Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

COMIC TITLE: Deadly Ten Presents Blade The Iron Cross #1 (2019)
Yusuf Idris & Jason Strutz – Artist
Shawn Gabborin & Brockton McKinney–Writer
September 11, 2019
Full Moon Comix

JUL191943As you have already seen from some of my past selections, I am a huge fan of anything that is horror related. Whether it be an original idea like Ice Cream Man, Teether, or a comic based off of an existing entity like this week’s comic book of the week in Full Moon Comix Charles Band’s Deadly Ten Presents Blade The Iron Cross #1 which apparently is the first in a series of ten stand alone comics that Full Moon is going to be putting out. The very first issue is based off of a guilty pleasure horror series that I love in Puppet Master, but it focuses on one character in particular as it was written by Shawn Gabborin (Dollman Kills: The Full Moon Universe) while the art was done by Yusuf Idris (Grimm Fairy Tales). When the comic starts, it looks like Andre Toulon has either put the finishing touches on Blade or he is amusing the boy making him think they are sleeping. Well, everyone is except for Blade who infiltrates the Nazis and finds out that they have plans for his master. What is Blade going to do about it and can he stop them?

D10_BLADE_BodegaBox_900webThe comic is actually very good and I have to give the guys at Full Moon a lot of props because it felt like a scene straight out of one of the Puppet Master films. Essentially, if I am going to the comic book shop to pick up a title like this then what is contained inside this one is exactly what I want and what I am looking for. I loved the story and how it played out because there were so many twists and turns within one group that it kept you guessing and never fear because the action scenes were amazing as well. When it became time, the action scenes were almost as gruesome as the films and sometimes it looked better in my opinion. Yusuf Idris did an awesome job stepping in and making it as close and true to what we have seen in the past. One of the things I liked as well was the Tales From The Crypt like intro we get in the beginning and the end because it felt like we were watching a show. Credit belongs to Jason Strutz and Brockton McKinney for the intro and outro with Tapehead who strings us along into our journey into terror in the smallest package. I am interested to see what the rest of the ten comics will be, but we do know what the next one is and I look forward to it. So, if you love horror and Puppet Master then check it out and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

exhumed singleThere are only 79 days left until the greatest holiday of the year for horror freaks alike is here, but if you are like me then you celebrate Halloween every day. That is exactly what Gore obsessed death metal act Exhumed has done for the last 21 years as they’ve filled our ears with their brand of terror. Now the band is gearing up to release their ninth studio album simply titled Horror and Matt Harvey promises, “If you’re a fuckin’ maniac that wants to pound some beers and smash up some tombstones, this is the record you’ve been waiting for.” The album is special for the band as it marks the first album the band recorded in their brand new home studio Darker Corners which they co-produced with Alejandro Corredor (Brujeria/Nausea). To get fans ready for the album which features 18 new tracks and will be released October 4TH Via Relapse Records, they have released the single Ravenous Cadaver for the world to hear. When talking about the single, Harvey says, “Ravenous Cadavers’ is a great taste of the album – and this is one of the more mid-paced tracks on the record, so… Horror is all about stripping away everything and getting down to the core elements of our sound: raw and nasty aggression. The album’s like mainlining grinding death metal at a lethal dose. If you liked the more intricate, melodic stuff that we’ve done, this may not be the one for you. If you’re a fuckin’ maniac that wants to pound some beers and smash up some tombstones, this is the record you’ve been waiting for.” One thing I will say is that you definitely have to check out the cool items the band has for pre-order which includes a VHS set and it’s all at this location. Otherwise check out the track below:

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Horror Tracklisting:

1. Unsound
2. Ravenous Cadavers
3. Scream Out In Fright
4. The Red Death
5. Utter Mutilation Of Your Corpse
6. Slaughter Maniac
7. Ripping Death
8. Clawing
9. Naked, Screaming, And Covered In Blood
10. Playing With Fear
11. Dead Meat
12. Rabid
13. In The Mouth Of Hell
14. Shattered Saity
15. Re-Animated
16. Crypt Of Terror (Bonus Track)
17. Re-Entry And Destruction (Bonus Track)
18. The Day Man Lost (Bonus Track

COMIC TITLE: Crow: Hack/Slash #2 (2019)
Tim Seeley & Jim Terry– Artist
Tim Seeley–Writer
July 31, 2019
IDW Publishing 

Crow_02There are very few comic book series that I get instantly excited for or at least curious about, but thanks to Brandon Lee, The Crow always holds a special place in my heart. The film was based off of a comic book series by James O’Barr that was about how when someone dies a violent death that somehow disrupts the universe, a Crow brings him back to avenge the death and correct the universe. Hack/Slash is a comic series that was created by Tim Seeley about a girl named Cassie who had to kill an infamous serial killer who also happened to be her mom. So along with a monster of a man named Vlad, she hunts serial killers she calls Slashers. Now what happens when the two universes I just described cross paths? Well, you get the latest comic book series entitled Crow: Hack/Slash which is written and illustrated by Seeley along with Jim Terry (Edgebright & Leofwyn). In the previous issue, Cassie crosses paths with Angeles, one of two Crows who is hellbent on killing everyone in San Francisco. With the help of a second Crow named Marcus, sher manages to live to see another day except for her partner Vlad who ends up in a coma in the ER. In this issue, Cassie is having a hard time grasping the idea of having to help an undead killer find another undead killer, but if she wants to save the city she may have to especially since Angeles is aware of her and is on the prowl once again with a new target in mind.

crow hack slashWhen I first dived into the first issue, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because a lot of The Crow series can be a hit or miss, but I think some fresh eyes on the series in Tim Seeley definitely helped. We all know that Cassie is going to be the main focus of the comic with her writer in charge, but I think Seeley does a good job creating some conflict here especially with someone who has worn to stop slashers. I also love the conflict of having two Crows at the same time with one being hellbent on killing everyone and you find out somethings about her and why there are two Crows in this comic book. I however, I am not going to tell you that information because then I would just be spoiling it for you and where is the fun in that? The point of this is to take my opinions obviously with a grain of salt if you choose and make your own decision. All I know is that now after two issues, I am going to see this series all the way through because I need to know what ultimately happens in the end to our characters. The artwork is very good especially for a Crow book because there are some that I have never been a fan of, but Seeley and Terry do a terrific job on this comic. The panels are easy to follow along with and they do a terrific job filling in the spaces and creating cool atmospheres. There isn’t a whole ton of action in this issue because this is the explain everything one, but it leaves you on a cliffhanger which is what I like to see. For more information on the series itself, you can check it out here and check out whatever else IDW has that may tickle your interest. Hopefully, this helps in some way, but you be the judge. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

decompose vinyl“The track ‘Decompose‘ is one of the first songs that was written for the new album, and one of the songs I was most excited about. Our drummer Kyle came up with the music, and once the band all got together, it took on a new life. With the addition of the eerie keyboard/piano pieces added in by Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour, HELLYEAH), this is another classic Wednesday 13 graveyard sing along” is what Wednesday 13 said about the new single which is off of their upcoming release Necrophaze which will hit the shelves on September 27TH via Nuclear Blast Records. The track and album was produced by Mike Spreitzer who you may remember from Devildriver while the album features guest appearances from the likes of Alice Cooper, Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom), and Jeff Clayton (ANTiSEEN). As far as the album is concerned, Wednesday said, “To say we are excited about this release would be an understatement. We have re-built and Frakensteined an all new Wednesday 13. This is the next chapter, the next experience, the next phase into our world…Enter the Necrophaze. This is the most elaborate, horror themed album I’ve ever released under the name Wednesday 13.

wedneday13necrophazecover1Channeling the atmosphere of early 80s horror films, tv shows, cartoons and movie soundtracks the ‘Necrophaze‘ was complete. To add a little more Blood to the party, we had the complete honor of having the Godfather of shock rock, the legendary Alice Cooper. Alice is a guest doing the introduction to the album and the title track ‘Necrophaze‘. We wanted to give the listener the ultimate listening experience as if our band was the soundtrack to a horror film. The artwork for the CD and vinyl is a visual guide to the songs, and the live show will be the living breathing horror movie version. There will be a Wednesday 13 action figure, music Videos, movie soundtrack trailers, commercials and more all on the way with the release of ‘Necrophaze‘. The artwork and packaging is a tribute to the classic art and packaging from my favorite time of the 1980s. So welcome to Party…but bring your own blood.” I don’t think that Wednesday 13 ever lost his thunder at all, but the track is absolutely bad ass. It definitely is a new chapter for the band and for him as well. Check out the track below and be sure to check out some of the presale options here.

Track Listing for Necrophaze

1. Necrophaze (Featuring Alice Cooper)
2. Bring Your Own Blood
3. ZODIAC
4. Monster (Featuring Cristina Scabbia)
5. Decompose 6. Be Warned (Featuring Jeff Clayton)
7. The Hearse
8. Tie Me a Noose
9. Life Will Kill Us All
10. Bury The Hatchet
11. Necrophaze Main Theme (End-Credits)
12. Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) (Featuring Alexi Laiho

TV isolated vintageI have always been a fan of the Puppet Master series ever since I was a prepubescent teen and that was because I always thought the puppets were bad ass. Needless to say, I was surprised when I was cruising through the Shudder app and I stumbled upon Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich which is the 14TH film in the franchise and takes place apparently in an alternate universe. The film stars legendary b-movie horror king Udo Kier (Flesh For Frankenstein) as Puppet maker Andre Toulon who causes a little troube with his puppets and gets killed. Fast forward years later and we stumble on Edgar Easton (Thomas Lennon), a comic book writer who is forced to move back to his parents house, but he makes a discovery. A puppet (Blade) he received as a child could be worth a lot of money and along with his boss and girlfriend they book a trip to an anniversary convention of Toulon’s death to try and sell the puppet, but they may be in for the convention of their lives. The film also stars Jenny Pellicer (Cocaine Godmother) as Ashley, Nelson Franklin (The Office) as Markowitz, Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up) as Nerissa, Michael Paré (Gone) as Detective Brown, Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) as Officer Doreski, Skeeta Jenkins (Mismanaged) as Cuddly Bear, and the film was directed by Sonny Laguna and Tommy Wiklund (Wither).

TV isolated vintageOne of the first things I want to talk about is just some of the wacky crazy stuff that happens in this film from the mistakes to what was good bout the film. There were a lot of noticeable things in the film from the couple who gets burned to death by Torch you can tell are not real, but dummies all the way to the guy in the bathroom that gets his head decapitated into the toilet as he continues to pee on it. The only problem is that when his body hits the floor his pants are zippered shut and I am pretty sure his penis did not get chopped off in that scene. Like any great or cheesy horror film before it, it features some nudity in it from Kennedy Summers and Jenny Pellicer in the film so it fills that requirement of a Cheeseball Cinema film. I thought Thomas Lennon did a pretty good job and I applaud him for wanting to do something other than comedy, but I was expecting his Reno 911 character the whole time which I admit was unfair. Some of the deaths scenes in the film and the way in which characters died felt too rushed for me. A lot of it just felt too rushed at times and it showed throughout the film. It was definitely a fun watch for one time, but this is definitely one that I probably won’t be checking out again. On a scale of one being an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give it a 3.5 for a final grade.

Kennedy Summers and Jenny Pellicer

COMIC TITLE: Horror Comics #1 (2019)
Andrew Lunatik– Artist
Bradley Golden–Writer
May 29, 2019
Antarctic Press

horror-comics-1-antarctic-press-od0319-rd2219-scorch_680_largeWe took the week off because things got a little bit crazy and there wasn’t really anything that came out that interested me anyways. That is a completely different story with this week’s releases because there were so many new ones like a brand new Iron Maiden comic, a Hellboy one off, a brand new Batman comic, and today’s Comic Book Of The Week in Antarctic Press’s Horror Comics #1. It was definitely a hard week to choose just one title for today, but the comic which combines one of my favorite genres in it’s title. The comic was written by Bradley Golden (Exciting Comics) and illustrated by Andrey Lunatik which was built off of Timmy Lala’s Ice Scream to which they built on Kickstarter. In the comic, Thomas Wright is a beloved figure in Miami community because he puts smiles on the faces of children and adults with the power of Ice Cream. The only thing that these unsuspecting people do not know is that Thomas has a little bit of a dark side, but don’t they wonder how he gets his ice cream to taste better than the competitions? Check out the comic where ever comic books are sold in your area, but also visit Antarctic Press.

MAR191460As far as the story is concerned, I liked what they did because they set up what direction they were going to go to, but they ended it just at the right time. They ended it at a point where you are super excited for what is going to come next because they gave you the pop in the first issue. The artwork is not exactly my favorite aspect of the comic, but I do not hate it. I actually think that it fits the subject matter and the mood of the comic if that makes any sense. I do have to admit that I was a little skeptical about the comic because I was wondering how different was this comic book going to be compared to Image’s Ice Cream Man and Antarctic Press did not disappoint. They made it so that the Ice Cream Man is the main character and not the Cryptkeeper type character that Image’s was. So, I think it’s safe to say that I am definitely going to be looking forward to issue number two because horror is my life and my passion. So, do yourselves a favor and check it out for sure and while you are at it, check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A-

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Morning In America #3 (2019)
Claudia Aguirre– Artist
Magdalene Visaggio –Writer
May 15, 2019
Oni Press

BFyxXkXHI am a sucker for anything that has to do with the 1980’s which is why I am fan of Stranger Things, but it also has transitioned into the comic world for myself. While it was a relatively slow week for comic books this week, I couldn’t pass up on the chance to review the third issue of Morning In America which is written by Magdalene Visaggio (Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim) and illustrated by Claudia Aguirre (We Are The Danger) and it was released by Oni Press. In the previous issues, weird things have been happening in the small midwestern town of Tucker, Ohio. High school kids have been going missing and the police are not doing anything about it. Then we cue in the Sick Sisters who seem to be the only ones with the guts to try and investigate what is happening since the events match what has happened in a book and one of their own was taken by this bat beast. In this issue, they decide that it’s time they take a closer look and that means breaking into the police station to try and get some answers. After they get what they came for, the sick sisters are then faced with the problem that they are trying to solve, but will the beast claim another victim or will they stand tall against the beast? For more info, check out Oni Press here.

IcfTDVwUThis is one comic that is keep me on the edge of my seat because I want to know what is going to happen next. The writing on this comic is very well done in my opinion, but sometimes you’re left wondering how in the hell are these girls so lucky because they are always doing stupid sh**! I know they are getting the job done, but they have such impressive records with the local police that I am surprised they are allowed to roam the streets. The writer definitely leaves you with a lot to think about from now until the next issue because it’s an almost where do they go from here kind of things. Magdalene has done quite an awesome job from issue one all the way to now so I am not worried at all as far as how they will handle it moving forward. This I believe is Claudia’s first comic as the penciller, but her years of experience as a colorist has done her well heading into this one as she pulls double duty there. Overall, I thought the work was pretty good and while it may not be my absolute favorite, I think it definitely fits the overall mood, setting, and content of the comic. I definitely think this is a comic book worth checking out so get where you can and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+