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Extended Trailer Arrives for ‘The Passage’

An extended trailer for the FOX series The Passage premiered today bringing with it plenty of drama and frights. The 90-second trailer shows an employee going rogue in order to protect a young girl. As the duo hit the road we see glimpses of them being pursued by soldiers before running into vampires.

The series stars Saniyya Sidney as Amy Belafonte, Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Brad Wolgast, Alain Uy as Dr. Daniel Pet, and Jason Fuchs as Lawrence Grey. The show is executive produced by Ridley Scott and Matt Reeves. read more

Producers Update Fans On ‘Morbius’ Film Following Success of ‘Venom’

Following a record-breaking opening weekend for Venom, it comes as no surprise that Sony Pictures plans to continue creating its own Spider-Man shared film universe with the next being a solo film for Morbius: The Living Vampire, according to producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach who revealed details on the next villain they plan to bring to the screen.

Arad and Tolmach have confirmed Academy Award winner Jared Leto has signed on for the lead part, which follows his first venture into a comic book film when he portrayed The Joker in 2016’s Suicide Squad. The producers suggest the film has a potential filming start date for February 2019. read more

‘Mammon’s’ Michael Hague: The Horror News Network Interview

Michael Hague is well-known for his classic children’s fantasy books, having illustrated such classics such as The Wind in the Willows, The Wizard of OzThe Hobbit as well as treasuries of mythical creatures such as dragons and fairies.   His distinct and realistic style is instantly recognizable and has entertained generations of young fans.

Hague is trying something a little bit different this time around with a much more mature graphic novel steeped in vampire lore entitled Mammon from Dark Horse Comics.  We got a chance to discuss his new work and the classic artwork he is known for in the exclusive interview. read more

Fox 21 Television Studios Options the Rights for ‘Vampyr’

Deadline is reporting that Fox 21 Television Studios has optioned the rights to the horror game Vampyr to McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision and DJ2 Entertainment. McG, who has made his name in Hollywood directing films like Terminator Salvation and Charlie’s Angels is attached to direct and executive produce. There is no word as of yet if Vampyr will take the form of a TV series or film.

Vampyr was released on June 5, 2018 for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4, and Xbox One. The game was developed by Dotnod Entertainment and published by Focus Home Interactive. The player controls the game’s protagonist Jonathan E. Reid, a doctor who was made into a vampire, and whose thirst for blood compels him to kill innocent people. The game received generally favorable reviews and sold 450,000 copies in the first month of its release. read more

Ian Somerhalder Set to Star in ‘V-Wars’ Series on Netflix

Netflix has announced it has ordered 10 episodes of the vampire series V-Wars, which is based on the Jonathan Mayberry comic from IDW Publishing. It was also announced that Ian Somerhalder, best known for his role as Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries, will star as Dr. Luther Swann. Brad Turner (Stargate) is at the helm to direct.

Representatives from IDW told the Hollywood Reporter “We could not have dreamed of a better choice than Ian Somerhalder to bring his keen understanding of this genre from his years of starring in The Vampire Diaries to lead the cast of V-Wars as Dr. Luther Swann and to be a creative force on this series, as well as to serve as a director this season. We are thrilled to partner with Netflix to bring the multifaceted world that Jonathan Maberry created to audiences worldwide.” read more

’30 Days of Night’ Issue #2: The Horror News Network Review

This week sees the second issue drop for the reboot of Steve Niles’ horror comic classic, 30 Days of Night.  While many fans, including myself, weren’t quite sure what to expect from what IDW Publishing describes as a “reimagining” of the title that led to a major motion picture, as well as put Niles firmly on the map.

Without spoilers, I will just say Eben’s role changes in this version quite a bit.  Niles story telling flows with the right amount of banter and action sequences.  30 Days of Night #2 starts to really get into the heart of what readers can expect and about the creatures that are soon to befall the small Alaskan town once the sun goes down. read more

‘Mr. Higgins Comes Home’ Artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: The Horror News Network Interview

Just in time for Halloween, Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell have cooked up a delicious original graphic novel treat for all fans of classic Universal and Hammer horror films entitled Mr. Higgins Comes Home. Horror News Network had the pleasure of speaking to artist Warwick Johnson-Cadwell and he discussed his unique style, monster movies, and “sad werewolves”.

Horror News Network: How did you become involved with Mr. Higgins?

Warwick Johnson-Cadwell: Mike and I were on a Sketch Panel at the UK’s Thought Bubble Festival and we got the chance to briefly chat and he suggested we might work on something together. He is such a hero of mine; I dared not think that would turn out the way it did. He got back in touch with this idea he had and I was amazed, then Scott Allie got in touch too and slowly it started to become an actual reality. I would get physical pangs of excitement while working on the pages and I still find it hard to believe even though the book is (about to be) on the shelf now. I cannot thank Mike, Scott and Dark Horse enough. read more

An ‘Underworld’ TV Series Is In The Works

Rejoice, Underworld fans: the franchise is leaping from the big screen to the small screen very soon.  According to Deadline, director/producer Len Wiseman and his company Sketch Films are close to a deal that will bring the popular movie series to television.  Seen as a big departure from the films in terms of tone and appeal, the relaxed standards of premium cable and/or streaming services is being looked at as a potential home for the series.

The Underworld franchise, which consists of five films and Kate Beckinsale as heroine Selene, has grossed over $220 million in domestic theaters and close to $500 million worldwide since debuting in 2003.  The movies tell the tale of vampire Selene, who is also a Death Dealer.  The revenge epic has been a huge hit with both vampire fans as well as the casual horror crowd.  Wiseman, who has also been tabbed to direct the next entry in the Die Hard franchise, has been involved in all of the Underworld films thus far.  He directed (and co-wrote) both Underworld (2003)and Underworld: Evolution (2006), and was credited as a producer on the other three.  For the TV series adaptation, he will once again serve as Executive Producer. read more

Syfy’s Van Helsing Renewed for Second Season

Only four episodes of Van Helsing have run, and Syfy has decided to renew the series for a second season according to Deadline. The second season, which will be thirteen episodes, is expected to start production in January 2017.  Showrunner Neil Labute said, “We have a wonderful and terrifying road ahead planned for Vanessa, her allies and her enemies. I think this is a world and a story that can be sustained for many years and I am inspired to do so thanks to Syfy’s obvious trust and commitment in the storytellers, cast and crew.” read more

Vamp Special Edition Blu-Ray Review

The mid-1980’s was rife with vampire films that mixed horror and comedy and featured young casts of up-and-coming talent.  The film that gets most of the credit for kicking off this sub-genre is 1985’s Fright Night.  Fright Night modernized the vampire for the 1980’s, yet kept all of the classic superstitions and gothic influences.

While Fright Night was certainly the first, the second film to push vampires into the day-glow 1980’s was the cult classic Vamp.  After watching Arrow Video’s new special edition blu-ray release, it is more clear than ever that Vamp is an underappreciated horror film from the “Me” decade.  read more