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[TV Review] “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Episode 4.2, ‘Massacres and Matinees’

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:51

“AHS: Freak Show” just got intensely dark. ‘Massacres and Matinees’ the season’s second episode introduced us to two new freaks and sadly (really, genuinely horrifically sad) took away a freak. The turmoil in last week’s premiere episode was created by the townies against the freaks, but this week brought a whole new type of struggle, and it’s rooted deep within the flaps of the Freak Show tents.

When Strongman Dell Toledo (Michael Chiklis!!!) shows up with his wife and fellow performer Desiree, a three-breasted hermaphroditic sensation (Angela Bassett), the troupe of monsters begins to face problems they don’t even realize are coming yet. Chiklis knows how to play one role but he plays it very well. He was a corrupt strongman in “The Shield,” a literal strongman in “Fantastic Four” and he’s a dick of a strongman in ‘Freak Show.’ He shows up with the confidence of a mountain, only to crumble into desperation when Elsa rejects his act (as well as Desiree’s three titties, ding-a-ling, and working female parts). Immediately Elsagives in and…boy, was that a mistake. Now Toledo is calling the shots, running the show, beating up Jimmy, and billing Elsa lowest on the show roster. The jump in logic here defies gravity but hopefully it will clear itself up.

Meanwhile, Dot and Bette remain the headliners of the show, only it’s the unsuspecting Dot who shows up her conjoined twin and turns out to be the one with real talent (which we see in yet another anachronistic performance of Fiona Apple’s Criminal, complete with slow motion mosh pits and crowd surfing like it’s a Nirvana show, not a 1950’s carnival). I’ll have to get back to you on these musical numbers because I simply don’t know how I feel about them yet. I will say that, stylistically, this one worked much better than last week’s Life on Mars disaster. The twins provide a complex emotion for the show. All of a sudden their lives are in upheaval, their yearnings for different and separate lives has reached a zenith and is figuratively pulling them apart. It doesn’t help that the overshadowed Elsa isn’t pleased and that just might mean she’ll have to kill off her brand new monster-darlings by turning them against each other.

Perhaps the most exciting element of ‘Massacres and Matinees’ is the teaming up of Dandy and Twisty. But more on that in a moment…

Is it just me or is Dandy the most unexpected character of this season? He whines like a man-child (he is very reminiscent of Veruca Salt and her lovely demanding nature…“I WANT IT NOW!”), he’s bored all the time, possibly kills the neighbors’ pets, drinks cognac from a monogramed crystal baby bottle, and it turns out, is pretty fucking sadistic…all in all, Dandy is my favorite character thus far. He is such a bewildering spectacle and is rising to the top as one of the quirkiest of the bunch. Which is impressive since he couldn’t even secure himself a spot as part of the freak show talent after pleading with Jimmy.

As mentioned above, this episode saw the unlikely duo of Twisty the Clown and Dandy the sociopath team up under a bizarre (albeit well-intentioned) push from Dandy’s mother, Gloria (the impeccable Frances Conroy). But what we see in their time together is that Dandy is the true monster, and Twisty is just…broken. He’s truly a clown who just wants to entertain children, even if he’s a bit misguided in what might entertain them (severed head, little boy?). In some ways, he reminds me of Lennie from Of Mice and Men. Except he’s got that serial killing side hobby. While none of us want to feel sympathetic toward this beaten down clown, part of us does.

Aside from Toledo’s inexplicable rise to ultimate power over Elsa in less than a day, this episode showed a lot of plot strength. It flowed nicely and made a surprising amount of sense for such a chaotic source of entertainment. More so than any “AHS” season, ‘Freak Show’ is really playing up the style. Each season has been highly stylized, but this season seems to put a great amount of focus on it, as if it’s its own character. The show plays out almost like an elaborate music video, or a moving painting. Along with some of the darker moments (MEEP!) and deeper character development (Jimmy has a heart that’s going to make our eyes and our panties wet) ‘Massacres and Matinees’ brought back a lot of the signature cinematography, music, and eerie sound effects that have worked so well to unsettle “AHS” audiences for the last three years. This show can, will, and should be completely kitschy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to get dark and rough, again I say Meep! The pacing is quick; the heat is being turned up inside the carnival walls while Dandy and Twisty turn up the heat on the innocent townsfolk of Jupiter. This thrill ride just got a little more ill.

But of course, it’s not all lollipops and balloons. The show has a few quirks that I can’t get past. For one, Lange and Bates’ accents are insanely bad. I let it go last week to give the show the benefit of the doubt, but after another hour of that madness, I have to say something. Second, are the viewers the only people who see how disgustingly horrific Twisty is? How is he able to walk up to any given person and pass himself off as a perfectly acceptable work-for-hire clown? Something tells me I’ll just have to deal with these issues. But something tells me that’s okay.

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R.I.P. Elizabeth Peña Passes Away At Age 55

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 07:33

Sad news to report as Elizabeth Peña passed away yesterday at age 55. Her manager has stated that she died of natural causes.

Peña was known to many for her voice acting as Mirage in The Incredibles. However, for us in the horror community, she will forever be known as Jezzie from the 1990 horror mystery Jacob’s Ladder, which was one of the main inspirations for the Silent Hill franchise. She also appeared in the 1996 murder mystery Lone Star, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award.

Rest in peace, Elizabeth. You are missed.

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#NYCC Dark Horse & Sega Present 35 Years Of “Aliens”

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 18:02

Alex de Campi, Joshua Williamson, Chris Mooneyham, Paul Tobin took the stage in New York Friday night to talk about the legacy of the Alien franchise.

Paul Tobin spoke first about Prometheus. Saying it is about the fear of the unknown. He talked a little bit about the development process. The Fire and Stone development involved all of the writers meeting at Scott Allie’s house and beat out all the scripts over dinner. They worked tirelessly on how to coherently connect it all together.

Predator is all about Ahab. He’s an old predator on his last great hunt. Going after the great white whale: a Promethean Engineer. Williamson said Issue #4 one long fight scene start to finish.

Alex De Campi spoke about the breaking news of Archie vs Predator. Where a predator slays all Archie characters with prejudice. Will look nice and pretty but before long the skinning’s begins. Includes as many original predator film references as possible. Feels like Final Destination, because the predators only attack armed people. Example, someone picks up a fork to eat and is dismembered.

“Archie VS Predator” hits in April 2015

 

 

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[Comic Book Review] “Sleepy Hollow” #1 Is Strictly For Fans

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:33

I love American Halloween history – so much so that I had planned a pilgrimage to Salem this year, only to bail once I found out that over 1 million other people have the same idea annually. My back-up plan was “Sleepy Hollow.”

 

WRITTEN BY: Marguerite Bennett, Noelle Stevenson

ART BY: Jorge Coelho, Noelle Stevenson

PUBLISHER: BOOM! Studios

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: October 15, 2014

Reviewed by Nick Brehmer

One of my earliest memories of my fascination with horror and the macabre is seeing the theatrical trailer for Tim Burton’s 1999 cinematic re-imagining of Sleepy Hollow. I pieced together the montage and created my own story arc in between the time I saw the trailer and the film’s actual release. My grandmother gifted it to me on VHS for my birthday. I had a crush on Christina Ricci.

I had heard about the FOX television adaptation last year when it premiered, and was intrigued by the apparent collision of the classic tale with that of Rip Van Winkle to create this new contemporary crime “drama.” There are also some “Just Visiting” elements thrown in to keep the tumblr community hooked and giggling. I know Kate Beaton sure does love it.

I’ve missed out on keeping up with the show, so I thought that taking a look at the comic adaptation would be the next best thing.

Going into this first issue blind is, I’ll admit, unfair, but I was nonetheless left unimpressed. I was pretty confused and found the framing of the narrative to be very jumpy and immediate. A lot happens and I’m still not exactly sure why or how. Like most buddy-cop plots, the conflict is resolved way too quickly and the peril to the community isn’t detailed enough to leave the readers concerned or compelled. There’s a lot of stretching, and I’m not just talking about the arms of the possessed.

I will say that the artwork is a draw. The content is uniquely stylized and there’s some pretty creepy imagery within. The show has been reviewing well; if you’re a fan then this quick read will probably keep you interested.

For me, I dunno, it’s no Christopher Walken.

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] Take A Hard Pass On “The Evil Within” #1

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:17

“The Evil Within” is an unoriginal, bland and just plain bad tie in to the recently released The Evil Within video game. From what I can tell this is a completely separate story with entirely new characters, just set in the same world. A world that has looked intriguing in the trailers/demo for Evil Within but comes across as anything but in this comic. So with the only similarity between the two being a letdown we have no place left to go but down.

WRITTEN BY: Ian Edginton

ART BY: Alex Sanchez

PUBLISHER: Titan Comics

PRICE: $2.99

RELEASE: October 15, 2014

Reviewed By: Torin Chambers

To be fair the book does start off promisingly, with a beautiful cover by Ben Templesmith but this is the only highlight. Our protagonists are Dana and Paul, both are mysteriously sucked into some strange world. Dana was out putting up missing person’s posters for her friend Kate who disappeared when she found herself lost and with no signal. She comes upon a diner/gas station and goes in to investigate. It’s devoid of life and maybe has plates with strange fleshy chunks on them. I say maybe because I really can’t tell and Dana doesn’t seem to mind them, so whatever.

Next she looks out the window and sees a shadowy figure then suddenly on the following page she’s outside the diner looking over her shoulder running yelling at it. I’m assuming it’s somehow supposed to be her closing the door as she goes back outside but I honestly can’t tell what is happening. The art isn’t ‘bad’ it’s just the lay outs are confusing as all hell.

This continues throughout the whole book, you’re constantly fighting with the layouts to understand what is actually happening. The general sense I’m getting form the world is that things are a bit off and weird stuff is constantly happening, but writing off these insanely difficult to follow sections as being deliberate would be giving the book way too much credit.

It’s a horror book but all we ever see are the protagonists successfully running away. They avoid literally every trap set for them and escape every monster pursuing them. There’s no sense of danger at all. Dozens of monsters are chasing them and Dana has the time to take a good few moments to stare at a ghost of her disappeared friend. Then later they escape the big bad guy from the cover by putting a rolling medical table in front of the door. A ROLLING medical table!?

If you’re excited for Evil Within this comic will kill that excitement. If you’ve already played Evil Within and are looking for more then please look elsewhere. I cannot even recommend this book to hardcore horror fans. Trust me and give The Evil Within #1 a hard pass.

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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‘Nether’ DLC Lets You Become the Last Man Standing

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:43

Developer Pure FPS has released some new DLC for their survival horror MMO, Nether. The content introduces an arena in which combatants can partake in a free-for-all on four different maps to see who can become the last man standing. The DLC is free to those who purchased the Chosen and Believer packages, otherwise it’s $2.99 if you grabbed the Watcher package.

Tyler wasn’t very impressed with Nether in his review, where he called the game “a dubious buy” in the state it was in back in June.

It’s worth mentioning that, like any MMO, Nether is constantly changing and evolving. Pure FPS has done a fine job in providing consistent updates, so it may very well be worth checking out now.

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‘The Evil Within’ Launch Trailer and TV Spot Beckon You to its Twisted World

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:22

After the longest wait, The Evil Within is here. I’ve spent a lot of time with the game and found it to be a flawed, but still pretty damn good horror game. Its few weaknesses are largely drowned out by its inventive boss battles, fantastically atmospheric world, varied combat and creative creature designs. Below you’ll find the game’s launch trailer, and I’ve also included its first TV spot, because everybody likes those.

If you’re still on the fence about it, I suggest you check out our review.

The Evil Within is available now on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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‘I Am Zozo’ Exclusive Clip: “Over My Dead Body”

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:08

Currently available on all digital platforms from RLJ / Image Entertainment, check out this exclusive clip from Scott Di Lalla’s I Am Zozo.

On Halloween night, five teens decide to liven up their party with some innocent fun: by summoning the spirits. At first, it’s all nervous laughter and scoffing. Then, the night takes a sinister turn: the board reveals truths, exposes secrets it cannot possibly know, and triggers inexplicable events within the darkened house. As the session continues, an entity reveals itself: Zozo. And as the terrified teens are about to discover, once you make contact with this ancient, demonic force, you’re no longer playing a game… the game is playing you. A pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller based on multiple reports of spirit board encounters with this savagely malicious spirit.

Kelly McLaren, Courtney Foxworthy, Demetrius Sager, Caleb DeBattista, Caleb Courtney, Darren Wayne Evans star.

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‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Customized As Horror Icons!

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:33

Dan Polydoris of Chicago Toy Collector just released a Halloween Treat for the ages – a slew of custom vintage-style “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” based on horror movie slashers.

“In the 90’s, Playmates created a line of ‘Ninja Turtles’ for just about everything, including Olympians, astronauts, Universal monsters, mildly racist Wild West characters, and more,” he explains. “Those crappy (in a good way) ‘Ninja Turtle’ sets were the inspiration to make some of my own vintage-style custom ‘Ninja Turtles’ based on classic horror movie slashers.

“I kit-bashed about a dozen different vintage figures to create these guys (individual breakdowns below), and I even accompanied them with a logo similar to the kind Playmates used for each of their lines. Given the company’s love of alliteration and apostrophes (ie. Mutant Military Turtles, Rock n’ Rollin’ Turtles, Wacky Wild West Turtles, etc…), this line was dubbed “Sewer Slashin’ Turtles.” “

Check out the four turtles rocking costumes inspired by Friday the 13th, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Halloween and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Donny Krueger:
Undercover Don’s hat
Punker Don’s face and legs
Star Trek Turtle’s body and arms
Robotic Bebop’s glove

Raph Voorhees:
Casy Jones’ mask
Somebody’s head (I can’t remember at this point)
Road Racin’ Mike’s body and arms
Make My Day Leo’s legs
Some weapon that I can’t remember

Leatherface Leo:
Crazy Clownin’ Mike’s body
Make My Day Leo’s arms
Slapshot Leo’s head
Star Trek Turtle’s crotch
Casey Jones’ legs
Body Slammin’ Mike’s cape
Killer Bee’s chainsaw

Mikey Myers:
Undercover Don’s body and arms
Star Trek Raph’s head
Make My Day Leo’s crotch
Rappin’ Mike’s legs
Robotic Bebop’s sword

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Hilarious ‘Summer of Blood’ Opening Scene Sets the Tone!

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:32

More laughs come in this opening scene from Dark Sky Films’ absolutely hysterical Summer of Blood (read our review), arriving on VOD and limited theatrical October 17.

Written, directed by and starring Onur Tukel, you’ll get to see his wit in action in the following clip. If you don’t laugh or connect with it, I’m not sure this film is for you. I really do hope you guys enjoy this indie gem as much as I do…

Writer/director Onur Tukel turns in a hilarious performance as the monumentally lazy, socially oblivious and commitment-shy Erik Sparrow, who is dumped by his career-woman girlfriend (Anna Margaret Hollyman, White Reindeer) when he rejects her rather charitable marriage proposal. Feeling lost, he turns to a disastrous string of online dates that successively eat away at his already-deteriorating confidence until a lanky vampire turns him into an undead ladykiller. Soon, Eric is prowling the streets of Brooklyn in search of anything to satisfy both his maniacal sex drive and his hunger for blood. A collision of absurd, self-deprecating wit and existential curiosity, Summer of Blood is a hilarious horror-comedy with a clever bite all its own.

Onur Tukel (Septien, Red Flag), Alex Karpovsky (Girls), Anna Margaret Hollyman (Gayby, White Reindeer), Dakota Goldhor (Thumbsucker), Dustin Guy Defa (Bad Fever), Keith Poulson (Hellaware, Listen Up Phillip) all star.

Here’s a second clip that’s equally funny.

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‘Killcast’ Going Live On October 27th?! WHAT. THE. FU…

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:20

I just received the most bizarre e-mail that I figured I could share as a Halloween Treat.

Apparently, something is happening on October 27th, and it’s going to happen over at the website http://killcast.com.

The site is counting down, with only 12 days until the “Killcast” goes live. Cicking on over to the site you can enter your e-mail address for updates – but be warned, you may start getting creepy letters in your inbox, too.

Check out what “Merrick” sent me…

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‘Tremors 5′ Officially Announced (First Look!)

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 15:13

The fifth heart-pounding installment in the action-packed sci-fi comedy-adventure franchise, Tremors 5 began principal photography in South Africa on September 22, Bloody Disgusting learned.

With even more deadly creatures on the loose, Tremors 5 continues the films’ hallmark combination of adrenaline-laced suspense, explosive action and tongue-in-cheek humor. As previously reported, Michael Gross returns for his fifth appearance in the Tremors films alongside new cast member, Scream film series star Jamie Kennedy in this original release from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

Tremors 5 will be released on Blu-Ray Hi-Def, DVD and Digital HD in 2016.

The theatrical release of the original Tremors in 1990 combined suspense-filled action, sci-fi imagination and witty humor in the tale of a tiny Nevada town terrorized by giant man-eating worms known as Graboids. The Graboids eventually morphed into even more deadly creatures known as Ass Blasters. In this all-new adventure that travels halfway around the world to South Africa, the Graboids and the Ass Blasters are not only bigger and badder but Tremors 5 introduces an additional unexpected surprise that raises the stakes in the battle for survival.

“The Tremors franchise has built a reputation for high intensity fun and suspense and this installment takes it to a whole new level,” said Glenn Ross, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Universal 1440 Entertainment.

Michael Gross (“Anger Management,” “Suits,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Family Ties,” Tremors franchise) returns as weapons enthusiast and expert subterranean creature hunter Burt Gummer with Jamie Kennedy (“The Cleveland Show,” “Ghost Whisperer,” Scream series) as his new right hand man, tech-savvy Travis. The pair are joined by an international cast as they mount a battle against the deadly creatures that turns out to be far more than they bargained for.

The film is directed by Don Michael Paul (Jarhead 2: Field of Fire, Sniper: Legacy) from a script by John Whelpley (Tremors 3: Back to Perfection) and produced by Ogden Gavanski (The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Fire, Warm Bodies).

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[Comic Book Review] “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Bestiary” #3 Will Send Chills Down Your Spine

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:17

An impressive installment, “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Bestiary” #3 delivers disturbing sights that will bring chills down your spine. Each story in the horror anthology is a knockout when it comes to scares. The “Hellraiser” series have taken the comic book medium by storm, making me wish the movie sequels were more like this.

WRITTEN BY: Ben Meares, Ed Brisson, Mark Miller,

ART BY: Akiel Guzman, Alexis Ziritt, Carlos Magno

PUBLISHER: Boom! Studios

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: October 14, 2014

Reviewed By Jorge Solis

“Puzzled” follows a little boy who becomes obsessed with solving the ultimate puzzle. In order to make his son happy, a desperate father gives him the Lemarchand’s Box to play with. In “Conduit,” a cenobite is twisting a young man’s mind as he dreams about murder and demons. In “The Hunted: Part Three,” Pinhead realizes he has lost the battle against the gangsters who savagely destroyed his face. The ruler of Hell actually feels like a laughingstock after being defeated by mere mortals.

“Puzzled” is a frightening piece of what measures fathers will take to make their children happy. Writer Ben Meares takes readers inside the mind of a lonely father who has lost faith in himself and being a good parent. Artist Akiel Guzman has done a great job capturing the anguish and turmoil of a young man who can’t solve how to fix his own broken mind and put the pieces back together.

Writer Ed Brisson plays around with storytelling in “Conduit,” by starting with the ending first. We know what’s going to happen but we have to see how this murder actually takes place. Artist Aexis Ziritt delivers the insanity of a mentally disturbed mind in an impressive splash page. We get all the information we need through panel breaks and random images.

Saving the best for last, I love what Mark Miller and Meares have done with Pinhead in “TheHunted.” We see Pinhead at his worst, after having just lost everything. Pinhead is on a self-destructive path, leading to suicidal intentions. Carlos Magno illustrates the ruler of Hell surrounded by religious symbols.

Horror fans should not miss out on “Clive Barker’s Hellraiser Bestiary” #3I cannot wait to read the next compilation of shorts in the next issue.

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[Exclusive] Hear Glen Nicholls Brooding Soundtrack And See A Variant Poster For THE DEMOLISHER

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:07

Glen Nicholls reveals a taste of the new aggressive and dark sound for the upcoming Latefox Pictures film, The Demolisher directed by Gabriel Carrer (In the House of flies). Glen Nicholls is the founding member of the electronic outfit Future Funk Squad hailing from the UK and has done countless remixes for The Prodigy, Moloko, UNKLE, Hybrid, Muse, Mylo, Stanton Warriors and Bomb The Bass.

The Demolisher chronicles the story of a man named Bruce (Ry Barrett), an ordinary repairman tormented by a crippling sense of responsibility for his disabled wife Samantha (Tianna Nori), a former policewoman and survivor of a gang-related assault. Bruce’s increasing hyper-sensitivity to the injustice suffered by his wife steers him down a dark path of vigilantism. His rapidly disintegrating mental health, paranoia and overwhelming sense of condemnation, Bruce channels his inner-rage, punishing young woman, Marie (Jessica Vano), and finding refuge in a world of intense violence.

Featured below is the red variant poster, an exclusive for Bloody-Disgusting made by the crew at Latefox Pictures.

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Steam Update Brings New Content to ‘Slender: The Arrival’

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:04

Last month, Slender: The Arrival came to Xbox 360 and PS3, bringing with it brand new content. Today, all of those goodies made their way to PC in the form of a free update that’s available now for everyone who owns the Steam version of the game. Aside from additional optimization and improved game performance, the update also adds two new levels that can be seen in this announcement trailer.

Anyone planning on returning to Slender: The Arrival, or are you too busy with Alien: Isolation and/or The Evil Within?

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Peek Into ‘The Art Of Composing For The Walking Dead’

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:00

In case you missed it during the season five premiere of The Walking Dead, there was a short clip that featured Bear McCreary discussing his favorite aspect regarding composing for the show. The clip shows McCreary in the studio, conducting an orchestra, and speaking to the camera directly about his passion. Check it out below.

Fans of the show have been craving an official soundtrack release since the show premiered. However, it appears that AMC has no plans to release said soundtrack.

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[5 Skull Comic Book Review] “Prometheus: Fire and Stone” #2 Is Mind Blowing!

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:51

“Prometheus: Fire and Stone” #2 picks up exactly where #1 left off with the crew entering the Xenomorph invested ship only to be quickly dispatched in any number of horrific ways.  There is as much juicy plot development here as there is carnage and mayhem.  This is one of the most exciting books I’ve read in recent memory and beyond that is successful in a multitude of ways.  “Fire and Stone” needs to be read all together to really appreciate how much greater it is than the sum of its parts but, as a flagship, “Prometheus” is consistently exceeding expectations on its own.

WRITTEN BY: Paul Tobin
ART BY: Juan Ferreyra
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
PRICE: $3.50
RELEASE: October 15, 2014

Review By Eric Switzer

Tobin is spinning a lot of plates in this book, and so far not a single one has fallen.  This book has a lot on its shoulders: it has to tell an engaging story with interesting characters in just four issues while both feeling true to the limited source material and expanding upon the ideas and events from the film, then it has to integrate with the other “Fire and Stone” books creating a larger narrative and giving the other stories more depth without ruining what those creators are doing but yet find a balance that feels cohesive and important.  “Prometheus” is doing all of that and more.

It is arguably the main event in this cross-over story.  It was the first one released and  introduced the characters and events in the other books.  This issue gives a lot of insight into the other titles and I’m consistently impressed with the depth that Tobin is giving this story.  In no way is it straight forward, rather more questions are asked before others can be addressed, “Fire and Stone” feels like a deeply complex and carefully constructed narrative.  It is something you may not have expected from these franchises, but I for one am delighted by it.

I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention Ferreyra’s work. His panels are breathtaking, his creatures are imaginative and horrifying.  This book took me twice as long to read as other books because I was so engaged with the art.  Like Tobin, Ferreyra is a master of balance: his work is raw and kinetic yet finely detailed.  I’m really blown away by every aspect of this book.

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] “Cutter” #3 Skillfully Channels the Revenge Genre

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:44

Last week’s issue of “Cutter” had Jeremy and the townsfolk (who’d all wronged Emily Higgins in some way or another) devising a plan to lure her out and end her once and for all. Unfortunately, that ended with one of their buddies losing his head, literally. This week, issue three of “Cutter” is a tight race against time to save lives and figure out exactly how a dead girl is perpetrating these grisly attacks. Only in this issue, Jeremy has lost his band of brothers and must go at it (nearly) alone.

WRITTEN BY: Seamus Kevin Fahey / Robert Napton

ART BY: Christian Dibari

PUBLISHER: Image Comics / Top Cow

RELEASE DATE: October 15th, 2014

PRICE: $3.99

Issue three focuses on Jeremy and town sheriff, Ed. While Ed believes that it’s Emily committing the crimes, he is slow to admit this to Jeremy. As they snoop about town, including Emily’s old house, they find mason jars full of body parts—kill trophies. They also find Emily’s journal filled with excerpts about her life, proving what we already knew…she was bullied, hated, smacked around, and treated like dirt by her classmates; the very classmates being picked off one-by-one.

When Jeremy receives a text from Ed to meet him at the old Elementary school, he (very naively) goes to meet him only to find he’s been tricked…immediately followed by a blow to the head. Without spoiling everything, the issue ends on a very bad note for Jeremy, he’s in a tight spot and now he’s both suspect and witness to the crimes of Emily Higgins (of whomever…)

“Cutter” is a really fun, spooky, classic supernatural slasher comic for the month of October. There is nothing profound about it, and so far, nothing too unique. But I’m really enjoying it. It’s a bit of horror candy, if you will. The art is fantastic, truly a gem for a weekly comic. It’s impossibly detailed and the tones follow suit with the writing from panel to panel. While there are quite a few characters, frankly too many to keep up with, the comic does a great job of narrowing in on the ones who matter so that when one of them is hacked to bits, you at least care a little bit.

This comic is reminiscent of films like The Grudge, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Carrie. And while it’s steeped deeply in the tropes of the revenge-slasher genre, there is something brewing underneath that I’m fairly certain will shock us all. Not sure what it is and I could be completely incorrect, but there are glimpses here and there of something unexpected around the corner. I highly suggest picking up this comic for a fun, thrilling romp in the revenge madness of a dead girl. It’s a perfect way to prepare for Halloween.

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[Comic Book Review] “Criminal Macabre: The Third Child” #2 is Deeply Emotional

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:36

Niles and Mitten have created yet another heartbreaking issue of “Criminal Macabre,” this time with even more breaking. “CM: The Third Child” is without a doubt the most raw, uninhibited, and personal arc in the decade long “CM” history. Issue two slams the reader into all new territory with two particularly poignant scenes and a sorrowful moment of unexpected violence (you’ll know it when you see it and you’ll feel deeply for it). There have been a handful of horror comics to touch me so deeply, and “CM: The Third Child” is sitting right on top of that list.

WRITTEN BY: Steve Niles

ART BY: Christopher Mitten

PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics

PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE: October 15, 2014

All of the paranormal and supernatural creatures of LA are rioting, fighting, massacring, and generally being wholly unacceptable. The comic opens with Cal using his newfound aggression to wipe out a fair amount of these good for nothing monsters. If you ever doubted the brilliance of Mitten’s artwork, check out Cal slicing off the heads of an entire crowd of monsters with his fucking wing!

As with last issue, Mo and Adam can only sit back and watch as Cal slaughters and smashes his way into figuring out who he has become. The issue takes a sharp emotive turn when Cal flees the scene and shows up at his family members’ gravesites. For the first time in the sordid saga of “Criminal Macabre” we see Cal break—utterly shattering into a million little pieces—and there are no words to describe the emotional shock and awe I felt when Cal utters a few simple words—begging, pleading—for help. This breaks so many molds for Cal and the entire series. This, readers…was a gigantic moment in the history of “CM.”

Meanwhile, Hemlock is back and has teamed up with the bubblegum-baby-demon-blobs to essentially destroy the world and bring about the elusive Third Child. Which leads us to the second poignant, gut-wrenching scene. But I’m not going to spoil that. Because I want your jaw to drop as hard as mine did.

Niles is hiding a lot of messages in plain sight. His deft writing makes this an extremely fast paced and enjoyable read, but the deeper meanings, the hidden darkness, the wholly personal messages are there if you want to see them. Like I said in my review of issue one: this emotional river runs wild and I have a feeling we’ll be touching on issues like self-acceptance, addiction, forgiveness, and most importantly, redemption. Issue two is pulling absolutely no punches with these difficult subjects. The biggest war Cal is fighting right now is inside him and it’s very possible he might lose.

Mitten will forever and always blow my mind with his art, but never have I felt so deeply about his images as I do in “Criminal Macabre.” Take a look at Cal’s wings and the way they both blend into yet demand attention in each panel and come back to me on that. Mitten has captured the horrifying essence of everything this comic stands for while continuing to keep the art “loose,” as it were, leaving it up to the reader to fill in some emotional blanks.

In the end, LA is fucked. The vampires, monsters, ghouls, werewolves, etc., are irate and up to no good. Cal’s past is catching up with him and Mo can no longer come to his rescue. Hemlock and the demon babies are destroying humanity and the Third Child is coming. This is a shit storm of grand proportions and we have two issues left to resolve it. My heart aches for Cal and my anxiety for his wellbeing (along with Mo and Co.) is palpable. Next month’s issue cannot come soon enough.

Categories: Horror News

New ‘The Woman In Black: Angel of Death’ Release Info

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 13:31

Relativity is moving The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death, the sequel to the hit 2012 haunted house film that starred Daniel Radcliffe.

Originally slated for release on January 30, 2015, you can now mark your calendars for January 2nd.

The fright sequel is directed by Tom Harper stars Jeremy Irvine and Helen McCroy, and takes place in the same house 40 years later when a group of children who are evacuated from London during World War II come to stay and awaken the house’s darkest inhabitants.

“As bombs rain down on London during the Blitz of World War II, a group of school children are evacuated with Eve, their young and beautiful schoolteacher, to the safety of the English countryside. Taken to an old and empty estate, cut-off by a causeway from the mainland, they are left at Eel Marsh House.

One by one the children begin acting strangely and Eve, with the help of local military commander Harry, discovers that the group has awoken a dark force even more terrifying and evil than the city’s air raids. Eve must now confront her own demons to save the children and survive the Woman in Black.”

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