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Films 

A Celebration of the Brilliance That Is MYSTERY MEN

I think the reason modern audiences have so passionately gravitated to superheroes over the past 15 years or so is the fundamental stance of moral absolutism that comes from superhero comics. One needs look no further than Marvel collector cards to see that comic book universes are divided into three very clearly delineated classes: Super […]

Comic Books TV 

AMC’s PREACHER: The Classic Comic vs. the New TV Series!

I saw the PREACHER pilot about two months ago, just before WonderCon, and I was impressed. Having never read the comics, I ordered them immediately — because I wanted to immerse myself more deeply in that world. PREACHER, a comic series that ran from 1995-2000, was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (who both act […]

Films 

A Kind of (Black) Magic: Another Look at Clive Barker’s LORD OF ILLUSIONS

The filmography of Clive Barker, limited in quantity as it is, has been a most interesting beast. From the whirlwind success of HELLRAISER, his directorial debut, to the recent re-evaluation (and resurrection) of his sophomore follow-up NIGHTBREED, Barker’s work has earned its place in the pantheon. Which is why it’s all the more surprising that […]

Films Scary Fun video games 

Five Horror Video Games That Would Make AWESOME Movies!

It’s been decades since video games started invading movie theaters, but after all this time the best (official) adaptations are still pretty underwhelming. Sure, MORTAL KOMBAT and SILENT HILL are okay, but where’s this genre’s breakaway hit? Where’s the video game movie equivalent of THE DARK KNIGHT? A big part of the problem is that […]

Films 

Somewhere Over the Dark Rainbow: Queer Horror Novels That Should Be Movies or TV Shows!

There are a number of high-concept, cross-genre books that have made the translation from the printed page to film or television over the last few years. While some LGBTQ-interest shows have been critically lauded, like Bryan Fuller’s prequel to Thomas Harris’ pre-existing franchise HANNIBAL, it didn’t become a ratings hit like other adaptations THE WALKING […]

Films 

Five Great American Novels That Need to Become Horror Movies

In a world of prequels, sequels and remakes, the fact remains that there are thousands of original horror novels as yet untouched by Hollywood hands. Since the powers that be seem to neglect reading books, leaving the public to moan about inept remakes, I thought it might be handy if I were to point out […]

Films TV 

Geena Davis Joins Cast of THE EXORCIST Television Series Pilot

Beloved by horror fans for her unforgettable roles in David Cronenberg’s THE FLY and Tim Burton’s BEETLEJUICE, Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis is about to return what’s sure to be controversial genre territory. According to Variety, Davis has been tapped to play a lead role in the pilot episode commissioned by FOX for a modern-day update […]

From Page to Screen: Author Peter Straub Talks GHOST STORY

Two years before I moved from Michigan to California, I sat on the front porch of a house I shared with my two roommates, Hal Christiansen and Rich DeManincor (a.k.a. “Hal Delrich” of original EVIL DEAD fame), and read what would become my favorite horror novel of all time: Peter Straub’s genre landmark, Ghost Story. It was […]

Films 

Slashback! Something Not Quite Human is Waiting in THE FUNHOUSE (1981)

While horror maestro Tobe Hooper never managed to top the groundbreaking brilliance of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE or the box-office success of 1982’s POLTERGEIST, I think he deserves far more acclaim than he gets for the films he made in the interim: 1977’s EATEN ALIVE, which retains the backwoods sleaziness of its predecessor while […]

From Page to Screen: F. Paul Wilson’s THE KEEP

In 1981, F. Paul Wilson released the first of his six-novel “Adversary Cycle,” entitled The Keep. It was an instant classic of horror fiction, playing on the theme of evil vs. evil by pitting Nazi soldiers against an even greater menace. In doing so, he successfully updated H.P. Lovecraft’s ancient gods into a World War II setting. The […]

Films 

Guillermo Del Toro In Talks to Adapt SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK!

If this deal pans out, we can look forward a stylishly chilling adaptation of one of the creepiest, most controversial and totally nightmare-inducing book series ever targeted at young readers: Alvin Schwartz’s legendary trilogy of folklore-based short fiction collections SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. According to a breaking story by Mike Fleming Jr. […]

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Films Scary Fun TV 

Five Reasons Why GOOSEBUMPS is Awesome!

I was in the sixth grade and this kid sat next to me, god only knows his name now, and he slipped me a GOOSEBUMPS paperback with a green scary mask on the cover. He handed it to me under the desk like it was some sort of contraband. If the book had been thicker […]

Films TV 

5 More Horror Moves That Should Be Made Into TV Series!

Previously on “Horror Movies That Should Be TV Series,” we looked at five popular scary films that could even kick more ass in a serialized format. Because if HANNIBAL, BATES MOTEL and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER turned out better than expected, why not a legal thriller based on THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE or an historical drama […]