Legendary Pictures

By Nick Durham

Trick or Treat Days of the dead

No one loves Trick ‘r Treat more than I do. The best horror anthology to see the light of day in well over a decade (and still is), Trick ‘r Treat is one of my all time favorite films of any genre in the history of ever. That’s right, I said it.

Anyway, in an effort to sate us Trick ‘r Treat fans until we finally get the long-awaited sequel, we get this comic which offers up four separate stories that revolve around different points in Halloween history. The stories themselves come from creator Michael Dougherty, as well as his Krampus cohorts Todd Casey and Zach Shields, along with some additional input from comic veteran Marc Andreyko. Opening tale Seed revolves around witches and magic in Ireland in the 1600s, Corn Maiden revolves around betrayal on the frontier between the evil white-man and Native Americans (and kind of, sort of gives a maybe-kind of origin to Sam), Echoes is a 1950s noir-style detective story, and the closing Monster Mash finds a closed-minded small town get their comeuppance when monsters attack on Halloween night.

The stories are basic, but mostly effective, even though they range in terms of quality. Seed is interesting, Corn Maiden is the best of the bunch, Echoes is a near-unintelligible mess, and Monster Mash is fun. The various artwork, featuring contributions from Saga‘s Fiona Staples, along with Stephen Byrne, and Zid is all well and great, but Stuart Sayger’s work on Echoes left me perplexed as to what the fuck is happening from panel to panel. I don’t mean to shit on the guy’s work so please don’t think I’m knocking him, I just think his style isn’t all that well-suited. That aside, the story itself didn’t make a lick of sense, so it’s not like the art hurts it that much to begin with.

So yeah, Trick ‘r Treat: Days of the Dead is a quick and relatively fun read. It’s contents are a mixed bag but it features enough interesting moments to whet your appetite until we finally get the sequel to Trick ‘r Treat that we’re still fucking waiting for. That being said, check it out and give it a whirl. It isn’t anything special in the least, but you can always do a lot worse in terms of horror comics than what this offers.

Rating: 3/5

COMIC REVIEW: Trick ‘r Treat: Days Of The Dead

COMIC REVIEW: Trick ‘r Treat: Days Of The Dead

By Nick Durham

Trick or Treat Days of the dead

No one loves Trick 'r Treat more than I do. The best horror anthology to see the light of day in well over a decade (and still is), Trick 'r Treat is one of my all time favorite films of any genre in the history of ever. That's right, I said it.

Anyway, in an effort to sate us Trick 'r Treat fans until we finally get the long-awaited sequel, we get this comic which offers up four separate stories that revolve around different points in Halloween history. The stories themselves come from creator Michael Dougherty, as well as his Krampus cohorts Todd Casey and Zach Shields, along with some additional input from comic veteran Marc Andreyko. Opening tale Seed revolves around witches and magic in Ireland in the 1600s, Corn Maiden revolves around betrayal on the frontier between the evil white-man and Native Americans (and kind of, sort of gives a maybe-kind of origin to Sam), Echoes is a 1950s noir-style detective story, and the closing Monster Mash finds a closed-minded small town get their comeuppance when monsters attack on Halloween night.

The stories are basic, but mostly effective, even though they range in terms of quality. Seed is interesting, Corn Maiden is the best of the bunch, Echoes is a near-unintelligible mess, and Monster Mash is fun. The various artwork, featuring contributions from Saga's Fiona Staples, along with Stephen Byrne, and Zid is all well and great, but Stuart Sayger's work on Echoes left me perplexed as to what the fuck is happening from panel to panel. I don't mean to shit on the guy's work so please don't think I'm knocking him, I just think his style isn't all that well-suited. That aside, the story itself didn't make a lick of sense, so it's not like the art hurts it that much to begin with.

So yeah, Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead is a quick and relatively fun read. It's contents are a mixed bag but it features enough interesting moments to whet your appetite until we finally get the sequel to Trick 'r Treat that we're still fucking waiting for. That being said, check it out and give it a whirl. It isn't anything special in the least, but you can always do a lot worse in terms of horror comics than what this offers.

Rating: 3/5

Posted by Alan Smithee in BOOKS, COMICS, AND PUBLICATION REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
King Kong vs Godzilla: Is It Coming?

King Kong vs Godzilla: Is It Coming?

By Dixielord

It's the battle that Kajiu fans have been waiting for and it's looking like King Kong vs Godzilla might actually happen in a few years. The two behemoths have met in a Japanese production back in 1962. However, with the success of 2014's Godzilla reboot, and a new King Kong movie coming in 2017, time is ripe for a new mash up. News this week that Legendary Pictures is moving its Kong: Skull Island film to Warner Brothers, home to the rebooted Godzilla franchise, seems to confirm a match-up is is in the works.

King Kong vs Godzilla is still little more than a rumor, but Kong: Skull Island seems to be moving full steam ahead. Already Tom Hiddleston (Thor, Avengers), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), and Brie Larson (Trainwreck) are attached, and it's rumored Samuel L Jackson is being considered for a role. The film is set to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and is currently in pre-production.

Meanwhile, Kong's potential punching bag, Godzilla, isn't being ignored. Director Garth Edwards has a sequel to his 2014 hit scheduled for 2018. In an interview with Collider magazine he hinted that Godzilla 2 would be “bigger and better”, leading many to believe it will feature more monster on monster action. One of the few complaints of Godzilla was the lack of monster battle, compared to human drama.

Meanwhile Toho Studios, owner of the Godzilla trademark, has their own Godzilla reboot scheduled for 2016. The film will not be connected to the American Godzilla series or the proposed King Kong vs Godzilla but rather a standalone film. Toho is promising that their Godzilla will be the largest version of the monster ever seen on film.

Combing the two movie mega monsters seems like a logical thing to do, especially with the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, I have to wonder with both Kong and Godzilla under the Legendary banner, could we see more collaborations? Legendary's other Kaiju property Pacific Rim was distributed by Warner Brothers, and a sequel is planned for 2017. The Sequel, Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, is currently set to be distributed by Universal, but could it be moved back? Surely someone at Warner can see the potential of a large interconnected Kaiju Universe? Or maybe I'm just getting my hopes up.

For now, it's all still really early, but the King Kong reboot, and Godzilla sequel seem to be a sure thing. A King Kong vs Godzilla could, however, depend on the success of one, or both of these films. Personally, I'd love to see the match up. It might not be high cinema, but it should be a hell of a fun movie.

Posted by Allen Alberson in HORROR NEWS, 1 comment