Here we are, another Wednesday and another page! I hope you all enjoyed last week’s post. This week we start getting introductions and learning about our main characters. It will be a few more pages until we actually get ‘formal’ introductions, but if you’d like to learn a little more, check out the Characters page for a some background on them. Some exciting news this week, The Dead Have Issues got a little love from the Strange Kids Club! Head on over to the website to check it out. A big Thank You to Rondal for the write up!
For the Song of the Week, I’ve selected a very obscure, hard to track down artist. He’s had various name changes, so finding a place to link to him was very difficult. He currently goes under the name MPM Soundtrack, but use to be called Multipac and also 8219 Soundtrack. Confusing I know, but this guy is awesome! I’ve selected a track he did for a compilation called Party Up. I love the feeling the song evokes with this page. If you like what you hear, I highly recommend tracking more of his music down! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you back here next week! Cheers!
I’ve been really excited to get to this page! It’s one of my favorites and I hope you all enjoy it. It’s our first glimpse at a Graveyard Ghoul! Ok, theoretically he’s a Zombie, but I want to try and refrain from using that term, I always liked when they were refereed to as ‘Ghouls’ in old Horror Comics, so that’s what I’m calling them here. Anyway, there will be much more of this to come, but there is still more story to tell. We haven’t even met our protagonists yet, so be sure to check back next week as we continue our story!
This week’s music pick is by one of my favorite bands, Zombi! Their music sounds so much like it’s the soundtrack to a Fulci, Argento, Romero or even a Carpenter movie from the 80s – I love it! This track is called Orion, it’s from their first full length entitled Cosmos. I listen to this album all of the time. I figured it was perfect for this page, but I’m also going to see them play this weekend with the legendary Goblin! I am really, really excited! Anyway, if you enjoy this track, be sure to check out more of their stuff, you won’t be disappointed! Until next time – Cheers!
Our four legged friend has really gotten himself into a situation – hasn’t he? I’m sure nothing bad can come of this … A curious cat, a coffin and a mysterious meteor, nah, nothing I can think of! Anyway, these first few pages were really fun to draw and I can’t wait to show you what’s next. I think next week’s page might be my favorite! It should be enough to keep you full over the Thanksgiving weekend.
This week’s music pick is a track from Rain Sword called Slick. It took me awhile to find a song that worked with the page this week, but as soon as I heard Rain Sword, I was hooked. It was just a matter of picking the right track from that point. And let’s face it, the Cat is pretty ‘slick’ so far – he seems to keep making things worse! Did you ever think this Comic Book would start out with a Cat? I promise, there’s more than a Cat in this Comic, so tune in next week for a big surprise! And don’t forget to check out more from Rain Sword. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you back here next week!
Happy Wednesday everyone! Another week and another page. This week someone decides to investigate our mysterious meteor. Apparently this guy has never heard the phrase, “curiosity killed the cat.” But then again, he’s a cat and probably doesn’t understand English. Either way, he’s gotten himself into a bit of a predicament. Be sure to tune in next week to find out if he looses one of his 9 lives or if he’s miraculously saved by a masked man in tights! The later is highly unlikely though.
This weeks accompanying music is by D/A/D. I recently picked up his new album The Construct and I really dig it. It makes me feel like I’m in a bad 80′s movie, which is kind of the vibe I want for this comic! Anyway, the track is called Titan, I feel like it’s perfect for this page, plus it has some eerie cat noises on it. I hope you enjoy this week’s page and music. I’ll see you back here next Wednesday!
First off, thanks to everyone who came and checked the site out last week and helped spread the word on Facebook and Twitter – it really helps! So here we are, another Wednesday and Page 2! The story line in this first issue is called Night of the Meteor, this is where it all starts. What is this mysterious Meteor? Where did it come from? Will we even find out? Am I just asking random questions to fill the blog post? Maybe!? Keep checking each Wednesday to find out!
This weeks music pick is Converter by Lost Years! I feel like this perfectly accompanies the art and story. The goal of picking a new piece of music each week is to give the page a ‘film’ like feel. Plus, it’s a great way to share some great music by ‘underground’ musicians that I’m into. I’m going to try and use Bandcamp exclusively, so if you’re in a group that you think I might like or you know of a group I might like, let me know and I’ll take it into consideration! See you all back here next Wednesday for Page 3! Cheers!
Holy crap!!! Today is the day! After all this time, the comic finally starts! It’s been a long road and there’s still a lot of ground to cover, but I’m excited to present The Dead Have Issues web comic! This is the cover and next week I will post an interior page. I’m also working on a Characters/Cast section that will be updated as characters are introduced. The site is still evolving and I’m still learning, but I hope you enjoy it. I will continue to improve the site as I go, but you can still find all of my old artwork from past posts under Archives. Alright, I think that’s it for now, be sure to check back next Wednesday for Page 2!!
One more thing! I’m going to try and recommend a ‘song of the week’ to accompany the art. Kind of ‘set the mood’ if you will. This week is The Dead Don’t Rise by Calabrese! Check it out below!
Alright, the big announcement! So the day has finally come! I started this project about 2 years ago, starting from scratch. All I had was an idea and I naively thought it would be an easy task. Boy was I wrong. Anyway, I’ve finally decided to flip the switch and make this website a Webcomic! I’ve got a decent about of pages drawn out that should make a good buffer; I still a lot of coloring to do, but I can’t keep procrastinating and making excuses. I’m very excited to start posting the first pages of The Dead Have Issues on October 30th, 2013 (Devil’s Night)! The comic will update every Wednesday with a new page.
I started handing some handbills out at Crypticon (a local horror convention) last weekend to get the word out. But, there is still much work to be done. If any of you, my loyal readers, can help spread the word in any way, it is much appreciated. If you have any friends into Comic Books, Horror movies, Zombies, etc – please let them know. Share the link on your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ – anything helps! This comic will be FREE, so I just want people to read my story and hopefully enjoy my art. I will attempt to post art up until the launch date, but most of my efforts will going to getting things ready for launch. Ok, I think that’s it for now. I really stoked and I hope people enjoy the comic, it is my first venture into anything like this. Don’t forget to tell a friend and thanks for reading – cheers!
UPDATE: Print is now available for purchase here!
It’s almost October and I’m getting excited! As I mentioned last week, I’ll be trying to post Halloween themed artwork on the site leading up to the Holiday. I know I said I wanted to do more monsters, but that wasn’t sitting right with me. One of my favorite things about Halloween is the old vintage decorations and costumes. Not only for the Halloween look, but also for the classic Americana and Minimalism. Halloween has a lot of history in Minnesota (which is where I’m from). Anoka MN is the self proclaimed Halloween Capital of the World, it hosted the first Halloween parades back in the 20s and still does so to this day. Besides that, there are Scarecrow festivals in Belle Plaine, lots of Pumpkins and Apples, Haunted Hay Rides/Houses throughout the state (my favorite being the Haunted Basement at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis), etc, etc! This weekend is the Horror Convention, Crypticon, next week is my wedding anniversary and more! Ok, ok, I’ll stop rambling now. With all that said, I love Halloween and October, so I wanted to do something a little different artistically to reflect that.
I really love all the old vintage masks, and well, masks in general. One in particular always stood out to me, and that’s all the old ‘Black Cat’ masks. I love all the variations on the look and how a lot of them seem to stick to the same color theme. So I decided to create my own version! I really wanted try something different and breakout of my current ‘style’ as I’ve felt like I’ve been in a rut lately. I drew the cat and took a more ‘minimalistic’ approach to it. I really went for a clean and sharp illustration. I’m really happy with how it turned out and I may try to do some more variations on this theme. I also think I’m going to make prints of this, I like it so much. I’ll most likely be adding this to my Zazzle Shop and will keep the price affordable (which means no stretched canvas, to expensive). Oh, and if you’re wondering what ‘Sauin’ means, it’s Manx for Samhain (Gaelic) which also means Halloween. There, you learned a little history today – didn’t ya? I’ll update this post later this week when Sauin! is available, if anyone is interested. Check back next week, I have a big announcement that’s been a long time coming! Until then, thanks for reading and checking out my art – cheers!
What we were after now was the old surprise visit. That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old ultraviolent. – Alex, A Clockwork Orange.
Alright, alright … I know I’ve been pretty absent lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been drawing! To make it up to you, I’ve decided to post some more ‘Halloween’ themed pieces again this year. I will shoot for once a week as time allows. This year I’ve decided to post more on the Scary movie/Monster movie theme. And to kick things off I’ve picked Stanely Kubrick’s classic A Clockwork Orange, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess.
Now I know this isn’t necessarily a Horror movie per se, but it terrified and blew me away when I first saw it! I believe the movie still holds up and will make any new viewer uncomfortable – they just don’t make movies like this anymore. Anyway, this is my little tribute to a great film, if you haven’t seen it, then get on that asap!
With that said, I’m happy to announce that the Comic is coming along nicely – finally! It’s not perfect, but I’m excited to finally start posting pages. I think I’ve got a good enough buffer now where I’ll be able to post pages once a week. So after this Halloween art run, probably right before Halloween, I will finally, finally start posting The Dead Have Issues comic to this site – for FREE!! More details to come as we inch closer to Halloween, but the website will finally be what it was intended to be, a web comic! Thanks for reading and thanks for your patience! Cheers!
Quick sketch this week! It’s not the most refined, but it was pretty fun to draw. I’ve been having Wasp problems lately, I think I took down like 5 nests last week, but they seem to keep popping up. Anyway, I picked up some kinda Wasp trap that’s suppose to catch the Queen or something – we’ll see. That’s why I drew this, I’ve had bugs on the brain! Like I said, it was a pretty quick drawing, but I like how it turned out.
I’ve been pretty busy lately and was out of town last week, hence the no posts for a while. I’ve also been in high gear on the comic, so I haven’t had much time to doodle or post anything. I figured the comic is the main reason I started this site, so it’s about damn time I start posting pages. I probably sound like a broken record at this point (pretty sure I’ve used that saying before too), but I’m making progress! After I’m done inking the current page, I’m moving on to color, and then hopefully I’ll start putting the pages up every week! It’s not the buffer I want, but I need to get this show on the road. I’ve got a couple of bio sketches for the characters as well, I’m going to try and post those a long with the first page. Anyway, I’m sticking to my target date this time, no more procrastinating! Enough rambling and excuses for now, I hope you like my Queen drawing. I’ll try and post next Wednesday or Thursday, depending on how my schedule is looking. Thanks for reading – Cheers!
Every now and again in the creative field you hit a brick wall. What do you do when you hit that wall? Tell it to “Suck It!” of course! Is that sound advice? I’m not sure, but I’m stickin’ to it!
I’ve been hittin’ some creative walls as of late and I’m trying to push through them. I’ve decided that I really need to let go of conventions with in my mind. Worrying about what other people think or how they may perceive something you create is like a being surrounded by walls. Now this is something I’ve know for a long time, but as you get older, it’s easy to forget. I think that happens to me because of working with clients and creative directors. I always have to think about what’s right for the client and the project. This way of thinking sometimes bleeds into my personal work, which is what I want to avoid. I mention this because as much as I hate to say it, Summer is coming to an end sooner than later. I have to step on the gas and start posting comic pages for The Dead Have Issues.
Another little reminder of time is that the website just had it’s 2 year anniversary… 2 years already?! So with that said, my plan is to painstakingly start coloring the pages that I have. I’m not quite at the buffer zone that I wanted, but screw it, I need to keep moving forward! I still plan on posting my weekly drawings, as I’ve been doing – they just might be a little more sporadic for the time being. I’m not going to give a launch date for the comic just yet either. If you’ve been frequenting the blog over the last 2 years, then you know that statement would come back and bite me in the ass! Ok, so that’s that. I hope you are as excited as I am to finally have this beast see the light of day – more updates to come. Until next time, thanks for reading and be sure to tell all of your obstacles to ‘Suck it!’ – cheers!
Well hey, long time – no post, eh? yes, yes, it’s been a few weeks. But, I hope this new illustration will make up for my absence lately! I wanted to try something a little different in style, color and concept. I wasn’t really sure what to draw, so I decided to draw the first thing that jumped in my head and just go with it. Well, my love of bunnies has certainly not disappeared; because that was the first thing that came to mind, oh, and skulls. As I always say, “you gotta have skulls.” As I finished up the initial sketch, I noticed I had created a lot of symbolism – I’m a big fan of symbolism. I won’t get into all that, I’ll let you decide what it means to you. Though the title of the piece is “Courage” – something I think we all need a little reminder to have once in awhile.
Anyway, I won’t ramble on to much. I’ve got a lot of work to attend to. On a side note, I’m still making progress on the comic and I’m still confident it will launch sometime this year (vague enough for ya?). I’ll keep you posted as things progress, it’s been a long road… Ok, I really hope you enjoy “Courage” and let me know what you think! Thanks for reading, until next time – Cheers!
Why hello! This week I’ve decided to give my thoughts on Man of Steel (spoiler free) and much like my Evil Dead review, I’ve also added a drawing! I wanted to post this earlier in the week, but my week has been getting gobbled up. Better late then never I always say – Ok, on to the review!
A lot of the stuffy (possibly out of touch) movie critics have been bashing the new Man of Steel movie. For instance, take a look at Rotten Tomatoes. I really feel like these “critics” and haters in general have difficulties letting go of the Richard Donner/Christopher Reeves films. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love those movies! They were probably my first introduction into Superman, along with the old Fleischer Studios cartoons my parents showed me. The problem is, that most of the public only know the Reeves Superman, and with good reason, his version is iconic and Americana at it’s best.
As great as that is, it gets dated after awhile. A lot of people have a problem with change because it’s scary. They don’t want their memory of a character to be destroyed. The thing is, these characters are immortal. Superman has been around for 75 years already. The character has had a lot of adventures during that time and had a lot of things happen in the comics. A lot of things that a mainstream audience has not read or paid attention to. So how do you reintroduce this iconic character to a world outside of comics and cartoons? That’s the question isn’t it? Well, I believe Zach Snyder, Christopher Nolan and David Goyer answer that question and do it beautifully with Man of Steel.
Man of Steel is visually breathtaking. Everything from Krypton, which we really get to see and explore for the first time in cinema, to all of the ‘Earth’ locations, Flashbacks and Action sequences is pure eye candy. When you go into watch Man of Steel, really try to go into it like your meeting Superman for the first time. This movie is really the “Year One” Superman story, much like Batman Begins reintroduced the franchise years ago. Now, mentioning Batman and Nolan, he did help with this movie. But despite what critics say, this does NOT feel like a “Dark Knight” version of Superman. I don’t think they feel anything alike in fact. Maybe it’s the narrow mindedness of these pretentious film snobs? They don’t know what to compare this film to, other than Batman and the Marvel movies.
I saw one critic say their wasn’t enough ‘romance and comedy’ in Man of Steel. To that I say, “good!” That’s not what I want out of a Superman flick. I want a movie that reflects the character in a new light and has a guy who can fly, smash things with his fists and shoot beams of heat out of his eyes! And that’s what this movie is! It’s a massive action flick! If I want a Superman “romance” story, I’ll go watch Lois & Clark (which won’t be happening). Speaking of action, wow… the battle scenes in this movie are awesome! You remember the final battle/city destruction at the end of The Avengers? Well, think of that, but bigger – like it’s been given a growth hormone and a 6 pack of Jolt cola! I mean seriously, I hope Metropolis has good insurance! The movie has more than action to offer though. Like I mentioned, it’s really about Kal-El/Clark Kent learning how to be Superman. And they do a great job of this by breaking up the ‘origin’ story through out the film.
I could go on and on about this movie, but i’m going to try and wrap it up. Man of Steel is a fantastic ‘comic book’ movie and a fantastic movie in general. The cast is amazing and Henry Cavill IS Superman. I really look forward to seeing more Superman films from this crew. I know there are already rumors that the sequel could come has early as next year, though I find that hard to believe. Ahh the internet is good at spreadin’ rumors. Anyway, I really don’t think any other movie this summer can top Man of Steel. The only film that comes to mind as a competitor would be Pacific Rim, but you’ll have to wait until later this summer for that review!
Ok, my review may have turned more into a ‘rant’ than a ‘review’ per se, but that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it. I hope I didn’t come off as too ‘fanboy’ – but this movie was just a lot of fun. I hope this review was helpful, or at least interesting. I also hope you enjoy my Superman drawing! That’s it for now, thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week – cheers!
Hello everyone! No art this week, but I wanted to announce that i now have an online store open over at Zazzle. I only have my Evil Dead cabin art available at the moment, but I’m hoping to add more art and products as time allows. I’m new to Zazzle, but I decided to give it a try, as I’ve heard good things. I may be opening a small eCommerce site later this summer with more art – like screen prints, commissions, etc. This way I can also sign and number pieces. Anyway, zazzle is where I’m starting at now. So check it out, Evil Dead Art prints are only $20!
I’ll be back next week with some new art to share, thanks for reading – Cheers!
Hey everyone! Another short post this week. I’m not going to lie, I almost forgot! I was up working on the comic last night and realized it was already Wednesday. Anyway, enough excuses, right? So last weekend was a good friend of mine’s bday. What do you get a good friend for his bday? Well a Zombie Hammerhead Shark of course! This is one of those instances where I wasn’t sure what would come out of the pen and I just let things happen. It was a fun little drawing to do. I apologize for the poor picture, I didn’t have time to scan it, so i just grabbed a quick photo of it. It’s much more vibrant in person.
On a side note, I’ve been getting a few requests for art again. So I’m trying to figure out how to get some pieces produced, while still keeping things affordable on both side. I’m looking into opening an online shop and what items to produce and how. This is all new to me as I never thought that people would want to buy my stuff, haha. I’m trying to set some milestones for this summer so that this comic finally launches and I have some way for interested parties to purchase work from me. I’ll be sure to keep you updated from week to week. Alright, thanks for reading – cheers!
Hello everyone! Sorry for the no post last week, I just needed a little break to catch up on a few things. I recently finished playing the video game Bioshock Infinite, if you haven’t heard of it or played it, I highly recommend checking it out! But you may want to start with Bioshock and possibly Bioshock 2 before jumping into Infinite. This is a drawing of one of the bad guys, The Motorized Patriot. He’s a robotic version of George Washington that was originally built to be a tour guide in the floating city of Columbia. But as you play the game, you will see he gets used for something quite different… They lack a self-preservation instinct and are completely fearless. They are pretty much Steampunk Terminators! Ok, Ok, so you get the idea. The game is a lot of fun and the story was brilliant, with a great twist. After I finished the game, I had to do a little fan drawing of one of my favorite characters. I will try to post next week, as there’s a character that I’m just dying to draw from a different genre. It’s just hard, because with every spare minute I get, I keep plugging away on my own comic. With every page that I finish, it’s like a little battery charge. It’s just so cool to finally see something materializing and becoming a reality… Anyway, enough rambling for now. I really hope you enjoy The Motorized Patriot, and be sure to tell a friend! Thanks for reading and until next time – Cheers!
I drew this guy awhile ago, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to post him – it’s still somewhat of a work in progress. But, at the same time, I think it looks good as is. Time will tell, maybe I’ll revisit this drawing again someday. I really wanted give this drawing a ‘Boris Karloff’ feel, without actually making it Karloff (it that makes sense). I’ve always loved that make-up/effect. Mummy’s are really fun for me to draw, so chances are, this isn’t the last Mummy drawing you’ll see from me! Anyway, I’ve been plugging away on the comic book and making good progress, finally. I’m still shooting for a release in some form this summer, but coloring is going to take forever! To any aspiring comic book creators out there, heed this warning, it’s A LOT of work to do everything yourself! But also a lot of fun! Anyway, it’s cool to see things finally coming together, though there’s still a long road ahead. That’s it for now, hope you like The Mummy! As always, thanks for reading – Cheers!
A titan has fallen. The legendary film maker, animator and pioneer Ray Harryhausen passed away yesterday at the age of 92. If you’re unfamiliar with Ray’s work, he is responsible for some of the greatest special effects and films ever made, in my opinion. His work can be seen in such favorites as Clash of the Titans (the original, not the remake), Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C., The ‘Sinbad‘ films, etc, etc, etc. These are just a few of my favorites, so I highly recommend checking out all of his films. They may seem old to some of today’s youth, but these movies are classic and also turning points in film/movie making. When I was a kid, I absolutely loved anything that Ray worked on. Still to this day, his films are a comfort place for me to go. There’s something so personal and charming about his work, versus today’s over the top CG effects. Ray was more than an animator though, he was a genius and a true artist. And with that, all I can say is:
Thanks for the adventures Ray… you will be missed. – Lutz A.D.
Another quick post this week. Once again, I couldn’t decide what to draw, so I went with another ‘John Carpenter’ inspired doodle. I was feeling a bit frustrated when I did this one – I really just let my pen go, so it’s very loose. I’ve been spending so much time trying to focus on pen strokes that it can get a tad confining at times. I think that’s what happened here, I just wanted to draw fast and have fun, not caring if the outcome was good or bad. Now, there are definitely things I would do different here, but at the end of the day, I think it came out pretty cool. So with that said, I hope you like my They Live sketch. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the movie, then I highly suggest you do so – it’s one of my favorites! One last thing, don’t forget that this Saturday, May 4th, is FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! Be sure to go out to your local shop and get some comics, it’s a lot of fun! Ok, until next time – cheers!
That’s right, The Creeper! I had no idea what to draw this week, as I’ve been slaving away on my own comic (slowly making progress). So, while looking for inspiration I came across a Creeper comic, I had totally forgot about him! Usually when I’m in a slump, I go back and look at some of the masters – Steve Ditko is more often than not my go to guy, and rightfully so. Beware The Creeper was a short lived DC comic back in the 60s created by Dennis O’Neil and Steve Ditko; though he has made guest appearances throughout the decades, even up to the New 52. Now, I loved the Creeper design that Ditko created, but I wanted to add my own little twist to it. Manipulating those colors probably took the longest, I wanted to retain the classic ‘Creeper’ colors, but also give him my own colorful palette. Anyway, it was great inking practice with the Brush Pen and good experimentation. Well that’s it for now, hope you enjoy the Creeper! Until next week, thanks for reading – Cheers!
Hello everyone! So if you checked in yesterday, you may have noticed I didn’t post. Well, I think i’m going to start posting on Wednesdays from now on. It just gives me a little more time to get art together. With that said, it’s been snowing here for like a week. Did i mention that’s it’s suppose to be Spring?! It’s been making me feel a little crazy, like I’m trapped in some frozen tundra! Anyway, I came across an old DC Batman comic the other day (#741). It’s was a drawing of Batman in the snow standing over a bloody Joker and created by Alex Maleev and Bill Sienkiewicz. I just LOVE this cover! So simple and yet so attention grabbing, and how i’ve been feeling lately! I wanted to ‘Riff’ off of that drawing a little bit, so i decided to do my own version/tribute to it. One of my favorite Sci-Fi/Horror movies is John Carpenter’s The Thing. After so many years, this movie still stands the test of time. On a side note, I thought the Prequel/Remake was ‘OK’ – but it didn’t hold up to Carpenter’s version. When i saw that Batman cover, my mind instantly jumped to The Thing. You can call it a ‘Mash-Up’ if you’d like, but i just call it fun! Hopefully Spring decides to show up soon, but in the mean time, I hope you enjoy my little Batman/The Thing Mashup! Until next time, thanks for reading! Cheers!
Wow, what’s this? I’m posting twice in one week?! Yup! i was going to post this yesterday, but decided to wait a day. So anyway, I just wanted to give my own little ‘Spoiler Free’ review of the new Evil Dead. I’ve been pretty excited for this film for months now. I’m not going to lie, when i first heard about it, i rolled my eyes and passed it off as another heartless remake. However, as filming commenced, my anticipation and attitude changed. Over the last several months I’ve sat, eagerly awaiting the premiere date, and this last weekend, i finally got my taste of Fede Alvarez’s Evil Dead … I must say, it was worth the wait!
Now, I want to keep this Spoiler Free for anyone who hasn’t had the chance to see it yet. From the opening scene, the movie grabbed a hold of me right away. I will say that it takes a little bit to adjust to this movie, as we’ve been exposed to last 3 Evil Dead films for decades. But, as soon as you spot that first ‘easter egg’ reference to the original, it’s pretty easy to sit back and feel at home with this new interpretation. i won’t say what any of those ‘nods’ are, but they are scattered throughout the film, which i thought was really cool!
The film does take a little bit to pick up the pace, but i have to say, I found the back story of why they were there pretty interesting. Which, when I first read the original synopsis months ago, I was a bit wary of – but this works! Now, on to the good stuff. For all you Gore Hounds out there, you will not be disappointed! This movie is filled with awesome, over the top, and practical effects! It was, well, it was awesome! With that said, if you are expecting to go in and get a lot of cheap scares, you’re gonna get more blood than screams. I found there to be a couple of ‘creepy’ or ‘oh shit!’ moments throughout, and that was enough for me. On top of that, the cinematography and Fede Alvarez’s use of Raimi’s old camera tricks are outstanding in this. It really makes it feel like it belongs in the Evil Dead family.
Now i really enjoyed the Climax of the film, though some of my friends had a problem with the ending. Again, I’m keep this Spoiler Free, so don’t freak out. It did take me a few hours to sit with the ending, while discussing it with friends. After letting it soak in for a bit, they seemed fine with it. With that said, after i recently read what the ‘alternate ending’ was, it got me even more excited for this movie! I’m keeping my mouth shut, but this alternate better be on the Blu Ray! Speaking of the end of the movie, do yourself a favor and watch the credits, also notice how cool it is to see (the original team) Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert’s names together again as Producers!
So, i hope that was an informative enough review and incentive for you to go see Evil Dead, without spoiling anything. I really enjoyed this movie, and would love to go see it again soon! As you’ve probably noticed, i drew another Evil Dead inspired piece with this post. I had to, i mean, if I’m gonna do a review, why not through some art in too, right?! Ok i hope you enjoy my ‘Evil Dead Cabin’ and my review – it was a lot of fun! Who knows, i may start drawing a companion piece with more movie reviews in the near future. As always, thanks for reading – cheers! (Lutz A.D.)
some sad news yesterday. Richard Brooker passed away at the age of 58. for those of you who don’t know, Richard played Jason in Friday the 13th Part 3 (3D). he was the first Jason to dawn the iconic hockey mask. He also directed a bunch of episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy. i first met Richard a few years ago at a local Horror convention. my friends and i hit it off with him right away. he and my wife also got along great, as they chatted on and on about horses and horse training. he ended up partying with all of us that night, and in true professional fashion, was up bright and early for the next day of the convention. last year he returned to the Twin Cities to attend another convention. we met up with him again and had some drinks in the bar, having a fantastic time. when it was time for us to leave, i literally had to pull my wife away as they wouldn’t stop talking about horses! the two of them have also kept in touch through Facebook over the last year. that’s why his sudden death comes as such a shock. so this is my little tribute to him. he was a very nice and kind man, he will be sorely missed by many people. my thoughts go out to his family at this time. RIP Richard Brooker, 1954 – 2013.