Archive for death

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.

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Horror Flick of the Week: Near Dark (1987)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2017 by ranranami

If I said Bill Paxton’s passing this year didn’t affect me, I’d be lying. He was always one of my favorite character actors. In honor of Bill, and because this really is one of the best vampire films out there, Near Dark is getting a special mention this week. As tempted as I am to gush about the bar scene, post it, and dissect how awesome it is, you’ll have to experience it for yourself. Also, yes, this isn’t the American release poster, but it’s too awesome not to feature.

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It’s not just Bill who gives an awesome performance in this. Everyone does. Lance Henriksen, of course, plays an excellent villain. Don’t let the re-release of the film fool you if you haven’t seen it before, there is nothing even remotely ‘Twilight-esque’ about Near Dark. It’s gritty, dark, and pretty much as close to a modern western as you can get.

 

Vintage Comics – Baffling Mysteries, Issue 5 : Volcano of Vengeance, The Phantom Snow Queen (Cover – Pg. 14)

Posted in Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2017 by ranranami

I’m sure most of you have figured out by now that the main thing drawing me to some of these vintage comics tends to be the awesome cover art. This one, too, while gorgeous (just look at that awesome skirt) won me over with the cover alone, and what could possibly be one of the most ridiculous lines I’ve ever read. The Baffling Mysteries comics often fell victim to your typical walls of text you see with any visual medium that hasn’t quite grasped the law of ‘show, don’t tell’. Wasn’t surprised at all to realize they came from Ace comics, who also produced Hand of Fate (which I’ve posted here before as well.) The characters in this one practically narrate everything. I mean everything. Very much in the style of an ear play or radio drama. If it’s dark, and the panel is painted dark, you’ll be reminded by the character telling you that it’s definitely dark; so on and so forth.

The first story focuses on South American goat-men gods. Or, as the rest of the world refers to them, Satyrs. There’s plenty of color variation in the panels, but far too much text covering up the actual art. It seemed like as the stories progressed, the line art got a bit more rushed. There was potential with the goat-ment, and certainly a message about…archaeology and museums not being a bad thing, I guess. The second story in a far snowier setting has death skiing with a sort of urban legend twist to it. The best part about this comic is the art, really. The stories are just near-misses…but man, look at all those bright yellows!

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Featured Fear: Thanatophobia (Fear of Death)

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2016 by ranranami

 

In this world, where the fortunate find themselves boxed away from reality, Thanatophobia (fear of death) is all too commonly nurtured, to the point that many people find themselves knocking on wood, tying every act to superstition, every fearful thought to the knowledge that some day we all become worm’s meat.

Death is inescapable. Of the many great phobias out there, it is the one that will always capture you in the end, and for many, the very thought is so disturbing that often it seems to usher itself in that much quicker with the stress and obsession it seems to create in the victim. Nothing so typifies this fear being realized in such a literal sense as the knight’s eternal struggle with death in Bergman’s classic film, ‘The Seventh Seal.’ A brave man encountering death, denying his fears and at the same time meeting them head on with something as mundane as a game of chess. Bravery, in fact, is the best way to face any fear, isn’t it?

 

The desire for immortality, the modern beautification and idealization of the vampire, our cultural obsession with an upcoming zombie apocalypse, the fact that if you ever bring death up in a general conversation you are pretty much guaranteeing that you’re the buzzkill of the year. We are all afraid of death, to some degree. Even for those who deny it, those who obsess with it, those who pursue it. Instinct itself demands that this fear shall always and ever be a constant until the very last man or woman takes his or her very last breath.

 

Vintage Comics – Black Magic, Issue #1: Last Second of Life, The Woman in the Mirror (Cover-16)

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 17, 2015 by ranranami

My first impression when I looked at the Black Magic series was ‘wow’. The art style is frankly excellent. Super Hero comic quality, in fact. I decided to do a little looking, and it turns out the series was made by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby…so no wonder the quality is so good. Seeing as the series started in the 50s, too, it’s a bit later than most of the comics I’ve featured so far. In fact, reading this, I grew a little irritated just thinking about how difficult it can be to find good (old) horror comics at the shops I’ve been to. Usually you’ll find gems like this tucked into the back of a ‘Misc.’ box, or beneath a stack of comics nobody has bothered to sort yet.

The stories in Black Magic are classic ones, the kind we’ve seen in many forms for decades on shows and in books. The first one features a man with little respect for death, and even less for the dying. He decides to seek the knowledge of things beyond life best left unknown. The second story proves a point I made in yesterday’s article…that mirrors are downright evil, and old ones are even worse.

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80s Horror Posters

Posted in Media, Movies and shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2015 by ranranami

Today I decided to share some pretty graphics, and what better decade for interesting horror posters and movie covers than the golden age of camp? The 80s!

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Vintage Comics: Midnight, Issue #2: The Needless Night, Fortune or Fate pt. 2, Forever and Ever (Pg. 14 – End )

Posted in Comics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2015 by ranranami

Sometimes you read a ‘horror story’, and you realize it’s either the first time that writer ever approached the subject, or perhaps they were attaching the word horror just to gain a larger audience. In finishing this issue, I felt there were some sad moments. A bit of death. And an ironic twist. The first story approaches a semi-Faustian deal that ultimately teaches the bad guy a lesson, but there’s no real bite or substance. It’s like the writer pulled out halfway through and decided he didn’t really want a horrific retribution for the devil’s bargain. The second story finishing up Fortune or Fate is pretty much the closest to actual horror the whole comic came to. The last story…well, at least I was taken by surprise. I expected one character to be evil, and he ended up just having a bit of bad luck…

Midnight. Reminding us all that the people responsible for getting horror comics banned back in the mid-20th century…probably hadn’t read nearly enough comics.

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