Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland #18 preview

Zenescope Entertainment has provided us a preview of the new Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Wonderland comic.

Calie and Violet may finally have the upper hand in the fight against wonderland as each begins accessing their newfound powers. But the Dark Cheshire and the new Mad Hatter don’t plan on making things easy for them.  

32 pages
$2.99
December 4

Written by Raven Gregory
Art by Vincenzo Federici
Covers by Franchesco, Eric J, Nei Ruffino, Carlos Granda and Eric Basaldua

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swamp Thing #26 preview

DC Comics has provided us a preview of the new Swamp Thing comic.

The Avatar of the Green has something to prove, and he’s going to do it by killing Animal Man and/or destroying the world – not necessarily in that order! Plus, the origin of Swamp Thing’s newest foe, the implacable Seeder, in a story filled with cameos from some of the DCU’s darkest magical denizens! 

32 pages
$2.99
December 4

Written by Charles Soule
Art by Jesus Saiz

 

 

 

 

 

Indestructible Hulk Annual #1 preview

Marvel Comics has provided us a preview of the new Indestructible Hulk Annual comic.

“Journey into Science!”

Guest-starring Iron Man. Before Bruce Banner and Tony Stark became heroes, they built weapons. But who inspired them? One of Bruce’s lab assistants has unraveled a mystery from their past. Now S.H.I.E.L.D. must send Hulk and Iron Man to retrieve one of the greatest weapon designers of all time. Will they come back as weapons of mass destruction themselves?

40 pages
$4.99
December 4

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Superior Spider-Man #23 preview

Marvel Comics has provided us a preview of the new Superior Spider-Man comic.

Darkest Hours Part 2 of 4: “Complications.”

As Otto Octavius takes another big step in his life as Peter Parker… could a big part of Flash Thompson’s life be coming to a close? Will he be… Venom no more?!

More with MJ! More with Carlie! More with the Green Goblin! And, after half a century, one of the most cringe-worthy moments in all of

32 pages
$3.99
December 4

Written by Dan Slott and Christos N. Gage
Art by Humberto Ramos
Covers by Humberto Ramos and Skottie Young

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Elvira Mistress of the Dark Maquette Statue Coming in December

Standing 15-inches tall, this Elvira Mistress of the Dark Maquette Statue includes her ring and dagger made from Swarovski Elements – the first time her dagger has been made with real Swarovski! This titillating sculpture accurately captures the gorgeous horror film icon, and it’s said that actress Cassandra Peterson (who plays Elvira) has stated that this is one of her favorite things ever! A limited edition of only 350 pieces, it includes a certificate of authenticity.

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Shadowman #13 preview

Valiant Entertainment has provided us a preview of the new Shadowman comic.

All-new creative team… All-new arc… All-new beginning! Milligan and De La Torre drag Jack Boniface into his blackest depths yet! When a troubled young man with a history of violence and a penchant for blackouts meets an overwhelming source of power with a mystical scythe, the results are doomed to be destructive. A voodoo loa has possessed Jack Boniface – or so he believes. But after Jack awakens in an alleyway covered in blood, he embarks on a journey across lands of shadows and death to discover if he can expel the dark force that’s seized control of his life…and which may be responsible for a violent rampage throughout New Orleans. 

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Drive-In Horrorshow Review

Drive-In Horrorshow (2009)

Synopsis:  The ghoulishly debonair Projectionist is the proprietor of a unique drive-in that caters to zombies, monsters, and other denizens of the netherworld. Tonight, five short films will be screened for this creepy but discerning audience.

Our Thoughts:

Horror anthologies have reflected some of the best aspects of the genre and some of the worst. Much like the short story, vignettes in an anthology film have to be efficient and economical with time but concentrated and satisfying in content.  When they are done well, anthology films can showcase the greatness of horror:  Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors, Kwaidan, Screams of a Winter Night, Creepshow, Trick ‘r Treat, Three Extremes.  While not quite achieving those cinematic heights, director Michael Neel’s Drive-In Horrorshow is an entertaining if uneven entry in the horror anthology genre.  Consisting of five short films, Drive-In Horrorshow combines classic frights with contemporary splatter.  Starting off with celebratory narration describing the drive in experience (which has extended post apocalypse), we are introduced to the mutated employees that work the decrepit theater.  The movie marathon begins with “Pig,” an underwhelming reverse torture nasty as a wronged young woman gets her revenge on a d-bag frat boy. The close up shots of ordinary objects is a horror cliché that has to go, but on the plus side it’s the first time I’ve ever seen someone bound with plumber’s putty, and I have the same shower faucet in my bathroom.  Things pick up with the darkly humorous “The Closet,” concerning a put-upon boy who strikes back at his mean family by luring them into his deadly closet. The kid is a good actor and the film plays out as a tribute to Creepshow, especially the infamous “The Crate.”  The use of space race dreams and the crushing reality of everyday existence are especially poignant to all horror/sci-fi fans who wish life was more like the movies.  “Fall Apart” focuses on a good hearted doctor who makes a house call and is infected with a contagion that rots his body.  Though not approaching the over the top artistry of The Incredible Melting Man, this film has some nice gore and the introduction of some sinister Men in Black types keeps things interesting. The best vignette is “The Meat Man,” as an urban legend about a cannibalistic killer hits too close to home for two brothers. The acting, shots, and editing perfectly recreate the thinking processes of pre-teens trying to think through a horrible realization.  Unfortunately, the anthology ends with the formulaic “The Watcher,” centering on four dirtbags that go camping and are hunted down by a madman. If the goal was to kill off four unpleasant characters, then this episode succeeded admirably.  The interludes between the films displaying the inner workings of the drive in are fun and the effects (a closer look comes in a special feature) are pretty gnarly. The filmmakers certainly understand the value of merchandising as in addition to the DVD, interested consumers can purchase the soundtrack (available in both CD and LP formats) and an accompanying comic book at their web site.  Hopefully, they can funnel any profits into a new film that accentuates the positive aspects of Drive-In Horrorshow and leaves the clichés behind. 

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Vampira and Me Review

Vampira and Me (2012)

Synopsis:  A documentary on the original “glamour ghoul” Vampira

Our Thoughts:

Vampira is one of horror’s most iconic figures but the scarcity of original footage of her TV work also make her one of the least substantiated actresses in the genre. In a body of work that only lasted from 1954-1960, Maila Normi combined Morticia Adams, the Evil Queen from Snow White, and a macabre beatnik cool to create the Vampira persona, the first TV horror host.  The Vampira Show not only brought horror films into living rooms but also introduced the concept of a media figure commenting on a film as the audience watched along as Vampira dead panned cruel insults and puns worthy of Forrest J. Ackerman.  Vampira’s alluring yet detached personality won droves of fans, admirers like James Dean, Elvis Presley, Liberace, and Rudi Gernreich, as well as promotion on The Red Skelton Show and in Life magazine and Newsweek.  Maila was even nominated for an Emmy.  The lack of preservation of live TV shows from the 50’s has resulted in a maddening lack of prime Vampira footage but luckily R.H. Greene’s superb documentary Vampira and Me has gathered together all existing kinescopes, stills, photos, home movies, TV appearances, interviews, and audio recordings  to present an comprehensive portrait of a true legend.  While most horror fans only know her from her silent performance in Ed Wood’s epochal Plan 9 from Outer Space and The Misfits’ punk ode, Vampira and Me explores many aspects of Nurmi’s life through a career spanning interview that touches on Hollywood, the early TV industry, Howard Hawks, pin-up modeling, Charles Adams, Elvira, and punk rock. Greene’s documentary makes a thoroughly convincing case for Vampira/Nurmi as a pioneering, empowered feminist, a radical, rebellious, and tempestuous satirist that fiercely defended her artistic creation but paid the price for being a maverick.  If you have even the least interest in the early days of horror hosts or even the beginning of the Goth image, you need to see Vampira and Me as sickly as possible. 

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The Walking Dead Mystery Minis Series 2 Coming in February

From the hit zombie apocalypse TV series on AMC, The Walking Dead, come these well-designed 2 1/ 2-inch tall mini-figures of your favorite characters. This The Walking Dead Mystery Minis Mini-Figure 4-Pack includes 4 individually blind boxed mini-figures. Can’t get enough zombies? Well you’re in luck, because there are a number of zombie character designs in the display box! Other characters featured in the line include Daryl Dixon, Michonne, Rick Grimes, The Governor, and more.

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Nancy: A Dragon in Hell one-shot in February

From Amigo Comics.

Nancy and The Dragon visit Amigo Comics! A demon has trapped Malcolm Dragon in Hell itself! His only chance to escape is the scantily-clad girl armed with a chainsaw: Nancy — and his spineless companion, the fallen angel Lucifer. Malcolm will need all his resources to survive the perils of Hell and the sinister forces that his father fought and left behind!

Written by Torres El and art by Enrique Lorenzana.