Comic Review: Freddy vs Jason vs Ash – The Nightmare Warriors

***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD***

Introduction:
The Nightmare Warriors is the 2nd ‘Freddy vs Jason vs Ash’ mini series from Wildstorm comics. It carries on from where the original mini series leaves off.

In the showdown at the end of what we will call “Season One”, the scene is set for the show down at Camp Crystal Lake, where the three titans are in the midst of a fight to the death.
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Ash scrambles for the Necronimcon, sends Freddy through a portal into the Deadite dimension, and then in classic fashion, drowns Jason in the lake, along with the Necronomicon.
With Freddy and Jason defeated, the evil book now lies at the bottom of the frozen lake, and out of sight of anybody that could pick it up and read from it

Or is it…?

Plot:
In the midst of a new top secret government project involving the Necronomicon Exmortis, there are two psychiatrists that are trying to locate and bring together survivors of past encounters of with Freddy and Jason, to form a group called The Nightmare Warriors, and with the help of a certain ‘Chosen One’, make a march on Washington, to fight pure evil, and defeat it once and for all.

Review:
Where do begin with this mini series… Quite simply put, its very good, and is a great way to follow on from the first series.
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As soon as Jason comes back into the mix, literally, all hell breaks loose and the carnage at the end of the first comic continues.
As you’d expect from a comic with these three characters, its pretty non stop action throughout.
With this comic book having the title ‘Nightmare Warriors’, this is of course, a group of people who have fought Freddy or Jason and survived.
Dr Neil Gordon (Elm Street 3) returns in the role of Psychiatrist, and is still trying to figure out a way to stop Krueger for good. Also from the Elm Street series, the protagonist Alice who features in Elm Street 4 & 5 and her son Jacob are featured.
As a special treat, and with the power of the Necronomicon, some of those who have perished throughout the Elm Street series get resurrected to come and help finish the job. CUOF2605
Joining the Warriors, is Tommy Jarvis who features in Friday the 13th parts 4,5 &6, and is joined by his franchise counterpart Tina, from Friday the 13th Part 7. They are of course joined by the chosen one… Ash Williams from Evil Dead.
The team are led by Maggie Burroughs, who is the Psychiatrist leading the Warriors. To all Elm Street fans, if Maggie’s name sounds familiar, it should do.
Something I enjoyed in particular is that every character gets there moment in the sun. There isn’t anyone who is there for fodder… But in saying that, this comic does have a bit of ‘The Walking Dead’ complex, in that even the characters can die.
The essence of the characters is captured so well.
The script written for Ash is brilliant. I found myself reading his lines with Bruce Campbell’s voice in my head at every turn.
The same can be said with Freddy Krueger. Its hard to compare his character to any one of the Elm Street films as there is a piece of him from each one.
Jason, as expected… he’s a man of few words, but rest assured he does a hell of a lot of killing. Something else to mention about Jason, is that in this comic, he is sporting a new, rather fetching get up which I found… Shall we say… at first I found ‘interesting’, but really grew on me as the series went on.

I do need to say as well, that the art work in this series, has definitely improved.The first series has a brilliant story, though in the earlier comics, the art work lacked consistency. Whether that’s down to different artists working on the project is unknown, but in the ‘Nightmare Warriors’ series, there are vast improvements. The little intricacies of the characters are captured brilliantly. The first series and ‘The Nightmare warriors are both well worth a look.

Each of these characters also has their own series of comics that are like these, independent from the films, and are like the Freddy vs Jason vs Ash series… an incredibly good read.

Film Review: Alien Covenant (2017)

Film: Alien Covenant
Starring: Michael Fassbender; Katherine Waterston; Billy Crudup; Danny McBride; Demián Bichir; Carmen Ejogo; Jussie Smollett; Callie Hernandez; Amy Seimetz

Introduction:
Finally, the showpiece everyone has been talking about has arrived.
The most anticipated film of the year for all fans of the Alien franchise, is now in cinemas nationwide.
I was lucky enough to get to an advanced screening, to see what all the fuss was about, and I wasnt disappointed.

Plot:
Ten years after the events of Prometheus, the vessel ‘Covenant’ is on its way to a new world on a colonising mission.
Some Seven years from their destination, the crew are woken from hyper-sleep after the vessel sustains considerable damage.
The crew receive a transmission of unknown origin, and under company orders, must go and investigate it at the source.
It is while surveying the transmission on this new world, that the crew run into a difficulties and find in a battle to stay alive and somehow, get back to the Covenant

Is This Film Another Promethues?:
The short answer? NO…, it most certainly is not.
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Prometheus, although divisive, in my opinion is a fantastic film. As i’m sure you all know, this film is the start of a series of prequels to the original Alien film. Yes, I know we don’t get to see an Alien until the end, and yes, its not the traditional Alien that we’re all used to seeing and having nightmares about, but appreciation needs to be given to the fact that these films are going to tell a story from its absolute beginning, up to its end.
The story may not be moving along quick enough for some peoples liking, and you’re entitled to your opinion, but I cant help thinking, that if the story jumped forward at a rate of knots, it would have people being faced with more questions than answer.

How Does It Carry On From Prometheus:
I don’t really want to give too much of the film away with any big reveals, so i’ll try to be as reserved, but as informative as possible.
The Covenant story keeps two of the key characters from Prometheus, and its no secret that two in question are David, and Elizabeth Shaw, meaning unquestionably, that these two will play a rather pivotal role in the film.
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The come across a dishevelled David, who has been on this planet for 10 years by himself, with millions of canisters of black goo, allowing him to investigate its properties and power of mutation when applied to different species, in his attempts to make the ‘perfect organism’… But all this time, has been deprived of one key ingredient, that would allow him to complete his ‘experiments’.

The New Characters:
The introduction of the new characters is very refreshing, and really bring the new story to life.
I liked the return to the strong, ass kicking female lead, which was the character Daniels that was portrayed by Katherine Waterston.
She seemed so in her element and at ease with the role she was in. You can really feel the fear and emotion coming through the screen and you form a bond and an attachment to her character.
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If I could say anything negative about the new characters, it would be that with the exception of the two above mentioned, you don’t really see too much of the others, who are pretty much Alien fodder. It is these characters that lack development and any real kind of proper involvement, other than to be there like lambs to the slaughter.

Michael Fassbender:
Fassbender absolutely steals the show.
Appearing in the film as both David, and new ship android Walter, he is quite simply fantastic.
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He is in whole other element, elevating the film, and playing the part of the good guy, and the bad guy with such style and finesse. At times, David is evil incarnate, taking in the unsuspecting crew before putting them through outright misery.
In the above picture above, we see David and a young Peter Weyland in conversation and is thirsty for knowledge about creation and where he came from, and where humans came from and beyond that.
Just as he was created by man, he wants to be the next to create life, and will do it any cost.
In Davids own words, “Big things have small beginnings”.
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Portraying the parts of androids, unlike his colleagues, needed to be completely emotionless in his performance. But at the same time, the character development is such, that again, you do form a bond.
His portrayal of Walter is the polar opposite of David.
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Where as David was developed with the ability to express emotion and be free thinking, albeit, in a very dark way, Walter does not possess these abilities, and is purely there to serve and protect the crew, much like Bishop in James Cameron’s ‘Aliens’.

The  Aliens:
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The Bitch Is Back!!!
Hail the return of the Xenomorph,
 or as most know it, a chest-burster.
As we all know, these evil buggers come from a face hugger, implanting an embryo into the throat of some poor soul, and then some time later, the creature will burst through the ribs and chest of the victim, and then unleash and unholy amount of pain and misery, to anyone that comes before them.

And then there is the new Neomorph, or as is more terrifyingly known, the back-burster.

So lets run run through how these bad boys come to exist.
The first of the above pictures shows an airborne contaminant that enters the body through an orifice of its choosing.
Soon after, the embryo implanted from the spore will grow, and its dorsal spikes will break through your spine, and hatch. In the two pictures that follow, you can get a good look at the teeth, and then, the creature is sitting down, having some lunch.
Like the Xenomorphs, these creatures are ultra aggressive, ultra hostile, and their hatching sequence, as described above, is done in the film, in graphic detail. 
Something that is available that’s pretty cool, is the Alien Covenant: In Utero.

It lets you be part of the hatching sequence, but as the Alien. Its something very unique, that every Alien fan should experience.

 

Ouija: Origin of Evil Review

Introduction

I saw trailers of this film, and was extremely intrigued by it.
It follows the familiar story we’ve seen in nearly every film featuring a Ouija board.
A girl uses a Ouija board, gets possessed by a demon, and causes chaos, while her family seek the help of a priest to save the poor girl.
But that being said, the writers and  director have taken that premise, and completely turned it on its head. mv5bmji4odc0mtcymv5bml5banbnxkftztgwmtg5njczmdi-_v1_sx1777_cr001777878_al_

This film features, possibly the scariest little girl-devil, she-beast, I’ve ever seen in a horror film.

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This film will take you by surprise, and boasts some particularly dark and frightening imagery.


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Synopsis

Set in 1965 in Los Angeles, the film stars Elizabeth Reaser (Twilight) as Alice, the widowed mother of two daughters Lina and Doris, and runs a fake seance scam, as a business from her families home.
She is looking to add something new to bolster her business, and so, a Ouija board is brought into the property.
They unwittingly invite pure evil into their home.
When the youngest daughter is overtaken by a merciless spirit, the family confronts unthinkable fears, to save her and send her possessor back to the other side.


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Our Thoughts

I’ll say this again. This is not your typical possession film.
When Doris, the youngest of two daughters, uses the Ouija board and believes shes made contact with her deceased father, she couldn’t be further from the truth.
From there on in, the genie is out of the bottle.
The evil entity is released from the board, and into the house, and begins to play tricks on family and friends, that quickly escalate and become serious. They’ll send chills down your spine.

The film is well paced. It’s not a slow burner. You can get right into the film from the beginning. It gets you interested straight away and it keeps ticking over nice. That is helped by the opening few scenes, which will certainly make you jump. And i’m happy to report, its not because of a forced jump scare! In fact, this film is pretty limited on the forced jump scare front, which was very pleasing.
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The scene, shown in short as a GIF to the right, is the part of the film where Doris actually becomes possessed, and way that it is done is just fantastic.
Its original, interesting, and most of all frightening.

After the possession, as you would imagine, a whole host of crazy, weird and awful things take place. The slingshot scene from the trailer is one you’ll no doubt remember.
The two daughters are at a catholic school, and it is Lina, the older of the two sisters, who brings it to the priests attention that something is very wrong with Doris.

Trust in me when I say, that the ending to this film, is a pretty twisted one, with death, carnage and blood shed being plentiful. You will not be disappointed.

Ouija: Origin of Evil, really is one of the better films to come out of one of the big production houses this year. Its good to see, that they have actually gone for making a film, that isn’t a remake or a reboot.

If this particular horror sub-genre is your cup of tea, then you are really going to want to see this one.

The Scream Source Rating: 7/10

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CreepyPasta Review: Jeff The Killer

Introduction

For my ignorance, I never actually knew what a creepypasta was until about a year and a half ago. Not really having known a lot about them, I had not become familiar with any of the now more recognised names that are out there, for the truly terrifying stories that exist.
The first one that I came across, was one I saw some fan art for, on the horror amino app. It was for none other, than perhaps the most well-known creepypasta out there, called Jeff The Killer.
The version of the story I caught was the audio version, read by ‘MrCreepyPasta’ on his YouTube channel.
It is an absolute emotional roller coaster, and in all truth, is completely shocking and disturbing.


What Is It About?

Jeff is your average run of the mill teenage kid, who along with his parents and his brother Lou, have just moved to a new town and about to start a new school. On their first day, whilst waiting for the school bus, the brothers have a serious run in with some bullies. One of them, called Randy, pulled a knife, and Jeff, beat the living daylights out of the them causing all 3 of them multiple broken bones and stab wounds.
A few days later, at a kid’s birthday party, the three bullies, who have had a few days to plot their revenge come for Jeff, and they have a gun. Jeff with his bare hands, manages to kill one of them, but the other two, cover Jeff in bleach and flammable alcohol, and set him on fire.
Jeff barely escapes with his life. He is now horribly scarred and pulled unthinkably tight due to the scars from the burns, and his skin, is now a ghostly white colour on account of the bleach. So he’s never sad, similar to the joker, he carves a smile into his face. He now looks like something someone could have pulled out of a nightmare, and is now completely past the point of having snapped. When he beat up the bullies at the bus stop, he got this feeling, and he liked it. When he killed Randy before being set on fire, he got the feeling again, only much stronger, and this time, he loved it.
His first night home from hospital, he waits until everyone is in bed, and then gets up and brutally murders his parents, and before killing his brother Lou, he growls the words ‘GO… TO…SLEEP…’.
After murdering his family, Jeff would go on a killing spree, more brutal, bloodthirsty and terrifying, than anything the world had ever before seen.


How Was It?

This is a story that be read in text form in numerous places around the internet, and it can also be listened to as a sort of scripted short story/audiobook on YouTube.
I would recommend checking out the version on YouTube. Hearing the voices of the characters, and the haunting music, gives this already horrifying tale another dimension.
It ticks all the right boxes. It’s incredibly dark and descriptive, without over complicating things. The narrative tells you what you need to know, to set the time, place and mood, and does enough in the character development department. Your imagination can do the rest.
The story in itself isn’t a complex one, and it stays true to itself, in that it doesn’t try to hide behind overly describing a scene to pad it out, or leading you off on tangents with sub plots that ruin saga. Jeff’s character after the burning is completely malevolent, sadistic, and evil. He can’t look at anybody without complete and utter hate and disgust, and needs to watch everyone he sees and comes into contact with, suffer, and die in horrible ways, to satisfy, these feelings and urges he gets.
He has to be one of the more appealing modern horror villains in recent memory. The fact that he is a victim, and became a killer through the sheer weight of the circumstances, I guess, gives him that certain amount of appeal.
If you’re on the looking for a new horror villain in your life, you need not look any further. I suppose he shares one term of common ground with Freddy Krueger in the sense that once he became burned, he became something so much worse.

VR Gaming: 360 Degrees of Hell

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We here at ‘The Scream Source’, are very excited to announce the latest, exciting VR experience on iOS and Android.

Recall Studios, a virtual reality and media subsidiary of Carolco Pictures, are releasing an immersive, live action VR horror experience, called ‘360 Degrees of Hell’.
It will give viewers the chance to experience the next chapter of the cult classic ‘Six Degrees of Hell’, in a full 360 degree environment.

Pretty damn cool right?
We’re happy to report, that the news only gets better… Continue reading

Ghosts Of Darkness Is Coming

Written & Directed By: David Ryan Keith
Produced By: Lorraine Keith
Scream Source Score: 8/10

It’s our pleasure, to introduce you, to the latest horror film, from Clear Focus Movies.

Official Selection Of The Bram Stoker International Film Festival 2016

Ghosts of Darkness, is the third feature film, to come from Scottish Writer/Director,
David Ryan Keith.

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David Ryan Keith (Writer/Director)

The two previous efforts, were 2011’s zom/com spectacular, Attack Of The Herbals, and 2014’s blood thirsty, ‘teens in the woods’ slasher, ‘The Redwood Massacre’.
Both of the films are unique, and clever in their storytelling, and choice of sub genre.
They follow completely different paths, instead of sticking to one type of film, and regurgitating the same film, with a different name and location.
To that end, Ghosts of Darkness, certainly follows in the footsteps of its predecessors. But with this one? Things have been kicked up to a whole new level.


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“All These Deaths, Took Place In This House?” – Jack Donovan


Filmed in Scotland, Ghosts Of Darkness is the first feature film, that the talented Scottish director has made in the paranormal genre.
The film secured worldwide distribution, before a scene had even been filmed, with American distribution company Uncork’d Entertainment in August of 2015.
The film will make its world premier at the acclaimed ‘Bram Stoker International Film Festival’, at the end of October 2016, and will be released on DVD/VOD, in March 2017.


 

Jonathon Blazer

“Ghosts are easy to move on. They’re my bread and butter. But a Demon? That’s a completely different story altogether” – Jonathan Blazer.


Ghosts Of Darkness Synopsis:

On the strength of their reputations, slick American, paranormal investigator, Jack Donovan (Michael Koltes), and eccentric Englishman and psychic, Jonathan Blazer (Paul Flannery), are paired together in a large manor house, with a dark and shady past, in the hope of solving a mystery, thats had people guessing since the 1800’s.
god_promoshot71To do this, Donovan and Blazer, will be locked in the house, for three nights, to record their findings, and prove once and for all, whether there are secrets lurking within the walls. Shortly after starting their investigation, they discover to their horror, that are numerous, very real paranormal entities, that mean to do them harm.
The two men must put their differences aside, if they want to survive their stay, at Richmond Manor.


The Investigators

Jonathan Blazer

Jonathan Blazer, is a powerful psychic, whose main tools for his work are a spirit board, and a book of demonology. He is for sure, the comic relief. paul_flannery_He’s a well spoken gentlemen, who oozes class.He brings a Richard E. Grant-esque performance, in the style of Withnail, from the cult 70’s classic, ‘Withnail and I’. His quick wit allows, albeit momentarily, for a breather from the overbearing job at hand. But when it comes to the crunch, you see the other, more serious side of Blazer, even the fearful and slightly vulnerable side of Blazer. As things start to go from bad to worse for the two, and being the more experienced, at handling these types of cases in these types of cases, he has to be serious, and make the executive decision as to how things are going to be done. But even he knows he is out of his depth, and as time grows shorter, the stakes get higher, in the race to get out of Richmond Manor alive.

Jack Donovan

Jack Donovan, is a firm, complex character, who will not be taken for a fool. He is an extremely talented Paranormal investigator, who by trade, is the best at what he does, at exposing frauds, who are in his own words “just trying to make a quick buck”. michael_koltes_
To do his work, he has lots of expensive gadgets, such as motion sensors, temperature sensors, EMF readers, fancy cameras, and much more, which Blazer finds not only amusing, but pointless.
Donovans story, is one of heartbreak and loss, and really, he is like a big ball of elastic bands. As he unravels, you come to understand why he has so much distrust and contempt towards Blazer.
When he realises, that this job, is not just exposing some fraud, and is like nothing he’s ever experienced before, he learns to believe in, and trust his fellow protagonist. He realises he can integrate his methods, with Blazers methods, and forms a real working and personal respect and friendship for him.


The Practical Effects

The practical effects are second to none, as with the two previous films, from this talented Scottish writer/director.

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The demons look incredible. god_promoshot5
They really are the epitome of evil. If you had one of these walking towards you in a dark house in the middle of the night, you’d have a heart attack.
Its hard to imagine that there is actually a person under that make up and that its not something straight from the necronomicon. The time and  detail that has gone into that has gone into creating the gaping wounds and decomposing flesh is astonishing.


Ghosts of Darkness Is A Fantastic Film.
From Start To Finish You’ll Be Gripped By It.

Its a celebration and a triumph, for Scottish indie-horror, film making.
Do not make the mistake, of thinking this is yet another film, thats riding the coattails of paranormal activity. This is a film that stands on it its own two feet.
Creating a film about two men, running round a house chasing ghosts, is by no means an easy thing to do. It could have been so easy for things to have gone stale and fallen flat, but the dialogue, which is slick, witty and funny, and the moments of major intrigue, and non stop action, does not let the film fall into that trap. The pacing of the film is great. Its not a film you have to be patient with,  and then only delivers the frights at the end. Its gripping the whole way through. To begin with, ghosts tease the pair, with noises, apparitions, and poltergeist activity.
Upon the two protagonists being introduced, and are left to go about their work, Blazer is looking for something to drink, and Donovan is convinced, that being there, is nothing more than a publicity stunt.
Little do they know at this point, that within the walls of Richmond Manor, there really are things that go bump in the night.
Things then go from bad to worse, as demons enter the fold, and start to prey on their inner most feelings, and then turn to acts of physical harm, with the use of weapons, extreme violence, and much worse.
The best part of the film, is the relationship between Blazer and Donovan. The pair, seemed so at ease, not only with each other, but in the roles they were portraying. Its obvious there was a good camaraderie between Koltes and Flannery, because although their characters are very chalk and cheese, they worked so well together. You are taken on a wonderful journey with the pair, from them butting heads, to forming a mutual respect, and most important of all, a real friendship.

In closing, this is not a film you’re going to want to miss. You’ll be sorry that you did. Be sure to  be ready for the release of ‘Ghosts of Darkness’ in March 2017.

As always, we’ll keep you up to date with any further info as we get it.


 

Death House: Are You Ready?

THE DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!!!

Thats right folks, the trailer for the highly anticipated ‘Death House’ has landed.

Amazing right?

deathhouse_2The trailer delivers on so many levels. Harrison Smith, and his production team, have been very clever, and put some real thought and effort, into putting this trailer together. It lays everything out perfectly. I felt an excitement that I hadn’t felt for a long time.
Something that really got me, was that, although it delivers everything you would want from a trailer, it doesn’t give up the secrets of the film.

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Cortney Palm (Agent Toria Boon), & Cody Longo (Agent Jae Novak)

The synopsis of the film, sees Agents Boon and Novak, getting an exclusive tour of the ‘Death House’ facility. A prison that houses the most dangerous criminals in the world. A power breakdown, sets the inmates free, and sends the two agents into a fight for survival, as they navigate their way to the depths of the prison, where a supernatural evil may be their only chance of survival.

After seeing the trailer, it has left me with questions. Left me wanting to know, the background of the FBI graduates, the backgrounds of doctors, the nazi style experiments, on human subjects, the backgrounds of the inmates. Also, what will be the agenda of the inmates, now that they’re free of their restraints? How are the agents going to escape? What, are the 5 evils?
It’s left me craving more, and that’s what a proper trailer should do. It reminds of trailers of a bygone era.

At the start of the Q&A session at the ‘Days Of The Dead’
the panel took no prisoners, and gave the world of horror, what I think, is a wake up call.

A point that was made clear, was that there is no CGI in this film, except for the editing and putting the filmed scenes together. Everything else, is all practical effects. The set, the blood, guts, gore, the lot, all practical.

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That is making a statement. It proves that you don’t need a film full of CGI, and added in effects. With this, everything is being stripped back, and going right back to the blood roots of what makes a horror film, a horror film, and it’s so refreshing.CoVaIdcXgAAlLrx

Harrison and Sid Haig also spoke about the horror genre in general and the state of things at the moment. Some of the subjects discussed were, What the hell is PG-13 horror? Why was Massacre left out of the recent Texas Chainsaw Remake?
I completely agree with Harrison Smith, in that we, as fans, supporters, even lovers of the horror genre, should demand more from the films we are getting. I’m so tired of films that feature the word Paranormal. Where is the next ‘Nightmare On Elm Street’? or ‘Hellraiser’? And I dont just mean remaking the classics.
I truly believe, that this film and any subsequent sequels, will be the start of bringing horror back, and starting a revolution in the horror genre.
I will continue to report any Death House news as it comes available. Please check out the Twitter and Facebook pages for the film.