I can’t for the life of me shake my passion for cartoons and comic books. If I had free time, I’d invest 90% of it buried in a comic while a gruesome cartoon plays on the boob tube in the background. That’s just me, but I know I can’t be the only one out there, so I thought, “Why not put together a list of awesome horror cartoons that you really should check out as soon as you’ve got a free hour or so?”
Here’s my list of suggestions!
Dead Space: Downfall
Dead Space: Downfall echoes elements of Prometheus, Event Horizon and even a little Predator, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t a complete bucket of fun. The numerous cinematic nods go greatly appreciated but the fact that the script feels – in a whole lot of a ways – safe, and all too familiar. There are certainly wrinkles that could have been ironed out, but sometimes you can’t complain when you’re getting solid entertainment.
Underworld: Endless War
Underworld: Endless War doesn’t take too many deviations or liberties in ideology. This is still another Underworld flick, and whether animated or not, it’s an enjoyable little break from the intensities of live action thrills. In other words, this is an awesome short film to sip on a cold one while in your favorite recliner. Just let the beer and the beautiful blue hues of the film take you into la-la land… after you’ve actually watched it, of course.
Resident Evil: Damnation
Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I think the animated Resident Evil flicks are absolutely bad ass. The first two spin-offs are a blast. There’s a third animated feature just on the horizon, but will it hold a candle to the first two pics? My money’s on yes. It’s impossible to respect this franchise, especially these little animated treats… which, for the record is absolutely loaded with action, introduces a new big bad villain and a hell of a final 20 minutes.
Hellboy: Sword of Storms
When it comes to top creative minds in the film and comic industry, Mike Mignola will always own a place among the elite. Mignola turned a small, ambitious little tale about a wise-cracking castaway and direct product from the bowels of Hell as we know it, and he made it mysterious yet lovable. Over the years he’s nursed all of his creations, and that’s helped endear this film, as a whole, to the full lot of us. I’d love to chat about a man I greatly admire for the next hour but that simply doesn’t fit in the schedule, and I’m all but guaranteed to let a few spoilers slip.
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto
The only film on this list to potentially rival Heavy Metal in terms in sheer lunacy, Rob Zombie’s The Haunted World of el Superbeasto. There are an assortment of ghouls, ghastly creations to look at, and of course the sultry heroine, Suzi X, who makes it virtually impossible to peel your eyes away from this sexy ‘toon. Move over, Jessica Rabbit, you have been replaced. Seriously, the movie is so bat-shit crazy it isn’t easy to discover. It is easy to enjoy however, as is the brilliant soundtrack!
What can be said about Heavy Metal that hasn’t been said in at least a thousand different situations. It’s insane. It’s bat-shit insane, to be more accurate. It toys with a lot of ideas, and the crude (by today’s standards) imagery in the film will syphon both a laugh and sigh from you. Guaranteed.
Beyond all that, though, really think about this movie. It’s about a glowing green orb that stalks young girls and essentially supports (by other character) the fact that this orb is about to fuck a lot of shit up… badly. Love the lunacy of Heavy Metal!
That’s not creepy at all! Oh, and just watch this monster, it’s embedded below!
Editor’s Note: Since the writing of this article, D.C. contributor Matt Molgaard has passed on. It’s an honor for us to share his final insights with you all. He will be sorely missed.