Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

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+

COMIC TITLE: The Replacer (2019)
Arjuna Susini– Artist
Zac Thompson–Writer
April 24, 2019
Aftershock Comics

replacer_vhs-copy-e1553999067924Last week was a dull week in my opinion, but this week was absolutely insane as far as brand new issues that looked amazing were concerned. Sometimes that is the unfortunate job that i have because I have to pick just one comic book for the comic book of the week. There was one comic book that was on the shelf that caught my attention and it was because the cover looked like a vintage VCR horror film that you would’ve found at your local video store (when those existed). That comic book was The Replacer which was released by Aftershock Comics. The horror themed comic was written by Zac Thompson (Edge Of Spider-Geddon) and illustrated by Arjuna Susini (Made Men). Everything is normal for nine year old Marcus, he watched horror and monster movies with his dad while his sister has to go to church with mom. All that changes the night The Replacer shows up and takes over Marcus’s dads body. The only problem for Marcus is that he is the only one that thinks and sees that there is a demon inside of him while everyone else thinks it was a stroke. Time is running out for Marcus as the demon continues to feed on his father’s soul, but what will Marcus do? For more information, check out Aftershock Comics website here.

REPLACER_PREVIEW_FIN_Page_6I honestly enjoyed the comic and what it brought to the table. At first, I was a little confused by the ending, but I instantly got it within minutes. The story seems to be based on a real life situation in Zac Thompson’s life and how he had to deal with tragedy. It’s hard being a kid and I say that in any day and age whether it be the 1980’s like the comic was set in or even today. The difference is that there is a lot more information at our disposal today then there was when Zac Thompson was growing up. Sometimes those are the best stories to tell because confusion as a child can be horrific especially when we don’t understand exactly. Plus it can be very therapeutic for the author as well and the story is a really good one as Marcus struggles save his dad from this demon that eats their souls. Oneof the other things I enjoyed were all the references to great 80’s/70’s horror films like The Exorcist, The Evil Dead, and The Shining to name a few because those are the films I would’ve watched in his situation.  The artwork is pretty decent, it matches the tone of the book overall with not a lot of bright colors because this isn’t a happy story overall and that is what you want in a dark horror story. I definitely recommend this to anyone that loves the 80’s and all of the shows like Stranger Things, etc. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

Please do me a favor and check out all the great titles that came out this week as well. 

TV isolated vintageThere are films in this world that were tailor made for Cheeseball Cinema to the point that you just look at the title and you know. For example, various films from Troma Entertainment are Cheeseball Cinema worthy and anything that has the two words Killer Tomatoes attached to it, is as well. That is why for today I decided to check out the third film in the series entitled Killer Tomatoes Strike Back! and it was a VHS copy of the film. The film stars Rick Rockwell (Return Of The Killer Tomatoes!) as Detective Lance Boyle, who is having a very hard time believing that there is a such thing as killer tomatoes. That is until he is assigned to work with tomato scientist Kennedi Johnson (Crystal Carson) who uncovers an evil plot of the returning Professor Gangreen (John Astin) who is now assuming the role of talk show host Jeronahew as he attempts to brainwash the world. The film also stars J. Stephen Peace (Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes!) as Captain Wilbur Finletter, Steve Lundquist (Earth Girls Are Easy) as Igor, Cal Worthington (Into The Night) as himself, Debi Fares (Killer Tomatoes Eat France!) as Woman Victim, John Witherspoon (Friday) as Evan Rood, Frank Davis (Twins) as Sam Smith, and the film was written and directed by John De Bello (Attack Of The Killer Tomatoes!).

TV isolated vintageI think I was more excited about the fact that this was the very first film I have ever reviewed for Cheeseball Cinema that was watched on VHS. I found this film and the next one at my local thrift store and I couldn’t help myself as I had to own them both. Anytime, I am out in public, I am always thinking about you guys when I look at films and this was one film that fit the Cheeseball Cinema criteria well. For those of you that want nudity or T&A as I like to call it can forget that because there is a brief tease, but nothing else. The film definitely felt more like a spoof film of what was going on at the time with all the QVC like infomercials and the popularity of shows like Donahue and Geraldo in 1991. I also honestly believe that is what worked the most with this film is that they didn’t take themselves too seriously. They knew they had a ridiculous idea and they just had fun with it and that shows in the film. It is actually what made the film enjoyable with it’s Naked Gun like exaggerations of typical horror movie mythos. I definitely enjoyed the look of the tomatoes and the ridiculous Godfather tomato that wouldn’t talk for anything less than $100. The film was a lot of fun to watch and as ridiculous of an idea as it seems, it translated well in this one. I love the end credit post game locker room talk as well that we were provided with. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film an 2.9 for a final grade.

TV isolated vintageI have been in a deep search for new (old to most of your standards) films to watch and review for Cheeseball Cinema and I have stumbled across some that I think you’ll approve of as well. For today’s film, I wanted to check one out from the very sexy Austrian born B-Movie Queen Sybil Danning (Amazon Women On The Moon) who starred in the 1984 crime, horror, thriller They’re Playing With Fire which was written and directed by the late Howard Avedis (The Stepmother). Danning plays college professor Dianne Stevens, a woman who was promised so much by her husband, but his mother and grandmother stand in the way of their happiness. So, Stevens starts a relationship with one of her students in the naive Jay Richard (Eric Brown) who agrees to scare the folks a little, but walks himself right into a murder mystery that has him playing with fire (do you like what I did there?). The film also stars Andrew Prine (The Miracle Worker) as Michael Stevens, Paul Clemens (The Beast Within) as Martin, K.T. Stevens (Kitty Foyle) as Lillian Stevens, Gene Bicknell (The Warriors) as George Johnson, Dominick Brascia (Friday The 13TH: A New Beginning) as Glenn, Greg Kaye (Mortuary) as Dale, and Suzanne Kennedy (Waitress!) as Janice.

TV isolated vintageOne of my biggest complaints with the film rests entirely on the writing department because I felt as though that they were confused at times as to what kind of a film did they want to make. It has all the elements of a horror, crime, and a thriller, but the execution was where it went wrong in my opinion. I loved the crime, thriller aspect of the film because that actually made it an interesting story, but it kind of went flat for me as soon as they threw in the horror aspect of it. The story starts off and you think poor Jay is being used by this couple and when the subjects are murdered, it looks like its going to become this story of how is Jay going to prove that he’s innocent? Yeah, it didn’t exactly go in that direction which I was fine with, but at the last minute (Spoiler Alert!!!) they give you this story of another son that you don’t know about. The kills in this film are just awful as it seems like they had no money in the budget for good special effects which I feel bad because the actors put on one heck of a show. That was the actual strong point of the film was the acting, but if there was one part I could get rid of, it would be the fact that Jay is asking the dumbest questions during his first encounter with the beautiful Sybil Danning who was breathtaking in this film and she has no problem letting it all out. I only have one more complaint and that is Martin should have had a better fight in the film then he did since he was our killer, but whatever I can deal with it. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film an 2 only because the acting saved it from further scrutiny.

Sybil Danning Theyre Playing With Fire

COMIC TITLE: Dark Red #1 (2019)
Corin Howell– Artist
Tim Seeley–Writer
March 20, 2019
Aftershock Comics

Dark-Red-1-2019This week was quite a heavy load of comics that come out that I collect so sometimes it’s challenging trying to decide what comic book I want to feature for this week. There is one thing that will always sway my decision when it comes to picking a title and that is when I see that there is a horror title on the stands. So, this week there were two titles that I was interested in, but only one made the cut and it came from Aftershock Comics. The title is called Dark Red and the first issue was created by creator/artist Corin Howell (Ghostbusters: Answer The Call) and creator/writer Tim Seeley (Nightwing). Charles “Chip” Ipswich looks just like your average American male who doesn’t have a cushy liberal arts degree like yours truly, but instead her works the overnight shift at a gas station in North Dakota. Well, there is one thing that makes him different than everyone else and that is Chip is a vampire. He has his identity hidden from most around the town, but that gets threatened when some interesting characters show up to town in search of a girl that he is helping. For more information, please visit their website here to get more on the comic and some of the other series they have.

DARK_RED_Prv_Page_1-1I think I am going to tackle the story overall first because it’s worth talking about before diving into the art. Most think that just about everything has been done when it comes to the vampire genre, but the question going in is what does this bring to the table that is different. I like the angle that he is just this guy who just wants to be a lazy low key vampire living in the middle of nowhere because it’s his territory. I also like the fact that he is helping out a girl that is sick and you see some real conflict starting to happen any time the question comes. It’s almost like a girl wondering when it’s a good time to talk about having kids, but in this story it’s hey turn me into a vampire. So, I definitely like that aspect of the story and they definitely have me interested in what happens in issue #2 just based on how the comic ends. I also enjoyed the fact that they kept the mythos of a vampire alive and intact in this comic so don’t worry they don’t sparkle. The artwork in this comic is definitely one of my favorites as I enjoyed every aspect of it. I definitely enjoyed the final page of the comic too as it shows the brutality in awesome detail. The panels are easy to follow along with so you shouldn’t have any issues there at all. I definitely think this was a definite home run for Aftershock so I look forward to what the future holds. Check out my final grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

8th annual me awards2018 was definitely an interesting year for music and movies and we were proud to celebrate the year while we look forward to what 2019 may bring. We did things a little differently this year with the 8TH Annual Monster Entertainment Awards as we had you guys take a quick survey to decide who you wanted to win Rock album of the year, rookie of the year (which was a new category) as well as movie of the year, actor of the year and many more. One of the other reasons why we decided to do things in a survey style is because we wanted the winners to be a total surprise to all of you out there. That way you can sit in anticipation to see if the album or film that you voted for won and if not I’m sure a film or album you like will win next year. Here are the winners below and here are the winners not pictured Rock Single Of The Year was Never Fade by Alice In Chains, Metal Single Of The Year was Bartzabel by Behemoth, Rock Video Of The Year was Mindf**ker by Monster Magnet, and Metal Video Of The Year was Interdimensional Summit by Dimmu Borgir :

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TV isolated vintageI had been longing to see another cheesy film for Cheeseball Cinema, but there is always that one question that lingers. Is this film going to be cheesy enough to even be worthy of being a cheeseball cinema film? It’s definitely one of the hardest questions I have to ask myself and I certainly did that before I chose today’s film. The film that I chose for today I happened to come across when I was searching endlessly on Youtube. The title of the film definitely grabbed my attention so I turned to my trusty sidekick IMDB for some advice and that is when I decided to go with 1989’s Hell High. One day against her mother’s wishes, little Miss Brooke Storm decided to go play by the swamps as she always did, but that very day saw life taken away from two teenagers thanks to Miss Storm. Almost two decades later and the deaths still haunt Brooke (Maureen Mooney), but four teenagers are about to learn that she is not one teacher to mess with when she goes berserk after they harass her. The film also stars Christopher Stryker (Welcome Back, Kotter) as Dickens, Christopher Cousins (Breaking Bad) as Jon-Jon, Millie Prezioso (Jukebox) as Queenie, Jason Brill (Cracking Up) as Smiler, Kathryn Rossetter (Fearless) as Coach Sandy, J.R. Horne (Burn After Reading) as Coach Heaton, and the film was directed by Douglas Grossman (Up The Creek).

TV isolated vintageWhere to start when it comers to this film and it’s so hard not to notice all of it’s faults because there are a lot. One of the pluses of the film I suppose was definitely the sinister attitude of the film’s antagonist Dickens who was played by Stryker who would die of AIDS after he had made the film. He did a great job playing a creep, but the logic of why he did what he did was just totally out of whack because the writing was terrible. They travel to her house, they play a prank on her and she has no idea who did it. They run away, but instead of making a clear run for it, they decide to turn back for more. When they assume she is dead, instead of being careful with DNA evidence, they contaminate the whole scene which is the opposite of what they were actually trying to do. The real action comes towards the end of the film and even that lacks a bit of originality and any great special effects. For those of you that love it, there is one scene where Maureen Mooney is showering and just massaging her breasts is well… you get it. The sequence in the beginning was way too long for my liking and could have been cut down tremendously, but the acting in the film could have been a game saver for the film, but only three of the actors are worth mentioning. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I would have to give this one a 3.5 just based on how bad it was.

Maureen Mooney

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