I’ve never been more proud to be a taxpayer! The Library of Congress has been involved in numerous important projects related to the preservation of film, but none hit closer to home for horror fans than their restoration of the first film version of Frankenstein. Produced in 1910 by the Edison Manufacturing Company, this 12 minute short laid the foundation for the Gothic atmosphere and hulking creature that would soon be improved upon and immortalized by James Whale and Boris Karloff. In a recent guest blog post by Mike Mashon– the head of the Moving Image Section of the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division- the institute details the painstaking lengths they went to in restoring and preserving the print for future generations:
Variety is reporting that Apple has entered into an agreement with A24 to will produce a slate of films for the tech giant. It will be interesting to see what becomes of this agreement as many of A24’s flicks receive an R rating while Apple is known as a family-oriented company. While there are no details as of yet on the deal, it is said to be a multiyear agreement and involve multiple films.
Since coming on the scene in 2012, A24 has brought a solid slate of horror/sci-fi films including Ex Machina, The Witch, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, It Comes at Night, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and Hereditary. As of 2018, A24 has received a whopping twenty-four Academy Award nominations. read more
Netflix’s Castlevania animated series wowed fans and critics alike with its impressive visuals and faithfulness to the source material. Now, executive producer Adi Shankar is hoping to capture lightning in a bottle again with an all-new animated series based on another popular Gothic video game: Devil May Cry!
Shankar broke the news in a recent interview with IGN, and he later followed up with an announcement post on Twitter:
Open for business. pic.twitter.com/TCT5JH9fXz
Although it has been a while since we heard anything about the Fear Street films, R.L. Stine took to Twitter to alleviate concerns and confirm that three Fear Street movies are still in the works at Fox.
Every day, people ask me if there will ever be movies based on the Fear Street books. The answer is yes. THREE Fear Street movies are in the works at Fox. While you wait, you might try the newest book… pic.twitter.com/qzoPN9RLZE
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) November 15, 2018
Leigh Janiak is handling the writing and directing of all three movies which could be shot and released back-to-back-to-back. Janiak is known for directing the unsetting 2014 film Honeymoon which tells the story of a newlywed couple whose honeymoon descends into chaos after the groom fins his wife wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night. Janiak has also went on to direct an episode of Outcast and two episodes of Scream: The TV Series. read more
Get ready horror fans, it looks like Bad Robot has some interesting films in the work. Deadline is reporting that Bad Robot has locked in six new projects from rising filmmakers.
While there isn’t too much to learn about the films just yet, The Steps is a demonic possession story written by Blair Butler and directed by Stefan Grube. Megan Amram will be writing a horror film which is yet to have a title but is described as a female-driven horror allegory.
The other four films which seem non-horror related are The Seven Sisters of Scott County, Everything Must Go, Only the Lonely, and an untitled time hop film written by Ben Shiffrin. read more
Deadline is reporting that NBC has awarded a premium script commitment to a Bone Collector series coming from VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli. The series synopsis reads as:
The Bone Collector follows Lincoln Rhyme, a retired genius forensic criminologist left paralyzed after an accident on the job. When a harrowing case brings him back to the force, Rhyme partners up with an ambitious young detective, Amelia Sachs, to take down some of the most dangerous criminals in the U.S.
Written by Jeffery Deaver and published in 1997 by Viking Press, The Bone Collector was an instant hit and Deaver continued the series for a total of 11 novels with his latest book, The Skin Collector being released in 2014. A film which was based on the book was released in 1999 and starred Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Michael Rooker, Luis Guzman, and Ed O’Neill. Although reviews of the film were mixed it did pull in over $150 million at the box office. read more
We have sad news to report as William Goldman has passed away at the age of 87 due to complications from colon cancer and pneumonia.
Goldman was a two-time Academy Award winter for his screenplays, the first coming in 1969 with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and the other in 1976 for All the President’s Men. In 1973 he produced what is probably his most known and loved piece of work, The Princess Bride. Horror fans will remember Goldman as the screenwriter that helped bring some quality horror works to the screen including The Stepford Wives, and two of Stephen King’s classic books, Misery and Dreamcatcher. read more
When it comes to choosing a favorite breakfast cereal, one thing is for sure, horror fans and monster cereals go hand in hand. When the weather gets a bit cooler and leaves start to change color these fabulous cereals packed with essential vitamins and sugar – pop up on supermarket shelves across North America. With October now gone we figured we would have to wait until next year to see to see our breakfast buddies once again. But suddenly, General Mills launched a site called ‘Work with the Monsters,’ which solicits “filmmakers, actors, agents, writers, producers, animators, tastemakers, dealmakers, movers and shakers” for partnership to help bring their mascots to life in multiple mediums. read more
Casual fans of horror movies, and Halloween in particular, always assume that the hardcore fans love Michael Myers or Laurie Strode the best. But real fans love one man and one man only when it comes to the original Halloween films: the maniacal and hysterical Dr. Loomis (played by the inimitable Donald Pleasence).
When news of the remake started to circulate through the horror community, many fans wondered if the legacy of the great actor and his portrayal of Loomis would be honored. Thankfully, Loomis’ voice made it into the film, but was the audio captured from a previous film or outtakes? As it turns out, the recording of “the good doctor” was performed by voice actor and comedian Colin Mahan. In this exclusive interview, Mahan discusses how he landed the job, the pressure involved in recreating the classic voice, and how comedy and horror are not too far apart on the entertainment spectrum. read more
Deadline is reporting that Amazon Studios has teamed with Blumhouse Television to release eight horror films which will all be connected thematically. The movies will be created by a variety of filmmakers and will be released through Amazon Prime Video.
Amazon’s, Jennifer Salke said: “Jason Blum has built an empire based on fear, shock and all things spinetingling. He has redefined the horror genre for fans who are hungry for high concept scares. Whether it’s found footage, a socially conscious terror comedy or a pure sinister adrenaline ride, he reinvented and infused the genre with cultural relevancy. We can’t wait to see the nightmares he brings direct to service for our Prime Video global audience.” read more