Posted by: Seth Hall
Monsters are real.
This we know, but even the most avid horror fanatics grow weary of the overeager and ultimately unscientific methods by which those graced with television presence attempt to prove the existence of said monsters. So, how could anyone possibly make this done to death idea any good? Simple. Turn everything backwards.
Hoax Hunters, written by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley with art by JM Ringuet, made its Issue #0 debut months ago, but thanks to the Kickstarter project named “ReincarNATE”, Hoax Hunters will now be its own series. Moreci and Seeley will be returning as writers, but Axel Medellin will be taking over the art.
So what is this new comic about? Imagine if undiscovered species such as monsters did in fact exist. In this world where there are more believers than skeptics, how would the media react? In our world, we have reality and documentary shows trying to boost network ratings by attempting to prove the existence of such creatures. So if these such “cryptids” really did exist, then the natural reaction of these shows would be to disprove their existence!
Posted by: Seth Hall
Saying that I enjoy art is like saying that a zombie occasionally indulges in cerebral gray matter.
Saying that I am fond of Lovecraft mythology would be like implying that Nosferatu was partial to AB positive.
So when I saw this collection of Lovecraftian monsters drawn in the style of Edward Gorey, the part of my brain that gets excited over new art and the part that was driven insane by unnameable evil long ago began to collide like the bow of a ship to the head of an ancient evil god.
These Post-It Monstres were created by John Kenn Mortensen, and you can check out his gallery right here.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Each of these seems to be composed of 521 screams, 387 cold chills, 63 cases of clinical insanity, 28 devoured souls, and 1 terrifying story.
Posted by: Peter Hall
[In case you haven't noticed, things are slack at HND these days, so since I realize not everyone follows the other sites I write for, I am now committing myself to cross linking all my genre coverage at Cinematical, Horror Squad and Sci-Fi Squad here. Operation: Climb Back Up Google Rankings begins with SXSW 2010 films.]
Written and Directed by Gareth Edwards, 2010
Over the last few years the creature feature has undergone a bit of a micro-scale renaissance as filmmakers around the world have broken the mold of the classic monster movie. Matt Reeves’ Cloverfield combined city-wide destruction with the new boom of single-camera, single-POV style filmmaking. Hitoshi Matsumoto’s Big Man Japan was a wry love letter to Japan’s fading fascination with its own Kaiju traditions. Joon-ho Bong put an energetic, fascinating South Korean flavor all over the science-run-amok niche with The Host. And with District 9Neill Blomkamp proved that you can make a blockbuster spectacle without Hollywood’s bloated budgets and fascination with A-list actors.
Now indie filmmaker Gareth Edwards has arrived on the scene with Monsters, yet another fresh, unique take on the creature feature. However, unlike all of the aforementioned films, Edwards’ goal was not to make a giant monster movie, it was to make a small scale, intimate, on-the-road movie that happens to have giant monsters in it from time to time. It takes place in an alternate reality where a NASA space probe has crashed to Earth, releasing in the process the eggs of an alien race that soon spread across Central America. As a result, half of the United States is turned into a massive quarantine zone bordered by an enormous wall and military presence.
Six years after the world has become accustomed to the contaminated zone, Andrew (Scoot McNairy), a photographer in Mexico, is asked to escort his bosses’ daughter, Samantha (Whitney Able), back to America. When an arrangement with a ferry back to America falls through, the unlikely pair are forced to hire a guarded escort to bring them through the contaminated zone over land. And so begins a most unique spin on what giant monster movies need to be.
Read the rest of my MONSTERS review at Sci-Fi Squad.
You can also read a few more of my thoughts over at Hollywood.com.