Looking for Something Creepy?

It’s October, so here’s some creepy things you might want to check out!

ChapterStacks presents top 10 horror movies, focusing on older or more obscure options as opposed to the obvious current flicks that we already know about.

IGN goes to an expert, asking Guillermo del Toro to list his top ghost movies. Meanwhile, Wired gets his Top 5 Horror films. The director also reveals his own real-life ghost story in this video.

Top15s takes a look at 15 scary animated videos, while Creeps Plays takes a look at some good horror games from 2016.

The Storyteller offers up trailers for five upcoming horror movies, none of which I had heard of before seeing this video. Interestingly, the trailers don’t seem to completely match the list of movies in the description of the video.

Epic Reads offers 24 books to check out during the Halloween season, a number of which I have read. I definitely recommend The Name of the Star from Maureen Johnson, though I’m nervous about whether the series will ever get its final book.  I also recommend Three Dark Crowns from Kendare Blake.  It got some mixed reviews, though I think the key is to go in understanding that this first book in the series spends a lot of time setting things up, though the synopsis and first chapters make it seem like you are going to get right into the action.  I also liked Shallow Graves, though not as much as the first two books mentioned, and thought Wink Poppy Midnight and This Savage Song were okay.  I was not a fan of The Walls Around us, unfortunately.

Creeps Plays looks at ten games inspired by horror legend H.P. Lovecraft, while Looper looks at some upcoming horror movies.

Finally, msn.com presents 24 famous ghost photographs, taken at locations ranging from the legendary Amityville house to… a Toy ‘R’ Us.

 

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The Future in Movie and TV

A YA movie 15 years in the making, and a witchy series seems sure to hit the CW!

It looks like Artemis Fowl, first optioned for adaptation back in 2001, will finally be making its way to the big screen. Kenneth Branagh is locked in as director, and he is apparently bringing on Dame Judi Dench in an undisclosed role, after the two worked together on the not yet released Murder on the Orient Express.  The film, which will condense the first two books of the series into one movie, is set to hit theatres in August of 2019.

The Tracking Board notes that the legend of King Arthur will again be used for a move, one that will hopefully fare better than Guy Ritchie’s recent flick. This one, called The Kid Who Would be King, will follow a group of kids who must take on Arthur’s evil sister Morgana.  Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson are nearing deals to join the film.

Moving to television, Spoiler TV reports that the CW will look at adapting the comic series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, following the Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The network also has the Charmed reboot as an option, so it seems like a pretty good bet that a witch show will be hitting the network next year.  I mentioned being interested in a new witch show back in my post about books that could jump to TV, so I’m definitely intrigued by this development!

I’m less enthused about the report that the CW is looking at adapting Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant, about a princess forced into life as a gladiator. Admittedly I have not read this series and I know many who did loved it, but again going back to my own post about possible adaptations, I’m holding out for Tamora Pierce’s lioness series for a YA fantasy.

Spoiler TV has also been reporting on casting for Carnival Row, the upcoming Amazon series that sees a group of mythical creatures flee into a city, where they must negotiate tense dynamics with the inhabitants. Orlando Bloom, Cara Delevingne, and a number of others have been confirmed for the show.

Meanwhile Freeform is moving from Pretty Little Liars to a new series adapting Sara Shepherd’s The Perfectionists series. Alison and Mona will appear in the pilot, though I’m not clear on if they are meant to be regular characters or if they are just there to give the new show a send-off.  As someone who absolutely hates the last few seasons of PLL, especially anything to do with Alison, I’m torn between wanting all the PLL characters to stay away, and the other part of me that would get a chuckle out of Alison sticking around if it meant that Emison gets broken up.  Also, while I don’t want to spoil anything about The Perfectionists, there is a plot point that I would be interested in seeing how it would be handled on TV.

Finally, SYFY is setting up a pilot for an adaption of Rick Remender’s Deadly Class comic book series, about a school for assassins. As with The Valiant on the CW, this is another close but no cigar situation in regards to the TV adaptations I’ve been hoping to see, being a similar concept to Morning Glories.

 

 

 

Awesome Comics Getting Awesome(?) Adaptations

This past Christmas I was interested in collecting trades of two comic series that I had heard a lot of great things about. Ultimately I only got my hands on one of the series, which happily lived up to my expectations.  It’s likely that I’ll pick up the other series someday, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Lumberjanes by Shannon Walters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A Allen and Noelle Stevenson is the book that I haven’t yet actually read, but it has continued to generate just about universal praise. The series centres around a summer camp for girls which is plagued by mysterious and supernatural events.  Plans for a film adaptation of the comic were announced some time ago, but just recently Io9 announced that the project has found a director, Emily Carmichael.  The young director’s short films have been widely praised, and she had been mentioned as a possible helmer for a Captain Marvel movie.

Io9 has also recently announced some news about an adaptation of the series that I actually did get my hands on, Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan was a writer for Lost, but he is best known for his work in Graphic Novels.  Many of his stories take place in completely new worlds, and while Runaways takes place in the Marvel Universe, there are only occasional appearances by recognizable characters.  The series follows of a group of teens who discover that their parents are super villains, and go on the run.

The new announcement about the Runaways adaptation is that Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage put together a TV show of the comic series for Hulu.  Schwartz and Savage are known for creating the CW series Gossip Girl, which was also an adaption.

Now, I love Runaways, and it would have definitely been on my Top Ten list of works that needed to be adapted to film or television. But this news is a little frustrating for me because it is not clear if I will have any access to this show.  Presumably there will be DVDS/Blu-ray’s of it at least but seriously, why not do this show on Freeform?  The network is already doing a show on the Marvel characters Cloak and Dagger, who actually show up in Runaways, and Schwartz and Savage are doing an American version of the British show Misfits for Freeform so seriously, why is the Runaways show not going to Freeform as well?