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Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest: Tomorrow is the Big Day!

Halloween Comic Fest 2018 is tomorrow (Saturday. October 27th)!  Here are Matt’s recommendations for the day!

Today’s book recommendation is the breakout hit Ice Cream Man written by W. Maxwell Prince with art by Martin Morazzo.

Everyone loves the ice cream man right? Well…maybe not so much after you check out this horror anthology series. Each story within Ice Cream Man is a one-shot tale, connected only by the appearance of a mysterious ice cream man. Horrible things befall the recipients of his treats, but we’re not just talking about gastrointestinal distress. We’re talking about strange happenings that involve sorrow, horror, and sometimes redemption. Oh…and at least one with a weird spider.

Something this fun and creepy doesn’t come along often, so be sure to check this one out. The first volume is available now in our graphic novel section. If you dig it, then you will also want to keep your eyes and ears open for a possible television show in the future, as the book was optioned only a few issues into its run!

 

Today’s movie recommendation is Noroi The Curse directed by Kôji Shiraishi.

This is a Japanese film I came across about a decade ago and it has stayed with me ever since. This film follows a group of people documenting real life haunting who unfortunately found more than they bargained for. This film bleeds atmosphere and is hands down the creepiest thing I’ve ever seen. If you can track this one down I highly recommend it.

MATT’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST: 3 DAYS LEFT!

Halloween Comic Fest is 3 days away! Here are Matt’s recomendations of the day to get you in the Halloween spirit!

Today’s book recomendation is Infidel written by Pornsak Pichetshote with art by Aaron Campbell & colors by José Villarrubia.

This chilling story centers around an American Muslim woman and her family living in a haunted apartment building. The twist here is that the entities that haunt the building feed from xenophobia. The book blends an examination of bigotry with the classic haunted house story. I don’t want to give too much away about this one, but in my opinion this is one of the best books of the year.

The art is especially noteworthy with haunting imagery that will make your spine tingle. It reminded my of Jock’s work in the book Wytches, but it amplifies the creepiness found there by 10 fold. The whole story is now available in a single volume available in our graphic novel section. Be sure to check it out if you like thoughtful and terrifying horror.

Today’s movie recommendation is Dagon directed by  Stuart Gordon.

Stuart Gordon is no stranger to the works of H.P. Lovecraft. He has directed numerous Lovecraft adaptations such as Reanimator, From Beyond, and Dreams in the Witch House. With Dagon, Stuart Gordon takes on adapting one of Lovecraft’s most well-known works The Shadows Over Innsmouth.

If you’re a fan of Lovecraft, you know the story: a group of friends that have been sailing wash ashore in a fishing town after something attacked their ship. They soon find out something is very “fishy” about the townsfolk and start to unravel the mystery of the cult of Dagon.

In my opinion this is the best movie adaption of an H.P. Lovecraft story that I have seen. You need to check it out.

And…while it is more of a wish than a recommendation, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that someday we will get to see a Guillermo del Toro adaptation of  Mountains of Madness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest: 4 Days Left!

Only 4 days to go until Halloween Comic Fest 2018! Here’s Matt with today’s recommendations. [Editor’s note: Due to some technical issues this post went up a day late. My apologies.]

Today we have 2 book recommendations! The first one up is Redlands written by Jordie Bellaire with art by Vanesa R. Del Rey .

Redlands tells the story of a power struggle happening in the small town of Redlands, Florida. The police are losing control of their town and rather than your typical criminal enterprise attempting to fill that vacuum, a coven of witches are the ones who look to take everything for themselves. This book weaves a tale that mixes elements of modern politics with the style of a southern gothic horror story. The writing mixed with Vanesa R. Del Rey’s stunning surreal art makes this book an experience you don’t want to miss. You can catch up on the series with Volume 1 which is available in our graphic novel section and check out new issues as they hit our shelves!

My second book reccomendation is Aliens: Dead Orbit which features the writing and art of James Stokoe.

There have been Aliens comics for almost as long as I can remember. Now, all of them haven’t been so great, but once in a while a special one comes along that transports you into that world and Dead Orbit is one of those books. The book captures the dread and claustrophobia of the first film and makes this an absolute must for fans of space horror or the Aliens films. 

Today’s movie recommendations is Tales of Halloween which features the talents of numerous directors.

This movie features a fun modern collection of stories in the classic horror anthology vein of Trick R Treat. The movie features ten stories packed with laughs, shocks and buckets of blood. This is a fun flick I recommend seeing right away to put you in the Mood for Halloween. If you want to check this one out you can find it on Blu-ray, DVD, or streaming on Netflix.

 

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest 2018: 5 Days To Go!

Only 5 days to go until Halloween Comic Fest 2018! With so little time left, we better get right to the recommendations!

Today’s comic recommendation is Winnebago Graveyard by Steve Niles and Alison Sampson.

Master horror writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) brings us this short, but chilling story.

Winnebago Graveyard brings us the story of a family on a cross country vacation in their RV. During a pit stop to a small town to pick up necessities they quickly find out that they should have stopped ANYWHERE else! Their detour sets off a downward spiral of mystery and horror that, while it may make for a memorable vacation, isn’t the sort of trip anyone is looking to have.

Steve Niles is such a fun writer when he is doing horror and Alison Sampson’s art pops right off the page. This is one comic you don’t want to overlook this year, so be sure to check it out next time you stop in the store! 

Today’s film recommendation is the 2018 modern classic Hereditary by writer/director Ari Aster.

Now what kind of a list would this be if I didn’t talk about 2018’s biggest horror film?

This movie is absolutely fantastic. The visual direction is stunning and surprisingly so when you take into account that this is Ari Aster’s directorial debut for a full length film.

The story of Hereditary revolves the loss of a family’s matriarch. Upon her passing, strange things start happening to the family, particularly the grandchildren. The story itself is a well researched and unsettling tale of a family tormented by an unknown presence (ala the Babadook) while at the same time playing out as a family drama centered on exploring feelings of loss and grief. Toni Collette delivers an amazing performance with an emotional weight that draws you in and the supernatural elements of the film will keep you on the edge of your seat.

While the film isn’t perfect, it does deliver an incredibly creepy experience with amazing directing. It is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray. Also, sneaking in an extra recommendation here, if you like Heriditary you may want to check out Pyewacket on Hulu. 

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest 2018: 6 Days Left

It’s Fanfare’s own connoisseur of all things creepy Matt here! We only have 6 days until Halloween Comic Fest is here and I am counting down with comic and movie recommendations to keep the season spooky. 

Today’s movie recommendation is the 2017 Paco Plaza vilm Verónica.

Verónica is a teen living with her mother and two younger siblings in Madrid. Veronica awakens a presence one day when she hosts a seance while attending her Catholic school. What follows is a tale of possession and demonic force which, on paper, looks like it treads on familiar grounds. However, the execution of the movie is so well done it overcomes the common genre tropes and gives the movie an original feel. This movie establishes an atmosphere of dread heightened by amazing visuals that you don’t want to overlook. A subtitled version of the film is currently available for you to check out on Netflix.