Thursday, July 6, 2017


Yeah. So that's totally a thing.
An imminent thing.

But is it:

A) A collaboration between the mighty fine Reno Maniquis and yours truly

B) A cross-dimensional team-up of Maskarado and Dakila

C) A humbling honor for me as I pitch in to help Reno celebrate Maskarado’s 25th anniversary by telling a story

D) All of the above

It is, of course, all of the above, people!
All.
Of.
The.
Above.

Boom.

Updates when we’ve got ‘em.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


¡QUÉ HORROR2017
Candidate #14

THE DEVIL'S CANDY
(September 2015)


"We've come to the place where we joke about the idea of the Devil. With the horns and the tail and all that. But that is Satan’s Lie. To distract us from the reality of who He is.”

Writer/director Sean Byrne was last ‘round these parts when his feature debut, The Loved Ones, nabbed the Aussie Horror Runner-Up slot on the ¡Q horror! 2011 rundown.
He’s back, with his brutally metal follow-up, The Devil’s Candy.

Here, Byrne takes the “a family’s hopes for a new life are shattered when they encounter the darkness that comes along with the new house they just bought” set-up and serves up a disturbing look at a world where evil is insidiously ubiquitous, where a prominent art gallery is called Belial (as in “Now that you’re being represented by Belial, it’s time for you to start getting used to nice things.”) and has an employee named Mara (as per the Buddhist demon).


Byrne gathers an interestingly effective cast here, which includes Shiri Appleby (who’s come a long way from Roswell’s Liz), Ethan Embry (who’s come an even longer way from Empire Records’ lovable goofus Mark), and the creeptastic Pruitt Taylor Vince.
There are also brief, but memorable appearances by Leland Orser (whose Father David Gideon lays on the film’s central thesis via a “Thought for the Day”) and Tony Amendola (taking a break from playing Once Upon a Time’s Geppetto to embody Leonard of Belial).

So, yeah, let’s all raise those horns and savor The Devil’s Candy, as Sean Byrne continues to show us just how wickedly serious he is about his horror…

“I have to feed Him children… ‘cause children are His candy.”

(The Devil’s Candy OS’ courtesy of bloody-disgusting.com.)

Monday, April 17, 2017


¡QUÉ HORROR2017
Candidate #13

THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE
(September 2016)


"Mommy told me something a little girl should know.
It’s all about the Devil and I’ve learned to hate him so.
She said he causes trouble when you let him in the room.
He will never ever leave you if your heart is filled with gloom.”
--“Open Up Your Heart”

The body of an unidentified young woman found under strange circumstances is brought in to the Tilden Morgue & Crematorium, where father and son Tildens, Tommy (Brian Cox) and Austin (Emile Hirsch) set about to uncover cause of death.
But this is far from a cut and dried post mortem, as the Tildens soon discover…

The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a rousing “Welcome Back!” for director André Øvredal (who was last seen ‘round these parts in the 2011 ¡Q horror! rundown, with Trolljegeren).
This time though, there are no amusing, humorous chuckles to be had. This is dark and disturbing stuff, courtesy of a script by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing, which is, honestly, a welcome surprise.
Familiar with some of Goldberg’s work on Once Upon a Time and Dead of Summer (for which Naing also wrote an episode), I hadn’t expected him capable of horror of this grimness. I’m glad to be divested of that impression.


So effective is the film that no less than Guillermo del Toro (“A fun, stylish, beautifully built funhouse of horror!”) and Stephen King (“Visceral horror to rival ALIEN and early Cronenberg. Watch it, but not alone.”) have sung its praises.
¡Q horror! can do naught but agree…

“Whatever the hell happened in here… we are way past possible.”

(The Autopsy of Jane Doe OS’ courtesy of bloody-disgusting.com & mondotees.com.)

Saturday, April 15, 2017


¡QUÉ HORROR2017
Candidate #12

SEOUL-YEOK
(SEOUL STATION)
(April 2016)


Yeon Sang-ho's animated prequel to Busanhaeng (Train to Busan) actually plays better than its live-action sequel, and that’s probably all down to the fact that it’s a more atypical zombie cinema viewing experience than Busanhaeng.
Why is that, you may ask?

To wit:


A: Animated zombies are far more uncommon than live-action ones.

B: Unlike Busanhaeng, we don’t really see your usual zombie cinema character types here.

C: The social commentary is far more satisfactorily evident, with some barbed rants against country and government. And the class divide is likewise more overt here.

It should be noted though that there are some rather cruel and vicious moments in this one, some moments having nothing at all to do with the zombies…
If that all still sounds like your cup of (zombie) tea, then take heed: ¡Q horror! strongly approves Seoul-yeok!

(Seoul Station UK quad courtesy of impawards.com.)


¡QUÉ HORROR2017
Candidate #11

THE VOID
(September 2016)


"You'd be surprised at the things you find when you go looking.”

Co-written and co-directed by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski (art and make-up veterans on the sorely missed Hannibal, among other things), The Void is the kind of horror film that does not f*ck around.

As per this excerpt from the synopsis on the film’s Indiegogo page (more on that later), In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew, only to discover that…
Dot dot dot indeed.

 
“… [T]he body has to adjust, of course. Adapt. We weren’t… built for this kind of thing.”

Suffice it to say that experiencing The Void is like having rotting, putrid gobbets of Carpenter, Fulci, and Cronenberg (along with some stringy bits of Lovecraft) flung right in your face… in the best possible way.
There’s plenty of dread and gruesome practical effects (to which the Indiegogo funds went), and if you’re in the mood for some disturbing cosmic horror, you’d be well advised to step right up and into The Void.

“I defy God. There are things much older. Older than time. And they blessed me.”

(The Void OS’ courtesy of impawards.com.)

Saturday, March 25, 2017




2017 SUMMER KOMIKON FLOOR PLAN + 'VERSE RELEASES

Six days to go till this year's SummerKon, and here's the treasure map! (Click to embiggen!)


You'll find us there (next to THE LOST JOURNAL OF ALEJANDRO PARDO creative team colleague, Mervin Malonzo), with the new 'Verse releases!
In case you missed the previous post, they are as follows:



DAKILA / KADASIG: Balat
Issue 3 (of 4)
By David Hontiveros and Romnick Magbanua

Dakila and Kadasig finally realize they’re on the same island! Just in time for the Dweller and the Yokusuru to gather for a nice family meal.
Wait, what?


DAKILA: Makadaot
Issue 2 (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?

Dakila has to face rains that are gradually sapping his strength to find a missing child.
AND his kitten!
PLUS, see exactly what happened to Grundle after issue 1’s ending.
Oh!
And the saitan goons show up here too!
LOTS’A stuff going down!!!

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 4B (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.

It all wraps up here, with the final pages planting the seeds for Maleck’s appearance in DAKILA: Siyudad.
Boom.

There might also be one other new release, if the stars align properly.
As I've always made it a point not to definitively announce anything if the copies aren't already ready, let's just say it's a potential surprise release.
We'll see this coming Saturday... 

Aaaand there you go.
Set the date: April 1, at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.
#SK2017 #komikonph

Hope to see all you mighty fine folk at SummerKon!

you can’t drink just six,

Dave

Tuesday, March 21, 2017





2017 SUMMER KOMIKON 'VERSE RELEASES

Eleven days to go till this year's SummerKon, and yes! 
New releases!



DAKILA / KADASIG: Balat
Issue 3 (of 4)
By David Hontiveros and Romnick Magbanua

Dakila and Kadasig finally realize they’re on the same island! Just in time for the Dweller and the Yokusuru to gather for a nice family meal.
Wait, what?


DAKILA: Makadaot
Issue 2 (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?

Dakila has to face rains that are gradually sapping his strength to find a missing child.
AND his kitten!
PLUS, see exactly what happened to Grundle after issue 1’s ending.
Oh!
And the saitan goons show up here too!
LOTS’A stuff going down!!!

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 4B (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.

It all wraps up here, with the final pages planting the seeds for Maleck’s appearance in DAKILA: Siyudad.
Boom.

Aaaand there you go.
Set the date: April 1, at the Bayanihan Center on Pioneer.
#SK2017 #komikonph

Hope to see all you mighty fine folk at SummerKon!

you can’t drink just six,

Dave