[TV] FX Previewing "The Strain" At SXSW!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:24

FX is bringing relief to fatigued South by Southwest attendees in Austin, Texas later this month.

“The Strain” Transformation Station will provide participants with the chance to recover from “”The Strain”” of SXSW with 20-minute power naps inside custom-built Rejuvenation Pods. The pods are equipped with tablets showcasing exclusive content from the new FX original series, “The Strain”.

“The Strain” Transformation Station
· Operating from March 7 through March 10, 12:00pm – 6:00pm
· Located in the prominent downtown Austin location 419 Congress Ave. @ 5th Street
· A hostess will be on hand to book power-nap appointments in 10 Rejuvenation Pods with additional sitting area/lounge
· Appointments may also be booked ahead of time through this custom mobile site
· “The Strain” Vaccine (branded energy shots) will be distributed in and around the venue
· “The Strain” novels and special-edition comic books will be available for takeaway

“The Strain” is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As “The Strain” spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

The ensemble cast of “The Strain” stars Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez and David Bradley.

Writer, producer, director and novelist Guillermo del Toro has built his career on bringing fantasy and horror to vivid life. He wrote and directed the dark fairy tale Pan’s Labyrinth, which garnered six Academy Award nominations, including one for del Toro for Best Writing, Original Screenplay. The film went on to win three Oscars. Named by The Hollywood Reporter as a “Master of Horror,” del Toro’s other film credits include Pacific Rim, Hellboy and the upcoming Crimson Peak starring Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain.

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New From Dusk Till Dawn One-Sheets Have a Lot of Character

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:23

El Rey Network just hit us off with several new promotional posters from its upcoming small screen extravaganza "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," and we have every perfect pixel right here for your perusal.

From the Press Release
El Rey Network has revealed five character posters from the Austin, TX, set of "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," featuring images of the Gecko Brothers (D.J. Cotrona and Zane Holtz), Santanico Pandemonium (Eiza Gonzalez), Carlos Madrigal (Wilmer Valderrama), the Fuller family (Robert Patrick, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo), and the Texas Rangers (Don Johnson and Jesse Garcia).

The first scripted original series on Robert Rodriguez's new genre-busting cable network, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" is based on the thrill-ride film of the same name. The 10-episode serialized drama is centered around bank robber Seth Gecko and his violent, unpredictable brother, Richard "Richie" Gecko, who are wanted by the FBI and Texas Rangers Earl McGraw and Freddie Gonzalez after a bank heist left several people dead. While on the run to Mexico, Seth and Richie encounter former pastor Jacob Fuller and his family, whom they take hostage. Using the family RV to cross the Border, chaos ensues when the group detours to a strip club that is populated by vampires. They are forced to fight until dawn in order to get out alive.

"From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" premieres on Tuesday, March 11th, at 9pm ET/PT. If you'll be attending the upcoming 2014 SXSW Film Fest, you can see it a bit earlier when the pilot has its world premiere on March 8th.

The 10-episode series is produced in association with FactoryMade Ventures and created and executive produced by network founder and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

For more info keep your eyes on the show's Facebook page, the official El Rey Network website, El Rey Network on Facebook, and El Rey Network on Twitter.

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[TV] "Salem" A World Permeated With Magic - and Torture

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:17

WGNA’s “Salem” is coming, and even way ahead of the April 20 premiere they’re debuting more and more content. I don’t know what to think of WGNA yet, but I’m really hoping that this new series is better than FX’s “Coven” ended up being. Check out this brand new behind-the-scenes featurette to explore more of the volatile 17th century Massachusetts. “Salem” explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth behind them.

“Salem” stars Janet Montgomery (“Human Target,” “Made in Jersey”) as the ruthless but vulnerable Mary Sibley, Salem’s most powerful enchantress – and Alden’s onetime love interest; Shane West (“Nikita,” “ER”) as handsome, hardened war veteran John Alden; Seth Gabel (“Fringe”) as local aristocrat Cotton Mather who fans the flames of Salem’s witch hunt; Ashley Madekwe (“Revenge”) as Mary’s mysterious, carnal accomplice; Xander Berkeley (“Nikita,” “The Mentalist”) as chief politician Magistrate Hale; Tamzin Merchant (“Jane Eyre”) as the forthright Anne Hale, an artist with a perilous attraction to Alden; and Elise Eberle (“The Astronaut Farmer”) as the mysteriously afflicted Mercy Lewis.

In “Salem,” witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem. The show, which centers on an epic romance wrapped around this explosive revelation, delivers a bold new vision of Salem – and an even bolder new vision of witches.

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More Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Stills Keep Right on Sinning

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:15

Entertainment Weekly nabbed another two stills from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and they're home to your first look at Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Check 'em out!

Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series. Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City.

With a star-studded cast that includes the legendary Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction), Academy Award nominee Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin (Milk), Jessica Alba (Spy Kids 4), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!

The film will be released by Dimension Films in the US and Canada on August 22nd, 2014.

Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.

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'The Walking Dead: The Game' Continues March 4, Let's Prepare Emotionally With A Trailer

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:11

The second episode in The Walking Dead: The Game season two will arrive on March 4, developer Telltale Games confirmed today. The next episode, titled A House Divided, will pick up after the season premiere’s chaotic ending, which I definitely won’t spoil here. If you missed the season debut or would like a refresher, you can get caught up here or watch our review.

Telltale was generous enough to pair this with a brand new trailer, read on to let it set the stage for you.

A House Divided arrives on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and iOS.

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Cradle Of Filth To Release Remastered Edition Of 'Total F*cking Darkness'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 15:00

Extreme metal band Cradle Of Filth has announced that they will be releasing a remastered edition of their third demo Total F*cking Darkness, which was originally released over 20 years ago. The reissue will come as a gatefold double LP as well as a digipak CD via Mordgrimm this Spring.

Direct from the press release: “Given new life at Turan Studio in Oxford with the aid of engineer Tim Turan (who has worked on everything from Emperor to Thin Lizzy), Total F*cking Darkness commences with “Spattered In Faeces”, the only surviving track from the now mythical Goetia sessions, followed on Side A and the rest of Side B with the recordings from the Total F*cking Darkness demo. Side C offers up another previously unreleased hymn with “Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli)”, recorded in a rehearsal studio on Samhain 1992, followed by three more tracks from the same session, a further hint of the material that would have featured on the aborted Goetia album. Two short instrumental movements from former Cradle Of Filth keyboardist Ben Ryan are also included.”

Head below for the full track list as well as the cover artwork.

Total Fucking Darkness Track Listing:
Side A
1. Spattered In Faeces
2. The Black Goddess Rises
3. As Deep As Any Burial

Side B
1. Unbridled at Dusk
2. The Raping Of Faith
3. Fraternally Yours, 666

Side C
1. Devil Mayfair (Advocatus Diaboli)
2. The Black Goddess Rises
3. Seance And Mandrake (Instrumental)

Side D
1. The Raping Of Faith
2. Unbridled At Dusk
3. Hekate Enthroned (Instrumental)

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'BlackSoul: Extended Edition' Infects Steam, On Sale Until March 5

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:38

The survival horror game BlackSoul has finally made its way to Steam in a special Extended Edition.

Set in 1972 England, the story follows a mysterious virus that is turning those infected by it into murderous psychopaths. Ava and Sean have been quarantined along with those who have given in to the virus — it’s up to you, brave player, to ensure their survival and find the origins of this deadly epidemic. Read on for a trailer.

If you’re looking for some old school survival horror, BlackSoul: Extended Edition is available on Steam for $7.99 (20% off).

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Image Gets Infected By 'Cabin Fever: Patient Zero'

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:31

Bloody Disgusting’s inside sources tell us that Image Entertainment acquired U.S. distribution rights to Cabin Fever: Patient Zero (read our review), which will be infecting the UK on March 17 from Signature Entertainment. Image will take it to theaters and VOD this summer.

Directed by Kaare Andrews, penned by Jake Wade Wall, the film stars Sean Astin, Currie Graham, Ryan Donowho, Brando Eaton, Jillian Murray, Mitch Ryan, Solly Duran, Lydia Hearst, and Claudette Lali.

In the third film in the franchise created by Eli Roth, “When a cruise ship in the Caribbean collides with an abandoned research vessel, a deadly virus is unleashed. Passengers must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all.

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Full Trailer Arrives for Telltale's The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2 - A House Divided

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:19

Season 1 of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead won over 90 Game of the Year Awards, and now Season 2 is in full swing. Here's the trailer for Episode 2.02, "A House Divided."

Episode 2 is coming soon to Xbox 360, PS3, PC/Mac, and iOS so keep your eyes peeled!

The Walking Dead: Season 2 - A Telltale Games Series consists of five episodes set in the world of Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book series.

You are Clementine, a young survivor in a world gone to hell. The dead have risen to feast on the living; the living cannot be trusted.

The Walking Dead Game: Season 2 - Episode 2: "A House Divided" is rated "M" (Mature) for Violence, Blood, and Strong Language by the ESRB. It offers an emotionally-charged, tailored game experience where players' actions and choices affect how their story plays out across the entire series.

To learn more, visit Telltale Games' official The Walking Dead website.

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[Exclusive] We're Premiering The Combichrist "From My Cold Dead Hands (Darksiderz Hardstyle Remix)"

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:15

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with industrial artist Darksiderz to bring you the exclusive first listen to his remix of Combichrist‘s “From My Cold Dead Hands”, which comes from their upcoming album We Love You (out March 25th via Metropolis Records).

Darksiderz comments, “For this remix I wanted to keep it true to my own style and go for a full-on 150bpm hardstyle banger, aimed right at the dance floor.

Darksiderz’ remix will be available for purchase on February 28th while you can pre-order We Love You via iTunes.

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BASSCON – March 29, 2014, NOS Events Center, San Bernardino, CA

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[Now Playing] 'Alan Wake' Episode 21, Finale!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:05

We started this series back in November. Now, four long months later, and we’ve finally made it. This is the end.

In the final episode of our Alan Wake series we go on a lengthy rant about Capcom and Resident Evil 6, enter the eye of the storm, shed light on floating words, see a big ass rocking horse, and then everything ends.

In the next series we’ll be playing Resident Evil 4 Ultimate Edition, which hits PC tomorrow. See you then!

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See the Colorful Alternate One-Sheet for Grand Piano

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 14:00

Another poster has come in for Eugenio Mira's Grand Piano, which arrives in limited theatres on March 7th. What we have here, kids, is an alternate take on the previously released one. Tell us which you like better!

Eugenio Mira's thriller Grand Piano (review here) is also available on VOD right now! Elijah Wood stars along with John Cusack.

Tom Selznick, the most talented pianist of his generation, stopped performing in public because of his stage fright. Years after a catastrophic performance, he reappears in public in a long-awaited concert in Chicago. In a packed theater, in front of the expectant audience, Tom finds a message written on the score: "Play one wrong note and you die." Without leaving the piano, Tom must discover the anonymous sniper's motives and look for help without anyone realizing…

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Review: 'Revenge' #1

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:47

Jonathan Ross is a British late night television host that made the transition into comics a few years back with the release of “Turf”, a supernatural gangster tale set in 1920s Prohibition-era of New York. Ross then teamed up with artist Bryan Hitch for his sprawling superhero epic “America’s Got Powers”, a tale of super-powered teens battling on television for your entertainment. Now Ross has returned to challenge reader’s expectations with a new twisted horror series entitled “Revenge” that is overflowing with graphic violence and sex.

WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Ross
ART BY: Ian Churchill
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: February 26, 2014

The book centers around Griffin Franks, a washed up action star that has seen his stardom slowly fade away with age. Hollywood decides to do a modern re-make of the movie The Revenger, the classic film where Franks got his big break. He is given the opportunity to reprise his role in the re-make and quickly finds his career back on the rise. When talk of a sequel begins, Franks realizes that his age is a determent to his success when producers of the film threaten to replace him in favor of a younger actor. It’s at this time that his trophy wife suggests Franks undergo a risky surgical procedure in Mexico that will make him look decades younger, but that is where his life goes off the rails.

Franks is the perfect protagonist for this book, as his situation story mirrors the celebrity obsessed culture that currently pervades our society and becomes a “Bread and circuses” type distraction for the general public. His character is deeply flawed and there are many moments where his actions are downright deplorable to the point where the reader has a hard time feeling sympathy for him. The flaws are what make Franks intriguing enough for readers to want to stick around for future issues.

Ian Churchill art takes center stage in this book and he brings down the house with some stunning hyper detailed line work. Right out of the gate Churchill delivers a jolting nightmarish splash page of a face being ripped off that is truly repulsive. The artwork on this book is worthy of being framed as the images are so intensely detailed that readers will find themselves staring at the pages for lengthy periods of time just to soak in how outrageous it all is.

There’s something uniquely satisfying about a hard boiled revenge tale that we can all take solace in. Everyone has had an experience where they’ve been screwed over and wanted to extract revenge against those that have dared to cross us. Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill have taken our darkest fantasies about revenge and boiled them into grotesque grindhouse comic that truly gets under your skin. Every page of “Revenge” was tailor made for horror fanatics who can rejoice in blood, sex, violence and crazy plot twists.

4.5/5 Skulls

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First Look at Kickstarted, Effects Heavy 'Harbinger Down'!!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:44

Back in May we told you about Harbinger Down, a new indie in the spirit of sci-fi/horror classics such as Alien and The Thing. It promises to be a tense, claustrophobic full-length creature film that will feature only practical Animatronic and Makeup Effects!

The pic, which will will celebrate animatronics and makeup effects, is coming from Creature FX Designer Alec Gillis.

Gillis wrote and directed, and ADI co-founder Tom Woodruff, Jr. produced the film, which we now have the first ever stills from!

A group of grad students have booked passage on the fishing trawler Harbinger to study the effects of global warming on a pod of Orcas in the Bering Sea. When the ship’s crew dredges up a recently thawed piece of old Soviet space wreckage, things get downright deadly. It seems that the Russians experimented with tardigrades, tiny resilient animals able to withstand the extremes of space radiation. The creatures survived, but not without mutation.

Now the crew is exposed to aggressively mutating organisms. And after being locked in ice for 3 decades, the creatures aren’t about to give up the warmth of human companionship.

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Review: 'Rat Queens' #5

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:42

With each issue of “Rat Queens” we get closer and closer to the heart of these four raucous chicks, showcasing the brilliance of this series. It doesn’t shove emotions down your throat all at once—it slowly builds up to the moment when you realize you truly care. It’s not just a blood-soaked, drug-hazed, comically-penned fantasy anymore… it’s got real guts.

WRITTEN BY: Kurtis J. Wiebe

ART BY: Roc Upchurch

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $3.50

RELEASE: February 26, 2014

This issue is a roller coaster ride through a series of elements that seamlessly move together. It starts with ferocious violence, setting up a flawless transition into an emotional bit that is pertinent but short—as not to ruin the attitude of the series—going into a light reprieve filled with signature personality and wit, finishing off with a nice dose of intrigue.

Old Lady Bernadette comes back in her own storyline that has you reeling from beginning to end while the Rat Queens continue their face off with the Trolls. During the course of this issue some crucial secrets are borne and a shit-ton of blood is shed, with on of the Queens shedding more than others…

Something that really struck me in this issue are the vast differences in personalities, physical abilities, emotional responses, and societal backgrounds of each Rat Queen. They really stand on their own, completely individualized, yet fit together like a perfect puzzle. And because each one has such a relatable story, there is something for all of us to connect with. This is where the heart seeps into the story. This is how Wiebe teaches us to care.

Slow clap for the cliffhanger ending. Extremely severe cliffhangers like this tend to feel cliché, like a cheap ploy to get us to pick up the next issue. But this one was pulled off so effortlessly. In fact, it’s not just a single cliffhanger but rather a series of cliffhangers, one right after the other, that leads to an ending chock-full of heaping questions. But everyone is in the dark. Not just the readers but the characters as well. This causes the reader to interact with the cliffhanger out of concern, rather than selfish motives. It’s really effective. It lingers with you. And I’ll say it again: It makes you care.

The brute force of Wiebe’s signature wit combined with Upchurch’s flawless art and inexorable paneling make for a quick pace and tremendously entertaining read. Though I’ve never found the fantasy world of dragons, ogres, and wizardry to hold much appeal, the way this comic is presented is universally palatable. I lapped it up and seriously cannot wait to continue my feast.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Bree Ogden

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Review: Joe Hill's 'Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland' #4

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:39

A thrilling nail-biter, “Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #4 never lets its readers off its hooks. Based on Joe Hill’s critically acclaimed novel, “NOS4A2,” readers will surely be drawn to this new breed of vampire known as Charlie Manx. If you loved the novel, you must definitely get your hands on this prequel.

ART BY: Charles Paul Wilson III
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: February 26th, 2013

Three hardened criminals have escaped from the law and found help from an unlikely source. Afraid to get caught, the three fugitives locked themselves to the backseat of a 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith. As they pass by the numerous police blockades, the Wraith driver, Charlie Manx, is actually taking them on a terrifying ride to Hell. Known only as Christmasland, they will find a place to hide, a chance to redeem themselves, and meet their own deaths. Whatever is inside Christmasland doesn’t want them to leave.

This is where writer Joe Hill lets loose on the scares and shocks as Christmasland springs to life. Now we actually see the bloody carnage that goes on behind the steel gates. Hill uses the themes of Christmas and turns it into a gory bloodbath. Charlie Manx’s diabolic minions were previously innocent children who died under mysterious circumstances. Now that these children have no souls, evil can run amok with no morals. Readers will be asking themselves, who’s worse? Charlie or his band of evil children?

Hill also manages to take on a topical issue through the back-story of criminal, Llewellyn. Forced to take matters into his own hands, Llewellyn went after the hospital and doctor who turned down his dying son because he had no healthcare. With an honest message at its core, Hill really hits home with his social commentary about universal healthcare. Though he is guilty of his crimes, Llewellyn walks the line between redemption and punishment as he pays for his sins at Christmasland.

Artist Charles Paul Wilson III illustrates with ease the devilish smiles of Charlie Manx’s evil children. Using the theme of Christmas, the evil children dress up as the Nutcracker, the Mad Hatter, firemen, and doctors. Letting the blood flow in the panels, Manx’s minions play operation on a prison guard and chop off his leg while he’s screaming. I know the children are supposed to be vampires but it’s still shocking when one of the criminals pulls out his gun on one of these kids.

I particularly liked the detail to Llewellyn’s character design. Notice in the opening pages, Llewellyn’s eye is smeared in blood. Look closely at how the bloodstain drips from Llewellyn’s eye as if he is crying. This is Wilson’s way of symbolizing that Llewellyn has never stopped crying for his dead son.

Horror fans will enjoy every single page of “Wraith: Welcome To Christmasland” #4. If you haven’t bought the novel yet, this comic will make you run out and get it.

4/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

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Review: 'The Wake' #6

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:36

A clever apocalyptic thriller, “The Wake” #6 continues to be a terrifying and visually breathtaking read. Each page keeps the reader’s attention sustained in endless mystery and suspense. The second half of an epic tale, the story unfolds in a vibrant twist.

WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder
ART BY: Sean Murphy
PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics
PRICE: $2.99
RELEASE: February 26, 2014

In 2014, marine biologist Lee Archer was asked by the Department of Homeland Security to advise on a top-secret project. Lee traveled to the murky bottom of the ocean and discovered an ancient evil that has been hidden in the depths of the Arctic Circle. Now 200 years later, the humanoid creatures that Lee first encountered have decimated cities and taken back the seas. Time has forgotten Lee’s discovery and humanity has paid the price. In search of hope in her flooded future, Leeward thinks she has found a way to stop the bloodthirsty reign of the humanoids.

In the first installment, writer Scott Snyder kept most of the narrative centered underwater. Now in the second part, we see what is really going on above the surface in the future timeline. With a different setting and a new batch of characters, Snyder uses his nonlinear storytelling to explore humanity’s rise and downfall. Whatever Lee Archer did in the past has direct consequences in the future. Whatever choice we make in the present day cannot be undone and affects others in the near future. Snyder foreshadows that Leeward and Lee will meet, but not in the way you think.

What really makes the story so engaging is how the protagonists are completely different . Snyder presented Lee as a mousy scientist and a maternal figure, making her decisions based on being a parent. Snyder introduces Leeward with a personal attachment to the dolphin, Dash. In the opening pages, Leeward finds herself surrounded by a swarming army of humanoid creatures. Smart and confident, Leeward isn’t afraid to get her hands bloody as she swings her machete.

Readers will be glued to the pages because of Sean Murphy’s punkish and gritty illustrations. Murphy explores the apocalyptic setting through wide shots and splash pages. Buildings have been abandoned and are seen floating above water. In a splash page, Murphy captures the loneliness and seclusion of Leeward’s hideout. Leeward rests inside a deserted plane that crashed on top of a mountain. In a nice little detail, Murphy illustrates how Leeward has to climb her way to the top and then use a ladder, just to get home.

In a two-pager, Murphy illustrates different aspects of the flooded future through a map. We see how the United States has been divided into sections because of the floods. Because there are no more cities, the Tree People live off the land through vegetation. Murphy marks certain spots on the map with a skull and with sketches of a broken wall.

Leaping forward in time, “The Wake” #6 explores its sci-fi premise and sets up a new tale. An exceptional team-up, Murphy and Snyder continue to be at the top of their game with “The Wake” series.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

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Review: 'Sheltered' #7

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:33

With such suspenseful pacing, “Sheltered” #7 keeps readers riveted until the very last page. As each installment gets better and better, the “Sheltered” series must be on every reader’s must-buy list. Once you’re finished reading this issue, you’ll understand why this comic was recently optioned for the big screen.

WRITTEN BY: Ed Brisson
ART BY: Johnnie Christmas
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: Feb. 26, 2014

With horrible timing, Clifford discovered what was really going on behind the gates of the Safe Haven compound. Lucas and his sadistic teen followers murdered their parents, hoping to save themselves from the upcoming apocalypse that would never happen. If Clifford escapes and reaches civilization, the police will raid upon the compound and arrest everyone. Lucas has to prevent this from happening and orders the others to kill Clifford. But luck may finally be on Clifford’s side as Victoria comes along to threaten Lucas’ control of his cult.

Writer Ed Brisson keeps the pacing running at full speed while transitioning between multiple subplots. After disappearing from the previous installment, Victoria returns from her hiatus tougher than ever. Brisson uses Victoria as the voice of reason as she argues against one of Lucas’ followers, Mitch. Because Mitch murdered his parents and Victoria’s father in cold blood, there is no forgiveness, no chance at redemption for him. Victoria strikes at Mitch’s heart, forcing him to realize that it was all for nothing. The end of the world that Lucas prophesized is never going to happen.

I really like how Brisson is also depicting Lucas’ downfall as he slowly loses control over his cult. His once-obedient disciples aren’t following his orders anymore. Lucas may have been convincing and resourceful as a leader but his followers have a taste for blood now. You really feel for poor Clifford because he has to deal with an army full of psycho teenagers with itchy trigger fingers.

In the opening pages, artist Johnnie Christmas unleashes the rage and terror lurking inside Victoria, Mitch and his sister. Christmas is able to depict each vibrant personality through their facial expressions. Mitch is always angry at himself because he failed his parents. Mitch’s sister is just a scared little kid who wants to the nightmare to go away. Obsessed with finding Lucas, Victoria seeks revenge for her father’s murder.

In a shocking scene, Clifford takes down one of Lucas’ followers as he shoots the teen in the chest. You can argue that Christmas’ illustration is exploitative, maybe gratuitous, but it never steers towards offensive. There is a subtle message underneath Christmas’ depiction of violence. How do you live with what you’ve done? Christmas captures that emotional turmoil Clifford is facing in his close-up.

“Sheltered” #7 ends on a series of gripping cliffhangers, each one better than the last. I can’t wait to see what happens when the next issue gets here.

4.5/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – Jorge Solis

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Chris R. Notarile Unleashing Smith on Aliens

Dread Central - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:30

Aliens can be real pains in the ass. Literally even. Though we have no idea just what their fixation is with the human anus, we are glad that someone, somewhere plans on kicking a little ass back! Enter Chris R. Notarile's new film, Smith.

Notarile of Blinky Productions Inc. is happy to announce his next feature will be a sci-fi/horror film with a satirical twist. It will star Bree Olson (Human Centipede 3), Andrew Roth (My Name Is Paul), Roberto Lombardi (Perfect: Android Rising), and Drea-Nichole Olivas (The Retcon Chronicles).

A sci-fi/horror comedy about a secret government agency dedicated to responding to and investigating crank calls. While on a routine investigation, Agents Smith and Salisbury discover the 911 call about a homicidal alien on the loose in the woods, killing off campers, is true. Now the pencil-pushing duo must take on the larger than life menace before it rips them to shreds.

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Review: 'Pariah' #1

bloody disgusting - Thu, 02/27/2014 - 13:29

An interesting new story comes out of Dark Horse this week. The tale infuses some subtle mystery with a large dose of science fiction to produce “Pariah”. There is a ton of space-related material already in circulation, but rarely in recent years is humanity the primary scope of the story. I’m not surprised to see the market flooding with material like this after Gravity, and I’m sure we’ll see even more grounded-in-reality sci-fi stories in the near future. “Pariah” #1 offers a decent start, but it offers little in the way of story or character development.

WRITTEN BY: Aron Warner and Philip Gelatt
ART BY: Brett Weldele
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: February 26
PRICE: 3.99

The book follows a group of people in Earth’s future who have volunteered to live on a space station. The individuals call themselves Vitros and each have certain skills or knowledge that give them a role within the team. Already things are going wrong with the mission. What exactly is wrong isn’t clear, and by the end book the situation isn’t completely hopeless, but not much has changed.

I have to admit at the onset of this book there is so much information thrown in your face in an effort to world build it took me more than one read of the first few pages to get the facts straight. Essentially all of the questions that popped up throughout the book remained unanswered by its end. I get that the mystery should entice the reader, but some more clear direction would have helped to bring me into the story. This left me a tad disgruntled, but the the book does pique my interest enough to find out just who these group of Vitros are and why exactly they find themselves on an out of date space station that’s not as safe as it seems.

The script is clever, with a lot a whit infused in the narrative that adds both comedic relief and insight some into the other characters, though not enough. As the story rolls on however, the plot draws me in and the events at the end of the book help to solidify my interest in the book.

The art is a bit of a miss, but, like the writing, it grew on me towards the end. It has a very cartoony look that lacks significant details. With a story that’s meant to reflect a futuristic time I would have liked the art to have more clean crisp lines and the colour pallet more vibrant than the softness that is offered. When the story takes place on the exterior of the station, it’s the only time I find myself satisfied. Unfortunately, there are a lot more panels inside the station than out.

“Pariah” has a lot of potential and even though the first issue leaves some to be desired. There’s something about the book that makes me want more, I’m just not sure what it is yet.

3/5 Skulls

Reviewed by – GreenBasterd

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