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Horror Flick of the Week: Wake Wood (2009)

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2017 by ranranami

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I recently (and by recent, I mean last October) joined a fantastic Discord group, where we chat about horror, and watch what essentially amounts to a crap-load of horror movies with a heavy dose of the bad outweighing the good. Don’t get me wrong, though, I love watching the bad ones. We’re not walking into our little streaming theatre with any concept that they’re all going to be winners.

Anyway, on St. Patrick’s day, in honor of Irish horror, I hand-selected a bunch of pretty fun movies. The good. The bad. The downright ugly…this one was one of the best. In fact, I’d frankly say it was the scariest, too.

Even though I myself have never been a parent, and very likely won’t be for quite some time, I can’t imagine there is any greater real terror or tragedy a parent can face than losing their child. This movie takes that idea, throws in some very…odd Irish villagers, gold old-fashioned dark magic with Celtic influences for good measure, and the ever delicious element of ‘breaking the rules’ that leads to the most deliciously dark consequences. I’d like to tell you more, but it’s a fairly simple and straight-forward story you’ll have to discover for yourself.

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Happy Halloween! Short Film: Don’t Feed the Scarecrow

Posted in Media, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , on October 31, 2016 by ranranami

Whew! What an exhausting month, huh, guys? Well…it’s Halloween, and before you set up for your spooky party, your haunted house, your trick or treating adventure…why don’t you settle down, relax, grab a bowl of popcorn…and enjoy my little slice of silver screen horror…

Featured Kickstarter: Black Dog Devil

Posted in Books, Comics, Kickstarter Projects, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2016 by ranranami

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1028393422/black-dog-devil-volume-1/widget/video.html

In a quaint 1950s town in rural Indiana, a witches coven was interrupted at the height of evil, and a curse was born. For 25 years, the curse was all but forgotten, until a Stranger walked in out of the rain one October night, and this once-sleepy town will never be the same…

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Horror is an ever-evolving monster (pun aside), and one can’t help but think how well the genre suits just about every format, from print, to screen, to art, projection, radio, music, etcetera. I don’t think there has ever been a time when the genre had so much innovation or incredible variety as we’re seeing today. When I found this kickstarter, my breath was taken away by the eery beauty of the pictures in the video above. Frankly, I think you would be doing your self a disservice by not checking this project out.

Interested? Swing on over to the kickstarter page and help bring the first issue this gorgeous graphic series to life. Or, is that ‘unlife’?

Book of the week – Lenore: Wedgies, by Roman Dirge

Posted in Books, Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2016 by ranranami

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Back when I was in junior high, the webcomic world was blossoming for the first time across the internet. Aside from my Archie comics, which my mom bought me on every bi-weekly grocery trip, I hadn’t gotten the opportunity to really delve into others until then. So, I decided I wanted to use my extra cash from household chores to buy something special. I went to a comic store for the first time, and I found…Lenore, by Roman Dirge (a fun artist who also happens to be pretty close friends with Jhonen Vasquez of ‘Invader Zim’ fame.) This was the first issue I bought, and I instantly fell in love with the creepy little dead girl who didn’t really comprehend the idea of mortality, and thus many of her poor pets had to suffer from her unwittingly dangerous affection.

My Lenore obsession burnt out by the time I was in high school and really exploring other, slightly more mature comics, but this book will always hold a place in my heart, and even to this day when I pick it up, a quick look at a page or two always elicits a soft chuckle. Don’t let your possibly bitter memories of the overly marketed Hot Topic prevent you from reading these comics. You’d be missing out on something pretty good.

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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Book of the Week: Varney The Vampire: Or “The Feast Of Blood” by Thomas Preskett Prest

Posted in Books, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 19, 2016 by ranranami

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With Dracula, many romantic images are conceived in today’s readers minds. They attribute a good deal of the mythos to that particular novel, and for good reason…it was pretty popular, but did you know this one came pretty much half a century before, and was the true progenitor of many of the tropes we still use today in vampire stories?

There’s plenty of awesome ‘penny dreadfuls’ out there worth browsing through if you like yourself something a little campy, a little gory, and perhaps a little tasteless…but few so long, and rarely do they receive much attention today (‘The String of Pearls’ aside, which you may know by the name ‘Sweeney Todd’.)

Essentially it’s a soap opera. In fact, fans of Dark Shadows might even consider Varney awfully similar to Barnabas Collins in his journey, at times sympathetic, and other times absolutely despicable. Anyway, it’s a fun romp, and an important mile stone in Gothic literature, well worth the read (over perhaps several dozen sittings.)

Horror Flick of the Week: ‘Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)’

Posted in Media, Movies and shows, Trailers, Videos and Clips with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2016 by ranranami

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I feel like maybe a lot of people would disagree about this, but honestly…I enjoyed this movie a lot more than Creepshow. Don’t get me wrong, Creepshow is awesome, and the framing structure with the animations were pretty freaking cool. Yet…as a kid…Creepshow didn’t put me through the roller coaster ride of emotions this movie did. Each story really does have its own awesome appeal, the cast is great, the writers are awesome…

The fact that the framing story to this is a Hansel and Gretel-esque tale with a witch preparing to cook a little boy to serve at her supper party makes this an absolutely delicious watch for the Halloween season, and I think it does the series it’s associated more than justice (in fact, it’s actually considered a spiritual successor to Creepshow, too.) I can’t praise this movie enough. For the love of god, if you haven’t seen it yet, watch it this year as soon as humanly possible.