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Marvel Zombies Vs. AOD Wrap Up

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Click to see it full size!When we last saw Ash (in our write up of issues 2 and 3 of Marvel Zombies Vs Army of Darkness), the “chosen one” was knee deep in a super hero zombie apocalypse. Every time an iconic ally seemed to present themselves, they quickly met their sticky end between the teeth of a fallen hero. Time is running out for this world, so it’s up to Ash to do what he does best; namely find the Necronomicon and send this Deadite plague back where it came from. Partnered up with Dazzler and Scarlet Witch (coincidentally two heroines sporting killer costume cleavage), the trio head to the last stronghold left standing in the nation of Latveria. For those reading who are not comic geeks, I’m speaking of a veritable fortress called Castle VonDoom, home of Doctor Doom himself.

Issue 4 kicks off with Ash staring down the laser powered gauntlets of an easily pissed off monarch and all around super villain, who just so happens to be the current owner of the Necronomicon. Think about it like this: you’ve got your obnoxious hero, Ash, who couldn’t shut up if his life depended on it and Dr. Doom, a man who is short on patience and long on revenge. Things don’t look good for the man with the chainsaw!

Ash finds himself scouring the castle for what the book that could save the planet as Dazzler and Scarlet Witch keep Doom occupied, but there are more pitfalls in this place than just doombots. There’s also one other problem; will the Necronomicon cooperate? I mean … it’s a book with teeth. Not exactly reader friendly (cue drum hit).

This issue is your standard MZ vs AOD fare with some excellent one liners and a face off you’d define as “classic” if there were a precedent for Ash facing off against Marvel Baddies. As always, it’s a great time and is burned through far too quickly! You’ll also find some story outside the perspective of Ash, which actually makes this particular issue indispensable for Marvel Zombies fans hoping to know the whole, gory tale.

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Issue 5 is the climax of this sick little play. Ash races through Castle VonDoom, hoping to find a way to stop the Marvel Zombie horde heading toward their location, but the odds aren’t in his favor. In the last issue, a quick chat with the Necronomicon revealed something that spelled doom (no pun intended) for the few survivors of this alternate earth. Ash seemingly has no cards left to play as the world crumbles in around him. This is the darkest issue of the lot, as it should be, but that doesn’t stop writer John Layman from pulling out a little killer comedy here and there. Watch the world go to hell with scenes ripped straight from the history of Marvel Comics, as originally re-zombified by Arthur Suydam and now woven directly into MZ vs AOD. It’s practically a homage of a homage!

The resolution to this story line is extremely satisfying and includes perfect moments where the worlds of Army of Darkness and Marvel Zombies run into each other at top speed, resulting in an all star mash up that you’ll find well planned and executed, I’m sure. Finally, in true AOD form, your provided with an ending deserving of our hero who you’ll remember, never really gets a break.

What more can I say? If you bought all 5 issues the second the last issue hits stores (on July 5th), you’d laugh your ass off all the way through and probably be finished within the hour. It’s just that good. Next up, look for Ash to return to a regular Army of Darkness series as Dynamite Entertainment presents “From the Ashes” this August. You know we’ll be all over it!

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Want a peek at how it all began? Check out our preview of issue 1 right here!

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Who Goes There Podcast: Ep 140 – Pet Sematary 2

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Ahoy there, fuckos! This week’s episode is brought to you by none other than Chris Franco! That’s right, it’s a Chris pick! So you know what that means, we’re cranking the cheese factor up to eleven! This week we’ve got $5 Furlongs, naked women with dog heads, and accents that are more forced than a Bill Cosby sexual encounter! That’s right, we watched  Pet Sematary 2 so you don’t have to!

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Sometimes, dumb is better. It’s the Who Goes There Podcast episode 140!

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Night of the Living Dead 4K and The Silence of the Lambs Come to the Criterion Collection

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It’s been a long time coming for these two classics, especially Night of the Living Dead after the ridiculously bad transfer put out by Mill Creek Entertainment, whose transfer was supposedly remastered from a new 2K scan. I swear I thought it was some kind of a joke when I first put it on to watch. In any event…

IndieWire is reporting that horror classics Night of the Living Dead and The Silence of the Lambs will be added to the 2018 Criterion Collection, a hallmark label for home video cinephiles.

According to the site, Criterion will release a new 4K digital restoration of The Silence of the Lambs, which has been approved by the movie’s cinematographer Tak Fujimoto. Included on the DVD and Blu-ray sets are 35 minutes of deleted scenes and audio commentary from 1994 featuring the late Jonathan Demme (director), stars Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, screenwriter Ted Tally, and former FBI agent John Douglas.

Night of the Living Dead will also be released in 4K with never-before-seen 16mm dailies included as a bonus feature(!).

These will be added in February of 2018 so make sure you save up some cash after the holidays!

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DIS Review – Not for the Faint of Heart!

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Starring Bill Oberst, Jr., Lori Jo Hendrix, Peter Gonzales Falcon

Directed by Adrian Corona


I’ve made this claim many a time on this website before, and in the company of film friends as well: Bill Oberst Jr. is one of those actors that can literally be thrust into ANY role, and deliver a performance with so much harnessed electricity that you couldn’t believe that it was possible. I was the lucky recipient chosen to get a look at his latest project, titled DIS, and I think that I can honestly say – this is the stuff that nightmares are constructed of.

Directed by Adrian Corona, this 60-minute dive into the black depths of hell, and in actuality DIS is located between circles # 6 and 9 in Dante’s Divine Comedy, and trust me when I tell you – there’s not a shred of comedic relief in this demented presentation. Oberst Jr plays an ex-soldier named Ariel, and his seemingly harmless jaunt through the woods will become anything but that, and judging from the film’s opening scenes, you are meant to feel as uncomfortable about this watch as any you might have checked out in recent memory.

Perversion is the norm here, and lord help you if you’re caught where you shouldn’t be…my skin’s crawling just thinking about what I saw. Ariel’s travels are basically dialogue-free, but it only adds to the infinite levels of creepiness – you can tell he’s being stalked, and the distance between he and the horrors that await are closing in rather quickly.

Visually by itself, this hour-long chiller can sell tickets without any assistance – hollowed-out buildings and long sweeping shots of a silent forest give the movie that look of complete desolation. Sliced up into three acts, the film wastes no time in setting up the story of a killer needing fresh blood to appease his Mandrake garden – seriously guys, I can’t type as much flashy stuff as there needs to be in order to describe this innately disturbing production.

If you’re one of those types who tends to shy away from the graphic side of things, then I’d HIGHLY advise you to keep your TV tuned to the Hallmark Channel for some holiday entertainment, because this one registers high on the “I can’t believe someone thought of this” meter. So the quick recap is this: Oberst Jr in a standout performance, visual excellence, and an unshakable sense of debasement on a cellular level – keep the kiddies out of the living room with this one. Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended, and one that I’ll throw down as a top 5 for me in 2017.

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Director Corona should be lauded (or locked up – just kidding) for his work on this one – HIGHLY recommended!

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