On tap right now are several new images from Alexandre Aja's Horns (review) that are honestly the coolest we've seen thus far. Check them out, and look for more as we get closer to the film's release.
Directed by Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Max Minghella, Juno Temple, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, and James Remar.
Look for Horns on October 31st in both the US and the UK.
Horns, a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery, and romance, follows Ig Perrish (Radcliffe), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their most selfish and unspeakable impulses – an effective tool in his quest to discover the true circumstances of his late girlfriend’s tragedy and for exacting revenge on her killer.
This rock and roll infused dark fantasy explores why bad things happen to good people and what the loss of true love can do to a man. The widely acclaimed book was on the New York Times bestseller list for six weeks and has become an international bestseller as well.
Lionsgate gave Entertainment Weekly the first look at the poster for Ed Sanchez's (The Blair Witch Project) new Bigfoot film, Exists, which will be arriving on various VOD platforms and in limited theaters on October 24th. Dig it!
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.
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The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson, and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie, and J. Andrew Jenkins. Exists, written by Jamie Nash, is executive produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale, and Reed Frerichs, and the Sasquatch creature was designed by Spectral Motion.
FX has set the premiere date for the fourth installment of its critically acclaimed anthology series “American Horror Story: Freak Show” for Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT., a press release reveals.
In addition to the first ever story details, revealed below, we also have the first (of I’m sure many) teasers. Admit one? I’ll take a ticket for each and every episode, please!
“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.
Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.
EW shared the first official poster for Exists, the new found-footage movie from the co-director of The Blair Witch Project and V/H/S/2.
It will be discovered on various VOD platforms October 3, a few weeks before it hits limited theaters on October 24.
In Bigfoot’s bold return to the big screen, “five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary predator that is stronger, smarter, and more terrifying than anything they would have ever believed exists.”
The film stars Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Samuel Davis, Denise Williamson and Brian Steele and is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins.
RADiUS-TWC is hoping to charm you into seeing Alex Aja’s Horns with these new images, most featuring Danielle Radcliffe with a set of demon horns. I like the pic of him charming a snake, the other of him with a pitchfork.
Based on Joe Hills’ graphic novel of the same name, the film is slated for release on Halloween, October 31.
“Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend and ostracized by everyone he knows, a small-town guy (Daniel Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. Armed with the supernatural powers they possess, he sets out to find the true killer.“
Directed by Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Mirrors, Piranha 3D, The Hills Have Eyes) from Keith Bunin’s script, Horns stars Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Kelli Garner, Heather Graham, David Morse, Kathleen Quinlan, and James Remar.
Bloody Disgusting’s Mike Pereira was a huge fan – read his review here – calling it “an audacious, wonderfully twisted romantic horror fantasy.”
Luciano Onetti's Giallo homage Sonno Profondo is arriving on Limited Edition DVD August 26th (with a September 23rd VHS release to follow), and we have the first five minutes of the film for you to check out right here!
Sonno Profondo (Deep Sleep) is a critically acclaimed, award-winning film that brings Giallo back using some of the best 70's horror style filmmaking and design. It's being released by BrinkVision.
If you're old school and eying the VHS, note that it will be strictly limited to 200 copies on a red VHS collector's tape and will include some great vintage extras.
The film, which was written, directed, and edited by Luciano Onetti, stars Daiana García, Silvia Duhalde, and Onetti himself. Onetti also served as its cinematographer and composer.
After murdering a woman, a killer who is traumatized from his childhood memories gets a mysterious envelope slipped under his door. The hunter becomes the prey when he finds out that the envelope contains photos that show him killing the young woman.
All in all this final season of "True Blood" has been a cut above the last couple but still nowhere near the glory days of its early years. We're hoping it goes out on a high note, and here's a sneak peek of what's ahead in Episode 7.10, "Thank You."
Mostly, though, we're hoping it's Led Zeppelin's "Thank You" that will be playing when the final credits roll. Do you agree?
Episode 7.10 - “Thank You” (air date 8/24/14)
Sookie (Anna Paquin) weighs a future with and without Bill (Stephen Moyer).
Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) struggle with their uncomfortable partnership with Mr. Gus (Will Yun Lee) while Andy (Chris Bauer) comes upon an unexpected inheritance.
Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Scott Winant.
Fan of David Cronenberg's Videodrome? Then you just may want to check out the new indie flick Promiscuities from commercials director Jonathan Leder. Even cooler? Dread Central readers get a special VOD discount!
That's right, kids! We have 20 coupon codes to get 60% off a rental on the VHX platform. The first 20 readers to visit the above link and enter the code TeamDread will receive the discount and immediately be able to watch the film.
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Diane has a problem. Prescription pills used to ease the temptation. But like pause buttons worn low, meds no longer suppress the fire inside. Pitch black memories Diane formerly repressed are now drawn into the destructive light. And the clock ticks on a spiral of promiscuities that will immolate her.
Desperate for a solution, any solution, Diane consults a psychotherapist. His track record is stellar; yet, his method is strict. He recommends permanently exhausting Diane’s carnal neurosis. Each unruly session will be recorded and subjected to scrutiny. Diane’s therapist promised a cure. Instead he unlocked their sickness. To traverse the nightmare, Diane must push her body to the brink.
Check out the trailer below with an exclusive Dread Central intro from star Amy Hood.
The third issue of “Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland” does a few things right but many things wrong. It’s dialogue heavy, takes too much time to set up events that should already be unfolding, and the writers are perhaps being a little too coy? Yet while I worry about some of these issues, I can’t help but feel pretty satisfied with the end result.
WRITTEN BY: Kim Newman and Maura McHugh (Created by Mike Mignola)
ART BY: Juan Ferreyra
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: August 20, 2014
Reviewed By Bree Odgen
“Witchfinder” #3 picks up right after last issue’s untimely death of Diggory Fenn. As Grey returns to Hallam, he’s greeted by Constable Lawless who’s set up a couple of residents to put on a “normal” act for Grey. This, combined with the argument that directly follows the Constable’s dog and pony show, shows the reader that if you didn’t think Lawless was involved before, you should now. Even though Fenn and his death are all but brushed off, issue #3 continues to focus on Hallam’s secrets and who’s in on them.
The writing is both exhilarating and infuriating. Newman and McHugh do this thing where they are coy as hell until the last few pages where they unleash a torrent of information that won’t be satisfied until the next issue. It’s a great technique to build the tension and give a sense of payoff for the reader but it wreaks havoc on the pacing. Issue #3 spent a great deal of time in the bedroom to Horace Poole. While he yells out unintelligibly due to his recent “stroke,” Grey and Mrs. Poole argue about witchcraft. Grey, up to this point, has exhibited the emotional urgency of a snail. But now that he’s finally met Horace face-to-face, he makes the conclusion that this is definitely no stroke, it’s witchcraft.
Nothing feels right about the way that Grey has jumped to this conclusion (other than the fact that it’s been made entirely too obvious to the reader). A man drowning in Poole’s Elixir, eels busting through your window threatening your life, a man disintegrating into a pile of bones, guts, and eels, these are all weird things that would cause one to jump to conclusions. But Grey takes those in stride. However, a man spouts off unintelligible words after having a stroke and this is what feels wrong to Grey?
Though Grey accurately supposes the events to be tied to witchcraft, this jump in logic feels too much like the writers are holding our hand through Grey’s process; giving us the answers before we have a chance to figure them out on our own. I don’t like the feeling of a writer doing my math problems for me.
My biggest concern is the pacing of the arc. For a 5-issue arc, I feel like it’s moving incredibly slow. Get to Unland already! The town of Hallam and the creepy events within have all but put up neon flashing arrows straight to Unland, yet Grey is taking his sweet ass time getting there. There comes a point where setting up ground work just feels like a really poor way of revealing secrets.
Having said all that, the story is still entertaining. It makes good use of ominous tones and unreliable characters. I can sense that it’s headed for something terrific. And with Ferreyra’s perfect art, it’s hard to feel too let down.
Spoilers: Lost the TV show was about Purgatory. There. Now you know. “The Life After” #2 goes head first into this story and tells readers this IS Purgatory. Get used to it. Who is in this middle ground for the souls? You wouldn’t believe me. I can hardly believe it and I read the book! Read on and see what is going on in this original new series from Oni Press.
WRITTEN BY: Joshua Hale Fialkov
ART and COLORING BY: Gabo
PUBLISHER: Oni Press, Inc.
RELEASE: 20 August 2014
Reviewed By Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
If everyone around had committed something as tragic as suicide, would it lose its impact? Does it feel like prison if everyone is trapped together? Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov seems to give off that mood in this new series. Apparently even dogs can kill themselves and be trapped in limbo for it. It’s a fascinating idea on exploring this realm. I don’t know if it’s been explored before but this series is off to a very intriguing start. Regular guy Jude gets saved multiple times from multiple horrors by literary legend Ernest Hemingway. Yep. This book has all kinds of curve balls like everywhere.
Artist Gabo makes people killing themselves a very pedestrian thing in this middle world. Folks keep offing themselves in front of our lead characters. It looks odd which I think is the effect the creators are going for. Jude’s ability to help souls move on looks to be a major point to explore as the series progresses. Gabo’s mix of regular and surreal is a major help to such an ambitious story.
All of that plus the hook of “The complete history of creation in three pages!” has me intrigued enough to keep reading. This book is so out there, it’s worth your attention to see where it leads to next. Demons, aliens, dogs, management and upper management look to be interesting oddities to see in the coming months. Get into this book now and be ahead of the cool curve for once.
Playing as part of this years Film4 FrightFest is Adam Green's latest directorial feature film, Digging Up the Marrow, and if you're gonna be there, you'll have a chance to score yourself an exclusive poster for the flick!
"ONLY those attending the screening will get these exclusive posters as only enough were made for the number of seats in the cinema," says Green. "This is the first poster in a 4-part variant series leading up to the official theatrical one-sheet and release details. All coming soon."
Green also stars in the documentary film, which he made with artist Alex Pardee along with Ray Wise, Tom Holland, Kane Hodder, Mick Garris, and a host of other familiar faces. In Digging Up the Marrow an exploration of genre-based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.
Check out the one-sheet below courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.
"Teen Wolf" Season 4 has just three episodes remaining, and we can't wait to see how things end up. But first we have a special Sunday night episode ahead, #4.10, entitled "Monstrous," which is airing before MTV's 2014 VMA's.
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, and Holland Roden star along with new regulars Arden Cho, Shelley Hennig, and Ryan Kelley as Deputy Parrish. Season 4 also features the return of Jill Wagner as Kate Argent, JR Bourne as Chris Argent, and Ian Bohen as Peter Hale.
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"Teen Wolf" Episode 4.10 - "Monstrous" (airs 8/24/14)
Scott and Kira must protect Satomi's pack from assassins. Stiles and Malia learn the origins of The Dead Pool.
I'm not sure if we like The Babadook (review) because it's a kick-ass horror flick or we just like saying the words, The Babadook. Either way, here's a new clip!
Look for the critically acclaimed spookshow Stateside on November 28th and in the UK on October 24. First, however, The Babadook will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on August 23rd at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
Now that we've gotten confirmation "The Strain" has been renewed for a second season, it's time to look ahead to Sunday night's Episode 1.07, entitled "For Services Rendered," via some stills and a preview.
Want even more? Then check out an inside look at Bolivar... He’s transforming more than just rock music! In the video below the preview, the cast and crew of "The Strain" explore the changes within him.
The ensemble cast of "The Strain" is comprised of 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.
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"The Strain" Episode 1.07 - "For Services Rendered" (airs 8/24/14, 10PM)
Setrakian, Eph, and Nora (Bradley, Stoll, Maestro) formulate a plan to track down the Master using Jim (Astin) as bait. Eichhorst (Sammel) and Setrakian's pasts are revealed.
At the Luss home, Neeva (Kim Roberts) struggles to protect the children while encountering a mysterious stranger whose help she may not want. Directed by Charlotte Sieling.
If there's any silver lining to the Twilight phenomenon, it's that it paved the way for better vampire stories to sink their teeth into screens both big and small, and yet another one is soon headed our way. Read on, fangbangers!
Variety reports that The Romero Company has acquired movie rights to Navajo vampire story Second Sunrise, based on the first of four novels in the David and Aimee Thurlo-penned Lee Nez series.
The story, set in New Mexico, brings a Navajo vampire and a no-nonsense FBI agent together to battle shapeshifters and stop a power-mad Nazi.
Eddie Spears (pictured; "Hell on Wheels"), Sage Galesi, Balthazar Getty ("Brothers & Sisters"), and A. Martinez are currently attached to star. Joanelle Romero will direct from a script by Carolyn Dunn and E.C. Galesi. She will produce for Red Nation Films along with Rosemary Parks.
The film is being developed as a franchise starter with the follow-up novels Pale Death, Blood Retribution and Surrogate Evil set for future adaptations.
More on this one as we learn it.
I have heard nothing but good things about Valiant’s re-launch that started a few years ago. As far as I can tell, this is one tight, proficient comic universe they are building. “The Delinquents” #1 shows off the lighter and off the wall side of what goes on with some of the would-be heroes inhabiting said universe. I like what I see here.
WRITTEN BY: James Asmus and Fred Van Lente
ART BY: Kano
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 20 August 2014
Reviewed By Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
I only know these characters through the gorgeous covers I’ve randomly seen now and back in the oh-so-shiny 1990s. I was too brain-washed by the ‘Big Two’ back then to really try anything else. After reading this first issue, I have one more regret to add to my wasted youth. Thankfully, I can get on board now.
This tale teases readers with all kinds of goodies: Hobo’s buried lost treasures, hobo language 101 (never know when that could come in handy), Mr. Meat, blown-up cars with princesses in them …and that’s just in the first few pages! Writers James Asmus and Fred Van Lente have a madcap buddy tale to tell here and they look to have a lot of merriment for all.
The art by Kano is gritty and dirty and hilarious…just like our heroes herein. Archer and Armstrong remind me of Van Lente’s epically great Incredible Hercules run. Quantum and Woody are the bastard children of Power Man and Iron Fistno is willing to admit to having. All of this looks great thanks to the capable and versatile art style of the underrated Kano. None of these characters are going to play nice together and readers will enjoy the fallout in action and snappy paneling and design.
I realize that the other Valiant books look more intense and action packed than “The Delinquents” #1. That Armor Hunterscross-over looks pretty cool. However, I think that’s the point. This book is where goofballs with powers do stuff and joviality and mirth ensue. The variant covers alone that combine to make a game board are a genius move itself. I have never liked the variant cover thing but THIS makes me want to actually buy them to play the game. If the cover can do that, I have no doubt the creators behind that and this story will deliver the goods here.
On tap for you today is the latest bit of casting news for Juan Antonio Bayona's next film, A Monster Calls, which is already loaded up with star power. Read on to find out to whom the titular monster has just placed a call!
Per Variety, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Fantastic Four star Toby Kebbell is in negotiations to join Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, and Liam Neeson in the film, a feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children's fantasy novel.
Look for it in US theatres via River Road Entertainment, Participant Media, Lionsgate International, and Focus Features on October 14, 2016. It will be distributed by Universal Pictures International for its theatrical and home entertainment release in Spain and Lionsgate International throughout the rest of the world.
Produced by Belen Atienza (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Orphanage), A Monster Calls is a visually spectacular drama about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that deal with courage, loss, and faith.
Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother. Jones is on board as the mother, while Neeson is playing the monster.
Ness wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, and he and illustrator Jim Kay won Britain’s prestigious Carnegie Medal and Greenaway Medal in 2012, presented to the year’s best children’s literature in the UK. Ness is adapting the screenplay from his novel.
More on this one as it comes.
Christos Gage returns with “Fray” artist, Karl Moline, to deliver an appetizing filler chapter that contributes nicely to the larger tapestry of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10”. Pick up “I Wish” Part One today, and hit the jump to read our review!
WRITTEN BY: Christos Gage
ART BY: Karl Moline, Cliff Richards
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: August 20, 2014
Reviewed By: ShadowJayd
In the months leading up to the initial release of “Buffy Season 10”, Dark Horse Comics had been proclaiming that the series would be “going back to the basics”. While the first arc effectively demonstrated just that, this latest installment hammers the point home. Not only does the narrative employ the Monster of the Week Month trope in a way that it relates to an overarching series theme, but the theme itself is also reminiscent of Buffy’s early struggles in Season One.
This is not another story about slaying vampires and demons; this is a tale about responsibility and accepting reality. Things have been pretty chaotic since the new rules of magic altered the supernatural status quo, and now Buffy (as self-deprecating as she may be sometimes) has to trust herself, as well as her friends, to make sure things don’t get any worse.
The risks involved in handling the VAMPYR book seem to be as limitless as the directions in which this season can potentially take us, and this leads to a slightly different kind of storytelling from Gage. He manages to be surprisingly direct, yet inconclusive enough to keep readers guessing about the future of the series. There are no subtleties to be untangled in the script, as the characters’ feelings, narrative themes, and story developments are laid out pretty clearly on paper. The book reads like a breeze as it tries to speed to the next arc, and while not necessarily a good thing, it’s almost understandable considering the filler nature of the issue.
“I Wish” Part One begins with the Scoobies revaluating their living arrangements, and lamenting over financial woes. It’s a dilemma that speaks to the real life challenges of residing in San Francisco, where the cost of living is obscenely high. While seeking Detective Dowling’s help concerning pre-teen Giles’ inaccessible funds, a supernatural case is thrown their way that might just be the answer to their housing problems. A haunted apartment building at the centre of 25 missing child cases needs exorcizing. If the gang help, the landlady will offer them cheap rent in return. Simple enough… only nothing is ever simple in the Buffyverse. As they attempt to battle the demon in the building, they’re thrust into an alternate reality that they wished they’d had growing up. The Scoobies have to find a way to reject the fake reality in order to make it back home.
What’s interesting about this alternate universe is that time and geography is of no relevance there. They are still able to interact with each other even though Spike’s reality takes him back more than a century; Giles, nearly five decades, and the others, only as far back as their teenage years. Gage creates a very unique hell dimension that spans generations, using the innermost hopes and desires of each character against them. A few of their personal wishes feel repetitive at times, as they touch upon already explored fantasies, but there’s a sense of intimacy and connectedness that, not only ties the readers to the characters, but ties the issue up quite nicely. as well.
Taking over for Rebekah Isaacs on pencils is Karl Moline (Cliff Richards also credited). While extremely talented, his style is not generally effective when attempting to capture the likeness of the series actors. The fact that his 18th century William looks like True Blood’s Bill Compton, is evidence enough. But that’s not to say his artistic talents aren’t appreciated. In fact, he depicts the widely-varying range of despondency that pre-teen Giles is going through so flawlessly, readers will find it difficult not to feel the same as the story unfolds. Buffy’s fake reality also stands out in execution, as both Gage and Moline manage to personally evoke flashbacks to “Normal Again” (6×17). Other than that, the artwork definitely suffers.
Overall, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10” #6 is a decent installment, seemingly intended to bridge the gap between the first and second arcs. If the final page is any indication, expect more significant plot development in the following issues.
Reviewer: ShadowJayd, known everywhere else as Farah Jayden Hakkak, has been a staff writer for Bloody-Disgusting since July 2012. You can find her on Twitter, or passed out by the dirt road behind Wendy’s.
Attending the World Premiere of Adam Green’s Digging Up the Marrow at the Film4 Frighfest in London this Saturday night?
Every fan who attends the premiere will be landing the below 11 X 17 poster that is exclusive for Film4 Frightfest, and also exclusively being shared online by Bloody-Disgusting. This is the first in a series of 4 variant one-sheets leading up to the official poster and release details.
Green, best known for Hatchet, Frozen and “Holliston”, will be on hand signing the posters following the screening, which takes place at 8:45pm in Leicester Square, London.
Green also stars with Ray Wise, Tom Holland, Kane Hodder and Mick Garris in this documentary (also by artist Alex Pardee) exploring genre based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real.
Here’s our exclusive poster debut!
The Brubaker/Phillips train just keep right on rolling with issue #1 of “The Fade Out” – a 40’s era film industry noir that epitomizes and defines the genre in equal measure. For the uninitiated: Brubaker and Phillips have been writing crime books together for 15 years and have never once put out anything that wasn’t exceptional in every way. If you missed their last book “Fatale”, or if you have any interest in hard-boiled fiction, get on this book immediately. These guys are masters of their craft.
WRITTEN BY: Ed Brubaker
ART BY: Sean Phillips
RELEASE: August 20, 2014
Reviewed By Epic Switzer
I can’t believe Brubaker is finally telling this story. As the go-to-guys for crime/noir in comics it is hard to believe this is their first trip into “Hollywoodland” territory.
“The Fade Out” begins with a familiar premise reminiscent of “The Black Dahlia”: a promising young actress has been murdered at a film star’s party. I remark upon the familiarity not to admonish the book or dispute its originality, because noir relies upon the readers understanding of its tropes and conventions and the narrative familiarity is what establishes the foundation for the intricate series of events that are sure to transpire.
It is said by some that noir is more of a style than a genre, and from this perspective we can see how expertly Brubaker and Phillips control the noir aesthetics to draw us in with a familiar premise; invocative of “Sunset Boulevard”, “Mulholland Drive”, and so many others. However, if you know anything about this team of evil geniuses and their knack for genre bending and expectation advertising, you know to expect something really incredible.
I tend to look at new books with a simple rubric: new = good. What I love the most about reading image books is that they are consistently packed with fresh ideas and new stories. “The Fade Out”, on the other hand is not something entirely unique, but instead what it is is a perfectly crafted genre piece from the guys who can do it the very best.
Brubaker’s words are poetry. His concise narration complements the tight constricted frames that Phillips arranges so beautifully. If you want to introduce someone to film noir, you show them “Maltese Falcon”. If you want to introduce someone to noir comics, you show them “The Fade Out”, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.
This may not strike you as a wholly original kind of comic book, but it is perfectly constructed in genre, style, and tone. Read “The Fade Out” and appreciate it as a perfect book that will eventually become a perfect series.
I don’t usually throw my two cents into reviews, but I can’t help but entirely echo the above sentiments about this book. It’s a perfectly crafted genre piece that fills a void you didn’t even know was empty. Holy shit guys, the Brubaker and Phillips train just keeps gaining speed.
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 email@example.com.