Posts Tagged ‘Horror’

COMIC TITLE: Daphne Byrne #1 (2020)
Kelley Jones– Artist
Laura Marks–Writer
January 8, 2020
Hill House Comics/DC Black Label 

IMG_6039We are just into our second week of 2020 and it looks like everything is almost back to normal in the world of comics especially when it has to do with new comic book day. There were a lot of great debuts this week and some great continuations of stories that I am into at the moment, but there was one that I just had to check out. For those of you that do not know who Joe Hill his, he is the son of one Stephen King who has also decided to get into the world of Horror Comics with Hill House Comics as he teams up with DC Comics imprint DC Black Label to create a line of comics like The Low Low Woods and more. This week they came out with a new comic entitled Daphne Byrne #1 and it was written by Laura Marks (TV’s Ray Donovan) and illustrated by Kelley Jones (The Sandman, Batman: Red Rain) who is a legend in the horror art world. Daphne is your typical 19TH Century New York teen who is going through some personal turmoil since her father passed away. One thing is for certain and that is that her mother is being irresponsible and is being taken for a sucker by occultist wannabe’s, but these wannabe’s may have opened a door for Daphne as he is visited by an entity named Brother, but what does he want?

IMG_6038I have to say that I definitely enjoyed Daphne Byrne, but not as much as I did with The Low Low Woods. I definitely enjoyed the last part of the comic because that is when things really started to rock and roll and that is why I believe that I am going to enjoy future issues of the comic. What also has me excited about the future of it is that Joe Hill said on the Adventures In Poor Taste Podcast that the book is about, “a 19th-century feminist Omen. A ghost and gaslight take on the child born to end us all.” Now what is exciting about this comic is the artwork that was done by the legend Kelley Jones who brought out the creepiness of the darkness that surrounds the comic on every single panel. He has this way of making sure that you do not miss the macabre in every panel as he manages to infuse it and Michelle Madsen does an amazing job bringing all of that to light as the colorist of the comic and it’s beautiful. The other element that was smartly infused into the comic was the fact that we got the creepiness factor in well before the macabre show up in the example of this homeless old man who will make your spine tingle. All in all, I am actually excited to see what happens next in the comic especially with the artwork so stay tuned. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: J. Werner Presents Classic Pulp Horror #1 (2020)
Edvard Moritz, King Ward, & Fred Guardineer– Artist
Frank Belknap Long–Writer
January 1, 2020
Source Point Press 

OCT192077Last week, the list of comics were very bleak and I can’t blame comic book companies considering that it was Christmas week. Now as far as the brand new year is concerned, the list was considerably larger, but not by a lot. One title in particular peaked my interest as I was scouring the list looking for comics to pull and as a rabid Horror fan I couldn’t say no to this Source Point Press title. This week, Source Point Press went back in time to bring back some classic pulp styled horror comics in the form of J. Werner Presents Classic Pulp Horror #1 which features stories by Frank Belknap Long (Weird Tales) and it features artwork by Edvard Moritz (Adventures Into The Unknown), King Ward (Dead Man’s Doom), and Fred Guardineer (Action Comics). The comic features three tales with the first one entitled The Living Ghost, which is a story of a mysterious ghost terrorizing innocent people. The second story entitled The Werewolf Stalks which is about a werewolf that has been able to avoid detection while trying to feed on the innocent. The third and final story entitled Haunted House is about a woman who has had to wait ten years for a family inheritance only to find out that she has to spend one night in the house in order to get it.

I didn’t realize at the time that this was a comic that featured restored stories from yesteryear much like Marvel does with their True Believer series. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed reading some of these classic horror tales cause it took you back to a time when TV didn’t exist so sometimes to get your fix on horror, sometimes you had to pick up a pulp horror comic book much like this one to get it. It was definitely fun to see the language in which comics were written back in the day, it feels like you are in the 1950’s checking out this comic. So, the nostalgia aspect of the comic was definitely on point and if you like the language style then you are definitely going to love the artwork in this comic. The layout is very classic and the artwork is the old style golden age era comic artwork so it’s super easy to read and follow along with. I enjoyed every story in how it was setup with the very tough macho guy who doesn’t believe anything the women says even though she has figured out the problem before the guy does. I had a lot of fun with and knowing that it’s only a one shot I guess is OK, but I hope this turns into something for Source Point Press in maybe they can find a way to bring back this style of comic. Check it out for yourselves and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A+

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

COMIC TITLE: Heartbeat #1 (2019)
Maria Llovet– Artist
Maria Llovet–Writer
November 20, 2019
Boom! Studios

IMG_5832There were so many good issues being released this week including some interesting new series from companies like Marvel and DC Comics. So, it definitely made it a hard choice for me to make when I picked up my load of comics to decide which one was going to be my Comic Book Of The Week? I ultimately decided to check out and review a comic book from Boom! Studios which was a company I primarily checked out in the past for their WWE titles. This week, they decided to get in the horror game with their brand new title Heartbeat #1 which was written and illustrated by Maria Llovet (There’s Nothing There) who takes full responsibility on her shoulders with this one, but she gets high praise from Brian Azzarello. The comic book follows high school outcast Eva as she navigates life through a school she feels she does belong in and through a life that is less than desirable to most. She doesn’t know who her true friends are, but she certainly knows her enemies, but that won’t matter soon enough. You see one night while strolling through the school, she discovers that the high school heartthrob has a deep and dark secret that could put her in danger. To get more information on the comic, you can do so by visiting Boom!’s website here.

IMG_5831What Brian Azzarello says about Maria is, “Maria Llovet is one of the most important cartoonists today. Her work is bursting with joy, sensuality, and passion.” I will agree with Brian on a lot of what he said because you can definitely tell she put a lot of passion into the story and artwork. The story is your prototypical one about someone who is an outcast who obviously doesn’t fit in the school not only for personality reasons, but for financial ones as well. We can only assume moving forward after discovering his deep and dark secret that he is going to make an offer that she probably won’t refuse just due to the fact that she has low self esteem. That is usually how these vampire stories go and I would be very shocked if it didn’t especially after what the website has described the story to us. The artwork is phenomenal in the fact that it’s not your prototypical comic book like artwork, but very visceral and passionate which you can tell from page one all the way to the good stuff which leaves us at a cliffhanger right at the end. It sort of has a Studio Ghibli Japanese Animation look to it if you get what I am saying which i definitely liked. The panels are easy to follow along with and the comic is sort of a slow burn, but that is because we need to get to know Eva before we get to the good stuff. Check it out and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A

king diam masquerade singleFor the last 40 years, there has been no one better in the world of conceptual horror and metal music then Denmark’s King Diamond. Whether it was in Mercyful Fate or on his own, King Diamond has delivered some of the most amazing stories through his music and he has always stayed true to his style since day one. Now it has been 12 years since the last time we heard new music from King Diamond which was 2007’s Give Me Your Soul…Please and a lot has happened since then, but he has back now with brand new music in the track Masquerade of Madness which is classic King Diamond to the core from the eerie feeling to the mixture of high pitched wails and low growls, and the monstrous guitar riffs that shake you to your very core. The track is the first single off the forthcoming 2020 release The Institute which if it’s anything like this track then it promises to be an absolute banger. As of right now, King Diamond is currently on tour, but in 2020, he promises to be apart of the Mercyful Fate reunion that is slated to happen. So stay tuned here for more information as it becomes available to us including the release date of the new album. Otherwise, check out the track below and bang those heads.

MV5BZmE0MGJhNmYtOWNjYi00Njc5LWE2YjEtMWMxZTVmODUwMmMxXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyMTkxNjUyNQ@@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_First and foremost, I want to wish everyone a very happy and safe Halloween and here’s to another year in the books. Back in 2015, I gave Robert Eggers (The Tell-Tale Heart) a lot of crap for his film The Witch because I thought I was deceived about what to expect from the film. I however have since put that in the past and I opened my mind to the film and enjoyed it for what it was which was suspenseful and psychological. When I first heard that he had a new film, I knew what to expect in wanting to see The Lighthouse. The film stars Robert Pattinson (The Lost City Of Z) as Ephraim Winslow, a greenhorn (rookie) that accepts a job as a lighthouse attendant at a strange island in New England alongside the very strange Thomas Wake (Shadow Of The Vampire’s Wilem Dafoe) in this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of what happens to two men that are trapped well past their time during a massive storm that strands them in the 1890’s. The film also stars Valeriia Karaman as a mermaid and Robert Eggers also wrote the screenplay alongside Max Eggers.

049_TheLighthouse_242Spoiler Alert: There may be details give in this paragraph on the film so proceed with caution. It was interesting to read that parts of the film were based on a true story called The Smalls Lighthouse Tragedy which two lighthouse keepers named Thomas died in 1801 and it was combined with the fictional works of H.P. Lovecraft, Herman Melville, and Robert Louis Stevenson. So with those elements combined, it made for an interesting viewing of this film that is just absolutely dark from beginning to end and I loved the fact that it was filmed in black and white because it added to the mysteriousness of the film. The film is definitely psychological as it’s a tale of two men who are driven absolutely mad by their situation, but here is where it gets interesting. Try to figure out what is an hallucination and what exactly is really happening. There are so many maddening points in the film that it makes you wonder like did Pattinson’s character really see a mermaid? How much of the film was he actually alive and not being pecked at by seagulls? I loved how Pattinson had a New England accent in the film while Dafoe who was an absolute stud in the film kept talking like a sailor. It made for an interesting contrast between the two and how they were from two different worlds. Robert Pattinson also does a terrific job in the film and it’s interesting to know that the two of them kept separate from each other threw out the film making process. My final word on the film is that it was definitely interesting, but it was a performance based movie with some great ominous sounds like that Foghorn that would drive anyone mad. So, I am going to give the film an B for a final grade.

COMIC TITLE: DCeased #6 (2019)
Trevor Hairsine– Artist
Tom Taylor–Writer
October 30, 2019
DC Comics

DCeased-6-AWe are officially one day away from Halloween which is so exciting because everything in the comic book universe has been building up to this very moment. Back on May 1ST of this year. DC Comics released a horror themed miniseries involving the whole entire DC Universe entitled DCeased. The comic follows the events of the of the war with Darkseid who may look defeated, but he has one ace up his sleeve. You see he kidnaps Cyborg and he brings him to his world where he unleashed the Anti Life Equation which infects all social media and turns people into bloodthirsty zombies. Everyone you can think of has been infected and has turned as evidenced in the previous five issues from Batman, The Flash, Aquaman, Killer Croc, and now humanities only hope Superman. That takes us to today’s issue DCeased #6 which was once again written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Trevor Hairsine. In this issue, Wonder Woman feels that she needs to take the mantle to handle the Superman problem despite the fact that the remaining heroes and villains that are alive scramble to load humanity into arcs that they had built. Can Wonder Woman stop the immovable force or will Superboy have to step up to do something no child should ever have to do? All of those questions will be answered in this issue. For more information, click here to go to DC’s website.

DCeased-6-1I think that this is honestly the first time I had an issue with the writing when it came to this comic because I felt a little rushed in this issue. What I am hoping is that they plan to continue this story line because then they could answer a whole lot of questions that were left unanswered. One of those questions is what does Superboy do exactly and where is Superman? With Damian Wayne now as Batman and obviously Jon Kent having to take over the Superman role, are we going to get a series following them in this new world? It was a rushed conclusion to a miniseries especially after a holy sh** moment that leads up to the ending. That was one hell of a moment that I wish I could tell you, but it’s worth the trip to that point. There is this one moment in the comic that is just absolutely hilarious and if you remember Batman always keeps a contingency plan file on how to defeat all the superheroes if they turn bad. Well he pisses off Green Arrow (DC’s version of Hawkeye) because there isn’t one file on him which means Batman never thought he was a threat to begin with. That was a funny moment that gets revisited again in the comic. I have been a fan of the artwork since the first issue and I have loved the horror variants that have come with them from Yasmine Putri with this issue being Critters. I have personally collected every single one and I seriously hope they continue this because I would love to see more from it and more Horror parody covers. The action scenes in the comic are great and the horror portrayed in it is awesome as well. Check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A-

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A+

fe6a3358I can’t believe that Halloween is tomorrow which means that Eddie’s 31 Days of Halloween officially comes to an end. So for the whole month of October, I wanted to keep things fresh with different artists and I thought we did a great job of that, but now it’s time to introduce some fresh blood to the blog. The group that I chose for today comes all the way from New Jersey and they have toured The US and Europe with the likes of Alice In Chains, Korn, Underoath, Prophets Of Rage, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, The Dillinger Escape Plan, 3Teeth, and so many more. I am talking about Hardcore Hip Hop, Horrorcore, Trap Metal, geniuses Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror). The group is made up of theOGM, Eaddy, and Brandon Pertzborn who formed the group in 2012 who has cited DMX, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and White Zombie (Rob Zombie) as some of their influences when it comes to music. After one mixtape and two EP’s, the band would release their debut album United States Of Horror on May 5, 2017 via Deathkult Records. I discovered the group all thanks to Corey Taylor of Slipknot and his Halloween playlist as he included the group on the list among others. The album was listed at number 38 on Loud & Quiet’s Top 40 Albums of 2017 list while Kerrang! listed it at number 40 on their Kerrang!’s Albums of 2017 list.

5264041. U.S.H.- An intro track that is basically a little girl saying the groups version of the Pledge Of Allegiance. 4/5

2. War Is Hell– a techno like trap music that is all about how the group go against the grain and establishment and they are unapologetic about it. 4.5/5

3. Street Power– a track that mixes elements of Punk Rock along with the trap/hip hop sound and it works very well in this song all about the people taking the streets back. 4.5/5

4. Face Tatt– a track that would make The Prodigy with it’s Firestarter like sound and the songs is as chaotic as the lyrics are. 4/5

5. When Death Calls– an interlude or intro that is just weird with a woman I think saying the title of the track. 4/5

6. Bleed War– a bad ass track that has a little bit of Nu Metal feel to it with a little bit of an industrial/punk feel. I think the track is all about how politicians sell your soul for war. 5/5

Ho99o9-United-States-of-Horror-Exclusive-Cassette-2253440-1_1024x10247. Moneymachine– The track is very eerie in the beginning and it carries an element of that throughout the track with that electronic hip hop sound in this track about how money talks. 4/5

8. Splash– a horrorcore track at heart through and through in this song that is all about living it up and don’t worry about the other stuff. 4.5/5

9. Knuckle Up– another industrial rap/rock track that is one of my favorite tracks on this album cause it’s high energy and packs a hell of a punch in this pump up track. 5/5

10. Dekay-another industrial electronic punk track that I have no idea what he is saying in this track 4/5

11. Sub-Zer0– a punk rock track that showcases how different these guys can be if they want to and how broad their music horizons are. 5/5

12. Feels Like…– Another interlude on the record 4/5

13. City Rejects– Another punk rock song that kicks ass on the album that has a little of a Sex Pistols flair to it attitude wise. I think it’s a track about the underground scene. 4.5/5

Ho99o9-620x30014. Hydrolics-a trap song and all he wants is hydraulics on his ride. 4/5

15. New Jersey Devil-a Motorhead like punk song that all of a sudden slows down during the verse before it picks up again with some fury. I believe he’s talking about the streets of Jersey and how it can be war on the streets. There is this intense moment with some heavy drums and bass that kicks ass. 5/5

16. United States of Horror– The title track is more of a industrial rap/metal track in this track all about the bad boys rising up and taking over. 4.5/5

17. Blaqq Hole-The last track on the album and it starts off very weirdly almost like you are in a horror film. It’s more of a long outro that ends the album. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– These guys are super creative and I love how they mix so many styles that we already know work well with each other. I love the infusion of Industrial, Punk, Metal, Trap, Electronic, and so many more. They have since released two more EP’s, but I am definitely looking forward to a second album. Check out this album, I am giving it 4.4 stars out of 5 for a final grade.

repulsion-movie-title-stillA couple of years ago, I made the trek to the Salem Horror Fest and while I was there I attended an exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum that was hosting It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection which was a collection of all of Kirk’s horror memorabilia, etc. Well, the other day Kirk released a list of horror films that you must watch for Halloween and I checked out one of those titles in the 1965 Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby) film Repulsion. The film stars Catherine Deneuve (The Hunger) as Carol, a young woman who is absolutely repulsed by the idea of sex. One day, she starts to sink into a fit of depression due to the fact that she disapproves of her sisters boyfriend, but it gets worse when they decide to go away. It is so bad that she begins a downward spiral that includes visions of rape and horrific violence. The film also stars Yvonne Furneaux (La Dolce Vita) as Helen, Ian Hendry (Get Carter) as Michael, John Fraser (Doctor Who) as Colin,  Patrick Wymark (Witchfinder General) as The Landlord, Renee Houston (A Girl Must Live) as Miss Balch, Valerie Taylor (Berkeley Square) as Madame Denise, Helen Fraser (No Hiding Place) as Bridget, James Villiers (For Your Eyes Only) as John, and Hugh Futcher (Orlando) as Reggie.

repulsionThe film is very different than your normal horror films where it relies more on the psychological side of things. Roman Polanski is a very different type of filmmaker as well and he focuses on things other than the characters to help him tell the story. One example is that throughout the whole film we can definitely see that Carol is bothered by cracks whether they be on the ground in the street or in her own home because it represents where she is mentally in the film. The more the film goes on the more cracks that begin to show up because she is losing her sanity. She is also so repulsed by the idea of sex that she begins to have visions of men raping her every night and that tears away at her sanity because she can’t function. There are signs everywhere as well that could point to past trauma like the picture of the family that she has that could be the catalyst for how she feels about sex and why she in turn becomes a killer in the end. The film is the first film in a trilogy that Roman made that goes with Rosemary’s Baby and The Tenant called The Apartment Trilogy which is supposed to show how dangerous city apartment life is. I liked that the film was done in black and white because I feel it just adds to the overall tone of the film and this is widely considered Polanski’s best work which could very well be true. I definitely think it’s worth a shot especially if you love films that use semantics as way to tell stories and add layers. The acting is great, the cinematography is great, and the story is great which is why I am going to give the film an A- for a final grade.

Screen Shot 2018-02-28 at 11.57.40 PMI wanted to check out something very different and very weird for today’s Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween film. There was always one film that I had not seen that I kept meaning to check out for Cheeseball Cinema, but I decided that I would watch for today and that film is 1982’s Basket Case which was written and directed by Frank Henenlotter (Frankenhooker). The film stars Kevin Van Hentenryck (Brain Damage) as Duane Bradley, a kid from upstate New York that is carrying around a little secret inside a basket. You see, Duane and his deformed Siamese twin Belial were separated against their will by a group of Doctors from New York City. Belial was left for dead so that Duane could have his own life, but the two were reunited and now they are in New York seeking revenge against the doctors who did this. The film also stars Terri Susan Smith (Sundays) as Sharon, Beverly Bonner (Basket Case 2) as Casey, Diana Browne as Dr. Kutter, Lloyd Pace as Dr. Needleman, Bill Freeman as Dr. Lifflander, Joe Clarke (McCabe & Mrs. Miller) as O’Donovan, Ruth Neuman as Duane’s Aunt, Sean McCabe (Aliens) as Young Duane, Kerry Ruff (Getting By) as Detective, and Robert Vogel (Waitress!) as Hotel Manager.

maxresdefaultI know what you’re thinking, this is the second Horror Comedy in a row that I have done, but I wonder if it was intentional with this film. I wondered if they were trying to make a serious horror film, but there were just too many cheesy moments for it not to be considered a horror comedy. This was actually a fun film to watch that is just a little ridiculous in the sense that Belial proves in one part of the film that he can do and go where he wants to, but yet in most of the film he decides to stay put inside the basket. The film also proves that women or the idea of sex can get in the way of any bond whether it be siblings or best friends as proved in this film. Duane has been gung ho about this mission until he falls in love with the receptionist and Belial certainly ruins that one for him. So in a nutshell, the film is a giant lesson in bro code and don’t you forget it. One of the cheesy moments of the film is the scene when Belial leaves the basket on his own for the first time, you can see how cheesy the claymation special effects are when he moves, but you also have to understand it’s 1982 and how much money did they really have for special effects. Most of the attacks is probably some guy wearing Belial as a suit and attacking the victims. Out of everyone in the film, I thought Kevin Van Hentenryck did a pretty good job as far as acting because there was an innocence (maybe naive?) to him and his character that just shines in this film. If you want to see early 80’s independent horror in it’s glory then give this one a shot, I am glad that I did. I am giving the film an B-/C+ (Somewhere in there) for a final grade.

s_t-large-0-1080-0-0We are officially three days away from one of the greatest days of the year and hopefully all of you have been celebrating in style. Whether it be visiting haunted houses, going to Halloween parties, or even just watching horror films we just hope your being that you are enjoying yourselves and being safe. The film that I chose for today is one that I’ve been meaning to watch for a year now and the film is called Slice, a horror comedy that was written and directed by Austin Vesely. Kingfisher is a town that has a bit of a strange history in that it was divided into two parts with one having the living inhabiting it and the other section being the ghost town where ghosts live. One day, a pizza delivery boy is murdered while making a delivery to ghost town and now the cops are looking for a scapegoat. Is it ghosts that are murdering them? Could it be a werewolf or even a witch? The film also stars Zazie Beetz (Joker) as Astrid, Chance The Rapper as Dax, Rae Gray (Fear The Walking Dead) as Sadie, Joe Keery (Stranger Things) as Jackson, Tim Decker (Boss) as Mike, Marilyn Dodds Frank (Flatliners) as Vera, Paul Scheer (NTSF:SD:SUV) as Jack, Lakin Valdez (Great Performances) as Joe, Katherine Cunningham (Yellowstone) as Heather, Chris Parnell (Drunk History) as Mayor Tracy, and Kelli Simpkins (Chasing Amy) as Debbie.

SliceOverall, this was a fun film to watch that does a nice job of blending the two genres together although it pokes fun at some of the tropes of horror. One of my favorite things was the character of Joe who every time he talked represented that character in every film that explains what is wrong with the land or tells you the story of what had happened there. It was a slasher film that combined elements of the supernatural, witchcraft, and lycanthropy that also features some really good acting from everyone in the film and some really amazing cinematography to boot. This was definitely a beautifully shot film that was just nice and crisp as you watched it. One of the things I was surprised with in this film was how well Chance The Rapper did in the film as he played this cool, laid back, Chinese food delivery driver who (Spoiler Alert!) is a werewolf that the cops want to blame for everything. I also loved the idea of as soon as you died, you returned to the Earth where you became a citizen of Ghost Town which added to the comedic side of the film.  My only criticisms of the film lied with the special effects and the make up department. I thought that Chance’s werewolf form could have been a little bit better than it was in the film and while some of the special effects were a little cheesy it definitely worked for the film overall. I definitely think this is one to check out especially if you like Horror Comedies. That is why I am going to give the film an B+/A- (somewhere in there) for a final grade.