Welcome, mortals, to The Weekly Offering. Here, we present our dark gifts in hopes that we please the Ancient Ones, that they might spare us. They are satisfied with our humble sacrifices of news, images, reviews, and commentary through the week, but on Fridays, they desire more. Their weekends, their unholy Sabbath, know no bounds. And so, to satisfy their bloodlust, as well as yours, we bring you these short, savory offerings.
Guns, cults, murder, monsters, and one dangerous dame.
Horror meets noir in Fatale, the new comic series from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. With issue #5 released this week, the first story arc comes to a conclusion, and Image Comics is planning to release the first trade collection in June.
The story follows a beautiful and mysterious woman named Josephine as she is in turn followed by an unknown and brutally violent evil. Along the way, many men are drawn to her, and one by one they begin to meet their own grisly, psychologically tormenting fates.
Look for the trade, Death Chases Me, on June 27, along with issue #6 and a brand new story arc. If you haven’t picked up this bloodstone gem of a horror comic, now would be a good time to do so. The Ancient Ones do not look kindly on those who neglect such things.
Source: Image Comics
We have seen many film adaptations from the Master of Horror, but we have yet to see the one that the man himself describes as the one he would “most like to be remembered for after his death.”
Stephen King’s short story, The Reach, from his book Skeleton Crew will make its first market appearance at the Marche du Filme in Cannes. The film adaptation is to be financed by Park Entertainment and produced by Grayson Ross and Jodi Hansell of DownEast Village Productions.
The story follows a 95-year-old woman as she makes the journey from Goat Island to Maine. After the water separating the island from the mainland, referred to as the Reach, freezes over for the first time in 50 years, her epic trek begins.
If there is one thing that King can do better than horror, it is creating some of the most memorable, intriguing, and real characters in all of fiction. Will the film be able to capture the same powerful traits present in the story? If King truly feels this passionate about the work he wants to be remembered for, the Ancient Ones remain optimistic.
New Pics Show Elijah Wood is a Maniac
As a rule, the Ancient Ones are not pleased with remakes, reboots, or sequels. However, they have decided to give Maniac the benefit of the doubt.
Two key individuals involved this film give a faint glimmer of hope amongst the spatters of blood on the money-lined walls of Hollywood shame. First is the pen of Alexandre Aja, who seems to be slowly, but surely, finding his muse. I found The Hills Have Eyes to be slightly boring (after you’ve killed a mutant with an axe to the head for the sixth time, the axe isn’t the only thing that’s dull) and trying too hard to shock. However, Piranha 3D was a fun, self-aware, delightful gore-fest of a flick. Maybe Maniac will be Aja’s crowning achievement.
Second is the presence of Elijah Wood. There seems to be a lot of negative talk about Frodo being a serial killer, but have we all forgotten Sin City so soon? Wood’s performance as the silent, cannibalistic serial killer Kevin, with that incredibly creepy smile, was nothing short of disturbing. If you can look at that smile and still see a hobbit, then you just may be more mentally disturbed than the owner of that smile.
Did I mention that he also works in a shop selling antique mannequins? The Ancient Ones are pleased…for now. Check out these pics and see for yourself.