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,


Wednesday, October 11, 2017


One month to go till this year's NovKon, and yes! 
New releases!

Issue 4 (of 4)
By David Hontiveros and Romnick Magbanua

Our heroes’ grueling encounter with the savage Yokusuru wraps up here, with a colored cover by Kadasig co-creator, Ian Sta. Maria.

DAKILA: Makadaot
Issue 3 (of 3)
By David Hontiveros and Carl Corilla

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?

The Makadaot arc wraps up here, as we see exactly what Kasuko’s “sweet itsusiak deal” was all about.

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

To help celebrate the 25th anniversary of Reno Maniquis’ Maskarado…

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.)

And there you go.
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,


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Rundown of the 13 Best Horror Movies I've Seen in the Past Year
[13 of 13]

(April 2017)

Writer/director Trey Edward Shults' second feature film, It Comes at Night, sets us down in the middle of yet another post-apocalyptic scenario. To the film’s benefit, the narrative doesn’t play out as per your usual post-apocalypse de rigueur.
We don’t witness the catastrophe that triggers the collapse (and specific details are never really offered). All we really know is the unfortunate can become sick, and when that happens, drastic measures need to be taken.
Instead, the story’s focus is Paul (Joel Edgerton, also the film’s Executive Producer) and his family (wife, teen-aged son, and father-in-law’s dog, Stanley) living far away from the city.

Shults tells his story at a very slow and deliberate pace, and some may even wonder if this is actually a “horror movie.”
Since it’s found a comfortable home on the ¡Q Horror! 2017 rundown, it’s safe to assume I believe it qualifies. Because, while the journey is a slow, low-key one, the ultimate destination is a harrowingly brutal gut punch, the horror, the kind that underscores the tragic hollowness of that most banal and grotesque of platitudes uttered in the face of mind-numbing, soul-crushing disaster: “Everything’s gonna be okay.”

Parting Shot:
And so there we are.
Another October, another ¡Q Horror! rundown.
If you're in the mood for a horror movie marathon to celebrate the season, try and check this year's titles out (if you haven't already).
Here's to a Happy (and safe) Halloween for all of us!

(It Comes at Night OS’ courtesy of &