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Reviving a Cult Classic: ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’ Set for Miniseries Makeover

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In an exciting development for horror fans, the iconic 1988 horror-comedy “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” is being eyed for a modern revival as a streaming miniseries. This news has sparked a wave of nostalgia and anticipation, promising a fresh take on the cult classic that has won the dark hearts of horror audiences for decades.

Stephen Chiodo, the original film’s director, has expressed his ambition to transform the zany world of the Klowns into an eight-part miniseries. His vision involves a new group of teenagers who cross paths with the extraterrestrial jesters, leading to an epic adventure that includes a journey to the clown planet. Chiodo’s passion for this project is evident. He shared with SFX Magazine, “We’ve got a great concept that continues the story of our main characters. There’s a big invasion, and we end up on the clown planet… You haven’t even seen the clown animals on the clown planet yet. There’s a whole world of things that we have in mind!” This quote highlights the creative enthusiasm and rich universe that the miniseries promises to explore.

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space

The original film, despite facing initial distribution challenges, has gained a robust fan following over the years, fueled by its unique blend of horror and comedy. The potential miniseries aims to capitalize on this legacy while introducing the quirky horror to a new generation. The idea of a full-fledged invasion and the exploration of the clown planet opens up numerous possibilities for both horror and humor, staying true to the essence of the original while offering something new and exciting.

This proposed miniseries revival of “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” represents a thrilling blend of nostalgia and innovation. By expanding on the original’s bizarre and beloved world, the project promises to deliver a unique experience for both longtime fans and newcomers to the franchise. As developments unfold, the horror community will undoubtedly be watching with bated breath, ready to embrace the return of the Killer Klowns.

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‘Beetlejuice Beetlejuice’ Star Jenna Ortega Drops Major Clues For Character Astrid Deetz, Daughter of Lydia

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Michael Keaton was out this week comparing the Beetlejuice sequel to the original. Best of all he says that it will be highly based in practical effects. Now, Jenna Ortega is spilling tea on her character Astrid Deetz. As we already know, Ortega’s character is the daughter of Lydia Deetz and is also strange and unusual.

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While speaking with Vanity Fair, Ortega got a chance to talk about Beetlejuice Beetlejuice. The Tim Burton-directed sequel is a return to what we loved about the first film according to a couple of its stars. Keaton and Ortega are very happy with what they have seen and that makes us all kinds of excited to see it. As long as the model town is all practical and handcrafted and not CGI I’m happy.

“I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but I am Lydia Deetz’s daughter, so I’ll give that away,” Ortega said. “She’s weird, but in a different way and not in the way you’d assume, I would say. The relationship between Lydia and Astrid, my character, is very important. And it’s also really strange because it’s a lot of catching up and putting the pieces together of what’s gone on in Lydia’s life since, which is nice, I think for anybody who loves the character and is excited to see her again.”

It is great to hear that Ortega is excited about a film like this being in theaters again and a whole new generation of kids able to adopt the dialogue and to start to choose to dress in black. A whole new generation of goth kids could be in the making, y’all.

“I feel like studios nowadays, of course, they want people in seats and you’ve got to do reboots or sequels or things like that to get people entwined, but to bring ‘Beetlejuice’ back — of all of the stories –is so good because people need to revisit weird, strange, off-putting stories again. We need to introduce the younger generation that’s always on the phone to new artistic and creative ideas. The weirder you get with it, the more people you can get to see it, I think will probably do a lot for film in general.” Ortega told Vanity Fair.

The synopsis for Beetlejuice went like this:

After Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes (Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones) and teen daughter Lydia (Winona Ryder) buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

This sounds like a great character. Plus, it will be wonderful to catch up with Lydia as well. I mean, who is Astrid’s dad? Is he still alive? So many questions!

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice arrives in theaters beginning September 5.

Are you all excited about the sequel? Let us know in the comments section.

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Barbara Crampton Joins ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ in Latest DLC

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Gun has been knocking it out of the park recently with their massively successful Texas Chainsaw Massacre game. And now horror fans have something else to be excited about. The horror legend herself, Barbara Crampton (From Beyond) will be making an appearance in the game’s newest DLC.

Barbara has told Fangoria that she will be added in the game as a new mom character. Fans of Gun’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre game have already applauded the company for their fan service and their ability to respond to fans and keep the game updated with new features. This just shows how much the company truly understands horror fans.

Turns out, Barbara Crampton is a huge Texas Chainsaw Massacre fan from way back. In an Instagram post, she had the following to say: “probably my favorite movie of all time is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre… I was 22 and I couldn’t finish it.”

Not only that, but she is also friends with the amazing Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). Here is what she had to say about him: “My favorite character is Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface… He sat right next to me at my first convention and helped me… we became good friends after that.”

Barbara Crampton in Re-Animator (1985)

So not only do we have horror royalty joining the game, but Barbara Crampton is also friends with the OG Leatherface as well as being a lifelong fan. Hopefully, this will spell success for the game’s upcoming DLC. Not that it was unlikely to be a hit with horror fans in the first place. Gun has a proven track record of delivering just what fans are hoping for.

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‘Tales from the Crypt’ Publisher, EC Comics is Being Brought Back to Life at Oni Comics

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After seventy years of being shut down, the iconic EC Comics is coming back by way of Oni Comics. Originally founded as an educational comics brand, it would later become a publisher known for its horror comics and tales to keep you up late at night. William Gaines lead the way and during his time we were gifted with a run of comics such as Tales From the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Vault of Horror, and of course Weird Science among others. Founded in 1944 and running to 1956 it was eventually shut down due to claims that comic books were affecting the minds of our adolescents. After reaching Congress the issue was large enough to take down the small comics publisher.

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Original Cover art for EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

Of course, later on, HBO would take Tales From the Crypt and reboot it for television with a whole new generation. However, for comic collectors, it was up to either visiting select digital archives online or purchasing old issues by way of auction. It is exciting to hear that Oni Comics is going to bring EC Comics back to life.

“EC Comics is one of the most artistically important and culturally significant publishers of all time. In ways both artful and shocking, EC confronted the darkness lurking behind the thin facade of American society — a throughline of radically confrontational storytelling that we intend to both uphold and escalate with the first new EC tales in decades. We’re challenging ourselves to evolve EC’s relentless energy and fearless sensibilities in ways never before attempted. These are intense comics for our intense times.“ Oni Comics Publisher, Hunter Gorinson said.

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Cover art from EC Comics Tales From the Crypt.

The first two comics under the new partnership are two new anthology titles that both lend themselves to the flair of their classics. First up Epitaphs from the Abyss followed by Cruel Universe. You can check out the cover for Cruel Universe at the bottom of the page.

Although the partnership is said to not be about nostalgia, we are still hoping that following some of these new titles we do get a special revisit for Tales from the Crypt or one of the other classics.

Epitaphs From the Abyss is due out in stores beginning this July. Cruel Universe is set to arrive in August.

What do you think about the Oni Comics bringing back EC Comics? Let us know in the comments section.

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Cover for EC Comics upcoming title.

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