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Archive for February 2014 – Page 2

Trailer For Jeepers Creepers’ Director’s New Horror Film Dark House

Normally I would be spouting off about how scary this looks and how I will never, ever see this movie (ok, that part’s probably still true), but honestly, this trailer for Dark House, the newest film from Jeepers Creepers director Victor Salva, just looks confusing beyond anything else.

There’s so many things happening in this trailer. A guy can touch people and see how they die, which is okay, pretty standard, but then they throw in this house, guarded by Tobin Bell, whose creepiness is muted somewhat by an unfortunate hair piece, and then there a bunch of dudes in the woods with axes. And the official plot description really doesn’t clear anything up:

Dark House is the story of Nick Di Santo, who is tormented by his ability to touch someone and see exactly how they will die. On his 23rd birthday Nick is summoned by his mother (Leslie-Anne Down) to the asylum where she has been institutionalized since his childhood. Hoping that her request to see him is a sign of improvement, Nick is stunned by her revelation that the father he thought was dead is really alive. He is alive and may know the origin of Nick’s terrible gift. Nick sets out to find his father with his best friend Ryan (Anthony Rey Perez) and girlfriend Eve (Alex McKenna).

The trio are soon frightened and alarmed as every road they take on the journey leads them back to the same abandoned mansion – a house that only existed in Nick’s childhood imagination or so he thought. A house in a town that no map connects. Finally succumbing to the will of the house, Nick becomes embroiled in a battle with a dark figure (Bell). What started as a simple road trip soon turns into a terror-filled journey, full of horrifying twists and brutal surprise.

But look, no matter how convoluted or confusing a plot may be, I still don’t want to see a guy’s head get smashed in with an sledgehammer as this trailer so proudly teases. So I’ll have to go through life never knowing what Dark House is all about. For the curious but brave, it releases on VOD on March 11th.

Trailer For Jeepers Creepers’ Director’s New Horror Film Dark House

First Trailer For The Walshes From Graham Linehan And A Diet Of Worms

I’m not too familiar with the Irish comedy troupe Diet of Worms but Graham Linehan‘s work on Big Train, Black Books, Father Ted et al has made up a big part of my viewing patterns for almost twenty years now. He seems to be on a bit of a tear lately with Count Arthur Strong getting off to a good start last summer and now, BBC Four’s new sitcom The Walshes.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Intriguing. I do like a good “family sitcom” – in terms of subject rather than target audience, in this case – and Linehan certainly has sitcom form.

Episode one of The Walshes, of just three in this first series, airs on BBC Four, 13th March at 10pm.

First Trailer For The Walshes From Graham Linehan And A Diet Of Worms

12 YEARS A SLAVE’s John Ridley Talks Diversity, Dwayne McDuffie and More in Pt 2

From Milestone Comics to the Justice League’s ‘Starcrossed,’ the Oscar nominee talks his love of comics

12 YEARS A SLAVE’s John Ridley Talks Diversity, Dwayne McDuffie and More in Pt 2

From Milestone Comics to the Justice League’s ‘Starcrossed,’ the Oscar nominee talks his love of comics

12 YEARS A SLAVE’s John Ridley Talks Diversity, Dwayne McDuffie and More in Pt 2

From Milestone Comics to the Justice League’s ‘Starcrossed,’ the Oscar nominee talks his love of comics

Catching Up With Neil Gibson and His Twisted Dark – A ‘British Twilight Zone’

Olly MacNamee writes for Bleeding Cool:

Comic writer, Neil Gibson, is having a busy year already and the publishing of re-mastered editions of his popular Twisted Dark anthologies is only the start. We caught up with the new kid on the comic book block to see what else he was up to this year.

Olly MacNamee: Some have described Twisted Dark as a British Twilight Zone. What’s your own opinion of the contemporary psychological thrillers you tell?

Neil Gibson: Well I’m delighted it is compared to The Twilight Zone! When I was a kid I loved stories that made you think as well as entertain you, and hopefully my stories do that to other people. The difference between Twisted Dark and the Twilight Zone is that all my stories are set in the same universe and all the characters connect – they aren’t stand-alone stories. With regards to it being a British version, well, even though I’m British, the stories are set all over the world – from Laos to Colombia and we have international talent making the series so I’m not sure how British it is!

OM: What scares you?

NG: All horror films. Seriously. I don’t like being scared!

OM: How is your collection of short stories different to other anthologies?

NG: All the stories connect and they are linked thematically. I have this massive spider gram showing all the connections and when the series is complete I will finally reveal to everyone how all the stories intertwine. It is not something I expect most fans to explore at length, but I know some will. There’s this guy in Malta who even spotted a mistake we made and we had to fix it!

OM: Last time we chatted to you (Nov. 2012) you discussed comics that influenced you growing up. Which comics are you reading at the moment that you can’t put down?

NG: Right now my favorite is Locke and Key and I’m waiting for the final trade. Also, I’m excited by Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk. Check it out if you haven’t read it.

OM: Outside of comics, what also influences you?

NG: Pretty much anything I find interesting. I love watching QI (BBC), but sadly my wife doesn’t, so I have to sneak in the reruns on Dave at odd moments when she’s not at home. :)

OM: You are currently re-mastering your first four volumes of Twisted Dark. What can readers expect in these new editions?

NG: Better art, better layouts, better lettering, better print quality… One of the joys in setting up a new comic book company is the ability to print what you like and enjoy. The downside is we had no in-house expertise and had to learn from scratch how to actually make a comic book. It took us two years, but now we are ready and I’m very excited about what we have lined up to come out.

OM: Other than the re-mastered volumes of the well acclaimed Twisted Dark volumes, what are the plans for Neil Gibson and T Pub in 2014?

NG: Oops, it seems I jump ahead when answering these questions. I guess I am just enthusiastic about the medium! This year we are launching nationally in the UK, US and maybe Canada. We will have at least 5 volumes of Twisted Dark out (maybe 6). Twisted Sci-fi will also be released as well as the trade version of Tabatha and also Tortured Life. We will also release The World of Chub Chub, which bizarrely some people think is their favourite thing I do – it originally started as a gift for my mother but just expanded due to the reaction I got. It is similar to Calvin and Hobbes, I guess, only it is based on my childhood. I was not a very well behaved kid! We are also launching a comic cookbook, but it is doubtful it will be ready by the end of the year.

Remastered volumes of Twisted Dark are available now from the Tpub website (just click here) and you can read the whole of Twisted Dark for free here.

Olly MacNamee teaches English and Media, for his sins, in a school somewhere in Birmingham. Some days, even he doesn’t know where it is. Follow him on twitter @ollymacnamee or read about his exploits at olly.macnamee@blogspot.co.uk. Or don’t.

Catching Up With Neil Gibson and His Twisted Dark – A ‘British Twilight Zone’

Rumour: Another Trilogy Of Matrix Films In The Planning Stages

Though Andy and Lana Wachowski have apparently conceived the new Jupiter Ascending as the first in a series and have another, less action-driven sci-fi film somewhere in the pipeline, rumours of more Matrix movies are again rearing their head.

It’s not the first time this story has bubbled up, and I can’t help be at least a little sceptical, but Latino Review are claiming that:

The Wachowski’s have already started the writing process with early treatments and outlines already turned into the studio.

If the rule of diminishing returns continue throughout any future Matrix films, a sixth one should see us finally arrive at a film so tedious and preposterous that it’s actually literally impossible to watch it all the way through without laughing yourself to sleep.

There are precisely no details as to what these sequels might contain. Expect to see the Jupiter Ascending press junket spiral off into endless repeated questioning on this very subject, and I hope for Keanu Reeves’ sake that he doesn’t have anything to promote in the next few months.

Rumour: Another Trilogy Of Matrix Films In The Planning Stages

TOMASI’S Critical Hit LIGHT BRIGADE Charges Into March Hardcover at Dark Horse

The BATMAN AND... writer talks about his hidden gem LIGHT BRIGADE that will be given new life next month.

TOMASI’S Critical Hit LIGHT BRIGADE Charges Into March Hardcover at Dark Horse

The BATMAN AND... writer talks about his hidden gem LIGHT BRIGADE that will be given new life next month.

TOMASI’S Critical Hit LIGHT BRIGADE Charges Into March Hardcover at Dark Horse

The BATMAN AND... writer talks about his hidden gem LIGHT BRIGADE that will be given new life next month.