There is something to be said about the horror movies that came out in the 80s, they were campy, cheesy, gory and a whole lot of fun. At no time, watching these movies, you felt that any of those situations, were actually plausible, as they were so farfetched, that the absurdity is what made them so enjoyable. As the horror movie genre, evolved, the goal was to scare the viewer, which it did in movies like the Saw franchise and The Strangers, but the fun which viewers came to enjoy from the movies in the 1980s were, for the most part, gone. Eventually, the genre, devolved into what some called” torture porn”, with the exception of some films like It Follows.
Now there have been some attempts to recapture the fun in those movies, like the brilliant and underrated Cabin Fever and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, but for the most part, it has been hit and misses on the big screen. On the small screen, it has been exceptionally more successful, in shows like True Blood, The Strain and Hannibal, as each of these, strike a perfect balance between gore, clever reengineering of genre tropes and well told storylines .So when I heard, that Cullen Bunn, was doing his own twist on the genre, I was immediately interested to see, what he would come up with. The story he creates is one with a wink at all the genre’s tropes but doesn’t sacrifice good story for a quick payoff.
Within the first few pages, the reader is introduced to the town of Spider Creek, a town in the Deep South, which the one of the main characters call a “one horse town”, where the reader is introduced to some familiar looking characters in the genre, including some good old boys like the main characters, RF, Cecil and Jack and college girls like Sue Hatchell. You are also introduced to the outcasts in town , the Whatley Clan, which seems like a bit of foreshadowing, but I believe will eventually play a big part in the story. Then the trouble starts with some tarantulas scattering, dead zombie looking frogs frolicking , blue jays flocking and a blood moon which eventually leads to a mutilated man, who gets caught up in a blood feud, between the Whatleys and the Stubbs, two of the biggest families in town. The issue ends with the biggest twist thus far, where you find out that one of the families is filled with vampires.
This book is filled with twists at every corner, and some you even see coming yet a strong series that can easily be a TV show. The story by Cullen Bunn is departures from everything we have seem from him before, which is at times off-putting but shows his skills as writer who can tell superb stories no matter the genre. The art by Drew Moss and Nick Filardi is exceptional from their character designs to the intricate settings. Overall, a great entry into the genre, which looks to ramp up the action in future issues.
Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Drew Moss and Nick Filardi
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
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