Book of Monsters!

While Chris is on tour in Europe with Rezurex, Ray, Anthony, and Shawn get together post-Us and watch the recently released Book of Monsters! Writer Paul Butler, Director Stewart Sparke, and Cinematographer Hamish Saks bring a fun, practical effects-laden story about Sophie, a teenage girl whose 18th birthday becomes a bloodbath thanks to an ancient book of, well, Monsters! Plus, we talk about all the great, and not so great flicks we’ve watched since the last episode, including but not limited to Critters: The New Binge and De Palma!

The Horror Vision: Reading Image Comics’ Infidel

Recently, my friend Jesus gifted me a copy of Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell’s Infidel trade paperback. I’d heard titterings about this book online; that it was a fantastic new horror comic, and a modern update on the haunted house paradigm. But despite flurries of excitement in my peripheral vision, Infidel somehow escaped my purview on the shelves of my beloved comic book shop.

I say most sincerely then, thank you, Jesus, for sending this book my way. Infidel is, simply put, stunning horror. It is modern, terrifying at times, and downright ugly at others. Ugly, despite the absolute majesty of the art and execution of the concept.

You can find this first volume pretty much anywhere comics are sold. Will there be others? I’m unsure; the first trade ends the story satisfactorily enough, but of course, with a success, there is always room for more. Plus, the thankfully vague explanations for the haunting the characters stumble upon in the back half of this volume are just begging to be fleshed out. There’s dark magick here, and something else you can’t quite put your finger on. Which makes everything all the more frightening.

When you look at Infidel, the first thing that strikes you is the art. It’s gorgeous and strange; beautiful even in its abject ugliness. It carries the story but remains abstract and non-committal. Make no mistake, this is not an easy feat, and everyone involved deserves a tip of the hat for the pacing, tone, and emotional resonance Infidel carries.

Look at that. Bone-chilling, right? Well, that’s just the beginning of the nightmare fuel in this book.

Infidel’s basic plot is this: two Muslim American women and their multi-cultural neighbors find themselves living in a building haunted by Xenophobic ghosts. It’s a great set-up, but the execution even transcends what you can say about it in an elevator pitch. Needless to say, the book landed a film deal after a mere two issues, and if reading this late at night, the dark pressing in against your lamp, doesn’t creep you right the hell out, well, you might want to consider signing up for a night in that haunted mansion.  Infidel is probably the creepiest book I’ve read since Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches (and just when the hell is that coming back?)

Infidel hits you in the horror nerve while whittling your defenses away with well-earned empathy for the characters. Bad shit happens in our world, but in Infidel, that’s only the beginning.

Dry Blood!

 

Two Saturdays ago Ray, Anthony, and Shawn sat down and watched Director/Producer Kelton Jones and Writer/actor/producer/editor Clint Carney’s 2017 film Dry Blood. It was a harrowing experience. An indie horror flick definitely worth supporting. Hear our thoughts and order the movie direct from Epic Pictures HERE.

Saturday Night Horror Party!

It’s Saturday night and we’ve just had a viewing of Cold Hell! Pumped, Ray, Chris, Anthony, and Shawn decide to do an impromptu episode and talk about what they’ve seen recently, what they recommend you watch and why, what they recommend you don’t watch and why, and all kinds of tangential horror goodness in between!

Secret Santa!

 

This episode we welcome Writer/Director/Producer Adam Marcus, Actress/Writer/Producer Debra Sullivan, and Producer Bryan Sexton, creators of the just released on DVD/BR holiday horror film Secret Santa, which played to rave reviews in 19 festivals over the previous year! Our guests discuss true independent moviemaking, the state of horror, the challenges of an 11-day shoot in the middle of a blizzard, their fantastic cast and the genesis of their production company Skeleton Crew.

Episode 3: Suspiria

A few weeks later than planned, but Anthony, Ray, and Shawn finally get a chance to tell you what they thought of Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 seminal horror classic Suspiria. Heavy spoilers on that one.  Also discussed, Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Graham Reznick’s Dead Wax now on Shudder, and The Barn II’s indie go-go.