Clive Barker’s Next Testament, Holy S*** [Graphic Novel Review]

In the beginning, there was the Old Testament where God spent his time asking prophets to sacrifice their children, obliterating cities, and drowning all of humanity but one family. After there was the New Testament, where Jesus preached the Golden Rule and loving thy neighbor. It was a bit of a tonal shift. In 2013, Clive Barker’s Next Testament shifted it back.

The graphic novel, co-written by Barker and Mark Alan Miller, opens with billionaire jerk Julian Demond uncovering a mysterious pyramid. When he sledge hammers it open, a mysterious being comes out. It’s humanoid in form, but staggeringly tall compared to the already large Julian. It’s skin is rainbow colored. The way it stands—straight-backed, looming—calls back to Watchmen’s Dr. Manhattan. This character introduces itself: “I am Wick, the father of colors. I am the Lord your God.”

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She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #5 [Comic Review]

She Could Fly:The Lost Pilot #5 is a rare dud in what’s been an excellent series. It’s the second arc’s finale and it does have some stellar moments: characters you wouldn’t expect get to fly in ways you might not expect; Mayura’s family and Luna finally meet; and there are some other surprises, good and bad.

As always, Martìn Morazzo brings to life gorgeous images from Christopher Cantwell’s scripts. Together, the two of them have seemed to find a backdoor into the visual language of the subconscious and it’s led to some remarkable splash pages throughout She Could Fly.

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The Reflecting Skin Captures a Childhood Nightmare [Blu-ray Review]

he Reflecting Skin is the kind of movie that you’ll Google as soon as you’ve finished. People have been talking about it, trying to decipher, since it came out in 1990. So much happens in this surrealist nightmare, and so little of it comes together coherently—which isn’t meant as a criticism; the film isn’t interested in telling a cohesive story—that it will leave you perplexed. Director/writer Philip Ridley seems more interested in asking questions than providing answers.

The film follows Seth Dove (Jeremy Cooper) through his Iowa childhood. Nearly every exterior is set in an intentionally oversaturated wheat field where there was never a cloudy day. Nick Bicât’s score is full of vibrant violins, underscoring that  Little House on the Prairie vibe the visuals establish. Ridley juxtaposes all of this brilliantly with gruesome imagery. There’s a mummified infant/fetus; a roving pack of Elvis inspired, child molesting murderers; and a self-immolation. These horrors and others come seemingly at random throughout the story. Seth “Dove”—as in a symbol for innocence, get it?—bears witness but can’t comprehend what he’s seeing while the viewer does. The dissonance is palpable.

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5 Horror Villains the Rock Needs to Fight

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson made his WWE debut in 1996 and flopped as Rocky Maivia. After a stint on the IR with a knee injury, he embraced his personality as part of the Nation of Domination and kickstarting his floundering career. He went on to win 8 WWE Championships, 2 WCW Championships, 2 Intercontinental Championships, and 5 Tag Team Championships.

His acting career followed the same path. After The Scorpion King and a few WWE Studio flicks, he excised “The Rock” from his name and starred in duds like The Tooth Fairy. His acting career, much like his wrestling career, skyrocketed when he embraced who he was. Since, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, has been one of the biggest box office draws in Hollywood. He’s currently starring in the number one movie worldwideHobbes and Shaw.

It doesn’t seem likely that The Rock is headed for the horror genre any time soon, but we’re dreamers here at Wicked Horror, and we’ve picked the top five horror villains we’d like to see climb into the squared circle to go one on one with The Rock.

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Nekrotronic has Loads of Style, Some Substance [Review]

In the best scene in Nekrotronic, Torquel (Tess Haubrich) dual wields pistols, shooting through an army of unnamed demons to the sound of Morten Harket covering “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” The clash between the violence and the easy listening classic captures everything Nekrotronic is going for: unabashed violent fantasy mixed with whimsy. Especially in that moment, it worked.

Australian brothers Kiah Roach-Turner (director and co-writer) and Tristan Roach Turner (co-writer) have created a unique world. A profanity laced voice over lays out the basics during the credits: goat sacrifices accidentally summoned demons into our world. A family of necromancers “with big f***-off weapons in their hands” have been fighting them since. The movie starts when, “some evil son of a b**** found a way to blast demons into the internet.” More accurately, Finnegan (Monica Belluci) and her minions have found a way to blast demons through a PokémonGo style phone game. If she has her way, she’ll absorb the souls of the 1.3 million people who’ve downloaded her app.

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