Paper Cuts: April 26, 2017

Paper Cuts: April 26, 2017

By Ryan “HB” Mount

Redneck #1 (Skybound/Image)

Modern day Hatfield and McCoys is one of the families was full of vampires and the other led by a preacher.

While the story is not breaking any new ground, it was extremely well written and a perfect first issue.  We immediately get a sense of the Texas town, the Bowman vampire family and their rivals of the Landry Family.  Even the beginning where many creators get bogged down in info dumps, the set up here was done without feeling like I was reading a poorly constructed novel and the opening two page spread certainly helped.

The rules of the world seem simple.   Vampires drink cow blood and paint thinner to avoid human blood.  They are still vulnerable to sunlight but nearly immortal.  There also appears to have some telepathy, but not fully defined.

The art of Lisandro Esterren has a lot of sketchiness of Jason Latour with some facial work similar to Howard Chayakin.  As with any book written about vampires, creatures of the night, you would expect the book to have an overall dark appearance.  While the book certainly let the reader know if you were in the woods at night or in a dimly lit, you were not staring at pages soaked in black ink.  The coloring from Dee Cunniffe contained a lot of cool blues and soft reds and accented the book perfectly.

This book was a perfect first issue.

Ratings: 4.5 out of 5

 

Jughead: The Hunger #1 (Archie)

This is simply an elseworld style tale of Jughead was a werewolf and Betty was a monster hunter.  The story is not bad, but it is not compelling.  The tone of this book was closer to Riverdale than to Archie Horror.  There was some injected humor, but I believe fans read these books for the straight horror aspects.

The art of Michael Walsh feels like a cross of Jeff Lemire and Francesco Francavilla.  Now while to compare the art styles to two of the greatest working in the industry right now could seem like high praise, there was also some art that felt extremely rushed and not finished.  While the art did fit into the Archie horror universe well, it simply does not hold up against Afterlife with Archie and The Chilling Tales of Sabrina.  This is the second book reviewed this week that features colors of Dee Cunniffe.  Her color palate is perfect for horror books and should be a name to look forward to seeing when it comes out.

One thing that always made the Archie Horror universe so special was that even though the books came out sparingly is that they were so well done, it was worth the wait.  In this case, it was such a step down in overall quality that this is a totally passable book.

Ratings: 3 out of 5

 

Quick Cuts:

Plastic #1 (Image) – What is Joaquin Phoenix from Her was in love with a plastic doll and a murdering psychopath?  Ratings: 4.5 out of 5

The Atoll #2 (Big Pictures) – Human vs Shark fighting ring drama.  Ratings: 4 out of 5

The Beauty #14 – This arc is Hannibal Season 1 type of drama and creepiness. Ratings: 4 out of 5

Grimm Tales of Terror: 2017 April Fools Edition – It certainly lives up to the title of April Fools, with each story providing a “twist” ending.  However, it still was incredibly unclever and not scary. Ratings: 0.5 out of 5

Grimm Tales of Terror (Vol. 3) #4 If you fear clowns, this will terrify. For the rest of us? Ratings: 1 out of 5

 

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31: Movie Review

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“You know what they say: in Hell, everybody loves popcorn.”

This film tells the story of a group of wealthy individuals that abduct and torture a group of travelers. The film opens on a strong note, with a black and white introduction to Doomhead (played by Richard Brake, in the most intersting performance of the movie).  Whether it was his psychotic smile or devlishly quotable lines, he stole the show every time he was on the screen.  Unfortunately, that can not be said about the other characters of the film. From Sheri Moon Zombie’s Charly to Jeff Daniel Phillips’ Roscoe Pepper, each character had a lack of character development and seemed there merely to keep the body count high.

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The movie started off strong with a fantastic opening monologue, but went downhill quickly from there, courtesy of an overly long and drawn out opening credits sequence. From there, we’re treated to a long barrage of sexual innuendos and conversation that doesn’t seem to flow well with what is happening on screen. It isn’t until forty minutes into the film that it begins to pick up and the jokes begin to stop.  From a visual standpoint, the movie looks fantastic. Rob Zombie is at home with beautiful scenery and fantastic gore effects. But a good-looking movie alone doesn’t always warrant the asking price to see it. The post-Hunger Games style slasher movie sounds like an interesting concept on paper, but the necessary depth or substance to keep me entertained. Some sequences contained unnecessary slow motion and dragged on for so long I found myself screaming for something to happen, just so I didn’t have to look at another slow and drawn out scene. Which I guess is the theme of the film.

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The troubles I have most with this film is how badly I wanted it to be good. With Rob Zombie, his films are usually a hit or miss and he is on a bad streak of misses right now.  He could have used this as a bit of a pick-me-up. The film’s concept is great and some of the plot points were nice, but I often found myself wondering why? Why was Charly an emotional mess one minute, then totally different in the next scene?  It was like she was a totally different character from one scene to the next.  The characters’ personalities jump around too much to get attached to any of them.

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The murders are committed by a little person dressed as Hitler, sex-crazed chainsaw wielding clown brothers and a fetish fueled clown couple who have a strong Harley Quinn vibe. Because I lacked any real connection to the characters, I didn’t feel anything when they started getting killed. The rare moments of character development were nice, usually involving either Charly or Roscoe.

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This all lead up to a fantastic forty-minute finale with Doomhead…which, sadly, left a few questions that will likely never get answered.

31 is a standard Rob Zombie movie filled with all the Zombie tropes you have come to expect from his films. If a sex-filled, redneck gore-fest with an easy-to-follow plot and fantastic cinematography is your thing, 31 will likely be right up your alley.  It’s the type of movie you watch with your friends after a couple beers or couple joints. While the overall film wasn’t great, the scenes with Doomhead were fun.  He was so interesting that I want to see him in a solo movie.

Rating: 7/10
It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t the best. Nothing more than a cheap rollercoaster ride.

Cons:

-Anti-Religous (Some audiences stray from that.)
-Slowly paced
-Lack of character development
-Open ended plot points that never get explored
-A sexual joke or reference every two minutes for the first half hour.

Pros:

-Looked great
-Great Score/Soundtrack
-Doomhead