16 items from 2014
Stephen J. Cannell’s “The Greatest American Hero” is suiting up for a revival at Fox, a network that didn’t exist during the show’s initial run on ABC in 1981-83. The quirky action-comedy is one of a spate of classic-tv remakes percolating at the major networks.
Rodney Rothman (“22 Jump Street”) is penning the script for the new “Hero” and will exec produce with Phil Lord and Chris Miller for 20th Century Fox TV. Tawnia McKiernan, a busy TV director who is the daughter of Cannell, will exec produce along with Seth Cohen, head of TV for Lord and Miller’s 20th TV-based banner.
“Hero” had a bumpy run starting as a midseason entry for ABC in March 1981. But the show remains well-loved among TV buffs for its offbeat mix of comedy and fantasy. The original starred William Katt as a goofy high school teacher who has an alien »
- Cynthia Littleton
Horror is a genre that transcends all mediums, but package it in the form of an anthology-television series and you’ve found the key to my heart. If you’re familiar with my posts on Icons, you’ll know I’m a sucker for this stuff, especially Freddy’S Nightmares! Despite the fact that they really aren’t too many bonafide classics (apart from the obvious usual suspects), it’s a format I enjoy if anything for the eclectic variety and ability to quickly invest in a segment without worrying about continuity. One of my morning rituals is to turn on The Twilight Zone, Amazing Stories, or something of that ilk while I eat breakfast for those reasons. If I love it, I’ll continually revisit it (“Walking Distance” in particular), and if I’m not too keen on it, it’s ok because the next episode will be entirely independent of itself. »
- Justin Edwards
With his 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, horror director George A. Romero effectively re-invented not merely the zombie mythos but the horror genre as we know it today. Since that movie came out, zombies have become ubiquitous in pop culture, seeing a resurgence in the past decade with the smash TV hit The Walking Dead along with not only self-aware “zom coms” like Shaun of the Dead and World War Z, but also Romero's own work. Read on to learn more about his indelible contribution to the horror genre.
Night of the Living Dead is largely considered one of the most frightening films of all time. Made with just $114,000, it went on to gross more than $30 million worldwide, becoming a bonafide classic that is preserved in the National Film Registry, and it’s been imitated countless times. Beyond its introduction of the concept of “modern zombies” (though the film »
On April 30th 1954, a Finnish-American actress, showgirl and pin-up named Maila Nurmi sashayed down a dark corridor fogged with dry ice, stopped on cue and unleashed a bloodcurdling scream. She was sporting her best faux-Morticia Addams dress, vampy fingernails, long black hair and an imperious expression. After the introductory trance and shriek that began every episode of Kabc TV’s The Vampira Show, the host would recline on a skull-decorated Victorian couch and mockingly introduce one of any number of low-budget and no-budget horror films for her late-night television audience. Vampira was the first horror host in American television, appearing on the air only five short years after the station first signed on in Los Angeles.
“Screaming relaxes me so”
Though Vampira’s reign as »
Now that Yahoo has saved Community from cancellation, fans of Enlisted are hoping the site is willing to save their show, too. It makes sense to me, especially since Enlistedis a younger comedy with a better chance of finding new viewers through word of mouth.
Sherlock has been renewed for a fourth season that will include a special followed by three more episodes. Sadly, filming doesn’t begin until next year.
Carol Kane has taken a role on Fox’s upcoming Batman prequel series Gotham according to TVLine. She’ll play the mother of an iconic Batman character.
Okay. I don’t know how to feel about this. Walton Goggins will appear in the final season of Sons of Anarchy as transgender character Venus Van Dam. I hear Venus started out as an offensive joke but became a praise-worth character in the latest season. Unfortunately, SoA has been on »
- Lyle Masaki
Thus far Nintendo has been painting pretty pictures with its E3 offerings. Vibrant colors, spinning yarns, smashing brothers... but there is unseen by most... an underworld... a place that is just as real but not as brightly lit... a darkside! *insert spooky stinger here*
No, we're not talking about a "Tales from the Darkside" video game (though that would fucking rule); instead we're talking about the new game from Ninja Gaiden director Tomonobu Itagaki entitled Devil's Third that is coming exclusively to Wii U. Yes, you read that right!
The game had gone into limbo after Thq shut its doors, but now developer Valhalla Games is ready to offer fans a first look trailer that you will see below. Nintendo "really understood my vision," Itagaki told IGN in an earlier interview regarding why the choice to go with Nintendo instead of the two other gaming heavyweights, "so I felt I »
- Steve Barton
He created a bronze bust of the King of Cthulhu, H. P. Lovecraft, and now sculptor Bryan Moore’s next bust is paying tribute to another horror literature legend: Edgar Allan Poe. Poe will be immortalized in bronze in his hometown of Boston, and the bust’s unveiling has been set for a very fitting day on the calendar.
Press Release: “Having just won a Rondo Award—given in celebration of the best in classic horror research, creativity and film preservation—for Best Fan Event for his 2013 H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project, sculptor Bryan Moore is now tackling Boston and its wayward son, Edgar Allan Poe, at the nation’s oldest public library, the Boston Public Library.
“I’ve always been a fan of both Lovecraft And Poe as American authors who were truly emblematic of the horror genre,” Moore asserts. “It seemed almost criminal to me that there weren »
- Derek Anderson
Earlier this month, we showed you a piece of artwork from “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin for Waxwork Records’ upcoming Creepshow vinyl release, but that was only the tip of the iceberg. We now have all the details, including a look at the all of the artwork that any fan of the 1982 horror anthology movie won’t want to miss.
Waxwork Records is thrilled to announce their next LP release to the 1982 horror anthology classic, Creepshow. The film was directed by George A. Romero and written by Stephen King. The score was composed and performed by John Harrison (Day Of The Dead, Tales From The Darkside).
This definitive release of the film score has never before been released. The original master tapes of the Creepshow film score were lost for over 30 years, but with the efforts of composer John Harrison and Waxwork Records, the tapes were located in the attic of Jeree Recording Studios in New Brighton, »
- Jonathan James
Unfortunately, I live in one of those areas of the United States that is slow to pick up channels like Chiller, FearNet and even Robert Rodriguez’s new network El Rey. One carrier might carry the network or maybe every carrier except for mine. Regardless, Scream Factory – the best in the business in genre home entertainment – is eliminating the obstacle of seeing Chiller’s original content by bringing last year’s The Monkey’s Paw to Blu-Ray & DVD. The film is directed by Brett Simmons (Husk) and has a screenplay by Macon Blair (who is amazing in Blue Ruin but you’ve seen his acting abilities in Murder Party and, more recently, Hellbenders) based off of W.W. Jacobs’ original short story. We have the full details on when you can get your paws on The Monkey’s Paw.
From the Press Release
One wish. A thousand regrets. Scream Factory presents »
- Andy Triefenbach
This is great news on all sorts of levels. Today Idw has announced that it will be releasing a new miniseries based on Harlan Ellison‘s screenplay of Star Trek original series episode “City on the Edge of Forever,” with cover art by Juan Ortiz.
So let’s break this down a little. First, new Star Trek comic miniseries, excellent. That it’s based on the screenplay for the episode where Kirk, Spock, and Bones end up in the U.S. in the 1930′s, excellent. That it’s based on the original screenplay that few have ever seen, which won Hugo and Writer’s Guild of America awards and which was written by Harlan Ellison (The Twilight Zone, Tales From the Darkside, Babylon 5, The Outer Limits, etc., etc.) and it is being developed with his approval and input, even more excellent.
And finally, that it will feature covers by Juan Ortiz, »
- Erin Willard
*Updated with new release date* We recently brought you news that Entertainment One will release all 72 episodes of Monsters on DVD. It has now been officially announced and we have all the details, along with a look at the cover art:
Press Release- “Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein (Tales from the Darkside, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert’s Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 18!
Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors’ set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of – from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters’ horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of »
- Jonathan James
Apologies, but due to supernatural circumstances beyond our grasp or comprehension, the street date for "Monsters: The Complete Series" will be slithering to March 18 (from the previously announced March 4). Please plan out your carnage accordingly.
From the Press Release
Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein ("Tales from the Darkside," Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert's Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 18!
Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors' set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of - from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters' horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of fear and stories of »
- Uncle Creepy
Welcome to The Last Horror Blog, a biweekly column on all things horror. In the pantheon of great horror-anthology TV series, Monsters sits somewhere in the middle of the pack. The syndicated show ran for three years, filling in for the departed Tales from the Darkside, which was also produced by Richard Rubinstein. Like Tales, Monsters popped into our living room each week with a 30-minute tidbit of terror that often reveled in an O. Henry-esque twist ending. Unlike Tales, which was free to cover the full gamut of the genre, Monsters generally kept true to its name – with each shiver-inducing short featuring some sort of beast. The complete series made its DVD debut this week, allowing fans to finally pitch all those grainy old VHS recordings or shoddy black-market...
- Mike Bracken
Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein (Tales from the Darkside, Dawn Of The Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert's Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD with Monsters: The Complete Series debut on March 4!
Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors' set, Emmy and Academy Award-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of - from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters' horrifying creatures haunt each of the modern-day fables of fear and stories of unearthly terror that comprise the suspenseful cult-classic series. Monsters features adaptations by horror masters Stephen King and Robert Bloch and includes an enviable cast of guest stars, including Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Lili Taylor (The Conjuring), Chris Noth »
An often over looked anthology series Monsters is finally getting a home video release via a box set from Entertainment One. It’s a 9 disc set that will feature all 72 episodes of the series which was produced by Laurel Entertainment who was also the folks behind Tales From The Darkside.
Hitting store shelves on March 4th this is a must have collection for horror fans.
I’m a little surprised they aren’t going with … Continue reading →
- Dave Dreher
The 1988 series "Monsters" played opposite "Tales from the Darkside" in syndication for many years and, as reported earlier, is on its way to DVD from eOne. Read on for the artwork and all the details you need to help get your creature on!
From the Press Release
Leave the lights on! The fan-favorite syndicated horror anthology series from executive producer Richard P. Rubinstein ("Tales from the Darkside," Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Frank Herbert's Dune, Children of Dune) that ran for three heart-stopping seasons on the Sci-Fi Channel (now Syfy) in the 1990s makes its chilling DVD debut on March 4!
Across 72 episodes of this 9-disc collectors' set, Emmy® and Academy Award®-winning make-up effects artist Dick Smith (The Exorcist, The Godfather, Amadeus) brings to life the monsters that nightmares are made of - from the gruesome and grotesque to mutations beyond your wildest dreams, Monsters' horrifying creatures haunt each of »
- Uncle Creepy
16 items from 2014
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