News Bleed: The “Tales of Blackenstein” Edition

First, the bummer news…

J. Geils has passed away. 🙁 USA Today

Netflix haunts with The Haunting of Hill House! 🙂 Deadline

I hope they serve whiskey in Hell… Hellboy gets his own brand of whiskey! Whiskey Critic

IT’S ALIVE!!!! Severin brings Blackenstein to Blu-ray! 🙂 Dread Central

John Carpenter will chill us with Tales of Science Fiction!

These new Hellraiser: Judgment images will tear your soul apart! Bloody Disgusting

The new Boomerang streaming service launches and will make every morning a Saturday morning. 🙂 Variety

P.S. House of 1000 Corpses came out 14 years ago today, so John Squires of Bloody Disgusting just dug up these spooky-cool DVD menus! Happy Birthday, Captain Spaulding! 🙂

News Bleed: The “Rampagin’ Negan” Edition

New Alien: Covenant trailer teases the fate of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw from Prometheus. 🙁 MovieWeb

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan) goes to bat for the Rampage adaptation! 🙂 IGN

J.D. Dillard wants to bring some heart to The Fly remake.  /FILM

Billie “Chanel #3” Lourd screams into American Horror Story. 🙂 Deadline

Stephen and Owen King’s upcoming Sleeping Beauties is already becoming a series. Hail to the King(s)! A.V. Club

And now for thebummer stuff… 🙁

Underdog and Trix Rabbit Creator Joe Harris has passed away. 🙁 New York Times

And legendary insult comic Don Rickles has also passed away. 🙁 CNN

 

#TBT: The “Invader Zim Rises Again” Edition

Ho-wdy, fellow Earth Ho-mies! Cult favorite Invader Zim is coming back in a big, bad way!

No, it’s totally true! Invader Zim will invade again in a new 90-minute TV movie from creator Jhonen Vazquez!

From the Press Release from Nickelodeon:

“Invader Zim” Returns to Nickelodeon in All-New Original TV Movie Based On Fan-Favorite Animated Series

Creator Jhonen Vasquez Serves as Executive Producer, Original Voice Cast to Reprise Their Roles

Burbank, Calif.-April 4, 2017-Nickelodeon officially announced today the greenlight for an all-new, 90-minute Invader Zim TV movie from original creator Jhonen Vasquez, marking the network’s third animated property from its rich library of content to be reimagined for today’s audience. The 2D-animated TV movie, produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, will show the latest and greatest ridiculous attempt at world domination by the universe’s worst alien invader ever. The movie will also feature original voices from the fan-favorite television series.

“As a network that prides itself on a 25-year history of creating groundbreaking, hilarious animation for kids, Invader Zim is one of our great loves. It’s been so exciting to see its popularity grow over the last decade through social media, consumer products and the Zim comic books,” said Chris Viscardi, SVP, Content Development and Production, Animation, Nickelodeon. “What makes this announcement extra thrilling is the adventure that Jhonen has created for Zim, and I can promise you that it is as wonderfully absurd and strangely heartfelt as any fan of the original series could hope for, and kids seeing it for the first time will love it too.”

The Invader Zim TV movie follows the perpetually desperate and delusional Zim as he creates a new and potentially Earth-destroying plan to finally get the attention he deserves from his Irken leaders, the Almighty Tallest.

Original voice cast members reprising their roles include: Richard Horvitz as Invader Zim; Rosearik Rikki Simons as GIR, Zim’s insane robot sidekick; Andy Berman as Dib Membrane, junior paranormal investigator and Zim’s alien-obsessed human nemesis; and Melissa Fahn as Gaz Membrane, Dib’s younger, video game obsessed sister. Additional casting will be announced in the coming months.

Invader Zim debuted on Nickelodeon in 2001 and chronicled the efforts of an extraterrestrial named Zim on a mission to conquer Earth and enslave the human race.”

I’M SO EXXXCITED!!! 🙂

To Ho-nor the return of this eXXXtraterrestrial black comedy, I’d like to take a look at a clas-sick episode of the series: Dark Harvest.

Dark Harvest is certainly dark. To make himself appear more human, Zim attempts to win the hearts and minds of the people… along with their kidneys, spleens, pancreata, and other precious organs! Yes. this an episode of a Nickelodeon show about harvesting the organs of children! I’m sure parents just loooovvvvvved this one! 😉

Clocking in at about 12 minutes, Dark Harvest is as gloriously twisted as any full-length “adult” horror film. Having gathered organs from nearly everyone in his “Skool,” Zim becomes so grotesquely bloated with the body parts that he can hardly contain himself… literally! The whole thing plays out like an animated nightmare concocted by David Cronenberg. If organ-snatching wasn’t horrible enough, there are creatures and organs floating in formaldehyde, a child’s skeleton, Running Man-like exploding collars, a spooky boiler room Freddy would adore, and a climax that recalls Alien. This demented bit o’ animation is the most depraved thing ever aimed at children… and I love it for that! 🙂

If you have the stomach for it, check out the biological insanity below:

Welcome back, Invader Zim! I’m gonna sing the Doom Song to celebrate! 🙂 xoxo

Breaking “Noose”: It Trailer and Buffy Reunion

Ho-wdy, Kinky Ho-rror Ho-mies! We may have just done a News Bleed, but some MONSTER news broke out of its tomb today! I’ve got a diabolical double feature of Haunted Headlines for ya! 🙂

First up, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. send in the clown with this brand-spankin’ new IT trailer! Ho-ly Heck, does this look spooktasticly good! I can’t remember the last trailer that gave me the heebie-jeebies this bad before! Clearly, these guys ain’t clowning around! (#ha!! :)) Now, I think we can all agree Tim “SeXXX God” Curry is the coolest clown in the circus, but this new Pennywise looks like he’ll give us a great scare in his own right! Can’t wait for this fright-fest!

Also, get a load (#ha!!, part deuXXX) of that Gremlins poster at 0:10!

Next up is the Sunnydale High School reunion we’ve been screaming for… The Cast of Buffy the Vampire Slayer just got back together for Entertainment Weekly! As you kinky ho-mies may know, Buffy is my absolute favorite show in the history of awesome, so I’m as eXXXcited as ghoul can be about this! I’m starting to think they lost the fight and became vampires, because The Scooby Gang looks Fang-freaking-tastic! 😉 Oh, Buffy crew… you SLAY us! 🙂 Entertainment Weekly

News Bleed: The “Escape from Pennywise” Edition

It floats in with a new poster and teaser tease. 🙂 Movie Pilot

Robert Rodriguez is in talks to Escape from New York! Entertainment Weekly

The Suspiria remake conjures up an Oscar-winning financial backer. Variety

The first image of Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft has been raided! 🙂 BBC

Is Blumhouse preparing for Five Nights at Freddy’s?! Bloody Disgusting

In space, no-one can check out this Facebook/Alien: Covenant promotion! 🙂 Dread Central

Tom Savini, Doug Bradley, and Pinhead have such sights to show you! 🙂 JoBlo

News Bleed: The “Masque of the Ghostface” Edition

The NetfliXXX trailer for Death Note is out…I’m kinda eXXXcited, I guess, but just thinking about reliving my L pain is already giving me the sads. . 🙁 iHorror

Jessica Harper gets witchy in the Suspiria remake. (And I am completely SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO eXXXcited about this one!!!! 🙂 JoBlo

Akira Kurosawa’s Masque of the Red Death script will be filmed… and hold illimitable dominion over all! 🙂 Dread Central

Looks like the third season of MTV’s Scream may reboot the series… Will we get the proper mask this time? FilmBook

YES!!! Jurassic World 2 will have old-school animatronics!! 🙂 MovieWeb

The Conjuring spin-off The Nun creeps into pre-production. 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

Beloved Garbage Pail Kids cartoonist Jay Lynch has passed away. 🙁 Crave

Mr. Chuck Barris has also left us…Thanks for Krankin’ up the Krazy for us, Mr. B. xoxo NPR

Thank You, Bernie Wrightson.

The curtain always rings down on the stage at some point. Nothing lasts forever, but art comes close. Art can be a persistent force, if rendered properly. Beauty, no matter how unconventional, can linger on for a good many centuries and remain as it is. An artist’s voice stays loud and strong, even if the artist has left us. Bernie Wrightson has died, but he still exists in the works he gave us. Mr. Wrightson brought beauty to horror comics and gave humanity to monsters. Creatures have their own poetry, and Wrightson’s art made it known. He made his beasts majestically terrifying and brought out the soul behind every ghoul. We lost one of the greats.

The following obituary on the artist’s official website:

“It is with great sorrow that I must announce the passing of my beloved husband, Bernie. We thank you for all the years of love and support. His obituary is below:

After a long battle with brain cancer, legendary artist Bernie Wrightson has passed away.

Bernie “Berni” Wrightson (born October 27, 1948, Baltimore, Maryland, USA) was an American artist known for his horror illustrations and comic books. He received training in art from reading comics, particularly those of EC, as well as through a correspondence course from the Famous Artists School. In 1966, Wrightson began working for The Baltimore Sun newspaper as an illustrator. The following year, after meeting artist Frank Frazetta at a comic-book convention in New York City, he was inspired to produce his own stories. In 1968, he showed copies of his sequential art to DC Comics editor Dick Giordano and was given a freelance assignment. Wrightson began spelling his name “Berni” in his professional work to distinguish himself from an Olympic diver named Bernie Wrightson, but later restored the final E to his name.

His first professional comic work appeared in House of Mystery #179 in 1968. He continued to work on a variety of mystery and anthology titles for both DC and its principal rival, Marvel Comics. In 1971, with writer Len Wein, Wrightson co-created the muck creature Swamp Thing for DC. He also co-created Destiny, later to become famous in the work of Neil Gaiman. By 1974 he had left DC to work at Warren Publishing who were publishing black-and-white horror-comics magazines. There he produced a series of original work as well as adaptations of stories by H. P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. In 1975, Wrightson joined with fellow artists Jeff Jones, Michael Kaluta, and Barry Windsor-Smith to form “The Studio,” a shared loft in Manhattan where the group would pursue creative products outside the constraints of comic book commercialism. Though he continued to produce sequential art, Wrightson at this time began producing artwork for numerous posters, prints, calendars, and coloring books.

Wrightson spent seven years drawing approximately 50 detailed pen-and-ink illustrations to accompany an edition of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, which the artist considers among his most personal work. Wrightson drew the poster for the Stephen King-penned horror film Creepshow, as well as illustrating the comic book adaptation of the film. This led to several other collaborations with King, including illustrations for the novella “Cycle of the Werewolf,” the restored edition of King’s apocalyptic horror epic, “The Stand,” and art for the hardcover editions of “From a Buick 8” and “Dark Tower V.” Wrightson has contributed album covers for a number of bands, including Meat Loaf. The “Captain Sternn” segment of the animated film Heavy Metal is based on the character created by Wrightson for his award-winning short comic series of the same name.

Characters he worked on included Spiderman, Batman and The Punisher, and he provided painted covers for the DC comics Nevermore and Toe Tags, among many others. Recent works include Frankenstein Alive Alive, Dead She Said, the Ghoul and Doc Macabre (IDW Publishing), all co-created with esteemed horror author Steve Niles, and several print/poster/sketchbooks series produced by Nakatomi.

As a conceptual artist, Bernie worked on many movies, particularly in the horror genre: well-known films include Ghostbusters, The Faculty, Galaxy Quest, Spiderman, and George Romero’s Land of the Dead, and Frank Darabont’s Stephen King film The Mist.

Bernie lived in Austin, Texas with his wife Liz and two corgis – Mortimer and Maximillian. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John and Jeffrey, one stepson, Thomas Adamson, and countless friends and fans. A celebration of his life is planned for later this year.”   

R.I.P. Mr. Wrightson

News Bleed: The “Academy Award Winner Godzilla” Edition

They love him, they really love him! Godzilla wins the Japanese Academy Award for Best Picture! comicbook

New Line Cinema plans to bring a little ho-rror to Oz… How wicked! 😉 Variety

The Alien: Covenant trailer is bloody good fun! Collider

The second half of It is supposedly filming soon… and they will all float! Dread Central

Tron is booting up again and Disney’s looking at a real Joker to star! io9

Colossal gets a monstrously awesome poster! 🙂 Bloody Disgusting

News Bleed: The “Moseley the Clown” Edition

Take a look at this poster for Netflix’s Castlevania…Fangtastic!! 🙂 IGN

Join the crew of Alien: Covenant for their “Last Supper.” Hollywood Reporter

The election-themed season of American Horror Story will not feature Clinton or Trump… Guess they thought that would be TOO scary. (#bitingpoliticalsatireFTW!! ;)) /FILM

Bill Moseley isn’t clowning around in this Crepitus trailer: 🙂 Dread Central

Friday the 13th: The Series actor Chris Wiggins has passed away. 🙁 Bloody Disgusting

Judge Wapner has also passed away. 🙁 New York Times

And because enough with the sadness already, here’s a much-needed palate cleanser:..YO JOE!!! 🙂 xoxo

News Bleed: The “Kaijubusters” Edition

Mother Pus Bucket! A Ghostbusters deleted scene has been unearthed! 🙂 /FILM

I freaking love Donald Glover. (And he’s doing Lion King stuff or something… ;)) MTV

Prepare to Purge again in 2018. 🙂 IGN

Anne Hathaway channels her inner Kaiju for this Colossal trailer. 🙂  Entertainment Weekly

Sam Raimi may be taking us on a trip to the Bermuda Triangle. Hollywood Reporter

American Horror Story Season 7 will deal with something truly horrific… Slate

Is Mel Gibson leading the Suicide Squad? Los Angeles Times

On a sad note, WWE Hall of Famer and Ed Wood star George “The Animal” Steele and Twin Peaks actor Warren Frost have both passed away…R.I.P, gentlemen. xoxo Variety