9 items from 2017
The sci-fi/fantasy comic magazine Heavy Metal is no stranger to having erotic, sensual, and sometimes downright dirty covers. If you’ve seen the 1981 animated film, then you know that the magazine can offer stories that mix sex and horror as… Continue Reading →
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- Jonathan Barkan
His illustrations may have caused you to dread the next full moon, avoid the swamp on your shortcut home, or ignite your imagination with a peek into the post-apocalypse. Through his artwork, Bernie Wrightson has influenced and inspired generations of horror fans, so it is with great sadness that we inform readers that the prolific artist has passed away at the age of 68 after a long battle with brain cancer.
Wrightson's wife, Liz, shared the somber news of her husband's passing earlier today on the artist's official website and Facebook page.
A fan of EC Comics growing up, Bernie Wrightson, aka "Berni," began working on projects for both DC and Marvel early in his career, co-creating the complex character Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein in the early ’70s. Bernie later worked for Warren Publishing, where he helped bring H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe stories to life on the paneled page. »
- Derek Anderson
Louisa Mellor Mar 20, 2017
There was more carnage, venting CO2 and frustration in the latest great episode of Robot Wars...
This review contains spoilers.
Tell me where else on television you’re going to hear somebody say, “I’ve certainly got a lot of experience controlling sticks with my thumbs”? That’s why you have to love Robot Wars; there’s nothing else quite like it (unless you count BattleBots, which is quite like it but is also American and therefore twice as noisy with half the charm).
Congratulations this week go to winners Concussion, who did Dorset proud by taking their battle-untested bot all the way to victory in the final. They saw off veteran competitor Thor through a fog of vented CO2 and hasty repairs, »
Heavy metal and horror movies go together like chocolate and peanut butter, not least because of their shared fascination with Satan. The relationship between the trio goes back to the days when Ozzy Osbourne and his bandmates decided to name Black Sabbath after the Mario Bava movie playing across the street from their rehearsal space, and Australian filmmaker Sean Byrne (The Loved Ones) revisits it once more for his sophomore horror feature, The Devil’s Candy. This time around, though, Byrne adds a twist by appealing to a growing and under-represented segment of the extreme art forms’ shared fan base: parents.
A long-haired, tattooed Ethan Embry stars as Jesse Hellman, a struggling painter who has passed on his love of all things metal to his preteen daughter, Zooey (Kiara Glasco). Along with his wife, loving and tolerant hair stylist Astrid (Shiri Appleby), Jesse just bought a house in the countryside »
- Katie Rife
Like a lot of politically charged films, Norman McLaren’s “Neighbours” was controversial upon release and his since come to be regarded as an important classic. Produced by the National Film Board of Canada and the winner of an Academy Award in 1953, McLaren’s eight-minute short can be viewed in its entirety on YouTube. Watch below.
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The stop-motion short finds two men reading newspapers with opposing headlines in front of their cardboard houses when a flower sprouts at the halfway point between their respective homes. Both are drawn to it, eventually leading to a conflict: They put up a fence and use parts of it as swords, devolving more and more into barbarism as their feud escalates.
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“I was inspired to make ‘Neighbours »
- Michael Nordine
Screen horror gets a fun-ride boost with the adventures of a trio of home-alone kids squaring off against demons from, ‘right in their own back yard.’ Creative, expertly daring special effects heighten a perfect spook thriller for young kids, that’s has more and better ‘Boo’ moments than most of the hardcore genre classics of its decade.
Lionsgate / Vestron Video
1987 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 85 min. / Street Date February 28, 2017 / 39.97
Cinematography: Thomas Vámos
Film Editor :Rit Wallis
Speical Visual Effects Designer and Supervisor: Randall William Cook
Special Makeup: Craig Reardon
Written by: Michael Nankin
Produced by: John Kemeny
Directed by: Tibor Takács
Horror enthusiasts of a different generation than mine speak highly of the theatrical shockers of the 1980s that set their nerves on edge. »
- Glenn Erickson
Joanne might’ve surprised fans by stripping away its maker’s signature brand of electropop in favor of a fresh, rock-inspired sound, but Lady Gaga’s duet with Metallica at Sunday’s Grammys reaffirmed the “John Wayne” singer can hold her own against the genre’s heaviest hitters.
One week after taking the biggest stage on television as the Super Bowl Li halftime show headliner and announcing a worldwide tour, Gaga joined the iconic metal band to perform at Los Angeles’ Staples Center for a set that was riddled with microphone malfunctions for the Metallica lead singer.
Performing “Moth Into Flame, »
- Joey Nolfi
Music documentaries are a genre unto their own – sometimes they give you a glimpse behind the scenes of your favourite band, and sometimes they’re about someone you’ve never heard about who become your favourite band. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the Top 10 Best Music Documentaries of all time:
Anvil! The Story Of Anvil
An opening of Heavy Metal icons such Slash, Lemmy and Lars Ulrich singing the praises of a band you’ve never heard of makes you think it’s all just a Spinal Tap style spoof. But no, after never quite hitting the big time in the early 80s, Canadian Metal band Anvil have still been plugging away despite the lack of success – at the beginning of the film frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow is having to make a living delivering school dinners in Toronto! It’s a heart-warming underdog tale of never giving up your dream. »
- Phil Wheat
Directed by Garth Jennings.
Featuring the voice talents of Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Seth MacFarlane, Taron Egerton, Peter Serafinowicz, Tori Kelly, Garth Jennings, Rhea Perlman, Nick Kroll, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Saunders, Nick Offerman, Leslie Jones, and Adam Buxton.
Koala bear Buster Moon (the voice of Matthew McConaughey) is easily the least successful impresario in the theatre world. All his shows flop and, staring bankruptcy in the face, he decides to launch a singing contest. One that attracts a long queue of hopefuls, including a crooning mouse, a heavy metal skunk, a shy singing elephant and a narcissistic pig. But who will win the $100,000 prize?
With Gru and his Minions due to return this summer in Despicable Me 3, Illumination is plugging the gap with new animation, Sing, which borrows heavily from the unlikely combination of Disney and X-Factor.
In a city populated entirely by animals, loveable »
- Freda Cooper
9 items from 2017
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