Saturday, February 10, 2018

Candidate #3

(September 2017)

"Makes you feel insignificant, right?"
"Speak for yourself.”
“Come on, man, where’s your soul? These mountains were smashed out by Nordic gods with big bastard hammers!”

David Bruckner’s The Ritual is the latest in the long and (un)hallowed line of horror films that warn us that man was not meant to traipse through the deep, dark woods.
You may recognize Bruckner as a ¡Q horror! regular, having been on the rundown three previous times--in 2008, on the inaugural online ¡Q horror! list (for his “transmission” in The Signal); in 2012 (for his contribution to V/H/S, “Amateur Night”); and in 2016 (for his contribution to Southbound, “The Accident”*).
So if you’re keeping tabs, then it becomes quite clear that The Ritual is Bruckner’s first feature film that’s in the running for a ¡Q horror! slot, and a solid title it is.

Working with a script by Joe Barton (who’s written for Humans), based in turn on the novel by Adam Nevill, Bruckner gives us a tense nailbiter that follows four friends from university, as they hike Kungsleden (“King’s Trail”), running between Sweden and Norway, a vacation that turns out to be a terrible decision, as indicated by the tagline displayed on the quad above.
Bruckner and company** kill it with this one…

“Well, this is clearly the house we get murdered in.”

* Or, alternately, “Accident”. (Even on the official Dark Sky Films website, it’s referred to by both titles…)

** Amongst the film’s executive producers, the one and only Andy Serkis.

(The Ritual UK quad courtesy of

Thursday, February 1, 2018


Yes, indeed.
The mighty fine Reno Maniquis has made the Maskarado / Dakila crossover we cooked up to celebrate Maskarado's 25th anniversary, Silver Like Dust, available in digital format on gumroad.

Silver Like Dust
By David Hontiveros and Reno Maniquis

Two kick-ass heroes.
One awesome team-up.

Dakila finds himself in another dimension, in another Philippines, where he meets “Manila’s Masked Marvel,” Maskarado.
Together, the heroes face an enemy driven by madness and greed.
An enemy who hungers for all the power in the world.
Including theirs.

(See the complete sneak preview pack--including 2 lettered pages--at the Maskarado FBpage, here.)

So if you haven't checked it out yet, please feel free to do so!

you can’t drink just six,


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Candidate #2

(May 2017)

While Yorgos Lanthimos' Kynodontas (Dogtooth) was a ¡Q horror! Auxiliary in 2011, his latest, The Killing of a Sacred Deer (again co-written with Efthimis Filippou) pointedly veers into psychological horror territory, as we bear disquieting witness to all the horrible things we are capable of doing, not just behind the backs of the ones we love, but to the ones we love as well.

As with Kynodontas, there is an odd sense of absurd logic and terrible inevitability to the proceedings, as the privileged Murphys, led by Steven and Anna (Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman) become prey to machinations that threaten to tear their family apart.

There is much here that is uncomfortable and disturbing to watch, but if your horror veers away from your standard Hollywood creepy set pieces and jump scares, then The Killing of a Sacred Deer comes with a sparkling ¡Q horror! recommendation.

XS: For any Clueless fans out there, a borderline unrecognizable Alicia Silverstone is excellent here in her brief appearance.

(The Killing of a Sacred Deer OS’ courtesy of

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Candidate #1

(September 2017)

"God! I keep... waiting for one of you to understand how magnificent this place is!
"All the gifts that it can give you! Because memory is a disease!
“And then this house is the cure! How can you not see that?!”

One of the most amazing things about Channel Zero’s sophomore season is that, though it still fundamentally feels like a Channel Zero story (in so much as the Channel Zero logo doesn’t look out of place in the opening credits), it does so despite the fact that it has a different kind of horror at its core, compared to the horror of Candle Cove.
With its central themes of memory and loss and instinct and co-dependency, No-End House is also surprisingly moving, balancing out the horror with genuine emotion, thanks in no small part to a commendable cast, which includes the excellent John Carroll Lynch.

Probably the only drawback here is, the bar is now subsequently so much higher for the third season, Butcher’s Block (airing next year), which counts among its cast, It Follows’ Olivia Luccardi, Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden, and the one and only Rutger Hauer.

(Channel Zero: No-End House OS courtesy of

Sunday, November 12, 2017


A huge round of thanx for all you mighty fine folk who dropped by the Capsule-Alamat table over the weekend to show your deeply appreciated support by picking up the latest 'Verse releases:

The wrap-up to the Dakila / Kadasig crossover, Balat (art by Romnick Magbanua; colored cover by Kadasig co-creator Ian Sta. Maria):

The wrap-up to the Makadaot story arc (art by Carl Corilla):

And for helping us celebrate the 25th anniversary of Reno Maniquis’ Maskarado with Silver Like Dust (art and colored covers by Reno)…

Thanx so much again.
Your continued and enthusiastic support means the world to us, and we hope to see you all at next year's Summer Kon!

you can’t drink just six,


Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Three more days till NovKon; this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, November 11 & 12, at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.

Details on the new 'Verse releases can be found here.

And more details about the Maskarado / Dakila crossover, Silver Like Dust, can be found here.

Plus, Reno will have all sorts of goodies available as well, details for which you can find at the Maskarado FB page.

Just look for us at the Capsule-Alamat table here:
Set the dates: November 11 & 12, at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.

Hope to see all you mighty fine folk at NovKon!

you can’t drink just six,


Sunday, October 22, 2017


It’s a 26 page one-shot, at P130, and it’s releasing with 2 different colored covers.

(See the complete sneak preview pack--including 2 lettered pages--at the Maskarado FBpage, here.)

In keeping with Maskarado’s 25th anniversary celebration, we’re offering the Silver Discount.

Here’s how that works:

You can opt to pick up both covers of Silver Like Dust, at P250, and that will get you a further P25 off any additional single Maskarado purchase AND any additional single Dakila purchase.
So buy both covers, and then buy another Maskarado title at P25 off, and then another Dakila title at P25 off.
(Note that the P25 off a Dakila title can also be applied to any single Dakila pack, instead of a single issue.)

And keep in mind, even if you just want one cover, if you're a Dakila fan you might know someone who's a Maskarado fan (or the other way around).
If that's the case, then you two/too can team up and avail of the offer.
Just look for us at the Capsule / Alamat table at this year’s November Komikon, and ask about the Silver Discount.

Set the dates: November 11 & 12, at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.

Hope to see all you mighty fine folk at NovKon!

you can’t drink just six,