12 items from 2017
Something wicked this way comes. After teasing the appearance of Sabrina Spellman on Riverdale for months now, it seems like the teenage witch might actually be getting her own series. Warner Bros. Television and The CW, the network behind the Archie Comics drama, are currently developing a new one-hour drama, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, for the 2018-2019 season. But this certainly won't be the lovable Sabrina (previously played by Melissa Joan Hart) we all remember - this one will be much more sinister. That being said, we definitely know a few actresses who could pull it off. RelatedRiverdale's Season 2 Poster Contains a Telling Hint About Jughead's Emotional Storyline 1. Who's Involved? Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is writing the adaptation alongside executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater, and Lee Toland Krieger, who would direct the pilot if the project gets the green light. 2. What Is It About? The series »
- Kelsie Gibson
Something wicked this way comes on the CW. Rejoice, Riverdale fans, your demands for the appearance of Sabrina the Teenage Witch have been heard and answered, as E! News has learned that The CW and Warner Bros. TV are officially developing The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Yes, that's right, we're getting a companion series to Riverdale that will be based on the Archie Comics characters, which is being eyes for the 2018-19 TV season. The same creative team behind Riverdale—Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater—are set to bring this new version of Sabrina (infamously played by Melissa Joan Hart on The WB from 1996-2003) back to the small screen, »
If you've read my work on Daily Dead or listened to my ramblings on the Corpse Club podcast, then you might be aware of my deep love for Dance of the Dead, Gregg Bishop's midnight movie masterpiece that blended prom, zombies, and the music of Pat Benatar (via a great cover) into one of the most memorable rentals I ever enjoyed from Blockbuster. When I saw that Joe Ballarini, the screenwriter of Dance of the Dead, had written a new book (for children and adults) called A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting, I knew that I had to talk with him about it, and I recently had the great pleasure of doing just that.
In addition to A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting—the first in a planned three-book series from Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)—Ballarini also discussed his plans for the future installments in »
- Derek Anderson
Everyone needs an escape from time to time. A place apart from reality, where the strange whisper with the miraculous, and cheap trinkets are bartered with greasy denizens of the night. What better place to set a horror film than the carnival, where the potential for mystery awaits around every crimson tent and distorted mirror? If you’re so inclined, step right up and buy a ticket to The Funhouse (1981), the late Tobe Hooper’s wonderful tribute to the seedy shadowed world of carnies, caramel apples, and Universal monsters.
Released in March by Universal, The Funhouse underperformed at the box office, but critics (including Gene Siskel) admired it for focusing on suspense and thrills rather than gruesome mayhem. In a landscape littered with severed limbs and phallically inclined urban legends, Mr. Hooper used his genius to once again showcase the underbelly of the American psyche, this time with a major studio’s dollars. »
- Scott Drebit
Something wicked this way comes...maybe. The CW's president Mark Pedowitz gave fans of The Vampire Diaries, which ended its run last season, and The Originals, which is heading into its fifth and final season, a glimmer of hope about the world continuing with another spinoff when he took the stage at the 2017 Summer TCA Press Tour on Wednesday. "Julie [Plec] and I and the studio have had many a discussion, nothing has come out of it yet, but Julie really wants to get the final season of The Originals done, but I am hopeful and if Julie wishes to do it, I look forward to a spinoff down the line…that's really up to Julie at this point." So would a potential spinoff focus on Hope, Klaus »
Ultimately, the finale leaves us with many questions like who would Rosaline choose? And would Count Paris be able to take over Verona? Unfortunately, those questions will never be answered since Still Star-Crossed won't be returning for a second season. Still, "Something Wicked This Way Comes" manages to be a dramatic and satisfying ending. »
Stranger Things will return to Netflix with its highly anticipated season two on Oct. 27. In the new teaser poster, released on Tuesday, the core cast are gathered together on their bikes as they stare into a deep red sky featuring the Demogorgon.
Exclusive: 'Stranger Things' Creators Tease What Fans Can Expect From 'Spookier, Scarier & Bigger' Second Season
The new season will be set in 1984, a year after the first season took place, and will include nine new episodes and four new characters, including Max, portrayed by Sadie Sink, and her brother, Billy, played by Dacre Montgomery.
Last month, Et caught up with The Duffer Brothers, the show’s producers, where they revealed details about a new villain.
"We really wanted a human villain this year," they said of Billy. "We always talk about Stephen King, but he always has… the human villains are often scarier than the monsters, so we »
Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2017
To tie in with the Into The Unknown exhibition, on now at London's Barbican, we look at how sci-fi has become a major cultural force...
It's not always easy being geeky. The celebrated genre writer Ray Bradbury knew this all too well; as a kid growing up in the 1920s and 30s, he was intoxicated by all things otherworldly and imaginative: classic horror movies, pulp sci-fi stories about Mars, comic strips detailing the exploits of Buck Rogers. Eventually, Bradbury's peers teased him mercilessly, until, in a bid to fit in, he ripped his Buck Rogers comics to shreds. But far from helping the young Bradbury draw a line under his obsessions, the destruction of his beloved comics left him feeling unhappy and soulless.
(Welcome to Nostalgia Bomb, a series where we take a look back on beloved childhood favorites and discern whether or not they’re actually any good. In this edition: Walt Disney’s live action adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s brilliant novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes.) “My dad disappeared on a trip to the Thousand Islands when I was […]
- Rob Hunter
Ben Robins with a beginner’s guide to Phantasm…
One of cult fandom’s most dearly loved horror franchises has finally been given the blu-ray upgrade it deserves this year, off the back of not just a brand new sequel, but also a J.J. Abrams-backed 4K restoration of the original. Spanning five movies, countless casting back and forths, and nearly 40 years of production woes and seriously devoted fan conventions, the Phantasm series has finally, at long last, pulled to a close.
And whilst it might not be quite as expansive (or as widely known) as a lot of the genre’s other heavy-hitters like Friday the 13th, Halloween or A Nightmare on Elm Street, Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm movies hold a special place in horror lore, as not just one of the only long-running franchises to be consistently owned and controlled by the same person, but also as one »
- Ben Robins
The grotesque appeal of carnivals, their inherent and attractive darkness, are long-established motifs of horror. Sideshow acts are full of the lurid and uncanny—humans whose appearances or movements aren’t “normal,” showcased behind heavy curtains or glass as objects of hideous wonder. Few can capture this fascination better than Ray Bradbury, who, along with Tod Browning and Diane Arbus, has solidified these images into our public consciousness. His fiction is shadowy, nebulous and exploitative, like these carnivals, and he evokes their qualities with the highest art.
Many of his plots center around an uncanny or supernatural force wreaking havoc in a mundane environment—an everyman who realizes his skeleton is trying to kill him, the arrival of a strange and deadly circus in Something Wicked This Way Comes, or a fantastic environment that is explored through recognizable, everyday emotions. The Martian Chronicles is otherworldly in setting, but its characters are preoccupied with grief, »
- Ben Larned
Screen horror gets a fun-ride boost with the adventures of a trio of home-alone kids squaring off against demons from, ‘right in their own back yard.’ Creative, expertly daring special effects heighten a perfect spook thriller for young kids, that’s has more and better ‘Boo’ moments than most of the hardcore genre classics of its decade.
Lionsgate / Vestron Video
1987 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 85 min. / Street Date February 28, 2017 / 39.97
Cinematography: Thomas Vámos
Film Editor :Rit Wallis
Speical Visual Effects Designer and Supervisor: Randall William Cook
Special Makeup: Craig Reardon
Written by: Michael Nankin
Produced by: John Kemeny
Directed by: Tibor Takács
Horror enthusiasts of a different generation than mine speak highly of the theatrical shockers of the 1980s that set their nerves on edge. »
- Glenn Erickson
12 items from 2017
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