Review – Pitchfork

Director: Glenn Douglas Packard
Produced by: Glenn Douglas Packard, Darryl F. Gariglio, Noreen Marriott
Associate Producer: Shaun Cairo
Screenplay: Glenn Douglas Packard, Darryl F. Gariglio
Studio: Uncork’d Entertainment

Horror is a touchy genre, so much focus on visuals, shock and awe leave viewers almost always expecting something to pop out right at them all the time, with such a high level of anticipation it’s interesting when films play around with the inner workings to deliver something out of the norm. Pitchfork follows a group of carefree college kids as one of their friends faces their parents after coming out to them.

There’s a mix of favorability within the cast, people pulling dirty deeds on each other and generating a sense of wonder on who falls prey first to this beast of the night. Most of the cast are blissfully ignorant of the troubles lurking on the farm, throwing a farm rave of sorts while everything goes down. Oddly enough Pitchfork runs with a long lead into the damage and even when it goes down it’s not a rapid-fire affair, instead, it’s methodical and downright cruel in some delivery but it’s what helps shape the experience.

Pitchfork uses the classic teen slasher experience and twists it around while also dousing the story with a blast of psychological shock on top of all else, it’s what helps define the movie as the events layer into a bloody mess. I can’t say I completely expected the twists and turns the movie took and efforts it made to defy classic staples of horror movies in the mainstream. It’s campy and violent while carrying disturbing twists which grab curious fans from across the spectrum.

While I came into Pitchfork expecting bodies to start dropping in typical fashion, it was anything but that. The film develops its own pacing and general structure that leaves viewers waiting for what lands next.

Cast:
Daniel Wilkinson
Lindsey Nicole
Brian Raetz
Ryan Moore
Celina Beach
Keith Webb
Sheila Leason
Nicole Dambro
Vibhu Raghave
Rachel Carter
Andrew Dave-Collins
Carol Ludwick
Derek Reynolds
Addisyn Wallace
Anisbel Lopez

DVD / Blu-ray release date: May 2nd, 2017

Review -The Walking Dead: All That Remains I PC

  • Genre: Adventure
  • Developer: Telltale Games
  • Publisher: Telltale Games
  • Release Date: Dec 17, 2013

Since its release The Walking dead series has been nothing but an emotional train wreck waiting to happened, and in Telltale first game we followed the story of Clementine and Lee as they tried to survive, and we all fell in love with Clementine as she endured the harsh world they now live in. We became emotionally attach to her and want to see her pull through despite having nothing to hold on too. In season 2 Clementine is a bit older and much more aware of how the world is and how fragile life can be. Writers Nick Breckon and Andrew Grant do an exceptional job with Clementine’s growth from season 1, we see early on that Clementine is not the scared little girl anymore; in fact we see more of her toughness and ability to endure throughout the game, But for most part Clementine is an outsider and is treated as such.

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Clementine sneaking inside

The main focus in “All That Remains” is the new group of survivors Clementine comes across, A cautious and protective group who at first nothing to do with her, but as you play along they slow open up to her. There are plenty of encounters in the game with choices and conversations that will surely play out in the future, so make sure you play close attention to every conversation you have with certain characters. Like I said before Clementine is an outsider so many of the groups members aren’t shy about showing there disapproval of her being around, At one point a wound Clementine is told to sleep inside a shed without given any medical attention and players must sneak in sneak inside the house for medical supplies so she can patch it up; As for the characters in the group none of them really play a huge role on the story for the most part, or at least now they don’t.  But there some interesting conversations with characters like Pete his nephew Nick and Rebecca who seems to be hiding something. You can argue that the story moves a little too quickly which hampers us from getting to know more about the other characters, We do get some info about certain characters, one being Carlos and his strange daughter Sarah.

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Gotta stitch it up!

Developers Telltale Games kept the controls pretty much the same as the last game; players do a lot of quick time/ Time Base events, also dialogue trees that gives you a limited time to choose. Combat isn’t a priority in these games, so if this is your first time playing this game be aware of what I just said, The Writing is what makes this game the success that it is, and with that said Telltale games nailed it again with this opening episode, this series of episodes are sure to be interesting  and more exciting than the last,This is a most get for fans of the franchise.

Review – Hellboy – Hellboy in Hell #3 -” A Fight For The Thorne, Winner Takes All”

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Mike Mignola Cover

Story: Mike Mignola
Art: Mike Mignola
Colors: Dave Stewart
Cover Art: Mike Mignola
Published by: Dark Horse Comic

Since arriving Pandemonium Hellboy has been shown a lot of his family’s legacy, guided by his uncle who explains the responsibility his father had in Pandemonium and the of sacrifices he made in order to keep Hellboy alive and out of the hands of those who wanted the throne.

In the beginning of the issue it is explain to Hellboy that his birth was going to change Pandemonium, just minutes after he was born has father called upon a great power to replace his right hand with The Right Hand Of Doom.  Being afraid of what could happen should hellboy live the other princes of Pandemonium sent angels of Destruction to Wipeout him and his family,  the plan failed due to Hellboy  accidently being sent to earth.

Moments later he is taken to the tomb of his father Azzeal who appears to be trapped in a Iceberg, this is when it gets interesting , Hellboys two older brothers appear and they tell him that how they were waiting for his arrival for some time now they comment on how being with humans has made him soft and he no longer should have the right hand of doom, A fight breaks out between them  with both brothers trying to take his arm, meanwhile his father  who is alive inside the iceberg tomb is watching his sons battle it out,  we find out that Hellboy is his favorite son the one he put all his trust in.

As the battle continues more is reveal about his arm and what power it possesses , his uncle tells them that with the arm and sword of his father , the winner would have control of their fathers army, a army powerful enough to bring down hell or heaven., he also says that the winner will also need someone wise to guide them. The fight takes a shocking turn when there uncle interrupts and takes out one of the brothers, but seconds after he along with the last of hellboys brothers are swallowed by a huge worm like creature called Leviathan came from underneath them.

Finally in the end of the issue Hellboy meets another form his past and is given news that may change the future of not only pandemonium but of his as well.

Finial thoughts: Hellboy In Hell #3 is a really good issue it reveals alot of his past something I was always curious about, What really stands out to me is how well written this arc is, nothing seems rushed you can tell Mike Mignola is taking his time in each issue every panel is well layout and easy to understand the dialog between characters is easy to follow you know who is saying what, the art on the other hand is sometimes inconsistent some characters look familiar to one another at times but it’s not a big deal  its just noticeable, overall this a good issue and one worth picking up!

Release Date: February 06, 2013

Links: Preview | Order

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★½☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Darkhorse’s Hellboy In Hell #1 Sells Out!!!

Retailers around the country are sold out of the critically acclaimed first issue of Hellboy in Hell.

In response, Dark Horse is reprinting the acclaimed first issue. The reprint is available for reorder now, with an on-sale date of January 30, just 1 week before Hellboy in Hell #3 goes on sale.

After saving the world in The Storm and The Fury, but sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is dead, cast into Hell, where he finds many familiar faces, and a throne that awaits him. After several years away, Mike Mignola returns to write and draw Hellboy’s ongoing story. It’s a tale only Mignola could tell, as more of Hellboy’s secrets are at last revealed, in the most bizarre depiction of Hell you’ve ever seen.

HBYIH #1 FP VARIANT FC FNLPraise for Hellboy in Hell:

“Hellboy in Hell #1 is indescribably good. No amount of hyperbole can do the book justice. Mike Mignola is back, and better than ever.” – Newsarama

“Like H.P. Lovecraft, like Robert E. Howard, like William Hope Hodgson, Mike Mignola has a unique voice and vision that many will attempt to imitate and all will fail.” – Comics Bulletin

“Unlike the homogenized pin-up art that saturates many high-profile comic books, this is a mainstream title with a truly unique vision that you won’t find anywhere else.” – Complex

“There’s no denying this simple fact: it’s great to have Mignola back at the drawing table again.” – Comic Book Resources

“The creator has lost none of his touch, delivering page after page with cinematic action sequences, haunting imagery, and inventive layouts that all contribute to the sense that Hellboy is on the cusp of something huge. The thought that we’re going to regularly see Mignola in the artist’s chair is even better.” – IGN

Hellboy in Hell #2 arrives on sale next week (January 2nd) at fine retailers everywhere.

 Retailers: Order codes can be found below and are also featured in today’s edition of Diamond Daily.

Review – Hellboy – Hellboy in Hell #2 ” In Pandemonium A Throne Awaits For Its King”

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Story: Mike Mignola
Art: Mike Mignola
Colors: Dave Stewart
Cover Art: Mike Mignola
Published by: Dark Horse Comic

After falling deeper into the heart of hell to a place called Pandemonium which is the oringinal home world of Hellboy form there the issue opens up more as Sir Eric exlpain’s to him that his presents there has caused the princes and minsters of hell to fleed in fear of has return, thinking he would come to claim his throne, As they countiue through Pandemonium they reach a citadel and behind it the throne and crown of Hellboy’s father which now is rightful his to claim,But hellboy respectful declines saying he doesnt want any of it.

As they make it to the end of the citadel Sir Eric zaps Hellboy to another part of pandemonuim but this time he is greeted by another who shows him The River Cocytus which is the place things form earth fall down too, in that river are fish which turn out to be souls wanting to be judge by The fisher of Souls who is said to have build Pandemonium with his own hands, as they watch the fisher work smashing away on a human like figure a curious hellboy asks what he is making to which the guide anwsers saying “The great Army of Hell, your Army”. Once again Hellboy makes it clear he wants no part of the throne, But to him dismay he is taken to his place of  birth and shown though telepathy other importing events….

Final thoughts: Like issue #1 Writer Mike Mignola keeps it simple and straight foward once again giving us a glimpse of Hellboys linage reveiling some secrets the Right Hand of Doom may have. What I like most about Mignola is that he understands the significance of story development and pacing for character as well diverse as Hellboy something I find refreshing. Not alot is going on in this issue as far as action but the main story more then makes up for that, while I’m a big hellboy fan I’am however a fan of quality well written comics and this is turning out to be one of those

Release Date: January 02, 2013

Links: Preview | Order 

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

Review – Hellboy – In Hell #1 – “Death was only the beginning”

Mike Mignola Cover

Story: Mike Mignola
Art: Mike Mignola
Colors: Dave Stewart
Cover Art: Mike Mignola
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Hellboy In Hell #1 Is the continuation of The Storm and The Fury Tales, after sacrificing himself and Great Britain, Hellboy is cast into hell where many of demons and monsters he had faced are there waiting on his arrival, Mike Mignola is back as writer and artist for this story arc.

In the beginning of the issue we see Hellboy fighting a dragon in what looks like hell, after stabbing it in the chest with a sword both him and the dragon are seen crashing into a pit, inside a unknown being grabs and pulls out his heart stating “If I’m bound for hell…I will not go alone”.  After that we see the Baba Yaga and an Sir Eric are talking about Hellboy slaying the dragon and his run in with a demon named Nimue (The one who pulled out his heart), Sir Eric tells Baba Yaga his plans of taking Hellboy with him saying that his story is not over yet, Baba Yaga warns him of what trouble it will cause once Hellboy is released and is he ready for that burden. Meanwhile Hellboy inside the pit is confronted and attacked by a collections of various monsters, with the help of Sir Eric the warlock he is saved and they teleported to what looks like a old monastery. There Hell tells him that one the demons that attack was Eligo’s a duke and knight in the living world who was shamed by Hellboy and cast down to the pit once Hellboy defeated him, the conversation is cut short when Eligo appears and attacks Hellboy pushing him through a doorway..

Final thoughts:  Hellboy In Hell #1 is a ongoing story with multiple arcs, similar to the Conan comics also release by Dark horse. New readers my not understand what’s going on in the beginning of the issue because of the multiple story arc tie-ins . Writer Mike Mignola keeps issue #1 simple and straightforward for the most part making it relatively easy to follow for new readers like myself, On the other hand hardcore fans my not like that it’s a little simplistic. In the end Mignola writing is good enough to keep the readers wanting more.

Let me say I do recommend readers to checkout  past issues so you can get a clue on certain things, besides that Hellboy In Hell has alot of potential and I can’t wait see how Mike Mignola unravels this story.

Release Date: December 05, 2012

Links: Preview | Order 

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★★☆ 

 

Dark Horse Horror Gets Under Your Skin With New Series…….

Dark Horse is bring us a new horror comic title “Colder” it will be a five issue series, Writer Paul Tobin (Falling Skies) and Artist Juan Ferreyra (Falling Skies, Rex Mundi) team up once again..

“Colder” will be on sale Nov 7, keep an eye for this series, it looks like it’s going to be interesting!

Declan Thomas’s body temperature is dropping. He never gets sick, never feels pain. An ex-inmate of an insane asylum that was destroyed in a fire, he has the strange ability to step inside a person’s madness and sometimes cure it. He hopes to one day cure his own, but time is running out, because when his temperature reaches zero . . . it’s over.

• From the creative team behind the Falling Skies comic!

• A new horror comic in the vein of Locke & Key and Preacher.

Juan Ferreyra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review – Freaks Of The Heartland

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Writer: Steve Niles
Art: Greg Ruth
Cover: Greg Ruth
Published by: Darkhorse Comics
Genre: Horror

Freaks Of The Heartland is a collection of Steve Niles and Greg Ruth six-issue Miniseries turned paperback. It’s a tale of a rural town in the Midwest of Gristlewood Valley, a place where the townspeople have been keeping a secret for many years. Trevor, a boy who lives with abusive father, a mother who’s deeply distressed and finally a physically deformed little brother Will. The people of Gristlewood Valley see Will as a monster and something evil but Trevor doesn’t see his little brother that way. One day their father decides to kill Will for being what he thinks is a monster, but before he can do it Trevor intervenes and escapes with Will. On their journey they discover that Will isn’t one of a kind, but that all the families of Gristlewood Valley each have a deformed kid that they treated badly. Together, Trevor,Will and others like him leave town to find a place where they can be safe and call home, All the while try to avoid the angry and fearful townsmen.

The Freaks of the Heartland is a well-written story that is very emotionally driven which is something I haven’t seen in a horror story, Overall Steve Niles and Greg Ruth tale is precisely laid out in storyboard format and would have no problem transitioning to a film. If you’re looking f or blood and gore this isn’t the book for you, even though it does have its moments when Will protects Trevor form their father. Besides that section, there’s nothing else worthy of mentioning in the filed of gore and intense violence. The biggest beef I have with the book is that it’s too short with unresolved characters, you really don’t get a sense of closure to the story at the end.

Artist Greg Ruth brings the Midwest town to life using a nice mixture of earth tones throughout the book which is perfect to my tastes, I really enjoy the use of Reds and Orange for the  action pages, Ruth really captures the Midwestern landscape and did a beautiful job re-creating it.

Overall,the book is awesome for none violent horror story,I recommend this book to anyone looking for more than just blood and gore, but for a story that has real emotion and themes dealing with acceptance and discrimination you should give it a shot, believe me when I say you won’t disappointed.

Links: Preview | Pre-Order
Release Date: July 4, 2012

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

Review – B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth – The Pickens Country Horror #2

Story: Mike Mignola and Scott Allie
Art: Jason Latour
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Clem Robins
Cover Art: Becky Cloonan and Dave Stewart
Variant Cover: Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Peters and Vaughn left us hanging as fog, vampires and the undead rise up in what was set to be a routine investigation. As trouble strikes they’re put out of the game and taken to a safe house in the middle of it all, the owner of which is a vampire conspiracy theorist researching a possible invasion scenario. Part 2 starts up without hesitation, the fog is thick and the crosses are all over with something lurking in the background, Vaughn is quiet but worried about Peters and we step into the mess from there.

Pickens Country Horror is a relentless book, even with all the experience Vaughn has the story proves once again that he’s only seen a fraction of the horrors possible in the outbreaks so far. His confidence no matter how high is knocked down as the situation with the fog and the mushrooms grows worse, it’s a bad time to be an agent of the B.P.R.D. on this mission. Unfortunately as a mini series we’re whisked through the rest of the development including the history on the vampire group at work locally and their history. It’s not to say this has been a bad installment but the closure on it really shakes the foundation as a newer reader to the series, I can only hope this isn’t the end of this arc and that it spins into something more. One thing that Mike Mignola does without trouble is develop character attachment and #2 is where you really wish this wasn’t the case because of how much whiplash fills the pages of the story.

If you’re a fan of B.P.R.D. this is a must have to your collection for the series, you have vampires, crazy supernatural fog and a crazy man telling you his end of the world conspiracy theory. If you’re a new reader, it might be a bit of rough ride to get into even if it does have a very interesting story, it just has a really rough closure that could throw off those new to the series even if the 2 issues are excellent reads. The art from Jason Latour is great, the expressions and body language don’t drop the experience while reading through it, even when going to supernatural levels the experience holds the reader in and even brings a bit of paranoia, with Dave Stewart assisting in color it’s really an immersion experience.

Links: Pre-Order | Preview

Release date: April 25, 2012

Story:★★★★½ 
Art:★★★★★ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★★½ 

DC Comics releases Night Force #2 Preview

Night Force hit with high energy last month, bringing tales of horror and adventure to the world. This Wednesday you can get a second dose of this chaos and walk down the seven-issue mini series as Baron Winters travels through time to figure out the mastermind behind this siege no matter what might come up. Darkness is all around and both Winters and Duffy are knee-deep in it as they investigate the threat resting in the darkness.

Check out the panels below for a preview and hold on just a few more days for the release.