On June 22nd, two music worlds will collide as Till Lindemann of Rammstein and Peter Tägtgren of Pain and Hypocrisy will release Skills In Pills, the debut album from their project Lindemann! The album features songs with titles such as “Golden Shower”, “Ladyboy”, “Praise Abort”, and more.
We got the chance to speak directly with Tägtgren about the upcoming album and what fans can expect. We also got some interesting bits of information, including that there are already plans for a second album, when Rammstein will begin work on their new album, and more. Head on below for this exclusive interview!
Make sure to pre-order Skills In Pills via iTunes.
How are you doing?
Good! It’s nice weather here in Berlin.
What are you in Berlin for?
We just finished up the video and we’ve been doing promotion.
The video for “Praise Abort”?
Can you give me a hint as to what the video will be like?
[laughs] Perfect! I’m very intrigued to see it!
Oh man, you will love it. It’s very sick. That’s all I can promise you.
I read that the two of you got to know each other in 1999 or 2000 and have remained in touch over the years. What spurred the two of you working together now?
We try to keep in touch via SMS or drunken phone calls to each other! [laughs] But in 2013, Till invited me to a festival in Sweden that Rammstein was headlining. When I got there, he said, “Hey, I’m going to have two years off. I want to write some music with you.” I said, “Ok! Let’s do it!” And that’s really how it started.
He was always a fan of Pain’s music. He wanted to do guest vocals on Pain songs but when I was free, he was busy and when he was free, I was busy, so it never worked out. So, finally we started to do one song, which was “Ladyboy”, and it was just like opening a funnel. The ideas just crawling out left and right and now we have 12 songs. It’s insane.
Till used only English for this album. I read that it was partially so that he didn’t have to translate lyrics for you. What were your thoughts on him using English?
I don’t miss the German, let’s put it that way. [laughs] His voice is so strong, I just think it’s genius. I know the hardcore Rammstein fans might not be happy but when he sings in English you don’t miss the German language. It sounds fucking killer. It’s really fucking amazing.
It was good because some songs that he started writing the lyrics first and I got inspired by the words. I started writing music on that. He would call me and ask what I’m doing. He told me once that he was in Canada on the Yukon River and I was, like, “What?!” And he was telling me about how he wrote lyrics for this river and how he wanted me to write a song. So, he sent me the lyrics and it inspired me to write music.
That’s the way we’ve been working together. It feels very unique. Once, he was singing into his iPhone and he sent me the file and I built music around it. That’s how we got “Praise Abort”.
It’s so fascinating that people can make music this way without being next to each other.
Yeah! We went over everything on telephone and emails for how we wanted to construct the song itself. When we finally got into the studio, after half a year of emailing and things like that, he came in and nailed four songs in 12 hours or something like that. He normally has to prep for six or seven weeks, so he was really happy.
Peter, what challenges did you face when creating the music for this project? How did you have to think differently?
It was no big deal. I mean, it kind of wrote itself. Of course I was under pressure from myself to deliver good stuff for Till since we’re working together, to make it interesting. From the beginning, we were not even supposed to do an album! We were only supposed to do one or two songs. He wanted to put it out but right away I knew and said that it’s too good to just put out there. Let’s try to write a little bit more.
There have been mentions that a second album will come out at some point. Are there already sketches and ideas for such an album or is it simply that the two of you enjoyed creating this one so much that you want to do it again?
[laughs] We’re rolling already! We were already writing stupid lyrics when we were drunk and shit. We’re going at it. We’re going to go as long as we have inspiration. Maybe it stops at five songs but at least we have half an album done, you know? It’s just so easy to write music together. No pressure. We do it because we can.
You both have such long and storied careers with your respective bands that this almost feels like a passion project, that you get to have a lot of fun.
Some people fly model planes or do puzzles with thousands of pieces. We write music, that’s our hobby. It’s what we do to get away from everything else, even though we do it professionally. When we do it, it doesn’t feel like a job. It feels passionate, like a hobby, whatever you want to call it. It’s great.
There have been talks of possible live shows. Is that something that you envision happening or is still just in talks?
We’re pretty scared, or whatever you want to call it, of how people are going to take this. We don’t know if they’re going to say, “Oh no, go back to your normal jobs!” So we really need some response from fans to see. As soon as we open up that can, we’re going to go insane with that shit.
So it all depends. If there’s not really a demand for it, maybe we’ll do a few showcases or something like that. But it won’t be full tours. I really don’t know! It’s up to the people to decide if we go out or not.
It’s really fascinating to hear you talk like this. As I said, both of you have such strong careers that it’s interesting to hear you, in a way, almost scared!
Yeah! Of course! We’ve been sitting in the studio for two years doing this, not talking to anybody. Nobody knew anything. Nobody had any sort of influence. We were just doing our own thing. And now, suddenly, we have to let it out to the public. We never thought of it like that when we did it. We were just thinking about the pure passion, just writing and seeing how it came together. And now, when it’s too late, we start thinking, “Was this the best we could do?”
Having heard the album several times now, I think fans of both of you will be very pleased with the final product.
I hope so! [laughs] It definitely won’t kill our other careers but we have so much passion about it for the last two years. It’s not too far from what we do in our normal lives. It’s a party album! I see it as a 2015 Billy Idol kinda thing, except the lyrics are more ironic and funny. It’s good music to pre-party to before you go out to the bar.
The lyrics are, as you say, very funny but also very shocking.
That’s Till! I don’t want to crawl in his brain and see what he’s thinking about! [laughs] For him, he was so inspired by the writing and singing in a new language. He said that it was like picking fucking cherries from the tree. The German tree was already hard to reinvent. He came from East Germany, where it was very difficult, because of Communism, to learn English. So, for him, it’s still very new. He’s a very social person. When he goes out on tour, he’s the last person to go to bed. And he loves to talk, so when Rammstein went out of Germany, he learned a lot of English. For him, it’s like a new beginning.
Both of you are parts of bands that often have very strong connections to the horror genre, either through visuals or through lyrical content. What do you think it is about your bands that draw such a connection?
I can tell you one secret: Till’s hero is Alice Cooper. His first album was ‘Welcome To My Nightmare’. Till really loves this horror thing that Cooper did in the 70’s. He’s always telling me how big of an inspiration he is.
If you listen to this Lindemann album, it’s really spooky, but in a funny way! When it comes to other bands I work with, I wonder if metal is spooky anymore. I know that it used to be. I grew up with KISS, which was scary as a kid.
I always like to ask this question: If you could get a famed horror director to make a music video for one of your songs, who would you like to have do it?
Actually, we were supposed to do the first video with Jonas Åkerlund, the director of The Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up”. We were supposed to shoot it in LA but he had to go to Argentina to shoot some video, so we shot “Praise Abort” with the director of several Rammstein videos. He and Till really click, so when we told him that we don’t want to do anything similar to Pain or Rammstein, he pushed the envelope in a completely different way.
What’s next for each of you? What projects do you see yourself working on next?
I think we’re going to keep on writing! Till is going to go back to Rammstein in September to begin pre-production stuff and he says that it usually takes two years from when they start until the album is done.
For me, I don’t know! I have no clue! As soon as all the promotion is over, I’m going to sit down and then think if I should do another Pain album? Another Hypocrisy album? Or should I keep writing for Lindemann? Right now, I have so many ideas for the Lindemann project.
It seems like you have a great deal of freedom that you have all these opportunities available to you.
Yes! Of course, now it’s going to change because people will hear the album. Before, no one heard the music so we had the free way of writing. But we will keep writing and if we like what we write, we’ll keep it. We will never put any rules onto how Lindemann should sound because I think it takes two to three albums before you really know what you’re doing with a band.
Any last thoughts you want to send to readers and listeners?
Yeah. The lyrics? Read between the lines and find the irony. Don’t think it’s all so serious. For us, it’s not to provoke. Yes, we want to shock people but, like I said, it’s a party album. Enjoy it and have a good time!
UPDATED 7:25PM CST | We got in touch with a Warner Bros. rep who tells us that It will remain at New Line Cinema with no firm determination on location or shooting schedule.
This Memorial Day news broke that “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga had exited the latest film adaptation of the Stephen King’s It.
The stories cited creative differences, which included Fukunaga’s desire to direct in New York, while the studio wanted to cut costs by sending Pennywise to other locations. It was also said that one of the reasons for the budget concerns may have been the lukewarm opening Poltergeist, which also heavily used a clown in their marketing.
Anyhow, filming was to take place this summer, and thus was postponed indefinitely.
From the sounds of things, it would appear that It was dead. Or is it…
Well, good news, folks, as a regular insider told us that Pennywise may be rising up from the sewers!
A source from the inside is telling us that the project is very much not dead – and could be heading back to Warner Bros. (it was shifted to New Line during budget cuts) with filming still set for New York.
Even weirder is that Warners is expected to sign a new director (booooooooo!) in the coming weeks, and are currently meeting with candidates. It sounds as if “budget cuts” was just an excuse wrapped around a deeper issue between Fukunaga and the studio…
We were originally told that the current expectation was that Warners would move forward with the existing It scripts and New York locations for filming possibly later this year, which is unfortunately not the case.
It will be two separate films, one which tackled the protagonists as children and the second film to focus on them as adults.
No word on if Will Poulter is still cast to play the villainous clown “Pennywise”.
Hopefully we’ll get some answers in the coming weeks because this sucks.
Amplify Releasing has shared with us this eye-catching one-sheet and red band trailer for Jason Banker’s Felt, opening in limited theaters June 26th before VOD platforms on July 21st.
“Amy is hanging on by a thread. Struggling to cope with past sexual trauma and the daily aggressions of a male-dominated society, she creates grotesquely-costumed alter egos that reappropriate the male form. While giving her the sense of power she craves, acting as these characters pushes her further into a world of her own making. When she begins a new relationship with a seemingly good guy, she opens herself up to him – but that vulnerability comes at a dangerous cost, and her alter egos threaten to lash out in explosive violence. Based on the real experiences and art of co-writer/star Amy Everson, Felt doesn’t just point a finger at rape culture; it takes a full on swing at it, creating a feminist psychological thriller that audiences will be hard-pressed to shake off.”
Felt celebrated its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest 2014 where Amy Everson took home the “Next Wave” Spotlight Competition award for Best Actress.
Kentucker Audley, Ryan Creighton, Elisabeth Ferrara, and Roxanne Lauren Knouse also star.
We know Chris Pratt has tamed the Velociraptors in Jurassic World, now we get to see him in action. Below is a new clip from the Jurassic Park sequel in which Pratt’s character saves little Timmy from certain death. There’s still not enough context to decide if I hate this or not.
“Twenty-two years after the events of ‘Jurassic Park’ (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.”
Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Nick Robinson all star.
This week: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Poltergeist, and Tomorrowland. Witch’er good, and which aren’t?
Focus World is planning an August 7th limited theatrical and VOD release for Cop Car, a thriller that had its World Premiere at this past January’s Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
Today, we have the trailer from the movie that stars Kevin Bacon, as well as James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham, and Camryn Manheim.
Jon Watts directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Christopher D. Ford. It follows two 10-year-old boys who steal an abandoned cop car and take it for a joy ride. They find themselves on a wild ride when the owner, a corrupt cop (Bacon), begins to hunt them down.
The tragic Dyatlov Pass incident which claimed the lives of nine hikers in 1959 serves as the basis for Kholat, a supernatural horror game that’s slated to hit Steam next month. Its developer has really nailed down the visuals, and with vocals from Silent Hill veteran Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, at the very least, this ought to be an atmospheric experience.
With its arrival on Steam less than two weeks away, the makers of Kholat have released a launch trailer narrated by Sean “The Bean” Bean — am I the only one who calls him that? — to get us sufficiently pumped.
Kholat releases on June 9 for PC.
Oren Carmi’s award winning thriller Goldberg & Eisenberg (read our review) will finally be released on DVD and VOD in North America by Jinga Films and MVD June 23rd 2015, Bloody Disgusting learned.
Following in the footsteps of recent genre films from Israel (Rabies, Cannon Fodder, Big Bad Wolves), Goldberg & Eisenberg won Best Director at Austin Fantastic Fest, Best Actor and Best Music at Screamfest LA and is a welcome addition to the so called new wave of Hebrew Horror.
“Goldberg is a lonely computer programmer who searches the internet for a girlfriend. After being stood up for a date, he meets Eisenberg, a thug who decides to amuse himself at Goldberg’s expense. As Eisenberg stalks Goldberg, his intrusions become increasingly menacing until Goldberg’s actions to get rid of him spin dangerously out of control.“
Yesterday, we were treated to a new teaser for Frictional Games’ upcoming undersea horror game SOMA that was basically a minute of a woman sobbing while a couple of whales made sensual whale love. Today, we have something a little more substantial, albeit just as maddeningly strange as that last video. I’d even call it moderately unsettling.
This steady drip-feed of strange live-action videos has been undeniably fun to watch, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some footage sometime soon. Maybe Frictional is saving the relevant stuff for E3.
Sometimes, the simplest ideas turn out to be the best ones. Such is the case with NECA and their upcoming Alien facehugger egg toy, which places six eggs in an egg carton, complete with instructions!
The toys are simple enough, 3 eggs hatched and 3 unhatched, the hatched ones including little yet highly detailed facehuggers. They’re placed inside of an egg carton that features instructions on how to handle the eggs should they hatch.
Overall, it’s definitely one of the coolest and most clever ideas I’ve seen for this franchise. I’m absolutely planning on getting a set when they’re available, which NECA says should hopefully be in August!
— NECA (@NECA_TOYS) May 22, 2015
I remember being a kid and refusing to watch anything if it was “in gray.” Now, I absolutely cherish those “gray” films. Black & white is an art form in and of itself that too many people take for granted. With the news of a black & white version of Mad Max: Fury Road being included on the Blu-ray release, it got us thinking about some other films that could use a black & white edition. Are there any films out there you would add to this list?
Reviewed by Brady Steele. Divinity #4 ends this epic odyssey. Omnipotent astronaut Abram Adams came back searching for what he left behind on Earth twenty-seven years earlier. The Valiant Universe tries furiously to contain an unknown variable more powerful than anyone on the planet. All of this makes for greater storytelling herein and more to come in the future.
WRITTEN BY: Matt Kindt
ART BY: Trevor Hairsine
PUBLISHER: Valiant Entertainment
RELEASE: 27 May 2015
This is one series that has been thoroughly crafted and designed from the concept to this final issue. The power Divinity has put on display is truly frightening and innovative at the same time. Writer Matt Kindt seems to have only scratched the surface with the potential Abram Adams displayed so far. Unity, the Valiant Universe’s top team, were initially swept away with minimal effort by Divinity. The skillful way that both sides walk away from this tilt without looking weak is an attack through his heart. Readers finally see how human and delicate even all-powerful characters can be.
Once again, artist Trevor Hairsine conveys heart, menace and scope effortlessly in this final chapter. The emotion shown in Abrams’ family reunion. The ache in the eyes and aged faces. The spectacle of battling four of the most dangerous characters at once. The futility of the actions taken. It’s all so striking to look at.
Thankfully, there are lasting repercussions coming out of this series. No one lost but no one really won either. Divinity let his foes think they won the day. Not only those, but the followers of Divinity are rising so the imagination begins to wonder how much power will the people have without their leader? Again, this series makes you think about so many different things all at the same time every time you read and re-read it.
The extra pages and insight from writer Kindt at the end of the story only enhance the overall experience of the entire miniseries. We are assured that there is more Divinity to come this year which is magnificent news. I’m eager to see how this mighty character will interact with the other power players touring around the Valiant Universe. This series established something new, potent and potentially dangerous into their world. I can’t wait to see where they take him next.
Mr. Steele enjoys all things comics and imagination-based. Using his lifetime of comic-fu-dom for good, he imparts his knowledge for the universe to enjoy and for you, dear readers, to pass it on.
“Mayday” #2 does not for one second let us forget its time and place. Curt Pires’ books are very much a product of the present. They have a here and now quality that elevate them to the status of historical document; future generations that study the attitudes and sensibilities of the early 21st century would find in “Mayday” a perspective widely acknowledged but rarely articulated as perfectly as Pires is able to say it. What’s more, this issue is good old fashioned grindhouse fun with just enough surreal horror to haunt your dreams. If you haven’t got the message yet: “Mayday” #2 is really good.
WRITTEN BY: Curt Pires
ART BY: Chris Peterson
PUBLISHER: Black Mask
RELEASE: May 27, 2015
This issue begins at a hollywood party, reminding us of the most prevalent themes from issue one (loneliness, disillusionment with the Hollywood social scene, art vs. identity, death) briefly before giving most of the attention to Terrence and Kleio. As the unlucky duo races across town, forming a plan, gun shopping, and filling up on liquid courage, I’m reminded of an concern I had about “POP”, Pires last mini-series: the characters that drive the story forward are the least interesting characters.
All of their dialogue serves the plot, and we really don’t have anything to hold on to or any reason to like them. They are the heroes because they are fighting evil, but when I think back on these books the “protagonists” are never what I think of, that may be very well be intentional, but if the villains represent forces that oppress and cultures that poison us, the protagonists should be more relatable and empathetic, because they’re us. By the end of the issue this may be a moot point, we’ll see.
Chris Peterson does some fantastically subtle things with the billboards as they are driving around, some that I didn’t catch until my second pass, and the two page blood spider bit was incredibly effective at attaching itself to my brain even if I don’t know what the fuck is going on. This may just be a matter of taste, but I find his character work to be a little distracting.
They aren’t bad and the detail is fantastic, but they are overly emotive, almost to the point of mugging, especially Kleio in the car. It looks too cartoonish and comes across like he doesn’t trust dialogue and context to convey the emotion and really has to plaster it on their faces.
I love occult stories, and Benecio Del Cocaine is that perfect level of passion and mania, every time I see him I want more, I want to know what kind of sick shit he does all day and what his master plan is. “Mayday” is such a surreal visual spectacle and strong sense of identity I guarantee you’ll want to revisit it again and again as the world around us gets stranger and stranger. “Mayday” pulls the velvet curtain back to reveal madness and desperation behind what we all fantasize about.
Reviewed By Taylor Hoffman.
In “Pisces” #2 Kurtis Wiebe and Johnny Christmas dig deeply into the mind of a haunted veteran whose ghosts of war follow him throughout the rest of his fractured life. After reading this issue, it seems clear that all the pain that Dillon Carpenter, our main character, harbors is as existential as directly related to his air-force experience. As we travel through his life in flashback and flash-forward, we’ve already seen how much he’s treated as a villain and a failure by his father, his country, and the mystery woman from the first issue. In this second issue, Wiebe and Christmas take the horrors inside of Dillon’s mind and spreads them onto the pages like the plague.
Story by: Kurtis Wiebe
Art by: Johnnie Christmas
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 5/27/15
The majority of this issue focuses on trust issues: can others trust him, can he trust anyone else, and, most importantly, can he trust himself?
We are thrown into the darkest memories of Carpenter and our eyes can’t help but dwell on his misery in an attempt to understand it all. Christmas draws nightmare demons like thick, black tar with worlds inside each smooth bubble that pops into a puddle of ink. He isn’t alone in his plight and a fellow veteran reassures him that there’s some, albeit very little, help and hope left for them. Both confide their shame and nightmares at a late night diner stop which gives readers a new level of depth to our main character.
There’s a lot to unpack in this scene, but reading it might motivate readers to understand the harsh reality of those who can’t speak out in fear of being silenced completely. Dillon is a survivor of war with no idea how to cope with the guilt through life with more than the simple takes that keep him going day by day, which is a rough routine that sedates, but never satisfies him. In the most lucid moment of his panic attacks, he’s blinded by the sheer violence and extreme loss in his life. We’re seeing his stream of consciousness wildly malfunction and flood with fears.
Wiebe proves he did his research on PTSD and war veterans, which clearly shows in the dynamics of Dillon’s relationships in this issue. It’s a stunning piece to examine, and it’s an opportunity to delve into taboo topics in war without celebrating war itself. It’s hard to articulate the absolute beauty of this issue because reading it is an intensely emotional dive into a mind scared and interrupted by reality. Each reader will find something deeply personal while staring into the starry abyss of death’s secret devils screaming in unison to be freed. Will anyone listen to Dillon when he’s finally in space? Who or what will hear his screams?
Pisces is an unfolding masterpiece that’s pushing the boundaries of comics past a point of ignorance and into a mind of real horror. While it’s only on the second issue, there’s so much ground and space left to explore. Wiebe and Christmas are the perfect team to fill out this grotesque and truly upsetting horror story of silence and mental illness. Dillon’s nightmares are getting worse, but are they just in his head or is there something extraterrestrial in the same form lurking beneath?
“Negative Space” #1 is weird and different, which’ll put some people off while at the same time deeply connecting with others. It almost felt like I was reading a Philip K. Dick novel at times. The brilliantly cerebral story paints a picture of a subtly horrifying dystopia. Corporations controlling people’s lives like giant puppet masters, ruling and influencing the world through staged events. It’s nightmare inducing stuff, that’s a little too close to reality.
WRITTEN BY: Ryan K Lindsay
ART BY: Owen Gieni
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: July 8, 2015
The protagonist, Guy Harris, is struggling with some serious writer’s block when we first meet him. Unbenounced to him his current inability to write has much farther reaching consequences than he could ever imagine. A mysterious organization are monitoring him and his current lack of creative output has thrown a bit of a wrench into their plans. Though they may be mysterious to us readers, they’re hardly shadowy as they’ve got a massive tower with their logo on it as a base.
This organization has enough power to do whatever they need to and they will exercise it to the fullest extent get what they want. That is bad news for the poor and unsuspecting Guy Harris, as they systematically break him down in an attempt to force his writer’s block away. Each fabricated scenario is more cruel than the last as Guy is put through the ringer. We slowly learn bits and pieces about the organization’s motives, although every answer only raises a plethora of questions.
Who’s behind this organization, what do they want, when/where does this story take place, why’s Guys writing so important and how’re they doing what they do? All these and many more are raised but not answered, at least not in a way that’s desirable right now. Don’t take this as a negative though, as it’s one of the book’s most appealing factors.
Intrigue is thick in Negative Space #1, the future of this book interests me greatly. It’s out there, way out there, and it’s not afraid to venture even further out.
Negative Space hits finer comic shops inJuly, but make sure to preorder the book now using code: MAY150012
While companies brand their movies and television shows on food products all the time, usually it’s just a stupid photo on a can of soda.
It’s a rare treat when an character or property is used as the actual product, which is why is was so cool to have things like Pac-Man cereal or Hi-C’s “The Real Ghostbusters”-themed Ecto Cooler. Yes, Ecto Cooler was so awesome that people have created their own recipes to keep the spirit of the fruity drink alive.
Ecto Cooler was such a massive success for the company, so much so that it’s sort of surprising they never attempted to brand another franchise with their juice boxes.
Thanks to The-Holidaz Blog we can now imagine a world with various Hi-C juice boxes themed with horror icons. John Squires dug up the following images that were created and shared multiple times back in 2013, and are still floating around the site’s Facebook page. The really cool blog created three series, one of which imagines Hi-C themed after the Universal Monsters Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolfman, Dracula and more!
Check out all of the boxes below, with some of the highlights being Rosemary’s Berry, Evil RedHannibal Nectar and of course Grape White.
Even though Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook is overhyped, it’s still a fabulous movie with a iconic new villain.
The Babadook character is so popular it’s starting to cross over into pop culture, although it never has nearly the same impact as The Human Centipede.
Still, there’s all sorts of cool costume tutorials and art being shared, such the case with this incredibly realistic and creepy digital piece created by Conzpiracy on Deviant Art.
In The Babadook, a single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Between the infamous “book” and the Babdook, this film will easily gain cult status.
Blood moon, total lunar eclipse, Samhain (Halloween), and Sabrina’s 16th birthday. It’s a perfect night for a witch baptism…a perfect evening for a young Sabrina to get in bed with Satan. But before the ritual can be complete, our cute little blonde witch must deal with some boyfriend issues…because frankly, Harvey’s in deep shit.
WRITTEN BY: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
ART BY: Robert Hack
PUBLISHER: Archie Comics
RELEASE: May 27, 2015
“Sabrina” issue #3 focuses on the most important night of her life in two distinct ways, her human Sweet 16 and her inhuman baptism. The comic starts off with a quickly paced and fascinating flashback “field trip” to the woods where Aunts Hilda and Zelda continue their witch schooling with 11-year-old Sabrina. I loved this scene particularly because in their schooling, they mention real Salem witch trials, even going so far as to teach the comic’s readers a bit about an actual historical figure, Giles Corey, a man accused of witchcraft during the trials and pressed to death. This was a very nice touch on the part of writer Aguirre-Sacasa. It added a sense of realism I wasn’t expecting. And when realism is paired with a book like “Sabrina,” it’s only more haunting in the end.
Before the witch trials, witch babies were baptized at infancy, after the witch trials however, the rules were changed. A witch needed to be of an appropriate age to understand the decision to be baptized and accept the Dark Lord’s “gift” –fully embracing their witchhood…this age is 16. Sabrina can actually choose to live as a mortal because of her mother being mortal, something her father made sure of, so she has a unique and difficult decision ahead of her: go to the pep rally, celebrate her birthday with her hot boyfriend, get it on with her hot boyfriend…you know, the normal teenage shit we think is the most important thing that will ever happen in our life, OR…sign her name in Satan’s book, becoming a full witch and forgoing many of those epic teenage pleasures and hardships.
On the day before Sabrina’s 16th birthday, Halloween, and a lunar eclipse, Sabrina has just been informed by her new drama teacher, Madame Satan (see issue #2) that she and her dreamy love, Harvey, will be the leads in Bye, Bye, Birdie. When she presents the news to Harvey, he suggests celebrating, then proceeds to pressure Sabrina into going all the way with him on her birthday. He pulls all the classic lines as Sabrina tells him “no” over and over. Which pretty much makes me want to cut his dick off. But regardless of what Sabrina wants, she continues to say no because there must be “no defilement” before a young witch’s 16th birthday. They must be pure for Satan (one of the most ironic things I’ve every typed).
Madame Satan (in teacher form) pops up here and there with her crow familiar who spies on Sabrina, causing trouble all over the place. Specifically, she sees to it that Harvey doubts his relationship with Sabrina and manipulates him into seeking out Sabrina in the dark woods on the night of her baptism.
Like I said, deep shit.
As usual, the creators of “Sabrina” completely nail it. One of the truly wonderful aspects of this comic is that both the witch plot and the growing-up-as-an-everyday-high-school-student plot are hyper-realistic, dark, and challenging. Because Sabrina’s human side of things is written so genuine and deft, it makes the supernatural side of things feel just as real. One might think there would be a stark juxtaposition, but instead, the entire story blends flawlessly into a truly haunting and believable comic.
One of the most obvious things I’ll say in this review is how stunning Hack’s art is. We’ve long praised Hack in the comic community for his intensely gorgeous art, but good lord, he does something entirely unique with “Sabrina” that makes it almost impossible to tear your eyes from each page. The colors are calm and somewhat muted, but within each panel there’s a pop of brightness, usually red, usually lips, something to give the page a bit of sexuality and danger.
This combination of creators has delivered yet again. They’ve given us so much in one issue without confusing us or rushing the story. And so I ask…are you reading this dark matter?
I guess because of the holiday, the news has been insanely slow. So, instead of sitting on my ass I figured I may as well share with you this fantastic piece of art I discovered over on reddit.
RearNakedChode is behind the 18″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas that shows Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare On Elm Street in all of his glory.
It’s seriously a stunning piece of work I would be proud to hang on my wall – as long as it’s not in my kitchen.
Arriving on DVD June 16th, 2015 via Artsploitation Films is The House With 100 Eyes, which is described as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer meets This is Spinal Tap.
The gory mockumentary The House with 100 Eyes is said to be the grisliest, darkest horror-comedy ever imaginable.
In it, “Ed and Susan are just your average, middle-class American suburban married couple: they have their quirks, their romantic moments, their hobbies. One of these hobbies has even turned into a small business venture for the couple…because Ed and Susan are also serial killers who sell snuff videos of their crimes through the internet underground. Since Ed is determined that their next video will surpass all of their previous work, he has decided that it will feature three kills in one night – but after they abduct their intended victims, things don’t go as planned.“