Friday, October 9, 2015

The Truth Hurts in Batman / Superman #24

The gripping conclusion of the “Truth” story-arc is brought down upon us in Batman / Superman #24. Writer Greg Pak and Artists Adrian Syaf, Yildiray Cinar, and Howard Porter close out the tale with panel after panel of absorbing narrative and striking imagery. With the inclusion of a little more action, this is almost the perfect example of a flawless comic book.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Journey to the Dark Moon in American Vampire: Second Cycle #10

Writer Scott Snyder and Artist Rafael Albuquerque take us 22,000 miles above the Earth in American Vampire: Second Cycle #10. Always an enjoyable read, the saga of Skinner Sweet, Pearl Jones, and Felicia Book take us on a terrifying journey as we discover the secret history of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. It’s a bloody fine time that puts the creatures of the night (and day) back where they belong as one of the fiercest monsters in cinema and literary history.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Aquaman Answers the "Siren's Call" in Issue #44

The exploits of Arthur Curry continue to get more complex in Aquaman #44. Writer Cullen Bunn continues throwing deadly punches and hurdles in the course of our super hero's mission to save not only the world under the sea but above. Our eyes are given the pleasure of taking in the magnificent artwork of Trevor McCarthy as he breathes life into Bunn's scripting.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Scream Factory Introduces Horror Fans to "The Stranger"

Scream Factory and IFC Midnight partner up again to bring us an Eli Roth presentation from the land of Chile. "The Stranger" is the sort of movie independent film festivals were created for. It's a unique little gem that evokes more heartfelt emotions than what you would expect from what appears to be a horror thriller at first glance.

In "The Stranger," a mysterious man (Cristobal Tapia-Montt) arrives seeking to kill his wife Ana (Lorenza Izzo) who suffers from a very dangerous disease that makes her as addicted to human blood as he is. But when he discovers that Ana has been dead for a couple of years, Martin decides to commit suicide to definitively eradicate this peculiar disease which imbues his blood with healing powers. Before he can do it, however, Martin is brutally attacked by three local thugs, led by Caleb, the son of a corrupt police lieutenant. The incident suddenly initiates a chain-reaction that plunges the community into a bloodbath.

Although it's not rated, I would give "The Stranger" an R. It contains violence and gore, profanity, alcohol and drug use, and frightening and intense scenes. What we don't find surprisingly is any nudity or sexual situations. This is almost an impossibility in horror movies these days but a welcome change.

Scream Factory gives fans of independent horror films a few treats on the Blu-ray version of "The Stranger." A short film entitled "The Fourth Horseman" is found. The filmmakers headline the featurette "Welcome to Chilewood." Theatrical trailers for both the U.S. and Chile are accompanied by a still gallery to round out the bonus material.

"The Stranger" is a lot more subtle and sophisticated than what we've come to expect from Producer Eli Roth. As strange as it sounds, the film is a sentimental horror story of love, honor, and family ties. Top it all off with a healthy dose of bloody vengeance and you've got the makings of a gory little thriller. You definitely won't be able to say it's the typical take on the supernatural creatures at the core of the tale.

"The Stranger" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Smuggler Hunted in Lando #4

Lando #4 sees Marvel and Lucasfilm continuing their winning streak of new "Star Wars" comics. I've yet to read a title I haven't liked, and this series is no different. Anyone who wants more from a Galaxy Far, Far Away will thoroughly enjoy the tale Writer Charles Soule is telling. Imagine an old-fashioned heist tale that takes place in another star system.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Effective Jump Scares, True Terror Abound in "Insidious 3"

I watch a lot of horror films as a reviewer of the genre. One of my favorite classifications to dig into are of the supernatural variety. There are a couple different directors who are the champions of the modern subgenre that come to mind. Scott Derrickson has successfully carved out his niche with the "Sinister" movies. The one man who continues to amaze me over and over again with consistent quality and genuine frights is James Wan. His movies are made up of all the right ingredients of a classic supernatural horror outing. Now there's a new directorial talent in town and his name is Leigh Wannell.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Joker Returns to Gotham in "Batman: Endgame"

Just when you think it’s safe to go out for a night on the town to your favorite comedy club, the Joker shows up and ruins all your chances of a good time. "Batman Volume 7: Endgame" collects issues 35 through 40 of the DC superhero’s self-titled monthly series. Penned by Scott Snyder and drawn by Danny Miki and Greg Capullo, the city of Gotham is in for a rough ride which will lead to all the tragedy and turmoil we’ve come to expect from our journeys into the world of the Dark Knight.

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