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Vintage Comics: The Beyond #2: Valley of the Scaly Monsters, Bubble of Destruction, The Shrieking Terror (Pg. 16- End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2017 by ranranami

Running behind on some grad school homework, gang, so I figured I’d share the rest of this comic issue before I hide behind the books. Since I usually take undetermined hiatus after October anyway, I didn’t want to leave you waiting either. Tomorrow, for Halloween, I’ll be featuring a write-up on a very special actor.

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Vintage Comics: The Beyond #2: The Mystery of Lunablanca & The Ghost who Stole a Body (Cover-Pg. 15)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2017 by ranranami

Coming close to Halloween! 2 more days! So why not journey back to one of the first comic series I shared here, ‘The Beyond’, and continue on into their 2nd issue? I am still fascinated by the glorious colors in this series, and pleased with how the color correction came out this time around. Yes, I do moderate color correction on these comics sometimes when the yellow balance is too high.

Absolutely adore the villain-esque designs of the Countess Sinestra ‘transforming’ from a bat into a bat…woman…vampire-thing. I have a feeling if this had ever been adapted to the screen, Barbara Steele would have been ideal for the roles of both women.

As for the second story, the ghost art was absolutely stunning, with much heavier ink lines than we normally see in these comics. Perhaps a little dialog heavy, most of them are, but well worth the read just for the gorgeous panels alone.

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Drive-in Trailers: Anthology Horror

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2017 by ranranami

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Sometimes you want something besides a full-on horror film. You want a taste of several things. A creepy cornucopia. A vicious variety. A -something something alliteration scary-. That’s where anthology horror takes the cake. I’ve always loved short stories, on the page and on the screen. Hopefully the following trailers (obscure and mainstream) can give you something new to watch this Halloween.

The first trailer isn’t a real one, from what I can tell, but anyone who hasn’t seen ‘Dead of Night’ is really doing themselves a disservice. It’s one of the best. Also, note that I adore all of the Amicus films, but it’d be a bit boring if I just focused on them alone.

Book of the Week: Look for Me By Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2017 by ranranami

I’m sure I’ve gone on tirades before about what makes a real vampire (or a good one), and the fact that they are not in fact romantic heroes. Dracula, especially, was nothing if not a predator and monster. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, I’d like to tell you guys about a wonderfully dark little book I first discovered in middle school, and fell in love with. There’s a romantic gloss to the cover, and a sweet title, belying the dark story behind it.

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If you wanted Sarah to pick Jareth in Labyrinth, perhaps this book isn’t for you. Bowie was gorgeous with his typical glam rock beauty, but he was a man pursuing a little girl who wanted to prove to the world she was a woman. There’s a similar vein in this book about a young girl named Cynda vacationing with her family and trying to find her own way, isolated from the father and stepmother she doesn’t know, as well as the little brother she doesn’t really like. Then, Vincent shows up, and suddenly everything is different. It gets darker, and pretty soon the game Cynda thinks she’s playing spirals out of control. It’s a young adult novel, and certainly appropriate for the audience, but the heart of the story is a disturbing one, and that’s what makes this book so fantastic.

Horror Flick of the Week: 1922 (2017)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2017 by ranranami

I swear I’m not trying to be King-centric this month, but I just watched this movie yesterday and it was amazing. It’s on par with the absolute best film adaptations of King stories, and miles ahead of the worst ones (I’m looking at you ‘Sometimes They Come Back Again’ and ‘Maximum Overdrive’, even though I secretly love you both.) This also may be the first Netflix original I’ve recommended on here, which actually makes me think I’ll have to do a short list of must-see Netflix horror later.

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After the establishing sequence with the cracking walls, I was hooked. Ghosts. Rats. Guilt. Murder. Greed. There’s so much atmosphere, powerful direction, fantastic acting and cinematography. Thomas Jane was unrecognizable, and he really earned a lot of respect from me for his performance. He is what ultimately makes this dark horror, about a man living a hard life of his own accord and destroying it spectacularly over the course of one year, through a combination of his own choices and reaping what he sows. 1922. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch it tonight.

Vintage Comics: Nightmare, Issue #3: The Wonderful Wizard, The Quivering Brain, The Witches Sabbath, etc. (Pg. 14 – End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2017 by ranranami

With so many stories packed into so few pages, I was unable to fit them all in the title, so the additional two at the end of this comic are: ‘Charles Fort, The Supreme Doubter’ and ‘Crafton’s Curse’.The first story here seems to have far too much stuff packed into each page for the reader to follow the first time around, and there’s an additional character drawing eerily reminiscent of Peter Cushing (but just a little too early for that to be anything but a coincidence.) It’s actually the ‘true story’, albeit brief, of Daniel Dunglas Home, a man reputed to be able to fly, levitate objects, contact the dead, and predict the future. I can’t imagine what a show by that guy would’ve been like, and I definitely plan on doing a write-up of him in the future. I mean if you look up photos of him, the guy’s as magnificent as Oscar Wilde in his famous leaning portrait.

The next story gets points just for the title alone. THE QUIVERING BRAIN. You’re also required to always scream a title like that, announcer-style. It’s impossible not to. It’s a bit melodramatic, I’m not going to lie, but I think the concept alone makes it one of my favorite stories I’ve featured on this blog so far. Then we’re lead into a disturbing summary of what constitutes a proper witch’s sabbath, a summary of a historically influential skeptic named Charles Fort, and another story about a mobster getting his just desserts.

All-in-all, not an incredible issue, but some of the concepts are at least ripe for modern revisions.

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Drive-in Trailers: Hospital Horror

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2017 by ranranami

 

 

I’ve been fortunate enough to never need surgery, but I think a vast majority of us have had to make a few trips to the hospital for one reason or another, and it’s never fun. But imagine how much worse it would be if you were dealing with serial killers, ghosts, or just plain crazy demons with their own idea of ‘medicine’. This week I’d like to focus on hospital horror trailers, and if you find yourself sitting at home right now trying to fight a nasty case of the flu…please, get well soon.