M.L. Miller has something special for you horror fans this holiday season: a brand new horror comic mini-series with a morbid backdrop and a story to make even the most ardent horror fan cringe. It’s called Gravetrancers and the first issue of the four part series, issued by Black Mask Studios, releases December 13th, 2017.
Gravetrancers is, in its own way, a perfect holiday release. It’s got family dysfunction and daddy issues galore with a healthy dose of murder and drugs to round it out as evidenced in its official synopsis.
Maribel and Anthony are in search of the grave of their dead father, not knowing that they are stumbling into a graveyard owned by an eccentric clan of grave-robbers who’ve devised a highly-addictive drug made from human remains–and the fresher the corpse, the stronger the dose. What started out as an attempt to reconnect with the past becomes a descent into a psychedelic, neon-colored nightmare—will Maribel and Anthony find their way through the hallucinogens or will they become the next hit?
I’ve read the first issue and it has everything a great horror comic needs: a strong story, beautiful yet gruesome artwork, and a stylish look reminiscent of Weird Tales and Vault of Terror. What makes it even more gut wrenching is the fact that Miller based the story, in part, on a real life crime that was uncovered a few years ago in a cemetery just south of Chicago where the owners decided to make extra money by reselling cemetery plots while dumping the bodies of the homeless and unclaimed in a giant pit at the back of the property.
“I thought that was so heinous, but I was also sort of fascinated by what would motivate people to do this,” Miller explains. “I have always wanted to do a story about graverobbing as I feel it’s a sub-genre of horror that hasn’t been plumbed much yet. The drug angle came later.”
That angle was again inspired by reality when a friend of Miller’s told him about a man he’d met in rehab who had tried smoking anything and everything he could get his hands on in the hopes of getting high. At one point, he’d gone so far as to even smoke the plastic cover that goes over an oven light.
“If someone would go to those lengths to get a high,” the author points out, “the idea of smoking human bodies isn’t really a giant leap.”
Once those elements came together, the rest began to fall into place quickly, and before long Gravetrancers was born.
Miller, whose previous comics have included Pirouette and Jungle Book, brings the story to life with a talented team including artwork by James Michael Whynot, coloring by Dee Cunniffe, and lettering by Jim Campbell.
This is one morbid holiday treat, you don’t want to miss.
*–The website posts the release date at November 29th, but Miller assures me that proper date is December 13th.
‘Final Destination 6’ Coming to HBO Max From ‘Freaks’ Filmmakers
Freaks filmmakers, Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein have been brought on board to direct an upcoming Final Destination 6 for HBO Max. Jon Watts is on as producer with Lori Evans and Guy Buswick as writers.
“I will say that it’s not just going to be another kind of ‘we set up a group of people, they cheat death, and then just death gets them.’ And there’s one wrinkle that we kind of added to every movie to kind of like change it up a little bit: this one is… a true Final Destination movie, but it doesn’t follow that kind of formula that we’ve kind of established.” Jeffrey Reddick told Dread Central.
The synopsis for the first Final Destination went like this:
Alex Browning (Devon Sawa), is embarking on a trip to Paris. Alex experiences a premonition — he sees the plane explode moments after leaving the ground. Alex insists that everyone get off the plane and 7 people including Alex, are forced to disembark. All watch as the plane actually explodes in a fireball. He and the other survivors have briefly cheated death, but will not be able to evade their fate for very long. One by one, these fugitives from fate fall victim to the grim reaper.
We will keep you updated on all things Final Destination.
Stranger Things Season 4 Blooper Reel
As part of the TUDUM: A Global Fan Event releases, Netflix has given Stranger Things fans a nice little treat. I’m a huge fan of behind-the-scenes and blooper reels! I loved seeing the characters we know so well break the 4th wall when overwhelmed with a case of the giggles. Even the powerful Vecna couldn’t escape landing on the Stranger Things season 4 blooper reel!
Watch our favorite actors break character in this brand new blooper reel below. 🤣
We also found some other behind-the-scenes videos from Stranger Things Season 4 that we thought you would like. With the news of Stranger Things Season 5 being the end of the series, we’re watching all these videos before we have to say our final goodbye. I don’t think we’re ready for this story to end. 😭 Until then, have a laugh with our friends from Hawkins, Indiana!
‘Cloverfield’ Film Finds a Director To Helm Next Entry
We have seen an incredible three Cloverfield-based films so far. The latest being Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix. The latest in the series also managed to lose steam for the secretive franchise. It went too far into the explanation of secrets that we had seen in the first two films. Once the wizard is discovered behind the curtain the game loses its momentum and fun. The upcoming Cloverfield film has found its director from Under the Shadow’s Babak Anvari.
The director’s Under the Shadow was a great piece of horror. It was entirely effective in its scares and story.
There is no word on where the fourth Cloverfield film will take audiences. But, that is for the best. These films have always been shrouded in secrecy and that is what has made them fun. Well… the first two films anyway.
The synopsis for Cloverfield went like this:
As a group of New Yorkers (Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman) enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them.
We are happy to see that Anvari is going to helm this entry. We can’t wait to see what he brings to the franchise and to see what direction this entry takes.
What has been your favorite Cloverfield chapter?