Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Candidate #4

(March 2016)

"I always thought this house was haunted.
"Really? Why?”
"I don’t know. Ever since we were kids, it just felt like there was some dark vagina just hovering over this place, waiting to swallow me up.”
“Maybe it was just your latent homosexuality talking, hmmm?”
“Shut up. I’m being serious. I’ve always been scared here, dude.”

For much of its initial section of running time, Thomas Dekker’s Jack Goes Home plays more like a dysfunctional domestic drama than anything else, as the titular Jack Thurlow (Rory Culkin) receives some tragic news that precipitates his--as the film’s title indicates--return to his family home.
But, since this is ¡Q horror! territory, it’s a safe bet that that’s not what the film is ultimately about.
Or, put another way, maybe it is a dysfunctional domestic drama, but in a really terrible, horror movie way, as we slowly witness Jack uncover some dark family secrets, while gradually questioning his sanity…

Dekker (who also wrote the screenplay, and is perhaps best known as the TV John Connor) ropes in some noteworthy genre names here, including Daveigh Chase, Natasha Lyonne (who appears in a brief, single scene), and Britt Robertson (who’d worked with Dekker previously on the short-lived The Secret Circle).
But the genre coup here is, without a doubt, Lin Shaye, who appears as Jack’s mother, Teresa.
And, oddly enough, while Dekker is also credited as one of the film’s producers, who do we see credited as an Executive Producer but Uwe Boll (!).

Parting Shot:
I honestly did not recognize Daveigh Chase here, until the end credits rolled…
So, yeah, Samantha Darko (Sparkle Motion, go!!!) and Samara, in the house!
And speaking of, 15th anniversary of Donnie Darko! Huzzah!

(Jack Goes Home OS courtesy of

Candidate #3

(October 2016)

There's something to be said for well-crafted traditional horror cinema and Mike Flanagan’s Ouija: Origin of Evil, is certainly that.

A prequel to Stiles White’s Ouija--the 2014 film based on the Hasbro game (which I never got to watch)--Origin of Evil follows the Zander women, mother Alice (Elizabeth Reaser), her high school daughter Lina (Annalise Basso, who also featured in Flanagan’s Oculus), and 9-year-old Doris (Lulu Wilson), as they try and get by in Los Angeles, 1967, after the loss of their husband and father.
Alice’s business name is “Madame Zander,” and she and her daughters perform a community service by giving their clients closure through faux séances, or at least, that’s what Alice tells herself and her children.
Things go awry of course (because let’s face it, they have to, given that this is a horror movie) when Alice purchases a (gasp!) Ouija board.
The premise sounds dopey as hell, but Flanagan and co-writer Jeff Howard (who also tag teamed on the screenplays for Flanagan’s Oculus and Before I Wake) wring it for all the creeptasticness they can muster.

Parting Shot:
Oh, and look! Doug Jones and Elliott, errr, I mean Henry Thomas, are in it too!

(Ouija: Origin of Evil OS courtesy of

Friday, November 25, 2016

Candidate #2

(October 2016)

"Do 'ya sense it?
"Something is coming.
"A strange vessel headed for the cove…”

What do you get when you take alumni from Twin Peaks (Harley Peyton) and Hannibal (Nick Antosca), and the son of noted director John Landis (Max), toss them into a wild, creatively horrific blender, then sprinkle the goo that’s left onto a heap of steaming Creepypasta?
You get the highly unsettling Channel Zero: Candle Cove.

This is the kind of TV horror we desperately need, the kind that never forgets that horror isn’t just about jump scares and on-screen gore; that it’s also about tone and atmosphere.
Craig William Macneill (who directed all six episodes) certainly understands this, and now, based on what I saw on Candle Cove, I feel the need to check out his feature, The Boy (the one with David Morse and Rainn Wilson).

This is the first time the post-BSG SyFy has come up with a winner of this caliber. (The fact that Channel Zero isn’t even science fiction, but a horror anthology,  is another conversation entirely.)
So looking forward to Season 2, based on “The No-End House.”

“A fire needs fuel.
“Power demands sacrifice.
“I made mine a long time ago.”

(Channel Zero OS courtesy of

Candidate #1

(March 2016)

"There's nothing a man cannot do once he accepts the fact that there is no God.”

After teaming up with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures on the Evil Dead remake, Fede Alvarez again works under Raimi’s auspices on the taut and twisted little motherf*cker known as Don’t Breathe.
Written by Alvarez and his Evil Dead co-writer Rodo Sayagues, and co-opting both the star (Jane Levy) and composer (Roque Baños) of same, Don’t Breathe is the vicious tale of three young thieves who pick the wroooong house to break into.
Alvarez displays masterful control of tension and space/setting here, taking along familiar genre faces like Dylan Minnette and Stephen Lang along for the ride.

(Don’t Breathe OS’ courtesy of &

Monday, November 14, 2016


NovKon is nigh!
This coming weekend, November 19 & 20, at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.

Saturday, Nov 19 - 10AM to 8PM
Sunday, Nov 20 - 11AM to 7PM

And here's the Alamat/'Verse table (click to embiggen):

In case you missed the earlier posts, there'll be SIX new releases at NovKon: Batch 1 is here, and Batch 2 is here.

As always, we'll have discounted 'Verse packs, among them, a 2016 NovKon Awesome Six-Pack!, which includes all 6 new releases for P300. 

Set the dates: November 19 & 20, at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.

Hope to see all you mighty fine folk at NovKon this weekend!
#komikonPH #Komikon2016

you can’t drink just six,


Saturday, November 5, 2016


Yes, three more issues launching at this year's NovKon (which is, by the way, a mere two weeks away!)...


DAKILA: Kadena
Issue 1 (of 3)
By David Hontiveros and Patrick Flores

Your name is Brandon Ramirez and you’ve been a geek your whole life: comics, movies, RPGs, cosplay.

And now you’re officially the world’s first superhero, as evidenced by the cape, the mask, the totally ripped physique, and those crazy-awesome powers.

Higher agencies seem to have conspired to steer you right into that skintight outfit.

We have only one question:
How’s that working out for you?

Dakila is invited to a special event at Eden Manila, only to discover the dark and vicious secret the amusement park hides beneath the wild rides and the brightly colored mascot costumes.

Issue 1 (of 4)
By David Hontiveros and Gaston S. Garcia

Dakila faces Zalim, a demon that actualized in cyberspace, and is now running a criminal empire in Brazil.
Yuh-huh. A demon that crawled out of the Internet.
Oh noes!

Dakila. 18 years old. Cosmic champion.
All of a sudden, acne and getting a driver’s license are so not a big deal anymore.

URIEL: Hekhalot
Issue 4A (of 4)
By David Hontiveros and Michael Urbano

Uriel is a mighty arel, held in reverence and awe by his fellow arelim, feared and despised by the shedim hordes.
And right now, his fate and existence lie in the hands of his seven-year-old mortal charge, Maleck de los Santos.

The penultimate issue of Hekhalot!
A wounded Uriel faces the maddened kerub Malael in the diabul, while back in the oikoumene, the diabolically swayed Dr. Perez attacks, and Maleck is told that it's time to open the door to the mysterious Room 314...

Aaaand there you go.
That brings the new releases at this year’s NovKon to six! (There may be a 3rd batch, but we’ll need to see what happens in the next few days…)

In the meantime, this is The 1st Batch, in case you missed it the first time.

Set the dates: November 19 & 20, at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.

Hope to see all you mighty fine folk at NovKon!
#komikonPH #Komikon2016

you can’t drink just six,


Wednesday, October 5, 2016


We've a little more than a month and a half to go till this year's NovKon, and The 'Verse will be in attendance.
It's a 2 day affair this year, so mark the weekend of November 19 and 20 on your calendars.
We hope to see all you mighty fine folk there, at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.
#komikonPH #Komikon2016

While I'm still waiting on a number of other issues that, hopefully, will make it in in time for NovKon, these are the titles that are ready and raring to go. (And send us some good karma so we can get to see more release announcements soon!)

Debuting at this year’s NovKon:

Issues 1 & 2 (of 4)
By David Hontiveros and Romnick Magbanua

While just trying to do the right thing, Dakila runs afoul of the Yokusuru crime family, the same bunch of drilo Kadasig also happens to be looking into.
High flying, fist to jaw, tsinelas to face action follows!

DAKILA: Siyudad
Issue 1 (of 4)
By David Hontiveros and Pyotr Mutuc

It's Halloween and Dakila meets 13-year-old Maleck, who's got a personal mission in the diabul.
Dakila helps the kid out, and, well... stuff happens!
See it to believe it...
So there you go.
Hope to see all you mighty fine folk at NovKon!

you can’t drink just six,