Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Comicbook Review

THE SHOWDOWN OF THE CENTURY

Call me behind the times, all you like, but I honestly couldnt care less. I have to confess, that as far as comic books go, i’ve always looked at them, and been able to have a huge appreciation for the artistry and talent that has gone in to making them, but for some reason, i’ve never properly picked one up and read one. *Shame On Me*
This series of comics, since their conception, is something ive always wanted to have a look at, but life gets in the way, and things get forgotten about. But 8 years later, I have finally gotten round to reading the comics dubbed ‘The Match Up You’ve Been Waiting For’, and man have I waited.
In 2008, Wildstorm comics, and Dynamite entertainment released a 6 part comic book series called Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash.
If you have lived under a rock all your life, and never seen a horror film, the characters featured here are classed by many, as the gods of the genre.
They dont make ’em like they used to, and these three characters are perfect examples.
We were introduced to these characters, as early as 1980, and fans are still as crazy about them now, as they were back then. They’re all, full on, full time, ass kicking, timeless classics.


The Story

The Battle For The Necronimcon Exmortis

After the events of the 2002 film, Freddy vs Jason, Freddy is desperate to once again return. He uses Jason as a pawn, to go after a book called the Necrinomicon Exmortis, which has passages in it which can bring him back, stronger, and more evil than ever before. He makes a deal with Jason that he recovers the book, he will give him what he always wanted… The chance to have the life of a normal little boy.

What Freddy hadnt bargained on, is that there is a guy called Ash Williams moving into town, also on the hunt for the book, with the intention of destroying it, and ridding the world of the evil of the deadites, once and for all.
A full on battle is about ensue between these three titans, but who will come out victorious?


Our Thoughts? (***SPOILERS***)

If you’re a fan of the slasher genre, and/or, a fan of any of these three characters, then this is something you’re really going to enjoy.
The story is very entertaining and is full of sex, violence, and fun dialogue. It really is a very enjoyable read, but its by no means perfect, and is not without its issues.
Things get going quickly, with a lot of very exciting action sequences, full of blood and gore and violence, featuring Jason Voorhees. It is shortly after this, that the plot starts to unravel, and for the first time in the series, we are properly introducd to Freddy Krueger.

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The parts with Freddy are pretty damn good though. To start with, he only exists in a dream world. This matteras not to Freddy, who goes for it, and all out emotionally terrorises Jason, by doing such things as, having sex with his mother, as one of these examples.
As Freddy becomes more powerful, the more evil Freddy becomes.
With new toys to play with, you get to see a whole new evil side of Kreuger, and just how sadistic he can/could be, and the lengths he is willing to go to, to get his own way, and satisfy his sick desires.
I appreciate different artists of varying qualities, may have worked on the 6 different comics. But regardless of that, there has to be a level of consistancy. In every other page of each of the comics where Freddy features, he’s drawn differently, and somtimes in weird and unexpected ways… sometimes even within the same sequences, on the same page. Its almost as if they had 7 or 8 different ideas as to how they thought Freddy should look, and instead of using one, decided to use them all.

Jason is as Jason does. He is a killing machine. He doesnt get up, do some yoga, and have a rabbit food breakfast… Jason wakes up, gets the scent of teenagers, doing things their parents have forbode, hunts them down, and kills them… often in very brutal ways.
He features in pretty much every part of this series, and is used to great effect. When Jason goes into rampage mode, which happens frequently in this series, some of the kills are very graphic, and get the desired effect. phototasticcollage-2016-10-26-19-54-36
When Jason comes to have his show down with Freddy, possibly, the best part of the whole series occurs. Freddy needs to get Jason out of the way so he can go after Ash. He uses the necronomicon, to bring back every one of Jason’s previous victims in deadite form, to take him down. We see some of the most memorable victims of the Friday the 13th films come back to life right in front of our eyes to take their vengence on Jason. Its brilliant. phototasticcollage-2016-10-26-21-59-27
I was all up for a Freddy vs Jason 2 film, and if that were to be continued in the medium of a comic book, then so be it, but it has to be said, I was concerned about the edition of Ash to the story.
Ash is as big a character as Krueger or Voorhess, and being a big fan, I didnt want Ash to be just… shoe horned in there for the sake of adding him to the story, and this is how it feels to me.
When he is introduced into the stroy, it all feels like its purely a case of ‘just because’ and for convienience. phototasticcollage-2016-10-21-13-07-18
Ash just happens to be sent to work in a new S-mart store thats opened up beside Camp Crystal Lake, which we later find out is because the book is altering reality, all by itself. Also, the Necrinomicon, for no explainable reason, just happens to be buried in the basement of the old Voorhees house… ‘Just because’.
Apart from that downside, dont let that take anythig away from the overall characterof Ash. His portrayal here, is very similar to they type of Ash we saw in the film ‘Army of Darkness’.
He’s got all the sleezy lines with the ladies, and thr funny one liners for the baddies, but when it comes to business, Ash is as sharp as ever in taking out the deadites.


The Scream Source Rating:

We rate this comic book series 7/10. Its worth a read for sure, but beware, its not perfect and there are a few story essental parts, that you kinda just have to accept are happening for the story to move along. This is mostly at the beginning though, and its not exactly frequent. From the point Freddy gets hold of the Necrinomicon, all of this is forgotten and very much forgiven.

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.

demon7The special effects and makeup team that worked on this film, need to take a bow. The ghosts and demons look genuinely threatening and scary. The eyes are the window to the soul, and firstly with the ghosts, the big black eyes show us an element of pure evil and bad intentions. The blackness in the eyes, reminded somewhat, of a film called ‘Grave Encounters’, which was terrifying, so this really worked well.  The skin, as you would expect for a ghost is very pale, almost grey, and is made up to look dead and scarred. Its been done very effectively.

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.


 

The Best Of Freddy Krueger

It’s no secret, that my favourite horror franchise, is Nightmare On Elm Street.
The man in the dirty red and green sweater, is the villain that keeps on tickin…
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Throughout the Elm Street films, Freddy has had so many brilliant moments… classic moments… and dare I say it… Epic moments (I hate that word).
Whether it be something he’s said, or a really inventive, imaginative kill… which of these are his best?
I have taken on the mammoth task, of going through video, after video of Freddy’s banter, and the slaughter of the teenagers on Elm Street… and picked my favourite Freddy moments.

1. Nightmare On Elm Street 5 : Dream Child
…Freddy’s Re-Birth…

…”It’s A Boy”…

2. Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
…Jennifer’s Big Break In TV…

“…Cut The Prime Time Bitch…”

3. Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors…
…A Puppet Called Philip…

Freddy Krueger: The Puppet Master

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4. Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
…Julie’s Death… 

…”Ever Played Skin The Cat?”…

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The glove worn in this film, was the only glove to feature a 5 blades, instead of the normal 4, with the extra blade being on the thumb. ‘Robert Englund’, the actor who plays the role of Freddy Krueger, hated the re-designed glove, and found it very ‘clunky’ and difficult to use and operate.

5. Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
…Jesse’s Transformation…

…Bye Bye Grady…

6. Nightmare On Elm Street
…Tina’s Death…

…”This Is God”…

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7. Nightmare On Elm Street 4: …Dream Master
…Roach Motel…

…”You Can Check In, But You Can’t Check Out”…

8. Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
…Wizard Master Death…

…”Its Back In The Saddle Again”…

9. Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
…”You’ve Got The Body”…

…”And I’ve Got The Brain”…

10. Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)
…Jesse’s Death…

…”We’ve Still Got 6 More Minutes To Play”…

Honorable Mention
…Nightmare On Elm Street (2010)…
…Alternate Ending…

This gets an honorable mention, because this is a gem, that should have been used in the original, but for some odd reason was left out. The reboot, for all its misgivings, would have, in my opinion, been elevated with this ending. The whole “Welcome To My World” speech in the theatrical ending, just feels like such a cop out, and a total let down. I hope you enjoy the alternate ending as much as me.

 

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.

 

 

Death House At ‘Days Of The Dead’

For those of you who didn’t know, or couldn’t make it, the ‘Days Of The Dead’ convention, rolled in to Louisville this weekend.

Today. at 3pm (EST), which for me, was 8pm (GMT), The Death House Movie panel, were to take the stage, to show the world, the trailer and speak to the full house of fans, to tell them a bit about making the film, working on set with each other, and the fun times and laughs they had together.

The guests from the film that took to the stage, from left to right, were Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Rick Finkelstein (Producer), Harrison Smith (Writer/Director), Cody Longo, and Felissa Rose. Below is the complete video of the Q&A.