Jason Voorhees to Stab His Way Into Your Living Room With New ‘Friday the 13th’ Series

- 04-24-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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For fans of the new (and kind of great) Hannibal TV series, you have another mass murderer to look forward to sitting down with on a weekly basis. Only this one doesn’t prepare you meals. In fact — he can’t do a whole lot more than breathe on your ass before he stabs you in the face.

Friday the 13th is coming back to television! Only this time, it’s going to bring the iconic hockey mask along for the ride (from 1987 to 1990, there was a Canadian-American TV series that played more like a precursor to The X-Files and Supernatural, borrowing the famous franchise’s title solely for name recognition). Sean S. Cunningham, director of the original film (as well as producer of Wes Craven’s infamous Last House on the Left), is pooling his resources to try and replicate the recent success of Hannibal and Bates Motel, and as a horror fan I couldn’t be happier. The level of gore featured in both Lecter’s tale (as well The Walking Dead) all but ensures that we’ll get some quality gratuitous kills from the hulking mongoloid on a weekly basis.

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‘Goosebumps’ Synopsis Reveals Weird, Meta Take on R.L. Stine’s Franchise

- 04-24-14Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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If you grew up reading R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps and Fear Street YA horror novels like I did, the thought of one of the author’s career defining series finally being made into a movie probably seems like a strange proposition. It’s not that the books are bad or unadaptable (quite the contrary), but instead are simply old; an anthology that has been continued long enough that the stories have become multi-generational (to give you and idea –Welcome to the Dead House, the first Goosebumps title, was published twenty-two years ago!). Goosebumps has already been turned into a Canadian TV series (which ran from 1995 to 1998) and Tim Burton first attempted to get a film adaptation off the ground fifteen years ago.

So here we are, with a Goosebumps movie finally going into production, only to find that it stars Jack Black as R.L. Stine. Yes, that Jack Black. Where most nerd-boys get themselves worked up into a furor over Michael Bay messing with their precious Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I choose to fret over a long-gestating YA adaptation of silly horror novels aimed at children. We all have our defects, it seems.

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Interview: McNamara and Hinkle on the Horrifying OGN, ‘The Rattler’

- 04-23-14Comics, Featured, Interviews Posted by Jason Tabrys

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With the pulp horror graphic novel The Rattler, writer Jason McNamara (Short Hand, First Moon) and artist Greg Hinkle tell a story of loss, guilt, madness, desperation, obsession, and violence that is punctuated with surprising turns and graphic and unnerving imagery. The book feels like a Twilight Zone episode that the censors refused to make and in our exclusive interview, we talk to the creators about the personal connection to this story, the long process to finish this story, and the decision to take this completed work to Kickstarter. (more…)

New Trailer for Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ Reveals That Evil is In the Eye of the Beholder

- 04-21-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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Does anybody remember The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? The movie, not the comic book? With all the weird literary figures teaming up to fight…something? My mind’s kind of hazy but I think it ended Stephen Norrington’s directorial career. If we’re lucky, maybe this new Showtime horror series will put Josh Hartnett down for good.

I kid Hartnett, as anybody who’s ever worked with Brian De Palma is cool by me, but Penny Dreadful definitely gives off an LXE vibe, what with its teaming of Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and figures from Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a Victorian England setting. I might be cynical, but it also doesn’t help that Showtime is responsible for perhaps the most heartbreaking attempt at a horror series in the history of cable (the failed Masters of Horror experiment). Maybe I’ll give this one a try if Stephen King calls me up and says “hey…it’s aight by me”. I don’t see that happening, though and today’s new trailer does nothing to convince me otherwise.

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New Trailer for NBC’s Redux of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Reveals a Barren Womb of Creativity

- 04-16-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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Oh fuck off.

I’m sorry. It’s early (for me at least), I’m grumpy and Roman Polanski still stands as one of my all-time favorite filmmakers. He was an artist who could wring a moment for all of the dread and paranoia it was worth; a consummate cinematic purveyor of disquiet and angst. Now, in their infinite wisdom, some NBC Executives have decided that they should remake his seminal 1968 masterpiece into a two-part miniseries event! Starring Zoe Salanda (Avatar) and some bland white actor who isn’t the great John Cassavetes (Google tells me he’s Patrick J. Adams from Suits?)! Today we get a quick look at the redux, which promises a very polished and sanitized version of the icky weirdness Polanski perfected over thirty-five years ago.

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Trailer For ‘The Purge 2: Binge & Purge’ Seems to Feature Actual Purging

- 03-28-14Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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I apologize for the bulimia joke in that headline. I am a bad person.

The first Purge movie didn’t actually feature any of the “chaos in the streets” its premise promised, which was my main complaint with the movie as a whole. Other than that, I kind of enjoyed the Ethan Hawke centered home invasion tale, even if I couldn’t figure out why, if all crime is legal for twelve hours, his family’s attackers still felt the need to wear masks (answer: apparently producer Michael Bay thought they’d “look cool”). Thankfully, the second installment in this new franchise seems to be doing away with the single setting and is throwing none other than Frank Grillo (who can also be seen kicking ass and taking names as Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Solider next week) out into this desolate landscape on a vengeful mission.

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‘Phantasm V’ is Real (And There’s Even a Poster to Prove It!)

- 03-25-14Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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Horror fans have been waiting YEARS for Don Coscarelli to finally put together the fifth Phantasm film, and now Quint over at AICN is claiming that it’s not only happening, there’s already a teaser poster for the surrealist terror picture that’s “100% legit”.

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Coulrophobics Beware: American Horror Story’s Fourth Season to Be Set at a Carnival

- 03-17-14TV Posted by Jacob Knight

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Ryan Murphy continues to atone for the sins of Glee, as its been confirmed by series writer Douglas Petrie that the fourth season of his horror anthology series will be set at a carnival.

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Because You Demanded It (?) ‘Saw 8′ in Active Development

- 11-05-13Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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And you thought they had tied everything up in a neat little package. Shoot, they even paid Cary Elwes enough to come back for a couple of days of work. Regardless though of what you may have thought, sources say that Lionsgate is looking to get back into the Jigsaw Killer business by putting an eighth Saw movie into active development. (more…)

The BastardCast vs The Night of the Living Podcast 2: The Outhouse of Horrors Halloween Special

- 10-31-13Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Team Bastard

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Is there anything scarier then five bloggers talking about scary movies and nugget covered candy apples? Of course there isn’t.

Welcome to The BastardCast Halloween Outhouse of Horrors episode!

On the show we’ve got Brad McHargue from Dread Central, Chris Cummins from Topless Robot/Geekadelphia/HibernationSickness.com, Matthew Jackson from Blastr, and your hosts, Jeremy R! Hudson and Jason Tabrys! (more…)