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‘Horns’ Images Hope to Snake-Charm You

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 17:25

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.”

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Review: “Witchfinder: The Mysteries of Unland” #3

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:54

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

PRICE: $3.50

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.

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Review: “The Life After” #2

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:33

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.

PRICE: $3.99

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.

 

 

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Review: “Delinquents” #1

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:23

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

PRICE: $3.99

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.

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Review: “Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10″ #6

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:15

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

PRICE: $3.50

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.

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Adam Green’s ‘Digging Up the Marrow’ Proves Monsters Are Real! (Exclusive)

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:09

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!

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5 Skull Review: “The Fade Out” #1

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:05

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

PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $3.50

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.

Editors Note: 

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 ericswitzerfilm@gmail.com

 

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NSFW: Watch the ‘Videodrome’-Inspired ‘Promiscuities’ NOW!

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:02

Inspired by David Cronenberg’s Videodrome comes the indie Promiscuities, which is now available on VHX.

The film marks the debut of Jonathan Leder, known for his commercial work for VICE and Louis Vuitton, and his extensive work with Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl).

We not only have an exclusive variant poster and trailer to premiere, but also (20) coupon codes to get 60% off a rental on the VHX platform. The first 20 readers to enter TeamBloodyD will receive the discount and immediately be able to watch the film. Each coupon enables unlimited HD streaming and an HD download of Promiscuities.

Click here to watch now.

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.

The following trailer features an exclusive stylized intro to BD readers by lead actress Amy Hood:

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[TV] What’s Coming Next On “The Walking Dead”!?

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:55

AMC just shared a 10-second teaser for the return of “The Walking Dead”, set to premiere Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m.

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) were left handcuffed in the Terminus train car, echoing the survivors’ predicament in the Season 4 Finale cliffhanger.

“Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.”

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Review: “The Strain: The Night Eternal” # 1

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:55

The start of a brand new chapter, “The Strain: The Night Eternal:  #1” brings to life the epic third part of  Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s giant-sized novel. As the plot moves at breakneck speed, readers have better keep up with the crazy twists and turns. If you’re enjoying the TV series, then you better get “The Strain” comic right now.

Written By: David Lapham

Art By: Mike Huddleston

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Price: $3.99

Release: August 20, 2014

Reviewed By Jorge Solis

The vampire apocalypse all started when Flight 753 mysteriously landed at JFK International Airport. Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and Nora Martinez, the disease detectives, were too late to stop the biological threat. The Master had won, spreading eternal darkness all across the entire globe. After triggering a series of meltdowns, the sun was completely blocked by a nuclear cloud. The rest of humanity has given up to the vampire race, but there are still a few who wish to fight.

In this adaptation, writer David Lapham delivers a somber and bleak narrative where the heroes have actually lost. Eph and his team failed to stop their enemy and now face the consequences. There’s a desperate need to keep fighting, but they have all lost faith in each other. Because he misses his own son, Eph has succumbed to his thirst for alcohol just as like the vampires have feed their bloodlust.

Nora, Epha’s love interest, has more personality in this installment. Lapham has developed her character, who was once mousy and quiet, to a more verbal and authoritative persona. There is resentment in her dialogue towards Eph, as if all her emotions are hanging by a thread. The group has separated into different teams, but there is no leader like before because Abraham is gone.  

In the opening pages, artist Mike Huddleston takes us through different time periods, showing how the vampire epidemic has always been around. When Huddleston takes us to the present day, we see pieces of the world, from Washington D.C. to France, in a complete state of ruin. Because there is no more sunlight, every panel has to look like it is nighttime and the backgrounds always have shadows.

In his new character design, Eph looks more like a homeless bum because of his long hair and scruffy beard.  Through her facial expressions, we can tell Nora is beyond pissed in her close-ups. In the violence department, Huddleston sure likes to let loose the stingers in the bloodsucker’s mouth. Towards the climax, there’s even a decapitated head moving around on the floor.

If you’ve been around  since the beginning, there’s no reason for you not to continue with “The Strain: The Night Eternal” #1. With the creative team-up of Lapham and Huddleston, they have done an amazing job translating the bleak tone and spirit of the novel into the comic book medium.   

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‘We Go On’ a New Haunter From the ‘Yellowbrickroad’ Filmmakers!! (Exclusive)

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:01

The filmmakers behind Yellowbrickroad, one of our most successful and frightening BD Selects titles, are back with another ghostly tale.

Bloody Disgusting has learned that filming is currently underway on Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton’s We Go On, which they describe to us as “part Sixth Sense, part Jacob’s Ladder.”

We Go On is “a ghost story about a man who offers reward money to the first person in LA who can show him proof of life after death,” they tell us, “and ends up on an adventure through the Southland that becomes a twisted nightmare.

We also have the first ever stills from the shoot, one that features leads Annette O’Toole and John Glover, the other (scarier one) with Yellowbrickroad‘s Clark Freeman and Heather Wynters of “American Horror Story”.

Laura Heisler, Peter Lucas, Edgar Nentwig and Matt McLeod also star.

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Necrophagia “Fear The Priest” Song Premiere (Exclusive)

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Ohio horror-infused metal band Necrophagia to bring you the exclusive song premiere of “Fear The Priest”, which is a tribute to The Exorcist!

Frontman Killjoy De Sade states:

“The Exorcist” has been a main stay in my top five films from the first time I watched it. It left an impact on me as a child and has never lost any of it it’s power. I’ve viewed it literally hundreds of times. During the course of our career I’ve written many songs about “The Exorcist”. Some dating clearly back to 1984. I have never felt that any of the previous song attempts would have portrayed it’s impact or captured the true dread that the film. Finally with “Fear the Priest” I think we have done it justice. “Fear the Priest” is our ultimate homage to one of the greatest horror films of all time!

The track comes from the band’s upcoming album WhiteWorm Cathedral, which comes out October 28th. It can be pre-ordered here.

Necrophagia online:
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Reverbnation

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The Creeper, Chucky the Latest Scooby-Doo Villains!

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:27

IBTrav is back with another series of cartoon drawings that imagine more horror icons as villains in “Scooby-Doo”!

The latest batch features Chucky from Child’s Play, the Creeper from Jeepers Creepers, as well as the slasher from the 1983 Curtains!

All images are copyright to IBTrav. Check out his first batch of images by clicking here.

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Kill Matilda “Zombie Apocalypse” Lyric Video Premiere (Exclusive)

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 12:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Canadian horror-inspired punk band Kill Matilda to bring you the exclusive lyric video premiere for their track “Zombie Apocalypse”! The track comes from the band’s 2014 EP #Punk#Zombie#RocknRoll available for free download at Reverbnation.

Bassist Mykel Exner states:

Kill Matilda wants to be your Halloween party band! By making this fun video the band digs into its zombie roots going back to the beginning of the zombie phenomenon and REMIXING the public domain work of George A Romero’s immortal “Night of the Living Dead”.

The band has also launched an IndieGoGo page to raise money for a touring van for their upcoming US tour.

Kill Matilda online:
Official Website
Facebook
Twitter
Youtube

Tour dates:
Sept 5 – London, ON @ London Music Hall/Rum Runners
Sept 11- Buffalo, NY @ The Forvm
Sept 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Spike Hill
Sept 18 – Washington, DC @ The Pinch
Sept 19 – Baltimore, MY @ Club K
Sept 25 – Charlotte, NC @ Tommy’s Pub
Sept 26 – Murrells Inlet, SC @ Rockin Hard Saloon
Sept 27 – North Charleston, SC @ The Mill
Sept 28 – Raleigh, NC @ Deep South
Oct 7 – Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
Oct 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Trash Bar
Oct 16 – Philadelphia, PA @ Connie’s Ric Rac
Oct 19 – Columbus, OH @ O’Shecky’s
Oct 21 – Louisville, KY @ Haymarket Whiskey Bar
Oct 31 – Toronto, ON @ TBA (Halloween Show)
Nov 1 – Cornwall, ON @ Lola’s Pub & Grub
Nov 2 – Ottawa, ON @ Le Petit Chicago
Nov 7 – Montreal, QC @ TBA
Nov 8 – Montpelier, VT @ Charlie O’s World Famous
Nov 9 – Winooski, VT @ The Monkey Bar
Nov 15 – Brooklyn, NY @ Gussy’s Bar
Nov 23 – Melbourne ,FL @ Boondocks Bar
Nov 28 – Marietta, GA @ Swayze’s Venue
Dec 2 – Topeka, KS @ Boobie Trap Bar
Dec 20 – Eugene, OR @ The Black Forest
Dec 31 – Vancouver, BC @ TBA (New Years Eve Show)
Jan 2 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Jan 19 – St Louis, MO @ The Demo
Jan 22- Des Moines, IO @ TBA
Feb 14 – Dunellen, NJ @ Roxy and Duke’s
Feb 18 – New York, NY @ The Delancey

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Waxwork Records Announces ‘House Of Hayduk’, Their First Non-Score Release

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:41

Waxwork Records has announced that they will be releasing the follow-up to 2012′s City Of Quartz from supergroup House Of Hayduk. The new album, which is entitled Distant Early Warning, will feature composer Mads Heldtberg (You’re Next, Cheap Thrills), Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Billy Gould (Faith No More), Carla Azar (Jack White, Autolux), and Dean Hurley (David Lynch).

The original album featured Billy Gould, Charles Hayward (This Heat), and Anders Trentemoller.

A limited edition LP will be released in 2015. More information will be released soon.

Studio footage of drum tracking can be seen below.

House of Hayduk “Distant Early Warning” teaser 1 from House of Hayduk on Vimeo.

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Review: “The Wicked + The Divine” #3

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:29

Gillen and McKelvie are both incredibly talented, I have nothing but the utmost respect for both of them and their work but I sincerely cannot fathom the appeal of this book. And with “The Wicked + The Divine” #3 my confusion has hit critical mass.

WRITTEN BY: Kieron Gillen
ART BY: Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson
PUBLISHER: Image

PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: August 20, 2014

Reviewed By Torbin Chimners

I pick up most indie first issues I see because I’ll give anything a shot. I’ve been pleasantly surprised more times than I’ve been letdown; this is not one of those pleasant times. With the massive amount of hype surrounding “The Wicked + The Divine,” I had to pick it up. I gave it a shot. Wasn’t for me. Second issue rolled around and that Zdarsky variant cover was too good to pass up, so I picked it up too. It still wasn’t for me. Now I’m here to review issue #3, because everyone knows universal praise is no fun without a little bit of criticism.

So we’ve got a wooden protagonist who’s celebrity worship is so off the charts it’s almost sickening. She’s literally working to clear Lucifer’s name and help out any gods she can on the way. We’re supposed to care and/or feel bad for these all-powerful god-celebrities, who, instead of helping humanity in any constructive way, choose to become the cockiest, most pompous celebrities who’ve ever existed.

Sure, there’s one character who seems to be the voice of reason in issue #1, but now she’s a couple prayers away from being just part of the gang. It’s all completely maddening. Following the beginning of the issue, is what amounts to a size contest between two of the gods with hundreds of human lives at risk. They’re all basically about to become collateral damage, once again due to the unimaginable irresponsibility of these “totally cool and rad” god-celebrities. While the story is weak here, McKelvie’s visuals are outstanding, jaw-droppingly so.

That whole kerfuffle eventually leads Laura to the only likable/relatable character, Cassandra. Laura and Cassandra sit down and try to hash out where they are now and where to go next. Cassandra’s got quite a few questions but fortunately enough all of them were already answered by Lucifer, presumably last issue, to Laura who then repeats them.

If that sounds confusing, trust me it is, it’s not anymore clear when you read it. Lucifer, who’s just being repeated by Laura, proceeds to lay on some thick exposition that reads like molasses for about 3 pages. McKelvie’s art feels incredibly uninspired and lazy during this whole scene and then the issue is topped off with a line so cringe worthy I can’t bring myself to quote it.

Gillen’s story shows no signs of a course correction. McKelvies visuals are inconsistent. One moment he’s blowing me away, the next it looks like I’m watching a student film with the same dull framing reused over and over again. I LOVE the creative team, but I just don’t get why this book is so appealing.

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

 

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‘The Editor’ Poster Ends Up On the Cutting Room Floor

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:15

While the Giallo parody is already playing the Toronto International Film Festival, the Mayhem Film Festival will open this year’s tenth edition with a special evening with members of Canadian cult filmmaking collective Astron-6 and a preview screening of their new feature The Editor.

Astron-6, the collective behind Father’s Day, Manborg and last year’s hit short Bio-Cop, will present their most ambitious project to date, The Editor, a 70s Italian giallo-inspired comedy in which a one time (and one-handed) master film editor becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders. They also provided us with a second retro one-sheet.

Adam Brooks (Father’s Day), Matthew Kennedy (Manborg) and Conor Sweener (Manborg) – three-fifths of Astron-6 – will attend Mayhem and present a short film showcase of some of their previous work, and take part in a post-screening Q&A following the preview of The Editor.

Astron-6 will open Mayhem Film Festival’s 10th edition on Thursday 30 October. More information about the programme will be announced soon. Early Bird Passes for the festival are available at the discounted price of £55. For more information and to book your passes, please visit the official website.

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Review: “Translucid” # 5

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:05

With “Translucid” #5 upon us, I realize I’m going to dearly miss this exceptionally captivating series. It’s been an excellent ride and although it’ll be done next month I can’t help but appreciate it’s brilliance. This is a superhero story that could only be told as a limited series. An ongoing would be too constricting by the inherent fact that it must keep going on. Next issue could be a very real end for both The Navigator and The Horse. There’s real tension here; our hero is in real trouble and the end is truly in sight.

WRITTEN BY: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
ART BY: Daniel Bayliss
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: August 20, 2014

Reviewed By Torbin Chimners

The Navigator is firmly in the grasp of The Horse, who’s pumping our hero full of an incredibly powerful psychedelic hallucinogen that’s got Navigator tripping balls. His world is twisted beyond comprehension and it looks wicked-awesome. With our hero incapacitated we spend a good majority of this issue with Cornelius, who ended off last issue knocked out and on the floor. He’s recovering from the whole kitchen incident with his mother and wakes up to a nurse and a social worker in the hospital. He’s going to be taken to a new home, a foster home. Needless to say he won’t be suffering any more pain from his appallingly abusive father.

“Angel Guardian” Foster Home, where Cornelius is sent, is your classic Catholic Priest and Nun foster home: it even comes complete with child abuse. Even after all the traumas Cornelius has been through, he still stands up for the little guy and continues to show his convictions as a budding hero. But, things can never be good for too long. The world around Cornelius falls apart in glorious psychedelic fashion.

While I originally thought that the way Cornelius’s world would fall apart in times of great stress was just his developing brain’s way to cope, I now believe it to be something much different. It bares too much of a resemblance to the drug The Horse is administering to The Navigator. Could all of Translucid’s Cornelius sections be The Horse peering back into The Navigators past to uncover his secrets? This could just be the delusion of this reviewer.

Translucid #5 doesn’t fundamentally change things up or answer any questions in earnest. It’s probably saving all of those juicy secrets for Issue #6, but regardless, it’s a great read from start to finish. I have nothing but the utmost certainty that next month’s finale will be spectacular and mind-blowing beyond belief.

Don’t miss it.

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

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Ubisoft CEO Squashes Any Lingering Hope for a ‘ZombiU’ Sequel

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:00

Following the consistently low sales of their Mature-rated games on the Wii U, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has decided that since a majority of Nintendo fans don’t seem to be too interested in that kind of entertainment, they’re just going to stop making them. This means Watch Dogs, scheduled to arrive later this year, will be the final M-rated game Ubisoft brings to the Wii U. This also means no more ZombiU, though that should come as surprise seeing as Ubisoft confirmed last July that they had scrapped the prototype for a sequel they had in-development.

This disheartening bit of news comes from Game Informer, which recently had the chance to chat with Guillemot regarding their plans for Nintendo’s console. The gist of it is the publisher will be shifting their focus entirely on bringing family-friendly entertainment, like their incredibly popular Just Dance series, to the Wii U from now on.

Their decision to not turn ZombiU into a series makes sense from a business perspective, but that doesn’t make it any less disappointing. ZombiU is a fantastic game that had the potential to become a strong new horror franchise. It certainly deserved to last longer than it did.

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Review: “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary” #1

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:47

Unsettling and gory to the core, “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary” #1 is a thrilling continuation of the horror franchise that made Pinhead a household name. After so many lackluster sequels, this is a return to form for “Hellraiser.” In the right hands, “Bestiary” presents an anthology of shorts that definitely has some disturbing sights to show you.

WRITTEN BY: Mark Miller, Ben Meares, Victor LaValle

ART BY: Conor Nolan, Colin Lorimer, Carlos Magno

PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: August 20, 2014

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

“Symphony in Red” takes at look at Hell from the person who knows it all too well, the Female Cenobite. Now that everything is where it should be, why isn’t she happy in Hell?  In “Desert Fathers,” two thieves are about to learn, the hard way no less, what happens when you steal the Lament Configuration. In “The Hunted: Part One,” Pinhead finds himself in the middle of a gang war. Which side will win when everyone involved just wants blood?

Though these are separate storylines, all three tales share a common theme within. The narrative takes place right after the events from Brandon Seifert and Tom Garcia’s “The Dark Watch.” Eliot Spencer is back as Pinhead, the Pope of hell, harvesting human souls for his own amusement. I do miss Seifert’s witty sense of humor, especially since the tone now seems darker and harsher. It’s a minor complaint, since the shift in tone caught me by surprise, especially in Miller and Meares’ “Symphony in Red.”

Because I am a huge fan of “Next Testament,” I absolutely knew the Pinhead’s dialogue would be spot-on because of Mark Miller involved. After serving his time with humanity, Spencer is somehow crueler in his  execution. Notice how Conor Nolan’s illustrations are awash in blood after Pinhead splits his victims in half.  

In “Desert Father,” the security guards at the Desert Inn have become numb after what they have seen. The old man on the sixth floor loves it when his dominatrix visits, but he never expected her to steal his Lament Configuration. At a quick pace, Victor LaValle examines how being numb at your job makes you lose faith. Colin Lorimer delivers an intense battle between the guards and the Cenobite unleashed.  

In “The Hunted, Part One,” the “Hellraiser” series explores topics such as racism and urban crime , which I believe hasn’t been done before. What Meares and Miller have brilliantly done is create a group of hardcore gang members who can stand up to the so called, “Devil.” Carlos Magno captures a distinct tattoo on the gang leader’s face.

Pinhead is back, even more twisted than before, in “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary” #1.  Get ready for some chilling nightmares after reading this issue.

 

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