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John Carpenter’s Asylum To Hit The Long Beach Comic Con and Horror Convention November 23-24



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John Carpenter's Asylum To Hit The Long Beach Comic Con and Horror Convention November 23-24If you’re one of the lucky souls attending the Long Beach Comic Con and Horror Convention this weekend (November 23-24), then you’re not going to want to miss out on some truly awesome merchandise related to John Carpenter’s Asylum. If you can’t make it, fear not! Either way, check it!

Storm King Productions will be bringing their comic book, John Carpenter’s Asylum, to the annual Long Beach Comic Con and Horror Convention this weekend (November 23-24). If you missed this book when it debuted back in May, you’ll have an opportunity to purchase all three newly reprinted issues. But the Storm King booth will also be offering an exclusive “convention signature” edition of issue # 3 that has been pre-signed by John Carpenter.

The Asylum love doesn’t stop there, however, as this convention will see the debut of an animated trailer for the comic. The trailer comes courtesy of artist Leonardo Manco, and is scored by John and Cody Carpenter. Thomas Ian Griffith narrates, in case you were still on the fence about checking Asylum out (you shouldn’t be, it’s really cool).

Per the Storm King press release, Storm King and LBCC have come together to bring the talents of Eric Maruscak, an illustrator who has been appearing at festivals and conventions across the Unites States, making giant chalk murals as performance art, to the convention in Long Beach.

Eric has appeared at the World Science Festival in New York, multiple New York Comic Cons and New York Anime Festivals, and San Diego Comic Con, and C2E2 among others. His works have promoted such productions as the TV series, Revolution, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Eric will create a mural of one of JC’s Asylum’s pages over the course of the two day convention in a space adjacent to Storm King’s booth. He will also record time lapse video of the entire process which will be posted online not long after the event.

If you’re into some of the Master of Horror’s other projects, you’ll also have an opportunity to snag some super cool posters.

In honor of the 35th Anniversary of the release of the movie Halloween and following a now three-year tradition of partnership with the Hero Initiative at LBCC, Storm King will also have available at its booth special limited edition, exclusive posters designed by comic book artist Darick Robertson and signed by both the artist and John Carpenter with all proceeds going to benefit the Hero Initiative. There will also be a second art poster honoring They Live designed by John J. Hill, also to benefit the Hero Initiative.

CEO of Storm King Productions and Co-Creator and editor of John Carpenter’s Asylum, Sandy King, will be on hand at booth 913 both days of the convention. You should absolutely make sure to stop by, say hello and check out some of the amazing offerings. And for those of you who can’t make it (like me), be sure to check the Storm King Productions official site after the convention for an opportunity to purchase some of this stuff in limited quantity.

John Carpenter's Asylum To Hit The Long Beach Comic Con and Horror Convention November 23-24

John Carpenter's Asylum To Hit The Long Beach Comic Con and Horror Convention November 23-24

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PG-13 or R? The Strangers: Prey at Night Gets Official MPAA Rating



Earlier this week we let you guys know that there is a killer The Strangers: Prey at Night fan art competition going on and you can read all the details on that right HERE.

But today we have some cool (if expected) news that The Strangers: Prey At Night hs officially received an R-rating from the MPAA.

The sequel has been rated R for “horror violence and terror throughout, and for language” and I think that makes about as much sense as we could have expected.

For those who are interested in such bits of trivia, the original The Strangers was rated R for “violence/terror and language” so there you go! Impress your friends with MPAA trivia.

Would The Strangers: Prey at Night getting a PG-13 have affected your enthusiasm for the upcoming film? Let us know below!

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit The Strangers.

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Artist Reimagines Superheroes as Tim Burton Illustrations



The world of Tim Burton has always been full of imagination and wonder built on a surreal and often horrific foundation. Films like Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow capture the imagination with stunning visuals, all based on the mind of the visionary director. Burton’s artwork was also featured in his illustrated poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.

Burton’s work has not only amazed viewers for over three decades, it’s also been an inspiration to countless artists and creators. Enter Los Angeles-by-way-of-Russia artist and animator Andrew Tarusov, whose work has been used by companies such as Cosmopolitan, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Maxim, and more. In a series he simply calls “Tim Burton’s Superheros”, Tarusov took 10 of the biggest comic book characters and gave them a dark twist that is 100% befitting of Burton’s style.

You can see a gallery of these images below. To see more of Tarusov’s work, head on over to his official website.

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Totem Review – It’s Not Always A Bad Thing To Look Up From The Bottom Level, If You Like That View



Starring Kerris Dorsey, James Tupper, Ahna O’Reilly

Directed by Marcel Sarmiento

Following the untimely death of a family’s matriarchal figure, a young woman finds out that managing to hold all of the pieces in place becomes increasingly more difficult when otherworldly infiltrators make their presence felt. We’re going to have to work our way up this Totem, as

17 year old Kellie is the leading lady of the home following the passing of her mother Lexy, and with a needy father and tiny tot of a baby sister, she still keeps things in working order, regardless of the rather large hole that’s been left in the dynamic due to the death. Kellie’s dad after a while decides to ask his lady-friend to move in with the family, so that everyone can move onto a more peaceful existence…yeah, because those types of instances always seem to work seamlessly. As fate would have it, Kellie’s sense of pride is now taking a beating with the new woman in the mix, and her little sister’s new “visitor” is even more disturbed by this intruder – only question is, exactly who is this supernatural pal of sorts? Is it the spirit of their dead mother standing by to keep watch over the family, or is it something that’s found its way to this group, and has much more evil intentions at hand?

What works here is the context of something innately malicious that has found its way into the home – there are only a couple moments that come off as unsettling, but the notion of having to weave through more than half the film acting as a sullen-teen drama is rather painful. The presentation of the “broken family” is one that’s been done to death, and with better results overall, and that’s not to say that the movie is a complete loss, it just takes far too much weeding through at times stale performances and even more stagnant pacing to get to a moderately decent late-stage conclusion to the film. Under the direction of Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), I’d truly hoped for something a bit more along the lines of a disturbing project such as that one, but the only thing disturbing was the time I’d invested in checking this one out. My best advice is to tune into the Lifetime channel if you want a sulky teen-melodrama with a tinge of horror, or you could simply jump into this one and work your way up…but it’s a LONG way to the top.

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Sulky, moody, and ridden with teen-angst buried in the middle of a supernatural mystery – SOUNDS like a decent premise, doesn’t it?

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