Category: Horror

Hellboy in Mexico (Or, a Drunken Blur)

If the title [Hellboy in Mexico (Or a Drunken Blure] doesn’t suck you in, and the Corben cover doesn’t do the trick, then maybe the Dark Horse Comics summary will…

During the 1950s, Hellboy caravans across Mexico with a trio of vampire-killing luchadores, finding the undead; evil turkeys; a terrible bat god; and a little too much tequila.

Reuniting Mike Mignola and Richard Corben, the creative team behind the Eisner Award-winning miniseries Hellboy: The Crooked Man!

There’s also a variant Mignola cover.  Make sure you let your local comic shop know you want a copy because this one shot is sure to go fast!

American Vampire #1

The Pitch: Cowboys and Vampires, oh and did I mention Stephen King wrote one of the stories?

The Overview: Two stories [one written by Scott Snyder and the other by Stephen King, both with amazingly good art by Rafael Albuqerque] combine to tell the tale of Skinner Sweet.  In 1880, Sweet was an outlaw in the wild west.  That was also the year that he became a vampire.  Jump forward 45 years.  A young woman named Pearl comes to Hollywood to make her fortune in the movies.  Things are rough, but she has no idea how bad things can get until vampires are thrown in the mix, and I’m not just talking about Summer Sweet.

The Good: Both stories are excellent.  The concept works.  Rafael Albuquerque’s art is a joy.  Love the characters, especially PearlSummer Sweet’s appearances in Pearl’s story is well done.  I am looking forward to more about the vampires in HollywoodAlburquerque draws a great western!  Love the foreshadowing with the big, bald guy.

The Bad: Going to a Hollywood party hosted by vampires.  Shooting a vampire and it only ticks him off.

The Ugly: What happens to guests at parties hosted by vampires.  What happens when you tick off a vampire.

The Summary: I loved the first issue. Everyone involved did a bang-up job and I look forward to the second issue. American Vampire #1 is available now.

Seen One Predator, Seen ‘Em All

I have mixed feelings about this poster for Predators.  I like the idea and the black and white photography.  I guess the two things that bug me most are: 1] The Predator’s arm seems pretty small and not near long enough and 2] The movie is called Predators — at least hint that there is more than one.

Maybe I’m just being too picky, because I think this movie is going to be a winner.

Want to see a huge version of the poster above?  Then click over to IMPAwards and check it out!

“Predators” Live

Since I’ve been out of town at MegaCon, I may be a bit behind the curve on the news that the Predators movie site has gone live.  There’s a gallery, a synopsis of the movie and some behind the scenes stuff introduced by executive producer, Robert Rodriguez.  If you haven’t seen the site already, it’s worth a look… or two.

Zombies, Nazis, Monsters & Mutations

You’ve heard me sing the praises [well, write ’em anyway] of Jonathan Maberry before.  If you read his first Joe Ledger novel, Patient Zero, then you’re a fan of his work.  [If you haven’t read it, you should.  Yeah, it’s that good great.]

Maberry’s second Ledger novel, The Dragon Factory, is now available.  [Yes, I’ve already got my copy!] Maberry talks about Joe Ledger, and more in a great little interview over at StaticEchoes.com.  Here’s a bit of what Maberry has to say:

I always loved the thinking hero, so Joe Ledger grew out of that; and I dug the concept of villains who were smart and devious, and who sometimes used the appearance of the supernatural as a smokescreen. In a lot of ways my villains owe more to the pulps than they do to, say, James Bond.

…the second Joe Ledger novel.. deals with geneticists using transgenic science for ethnic cleansing and to complete the Nazi Master Race program. Lots of monsters and mutations…

The Dragon Factory also has about twice the action –and Patient Zero had a lot—but I dial things way up in the second book.

You can [and should] read the entire interview by clicking here.

Survival of the Dead

FilmFilia scored a first look a the red band trailer and some new posters for George Romero’s Survival of the Dead.  Although I’m not feeling the poster or the trailer like I hoped I would, you know at some point I’m going to have to check out Survival of the Dead.  I mean, c’mon, it’s George Romero and zombies.  Which is, pardon the expression a No BRAINSer.

More “Killer Inside” Controversy

A couple of days ago I posted about the  controversy that director Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s classic novel The Killer Inside Me received at the Sundance Film Festival. Several people walked out of the screening due to the amount and depiction of violence, especially against women.

The film starring, Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Simon Baker and Bill Pulman is set to be shown at the Berlin Film Festival.  Of course questions about the controversy at Sundance and the level of violence came up.  I like Winterbottom’s response:

“A lot of noir books and films show violence as something which is entertaining… What I liked about Jim Thompson’s books is that… he doesn’t use the violence as entertainment — there is something shocking about the violence… For me that was the point of the violence in the film in a way — it is something very repulsive. In terms of how we depicted it, we were just trying to make it as close to the book as possible. The book is very shocking.”

Although I like Winterbottom’s response, I wonder how I’ll enjoy his movie.  There are ways to depict violence that is shocking without dwelling on it or being overly graphic.   Some times, many times in fact, the more left to the imagination, the more shocking the result.  It’ll be interesting to see the response The Killer Inside Me gets in Berlin.

No Escaping The Crazies

The Crazies doesn’t open until February 26th, but between now and then we’re going to be exposed to a lot of media promoting the remake of the George Romero cult classic about a small group of family and friends trying to survive after their little town is exposed to toxic materials that turn folks into crazed killers.  Not only does the group have to worry about the crazies, but also the military that has been sent in to eliminate everyone.

But back to the promotional tie-ins.  There’s this article at USAToday that talks about the comic book tie-ins.  And this digital motion comic trailerThe Crazies web site is now live and features all of the bells and whistles.

Now all that is left is to hope the movie lives up to the hype.

Gangsters, Vampires and Aliens

I was already looking forward to Turf, a four issue mini-series by writer, Jonathan Ross and artist, Tommy Lee Edwards, before I read this interview with them over at NewsaramaAs you may recall, Turf is set in New York in 1929 and involves gangsters, vampires and aliens.    Or as Turf is described on the Image site:

A 4-issue hard-boiled noir crime thriller with girls, guns, fangs and aliens.

New York, 1929. The height of prohibition. The cops turn a blind eye while the mobs run the city, dealing in guns, girls and illegal liquor. But the arrival of the mysterious Dragonmir Family from Eastern Europe with more of a taste for blood then booze coincides with a series of brutal attacks on the gangsters themselves. As the gangs fall before the fangs, only a handful of mobsters survive. But an unlikely alliance formed between tough guy Eddie Falco and a character from a long way from New York City – a long way from Earth in fact – offers the humans a glimmer of hope. As the strong willed young reporter Susie Dale from the Gotham Herald tries to survive in the middle of the maelstrom, and an ancient prophecy unfolds, no one can guess who’s going to win the battle for this particular slice of Turf.

I’ve already put in my order for the series.  You may want to as well.