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A Look at Buffy’s Long Way Home

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OK Whedonophiles … it’s time to catch up with our girl Buffy! When we last checked out Dark Horse’s new book Buffy: Season 8 (story here) (which just seems to be called Buffy the Vampire Slayer now), Buffy was taking on the daunting task of training an army of Slayers. A small slayer strike team crashed a demon party and dispatched the uglies with relative ease, bringing home a symbol that could spell doom in the future. Looking over this mission was a very Nick Fury-esque Xander, observing every swing of a weapon from a control room that would make Batman proud. Suffice to say, the guy is in geek heaven and the dialogue in this scene reflects it. Meanwhile, a giant crater where Sunnydale used to be has not gone unnoticed by the government. They’ve got plans of their own.

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Issue two, Giles makes his debut, ever the watcher. If he thought overseeing a young Buffy Summers was a trying task, then overseeing the training of one thousand teenage girls should be a piece of cake. Dawn is still ginormous… as if she wasn’t demanding of Buffy’s attention before, but it’s clear that is a story to be wrapped up another day … or is it a part of something bigger? Never the less, she’s a giant and she’s as whiny as ever. You barely have time to think about it as Buffy herself is locked into her own nightmare world at the hands of a certain black witch from her past. Soon a horde of undead Scottish warriors are attacking the castle and with their leader out of commission, it’s up to Xander, the girls and one last missing team mate to rein in this chaos. The pacing of this issue is way faster with classic chatty moments between characters fans have come to love over the years, a healthy dose of super-geekdom from Andrew and an unfolding story that will make you go WOA out loud. It’s cleaver, it’s funny, it’s fast paced..it’s classic Whedon.

Issue three drops you right in the middle of the action with barely a second to catch your breathe. Witches are blasting each other above the castle while the Scottish undead are doing their best to slice up the Slayer army down below. Nothing worse than Scottish undead. Soon the battle is won (to a hysterical end) and it’s time to figure out why someone wants to put a hit on Buffy and how to get her out of her dream. We are told, very dorkily, that only the kiss of true love can awake her. All eyes are closed and someone steps up to the task. We are left in the dark as to who delivered the lip work, but knowing Whedon, it probably won’t be who we thought…or it WILL be for a double fake out. Damn you Whedon!!! This book is jam packed by appearances from characters across the Buffy-verse and most of them raise more questions as to what side they will ultimately be on. Heavy on the action, issue three flies by as if you were reading a pamphlet. They really need to make these things bigger! After the battle is won in half the book, the other half sends the crew out to unravel the clues. Giles consorts with demons, Buffy wanders the dream-scape picking up symbolism and kinky scenes she’d rather you not see and back in Italy, Andrew plays strip poker. Brilliant! So much fun it will make you moan for a new Buffy season on TV…even if you’re a guy. It’ll be a girlie moan. You’ll be embarrassed.

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This takes us into Issue four which drops into comic shops TODAY, wrapping up the “Long Way Home” story arc. The Slayer army witches tear a hole through the portal used to infiltrate the castle but only two can step through. Buffy grabs the Slayer with the best hair and gets to bring the beat down on some military asses. This is the conclusion so we are talking heavy on the action and light on revelation, but we are allowed some glimpses. One sequence takes us into Willow’s mind, revealing all that she is and could be. Dark Phoenix indeed. Meanwhile, our favorite witch is strapped to a cold steel operating table and the man who’s doing the exploratory surgery is a plot twist you are going to love. Probably the nastiest baddie couple since Drew and Spike bloodied up the back streets of Sunnydale finishes their debut, but I’ll leave their climax for you to read. You’ve got two little Slayer girls going head to head against an entire modern military army…and that’s basically all you need..and all you get! Its eye candy galore and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear. Suffice to say the first story arc for Buffy the Vampire slayer kicks mighty ass and did not disappoint this long time fan even for a second. The art is fun and continually interesting with dynamic transitions from panel to panel at times. This is no conformist comic. Panel lines be damned. Two words for the Whedon fanatic that reads this series. Geek overload. It’s pure Buffy bliss.

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Paul Feig On Why His Ghostbusters Reboot Failed

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It’s pretty obvious at this point that director Paul Feig’s reboot of Ivan Reitman’s classic horror-comedy Ghostbusters wasn’t the success anyone was looking for.

Not fans. Not the studio. And certainly not Feig.

The director of the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot recently spoke with Cinema Blend about the film and made a few comments about why he believes the film wasn’t the smashing success it should have been.

“I think it kind of hampered us a little bit because the movie became so much of a cause,” Feig told the site. “I think for some of our audience, they were like, ‘What the fuck? We don’t wanna go to a cause. We just wanna watch a fuckin’ movie.’ … It was a great regret in my life that the movie didn’t do better, ’cause I really loved it. It’s not a perfect movie. None of my movies are perfect. I liked what we were doing with it. It was only supposed to be there to entertain people.”

Meh. Could be, Feig. That or the film was just not funny or spooky enough to satisfy new or old fans. It was too middle ground and we all know how those kinds of films go over.

That said, I didn’t hate the reboot.

I thought Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon were delightful and I’ll take more Slimer however I can get him. But as always, I just wish there had been more of him. Sigh.

What do you make of Feig’s comments on his Ghostbusters film? Do you think it was “the cause” that keep the reboot from being a smash hit? Let us know in the comments below!

You buy the film on Blu-ray HERE and the original classic HERE.

Synopsis:

Following a ghost invasion of Manhattan, paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, nuclear engineer Jillian Holtzmann, and subway worker Patty Tolan band together to stop the otherworldly threat.

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First Plot Details on Quentin Tarantino’s Sharon Tate Movie

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When we first heard about the upcoming ninth film by Quentin Tarantino, it came with the rumor that the film would be centered around the recently deceased Charles Manson.

Tarantino then debunked the rumor saying the film was not about Manson but about the year 1969 in general. Whatever that means.

Today we (might) have a better idea of just what he meant by that as a recent article by Vanity Fair may have just revealed the plot of Tarantino’s mysterious film.

The site’s synopsis reads:

Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story.

Stunt double?

And just like that I could give a sh*t about the whole “is it, or isn’t it about Manson?” debate and now all I want to know is “will the film be, or not be about Stuntman Mike and/or his older brother Stuntman Bob?”

Am I joking? Maybe. But this is Tarantino after all. And the man loves building up his own connected universe of films and characters so… you never know…

How excited are you for Tarantino’s new movie? Does this plot sound correct to you? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

Tarantino’s ninth film is expected to start shooting in LA this June.

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DVD and Blu-ray Releases: November 21, 2017

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We have kind of a slow week for you, folks. Aside from 1957’s Daughter Of Dr. Jekyll, all seven of our other releases are from the past five years, and I hate to admit this but I don’t know much about them.

I can say that American Mary, is always a fun title to watch. Fans of Katharine Isabelle, take notice. You can grab this on both Blu-ray and DVD.

For more information on some of this week’s other titles, from other Dread Central contributors, check out the following links:

Dark Signal

The Night Watchmen

Scarecrowd

And

Under The Bed

Keep checking back each week, folks. Next week is another smaller list but they will begin picking up again for the Christmas season. As always, pleasant viewing.



MOVIES:

American Mary (2012)

Starring:

Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk

Synopsis:

Strapped for cash while putting herself through medical school, medical student Mary Mason takes a job as a waitress at a strip bar, run by Billy Barker. As she becomes increasingly disillusioned with her studies, Billy introduces Mary to a new and extremely lucrative sideline, performing extreme body modifications to an odd collection of flesh-obsessed characters. Subsequently forced to drop out of medical school, she soon takes refuge in her new career. But as her demeanor steadily darkens, and her actions take on an altogether more vengeful twist, she begins to be known and feared as ‘Bloody Mary’.

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Dark Signal (2016)

Starring:

Siwan Morris, Gareth David-Lloyd, Joanna Ignaczewska, Duncan Pow

Synopsis:

The spirit of a murdered girl returns with a message. Now a stranded woman must team up with the staff of a local radio station to solve the mystery of her death.

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Daughter Of Dr. Jekyll (1957)

Starring:

John Agar, Gloria Talbott, Arthur Shields

Synopsis:

Janet, a young woman discovers she is the daughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll. She begins to believe that she may also have a split personality, one of whom is a ruthless killer after the bodies start to pile up around her. However, all is not what it seems…..

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Housebound (2014)

Starring:

Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiati, Glen-Paul Waru

Synopsis:

Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is all the more unbearable because she has to live with her mother, a blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. But soon Kylie has reason to believe that her mother may be right.

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The Night Watchmen (2016)

Starring:

James Remar, Matt Servitto

Synopsis:

Three inept night watchmen, aided by a young rookie and a fearless tabloid journalist, fight an epic battle to save their lives. A mistaken warehouse delivery unleashes a horde of hungry vampires, and these unlikely heroes must not only save themselves but also stop the scourge that threatens to take over the city of Baltimore.

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Scarecrowd (2016)

Starring:

Fabrizio Occhipinti, Gabrielle Bergère, Antony Ferry

Synopsis:

Radiation from a nearby meteor strike turns farmer Tony Maio in a crazed mutant. He hides his appearance in the guise of a scarecrow, hunting down and killing nearby town folk to satisfy his newfound blood lust. The town will dread sundown and screams will be echo in the dark night when this Scarecrow hunts them down.

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Teenage Slumber Party Nightmare (2014) (Limited Edition, Just 100 Sold)

Starring:

Kaitlyn Yurkiw, Lauren Richardson, Hillary Kaplan, Martha Staus, Kirk Munaweera, Payton John Bonn, Kevin Paynter

Synopsis:

Four teens on Spring Break plan the ultimate slumber party… Beer! Porn! Dancing! Girl Talk! There’s a first time for everything – including the deranged stalker who’s followed them home. He leaves them love notes, but the girls laugh it off. He spies through the windows, but they don’t know it. Soon he sneaks in, masked and carrying his rusty power drill. A young man’s obsession becomes a nightmare in this driller killer slasher.

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Under the Bed (2012)

Starring:

Jonny Weston, Peter Holden, Musetta Vander

Synopsis:

Two brothers team up to battle a creature under the bed, in what is being described as a “suburban nightmare” tale.

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