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Afterlife with Archie #7
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Francesco Francavila
Published by Archie Comics
After last issue’s Sabrina is the bride of Cthulhu cosmic horror tale, Afterlife with Archie returns the focus to the remaining Riverdale survivors, especially Betty. The story is told from her Pov, and writer Roberto Aguirre-Sicasa truly humanizes the various members of the Archie gang with its honesty, vulnerability, and unexpected non-soapiness. There is horror too, but the red-haired, a little too close for siblings Jason and Cheryl Blossom might be scarier than “Jugdead” and the other zombies. Feelings of fear, sadness, and romance are all conveyed by artist Francesco Francavilla’s mastery of light and shadow, color, and using a different amount of lines for each scene. For example, he covers Betty’s sister Polly in shadow during her childhood flashbacks, which hints at a tragic turn of events for Polly. As »
- Logan Dalton
Stars: Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright, Anthony Anderson, Travis Tope, Joshua Leonard, Andy Abele, Gary Cole, Edward Herrmann, Ed Lauter, Arabella Field, Denis O’Hare, Spencer Treat Clark, Wes Chatham, Morganna May, Jaren Mitchell | Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Earl E. Smith | Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
In 1946, the American town of Texarkana was rocked by a series of murders. Dubbed “The Moonlight Murders” by the press, these were real, tragic events that scarred the town. In 1976, Charles B. Pierce directed The Town That Dreaded Sundown, a film “based on true events” depicting the events of the killing spree thirty years earlier. There’s an ongoing tradition in Texarkana to show a drive-in screening of the film on Halloween every year.
And now in 2014, American Horror Story‘s Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has created a new version of Town that finds itself with a unique premise. Acknowledging that both the 1946 murders took place, and that the 1976 film was released, »
- Dan Woolstencroft
There's always been a strange dichotomy to horror as a genre. There's the real, hard-edged, genuinely scary stuff, but also the cheesy and hilarious, where we delight in the misfortune of the characters we watch instead of fearing for them. But where things get really interesting is when those lines get blurred, intentionally or not. That's when you get scary things coming from places you wouldn't expect, or the unintentional comedy that comes from something trying really hard to be scary. With October being the designated month for all things spooky, and Halloween just hours away, now's the perfect time »
- Joshua Rivera
Fox has teamed up with Archie Comics, and they are currently in the process of developing a TV series called Riverdale that will be based on the classic Archie comic strip. The one-hour drama series is being developed by TV producer Greg Berlanti, who has given us Arrow and The Flash. The show will be set in the modern day and feature the characters from the comic. Here's some more information on the series from THR:
Riverdale follows the main crew of Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, as they explore the surrealistic twists of small-town life, in addition to the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade. Set in fictional town of Riverdale, N.Y., the drama will focus on the love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper and rich socialite Veronica Lodge.The entire cast of supporting characters, including Reggie Mantle, Archie's rival; Jughead Jones, »
- Joey Paur
After the successful launch of its DC Entertainment show Gotham, Fox has now turned its attention to Archie Comics, with Deadline revealing that the network has placed a script deal plus penalty for Riverdale, which is being developed by Warner Bros. Television and Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl) and will include the characters of Archie, Betty, Veronica and Josie and the Pussycats.
The site reports that Archie Comics Cco Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will script the show, and that “the series will showcase the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper and rich socialite Veronica Lodge and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books — including Archie’s rival Reggie Mantle and slacker best friend Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller also will play a pivotal role, with other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library also slated to appear, including Josie and the Pussycats.”
- Gary Collinson
Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York, the story deals with the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge.
Rival Reggie Mantle, slacker best friend Jughead Jones and popular gay character Kevin Keller will all play key roles in the series which will also include characters from other titles in the Archie Comics library like "Josie and the Pussycats".
The project is described as a "bold, subversive take" on the comic which explores the "surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade."
The project is being penned by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the Archie Comics Cco who also penned the "Carrie" and "Town That Dreaded Sundown" remakes, the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of "American Psycho, »
- Garth Franklin
Fox is bring a beloved set of cartoon characters into live action and it has nothing to do with superheros. Archie Andrews and rest of the Riverdale will be coming to the small screen as live action series if Fox has it their way. The residents of small town will explore their lives and perhaps unseen dark side of their all American town. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who is the Cco of Archie Comics will serve as the series writer.
This is huge news as we know cartoon series of these beloved characters have taken place before. But I always wondered how a live action series would go. I am interested to see who they will pick to play certain roles. Especially since I think we all can agree that people will be brutal on how they will pick each lead character. That will not be an easy choice that will come out clean. »
- Sarah Peel
Riverdale offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade. Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books-including Archie's rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones. Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, Riverdale will introduce other characters from Archie Comics' expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.
The show will be produced »
Last year, we heard that Archie Comics leading man, Archie Andrews, would be making the leap from the inked page to the big screen. Now it seems that feature adaptation has been canned, as THR reports that Fox are developing a one-hour drama based on the same characters from the comics, entitled Riverdale.
While the news that yet another beloved comic book adaptation is bound for the small screen may be met with derision, let’s first address who’ll be in charge of the project. Greg Berlanti will oversee production under his Berlanti Productions banner in cahoots with Warner Bros. TV. That partnership has been responsible for a number of successful adaps, including Arrow and The Flash. A proven track record means we’re likely to see a thoughtful approach to the material.
Speaking of the content, what exactly can we expect Riverdale to focus on? Well, according to the description released by THR, »
- Gem Seddon
So this is unexpected: Greg Berlanti—whose current hobby is turning comics books into TV shows like Arrow and The Flash—is developing a new drama for Fox based on Archie Andrews and the gang. Yup, that Archie Andrews. And this is crazy, but it's quite possible that it could turn out pretty great. According to Deadline, the series is called Riverdale, and will feature the extended family of Archie Comics characters—from Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Moose, to relatively new additions like Kevin Kellar, all the way to Josie and the Pussycats. Taking place in the present day, Riverdale will offer "a bold, »
- Joshua Rivera
Greg Berlanti’s got to be pretty busy with Arrow, The Flash, The Mysteries of Laura and all the shows he’s got in development including Supergirl, The Things They Left Behind and Blindspot, but he’s still got time for yet another one – a modern-day one-hour drama based on the Archie comics. It’s being reported that Fox just scooped up the project with a script deal plus penalty. Hit the jump for more on Berlanti’s Archie TV series, which will be called Riverdale and put a surreal twist on the fictional town. According to THR, Riverdale will highlight the Archie, Betty, Veronica love triangle, but also feature familiar supporting characters like Reggie Mantle, Jughead Jones and Kevin Keller as well as Josie and the Pussycats. During the course of the show, the main trio will “explore the surrealistic twists of small-town life, in addition to the darkness »
- Perri Nemiroff
Warner Bros. TV is producing along with Berlanti Prods. Script is written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, chief creative officer of Archie Comics. Aguirre-Sacasa will exec produce with Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater.
Set in the present, the series will offer a subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of life in the fictional Riverdale, albeit with a requisite twist of “darkness and weirdness” lurking beneath the town’s wholesome facade.
Other characters to join the television adaptation include Archie’s rival Reggie Mantle, best friend Jughead Jones and Kevin Keller, the gay character recently introduced into the comic series that stretches back to the 1940s. The girl pop group Josie and the Pussycats, »
- Shelli Weinstein
Fox is developing an Archie Comics drama series “Riverdale,” named after the fictional Archie Comics town, will be set in the present with all the Archie Comics regulars, from Archie, Betty and Veronica to Josie and the Pussycats. It will be produced by Greg Berlanti and written by Archie Comics’ chief creative officer and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Courtney Love to guest on Fox’s “Empire” After guesting on “Sons of Anarchy,” the Hole singer will recur on the Fox hip-hop drama. Pivot to celebrate Halloween with a “Buffy” marathon All next week, select “Buffy the Vampire” episodes will be shown, culminating in a “Classic Monsters” theme on Halloween Day. »
- Norman Weiss
Shined-up studio remakes of grindhouse horror classics are usually best appreciated by viewers unfamiliar with the original films’ scruffy texture, but Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s tricksy take on “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” may be an exception: As it riffs on the professed legacy of Charles B. Pierce’s shoestring 1976 serial-killer thriller, this tediously metatextual exercise conjures few inspired jolts of its own. Following a plucky teen on the trail of a masked maniac methodically restaging murders from Pierce’s film, the redesign is riddled with in-jokes, yet contains little of the Grand Guignol humor one might expect from Gomez-Rejon and his “American Horror Story” collaborator Ryan Murphy. An inauspicious effort to mark the return of the long-defunct Orion Pictures label, the film opens in limited release this week, but is unlikely to spark strong word of mouth ahead of Halloween.
- Guy Lodge
Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist: Robert Hack
Lettering: Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack
Publisher: Archie Comics
Sabrina #1 is a prequel, spin-off of sorts stemming from the Afterlife with Archie universe. For those unfamiliar with Afterlife, it effectively proves Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s worth as not only an excellent writer but really adding a unique flavouring to very well known characters. Having Aguirre-Sacasa on the helm for Sabrina is exciting for fans of Afterlife. Though it may seem unfortunate that Francesco Francavilla is not doing the artwork, there is no need to worry because Robert Hack really brings a classical horror tinged touch (EC Comics style) to the pages of Sabrina.
The issue begins on October 31st, 1951, a year after Sabrina was born. Edward Spellman, Sabrina’s warlock father is introduced, alongside her human mother, Diana. Sabrina is to be given to Edward’s two witch sisters, Hilda and Zelda, entrusting them »
- Anthony Spataro
Presented by Diamond Comic Distributors on October 25th at participating comic book stores is the 3rd Annual Halloween ComicFest (Hcf), featuring costume contests and giveaways of horror-themed comics. Shops will be giving out 19 free titles this year, and readers can seek out tales of the living dead in Afterlife with Archie #1, Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire, and Max Brooks’ Extinction Parade #1.
Press Release - “Diamond Comic Distributors announces a celebration of comics, comic shops, and pop-culture in October with the third annual Halloween ComicFest (Hcf) event! Communities are encouraged to check out their local comic shop and get free comics while also participating in shop’s special Halloween events such as costume contests, sales, character appearances and more on Saturday, October 25th, 2014!
During Halloween ComicFest, adults and kids can go into a local participating comic shop and get free Halloween and horror themed comics and mini-comics published specifically for Halloween ComicFest. »
- Derek Anderson
Walking into Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Town That Dreaded Sundown, I expected a fairly straightforward remake of the Texarkana horror story, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s screenplay inserts us into a world where Charles B. Pierce’s original movie exists, repeatedly referencing the old-school horror flick through spliced-in clip insertions and actual character acknowledgement. It’s an extremely metaphysical movie that twists and turns in the name of horror, yet there’s also a recycled feel to it all that becomes a bit repetitive instead of sneakily ingenious. The 2014 version finds a way to become some hybrid sequel/remake slasher homage that tries to pay respect while traversing its own gory story, but the novelty of comparison becomes rather predictable as “The Phantom” hacks his way through a new batch of victims. It’s a fun and spirited watch, don’t get me wrong, »
- Matt Donato
Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
The Cabin in the Woods was the final frontier for slasher films… or at least it should have been. Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s 2011 horror-comedy took all of the subgenre’s tropes and turned them on their head. It acknowledged every character stereotype and rejected each one. The slasher film received a complete deconstruction, and now it may be best to simply pack it away. Sadly, The Town That Dreaded Sundown heralds an uninspired return to form. It just may be the blandest movie to feature violent homicide and ruthless killers.
A remake of the 1976 cult film, The Town That Dreaded Sundown heavily incorporates its predecessor into its story. Set in Texarkana, Texas, the movie takes place several decades after a string of serial murders were committed. Each Halloween the town »
- Jacob Carter
The American Psycho musical will not have an off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre after all. Though it was scheduled for a run in 2015, Second Stage announced Friday it would not be producing the show, which premiered in London. “We are disappointed that we will not be producing American Psycho this season, but the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage,” Artistic Director Carole Rothman said in a statement. “We will be announcing a new production in its place in the coming weeks.”
The production may, however, be looking directly to Broadway. »
- Esther Zuckerman
The Town That Dreaded Sundown has released its first trailer.
Charles B Pierce's 1976 film was set in 1946, based on the true story of a murderer terrorising the streets of Texarkana, Arkansas.
The film sees a new spate of killings, which leads the townsfolk to wonder whether the killer has somehow returned.
The Town That Dreaded Sundown will premiere at Austin's Fantastic Fest next week. It will screen at the London Film Festival on October 14 and arrive in Us cinemas on October 16. »
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