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Ex Sanguine, from the creative team of Tim Seeley and Josh Emmons, is being released by Dark Horse Comics on October 17th, and Seeley put together this guest blog for us describing his process of designing the cover for Issue #1.

Seeley tells us how he began: “So I’ve got to come up with a cover for Ex Sanguine Issue 1, my new horror book from the great folks at Dark Horse. The first thing I do is look across my studio to where Josh Emmons sits and ask him what he thinks, as co-writer, we should focus on for the theme of the cover. Josh says he thinks it should hint at the ‘romance’ of the two main characters or on the plight of lead vampire, Saul Adams, whose long life is causing him to lose his memories and identities.

First came a number of concept sketches. Seeley explains, “It’s not super important that they are perfectly drawn, just that they get out the general idea behind an image in my head. I try to cover a variety of angles.

The result was a lot more concepts than Tim usually does for a cover (see Sketches A-E below), “but,” he continues, “since this was the first issue of a new series, I wanted to give Josh and ‘Editor Supreme’ Scott Allie a variety of choices to really help us pin down the look and feel of the comic. Scott and his assistants, Daniel and Shantel, emailed me back, and they liked a few ideas. Three to be exact: the two images on Sketch A as well as the CHOMPER image on Sketch D.

SKETCH A:

Guest Blog: Artist/Writer Tim Seeley Describes the Making of the Cover of Ex Sanguine

SKETCH B:

Guest Blog: Artist/Writer Tim Seeley Describes the Making of the Cover of Ex Sanguine

SKETCH C:

Guest Blog: Artist/Writer Tim Seeley Describes the Making of the Cover of Ex Sanguine

SKETCH D:

Guest Blog: Artist/Writer Tim Seeley Describes the Making of the Cover of Ex Sanguine

SKETCH E:

Guest Blog: Artist/Writer Tim Seeley Describes the Making of the Cover of Ex Sanguine

Now that some finalists have been selected, it’s time to get serious. “After some deliberation, it’s decided that Dark Horse really wants to push the ‘horror’ aspects of this new line of books, which includes other cool stuff like Colder by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreya. Scott thinks the big chomper shot shows that we’re serious about making this a pretty visceral vampire story, not to be confused with the vegetarian vams of modern wussy popular fiction.

So I take the sketch and print it out on Strathmore board for inking. This method saves me some time since I don’t need to redraw my underlying drawing. And voila! I added a lot of black to accentuate Saul’s face. And, for giggles, I drew in Josh Emmons as the poor fella getting his neck chewed up on. He deserves it, I assure you.

Guest Blog: Artist/Writer Tim Seeley Describes the Making of the Cover of Ex Sanguine

Now that the cover has been decided on, it’s time for some color. “Scott wants Dave Stewart to color the covers for the series, and I wholeheartedly endorse this idea. Dave is one of my favorite colorists in all of comics, and I’m pretty sure he could make anything out on paper look good. Scott and I had discussed approaching the color scheme of Ex Sanguine as inspired by the Dario Argento film Suspiria, which is bright and garish and lends to the creepy uneasiness of the movie. We give Dave instructions to make it bright and shocking…channeling Suspiria and old school horror comics from the 50s. Dave, being the hue genius that he is, nails it on the first try. We all say, “I LIKE IT VERY MUCH!” and boom! We have Ex Sanguine Issue 1!

Guest Blog: Artist/Writer Tim Seeley Describes the Making of the Cover of Ex Sanguine

Tim concludes, “We decided to keep some of the concepts from my first round of ideas and ended up with the covers for Issues 2 and 3. Which is great because I’m gonna be up to my nuts drawing this comic!

Guest Blog: Artist/Writer Tim Seeley Describes the Making of the Cover of Ex Sanguine

Guest Blog: Artist/Writer Tim Seeley Describes the Making of the Cover of Ex Sanguine

Our thanks to Tim for this informative behind-the-scenes look at his creative process. Check out Ex Sanguine‘s synopsis below, and click here to pre-order your copy of Issues 1, 2, and 3 from TFAW.

Synopsis:
One is a natural-born killer—a remorseless hunter of men restlessly prowling the night for victims to quench an unnatural bloodlust. The other, Saul Adams, is a vampire. A bored vampire. His centuries of existence have left him world weary and detached, lost in a haze of endless memories for days or weeks on end. His latest bout of preoccupation is mercifully interrupted by federal agents.

They insinuate Saul’s complicity in the latest of a series of murders that have come to be known as “The Sanguine Killings.” Saul ignores these accusations, having eyes only for the bits of crime scenes they show him. The Sanguine Killer doesn’t just kill; he also paints primal pictographs in his victims’ blood. Where the feds see murderous compulsion and rage in the intricate patterns of Xs left on walls and sidewalks by the killer, Saul sees something different: Craft. Art.

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Inside Remake Gets New Poster and U.S. Release Date

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It’s about time.

It has been a whopping four months since we shared with you guys the red band trailer for the upcoming English language remake of Inside starring Rachel Nichols and Laura Harring.

Today we have an all-new poster for the film (via our buddies at Arrow in the Head), and the one-sheet also boasts the remake’s U.S. release date. Yes, Inside will be hitting Stateside on January 12, 2018.

You can click on the poster to the right to check it out in higher-res. After that make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’re planning to check out this remake in the comments below!

Miguel Ángel Vivas directed the Inside remake.

Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Valls at Spain’s Nostromo Pictures, the remake was written by Manu Diez and [REC] creator/co-director Jaume Balaguero. “We took the original idea and made it an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more Hitchcock-ian than a splatter-fest,” said Guerra.

Again, Inside hits U.S. theaters and VOD January 12, 2018.

Synopsis:
Pregnant and depressed, a young widow tries to rebuild her life following the fateful car accident where she lost her husband and partially lost her hearing. Now, about to go into labor, she’s living in a remote house in the suburbs when, one Christmas night, she receives an unexpected visit from another woman with a devastating objective: to rip the child she’s carrying from inside her. But a mother’s fury when it comes to protecting her child should never be underestimated.

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Deep Blue Sea 2 Rated R for Creature Violence/Gore and Language

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Five months ago we shared the news that there was a secret sequel to the 1999 killer sharks vs. Tom Jane and LL Cool J movie Deep Blue Sea filming, and today we have the sequel’s rating.

And it’s about what you’d expect. Not that that’s a bad thing.

Yes, the upcoming shark attack sequel Deep Blue Sea 2 has been rated R by the MPAA for “creature violence and gore and for language.”

Not only that, but we have a few words on what we can expect from the sequel via a creative executive over at Warner Bros. named Matt Bierman.

“We are a true sequel,” Bierman said regarding the sequel. “We wanted to keep to the spirit of Deep Blue Sea and why people love it. The research that was used on the sharks in Deep Blue Sea 2 comes from the mythology and storyline of the first movie. We have given the lead shark a personality and hope the fans will embrace that as it really helps the storytelling and the narrative in a way that [the] first one didn’t. Deep Blue Sea 2 has a slightly slower build, but once the rubber band snaps, things go boom really quickly!”

The lead shark has a personality? How could that be a bad thing?

Let’s just hope there aren’t scenes of the rugged Tom Jane stand-in lovingly hugging/stroking the shark after it does something cool and telling the new guy how the shark (nicknamed Bruce) is just “misunderstood.”

…And then the shark saves everyone at the end. Called it.

The sequel is directed by Darin Scott from a screenplay by Erik Patterson, Hans Rodionoff, and Jessica Scott and stars Danielle Savre, Rob Mayes, and Michael Beach.

The movie is set to premiere on Syfy sometime next year. Once we know the exact date we’ll let us know so stay tuned!

“Deepest. Bluest. My head is like a shark’s fin…”

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Friends Don’t Let Friends Review – A Haunting Mixture of Psychological Turmoil and Brutal Supernatural Horror

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Starring Brittany Anne Woodford, Jenny Curtis, Kanin Guntzelman, Brendan McGowan, Jake White

Directed by James S. Brown

We all like to think of ourselves as being surrounded by friends, but let’s face it, if we were to ever truly hit hard times, there are probably very few, if any, people we could truly rely on. So on some level, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film we can all relate too, as it deals with this very issue.

Stephanie is an emotionally unstable young woman who strangles her boyfriend to death after he insults and breaks up with her. She calls her friends to help her dispose the body out in the Joshua Tree National Part area, and instead of reporting her to the police, they reluctantly comply. As their car breaks down, the four friends find themselves alone at night in the Californian wilderness with the rotting corpse in need of disposal. Given their dire circumstances, they begin to become more and more aggressive towards each other, and this was where the film was really at its best. I was on the edge of my seat, wondering how far the limits of their friendship could be stretched, and who would be the first to crack and turn on the others.

Anyway, their body disposal endeavor soon proves to be a mistake, as Stephanie’s ex rises from the grave as vengeful zombie demon thing with claws as long as knives. I’ll admit, I first I thought Friends Don’t Let Friends was going to be a movie purely about the limits of trust, so I was pretty surprised when the supernatural elements came into play. And when they did, the trust and friendship elements of the plot were somewhat downplayed in favor of a more traditional horror approach, and while it was still entertaining, I still would have preferred for the film not to have strayed from its initial path. At least the ending came as a shocker. I won’t go into spoilers, but let’s just say the even the most attentive viewers probably won’t see it coming.

As you can probably guess from a psychologically-driven film of this kind, the performances were top notch, with Brittany Anne Woodford being on particularly top form as the manipulative and unstable Stephanie, a character who revels in the revels in the power she felt when ending another human life.

With its mixture of psychological turmoil and brutal supernatural horror, Friends Don’t Let Friends is a film I would certainly recommend, but keep in mind that it may make you think twice when confiding in people who you think of as being your friends.

8 out of 10.

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