So, it looks like I’m starting off the first full week of the31 Days of Tales From the Crypt blog-a-thon at Channel: Superhero, your source for the scrutiny of Small Screen comic-book-based properties. In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last 25 years or so, Tales From the Crypt is an anthology horror series that ran on HBO from 1989 to 1996. It also spun off two feature length films and an animated series called, Tales From the Cryptkeeper.
Today’s story–the Tales From the Crypt series premiere episode “The Man Who Was Death”–is taken directly from the pages of The Crypt of Terror #17. Thanks to some penny saving publishers and Post Office permit loopholes, The Crypt of Terror #17 is considered to be the very first issue of the Tales From the Crypt comic book. That’s why it’s fitting that today on day 5, in true Tales From the Crypt fashion, we’ll begin at the beginning… somewhere in the middle.
The Raid 2 is writer/director Gareth Evans followup to his well received 2011 kung-fu killing spree, The Raid: Redemption. Iko Uwais returns to the role of Rama, who is sent to prison, undercover, in order to infiltrate a triad of mafia families and bring them down. Once again, the action scenes in The Raid 2 are fantastic, and everything else is just filler. The trouble this time around is that at 2 1/2 hours running time there’s just too damn much of that filler. Continue reading →
Dog Pound follows the story of three unrelated juvenile delinquents that all enter the Enola Vale Youth Correctional Center at the same time. Angel (Mateo Morales) is a particularly young looking boy who gave armed assault and grand theft auto a try. Davis (Shane “Spinner” Kippel of Degrassi: The Next Generation) thought possession with intent to sell might be fun. Butch (Adam Butcher) is already in a correctional facility when we meet him. Obviously, he longs for more discipline… and earns a trip to Enola Vale by pushing his thumbs into a CO’s eyes, 28 Days Later style. These three new fish attempt to make the best of their new surroundings, and might even have a chance, if they can stay on their CO’s good side, while simultaneously avoiding the attention of Enola Vale’s resident King-Shit, Banks (Taylor Poulin).