Review: “Ghosted” #11

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:03

“Ghosted” takes a slight detour this month as Joshua Williamson lays out Anderson’s backstory. Making the undead femme fatale the most complex and compelling supporting character of the series, and firmly cemented her as the secondary protagonist in a thrilling chapter that seamless brings us to the beginning of the third arc.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Goran Sudzuka

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: July 9, 2014

It’s been a cold two months without “Ghosted.” I feel warmer already after reading Williamson’s detailed account of Anderson’s past. For a while I wasn’t sure about her deal, I knew she was important, but I didn’t really know why and certainly didn’t know what she wanted. This month Williamson shows us exactly who she is, and why she became the killing machine we met in issue one.

I still take some issue with some of her motivations being a little base level, but the story proved interesting enough to stay compelling. She’s a killing machine, and she’s good at it. She followed the money, and for more reasons than one she should be alive instead of Jackson. Yet, she’s too cocksure. A fault that Williamson hammers home here with her pride getting the best of her in the past, she’s good but she’s not the best.

Goran Sudzuka was sorely missed. His return to the series in this issue is worth the cover price alone. His dark style just pops off the page, and he revels in these unsavory characters. His action is clean and the supernatural elements in his work are simply stunning. The final pages of the issue are absolutely chilling as we see Anderson interacting with a broken and beaten Jackson. Sudzuka’s framing and the way he sets up the shots creates such an uncanny sense of dread, hell the dude could give Argento a run for his money.

Williamson has taken the time to ground his characters in a certain blend of fearlessness and desperation that is unique to his genre blend. The result is a irresistible crime caper that channels a unique type of terror. There is something devilishly charming about virgin blood candles, and something equally unsettling. I’m excited to see how deep the darkness of the series goes now that “Nailbiter” is in full swing.

Truly Williamson has proven himself to be a master of horror, and this issue serves as a reminder that he hasn’t forgotten his compelling characters along the way. It’s a breath of fresh air in horror that never seems to run out of steam.  The only thing that saddens me this month is that we didn’t go deeper. I wanted to learn more and really get into the core of what drives Anderson. The answer we got here was that she’s driven by her drive, but I think there is still so much more to the character. In any event, her drive has now made her resolve to haunt Jackson for the rest of his miserable life.

We’ll see how that goes in thirty.

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Enjoy Over 70 Hours Of Horror Music On Spotify

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:00

BD’s John Marrone has put together a 70+ hour playlist on Spotify that features soundtracks from many of the biggest movies in the horror genre. There’s music from John Carpenter, Tyler Bates, Goblin, and more. Basically, load up this list and you’ll have enough music to last you for several days!

You can stream the channel below.

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Review: “The Life After” #1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:55

There is something alluring about Joshua Hale Fialkov’s new series “The Life After” right from the get go, it might be the gorgeous art from Gabo, a two page spread featuring forty panels, or the breakneck pace of the narrative. Whatever it is, it’s irresistible and confidently introduces you to the strange new world of purgatory.

 

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Hale Fialkov

ART BY: Gabo

PUBLISHER: Oni Press

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: July 9, 2014

I have a certain respect for debut issues that can survive solely on the merit of the questions they ask. Servicing their story and their audience plagues most comic series debuts. They offer explanations for literally everything. “The Life After” #1 doesn’t have a single answer on the page. Instead we’re thrown headfirst into the world with our protagonist and taken on a visually immersive adventure that has inklings of something more.

There is an element of control to this chaos. Fialkov makes so much clear within the opening page, but he doesn’t over explain it. In fact these little acts of puppeteering actually make the complexity a little less daunting. Someone or something is behind this insanity, and eventually we’ll get to the bottom of it.

For now Gabo does most of the heavy lifting. The script gives plenty of room for heavy bits of voice over narration but the artwork takes the story to dizzying heights. There is such a clash of worlds going on here that Gabo’s style should be frenzied but it never misses the mark.

Instead he offers a seamless clash of every sort of visual inspiration you can think of, co-existing in a mad world where nothing seems to make sense. His character designs are remarkable and varied. The large panels showing off this purgatory world are as impressive as they are complex.

Fialkov wastes no time pulling the story to a head with the introduction of Ernest Hemmingway. A character I wasn’t expecting in the least, but serves as easily one of the most charming parts of the issue. The adventurer is sure to pull our protagonist into a wild journey of discovery, and while the influential writer does offer a lot of exposition, it’s hardly distracting.

What should be a intense concept hardly ever feels that way. While the comic does have some difficult scenes within it, it never feels over indulgent. Instead we’re given a dose of terror amongst all the wonder on the page. Not everything in this world can be wonderful, and knowing Failkov, there is bound to be a whole lot more horror around the corner.

“The Life After” is equal parts whimsical and haunting. It’s brilliantly paced and expertly communicated. This debut issues shows you a world where anything is possible and teases a near limitless scope for the future of the series. As far as first issues go it’s a total knockout.

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The Gasp Menagerie: Chilean Government Releases Report on UFO Photos

Dread Central - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:48

Chile is an interesting place. I've never been there and know very little about it, but they have an actual branch of their version of the FAA that investigates UFO reports. That's pretty damn interesting.

The CEFAA (Committee for the Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena) even has a website where photos under investigation can be viewed. Their latest report, as mentioned in Leslie Kean's HuffPost blog, concerns a series of photos taken in April 2013 at a mining facility in the Andes.

Scientists and engineers working at the mine observed what can only be described as a good, old fashioned flying saucer. The object was said to be hovering over the site, making absolutely no sound. The witnesses said it made several maneuvers that demonstrated it wasn't simply floating in the wind. The lack of noise ruled out a drone.

Both of the photos show the object, but in different locations and in a different orientation. Sunlight is clearly reflecting off the metallic object, although one analyst states that the light is too bright and at an incorrect angle to be sunlight and could be energy being emitted from the disc.

The CEFAA analysis ruled out most explanations, and thus the report states that it is indeed an unidentified flying object.

Do these clear photos from educated, scientific witnesses show something unearthly? An experimental craft? Time travelers? Let us know what you think below!

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Cemetery Dance Releasing Douglas Clegg's Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters this Summer

Dread Central - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:46

Douglas Clegg's new novella Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters is nearly finished at the printer and will be released this summer by Cemetery Dance. We have a look at the cover art and a few of the stunning interior drawings by Caniglia.

Visit Cemetery Dance's online store to pre-order your copy. At this time the exact publication date hasn't been revealed, but expect to see Dinner with the Cannibal Sisters sometime during the summer of 2014.

Synopsis:
You're invited to dinner in this dark gem about a notorious family — and a feast like no other.

In October 1890 authorities discovered two teenaged girls at Bog Farm surrounded by a scene of unimaginable carnage. A legend grew of their cannibalistic night of terror, but young Lucy and Sally were never put to trial and no one has ever before gotten close enough to interview them.

Twenty years later an inexperienced reporter travels to their New Hampshire farm, determined to shed light upon the events of that night.

Lizzie Borden, Dr. Crippen, the Windrow Sisters — murderers whose mystique has lasted more than a century. But of them all, the tale of the Windrow girls is unrivaled in its legend of depravity and innocence corrupted.

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Son of Monsterpalooza Returns to Burbank September 12-14, 2014

Dread Central - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:44

Award-winning F/X artists, monster-related artwork displayed and sold, killer celebrity guests. These things and more will all be found at the 2014 Son of Monsterpalooza at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, CA, running September 12-14.

Boasting guests like Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Gunnar Hansen, Ed Neal and Terri McMinn as well as seminars, vendors, a costume contest and walk-through monster museum, Son of Monsterpalooza 2014 promises to be just as impressive as its predecessors.

Tickets are available here. Be sure to check out the full current guest list below, and then visit the official Monsterpalooza website and "like" Monsterpalooza on Facebook for more information.

From the Press Release
Award-winning FX artists, monster-related artwork displayed and sold, special presentations, a walk-through monster museum, and so much more will be available at Son of Monsterpalooza 2014 in the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Burbank, September 12-14.

Special guests from horror and sci-fi films include: Angus Scrimm (Phantasm I-V, John Dies at the End), A. Michael Baldwin (Phantasm I, III, IV, V), Reggie Bannister (Phantasm I-V), Gunnar Hansen (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Ed Neal (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Terri McMinn (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), Caroline Munro (The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Maniac, The Abominable Dr. Phibes), Patty Mullen (Frankenhooker, Penthouse Pet), Ken Satsuma (Godzilla suit actor, Godzilla vs. Gigan, Godzilla vs. Biollante, Godzilla vs. Mothra), Tsutomu Kitagawa (Godzilla suit actor, Godzilla 2000, Rebirth of Godzilla, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla), Lori Cardille (Day of the Dead), Joe Pilato (Day of the Dead) and Gary Klar (Day of the Dead).

Additional guests include Mike Hill (renowned portrait sculptor), Casey Love (The Thing, creature designer, sculptor and painter), Ahahito Akido (F/X artist and sculptor), Steve Wang (Predator, creature designer/sculptor/painter), Tim Gore (Hellboy, F/X artist and painter), the Chiodo Brothers (Killer Clowns from Outer Space, Critters)... and LOTS more to come!

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Everything You Need to Know About Sharknado Before Sharknado 2's July 30th Premiere

Dread Central - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:41

Dubbed the "Sumnado of Sharknado," a recap video of the social media phenom known as Sharknado has arrived to make sure you know everything you need to before the storm hits the city that never sleeps in Sharknado 2: The Second One.

In Sharknado 2: The Second One, a freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a "sharknado" on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, returning from the original) can save the Big Apple.

Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch, Andy Dick, Judah Friedlander, Vivica A. Fox, and Mark McGrath also appear in the Syfy Original Movie, which promises cameos by the likes of Perez Hilton, rapper Biz Markie, Salt-N-Pepa's Pepa (aka Sandra Denton), Robert Klein, and professional wrestler/Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle.

Anthony C. Ferrante returns to direct a screenplay by Thunder Levin, who also wrote Sharknado.

Sharknado 2 premieres on Wednesday, July 30th, at 9 PM PT/ET, just a little more than one year after the original Sharknado aired.




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Tristan Risk Added to the Cast of Save Yourself

Dread Central - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:38

Tristan Risk, who wowed audiences in the role of Beatress in American Mary last year, will be bringing her fabulous talents to the set of director Ryan M. Andrews' newest project, Save Yourself, which begins filming soon.

Little Miss Risk can also be seen in the new short film Call Girl, the upcoming Fetish Factory and Fembot, as well as many other entertainingly twisted underground projects, leading to what is sure to be a huge and exciting year for her. Currently, she joins Jessica Cameron amongst a fully Canadian cast in Andrews' Save Yourself.

Andrews is completely stoked to be working with Risk. "The Soskas’ film American Mary was arguably the biggest indie film of last year, and Tristan Risk’s character, Beatress, was a stand-out performance," Andrews said. "The character was so unique and interesting. Risk played it perfectly, and to have a talent like her bringing her edge and attitude to Save Yourself is truly exciting."

And the respect is mutual as Risk is very excited to join such a talented cast and crew. On joining Save Yourself, Risk said, "I’m so thrilled to be doing this since it’s got some great traditional horror elements with girls road tripping and running afoul of some folks of a deviant nature but also because of its other qualities. I think this will surprise quite a few people and continue a proud tradition with Canadian genre."

You'll find additional info and a pic of Risk and Cameron below. For more "like" Save Yourself on Facebook and follow Save Yourself on Twitter (@SaveYourselfMVE).

From the Press Release
Director Ryan M. Andrews is excited to attach American Mary star Tristan Risk to a powerhouse ensemble cast of Canadian talent in Save Yourself. Risk joins the previously announced cast of Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), Ry Barrett (The Demolisher), Tianna Nori (Clean Break), and Sydney Kondruss (The Drownsman).

And the talent does not stop there. Andrews, along with executive producers Pino Halili and Allen Ormerod, did a grueling casting session to hand pick for each role, including Caleigh LeGrand (Late Night Double Feature), Bea Santos (Antisocial), and a special appearance from veteran star Bobbie Phillips, whose credits include Wes Craven’s Carnival of Souls, Showgirls, Evil Breed, "The X-Files." and many more.

Phillips says, “I’m thrilled to be joining the cast of Save Yourself and looking forward to working with the delightfully twisted Ryan Andrews, Jessica Cameron, and the rest of the bloody talented crew.”

Returning to Andrews’ side to shoot the film is Michael Jari Davidson (Berkshire County, The Last Halloween, SICK). "Mr. Davidson shares the same love and passion that I have for this genre. His skills are beyond reproach, and his style compliments me perfectly," Andrews says about his cinematographer.

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Let the Hunt Begin! Fan Film Predator: Dark Ages to Feature Predator vs. Knights Templar

Dread Central - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:36

Predator. The ultimate killing machine. He went up against two men who went on to become United States governors in his first film, and he just kept kicking ass from there. But how would he fare in medieval times? The short film Predator: Dark Ages will ask that question.

Featuring a premise that will pit the intergalactic headhunter against the Knights Templar, Predator: Dark Ages promises to be a fan film extraordinaire. The director will be award-winning filmmaker James Bushe.

Actors currently attached to the project are Adrian Bouchet (Clash of the Titans, Alien vs. Predator), Jon Campling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2), Ben Loyd-Holmes ("Da Vinci's Demons"), Zara Phythian (He Who Dares), and Amed Hashimi (47 Ronin).

Check out the teaser trailer below, and to help this project become a reality, visit the Predator: Dark Ages Kickstarter page, "like" Predator: Dark Ages on Facebook and follow Predator: Dark Ages on Twitter (@Predator_DA).

Predator: Dark Ages Synopsis
Our story begins in a dark prison cell with a mysterious man chained to the wall, tired and hungry. He is the only living survivor from an attack on a group of soldiers. The only living witness to the atrocities a demon of the night performed in front of his very eyes.

Entrusted by the church to hunt down the beast that slaughtered their brothers in arms, a group of battle-worn Templar Knights must use this only witness to find and kill the demon that plagues the English countryside. To lead this group is a knight who no longer believes in God or country and has given up on humanity. But will this one last battle help him regain his lust for life and save his fellow brothers as well as himself?

The soldiers are only too aware of the devastation that was brought to their lost comrades and so must turn to others to assist in their quest. A group of battle-hardened, money-driven mercenaries are called upon to join the hunt. Having to not only drag with them a suspicious sole survivor who is an eyewitness but also a pack of untrustworthy mercenaries, a difficult path full of twists and turns lies ahead for the Templar Knights, more so than they first believed.

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Prepare for Hemlock Grove Season 2 with this Excerpt from the Gothic Novel that Inspired It

Dread Central - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:34

We're just two days away from the premiere of Season 2 of "Hemlock Grove" so when we were offered an excerpt from Brian McGreevy's book that inspired the series in the first place, of course we said yes! Check it out, and prepare to binge beginning this Friday, July 11th!

Hemlock Grove: A Novel (FSG Originals) is an exhilarating reinvention of the Gothic novel, inspired by the iconic characters of our greatest myths and nightmares.

CLICK HERE to download a PDF of our excerpt from Hemlock Grove.

Hemlock Grove: A Novel Synopsis:
The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues -- though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for.

Some suspect an escapee from the White Tower, a foreboding biotech facility owned by the Godfrey family -- their personal fortune and the local economy having moved on from Pittsburgh steel -- where, if rumors are true, biological experiments of the most unethical kind take place. Others turn to Peter Rumancek, a Gypsy trailer-trash kid who has told impressionable high school classmates that he’s a werewolf. Or perhaps it’s Roman, the son of the late JR Godfrey, who rules the adolescent social scene with the casual arrogance of a cold-blooded aristocrat, his superior status unquestioned despite his decidedly freakish sister, Shelley, whose monstrous medical conditions belie a sweet intelligence, and his otherworldly control freak of a mother, Olivia.

At once a riveting mystery and a fascinating revelation of the grotesque and the darkness in us all, Hemlock Grove has the architecture and energy to become a classic in its own right -- and Brian McGreevy the talent and ambition to enthrall us for years to come.

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About "Hemlock Grove" Season 2
The second season of the Emmy® nominated Netflix original series “Hemlock Grove,” a riveting supernatural thriller from executive producer Eli Roth, will premiere on Friday, July 11th, at 12:01 AM PT. The series is based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name and is produced by Gaumont International Television.

All ten episodes of the one-hour series starring Famke Janssen (X-Men), Bill Skarsgård (Simon & The Oaks), Landon Liboiron (“Terra Nova”), and Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II) will be available at launch in all territories where Netflix is available -- U.S., Canada, the UK, Ireland, Latin America, the Nordics, and the Netherlands. The series also stars Madeline Brewer (“Orange Is the New Black”), Madeleine Martin (“Californication”), Joel de la Fuente (“Law & Order: SVU”), and Tiio Horn (“18 to Life”).

“Hemlock Grove” is a supernatural thriller which explores the strange happenings in a small Pennsylvania town. The show focuses on the unlikely friendship between the founding family’s young heir, Roman Godfrey (Skarsgård), and gypsy newcomer and outsider Peter Rumancek (Liboiron). Each holds a monstrous secret that has been unleashed.

Season Two continues with the town coming to grips with the shocking massacre incurred by one of its deadliest creatures. Roman and Peter are now faced with new responsibilities and the realities that come with adulthood. Roman’s relationship with his mother (Janssen) is all but dead as he struggles with his unwanted Upir birthright and the disappearance of his sister, Shelley (Martin). Peter moves in with Destiny (Horn) and is forced to get a job after his mother is sent away.

Meanwhile, in search of a new life, newcomer Miranda Cates (Madeline Brewer) embarks on Hemlock Grove with an unknowingly profound effect on Peter and Roman. And Norman (Scott), still reeling from the loss of his family, must face the harsh truths that are uncovered about those he still loves. The White Tower looms menacingly over the town as Pryce’s mysterious experiments are questioned and he will be faced with the hardest decision of his career.

The drama series was the first foray into television by internationally acclaimed horror master Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever). It was developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman and is executive produced by Eli Roth, Charles Eglee, Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, Eric Newman, and Michael Connolly. “Hemlock Grove” is produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix.

Watch Season 2 on Netflix, and stay up-to-date via "Hemlock Grove" on Facebook and "Hemlock Grove" on Twitter.

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Review: “Spread” #1

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:23

The cinematic influences behind Justin Jordan, Kyle Strahm, and Felipe Sobreira’s new series “Spread” are numerous. In the author’s “patented end of issue ramblings,” the Mad Max film series are unapologetically paid homage to. And rightly so. While reading Issue #1, I also picked up on (obvious) references to John Carpenter’s 1982 sci-fi classic The Thing, especially given the icy setting, but also Ron Howard’s 1988 fantasy epic Willow. Both made me very happy.

WRITTEN BY: Justin Jordan

ART BY: Kyle Strahm

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: July 9, 2014

Reviewed by Nick Brehmer

The Spread is a terrible, ravenous, infectious mass with stylistic renderings similar to that of the demonic force from Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke. It eats its way through people and animals that don’t run fast enough, and even those with an immunity, like our mysterious protagonist No, may still suffer being ripped to shreds.

The story is propelled by the narration of the (presumably) now older Hope, a baby (at the time of Issue #1) with an incredible gift. She is rescued by No in the inaugural issue from a band of post-Spread-apocalyptic raiders. The hero quickly realizes her importance, but he isn’t the only one with a vested interest in the infant.

The writing flows like pieces of nightmarish memory slowly being put back together. Little is revealed in Issue #1 about the nature of the Spread or how much damage has actually been done to civilization. And, like Issue #1, I’m not inclined to reveal much in this review. I suspect that you’ll be as intrigued as I am during your own read-through.

I found the aforementioned back matter “ramblings” to be very insightful to the creators’ process. Jordan writes “I’ve never been as interested in, say, the first days of a zombie apocalypse as I have in what the world would look like ten or twenty years after.” I share this sentiment. The world of “Spread” has been plagued for some time and the danger is significant. However, given the events of Issue #1, there may be hope (*ahem*) left for humanity.

The colouring of this series is going to be a major draw to some. The coldness of the human world, dominated by blues, greys, and most prominently, white, is cut by the heat of the bright red Spread. It makes for an (at one point literally) eye-popping experience.

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You’ll Never Believe Who Received a ‘Death Note’…

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:02

Tracking Board – who has been both right and wrong about scoops on occasions – says that Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Psycho) will direct Death Note, Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata!!

The film follows the story of a high school student who finds a mysterious notebook that lets him instantly kill any person by writing their name in the book. As the student’s body count piles up, a nameless FBI agent begins tracking him.

Van Sant replaces Shane Black, who was attached to direct as recently as 2013. The most recent draft of the script was written by Black, Anthony Bagarozzi, and Charles Mondry.

Dan Lin, Doug Davison, Roy Lee, and Brian Witten are producing through Vertigo Entertainment, Witten Pictures, and Lin Pictures.

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Review: “X” #15

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:01

The Archon has interrupted the local chaos and mayhem in Arcadia that our one-eyed vigilante is used to. “X” #15 looks to rectify that situation abruptly with lots of bullets and beat downs as a remedy. This issue is nice and tightly paced. All the excess has been trimmed away to keep the throttle down on this escalating story arc. Has X met someone he ultimately can’t take down?

WRITTEN BY: Duane Swierczynski

ART BY: Eric Nguyen

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: 9 July 2014

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady

Rich men and gangsters. Both want what the other has. There’s blood and power on one side and legitimacy and sophistication on the other side. They often meet and almost always never end things well. As it usually happens, one forces the other to give them what they want. In our tale, we have the mobster Tango getting the raw (and bloody) end of the deal from would-be Arcadia real estate savior Peter Winter. The odd part of this equation is what Winter is really after. Writer Duane Swierczynski swerved my expectations there as to the motivations of the new, handsome villain in town.

As always, artist Eric Nguyen keeps the world of Arcadia looking dark and angular and distinctive. The training of our hero coupled with the torturing of X’s prisoner was a nice, off-putting and dynamic change of scenery in rapid succession. The gore and violence are also up to par with Nguyen’s previous work in this bloody series. None of his characters look the same in any way which is always refreshing to see in comics.

Knives, bullets, swords and dog food all go flying in this chapter. The beatings are thorough on both sides as are the double-crosses. The cliffhanger is a pretty good hook to see where the havoc train that is X will go next. Things have escalated rapidly and I’m hoping the creators haven’t painted themselves into a corner with this opponent. I’ve come to enjoy seeing the man called kill everything in sight in the name of his mission. I hope it doesn’t end anytime soon.

 

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Review: “The Empty Man” #2

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:54

Across the nation people are killing themselves in horribly creative ways for especially disturbing reasons.  Detectives Langford and Jensen investigate these strange suicides in an attempt to unravel the mystery popularly known as “The Empty Man Virus”.  In “The Empty Man” #2, Jensen and Langford are finally confronted with one of the horrors that haunt the victims of The Empty Man.  More players are introduced, and more mysterious are revealed.  Trying to put all the pieces together is the real fun of this meticulously plotted horror mini-series, but for the faint of heart, its going to be a bumping ride.

WRITTEN BY: Cullen Bunn

ART BY: Vanesa R. Del Rey

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: July 9, 2014

Reviewed by Epic Switzer

If the creators of “True Detective” on HBO had written the show on acid, they might have come up with something like “The Empty Man”.  I’ve written a lot on the horror-noir genre recently, and this book is among the best of the best.  It’s really quite impressive that Bunn manages to fill each issue with so many different things.

There is the central mystery of The Empty Man Virus, there’s the concept of psychic disposition or “extrasensory potential” as a scientific study, there at least two religious cults at play, and a host of complex characters with their own agendas and secrets.  Its hard to believe in just four more issues all will be said and done, but I have the feeling its going to be extremely satisfying.

Premise is the hook, but character is the heart, and Bunn is building them out with expert pacing.  As the plot progresses we learn just enough about what the characters are hiding to keep us intrigued.  It doesn’t hurt that Del Rey’s characters emote genuinely without mugging, and are represented uniquely yet familiar. Speaking of the art, the panel work is subtle yet effective, which is something I always appreciate.  Like film editing, layout is often best when it is invisible.

By way of critique, I was a little confused at the way Langford reacted to the spider monster.  I realize he deals with gruesome death and wanton violence on an almost daily basis, but having never actually seen anything supernatural before, he was suprising casual about the encounter.  There were a couple of panels during the fight in which it was difficult to figure out what I looking at at first, but all of this is nitpicky stuff because the bottom line is I really love this book.

It is exactly the kind of mind-fuck horror I’m interested in reading and its being done perfectly.  This is going to end up being a gorgeous trade when its finished, so if for some reason you can’t snag issue one today, don’t forget to pick up the collection.  “The Empty Man” just got moved to the top of my stack.

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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5 Skull Review “Shutter” #4

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:35

A childhoods worth of fantastical creatures and inventions grow up in a world that’s morals aren’t black and white, but shades of grey. That’s the amazingly creative world of “Shutter.” This month the story takes shape with the seemingly random events from previous issues coming together, but come with heaping spoonfuls of intrigue and mystery.

WRITTEN BY: Joe Keatinge

ART BY: Leila De Duca

PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: July 9, 2014

Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners

Issue four begins with an excellent short story revealing the background of a character introduced last issue. It’s told in a totally different style to the norm, but perfectly fits the story it’s telling. It’s formatted like I imagine comics looked in the 1920’s. Last month’s issue #3 opened in a similar fashion telling the story of issue #2’s cliffhanger, albeit with an absolutely brilliant Busy Town reference. I’m hoping this is a new trend that’ll continue as it’s a marvelous way to open a book.

Shawn and Ekland’s side story stands strong on its own. Ekland brings Shawn to Mikey, a smoking platypus who operates out of an alley with a fax machine. If that’s not something you want to read about, I don’t think we can be friends. In past issues I wasn’t overly interested in their side story. Not that it was bad, I was simply salivating so much for more of Kate’s story that nothing else mattered much. Now I’m equally anticipating both. With the world around Kate being a bit more whimsical and relatively safe for now, I’m genuinely excited to see Shawn and Ekland dig into the exceedingly violent and filthy underbelly of this astonishing world.

Visually you’ve got the whole package and then some here. The sheer amount of detail on each page is staggering. The characters are as expertly rendered as the background. Nothing looks phoned in, it’s a labor of love and you can damn well tell. The more you think about it the more impressive it is. The characters don’t all wear the same tights every issue and most of them are extraordinary creatures but Shutter’s art never suffers.

This is why I read comics. It’s a wondrous story that can only be told through this wonderful medium. If it were a film or television show the cost would be astronomical. That would mean there would be a million fingers in its pie, deluding, twisting and corrupting everything that makes it magical. Do the creativity in your life a favor and read “Shutter.”

Torbin Chimners AKA Torin Chambers is a rad dude from the nineties who does film stuff or something. Thomas the Tank Engine is his favorite transformer. Find him on Twitter@Vulgar_Rhombus 

 

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[SDCC '14 EXCLUSIVE] Paul Tobin Brings Back Insanity in “Colder: The Bad Seed”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:13

In 2012 a chilling new horror series launched with one of the most alarming covers I’ve ever had the pleasure of collecting. “Colder” was a unique story about the nature of insanity from Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra that oozed confidence and chilled to the core. The original work was an incredible look at mental illness that you don’t often find within the pages of comics, it’s not an easy thing to attack and it’s certainly no stranger than the bulk of comic panels. However the raw vulnerability of the first volume made for a book that wasn’t scared to linger on the horror of human perception. So much so we said ourselves “If you aren’t reading Colder, you’re missing out. Hugely. Don’t make that mistake.”

So today we’re happy to have the EXCLUSIVE reveal of “Colder: The Bad Seed.” This is a direct continuation of the first series and brings an entirely new threat into Declan’s world. We we’re lucky enough to sit down with Paul Tobin to talk about mental illness, working with Juan Ferreyra on the horrors in volume two, and his favorite type of fear.

They’ve done it again.

 

BLOODY DISGUSTING: What interests you most about mental illness? And what sort of research did you do to prepare to dive back into the world of Colder?

PAUL TOBIN: Mental illness to me is all about the perception, and from both sides. It’s secrets that nobody else shares. An insane person can see something that doesn’t exist in “reality,” but at the same time it’s real in THEIR reality, and I find that fascinating. I’ve had a few (ahem) altered states where I’ve had hallucinations, and during them I KNEW that I was seeing something that wasn’t real… but… couldn’t deny my eyes anyway. So, the perception of “crazy” is a knife edge: both sides deny the other. And, from one perspective, both sides are right. As far as what kind of research I’ve done, life experience, mostly. I work in a creative field. Plenty of wonderfully strange people to learn from. I like my friends between a little insane and moderately insane. More interesting that way, right?

BD: What can you tell me about the mysterious Swivel? How could he possibly be any worse than Nimble Jack?

PT: Swivel’s of the same breed as Nimble Jack, in a way, in that they both have a specific goal that’s entirely normal. Nimble Jack was just hungry. Swivel just wants to grow his crops. Nothing wrong with either of them. It’s that perception switch of insanity that I play with, though, that record-scratch moment of, “Oh, he just wants to do this very simple and normal thing, and so there’s no problem, and… wait… THAT’S what you mean. Well, hell. That ain’t good.” That’s what I love about writing Colder, just taking the everyday events and desires and making them horrible things. Floors always seem solid until the earthquake hits, and you never quite feel like you have your balance afterwards. That’s the feeling that artist Juan Ferreyra and I are going for: just that feeling of unbalance, that your equilibrium is forever in danger.

Swivel is one badass dude.

BD: How much time has passed since the events of Colder?

PT: Not long. A couple months. Enough time that Declan and Reece have gotten on with their lives together, though in an odd way, for Declan. He’s still on a quest, and that quest leaves a door opens.

BD: How are you and Juan working to outdo the horrendous and unsightly horrors of the first volume? 

PT: We made a very conscious decision NOT to try to outdo the first series. Our primary goal is to create a new work, a solid one. I think creators who feel a conscious need to top a previous work can quickly move their works into parody… losing the subtlety, characterization, and the general feel of what made a work successful in the first place.

Juan Ferreyra is made for horror.

BD: Now that Declan has overcome his “insanity” what causes the most conflict in his life?

PT: In a way, what causes the most conflict in Declan’s life is that he HAS overcome his insanity. And when you take away the insanity, you don’t have anything left but the truth. If that truth turns out to be horrible, there’s unfortunately nowhere left to turn.

BD: What excites you most about Bad Seed? What scares you most about it?

PT: Working with Juan is always such a treat. In the beginning I worked with him as per my normal methods: I’m a very “complete” scripter. But now I’ve built so much trust with him that I often will just describe the overall scene, and then know that Juan is going to bring it to life in a better way than I could have conceived. So, I think we constantly surprise each other. That’s a damn fun way of working. As far as what scares me most, it’s losing that knife edge… of starting to lean into cheap horror, the cat jumping from the closet, that sort of thing. It’s important for horror writers to stay true to the fear.

BD: What type of fear/terror/horror are you trying to tap into with this new volume?

PT: I love a lot of the Korean and Japanese horror movies, and works by such artists as Junjo Ito and Toshio Saeki… just anything that slips the carpet out from under reality. When it comes to horror, I don’t want to sit there screaming, I want to wake up sweating.

Colder: The Bad Seed hits in October, and we’ll have all sorts of coverage leading into the launch of #1. For now, here’s what Dark Horse has to say:

 

Colder: The Bad Seed #1

Writer: Paul Tobin

Artist: Juan Ferreyra

On-sale: 10/22/2014

Life goes on for Declan Thomas after his deadly encounter with the psychotic Nimble Jack, but Declan’s strange powers continue to develop, offering him a profound connection with the nature of insanity. Little does he know that the malevolent Swivel wishes to pick up where Nimble Jack left off!

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[Remake vs. Remake] ‘The Thing (1982)’ or ‘The Fly 1986′?

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 12:00

In last month’s Remake vs. Remake segment I pitted Zack Snyder’s 2004 Dawn of the Dead against Chuck Russell’s 1988 remake of The Blob and came out in favor of the latter, which is hands down one of my favorite 80′s movies.

But this week I figured I’d get interesting. I figured I’d pose a neck and neck challenge to myself and to you horror fans. How about John Carpenter’s 1982 masterpiece remake of The Thing pitted against David Cronenberg’s 1986 masterpiece remake of The Fly? Not so easy, is it? Not for me at least.

On one hand, The Thing is a filmmaker at the top of his game (while I love Halloween, The Fog, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York and They Live, Carpenter’s mastery reached its height here). On the other hand, you could say the same thing about Cronenberg and The Fly, which saw his body horror leanings reach delirious new highs and includes an almost career defining performance by Jeff Goldblum (and Geena Davis for that matter).

Both movies have excellent, top notch and incredibly inventive practical gore effects. Both are anchored by an unrelenting sense of escalation and doom, you don’t get the sense that things are going to end well either way. Both films have tight scripts that define character through action and cut all the fat. The Fly perhaps pulls at the heartstrings more (you’re more likely to cry at the sight of Seth Brundle guiding a shotgun to his mutated head than you are at the prospect of Macready freezing to death offscreen). But isn’t it the point of The Thing‘s chilly disposition that you’re slightly numb to the outcome?

Here’s the thing, I can’t categorically say that one film is better than the other. I don’t have an objective statement to make about one’s quality over the other. So I can only go with my personal, subjective preference. The litmus test of “which one do I actually watch more?” The answer there is The Thing, hands down. It’s in my Blu-ray player several times a year, perhaps only because The Fly is an overall more grueling experience.

What about you guys?

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Royal Blood Release Bloody Video For “Figure It Out”

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:45

UK rock duo Royal Blood have released an official video for their track “Figure It Out”, which is rather inventive and loads of fun. The video opens up with a woman walking through a mall as everything is bathed in red. People keep fleeing from her and it’s uncertain why until suddenly the red turns into blue and reveals that the woman has blood all over her. I won’t spoil the rest but it gets violent and it gets fun!

“Figure It Out” comes from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album, which comes out August 25th via Warner Bros. Records.

I’ve been championing these guys for a few weeks and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon! They have a raw, unbridled energy about them that is highly infectious.

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[TV] Blood Trickles Down “The Killing” Character Posters

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:34

Netflix just sent us two character posters for “The Killing,” which premieres exclusively on Netflix on August 1.

Joel Kinnaman will return for a final season, along with his partner, Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos).

In the slow-burn series, a police investigation, the saga of a grieving family, and a Seattle mayoral campaign all interlock after the body of 17-year-old Rosie Larsen is found in the trunk of a submerged car.

The fourth and final season of ‘The Killing’ picks up right after the season 3 finale. As Detective Linden (Mireille Enos) and Detective Holder (Joel Kinnaman) struggle to manage the fallout from their rash actions at the end of last season, they are assigned a new case — a picture perfect family is murdered, survived only by the son, Kyle Stansbury (Tyler Ross), who was shot in the head during the massacre. Joan Allen guest stars this season as Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of the all-boys military academy where Kyle attends. The new season also stars Gregg Henry, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden.

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In Defense of ‘Deliver Us From Evil’

bloody disgusting - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 10:54

Aw c’mon, guys, it wasn’t that bad.

While I admit that Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil failed to pack the punch I was hoping for, I’m gobsmacked over the amount of flak it’s getting from critics. The film currently has a 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, which bums me out because I feel that although it might not be successful on all fronts, the film is admirable as hell for trying to do something different within the constraints of the exorcism genre. In this article I wanna address some of the arguments critics have made against the film.

(spoilers follow, duh)

As a recovering Catholic, the use of demonic elements will always give me the willies. It never fails. Even though I don’t believe in a Devil, the fear of one is so ingrained in me that exorcism films (even shitty ones like The Devil Inside) will affect me at least a little. What makes Deliver Us From Evil more effective than others is that Derrickson (along with his co-writer Paul Harris Boardman) grounds the supernatural elements strongly in reality. Horror-procedural hybrids have been done before (Angel Heart comes to mind), but this is the first time I can remember recently where one took its supernatural elements so damn seriously. And not since The Exorcist back in 1973 has a possession film felt so much like it existed in the real world. Maybe The Entity, but that was more demonic molestation.

Derrickson has stated in interviews that he is in fact a man of faith, which definitely comes through in this film. Not just because of that preachy bit at the end at Sarchie’s kid’s baptism, but because of the consistently solemn tone in regards to the spiritual battle between good and evil Sarchie and Mendoza embark on. It’s way more absorbing and wholehearted than an exorcism movie needs to be.

Some of the negative reviews I’ve read of the film call its story disjointed and incohesive. That’s an argument I really don’t understand. At first it may feel like Sarchie and his partner Butler are aimlessly driving around the Bronx, taking random calls, but quickly it becomes apparent that it’s all a thread leading up to Sarchie’s spiritual journey. The dead baby in the alley, the domestic dispute, the infant-throwing at the zoo – it’s all connected to help Sarchie come to terms with the “true evil” Mendoza speaks of. Sarchie’s seen so much horrible shit in the “sewer” (as he refers to his job) that it reinforces Mendoza’s argument. He goes from disbelieving in God because of the shit he’s seen to recognizing it all as a sign of true evil. And it all really feels organic thanks in part to Eric Bana’s solid performance (despite that sketchy NY accent).

I’ve also heard critics bitch about the pace, that it takes too long to really have any thrust. This I disagree with too. The story is structured like a police procedural, so it purposefully lacks that aggressive pace in the beginning. We’ve seen the trailer, poster, commercials, etc., so we know what’s going on. Sarchie doesn’t so he’s got to use his detective skills and Popeye muscles to figure shit out. It’s a really interesting way to tell an exorcism story, much more compelling than someone getting possessed, then exorcised, roll credits. One critic I read even complained that the exorcism takes place at the end of the film. Say whaaa? That’s when it goes down in pretty much all of the exorcism films I’ve ever seen, so unless they’re complaining about it being a cliche, I really don’t get it.

Another common complaint was funny man Joel McHale playing a jacked up knife-enthusiast cop “adrenaline junkie.” Okay, with you on this one. It’s really tough to see past McHale, the sarcastic, dry-witted comedian that he is. I didn’t buy him at times either. There’s no denying the bro chemistry between him and Bana on screen though. They were entirely believable as partners, guys who have probably been driving around at night for years, using humor to cope with the sick side of humanity they witness every shift. During his brawl with Santino in the stairwell is the only time I could see past McHale and felt like I was watching the character of Butler. Once he realizes he can’t win, there was some goddamn conviction in McHale’s performance. I felt sorry for the macho bastard.

The one major complaint I wholeheartedly agree with is the use of The Doors as a major plot point. It would’ve been fine to bring up once or twice to help Sarchie connect the case of Jane to the others, but using it during the climactic exorcism scene was miserable. Once Jim Morrison’s heroin-fueled voice rang out, it totally broke the thick supernatural feel of the moment. Speaking of the exorcism scene, holy crap. That was a helluva process. I love that there were stages to it and that both Sarchie and the demon-fighting veteran Mendoza slipped during the incident, almost falling prey to Santino’s manipulation.

People bitched about Olivia Munn too and while I agree she’s not the greatest actress, she wasn’t given all that much to do.

Yes, Deliver Us From Evil is filled with cliches and elements we’ve seen countless times in exorcism and cop films, but Derrickson presents them a truly refreshing and serious way. Even the impossibly tired “your job is consuming your life and your ignoring your family and by the way I’m pregant” trope that seemingly every big screen detective goes through feels imaginative here against the backdrop of the supernatural. Before completely dismissing it based on the wave of negative reviews, I suggest checking it out. Exorcism films with big releases have been pretty lame lately (The Devil Inside, Devil’s Due), but Deliver Us From Evil is definitely a fresh and compelling take with atmosphere so thick you could cut it with a spoon.

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