14 items from 2014
Sin City “Hard Goodbye”
Originally serialized in Dark Horse Presents #51-62
Written and drawn by Frank Miller
Published by Dark Horse Comics
Full spoilers for the “Hard Goodbye” Sin City story
If you’ve read any of Frank Miller’s comics, you’re probably familiar with some of his most beloved tropes found in his work from Daredevil to Holy Terror, including pudge-faced, long coated wearing anti-heroes, prostitutes, a crapsack urban setting, and hardboiled voice-over narration that ranges from unintentionally hilarious (“ Sin City, she’s a big, bad broad flat on her back begging for it and I take her for all she’s worth and then I take her again and still she’s begging.”) to tight and poignant (“Worth dying for. Worth killing for. Worth going to hell for. amen.”) In “Hard Goodbye”, Miller plays with these tropes and devices like a kid with his favorite action figures, »
- Logan Dalton
Whatever your feelings about Frank Miller are, his influence over comics cannot be denied. Only Alan Moore's work in the '80s can be compared in terms of the effect it would have on superheroes - in comics, films and the public eye - over the intervening decades.
With the release of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - his second collaboration with Robert Rodriguez adapting his noir comic of the same name - Miller is back in the public eye, talking about his love of Superman and Batman and generally upsetting everyone.
To mark the occasion, we look back at the highs and lows of Frank Miller's career.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
If there is one character with which Miller is best identified, it has to be Batman. 1986's The Dark Knight Returns - which he wrote and drew - is frequently cited »
Legendary comic book writer and artist, Frank Miller, is no stranger to stirring the pot. The man created some fantastic comics as well as some of the best story arcs for already established characters. You could start with: Ronin, Daredevil: Born Again, The Dark Knight Returns, Sin City and 300. Many of his tales have been adapted into feature films and he has even written a few of those as well. Though, I wouldn't bring up RoboCop 2 if you happen to run into him. In recent years, he has kicked up some dust by putting out a controversial comic book title, Holy Terror, and criticized the Occupy Wall Street movement. Thank god for Alan Moore or Frank Miller would be considered the grumpiest guy in comics. Thanks Alan. Cute beard. Now, check out his recent comments on Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy which will surely rub some people the »
Though he is not exactly a household name, Frank Miller is still one most singular and influential storytellers of the last 40 years. His miniseries The Dark Knight Returns redefined the character, allowing for more cerebral and experimental efforts like Grant Morrison’s phantasmagoric Batman: Arkham Asylum. Coupled with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns helped pave the way for a whole generation of adult-oriented and serious-minded graphic novels. These novels served as the template for the gritty, hard-edged superhero fare that has dominated cineplex’s for almost a decade. And it has seeped deeply into films featuring no spandex at all. Without Miller, Tim Burton might not be an A-list director. There would certainly be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy. No Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles either, for that matter. And if we are to include the technological advancements of Robert Rodriguez and Zack Snyder’s respective adaptations, »
- Hunter Daniels
The road so far …
It wasn’t exactly easy for genre television in 2005. Well, it’s really never been easy for genre television ever in the history of television, but in 2005, a deluge of genre shows premiered and almost all of them had fallen prey to the swift axe of the television gods by the next year. Start by thinking about television now. It’s a fruitful time for horror and science fiction and fantasy. There are a multitude of genre shows, running the gamut from The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, to True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. They’re all massive hits.
Now, think of all of the shows that premiered around that time in 2005. There was Surface, and that was cancelled after ten episodes by NBC. Invasion, a well-regarded show written by Shaun Cassidy (who created one of my favorite shows, American Gothic) and that was cancelled »
- Nathan Smith
Massimiliano (Max) Cerchi’s New Film “The House of Evil” will be filmed this Summer and there is already a lot of excitement surrounding this film. Max has been making horror films for more than twenty years, and some of his films have sold over 250,000 DVD’s Worldwide, such as Hellinger, Holy Terror and Carnage: The Legend of Quiltface. So, with the news of his new film “The House of Evil” going into pre production, Sgl … Continue reading →
*Editor’s note: Icons’ own Justin R. Lafleur was awesome enough to not only conduct this interview, but to do it with a filmmaker that holds a special place with Icons of Fright. Dante Tomaselli was one of the very first interviews conducted for Icons, back in an interview that Rob G. did in 2004..a full decade ago. What better way to celebrate a “Decade of Fright”, than by catching up with someone whose career has grown, just as Icons has grown. We’re all very stoked on this one, and we hope you readers are as well!-Jerry
Rejoice film freaks! Visionary director Dante Tomaselli is back with what can arguably be called his best film yet, the recently released Torture Chamber! All his trademark obsessions are on display (the inversion of religious iconography, Catholic mysticism, demonic forces hovering at the edges of the everyday and children who may »
There's something about the artwork for The House of Evil that ensures that I would have rented it 75 times during the Eighties if only because of the cover. The funny thing? I've no idea what it is. It wouldn't matter how good the movie was. Just, damn, that cover.
From the Press Release
Massimiliano (Max) Cerchi’s New Film “The House of Evil” will be filmed this Summer and there is already a lot of excitement surrounding this film. Max has been making horror films for more than twenty years, and some of his films have sold over 250,000 DVD’s Worldwide, such as Hellinger, Holy Terror and Carnage: The Legend of Quiltface. So, with the news of his new film “The House of Evil” going into pre production, Sgl Entertainment was quick to secure a DVD, Blu-ray, VOD and Cable TV deal with Max and Dark Mountain Pictures. And, the »
- Steve Barton
Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more as Nucleus Films releases the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon – the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British film. Video Nasties: The Definitive Guide Part 2, a three-disc collector’s edition box set, is being released on DVD on July 14th 2014, to tie in with the 30th Anniversary of the Video Recordings Act 1984.
For the first time ever on DVD, all 82 films that fell foul of the Director of Public Prosecutions “Section 3” list are trailer-featured with specially filmed intros for each title, alongside a brand new documentary – Video Nasties: Draconian Days (review), directed by Jake West.
And to celebrate the release, Film4 FrightFest is hosting a special event – the world exclusive London Premiere of the finalised unseen extended 97 minute cut of Video Nasties: Draconian Days at The Prince Charles Cinema on Thurs 3 July, 8.30pm. The »
- Phil Wheat
Anastasia is pleasantly surprised by this week's Supernatural. Here's her review...
This review contains spoilers.
9.21 King Of The Damned
I admit: I didn’t actually think this episode would be any good.
King of the Damned was penned by Brad Buckner and Eugenie Ross-Leming, whose episodes (Taxi Driver, Holy Terror, and I'm No Angel) have historically been far from my favourites. But, I’m happy to report that, if I hadn’t known this episode was written by what the fandom often refers to as the “terrible duo,” I wouldn’t have been able to tell, which is really the highest compliment I can pay.
The episode gets off to a great start as an angel plays the role of the uncool kid desperately trying to fit in with the cool angel kids – going so far as to brag about being the trusted right hand man of his idol, »
Another day, another sighting of what many believe to be an engagement ring. Mary-Kate Olsen, once again, was spotted wearing the now all-too-familiar sparkler as she joined rumored fiancé Olivier Sarkozy at a launch party for Bob Colacello's book Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up in New York City on Monday. Olsen, 27, has yet to confirm all the speculation that she is engaged to her 44-year-old beau, but continues to add fuel to the fire by repeatedly sporting the same exact ring on that finger. But if they lovebirds are ready to say "I do," it seems that the pair is still on a different timeline with regards to how soon the twosome plan to walk down the aisle. E! News learned »
Here come the future Monsieur et Madame Sarkozy! For the first time since Us Weekly exclusively broke the news of their February engagement, Mary-Kate Olsen and fiancé Olivier Sarkozy attended an event together on Monday, March 10. The newly-engaged duo was spotted at the book launch party for Bob Colacello's Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up at the Diane Von Furstenberg Studio in New York City. Olsen, 27, and Sarkozy, 44, posed together for photos as the former child star showed off her giant vintage engagement ring. [...] »
Mary-Kate Olsen's massive diamond sparkler has been making the rounds across multiple countries since her engagement to Olivier Sarkozy late last month, but we haven't seen the couple together until now. They stayed close at a Diane von Furstenberg-hosted release party for author Bob Colacello's new book on Monday in NYC, both wearing black ensembles; in fact, they wore very similar-looking lace-up dress shoes to the bash as well. During the party, Mary-Kate stopped to chat with the author as he signed a copy of his book, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, for her as she showed off her ring. Though Mary-Kate and Olivier haven't spoken out about their wedding plans yet, they may be planning another big step in their relationship - a baby. The couple is reportedly already trying to get pregnant, in spite of Mary-Kate rejecting Olivier's first proposal a year ago »
- Alyse Whitney
Stars: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula Sheppard, Niles McMaster, Jane Lowry, Rudolph Willrich, Michael Hardstark, Alphonso DeNoble, Gary Allen, Brooke Shields | Written by Alfred Sole, Rosemary Ritvo | Directed by Alfred Sole
88 Films expand their DVD repertoire with their first non-Full Moon flick Alice Sweet Alice (aka Communion), the 1970s “killer kid” proto-slasher from director Alfred Sole – who would later go on to spoof the genre a mere three years later with Pandemonium.
When ten-year-old Karen (Brooke Shields, in her first screen appearance) is killed in church on the occasion of her first communion, her seemingly innocent older sister Alice (Paula Sheppard) becomes the prime suspect. Matters become complicated as more of Alice s family members are attacked, along with residents of her apartment building. Can a twelve-year-old girl be capable of such mayhem, or is someone else with a vicious plan destroying her family?
Alice Sweet Alice is »
- Phil Wheat
14 items from 2014
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