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Horror Flick of the Week: Christmas Evil (1980)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 7, 2016 by ranranami

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Tis the season, isn’t it? No, I’m not generically recommending this movie because it’s horror and Christmas related. I actually finally got around to watching it because someone else couldn’t stop talking about the damned thing. Honestly, I expected a slasher. That’s all. A slasher with a guy in a Christmas suit…I didn’t expect to actually care about the guy in a way, or to actually find a real moral behind most of the story. I certainly didn’t mean to find out the true meaning of Christmas.

But…I did, I did, and I definitely did.

 

If you’ve done Black Christmas (the original and the remake) to death, don’t find Gremlins has enough bite to it anymore, and could very well strangle the next teeny-bopper with a Jack Skellington wrist bracelet, then maybe check out Christmas Evil this year.

In a way, Krampus almost tried to communicate a little of what I got from Christmas Evil, but they were too caught up in the flash, the spectacle, etc. This one had a great balance. I couldn’t help but think as I watched it that ‘yeah, if a guy really did decide to become Santa Clause, this is probably how he’d do it.’

Vintage Comics – Skeleton Hand, Issue 1 : Sea of Retribution, Chill Chatter, Death For Hire, Monster of the Deep, The Corpse Under the Carpet (Pg. 12 – end)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2016 by ranranami

This time around, I decided to celebrate the season you guys deserved a larger portion of the comic at once, so here’s the rest of the first issue of Skeleton Hand. There’s nothing better than a story about a man getting his just desserts, which is altogether my favorite sort of horror. Well, that and the kind that has you really cheering for the innocent victims to get out of whatever grisly mess they’ve ended up in. The first story also happens to be educational as well. I had no idea John Paul Jones founded the American navy! Actually, that’s simplifying what he did, but this isn’t a history lesson, it’s a pre-code comic, so give me a break.

Chill Chatter is an editors’ note, but I thought it was charming enough to be included. Honestly though, some of these stories in this issue are actually a little more gruesome than most of the fare I’ve shared with you guys, and despite the condition, this one quickly became one of my favorites, too. Plus, a zombie named ‘Cracker’?! Who can resist a story like that?

The last two one-off stories are…actually a little funnier than you’d expect, and I think only one of them may have been on purpose.

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Vintage Comics – Skeleton Hand, Issue 1 : Deathless Mortal, The Ghost of Company C (Cover – Pg. 11)

Posted in Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2016 by ranranami

One of the slightly more beat-up comics I’ve come upon, I simply couldn’t resist that cover. Monsters. Skeletons. Even what appears to be a vampire…but they have nothing to do with the first story, alas. Still…can you ever get anything better for Halloween than a group of ghouls just having a good time? I don’t think so.

The first story is a nicely dark twist, which seems to be fairly uncommon in many of the stories, as rarely do we tend to see more than the occasional gruesome ghost…I rather liked these old man-goblins in their odd little way. The second one is a little reminiscent of the a simple little 30s or 40s farce you’d watch in-between movies.

 

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Vintage Comics – Adventures Into Darkness, Issue 5: Horror’s Little Acre, The Phantom Warning, Day of Reckoning (Pg 18 – End)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2014 by ranranami

We finish up this issue with two tales of vengeance and an unheeded warning. The first story was…well they’re all fairly predictable. I’m only left wondering where on earth in the US you could find an acre of property with plants as exotic as the ones in this comic?

I really liked the last story, the design for the burnt bird woman was particularly interesting, I think…if a bit sad. Reminds me of a noir fairy tale.

 

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