While Guillermo Del Toro fans are excited about the director’s upcoming monster movie Pacific Rim, they are still mourning the demise of At The Mountains Of Madness. A passion project for the helmer, the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation was kiboshed by Universal last spring, likely due to the high pricetag (said to be in the neighborhood of $150 million) and Del Toro’s insistence on an R rating, something that would have made the financial profitability of the movie a tough sell, even with Tom Cruise attached to star.
Neil Marshall, the noted horror filmmaker behind The Descent, is attached to direct the long-gestating The Last Voyage of the Demeter, which is being set up at Millennium Films.
Looking for some warm weather reading? Then look no further than Indie Comics Magazine’s Summer Issue, which will include Joe Sergi’s The Zombie War of 1812 along with seven other complete stories. It’s the American Revolution. General Harrison’s Brigade has joined with British forces to battle an unexpected force: undead soldiers gather near Lexington.
Adapting books into films is big business for studios, and this week two of the authors who are considered the cream of the genre crop will be seeing their written work turned into full features on the silver screen. First, author Stephen King is set to have his story “The Reach” turned into a feature by British financer Park Entertainment, who will be producing alongside DownEast Village Productions. Meanwhile, MGM is hoping Ray Bradbury’s From The Dust Returned will be a success. Dust is a collection of short stories focusing on a seemingly average boy named Timothy who is adopted into a family of monsters.
Veteran producer Edward R. Pressman has optioned the rights; Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is set to direct the horror thriller. Veteran producer Edward R. Pressman has optioned the rights to Archaia Entertainment’s graphic novel Feeding Ground.
Back in 2009, Stephen King revealed that he was working on “Doctor Sleep,” a sequel to his The Shining novel, which was eventually turned into a horror film by Stanley Kubrick. The book is set to hit stands on January 15th, 2013 and a film may follow soon after. For now though, you can catch the official synopsis here.
Kino Lorber of Redemption Films has restored a series of Jean Rollin’s notable films, including three due on May 29: His 1968 debut, The Rape of the Vampire; 1973’s Requiem for a Vampire; and the most arresting of the three, Demoniacs, about two ghostly women who try to persuade the devil to kill a gang of rapists.
With the upcoming release of the creepy Hammer film The Woman in Black on DVD May 22nd, Dread Central thought it would be a good time to look back at some of their favorite frightening women from horror films of the past. Believe me; these aren’t your average scream queens. These women bite back … hard! Horror’s Top 10 Most Frightening Women
The Image Comics horror noir series Fatale debuted in January 2012 and swiftly became acclaimed creators Ed Brubaker’s and Sean Phillips’ best-selling collaboration to date. Its first story arc, contained in issues #1-5, is being collected into a trade paperback, Fatale: Death Chases Me, to be published by Image this June.
Based on Emile Zola’s sensational novel, Therese Raquin, Therese is set to film in Belgrade, Serbia and Budapest, Hungary. Elizabeth Olsen stars in the 1860s Paris-set thriller as the titular character, a beautiful but sexually repressed young woman trapped in a loveless marriage with Camille (Felton), her sickly cousin.
Twenty years after high-school graduation, if anyone has become famous or infamous, odds are it isn’t the star quarterback. So maybe it was almost predictable that Jeffrey Dahmer — one of the oddest of oddballs in the late 1970s at Revere High School in Richfield, Ohio — would go on to infamy. Still, as Cleveland artist Derf articulates in his skillful graphic novel, My Friend Dahmer, no one ever really expects a classmate, however weird, to become a serial killer with a human head in the fridge.
The Devil’s Rock director Paul Campion’s adaptation of US horror author Brian Keene’s novel Dark Hollow took another step toward the big screen by being hand-picked as one of only 14 films selected projects for Frontières: The 2012 Fantasia Film Festival Co-Production Market.
Another Burton/Depp collaboration is already said to be in the works. Rumor has it that the boys will recreate the famous Vincent Price villain, Dr. Phibes. All horror fans recall 1971’s The Abominable Dr. Phibes, with Price as a mad doctor set on avenging the death of his wife. It was one of the late actor’s most beloved characterizations. (He reprised the role a year later in Dr. Phibes Rises Again.)
Madison County may not be the most original horror movie but it certainly gets the job done. That is to say that writer/director Eric England borrows (and by “borrows,” I really mean “snatches up and holds onto for dear life as if it were its own like Gollum from The Lord of the Rings”) each and every one of his motion picture’s elements from other horror flicks. Fortunately, that does not prevent his project from scaring the living daylights out of viewers. Read the full review…
The world of books has been roaring its terrible roars in tribute to the much-loved Where the Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak, who died this week at the age of 83. Accolades poured in for the American writer and illustrator, winner of children’s books’ most prestigious awards, from the Caldecott medal to the Astrid Lindgren memorial award.
Strange Amusements has a candid discussion with horror author Carrie Green about her work, some advice for up and coming writers, and honest discussion about horror fiction and the future of marketing and publishing.
Under a Vampire Moon is the 16th installment of Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau/Rogue Hunter series. Yes, 16th. If the series were a person, it could drive. And it does kind of drive … readers to distraction when they should be doing other things. Joyce Lamb interviews Lynsay Sands for USA TODAY.
It’s not lightning and a sweet mad-scientist setup that’s again giving life to Frankenstein’s monster. It’s the friendship of two horror gurus, writer Steve Niles and artist Bernie Wrightson. Their new 12-issue IDW miniseries Frankenstein Alive, Alive! continues the story of the famous monster from the end of Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel — or, more fittingly, from Wrightson’s seminal 1983 illustrated adaptation.
Gregory Lamberson is the author of five published horror novels and one nonfiction book on independent filmmaking. A two-time winner of the IPPY Gold Medal for Horror for his novels Johnny Gruesome and Personal Demons, and a three-time Bram Stoker Award finalist, he has three books scheduled for 2012: his zombie novella Carnage Road, from Creeping Hemlock Press; The Frenzy War, Book Two in his werewolf series “The Frenzy Cycle” from Medallion Press; and Tortured Spirits, Book Four in his occult detective series “The Jake Helman Files,” also from Medallion. Tracee Gleichner interviews Lamberson for Examiner.com.