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MATT’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST – 5 DAYS TO GO!

Halloween Comic Fest is on October 28th…just 5 days away! We’re getting all the cool free comics ready for you and we are super excited to see what costumes you’ve all thought up. That said, if you still need some Halloween inspiration, Matt is here with today’s comic and movie recommendations for his Countdown To Halloween Comic Fest! Take it away Matt:

The comic selection for today is none other than American Vampire by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque (one of my all-time favorite artists).

The series follows a new breed of vampire that now lives in America with a narrative that spans generations rather than focusing on just one specific time frame. In American Vampire you could be reading a story set in 1920’s LA or one that explores the history of these vampires during the time of the Old West. 

The first volume is definitely my favorite in the series and it happens to feature a story written by none other than Stephen King himself! Albuquerque breathes life into these undead characters with a style you simply need to see to believe. His use of deep blacks and masterful brushwork make this a vampire story you’ll want to sink your teeth into! [Nailed that vampire joke -ed]

Once you’ve caught your breath from reading American Vampire you can kick back on the couch and check out today’s film recommendation It Follows by writer/director David Robert Mitchell.

You may have heard about this film recently as it is relatively new (2014) and it stands out among the less than stellar entries in the horror genre from the last couple of years.

This film centers on a ghost. A ghost who targets a specific individual and will constantly, slowly, follow and hunt that person until it finally gets them or they do something to pass the haunting onto another person. 

The movie is definitely an original and welcomed entry into the horror genre. The cinematography is fantastic and feels like its plucked right out of the 80’s. I’m looking forward to seeing what David Robert Mitchell comes up with next.

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

MATT’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST – 6 DAYS TO GO!

Welcome back to Matt’s Halloween Comic Fest Countdown!  From now until HCF (Saturday, October 28th), Matt will be sharing some of his favorite horror comics and horror movies with us all. Let’s see what he has in store for today:

Hello everyone! Today’s comic selection is Harrow County by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook. 

This book follows the story of a young farm girl named Emmy who, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, finds something out about herself that will change her world forever. This life-changing epiphany? She may just be a reincarnated witch who used to terrorize Harrow County. Born from a cursed tree, the town decided to let Emmy live and grow and destroy her only if there were signs of abnormality. The bad news is that things have not been quite right with Emmy lately. 

Faced with a very different role in the world than she formerly held, she befriends a haint (which you have to see to believe) and starts to learn about her own past. The question remains is whether or not she will embrace a dark past she no longer remembers, or will she forge her own path?

This one comes from master writer Cullen Bunn, and in my opinion is one of his best works.

Now, let’s escape from reclusive Harrow County, into the city to take in a movie. A horror movie that is! Oh, and what film will we watch today? None other than the classic Fright Night!

What good is a list of top horror movies without a vampire movie?  

Fright Night introduces us to Charley Brewster, a teen who has an odd new neighbor; one who doesn’t seem to come out at all during the day. Charley’s curiosity gets the better of him and one night while he is spying on the odd house next door, he sees his neighbor burying a body! This is just the start of a series of events that leads to a tailspin of vampire film perfection. 

This movie is fun, has a great soundtrack, good practical effects, and is just creepy enough to keep itself firmly locked into the horror genre. Not to mention it has one of the most iconic horror film posters ever (as you can see above).

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

 

MATT’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST – 7 DAYS TO GO!

Welcome back to Matt’s Halloween Comic Fest Countdown!  From now until HCF (Saturday, October 28th), Matt will be sharing some of his favorite horror comics and horror movies with us all. Let’s see what he has in store for today:

Hello everyone! Today’s book selection is another work from horror master Junji Ito entitled Fragments of Horror

This compilation of short stories has some of Ito’s best work. My two favorite entries in this collection are Dissection Girl and The Haunting at Wood Manor. Ito has a way of playing with your nerves and making you feel completely unsettled when taking in his pages that is unrivaled among his peers. This is an absolute must have for your collection.

Now, it is time to head off to the movies with today’s film recommendation.

Today’s choice is the movie Shutter, not the terrible American remake, but the original 2004 film by Banjong Pisanthanakun & Parkpoom Wongpoom. 

This film follows a group of people who are haunted by a ghost that is only visible in the photographs
they take. Ever look at a photo and notice something you never did before? Well imagine ghostly images haunting your memories that you’ve captured and then intensifying until they invade your actual world.

This film has some of the creepiest scenes in film and a terrifying ending that you will never forget!

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

MATT’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN COMIC FEST – 8 DAYS TO GO!

Welcome back to Matt’s Halloween Comic Fest Countdown!  From now until HCF (Saturday, October 28th), Matt will be sharing some of his favorite horror comics and horror movies with us all. Let’s see what he has in store for today:

Hello everyone! Today’s book recommendation is Wormwood: The Gentleman Corpse by one of my all-time favorite artists/creators Ben Templesmith!

Wormwood follows the story of a Trans-dimensional God who can control a dead body by burrowing into the host’s head. He’s a snazzy dressing, earth saving old god we can all love.   Templesmith’s art isn’t something you want to miss. He is as unique as they come.

If this sounds like a book for you, we currently have both Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse Omnibus and the new one-shot Wormwood Goes to Washington in stock now!

Now that we have you all set with a good book, how about we turn to the world of film?

You may have noticed that that the movies I’ve been recommending aren’t the big mainstream movies that everyone knows. That said, no Halloween list is complete without at least one Nightmare on Elm Street movie.

My personal favorite from the franchise is Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors  I feel the series really knew what it wanted to be during the development of this film and leaned into it.

The movie follows a group of kids who cant sleep who are living in a psychiatric hospital, insert Freddy Krueger here and you have the makings for a awesome movie! Nancy Callahan returns from the first film as the star once again and Freddy’s antics, one liners and kills are the best the series has to offer.

Welcome to the Prime Time!!!

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest – 9 Days to Go!

Welcome back to Matt’s Halloween Comic Fest Countdown!  From now until HCF (Saturday, October 28th), Matt will be sharing some of his favorite horror comics and horror movies with us all. Let’s see what he has in store for today, take it away Matt:

Today’s selection is a story by one of my favorite creative teams, Brian Azarello and Eduardo Risso, entitled Moonshine!

Moonshine takes place during the Prohibition era and follows a crime family’s top gun in the midst of smuggling back the best hooch NYC has ever seen. While acquiring the contraband from a clan of hillbillies the unexpected happens when werewolves show up to make
things interesting. If you like a good werewolf story or are a fan of this team’s work on 100 Bullets this is one you cant
miss!

With the book recommendation done, it is time to go to the movies with today’s film recommendation Beyond The Gates!

Did you grow up in the 80s? Do you remember VHS interactive board games? Then this may be a treat for you.

This story follows two brothers. Their father is missing and presumed dead and it is now up to them to get all of his affairs in order. One major task they face is boxing up their father’s Video Rental store where they stumble across an eerie VHS board game. The game quickly becomes all too real…but not in the fun Jumanji kind of way

Beyond the Gates came out last year and I decided to take a chance and check it out on Netflix. I was not disappointed. It is low budget, but nonetheless it delivers with an original concept and good atmosphere which seems harder and harder to come by these days within the genre.,.and wow, what a theme song.

Well I hope you enjoy these recommendations.  Thanks for checking this out and be sure to come back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest – 10 Days to Go!

Hello everyone! Today’s selection is a series of stories from Horror master Junji Ito entitled Tomie.

Tomie follows different characters and their interactions with a girl who seems normal at first but is definitely not someone you would want to meet. She has the ability to drive men to such extreme levels of desire that they will hurt others or even her. Not that it matters much to her since Tomie always has a very eerie way of putting herself back together for another story.

Probably one of Ito’s less flashy entries but not one to miss!

Today’s movie recommendation is The Monster Squad!

Ready for some fun? Ready to stop the universal monster crew from destroying everything? Well these kids definitely are!

Monster Squad follows a group of kids who love horror movies, hanging out in one of the coolest tree houses I’ve ever seen, and maybe fighting monsters on the side.

Dracula has returned and is resurrecting all the monsters to help him rule the world. But not if this squad has anything
to say about it! It’s good lighthearted fun but with a cool classic 80’s horror vibe. Frankenstein is particularly great in the film as well.

And of course, you can’t have a halloween mix without including the Monster Squad Rap Song. Definitely worth a watch. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest – 11 Days to Go

Matt is counting down to Halloween Comic Fest (October 28th) with comic and movie suggestions! Here are his recommendations for the day:

Hello everyone! today’s weather feels a bit chilly so why not talk about Colder?

Colder follows Declan Thomas, a man committed to an insane asylum who somehow has the ability to “cure” madness. As Declan uses his ability, his body temperature drops to the point where no one should be able to survive. Eventually Declan comes in contact with a  strange character by the name of Nimble Jack…and that is when the fun really starts to kick in. This book has some crazy imagery (including a cover to Volume 1 we decided was a little too extreme for the blog -Ed.) and an awesome story.

Today’s movie recommendation is Event Horizon.


This is a film about a spaceship called the Event Horizon which is set to travel through a black hole.
After the ship goes through ,all contact is lost. That is until one day it randomly shows back up with a distress beacon.
A crew boards the ship to investigate but finds out that the ship has traveled to somewhere far more sinister. 

Well that’s all for today I hope you Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest 2017 – 12 Days to Go!

Hello everyone! Today’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest entry is none other than Scott Snyder and Jock’s hit series Wytches!

This book follows the story of a family torn apart after their daughter goes missing while exploring the woods a little too deeply. This is an amazing book by a fantastic team with plenty of good writing and art to get you deep into this season’s offerings! If you enjoy the book, you can find even more Wytches in the pages of the newest volume of  Image +

Today’s movie recommendation is Tucker and Dale Vs Evil! Follow the adventure of Tucker and Dale, two best buddies who purchased a fixer upper cabin in the woods and are going off to renovate it into a vacation home. At the same time, a group of college kids having a weekend of fun in the woods are absolutely sure these two loveable hillbillies are psychos who kidnapped their friend. I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil such an amazing film. I’ve watched this one probably a dozen times since its release and still haven’t gotten bored with it. There is loads of slasher fun but at the same time it’s a very funny comedy film. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

 

 

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest 2017 – 13 Days to Go!

Happy Sunday everyone! Today’s recommendation for a good horror book is Neonomicon by legendary comic book writer Alan Moore. This book is heavily themed in the Cthulhu mythos. It follows an undercover detective who is chasing down the source of a new street drug, a drug that is more than meets the eye. There are dreamscapes, Deep Ones, and plenty of Eldritch knowledge to go around for everyone.

Today’s movie recommendation is  From Beyond by Stuart Gordon who brought you the cult classic Re-Animator.

This movie is based on one of H.P. Lovecraft’s short stories about a scientist who uses a super-powered tuning fork to see dimensions beyond our own. There is lots of creepy imagery here and plenty of 80’s practical creature effects to satisfy anyone’s hunger. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!

Matt’s Countdown to Halloween Comic Fest 2017 – 14 Days to Go!

Hello again everyone! Today’s recommendation for all things tasty and horrific is the follow up book to yesterday’s post. This book is called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It tells the story of Sabrina on her 16th birthday, when she must decide whether to become a part of her family’s coven or become the bride of C’thulhu. This one is good fun. Enjoy!

My film recommendation is Late Phases. If you want a solid werewolf horror movie, but have already seen all of the classics we know and love, then this one is for you! Late Phases follows the story of a blind Vietnam veteran who moves into a retirement community where something strange is happening. Enjoy and check back tomorrow for more spooky goodness!