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Tim from Last Week Reviews: The Discipline #1!

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2016 by Tim from Last Week

Writer: Peter MilliganTheDiscipline_01-1
Artist: Leandro Fernandez
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: 3/2/2015

Peter Milligan has been working in comics since the early 1980s, starting on 2000 AD, a popular British anthology comic. In the late ’80s, Milligan was among the last members of the early “British Invasion” in American comics, working heavily in DC Comics’ Vertigo line (Shade, The Changing Man; Animal Man; and Enigma). Some of his later work at DC included Batman, Hellblazer, and Justice League Dark. Milligan has also done work at Marvel Comics (X-Statix, X-Men, and Moon Knight).

Leandro Fernandez started working in American comics in the late 1990s, working at Marvel Comics (X-Factor, Incredible Hulk, Wolverine, Punisher), Oni Press (Queen & Country), as well as work for DC Comics’ Vertigo and Wildstorm imprints.

We are introduced to Melissa just as she realizes that the demon sex she’s enjoying is changing her into something else, and she isn’t sure she’s happy about it. But, wait, that’s the future. It turns out that, just a little while back, Melissa was a mildly unhappy wife, sister, and daughter. Her ill mother lives with Melissa’s sister, Krystal, but Krystal is not the best for dear, old Mom. We also find out that Melissa’s marriage isn’t great, she rarely sees her husband, and her main confidante is her dog, Hemingway.

Enter Orlando. Orlando is mysterious. Orlando is hot. Orlando is strange. Orlando is European. So, she decides to bed him and finally enjoy herself, for a change. But, Orlando plays hard-to-get (as far as Melissa can tell), which, of course, makes her want him more. One phone call later, she meets him in an unexpected place to seal the deal. Unfortunately, Orlando has brought all kinds of other-worldly baggage with him, and soon Melissa is naked and targeted by some of that baggage! Orlando defends her, but is he really helping her? Or does he have deeper plans for Melissa?

I have to admit: this is a strange book. There is nudity and sex, but it’s not graphic (though, graphically suggestive?). I am pretty sure there is a deeper story, but, so far: there are possibly 2 factions of demon-y type groups, possibly some reference to Ancient Rome or Greece, and demon sex. Milligan describes this as possibly “…the edgiest story…” he’s written. Which is saying something, considering some of his work for Vertigo. That being said, demon sex is generally considered edgy. However, I’m not getting edgy when I read this issue. I’m curious where the story is going, so, hopefully, we can get more edge as we go along.

I have not been a huge fan of Leandro Fernandez in the past, as he often succeeded another artist that I enjoyed with his completely different style. Even with that, I find this work to be interesting. I am still not sure that his art is “right” for this comic, but I did not find it to be jarring or painful, and I could follow his story-telling. Some of the panels are beautifully constructed, using negative space and what ends up being almost spot-coloring (colorist: Cris Peter). If you are not sure you know what spot-coloring is, think of black-and-white art with just a single “pop” of color thrown in (see the movie Sin City as a good example outside of comics). I am still not sure I like Fernandez’ art, or that he is right for this book, but I will have to see what follows to decide yea or nay.

I am not sure I am hooked yet, but, these days, most comic book stories (or story arcs) are 6 issues long, so it may take 2-3 issues to find that hook. While I am not excited about Fernandez’ art, I am pretty sure Milligan will provide a real story to follow. The Discipline is published monthly, and is priced $2.99 per issue.

The Discipline, and other great comics, can be found at Johnny Destructo’s Hero Complex located at 4456 Main Street in Manayunk, PA! Visit him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jdsherocomplex/

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Review of Krampus (2015)

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Dir. by: Michael DoughertyKrampus-The-Christmas-Devil-movie-poster-2
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Emjay Anthony

I know, I know! I’m two weeks late on this, but I finally saw Krampus! Here’s what I thought:

What’s it about?
Krampus is about a family who doesn’t get along very well at Christmas. Max (Anthony), the young son of Tom and Sarah Engel (Scott and Collette), is picked on by his older cousins for still believing in Santa. This causes him to lose his Christmas spirit and accidentally summon Krampus, the evil shadow of St. Nicholas. The family must fight against Krampus and his minions for any hope to survive.

What did I think?
This movie is pretty stunning. It has a heavy Tim Burton/Nightmare Before Christmas feel. It’s definitely a horror movie that the whole family can enjoy.

Going into the theater, I was a little apprehensive about the fact that the majority of the cast is made up of comedic actors. I’ve said bad things about that type of decision before, such as in Would You Rather, but I actually appreciated it in this film. Adam Scott and David Koechner are two of my favorite comedy actors and I was very happy that they were able to bring their expertise into their rolls. Instead of trying to be serious and emotional, the film incorporated their comedy backgrounds, which added an extra layer to the film that I really enjoyed. Conchata Ferrell, though, was the ultimate comic relief. Her performance as the hated Aunt Dorothy was just amazing.

On the horror side of things, Krampus isn’t really that scary. Sure, there are jump scares and the movie does deal with a demon who drags families down to the underworld for losing their Christmas spirit, but it was definitely made with children in mind (just as the original Krampus story was). There isn’t too much cursing, there’s no graphic gore or violence and the main minions are animated gingerbread men, which I found to be a little too cheesy.

Despite the fact that Krampus isn’t going to keep me up at night, I still enjoyed it for what it was. It was funny, it made me jump a couple of times and the acting was just amazing. For the most part, it was believable, but, if you ask me, their actions were a little too logical and level headed for the situation they were in. It was entertaining, to say the least.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, I would. I wouldn’t say pay $15 to see it in theaters, but definitely see it. It’s not scary and you have to suspend your disbelief in some parts, but it has a lot of good features that deserve to be seen.

Did you see it? Let us know what you think in the comments!

wolfout

The Legend of The Haunted Forest/Cobb Estate (VIDEO)

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Tucked into the mountains of Pasadena, California is the Sam Merrill trail, lovingly referred to as “The Haunted Forest” trail. This trail, which starts as an old, crumbling driveway, is the site of the former Cobb Estate.

History
Cobb Estate was built in 1918 by Charles and Carrie Cobb. In 1939, Cobb died and left the estate to the Scottish Right Temple Freemasons, who sold the estate just a few years later. The home was also used by the Sisters of St Joseph as a retreat. In 1956, the property was purchased by the Marx family, but by 1959, all that was left of the mansion was ruins. The estate was put up for auction in 1971 and was converted into a state park. All that’s left of Cobb’s estate are the steps that led up to the door and the water reservoir.

Hauntings
The ghost stories associated with Cobb Estate are wide-spread, but vague in nature. There have been reports of hikers feeling like they’re being watched or touched, sounds of footsteps, laughter and screams. Many hikers have claimed to see strange lights, but finding no one to whom to attach the lights.

I have heard rumors that many people have encountered demonic activity on this trail, but I cannot find any written recollection. I have also heard rumors that a nun was raped and killed in this forest and that her ghost still hangs around, but, again, I cannot find anything written on the subject.

Personal Experience
On Friday, October 9, 2015, I went with a group of friends for a midnight hike in The Haunted Forest to check it out for myself. There were several different groups there, so we were definitely not alone.

Gate

The entrance to the trail is marked by a large gate. Many have likened this gate to the Gates of Hell, but it was a typical Southern California entrance, if you ask me. We ventured upward and came across a small set of stairs, which I have now found out were the stairs that once led to the main house.

Unfortunately, we did not experience anything supernatural or out of the ordinary. I can say that there were points where I felt as though we were being watched, but I can’t give any more detail than that. We still made the most out of our hike, though, by telling scary stories and enjoying the expansive view of Los Angeles.

Around 2am, the group split into two. Four of us made our way down the mountain because it was passed our bedtimes. The other six continued up the narrow path, determined to reach the end of the trail. As we were descending, we could hear laughter echoing in the mountains. This laughter belonged to my sister, who happens to have a very distinguishable laugh. Because of this, I’ve determined that the laughter and screams that people have heard come from groups who are much further ahead on the trail, as sound travels very easily down a canyon.

Video
This time around, I decided to capture some footage. While I got quite a few pictures, the footage I got was actually pretty entertaining. It helps that I went with a group of fun people. Take a look at the video below and hear some of our scary stories. (Please don’t judge the quality of the footage. I took the video on my phone and it’s my first time editing. Feedback appreciated).

Photo Gallery

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Corpse Princess, Shikabane Hime

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2015 by Lilliandra Winters

Shikabane Hime (Anime) (2008-2009) AKA Corpse Princess
Season Aka (Red) and Season Kuro (Black)
Based on the Manga Shikabane Hime

Doing reviews on anime for me is hard. These amazing shows don’t have a singular anything, so trying to explain to you a series is as easy as herding raptors. It looks dangerous and fun, but I’m sure as shit am not Chris Pratt.

SH/CP is a very well done anime. Of course my beloved J. Michael Tatum is one of the many amazing voice actors on cast for the dubbed version. This, however, was my first anime before I began to fall in love with voice actors at all. I have no idea why I chose this one to start, something about the name jumped out at me and I don’t regret it for a second. It just expanded my love of horror into a new form, anime.

So, what is it actually about? A young woman (Makina Hoshimura) is murdered and asked to be brought back as a corpse princess so that she can fight other Shikabane (corpses) to keep humanity safe. Shikabane Hime have to kill 108 Shikabane to win their rightful place in heaven. They are paired with Contracted Monks. Contracted Monks are there to be protected, help kill Shikabane and ensure their Hime make it into heaven. Fast forward to Ouri Kagami, our protagonist. He is a child in an orphanage. There is a Contracted Monk (Keisei Tagami) that checks on him and calls him little brother. Kagami moves out, meets Hoshimura by accident, becomes a little obsessed and way down the road becomes a Contracted Monk like his big brother.

I love this series. It was an exciting way to start my anime adventure. It is full of secrets and lore, mystery, impossible love and blood. Lots of blood, and death. However, I only had to watch it the once. This isn’t a series I see myself watching over and over again like Soul Eater or Black Butler.

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The Legends of Turnbull Canyon

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Canyon

Turnbull Canyon is located in Southern California, creating the border between the towns of Wittier and City of Industry (yes, that’s the actual name of the town). It is a popular attraction for hikers and fitness nuts with it’s tough but manageable trails and beautiful scenery. According to locals, however, this canyon is the setting of many a terrifying event. Legend has it that not only is the canyon haunted, but it is also the preferred location for dark magic rituals, human sacrifices, and several grizzly murders. In this post, I will detail as many of the horrific events as I can.

Called “Hutukngna” by the Gabrileños Native Americans, this nature formation was considered off limits as there were numerous sightings of ghosts and evil spirits. It is believed that Turnbull Canyon was the battleground of many Native American Wars. Some locals have claimed that they have heard the sound of war drums coming from the canyon.

This tribe of Native Americans was so named the Gabrileños after converting to Christianity through the San Gabriel Mission. Back in this time, it was not uncommon that Spanish missionaries would kill those who refused to convert. Legend has it that many of these killings took place in the canyon itself. The idea that the spirits of these murdered Natives have lingered lends credence to the belief that the canyon is haunted.

Fast forward to the 1930s. During the Great Depression, the canyon was used for dark and mysterious purposes. Back in that time, it was common for families to send their children to orphanages because they simply did not have the food to feed them. Local legend says that a cult would adopt the children through these orphanages and sacrifice them to Satan in the canyon. Locals have claimed to see the ghosts of these children, as well as hooded figures walking the trails at night. These sightings still occur today.

Within Turnbull Canyon, there is a tree referred to as The Hanging Tree. It is so named because of a man who was found hanging from one of its limbs. Witnesses have said that you can still see this man hanging from the tree at the time of his death. There is no information as to what time of day this might have occurred. I also have no information as to when in history this might have taken place.

In 1952, there was a plane crash, causing 29 deaths, 21 of which were children. An American Airlines plane crashed into the tallest hill of the canyon. There is no record of an American Airlines flight in that area at all and no planes were missing from their fleet. No one on board had identification, including the pilot. The only record of the crash even happening was a small article in the Wittier Daily News. Locals believe that the dark magic that lingers in the canyon caused this horrifying crash to happen.

In 1962, a bizarre death took place. In the ruins of a mental institution that had burned down in the 1940s, a group of teenagers were having a party. One of the boys found an old electroshock machine. When he picked it up, he was electrocuted with a voltage strong enough to be fatal. The bizarre part of the death comes when we find out that the electricity had been shut off after the fire 20 years previously.

In 2002, a young woman by the name of Gloria Gaxiola was murdered on Turnbull Canyon Rd. She was shot, then dragged behind a car down this road for 5 miles. The police caught the killers and administered justice. Being a popular road for racing, there have been other unfortunate auto-related deaths, including that of a CHP motorcycle Officer in Sept. 2005, who was struck by drifters.

Believe it or not, there are even more stories associated with this terrifying location. Located just an hour or so outside of Los Angeles, Turnbull canyon is one of the scariest places I’ve ever researched. Home to ghosts, evil spirits, cults, and other strange occurrences, this canyon just screams “Stay Away!” So, naturally, I want to go there.

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Sources:
Weird California
Haunted Los Angeles Blogspot
DBLACKTHORNE Livejournal

Photo Source:
Yelp

The Legend of Satanville, The Cult House & The Devil’s Road

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2015 by Xander Woolf

Having spent a good portion of my life in Southeastern Pennsylvania, there’s no doubt whatsoever that I’ve driven up and down the Devil’s Road – AKA Satanville – in Chadds Ford, PA. I first heard about this particular road while in college. After hearing about it, some friends and I decided to check it out at 3AM while playing creepy Halloween type music. Suffice it to say, I didn’t sleep that night.

The story I heard was this:

The famous DuPont family lived on a road off of Rt 1. This particular family was into witchcraft and isolation (inbreeding was mentioned). Because of their desire to be isolated, they cast many a black magic spell around their estate. This magic caused the trees to grow away from the road and create a sort of wall between the estate and the road. It’s really very creepy and will give you chills.

The actual story is this:

Cossart Road, known around SEPA and Delaware as The Devil’s Road, is just off of Rt 1 in Chadds Ford, PA. On this road is what is referred to as The Cult House. There are disputes as to who owned this house, ranging from the DuPont family to a satanic cult to the KKK. Legends insisting that the DuPont family owned this house also include the rumor of incestuous unions and disfigured children. The location of The Cult House is unknown – especially since it is against the law to stop and get out of your car on this particular road – but many say that it is a mansion made of white brick or stone with windows the shape of inverted crosses.

Many people say that The Cult House is about midway up Cossart Rd and can be recognized by the strange way that the trees grow. I’ve witnessed this phenomena firsthand. It’s really very scary how the trees grow facing away from the road and, in many cases, facing away from their primary light source. Among these is one in particular called the Skull Tree – AKA The Baby’s Cradle. The Skull Tree’s roots resemble the shape of a skull, leaving just enough room to become a baby cage. Legends say that the DuPont family left their deformed, incestuous babies to die under this tree. Other legends state that this is where the satanic cult would leave their baby sacrifices to the Devil himself. Many people claim that they can hear a baby crying when they pass.

The final part of the story is the part that creeps me out the most. Legends say that The Cult House is guarded by a fleet of red trucks (or black SUVs, depending on who you’re talking to). It is said that when someone locates The Cult House, or drives by too many times, one of these vehicles will run you off the road, however, it is also said that these vehicles do not have a driver. The reason I find this part so scary is because, the night my friends and I went to look for The Cult House, we were being tailgated by a large pick-up truck who refused to back off. Eventually, the driver got so fed up with us that he blared his horn and angrily passed us as we crossed the border into Delaware. It was dark, though, so I couldn’t see inside the truck to ascertain whether or not someone was actually driving.

Another scary note from the night I ventured into Satanville: the moment we turned on to Cossart Road, we were engulfed by fog. Being near the Brandywine River, fog is no big surprise, but the second we crossed the border into Delaware, the fog dispersed as if it was never there. Creepy, right?

I never did see The Cult House itself, but I’m here to say that the trees, the fog and the angry truck driver were enough to scare the shit right outta me.

wolfout

The Legend of The Black-Eyed Kids

Posted in Urban Legend with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 26, 2015 by Xander Woolf

The legend of the Black-Eyed Children tells of paranormal creatures that resemble children with pale skin and black eyes. These creatures are usually seen hitchhiking, panhandling or just standing on the doorsteps of residential homes. These children are usually asking for help, a ride home or to be let inside out of the cold.

Those who have reported encounters with the Black-Eyed Kids (BEKs) often describe a feeling of danger or dread. They report that the BEKs feel supernatural and unsafe, though they can never explain why.

In the encounters, they usually appear in pairs, are confident, yet avoid eye-contact, and keep their faces turned down. It is also said that they speak with a maturity far beyond their age. Not only do these children possess the mannerisms and speech patters of adults, but they also sometimes possess the voice of an adult.

All reports of BEKs have the same thing in common: these Black-Eyed Kids and their requests for help create an unsettling sense of danger in the adults with whom they speak. Some people even believe that the children may use low-level mind control to try to get their victims to comply with their demands.

Many people believe that the BEKs are spirits of lost or murdered children that are the “harbingers of ill will and personal doom.” Many others believe that they are vampires, as it does appear that they cannot enter a house or vehicle without the owner’s permission. Some even believe that they are extraterrestrials trying to blend into society.

There are no accounts as to what happens should one actually let a BEK into their home or car, which could possibly mean that those who do are killed.

Would you help a BEK in need?