When the dust settles … who will be the baddest witch in town?
FX shared a look ahead at the upcoming season of “American Horror Story: Coven”, which continues tonight with Episode 3.02, “Boy Parts.”
Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Jessica Lange, Alexandra Breckenridge, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, Jamie Brewer, Evan Peters, Gabourey Sidibe, Angela Bassett, Patti Lupone, and Denis O’Hare star.
“Death has failed to claim more than one person… including Madame LaLaurie, whose secrets Fiona is determined to ferret out. The next day, at Morning Gathering, Queenie tells the story of how she first discovered her powers and ancestry, and ended up at the Academy. The Gathering is interrupted by a pair of detectives, Sanchez and Stiles, who want to talk to Madison and Zoe about what happened at the frat party. Fiona makes sure their investigation ends immediately… leaving the girls utterly terrified of her. Later, Madison decides to pay Zoe back for her help. But when Madison decides to play Dr. Frankenstein and build Zoe the “perfect boyfriend,” things go gruesomely wrong. Meanwhile, Cordelia and Hank meet with a fertility doctor, but after a year of treatments there’s still no progress. Hank exhorts her to use her magic instead; Cordelia is reluctant, but ultimately assents to the black ceremony, despite her misgivings. Back at the Academy, LaLaurie tells the story of how she came to be immortal – cursed and buried alive by Marie Laveau. As Fiona confronts the still-living Marie, risking ending the ages-old truce between the witches and the voodoo priestesses, LaLaurie makes her escape… though after 180 years in a coffin, she is unprepared for the modern world. And Zoe and her new “boyfriend” find themselves with a new and somewhat unsettling ally.”
Bloody Disgusting has been provided with several hi-res images from WER, a new found-footage horror that takes place in police station with the suspect turning into a werewolf.
William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman – the duo behind Paramount’s The Devil Inside – have re-teamed to tell the story of a defense attorney named Kate Moore (A.J. Cook) who has set out to clear the name of a suspect in a brutal murder case. The lead, Talan, is accused of murdering an American family. While Talan appears to be gentle on the surface, his attorney soon learns that Talan is actually a werewolf.
Brian J. O’Connor, Simon Quarterman, Vik Sahay also star in the film produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity).
Image Source: ©2013 INCENTIVE FILM PRODUCTIONS, LLC
The first official clip for Indie filmmaker Kyle Kuchta's documentary on horror fandom, Fantasm, is here and we have every fan-centric second of it right here for your perusal. Dig it!
Fantasm will have its world premiere at Rock and Shock in Worcester, MA this Saturday, October 19. It will also be screened at Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in Austin, TX on October 25 and at Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence, RI on November 3.
Fantasm explores the bonds formed by the close-knit community of fans who attend horror conventions, with insight from such actors and filmmakers as Tom Atkins (Escape from New York), Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2), Richard Johnson (Zombie) and more.
In addition to being one of the six conventions at which Fantasm was filmed, Rock and Shock had a profound influence on the documentary. "Rock and Shock was the first convention I went to as a kid," says director Kyle Kuchta. "And those experiences were the inspiration behind Fantasm. To be able to premiere the film there is an absolute honor."
The Rock and Shock premiere is presented by cult film webcast Outside the Cinema. Kuchta will in attendance to introduce the film, and he'll be at the Outside the Cinema booth all weekend. The 10th annual Rock and Shock horror convention features such distinguished guests as Robert Englund, Robert Patrick, Michael Rooker, Gunnar Hansen, Eric Roberts and more.
At 15, Kyle's parents took him to his first horror convention. The one thing he looked forward to most was attending the next convention. But then he went away to college and couldn't go to any more. Now he's revisiting these conventions to learn why the gatherings are so important to horror fans.
Deadpool takes on the undead. This sounds unoriginal and I don’t care about Deadpool personally because breaking the fourth wall is getting boring, but I know a lot of people love the Merc with a Mouth. “Night of the Living Deadpool” #1 hits in January from Cullen Bunn and Ramon Rosnas. Take a look at the preview below.
Official Press Release:
This January, Deadpool goes where no Deadpool has gone before – to the…dead? Marvel is proud to present your first look at Night of the Living Deadpool #1 – from Cullen Bunn, the writer behind the trilogy of Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Deadpool Killustrated, and Deadpool Kills Deadpool and artist Ramon Rosanas!
After waking up from a pretty epic food coma, our hero finds himself in the middle of the zombie apocalypse! And Deadpool’s not the only one with a full belly – there’s plenty of brainless eating machines just looking for their next good meal! Nothing says “tasty meal” like a mutant who can re-grow his flesh!
Don’t miss one of Deadpool’s darkest tales yet…and not just because it’s in black and white! Can the Merc with the Mouth avoid becoming the Merc in their Mouths? Find out this January when Deadpool takes on the undead in Night of the Living Deadpool #1!
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL #1
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by RAMON ROSNAS
Cover by JAY SHAW
On Sale This January!
You may have noticed that "The Walking Dead" now has a new look and feel, and AMC has released a behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating the atmosphere for the show's fourth season.
"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on Sunday, October 20th, at 9/8c with Episode 4.02, "Infected," written by Angela Kang and directed by Guy Ferland:
The group faces a new enemy; Rick and the others fight to protect their hard-won livelihood.
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Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, The Walking Dead stars Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Scott Wilson, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey, Emily Kinney, DanaiGurira, Chad Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green. The series is executive produced by Scott M. Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Tom Luse and Greg Nicotero.
To stay up-to-the-minute on all things walker related, follow @WalkingDead_AMC on Twitter and visit "The Walking Dead" on Facebook. For more be sure to hit up the official "The Walking Dead" page on AMC.com.
Coming onto the horror scene in 2007 with The Signal and continuing to impress with the segment "Amateur Night" from 2012's V/H/S, David Bruckner returns with the thriller Intrusion, which has just acquired the first piece of its casting puzzle!
According to The Wrap, British actress Tuppence Middleton has signed on to play single photographer Lila Harper, whose dreams of a happy, independent life are shattered when she becomes the target of organized stalkers who mysteriously invade her home and her entire life.
Buckner will direct a script written by L.D. Goffigan.
Look for more on this one as soon as we get it!
A young woman’s life begins to unravel shortly after moving to San Francisco, when she realizes she’s being pursued by a disturbed stalker. As the assaults and creepy incidents escalate, she realizes that she has become the target of something far more sinister and horrifying.
It was well over a year ago that we learned that a filmmaker by the name of Mike Le Han was working on a trailer that would serve as a pitch video for a Hellraiser reboot, which he hoped to impress Dimension Films with.
Since not much has been heard in regards to an official reboot of the franchise, aside from persistent on-again, off-again rumors, we couldn't help it that our appetites were whet by Le Han's idea, which brought along with it some pretty awesome concept art.
Though we hadn't heard a peep about the pitch video since we wrote up that news story, today comes word that the video is headed our way, set to debut on Halloween. Now titled Hellraiser: Origins, an utterly badass looking poster has been revealed, and an official website launched. The website has nothing on it but a countdown to Halloween, and we're thinking that's where you'll be able to view the video, once the 31st rolls around.
In the meantime, here's the original idea for the pitch that we posted last year, along with the brand spankin' new teaser art below!
In July Paul Gerrard and Mike Le Han produced a teaser trailer to accompany the pitch document which has many more conceptual designs that revision Hellraiser. Paul designed the new look for Pinhead and was production designer on the shoot, and Le Han pulled in all of his film resources and directed the teaser on the new Alex 4:3 camera with anamorphic lenses.
With a crew of 47 and over 100 bloodied extras, the shoot was completed and is now in the depths of post-production with a massive amount of VFX work being undertaken. Method Studios, Fugitive Studios and Flipbook Animation are helming the VFX with the talented Glen Southern designing the new Hellraiser box.
When the teaser is complete, they’ll be presenting it to Dimension Films along with an outline of the first film story and conceptual art pitch document with the hope to work on rebooting the Hellraiser franchise and bringing it into the 21st Century.
In case you missed all the big announcements for Marvel NOW! to come out of NYCC over the weekend, here is a complete list of all the new series, with the creative teams and cover art that will be gracing shelves in 2014. Personally, I’m looking forward to the new “Silver Surfer” series from Slott and Allred, and “All-New Ghost Rider” from Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore.
Official Press Release:
New York Comic Con may be behind us, but All-New Marvel NOW! is just getting started! This Winter, the Marvel Universe heads in an exciting, all-new direction to deliver the best comics on the market with all-new ongoing series from blockbuster creators AND must read .NOW entry #1 issues for all readers!
“All-New Marvel NOW! ushers in 2014 with bold new launches and exciting new story lines for ongoing series that provide wide-open doorways into the Marvel Universe,” explained Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “With new voices joining our creative chorus, and new heroes stepping into the spotlight, the Marvel Universe is about to expand in every way possible. Our NYCC announcements were only the tip of the iceberg — we’ve plenty more to come.”
Titles announced at New York Comic-Con 2013:
All-New Ghost Rider #1
By Felipe Smith (Writer) & Tradd Moore (Artist)
All-New X-Factor #1
By Peter David (Writer) & Carmine DiGiandomenico (Artist)
All-New X-Men #22.NOW (=All-New X-Men #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
By Brian Michael Bendis (Writer) & Stuart Immonen (Artist)
Avengers A.I. #8.NOW (=Avengers A.I. #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
By Sam Humphries (Writer) & Andre Araujo (Artist)
Avengers Undercover #1
By Dennis Hopeless (Writer) & Kev Walker (Artist)
Avengers World #1
By Jonathan Hickman (Writer), Nick Spencer (Writer) & Stefano Caselli (Artist)
Black Widow #1
By Nathan Edmondson (Writer) & Phil Noto (Artist)
Captain America #16.NOW (=Captain America #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
By Rick Remender (Writer), Pascal Alixie (Artist) & Nic Klein (Artist)
Captain Marvel #1
By Kelly-Sue DeConnick (Writer) & David Lopez (Artist)
By Zeb Wells (Writer) & Mike Del Mundo (Artist)
Guardians of the Galaxy #11.NOW (=Guardians of the Galaxy #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
By Brian Michael Bendis (Writer) & Sara Pichelli (Artist)
Iron Patriot #1
By Ales Kot (Writer) & Garry Brown (Artist)
Loki: Agent of Asgard #1
By Al Ewing (Writer) & Lee Garbett (Artist)
New Warriors #1
By Christopher Yost (Writer) and Marcus To (Artist)
By Nathan Edmondson (Writer) & Mitch Gerads (Artist)
Savage Wolverine 14.NOW (=Savage Wolverine #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
By Richard Isanove (Writer & Artist)
Secret Avengers #1
By Ales Kot (Writer) & Michael Walsh (Artist)
Silver Surfer #1
By Dan Slott (Writer) & Mike Allred (Artist)
Superior Spider-Man 27.NOW (=Superior Spider-Man #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
By Dan Slott (Writer) & Giuseppe Camunicoli (Artist)
Thunderbolts 20.NOW (=Thunderbolts #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
By Charles Soule (Writer) & Carlo Barberi (Artist)
These titles join already announced Avengers 24.NOW, All-New Invaders #1, Inhuman #1 and She-Hulk #1 as the Marvel Universe charges into a bold-new direction this December with All-New Marvel NOW! – featuring unique new series, new mission statements, epic scales, and bigger conflicts than ever before.
Every FIRST ISSUE bearing the All New Marvel NOW! branding includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. But that’s not all! Select .NOW! titles will also come with a digital code for the entire first collection of that series ABSOLUTELY FREE!
Once again, the biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW! Look for All-New Marvel NOW! in print and digital starting this December!
For more on All-New Marvel NOW!, please visit www.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #AllNewMarvelNOW.
Tuppence Middleton (pictured above; Trance, Jupiter Ascending) will star in Intrusion, per The Wrap. The thriller will be directed by David Bruckner from a script by writer L.D. Goffigan.
“A young woman’s life begins to unravel shortly after moving to San Francisco, when she realizes she’s being pursued by a disturbed stalker. As the assaults and creepy incidents escalate she realizes that she has become the target of something far more sinister and horrifying.”
Bruckner helmed the segment “Amateur Night” (clip below) from the anthology pic V/H/S, as well as a portion of Magnolia’s classic The Signal. Pic will shoot later this year. Quadrant Pictures’ Doug Davison will produce the project with Tariq Jalil, Lava Bear, and QED’s Bill Block. QED’s John Hegeman will executive produce.
Lots of us here at Dread Central were big fans of The Pact, and we've been eagerly anticipating its sequel, entitled, cleverly enough, The Pact 2. If you're in the same boat, you'll be delighted to hear that the new flick has been picked up for distro!
From the Press Release
Content announced that IFC Midnight has picked up the US theatrical rights to THE PACT 2, the sequel to the box office hit THE PACT, written and directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath. The film stars Camilla Luddington (True Blood, Grey’s Anatomy, Californication), Patrick Fischler (2 Guns, Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster (Californication, Greek), Haley Hudson (The Pact, Freaky Friday), Mark Steger (The Pact, Mr. Jones, I Am Legend) and Caity Lotz (The Pact, The Machine). THE PACT 2 is produced by Preferred Film & TV’s Ross M. Dinerstein and executive produced by Content’s Jamie Carmichael and Nicholas McCarthy. Content’s Carmichael and Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina jointly sold North America and Content handled the rest of the world.
In addition, Content has secured multi international sales in the following territories and respective distributors: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Leichtenstein, Alto Adige, German Speaking Luxembourg – Ascot Elite; Japan - Klockworx; Latin America - HBO OLE Acquisitions; Mexico - Epulse (Corazon Films); Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia and Central America - Euro Films; Portugal - Lusomundo; Singapore - Cathay Keris; China - H.G.C. Entertainment; Thailand, Malaysia – Sahamongkol Film; Turkey - Medyavizion.
IFC Midnight acquired and released THE PACT after it premiered in Sundance in 2012. THE PACT 2 is a truly terrifying new film set just weeks after Annie Barlow's deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.
Jonathan Sehring, president of IFC Entertainment said: "We are so thrilled to be working with our friends at Preferred Film & TV and Content on the sequel to The Pact. It's exciting to forge a continuing partnership with such a talented team."
Producer Ross Dinerstein said: "Dallas and Patrick did a tremendous job taking the world of THE PACT to the next level, and we are thrilled that IFC MIDNIGHT is back to distribute. THE PACT 2 will satisfy fans even more than the first one."
THE PACT 2 is the third film produced by Ross M. Dinerstein / Content Media Corporation (CMC) venture Preferred Film & TV (PFT) formed in 2012.
“Buzzkill” has a lot on its chest. Ruben pushes through his AA meeting in an attempt to walk away from his superhero past, but his past comes back to haunt him in a big bad way. This series continues to impress and surprise. The narrative kicks into high gear and still remains an uncompromising look at addiction. The incredibly visceral art by Geoff Shaw makes the whole thing amount to a fantastically paced mixture of superhero action and comedic insight on addiction.
Donny Cates could have really taken the easy way out with “Buzzkill.” The premise alone is perfect to stake its claim in comic history. Instead of simply being the hero powered by drugs and alcohol, Cates opts for a more complex look at the effects of superherodom, and addiction itself. They are almost paralleled perfectly in the climax of the issue. Walking away from the addiction of one is walking away from the addiction of both. Each addiction will do its damndest to drag Ruben back into the depths of personal hell.
Ruben powers and past are the center of the story this month. We learn about how various substances affect him differently. He derives diverse abilities based on his abuse of choice. It’s wonderfully simple and incredibly engaging to deepen Ruben’s powers and addiction.
Cates even treats us to a multitude of off the wall super-villains. The tropes of the genre come bursting off the page, but are beat back with incredible writing. The book teeters on the edge of becoming a parody of the genre, before delving right back into what makes it original.
Within this moment of near parody, Shaw’s art hits with full force. Ruben finds himself drinking again, and attempts to stand up for himself after having his ass grafted to the pavement. The visceral nature of Shaw’s line work and the jagged paneling makes the fighting seem sloppy and unrefined, like the action’s had one too many drinks. There is a certain edge to the art that throws you in and holds you down. Shaw’s work not only compliments the script but also makes it better.
The reveal of the new character is handled in a wonderful way. Cates use of the fixtures of addiction is the most alluring part of the book. Shaw’s depiction of Ruben and Doctor Blaqk’s first meeting is genius. The facial expressions tell you everything about the moods behind the words. I found myself completely in love with a character who had only been introduced a page before, it’s a hard task to pull off but Cates and Shaw make it look easy.
“Buzzkill” is unlike anything else you are reading. It’s intelligent, action packed, and offers a realistic look at addiction. By the end of the issue you’ll find yourself fighting off the shakes in anticipation of your next fix.
Rating 4.5/5 Skulls.
IFC Midnight has picked up U.S. theatrical rights (and I’m assuming VOD rights) to The Pact II.
The film is, “ a truly terrifying new film set just weeks after Annie Barlow’s deadly confrontation with the Judas Killer. In this elevated sequel, we meet June, a woman whose carefully constructed life is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.”
Camilla Luddington (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Patrick Fischler (“Californication”) and Scott Michael Foster all star in the sequel to the Nicholas McCarthy written and directed 2012 movie. The film was directed by Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath.
We’ll keep you posted on a release date.
The first arc of “The X-Files Season 10″ concludes this month in wonderfully mysterious fashion. The Acolytes true motivations are further developed. Mulder and Scully find themselves right back where they left off, and the status quo is reset for another generation of paranormal adventures. Joe Harris and Michael Walsh end “Believers” true to the source material, which means it, will leave you dying for more.
The X-Files season 10 is an absolute joy to read. The voice of the show comes through the page in droves, and a moment is never wasted. The rapidly paced storylines always begin with a beautiful tease and end with a fantastic thread dangled for the next issue.
This month is no different. Harris concludes “Believers” by quickly wrapping up loose ends. The result is a story with a breakneck pace that will leave you overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time. Overwhelmed at the proposed conclusion, underwhelmed at its lack of expositional clarity.
Which is more a fault of the source material than the story itself. This is the X-Files after all, a franchise in which clarity was never paramount. Instead Harris gives a smattering of the typical explanations for the Acolytes true purposes.
The character voices are still spot on and Michael Walsh’s art is nothing short of incredible. His work with Scully’s eyes in her moment of revelation can be felt through the page. The emotion conveyed just by the repetition in his panels sells the gravity of the moment in its entirety.
Walsh also hits a homerun with his depiction of certain X-Files tropes. Here, we’re treated to our first FBI debriefing in season 10. I couldn’t help but feel a chill of nostalgia run down my spine as I saw Walsh’s art inside the FBI. It’s perfect and brings the issue back to the glory years of the series.
Overall the conclusion remains true to the series but doesn’t offer much in the way of satisfaction. The ongoing narrative may roll off of this story in an attempt to bring serialization to the X-Files. There are still many loose ends at play by the end of this issue that makes me hopeful the series is heading that way.
In the final beat Harris reminds the reader of his command of this series. It’s a masterful tease at what’s to come and just what has changed since all of these familiar pawns were last in play. It’s the dawn of a new era for the X-Files and it couldn’t be brighter.
If this first arc is any indication Season 10 is off to an incredible start. Hopefully with a little more in the way of resolution the next arc will cement this series as a necessary read.
Rating: 3/5 Skulls.
Holy hell, do we love October. It’s the one month a year that all the publishers push out as much horror as possible to get everyone in the spirit for that glorious day that is Halloween. This year BOOM! Studios has a special treat for you with the 2013 “Hellraiser Annual”, which includes stories from Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert, and Ben Meares. Check out all the details below.
Official Press Release:
October 16th, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Just in time for the scariest day of the year, BOOM! Studios is thrilled to release HELLRAISER 2013 ANNUAL #1, featuring stories by HELLRAISER creator Clive Barker with newcomer Ben Meares and HELLRAISER: THE DARK WATCH co-writer Brandon Seifert. Artists Jesús Hérvás (HELLRAISER) and Janusz Ordon (HELLRAISER) provide the interior artwork, while menton3 (The Memory Collectors) provides the chilling cover, featuring the three characters who have carried the mantle of Pinhead: Elliott Spencer, Kirsty Cotton, and Harry D’Amour.
WHY WE LOVE IT: A big part of what makes HELLRAISER a horror classic is its expansive world and deep mythology, and annuals give us an opportunity to dive deeper!
WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT: Brandon Seifert created and writes one of our favorite horror procedurals, WITCH DOCTOR, and truly understands what makes the Cenobites tick.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In this extra-large special issue, Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert, and Ben Meares go even deeper into the mysteries of Leviathan and the war between Hells. This issue is a key piece of the HELLRAISER: THE DARK WATCH saga, and the effects of these stories will play out in upcoming issues.
HELLRAISER 2013 ANNUAL #1 will arrive in stores on October 30th and carries a retail price of $4.99 under Diamond order code AUG131135. It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
Because the party never ends for them, Laila and her immortal sister are living recklessly, having a wild and fun time. As they drown themselves in blood, the vampire sisters do not realize the upcoming apocalypse is heading towards them. The zombie plague is spreading and their human food supply is slowly running low. From Avatar Press, get ready for the all-out war between zombies and vampires in Max Brooks’ “The Extinction Parade.”
During the New York Comic Con, I spoke with the “World War Z” author about how the comic came about, doing research on the Malaysia setting, and how the zombie plague would affect vampires.
Bloody-Disgusting: Tell me how the concept came about.
Max Brooks: You know, I had done so much work on how humans would survive or not survive a zombie plague. I thought, what about another species? A species that has sort of been created at the top of the food chain. And I really wanted to explore the notion of privilege, of when everything is handed to you, what the price of that is? And the price is I think it robs you of your survival mechanism. I believe as individuals, and also as a species, struggle builds character. And struggle is what makes you accomplished.
I think that most people are accomplished because they are compensating for say weaknesses in their childhood. So if you’re given everything, you just can’t survive. So I thought, what if there was a species that essentially are aristocrats? Never had a job, never had to work, never had to struggle, never been afraid. That’s vampires to me. To me, vampires are the aristocracy. And when I see them in movies, they’re cool and sexy. But I look at them and I’m like, “You don’t have a job.” Even Dracula had Renfield to do all his dirty work for him. Dracula didn’t pay his property taxes, Renfield did.
So I thought, what if you had a species that initially thought the zombie outbreak was awesome? Because the zombies are destroying human civilization and they like that. “Good! It’s like Mardi Gras! We can kill anybody we want! No more cops!” But then, they have their own “Inconvenient Truth.” Oh crap! What are we going to eat? Because that would dawn on them slowly. If you’re immortal, you’re not attuned to change, so things are happening too fast for you.
So that’s where the premise came. So I really wanted to explore the notion of vampires as being pampered heiresses.
BD: Tell me about the time jumps in the narrative.
MB: Well, in “Extinction Parade,” it’s all happening at once, but you keep having flashbacks. You know, because they have been around for hundreds of years, so they’re always flashing back. I mean, issue two only takes place a couple of weeks after issue number one. Actually you jump a couple of years as the plague sort of expands, but it doesn’t jump that far.
BD: Did you do research on the time periods and different locations?
MB: Oh God yes! I research for a novel but that’s just facts, figures, and culture. When you do a comic, when I do a comic, I have to do a lot more research. Because when you write a novel, you only put as much information you think is important. You can cut out the rest.
When you do a comic, you have to see everything. So I have to literally download 3D satellite maps of say Kuala Kapoor and when I give them to our artist, to Raulo Caceres, I have to say, “Look if our characters are standing on this street corner, facing this direction, but we’re looking at them over their shoulders, here’s what the skyline would look like.” Because the story is set in Malaysia, I always live in fear that somebody from Malaysia is going to be like, “Dude, somebody give Max Books a ticket to Malaysia!”
You know because I’ve seen foreign films where they’re like in Los Angeles where I’m from, and they’re all over the place! “Rumble in the Bronx,” the Jackie Chan movie, the camera pulls back and it’s like the hills of the Bronx! They’re no hills! What are you talking about? So yeah, research is very important to me.
BD: Tell me about the vampire sisters Laila and Min.
MB: They’re initially arrogant as all aristocrats are. To me. they’re the Hilton sisters. Everything has been handed to them. They’re loving their life. They think the plague is kinda cute and fun. And then they go through ecstatic, “Wow this is awesome!” You’ll see in issue three, “We just killed a couple of cops in the middle of the street! And nobody cares!”
BD: What can you tease about the next issue?
MB: In the next issue, you’re going to start to see panic. Not so much panic, just anxiety. It’s going to be like “Oh! This isn’t just fun.” Because Laila and her sister are always assuming the humans are going to get the house in order. They’re like, “hey! We better enjoy this zombie plague while we can! Eventually, the humans will get it under control. They’ll take care of the zombies. And we’re going to have to go back hiding.” So they’re going to run the entire emotional gambit.
“Extinction Parade” #3 is out in stores now!
Interview by – Jorge Solis
Dan Jolley’s new book “Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine” straddles the line between police drama and superhuman pulp with relative ease. The result is an intriguing story that follows a broken man who is more concerned with rebuilding his life than solving crimes. Travis Clevenger is a hulking brute brought to life by Leonard Kirk’s pencils. The certain air of sadness in this giant man tells you everything you need to know about his dark past. With a formidable protagonist this book aims to tell a compelling story with a fantastic superhuman backdrop.
This book begins with typical superhero fare. There are buzzing alarms, police in hot pursuit, and a superpowered being on the run but then it does something fantastic. It cuts to a puzzle being put together. We’re treated to Clev, a man with a lot of scars. Now he’s a man who opts to build a puzzle with his niece rather than bound around in the world he once knew.
The cuts between Clev’s mundane existence and the police’s pursuit of a superhuman provide the book with fantastic pacing. The exposition with Safforn Bell is welcomed, providing understanding of Clev’s motivation.
The entire thing keeps a fairly mundane tone. Although it does ratchet up for a moment when the police shoot at the man they are trying to catch. Aside from Leonard Kirk’s amazing splash panel, the entire affair feels particularly anticlimactic. It’s an interesting choice because it serves to push Clev as a reserved and powerful protagonist.
Leonard Kirk’s art give the book a fantastic real world appearance. His lines are clean, bold, and easy on the eyes. This helps to portray the setting of the book. Kirk’s depiction of Clev as a battle worn brute is excellent. His scarred skin and hulking frame stand in grisly comparison to other’s clean complexions and small bodies.
The man with a haunted past is an archetype in and of itself at this point. Jolley doesn’t do much in the way of explaining just why Travis is so tortured, and it may be the book’s biggest pull. His nonchalance about the past means something terrible happened and has pushed Travis into his complete antithesis. Behind that hulking frame is a lot of anger, and in a moment of action we saw his capabilities.
If this thread is followed and Jolley explores the choice between becoming the man Clev walked away from and saving the day, versus becoming something else and possibly losing, Crowbar Medicine could be a real hit.
Right now it is more like a soft whimper. The elements are there for a good series, but this first issue fails to deliver on the promise of its premise. The story only really begins by the last few page… when the shit hits the fan the book ends.
Rating: 2.5/5 Skulls
Demons, man. We all have them. They make us eat too much, drink too much, and engage in activities that we know are bad but we do anyway. In fact they can screw us up so badly that a quick possession every now and again seems like the least of our worries. But in any event...
Word has come that director Seth Grossman (The Butterfly Effect 3) is now in post-production on his latest flick, Inner Demons. Leslie Coutterand, Ashley Sutton, and Susan Ateh star.
An "Intervention"-style reality show crew films an episode about a sixteen-year-old girl, a former A-student who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her – with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction, and true possession.
The Blu-ray / DVD release of Guillermo del Toro's monster mash Pacific Rim is upon us and with it comes word that its sequel is already being penned. Read on for more!
In an interview with Empire Magazine director Guillermo del Toro let the news fly. "We are writing the sequel. Travis Beacham and I are writing, so that is active. The decision to green light or not, that’s definitely above my pay rate.”
More as it comes. Pacific Rim is available now on a 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray/2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet), Blu-ray Combo Pack (2D Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet), Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, and a Limited Edition 3D Blu-ray Gift Pack.
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From acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ epic sci-fi action adventure Pacific Rim.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
Good things are coming up for Dread Central alum and fave Axelle Carolyn as her new project cooking Soulmate is picking up big time steam. Read on for the latest details and look for more soon!
According to Screen Daily Genesis Film Sales will commence global sales on Soulmate at this year’s American Film Market. It will follow Soulmate’s world premiere at the 46th Sitges International Film Festival this month.
The supernatural thriller stars Anna Walton (Hellboy 2), Tom Wisdom (300), Nick Brimble (A Knight’s Tale) and Emma Cleasby (Dog Soldiers) and marks the feature debut of director Axelle Carolyn, who has acted in Neil Marshall’s Centurion and Doomsday. Carolyn also penned the script.
“Soulmate follows a young woman who retreats to a remote cottage after a failed suicide attempt. She soon discovers the cottage is haunted by its previous owner but decides to remain, hoping to find comfort in the ghost.“
The film is produced by Claire Otway and is a Neil Marshall (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, Centurion) presentation for production company Sterling Pictures. Executive producers on the film are Michael Riley, John Wolstenholme and Doug Abbott for Screen Projex, alongside Belgian co-producer Title Media.
A new clip has arrived for Carrie, and it spends its time administering punishment to itself. I mean, really, man! Sometimes you have to make yourself pay like that weirdo Albino monk from The Da Vinci Code.
Carrie has been rated R for "Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes." Ah, the good stuff! For more information visit WhatHappenedToCarrie.com!
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A reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine, is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter, Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Judy Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday, Youth in Revolt), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde, The Three Musketeers), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (newcomer Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc. Brian De Palma’s 1976 film version of CARRIE earned Oscar nominations for stars Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.
MGM and Screen Gems’ CARRIE is directed by Kim Peirce and produced by Kevin Misher (Public Enemies). J. Miles Dale (The Vow) serves as executive producer, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Big Love) wrote the script from King’s original story. CARRIE’s creative team includes Director of Photography Steve Yedlin (Looper), Production Designer Carol Spier (Eastern Promises), Costume Designer Luis Sequeira (The Thing), and Editor Lee Percy (Boys Don’t Cry).