Horror Comics

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.”

She would go to say that, “New Mutants is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers. It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a Breakfast Club detention/Cuckoo’s Nest institutional setting. It protects the people on the outside, but it’s strange and combustible inside.” read more

Rest In Peace: Basil Gogos Dead at 78

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Basil Gogos. Gogos was an icon in the world of horror art and he defined a style that is immediately recognizable and influential to many horror artists to date. He is most known for his portraits of movie monsters for Famous Monsters of Filmland in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He also served as a cover artist for Creepy and Eerie back when they were under Warren publishing. Basil more recently in the 1990’s prepared cover art for bands including The Misfits and Rob Zombie. His presence will be greatly missed, but his art will live on and continue to awe and inspire. 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

‘Swamp Thing’ Co-creator, Len Wein Passes Away

We have sad news to report today as comic book legend, Len Wein has passed away.

Wein is known and loved by horror fans for teaming with Bernie Wrightson to create Swamp Thing. The character first made his debut in the July 1971 issue of The House of Secrets No. 92. The following year Swamp Thing was given his own title with Wein and Wrightson leading the charge. Since that time, the character has been a staple in the DC Universe, often appearing in major storylines next to heavy hitters like Superman and Batman. 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

Muschietti Casts Megan Charpentier for Hulu’s Locke & Key

We are just days away from the much-anticipated theatrical release of Stephen King’s IT, and director Andy Muschietti remains as busy as ever beefing up  another one of his projects.  According to Deadline, Muschietti has cherry-picked IT cast member Megan Charpentier (Mama, Resident Evil: Retribution) as one of the leads in Hulu’s Locke & Key, a fantasy series adaptation with horror themes based on the graphic novel by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez.

Charpentier will play opposite Frances O’Connor (The Conjuring 2) in Locke & Key, who will also be joined by IT co-star Jackson Robert Scott.  The IDW comic tells the tale of three siblings who head back to Maine after their father is murdered.  Joined by their mother (O’Connor), they stumble upon magical keys that give them vast powers.  A demon, however, is also after the keys and hunt the family in order to retrieve them.  The Hulu series is being produced by Hill, Carlton Cuse (who is also serving as show-runner), and IDW Entertainment. read more

Horror Comic Review – The Living Corpse: Relics

Title – The Living Corpse: Relics
Writer: Ken Haeser
Story and Art: Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson
Pages: 160 (Trade)
Sub-Genre: Smart-Ass Zombie Action

Synopsis: After the events of The Living Corpse: Exhumed, our undead hero has left his job as the Gatekeeper between the world of the living and the monsters that live in the shadows. Now living in a Monsterary in Tibet, The Living Corpse is called back into action when an ancient evil with ties to the Living Corpse’s past rises from the tombs of ancient Egypt. Also, the young Vampire, Lilith, goes on a search for her fellow Nosferatu to see if she is truly the last of her kind. And she might just regret that decision. All of this as well as we learn more about Asteroth’s ties to the Gatekeepers and we find out exactly how John Romero died! read more

Ed Skrein Leaves ‘Hellboy: Rise of Blood Queen’ over “Whitewashing” Concerns

Just as quickly as it was announced that Deadpool’s Ed Skrein would portray Major Ben Daimio in the Neil Marshall reboot of the Hellboy franchise, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, the actor has left the project today over concerns of “whitewashing”.

Skrein published the following statement on his twitter page:

As Skrein states, the character he signed up to play is of Asian descent (and also a were-jaguar).  It appears that the actor was entirely unaware of the ethnicity of Daimio, but after some mild complaints on his twitter page, he decided to exit the project.  In the comics that the film will be based on, Major Ben Daimio is also considerably older than the actor selected to portray him (but there have been no recorded complaints from AARP members at this time). read more

Rio Youers Discusses ‘Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors’

This week coming straight out of Mignolaverse is Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors. The anthology not only contains original artwork from Mike Mignola and Chris Priestly, but also fifteen original stories based on the legendary character.  We recently caught up with Rio Youers about his contribution to this epic collection of Hellboy stories.

Horror News Network: Hellboy: An Assortment of Horrors is quite an impressive anthology.  How does it feel to be part of this collection with your fellow Mignolaverse writers? read more

David Harbour Reveals Details about ‘Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen’

Many fans were skeptical of a Hellboy reboot after the beloved Guillermo del Toro films, but so far everyone involved in the project is saying the right things to get fans excited about this new version.

And speaking of “things”, Stranger Things star David Harbour recently appeared on MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast (episode 170) and revealed some details about his take on Hellboy and the general atmosphere of the upcoming Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen.

Harbour compared his portrayal to the original Hellboy, Ron Perlman, stating that “Ron sort of embraces this machismo in himself and in Hellboy, that kind of is this thing, and I really like it and I think it’s super fun and it’s a super fun performance, but I think Hellboy has a certain psycho dynamic where occasionally he has to prove that he’s the lion and has to roar, but I think he struggles with his own masculinity. But I don’t think he needs that as much as maybe those other movies did. I have a bit of a different take on his capability or his slickness. I sort of think that for me he’s a little less skilled at constructing that persona.” read more