There is plenty to be excited about when it comes to Resident Evil Revelations 2, which makes its episodic debut later this month, but for me, it’s all about Barry Burton. This guy is one of the most underappreciated video game characters ever — we even dedicated a feature to him in our Resident Evil Week last September — so it’s about time he gets some attention.
Proving their commitment to one of the series’ unsung heroes, Capcom has released a new video that puts the spotlight squarely on that lovable gun enthusiast.
It didn’t take long for Kholat to climb my list of indie horror games I can’t wait to get my hands on. The setting is based on a horrific incident that claimed the lives of nine students exactly 56 years ago in the Dyatlov Pass, which sits at the base of Siberia’s “Death Mountain”. Young men and women dying horribly is tragic, but this specific event also happens to be thoroughly unsettling.
This animated video from the makers of Kholat does a good job of explaining why this story is worth turning into a spooky video game.
In related news, actor Sean Bean has joined the project as a lead narrator. Bean will forever be known to me as Boromir from The Lord of the Rings, but he also did fine work on Silent Hill and Game of Thrones.
Kholat is slated to release on April 24 for PC.
Generally, when you think of Stephen King’s made-for-TV movies, you think of It or The Stand, two of his better-known TV movie adaptations. Yeah, he’s had many other adaptations since then, the last being the flawed Bag Of Bones. King’s latest adaptation, the crime thriller Big Driver, hit Lifetime (yes, that Lifetime) back in October, and now Lionsgate brings us the DVD. While not being a traditional King horror romp, director Mikael Salomon does his best to give us a gritty tale of rape and revenge.
Tess Thorne (Bello) is a famous writer who is out on the road after a book signing. Despite her best efforts and GPS, she ends up lost. Things go bad when she ends up running over some all too conveniently-placed lumber, leaving her stranded on the side of the road. Fortunately for Tess, a truck driver (Will Harris) happens by a few minutes later and offers his help. Tess accepts his help, but it was all a setup by the driver, who sheds his friendly guise and proceeds to beat and rape Tess, leaving her for dead. Tess awakens later and manages to walk to the next town. Instead of calling for the police, Tess decides to exact revenge in her own way.
Now before anything, yes, this film showed up on Lifetime. Let’s get that out of the way. Next, while the basic premise sounds all-too familiar (I Spit On Your Grave immediately comes to mind), the film does offer more in the form of Richard Christian Matheson’s script. Tess is presented as a normal person with a darker, more violent personality underneath the surface. And it just so happens that after her assault, elements of that personality come to the surface in her “eye for an eye” vengeance. As such, the viewer is offered a glimpse into Tess’s head, including conversations with a character from her book in Aunt Doreen (played humorously by Olympia Dukakis) and her GPS named “Tom”. It might sound kind of hokey, but really, is it that much different from having a character reliving traumatic experiences in other films/television shows? It adds to the flavour of a character out for payback.
The acting front begins and ends with Maria Bello. Bello is amazing as Tess, and fully brings Matheson’s script to life, conveying every bit of underlying sadness and anger in the character, the latter of which really comes out in the second half of the film. Dukakis is another treat of the film, doling out King’s trademark black humour as Tess’s muse and voice of reason…even if that reason involves making sure Tess gets rid of the evidence. Will Harris’s imposing portrayal of the film’s antagonist, Lester, is appropriately intimidating and sleazy (though you wouldn’t want to say it to his face), and really makes you want to see his comeuppance.
Even with the excellent script and equally-excellent acting, there are a few issues that creep up. Aside from the obvious rape revenge motif that really doesn’t differentiate from a lot of other films of this nature, the elements mentioned above involving Tess’s character (interactions with characters from her book and the GPS) that do border on the silly. There’s also the actual act of rape, which despite being restricted by the original format and not glorified, is still not something you’d enjoy watching. And like many revenge rape films, you probably won’t be in a hurry to see it again afterwards. Finally, despite receiving third billing, Joan Jett’s role is really nothing much more than a cameo as a bar owner, and feels more like one of those attempts at attention-grabbing in order for people to take notice. But really, why do that when you already have great talent in the film?
While Big Driver doesn’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to films of this nature, the strength of the script and the quality of the acting really make the film stand out. Bello is amazing in her role, and performances by Harris and Dukakis really sell this one. The film isn’t for everyone (given the obvious content), but for those who are able to stomach this sort of topic will be rewarded with another excellent adaptation of Stephen King’s work.
Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, Big Driver looks great. Colour reproduction is excellent, the overall image is crisp and clear with no imperfections like compression artifacts. There are some instances where details do look a bit flat, but this is easily one of the better-looking DVDs I’ve seen in a while.
As for the audio, the Dolby Digital English 5.1 stereo track is equally-comparable in quality to the video. Use of directional sound is great, with some excellent instances of the sound moving from one channel to the next. Bass output adds a nice punch to select scenes, and doesn’t overpower. Dialogue is clear and free of any distortion.
You know those companies that put other films’ trailers on the DVD instead of having actual extras that pertain to the film you’re watching? Lionsgate did it here, and it’s beyond annoying. The “extra” that pertains to the film is the ultraviolet copy.
Also included is a slipcase that replicates the art for the case itself.
It’s been a while since I last reported on the indie horror game White Night, with its unique blending of old-school horror inspirations, like Alone in the Dark and the works of Alfred Hitchcock. Its high-contrast, black and white art style is undeniably striking, and goes far in making the game look and feel like it could’ve released in the early to mid-90′s — and I mean that in the best way possible.
White Night is being developed by a couple of the devs who worked on the fifth Alone in the Dark, and it shows. The game is scheduled to release on March 3rd for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
TheWrap reports that Gremlins director Joe Dante’s latest horror pic, Burying the Ex, was acquired by Image Entertainment for release on VOD and in limited theaters this summer.
It stars Fright Night‘s Anton Yelchin, Texas Chainsaw 3D‘s Alexandra Daddario, and The Apparition‘s Ashley Greene. Check out our report from the set here.
“Burying the Ex follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max knows it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s terrified of breaking up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Max eventually meets Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soul mate, only to learn that Evelyn has risen from her grave and is determined to get her boyfriend back…even if that means turning him into one of the undead.”
Dante previous directed The Hole, which is actually a really great children’s horror film.
Update: This vinyl is coming out via Ship To Shore Phonograph Co. One Way Static is assisting with distribution. More about Ship to Shore Phonograph Co. can be found here.
One Way Static has opened up pre-orders for the soundtrack to George A. Romero’s vampire shocker Martin, which was composed by Donald Rubinstein. The vinyl will not be shipped until the end of May but there are limited variants, so make sure you place your order here.
The soundtrack was once named “…one of the top 100 coolest soundtracks of all time” by MOJO Magazine. This will be the first time it’s available on vinyl since its release in 1978.
Roy Frumkes, producer of Street Trash and director of Document of the Dead, states:
Donald Rubinstein contributes a haunting, melancholy score punctuated with sudden, passionate riffs. It is the perfect accompaniment to this tale of lost souls in a barren, nearly post-apocalyptic environment.
Head below for the artwork (done by Brandon Schaefer) as well as the full track listing and different variant details.
> 500 on Marble “Blood” Red Vinyl (This edition/variant has been exclusively made for One Way Static & Light In The Attic Records and is only available through our online stores).
> 500 on “Transylvanian Flashback” Black & White Swirl Vinyl (available only through the official Ship To Shore PhonoCo webstore).
> 1000 on 180 gram black vinyl for retail.
A1. The Calling / Main Title
A2. Train Attack
A4. Tat Cuda’s House
A5. Martin At The Butcher Shop
A6. Antique Chase With Villagers
A7. Garlic Chase #6
A8. Martin Goes To The City
A9. Christina Leaves
A11. Modern Vamp
B2. The Calling (Reprise)
B3. Braddock / Chase
B4. Back To Me
B5. Crawling Sequence
B6. Martin Martin Martin
B7. Marie – Interlude
B9. Fly By Night
B10. Exorcism / Classical Funk
B11. Stake, Well Done!
Between Tales of Halloween and Michael Dougherty’s Krampus, there’s no shortage of holiday-themed anthologies.
The next comes courtesy of indie production and sales outfit XYZ Films, who is teaming with John Hegeman’s newly-launched genre label, Distant Corners Entertainment, to produce feature anthology, Holidays.
Deadline reports that the pic is a group of subversive tales fashioned around globally recognized celebrations like Christmas, Easter, Halloween and Mother’s Day.
Other than the addition of Starry Eyes duo Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, the band of directors isn’t as exciting. In fact, it’s almost a turnoff.
The other vignettes will be helmed by the god awful Kevin Smith, responsible for trash such as Tusk and Red State; Gary Shore, who helmed the bland soulless Dracula Untold, will tell a story; Then there’s Scott Stewart, director of the scare-less and lackluster Dark Skies; other directors include The Pact‘s Nick McCarthy, Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Sarah Smith (The Midnight Swim), and Anthony Scott Burns. More directors will be announced in the coming weeks.
A&E released the official poster for the third season of “Bates Motel” that could have multiple agendas. Is Freddie Highmore acting “sexy” or “scary,” or maybe both? It’s implied that he’s becoming more sexually connected to Norman, so possibly they’re both in the same?
“Bates Motel”, returning March 9, is a contemporary prequel to the genre-defining film Psycho, and gives viewers an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years.
Series stars Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates and Freddie Highmore as Norman.
After a blissful summer of closeness with his mother, living within the safe confines of home and the Bates Motel, Norman’s fears about what really happened with Blaire Watson resurface and Norma questions what really happened. Forced to look at the truths about Norman for the first time, their deeply intricate relationship continues to evolve. Norma finds herself turning to the other man in her life, Norman’s half-brother, Dylan (Max Thieriot) and begins to rely on him in ways that she never expected. This relationship inevitably triggers jealousy in Norman and a new kind of love triangle between Norma and her two sons erupts. Estranged brother and uncle, Caleb (Kenny Johnson) returns to haunt the family throughout the season challenging the family bond even further. Pressures of the outside world take a hold of the family when newcomers Kevin Rahm (“Mad Men,” “Desperate Housewives”), Tracy Spiradakos (“Revolution”) and Ryan Hurst (“Sons Of Anarchy”) arrive at White Pine Bay. After a summer of living at the Bates Motel, Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) and Norma have grown closer but there will always have that troubling question mark surrounding Norman. Something doesn’t feel right, but spite of his instincts, Romero finds himself continually drawn back to the Bates family — and to Norma. Emma (Olivia Cooke) also determined to find out what is happening to Norman becomes more emboldened, fearless, goes after the things she wants. Familiar face, Bradley (Nicola Peltz) returns to surprise the family and digs up old memories.
Inspired by the classic occult board game, a group of teens accidentally unleash a dark power from the other side in Ouija (review; review #2) coming to Digital HD on January 13 and Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet, and On Demand on February 3 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge), Ouija delivers exclusive bonus content including a deeper look inside the mystery of the Ouija board, film commentary and much more.
Check out this exclusive feature that teaches you the rules of a real Ouija board.
“After Debbie (Shelley Hennig, “Teen Wolf”) suddenly dies, her best friend Laine (Olivia Cooke, “Bates Motel,”) attempts to contact her using an antique Ouija board she finds in Debbie’s room. When the curious teen begins asking the board questions and stumbles upon the mystery of her friend’s death, Laine discovers a resident spirit calling itself DZ, and eerie, inexplicable events begin to follow her. The group of friends digs deeper into the history of Debbie’s house and are shocked to find that Debbie wasn’t the first victim—and won’t be be the last if they don’t figure out how to close the portal to the spirit world they’ve opened.“
The otherworldly thriller also stars Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters), Bianca A. Santos (“The Fosters”), Ana Coto (“DISconnected”) and Daren Kagasoff (The Secret Life of the American Teenager).
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a Blu-ray, DVD and DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet.
Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray: The Spirit Board: An Evolution – Journey back in time and trace the history of “automatic writing” and “talking boards” as it goes from ritual to novelty act to board game and now movie.
Icon of the Unknown – A look at the mystical and scientific explanations for how the Ouija board works.
Bonus Features on Blu-ray and DVD: Adapting the Fear – Join the cast and crew on set to learn how they adapted this portal to the spirit world into a feature film.
We may have missed last week’s BD Playlist but we’re back and we’re bringing you a list from the wizard behind the curtains, Tom! His list goes from industrial metal to chilled out electronica, so kick back, put your feet up, and ease into a rollercoaster of a playlist.!<--nextpage-->Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor
Check out our review here
Despite his mainstream success, Brad Dourif is one of those talents that keeps coming back to the genre that put him on the map. That’s not a knock against him, since he’s always been entertaining, be it as Chucky, or guest-starring in a multitude of TV shows in a multitude of roles (I loved his spot in Millennium, but that’s just me). Brad seems to be on a bit of a doctor kick lately, showing up as physicians of varied specialties. Case in point: his turn as a mysterious doctor known only as The Man in Brian Avenet-Bradley’s Malignant.
After the death of his wife to cancer, Allex (Gary Cairns) has developed an addiction to alcohol. He doesn’t seem too concerned about beating his addiction, even if it does cause him blackouts. One night, Allex meets a mysterious man (Brad Dourif) who offers to help Allex with his addiction through unconventional means. The Man seems intent on showing Allex that addiction has consequences, and after Allex blacks out, subjects him to a mysterious procedure. Turns out the procedure has Allex becoming a killer whenever he blacks out. Now Allex must figure out if what happened was real, and if so, how to stop it.
The big attraction here is Dourif, and for the most part, he doesn’t disappoint. The way his character is introduced to the audience, slowly and nonchalantly stalking a hapless escapee, is only the start. From there, The Man comes across as sinister and intelligent, at one point using a French phrase to express that he has “black thoughts” in regards to Allex’s drinking. This is of course preceded by a little wooden box presented to Allex which contains black butterflies. It’s a quirk that’s both esoteric and unsettling. Admittedly, it’s not Dourif’s best performance, but he still tries to make it entertaining.
I also give points to Avenet-Bradley’s take on using alcoholism as a jump-off for a horror film. The descent into addiction, and how an extreme intervention turns an already bad situation into a nightmare, isn’t a story that’s told too often. The story is slow, but has enough layers to keep those who are interested in this entertained. Adding to it is Mark Lee Fletcher’s score, which is subtle yet underscores and heightens the tension during moments where dialogue is absent.
However, Malignant has some glaring flaws in certain areas that hamper it’s appeal. Largely, it comes down to Gary Cairns. The problem isn’t that the character of Allex is meant to be as average as possible in order to be relatable to the viewer as possible. The problem is that Cairns plays Allex so focused on moping about and drinking that you’re left with a protagonist who you can’t even get behind. And when the actor playing the antagonist is far more interesting to watch, you know you’re in trouble. While depression is generally an inward focus and not something that is tangible to people on the outside, I can see what Cairns was trying to do. Problem is, even when you’re faced with such a fantastical situation as in the case of Allex, where he ends up killing someone when he drinks, sympathy goes out the window when the character goes right back to drinking.
Relying on the strength of your big name to carry your film is one thing, but when that big name is the villain of the film, you’ve got your work cut out for you if your hero isn’t up to par. In the case of Malignant, that doesn’t happen. Cairns does not attract the viewer to his situation or garner much sympathy, and as a result, the film becomes a frustration and a bore to watch, even with the interesting premise of alcoholism. Sure, Dourif attempts to make things interesting, but even he can’t save the film with the way his character is written. Diehard fans of Dourif may get some enjoyment out of seeing him strut his stuff, but it’s ultimately not enough for this film to be entertaining.
The 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks excellent. The image is sharp, with good colour reproduction (albeit the palette is slightly muted) and some great detail. This is a pretty good transfer, given the film’s origins.
Likewise, the Dolby Digital 5.1 track is pretty good. Dialogue is clear and distortion free, with a fairly good balance with the ambient effects (although the latter could’ve been given more attention). Much of the activity is focused on the centre channel, with a bit of activity on the directionals. Still, this is an adequate track, and pairs well with the transfer. A Dolby 2.0 Stereo track is also included.
The big extra is the 38-minute doc “Surgery For The Soul”, and features interviews with cast and crew, as well as behind-the-scenes footage. Certainly not the quality you’d expect from an indie release, this documentary covers a variety of topics, from the origins of the story, all the way through production. Very slickly produced and very informative.
The disc also includes the film’s trailer.
It’s Frankenstein vs. The Mummy (watch the trailer), arriving on both VOD and DVD February 10, 2015 from Image/RLJ Entertainment.
Bloody Disgusting has an exclusive clip that resurrects The Mummy using blood. Watch the gory clip below from Damien Leone’s horror showdown that stars Robert MacNaughton, Ashton Leigh, Max Rhyser, Brandon deSpain, and Constantin Tripes.
“Dr. Victor Frankenstein and Egyptologist Naihla Khalil are both professors at a leading medical university. Victor’s latest grisly “experiment” is the re-animated corpse of a sadistic madman and Naihla’s most recent find is the cursed mummy of an evil pharaoh. When the two monsters face-off in an epic showdown, no one is safe from the slaughter. Can the murderous rampage be stopped and the carnage contained before it’s too late?“
For those of you who enjoy the whole resurgence of horror retrosynth (I’m with you on this one) but are also wanting something a bit more hard hitting, allow me to introduce you to SurgeryHead, an Irish electronic artist whose style reminds me of the splatter gorefests of the 80′s.
Just read this description of SurgeryHead:
A malformed creature raised on a diet of 1980s horror movies, industrial EBM and slick french electro, SurgeryHead is music that you can mosh too as easily as it’ll make you shake that which your putrid mother cursed you with.
If I’ve got you as hooked as you should be, then take the next step and head down to listen to the newly released Garbage Day (A.K.A. Black Neon), which you can also snag for €2, making it an incredibly worthwhile purchase.
It was a hell of a year for horror comics in 2014 and luckily we have The Ghastly Awards to help recognize achievement in horror. This year the judges had a really hard time picking out these incredible nominees from a standout year, but I think you’ll agree every entry on here deserved a spot. So without further adieu here are the 2014 Ghastly Awards nominees.
The Ghastly Award Judges are proud to announce the 2014 Ghastly Award Nominees. The Nominees, chosen by the Ghastly Award Judges, reflect the wide range of Horror material being published in print and web comic form today. All Nominees were selected from work that was submitted by Comic Publishers and Creators throughout the year for Ghastly Award consideration.
Named after acclaimed comics creator “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, the awards are now in their 4th year.
Fan and Creator Voting will be open from February 9, 2015 until February 22, 2015 atwww.ghastlyawards.com. You may only vote once for the 2014 Nominees, and Fans will decide the winner of the Best Horror Comic Cover Award. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2015.
We thank everyone who took the time to submit their work for this year’s awards.The 2014 Nominees are:
Best Ongoing Title:
Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)
Crossed: Badlands (Avatar Press)
Nailbiter (Image Comics)
Outcast (Image Comics)
Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)
Best Limited Series:
‘68: Homefront (Image Comics)
Caliban (Avatar Press)
Deadworld: Restoration (IDW Publishing)
The Strain: The Fall (Dark Horse Comics)
Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland (IDW Publishing)
Crossed: Special 2014 (Avatar Press)
Dismal Incantation (Herman Inclusus)
Edgar Allan Poe’s Morella and the Murders in the Rue Morgue (Dark Horse Comics)
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Premature Burial (Dark Horse Comics)
Killogy: Halloween Special (IDW Publishing)
Bloke’s Terrible Tomb Of Terror #10 (Indy)
God Is Dead: The Book of Acts – Alpha (Avatar Press)
Hellraiser: Bestiary (BOOM! Studios)
In the Dark (Tiny Behemoth Press / IDW Publishing)
Monstrosity Vol. 2 (Alterna Comics)
Best Short Story in an Anthology:
Beneath the Surface (Blokes Terrible Tomb of Terror #10)
Grandeur and Monstrosity (God Is Dead: The Book of Acts Alpha)
Not All There (In The Dark)
Red World (Grimm Tales of Terror #4)
Trial by Cauldron (Canaan Cult Revival)
Carbon (Caliber Comics)
Monsters & Other Stories (Dark Horse Comics)
The Absence (Titan Comics)
The Curse Of Ragdoll (Mike Wolfer Entertainment)
The Shadows of Salamanca (Humanoids Inc.)
Best Archival Collection:
Collection of previously released material / Historical Book on Horror Comics
28 Days Later Omnibus (BOOM! Studios)
EC Archives:The Vault of Horror Volume 3 (Dark Horse Comics)
Serenity Rose: 10 Awkward Years (SLG Publishing)
Swampmen: Muck-Monsters and Their Makers (TwoMorrows Publishing)
The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics: The Worst of Eerie Publications (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)
Alex de Campi (Grindhouse: Doors Open at Midnight)
Joe Hill (Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland)
Joshua Williamson (Nailbiter, Ghosted)
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie, Sabrina)
Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
Ben Templesmith (Squidder)
Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
Herman Inclusus (Dismal Incantation)
Leonardo Manco (John Carpenter’s Asylum)
Menton3 (Memory Collectors, Nosferatu Wars)
Christian DiBari (Cutter)
John Bivens (Dark Engine)
Martin Stiff (The Absence)
Mike Wolfer/Dan Parsons (The Curse of Ragdoll)
Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
Herman Inclusus (Dismal Incantation)
Jack Morelli (Afterlife With Archie)
Rachel Deering (In the Dark, Creepy, Sabrina)
Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
Tyler & Ma’at Crook (Bad Blood)
Elizabeth Breitweiser (Outcast)
Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
Jay Fotos (’68 Rule of War, ’68 Homefront, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland)
Kelly Fitzpatrick (Dark Engine)
Tyler Crook (Bad Blood)
Best Web Comic:
Graveyard Gang (http://www.thegraveyardgang.com)
Karma Springs (http://karmasprings.tumblr.com/)
Split Lip (http://splitlipcomic.com/)
Best Horror Comic Cover:
Fan voting will determine the Winner
’68 Rule of War #1 (Nat Jones)
’68 Rule of War #3 Cover B (Tim Vigil & Jay Fotos)
Afterlife with Archie #6 (Francesco Francavilla)
Caliban #1 Terror (Facundo Percio, Sebastian Cabrol & Hernan Cabrera)
Hellraiser: Bestiary #04 Cover B (Daniele Serra)
Memory Collectors #3 Sub. Variant (David Stoupakis)
Nosferatu Wars (Menton3)
Hall of Fame Inductees:
Normanton Award Honoree:
Presented for their commitment to carrying on the legacy of Horror Comics for generations to come.
The Ghastly Awards congratulate all of the Nominees for what they bring to the comic reading community. To be nominated by the Ghastly Award Judges is an honor and the Ghastly Awards are here to celebrate these achievements.
Reviewed By Jorge Solis. Eerily suspenseful with breathtaking imagery, ‘Southern Cross’ #1 is an entertaining first entry to the sci-fi thriller. This is a well-crafted exercise in pulling at the strings of anticipation. With the groundwork set in the first issue, “Southern Cross” hooks readers in with its cerebral and existentialist mystery.
WRITTEN BY: Becky Cloonan
ART BY: Andy Belanger
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: March 11th, 2015
In the vastness of outer-space, no one could hear what happened to Amber Braith. Mourning for her deceased sister, Alex has to travel in-between planets and stars to collect her remains. Surrounded by spaceships and 3D screens, Alex is a long way from home, from any outside help as she reaches close to her destination.There is something lurking in the darkness of space waiting to reach out and claim another victim.
I love how writer Becky Cloonan blends aspects of horror, sci-fi, and mystery seamlessly into the narrative. Each page feels fresh with clever ideas as Cloonan introduces readers to our main character, Alex. Realizing she is just an ant inside a bigger world, Alex has to be tough and feisty as she exudes a punkish personality.
Keeping readers inside Alex’s perspective, Cloonan locks in every page with a sense of awe and dread. Though we’re in a big world, Cloonan finds ways to condense size and elbow room. The eerie atmosphere is always thick with danger as Alex finds herself in tight, claustrophobic situations. The well-written story moves along at a fast pace as characters bounce off each other with their snappy dialogue.
One of my favorite comics from 2014 was “Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night,” and I knew that artist Andy Belanger was going to do wonders visually here in “Southern Cross.” What’s amazing here is how Belanger kicks his talents up a notch. The camera always seems to be moving as Alex makes her way from one panel to the next. Like a tracking shot, your eyes will follow from top to bottom of the page as Alex makes the trip to her quarters.
From the spaceships to the tablets, I enjoyed how Belanger uses the little details to make the sci-fi aspects feel grounded. Notice the facial expressions Alex makes as she lugs her heavy bag around. In an impressive two-pager, Lee Loughridge’s vivid colors enhance Belanger’s illustrations by capturing a future that is breathtaking with its technological advancements and frightening in its wide openness.
Arriving in stores on March 11, “Southern Cross” #1 is a fantastic read from start to finish. I cannot wait to get my hands on the second issue.
‘Wolf Moon’ is one of the breakout hits from Vertigo comics in these past few years. It has the visceral tone and feel of something like Preacher, and with Jeremy Haun’s killer art, it may go down in history as one of the most shockingly violent comics of all time. Which is a good thing for people like us, since shocking violence, werewolves, and gore seem to go hand in hand with the tastes of Bloody-Disgusting.
WOLF MOON #3
U.S. Price: $3.99ON SALE 2/4
Dillon Chase continues his hunt for revenge – and the werewolf continues its slaughter across the American midwest. Hold onto your hearts and your entrails – WOLF MOON #3 features a cover by Vertigo favorite Jill Thompson and supernatural horror galore by Cullen Bunn (LOBO, SINESTRO) and Jeremy Haun (CONSTANTINE).
Art by: Jeremy Haun
Cover by: Jill Thompson
Written by: Cullen Bunn
On Sale Date:
Feb 4 2015
Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures long delayed Seventh Son is finally set for release on February 6, 2015, and now we have a massive image gallery loaded with looks at the genre period piece.
The action adventure stars Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, Djimon Hounsou and Julianne Moore. It is based on the book “The Spook’s Apprentice” (AKA “The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch”) by Joseph Delaney.
Directed by Sergei Bodrov, “In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order (Oscar winner Jeff Bridges) travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son (Ben Barnes). Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen (Julianne Moore) and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom.“
Artists Alex Solis has had it with his drawings, and now they’re fighting.
Check out this series of inks/photos that depict Solis’s battle with his art. It’s a bit “Mad Magazine,” which makes it all the more wonderful.
This week: we review Techland’s “Dying Light,” the “Metroid Prime Trilogy” hits the eShop for $10(!), BD turns 14, and more!
Shoreline Entertainment has acquired rights to backwoods thriller, Black Fly, and will introduce to international buyers at the EFM, says ScreenDaily.
Jason Bourque makes his feature directorial debut on Black Fly, which fictionalizes the story of serial killer Noel Winters. The film tells the story through the eyes of Winters’ estranged younger brother.
The film is inspired by Bourque’s experiences growing up next to a serial killer in rural New Brunswick.
Check out some images and a poster below.
Jake and Noel Henson are two estranged brothers haunted by a troubled past. Their father died in a hunting accident, their mother committed suicide and over the years they lost touch. After escaping from his abusive uncle, Jake seeks refuge with Noel who now lives with his girlfriend Paula in the old family farmhouse. Located on an isolated island, it’s the perfect place to find solace and re-connect after years of separation. Or so Jake thinks…
Soon after his arrival, Jake realizes his older brother has become a hard drinker with an explosive temper. A short fuse of paranoia and abuse has been ignited in the farmhouse and the days unfold with creeping unease.
It’s family versus morality as Noel’s psychopathic tendencies propel them all into a nail-biting nightmare. For Jake, he must question “the ties that bind”. Will he be strong enough to stop his brother’s terrifying rampage?