Tagged horror

Overlord Reanimates a Dead Genre

If you told me a year ago that I would be walking through the rain to see a late-night screening of a World War II zombie movie, I would scoffed and gone back to researching New Zealand immigration laws. Things change, of course, and the great thing about movies is that all it takes is one or two totally solid ones to shift the landscape and kick off another trend. As easy as it is to disparage the entertainment...

Suspiria Spills Over with Stimulating Shocks

Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria is every bit as twisted, stylish, and violent as its 1977 counterpart. In the same way that David Gordon Green’s Halloween is a faithful throwback of the John Carpenter classic, Guadagnino adheres greatly to the creepy uneasiness that made Dario Argento’s original film such a nightmarish trip. And while the film is sure to be deeply polarizing for going insane with its panic, terror, and gore, the boldness of its insanity makes it all the more...

City of Ghosts Is a Perfect October Ghost Story

In October, I often get in the mood for a ghost story. City of Ghosts, a spooky middle grade fiction book by Victoria Schwab, fit the bill for me. It is the story of Cassidy Blake, who has the ability to see ghosts and to visit the realm of spirits. Her parents are paranormal investigators who relocate to Edinburgh, Scotland, to film a television show about haunted cities. Her best friend happens to be a ghost named Jacob. Once they...

Hereditary’s Roots Run Deep into Horror

Some time ago I happened to be working on a horror film directed by a name filmmaker. The day’s pages concerned a séance in an old house; none of this was interesting at a basic level, of course, because séances are a long-standing trope, but this particular instance was curious because the director demanded a closed set for the scene. A “closed set” means only key crew are allowed during the shoot, usually reserved for sex scenes or nudity...

Who Gets Excluded from the Gender Commentary of Sleeping Beauties and The Power

This fall, the books Sleeping Beauties by Stephen and Owen King and The Power by Naomi Alderman were released. Both make an attempt at viewing what the world is like for women by depicting plagues that affect them while leaving men (mostly) unharmed. This is not a new mechanism in genre literature, with the popular comic Y: The Last Man being a prime example of earlier explorations of a gender-based malady. However, the basis of these two novels, an illumination of inequality...

Stranger Things 2 Smoothly Pairs Humor and Horror

During summer 2016, it seemed like everyone was glued to their TV, phone, tablet, computer, Apple Watch, or smart refrigerator to check out Netflix’s nostalgia-driven Stranger Things, the first show to make you run out and buy Eggo waffles. After more than a year’s wait, season 2 debuted to excited fanfare just before Halloween. But now that the hype has died down, what’s the verdict? Quite simply, it’s bitchin’. Note: This review reveals a few plot details not shown...

Are Zombies and Gore Your Horror of Choice? Meet Minnesota Comic Writer Steve Vold

When I met Steve Vold at the MCBA Fall ComiCon, he thrust a copy of Zombie B.C. into my hands and told me, “I hope you don’t mind gore or violence.” Little did Steve know that one of my all-time favorite video games is Gears of War, which involves chainsawing Locust creatures in half. Leafing through the first couple pages of his comic, the gore was quite apparent in each of the panels. But even without his warning, I...

John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction Offers Excellent Art and Familiar Tropes

John Carpenter is a man of many trades. In addition to being a film director, writer, and composer, though some may not know it, he’s also involved in the world of comics. Published by Storm King Comics, John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction aims to be an anthology, with each limited series telling a contained story over a handful of issues. The first three-issue story is Vault, in which a mining vessel comes across a derelict alien ship in...

Win Tickets See John Carpenter at Myth Live for FREE!

Director, screenwriter, producer, musician, editor, and composer John Carpenter is coming to Myth Live in Maplewood November 7. In honor of his new album, Anthology (out October 20) and the anniversary of Halloween (out October 25, 1978), we’re giving you the chance to win 2 free tickets to the show! Here’s all you have to do to enter: (1) like the Twin Cities Geek Facebook page (2) like the John Carpenter giveaway post (3) comment on the post naming your...

Creepy Art Busts through Horror Clichés in The Circle

The problem with horror is the body count. In general, when characters start dropping like flies, it becomes difficult stay invested. Why care when everyone is going to be slaughtered, right? Horror comic books have an extra hurdle since the word count is low. There just aren’t a lot of pages for the characterization a reader needs in order to get the sock-it-in-the-gut punch each death should represent. But Action Lab Entertainment’s The Circle by Damon Clark (writer) and...
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