As stated in the title of this post, this is a comic book review..but also, a review of the entire idea of buying monthly pamphlet-styled comic books. You will hopefully understand why I felt the need to make such a referendum by the end of this post.
DC’s Inferior 5 is an originally a 12-issue mini-series (and we will revisit that little detail shortly) featuring two masters of the quirky comic book, Keith Giffen and Jeff Lemire, co-plotting the story. This title should have been the retro-cool quirkfest of my dreams, and yet the result was nearly incomprehensible and, I’m sorry to say, a bit ugly to look at as well.
“Honestly, you’re doing me a huge favor being shrimps instead of fascists.”
Recently, Renegade Cut released a video entitled, “The Problem With Rick And Morty,” the basic hypothesis being that the Adult Swim cartoon glorified Rick’s bad behavior. In the process, a requisite link to a legion of angry squirmy largely male Rick and Morty fans was made.
Once upon a time, there was a sequel to the successful “Halloween” franchise that did NOT star Jamie Lee Curtis or Donald Pleasance, did NOT have John Carpenter directing it, and, most crucially, did NOT continue the story of Michael Myers.
And that film was 1982’s Halloween III: Season Of The Witch.
Ok, so the original Napoleon Dynamite movie came out in 2004…yes, fifteen years ago (feel old yet?)! It featured an awkward, socially maladjusted teenager and his awkward, socially maladjusted friends and was very very popular. A bajillion products and tie-ins and parodies were spawned from the instant sleeper classic…and then it went away.
The opening panels of Image’s CoffinBound #1, with its dilapidated creepy shack in the middle of nowhere, gives one instant TexasChainsaw Massacre vibes. Is the woman we see slowly waking up in the middle of bones, doll parts, and detritus a victim of some sort of horrible Ed Gein-type nightmare?
Amityville II: The Possession
Dino De Laurentis Company/Media Transactions
Director: Damiano Damiani
Writers: Hans Holzer, Tommy Lee Wallace, Dardano Sacchetti
Starring: Jack Magner, Burt Young, James Olson, Diane Franklin
Quentin Tarantino once cited Amityville Horror II: The Possession as one of his top 50 sequels of all time (Video Watchdog #172). That surprised me, as up to that point I had only heard pretty negative things about it—this, despite the fact it’s obvious the film had some sort of an influence on the latest crop of “retro” horror flicks like V/H/S (for example, compare the creepy hands emanating out of the walls from both).
But one screening was all it took to convince me that Amityville Horror II possessed the sort of primal, deep disturbing quality of a Alice, Sweet Alice and Sleepaway Camp— a quality that sets it apart from its predecessor, and, at least in the mind of the “mondo video” consumer, makes it a (albeit somewhat flawed) cult classic.