Joe Dante Says WB and Amblin Actively Working On Next ‘Gremlins’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:46

Yesterday we posted our exclusive interview with Joe Dante, who saw his horror comedy Burying the Ex premiere at last night’s Venice Film Festival.

Buried within the text we asked Dante if he’s been involved at all with Warner Bros. alleged Gremlins reboot.

Lots of people have asked me, but honestly I don’t really have much to do with it. There are two major entities involved – Warner Brothers and Amblin – and various people have been trying jump through the hoops with the studios to get this picture off the ground for years. Although some very well-known people have come up with a concept and some good ideas over that time, for whatever reason they were not seized upon until recently.

I’m told they’re finally working on something now, but frankly I have no idea what it is! [laughs]

It sounds as if they’ve had some really cool and unique pitches over the years, and the internet’s newfound love movie nostalgia seems to have propelled the suits to pour water all over Gremlins and get it replicated into theaters.

There were some rumblings this past July that Chris Columbus would produce the Gremlins reboot.

In the original 1984 pic, a boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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[Comic Book Review] “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” Massively Reinvents The Mad Titan

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:25

Jim Starlin’s Marvel OGN “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” is massive in it’s scope. It sees Starlin return to the cosmic universe he helped define in an all-new sweeping story about the pitfalls of being a God. Sadly most of the dialogue is so on-the-nose, that you’re constantly reminded of this fact but with some incredible ideas, the story still manages to entertain.

 

WRITTEN BY: Jim Starlin
ART BY: Jim Starlin, Andy Smith
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
PRICE: $24.99
RELEASE: Out Now

Jim Starlin is an incredible artist. Of that much I’m sure. However, I’m not overly convinced he can write half as well. This is a book that looks stunning throughout. Starlin can warp space and time. He can keep Thanos at the center and make you feel like a God watching over the universe. It’s no easy task, but he makes it look that way. Yet, when it comes to his character’s dialogue, it simply adds nothing to the art.

In fact it so directly references everything on the page that I would go as far to say that it detracts from the art. Thanos’ sweeping voiceover is remarkably on the nose, and centers around stating out loud exactly what he’s doing at every moment. Adam Warlock is very guilty of this too.

So the story amounts to the two incredibly powerful beings musing on what it takes to be a God, and what altercations the universe has gone through thanks to the death and rebirth of these creatures. It’s actually thought provoking stuff and provides some fantastic visual queues of the known cosmic universe, but most of the dialogue is borderline groan-worthy. It’s the type of thing where each character will actually mutter their agendas aloud without any sort of subtext whatsoever.

When the book really gets going it’s easy to forgive such things. A showdown between Thanos and The Annihilators is a highlight that will go down as one of the best battles in Marvel Comics History.

And the finale to the story will leave you with a grand sense of dread. It’s a lovely play on what could have been an easy way out, but leading into a new birth of the status quo that tweaks things in all the right ways.

Starlin writes the characters on these pages as gods. They speak in grand terms and in logical conundrums. But dump exposition as if all Gods speak constantly about their powers and feelings. I’ve seen some use this to credit Starlin, but for me this doesn’t strengthen the book. I imagine Gods would speak in grand terms, but would be ultimately unconcerned with outlining their greater motivations for doing the things they do, but I digress.

The more psychedelic pages of this book are worth the price of admission alone. This is pure Marvel Cosmic awesomness. It’s not exactly the powerful story I wanted, but serves as a great addition to an already insanely appealing part of the Marvel universe. Thanos will always be alluring in a way most can’t quite explain, and nobody seems to draw him like Jim Starlin, it’s just a shame many have written him better.

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Black Veil Brides Announce New Album And Fall Tour

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:00

Hard rockers Black Veil Brides have announced that they will be releasing their self-titled fourth studio album on October 28th. Black Veil Brides, which features 11 tracks, was produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue) and will come out via Lava/Republic Records. Their first single, “Heart Of Fire”, will be released September 10th.

The band will also be embarking on a fall tour with Falling In Reverse, Set It Off, and Drama Club. Tour dates can be seen below.

10/21 — Niagara Falls, N.Y. — Rapids Theatre
10/22 — Columbus, Ohio — The LC Pavilion
10/25 — Chicago, Ill. — Riviera Theatre
10/27 — Denver, Colo. — The Fillmore Auditorium
10/30 — Las Vegas, Nev. — House of Blues
10/31 — Tempe, Ariz. — The Marquee Theatre
11/1 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Wiltern Theatre
11/3 — San Francisco, Calif. — The Warfield
11/5 — Portland, Ore. — Roseland Theater
11/7 — Seattle, Wash. — Showbox SODO
11/8 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory Concert House
11/9 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory Concert House
11/10 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Complex
11/12 — Kansas City, Mo. — Uptown Theater
11/14 — Indianapolis, Ind. — Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
11/15 — Royal Oak, Mich. — Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/16 — Cleveland, Ohio — Agora Theatre
11/17 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Stage AE
11/19 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Electric Factory
11/21 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theater
11/22 — Worcester, Mass. — The Palladium
11/23 — New York, N.Y. — Best Buy Theater
11/26 — Portland, Maine — State Theatre
11/28 — Clifton Park, N.Y. — Upstate Concert Hall
11/29 — Silver Spring, Md. — The Fillmore Silver Spring
12/2 — Louisville, Ky. — Expo Five
12/3 — Atlanta, Ga. — The Tabernacle
12/4 — Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — House Of Blues
12/5 — Charlotte, N.C. — The Fillmore Charlotte
12/6 — Norfolk, Va. — The NorVa
12/8 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Orbit Room
12/9 — St Louis, Mo. — The Pageant
12/11 — Houston, Texas — Bayou Music Center
12/12 — Dallas, Texas — South Side Ballroom
12/13 — San Antonio, Texas — Backstage Live
12/15 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Sunshine Theater

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‘Extraterrestrial’ Abducts VOD/Theatrical Dates

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:40

IFC Midnight will release The Vicious Brothers’ (Grave Encounters) upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st, we’re told.

The film follows April (Brittany Allen), who is still reeling from her parents’ divorce when she’s dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group ventures out toward the crash site and discovers the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trillogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).

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[TV] The Freakish Smile of “American Horror Story: Freak Show”

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:26

Head down to the carnival for the latest teaser for FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT. Be prepared to SMILE.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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Lamberto Bava Classic ‘Demons’ Series Gets HD Treatment

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:16

Synapse Films’ official website now has pre-order listings for ‘movie only’ Blu-ray and DVD releases of Lamberto Bava’s Demons and Demons 2, reports DVD Active. Each will be released November 11, almost exactly a year after the Limited Edition Steelbook versions were first made available.

Says the site, these will have basically none of the exclusive extras available on the LEs, but both releases will include High-Definition 1080p transfers (SD anamorphic in the case of the DVD versions, naturally) taken from original vault materials in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio, featuring all-new color correction. Demons will contain both the international English stereo language soundtrack, as well as the U.S. Mono English alternate dub soundtrack, while Demons 2 will include only the international English language stereo track. Both movies will also feature their original U.S. theatrical trailers and newly-translated English SDH subtitles.

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‘We All Looked Up’ Brings the Apocalypse

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:54

Paramount Insurge has optioned rights to Tommy Wallach’s forthcoming debut novel We All Looked Up, Deadline reports.

The science fiction tale is set two months before a meteor is set to pass through Earth’s orbit with a 66.6 percent chance of striking and ending all life on the planet. Against this backdrop, four high school seniors – the athlete, the school slut, the slacker, and the overachiever – find their lives intersecting on the eve of the cataclysmic event.

It’s an early deal on the book, which doesn’t hit stands until March 31, 2015 via Simon & Schuster. Chronicle producer John Davis will be producing for his Davis Entertainment banner while Brittany Morrissey is overseeing for the company. Alison Small is overseeing for Paramount Insurge, the microbudget branch at Paramount whose upcoming projects include The Cellar with Bad Robot.

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‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ Gets Stunning New Trailer

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:50

Variety reported back in June that Kino Lorber had acquired North American rights to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, five months after its world premiere at Sundance (read our review).

Shot in black and white, the feature debut of Ana Lily Amirpour, is set in an imaginary Iranian underworld with elements of neo-noir and spaghetti Western. It was the opening-night film at the New Directors/New Films event in New York.

Argo actress Sheila Vand stars as a vampire along with Arash Marandi and Dominic Rains, Mozhan Marno, Rome Shadanloo, Marshall Manesh and Milad Eghbali.

Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release for the film in October, followed by a digital and home media release early next year. It plans to partner with Vice Media for promotion and social-media outreach campaigns, said the site.

A new French trailer has been released that’s visually stunning. Check it out below.

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Marilyn Manson’s New Album Complete?

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:00

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has take to twitter to leave a little message regarding his appearance on the TV show Sons Of Anarchy, stating, “Making more mayhem on SOA…” The musician has been a guest star on the final season of the show.

Oh, and did I mention that he added a little blurb about his new album, saying, “And…the new album is prepared for landing. Fasten your seat belts.

Looks like we can expect the follow up to 2012′s Born Villain to come sooner rather than later, although this does not confirm any kind of release date.

Making more mayhem on SOA. And…the new album is prepared for landing. Fasten your seat belts.

— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) September 2, 2014

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New Release Date For ‘Dracula Untold’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 08:06

Universal Pictures’ Dracula Untold, the Gary Shore-directed version of Bram Stoker’s novella, will now open in theaters October 10, 2014, one week earlier than originally planned.

In the film, “Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks will play a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson will play Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson will play Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.

Starring Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, Zach McGowan, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson and Art Parkinson, the film was shot in Belfast last year.

Here’s the newest trailer from yesterday…

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‘Noah’ Star Joins ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:49

British actor Douglas Booth (pictured in Noah) is joining the cast of the classic lit mash-up Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel, Deadline reports.

The send-up of Jane Austen’s 1813 book tracks the adventures of heroine Elizabeth Bennet but adds hordes of the undead to her Regency-era English existence.

In the Burr Steers-helmed Pride And Prejudice And Zombies Booth will play Bingley. L, the good-natured and wealthy pal of Mr. Darcy. Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote and Jack Huston also star in the film produced by Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson and Marc Butan.

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[TIFF '14] ‘Tusk’ Concept Art Loses Its Legs; Production Video!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 07:46

In just two days Tusk, Kevin Smith’s toothy horror film about a man (Justin Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks), will have its World Premiere at the Midnight Madness portion of the Toronto International Film Festival running from September 4 to 14, 2014.

Released today are the above piece of concept art, showing Long realizing he no longer has legs, as well as a the below production video taking you behind-the-scenes.

A24, who has been on fire as of late, is releasing The Human Centipede-inspired horror in theaters September 19, 2014.

Go behind the scenes of @tuskthemovie as the crew prepares to go full walrus. #WalrusYes https://t.co/z1mKmAiric

— Tusk (@tuskthemovie) September 2, 2014

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‘The Pact 2′ Poster Elevates Horror! (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 18:57

It’s starting again…

Bloody landed an exclusive first look at the elevated new poster for The Pact 2, which IFC Midnight will be releasing on VOD September 5 with a limited theatrical run set for October 10.

The film is, “ a truly terrifying new film set just weeks after Annie Barlow’s deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

Camilla Luddington (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Patrick Fischler (“Californication”) and Scott Michael Foster all star in the sequel to the Nicholas McCarthy written and directed 2012 movie. The film was directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath.

Trailer and images here.

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What’s In This ‘Devoured’ Peephole? (Exclusive Clip)

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 18:54

Devoured past participle, past tense of de • vour (Verb)
1.Eat (food or prey) hungrily or quickly.
2.(of fire, disease, or other forces) Consume (someone or something) destructively.
3.To engulf or swallow up.

Gravitas Ventures’ Devoured, directed by Greg Olliver and written by Marc Landau, is now available on VOD platforms everywhere.

Bloody Disgusting takes a peek at a clip from the film starring Marta Milans, Kara Jackson, Bruno Gunn and Tyler Hollinger.

Immigrant mother (Marta Milans, Killer Women, Mala Hierba) works as a cleaning woman at an old New York City restaurant in order to make enough money to pay for her sick son’s operation. With no friends or family, she lives a lonely, desperate existence, saving every penny and sending it home for her son. As his condition worsens malevolent forces living within the walls of the restaurant begin to torment her. She struggles to escape, and return to her son before the evil within the dark walls drives her completely mad.

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Sega Blames Gearbox for ‘Aliens: Colonial Marines’ Marketing Mishap

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 18:12

It’s been well over a year since Aliens: Colonial Marines landed with a rather spectacular flop, stirring up a storm of controversy that continues today. It’s still making headlines thanks to the ongoing class action lawsuit filed last April regarding the misleading advertising campaign used to market the game. Now, Sega and Gearbox Software, the game’s publisher and developer — Colonial Marines was actually co-developed by five different studios, one of which (TimeGate) has since shut down — are at war over who’s to blame.

The lawsuit was filed because of the misleading advertising campaign — including the E3 2011 demo for Aliens: Colonial Marines, which shared little resemblance to the retail product — that was used to market the game. The retail version we got looked significantly worse than the E3 demo, despite it’s being shown off nearly two years before the game would release.

According to Sega, the fault lies with Gearbox, which they claim to be solely responsible for the demo. In court documents filed this week, the publisher details an agreement both companies had to agree to regarding the “precise particulars of marketing assets” for Aliens: Colonial Marines. Gearbox told Sega the demo was representative of what would eventually become the final product.

Clearly, that wasn’t the case.

The demo is only part of the problem. The filing also lists eight instances where Gearbox made public announcements without their approval.

It would seem Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford is also partly to blame. “Effectively–it’s Randy [Pitchford] doing whatever the f**k he likes,” a Sega rep wrote in an email sent in October 2012. “Apparently he did it twice on [Borderlands 2] also, against, against all plans and despite the fact they asked him not to. I think our best result here is that we have no more panel sessions …”

There’s nothing good about all this, and it’s far from over. The next hearing is on October 29, a few weeks after the release of Alien: Isolation, which I’m sure Sega doesn’t want associated with Colonial Marines.

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An Open Letter To DC Comics: Keep Lobo Metal

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:25

I’ve seen you’ve been pretty busy with all the New 52 stuff and and I gotta say, I have a love/hate relationship with most of your titles. But that’s neither here nor there, I have a different thing to discuss with you, and that is the matter of Lobo.

An Editorial by Pablo Arriaga

What you’re doing to him hurts me. I can almost forgive what happened with his first appearance in the New 52 with Rob Liefeld and him ending up looking like a roided-out, Jersey Shore reject. After all, it’s Rob Liefeld. But then you had Villains Month and showed us the images of what he would look like.

Why does Lobo look like a Twilight reject character?

I can’t believe it. You’ve taken away the badass metal Lobo I know and love. I still  bought that issue, I figured I might as well give it a chance. It was a gut punch. You told me that everything I knew and loved about this character was a farce. Instead there was this new skinny guy who says “Sorry. Not sorry,” (seriously, he’s not a teenager) to replace him. Now you’re gonna give us the continuation to that story with a cover that hits me right in the metalhead feels.

What are you doing to him?

Why such a drastic change to the character?

I think you’re missing the point of why this character was so loved. It was created right for the metal audience, from the very beginning I could see him rocking out somewhere with KISS, Alice Cooper, or another Shock Rock band. Then you switched his character to represent this overt machismo and complete insanity attitude towards life. He was still a parody, but one that us metalheads could relate to. He was loud, obnoxious, loved to drink and party, and enjoyed a good brawl the same way a metalhead would enjoy a moshpit.

You’re taking all that away from us. And this new image wipes away everything that’s great about the character. I couldn’t see Simon Bisley drawing this version of Lobo. This is not the badass motherfucker who’s banned from both Heaven and Hell. I’m not sure Scott Ian would write a story for this version of Lobo and this isn’t the Lobo who would drag the mighty Hal Jordan on his tailpipe like he was a dirty ragdoll.

And subsequently control a Red Ring from Atrocitus. All our Lobo needs his Spacehog, his Dawg (whenever he feel like hang out), and his hook. No fancy lasers or trickery; he faces those bastiches front and center, because the more they struggle and fight, the more he enjoys the bounty.

DC, you’re in the business of creating gods, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern. We’re not supposed to relate directly to them, but to aspire to have their innate qualities and unbreakable sense of justice, protection for mankind, and overcoming fear. Lobo is also a parody of that. He’s a relentless anti-hero who stops at nothing to be the best, the “Main Man,” and with this comes his attributes that make him a metal god; love for debauchery and destruction, addiction to ultra-violence, and obviously, the joy of heavy metal.

Pablo Arriaga has been bringing the gospel of The Slacker Nerd to countless people the world over with Juatcast.com. He also writes the most metal rants on the web and knows a better recipe for tacos than you do. For more writings or to be baptized in the arms of Matthew McConaughey follow Pabby on Twitter and Facebook.

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‘Resident Evil 4′ and ‘Revelations’ HD Ports Discounted in Xbox Live Sale

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:15

From now through Sept 8, Xbox owners with Gold memberships will be able to get some solid games on the cheap, including HD ports of Resident Evil: Revelations and Resident Evil 4 for $13.59 and $6.59, respectively. If you haven’t played the former, I would recommend getting on that before its sequel arrives early next year.

A majority of the deals are on Xbox 360 since it has a significantly larger library of games, but the Xbox One isn’t being left out. If you’ve made the jump to current-gen, you can take advantage of the newly discounted Lococycle for $5.99 and Child of Light for $9.99.

You can find the full list of deals on the Major Nelson blog.

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[TV] Open Wide For This Exclusive “Freak Show” Teaser!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:04

Open wide for this exclusive new teaser for FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT. In it, we see a terrifying clown reminiscent of Pennywise from Stephen King’s “IT”!

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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[5 Skull Comic Book Review] “Southern Bastards” #4 Is Earl Tubb’s Breaking Point!

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 17:04

In the final issue of the first arc of “Southern Bastards”, Earl Tubb is pushed to his breaking point;  He has seen a young kid murdered, another beaten half to death, his house has been vandalized his truck and property destroyer, and his Daddy’s tomb stone broken in half.  Tear-filled, Earl calls his daughter one last time to tell her he loves her before laying siege to the diner.  This is the issue you read with a glass of scotch and a box of tissues.

 

WRITTEN BY: Jason Aaron
ART BY: Jason Latour
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: September 3. 2014

Reviewed by Epic Switzer

*SPOILERS*

You gotta love Earl.  As stubborn and idealistic and lacking in self-preservation as he might be, the man is a god damn hero.  Earl came to Craw County with every intention of packing up the old house, minding his own business, and being on his way.  And maybe it is the case that something we don’t yet know about Earl is that he causes trouble wherever he goes, but the bottom line is that Earl saw some shit going down that he couldn’t abide, and he did something about it.  With fists and insults and some of the most violent southern language you’ve ever heard, he did something about it.  You gotta love Earl for that.

Every man has his limits though and these Bastards, though they encouraged Earl to mind his own business and leave Craw, take great pleasure in breaking this man.  Here, in issue 4, we have the showdown we’ve been waiting for.  Without getting into the horrible, stomach turning, beautiful, tear-jerking details: Earl approaches the diner and finds the whole town there waiting for him.

He fights his way through every one of them and enters the diner to showdown with Coach Boss.  They have it out, throwing accusations back and forth, until Earl lunges, and Coach beats him to death with his daddy’s stick.  It is difficult even know to relive the scene and discuss it.  This is one issue that will certainly stick with me for a long time.

For me, this book represents an ideological struggle; the futility of progress.  It specifically deals with culture in the American South but the ideas are in no way limited to those people.  Change isn’t something these people were interested, and Earl, no matter how noble, was never going to change anything.  He was only a man, and his power was physical, he tried to overpower minds with strength.  I don’t imagine Earl ever thought he was going to kill every single person in Craw, but it was the only tool he had, the only way he ever knew to deal with conflict.

It going to take a lot more to deal with these people, and, without spoiling the last page, Aaron is setting something up that I think will be pretty profound, if not more horrible than anything that has happened yet.  I love this book.  I think it can be appreciated on a social level even if you have no exposure to this particular culture.  It is an archetypal story, I can’t wait to see how fucked up things can get.

Epic Switzer AKA Eric is an aspiring filmmaker and screenplay writer living in Los Angeles.  His work tends to focus on the lighter side of entropy, dystopic futures, and man’s innate struggle with his own mortality.  He can be found on twitter @epicswitzer or reached via email at ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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[Preorder This] Joshua Williamson’s “Birthright” #1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 16:47

So this is a new article for me. But something I’ve gotten pretty passionate about over my last year in the comic book world: preordering. It’s an important part of the comic book process that shows your invested in a book before it comes out. It’s important to show retailers what books you’re interested in before they hit, and this is an effort in my infinite wisdom to steer you in the right direction.

If you dig dark fantasy then you’ll love BIRTHRIGHT it’s a love letter to movies of the 80′s like The Goonies, The Dark Crystal, and Dario Argento’s Phenomena. The colors evoke an 80′s fever dream, the art is simply astounding. It’s dripping in tribute, but manages to be completely original. I’ve since taken in the first two issues and cannot recommend them enough. The first issue is a fast paced character study that functions around the hole a missing person can create, but operates on the dream of every little boy: what if you were whisked away to a fantasy land to become the ultimate hero?

That’s the main conceit of “Birthright” but it’s so much more. It’ll blow you away with the last page and just dare you to read issue two. Don’t miss it, and preorder the first issue with this handy form.

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FROM IMAGE:

Creator/writer Joshua Williamson (NAILBITER, GHOSTED), artist Andrei Bressan and colorist Adriano Lucas present BIRTHRIGHT, a bold new fantasy adventure from Skybound/Image Comics, debuting this October.

What started as a game of catch in the park between father and son turned into a parent’s worst nightmare. For the Rhodes family, losing their son was the most devastating thing that could’ve ever occurred… but it couldn’t prepare them for what happened when he returned. Skybound’s newest original series will turn fantasy into reality in this oversized debut issue.

Williamson explained BIRTHRIGHT’s origin predates both his current hit horror series: “People have asked me if I get worried about being typecast. But I knew BIRTHRIGHT was coming. Even though it opens with what I think is one of the scariest things imaginable in real life… it’s a fantasy adventure book at heart. And one Skybound and I have been working on for a long time. Before GHOSTED even came out.

“As a fan of adventure and fantasy stories as a kid… it was always great seeing these young kids going on amazing journeys to far way magical lands. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter Pan, Explorers, The Neverending Story, Wizard of Oz, Flight of the Navigator. But there were never any real consequences to those adventures… What happens when you come home from this great adventure? What do you do next? How do you go back to normal life? 

“Those thoughts lead to my obsession with the idea of destiny. If your whole life has been about one moment… one thing that you had to accomplish… what do you do after it is over? How do you go on knowing that the main reason you were born is finished?

“That’s what Birthright is about: what happens after the adventure.”

BIRTHRIGHT #1 arrives in stores on 10/8, as an oversized 40 page issue, available for only $2.99. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code AUG140536.

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