Nov. 18, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
So now we know what happened to the Governor. “The Walking Dead” continued its season four focus on character-driven episodes with Sunday’s “Live Bait,” a standalone installment that charted the one-eyed villain’s time out on the road after his fateful showdown with Rick and his band of survivors, a conflict that ended in surprising, horrifying violence. British actor David Morrissey said even though the Governor, now living as Brian Blake, has blood on his hands, he’s struggling to cope with his guilt and wrestling with the realization that great darkness dwells inside him. Hero Complex caught up with Morrissey to chat about having the chance to more deeply explore the complicated psychology of a man at the end of the world, and what might happen next now that the Governor’s past has caught up with him. Those who missed Sunday’s […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:26 a.m.
Conjuring horror in comics requires a masterful touch. As “Coffin Hill” artist Inaki Miranda said at New York Comic Con earlier this month, “you don’t have music, you don’t have … camera movement, so you have to pick exactly what to put in each panel to create that sense of horror and suspense.” Fortunately, a number of talented creators are channeling their darker impulses to craft wonderfully spooky reads, some violent, blood-soaked tales, others shot through with rich atmosphere. With Halloween right around the corner, Hero Complex has compiled a list of 13 great offerings, arranged alphabetically by age-appropriate groupings. Click through the gallery above to see artwork from some of the selections, and read on to see which titles made the cut. For all ages “Ghostbusters”: Fans of the 1984 comedy classic should understand that it’s nearly impossible for […]
Oct. 29, 2013 | 11:16 a.m.
“The Walking Dead” has been renewed for a fifth season. AMC announced Tuesday that its hit zombie drama, based on the Robert Kirkman comic book, will lumber back for another run of installments, hardly surprising news considering the massive ratings the show is enjoying. The series has become television’s most-watched prime-time drama, with its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. Scott M. Gimple also is set to return as show runner, AMC confirmed. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic renewal announcements ever: ‘The Walking Dead’ is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier, AMC president, in a statement issued by the network Tuesday. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season…” Check […]
Oct. 28, 2013 | 6:01 p.m.
The 2007 Halloween anthology “Trick ‘R Treat” is one of those underground cinematic favorites that has earned a more sizable following with each passing year, and on Monday, the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood plays host to a sold-out screening of the movie, followed by a Q&A with actors Dylan Baker and Brian Cox and the film’s writer-director, Michael Dougherty. Fans without tickets to the event can watch a live stream on Legendary Pictures’ Facebook page. Hero Complex caught up recently with Dougherty, who also wrote the screenplays for Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” sequel “X2″ and superhero outing “Superman Returns,” to chat about “Trick ‘R Treat’s” cult status and why it’s attained the longevity that it has. Hero Complex: “Trick ‘R Treat” has become a Halloween standard. This year, FearNet is even playing the movie around the clock. What was […]
Oct. 27, 2013 | 8:00 a.m.
It’s not an exaggeration to describe “The Walking Dead” as the biggest thing on television right now. AMC’s hit zombie series, adapted from the comic book created by Robert Kirkman, has become the most-watched prime-time drama, its recent Season 4 premiere attracting some 16.1 million viewers. But Kirkman, an executive producer on the show and the writer of Sunday’s episode, “Isolation,” said he and his fellow scripters are doing their best not to dwell on the series’ success for fear it will become an unwelcome distraction from the creative task at hand. “The ratings really have gotten absolutely insane,” Kirkman told Hero Complex. “We really have to ignore it, otherwise it does become unrelenting pressure that we just can’t deal with.” With “Isolation,” Kirkman continues to ratchet up the tension inside the prison as Rick and the other survivors contend […]
Oct. 25, 2013 | 11:40 a.m.
Over the last two decades, filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has become known as one of popular culture’s great visionaries. He’s channeled his wild, restless imagination to create dark worlds of fantasy and horror, crafting beautifully rendered stories that function as modern fairy tales. Del Toro is interested in innocence and evil, and his tales are populated with winged, multi-limbed creatures and human monsters. His new book, “Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions” (Harper Design, $60), details Del Toro’s creative process, examining the pages of the leather-bound journals he uses to jot down ideas and drawings, many of which have found their way into his signature films, including “Pan’s Labyrinth” and this summer’s robots-versus-aliens blockbuster, “Pacific Rim.” “Curiosities” also invites readers inside Bleak House, his Southern California sanctuary that’s home to a massive collection of pop culture artifacts, […]
Oct. 24, 2013 | 5:31 p.m.
Clive Barker has announced his intention to write a new script for a remake of “Hellraiser,” his 1987 directorial debut. The respected horror author and filmmaker made the announcement about his plans to revisit the S/M-inflected tale in a post on his Facebook page, saying that he not only would pen the new screenplay but that he had secured an agreement from distributor Weinstein Co. for actor Doug Bradley to reprise his role as the signature villain Pinhead. “Today I have officially been invited to write the script…” Barker wrote. “What can I tell you about it? Well, it will not be a film awash with CGI. I remain as passionate about the power of practical make-up effects as I was when I wrote and directed the first HELLRAISER. Of course the best make-up in the world loses force if […]
Oct. 20, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
“The Walking Dead” returns Sunday after a record-breaking season premiere that attracted some 16.1 million viewers, making the AMC zombie drama one of the most watched shows on television. The second episode of season 4, titled “Infected,” picks up the action in the wake of the mysterious death of one of the residents of the prison, with the incident threatening the stability of life inside the prison sanctuary. In an interview with Hero Complex, “Walking Dead” executive producer Greg Nicotero said that event put “a ticking time bomb right in the middle of cell block C.” “We know we’re dealing with a whole other threat — the potential of a disease that can kill you before you even have an opportunity to tell anybody that you’re sick,” Nicotero said. To see what else he had to say, check out our […]
Oct. 18, 2013 | 4:25 p.m.
“Carrie” filmmaker Kimberly Peirce didn’t exactly spark immediately to the idea of remaking “Carrie,” Brian De Palma’s 1976 Stephen King adaptation that offered up the indelible image of a wide-eyed Sissy Spacek wearing a blanket of pig’s blood over her homemade prom dress. The writer-director was famous for her searing dramas “Boys Don’t Cry,” about the rape and murder of transgendered Nebraska man Brandon Teena, and “Stop-Loss,” about the traumatic realities of soldiers being called back for multiple tours of duty in the Iraq war — not exactly mainstream genre fare. “I love horror, but I didn’t have the idea that, well, I want to go make a cheap horror remake and make a lot of money,” Peirce said. “And when they said, oh, well, they like you because of ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ I just thought, well that doesn’t make […]
Oct. 17, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
It’s conceivable that at some point in the near future, Chloe Grace Moretz could conquer the world. Perched on a sofa at a West Hollywood hotspot in slim black pants and a gray cardigan, the 16-year-old displays the same sort of unbridled moxie that she channeled as the pint-sized, foul-mouthed superhero Hit-Girl in the “Kick-Ass” movies. Her girlishness still comes through — Moretz laughs easily and has a fondness for the word “dude,” but when talking about her career path, she’s all business, articulating her professional goals with the conviction of a savvy strategist plotting a corporate takeover. When she speaks, she looks you straight in the eye. Even her Twitter bio offers a message of empowerment, advising her more than 725,000 followers to “live life to the fullest and never back down.” That innate confidence, however, nearly proved a […]