (and no, there is no truth to the rumor that Mr. Bedtime will be succeeding Jeremy Singer as President of the College Board). read more read more