Friday, June 13, 2014

Casket Queen original comic by Wmpyr

CASKET QUEEN
2014 comic book notes by Wmpyr

CASKET QUEEN free comic book by Wmpyr

Since it would be kind of silly for me to do a review of my own comic book, let me share some "production" notes with you. I've always been a fan of Full Moon films since I saw the original Puppet Master back in the day on either Cinemax or HBO. Not too long ago, I went out and bought 32 films from Full Moon, and watched at least one movie a night until I completed everything and wrote reviews for each one. I had a blast of a time and watching all those films inspired me to tell my own horror story.

Originally I was leaning towards doing a horror board game rather than a horror comic book. This character is what I came up with because I wanted to do something eye catching.

Hybrid Monster

I made a total of four characters. Each one was a hybrid monster. First one was a Dracula plus Frankenstein's monster, second was a werewolf plus martian, third was a zombie plus cyclops, and finally the fourth monster was a headless horseman plus centaur. After the board game idea wasn't working so well, I decided to do a comic book using Lego. So I made the Dracula plus Frankenstein hybrid monster using Lego, and when I tried to put him in a Lego casket, he wouldn't fit because his head was too big. I was disappointed in this, and the more I was thinking, trying to figure out how to make this work, the casket seemed a lot cooler than the monster. So then I made a story revolving around the casket rather than the hybrid monster. So what if the casket was haunted by a vampire ghost? I really liked the idea of a vampire ghost, because it wasn't the conventional vampire, this would be an ethereal energy vampire rather than a walking corpse that wants blood.

Things got really interesting when I thought, what happens when a human sleeps in the casket? They go to coffin world! And that is when I knew, that I unlocked a whole new world to explore. Yeah the casket can literally attack a person, trap a person inside... the whole buried alive thing, or even violently like an iron maiden, or chomp down with the lid to decapitate a person because it's supernatural after all. And then there was the other possibility that late at night, the casket would open up, and release the ethereal vampire to go drain people of their life force. I also thought that it would be cool that if a person goes inside the casket, when they are released they can be changed into a monster like a possessed maniac, zombie, or vampire. All of these ideas are game, but I thought that the most interesting idea is coffin world. It's all about coffin world. In fact, I regret calling it Casket Queen, I should have named it Coffin World. I like the idea of coffin world because I can do just about anything. I can put in a haunted castle, a vampire dragon, vampire knights, and other creatures.

After I wrote the basic plot, I started making the comic book, four photos at a time. This way it was easy for me to organize and keep track of the story progression because it was like an ongoing sunday comic strip. I didn't make full rooms, walls, buildings or any other kind of backgrounds not because I don't have enough Lego pieces, but to keep things simple and convenient. I kept telling myself, imagine this is a B-horror film, keep "the budget low", but then it ended up being more like a theatre show with very limited props. I photographed everything in the same location, because lighting was so difficult. It would have been even more convenient if I had used my laptop to take the pictures, but I wanted the picture quality to be higher than anything I had done before, so I took extra steps using the iPad for photos. It's really a big deal for me not to mutilate my Lego pieces, by coloring them, or customizing them, instead I buy from other compatible brands such as Kreo, Mega Bloks, and Tenkai Knights, and use accessories from www.brickwarriors.com and www.brickforge.com

Once I had the skeleton knight appear, I was satisfied, because this is where IMO, I showed the readers that I can and will introduce all kinds of cool creatures. In this story I wanted romance, to me romance is a staple in a good vampire story. I also wanted the main characters to have superhero like powers so that this story could crossover to a superhero genre. In the next one I would like to introduce my idea of vampire rules. Mine is a bit unconventional. I look forward to bringing out the Van Helsing type character, plus two very important items the Ouija board and ecto camera. And in the one after that, hopefully I can introduce martial arts kind of like the classic horror/kung fu film, The Seven Golden Vampires.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong from Full Moon

GINGERDEAD MAN VS. EVIL BONG
2013 film review by Wmpyr

Having watched Evil Bong 1~3, and Gingerdead Man 1~3, I was really looking forward to seeing this one. The film starts off with the Gingerdead Man tanning at some beach with three strippers, then a flashback covering the first three Evil Bong films. I immediately got excited about this one when they showed the Gingerdead Man and his voice was done totally great unlike GDM 3. Smooth dialog from the Evil Bong crew, then we get to a funny scene with a pervert from the Gingerdead Man crew, then they get their turn to do a thankfully super short flashback. Gingerdead Man is back to stalking Sarah Leigh, and Eebee the Evil Bong gets released by Rabbit. Great to see Luann again though brief, and it's interesting to see the Gingerdead Man and Eebee interact together. For the last quarter of the film, Larnell, Sarah Leigh, and the Gingerdead Man all smoke Eebee and end up in the Evil Bong world. King Bong and the Gingerdead Man encounter each other, there is the Poon Tang tribe and then we get a Superman homage, and you know you can only get this kind of B-movie goodness from Full Moon. Overall the film didn't disappoint me, your viewing experience will only be better if you are a fan of Full Moon and you have seen at least the trilogies from Evil Bong and Gingerdead Man.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Omega Doom movie review

OMEGA DOOM
1996 film review by Wmpyr

This is a film by Albert Pyun, who I swear has a fetish for cyborgs, at the very least we can say he is the king of cyborg films. I personally like many of his films such as Cyborg, Dollman, Heatseeker, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Kickboxer 2&4, Nemesis 1~4, Knights, and Bloodmatch. I thought Omega Doom was done by Full Moon pictures because it definitely has that kind of feel, but I wasn't able to find it on their website, so I guess it's not. The story is basically like Yojimbo/A Fist Full of Dollars, in a post apocalyptic setting with a hybrid cyborg played by Rutger Hauer who mind plays two warring gangs, hi-tech cyborgs vs the more barbaric droids. I think this was such a success with the robotic sound effects and the actors playing mechanical beings that this film deserves cult movie status, and the weapons plus outfits are cool too. Location is pretty confined but for this kind of story that works just fine, and it works, the city ruin definitely has a post apoc future feel to it. I think this movie was executed so successfully that Albert Pyun decided to try a similar run but more adult (since Omega Doom was made for TV) with Nemesis 4, but I have to say that Omega Doom is the better film. I found Omega Doom to be quite enjoyable, and the story also reminded me a lot of a Nagai Go manga titled KISHIN.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Trancers from Full Moon entertainment

TRANCERS
1985 film review by Wmpyr

Even though this is a Full Moon pictures film, I wouldn't call this a horror film, to me this is a sic-fi action flick, it feels like an Albert Pyun flick. Tim Thomerson plays a tough guy cop from the future, who is very similar to the role he played in Dollman. Helen Hunt plays the punky girlfriend who just comes across as sweet even though her character in real life would probably be very-very different. The concept of a psychic cult leader that creates killer minions called trancers is a very unique concept. Tim Thomerson has to time travel to the past to protect the council's ancestors, but sadly he doesn't get to take his laser gun with him, instead he gets a revolver plus he is equipped with a hi-tech watch that slows time for 10 seconds just once per trip. Overall I think director and owner of Full Moon entertainment Charles Band did a good job, it was a nice flick, if you like Dollman or Albert Pyun flicks then this is a go!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Ghoulies 2 from Full Moon

GHOULIES II
1988 film review by Wmpyr

So the Ghoulies series is an attempt by Full Moon to cash in on the success of Gremlins, although the concept was suppose to have been conceived before Gremlins came out. I am sure that I have seen the other Ghoulies films back in the day but I don't remember them, a lot of people on IMDB are saying that Ghoulies II is the best. That being said, I have seen Ghoulies II multiple times recently. It's easy to watch, simple to understand, an entertaining flick with some things going for it. The carnival is a great location, even though the mood of the film wasn't as striking as another Full Moon carnival flick, Sideshow, this one was much more campy, light hearted and not bothersome. Sideshow was well done, but it just creeped me out too much. In fact as a film, I would say Sideshow is the better film, but entertainment wise, I enjoyed Ghoulies II much-much more! I do really like the alcoholic magician, the dickish son of the owner, and the dwarf Phil Fondacaro steels the show. The Ghoulies end up in a haunted house at the carnival resulting in tickets selling out the roof was a cool scene, and of course the Ghoulies themselves are great because they are not CGI, and I like that they are different ones, the fish creature, the flying one, rat face, and in the end we even get a giant ghoulie demon that devours the other ghoulies.