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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Grind #3

Mar 08, 2008 in Comic Books, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Grind #3
Written by Brian Pulido
Art by Daniel HDR
Released: 2006
Publisher: Avatar Press

Premise: In 2005, Avatar Press began releasing titles from New Line Cinema’s “House of Horror” license, which includes A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Platinum Dune’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Picking up after the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Special, Avatar began publishing the three issue mini-series: The Grind.

Leatherface lives on! Writer Brian Pulido returns to unleash more psychological terror now teaming with sensational new artist Daniel HDR. Fuller Texas. Summer 1972. The Jefferson Girl’s Choir is traveling across the state for a revival meeting and makes the horrible mistake of a stop at the Hewitt family General store. They enter a horrifying world of madness and depravity that their bible-fearing beliefs couldn’t prepare them for as Leatherface, Sheriff Hoyt, Old Monty, Luda May and the entire Hewitt clan hunt them down and torture them. Can any of them survive or will they be the new masks of Leatherface?

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): Julie Ann, Marsha, and Sadie scatter, with Leatherface in close pursuit. They manage to outwit their attacker however, by hiding in another part of the barn. Marsha, panicked by Leatherface’s stalking, makes a run for it, leaving Julie Ann and Sadie behind. Leatherface chases after and mercilessly kills her outside the barn. Thinking it safe to escape in the opposite direction, Julie Ann and Sadie are soon discovered and knocked out by the other members of the Hewitt clan. Sheriff Hoyt happens upon Julie Ann’s letter, and along with Luda May, comes up with a plan for its use. When Julie Ann finally comes to, she is tied to a chair, along with Sadie across from her. Old Monty flirts inappropriately with Sadie, and after she refuses his advances, strangles and kills her in front of Julie Ann. Afterward, Leatherface enters the room and Monty calls Julie Ann for himself. Luda May says she will decide “who gets who” over dinner. Later, Luda May and the rest of the Hewitt family hear Monty’s arguments at the dinner table. Tea Lady has also brought Ellie, who sits at a kid’s table in the other room. After a brief exchange, Luda May decides that Julie Ann is Monty’s, and that they best celebrate their “wedding night.” When Monty tries to seduce Julie Ann later that night, she escapes her bonds and beats Monty over the head, knocking him to the floor. She then finds Ellie, and for defense, grabs one of Leatherface’s chainsaws. Julie Ann and Ellie flee the house and make it to the main road, where Julie Ann flags down a car with chainsaw in hand. Both she and Ellie ride away to safety. Some time later, Hoyt gloats while reading the morning newspaper. The headline article details Julie Ann’s murder spree, the bodies of her schoolmates and instructors found inside their bus, and an incriminating letter confessing that sometimes she just “wants to kill” her classmates. Julie Ann has since been committed to a psychiatric institution, where her claims of the murderous Hewitt family go unheard.
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Grind #2

Mar 07, 2008 in Comic Books, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Grind #2
Written by Brian Pulido
Art by Daniel HDR
Released: 2006
Publisher: Avatar Press

Premise: In 2005, Avatar Press began releasing titles from New Line Cinema’s “House of Horror” license, which includes A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Platinum Dune’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Picking up after the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Special, Avatar began publishing the three issue mini-series: The Grind.

Leatherface lives on! Writer Brian Pulido returns to unleash more psychological terror now teaming with sensational new artist Daniel HDR. Fuller Texas. Summer 1972. The Jefferson Girl’s Choir is traveling across the state for a revival meeting and makes the horrible mistake of a stop at the Hewitt family General store. They enter a horrifying world of madness and depravity that their bible-fearing beliefs couldn’t prepare them for as Leatherface, Sheriff Hoyt, Old Monty, Luda May and the entire Hewitt clan hunt them down and torture them. Can any of them survive or will they be the new masks of Leatherface?

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): Sheriff Hoyt questions the remaining choir girls on who is next to meet Leatherface. Julie Ann volunteers, and stabs Hoyt in the hand with the pen she was using earlier, knocking him down in the process. She and one of the other girls, Rosa, escape the Blair Meat facility and into the woods, with Leatherface close behind. The two other girls, Sadie and Marsha, are held at gun point by the staggering Hoyt. While running through the woods, Julie Ann and Rosa notice Ellie being taken into the Tea Lady’s trailer. With Leatherface soon upon them, the two escapees continue to run until Rosa is caught by a bear trap. Julie Ann tries to free her, but is forced to hide when Leatherface arrives. Leatherface murders Rosa with swift diligence and takes her body back to the Hewitt house, where he makes a mask out of her face. Meanwhile, Hoyt has arrived back at the Hewitt home with Sadie and Marsha. Chaining them up in the backyard, he motions to kill Sadie, but is interrupted by Leatherface showing off his new “face”. Disgusted, Hoyt berates Thomas on wanting to wear a girl’s face, which angers Luda May, who then orders them both inside the house. After Hoyt and Leatherface go inside, Julie Ann appears and rescues the two captives. The three girls manage to escape and take refuge in a nearby barn, where they discuss why these events are happening to them. During the discussion, Sadie reveals Julie Ann’s criminal record is true, a result of saving Sadie from the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of their father. Just as Sadie apologizes for her rude behavior earlier, Leatherface bursts in with his chainsaw at the ready.
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Grind #1

Mar 05, 2008 in Comic Books, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Grind #1
Written by Brian Pulido
Art by Daniel HDR
Released: 2006
Publisher: Avatar Press

Premise: In 2005, Avatar Press began releasing titles from New Line Cinema’s “House of Horror” license, which includes A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Platinum Dune’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Picking up after the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Special, Avatar began publishing the three issue mini-series: The Grind.

Leatherface lives on! Writer Brian Pulido returns to unleash more psychological terror now teaming with sensational new artist Daniel HDR. Fuller Texas. Summer 1972. The Jefferson Girl’s Choir is traveling across the state for a revival meeting and makes the horrible mistake of a stop at the Hewitt family General store. They enter a horrifying world of madness and depravity that their bible-fearing beliefs couldn’t prepare them for as Leatherface, Sheriff Hoyt, Old Monty, Luda May and the entire Hewitt clan hunt them down and torture them. Can any of them survive or will they be the new masks of Leatherface?

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): Summer 1972, a small school bus has entered the small town of Fuller, Texas. Aboard, are five students from the Jefferson Girl’s Choir, their instructors Mr. and Mrs. Mislap, and the Mislap’s young daughter Ellie. One of the students, Julie Ann, writes a letter to her father, while the other girls harass her about her “criminal” history. Julie Ann’s sister, Sadie, infers their father was less than perfect and berates Julie Ann for still caring. While the girls continue to pester Julie Ann, the bus suddenly gets a flat tire. Mr. Mislap, not having a spare tire on board, walks to find help. After a short journey, he comes across the Blair Meat packing facility, and while wandering around inside for help, is quickly murdered by Leatherface. Later, after nightfall, Mrs. Mislap leaves the bus in search of her husband, only to suffer the same fate. While the girls wait for the Mislaps to return, they are soon found by Sheriff Hoyt. Hoyt, in his usual crude and abusive manner, investigates their bus and plants a tiny bag of marijuana, which he then uses as an excuse to take the girls into custody. After rounding up the frightened troop, Hoyt drives the girls to the Blair Meat facility, where he locks the five girls in a meat freezer and hands over Ellie to the Tea Lady. One of the girls, Louise, continually calls for help, beating on the freezer door. Hoyt, annoyed, releases Louise and let’s Leatherface dispose of her in front of the other choir girls. Afterward, he mentions to the sobbing girls that Thomas didn’t like her, and questions who’s next.
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Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash #5

Mar 04, 2008 in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Comic Books, Evil Dead, Friday the 13th

Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash #5
Written by James Kuhoric
Art by Jason Craig
Based on the treatment written by Jeff Katz

Premise: Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash was originally the proposed sequel to the hit film Freddy vs. Jason. Jeff Katz, formerly of New Line Cinema, wrote the original treatment in late 2003 for the Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash project. This treatment added the character of Ashley (Ash) Williams from the Evil Dead film series; giving audiences an already established hero to take on the two villains. Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash was New Line’s best idea on how to continue the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises, but Sam Raimi (Evil Dead writer/director) decided to not let New Line use Ash in the planned sequel. Due to an agreement could not be reached between the different camps concerning the use of the Ash character, Wildstorm Publishing and Dynamite Entertainment came together to release the sequel as a comic book limited series titled: Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash. The first issue (of six) was released in November 2007, with subsequent issues released monthly.

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): Jason, now in the resurrected hands of his dead victims, fights to break free from their grasp. Freddy watches, and amused, summons one of Ash’s “Freddy” hands to drive Jason’s machete through his chest. Jason eventually breaks free and pulls the machete out, leaving him weakened on the floor. Freddy then turns his attention back to the Necronomicon, only to find it and Ash missing. Enraged, he shouts out at Ash. Meanwhile, Ash has managed to escape the Voorhees house and into the woods with the book. After running into a clearing, he is attacked by Deadite possessed trees and crows. Freddy, now able to manipulate reality, used Ash’s memories to bring out the Deadite force. After eating crow, Ash uses his chainsaw to free himself from the assault and meets back up with Caroline, who is the lone survivor of Jason’s earlier attack. Ash informs Caroline of the book’s ability to open a portal, which could be used to send Freddy and Jason to the Deadite’s dimension for all eternity. As they discuss their options, the book flips open, revealing a young Pamela Voorhees using the book to resurrect her dead son. Ash, annoyed, hands the book over to Caroline, telling her to find the correct incantation for the portal. Just as she begins, Freddy’s face appears in the clouds above, prompting the two to flee back to the Voorhees house for shelter. When they arrive, they look back and notice the Voorhees house is no longer there, but rather, the house at 1428 Elm Street. Three little girls in white dresses are jump roping out front, singing Freddy’s familiar nursery rhyme. Ash warns the little girls to run, but is soon attacked by the demonized children. While Ash is tied up with the three girls, Freddy opens the front door and grabs Caroline, dragging her in the house. Ash quickly uses his chainsaw to cut down the kids and rushes after her. Inside, Freddy threatens Caroline to hand over the book, just as Jason bursts back onto the scene. Freddy uses pieces of the house against Jason, effectively battering him to a standstill. With Freddy’s attention turned toward Jason, Caroline attempts to utter the words to open the portal. Jason however, realizing what she is doing, reaches over and snatches the book. Ash arrives moments after, and blasts Jason pointblank in the head with his gun, revealing Jason’s disfigured face. Unrelenting, Ash chops off Jason’s hand with the chainsaw, freeing the Necronomicon. Jason, mimicking Ash’s chainsaw hand, takes his machete and shoves it, blade out, in his bloody stump. Caroline promptly escapes the house with the book, while Ash and Jason square off. Jason quickly brushes Ash aside, throwing him through one of the front windows, out of the house. With Ash out of the way, Jason engages Freddy. As the two villains battle, the house collapses upon them.
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Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes (TPB)

Mar 02, 2008 in Comic Books, Evil Dead

Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes (TPB)
Written by Andy Hartnell
Art by Nick Bradshaw
Released: 2007
Publisher: Devil’s Due Publishing and Dynamite Entertainment

Premise: The continued adventures of bumbling S-Mart clerk Ashley J. Williams, following on from the original ending to Army of Darkness. After battling evil in Medieval England, Ash is back at S-Mart. All is well, until he realizes the demonic force has followed him back through time… Hail to the king, baby!

The Trade Paperback collection of Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes collects issues one through four and features a complete cover gallery, including all four photo covers and art covers from: J. Scott Campbell, Marc Silvestri, Ben Templesmith, Greg Land, Richard Isanove, Nick Bradshaw, Aaron Lopresti, Michael Avon Oeming, Ale Garza, and Tim Seely!

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): After defeating the Deadite from the end of Army of Darkness, Ash spies the Wiseman who has followed him back to the present. He is told because of his mispronunciation of the mystic words, he has returned to his own time too early. Ash’s girlfriend, Linda, is still alive and he watches his past self drive off to the cabin with her. For rather dubious reasons, Ash follows, with the Wiseman in tow, to save his girlfriend and ensure his other self goes back in time.

The heroes soon find themselves in the woods, where they meet up with a terrified hunter being chased by a possessed rabbit. After Ash dispatches the bunny, the hunter becomes a Deadite also, and calls all the forest dwelling animals down on them. Blood and guts fly until they reach their destination – the cabin! Ash refuels his chainsaw in the work shed, and notices a fire burning nearby. Sitting by it is Linda, who quickly becomes a Deadite, and once again, Ash is forced to chop her in two.

Afterward, the trees attack by grabbing the Wiseman and Ash, pulling them way up into the branches. Ash manages to free them both, where they fall through the roof of the cabin only to find… Ash! At least, Past Ash, who has gone through the turmoil of his original clash with the Kandarian demons. So, for the sake of a splash page, it’s Ash vs. Ash, as the Wiseman tries to locate the book. The old man falls afoul of Ash’s evil hand, but emerges with the Necronomicon victorious. He opens the portal that sends Past Ash back in time as was intended. The book then reveals a vision of the future, which is ruled by the Deadites. This leaves just one option: return the book to its place of creation and destroy it forever.

FLASHBACK to 1300 A.D., where Arthur and Henry the Red are celebrating their victory over the Army of Darkness. The Wiseman has discovered how Ash has possibly doomed the timeline by misspeaking the words. With Deadites now after him, possessing Arthur and Henry, and led by Sheila, the Wiseman recites the spell “Klaatu Barrada Nikto” and is sent to the future.

The Wiseman relates this tale to Ash on the plane, which is traveling to the book’s birthplace. The pilots are revealed as Deadites, so our heroes bail out, landing in quicksand. Using his robot hand like a grappling gun, Ash pulls them both to safety. Deep in the forest, a ghostly voice warns them of the dangers lurking ahead. After a brief moment of soul searching between the two, the Wiseman is killed by Ash’s bad hand, which has tagged along from the cabin.

Ash buries the old man and pledges to destroy the book. Moving through a maze of tunnels, Ash suddenly grows a beard which tries to kill him. His hand attacks at the same time, leaving Ash little choice but to burn his beard off, so he can concentrate on overpowering his hand. Later, as he fights newly resurrected zombie mummies, his past self has saved the day in the 1300‘s. In the present, Ash’s evil hand races downstairs and attaches itself to a body – that of Evil Ash.

As Good Ash tries to solve an evil puzzle tomb, Evil Ash is raising his army of the dead. The Necronomicon, which is placed on a pedestal, lifts to the outside, with Ash giving chase and finding his evil self along the way. Cue Ash fighting simplified skeletons again for a couple of pages until…

Evil Ash gets the book, but is distracted by a portal opening. Past Ash rides out with his own medieval army in tow. Cue… more fighting. Both Past and Present Ash meld together, and continue the fight until a hole opens up swallowing the Deadites and the book. Hurrah!

Ash meets the Wiseman from the past who explains the book he has (from the past) must be thrown into the same portal they are leaving through. As usual, Ash blows him off when he notices Sheila. After a romantic scene together, she vanishes into the portal reminding Ash about the book. He pays no attention and rides off into the sunset, not realizing he’s left the Necronomicon behind.
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Special) #1

Mar 01, 2008 in Comic Books, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Special) #1
Written by Brian Pulido
Art by Jacen Burrows
Released: 2005
Publisher: Avatar Press

Premise: In 2005, Avatar Press began releasing titles from New Line Cinema’s “House of Horror” license, which includes A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and Platinum Dune’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. To kick off their titles, Avatar released one-shot “special” issues serving as an introduction to the New Line characters and premises.

Fuller, Texas. Summer 1972. Three escaped convicts, along with a few girls along for the ride, are joy riding across rural Texas robbing banks, heading for Mexico. When they stop to rob the Hewitt family General store, they enter a horrifying world of madness and depravity that even a maximum security prison couldn’t prepare them for as Leatherface, Sheriff Hoyt, Old Monty and the entire Hewitt clan hunt them down. It gets messy. This is bleeding-edge horror as only Lady Death creator Brian Pulido can deliver it with art by the critically-acclaimed, fan-favorite Jacen Burrows.

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): A young girl is held captive in the basement of the Hewitt house in Fuller, Texas. When trying to escape through a basement window, she is violently killed by the chainsaw wielding Leatherface. Afterward, Sheriff Hoyt notes that the girl didn’t like Thomas. Meanwhile, it is 1972, and three escaped convicts, Hardy Miller, Rufus Kimoni, and Ellery Watts are trying to make it to the Mexican border with their two female companions, Darlene and Charity. After driving into Fuller, they stop their car at the infamous gas station run by Luda May Hewitt. To get some quick cash, Hardy and Rufus attempt to rob Luda May, only to find out she has no money in the register. When the group tries to escape, they find their unattended car has been destroyed. While Hardy and Darlene look for help, Ellery and Charity go wandering, and Rufus tries to get answers from Luda May. In response to Rufus’s rude behavior, Luda May murders Rufus by cutting his throat with a cleaver. Later, Hardy and Darlene find the Hewitt house and enter, only to be confronted by Old Monty. While Hardy and Darlene are “guests” in the Hewitt residence, Leatherface catches up with Ellery and Charity, killing Ellery and leaving Charity on the run. Charity, running through the woods, makes it to the familiar trailer owned by the Tea Lady. When asking the Tea Lady for help, the Tea Lady mentions she senses Charity is pregnant and restrains her until Leatherface arrives. Upon arriving at the Hewitt house, Charity witnesses Leatherface taking Darlene into his back room, while Sheriff Hoyt has Hardy kill himself. Charity miscarries, due to the panic, and in the calamity, manages to escape into the woods with Leatherface close behind. After an exhausting run, Charity jumps into a nearby stream and floats toward a shallow waterfall, where Leatherface stands waiting. While listening to Charity’s screams fade, Sheriff Hoyt and Luda May discuss their hopes that Thomas will find a girl that likes him one day.
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Freddy Krueger’s A Nightmare on Elm Street #2

Feb 27, 2008 in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Comic Books

Freddy Krueger’s A Nightmare on Elm Street #2
Written by Steve Gerber
Art by Tony DeZuniga, Alfredo Alcala, and Joe Jusko
Released: 1989
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story: Dreamstalkers Part 2

Premise: In 1989, Marvel Comics began publishing the first comic book series to feature Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street mythos. Freddy Krueger’s A Nightmare on Elm Street was published in classic black and white, on magazine sized stock, running for two issues before it was cancelled.

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): Allison and Juliann sink into Krueger’s brain, where Freddy manages to separate them and confronts Juliann in the boiler room. After degrading her, Freddy is repelled by Allison, who had taken the form of an energy bolt. The two dreamers awake shortly after; stunned at what occurred. Juliann, intrigued, prescribes Allison Hypnocil, to keep her from dreaming until she has had a chance to learn more about controlling her nightmares. Later, Juliann contacts one of her mentors and inquires about those who can dream stalk, as she thinks Allison has the ability. Her mentor warns her that dream stalking can be disastrous, and to heed caution. Meanwhile, Allison is to be transferred to Westin Hills from Springwood Medical, under the care of the skeptical Dr. Watley. After she is transferred, she will be taken off Hypnocil, as the institution is still reeling from the lawsuits incurred from the events in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. Juliann, knowing their time is short, questions Allison regarding the first time she dreamt of Freddy. Allison explains she had a severe case of scarlet fever months ago and had a dream where she visited Freddy in a bar full of ghouls, walking off the path of “good” dreams. When Krueger tried to kill her, he found out he couldn’t, because she didn’t belong there. Allison escaped back to the path of good dreams, though Krueger has been after her ever since. Juliann, convinced Allison’s inner strength can destroy Freddy, informs Allison of her theory. Afterward, Juliann retires back at her apartment, contemplating her next move. While thinking, she drifts off asleep and is confronted by Krueger. After a game of cat and mouse, he tricks Juliann and stabs her in the stomach, killing her. Allison, distraught over Juliann’s death, vows to destroy Krueger once and for all. Three weeks later, after successfully ignoring Dr. Watley’s counseling, Allison draws pictures of herself to use in the dream; a wrestler, a punk warrior, and more. She’s confident that when the time comes, she will be able to finally eliminate the threat Krueger poses. While doodling Freddy’s sweater, glove and hat, she falls asleep, only to confront Krueger sooner than she planned. Allison combats Freddy using the different dream forms she drew; albeit to no effect. In a moment of self realization, Allison becomes Freddy, using the sweater, hat, and glove she drew. Freddy and Allison square off, where tapping into his power, she manages to wound him. When poised to deliver the killing strike, she awakens to a startled Dr. Watley, who thinking she is having an episode, orders for her to be sedated immediately. Allison, too weak from her previous encounter with Freddy, cries out in terror.
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Freddy Krueger’s A Nightmare on Elm Street #1

Feb 26, 2008 in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Comic Books

Freddy Krueger’s A Nightmare on Elm Street #1
Written by Steve Gerber
Art by Rich Buckler, Tony DeZuniga, and Joe Jusko
Released: 1989
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Story: Dreamstalkers Part 1

Premise: In 1989, Marvel Comics began publishing the first comic book series to feature Freddy Krueger and the Nightmare on Elm Street mythos. Freddy Krueger’s A Nightmare on Elm Street was published in classic black and white, on magazine sized stock, running for two issues before it was cancelled.

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): In Springwood, paramedics are called to the home of Allison Hayes. Allison, a teenage girl, was found by her parents in bed, severely wounded and barley breathing. The paramedics, thinking Allison’s parents abused her, call the police to investigate. Meanwhile, in New York City, Dr. Juliann Quinn is in the process of moving back to Springwood. She is having nightmares relating to child murderer Fred Krueger, and wants to find a way to confront and stop the horrific dreams. On the plane ride over, Juliann reads a letter from a nun who worked with Amanda Krueger, Freddy’s birth mother. The nun details the events of Amanda’s rape at the hands of the one hundred patients at Our Lady of Sorrows mental institution. Following the letter, Juliann examines the psychologist’s report on Krueger, compiled during his trial. The next morning, after another terrifying nightmare, Juliann attends a meeting at Westin Hills Psychiatric Hospital, where she is assigned Allison’s case. Allison survived her ordeal and now refuses to sleep. Juliann meets with the girl, and the two discover they share the same nightmare about Fred Krueger. Juliann is concerned, as she knows Krueger has targeted her because her parents were part of the mob that burned him alive, but she doesn’t understand why he has targeted Allison. Later, Juliann convinces Allison to partake in a dream exercise, which will allow Allison to exert control over dreams. Allison reluctantly agrees. Starting out, Juliann draws a picture of a rock formation and hypnotically suggests to Allison that the two can meet there in the dream. After they fall asleep, they soon awake on top of the rock formation in Juliann’s drawing. Juliann takes Allison through some dream exercises, allowing Allison to tap into her “dream power.” Just as the two dreamers make some progress, Freddy appears and threatens to kill them both. The rock under the girls’ feet begins to change to a tissue substance, making them sink into the ground. Freddy, gloating over their impending doom, reveals the rock formation is his head and they are sinking in his brain.
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Halloween: NightDance #1

Feb 22, 2008 in Comic Books, Halloween

Halloween: NightDance #1
Written by Stefan Hutchinson
Art by Tim Seeley
Released: February 2008
Publisher: Devil’s Due Publishing
Story: Chapter One: A Shape in the Void

Premise: Halloween: NightDance is a four issue mini-series based around the Halloween mythos, with Michael Myers haunting the small town of Russellville, Illinois. This series takes place within the new continuity set into motion with Halloween: H20 and Halloween: Resurrection.

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): On October 29th, 2000, in Russellville, Illinois, Lisa reflects on her nightmares and darkening inner thoughts, hoping to one day dance herself free of them like a ballerina. The next day, she receives mail from a boy she used to babysit, Daniel. Daniel draws her pictures, which his mother then leaves for Lisa in her mailbox. Lisa takes her envelope from Daniel to school, where she and two friends discuss skipping school the next day to visit a traveling carnival. Lisa is shocked when she decides to open Daniel’s envelope and finds a child’s drawing, in crayon, depicting her death. Cut to Chicago, where Ryan and Marcie are taking a road trip Russellville, to visit Marcie’s family. They have not answered any of her calls, and concerned, she and Ryan plan to visit in person. Ryan reflects on how much he loves Marcie and what a good couple he thinks them to be. Later that night, a girl is held captive in an abandoned house, where she hears the screams of her companion, Ben, dying. She manages to escape her bonds and sees a man sitting in a chair looking at the dead body of Ben, which is tacked up to the wall. The girl manages to escape the house and flee into the storming night, with the man she saw in close pursuit. Meanwhile, Ryan and Marcie arrive in Russellville, where in the heavy storm, don’t see the running girl emerge from the woods. They hit her full on with their car, which then crashes nearby. Marcie gets out of the car to check on the girl, who is still alive. Ryan, hurt from crash, is horrified when a white masked man comes up from behind Marcie, stabs her in the back, and drags her into the darkness. In a panic, he stumbles out of the car after her, only to pass out. The next morning, Lisa checks her mailbox and finds another envelope, which she decides not to open. Her friend picks her up shortly after, and the two begin their “Halloween trip” to the traveling carnival. Unbeknownst to the car’s occupants however, Michael Myers begins stalking them.
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Friday the 13th: Bad Land #2

Feb 22, 2008 in Comic Books, Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th: Bad Land #2
Written by Ron Marz
Art by Mike Huddleston
Released: February 2008
Publisher: Wildstorm Publishing
Story: Bad Land Part 2

Premise: Wildstorm Publishing continues their “House of Horror” titles based on New Line Cinema characters. Friday the 13th: Bad Land is a two issue mini-series featuring a short story about Jason Voorhees and the violent past of Crystal Lake.

Plot Breakdown (spoilers): In the past, one of the fur trappers panics about the wounded Indian man, repeating “bad place, bad place,” and flees into the woods. The remaining two trappers argue over going after their colleague, and after some sharp exchanges, one of them leaves the tipi in pursuit. In the present, Philip sets out into the woods to walk off his anger over Diane and Jeremy’s relationship. Diane, thinking him foolish, pleads for Jeremy to go after him and bring him back. Jeremy sets off after Philip, only to run into Jason Voorhees. Jason decapitates him with swift efficiency. Back at the tipi, the remaining trapper dismisses his colleagues’ worries, only to be killed by the wounded Indian’s tomahawk. Diane, worried about Philip, is surprised when he returns to the cabin. Distraught after finding Jeremy’s body, he begins to barricade the cabin against possible intruders. Philip explains the situation to Diane, only to be killed by the unstoppable Jason. Jason then moves in on Diane for the kill, but she manages to escape into the woods. In the past, the following fur trapper comes across a clearing and finds his colleague severely wounded, still muttering, “bad place.” While the wounded trapper finally dies from his wounds, the Indian surprises his new target and kills him. In the present, Jason continues to track Diane, eventually catching up to her. Hopelessly trapped, she mutters, “this is a bad place, bad place” as Jason delivers the killing blow. Afterward, he drags her body into the icy lake and joins her in the watery grave. Jason’s actions mirror the wounded Indian, who in the past, dragged his dead mate and child into lake and joined them in their icy resting place.
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