Entries by Rob Caprilozzi

Douglas Rain Dies at Age 90

Deadline is reporting that Douglas Rain, the voice actor of HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey passed away Sunday morning from natural causes at age 90 in Ontario, Canada. Stanley Kubrick cast Rain in his influential film after seeing the short Universe in which Rain was the narrator.  Kubrick was a fan of Rain’s performance and reportedly viewed the film a hundred times.

The casting of Rain proved to be an excellent choice for Kubrick as the characters voice was nothing short of chilling. In fact, the American Film Institute ranks HAL 9000 as #13 on the list of America’s Greatest Villains. read more read more

‘Swamp Thing’ Adds Kevin Durand as Floronic Man

Deadline is reporting that Kevin Durand is the latest actor to venture into the bog and join Swamp Thing. Durand will tackle the role of the Floronic Man, a creature that has the ability to mentally control plant life. In addition, the character can travel through the Green, create duplicates of himself and in dire situations, regenerate limbs.

Durand is known to horror fans as the character Vasiliy Fet in The Strain, and Carlos in 2004’s The Butterfly Effect. The actor also had memorable movie roles as The Blob in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Barry Burton in Resident Evil Retribution, and Paul Shields in Dark Was the Night. His TV credits include Stargate SG-1, Dark Angel, Touching Evil, and Lost. read more read more

‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Gets Holiday Episode

Netflix is getting into the holiday spirit a bit early this year. Today they released a holiday sizzle trailer which featured some shows that will appear on the streaming network throughout November and December. A big present for horror fans is the announcement of a special episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, titled: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale which will debut on December 14.

The official synopsis of the episode is: “The Church of Night, like all covens, celebrates the Winter Solstice — the longest night of the year — when families gather together around the Yule Fire to sing pagan carols, tell ghost stories and huddle against the supernatural creatures that come out to cause mischief. Since the Winter Solstice is when the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest, it’s the perfect time to conduct a séance — which Sabrina convenes, to try and contact her mother. But the holidays are also a time for guests and visitors — both welcome and unwelcome — and you never know what might come down the chimney. read more read more

Virginia Madsen Joins ‘Swamp Thing’

A beloved horror icon will travel from Cabrini-Green to the Louisiana swamps. According to Deadline, Virginia Madsen has been cast as Maria Sunderland, an original character created for the upcoming Swamp Thing series.

The official description of the character reads as follows: “Maria Sunderland traded in her privileged upbringing for the swamps of Marais when she married local business magnate Avery Sunderland, but Avery’s life-time obsession with the swamp has driven a wedge between him and Maria. Her poised existence is shaken further when the return of Abby Arcane reawakens a deep grief over the loss of Maria’s daughter, Shawna, drawing her into the dark supernatural mysteries emerging from the swamp.” read more read more

‘Leprechaun Returns’ to Arrive in December

You can’t keep a good killer Leprechaun down. Lionsgate has announced that Leprechaun Returns will be available on Digital and On Demand starting December 11. The film stars Taylor Spreitler (Amityville: The Awakening), and Mark Holton (Leprechaun), who makes his return to the series for the first time since the original 1993 film.

For the first time in the series (non-reboot) Warwick Davis will not be reprising his role as the Leprechaun. This time, the Leprechaun will be played by 3’3” actor Lindon Porco. read more read more

Showtime Announces ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’

Fans of the Penny Dreadful series have something big to cheer about today. According to Deadline, Showtime has announced a follow-up to the popular series which will be called Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Series creator John Logan returns to write and executive produce the series along with co-producer Michael Aguilar.

City of Angels will feature new characters and monsters and is set in 1938 Los Angeles. Showtime describes the series as a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension. It is rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil. read more read more

Netflix Moves Forward With Third Season of ‘Castlevania’

Just a week after Season 2 premiered on Netflix, Deadline is reporting that the streaming giant has ordered a 10-episode third season of the hit animated series.

The series follows Trevor Belmont as he tries to hunt down the nefarious Dracula and stop his killing spree. Joining Trevor on his quest is the sorceress Sypha Belnades and Alucard the dhampir son of Dracula.

The response to the series so far has been positive as review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes lists their “Tomatometer” for season 1 of the series at 79% while the audience score sits at 89% based on 991 ratings. Season 2 of Castlevania currently sports a 100% “Tomatometer” rating. read more read more

First Image Revealed of Henry Cavill in ‘The Witcher’

Netflix delivered a Halloween treat to fans today by revealing the first look at Henry Cavill as Geralt in The Witcher.

Lauren Schmidt Hissrich (Daredevil, The Defenders) is set to adapt the series for Netflix.  Just three weeks ago we reported that Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra were added to the cast as Ciri and Yennefer respectively. read more

‘Strangers’ in Development From FOX

Exciting news for fans of Dean Koontz as FOX has given a script commitment to a one-hour drama of his novel StrangersDeadline reports that the book will be adapted by Jeff Davis who is known for creating MTV’s Teen Wolf, and the Criminal Minds series.

Published in 1986 by Putnam, the massive 526-page novel follows a group of people who are drawn to the mysterious Tranquility Motel in the Nevada desert. While the book does involve many characters, their stories are interwoven and filled with numerous twists and turns. read more read more

Freeform Greenlights Stephen King’s ‘Joyland’

Things are about to get a bit scarier on Freeform. According to Deadline the Disney-ABC owned channel has launched Stephen King’s Joyland into development. Chris Pena and Cyrus Nowrasteh are signed on to pen the pilot with Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions serving as producer.

Joyland tells the story of a college student who lands a summer job as a carnival worker. What starts as a fun job at a North Carolina amusement park turns into a battle for survival as he comes face to face with a murderer. read more read more