Tagged horror

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...

It Comes at Night Won’t Be Soon Forgotten

I’ll just start this off with a variation of the spoiler alert. This is a mean movie. This is not a movie to go to if you are feeling the full weight of the world and utter despair with humanity. This will not help you. This is certainly not a movie to go to if you think horror films are all chock-full of knives, boobs, and masked killers. Likewise, if you cringe at the thought of “art horror” (see...

Alien: Covenant is Faithless

In every cop TV show there is a scene where the detectives have to visit the family of a murder victim and inform them that their loved one has been killed senselessly. The family cries or yells, and the cop either shrugs it off or says something really pithy. My dear, dear Alien fans, I am the detective and I am on your doorstep. Knock, knock. I am going to do the merciful thing and spare you the hundred...

Why White Minnesotan Liberals Really Need to See Get Out

As soon as I saw the trailer for Get Out in October, I knew that this would be a movie I needed to see. However, at that time I honestly did not anticipate Get Out to be legitimate horror film, even though it was being marketed in that genre. I thought the first trailer was a cleverly edited comedy film to mimic a horror film satirically (similar to the SNL skit “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black”). It only made sense to me...

At Home with Monsters Invites You into the Mind of Guillermo del Toro

Vampirism. Lycanthropy. Wraithlike remnants of the soul, trapped eternally in their own suffering. Demons. Monsters. These are staple elements of lore across time and culture, shadow puppets of our reality—of us. Stories that tell stories that we don’t want to openly tell. The lust and seduction of bloodletting, the tragedy of immortality, the relatable fear of some hidden self released and unrestrained. Stories that, at their core, are undeniably human. It is no surprise that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro’s personal collection, opening at the...

Win FREE Tickets to Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters at the Minneapolis Institute of Art!

When it was first announced that the Minneapolis Institute of Art was helping organize an exhibit around the work of the man who directed The Devil’s Backbone, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, and other beloved fantasy and horror films, the Internet exploded a bit. Now Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters is finally here, and we’re giving you the chance for you and a friend to see it for free! Taking inspiration from Guillermo del Toro’s extraordinary imagination, this unique exhibition...

The Bye Bye Man Won’t Be Back

I am so very sorry, Carrie-Anne Moss (Detective Shaw). I don’t know what twisted Hollywood trail brought you to spend one or two shooting days on the set of The Bye Bye Man, but please avoid that way in the future. I am guessing that the phrase “from the producers of Oculus” impressed your agent enough to sign you up. Maybe it’s time to shop for a new agent? The Bye Bye Man is the latest indie film attempt to...

Halloween Anime Roundup: Scaryish, Scarier, Scariest

Halloween is almost here, and beyond causing me to contemplate which of my past cosplays I might repurpose as a Halloween costume, this season has me thinking about the scary anime I’ve seen . . . and have yet to see! In truth, there aren’t as many horror-themed anime series out there as one might expect—or at least, not many that have gained a lot of traction with fans aside from the most devoted aficionados. There are certainly a lot of...
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