Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Comics From the Analog Age: LASERBLAST and MANIAC Are Coming! (VHS Comics)

Not long ago Rotten Cotton god Shawn Lewis and master horror writer Stephen Romano co-founded Eibon Press, a comic book company specializing in high quality, limited/special edition horror, gore and shock. Their first few issues concentrated on Lucio Fulci's classics Zombie and The Gates of Hell and were nothing short of impressive. While continuing that line, they are venturing out with a new imprint called "VHS Comics" with a focus on science fiction and horror from the glory days of rental stores. "We were trying to come up with a new line of books that would honor the past, while providing the basis for some awesome, progressive storytelling", said Romano.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


A few months ago I saw someone in a Facebook horror group showing off their copy of a NEKRomantik comic put out by Weissblech, a German horror comics publisher. I inquired where I may find an issue myself and they pointed me to the comic's artist Martin Trafford's Facebook page. So I messaged him and quickly got a response directing me where I could pick one up.

After getting the book and absolutely loving it, I did a little digging on Martin and saw that he has worked with a bunch of my favorite indie horror filmmakers like Ron Decaro (The Gateway Meat), Scott Schirmer (Plankface) and Ryan Nicholson (Gutterballs).  He has also worked with Vultra Video, Capps Collective, Helvete Video, Underground Gorellectors, Oldskull, Toxic Filth, Klayton Dean, Arrow Video, Larry Wessel, The Insomnia Collective, Ulkurzu and Blacklava Entertainment!

Now and possibly for the only time, Martin has collected many of these artworks into a limited edition, signed and numbered art book which you can pre-order your copy through his crowd funding campaign. There is a choice of soft or hardback, also perks for original art! Right now there is also a referral competition in which the prize is an original eyeball plucked from the eyeball tree from the movie Headless!

Please check out the project HERE and help him reach his goal by August 20, 2017!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

For the Love of Art: THE STENDHAL SYNDROME (Review)

Director: Dario Argento

Cast: Asia Argento, Thomas Kretschmann, Marco Leonardi

Blue Underground / All Region / Unrated / 1.85:1 widescreen (1080p) / Italian and English 7.1 DTS-HD, 5.1 Dolby and 2.0 DTS-HD audio / English, French and Spanish subtitles / 119 minutes

Extras: NEW Audio Commentary with Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse / Three Shades Of Asia - NEW Interview with Star Asia Argento / Prisoner Of Art - NEW Interview with Co-Writer Franco Ferrini / Sharp As A Razor - NEW Interview with Special Makeup Artist Franco Casagni / Theatrical Trailer / Poster & Still Gallery / Inspiration: Psychological Consultant Graziella Magherini / Special Effects: Sergio Stivaletti, Assistant Director: Luigi Cozzi, Production Designer: Massimo Antonello Geleng / BONUS Collectable Booklet with new essay by author Michael Gingold



Stendhal Syndrome is a real psychosomatic disorder that causes "rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art". The illness is named after the 19th-century French author Marie-Henri Beyle (pen name "Stendhal"), who described his experience with the phenomenon during his 1817 visit to Florence in his book Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio. Filmmaker Dario Argento has said that he experienced the phenomenon as a child while on a family visit to the Parthenon. That incident was so powerful that he recalled it as an adult after reading the book by Beyle and decided to return to the giallo genre with his underrated, aptly named horror thriller, The Stendhal Syndrome.
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