AICN HORROR looks at new horrors THE TALL MAN! BUCKS COUNTY MASSACRE! AFTER THE DAWN! FDR: AMERICAN BADASS! Plus a look back at HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON! THE HEARSE! and BLOOD OF DRACULA’S CASTLE!
Greetings, all. Ambush Bug here with another AICN HORROR: ZOMBIES & SHARKS column. This week we have another load of new scares for you to enjoy, plus some frights of yesteryear.
But before we do that…there’s this!
I DIDN’T COME HERE TO DIE is coming to select theaters in October via Tugg. I plan on reviewing this outstandingly awesome flick in the coming weeks and believe me, it is definitely Tugg-worthy. Here’s the official synopsis: the film tells the story of six young volunteers working on a humanitarian project in the woods where horrific accidents, rash decisions and the unpredictability of human nature leads them all to the same disturbing conclusion: that volunteer work can be a killer.
Tugg the film to a theater near you by clicking on this link!
I covered FAMILIAR, a wicked short body horror film, a while back on AICN HORROR (reviewed here). Now it’s touring festivals through the next few months. In October, you can check it out at the Telluride Horror Show (Oct 12-14), Phoenix FearCon (October 13), HorrorQuest Film Festival (Oct. 19-21), Celluloid Screams (Oct. 26-28), Bram Stoker International Film Festival (Oct 25-27), RazorReel Fantastic Film Festival (Oct. 25-Nov. 6) and Mayhem Horror Film Festival (Oct. 31-Nov. 4). If you can, be sure to get out to these cool fests and check out all the Halloween Festivals and see FAMILIAR!
Just announced: GANGSTERS, GUNS, AND ZOMBIES is going to be coming out on VOD on November 15th and available on DVD and Blu-Ray on December 11. Here’s the official synopsis: The whole “zombie thing” has been hyped up so much that everyone thinks it’s the end of the world! Of course, where one man sees the dead rising from the grave, another sees opportunity. “Q” had a nice, simple plan: drive the robbery getaway van, deliver everyone to the safe house and get paid. Unfortunately, life is never that simple. Q’s accomplices are TONY, a murderous nut case; DANNY, who is bleeding all over the money in the back of the van; and CRAZY STEVE, who lives up to his name. The safe house is surrounded by police, and these zombies just don’t quit. The group takes refuge at a fortified windmill where they team up with the lovely CASSIE and her insane but well-armed GRANDMA. As Tony descends into deeper and deeper psychosis, he forces a last stand against the zombie horde closing in.
I’ll be covering this further on AICN HORROR closer to the release date, but I just wanted to give you all a heads up on it!
If you enjoyed the Don Glut article we ran a few weeks ago, here’s parts two and three of that article posted by William Wilson. It’s not exactly horror, but this continues the story Wilson began a while back. Part 2 and Part 3!
Another film I gave an advance review to, GARDEN OF HEDON (reviewed here) will be playing at the Terror Film Festival in Philadelphia on October 20th. You can find more info on this very cool noir-laden horror film and the other films playing there by clicking here.
That was a lotta news. Now, on with the reviews!
(Click title to go directly to the feature)
HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (1970)
THE HEARSE (1980)/BLOOD OF DRACULA (1969)
BUCKS COUNTY MASSACRE (2010)
AFTER THE DAWN (2012)
FDR: AMERICAN BADASS! (2012)
THE TALL MAN (2012)
And finally…Spoonfeedas with ATTACK OF THE HADEDAS!
Retro-review: Available this week on BluRay from Kino Lorber/Redemption!
HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON (1970)aka BLOOD BRIDES and AN AXE FOR THE HONEYMOON
Directed by Mario Bava
Written by Santiago Cano
Starring Stephen Forsyth, Laura Betti, Dagmar Lassander, Jesus Puente
Retro-reviewed by Ambush Bug
Bava’s BAY OF BLOOD is one of my favorite films, mainly because of how influential it was to the FRIDAY THE 13TH series. It’s funny watching some of Bava’s films and realizing how much modern filmmakers “borrow” from this Italian horror maestro. I hadn’t seen HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON before watching this re-release by Redemption/Kino Lorber (which released three Bava greats—BLACK SUNDAY, which I reviewed last week, and LISA & THE DEVIL, which will be reviewed next week), but after doing so I can name a number of films it reminded me of, while all the while maintaining a fresh and exciting feel to it.
There are definitely shades of PSYCHO and even Poe’s THE TELLTALE HEART in Bava’s tale of John Harrington (Stephen Forsyth,)a self-aware paranoid man who is tormented by his loveless wife Mildred (Laura Betti) and by a past which is hazy to him. John has found that by seducing and killing the young patrons of the wedding shop he and his wife co-own, pieces of his fractured mind come together and he remembers bits of his lost childhood. Convinced that the murders help him mend his mind, John puts together an intricate ceremony for his nubile brides which begins with seduction and ends with a meat cleaver to the face. When his bitter wife, who he is unable to have sex with, gets too close to his secret, he murders her and puts her ashes in a duffle bag, but she continues to haunt him beyond the grave.
Aside from PSYCHO, the film’s opening and even John’s appearance is very much like AMERICAN PSYCHO, right down to the pristine and ritualistic manner by which he gets ready in the morning and John’s first person narrative introducing himself to the viewer. John’s suave manner is reminiscent of Christian Bale even when the pressure starts to amp up for John and cracks in his sanity begin to show. This film is a great precursor to Mary Harron’s classic.
Though relatively bloodless, Bava’s horror here leans more psychological as we see an in control John begin to lose it. The closer he gets to uncovering the dark spots in his memory, the less in control he is. As his dead wife begins appearing all over the place, I began to wonder if this was an actual ghost or if it was indeed all in John’s mind. But from the get-go, John tells us he is a paranoid, so right off the bat, Bava lets us know that what we are seeing may not be completely accurate.
I’m a huge fan of watching other people’s houses of cards fall slowly, and Bava illustrates that expertly here, card by tumbling card. Though some laud HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON as not one of Bava’s best, I found the similarities to old and new psychos make this a fascinating touchstone in the “descent into madness” subgenre of horror.
With lush and extravagant music, some fantastic set pieces filled with mannequins dressed in bridal gowns, a talking handbag full of ashes and a shiny, glistening meat cleaver on a plate, HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON is definitely going to please those with an eye for classic, yet devious Italian horror.
New from Scorpion Releasing and Katrina’s Nightmare Theatre!
Double Feature: THE HEARSE/BLOOD OF DRACULA’S CASTLETHE HEARSE (1980)
Directed by George Bowers
Written by William Bleich & Mark Tenser
Starring Trish Van Devere, Joseph Cotton, David Gautreaux, Donald Hotton, Med Flory, Donald Petrie, Christopher McDonald, Perry Lang, Fred Franklyn, Olive Dunbar, Al Hansen
BLOOD OF DRACULA’S CASTLE (1969)
aka CASTLE OF DRACULA, DRACULA’S CASTLE
Directed by Al Adamson & Jean Hewitt
Written by Rex Carlton
Starring John Carradine, Paula Raymond, Alexander D'Arcy, Robert Dix, Gene Otis Shayne, Jennifer Bishop, Ray Young
Find out more about these films here!
Retro-reviewed by Ambush Bug
I’m not exactly sure why these two films were paired up in this double feature disk. Both are about people inheriting homes that aren’t what they seem, but beyond that they couldn’t be more dissimilar. But by watching both films, you get a nice variety of horrors, genuine and hokey, to enjoy.
Having seen parts of THE HEARSE before on cable a few times, I wasn’t really looking forward to checking it out here. I remember watching bits and then getting bored, tuning back in and then finding those bits being pretty boring as well. That said, sitting through the film in it’s entirety, I can some of the merits of the film, but it does seem to be pretty tame compared to other films of it’s time. At it’s best, it is a bit like THE ENTITY, crossed with THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, as a recently divorced woman moves into a home she inherits from a relative, only to find it to be haunted.
Trish Van Devere heads an all star cast as Judy, the newcomer to a small town who is more than unwelcome once they find out she’s moving into that old creepy house. As usual, she is oblivious to obvious signs of haunting and pays no mind to seeing her dead aunt in the mirror and out of the window. Slamming doors…must be the wind. And she seems to only find it peculiar at first to see a hearse driving by with more frequency. At the same time a suave stranger shows up who ends up seducing her, but Judy pays no mind to the fact that she reads that the same thing happens to her aunt as she reads her diary. Any sane person would leave the house and most likely be leery of strangers, but not Judy. Van Devere was much better in the highly superior film THE CHANGELING. It’s interesting to see the cast pop in and out of the scene with the guy from PORKEY’S showing up as well as familiar faces of Joseph Cotton and especially a young Shooter McGavin himself, Christopher McDonald. But this is Van Devere’s show as the quivering woman in peril.There are a few nicely times scares and a few that seem swiped from the slasher movies which were more popular at the time of this film’s release with the ghost/spirit/demon stalking Judy via first person POV cam while in the shower and doing other business around the house. When Judy does catch up to speed with the rest of the audience as to what’s going on, the house goes apeshit and a priest shows up to try to fix things, but fails. Though I hate to spoil the ending, apparently all it takes to kill a demon spirit vehicle from the other side is to ram it off a cliff with your Oldsmobile, which to me seems a bit too easy.
There is a nice ethereal feel to the dream and haunting sequences to this film. The director of this film also had the teen romp MY TUDOR to his credit list, so scares didn’t seem to be this guy’s forte. Seeing younger versions of Christopher McDonald was fun, but though this film was high on mood, THE HEARSE was pretty low on scares. I prefer the much more campy, but all the more fun, THE CAR, to this one.
On the other end of the spectrum is BLOOD OF DRACULA’S CASTLE, one of those hodge podge horrors which incorporate giant man-brutes, vampires, creepy castles, and a werewolf. Directors Al Adamson & Jean Hewitt toss everything but the kitchen sink into this one. Though light on scares, the film does seem to have bite at times. But that bite feels somewhat uneven as there are absolutely vicious moments followed by hokey harmless horror, making this film more of a sign of the times as horror was becoming more sophisticated and gory and leaving the old dark house, creepy creakyness of the Universal style horror films behind.
The story is sluggish at times, with much camera time dedicated to scenes set to music as a young couple take photos at Sea World, then receive a letter to let them know that they have inherited a castle. Upon arriving, they find that it is occupied by a creepy couple played by Alexander D'Arcy (who many will recognize from HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE as one of Marilyn Monroe’s boyfriends) and THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS’ Paula Raymond who sleep all day, a creepy butler named George (John Carradine), and a hulking man-monster named Mango!
Yeah, that’s right…MANGO!!!
The effects are pretty laughable as Mango is covered in grey facepaint and his ear is glued to his temple and the werewolf simply wearing a furry mask with no articulation. It’s bloodless too, despite a rather vicious shotgun wound the werewolf (played menacingly by Robert Dix) inflicts on an innocent hitchhiker.
Dix is in a completely different movie entirely. His is filled with gory death, impulsive killing, and lots of running away from hunters in rivers. His rampage is the highlight of the film as even without the hairy mask, he seems to be a complete psychopath.
With the wooden acting, hokey scares, and goofy dialog, I would not recommend this film if not for Dix’s werewolf portrayal. Any scene with the actor is gold as he struggles between being a howling monster and a hairless homicidal maniac. Check out BLOOD OF DRACULA’S CASTLE simply for his scenes alone.
New on DVD from Midnight Releasing/Brain Damage Films
BUCKS COUNTY MASSACRE (2010)Directed by Jason Sherman
Written by Jason Sherman, Dan Kellmer, Jimm Scannell, Jason Sherman
Starring Brian Affleck, Megan Beck, Nikki Bell, Leighann Brokaw, Chris Christian, Adam Chylinski, Barrie Creedon, Brandon Ebron, Michael Galliano, Brittany Geiger, Lee Grimanis, Lee Grimanis, Tereza Hakobyan, Jason Gruber, Alexander Adrock
Find out more about this film here!
Reviewed by Ambush Bug
This film had me for a while. Though I know by now that any film can claim to be actual footage and that everything you are seeing is real evidence, I suspended my disbelief for the sake of the film in hopes of it living up to the ominous set up it types out for all to read in the opening seconds. Basically, there was a birthday party with a lot of guests. Late in the night a 911 call was made to report a missing person. The next morning when the police followed up, they found a gory crime scene. The premise is vague enough to suggest anything and I eagerly anticipated, hoping to be shocked as I found out what happened.
Turns out, not a lot did happen. For almost the entire first hour, we are taken via shaky hand held cam through a party of people playing Guitar Hero, beer pong and talking about old times with the birthday boy. If these details had something to do with what happens in the last half hour, it is lost to me.
I won’t reveal what exactly it is that slaughters the rest of the partygoers, but while I will say I admire the fact that the appearance of the thing/things is pretty random and helps the viewer empathize with the surprise and shock the partygoers have upon the thing/things’ arrival, when the thing/things do arrive, the film devolves into every found footage film you’ve ever seen with almost completely blurred shots of motion, action drowned out by too much dark, and a whole lot of screaming. There is no reason to keep the camera rolling and the film ends so abruptly, you don’t know who was killed when or where.
In its attempts to be “too real”, THE BUCKS COUNTY MASSACRE forgets that there has to be a cohesive and entertaining film here. Sure, if you are running with a camera, things are going to be blurry and when filming in the dark, things are going to be…dark, but that doesn’t mean accuracy is entertaining. Had the first hour made me care about any of these people, I might have had some investment, but there are so many party-goers, it was hard to keep track of any of them. The reveal of the threat is pretty well done and the reactions do seem genuine for the most part, but I had a lot of problems with THE BUCKS COUNTY MASSACRE as a whole.
New on DVD this week from Midnight Releasing/Brain Damage Films
AFTER THE DAWN (2012)Directed by Mitchel A. Jones
Written by Nicole Kruex & Mitchel A. Jones
Starring Nicole Kruex, Tommy Propson, Shane McCaffrey, Aaron Courteau
Find out more about this film here!
Reviewed by Ambush Bug
Another zombie film that isn’t really about zombies. In fact, the undead show up in only a few key scenes. But what sets AFTER THE DAWN apart from the rest is a heartfelt performance from its lead and some nice mood set by the director.
Though the script isn’t the best, the cast makes due with what they’ve got, some of them living up to the drama necessary, others not so much. The highlight of the film is lead actress Nicole Kruex, who is absolutely breathtaking even when done up in dirt and filth makeup. Though apparently, according to this film, there is no shortage of heavy eye make-up, when the survivor looks like this raven-haired beauty, I don’t mind it at all. The fact that she has an English accent makes her all the more nummy.
But enough drooling over the lead actress; the story is actually pretty powerful as Kreux’s character is in search across the country for her fiancée who is a reporter covering unrest in New York just as a dirty bomb goes off unleashing a virus that causes the zombie apocalypse. Armed with a shotgun and a backpack, she travels across the country with hopes to reunite with her lost love. She’s weary and cautious, but when she comes across a young boy, her feelings of loss begin to come to the surface. As the boy reminds her of her life before the plague, she take him under her wing and finds something new to fight to survive for.
More reminiscent of THE ROAD than DAWN OF THE DEAD, director Mitchel A. Jones is very conservative when it comes to doling out the zombie mayhem. When the zombies do appear, they are pretty menacing, drooling and grumbling monstrosities of the 28 DAYS LATER variety. The scarcity of their appearances actually make them more frightening when they do show.
As I said above, apart from Kreux, the other actors just don’t have the chops to carry the weight and emotion the script requires. But some effective scenes of zombie menace and the central focus on its gorgeous star makes this zombie film more watchable than most.
New this week on DVD!
FDR: AMERICAN BADASS! (2012)Directed by Garrett Brawith
Written by Ross Patterson
Starring Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye, Bruce McGill, Ray Wise Find out more about this film here and on Facebook here!
Reviewed by Ambush Bug
Abraham Lincoln apparently wasn’t the only president to tangle with the unknown. Oh no. Seems the most important job in America has always had monster fighting as one of their responsibilities. Just as the 60’s BATMAN television series compliments Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT as its goofy inbred cousin one can’t help but love, FDR: AMERICAN BADASS! does the same for ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER.
Undeniably camp, I couldn’t help but fall in utter and complete love with this film. From the goofy villains to the hokey tech and bravado, every frame of this film made me laugh until stuff jiggled. The flavor of comedy is wholeheartedly committed to being just goddamn wrong from start to finish. From FDR’s constant reminder that he has “tiny little polio legs” to Jimmy Carter’s uncle Buford offering up his wife for sex whenever he gets the chance, FDR: AMERICAN BADASS is sure to offend someone, but if you have the right sense of humor you will find a giggle or three at every turn this story takes.
On a routine hunting trip with his friends, a pre-Presidential FDR happens upon a werewolf. Adding a bit of their own twist to the lycan mythology, it’s a little known fact that a werewolf bite causes “the polio”. While crippling his body, the werewolf bite motivates FDR to seek the highest responsibility in the country. But as FDR ascends to the White House, evil forces are plotting as Werewolf Hitler, Werewolf Mussolini, and Werewolf Hirohito three-way call one another to spread the werewolf curse across the globe. Of course, FDR is not going to take this sitting down…I mean, he’s not going to stand for this…I mean…dammit. He decides to take the fight to the werewolves and win WWII.
Barry Bostwick plays FDR and does so with more energy than I’d have given the guy credit for. Every joke, every scene, every moment Bostwick is vibrant and has enough grit to kick all of the Expendables’ asses at any given moment. His comedic timing here is fantastic and makes me wish the ROCKY HORROR alum would be in more films. Remember how funny Leslie Nielsen was in AIRPLANE! and the first NAKED GUN (not the sequels)? Bostwick has that energy here, playing it straight throughout and never blinking at the over the top shit going on all around him.
The film is filled with other actors who give it their all, from Lin Shaye (THERE’SOEMTHING ABOUT MARY) whose portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt is hilariously tragic as she is disgusted by FDR’s tiny little polio legs to Bruce McGill’s performance as Louis, FDR’s earnest right hand man. Ray Wise plays Douglas Macarthur, while Ross Petterson gives an inspired comedic performance as the awkward and dense Cleavon Buford (Jimmy Carter’s uncle). Perhaps the most inspired casting is Kevin Sorbo as Abe Lincoln, who FDR has an otherworldly conversation with while high. And the trio of character actors playing Hitler (Jesse Merlin), Mussolini (Paul Ben-Victor), and Hirohito (Jameson Yang) provide quite a bit of laughs as well.
Filled with wacky weaponry, raunchy dialog (FDR is more concerned about his penis working than his tiny little polio legs), and campy effects such as a twirling Presidential symbol between scenes, FDR: AMERICAN BADASS! is goofy fun. Occasionally when FDR and his elderly cronies speak Ebonics to one another, it does cause a groan or two, but for the most part, the humor hits its mark most of the time. It’s pretty gory as well, as the werewolves rip open chests, throw hearts, and explode with huge squibs when fired upon by FDR’s souped up wheelchair. About a third of the way through the film, as with many films which rely on one joke after another, some semblance of plot has to be resolved. This usually causes a lull in the laughs and the lull is present here as well, though less problematic.
The film is most like the first AIRPLANE! film mixed with a little of TEAM AMERICA WORLD POLICE, so if you loved those films, you’re the right candidate to get in line for this one. Go in expecting a raunchy and goofy time, and you’re definitely going to get it from FDR: AMERICAN BADASS!
New this week on DVD/BluRay!
THE TALL MAN (2012)Directed by Pascal Laugier
Written by Pascal Laugier
Starring Jessica Biel, Jodelle Ferland, Stephen McHattie, Jakob Davies, William B. Davis, Samantha Ferris, Katherine Ramdeen
Find out more about this film here!
Reviewed by Ambush Bug
I think a lot of people in the world today don’t like it when they don’t know what’s going on when it comes to film. When a director gets the better of a viewer and is successfully able to pull the wool over the eyes of them, more often than not, I think the most common reaction is that of anger and frustration. Shortly thereafter, the words “this sucks!” bellows out from that person’s lips, mostly because if they discredit the film, then they can’t admit that it got the better of them. I go to films because I want so desperately to see things I have never seen before. When a film comes along and I can honestly say while watching it that I have absolutely no idea how it’s going to end up…man, there is no better feeling in the world for me than that feeling. This feeling is so cherished for me mostly because I’ve seen so many films (particularly horror films) in which I can call the story beat for beat, that when a horror film comes along and truly challenges my expectations, I instantly fall in love with it. THE TALL MAN is such a film.
Having seen the film twice now, once having absolutely no prior knowledge of what to expect and a second time with a group of people who knew nothing about it, I am truly impressed at how the film holds up as an initial shocking experience as well as one that continues to thrill even after one knows the ending. Director Pascal Laugier, who blew my socks off with MARTYRS, does so again by toying with viewer expectation like a kitten does a ball of yarn. Laugier knows what the audience expects and zigs when zags are expected; in doing so, the audience knows not where things will end up, leaving them in a constant state of discomfort. Modern audiences hate that and I’m sure there will be plenty of folks out there who dislike this film as well, but I love it because of that fact.
On top of that, Pascal is playing with one of cinema’s taboo subjects--that is, the importance of family. Much of horror is about returning to the status quo. The monster is ultimately defeated. The serial killer is destroyed. Whatever beast or baddie has come in and mussed up the ant hill is gone and the dust settles, giving the audience a sense that despite the horrific events, things are going to be ok. The TALL MAN is not that movie. While family has always been a constant, rock solid concept in film, here it challenges that notion. Without getting too far into spoiler territory (a previous review here on AICN did that, if you’re looking for spoilers), Laugier suggests that maybe being with one’s family isn’t the best case scenario and again, that is going to be a tough pill for some to swallow.
THE TALL MAN is about an urban legend made real. The children of a poor mining town are going missing without a trace. Police are baffled. Townsfolk are scared. And the local vet Julia (Jessica Biel) seems to be the only strong person left among them, as shown in the opening scene as she is the only person qualified in the town to oversee a young girl giving birth in secret. Fearing scrutiny from the townsfolk and possibly another abduction by the Tall Man (which the more superstitious of the townies have dubbed the abductor), Julia agrees to keep the info about the baby to herself. Soon, Julia returns to her own home to visit with her own child. The two share a loving relationship as seen through some endearing moments of play between Biel and the young actor David (played by DIARY OF A WIMPY KID’s Jakob Davies). But when the lights go out, Julia is awakened by a crash in the night and encounters the Tall Man in her house with David in tow about to disappear into the night.
What looks to be a child abduction tale turns out to be anything but. When I was trying to explain this to my friends without giving too much away, I told them that it is one of the most unconventional horror films I’ve ever seen. But then again, because of the social commentary going on in this film, it’s also hard to categorize this as a horror film at all. There are definitely moments of sheer terror as the separation between a person and their child is one of the most tragic occurrences imaginable, but what it truly shocking is the reason for the disappearances and how this film peels away layer upon layer, slapping aside all assumptions one might have as clues are dropped.
Jessica Biel with her performance in this film has leapt from just another beautiful actress to one with definite balls after her brave portrayal of Julia in this film. Not only is she put through hell physically in this film, but her arc is complex and shatters all expectations one might have of her going in. Additional strong performances are offered up by PONTYPOOL’s Stephen McHattie, X-FILES Smoking Man William B. Davis, and SILENT HILL’s little girl Jodelle Ferdland. In a film which requires so many emotions being shredded and toyed with, the whole cast does a fantastic job at conveying them.
As with MARTYRS before it, which was without a doubt one of the most shocking films in the last twenty years, THE TALL MAN opens with an extremely close viewpoint then gradually throughout the film pulls back revealing a much bigger world than what one first expects. Just as MARTYRS evolved before your eyes from a film about madness and inner demons to one of existential torture and transcending beyond what the sane mind can truly withstand, THE TALL MAN morphs and evolves as the running time speeds by. Though I won’t reveal the twists and turns here, I will say that the multiple times the story pulled the rug from under me got me big time. I’m not afraid to admit this film got the better of me and I love it for doing so. If you’re the type of person who gets pissed at being surprised, I know right now that THE TALL MAN just won’t be for you. But if you go to a film to be shocked, to be manipulated, to be surprised, THE TALL MAN delivers all of that in spades.
And finally…here’s a fun video from the South African band the Spoonfeedas. Check out this homage to giant monster movies in ATTACK OF THE HADEDAS!!!
See ya next week, folks!
Ambush Bug is Mark L. Miller, original @$$Hole/wordslinger/reviewer/co-editor of AICN Comics for over ten years. He has written comics such as MUSCLES & FIGHTS, MUSCLES & FRIGHTS, VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS TINGLERS & WITCHFINDER GENERAL, THE DEATHSPORT GAMES, WONDERLAND ANNUAL 2010 & NANNY & HANK (soon to be made into a feature film from Uptown 6 Films). He is also a regular writer for FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND & has co-written their first ever comic book LUNA: ORDER OF THE WEREWOLF (to be released in late 2012 as an 100-pg original graphic novel). Mark has just announced his new comic book miniseries GRIMM FAIRY TALES PRESENTS THE JUNGLE BOOK from Zenescope Entertainment to be released March-August 2012. Also look for Mark's exciting arc on GRIMM FAIRY TALES #76-80 which begins in August 2012.
Interested in illustrated films, fringe cinema, and other oddities?
Check out Halo-8 and challenge everything!
Find more AICN HORROR including an archive of previous columns
on AICN HORROR’s Facebook page!
Readers Talkbackcomments powered by Disqus
+ Expand All
Sept. 28, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST
Sept. 28, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST
by Judge Briggs
and I plan on checking it out this weekend.
Sept. 28, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST
by Bill C.
I don't like all things "wrong," but 'FDR: American Badass' seems to hit at least a couple of my buttons (werewolf Hitler? Yeah, okay). You might want to check out The Asylum's 'Moby Dick' for added Bostwickiness, by the way. The dude actually pulls off a surprisingly good Ahab.
Sept. 28, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST
This has Spoliers...fair warning. The reason I hated the twist in the Tall Man is not because I didn't see it coming, but rather because they have to have almost every character behave in a totally nonsensical and irrational way in order to pull it off. They have characters that are supposed to be normal people acting as if they are weird cultists....just so the filmmakers can then go, Ha! no they are just normal this other person who you thought was the good guy is the messed up one. If the characters behaved rationally I could get behind the twist...but it doesn't make any sense for a mother to report a woman has her kidnapped son and instead of the cops going in to get the boy they stage their own counter kidnapping. They wouldn't just act shady and secretive when the suspected kidnapper suddenly busted up their post counter-kidnapping party, they would have the cops (who are present) arrest her immediately! I could on with more stuff...a good twist that I don't see coming is great, a twist that is so very forced is just stupid.
Sept. 28, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST
...Agatha Christie whodunnits with added blood. Ten little interlopers... and then there were none. It's Mrs. Peacock in the bedroom with the hacksaw. Now with added tits! Honestly, 'Cluedo' is more influential than 'Bay of Blood'.
Sept. 28, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST
I completely agree! I loved martyrs but was dissapointed with The Tall Man. With a good twist all things previous should fit and feel correct, with this film it just felt like lazy writing and a lot of (character and tone) choices were made just for the sake of the twist, but because it made any logical sense...
Sept. 28, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST
Do you know what "laud" means?
Sept. 28, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST
I couldn't finish it.
Sept. 28, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST
was the name of the famous evil villain in the cult classic Phantasm (series). Just saying. When I hear 'Tall Man', that's who I'm always going to think of.
Sept. 29, 2012, 3:49 a.m. CST
At all. And yes, the twist sucks. Here's the whole gist of the movie: "Poor people should not be allowed to raise kids. Because they're poor". Very insulting movie, from this social worker's standpoint.
Sept. 29, 2012, 4:29 a.m. CST
Looks like it might be one of the finest movies ever made.
Oct. 1, 2012, 2:17 a.m. CST
by Ambush Bug
From this child therapist's standpoint, I think THE TALL MAN raises some interesting questions and controversial answers. Having seen some of the circumstances my clients come from, I can understand the stance of some of the characters in the film even though it may not be the best for all of them. Having talked with the director, he says he made the film more as a comment about celebrities such as Angelina Jolie who seem to swoop into foreign countries and collect children and "save" them from poverty. I think you are simplifying it a bit, though, by saying all the film has to say is "People should not be allowed to raise kids...because they are poor."
- The New Trailer For THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 1 Hints That The Movie Is Freakin’ Huge!! -- 245 total posts 245 posts
- 2nd Sept 2014 PICKS & PEEKS Column: CAP 2, Pumpkinhead, Toho, Addams, Star Trek, Slashers, Comedy & Action+ -- 1682 total posts 157 posts
- Check out this MASSIVE new HOBBIT: BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES banner!! -- 127 total posts 127 posts
- Copernicus is really pissed about the Stephen Hawking biopic THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING that he saw at TIFF -- 98 total posts 98 posts
- A New Promo For STAR WARS REBELS Brings Action And Character Intros!! -- 66 total posts 66 posts
- Looks like they got the right Mann to play Audrey Griswald in the VACATION update! -- 62 total posts 62 posts
- Here come a remake that will really make you feel old - Sony is fast tracking a remake to I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER! -- 57 total posts 57 posts
- Look Upon The Bizarre, Horrible, And Possibly Awesome Insanity Of This DEAD SNOW 2 Trailer!! -- 47 total posts 47 posts
- Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett to take on I SAW THE DEVIL REMAKE!!!!!!!! -- 39 total posts 39 posts
- STAR TREK Vet Bryan Fuller’s HIGH MOON Pilot Hits Syfy!! The Dome Is Shrinking On Penultimate UNDER!! 3-Hour International NINJA WARRIOR Special!! APPROVAL MATRIX & MASTERCHEF Finales!! LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD Premiere!! New MNF, DALLAS, WOLF, MODEL & RAW!! TERROR IN NAIROBI On HBO!! Bill Hader & Nancy Pelosi on SETH!! Tim Olyphant & Nasim Pedrad On CONAN!! Herc’s Monday TV Talkback!! -- 35 total posts 35 posts