A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (review) arrives in UK theatres on May 22nd, and to celebrate, a new trailer for the world’s first Iranian vampire western has arrived.
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking the towns most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.
Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock, techno, and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawn-out scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the surrealism of David Lynch.
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Next year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s sci-fi/horror action masterpiece Aliens, the film that continued the legacy of Lt. Ellen Ripley. And to celebrate this upcoming event, artist Mark Nathan Willetts has designed a custom Lego Powerloader suit that also includes a cargo loader, both of which you can see in the video below.
Willetts designed this over the course of 3-months to present it to Lego Ideas as a hopeful new set. However, the set was, “…instantly rejected by Lego Ideas due to a related theme of violence.”
If you want specific instructions on how to build this yourself, you’re going to have to lend a helping (powerloader) hand. Willetts is asking for his YouTube channel to hit 10,000 subscribers, which is apparently the same number of votes it would’ve taken to on Lego Ideas to become a set. Once he hits that number, he’ll post instructions.
More photos of the Powerloader suit can be found here.
Your eyes do not deceive you! Secret Wars has made the impossible possible and the battle-weary hero returns to the fray in OLD MAN LOGAN #1! From superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and rising star artist Andrea Sorrentino comes a brand-new Secret Wars series returning fans to one of the most revered and iconic X-Men stories of all time! Welcome back to the Wastelands, a land dominated by victorious super villains. The heroes of this land have all perished – butchered by their arch-enemies. Tyrants, terrors and madmen rule over this dusty waste. Hope left this land long ago. But there is one man who may yet make a difference. A man with nothing to lose!
Now, amidst the fire and the fury, a reluctant warrior pops his claws once more! And the war for Battleworld is brewing in his own backyard. As the event of Secret Wars unfold, will he find his life’s mission to rid the world of evil more attainable – or more futile than ever before? Find as a hero is reforged in the crucible of Battleworld. The journey begins with a resounding SNIKT the X-Man formerly known as Wolverine crashes into Secret Wars in OLD MAN LOGAN #1!
OLD MAN LOGAN #1 (MAR150656)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by ANDREA SORRENTINO
Variant Covers by STEVE MCNIVEN (MAR150657),
ANDREA SORRENTINO (MAR150658) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR150659)
Blank Variant Also Available (MAR150660)
FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale 05/27/15
If you haven’t yet taken advantage of the early release of the “Wayward Pines” pilot on FOX NOW, FOX On Demand, Hulu, and other select platforms, you only have a few days left to check it out. Right now we have for you series star Matt Dillon teasing the mystery and thrills that lie ahead.
About “Wayward Pines”:
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) and Fox International Channels present the 10-episode, intense psychological thriller “WAYWARD PINES.” The highly anticipated event series, based on a best-selling novel and brought to life by suspenseful storyteller M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) and executive-produced by Shyamalan, Donald De Line, Chad Hodge, and Ashwin Rajan, will premiere Thursday, May 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX, while also debuting simultaneously in more than 125 countries across Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Latin America. The global “WAYWARD PINES” debut will be the world’s largest day-and-date launch for a scripted series ever.
The series stars Academy Award nominee Matt Dillon (Crash) as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, ID. In addition to Dillon, the stellar cast includes Academy and Emmy Award winner Melissa Leo (The Fighter), Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard (Crash, Hustle & Flow), Carla Gugino (“Entourage”), Shannyn Sossamon (“How to Make It in America”), Toby Jones (Infamous, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Reed Diamond (“24,” Much Ado About Nothing), Tim Griffin (“Prime Suspect”), Charlie Tahan (Charlie St. Cloud), and Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Juliette Lewis (Cape Fear).
“WAYWARD PINES” is a production of FX Productions. The series was developed for television by Hodge (“The Playboy Club,” “Runaway”) and executive-produced by De Line (Green Lantern, The Italian Job), Rajan (Devil), Hodge, and Shyamalan. Hodge wrote and Shyamalan directed the premiere episode. “Like” “WAYWARD PINES” on Facebook at facebook.com/WaywardPines. Follow the series on Twitter at @WaywardPinesFOX and join the discussion using #waywardpines. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @Wayward Pines.
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Today marks the release of Scott Synder and Greg Capullo’s “Batman” #40. The issue marks the finale of the “Endgame” arc that began all the way back in October. It sees The Joker mount his endgame plan against Batman in an attempt to bring everything into one final huge tragedy. And it delivered. Both Batman and Joker are dead.
The final reveal at the end of Batman #39 proved that Batman was willing to do whatever it took to take The Joker down, and #40 cemented that. Whatever it takes may seem vague, but let me be clear: Batman is dead. It’s a twist that was spoiled earlier this month. Despite this, the final revelation of how and why Bruce Wayne is dead still worked. Here’s why:
For the entirety of Endgame, Joker had been teasing that he was this immortal figure. And, it’s still unclear whether or not he was telling the truth. The short answer is: it was probably a joke, but the long answer is much more complicated. The Joker gained his “immortality” from a liquid located beneath the surface of the city. Deep beneath the surface. Here, underground he and Batman have one final showdown.
The brutality of the fight was well earned. Joker cuts a smiley face into Batman’s back, sticks a playing card into his eye. Joker has his spine broken, and, amidst all this, the cave starts to collapse. Batman holds the dying Joker against the ground, and as the cave collapses the two lie there together: dead. Equal sides of the same whole.
There has been no better representation of their relationship. The implications from this storyline means that Batman cannot live with the Joker, and although Bruce refused the taunt of immortality both will assuredly be seen again. Writer, Scott Synder teases that he wouldn’t tell the story of death if he didn’t know how to do the rebirth.
In many ways, this storyline proved to be a thrilling tribute to one of the most famous rivalries in comics history. In essence reminding us what Batman stood for, and that The Joker basically killed himself out of boredom. Both cannot live without the other, and there is something beautiful in seeing them die together.
Archstone Distribution has announced that the horror/dark comedy feature L.A. Slasher, directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger, will receive a North American theatrical release starting June 12th in select AMC theaters.
“We are very excited to take L.A. Slasher to the silver screen,” Archstone Distribution’s President & CEO Brady Bowen stated. “It is a highly entertaining film with a unique voice that we know audiences are going to love!”
L.A. Slasher producer Daniel Sollinger remarked, “My team and I are thrilled to be working with Archstone as they have a steady track record for bringing high quality films to audiences worldwide. We are very proud to be on their roster.”
With an all-star cast that includes Mischa Barton, Dave Bautista, Danny Trejo, Drake Bell, Eric Roberts, Brooke Hogan, Abigail Wright, Elizabeth Morris, and Andy Dick (in his comeback vehicle), L.A. Slasher is a social satire about reality TV and the glorification of people who are famous for simply being famous.
Exploring why it has become acceptable to become an influential star based on no merit or talent, the story follows the titular Slasher character as he systematically abducts these “stars,” much to the joy of the online public, who view his exploits via social media and who subsequently and enthusiastically support his mantra of “Death to Reality TV.”
Summit Entertainment just released the first trailer for The Last Witch Hunter, opening in theaters on October 23, 2015.
The trailer is actually the first “teaser” that focuses solely on Fast & Furious‘ Vin Diesel, who stars as 13th century Kaulder, the last of the witch hunters, alongside Elijah Wood, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine. Because it’s about selling Diesel, we barely get a taste of the world or the creatures within them. I’m dying to see a full trailer that shows more of the monsters, the witches, as well as the action. This is a great “taste” of what’s to come!
Tormented by the loss of his family and cursed with immortal life, the last witch hunter (Diesel) is all that stands between humanity and the combined forces of the most horrifying witches in history…
The Crazies‘ Breck Eisner directs.
“In ‘The Last Witch Hunter’, the modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder, a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, theQueen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.“
Remember when Konami decided to cancel Silent Hills and we came together for a good cry? I hope that was as therapeutic for you as it was for me, and if it wasn’t what you needed, this story may be silly enough to give you a laugh or two.
Some folks have recently started selling their PS4s with the P.T. demo pre-installed, because as of today, it’s no longer available to download from the PlayStation Store. P.T., as I’m sure you remember, was the “playable teaser” that was used to announce Silent Hills.
Some of the listings are going for as much as $1,500, so the previously free demo is suddenly worth quite a lot of money. If that price tag doesn’t scare you, I’d recommend investing in more worthwhile opportunities, like anything.
“Godkiller Walk Among Us” #4 isn’t an easy book to digest. There is a lot happening, and all of it challenges the “normal” conceptions of reality as we know it. Anna Muckcracker Weiszczyk & Matt Pizzolo’s new issue challenges the ending of the first arc with a new direction that feels cautiously aimless but impresses all the same. As Tommy is lost in the world, so is the reader and somehow it’s captivating, plus its got spider egg injections… so what’s not to like?
WRITTEN BY: Matt Pizzolo
ART BY: Anna Muckcracker Weiszczyk
PUBLISHER: Black Mask Studios
RELEASE: April 29, 2015
It’s been a little while since an issue of “Godkiller: Walk Among Us” has been on the stands. For those of you in need of a refresher, “Godkiller” follows a teenage orphan named Tommy and an escaped slave girl named Halfpipe who travel through a post-nuke wasteland in search of a new heart for Tommy’s dying sister. Now, after the indescribable hell he went through in the first arc, Tommy has paired with some bounty hunters to learn some quantum physics based magic.
If that sounds fucked up, it’s because it is. But, it’s also engrossing. The world is strangely unique and different than any post-apocalyptic wasteland you’ve ever seen. It has rougher edges and even rougher characters. Amidst this insanity is a coming of age story and perhaps a loss of innocence. Issue #4 continues the trend albeit in a much less directed fashion, or at least so far.
There are some new faces that prove very interesting but moreover than that is Tommy’s journey toward someone who doesn’t just exist in this wasteland, to someone who can manipulate it. Thanks to the support of his killer friends, this is sure to be one hell of an adventure, and its only getting started.
It’s hard to take issue with the beginning of an arc that takes its time to settle in. And, in comparison to other comics this one really doesn’t even take its time. But if you’re used to the insane pacing from the last arc than you might be a little disappointed. Lots of stuff is happening here, but the direction of the story is still unclear.
Anna Muckcracker Weiszczyk is, as ever, a sight to behold. Her work cuts the page into weirdly sliced panels that traverse several different styles as the story moves forward. There is no repetition in her page layouts and no confusion in reading them. Her style morphs and changes as the narrative requires, but her character consistency leaves a little to be desired. Thanks to this wild style, it is sometimes difficult to determine who is who.
“Godkiller: Walk Among Us” #4 continues to represent the mandate of indie comics. It offers a challenging narrative in a strange world and boasts a story only capable in the world of comic books. Tommy’s journey is interesting and proves challenging to endure both as a active and passive participant in the story. It was a cold 5 months without “Godkiller” on the stands, but rest easy, Black Mask Comics continues to challenge readers almost every week.
While talking to Hit Fix about the upcoming Goosebumps film, producer Neil H. Moritz also let some information slip about the long rumored Starship Troopers remake/reboot, stating that the project might actually end up on the small screen!
Mortiz stated, “We’re developing it. We’ve actually been talking about either doing it as a feature or doing it as a television show. So, we’ll see.”
The original film, which came out in 1997, followed Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) as he fought wave after wave of alien bugs from the planet Klendathu. It also starred Denise Richards, Dina Meyer, Neil Patrick Harris, and Michael Ironside.
Alright you apes, who’s up for some more bug squashing? Sound off in the comments!
Last August, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman announced a new game based on the popular zombie franchise that would come from Payday developer Overkill. Details are still somewhat scarce, but what we do know about it is it will be “Payday-esque”, and will feature an expansive world, as well as some sort of online multiplayer.
Its similarities to Overkill’s other series won’t end there, as it was just announced that 505 Games, which publishes the Payday games, will be handling the console versions of the game when it arrives sometime next year.
I know, that’s a long wait. Here, enjoy this old trailer.
Goblin Rebirth, the band that features former Goblin members Fabio Pignatelli and Agostino Marangolo plus Giacomo Anselmi on guitars, Aidan Zammit and Danilo Cherni on keyboards, is gearing up for the release of their self-titled debut album, which comes out June 30th via Relapse Records.
To hype up the release, the band has released a teaser video, which features clips from several songs on the album, such as “Evil In The Machine” and “Requiem For X”.
Goblin Rebirth will be released on CD, LP, and digital. Pre-orders for the album can be found here.
“Plunder” #3 builds off of the reveals from the last two issues to open with a load of exposition. Luckily this only lasts two pages and within it Swifty Lang treats readers to understanding more about the horror on the page. Sometimes added definition can hinder a horror story, but here it only serves to take the terror to new depths.
WRITTEN BY: Swifty Lang
ART BY: Skuds McKinley
RELEASE: April 29, 2015
The arrival of a new character privy to all sorts of information that the heroes seek can be a difficult storytelling device to tackle. Last issue “Plunder” introduced the mysterious girl survivor, and here she spouts all kinds of knowledge about the creature hunting our pirates. Bahdoon doesn’t waste much time in this knowledge since he knows the creature is dangerous and should be avoided. Although the other pirates don’t really seem to care.
It’s interesting to watch characters who are unconcerned with the origin of the evil grapple with the explanation. They don’t want to know, nor do they care. Instead, the impetus for the story is survival. Skuds Mckinley really hits his surreal stride in this issue. Thanks to some fantastic hallucination scenes that truly command the page in a unique way. He’s tremendous at bending reality around the panel. It creates an intimidating threat on the page that almost consumes the reader.
His backgrounds elsewhere leave a little to be desired. They are basic color swatches that do nothing to define the environment of the ship. They are often too tight and restrict the sense of scope for the story. There are also a couple messy panels when the action gets thick. The pacing on the page becomes a little bit of an issue towards the end. It’s nothing too distracting, but a real shame when compared against the more surreal set pieces in the narrative.
Bahdoon seems to grow into a leader here. His motivation grows from a time of innocence and a tone of inspiration. The real shame though is that there really isn’t enough time spent with him. He’s been the center of the book since the beginning but often the colorful supporting characters stand out in most scenes.
Despite these issues, “Plunder” #3 proves to be another excellent chapter in this unique horror series. The characters on the page are unlike anything you’ve seen in comics before, and the threat is incredibly realized and terrifying. For the most part you’ll find a lot to love with “Plunder.” Sadly the depth of storytelling doesn’t penetrate quite like the deep seas, but the horror is very very real.
Maggie is dying. As the infection on her arm spreads through her body, her eyes grow cloudy, her appetite atrophies, and the best she can do is try to delay the inevitable. Soon, she will go through “the turn”, and transform into one of them — the ones who did this to her. When the infection takes over a human body, only an uncontrollable cannibalistic shell remains. It’s only a matter of time before the virus destroys his daughter, but Wade has taken it upon himself to see his daughter through to her last breath. In this bleak look at what it’s like to lose a family member, a distinct, superb debut from first time director Henry Hobson is born, and Arnold Schwarzenegger gives his most honest, open, and impactful performance to date.
Ever since his Terminator days, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been known for his gun-toting, bomb throwing, fist-fighting performances, filled with quotable one-liners, shirtless scenes, and every angle of Arnold’s biceps that cameras have been able to capture. Watching him in such a quiet, subdued role as the father of a dying daughter is surprisingly touching and moving. This is Schwarzenegger like you’ve never seen him before. Raw and exposed, Arnold is vulnerable for the first time, as he takes on the most human character he’s ever played, in a gamble that pays off wonderfully. Breslin is brilliant as Maggie, the unwilling terminal patient who won’t ever reach womanhood.The bond between Schwarzenegger and Breslin is natural and real, and makes their journey together down this dark path all the more heartbreaking.
Hardened by the loss of Maggie’s mother, and adjusting to life as a new family with Caroline and her two kids, Maggie and Wade have an ever-present delicate distance between them. However, as time goes on, their facade fades away, and they learn to embrace each other’s company while they still can. Maggie comes to terms with her illness as each day delivers another dose of reality. Dead and decaying skin, a disease that slowly cripples and eventually kills, and an erosion of emotions and motor control all mark Maggie’s conundrum. Each new symptom brings with it another devastating reminder of what’s to come, and a stronger fear of quarantine. While Maggie tries to maintain a mask and keep it together for the sake of her father, he, too, bears the burden of grief. A father’s role is the protector of his family, and on this account, he has failed. At least, that’s how Wade sees it. Maggie parallels the crops Wade slaved over for years, but burned when he couldn’t shield them from the poison. His sense of pride, of immortality and ability to love are brought to an abrupt halt when he learns of Maggie’s terminal fate. All of those years of raising her to be a bookworm like her mom, and telling jokes and tying shoes and teasing Caroline for her bad cooking are just memories on a timeline with an approaching end date. Maggie was his baby girl; his only connection to his late wife, and now, he’ll just be an old man abandoned with a burnt field and his thoughts.
Maggie is not a zombie movie. It is an emotional family drama about a man losing his daughter to the clutches of death. Zombies have always been a metaphor to serve as a commentary on some social circumstance, whether it be consumerism, isolationism, xenophobia, or simply the lack of humanity that arises in people when a crisis rears its ugly head. Unfortunately, these messages were lost somewhere along the way when gore and action became more popular and emphasized in genre films. Maggie is a pleasant return to the roots of the undead, as the zombie virus in the film can be replaced with almost any other disease, and work just as effectively. To Wade, losing Maggie to this virus is no different than losing her to cancer, or AIDS, or heart disease. It’s unavoidable, and unfair, as these two broken people struggle to cope with life’s cruel nature, and the loss of a relationship that only started to flourish when it threatened to finally be extinguished.
Overall, Maggie is a triumphant successful directional debut for Henry Hobson, and a long-awaited example of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s range. The faded, dull color scheme paint this movie to look like an old photograph; a hazy distant memory of a time when a family was united and present and loved. The overuse of handheld camera and deliberate constant close-up shots makes the audience feel like they’re just another part of the family watching this travesty unfold; engulfed up in the sadness and the desperation. The horror takes a backseat to the drama, and the result is one of the most unique zombies movies to come out in recent memory. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing Schwarzenegger taking on more dramatic roles, and director Henry Hobson making as many movies as possible.
Renegade Kid is a name you may recognize if you’re familiar with the Dementium series of (mostly) mobile horror games. The developer clearly drew some inspiration from survival horror classics like Resident Evil and Silent Hill, with its emphasis on exploration, atmosphere and puzzle-solving. According to the studio’s co-founder, Jools Watsham, this relation runs a little deeper than that.
Dementium: The Ward was originally pitched as a new Silent Hill game for the Nintendo DS, before it became its own thing.
“Little known fact: We pitched “The Ward” to Konami in 2007 as something that could have become a Silent Hill DS game,” explains Watsham in a recent tweet.
IGN was able to get more context from him.
“Our goal was always to release The Ward as an original game, but we were also open to the idea of turning it into a licensed horror game and approached Konami to see if they wanted to work together to mold it into a Silent Hill game for the Nintendo DS.”
The publisher agreed to a meeting, but it sounds like they might have done so as a courtesy. A few minutes in and Konami decided they weren’t the right fit for Silent Hill, I’m assuming, because they had plans to bury it themselves.
In 2013, Silva Screen Records released the soundtrack to the cult classic horror film The Wicker Man, which was composed by Paul Giovanni. Now, due to the insane love for the release, the label is issuing a new batch, this time on a gorgeous white vinyl.
The official press release explains:
Originally released in 2013 for the 40th anniversary of the cult 70’s horror film, only 500 copies of The Wicker Man 40th Anniversary Edition were pressed on black vinyl which have become highly sought after. The 40th Anniversary Edition has a different track listing to the preceding OST double album, selecting only the songs to make a single LP. Silva Screen commissioned artist Richey Beckett to come up with artwork for a poster and sleeve and the original 2013 pressing contained a certificate from the artist. This repress on white vinyl contrasts beautifully with the artwork, which is printed on reverse board. It does not contain the certificate but does have the stunning original printed inner sleeve.
Details on the release and a view of the cover art can be seen below. It will be available on May 18th.
Limited to 1000 copies
Printed Inner Sleeve
Original Artwork by Richey Beckett
1. “Corn Rigs” (2:35)
2. “The Landlord’s Daughter” (2:37)
3. “Gently Johnny” (3:32)
4. “Maypole” (2:43)
5. “Fire Leap” (1:26)
6. “The Tinker Of Rye” (1:50)
1. “Willow’s Song” (4:40)
2. “Procession” (2:15)
3. “Chop Chop” (1:41)
4. “Lullaby” (0:57)
5. “Festival / Mirie It Is / Sumer Is A-Cumen In” (5:31)
David Duchovny has spoken to The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming six-episode season for The X-Files, stating that we can expect it to be more like a running serial than an episode-by-episode series.
Duchovny stated, “…as the TV landscape changed and as it became conceivable to do this show without doing 22 or 25 [episodes] of them on television, then it seemed like a natural thing. We all started to think, ‘I don’t mind doing it on TV if we don’t have to do a full season. We just could make it like a six-hour movie.’”
Talking about the second film, X-Files: I Want To Believe, he adds, “Fox made some mistakes with that movie that hurt the franchise and they didn’t seem to want to do another movie.”
More of the interview can be read at the above link.
The new season of The X-Files is set to film this summer. No premiere date has been locked down.
In this first clip eight-year-old daughter (Kennedi Clements) is speaking to her HD television set, which is displaying all static. Her brother enters the scene and asks what she’s doing. “They’re coming,” she replies. It’s not quite the same as “They’re here,” but it’s not the same movie, right?
This clip from Gil Kenan’s remake echoes one of the many classic scenes in Tobe Hooper and Steven Spielberg’s Poltergeist, in theaters May 22nd.
Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino and Jane Adams star in the modern Poltergeist, with Jared Harris playing Carrigan, a larger than life TV personality who left the world of academia behind to become the star host of basic cable TV show “Haunted House Cleaners.”
“Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.”
Scream Factory has announced three upcoming Blu-Rays that will appeal to the ultimate in horror collectors! Coming this August we’ll be seeing two Wes Craven classics: The People Under The Stairs and The Serpent And The Rainbow. We’ll also be seeing an Italian double feature, which includes Metamorphosis and Beyond Darkness. Pre-order links will go up next month for all three titles.
I remember seeing The Serpent and the Rainbow years ago but honestly don’t recall whether or not I liked it. Wasn’t there some kind of spirit animal face off at some point? Readers, if you think I need to revisit the film, let me know!
Our “Summer of Fear Part 2” line-up continues to increase with our plans to release Wes Craven’s fascinating and weird (in the best way possible) cult favorite THE PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS in an all-new Collector’s Edition release!
Our “Summer of Fear Part 2” line-up increases further with news that we will be releasing Wes Craven’s terrifying 1988 voodoo chiller THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW in an all-new Collector’s Edition release!
Our “Summer of Fear Part 2″ lineup continues to roll out with more retro Italian-made horror films both coming to blu-ray for the first time! 1990’s “mad science” film METAMORPHOSIS will be doubled-billed with the 1990 haunted house-themed BEYOND DARKNESS (and from the Director of Troll 2!) for a planned late August release.
Reviewed By Taylor Hoffman // @taylorcheckerss
“Pisces” #1 is an ambitious and ambiguous start to a body-horror science-fiction series brought to us by the new powerhouse team Kurtis J. Wiebe (Rat Queens) and Johnnie Christmas (Sheltered). Lovers of Wiebe’s ‘Green Wake’ must add this to their pull immediately so this series doesn’t suffer the same fate, and there’s no doubt that it will draw in fans across several off-kilter genres. This is a cerebral story centered around a man’s life who has been to war, to space, and back again. Wiebe and Christmas have promised David Cronenberg inspired body horror and this first issue only shows us a preview of what horrors await.
Story By: Kurtis J. Wiebe
Art By: Johnnie Christmas
Colors By: Tamra Bonvillain
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 4/29/15
The book opens with Dillion Carpenter driving drunk while generic whiskey drips from the bottle in the passenger seat. His face is already bloody and haphazardly bandaged, hands tight on the wheel as he approaches an emergency room. He stops a second too late and, thud-crash, hits a parked ambulance. It’s late and raining hard, and the man in shadows emerges from behind the shattered windows of the driver’s seat and stumbles into the main lobby of the ER with blood dripping off him. Why? Well, there’s no spoilers in saying that we still don’t know, but it’s one hell of a way to introduce the main character. Soon, we’re in Vietnam during Dillion’s younger years serving as a pilot. Things, as they must, go poorly, and we’re set to a different time. Each new time period establishes this story as very grounded in reality, but as the solicits say, he’ll eventually be going into space on a secret mission for NASA. Well, this is the story of how and why this guy is important.
Truly, there’s none of the Scanners vibe present, but there’s an equally chilling horror of reoccurring trauma bubbling. Obviously, Dillion’s got some issues to work out and the abyss of space keeps whispering to him. Wiebe’s tackling some heavy topics in this story, including war veteran PTSD as a way of both story-telling and character development. We’re putting pieces together as we go along even while completely displaced from any distinct timeline. Wiebe puts a lot of heart into his writing, and it’s no doubt that Dillion’s story will be told truthfully, guts and all.
Johnnie Christmas’ art on Sheltered is fantastic, and his talent really shines on this new project. The paneling is very deliberately laid out for a story that is made up of jarring memories. Christmas uses his space wisely by creating juxtaposition between the vastnesses of space and other unfamiliar territory in which, probably, Dillion doesn’t belong. Christmas’ silent story-telling in a few pages is very Watchmen-esque in its nine-panel structure. The gutters run through equally important memories that are in no particular order and any sequence works. The facial expression work for these characters is superb and depicts a range of emotions from pity to disgust naturally. Tamra Bonvillain’s (Wayward) coloring brings everything together with a constant awareness of the tone of the story at every point and the color palette to match. All together, the story’s timeline is more defined, but not too rigidly that it takes the wandering away.
It’s both exciting and awfully dreadful to feel lost, and its in this dark disconnect that Pisces thrives. The lack of understanding isn’t unsatisfying; it just leaves you hungry for more details in the second issue. There’s an abyss waiting Dillion and plenty of darkness in store for the rest of the series.