When a cruise ship in the Caribbean collides with an abandoned research vessel, a deadly virus is unleashed. Passengers must find a way to survive before the flesh eating disease consumes them all.
The first Cabin Fever has a love/hate standing with most horror fans, but it is one that I always really enjoyed. That kind of gleeful insanity is hard to get away with!
The sequel, however, left a lot to be desired in my opinion.
In fact, director Ti West (who went on to direct some quality projects like “House Of The Devil” and “The Innkeepers”) reportedly was so disappointed with the final product that he asked for his name to be removed from it.
This upcoming prequel will not be the end of Cabin Fever either, as a third sequel was filmed back-to-back with this one. Cabin Fever 4 : Outbreak will reportedly tell the story of a doctor and his family who travel to a remote Caribbean island to investigate a minor flu outbreak, only to discover a vicious flesh-eating virus that threatens everyone on the island. The family is faced with responsibility to prevent a worldwide epidemic.
Both of these films are expected to be released straight-to-DVD sometime in 2014, and have no involvement from Eli Roth, the writer and director of the original.
What do you guys think?
Earlier today, Deadline broke the news that everyone’s favorite twisted children’s books were getting picked up by CBS Films for a big screen adaptation!
Reportedly, after a long and intense bidding war, Feast and Saw writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan will be adapting Alvin Schwartz’s classic spooky tale collection Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark into a film.
This is a nightmare come true for all of us who grew up being traumatized by the books, particularly the artwork by Stephen Gammell.
If they can manage to convey even a fraction of the horror present in the images in those books on screen, it will be a huge triumph.
According to the reports :
Melton and Dunstan will adapt some of the Scary short stories into a screenplay about a group of outcast kids who stand up to their fears to save their town when nightmares come to life. Sean Daniel and Jason Brown of Sean Daniel Company and Elizabeth Grave of 1212 Entertainment will produce, with Roberto Grande and Joshua Long exec producing. 1212 initially optioned rights before teaming up with Melton and Dunstan, who are repped by WME and Trevor Engelson at Underground. VP Mark Ross and Creative Executive Alex Ginno are overseeing the project for CBS Films.
I read these books into shreds in my youth, and passed the love on to my son as he grew up as well.
What stories from these collections would you like to see adapted into the film?
Sound off in the comments below!
And I will just take the rest of this post up with some of the most frightening illustrations by Mr. Gammell from the original series!
(PS : the books were re-released a few years ago with new, less nightmarish artwork so if you are looking to reconnect with these terrifying books from the past, be sure and grab the originals here.)
Contracted is definitely not a film for the squeamish.
Telling the slow burn story of Samantha, a young lady in modern Los Angeles with dreams of making it big, it is clear from the very beginning that it will not end well for her.
After a drunken one night stand with a mysterious stranger, she begins to notice severe changes, many of which are ripped directly from our nightmares (and the films of David Cronenberg).
Samantha’s life is falling apart as her body deteriorates, and she does nothing but try to hide her degeneration from her friends and family.
Affected by what is essentially a sexually-transmitted version of a “zombie virus”, Samantha falls apart mentally and physically, with all of the grossest effects you can think of.
Unfortunately, aside from Samantha, the supporting characters are fairly empty, including her “best friend” Alice, her experimental lesbian stereotype lover Nikki, and her obsessed stalker/suitor, Riley. Although this could be intentionally to satirize the vacuousness of the hip young L.A. crowd, it really hampers the believability of the characters and their motivations in the final chapters of the film.
What is effective is Samantha’s growing desperation as her body fights against her.
Her metamorphosis is the star of the movie, and the make up effects are well done, as she rots away and maggots fall from her girl parts.
In a market buried in zombie releases, at least this film tries to give us a unique spin on it, and the paranoia and desperation of the main character’s degeneration is the thing that sticks with me most, more than a week after seeing the film.
Although it veers from believability toward the end when Samantha begins to succumb to her primal zombie urges, the overall effect is a horrifying commentary on the choices we make and how they may come back to bite us in the end.
Grade : B
This film is now playing in select theaters, and available On Demand from several different options, including Amazon Streaming.
Director David Cronenberg has been pushing the limits of science and body horror since the late 70s. With films like Videodrome, Scanners, and Existenz, he envisioned futures where man and machine are inseparable. Machines evolve to become more human, taking on organic features.
This idea has taken the leap into an interactive experience, put together by a fictional (?) biotech corporation called BMC Labs.
Cronenberg himself claims to be the first to experiment with this technology, and urges us all to give it a shot in the video below.
There are three stages to the technology of the creation of your own symbiotic POD (Personal On Demand). To begin, you simply visit the website and enter a few personal details, then submit honest answers to the strange questions posed to you.
The virtual slug-like creature is intended to interface with your brain and possibly improve it. What the creature actually ends up doing has largely to do with the answers you give to it’s increasingly personal questions.
It wants to know what you find disgusting and how you react to certain situations ; what you regret and what you desire.
You are, in effect, responsible for the intelligence of your personal creation.
After the first simulation, the intelligence of your pod grows, based on what you have taught it.
It can discern trust from disgust, and form unique responses to emotional prompts.
The more honest you are, the more intelligent and emotive your pod will be.
My POD told me the story of Blake and Elena and one fateful night involving a tragic accident. The story is told effectively through unique camera tricks and creepy sound effects, and you are asked questions about how to feel about the events as they unfold, to help shape the world-view of your very own creation.
Having completed the first two simulations, I must admit that it has gotten under my skin.
The immersive design and AI of the project is fascinating and eerie, and makes me look forward to (and dread) the third simulation when it becomes available!
Create your own POD here!
From the press release :
Body/Mind/Change (BMC), a digital extension of TIFF’s exhibition David Cronenberg: Evolution, immerses audiences in a “Cronenbergian” world inspired by the film Videodrome, re-imagined for the 21st century and brought to life across three platforms— online, mobile, and real-world. Co-produced by the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) with creative direction by Lance Weiler, Body/Mind/Change features plot lines and game mechanics involving biotechnology start-ups, body enhancements, emotional learning systems, and presents the plausible science fiction found in Cronenberg’s work as scientific fact.
Visitors will be able to go to the BMC Labs installation at the CIBC Canadian Film Gallery to pick up their own physical, personalized POD in January 2014.
December is upon us already, and Krampus will be punishing all of us wicked heathens soon enough. Until then, check out all of the must see new releases for the last month of 2013!
As always, the red links will take you directly to Amazon, where you can help keep this column alive buy purchasing (or renting) them directly.
Thanks for all of the support this past year, guys, and we are looking forward to 2014!
Sitting on a shelf since 2006, we will finally get this flick on DVD this month!
A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, a good girl who became quite hot over the summer, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously.
The Dead bring their unfinished business of lust and revenge to the door of a romance writer and her new handyman. Veronica arrives naked. Coby has blood on him. Then the Others come. Sex and murder, lust and revenge will make this a night that the writer and her new friend will never forget.
Turn away from the typical Hollywood fare and prepare for an offbeat trip with some of cinema s most eccentric far-out films. This 50 DVD collection of strange, surreal, outrageous and straight up weird cult classics is packed with 200 genre-defining films that are anything but mainstream. Celebrate the emotional roller-coaster of youth with these outlandish and quirky tales of adolescent insanity! From hipster vampires to androids in love and all species in-between, discover the nocturnal nonsense lurking around every corner of this camptastic collection!
In the 1970s, a British sound technician is brought to Italy to work on the sound effects for a gruesome horror film. His nightmarish task slowly takes over his psyche, driving him to confront his own past. Berberian Sound Studio is many things: an anti-horror film, a stylistic tour de force, and a dream of cinema. As such, it offers a kind of pleasure that is rare in films, while recreating in a highly original way the pleasures of Italian horror cinema.
Milos, a retired porn star, leads a normal family life with his wife Maria and six-year old son Petar in tumultuous Serbia, trying to make ends meet. A sudden call from his former colleague Layla will change everything. Aware of his financial problems, Layla introduces Milos to Vukmir – a mysterious, menacing and politically powerful figure in the pornographic business. A leading role in Vukmir’s production will provide financial support to Milos and his family for the rest of their lives. A contract insists on his absolute unawareness of a script they will shoot. From then on, Milos is drawn into a maelstrom of unbelievable cruelty and mayhem devised by his employer, the director of his destiny. Vukmir and his cohorts will stop at nothing to complete his vision. In order to escape the living cinematic hell he’s put into, and save his family’s life, Milos will have to sacrifice everything. his pride, his morality, his sanity, and maybe even his own life.
December 10 (On Demand) — Antisocial
Five university friends gather at a house party to ring in the New Year. Unbeknownst to them, an epidemic has erupted outside, causing outbreaks around the world. With nowhere else to turn, they barricade themselves indoors with only their phones, laptops, and other tech devices. They use their devices to research the possible cause of this outbreak. Information and video footage over flow their computers as they descend further into the cause and the ensuing chaos. As the virus spreads, the mood in the house changes from fear to paranoia. Who is safe? Who can they trust? Reality becomes blurred as they slowly discover the source of the virus causing the sickness…and there is no going back.
The Seasoning House: where young girls are prostituted to the military. An orphaned deaf mute is enslaved to care for them. She moves between the walls and crawlspaces, showing the little kindnesses when she can. When fate brings the men that murdered her family and the reason she ended up in the whore house, a chain of events begins that will end her captivity and free the girls still alive.
Chris wants to show his girlfriend Tina his world and he wants to do it his way – on a journey through the British Isles in his beloved caravan. Tina s led a sheltered life and there are things Chris simply needs her to see. But it doesn t take long for annoying tourists, overbooked camp sites, and Tina s meddling mother to spoil Chris dream. Now he s out to prove that hell truly hath no fury like a vacationer scorned. Director Ben Wheatley (Kill List) cleverly mixes pitch-black humor with over the top violence to create an uncomfortably hilarious portrait of a seemingly normal man pushed over the edge.
December 13 (On Demand) — Here Comes The Devil
A married couple loses their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be, that something terrifying has changed them.
Mischief Night tells the story of a terrifying home invasion the night before Halloween. Young Emily Walton (Noell Coet), who has suffered from psychosomatic blindness ever since the car accident that took her mother’s life, must summon every instinct at her disposal to protect herself and her loved ones from a mysterious intruder.
The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
December 24 (On Demand) — Open Grave
A man wakes up in a pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of terrified strangers, all suffering from memory loss. Suspicion gives way to violence as the group starts to piece together clues about their identities, but when they uncover a threat that’s more vicious—and hungry—than each other, they are forced to figure out what brought them all together—before it’s too late.
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: Gidi – The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, Miki – a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and Dror – the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.
A young girl goes missing in the woods. She’s soon found, very much dead and upsettingly devoid of her head, the latest victim in a string of terrible child murders plaguing the town. A disgruntled vigilante cop named Miki is absolutely certain that he knows who is responsible, and that person-of-more-than-interest is Dror, a timid and socially awkward schoolteacher. The cop pays off a pair of thugs to savagely beat the teacher in the hopes of getting a confession out of him, but that plan backfires spectacularly and a viral video of the ultimate example of decidedly un-civic police brutality tears across Israel, costing Miki his job. Now, all bets are off.
Quentin Tarantino calls Big Bad Wolves “The best film of the year”.
This film has been getting positive reviews at many festivals over the past year, and will be releasing in the UK on December 6th.
No US release date is announced yet.
Tomorrow we mark the beginning of the end for the thousands of hapless indigenous peoples of North America. After you glut yourselves on thirty pounds of roasted stuffed bird and green bean casserole, wouldn’t it be nice to have some deliciously devilish rotten reading material to pass the time as all your drunken relatives gather round the idiot box for the traditional post gorging football game? Don’t be a fucktard. Go out and buy some of these baddies before the shops close. Make sure Granny isn’t reading over your shoulder (unless she is dead ) and enjoy your tryptophan coma.
“Emiko is a broken girl. Her art expresses the horror and violence she holds close to her with gore filled imagery of sexual revenge. Men who take innocence face the slashing and bloody vengeance they deserve in the pages of ‘Gore Angels.’ But when the Crossed begin to spread, the world itself is transformed into a mockery of her art. And among the gleeful monsters, there are precious few places to hide from the misery of the Crossed.”
I must say, I have absolutely been loving Crossed‘s latest story arc. I find it very interesting to see how C-Day went on the global scale. As usual, this unapologetic gore fest is brilliantly written and deftly illustrated. Regular readers and those new to the series will not be disappointed as this latest issue delves into society’s current misogynistic ills. Also of course necrophilia, torture porn, and the graphically portrayed dismemberments of nekkid female college students.
“The final issue of the first Ferals series will leave you speechless! ‘It Begins’ is the title of this issue and that is an indicator of the bloody consequences of the military invasion of the Feral town. Now, Dale Chesnutt must face an entire facility of newly turned Ferals if he wants to have any hope of stopping the escalation of violence. The stakes could not be higher and drastic measures have to be taken!”
I have always been a fan of werewolf fiction. In fact, it was the only reason I allowed myself to be subjected to the pre-teen celluloid monstrosity referred to as Twilight. Unfortunately, I found little to arouse my interest in the lycanthropic drama, Ferals. The few issues that I read seemed more akin to Days of Our Lives or True Blood than any kind of decent monster story. David Lapham’s writing is definitely sub-par compared to the brilliant work he did on Crossed. Gabriel Andrade’s dull artwork is rather unimpressive as well and lacks the major component of any great werewolf story, badass looking werewolves. Lackluster transformations and generic B movie wolves make this book a bitterly disappointing read for a true werewolf fan. My advice, skip Ferals and watch Teen Wolf on Netflix.
“Series Finale. ’4 Stories of the Apocalypse’ concludes with an alternate reality tale -- what if the Wrecking Crew turned zombie at SDCC, and the scrappy creators of a comic book series called FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES were the only humans left alive to stop them?”
I must admit that since I began covering Fanboys vs Zombies this silly comic has grown on me. There seems to have been a shortage of good zombie satire as of late. Looking past the ridiculous title, this is actually a most amusing book. Poking fun at comic fans and the zombie craze that has taken over the comic industry, Fanboys vs Zombies is a solid comic with some excellent dry humour thrown in. This horror/comedy is a refreshing break from the zombie melodramas that have become distressingly mainstream.
“‘The Dark Spiral,’ Part 9: ‘The Wounded.’ The conclusion of the Dark Spiral storyline. Tarot’s family members are burned beyound recognition and hangs by a thread to life. Tormented by the suffering her magick has caused, Tarot tries to pick up the pieces of her shattered life as the Skeleton Man confronts Lord Thornwic for betraying them.”
I cannot in all honesty provide an apt assessment of dialog, character development or plot line of Tarot Witch. What I can tell you is that this softly shaded and beautifully rendered comic book contains more titties than a late night Cinemax feature. Set in a universe where apparently, the laws of gravity differ drastically different from our own, this witchly wonder takes place in the decrepit castles and spooky swamps one would expect to find in such a tale. I am fairly certain the story involves some bad guys or some such perpetrating evil whom the gloriously endowed heroines must thwart in order to save the world or something. I think. That is all I managed to glean from the three or ten back issues I read.
Criminal Macabre: The Eyes of Frankenstein #3
“While Cal and Frankenstein go shopping for human eyes, a strange stage magician reveals why the ghoul population is dying out.”.
The latest chapter in the Cal MacDonald epic deserves a place of honor among it’s predecessors. Criminal Macabre has long been a DeathClown favorite. While I prefer the art of Ben Templesmith, Christopher Mitten does well enough. As usual, Steve Niles expertly blends the supernatural with elements of gumshoe noir. For those new to Criminal Macabre, I would recommend picking up some of the Cal MacDonald trade paperbacks. This a great story and well worth the cost.
“The grand bleepin’ finale! A mysterious comet, a crash-landed stranded alien, a female military detective hot on the apocalypse trail, and ALL the DEAD SOLDIERS of the world coming back to life to destroy the world one bite at a time — what more could you ask for?!”
Stop yourself before wasting any cash on this soggy waste of paper. You will find nothing original or interesting here. Kevin Eastman should be ashamed to have his prestigious name associated in any way with this piece of generic garbage. Zombie War is a perfect example of an artist way past his prime trying too hard to come up with new material.
Eastman needs to abandon his zombie pursuits and stick to drawing talking turtles and Heavy Metal covers.
Black Science #1
“Grant McKay, former member of The Anarchistic Order of Scientists, has finally done the impossible: he has deciphered Black Science and punched through the barriers of reality. But what lay beyond the veil was not epiphany but chaos. Now Grant and his team are lost, living ghosts shipwrecked on an infinite ocean of alien worlds, barreling through the long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable dark realms. The only way is forward. The only question is how far are they willing to go, and how much can they endure, to get home again?”
As a youngster I used to be an avid reader of juvenile horror fiction. Then my physicist uncle introduced me to science fiction. Soon Edgar Rice Burroughs and Tom Swift joined Dracula and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark on my bookshelf. Comics such as Black Science appeal to both sci-fi and horror fans. I have high hopes for this new Image title and can’t wait to pick this up later today.
“The Old West is steeped in violence and strange magic in this macabre tale from the team behind the cult-hit miniseries Osborn, KELLY SUE DECONNICK (Captain Marvel) and EMMA RÍOS (Dr. Strange). Gunfighters have it out with swords as the whole world burns. There will be blood, blood, blood.”
Westerns are another guilty pleasure of mine. Rugged gun wielding anti-heroes drifting from town to dusty town seeking the unknown, very romantic. Pretty Deadly is a little too new to be described as a “cult-hit” but the series does show promise. As you might expect from a comic drawn and written by a couple of girls, the protagonists are predominantly female and include a super bad-ass cold blooded killer, Clint Eastwood with lady parts character. The jury is still out on this one folks. Time will tell.
”‘ALL OUT WAR’ continues! In the aftermath of the battle of Sanctuary, Ezekiel must survive on his own.”
As usual the exemplary zombie story, The Walking Dead lives up to it’s reputation for excellence. This is another title worth reading from the very first issue and working your way up. No mere comic book, The Walking Dead reads like a masterful work of horror fiction. Robert Kirkman creates compelling characters intricately woven into an impressively written plot. Reading 117 back issues may seem at first like a daunting task, but if you are anything like me, once you start you will find it difficult to put down. See for yourself.
You may have noticed a few omissions from this week’s Pull List. What I have provided here are looks at some of the bests and worsts of today’s line up. Deal with it. Once again, have a nice time carving up that carcass. Save the neck for me, Clark. And for the pathetic losers who will be spending the day all alone, I hear Swanson makes a mean frozen turkey dinner.
“Manson is in flames as a blinding snowstorm freezes the little town like a corpse. Rachel’s only chance of saving her hometown is to reclaim the box she buried 300 years ago – and now lies buried under a paved city street! The story of Lilith’s revenge heats up in the latest issue of Terry Moore’s horror thriller!”
Rachel Rising is a black and white horror comic that I read quite frequently. Written and drawn by artist Terry Moore, this book has a dark and compelling story. Rachel Rising is a phenomenal book that appeals to fans on many levels.
“The Witches’s Sabbath went awfully wrong. Now one of the demon-worshippers is dead, and Jack knows the truth about his beautiful-yet-deadly neighbors. With their spells failing, the witches have no choice but to ask the Oracle, their former friend that became mad due to Baphomet’s revelations.”
Imagine if you will, a quiet suburban neighborhood. The perfectly manicured lawns with tastefully decorated porches, book clubs, potluck dinners and homemade pie. These desperate housewives hold a dark secret. You guessed it, they worship Satan. I find myself enjoying the plot of this occult book. The excellent artwork and melancholy backgrounds set the shadowy tone of this frightening comic. The Westwood Witches is a phenomenal reading experience for fans of witchcraft and Lucifer alike.
“The horror continues as a zombified Jughead goes on a relentless hunt for brains. When he performs a despicable and frightening act in front of everyone at the Halloween dance, tensions start to rise and fears begin to mount-who will be next to join Jughead in the Afterlife? And what about those who are already infected?”
I wanted so badly to like Afterlife with Archie. The idea of the Riverdale gang being set upon by the rotting corpses of Jughead and Mrs.Grundy sounds terrific, doesn’t it? Unfortunately in addition to a virulent zombie plague, this comic is also afflicted with soul crushing boredom. I had a feeling Archie Comics would not be able pull this off. Afterlife with Archie is a phenomenal failure.
“The end is here as DAVID HINE tells the final bloody chapter in the Night of the Living Dead: Aftermath story. The excessive 1970s have given way to the dawn of the undead. Zombies have overrun the defenses that held them in check and turned major American cities into shambling ghoul towns. We started our journey with the Las Vegas survivors and our tale of misery ends with them. ”
Another zombie comic, not much different from the rest. There is one aspect in which Aftermath excels. David Hine writes a mean script with decidedly likeable characters. The story keeps you interested and the artwork captures your attention. Aftermath is a phenomenal addition to the vast zombie genre.
“The once-undisputed Yakuza rulers of Tokyo’s Harajuku District find themselves the victims of unexplainable ambushes. They are being killed and transformed into a stealth strike force of undead, bloodthirsty Stitched! In league with the shadowy ‘Nameless One’ who has brought the supernatural magic of the Stitched from the Middle East, businessman Kenji Nakamura’s dream of revenge on the villainous Shinju-kai is about to be realized.”
Unlike the average revenant the stitched are not easily thwarted. Even headshots are ineffective against these frightening walking dead. Stitched is a grisly look into the dark world of necromancy with stunning artwork and a phenomenally written story.
“Elliot Spencer’s last run-in with Leviathan didn’t go as planned, but the lord of the Labyrinth has no idea what his former protege has in store for him…”
Even Hell is subjected to the manipulative bailiwick of politics. After all, everybody knows where politicians go when they die, right? The Dark Watch is another flawless addition to Clive Barker’s Hellraiser universe. This battle for the control of Hell is a well written, and expertly drawn story. The Dark Watch should be on every Barker fan’s pull list. I should also mention, as horror comics go, that this book is just a phenomenal read.
“As Liz and a police squad ambush the mad doctor and his Moreau-like experiments, Fenix takes on a group of cultists and by killing their god!”
BPRD has never been a favorite title of mine, but the book is fairly readable. This comic has been around for some time since it first appeared in 2001 as a teaser in Dark Horse Adventures. And while BPRD is, in my opinion, is not as good as spin-off series Abe Sapien, I can not call it awful. This action/horror comic is phenomenally mediocre.
“Sure that an ancient tome, the Occido Lumen, holds the secret to defeating the Master, Fet and Setrakian head to the auction house for a different kind of battle. Meanwhile, Eph, sure of a conspiracy surrounding the vampire epidemic, mounts a secret mission to assassinate the wealthy and ailing Eldritch Palmer!”
DeathClown’s second favorite vampire comic returns. The Strain is a well spun yarn centered around CDC scientist Ephraim Goodweather and the elderly VanHelsingish character, Professor Abraham Setrakian. The vampires in this gruesome tale are true inhuman monsters, mindless servants of the Master. I love the way these creatures are portrayed, definitely no sparkles here. The Strain is very much worth the trouble of digging through those dusty back issue boxes to get the full story. A phenomenally written horror comic.
“There have been hints that Lee Archer’s struggle at the bottom of the ocean will have much, much bigger ramifications. A flooded future . . . an impact on evolution . . . and more. Now, we finally find out. If you think you know what THE WAKE is about, this issue changes everything.”
As much as I dislike most DC titles, I have to admit that TheWake is an excellent book. The writing is as sharp as the finely detailed illustration. Nothing can be more terrifying to a claustrophobic clown than being trapped deep under a mile of crushing ocean. Adding to that, a school of malevolent aquatic apes creates a tense horror comic. Simply put, The Wake is a phenomenally chilling story.
“It’s been 72 days since Zoey killed someone. With her recent move to college, Zoey is eager to start a fresh chapter of her life – one where she can control her dark urges they way she has before. But when she becomes the host of a late night campus radio show, Zoey must consider if she has given a voice to something far more troubled than her anonymous callers.”
A Voice in the Dark is one book I will love to get my hands on today. A sorority serial killer and college radio host sounds phenomenally interesting. I hope this comic measures up to DeathClown’s stringent standards.
Well my freaky stylies, that is all for now. I must mention that this week’s phenomenal Pull List is dedicated to my phenomenal friend and mentor, the phenomenal Darth Biscuits. Go out, buy some comics, and have a phenomenal week. In closing, today’s secret word is phenomenal. When you hear the secret word, scream real loud.
Artist Christopher Lovell counts himself lucky to have been a child of the 80s. The toys, cartoons and movies of the era left him spellbound, fueling his imagination. He finds this inspiration allows him to express himself very naturally through his art. Having developed a deep interest in fantasy and sci-fi, he spent his childhood and teen years immersed in every aspect of creativity he could access.
I was lucky to have a quick chat with this awesome artist, and he provided some interesting insight into his work!
Check out our interview with Christopher Lovell below.
HH :What do you think is so appealing about the dark side of life that you explore in your artwork?
CL :Darkness in my art wise, it’s been quite an eye opener of late.
I have been trying to fit in as much personal art as I can around client work. I have a lot of visions in my head, usually dark or macabre that I really want to get out on paper. I have been posting some of these on my art page and that kind of art seems to go down so much better with people than my client work. Which is nice as it really inspires me to push more in that area.
I think people like dark beautiful imagery. Something with a mysterious undertone that is open for interpretation etc. When I occasionally glance at Tumblr I see so many dark images from photos to paintings. Its just something that appeals to me.
I like to think of my work as “Dark Nature”.
I want to capture the dark sinister atmosphere of a forest at dusk, the mystery of wild shy animals and fuse them with beautiful women and haunting imagery. I can’t wait to get immersed in some of the ideas I have. I want to take it all to big canvasses, splash the paint and get back to doing the art I enjoy most.
HH :I recall a few weeks ago, a controversy about “satanic” imagery in one of your pieces on your Facebook page. How do you respond to people who don’t really get what you are doing?
CL : No matter what you do you will never please everyone.
The picture I drew that generated a lot of those comments was never drawn with any intention to appear satanic. Sure I wanted it to have a dark and mysterious vibe and open for interpretation, but I never felt I was drawing satanic imagery when I was doing it.
The people in question clearly are not quite all there in the head or very very uneducated about such things. I drew a goat as I wanted the horns of the headdress to be held up on sticks. It was either that or a Deer. I chose a goat, one of gods creatures!
The “pentagrams” were just simple normal stars. Drawn how typical stars are drawn. They were not inverted or anything.
I guess to a person with negative thoughts and the urge to be a troll its something to latch on to and basically just be foolish with heir words. It takes a certain type of person to write negative troll like comments on other peoples hard work. It honestly didn’t bother me at all. At the end of the day some of them were wishing me dead because I drew a goat.
God forbid those poor people happen to be in a field one day and come face to face with one of the harmless animals. They also came across as far more evil and twisted than anything they were accusing me of being. I believe in god in my own way and like to pray. I love the stories of the Bible, the imagery etc. I also like occult imagery, it looks awesome and ultimately as far as I’m concerned pretty harmless.
I have ideas in my head that would probably make those haters heads spin. But its all harmless imagery with no subliminal dark message behind it. Haters gonna hate! I’ll just keep drawing fun stuff.
HH :Have you been approached for any design work for feature or short films?
CL :Yes a few people have approached me regarding film design work. Sadly its usually people with an idea and little or no budget. It’s an area I would love to explore properly. I remember watching the Lord of the Rings makings of and it was so inspiring. I’d love to be part of an environment like that, sculpting orcs out of clay and designing Balrogs.
HH :Are you interested in doing any comic book work?
CL :Comic book work is of very big interest to me. It a major part of my childhood and a huge element in my inspiration over the years. I used to spend countless hours writing and illustrating my own stories. My clothing brand Big Bad City is very visual in a comic art way. I want to draw my own mini comics and hopefully (Time permitting) illustrate and write my own graphic novel. I’ve come up with so many characters etc its the only way I will truly get my vision out there.
HH : Do you have a favorite character to draw?
CL : My favourite character to draw has to be my favourite comic villain ever. Judge Death from the world of 2000AD. He is the arch of Judge Dredd and in my opinion such an awesome looking character in every way. I remember seeing images of him as a kid an just being fascinated by him. I did a canvas painting of him back in 2008 and made a life size head bust of him. I’ve spent lot of money collecting every single thing there is available of him too. From comics to statues, toys to mugs! I’d love to do another art piece of him soon with the three other Dark Judges. It would make great print set!
HH : Finally, as a child of the 80s, do you have a favorite slasher icon?
CL :Hmm favourite slasher icon, very tough. I guess the one I always liked best was Jason. As a kid I just thought he looked really cool. Freddy freaked me out as I’d only really see him on video cases in stores back then and hear my friends stories in primary school about how they had seen Nightmare on Elm street.
When I started watching the Freddy films in school and early teen years all that fear and suspense of the character was killed with all the silly slapstick almost parody element they brought in to the character.
Jason always stayed the same, silent, mysterious and far more effective in my opinion. I made loads of paper mache hockey masks as a kid! Michael Myers for whatever reason never stirred anything in me. Team Jason 4eva!
He has just unveiled a new project with our friends at Horrordecor.net, for these great prints and pillows!
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He is now selling prints at his online store of many of the various horror icons pictured above, and has recently enlisted the help of a printer to produce limited edition signed and numbered prints of his personal pencil style work.
And he has just launched his new brand Big Bad City, which he has a lot of good stuff planned for the future, including T-shirts and more. This will be a great chance for him to draw his own characters and Mad Max style post-apocalyptic imagery. Definitely something to keep an eye on!
And be sure and stay up to date with all of this prolific artist’s new and upcoming projects on his official Facebook page!
After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy. While recording everything for posterity, the husband begins to notice odd behavior in his wife that they initially write off to nerves, but, as the months pass, it becomes evident that the dark changes to her body and mind have a much more sinister origin.
Directed by one of the guys responsible for my favorite segment of the first V/H/S anthology (the haunted house one), Devil’s Due is sure to have style to spare. Let’s just hope it has some substance.
Looking forward to this one!
What do you guys think?
Opens January 17th 2014.