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Actor Thomas Jane and artist Tim Bradstreet’s Raw Studios have entered into an exclusive digital distribution agreement with comiXology for all of their comic book and graphic novels. To celebrate, the Dark Country graphic novel is now available as an exclusive digital debut across comiXology’s entire platform (iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, the Web).

From the Press Release:
Thomas Jane fans will be familiar with Dark Country, the title of his 2009 directorial debut, a twisted, psycho-noir about a couple forced to deal with a dead body en route from Vegas. Both the film and graphic novel are based on a short story written by Tab Murphy; Jane conceived of the film and graphic novel adaptions as stand-alone endeavors with unique artistic interpretations.

“Dark Country has long been a passion project of mine. In 2009 I was able to make the film a reality. And today, with Thomas Ott’s amazing work, we’re now able to release the Dark Country graphic novel exclusively with comiXology,” said Raw Studios co-founder Thomas Jane, most recently seen in the HBO series “Hung”. “Everyone at Raw Studios is excited about this exclusive agreement with comiXology, who have far and above the best shopping and reading experience of any digital comics vendor.”

The Dark Country graphic novel features over 70 pages of world-renowned artist Thomas Ott’s one of a kind scratch-board illustrations. In addition, fans of the cult favorite feature film will enjoy almost 50 pages of behind the scenes material about the Dark Country feature film that also includes the original Tab Murphy short story.

“Thomas and I both knew when we first read Dark Country that it would make a great movie and a great graphic novel, and because we are just that crazy, we wanted both to be completely different experiences,” said Raw Studios co-founder and veteran comic artist Tim Bradstreet. “With this agreement in place, I’m stoked to see Dark Country be available worldwide digitally through comiXology.”

“We’ve been fans of what Tom and Tim have been doing at Raw for years, and I find the decision to make the graphic novel of Dark Country its own artistic creation a fantastic, bold choice,” says comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “We’re incredibly humbled they would choose comiXology not only for an exclusive agreement but the place to premiere Dark Country.”

In addition to the Dark Country graphic novel, Raw Studios fans will be able to find full story arcs of Bad Planet and Alien Pig Farm 3000 throughout the comiXology platform, including comiXology’s Digital Storefronts for brick-and-mortar retailers.

Dark Country Graphic Novel Now Available from comiXology

Dark Country Graphic Novel Now Available from comiXology

Dark Country Graphic Novel Now Available from comiXology

Dark Country Graphic Novel Now Available from comiXology

Dark Country Graphic Novel Now Available from comiXology

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

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The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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