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[TV Review] “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Episode 4.6, ‘Bullseye’

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:47

This week is Handsome Paul’s week. It’s the episode I’ve been waiting for, the episode to show not only how strong of an actor Mat Fraser is, but how noble of a man Paul is. I thoroughly enjoyed his scenes but unfortunately, those were virtually the only scenes that didn’t have me rolling my eyes.

The twins are gone and everyone is concerned. Which is sure putting a damper on Elsa’s birthday celebration. While Ethel tries to hold everything together, Paul is slowly starting to figure out the truth about the twins’ whereabouts, and when he confronts Elsa about it—the outcome is (yet unknown, but very likely) fatal. After Paul eyes Dandy at a local drug store buying two of everything girly, his suspicions arise. He admits to Elsa that he thinks she had something to do with their disappearance and in true Elsa form, she dramatically wakes up all the freaks and goes on a vile tirade that puts ol’ Dandy to shame. It’s a feat of self-involvement and self-obsession that has been boiling right below the surface for some time now. In order to prove their trust in her, she demands that one of the freaks be strapped to the spinning bullseye for her to throw knives at. Paul gallantly (and rightfully, I guess) volunteers. Earning him a knife in the belly.

Meanwhile, outside of the big top, Dandy is playing house with his two new playthings. Or as he tells his mom: his future brides. Not shockingly, Bette is blissful in her new lavish home with her attentive new beau, Dandy. Everything is coming up roses for her. Equally not shockingly, Dot is wary, unsure of what darkness lies ahead. But when she realizes Dandy could easily pay for the surgery to separate her from Bette, she gets a twinkle in her eye. Or dollar signs. Or hearts…for a life alone with Jimmy. We’ve known for awhile that she’s pretty heartless when it comes to Bette, but this episode really proved that she is downright hateful. Her complete disregard for the life of her sister is really saddening. So she plays along as best she can so that she can eventually get her money from Dandy and live a life sans Bette. Everything is…well…dandy with Dandy and the girls until he reads Dot’s diary and realizes her true intentions. It’s at this point he makes his definitive decision. He has been put on this earth to kill. Which surprisingly (or maybe not surprisingly?), his mother takes in that information with zero reaction.

Our con-artists are still busy at work on their grand scheme of killing a freak and selling it to the oddities museum (I gotta be honest, that’s a plot line I did not think they would stretch out this far). When Stanley tries to convince Maggie to kill Jimmy for his lobster hands, she counters with Ma Petite instead. It will be easy, no mess, no body…a completely deplorable and callous plan. This segues us into a quick but incredibly difficult-to-watch flash forward in which Ma Petite is slowly drowned in formaldehyde after being placed in a glass jar by Maggie.

Did I miss something crucial? Because it seems to me that it’s never been explained why Maggie is under Stanley’s thumb. Why is it that she is forced to perform such heinous acts that she clearly doesn’t have the heart or desire to do? I truly hope that relationship is explained at some point during the season or else that’s one giant plot hole.

Midway through the episode there was so much screaming and tantrum throwing I actually wanted someone to die. I was craving a shocking death as some kind of release from all the pent up anger inside the big top. So much tension and so many close calls with very little pay off. It’s starting to feel like Murphy can’t pull the trigger that he has pulled so often in past seasons. Speaking of tantrums, Elsa pulls one of many (what I am now referring to as) Dandy moments when she screams at her birthday party that she “demand” everyone start having fun “this instant.” And it’s at this point that the parallels between Elsa and Dandy started smacking into me like mack trucks. They are both incredibly delusional, they’ll do whatever and hurt whomever to get what they want and desire, they are both childish and selfish, and feel completely entitled. I’m embarrassed to say it took me so long to see the stark similarities.

This episode had some fun moments and some breakthrough scenes, but for the most part it felt like a step back from the bold strides Murphy took in last week’s episode. There was simply too much screaming, crying, and bitching for me to not want to click the TV off. And how stupid are we supposed to believe that Jimmy is to think Maggie would want to run away with him at the snap of a finger, especially after last week’s rebuff and the fact that we have literally never seen a romantic scene between the two of them. Are we really supposed to suspend our disbelief that far? Having said all that, I did wholly enjoy Paul’s scenes (Paul and Elsa! Who saw that coming?) And I loved the return of Grace Gummer as Penny, the nurse from episode one, as Paul’s secret lover. Their relationship is darling and daring and if Paul makes it through his knife wound, I really hope to see more of her.

One last word from me and then I want to hear your thoughts on this episode. I was starting to feel like Kathy Bates was being underused in a way that is near insulting. But I must say, she finally gets her moment of brilliance in the last minute of the episode, and I’ll leave it at that.

What did you think of ‘Bullseye’? Did anyone miss Dell and Desiree? Who do you think will get the sharp end of Dandy’s dagger?

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How the ‘Universal Monsters’ Will Meld Brains…

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 21:31

Yesterday I went on a rant about my distaste for direction of the new Universal Monster movies.

While it’s hard to gauge what’s really going down, knowing that Dracula Untold is part of the universe has destroyed my interest. Whether we like it or not, they’re going down a long path that begins with a new The Mummy (June 24, 2015), and then will tell of The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein, and even The Bride of Frankenstein.

But what’s unique about the vision is that it will now be a shared one.

While Dracula Untold stands on its own (and hopefully gets erased from the lore), Heat Vision writes that Noah Hawley, the creator of the fantastic “Fargo” television series, Aaron Guzikowski, the scribe behind the gritty Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaal movie Prisoners (as reported yesterday), and Ed Solomon, the veteran screenwriter behind Men in Black and Now You See Me, have joined Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman to act as a writers collective of Universal Studios’ cinematic monster universe.

The plan is for these “Monster Men” to act akin to Pixar’s brain trust, or more aptly, like a well-oiled television writer’s room, where all will have a hand in each other’s movies and offer help as needed as they work on a model of serialized storytelling, explains the site.

This is either incredible news or incredibly bad news. The “brain trust” concept is a really fun concept, and something I can get behind, but it all depends on who the dominant writer is in the room. For example, if Guzikowski and Hawley have control of the room, they could really bring new “edge” and a fresh take to the characters. The aforementioned have a knack for writing compelling characters and understand that there’s more to a movie/show than cool scenes.

That’s where Morgan and Kurtzman come in. If they are the alpha writers in the room, they could easily cut down any good ideas being thrown on the table by Guzikowski and Hawley, and inject their own probably garbage.

Does that make sense?

From the outside looking in, there are some positive signs, but also a lot of red flags. Universal has always made interesting choices, but historical backs away from taking chances – hence why Mark Romanek exited the 2010 The Wolfman remake, which led to the garbage directed by Joe Johnston.

When Guzikowski and Hawley get creative, bold and daring, how will Morgan and Kurtzman, let alone Universal react? Who will become the Invisible Man in the room?

I guess we’ll find out next summer with The Mummy. I pray it’s not the same mind-numbing, CGI heavy, fart-buster as Dracula Untold.

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Death Waltz Announces ‘Silent Night, Deadly Night’ And ‘Christmas Evil’ Vinyl Soundtracks

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 20:35

Death Waltz Recording Company has announced that they will be releasing the soundtracks to the 1984 Christmas slasher Silent Night, Deadly Night as well as the 1980 horror flick Christmas Evil, both on vinyl. Each soundtrack will go on sale tomorrow, November 13th, and will be released in limited quantities.

Silent Night, Deadly Night will be released on a double LP and will be limited to 400 copies worldwide. One disc will be transparent red/solid white split while the other will be transparent red and green. A super limited edition of one disc transparent red and one disc transparent green will be made available for record stores. The liner notes will feature entries from composer Perry Botkin, co-executive producer Scott Schneid, and writer Michael Hickey.

Death Waltz founder Spencer Hickman tells Dread Central:

Botkin’s score is both chaotic and tragic; crashing sounds of distorted percussion are punctuated by both synth and acoustic piano, reflecting the sheer damage that has been done to Billy’s mind. The end result is both emotional and terrifying, even more so with the selection of original Christmas songs as composed by Morgan Ames. But a word of caution: If you don’t have Silent Night, Deadly Night on the turntable this Christmas, we’ll have to tell Billy that you’ve been… naughty. Consider yourselves warned.

Christmas Evil will also be limited to 400 units worldwide and will be pressed on a pink sparkle 10″ vinyl. The liner notes will be by writer/director Lewis Jackson and John Waters.

Head below for the artwork of each album as well as a stream of Silent Night, Deadly Night.

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[TV] Ti West, Jennifer Lynch Directing “South of Hell”

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 19:32

In addition to the well-known horror director Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever, “Hemlock Grove”), an array of respected directors have signed on to direct individual episodes of WE tv’s original supernatural thriller, “South of Hell.”

Bloody Disgusting learned today that the line-up includes Ti West (pictured; House of the Devil, The Sacrament, The Innkeepers), Rachel Talalay (“Doctor Who,” Tank Girl), Jennifer Lynch (“The Walking Dead,” “Teen Wolf”) and Jeremiah Chechik (“Helix,” “Reign”).

“South of Hell” premieres on WE tv in 2015.

Production is currently underway in Charleston, SC.

Charleston, South Carolina is the most possessed city in the world. Evil thrives there. Something with which 30-year-old exorcist Maria Abascal is intimately acquainted. She wrestles demons for a living. Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her. The one who feeds on damned souls and who’s violated the laws of hell to live on earth—and live on, inside Maria. Now, as they work as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become and how far Abigail will go to protect them both. It’s a journey where the unspeakable is just a heartbeat away.

WE tv recently announced the cast of “South of Hell,” led by actress Mena Suvari in the dual role of Maria Abascal and her inner demon, Abigail. The cast also includes: Zachary Booth as David Abascal, Maria’s brother; Bill Irwin as Enos Abascal, Maria and David’s father and cult leader; Drew Moerlein as Dusty, Maria’s neighbor; Lamman Rucker as Rev. Elijah Bledsoe, a priest with a strong attraction to Maria,; Paulina Singer as the Reverend’s daughter, Grace; Lydia Hearst as southern belle Charlotte Roberts; Slate Holmgren as the local drug dealer, Sweetmouth; and Lauren Velez as Tetra, a spiritual informant.

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‘Cybernatural’ Gets ‘Unfriended’

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 19:26

Universal Pictures renamed their horror-thriller Cybernatural to Unfriended and set a new date for release.

Told entirely from a young girl’s computer desktop, it will now open on April 17, 2015.

We reviewed the film out of Fantasia.

While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something from beyong this world, something that wants them dead.

Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, and Heather Sossaman star.

The film was developed and conceived by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Levan Gabriadze from a script by Nelson Greaves.

Here’s the festival trailer.

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[Comic Book Review] “Resurrectionists” #1 Spoils Its Hand

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 18:53
The story of Jericho Way, a man who discovers that not only he can remember his past lives, but he can become them. That’s the great concept of “Resurrectionists” that is sadly not well executed.

WRITTEN BY: Fred Van Lente
ART BY: Maurizio Rosenzweig, Moreno DiNisio
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed By Pablo Arriaga

The mismatched panels, crazy antics and awesome abilities from a mysterious woman on the first pages are great… until she starts speaking.  The dialogue is too heavy on exposition and way too on the nose. I felt bombarded with terminology from the world before I even knew how the main story begins. She doesn’t need to name the place she just raided as I’m reading it on top of her. It seems like there wasn’t much communication between Van Lente and Rosenzweig. I know he has a tendency to be on the nose but this just felt like too much. Although interesting, and if those first pages are what made anyone pick Resurrentionists up, don’t worry about the rest since it won’t be mentioned again, leaving me confused and annoyed. The rest of the story although fairly entertaining, it kept me wondering when they’ll intertwine with each other ultimately to disappoint. The art and colors are very solid, it took me a second to get adjusted as I had read a couple big 2 titles beforehand, but each character has a solid design to it, with a sort of confusing cover that almost makes it seems like a superhero comic. The highly stylized art doesn’t do much to add to the book, and often poses more questions than the narrative which doesn’t bode well for the book. But this book does have it’s share of fleeting perfect moments. The concept itself is very intriguing but doesn’t do much with the fantastic premise it offers here. Instead the heist elements of this debut issue detract. We already know about the resurrection of the main characters doomed to repeat the same heist for many lives to come, but by the time that reveal is even beginning to be dealt with, the issue is over. This is a title to pick up if you’re really curious how they carry through with the concept in further issues, but I’d almost skip the first one altogether and you may have more resemblance of mystery that way. A solid first effort that ultimately failed to deliver on the promise of the premise thus far. Here’s hoping issue two, will get a little more direction.

Pablo Arriaga has been bringing the gospel of The Slacker Nerd to countless people the world over with Juatcast.com. He also writes the most metal rants on the web and knows a better recipe for tacos than you do. For more writings or to be baptized in the arms of Matthew McConaughey follow Pabby on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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Goblin Rebirth Signs To Relapse Records

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 18:00

Fans of Italian giallo horror music, rejoice! It has been announced that Goblin Rebirth have signed to Relapse Records and a new album will be released in Spring 2015.

The new group contains the famed rhythm section of the original Goblin (drummer Agostino Marangolo and bassist Fabio Pignatelli, who both played on the classic soundtracks to Zombi/Dawn of the Dead, Suspria, Profondo Rosso/Deep Red and more), with the addition of Aidan Zammit and Danilo Cherni on keyboards and Giacomo Anselmi on guitar.

Regarding the band’s upcoming debut album, it “…was mixed and produced by Fabio Pignatelli, and recorded in Rome at Greta’s Sound, Zamusic Studios and Cherni Studio. The drums were recorded in Trani by Ciccio “Frums” Dettole at Scuola Sul Mare. The album was mastered by Bob Fix at BobFixMastering.

The group commented on the new material, saying:

It was clear to us from the start that we wanted to do an album that in some way evolved from the original Goblin sound but also took a new direction reflecting the personalities of all the band members. The pieces all fell together to make up a story that loosely describes the destruction and rebirth of a strange creature. This is itself a loose metaphor referring to the band history.

Head below for a video of “Killer On The Train”.

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[Comic Book Review] “Ghosted” #15 Turns The Tables Yet Again.

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:00

I’ve come to have certain expectations when reading a Joshua Williamson comic, and that is to expect the reversal. Whenever everything is going great, we’re on panel away from absolute dread, and when we expect dread we’re offered something a little more hopeful. “Ghosted” #15 slides into the latter category, offering a sliver of hope going forward that Jackson Winters may not be as doomed as he likes to think.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Davide Gianfelice

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

He also might not be as comfortable with death as he’s previously alluded. This issue picks up immediately where last month left off, having Charon left our heroes in the belly of his beast, a theater of his grand design of insanity made to offer tribute to his blood candles in an effort to finally appease a more evil force with Jackson’s death wish.

Did anyone really expect Jackson to be the type of guy to off himself? No fucking way. He is cunning, ruthless, and a dickhead, but he’s not a coward. He uses his wit to weasle out of the given situation and his odd relationship with Anderson takes center stage at the climax of the issue. It’s a strange and intoxicating relationship they share, bred out of hatred, nurtured in the afterlife into a bond of almost camaraderie and love, Anderson does something here that isn’t really out of character, but still proves remarkably surprising. I only hope we touch on the ramifications of her choice soon.

David Gianfelice has really come into his own on this series. I started unsure if he was the right fit for the series, but his tight paneling and dark style have only evolved since signing up to take on the series, and he’s really showing a familiarity with the world now. The way he depicts the ghosts are alarming and overwhelming, but kinetic in their displays of power. It proves rather intoxicating and provocative, especially when he really gives us a display of his power, like he does this month with Anderson’s excellent “die” line.

The end of the issue pushes us in a new direction that can’t help but tie itself to the past of the series. It proves very interesting as it seems Williamson has a carefully constructed story that has been heading to a definitive payoff for a while now. I can’t wait to see where things go next.

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Uni Dates M. Night Shyamalan’s Top Secret ‘The Visit’

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:49

Universal Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to M. Night Shyamalan’s top secret The Visit (originally titled Sundowning).

The studio has set the film for release September 11, 2015, says Deadline.

“The Visit focuses on a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a week long trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, they see their chances of getting back home are growing smaller every day.

In addition to the previously announced Kathryn Hahn and Ed Oxenbould, the pic also stars Erica Lynne Marszalek, Peter McRobbie, Olivia DeJonge, Deanna Dunagan, Benjamin Kanes, Jon Douglas Rainey, Brian Gildea, Shawn Gonzalez, Richard Barlow, Steve Annan, and Michael Mariano.

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[5 Skull Comic Review] “The Fade Out” # 3 Transcends The Medium

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:15

Reading “The Fade Out”#3 is like sitting in your Studebaker drinking scotch from a flask, listening to jazz, and waiting for your wife’s lover to leave work so you can stab him in the parking lot.  And I mean that in the sexiest way possible.  C.S. Lewis used the word Sehnsucht to describe a nostalgia for something we never experienced.  Woody Allen talks about golden age thinking in his film “Midnight in Paris”.  When I read “The Fade Out” I long to live between the pages, to rub elbows with the Hollywoodland elite, to get caught up and swept away their world, and to embrace the seedy dark truth of it all beneath the surface.  “The Fade Out” transcends the medium for me.  I’ll try my best to talk about it in more certain terms

WRITTEN BY: Ed Brubaker

ART BY: Sean Phillips
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE:  $3.50

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed By Eric Switzer

The scope of this series gets wider in this issue as new characters are introduced and their darkness is exposed.  Characters in Brubaker/Phillips books can be described by their weaknesses.  Their defining characteristics are the things their flaws, which more often than not turn out to be fatal ones.  Maya is hired to replace Val in the film and has had to do some pretty shocking things to get where she is now, as evidence by her reaction to Thursby using a secret door to invade her dressing room.  I wouldn’t be the first to call Brubaker a feminist, so in the golden age of film industry misogyny, I think there is a lot here to unpack thematically, but I’ll save that for a future essay.

Discovering who Val was through the different perspective of each character is not unlike unravelling Laura Palmer.  It feels like Brubaker is making us slowly fall in love with a dead girl, and if she turns out to really be like Laura, the rug will be pulled out from under us in the most earth shattering of ways.  Brubaker has that capacity.

“Fatale” gave Sean Phillips and opportunity to color outside the panels, and I think he is taking some of that expression and energy to the pages of “The Fade Out”.  I am in love with his imaginative panels.  The mark of a great artist is in how their art enhances or expands the themes, narrative, and characters.  Phillips work is beyond comparison.

My only issue with this series is the inconsistent release schedule.  Quality takes time obviously, but too much time and it necessary to start the series over every time an issue comes out.  Not that I’m complaining, I’m pretty sure I have designated “The Fade Out” as my desert island book already.

Eric Switzer  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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[Comic Book Review] “Prometheus: Fire and Stone” #3 Is Damn Good

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:08

As each new installment in the Fire and Stone series is released I find myself taking out a bigger and bigger microscope to examine it with.  Though it may not be objective, I think this series deserves to be held to a higher standard.  It is for this reason that for the first time I have some criticism of “Prometheus”.  Perhaps it is finally that halfway through the event I can start to set aside my fanboy colored glasses and put back on the cynical ones I am used to wearing, but the truth is I can’t say this is a perfect issue.  Thankfully it is, however, a damn good one.

WRITTEN BY: Paul Tobin
ART BY: Juan Ferreyra
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reveiwed By Eric Switzer

 

Before I start to gripe there are a lot of awesome things about this book to discuss.  Seeing the dots connect between all four books is probably the most exciting thing about the whole series.  “Prometheus” is like a great prequel: we know how the story ends, but it is just so much fun seeing how we get there, and with some clever plotting we can even be surprised along the way.  Galgo’s decision to ditch everyone and take off in the Perses is both an interesting turn of events and absolutely true to his character.  It can be difficult to keep things fresh when the reader already knows what is going to happen but “Prometheus” has had no problem being intriguing and narratively rich.  Furthermore there is a plot thread here involving an Engineer that began in “Alien” and has been hinted at in “AVP” but will need to be resolved in the final issue of “Prometheus”.  His role is mysterious essential to the Prometheus franchise so I’m excited to see where that is going.

Elden is a fucking awesome villain and the particular state of decay he is in in this series is horrifically awesome.  His panels stood out as some of the most visually engaging moments in the entire “Fire and Stone” series, which is really saying considering how extremely metal this whole series has been.  I love seeing Elden be evil and interacting with the aliens.  I imagine we has quite a bit more of that in the coming issues.

Unfortunately beyond that I don’t think this book stood out and in fact it actually stumbled in some places due to a lot of dialogue falling flat and a general lack of action.  Last week we read “AVP” #2 and it was a blood bath.  This week we have a lot of panic over a code lock and are reminded three times that Chris’s wife Jill is on the ship.  I felt like we were going in circles around these two points for half the book.  And when we weren’t talking about the code lock we were being assaulted with dialogue like:

“I mean, I didn’t do much in college past stealing beer and pretending I wasn’t the father… but I think that’s more than six”.

At this point I had to look at the cover to make sure there wasn’t a fill in writer on this issue.  Now, I am well are that this sort of ham-handed long winded way of saying nothing is not uncommon in the genre, and even in the films.  But it is uncommon for Paul Tobin and I was taken out of the action more than twice while reading this issue.  I may be becoming more critical with higher expectation, but that is because this series is just so damn good.  This book is one of my favorite and this creative team is a power house.  I expect only the best.

Eric Switzer 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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Win A Sweet Prize Pack From Obituary! (Contest)

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 15:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with legendary death metal band Obituary to bring you an exclusive contest where you can win two tickets, an autographed poster, deluxe CD and t-shirt! We’ve also got two runner-up prize packs that feature a deluxe CD as well as an autographed poster. All details for the contest and how to enter can be found below!

This contest is open to all US and European readers. Since the band is already on tour in the US, if you want to go to one of their shows, we’re going to put the winner down for a future 2015 date!

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Nov 13 Las Vegas, NV LVCS w/ Massacre and Rivers of Nihil

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Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
Nov 15 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
Nov 16 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Nov 18 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Nov 19 Vancouver, BC The Rickshaw Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 21 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 22 Regina, SK Riddell Centre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 23 Winnipeg, MB Park Theatre w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 24 Minneapolis, MN Amsterdam Bar & Hall w/ Untimely Demise
Nov 25 Chicago, IL Metro
Nov 26 Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre and Ballroom
Nov 27 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Hall
Nov 28 Montreal, QC Le National
Nov 29 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Nov 30 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
Dec 03 Springfield, VA Empire
Dec 04 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall
Dec 05 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
Dec 06 Tampa, FL Orpheum
Dec 07 Miami, FL Grand Central

***Inked In Blood Euro Tour 2015 w/ Empire of Evil and Dustbolt***

Jan 15 Essen, Germany Turock
Jan 16 Alkmar, Holland Victory
Jan 17 Bremen, Germany Tivoli
Jan 18 Praha, Czech Republic Futurum
Jan 19 Krakow, Poland Fabryka
Jan 21 Budapest, Hungary Durer Kurt
Jan 22 Vienna, Austria Szene
Jan 23 Innsbruck, Austria Weekender Club
Jan 24 Romagnano, Italy R&R Area
Jan 25 Luzern, Switzerland Schuur
Jan 27 Barcelona, Spain Salamandra
Jan 28 Toulouse, France Metronum
Jan 29 Paris, France Divan du Monde
Jan 30 Enschede, Holland Atak
Jan 31 Antwerp, Belgium Zaal de Kuup/Horror Festival
Feb 01 London, England Underworld

May 22 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Edison Lot

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[Comic Book Review] “Django/Zorro” #1

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:55

Throw a classic cinematic icon with a modern interpretation of the western gun-slinging hero and you get Django / Zorro #1. After reading this debut issue, I now want to go dig up the mini-series of DJango Unchained that Vertigo Comicsreleased last year. It’s as if anyone can meet anyone in comics. Oh wait, that’s the best part about comics! Anything can and will happen which makes it a fun read indeed.

WRITTEN BY: Quentin Tarantino and Matt Wagner

ART BY: Esteve Polls

PUBLISHER: Dynamite Entertainment / Vertigo Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: 12 November 2014

Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady
Twitter: @mrbradysteele

Once upon a time in the Old West, the unlikeliest of team-ups happened. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a mute Indian, an aged, wealthy Mexican and an African American bounty hunter roll into a town. Of course they do. Why not? I had to double-check the credits for this story to make sure I wasn’t reading things wrong.

Legendary film maker Quentin Tarantino and veteran comic book creator Matt Wagner have started another tale for the man with the mark of “Z” and the deadliest gun in recent cowboy cinema start a quest of justice. The dialogue is pretty crisp as you would expect from these storytellers. Tarantino and Wagner seem to work well together as establishing who can do what and how cool they can sound doing it early on.

Artist Esteve Polls is new to me but impresses in this first chapter nicely. The action is straight out of the movies of both characters. It’s crisp when it needs to be. Polls also makes his work simple and direct as needed with great effect. This collaboration seems to be a well thought-out one and I look forward to seeing more from them.

Anytime you see Zorro in action, you can’t help but see how influential a hero he is throughout pop culture. Comics fans should definitely recognize where one of THE most popular heroes (that rhymes with…Ratman) and see how brilliant this classic hero’s mythos really is. I imagine it’ll be quite the tale to see as a newer hero like Django learns from this legend. I truly believe you will enjoy this story if you like any of the creators or characters in these pages. To me, it feels like we’ve only just started and it looks like it’ll be a really stylish story.

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[Comic Book Review] Pledge Yourself to “Wytches” #2

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:39

Scott Snyder and Jock’s “Wytches” is back with a second issue and I’ll go ahead and call it eyebrow raising and eye err…neck-eye opening.

WRITTEN BY: Scott Snyder

ART BY: Jock

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed by Nick Brehmer

We pick up just after the final events of issue #1. Sailor’s been attacked by some revenant creature, which she suspects is Annie, sent back by the wytches for reasons unknown. Her parents can sense the supernatural nature of the happening surrounding their daughter. Her father’s concern grows when the biopsy of Sailor’s neck would yields ancient results, and Sailor’s mother is confronted with the bizarre when a patient of hers awakens from a coma with knowledge of the wytches.

The whole concept of pledging is definitely a key interest point for this series. I know in my previous review for issue #1, I may have been a little harsh on my apprehensions regarding Snyder’s reworking of such a classic archetype. But the narrative motivations behind the pledge are very much align with the classic witch. In one word? Suspicion.

The witch trials are so fascinating due to the mass paranoia and suspicion regarding witchcraft and the defilement of community. This is very much present in “Wytches”. There’s an added level of unease with the idea of pledging as sacrifice. That one can choose an individual to be handed over to these horrific woodland creatures make the suspicion level two-fold – who has been pledged and who has done the pledging? Was Annie pledged? Has Sailor been pledged? How is the community involved? Who’s this sandman character and how does he relate? Questions, questions…

The concerns I raised in my last review are still bouncing around my mind as I flip through issue #2. In addition, with the encounter with the wytches themselves in the flesh, things are also progressing a little quickly for my tastes. I wish there was more atmospheric tension. Given the above mentioned relationship between classic witches and community, my hope is that Snyder explores this more in upcoming issues. It’s touched upon a little with her classmate interactions, but I would love to see something more built between Sailor and her new town after fleeing from the previous one due to Annie’s disappearance.

Also as mentioned in my previous issue, I will say that the artwork that Jock’s provided for this series is gripping. The wytches that he’s visualized are indeed creepy as hell.

A product of the harsh lands of Northern Ontario, Nick Brehmer is in fact a sensitive flower currently blooming in the GTA. He spends his downtime wishing he was British. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @nicholasbrehmer

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[Comic Book Review] “Wilds End” #3 Is Captivating

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:17

“Wild’s End” Chapter 3 The Dark Woods is the most exciting and engaging chapter yet. Picking up immediately after Gilbert’s head was vaporized last issue, the gang and an incredibly shaken Mr. Minks retreat into the relative safety of Susan’s home.

WRITTEN BY: Dan Abnett

ART BY: I.N.J Culbard

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed By: Torin Chambers

Clive’s hardened wits and general common sense continues to be one of this groups few assets. Although I have found a new favorite character in the self medicating reclusive writer Susan Peardew, who also manages to fully grasp the situation they are in and not become baggage. She’s actually an astonishing help to the group and has become infinitely more engaging then the simple towns folk Clive has interacted with up until this point. While “Wild’s End” was a fun read before it’s now become a captivating experience.

Clive’s handling of Alph and Mr. Minks after Gilberts unfortunate but heroic passing is the first of a string of excellent scenes that beautifully spill from the page. He’s not overtly angry with them, it’s more disappointment than anything and he doesn’t sugar coat it for either of them.

Aside from Mr. Minks everyone has a couple excellent character moments this issue. I almost want to write Mr. Minks off at this point; he hasn’t had any of his own moments and only seems to slow everyone down. He can’t go very fast and is handling the situation much worse than everyone else. Even Alph, the child who’s caretaker/aunt was just killed has adjusted better. I would love to see him come into his own in the coming issues but right now he feels like he’s just there to artificially slow everyone down. Maybe he’s actually a robot in disguise or has some pact with them where they’ll spare him for his services? What ever happens to him I hope he evolves out of the stereotypical coward soon.

Dan Abnett has to be the certifiable master of the shocking and exciting final pages at this point. Always leaving your mouth watering for more and more. They get more astonishing and unpredictable with each passing issue.

Wild’s End has finally elevated itself from a fun romp into an appealing and enthralling read. Susan was just the punch in the arm Wild’s End needed, her along with Alph’s awesome character turns and the lovable but damaged Clive make Wild’s End easy to recommend. It can only go up from here until we reach the Wild’s End.

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 @TorinsChambers

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[5 Skull Comic Review] “Dark Ages” #4 Is Enlightening

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:02

The thrilling and action packed finale of Dark Ages is upon on us, and boy is it awesome. Hawkherst, Lucifer and company prepare for the final battle against the aliens, or as they still refer to them: Demons. With a new synthetic arm and a fighting chance provided by their new robotic ally Hawkherst leads his men in what could possibly be their last stand.

 

WRITTEN BY: Dan Abnett

ART BY: I.N.J Culbard

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed By: Torin Chambers

The opening interaction between Captain Hawkherst and his synthetic friend shows that Hawkherst is much less open and accepting of their ally. It’s nice to see he’s not completely on board at first and is cautious; he was just revived with a new arm only moments ago. He has his doubts but ultimately must put his trust in the robot for the sake of his men.

This new ally gives them their fighting chance; it informs them that their enemies communicate through scent. If they can defeat the demon captain and cut out one of his glands then the demons will cease their assault. Of course Hawkherst pushes back against this at first, being from the dark ages he cannot fully grasp what he is being told. Hawkherst’s newfound bound with his robotic savior gives him the confidence to carry out an action that he doesn’t full understand.

As our heroes do battle with the demons a separate but connected battle rages within the forts walls. Most of the priests are not who they appeared to be, becoming agents of the demons assaulting the fort. The battles are bloody as all hell; it’s a total joy to read. Characters are decapitated and demons are cut down chunk by bloody chunk. The fight wages for a majority of the issue and it does not fail to deliver a the glorious final stand that its been building to since issue #1.

Dark Ages #4 doesn’t outright answer every question or completely wrap up some plot threads but it does utterly satisfy. I’m a big fan of how it doesn’t perfectly wrap everything up in a bow, because it didn’t need to. The final two pages are a bit confusing and I’m not 100% sure what their significance was but that doesn’t tarnish the book in any way. If anything it adds to the bountiful amount of wonder Dark Ages has given over these 4 issues, and so marks the end of my favorite mini series of the year.

Don’t stay in the dark ages like fool, pick this series up and become enlightened.

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 @TorinsChambers

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[Comic Book Review] Coffin Hill #13 Is Gateway To Something Darker

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:46

“Coffin Hill” #13 beautifully ties up loose ends while unstitching some of the seams; leaving the series open in places the reader didn’t even know existed. While there were a few leaps in logic, some people and places appeared to be a bit convenient for my taste, and several events were resolved a little too easily, overall it didn’t bother me because this issue is clearly a gateway to something much bigger and much, much darker.

WRITTEN BY: Caitlin Kittredge

ART BY: Inaki Miranda

PUBLISHER: Vertigo Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: November 12, 2014

In present day Coffin Hill, the shit storm is brewing. Lacey is being led through the undergrounds of the Coffin Hill mansion by the ominous and seemingly dangerous otherworldly woman, as Bianca continues to fight a losing battle with Patrick, who is intent on killing off all the witches of Coffin Hill. Just as the mysterious woman is about to convince Lacey to kill herself, Bianca is able to use her powerful (really seriously powerful) magic to project herself into Lacey’s view… In the end, the girls are able to mutually save each other with their magic from miles away. I was impressed by the use of their magic in this sequence of events and although it was very sparsely explained, I’m excited to see what Kittredge does with it in further issues. I had no idea these two witches were so powerful. While Eve is Coffin Hill present, these girls are Coffin Hill future.

Flashback to Boston 2012 where Eve is stuck in Doyle’s floorboards. This is where things get a little too easy. Eve has no way of calling for help so she just has to wait for Doyle to let her out. Things go down like a lazy episode of CSI. He lets her out, takes her to his killing spot, tells her all his secrets, and then she gets the drop on him. I expected a little more razzle dazzle but like I said, this issue isn’t about some “big kill,” it’s about the fallout and the future ramifications. When Frost shows up to see a dead Doyle laying on top of a wounded Eve, they realize they must go along with the set up Doyle created, let someone else take the blame and not take the hit for their horrific oversight.

Then Eve gets home to find her crazy ass neighbor in a tizzy. It turns out, that’s where the real danger was. It wasn’t Doyle who shot Eve after all…

The best part of the issue comes in the last few pages, in present day Coffin Hill when Eve realizes that the same woman who led Lacey to her almost-suicide is also possessing Nate. They know each other and there is some serious bad blood between them, and that woman is…

Yea, right, go read it. I’m not giving that part away. I’m incredibly excited for the next arc and we have one issue left before we start on it. While I’ve found aspects of the last 5 or so issues to be lazy and clichéd, they were still incredibly entertaining. There is no denying the raw sizzling power that Kittredge and Miranda can conjure when paired together. Given the way this arc is ending, the next one should focus heavily on the ancient darkness of both the Coffin Family and Coffin Hill. And hopefully Nate will be back to normal and able to repair his relationship with Eve while kicking his brother’s ass.

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[Comic Book Review] “Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out” #1 Will Have You Begging For More!

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:40

An incredibly fast read, “Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out” #1 is gritty revenge thriller that rings in Christmas with gore. There’s nothing like spending the holidays watching people’s heads get blown off in this bloody sleigh ride. This first installment brings in the buckets of blood, nudity, and graphic violence the Grindhouse genre deserves.

WRITTEN BY: Alex De Campi
ART BY: R.M. Guera
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: November 12, 2014

Reviewed By Jorge Solis

A solider returns home from the war to visit his family for the holidays. Arriving with gifts in his backpack, the solider discovers his father lying dead on the floor. He never realized his killer was standing right behind him, with a gun pointed at his head. After witnessing their deaths, Mother Wolf calls upon her estranged granddaughter, Shayla, to seek out their murderers. As they track down The Clown, The Overseer, and The Man Who Walks, something else more cruel and bloodthirsty hunts them.

What I really enjoyed about the Alex De Campi’s writing is the focus on the relationship between the two female protagonists. Though Mother Wolf is Shayla’s grandmother, there is a maternal instinct to protect and guide her loved one. The dialogue reveals the years of abuse and estrangement between them as they snap back at each other in full-blown argument. Though Shayla has been through the worse, she does want to prove how tough she is in front of her grandmother.

Christmas can be a joyous occasion, but for many it can also be the worst of times. De Campi uses the Christmas spirit to reflect the themes of loneliness, depression, and never-ending hardships. Mother Wolf has gone through hard times, making her tough and resilient as her end days are approaching. Though Shayla shares her feisty attitude and has her whole life ahead of her, there is a bit of cynicism in her tone.

Artist R.M. Guera does a fantastic job with the cold and snowy backgrounds, capturing a claustrophobic atmosphere these characters are stuck inside their small town. The snow seems to have cut out the rest of the world, offering no escape for anyone. Notice how Guera uses the twisted shape of the tress and the cloud’s surface to depict one of the killer’s faces.

Guera illustrates little details in the wardrobe to distinguish our two protagonists. Mother Wolf has a wool cover draped over her body, as if it’s some sort of cape for her. Even her walking stick has wolf’s head on top, which serves as a prop. Because it’s wintertime, Shayla is dressed wearing a huge jacket, jeans, and boots as if she’s supposed to resemble a hunter.

“Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed out” #1 hooks readers right in with this first issue. With a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger, readers will be anxiously awaiting the second chapter. This is your favorite comic with it’s tits out, covered in blood, and you’ll be begging for more.

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Kissing Candice Signs With Victory Records

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 13:00

Long Island electronic/metal band Kissing Candice have signed to Victory Records and will be releasing a new album in 2015. The band is known for their horror-fueled music videos as well as their masks they wear while performing.

The band is comprised of ex-Dr. Acula keyboardist/sampler Joey Simpson as well as guitarists Tommy Sciro and Walter Dicristina, Marco Caruso on drums, and bassist Mike Grippo.

Head below for a video announcement.

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‘The Wolf Man’ Gets Awesome Writer For Lame New Universe

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:59

Much like superhero movies, there’s only so many times you can do an origin story before it gets repetitive. But, what if the origin story isn’t even all that interesting?

The Universal Monsters were badass back in the 30′s and 40′s, but have since become the basis of generic Halloween costumes and cool shelf toys. I love Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, Creature From the Black Lagoon, and all the other classics – but it doesn’t mean I want to see them modernized.

I didn’t really know what Universal had up their sleeve until the laughable closing credits to Dracula Untold, which promised modern “games” between Dracula and his creator – because, you know, he waited thousands of years to play.

Anyways, everything about Untold was stupid. And if the idiotic and bland Untold is the model being used, I expect a lot more stupid to follow.

Fortunately, Uni has their eyes on an incredible writer for another reboot of The Wolf Man, says Deadline, reporting that Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski is being courted.

Prisoners was one of the hottest scripts this decade, and gives me some faith that the story can be cracked. I mean, the best thing about The Mummy reboot with Brendan Fraser is that the movie wasn’t about the mummy. My hope is that Wolf Man rejects Untold‘s origin path and tells the story from a different perspective. The thought of a Wolf Man Untold makes me wanna puke my guts out.

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