Horror Comics

‘Retro Fan’ #2 The Halloween Issue: The Horror News Network Review

People who love Halloween tend to be the nostalgic short.  Whether it is due to the longings for plastic Halloween masks, candy that no longer exists, monster toys that you can only find on ebay for outrageous prices, or favorite movies and TV shows that keep the spirit of Halloween alive all year long, Halloween fans love to indulge in the past.

So if you are looking to whet your appetite for nostalgia this Halloween season, Michael Eury’s (the founder and editor of Back Issue! Magazine-the preeminent publication for comic book fans) Fall 2018 issue of Retro Fan has just the stuff you’re looking for! read more

Casting Begins on ‘October Faction’

Things are happening quickly for the Netflix adaptation of October Faction. Deadline is reporting that Tamara Taylor and J.C. MacKenzie have landed the lead roles on the series. Taylor who is known for her work on Party of Five, Bones, and Altered Carbon, will play the matriarch of the family, Deloris Allan. MacKenzie steps into the role of Frederick Allan, husband to Deloris and leader of the monster-hunting family.

The series, which is created by Damian Kindler (Sleepy Hollow), is set to run 10-episodes and is produced by High Park Entertainment in association with IDW Entertainment. Netflix’s tagline for the series is “Follow the adventures of a retired monster-hunter and his family, which includes a thrill-killer, a witch and a warlock. Based on Steve Niles’s comic.” read more

‘Cursed Comics Cavalcade’ #1: The Horror News Network Review

DC Comics has been giving a lot of love to monster and horror fans throughout 2018.  Beginning the year with The Swamp Thing Winter Special, closely followed by the Young Monsters in Love anthology, and ending with the EC Comics inspired Cursed Comics Cavalcade (not to mention the recently released Walmart exclusive Swamp Thing Halloween Horror 100 Page Giant), DC has not been afraid to mix their traditional monster characters in with their standard superhero fare.

Like any successful comic book anthology (especially one that is 20 pages short of DC’s successful relaunch of the 100 Page Giant Super Spectacular editions), the Cursed Comics Cavalcade collection casts a wide enough net to satisfy fans and collectors of all ages, from classic DC silver age fans to those who regard the New 52 as a bygone era. read more

Eric Powell’s ‘The Goon’ Returns to Comics in 2019

Fans of Eric Powell and his non-nonsense, zombie-smashing, stone-faced hero the Goon have cause to celebrate today, because Powell will be bringing new stories starring his most famous creation to his publishing company Albatross Funnybooks in 2019!  An all new Goon comic book will debut from Albatross Funnybooks with a new The Goon #1 next spring.  This will be the first new Goon story to be published since Dark Horse’s The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time hard cover graphic novel in 2015, and according to the official press release , “…will kick off a year-long, 20th anniversary celebration featuring a national signing tour, Albatross Funnybooks’ collected editions of classic Goon graphic novels, limited edition Goon tiki mugs and more.” read more

‘Venom’ Sets a New October Record at the Weekend Box Office

Despite primarily negative reviews and the lack of other spider-characters to rely on, Sony’s Venom set box office records this weekend, earning over $80 million in receipts.  Venom now holds the record for the highest grossing 3-day opening in October, defeating the previous record holder (Gravity) by almost $25 million dollars.

This total is even more impressive considering that Venom’s current aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes is only 32%.  The film has performed better with fans however, who gave the nasty symbiote a B+ on Cinema Score and a 89% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.  Venom should see a steep decline next weekend, but with few superhero-related properties on the horizon, the film will certainly improve on its already healthy take at the box office. read more

David Harbour and the Cast of ‘Hellboy’ Discuss Key Aspects of the Film at NYCC 2018 Panel

The Hellboy panel at New York Comic Con pleased fans with a first glimpse at Neil Marshall’s upcoming reboot (and the secret footage will hopefully be released for everyone who wasn’t at the panel soon) and offered some candid comments from the cast and Marshall himself.

The panel featured David Harbour, Milla Jovovich (via satellite), Daniel Dae Kim, Sasha Lane and Mike Mignola.  One of the main topics discussed was the difference between the new film and the earlier Guillermo Del Toro films, and one of the main differences seems to be a more ‘faithful” take on the character and his comic book roots according to Mignola.  The original creator stated that “I’m really excited to be part of those conversations. This version is so close to the comic that we will be able to go back to the comic to pick what happens next.”  Mignola was also praised Marshall, saying “It was actually very sweet, when the producers were initially talking about Neil, they asked me if I would write an email and tell him that I wanted him to do the movie.  I was like, ‘What the hell would he care what I think?’ But I think he was really appreciative.” read more

‘Outcast’ Cancelled by Cinemax; Comic Book Series to Conclude

Bad news for fans of Robert Kirkman’s Outcast series as Deadline has reported that a Cinemax spokesperson announced that “There are no further plans for Outcast at this time.” The move came as no surprise as Outcast never really seemed to be a priority for the network. The series debuted on June 3, 2016 and a second season did not premiere until July 20, 2018. The delay caused the options on the cast and crew to lapse and most moved on fearing the worst for the series.

Less than two days after the report of the cancellation of the series by Cinemax, Robert Kirkman announced the final story arc for the series which will conclude with issue #48. “It’s been a long road getting here–but I’ve said since the beginning Outcast was the first series I started where I had the ending planned before we began,” said Kirkman. “We’ve been building to what’s coming since the very first issue and it’s great to finally be at the point where we can tell this final epic storyline! read more

Greg Nicotero Discusses ‘Creepshow’ Details at Shudder’s NYCC Panel

Fans of George Romero’s and Stephen King’s original Creepshow film will be happy to hear that according to showrunner Greg Nicotero, the new Shudder series will follow a similar format to the 1982 film and will, as the original tagline promised, be “the most fun you’ll ever have…being scared!”

Nicotero participated in the the Shudder Panel at the annual New York Comic Con on Thursday, revealing further details about the series, including many of the writers whose stories will be adapted for the six part anthology series including Stephen King, Joe Hill, and Joe Lansdale among others.  Nicotero stressed that the tone of the series would shift from story-to-story, with some taking a lighthearted comedic approach (ala King’s own”The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” segment from 1982) and others taking a much more frightening path.   He also stated that each story would be “As long as they need to be” and that he did not feel any pressure to fit the stories into segments of equal length. read more

Witches Rule in ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Trailer

Netflix unveiled the official trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina today.

Based on the Horror Comic Award-winning series, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tells the tale of Sabrina Spellman, a girl who is half witch/half mortal. When Sabrina turns 16 she must make a decision that will shape her future, become a full witch or pursue a mortal life.

Chilling Adventures stars Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, and Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle.

From what we saw in the trailer, the Netflix series will have much more comedy than what was ever present in the comics. The comics featured a much darker tone and has long been described as “tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.” read more

‘Ice Cream Man’ Comes to TV

Deadline is reporting that the popular horror comic Ice Cream Man from Image Comics is currently being developed into a TV series.  The comic series, which debuted in January of 2018, is a horror anthology in the tradition of Tales from the Crypt.  Each of the creepy, and often gory stories is woven together by an old-fashioned ice cream truck driver.

Written by W. Maxwell Prince, the book will see its TV adaption penned by Max and Adam Reid (Sneaky Pete).  The TV series is being optioned by Universal Cable Productions, who saw recent success with another Image series, Happy! Of course, this isn’t the first time a horror comic from Image has been adapted for TV, one may remember when The Walking Dead was just a great genre comic. read more