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Extremely Talented Cosplayer Brings an Ash Ghoul to Life

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 10:00

It’s a shameful thing to admit, but I’ve never played The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. I didn’t get into the Elder Scrolls until Skyrim came and Fus Ro Dah’d my face off with its dragons, beautiful world, dragons, refined combat, and motherf**king dragons. I even tried Oblivion — twice — and both times it failed to keep my interest. But Skyrim? I spent 200+ hours in it.

The Ash Ghoul is a creature found in Morrowind, though with a face like that, it would also fit nicely in a horror game. The individual who’s doing a wonderful job at bringing it to life is a Russian cosplayer named Isugi. Enjoy!

For more of Isugi’s work, check out his gallery.

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Dead Girlfriend’s Facebook Messages Are Nightmare Fuel

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 22:05

Buckle up, because we’re about to go on a journey. If you’ve perused Reddit over the last 48 hours, you may have already stumbled upon this intensely unnerving story from a man named Nathan, whose girlfriend, Emily, was killed in a car crash two years ago. For most of us, death is the end of our time here on this wonderful planet, but for some reason, Emily seems to have gotten caught in Facebook limbo. In related news, if Facebook limbo is a thing, it’s officially the worst way to spend an afterlife.

Obviously, it should go without saying that this could, and very likely is, a story that’s been fabricated to freak people out. If that’s the case, Nathan’s done a wonderful job in crafting a thoroughly unsettling story that makes me glad I no longer use the popular social media site.

Nathan’s story was posted on No Sleep, a corner of Reddit that’s been carved out for those who wish to share their “true” ghost stories that aim to raise the hairs on the back of your neck and send shivers down your spine.

Two days ago, Nathan posted his story on Reddit. It’s since blown up, gathering an impressive 3,847 upvotes as of the time of this writing. The whole thing started on September 4, 2013, when Emily returned to Facebook.

It’s worth mentioning that, according to Nathan, only he and Emily’s mom share admin privileges of Emily’s Facebook account. They decided not to memorialize the page, because it “felt too final.” I can certainly understand that.

Nathan soon realized that the messages Emily was posting were sourced from old chats the two of them had shared back before the accident that claimed her life.

Then, this past February, things got really creepy. Emily had started tagging herself in photos.

That’s just not right. If this is real, then, damn. But if someone is messing with Nathan, than I’m pretty sure that individual has no soul.

This kept going on, with Emily randomly tagging herself in photos and posting messages comprised of words she had typed when she was among the living, until on May 8, when Emily used her first original word. FRE EZIN G.

In his post, Nathan says this is the message that turned his growing anger and frustration toward a person he assumed was trying to mess with him into terror. He was no longer able to sleep, and when he did, he was plagued by nightmares in which Emily is trapped in an “ice cold car, frozen blue and grey, and I’m standing outside in the warmth screaming at her to open the door. She doesn’t even realise I’m there. Sometimes her legs are outside with me.”

Part of me believes — even hopes — that this a story Nathan made up to get his 15 seconds of Internet fame, because if that’s not the case, then this is one of the most eerie stories I’ve ever heard. No one should have to go through the pain that comes from losing a partner, but to endure something like this, only a few years later, when the wounds are probably only just beginning to scab over? That’s not right.

The story goes on. Nathan ended up memorializing Emily’s page, and that actually stopped her messages until July 1, the day before he took to Reddit to share his story. What do you think of all this?

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Royal Blood Release New Single “Figure It Out”

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 09:00

UK rock duo Royal Blood have released a new single entitled “Figure It Out”, which comes from their upcoming self-titled debut full length album (out August 25th). You can listen to the track below.

The band has upcoming US dates opening for The Pixies and Arctic Monkeys. Their raw blues-tinged heavy rock style combined with the fact that it’s just a drummer and bassist make them a band that I’m keeping a close eye on. I expect great things from them this year!

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May 2015 Set to Take ‘Insidious Chapter 3′ Into the Further!

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 20:59

A release date for one of the hottest horror franchises has been (sort of) established. According to Box Office Mojo, Insidious Chapter 3 is slated for 5/29/2015. Prepare your diapers!

Co-creator Leigh Whannell is set to direct the third Insidious film, but fans probably know him best as “Specs,” one of the paranormal investigators who’s dared to venture into the Further. Yeah, the third installment is going meta.

The third film is bringing back Lin Shaye as Elise Rainier as well as Tucker and Whannell’s character.

There’s no denying James Wan’s impact on the horror genre recently. I’m an unapologetic fan of the franchise, what say you, viewers?!

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WB Drops a Huge Schedule for SDCC14!

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 19:36

WBTV is throwing down the gauntlet for SDCC events for 2014. They’ve released their full schedule, which boasts some new horror shows and old favorites:

It wouldn’t be summer without a sizzling, action-packed lineup from Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTV) at Comic-Con International: San Diego. The Studio returns to the world’s leading pop-culture convention in 2014 with 15 series, including 10 returning fan-favorite shows and five programs making their much-anticipated Comic-Con debut. Plus, for the first-time ever, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment are joining forces for an epic special Saturday night event on July 26, as previously announced, featuring superheroes, super-villains, screenings and special appearances, including the world premiere of “Gotham.”

Participating in all the action are Comic-Con favorites and new additions including “The Following’s” Kevin Bacon; “The Vampire Diaries’” Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder; “Supernatural’s” Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins; “The Flash’s” Grant Gustin; “Constantine’s” Matt Ryan and Harold Perrineau; “The Originals’” Joseph Morgan; “Children’s Hospital’s” Rob Corddry; “Mike Tyson Mysteries’” Mike Tyson; and cast members from “Gotham” — to name just a few — who will join producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Greg Plageman (“Person of Interest”), Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Originals”), Jason Rothenberg (“The 100:), Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero-Wright (“iZombie,” “Veronica Mars”), Kevin Williamson (“The Following,” “The Vampire Diaries”) and many more to deliver the ultimate experience for fans, with screenings, panel sessions, autograph signings and media appearances.

Comic-Con essentials “Arrow,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Children’s Hospital,” “The Following,” “The 100,” “The Originals,” “Person of Interest,” “Supernatural,” “Teen Titans Go!” and “The Vampire Diaries” are all back in San Diego along with world-premiere screenings of complete pilot episodes of highly anticipated new WBTV series “The Flash,” “Constantine” and “iZombie” on Preview Night, plus an advance look at a new episode of “Teen Titans Go!” The Studio’s 2,400-square-foot booth will once again be a must-visit destination on the convention floor

For more information about WBTV activities at San Diego Comic-Con, follow @warnerbrostv on Twitter and join in the conversation by using hashtag #WBSDCC, or visit TheWB.com.

SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PILOT SCREENINGS

WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
6:00 p.m. — It’s OK, you can peek — WBTV gets Comic-Con off to a dramatic start for the seventh year in a row by hosting a special sneak peek, world-premiere screening event on Preview Night, debuting some of the most hotly anticipated new series of the year. For 2014, WBTV will screen the complete pilot episodes of The Flash, Constantine and iZombie. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation will unveil a brand-new episode of Teen Titans Go! Ballroom 20

The Flash: From the Arrow creative team of executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter, The Flash is a fast-paced super hero drama based upon the characters from DC Comics that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. With a pilot written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, the action drama follows police scientist and everyday guy Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), who, after an unexpected Particle Accelerator accident, is suddenly charged with the ability to move at incredible speeds, which he uses to help the people of Central City.

Constantine: Based upon the characters from DC Comics and executive produced by Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films), Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a morally challenged character who doesn’t come down on the side of either good or evil … but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond.

iZombie: Co-created and executive produced by Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars), along with executive producers Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge (also of Veronica Mars), Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Liv transfers her residency to the coroner’s office for access to the brains she must reluctantly eat, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she now solves homicides to quiet the voices in her head. iZombie is based upon characters created by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred for Vertigo.

Teen Titans Go!: Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Raven continue the fun in Teen Titans Go! with all-new comedic adventures, giving viewers a look at what life is really like as a teen super hero … once the cape comes off.

WBTV/WBA SERIES SCHEDULE
PLEASE NOTE: Series stars and creative teams scheduled to attend are subject to change. Additional information on panel sessions, signings and other events will be provided as news breaks.

THURSDAY, JULY 24
6:00–7:00 p.m. — Children’s Hospital (New episodes in 2015, Adult Swim): Creator and star Rob Corddry will share an exclusive video sneak peek at season six and will be joined onstage by select members of the show’s cast for a lively — and medically accurate — Q&A. Room 25ABC

FRIDAY, JULY 25
10:00–11:00 a.m. — The Big Bang Theory (Mondays 8/7c CBS, season premiere September 22; Thursdays 8/7c CBS beginning October 30): Back by popular demand! The Big Bang Theory writers are back in San Diego and ready to share secrets behind TV’s #1 comedy. Ballroom 20

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. — iZOMBIE (Midseason on The CW): iZOMBIE makes its Comic-Con debut with a screening of the complete pilot episode, followed by a Q&A with series stars Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Malcolm Goodwin (Breakout Kings), newcomer Rahul Kohli and Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill), as well as executive producers Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars). Room 6BCF

2:30–3:15 p.m. — Mike Tyson Mysteries (Premiering this fall, Adult Swim): In this new animated comedy series, Mike Tyson is taking the fight from the boxing ring to the streets … by solving mysteries! Join us for a first look at this new adult animated series and a can’t-miss panel featuring Mike Tyson, Rachel Ramras (MAD), Jim Rash (Community) and producer Hugh Davidson (The Looney Tunes Show). Indigo Ballroom

3:15–4:15 p.m. — The 100 (Wednesdays 9/8c The CW, season premiere October 22): After the stunning events in the season finale, join us for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A with series stars as well as executive producer Jason Rothenberg. Room 6BCF

4:15–5:15 p.m. — The Originals (Mondays 8/7c The CW, season premiere October 6): Last season’s top new series on The CW returns to Comic-Con! Join executive producer Julie Plec, co-executive producer Michael Narducci and series stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Leah Pipes and Danielle Campbell for a special video presentation followed by a Q&A. Ballroom 20

5:30–6:30 p.m. — Arrow (Wednesdays 8/7c The CW, season premiere October 8): Arrow series stars Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Emily Bett Rickards, Colton Haynes, Willa Holland, Paul Blackthorne and John Barrowman — with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg — will take aim at San Diego with a special video presentation and panel discussion previewing the show’s upcoming and highly-anticipated third season. Ballroom 20

SATURDAY, JULY 26
4:00–4:45 p.m. — The Vampire Diaries (Thursdays 8/7c The CW, season premiere October 2): The cast and creative team behind The Vampire Diaries return to San Diego for a sizzling sixth appearance at Comic-Con! Series stars Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham join executive producer/writer Julie Plec on stage for a video screening and Q&A session. Ballroom 20

5:15–6:15 p.m. — Constantine (Fridays 10/9c NBC, series premiere October 24): Based upon the characters from DC Comics, Constantine reflects the lore of the fan-favorite comic, combining noirish storytelling with the evolving mythology of John Constantine, a morally challenged character who doesn’t come down on the side of either good or evil … but ultimately might be the only thing defending us against the dark forces from beyond. Attendees will see a screening of the complete pilot, followed by a Q&A with series stars Matt Ryan (Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), Harold Perrineau (Lost) and Charles Halford (True Detective), along with executive producers Daniel Cerone (Dexter) and David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight films). Room 6BCF

6:15–7:00 p.m. — Person of Interest (Tuesdays 10/9c CBS, season premiere September 23): The smash hit Person of Interest returns to San Diego for the fourth year! Join executive producer Greg Plageman along with series stars for a special video presentation and Q&A. Room 6BCF

8:00–11:00 p.m. — Warner Bros. Television & DC Entertainment Present: The Flash, Constantine, Arrow and the World Premiere of Gotham with Special Appearances by Casts and Producers: For the first time ever at Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Television presents an entire evening filled with some of DC Entertainment’s greatest characters, featuring the world premiere pilot screening — and only Comic-Con screening — of the highly anticipated new series Gotham (Mondays this fall, 8/7c on FOX). The much-buzzed about pilot of The Flash will also be screened — if you can catch it — along with exclusive video presentations of returning hit Arrow and new thriller Constantine. Cast members and producers from all four shows will make special appearances on stage throughout the night. Hall H

SUNDAY, JULY 27
10:00–11:00 a.m. — Supernatural (Tuesdays 9/8c The CW, Season Premiere October 7): Join series stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins and Mark A. Sheppard, along with executive producer Jeremy Carver, as they answer questions from the audience about what’s in store for the tenth season of this exciting series, including its upcoming 200th episode! Fans will also be treated to an exclusive video presentation featuring series highlights and special features from the upcoming Supernatural: The Complete Ninth Season DVD and Blu-ray™ release. Hall H

11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. — The Following (Midseason on FOX): Hit thriller The Following returns to Comic-Con for a third year! Series stars Kevin Bacon, Shawn Ashmore, Sam Underwood and Jessica Stroup will join creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson and executive producers Marcos Siega and Jennifer Johnson for an on-stage Q&A and special video presentation. Hall H

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. — Teen Titans Go! (Thursdays 6/5c Cartoon Network): Find out what’s in store for Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven — or just throw a meatball party with your friends! The Teen Titans are back at it again with all-new comedic adventures and, after screening a brand-new episode, there will be a Q&A with producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Aaron Horvath (MAD) and members of the voice cast. Plus, making a special appearance at the panel will be Puffy AmiYumi, the Japanese pop duo responsible for the iconic theme song from the original Teen Titans series. Room 6BCF

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Are Now Going To Be Your Nighttime Lullaby

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 19:00

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has announced that they will be releasing an album of lullaby versions of songs by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, which will feature 13 tracks. Songs on the album include “Red Right Hand” (which has appeared in every Scream film), “Where The Wild Roses Grow”, and many more. Below is their cover of “Into My Arms”.

Pre-order the album via iTunes.

Track list:
1. O Children
2. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
3. Into My Arms
4. We No Who U R
5. Red Right Hand
6. Push the Sky Away
7. The Ship Song
8. Where the Wild Roses Grow
9. Straight To You
10. The Mercy Seat
11. (Are You) The One That I’ve Been Waiting For?
12. The Weeping Song
13. Nobody’s Baby Now

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[Preview] “Enormous” #2

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:49

“Enormous” #1 only launched today, but man oh man it was a helluva first issue that shows the massive scope of the world Tim Daniel and Medhi Cheggour have been building for years. After talking to Daniel I couldn’t be more excited for people to get their hands on the rest of the issues. He’s a super chill dude who’s just grown tired with all these apocalypse stories. I’m sure you’ve seen the type, all hope is lost and everything is fucked. And I’m sure “Enormous” may appear that way at first glance, but as the story comes together, it’s clear that this is about evolution more than extinction.

So it’s with great pleasure that I share this exclusive preview of issue two.

Enormous #2 – “It’s the Little Things”
The major cities of North America are under siege by massive beasts unlike anything ever witnessed. In their wake lies a path of death and destruction. In Phoenix, AZ, Ellen Grace struggles with the loss of her mother while Joanne Coyle discovers a bright secret in a dark bunker.
July – $3.99 – 24 pgs. 215 Ink
Writer: Tim Daniel
Artist: Mehdi Cheggour
Letterer: Matthew Meylikhov

 

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Review: “Robocop Versus The Terminator” HC

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:19

Killer robots from the future fighting cyborg cops from the not-too-distant future? “Robocop versus The Terminator” HC sounds like a sure-fire summer blockbuster, doesn’t it? Frank Miller and Walter Simonson. Another all-star team I had no idea ever worked together until now. I’ve no doubt this could be gigantic action fest like in The Expendables if Hollywood could get this organized. In the meantime, readers are in for a perfect summer treat in this collection from 1992.

WRITTEN BY: Frank Miller ART BY: Walter Simonson PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics PRICE: $24.99 RELEASE: 2 July 2014 Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady

 

If you know the names Frank Miller and Walter Simonson at all, you know their indelible marks they’ve made on comics themselves. Both made magical runs of lesser-known Marvel titles Daredevil and Thor in the 1980s. Both helped change how the world sees North American comics forever. How they both ended up making a book like Robocop versus The Terminator blows my mind. I was aware that Miller had written Robocop movie scripts in the past. I had no idea both creators together could make anything, no matter how cheesy it may sound, truly original and entertaining.

The time-travelling death machines John Connor tried to warn us about got creative with their missions in this story. In order to protect their own history, Terminators are sent back to ensure Alex Murphy, aka Robocop, stays alive long enough to give Skynet awareness. Wowzers. Now I have to read it to see how they pull this off. What a terrific set-up to make these two worlds interconnected.

Not only does Miller’s storyline make sense and fit into both series, it’s the artwork by Simonson that truly brings it all to glorious artificial life. His art with Letter John Workman’s sound effects just make the entire story a real fun page-turner. Simonson’s paneling and detail always are eye-catching. Seeing him create something new from two storied franchises here is actually amazing to behold. He really knows how make explosions and death-dealing robots exciting again.

If you are a music fan, discovering a book like Robocop versus The Terminator HC would be like finding out two of your favorite bands made a kick-ass record together you never heard about way back when. Add to the mix two more iconic music producers (analogy ongoing) creators in Frank Miller and Walter Simonson. This is what you could call a no-brainer if you’re a fan of even only ONE of these four icons. You literally cannot lose by reading this book. It’s perfect for a summer road trip or any other time you want to see a genuinely amazing epic this season. I honestly had no idea what to expect when I opened this book up. I am so glad I discovered this hidden gem and you will be too.

 

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Review: “The Victories” #13

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:02

The end is nigh. All the places are set. Everything is in order. Time to destroy everything and enjoy the carnage, twists and glorious mayhem to behold in “The Victories” #13. This is one creator-owned series where nothing is sacred and everything and anything is possible.

WRITTEN BY: Michael Avon Oeming ART BY: Michael Avon Oeming PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics PRICE: $3.99 RELEASE: July 2, 2014 Reviewed by: Your Friendly Neighborhood Brady 

The Victories, the champions of this carefully choreographed and ravaged world, are barely still making any difference. Monsters have been unleashed in order to distract them from the behind-the-scenes Advisors true intentions. Mastermind / Creator Michael Avon Oeming has truly been working inspired throughout this series.

To read this issue is to see Oeming’s creativity completely unleashed. The scenes with the monsters are truly engrossing. Everything you would expect to be clichéd is totally new all over again. Secret societies, monsters destroying cities, twisted family trees, betrayals and double-crosses during a crisis. It’s all in here with spectacular and original new looks.

I’m struggling to find another series where so much happens that on the surface feels repetitive. It’s when you look just a little underneath it that you can appreciate how much thought Oeming has put into this creation. It’s not every day creators can literally destroy everything they’ve built up. It’s a daring decision to bring the house down as this terrific series comes to a close. With only two issues until the end, I cringe to see who or what will be left unscathed. I’m guessing not much will be left unanswered. I expect this finale to be a truly memorable one to a truly unprecedented series.

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[Album Review] Sukekiyo ‘Immortalis’

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 16:00

Vocalist Kyo from Japanese alt metal band Dir En Grey is, I argue, easily one of the most diverse, talented, and varied singers in music today. His incredible range and ability to go from demonic death growls to soaring falsettos, with everything in between, calls to mind the work and talent of Mike Patton. With a new Dir En Grey album coming later this year, fans of the group are chomping at the bits, eagerly awaiting new material.

However, the wait is not an empty one. Kyo has been hard at work with a side project by the name of Sukekiyo that has recently released their debut album Immortalis, which features 16 tracks over 72 minutes that are wildly inventive and hugely entertaining. Read on for my thoughts on this album!

Starting with “Elisabeth Addict”, the album opens with reverbed pianos that sound like they’re calling from beyond some veiled otherworld. It quickly becomes something more exciting and unexpected, which makes it very clear that the whole album is a journey with strange twists and turns, ensuring that the listener never knows what’s coming next. For instance, the next track “Destrudo” is a mysterious, eerie, beautiful instrumental track, calling to mind images of watching fog roll through a dreamlike forest.

Further on in the album, “Hidden One” is a heavy rock track with an almost anthemic chorus, one that will be sure to get a lot of people singing along during live shows. Their single “Aftermath” mixes elements of jazz with alt-rock to create something that wouldn’t sound out of place on a A Perfect Circle album while the industrial/electonic metal “Vandal” has near carnival-esque moments that sound like something you’d hear from Mr. Bungle. The closing track “In All Weathers” feels like it’s heavily influenced by Akira Yamaoka, shrouding the music in mystique.

My only complaint with the album is that there are so many tracks to digest that it feels like it’s too much at times. When I eat a meal, I’ll sometimes continue eating after I’m full because I’m eating for flavor (who hasn’t done this?). However, there comes a point where the flavor isn’t enough to trick my stomach from being way too full. It’s the same with having too much music. My brain kept doing alright for a while but at a point I simply needed a break because I was becoming overwhelmed.

The Final Word: As mysterious as it is haunting, Immortalis is an engaging debut album from Sukekiyo. Combining heaviness with melodies, swaying from ugly to beautiful, the band sounds like they reside within the heart of Silent Hill. This should be on everyone’s “Must Hear” list of 2014.

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5 Skull Review: “Robocop” #1

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:46

Directly following the events of the original 1987 film, “Robocop” #1 is the kind of book you read with your jaw firmly planted on the floor.  This book is fucking rad, there’s really no other way to say it.  If you’re the kind of twisted son-of-a-bitch that enjoys triple digit body counts, snorting cocaine off your glock, and people getting their faces punched off, then stop reading this review and go get this comic immediately.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson ART BY: Carlos Magno PUBLISHER: BOOM! PRICE: $3.99 RELEASE: July 2, 2014 Reviewed by Epic Switzer

 

Williamson and Magno make it very clear that this is a continuation of the original Robocop, twice referencing events from that film.  They do this so that you know what to expect: ultra-violent, hyper-masculine action porn with an 80s soundtrack.  The book is a hailfire of bullets from beginning to end.  Literally, a number of panels depict an ever increasing number of bullets ripping through the air and landing in a crack-heads temple.  “Robocop #1” delivers.

Williamson does a great job balancing the world for new readers.  Whether you are familiar with the characters or not, this book is easy to pick up and run with.  The scripting is tight and doesn’t betray the quick action on the page.  Williamson doesn’t mince words and he isn’t afraid show bad guys being bad.  The new antagonist fits right in with the tone and tempo of the book and, like any good villain, is already poised to be the most interesting character.

If Carlos Magno was asked to draw an 80s action movie, then he absolutely nailed it.  His panel work is kinetic and exquisite and his characters are rich with expression.  There is a frame in particular that I can’t wait for everyone to see, and If I ever have the pleasure of meeting the man he’s going to have to draw Robocop punching me in the face.

There’s just so much to love here.  The 80s was the greatest decade for iconic characters and Robocop was one of my earliest childhood obsession.  This book is the real deal.  If you just can’t get enough of Robocop taking out the trash, this book is doing him justice.  Buy one for yourself and one for a friend.  They’ll thank you and then everyone will forget about that boring remake.

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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Review: “Southern Bastards” #3

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:37

Armed with his Daddy’s stick, Earl Tubb has decided to stay and get some answers from the men who killed Dusty Tutwiler.  Earl proves himself to be a genuine ass-kicker and has managed to piss off just about everyone in Craw County in just a few days.  “Southern Bastards” #3 continues to build out this fascinating world and move the plot forward quicker than anyone could have imagined.

 

WRITTEN BY: Jason Aaron
ART BY: Jason Latour
PUBLISHER: Image
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: July 2. 2014

Reviewed by Epic Switzer

 

 

 

“Southern Bastards” is doing for the rural south what “Fargo” did for the rural north.  Aaron’s vision of a corrupt small town in Alabama is instantly iconic, and not without it’s charms.  Latour’s art is raw, almost tactile.  Like the people of Craw, everything is right on the surface.  Every close up makes you a little bit sick.  The atmosphere in this book is chilling, invoking the base animalism of human nature, yet warm and familiar at times.  “Southern Bastards” precisely captures the conflicting dualism of the American South.

Aaron’s voice obviously comes from a very honest place.  His characters are not caricatures, but archetypes, and he is such a strong dialogue writer and plotter that even the most despicable killers are grounded in something real and relatable.  This issue in particular is very much “Earl Unchained”  as he goes after the bastards that killed his acquaintance Dusty.  Whether Earl is a seeker of justice, or merely an uncontrollably violent man remains to be seen, but I’m loving the journey.

What’s remarkable about this book is that Aaron and Latour aren’t necessarily telling a new story, yet their brilliantly constructed setting is what is really driving this narrative.  That’s not to say it is predictable, there is plenty of mystery and intrigue here about Earl’s dad and the inner workings of Craw County. But the most interesting thing about this book is just living in this world for 24 pages.I feel gross when I read “Southern Bastards”, but I love every second of it.

With seeing Earl finally come out of his shell and a pretty effective cliffhanger to boot, there is no reason at all to stop reading “Southern Bastards” at this point.  And if you haven’t read it at all yet, then this is a worthy title to add to your stack if you can manage to snag the first two.  The letter column is well put together, but if you are typically a trade-waiter, you really won’t be missing anything.  If you think the south is scary, I think you’ll be moved by this book.

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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[Blu-ray Review] ‘Evilspeak’ Delivers Satanic Insanity!

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:36

Director Eric Weston’s 1981 film Evilspeak gets compared to Carrie a lot, with its pathetic outsider constantly harassed by the more popular kids in school. Here it’s a military academy, so you know the student body is made up of more brutal assholes than a public school. The outsider is played by the prolific Clint Howard, who embodies the film’s loser mind, body, and soul. That last statement gets quite literal towards the end of the film, when Howard’s soul becomes possessed by the spirit of a centuries old Satanist (Richard Moll – House). While it’s not the most original tale, Evilspeak does manage to entertain with its deliriously insane climax.

Howard stars as cadet Stanley Coopersmith (or, “Cooperdick” by his peers). Stanley is an orphan, sent to the school by his relatives who have no interest in taking care of the clumsy, awkward kid. At school, he gets it from both ends. The students and faculty give him shit every chance they get. When he blows a big soccer game, he’s ordered to clean out the basement underneath the campus chapel. There Stanley stumbles upon an ancient manuscript written by Father Esteban (Moll), a Satanist who once summoned the Devil during a Black Mass. Through this text, Stanley finds his ticket for sweet, Satanic revenge.

There’s a technological angle in Evilspeak that’s fun, but never fully explored. The text Stanley finds is in Latin, so he uses a translate program to decipher it. The spirit of Father Esteban gradually takes over the computer (at least I think that’s what happens) and this leads to some really cool graphics with pentagrams and naked ladies and shit. It’s suggested that the computer, which Stanley keeps hidden in the chapel basement, plays a major role in the summoning of Esteban, but I think it was included solely for the purpose of cool ’80s graphics.

Evilspeak takes a while to really get going, but once it does, buckle up. The finale is genuinely bonkers, with Clint Howard establishing himself as the lord of evil pigs. He wields a sword and floats through the air with his hair up in troll doll fashion. Three decades later, it’s still a jaw-dropping site. This is a great lead role for Howard. He earns our sympathy really quick as the mellow loser, then closes the film as this demi-god of carnage, cutting fools’ heads off. Man, it’s a beautiful site and despite its lack of creativity, Evilspeak manages to one helluva ride.

Scream Factory offers up the film in HD for the first time, following Code Red’s uncut DVD from last year. Details are sharp and the colors are strong. There is some print damage here and there, but nothing that overtly distracts from the film. The mono soundtrack is solid as well. The film’s score is really bizarre and features lots of chanting, if you’re into that.

The commentary track features director and co-writer Eric Weston and moderator Bill Olsen from Code Red. They go over the basic stuff, but the details he gives on effects work is by far the most interesting (you can totally see the wires hanging Howard in this HD presentation). Working with pigs sounds awful.

The other special features carried over from the Code Red release are the cast interviews with Howard, Joseph Cortese, Claude Earl Jones, Haywood Nelson, Richard Moll, and Don Stark. Howard’s interview is pretty interesting. He talks about how he initially didn’t want to do the picture because of all the demonic elements, but his old man talked him into it.

New to the Blu-ray is a 30 minute documentary about the making of the film, which fans will definitely want to check out. It features cast and crew going over a lot of the film’s details and what it was like on set. There’s also a separate interview with effects wizard Allan Apone who covers details about the film’s gruesome effects.

The added features and video upgrade should make Scream Factory’s Evilspeak Blu-ray a welcome upgrade, even if fans purchased the Code Red DVD just last year.

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Review: “The Woods” #3

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:25

“The Woods” #3 fish-out-of-water cosmic horror story continues to chug along at a decent pace this month. All of the conflicts set up in the first two issues are beginning to take shape now. We’ve got two distinct storylines; Maria and her struggle against the oppressive and clueless school faculty juxtaposed against Adrian’s ragtag adventure group exploring “The Woods” in search of answers.

 

WRITTEN BY: James Tynion IV

ART BY: Michael Dialynas

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: July 2, 2014

Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners

 

 

Now incarcerated within her very own school, Marie has her hands full. The principal is just a puppet preaching the gospel of Coach Clay. He’s aiming to rule this school like a totalitarian regime with the jocks as his personal army. His true motivations are still fuzzy at this point; it seems he making this power play now because of a twisted ideal of what’s right or to capture a glory he never could in his past life on Earth. Either way brutality is already creeping its way into the school, which is sure to become a warzone in coming issues.

On the opposite side of the spectrum are the free kids comprising Adrian’s expedition. They’ve got much more immediate, life threatening, concerns. Their story picks up promptly in the middle of the chase that started last issue. The kids are close to being torn limb from limb by the fluorescent green alien bear-dog and if that wasn’t enough Calder’s arm isn’t looking much better.

Both of these groups are heading in such different directions. The school is clearly the stronger plotline right now with Coach Clay in a position to do some real damage. It’s the ultimate high school nightmare of your teacher’s suddenly and forcefully taking real charge of your life. It’s tense and unsettling even more so than the group in the woods. Sure, Adrian’s group in the woods have a fair amount of physical threats but those aren’t as engaging to read about as the sociological and political threats Maria is facing.

The art is at its best with Adrian’s group. Michael Dialynas really gets to let go on this fantastical and florescent other world. The perfect blend of familiar and alien bring the woods to life in a way the school just can’t compare. Not to say the school looks bad, far from it. It’s just by virtue of being a familiar setting that it’s not as spectacular.

The Woods #3 is going through some growing pains but the overall creative concept is still incredibly promising. This is a book that’s either going to blossom or putter out in the next few issues. I’d like to see where it’s going but at this point I’m still not 100% sold.

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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New ‘Claire’ Trailer is a Thing of Nightmares

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:14

In the latest trailer for the 2D horror game Claire, the eponymous lead finds herself in the middle of a pretty terrifying situation. Creepy rooms filled with candles, monsters chasing her down corridors, and a dog companion that I’ll likely fall in love with only to see it get torn apart by some horrifying shadow demon. I’m onto you, video games.

Claire looks great, and not just because it reminds me of a 2D Silent Hill. Check it out below.

No word on an official release, but you can grab the Claire alpha on Desura right now for $9.99.

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Review: “Nailbiter” #3

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 15:13

Picking up hot off the tracks of last issues surprise crucifixion and fire, “Nailbiter” #3 is Buckaroo Oregon’s retaliation. The more violent minded citizens subscribe to the old adage of “blood for blood.” They are after Edward “The Nailbiter” Warren for the dead kid strung up in town. It’s an exciting beginning that slowly winds down before an awesome final reveal.

WRITTEN BY: Joshua Williamson

ART BY: Mike Henderson

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: July 2, 2014

Reviewed By: Torbin Chimners

 

 

Questions throttle this issue, with answers politely taking a back seat. Framings, lies, graveyards and even a potential supernatural element are brought to attention here. At this point there isn’t any hard evidence against Edward Warren; in fact there isn’t any evidence at all. Warren’s dialogue expertly slithers its way down my spine every time, without fail. It’s impossible to tell if he’s ever speaking genuinely or even telling the truth. He gets a great moment this issue when he tells his own little story that helps emphasize that he’s trying to reform. I have no doubts believing that he fabricated the whole story. He may not have committed the physical crime but there is no way he’s not involved in some capacity. The comic is named after him so I’m excited to see how he’s tangled up in or, possibly, the orchestrator of the whole damn thing.

Warren is crucial and engaging but he’s not the star of this  issue. That honour rests with Sheriff Crane. She takes the reigns, throwing herself headfirst into the action. Finch is along for the ride as Crane drives the plot forward. Sadly we don’t get into her head at any point this issue but her actions more than speak for themselves.

The art continues to awesomely complement the tone of this book. The action is hard and brutal. The terror is eerie. There’s a neat multipage spook near the end that while creative and stirring ultimately falls flat because it’s so damn dark I couldn’t actually tell what happened. Then the way the next scene moves on I felt like it wasn’t intentional for what occurred to be confusing. In fact the whole last part is entirely too dark. I get what they were going for but it’s too heavy handed.

This series has a lot of potential. It’s spinning a large web and not every strand can be perfect, but all together I see them weaving a modern day epic.

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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Review: “Hack/Slash Son of Samhain”

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:49

In “Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain” issue #1, Cassie has abandoned her slasher huntress life for that a different sort – scumbag bounties. It’s not until she’s met by Delroy, a grizzly, old badass-type, who convinces her, rather easily, to reclaim her title as a staunch enemy of the forces of darkness. 

WRITTEN BY: Michael Moreci & Steve Seeley

ART BY: Emilio Lasio

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: July 2, 2014

Reviewed by Nick Brehmer

 

 

First, let me say that I’m a newcomer to the “Hack/Slash” universe. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I’ll be staying for very long. For those of you like me, here’s a little backstory: The “Hack/Slash” series began back in 2007 after a string of one-shot comics dating back to 2004. Cassie, the horror-victim anti-heroine of the series, is (or was, according to this new “Son of Samhain” series) a hunter of “slashers”, a collective of undead monsters and those who rally with them. 

There’s a prologue that introduces us to a primordial evil known as Attan-Soolu who was vanquished by early humans eons ago. But, as Delroy explains, the slashers intend to bring him back. Much like hack and slash genre videogame play through, I expect that there will be a lot of underlings or “level bosses” before we inevitably see Cassie make some tough choices in order to vanquish Attan-Soolu.

Maybe fans of the “Hack/Slash” story will disagree with me, but even I can say a lot of what seems to be happening in the “Son of Samhain” series is pretty standard, if not recycled. We have a haunted, take-no-prisoners protagonist who is joined by a wise mentor and what may turn out to be a kid sidekick as they battle it out with some baddies to try and save the world. The writing even seems to hint at it’s own cliché’d nature (at one point, Cassie refers to Attan-Soolu sounding like a Star Wars character). Yeah, there are some decent internal monologues from Cassie and some quick banter between her and Delory, but it doesn’t stick.

The artwork is nice enough and it’s well paced but, again, the word that fits here is “standard.” Based solely off my own ignorance of the “Hack/Slash” plot so far, the one aspect of note is Cassie’s past; the idea of a former female lover who, although not a ghost, follows her as she begrudgingly moves through her life. No doubt, this will be explored in the upcoming issues but my opinion of issue #1 has not inspired me to stick around to find out.

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Telltale Confirms a New Episode of ‘The Walking Dead’ Coming This Month

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:34

I’ve noticed that many of you aren’t terribly happy with Telltale’s timeliness — or lack thereof — when it comes to getting new episodes of The Walking Dead: The Game out. They certainly take their time, but I’ve also noticed a jump in quality between this season and the last. There are less bugs, an added layer of polish that makes the experience a bit less frustrating this time around.

If you count yourself among the frustrated, you’ll be happy to know that Telltale is working on bringing the fourth episode, titled Amid the Ruins, this month. That’s a bit earlier than expected.

The news comes from a tweet posted by Job Stuffer, director of PR at Telltale, so it’s legit. Hopefully they mean early this month, and not like, July 31st.


Walking Dead fans, thanks so much for your patience! We're expecting Ep 204 to arrive this month and should have news in the coming weeks.

— Job J Stauffer (@jobjstauffer) July 1, 2014

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Review: “Lazarus” #9

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:30

An action-packed sci-fi thriller, “Lazarus” #9 presents readers a futuristic heroine that kicks lots of butt. You don’t ever want to cross paths with Forever Carlyle, but if you unexpectedly do, better not piss her off. You won’t be able to resist the eye-catching action sequences in the “Lazarus” series.

 

 

WRITTEN BY: Greg Rucka
ART BY: Michael Lark
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: July 2, 2013

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

 

 

Forever Carlyle has been genetically altered to serve and be faithful. Since the day she was born, she was trained to obey and protect the Carlyle Family. But lately Forever has been seeing cracks in the political system, which is governed by the wealthy class. As society has been divided by the rich and the so-called “waste,” a rebellion is about to take place. A bomb is about to go off, taking millions of innocent lives, and Forever finds herself in the crossfire. 

In the opening pages, writer Greg Rucka provides an exciting flashback into Forever’s training days. As a little girl, we see Forever take part in a duel against her sword master. With great skill, we see her dodge, get slashed, and finally take down her trainer. Did Forever let her trainer live because there was still a hint of that little girl in her? Or was she really following her father’s orders to the letter?

In this installment, we see how citizens are recruited to serve the Carlyle family. Interestingly, a version of the Church is involved in the organization. Right now, Rucka hints that there is some corruption involved there. In order to be approved, the recruiter has to be near-perfect. We are introduced to new characters, who full serve more in future issues.

I like how artist Michael Lark depicts Forever’s character design in the flashback. Though she’s just a little girl, Lark doesn’t play off her pint-size stature for laughs. Notice how there are so many cuts all over Lazarus’ body during the swordfight. We feel for her loss of childhood innocence.

Lark mixes the western genre with the sci-fi elements. Notice how Casey is holding a cowboy hat and a poncho in a later scene. In the suspenseful conclusion, Lazarus has a showdown with the mad bomber in the middle of the streets. Lark positions the two like something you would regularly see in a John Wayne movie.

“Lazarus” #9 is an action-packed romp that’ll take your breath.

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Review: “Big Trouble in Little China” #2

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 14:00

A hilarious action-packed adventure, “Big Trouble In Little China” #2 continues to be an energetic read with tons of kung-fu action and comic relief. Even though the ’80s have passed, Jack Burton, our goofball hero, continues to be a timeless treasure. This is the sequel to John Carpenter’s cult classic that I’ve been waiting for, and I’m quite pleased.

 

 

WRITTEN BY: John Carpenter and Eric Powell
ART BY: Brian Churilla
PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE: July 2, 2013

Reviewed by Jorge Solis

 

 

Jack Burton saved the world, rescued his best friend’s fiancée, and got his big rig back. Unfortunately there was a hideous stowaway hiding in the Pork-Chop Express, and now Jack has to return it to its rightful owner. But when the odd couple return, there are still some issues left unsettled. An immortal warlord magician wants revenge for the death of Lo Pan. Jack must follow his orders or lose his best friend’s soul forever.   

I don’t know how much involvement John Carpenter has in the series, but you can actually tell it’s in there in the pages. Writer Eric Powell has captured the main character down pat and delivers his laugh-out-loud lines perfectly. In the opening, the banter between the immortal warlord and Jack is spot-on hilarious. Jack is both an idiot and a clever hero at the same time as he aggravates the antagonist.

I am really enjoying how Powell plays around the structure, placing stories within stories. In the first issue, Jack recounts tales from his previous marriage. This time, it’s about an ex, who turned herself into a vampire. Jack has faced the supernatural many times before, even though he’s too dumb to realize it.

Artist Brian Churilla does a great job caricaturizing Kurt Russell’s facial features in his illustrations. Jack Burton is presented two ways, as a wannabe tough guy and this goofball. See if you can spot Jack’s teddy bear in one of the flashback panels. Churilla is always aiming for the comedy bits, hitting on the right cartoonish poses.

In this installment, we move away from the streets and into a Purgatory-like landscape. Churilla lets loose his imagination with these surrealistic wide shots. There are mountain-sized buildings with faces of skulls drawn on them. My favorite of his illustrations is the one old man riding on a giant turtle.

 

“Big Trouble In Little China” #2 is a great follow-up and doesn’t skimp out on the laughs. If you loved the movie, you’re definitely going to enjoy the comic book series.

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