Amidst the assault of YA adaptations flooding our theaters nowadays, The Maze Runner feels like the abused stepchild of the bunch. There’s no love triangle. No bullshit soul-searching. No overtly hunky guys taking their shirts off in the rain. Hell, the only girl in the film feels tacked on. Based on James Dashner’s* 2009 novel, Wes Ball’s feature debut is a sharply streamlined and ambitious YA adventure that pushes its PG-13 rating to the limit.
The Maze Runner throws you right into its world. There’s no prologue or drab opening narration explaining what the hell is going on. Instead, we’re shoved right into the middle of it along with MTV Teen Wolf star Dylan O’Brien. He plays Thomas, a young man who awakens vomiting as he’s hurled towards the surface in something like a service elevator. He emerges in the Glade, a massive field that resembles a summer survivalist camp for boys, walled-in by an ominous maze. He’s quickly hazed by the other boys, including a brutish Will Poulter (Son of Rambow) and Aml Ameen, the unofficial leader of the camp.
The camaraderie these Lord of the Flies castaways display is typically reserved for prison camp. There’s a grizzly maturity about all the boys that helps elevate The Maze Runner above its YA kin. It even feels more mature than the Hunger Games films, the reigning champ of YA adaptations. These ain’t no slack-jawed tweens in The Maze Runner. These kids have seen some shit.
As Thomas learns the ins and outs of the Glade, the maze entrance torments him. The boys believe the maze is their way out and they’ve been struggling for three years to solve it. Gradually Thomas’ knack for leadership and inherent resourcefulness emerge, causing strife with Poulter, who’s the resident power-hungry bully. Thomas doesn’t get balls deep into the maze until well into the first hour and that’s where the Grievers come in. These giant biomechanical, spider beasts patrol the maze, leaving trails of boogers and blood in their wake. The Grievers are the only real CGI-heavy aspects of the film, which is cool since Wes Ball runs his own effects company. He could’ve easily laid on a thick glaze of CGI. Instead, The Maze Runner has an edgy, more dirty feel – thanks in big part to shooting done in rural Louisiana.
Wisely, the film only reveals just enough as it moves along. We only learn about the maze and its origins as Thomas delves deeper. The maze itself is really bleak and reminded me of those shots of Trent Reznor in the pool in the “Perfect Drug” video. The architecture is blunt, with vines and ivy littering its walls. There’s a few notable sections of it, like the “blades,” but it seems like parts may have been left out from the book that included more exciting sections of the labyrinth (anyone read it who can confirm this?).
The young cast does a knockout job effectively conveying the spectrum of feelings the characters endure – from terrifying confusion and defeat to courageous resolve and betrayal. It’s a truly great ensemble of young actors. As Teresa (the lone girl of the group), Kaya Scodelario is not given much to do at all. However, it is refreshing that none of the boys react romantically towards her, forcing an unnecessary subplot. Instead she’s treated just like one of the boys, but overall feels like a last minute attachment by the studios to avoid an all-male cast. Anyone know if she has a larger role in the book?
Rookie Wes Ball and his Maze Runner are definitely not just Hunger Games biters. It’s a far better film than recent YA outings like Divergent and whatever the hell that Mortal Instruments silliness was about. I thought it was more exciting than both Hunger Games combined. The ending is left extremely open-ended for a sequel, gambling on this film’s financial success. If they do continue the story of Thomas and the loneliness of the long distance Maze Runner, I’ll definitely be checking it out.
* His name is Dashner and he wrote a book about a runner? That’s like a guy named Strummer writing a book about a guitar player.
From Here Comes the Devil director Adrian Garcia Bogliano, we now have the official one-sheet for Late Phases, a practical effects heavy werewolf film Patrick Cooper raves about.
Penned by Under the Bed‘s Eric Stolze, Dark Sky’s latest horror offering that stars Stake Land‘s Nick Damici, Ethan Embry, Lance Guest, Erin Cummings, Rutanya Alda, Tina Louise, Caitlin O’Heaney, Karen Lynn Gorney, Dana Ashbrook, and the great Tom Noonan.
In the film, “Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one’s golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose’s abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst…”
AMC shared a few zombie beauty shots to go along with cast photos and first details for the fifth season of “The Walking Dead”, which premieres on Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT.
It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.
Season Four of “The Walking Dead” ended with Rick and the group outgunned, outnumbered, and trapped in a train car awaiting a grim fate. Season Five picks up shortly thereafter. What follows is a story that weaves the true motives of the people of Terminus with the hopeful prospect of a cure in Washington, D.C., the fate of the group’s lost comrades, as well as new locales, new conflicts, and new obstacles in keeping the group together and staying alive.
Stories will break apart and intersect. The characters will find love and hate. Peace and conflict. Contentment and terror. And, in the quest to find a permanent, safe place to call home, one question will haunt them… After all they’ve seen, all they’ve done, all they’ve sacrificed, lost, and held on to no matter what the cost…Who do they become?
It is based on the comic created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.
Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC
Matt Smith, who recently completed a four-season stint starring in “Doctor Who,” and stars in Terminator: Genisys, has joined the cast of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith novel, writes THR.
The long-in-the-works, on-and-off again project is finally going before cameras Sept. 24 with a cast that includes Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth. Burr Steers is behind the camera.
“The movie is a horror-comedy spin on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.” The heroine, Liz Bennett (James), is pressured by her family to marry into a wealthy upper-class home but chafes at the stiff social mores of Victorian England. Instead, she feels that she should help defend the countryside against the onslaught of a horrifying zombie plague.”
Smith will play Mr. Collins, a parson who is on the lookout for a wife and proposes to Bennett.
Is it just me, or has this season of “Under the Dome” seemed interminable? Finally next week the Season 2 finale, Episode 2.13, “Go Now,” airs on CBS; and we have the ep’s preview and a batch of stills to share.
“Under the Dome” stars Mike Vogel (Barbie), Colin Ford (Joe), Alexander Koch (Junior), Rachelle Lefevre (Julia), Dean Norris (Big Jim), and Mackenzie Lintz (Norrie). Season 2 guest stars include Brett Cullen, Sherry Stringfield, Eddie Cahill, Grace Victoria Cox, Dwight Yoakam, Karla Crome, and Max Ehrich.
“Under the Dome” Episode 2.13 – “Go Now” (airs 9/22/14; 10-11 PM)
A potential exit from the Dome is revealed just as the walls begin closing in on those trapped in Chester’s Mill.
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Here’s the first poster for Wolves, X-Men and Watchmen writer David Hayter’s feature directorial debut.
The pic, starring Lucas Till, Merritt Patterson, Stephen McHattie and Jason Momoa, will be released VOD on October 16th and opens in theaters on November 14th.
“Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it… He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote, mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like him — Including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves”. And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… A grisly fight to the death, against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.“
Last night Justin Long participated in a reddit AMA to support Tusk, in theaters this Friday. Hilariously titled, “I’m Justin Long and I’m lonely…let’s talk…please,” the actor responded to fan questions about Smith’s Human Centipede-esque horror, as well as the long-gestured Jeepers Creepers sequels.
As many of you know, Long got his start by starring in Galaxy Quest, Happy Campers, and of course Victor Salva’s creature feature, Jeepers Creepers.
It has been 15 years since the first film hit theaters, and quietly revived the horror genre. Say what you will about the film, but it had a huge impact on the release of true horror. It’s also been 11 years since we saw its sequel, and talk back-to-back sequels have been public for years. What’s the hold up?
“There is a script (it’s called “Jeepers Creepers: Cathedral”),” Long reveals to the AMA crowd. “Gina [Philips] plays the lead in it (which would be awesome to see her come back and kick some ass).
“It’s been tough getting off the ground, financially, unfortunately. According to Victor, I do get my hands on a flashback.”
There you have it, Jeepers Creepers: Cathedral is set to be the third film if Salva can ever find financing. Long would return in a flashback, while Phillips would star.
In the 1999 film, Long and Phillips play a brother and sister driving home for spring break whom encounter a flesh-eating creature in the isolated countryside that is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree.
“Z Nation,” which took a bite out of 1.6 million total viewers during its September 12th debut, was Syfy’s highest rated acquired scripted series premiere since “Doctor Who” back in 2006.
If you were among them and are looking forward to tomorrow night’s Episode 2.01, “Fracking Zombies,” we have another sneak peek plus a “super” teaser to share.
The 13-episode “Z Nation” stars Tom Everett Scott, DJ Qualls, Michael Welch, Kellita Smith, Anastasia Baranova, Russell Hodgkinson, and Keith Allan.
The series airs Friday nights at 10PM on Syfy.
“Z Nation” Episode 1.02 – “Fracking Zombies” (airs 9/19/14)
In New Jersey the survivors run out of fuel and embark on a dangerous mission to replenish their supply. Meanwhile Cassandra’s past comes back to haunt her.
Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Norwegian hard rock band Audrey Horne to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Out Of The City”, a crazy, puppet-filled romp of insanity! The track comes from the band’s upcoming album Pure Heavy, which comes out October 7th (pre-order here.
The band states:
We are proud to present the best music video ever made! If MTV had any self-respect, they would drop all their reality shit and blast OUT OF THE CITY 24/7.
Thanks to Johan and Maria for partying with us! Enjoy, and stay pure heavy folks!
Head below for this wild ride of a video!
The band continues, adding:
This video is a result of the fact that we have used the muppetshow intro in our live shows and that we identify ourselves with this kind of creatures. Its a pluss that these dolls look way better than we do. Johan was into it when we asked if he wanted to hang out with some rather weird puppets, and he brought his wife in case things got out of control. Of course it did so a lot of crazy scenes with Ice Dale had to be removed and cut out. We want to asure that no puppets were injured during the making of this video … except the Ice Dale puppet.
Johan Hegg states:
I must admit I was a bit surprised when my wife and I was asked to be a part of this video, but since we’re good friends with the guys and we both really like the band it wasn’t exactly a hard decision. I really liked the idea for the video, and if you ask me it’s just bloody hilarious!
Maria Rizell Hegg adds:
I really love Audrey Horne. No Hay Banda got me totally hooked and I’ve been a fan ever since. The video shoot was therefor a great honor and it was so easy to work with the band. We’d just put them in a box when it was time to go to the next location.
Director Lukas Hambach:
Audrey Horne is a unique band, blending heaviness with a positive vibe. We felt that combining Johan Hegg and puppets resembling the band members would be an awesome way to underline this mix. Of course this created some challenges, but I’m really proud of the end result and hope people will have as much fun watching it as we had in making it!
Jason Hawkins’ latest indie flick, The Devil Knows His Own, has landed itself distribution; and we have the skinny on when, where, and how you’ll be able to see it! Read on for details.
Wild Eye Releasing has acquired Jason Hawkins’ new horror film for worldwide VOD and DVD release. The film stars Eileen Dietz with Dara Davey and Natasha Timpani playing a married couple struggling to overcome the traumas of the past. The Devil Knows His Own is at its heart a story of two horribly abused siblings who are haunted by their past and decide to return to their childhood home for the first time in 20 years to try to put the demons of their childhood to rest once and for all.
This is the third film from the Gravestone Entertainment Team.
When Jessica and Ethan Ray receive news their grandmother has passed, they believe the nightmares of their childhoods will finally be laid to rest. Returning home for the first time in over 25 years, the siblings reunite, only to discover a mystery surrounds the house they are inheriting. Within the walls of their family estate, the dead do not rest easy, and the horrors of their childhood are nothing compared to the terror that awaits them.
Slipknot are in full promotional mode for their upcoming album .5: The Gray Chapter, which comes out October 21st. They’ve released two singles, “The Negative One” and “The Devil In I”, and have also announced a tour with Korn that will head out this fall.
One of the things that people were incredibly curious about was the new masks that the band would be premiering, which they showcased in the video for “The Devil In I”.
But a closer look is always good and we’ve got a gallery below that shows the masks in .gif format, giving the pictures the appearance of movement.
What do you think of the new masks?
Thanks to the lovely people at StudioCanal, we’ve nabbed a copy of director Lasse Hallström’s latest thriller, The Hypnotist, on DVD to give away to one lucky UK-based reader. Don’t worry – you don’t need to get on our couch to win it. Just read on!
The Hypnotist stars Mikael Persbrandt (The Hobbit), Lena Olin (The Reader, Chocolat), and Tobias Zilliacus (Beyond Enemy Lines) and is based on the best-selling novel by Scandinavian author Lars Kepler.
In the middle of a dark December night, psychiatrist Erik Maria Bark (Persbrandt) is woken by a telephone call from a hospital in Stockholm. Detective Inspector Joona Linna (Zilliacus) asks for his immediate help in treating an unconscious patient suffering from acute trauma. He hopes that Erik will be able to communicate with the young boy through hypnosis, enabling the police to question him. They intend to find out who so brutally murdered his parents and younger sister in order to track down and save his mysteriously missing older sister before it is too late.
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Japanese instrumental rock band Mono have released a stream of “Recoil, Ignite (Part II)” from one of their upcoming albums Rays Of Darkness, which you can stream below. The album, along with its counterpart The Last Dawn, will be released October 18th via Temporary Residence.
The description of both albums reads:
The Last Dawn and Rays of Darkness are a pair of new albums by MONO. Recorded simultaneously yet conceptually and creatively disparate, the two act as both opposing and complementary sides to a story. No strangers to narratives, the twin albums explore familiar themes for the band: Hope and hopelessness, love and loss, immense joy and unspeakable pain. Those elemental parts of life and the complicated relationships they create have never been more resonant through MONO’s music than they are here. Rays of Darkness is the first MONO album in 15 years to feature no orchestral instruments whatsoever. That fact alone is remarkable given the band’s reputation for sweeping, dramatic instrumentals that recall Oscar-worthy film scores. Instead, Rays of Darkness more closely resembles a jet engine taking off inside a small, crowded auditorium. It is MONO’s blackest album ever, a collection of scorched riffs, doom rhythms, and an unexpected contribution from post-hardcore pioneer Tetsu Fukagawa of Envy. The album ends with the smoldering wreckage of distorted guitars and ominous drones playing out a eulogy to the days when MONO shot blinding rays of light through seemingly endless darkness.
You can pre-order Rays Of Darkness here.
THR reports that Mitchell Altieri and Phil Flores, the horror duo known as The Butcher Brothers (The Violent Kind, pictured, The Hamiltons, April Fool’s Day), have cast their upcoming film The Beginners Guide to Snuff, setting Joey Kern (Cabin Fever, “Workaholics”), Luke Edwards (The Wizard), Bree Williamson (“True Detective”) and Brad Greenquist (Water for Elephants) to star.
“The story centers on two actor brothers (Kern and Edwards) who are trying to make it in Hollywood, and decide to make a pretend snuff film to get ahead. In hopes of making it more realistic, they kidnap an actress (Williamson) so they can capture her terror on film. But they soon discover they have messed with the wrong woman. Greenquist will play the head of security at a theme park who has a dark edge to his work.“
Cory Knauf, Adam Weis and Mitchell Altieri wrote the script for The Beginners Guide to Snuff.
Principal photography will begin this month in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles residents get ready for the gathering of a lifetime. No, not the Gathering of the Juggalos (barf), but a Halloween reunion to die for!
Eighteen actors and creative artists, spanning the entire 35 year history of the iconic Halloween film franchise, will descend upon Burbank’s famed gothic retailer Dark Delicacies (3512 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank) to sign copies of Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory’s massive 15-disc Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray set.
Come see a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of on-screen and behind-the-scenes graduates from the “Michael Myers Film School of Survival!”
The event takes place Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 7:30pm.
Here’s the full guest list:
PJ Soles, Halloween (“Lynda Vanderklok”)
Raymond O’Connor, Halloween 4 (“Security Guard”)
Tom Morga, Halloween 4
Erik Preston, Halloween 4 (“Young Michael Myers”)
Kathleen Kinmont. Halloween 4, (“Kelly Meeker”)
Matthew Walker, Halloween 5 (“Spitz”)
Frankie Como, Halloween 5 (“Deputy Nick Ross”)
Daniel Farrands, Halloween 6, Writer
JC Brandy, Halloween 6, (“Jamie”)
Jeffrey Landman, Halloween 6, (“Billy Hill”)
Daisy McCrackin, Halloween Resurrection
Brad Hardin, Halloween 6 and Halloween H20, Special FX Make-up
Adam Hann-Byrd, Halloween H20 (“Charles Deveraux”)
Chris Durand, Halloween H20, (“Michael Myers”)
Donna Keegan Avery, Halloween H20, Stunt Double JLC
Gary Glayton, Halloween Resurrection (“Young Michael”)
Caroline Williams, Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2
Alan Howarth – Composer for 5 Halloween films
Sean Clark – Documentary
In stores September 23, you’ll find full details on this massive box set – of which I’m currently binge watching – by clicking here.
Now this? This is pretty cool! If you see a Thursday night showing of Tusk (there are 8pm and 10pm showings in most playdate theaters), you’ll get your name added to the credits of the film when it comes out on DVD.
How, you ask? All you have to do is take a picture of your tickets stub and post it to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #WalrusYes and #TGITusk.
Tusk (review), written and directed by Kevin Smith, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.
Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ’s Nate Bolotin are executive producers.
Look for the flick in theatres on September 19, 2014.
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Paramount has vacated Christopher Landon’s (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) Scouts vs. Zombies from its March 13, 2015, release date, a date which is now occupied by Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. So, when will you be able to take in Landon’s little sliver of undead goodness?
Look for the flick in theatres a bit earlier than expected on February 20, 2015.
Sarah Dumont, Halston Sage, Lukas Gage, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Tye Sheridan, Logan Miller, Joseph Morgan, and David Koechner star. Andy Fickman, Todd Garner, Bryan Brucks, and Betsy Sullenger are producing.
Scouts vs. Zombies follows a group of Boy Scouts who try to fend off a zombie attack in their small town.
We’ve been sitting patiently waiting to find out exactly when we’ll be seeing the sixth film in the Paranormal Activity franchise, and today Paramount gave the film a date and even a new title! Read on for details.
Look for Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension in theatres on March 13, 2015. This confirms a story which originally appeared on Bloody Disgusting stating that the flick was going to be here a lot sooner than its previously announced 2016 release.
Greg Plotkin is directing from a screenplay by Jason Pagan and Andrew Stark. No word on just who will be returning or which storyline they’ll be working with, but it’s a good bet it will be all-encompassing. Expect surprises.
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FX artist turned director Victor Garcia’s new film The Damned (formerly Gallows Hill) features well-worn horror conventions and relatively generic thrills. Thankfully, it offers them up in a nice, atmospheric package devoid of many of the obnoxious filmmaking and editing techniques so many horror movies rely on nowadays. It gets off to a fairly slow start and barrages the audience with familial bickering that serves as backstory. Once it picks up though, The Damned offers up some decent thrills and surprises in a thickly eerie setting.
Peter Facinelli (Hollow Man II) plays David Reynolds, a man who travels to Colombia to retrieve his daughter Jill (Nathalia Ramos) from college. She refuses to go along with her dad because she despises his new fiancé Lauren (Sophia Myles). Ever since the death of her mother, Jill has been aggressively rebellious towards he dad, choosing instead to live with her aunt Gina (Carolina Guerra), a reporter in Colombia. Jill’s been getting romantic with her aunt’s cameraman, Ramón. Like I said, there’s a lot of family stuff going on in the first half.
Before the movie can turn into August: Osage County, the whole gang finds themselves stranded in a torrential downpour deep in the rainforest. They make their way to a secluded hotel, which is home to a sketchy old man (Gustavo Angarita) who warns them not to roam around the place. They of course do and find a little girl locked in the basement. When they attempt to free her, the old man turns violent.
This is where Garcia and screenwriter Richard D’Ovidio (Exit Wounds) start getting to the good stuff. Genre fans see where the story is going, but that doesn’t make the chills any less effective. Some of the jump scare moments and overtly gory stuff do fail to hit the mark. Where The Damned really excels is in its haunted house atmosphere and supernatural mythos. The evil being in the film, the “bruja,” has a really great story and Garcia really embellishes her story and role as a manipulative bitch.
There are a few moments during the excitement that threaten to drag the story down. These mainly involve the familial tensions that were set up early on. It’s handled in a pretty skillful way though, as the supernatural force uses it against Peter and Jill. By the end, Peter’s motivations become a bit muddled up, like Garcia and D’Ovidio weren’t sure how to wrap things up. Overall though, The Damned is a conventional horror film that manages to defy expectations enough times to make it a worthwhile watch.
Dirk Manning has worked almost exclusively with horror comics throughout his career, and to say he loves the genre would be an understatement. He is, after all, from Hell, Michigan according to his Twitter profile. This week Manning (alongside artist Seth Damoose) brings back his post-Rapture desperado for another bout with otherworldly monsters in Tales of Mr. Rhee: Karmageddon #1. The first issue is a lot of setup with promises made for what’s to come in later issues. Of course, there’s some fun and violence along the way to help launch a new chapter for Mr. Rhee.
WRITTEN BY: Dirk Manning
ART BY: Seth Damoose
PUBLISHER: Devils Due Entertainment
RELEASE: September 17, 2014
Reviewed By: Lonnie Nadler
One thing that remains from the first volume of Mr. Rhee is the eponymous character’s cagey past, and daily struggles with former ghosts. Such matters kick off the issue, but even with those glimpses into a dark past, this is a story anyone can understand without prior knowledge. In medias-Armageddon-res, Rhee has just killed a bunch of demons and some innocent bystanders along the way. An overzealous Christian man uses his last breath to ask that Rhee protect his surviving children and get them to safety. Rhee agrees and they hit the road, hell-bent on getting to his “teacher’s” place before the demons come completely to surface.
There is a lot of back and forth dialogue this issue between Rhee and Abby, the eldest daughter, which mostly functions to set up her religious background and her concern for her siblings. As a result the latter half of the issue lacks action, but it comes with the guarantee that the next issue will see Mr. Rhee, and the children he’s sworn to protect, in the heart of apocalyptic chaos.
One thing you always get from Manning, regardless of the project, is a distinct feeling of love for his work. The issue bleeds with passion for the genre, and there’s no substitute for that. It is evident how much he adores this black-magic drifter and the crazy world that surrounds him.
Damoose’s art is hit and miss throughout the issue. While his style is distinctive, it comes with a digital look that I’ve never been too keen on for horror comics. The exaggerated features make light of the subject matter at specific moments that call for dramatic tension. A lot of my issue comes down to coloring. The last volume of Tales of Mr. Rhee was done in monochrome, which perfectly matched the mood of the story. The vibrant colors on display here often fail to connect with the apocalyptic setting. Combined with the lack of action, it feels that Damoose wasn’t able to spread his wings. I hope that will change for issue #2.
Despite the slow start, I am rather excited for this series to get rolling with some Lovecraftian goodness that is promised at the end of this issue. And anyone that knows Manning knows Great Cthulhu is never far off.